20 years ago: 2000
Marge Anderson announced her intention to run for the office of Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive a fourth time. A collective of Garrison seniors spoke out on the importance of donating blood. Tama Sloats was contracted by Mille Lacs County to use her kennel to help deal with the county’s stray dog problem.
30 years ago: 1990
The bloodmobile in Isle broke previous donation records when the community donated 164 pints. College students Julie Moser and Jerry Brodmarkle received scholarships from the Garrison VFW. The Princeton Town Board told a local youth hockey association that it opposed charitable gambling on religious grounds.
40 years ago: 1980
A public hearing was held in Garrison regarding the incorporation of a new town, Port Mille Lacs, just to the south. A request from the DNR aimed to change the boundaries of Kathio State Park along Hwy. 169. Isle won the annual Blue Ox game with Onamia, 56-43, narrowing Onamia’s historic win record to 23 to 20.
50 years ago: 1970
The Winnipeg to St. Paul International 500 Mile Snowmobile Race was set to pass through Isle, the village hall serving the racers a stew dinner. The Isle and Onamia School Boards held a special meeting to discuss a possible district merger. The Garrison Commercial Club held its annual walleye fishing festival out on Garrison Bay.
60 years ago: 1960
Mysterious, colorful lights hovering over Mille Lacs were spotted by law officers and area residents. A fish house count on Mille Lacs by Dennis Schupp, Brainerd fisheries biologist, found 4,295 house, up 17 percent from the previous year. “Warlock,” starring Richard Widmark, was playing at the Arrowhead Theatre in Onamia.
70 years ago: 1950
Anton Fisher’s home in Onamia was lost to fire; the firefighters were hampered by a lack of water, hauling it to the scene from the Onamia creamery. Starting Jan. 14, and every Saturday thereafter, the Isle Post Office window would close at 2 p.m. Pete Smith, of Bay View, caught a 28-pound northern while fishing at Cove Bay.