100 Years Ago

March 13, 1919

Soldiers get bonus. Chairman C. H. Jensen of the Douglas County Draft Board says that the revenue act approved Feb. 24, 1919, authorizes the payment of a $60 bonus to members of military forces separated from active service. Every soldier or nurse who has been honorably discharged from the service of the government is entitled to a bonus of $60.

Social dance at Hotel Idlewilde. By much request, the management of the Hotel Idlewilde, has decided to host dances on Friday evenings, beginning on March, 14. Music will be provided by the Osakis band. Several of the old members of the band have returned from the army and the organization is in highly creditable shape to furnish music for any occasion. Everyone invited and a general good time is anticipated.

Dr. A. G. Gilkinson's offices moving. Dr. A. G. Gilkinson is moving his offices this week from the Caughren block to the Park Region hospital, over Lamphear's store.

50 Years Ago

March 13, 1969

Former resident writes book. "A Backwoods Boyhood" is a booklet written by a man who grew up in this area. He is Captain Louis H. Roddis, Medical Corps, U. S. Navy, Retired. Dr. Roddis grew up on a farm on the north shore of Lake Osakis and graduated from the Osakis Public School in 1906. The booklet contains recollections of a boy's life on a lake shore in Todd County in the early 1900s.

Athletic banquet draws large crowd. A crowd of nearly 100 people, comprised of high school athletes, coaches, businessmen and others, were in attendance at the annual athletic banquet held at the public school cafeteria on Monday. During the program, which followed the fine turkey dinner, it was announced that Bob Holt and Brad Rosdahl were chosen to be next year's basketball captains and Clifton Peterson and Gary Anderson the next year's wrestling captains.

Township elections in area bring small turnout. Very little interest was shown in the township elections in this area on Tuesday of this week. Leslie township was the the only one in the area that had any form of contest and it was this township that had the largest turnout of the voters with 94 appearing at the polls.

25 Years Ago

March 15, 1994

City council approves hearing for bonds. Community Memorial Home began as a community-wide project in the 1960s and still continues to operate today under those same principals. The Osakis City Council will hold a public hearing at City Hall to discuss Community Memorial Home's request for a city bond issue to help finance its upcoming building project.

Moving day for Lind-Rite Precision. Workers at Lind-Rite Precision spent the majority of the day, March 2, moving their equipment from their Alexandria location to their new home in the old NAPA Auto Parts Building in Osakis.

Jim Waldorf graduates from Auctioneers School. Jim Waldorf of Osakis graduated from Continental Auctioneering School of Mankato Feb. 19. Each student received instruction in all phases of the auction profession as was awarded a diploma and the title of Colonel from Rich Haas, president of the school.

10 Years Ago

March 17, 2009

City gets thumbs up from audit. Osakis has 12 months of disbursements available. Financially, the city's sitting pretty good, according the Michael Bosl, who presented the annual audit report on March 2. Overall receipts for the city were up $25,000 in 2008. While the auditor cited the city with some minor compliance findings, there was a significant improvement over last year.

Students bring history to life. Fourth graders at Osakis Elementary School shared their knowledge of historical figures by presenting a wax museum on Friday. Each student studied his or her subject, then memorized facts and dressed up as the person. Visitors could press a button to bring the historian to life.

Osakis Easter Day children's party in question. Should the Osakis Easter Day children's party continue? That's a question facing a local woman who's wondering if her efforts are worthwhile. The Chamber decided last year that the party no longer fit into its mission of bringing business to Osakis. Hoping the event would be snatched up by another organization, Lil Ortendahl picked contributed her time and efforts to solicit money and recruit volunteers for the event. It takes approximately $1,200 and multiple volunteers to put on the party and so far, she's received one donation of $150 and little interest in volunteers.