50 years ago… Largest living Balsam Fir Tree found in Beaver Township


March 12, 2022

5 years ago – Mar. 11, 2017

Craig McMillin is the new fire chief for the Roseau Volunteer Fire Department.

The Wannaska Lions Club was hosting a Pancake Breakfast benefit for Wayne Christianson.

Winners of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Children’s Art Contest were Jenna Pelowski, Kayla Moser and Sam Butler.

Roseau Ram wrestler Chandler Mooney placed 4th at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.

Katie Borowicz and Jake Borowicz were winners at the 2017 Knights of Columbus Region Level Free Throw Contest held in Bemidji and advanced to state competition.

10 years ago – Mar. 10, 2012

On April 28, Jeff “Bro” Olsen of Roseau was to be inducted into the David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in Benson, Minnesota.

The Roseau Area Arts Association officers for 2012 were Sue Carsten, Julie Elick, Carole Wilson and Teresa McDonnell.

Mabel Trangsrud was celebrating her 100th birthday on March 17th at the Roseau City Center.

Luke Restad of Roseau was named to the University of St. Thomas 2011 fall semester Dean’s List.

Gene Engen of the Gatzke area had the misfortune of falling and breaking his hip. He was in the hospital in Thief River Falls and then the Thief River Care Center.

Ethan Johnson and Kacie Borowicz of Roseau took first place in the Knights of Columbus Regional Free Throw Competition and advanced to the state competition held in St. Cloud.

Roseau High School sophomores, Zach Yon and Alex Strand, were named to the St. Paul Pioneer Press Hockey All-State Honorable Mention Team for the 2011-2012 High School season. In addition they were both named to the Mariucci All Conference Team.

Mark Erickson, a four-time state entrant for the Roseau Rams and the state runner-up at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament as a junior, placed 3rd at the NCAA West Regional Wrestling Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

25 years ago – Mar. 10, 1997

Elementary music teacher Helen Lunos was selected Roseau’s Teacher of the Year.

Roseau’s Bob Bergland received word that he was elected to the position of Regent at the University of Minnesota.

Bill Adams, long-time Roseau resident and former owner, together with his wife Maggi, of the Roseau Times-Region, passed away at his home on March 5, at the age of 74.

Winners of the Roseau Women of Today sponsored Cute Baby Contest were Stephanie Lofstrand, three-year-old daughter of Tom and Cathie Lofstrand of Salol and Madison Olson, one-year-old daughter of Cameron and Andrea Olson of Badger.

Lillian Larson was celebrating her 80th birthday with on open house at Moe Lutheran Church in Roseau on March 16.

Roseau Ram wrestler Oliver Ullman placed 6th at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. This is the fifth straight year that Ram wrestlers have medaled at state.

Tammy Johnson and Pam Sando of Travel Now of Roseau, recently returned from a travel agent familiarization trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Jedd and Cindy Goos, of Roseau announced the birth of their daughter, Sarina Rose, born on February 28. Grandparents are Delores and Bill Ladwig and Merle Goos.

40 years ago – Mar. 10, 1982

Fire destroyed the home of Gorman Morken in Roseau and the Alfred Karlstad residence south of Salol.

The Roseau school board terminated the teaching contracts of eleven part-time and full-time teachers.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson of Roseau announced the birth of a son, Casey Charles Thompson, on February 25.

A benefit whist card party was to be held on March 14 for the Stanley Petrowski Jr. family.

Bills Shoe Shop in Roseau, located on 2nd Ave. NW, was now open for business.

Richard “Uddy” Lund, son of Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Lund of Roseau, was graduating from the United States Air Force Academy this spring. The commencement speaker was none other than President Ronald Reagan.

Janet and Robin Marvin of Warroad were two picks on the North Border Conference girls basketball team for the past year.

50 years ago – Mar. 9, 1972

Two babies were born on Leap Year Day at the Roseau Area Hospital. The babies were Kimberly Sue Lindsay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lindsay of Warroad and Kristopher Henry Brateng, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brateng of Wannaska.

Two California doctors, Dr. James Thomas and Dr. Dale LaTonn, were planning to relocate to Warroad and begin their practice. They were planning to reopen the Warroad Municipal Hospital and the doctors asked for a clinic in connection with the hospital as a condition for coming to Warroad.

The largest living Balsam Fir Tree in Minnesota was located in Roseau County. The tree measured 7’6’’ in circumference, 4.5 feet above the ground, and had a crown spread of 35 feet and a total height of 72 feet. It was located in Beaver Township, 11 miles east of Wannaska.

Local high school basketball players named to the all-tournament team from the east sub-district were Kip Thacker of Roseau, Steve Gregerson of Badger and Jeff Thompson of Warroad.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lund of Roseau received the Honored Dairymen trophy at the 1972 Red River Valley Winter Shows held in Crookston.

75 years ago – Mar. 13, 1947

Eight Minnesota men who served in World War II were decorated at ceremonies at the Curtis Hotel in Minneapolis. One of them was Lt. F.G. Marvin of Warroad. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Marvin of Warroad.

Roseau school was publishing its first school annual in years this spring. It was a big job that was undertaken by members of the senior class and was to include all grades, Grade 1 through Grade 12.

R.A. Gilbertson was elected president of the Roseau Golf Club. Dr. Jack Delmore was elected vice-president and Robert Dorwart was secretary-treasurer.

Petrus Palm got a nasty cut on his head while working at the Farmers Elevator and was entering the coal shed. As he did his head made sharp contact with a 2x6 causing the cut which required stitches.

An application for marriage permit was filed by Harry Salmonson and Daisy Hendrickson of Salol on March 10.


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