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  • Scholarships Available For ICan Bike Camp

    Laurel Latham|Jul 20, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Rachel Krahn, a social worker who works as a para at Roseau School, and daughter, Anna, plan on attending ICan Bike Camp when it is held in Warroad the week of Monday, July 29th to Friday, August 2nd, to inspire and cheer on others. The Camp, for ages 8 and up, is for people with disabilities and offers 75 minute sessions daily for each rider wanting to learn how to ride a bike. Rachel describes how Anna's life expanded after she learned to ride a bike at an ICan Bike Camp....

  • Carol Parker Chosen As Grand Marshal of 4th of July Parade

    Laurel Latham|Jul 13, 2024

    by Laurel Latham When Warroad Area Women of Today announced that Carol Parker would have the honor of leading the 2024 4th of July parade as Grand Marshal, she was obviously the perfect choice. Carol has been an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 86 years! It was quite astonishing to discover this charming beauty had turned 99 last January 20th. Carol first became a junior member at the age of 13 in Claremont, Minn., where she attended meetings with her mother. She has been a... Full story

  • 2024 Inaugural Tveiter Cup Raises $15,000 for Warroad Warrior Boy's Hockey

    Laurel Latham|Jul 6, 2024

    by Laurel Latham On Saturday, June 22, the first annual Tveiter Cup, 4-person golf scramble, was held at the Warroad Estates Golf Course. The very appropriate Happy Gilmore theme of "hockey player becomes golfer", made for an entertaining day. Chris Dougherty, Michael Tveit's friend and golf partner in the men's league for several years, hosted the event, with Michael's friends and family volunteering to help Chris organize the scramble. Even the weather cooperated, with only a sprinkle of rain...

  • Legendary Muskie Fishing Guide Parts With Treasured Fishing Gear

    Laurel Latham|Jun 29, 2024

    by Laurel Latham When word got out that well-known muskie fisherman Doug Johnson was selling all his fishing gear at a garage sale last weekend, local fisherman could not drive to Lake Street N.W. in Warroad fast enough. Fishing gear once owned by the legendary Doug Johnson, would clearly contain fishing magic and be a huge advantage for those wanting to catch big fish on Lake of the Woods. "We were the first ones at Doug Johnson's sale yesterday," said Jack Palmquist. "I asked Doug to pick out...

  • Summer History Camp Held In Warroad

    Laurel Latham|Jun 22, 2024

    by Laurel Latham The 2nd annual Warroad History Camp was held in Warroad, June 10-14, for kids ages 9-12 years old. Morning sessions were held from 9 a.m. to noon. Afternoon sessions were held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. "Last year we only had room for 12 kids to attend History Camp," explained Brady Swenson, Museum Manager at Warroad Heritage Center. "We had so many more requests from parents who wanted their children to attend, so this year we ran two classes. Our plan was to have 12 kids in each...

  • Warroad Rescue Unit Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    Laurel Latham|Jun 15, 2024

    by Laurel Latham On Saturday, May 18, Warroad Rescue Unit celebrated their 50th anniversary of service and dedication to the community. An Open House from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., where cake, cookies and coffee were served at the Warroad Public Safety Facility, had numerous past members of the ambulance crew make an appearance to celebrate the 50th anniversary, as well as Geri Burress’ 30 years of service. “In 1974, a few brave individuals took classes to be certified as a new healthcare provider cal...

  • Scoops Ice Cream Parlor Holds Grand Opening

    Laurel Latham|Jun 8, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Last year Justin and Sarah Homme and their children took a road trip through Montana, Idaho, Washington State, down the Oregon Coast, to the Redwoods in Northern California. They stopped at a few ice cream parlors along the scenic route they drove through Montana and the Pacific Northwest. "For years we've talked about opening a 50s diner or a food truck in our community," explained Sarah Homme. "I've always been obsessed with the 50s since 10th grade English, when I did a...

  • Memorial Day Is A Day Of Remembrance

    Laurel Latham|Jun 1, 2024

    by Laurel Latham The skies were overcast on Monday, May 27, when residents of the Warroad community parked their cars and made their way into the Gardens Arena for the Memorial Day program. The crowd was solemn as they filled the blue bleacher seats and the folding chairs set up on the arena floor. The well-thought-out program began at 10:00 a.m., with the Posting of the Colors, followed by the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. Todd Miller, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post...

  • Hampton Slukynsky named USHL Goaltender of the Year

    Laurel Latham|May 25, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Not many single A Minnesota High School hockey players jump right out of high school hockey, into playing for the USHL (United States Hockey League). Warroad's Hampton Slukynsky did just that when he graduated from Warroad High School in May 2023, and moved to Fargo to play for the Fargo Force team. "My hope for my son, Hampton, last fall was that he would fit in with the other players on the Fargo Force team," said Tim Slukynsky. "He was leaving small town northern Minnesota,...

  • Warroad Youth Baseball Receives Donations

    Laurel Latham|May 25, 2024

    by Laurel Latham "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." -Rogers Hornsby Spring is here and so is baseball! The crack of the bat, the pop of the mitt, the whoosh of a slide. Warroad Youth Baseball season opens June 4th. Some of the teams have already started practicing, while others will begin once school is out. "We have just under 300 boys and girls signed up for Warroad Youth Baseball this year," reports Coach Brent Cole. "Considering there is a school...

  • Unified Track And Field Invitational Held In TRF

    Laurel Latham|May 18, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. Special Olympics Athlete Oath The Unified Track and Field Invitational 2024 was held in Thief River Falls on Wednesday, May 8, at Lowell T. Swenson Field. The day was beautiful, with both sunshine and wind. Although the track was a little wet, it didn't stop the enthusiastic athletes. Students from Warroad, Roseau, Badger, Lancaster, Marshall County Central, Warren, and Thief River Falls participated in the Track...

  • Highway 11 Construction Project In Warroad Begins May 13th

    Laurel Latham|May 11, 2024

    by Laurel Latham MnDOT, in partnership with Roseau County and the City of Warroad, plans to reconstruct Highway 11, between County Rd 5 and Highway 313/Cedar Avenue N.W., and Cedar Avenue N.W., between Highway 11 and Lake Street N.W. Construction along Highway 11 is scheduled to take place in stages, between 2024-2026. "On Monday, May 13, construction will begin between the Dollar General driveway east of Warroad, to the south side of the bridge over the Warroad River," explains Cole Nelson,...

  • Street Tacos And Scholarships

    Laurel Latham|May 4, 2024

    by Laurel Latham On Sunday, May 5th, the Nomad Tavern in Warroad will host a fundraiser for the Roseau Masonic Lodge from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., or until the street tacos are sold out. "This is our yearly fundraiser for our scholarship fund," explained Dean Dorholt, Master of Roseau Masonic Lodge #268. "We usually hold our scholarship fundraiser on Mother's Day, but this year Mother's Day falls on the fishing opener and we knew that wouldn't work. "Our fundraiser menu often includes pulled pork o...

  • The Tveit Family Alaskan Adventure

    Laurel Latham|Apr 27, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Most Tveit family vacations have involved hockey games at the state tournament. This family vacation involved hockey games as well, but required a six hour flight to Anchorage, Alaska, then a three hour drive from Anchorage to Kenai, Alaska. Blake Norris, son of Melissa (nee Tveit) and Chad Norris, was skating with the Kenai River Brown Bears, a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League in three games against the Janesville Jets. "It was Parents Weekend...

  • Thompson Taxidermy Preserves Memories

    Laurel Latham|Apr 20, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Located on Springsteel Island, Thompson Taxidermy is where many fishermen and hunters take their prized trophies to be preserved by full-time taxidermist Rick Thompson. Rick specializes in preserving hunting and fishing memories through creative, skillful, and professional taxidermy. His shop is in a tin building that he has covered in cedar to match the home he and his wife, Sara Jeanne, built on the lake shore, with the help of buddies Dan Carpenter and Tracy Wahl. "My uncle,...

  • Playtime at The Kid Zone

    Laurel Latham|Apr 13, 2024

    by Laurel Latham "Play is the brain's favorite way of learning." -Diane Ackerman Play is one of the most important aspects of a child's life. Children develop physically and emotionally through play. Play provides a foundation for learning, exploring and problem solving. Studies have shown that play reduces stress in children. Organized by the Warroad Women of Today, The Kid Zone opened at the Warroad Community Center on Monday, March 11, and is open every Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. The goal... Full story

  • Jeremy Culleton Wins 2024 Volunteer of the Year Award

    Laurel Latham|Apr 6, 2024

    by Laurel Latham The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Volunteer of the Year award is a way for FIRST to recognize volunteers around the world who give extraordinary contributions of time and skills to the FIRST community. This year's winner of the 2024 Volunteer of the Year award given at Great Northern Regional in Grand Forks is Warroad High School 2883:FRED Advisor Jeremy Culleton. Jeremy has been the WHS Robotics Team Advisor for 16 of the 24 years he has been... Full story

  • Warroad Bantam A Boys Are 2024 State Champions

    Laurel Latham|Mar 30, 2024

    by Laurel Latham This has been a great season for the Warroad Bantam A Boys hockey team, who won the State Championship on Sunday, March 17 at the Iron Trail Motors Event Center in Virginia, Minn. Warroad's first tournament game was with Mankato on Friday, March 15, with Warroad coming out on top with a final score of Warroad 6, Mankato 2. On Saturday March 16, Warroad played St. Louis Park, winning their second tournament game 6-3. Then on Championship Sunday, Warroad Bantam A's beat Hopkins...

  • Yeti Fest 2024 Held In Warroad

    Laurel Latham|Mar 23, 2024

    by Laurel Latham The tradition of taking a cold water plunge was a common practice among the Scandinavians and Vikings for hundreds of years. For Scandinavians, the cold plunge was seen as a way to cleanse the body and mind, boost energy, improve circulation, and start each day with a new perspective. The Vikings believed the cold plunge would connect them with the gods and nature by purifying their body and soul, and increase their physical strength and mental toughness. The brave plungers at... Full story

  • A Classroom of flags represent a rich culture

    Laurel Latham|Mar 16, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Jaimie Snowdon, Native American History and Arts instructor at Warroad School, has filled the walls of his classroom with flags from around the world. "This year I'm teaching two classes of 8th grade Geography, as well as Native American Studies," explained Mr. Snowdon. "The first flags I put up were Native flags, the A.I.M. (American Indian Movement) flag, the Metris, Iroquois, Mohawk flags and an American flag with the Native in the center. "But since I was also teaching...

  • HELPP, Inc. Receives A $10,000 Donation From Farmers Union Oil

    Laurel Latham|Mar 9, 2024

    by Laurel Latham HELPP (Help Ease Local People's Pain) was blessed with a badly needed donation from Farmers Union Oil of Warroad on Friday, February, 23. "We applied for a grant and were privileged to present the grant money to HELPP, Inc., so they can continue their important efforts of supporting those in need who live or work in the Warroad School District," reports Marques Stricker, Farmers Union Oil Company CEO. "We appreciate all of the work and volunteer hours those affiliated with...

  • Bringing Spring To Seniors With Blooming Spring Flowers

    Laurel Latham|Mar 2, 2024

    by Laurel Latham O! My heart now feels so cheerful As I go with footsteps light, In the daily toil of my dear home; And I’ll tell you the secret That now makes my life so bright-- There’s a flower at my window in full bloom. Lucian B. Watkins Carol’s Cedar Cellar of Roseau and Bloomin’ Creations of Warroad are once again bringing spring to seniors with blooming pots of colorful flowers. “Even though it hasn’t been a hard winter, the days are still long for residents in nursing homes,” exp...

  • Lady Warriors State Champions!

    Laurel Latham|Mar 2, 2024

    by Laurel Latham The Warroad Fire Department, along with local law enforcement, met the Lady Warrior's bus east of town at the intersection of Highway 11 and County Road 12. The player's bus was escorted into Warroad, with a whip to the beach and then back to the Gardens Arena for the welcome home celebration. Oh what a celebration it was! Coach David Marvin summed up the performance of the Lady Warriors at the State Tournament with one sentence: "We were relentless." When the team graduated 10...

  • Minnesota Author Visits Warroad Public Library

    Laurel Latham|Feb 23, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Award winning Minnesota Juvenile and Young Adult Author, William Durbin, will be visiting the Warroad Public Library on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. A winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Bill has published 14 novels for young readers. Mr. Durbin was an English teacher at Cook High School, Cook, Minn., for 29 years and published his first book in 1997. "I met Minnesota author Gary Paulsen at a young authors' conference that my...

  • Kathy Searle is a Doughnut Making Wonder

    Laurel Latham|Feb 17, 2024

    by Laurel Latham Kathy Searle lives outside of Roosevelt in a home nestled among heavily wooded evergreens. Wildlife are known to roam around her property at all hours of the day and night. It's not unusual for Kathy to see bears outside her home and even twice inside her porch. "There was a smaller bear that broke my porch window and climbed inside and grabbed a five pound bag of peanuts," recalls Kathy. "Then he sat right in my yard beside my car eating them. That really annoyed me. I got my...

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