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Remember When, 1918: Four die in frightful train crash

100 Years Ago

June 27, 1918

Every motorist to be his own mechanic. Every Minnesota owner of an automobile must don overalls and attend to his own automobile repair and service work after July 1. Auto dealers throughout the U.S., are asked to shut down services at their locations. All motorists must attend to the service of their own vehicle. According to information furnished by the ordinance department in Washington, there are at present more than 40,000 army motor trucks lying idle because of a shortage of mechanics. Stores are asked to supply auto parts, tires and motor oil, to motorists, but only in an as-needed basis.

Awful accident near Alexandria. A Soo Line Railroad Train struck an automobile, killing a man and two girls instantly, three miles south of Alexandria. A fourth passenger in the auto was injured badly and was taken to the Alexandria hospital, where she died a few hours later. The party was on their way to a picnic dinner when the frightful accident occurred.

Royal Leaguers at Osakis. The Royal League under the auspices of the Minnesota Advisory Council held its annual summer outing at Osakis last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 21, 22, and 23. They made the Linwood Inn their headquarters for this event. About 35 Leaguers were in attendance from around the state.

50 Years Ago

June 27, 1968

Fire destroys pole barn Thursday. Fire destroyed a pole barn and all of its contents on the Mrs. Mary Lou Ferris farm last Thursday evening. The fire, believed to be caused by lightening, flared up at about 7:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported but the fire destroyed the entire pole barn and about 800 bales of hay and straw, deemed a total loss.

Cycle accident. A local man received serious injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident on the lake road about three miles east of Osakis. Ronald Mikkelson was traveling to his cabin at about 2 p.m. Sunday, when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle on rain slicked tar. Passers-by helped him when they heard his cries for help and he was taken to the Alexandria hospital, then transferred to a St. Cloud hospital. Ronald sustained a fractured hip and a number of bruises but is expected to make a complete recovery.

Safe Boating. The week of June 30-July 4, has been declared Minnesota Safe Boating Week by Governor Harold LeVander. With over 15,000 lakes and 5.5 million acres of surface water, MInnesota is one of the nation's foremost boating areas. LeVander urged government agencies, private groups and the marine industry to help carry the water safety message to all state citizens.

25 Years Ago

June 29, 1993

Osakis man drowns. Maurice Gordon Gran, age 65 of rural Osakis apparently drowned in Lake Osakis Monday afternoon, June 21. Gran's body was recovered from the lake shortly after 3 p.m. after a search that involved the Todd County Sheriff's Dept., Douglas County and Osakis Rescue personnel and the Minnesota DNR. Gran apparently was alone when he was thrown from his boat.

VFW undergoes remodeling project. As of Wednesday, June 23, remodeling has begin on the Osakis VFW Post 7902 general meeting room. Rosenow Construction of Osakis will be doing the work. Phase one will go on until August 15, when Phase II is scheduled to begin. The Grand Opening date has beens et for November 5 with the Jack Schultz Orchestra providing the dancing music.

Local Navy officer works in Korea. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon D. Wysoski, son of Jon D Sr. and Dorothy L. Wysoski, of Osakis, recently participated in a 10-day combined military exercise entitled "Team Spirit 93", conducted in the Republic of Korea. Wysoski is with Commander Amphibious Group One, stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

10 Years Ago

July 1, 2008

Streets full of candy, sky full of lights. West Union parade and Osakis fireworks fun is planned for July 4. The fun begins at 2 p.m. when the parade takes place, followed by a potluck dinner. All attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. Then, at dusk, head on over to Osakis, where the Osakis Fire Department will ignite the sky with fireworks from the Osakis Country Club. Thanks to the communities support through donations, the event should make a big bang over Osakis.

Celebrity Auction. The Osakis Women's Association is hosting its annual Celebrity Auction on Saturday, July 12 at the Pollard Community Center in Osakis. The auction promises something for everyone, including many items signed by celebrities. Word has it that Oprah Winfrey is sending something for the auction, but what it is, no one knows just yet.

A Hoppin' good time. A little rain didn't drown out the spirits Osakis residents as they gathered to celebrate during the Osakis Festival held June 26-29. It was all serious business for the young boys who participated in the sack race, who had a hoppin' good time and the Rally for the Cure table, sponsored by the Osakis Country Club, won "Prettiest Table" title at the Festival Salad Luncheon, another popular event. Stay tuned for next week's paper for full account of the Festival.