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Remember When, 1919: Three brothers die from influenza

100 Years Ago

April 10, 1919

Three brothers die within one week. A very sad incident occurred last week when three brothers, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Wilcox, died on the A. N. Drake farm east of Villard. All three died from influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Wilcox had just purchased the farm and had moved in on March 3. Glenn Wilcox, 26, Roy Wilcox, 24, and Leo Wilcox, 22, all contracted colds while on the train, which then developed into influenza and pneumonia. Doctors did all they could to help the lads, but each succumbed to their illness.

Lovers of music pleased with performance. A music program given by Mr. Edwin Harris Bergh, the violinist at the High School auditorium on Tuesday evening brought enjoyment to all who attended. Mr. Harris performed a varied and pleasing repertoire and the program was well attended by local community members.

Weather a mixed bag. With cyclones in Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, and snow, sleet and rain pelting North Dakota and Upper Minnesota, weather conditions here this week are about as mixed as political conditions in Europe.

50 Years Ago

April 10, 1969

Remodeling to begin soon at liquor store. At a special meeting of the Osakis village council on Tuesday of this week, it was decided to go ahead with the project of remodeling the Municipal Liquor Store. The bid of Benedict Plumbing and Heating for the entire job was accepted by the council.

Local man injured in two-car crash. An Osakis man ended up in the hospital on Monday afternoon of this week and his car nearly demolished as a result of a two-car accident three miles northwest of Osakis. Ray LaFrenz is expected to make a full recovery. The other driver, Jim Hinnenkamp was uninjured.

Mantoux tests to be given at public school. Mantoux tests will be given Tuesday April 15 at the public school to all elementary students who have returned signed consents. Others wishing to find out if they have been exposed to tuberculosis at some time may also attend. There is no charge.

25 Years Ago

April 12, 1994

"There's no fat left." After approving a tentative budget of more than $2.7 million for the 1995-95 school year, the Osakis School Board shifted gears and began to discuss which programs might have to be changed or cut to meet the budget balance.

Osakis denied Small Cities grant. After more than five months of waiting, city officials recently learned that Osakis did not receive a Small Cities grant. The much-hoped for grant would have aided the city in building a new water tower and in the rehabilitation of homes.

OHS senior selected to American Bowl. Mike Collins, senior at Osakis High School, is one of 32 students in Minnesota who has been invited to play in the American Bowl, a football game with Team Minnesota playing Team Maine in Ireland in June.

10 Years Ago

April 14, 2009

Council considers new water plant. The Osakis City Council members found themselves with a "gift" of economic stimulus grant money of $20,000 to use toward a new water plant. Brian Hiles from Landteam, the city's engineering firm, presented opportunities available for Osakis at the regular city council meeting April 6. The federal economic stimulus has made about $25 million available to Minnesota for water treatment projects.

Osakis man dies in crash. A 32-year-old Osakis man died in a one-vehicle rollover northeast of Osakis on Saturday morning. Jeremy Baker was driving north on Todd County Road 37 in his 2000 Ford pickup when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled. Baker died as a result of his injuries.

Alexandria chapter to help Osakis Let's Go Fishing. Thanks to a merger of sorts, the Osakis group will continue to operate the Let's Go Fishing organization in Osakis. This merger with Alexandria's group will continue to allow more seniors, who might not otherwise get the opportunity, a chance to get out on the lake for fishing or boating expeditions.

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