The Osakis City Council debated whether to grant an on-sale liquor license to a fifth business during its monthly meeting Monday, July 8. Brian Danielson is attempting to revamp the bowling alley and start a restaurant on Main Street. Like most bowling alleys, he plans to put alcoholic drinks on the menu. With four locations in Osakis already having a license to sell liquor, the proposal was met with skepticism.
After a slow start to the summer season, the Osakis Legion baseball team is starting to hit its stride. After beating Willmar 5-4 in extra innings on July 8, Osakis took care of business on Thursday with a 10-0 win over Prairie River Baseball Association in five innings. The PRBA team is comprised mostly of athletes from the Brandon-Evansville, Ashby and West Central Area programs.
The Osakis Legion baseball team spoiled Morris' seventh-inning comeback on the road Monday night. Osakis beat Morris 7-4 behind a great pitching performance from Isaac Froemming. Froemming threw six and two-thirds innings while allowing two earned runs on 11 hits. It was the start Osakis needed coming off a three-game weekend.
For the first six innings, it looked as if the Osakis Hawks Resorters League baseball team were going to have no problem picking up its ninth win of the summer. The Hawks beat the Millerville Millers 5-3 on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn't easy. After holding a 3-0 lead through the first six innings, the Millers filled the bases with nobody out in the top of the seventh.
The radar didn't look promising heading into the 51st annual Osakis Festival last weekend. However, the bash went off without a hitch. From Friday to Sunday, hundreds of people from the Douglas County area came out for the vendors, kids activities, the grand parade and more. Osakis residents held their breaths as thunderstorms were scheduled to rumble throughout the weekend. The rain held up for the most part, allowing fun for all at the Osakis Festival.
The Osakis Hawks are used to having a great start to the Resorters league baseball season. Now they hope their bats don't disappear in the regional tournament. An 8-3 win over the Ashby Athletics on Sunday afternoon improved the Hawks record to 8-1. Veteran utility player Doug Zimmel has seen this young team put up big numbers in the regular season before.
In June of 2018, the city of Osakis received a $10,000 grant from Pope/Douglas Solid Waste for the Organics Recycling pilot program. With less than $1,600 remaining, the council met on Monday to discuss how they will conduct spending in the second year of its contract.
Rene Marelic and Brice Gillman enjoy their trips to the annual Lake Osakis Lions Club Walleye Tournament every year. Their ride from the Hutchinson area is even easier when they take home first place. "We love it up here," Gillman said. "The lake has been really good to us. We thought the weather might slow some things down, but it was fine. (The Osakis Lions Club) did a great job with it this year."
Three runs usually isn't enough offense to win a high school baseball game. For Carter Rost, it's more than plenty of run support to advance another round in the Section 6AA baseball tournament. The Osakis baseball team (17-5) beat the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders (16-6) 3-1 behind a complete game pitching performance from Carter Rost. "Carter did Carter things tonight," head coach shad Schmidt said. "He's our guy and we expect him to be this good."
The Osakis baseball team is set to start postseason play on Monday at 5 p.m. The Silverstreaks enter a loaded Section 6AA tournament as the fifth seed and host 12th seed Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. The Section 6AA tournament is a 16-team field with a double elimination format. Osakis finished with a 14-4 regular season record. However, all four loses were against Section 6AA teams. LPGE had a 6-8 regular season record. The Silverstreaks swept the season series against the Thunder. They will look to for their third head-to-head win on Monday