20 years ago: 2000
Governor Jesse Ventura signed a proposal dedicating $291,000 over the next three years towards upgrades at the Mille Lacs Health System. Wahkon Presbyterian Church held a rummage sale to raise money toward their building fund. The Onamia Panthers Special Olympics Track Team competed in Brainerd.
30 years ago: 1990
A busy Memorial Day weekend brought in more than 100 initial complaint reports through the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, and the jail was full. Dalapolisen Spelman, a Swedish police band, performed at Isle City Park. Dennis Dune, former Onamia High School teacher, was ordained as a priest at the Maryknoll Center in Ossining, N.Y.
40 years ago: 1980
A bike-a-thon for cystic fibrosis was held at The Place Coffee House. The Arrangement presented their spring concert. A record number of men signed up to play at the Izatys men’s golf league. Isle Elementary held their annual spring concert, performing selections of Disney music. Isle City Clerk Ardelle Bergquist resigned.
50 years ago: 1970
Howard Schmidt was given a 25-year service award for his work with the Division of Lands and Forestry in Onamia, where he’d worked since 1948. The Isle Sportsman’s Club sponsored an essay writing contest on conservation for Isle School children. Onamia High School won the district baseball championship.
60 years ago: 1960
Janet Anderson and Dawn Archer traveled to St. Cloud to audition for all-state band. The Isle Boy Scouts raised $75.60 for the American Cancer Society. Holden Lutheran Church held a farewell party for John and Gerald Walters and Robert Shelton, who were all living to serve three years with the armed forces.
70 years ago: 1950
Mille Lacs residents paid $45,000 in income taxes. In Isle, the American Legion, along with the Boy Scouts and high school, planned a Memorial Day parade, which included a march to the cemetery and ceremony. On opening day, Margaret Claire, of Brainerd, caught a 13-pound walleye near Isle, fishing with a Lazy Dazy plug.