100 Years Ago

July 10, 1919

Girl injured in auto accident. While driving home from the Fourth of July celebration at Osakis in a buggy, the 15-year-old daughter of Eugene Myers, of Hudson, was struck by an automobile driven by Mr. Hendrickson, The Alexandria liveryman. She sustained more or less serious injuries. The young lady was brought to the Park Region hospital in Osakis and is doing well.

Osakis Victory Celebration draws 10,000. The Fourth of July Victory Celebration, honoring the soldiers' coming home was the greatest demonstration of its kind ever pulled off in the county. The weather was perfect and the crowd was estimated at over 10,000. Attendees listened to a splendid address by F. W. Murphy at the Park, Alexandria won the ball game, 65 returned soldiers were banqueted at Hotel Idlewild and there was music provided by two bands. A huge success.

Barn dance. The famous Morris Jazz Band will furnish music for a dance at S. E. Bearson's brand new barn on Monday night, July 14, rain or shine. Location: 8 miles northeast of Osakis.

50 Years Ago

July 10, 1969

Rural bridge blown up. Vandals blew up a bridge in Belle River township last Thursday night, or early Friday morning. The bridge was on what is known as the Reuter Township Road in Belle River township. It is not a very much traveled road, but the present plans are to rebuild the bridge so the road can be used again.

Paynesville firm is low bidder on new fire hall. Boehl Construction Co. of Paynesville was the low and successful of three bids submitted for the general construction of the new fire hall. Their base bid was $77,945.

Helen McLain installed as new VFW President. Helen McLain was installed as Fifth District VFW President and department council member for the 1969-1970 period.

25 Years Ago

July 12, 1994

Departments request cellular phones. The Osakis Ambulance Service and the Osakis Police Department are going cellular. Both departments brought cellular phone proposals to the city council during the July 5 city council meeting. The fire department has been using a cellular phone in the rescue truck since April of 1993.

Shaun Chermak wins mountain bike. Seven-year-old Shaun Chermak of Osakis was the lucky winner of a mountain bike in a contest sponsored by Pepsi, Food-n-fuel and Frito-Lay. The contest had been going on for six weeks with weekly winners drawn. The weekly winners each won a pack of Pepsi and a chance at the bicycle.

Council approves schedule for sewer project. The proposed extension of sanitary sewer lines into Gordon Township is one step closer to reality after the Osakis City Council voted to accept a proposal allowing the township to have two years of taxes after a portion of it is annexed into the city limits.

10 Years Ago

July 14, 2009

City struggles over $2 million water plant. Questions whether the city can handle another financial burden versus the probability of Osakis' 70-year-old water plant remaining operable were left unanswered Monday. Although a feasibility report says to move forward, the Osakis City Council struggled with the project's high price of just over $2 million.

Betts in World tourney. Chas Betts, grandson of Nona Betts of Osakis, punched his ticket to the World Championships of wrestling in Henring, Denmark this coming fall. Betts did so by winning a gold medal at the USA wrestling Senior World Team trials on May 30.

Creating quality trailheads. One of the wonderful natural assets we have here is the Central Lakes Trail. This paved gem runs 55 miles from Osakis west to Fergus Falls and is a superb asset for residents of the region as well as for visitors. It took 12 years to complete. The Douglas County Public Works Department spent countless hours and resources working with local volunteers and the Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources in making this trail a reality.