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Remember When, 2008: Enger brothers sign books

100 Years Ago

Sept. 5, 1918

An early killing frost. There was a killing frost Tuesday night that did more or less damage to garden truck and injured fodder corn in many places. Some late corn was also damaged, although much of the corn was out of danger and some fields have been cut. The freeze was quite severe in this locality, some thermometers registering as low as 29 degrees above zero. The frost is nearly two weeks ahead of the average date for the killing variety.

Little Sauk boys wounded in France. Bennie and Clarence Witsoe, soldier boys from Little Sauk, were wounded in France on July 18 and are now in a Scottish hospital near the front. Bennie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Wisoe and Clarence is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ebert Witsoe. Osakis schools will open next Monday morning. Several of the teachers have already arrived and the others are expected to reach here tomorrow and Saturday.

Empress Theatre puts on special attraction. The Empress put on a special vaudeville attraction last evening in addition to their regular motion picture feature. It was the first appearance of the Obrecht sisters here in their program of high-class musical numbers, including cornet and violin selections and the attraction was well received by the large crowd that had turned out to see William Hart in "The Disciple."

50 Years Ago

Sept. 5, 1968

Locker plant changes hands. Announcement was made this week that the operation of the Osakis Meats and Processing has changed hands. The plant was formerly operated by the Osakis Creamery Association. New proprietor of the business is Wally E. Crumpton of Alexandria, who has operated Wally's Meats in Alexandria for the past eight years and has been engaged in the meat processing business for the past 20 years. He has acquired a wide reputation for his quality meat products and promises to bring this same quality to Osakis.

Scouts to have paper drive. The Boy Scouts of Osakis have set Saturday, Sept. 14 as the date for their paper drive. The Scouts request that all newspapers only (no catalogs or magazines) be boxed or tied in bundles and put out on the curb in front of each house.

"Make It With Wool" contest. Welcome to the exciting world of "Make It Yourself With Wool!" the new American Wool Fabrics are stimulating fall wardrobe plans. Now is the time to send for your entry forms. The contest will be held in Moorhead on Nov. 16, 1968 and is open to all girls, ages 10-21. The garment made must contain 100 percent wool.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 7, 1993

Get hooked on fish-thon. The Osakis Chamber of Commerce Get Hooked on Fishing — Not Drugs fish-thon is fun for everyone involved, according to event organizer Gregg Anderson. The fourth annual fish-thon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Midway Beach Resort on Lake Osakis. It is a fun time for kids to get together with adults and experience fishing on Lake Osakis.

Community offers gift of life. Fifty people rolled up their sleeves and donated blood as part of the VFW Auxiliary blood drive held Wednesday at Pollard Community Center with a total of 75 pints of blood donated. Numbers were down from last year when the Gulf Crisis caused an all time high of 88 pints collected.

Mouthguards now mandated. Osakis schools will adopt the Minnesota State High School League's new requirement of mouth guards in many high school sports, including boy's and girl's soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, hockey and football.

10 Years Ago

September 9, 2008

Enger brothers to appear for book signing. Both on individual book tours, brothers Leif Enger and Lin Enger — former Osakis residents — will meet in Alexandria for a joint book signing. Cherry Street Books will welcome the two authors Saturday, Sept. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lin Enger will be signing copies of his debut novel, Undiscovered Country. He is joined by his brother, Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River, with his latest publication, So Brave, Young, and Handsome.

Elks to sponsor student of the month. The Alexandria Elks Lodge will again be sponsoring the Student of the Month program for the 2008-2009 school year. Three seniors each month will be selected to be honored and made eligible for a cash scholarship. Osakis is one of the nine school included in the sponsorship program.

Osakis enrollment jumps on first day. If there's one constant in Osakis, it's increasing enrollment. Osakis Public School recorded an additional 34 students enrolled on Sept. 2. A total of 368 students fill the classrooms in grades K through 6 at Osakis Elementary School. The high school jump comes from the incoming 7th graders — 77 students compared to last year's graduating class of 54 students.

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