20 years ago: 1999
DNR creel census showed 1999 as one of the best walleye seasons in years with 567,000 pounds harvested. The new pastor at Isle’s Trinity Lutheran Church was Joel Krueger. Heggie’s Pizza Co., two and a half miles north of Onamia, completed their third expansion since opening 12 years prior.
30 years ago: 1989
A Hwy. 169 extension project faced delays due to the intended route running through an Indian burial ground. Dave Naslund was approved by the Onamia School Board as head varsity basketball coach for the 1990 season. The Mille Lacs Community Theatre presented their fall production, “The Musical Comedy Murders.”
40 years ago: 1979
As the local deer population was up, a good deer hunting season was projected around Mille Lacs. The Isle High School concert featured a performance of “Summer Nights” from Grease. Dallas and Mary Jo Carlson, owners of Portside Resort, planned to renovate an Isle property into a new boutique.
50 years ago: 1969
Joe Fladebo received the Sportsman of the Year award at the annual Isle Sportmen’s Club Dinner. The Rialto Theatre in Aitkin was hosting a late night “Spook Show.” Eight local men received radiological training to be able to assess radioactive danger in the local area in event of a nuclear disaster.
60 years ago: 1959
Rev. Robert Anderson, who spent seven years as a missionary in Madagascar, spoke at Lakeview Lutheran Church. Evelyn Young and Richard Weiers were homecoming royalty at Isle. As cold weather made it impossible to hold the Barter Buck contest outside, it was moved inside at local stores.
70 years ago: 1949
A youth rally was held at the Opstead Baptist Church. The Wahkon PTA held a Halloween party for the school children. The mobile X-ray unit finished its first round at the north end of the county and would be back at a later date. The Sacred Heart card parties drew a crowd with seven tables of 500.