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Write On! A HOME TO NO ONE

by Alika Espe, English 12, Mrs. Didrikson The air-conditioned building blows my dark frizzy hair back as I walk in. Behind me, I hear the wheels of our suitcases run across the uneven metal flooring....

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 23, 2019 

There's nothing wrong with going to Dunwoody

The rich are different. They're big on status, their private country clubs, and the universities their kids attend. "Did you hear that my Alfie is attending Georgetown?" a snooty dame chirps in as an...

 

It might be the pity party stage and I failed last week

Pity Party Time I have hit the “pity party” stage. I am in my ninth week of sciatic pain and the fifth week of Kyle’s concussion. I have had enough! Skipping Rhonda’s R and R Massage this weekend was probably a mistake. I’m thinking now I s...

 

Footprints!

The chapel bell was ringing at Bluewater Bible Camp (the camp our church is affiliated with) and I was on my way across the grounds to attend the service. On the way I passed two older ladies who...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 16, 2019

How to retire early and live easy!

Terrific! Uncle Sam is out to catch disability cheats, and it can't come soon enough. In Sunday's New York Times, it was reported as follows: In its budget request to Congress last year, Social...

 

Does Swearing Make You Feel Good?

Is cursing a crime? Nope. I read an article about cursing and it is just a way to take out your aggression. People who curse a lot are called straight shooters because they don’t care about who they offend by what comes out of their mouths. They...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    March 9, 2019

With some very interesting characters

Of all the wonderful characters on this planet, few can top Mark Hultgren at putting a smile on daily living. He comes at life like it's a wonderful merry go round. Hustling Hult, 59, belongs in the T...

 

Fish House. Amazing pizza and the "Torture Bar"

Fish House Ice fishing this year has been almost non-existent. With Kyle having a concussion it has prevented us from going out the last few weekends. Of course, Brandon and his emergency appendectomy prevented fishing that weekend. I have been out...

 

You never asked me, but...

I was an infant in early 1944 when Father Driscoll, an old Irish priest, splashed some Holy Water on my bare noggin, made the Sign of the Cross on my forehead, and baptized me in the Name of the...

 

One day at a time!

One would think life would slow down with the medical/health issues. But “bring it on” is my new motto. My sciatica is still a pain and probably will be for awhile, the way it is acting. I will update you when it is back to normal. That is if I...

 

You don't like the weather, then move!

My friend, Tallahassee Slim, who lives in a gated community, recently sunburned his toes when he stuck them out his bedroom window in Fort Myers, Florida, and promptly fell asleep. "They're quite...

 

Brandon must have been feeling left out

I thought that “bad luck” came in three’s not 33’s!! I had made it to Friday and life was good. Brandon was coming home for the weekend, ice fishing and I had an appointment with Dr. Matt to make sure my sciatica would behave a little for...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 9, 2019

Let's bat around the bases here

Absolutely beautiful! Recently, I've been suffering periodic chest pains, and it reminds me of Redd Foxx in Sanford and Son back in the early 1970s and how Redd as Fred Sanford would tell his son, Lam...

 

Cold, snow, cold and more snow

This has been quite the interesting past few weeks. It is February now, so it can start preparing for Spring. Don’t get me wrong I’m not ready for Spring, I have some ice-fishing to do yet. I’m just ready for above zero temps and the snow to...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 2, 2019

Remembering the good, the bad, and the ugly

Mother of Pearl! Of course, I knew it was coming. It's a fact of life that none of us is getting out of here alive. Still, it hurts. Ole Kompelien died on Saturday, January 26, at age 89, and he was...

 

How to Ease Sciatic Pain...Sure!

Sciatic pain can be excruciating, almost unbearable at times. But there are many ways to find relief (REALLY!) and begin working towards being pain-free. (I almost believe this article, so I’m going to follow everything it says!) The sciatic nerve...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 26, 2019

We're living with a number of real legends

My good friend Robert Honstrom, who does very nice things at LifeCare Roseau Manor informed me last week that the biggest draw among the elderly residents is the Court Report in the Roseau...

 

Winter can leave after Christmas

Normally after Christmas I’m ready for Spring, but after this week I am really READY! Last night I went to bed around 10 p.m. because I like sleep, and I get up at 5 a.m. on Thursday’s to finish my writing and get going on the RTR. I was almost...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 19, 2019

We need more color in our lives

It's unfortunate that you have to read the obituaries to learn someone's real name. In November, Chopper Edberg died, and I never knew his real name was Ordean Elroy Edberg. That is a classy name. I...

 

Willy rocks therapy and goes home!!

It was Christmas again over the weekend. Christmas was with Kyle's family in Grand Forks. It was quite nice not having an emergency room visit in the middle of Christmas. A little side note, Kyle is...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 12, 2019

An impressive feat of honoring the fallen

Arlene Besserud, 88, sat in her living room at North Star Apartments in Roseau gently caressing the back of her husband's hand as he recalled the one recollection that never escapes his mind. Age has...

 

Tara wiskow, dieting and the instant pot

I experienced a great interview this week with Tara Wiskow. She is one spectacular individual. I’ve known Tara aka TATA for quite some time. (no need to list the years and give our ages away!) I’ve watched as she has gone through her...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 5, 2019

Here's looking at you the last time in 2018

Beautiful. An important date slipped by on Monday, December 31, which is understandable since none of us was alive when this special date was first celebrated up here. On Monday, December 31, 1894,...

 

Steve Hall and Shotgun Red

I was surprised to see that Steve Hall, a Brainerd native, passed away. I first met Steve in 2000, shortly after purchasing the Times-Region. He and his wife owned some hunting land in Roseau County...

 

Putting a little style into Trump's game

Beautiful! Before I toss Davey Wilson's hat into the ring, I must add that I miss Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Yes, I know that most of the folks up here couldn't stand Mr. Obama, maybe because he...

 

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