100 Years Ago

Dec. 4, 1919

Douglas County students at farm school. Elinore Fairfield of Osakis is one of several boys and girls from Douglas County who are attending the Minnesota State School of Agriculture at University Farm, St. Paul. The school is part of the Department of Agriculture of the University of Minnesota and has graduated more than 2,500 young men and young women, 95 percent of whom returned at once to the farms and farm homes to win success as farmers or farm homemakers.

Home talent benefit play. There will be a home talent play, entitled “Dolly Travers’ Inheritance” at the Belle River Catholic Church next Sunday evening, Dec. 7, given under the auspices of the Drywood Community Club for the benefit of Frank Sursley who has been laid up with a protracted illness.

Osakis’ new dray line. Earl Nichols and C. A. Carter have formed a co-partnership and established a new dray line in Osakis to be known as the City Dray Line. The boys started in for business last Monday and Mr. Nichols has full charge of the work. Their slogan is “No job too small and none too big for Nichols.”

50 Years Ago

Dec. 4, 1969

Petition thrown out; salary ordinance is approved. An ordinance granting a pay increase to the Osakis mayor and trustees was approved by the council on Monday evening of this week and will take effect on Jan. 1, 1970. The council took the action after a petition asking for a vote on the matter, was thrown out because of irregularities. Under Minnesota law, salary increases are granted the mayor and trustees by adoption of an ordinance. Under advisement of the village attorney, the council rejected the petition, due to one petitioner signing the document twice. Since the deadline has now passed for presenting a valid petition, the ordinance was approved.

New apartments. Planning is going ahead on proposed new apartment units to be built in Osakis. The board of directors of the Community Memorial Home is carrying out this preliminary planning and their eventual aim is to erect eight apartments, if the demand is enough.

Village okays radio bid. The village of Osakis has accepted a bid from the Motorola Communications and Electronics Inc., of Minneapolis, for radio units for the police and fire departments, in the amount of $3,494.80.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 6, 1994

Santa Day a success. Santa Day, held Saturday morning at the Osakis Community Center, was deemed a huge success. The event was sponsored by the Osakis Chamber of Commerce and put on by the Osakis High School FFA chapter.

Taxation hearing sparks concerns. A variety of factors influenced the rise in property taxes many Osakis residents witnessed on their tax forms this fall. And one of the main reasons for the increase was a tax shift from metro Minnesota to rural Minnesota. At least that’s what a packed house was told at the Osakis school District truth-in-taxation hearing Thursday night.

OWA sponsors Mitten Tree. The Osakis Women's Association continues in the spirit of giving by once again sponsoring the Osakis Mitten Tree. The Mitten Tree will be located at Go-Fer Pizza and is designed to help children that might not be receiving very much for Christmas this year due to family hardship.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 8, 2009

Wolterstorff takes title. Nick Wolterstorff earned championship honors in the Melrose Early Bird Invitational Friday at the 119 pound class, helping lead the Silverstreaks to a third place team finish behind Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg-Motley. Wolterstorff racked up a pair of pins and a decision en route to his title, including a 3:46 fall in the championship match.

Lake Osakis froze Dec. 6. A slow, trickling cold finally dropped temperatures enough to bring winter to Osakis; the lake is frozen. Officially, the ice-over date is December 6, 2009, which is a little later than last year, when the 2008 ice-over of Lake Osakis occurred on Nov. 25.

Skating success. Gretchen Majerus recently received 4th place finishes in both the compulsory and free skate events at the Granite City Classic skating competition in St. Cloud. She is the daughter of Ron and Dianne Majerus of Osakis