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Looking Back: - June 5, 2019

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Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2019 5:15 am

20 years ago: 1999

Wahkon local and soon-to-be MIT grad Ryan Anderson paid a visit to the area with several colleagues. David and Lesli Barsody opened their shop, Out of the Wood-work, in Onamia. Mary Pat Sorvik received a “Friend of Education” award from the Onamia school for her volunteer work.

30 years ago: 1989

The annual Sixth District Horticultural Society Convention was held at Onamia High School. Archaeologists worked with Mille Lacs Kathio State Park to determine the impact of relocating a portion of the campground. Mille Lacs County commissioner David Oberfeld met with the local property owners association.

40 years ago: 1979

Two fishermen were rescued when their boat hit a rock and capsized. The mass deaths of purple martins locally were contributed to starvation, and warmer weather had replenished food supplies. Dean Kapsner was found to be the champion speller among Onamia Elementary students.

50 years ago: 1969

The Mora Employment office had 218 youth registered for summer employment. Mrs. Ruth Jorgenson of Isle won second place and $50 in a statewide pork recipe contest. A party of eight fishermen staying at Roll in Lodge had their limit of walleye, averaging between 2 and 4 pounds each.

60 years ago: 1959

Rosemary Olson of Isle, as the winner of the Janney Best Paint Glamorama, received an electric frying pan. Joe Brennan was the new owner at the Star Dust Cafe in Wahkon, stating it would continue to operate the same as before. “Ride a Crooked Trail,” starring Audie Murphy, was playing at Onamia’s Arrowhead Theatre. 

70 years ago: 1949

Isle held a Memorial Day Parade, starting at the school and heading to the Coop Station and cemetery. People were asked to watch for signs of tuberculosis in hopes of achieving a complete recovery. Clyde Skogen was Isle’s valedictorian, and Robert Leander was the valedictorian for Onamia.

Taken from the files of the Mille Lacs Messenger on this week’s date in history.

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