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 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 20, 2024 

Skime now has real legal bragging rights

by Jeff Olsen Located along County Road 9 on the southern edge of Roseau County is Skime, a location where bootleggers during the Prohibition era made their own homemade whiskey and other remedies...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 20, 2024 

It is better to give than to receive!

I was sick a lot as a child. Other times I faked it so I could skip elementary school. I was no Ferris Bueller. I had a mother who was always suspicious of a con, especially if she had to be gone for...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 13, 2024

Fly Your New Flags Proudly This Memorial Day

by Jeff Olsen Patriotism isn't dead yet. Flying the colors is still very much alive. Roseau County Veterans Service Officer Martin "Marty" Howes wants everyone to be proud of America. Credit Mr....

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 13, 2024

This is our world so enjoy it

On Saturday morning, I rolled out of bed with Scott Simon's marvelous voice in my ears. He is NPR's Weekend Edition broadcaster and was mentioning that the national reporters who fly along on Air...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 6, 2024

Colonel Wittrock Gets Around the World

by Jeff Olsen Her name is Anna, and she is the youngest of 14 siblings and grew up on a farm in Salol, about 12 miles from Roseau. "I'm the baby," she laughed. She is a Grafstrom, the daughter of the...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 6, 2024

It ain't likely I'm going to Heaven

Darn! I neglected to buy one of Trump's nifty Bibles. It's a possibility that any number of Roseau County folks paid the $59.99 plus shipping for this unique keepsake. Why don't they list it at 60...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 30, 2024

Museum Curator Needs a moving company of volunteers

by Jeff Olsen If you write successfully, good things will happen! That should be the motto of Roseau County Museum Curator Britt Dahl, who hit the jackpot this past January. She didn't win the Lotto,...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 30, 2024

With this week's wacky wonderful world of surprises

On Saturday evening, some pals and I were watching the NCAA D1 wrestling championships on TV. We swore at times when one of our picks went into the tank, and there went somebody's money. The money mea...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 23, 2024

Roseau and Warroad players are among hockey elite

by Jeff Olsen Marty Mjelleli, the chairman of the Mr. Hockey Award and a member of the Minnesota All Sports Alliance, is as reliable as a Timex watch. He keeps on ticking year-round on high school...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 23, 2024

Logan Kvien had a great NCAA D-II Tournament

by Jeff Olsen Les Kvien, Roseau High School's first state wrestling champion in 1984, was right where he wanted to be on March 15-16 at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas. Mr. Kvien, a businessman and...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 23, 2024

Davidson Achieves Snowmobile Racing's Highest Honor

by Jeff Olsen Randy Larson, who nominated Corey Davidson for the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, recently explained what stands out about the man from little Holt, Minnesota, who was inducted into the...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 23, 2024

The Big Guy brightens up a special day

It's hard to believe that Richard Mattson and I were born on the same exact date. It's just a coincidence. Richard is one of the good guys in this game of life. I stand in awe of his outstanding... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    March 16, 2024

Wrestlers Sprabary and Cossentine Go the Extra Mile

by Jeff Olsen So, you want to wrestle? Nothing to it. Just jump in the car and drive for 16 hours with a few gas and potty breaks from Roseau to Tulsa, Oklahoma, last Thursday. It was the National...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 16, 2024

Heaven can wait until I'm good and ready!

Occasionally, I wake up in the middle of the night. It's always the same dream and I'm in Heaven. Let's stop for a moment since many of the Holy Rollers up here are grinding their teeth and...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 9, 2024

Classy Lady Pulls the Retirement Pin

by Jeff Olsen Diane Roseen, whose age is not important here, was usually the first person you met inside the Roseau County Attorney's Office entry. She always had a smile to greet you and that was...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 9, 2024

Donald Trump Trumps The Field In PNP Vote

by Jeff Olsen Late on Tuesday evening close to 11 p.m., the staff and others walked out of the Roseau County Auditor's Office having experienced a meager voter turnout. It was the November PNP and if...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 9, 2024

With Hult and other amazing characters

I run into so many characters that I can sit back and stay relatively sober while wondering, "Who is this stumblebum?" On Monday evening, here came a text from a world traveler who had flown down to...

 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    March 9, 2024

Grapplers Make Good Copy On and Off the Mat

by Jeff Olsen His nickname should be T-Rex. A week ago Friday just before noon, a report arrived from the Xcel Energy Center from Gary Przekwas, who was covering the State Wrestling Tournament for... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    March 2, 2024

The Bus Ride Home from State with The Lady Rams

by Jeff Olsen Jasmine Hovda was sitting towards the back of the bus this past Sunday afternoon. She'd had a great tournament and was selected to the Class AA All-Tournament Team. She is a sophomore... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    March 2, 2024

Seth Cossentine Advances to State Wrestling Tournament

by Jeff Olsen On Saturday afternoon, eighth grader Seth Cossentine would shortly ascend the podium at the Section 8AA Individual Wrestling Tournament in Glyndon, Minnesota. He had won the 145 pound...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 2, 2024

With a number of characters who made license plates

Last Saturday morning, I came charging out of bed with a smile since I know life is all about chumps, scamps, reprobates, and scoundrels. Right away, I thought of Tallahassee Slim, a Canadian import...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 23, 2024

She was dressed perfectly for the job interview

by Jeff Olsen Robyn (née Boroos) Wiskow, a 1978 Roseau High School graduate, knows how to make an impression, then and now. In early February, Stuart McFarlane, the president of Citizens State Bank... Full story


Don't Hesitate Because Time Is Running Out

At first, I coveted a pair of Trump's newest business venture. His tennis shoes are selling for a mere $399 a pair, and I wanted some local MAGA supporter to buy me a pair as a demonstration of his...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 17, 2024

Turkeys No Longer Come First With This State Representative

by Jeff Olsen A week ago Wednesday, Rep. John Burkel (R-1A) was just days away from the kickoff of the 2024 Minnesota State Legislative session. The Republican, in his fourth year, succeeded fellow... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 17, 2024

LifeCare Salutes an amazing Caregiver Award Winner

by Jeff Olsen LifeCare Roseau Manor's Robert Honstrom, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) who is a combination of "On the Road With Charles Kuralt", Mr. Rogers at his patients' beck and call and St....


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