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Remember When, 1918: Clothes collected for war victims

100 Years Ago

Sept. 19, 1918

Clothes for war victims needed. Five thousand tons of clothing for the destitute people of occupied Belgium and France is the subject of a campaign announced by the American Red Cross in Washington. The Red Cross groups of Osakis will commit to doing their part in this campaign. Contributions may be left at the M.E. parsonage in Osakis any day during the week of the drive, Sept. 23-30.

War Relic Train to visit Osakis. F. H. Borchert, chairman of the Liberty Loan Committee for Douglas County, announced that the schedule for War Relic Train advertised for this county next Monday, Sept. 23, has been changed from the "Soo" road to the Great Northern, and will therefore stop at Osakis from 10:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. Great crowds have visited the War Relic Train wherever it has been and special guards are appointed in all the towns where the exhibit is shown. The special train will be accompanied by a band from the great Lakes Naval Training Station, and speakers will deliver short addresses.

Huge steamship bears Indian name of this village. The New York Times of Sunday, Sept. 8, printed a story of the launching at Arlington, Long Island, of the big steamship "Osakis." This is indeed a distinction and leaves Osakis not only on the map but places her on the water. Only cities of the first class are thus honored.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 19, 1968

New beauty shop. A new beauty shop will open in Osakis on Wednesday of next week. The business to be known as "Cut and Curl Beauty Shop" will be located in the building just west of the Westside Recreation on Main Street. Owner of the new venture is Lydia Olson.

Four youths injured in accident. Four Osakis teenagers were injured in a one-car mishap on a gravel road about seven miles northeast of Osakis last Wednesday evening. The four had been coon hunting in the area and were traveling north down a gravel road when they came to a sudden unmarked dead end — where this gravel road intersects with another road running east and west. The driver attempted to turn but missed the road, flipping the car and injuring all passengers and driver. They were taken to the Alexandria Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries.

Council calls for $189,000 bond vote. The village council has set up the date of Monday, Oct. 21, as the date for a special bond issue election to determine whether or not residents approve of plans by the council to float a total of $189,000 in bonds to cover the cost of an improvement program, which includes a new fire hall and community building, a new fire truck, three-way radios for the police and fire departments, a new well and some street extension and sealing work.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 21, 1993

Board to vote on refinancing. In a special board meeting held to further discuss the refinancing of bonds, the Osakis School Board was left with four choices: Refinance the 1990 bond issue, refinance the entire $4.8 million capital loan, refinance $3 million of the capital loan or do nothing.

Old log building finds new home. A log building approximately 100 years old recently was removed from the Ray Mikkelson farm and rebuilt on the grounds of the Visitor and Heritage Center in Osakis. The building, which has withstood years of harsh weather and long winters, is in relatively good condition.

Bank receives 16th five-star rating. Bauer Financial Reports, Inc., a bank research and rating firm, announced Sept. 15 that the First National Bank of Osakis has been awarded its 16th consecutive five-star rating. This prestigious, nationally recognized award ranks The First National Bank of Osakis superior for safety, strength and performance. It has displayed uninterrupted excellence in banking.

10 Years Ago

Sept. 23, 2008

Autograph for a proud teacher. Leif Enger signed copies of his two novels, "Peace like a River" and "So Brave, Young, and Handsome" for his former school teacher, LaRayne Johnson. Johnson helped Enger to get his first poem published when he was in her third grade class at Osakis Elementary School. Enger and his brother, Lin Enger, author of "Undiscovered Country", came to Cherry Street Books in Alexandria for a book signing Sept. 13, where they were greeted by many Osakis friends and fans.

Osakis pizza shop and patrons give back. Log Cabin Pizza in Osakis recently donated $1,000 to the March of dimes, thanks to the generosity of their patrons. With a weekend campaign to "feed your family while helping others," the restaurant advertised it would give all the profits made the weekend of August 15-17 to the March of Dimes charity.

Cub Scout bike rodeo. Osakis Police Officer Chad Gulbranson posed with members of the Osakis Cub Scouts after discussing bike safety during a bike rodeo in August. Participants practiced riding safely, obeying rules of the road and had fun too. A drawing was held for new bike helmets.