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100 Years Ago

April 18, 1918

Fight against barberry plant. Teachers of all the schools of this county received a letter asking them to enlist the help of their pupils in digging up and destroying the common barberry plant — not the Japanese variety of this plant — throughout the county by May 15. The students are asked to look carefully over the grounds of his or her own home or farm for this common barberry plant and report to the teacher. Hopefully, we can eradicate this plant that chokes out our precious wheat plants.

Hoarding alert — government to take inventory of wheat flour issues. Anyone who insists on keeping more than one month's supply, or using more than 6 lbs. per person of wheat flour is considered a hoarder and will be dealt with accordingly. Hoarding of necessary foods is punishable by a fine of $5,000. Or imprisonment for two years, or both. It is hoped that no one from this village, county or state will place himself in the hoarder class.

Ernest Clark gets fine reception. Saturday night about 50 of the young people of the village and a number of relatives gave a party at the City Hotel in honor of Ernest Clar of this city. Ernest is home on a 15-day furlough from Fort McPherson, GA.

50 Years Ago

April 18, 1968

Jack & Jill plans grand opening. Loren Ortendahl, new proprietor of the Jack & Jill Food Center (now known as Loren's Jack & Jill) in Osakis, will have a big grand opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Featured will be many free prizes, free gifts and of course, many outstanding merchandise buys.

FHA Style Show. The Home Economics class and Future Home-Makers of America style show will be held April 23 at the high school auditorium. Garments hand made by the Home Ec students and the FHA members will be highlighted.

"Clean Up Week" announced. The week of April 21-27 has been proclaimed as "Clean Up Week" in Osakis. The Mayor and the Village Council encourage all citizens to join in the annual clean up of the premises. Let's all work together to be proud of our city.

25 Years Ago

April 20, 1993

Chamber gives Dairy Days $499.99. The Osakis Chamber of Commerce agreed on Monday April 12, that they would donate $499.99 for the Regional Dairy Days to be held in Osakis, June 19. The reason for this amount is due to by-laws. A donation of $500 or more would have to go to a vote at the May meeting. This gives the Dairy Days Committee the funds to proceed with planning.

4-H Share the Fun. The 4-H Share the Fun finals were held April 2 at the Eagle Valley High School auditorium. The 12 acts previously selected at the north and south festivities performed. The skit "Abbott and Costello Go to the Fair" presented by Scott Harris and Dan Durheim, with supporting actors from the Wykham Willing Workers 4-H Club, was selected as top act and is now eligible to perform at the 1993 Minnesota State Fair 4-H activities.

See Dinosaur Odyssey. The Odyssey of the Mind team will be presenting their award winning "Dinosaurs" program on April 20 in the school auditorium. All are welcome.

10 years Ago

April 15, 2008

Osakis hit by snowstorm. The Osakis city crew had an early morning clearing streets on April 11. The city was hit with approximately 10 inches of snow, with near white-out conditions, resulting in a spring snow day for the local school children.

Freddie Dean back on stage. On April 25, the Freddie Dean Reunion Band will perform at the AAAA Theater in Alexandria. Dean, a life-long resident of Osakis, started the first ever rock and roll band in the Douglas County area in 1960.

Auction for education. The St. Agnes Spring Fling Auction is scheduled for April 19 at the Osakis VFW. This year's event included the ever-popular student made quilts, along with several other items made and donated by the St. Agnes children.