100 Years Ago

Nov. 20, 1919

Dealers get coal. The coal shortage, which threatened last week to interfere with the operation of school, was relieved this week by the arrival of four train carloads of soft coal for local dealers. There is still a hard coal shortage locally.

E. J. Lennes dies from result of fall. Internal injuries sustained by a fall from off the roof of the new house on the farm in Gordon, resulted in the death of Ed. J. Lennes, age 47 years, well known farmer. Mr. Lennes had just completed a fine new farm home when he met with the accident. He leaves behind to mourn his heartbroken widow, his two small children and his widowed mother.

Community Thanksgiving service. The public is earnestly requested to meet next Wednesday evening at 8, in a Community Thanksgiving service at the Union church. Addresses will be given by Revs. G. C. Fenscke and A. W. MacNeill. Special music will also be provided.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 20, 1969

Fire destroys farm buildings Sunday morning. The Osakis fire department was called to the Russell Anderson farm, at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, where a barn and machine shed were on fire. Both buildings were beyond saving when the department arrived. Completely destroyed were a barn and a number of pigs and hay inside, along with a machine shed, used for storing hay.

El Fezler named new assessor. Elvin Fezler was hired this past week to serve as assessor for the village of Osakis. He replaces Jim Chapin, who resigned recently from this position.

Chamber makes plans for Christmas. The retail trades committee met on Tuesday morning of this week to finalize the plans for the Chamber for the Christmas season. Plans include evening shopping hours, Christmas drawings, free movies, talent contest and a contest among the stores for the best decorations for the holidays.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 22, 1994

New record set for Osakis Creamery over $17.3 million. Sales are up over $800,000 for 1994 at the Osakis Creamery Assn., according to the annual report made by manager Jim Eveslage at the annual meeting held Saturday at the Ed Pollard Community Center. In addition to the milk prices and volume being up, Oakis Creamery’s fertilizer sales, and patron supplies sales were up, while the feed sales were about the same as 1993.

Osakis readies for holiday season. The Christmas decorations are up and waiting for the Friday, Nov. 25, 6 p.m. lighting. Other seasons festivities planned for Osakis include: Santa Day, a variety show, a medallion hunt, residential lighting and store window decorating.

H & R Block Partnership buys Brouns Service. Broun’s Tax Service of Osakis has been sold to the Mounsdon/Rutten Partnership and will be run as an H & R Block office. “We perceive ourselves in Osakis as a small personal tax office, with a large commitment to service, and a large network of tax knowledge and experience to stand behind us,” said Elaine Mounsdon.

10 Years Ago

Nov. 24, 2009

Osakis families enjoy music and movement. Singing, dancing, clapping and playing vegetable instruments kept local children and their parents busy during music and movement night at Osakis Early Childhood Family Education. The event included a hands on performance by Ross Sutter, who gave them an opportunity to try out all of his instruments.

Visitors are the best gift for 105th birthday. Wilbert Melzer is still living well as he ponders turning 105 on December 1, was asked what’s the secret to his long life? “There’s always some bumps, always some bruises — that’s life,” he said. “To still be around…I think I’m just lucky.”

Handling a hectic harvest. Farmers are dealing with rain, mold after an unseasonably wet October. Corn moisture has been reported anywhere from 22 percent all the way to 40 percent. According to Jim VonWahlde, agronomy manager at the Osakis Creamer, “Quality of crops is going to be a big issue. At best it’s going to be an average year.”