Looking Back photo - October 9, 2019

Gargantuan gourd

Lori and Steve Nohner of Wahkon grew this large pumpkin, one of many reported in the Mille Lacs area for the 1999 season.

Photo taken from the Oct. 6, 1999 issue of the Messenger.

20 years ago: 1999

Garrison installed a new civic defense siren next to the city fire hall. Onamia Elementary grades 4, 5 and 6 implemented a new voice mail extension so students could access their homework assignments. Reports indicated that the state bald eagle population had increased from 181 nesting territories in 1980 to 650 in 1998.

30 years ago: 1989

The Mille Lacs County Jail received an overall rating of 99 percent following inspection. Due to the prohibitive cost of keeping it open, the Aitkin County Board closed down the Hickory Grove landfill near Mille Lacs. The Isle City Council appointed officer Lloyd Ligneel to fill in as police chief while chief Paul Revak was on sick leave.

40 years ago: 1979

At the State of Minnesota’s direction, the Isle City Council designated the Isle Community Hall an emergency energy shelter. The Mille Lacs County Recorders Office saw the installation of a new microfilm machine. The City of Isle planned to follow in Onamia’s footsteps and shut off Main Street lights to save on the cost of energy.

50 years ago: 1969

The state Legislative Building Commission planned a tour of the facilities at Kathio and Father Hennepin State Parks and the Mille Lacs Kathio Museum. Onamia senior Darcy McMullen participated as an oboist at All-State Orchestra. The Isle High School Band Performed at St. Cloud State’s Homecoming Parade.

60 years ago: 1959

The Isle PTA went on record as endorsing the Isle School building project. Zion Lutheran Church held their annual sausage and meatball supper. Mary Ann Gibas was the elected president of the Isle School Student Council. “Smiley Gets a Gun,” starring Chips Rafferty was playing at the Arrowhead Theatre in Onamia.

70 years ago: 1949

The Bromberg meat market moved to a new location. A home agent provided lessons locally on bathroom layout, septic tanks and water systems. The Onamia Rotary Club gave a welcoming party for the Onamia teachers. Thirteen children in Mille Lacs County attended an orthopedic clinic in Little Falls.

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