Remember When, 1968: Brand new Osakis VFW opens
100 Years Ago
May 16, 1918
Freight trains crash at Melby. A big freight smash-up that tied up traffic for several hours occurred on the Great Northern at Melby, the first station east of Ashby, at about 4:30 last Monday afternoon, The fireman on No. 405 sprained his arm in jumping, but otherwise no one was injured. Cars loaded with pianos, cement and other heavy items were tossed about and freight thrown into the swamp. All trains were rerouted until 10 a.m. the following morning.
Local soldiers safe. Word has been received that Peter Larson and Johnnie Johnson, who left for Camp Dodge in February, are "across the pond" safely and are feeling fine.
Gift to Osakis Library. The Osakis Library has been enriched by the generous donations of some 350 books by the Women's Study Club of Osakis. The volumes cover various subjects and topics and will prove a valuable accession to the collection of books now on hand.
50 Years Ago
May 16, 1968
Sliper TV Open House winner announced. Top winner in the Open House held at Bill Sliper TV in Osakis last weekend was Mrs. Wallace "Bud" Moore. Mrs. Moore was awarded a brand new color television set. Between 600-700 people attended the affair at Sliper TV last weekend.
VFW to have grand opening. The brand new Osakis VFW will have their big grand opening on Sunday, May 19, featuring live entertainment from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. and $700 in prizes to be given away.
Fishing season opening. Starting Saturday, May 18, Minnesota anglers will be able to keep just about everything they catch regardless of where they are fishing. The Conservation Department today reminded fishermen that walleyes, northern pike and muskellunge may be taken in all inland waters beginning on that date.
25 Years Ago
May 18, 1993
Chamber buys 150 radio spots for $300. The Osakis Chamber of Commerce purchased 150 radio spots on KSMR, FM 94.3 for Chamber functions and activities during the summer of 1993.
Peter Grunman places in regional Math Masters Competition. The Regional Math Masters Competition was held on Tuesday, May 11 at the Osakis elementary school. Twenty-six teams of five fifth graders from areas across the state participated for individual and team honors. Peter Grundman of Osakis placed fourth and eighth in two individual categories.
Rutten takes second with hoop invention. Four years ago, Raymond Rutten of Osakis designed and manufactured "Jam-N-Hoop" an adjustable backboard that goes as high as 10 feet and as low as five. On Friday, April 23, Rutten's invention won second place in the sporting goods division at the South Dakota Inventors Congress Engineering Exploration Days at south Dakota State University. Rutten said he designed the hoop in order to play basketball with his children and be able to adjust the backboard as they grew.
10 Years Ago
May 13, 2008
Lake Road opinions voiced in Osakis. Todd County Commissioners listened to both sides of the Osakis Lake Road controversy at a local hearing. More than 150 concerned citizens on both sides of the Lake Road issue gathered at the Osakis Community Center on May 7 for a public hearing. The controversy stems from a petition which signed parties stated that they want County Road 55, now known as Lake Road, removed to eliminate the encumbrance of a public road easement from their real estate.
Osakis motorists to face seat belt enforcements. The Osakis Police Department will ramp up patrols from May 19 to June 1 for a statewide Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Safe and Sober "click it or ticket" seat belt enforcement sweep. This campaign was created in response to combat an annual Minnesota death toll of around 200 unbelted motorists.