100 Years Ago

Jan. 22, 1920

Chris Heen chosen president. At the annual meeting of the State Association of Farmers’ Mutual Fire Insurance Companies held at St. Paul last week, Chris Heen of Osakis was elected president of the association by a unanimous vote.

High class musical treat. “The International Quartette,” the popular Doughboy attraction which appeared Friday night at the high school auditorium under the auspices of the local American Legion, gave a very pleasing concert to a fair house. The only regrettable feature was that owing to the show time in which to advertise the attraction and the bitter cold night, the attendance was nowhere near what the talented merited.

Olson sells variety store to Alexandria man. Henry T. Chan of Alexandria has bought the Olson Variety Store stock and fixtures and taken a two year lease of the building from Mr. Olson. He took possession of the business on Jan. 15. Mr. Chan is an ex-service man, having been mustered out of the Army last april.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 22, 1970

Helmer Wright, Jr. injured in Vietnam. Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Wright, Rt. 4, Alexandria, received word that their son, Helmer Wright, Jr. was wounded in action in Vietnam on Dec. 31. He has no permanent address at this time and will be transferred to a hospital in Japan soon.

Diocesan School Bd. suggests dropping 7th-8th grades at St. Agnes school. A recommendation to have one teacher per class and to close the seventh and eighth grades at St. Agnes school in Osakis was made by the St. Cloud Diocesan School Board at a meeting held at St. Agnes on Thursday evening last week. This decision was made after a study was made of the needs and conditions of the schools in the Diocese.

Hats off to the Streaks! The Streaks basketball team made a big comeback last Saturday evening, in a surprise win, downing the Bertha-Hewitt team, 74-70. The Streaks were behind for most of the game but came back to win it with 26 points scored in the 4th quarter.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 24, 1995

Lake Osakis Resort Association in national ad program. The Lake Osakis Resort Association will be participating in the national In Fisherman magazine co-op ad program for 1995. Calls have already been coming into the Osakis Visitor and Heritage Center since the ad appeared in the February issue of In Fisherman magazine.

School cancelled. Icy conditions caused cancellations of local schools on Tuesday of this week. Many of the kids took advantage of the school day closure to enjoy a time of sledding. Wade Lang, 7, and his brother Derek, 5, enjoyed sliding down an embankment on First Avenue near their home. They are the sons of Steve and Gina Lang, from Osakis.

Arne Olsen retires as county treasurer. A. C. (Arnie) Olsen, treasurer finance officer for Douglas County, has retired after 24 years of service to the county. While in service, Olsen was a director on the National Board of Finance Officers and County Treasurers.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 22, 2010

Retreat teaches self-worth. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Those words of Eleanor Roosevelt mirror the message presented to the Osakis High School (OHS) 7th graders by their peers. The kindness retreat, led by the OHS 9th grade students, brought students together with prospective role models who spent the afternoon helping the younger group realize their self-worth.

A winning catch. Haley Bruder caught the winning fish at an ice fishing contest during the 2010 Junior High Youth Rally at St. John’s University, Jan. 10. She won largest fish with a 7-inch sunfish and also fastest fish caught.

Brothers battle in bee. Peter Hagen and his brother, Nils, were the top two finishers in the Osakis Geography Bee. Nils didn’t let age stop him from narrowly passing his older brother to take the win and be named champion for the second year in a row.