20 years ago: 2000
Melanie Benjamin was elected as the new chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band, beating incumbent Marge Anderson. Isle local Jim Hauer joined in on hosting President Bill Clinton at his brother’s farm in Shakopee, Minn. Onamia junior Valerie June Boyd went to the Capitol and met with Rep. Sondra Erickson.
30 years ago: 1990
Residents living on Borden Lake raised issue the proposed Garrison Sewer Project impacting their lake’s water quality. Isle Super Valu manager Bob Johnson, along with his wife, Pauline, lost their lives in a car collision involving a grain truck near Grand Rapids. Captain Roy Wiering did a low level fly-over of Mille Lacs in his EF-111.
40 years ago: 1980
The evaluation of Onamia superintendent John Liapis by the school board broke out into an argument the second month in a row. The Mille Lacs Indian Museum featured 60 works of are from local Indian artists. Three young men were arrested for the assault and murder of Inga Warren at Warren’s Bait Shop near Aitkin.
50 years ago: 1970
Jarle Leirfallom, commissioner of conservation, praised the Mille Lacs Lake Association and Isle Sportmans Club for their anti-litter initiative. A groundbreaking service was held for the Opstead Baptist Church along Hwy. 47. Kenneth Bay, of St. Paul, along with his daughter, Candy, re-opened the Lunch Box Cafe in Isle.
60 years ago: 1960
A Minneapolis man, Wallace Thompson, drowned on Mille Lacs after his boat lost power and became swamped due to high winds. A large sawdust fire adjacent to the Lund’s Furniture Factory caught fire but was quickly extinguished by the Isle Fire Department. Mr. Axel Simonson held an auction north of Isle.
70 years ago: 1950
Drivers were reminded that a double yellow line in the center of a highway represents a no passing zone. A high wind caused an explosion on the brooder stove at the Francis Ernst farm in Onamia, killing 300 turkeys. WCCO and the Minnesota Resort Association reached an agreement to broadcast up-to-date resort news.