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David Otting

David William Otting was born January 28, 1939, in Ada, MN to Helmer and Ilene (Bennington) Otting.  He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on December 1, 2023, at the age of 84 years.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN with visitation starting one hour prior to the service. 


David grew up in Ada and Felton, MN where he farmed with his family.  He married Sheila Lou DesJardins on June 6, 1959.  He was very talented and held a variety of jobs until settling into dairy farming.  They farmed at Felton until moving to the Clearwater County area in 1965.  With the help of their four daughters, they were dairy farmers until March 2001, before switching completely to beef cattle.  David was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He worked with animals all his life.  He was a problem solver, would make repairs with stuff he had on hand, and helped other farmers when they were in need.   He enjoyed spending time with family, visiting around the kitchen table, telling stories, joking around while keeping a straight face, fishing with friends, and of course, farming.  If you were lucky, he found you a nickname.  For fun, he enjoyed going for drives and going to rummage sales, and in later years, driving for the Amish.


He is survived by his daughters Nancy Lougheed, Marilyn “Joan” (Jerome) Serbus, Deborah (Dan) Ley, and Teryl Otting; grandchildren Lindsey (Brett) Wyant, Casey Lougheed, Briana Serbus, David (Sierra) Serbus, Joshua LaRue, Sheila (Tyler) Tatro, Lee (Hannah) Waughtal, and Tyler Waughtal; five great-grandchildren Luke and Jacob Wyant, Dawson and Norah Serbus, and Beau Tatro; sister Marilyn (Daniel) Green; sister-in-law Roberta Otting; and many nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sheila, of 61 years, in 2021; his brother Richard Otting; one infant sister; and two infant daughters.


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Richard “Rick” LaRue

Richard “Rick” Harold LaRue, 71, of Shevlin, MN died on Monday, November 27, 2023, at his home in Shevlin, Minnesota surrounded by his loved ones. 


Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Chapel south of Bagley, Minnesota with a time of visitation one hour prior. Pastor Chris Conger will officiate. Interment will be held at Minerva Township Cemetery south of Bagley, MN with Military Honors accorded by the Irvin Blix American Legion Post No. 16 of Bagley, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Richard was born August 25, 1952, in Bagley, MN to Harold and Olivia (Eunice Pond) LaRue.  He graduated from Bagley High School in 1971.


He entered the Army in June 1971 and did boot camp in Ft. Lewis, Missouri.  He received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in Korea from March 1972 through April 1973.  He was stationed in Korea for thirteen months.  He was honorably discharged in March 1974.


He married Diane Davis and from that Union they had two sons, Timothy Ryan and Tyrell Richard LaRue. They later divorced.


After discharge, he worked in the Engineering refrigeration department at the Fargo VA Medical Center until 1996.  After his VA retirement he worked road construction and helped neighbors farm until his health restricted his abilities.  Rick was known for his exceptional fishing, hunting, and carpentry skills. Using his carpentry talents and the help of others, he built the house of his dreams.


Rick is survived by his sons, Timothy LaRue and Tyrell (Loralee Varady) LaRue; Siblings: Laurie (Marlin) Hanson, Dale (Janet) LaRue, Janie (Allen) Cuny, Jack LaRue; Russell Smith, brother-in-law; Terry Larson, his loving partner; along with numerous nephews and nieces.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Eunice and sister, Gail Smith


In lieu of flowers memorial preferred to the DTOM Veterans Ranch south of Bagley, MN.


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James Tollefson

James Steven Tollefson, age 71, of Leonard, MN passed away on November 16, 2023, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND. 


James was born February 17, 1952, in Fosston, MN to Lars and Elsie Tollefson.  He grew up in Bagley, MN and graduated from Bagley Public Schools in 1970.  James married Christine Thompson on July 17, 1971, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leonard, MN.  After James and Christine were married, they moved to Silver Bay, MN where James was employed at Northshore Mining.  They moved back to the Bagley area after the unexpected death of his father Lars.  James worked for Nelson Farms for twenty years and Mastec for twenty years. 


James and Christine moved to Leonard, MN in 1987 where he resided until the time of his death.  Over the years James had many hobbies and things that brought him enjoyment.  This included working on cars, small engines, woodworking, attending car races, demolition derbies, and tractor pulls.  He also enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy from his recliner.


James is survived by his wife Christine, daughters Tina (Scott) Carlson of Hibbing, MN and Elizabeth Tollefson of Bagley, MN.  Three grandchildren: Meghan and Logan Carlson of Hibbing, MN and Theodor Tollefson of Bagley, MN.  Siblings: Roger (Debbie) Tollefson, Shirley Tollefson and Sandy (Cloise) Miller. 


He was preceded in death by his parents Lars and Elsie Tollefson, brother Larry Tollefson and granddaughter Whitney Happy. 


The family would like you to join them on December 9, 2023, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Leonard, MN at 11 am for a luncheon/time of fellowship in memory of James.  Interment will follow the luncheon at Saint Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Lengby, MN. 

Peter A. Riewer

Peter A. Riewer, 77 of Fargo passed away at Sanford Hospital Hospice House in Fargo on November 21, 2023. Peter was born May 11, 1946, and was a former resident of Bagley, MN.


A funeral mass will be held on December 1, 2023, at 2 pm – with a visitation one hour prior at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo.


Burial will be at the Fargo National Cemetery near Harwood, ND on December 4, 2023, at 10 am.


Arrangements are being made through the Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.

Ronald Beier

Ronald Beier, 83, of Shevlin, MN died on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at his home surrounded by those who loved him. 


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


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Wilton “Dean” Jacobson

Wilton “Dean” Jacobson, 89, of Park Rapids, MN died on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at the CHI, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids, MN.


Dean Jacobson was born December 18, 1934, in Clearbrook, MN to Roy and Myrtle (Berg) Jacobson.  In 1952 he graduated from Bagley MN High School and became a carpenter, working with his brother Roger.  Little did he know when he first started making things from wood that it would become his lifelong career.


Dean married Sharon Aloise Brown on August 10, 1957, at First Lutheran Church in Bagley and they would remain married until her passing in 2019.  The couple started their marriage with Dean entering the Army, being stationed in Florida and Georgia.  It was at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA where they had their only child, Shannon Lynn.  After fulfilling his time in the Army, they returned to Bagley, MN where Dean once again picked up a hammer and continued to hone his skills, making things from wood.  The family moved to East Grand Forks, MN where Dean built potato barns and other structures for Harry Tack Construction. He then moved to Innes Construction where he was a finish carpenter, and later a very skilled cabinet maker. He worked the rest of his career for Lowell Innes in many of his ventures.  Many homes in North Dakota and Northern MN still have kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment units, and other features designed and built by Dean. 


Every home the family lived in was remodeled or custom built by Dean.  Along the way he found time to build a cabin on Island Lake where the family enjoyed summers of water skiing and winters of snowmobiling. 


In “retirement” (he failed to really ever stop working) he built a new home in Park Rapids, MN, and surprisingly, kept building beautiful cabinets and items from wood.  In fact, in his shop when he passed, were two projects he was working on. 


Dean loved to snowmobile (anything under 3000 miles was a bad year), water ski (into his 40’s), help Sharon in the garden, mow the lawn (multiple times some weeks), play with his dog, carve items from wood (culminating in a set of Norwegian doors for a home), and turn bowls and other items on his wood lathe.


He was an active volunteer. His quiet nature had him always working hard on every project (even into his 80’s), with his lifelong lessons in craftsmanship speaking for his efforts.  Projects included working on several homes for Habitat for Humanity (again with a hammer in his hand) and at Hubbard United Methodist Church (where many wooden items came from his shop.)  He and Sharon helped to create the Hubbard Pines Memorial Garden at that church as well.


Dean is survived by his daughter, Shannon Palma (Mark), his two grandchildren (Michael and Kelly).    Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, his siblings Roger, Devona, and Jerome. 


In lieu of flowers and cards, donations may be made to Hubbard Pines Memorial Garden, c/o Hubbard United Methodist Church, 12150 Broadway Road, Hubbard, MN 56470.


Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the Hubbard United Methodist Church in Hubbard, MN, with Rev. Lauren Hauger officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church.  A lunch reception will follow the services at church.  Interment will be held at the Bagley City Cemetery. Friends may leave online condolences at, Arrangements by Cease Family Funeral home of Park Rapids, MN. 


Andrea Lundin

Andrea Lundin, 80, of Bagley, Minnesota was called to her eternal resting place on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, with her family by her side.


Services will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior.


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


Andrea Joan Netland was born in Nora Township, Minnesota on July 25, 1943, to Wallert and Myrtle (Erickson) Netland.  Andrea grew up on the family farm with her siblings, she was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church. She attended country grade school through the 6th grade and graduated from Bagley High School in 1961.  Immediately after graduation, she went to work for Clearwater County Social Services as a Financial Worker. She worked for 36 years, before retiring in 1997.  She was united in marriage to Duane Lundin on June 23, 1962, in Bagley, Minnesota.  They were happily married for 55 years before his death in 2017.  Andrea lived her entire life in Nora Township, where she and Duane raised their two sons, Leif and Tony.  Once Andrea and Duane became empty nesters, they found themselves traveling to the Twin Cities or to Tennessee to spend time with their grandchildren.


Andrea had a heart of gold and could light up a room with her smile.  She had no enemies and was a giver in many ways to people through various charities, organizations, and the Lord.  She was a member of Save the Children, (of whom she sponsored many children) Shriner’s, United Service Organization, Heritage Foundation, and Doctors without Borders, just to name a few. She volunteered at local Nursing Homes, and at the Christian Lending Library.  Her Faith was very important to her, and she was passionate about sharing the love of our Lord with others. Andrea studied her Bible, went to Bible Study, sang in the Church Choir, and enjoyed listening to Christian Music.


Andrea had several hobbies; crocheting, embroidery, playing cards, dancing, playing accordion and piano, and was a fantastic cook and baker.  She loved spending time with her sisters singing, going to rummage sales, thrift shopping, going out for lunch or just sitting down for a cup of coffee.  Family was very important to her. She was a kind, caring and giving person who always put the needs of her family before her own. She was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity. Andrea was a source of inspiration to us all and she will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched.


Andrea is survived by her sons – Leif (Wendy) Lundin and Tony (Kim) Lundin; 4 Grandchildren – Erik (Karin) Lundin; Melanie (Brandon) Scott; Paul Walters; Mary Andrea Lundin and 4 Great Grandchildren. Special Friend -Benny Sorom; Sisters – Lillian Rolf; Marlys (Don) Blooflat; and Lena (Bud Skogen) LaRue; Brother – Larry (Karla) Netland; Sisters-in-law – Rhonda Netland and Sandy Netland; Brothers-in-law – Palmer “Tiny” Lundin and Chester (JoEllyn) Lundin; Several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Andrea was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; parents, Wallert and Myrtle Netland; sister, Myrtle Marie; brothers, Wayne and Harley; and her In-laws, Anton and Hannah Lundin.


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Ann Hutchinson

Ann (Haaven) Hutchison, age 92, formerly of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Monday, November 6th, at Cornerstone Assisted Living in Bagley, MN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17th, at Mount Carmel Free Lutheran Church in McIntosh with the Rev. Karl Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, McIntosh. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Friday (17th) at the church. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of McIntosh and messages of condolence may be shared at


Ann Marie Lindom was born on May 19, 1931, in Leonard, Minnesota to parents Erik Lindom, Sr. and Thea (Moen) Lindom. She attended school in Clearbrook, McIntosh and Fosston, graduating in 1949. 


She married Bob Haaven in 1951 and they lived in McIntosh where they farmed and owned the Gamble’s Store. Bob passed away in 1980.  


Ann married Bob Hutchison of Fertile, Minnesota on June 12, 1993. They lived in Fertile until 2007, when they moved to Fosston, living in the Summerfield Place Apartments. Bob passed away in 2010. After his passing, Ann lived in McIntosh and then Clearbrook. She moved to the Cornerstone Assisted Living in Bagley in May of 2023 where she was residing at the time of her passing.  


Ann worked in the Gamble’s Store in McIntosh, as a bookkeeper at the Erskine Creamery, and as a teller at First National Bank in McIntosh. 


She was a member of Mount Carmel Free Lutheran Church in McIntosh where she taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was a very good seamstress and made a lot of her own clothing throughout the years. She also collected dolls and enjoyed dancing and country music (especially polka). During many of her retirement years, Ann traveled back and forth from Minnesota to Arizona, enjoying the weather in each location at different times of the year. 


Ann passed away on Monday, November 6, 2023, at Cornerstone Assisted Living in Bagley at the age of 92 Years. 


Survivors include one sister, Mavis Hegg of Clearbrook; nephew, Kim (Darcy) Hegg of Clearbrook; and several other nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bob Haaven and Bob Hutchison; her parents; and several siblings and half siblings. 

Robert Mechelke

Robert “Bob” Mechelke, 93, Park Rapids, Minn., died Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Park Rapids, MN at Heritage Living Center.


Service is private and by family invite only.


Arrangements by Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids & Nevis.

Karen Burnside

Karen Louise (Hanks) Burnside, 73, of Hawley, MN, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Sanford Hospice House, Fargo, ND, surrounded by her loving family.


Karen was born on October 27, 1950, to Lorenzo and Lourene (Brusewitz) Hanks in Fosston, MN. She was raised in Bagley, MN, where she attended and graduated from Bagley High School in 1969. She then attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She also went on to graduate with her second degree in nursing. She began her over 40-year nursing career at St. Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead and retired from Sanford Health in Fargo on October 27, 2017. Karen was united in marriage to Perry Burnside on April 13, 1980, in Bagley, MN.


Karen enjoyed quilting, sewing, playing cards, and word games. She loved to watch Hallmark movies and above all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.


Karen is survived by her loving husband, Perry; daughters, Tabitha (Joseph) Hass and Tiffany (Lucas) Ahrendt; grandchildren, Myka, Braelyn, Reeve, and Charlee Hass, and Keynan and Duncan Ahrendt; sisters, Esther Hilger, Alice (Arlen) Burnside, and Linda (Robert) Heinrich; and many other loving relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lorenzo and Lourene; and stepfather, Frank Brichnac.


Visitation will be on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, with a celebration of life from 7:30 to 8:00 pm at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley, MN.

Eric Foldoe

Eric Carl Foldoe passed peacefully at home in Bagley, Minnesota surrounded by his loved ones on October 27, 2023.


Eric was born on June 2, 1957, in Bagley, Minnesota to Ervin and Ruth (Norby) Foldoe. He was raised on the family farm in Copley Township of Clearwater County. He grew up chasing sheep and cows and farming with a team of horses and a tractor. Every free moment, he could be found on the back of his trusted pony, Queenie, as they headed into the woods to explore and to camp. When he outgrew his pony, he found a new ally and best friend- another horse, Whiskey. They held a deep bond that lasted a lifetime.


During his childhood, the Foldoe family moved to Alaska, for a time only to return to Bagley, where Eric attended school and was confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church. He graduated from Bagley High School in 1975 and directly afterwards, answered the call of the wild by traveling with a dear friend north to Alaska to work for his uncle, Kenny Foldoe.


Eric returned to the Bagley area once again. Being the craftsman he was, he started his own homestead and began building a log home.


He joined the Local 49 Union at the age of 18 where he became a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. His work took him on many travels and he enjoyed seeing various parts of this country that he loved; but he always looked froward to coming home to Bagley to spend time with family and friends. When his parents took ill, he was always there to care for them and take them on the endless trips to the doctor. He was a caring, loving man and would do anything for the people he loved.


Eric loved Minnesota and spent countless hours working and playing outdoors. He raised stock, farmed his fields, and logged with (Whitey) Brad Klemmetson in the winters. He also enjoyed countless seasons of fishing (especially dark house spearing), hunting, and trapping. Eric loved living off of what Minnesota had to provide. He was always up for a good time cooking and sharing these treasures over a bonfire with music and laughter., He kept everyone laughing with his sense of humor.


He was the proud father of his son, Miles Foldoe, and enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures with Miles in his youth.


Eric married Wanda Garland on September 2, 2006, and welcomed her son, Keegan Michel, into their family. Keegan provided abundant light and love and Eric loved him as his own son. They made the log home into their dream home and enjoyed much love and laughter together over the years.


Later, Eric and Wanda bought the family farm where they worked together, gardening, canning, preserving, foraging, growing flowers, running the homestead, and raising their beloved animals. He could always be found with his dog by his side. There they “lived happily ever after until early 2023, when Eric was diagnosed with cancer. He fought a valiant fight but was overcome by the cancer on Oct. 27, 2023.


Eric made some mistakes but got a lot of things right and enjoyed life to its fullest.


Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin, and Ruth, as well as his sister, Linda Salvhus. May all their memories forever be blessed.


Services will be held on November 11, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at Fireside in Bagley, MN with a supper and bonfire to follow. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


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Norman Norby

Norman Norby, 98, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at the Cornerstone Senior Living in Bagley, MN. 


Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, Minnesota. A visitation will be held one hour before the service at the funeral home. A private family interment will be held at Bagley City Cemetery.


Norman was born at Doran, Minnesota on October 19, 1925. He was the son of Rasmus and Katherine (Schmitd) Norby. Norman moved with his family to Shevlin as a young child and he attended school at a Country School south of Shevlin, MN. Norman was drafted into the United States Army in 1944 during World War II as a riffle man.  While Norman was in Germany, he was severely wounded in combat on April 12, 1945. Norman was honorably discharged after receiving a Purple Heart Medal.  He also received the Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, and the Theater Ribbon with two bronze Campaign stars.  When Norman came home, he met Helen Hoadley, the couple was later married in Bagley on January 10, 1947.  They were blessed with two children, Ron and Bonnie.  Norman worked at International Falls at the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Mill.  Norman and Helen moved to Shevlin and built their home. Norman went to work for Joe and Art Amundson in 1949. He worked for Pure Oil, Texaco, Philip 66 and he retired from Harwood Oil after 38 years of service in 1987.  In 1993, he moved to Bagley. Norman was a volunteer at the Bagley Food Shelf, he served on the church council at Clearwater Lutheran Church where he was a member and was on the Bagley Senior Center Board of Directors.  Norman was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and dancing.  Norman was a member of the Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley and the Bemidji VFW. 


He is survived by his son – Ron (Pat) Norby of Fergus Falls, Minnesota; daughter – Bonnie (Lon) Chesley of Shevlin, MN; Special Friend – Chris Strande; Grandchildren – Jayson Norby, Dean Norby, Eli (Heather) Reeve, Ryan (Jennifer) Reeve, Dillon (Elizabeth) Chesley, and Evan (Mandy) Chesley; Great grandchildren; Allison, Theodore, Brady, Stephanie and Eleana.


He was preceded in death by parents and his wife Helen, who died on July 17, 2015.


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Dennis Hohler, Jr.

Dennis Walter Hohler, Jr., 74 of Shevlin, MN passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, October 23, 2023, with his wife, Marlys by his side.  He was laid to rest at the Shevlin Cemetery in a private burial held Tuesday, October 24, 2023.


Dennis Walter Hohler, Jr was born on June 17, 1949, to the parents of Dennis Hohler, Sr, and Clytie (Mock) Hohler of Shelby, Ohio.  He was the oldest of three children and brother to two sisters.  He was raised on a farm near Shelby.  During his younger years he helped his father in the slaughterhouse – Hohler’s Custom Butchering, as well as a local farmer. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School from Kindergarten through the Eighth grade then attended and graduated from Shelby High School in 1967.  Right after graduation, Denny joined the Navy and proudly served his country on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged after four years of service. 


After the Navy, Denny worked at a bike (motorcycle) shop and as a State Meat Inspector in Ohio.  He moved to Minnesota in the fall of 1974 after falling in love with the area while visiting friends.  While in Minnesota he worked as an over the road truck driver for Kohler and later drove truck for a road construction company, Knife River (Previously Thorson Construction) of Bemidji, MN until his retirement in 2012. 


Denny met the love of his life, Marlys Larson in December of 1974, and married her just 6 short months later on June 7, 1975.  They resided in Shevlin, MN. They welcomed 2 children, Paul in 1979 and Sue in 1980. 


Denny loved the outdoors, spending much of his spare time hunting, ice fishing in the winter and fishing the many lakes of Minnesota in the summer.  He ran trap lines for beaver, mink, and gopher.  He enjoyed loading ammo for everyone in his deer hunting party, built deer stands and ice houses, he made fishing rods for friends and family, and made decoys and lures for ice fishing.  Thanks to Craig Strandlien he was able to enjoy his lifelong love of farming after retirement, helping his beloved friend on the Strandlien farm.  It was important to Denny to make a trip to his hometown of Shelby, Ohio, a trip he made every year.  He went to visit family, help his mom get ready for winter and spend time with some beloved life-long friends.  He was a member of the American Legion. 


Denny is survived by his wife, Marlys (Larson) Hohler of 48 years, son-Paul Hohler of Shevlin, MN, daughter-Sue (Allan) Dahl of Bagley, MN, 6 grandchildren-Emma, Jesse, Ella, Mya, Craig and Levi, three great-grandchildren as well as Grandchildren in his heart-Alex Hannon and Ayden Hall. 


He was preceded in death by his parents – Dennis and Clytie Hohler, Father in-law and Mother-in law Harry and Myrna Larson, beloved in-laws, Arthur and Melouise Fradenburgh as well as grandparents and many aunts and uncles. 


Please join Denny’s family in a Celebration of Life to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at Landstad Lutheran Church in Shevlin, MN from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. A presentation of Honor Guard will take place. 


Cards of Condolence may be mailed to: Hohler, PO Box 94, Shevlin, MN 56676.

Charles Anderson

Charles Maurice Anderson, 84, of Fosston, MN died on September 27, 2023, at his home. 


Memorial services will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Bagley, Minnesota. Virtual participation by Zoom available. Call or text Glenn at 701-367-8015 for more information. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Charles was born on March 9, 1939, at the Fosston Hospital to Leo and Hazel Anderson.  He grew up with five siblings, Nancy, Carol, Larry, Mike, and Susan. His mom always said that he had a smile on his face.


Charles fell in love when he met Carole Rafferty (Coultrup) and her two boys, Glenn, and Robert. On September 24, 1963, Charles and Carole got married. They first lived in Bagley, and the next spring moved to Fosston. Their son, Vernon, was born in 1964. They moved to their farm home in Fosston that same year. Their daughter, Tamie, was born in 1969. All four children graduated from Fosston High School.


Charles loved spending time with family and friends, sharing stories, and playing cards. He also loved the outdoors and went fishing, four-wheeling, deer hunting, wood-cutting, on the tractor, and camping. Charles will be remembered and loved for his devotion, strength, and resilience. He also set a faithful example in serving Jehovah God all his life. His love for God moved him to dedicate his life to Jehovah and symbolized it by his baptism on August 4, 1957. He loved telling others about Jehovah God and sharing the good news of God’s Kingdom with them, including his hope of living forever on a paradise earth with no pain, sorrow, or death. He even had his own return visit route in the ministry and knew exactly how to get to their homes without needing directions. 


He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hazel Anderson, infant brother and sister, brother Larry Anderson, brother Mike Anderson, loving wife of 57 years Carole, and grandson Christopher Rafferty.


Charles is survived by his four children, Glenn (Debbie) Rafferty, Robert (Jeanette) Rafferty, Vernon Anderson, and Tamie (Aubrey) Voller; his fourteen grandchildren, Jeremy (Linda) Rafferty, Antoinette (Larry) Perry, Bethany Rafferty, Michaela Rafferty, Charlie Rafferty, Billy Joe (Dariane) Anderson, Forrest (Jordan) Anderson, Shane (Renae) Anderson, Jesse Anderson, Jon (Sara Jane) Andrson, Kristi (Alex) Schultz, Jared Voller, Derek Voller, and Rebecca Voller; eight great-grandchildren; his siblings, Nancy Hayes, Carol (Bill) Johnson, and Susan (Roger) Hames; nieces, nephews, and cousins.


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Neil Nattrass

Neil Nattrass, 85, of Bagley, MN died on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. 


Memorial services will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church in Bemidji, Minnesota with Pastor John Hubert officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior at the church.


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


Neil Edwin Nattrass was born on June 29, 1938, at his family’s home in Minerva Township, MN to Merrill and Gertrude (Krannich) Nattrass.  He went to grade school in Minerva and went on to Bagley High School through the 10th grade, later choosing to drop out of high school to join the United States Navy. He served our country from 1957 – 1963, when he was honorably discharged. 


Neil married Florence (Klingbeil) on June 12, 1965, at Gospel Tabernacle in Bemidji, MN.  They moved to Flint, Michigan and started raising their family by welcoming four children.  There Neil worked for General Motors for six years. In January of 1974, Neil earned a degree at the Advanced School in Electricity and Electronics at Chicago, IL. Later, Neil received his GED in 1982. They moved back to Minerva in March of 1974 where they bought part of his parents’ farm. They lived at the farm until 1984, when they moved to Bagley and have resided there ever since. 


He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, the Vikings and especially the Twins, never wanting to miss a game. Neil’s passion was working in his beautiful flower gardens, that were very impressive. Neil and Florence took joy in feeding and watching the many birds they had by their house.  Family time was important to Neil, mainly playing table games.  He could fix anything.  Neil spent many years doing construction and remodeling. He was very active in building the Country Faith Church in Bagley out of logs.  He loved to make wood projects, and throughout his career he worked for Lewis Construction, Alvin Brusewitz, and Stinar Construction.  Neil was obligated to retire after a serious work accident that left him unable to work.


Neil was very strong with his faith; He currently attended the Crossroads Church.


Neil is survived by his wife Florence Nattrass of Bagley, MN; Daughter – Maylene (Richard) Maruska of Shevlin, MN; Son – Steve (Sandee) Nattrass of Blackduck, MN; Son – Craig Nattrass of Clearbrook, MN; Daughter – Sarah Nattrass of Winger, MN; 9-Grandchildren, 2-Great Grandchildren; Sister – Bernice (Hal) Lottis of Taylor, O; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his parents Merrill and Gertrude; his twin brother Roy Nattrass; sisters-Elaine and Phyllis; and his brother-David Nattrass.

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Lorna Johnson

Lorna May Johnson, 88, of Bagley, Minnesota passed away surrounded and cared for by her children on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at her home in Bagley, Minnesota.


Services will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bagley, Minnesota, with a visitation one hour prior. An evening of visitation will be held on Friday, October 13, 2023, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date at Morningside Memorial Gardens in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Lorna was born in Minerva Township, Minnesota on May 17, 1935, to Francis and Selma “Peggy” (Rosenquist) Lewis.  She was baptized at home on the kitchen table with all her siblings and her father. She attended Bagley Schools until 7th grade and for 8th grade went to Clearbrook High School. She was confirmed in 1951 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bagley, MN. Lorna married Martin Johnson at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bagley, MN on August 8, 1953. They moved to Minneapolis and then to Circle Pines, MN, where she worked as an assembly worker for Electric Machinery for 15 years. In 1974, Lorna and Martin moved back to Bagley where she began working as a Home Health Aide for Clearwater County until 1981.


Lorna was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Circle Pines, MN, Redeemer Lutheran Church, and then became a member of Grace Free Lutheran Church. She loved embroidery, sewing, and playing cards. She loved to travel and camp with the family around the U.S. She followed Martin and her brother racing cars in the area.


Lorna is survived by her children, Sharon Mistelske, Gerald (Cindy) Johnson, Gail (Paul) Friborg, and Vernon (Debra) Johnson; her daughter-in-law, Margaret Ann Johnson; 13 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; her sister, Donna Ehlers; and numerous in-laws.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Ruben Johnson; parents, Francis, and Selma “Peggy” Lewis; her siblings, Chester Lewis, Donald Lewis, Leonard Lewis, and Charlene Lundin; her child, Ruben Lee Johnson; her grandchild, Angie Lynn Johnson; and her son-in-law, Thomas Mistelske.


Memorials are welcome to go to Fosston Essentia Hospice and Grace Free Lutheran.


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Kathleen Erickson

Kathleen L. Erickson, 82, of Bellevue, Nebraska passed away on September 30, 2023. Kathleen was born March 11, 1941.


She is survived by daughter, Lisa Bucksbee; sons, Tony, Kevin, Erick, and Dwight Erickson; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Peggy Walz and brother, Philip Nelson. 


She was preceded in death by husband, Duane Erickson; son, Tyler; parents, Norman, and Helen Nelson; brother, David Nelson.


A private family service will be held, date to be determined. John A. Gentleman Mortuaries are assisting with arrangements.


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Arlene Horn

Arlene E. (Ward) Horn, 94, of Gonvick, Minnesota died on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead, Minnesota.


Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 16, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in Berner, Minnesota with Pastor Mike Sletto officiating, A visitation one hour prior to the services at the church. An evening of visitation will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30. The interment will be held at United Lutheran Cemetery in Berner, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Arlene was born on April 14, 1929, in Casper, Wyoming to Herbert and Hannah (Solwold) Ward.  She was baptized, confirmed, and graduated from High School in Caper, Wyoming.  Arlene worked for a telephone office in Wyoming where she met the love of her life, Francis Horn. The couple were married on April 29, 1949, in Harrison County, Nebraska.  Arlene and Francis moved to a farm north of Gonvick.  Arlene worked at Artic Cat and at the Lefse Plant.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family, but the most important part of her life was reading the bible and spending time with the Lord.  Arlene enjoyed baking and decorating cakes; she was an artist at heart.  She had a passion for drawing, painting, bird watching, gardening, and was an awesome cook.  Arlene was a quiet and caring person who was loved by everybody and was always willing to help when anyone asked her to. 


Arlene is survived by her children, Dale Behrens of Robbinsdale, MN, David (Debra) Horn of Rochester, MN, Bonnie (Vern) Shellito of Moorhead, MN, Sherry Carr of Mattoon, IL, Terry (Sheila) Horn of Gonvick, MN, and Randy (Julie) Horn of Gonvick, MN; her grandchildren, Heidi, Katherine, Jane, Danielle, Stacy, Kelly, Cindy, Teresa, Tracy, Gaberile, Jean, Jodi, Jackie, Nathan, Jason, Jeffrey, Ryan, Aaron, and Austin; and 31 great and 5  great great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis Horn; her son-in-law, Chad Behrens; her grandchildren, Neil Horn and Heather Behrens; and her siblings, Audrey Schwartz and Herbert (Shirley) Ward.


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Gertie Harwood

Gertie June (Traaseth) Harwood, 93, died Sept 28, 2023.  Gertie was born in Shevlin, MN on June 7, 1930, to Peter and Alma (Olson) Traaseth.  Gertie was the seventh of nine children.  She grew up on the family farm six miles outside of Bagley.  Gertie met Earl Harwood at Luther League at Clearwater Lutheran Church in Shevlin.  They were married on Oct 22, 1949, and moved to Estherville, IA. 


Gertie was a stay-at-home wife and mother learning how to perfect her cooking and baking skills.  While in Estherville they welcomed two of their four children, Fay, and Earl Jr.  Earl Sr ’s employment took them to Battle Lake, MN where two more children were welcomed into their family, Jenny, and Gail.  The young family was soon moving to Buffalo, MN until in 1960 Pete Traaseth was ready to retire from dairy farming.  He asked Earl Sr and Gertie if they would like to take over the farm.  Although this was not high on Gertie’s list of things to do, she knew what it meant to Earl Sr so they packed up and moved their family to the farm and ran a successful dairy business for many years. 


Gertie stayed at home raising her family until the late 70’s when she was asked to work in an accounting office in Bemidji for Marie Blomberg.  She loved this work because she always felt “numbers” were her thing.   A few years later she decided to drive a school bus.  She was a strict bus driver as she took her job seriously and wanted to be sure “her kids” got to school and home again safe and sound.  She drove the bus for 17 years. 


Gertie became known around Bagley as the lady who made the best doughnuts around.  For a while she sold them at a local grocery store or by order for people in the community.  On one occasion her sister entered a plate of her doughnuts at the fair without mom knowing and she won a Blue Ribbon.  She was very proud since she often said I couldn’t even boil water when I got married.  There was always tea and baked goodies for anyone who stopped by.


Gertie is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Earl Harwood, Sr, her parents Peter and Alma Traaseth, Brothers – Goodwin, Johan, Chester and Alvin and Sisters – Pearl, Emma, and Alice and Grandson, Scott DiSano.  She will lovingly be remembered by adult children, Fay (Daniel) DiSano, Earl (Sharon) Harwood Jr, Jenny (Jeffrey) Swor, and Gail (James) Overlie. 


Gertie is survived by her brother Wayne (Ruth)Traaseth, sisters-in-law Dorothy Traaseth, Janet Traaseth and Helen Harwood.   Grandchildren; Kevin and Brian DiSano, Adam and Rachel Swor, Philip Harwood, Jessica Mathison and Angela Masse and 18 great-grandchildren.  Along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She will be remembered for her wit, warm smile, and great hugs by all!


Funeral services will be held at Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, Minnesota on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Mark Olson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Bagley City Cemetery.


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Olaus “Jerry” Thorson

On Sunday, October 1, 2023, Olaus Gerald Thorson passed away peacefully in his home in Bemidji surrounded by his wife and family at the age of 86.


Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, October 6, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley, MN with Rev. Theresa Gerhrke-Herwynen.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Bagley under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji with military honors. 


 He was born on December 25, 1936, at the Farm House in Bagley, MN to Mother, Ragna (Lund) Thorson and Father, Thor Thorson. Dr. Bjornby and midwife, Guro Olson, assisted in his grand entrance into the world. Olaus and his four brothers (Thelmar, Arvid, Lyle, and Gary) grew up on the farm North of Bagley, also known as BS Valley, working hard and occasionally getting into some mischief. He attended grades first through eighth at County School District 34, known as the Lofthus School, and attended Bagley High School for two years. On December 28th, 1953, three days after his 17th birthday, Olaus enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He began his 24 years of service for the United States Military attending Boot Camp in Great Lakes, IL.


Olaus (Jerry) married Jean Fultz and they had four children together Rhonda, Wayne, Katherine, and Ricky. Jerry’s family traveled with him all over the United States and to parts of Eastern Asia throughout his military career in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force from 1954-1978.


Following his retirement in 1978, Jerry and his family settled in Bemidji where he worked at Northwest Mechanical for 2 years, Northwood Panel Board for 10 years, and the VFW post for 3 years. Jerry is a life member of the VFW, D.A.V, American Legion in Bagley, and Eagles Club in Bemidji. He was a member of the firing squad for the VFW for many years and enjoyed driving his Model-T in multiple parades for 15 years.


Jerry married the love of his life, Marilyn (Hegg) in November of 2005 and enjoyed the later years in his life in Bemidji with his wife and pets. Gerald was a proud veteran and loved spending time with family and friends, gardening, feeding the birds, tinkering on his many projects, flying his airplanes on the computer, dancing, listening to country music, watching old westerns, drinking coffee, playing cards and dice, working on his coin collection, telling stories and jokes, and sharing Norwegian phrases. Olaus “Jerry” “Gerald” “Papa Ole” Thorson brought joy and laughter everywhere he went. He was a genuinely kind soul filled with love and fun and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


A special thank you to the Homecare and Hospice nurses that cared for him.


Olaus is survived by his wife, Marilyn Thorson, children, Rhonda (Phil) Koller, Wayne (Sandy) Thorson, stepdaughter, Vicki Furer, daughter-in-law Pam Thorson, many, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his children, Rick Thorson and Kathy Thorson, parents Ragna and Thor Thorson, brothers, Thelmar Thorson, Arvid Thorson, Lyle Thorson, and Dennis Thorson, stepsons, Brian Hegg and Wade Hegg.


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Betty Julin

Betty Lou Marion Julin, 90, of Bemidji, MN died on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at home with her family.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, September 29, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bemidji, MN with Bishop Jay McDougall officiating.  The visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A light lunch will be served.  Interment will be at the Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji. 


Betty was born July 4, 1933, in St. James, MN, the daughter of William and Mabel (Hegna) Sellner. She married Clifford Niswander in 1950 and they resided in Sleepy Eye MN and raised 5 children. Betty and the children moved to Bagley MN in 1968 where she met and married Walter Julin on June 12, 1970, in Clearwater County, MN. During her life she was busy raising her family and working various jobs: 10 years at the Egg Plant in Sleepy Eye, 25 years as a paraprofessional in Bagley, 22 years as a care attendant at a board and care facility in Bemidji, 11 years as a day care grandma in Bemidji, and a farmer with Walter for 27 years in Shevlin.  She loved gardening, bowling, fishing, hunting, crocheting, baking, cooking, and raising her many dogs.  She devoted her life to her family and loved to spend time with them. She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she expounded on the teachings of Jesus Christ to family, friends, and anyone she met. Throughout her life she never wavered in her convictions. She spent many hours of her life serving in her callings at church, visiting people and attending to the needy.


She is survived by her children, Susan Niswander, Nancy Restemayer, Mary (Doug) Dyrdahl, Steven Niswander, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her siblings, Wilhemina (Maynard) Freyholtz, Gordon Sellner and Mavis Schiermeister.  Her puppy Penny.


She was preceded in death by her parents, also Luverne Sellner – brother, Verna Godwin – sister, Leonard Sellner – brother, Dennis Niswander – son, Walter Julin – husband, Tara Martine – granddaughter, and Wyatt Martine -great grandson.


Casket bearers:  Chad Restemayer, Ryan Restemayer, Robert Johnson, and Drew Hougard, Davis Kowalski and George Nyberg.


Dedication of grave by Robert Johnson.


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Dennis Gordon

Dennis Gordon, 81, of Shevlin, Minnesota passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Neilson Place in Bemidji, Minnesota with his family by his side.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Clearwater Lutheran Church in Shevlin, Minnesota with Pastor Mark Kuleta officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be held at the Clearwater Lutheran Cemetery in Shevlin, MN.  The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Dennis Milfred was born on March 28, 1942, the son of Alfred and Mildred (Landmark) Gordon.  As a youth Dennis attended Shevlin School and graduated from Bagley High School on May 27, 1962. On August 8, 1964, Dennis married Elaine (Halvorson) God giving them four children: Candi, Joni, Tina, and Brian.  They later divorced. On September 25, 1999, Dennis married Janice (Gerbracht-Erickson) in Leonard MN.  Sadly, Janice passed away from cancer on December 14, 2004. 


Dennis lived in Shevlin, MN for most of his life, where he served on the City Council and was also Mayor of Shevlin for many years.  He was a member of the Clearwater Lutheran Church in Shevlin and was a retired member of the Shevlin Volunteer Fire Department.  Dennis worked various jobs throughout his life, retiring from Great Lakes Gas on April 1, 2000.  He enjoyed his “Brunch” at various cafes during retirement, where all the waitresses new his menus.  In his spare time, he was a fan of watching game shows and good old westerns on TV.  He loved country music, stockcar races, and for many years even had his own bowling team.


On April 10, 2010, Dennis had his first date with Polly Holm and they have been inseparable ever since.  Always reminding each other every year on April 10th of their “Special Day”.  Together they enjoyed dancing, snowmobiling, and camping at Pioneer Farmers.


Dennis is survived by his lady friend, Polly Holm of Bemidji, MN; Children: Candi (Mike) Smith of Shevlin, MN; Joni (Kenny) Dahlke of Bagley, MN; Tina (Tim LaFriniere) Swenson of Waubun, MN; Brian (Alicia) Gordon of Andover, MN; Brother Jerome “Jerry” Gordon of Shevlin, MN; 10 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.


He was preceded in death his wife, Jan Gordon and his parents Alfred and Mildred Gordon.


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Steven Paul Drown

Steven Paul Drown passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Steven was born September 22, 1980, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. His dad, Paul, was doing his internship for the Air Force Physician Assistant Program. Steven was baptized at the Clearwater Lutheran Church in Shevlin, MN by Pastor Roger Rotvold and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Larimore, ND. His Godparents are Keith and DeeAnn Leines and DuWayne Holm.


Steven was active with Sunday School, Luther League, Boy Scouts, video gaming, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and loved all the “Star Wars” and “Fast and Furious” movies. Steven was a talented artist and loved drawing cars and “Star Wars” characters. He also loved all kinds of music and really enjoyed the “Journey” concert he attended with his Dad and his brother-in-law.


Steve graduated on May 28, 2000, from Larimore High School. On June 13, 2000, Steve was in a severe car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He had to learn how to walk, read, and other life skills again. Steven was able to relearn how to drive a car and worked at the Grand Forks AFB as a cashier and at Hugo Grocery Store in Grand Forks, ND.


Steven will be missed by everyone especially his parents, Paul and Debbie Drown (Colorado Springs), sister Stacie (Wayne) Voth, nephew Nate Voth and niece Alyssa Voss (Colorado Springs), Grandmother Doris Holm (Bemidji), Aunts and Uncles DuWayne (Laura) Holm (Shevlin), Rex and Debbie Drown (O’Fallon, Illinois), Kelly (Marion) Drown (Tulsa, OK), Julie (John) Quirarte (Tulsa, OK), cousins Ryan and Carly Holm, Adam Holm, Matt and Sara Newell, Daniel and Julie Drown, Christopher Drown, Gavin Quirarte, Gina and Adam Milligan, and Nathan Jones.


Steven was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Donald Holm and Grandparents, Gordon and Fern Drown.


A celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, October 7th at the Clearwater Lutheran Church, Shevlin, MN. There will be visitation (10:00 a.m.) and Service (11:00 a.m.) with lunch provided at the church.


You will be forever in our hearts, Steven!

Marian Davis

Marian Davis (nee Omer), 97, resident of South Milwaukee and member of Divine Mercy parish since 1961, joined the angels on September 14, 2023.  She was born on August 7, 1926, in Mahnomen, MN. She grew up during the great depression on a farm in Bagley, MN.  Although the family was poor and farm work was hard, Marian referred to that time period as the good ‘ole days.  She had many stories to tell about her life on the farm and the 1-room school she attended until the age of 14 and always considered that area home, making it a point to return there every year to visit friends and family.


In 1946, she met a young sailor named Ralph Davis, and 2 years later they were married.  Together, they settled in South Milwaukee where they raised their four boisterous daughters and quiet, studious son. Marian was a religious, kind, and hardworking woman, always available for her family. She had a zest for life and was so much fun her children enjoyed taking day trips with her to the casino, as well as special adventures to destinations such as New Orleans, Denver, Orlando, Seattle, Rome, and England.


Marian was a farm girl at heart and loved all animals. She had many jobs throughout her life, but always said her last job working on the craft production team at Steins was her favorite.  She was a wonderful role model, a proud Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma that would do anything for them. They will all miss Sunday afternoon lunches with her potato salad, broccoli salad and cookies. 


Marian will be deeply missed by her surviving children: Douglas Davis (Kathy), Julie Crowl (Craig), Joan Loveall (John), Mary Jane Kosciesza (Randy), and Sandy Carini (John). She was also a cherished grandmother to Michael Davis, Jason Loveall, Craig Crowl II (Lauren), Nicholas Carini (Christine), Caitlin Jay (Nate), Megan Kosciesza (Derek Jones), and four great-grandchildren:  Thomas, Josephine, Tripp, and Maggie. Marian was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph.


The family invites friends and loved ones to pay their respects at the Molthen Bell Funeral Home, 700 Milwaukee Avenue, in South Milwaukee, WI. The visitation will be held on September 27th at 10am with a service to follow at 11:30 am.  

Deloris Lorrayne Jelle

Deloris Lorrayne Jelle, 98, went to be with our Heavenly Father on August 29, 2023, in Carefree AZ.  Celebration of Life Services will be held June 27, 2024, at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley, MN.  A hot meal will be served following the service.  A private graveside service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Cemetery in Bemidji, MN this fall.  The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.  Messages of condolence can be left at


She was born March 20, 1925, in Bemidji, MN to Carl O. Akre and Elsie E. (Manecke) Akre.  She graduated from Bemidji High School in 1943.  While attending Nursing School in Minneapolis, MN Lorrayne was a Junior Cadet in the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps.  She married Belmont I. Jelle on April 15, 1946, at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.  Her daughter, Sue Ann Jelle, was born on August 26, 1948.  The family spent a couple of years in Superior, WI before moving to Bagley, MN.  Lorrayne worked at Clearwater County Hospital and Bagley High School over the years.  In retirement, she spent time in Florida and Arizona.


She is survived by a daughter, Sue Ann (Rick) Ruel of Bonita Springs, FL; a granddaughter, Lesley Lynn Lassen (Michael) Stockinger of Carefree, AZ; a grandson, Jeremy Kirk (Lisa) Lassen of Hackensack, MN; grandchildren, Knoble Lucas Mohn, Dakoda Winter Mohn, Joel Kirk Lassen and Jacob Kirk Lassen.  Son-in-law, John Knoble (Jayne) Lassen.  Thomas and Jeri Johnson (Jerome Jevning’s daughter and husband) and other loved family and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elsie Akre; her husband, Belmont Jelle; her brother, Carl William Akre and special friend, Jerome Jevning.

Donovan Ronken

Donovan Ronken, of Baxter, Minnesota, formerly of Spring Valley, Minnesota, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on September 5, 2023, surrounded by his 4 children. Funeral services will be held September 14, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the Landstad Free Lutheran Church in Shevlin. The burial will be at Landstad Cemetery followed by a gathering at Landstad Free Lutheran Church. A full obituary can be seen on

Darlene Sollie

Darlene Sollie, age 85, of Lengby, MN, passed away on Thursday, August 31, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, at Vernes Lutheran Church, rural McIntosh, with Rev. Lee Laaveg officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, September 8, and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday morning. All visitations will be held at Vernes Lutheran Church. The service will be recorded and available for viewing on and after Sunday on the Carlin website. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at


Darlene Vivian (Enerson) Sollie was born on August 24, 1938, to parents Elmer and Mabel (Hendrickson) Enerson. She was born in Chester Township, rural Trail, on her grandparents’ farm, Haakon and Christine Hendrickson. She grew up nearby and began her schooling at Roseland Country School until its closing. From there she continued on at Trail School, finishing her education at Oklee High School where she graduated in 1956. 


Darlene began her working career in Minneapolis, MN. She missed the rural life and returned home where she worked in the office at Swenson Equipment. It was there that she quickly took on other tasks, including driving semi at the age of 18. It was on one of these trips to the Winger Sales Barn that she set her eyes on a young auctioneer. As fate would have it, that auctioneer’s name was Orlien Sollie. 


Darlene and Orlien were united in marriage on April 20, 1957, at Vernes Lutheran Church. After their marriage, they lived and raised their two children, Linda and Larry, on Darlene’s home farm in Chester Township. 


Her driving career continued, this time hauling children instead of livestock. Darlene drove bus for the Oklee School District (where, according to her, she transported every student north of Highway 92 to the Canadian border). She then moved on to Intercounty Community Council in Oklee in the senior program where she truly enjoyed her time working with seniors. 


In 1968, Darlene and Orlien started Sollie Enterprises (Sollie Realty) located in Fosston. She wore many hats during their years in the business together, including American Family Insurance Agent, real estate appraiser, county assessor of multiple counties, as well as both having an auctioneering license. They worked side by side in the business for over 47 years until Orlien’s passing on December 17, 2015. Darlene continued to be fully active in the business until the very end. 


Darlene’s main purpose in life was to serve others. She was a devoted servant to her church and in the community. As faith was an integral part of her life, Darlene volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Vernes Ladies’ Aid, and served on various church boards throughout the years. As a part of the community, she was active in the Lioness Program, Fosston Economic Development Association, and numerous other community events and activities. 


Darlene lived life to its fullest. She was always on the move (as she was often referred to as the Energizer bunny), whether it was at work or play. There was much joy that she found in her work. Many lifelong treasured friendships were made during her years in business. When she could find spare time, she liked listening and dancing to polka music, embroidery, mowing her lawn, studying natural medicine, traveling (with Norway being her favorite destination), and spending time with her dogs – especially the Boston Terriers. She also made and decorated numerous wedding cakes and canning her world-famous salsa and relish. 


Most of all though, Darlene loved spending time with her family. She visited her Norwegian relatives and always stayed in touch with them. She was even planning a return trip to Norway during her 85th year. Darlene had the pleasure of taking her granddaughters on trips to Norway and has taken each of her grandchildren on a multitude of trips over the years. She also enjoyed the family traditions of baking cookies and making lefse during the holidays with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. 


Survivors include her two children, Linda (Rick) Bergeson of Trail, MN, Larry (Carol) Sollie of Lengby, MN; grandchildren, Skip (Angel) Bergeson (and their children, Guy, Bronco, Clark and Summer),Lindsay (Chris) Otto (and their children, Haaken Colbert and Henric), Scott (Jenna) Bergeson (and their children, Walker and Kenzee), Skyler (Leah) Bergeson (and their child, Letti), Lisa (Riley) Knutson, Keisha (Jordan) Sollie (and children, Sebastian and Fitzwilliam), Karina(Ryan) Skaug (and their children, Norah and Reis)and Kylie Jo Sollie. 


Also surviving is her uncle, Morris Hendrickson of McIntosh; sisters-in-law, Carol (John) Fjelstul of Walker, MN, and Geraldine Engdahl of Bonita Springs, FL; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her grand dog (and personal bodyguard), Gator. 


She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlien; her parents; and her grandparents. 

Suzanne Nelson

Our dear “Suzer” Suzanne Marie Nelson, 36, of Bagley, Minnesota passed peacefully at home with her family by her side on Thursday, August 31, 2023.


Suzer attended and graduated from Bagley High School. She attended San Diego Art Institute, transferred to Minneapolis, and then realized she was a country girl at heart, returning home to Bagley.  She worked side by side with her mother and brother bear Brandon at Westside Express and many places bartending and serving others.  Her big heart touched many lives. Her love was her family, friends, pets, flowers, and traveling. Especially to Mexico and the Ocean.


Services will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fireside Grill, Hwy 2 West Bagley. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Suzer is survived by her mother Eva Vorderbruggen, Father Bryan Nelson, Brother Bear Brandon (Kelly) Nelson, her “other mothers” Mary Gerbracht and Pam Everhart, her “other sisters” Katie Back and Jessie Mendoza and her little love, Goddaughter Adilyn Back.


She was preceded in death by her Grandparents David and Ruth Vorderbruggen and Grace and Weldon Nelson; her Aunt Terry Highberg; Uncle Mike Vorderbruggen; and Cousin Josh Highberg.


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Lester Bjerke

Lester Derall Bjerke, 66, of Bagley, MN died on Monday, August 28, 2023, at the Sanford Bagley Medical Center. 


Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Leonard, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at Norway Lake Cemetery in Leonard, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to the Clearwater Life Center or the Clearbrook Senior Citizens Center in Les’s name.


Les was born on September 15, 1956, to Roy and Gladys (Erickson) Bjerke in Bagley, MN. He grew up in Leonard and graduated from Clearbrook High School. He worked as a mechanic for a while and then worked for the Brunsbergs at the hardware store for some time.  Later he worked for the Clearbrook Wild Rice Plant until he retired in 2018.


Les married Ginger Brusewitz and together they raised 2 daughters. They later separated and Les married Bridgette Close and helped raise her three children. They later separated. He was the best dad. He was always there for his children and taught them and shared his passion for mechanics by building snowmobiles and working on mustangs together. Les loved anything to do with cars, from buying and selling to fixing them up. He was very meticulous and liked things clean. He loved fishing and visiting with company and playing with his grandchildren. Les was always there to help whoever needed it. He was very generous not only with his time, but anything anyone needed. He will be tremendously missed.


Les is survived by his children, Kari (Vern) Wittenberg, Chelsea Bjerke, Cheri (Alex) Close, Dustin (Alexis) Close, and Emily (Justin) Close; his grandchildren, Peyton, Anessa, Michael, Nevaeh, Skylee, Kai, Jayden, Easton, Jackson, Braxton, Lily, Liam, and one on the way; his twin brother, Lowell Bjerke; his brother, Ronnie Bjerke; his sisters, Carol Sauer, Donna Felt, and Shirley Aakre; his girlfriend, Jan Busch; his brother-in-law, James Chesley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Gladys Bjerke; and his sister, Joyce Chesley.


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Patricia Kihlstadius

Patricia Lou Kihlstadius, 86, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Sunday, August 13, 2023, at Cornerstone Senior Living in Bagley, Minnesota.


There will be no services according to Patricia’s wishes. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


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Helen Sedlmajer

Helen Sedlmajer’s final resting place is in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis South Dakota.


She was laid to rest on July 18, 2023, surrounded by family and friends. She joins the resting place of her loving husband, Joe, of more than 66 years. She was truly loved and will be greatly missed.

Wayne Ehlers

Wayne A. Ehlers, 64, of Clearbrook, Minnesota died on Friday, August 18, 2023, at the Sanford Bagley Medical Center. 


Memorial services will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the Old Clearbrook High School in Clearbrook, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Wayne was born on October 9, 1958, in Bagley, MN to Albert and Inez (Schwartz) Ehlers and was raised in the Leonard area. He graduated from Clearbrook High School and went to work for some local farmers. On October 6, 1979, Wayne was united in marriage to Sheryl Stormo and together they raised their family. They milked cows for themselves and later also other local dairy farmers. Wayne was on the road for a couple of years helping install fiber optic cables before returning to work at the Clearbrook Elevator.


Wayne loved deer hunting. He enjoyed reading and watching his Westerns. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. Once he opened up, Wayne had quite a sense of humor and would tease those he liked. He was a very caring father and husband and will be deeply missed.


He is survived by his wife, Sheryl Ehlers; his children, Sara (Jason) Derby, Jason (Ashley) Ehlers, and Jonathon (Leah) Ehlers; his grandchildren, Kali, Amya, Dane, Quinn, Trevor, Hayden, and Brylie; his siblings, Earl Ehlers, Fred (Tammie) Ehlers, and Lois (David) Sander; his brothers-in-law, Rick Stormo and Jeff (Jenny) Stormo; his mother -in-law, Janice Stormo; extended family, Donald Cloose; and many nieces, nephews, and other loved family.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Inez Ehlers; his sister, Pauline; his father-in-law, Richard Stormo; his brother-in-law, David Miller; his niece, Lisa; and his grandson, Dax.


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Evelyn (Opal) Rognstad

Evelyn (Opal) Rognstad went to be with our Heavenly Father on July 18, 2023.


She was born February 19, 1932, in Solway, MN. to Jacob Burgoon and Edith (Wilson) Burgoon. She married the love of her life Devere (Slim) Rognstad on June 20, 1975.


Opal was a heavy equipment operator on road construction for many years. When she retired from that job, she was a bartender and cooked at the Leonard bar and was well known for her great hamburgers. She loved planting and taking care of her flowers and garden and was very particular and proud of her beautiful lawn. She and Slim enjoyed traveling all over the western states. In her younger years she bowled and was very good at it and had won a lot of trophies. She also loved playing softball with the Bomeretts; her special team members were Grace D. Deloris T. and Arlis S. She asked me to honor her special friend’s Arlis Strandlien from Solway, Evelyn Cole from Leonard, she had so many nurses in the past years she thought a lot of, but one very special caretaker was Brenda Brenny she had been a very important part of Opal’s life for many years, thank you Brenda.


Survivors include her daughter Edith (the late Bob) Christoferson, Solway, DeeWayne Rognstad, Clearbrook, Sue (James) Bettin, Menahga, Rodney Rognstad, California. Daughter-in-law Karen Rognstad. Grandchildren Shannon (Jon) Wright, Anita Christoferson, Ben (Kim) Christoferson, Renae and Amber Christoferson, Justin (Nikki) Rognstad, Lisa Meridee, James and Josh Bettin, Tim Rosie, Dakota Witney and Paige Rognstad. Ten Great Grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her loving husband Devere (Slim) Rognstad, her parents, and sons Everet and Ernie Gilchrist, Tim and Mike Rognstad, son-in-law Robert Christoferson, grandson Matt Christoferson, two brothers, Roy and Ray Burgoon, two sisters Wilma Kelm and Mamie Johnson.


Interment will be at Norway Lake Cemetery, Leonard, MN. A memorial service will be held at Ron and Marian Vold’s farm 14899 Great Valley Rd. NW, Pinewood on August 19, 2023, at 11:00 am.

Joan Aagenes

Joan (Brown) Aagenes, age 72, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Saturday, August 5th, at her home with family by her side. A Celebration of Life and open house will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th, at the home of Brett and Jodee Brown, 13843 330th St. SE, Mentor, MN 56736. A prayer service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Jeanne Rains officiating. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at


Joan Lucille Nesteby was born on July 4, 1951, in Greenbush, Minnesota to parents Floyd and Susie (Kulas) Nesteby. She grew up in Greenbush and graduated from Greenbush High School in 1969. 


Joan was married to Wayne Dahl of Roseau, Minnesota in 1971 and to this union, two children were born, Terry and Brett. She was married to James Brown of Erskine, Minnesota in October of 1977 and they had one daughter, Jenessa. After the divorce from Wayne and James, Joan met Jim Aagenes who would become her loyal and devoted partner for many years. They were married on March 13, 2021. 


Joan dedicated her working years to caring for, and helping, people. Her first employment was early in her life as a CNA with the Roseau and Greenbush hospitals and Johnson Rest Home in Fosston and Erskine. She continued her medical career as an Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic for First Care Medical Services and, later, Essentia Health in Fosston. Most recently, Joan was a Respiratory Therapist for Essentia Health, a position she held until her retirement. 


Joan loved to cook and bake, especially for the holidays where it would not be uncommon to see as many as fifteen dishes of carefully prepared foods and desserts. She was also a talented seamstress, sewing all of Brett and Jenessa’s Halloween costumes and may special occasion dresses. She would often sew matching dresses for herself, Jenessa and a doll or two. Shopping was also a highlight and, of course, a long day of shoe shopping needs to be followed with fine dining and a glass of wine. Most of all though, Joan loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren who were so dear to her. She will be greatly missed. 


Survivors include her husband, Jim Aagenes of Fosston; daughter, Jenessa (Kevin) Kiecker of McIntosh, MN; son, Brett (Jodee) Brown of Mentor, MN; grandchildren, Alec (Grace) Kiecker, Livaeh Kiecker, Elsii Kiecker, Crew Kiecker, Koen Kiecker, and Case Kiecker, Samantha (Tim) Nemechek, Nathaniel (Michaela) Brown, Isaac (Madison) Brown, Jordan (Colton) Nyegaard, Lucas Brown, Caleb Brown, Mariah Brown, and Joseph Brown; great grandchildren, Wyatt, Charlotte and Estelle Nemechek, and Harper Jo Brown. 


Also surviving are siblings, Janice Darrah, Jeanette Ross, and Allen Nesteby. 


She was preceded in death by infant son, Terry; her parents, Floyd and Susie Nesteby; and two brothers, Walter and Teddy Nesteby. 

Edward Gitz

Edward Ralph Gitz, 69, of Lengby, MN died on Friday, August 4, 2023, at his home in Lengby, Minnesota. 


A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Edward was born on April 8, 1954, to August and Lillian (Ihrke) Gitz in Fosston, MN.  He graduated from Bemidji High School in 1973 and from Alexandria Technical College in 1974. He married Debra Irene Richer on August 2, 1975, in Bemidji, MN and together they raised their two daughters.  They later divorced but remained good friends.


Edward worked at farming with his brother, David, for many years. He started driving milk trucks for NFO in 1990 for many years and then later went to over the road truck driving, eventually retiring in 2022 from Korsmo Bros. in Northwood, ND. Edward loved to read and had a large collection of books. He was passionate about farming and loved raising animals.


Edward is survived by his daughters, Irene Gitz of Bemidji, MN and Glenda Gitz of Bemidji, MN; his grandchildren, Sammi (Devin) Perry of Bemidji, MN, Kaitlyn Lukanen of Bemidji, MN, Aaron Lukanen of Hackensack, MN,  and Korbin Gitz of Bemidji, MN; great grandsons, Tyler Iceman and Jax Perry; his brothers, David (Jo) Gitz of Shevlin, MN and Donald Gitz of Maple, WI; one nephew; one niece; four great nieces; one great nephew; and his special friend, Debra Wood.


He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Lillian Gitz; his niece, Rochelle Gitz; his great grandson, Leo John Perry; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


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