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 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 20, 2018 

Sure, it's only a game!

Right away, late in the game with time running out and the Vikings doing absolutely nothing right and New Orleans having just kicked the apparent game-winning field goal with 29 seconds remaining,...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    January 20, 2018 

Respect for authority. What about our President?

What I am about to write about has been forming in my mind for almost a year now along with the question: “Should I take this topic on?” I believe I should. I have a deep concern over the growing lack of respect in America on all levels of...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 13, 2018

Remembering the Tower of Babel

Terrific! This morning on First Light, which runs from 5 to 6 a.m. on Wild 102 FM, the call-in question had to do with immigrants, legal and illegal. I perked up when there were comments that these...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    January 13, 2018

Appetites, Addictions and Peanut Butter

Have you ever thought about whom or what controls your life? We’re not as independent as we may think we are. We didn’t pop out of the womb with the above question already decided. We begin deciding this the first time we say, No!” to our...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 6, 2018

While Rome burns, Trump tweets

Down in Florida last weekend, Tallahassee Slim, a local celebrity up here, touted Pakistani Pete, who runs a popular convenience store in Fort Myers where all these elderly Republicans with walkers...

 

Global Cooling

To the Editor, How about this global cooling we have had going on for way too long. Just a couple weeks ago there were songs on the radio way down in Florida about folks dressed up like Eskimos. If it doesn’t warm up pretty soon they will be ice...

 

Predictions and prognostications for 2018

Let's start with the good news. Sure, you can complain about the bitterly cold weather, but when's the last time you've been bitten by a mosquito? Never mind that your truck didn't start on Tuesday...

 

TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, TICK….

Time. It’s an important factor in all of our lives even if we don’t think about it. Like the “New Year” for example. 2017 is about to expire (It’s been a tough one for me) and 2018 holds, well we don’t know. We hope that all those who hav...

 

Remembering those who got you here

Merry Christmas to some old friends - alive and well or forever gone. There will never be another Kenny Byfuglien, who made wonderful copy over the years in this column when I needed a quick quote or...

 

THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS "MEAL" EVER PREPARED

Do you know what a metaphor is? Well the dictionary says,”An implied comparison between two different things; a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily means one thing is applied to another thing in order to suggest a likeness be...

 

Here comes the coal train to warm things up

I let this annual column die a couple of years ago because some people were highly offended that they were included in the chump list and not in the champ list. What can I say? Many are called but...

 

CONSIDER ONE ANOTHER

I read one time (I don’t know whether its changed or not), that more people are fired from their jobs for a lack of ability to get along with others than a lack of ability to do their job. Many marriages split up and churches divide for the same...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 9, 2017

She's a Minnesota lass with spunk and class

Imagine giving up a year-around life near the beach and 80 degree temps in Rio de Janeiro for snow, ice, and wind chills that can be breathtaking to a young woman whose coldest temps were in the...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 2, 2017

You don't know what you're missing!

Lots of Twin Cities folks think we live up here in the sticks and miss out on all the excitement. Pure hogwash! We have it all up here - the affairs, the tax cheats, the check bouncers, the druggies,...

 

In any language, she is remarkable

Some of us can barely master the English language. Try doing that with two languages, which is impressive. We met for the first time last summer in the Twin Cities. She is a native of Italy, who is...

 

We Live in Interesting Times

Beautiful. Always, free is best. Every Roseau County Fair, I stop by the Roseau Electric Co-op booth for whatever free items they are giving away to their valued customers, which most definitely does...

 

The Gift of Giving

The season is upon us. Black Friday is looming just around the corner. Santa letters are being written, and Holiday music may have already begun at your home. As I read my daughter’s Santa letter and saw her ask for a real hamster, a puppy and a...

 

Lets plan for our own survival

It's going to happen sometime and almost anywhere. Somebody will walk into a business, fast food joint, movie theater, church, funeral parlor, concert hall, bar, and begin their own personal killing...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    November 4, 2017

A walk on the wild side with a few trips

Always, we have any number of disreputable characters running this country. Where's the moral leadership? Here was President Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly on Monday night on Fox News declaring tha...

 

Daddy's Girl

I do not know for certain that any father can fully grasp the effect he has on his little girl. Trust me dads, you have one of the largest impacts on your daughter’s life. My daughter is blessed to have such an involved and caring father. Her dad...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 28, 2017

All the news that is fit to print

Beautiful. I hate to admit it, but I am one of those old duffers who benefits from such entitlements as Social Security and Medicare. There are millions of us who are apparently sponging off the gover...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 21, 2017

A walk down Main Street and beyond

Beautiful. My pal, Tallahassee Slim, now a svelte 255 pounds after sweating profusely for several days in the sweltering heat and humidity in Fort Myers, Florida, isn't homesick for Roseau just yet....

 

Strength vs. Weakness

“You feel too much.” “You cry too much.” “You care too much.” These are familiar words spoken to individuals who are overly empathetic. Then there are those that are naturally smiley, energetic and happy. They may hear these phrases:...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 14, 2017

A spiritual experience and then pure genius

I thought I was with Jesus last Sunday, and my only regret is I didn't take his picture. He had a beard, long hair, and almost an angelic smile as he looked down at me. Occasionally, I bump into Jason...

 

Don't Forget the Babies Lost on October 15th

Some of us dream of having a baby, being a mother or father. Some of us come upon it by accident. No matter what the circumstance, October 15th is a day to celebrate the little ones lost. Some were...

 

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