20 years ago: 2000
The Minnesota region served by the 612 area code was split into three separate regions: 612, 763, and 952. Herb Weyaus announced his intention to run for the office of tribal chief executive for the Mille Lacs Band. Collen Smith, 10, of the Ogichidaa Boxing Club, took second place at the National Silver Gloves Championships.
30 years ago: 1990
The DNR announced they would be improving their Shah-Bush-Kung Bay Public Access, located on the west shore of Mille Lacs. The Onamia sixth grade class spent a week at the Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. Onamia High School Knowledge Bowl won the Hinckley Invitational Meet, ranking among region leaders.
40 years ago: 1980
A boiler failure at Onamia Elementary led to staff and students getting a day off from school. Lucille Kiel was highlighted by the Messenger as “Chef of the Week” for her chow mein recipe. The Drift Skippers met and elected Maynard Erickson as their new club president. Read-a-thons were hosted at Isle and Onamia schools.
50 years ago: 1970
A public hearing at the Aitkin County Courthouse was announced, regarding the potential merger of the McGrath School District with Isle or McGregor. The Isle C Team won the Annual Grade Basketball Tournament with a record of 11-0. Per village ordinance, Isle residents were warned to keep their dogs on a leash.
60 years ago: 1960
A troupe presented the skit “Adam’s Ribs Hurt” as part of a benefit toward the Isle Parent-Teacher Association’s scholarship fund. Mr. and Mrs. Guimont attended a Minneapolis screening of a film on the South Sea Islands. “Girls Town,” starring Mamie Van Doren, played at the Arrowhead Theatre in Onamia.
70 years ago: 1950
The biggest snowstorm of the season hit Mille Lacs with snow drifts as high as 12 feet; the snow at Vernon Templin’s place was as high as the door knob. Kunow Beauty Shop in Isle, having opened March 1, announced opening specials. An organizing drive for the American Red Cross was being organized.