20 years ago: 2000
The Isle School Board voted to adopt an all-day, every-day pilot kindergarten program. Students involved in the Nay Ah Shing Summer Youth Enrichment Program were developing a school nature area and interpretive trail. Mille Lacs Hospice and Nexus at Mille Lacs Academy held their annual Spirit of the Wings program.
30 years ago: 1990
A spreading infestation of Northern milfoil threatened to clog up Isle Bay. Dr. Rose Hutchinson, with the Mille Lacs Health System, announced she was leaving the area in August. The McGrath Fourth of July Celebration also hosted the reunion of McGrath’s Class of 1940. Joe Fellegy published a memoir of fishing Mille Lacs.
40 years ago: 1980
Messenger publisher Dick Norlander ran an open letter to the state DNR commissioner, asking about fishing pressure and lake pollution. Civic Associations in Isle, Wahkon, and Onamia reported that their local celebration ended up in the black. Dennis Vanderpoel had his watercolor art featured at Aitkin’s Framing Gallery.
50 years ago: 1970
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Athman were the new owners of the Montgomery Wards Catalog Agency in Onamia. Barbara Wills, of Isle, was crowned Miss Isle of 1970. Over 500 people attended the summer Snowmobile Drag Race held as part of the Isle celebration. The Isle Clinic opened for business starting in August.
60 years ago: 1960
A formal dedication was held for the official opening of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. The Mille Lacs Flying Club was sponsoring their annual Breakfast Fly-in. “Five Gates to Hell,” starring Delores Michaels, was playing at the Arrowhead Theatre in Onamia. Isle High School was accepting applications for a cook.
70 years ago: 1950
The Navy recruiter was scheduled to be in Isle. A search was organized for a bike-riding boy who stopped by the Gossens’ store, claiming he was from Wahkon and going to visit an aunt in Milaca. The manager of the Bock Cooperative Creamery arrived at the store Tuesday morning to find it had been broken into and $70 had been stolen.