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Graduation Ceremonies

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The graduates in the Mini-Theatre at the Warroad school.

        The Warroad Mini-Theatre was the site of Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, February 8th, for this year’s graduates of the Northern Lights University program sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors. Twenty-four students received degrees from either Bemidji State University or the Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

        Peggy Anderholm welcomed the students and their supporters to the ceremony. Debra Culleton spoke for the graduates and Victor Harder gave the congratulatory remarks. 

        The program is primarily for Marvin employees but is open to the community. Graduate and Heatmor employee Shawn Reed had this to say: “Taking college classes through Marvins is a more economical choice than through the internet.  It also provides hands on environment similar to that of an actual college class.  I am grateful for the opportunity and thank Marvins greatly.  The experience I received is one that I will never forget and is one of the few things in my life that is paid for and nobody can ever take away from me.”

        John Batten, Debra Culleton, David Hallett, Mary Lofstedt, Joyce Meek, Michael Mosher, Cari Olson and Shawn Reed received diplomas for their Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management degree from Bemidji State University. Trevor Estabrooks, Renee Milbridge, Tina Kezar, Tamara Maurer, Traci Montbello, Robert Nestegard, Glenna Otto, Catherine Rybak, Jason Snyder, Jeremy Stangland and Timothy Vacanti received Project Design Technician Certificates from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Be Chitmany and Diane R. Magness received Associate of Applied Science Supervisory Leadership degrees from MSCTC. Jerem Haack and Jake Halverson also received Associate of Applied Science Industrial Mechanical Maintenance degrees from MSCTC.

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Mary Lofstedt leaves the stage after receiving her diploma. Shawn Reed is standing on the left.
Peggy Ann Anderholm is standing at the podium. (Pictures submitted by LaRae Roseen)


Trumpets Invade Roseau

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        The Roseau  School Theater echoed with the sounds of trumpets and a piano on Saturday night for the third concert of the Northern lights series for this year. The father-son team of Rich and Brandon Ridenour brought their act to wow the area residents and didn’t disappoint.

        While the concert is dubbed “Trumpet Invasion”, it is more piano than trumpet since both performers are world class piano players. Brandon is a superb trumpet player, according to the program he “recently became the youngest member of the prestigious Canadian Brass. Rich is a formidable pianist; one concert goer said that Rich’s rendition of Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” was the best she’d heard in person..

The theater was nearly full for the performance. The two garnered a standing ovation, and encored with “Trumpeter’s Lullaby.”

Mark this up as another good performance for the the Northern Lights Concert Association.


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Southwest Angle  

by Rob Crowe

        Some of you have asked me about my use of food coloring for printing out this newspaper. I figured I’d better fill the rest of you in on the story of my progression to using this odd substance. I recently chronicled this in one of my Aitkin Age columns and have excerpted that for you here.

        A while back, I did something I’d threatened to do for some time. On one of our trips south, I stopped at a Wal-Mart to purchase some ink cartridges. Though my printer was essentially obsolete, I did manage to find the right cartridges, but as I was standing there with about $60.00 worth of cartridges in my hand I saw a new printer for about the same price across the aisle. After a short bit of introspection, I put the cartridges back and bought the new printer. Fortunately, Management approved of my decision so the trip home was good.

The printer was much faster than the old one and the ink cartridges were cheaper but much smaller. I was going through about $60.00 worth of cartridges a week since the color cartridges would print only 30 or so pages before petering out. Even though the stores were happy to see me come in, I wasn’t happy to be there since, for now, the little publication I’m printing is free and there are no ads. Management had the foresight to provide me with a black ink refill kit. This worked well but no bulk color ink is available in Northwest MN. My new name for “Bandit” became “Printer Manufacturer”. I was online one day and attempted to order some ink but the computer died due to some heavy graphics work. I forgot to do it later and then my allowance dried up.

The next print date approached. I pirated some color ink from an old printer cartridge and filled a color ink cartridge for the new printer. Fortunately, it worked but I quickly ran out of ink. I’d been thinking about ink for some time and knew that it consists of dye in a bit of water. I’m now thinking, food coloring is just dye in a bit of water. I looked in the cupboard but only found a little bottle of yellow, that wouldn’t help much. On one of our frequent phone calls, I mentioned it to Management. She said, “I just bought some food coloring. It’s in the cupboard.” With her directing me, I found the little box in a place I’d looked several times before, right next to the bottle I’d found earlier. So much for thinking I’m observant.

The ink appeared to have virtually the same viscosity as printer ink. I filled my cartridge with the yellow, blue and red ink. After a couple of cleanings, it printed very well. I used up the ink in printing out about 100 copies, quite a few more than I’d been able to print before. I went to the store and bought some more food coloring at a price of 2 boxes for $3.00. Management, ever vigilant, Googled “food coloring” and found out that others are using it for the same purpose. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. I’ll probably buy some bulk color ink soon, but until then I’m using food coloring.

Captive of the Printer Manufacturer Bandits no longer, I’ll keep re-filling until the powers that be figure out a way to stop me.

I’ve had some further developments here in the office since the original column. The food coloring comes in packages containing blue, yellow, red and green bottles. I’ve started adding red to the green and filling my black cartridges with the dark green. The darker colors don’t come out true, but it still looks good. The printer cartridges wear out after so many refills, but the printer is worse. It expired last weekend, but for about the price of two cartridges I bought another one. I guess I’ll have to purchase one for reserve. I’m in business for the foreseeable future.

Another week in the Great North, see you next week!



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Working an old Mountaineer

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David and the Mountaineer pulling a trailer out of the snowbank

        David Johnson, one of the Polaris founders, had promised me about a year ago that he’d take me for a ride on his Polaris Mountaineer. We were waiting for some warmer weather and it finally came. I called David on a Saturday morning to inquire if the time had come, and sure enough, he had started it up the night before in anticipation of my visit. As usual, he had something else in mind for my visit, but more on that later.

         This snowmobile was the biggest machine Polaris made in the mid 1960’s, twin tracks powered by a 24 hp opposed Kohler engine and also available with a somewhat enclosed cab. A Mountaineer brochure claims that it will pull up to 2 tons, blaze up 45 degree slopes and float over deep speeds up to 18 mph. This particular machine had gone to a Wyoming dealer; he’d used it as a demonstrator and never sold it. A few years back, he offered to sell it to David for $1500. The ever frugal David’s counter offer was $900, delivered. The dealer agreed, loaded his wife and the Mountaineer up, drove over to Minnesota for the delivery and a visit.

        David had the Mountaineer parked in his well equipped shop. The battery was on a charger so he fired up the Kohler with a power pack, opened up the door and motored out...without a battery. He told me to grab the shovel and hop in, which I did. He drove past a snowmobile trailer buried in the snow bank and had me drop off the shovel. We circled his large yard a couple of times before pulling out of the driveway and down the street. While it has leaf springs on the skis, there is no rear suspension; the cab just pivots on the front of the track frame. Though somewhat choppy, the ride is not unpleasant, perhaps because of the lack of speed. As David slowed to traverse up a ditch bank, I could hear the clutch/transmission downshift.  We headed out across a field, bumped across a driveway at full speed and made a circle at the end of the field. David stopped the machine so I could take some cranking the kohlerpictures. As he throttled it down, the engine died. With the battery still back in the shop, it was hand crank time.

Left: David cranking the Kohler. The empty battery holder is visible in the foreground


        After some fiddling since the electric choke obviously didn’t work without a battery, we eventually cranked the Kohler to life. David headed back to his place to do the chore he had planned for the Mountaineer. He dropped me off at the snowmobile trailer and directed me to shovel out the hitch. As I was doing that, David backed the machine up to the trailer using the outside controls of the Mountaineer. I hooked up the safety chain to the rear bumper and David moved the Mountaineer ahead, pulling the tongue up out of the frost. We re-hooked, hopped in and the old Sno-Cat easily pulled the snow-laden trailer out of the snowbank and over to the shop. David explained that the Mountaineers were often used to pull cargo laden sleds over long distances up in Canada. Power line companies also used them for their work. 

        It was a good way to spend a morning and another chapter for my book: “Adventures with David.”

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Right: A view of the twin tracks and power plant that provide the Mountaineer with its superior load pulling abilities.




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Southwest Angle Athlete of the Week:  Warroad's Brianna Goulet


        Warroad Senior Brianna Goulet is this week’s Athlete of the Week. She wears jersey number nine as she plays defense for the Warriors Girl’s Hockey Team. She is also one of the team captains.  

Brianna Goulet

      For 2008, Brianna was picked as an All-State defenseman by the Minnesota Girl’s Hockey Coaches Association. She currently is ranked 192nd in points among the 2028 girls playing high school hockey this year according to the MGHCA.

        Warrior co-coach David Marvin says, “This is Brianna’s fourth year on varsity.  She’s the glue that keeps our team together. She’s provided great leadership for us. This is the third year I’ve coached her. This year, she has 3 goals and 21 assists.”

“She’s played in 108 varsity games in her career here, putting her  6th in total games played for the Lady Warriors,” Marvin continued, “In those games, she’s scored 15 goals and had 68 assists for a total of 83 points.”

Brianna says, “I’ve played hockey for 12 years. This year is going really well. We haven’t given up very many goals.”

About her coaches, Brianna says, “Coach (Darrick) Comstock has coached me since 9th grade. He really helps me out a lot.”

Brianna was asked whether she’d gone to the MN State Tournament. She said, “We went to State when I was in ninth grade. It was awesome, one of the most memorable things I’ve done. Hopefully we can make it back this year!”

Asked about a favorite teammate, She said, “Brook Story is a junior, but she and I have played together for a long time. We are also friends off the rink, we do lots of things together.”

About her future plans, Brianna says, “I’m planning on attending NDSU next year to study Business Management, but I won’t be playing hockey.”

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The Lady Warriors have completed their regular season and are getting ready for the section tournament. Coach Marvin says, “We are the #1 seed in the section. We will play the winner of the East Grand Forks versus Thief River Falls game at EGF this weekend.”

The best to Brianna as she pursues her dreams both on and off the rink.


 Right: Brianna raises her stick as the referees sort things out around the Warrior goal in action at the Gardens against Roseau in January.


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Up and Comers

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The Warroad Mites head to the puck as they play on the big ice at the Gardens between periods 
of the Warroad vs East Grand Forks boy’s hockey game on Saturday.

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This group of mites playing on the south end of the rink had an easier time scoring 
since the goalie apparently didn't show up...
Warroad vs East Grand Forks

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Above: Warrior Dane Shaugabay passes the puck to Brock Nelson who is waiting to shoot the puck past the Green Wave Goaltender on Saturday for Warroad’s second goal of the game. Warroad wins 4-0. Scoring is below:

1: Warroad– Carson Gray (PP) A-Eric Milbridge, Mickey Knox 13:36

2: Warroad—Brock Nelson (PP) A- Dane Shaugabay, Michael Pieper 12:04

    Warroad—Dane Shaugabay, A-Brett Hebel,Michael Pieper 14:56

    Warroad - Andy Stoskopf, A-Aaron Storey 15:54


Area High School Box Scores

Boy’s Basketball

2/3/2009 Roseau              48          BGMR                         83

2/3/2009 Grygla-Gatke     81         Cass Lake-Bena            74

2/5/2009 Roseau              68          Tri-County                   79

2/5/2009 Warroad            56         International Falls         51

2/5/2009 BGMR              73         Grygla-Gatzke               37

2/7/2009 BGMR              60          Red Lake                     68

2/7/2009 Grygla-Gatzke   43         Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 75

2/10/2009 BGMR             61         Warroad                       47

2/10/2009 Roseau             65        Grygla-Gatzke               49


Girl’s Basketball

2/2/2009 Warroad          47          Northern Freeze           64

2/2/2009 Warroad          47          Marshall County           64

2/5/2009 Warroad          49           Stephen-Argyle            55

2/2/2009 Roseau             46          G-G-G                         33

2/3/2009 BGMR             55           Crookston                   50

2/5/2009 BGMR             57           K-C– C                        64

2/6/2009 G-G-G             22           Red Lake Falls             57


Boy’s Hockey

2/6/2009 Roseau             6            Buffalo                        2

2/7/2009 Roseau             3            St. Cloud Tech             3

Girl’s Hockey

2/6/2009 Warroad         10           TRF                              1

2/5/2009 Roseau             4            Bemidji                         2



2/3/2009 BGMR                 55       Fosston-Bagley              14

2/5/2009 BGMR                 52       Red Lake Cty Central      0

2/5/2009 BGMR                 45       Warren/Alvarado/Oslo   0

Game of the Week: Warroad 8th Grade Tournament Championship

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A Lady Warrior scores as the ball goes through the basket in the Saturday afternoon game.

        On Saturday, February 7th, Warroad squared off against Roseau for the 8th grade girl’s basketball tournament Championship. Roseau started fast with an early four point spurt, but Warroad quickly tied it up and soon took a lead. At the half, Warroad led 21-16.

        At the start of the second half, Roseau point guard Bethany Erickson had a pair of quick steals and scores to close up the score, but Warroad again answered and soon widened the lead. Warroad’s superior height allowed them to out-rebound the visiting team. While Roseau easily handled Warroad’s continual full court press, they had problems penetrating the offensive zone and, once the shot was made, the taller Lady Warriors usually gathered in the rebound. 

        Warroad won the game 44-29.


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A Roseau player attempts a free throw in the second half of the game.


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Opening tip-off!


Warroad Squirt A Tournament



This picture, taken through the glass at the Gardens, shows the teams standing for the 
U. S. and Canadian anthems  at the start of the 4th place game on Sunday, Feb. 7th. 
West Kildonen outscored Windsor 3-2 to take the trophy.

Eight teams were in Warroad over the weekend for the Squirt A Tournament. Play started Friday night and culminated in four Sunday games to determine the placings. Here are the results:

                                                        4th place game West Kildonen 3, Windsor 2

                                                       3rd place game Fargo Flyers 7, Park Rapids 1

                                                       2nd place game Lake of the Woods 4, Warroad 1

                                                         Championship game Roseau 7, Beausejour 1

(Results provided by Sue Astrup)

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Baudette plays Park Rapids in the Olympic Arena during the Squirt A’s tourney on Saturday, February 7th.


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The West Kildonen goalie covers up after a shot on goal by Windsor.


Picture of the Week

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Mystery Landscape

Driving this road, one thinks it is straight but the slight telephoto lens makes it look somewhat curvy. Where is this well traveled intersection?


Last weeks picture was taken a few miles south of the Gatzke intersection on State Highway 89. I couldn’t resist taking the picture, even after I knew it was Orlin Ostby’s property. Orlin saved his grandfather’s old barn from being destroyed, moved it onto the property some years ago and renovated it.


More Southwest Angle Columns

Warroad Winter Sports Schedules and Rosters

Warroad Fall Sports Schedules and Rosters