(From the pages of the Osakis Review newspaper over the years)
100 Years Ago
July 15, 1920
Look out for the fast mail trains. Fast mail trains Nos. 27 and 28 carrying mail to and from the coast have been transferred to this division and pass through Osakis during the daytime. These trains make no local stops and do not carry passengers. Station Agent Greeley cautions everyone to keep their eye out for them.
Road Convention at Alexandria on July 21. Commissioner Babcock will be one of the speakers at the Douglas County Good Roads Convention to be held in Alexandria next week and a large attendance of people from all parts of the county is expected. There is no question that people from this area are more interested in good roads than anything else and the convention will give the people of the county an opportunity to hear Amendment No. discussed from both sides.
Ad: Please return dress. Will the party who took by mistake a lady’s dress wrapped up on the counter at Wm. Baker’s store in Osakis, Saturday night, July 3rd, kindly return the same to the store at their earliest convenience.
50 Years Ago
July 16, 1970
Dalton Gear Co. buys Withers Manufacturing Co. The Dalton Gear company of Minneapolis has taken over complete operation of the Withers Manufacturing Co. of Osakis. The change of management took effect on July 13 on a buy lease contract. Milo, Jim and Larry Withers will continue to manage the Osakis branch of the Minneapolis company.
Art Olson, new owner of Osakis Plumbing & Heating. Announcement was made this week of the sale of Osakis Plumbing and Heating. Phil Dylla has sold the business, equipment and building to Art Olson, formerly of Snyder, Nebraska. The new owner took possession last week.
Leo Geelan leaves for home in Holland. Leo Geelan, an Osakis resident for the past 20 years, left on Wednesday morning of this week for his home in Heel, Holland. Leo owns some land there, but will not be farming. Leo owned and operated the shoe repair shop here from 1952 to 1959 and has since worked on road construction.
25 Years Ago
July 18, 1995
Special awards given at antique tractor show. Special awards were given at the second annual Antique Tractor Show held in Osakis on July 9. The Mayor's Choice Award went to Arnold Abbas of Osakis for his 720 John Deere tractor. Osakis Ambulance President’s Choice was presented to Norm Salsto of Alexandria, for his D Hohn Deere. The Fire Chief’s Choice was presented to Bernie Zins of Osakis for his LA John Deere and the Police Chief’s Choice was awarded to Lyle Sanstead of Alexandria for the B John Deere.
Staying cool to beat the heat. There are many ways to beat the heat of summer days and one of them is dunking at the Osakis Public Swimming Beach on Lake Osakis. The mercury climbed into the mid and high 90s several days last week.
Alumni gathered at the flagpole. Nearly 350 alumni registered, including 87 guests, at the 1995 OHS Alumni Reunion held on July 8. The class of 1945, celebrating its 50th reunion, took honors, with 19 members present. The reunion was deemed a huge success.
10 Years Ago
July 16, 2010
Piekarski brings home the gold. John Piekarski recently competed at the national level in Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Event competition at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 2010 National Leadership Conference. He earned a gold medal - the highest medal placing that can be achieved in FCCLA. Piekarski, is the son of Sandy and Al Piekarski of Villard.
Hot roddin’ good times. Car enthusiasts got more than their share of classic cars, street rods, muscle cars and 1950s fun at the annual Roddin’ Round the Lake car show in Osakis July 9-10.
Osakis Chamber stands strong. The Osakis Chamber of Commerce has long stood at the helm of the local economy - moving toward the mission of “advancing commercial, industrial and civic interests of the village of Osakis.” While this ultimate destination remains the same, changing times have called for a change of direction as the organization looks toward the future.