Listen to the Weekly Radio Readings by Sheila Winstead, RCHS Board Member
Recorded February 2019
February 3 This story comes from a book at the Roseau County Museum, created and edited in 2016 by Dennis Green.
These are the some Memories of Swift written by Ray Green included in that book. Some of the stories were published in the Warroad Pioneer in 1993.
Living in Swift, Minnesota during the ‘30s was not unlike hundreds of rural communities across the country. Most people were busy trying to eke out a living and children had to do their share.
February 10 Sheila Winstead found an interesting booklet edited by Dennis Green called, “History and Memories of Warroad and Swift Minnesota”. She reads today the introduction to Dennis’ book today.
People traveling on Minnesota State Highway 11, may wonder why there are two highway signs, perhaps a half-mile apart, with the word “Swift” clearly printed on them, midway between Warroad and Roosevelt. Former residents of Swift will all know why. They will remember that at one time there was a thriving little village located at the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 11 and County Road 2.
February 17 To extend Valentine’s Day into this weekend, I’m going to share a story about the early days of KRWB radio station, which had a little romantic influence on our area. The letters RWB stood for Roseau, Warroad, and Baudette. This story was written by Shirley Welin Lenius, and with a nod to the airwaves, she calls it “Love Was in the Air”.
February 24 Last week for Valentine’s Day I read Shirley Welin Lenius’ story of how she and her husband DeWayne met when he was a young announcer at the new Roseau radio station KRWB in 1965. She told me the names of some of the earlier employees at the station, and I’ll share some of their romantic beginnings in Roseau, too.
Thank you to for letting us share the history of our county with your listeners.