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  • 75 years ago… The Roxy Theatre was moved to Stafford

    Carrie Johnson|Jul 20, 2024

    5 years ago – July 20, 2019 John Tangen of Roseau was named a 2019 Auto Value Scholarship recipient. Adam Knochemus of Roseau graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in May with a Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology. Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteers in Roseau County were Dennis Smedsmo and Carol Holland. The Roseau High School trap team won the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship. Team members were Dalton Hanson, Ruthie Finney, Owen Moser, Beau Keagle, J...

  • 50 years ago… Otto Linder was the Oldest Man at the Old Settler's picnic

    Carrie Johnson|Jul 13, 2024

    5 years ago – July 13, 2019 Bethesda Lutheran Church in Skime was celebrating its Centennial next week. Steve Bouton of Roseau had a catch of a lifetime while on a fishing trip in Saskatchewan, Canada. He caught a Lake Trout which weighed 58.6 pounds, was 51.25 inches in length and the girth measured 33 inches. On a very special Wednesday afternoon on July 3 the late Allison Marvin, an extraordinary young woman who died way too young on August 28, 1992, was remembered fondly during the d... Full story

  • 10 years ago… Dr. Herseth retires after 39 years

    Carrie Johnson|Jul 6, 2024

    5 years ago – July 6, 2019 Warren and Marsha Hagen of Roseau were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Named to the Spring 2019 President’s List at Northland Community and Technical College were Tyler Haugen, Marrisa Jevne and Morgan Melby of Badger; Nicholas Geroy, Jordan Olson and Whitnie Raftevold of Roseau and Kristen Wiese of Salol. Riverview Park Summer Concert Series in Roseau was presenting Blind Joe in concert at the gazebo on July 18. First United Lutheran Church was having an... Full story

  • 50 years ago… Pinecreek Post Office closes

    Carrie Johnson|Jun 29, 2024

    5 years ago – June 29, 2019 Mandy Trangsrud along with her husband Marty and their two daughters Ella and Holly recently opened Twisted Apparel in Roseau. Warroad’s Wayne Knutson has worked at Lake County Chevrolet in Warroad as a body repairman for 47 years. Named to the University of Minnesota Duluth Dean’s List for Spring 2019 were Gabriel Gracza, Madison Lee and Jonah Provance of Roseau and Molly McDonald of Warroad. Loretta Goos was the lucky winner of a throw quilt that the quilting ladie... Full story

  • 75 years ago… Local man struck by lightning

    Carrie Johnson|Jun 22, 2024

    9 years ago – June 22, 2019 Eldridge “Al” Buffum, 68, of Roseau passed away peacefully at his daughter Antoinette’s home in Canyon, on June 12 after a short battle with a very aggressive cancer. He owned the Roso Theatre for many years and was known for his generosity. Newell and Carol Broten of Roseau were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on June 14. Eva Grafstrom of Salol celebrated her 1st birthday on June 13 with her family and really enjoyed her cake. The Roseau Clay Target... Full story

  • 50 years ago… Don Omdahl and Francis Nelc received 2nd place at Winnipeg Speedway

    Carrie Johnson|Jun 15, 2024

    5 years ago – June 15, 2019 Border State Bank president Bobby Lundbohm will retire on June 27 after 44 years in the banking business. Robert Foley Sr. was selected as the 2019 Roseau Community School Hall of Fame inductee. Erin Leverington of Roseau was named to Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. Morris Hulst was celebrating his 80th birthday with an open house on June 22 at his home in Badger. Roseau “Athletes of the Week” were Erick Laz... Full story

  • 75 years ago… The American Legion was celebrating 30 years.

    Carrie Johnson|Jun 8, 2024

    5 years ago – June 8, 2019 Appearing at the Riverview Park Gazebo in Roseau for the first concert in the Summer Concert Series on June 20 was the popular group, The Woodpicks. Galyn and Sheila Solberg were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16 at the Roseau City Park. Tom and Linda Hovorka were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15 at the Warroad Care Center. The 8th Annual Wine Walk throughout the city of Warroad was to be held on June 15. Roseau Athletes of t... Full story

  • 75 years ago… Human skeleton found on bank of Warroad River

    Carrie Johnson|Jun 1, 2024

    5 years ago – June 1, 2019 On May 21, Nick Anderson, a 2012 Roseau High School graduate, who was destined to be a cop and follow in his dad’s footsteps, was promoted to corporal with the East Grand Forks Police Department. Nick is the son of DeAnn and Ward Anderson, the longtime Roseau Police Chief. Ducer (James) Berger of Badger recently opened a lumberyard in Roseau. The Building Center was located across from Border State Bank in Roseau. North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy annou... Full story

  • 40 years ago… Pam Belchak joins the team at Bobby's Interior Design

    Carrie Johnson|May 25, 2024

    5 years ago – May 25, 2019 A Celebration of Life for Joanne (Miller) Yon was to be held on June 9 at Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge on Lake Bemidji. Masonic BBQ Cookoff and Feed winners were 1st place-Warroad Fire Department, 2nd place: Roseau Fire Department, 3rd place-Rodney Bakken of Karlstad and Most Creative Cooksite-Polaris Off-Road Team. The “Syttende Mai” was celebrated by family and friends at the Verna Grafstrom home in Salol again this year. Nobody had come forward to say they had the almo...

  • 75 years ago… Badger's graduating class was a whopping 19

    Carrie Johnson|May 18, 2024

    5 years ago – May 18, 2019 Jacob Kallis was the Roseau American Legion’s delegate to the Minnesota Boy’s State gathering at Hamline University. Rachel Hambrook, Roseau High School art student, advanced to District with her “Young American Creative Patriotic Art” project. This program is sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. The Building Center in Roseau was now open for all your building needs. Roseau County Masonic Lodge #268 was hosting a Hoodwinked Hog BBQ Feed on May 18 on the east side of the...

  • 50 years ago… CItizens State Bank has coin shortage

    Carrie Johnson|May 11, 2024

    5 years ago – May 11, 2019 Tom Jerome was approved by the Roseau School Board as the successor to Larry Guggisburg, the long-serving Roseau School Superintendent. On May 18 the Salol First Lutheran Church was celebrating their century mark with a Meet and Greet and a picnic style meal. A benefit for the Beth and Dan Kucera family and the Tim and Jean Foss family, to help with major medical situations was to be held at the Grygla School on May 21. Roseau/Warroad home school graduates this year w...

  • 75 years ago… Remains of first Roseau County WWII casualty come home

    Carrie Johnson|May 4, 2024

    5 years ago – May 4, 2019 Terry Gotziaman, the former Roseau High School principal and athletic director from 1983 to 2010, was to be inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame. He taught and coached at the Ross L. Gray School in Sprague, Manitoba from 1969 to 1983. The 20th Anniversary of The Make a Difference for ALS Walk/Run in Roseau was to be held on July 20. On April 5-11, Nolan Hanson, Roseau County 4-H member and Ambassador, participated in the National 4-H Conference at the N...

  • 75 years ago… "Fire" save the refrigerator

    Carrie Johnson|Apr 27, 2024

    5 years ago – Apr. 27, 2019 Matt and Kari Millner of rural Roseau joined their daughter, Madison Swanson, in Seattle to watch her husband, Eric, 25, a righthanded pitcher, start in his first Major League Baseball game for the Seattle Mariners. Eva Gregerson was the winner of the quilt throw given by the quilting ladies of Four Seasons at the April monthly Birthday of the Month party. Birthday guests at Four Seasons Center for the April Birthdays of the Month were Eva Gregerson, Garry Langton, J... Full story

  • 50 years ago… Fourteen honor students recognized

    Carrie Johnson|Apr 20, 2024

    5 years ago – Apr. 20, 2019 Kacie Borowicz, the Roseau High School senior and dynamo on the basketball court, was honored as the 2019 Miss Minnesota Basketball recipient. Kacie is Roseau’s first Miss Minnesota Basketball. Marianne Kristofferson had a nice birthday party at Oakcrest Senior Housing. Attending were Marvel and Larry Monkman, Mary, Verna and Valerie Grafstrom of Salol. St. Scholastica senior DyAnna Grondahl of Roseau was awarded the 2019 Student Leadership Award by the vote of her... Full story

  • 50 years ago… 300 gallons each of diesel and gas were stolen from the Hedlund Farm

    Carrie Johnson|Apr 6, 2024

    5 years ago – Apr. 6, 2019 An unknown number of individuals smashed nine windows and damaged the stove door at the Bemis Hill Campground shelter in the Beltrami Island State Forest. Roseau Ram boys basketball team award winners this year were Jace Hulst, Jack Hirst, Jacob Lindemann and Eric Hoffer. Sherri Kukowski, of Badger was the Northwest Arts Councils recipient of the Arts Advocate of the Year Award. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council announced that Jean Honl of Roseau was awarded the... Full story

  • 10 years ago… Katie and Kacie dominating the Knight of Columbus Free Throw Contest

    Carrie Johnson|Mar 16, 2024

    5 years ago – Mar. 16, 2019 The Roseau Rams girls basketball team was headed to State for the 5th year in a row. Emma Vatnsdal, daughter of Cory and Mary Vatnsdal of Roseau and Roseau High School Class of 2014 graduate, won 3rd place in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Dave Pyle New Journalist Award. Roseau Wrestlers of the Week were Danny Nelson (4th grade), Brevyn Srnsky-Wagner (Kindergarten) and Cael Mack (2nd Grade). Named to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities 2018 Fall Dea... Full story

  • 50 years ago… Speed limit raises

    Carrie Johnson|Mar 9, 2024

    5 years ago – Mar. 9, 2019 Max Wilson, the son of Mark and Aimee Wilson and an eighth grader at Roseau High School, was notified that he was a semi finalist eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Minnesota State competition. Gene and Ann Peterson, who reside at LifeCare Greenbush Manor, celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary on February 26. She is 96 and he is 100. Roseau Ram wrestler Chandler Mooney was state runner-up at 152. On March 17 the Roseau American Legion A...

  • 40 years ago… Karla Rislov selected as "Teacher of the Year"

    Carrie Johnson|Mar 2, 2024

    5 years ago – Mar. 2, 2019 Randy Erdmann, CEO/Senior V.P., retired from Citizens State Bank of February 28, exactly forty-two years to the day he was hired at the bank. Celebrating their February birthdays at the Four Seasons Center were Lucille Skogstad and Audrey Stone and JoAnn Vistad was the Four Seasons February quilt winner. Roseau Students who competed in the 2019 Mathcounts Regional Math Competition held at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls on February 8 were Samantha Pet...

  • 75 years ago… First white man to settle in Roseau County dies

    Carrie Johnson|Feb 23, 2024

    5 years ago – Feb. 23, 2019 Corey Lundberg recently purchased Goin’ Postal and changed the name to Ship Shop. Ship Shop is the Roseau area’s only authorized shipper for U.S. Postal services, FedEx, UPS and SpeeDee. Kacie Borowicz set the Roseau school basketball scoring record with 3,308 points. Megan Taylor held the school record for 22 years with 3,300 points. The Ram boys hockey team edged St. Cloud 3-2 in double overtime in the Section 8AA quarterfinals. Scoring for Roseau were Jordan...

  • 40 years ago… Roseau School Board approves Malung school additions

    Carrie Johnson|Feb 17, 2024

    5 years ago – Feb. 16, 2019 Larry Guggisberg, the long-serving school superintendent in Roseau, informed the school board members that he was retiring this summer. Christine Sibilleau was recently honored with the Minnesota Women of Today Presidential Award of Excellence. She has been a member of the Roseau Women of Today since 2007. “Wrestlers of the Week” were Isaac Erickson-1st grade, Pat Locklear-6th grade and Eli Haugen-pre k. The newest members of the RAM Chapter of the National Honor... Full story

  • 50 years ago… Roger Christianson was honored at Roger Christian Day in Warroad

    Carrie Johnson|Feb 9, 2024

    5 years ago – Feb. 9, 2019 Adam LePard of Roseau received his Boy Scout Eagle Ranking on January 20. The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Roseau Ram wrestlers winning their championship matches at the Fertile Northwest Tournament were Race Knochenmus, Ben Olson, Dale Grindahl, Sawyer Klatt and Chandler Mooney. The Doggie Dorm and Spa was hosting an open house on February 14. People can tour the building and regist...

  • 75 years ago… A crew of 28 women worked at the Campbell Company

    Carrie Johnson|Feb 3, 2024

    5 years ago – Feb. 2, 2019 Roseau School District’s Spelling Bee winners were Champion Wyatt Cummings and runner-up Paige Boyer. “Wrestlers of the Week” were Keane Johnson (3rd-6th grade), Brayden Krank (1st and 2nd grade) and Tate Solberg (Pre-K). Roseau Ram basketball player Eric Hoffer scored his 1,000 point and broke the all time school assist record with 400 career assists in an away game against Red Lake County Central. The Roseau girls hockey team defeated Moorhead 7-0. Roseau goals w... Full story

  • 50 years ago… First armed robbery in Roseau County

    Carrie Johnson|Jan 27, 2024

    5 years ago – Jan. 26, 2019 Hefty Seed Company in Roseau was having their open house on January 30. They opened a franchise in Roseau in mid-December. Max Wilson was the 2019 Roseau Geography Bee Champion. Emma Dunham was the runner-up and Levi Dieter placed third. “Wrestler of the Week” awards were given to Broden Larson (1st and 2nd grade), Ryker Burkel (Pre-K) and David Dunham (3rd-4th grade). Local students named to the MSU Moorhead Dean’s List were Aleta Sanford, Keyara Anderson and Kil...

  • 50 years ago… Nine local Polaris racers race in the 1974 "500"

    Carrie Johnson|Jan 20, 2024

    5 years ago – Jan. 19, 2019 Shopko was closing its Roseau pharmacy, it was to remain open for 3 weeks to two months, and the Warroad Shopko store was expected to close by April 15. Roseau Youth Wrestling “Wrestlers of the Week” were Easton Evitts-Kindergartner, Bryson Wold-3rd grade and Ridge Lundquist-2nd grade. The Rams girls hockey team defeated Hibbing 3-2. Scoring for Roseau were Kayla Santl (2) and Anika Stoskopf. Morris and Sharon Vacura were celebrating their 50th wedding anniv... Full story

  • 25 years ago… Jeff Pelowski is sworn in as Roseau's mayor

    Carrie Johnson|Jan 13, 2024

    5 years ago – Jan. 12, 2019 Roseau County’s first baby of 2019 at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau was Anders Rivers Oswald Dokken, son of Kevin and Carrie of Piney, Manitoba, Canada. Tara Wiskow was the owner of TATA’s Gym in Badger. The Lady Rams hockey team won the Eden Prairie Mid-Winter Meltdown tournament. They defeated Chaska-Chanhassen 3-1, Minnetonka 2-1 and Eden Prairie 5-2. The Roseau Ram varsity girls basketball team improved to a 9-2 record after defeating the Warroad Warriors 91-1... Full story

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