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    Genevieve Michal|Mar 18, 2023

    Linnea and Henry Harren and Katie Comstock went with the Warroad Band down to the State High School Hockey Tournament. Erick Comstock scored an exciting winning goal against Orono to earn entry into the Championship game. The Warriors placed 2nd playing Mahtomedi in overtime! Scott and Wendy Monkman visited Diane Saturday. Dennis Monkman’s lifting weights for therapy at LifeCare Manor. Larry and Marvel Monkman visited Dennis and played bingo. We had quite a blizzard here Saturday and Sunday. Church was cancelled at Salol Lutheran Sunday. Patric...

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    Genevieve Michal|Mar 4, 2023

    The Warroad girls hockey team was at the State Tournament. The girls took home the State Championship. Katie Comstock was named to the All Tournament Team. Henry Harren was with the pep band performing for the games. Warroad fans filled the cheering section. Sam & Lola Grafstrom, Ruth & Julia Braaten and Ivy Johnson visited Verna Saturday. I enjoyed visiting Bernie Bohlinger Sunday. Luke Grafstrom & Tunna Lund visited Verna. Last Wednesday there was an Ash Wednesday service at the Salol Church - the following weeks there will be Lenten...

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    Genevieve Michal|Apr 30, 2022

    Erin Grafstrom and the kids went to E.G.F. to visit family. Elsie and Eva had a great time at the circus. Pat Ferguson came to visit the Sven and Heather Grafstroms to watch Ada’s dance recital and Svea and Ada’s swim meet. Lola Grafstrom went to Baxter and visited her sister, Sonja Nefstad, over the weekend. Jason and Ruth Braaten visited Verna Grafstrom Saturday. Vernell Beito and Tunna Lund were Sunday company. Katie and Erick Comstock and Linnea Harren have been playing hockey in the Cities on weekends. Kim Reynolds, Mary Grafstrom and I w... Full story

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    Genevieve Michal|Dec 25, 2021

    Bob Geringer, Rachel & Greg Welin & Rebecca & Cory Lundgren had a nice trip out to Wisconsin. They visited Bob’s sister Jan & Felix Turcott and their children Todd and Tammy & families. They also toured the historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth - now owned by the University. On December 16th Lola Grafstrom & daughter Solveig Harren hosted a dinner birthday party for Samuel. Guests included Sam’s brother Dayton & Mary, sister Genevieve, Verna, Bob and nephews Pete & Brian and niece Valerie. Birthday greetings to Luke Grafstrom on December 16t...

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    Genevieve Michal|Dec 4, 2021

    The birds seem to be thankful that many of us are filling the bird feeders again. On Thanksgiving families in the community gathered to visit and enjoy good food. Bethany Van Ep, from Kansas City, was up visiting the Nels Grafstrom Family. They all went to East Grand Forks for Thanksgiving with the Van Ep family. Sally Michal, from St. Paul, came for a Thanksgiving visit. While here she also visited with her brothers and Bernie Bohlinger. Del & Marcy Santl visited Marv & Shirley Koop in Thief... Full story

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    Genevieve Michal|Nov 6, 2021

    The Wittrock boys, from Bismarck, visited at Grandma Verna Grafstroms last weekend. Jeff Vertina visited his folks, Katherine and Jerry, last weekend and put his boats away. Karl Kroll left here Wednesday taking the gravel roads through Beltrami. The following night he texted that going through the reservation he had friendly waves and a nice visit. I enjoyed a nice visit and tea with Mary Lee. Mary Grafstrom returned home from her vacation in Florida. She enjoyed visiting the Poyzers and gettin... Full story

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    Genevieve Michal|Sep 25, 2021

    Condolences to Beverly (Mellstrom) Brandt’s family on her passing September 16th. Beverly lived with her parents Herbert and Julia Mellstrom in Salol while growing up and attending school. Herbert owned the Mellstrom grocery store. Myron and Charlotte Grafstrom, from Chippewa Falls, came up for a short visit. I enjoyed lunch with them at Joes Place in Warroad. They visited Verna and Valerie, Dayton and Mary and Sam and Lola. They enjoyed a fish fry and were overnight guests at their son Paul and Sue’s in Roseau. Verna had the Grafstrom fam... Full story

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    Genevieve Michal|Aug 21, 2021

    Joe and Ginger Urban and granddaughters Ellie and Kelly Nicholson visited Del and Marcy Santl. Ginger surprised her brother Patrick Monkman with an ice cream cake for an early birthday celebration. The Bible School Children were full of energy last Friday evening- dancing to the music. Heather, Erin and Brita were the leaders and Pete and Marilyn put on a great supper. Betty and Roger Hulst and Amy Filpula traveled to the Grimes, Iowa area to attend a Bridal Shower- hosted by CJ (Hulst) Monsen and Jill Heinen in honor of Jeanette bride of... Full story

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    Genevieve Michal|Jun 19, 2021

    Chris and Elizabeth Poyzer and Ruby and Elle are here to visit at Dayton and Mary Grafstroms. Charles and Renee Hendrickson and boys are visiting at Verna Grafstroms over the weekend. Abigael and Bentley, children of John and Kayla Hulst of Viking spent a few days with Roger and Betty Hulst. Myron and Charlotte Grafstrom, from Chippewa Falls, were overnight guests at Sam and Lola Grafstroms. Friends and relatives gathered at the Salol Town Hall for the Golden Anniversary Celebration for Dayton and Mary Grafstrom. The 13th District...

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    Genevieve Michal|May 22, 2021

    Diane Monkman celebrated her May 13th birthday with Larry & Marvel visiting in the afternoon. In the evening Marcie & Del Santl, Ginger and Joe Urban, Scott & Wendy and Patrick & Stacy came. Sam and Lola Grafstrom attended Jean-Paul Harren’s Kindergarten Graduation at the Warroad School. Relatives & friends attended the memorial funeral service for Nancy Pellet at Zion Lutheran in Warroad. After they gathered at the Salol Town Hall. Roger & Betty Hulst & Amy Filpula celebrated grandson Andrew’s graduation from Alexandria Technical School Saturd...

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    Genevieve Michal|Apr 24, 2021

    Roger Hulst often visits Chuck Olson for afternoon coffee. Tunna Lund and Luke, Vernell Beito and granddaughter Ellie and Ruth and Jason Braaten were Sunday visitors at Verna Grafstroms. Betty and Roger Hulst were here for coffee. They went to a baptismal party at Thor and Kelsey Didricksons for their youngest son Mose. Heather Grafstrom and children visited McKenzie Grafstrom and Nick Ferguson in Fargo on the weekend. Mardell Falk visited Martha Olafson Monday. Mardell and Clyde have been enjoying an early crop of spinach from their garden....

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    Genevieve Michal|Mar 6, 2021

    March came in like a lamb- so hope nice weather continues all month. Special memories of Emerson Michal, my grandson, who passed away on February 26th. Emerson grew up to be an outstanding man and had a generous, loving heart. Emerson earned his Eagle Scout with the Roseau Boy Scout Troop 56 and graduated from Roseau High School. Visiting his grandfather’s grave here in the summer when he was 12-years-old he left his favorite tool, a Swiss Army knife, on the grave. Emerson’s Funeral and Memorial Service will be at Helgeson Funeral Chapel on...

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    Genevieve Michal|Jan 30, 2021

    Kay Vertina, from Mpls, and Jeff Vertina, from Brooklyn Park, drove up to Salol a week ago. They brought Jerry and Katherine to Grand Forks where Jerry had eye surgery the following day. The next day they returned home to the cities. Dennis Monkmon celebrated his 84th birthday with cake and ice cream on January 18th. Larry and Marvel Monkman visited in the morning and Scott and Wendy came that evening. Troy Monkmon was home from college at Patrick Monkmans on the weekend. McKenzie and Nick were home at Sven and Heather Grafstroms for the...

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    Genevieve Michal|Jan 16, 2021

    Holly and Walker McLaine, from Rapid City, S.D., were at Patrick Monkmans for Christmas. Patrick, Stacy, Holly and Walker were at Dennis and Diane Monkmans for a “Mask Party” on December 26th. Marcie Santl visited Dennis and Diane on December 31st. Bob Geringer visited at Larry Monkmans. Visiting at Dennis and Dianes were Patrick and Troy and the following day Scott. Celebrating birthdays recently were Eileen Walstrom on Dec. 28th and Dick Walstrom Jan. 7th. Sven Grafstrom also celebrated his January 7th birthday. It was hard to believe the...

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    Genevieve Michal|Dec 19, 2020

    Sven and Heather Grafstrom and family went to Rugby, North Dakota to visit the Fergusons for the weekend. Sympathy to the family of Marianne Kristofferson who passed away Friday. Marianne lived here almost her entire life. She was a very active church member. Many days she would be out walking and always stopped to visit. Ed and Marianne ran the Salol grocery store and gas pumps for many years. Verna Grafstrom and family helped Britta Bunke celebrate her 11th birthday. Diane Monkman has been trying out lots of new recipes for snacks....

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    Genevieve Michal|Dec 12, 2020

    Take a drive down Main Street in Salol some early evening. Homes and the “Salol 1 Stop” have Christmas lights glowing making a picturesque place where children are skating on the newly flooded skating rink. Once again “Thank You” to the crew for making the rink happen. It’s wonderful to live in a community where people care. Diane and Dennis Monkman have outside cats. Dennis has built an insulated house for them and if the temperature drops too low he brings them in the garage. Larry and Marvel, from next door, stop over for coffee. Our tempe...

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    Genevieve Michal|Dec 5, 2020

    Larry and Marvel Monkman brought a Strawberry Rhubarb pie to Diane & Dennis the day before Thanksgiving. Katherine & Jerry Vertina had a nice buffet style Thanksgiving meal with Gayle and George Petrowski. The Petrowskis’ brought the turkey and Vertinas did veggies and dessert. Dave, Sharon and Amanda Grafstrom had Sunday dinner at Verna Grafstroms. Dayton Grafstrom celebrated his 89th Birthday Sunday. Company in the afternoon were Verna, Jim and Bob Geringer. Birthday congratulations to Jens Grafstrom- 7 years old on the 29th. Svea, Aida, S...

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    Genevieve Michal|Nov 25, 2020

    Condolences to Sam and Lola Grafstrom and family on the passing of their brother-in-law and uncle Mel Nefstad from Baxter. Sonja (Nelson) Nefstad is Lola’s sister. Erick and daughter Lilly, from Fargo, visited at Verna Grafstrom’s last weekend. Marcie Santl visited Diane and Dennis Monkman Monday afternoon. Bryan Vertina came back to hunt and visit his folks, Katherine and Jerry, for a few days. Dayton and Mary Grafstrom visited Verna and Valerie. The Sam Grafstrom Crew is planning to run the cattle herd through for testing Wednesday. Most fol... Full story

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    Genevieve Michal|Nov 21, 2020

    How busy the squirrel is that lives here and eats up the seeds that fall under my bird feeder. It’s such good news that drug companies have developed vaccines that will possibly be available in the future. Parents with children now at home from school are met with new challenges. Grandmother Pat Ferguson, from Rugby N.D., was at Sven and Heather Grafstrom’s home for a time. Now Sven’s home from work with their children. In this time of staying at home and not seeing friends and relatives much one tends to dwell on memories and remem...

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    Genevieve Michal|Nov 14, 2020

    Hunting during deer season seems to be the big news this week. Scott Monkman shot a big doe. Kirsten came up for the weekend hunting. Randy and Tonja Geringer and four neighbors, from Indiana, came up in a big (HUGE) camper for deer hunting at Bob Geringer’s. Rachel Welin, Rebecca and Josie Lundgren and Paula Baake visited the gals on Sunday. Randy and the guys had good luck hunting. Sunday afternoon Sam and Lola, Tonja and I visited on the Grafstrom patio. It was such a beautiful and warm day. Matthew Grafstrom’s visiting at his moms (Verna)....

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    Genevieve Michal|Nov 7, 2020

    Condolences to Erin Grafstrom and family on the passing of her grandmother in East Grand Forks. Halloween evening was windy and cold but it didn’t deter the little tricks and treaters. Caden even brought his new puppy with. Hockey is a “sometimes topic” when Dayton and Samuel have morning coffee. In old times hockey players didn’t wear helmets and face protectors. Fact is Dayton and Sam each had a broken jaw at one time! Young players now are lucky to have good protective equipment. Austin and Kirsten were at Scott Monkmans on the weekend...

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    Genevieve Michal|Oct 31, 2020

    There were huge tracks in the snow on the very edge of my yard and garden one day. Later my neighbor, Eric Morey, stopped here with a letter from the Roseau Post Office addressed to my maiden name! He had news about the bear which had passed through his yard and mine and on through Salol early that morning. He’d captured a picture on his phone. Scott Monkman and friends went to Montana last Friday to hunt Mule deer. Guess they got in on a snowstorm. Larry Monkman visited Dennis and Diane Friday afternoon. Friday afternoon relatives from here j...

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    Genevieve Michal|Oct 24, 2020

    Sometimes when making phone calls to friends and neighbors, they don’t have news for the paper. I find its a good time to visit and hear the news they don’t want printed! Verna Grafstrom usually has many family members visiting on Sunday. Valerie was at her Thief River Falls house for a few days and Verna’s happy she’s back. Diane and Dennis Monkman’s granddaughter Kristin Monkman and Austin Weidemann, from Bemidji, were married Saturday, October 17th in Bemidji. Scott and Wendy and Larry and Marvel attended the wedding. Lois Losse, Bett...

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    Genevieve Michal|Aug 22, 2020

    Bob Geringer and daughters Rachel Welin and Rebecca and Cory Lundgren left here on a camper trip to Medora last Wednesday evening. They enjoyed camping and all the sights of the Badlands including the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. They saw many wild horses and buffalo and enjoyed the magic show and the musical. On Thursday I had birthday cake at Hulsts with Betty and Roger. August is a busy birthday month- Heather Grafstrom had a Sunday birthday. Rebecca Lundgren, Rachel Welin and daughter Shannon all had Aug. 18th birthdays. Brita...

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    Genevieve Michal|Aug 1, 2020

    It’s blueberry picking time. Funny how those berries grow so beautifully without human care. No one needs to weed or water and they just wait in the woods for us to fill our pails! The Moreys went on a camping trip to Shevlin on the weekend. During the first night they had to move to a church yard as 70 mph winds were forecasted. The next night they were awakened by more wind and rain. It rained 3.5 inches but they did enjoy themselves anyway and Cayden got to do lots of fishing. We had windy nights here with pruned branches scattered but o...

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