20 years ago: 1999
The Mille Lacs Health System announced a $7.3 million expansion at their shareholder’s meeting at Izaty’s resort. American Indian art was featured at a new display at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Onamia maintenance superintendent Bill Konze was overseeing refurbishing of the Onamia Depot building.
30 years ago: 1989
School of Dance classes were held for local children at the Isle Community Hall, teaching ballet, tap, jazz and advanced toe. Jeff Roeschlein, of Wahkon, received the Outstanding Young Farmer award at The Service Award Banquet in Milaca. “UHF,” starring “Weird Al” Yankovic, was playing at the Rialto Theatre in Aitkin.
40 years ago: 1979
The Onamia schools’ audit report showed the district was in “good financial shape.” A babysitting co-op created by seven area moms was seeing success. The Isle Baptist Church presented the musical “Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies.” Onamia school building superintendent Donald Probasco retired.
50 years ago: 1969
Kathio State Park announced it had marked snowmobile trails for the winter season. Jim Schmidt was the new owner of the Onamia Rexall Drug Store. The Minnesota State Employment office announced the re-opening of their Onamia office. The Crosier Theater Group presented the play “Shadow and Substance.”
60 years ago: 1959
Thieves broke into the Wahkon Municipal Liquor Store but were caught by the village marshall. Work was underway to remodel Isle’s former theater building into a store. The Rural Cooperative Power Association reported the structure Elk River power reactor was currently at 40 percent complete .
70 years ago: 1949
Mille Lacs County veterans of WWII received $478,000 in bonuses. The American Legion ’s basket social awarded Mrs. Frank Sullivan first place for best trimmed basket. Seven hunters were arrested on various violations. A donation of a Christmas tree was requested for Isle Main Street.