Looking Back - October 16, 2019

Harvest haulers

Isle youngsters Derek Harris, Alexandra Klatt, Luke Thomsen, Bram Weber, Danny Roeschlein and Heather Jones helped bring in the autumn harvest.

Photo taken from the Oct. 18, 1989 issue of the Messenger.

20 years ago: 1999

Club of the Pines in Hillman started a fundraising campaign to build a new facility. Bird and nature watching were reportedly on the rise, and the Mille Lacs Tourism held a meeting to help promote its local prospects. Gerry Giese, of Isle, was among local artists featured at the Image 99 Art Show, held in Cambridge.

30 years ago: 1989

A drug bust at Isle’s scenic overlook prompted city council questions about the mutual aid agreement with the county. Construction was underway for the new Mora Cooperative Credit Union branch office in Isle. The Wahkon City Council discussed how to assess the cost of recently completed sidewalk repair.

40 years ago: 1979

The cost to heat a home during the coming winter was estimated to be $1,000 due to the rising cost of fuel. The Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area was featured on the ABC series “American Sportsman.” Following discussion with MnDOT, it seemed unlikely Isle would be able to get its airport properly zoned.

50 years ago: 1969

The Isle High School Drama Club presented their fall play, “The Family No One Wanted.” Isle won their homecoming game against Sandstone 28-0, qualifying for the conference championship. ‘The Wrecking Crew,” starring Dean Martin and Shannon Tate, was playing at the Rialto Theatre in Aitkin.

60 years ago: 1959

A meeting on the new Isle School building plan drew 200 people. Mille Lacs County extension agent Don Bates gave a presentation on understanding electricity. Isle Motor’s held a new car showing, drawing a large crowd and giving door prizes to five lucky individuals. Isle Bottle Gas also held a well attended paint demonstration.

70 years ago: 1949

A Tri-County gas transport tipped over on Hwy. 27 west of Onamia; driver Carl Peterson was unharmed though 600 gallons of fuel were lost. The Isle village dump was closed and another temporary dump opened to address the local rat problem. The Gerhardsons, of Idun, reported a “ball of fire” landed at their table and exploded.

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