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Remember When, 1968: Osakis Red Owl store closes

100 Years Ago

February 7, 1918

First Junior Red Cross of Osakis organized. The Junior Red Cross Organization held its first meeting in Osakis on Tuesday evening at the home of Inez Peterson and elected officers. This club of young people has been organized for the purpose of doing Red Cross work.

Shipping Association has big year. Nearly 100 farmers attended the annual meeting of the Osakis Livestock Shipping Association at the Metcalf Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The Association had a very successful year and was touted as having the lowest shipping prices and is one of the best managed of the many farmers' cooperative organizations in the state.

Osakis Schools in patriotic pageant. "The Story of the American Flag" will be presented as a Red Cross benefit at the Osakis Public School. Superintendent E. N. Hamilton states that this pageant promises to be the finest thing of its kind ever staged in Osakis.

50 Years Ago

February 1, 1968

Richard Hoff is OHS Teacher of the Year. Richard Hoff has been chosen "Teacher of the Year" at the Osakis Public School. The honor was bestowed upon him by the PTA in recognition of his past services and dedication to the profession of education.

Red Owl store closing business here. Otto and Dona Wagner announced this week they will be closing out of business in the local Red Owl store. The Wagners have been owners and ran the Red Owl for the past eight years. They will be retiring and remaining in residence in Osakis.

Valentine party at Country Club. There will be a Valentine party at the Osakis Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Members and their guests are invited to attend.

25 Years Ago

February 2, 1993

MN Twins player, J. T. Bruett, guest speaker at Osakis School. MN Twins player J. T. Bruett was guest speaker at the local sixth graders DARE graduation celebration held Thursday January 28. The high point of his message to the graduates was was based on the fact that our decisions lead to consequences. "If we choose drugs, our goals and dreams can be torn down by drug and alcohol abuse."

Exchange student fits in Osakis well. Katja Grensing, from Kiel Germany has found the town sizes between her town of Kiel and Osakis to be fairly similar but with some differences. She noted that the town size may be the same, but has found Osakis to be a far friendlier and more welcoming town. "Everyone is so kind and has offered to help me in any way." She found peanut butter to be the most "important food in the United States that isn't found in Germany".

Project Together sponsors Valentine activity. Project Together is sponsoring a "Be My Valentine" cookie decorating activity on Feb. 4. Fee is 50 cents. Call the Community Ed office for more information.

10 Years Ago

January 29, 2008

Reliving childhood. Members of the Osakis Senior Center gathered Jan. 23 for the Osakis Senior Derby. They decorated and raced Matchbox cars down the local Boy Scouts' Pinewood Derby track. Clarence Sargent won first place, while Edna Johnson won most decorated car.

Mission trip completed. The First Presbyterian Church in Osakis joined in the Multi-Presbytery Gulf Mission blitz Trip the week of January 19-26 and sent four persons to help in the rebuilding process in New Orleans.

Kindergarten successful. If results are in the numbers, then St. Agnes Kindergartners are succeeding by leaps and bounds. The children took the STAR literacy test at the start of the school year and at mid-year have made gains comparable to a whole year of kindergarten classes in the past.