Team Visit (April
as of March, 2006
Completed or in Progress:
- Entrance Signage/Hwy. 127 (1 of 4 complete
with fundraising underway for #2).
- Motel & RV Park (complete).
- Additional Restaurant (complete).
- Storefront Renovations (approximately
25 complete & more to come).
- New Trailhead (Central Lakes Trail) –
Osakis Information Center located downtown by the
- Trail beautification and planned
trail expansion around Lake Osakis.
- Community Events (some new “Quilts
Along the Trail”;some discontinued “First Thursdays”).
- City Housing Development & Park
(Osakis Properties – Phase I complete & occupied; Phase II
infra-structure complete and lots selling now).
- Industrial Park – Designated JOBZ
- Environmental Progress (Water
runoff/lake pollution/shoreline protection). City, Osakis
Lake Assn. and Sauk River Watershed Dist. working diligently
- New business and business expansions.
- New city infrastructure.
- Education – Public, Private and
Charter (Enrollment increases and new elementary gymnasium
complete at the public school).
- Transportation - major highway
construction – Hwy. 27 (completed summer of 2003).
- Golf course expansion and future
housing development (in planning stages).
- Alumni returning to their roots to
live and raise family (left as one but returning as two or more).
- City park playground equipment
upgrade and the addition of a new city park near the Osakis
Properties housing development. (In progress)
- Teen Center - "The Meeting
Place"/Sportsman's Motel Cafe.
- Comprehensive Plan (final draft will
be ready June 2006).
- Zoning & ordinance regulation
- Downtown Public Marina.
- Osakis Ag Site – Historical or
- Skateboard Park.
- Continue city infrastructure
- City annexation to I-94 corridor.
- Future street located on the south
edge of Osakis for better access to Osakis Properties
housing development from Hwy. 127 (would connect Hwy. 127 to
8th Ave. West).
- Continuation of community clean-up.
The Central Lakes
Trail is 55 miles long and runs from Osakis to Fergus Falls. The Lake Wobegon Trail
is approximately 50 miles long and currently goes from Sauk
Centre to St. Joseph. The gap between Sauk Centre and Osakis
(12 miles) will be completed in 2006. These two trails
will meet in Osakis and make a combined total trail system
length of 122 miles (one of the longest in the state).
Eventually, the Lake Wobegon Trail will go to St. Cloud.
These trails are for hiking/biking from April-December and
snowmobiling from December-March. Snowmobiles are the only
motorized vehicles allowed. The Central Lakes Trail was
dedicated as the 23rd Minnesota State Trail on August 26, 2005.
Osakis Onward hopes to some day pursue the development of a trail
system around Lake Osakis that links residential areas with
Battle Point Park, city parks and other pedestrian
destinations. This is a long range plan and would need to be accomplished in stages with
the first stage planned from the downtown portion of the
Central Lakes Trail to Battle Point Park on the north end of
Lake Osakis. Another trail project under consideration is a
nature trail located just south of the city limits. This would
be used by hikers, mountain bikers, bird watchers, nature lovers and the school system
for educational classes.
If you have questions, please call 320-859-3777.