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 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 21, 2018 

We aren't getting out of this world unnoticed

Oh, the Golden Years! Now that I’m in my eighth decade, I skip the sports and go directly online to the obits - mainly, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Even if we’ve never crossed...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 21, 2018 

Should Our Conscience Be Our Guide? Part 3: Guilty ...But!

Have you ever experienced pain? Were you thankful for it? I have had to deal with some serious pain during the past couple of years, but I don’t recall being thankful for it. I have thanked the Lord that right now I am pain free. Someone has said,...

 
 By Jenee Provance    Opinion    April 21, 2018 

Roseau High School Wind Symphony

Earlier this year, an article informed readers of the high honor the Roseau High School Wind Symphony received by being asked to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference...

 

What a disgrace and discredit

To the Editor, After reading last weeks Falk’s trial court transcript, Todd Miller should be barred from holding any office for life. This renegade was a one term splash in the pan county commissioner, but was a total disgrace and discredit to a...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 14, 2018

God bless Donald and Hillary - A pair to draw to

Terrific! I got a text from my Republican sibling, Rob, on Monday evening stating, Looks like our man Trump might be going down. I texted back, Not likely. He's too slick. And he texted back, This is...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 14, 2018

Should Our Conscience Be Our Guide? Part 2: Four Stories

“Clean up your plate, there are starving children in the world” (maybe China or Africa)! I heard this from my mother more than once as a child. You know what? I still clean up my plate to this day. Later I heard, “Don’t take more than you...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 7, 2018

We need more rascals in this Cuckoo's Nest

Of all the great movies in this world, the greatest is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It highlighted both the insanity and the idiocy of those in power, starting with Nurse Ratched, a miserable...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 7, 2018

Should Our Conscience Be Our Guide? Part 1

“Let your conscience be your guide?” I grew up with this measure of morality. First at home, then in school, and later in other places. It sounds good and, for some of us, it may reel us in when we’re tempted to go against it; although maybe...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 31, 2018

Let's make a deal on some real art!

Beautiful! In a week's time in this business as a highly-paid reporter and columnist, it was the first time ever that I'd interviewed two millionaires on the same day without feeling like I had to...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    March 31, 2018

Fake News

Fake news. It’s kind of a catchy phrase that’s been showing up in the media for about a year now. Is fake news new? Actually it’s not. It’s been around a long time, and it always has the potential for leading people astray. I want to examine...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 24, 2018

Septuagenarian Steger Doesn't Stagger Along

Last Friday afternoon, Will Steger, a former collegiate wrestler and polar explorer who prefers to push the physical limits of even the most exceptionally fit human beings, was spotted at the Daisy...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    March 24, 2018

Jesus and the Religious "Rock" Band

Northwest of Seattle and not too far from the Olympic Mountains is a little town by the name of Sequim. The residents there will tell you that generally they have 360 days of sunshine each year. Pretty good for Western Washington. However, what has...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 17, 2018

What if I can't remember you in the morning?

"Beware of the Ides of March!" Always, I remember that because I had to read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in the late 1950s in high school. It was difficult reading because the Brits had a strange way...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    March 17, 2018

What does God see in you? Would you like to know?

Over the years I have, on occasion, heard someone say concerning a relationship they had trouble accepting: “I don’t know what she (or he) sees in that person!” Whatever it was, the person making the statement didn’t see it. Maybe the person...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 10, 2018

A walk on the wild side with JC

Here came Jerry Cleveland walking into a room last week down in St. Paul, and you can forget all the stiff suits who talk about bonds, club memberships, and interest rates. Right away, I could see mis...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    March 10, 2018

"It's Going to be a Good Day"

What makes a “good day” for you? One of the big things for me is having a day free from cancer which God, through his choice of people, raised me up from. Thank you, Lord. The flip side which the title rightly implies is that not all days are...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 3, 2018

Skip the bragging and do something responsible

Just think if Donald Trump had a twin brother - say, David - and both were equally flamboyant and gaudy. America would be doubly great. I don't know where to start with this. I had my column written...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    March 3, 2018

Man in a Median; What I saw and What I Felt

It’s funny what catches our attention sometimes, and then sticks in our mind. What I want to share happened in Chicago over 30 years ago while I was attending North Park Seminary, in preparation for the pastorate (after serving with Youth for...

 

We're just getting too soft these days

On Monday, Roseau's own Newell Broten was cutting firewood in snow up to his knees, and this is how it is with those who grew up poor during the Great Depression and World War II. They know hard...

 

WEDDING CAKE & MIXED NUTS, BUT THE BESTEST PART WAS…!

Perhaps most of you know by now that Julie and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, February 10th. 50 years, Yea! After church that Sunday Mary Hoffer, our pastor’s wife cruised by me on her way to the copy room, paused...

 

Nobody is ever guilty these days

One of the finest examples for always telling the truth was impressed upon me at Christ the King Catholic Grade School in south Minneapolis. Back then, in the 1950s, justice was swift at the hands of...

 

The Time to Consider "Old" is Young!

Every once in awhile I remind my wife, “I’m getting old.” She has a standard reply, “I’ll tell you when you’re getting old!” Some how I have a tendency to feel better when she says that except when I’m looking for sympathy. Do some of...

 

With Superficial Don, no dwarfs are allowed

I'll never dunk a basketball, leap higher than two feet off the ground or reach higher than six feet. And that's on a good day. I was never big on appearances, probably because there are pretty women...

 

How do we know it's God Speaking?

There are so many voices out there making appeals to us. Over the t.v. from the pulpit, at our front door, the collective voice of “peer pressure”, that little peeky voice appealing to our hearts” “Pleeeze, pleeeze, pleeeze, can we go to the...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 3, 2018

Flying higher than a mountain peak

Beautiful! That's all I needed with my two-dollar bet riding against the New England Patriots. My pal, Oliver Ullman, is now holding the winning hand after a deejay has Tom Brady all fired up to play...

 

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