100 Years Ago

Nov. 13, 1919

School may close for lack of coal. Due to the national coal strike, coal contracted for the schoolhouse has failed to reach here to date and unless a carload said to be en route reaches here before Monday, school may have to close next week. Dealers are out of coal and many supplies at homes are low.

“Minnesota Kid” stops in Osakis. A returned serviceman who is traveling under the cognomen of the “Minnesota Kid” and is mounted on “Black Gipsy,” said to be a descendant of the famous Dan Patch, is undertaking the longest horseback ride ever undertaken by anyone. Minnesota Kid passed through Osakis Saturday where he stopped for dinner and is en route to Jacksonville, Fla., covering a distance of 4,000 miles.

Now playing at the Empress Theatre. Saturday night’s feature has Rosemary Thebe in “Love’s Pay Day,” and Wednesday’s feature includes Baby Mary Osborne, America’s youngest movie star, in “The Little Diplomat;” all good comedy. 10 and 20 cents.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 13, 1969

NSP makes change in underground wire service. Northern States Power Co. has announced a change in the practice of installing underground cable to provide service for those wishing this type of wiring. In the past, the property owner has had to provide for his own installation and maintenance of the underground system. NSP will provide information on service for those home owners wishing to install underground cable.

Village operating budget shows increase for 1970. The village council set up the operating budget for the year 1970 at their November meeting. The budget for 1970 is set at $87,251; which is a 36% increase. This budget will include all the monies required to operate the village in the various departments.

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25 Years Ago

Nov. 15, 1994

Carpenter earns bid for mayor. Jim Carpenter, who was running in the first mayoral election, defeated Marianne Shrode and Rose Mathews by tallying 346 votes to earn the two year seat. When told that he had been successful in his bid for mayor, Carpenter said he was pleased in the vote of confidence the voters have shown him and that he has no drastic changes planned for the city; he intends to keep the lines of communication open.

Veterans honored in special ceremony. Osakis residents joined in the national observance of Veterans Day, by attending the annual Veterans Day program at Osakis Public School sponsored by the VFW and Auxiliary Post 7902. The ceremony included a variety of songs performed by the Osakis High School Band and Choir and the advancing of the colors by VFW Post and Auxiliary members. Pastor Ron Calvert gave the invocation, while James Carpenter provided the Veterans Day message.

Couple purchases Lakeland Motel. Jerry and Barb Wenthold are the new owners of the Lakeland Motel in Osakis. The couple purchased the motel on Nov. 1 and moved to Osakis after farming in Rushford, Minn. for 25 years. The Wentholds said it was just the right timing for them. They are eager to settle in and meet people in the community.

10 Years Ago

Nov. 17, 2009

Stomach virus hits Osakis school. A nasty virus struck the Osakis Elementary School Friday, November 6, and at its peak, sent 35 students home sick. According to Douglas County Public Health, which responded after the school reported numerous students vomiting, the school was struck by a Norovirus. It hit hard and fast and hopefully it’s over.

A solemn tribute to soldiers. Osakis High School Band Director Randy Resley played taps as local veterans saluted the American flag during the Veterans Day program Nov. 11. The special program honored veterans of all branches of the service with performances by the OHS band and choir and video presentations made by OHS students.

Brazilian student enjoys deer hunting experience. While the words may not come easily, an Osakis foreign exchange student used pictures to enhance her hunting story in translation back to her family in Brazil. Nina Leite, who is staying with Les, Delores and Chelsy Bukowski, enjoyed going out with her host sister during the deer hunting opener on Nov. 7 and watched while Chelsy brought down her first deer.