25 years ago… The Roseau River crested at 21 feet and one inch


April 24, 2021

5 years ago – April 23, 2016

Julie Elick of Roseau was honored by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council as the 2016 Arts Advocate of the Year.

Megan Taylor, former Roseau Ram athletic standout, was to be inducted into the Iowa State University Athletic Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Roseau High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Gilbert Loe was celebrating his 100th birthday on May 7 at the Wannaska Community Center.

The Roseau baseball Rams won their home opener against the Red Lake County Rebels, 10-4. Adam Hedlund was the winning pitcher and Tanner Landman pitched the last three innings.

10 years ago – April 23, 2011

Byfuglien Trucking won the USA Hockey over 60 national championship that was held in Ellenton, Florida.

Chad and Serena Gregerson of Roseau announced the birth of their daughter, Aria Rene, who was born on April 20. Grandparents are Gary and Michelle Gregerson of Badger and Carlyle and Evelyn Mugaas of Roseau.

Russell Hanson was celebrating his 75th birthday on May 1 at the Badger Community Center.

Andy Ziegler was named the new American Legion baseball coach for the upcoming season in Roseau.

25 years ago – April 26, 1996

The Roseau River crested at 21 feet, one inch keeping volunteers scrambling with sandbags and constructing sandbag walls.

Winning watches in the Border State Bank Home, Sport and Family Show drawing were Karen Markstrom, Cindy Millar, Melissa Larsen, Jim McDonald, Bryce Minske, Les Bjerk, Dorothy Brazier, Esther Geroy, Mary Bergland, Randy Lofstedt, Clarence Peterson and Dale Wicklund.

John and Orpha Grugal were wished a happy 50th anniversary by all their kids.

Shannon Marie Welch, daughter of Les and Mary Jo Welch of Roseau, and Daniel Bernard Dostal, son of Bernard and Lois Dostal of Badger announced their engagement and June 8 wedding.

Delores Andol, bowling for the Langlie’s Super Valu team, broke the all-time Roseau record for women with a 709. Delores rolled a 248, 231 and a 230.

Todd Wensloff and Dave McDonald, 1991 Ram graduates, were playing baseball for the University of North Dakota Sioux.

40 years ago – April 29, 1981

A young Grygla farmer, Milo Hagen, 30, died instantly last Tuesday when the propane tank on which he was welding exploded. Gordon Moe, who worked for Hagen, was injured in the explosion.

Jeff Dahl, a junior in the Roseau High School was named Boys State winner. Jeff is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Dahl, who farm near Roseau.

The Roseau girl’s track team placed fourth out of nine entrants in the Crookston indoor track meet with Shelly Moren winning third in the 1600 meter run; first in the 800 to set a new building record, Robin Skoglund was second in the two-mile run despite an injury during the run which she ignored.

David Goos, of the Roseau Rams baseball team, hurled a no-hitter against Newfolden winning 1-0.

Identical twin boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Herling on April 26, their father’s birthday.

Cal’s Restaurant in Warroad was opening for the season on May 1 with free coffee and a roll and ice cream cones for the kids.

50 years ago – April 29, 1971

The first baby born during National Baby Week was Judy Ann Smeby, born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smeby of Grygla on April 25 at the Roseau Area Hospital. They have three sons; Bruce, Roger and Ricky.

A former Roseau Ram prep star Scott Habstritt, was a member of the Moorhead State College track squad this spring.

Roseau Ram “A” squad golfers were Bobby Harris, Gary Ross, Dave Hinsverk, Kent Langlie, Roger Erickson and Brian Brastad. On the “B” squad were Mark Harris, Mike Burggraf, Keith Hedlund, Bruce DeFrates, Jack Lundbohm and Drew Mattson.

Returning lettermen and boys trying out for the Rams baseball team were Mitch Brandt, Tim Delmore, Mike Broten, Larry Vatnsdal, Dana Byfuglien, Tom Lund, Rick Vatnsdal, Sheldon Espe, Steve Brandt, Roger Foldoe, Mike Hallie and Dave Swanson.

Regional speech winners were Mike Mellstrom and Tim Grahn who brought home a perfect score from the regional contest in Bagley.

Robert C. Carter, Roseau attorney, was elected Chairman of the Roseau County Republican Party.

75 years ago – April 25, 1946

Arnold Honl, owner of the Roseau bakery, announced due to a government regulation his flour supply was cut by 25%.

A stocking run was experienced at J.C. Penney Company’s store in Roseau. When it became known that the store had a supply on hand which would be sold, ladies started gathering at the door by 7:30 in the morning before the 9 o’clock opening. Double and triple lines filled the sidewalk down to Fikkan’s drug store. There was a limit of one pair each.

Roseau was to have a new laundry on May 1. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bennett were the new owners. They were operating it in the house back on their residence lot on Bertha Avenue north of the old jail.

Jack Froyd and Harvey Patten were partners in the new men’s furnishing store to be opened here in July.

Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Larson announced the coming marriage of their daughter Miss Silvie Elizabeth Larson to Arthur Walford Lisell. The wedding was to be held at the Malung Hall and was open to the public.

Cupid’s Dart finds three couples- Irma Jasmer of Warroad and Norman Fish of Warroad, Opal Strom of Roseau and John Bernhard Pohjola of Michigan and Orpha Olson of Stokes and John Grugal of Pencer.


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