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Carol Sue LaFriniere (Clark)

Carol Sue LaFriniere (Clark) was a daughter, wife, mother, aunt, sister, cousin, friend, grandmother, a Great Grandma Carol Sue and a Christian.  She took her first step into the Great Kingdom of God on February 3, 2023, at the age of 85.


We invite anyone who knew her to attend a memorial service to remember Carol’s beautiful life on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 10:00 am at Faith Hill Assembly of God Church in Bagley, MN.

David Bergman

David Carl Bergman, 60, of Gonvick, Minnesota died on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at his home in Gonvick, MN. 


Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be held at Augustana Cemetery in the spring.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


David was born on December 4, 1962, at Bagley, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Dolly (Anderson) Bergman. He was baptized at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on July 20, 1971, and was also confirmed at Good Shepherd.  David graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1981.  In 1982, he married Dana Joy Haugen at Gonvick, MN.  They lived in Minneapolis, MN and that is where they welcomed their first son Darin. David worked for Ceco in Minneapolis.  He and his family moved to Canton, Georgia, where their second son Dylan was born.  David worked for United Forming in Georgia as Superintendent for 25 plus years.  In 2014, after retiring from United Forming, David moved back to his home state of Minnesota.


David enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking.  Over the past few years, he cherished spending his time with Terri. They enjoyed going out to eat, having coffee, driving around the area together and watching wildlife.  He went for a drive every morning and every night. Four-wheeling with friends always made for a great time. David loved gardening and canning, especially fish. He also made very tasty jerky.  David was a soft-spoken man, with a dry sense of humor.  His family meant a lot to him. 


He is survived by son -Darin (Doran) Bergman of Lillington, North Carolina; son – Dylan Bergman of Fort Collins, Colorado; Grandchildren – Tanner, Lilly, Chase and Hailey; Companion– Terri Vorderbruggen of Clearbrook, MN; Siblings – Sharon (Lee) Hassert, Glen (Kathy) Bergman, Janice (Dean) Ulrich, Steve (Darlene) Bergman, Rick (Teresa) Bergman, Bruce (Donna) Bergman, Sue (Ricky) Bergman; Aunt – Alice Forsberg; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; one niece; one nephew; and many aunts and uncles.


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Azela Giese

Azela was born June 19, 1937, in Bagley, MN to Joseph and Beata Gohl and was one of 8 children. She graduated from Bagley High School in 1955. Azela moved to St. Paul and lived with her brother Arthur (who supported her pursuit of a college education) and also with her sister Avis.  She graduated with a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy from the College of St. Catherine in 1959 and worked at Anoka State Hospital for several years. After working in the field, Azela returned to St. Catherine’s and served on the occupational therapy faculty from 1962-1998.  Azela was a beloved mentor and role model for students, alumni, therapists and faculty. She was awarded the title of Professor Emerita when she retired in 1998.


Azela married Wallace Giese on December 24, 1975. They moved to a home in Roseville, MN. There she used her Master Gardener skills to create a backyard garden complete with cement artwork, roses, and a goldfish pond. Wallace passed away March 7, 1986.


Azela was a master of the creative arts and had publicly shown her works to both occupational therapy and general audiences. These works were based on a wide array of media, including – wood, terra-crete and ceramic sculptures, many forms of fiber art, apparel design, stained glass panels, acrylic compositions, original music and illustrated cookbooks. Azela made artistic pieces and crocheted “granny square” afghans for family and friends and enjoyed teaching others the creative arts.  She taught weaving to her sister, Adeline, on a loom that was originally from St. Kate’s.  During the past year, Azela taught stained glass to her friends.  Azela was an avid reader, always had a puzzle going, and was a fan of PBS television. She was a great cook and loved to walk in her neighborhood. Azela was a respite caregiver for special needs cats and had her own aviary.


Azela was a member of St. Rose of Lima parish in Roseville MN where she served on the Art and Environment committee and shared her love for fiber art by creating beautiful banners, backdrops, and costumes for theatrical performances. She played in the bell choir for several years. She served as a Eucharistic minister, was a member of the Welcoming Committee and received special instructions so she could volunteer her time at funerals as an altar server.


Azela is survived by her sisters Adeline Beltz (Bagley, MN) and Avis Calkins (Casa Grande, AZ), niece Kim LaVine (Daniel), great-nephews Joseph (Karen) and Kyler (Caitlyn), great-niece Briana (Christopher), great-grand nieces and nephews (Gabriel, Avery, Allison, William, Dani, Adeline, Cora, Gibson), two stepsons Roger (Mary Ann) and David (Nadia) and close friends, Julie Bass and Kathleen Matuska.


Azela was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers and spouse Wallace.


A memorial service is being planned to take place at St. Rose of Lima in Roseville Mn on March 31. Visitation at 9 am with funeral at 10 am. She will be interred at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Bagley, MN.


Memorials may be made to one of the following: Azela Gohl-Giese and Wallace Giese Fund for Occupational Therapy, St. Catherine University; St. Rose of Lima Parish; Episcopal Homes Foundation (this fund supports their life enrichment programs for residents); TPT Public Television; American Occupational Therapy Foundation.


Cards may be sent to Kim LaVine, 18802 County 39, Bagley, MN. 56621

Audrey Angstman

Audrey Lenore Angstman was born on a farm in Paynesville, MN, on December 31, 1931, to Alfred and Stella (Hanson) Michaelson. In 1941, they moved to Bagley, MN, where they owned and operated Ebro Corner Store.


Audrey graduated from Bagley High School in 1950, and attended Concordia College, East Grand Forks Teachers Training, and took classes at Bemidji State. She taught rural school for several years near Pelican Lake, Vergas, and Angus, MN.


Audrey married Roderick “Rod” Angstman on June 15, 1957, at Fosston, MN. They did a lot of fishing in northern Minnesota and loved to travel, having traveled to every state. Audrey worked for the Forum advertising department at West Acres for 21 years.


Audrey was artistic and took classes in stained glass, wood carving, and painting. Her favorite was watercolors and china painting. Her other talent was playing the piano by ear.


Audrey often volunteered at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. She loved taking care of babies and children whom she thought were fun and interesting at any age. She had many friends and always shared her sense of humor.


Audrey died Saturday January 21, 2023, at Eventide on 8th, Moorhead, at ninety-one years of age.


She is survived by her sons, Timothy (Suzann), Crystal, MN, Thomas, Eagan, MN, and Daniel (Janine), Fargo, ND; three grandchildren, Brandon (Molly), Amanda, and James (Suzanne); great-grandchildren, Ryann, Evan, Danielle, Seamus, and Lucy; sister, Margaret Edwards, Palmer, AK; and special foster-son, Dr. Hugh (Zoraya) Nguyen, and Angie and Elena, Florida.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Roderick, on September 21, 2019; parents; sister, Judith; and nieces, Nancy, and Lori.


Visitation for Audrey will be from 10 – 11 AM, with a Celebration of Life Service at 11 AM, Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorhead. 


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Arrangements by Korsmo Funeral and Cremation Service, Moorhead.

Bernard Van’t Hul

Bernard Milton Van’t Hul was born August 6, 1940, to Burt and Mildred (Chaffin) Van’t Hul in Bellflower, Calif.


While growing up, his family moved around a lot. They moved to Hills, Minn., where Bern went to school through his junior year. In 1957, they moved south of Leota, near Kenneth, Minn., and Bern went to Southwest Christian High School for his senior year, graduating in 1958. He then attended St. Cloud State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts.


On December 18, 1964, he was united in marriage to Bernice Prins at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. They were blessed with three children, Vince, Jason, and Lori.


The couple moved to Lake Benton. Bern taught Industrial Arts at the school there and then in Audubon, Minn., when they moved to Detroit Lakes. He worked as an engineer for Product Research and Development (PRD) and continued with the company when they moved to Roy Lake. The couple then moved to Bagley where he continued for PRD which changed its name to TEAM Industries. He designed fixtures for assembly lines for snowmobile parts for Polaris.


Bern started a business called Northland Kilns in 1995. In 2005, Bern retired, and he and Bernice enjoyed being snowbirds for 15 years. They bought a home in Pahrump, Nev., and lived there for a few years. In 2021, they moved to Bradshaw, Nebr., to be closer to their daughter.


Bern was soft spoken, but his words spoke volumes. He was gifted in woodworking, etc., and if you imagined it, he could make it. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His other hobbies were fishing, traveling, reading, rock hunting (agates), which he made into beautiful jewelry.


On Tuesday morning, Jan. 17, Bern died peacefully at his home in Bradshaw at the age of 82.


Bern is lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Bernice, his sons, Vince (Tracy) Van’t Hul of Lisbon, N.D., Jason (Danell) Jennings of Bagley, his daughter, Lori (Kelly) Watson of Bradshaw; his 8 grandchildren, Amber (Mike) Nims, Cody Van’t Hul, Jacob (Brianna) Van’t Hul, Dustin Van’t Hul, Haley Van’t Hul, Elizabeth Van’t Hul, Samantha (Colby) Easterberg, and Gracie (Antonio Asevedo) Schied; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister, Sharyl (Roger Schmidt) Van’t Hul of Mankato, his brother, Mark Van’t Hul and friend Joe Perez of Las Vegas, Nev., and sister-in-law, Darlene Van’t Hul of Sioux Falls, S.D.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Mildred, and his brother, Gerb.


A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 3, at 1 pm at First Reformed Church in Edgerton, MN.

Karen Osborn

Our beloved mother Karen Lee Osborn, born December 19, 1943, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Faye and William Osborn, passed away at her home in Debs, MN on January 20, 2023.


Karen worked as a CAN at Greensview Nursing Home and on October 31, 1972 married Leroy Bohlman. They raised their family and cows on the Bohlman farmstead in Debs, MN. She loved taking care of the seniors and cooking for them was her passion. She cooked at the Clearbrook Senior Center before retiring. Then her true passion of making tasty donuts began. Giving her the nickname “The Donut Lady”.


She loved doing crafts and mowing her many acres of lawn. Nobody could mow it as well as she could. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and in her younger years could dance circles around anybody on her roller skates.


She is survived by two sons –  Dominick Bahr and William Bohlman, two daughters – Robin (William) Masterson and Darla Bohlman. Eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Her special sister Kathy (Lanny) Cox.


She is preceded in death by her parents William and Faye Osborn, sister Zola Peterson, husband Leroy Bohlman and son Lance Bohlman.


Services will be held in the Spring for family and friends.

Phyllis Sletten

Phyllis Labelle Sletten, 87, of Bagley, Minnesota went to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 19, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.


Visitation will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley.  Services will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bagley, with a visitation one hour prior. Pastor Dale Adams will be officiating. Interment will be at the Alida Lutheran Cemetery in Alida Minnesota.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Phyllis was born at her family home in Minerva, on June 11, 1935, to Rose and Ed Newland.  She was raised in the home of her parents, with her 13 brothers and sisters.   Phyllis received her education at the Minerva country school.  She completed the 8th grade there, as an adult she worked to receive her GED.  She was baptized as an adult, at the parsonage in Shevlin, and later confirmed in Alida.


Phyllis was united in marriage, to Ervin Sletten, on November 3rd, 1951.  They lived in Montana for two years and then moved back to Shevlin.  Together they raised their 5 children, on their farm south of Shevlin.  They lived on the farm until 1995, at which time they moved to Bagley.  In May 2022, Phyllis moved to Cornerstone assisted living residence in Fosston.  She worked various jobs throughout her life.  She worked 5 years as a home health aide.  She was a summer youth supervisor for 2 years.  She also worked one year as personal care assistant. First and fore most she worked countless hours on the farm raising her children, tending gardens, baking, and canning. And with a creative eye making her house a colorful, welcoming, cozy home.  She was treasurer and president of Alida Church and treasurer of Alida School. 


Phyllis was strong in her faith and loved the Lord.  She spent every morning doing her bible lessons and having her tea.  Family meant the world to her, and she loved spending time with them.  A camping week was spent with the whole family at Long Lake, the past 25 years, that she always looked forward to.  She had a passion for pretty things and bright colors.  Her flowers were her pride and joy.  She had the most beautiful flower gardens. At Christmas her whole yard was lit up with lights.


Phyllis is survived by her five children, Clyde (Leah) Sletten, Shevlin, MN, John (Dixie) Sletten, Odessa, TX, Roxann (Jeff) Trapnell, Holmen, WI, Glory (Mark) Koenig, Rugby, ND, Jamie (Riggie) Sletten, Bergen, Norway; 15 Grandchildren; 23 Great-Grandchildren; Four brothers, Mike (Arlene) Newland, Derwood Newland, Ronnie (Peggy) Newland, Dennis (Jeanette) Newland, sisters-in-law, Lillian Newland, Claudette Newland, and Evie Newland.


She is preceded in death by her parents Rose and Ed Newland; husband Ervin Sletten; sisters, Mary, Doreen, and Arlene; brothers, Monroe, Charles, Garfield, Calvin, Garnett, and Elroy; mother and father-in-law John and Hannah Sletten; Grandchildren, Thad Sletten and Thea Sletten.


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Dorothy Gubrud

Dorothy Gubrud, 83, of Shevlin, Minnesota died on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab in Bagley, Minnesota.


Services will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at the Landstad Free Lutheran Church in Shevlin, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior with Pastor Micah Carpenter officiating. Interment will be held at Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, Minnesota.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Dorothy was born to parents Eugene (Shorty) and Dorothy Bromaghin on August 17th, 1939. Her lifelong nickname was “Tookie”. She grew up on a farm north of Shevlin with her parents, two brothers Frank and Dennis and baby sister Diedre who passed away at 13 months.


Dorothy was a member of the Landstad Lutheran Church where she was Baptized and confirmed. She attended elementary school in Shevlin and later attended Bagley High School where she graduated in 1957.


In April of 1957 just before graduation, she married the love of her life Orville Richard Gubrud.


They spent time in Kansas while Orville was in the Army before coming back to Minnesota where they lived in Minneapolis, then Fridley for many years before moving back up north to Shevlin.


Dorothy worked at Donaldsons in Minneapolis as well as Honeywell before moving back to Shevlin in 1979. They bought the old Shevlin dance hall and began working on it to turn it into a grocery store which was called Gubrud Hartz. They ran the store for a few years before selling it and began building their home north of Shevlin in the pines. Dorothy also worked in Bemidji at Lake County clothing, several bookkeeping jobs which included her favorite for Gubrud Construction and the Super 8 Motel before retiring.


One of Dorothy’s many passions in life was knitting, crocheting, sewing and reading, oh how she loved her books! She knitted or crocheted blankets, hats or booties for every baby in the family. She sewed all of her kids’ clothes until they were teenagers and made blankets or afghans for all of them. She was so talented, but Dorothy’s greatest passion was cooking and baking. She made the best potato salad and made it for every picnic or get together. Her favorite thing to do was bake and hang out in the kitchen, that was her “place”. No one ever stopped over at their house without having cookies, cake or her famous banana bread.  Her family was the most important thing to her, her kids, grandkids, and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. She looked forward to visits from any and all of them and holding the babies would light up her face, even in her last few days.  Dorothy was well known to all for her great sense of style, always matching her shoes to her purses!


Dorothy is survived by her four children: Melanie (Warren) of Coon Rapids, MN, children Zachery, Gena, Amanda. Natalie (Rodney) of Shevlin, MN children Deanna, BJ, Jes.  Karla (Pat) of Waubun MN children Heidi, Aletta, Scott, Holly, Melissa, Byllie Jean, Darin (Lisa) of Shevlin children Cole, Lacey, Hunter.


Preceded in death by her husband of 56 years and 11 months, her parents, her infant sister and numerous brother in laws and sister in laws.


On behalf of the Gubrud family, a special thank you to all of the Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab staff for the kindest, loving care and friendship so freely given to our mother.


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Velva Nelson

Velva Nelson, 83, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.


Memorial Services will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior.  The officiant will be Pastor John Anderson. Interment will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Bagley, Minnesota in the Spring.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Velva was born October 12, 1939, at Bagley, Minnesota the daughter of Clarence and Alice (Bjerke) Nelson. Velva was baptized and confirmed into Christian Faith at Emmanuel Lutheran Church near Bagley, MN.  She graduated Clearbrook High School in 1957.  Velva met the love of her life, Leroy Nelson at the Clearwater County Fair and she waited for him for three years while he was in the Navy. When he came back home, they were wed on November 22, 1958, in Holst Township on the family farm.  They made their home in Bagley.


Velva worked various jobs such as a telephone operator, a secretary in the Superintendent’s Office at Bagley Public Schools, a cashier for Thrifty White Store, and retired from the Farmers Independent. She was a member of Grace Free Lutheran Church of Bagley, MN, where she was a charter member and very involved.  Velva was your typical “Hockey MoM” and was always active at the Bagley Hockey Association.


She enjoyed family time, traveling with her husband, Leroy. They took many trips to the Royal Fork in Grand Forks for dinner.  They also enjoyed outings to A&W in Fosston for her favorite treats.


Velva was a caring, loving, mother, wife, sister, and friend.  She loved making lefse with her grandkids and going on family camping trips. She will be deeply missed.


Velva is survived by her children – Valerie Goodwin, Stacy (Butch) Kier, and Brent (Kathy) Nelson; her grandchildren, Jessica (Tim), Krista, Zachary (Bianca), Tammi (Eric), Terry (Logan), Jacob (Alicia), Taylor (Megan), Samantha, Riley, Casey, and Sydney; her great grandchildren, Jayden, Amiah, Marcus, Cammile, Neveah, Niah, Trenton, Taylon, Carlie, Waytt, Cheyenne, Holt, Karly, and Macy, her sister Fern Aamodt and her nieces and nephews.


Velva was preceded in death by her Parents; her husband Leroy Elson Nelson; and her brother-in-law- Allen Aamodt.


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John C. “Johnny” Brendalen

John C. (Johnny) Brendalen, age 71, of Clearbrook, MN, passed away at his farm after being recently diagnosed with extensive metastatic liver cancer and died peacefully with his daughters by his side on January 2, 2023.


Johnny was born on October 26, 1951, to John and June (Gunderson) Brendalen, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His family moved to the Clearbrook, area when he was 5. He attended Clearbrook schools and graduated High School in 1969, at the age of 17. After graduation, he moved to Minneapolis where he met his lifelong friend Jerry Sands, when they worked at Penny’s Bakery in New Hope. During his time working in the Minneapolis area, he met his wife Judy (Kilian) with whom he celebrated their 50 years of marriage in 2021. They were married on July 31, 1971, and moved back to the family farm in Clearbrook. They were blessed with 2 daughters, and Johnny was an exceptionally devoted husband and father.


Johnny worked with his father and the rest of the family to expand and modernize their dairy farm, until Brendalen Farms became the largest dairy farm in Clearwater County. Johnny ended his dairy farming in 2004, and continued crop farming. He farmed until his final crop was harvested this past fall prior to his diagnosis.


In addition to farming, Johnny has performed the road grading and snowplowing for Leon Township for the past 14 years. Johnny was also a Leon Township Board Supervisor and Election Judge for many years. Additionally, Johnny served on the Clearbrook Elevator Board, as well as a Land O’Lakes Voting Unit Officer. He was also on the American Dairy Association Board. He won several awards from Land O’Lakes Inc. as a Quality Milk Producer for producing premium quality milk during the years he ran the family’s dairy farm.


Johnny was active with Elim Lutheran Brethren Church and served as Treasurer of Elim Men’s Fellowship. He faithfully worked delivering “Meals on Wheels” in his community. He was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, and the Clearwater Trail Blazer’s Snowmobile Club.


Johnny was recognized by the American Red Cross for achieving donations of over 10 Gallons of blood in the previous decade.


Johnny was a humble and enthusiastic man who loved life and valued relationships above all else. He was a kind man with a huge heart and a willingness to help everyone. He was a devoted caregiver providing physical and emotional support for his wife Judy who suffered for many years from the effects of multiple sclerosis. He relished every minute he could spend pursuing his passions which included reading voraciously on a wide variety of subject matters and topics. If you knew him, he probably shared a book or article for you to read! He loved motorcycling, traveling, classic cars, especially muscle cars! He enjoyed all outdoor activities especially fishing with his cousin Billy, and his grandsons. He was a kind man with a huge heart and willingness to help everyone. Johnny was a man of vast interests, intellect, and abilities; and above all else he cherished time spent with family and friends!


Johnny loved talking with people and a quick trip into town may end up taking 3 hours! He could talk to anyone on any subject and loved learning as much as he could about everything! His passion for life and his appreciation for the beauty God blessed us with from a fall-colored tree to a snowcapped mountain peak, to the dew sparkling on the grass. His appreciation was boundless and sincere.


Johnny wasn’t known for brevity in conversation; so, we couldn’t help but be a little long winded here!


Johnny is survived by his daughters- Jolyn (Bill) Fisher of Bemidji, MN; Janell (Steven) Wieder of Billings, MT; grandsons – Gabe (15) and Liam (13), Mother- June Brendalen of Clearbrook, MN; sister – Judy Tollefson of Clearbrook, MN; nephew – Justin Tollefson of Badger, MN; and his son – Oliver Tollefson, niece – Laura (Chris) VanDam and their son – Luke, Mother-in-Law – Delores Kilian and Sister-in-Law Carol Kilian of Bemidji. MN; Also, many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.


Johnny was preceded in death by his wife – Judy Brendalen, his father- John Brendalen, father-in-law- Reuben Kilian and brother-in-law – Craig Kilian.


A celebration of life is being planned for Johnny in mid-June, with more information to follow.

Bernice Magnussen

Bernice Magnussen, 89, of Fosston, Minnesota, formerly from Clearbrook, MN passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at McIntosh Manor in McIntosh, Minnesota.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lund Lutheran Church in Gully, Minnesota with Reverend Gene Lilienthal officiating. Visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at the United Lutheran Cemetery in Berner Minnesota in the Spring. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Bernice was born January 22, 1933, near Gonvick in Pine Lake Township, Minnesota, the daughter of Roy and Julia (Kise) Graftaas.  Bernice was baptized and confirmed at Samhold Lutheran Church in Gonvick, MN.  She graduated from Gonvick High School in 1950.  Bernice was united in marriage to Harvey Berg on October 5, 1951, in Gully, MN.  Two sons were blessed by this union Marvin and Bruce.  Harvey passed away in 1958.  Bernice married Oswald Erlandson in 1961, three children were also blessed to this marriage, Kathy, David, and Brenda. Oswald passed away in 1985.  In 1988, Bernice married Herbert Magnussen and he passed on September 6, 2014.


Bernice was active in WELCA, taught Sunday School, served in various positions on the church council, and served as President of the Thrivent Branch for several years.  She was a 4-H leader, enjoyed volunteering at the Good Samaritan Home and was a member of the Legion Auxiliary #603 of Gully, where she held several offices. Bernice worked as a nurse’s aide at the Pioneer Memorial Home for a short time and for the Clearwater County Nursing Services. She was a hard worker whether it be milking cows, baling hay or several other farm duties.  She liked canning, gardening, and especially baking.  Bernice was famous for her delectable lefse and made lefse for many people all around.  She also had “Bernice’s Lefse Bakery” and prepared serval baked goods for several people.


Bernice is survived by her children: Marvin and Rhoda Berg of Gully, MN, Bruce (Anita Larson) Berg of Duluth, MN, Kathy (Dennis) Omang of Winger, MN, David (Lesley) Erlandson of Valley City, ND, Brenda Rosnow of Christine, ND; Brother-Ray (Kay) Graftaas of Barnum, MN; Sister-Phyllis Jacobson of Pelican, MN; Sister-JoAnn (Rueben) Garcia of Sterling, IL; Sister-in-law – Shirley Graftaas of Fosston, MN; Several Grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins; Long Time Best Friend-Carmen Whitte.


Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husbands- Harvey, Oswald, and Herb and brothers-Stan and Albert. 


In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.


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Janet Olson

Janet Olson, 70, of Clearbrook, Minnesota died on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at United Lutheran Church in Berner, Minnesota with Pastor Kris Snyder officiating. A visitation will one hour prior. Interment will be held at Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, Minnesota in the Spring.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Janet Faye Klema was born on August 1, 1952, in Ogden, Utah to Alvin and Hulda (Johnson) Klema.  Janet was baptized and confirmed into Faith at Assembly of God in Ogden, Utah.  She attended Club Heights Elementary, TH Bell Jr. High and graduated from Bonneville High School in 1971.  Her first car was a bright yellow Chevy Vega and she was very proud of it.  During high school she worked as a housekeeper cleaning motels.  When she was younger Janet learned and loved to square dance.  In 1975 she went on a trip of a lifetime spending a month in Japan traveling and square dancing with a friend.  Later she worked at Pepperidge Farms in Richmond, Utah packaging cookies, and for Presto Products in Lewiston, Idaho until her retirement.


She married Marlin Olson, on June 30, 2001, at United Lutheran Church in Berner, MN.  They made their home in Clearbrook, MN.  Janet was a very special person to many people, as she always remembered holidays and birthdays with cards and phone calls each and every year.  Her nieces and nephews were very important to her; she cherished being with them and enjoyed taking them out to eat.  To them she was always “Auntie Faye”!  Janet liked to try her luck at the Casinos and going out to eat.  Her greatest joy was always visiting with family and friends.  Janet took part in planning and organizing local blood drives.  She collected spoons, owls, and smurfs.


Janet was a member of the Clearbrook American Legion Post # 56 Auxiliary, a member of the Clearbrook Community Club, and a member of the Square Dance Club for 30 years.


Janet is survived by her husband Marlin Olson of Clearbrook, MN; Sister-Julie Eshbach of Utah; Brother-Gary Klema of Utah; Brother-Paul Klema of Utah; Sister-in-law-Virginia (Jim) Faldet of Gonvick, MN; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Hulda Klema; brother-Brad Cody and sister-Carol Wirth.


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Leslie “Les” Miller

Leslie D. “Les” Miller, age 98 of Hopkins, MN, died peacefully Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022.  Born July 17, 1924, in Bagley, MN to George and Helen (Clark) Miller.  Growing up in Bagley during the depression, he shined shoes in dad George’s barber shop, swept floors in mother Helen’s beauty shop, and perfected the art of frying hamburgers in Miller’s Tavern (under Grandpa Clark’s tutelage), all under a wooden building roof on main street next door to the bricked Kolb’s Bank.


Les was on Bagley’s 1942 region 8 championship basketball team that went to state, first playing region 5 – city of Hopkins (coincidentally Les’ final home 80 yrs. later).  In high school band Les had a good lip on the trumpet, could hit high notes and more than once was called on to play echo taps, from “behind the hill” at the cemetery, for WWI veteran burials.


After graduation he enlisted in the army, assigned to Fort Knox for tank training, became an instructor, and in summer of 1944 shipped to the Mediterranean for combat duty – in invasion code named Dragoon.  Les was lead tank recon driver for his 117th Cavalry Recon Squadron, going from southern France north to Germany – until Germany’s surrender May 7, 1945.  After war’s end Sept 2, 1945 (Japan’s surrender) Les under the army’s “separation” point system arrived back home in Bagley, Christmas Eve, December 24, 1945.


In March 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Eunice Lillegaard, and after graduation from the U of MN began a successful sales career, first in the bridal services sector for 20 years, then selling that business and forming Miller Real Estate, focusing on land sales and development for the next 20 years.


An avid golfer, Les and Eunice were long-time members at MGC golf club in St Louis Park and loved, too, their golf trips to Hot Springs, San Antonio, and Hilton Head. Over 50 years an Optimist club member, one special event for Les each December was ringing Salvation Army bells with brother, Jack.  Hunting and fishing were also rituals for Les since childhood and continued into his 90’s thanks to a buddy “Sports” group he helped found in 1954.


Preceded in death by parents, Helen (Clark) and George Miller; wife Eunice (Lillegaard) Miller; son-in-law Alfred Reese; and daughter-in-law Nancy Miller. Survived by son, Michael D Miller, daughters Marcia (Patrick) Kernan and Vicki Reese (Greg Pizzolato), 9 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, his brother, John “Jack” (Theresa) Miller and sister, Mary Lou Church.


Private service and burial to be held at a later date.

Bunny Hanson

Bunny D. Hanson was born November 24, 1954, in Bagley, MN to Francis and Betty (Van Duyn) Moen. She grew up in Bagley and graduated from Bagley High School. After graduation she worked as the Activities Director for Greensview Nursing Home in Bagley.  Bunny married Stephen Hanson on January 3, 1975. In 1976 they moved to a small hobby farm just outside of Solway where they raised their children.


Bunny loved animals, she cared for every living creature. She had several horses, cats, and dogs over the years that loved her dearly. She enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.  Bunny passed away on January 3, 2023; aged 68.  


Bunny is survived by her husband Stephen; Son David (Julie) Hanson; Daughter Laura (Tyler) Buchholz; Grandchildren, Alice, Walter, Conrad, and Preston Hanson, Sylvie, and Francis Buchholz; Sisters Merry Ellen St. George, and Suzann Moen; as well as many nieces and nephews. 


She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Darlene Julson.  Services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji on Monday January 9, 2023, at 10:30 am; with visitation one hour prior.


A private family burial service will be held at the Bagley cemetery.

Michael “Mike” Vorderbruggen

Michael “Mike” J. Vorderbruggen, 65, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Saturday, December 17, 2022, in Bagley, MN.


A memorial service was held on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at The Fireside Grill and Patio in Bagley, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Mike was born on November 14, 1957, in Bagley, Minnesota to David and Ruth (Everhart) Vorderbruggen. He graduated from Bagley High School in 1976. When he was younger, Mike rode and showed horses. If he wasn’t on a horse, Mike was on his motorcycle.  He worked in Alaska for one summer building houses with Kenny Foldoe. When he came back to Minnesota, he farmed and worked with his father at Headwater Lumber Mill. Later on he worked for Everhart Electric. He spent many years working construction on the road. Mike volunteered as a firefighter for many years and served his community.


Mike absolutely loved riding his motorcycle or Ranger. He thrived on the open road and in open spaces, like Alaska, Arizona, and Montana. He loved his dogs like his family. He enjoyed hunting, birdwatching, music, and sports (except basketball). He was a gentle person, and even though he was the oldest sibling, he was very much the baby of the family. He was great around kids and loved to play with his nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. His carefree spirit will always be remembered and missed.


Mike is survived by his sisters, Mary (Rod) Gerbracht and Eva Vorderbruggen; his brother-in-law, Paul Highberg; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Ruth Vorderbruggen; his sister, Terry Highberg; and his nephew, Josh Highberg.


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Dorothy Katzenmeyer

Dorothy Arleen Katzenmeyer (95) of Bemidji, formerly from Lake Itasca, died Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at Autumn Hills Assisted Living.


Dorothy was born on July 23, 1927, in Hutchinson, MN, and was raised in Lakeside, MN, by parents August and Alvina (Winnie) Hardel. She attended high school in Hutchinson, MN, and she married Alvin Katzenmeyer on July 30, 1943, in Lakeside, MN. They moved to California where they lived for one year, and then they moved to Lake Itasca, MN, which became their forever home where they raised eight children and immersed themselves in friendships, family, and community. Their home place remains in the family and is still fondly referred to as the farm.


Dorothy was active in various organizations including the American Cancer Society, 4-H, Pioneer Farmers, Historical Society, and Sell Lake Church where she was treasurer and organist for many years. Dorothy was the school bus driver for the country school for several years, later becoming postmaster at Lake Itasca. She retired in 1992, at which time the Lake Itasca post office was closed.  She was honored as First Lady of Clearwater County in 1981.


As busy as she was, Dorothy always had time for family and friends and always found enough food for whoever showed up. She believed in the importance of hard work, good character, not wasting time, food, or opportunity, and kindness above all.  She loved learning throughout her entire life – reading, writing, and discovering new things she hadn’t known before gave her much joy.  She taught herself how to knit, crochet, and tat.  If told something couldn’t be done, she would quietly nod and then figure out how to do it herself.  Her sense of humor was spontaneous, and she enjoyed nothing more than a good laugh – often at herself. 


Dorothy was tiny, but mighty.  Those of us fortunate enough to have her as a mom, a grandma, an aunt, a friend, a neighbor, as someone who brightened their day with her ready smile, will cherish the memories as long as we live.


Dorothy is survived by daughters Carol (Ed) Knaeble, Darlene Geller, Marilyn (Bill) Lanners, Sandra (Ken) Thole, and sons Gerald (Shelley) Katzenmeyer, and James (Jill) Katzenmeyer, daughters-in law, Sandy Katzenmeyer and Linda Katzenmeyer, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alvin Katzenmeyer, sons Myron (Sandy) Katzenmeyer and Jack (Linda) Katzenmeyer, son-in-law Jack Geller, grandchildren Lee Geller, Jim Knaeble, Kimberly Knaeble, and great grandson Noah Lanners.


Memorial services will be held at Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji Minnesota on January 6, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service.  Lunch will follow.  


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Betty Freeman

Betty Ann Freeman, 82, of Bemidji, MN died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 22, 2022, at the Sanford Hospital in Bemidji.


Services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN with visitation one hour prior.


Betty was born on September 24, 1940, in Bluffton, Indiana, the daughter of Kenneth and Mary (Delaney) Gasper. She graduated in 1958 from New Haven High School in Indiana. Later graduating from Bemidji Technical College with a Secretarial Degree.


Betty grew up in a loving Christian home. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Betty married Charles Freeman on July 19, 1958. They had three children: Rosalie, Jamie, and Charles. Charles and Betty bought a farm and moved to northern Minnesota in the fall of 1969.


Betty was employed with the Clearwater County Nursing Service for over 36 years. She loved her job. She gained several lasting friendships and made a difference in so many lives during her career.


Betty is survived by her children: Jamie Freeman of Shevlin, MN and Charles (Lalaine) Freeman of Anchorage, AK. Grandchildren: Nicole Colsen of Bemidji, MN, Michelle (Zach) Frandsen of Bemidji, MN, Breanna (Tim) Denson of Three Forks, MT, Colby (Miranda) Peterson of Three Forks, MT, and Alex Freeman of Anchorage, AK. Eight Great Grandchildren: Ava, Mila Ty, Kaleigh, Rylee, Charlee, Jackson, and Sunnie. Siblings: Tom (Phyllis) Gasper and Connie “Sue” Byers. Numerous nieces and nephews.


Betty was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Mary Gasper, Charles Freeman and daughter Rosalie Colsen. Siblings Minnie Gillenwater and William “Mike” Gasper.

Corrine Larson

Corrine Larson, 83, of Bagley, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at the Cornerstone Memory Care in Fosston, Minnesota.


Services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at the Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Corrine was born on November 24, 1939, in Cushing, Wisconsin to Jessie and Mary (Hamlde) Nick.  Corinne was baptized and grew up in Wisconsin.  She graduated from high school in St. Croix Falls in 1959.  She met Douglas Larson in South Minneapolis and they were married on July 29, 1961.  They had four children: Penny, Dennis, Michael, and Kenneth.  Doug and Corrine bought land and built a farm in Bagley where they raised beef cattle and Corrine always had a garden. Later, she and Doug divorced.


Corrine was a cook for Bagley Public Schools for 32 years, retiring in November 2001, earning herself an award for her service.  Corrine loved baseball and especially watching the MN Twins.  She enjoyed playing whist and hosting whist parties with family and friends.  Neighbor visits and enjoying each other’s company was always a delight. Corrine was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Bagley.


Corrine is survived by her sons: Ken (LaNae) Larson of Bagley, MN; Dennis (Sue) Larson of St. Cloud, MN; Grandchildren: Hayley (Bryce) Hotchkiss of Bagley, MN; Morgan (Travis) LaFerriere of Bagley, MN; Levi (Madison) Larson of Lengby, MN; Travis Larson of St. Cloud, MN.


Corrine was preceded in death by her parents; son Michael; and infant daughter Penny. 


Siblings – Darlayne Kurtz, Henry Nick, and Floyd Nick.


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Candice “Candy” Adkins

Candice “Candy” Belle (Morey) Adkins, 28, of Clearbrook, Minnesota died on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at her home in Clearbrook.


Memorial services will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Clearwater Lutheran Church in Shevlin, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Candy was born on March 12, 1994, in Del Rio, Texas. She moved up to Northern Minnesota when she was younger. She graduated from Bagley High School in 2012. Over the years she worked various jobs, but she was most proud of being a Mail Carrier for USPS for the last two plus years. On August 1, 2015, Candy was united in marriage to Kyle Adkins. She was an amazing mother to her daughter and made sure she knew everything she could about how to raise such a wonderful and special little girl. Her daughter was her world.


Candy was talented in so many ways and was very artistic, though she never gave herself enough credit. She knew all the lyrics to the songs she heard and would sing her heart out, not caring if she wasn’t always on key. She never wanted to be the center of attention, but made sure others felt loved and cared for. Some of her favorite things to do were playing games and spending time with her family and dogs. She enjoyed riding her 4-wheeler, often getting stuck in the mud. She always loved shopping, especially for clothes. In her teens she worked at a clothing store and always seemed to spend much of her paycheck on new outfits.


Candy had the biggest smile and was a rock for her family and friends. She will be tremendously missed by all who loved her.


She is survived by her beloved daughter, Felicity Adkins; her biological parents, David Barajas and Amelia Priest; her adoptive parents, Scott and Monica Morey; her biological siblings, Ruby Agustin, Diamond Rucker, and David Morey; her grandparents, Shelva Morey, and Vernon and Linda Cross; her husband and friend, Kyle Adkins; her in-laws, Mike and Sue Adkins; and many other family members.


She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Don Morey; her uncle, Larry Lavoy; and her maternal and paternal grandparents.


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Beverly Tverberg

Beverly Anne Tverberg (Blumhoefer), 78, of Circle Pines, lost her battle with cancer, on December 14, 2022. 


Join us for a Celebration of Life that will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at the Lino Lakes American Legion Post 566 – 7731 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014. Bev wanted people to celebrate her life. To honor her, we will host an open house celebration from 1-4pm with a buffet style lunch.  Please come, share stories, and enjoy memories. 


In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials which will be donated to Our Lady of Peace, where Bev was lovingly cared for during her final days, however, your presence is most important. 

Coreen Kliner

Coreen Louise Kliner, 61, of Bagley, MN, passed away on December 18, 2022, in her home surrounded by her loved ones. 


Services will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. A visitation will also be held the evening prior on Monday, December 26, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN. Interment will be held at Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


She was born November 14, 1961, in Bagley, the daughter of Donald and Edith (Swenson) Campbell. She graduated in 1981 from Bagley High School. As an adult, later graduating from Bemidji Technical College with a AS Degree in Business Management.  


Coreen grew up a hard and dedicated worker and this was demonstrated throughout her life.  As a high school student, she began working for Stinar’s Shady Oak Nursery and Mileage Truckstop and Café.  After high school, she continued as a server at the Chicken Bar and Grill, staying on after new ownership as the Great Northern Bar and Grill.  During this time, she made lots of memories working with family and bringing joy to many customers.  Coreen grew in her career as a professional server as she began working for Douglas Lodge at Itasca State Park where she worked for over 30 years. Coreen was a “go-getter” and wasn’t one to sit still, this led her to pick up work in the off season at DaRoo’s Pizza, Bagley Elementary School as an early education para, Hot Stuff Pizza, and Holiday Inn. After pursuing her college degree, Coreen continued to work at Itasca State Park as part of the management team at Mary Gibbs Café and worked there up until her illness prevented her from doing so.  Coreen used her creative talent and was famous for her side job of designing beautiful cakes and cupcakes for various celebrations throughout the community.


Coreen was strong in her faith and devoted to her family, which was proven through everything she did. Coreen was baptized and confirmed.  She was joined in marriage to Rick Kliner on May 31, 1980, and became a mother on November 2, 1980.  Becoming a wife and mom did not slow Coreen down, she was determined to finish out her senior year of high school to its fullest and had her baby girl with her at school events and on her graduation day.


Coreen never did anything at a slow pace.  In high school she soared as a sprinter in track and field and ran along the sidelines to cheer on the football players. Coreen was a “Class-A” cheerleader – from cheering on wrestlers in high school, to cheering on her kids in track, cross-country, hockey and Tae-Kwon-Do. Her focal point in life was her family. Coreen was an extremely devoted wife and proud mother. 


Coreen loved to make memories by celebrating every holiday from making Halloween costumes and dressing up with her kiddos, cooking for days to host Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. At weddings and anniversaries, she would tear up the dancefloor – world famous “Wipeout” dancer. Coreen loved to garden, can, sew, embroider, camp, play with kids, make memories, and always make everyone feel important and loved. She knew every creative and fun tactic to keep kids entertained. Coreen cherished being a grandma and her grandbabies filled her soul.


Coreen’s kind-hearted, gentle soul provided her an avenue to serve others, she was full of energy and grace.  She exemplified her love by always being willing to help anyone with her positive, “can-do” attitude. If you asked Coreen for help, she was there for you.  She will always serve in our hearts as a light filled with hope, grace, and enduring love. May God continue to bless her memory for all who loved her so dearly.


She is survived by her husband, Rick of Bagley; sons, Kyle (Katie) Kliner of St. Claire, MN; Cyrus (Tamara) of Wadena, MN; Ryan of Bagley; brother Steven (Lucia) Campbell or Bagley; sisters Denise (Tim) Anderson of Motley, MN; Cyndi (Phillip) Sunderland of Bagley; Donna Campbell of Fosston, MN; Liz (Dan) of Elk River, MN; mother-in-law, Edna Kliner of Bagley, MN. Sisters-in-law Sheila Dahlen of Goodrich, MN, Jackie (Jerry) Nord of Omaha, NE; and Leila Kliner of Bagley, MN, her grandchildren, Kyra, Kasen, Kian, and Kaelin Kliner; numerous nieces and nephews. 


She was preceded in death by her daughter, Racheal Kliner; parents, Donald and Edith “Sissy” Campbell; brothers, Jeffery Campbell, Curtis Campbell, and Scott Campbell; Father-in-law, Larry Kliner; Brother-in laws, Lawrence Kliner and Bob Dahlen.


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Ruth “Sylvia” Negaard

Ruth “Sylvia” Negaard, 97, of Pinewood, MN died Thursday, December 15, 2022, at Autumn Hills Assisted Living in Bemidji, MN.


According to Sylvia’s wishes, a Committal Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at the Buzzle-Osterdalen Cemetery in Pinewood, MN.  Arrangements are with the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji. 


She was born on July 19, 1925, in Traill County, ND, the daughter of Olaves and Signe (Bergstrom) Myra.  She was raised in Holst Township, MN.  She married Oscar Negaard on August 7, 1948, and they made their home in Buzzle Township.  Oscar passed away on November 2, 1976.  Sylvia was independent, continued running the farm, raising beef and dairy cattle.  She was a member of the Osterdalen Church Ladies Aid, and of the Osterdalen Cemetery Association. She was an animal lover, and they were drawn to her gentle spirit, she had many, many cats on her farm.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, and was known for making amazing pickles.  She was cared for in her later years by her niece Opal Moravec, later her great-nephew and his wife, Michael, and Ellie Moravec.


She is survived by her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Sylvia is the last of the Myra family, and her husband Oscar Negaard.


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Polly Smyithe

Polly Ann Smyithe passed away unexpectedly on Thursday December 8, 2022, at her home in Clearbrook, Minnesota.


A Celebration of Polly’s Life will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Country Faith Church in Clearbrook, MN.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji. A second Celebration of Polly’s Life and Interment will be later in Bentley, Louisiana.


Polly was born September 27, 1959, in Rantoul, IL to her parents Bill and Geri Autrey. They lived in many locations across the country because her father was in the military. Her family settled in Pineville, Louisiana, where she graduated from Tioga High School.


Polly married Jeff Lindseth in March of 1978, sharing two children together, Jeffrey and Jessi.


On August 19, 1995, Polly married the love of her life, Jim Smyithe. Polly and Jim met at Buena Vista Ski Area, as members of the National Ski Patrol. They were married on the top of Continental at Buena Vista. They shared twenty-seven wonderful years together. Polly and Jim owned Sathre Title & Abstract for twenty-one years, where they worked happily side by side. Polly specialized in making gourmet gift baskets for her company Sea Maries. She enjoyed creating these beautiful baskets with her daughter and close friends. She especially liked making the annual MLTA State Convention baskets, it brought her joy to see the recipients receive their “Polly Basket”, to which they were referred.


Polly always had a special love for dogs. She enjoyed helping and watching her dad train and run dog trials. She had a special passion for breeding Spinone Italiano puppies. She felt a close connection to the families who received these puppies, building lasting friendships.  


Spending time with her husband, kids, family, friends, and dogs was what she loved most in her life. Taking walks around her pond at the farm with her husband, children, grandchildren, and dogs was what filled her days with happiness. Polly had a passion for cooking and feeding her family and friends delicious Cajun food. Polly enjoyed gardening vegetables, herbs and filling her flower beds with beautiful flowers. Polly loved the Minnesota summers, but very much looked forward to the warmth of Louisiana and spending time with her siblings and their family’s down south each winter.


Polly was a Ragin’ Cajun with a heart of gold, who loved to cook so you never left her home with an empty stomach, she always made you feel loved and gave you a hug and a kiss.  When leaving the farm, you always heard “put your seatbelt on, watch for deer and don’t speed on 92”.


Polly is survived by her beloved husband, Jim Smyithe; her children Jessi Winter (Scott) of Bemidji, and Jeffrey Lindseth of Bemidji, her father Bill Autrey of Bentley LA, her grandchildren Tatum Winter, Blake Winter, Landon Kniefel and Brynne Skaar; her siblings Steve Autrey (Donna) of Pineville LA, and Marty Autrey (Sharon) Pineville LA, and family friend Kirsten Molash-Searles. Polly is proceeded in death by her mother Geri Autrey.


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Randall Anderson

Randall “Randy” Marc Anderson, 67, of Bagley, Minnesota, formerly of Bemidji and Blackduck, died on Monday, December 12, 2022, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. 


Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


He was born on September 7, 1955, in Bemidji, Minnesota to Delmer and Marilyn (Bowe) Anderson. He graduated from Bemidji High School.  Randy married the love of his life, Shelly DeVries on July 2, 1977, at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN. Together they settled and made a home just north of Bagley, Minnesota.


Randy was assistant manager at Hartz Supermarket. In 1987 he went to work for Guardian Pest Control until his automobile accident in 1998 while at work.


He loved to hunt, fish, and go camping with his family. A huge Sudoku enthusiast, Randy enjoyed doing challenging puzzles. He was instrumental in growing the Bagley Youth Hockey Program.


Randy is survived by his wife, Shelly Anderson; his children, Chisholm (Rachel) Anderson, Cody Anderson, and Chase (Tiffany) Anderson; his grandchildren, Colton Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Hunter Anderson, and Zoey Anderson; his siblings, Gary (Sandy) Anderson, Greg Anderson, Jeanine Campbell, and Delmarie Latulippe; and many other family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Marilyn and Delmer Anderson.


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Karen Olson

Karen Olson 84, of Leonard, Minnesota died on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at the Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab in Bagley, Minnesota.


Funeral Services originally scheduled for December 15, 2022, are postponed due to the inclement weather. Services have been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will at Clover Cemetery in the Spring. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Karen was born December 14, 1938, the daughter of Alfred and Claire (Lathrop) Everhart at Park Rapids, Minnesota. She was baptized in the Baptist faith.  She graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1956.  Karen married Gordon Allen Olson on November 11, 1957, at Clearbrook, MN.  They lived in Mt. Iron until 1967, when they moved to Bellevue, Iowa.  The couple finally settled in Leonard in 1976, where they had a dairy farm.  Karen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clearbrook. Faith was especially important to Karen, and she enjoyed reading the Bible.  She enjoyed going on drives through Itasca State Park, listening to Gordy play the guitar and riding motorcycle with her husband.  Karen loved Poinsettias and had a love for animals.  She adored her dairy cows and had a passion for horses, dogs, and cats.  Karen had a soft comforting voice, and her door was always open, family and neighbors were always welcome and stopping by. She watched over everyone and loved her family very much. 


Karen is survived by her son – Allen Olson of Leonard, MN; Grandchildren Amy Rankin of Clearbrook, MN, Audrey (Justin) Kachena of Thief River Falls, MN, Amanda McPherson of Thief River Falls, MN, Neltson McPherson of Thief River Falls, MN; 5 great grandchildren; Sisters – Julie Gladen of Fargo, ND, DeAnn (Frank) Dyrdahl of Clearbrook, MN.


Karen was preceded in death by her parents; Her husband – Gordon; two sons – Harlan Olson and Marlan Olson; one daughter – Vicki McPherson; Sisters – Lois and Alice Ann.


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Robert “Bob” Rogers

Robert “Bob” Lee Rogers, 78, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the Cornerstone Memory Care Center in Bagley, Minnesota. 


No services are being planned. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Bob was born on May 18, 1944, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Ken and Dorothy Hanson.  He was baptized and confirmed in North Cape, Wisconsin.  Bob graduated from Waterford High School in 1962 in Wisconsin.  When Bob was a Sophomore in High School, he was on the All-State Wrestling Team.  After graduation, Bob attended The Gateway Technical Institution in Racine, WI and received his Associates Degree in Business Administration.  Bob married Elaine Zeller on December 1, 1962, at Hales Corner, Wisconsin.  In 1968, Bob and Elaine moved to Franklin Center, Illinois where he started a Gunsmith business.  He also worked at a variety of Ag Sales Companies.  Bob decided to work full time in Gunsmithing when his business became more established. After a few years of retirement, Bob and Elaine moved to Bagley, MN in December of 2009.  They moved their business and set up their shop to continue with his gunsmithing in Bagley.  When his health started to decline with Parkinson’s and Dementia, he moved into Cornerstone in June of 2020 where he has lived ever since.  Bob was a lifelong member of the NRA. Bob belonged to a competitive shooting club, he enjoyed hunting fishing, hunting grouse and snowmobiling. Bob loved dogs and always had a lab of some sort as a pet. He loved walking on the trails at his property.  Gunsmithing wasn’t just Bob’s job, it was his passion.


He is survived by his wife – Elaine Rogers of Bagley, MN; Son – Mark Rogers of Fargo, ND; Son – Ken (Sofia) Rogers of Montrose, CA; 2 Grandchildren – Victoria Elkins of Dallas, TX, Zoe Autumn Rogers of Montrose, CA; Sisters – Bonnie (Bill) Schnable of Waukesha, WI, Debra (Nick) George of Virginia Beach, Virginia; 2 nephews – Todd & Josh.


He was preceded in death by parents, 2 brothers – Eugene and Todd.


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Dean Lambert

Dean Kelly Lambert, 57, from Oklee and Nashwauk, MN, lost his battle with cancer at Sanford Bemidji Hospital on Saturday, November 12, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.


A celebration of life will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, Minnesota, on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. A one-hour visitation will start at 10:00 a.m., with Father Bryan Kujawa officiating. There will be time for sharing during the service. Cease Funeral Home of Bagley is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Dean Kelly Lambert was born in Crookston, MN on May 28, 1965, to Dewey and Dorothy (Boucher) Lambert. Dean was the youngest of 7 children and the youngest grandchild on both sides of the family. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee. His sisters Bonnie and Margaret were in charge of naming him; they had two names to pick from, Kelly and Dean. 


They chose Dean Kelly because his two-year-old sister was named Donna, and they thought Donna and Dean had a nice ring to it. Little did they know, when the youngest two headed out the door to hang out and possibly get into mischief with the neighborhood kids that they would perpetuate Dorothy’s famous saying, “Donna & Dean there’s a limit!” Dean was affectionately known as “Deano” to many, and even was the first word a dear neighborhood friend learned. 


He graduated from Oklee High School in 1983. The start of his education started off a little rocky. On his first day of kindergarten, he decided to leave early, running 5 blocks home. Apparently, Deano thought attendance was optional. 


Dean valued working hard at a young age, having various jobs growing up and always made sure his mom was taken care of after losing his dad at the age of 15. 


Dean was a member of the Local 49ers and was a very skilled heavy equipment operator, with his specialty of shaping golf courses as they were being built. His work took him all over the United States, Mexico, and Africa where he made many new & lifelong friends. His family & friends loved visiting him and hearing stories of his travel adventures. Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, and especially devouring big bowls of ice cream, as well as mashed potatoes and gravy. For a little guy, he surprised many by how much he could eat. 


We are heartbroken to lose our kind, generous, outgoing, adventurous, brother, uncle, and great friend Dean. Dean will be deeply missed by his brothers Terry (Jenna) Lambert, Brooklyn Park, MN, and Reinold Lambert Thief River Falls MN. And his sisters Bonnie Paquin, Clearbrook MN. Margaret (Stuart) Peterson, Thief River Falls, MN. and Donna (Steve) Linder, Oklee, MN. Nieces and nephews, Justin (Yuleima) Lambert, Jacksonville FL, Nichole (Sung) Chang, Plymouth, MN, Trevor (Kendra) Lambert, Brooklyn Park, MN, Kimberly (Chris) Fromm, Stacy (Jim) Rathke, Tina (James) Brannen, all of Rapid City, SD, Kelsey (Chris) McClean, Thief River Falls, MN, Peter Paquin, CA, Andy Paquin, Clearbrook, MN, Alex (Kaia) Paquin, Maple Grove, MN, Alicia Kieckbusch (fiancé Tom Vasfaret), Fertile, MN, Ashley (Jordan) Haugen, and Tanner (fiancé Kylie Kraft) Peterson, Duluth, MN, Amber Hartl, Ben (Alexis) Linder, and Levi Linder, Oklee, MN, and many great nieces and nephews, and his many good friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Michael (in infancy), his significant other of 20 years, Judy Faye Hanks, his grandparents Armidas and Blanch (Bergeron) Lambert, Wilbrod and Mary (Langlois) Boucher and his niece Brandi Lambert. 


Deans’ family is very grateful and appreciative he was fortunate to have his sister Bonnie as his loving caregiver during his illness.


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Lawrence Bellefy

Lawrence Bellefy, 87, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Wednesday December 7, 2022, at Sanford Fargo Medical Center. 


Memorial services will be held on Monday, December 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be in the spring at Nora Township Cemetery near Bethel Lutheran Church in Bagley, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Lawrence was born on January 23, 1935, in Bagley, Minnesota to Lewis and Alma (Kjomme) Bellefy. In 1955, he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed in the Pacific as an Airman 1st Class. Lawrence did his basic training in Amarillo, Texas, and Colorado.  He was Stationed at Tacacoma, Japan for two years and Florida, finishing his term in Oahu, Hawaii.  After Lawrence was honorably discharged in 1959, he came back to Bagley. He married Frances Lorene Johnson on June 9, 1959. In 1965, Lawrence attended Itasca Jr. College in Duluth earning a degree in welding. Together, Lawrence and Frances had three children, Larry, Jack, and Lori. Frances passed away from cancer on October 20, 1982.


Over the years Lawrence worked at Fletcher Mills, logged with Knutsons, and built elevators. But his main career was with Gesell’s where he worked for 47 years driving block truck. On June 2, 1985, Lawrence married Jane (Calogero) and they built a life together. They loved to watch Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, and football. Lawrence loved to cheer for the Vikings. He could often be found tinkering or working on projects. He could fix or build almost anything, but he wouldn’t take any help. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and taught his kids how. Even though he couldn’t swim, he made sure his kids got out on the water to fish. He was an excellent whistler and would truly whistle while he worked. Lawrence was a member of the Irvin Blix American Legion, Bethel Lutheran Church, and enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.


Lawrence was a kind and amazing person. He had a big heart and was full of love. He was great with little kids and had a tremendous devotion to his family.


He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jane Bellefy; his children, Larry (Lisa) Bellefy, Jack (Nan) Bellefy, and Lori (Jeff) Rassel; his grandchildren, Shane (Kristen) Bellefy, Paige Bellefy (Matt), Austin Bellefy, T-Jay Bellefy (Caitlyn), Kiel (Lindsey) Rassel, and Shania (Caleb) Buren; his great grandchildren, Mariah, Westin, Morgan, Harper, Bentlee, and Jacquelyn; his step son, Anthony Emerson; his step grandchildren, Derek Emerson (Brandon Schulz), Dustin Hadrava, Makenzie Emerson, Kristin Emerson, and Anthony Emerson; his siblings, Adeline Wooliscroft and Joe Bellefy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loved family.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Alma Bellefy; his first wife, Frances Bellefy; his granddaughter, Ashley Rassel; his stepdaughter, Dawn Marie Emerson; and his siblings, Orville, Mearle, Avis, Florence, Verna, Caroline, Richard, Marvin, Diane, Gene, and Lewis, Jr.


In lieu of flowers, plant a tree in Lawrence’s memory.


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Marlene Sorenson

Marlene E. (Ronken) Sorenson died on December 5, 2022, at Cornerstone Residence Senior Care in Bagley, Minnesota, with her husband and son by her bedside. 


Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 5:00-7:00pm with a prayer service beginning at 7:00pm at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 16, 2022, at 11:00am with visitation starting 1-hour prior at the Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bagley with Pastor Todd Klemme officiating.  Interment will be at the Bagley City Cemetery.  


Marlene was born on January 24, 1938, in Spring Valley, MN to Buford and Agnes (Sewalson) Ronken.  She grew up in Shevlin, MN and graduated from Bagley High School in 1956.  She married Alvin Theis in November 1958.  They had two sons, Steven and Mark.  Alvin died in 1971 and Marlene married Harvey Sorenson in June 1973.  Harvey adopted Steve and Mark in 1976 per the boys’ request.  In October 1976, Steve died as a result of injuries during a football game.


After high school graduation, Marlene moved to Fargo to work for a few years. She then married and moved back to Bagley.  In Bagley, she worked for 25 years at 1st National Bank Bagley, a few years at Farmer’s Home Administration, then at Clearwater-Polk Electric for 22 years until she retired.


Marlene was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  She joined the Catholic Church when she married Alvin.  Marlene and Harvey attended Bethel Lutheran Church after they married.  After moving from the country into the city of Bagley in 2002, Marlene and Harvey started attending Grace Free Lutheran Church.  Marlene was active in bible study, WELCA, and the quilting group. 


Marlene enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting.  She won many ribbons for the beautifully crocheted items she entered into the county fair. Marlene also enjoyed going to the lake lot on Midge Lake, east of Bemidji, where family gathered often.  Some of Marlene’s most cherished memories were of time spent at the lake with her grandchildren.


Marlene is survived by her husband Harvey, son Mark (Kristine), grandson Kyle (Michele), granddaughter Shari, and great grandson Leighn, sisters Beverly Ronken and Margaret (Robert) Hinshaw, brothers Donovan (Connie) and Lewy (Donna), many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. She is also survived by her lifelong friend, Connie Riewer (whom she has known since first grade). 


She was preceded in death by her parents Buford and Agnes, first husband Alvin, son Steven, brother-in-law Roger (Margaret) Hinshaw, and sister-in-law Connie (Donovan) Ronken.


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Sandra (Sandy) Bjerke

Sandra (Sandy) Jean Bjerke, 82, of Orange, California passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 3rd, at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange.


Sandy was born in Bagley, Minnesota on June 30th, 1940, the daughter of Jennings and Josie Stenstad.


Growing up in Bagley, Sandy attended Bagley High School.  On October 5, 1963, she married Roger Bjerke, eventually settling in Orange, California.  Sandy earned her Real Estate License and served as a successful Real Estate Agent in Southern California for many years.  In her free time, Sandy enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Minnesota and Solvang, California as well as spending time with her family, especially at Disneyland.


Sandy is survived by her husband, Roger Bjerke, daughters, Kim (Michael) Longfellow, TammyJo Nelson, Terri (Mitchell) Holle and grandchildren, Todd (Briana) Nelson, Heather Wheatley, Jeffrey Nelson and Tyler (Alyssa) Longfellow, sisters Judy (Peter) Noreen, Joan (Roger) Oien, and brother, Larry (Leslie) Stenstad, as well as many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Honoring Sandy’s request, there will be no memorial service.

Laurel Newsome

Laurel Elaine Tibbetts Newsome died, surrounded by her loved ones, on November 21, 2022, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital in Newberry, SC. She was 81 years old.


Laurel was born to the late Alvah “Ted” and Evelyn Sauer Tibbetts on September 30, 1941, in Bagley, Minnesota. She was the eldest daughter of their eight children and grew up helping them care for her younger siblings. Upon graduation from Bagley High School, she left for Chicago, Illinois and attended Moody Bible Institute for three years, and then moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend Northwestern College (now University of Northwestern), where she received her degree in elementary education. Upon receiving her degree, she began her career as an elementary school teacher in Anoka, Minnesota. 


Seeking to quench her life-long desire to travel, she received an appointment as a teacher for the English-speaking children of oil company employees working in Abadan, Iran. While there, she was able to travel throughout the Middle East and Europe. She also met the love of her life, Lt. Joseph Fulton Newsome of the U.S. Coast Guard, who was serving as a military adviser to the Iranian government. Joe proposed to her as he was leaving to return to the United States after his one-year tour ended. Laurel completed her contract and then moved back home. They were married on November 2, 1970.


Laurel and Joe lived in Louisiana, Florida and Virginia before Joe retired from Coast Guard in 1975. They then moved to Chadbourn, North Carolina where they resided for the next 46 years, and where Laurel was called to her life’s work. In 1977, Laurel helped found Columbus Christian Academy in Whiteville, North Carolina. She began teaching there that year, and for the next 37 years, she molded the young minds of hundreds of children at CCA. Although she taught several different grades at the beginning, she found her home as the kindergarten teacher at CCA. Laurel was devoted to teaching her “babies” and was known and admired for the speed with which she had her kindergarteners reading.


Laurel combined her love for crafts with her teaching, making pillows shaped like stuffed animals for her students’ rest time. Laurel loved to sew, crochet, and cross-stitch. She also enjoyed learning calligraphy and scherenschnitte (German paper cutting). With Joe, Laurel loved to travel, and together, they visited all 50 states and 10 provinces in Canada.


More important than teaching or any of her hobbies, though, was her relationship with God.  Laurel viewed her teaching as a calling from the Lord and lived every day with that calling in mind, ministering to her students, their parents, and her colleagues at CCA. She set a tremendous example for everyone that she encountered. She was also a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Laurel loved her family, and never missed an opportunity to see her kids and grandkids. 


Laurel is survived by her son, Joseph A. “Jody” Newsome, his wife, Paula, and their daughters, Reeves and Caroline, and her son, John F. Newsome and his wife, Anne, their son, Nicholas, and daughter, Sophie. She is also survived by her sisters, Jan Tibbetts Olson, Lois Tibbetts Larson, and Becky Tibbetts Schlegel. She is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Joe; her parents, Ted and Evy Tibbetts; and her four brothers: Ivan, Rod, Dave and John.


Laurel will be buried alongside her husband, “my Joe,” at Arlington National Cemetery. 


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Paul Brustad

Paul Melvin Brustad, passed away Saturday December 3, 2022, at his home in Bagley, MN from advanced heart failure.


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley, Minnesota.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be at the Bagley City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley, MN.  The Bagley Fire Department will provide a Fireman Detail in remembrance for Paul’s 23 active years of service. The Cease Family Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Paul, the only child of Mary (Moen) & Melvin Brustad was born November 8, 1942, at the old Bagley Hospital. Because of the war Paul did not meet his father until he was three years old.


He was baptized as a child & confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He attended school in Bagley and graduated with the class of 1960. After graduation, he worked in the construction field until he was drafted into the US Army in 1964. He went to basic training at Fort Rucker, Alabama and trained in Aircraft Maintenance as a Helicopter Mechanic. After basic training, he was stationed at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim Germany. While on leave he toured Denmark, Sweden & found, and visited with his mother’s ancestors in Norway. He was honorably discharged as SP5 E5 in November of 1966.


On March 30, 1968, He was united in marriage to Lorraine Klasse at Our Savior Lutheran Church at Ebro Corner. To this union 3 children were born, Todd Melvin, Keiza LaRae & Amanda Jo. They moved into their home on Sand Lake Ave when Todd was brought home from the hospital.


During the first years Paul was employed by Twin Cities Marble as a ceramic tile setter. In 1972, he was hired by Minnesota (Koch Ind) Pipeline as an operator/gauger. After 24 years, he semi-retired & went to work for Lakehead (Enbridge) Pipeline in grounds maintenance. He completely retired from the Clearbrook Pipelines after 34 years. During his retirement years, he was a fill in courier for Sanford Medical Center.  Over the years he has made many friends wherever he happened to be.


Paul was a 50+ year member of the American Legion Post #16, serving on the executive board for a number of years. He served on the Bagley Fire Department for 23 years, serving as 2nd Assistant Chief and retiring in 1999. Following in his firefighting footsteps are his son Todd & daughter Amanda.  He was also a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley.


Paul was never a ball player like his father, but as a boy he served as the bat boy for the Bagley Merchants. He enjoyed watching football & baseball, especially the Vikings & the Twins. He had an amazing memory of the players from the 50’s to the present time. Paul enjoyed fishing, camping, grouse & duck hunting and a little deer hunting. His favorite hands-on sport was Curling. He was an amazing & patient skip and was most proud of bringing home the championship trophy for the American Legion Men’s Novice Bonspiel in 1997.  He & Lorraine curled together in the Legion Mixed and the Clearwater County Mixed Bonspiels for over 20 years.  He enjoyed mowing grass at home and at the farm during the summers and loved his big black snowplow truck in the winter.  He also enjoyed watching old westerns on Grit.


He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of 54+ years. His son Todd Brustad of Bagley, Daughter Keiza Clubb & her children Cole & Marina Clubb, of Inver Grove Heights, Mn & daughter Amanda Jo Brustad of Bagley. Brustad cousins: Gary, Shirley, Ricky, Susan, Kim, Mike, Wayne, Leah, Bonnie, Jack & Deb.  Moen cousins: Kenny, Suzanne, Merry Ellen, Bunny & Tommy. Brother-in-Law Gene Klasse of Lake Stevens, WA, and numerous Nephews & Nieces.


He was preceded in death by His parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, various in laws and his favorite dog of all time, Molly.

Michael Troxell

Michael Leonard Troxell, 51, of Rice Lake, MN, died on Monday, November 14, 2022, at his home in Rice Lake, MN. 


   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Rice Lake Community Center in Rice Lake, Minnesota. A wake will begin the evening before on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. and continue until the time of the service the next day. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


  Mike was born on June 4, 1971, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Carolyn (Sagataw) and Leonard Troxell.  When he was little, he would ride his Big Wheels all day along and even pack some snacks in the back. The family moved to Neenah, WI in 1976 and lived there until 1981 when they moved to Minneapolis, MN. It was there that Mike met Cheryl in 1994 and the two fell in love and started a family. Together, they moved north to the Rice Lake area in 2000. He began helping his father-in-law trapping in the woods. Mike was a jack of all trades. He worked at all sorts of jobs from cleaning and staining decks to working as a CNA. He loved Star Wars and rock and roll music, especially The Beatles and John Lennon. Mike was a devoted Packers Fan. He loved doing anything outdoors and enjoyed working on his vehicles. He was proud of his German and his Potawatomi heritage.


He is survived by his children, Tyler Troxell, Quentin (Krista Pitkin) Troxell, Michael Troxell, Courtney Troxell, and Kara Jackson; his better half of 27 years, Cheryl Thompson; his grandchild, Caylani Dakota and one coming in March; his mother and step-dad, Carolyn and George Auginaush; his father and step mom, Leonard and Elizabeth Troxell; his sisters, Julie (Anthony) Herbert, Michele Troxell, and Faye (Juana) Auginaush; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Thompson; his sisters-in-law, Carol Thompson and Brenda Neeland; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other loved family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edger and Charlotte Sagataw and Leonard and Arlene Troxell; his father-in-law, Peter Thompson, Jr.; his cousins, Chad Harris, Sr. and Levi Sagataw; his aunts, Luane Sagataw, Josie Thunder, and Toni Doust; and his brothers-in-law, Peter Thompson III and Henry Neeland.


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Wanda Fittje

Wanda Delores (Kornell-Baum) Fittje went to meet with the Lord, and those that went before her, on November 24, 2022.


She was born July 22, 1927, in Washkish, Minnesota, in a stucco house on the Indian Reservation. Her parents were Johan Olaf and Selma Kornell. Olaf was born in 1898 and Selma was born in 1902. Selma died in 1931 and Olaf died in 1962. Due to her mother’s death, her infant sister and she were adopted by different families and her brothers grew up with their father. In 1933 she was adopted by Karl and Myrtle Baum. She lived on a farm one mile south of Bagley, MN, until she graduated from Bagley High School in 1945. She moved to Minneapolis, with her best friend for the next 3 years and worked at Dayton’s. After moving back to Bagley, she worked for her father at Baum Cream Station and then met and married John Fittje in 1950. They moved to International Falls for one year and then moved to Spokane, WA in 1952. They lived there for 16 years. While there, all 3 daughters were born. Carole Bartz now lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Gayle Fittje lives in Cheney, WA, and Jannette Dobbins lives in Harrington, WA.


In 1968, the family moved to Clearbrook, MN, and Wanda and John moved back to WA in 1988. In 1997, John passed away and in 2007 Wanda moved to Cheney, where she lived at Sessions Village and then at Cheney Assisted living. During Covid 2020, she moved to Emily Court in Spokane. She had a brief stay at Country Cottage prior to her death.


During her life, Wanda was a Camp Fire leader, Awana leader, and Sunday School Teacher. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Red Hat Society, and to Teen Challenge. She volunteered many places and helped anyone that needed help.


She leaves behind her 3 daughters, Carole, Gayle, and Jannette; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


Prior to her death, she lost her mother and father, and her brothers Vernon Fultz, Julius Kornell, Stanley Kornell and Robert Kornell. Also, her sister Margaret McRenolds. Special thanks to her caregivers at Emily Court and Country Cottage and for her special visitors Stacy, Jason, Colton, and Andie Connors, Nicole, Ava and Sophie McConnell and Gayle Fittje.


A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.

Allen Fradenburgh

Allen Leroy Fradenburgh, 63, of Shevlin, Minnesota passed away peacefully on November 22, 2022, at the Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji.


A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Cease Funeral Home in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at Moose Creek Cemetery in Shevlin, MN in the spring. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Allen was born on March 22, 1959, in Bagley, Minnesota, the son of Raymond and Loretta (Myers) Fradenburgh. He graduated from Mora High School, lived in the Twin cities, Bemidji, and Bagley, before he settled on the family farm in Moose Creek Township.  Allen enjoyed spending his time drinking coffee and watching movies or TV.  He always looked forward to company and attending the holidays with family.


Allen is survived by his sister, Cheryl Fradenburgh of Shevlin; uncle Richard (Sharon) Sand of Aiken, South Carolina; aunt Peggy (Everett) Fradenburgh of Shevlin; nephews, Ben (Kristi) Fradenburgh of Detroit Lakes and Adam Fradenburgh of Shevlin; niece, Mikayla Fradenburgh of Hackensack and his Godparents, Harlan and Delores Strandlien of Shevlin.


Allen was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Loretta; brothers, Arthur and John, and his sister-in-law, Melouise Fradenburgh.


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Dale Moberg

Dale Iver Moberg, 92, Park Rapids, MN passed away at home on Monday, November 21, 2022.


Dale was born August 28, 1930, in Mantrap Township to Axel and Ellamae (Hensel) Moberg. He grew up in the Park Rapids area. As a young man he served in the US Navy. Throughout the years he lived in Itasca Park, Lake George, Nevis, Bagley, and Park Rapids. Dale was a general repairman at Itasca State Park for 34 years.


Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and tending to his horses. Family meant a lot to Dale and he enjoyed spending time with them.


He is survived by his children – Randy (Pat) Moberg of Moorhead, MN, Steven (Carla) Moberg of Eveleth, MN, Laurel (Michael) Mishnick of Park Rapids; 5 grandchildren – Joshua (Nicole) Moberg of Saint Peter, MN, Jeremy Moberg of Eveleth, MN, Randi Lynne Moberg of Chisholm, MN, Connor (Megan) Moberg of Fargo, ND, Lori (Greg) Reed of Puposky, MN; 8 great-grandchildren – Robert Johnson, Maisie (Justin Tritz) Johnson, Mason (Kiana) Johnson, Jacelynne Stachovich, Benjamin Moberg, Zachary Moberg, Maude Moberg, Axel Moberg; 1 great, great grandchild – Taevyn Johnson; 2 sisters – Claire Schroder of Grundy Center, IA, Brenda Moberg of Laporte, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Axel and Ellamae Moberg; sister, Arla Anderson; grandson, Daleon Peterson; and granddaughter, Brittany Horoshack.


Funeral Services were held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN. Interment at the Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, MN.


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Arrangements made by Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN.

Carolyn Vorderbruggen

Carolyn (Abraham) Vorderbruggen, 83, of Bagley, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab in Bagley, Minnesota.


Carolyn was born in Bagley, Minnesota on June 20, 1939, the daughter of Ralph “Jim” and Marie (Hagen) Abraham.  She grew up in the Minerva area, attending the Minerva School through the 8th grade and then graduating from Bagley High School in 1957.


On June 28, 1958, she married Donald Vorderbruggen and together they had 3 sons.


She enjoyed fishing, camping, country music, watching the Minnesota Twins, and going to garage sales to find a bargain. She also liked gardening and canning what she got from it. Carolyn was well known for refinishing furniture and to her last days could tell you where she got a piece of furniture and how many coats of paint she stripped to get it refinished.


She is survived by her sons, Rick (Nancy) Vorderbruggen and Dan (Carol) Vorderbruggen; four grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Donald; her son, Mark; and her parents.


Honoring Carolyn’s request, there will be no memorial service. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


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Cameron J. Stevens

Cameron J Stevens “Cmore”, 22, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Monday, November 21, 2022, at his home in Bagley, MN.


Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the Rice Lake Community Center in Rice Lake at 1:00 p.m.  A wake will begin on Monday, November 28, 2022, at the Rice Lake Community Center at 4:00 p.m. and continue until the time of the service. Interment will be held Pine Bend Cemetery at Lengby, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Cameron was born on March 7, 2000, in Bemidji, MN to Sheila Stevens & Michael Fox.  Cameron grew up in south end and attended Bagley Elementary School and Bagley High School. Cameron met and fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Haylee Hanse.  They were blessed with two beautiful girls, Stella and Nova and they were his world.  Their family was happily living in Bagley, MN.  Cameron loved his family very much and they were his life which filled with him happiness. Cameron was also blessed with a handsome son, Ashton, whom he loved very much as well. 


Cameron loved anything to do with the outdoors.  Hunting, fishing, camping, especially spending a week in Cass Lake every year with family. Cameron also enjoyed ricing, snowmobiling, 4- wheeling, and leeching.  When he was younger, his uncles would cut balsam boughs and Cameron would collect and stack the boughs for them.  His uncles always paid him in candy bars, pop, and chips.


Cameron was currently working for Klemmetsen Concrete. Cameron was a hardworking young man and was very family oriented.  He was a handyman and loved working on cars. He could fix almost anything and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. 


Cameron loved his family and would work very hard to provide for them.  He loved being an uncle and took pride in showing them everything and anything they wanted to learn.  Cameron loved to joke around and laugh with family and friends.  He had the best and most contagious laugh. His smile lit the room up every time he entered.  He made everyone’s lives better that knew him and will be missed by many.   


He is survived by the love of his life – Haylee Hanse of Bagley, MN; His daughters- Stella and Nova of Bagley, MN; Son – Ashton Michael of Mahnomen, MN; Mom – Sheila Stevens of Bagley, MN; Dad – Michael (Melissa) Fox of Dilworth, MN; Grandma – Veronica Wells of South Haven, KS; Sisters – Mallory (Jake) Stevens, Emily (Dylan) Fox; Brothers – Brandon Stevens, Gage Stevens, and Christian Fox; Uncles – William Stevens, Daniel Ortley, Ernest Ortley, and Eric Fox; Aunts – Josette (Ralph) Thunder, Liza Stevens; 6 nieces and nephews and one on the way; Haylee’s parents – Shawn and Kim Hanse; Haylee’s sisters – Brandi (Ryley) Hanse and Mariah Hanse.


He was preceded in death by Grandparents – Ernest Stevens and Francis Fox; Grandmother – Charlotte Ortley; Uncles – Mike Stevens and Wayde Stevens.


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Robert “Bob” Yanish

Robert “Bob” Yanish, age 79, of Fargo, ND, died Monday, November 21, 2022, in Bethany on 42nd.


Robert Michael Yanish was born in Boise, Idaho, on April 29, 1943, to a military couple, Robert J. and Alice M. (Stensgaard) Yanish.  Bob’s early years found them living at several military posts. They also welcomed two girls, Joan and Linda, to the family.  He and his sisters went to grade school, and his mom and dad were employed in education and welding, in Climax, CO. The family returned to North Dakota and found their farm close to Itasca Park.  Bob went to high school in Bagley, MN, where he met Kathleen Galli, and they became sweethearts.  His love for music grew during his high school and early college years at UND.  Bob met two lifelong friends in college, and they formed the Greenbriar Trio. They decided to interrupt college and tour singing folk music.  He returned to college at BSU, Bob and Kathy were married on August 17, 1964, and they lived in Bagley.  Bob finished his degree in music at Bemidji State.  He began his teaching career at his own high school in Bagley where Bob taught vocal and instrumental music for three years.


Bob and Kathy welcomed Kristin Marie October 5, 1965, and Karla Jo August 31, 1967.  After 3 years, Bob and Kathy moved to educational positions at Mahnomen HS.  They welcomed baby girl #3 on September 21, 1974, Jennifer Kay.


Later, Bob took a leave from teaching and tried his hand at selling insurance. He missed teaching and students, so he accepted a position in vocal music in Crookston, MN, for 17 years before retiring.  Bob had 34 years of teaching, and the students related to Mr. Y and loved him.


 Bob and Kathy moved to West Fargo in 2013 and made their last move to Bethany retirement village in 2022.


He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Kathy: 3 daughters; Kris (Ed) Pavlish of East Grand Forks, MN, Karla (Roger) Anderson of Fargo, ND, Jennifer (Braden Kuznia) Taylor,  Fargo, ND; 7 grandchildren: Tony (Ashley) Pavlish of West Fargo, ND, Mat (Kayla) Pavlish, East Grand Forks, MN, Ashley (Travis Church) Pavlish,  Fargo, ND, Christopher (Miranda) Taylor, Fargo, ND, Randy (Katie Spokely)Taylor, Los Angeles, CA, Brady Anderson, Fargo, ND, Danny Anderson, Grand Forks, ND; and  5 Great Grandchildren: Cora (16), Bella and Jack (11), Carter (7) and Ashton (5).   Also, a sister Linda (David) Maschwitz, his sister-in-law Nancy Viktora; brother-in-law Chuck (Linda) Galli; numerous nephews and nieces and grand nieces and nephews. 


Bob was preceded in death by his mom and dad, his father-in-law and 2 mothers-in-law; sister Joan; 2 brothers-in-law and other aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.


Mass of Christian Burial:   Monday, November 28, 2022, at 11 AM, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo, with visitation held one hour prior. Burial:  St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Bagley, MN, Spring 2023.


West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center assisted the family with arrangements.

Raymond P. Fox

Raymond Peter Fox, 19, of Bagley, Minnesota died unexpectedly on November 17, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Rice Lake Community Center in Rice Lake, Minnesota. A wake will begin the evening before at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center and continue until the service the next day. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Raymond was born on June 8, 2003, in Minneapolis, MN and grew up in the White Earth Nation area. In 2005 he was baptized at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church. He graduated from Bagley High School in 2021. Raymond was currently working for UPS in distribution in Minneapolis with plans to keep working for UPS when moving back home.


Raymond was in Boy Scouts until 2016. In elementary and middle school, he enjoyed football and baseball. He loved fishing and spending time with his many siblings. He had fun playing Xbox. He always looked forward to going to the family cabin and to Disney.


He is survived by his parents, Alfred E. and Evette E. Fox; his siblings, Nicole Christensen of Maple Grove, MN, Monique Reed of Big Lake, MN, Cote Fox of Big Lake, MN, Brian (Alexis) Rasmussen, Tristian Fox of Bagley, MN, Tanisha Fox of Bemidji, MN, Aria Fox, Mariah Fox, Maddisyn Fox, Olivia Fox, Khloe Terry and Leonardo Cole, all of Bagley, MN; Nieces, Ana, Niyah, Marley, Ella, Evelyn, Izzy, and Zeriah; and numerous uncles, aunties, cousins and other loved family.  


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfred and Bernadine Fox and Pauline and John Hietala, and Gordon English, and numerous great aunts, uncles, and cousins.


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Donavin “Donnie” Larson

Donavin “Donnie” Larson, 77, of Bagley, Minnesota passed away peacefully at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center surrounded by his family on November 11, 2022. 


A Celebration of life will be at the Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley, Minnesota, Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Donnie was born on January 13, 1945, at Ada, Minnesota, the son of Darvin “Butch” and Eleanor (Boyd) Larson. Donnie was known to be a truck driver all his life.  Donnie owned trucks up until he could no longer drive, because of his health.  Donnie lived and breathed trucks.  He made many trips to Alaska.  He worked on the Alaskan Pipeline from 1975 – 1978.  Till the end he wanted to make “one more haul to Alaska”.  If you ever met Donnie, you knew he would give you his unfiltered point of view!  Donnie married Gwen Rivera and they later divorced. 


Donnie is survived by his children – Stacy (Jim) Herman and Joe (Heidi) Larson, both of Bagley, Minnesota.


Donnie loved his grandchildren- Ashley (Nathan) Nelson, Kristan (David) Fleck, Kyle (Amy) Herman, Casey, and Wyatt (Courtney) Larson.  Great grandchildren – Kia and Conner Nelson, and Kylee and Alexis Fleck.  He thought the world of his grandchildren.  They all have great memories of him taking them shopping and out to eat, along with going on a ride through the countryside.  He is also survived by his siblings – Patricia Bare, Douglas Larson, Delores Williams, and Bonnie (Les) Lofthus and several nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law – Art Bare and nephews – Scotty Bare, Trevor Malenke and Mike Larson. 


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Olmer Larson

Olmer Leroy Larson, 84 of Bagley, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at his home.


Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022, at 11:00a.m. at the Bagley Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be held at the Bagley City Cemetery.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Olmer was born in Shevlin, MN on July 18, 1938, to Gilbert and Martha (Strandlien) Larson.  He attended Shevlin school and graduated from Bagley High School.  Olmer married Melba Theis and they welcomed five children.


Olmer worked for the Clearwater County Highway Department as an engineering assistant.  Olmer was a member of the Bagley Fire Department.  He always enjoyed returning for special gatherings and retirements at the fire department.


Omer enjoyed many years of deer hunting with family and friends.  He was an avid sports fan, always watching and reading about the Gophers, Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx, and Wild.  Through the years he continued keeping up with Bagley High School sports.  Olmer enjoyed golfing and a good game of cards.  Family was important to Olmer and he always enjoyed “fellowship” with his wife, kids, their spouses, and grandchildren.


Olmer is survived by his five children – Brian (Melissa) Larson of Duluth, MN; Kelly (Lisa) Larson of Albertville, MN; Daughter – Karen (Jeff) Jones of Ham Lake, MN; Margo (Charles) Barnes of Burnsville, MN; Son – Darin Larson of Bemidji, MN; his grandchildren – Brianna, Michelle, Megan, Kyle, Jamie, Tyler, Erik, Michelle, and Aaron; and five great grandchildren. Sister-in-law – Rose Larson of Wilton, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Olmer was preceded in death by his wife Melba; his brothers Harry (Myrna), Marlow (Arielle), and Arlie and one sister Thelma (Dale). 


Olmer will be missed.


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Ordean Swanson

Ordean Nolan Swanson (Jiggs) was born December 17, 1930, to parents Thomas and Petra (Haugen) on the family farm in Clover township, north of Leonard, MN.  He passed away peacefully on November 8th, 2022, on the same farm surrounded by his family.   Ordean attended the rural Clover school until age 13, when he joined his Uncle Adolph Westby, logging in the woods of Clover. Uncle Adolph was the one who gave him his nickname- Jiggs.  Ordean loved the woods. One of his favorite winter hobbies was heading to the swamp to cut cedar and check on how the deer were doing. 


  When Ordean was 21 years old, he joined the largest group of recruits to ever leave from Clearwater County at one time.  He and twenty-one young men headed out to help the war effort in Korea.  Ordean trained at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and then shipped out to Korea where he served in the Army Engineers Corp.  He operated heavy equipment, building roads and bunkers for tanks and big guns.  In November 1953 he received his honorable discharge and returned to Clover.  At his death he was the longest continuous member of the Clearbrook American Legion.  In May of 2019, Ordean traveled to Washington, D.C. As part of the Veterans Honor Flight.  It was a highlight for Ordean to travel with other veterans, see the memorials and receive the recognition and appreciation from so many people. 


From the mid 50’s until the 70’s Ordean worked as a heavy equipment operator building roads and even working on the missile silos in North Dakota.  Ordean married the love of his life, Leone Walberg, on July 27, 1956.  They were blessed with three daughters.  For the first few years they split their time between North Dakota where Ordean worked and the farm in Clover Township.  Over time they built up the farm, buying more land and raising beef cattle.  Ordean quit working on the road and worked for Arctic Cat in Clearbrook, and then Clearwater Rice in addition to the farm.  Ordean and Leone always had a big garden and lots of apple trees, that kept them well fed in addition to the animals they raised. 


Ordean was an early snowmobile fan and spent countless hours riding trails with his friends.  In retirement, Ordean and Leone traveled often.  They visited all the states with the exception of Alaska and the New England area.  The liked to take the Mini-Winnie and camp with friends and family, often attending blue grass or country music festivals. 


Ordean was a man of strong Christian faith.  He attended the Faith Bible Chapel of Clover and then later was an active member of First Baptist Church in Clearbrook.  He was always soft spoken and was known` for being gentle and kind.  He was wonderful with children as his own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will attest.  When he would arrive at his daughter Susan’s daycare all the little ones would coming running with arms up and a chorus of “Grandpa, Grandpa!”


His roots ran deep in Clover.  He was born and passed to be with the lord on the same piece of land.  He knew every foot of the farm.  He planted thousands of trees over the years, he said he wanted to make sure his girls always had plenty of Christmas trees to choose from. He would cut a load of trees each Christmas and Leone would pick her favorite from the kitchen window.  He would then deliver trees to friends and often provided the tree for the girls or grandsons classroom.    He taught his grandsons to hunt and to appreciate the land.  Hunting season was a big holiday at the Swanson farm.  Even after he quit hunting, he enjoyed hunting season and sharing hunting stories with the boys.  In recent years he waited to see what Allie and Emmy, his great granddaughters, would bring down during the season. 


Ordean is survived by his wife of 66 years Leone, daughters Nancy (Rick) Vyskocil and Susan Duquette.  Grandsons Tony (Sarah) Duquette, Tyler Duquette, and Nolan Ettish.  Great grandchildren, Allison and Emily Duquette and Addison and Wyatt Ettish. Ordean was also survived by his sister, Aileen Erickson and many nieces and nephews.   Ordean was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Lisa, his parents Tom and Petra Swanson, Sisters Mildred Ballard, Mavis Erickson, Jean Fuchs, and Brothers Laverne` (Bucky) Swanson, Newell Swanson and Larry Swanson. 


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. A visitation will also be held the evening before on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN. Interment will be held Clover Cemetery in Leonard, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


In leu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Veteran’s Honor Flight, Sanford Hospice, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or plant a tree in his memory.


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Troy Torgerson

Troy Wayne Torgerson, 53, of Bemidji, Minnesota died suddenly and peacefully of an aortic aneurysm while taking a nap on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Clearbrook, MN at the family hunting shack.   


Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Country Faith Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. A time of visitation will be held the evening prior on Monday, November 14, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN.  Interment will be held at Clearwater Cemetery in Clearbrook, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Troy was born on December 6, 1968, in Bemidji, MN to Wayne and Sheryll (Logelin) Torgerson. He grew up in Clearbrook, MN and graduated from Clearbrook High School with the class of 1987. After graduating, Troy moved to North Carolina for five years and began working for North Central Service. He moved back to Minnesota and continued his career with NCS. On August 29, 2003, Troy married the love of his life, Kristin, in Las Vegas, NV. Together they made a home in Bemidji, MN. In 2005, Troy purchased NCS and became the business’s owner.


Troy thrived in the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing all year round, snowmobiling in the winter, and golfing in the summer. In the mid-90s he earned his pilot license and would fly around Minnesota and the United States in his plane for work, as well as for fun. A huge NFL fan, Troy loved cheering for the Chiefs and watching games with friends.


Troy was a lot of things to a lot of people. A strong person, he always looked after and was very protective of those he loved. If he loved you, he made sure you were taken care of. He did his best to make sure everyone was happy around him and felt welcomed, special, and part of the family. He was generous with his time and resources. Always ready with a joke or a one liner, Troy had a great sense of humor. NCS was another family to him. Troy made a point to know everyone’s name who worked at NCS and to know them personally.


Troy was a loving and devoted father and helped raise two wonderful children. He was so proud of Taryn, in 10th grade, and Zach, who followed into working at NCS. Always there to support his kids, Troy never missed a hockey game or event. He was a caring husband and father and will be tremendously missed.


He is survived by his wife, Kristin Torgerson; his children, Zach Terrill, and Taryn Torgerson; his mother, Sheryll Torgerson; his sister, Tracy Mathson; his aunts and uncles, Warren Torgerson, TruDee (Mike) Torgerson, Rita Tjenstrom, Doug Torgerson, and Don (Karen) Logelin; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family.


He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Torgerson, and his aunts, Colleen Maple, and Loretta Halvorson.


Memorials preferred to St. Philip’s Catholic School in Bemidji.


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Tanya (Olson) Preston

Tanya Jo (Olson) Preston, 46, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, formerly of Bagley, MN, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota after a long illness.


Services will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Tanya was born on February 6, 1976, in Bagley, Minnesota to parents Larry and Edie (Friborg) Olson.  She grew up in the Bagley area and attended Bagley Schools and graduated from Bemidji High School. Tanya had a passion for animals, especially dogs and horses. She also had a gift for cooking and gave many people joy with her delicious dishes. Over the years, Tanya worked at Greensview Nursing Home, at the Sanford ER in Bemidji, and at Clearwater County Hospital and Clinic. She most recently had her own business as a caretaker for those in need. She was always caring for the elderly, which was her calling. Two of her favorite people she helped take care of were Mike and Regina Domish, whom she thought of as her own grandparents. Tanya took comfort in her Bible and loved Jesus.  Most importantly, Tanya’s greatest love was her four boys and her family.


Tanya is survived by her children, Jagger Paquin, Devon Knutson, Lucas Preston, and Levi Preston; her parents, Larry and Edie Olson; her sister, Andri (Bruce) Criswell; her nephews, Preston Olson and Parker Nelson; her aunts and uncles, Linda (Gary) Merschman, Lana (Larry) Waldahl, and Mary (Elwood) Nordlund; and many special cousins, friends, and family.


She was preceded in death by her nephew, Tannar Olson; her aunt, Cleone Friborg; and her grandparents, Andy and Goldie Friborg and Lloyd and Laverne Olson.


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Joan Petersen

Joan “Joni” Petersen, age 81, of Fosston, MN, formerly Mahnomen, MN, died Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.


Joan May LaDuke was born May 15, 1941, the youngest child born to Philip and Josephine (Vezina) LaDuke.  She grew up in the Ebro, MN, area and attended school in Bagley, MN.  Following her schooling, Joni entered the workforce and soon moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area.  While working in the metro, she met Bruce Petersen.  The couple was united in marriage on December 30, 1961, at St. Luke’s Church in St. Paul.  Together, they welcomed two sons, Timothy and Terrance into the world.  In 1981, Bruce died tragically in a work-related accident and Joni remained in the cities for a few years before moving to Fosston.  She made her home in Fosston for several years, then moved to Mahnomen for quite a few years before relocating back to Fosston.  Over the years, Joni worked in Fosston baking pies and also at the Shooting Star Casino until her retirement.


Joni enjoyed playing Bingo, watching television, working cross word puzzles and activities that kept her close to home.  She was a private person, but she had a great sense of humor.  Joni had a soft spot in her heart for animals, especially cats.  She will be missed by many.


Joni is survived by her son, Terry, of Blaine, MN; three grandchildren: Bruce, Brandi and Thomas; one great-grandson, Nate; one great-granddaughter, Naiomi; two sisters, Frances Johnson and Phyllis Skala both of Bagley, MN; and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bruce; son, Timothy; and seven siblings.


A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen.  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Inurnment will be in Fort Snelling Cemetery at a later date.


Please feel free to sign the guestbook, send condolences and view other opportunities which may be available on the website.


Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home of Mahnomen.

Janice Anderson Pulford

Janice Louise Anderson Pulford, born August 5, 1938, in Bagley, MN, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2022, at Guardian Angels by the Lake in Elk River, MN.


Janice was raised in Bagley and graduated from Bagley High School in 1956. She married Robert Graser and had three sons, Rick, Mark, and Kevin. She later married Gene August Eckstein and had two more sons, Gene Andrew, and Wayne Edward. In 1992, Janice married James Pulford and they were together until his death in 2012.


Janice worked for Clearwater County for many years, starting in the Auditor’s Department in 1977, and retiring as Deputy Treasurer in 1993. She was an active member of Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Bagley. She and Jim spent summers in Minnesota and winters in Florida. After Jim’s death, she moved to Traveler’s Country Club in Clear Lake, MN and Winter Haven, Florida. In 2019, she moved to Guardian Angels by the Lake in Elk River, MN.


Janice loved to spend time with her sons and grandchildren, play cards, computer games, crafting, and scrapbooking. She had a wonderful sense of humor, laughed and smiled a lot, went on long walks, and had a strong faith in the Lord.


She was preceded in death by her mother Carrie Nellie (Stout) Moravec; father Russell Anderson; brother Russell Anderson, Jr.; sons Mark Elroy Graser, and Wayne Edward Eckstein; husbands Robert Graser, Gene August Eckstein, and James Raymond Pulford; sister Myrna Maud Anderson Larson, and infant sister Marlys Anderson; and brother-in-law Harry Arvid Larson.


Janice is survived by sons Rick Ray Graser of Coon Rapids, MN; Kevin Roy Graser of Winter Haven, FL, and Gene Andrew (Heather) Eckstein of Big Lake, MN; grandchildren James, Ricky, and Crystal Graser; Summer Graser Rongstad; Cody and Savanna Graser; and Amber and Alyssa Eckstein; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to service at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 13 Bagley Avenue NW, Bagley, MN.  Interment will take place in Bagley City Cemetery in the spring of 2023.  Arrangements by Dare’s Funeral Home, Elk River, 763-441-1212. (

Richard Gottfried Viktora

Richard Gottfried Viktora, 81, of Bagley, MN died on Sunday, October 30, 2022, in his home surrounded by his family.


A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bagley, MN.


Richard was born in Bemidji, MN on January 14, 1944, to Gottfried and Emily (Wacha) Viktora. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith. Richard attended Bemidji Elementary and High School. On July 2, 1959, Richard was united in marriage to Nancy Galli. They welcomed three sons: Richard “Rick”, Mark, and Wayne.


At a young age, thirteen years old to be exact, Richard gave his first haircut while standing on a peach crate. In 1961 he graduated from the St. Paul Barber School and relocated his family to Dilworth, MN and worked in a Moorhead, MN barber shop. Seven years later he and Nancy moved to Bagley where he opened his own barber shop. Richard loved his customers and had many people travel just to have him cut their hair. He especially enjoyed playing tricks on the kids with his “rubber ear”.


Richard loved hunting season and made it his job to make sure his children and grandchildren enjoyed it too. He spent many summers fishing and camping with family and friends. During his later years Richard enjoyed spending his winters in Texas with Nancy and building bird houses in his garage. He was Rick’s right-hand-man during their many fish fry’s, taking his “quality control” job very seriously. He loved giving his great grandchildren ranger rides through town and had a laugh that would light up the room. Richard was a kind and genuine man who will be missed by his family and friends.


He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Bagley, MN; his sons, Richard “Rick” (Lee) Viktora of Bagley, MN and Wayne (Veronica) Viktora of Great Falls, MT; his grandchildren, Ryan, Amanda, Adam, Gabrielle, Quinn; his brother, Robert “Bobby” Viktora of Bemidji, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother, Bernard Viktora, his sister, Patty England and his son, Mark Viktora.

Sherryl Marie (Abraham) Seado

Sherry passed away peacefully on October 11, 2022, in her home.  She was diagnosed November 2021 with pancreatic cancer.


Sherryl Marie (Abraham) Seado was born June 25, 1968, to Robert & Margaret (Hoff) Abraham in Bagley, MN.  Sherry was the third of six children.  She attended Bagley Public School and graduated from Bagley High School in 1986.  She enjoyed several sports including basketball, volleyball, track & cross country. 


After graduation Sherry moved to Montana where she worked for one season at Yellowstone National Park, enjoying the mountains and meeting lots of new friends.


She returned to Bemidji and attended Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, MN where she obtained a degree in administrative studies.


She married Wesley Wright April 2, 1993, and together they had two children Eli & Alysa.  They later divorced and she married Robert Seado on May 2, 2015.


She worked for the DNR in Bemidji, MN as a Reality Specialist Senior with the Division of Lands and Minerals up until the time of her passing.


Sherry enjoyed the outdoors, including cross country skiing & blueberry picking. She was also an expert quilter.  Her greatest passion was her beautiful gardens.  She started her business, Floral Essence, and supplied flowers to the local florists along with making her own fresh & dried floral arrangements, also selling dahlia tubers on her website.


Sherry is survived by her two children Eli Wright & Alysa Wright both of Bemidji, MN.  Her husband Robert Seado of Bemidji, MN.  Stepdaughters Ashley (Lloyd) Fischer of Bemidji, MN and Britani (Rusty) Johnson of Bemidji, MN.  Parents Robert & Margaret (Hoff) Abraham of Lake Itasca, MN.  Siblings: Mickie (Doug) Kauffman of Clearmont, WY, John Abraham of Cannon Falls, MN, Angela (Jason) Emery of Bagley, MN, Alicia (Paul) Schummer of Bemidji, MN, David (Brittany) Abraham of Henderson, MN and many nieces & nephews.


She was preceded by her paternal grandparents Alec & Anna (Brichnac) Abraham.  Maternal grandparents Henry & Rose (Prebble) Hoff.  Aunt Lois (Abraham) Highberg of Bagley, MN.  Uncles: Roy Abraham Sr of Baudette, MN John Bergvall of International Falls, MN, Larry Hoff of Rochester, MN.  Cousin Cindy Bergvall of International Falls, MN and infant twin cousins of International Falls, MN.


Private family services will be held.


Harley “Huck” Wicklander

Harley “Huck” Warren Wicklander of Roseau passed away on October 21, 2022, at Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, ND surround by family at the age of 67.


Harley was born on June 18, 1955, in Roseau, MN to Harold and Ruby (Larson) Wicklander. In his childhood he was baptized and confirmed at English Lutheran Church in Roseau. W. He graduated from Roseau High School in 1973 and went into Northland Technical School in Thief River Falls, MN. On December 28, 1990, Harley married Joyce Everett in International Falls, MN. In 1978, he started working at Polaris in printing and eventually moved to assembly in 1993. Harley retired from Polaris in 2014.


Harley was a member of the Roseau Fire Department for 18 years. He loved the fishing, hunting, four wheeling, and spending time with his family and friends at the Hunting Shack. Harley was an avid Minnesota sports fan and enjoyed watching the Twins, Vikings, and Wild. He also loved to bowl and was part of a bowling league.


Harley is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Jamie (Christina) of Fargo, Crystal (Adam) of Ozark, AR, Mattea Busch, and Haley Newcomb of Colorado; grandchildren, Emma, Hannah, Ava, Weston, and Ella; sisters, Deon Willcox of Fargo, Delaine (Ron) Larson of Roseau, Nancy (Daryl) Bergeson of Bagley; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Ammy.


He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Ruby; and by brother-in-law, Paul Willcox.


A Memorial Service for Harley Wicklander will be held on October 28, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau with a visitation an hour prior.


Arrangements by Helgeson Funeral Homes.

Donna Mae Grover

Donna Mae Grover was born June 20, 1940, in Sherlin to parents Bill and Alma Blomdahl.  She passed away October 16, 2022, at the Adult Family Home she has been at the past 3 years.


Donna graduated from Bagley High School in 1958 and married Sid Grover in 1959.  They moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1967 and resided there until present.


Donna worked for the Tacoma Public Schools for 29 years and retired in 2002.  She enjoyed her job, gardening, and homemaking.  She loved the Lord and loved being in church with many friends.


She is survived by her husband Sid; sons Dale (Candy) and David (Cindy); 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at Bonney-Watson Federal Way Funeral Home, 1535 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way Washington.  Please sign the online memorial guestbook at

Dolores Wendorf

On October 22, 2022, Dolores Jean Wendorf, 89, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family in Pine Lake, MN.


Dolores was born to Woody and Ruby Wilson (Alhmann) on September 30, 1933, in Colome, South Dakota. She graduated from Hot Springs High School, SD in 1951.


Dolores married her first husband, Sonny Bourcy, on February 14, 1951, in Hot Springs South Dakota. Together, they raised their children, Cheri, Rick, Cindy, Wendy, Jeff, and Mitch across various states, settling down in Shevlin, MN until their divorce in 1976. 


After finally accepting his frequent requests to dance at the Blue Ox in Bemidji, Dolores fell in love with Ralph Wendorf. On June 13, 1980, they were united in marriage in Shevlin, MN and their many world adventures soon began. Dolores and Ralph spent their life together in their home on Midge Lake near Cass Lake, MN and in their winter home in St. James City, Pine Island Florida. Dolores and Ralph had a marriage that can only be dreamed of. Their love for each other was profound; one that is rare and to be cherished. All who were blessed to be a part of their life together can account for the deep unconditional love they shared. Ralph and Dolores traveled the world together on planes, ships, or driving the Oldsmobile, never missing a sight along the way.


While they were growing up, Dolores’s focus was raising her children, but later in life she worked a variety of jobs including working at Sears, the Bagley Co-op, and ending her career as the City Clerk in Cass Lake, MN.  She was also an active life-long member of the Lioness Club in Cass Lake, which took Ralph and Dolores all over the world.  She loved giving back to her community.


Dolores was a stranger to no one and enjoyed spending time with her family and her many friends.  Her home was usually busy, frequently full of her and Ralph’s children and grandchildren or friends that they had made throughout their lives.  She was world-renowned for her canned pickles, chocolate chip cookies, and good taste in brandy. When her grandchildren were at her house, you could find Dolores visiting with them, feeding them, or even teaching some of her granddaughters how to have a proper tea party.


She leaves behind a large family that expands across the globe, whom she was very proud of.  She is survived by her husband, Ralph Wendorf; children and stepchildren: Cheri (Jim) McCormick, Shelby, OH; Cindy Bushelle, Gonvick, MN; Wendy Otto, Thompson, ND; Mitch Bourcy; Karen (Eric) Paulson, Excelsior, MN; Ivan Wendorf, Jacksonville, FL; Rose Roberts, Lakewood, CO; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her sons Jeff and Rick Bourcy, stepson Lee Wendorf; son-in-law Greg Otto; and daughter-in-law Diane Wendorf.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 5 -7 pm with a Prayer Service at 7 pm at Cease Funeral Home in Bagley MN, with a funeral service on Friday, October 28 at 11 am at Cease Funeral Home in Bagley, MN.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Clearwater County.


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Ronald Boe

Ronald Boe, age 78, of Bejou, MN, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at his home under the loving care of his family and hospice of the Red River Valley after fighting a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.


Ronald Keith Boe was born on July 7, 1944, to Jeffrey and Helen (Halvorson) Boe in Bagley, MN. As a young man, he served his country in the Merchant Marines and Army. Ronald later used his talents while working a host of jobs including American Hoist, Empire Bucket, Erskine Manufacturing, Case Manufacturing, MTC Bus driver, and welding in the shipping yards. In his spare time, he enjoyed working with metal and creating things out of iron.


Ron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bernadette; a son, Edward (Tawnya) Boe; a daughter, Nanci (Jeff) Glennstone; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Janet Lundmark; brothers, Doug (Rene), Greg (Patsy), Bruce (Jeannie) and many nieces and nephews.


He is proceeded in death by his parents, Jeffrey and Helen Boe; sister, Alice; Brother-in-law, Roger Lundmark; and other extended family.


No services are being held. Please feel free to sign the guestbook, send condolences and view other opportunities which may be available. 


Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home of Mahnomen.

Roxine Hoiland

Roxine Hoiland, age 54, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Saturday, October 15th, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston with Pastor Mark Hanson officiating. Interment will be in Immanuel Cemetery, Lengby, MN. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Friday (28th) at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston. Condolences and live stream is available at


Roxine Elizabeth Granly was born on May 18, 1968, in Cando, North Dakota to parents Vernon and Charolett (Hillestad) Granly. She grew up grew up in Lengby and graduated from Fosston High School in 1986. After high school, she attended Thief River Falls Technical College and finished with an associate degree.


She was married to the love of her life, Michael Hoiland, on June 4, 1988. They had four children and nine grandchildren.


Roxi loved to sing and dance with her grandkids; and loved Halloween and Christmas (these were her favorite holidays). Merissa and mom would make Thanksgiving dinner and while making Thanksgiving dinner, the two of them would listen to music.


Mom loved to go for walks and being with her family was #1. Even if it was going to the beach grabbing lunch at the A&W after, mom loved being together. Mom also loved watching us girls go to the fair and riding rides. She loved seeing our smiles and hearing our laughs! Our family trips to Colorado and the Cities, those moments mom loved. Roxie dearly loved being a mom and grandma.


Roxi passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo at the age of 54 years.


She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Mike, of Erskine, MN; her children, Aimy (Jacob) Nepean of Bagley, MN, Ashley (Ron) Hoiland of Clearbrook, MN, Kayla (Jake) Altepeter of Thief River Falls, MN, and Merissa (Trevor Hoaas) of Grand Forks, ND, and Jessa Hoiland; and nine grandchildren.


Also surviving are three sisters, Pamela (Kevin Tooley) of Colorado, Kristi Hruby of Lengby, and Maggie (Brian) Powell of Tucson, AZ. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Granly; and sister, Melanie Uebe.

Michael “Mike” Nelson

Michael “Mike” E. Nelson, 65, of Bagley, Minnesota, formerly of Rosemount, MN, Rogers, Arkansas and Blytheville, Arkansas, died on Friday, September 23, 2022, at Essentia Health in Fargo.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Mike was born in Ashland, WI on August 2, 1957, to Neil and Helen (Karaba) Nelson. He graduated from Rosemount High School in 1976. Mike joined the United States Air Force in 1977 and was honorably discharged in 1981. Mike was an entrepreneur and worked in and owned multiple businesses over the years. He worked as a cotton farmer, as a truck driver, he owned a roofing company with his brother in Arkansas, he owned a restaurant, was a city employee, and was quite the craftsman.


Mike liked politics and a friendly debate. He loved America and remembered his time in the Air Force fondly. He also loved the Vikings (especially if they beat the Packers). Family was important to Mike, as well as keeping things that had a sweet memory attached to it. He liked history, the outdoors, animals, and Good Ol’ Country living. He truly loved Resty. Mike was a big hearted and kind man. He was sensitive yet liked to joke around.


He is survived by his significant other, Resty Wenberg of Bagley, MN; his mother, Helen Nelson of Rosemount, MN; his best friend, Al Spring of Bagley, MN; his brothers, Neil Nelson Jr. of Florida and Tom Nelson of Arkansas; his sister, Lisa (Mark) Bergerson of Burnsville, MN; his nephews Derek , Dustin, Dane, Jarett and Alex; his nieces, Tawny and Talia; many great nieces and nephews; Resty’s children, Cassie Wenberg and Vern Wenberg of Minneapolis, MN; his uncle, Joe Karaba of Ashland, WI; and many other family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Allen Nelson; his grandparents, Allen and Gunda Nelson and Joseph and Bernadine “Bertha” Karaba; his aunts, Lillian Billings and Jane Richardson; and his uncles, Ted Karaba and Roger Nelson.


Messages of condolence may be sent to

Eva Wasson

Eva Wasson, 65, formerly of Leonard, MN, died in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 11, 2022, from congestive heart failure.


Eva’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 28, 2022, at Elim Lutheran Brethren Church in Clearbrook, MN.


Born in Huntsville, Alabama, on July 23, 1957, to Barbara (Olson) and Eugene Torgerson, Eva grew up in Clover Township. She graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1975 and from Northland Community and Technical College with a degree in Nursing in 1987. She married the love of her life Robert (Bob) Wasson on Valentine’s Day, 1990.


The oldest of seven, Eva had early opportunities to develop the independence and sense of responsibility that marked her life. When she was six years old, she walked alone a quarter of a mile through the woods in the winter dark to catch the school bus. As she grew older and the family grew larger, so too did her many caretaking responsibilities.


Eva was touched by the needs of others, especially children, and their care was the work of her life. She served as a school nurse at the Clearbrook Public School and was a foster parent to many children. Later, she provided one-on-one care to children with profound special needs. Until her health failed, Eva repeatedly gave her heart to the children for whom she cared.


Eva loved beauty and being outside in it. She loved living in beautiful places like Clover Township and later the Arkansas Ozarks, and riding motorcycles with Bob on scenic mountain roads. She also loved creating beautiful spaces, working with Bob—her best friend and inseparable companion—to design and build lovely homes with clean landscapes full of flowers, as they were doing together until just before she died.


When she recently retired, Eva was looking forward to spending many more years with her family, whom she deeply loved. Eva is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Aimee Jarnot, and grandchildren, Colin and Raina. She also is survived by her mother Barbara Torgerson, stepmother Jo Torgerson, and her siblings, Jim (Morgan) Torgerson, Carol (Chuck) Horsager, Glenda (Ross) Olson, Larry (Lana) Torgerson, Lois Torgerson, and Claire Torgerson, as well as many other relatives and friends. She already is greatly missed.


Eva was proceeded in death by her father, Eugene Torgerson, and grandparents, John and Phyllis Olson, and Walter and Selma Torgerson.


Roller-McNutt Funeral Home,, assisted the family with arrangements.


Jackie Rogers

Jackie Rogers, age 79, of Crookston, Mn passed away on September 28, 2022, at Sanford Medical Hospital in Fargo, ND, surrounded by family.


A memorial service will be held at a later date. Messages of condolence may be shared at or with any family member.


Jacqueline Diane Rogers was born September 18, 1943, in Fosston, MN to Lloyd and Lillian (Hagen) Rue. She was baptized and confirmed at Kingo Lutheran Church and attended Fosston High School, graduating in 1961. After high school, Jackie attended the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN, where she earned degrees as both a Medical Technologist and Radiography Technologist, graduating in 1962. Jackie moved to Bagley where she worked at the hospital as a lab technician. While living there, she met and married Leslie Walker of Bagley on August 20, 1966. Leslie died in 1967, shortly after the birth of their daughter, Angela. While continuing to work and live in Bagley, Jackie met Richard Rogers, whom she married on November 21, 1970. A son, Garrett, was born to them. Jackie lived in several places including Arden Hills, MN, Fosston, MN and Afton, WY. She settled for a few years in Thief River Falls, MN where she attended the Area Vocational Technical Institute, graduating in 1981 with a degree in Occupational Proficiency in Electronics. Jackie moved to Grand Forks, ND working at the Air Force Base as a lab technician. Her next position was with social services working in both East Grand Forks and Crookston, Mn until her retirement. Her most recent home was in Crookston, where she lived since 1999.


Jackie had a love for art and enjoyed creating her own: from drawing to painting to making clay figures. She was very handy with tools and liked and could fix most anything including making missing parts, electrical wiring or sewing where it was needed. Whatever she did, it would complete the once broken item. Music was also a big part of her life. She had favorite singers and groups but enjoyed most any music. She also enjoyed movies, old and new. Jackie had a great sense of humor and liked to laugh. She loved spending time with her family and friends when she could. Jackie had a strong faith and a big heart. She was loved and will be missed. Blessed be her memory.


Jackie is survived by her daughter, Angela Rogers (John Wallace), Gonvick, MN; brothers, Roger (Linda) Rue, Kent, WA; Gordon Rue, Fosston, MN; Larry Rue, Crookston, MN; sisters, Elaine (David) Bertils, Fertile, MN; Sylvia Gelking, Fargo, ND; Pamela (Jim) Tiede, Cottage Grove, MN; 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, in-laws, and many other loving relatives and friends.


Jackie is preceded in death by parents Lloyd and Lillian Rue; husband, Leslie Walker; husband, Richard Rogers; and son, Garrett Rogers.

Judy Fradenburgh

Judy will be buried at 1:00 p.m. on October 8, 2022, at the Moose Creek Cemetery south of Shevlin. 


Judy was born on February 9, 1938, in Bagley, MN to Merle and Corrine (Stage) McDonald. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Bagley High School.


Following graduation, she married Albert Fradenburgh on June 23, 1956. Their family grew to include five children, Steve, Lorie, Scott, Cindy, and Shawn. Life took them and their family to many locations. They first moved to Havre, MT for a couple years and then ended up in Wisconsin. After the loss of their daughter, Lorie, the family returned to Minnesota. Later they moved to Arizona and then back to Montana and finally to Baker. Later in her career with MDU she transferred to Rapid City, SD where Judy and Al lived until she retired., Then Judy and Al moved to Garrison ND until his health led them to move to Bismarck to be closer to the medical facilities. After his passing in 2012 she moved, back to Baker to be with family and friends.


Julia had a way with numbers and bookkeeping, she had various places of employment over her years. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and bowling with family and friends. In the kitchen Judy loved baking and her specialties were lefse and homemade bread.


Judy and Albert’s family continues to grow with ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Julia is loved and will be missed by sons, Steve (Connie), Scott (Brenda), Shawn; daughter, Cindy (Ernie); grandchildren, Anthony (Jessica), Lori (Justin “JJ”), Ryann (Morgan), Kyle (Brittney), Daniel (Katelin), Dustin (Chelsea), Dillon (Sonya), Darin (Skyler), Molly (Blake), Matthew (Lindsey); 16 great grandchildren; sisters, Carrie Harmon, Hazel (Denny) LaCroix. Preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Corrine: husband Albert; daughter, Lorie; sister, Mary Rothwell; brothers, William McDonald, James McDonald.