About Roseau Times-Region
EARLY NEWSPAPERS IN ROSEAU
Roseau newspapering began with R. J. Bell's founding of the Roseau County Times in 1894. Bell, an outspoken editor, competed with the Roseau Region which was founded by C. Clark in 1895. Clark sold his paper to R.H. Midicraft in 1903. Medicraft then employed Paul Buran and Ray Gilbertson.
The two newspapers combined into the Roseau Times-Region in 1917 with John Grothe and Jake Snustad joining the staff; Snustad, Grothe and Paul Buran becoming partners in 1923. By then the "wire baby" typesetting machine was purchased. It was later replaced by a Linotype which served until the 1970's. The Northern Minnesota Leader newspaper was formed in 1931 by a local group and was later called the Roseau Forum.
Dan Carver purchased an interest in the Roseau Times-Region as printer and Linotype operator. William S. Adams joined the staff in 1949. He became editor and part owner, with his brother and half-brother, upon Jake Snustad's retirement in 1953. He became sole owner when his brothers died.
Adams was married to Maggi Vaughn in 1966 in Rome, Italy, where she was a journalist. Together, they won fifteen state and national prizes in journalism for the Times-Region. Adams served as president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association in 1967.
When the newspaper was burned down in 1983, temporary quarters were found and computer equipment was purchased for a more efficient operation.
The Adams sold the newspaper to Tom and Jan Dutcher in 1984. They sold it to Neil and Marilyn Mattson in 1988. Neil and Marilyn's son, Duane Mattson, along with his wife, Candace, completed installation of a modern computerized production system and continued improvements to the newspaper.
In 2000 Neil and Marilyn Mattson sold the Roseau Times-Region to Jodi Wojciechowski. Jodi Wojciechowski has continued to run the paper since then, along with a dedicated staff. The Times-Region staff includes Jeff "Bro" Olsen and Laurel Latham as freelance writers. In the office Carrie Johnson, Cortney Rud and Amber Kohl work to assist you. They each have specific "job titles", but in the newspaper business you need to wear many hats to get the job done and that is exactly what they do.