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Remember When, 1918: Sheep farmers help soldiers

100 Years Ago

Feb. 14, 1918

Wool needed for soldiers. It requires the wool from 29 sheep to make the clothing and other equipment for just one soldier. More wool must be produced at home here in the U.S. That's why all local sheep farmers in Douglas and Todd Counties are asked to raise more sheep. An entire crop of U.S. wool will be required to clothe the Army preparing for France.

Two local boys among survivors. Two of Douglas County's soldier boys were on the transport Tuscania, which was torpedoed off the Coast of Ireland. A. C. Anderson of Nelson and C.E. Thunberg of Ida, were not on the list of those who were lost at sea.

Have you bought a Smileage book yet? Smileage books are now on sale at the Osakis Post Office. These books cost $1.00 and are sent to the boys in our country's service for the purpose of providing clean and wholesome entertainments, such as concerts, plays and movies, thus helping them withstand such temptations as may come after he reaches France.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 15, 1968

Osakis merchants plan promotional event. Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday has been designated "George Washington's Birthday Sale Event Days." Osakis Merchants cannot tell a lie; they have chopped down prices for this promotional event and some may have a cherry pie or two to award.

Coast to Coast Mixer Contest winner announced. The Coast to Coast Mixer Contest is now over, with Jerry Lennes announced as the winner. The store had a mixer running continuously during store hours and folks were invited to guess how long it would run before stopping. Guesses ranged from 18 to 2000 hours. The mixer actually ran 514 hours. Jerry's winning guess was 516 hours. He wins a mixer, but not the worn out one used in the contest, but a brand new one.

Osakis student attends Washington semester. Ken Peterson of Osakis, a student at Hamline University in St. Paul, met with Minnesota's 7th District Congressman, Odin Langen in Washington, D.C. Ken is in our Nation's Capital participating in the Special Washington Semester Program, hosted by American University.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 16, 1993

Schultz receives appointment. Shirley Schultz of rural Osakis has accepted the appointment to serve on the Douglas County Board of Adjustment and Planning Advisory Commission.

Osakis students improve grades. There has been a 550 percent increase in the number of students, grades 7-12 who received blue cards at Osakis Public Schools compared to the second semester of the 1991-92 school year. This increase is due to the new Renaissance Program. To be admitted into the Renaissance Program, students must earn a blue card. A blue card is earned when students have low or no missed attendance records and meet or exceed the grade point averages for their classes.

Bowman honored as top Mary Kay Consultant. Kathy Bowman, Mary Kay Consultant in Osakis, was recognized on Feb. 6 in Minneapolis as one of the top consultants in the state. Her award for Outstanding Achievement was presented to her by Arlene Larnz, National Sales Director of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 2008

Osakis gymnast pushes the limit. Brooke Waldor of Osakis, performed during half-time of the Osakis girls basketball game on Friday. She is a member of the Alexandria Aerial Elite Gymnastics Team. Brooke competes in the vault, beam, bars and floor exercise.

Musicale will celebrate songs from the past. An Old-Fashioned Musicale will be presented at the Osakis Lutheran Church, in Osakis, Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 p.m. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Osakis needs daytime responders. The Osakis First Responders are looking for new recruits able to cover daytime emergency calls so no one has to wait for help. Currently some Osakis residents have waited close to 900 seconds for an out-of-town ambulance because help simply was not available. Contact the Osakis First Responders' office for more information.