100 Years Ago

August 7, 1919

First aeroplane to pass Osakis. Osakis village got its first look at an airship at about 7 o’clock last Friday evening when the hum of its motors attracted the attention of many who happened to be outside. The machine was seen by more people living on the southside of town than elsewhere. The aeroplane appeared to be soaring about a half-mile high and its motors sounded like a racing automobile with the exhaust pipe wide open.

Motorists will build highways. Many counties of the state, including Douglas County, have already begun to bond and build paved roads in anticipation that the Babcock road bonds are going to carry, although the issue will not be voted upon until Nov. 2, 1920. The Babcock plan throws the burden of taxation to pay the bonds onto the auto owners and the Minnesota Highway Improvement Association.

Suspects held. Three men who are charged with the burglary of the C. H. Larson general store and Falk’s pool hall at Carlos recently, were arrested by the sheriff of Pope County at Glenwood and are now boarding with Sheriff Vickerman in the county jail at Alexandria. The suspects are said to hail from Minneapolis.

50 Years Ago

August 7, 1969

Lakeview Lanes reported sold. Lakeview Lanes in Osakis has changed hands, it was announced this week. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jensen of this community have purchased the bowling establishment and are now in the process of lining up leagues for the new season, which will soon be getting underway.

Big Fish Headquarters. O’Neill’s Resort near Osakis last week was named Big Fish Headquarters in the World’s Largest Fishing Contest sponsored by the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press newspapers. The Big Fish Headquarters certificates was awarded for a 1 lb., 13 oz. sunfish, 12 inches long and 13 ½ in girth, caught on Smith Lake near Osakis by Arlie Kendall of Jefferson, Iowa.

Students at both schools to be transported. The board of education of the Osakis Public Schools approved the plans this week to put into effect the operation of transporting both the public and parochial students on the school buses, beginning with this coming school term.

25 Years Ago

August 9, 1994

Karen Collins receives MDA state achievement award. Osakis resident, Karen Collins, received the 1994 Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Personal Achievement Award for the state of Minnesota. The national MDA Personal Achievement Award winner is selected from among all the state winners.

OLA meeting addresses septic inspections. The septic system inspections on Lake Osakis are almost completed. More than 600 on-site septic system inspections on Lake Osakis are slated for completion by the end of October. Bob Mostad, manager of the Sauk River Watershed District, reported that of the 200 on-site septic system inspections which had taken place, 47 percent were in compliance and 53 percent were non-conforming.

Bales donate flag to St. Agnes School. Douglas County Commissioner Bev Bales and her daughter, Becky, recently donated an American flag to St. Agnes School. The flag was given to the Bales by the Veterans’ Office in honor of the late William “Bill” Bales who died of cancer in March of this year.

10 Years Ago

August 18, 2009

A family gives back. Chad and Kristie Giesler and their two teenage daughters spent two weeks in Guatemala on a medical mission trip. They’ve returned home to Villard hoping to find a way to raise funds to build a new water tower for the Christian orphanage. While in Guatemala, Brianne Giesler found the best gift she could give was love.

School raises lunch prices, freezes activity fees. Facing more than $7,000 in losses to the school lunch program, the Osakis School board decided to increase meal prices for the 2009-2010 school year. Meals will increase by 15 cents. Since the expenses were mainly connected to the price of meals, the school board decided to freeze activity fees for the next school year.

Softball teams successful. The Osakis 17U softball team won the West Central Softball League title this summer. The team finished the season with an 11-3 record, defeating Long Prairie-Grey Eagles, 4-1, before falling to Sauk Centre in the tournament.