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 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 4, 2021 

Shoplifting while shopping for Xmas is Naughty

by Jeff Olsen On Monday morning, Roseau Police Chief Ward Anderson remarked that this is a pretty honest town. Not much shoplifting? "Well, yeah, people have been caught shoplifting. We had 22 Milwauk... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 4, 2021 

On a wing and a prayer with Mr. Stromstad

 by Jeff Olsen At 58, Jason Stromstad, a hefty chap and 1981 Roseau High School graduate, has been a dental hygienist, a radio broadcaster, a full-time pastor, and presently the interim pastor on...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 4, 2021 

Nurse Beth Ulvin is Roseau's Teacher of the Year

by Jeff Olsen Go on, step into her office down in the elementary wing. It's not like going on sick call in the Army in basic training where they'd chew you out even if you were sick. Nurse Beth Ulvin...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 4, 2021 

Here's looking at life with a jaundiced eye

In my drinking days, whenever they raised the price of a case of quality beer, I went right over to the stack of Milwaukee Best - which my friends complained tasted like swamp water. Okay, they said...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 27, 2021

Here's looking at Covid and LifeCare Medical Center

by Jeff Olsen A week ago Thursday, Keith Okeson, the CEO of LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, didn't need any prompting to recall that they are presently dealing with a high positivity Covid rate in...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 27, 2021

Your Local Sheriff Wants You - And Pronto

by Jeff Olsen Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust isn't looking for any stick-up artists, swindlers, check bouncers, or carjackers. In fact, in a way, he's in the hot seat with the Minnesota Department...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 27, 2021

Two RHS Classmates share a Special Veterans Day

by Jeff Olsen Brian Donarski, a former military man, is retired after seeing combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim Friederichs, a rural Barnesville farmer, marveled after meeting former President...


A lot of reasons to be thankful

Take a look in the mirror. Can you see your face? Good! Can you see that big zit? Damn, already your day sucks. But you can see. You can see a sunrise, a new blanket of snow, the colors of your shirt... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 20, 2021

A Sweetheart who likes teddy bears and poker

by Jeff Olsen Olga Markovich of rural Roseau was holding court in her kitchen recently, which should have been on stage at the Warroad Summer Theater. She is a riot and an ageless character with a...


In God we trust - All others pay cash!

Sometimes, the troubles of the world and, especially this country's, have to take a back seat to the younger generation bearing good news. On Monday morning, Dave Hovda, a bear of a man, called with...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 13, 2021

Veterans Day Speakers Share Their Life Experiences

by Jeff Olsen During the Veterans Day Program aired on Wild 102 FM this past Thursday, four former service members recalled their military experiences. Below are excerpts from their speeches. Morris...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 13, 2021

Katie Borowicz will be sidelined this basketball season

by Jeff Olsen Not running up and down the court for the Lady Gophers basketball team this season will be a big adjustment for Katie, 18, a total team player. "I've been down at the U since June," she... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 13, 2021

Chad 'Chipper' Beito was a classy and colorful character

by Jeff Olsen When former Roseau resident Chad "Chipper" Beito died in his sleep on Monday, November 1, at age 51 in Fargo, the area lost a colorful character. In the mid-1980s, Chipper served at...


It's a fine day to say goodbye

I'm sure if Pastor Joe Elick ever read my columns, he probably shook his head and wondered where I went wrong. I would read his columns occasionally and think similar thoughts. I'd think, "Pastor Joe,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 6, 2021

Roseau School Will Host Virtual Veterans Day Program

by Jeff Olsen Roseau's aging veterans won't stroll in in columns of twos, followed by an aging Color Guard marching in unison with spit-shined boots into the Roseau Elementary gym this coming... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 6, 2021

Annual Veterans' Meet and Greet in Warroad was a treat

by Jeff Olsen They weren't serving C-rations a week ago Thursday evening in some greasy spoon joint. And nobody had to dig out his old mess kit and stand in line to get regular slop. No, sir! There...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 6, 2021

This Remarkable Margaret Is A Medical Marvel

by Jeff Olsen She's an all-star. Margaret (née Meyers) Geroy, one-hundred-percent German and the daughter of John and Marie Arens Meyers, is no gadfly. She is a woman who does not babble. So, please... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    November 6, 2021

Just putting the spotlight on the insanity of life

Beautiful. Every day, I look at the headlines in the Star Tribune and, like everyone else, I think what the hell is going on in this state and this country. And this world! Some people reach for...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 30, 2021

First year Roseau Mayor Takes Stock

by Jeff Olsen If the honeymoon period is over for Mayor Dan Fabian, who took office in January 2021, he sounds like a pretty happy guy. At night, he doesn't go downstairs to his basement and yell,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 30, 2021

Steele Walsh is just a really nice guy

by Jeff Olsen At 17, the Roseau High School senior wasn't expecting any honors. He's a straight shooter who gets the job done and has fun, too. But one unexpected honor caught him completely by...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 23, 2021

Transfers Unlimited Hits the 30-year mark

by Jeff Olsen Allen "Al" Brandt, 62, a man with unique talents who, in his younger years, threw up steel buildings for Sand Steel, was a Polaris test driver and milked cows with his dad, Edson, knew...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 23, 2021

Fascinating Former Falun Lass Hasn't Lost A Step

by Jeff Olsen Judy Pearson, a 1963 Roseau High School graduate who had a hankering to see the world and she did, belongs on a Wheaties box. She has a flair for doing challenging and unusual things... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 23, 2021

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Maybe if he painted nudes and grotesque caricatures of politicians, Hunter Biden wouldn't be the subject of ripoff art. His abstract paintings are selling for five and even six figures, and he isn't...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 16, 2021

Music Man Knows A Good Gig When He Gets One

by Jeff Olsen Chris Barnes, the Roseau High School Band Director, wasn't singing any sad songs after a year and a half of Covid had shut him down like he had been several months late with his rent...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 16, 2021

The King is Back with all his baggage

Beautiful! On Saturday afternoon, a guy called out while I was visiting in Roseau, "Hey, you f*cking Democrat." I smiled and he laughed. He was kind of bent over, which old age does to you. First,...


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