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 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 23, 2021 

The Vaccine Supply Doesn't Favor Roseau County

by Jeff Olsen It's a supply and demand problem at the present time in Roseau County. With a population of just over 15,000, those wanting to be vaccinated are in a waiting game. "There is only a... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 23, 2021 

It started with a hug, next a slap, and then handcuffs

by Jeff Olsen Late this past Saturday evening, a 911 call alerted the Roseau County Sheriff's Department that a domestic altercation was occurring at the Nathan Brovold residence at 30441 333rd...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 23, 2021 

Roseau Native Stands Forever Tall for Korean War Veterans

by Jeff Olsen Duane "Buck" Broten, who survived horrific odds as a 20-year-old infantryman on Pork Chop Hill in Korea in July 1953, was front and center at the Veterans Memorial Park in Blaine on...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 23, 2021 

Badger has that small town feeling

by Jeff Olsen It's funny about small towns. They all stand out, one way or another, even in the 21st Century. What's missing are the trademark Coca Cola signs that were hanging over store fronts in... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 23, 2021 

These are truly remarkable times we're living in

Many years from now, after today's school kids are septuagenarians and octogenarians, their grandkids will be asking questions about what it was like living through a pandemic and during such...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 16, 2021

Dan Fabian is sworn in as Roseau's Mayor

On Sunday afternoon, Dan Fabian was driving back to Roseau from the Park Rapids area, and he was completely legit. "I'm hands free," said the recently retired state representative. He was asked if he...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 16, 2021

County Veterans Service Officer Wants the Word Out

Roseau County Veterans Service Officer Martin Howes was just delighted recently when the VA added three more diseases that claims can be filed for at his office at the Roseau County Courthouse. "Many...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 16, 2021

Minnesota State Statute Requires Removing Campaign Signs

On Tuesday, Roseau City Attorney Michelle Moren related that during the Monday City Council there had been comments about the still present campaign banners and signs. "I told Chief Anderson that...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 16, 2021

Reflections From Afar On the Present Times Over Here

On January 7, Tim Simmons, a 1981 Roseau High School graduate, was reached by cellphone near Madrid, Spain. "We watched the news last night. And when I woke up this morning, I watched Congress make...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 16, 2021

Is this the 'MAGA' we can be proud of?

The Associated Press headline on Monday read: Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared America should be in mourning and feeling shame, fear, and outrage. Washington (AP) - Under...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 9, 2021

Katie Borowicz is a Golden Gopher

by Jeff Olsen On Saturday evening, Kelsey Didrikson was weighing in on losing the best player on her team. It was evident in her voice - a little bit of shock and awe. Anyone who has coached never... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 9, 2021

This Old Postman Puts The Stamp on Originality

by Jeff Olsen His birth name is Edward Furuseth - a legitimate guy, a former Warroad Postmaster, and as quotable as Dizzy Dean, the long deceased Hall of Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. The...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 2, 2021

Don't get a DWI this New Year's Eve!

by Jeff Olsen For the first time in ages - unless New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday - all the bars, saloons and pubs are closed, compliments of the governor's executive order. "It's going to be pretty... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 2, 2021

Hail to the Chief used to have a nice ring to it

For the majority of us who love this country despite all of its faults, this has been the most chaotic time in memory with our own president attacking our democratic norms. On Sunday, the New York...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 23, 2020

Clair and LaVonne Are Forever Christmas Newlyweds

by Jeff Olsen The Knudsons were in their kitchen in rural Warroad with the bride of 65 years laughing and remembering it all. She is a Lundemo from the Roseau area and he's from the Swift area, and...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 23, 2020

Santa's Tallest Masked Elf Loves the Season

by Jeff Olsen Robert Honstrom, who originally made his first landing in Des Moines, Iowa, before moving to Mora, Minnesota, stands out in a crowd. He is 59 and always colorful. "Everyone in the office...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 23, 2020

He's Shoveling His Way to Heaven

by Jeff Olsen Retired Army officer Lt. Colonel Val Bernat used to bark out orders and things got done promptly when he was on active duty. Any day it snows at the Veterans Memorial Park in Roseau,...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 23, 2020

Mayor Jeff Pelowski is now a short-timer

by Jeff Olsen It's been an interesting run if you consider 22 years of meetings, arm-twistings, knockdown battles, and maybe going home and downing a stiff drink. Actually, Jeff Pelowski isn't the...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 23, 2020

The New Deputy Sheriff Has Taken a Liking to the Area

by Jeff Olsen Meet Kyle Hanson, 23, a part-time Roseau County Deputy Sheriff, who shows up for work with an appreciation for the job. The word is out on this new lawman. "He's very dependable, and he...


Here Comes the Biggest Coal Train Ever

All my life I have kept track of the people who did very bad things in the past year - like forgetting my birthday or trying to run me over. Additionally, there are any number of knuckleheads, who...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 19, 2020

Julie Pahlen is ready for the vaccine to arrive

There's no reprieve or slowing down for Julie Pahlen, the Public Health Director for Roseau County. The pandemic doesn't take a day off, and neither does the team she leads. "What we're focusing on at...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 19, 2020

Chief Ward Anderson Wants Your Compliance

Recently, there have been some incidents in Roseau pertaining to the state-mandated mask requirement. Roseau's local top cop wants to diffuse the situation by requesting that local residents and...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 19, 2020

Here's looking at RHS and Winter Sports

Knock on wood! A week ago Friday, December 11, Roseau School Superintendent Tom Jerome had reasons to celebrate. "We have not had one single student or adult develop or test positive for Covid due to...


Being a columnist can be enlightening at times

This one time the phone rang in the office when just Lonnie Swanson and I were working on a late afternoon. Just a week earlier in late July 1990 when the First Gulf War was about to begin, I penned a...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 12, 2020

The Mosers' Fantastic Christmas Lights Put The Sky Aglow

by Jeff Olsen Raygene and Carilyn Moser of the Falun area are living a dream. These septuagenarians were once young rural kids, who possibly were in awe whenever they went to town and saw all the...


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