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Remember When, 1968: Fire destroys Osakis cafe

100 Years Ago

March 14, 1918

Colts at auction. Ad: Saturday, March 16, I will offer at the Big Barn Feed in Osakis, a pair of two-year-old colts, both mares. Will make good work team. These colts will be offered for sale at Public Auction at 2 o'clock p.m. of that day. Gus Norheim, Owner

Seed grain is scarce. Ad: Therefore, we invite any farmer having seed grain, corn, etc. for sale to bring in a sample pan-full. We will put some in our display window and take orders for you free of charge. Use this free service for your benefit. Osakis Auto Co.

Wanted: Your sewing. Am in circumstances that I must have the work. Please give me a share of your patronage. Mrs. Lucy Mann — Osakis

50 Years Ago

March 14, 1968

Alfred Kral is injured twice in action fighting VietNam war. Word has been received here that Alfred Kral, Jr. has been wounded in action twice within a two-week period. He was wounded in the hand, which was patched up and he was sent back out in action, then he received wounds in his back, chest and leg after another attack this past week. He is now confined to a hospital in Cu Chi near Saigon and may be transferred to Japan for hospitalization.

Fire destroys Farm Court Supper Club on Monday. Fire destroyed the Farm Court Cafe, about a mile and a half west of Osakis, on Monday afternoon of this week. The Osakis Fire Department was called after smoke was discovered coming from the back end of the building. After an hour of fighting the blaze, the Alexandria Fire Department was called to help put out the fire. In spite of their efforts, the building was completely destroyed and not able to be saved. There were no injuries in the fire and an investigation is going on to determine the cause of the fire.

St. Patrick's Day dance scheduled. The Osakis VFW will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day dance on Friday, March 15. Music by Ron and Dale, with a special event planned at 11 p.m., a singing contest between the Irish and the Dutch.

25 Years Ago

March 16, 1993

Once is all it takes for Osakis. The Osakis 5th Grade Odyssey of the Mind team, won first-ever regional against Moorhead on Feb 7. The team won with their creative performance of a rap on dinosaurs. The "Dinorappers" as they named themselves, beat out Moorhead which has held the title for several years, and this win qualifies them for the state meet in Plymouth on April 24.

Big "O" earns $1,088. The Osakis Chamber of Commerce reports that the Big "O" Ice Fishing Derby garnered sales of $1,088.12. This is down $600 from last year's event.

Best fish house contest. One of the major attractions of the "Thinking About Fishhouses" exhibit to be held at the Osakis Heritage Center on March 26-28, is the fish house scale model design competition, designed by the kids. First place winner shall receive a $50. Savings Bond donated by the First Nat'l Bank of Osakis.

10 Years Ago

March 16, 2008

Partnership key to economic development. The Alexandria Area Economics Development Committee offered a presentation at the Osakis Community Center last Wednesday. The presentation focused on how the two communities should not be seen as competing each other for business, but rather be working together as a regional center to draw new businesses and industries here instead of losing them to Fargo, Minneapolis, or to another part of the country.

Local golf course featured in magazine. The current issue of Minnesota Golfer magazine lists the Osakis Golf Club's No 3 par 4 hole as one of three "great drives/must play holes" in the state.

School explores options. As its students continue to push the bar in education, the Osakis School Board wants to do its part. The board is investigating potential updates to the Osakis Public School building, including opportunities for space for the early education programs and two science labs, which are currently located in the older part of the building.