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James R. Carlson Jr., 64, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, August 18, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Jim was born at Miles City, MT on June 1, 1950, the son of James and Nora (Hartse) Carlson Sr. He grew up in Miles City and graduated from Custer County High School. He attended St. Johns University in Minnesota where he received his degree in Political Science. Jim then attended the University of Montana Law School where he received his law degree, with honors. While attending law school, Jim married Diana Wells, his high school sweetheart, also of Miles City on February 2, 1974. Following completion of Law School, Jim and Diana moved to Helena, MT where Jim clerked for the Montana Supreme Court before opening a private practice in Miles City. Jim served as the County Attorney in Hysham, MT. Jim started a second career after attending Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he received a Masters Degree in Library Science. He was a librarian at the University of Idaho Law School while Diana worked on her doctorate in Mathematics at Washington State University.  Upon Diana’s graduation, they moved to Grand Forks, ND where Diana taught at the University of North Dakota and Jim worked in the library system. Sadly, Diana passed away on December 27, 2007. Jim moved to Crookston a year later and was a librarian for the University of Minnesota Crookston until his death. An issue of the Idaho Law Review was dedicated to Jim for his accomplishments in 1992. The dedication sums up what many students and faculty saw when they interacted with him in the library: “an infinite cheerfulness and a genuine zest for intellectual challenges”. He had a genuine love of research and learning that was infectious. The educational setting was natural to Jim where he could help others with their investigations, work with students of all ages, and keep himself and the library abreast of all the newest technology. Because of his exceptional work with faculty, staff, and students at UMC, in 2009, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Professional and Administrative Award and was later featured in the student paper. His love of technology, students, information and learning showed through. Anyone who met Jim, was also introduced to his sense of humor. He had a way of cheering everyone up and making their day better. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Diana, his mother Nora (Pat) Hartse Carlson, his father James R Carlson Sr, his brother Michael Carlson, and his sister Laurie Carlson Trusty. He is survived by his nephew Paul Trusty and niece Jennifer (Tug) Trusty, his siblings Mary Rieley and sons Michael and Patrick of Helena MT, Amy (Jim) Strecker of Billings, MT, John (Judi) Carlson and their children Christopher, Kaili, and Markus of Kennewick WA, David (Nancy) Carlson and daughter Ellen, of Billings, MT, Kathleen "Kitty" (Tim) Carlson of Elk River, Minnesota, Joan (Doug) Hatch and children Nathan, Emily, Sarah and Kelli of Fort Collins, CO and Charles "Charlie" (Beth) of Billings, MT, and his aunt Sister David and uncle Walter Carlson. 
 A memorial service celebrating the life of Jim Carlson will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014, with Deacon Dennis Bivens, presiding. A time for greeting his family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Saint John’s Abbey Cemetery at Collegeville, MN.  Blessed be the memory of James R. Carlson Jr. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Joseph Harren, Warroad, MN formerly of Red Lake Falls, MN, died Sunday August 17, 2014 at Warroad Senior Living Center, Warroad, MN.
Memorial mass will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bill DeCrans Officiating.  Burial will be held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery near Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Monday one hour prior to services at the church.
Hon. J. A. Harren “Joe” was born Joseph Aloysuis Harren on May 6, 1928 to Joseph C. and Walburga (Bergman) Harren of Freeport, Minnesota. Joe passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 17, 2014 at the age of 86. 
Joe attended Melrose High School, St. John’s University, South Dakota State University, and St. Paul College of Law, (William Mitchell College of Law), earning his law degree in 1951.  He worked his way through college and Law school by, among other things, catching for some of the best pitchers in Minnesota semi-pro baseball. 
While a senior in law school Joe visited Red Lake Falls on a business assignment for his employer and was impressed by the natural beauty of the city.  It was located nearly halfway between his home town in Stearns County, Minnesota and that of his fiancée who was a practicing Registered Nurse in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. Later upon his discharge from the Army in January, 1952 he opened he opened a law practice in Red Lake Falls.
In June of 1952 Joe married Marie Blanche “Jeanne” Deschenes from Dunrea, Manitoba.     The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls and raised their ten children there.  
Joe built a successful law practice in RLF where he served as the city attorney.  In 1964 Joe was first elected Judge of Probate Court, a position which permitted him to continue his practice of law on a limited basis.  In 1968 Marshall County was added to his jurisdiction.  In June 1971 he became the first County Court Judge in the state of Minnesota under the new Court Reform law and later served as Chief Judge of the Marshall-Red Lake- Pennington Count Court District. In 1991 he retired after more than 40 years dedicated to the Law. 
In Red Lake Falls Joe enjoyed recreational baseball and softball. He coached youth hockey and enjoyed many years as a firearms safety instructor.  He was a charter member of the oak knolls golf club and took great pride in the course he and his friends built along the Clearwater River.    He was a member of the Sportsman club and helped to convert “the dump” near the confluence of the Red Lake and Clearwater Rivers (the point) into a sportsman’s park.  He enjoyed membership and service in the American Legion Club, the Commercial Club, the Pathfinder’s snowmobile club, the SJU Alumnae Association and the Blue Line Club. He served on the Red Lake County Bank Board of Trustees and was an active member of St Joseph’s Parish and The Catholic Order of Foresters. 
Following childrearing and retirement Joe and Jeanne moved their home to Swift Ditch, East of Warroad   Joe had a lifelong love of the outdoors and shared that joy with his children and grandchildren supporting and encouraging faithfully.  He was happiest when he was with Mother Nature.  He enjoyed  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, manual labor, mushroom hunting, berry picking, bird/nature watching, his many canine companions, his trademark pipe, hiking and spending time at his hunting cabin in Beltrami Island.   
Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne;  children John (Patricia) of Warroad MN, Richard (Suzanne) Wasilla AK, Jeannette Knott of Red Lake Falls, Susan (Knute) Knutson of Red Lake Falls, Jacquelyn (Brent) Edison of Bismarck ND, Mark (Dawna) of Warroad MN, Peter (Monique) of Anchorage AK, Sheila (Perry) Nagel of Grand Forks ND, and Paulette (John) Ditzler of Eagle River AK;  39 grandchildren;  26 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in the U. S. and Canada. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his son William. 


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Timothy Sipe, 61, Fargo, ND, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Timothy Clifford Sipe was born November 27, 1952, in Ada, MN, the son of A. C. (Tony) and Clarabelle (Ellingworth) Sipe. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada. Tim attended school in Ada where he excelled in sports and graduated with the class of 1971. Following high school he enrolled at the University Of North Dakota and played baseball on a scholarship. Tim (Timmy) was united in marriage to Rita Jakobson on April 11, 1989, in Las Vegas, NV. He was a devoted husband, and took great care of his beloved wife. Together they enjoyed caring for their cats. They made their home in Fargo, where he worked for ShareHouse for 29 years. He was proud to be recently awarded the “Employee of the Year.”  He enjoyed people and had a good rapport with people of all walks of life. He really enjoyed his co-workers and his customers.  Timmy continued to participate in sports, especially golf, bowling, and softball. He and his Dad alternated winning the Ada City Golf Tournament in the 1970’s. Timmy was hardworking, dedicated, and a humble person. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching the Twins and Vikings. “His smile and welcoming easy presence will be missed by all who knew him.” 
Timmy is survived by his wife of 25 years, Rita, his mother Clarabelle Sipe of Ada, four sisters, Teri (Pat)  Deutsch, Rochester, MN, Tamara, (Kevin) Anderson, Ada
, Trudy (Steve) Collins, Billings, MT, and Trisa (Alan) Olson,  Valley City, ND, and several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Tony, and in-laws, Eduards & Janinia Jakobson, formerly of Carrington, ND. Funeral services will be 11:00AM Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, with visitation for one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home  Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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Marion I. Larson, age 96, of Grand Forks, ND, and formerly of rural Climax, MN, died late Wednesday afternoon, August 6, 2014, at Woodside Village in Grand Forks, ND. Marion was born on her parent's farm in Vineland Township, near Climax, MN, on August 8, 1917, the daughter of R.T. Cecil and Olive (Jevning) Neil. She grew up on the farm and was baptized and confirmed at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church. Marion attended District 6 country school and graduated from Climax High School in 1935. She remained on the farm until her marriage to Elmer J. Larson on October 26, 1941 at Sand Hill. Marion and Elmer first lived in Grand Forks, ND and later moved to Moorhead, MN. In 1946 they returned to the Climax area and settled in Tynsid Township to farm and raise their family. Marion and Elmer were very devoted lifelong members of the Sand Hill Lutheran Church and Marion was also a member of WELCA. In addition to their participation in organizations of the Climax Public Schools, they never missed any of the activities of their children while growing up, or those of several of their grandchildren. Marion was very interested in the history of the area and was a longtime member of the Polk County Historical Society. She was also referred to as the family's historian. Marion and Elmer retired from farming in 1983 and began traveling extensively throughout the United States, while also visiting every continent of the world with the exception of Antarctica. When they weren't off to some exotic locale they enjoyed quiet evenings at home listening to music or going out dancing. Marion was passionate about cake decorating and loved making special cakes for family birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and sometimes because she 'just felt like it'. Other favorite pastimes included quilting, sewing, and cooking. In 1999 she and Elmer moved from the farm into East Grand Forks, and then in 2011 to Valley Memorial Homes in Grand Forks. Sadly, Elmer passed away on December 25, 2013. Marion touched the hearts and lives of her family in so many ways and she will be dearly missed by all.
Marion leaves her five children: Judy (Bob) Hoffman of Waseca, MN, Linda (Darren) Pahl of Zumbrota, MN, Arlan (Dana) Larson of Climax, MN, Wanda (Bill) Scoville of Fargo, ND and Owen (Connie) Larson of Climax; fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, LouAnn Neil of East Grand Forks, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Elmer, her beloved husband of 72 years, Marion was preceded in death by her parents, R.T. Cecil and Olive Neil; and a brother, Robert Neil. May God bless Marion's memory.
A funeral service in celebration of the life of Marion Larson will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Climax, MN, with the Rev. Joy Grainger, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday from 5 to 7 PM, with a 7 PM prayer service and time of sharing, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place in the Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery. Online Registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Esther Lorraine Vandervort, 90, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, August 9, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Esther was born at Leonard, North Dakota on October 9, 1923, and was the seventh of eight children of the union of Lewis and Henrietta (Swenumson) Qualley. Her early childhood years were spent on the family farm until moving with her parents to Mentor, MN in the early 1930's. She attended Mentor Public Schools. On January 31, 1942 Esther was united in marriage to Marvin Vandervort at Crookston, and the couple lived and farmed near Mentor. During those early years of marriage, winters were spent at Blackduck, MN, where Marvin did logging, and then at Calumet, MN, where he was employed in the iron ore mines. Marvin and Esther moved into Crookston in 1948, while maintaining their farming operation. It was definitely a partnership with Esther bringing meals to the field and doing all of the bookkeeping, while running a busy household that included looking after their three children. Marvin also helped out on several area farms as well, until their retirement from farming in 1980. Esther later became a day care provider at the University of Minnesota-Crookston Children's Center. She absolutely loved her day care kids, and they adored her as another "grandma" in their young lives. Sadly, Marvin passed away on December 29, 1992. Esther and Marvin had celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary earlier that same year. Esther was a devoted member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Afternoon Guild. She was a very kind, gentle and humble lady; always there when someone was in need, and welcoming into her home those who needed a "family life". She was a good listener, with a calm, even disposition, and offered her counsel without judgement. Esther was a loving wife, mother, and friend who will be deeply missed. May God richly bless her memory. 
Grateful to have shared in Esther's life are her son and 2 daughters: Wayne Vandervort and Sandra Vandervort, both of Crookston, and Joan Lindquist, 4065 Pioneer Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58201; her son-in-law, Bruce Lindquist of Minneapolis, MN; a brother, Harold Qualley of Jackson, MN; a sister, Lillian Schuett of Bloomington, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her beloved husband, Marvin, Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Henrietta Qualley; a grandson, Eric Michael Lindquist, who passed away this past January; 3 brothers, Andrew and John, and infant, Alfred; and 2 sisters, Betsy Kjelvik and Josephine Dordal.
The funeral service honoring the life of Esther Lorraine Vandervort will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place in the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston, MN. Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com 


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Linda Diane Olson, 74, of Mentor, MN, died early Saturday morning, August 9, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Linda was born on June 25, 1940 in Crookston to Richard and Lucylle (Blasus) Berg. While growing up in Crookston she attended the McKinley School and Central High School. On November 21, 1958 she was united in marriage to Roger Dale Olson at Erskine, MN.  Linda and Roger lived and farmed in the Mentor, MN area all their married lives. In past years she had been employed at Jiffy Fry in Crookston, and the Marcoux Corner Bar and Restaurant. Since 1990 Linda and Roger had been spending winters  in Yuma, AZ. Linda was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fertile, MN.
Loving family members include Linda’s beloved husband of 55 years, Roger; 4 children: Rickie Lee of Fosston, MN, and Rod (Rachael) Olson, Michael Olson, and Rebecca Wilkinson, all of Mentor; 6 grandchildren: Breanna  Sandeen, Ryan and Emily Olson,  Heath Wilkinson, Holly (Josh) Bouvette, and Kara Wilkinson; a great-granddaughter, Emma Lynn Bouvette;   brother, Gary (Anita) Berg of Anoka, MN; sister, Kristi Larson of Moorhead, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Berg and Lucylle Berg Mulcahy; an infant son, Scott; and a brother-in-law, David Larson. Blessed be the memory of Linda Diane Olson. 
A memorial service for Linda Olson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.  Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Faith Cemetery at Mentor. Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

 

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Gerald Eugene Brekken, 59, of Fernley , NV , and a Crookston, MN native, died unexpectedly at his home of natural causes on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Gerald was born in Crookston on April 26, 1955, the son of Albert and Wanda (Pester) Brekken. He was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, attended Cathedral School, and graduated from Mount St. Benedict High School in 1973. While in high school, Gerald, or "Jonce" as he was known to his classmates and friends, participated in hockey, football, drama club, choir, and sang with the 'Belles and Beaus'. He also worked on the family farm with his dad and brothers. Gerald furthered his education at St. John's University at Collegeville, MN, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1977. He was united in marriage to Bridgett Bergan on June 3, 1978 at St. Cloud, MN. Four children were born to their union: Jonathan, Leah, Joshua, and Catherine. The growing family made their home in Richfield, MN until moving to Carson City, NV on March 13, 1987. Gerald taught Junior High English in Carson City for a year and then at Swope Middle School in Reno from 1988 until his retirement in 2009. Gerald was a member of the Nevada Education Association and the Arbor Day Foundation. In 2010 he moved to Fernley.  A favorite pastime was playing on-line scrabble with family members. He also enjoyed reading, gardening, and landscaping, and kept up with the news from Crookston via the Times and KROX websites. Gerald remained a loyal Twins and Vikings fan despite his many years spent in Nevada. He will be remembered as a very caring father and grandfather who gave his all for his kids.
Gerald leaves his 4 children and 3 grandchildren: Jonathan Brekken and wife, Lauren, and children, Avery and Eloise, of Houston, TX, Leah Brekken and daughter, Emma, of Carson City, NV, Joshua Brekken and fiance', Erin Hoffman, of Woodbury, MN, and Catherine Fernandez and Arturo of Carson City. He is also survived by his mother, Wanda Brekken of Crookston, MN; 7 brothers and 3 sisters: Roger (Edie) of Emily, MN, Dennis (Bev) and Vincent (Marie) of Crookston, David (Shirley) of Birchwood, WI, Greg (Maggie) of Goldsborg, NC, Mark (Jody) of Apple Valley, MN, Phil of Cottage Grove, MN, Marcie (Pat) McConville of Pinckney, MI, Chris (Bob) Olson of Paramount, CA, and Michelle (Elliott) Solheim of Crookston; a sister-in-law, Kristie Brekken Ricard of Crookston; an aunt and uncle, Howard and Evelyn Hanson of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Gerald was preceded in death by his father, Albert; brother, Curtis, and nephew, Jeremy. May God bless the memory of Gerald Eugene Brekken.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald Eugene Brekken will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be for one hour prior to the funeral service. Inurnment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Donald Robert Staehnke, 75, of Erskine, MN, died early Thursday morning, August 7, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with his loving wife, Gloria, and their children at his side. Don had been battling ill health for the past several years while never letting it defeat his spirit.
Don was born at Clearbrook, MN on August 24, 1938, one of five children born to the union of Harold and Florence (Hanson) Staehnke. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and first attended elementary school in Clearbrook. At the age of 9 he moved with his family to Badger, MN, and completed his education as a 1956 graduate of Badger High School. Don spent a year doing construction work before entering the U.S. Army on December 2, 1957. He was stationed stateside at Fort Riley, KS until his honorable discharge on February 9, 1959. He returned home and then began working at the Farmers Coop Elevator in Stephen, MN. On October 22, 1960 he was united in marriage to Gloria Jean Nelson at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Karlstad, MN. Don and Gloria made their home in Stephen until relocating to Crookston in 1962, where he was employed by the Crookston Farmers Coop Elevator. In 1967 he left to become manager of the Roseau, MN Coop Elevator, and held that position until returning to Crookston in 1969, becoming manager of the local Coop Elevator a year later. Don retired in 1995 and soon after he and Gloria moved to their lake home on Union Lake, near Erskine. For the next several years Don did interim work in a management capacity at elevators throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Complete retirement meant more time to pursue lifelong pastimes including fishing, ice fishing, and deer hunting with his kids and grandkids. His friendly, outgoing nature led to his family calling him a 'social butterfly.' Don always exhibited a keen interest in whatever those around him were doing, so much so, that he would take on the challenge of learning and doing those things himself. He was currently a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine, and a former member of Rodnes Lutheran Church, near Erskine, and Crookston's Trinity Lutheran Church. He also held memberships in the American Legion, Eagles Aerie, Lions Club, and JayCees. In past years he had been a member of the Volunteer Fire Departments of both Roseau and Crookston. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be very sadly and lovingly missed by his family and many friends.
Don is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Gloria; their 4 children: Robert (Denise) Staehnke of Fosston, MN, Nadine Waxler of Champlin, MN, Laurie (Curt) Caillier of Crookston, MN, and Brenda Liebman Staehnke of Moorhead, MN; 15 grandchildren: Matt (Emily) Staehnke, Ben Staehnke, Tommy (Beth) Staehnke, Trevor, Landon, and Max Staehnke, Annie (Tim) Strader, Suzanne (Drew) Hasian, Erich Waxler, Andy (fiance', Shanon) Caillier, Jake, Lilly, and Erron Caillier, and Brandon and Alex Liebman; and 8 great-grandchildren: Mya, Layla, Danika, Levon, Aubrey, Adley, Clara, and Braxton. He also leaves a brother, Glenn (Edith) Staehnke of Rogers, MN; 2 sisters, Myrtle (Clarence) Ellis of Crookston, and Elaine and Donald Lange of Brooklyn Park, MN; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Karen (Ragnar) Bjornson of Middleboro, MA, Clyde (Kathy) Nelson of Karlstad, MN, and John (Margie) Nelson of Hoyt Lakes, MN; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Florence; son-in-law, Brent Waxler; 2 grandchildren; and a sister, Gloria) Manley) Gustafson. May God bless Don's memory.
The funeral service for Donald Robert Staehnke will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 11, 2014, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine, MN, with The Rev. Timothy Lundeen, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-5:00 p.m., with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, near Erskine, with Military Honors provided by Erskine American Legion Post #596. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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