20 years ago: 2000
WWII veteran Henry Lease, of Milaca, had his Purple Heart medal restored after the original was stolen. Vandals damaged one of the new Wahkon city welcome signs, located near Lake Shore Boulevard. After a period of renovations by local contributers, the ice rink located to the north of Nyquist Elementary in Isle re-opened.
30 years ago: 1990
At 4,015, the Mille Lacs fish house count was the highest it had been since 1984 and up 207 from the previous year. The Mille Lacs Hospital and Home and the Mille Lacs Family Health Center reached an agreement to merge their corporations. Jack Savage, of KIO2 Country Radio, held a live broadcast from a fishhouse on Mille Lacs.
40 years ago: 1980
Lakeside Bank president Clifford Hammerberg planned to retire within a year, but would remain bank board chairman. In 1979, 61 boys were born at Community Mercy Hospital, compared to 56 girls. The Messenger surveyed local children and seniors on the difficulties of opening the child-proof safety caps on pill bottles.
50 years ago: 1970
Robert Skiba was the first baby of the year at Mercy Hospital in Onamia, With the school having burned down, the McGrath school district needed to make a consolidation plan to merge with a neighboring district. Alex Moose, of Isle, was interviewed on the Rocky Kellar sports program about his book, “Indian Compass.”
60 years ago: 1960
Vandals broke into two cabins near the municipal boat landing, destroying their furnishing and interiors. The Rev. Francis Sorley was a featured speaker at Isle Baptist Church following a missionary trip to Japan. North Pine Electric received a $179,000 loan through the Rural Electrification Administration.
70 years ago: 1950
Ann Leffingwell entertained the Cypripedium Garden Club at her home, including lunch and a gift exchange. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stich were grievously injured in a car accident that occurred near Francis Resort in Isle early New Year’s morning. “Lust for Gold,” starring Glen Ford, was playing at the Isle Theatre.