100 Years Ago
July 17, 1919
Hero's diary found on battlefield. The diary of Melvin Sweatt, a Todd County boy who was killed in action at St. Mihiel Sector, France, was found and sent to his relatives residing near Osakis. After waiting four long months with no word, Melvin's family was notified that he had fallen in a battlefield in France. Recently, his diary was returned to the family. It contained recordings of his life as a soldier, from his enlistment in May of 1917 to the day he died in battle on Sept. 11, 1918.
Buttermakers' picnic to be held. Osakis has been chosen for holding the annual picnic of the Buttermakers' Association for what is known as District Unit No. 8, Park Region Creamery men. The picnic will be held at the lakeshore park in Osakis..
Well-known newspaper man visiting Osakis. Dr. A. C. Gale and Mrs. Gale of New York City are guests at the Hotel Idlewilde. The doctor is well known in eastern newspaper circles having been connected with the New York Herald and a contributor to prominent magazines. He is the creator of "Jimmie, the Office Boy," which is syndicated all over the country.
50 Years Ago
July 17, 1969
Tornado hits local farm. August Clark, who farms in Belle River, reported a tornado touched down at his place, uprooting a path of trees and garden crops and twisting slightly one corner of a machine shed. No one was injured in the storm.
Rupp receives Nat'l Teacher honor. Dennis Rupp, Vo-Ag teacher at the Osakis public school was chosen as the outstanding young member from Minnesota of the National Agriculture Teacher's Ass'n. (NVATA), at the annual summer conference held in Duluth, July 7-10. The outstanding young member award is given to one member from each state who has an outstanding record as a teacher of Vocational Agriculture with five years or less of teaching experience.
Ladies Golf Tournament announce winners. The flight winners who participated in the Ladies Invitational Golf tournament on Tuesday, are: Sheryle Anderson, championship flight; Marge Schelfhout, first flight winner. LaVina Ferris, second flight winner and Gayle Eidenshink, third flight winner.
25 Years Ago
July 19, 1994
Osakis man injured in rollover accident. Members of the Osakis Ambulance Service were called out to tend to John Waldorf, an employee of Great Plains Supply Company in Osakis, who was injured in a rollover accident involving a forklift Thursday morning while at work. Waldor suffered a laceration to his right thigh and was taken to Douglas County Hospital. He was released from the hospital early Friday.
Osakis resident voices festival concerns. An Osakis resident voiced concerns over the problems associated with the Osakis Festival parade coinciding with the Alexandria Band Festival at the Osakis Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting on June 11. After some discussion, a Chamber member suggested that a letter be written to the Alexandria Chamber which would prompt a meeting to further discuss the issue.
Chamber hears proposal for Central Lakes Trail project. Some of the many community benefits described in the proposal for the Central Lakes Trail were expounded at the recent Chamber of Commerce meeting. Some of the benefits are a physical fitness opportunity, alternate transportation route, neutral or positive effect on property values, community pride, nature/environmental/wildlife observation and recreation for residents and tourists.
10 Years Ago
July 21, 2009
Street rods shining in the sun. A sun-filled Saturday offered a beautiful palette for car enthusiasts to show off their prized possessions during the Roddin' Round the Lakes car show July 11. The event, put on by the Central Lakes Cruzers Car Club, brought many visitors to Osakis for the weekend.
A difficult start for the class of 2010. The class of 2010 started their senior year with the funeral of a classmate, Andrew "Andy" Backouski, who died of complications to heart surgery in June. Andy and his family moved to the Osakis area in 2008 and attended Osakis High School for one year.
Hilde joined Prairie Home Companion. Pastor Steve Hilde of Osakis, bantered with Garrison Keillor on stage of the Prairie Home Companion's 35th anniversary on the Fourth of July live broadcast from the Lake Wobegon Trailhead Park in Avon.