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 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    September 22, 2018 

It's a beautiful life on the sunny side up

If you can't laugh at life, skip over to the deeply religious column on an adjoining page so you can save your immortal soul. A few weeks ago on Saturday, August 25, I performed my first wedding and...

 

Canning, Porcupines and Trail Cams

Sarah and I did the mother load of canning apples to get them finished up for this season. We did another batch of apple butter, since the first batch was going fast. We now have 6 pints, 12 half...

 

You can trust me, dear!

Turn off Fox News for a moment so we can have a heart-to-heart talk. It seems that Donald Trump just can't get the respect he wants. It's bad enough that the media doesn't kowtow to his demands and...

 

Customer Service in Small Town Roseau is Exceptional

I have lived in Roseau and Badger, most of my life. I have gotten to know a lot of people and vice versa. Sometimes that can be good and other times not so much. I will say for me, it is around 90%...

 

Just in case, you wanted to know

One of the annual exercises the nuns at Christ The King Catholic Grade School in south Minneapolis introduced to kick off the first day of school in the mid-1950s was to have us write about what we...

 

Labor Day Weekend - The Last Hurrah

Labor Day weekend reminds me that summer is officially over. Earl’s closes and the Roseau Community School starts, which in my book means summer is over. I did have a good Labor Day weekend though. Brandon came home for the long weekend, which...

 

Reconnecting with friends

I have known Pastor Joe and Julie Elick for many years, but I haven't had a chance to have a good visit in quite some time. This past week Julie messaged me wanting to have a chat about an idea she...

 

Technology...need I say more!

Technology Technology is great, but can also be a pain! My column last week was the rough draft and not my full column. It could have been user error, but I would rather blame the computer for not...

 

The month of August is a Rollercoaster

During the moth of August, my emotions are on a rollercoaster ride. If you see me one day and I'm happy and ten minutes later I'm sad, you will understand why after reading my column. I start August...

 
 By Barb Geer    Opinion    August 18, 2018

Tenth Annual NCH Trails to Treatments Cancer Benefit and Ride Labor Day Weekend in Middle River

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. There are eleven committee members for Trails to Treatments that do just that…day after day, week after week, year after year. Trails to Treatments...

 

Alice in Wonderland was in Roseau for Crazy Days

Crazy Days Crazy Days was held in Roseau this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The town was buzzing. Ronnings was a very nice addition. They sure know how to fill a block! All the added events...

 

Back to School is in the Air

Has the Roseau County Fair really come and gone? Did Crazy Days happen this week? Am I really seeing farmers burn their fields? The answers to these questions is unfortunately, YES! All these events...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    August 4, 2018

HELP NEEDED!

Recently Polaris had a large sign displayed at the corner of Hwy’s 11 and 89. The gist of the sign was, “Now Hiring,” although they did it in a more highly attractive way with bright color and starting wages. Out in front of the Polaris...

 

A Hole in One and Men's Golf Report

Oakcrest golf shop manager Shelly LaPlante announced a Canadian hole-in-one early on Wednesday afternoon at the Roseau course. "Bill Faskerti from across the border had a hole-in-one on number 12 with a 5 wood," she texted, noting that Bob Zarn...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 28, 2018

A tip of the hat to some special people

My old man, F.R. "Bob" Olsen, now dead a half century, had any number of dislikes - mostly women drivers and snoopy elderly neighborhood dames, all of whom he called "old battleaxes." Well, I like...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 28, 2018

OUR CONCEPTION OF CONCEPTION...

“You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” That’s what David said to God, as recorded in Psalm 139:13 (NLT). More of this shortly. What is your conception, that is your understanding, of...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 23, 2018

Canadian bacon won't be on the White House menu

I should have called Representative Dan Fabian, our fine Republican state legislator, last Thursday morning when I spotted the following headline in Newsweek.com: Trump White House Announces Job Fair...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 23, 2018

If you were arrested for being a Christian...

“If you were arrested for being a Christian...” “Yeah,” you may be saying, “go on. Get to the point!” I will, but first I must frame this article for those of you who don’t live in Roseau and receive these articles on Facebook. They...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 21, 2018

With Big Nick, who always makes good copy

On Monday, I stepped into a local bar that I had developed a liking for five decades ago when I was younger. It was the early 1970s and the place had a great cast of characters, the best being J.C....

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 21, 2018

Ultimate Issues (The Lady on the Bench)

Ultimate! That’s kind of a big word. Sorta! I don’t like using big words when I write or speak because I might miss somebody. Well, there are a few exceptions. Like when I make up a word just for the fun of it. Like the word,...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 14, 2018

Here's Looking at you, Buster!

I'm stepping away from this game at the end of July on a leave of absence. This will provide a local writer the opportunity to share his or her talents in the Roseau Times-Region. I will still write...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 14, 2018

Believe it or not, It's ok to be human!

I had a delightful experience on the 4th of July; it was the highlight of my day. Now to say this is not to diminish the great time we had with our daughter, Londa, and son-in-law, Marlin around a barbecue at their “fire pit.” Yum! Nor is it to...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 7, 2018

Let's Ride Out of Here, Babe!

I want to thank everyone who ever helped me in this business whatever their political persuasion, gender, IQ, nationality, race, financial status, or criminal status. I've known some pretty wild...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 7, 2018

Don't Run Around Half-Dressed!

The young warrior lay gray and silent where he had fallen. For him it was over. The enemy would cheer, his own people would weep, and the sorrow of his people would be deepened by the circumstances of his fatal wound. No blood poured from his head....

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    June 30, 2018

With prayer in my heart, I start anew!

Beautiful. I always wanted to be a member of the clergy because I've known some colorful characters who have been an inspiration to me. There was Rev. Ike, whose best line at collection time was "I...

 

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