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The Ice is Leaving...    picture
     While the ice on the big lake is still solid, a pair of fishermen found out the hard way that the ice just off the dock on the Point in Warroad couldn’t be trusted. At about 8 am on April 15th, they broke through but, fortunately, were able to escape.
     A day later, there was open water where ice had been the day before. Just around the Point, the Arctic Cat test riders were carrying on as normal.
     “The ice out on the lake is still good now. We’ll see how the ice is on Monday,” said one of the test drivers when asked. “I’m scheduled to leave for Colorado to test next week.”
He said that the operation to remove the sunken four-wheeler had taken nearly all day. The ice near the dock had to be dug away with a backhoe and, during the tow process, the cable had come off the four-wheeler. The owner had to go underwater in the frigid channel to re-hook.
The Warroad River is still high and one can encounter a closed road as well  as some that are nearly impassible driving around the county.  Be aware as you travel on land or over water throughout the area.


Southwest Angle  

by Rob Crowe

     I’m not quite sure where it went this week. My ambition, that is. For some reason, after we came back from our weekend trip to celebrate Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, with family in the lower north, the urge to do anything in a timely manner left me and this edition is a bit later than normal. I am still, however, well within budget, primarily because I don’t have a budget.

     Management is still putting up with my weekly publication so I’ll assume the costs are bearable.

     It was good to see the older kids and get them re-acquainted with the little girls, who seem to be sprouting upward at an unbelievable rate.

     One of the problems associated with having a spouse employed at the Yellow Rose is that one of the family members who is building said to Management, “Since you work there, I can get great deals on windows!”

Well, yes, probably, not because her mother works there but because they have good deals on surplus windows at the Home Center. Unfortunately, it means that dad has to go to the Home Center, sort through the rejected windows on numerous different trips as the specs change, then devise a way to deliver the windows to the construction site.

The delivery process would have been quite easy if the window sizes would have been, say, under three feet square, but one of the windows was five feet by four feet. The Aerostar is pretty sizeable inside so I was able to cram the two windows into the van by folding down the seat. Unfortunately, the seat belt situation was somewhat less than optimal. To take Management, the three girls, Abby the dog, luggage, the windows and myself on a four hour trip required more room.

  I spent some late Friday night time trying to arrange the big window so the seat back could be raised, but to no avail. It became apparent that I would need to take the trailer. At 11:30 pm I called it a night, preparations would wait until morning. The window recipient kid communicated with Management on a couple of occasions and the two of them demanded from me a firm delivery time. Somehow my reply that we’d get there when we got there didn’t satisfy them.

   The next morning, after the staff meeting at Roseen’s Corner, I dove into the project. I re-wired the trailer light plug at the back of the van, installed the extra seat in the van, hooked up the trailer and made sure the turn signals/stop lamps worked. After installing the front and side panels on the trailer, I loaded up the windows.  Management had all the luggage piled on the kitchen floor so that got loaded into the back of the van.  I jacked up the trailer and replaced the bald tire on the trailer with a new one fortuitously purchased from North Country Tire the day before. Sometime around 11am, we headed south.

We found out that the family communication system was working. Just before we reached Baudette, Management communicated a revised arrival time with the window recipient. Within minutes, we received a call from the kids coming up from Elk River and I had to explain the above activities to them to help them understand why we were maybe running a bit late.

The engine electronics on the Aerostar were acting up; top speed was about 54 mph, but we eventually made it to Hibbing and unloaded the windows. The older daughters had a neat little Easter egg hunt all prepared for the Little Girls, and then it was on to Steak Escape for a family meal.

Resurrection Sunday was spent at our old church in Grand Rapids. As expected, it was blessed to hear my sister sing in the Cantata and later, to greet long time friends after the service. Dinner was at my sister’s place and in late afternoon the Little Girls and I loaded up one of my creations to haul back to Roseen’s Corner.picture

The Aerostar’s electronic problem miraculously disappeared so motoring back with the creation, a little red truck built on a riding mower chassis, was without event.

Thanks to all who expressed positive thoughts about the passage from Matthew in last week’s paper. I’ve included the sequel in this week’s paper. For future issues, Pastor Bob Ludwig has agreed to be a regular contributor to the Southwest Angle.

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


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Spring Scenes around the area




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Some pictures taken at a benefit at the Warroad Community Center


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Waiting for the land to dry

   They sit in the lots, waiting for a driver or operator to bring them to life to build roads, dig ditches, haul gravel, load trucks or dig big holes. The water is going to recede eventually and the land will dry. Then the diesels will rumble to life and the construction season is on.



Republican County Convention


June Magnussen (right) visited the Republican County Convention held in Roseau recently... 


A continuation of the amazing story of what happened in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago. It wouldn’t serve to leave Jesus in the tomb and not tell the rest of the story…

from Matthew 28 and Luke 24

 The Resurrection (Matthew 28)

1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

 2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

 8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

The Guards' Report

 11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.' 14If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." 15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

The Resurrection (Luke 24)

 1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " 8Then they remembered his words.

 9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

 On the Road to Emmaus

 13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing him.

 17He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?"

   They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"

 19"What things?" he asked.

   "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

 25He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Christ[b] have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

 28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.

 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

 33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

 36While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."

 37They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."

 40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate it in their presence.

 44He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."

 45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

The Ascension

 50When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.


Projects Section


     Chad Thompson is working on converting old corn planters for use on deer food plots. His latest creation is this single row planter set up for towing behind a four-wheeler. It has an electric hoist and he is waiting for dry ground so he can try it out. Will have a full article on this one later. Let the staff here at the Southwest Angle know if you have interesting projects to feature...


Old Stuff


These may or may not ever be used again, but if they could talk, what stories would they tell? Pictures of Old Iron seen in the Southwest Angle...

Picture of the Week

Here is an old building on a corner lot. Quick, where is this located?

Last week’s picture was of Walter Thompson’s barn, located on 260th street just east of County 5.

Fox gets free meal


Polaris employee Eugene Olmstead sent in this picture of a fox that figured out how to get a free meal. Eugene was taking care of a squirrel problem at his bird feeder, and the fox would listen for the sound of a .22 shot and come over to the bird feeder to find the unlucky rodent. Here it is with the remnants of a squirrel in its mouth.


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