Looking Back photo - July 31, 2019

Traditionally painted

At the Mille Lacs History Festival, Gladys Shelley gave demonstrations on a variety of European painting styles at the Mille Lacs History Museum.

Photo taken from the July 28, 1999 issue of the Messenger.

20 years ago: 1999

The Minnesota Conservation Corps Youth Residential Program helped construct a wheelchair accessible hiking trail at Kathio State Park. Isle Boy Scout Leader Monte Fronk attended the Boy Scouts’ National Training Center in New Mexico. The Mille Lacs History Festival was held near Isle.

30 years ago: 1989

The McGregor School Board voted unanimously to not re-open the McGrath school. The Garrison Lions and Lionesses hosted 34 international students at the Fort Mille Lacs Village for a tour of the Mille Lacs area. The Onamia Vet’s Club donated new tables and chairs for the Mille Lacs Nursing Home courtyard.

40 years ago: 1979

A delegation of Mille Lacs County citizen, officials and local legislators met with Governor Al Quie to discuss the Hwy. 169 issues. Duane Betker, of Garrison, and Doug Thompson, of Garrison, won the Lino Lakes fishing tournament. The Mille Lacs Community Theatre presented “The Gazebo.”

50 years ago: 1969

Pam Jackson, of Wahkon, was crowned Miss Isle of 1969 at a ceremony held at Isle High School. Mille Lacs County invested $1,987 to the Heart Fund Drive, 81 percent over the county goal. Production of snowmobiles began at the new Boatel Manufacturing plant in Isle.

60 years ago: 1959

The completion of a building program study recommended for the expansion of Isle High School’s facilities to meet future enrollment needs. Clarence Vanderpoel resigned as the owner of the Isle Co-op Oil Station. The Mille Lacs County 4-H picnic was held at Milaca’s Recreation Park.

70 years ago: 1949

An executive committee was established for the mobile x-ray unit in Mille Lacs County to help fight tuberculosis. Loel Fredrickson, formerly of Isle, was named Carthage College line coach and head basketball and baseball mentor. The Lakeside School Board voted to send grades 8 through 12 to the Isle School District, rather than Aitkin.

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