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Remember When, 1919: Underground rail near Osakis?

100 Years Ago

May 15, 1919

Petition for underground crossing. More than 60 farmers from Osakis township and Belle River met with the village council last Thursday evening to discuss the matter of petitioning the railroad company for an underground crossing west of town, to replace the dangerous grade crossing on the Ottertail road.

Pikes are biting. Several good strings of pike have been caught by local anglers this past week. Owing to the late, cold spring fishing the first of May was far from being up to standard, but all that is required is a little warm weather to make them take hold.

Stove explosion. Miss Nettie Middlemiss, the plucky night operator at the Great Northern Depot, narrowly escaped serious injury Tuesday evening as the result of a gas explosion. Miss Middlemiss undertook to rekindle the coal fire by the use of kerosene oil, with the usual disastrous result. The explosion nearly wrecked the stove and flames enveloped the clothes of the lady operator. Her cries brought Carl Samuelson, day assistant, to her aid and prompt action on his part saved the young lady's life. Other than a few burns on her right hand, she escaped serious injury.

50 Years Ago

May 15, 1969

VFW Auxiliary to sponsor float contest. The VFW Auxiliary will sponsor a Memorial Day float contest. All entrants will be required to participate in the Memorial Day parade and will be judged according to originality, neatness and best design symbolic of the Memorial Day theme, which is "Honor the Dead by Helping the Living."

Lanos add furniture line. Lano's Our Own Hardware store in Osakis in now in the process of expanding its line of merchandise to include furniture and a wider assortment of appliances. The Lanos have leased the building on the corner of Main and Central and are now in the process of stocking this building with their new line.

FFA banquet held. The FFA annual banquet was held on April 26. Highlights of the banquet included the awarding of Honorary Chapter Farmer to Mr. Randolph Peterson and the selection of Miss Peggy Garvin as Osakis FFA chapter Chapter Sweetheart.

25 years Ago

May 17, 1994

CMH building project underway. Community Memorial Home continued its community-oriented tradition Wednesday during the ground-breaking ceremony for the new assisted living apartment complex. More than 25 Osakis residents, friends, board members, administrators and contractors attended the ground-breaking ceremony to kick-off construction for the new 20-unit facility.

Osakis High School presents Hello Dolly. The Osakis High School fine arts department is ready to celebrate the spring season by presenting the Broadway musical, "Hello Dolly" on May 20-21. "Hello Dolly" is an exciting and charming story about the joy of living. With its enchanting songs and personality, it truly is a musical for all ages.

SADD students aim to save lives. Members of the Osakis Students Against Drunk Drivers (SADD) chapter, worked on gravestones that they placed in the commons area of Osakis Public School Thursday morning. The group set out 110 gravestones to represent half of the people who died in an alcohol-related car crashes last year.

10 Years Ago

May 19, 2009

Just horsin' around. There's a lot of fun included with competitive games played by horse enthusiasts during the Osakis Trailblazers' horse shows. This action took place during a weekend show May 9-10 held at the Osakis Trailblazer's arena in Osakis. The arena was built with funding from the Osakis Economic Development Corporation.

Another Prairie title for softball team. The Osakis softball team won its second straight Prairie conference title with its 11th straight win in league play in an 11-1 victory of Swanville on Monday. The Silverstreaks had already guaranteed themselves at least a share of the title, but they won it outright with the win over the Bulldogs in another dominating performance.

Both boys and girls win PRC championships. Both the boys' and girls' Osakis track teams traveled to St. John's University for the Prairie Conference Championship Meet and came home as conference champions last Wednesday. Cory Massmann led a great day with his running earning him recognition as the Prairie Conference Co-Most Valuable Athlete and Kelsie Larson won first in the 400 meter dash at the PRC meet and both the 200 and 400 meter dash at the PRC championships at Pillager.