100 Years Ago

Jan. 8, 1920

Business changes mark new year. The opening of the new year is marked by important business changes in Osakis. Following the purchase of the H. R. Halverson Company furniture and undertaking business by R. H. Lamphear mention of which was made in these columns before the holidays, comes the announcement that Wm. Baker has bought the interest of his partner, John Staflin, in the mercantile business at “The Busy Corner.” The change took place the first of the year.

Village raises $306. Dr. E. Haberman, chairman for the Red Cross Christmas seal drive in Osakis, reports that the sale of stamps and health bond in the village aggregated $306.86. This is more than double the allotment for the villages the size of Osakis.

Measles outbreak. Miss Mildred Olson’s school in the Perriton district has been closed on account of a measles outbreak. We will let you know when it reopens.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 8, 1970

Osakis residents will pay 26% more in real estate taxes this coming year. Residents of Osakis, and of most other sections of Douglas County, will be in for an increase in real estate taxes to be paid in 1970, according to statistics released by County Auditor Bob Pennar. Osakis village residents will be faced with a 26.5% increase in the mil levy is 386.01 mils as compared to 305 mils in 1969.

Osakis to host wrestling invitational tourney. The local school will host the invitational wrestling tourney this year. The event will be held at the Osakis High School gym on Saturday, Jan. 31 with teams from eight schools participating.

Red Stocking Campaign nets $228. Mrs. Larry Engstrand, Neighbor-to-Neighbor chairman of the Children’s Home Society of Minnesota’s “Little Red Stocking” appeal for Osakis, announced that a total of $228.56 was contributed by the residents in the recent fund drive.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 10, 1995

Mayor, councilman sworn in at annual meeting. Mayor James Carpenter was sworn in as the new mayor at the annual Osakis City Council meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 3. City Clerk Lyla Engfer administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Carpenter, who then called the meeting to order, and himself swore in new City Councilman Greg Johnson. Carpenter replaces C. J. Mohror, who did not run for re-election after serving as mayor for seven years.

Bids on sewer project. The Osakis City Council voted Tuesday night to proceed with the Lake Osakis sewer extension project and to call for sealed bids for general obligation temporary construction bonds. The action followed a public hearing at which many of the 30 citizens gathered asked questions about the proposed $1.3 million sewer extension project around the southeast side of Lake Osakis.

Streaks win Melrose tournament. The OHS wrestling Silverstreaks won three straight to take home top honors in the annual Melrose four-team tournament Friday, Jan. 6. The Streaks edged out Parkers Prairie 30-26, then man-handled the Cardinals of Upsala 48-22, before facing the Maple Lake Irish for the tournament championship.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 15, 2010

Teachers settle contract. Just days before the Jan. 15 contract deadline, Osakis teachers received a 5.52 percent increase in pay and benefits over the next two years. The Osakis School Board approved the master agreement with the Osakis Education Association at its regular meeting, Jan. 11.

Speeding across the snow. During bone-chilling temperatures of 25-below, Kayla Neumann of Osakis battled through a turn in the Vintage One Lunger Series (VOL5) Big Ole Holiday Spectacular snowmobile races that took place on Lake Darling on January 2. The Neumann family won three divisions – Kayla in the Junior Singles; Randy in the Free Air Super Stock; and Tyler in the 0-370 HD race.

City talks tower. Is a 250 foot tower something the city wants in its Industrial Park? That question generated a lot of discussion at the Osakis City Council meeting Jan. 4. Maximum Communications Cellular wants to lease or purchase a 75-by-75-foot piece of land to construct a freestanding tower.