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  • Polaris honors a legend during Profit Sharing Week

    Jeff Olsen|Mar 11, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen It's been over a year since Jeff Bennett died from pancreatic cancer at age 59. By age 55, he had retired from the Polaris plant in Roseau to work on and design the perfect wheelchair. Not for him, but for others. That was his calling - making a difference. And then he was diagnosed with cancer. His widow, Patty Bennett, was moved by the special day a week ago Tuesday for the accomplished and highly respected Polaris engineer. "Mike Bedard organized the whole thing, and I didn't...

  • Savannah Lussier Chosen as Social Media Intern With Miami Dolphins

    Laurel Latham|Mar 11, 2023

    by Laurel Latham Beginning June 1, Savannah Lussier of Warroad will begin a position as Social Media Intern with the Miami Dolphins Football Team at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Savannah, a 2020 Warroad High School graduate and a junior at NDSU in Fargo, applied for the social media intern position last fall. She had two months of interviews before being chosen by the Dolphin's Social Media Senior Manager and Social Media Coordinator. Savannah is a Strategic Communication major at NDSU...

  • Grappling Greenbush Girl is County's First State Champ

    Jeff Olsen|Mar 11, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen Sarah, the daughter of Andrew and Heidi Pulk, claimed the 152-pound state title at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday evening. Sarah Pulk had to defeat three opponents, one of whom had pinned her earlier this season. At five-foot-two, the former figure skater caught the attention of appreciative wrestling enthusiasts for her gung-ho style. "She was shooting good shots in the state finals, but the Apple Valley girl countered her in the first period," reported Gary...

  • Write On: My Reading Rollercoaster by Titus Kvien

    Mar 11, 2023

    Essay by: Titus Kvien Roseau Community School Mrs. Didrikson, CIHS Prep-English I have never been much of a reader despite my mom's desire to share her passion for books. However, as a child I had always been intrigued by the idea that I could just sit in a chair and leave this world through a story. Whether it is exploring the busy streets of New Mouse City with Geronimo Stilton, going on adventures with the Boxcar Children, traveling with Jack and Annie in a magical tree house, or just paging... Full story

  • "I want to be just like you"

    Julie Elick|Mar 11, 2023

    The story is told of a little girl who boarded a large jetliner, and settled into her seat on the right side of the plane near the center section. Soon, a generously proportioned man in his late fifties and dressed in a dark gray business suit came and sat down next to her. After the plane was airborne and settled into its flight pattern, the little girl took out a small New Testament from her white purse and began to read. The Gentleman took out a large cigar from his briefcase. Noticing what...

  • It's Primary Objective

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Mar 11, 2023

    The American Dairy Association used to have an ad that said: "You never outgrow your need for milk." Not a bad slogan for the Bible. Maybe a motto for Sunday School should be "You never outgrow your need for God's Word!" Paul says to Timothy: "Continue" (Present and Future) "in what you have learned (Past). Note the first part of verse 15: "...and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures..." Paul is writing to a young man, but he makes reference to the Scriptures in the lives of... Full story

  • Old memories and wrapping up loose ends

    Jeff Olsen|Mar 11, 2023

    It's been a long run, more than 35 years and at least several thousand interview subjects while writing features and this column. In many articles, I interviewed multiple sources. It was great fun until people got so serious, angry, political and far too involved in their kids' endeavors. I didn't want my mother snooping anywhere near my school. She might start asking questions like, "Does he ever hand in his assignments? Ever catch him cheating?" My dad, F.R. "Bob" Olsen, would be 123 this year...

  • Drawing and designing Tattoos

    Jodi Wojciechowski|Mar 11, 2023

    Brandon is finally back drawing and designing tattoos. I've always thought he needed to pursue a career that incorporates his talent with drawing. When he was a senior I suggested he should become a tattoo artist...nope. Guess what he is working his way towards now...yep, a tattoo artist! He did start back as a CNA to earn money to open his own shop in the next year in Grand Forks. I'm excited...free tattoos! Although several years ago he told me I had enough tattoos. I did remind him of this an... Full story

  • Bovine TB vs. Covid-19

    Sheldon Larson|Mar 11, 2023

    Our country tis of thee. Sweet land of liberty. The way the liberal left democrats are leading us at breakneck speed, liberty will not be ours much longer. There still are some that say “That will never happen here.” It almost or maybe already has! This old cattleman experienced his first taste of socialism with the Bovine TB experience in 2008. The USDA in all of their wisdom tested all the cattleherds within a so many mile radius of the first infected herd. That was fine and the right thing to do. Any herd with an infected animal was given...

  • Abortion Pill and Gender Transformation

    James Whitlow|Mar 11, 2023

    On January 23rd I attended the Roseau School District board meeting. I asked the Board to consider creating a policy that prohibits employees of the school district from assisting a minor child in obtaining an abortion WITHOUT notifying the child’s parents. I don’t think it’s too much to ask. The majority (53%) of abortions are performed by taking medication. In most cases ingesting 2 pills. I attended the February 27th meeting and asked the Board to include prohibiting district employees from assisting minor children in acquiring hormo... Full story

  • House passes bill to enshrine abortion rights in state law

    Tessa Pieper|Mar 11, 2023

    by Tessa Pieper The DFL’s top priority hit the House Floor Thursday. And after a little less than four hours of debate, HF1, was passed 69-65 and is headed to the Senate. Referred to as the “Protect Reproductive Options Act,” the bill would further establish in state law the fundamental right for an individual to make decisions on their own reproductive health. “I know that not every positive pregnancy test is a celebration and not every ultrasound appointment ends with good news. And I, as a politician, have no business making that decisio... Full story

  • Vernon Harlan Melby, 87

    Mar 11, 2023

    Badger- Vernon Melby died on Friday, March 3, 2023 in the Karlstad Senior Living Center at the age of 87 years, 7 months, & 15 days. Vernon Harlan Melby, the son of Enock & Tilda (Dokken) Melby, was born at home on July 16, 1935 in rural Badger. He was the 2nd of 6 brothers. Vernon was baptized, confirmed, and a lifelong member of Oiland Free Lutheran Church. He attended the Haug School and the Greenbush High School before staying at home to work on the farm and help out other farmers in the...

  • Jack Steinhauer, 88

    Mar 11, 2023

    Warroad- Jack Steinhauer of Warroad passed away on February 18, 2023 at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau. He was 88 years old. Jack Dean Steinhauer was born April 21, 1934 to Jack D. and Doris Steinhauer in Fresno, Calif. The little family later moved to Roseburg, Ore. to be close to Doris' family. Jack's dad went on to Seattle to search for work. Jack was always a hard worker and enjoyed work from the time he was young. In his preteens he spent two summers working on a farm outside of Roseburg...

  • Mavis A. Besserud, 86

    Mar 11, 2023

    Thief River Falls- Mavis A. Besserud passed away on February 27, 2023 at the Thief River Falls Care Center. She was 86. Mavis was born in Greenbush on May 24, 1936, the daughter of Hiram and Alyda (Helgeson) Erickson. She attended school in Duxby and Roseau, graduating from Roseau High School. Mavis married John Besserud on December 22, 1953 in Roseau. After John was honorably discharged from the Army they moved to Crookston. After a short time they moved to Thief River Falls where they raised t...

  • Robert Brinkman

    Mar 11, 2023

    Robert Brinkman Please join us as we celebrate the life of Robert Brinkman. Friday Evening, March 17, 2023 Roseau Covenant Church Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Dessert and Coffee Reception to follow.... Full story

  • Correction Actions required for Norfarm Seeds, Inc.

    Mar 11, 2023

    STATE OF MINNESOTA Filed in District Court State of Minnesota Feb 22 2023 8:55 AM DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF ROSEAU Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Petitioner, vs. NorFarm Seeds, Inc., Respondent. ORDER FOR CONTEMPT The above-captioned matter came on for a review hearing before the Honorable Richard A. Zimmerman on February 16, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom from the Roseau County Courthouse. Petitioner Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was represented by Assistant Attorney General Christina Brown. Respondent appeared through its...

  • Firehouse Mutt's

    Tom Palen|Mar 11, 2023

    I was nearly speechless after just one bite of the Brunswick Stew from the buffet. But let's be honest: I'm a radio guy; when was a radio guy ever kept speechless? "This soup did not come from a bag," I said between bites. "This is amazing!" We were going out for lunch. My wife's parents suggested Mutt's BBQ, so off we went. The restaurant was in a log building on the corner of West Road and Highway 14. Being from northern Minnesota, I loved the style. Inside I glanced at the menu. Melissa...

  • Young Cossentine Exceeds Expectations

    Coach Mack|Mar 11, 2023

    Submitted by Coach Mack When Roseau 7th grader, Seth Cossentine qualified for the Minnesota state wrestling tournament on Saturday, February 25th, he exceeded everyone's expectations. At the same time, he achieved a dream and created a new opportunity to set new goals that a 7th grader can only dream of. Wrestling in the 138 pound weight class in the Class AA state tournament is no joke, but as a 7th grader at that weight is unheard of. It's full of tough competition from top to bottom. Each...