Looking Back photo - August 14, 2019

Neighborhood get together

At the “Get to Know Your Neighbor” party hosted at CornerStone in South Harbor Township counselors-in-training from Camp Onomia led groups in a variety of games.

Photo taken from the Aug. 11, 1999 issue of the Messenger.

20 years ago: 1999

Peter Gronlie, 107-year-old Lake Sullivan resident, paid a visit to his birthplace in Asen, Norway, and met the Norwegian king during his travels. Five-year-old Mille Lacs local Maggie Holscher was in the top 10 finalists at the Miss Minnesota Co-ed Pageant. An open house and guided tour event was held at the maximum security jail in Milaca.

30 years ago: 1989

The Mille Lacs Lake Museum hosted an exhibit on the history of how Minnesotans have endured winter. The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department conducted a drug raid in Isle as part of “more vigorous drug enforcement.” Ann Hultman, 10, granddaughter of Maxine and Ken Hultman of Isle, took two first place national dance awards in Dallas, Texas.

40 years ago: 1979

The Minnesota Department of Transportation approved construction of a four-lane expressway from Milaca to Rum River. Four Wahkon gardens were robbed of tomatoes, onions, peas, beans, carrots, a petunia and a geranium. Onamia and Wahkon firemen took a course on nuclear disaster readiness.

50 years ago: 1969

The Opti-missus Club held a “Fun Night” event in order to raise further funds for a new public bath house at Isle City Park. The State Water Pollution Control Agency provided Isle for a grant covering 30 percent of a new water sewer plant though further funding was needed. The Rialto Theatre in Aitkin was showing Walt Disney’s “The Love Bug.”

60 years ago: 1959

The Princeton Union Eagle was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Hage of Mora. A contract was signed to establish an East Central Regional Library Headquarters in Cambridge. A special program honoring the 100th birthday of Rev. Robert Home of Wahkon. The Isle School District ended the fiscal year with a substantial cash balance.

70 years ago: 1949

Thieves broke into the Fairway Store and the Klondike Cafe in Onamia, stealing $77 and 10 pounds of sausage. Jerry Boser, 4, feet from a tractor and under a mower on Hwy. 169 near Onamia, coming out the other side with only a few bruises and scratches. Recent graduate Robert Schrauth, of Isle, was hired as a station agent by the Denver Rio Grande Railroad.

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