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 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 17, 2020 

Roseau School Board to meet again on important issue

by Jeff Olsen At a special 7 a.m. Roseau School Board meeting on Wednesday, October 7, via Zoom, school board members failed to reach a consensus on alleviating the situation for elementary school tea...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 17, 2020 

Roseau School Board to meet again on important issue

At a special 7 a.m. Roseau School Board meeting on Wednesday, October 7, via Zoom, school board members failed to reach a consensus on alleviating the situation for elementary school teachers. The...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 17, 2020 

The Masked Man is the County Sheriff

by Jeff Olsen Possibly, he was doing the dishes on Saturday morning, but Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust, 54, speaking via landline from his home in Badger, was happy for the diversion. He has two...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 17, 2020 

Marching With Jesus for God and Country

On Sunday afternoon, after a year of planning, local Catholics stepped lively out into the brisk winds with hearts full of praise, determination, and hope that with the help of the Lord, they can...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 17, 2020 

You get a helping hand at the Roseau Area Food Shelf

Every Tuesday between 2 and 4:30 p.m. at the old Roseau Law Enforcement Center, Iona Ferderer and her exceptional volunteer staff do what they do best. They distribute boxes of food to those in need....

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 10, 2020

Retiring State Rep. Fabian to run as Mayoral Write-in Candidate

On Monday, State Representative Dan Fabian (R-Roseau), who will retire after five terms in the Minnesota State Legislature, officially tossed his hat into the proverbial ring as a write-in candidate t...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 10, 2020

With the Honorable Judge Dixon in the New Normal

Sitting in front of a judge is like sitting in classroom and hoping the teacher isn't in a bad mood. There are days when she has her game face on. But now, her game face is covered by a mask. At 61,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 10, 2020

The Sawing Sandland Brothers Have A Way With Wood

Take a walk with the Sandland brothers, Keith and Tim, a couple of sawyers, and you might hear the birds chirping. They see the trees and visualize the boards they can saw on their sawmill out in...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 3, 2020

The Good Old School Days Have Taken A Detour

by Jeff Olsen On Monday morning, Roseau School Superintendent Tom Jerome was in a virtual zoom meeting with the other state school superintendents. During a recess, he fielded questions about the...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 3, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Mail-In Ballots

by Jeff Olsen If the system is rigged, it isn't rigged here, according to Roseau County Auditor Martie Monsrud, who would be on the hot seat if everything isn't completely above board. "Absentee...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 3, 2020

Roseau Expat Talks About These Changing Times

by Jeff Olsen On Sunday, Roseau High School graduate Tim Simmons, 57, momentarily laughed in surprise when his cellphone rang as he and his wife, Maria, and their middle son, Lucas, were climbing at 2...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 3, 2020

Never Trust a Rabble-Rouser Who Cheats at Golf

First, for the new word of the week, it is also important to learn the definition. A demagogue or rabble-rouser is a leader who gains popularity in a democracy by exploiting emotions, prejudice, and i...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 3, 2020

Downtown with one of the characters on Main Avenue

by Jeff Olsen Cheri Losse, a bubbly gal who has owned Transfers Unlimited in Roseau for over 20 years, credits learning the trade from Cindy and Allen Brandt, the former owners. If she has a word for...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 26, 2020

Roseau County Veterans: You better read this!

by Jeff Olsen Martin "Marty" Howes, the Roseau County Veterans Service Officer, hasn't lost a step in his advancing years. He's pepped up about getting Roseau County veterans together for the annual...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 26, 2020

MSHSL gives thumbs up for the rest of the fall athletes

by Jeff Olsen Roseau High School Principal and Athletic Director Ivan Hirst was very pleased after learning on Monday that the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) had given permission for volle...


This young hockey lass always plays to win

by Jeff Olsen At the Peewee Challenge Championships at the Bloomington Ice Gardens last weekend, Jasmine Hovda, a Roseau seventh grader who is blonde, cute and tenacious, was one of the stars for the...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 26, 2020

Firemen Declare It the best Turnout Ever

by Jeff Olsen They never saw it coming, not by a long shot. Suddenly, with more than a hour remaining on Saturday evening, the Roseau Volunteer Firemen ran out of grub at the their annual fundraising... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 26, 2020

There will be no horse opera up at Bemis Hill

by Jeff Olsen Go ahead and sit on your saddle and sing a sad song. The social event of the season - the annual trail and wagon ride for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats children...


It's another wacky week in America the Troubled

How did we get to this deplorable situation where our politicians can't sit down together, have a few stiff drinks, work out some deals for the good of all of us, and laugh about the stupidity in...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 19, 2020

Roseau Fire Department's 'To-Go Barbecue' Will Be a First

by Jeff Olsen Last Saturday, Mark "Bubba" Bernat, a 1990 Roseau High School graduate and the assistant fire chief, noted that he will celebrate his 20th anniversary with the department in October.... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 19, 2020

Everything You Need to Know about Testing Positive

by Jeff Olsen This past Monday, Julie Pahlen, the director of Public Health for Roseau County, took a back seat to two of her nurse investigators at LifeCare Medical Center. Joann Lambrides and...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 19, 2020

Elk hunting takes a back seat to a wildfire

by Jeff Olsen Smoke gets in your eyes. Earlier this month, it was the start of a perfect hunting outing with all the bases covered. The party of seven, some of them from Roseau, didn't have to worry...


There's still hope that we can find some sanity

Absolutely terrific! It's been another of those weeks on end where the knuckleheads in this country just shock me. Where to start? Let's go back and start with Donald Trump, who came out of the...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 12, 2020

Roseau Elementary Principal feels rejuvenated

Just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Principal Amy McGuire, who was still in her office, had her take on the first day of school. "It went really well, and it was awesome to see all of the parents and...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    September 12, 2020

RHS 7th through 12th Graders to go hybrid on Monday

Roseau School Superintendent Tom Jerome announced on Thursday that beginning Monday, junior and senior high school students will begin hybrid classes. Mr. Jerome noted that these students will attend...


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