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Bovine TB Testing on the Roseen Ranch

     The spring Bovine TB testing took place this last week at the Roseen ranch in Falun Township. As with all the area herds, the tests are required and most ranchers prefer to test before the cattle go to pasture. Area BAH vet Jason Cater administered the  first shots, but he was joined by his MN Board of Animal Health supervisor, Dr. Susan McClanahan, on the test reading day. The two drew blood from many of the cows for a an IDEXX Laboratories Study in hopes of developing a faster, more accurate blood test. Northland Community College Instructor Tom Grafstrom also came by to help in the process.
     Up to ten people were involved over the course of the weeklong process. Three BAH staff ran the chutes and helped handle the cattle.
Three of the cattle responded to the first test, but were cleared in the second test.
     Lyle Roseen and daughter LaRae  are partners in the hundred cow mixed breed herd. Last year, two cows reacted to the second test so they had to be destroyed and tested. They were cleared in the subsequent testing, but the herd was quarantined for several weeks. The results this year were much more favorable; now the usual spring activities can resume.


Southwest Angle  

by Rob Crowe


     I guess I like auctions. Can’t really help it much since my Dad was an auction nut. After he died, it took several days for all of his sons to clean out his garage and drag stuff out of the weeds to put up for auction the stuff he’d bought at auctions over the years. Unfortunately, it rained heavily the day of the auction so the prices weren’t as good as they could have been, although a couple of his rare guns brought premium prices.

     Dad was on a first name basis with all the auctioneers in that area. One time, a friend commented that Dad’s pickup looked like the Beverly Hillbillies truck after a particularly successful (for Dad) auction. Actually, Dad was a real Kentucky Hillbilly and proud of it so he didn’t mind the comparison.

I enjoyed my first contact with auctioning because it was a family event. Dad was in rare good mood and bought us some discarded toys. It was great, because we usually had to make our own.

I’ve attended many over the years and had three of my own for various reasons. I hadn’t given my auctioning addiction much thought until Saturday last when daughter Alyssa asked me why I attended so many auctions. I reminded her that I hadn’t gone to very many in the last year. Until the day of the famed Goodridge Lions auction 2009, the only one I’d attended in the last year was the December DNR Auction in Grand Rapids. She’d tailed me around the grounds there, getting cold but being a pretty good sport about it. Hot Chocolate bribes do work on a cold day. I guess it was a telling observation nonetheless, only one can seem like too many if you have to follow Dad around on a cold day. 


Which brings me to the Goodridge event. Since Management gave me strict orders not to spend


too much before I headed out with the two available Little Girls, I was under a few constraints. I was in the market for a TV.

I was tempted when I saw the Howdy Doody doll, but I don’t have time to learn ventriloquism. I was really lucky that the daughters haven’t taken a shine to kid’s motocross because someone had a little Yamaha with leathers and boots sitting there for a lucky bidder. Try to explain that purchase to the frugal one. Luckily, I didn’t have to.


The auction would have been a boon had I wanted to take up lawn mower racing.  Riding lawn mowers were only outnumbered by push mowers.


A go cart fashioned largely from riding mowers component caught my eye but not my billfold.


I actually got a bidder number despite Management’s warning.  I walked over to the farm equipment section and watched them auction off a six bottom plow for under $250. Figured it was a good buy even though the crusty old Norsk, Orlin Ostby, said no.  Well, I’d probably have to hook up the old A in front of the 3010 to pull it so I let someone else have that good deal.


We almost ended up with something free that would have cost some real money in the end. Alyssa fell in love with a puppy that some folks were trying to give away and was conspiring with Val on how to get it home unnoticed. Didn’t work and she was heart-broken. I did manage to get back home with her and sometime about three days later she started talking to me again.

Only saw two TVs, and wasn’t around when they were auctioned so made it home without buying anything. Be back next year...



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Spring Cleanup 

By Ms Toyota


REA crew is busy doing their cleanup, making sure the high lines are free from debris.  Last week they had their chainsaws going, busy cutting down all the trees growing under their lines.  Followed by a Vermeer chipper, the mess of trees and brush is gone. Ground travel isn’t real good but they are getting it done.



Sprouts of Spring

By Ms Toyotascenes


     The temperatures are getting warmer and the snow is disappearing.  The first day of spring has come and gone and now I have experienced my first spring day.  Walking through my garden is very calming.  scenesNoticing all the plants poking through the ground is uplifting and heartwarming.  The daffodils, day lilies and tiger lilies are well on their way.  Pansies and violas are flowering showing their colorful face like blooms.  scenesChives are ready to eat and are making flowers.  The hen and chicks went wild, multiplying as they roll around with the rains.  They survived old man winter quite well.  Then there is the rhubarb, before you scenesknow it we will be eating custard pies and crunch with ice cream.  scenesVery tasty little treats.  Have you noticed all the pussy willows along the ditches?  They don’t last too long but if you cut them now and put them in a vase they will last forever, if you don’t put them in water.  Mother Nature is showing her finest.





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Track and Field Results

Beavers Relays       (submitted by Rick McBride)
Bemidji State University
Friday April 17, 2009
Girls Results
East Grand Forks 167.5
Bagley/Fosston 132
Warroad 116
Thief River Falls 86.5
Roseau 66
Red Lake county 49
Lake of the Woods 41.5
Northome-Blackduck 22
United North Central 14.5
Clearbrook-Gonvick 2
Warroad Results
4 x 800 Meter Relay 5th  11:42 (Susie Heppner, Lindsay Fast, Grette Brunnell, Lynn Astrup)
100 Meter Hurdles   Kailee Ogden 1st 16.92
                                    Cassie Demmerly 5th 19.47
                                    Chloe Vettel 8th 20.41
100 Meter Dash Ogden 2nd 13.91
                               Deidre Hahn 3rd 13.95
4 x 200 Meter Relay 5th 2:06.12 (Kayla Colden, Beth Olson, Demmerly, Michelle Erickson)
4 x 100 Meter Relay 5th 59.13 (Demmerly, Olson, Tara Buss, Savanna Perkins)
400 Meter Dash Hahn 1st 64.22
300 Meter Hurdles Vettel 5th 57.57
                                  Perkins 6th 57.91
800 Meter Run Astrup 5th 2:40.52
200 Meter Dash Ogden 2nd 28.09
                               Hahn 3rd 28.44
3200 Meter Run Buss 6th 14:57
                              Heppner 7th 15:01
4 x 400 Meter Relay 5th 4:56 (Olson, Colden, Erickson, Astrup)
Shot Put Megan Toso 6th 27’ 11 1/2”
Pole Vault Colden 3rd 7’
                    Tiffany Fish 6th 6’
                    Vettel 6th 6’
High Jump Michelle Erickson 1st 5’ 0”
Long Jump Hahn 4th 14’ 10”
Boys Results

Roseau 197
East Grand Forks 144
Hibbing 82
Warroad 67
Bagley/Fosston 57
Thief River Falls 52
United North Central 49
Lake of the Woods 22
Red Lake County 17
Clearbrook-Gonvick 7
Northome-Blackduck 7
Warroad Results
4 x 800 Meter Relay 3rd 9:12 (Rhett Warmsbecker, Joey Olson, Solomon Heppner, Tai Larson)
110 Meter Hurdles Cassidy Olson 4th 19>65
                                   Paul Olson 7th 22.14
4 x 200 Meter Relay 6th 1:48.78 (Jeremy Thompson, Bryton Charles, Jordan Hahn, Joel Maxwell)
1600 Meter Run  Moses Heppner 1st 4:25.96  Meet Record
                                Joey Olson 3rd 5:07
4 x 100 Meter Relay 4th 49.83 (Warmsbecker, Lucas Gunnafson, Kirby Paradis, Olson)
300 Meter Hurdles Paradis 8th 49.69
800 Meter Run  Moses Heppner 1st 1:59.30  Meet Record
                            Tai Larson 7th 2:26
3200 Meter Run Solomon Heppner 4th 11:19
4 x 400 Meter Relay 3rd 3:52.18 (Larson, Joey Olson, Moses Heppner, Solomon Heppner)
                                    7th 4:16 (Gunnafson, Roberrt Laznicka, Charles, Warmsbecker)
Pole Vault Cassidy Olson 3rd 9’ 6”

Moses Heppner was named the Outstanding Male Performer of the Meet

Greenbush Race Park Schedule


pictureMay 9, 2009 Test & Tune (Weather Permitting)

May 16, 2009 Season Opener Shootout (All Classes)

May 23, 2009 Ed's North Country Meats Pure Stock Special (No 4)

May 30, 2009 Races Plus King of the Ring Full Size Car Demo(No S)

June 6, 2009 Midwest Mod Special $500 to win $100 to start(All Classes)

June 13, 2009 Central Boiler NLRA Late Model Special ( No M,4)

June 20, 2009 Roseau County Coop Races Plus Lawn Mower Races( All Classes)

June 27, 2009 Budweiser NOSA Outlaw Sprint Special (No M)

July 3, 2009 Winnipeg Super Truck Special, Lightning Sprints Vs.Greenbush Outlaw Mini Sprints Special,& King of the Ring Truck Demo (No MM, Streets)

July 4, 2009#16 Chad Olson Memorial Mini sprint Vs. Lightning Sprint $1000 to Win Special(No MM)

July 5, 2009 Rain Date 3:00PM

July 11, 2009 Agassiz Insurance Midseason Championships(All Classes)

July 18, 2009 Wikstrom's Baker Cup Modified Special (No 4)

July 25, 2009 Border State Bank NOSA Outlaw Sprint Special (No MM)

August 1, 2009 Life Care Medical Center Regular Race (No PS)

August 8, 2009 Brodin sheet Metal Fan Appreciation Jam The Stands Night ½ Price adult tickets

August 15, 2009 Races Plus King of The Ring Car Demo(No 4, MS)

August 22, 2009 Sheldons Used Auto Parts Street Stock Special $500 to Win $100 to Start(All Classes)

August 29, 2009 Regular Races (All Classes)

September 5, 2009 Midwest Modified Special $500 to win $100 to start(All Classes)

September 6, 2009 Track Championships Plus Powder Puffs & Mechanic Races(All Classes)

September 7, 2009 Rain Date 3:00PM



As we come to the planting season, it is a good time to look at the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13.

 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 He who has ears, let him hear."

 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"

 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
   "Though seeing, they do not see;
      though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
  " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
      you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
 15 For this people's heart has become calloused;
      they hardly hear with their ears,
      and they have closed their eyes.
   Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
      hear with their ears,
      understand with their hearts
   and turn, and I would heal them.' 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

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Danny Dybedahl is getting a head start on raising potatoes with this wagon garden. He planted the potatoes and pulls the wagon outside during the daytime and inside at night. The doors on the sides are to reach in and pull the potatoes off so as not to disturb the plant. He says that if the first potato on the roots is removed this way, the rest will get bigger. Will keep you posted as to how it worked for him.


Photos from the Annual Goodridge Lions Auction


Picture of the Week

What causeway is this somewhat south of conifer stream? Though this water body might be mistaken for a lake on a recent sunny day, it is actually something else.


Many folks knew that last week’s picture was of an old church just  north of Quick, no, Swift.