Looking Back photo - November 13, 2019

Hay haul

Bundled in their autumn coats, first-graders at Onamia Elementary participated in a hay ride.

Photo taken from the Nov. 15 1989 issue of the Messenger.

20 years ago: 1999

After two failed votes, the Onamia School district held a third referendum on a $6 million building project. Melanie Benjamin announced her intention to seek the position of Mille Lacs Band chief executive. The Mille Lacs Community Library celebrated the East Central Regional Library’s 40th anniversary.

30 years ago: 1989

Onamia Elementary hosted a ceremony to celebrate receiving the Elementary School of Excellence Award. Alleged failure to comply to hiring standards lead to Isle police being investigated by the POST Board. Owners of Izatys Resort approached the Mille Lacs County board about an 1990 expansion.

40 years ago: 1979

Onamia City Council held a special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Andrew Hohn. Isle City Council was working with the local flying club on an airport expansion. Harry and Ross Simons sold Vineland Bay Resort. Profits were reportedly up at the Onamia Liquor Store.

50 years ago: 1969

Thieves broke into Foreman’s Famous Spot, stealing an outboard motor and cash from the register. The Central 61 Conference Basketball Jamboree was held in Isle. The Opti-missus Club held a turkey dinner for local senior citizens. Scott Johnson, of Isle, shot a wolf while he was out deer hunting.

60 years ago: 1959

Three Minneapolis duck hunters were rescued by game wardens after they were stranded on a frozen Lake Onamia. The senior class of McGrath High School presented the three act play, “The Scarlet Ghost.” The missionary film “Vistascope Vision of North Lakhimpur” was shown at Isle Baptist Church.

70 years ago: 1949

Dr. Metcalf, son-in-law to Sig Olson, was the new doctor at the hospital in Onamia. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wagner moved the Isle Variety Store into the Thorsten building. Father Steines, pastor at Sacred Heart parish, left for a position in Butler, Minn. A fire broke out in the storage room next to the Isle High School gym.

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