20 years ago: 1999
Summer Youth Program students completed work on the Soo Line Bog Walk between Isle and Onamia. Isle High School hosted a performance of the religious play “Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames.” Twin Pines Resort owner Linda Eno met with U.S. representative Jim Obestar.
30 years ago: 1989
Jan and Len Snyder, regular campers at Garrison’s Wilderness of Minnesota, purchased the property. Mark Wendel was re-elected as school board chair in Aitkin. The Mille Lacs County Board discussed acquiring an abandoned Soo Line right-of-way.
40 years ago: 1979
Miss World Linda Toebinte, of Antwerp, Belgium, attended the McGrath Fourth of July celebration. A team of workers were busy apply a fresh coat of paint to the Isle water tower. John Carpenter’s “Halloween” was playing at the Arrowhead Theatre in Onamia.
50 years ago: 1969
Cliff Hammerberg was named president of Lakeside State Bank. The Zuhrak Merrimakers, a 50-man, vaudeville variety show was scheduled to appear in Isle. The Isle City Park restrooms were due to be replaced with cement block buildings.
60 years ago: 1959
A tornado struck Onamia at 1 a.m., causing severe damage to the school and creamery. Ms. Roseann Oberg, who had been chosen as Miss Isle, participated in the Aitkin Fourth of July Parade. Marjory Pomeroy was selected as head librarian for the East Central Regional Library.
70 years ago: 1949
The grasshopper problem in Mille Lacs had grown serious enough to warrant immediate action. Clark Lyback came in first place at the Wahkon rowboat contest. Plans were made to x-ray everyone in Mille Lacs County for tuberculosis.
Taken from the files of the Mille Lacs Messenger on this week’s date in history.