100 Years Ago

May 22, 1919

Osakis Observer founder has died. Pioneer Minnesota newspaper man, Mr. Frank Jay Meyst, died at his home in Minneapolis May 7, at the age of 61 years. Meyst founded the Osakis Observer in 1880 and will be remembered by many of the old timers here.

Rainbow Division boy back home. Earl Stowers, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Sowers of English Grove, who had the distinction of fighting with the famous 151st Field Artillery of the Rainbow division, was back in Osakis last Saturday for the first time since he returned from 18 months of strenuous service overseas. Earl enlisted in April of 1917 and went with the first contingent that left Villard. He endured the hardest fighting of the last six months of the war, and came home without a scratch.

1919 Class to graduate. High School commencement exercises will occur this year on June 4 at 8 p.m. at the high school auditorium. There are 13 members of the class of 1919, with 11 girls and two boys. The class lost some of the boys at the outbreak of the World War, when a number of them enlisted in the Army or the Navy.

50 Years Ago

May 22, 1969

Seniors to receive diplomas. A class of 68 Osakis High School seniors will receive diplomas at commencement exercises to be held at the high school auditorium on Saturday. Commencement speaker is Mr. Sigurd J. Ode, assistant to the State Commissioner of Education. Elaine Walsh was named Salutatorian and Diana Sargent is Valedictorian of the class.

VFW bike promotion a huge success. The VFW Lite A Bike Safety promotion, held on Monday evening of this week was a huge success. Over 200 bikes were brought up to the village hall to have VFW members put reflective tape on them. Several rural folks also stopped in to pick up tape to take home to put on bikes. The purpose of the program was to attach reflective tape to the bicycles to make them more visible at night and thus avoid accidents.

New basketball coach hired. At a special meeting of the Osakis public school of education held on Tuesday evening of this week, the contract of Mr. Terry M. Meek was approved as mathematics instructor and head basketball coach. He comes here from Colome, SD.

25 Years Ago

May 24, 1994

Booster club ends first year. The Osakis basketball Booster Club netted $1,400 for its first year to support the basketball program. It began on Dec. 18, 1993, in a cooperative effort to support and enhance the basketball program at OHS after learning the district could no longer afford to hire additional coaches for ninth grade basketball players.The booster club not only paid for two C-squad coaches, but for the officials as well.

Haug, Fearing re-elected to Osakis School Board. Incumbents Avis Haug and Jim Fearing each were re-elected to serve three-year terms on the Osakis School Board in the May 17 general election. Their new terms will take effect July 1.

Former Osakis student selected Teacher of the Year. Marlene Klukken, a 1961 graduate of Osakis High School, recently was named the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She is married to Osakis native, Gary Klukken whose mother, Irene, still resides in Osakis.

10 Years Ago

May 26, 2009

Commencement set for this weekend. Eighty-one high school seniors are set to graduate from Osakis schools this weekend. Lakes Area Charter School will hold its graduation Thursday, and Osakis High School graduation is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the school gym.

City offices to stay put. Osakis City Council members voted in favor of a stopgap measure to allow time for planning before making any official move to the Osakis Information Center, therefore, Osakis city clerks won't be moving to the Information Center - at least for the time being.

Volunteers help restore Battle Point. Restoration work began at Battle Point on Lake Osakis last week. One of the biggest challenges of the project is to reduce the major erosion that occurs to the shoreline due to constant wave action all around the point. Volunteers helped line the shore with willow sticks that are secured around rock-filled tubes to keep them in place. The willows will gradually grow into the shore, resulting in a secure way to protect the landscape.