100 Years Ago

Feb. 5, 1920

Influenza epidemic declared. Local physicians report that there are a number of cases of influenza in Osakis and vicinity. While the epidemic is not so severe as a year ago there are scattered cases of pneumonia following the “flu” and in a few instances other complications have developed.

Guess again, old top. The Sauk Centre Herald says that their American Legion Post is probably the only post in this section of the state to have a lady member. You are wrong, Brer. Asa, the Frankly J. Lyons Post of Osakis is honored by having two lady members on their roster – Miss Josephine Hintzen and Miss Amy LaMonte – both of who were enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps, the latter having seen overseas service.

Locals win by a point. Osakis basketball fans witnessed the most exciting game of the season last Friday evening when Osakis High met Melrose High at the gym here. The first half of the game was rather dead, ending in a score of 8 to 3, with Melrose leading. But the second half ended the game in a tie, necessitating two five minute overtimes. A final outside field basket shot by Osakis, brought a final score of 16-15.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 5, 1970

Douglas and Todd counties to receive highway funds. The Minnesota Highway Dept. today announced the apportioned county state highway funds for 1970. Based on revenues from the first half of the fiscal year, the total estimated apportionment for county state aid for the entire year amounts to $521,248,592. Of this, Douglas County will receive $514,464 and Todd Co. will receive $571,422.

Local serviceman injured in Vietnam now in States. Helmer Wright, from Osakis,who was injured in Vietnam fighting is now confined to a hospital for treatment. According to word his family here received, Helmer suffered leg injuries. He will be hospitalized indefinitely at the Fitzsimmons Hospital in West Denver Colorado.

4-H Radio Speaking Contest is held. Lynette Tyrrell of the A-1 4-H Club, Browerville and Enid Fiskness of the Peppy Peppers 4-H Club Osakis, were selected as the Champion and Reserve Champion of the senior division of the annual 4-H Radio Speaking Contest held recently in Long Prairie.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 7, 1995

Junior high baseball stays. Junior high baseball at Osakis schools will remain on the program for the 1995 spring season, following the Thursday, Feb. 2 Osakis School Board meeting. The Board considered possibilities for savings, but determined they will not need to remove junior high baseball from the program.

Big “O” Ice Derby held. About 400 ice fishing enthusiasts trekked out on Lake Osakis for the 8th annual derby held on Sunday, Feb. 5. Darla Tweet of Carlos took home $25 and top honors for the fish department for her 1 lb. 4 oz. walleye. Other big winners in the Big “O” Fishing Derby included Denny Walter, Trevor Green, Scott Schmidt, and Darrell Norby.

Adam Olson scores hole-in-one. A dream came true for Adam Olson of Osakis, on Feb. 1, when he scored his first hole-in-one. Adam was playing a qualifying round at the San Antonio Country Club in Texas with three other members of the Texas Lutheran College golf team when he aced the 15th hole. He used a seven iron to can the 168 yard shot.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 5, 2010

Off-duty police officer dies after crash. A snowmobile crash resulted in the death of an off-duty Alexandria Police officer, Patrick Callaghan. The accident was believed to have happened on the Central Lakes Trail near Liberty Road, east of Alexandria.

Osakis Review wins two state awards. Osakis Review Editor, Greta Petrich won second place in feature photography and the newspaper won second place for general reporting at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention. Greta accepted the award from MNA President and Osakis Review publisher, Jody Hanson at an awards banquet held on Jan. 28.

City raises parking fines. A parking ticket just got more expensive in Osakis. The Osakis City Council approved raising the fine for a parking ticket from $10 to $25 at the regular meeting held Feb. 1.