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  • Roseau County Officially Has 3 Covid-19 cases

    Jeff Olsen|Jun 6, 2020

    On Wednesday evening, Keith Okeson, the CEO of LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, set the record straight on the COVID-19 cases in Roseau County. "There was a third one added today. So, there are now three," he said, speaking by phone at 9:30 p.m. Mr. Okeson explained that the Minnesota Department of Health updates the spread of cases every morning at 11 a.m. He did acknowledge that last weekend, LifeCare had listed three confirmed COVID-19 cases and then reduced it to two cases by Monday...

  • County Board Gets the Scoop on the DMV

    Jeff Olsen|Jun 6, 2020

    During Tuesday's Roseau County Board meeting, Treasurer Diane Gregerson informed the commissioners that the first half tax collections were about the same at this point last year. "The Treasurer's Office has collected 54 percent of the levy amount," said Commissioner Jack Swanson, noting that the county board had delayed any penalties until mid-July. "People who were struggling with the COVID-19 thing would then be able to have a little bit more time to make their payments. Apparently, just...

  • Kelsey Johnson kept her cool with grace and class

    Jeff Olsen|Jun 6, 2020

    Getting called to the Principal's Office brings back memories of being shouted at by assistant principals with bulging eyes and spittle spraying across their desks. Oh, the kid gets it. He just got chewed out by a nutcase. Nicely, Assistant Principal Kelsey Johnson, who is wrapping up two years at Roseau High School, was a consummate professional. Recently, she took stock of her short tenure. "For the past two years, I've been the high school assistant principal and the Community Ed Director," s...

  • Wannaska Rancher Earns First in County Honors

    Jeff Olsen|Jun 6, 2020

    It's bison, not buffalo! Mike Whitt, 52, already has a leg up on any rules pertaining to his future bison operation. Credit that distinction to Glen Kajewski, the Area Certification Specialist in charge of the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program for northwest Minnesota. In mid-April, Mr. Kajewski spent 15 minutes highlighting the benefits of the five-year-old program for watersheds in Minnesota. He noted that Mr. Whitt was the second landowner in Roseau County to apply. "His is a...

  • WRITE ON! "Summer Trip"

    Jun 6, 2020

    by Huntar Keeler, English 7, Mrs. Didrikson In the summer of 2018, my family and I went on a trip to Yellowstone. It was June 27th when we left, and it was July 2nd when we got back, a total of six days. We left early in the morning to go to Fargo. We spent one night at my aunt and uncle's house. We woke up and got ready by 6:30 a.m. and then left for Yellowstone. We drove through Montana, stopping to see a canyon at a rest area. As we were going to Yellowstone, we went up a mountain and it was...

  • Jumping to conclusions is the only exercise some people get!

    Julie Elick|Jun 6, 2020

    Probably about three years ago, when Joe was dealing with his kidney issues, I got a message on my phone that a test was completed and available for us to read. There is a portal provided by both Altru Health System, Grand Forks (our link from Roseau Altru Clinic), and by the Mayo Clinic /Hospital which links with Grand Forks Altru. This is a wonderful service. You can check and look up pretty much anything concerning your test results, and you can also communicate with your doctor. This is...

  • DOWN THE ROAD

    Jun 6, 2020

    submitted by Arlette Solom "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." Rosa Parks The following is a statement from director, Thora Halvorson, regarding Four Seasons Center activities. "No activities are planned for Four Seasons Center for the month of June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have opened the Rummage Room now with only 6 people allowed to be in there at a time. You must wear a face mask to enter the center. If you don't have one, we have...

  • Salol News

    Genevieve Michal|Jun 6, 2020

    Bob Geringer’s great-grandson Henson Hew Hayes was born May 7th to Shannon (Welin) and Nate Hayes of Baudette. A week ago Kristin Monkman and fiance Austin visited Diane and Dennis Monkman. They enjoyed a boat ride as fishing wasn’t so promising. George and Gayle were at Vertinas on the 28th for Jerry’s birthday cake and coffee. They enjoyed visiting with social distancing. Patrick, Stacy and Troy Monkman visited Stacy’s mother in Colorado. They had a graduation party for Troy there. Congratulations to Kirby and Sarah Eidsmoe on the birth o...

  • Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons Announces Amber Cole-Desrosier As A Raven STEM Career Scholarship Recipient

    Jun 6, 2020

    Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Amber Cole-Desrosier of Salol, as a recipient of a $1,000 Raven STEM Career Scholarship for Graduating Girl Scouts. The scholarship is sponsored by Raven Industries – an engineering, manufacturing, and technology company dedicated to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. Amber’s scholarship will go toward her post-secondary education plan to attend University of Minnesota Twin Cities at the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource to obtain a degree in Animal Science with...

  • Flower and Banners Add Extra Color to Warroad

    Jun 6, 2020

    You might notice in the next couple of weeks that Warroad is looking a bit brighter. An eight-member Warroad Beautification Committee has been working hard to bring some extra color to the downtown district and along Highway 11 with flowers and banners, which are on order and will arrive in a few weeks. The committee tapped on the expertise of Bloomin' Creations to direct the design of 24 flowerpots to be placed around town in time for the 2020 Warroad High School Graduation parade which...

  • Greenbush Race Park Cancels Third Race Of The season

    Jun 6, 2020

    by Keith Cumming Well the Coronavirus has claimed the third race of the season at the Greenbush Race Park, cancelling the race for June 6th. The next race is scheduled for June 13th featuring the NLRA Late Models, joining the Late Models that night will be the Mods, Midwest Mods, Pure Stocks and Outlaw Mini Mods. Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5:30, cutoff for the draw is at 6 p.m. and the green flag drops at 7 p.m. sharp. Check us out on the web at http://www.greenbushracepark.com, or give us a like on Facebook at Official Greenbush...

  • Household Cat Confirmed With Virus That Causes COVID-19

    Jun 6, 2020

    A Carver County cat was confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, seven days after its owner was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19. There is also a dog in the household and the attending veterinarian reports it remains healthy at this time. The veterinarian said the cat was healthy five days after the initial clinic visit. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health and Minnesota Department of Health recommended the cat remain isolated at home for 14 days following the positive test results. The veterinar...

  • As America burns, he tweets!

    Jeff Olsen|Jun 6, 2020

    We should be damn mad. You can protest, but don't loot and burn. I remember when Detroit burned in 1967. They burned their stores and retail shops just as they did in Watts in the 1965 race riots. History repeats itself. University buildings were bombed and almost every major American city erupted in protest. But not up here in Roseau County. It was 1968. Mostly young Americans were protesting the Vietnam War and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., including me. I came back from...

  • Mindset Coaching

    Jed Kobernusz|Jun 6, 2020

    With today’s day of social media, it’s easy to see how many influencers there are in the Fitness Industry. I’m here to say do not skip leg day EVER. Why? Because you’re going to be exposed faster today than ever before. This mindset article will prove to you that a body that is equally worked is stronger than a body that only works beach muscles. There’s a show on NBC called The Titan Games with Dwayne The Rock Johnson as the host. Because I don’t watch much TV I was surprised I caught this small segment on video. As my EMT partner and I were...

  • The Suffering Of Humans Should Not Be Seen Differently

    Jun 6, 2020

    In regards to Vangievail Byfuglien's submitted article written by the “unknown author” and the long list of things that “You don’t care about…..”, it doesn’t do any good to quarrel about which side cares more. We all care or at least should! The fact of the matter is, long before this pandemic hit, there were people fighting for those issues on that list, but they are attacked as crazy liberals or socialists. They are still fighting for these issues and those are the people I tend to vote for. The Trump Administration has reduced or eliminated...

  • The Little Church That Could

    Jun 6, 2020

    You may want to get a cup of coffee or a Pepsi before reading. It may take a while, but it's worth it. You won't be bored! And I hope you share this with your friends. Maybe this could help someone who has questions about their journey in life. This commemorates 6 years attending the U of J (University of Jesus)...some of you may come to know it as Badger Baptist Church...the little church that could. Not only has it been my university, but a place to leave my burdens, a place to hang out and hang on. It is here, too, I've received spiritual...

  • I BELIEVE I WAS "BENCHED" BY GOD!

    Pastor Joe|Jun 6, 2020

    "Benched!" Now before I get into this I want to make clear that I'm not using the word, benched, in the way it's used in sports. I'm not implying that I "fouled out" in the game of life so I was benched (taken out of the game) by God. On one of our many motorcycle trips to Washington to visit my sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Phillip Stout, and dear friends, Dick and Carol Doge and family, we had the opportunity to visit an "Antique Emporium" in Snohomish which is near Seattle. We were...

  • Rosemary Ann Benke, 72

    Jun 6, 2020

    Roseau- Rosemary Ann Benke passed away on May 25, 2020 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, at the age of 72. Rosie was born October 11, 1947 in Minneapolis, to Daniel and Beulah (Hammen) Maher. She grew up in Minneapolis, the oldest of eight children. Rosie attended elementary school at Minneapolis Parochial and high school at Southwest High School, graduating in 1965. She married Michael Benke on August 17, 1968, in Minneapolis. They had three children – Michael, Elizabeth, and Joseph. In 1...

  • Wade V. Olson, 60

    Jun 6, 2020

    Badger- Wade V. Olson of Badger passed away on May 20,2020 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D. Wade was born to Vernon and Sharon Olson on November 7, 1959 in Crookston. He is survived by his siblings Kevin, twin sister Wendy and Kelli, all of Badger; Jane (Donald) Monsrud of Ham Lake, Jodi LaPatka of Treasure Island,Fla., half-sister Lori (Jim) Denbow of Souris, Manitoba and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and nephew. A celebration will be held...

  • Raymond Blazek, 84

    Jun 6, 2020

    Badger- Raymond Blazek, 84, of Badger, passed away at LifeCare Greenbush Manor in Greenbush, on May 20, 2020. Raymond Joseph Blazek was born May 23, 1935 in Barnett Township of Roseau County to Joseph and Rose (Fineis) Blazek. He briefly attended grade school in Chicago, Ill. and completed his education in rural Roseau County Schools. Raymond served with the U.S. Army from July of 1958 to July of 1960 and served with the Minnesota National Guard for one year. After completing his military...

  • Gretchen Ione (Anderson) Kjellberg, 77

    Jun 6, 2020

    Badger- Gretchen Ione (Anderson) Kjellberg passed away peacefully 5/29/2020. Preceded in death by her parents Martin and Mabel (Wold) Anderson; her sisters Mimi, Helen, Elna and Dorothy; and her brother Toby. Survived by her sister Irene; her daughter Dona (Mike) Eggen; her son Roger (Elizabeth) Kjellberg; her greatly loved grandchildren – Grant, Erica, Mailee, Elysia, and James; and by many nieces, nephews and friends. Gretchen graduated from Badger High School. She worked for many years at t...

  • Ida Mae Hamilton, 76

    Jun 6, 2020

    Roseau- Ida Mae Hamilton, age 76 of Roseau, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Roseau LifeCare Medical Center. Ida Mae was born on December 25, 1943 in Langdon, N.D. Ida moved to the Roseau area in 1949. She worked many years at Polaris Industries. She retired early in order to care of her ailing mother. Ida's hobbies were going out with her metal detector, collecting coins and stamps, gardening, playing cards and spending time with family. She was famous for her hot dish. Ida is survived by...

  • Ardith Waage, 78

    Jun 6, 2020

    Greenbush- Ardith Waage, 78, of Greenbush, passed away at Greenbush Manor on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Ardith Joyce Forst was born June 17, 1941 in Poplar Grove Township of Roseau County, to Arthur and Rose (Hynek) Forst. Ardy was baptized at Klondike Lutheran Church in Strathcona and confirmed there on October 28, 1956. She attended the Benwood Country School at Grass Lake through the 8th grade and graduated from Greenbush High School in 1959. On June 20, 1959 she was united in marriage to Vernon...

  • Looking Back

    Carrie Johnson|Jun 6, 2020

    5 years ago – June 6, 2015 Mike and Gail Hallie of Roseau recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. The Palm Family Reunion was to be held on June 20 at the Roseau City Park. Jessica Foss, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Roseau, recently obtained the Certified Financial Planner Certification. Richard and Sandy Otto were selected King and Queen of the 2015 Four Seasons Center Senior Prom. Roseau Ram girls golfers who earned All-Conference Honors were Nicole Miller, Hannah R...

  • UMN Extension Swine Video: How To Butcher A Pig For Home Use

    Jun 6, 2020

    The University of Minnesota Extension Swine Team has released a video on how to butcher a pig for home use. “With COVID-19 causing reduced operations at many pork processing facilities, pig farmers are experiencing a bottleneck of pigs on farms causing them to look for alternative market options,” says Sarah Schieck Boelke, University of Minnesota Extension swine educator. One option is for a farmer to sell a live pig directly to a consumer. “The consumer typically would book an appointment with a local small scale meat processor in Minne...

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