100 Years Ago

Jan. 15, 1920

New Herberger-Cruse Co. store one of finest in the northwest. Osakis’ most notable building improvement the past season is the new Herberger-Cruse Company’s big department store. Nearly $20,000 was expended in remodeling the old building and new fixtures that have been installed will increase the expenditure another $3,000.

Yates sells lumberyard. Another important business deal was closed today involving the transfer of the big retail lumber and coal business from W. A. Yates to the Washburn-Nerrick Lumber Company of Napoleon N.D. Mr. Yates is one of the oldest, best and most highly regarded businessmen in Osakis, having been a member in business here for the past quarter century.

Doctor to remain in Osakis. Dr. A. A. Meyer advises the Review this morning that there is no truth in the rumor that he has decided to leave Osakis. While the doctor has had a flattering offer to locate in a neighboring town, he has decided to remain in Osakis.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 15, 1970

Chamber makes plans. The first meeting of the new year was held by the Osakis Chamber of Commerce last Monday evening with 20 members in attendance. The financial report for the past year was read by retiring secretary, LLoyd Anderson, as well as the appointing of 14 committees for 1970.

New rescue truck. The Osakis Fire Department has added a rescue truck to its fleet of trucks, complete with flashing lights, siren and a radio unit, which will be connected to the other trucks. The local firemen feel it will be a valuable addition to their equipment.

Concordia Band to play here. The finest in band music of every age will be featured on the program played by the Concordia College Concert Band at its appearance in Osakis. The concert will be presented in the high school auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Director J. Robert Hanson has arranged a program appealing to every musical taste.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 17, 1995

$14,706 cut from school budget. The first cuts in an attempt to balance the 1994-95 School District budget were made at the Osakis School Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12. Cuts were the school bus activity for $8,600, beginning Jan. 20; the boys tennis program, for $32,506; and a reduction in the budget from $5,400 to $2,600 for the counselor’s salary.

A sweetheart of a promotion. Some lucky Osakis business patron will be taking his or her sweetheart out on the town courtesy of the Osakis Chamber of Commerce on Valentine’s Day. The Retail Trades Committee of the Osakis Chamber solidified plans for a “Sweetheart Special” promotion to be held in February.

Icy weather hits. The highway leading out of West Union was so icy it mirrored the signs alongside it on Thursday morning. The January storm dumped rain and about 3 inches of new snow onto Central Minnesota before it was over. Dense fog accompanied the ice-over, making driving even more treacherous.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 22, 2010

Secret formula for success. The Osakis Wrestling Club’s success is such a secret none of the members know the formula. While wrestling is a sanctioned OHS sport, the K-6 program is run through Community Education and funded completely by the Osakis Wrestling Club.

Historic film festival. On a summer day in July of 1957, Osakis celebrated its centennial anniversary with the longest, biggest and best parade in Osakis history. The parade was captured on film and is just one of the many events from the past included in the “Mini Film Festival of Historic Osakis” to be shown Sunday afternoon, Jan. 24, at the Pollard Community Center.

A touch of Ireland. Brett Cowdery of Osakis sang and played his guitar while accompanied by his grandfather, Mikko Cowdery, and other members of Skilly & Duff and Friends. The group gathered in Osakis Jan. 16 to help raise funds for St. Agnes School.