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Ronald Allen “Ron” Prudhomme, 58, a lifelong Crookston, MN resident, died unexpectedly of natural causes Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017, at RiverView Health in Crookston. Ron was born in Crookston on March 16, 1959, one of seven children of the union of Paul and Evelyn (Hince) Prudhomme. He grew up on the family farm in Kertsonville Township, was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in nearby Gentilly, and graduated from Crookston’s Central High School in 1977. His graduation was on a Sunday and the very next day he began working for The Dahlgren Company, which specialized in processing sunflower seeds. This coming June 1st would have marked his fortieth anniversary with the Company. While growing up, Ron worked with his father and brothers on the farm, and helped Marcie Erdmann with her farming operation as well. In 1986 Ron established a sideline business, Ron’s Lawn Care, which he continued to operate to this day. He was united in marriage to Darla Marie Heng on April 8, 1989 in Crookston. A few months later, in June, the couple purchased the farm he grew up on from his parents, and where they raised their 3 sons: Joshua, Alex, and Logan. Through the years Ron was very proud to have the boys working with him in the lawn care business. In 2002 he and Darla purchased a semi-tractor and trailer and started R and D Trucking; delivering Dahlgren products throughout the region. They also owned several trailers used to haul composting materials made from Dahlgren sunflower waste products. For many years Ron had also been helping on the Francis DeBoer farm with spring planting and the fall sugar-beet harvest. Basically, work was his hobby, and vacations were taken from Dahlgren’s to do different work. With a smile and that ever-present twinkle in his eye, Ron joked on more than one occasion; “I don’t have time to sleep. I’ll sleep when I die.” He was devoted to Darla and the boys, and will be missed dearly. They’re pretty sure that he has probably already found a couple jobs in heaven and is busily looking for more! Ron is survived by his beloved wife, Darla; their 3 sons and grandson: Joshua Prudhomme and his wife, Annabelle, and their son, Grayson, of West Fargo, ND, Alex Prudhomme of Crookston, MN and his girlfriend, Katrina Lazur of Reynolds, ND, and Logan Prudhomme at home, and a senior at Crookston High School; 6 siblings: Debbie Peterson and husband, Bill, of Crookston, Sue Bachand and husband, Howard, and Karen Lyczewski and fianc`e, Bob Klocek, all of East Grand Forks, MN, Brenda Prudhomme and life partner, James Olson, and Tim Prudhomme and wife, Carrie, all of Crookston, and Mike Prudhomme and his girlfriend, Paula Bachmeier of Fisher, MN; together with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Evelyn. May Ron’s memory be treasured by all who were part of his life.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Allen Prudhomme will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.
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Gregory “Pete” Peterson, 62, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN.
Memorial Service to be held at a future date. Burial: Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro, ND. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

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Marlys Ruth Johnson, 88, of Maple Bay, MN, died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.  She was born on December 11, 1928, to Elling  and Mabel (Bowker) Ellingson in Epping, ND. Marlys grew up along with her two older sisters and brother in western North Dakota on a farm one mile outside of the little town of Epping.  At age 14 she enrolled in Augustana Academy at Canton, South  Dakota.  After graduating from Augustana in 1946 she attended Concordia College for one year and then L.B.I. in Minneapolis for two years.  It was at L.B.I. she met Ken and they married on April 22, 1951 at the Epping Lutheran Church. On April 22, 1951, Marlys was united in marriage to Kenneth Johnson at Epping.  They moved to Maple Bay where Ken worked in construction for various contractors and then in business for himself.  There they raised their three children – Tim, Virginia, and Rebecca.  Marlys worked for many years at Lee Nursery and also did house cleaning for seasonal homeowners on Maple Lake.  Ken died on September 15, 2005. Marlys was very active in the Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, along with being active in Ladies Aid and Circle she was also a long time Sunday School superintendent.  As superintendent Marlys wrote and directed many Sunday School Christmas programs.  She also recognized the untapped talent of many fine voices in the senior Sunday School department and formed and directed a girls chorus which performed in many area venues. Marlys spent many summers raising a large garden and the canning and freezing that goes with it.  She also was known for her cooking and baking. In 1977 Marlys and Ken went to Spain on a trip earned in Ken’s construction business.  For ten years they spent their  winters in Arizona where they enjoyed being with friends from ‘up north’ and entertained visiting family.  In 2000 Marlys and friend Myrtle Broden traveled together on a bus trip through scenic New England to see the fall colors. Ken died on September 15, 2005 and Marlys moved into an apartment in Fertile where she spent ten years.  In June of 2015 she moved to Fair Meadow where she enjoys the activities and good care. Marlys is survived by her children: Tim (Sue) Johnson, Maple Bay, MN; Virginia (Hal) Knapp, New London, MN; and Rebecca (Ivar) Berg, Fargo, ND; 12 grandchildren: Brad (Lisa) Johnson, Jill (Paul) Haugen, Mark (Skyler) Johnson, paul (Chloe) Johnson, Mat Johnson, Angela (Jeffrey) Rausch, Michael  and 21 great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, 2005, brother, Leroy Ellingson, and two sisters: Joyce Melland and Jean Anderson. Memorial Service:  11 AM Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN. Visitation: 5-7 PM with Prayer Service 6:30 PM Friday, March 24, 2017, Visitation at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial: Maple Bay Free Lutheran Cemetery, Maple Bay, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Carolyn Joan Perry, 85, of Crookston, MN, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 16, 2017, at the RiverView Care Center in Crookston. Carolyn was born in Crookston on October 29, 1931, one of 5 children of the union of Charles William and Clarice Winifred (Thompson) Perry. She grew up in Crookston, was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and attended the McKinley Elementary School through 4th grade. For the next few years Carolyn remained at home because of health conditions and special education needs. At the age of 13 she moved to a specialized facility in Cambridge, MN devoted to helping further Carolyn’s education and develop certain life skills. From there she relocated to a group residence in the Twin Cities before returning to Cambridge, where she worked in the dietary department of a local nursing home. Then, after a short time spent in Fergus Falls, Carolyn returned to Crookston in July of 1974, taking up residence at the Villa St. Vincent. In 1976 Carolyn began doing assembly work at Crookston’s Occupational Development Center, retiring from the ODC in 1996. She moved to the RiverView Care Unit on July 10, 1997. Carolyn was a lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and her favorite pastimes included playing the piano, and doing rug hooking and embroidery. She will be very sadly missed by all who were a part of her life.
Loving family members include her brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Marlys Perry of Crookston, MN; 2 sisters, Carol DuCharme of Ridgefield, WA and Janna Capp of Maplewood, MN; 10 nieces and nephews: Jana Brinlee of Ridgefield, WA, Lori Harrison of Mesa, AZ, Debra (Lonn) Kiel of Crookston, Jon (Penny) Perry Jr. of Vergas, MN, Charles (Julie) Perry of Crookston, Robert (Beth) Perry of Grand Forks, ND, James (Patty) Perry of Crookston, Timothy Wall of Maplewood, MN, Thomas Wall of St. Paul, MN, and Ian Wall of Minneapolis, MN; together with several great-nieces, great-nephews, and other family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Clarice; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Aurel Ekvall; 3 brothers-in-law: Richard Ducharme, Delbert Wall, and John Capp; and a niece and nephew, Marsha DuCharme and Michael DuCharme. May God richly bless Carolyn’s memory.
The funeral service for Carolyn Perry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com


 

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Patricia "Pat" Ann Haire, 84, Fertile, MN, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Memorial Service: 11 AM Friday, March 24,2017, at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation: 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com
 

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Raymond Edwin Christian, 84, of Fertile, MN and Mesa, AZ, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and friends.  Selmer Lawrence Dahle, Jr. (Ray) was born January 4, 1933 to Selmer and Jennie (Lorentzen) Dahle at Rochester, MN, the eighth of nine children. He was baptized along with his mother and 3 brothers at Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN on June 18, 1936. Orphaned a month later at the age of 3, he resided at the Lutheran Welfare Society in Minneapolis, MN under the name of David Dahle.  Edwin and Martha Christian brought him to their home on Oct. 29, 1938. He was officially adopted by the Christians on January 29th, 1939.They changed his name to Raymond Edwin Christian. A few years later, the Christians also adopted Ray’s biological brother, Roy. Ray graduated from the Fertile High School in 1951 and attended Beloit College and the University of MN – St. Paul campus. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952-1954 where he earned Corporal status. He fought in the Korean War.  After his medical disability discharge, he graduated from Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks, ND. On July 14, 1956, Ray was united in marriage to Nancy Fritz at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waubun, MN. The ceremony was performed by her father, Pastor Charles A. Fritz, and Pastor G. Walther Tolo. They have been blessed with five children. They have resided in Fertile since their marriage and since 2008 have spent the winter months in Mesa, AZ. Ray bought his parents’ business, the Fertile Hatchery, in 1958. It evolved into Farm Service and Feed Co. He began farming in 1959, continuing until 1978 when he began to rent out his land.  He purchased the GMC franchise in 1970 from Jerry Petersen, renaming it Ray’s GMC. He also owned and operated an Arctic Cat and Viking snowmobile dealership.  In 1976 he purchased the former John Deere building on the north side of Fertile and began Christian Motors. In 1987 he became the Sr. partner in Finley Motors, Finley, ND. Following heart surgery in 1991, he retired from the car businesses. Eventually he formed and continued to operate Christian Excavating. Ray was always proud of his employees who went on to start their own businesses. He was happy to be reunited with a former employee, Jerome (Butch) Olson, as the foreman of the excavating business. Ray had a love for speed, which started with an Indian Motorcycle in high school, to fast cars, snowmobiles, airplanes, 4-wheelers, boats and more.  He was a licensed pilot as well as his wife, Nancy.  Ray would fly with Nancy by his side as the navigator; they made a great team.  His love for snowmobiles has been passed on to two generations. He was an avid hunter, loved to collect a wide variety of guns and would relax watching westerns.  He is better known as Bigfoot by his friends.  Even though his size was intimidating to some, he had a huge heart to help others.  He loved his family and would always be heard saying “I am blessed”.  Ray served on the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Board, The Fertile Flying Club Board, Finley Economic Development Council, Concordia Lutheran Church Council and many other various boards. Ray was elected mayor of Fertile on a write-in ballot in 1996. He served 4 years before deciding not to run again. As he traveled on business or pleasure trips he always looked for possible ideas to bring back to Fertile to make it a thriving community.  He was among the original group that started the Sandhill River Golf Course and a member of the golf club. In 1995 he was Co-Citizen of the Years. In 2003, he was awarded the Korean War Service Medal for his service.  In 2016, he, along with his four sons, was named Outstanding alumni of Fertile-Beltrami School.  Also in May, 2016, in recognition of his service in the Korean War, Ray was honored to be part of the WDAY Honor Flight to Washington DC. Ray is survived by his wife, Nancy, one daughter, Cynthia (Steven) Hibbard of Ocala, Florida; four sons: Todd (Carolyn) of Fertile, Dwight (Kari) of Union Lake, Erskine, Stuart (Penny) of Union Lake, Erskine, Karl (Kelsey) of Finley, N.D.; fourteen grandchildren: Erin (John) Beitelspacher, Allison, Angela and Christopher Christian; Logan, Kora and Josie Christian; Kalie, Andrea, Mariah and Natalie Christian; Jonathan Hibbard; Madison and Evan Christian; three great-grandchildren, Henry, Lucy and Ella Beitelspacher; two brothers: Lawrence (Helen) Dahle of Tempe, AZ, Eugene (Kathleen) Johnson, White Bear Lake, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Selmer and Jennie Dahle and the only parents he ever knew, Edwin and Martha Christian; two sisters: Sue (Vernon) Johnson and Katherine (Roy) Vaughn; four brothers: Roy Christian, Charles Dahle, George Dahle and Gordon Tellijohn; one grandson, David Hibbard, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN on Wednesday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 21st at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the East Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.  A memorial service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Chapel, Mesa, AZ on Friday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, we would like to continue Ray’s legacy of helping others.  Any memorials will be given to his favorite charities and organizations:  Concordia Lutheran Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Northland Rescue Mission, Mayo Clinic Cardiac Research and people in need.  He was loved.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, MN
www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Marvin “Mossy” Tibbetts Jr., age 41, of Naytahwaush, MN, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Detroit Lakes, MN, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2:00 pm at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Naytahwaush, MN.  Visitation will be held Friday, March 17th from 5-9 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm, also at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.  Interment will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery, Naytahwaush. Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen.  Online website: www.andersonfamilyfh@arvig.net

 

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Patricia “Pat” Ann (Stringham) Beauchane, 77, Fertile, MN, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Riverview Hospital, Crookston, MN.  She was born on June 5, 1939, to Albert and Jenny Vera (Allison) Stringham at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Pat was raised in Sioux Falls, attending the Washington High School, graduating in 1957.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Music Education Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls in 1961.  Pat began teaching Music Education in 1961 to 1965 at Greybull, WY, moving to Devils Lake, ND in 1965 to 1967 and she finished her career in 1998 at Northrop Elementary School in Thief River Falls, MN.  On September 24, 1971, Pat was united in marriage to Kenneth Beauchane at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Thief River Falls, MN.
Pat was an avid reader and Sudoku, Crossword Puzzle, and Yahtzee player.  She enjoyed gardening and canning vegetables she grew.  Pat was able to travel to Bolivia to visit her sister and appreciated many trips with Gary and Maxine Walter.  Pat and Ken were foster parents for many youth and adults who needed care and love during times of crisis.  She was a member of Eagles Auxiliary 2368, Local Pres. and District 2 Pres. DAC Board and Director for the Little Brothers/Little Sisters Board and Director and Pres.  She was also a member of McIntosh Garden Club.
Pat is survived by her husband, Ken, Fertile; sister-in-law, Fern Stringham, Sioux Falls, SD, and Dorothy (Ernie) Franklin, Orange Park, FL; brothers-in-law, Daniel Beauchane, Owensville, IN, Richard Beauchane, Ron (Monica) Beauchane, Red Lake Falls, MN; nephews and nieces: Beverly (Bill) Roesch, Montrose, CO, Alan (Vicky) Foster, Medina, OH, Anna Foster, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, SA, Albert (Guyanna) Stringham, Rockford, IL, Paul (Maryanna) Stringham, Newborn, TN, Wayne Stringham, Sioux Falls, SD, step nieces and nephews, Shelly Gardner, Sioux Falls, SD, Peggy Werner, Fergus Falls, MN, Jay Powell, Sioux Falls, SD, Jimmie Powell, VA; Beauchane nieces and nephews: Jody (Stacy) Beauchane, Fertile, MN, Chad (Bess) Beauchane, Fertile, MN, Eric Franklin, Carlsbad, CA, Elliott (Tara) Franklin, Sugarland, TX, Debbie (Bo) Higgenbotham, Orange Park, FL, Ann (Randy) Gillund, Red Lake Falls, MN, Justin (Ruth) Beauchane, Fargo, ND, Christopher (Nichole) Beauchane, Red Lake Falls, MN, and Michelle Touketto, Fishers, IN; and great friends, Gary and Maxine Walter, Mark and Sue Berberich and Linda Olson; special dog, Coco.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, William (Bill) Stringham, and one sister, Lois (Lester) Foster and nephew, Russell Stringham.
Funeral: 11 AM Monday, March 20, 2017, St. Lawrence Catholic Church Mentor, MN. Visitation: 4-6 PM with a prayer service at 5:30 PM Sunday, March 19, 2017, St. Lawrence Catholic Church Mentor, MN. Burial: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141), www.eriksonvikfh.com


 

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Allen L. Chesley, 82, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 11, at Vibra Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. A memorial service will be held in the summer to celebrate Allen's life. Arrangements by Heritage Cremation

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Paul L. Burd, 83, Nielsville, MN, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.
Paul was born July 3, 1933, to Lynn and Ethel Burd at Crookston, Minnesota hospital. He was baptized and confirmed at St Petri Church in Nielsville.  Paul attended rural school District #19 for several years and then went on to Nielsville School and finished high school in Climax.  During these years, he raised milk goats and worked for area farmers including picking potatoes at the Brekke Farm to earn enough to purchase a new bicycle.
Following high school in 1952, he along with Stanley Roningen and others enlisted in the United States Army.  He trained at Fort Benning, Georgia in the 51st Airborne Division.  He was proud of his 29 jumps as paratrooper which were all in the United States.  Following military duty he lived in the Minneapolis area employed mostly by the Mosaic Tile Company in various positions.  During this time he met Marjorie Isaacson from Pelican Rapids and they were wed on January 25, 1958.  The couple lived in Fridley, MN.  Three sons blessed their lives, Timothy, Terry and Ricky.  In the spring of 1968, they moved to the Burd family farm in Nielsville to assist a brother, Harry in farming.  After Harry's death Paul and his sons continued to farm.  In 1992, Paul joined his son Terry in the maintenance department at Halstad Lutheran Home for 13 years.  After his retirement in 2005, he helped Terry and Kathi in their lawn mowing service.
Surviving Paul is his family: Loving wife Marjorie, sons Timothy (Michele), Lebanon, OR; Terry (Kathi), Ada, MN; Ricky, Nielsville, MN. Grandchildren: Luke (Heather), Levi (Erin), Lydia (Jon), Joseph (Jeremy), Amanda, Clint (Alysia). Great-grandchildren: Chloe, Bentley, Lynn, Carter, Brennan, Forest, Charles, Charlotte. Sister: Jean Ehrichs, Roseville, MI. Sister-in-law: Shirley Isaacson, Otsego, MN. Brothers-in-law: Richard Isaacson, Minneapolis, MN and George Beatty, Ashville, NC. And many nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Norman, Harry and Norman, sisters Evelyn, Mary Anne and Dorothy.
May Jesus bless his memory among us.
Memorial Service: 2:00pm, Friday, March 17, 2017, at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: St. Petri Lutheran Cemetery, rural Nielsville, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Harvey Louis Hagl,  83 of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center at Erskine, MN. Service of Christian burial will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating, and Deacon John Bruggeman. Burial will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery at Terrebonne. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. Harvey Louis Hagl was born February 27, 1934 in Gervais Township, rural Red Lake Falls, MN son of Louis and Luella (Meyer) Hagl. He attended school in Red Lake Falls. Harvey worked as an independent trucker hauling over the road and in later years local runs. His last job was hauling for the Red Lake Falls Elevator. On Oct. 5, 1964 Harvey was united in marriage to Judith Leas at Crookston, MN. The couple made their home in Gentilly. Judith passed away February 9, 1974. Harvey moved into Red Lake Falls in May of 1974. Harvey was remarried to Violet Larson at Terrebonne. She passed away in 2005. He enjoyed fishing, spearing in the winter and playing cards. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Harvey is survived by his children Pamela (Randy) Bradshaw of Red Lake Falls, MN, and Harvey Jr. Hagl of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren Sarah Manning of Red Lake Falls, MN, Christine (Adam) Slotten of Fargo, ND, Leah Manning of Red Lake Falls, MN and Kari (Ben) O’Donnell of Fargo, ND; great-grandchildren Abby, Lexi, Nathan, Mikael, Tymothy, and Amelia. Siblings Joseph (Pat) Hagl of Red Lake Falls, MN, Elizabeth (James) Sauve of Red Lake Falls, MN, Leonard “Pete” Hagl of Red Lake Falls, MN; along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, wives Judith and Violet, brothers and sisters James Vickery, Theresa Cardinal, Josephine DeHaan, Margaret Kehn, and Alfred Hagl.

 

 

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Merle J. Jesme, 75 of Thief River Falls, MN died suddenly on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Funeral Service will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN with Rev. Jonathan Dodson officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Plummer American Legion Post.  Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Newfolden, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Merle James Jesme was born July 15, 1941 in Wannaska, MN, the son of James and Pearl (Torfin) Jesme. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Merle graduated from Roseau High School in 1959. He moved to So. Milwaukee, Wisc. with his family and worked at the Patrick Cudahy Meat Packing Plant while studying at MIT. He also worked as a shipping clerk for a chemical supplier and Allan Bradley Electronics Co.. He became a licensed pilot of small engine planes in 1959. In February of 1964, Merle was drafted into the US Army. He served two years in Germany as a military policeman/repairman. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to employment at Allan Bradley Co. in Milwaukee. On June 10, 1967, Merle was united in marriage to Rebecca Odberg. Their only child, daughter Kelly, was born January 9, 1969. They lived in Middle River, MN where Merle and his brothers, Harold and Iver, purchased Overold Hardware. Merle had various careers in Middle River including sales at H&M Manufacturing, trucking (MJ Trucking), and driving grain truck. He had an interest in finance and held various positions at banks all over MN until 1977. He took a job in Plummer MN as the Executive Vice President of Plummer State Bank and in 1980 purchased 100% stock. He started The Plummer Agency, Inc. Insurance Sales and Real Estate Brokerage which he owned and operated until retirement.On February 8, 1997, Merle was united in marriage to Lorna Huotari in Plummer, MN. They established their home in Plummer, moving to Thief River Falls in 2014 and enjoyed spending the winters in Apache Junction, AZ. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Plummer, the American Legion, 40Et8, VFW, Lions Club International, Moose Lodge, and Eagles. Merle enjoyed spending his life fishing, hunting, playing poker, and having conversation with anybody willing to listen. He was also a huge advocate for lutefisk. He is survived by wife, Lorna; daughter, Kelly (Bruce) Thygeson of Thief River Falls, MN; four grandchildren, Marshall, Hannah, Lee Ann (Kayne), and Hollis; four stepchildren, DeeAnn (Jon) Egeland of Billings, MT, Cindy (Eric) Nielsen of Westby, MT, Neil (Laurie) Huotari of Wayzata, MN, and Bryce (Jenni) Huotari of Moorhead, MN; step grandchildren, Jonnie, Jorey, and Jamison Egeland; Taylor, Brett, and Katie Nielsen; Aiden, Zach, and Morgan Huotari; Carter, Grady, and Finley Huotari; one sister, Phyllis Larson of So. Milwaukee; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by late wife, Rebecca in 1993; parents, James and Pearl; one sister, Delores Palm; and two brothers, Iver and Harold Jesme. Merle Jesme passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his Thief River Falls home, with his loving wife by his side, at the age of 75 years, 7 months, and 24 days.Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com



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Arnie Skeie, age 79, of Winger, MN and Fosston, MN, owner of Ultima Bank Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, February 15th, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston. A celebration of Arnie’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th, at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Aage Carlsen officiating. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the celebration of life service in the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages to the family may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Arnold “Arnie” Klaebo Skeie was born March 19, 1937 in Winger, Minnesota on the Skeie family farm to parents Willie and Nina Nelson Skeie.  Arnie lived in Winger until he left to attend the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, Minnesota, now known as the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC). Upon graduation, he moved to the Mesabi Iron Range and worked as a welder to save money for college. It was there that he met his first wife, Jacqueline Johnston, with whom he had two daughters. It was his future father-in-law that encouraged Arnie to become an engineer.
Arnie graduated from South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, South Dakota in 1961 with an Electrical Engineering degree. Immediately following graduation, he began his 20-year career with Control Data Corporation in Minneapolis. Between 1961 and 1970, he lived in many locations prior to returning to Control Data world headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota.
In 1976, Arnie purchased Farmers State Bank of Winger. He continued working at Control Data for an additional five years before leaving to fully commit himself to a career in banking. In 2004, the bank became Ultima Bank Minnesota, and now has branches in Winger, Fosston, Plummer, Bemidji, and East Grand Forks.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Arnie was an active contributor to the success of the Winger-Fosston communities. He initiated the Winger Renewal Authority, and served extensively on the Fosston Economic Development Board. He was a member of the Rotary Club including serving as President, and was a member of the First Care Medical Services Board of Trustees including three years of service as Chairperson. In 2005, Arnie was awarded the “Top Aggie Award” by UMC.  The new positions of E-Commerce Analytics Faculty Scholar and Graduate Fellow were created through a gift to SDSU by Arnie in 2016.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Holmlund Skeie; daughters, Lorri (Rick) Skeie-Campbell of Corrales, NM and Dawn Skeie Crane of Fosston, MN; granddaughter Jourdan Crane of Hastings, NE; sister Colleen (Orval) Aakhus; brother-in-law Don Borgmann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother Maynard (Doris) Skeie; and sister, LaVonne Borgmann.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/give.html) or Mayo Clinic Neurology/Dysarthrias Research (https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc).



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Brian Schmitz, 52 of Red Lake Falls, MN died on Thursday, March 09, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner presiding, Father Antony Fernando Concelebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Red Lake Falls.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 12, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM with a prayer service at 5:00 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service.
Brian Schmitz was born on April 16, 1964 at St. John’s Hospital in Red Lake Falls, MN the son of Sylvester and Helen (Weiss) Schmitz.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls.  Brian attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls with the class of 1982.
Brian enjoyed farming and was proud to take over the family farm.
Brian enjoyed every holiday. He was known for his amazing Christmas, Halloween, and Easter villages. The 4th of July fireworks display will be remembered.  He also enjoyed threshing bees, attending auction sales, collecting antique equipment, darts, and attending nieces and nephews sporting events. Hunting with family and friends, snowmobiling, and spending time with his team of horses were also activities he liked.
Brian was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the Sons of American Legion, and the Tri River Pioneers in Plummer, MN.
Survivors include siblings, Gale (Carol) Schmitz of Thief River Falls, MN, Sharon (Mike) Riendeau of Brooks, MN, Joel (Judy) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, Terry (MaryJo) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, Kevin Schmitz of Sidney, MT, Roxanne (Ross) Cota of Red Lake Falls, Kristie (Rusty) Remick of Red Lake Falls, Cindy (Walter) Novak of Brooks, MN, Kent (Kathy) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, DelRae (Bruce) Skalsky of St Hilaire, Brenda (Wayne) Steinbrink of Crookston, MN, Paula (Denny) Tice of Mentor, MN, Troy (Stacie) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls; special dog, George; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great-niece,  aunts, uncles, relatives, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Helen Schmitz; nephew, Simon Schmitz; grandparents, Henry and Ida Weiss, John and Anna Schmitz; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
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Doris M. Bremer, 86, Twin Valley, MN, died Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Twin Valley Living Center, Twin Valley, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM, Monday, March 27, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN, with visitation one hour before the service. Burial: Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
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Paul L. Burd, 83, of Nielsville, MN, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Memorial Service: 2:00pm, Friday, March 17, 2017, at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville, MN. With visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at St. Petri Lutheran Cemetery, rural Nielsville, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home of Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)

 

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James Stordahl
, age 61, of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Tuesday, March 7th, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11th, at the Win-E-Mac High School gymnasium in Erskine, MN with the Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating. Interment will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, McIntosh. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10th,  for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. All visitation will be held at the Win-E-Mac High School gymnasium. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home, serving McIntosh, and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Jim was born on December 9th, 1955 in Fosston, MN to Orville and Marion Stordahl of McIntosh, MN, graduated from McIntosh High School in 1974 and remained an active member of the McIntosh community the rest of his life. In 1977 Jim married his soulmate (and the spice in his life), Roxanne Dufault and together, they had two amazing sons, Bryan and Bryce.
Although Jim held many positions throughout his life, for the last 21 years, he was employed by the University of Minnesota as a county extension agent, serving many counties. Jim was passionate about his work and serving others and had an amazing ability to connect with people, listen and resolve any issues they may have been having. He enjoyed the challenges of his work along with everyone he got to meet throughout his incredible career. Jim retired on June 30th 2016 and focused his energy on fighting to live. Jim never allowed cancer to change his life. He continued to live by faith and with purpose- spending every moment he could enjoying his family and friends and the organic dairy farm he so loved.
Jim lived for his family and especially cherished his time with his Grandchildren, Jens and Adler. They were his heart, his joy and his peace. He taught them to love the outdoors, animals and farming. Jens loved nothing more than to put on his boots and go out with his Grandpa to do chores, feed hay and greet each cow or take a ride in the tractor. He was so proud that they would be his legacy! Jim passed away peacefully on March 7th at 10:12PM at his beloved farm, surrounded by his family. Over the past year Jim had been battling and embracing his journey with cancer. Throughout his journey, Jim stayed true to who he was and what he stood for- impacting countless lives along the way with his kindness, support and encouragement.
Jim is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Roxanne, his faithful son, Bryce, Andrea, who was more than a daughter than a daughter in law and his two precious grandchildren, Jens and Adler (McIntosh, MN). Sister Ann Stordahl and her husband, Kelly Austin (Dallas, TX), brother Dave Stordahl and his wife Wanda (Keifet) Stordahl (McIntosh, MN). Mother in law, Madeline Dufault and Father in law Lawrence Dufault (Gentilly, MN), brother in law, Randy Dufault and his wife Kathy (East Grand Forks, MN), brother in law Tony Dufault and wife Deb (Grand Forks, ND), brother in law, Robin Dufault and girlfriend, Diane (East Grand Forks), sister in law, Charlene Schlueter and husband Bob (Hutchinson, MN), sister in law Tammy Scheving and husband Roger, sister in law Lonie Woltjer and husband, Andy (Moorhead, MN) and brother in law, Marlin Dufault (Gentilly, MN) and many, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and dear friends.
Welcoming Jim to his heavenly home was his son Bryan and infant, Erin. His parents, Orville and Marion Stordahl and many beloved family members, friends and animals. In honor of Jim’s life, the family will be setting up the Jim Stordahl scholarship fund for Win-E-Mac students.

 

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Cecelia Klipping,
of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN with her loving family by her side. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM  at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father John Christianson Officiating and Deacon John Bruggeman.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 5 – 8 PM with a prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 7:00 PM and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. Cecelia “Cis” Lucette Klipping was born Oct. 7, 1947 at Crookston, MN daughter of John and Lucille (Sewill) Pahlen. She attended Crookston High School graduating in 1965. On July 6, 1968 she was united in marriage to Arthur Klipping at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN. The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls where they raised their two children Darin and Joel. Cis worked as a CNA at St. Francis Hospital, was EMT on the Red Lake Falls Ambulance and Bookkeeper with Hal’s Auto and served as Para at Washington Elementary. Cis enjoyed fishing, painting, knitting, sewing, decorating, traveling, spending time with family and friends. She loved her summers at Lake of the Woods and Florida in the winter.  She loved every moment spent with her grandkids and great-grandchild. She is survived by her husband of 48 years Art of Red Lake Falls, MN; son Joel (Tanya) Klipping of St. Hilaire, MN; grandchildren Haley, Austin, Brianna, Madison, Nick, Kevin and Meah; one great-granddaughter Payten: siblings Randy (Jeanine) Pahlen, sister-in-law Bonnie Pahlen, Glenn Pahlen,  Frank (Bonnie) Pahlen, sister-in-law Renae (Steve) Philipp, Laura (Curt) Beyer, Linda (Keith Fuller) Hanson, Val (Darin) Myhre all of Red Lake Falls; brother-in-law Richard (Ernestine) Klipping and Harvey Klipping, sister-in-law Grace (Laddie) Hauglid along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Special friends: Sara Bekkedahl and Tammy Dejno. Cis is preceded in death by her son Darin Klipping, parents John and Lucille Pahlen, brothers Theodore, Donald, Timothy and Gary. Brother-in-law Delbert Schultz, Mother and Father-in-law Mildred and Eldon Klipping; sister-in-law Joan Klipping along with many other relatives.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth “Betsy” Ann (Reck) Reiff passed away on March 3, 2017, at her home in Plymouth, Minnesota, after a more than two year struggle with cancer.  She was 34. 
Betsy was born June 30, 1982, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Rev. William Reck and Loree (Newcomb) Reck and grew up in Crookston, Minnesota.  She graduated from Crookston High School in 2000 and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 2003 where she obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing. 
Immediately upon graduating from college, Betsy began working as a nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Betsy became a nurse because of her love for others and desire to serve those in need.
Betsy loved and was loved by many.  Her friends call her “[o]ne of the kindest, gentlest, and most unselfish human beings” who “show[ed] the light of God's love to everyone.”  Her love and faith were central to her life as Betsy ministered to those around her in Rochester and around the world, making multiple trips to Moldova to do medical mission work for the destitute.
“In life she exuded sunshine, kindness, and generosity.”  In death, she showed unwavering love and faith.  Despite the toils and hardships of her cancer struggle, her final words were, “I want to go to the Father.”
Instrumental in her life were her membership in the groups Salt and Light and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).  Many of Betsy's lifelong and wonderful friendships were formed in these groups, friendships founded on faith and love with friends who richly blessed Betsy, especially in her most difficult hours.  Even as Betsy was packing up to rush to the emergency room for her final hospital visit, she told her husband, “Don't forget to grab my Bible and BSF worksheet.”
All those who met her were richly blessed by her deep and abiding love, firm faith, and bubbly and infectious personality.  From her ready smile to her gentle moral certainty to her enthusiasm for life to her deep introspection, Betsy was a joy and an inspiration for all who took the time to get to know her.
Betsy was a woman of remarkable faith leading a Godly life; she also made every day one of joy and laughter as she never lost her inner child.  All those who knew her loved her laugh, which was ready and genuine.  Betsy always managed to find the bright side in every situation, even in her cancer.  While her cancer prevented her from having children of her own, Betsy loved children and was a veritable baby whisperer.
Betsy is survived by her husband, Daniel.  They were married on September 13, 2014.  She is predeceased by her mother, Loree Reck.  She is also survived by her father, William Reck, and stepmother, Jill Reck; brothers, Samuel, Peter, and Matthew Reck; father-in-law, Paul Reiff, and mother-in-law, Raychel Reiff; sisters-in-law, Kristell Reck, Melanie Reck, Allison Reck, Anna Reiff, Marija Reiff, and Rebekah Foster; brothers-in-law, Peder Reiff, Michael Long, and Taylor Foster; nieces, Loree, Evelyn, Kathryn, Peyton, Bella, and Elsa Reck, as well as nieces, Elizabeth Reiff, Valerie Foster, and Solveig Long; nephews, Christian Reck, Christopher Reiff, and Paul Calvin Foster; and step-siblings, Heather (Robert) Mayer and son Finley, Jon (Martha) Mielke and sons Bo and Solomon, and Holly (Daniel) Paul.
The funeral service for Betsy will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 11 at Association Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary, Hans-Nielsen-Hauge Memorial Chapel, 3120 East Medicine Lake Blvd, Plymouth, MN, with visitation one hour before the service. Visitation will also be held from 6-9 pm on Friday, March 10, with memory sharing beginning at 8 pm, at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel, 15800 37th Ave. N, Plymouth, MN. The graveside service for Betsy will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 12 at Olivia Cemetery in Olivia, MN. Assisting the family with arrangements: Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel (www.gearty-delmore.com).

 

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Susan Pratt, age 73, who survived her 30-year Hopkins Police veteran husband Jack by only 10 weeks, died Friday, February 17, 2017, from cancer-related complications.  She was born November 23, 1943, in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Irene and Paul Morin, grew up in Crookston, Minnesota, graduated from St. Josephs Academy, and worked at Bray's Clothing Store and Gambles in Crookston before moving to the Twin Cities. Sue and Jack were married September 16, 1967, and shared more than 49 years in marriage together. They knew each other "all their lives" as both their grandparents and parents were the best of friends.
Sue and Jack raised their sons Mike and Sean, and have three wonderful grandchildren, Dan, Kaija, and Millie, who gave them so much joy. The couple shared a lifelong love of exploration, frequently travelling off the beaten path to find cute little shops, to try local foods, and to find interesting adventures wherever they went. In their twilight years, they particularly enjoyed going on wonderful self-guided car tours throughout Europe. They never missed an opportunity to venture away from the main tourist attractions on spontaneous trips to the countryside to check out the local architecture, small markets, frites at the side of the road, pub fare, croissants in Paris, fish at a vendor stand by the sea, beautiful flower markets, quaint bed and breakfasts, chocolate shops, and people watching opportunities wherever they went. Sue was a quiet person who had a quick wit, enjoyed humor and loved great conversations. She was a talented artist in oils and tole painting, collected a variety of paints, pens & paper, loved a challenging crossword puzzle, reading books, watching rodeo bull-riding (she was mainly a fan of the bulls), had a knack for decorating, and enjoyed "cute stuff." She was a chocolate connoisseur, and shared her love of cooking by making a variety of classic recipes for family gatherings.
Sue lovingly cared for Jack during his extensive cancer treatment during the final few years of their lives together, and is preceded in death by him – Jack passed away December 5, 2016. She is also preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Harlan Otto, her brother & sister-in-law Gene and Mary Jane Morin, and her brother-in-law, Jerry Pratt. She is survived by her two sons: Michael Pratt, with his wife, Julie Pratt, and their children, Dan, Kaija, and Millie; and, Sean Pratt and his wife Julie Kesti. She is also survived by her adoring sister-in-law, Barbara Wright (Pratt) and her husband, Phil; Barbara’s daughter Jody Wait and her husband, Tracy, and their two children, Lily and Jaxon; her niece, Mikki Morin; her niece Allison DeCamillis and her husband, Joseph, and their two children Luca & Siena; and her nephew, Paul Morin and his wife,Tina, and their four children, Brook, Sara, Eric, and Josh.
She was a devoted wife, and well-loved sister-in-law/BFF, mother, grandmother and aunt. She will be greatly missed!
Memorial service Monday, March 6th, at 7PM, Gethsemane Lutheran church, 715 Minnetonka Mills Rd., Hopkins, MN. Visitation one hour prior. Reception to follow. Memorials preferred to the family for Susan’s preferred charities.

 

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Ricky “Rino” Simmons
, age 64, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Monday, February 20th, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 4th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fosston with Father JohnMelkies Suvakeen presiding. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Fosston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, March 3rd, and for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass on Saturday, March 4th. All visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fosston. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Ricky Luwayne Simmons was born on October 29, 1952 in Karlstad, Minnesota to parents Miland and Gilma Johnson Simmons. He grew up and attended school in Karlstad and Crookston. He attended the AVTI in East Grand Forks, Minnesota where he graduated in restaurant management. He worked at the M & H in Crookston, Florida and Grand Forks, spending several years as manager. Ricky was united in marriage to Audrey Curfman on August 6, 1983 in Fisher, Minnesota. Together they had three sons, David, Darren and Dustin and a step-daughter, Jodi. They spent many summers at the lake taking care of Dusty’s special needs, enjoying the outdoors, fishing and pontooning. Audrey passed away on September of 2012 . Ricky was currently residing in Crookston.
He loved watching football, especially the Vikings. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Ricky passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks at the age of 64 years.
Survivors include his sons, David (Jennifer) Simmons of West Fargo, ND, and Darren (Laura) Simmons of Fosston, MN; daughter, Jodi Simpkins; two grandchildren, Henry and Owen Simmons and one grandchild on the way; siblings, Rich (Raenelle) Simmons, Redgie “Buck” (Pam) Simmons, and Mark (Bonnie) Simmons; and one sister, Rosalie Simmons; brother and sisters-in-law, Alice (Beans) Wander, Tim (Donna) Curfman, Ted (Jan) Curfman, Theresa (Marvin) Stark, Sharol (Rick) Mason, Paul (Deb) Curfman, and Evelyn (Maurus) Karboviak. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; son, Dusty in 2008; his parents; step-father, Jerome “Crow” Boucher; foster brother, Peter Kuchan, Jr.; mother-in-law, Mary Motl; father-in-law, Glenn Curfman; and nephew, J.R. Simmons.

 

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Ethel Rebecca (Houglum) Hest,
88, of Ada, MN (formerly of Moorhead, MN and Perley, MN), passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017 at the Benedictine Living Community in Ada, MN. Ethel was born on April 10, 1928 to E.S. (Selmer) and Pauline (Shefveland) Houglum at their farm near Perley, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethania Lutheran Church, rural Perley, MN. She attended Riverside School near their farm, and later graduated from high school in Borup, MN in 1946. Ethel went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she received her teacher’s certificate. She taught elementary school for one year near Leonard, ND. Ethel married Ralph Hest on November 20, 1948 at Bethania Lutheran Church. They were blessed with seven children. Ethel and Ralph operated a dairy and crop farm near Perley, MN until retiring in 1989. They moved into Moorhead in 1993, and they lived there until Ralph’s death on December 31, 2014. Ethel then moved to the Benedictine Living Community in Ada, MN. Ethel defined the role of homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She hosted many events for both family and friends wherever she and Ralph were. She enjoyed sewing, and became a gifted quilter, providing beautiful quilts to her entire family. Ethel was known for her exceptional flower and vegetable gardens, as well as being a natural teacher to the entire family. Ethel was a devoted member of Kirkebo Lutheran Church of Perley, MN. She served in countless roles throughout the years, such as Sunday School teacher, WELCA leader, and choir member. She shared her gift of song, often singing duets with Ralph and in various quartets. Together with the ladies of the church, she helped stitch together innumerable quilts to be sold or donated. Ethel was active in 4-H, both as a member and as an adult leader. She volunteered as an aide at the elementary school in Perley for several years, and served on the boards of Norman County Social Services and Lutheran Homes of Halstad and Twin Valley. She was also active in her local garden and homemakers clubs. Ethel will be missed by all who knew her. Ethel is survived by Rick (Barb) Hest of Eagle Bend, MN; Jim (Terry) Hest of Grygla, MN; Russ (Joyce) Hest of Casselton, ND; Bruce (Cheryl) Hest of Minot, ND; Bryan of Perley, MN; and Becky (Dave) Smart of Ada, MN. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, a sister - Betty Blevins of Lakeland, FL, and two sisters-in-law - Bev Hest of St. Paul, MN and Geri Houglum of Duluth, MN. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Ralph; their daughter Nancy; her parents Selmer and Pauline Houglum; her brothers Arvid and Edward; her sisters and their spouses: Carol and Andy Midthune, Ruby and Myron Miller; and a brother-in-law, John Hest.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kirkebo Lutheran Church, Perley, MN
Visitation: Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM with at 5:30PM prayer service at Mission Court Chapel, on the campus of Benedictine Living Community in Ada.
Burial: Kirkebo Lutheran Cemetery, rural Perley.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)
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Anita Yanez Gayton, 73, of Crookston, MN, passed away early Friday morning, February 24, 2017, at her granddaughter’s residence in Fargo, ND. Anita had been valiantly battling cancer for the past several months. A memorial service for Anita Yanez Gayton will be held later this spring with inurnment in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com    

 

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Edward Edmond Tulibaski,
72, of Crookston, MN, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on Monday, February 27, 2017.  Ed, as he was affectionately known, was born on October 21, 1944, on the family farm of his parents, Bruno and Effie (Stancyk) Tulabiski, near Argyle, MN. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, and graduated from Argyle High School in 1962. Ed was united in marriage to JoAnne Zippa on February 8, 1964 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle. They had 3 children: Lisa, Becky, and Brenda. In 1965 Ed and JoAnne moved to Hibbing, MN, where Ed drove a semi for the Longyear Company of Keewautin, making deliveries across the United States and Canada. In 1974 the family came to Crookston and Ed was employed by the American Crystal Sugar Company. He and JoAnne divorced in 1991. Most of Ed’s career with Crystal was spent as a Certified Welder until his retirement on August 31, 2006. He was very proud of the opportunity afforded him to pass on his welding skills to others. He married Claire Rhode in 1994 and the two were divorced in 2004.
Ed was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Crookston, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. Ed was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandson, and his sense of humor will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. In later years he enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and never missed a game. He will be very sadly missed.
Ed is survived by 2 daughters, Becky Visser and her husband, Bruce, of Ada, MN and Brenda Tulibaski of Eden Prairie, MN; 4 grandchildren: Aaron, Justin, and Kaylee Wangen, and Adam Visser; and a great-grandson, Barrett Anderson. He also leaves 2 brothers, John Tulibaski of Calumet, MN and Joe Tulibaski of Argyle, MN; 2 sisters, Theresa LaBine of Hibbing, MN and Joann LaBine of Moorhead, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Ann Wangen; his parents, Bruno and Effie; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Leonard Gajeski; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Carolyn Tulibaski; sisters-in-law, Carol and Colleen Tulibaski; and brothers-in-law, Dennis and Dale Labine. Blessed be the memory of Edward Edmond Tulibaski.
A memorial service for Edward Tulibaski will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service and a Rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. which is open to the public. Inurnment will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Argyle, MN in the spring.
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Eugene Alton Solheim, 79, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at his home Monday evening, February 27, 2017, with his beloved wife, Carol, and other family members at his side. Eugene had been recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. He was born on the Solheim family farm near Climax, MN on February 13, 1938, the 4th of 6 sons of the union of Julius M. and Ida (Skretvedt) Solheim. He was baptized at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Climax, and at the age of 3 moved with his family to Onstad Township, near Crookston. Eugene was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston and attended District #75 elementary school. While a student at Crookston’s Central High School he enjoyed playing intramural basketball, and later earned his diploma as a member of the Class of 1956. Following graduation Eugene began his lifelong employment with Elk River Concrete in Crookston. His early years were spent working in the yard before moving to the position of dispatcher in 1972. In 1989 Eugene became Plant Manager. He held that post until retiring in 1998 after a long and rewarding career.
On October 16, 1958 Eugene was united in marriage to Carol Lynn Demarais at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Their marriage would be blessed in the coming years by their 4 children: Dean, Susan, John, and Steven. Eugene and Carol were devoted members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Eugene volunteered his time as an usher for many years. He held a longtime membership in the Crookston Gun Club; was an avid golfer, enjoyed deer-hunting with family and friends, liked doing carpentry, and looked forward to playing cards with his brothers. Together, Carol and Eugene became known for making the most awesome doughnuts and lefsa.  The couple enjoyed traveling, especially bus trips to the east coast and New York, and west to Banff, Calgary, and other stops. A source of many great stories and fun memories, was a train trip they made to San Diego several years ago that was plagued by lots of rain and necessitated several transfers from train to bus and back again before reaching their destination. Eugene was grateful for the time he shared with Carol and their kids and families, and was very proud of all they accomplished. He will be dearly missed.      
Eugene leaves his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol; their 3 children and spouses: Susan and Greg Spillman of Brooklyn Center, MN, John  and Carolyn Solheim of Eagan, MN, and Steven and Kelly Solheim of Shakopee, MN, who are currently serving as missionaries in Honduras, Central America;  daughter-in-law, Diane Solheim of Crookston, MN; 5  grandchildren: Jared Solheim and his wife, Ceara, of Fisher, MN, Mandy Horak and her husband, Aaron, of Crookston, MN, Vivian Spillman of Brooklyn Center, Tyler Solheim of Eagan, and Nicholas Solheim of St. Paul, MN;  3 great-grandchildren: Mason and Deeken Solheim and Quincy Horak;  2 brothers and their spouses, Harvey and Janet Solheim, and Donald and Mary Beth Solheim of Crookston; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary Solheim and Marilyn Solheim of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his son, Dean Solheim, who passed away on February 3, 2014; parents, Julius and Ida Solheim; 3 brothers, Ronald and Ardel Solheim, and Jerry, who died as an infant; and parents-in-law, Lewie and Vivian Demarais. May God richly bless the memory of Eugene Alton Solheim.
A memorial service for Eugene Solheim will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 3, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will be at the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston, in the spring.   

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Lorraine “Lori” Keeler, 75, of Red Lake Falls, MN died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at her residence with her loving family at her side.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. Gary Graff officiating.  Burial will follow at Sorum Cemetery near Erskine, MN.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Friday at church.
Lorraine Bernice Myrtle Hallebrot was born on January 4, 1942 in Erskine, MN the daughter of Leonard and Marie (Amberson) Hallebrot.  She was baptized and confirmed by Rev. Skogerboe at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine, MN.  She attended country school and Erskine Public School graduating with the class of 1961. Lori only spoke Norwegian when she started school.
On October 10, 1964 Lorraine was united in marriage to William Kelly Jr. at Saron Lutheran Church near Erskine, MN.  To this union two daughters were born, Sheila and Melissa.  They lived most of their married life in Gentilly and Red Lake Falls, MN. 
On June 4, 1983 Lorraine was united in marriage to Harold A. Keeler at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN and the couple continued to reside in Red Lake Falls. 
Lori was an excellent cook.  She worked at the Red Lake Falls bakery, The Barn Café, Thief River Falls Hospital and Senior Meal Site at Red Lake Falls.  Her major interest was in studying scripture in the Bible, bird watching, staying connected with family and friends through Facebook, listening to country and country gospel music and going to Norwegian dances.   Lori mostly loved just hanging out with her family, teaching her grandchildren life lessons from cooking, helping home school Sheila’s children, listening to her grandchildren, and studying God’s word. 
Lori was most often seen around Red Lake Falls and Minnesota adventuring with her sister, Margaret at her side.  Some of her most recent adventures were spending time with Sheila in Oregon and Ohio, she and Margaret went to the Creation Museum in Hebron, KY and most recently being present at the opening of the Ark Encounter (life sized Noah’s Ark built in Williamstown, KY).  Lori also spent time with step-daughter, Peggy and her family in Tower, MN.  She and Margaret went to the Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids, MN where an old friend, Brian Carlson treated them to this wonderful weekend.  Most of Lori’s favorite adventures included a hotel stay where Lori always had a picture of her holding her coffee cup.  Lori spent countless hours with her daughter, Missy and her family throughout the years.  Lori had a special way of making each of her grandchildren think they were her favorite.  Lori dearly loved all of her nieces and nephews and their children and spent many hours loving on them which often came in the form of late night sleep-overs and talks into the night.
She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Survivors include daughter, Sheila (Tom) Steffen and children, Levi, Hannah, Abigail, Eleah, Rebekah, Hadassah & Judah, daughter, Melissa Klipping Kelly and children, Krystle, Brandie, Dylan, Justus & Blaze; sister, Margaret (Dennis) Lee and children, Troy, Brian (Angie), Cory, Krista and grandchildren; sister, Irene (Ordine) Larson (both deceased) and children, Cathie (Pat), Crystal (Ryan), Christopher and grandchildren; Harold (deceased) children, Pat Keeler, Peggy (Les) Freer, David (Trisha) Hartsock, Sarah (Ron) Fisher, Hal (Melinda) Hartsock, Donald (Iris) Hartsock; Bill Kelly (deceased) children, David & Pat; plus numerous grandchildren & great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved; cousins, Adeline Loeffler, Julie Gevik, Rosie Keller, Milton Pazdernik Jr., Alvin Amberson Jr., Clinton Amberson, and Edwin “Eddie” Amberson.
She is preceded in death by husbands, Bill & Harold; parents; siblings, Richard (Virginia), Irene (Ordine) Larson & Warren;  step-children, Joseph “Joey” Kelly, Penny & Johnny Keeler.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com


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Erwin N. “Cactus” Warner, 72, Mesquite, NV, formerly of Halstad, MN, died Monday, February 27, 2017, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Cactus was born October 10, 1944 to Erwin and Madelyn Warner in Halstad, Minnesota. He grew up and attended Halstad High School, excelling in sports. He was known as a dynamic football, basketball, and baseball player, earning several All-Conference awards and leading the Halstad Pirates to the regional tournament in 1961. In college, at Moorhead State University, Cactus played basketball and baseball and was captain for both teams, earning an All-Conference award in his senior year. Cactus graduated from MSU with degrees in both Physical Education and Business Administration in 1967. As a high school business teacher and coach in Terry, Montana, Cactus met Kathleen Lange, the 4th grade teacher in Terry, and the two were married on June 14, 1969 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in Forsyth, Montana. Cactus undertook graduate work at the University of Montana at Missoula and over the course of several summers, earned his MBA and an MA in Physical Education. Cactus finished his tenure in Terry coaching the Terriers in three state basketball tournaments. Later, while living in Glasgow, Montana, Cactus coached the Glasgow Scotties to a state basketball appearance. In 1978 he came home to Halstad to run the family grocery store after the untimely death of his sister and brother-in-law. He began farming sugar beets on the North Dakota side of the river near Hillsboro. Cactus was a board member of American Crystal Sugar Company for several years, serving as chairman in 1993. He returned to coaching basketball in the fall of 1980, eventually taking the Norman County West Panthers to state tourneys in 1986, 1987, and 1997, with a championship in 1987. He retired from coaching with a 208-70 record in Halstad, and more than 400 wins across his career. Cactus loved sports; playing and watching. He was an avid golfer, playing as much as he was able to. He also loved traveling with his wife, spending time with his grandchildren, and coming home to Halstad to help his brother with harvest in the fall. He is survived by his wife Kathy; two daughters, Brianna (Daryl) Watson of Riverton, and Annette (Rick) Salyer of Henderson, Nevada; a son, Nathan (Glenna) Warner of Mesquite, Nevada; and four grandchildren: Derek and Shelby Watson and Regan and Aric Salyer. Cactus is also survived by a brother, Scott Warner, Halstad, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Janice Melting; brother-in-law John A. Melting; and nephew, Jay Melting. Memorial Mass: 11:00AM Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Norman County West High School Gymnasium, Halstad, MN. Visitation: One hour before the mass at the school. Burial: Halstad North Cemetery.


 


 

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