50 years ago… The most destructive storm came through Roseau County


5 years ago – July 14, 2018

Amy McGuire was hired as the new Roseau Elementary School principal.

This year was Chuck’s Wagon’s 40th Roseau County Fair.

Recent Minnesota State University-Moorhead graduates included Sue Beavis, Traci Comstock, Hannah Hogenson, Samantha McFarlane, Cassie Schumacher and Emma Vatnsdal, all of Roseau; Samantha Olson, Lindsay Fast, Sabrina Hellquist, Tyler Hodson, Tyelyn Pearson and Susanna Thielen, all of Warroad.

Named to the Bemidji State University Spring President’s List were Kristin Monkman of Salol; Sadie Petersen and Sidney Stoltenberg, both of Wannaska and Madison Hahn of Warroad.

Vivian Eggen was having a 90th birthday celebration on July 21 at the Riverside Lutheran Church in Wannaska. Her 90th birthday was on August 13.

Roseau High School Senior Aaron Huglen made the 2018 U.S. Men’s Select Hockey Team which will compete in the Hlinka/Gretzky Cup in Edmonton, Alberta August 6-11.

10 years ago – July 13, 2013

The Roseau County Commissioners approved Polaris’ request for a 15-year tax abatement on its $4 million expansion project.

Named to the MSU Moorhead Dean’s List for the 2013 Spring Semester were Haley Eastman, Ashley Haman, Monique Haman, Hannah Hogenson, Connor MacGregor and Tyler Ostgaard, all of Roseau and Anthony Quinn of Warroad.

Ms. Hockey Sarah Erickson was signing autographs at Transfers Unlimited on July 31. Proceedings from the sale of t-shirts, caps and pictures will go to Roseau Youth Hockey and kids with cancer.

The 25th Annual Art in the Park was to be held at the Pioneer Farm and Village on July 21.

Rob and Delaine Larson were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 20 with an open house at the Roseau Four Seasons Center.

Helen Novacek was celebrating her 90th birthday on July 20 at Sunburst Community Room.

Roseau runners who competed in the Grandma’s Half-Marathon Race were Susie Sikorski, Jacob Lundquist, Scott Leverington and Tyler Leverington. Tyler was 19th overall out of 6,600 racers.

In the USA half-marathon Heidi (Evans) Greenwood ran it in one hour and eighteen minutes. (37th out of 55 women)

25 years ago – July 11, 1998

The “Outstanding Senior Citizen” selections for Roseau County for 1998 are Pearl Loe of Wannaska and Ray Green of Warroad.

Andrea Johnson of Roseau was preparing to compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Gillette, Wyoming on July 20-26.

Jon and Jill Helgeson announced the arrival of a daughter, Grace Ann, born June 24. The little bundle of pink weighed in at 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Jim and Karen Wagner were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on July 19 in the Hospitality Room at the North Country Inn.

A 50th wedding anniversary open house for Kenneth and Vivian Eggen was to be held on July 26 at Riverside Lutheran Church in Wannaska.

40 years ago – July 13, 1983

Dr. Ronald Brummer began his medical practice in the Roseau Clinic under the Public Health Service Act. He and his wife Debra and daughter Lindsay purchased the Glenn Fossum home and hope to make Roseau their permanent home.

Mr. and Mrs. William Fish celebrated their 60th anniversary with over 150 people on July 3 at their little red log cabin a half-mile from Williams. Thirteen of their fourteen children attended the celebration.

Winners of $25 gift certificates from Arnold’s Dept. Store were Amanda Edwards of Badger; Mrs. Sadie Gustafson, Mrs. Orvil Foster, Mary Bergland, Rev. Erling Huglen, Randy Norquist, Olive Milne and Mrs. Gerald Lancaster, all of Roseau.

Michael Stone scored a hole in one on Hole 6 at the Oakcrest Golf Course on July 10. Witnessing the event were Glen DaMota, Gary Laidely and Kathy Pelowski. He used a nine iron off the tee.

Craig Hedlund, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hedlund, landed a twenty pound musky, fishing on Crow Lake in Ontario. The 14-year-old was fishing with his dad, grandpa Barney Ross, uncles Don and Gary Ross and cousins Mike and Steve Ross.

50 years ago – July 12, 1973

The great roaring, stabbing fingers of wind, like powered hammers driven by Thor, the mythical Norse God, ripped through Roseau County shattering barns and farm buildings; exploding trailer houses like puffballs; snapping trees like straws and uprooting giant oaks which had stood for hundreds of years. Miraculously, no human lives were lost in what was called the most destructive storm in Roseau County history.

Kenneth Heppner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heppner of Warroad, was badly injured when he was struck by a CNR train as he was reportedly trying to ride his motorbike across the railroad tracks from a ditch.

A young Badger man, Richard Allen Wilebski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wilebski, was instantly killed on July 4 when he lost control of his automobile about eight miles west of Roseau and rolled into the ditch along Highway 11. His companions, Chad Rhen and Larry Strozyk, also of Badger, suffered bruises and shock.

Ed Johnston, Roseau Conservation Officer, retired on July 10 after 34 years in service.

The famous Blackwood Brothers, singers who have sold over 3,000,000 albums, were the entertainment at the Roseau County Fair.

Stanley Ostby, who is District Youth Director of the VFW, was appointed Hockey Chairman for the Department of Minnesota.

75 years ago – July 15, 1948

Clark Gorham was elected Commander of the Warroad American Legion Post.

L.A. Ross of Roseau was elected member of the board of education of school district No. 41.

Miss Betty Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miler of Falun, was given a page feature in pictures in the Rotogravure section of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Mrs. Tore Njaa died at the family farm in Golden Valley. Her passing came as a surprise to neighbors and friends. She had not been in the best of health with heart ailments.

Members of the Fly Brownies Troop V in Roseau were Elizabeth Buran, Barbara Hole, Vanji Thorkelson, Sharon Helgeson, Judy Schwarz, Bettie Bell, Ione Budd, Beverly Messelt, Shirley Sunsten, Myrna Dubore and Rebecca Huggett.

The swimming hole in Roseau was bubbling over with youngsters every afternoon. From 50 to 75 youngsters are in the water at one time.

While fishing in the Roseau River near the Mikkelson place, Mr. Hilman Wellen caught a 14.75 pound northern and Mrs. Wellen caught a 18.25 pounder.

Mr. and Mrs. Barney Ross of Roseau announced the birth of a daughter.

Kristie, day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albin Olson of Salol, was laid to rest in the Spruce Cemetery. Besides her parents she is survived by 15-month-old sister, Judy Ann.


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