When Roberta Olson was 10 years old, a Girl Scout leader asked her troop if anyone would like to be the troop’s reporter.
Roberta instantly put her hand up.
She’s been reporting ever since.
Olson told the story during an open house in her honor on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at A.J.’s Cafe. She recently retired after working more than 22 years with the Osakis Review.
Her career in newspapers spans more than 64 years.
After her Girl Scout days, Olson went on to work for more than a dozen newspapers, including the Ashland Daily Press in Wisconsin, the Duluth News Tribune, the Fertile Journal and the County Journal in Washburn, Wisconsin.
Roberta and her husband, John, owned the Review from 1988 to 2001. She was also the editor of the Melrose Beacon for eight years, covered Osakis City Council and Osakis School Board for the Review since 2010 and is also a reporter for the Dairyland Peach.
At the open house, well-wishers stopped by to visit with Roberta and John.
What’s up next for Roberta? She’ll continue in her eighth year as a Foster Grandparent at Sauk Centre Elementary School and will continue to research her family history, which led to the publication of her new book, “The Hermit Murder.” She and John will also have more time to follow the activities of their six grandchildren.