100 Years Ago
July 3, 1919
"The Boys are Back" celebration. Under the auspices of the Osakis Commercial Club and the Business Men of Osakis, there will be a Fourth of July Victory Celebration. The program begins with the Civic and Industrial Parade, including all returned soldiers in uniform. Other events include: program at the park, a band concert, picnic dinner at the park, games and prizes, sports at the park with ball game at 3:30 p.m. a dance at the Pavilion, boat excursions to all parts of the lake all day and evening and a fireworks display.
Gilkinson family to celebrate sons. Howard Gilkinson, who has seen more than a year's overseas service is back to the old homestead in Osakis. His brothers Ross and Bryan are also home this week and the family is enjoying a reunion - the first where all members are present since the war broke out. All three boys were in the service.
New bandstand built in Lakeshore Park. The village council built a new band stand at the Lakeshore Park which is a permanent investment. The foundation is of concrete and the stand is screened with wire netting-a fine improvement. The park grounds have been cleaned and mowed and presents a most inviting appearance for the big celebration tomorrow.
50 Years Ago
July 3, 1969
Bids on new community center and fire hall to be opened. Bids will be opened at the village hall next Monday evening on the new community center and fire hall to be built in Osakis. Separate bids will be received for general construction work, mechanical work and electrical work.
Big fireworks display planned. The Osakis Golf Club invites members, guests and visitors to come out to the golf course and participate in the fun and fireworks display on the evening of July 4. The Osakis Fire Department will shoot off fireworks again this year. In case of rain, the fireworks display will be held Sunday evening, July 6.
W. Union Sisters to be honored on Golden Jubilee. On Sunday, July 6, there will be an open house honoring Sr. M. Angelus (Clara) and Sr. M. Frideburga (Ella) Bentfield on the Golden Jubilee of their Sisterhood at the John Bentfield home.
25 Years Ago
July 5, 1994
Board votes to hire two new teachers. Two new teachers will be roaming the halls of Osakis Elementary School next year. At its June 30 meeting, the Osakis School Board unanimously approved the recommendation by the administration to hire two new teachers to fill current vacancies for the 1994-95 school year.
West Union hosts sixth annual Fourth of July celebration. The West Union Fourth of July celebration went on as planned despite a torrential rain storm which passed through the Osakis area early Monday threatening to dampen parade-goers spirits. Those who did attend had a grand time.
School Board drops prom as school function. At its June 30 meeting the board voted 4-2 to drop the prom as a sanctioned school function, giving students and the public complete control over the event from fundraising to planning to decorating. The decision was based on the fact that the board wished to be bypassed directly from having to make any decisions regarding the prom.
10 Years Ago
July 7, 2009
DNR steps up invasive species enforcement. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is increasing enforcement efforts to prevent the transportation of aquatic invasive species from several lakes in the Alexandria area, including Lake Osakis.
Kids need a booster seat. Effective Wednesday, July 1, a child who is both younger than age 8 and shorter than 5-feet, 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat that meets federal safety standards. The purpose of the law, according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen, is that a booster seat puts children in the position of being belted in correctly.
Celebrating summer. It's been a busy summer in the Osakis area with festivals, parades and more. Children showed their competitive spirit in the sack race held at the Osakis Festival on June 27. The Kazoo Band was a popular entry in the West Union Independence Day parade on July 4. Also set for the summer is the Osakis Women's Association's celebrity auction and the Flower Pots and Garden Stops both scheduled on July 11.