Osakis authors to speak at Heritage meetingTwo popular authors with Osakis connections will highlight the annual dinner meeting of the Osakis Area Heritage Center on September 24.
By: By Stella Riley Bender, Contributing writer, Alexandria Echo Press
Two popular authors with Osakis connections will highlight the annual dinner meeting of the Osakis Area Heritage Center on September 24.
Lin and Leif Enger will be the featured speakers at the event held at the VFW Club. Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Cost of the roast beef meal is $10 per person. The public is invited to attend.
Last summer the brothers both published books – Lin Enger’s Undiscovered Country and Leif Enger’s So Brave, Young and Handsome. Cherry Street Books of Alexandria plans to have copies of the Enger books available for purchase that night.
Those attending will be eligible for door prizes of Enger books.
Reservations are absolutely necessary; to be paid in advance by Tuesday, September 15, and mailed to Osakis Area Heritage Center, P.O. Box 8, Osakis, MN 56360.
The evening’s program will be “A Visit with the Enger Brothers,” an informal talk by best-selling authors Lin and Leif Enger, sons of Don and Wilma Enger of Osakis. They graduated from the local high school and from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, where Lin teaches writing in the MFA program. Both brothers live in Minnesota, are married and have two children.
“It’s always good to come home to Osakis,” Lin Enger said, “which in many ways looks the same as it did in the sixties and seventies when I was growing up there: that big beautiful lake a stone’s throw from Main Street, the park and the city beach, the Tip Top Dairy Bar.”
“It’s nice to be invited back,” Leif Enger said, “and especially nice to get a chance to speak alongside Lin. We’ve always enjoyed collaborating and take any chance to do so.”
Their mother, Wilma Enger, said she and Don are looking forward to hearing their sons. “They’ll have fun doing this together,” she said. “And it will be fun for us too. It’s not often parents get to see something this special.”
The meeting coincides with the annual membership drive of the Osakis Area Heritage Center. Memberships are single, $10 a year; family, $15; and individual life memberships for those 60 or older, $100.
Membership dues will be accepted at the dinner or can be mailed to Osakis Area Heritage Center, Box 8, Osakis, MN 56360. If one check is written to cover both dinner and membership dues, please indicate on the memo line the amounts for each.
Even if people are unable to attend Thursday’s dinner, they are encouraged to join the heritage organization, which depends on member support to carry on its work of preserving local history.
Members of the seven-person heritage board are Lyla Engfer, president; Dallas Triebenbach, vice president; Sharon Fredrickson, secretary; Ramona Hagen; treasurer; Bob Mostad, Jan Larsen and Dale Braunschweig, directors.
The mission of the non-profit Osakis Area Heritage Center is to discover, preserve and share the history of Osakis and surrounding area.
For more information, call (320) 859-4151 or (320) 859-5161.