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Articles from the January 4, 2023 edition


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  • Roseau County Commissioner Russell Walker resigns

    Jeff Olsen|Jan 4, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen A week ago Tuesday, veteran District 4 Roseau County Commissioner Russell Walker submitted his resignation via a letter, which was read during the board meeting at the Roseau County Courthouse. This past Monday morning, Roseau County Coordinator Jeff Pelowski read aloud Commissioner Walker's letter of resignation. To the Roseau County Board Members past and present and to my constituents to which I have served: It's been an honor to serve Roseau County these past years. Due to my...

  • Here's Looking at Crime and Punishment in Roseau County

    Jeff Olsen|Jan 4, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen Doing "hard time" is sitting in a cell day after day in the Roseau County Detention Center. You could be a millionaire or a pauper but if you are arrested and denied bail, you're doing hard time. And forget your $150 pair of loafers and fancy clothes or just a couple of worn-out shoes and those Goodwill specials. You're in orange. Last week, Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust and Chief Deputy Sheriff Tobi Eidsmoe provided a bird's-eye view of crime in the county. "It's ticking up... Full story

  • He put Red Lake County on the National Map

    Jan 4, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen Back in 2015, Chris Ingraham, a reporter for the Washington Post, came upon some fascinating data. He then wrote the piece and it went viral. Imagine a different scenario if a reporter for USA Hockey reported that Roseau County has the worst hockey arenas in the nation. There would be an uproar! Christopher Ingraham knows the feeling once his article appeared on August 17, 2015. The Washington Post headline ran as follows: Every county in America ranked by scenery and climate It...

  • Pity

    Tom Palen|Jan 4, 2023

    "You need a haircut," she said. I looked in the mirror and what I saw made it impossible to argue with her. "I don't have time to get a haircut" was my best comeback. So I got in my van and drove to the building material store. A nice young man with a head full of dreadlocks waited on me. "I like your hair," I said to him. Then, rubbing the thinning area (bald spot) on top of my head, I said, "If you ever decide to get rid of some of those dreads, I'd be happy to take them." We shared a good lau...

  • Fruit Inspection Time

    Julie Elick|Jan 4, 2023

    The word "good" is used so frequently in our everyday lives that it almost loses its meaning. For example, how many times a day do we say, "good morning" and "good luck" and "good work" I have the words "Good Job Julie" printed on a navy blue sweatshirt. I got it for Christmas from my boss Jodi? I always say that phrase to myself when I have successfully completed something. It is not a braggy thing, it just means "well done" and gives me emotional closure. Closure is important and gives such a...

  • Just making everyone's day is hard work!

    Jeff Olsen|Jan 4, 2023

    Earlier in the week, I called this chap for some info and said, "How's it going, mayor?" Jeff Pelowski, the Roseau County Environmental Officer, briefly chuckled when informed that he will always be "The Mayor!" Hell, he served eleven two-year terms, endured some uncomplimentary columns by me, and it took years before we got to like each other. Before we ended the conversation, he said, "Stay warm." That was my opening. "This is nothing compared to 40 or 50 years ago." He laughed. "Yeah, I...

  • Post Office and Furbabies

    Jodi Wojciechowski|Jan 4, 2023

    Wow! I knew I was frustrated with the Post Office, but I wasn't expecting quite the amount of comments and stories I heard after my column last week. I did get my RTR on Saturday along with The Watch. I didn't get the Northland Trading Post until Tuesday, but it was A LOT better service overall! It sounds like the Trading Post chose to deliver their own after the news came out of where their papers were ending up. Thank you, to my hopefully permanent mail carrier. I do hope others received... Full story

  • Get Tough Or Die

    Sheldon Larson|Jan 4, 2023

    This global warming AKA climate change is sure looking a lot like nothing has changed a whole lot. We usually can count on a short January thaw but January and February used to have a lot of days of “good limbing”. Good limbing usually meant temperatures between twenty below and ten above. No wonder some want to do away with anything that resembles history. The cold winter months have almost always been and will almost always be cold winter months. The bitter cold is natures way of getting rid of a lot of crop pests and culling the weaker ani... Full story

  • Iva Ardell Lynn, 92

    Jan 4, 2023

    Indianapolis, Ind.- Iva Ardell Lynn, age 92, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Decem­ber 19, 2022. Iva is sur­vived by her 2 daugh­ters; 3 grandchildren; great-granddaughter; and her 2 brothers. A memorial gather­ing for Iva will be held Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., followed by an 12:00 p.m. memorial service at Little & Son Funeral Home, 4901 E.Stop 11 Rd, Indianapolis, IN....

  • I Have Seen The King

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Jan 4, 2023

    Isaiah was just as human as us and we are just as sinful as he was. Yet God calls us to a relationship with him and into his service. In doing so he puts His name on the line through us. Isaiah said, "Woe to me!", I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." It is this close encounter of the God-kind that may change everything from our person-hood to our priorities. Today's scripture takes...

  • DOWN THE ROAD

    Arlette Solom|Jan 4, 2023

    Submitted by Arlette Solom "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson The February Birthday Luncheon will be on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. If you are a member of Four Seasons Senior Center and have a February birthday your meal will be paid for by LSS. Please call in your reservation for your meal to 218-463-1331. The menu will be turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, veggies, bun and cherry cheese cake with whip cream. Bob & Sheila Winstead will be sharing of their...

  • 25 years ago ....Fair entertainment was Franko's Magician, Toby Keith and Neil McCoy

    Carrie Johnson|Jan 4, 2023

    5 years ago – Feb. 3, 2018 Kate Kennedy was the winner of the Roseau School Spelling Bee and Jadyn Novak was the runner-up. Granted Honorary Life Memberships in the Roseau American Legion Post 24 were Val Bernat, Lloyd Fugleberg, Jim Bernat and Jack McDonald. Roseau Youth Wrestlers of the Week were first grader Weston Sprabary and fifth grader Pat Locklear. The 2018 Knights of Columbus Council Free Throw winners in Roseau were Anna Ulvin, Jordyn Borowicz, Brooklyn Hulst, Ryan Hirst, Anya Severso...

  • Roger Hites Sr.

    Roger Hites Jr.|Jan 4, 2023

    My father was paralyzed by tripping over a dolly that was hooked up to his Thunderbird in the beginning of September, he was flown to Grand Forks Airport and admitted and had emergency surgery. That left him with 89% damage. My father could not lift the spoon of rice to his mouth or hold the phone to his mouth to talk even a little flip phone. When people are in distress they feel hopeless and are prone to be suicidal. I was on a ventilator for 38 days I had to learn how to walk and talk again I... Full story