Question at hearing: Why did levy go up? About 20 people crowded into the Osakis City Hall for last Monday’s City Council meeting that included a “Truth in Taxation” hearing. Council members addressed the main question of the meeting which was: “Why did the levy go up?” They discussed the many reason for the increase in levy and also other questions connected to the “Truth in Taxation” hearing.

Osakis junior wins Nintendo Wii game. Brittney Wolterstorff, Osakis High School junior, was presented a Nintendo Wii System after completing a test that she received from the Career Exploration Day at Arrowwood on Nov. 20.

25 Years Ago

December 8, 1992

KIKV holds “Radiothon against Child Abuse” program. On Thursday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. and continuing for 23 hours until noon on Friday, Dec. 11, KIKV FM will be hosting a “Radiothon to end Child Abuse” program. This event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. Many human service professionals and community leaders will be guests on the program and will discuss child abuse prevention and what local resources are available to parents and children in our community.

Board discusses playground project. Plans for constructing a $19,000 playground facility for the Osakis Elementary School were discussed at the Dec. 3 school board meeting. The proposal was tabled after much discussion, so further research could be done on safety issue concerns and different phases that could be incorporated as construction progressed.

Pastor Holt leaves for Hibbing. Joseph Holt, pastor of Osakis Presbyterian Church, expects to move every five or so years. Holt became the pastor of Osakis Presbyterian a little over five years ago. At the end of December he plans to move to Mountain Iron, MN and become pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Hibbing, MN. He plans to move to be with his wife, Karen, who is pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia, MN. Mountain Iron is halfway between Hibbing and Virginia, MN.

50 Years Ago

December 7, 1967

Nelson voters approve Sunday sale of liquor. The annual village election at Nelson this past Tuesday, turned out to be a nip and tuck battle in the big item interest of whether or not to allow liquor to be sold on Sundays, with 40 voters approving and 39 opposed.

New pastor installed. Pastor Elnar Gundale was installed as the new pastor of the Salem and Sauk Valley Lutheran parishes of rural Osakis. Reverend Norris I. Erdahl, assistant to the president of the Southwestern Minnesota District of the ALC, officiated the service.

Chamber officers elected. The Osakis Chamber of Commerce held an election of officers at the regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting was held at the City Café, following a meal.

100 Years Ago

December 13, 1917

Neil Faus winner in cross country race. Neil Faus, a graduate of OHS who is attending the Minnesota U was the first Gopher to finish in the conference meet at Chicago a week ago Saturday. His time was 27:37. Finishing 8th overall out of 30 runners in the conference earned him the coveted letter “M.”

Empress Theatre changes hands. The management of the Empress Theatre changed hands on Dec. 1 when Mr. Edd F. Johnson of Raymond, MN took over the business from J. A. Hedberg. Mr. Johnson announced that it shall be his aim to continue to provide the very best of attractions and entertainment and keep the Empress up to its present high standards.

Don’t forget the lutefisk! Brown Bro’s holiday sale has lutefisk on sale now for only 15 cents a pound, along with herring at only $1.35 per pail, along with many other of your holiday prep needs. So time to stock up is now! Brown Bro’s also wants to remind our readers that their entire line of men’s, young men’s and boy’s clothing is going at half price right now — so hurry, hurry, hurry to the Brown Bro’s. Holiday sale!

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