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 By Jeff Olsen    News    May 21, 2022 

RHS Band Played the Tunes in Sunny Orlando

by Jeff Olsen It was a perfect gig for 69 Roseau High School band members, director Chris Barnes, and seven chaperones. They flew out of Minneapolis on Friday, March 31, with high hopes and, nicely,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    May 21, 2022 

Roseau grad enjoys success in the coaching ranks

by Jeff Olsen Try throwing Jared Larson any combination of pitches and see if he can catch them. Jared, a 2007 Roseau High School graduate who moved to Roseau for his final two years of high school,... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    May 21, 2022 

It isn't a safe day any day in America

Stil another weekend of killings. America is not the beautiful. It's the beastly. Some white kid, all of 18, drove up to Buffalo, New York, to Tops Grocery Store and was wearing more protective armor...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    May 14, 2022

Meet the young man in pursuit of excellence

by Jeff Olsen Mitchell Berger, a Roseau High School junior and a flute player with the RHS band, was recently selected to the prestigious 2022-2023 Minnesota All-State Band. Contacted by phone, he...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    May 14, 2022

With Mr. T, the ballplaying crooner and college professor

by Jeff Olsen These days, Dr. Ernie W. Teie, who could throw a sweet curveball in his prime - besides singing some of the classics in his deep baritone voice - had an admission. "I'm getting old, I'm...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    May 14, 2022

Looking for a few sympathetic, conservative Republicans

I know it's a tough request, especially if they're politicians. It takes a thief to spot a thief, so I'm amazed at the larceny by Donald J. Trump, who's a genius at it. About two weeks ago, he was...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    May 7, 2022

Getting Properly Educated To The Good Times Abroad

by Jeff Olsen Ellie Hedlund - a 2019 Roseau High School graduate, a RHS National Honor Society member, and a junior at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota - has been...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    May 7, 2022

A wonderful life with Sophie, a true sweetheart

by Jeff Olsen Occasionally, a timely tip comes along that is too good to pass up. On April 16, Alan Anderson emailed the Roseau Times-Region with a suggestion to interview his mother, Sophie (née...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    May 7, 2022

Ain't this life interesting!

On Sunday, I texted last week's column to my old amigo, Doc Flannery, a fine Irishman, a University of Minnesota Medical School graduate and a fine product of Christ the King Catholic Grade School in...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 30, 2022

Officer Lobdell, who died in the line of duty, to be honored

by Jeff Olsen U.S. Border Patrol agent Robert H. Lobdell was shot and killed as he tried to arrest an alleged illegal alien, George Ryan, on Christmas Day in 1928. The news reports in the Roseau...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 30, 2022

Author writes a keeper with Roseau in the spotlight

by Jeff Olsen Bob Wilber, 65, who had a most remarkable childhood, was recently contacted in the Twin Cities. He's colorful, entertaining, and had a quick quip when asked about his upbringing. "I'm a...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 30, 2022

From Taking a knee to Faked Genius to Brilliance

As your local columnist and one who did his share of praying as a kid, the subject of prayer in sports has always been a fascination, especially as a fallen-away Catholic. I watched the Minnesota Stat...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 23, 2022

Flagpoles are making too much noise near the Gazebo

by Jeff Olsen Last week, Roseau City Planner Todd Peterson was contacted regarding the flagpoles along the Veterans Memorial Park making noises in the wind during the summer concerts. "I've never... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 23, 2022

I've always said I didn't ask to be born

Let's start with the less serious concerns, which is the price of everything from gas to potato chips to puppy chow. Cigarettes are out of this world! Copenhagen, too. I hear the complaints, and I...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 16, 2022

A most unusual table is a topic of interest

by Jeff Olsen The Roseau Board of Education meets in a boardroom where important decisions are made and where taxpayers and parents can express their concerns or gratitude in a comfortable...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 16, 2022

Spanish teenager is an amazing exchange student

by Jeff Olsen When Daniel Sierra arrived in Roseau just before the start of the school year, he was already remarkable. It's rare for an exchange student to be younger than 16 or 17. Then only 14,...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    April 16, 2022

Happy Easter to all my favorite rogues and babes

Beautiful! On Monday, Tallahassee Slim, residing quite comfortably down in Fort Myers, Florida, where he is the most colorful character, sent an email. He has always been an interesting chap, who has...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 9, 2022

Kate Lundquist is still a citizen activist

For 15 years, Roseau was home to Kate Lundquist, a former Roseau High School English teacher and mother of six, two of whom are adoptees from Haiti. Just like that, they became a multi-racial family,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 2, 2022

Two U.S. Senators Visit LifeCare Medical Center

For LifeCare Medical Center President and CEO Keith Okeson, it was the first time in his long tenure that he has played host to two United States senators. On Friday, March 25, Sen. Tina Smith, along...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 2, 2022

Polaris Celebrates Groundbreaking for $22 million expansion

Last Friday, Polaris Industries celebrated still another extraordinary investment at the plant in Roseau. They weren't sipping champagne, but there was a a celebratory mood. Earlier in the week,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    April 2, 2022

Everything you never thought you knew about daycare

Go ahead and knock on the door of a local daycare facility, and you'll see several very young kids shadowing their daycare provider. She's mom for all practical purposes - helping wipe off runny...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 26, 2022

The Richard Magnuson Highway Dedication Will Be In May

Roger Magnuson will never forget and likely will never forgive. He was 18 when the killer, armed with a sawed-off .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, shot his older brother, Richard Magnuson, a deputy...

 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    March 26, 2022

A Very Important Hockey Game Has A Very Peculiar Finale

It was just a perfect moment. Like a perfect score in gymnastics. Minnesota State Mankato had just defeated Bemidji State 2-1 in overtime to win the CCHA Mason Cup Championship to advance to the NCAA...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 19, 2022

Roseau's Max Strand is the 2022 Mr. Hockey Recipient

by Jeff Olsen On Sunday afternoon at the St. Paul RiverCentre, Roseau senior Max Strand was announced as the 2022 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award winner, joining Aaron Ness, the 2008 recipient, as the... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    March 19, 2022

Remarkable Mr. Hultgren Lives a Very Interesting Life

by Jeff Olsen Mark Hultgren, 62, who hails from the Twin Cities, fits in with any crowd and could be in the movies as a stand-up guy, was reached recently - and for a good reason. He is never dull....


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