Looking Back - May 13, 2020

Biking buddies

With the spring weather, this group of local youngsters took the roads on their bikes.

Photo taken from the May 16, 1990 issue of the Messenger.

20 years ago: 2000

Brad and Sandy Reichel were the new owners of Walleye Dundee’s in Wahkon. Residents at the Onamia Hotel were told to vacate the premises due to health and safety concerns by the county health department. The Onamia Panthers took second at their invitational baseball tournament, losing to Upsala in the championship game.

30 years ago: 1990

Governor Rudy Perpich visited Isle and Onamia on his way to the Governor’s Fishing Opener in Hill City. Commissioner Dick Jackson, county representative with the East Central Regional Library, stated library hours would be cut by 10%. Onamia Elementary Principal Sandy Nelson resigned to move to Detroit Lakes.

40 years ago: 1980

The Isle council met with the Opti-missus Club about the badly damaged bathhouse, making the decision to keep it open. An fly-in event was scheduled to take place at the South Isle Campground as part of Memorial Day weekend. A balloon released in Isle by Bob Lundquist and Peter Nikolai was found in Michigan.

50 years ago: 1970

The 1970 annual meeting of the Isle Development Corporation approved the rental of the Isle clinic by a group of Onamia doctors. McGrath High’s Baccalaureate service was held at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Isle and Onamia stores announced their summer hours, staying open until 8:30 and 9 p.m., respectively.

60 years ago: 1960

Holden Lutheran held a “Syttende Mai Fest” in honor of Norway’s Independence Day. The Mille Lacs County census showed a population decrease of 723 over the previous decade. Isle received two “A” ratings at the state music contest, going to Janet Anderson and the trio of Carol Berge, Gloria Hamleton, and Glenice Falners.

70 years ago: 1950

McGrath was isolated when spring flooding prevented travel on Hwy. 65. Reports came of strong winds and a possible tornado through Ogilvie, destroying a barn. “The Palomino,” starring Jerome Courtland, was playing at Isle Theatre. The Isle Presbyterian Guild held a food sale out of the Irvin Carlson building.

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