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Face painting was one of several activities offered at Park Osagi Saturday. Ava Wade, 6, of Osakis opted for a pretty kitty look after visiting the balloon twisting clown, Clueless. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

Out and About: Osakis Festival proceeds despite storms

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The 45th annual Osakis Festival was ushered in with a wild burst of severe weather last week.

Extreme wind gusts during the early morning of June 21 left behind toppled trees, downed power lines and boats tangled with docks on the east side of Lake Osakis.


A few festival events were cancelled Friday due to city wide power outages. The community cleaned up and, despite the damage, the festival went on as planned.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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