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Write On: The life of Keneth Allan Cole in the Navy

Essay by: Chavelle Knochenmus 10th grade English Veterans Narrative Roseau Community School Mrs. Carla Olsen My grandpa, Keneth Allan Cole, was a veteran of World War II. He was born in Penturan, Minnesota, which is in the heart of the Beltrami...

 

Over the river and through the woods

We did a lot of hiking in the North Cascades. The State of Washington is known for its mountain beauty. Climbing up, and over through various places, keeping a close eye on the path. You will need a...

 

Work: Why, How, and for Whom?

Work! It is woven into the warp and woof of our very being which bears the eternal stamp of the image of God. God never took upon himself an obsession with work. In Genesis 2:3 we read, that he...

 

Jesus covered my Super Bowl Bets

I looked up towards the ceiling in the first quarter on Sunday as I greedily anticipated that the Chiefs would soon take the lead. But then the KC halfback fumbled the ball maybe at the 10-yard line...

 

Black Wedding Dress

I really don't have anything on my mind today. It's Valentine's Day which doesn't seem right. This winter has been so messed up with the warmer weather and I'm not even sure what month it is, but I'm...

 
 By Ryan Honl    Opinion    February 17, 2024

MEXICO MOVED

I sold my snowmobile last fall. It was a tough decision. I loved it but racing around for only a good couple months a year just wasn't cutting it. But I guess I was even giving Mother Winter too much...

 

A Veteran's Story

Essay by: Chase Bachleitner Veteran narrative Roseau Community School Mrs. Olsen Have you ever been forced to leave everything you know behind? Like genuinely, your house, your buddies, your town, you...

 

P.E.A.C.E.

This is Valentines Week. As I was waking up this morning the word P.E.A.C.E. came into my mind and kept repeating itself over and over. So lets see where this word takes us. I don’t go with... Full story

 

Love Is Like A Lizard.....

Love is like a lizard, it wraps itself around your heart, and curls up in your gizzard. Now this could be from the pen of Ogden Nash. I don't know, but whoever it was, believed it is an inside job,...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 9, 2024

As you pass go, collect $200

It must be tough to be beautiful. You wake up every morning, look in the mirror and you're gorgeous. You gaze at the mirror and think wonderful thoughts. "Whose life will I excite this wonderful day?...

 

We won't miss him

It's time to fire Bro. He didn't include me in this year's Snickers Gal tribute. And after all I've done for him. He was just a bindlestiff when he came in looking for a job. He can somewhat write...

 
 By Tom Palen    Opinion    February 9, 2024

Hospital Corners

Someone had to do it. "I don't have opposable thumbs; I can't do it," said Edgar Allan, the black cat. "Make the dog tell her, she's the one who did it." Good grief! I had just finished my shower. I d... Full story

 

Write On: Jim Bernat

Essay by: Kylie Bjerk English 10 • Veteran Biography Roseau Community School Mrs. Olsen Jim Bernat was born in Greenbush, Minnesota and raised in Benwood. He has done a great duty to our country by serving in the Army National Guard for a little...

 

Moving right along and a unexpected blessing!

We are moving right along with my addition. The electric is done and ok'd, and the insulation is in. We are going with Keith Sandland for Basswood, which will go up on the ceiling. It is beautiful!...

 

The "Jesus Prayer"

"Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" It was a simple prayer, a passionate prayer, a prayer not found in any of the prayer books the religious leaders of the day depended upon. It wasn't even...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    February 3, 2024

Here's another shot of vim, vigor and vitality

All my many Republican friends will be very surprised and delighted today to read that I will be voting the Republican ticket in the upcoming March primary. "You remarkable dwarf, let's go up to...

 

You will be missed Berry

What's on my mind...not much this week! I'm happy it's February. I'm sad one of my best friend's husband passed away today. I'm happy I'm done doctoring for hopefully awhile. I'm happy it felt like...

 
 By Tom Palen    Opinion    February 3, 2024

White Out

I've heard and read stories from people about traveling in the recent snowstorms that hit the Midwest. Still, I feel like I've driven in worse. The year was 2014. It was just a little before 3 p.m. I... Full story

 

Write On: Veteran Narrative

Essay by: Bella Johnson Veteran Narrative Essay Roseau Community School Mrs. Olsen Gary Gustafson, Gus as he is better known, served in the US military as an Army member from July 1965 to July 1967....

 

High Places and a Middle River Donut

There is a story of a young woman named Much Afraid, and her journey away from her Fearing family She was asked to go to the High Places of the Shepherd, guided by her two companions Sorrow and... Full story

 

It's A Win Win Situation

Recently I received a letter from someone in another part of the country expressing sadness over the sin by which they have been overtaken. Even though their situation had nothing to do with me...

 
 By Tom Palen    Opinion    January 27, 2024

Double Dipping

For my northern friends, the Canteen in the Alley is a very small restaurant in Ottumwa, Iowa. It seats 16 people on stools around the horseshoe counter. A canteen sandwich is a loose meat hamburger.... Full story

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    January 27, 2024

Now for this past week's illuminating headlines

We used to have really smart Republicans in Congress and not this fringe element of quacks like Rep. Paul Gosar, the far-right congressman from Arizona. The January 19 headline in The New Republic...

 

I'm Already Over 2024!

Last week didn't end well. First, I turned the water on in my kitchen sink Friday morning and I only had a dribble of cold water coming out. I left the water running and opened the cabinet doors so... Full story

 

Write On: War is Ugly, God is Good

Essay by: Wyatt Cummings Veteran Narrative Essay Roseau Community School Mrs. Olsen On a lovely afternoon over Thanksgiving break, I had the wonderful privilege of interviewing my grandfather, Robert...

 

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