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Remember When, 1969: Parallel parking begins downtown

100 Years Ago

March 6, 1919

Osakis wins second place in girls' contest. The Sub-District Declamatory and Dramatic contest was held in Alexandria Friday evening, Feb. 28. There were four high schools represented. Luciele Jensen placed second in the Declamatory and fourth in the Dramatic contest.

Soldier home from French front. Lieut. E. O. Doyle, who 18 months ago gave up his dental practice in this city to offer his services to his country, is back from France, and from his own testimony is mighty glad to get back alive and well. The doctor is some 15 to 20 pounds heavier than when he left, is as tough as whipcord and can outrun a jack-rabbit, which he needed when he sprinted towards the Hindenburg line.

Wheat laden train car jumps track. A car loaded with wheat jumped the track just in front of the depot in Osakis at an early hour Saturday morning and tore up the new semaphore by the roots. The car which was the sixth one from the rear was attached to an eastbound extra freight. Conductor W. J. Snyder, said the rear truck left the rails a short distance this side of Nelson due to a broken flange on a wheel.The truck jumped along on the ties and shaved off the bolts and spikes all the way down until the car left the tracks.

50 Years Ago

March 6, 1969

Dress shop sold. Sale of Lillian's Dress Shop in Osakis was announced this week. New owner is Marline Movold, who has been operating the Osakis Sewing Center fo the past 10 years. Mrs. Movold took possession of the dress shop on Monday morning of this week and will be combining the two businesses. Mrs. Movold states she will continue pretty much the same lines carried by Mrs. Barner while she operated the store.

No damage in two rural fires. The Osakis fire department was called out twice this past week with no real damage resulting at either place. At 9:00 last Saturday the department was called to the Eugene Waldorf farm, about 6 miles northwest of town. Mr. Waldorf had set fire to an old building he wanted to get rid of. There was no damage to any other buildings at the property. At 9:05 a.m. on Monday the department was called to a chimney fire at the Bern Gray home in rural Osakis. The fire was extinguished with no damage done.

Parallel parking to begin. New signs will be installed in downtown Osakis, after which parallel parking will go into effect on the south side of Main Street from the Great Northern Depot down to the Creamery corner. Also, the village authorized a 48-hour limit on parking in the village parking lot, located across from the post office.

25 Years Ago

March 8, 1994

Principal shaves off half of his moustache. As a quest to motivate students to read over 100,000 minutes during "I Love to Read Month," Elementary Principal Greg Asala promised that he would shave off half of his moustache if that goal was met. And it was. On the average, each student read for five-and-a-half hours to meet the goal and on Friday, Principal Asala followed through with his promise and had one-half of his moustache shaved off.

New dialing plan. Beginning Sept. 17, 1994, telephone customers in Minnesota will have to change the way they make their long-distance calls within the state. At that time, it will be necessary for customers to include the 612, 507 or 218 area codes on every long-distance call made. Customers currently dial a 1 plus the number to make a long distance call. After Sept. 17, they must dial a 1 plus the area code, then the number to complete a long-distance call.

Kim Mallin honored at DECA conference. Kim Mallin, Osakis resident, attended a state level Career Development Conference in Duluth for DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi Association) from Feb. 22 through Feb. 25. Under the auspices of the Alexandria Technical College Marketing and Sales Management program, she competed in two events and received a third place trophy in the master Employee level of the Sales Representation competition and one of the top eight finalists in the Industrial Marketing team event.

10 years Ago

March 10, 2009

Officer earns medal. Officer Calvin Uhl wasn't thinking about medals when he responded to a welfare check last June. Instead, when the suspect pulled out a loaded shotgun, Uhl's instincts kicked in and he did all he could to maintain control of the situation. His bravery will be rewarded this spring when the Osakis Police officer receives the Medal of Honor.

Osakis girls headed to section championship. The Silverstreak girls' basketball team upset top-seeded Morris-Staples-Motley on Saturday night to advance to the Section 6AA-West championship. Jacque Quistorff was one of three Osakis girls in double figures bringing the Silverstreaks to a 60 to 55 victory.

Osakis boys capture prairie conference. The Osakis boys' basketball team wrapped up its sixth straight Prairie Conference title with a 49-41 win over St. John's Prep on Tuesday night. The Silverstreaks came into the game needing a win to guarantee them of at least a share of the conference title. Upsala did them a favor by handing Royalton its third conference loss with a 20-point win over the Royals. That left Osakis as the outright champions of the Prairie Conference with a 10-2 league record.