20 years ago: 1999
An agreement between the Mille Lacs Band and EPA over regulation to protect water quality drew a large protest in Isle about reservation boundaries. The Mille Lacs Community Theatre put on a production of “Salute to Broadway” at Isle school. Heavy rain fell during the first day of the Mille Lacs County Fair.
30 years ago: 1989
Isle School received restitution from two boys who had vandalized school property. Linda McKay was hired as the new health educator for Mille Lacs County. While conditions were good for ricing on Lake Onamia, wildlife manager Dave Shad said that it had not been determined if ricing would happen in the lake.
40 years ago: 1979
The four lane highway project near Onamia was placed in the “potential for deferral” category, indefinitely postponing the project. Mille Lacs Lake was included on a list of 12 scenic areas of critical concern because of developmental pressure. The Isle City Council considered expanding city limits.
50 years ago: 1969
Beth Jo and Debra Skelnik of the Opstead Boosters led the way in the 4-H beef cattle show at the Mille Lacs County Fair. The Midway Garden Club held their annual flower show at the Isle Village Hall. Construction began on an electronics components plant at the Mille Lacs Reservation.
60 years ago: 1959
Mrs. Charles Maddox put on her second annual piano recital at the Isle Baptist Church, featuring 27 of her pupils. The Midway Flower Show, along with a lunch, was held at the Star Dust Cafe in Wahkon. “These Thousand Hills,” starring Don Murray, was showing at the Arrowhead Theatre in Onamia.
70 years ago: 1949
An explosion at the Onamia Coffee Shop burned Mrs. Boser as she was attempting to light the steam table. The Isle Liquor Store suffered an extensive heat damage after a fire broke inside. Isle High School gymnasium hosted a meeting for all candidates for the football team. Grapes were $.17 a pound at Nyquist’s Store in Isle.