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Articles from the September 2, 2023 edition


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  • Talented Youngster Claims Oakcrest Men's Golf Title

    Jeff Olsen|Sep 2, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen For at least this year, youth prevailed at the Oakcrest match-play golf tournament last weekend in Roseau. Even the number one seed, Jared Strand, who can do magic with a set of clubs out on the course - and he's certainly no grandpa - couldn't stop the "Kid." Multiple tournament winner Jim Foss will tell you that golf can be a fickle game. Mr. Foss bowed out early. The kid is only 18 and no slouch. Late on Sunday afternoon, Teagan LaPlante, a very successful Roseau High School...

  • The 2023 Relay for Life Was A Standout Classic

    Jeff Olsen|Sep 2, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen Everywhere on Thursday evening August 17, there were mostly smiles during the Roseau County Relay for Life at the Gazebo in Roseau. Some were celebrating just feeling better, their hair grown back and a new lease on life, which is how everyone feels after a bout with cancer. Some will never be completely cured since cancer is a constant in their lives - often a car wreck of hopes, dreams, and a long life. Still, the optimism was thrilling. It was a family reunion of survivors. And...

  • Camp Hope Hopes To Help Grieving Children

    Jeff Olsen|Sep 2, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen Milly Prachar wants to get the word out to parents or guardians of children who are in the grieving process after losing a parent, a sibling, a relative or a friend. "About nine months ago, we established a countywide grief support group. We have had so many kids in the county that have lost parents or someone really close to them and we want to help them," she said, explaining that Camp Hope will be available to help meet their needs on Saturday, September 16, at the Evangelical C...

  • Write On: Poems by Ginther

    Sep 2, 2023

    Poems by: Cade Ginther Roseau Community School Mrs. Olsen’s Sophomore English Fishing Fishing is when I feel most comfortable Fishing is when I'm with friends Fishing s when I'm happy fishing is when I'm home Fishing is like Christmas morning The Rock “You’re my rock,” you told me The rock you held onto when you feared drowning But where are you now? The rock, forgotten The City Taxis are cruising by People were yelling and screaming Smells of the sewer smothering your nose White people everywhere Autumn It is the time of Autumn Red, orange,... Full story

  • From somewhere to somewhere, it's a promise!

    Julie Elick|Sep 2, 2023

    There was a pastor on the DayStar TV channel named Pastor Mark J Chironna. Along with being a pastor, he is an avid student. Dr. Chironna is a Theo-Semiotician, holding a Doctorate of Ministry in Future Studies as well as an MA in Psychology. He is also an author, BCC Certified Coach, and is currently seeking a Ph.D. as Post Grad Researcher at the University of Birmingham, UK. Just saying, he is worth listening to. I ordered a DVD series on transition called “I Can't See The Forest For The T...

  • The Day Heaven Held Its Breath

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Sep 2, 2023

    The story is told of a man who had been around from church to church, trying to find a congregation with whom he felt he could fit in. Finally he stopped at a little church. Just as the congregation, along with the minister, were reading the following words, "We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done." The man dropped into a pew with a sigh of relief. "Thank goodness," he observed. "I've finally found my kind of...

  • Pour me a tap beer and hand me the beer nuts

    Jeff Olsen|Sep 2, 2023

    I used to meet colorful characters in bars. Guys like Lazy Bill Lucas at the Triangle Bar on the West Bank near the University of Minnesota. In 1965, beer was cheap – 15 cents a tap beer – while a shot of bar whiskey was two bits, and you could get the start of a good buzz for 40 cents while listening to Lazy Bill playing "Kansas City, here I come" - and singing the blues on the bar piano. There were always guys with great names like Johnny Walkup. Sure tops being an Olson. "Go choke on a lut...

  • Museum of the Rockies

    Jodi Wojciechowski|Sep 2, 2023

    We knew one of our adventures had to be the Museum of the Rockies. Brian is a bit obsessed with dinosaurs so we knew he would be extremely happy to stop by and visit his friends! MOR is a distinguished cultural and natural history institution situated in Bozeman, Montana. The museum proudly carries the distinction of being a Smithsonian Affiliate and serves as a vital repository for state and federal fossils. Renowned worldwide, MOR is a premier destination for those seeking an experience in...

  • The argument ended abruptly with pistol shots

    Jeff Olsen|Sep 2, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen Possibly, alcohol was the catalyst in a fatal shooting west of Warroad on Monday evening, August 28. The shooter, David Allen Corneliusen, 63, admitted to authorities following his arrest that he had killed his wife, Mary Corneliusen, 66, during an argument at their residence at 34983 576th Avenue, Warroad, MN. Law enforcement authorities have not disclosed whether alcohol was a factor. Frequently, alcohol and anger are a deadly combination. Corneliusen was booked into the Roseau...

  • Dear Government

    Sheldon Larson|Sep 2, 2023

    Waking up in the morning is almost always a good way to start the day. Another day living the dream has totally different meaning to some than it does for others. Living the dream for what is now estimated as many as twenty million invaders that come across our open “not the southern border” is but one. Our government giving each twenty-two hundred dollars on arrival and then twenty-two hundred dollars a month after that has got to be a dream come true for many. Someone that worked their whole life and paid into so called social security is max...

  • Kevin Joel Bergeron, 64

    Sep 2, 2023

    Warroad- Kevin Joel Bergeron passed away unexpectedly while working in the yard on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at his home in Warroad at the age of 64. Kevin was born to Vern and Eva Mae (Theroux) Bergeron of Oklee on March 4th, 1959. His family home was in Oklee until he graduated from Oklee High School in 1977. He then moved to Thief River Falls to attend the AVTI where he earned a carpentry degree in 1979. After graduating from the AVTI Kevin worked at Thorstad Construction, based out of Morris...

  • Fred Ralph Berry, 92

    Sep 2, 2023

    Grand Junction, Colo.- Fred Ralph Berry, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and brother-in-law passed away August 21, 2023, at the age of 92. Born June 27, 1931 to Verner and Dora (Stoltz) Berry in Roseau. On January 16, 1954, Fred married Dorothy Corneliusen and they were married 69 years. Fred lived in Warroad and worked on the family farm until he graduated from high school. He worked various jobs in and around Warroad until he joined the Air Force on January 2, 1951. He...

  • Leslie Allen Reed, 66

    Sep 2, 2023

    Roseau- Leslie Allen Reed was born in Roseau on July 7, 1957 to Leonard and Monetta (Cole) Reed. He grew up in Pencer and graduated from Roseau High School in 1975. He married Kathleen Foizie in 1981 and had two girls, Katie and Samantha, in addition to raising Kat's oldest daughter Tanya. Les moved to Duluth in 1995 and met Candi Elde. They were married in 1997 and Les gained additional children Felicia, Russell, and Laina. They moved back to Roseau County in 1998 and he worked for R&Q Trucking...

  • Julie Hetteen Wellen, 67

    Sep 2, 2023

    Roseau- Julie passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on August 28, 2023 after a fierce battle with cancer. She was born September 4, 1955 in Roseau to Donnelly and Naomi (Jenson) Hetteen. As that family expanded to four children, they moved from Roseau to Cottonwood Ariz., where the little siblings created amazing memories that have lasted a lifetime. In 1967 the family returned to Roseau. So important were those memories that the three oldest sisters made a trip back to Arizona...

  • Gary Harold Norquist, 79

    Sep 2, 2023

    Santa Maria, Calif.- Gary was born on August 11, 1943 to Harold Raymond Norquist and Gladys Johnson Norquist in the small town of Roseau. He attended local schools in Roseau, and after finishing school, he joined the Army in 1961 and was stationed in Korea. He received training in Fort Leonard Wood in Boise, Missouri. While in Korea, he worked in aviation supply. Returning home from Korea, his immediate family had moved to Sweet Home, Oregon where he worked in construction. After awhile, he...

  • Four Generations Attend A Wedding

    Laurel Latham|Sep 2, 2023

    by Laurel Latham It was a gorgeous day for an outside wedding in Roosevelt on Saturday, August 12th. Maureen Draper, her youngest daughter, Halli, and her only granddaughter, Luella 2, had traveled 1,500 miles from Bakers City in northeast Oregon, to witness Maureen's niece, Tyler Hodgson, exchange vows with longtime boyfriend, Blake Nelson, of Fargo, N.D. "It was a beautiful wedding held outside the Hawks Nest," said Maureen. "Tyler and Blake have been together so long, I can't even remember...