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Remember When, 1968: Fire damages Buck Point Lodge

100 Years Ago

April 11, 1918

New car for rural carrier. John J. Hanson, mail carrier for rural route no. 3 is now making his trips in a spic and span new Ford touring car. Four of the five routes out of Osakis are now being made by automobile during the open months.

Scarlet Fever reported. Several cases of Scarlet Fever in a mild form are reported about town among children and a number of homes have been quarantined the past week.

Local man named Butter Grading Inspector by Governor. Chris Heen, Secretary of the Osakis Co-operative Creamery Co. and also Secretary of the Minnesota State Dairymen's Association, received notice on Saturday that he had been appointed by Governor Burnquist on the State Commission on butter grading and inspection. This is a department established to grade dairy products for safety and quality.

50 Years Ago

April 11, 1968

Fire damages resort. The Osakis Fire Department was called out at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening to the Buck Point Lodge where a fire was reported in progress in the office and store building of the resort. It was determined the fire was caused by a motorcycle gas tank explosion, where motorcycles were stored in the building during the winter months. The fire did considerable damage, but no injuries were reported.

New car wash to open here. Tom DeFoe announced this week that he will have a coin-operated car wash open in Osakis early in May of this year. It will be located right behind the Gulf gas station in the west end of town.

Douglas Bolin received the Army Commendation Medal. Sgt. Douglas A. Bolin, 25, son of Mr. And Mrs. Reuben J. Bolin of Rural Nelson, received the Army Commendation Medal during ceremonies at the U.S. Army Headquarters Area Command near Saigon, Vietnam on February 29. Sgt. Bolin received the award for meritorious service while serving as warehouse manager with Headquarters Detachment of the command.

25 Years Ago

April 13, 1993

Sibell, Moore buy resort. Darwin Sibell and Brenda Moore took over new ownership of the Head of the Lakes Resort on Lake Osakis. The co-owners have done some repair work on the resort, but said it was in really good shape so won't need to change much and plan to run the resort much the same way the Lunceford's did. Sibell and Moore, both natives of Osakis, hope to be at the resort for a good while.

Health Fair provides free health screenings. The sixth annual Douglas County Hospital and KARE 11 Health Fair will provide residents of the Alexandria area and surrounding communities with free health screenings on Friday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Viking Plaza Shopping Mall in Alexandria.

Improvement sparks creations. Four Osakis fifth graders displayed their creative inventions at the Minnesota Student Inventors Convention at the Viking Plaza Shopping Center on Tuesday, March 6. Brent Hanson featured his Strap-O-cleats invention, John Ferris showed his calf bucket creation, Chad Bjorstrom showed his fish decoy and Jason Volkman featured his Fold-Up Jiggle Stick. Each student had to present a step-by-step outline in how their invention was made.

10 Years Ago

April 8, 2008

Lake Osakis, still frozen. As of April 1, 32 inches of ice was still covered on Lake Osakis, compared to about 20 to 22 inches each year the last several years, according to Darwin Sibell, who has been fishing Lake Osakis for over 40 years. What began as the worst ice fishing season turned out to be one of the best. It doesn't appear that the ice will be leaving soon with the low temps we're still experiencing.

Nothin' But Gospel. The halls of the Osakis High School will be filled with Nothin' But Gospel music as the Gordon Men's Chorus and Friends offer a full afternoon of music on Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Osakis High School Fine Arts Auditorium.

Hooked on lures. Collector likes Osakis-made Fisherettos. Collector Alan V. Bakke displayed his vast collection old lures, including lures hand created by the Brown Brother from 1917 to 1947 during a recent local appearance. He has had many lucrative offers on some of the oldest Fisheretto lures he has displayed in his collection.