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.