Looking Back photo - July 24, 2019

Besting asbestos

Contractor Ray Richards and helper Jerry Roeschlein removed asbestos that had been used as insulation at Isle High School.

Photo taken from the July 26, 1989 issue of the Messenger.

20 years ago: 1999

Despite a $400,000 deficit, the Isle School Board voted in favor of committing to smaller class sizes. Sponsored by the Mille Lacs Community Theatre, a production of ‘Oz!” was put on at Onamia High School. A custody battle between an Isle resident and a county undersheriff made the evening news.

30 years ago: 1989

Concerns were raised over whether tournament fishing negatively impacted the quality of the Mille Lacs fishery. Onamia local Mark Anderson fought fires with helicopter crews down near Tuscon, Ariz. Reports of swimmer’s itch around Mille Lacs continued, but cases were going down.

40 years ago: 1979

Mary Kent was named to the Onamia School Board following the resignation of Clayton Anderson. The Garrison office of the First National Bank of Deerwood held a grand opening. A garbage truck rolled over at the intersection of Hwys. 27 and 169; no one was injured.

50 years ago: 1969

The Robert Haglund family hosted an international guest, Monique Walle-Clerc, from Martinique in the French West Indies. Profits from the Opti-missus Club’s Isle Days concession stand would go towards a new city park bath house. Libby’s pineapple juice was $.35 a can at Cooper’s IGA in Isle.

60 years ago: 1959

Roger Haglund won the 1959 Colgate TV-RAMA contest, receiving a remote control portable TV. The annual flight breakfast was success, serving 277 guests. “A Good Day for a Hanging,” starring Fred MacMurray, was playing at the Arrowhead Theatre in Onamia.

70 years ago: 1949

The Lutheran League was held at the newly opened American Lutheran Bible Camp in Onamia. A call was put out for help laying sod at the Isle football field to get ready for fall. Local parents were warned to take precautions as polio season began. Red Cross swimming classes in Princeton had 87 participants.

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