100 Years Ago

Jan. 30, 1919

Child fractures arm. Morgan Anderson, 11 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernt Anderson, had the misfortune to fracture his right arm above the elbow while skiing on the lake Tuesday afternoon. The strap on one of his skis broke and Morgan was thrown in such a manner as to break his arm. He had just recently recovered from a severe attack of the influenza.

Contempt of court. Osakis man who refused to answer bond questions now sorry. Mr. T. H. Fezler of Osakis was brought before Judge Parsons and answer to a charge of contempt of court. Mr. Fezler had been alloted the comparatively small sum of $150 in the Fourth Liberty Loan campaign in Douglas County and he had not only failed to take the allotment but he said to have made slighting remarks about the loan and the methods of securing money to prosecute the war. Judge Parsons sentenced him to pay a fine of $50 or spend 30 days in the county jail under the contempt charge, but suspended the sentence on condition that he take the bonds.

Special attraction at the Empress. Sniper Larson, late of the Princess Pat famous Canadian Light Infantry, wounded twice in service "over there," will speak on the historic 1916-1917 battles of Ypres, Somme, Vimy Ridge and Hill No. 70. Reels will be shown of actual wars scenes at the Empress Theatre on Feb. 3. Admission is 15 or 25 cents.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 30, 1969

Duke DeCann now sole owner of the Empress. Bill Sliper and Duke deCann announced this week that they have dissolved their partnership in the operation of the Empress Theatre in Osakis. The two men and their families had operated the Empress since last August, when they purchased it from Ira Smith. Mr. Sliper will confine his business interests to the operation of the Bill Sliper TV and his archery supply business in Osakis.

Fire destroys snowmobile. The Osakis fire department was called to a fire in the neighborhood of the Kral farm, east of town at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. A snowmobile was on fire and badly damaged. No one was injured.

Minimum farm wage increases. Farmers are reminded that the minimum wage in covered farm employment advances from $1.15 to $1.30 an hour on Feb. 1, 1969. Gerald J. Mitchell, Regional Director of the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour and Public contracts Divisions, pointed out that principally covered are large-scale farming operations involving use of more than 500-man days of agricultural labor.

25 years Ago

Feb. 1, 1994

Court case. An omnibus hearing has been set for Feb. 7, for a 36-year-old Osakis man who was charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct. At this hearing it will be determined if the evidence against the man can be submitted into court or if some of it had been obtained in an unconstitutional manner. He was charged with a complaint by child protective services, in a report of criminal sexual conduct with two children. If found guilty, he could face a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment and/or a $40,000 fine for each count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Fishing Derby. The seventh annual Big "O" Fishing Derby is set for Sunday, Feb. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Lake Osakis at the downtown access. Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by the Osakis Chamber of Commerce, are $3 and can be purchased at the gate or from local merchants.

Ag department receives "big bucks." The Osakis High School Ag Department received a check for $200 from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association as part of the new large mammal curriculum being developed. The FFA chapter also received a $250 check from the Sauk River Phantom Bucks.

10 years Ago

Feb. 3, 2009

The fish are biting. There were a total of 186 fish houses on Lake Osakis Jan. 8. That's a 13 percent increase over last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Ryan Kessler of the DNR said that any increase is positive news and added that this winter, while offering good fishing, hasn't provided ideal ice for travel.

Herpetology clinches bee. The annual spelling bee began with 20 spellers chosen from Osakis Public School grades five through eight. Seventh grader Katie Anderson won the contest after nine rounds. Anderson confidently spelled rhinoceros and slowly clinched the win by correctly spelling herpetology. She will compete in the regional bee in Fergus Fall on March 3.

A smashing finish. Ezra Paradee represented the Osakis Tae Kwon Do organization at his first tournament held in Duluth Dec. 17. He placed third in sparring and third in forms. Osakis Tae Kwon Do classes are open to adults and children as young as 5 years old.