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  • KC Pro West Snowmobile Racing is a blast

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 26, 2022

    by Jeff Olsen The winter racing season is the highlight of the year, especially for the little kids who are still riding tricycles at around three miles per hour in the off-season. In the racing circuit, the four to seven year olds travel at 15 to 20 mph. And they're naturals, according to Donnie Wensloff, a member of KC Pro West Youth Snowmobile Racing, who held a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, February 12-13, at the Roseau County Fairgrounds. "We had about 45 kids racing in multiple... Full story

  • Fish to Catch, Trails to ride, and Packages to Deliver

    Laurel Latham|Feb 26, 2022

    by Laurel Latham Monday, February 21 may have been a holiday for many, but not for Tony Butler, owner of Up North Freight Service at Angle Inlet. Tony had picked up 57 UPS packages in Roseau Monday morning, then drove to Warroad to pick up liquor for the resorts, before heading back to the Angle. Some days there is also a stop at Doug's Supermarket to pick up grocery orders. "The weather was so bad on Friday the UPS truck didn't make it to Roseau, so I have twice as many packages to deliver...

  • The Pixie on the Polaris Completes the I-500

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 26, 2022

    by Jeff Olsen Riding on a Polaris, Unity Gausen, a Warroad eighth grader who is as comfortable on a snowmobile as Annie Oakley was on a horse, was the first 14-year-old girl to complete the Goodridge-Grygla I-500 snowmobile race on February 12-13. For sure, the weather conditions weren't ideal. But that was just fine with Unity, who's been racing snowmobiles since she was barely out of the toddler stage. Her mother, Trish (née Tveit) Gausen, a Roseau High School graduate, wasn't surprised by her...

  • Write On: How Reading Has Changed My Life by: Bodee Hovda

    Feb 26, 2022

    Essay by: Bodee Hovda Roseau Community School Mrs. Didrikson, Advanced English 11 Reading is a subject that has always come easy to me. Throughout English classes in elementary, I loved reading short stories as a class and popcorn reading out loud. Stories felt like a fun escape from reality and opened my mind to new ideas. Books spiked my interest at a very young age. I remember being jealous of people that could read a huge book or series and I couldn't wait to start doing it myself. I never...

  • Words have Power

    Julie Elick|Feb 26, 2022

    I have decided to write about certain words which I have collected over the years which have impacted my life. Way back in time, I remember Princess Diana saying, "Words have power." How much power they have will depend on your response to them. You may or may not be changed by words. Words that were once pronounced over you or just given to you in passing, can impact you both in a negative or positive way. Also, a negative word can have a positive effect. You can decide on the outcome of its...

  • 5 years ago… Kiley Borowicz scores her 3000th point

    Carrie Johnson|Feb 26, 2022

    5 years ago – Feb. 25, 2017 Roseau Ram basketball player Kiley Borowicz scored her 3000th varsity point in her career. Kiley was the 18th athlete in Minnesota history to surpass the 3000 point mark. Roseau was the only school to have two athletes reach that mark, the other being Megan Taylor. Earning first place in the Northerns division at the Wannaska Lions Club’s 20th Annual Hayes Lake State Park Fishing Derby was Elizabeth Housker (12 lb. 4 oz.) followed by Drake Thompson (11 lb. 3 oz.) and...

  • The Character of the Christian Part 3 – The Commotion of Emotion called Anger 3/1/92

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Feb 26, 2022

    John 14: 23-27; Ephesians 4:26-31 We are looking at the character of the Christian. There's an old Gospel Song that goes: "What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart." According to the Bible this "wonderful change" has both inward and outward implications. Now I've never been much into "grocery list" Christianity) "I don't drink, and I don't chew and I don't go with girls that do!") but the fact of the matter is God calls Christians to a new way of...

  • Here's a rally around the world for poetic justice

    Jeff Olsen|Feb 26, 2022

    Every week in this column, I hope for good luck and something to titillate my devoted or deranged readers. Once, you could make fun of someone, and they'd be delighted with the free publicity and wouldn't threaten to sue or shoot you. "Look, I made Bro's column. He said I'm an ignoramus! Isn't he a riot?" At least a quarter century ago, I caught journalistic hell because I described a murderer as a serial killer, and his attorney demanded a retraction. She wanted a correction that he was a spree...

  • Orange Beach, Alabama

    Jodi Wojciechowski|Feb 26, 2022

    We are almost ready for our next adventure. We are going to check out Orange Beach, Alabama. This destination is new to us and hopefully will be a great experience. I've been checking out their foods (Of course!) and entertainment. I found barbecue, banana pudding, fried green tomatoes, boiled peanuts, fried catfish and grits for a few of their common foods. I'm ready for some good seafood. Another interesting treat I found was their milkshakes. They look photoworthy, so if they are I will...

  • One Day at a Time

    Sheldon Larson|Feb 26, 2022

    This winter has got a song going around and around in my head, like a stuck record. I’m only human, I’m just a man. Help me to believe in what I can be and all that I am. Show me the stairway that I have to climb. Lord for my sake teach me to take one day at a time. One day at a time sweet Jesus that’s all I’m asking of you. Give me the strength to do every day what I have to do. Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus. And tomorrow may never be mine. So for my sake, teach me to take, one day at a time.” Written by Kris Kristofferson and Marijohn Wilken....

  • Roseau County Landowners Coalition Outlines Array of Problems Plaguing Roseau Lake Project 

    Feb 26, 2022

    - The Roseau County Landowners Coalition recently sent the Roseau River Watershed District (RRWD) board and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) a letter explaining why they oppose the pointless land grab, which would flood their farmland and render it useless. The letter follows comments made by an Roseau Lake Project engineer at the board's February meeting-made difficult for the public to participate in-questioning what precisely Roseau Lake's farmers contested with the...

  • Rebecca "Becky" Eileen Melby, 70

    Feb 26, 2022

    Badger- Rebecca passed away at the age of 70. Rebecca "Becky" Eileen Melby, the daughter of Ernest & Doris (Linert) Olmstead, was born on November 4, 1951 in Greenbush. She grew up in rural Badger and graduated from the Badger High School in 1969. The summer after graduation Becky began working full time at the bank in Badger. On November 15, 1969 Becky was united in marriage to Gary Anderson at the Badger Creek Free Lutheran Church in Badger. To this union a beautiful baby girl, Patti Lynne,...

  • Jeffrey Blom, 61

    Feb 26, 2022

    Thief River Falls- Jeffrey Blom 61 of Thief River Falls passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2022 as a result of a snowmobile accident near Orr. Jeff was born on May 8th, 1960 in Jackson to George and Marlys Blom. After Jeff graduated from Jackson High School in 1978, he went on to study Ag Business at Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute. He started his career at the St. James Elevator. While schooling and living in Mankato he met the love of his life, Delores Lamecker. They were...

  • Thomas Lee Billberg, 75

    Feb 26, 2022

    Roseau- On Saturday, February 19, Thomas Lee Billberg loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau. Tom was born on January 25, 1947, to Ellwood and Dorothy (Larson) Billberg in Roseau. Growing up in northern Minnesota, Tom enjoyed playing hockey, football, and any sport he could find. Tom spent his childhood on the Billberg Farm before moving with his family to Roseau when he was 13 years old. Here he gained a love for all animals,...

  • Warroad Lady Warriors Advance to State!

    Blayke Nelson|Feb 26, 2022

    by Blayke Nelson Season Summary The Lady Warriors had a great first half to the season following a overtime loss to Holy Family on opening night. Leading up to our home Christmas tournament the Warriors record was 10-2-1. Both losses and tie were to top 10 ranked AA teams. With some changes to the schedule taking place in the second half of the season, the Lady Warriors added 6 more wins to the record before falling again to the undefeated Andover Husky’s. After that loss they added another 5 wins and headed to the Section 8 Playoffs ranked n... Full story

  • Warroad Defeats Delano in Class 1A Top-Five Showdown

    Feb 26, 2022

    Warroad coach Jay Hardwick was concerned how his team might start Saturday afternoon. On the road, in front of a packed house at Delano and in a top-five matchup should be enough cause of concern for Hardwick. Generally when northern teams make trips to the greater metro, they will stack up games for Friday and Saturday to justify the distance, cost and the opportunity of spending a dozen hours on a bus. But Friday brought something different for the boys from Warroad in a night out to the Xcel...

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