100 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 1920

Osakis families quarantined. Osakis families have been quarantined for influenza the past week and the attendance at school has been cut about 33 percent because of the epidemic. In most cases the disease is in a milder form than last winter, the physicians say.

Firemen election. The old officers of Osakis Pioneer Fire Company have been elected and their selection approved by the village council, are listed as follows: Chief, Ed Bowman; Assistant Chief, W. A. Peacock; Secretary, James Yates and Treasurer, Frank Quinn.

Big lake gull sighted. Verne Frye reports that he saw a big lake gull flying across Osakis lake last Friday. How many gulls does it take to bring spring in Minnesota? This should be an easy one for some of our nature experts.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 1970

Chamber discusses housing. A better than average sized group of businessmen were on hand for the regular Chamber of Commerce meeting on Monday evening of this week. Main item of discussion at the meeting was the possibility of expanded housing in Osakis to accommodate the industry of the area. Tom Zache of the Farmers Home Administration was present to discuss the various aspects of the government programs for loans that are available through his office.

Heart fund receives memorial. Gifts to the Heart Fund in memory of Carl C. Nelson, late resident of Osakis, were made last month and will be used for research into the causes and control of heart disease it was announced today by Joseph P. Perino, Memorial Gifts chairman of Douglas County, Minnesota Heart Association.

Measles clinic to be held. German measles (rubella) vaccinations will be given in Osakis and 10 other Douglas County towns the first week in April. Children from one year of age through 6th grade are urged to take advantage of this important immunization.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 14, 1995

Wrestlers win title! The Osakis varsity wrestlers officially captured the Prairie Conference title by beating Upsala, 45-18, Tuesday. The Silverstreaks appeared to have the crown sewed up a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t official until Tuesday. Royalton came in second.

City awards contract for sewer bonds. Miller and Schroeder Financial, Inc. of Minneapolis was the low bidder on the $342,595 temporary bonds for the sewer extension project, with a net effective interest rate of 5.19850 percent. The Osakis City Council awarded the contract to Miller and Schroeder at the regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 6.

Technology coming to city elections. Osakis voters will be faced with new technology the next time they go to the polls. The City Council voted Monday, Feb. 6 to purchase a used ballot tabulation machine for $5,000.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 2010

Veterans Drive debate circles the county. Gary Peterson, commander of Long Prairie American Legion Post 12, opened the public comment period prior to the convening of the Feb. 2 meeting at the Todd County Board by stating his organization’s full support for designation of a veterans highway and scenic drive in Todd County. Peterson said his organization stands ready to raise funds to purchase signs “to properly label the routes and direct traffic to points of interest.”

Osakis earns MSBA award. The Osakis School District received the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) District Award of Distinction, an honor that recognizes Osakis’ superintendent and school board members for their commitment to good governance through board training. Osakis was one of eight districts in the state to receive the prestigious award this year.

Miraculous wins spelling bee. It was a miraculous win as Peter Hagen claimed the championship title in the Osakis spelling bee after just six rounds by spelling the word “miraculous” correctly. Hagen will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 23 in Fergus Falls.