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  • Bill Wojciechowski's Benefit is February 16 in Badger

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 8, 2020

    by Jeff Olsen Bill Wojciechowski, a working class gent who could fix anything under the hood of any make or model in his working days as an auto mechanic in Roseau and Badger, was unable to fix himself after turning yellow last August. At 74, Bill is battling cancer quietly unless he's around somebody who needs cheering up or a good one-liner. Last August when his life got turned upside down, he was first seen at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau and then was sent to Grand Forks for a biopsy. La...

  • Growing up short was never an option

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 8, 2020

    by Jeff Olsen Amelia and Victoria, the daughters of Blair and Martina Johnson, could only dream of being ordinary girls - shorter than the boys in grade school and high school. Alas, nobody is short in their family. Doug Flutie, the famous Boston College quarterback never got taller than five-nine. Heck, the girls were that tall by the eighth grade. The Johnson sisters - athletes and scholars with the nicknames of Mel and Vic - stand out in a crowd. Amelia Johnson, a 2016 Roseau High School...

  • Write ON: The Ulvin Family Vacation

    Feb 8, 2020

    by Kara Ulvin, English 7, Mrs. Didrikson We started our trip to Medora by going to the Painted Canyon. It was very windy with tumbleweeds rolling around. The Ulvins all met there to re-enact photos from my father's childhood. He and his sisters tried to pose from the pictures they had taken when they were little. We also hiked down the trails, and took family pictures. The Painted Canyon was beautiful. Then we went inside a building and there was a huge ship...it was massive! Next it was off to... Full story

  • David Johnson Vintage Sno-Cat Spectacular 2020

    Feb 8, 2020

    The two drivers nudged their old sno-cats to the start line as directed by the green flag in the hand of the experienced flagman, the two stroke engines popping haphazardly. When he was satisfied with the positioning, he flung the flag skyward and the drivers smashed the throttles wide open. The popping changed to a pair of sharp, loud crackles as the throttles opened, and the sleds moved briskly away from the line. Retired Polaris race and test driver Bob Przekwas was mounted on the 1968...

  • WHAT'S THIS, GOD LED JESUS INTO TEMPTATION?

    Pastor Joe Elick|Feb 8, 2020

    Recently I was chatting with an important teen in my life, Preston Lundbohm. I'm his mentor for Confirmation this year. Recently pastor Steve was teaching on Jesus' wilderness experience with the devil. I felt stirred to write an article about this after talking with Preston. There are important lessons there both for teens and the rest of us. Both Matthew and Luke gave us the details of Jesus' face-off with the Devil. They are found in the 4th chapter of each Gospel. As we shall see, humanly...

  • Court Report

    Feb 8, 2020

    Roseau County Sheriff’s Dept. Nels Erick Braaten, Badger, pled guilty to DWI and was fined $760. Local confinement of 90 days, stay 88 days for 1 year with one year of unsupervised probation. Had a charge of DWI-Alcohol concentration .08 within 2 hours dismissed. (Badge #1912) Paul Gawreluk, Roseau, pled guilty to driving after suspension and was fined $285. (Badge #1917) Sara Jean Lange, Roosevelt, pled guilty to DWI and was fined $1,260. Local confinement of 90 days, stay 90 days for 1 year with one year of unsupervised probation. Had c...

  • Who's the chump this time? It's Bro!

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 8, 2020

    Yes, it's time for a public lashing and a severe dressing down for this old reprobate. The nuns taught me to confess my sins, especially after they caught me copying someone's answers. The Lord knows I wasn't the brightest lad in elementary school. One has to get ahead by his wits. "You cheated," said Sister Jean Ann on one occasion, pulling my ear after she caught me dead to rights. Oh, I owned up to my sin, even vowing never to do it again or she would have yanked me out of my chair by my...

  • Fishing and On the Road again.....

    Feb 8, 2020

    Kyle and I were able to get out fishing a bit the last two weekends, it was great! We didn't get out much last year due to Kyle's concussion, but this year is going better for hitting the lake. The first weekend we only had three keepers and lots of dinks. This past weekend we had nine keepers as well as quite a few dinks. The dinks always throw me off the way they attack your line and then take off like they are a huge monster. As you begin reeling them in you can tell there isn't any size to...

  • 75 years ago… Jesse Nelson of Ross was judged as having the best weasel skin in the Sears, Roebuck Company's fur contest last month

    Carrie Johnson|Feb 8, 2020

    5 years ago – Feb. 7, 2015 Kate Howell of Badger was awarded the annual Greenbush-Badger Lions Club Scholarship. Kate graduated from Badger High School in 2014. 2015 Knights of Columbus Council Level Free Throw contest winners were McKenzie Cole, Ben LePard, Eily Restad, Jeron Hulst, Katie Borowicz, Beau Keagle, Faith Restad, David Nelson, Emma Waling, Jace Hulst, Victoria Johnson and Nathan O’Connor. The Ram boys pucksters defeated the Thief River Falls pucksters 1-0. The lone goal was sco... Full story

  • Allan Eugene Carlson, 83

    Feb 8, 2020

    Roseau -Allan Eugene Carlson passed away peacefully on February 2, 2020 at the LifeCare Roseau Manor at the age of 83. Allan was born on August 8, 1936 to Pete Carlson and Lena (Ringius) in Mickinock Township of Roseau County. He attended school in Skime. He and Linda (Moe) were united in marriage in 1962 and were married for 36 years. Allan worked as a self-employed pulp hauler, for O. K. Machine Co. as a dragline operator and owned and operated Carlson Lumber for over 40 years. In addition,...

  • Faye T. (Melby) Bjorgan, 70

    Feb 8, 2020

    Clinton, Iowa -Faye T. (Melby) Bjorgan (70) of Clinton, Iowa, passed away on January 23, 2020, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. She was with her loving husband, Roger, and daughter, Heather. Faye moved gently and peacefully into the next world while listening to spiritual music that shaped and defined her life. A celebration of Faye's life will be held at United Free Lutheran Church (845 Old Ridge Road, Greenbush) on February 15 at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Faye was...

  • Wrestlers lose three duals at Melrose Quad

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 8, 2020

    by Jeff Olsen In their best showing a week ago Friday, the Rams lost to Fergus Falls, 48-16, as seventh grader Pat Locklear scored his first varsity pin. Competing at 113, Pat pinned Antonio Parker at the 3:23 mark of the 2nd period. Next, at 132, freshman Joey Schneider, still looking for his first varsity pin, was pinned by Caden Olsen at the 2:36 mark of the 2nd period. Up next, at 152, Race Knochenmus won by a 10-2 major decision over Lucas Oliphant. Notching the final win for the Rams, at...

  • Rams Girls Hockey Beats Brainerd and Warroad to End Regular Season

    Steve Huglen|Feb 8, 2020

    submitted by Steve Huglen The Roseau Rams finished the regular season with an 18-5-2 record after gaining recent wins over rivals Brainerd and Warroad. The Rams beat Section 8AA foe Brainerd 3-2 in OT at home on Friday, January 31st and then traveled to Warroad and knocked off the Warriors by a 9-6 score. ROSEAU 3 BRAINERD 2 (OT) Friday, January 31st @ the Rams Sports Center It was a typical fiercely contested and exciting battle between these teams, the outcome of which would likely determine the top seed in the upcoming section playoffs....

  • Section 8AA Girls Hockey Playoffs Begin Saturday, February 8th

    Feb 8, 2020

    The Roseau Rams earned the #1 seed in the Section 8AA playoffs. The Rams host the #8 Bemidji Lumberjacks at 5:00 pm at the Rams Sports Center on Saturday. The winner will play on Tuesday against the winner of #4 Sartell and #5 Buffalo. The other side of the bracket has #2 Brainerd vs. #7 Moorhead and #3 Alexandria playing #6 St. Cloud. The Section 8AA championship game will be on Friday, February 14th at a site TBD. The Rams would greatly appreciate your presence and support at each of their playoff games....

  • 10UA/10UB Tournament Weekend

    Feb 8, 2020

    The Roseau 10UA/10UB teams hosted the Roseau 10UA/10UB tournament the weekend of Jan.31-Feb.2. Sixteen teams from across Minnesota, North Dakota, and Manitoba made their way to Roseau with the hopes of taking home some hardware. The Roseau 10UA came out flying Friday morning against a big Minneapolis Storm team and ended up getting the 2-0 win with goals from Ella Ketring and Maryn Byfuglien, with Bryjah Schnipkoweit standing tall and getting the shutout in net. The 10UA pulled off another win...

  • Roseau Girls Basketball Team Is 10-0 In The New Year

    Tracy Borowicz|Feb 8, 2020

    Submitted by Tracy Borowicz On January 24, the Lady Rams hosted the Northern Freeze. It was a busy night at the school as both boys and girls teams entertained the Freeze with all levels playing. The Rams started the game with intense defense which turned into steals and easy baskets. The Rams jumped out to a 20-0 lead as the Rams had the pedal to the metal. The Rams held a commanding lead 45-14 at halftime. The Rams were using pressure defense and crafty passing to take control of the first half. The Rams slowed things down in the second half... Full story

  • The Hinson Spelling Siblings Shine At Regional

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 8, 2020

    by Jeff Olsen Abram and Josephine Hinson, who earned first and second place honors respectively in the Roseau School District Spelling Bee on January 27, competed in the Northwest Regional Spelling Bee at Northland College in Thief River Falls on Wednesday. Competing in a field of 36 spellers from area schools that included Bemidji, Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks, the Hinsons showed their prowess by placing in the Top Ten. Abram, a seventh grader, and Josephine, a fifth grader, got past...