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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...

 

Always an adventure

I have so much on my mind I'm not sure where to begin. Brandon had his MRI and everything was good. They are thinking tendonitis in his shoulder. He was cleared for light lifting and is extremely...

 

He's made his list of the naughty and nice

Terrific! Here it is, that time of the year when Santa is making his list of the champs and the chumps, a time when the scalawags, scoundrels, and scamps come charging into the limelight demanding...

 

'Twas a week before Christmas

'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the house Everything was chaos; The stockings weren’t hung, But hopefully soon; I was nestled all snug in my bed; And wanted to keep my head covered; Until this week was over. But here I am! If you...

 

God doesn't give you more than you can handle

I’m not sure I’m a believer this past week and a half that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. December is a busy month getting ready for Christmas, but it is also the busiest month at work. Cortney, our newest employee, is...

 

Here's a grab bag for this week's happenings

Take a note, Lisa! Yes, Lisa Dunham has left this newspaper, but she had great secretarial skills in addition to thinking like a linebacker. We hit it off famously. She was the thunder and lightning...

 

Nose warmers and how the spacebar makes life easier

It's that time of the year again when we force ourselves to dig out our coats, scarves, hats and nose warmers? What!?! This is crazy! There is a Nose Warmer Company. Really! A nose warmer is a knitted pouch made specifically to keep your nose nice...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 8, 2018

Reintroducing FOPS and other personal favorites

Terrific. Thanks to The Times of Israel, (1 December 2018, 1:55 pm), I spotted the following headline the other day: Did Trump replace Fed chief due to her lack of height? What the hell does height ha...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    December 1, 2018

With a couple of pretty good blokes

The best retort my old man ever said to my brother and me, but not to my sisters, was, "You must be a little bit stupid!" I never disagreed. We have a lot of stupid people in this world, the majority...

 

Christmas and Ice-Fishing are soon here!

Christmas is coming fast but try to slow down. Before you know it Christmas will be over. Most of us live our lives in a hurry. We hurry to finish school, hurry through meals, hurry through the work...

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be thankful

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remember everything you are thankful for. I try to thank people and remember on a daily basis but Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect. Myself I am first and...

 

It's perfectly normal to take things for granted

Every day, any number of us get up in the morning and immediately start bitching that life isn't fair. "We gotta go to school, we gotta work at a lousy job, we gotta put up with a bunch of dumb...

 

"Wild Willy" Westman needs our prayers and help

Willy Westman Willy Westman has been “On My Mind” since his accident this past Saturday. He is a cousin of mine but even if he wasn’t what he is enduring is unthinkable. I will reprint what his family printed on his Caring Bridge to get you up...

 

You never asked me, but...

I hope Donald doesn't lock up Smokey the Bear. Global warming is here. You can deny it like a lot of conservatives do, but it's impossible to deny these horrendous climatological catastrophes in...

 

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