(From the pages of the Osakis Review newspaper over the years)
100 Years Ago
July 8, 1920
Bjorkland buys pool hall. John Bjorklund closed a deal last Friday for the Howard Harsh pool room and restaurant in Osakis. The transfer includes the building and lot on Second Street and stock and equipment. Mr. Harsh and family are moving to the northern part of the state in the fall.
Airplane fall proves fatal. Joseph Kellogg, who was injured at Fairy Lake July 4, when an airplane in which he was a passenger fell 800 feet to the earth, is dead. The accident was witnessed by a number of local people who were in attendance at the picnic at Fairy Lake near Sauk Centre on Sunday. The pilot, Cyril Sotdalka, miraculously escaped with only minor injuries.
Barn dance and ice cream social to be held. A barn dance and Ice Cream Social will be held Thursday evening at the new barn on the Henning farm west of Osakis. Up-to-the-minute music by the Hanson orchestra of Osakis will be provided. Everyone is invited to attend.
50 Years Ago
July 9, 1970
New Village Fire truck arrives. Fire Chief Ed Pollard announced that Osakis recently accepted delivery of its new John Bean Fire Truck. The unit was picked up at the John Bean plant in Tipton, Indiana by firemen Don Hoosline, Lawrence Benedict and Bob George, who attended a two-day school prior to driving the unit home.
Senior Citizens Club party to be in new community hall. The first party of the Osakis Senior Citizens club will be held Friday, July 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the new City Hall. Guests will have an opportunity to tour the building and play bingo. The steering committee will host the party and provide coffee and cookies. All area seniors are welcome.
Direct dialing system comes to Osakis. The Osakis Telephone Company has plans to install the direct dialing system in Osakis and will go into effect on August 3. This will produce an ease in making long distance calls, which in the past had been done with much difficulty.
25 years Ago
July 11, 1995
Vital computer equipment stole. An expensive and sophisticated piece of computer equipment was stolen from the dam at the outlet of Lake Osakis recently, and a reward is being offered by the Sauk River Watershed District Office for information leading to the return of the equipment.
Miss Osakis 1995 announced. Miss Osakis 1995 is Julie Forbregd. She was crowned by Miss Osakis 1994 Susie Skarmstad at the 25th annual pageant Friday night at the Osakis School Fine Arts Center. First Princess 1995 is Katie Wainio.
City forwards Fair Housing plan to Minnesota DTED. The City of Osakis recently forwarded its plan to Further Fair Housing to the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development. Implementation of this plan is one of the requirements of the Small Cities Development Program which is providing funding for water system improvements and housing rehabilitation in the city.
10 Years Ago
July 9, 2010
School budget tops $8 million. The Osakis School Board approved an $8.1 million budget for the 2010-11 school year at a special meeting June 30. The budget includes a planned deficit of $32,690, a really close number, considering everyone on staff got a salary increase and there’s no new money coming from the state.
Big crowd celebrates in West Union July 4. Grand Marshal Joyce Torvik welcomed a massive crowd to the community at the West Union 4th of July parade. One interesting entry was the “RedNeck RV.” A fun time was had by all who attended the celebration.
Parish festival brings fun for families. Wholesome family fun awaits the entire community at the annual Parish Festival at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis. The festival commences with an outdoor mass at 10:30 a.m., which will include polka music from local musicians. A pork chop dinner follows the service at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A live auction and a raffle drawing are also included in the festivities.