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 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 16, 2019 

Roseau Superintendent Larry Guggisberg tenders his resignation

At the Roseau School Board meeting on Monday evening, Larry Guggisberg, the long-serving school superintendent, informed the board members that he will retire this summer. He noted that his...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 16, 2019 

You don't like the weather, then move!

My friend, Tallahassee Slim, who lives in a gated community, recently sunburned his toes when he stuck them out his bedroom window in Fort Myers, Florida, and promptly fell asleep. "They're quite...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 16, 2019 

Meet The Best and the Brightest at RHS

On Monday afternoon, students in the ninth through twelfth grades filed into the bleachers in the Roseau High School gymnasium to witness the induction of the newest members to the RAM Chapter of the...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 9, 2019

These Thrill Chill Gents Just Keep on Pedaling

Pat Adrian and Chuck Lindner, two middle-aged guys with a flair for extreme outdoor excursions, just couldn't pass up the 2019 Arrowhead 135 a week ago last Monday, which kicked off in International...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    February 9, 2019

Wrestlers win two of three at Pequot Lakes quad

On the road a week ago Friday, the Rams had a good outing, according to head coach Aaron Rose, whose team is still not at full strength. "We got the wins and the pins that we needed," he said, adding...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 9, 2019

Let's bat around the bases here

Absolutely beautiful! Recently, I've been suffering periodic chest pains, and it reminds me of Redd Foxx in Sanford and Son back in the early 1970s and how Redd as Fred Sanford would tell his son, Lam...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 2, 2019

Meet an amazing trio of snowmobile enthusiasts

It was a heck of a ride! Turn back the clock to December 1966 and get acquainted with Jim Langley, who was 29 and an independent Polaris dealer in the Twin Cities. He was ready for a change of scenery...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    February 2, 2019

Can you outspell these talented wordsmiths?

Forget the "i" before "e" except after "c". It was for all the marbles a week ago Monday evening in the School Community Theater as 16 of the finest spellers competed in the Roseau School District's...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    February 2, 2019

Fertile-Beltrami defeats Ram wrestlers, 30-29

It was close but no cigar a week ago Thursday evening at the Roseau High School gymnasium in the final home match of the season. Following a Roseau forfeit at 113, Bodee Hovda took the initial lead...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 2, 2019

Remembering the good, the bad, and the ugly

Mother of Pearl! Of course, I knew it was coming. It's a fact of life that none of us is getting out of here alive. Still, it hurts. Ole Kompelien died on Saturday, January 26, at age 89, and he was...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 26, 2019

Meet Gabriela, a Colombian lass with class

Shortly before lunch, Gabriela "Gabby" Vega, 16, who hails from Bogot√°, Colombia, and is a sophomore at Roseau High School, breezed into Assistant Principal Kelsey Johnson's office. Prior to her...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    January 26, 2019

Wrestlers win two of three duals at Oklee

What a perfect time for eighth grader Bodee Hovda to come charging into the winner's circle a week ago Friday in Oklee. In his three varsity matches during the quadrangular, Bodee pinned Red Lake Coun...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    January 26, 2019

Rams crown one champ at Prowler Tourney

Detroit Lakes won the 17-team wrestling tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday with BGMR placing fifth and the Rams ninth. Coach Aaron Rose gave two thumbs up to a very good showing by his wr...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 26, 2019

We're living with a number of real legends

My good friend Robert Honstrom, who does very nice things at LifeCare Roseau Manor informed me last week that the biggest draw among the elderly residents is the Court Report in the Roseau...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 19, 2019

Why are they doing terrible things to their bodies?

A new drug has hit the county. "It's a legal substance," said Garrett Berg, adding that it has detrimental health effects. Last week, Mr. Berg, sitting in a small, windowless room at the Roseau County...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    January 19, 2019

Crookston wrestlers defeat Rams, 36-28

A week ago Thursday evening at the RHS gymnasium, eighth grader Bodee Hovda showed great heart as he battled a tough opponent in Crookston's Ethan Bowman, a crafty matman who tried to turn a...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 19, 2019

We need more color in our lives

It's unfortunate that you have to read the obituaries to learn someone's real name. In November, Chopper Edberg died, and I never knew his real name was Ordean Elroy Edberg. That is a classy name. I...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 12, 2019

Anders Dokken is RC's First Baby of 2019

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 9:07 p.m., Carrie Dokken gave birth to Roseau County's first baby of 2019 at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau. Meet Anders Rivers Oswald Dokken and his proud parents,...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    January 12, 2019

Grapplers crown two champs at ND Tourney

At the two-day Central Cass Wrestling Tournament in Casselton, North Dakota, last Friday and Saturday, the Rams placed 8th in the 26 team field and had two individual champions along with a third...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 12, 2019

An impressive feat of honoring the fallen

Arlene Besserud, 88, sat in her living room at North Star Apartments in Roseau gently caressing the back of her husband's hand as he recalled the one recollection that never escapes his mind. Age has...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    January 5, 2019

County Commissioners Foldesi and Phillipe retire

For 20 years, District 5 Commissioner Mark Foldesi took his seat with the Roseau County Board and was impossible to miss due to his NFL size, frequent wit, occasional stubbornness, and an "aw shucks"...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 5, 2019

Here's looking at you the last time in 2018

Beautiful. An important date slipped by on Monday, December 31, which is understandable since none of us was alive when this special date was first celebrated up here. On Monday, December 31, 1894,...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 29, 2018

Over in Europe with the old paratrooper

In October, Val Bernat thought he had died and gone to heaven. It was that sweet of a deal for the old retired Army officer, who's not accustomed to being treated like royalty. "I flew to Switzerland...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 29, 2018

Singer Gabbie June Gets a Helping Hand

Meet Arlen Sandland, a 60-year-old pilot, who had an inspiration a decade ago and sat on it for most of that decade before penning Everybody Thinks They're Alright. It is a catchy tune that he wrote...

 

Putting a little style into Trump's game

Beautiful! Before I toss Davey Wilson's hat into the ring, I must add that I miss Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Yes, I know that most of the folks up here couldn't stand Mr. Obama, maybe because he...

 

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