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Remember When, 2008: School building project approved

100 Years Ago

June 20, 1918

Osakis residents hear patriotic address. A good representation of both men and women of Osakis and vicinity came to hear the thoughtful, sympathetic attitude of the strong, straight-forward talk of Hon. C.J. Gunderson of Alexandria at the Empress Theatre. Gunderson spoke on the necessity for a united American nation and warned against the efforts of the German propaganda to stir up class hatred and division of the peoples.

Ice cream social. The M.E. Ladies Aid will hold an ice cream social at the Nels M. Evenson building. Ice cream and cake will be served. Everyone is cordially invited.

Special events planned for the Fourth. Remember the great celebration at Alexandria, July 4, in honor of the soldier boys. The government will have a display of machine guns and other war materials and, probably, an aeroplane. Great parades and speech by noted orator and a picnic dinner will be enjoyed. Everyone is encouraged to take part.

50 Years Ago

June 20, 1968

Introducing Dr. A.M. Nielson. Dr. Adrian M. Nielson is the new associate in the Osakis dental offices of Dr. J..A. Jacobson. Dr. Nielson arrived in Osakis to begin practice on Monday morning of this week. He is the son of the late Dr. Alvin M. Nielson, M.D., of Northfield, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Tornado Warning System can save many lives. In the wake of the tragic tornado in Tracy, Minn., and other parts of Minnesota last week, Osakis residents are reminded of the tornado warning system in effect in this village. This system was begun last year. The warning signal, any time of the day or night, is the fire alarm sounding for three 30-second blasts with an interval of two minutes and then another three 30-second blasts.

Big fireworks display. An invitation is once again extended to the general public to enjoy a big Fourth of July fireworks celebration at the Osakis Country Club.

25 Years Ago

June 22, 1993

Rat-a-tat-tat! The Nite Express Drum and Bugle Corps from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will perform in Alexandria's Vikingland Drum Corps Classic on Saturday, June 26. Each of the six corps performing will stay at area schools to sleep and to practice their show in preparation for their evening performance. Nite Express will be housed at the Osakis School and will be hosted by band director Randy Resley and members of the Osakis High School Band.

A Taste of the Big Apple. The Osakis High School Senior Choir and choir director, Joel Hillius, toured New York and Washington, D.C. They saw Wall Street, The Empire State Building, the Aerospace Museum, the Vietnam Memorial and many other historical sites. Hillius said, "I think the trip was very, very worthwhile. Educationally, you couldn't beat it. There were many highlights and I'm pleased with the way the kids of Osakis handled themselves all the way through."

Festival celebrates its Jubilee. If Lillian (Lil) and Loren Ortendahl didn't come to Osakis in 1968, the town most probably wouldn't be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Osakis Festival. Lil said the idea for the festival came to be because she heard many people asking why the town couldn't have a yearly celebration like other cities have. Lil said, "They put on a hoopla of old fashioned days. They had a big Centennial parade." She went on to share how much time, effort and planning went into each event and was surprised and pleased it has lasted for 25 years.

10 Years Ago

June 24, 2008

Task force favors building project. The Osakis School Board approved the issue of more than $7 million in building bonds for a school building project at a special meeting on June 16. If approved by voters, this project would involve updating the school science labs, adding elementary classrooms, creating a new lunch area and rerouting school buses "The end result will provide extra room all around the building," Tom Grundman, board chair explained.

Osakis is Great in 2008 — the Year of the Volunteer. Summer has finally arrived on the doorsteps of Osakis, along with the highly anticipated Osakis Festival. Each year, for 40 years, Osakis has been celebrating the pleasure of living in such a close-knit community. This year's theme honors the volunteers who help the town in more ways than one.

City considers fishing pier. Osakis Mayor Gary Astleford wants the city to look into the possibility of building a fishing pier off of the public beach on Lake Osakis. Astleford envisions a pier on Lake Osakis similar to the floating pier that's on Lake Victoria near Alexandria, which, he noted, is heavily used.