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Audit Manager Michael Bosl presented the 2017 audit findings at the May 7 Osakis City Council meeting. The good news is that Bosl reported "really stable activity within the general fund" and suggested that the city was "really financially healthy." The funds in the general fund went down by $24,257 due to expenditures for a balance of $1,686,565. The liquor store fund decreased by $43,000 in 2017. There was a transfer from the liquor store into the general fund of $50,500, for a net profit of $6,815.
The Osakis girls golf team walked away from a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader last Friday with a conference championship title. Osakis took first place by 17 strokes for a final score of 1,259. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa followed with a 1,276.
The Osakis boys golf team is finding a different rhythm this year. With half of the roster made up of freshmen and one eighth grader, it’s a young team that is still finding its place competitively. “It’s a leisure sport for them,” Osakis head coach Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach said. “My graduating seniors are more leisure golfers than serious competitors. The seniors this year were very nurturing to the younger members coming up.”
City of Osakis department leaders agreed at the May 7 city council meeting that low wages have been a problem in Osakis for some time. "I'm extremely short of help," Julie Didier, manager of the municipal liquor store, said. "Nobody wants to work anymore. I'll say it, millenials don't want to work." The liquor store has two full-time bartenders and one part-time employee. Keeping people employed there, especially part-time, has been a real issue, Didier said.
The Osakis girls golf team took first place in the Central Minnesota Conference meet hosted by Paynesville at the Koronis Hills Golf Course on Monday morning. The Silverstreaks took the top spot with a 175, followed by Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa with a 180. Pierz took third with a 191. Senior Alayna Eldred tied for the individual meet medalist spot with Pierz's Katie LeBlanc. Both girls shot a 38.
The Osakis baseball team faces a tight 16-team Section 6, Class AA competition this year. “You gotta be better than 15 other teams and that’s not easy to do,” Osakis head coach Shad Schmidt said. “There’s a lot of good teams and most of them are loaded with upperclassmen and they all have a lot of good arms. We’re probably one of the smallest, if not the smallest team, in our entire section.”
The Osakis girls golf team took a narrow first place on Thursday night at a Central Minnesota Conference competition at the Kimball Golf Course. The Silverstreaks took the top spot with 177 points, beating Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa by two strokes. Pierz followed in third place with 199 points.
The Osakis softball team split a Prairie Conference doubleheader with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Friday night. The first game went to the Thunder, 10-1, but the Silverstreaks bounced back and took the second game, 12-6.
The Osakis baseball team got its first taste of defeat when Pequot Lakes came to town and handed the Silverstreaks their first loss of the season. The Patriots scored first to take the upper hand, and an eight-run sixth inning propelled them along to their 15-7 win.
The Osakis girls golf team came home with a second place finish in a meet in Maple Lake on Thursday night. Senior Alayna Eldred posted the best score among all golfers with a 38, and sophomore Lexi Dirkes was third overall with a 42. Freshman Kadyn Triebenbach shot a 45, followed by sophomore Marissa Reilly with a 59. Sophomore Lexi Randall finished with a 61 and eighth-grader Katie Helm shot a 62.