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  • Kermit Jensen is the new Roseau County Commissioner

    Jeff Olsen|Aug 11, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen After cruising to a primary victory this past May over six other challengers, Mr. Jensen enjoyed another comfortable victory on Tuesday evening as he defeated Tim Palmquist, 329 votes to 122 votes for the District 4 seat. Both Mr. Jensen and Mr. Palmquist were first-time candidates. Kermit was reached by phone on August 7, the day before the special election to fill the seat of Commissioner Russell Walker, who resigned due to health reasons. Jensen was asked about the primary...

  • She's more than a flower child with a sprinkler

    Jeff Olsen|Aug 11, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen There she was, standing alongside a Polaris Ranger doing the job of making the City of Roseau more colorful. She could be considered a flower girl. But not a flower child from back in the 1960s when it signified a hippie. Justine Vonasek smiled when asked what grade she is in - meaning she was still in high school. She's past that stage. "I'm going to be in my second year of college and am majoring in psychology with a minor in criminal justice." She continued watering the flowers...

  • She comes at life with a smile and a purpose

    Jeff Olsen|Aug 11, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen Even her first name is unique. Shaylin Kartes, a Roseau lass, was spotted with a big smile as thunder and lightning roared all around her as she stood calmly outside the Altru Hospital Emergency Room in Grand Forks in mid-July. She came out of the ambulance garage to lend a hand. Shaylin was the bright sunshine despite the crackling overhead. Shortly, she assisted an elderly woman into a wheelchair. "I start my second semester next fall. I've just done one semester and it's going...

  • Write On: A Pet's a Mess

    Aug 11, 2023

    Essay by: Huston-Joyner Roseau Community School Mrs. Olsen's Sophomore English Pets, the companion not meant to last your whole life But for you to last all of theirs Your companion that you spend all day excited to see And are always sad to see leave Or more likely that's just me The friend that may as well be family Because they seem to make your problems vanish quite handily Your friend you change and grow with Whom even though can be annoying at times And often makes a mess Worthy of a... Full story

  • It was suggested...

    Julie Elick|Aug 11, 2023

    I love hotdogs garnished with sweet relish and mustard, and Marlin and Londa have a fire pit. The best part of this kind of meal is roasting it on a fire. The skin splits and sizzles as it roasts to perfection. YUM!! Sitting around the said fire, with no bugs, and Family. Its my kind of excellence. Spring felt awkward this year. There was snow, then two weeks later the trees were budding. It felt like a false beginning. Now Summer has started, something still feels out of sync. Is it just me? Ma...

  • Roseau County Sheriff Press Release

    Aug 11, 2023

    The Roseau County Sheriff releases information regarding a missing adult South East of the city of Warroad in the Beltrami Island State Forest. On August 2nd at approximately 4:05 p.m., the Roseau County dispatch received a report of a vehicle parked in the middle of the Bednar Forest Road with the driver’s door open, the vehicle running and no one around. Information gathered indicated this vehicle was at the same location and condition at approximately 10:30 a.m. this same day. The subject’s family was notified and verified that 38-... Full story

  • White Earth, Mahnomen County raid store for unlicensed marijuana sales

    Minnesota Reformer|Aug 11, 2023

    by Max Nesterak Minnesota Reformer Law enforcement raided a tobacco store on the White Earth reservation on Wednesday evening for suspicion of selling marijuana without a license, in violation of state and tribal law. The store, Asema Tobacco and Pipe, is owned by a White Earth band member and advertised on Facebook that it had cannabis beginning Aug. 1, when it became legal to possess across the state. The White Earth Nation's tribal council voted to legalize recreational marijuana last...

  • What to expect in the first year of cannabis legalization

    Minnesota Reformer|Aug 11, 2023

    by Christopher Ingraham Minnesota Reformer Marijuana has been legal in Minnesota for one week, and so far the sky hasn't fallen. As people all over the state celebrate the ability to use their recreational drug of choice without fear of prosecution, officials are beginning the hard work of setting up the regulatory infrastructure to oversee a new industry. Until the first retail shops open, marijuana exists in a strange gray area where it's legal to possess and use, but not to buy or sell. That...

  • In America, he's more popular than Jesus

    Jeff Olsen|Aug 11, 2023

    The other day, I was in Citizens State Bank and here came a character by the name of Smo, who frequently berates me for not being in the Trump Circuit of Loyalists. He's a big guy and I'm basically a dwarf but just maybe he took too many pucks to his head. Yes, he was a hockey player. He even smiled and mentioned that wrestlers are always sniffing crotches out on the mat. That's an unusual recollection, I might add. Then we fist-pumped, and that is how it should be. I don't give a sweet damn...

  • Charra's in Grand Forks is Delicious!

    Jodi Wojciechowski|Aug 11, 2023

    My number one reason for owning the RTR is I can always be behind of the camera taking the photos. Unfortunately Mom always likes to have updated pics with her girls. We had a photo session recently and they turned out ok, but I still prefer being on the other side of the camera!! Brandon is still residing in Grand Forks and we still like Mexican food! Luckily for B my favorite Mexican place is in Grand Forks so when we decide to have some Mexican he gets to join us. We went to Grand Forks with...

  • I Never Cared

    Sheldon Larson|Aug 11, 2023

    Here we go, it is the start of another day living the dream. We have got to the point where you have to ask yourself, would you hire a person who hates animals to care for your dog? Then why elect people that hate our country? I don’t know who wrote the following, but he or she is spot on. Let’s be clear, I never cared if you were gay or transsexual until you started shoving it down my throat. I never cared about your skin color until you started blaming me for you personal problems. I never cared about your political affiliation until you sta...

  • Thank You Roseau

    Aug 11, 2023

    As the Minnesota American Legion division 2 baseball director, I want to thank the community of Roseau, the Roseau baseball association, and the Roseau American Legion for hosting the 2023 Minnesota American Legion division 2 state baseball tournament. The committee's that were put together for the tournament did an outstanding job to cover all the bases for a very successful tournament. The chairman of the local committee, Josh Weckman, was outstanding to work with as your leader for the tournament. Josh made sure all the "bases" were covered...

  • Hathaway

    Tom Palen|Aug 11, 2023

    I was heading home, eastbound, on the long stretch of I-94 through Montana. I saw a sign for a rest area two miles ahead. "I'll stop there," I said. After a long day of driving, and well into the night, I needed to pull over to rest, maybe stretch my legs for a bit. I started contemplating what I needed to get done yet this summer on the outside of my house. I considered the date; we're well into August. Fall comes in September, just six weeks away, and brings with it cooler weather - then...

  • We Live In A Tent!

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Aug 11, 2023

    I saw a young lady on television one time who operates a traveling Elvis Presley museum in a mobile home. For the price of admission you can view all manner of Elvis "Stuff" including a clip off of one of his toenails. Also, for the price of $20 she will say a prayer for you on an Elvis Presley rug!). I was thinking about this the other day and began to wonder what a vender might sell at the Gates of Heaven shortly after the sound of the "last Trumpet" (1 Thessalonians 4:16) I think I came up... Full story

  • DeAnna Margaret Hovda, 71

    Aug 11, 2023

    Roseau- DeAnna Margaret Hovda passed away unexpectedly at her home on July 30, 2023. She was born along with her twin brother Dennis on May 22, 1952 to Paul and Margaret (Zahl) Sabourin in Fosston. She grew up in Roseau and graduated from Roseau High School in 1970. She was the homecoming queen and a cheerleader. She also participated in the GAA (Girls Athletic Association). She went on to beautician school in Thief River Falls, she did daycare for many years in Roseau, and ended her career...

  • Harold Max Reim, 95

    Aug 11, 2023

    Little Falls- Harold Max Reim, former resident of Roseau County, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2023 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls. He was 95. Harold was born December 13, 1927 to Herman and Gertrude (Hennig) Reim, who farmed near Memphis, Neb. Post graduation he enlisted in the US Coast Guard and qualified as an Electronic Technician’s Mate. After WWII service in the Pacific, he completed a BS in Agriculture at UN-Lincoln in 1951. He bought seed and managed grain elevators in the Dakotas before arriving at Sjobergs in Roseau. Har...

  •  Lois Marlene Dvergsten, 91

    Aug 11, 2023

    Greenbush- Lois Marlene (Anderson) Dvergsten was born September 28, 1931, to Martin and Laura (Langaas) Anderson in Greenbush. Lois was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of rural Greenbush. She attended District 26 Country School in Lind Township until the eighth grade and graduated from Greenbush High School in 1949. She was proud to be a Greenbush Tiger and loved to chant the school song to her grandkids. After graduation, she attended nursing school in...

  • Margaret Elizabeth Hedlund, 75

    Aug 11, 2023

    Roseau- Margaret Elizabeth Hedlund (Peggy) passed away on August 2, 2023 at LifeCare Manor in Roseau at the age of 75. Peggy was born on July 9, 1948 in Roseau to Barney and Louise Ross. She was one of five siblings. Peggy graduated from Roseau High School in 1966. While attending Roseau High School she met Carson Hedlund. Carson and Peggy sat next to each other in Band. Peggy asked Carson to be her "date" at a Sadie Hawkins dance and the rest is history when they married on June 24, 1967....

  • 75 years ago… The Swenson and Lee families travel to Sweden

    Carrie Johnson|Aug 11, 2023

    5 years ago – Aug. 11, 2018 Robyn Wiskow reached the personal milestone of 40 years of employment at Citizens State Bank in Roseau. A climbing wall was recently installed in the Roseau School swimming pool. Patrons could climb the wall and drop into the deep end of the pool. Russ and Rose Ellen Iverson were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 25 at their “Cabin” in Badger. Named a 2018 Minnesota Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota’s Farm Family Recogni... Full story

  • Reserve a Game at North Woods Paintball and Airsoft

    Aug 11, 2023

    by Laurel Latham Chad Thompson's first experience playing paintball was as a teenager in 2002. His buddy, Trevor Bernard, had set up a course between his dad's collection of old cars. "Trevor had extra paintball guns, so Trevor, Adam and John Moyer, Noah Johnson and I had a lot of fun playing paintball for three or four years," recalls Chad. "This spring my kids brought up the idea of playing paintball. Connor is 13, and Breanna is 11. They thought it would be fun to have extra paintball guns...

  • American Legion State Tournament

    Tanner Landman|Aug 11, 2023

    Submitted by Tanner Landman The American Legion Division II State Baseball Tournament was held in Roseau July 28th-30th. Beautiful Gilbertson Field was on full display as teams traveled from all across the state to Roseau. The tournament featured Glenwood-Lowry, La Crescent, Sleepy Eye, Watertown, Proctor, Eden Valley-Watkins, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (DGF), and host Roseau. The players for Roseau included: Alex Wensloff, Aaron Wensloff, Cooper Flaig, Tanner George, Owen Jaenicke, Jack Haugen, Jo...