(From the pages of the Osakis Review newspaper over the years)

100 Years Ago

July 22, 1920

Hotel Blake burns down. Fire supposed to have started from defective light wires on the third floor of Hotel Blake, Alexandria, resulted in the nearly total destruction of that large summer hotel Thursday afternoon. The alarm was telephoned to town about four o’clock and the fire truck hurried to the scene. Mr. Blake has suffered extensive loss in the fire that occurred during the height of the summer season.

New league created for women voters. Miss Emily Kuenbuhl will hold a school pertaining to the new League of Women voters, in Alexandria on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. All women interested in public affairs are urgently requested to attend.

Maxwell gives barbeque dinner. J. E. Maxwell, leading Kansas City livestock commission man, who with his family has been spending his summers at the Idlewilde for the past 15 years, hosted a barbeque dinner for guests of the hotel at Point Comfort up the lake yesterday afternoon.

50 Years Ago

July 23, 1970

Lions Club begins meetings. The newly formed Osakis Lions Club held their first meeting at the City Cafe in Osakis on Monday evening of this week. Twelve members were present, along with two visiting members from the Alexandria Club.

John Kemp files for State Legislature. John Kemp of Osakis filed for State Representative and will oppose current State Representative Jon Haaven in the elections this fall. Mr. Kemp is proprietor of Kemp’s Hardware Hank and the Osakis Oil Co. in this community and has been a resident of Osakis for the past 3 ½ years.

All eyes were skyward as storm misses area. The skies were threatening, the tornado warning sounded, and other communities were receiving damaging weather, but Osakis luckily escaped last Saturday evening with nothing more than a scare. Other areas were not so fortunate. Miltona was badly hit by tornadoes.

25 Years Ago

July 25, 1995

Assessor working in city to revalue property. Shelly Plessner, assessor from Douglas County, will be visiting every piece of commercial and residential property in Osakis as part of her work on the 1996 tax assessment, payable in 1997. This is part of Douglas County’s contract with the city.

New Osakis float in first parade. The new Osakis royalty remodeled the Osakis float in time for the Sinclair Lewis Days Parade Sunday, July 16 at Sauk Centre. Riding the new float were Little Miss Lisa Hilde, Little Princess Stephanie Miller, Junior Miss Kayla Morisette and Junior Princess Kristine Winters; First Princess Katie Wainio and Miss Osakis 1995, Julie Forbregd.

Prize-winning novel “Boat People” has local ties. Marj Schelfhout may be seen carrying a colorful aqua and brown book around town these days. The book “The Boat People” was written by one of Marj’s former students, Mary Gardner. The book begs for our compassion. Centering on a handful of Vietnamese boat people in Galveston, Texas in 1987, this novel sympathetically portrays their struggle to overcome ignorance, prejudice and their own sense of isolation.

10 Years Ago

July 23, 2010

Hail storm hits Todd County. Wide portions of Todd County sustained hail and wind damage from a severe storm that passed through the area Saturday. Starting at about 12:45 the storm rumbled through the area of Little Sauk, Reynolds and grey eagle townships. Residents reported tornado funnel clouds forming but no touch-down was verified according to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

Olson honored for 50 years in banking. Newman Olson was recently inducted into the Pioneer Club - honoring bankers in the industry for 50 years - by the Minnesota Bankers Association. Olson’s started at the First National Bank in Osakis in 1960. Now more than 50 years later he continues to groom the next generations into the ranks at First National Bank (FNB) Osakis.

Senior Men’s Tourney champs. Mike Rogers and Ron Berg were the champion and runner-up, respectively, in the Osakis Golf Club’s Senior Men’s Tournament, which began June 27. The first round of golf was 18 holes of play minus handicaps, then the lowest eight players continued on in match play rounds of 18 holes.