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 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 15, 2018 

Bidding Goodbye to the Honorable Robert Selmer Bergland

Roseau's own Bob Bergland, a Depression-era farm kid who had a passion for politics, people, and good deeds, died this past Sunday at LifeCare Roseau Manor at age 90. His funeral is Saturday, December...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 15, 2018 

Here's a grab bag for this week's happenings

Take a note, Lisa! Yes, Lisa Dunham has left this newspaper, but she had great secretarial skills in addition to thinking like a linebacker. We hit it off famously. She was the thunder and lightning...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    December 15, 2018 

Ram wrestlers crown four champs at Crookston Tourney

It's always a big thrill for a wrestler to win his first varsity tournament. Last Saturday at the Rodd Olson Invite in Crookston, Race Knochenmus and Sawyer Klatt came charging into the winners'...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 8, 2018

Reflections from the big Alaskan Earthquake

Tommy Grafstrom won't forget where he was on Friday, November 30, at 8:29 a.m. just seconds prior to the biggest earthquake to hit the Anchorage area since the 1964 Good Friday earthquake (9.2...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    December 8, 2018

Rams have two champs at Fosston Tourney

At the Alfred Olson Memorial Invitational Tourney last Saturday in Fosston, Chandler Mooney and Ben Olson won titles in a field dominated by Detroit Lakes, which ran away with the team title (276...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 8, 2018

Reintroducing FOPS and other personal favorites

Terrific. Thanks to The Times of Israel, (1 December 2018, 1:55 pm), I spotted the following headline the other day: Did Trump replace Fed chief due to her lack of height? What the hell does height ha...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    December 1, 2018

These Roseau brothers are great little sleuths

On Black Friday morning, here came Van (11) and Asher (8) Munstenteiger, young lads full of fun and excitement, alternately walking and running toward the Center Street Bridge on their way to their...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 1, 2018

With a couple of pretty good blokes

The best retort my old man ever said to my brother and me, but not to my sisters, was, "You must be a little bit stupid!" I never disagreed. We have a lot of stupid people in this world, the majority...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 24, 2018

Julie Urness is Roseau's Teacher of the Year

Meet the Mister Rogers of elementary school teachers, only it's Mrs. Urness, a dedicated professional who has a special knack for exciting kids about reading, writing, and arithmetic. Great teachers...

 

It's perfectly normal to take things for granted

Every day, any number of us get up in the morning and immediately start bitching that life isn't fair. "We gotta go to school, we gotta work at a lousy job, we gotta put up with a bunch of dumb...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Sports    November 24, 2018

Chandler Mooney earns athletic scholarship

The University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, announced that RHS senior Chandler Mooney, the son of Beth and Scott Mooney, recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the Marauders, who comp...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 17, 2018

A Most Memorable Veterans Day Program at RHS

As the youngest elementary students excitedly entered the Roseau High School gymnasium on Monday afternoon, they brought a smile to Curt Wiskow's face. He is 89 now, and his father and uncle are in...

 

You never asked me, but...

I hope Donald doesn't lock up Smokey the Bear. Global warming is here. You can deny it like a lot of conservatives do, but it's impossible to deny these horrendous climatological catastrophes in...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 10, 2018

Midterm Elections are a study of contrasts

If all politics are local, as the saying goes, Roseau County, a Republican bastion, would have carried the day for the Grand Old Party this past Tuesday. However, the DFL won all the elective...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 10, 2018

She was a stranger who died in our midst

Leah Vigum, 19, was someone special, who was dearly loved by her family and her many friends. Her uncle, Steve Ricard, a former standout wrestler for Fertile High School in the mid-1980s and a longtim...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 10, 2018

Meet Michelle, the hygienist with the winning smile

Step inside Center Street Dental Professionals in Roseau and meet the newest professional, Michelle Molitor, a registered dental hygienist (RDH) who came on board in early September. She replaces...

 

The Pride of Palmville and their strong women

They never dug any foxholes, charged up steep hills against hostile fire or landed on beaches under heavy enemy fire. But they lived through it. Marlis (nee Carlson) Glennen never wore a military...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 3, 2018

The old undercover lawman bows out gracefully

Ron Woolever was never McGruff the Crime Dog, but the former Crookston native who's resided in Roseau for the past 20 years took a big bite out of illicit narcotics during his 20 years with the...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    November 3, 2018

This is definitely no bridge over the River Kwai

Of course I had to inspect the new bridge over the Roseau River on County Road 126 south of Roseau. It's hard to shake off Oliver Ullman, who I've known since he was about nine and who kept inviting...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 27, 2018

Coach Johnson gets recognized for his excellence

It's highly improbable that Donny Johnson's football players ever carried him off the field after an exciting victory. Go back far enough, and the Green Bay Packers carried Vince Lombardi off the...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 27, 2018

On Monday morning with the real people

If people can't have their dreams, this world would be a very dull place. Years ago, long before the majority of Americans who are alive today were born, the Irish Sweepstakes in the 1950s were...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 20, 2018

BC Survivors Are A Spunky Sisterhood

Only the deaf would miss out on the happy chatter along the downstairs hallway at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau. They meet every second Tuesday of the month. "We average about seven to eight a...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 20, 2018

RHS sophomores spend the day outdoors

It was a perfect day except for the weather a week ago Monday, October 8, at the Roseau School Forest north of Salol. Sophomore science teacher Leif Eidsmoe, who coordinated the event with the...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 13, 2018

Reflections from Roseau's Athletic Hall of Fame

At the Roseau Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the Roseau School Theater, nobody tooted his or her own horn. They didn't need to brag since they are community legends,...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 13, 2018

Lord, allow me to steal just a little!

Always, I have believed that there is nothing too small to steal. Otherwise, why would they have security cameras in, of all places, hardware store aisles where there are just bolts and nuts. Why?...

 

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