100 Years Ago

Feb. 26, 1920

Big auctions advertised. Some of the largest farm sales of the season are advertised for the coming week in the Osakis territory. Besides the farm auctions, P.P. Flint is advertising a public sale of all of his household furniture for next Saturday at his residence. Mr. Flint is leaving Osakis and nothing will be reserved.

Band officers chosen. At the regular Monday night band rehearsal this week, the following officers were unanimously elected: Treasurer, A. T. Blomquist; Secretary Harry R. Jones and Business Manager, J. P. Hines.

Income tax time. Cash payments of income taxes should not be sent by mail, says Collector of Internal Revenue, E. J. Lynch. A taxpayer will find it more practical to purchase a Post Office money order or draw a check for the amount of the tax, payable to Collector of Internal Revenue E. J. Lynch, St. Paul, Minnesota.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 26, 1970

Douglas County Hospital outlines plans for proposed $5,250,000 annex. A large crowd of Douglas County residents were present at an open meeting, held at the Jefferson High School in Alexandria, on Monday evening to hear plans of a proposed $5.25 million addition to the Douglas County Hospital.

Bargaining begins for teacher contracts. Representatives of the Osakis public school board of education and of the Osakis Education Association met on Monday afternoon of this week for the first bargaining session for contracts for the 1970-71 school term.

Waldvogel is District 22 wrestling champ. Dean Waldvogel won the District 22 championship in the 112 lb. class at the wrestling tournament held in Long Prairie. Dean has been an outstanding wrestler on the OHS team the past two years and was the only local wrestler to win a division championship in the district tournament.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 28, 1995

Osakis women among most active nine-hole golfers in Minnesota. Two Osakis women golfers have been named to Minnesota’s list of Ten Most Active Nine-Hole Golfers in 1994 by the Minnesota Golf Assn. They are Rosemary Benson, who golfed 134 nine-hole rounds for seventh place; and Mary Merchant, who golfed 122 rounds for tenth place.

Science Olympiad heads for State! For the fifth time in six years, the Osakis High School’s Science Olympiad team will be competing at the State Science Olympiad. The Osakis team participated at Regions at Moorhead State on Feb. 10 and will now travel to St. Thomas University in St. Paul on March 4. Winners at state will advance to the National Science Olympiad in May.

8th grader tops Osakis Spelling Bee. Eighth grader Jamie Wainio had a reprieve from defeat in the annual Osakis Schools Spelling Bee held on Feb. 21, when he correctly spelled “reprieve” to win the local contest over 21 other spellers. Jamie will now represent Osakis in the regional Spelling Bee to be held March 9 in Fergus Falls. Runners up were Donny Neumann and David Hilde.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 26, 2010

Osakis seniors race to the finish. Osakis seniors enjoyed a day at the track at the annual “Senior Fun Day,” which was held at the Osakis Senior Center. The free event gave them the opportunity to customize matchbox cars and race them down the local boy Scouts’ pinewood derby track. Winners of the races were Roberta Laven, 1st place, Clarence Sargent, 2nd place and Ruth Sherman, 3rd place.

Duncan closes front door. Marie Duncan, owner of Custom Sewing in Osakis will close the doors of her Osakis business today, ready to semi-retire to her home. Long before the internet, Duncan grew her custom sewing business one stitch at a time through word of mouth. During her best years, Duncan made dresses for as many as 75 weddings a year. She also made gowns for brides in Japan and England, as well as Maryland and Texas, to name a few.

Hagen advances to state spelling bee. Eighth grader, Peter Hagen finished second in the Regional Spelling Bee held on February 23. He will advance to the Minnesota State Spelling Bee Championship to be held March 9 in Fergus Falls.