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 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 31, 2021

Local Artist Has A Knack for the Unique Perspective

by Jeff Olsen Tyler Hovda comes at life like there are no timeouts and not a moment to waste. He's got energy to burn. The 1994 Roseau High School graduate was spotted early on Monday morning outside...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 31, 2021

Celebrating in style with the RHS Class of 1956

by Jeff Olsen Once, they could have danced all night at their 10th or 25th high school reunion. Or, they could show off their latest beau or photos of their kids. Then, the future was ahead of them. W...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 31, 2021

It's the little joys in life that are overlooked

I hate cars. They've broken my heart like I was a castaway lover. They break down on me, go flat on me, strand me, and even blow up on me. I'm bad luck with cars. On Monday morning, Ryan Jaenicke...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 24, 2021

Relay for Life's Littlest Lad Is A Profile In Courage

by Jeff Olsen Say you're just a toddler, they're sticking you with needles, you're having weekly chemotherapy treatments, and you're only two-years-old. Now meet the remarkable Easton Erickson of...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 24, 2021

The 22nd ALS Walk/Run was a smashing success

by Jeff Olsen Last Saturday, the 2021 ALS Walk/Run ran like clockwork at Halvorson Field in Roseau. Working as the public address announcer, Jack Swanson could have been announcing the Olympics,...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 24, 2021

Isn't it a grand time to be an American?

Good Monday morning, Patriots! You're reading this at the end of the week, but it's a great day to be an American. Right off, Collin Morikawa, a Japanese-American, won The Open golf championship, as i...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 17, 2021

Meet Cody Vonasek, the new Roseau Police Officer

by Jeff Olsen To a police chief, the perfect cop is someone who looks sharp, works hard and doesn't expect overtime pay, makes good arrests without offending anyone, writes detailed reports and keeps...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 17, 2021

Badger's Colorful Tommy Dann is a legitimate character

by Jeff Olsen When Jerry Sluka, 56, was reached by cellphone in the Los Angeles area a week ago, he sounded like the happiest stepson in the world. But first, he provided some particulars - his own...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 17, 2021

Touch 'em all, Kirby Puckett!

Life was good back then. Minnesotans were winners as the Twins won the 1987 and 1991 World Series. We were on top of the world. Well, we were on top of American baseball. Since then, our men's profess... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 10, 2021

Grafstrom Brothers From Little Salol Got the Job Done

by Jeff Olsen Once there were four of them - Lester, Dayton, Myron, and Sam, Depression-era kids born between 1930 and 1935 - who wanted to do two things - play hockey and serve in the U.S. Army.... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 10, 2021

It's an inspiring walk for solitude and deep thoughts

by Jeff Olsen Take a walk through any cemetery in Roseau County. Glance at every gravestone, look at every date of birth and date of death, do a little math, and learn how old they were when they...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 10, 2021

Always, the biggest thieves are the rich.

For the paupers of this world, this is what is called a truism. Of course, the rich are the biggest thieves. They have many more opportunities. Trump possibly wasn't lying during his presidency that h...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 3, 2021

The good old school days are coming back

by Jeff Olsen It isn't even the Fourth of July and Roseau School Superintendent Tom Jerome is promising big things this coming school year. "I want to get the word out on our plans for this fall. We...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 3, 2021

Salol 1 Stop has new owners

by Grace Everett Jordan and Breanna Kofstad, of Roseau, found the perfect fit for them in February of this year; the 'iconic' Salol 1 Stop. They are the owners and operators of USA Realty. Breanna had... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    July 3, 2021

Meet a young family that has been stricken by ALS

by Jeff Olsen It's been called "Lou Gehrig's disease" ever since the famed New York Yankees' first baseman died from the disease at age 37 in 1941. Officially, it is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 3, 2021

Do Not Read This Column If You Suffer From Cacophobia

Beautiful! Every day, I spend time looking for local topics and characters for the front page. Then, on one particular day, which I call "Column Day," I try to select something that will make...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    June 26, 2021

Amanda Giles is Roseau's Girls Varsity Hockey Coach

by Jeff Olsen Roseau High School Athletic Director Ivan Hirst announced on Wednesday, June 16, that they had selected Amanda (née Monkman) Giles as the new girls varsity hockey coach. "She has... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    June 26, 2021

Local Legend Loren Ballard was a Colorful Character

by Jeff Olsen Standing just inside Helgeson Funeral Chapel in Roseau a week ago Wednesday afternoon, Roseau County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tobi Eidsmoe was asked if he was the security detail. He smiled...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    June 26, 2021

An old soldier pays his deepest respects

by Jeff Olsen Phil Wang, a 1967 Greenbush High School graduate who attended the school of hard knocks, including being drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam as an infantryman in March 1968, was...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    June 26, 2021

God has to wonder what the hell is going on down here

Let's start on the light side. I was a student of Catholic schools for 12 years. Grade school and high school. It wasn't my choice. By the time I was in the second grade, I was sleeping with a...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    June 19, 2021

City-Funded Building Boom begins in Roseau

by Jeff Olsen This isn't a game show like "The Price Is Right," where contestants can win expensive prizes. There is a price tag on everything the City of Roseau does. Councilmember Brady Johnson,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    June 19, 2021

Mayor Bob keeps rolling right along in style

by Jeff Olsen Bob Marvin, the long-serving Warroad mayor who loves cars but can no long drive them, was ready to talk shop last Saturday. While he likes to surround himself with cars, he gets around...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    June 19, 2021

Westward Bound With Sable And A whole New World

by Jeff Olsen A week ago Wednesday, Sable Knochenmus, an industrious lass, stood in an aisle stocking shelves at Mattson Pharmacy in Roseau. She can still pass for a college sophomore doing a summer s...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    June 19, 2021

Never been big on Father's Day cards

Happy Father's Day, Pop! Or whatever you call your dad. My old man could be ornery as hell. Hallmark Cards never mention that. It's been over 53 years since he died, and I still miss him. He probably...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    June 12, 2021

Twins Forever and Best Pals, Too!

by Jeff Olsen In the final days before they walked out of Roseau High School as seniors, Bo and Brock Monsrud sat down at a round table in the RHS Guidance Counselor's Office. Mr. Dan Urness had...


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