100 Years Ago

August 14, 1919

Bible saves local soldier boy’s life. An escape from death rivaling a miraculous nature of anything that has yet come out of the war, took place when local boy, Bennie Witsoe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Wisoe, of Little Sauk, was spared by the pocket Bible and letters from home tucked inside the blouse of his uniform. The bullet was so much impeded that it stopped just inside the letters, but not before leaving a severe wound on the young lad’s chest. Had it not been for the Bible, the lad would have been instantly killed.

This is tough luck. Fred Meyers, the local drayman, is at the Dr. Meyer hospital in Osakis suffering from a fracture of the right leg above the knee, and will be laid up for several weeks. Mr. Meyers was engaged unloading a piano at the depot when the heavy instrument fell on him.

Grain turning out poor. Reports from threshing in this vicinity so far indicate that the wheat and oat crop has been hit much harder than was at first indicated. Wheat is running from 6 to 8 bushels to the acre and grading No. 4, testing around 53 pounds.

50 Years Ago

August 14, 1969

Douglas County Fair to open next Wednesday. The 60th annual Douglas County Fair will open a four-day run at the fairgrounds in Alexandria on Wednesday of next week, August 20. The fair will continue through Saturday, August 23, 1969. This year, Jimmy Dickens of the Grand Ole Opry will entertain the people at two evening grandstand shows.

Harvest is now underway. Although just getting a good start, the fall harvest is now in full swing in the Osakis area. Oats and wheat is being harvested this week, but barley and flax are not yet ready. Crops being harvested are about 10 days behind last year.

Fire damage nil. The Osakis fire department was called to the Art Heid farm, 11 miles NE of Osakis at about 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday of this week. A high line wire had started sparking and set fire to a hollow tree and was threatening to spread. The department extinguished the blaze and there was no damage.

25 Years Ago

August 16, 1994

Attempted burglary. For the second time in two months there was an attempted burglary at the Osakis Municipal Liquor Store. Police Officer Greg Johnson was notified at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday via an electronic alarm system wired to the city-owned liquor store. Johnson responded to the scene less than 20 seconds after the alarm system went off, but when he arrived at the scene the person(s) had fled. Deputies from both Todd and Douglas County sheriff’s departments also arrived on the scene. The back door at the Liquor Store was damaged during the attempted burglary, but there were no witnesses, suspects or leads in the case at this time and no fingerprints were recovered from the scene.

Chamber discusses upcoming events. Get Hooked on Fishing, and an annual teacher breakfast are just a few events coming in September that were discussed by the Chamber of Commerce at their last meeting held on August 8.

Muffin mania at Grammafest ‘94. Sarah Grundman cut muffins for the muffin contest voting during Grammafest ‘94 at Just Like Grandma’s in Osakis. Other events included performances by the Orphans from the Theatre L’HommeDieu production of “Annie” and the Resorters quartet. On Saturday Grammafest participants viewed both the antique quilt and button displays and a performance by Tina and Lena. There was also face painting, free balloons, pony rides, storytelling and an antique doll display.

10 Years Ago

August 8, 2009

Todd County prepared for H1N1. Todd County Public Health is putting plans in place to respond to a large outbreak of H1N1. Todd County Public Health Director Cheryl Schneider reported that the H1N1 flu virus has only had a mild impact during the 13 weeks that the medical profession has been aware of it. She stated that the most infected persons were experiencing only mild to moderate symptoms similar to seasonal influenza, so far.

Osakis meets AYP goal. The Osakis School District has reason to toot its horn. The district met annual progress requirements this year based on the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Douglas County Fair starts this week. The Douglas County Fair, starts on Thursday, August 20, and runs through Sunday, August 23, 2009. This year’s highlights include Demolition Derby Wissota Race, the Tractor and Truck Pull, the Grandstand show with Tina and Lena, and Kid’s Day, with two bicycles given away each day.