100 Years Ago

Sept. 4, 1919

Armistice Day to be state holiday. “Armistice Day,” Nov. 11, will be proclaimed a state holiday by Governor Burnquist. This announcement was made today in a telegram which he sent from Washington to the Osakis American Legion to be read at its opening session this afternoon.

Fred Luke buys the Star Dray Line. Fred Luke of Gordon closed a deal last week for the purchase from Myers and Clark of the Star Dray Line in Osakis, including three teams and all wagons, drays and equipment. The new owner takes possession October 1.

B.E. Blomquist back at pharmacy. B. E. Blomquist, who has recently been discharged from service in Uncle Sam’s Navy, is back to work again at the Blomquist pharmacy. Stop in and say hello and welcome back.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 4, 1969

Fire destroys hay and pole barn. The Osakis Fire Department was called to the Lambert Porttien farm, about 2 and ½ miles northeast of West Union at about 1:15 p.m., last Friday where a huge fire in a pole barn was underway. The shed was destroyed, along with about 5,000 bales of hay and straw. The fire was contained to the shed and its contents and there were no reported injuries. The fire was believed to be caused by an electric fencer.

Locker plant is sold to Wallace Simpson. Announcement of new management of the Osakis Meats and Processing was made this week by the Osakis Creamery Association. New proprietor of the locker plant is Wallace Simpson. Mr. Simpson took over the locker plant on Sept. 1.

Alvaron Heath is killed in truck accident. Alvaron Heath, former rural Osakis farmer, recently at Atwater Minnesota, was killed Friday when his truck loaded with sweet corn blew two rear tires and rolled over on U.S. Hwy. 12, three miles east of Litchfield. He died later at the University of Minnesota hospital.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 6, 1994

Stearns wins first feature at Viking oval. Butch Stearns of Osakis won the NASCAR/WISSOTA Supter Stock 25-lap feature race Aug. 27 at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria. Stearns opened the night with a runner-up finish in his heat race before taking home top honors. In the feature event for his first main event win of the season.

Referendum may be voted on by mail. At Thursday’s Osakis School Board meeting, talks of a possible voter referendum took a slight twist as board members learned they could present the referendum to the voting public via the United States Postal Service.

Growing Together to host open house. Growing Together is starting out the new school year with two days of outdoor fun open houses in the Early Childhood playground at the Osakis Elementary School. Outdoor games, activities and refreshments will be available for everyone to enjoy.

10 Years Ago

Sept. 8, 2009

New Look for Osakis Public School. Construction crews scrambled to finish exterior work outside the new south entrance to Osakis Elementary School just days before the start of the school year. A new bus loading area and entrance will be used the first day of school.

Hometown authors to speak at Heritage meeting. Two popular authors with Osakis connections will highlight the annual dinner meeting of the Osakis Area Heritage Center on September 24, 2009. Lin and Leif Enger will be the featured speakers at the event held at the VFW Club. Last summer the brothers both published boods — Lin Enger’s Undiscovered Country and Leif Enger’s So Brave, Young and Handsome.

Rolling in the dough at the State Fair. The Jacobs Lefse Bakery booth at the Minnesota State Fair has gained popularity and Jack Jacobs and his wife, Bonnie, man the booth during the fair’s 12-day run. Many fair-goers are interested in buying lefse ingredients, utensils to make the product and Scandinavian-related goods, but most buy the ready-made product to take home.