100 Years Ago

Mar. 11, 1920

New touring car on display. The Osakis Auto Co. Tuesday received by local freight from Minneapolis, one of the new 1920 Oakland Sensible Six touring cars, which is now on display at the company’s showroom.

Local Legion to entertain. The local post of the American Legion extends a cordial welcome to the public to attend the smoker scheduled to take place next Tuesday evening. The Alexandria Legion quartette will be with us to entertain.

Village election a quiet affair. Mayor William Brown was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term. The caucus ticket was elected to Osakis Tuesday without opposition. The old officers were renamed in each instance. Only 70 votes were cast.

50 Years Ago

Mar. 12, 1970

Youth badly injured in fall from car. Terry Hetland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Hetland of rural Osakis, suffered a fracture at the base of the skull when he jumped up on a car driven by Douglas Schultz . They were on their way to Catholic instructions on Wednesday, noon of this week and he attempted to get a ride when he fell off and sustained his injuries. He was taken by Roy Ambulance to the Douglas County hospital and later in the day was flown, accompanied by his mother, to a hospital in Rochester, Minn., for treatment.

Impasse in teacher talks. An impasse was called in the Osakis Education Association and the Public School board negotiation meetings on Wednesday of this week, when the two sides failed to agree on teacher contract terms for the 1970-71 school year. A mediator has been appointed to resolve this issue.

Christopherson speaks at Athletic Banquet. Jim Christopherson, head football coach at Concordia College, spoke to our high school athletes and their fathers at the annual Chamber of Commerce Athletic Banquet on Monday of this week. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the banquet and the speaker. A fine meal was served by Mrs. C.C.’s.

25 Years Ago

Mar. 14, 1995

Lake Osakis extension project moves forward. A public hearing regarding the additional portion of the $1,316,600 Lake Osakis Sewer Extension Project was held during the Osakis City Council meeting on Monday. The PCA, FmHA to get preliminary sewer plans.

New-used store approved. Helmer and Jean Wright proposed an addition to be built onto the southwest corner of their house. This addition would be used as a new and used goods store and possibly a beauty salon in the store. A conditional use permit was approved by the council and the affected neighborhood also approved of the project because the building met all requirements for operation.

Thimmesh wins safe driving award. Jim Thimmesh of Osakis has been honored by the E. W. Wylie Corporation, Fargo, N.D. for achieving nine years of accident free driving. Jim is a nationally recognized safe driver by the American Trucking Association. He has more than 750,000 accident free miles with E. W. Wylie Corp. and is closing in on the Million Mile Award.

10 Years Ago

Mar. 12, 2010

City managed budget well. At the end of 2009, Osakis had a general fund balance of more than $1.2 million or about 17 months of operating expenses. With no real surprises, Osakis had a very consistent spending in 2009. Overall, the general fund exceeded budget by $55,090.

Fate of information center on the line. A local business hit by the economy and again by the state’s JOBZ regulations received a helping hand from the city. The city of Osakis approved extending tax abatement for Lin-Rite Precision Manufacturing until 2015. In addition, it agreed to a 50-50 split to set up the abatement.

OHS to get grant on TV. Osakis High School (OHS) will receive a big check tonight from Toyota’s Drive for Education Contest. Thanks to the work of OHS senior Anna Garner, who wrote an essay, Toyota will award OHS $2,500 to purchase an Automated external Defibrillator. In addition, the school could be the recipient of an additional $10K award. The presentation will be made during the state hockey game, aired on channel 45, March 12 at 6 p.m.