20 years ago: 2000
A heated Isle City Council meeting lead to the approval of a 3% lodging tax on resorts to support the tourism council. The Mille Lacs County Board approved a warning siren in South Harbor Township. Rev. Curtis Foreman, of Shepherd of the Lake Church, participated in a mission trip helping Anapara, Mexico.
30 years ago: 1990
Though Mille Lacs was seeing particularly bad forest tent caterpillar infestation, the population was reportedly set to see a decline. Angela Gibas, 1986 Isle graduate, received a degree in pastoral studies and moved to work in New York. The Isle Co-op Convenience Store expanded to a second location south of town.
40 years ago: 1980
After eight months of investigation, 16 individuals were arrested in connection with a Princeton drug trafficking ring. Morrie Longballa, a real estate agent near Malmo, spoke on his years as a Hollywood performer in the 1930s. Over 250 gardeners met at Isle Elementary to participate in the Sixth District Horticultural convention.
50 years ago: 1970
American Red Cross swimming lessons were set to begin with instructor Brenda Haglund, registration being held at Isle City Park. Isle Schools Superintendent R. H. Perrine announced the school would start having full-time kindergarten in the fall. Wally Johnson’s service station in Isle converted from Phillips to Conoco.
60 years ago: 1960
At Milaca’s Dairy Day, Miss Carol Rasmussen was chosen as Mille Lacs County’s Dairy Princess. Work was progressing on construction projects around Isle, including the new bowling alley and the addition to the school. Fishing on Mille Lacs was reportedly “fair to good and rather spotty” with fish being found in the shallow water.
70 years ago: 1950
Three break-in attempts were made in Onamia at Zurbay Mercantile Co., The Mille Lacs Bakery, and the Independent Oil Station. The Isle Boy Scouts spent a week at a Jamboree at Fort Ripley. The fourth annual reunion of Wahkonites was held at Hezelglade. A pressure cooker demonstration was held at Isle High School.