Remember When, 1970: Era of country schools comes to an end

The last two remaining country schools of the Osakis area closed its doors to the students for the last time.

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

100 Years Ago

June 3,1920

Class of twenty given diplomas. Friday evening, May 29, before an audience of some 500 relatives and guests of the senior class of 1920, 20 students were presented with their high school diplomas by Superintendent E. N. Hamilton. This is the largest class to graduate from the Osakis schools to date. Helen Bronson gave the valedictory address and James Gingery gave a splendid salutatorian address.

Umpire and fans ditched on road. Umpire Homer Spaulding and a party of fans were ditched on the Alexandria road west of Nelson last sunday when the car they were driving blew out a front tire and overturned. No hits, no runs, no casualties.


Little opposition to $20,000 bond issue. Osakis showed its public spirit Tuesday by voting $12,000 bonds to be used for the purpose of the erection and construction of a pumping station for the waterworks system. The proposition to issue $8,000 additional bonds for the construction and extension of water mains to the present waterworks system was carried by a large majority vote.

50 Years Ago

June 4, 1970

Housing authority established here. An Osakis Housing Authority has been established, following an open hearing on the matter and appointment of members to the authority. The main objective of this newly appointed authority is to secure housing for the village through existing government programs.

Rev. Campbell gives Memorial Day address. Rev. Kenneth Campbell of the Osakis Presbyterian church, gave a fitting address at the annual Memorial Day program at Lakeside Cemetery last Saturday morning, following the customary parade from the school to the cemetery. It is a grand old tradition in our community each year, and we hope it never dies.

End of an era. It was the end of an era in this community this past week, when the last two remaining country schools of the area closed its doors to the students for the last time. School District No 2272, which had been in operation just 100 years and School District 2305, which had been in operation for 91 years. Students from both of these schools will be attending the Osakis school next fall.

25 Years Ago

June 6, 1995


Heritage Days features Osakis milliner. Mary Wigal will have her day in Osakis , Saturday, June 10. It is the annual Osakis Heritage Center’s Heritage Day. A program including special music, a tribute to Mary Wigal and awarding of prizes will be held. Miss Wigal opened a millinery store in Osakis in 1908, and remained in business for 63 years, retiring when she was 86 years old.

Clean Up Day held was huge success. It was clean up day in Osakis Saturday and what a turnout! Nineteen refrigeration units were collected for disposal and many dumpsters were filled by a steady stream of residents with loaded trunks and trailers.

1995 OHS Commencement Exercises held. Forty one students of the Class of 1995 received their high school diplomas during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 3 at the High School Gymnasium. Jason Hoff gave the welcome address, followed by addresses by honor members of the class of 1995: Kathryn Temple, Angie Williamson and Jacob BJorstrom.

10 Years Ago

June 4, 2010

Hanson speaks from the heart. Dr. Jerome Hanson of Alexandria gave an impassioned speech at Lakeside Cemetery as veterans and other members of the Osakis community listened silently in honor of the soldiers who died for their country at the Memorial Day service in Osakis May 31.

Village Video to close this month. Another Osakis storefront will soon close its doors. After nine years in business, Village Video is closing on June 26. The closing comes as a result of technology and economy, according to Kelly Butcher, owner of the store.

One more step toward state. The Osakis Silverstreaks girls and boys track teams were third in the section 6A-21 track and field meet at Morris Thursday, sending several athletes to the Section 6A meet at MSU-Moorhead. Head coach Lee VanNyhuis stated “The kids have done a great job this year. Hard work in practice is paying dividends at the right time of the season.”

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