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 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 26, 2022 

Charissa McDonald is the Roseau Teacher of the Year

by Jeff Olsen What does it take to be an outstanding teacher? It takes everything you can give to make your students feel good about being in your classroom. And that they are important in their own...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 26, 2022 

A Versatile Local Lass Is Having a Blast

by Jeff Olsen This past Halloween, Emily Carlson, a 2013 Roseau High School graduate with a flair for acting while pursuing a doctorate in psychology, didn't find it unusual that she has such...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    November 26, 2022 

Write On by, Rebecca Wensloff - A Tradition 

Essay by: Rebecca Wensloff Roseau Community School Mrs. Didrikson, Advanced English 11 Every summer for the past seven years my four friends and all five of our moms have carved out a weekend to all...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    November 26, 2022 

It's Heartache By the Numbers in Trumpflation

I just can't catch a break. All I wanted for Christmas shopping was to buy cheap items for my friends and a few coworkers. Ordinarily, I might buy a case of beer or a jug of whiskey. But I wanted to s...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 19, 2022

Mr. Hockey Max Strand Is Smiling these days

by Jeff Olsen On Monday, Marty Mjelleli, the chairman of the Mr. Hockey Award, remarked on the young man from Roseau who was the 2022 recipient of the Mr. Hockey '22 Award. "It would be great if the...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 19, 2022

Veterans Day Monday Was A Patriotic Event

by Jeff Olsen Inside the new Roseau High School gymnasium on Monday afternoon, Jerry Stainbrook, 84, was spotted in his wheelchair. The place was rocking as the elementary school kids in the nearby bl...


Keith Severson had a nice day as a write-in candidate

by Jeff Olsen A week ago Friday, Keith Severson, who possibly ran the shortest write-in campaign in Roseau County electoral history, wasn't holding any rancor over a front-page piece in the Roseau...


Here's looking at two sides of a wooden nickel

Life is wonderful, I guess, if you're a happy Republican. I'd like a generous one, too. Like, "Bro, here's a quarter. Go call your only friend!" That was many years ago before the invention of...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 19, 2022

Beauty is in the eye of this cameraman

by Jeff Olsen Don't suggest to this talented photographer that some day he could be selected to cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. That would be a fantastic gig. Zach Johnson, a 2011 Rosea...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 12, 2022

Area Voters have made their choices for 2022

by Jeff Olsen Before they ever counted the votes after the polls closed statewide in Minnesota at 8 p.m., there was anticipation. Julie Sanford, a member of the election staff at the Roseau County...


Pour me another Bud Light or Two!

At least once a week, my relative calls or texts his concerns. "You don't have TV so you don't know what's going on," he has said repeatedly. Then, he complains that at least 80 percent of TV...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    November 5, 2022

Write-in Council Candidate Is Hoping Time is On His Side

by Jeff Olsen Keith Severson, 39, announced his write-in candidacy for the Roseau City Council last week. "It is pretty late. I won't deny that," said the former rural Wannaska resident who has seen...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    November 5, 2022

America isn't so darn funny these days

It will never end. It's the nightmare of our country's endless political freak show. Bring in the clowns. Bring in the quacks. Bring in the fools. Bring in the shrinks! God, we are a wonder. What has...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 29, 2022

At Coast, the Big Antler Contest is a Sweet Deal

by Jeff Olsen Tim Erickson, the man to see at Coast True Value in Roseau, recently was mentioning a few individuals who were repeat champions of the Big Antler Contest - Randy Holmgren, Dean Mattson,... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 29, 2022

The Gentleman called Coach Q is Quite Unique

Karen is a stay-at-home mom and works as a marketing manager for a dental office in the Twin Cities. They have two sons - Hudson, who is two, and Hayes, who just turned one. He laughed when asked if...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 29, 2022

Saying goodbye to those who touched our lives

I lost a quiet hero this past weekend. We all did. Everyone who caught his smile, observed his class, witnessed his decency, learned from his humility, and shared in his humanity will never forget...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 22, 2022

Warroad's Meet and Greet Was a Fine Wine and Dine

by Jeff Olsen At the Warroad American Legion a week ago Thursday, approximately 65 veterans were treated much better than they'd had it in basic training. Or, out maneuvers where the standard grub in... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 22, 2022

Meet the two lawmen vying for Roseau County Sheriff

by Jeff Olsen A week ago, Roseau County Deputy Sheriff Kelly Gustafson and Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust were interviewed separately under the time stipulation of 10 minutes. Both candidates were i... Full story

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 22, 2022

NorFarm Seeds will have its day in court

by Jeff Olsen For approximately two years, the neighbors near NorFarm Seeds, located east of the City of Roseau along Highway 11, have complained to each other or to the Minnesota Pollution Control...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 15, 2022

RHS Field Trip Was A Valuable Learning Experience

by Jeff Olsen "It was beautiful out," said Leif Eidsmoe, the RHS biology instructor who led the annual field trip to the Roseau School Forest north of Salol on Wednesday, September 28. It's usually...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 15, 2022

Roseau Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are unique

by Jeff Olsen On Sunday afternoon at the Roseau School Theater, five very deserving individuals and a RHS team were honored. This is a community hall of fame recognizing athletes and accomplished...

 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    October 15, 2022

You walk alone into the hall of fame

Where were the Byfugliens and the beer? Let me put it this way. Some of my best public speaking has occurred when I've had at least a beer. I was stone sober when I performed my first wedding...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 8, 2022

LifeCare Adds Senior Living Facilty to its Operations

by Jeff Olsen Keith Okeson, the CEO of LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, recently spoke about LifeCare's purchase of nearby Oakcrest Senior Housing. "The transition will happen on the first of...

 By Jeff Olsen    News    October 8, 2022

Spunky Lass Is Just Getting Started on the mat

by Jeff Olsen Imagine riding almost 15 hours from Roseau to Indianapolis for an all-girls wrestling tournament last weekend, go up a weight class, lose all seven matches, and only then shed a few tear... Full story


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