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Remember When, 1917: Stove explosion injures repair man

10 Years Ago

October 9, 2007

Women's Association improves Osakis. Behind every good town, there's a group of women who make sure community events roll along smoothly. They're the coordinators and the donation raisers; they're the Osakis Women's Association. Nancy Muehlenhardt and Lyla Engfer started the group in 1991 to create additional community festivities and to improve the quality of life in Osakis. It started with just two members, the founders, and now has grown to 16.

A royal paradise. The Osakis High School auditorium was transformed into a deserted island October 1 for Homecoming Coronation 2007, along with introduction of the 2007 royalty, Cassie Nash, OHS graduate was the guest speaker and the evening was led by Mistresses of Ceremonies, Sara Peterson and Donna Vetter.

A haircut for a good cause. Emily Larson of Osakis did a good deed when she had her long hair cut short this summer. The beautician cut off a 10-inch ponytail of hair that Larson donated to Locks of Love, which is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children younger than 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

25 Years Ago

October 6, 1992

Check your detector. The Osakis Fire Department is observing Fire Prevention Week October 4-10. "Test Your Detector, It's Sound Advice" is the theme of the observance and Osakis residents who need a smoke detector can still acquire one from the Osakis Fire Department.

Osakis-West Union $1 million highway project begins. Work began on a project to widen County-State Aid Highway 51 between Highway 27 at Osakis and the Stearns County line. The 7.8 mile project will include widening the shoulder and cutting down the steep banks this fall, and resurfacing of the roadway next summer, said Todd County Engineer Duane Lorsung.

1,000 expected for open house. A thousand people are expected to attend the Sunday, October 18 dedication of the new Osakis Public School facility, Superintendent LeRoy Mackove told the School Board at its Thursday, October 1 meeting.

50 Years Ago

October 12, 1967

1967 OHS Homecoming Queen is Christine Emerson. Besides the coronation, many other events took place. On Friday, the OHS band led a parade and pep rally just prior to the game, consisting of a fanfare, school songs and the National Anthem. At halftime of the game the band presented a well-planned program and honored various groups at the game with formations and songs. A welcome was extended to homecoming graduates, queens and court in a "Stairway to the Stars" formation and a giant O for Osakis with the school song.

Immunization clinic to be held on October 17. An Immunization clinic will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the cafeteria of the public school. Immunization will be offered for polio, measles, smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. Immunizations are available at reduced cost of preschool youngsters and those who started kindergarten or first grade this year.

Farmers may sign up now to have soil tested. Pollards Mills & Elevator in Osakis will have a man to take soil samples on your farm. He will make sure the fertilizer you buy contains the plant food that your farm may need. Call Pollards at Phone number 4042 for further information.

100 Years Ago

October 11, 1917

Albert Nelson seriously injured in stove explosion. While working during the night shift at the garage, Albert Nelson, an auto repair man, met with an unfortunate accident. "Bat" as he is known, undertook to liven up the fire in the stove when there was an explosion that blew flames and hot cinders directly into his face and burned his eyes so badly he has been unable to see out of one of his eyes since the accident. Dr. Haberman is treating "Bat" for his injured eyes. The explosion was caused by some oily rags and reuse that had been placed in the stove before the fire was built. We can only hope for the best.

University attendance history being made. Osakis is sending one of the largest class of young folks to the Minnesota State University this year in the history of the town.

Notice to stock shippers. The Osakis Shipping Association will ship your stock next Tuesday, October 16. List your stock not later than Saturday morning. The new Manager, Mr. William Salisbury, will have charge of this load.