Remember When, 1920: Tornado rips through Osakis area

A well-known Gordon Township farmer was killed when the storm raged through his farm, collapsing his barn, killing his cattle and injuring two of his sons.

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

100 Years Ago

June 10, 1920

Tornado rips through territory, destroys 30 barns, takes one life. A tornado, the worst experienced in many years, swept through this section of the state Tuesday evening, bringing much damage and one fatality. Martin Peterson, a well-known Gordon Township farmer, was killed when the storm raged through his farm, collapsing his barn, killing his cattle and injuring two of his sons. Some 30 barns were destroyed, livestock killed, and many farms heavily damaged. A box car and train caboose were also damaged when they were thrown from the tracks east of town.

Carnival arrives in Osakis. The Geo. Harrison Carnival will be visiting Osakis June 12-18, across the street from the Washburn-Merrick Lumber Co., Don’t fail to see the free attractions and enjoy carnival time with the family!


Dressmaker shop moves to new location. Mrs. Gertrude Von Ritter closed the deal for the purchase of the LaMonte millinery building on main street, Osakis, and has moved her dressmaking and tailoring parlors from the Quinn building to the new location.

50 Years Ago

June 11, 1970

Kathy Anderson crowned 1970 Miss Osakis. Miss Kathy Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harleyh Anderson of Osakis, was crowned 1970 Miss Osakis, at the coronation program held in connection with the Miss Osakis Festival last Saturday evening. Kathy was chosen over 16 other lovely young ladies .

“Bear Days” to be held in Osakis. Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, will be “Bear Days” in Osakis. It will be a combination animal attraction and business promotion. A firm from rural St. Cloud will be in town displaying two large bears, monkeys, and possibly other animals.

New Pace gospel group to perform here. A gospel-folk team sponsored by the American Lutheran Church, commission on Evangelism, will be held at Salem Luther church on Sunday evening, June 14. The team is in its third summer of travel around the United States.

25 Years Ago

June 13, 1995


Mrs. Nomeland retires after 37-year career. Lorraine (Ivy) Nomeland hugged her pupils goodbye on the last day of school at Osakis Public School. She has retired after serving Osakis schools for 36 years, the last 23 of them as a fourth grade teacher. Mrs. Nomeland has seen more than 700 students pass through her classroom since she came to Osakis in 1958.

Planners to study new business proposal. Preliminary plans for a new building and a car wash to be constructed by Food ‘N Fuel in Osakis were received by the City Council at its Monday, June 5 meeting. The plans, which call for a 2,600 square foot building with car wash, new fuel pumps, and ample parking, were sent to the Osakis Planning Commission for study.

Osakis baseball has winning season. The Osakis Silverstreaks Baseball Team had a record sason under Coach Dave Dykema. The Streaks finished with a 14-3 record, bringing home the Prairie Conference Championship with an 11-1 record and took first place in the Maple Lake Tournament.

10 Years Ago

June 11, 2010

Osakis needs more election judges. Osakis needs both election judges and those interested in running for public office to step forward. While it may seem early, the primary has moved up from September to August 10. Osakis City Clerk Angela Jacobson said Osakis could use at least two more people to become election judges.

City sewer stopped. With its eye on the most equitable plan for property owners, a potential city sewer extension to the Osakis VFW has been put on hold. The Osakis City Council made its decision after about 25 minutes of discussion Monday evening.

Silverstreaks are two for three. Osakis won the Section 5A girls’ golf title for the second time in three years to advance to state. Jackie Bowman shot her career best round in the Section 5A championship, carding an 82 to help propel her team to its second state tournament berth in three years.

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