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Remember When, 1918: Partake of free, sparkling cold water

100 Years Ago

August 29, 1918

Automobile goes into ditch. A Ford touring car said to have been driven by a man living three miles west of Alexandria, whose name we have been unable to learn, went into the ditch a quarter of a mile west of the George Jeffrey farm on the Alexandria road at an early hour Tuesday morning. The car struck the iron railing and dropped into the creek some 10 or 12 feet below. When the lone occupant came to, he was said to be holding tightly onto the steering wheel. It was thought that his injuries were not serious. Alcohol being found in the vehicle is suspected to be in part to blame for the mishap.

Picnic for Normal class. The Normal class of 1918 of the O.H.S. held a reunion and picnic at the lakeshore last evening. A picnic dinner was served and the seven young ladies who participated had the best time ever.

New drinking fountain installed. The new drinking fountain which has been recently installed at the Rexall Store corner by the city council is now in full operation and all who thirst are invited to partake fully and freely of the sparkling, cold water drawn from a hundred foot well.

50 Years Ago

August 29, 1968

Fire destroys straw. The Osakis Fire Department was called to the Harold Rutten farm, about four miles north of Osakis at about 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, where a pile of baled straw had caught fire. By the time the department arrived, they found the blaze had gained considerable headway in the straw pile and one side of the garage right next to the straw pile. Between 1,600 and 2,000 bales of straw were destroyed in the blaze and damage was done to the siding and door on the garage. Cause of the fire has not been determined.

Jan Sliper sets two new state freestyle field archery records. Jan Sliper of Osakis, set two new state records while winning the junior girls freestyle state field archery championship at Coon Rapids last weekend. Earlier this summer, the 14-year-old daughter of the Bill Sliper successfully defended her state target archery championship at Shakopee by establishing a new state record in the "900 Round."

Local residents invited to Lewis dedication. Osakis residents have been invited by their Sauk Centre neighbors to a western style barbecued beef luncheon to be served free to all on Labor Day. The event will highlight the dedication of the boyhood home of Author Sinclair Lewis as a national landmark.

25 Years Ago

August 31, 1993

Area law enforcement officials combine efforts to arrest drug dealers. A countywide effort to reduce drug trafficking in the Douglas County/Alexandria area, members of several different law enforcement agencies have joined efforts during the last 18 months in an undercover "sting" operation. Friday, August 20, authorities revealed they had arrested 68 individuals during the last 18 months on felony drug charges.

Thinspreading to begin soon. The Douglas County Board unanimously passed an ordinance regarding the land application of petroleum contaminated soils at its regular meeting Aug. 25 at the Douglas County Courthouse. The "thinspreading ordinance" outlines the procedure and guidelines which must be followed by those who opt for this method of disposal.

Rare radish. Lloyd Gettel of Osakis produced an 18-inch white radish from a $2 package of seed. The monster radish was picked in the end of July.

10 Years Ago

August 26, 2008

Working for wellness. Tony Van Acker joined the Galeon campus as its wellness director earlier this summer. He has spent this time getting to know the people, working on an assessment program and planning for all the wellness facility. He said he is excited to work with a staff that understands wellness is better than the traditional medical model.

Quilts Along the Trail. The Quilts Along the Trail show in Osakis will be held Saturday, Sept. 6. A special section featuring "Log Cabin" designs is planned as a feature attraction this year. Space is limited so quilters are encouraged to register early.

School shares science scenario. On Sept. 9, Osakis School District taxpayers will be asked to cast their vote on a $6.7 million building referendum. Included in that plan is the addition of three, 1,400-square-foot science labs. Emily Wolf, who teaches earth and life science at Osakis High School, listed safety as her top concern. Right now, the room 113 has only a total of 630 square feet. The simple issue of space limits the use of a safe hands-on lab activities that are instrumental for deeper learning.