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Remember When, 1918: Exhausted soldiers get good news

100 Years Ago

Dec. 26, 1918

Good news from military. Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Stowers of Osakis received word Monday that their son, Erle, who is with the 151st U.S. Field Artillery (Rainbow Division) is safe. His division was on the front lines when news reached them of the armistice but instead of celebrating they dropped where they had been standing and went to sleep as they were completely exhausted.

Buttermakers' Convention winner. Carl Person of the Osakis Co-operative Creamery Co. has the distinction of winning second prize in the butter contest at the district Buttermakers' Convention held at Melrose recently. The sample submitted by Mr. Person scored 93 ½ . Score for 1st prize was 95.

A poem for the new year. My name is Nineteen Nineteen. You see I'm just brand-new; with a big joyous shout, Daddy Time let me out to bring new hope to you. Now that you've got my number, perhaps you rather doubt that I have come here to scatter good cheer and all the glooms to flout. Dad says the world's gone crazy and things are all dead wrong; but a new little boy brings a promise of joy, so greet me with a song! --Written by local author

50 Years Ago

Dec. 26, 1968

Northern spawning site. A new northern pike spawning area will be developed soon on Lake Osakis, Conservation Commissioner Jarle Leirfallom announce this week. Construction work will involve building a water level control structure, dikes and some channel work.

Hat's off to city street crew. Our hats are off to the city street crew who had a mammoth job this week of getting all of the snow cleared away. They were up bright and early on Sunday morning trying to get streets open so residents could make it to church. They were also on the job on Monday morning getting streets open. By mid-afternoon on Monday, they had the snow pretty well all off the downtown streets.

Now playing at the Empress Theatre. "How Sweet it is!" starring Debbie Reynolds, James Garner and Maurice Ronet. Sunday — Tues. at 7 p.m. Also playing: Walt Disney's "Blackbeard's Ghost" in technicolor on Sunday, 2 p.m. matinee.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 28, 1993

Brother/sister team locate medallion. The brother and sister team of Wade and Kelli Giesler struck it rich on Dec. 20 when they located the Chamber of Commerce medallion underneath the mailbox at the Post Office. Wade said he had been looking for the medallion since the first clue came out in the end of November.

St. Agnes presents Christmas program. The message of this year's Christmas program at St. Agnes School was that as Christians, people can celebrate Christmas through all the seasons of the year. Mrs. Hartmann and Mrs. Pat directed the music for the program that was performed Dec. 16.

Year in review: Famous people visit Osakis in 1993. Minnesota Twins outfielder J.T. Bruet,, who spoke to Osakis sixth grade D.A.R.E. graduates on Jan. 28; ex-San Francisco 49'er Keith Fahnhorst, who was a judge at the Osakis Festival's Second Annual Chili cook-off; U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL Seventh District, gave a press conference on Feb. 8 on the future of the U.S. agriculture budget at the Alexandria Airport.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 30, 2008

Reality TV to film at Lake Osakis. The North American Ice Fishing Circuit will host its first tournament of 2009 on Lake Osakis Jan. 4. Along with boatloads of anglers, camera crews from the new reality TV program, Ice Men — to air on the Sportsman Channel — will be at Head of the Lakes Resort and on Lake Osakis prior to and during the tournament.

County levy up. After months of meetings and countless hours crunching the numbers, Douglas County certified Tuesday its 2009 property tax levy and annual budget with final results totalling an increase of 7 percent.

2008: A year of improvement. While some may see 2008 as a year of tough times, Osakis did what it could to better the community and definitely found a way to make its mark in the county, state, nation and even the world.