20 years ago: 2000
Dean Benson and Mike Morneau were sworn in as new members of the Onamia School Board. Reporter Leif Enger, with Minnesota Public Radio, was asked to turn off his tape recorder while at a candidate forum held on the Mille Lacs Reservation. ABC TV’s sports anchor Joe Schmit attended a launch with Mille Lacs resort owners.
30 years ago: 1990
Mille Lacs County approved an Adopt-a-Highway program, modeled after the State program. Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich met with Mille Lacs Reservation commissioners on issues and projects important to the Reservation. Sister Virgil Denzen, at Holy Cross School in Onamia, celebrated her Golden Jubilee.
40 years ago: 1980
Earl Knudson, of Onamia, explained the history behind his large collection of old fishing tackle. Reports for fishing opener were mixed, with few people catching their limit; the DNR counted 5,474 boats on the lake. Over 150 people attended the Isle Girl Scout Pot Luck, raising over $200 for their enrollment fund.
50 years ago: 1970
Two incumbents were elected to the school board in Isle, and Les Sievik was a new board member in Onamia. The McGrath High School commencement would be held May 22 at the Isle High School auditorium. Duane Richards, Carol Sehlin, and Steven Huonder were named the top 10% of the Isle senior class.
60 years ago: 1960
A large bear that had been raiding the sheep flock of Harold Forcier was put down by Nick Eggert and Bill Tramm. Local bait dealers Irv Kuschel and Ray Haggberg reported that it was the best fishing opener they’d seen in years. Forman’s Famous Spot, north Isle, installed a commercial ice machine for local angler use.
70 years ago: 1950
At King’s X Resort on the west side of Mille Lacs, six to eight feet of ice piled up along the shore, doing damage to the resort’s cabins. A poll of Isle High Schoolers asked “Do you think President Truman has done a good job?” Yes – 14, No – 20, Undecided – 5. At their opening game of the baseball season, Onamia beat Isle, 6 to 4.