Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.
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It was a hot and steamy sunshine-filled Saturday for the 27th annual Roddin' Round the Lake Show-n-Shine car show. The Roddin' Round the Lake two-day event, organized by the Central Lakes Cruzers of Osakis, included not only the car show, but also a customer appreciation dinner, auction, kids games and prize drawings. There were an estimated 120 vintage vehicles, some dating as far back as the 1930s, on display along Main Street in Osakis during the car show.
Two years ago, Britta Alverson wrote a post on her Facebook page about her dream of running Grandma's Marathon in Duluth. However, a medical diagnosis more than a year before kept her from fulfilling that dream — until now. Britta, along with her brother-in-law, 17-year-old Will Alverson of Osakis, and his cousin, 19-year-old Brady Tongen of Annadale, completed the 26.2 mile race June 26. "It was amazing," said Britta, the 27-year-old mother of two from Osakis, who in February 2015 was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Want to recycle your food waste and/or other products for organic recycling? You now can. A new organics recycling program is available through Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management. Two pilot programs for curbside organic recycling have begun in the cities of Osakis and Glenwood. Residents in all other areas can drop off their items at the new organics recycling drop-off site at Pope/Douglas, 2115 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Residents are encouraged to use either a paper bag or certified compostable bag to put materials in, to help reduce odor and mess.
A new option for holding special events will soon be available near Osakis. At its June 19 meeting, the Douglas County commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Virkus Properties LLC to allow a special event facility for up to 500 people. The property, Crooked Willow Wedding and Events, is in Osakis Township on County Road 82 between Nelson and Osakis. Crooked Willow, which used to be a place to buy antiques, is now a wedding and event center. Derek and Jody Virkus bought the property in February and have remodeled it into an events center.
Torn and tattered flags were properly disposed of during an official flag burning ceremony at the Osakis VFW on Thursday, June 14. According to Calvin Uhl, senior vice commander for the Osakis VFW, community members dropped off their flags at the VFW so that they could be burned during the Flag Day ceremony. Nearly 200 flags were burned, including 133 full-size American flags, 45 stick flags, eight POW flags, one auxiliary flag and one Minnesota state flag.
Go out and explore and don’t be afraid to try new things. Derek Hetland, Osakis High School senior, shared that advice with his fellow classmates during the Osakis graduation ceremony Saturday, June 2. Hetland, along with four other seniors – Lauren Savageau, Riley Mounsdon, Karlee Hoffarth and Shane Massmann – were the speakers during the ceremony. There will 57 graduates in the Class of 2018.
When the Osakis High School principal found out he was the winner of a student-led contest, he thought there had to be a mistake. "I joked with the students that I wanted a recount," said Tim Roggenbuck after he was told he won the "Kiss the Goat" contest. Shane Massmann, an Osakis High School senior, whose family owns "Mazie," the goat Roggenbuck got to kiss, explained that the senior class held a fundraiser to help pay for their trip to Washington, D.C.
Cassie Walsh is hoping that when her uncle, Jim Tenhoff, looks down from heaven, he feels proud of what she is doing. Walsh, a 2002 Osakis High School graduate, took over the role of Osakis VFW quartermaster from Tenhoff after he passed away from pancreatic cancer last December. "And, as it would happen, I am also the first female officer at the Osakis VFW," said Walsh. "We don't have many female members in our ranks, though we're actively recruiting them."
Students throughout Douglas County were treated to extra milk during their lunches the first two Tuesdays in May. Dubbed "Two Milk Tuesdays," the event was sponsored by the Douglas County American Dairy Association. The association did a similar event a few years ago, but this year, it was for all schools throughout Douglas County, said Frank Klimek, chair of the Douglas County American Dairy Association.
More than 50 couples attended this year's prom at the Osakis High School. The theme for the evening was "Enchanted Garden." The evening's event started with a social hour that ran from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the grand march taking place immediately after. Students took to the dance floor from 9 p.m. to midnight followed by an after prom party, which started at 12:30 a.m. and ran until the next morning.