Friday, May 31, 2013

County Recorders Scramble for Information

Word that three Minnesota Counties will begin taking applications for Same Sex Marriage next week has left County Recorder’s Offices across the listening area scrambling for information, although it appears at this time most will stick to dated legislation, which seems to allow for application beginning August 1st. 


Pennington County Recorder Ken Schmalz talked Thursday with his State Recorders’ Association which is recommending no change at this time.


In Marshall County, Recorder Bev Lydeen said she was surprised by the announcement from Hennepen County, saying current marriage applications are not even properly worded for same sex couples, a topic currently under discussion, with a statewide workshop Friday.


According to current Minnesota Law, all couples must wait 5 days after the Marriage License is granted, unless that requirement is waived by order of a District Court Judge. All Minnesotans over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for a Marriage License and age 16 and over with parental permission. Applications are good for 6 months from the date they are granted, and can be legally applied in any county in Minnesota. 


What ever the application status, Same Sex Couples will have to wait to wed until the change becomes law, just 2 months away on August First.



County Recorders Scramble for Information

MN Applications Next Week?

Three Minnesota counties — Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington — will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples beginning next week, even though the new state law doesn’t go into effect until August 1st.


Hennepin County Auditor/Treasurer Mark Chapin (CHAY’-pin) says they wanted to open up the application process beginning June 6th, so paperwork can be completed and same-sex couples who choose to be married August 1st can do so on that date.


Chapin says they don’t have numbers, but are expecting higher-than-normal volume of applications. He says people can make appointments on-line if they want to avoid a wait.



MN Applications Next Week?

TRF Radio Local News, May 31, 2013

Margaret Kehn, 68

Plummer – Margaret Kehn, 68, Plummer, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, N.D.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls.




Margaret Kehn, 68

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 31, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Maurice Derosier, 88

Maurice Derosier of Red Lake Falls, MN age 88, died on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at HealthEast St. Johns Hospital in Maplewood, MN.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Chuck Huck presiding. Burial will be held at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Terrebonne, MN. Military honors will be provided by the Red Lake Falls American Legion Post.


Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Monday, June 3, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Red Lake Falls with a 7 PM wake service with Deacon John Bruggeman presiding. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.


Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.



Maurice Derosier, 88

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 30, 2013

TRF Radio Local News, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

thief river falls police report 5-29-2013

Felony theft of public funds


After an investigation into a Feb. 27 report of welfare fraud, Amanda Jo Nelson, 24, Thief River Falls, has charges pending for felony theft of public funds. She allegedly received more than $1,000 in overpayments from Pennington County Human Services.


Felony fifth degree controlled substance crime


On May 20 at 9:07 p.m., police received a report that it appeared an individual was ” tweaking out” in a van parked in the 100 block of Challenger Dr. Scott Allen O’Dell Jr., 30, Blaine, has charges pending for felony fifth degree controlled substance crime. He was arrested. Suspected methamphetamine was allegedly found.


Fifth degree assault, aiding a fifth degree assault and trespassing


On May 5 at 3:08 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of an assault at 202 Pennington Ave. in Goodridge. David Allen Jones, 35, Gatzke, has been charged with fifth degree assault and trespassing. Christopher James Morinville, 34, Brooks; Gregory Wilbur Melin, 32, Trail; Tyler Danny Johnsrud, 24, Goodridge; and Adam David Sjulestad, 29, Goodridge, all have charges pending for aiding a fifth degree assault and trespassing. They allegedly confronted a man regarding some stolen property, entered his home without permission and stayed after being told to leave. The complaint against Jones alleges that he assaulted the man, who also assaulted Jones. The other men planned the confrontation and assault with Jones on the way to the home.


Theft


After an investigation into a March report of a theft at 241 Crocker Ave. N., a 15-year-old Thief River Falls male has charges pending for theft. He allegedly stole less than $500 in cash.


Theft


On May 14 at 7:45 p.m., police received a report of a theft at Hugo’s. LaToya Marie Nix, 19, Thief River Falls, has been cited for theft under $500. She allegedly stole items valued at less than $100.


Tampering with a motor vehicle


After an investigation into a May 16 report of vandalism, a 15 year-old Thief River Falls female has charges pending for tampering with a motor vehicle. She allegedly dumped tuna onto a St. Hilaire woman’s vehicle while it was parked in the Knight Avenue parking lot. The vehicle sustained an unknown dollar amount in damage.


Theft


On May 19 at 9:01 p.m., police received a report of a theft outside of 840 Tindolph Ave. S. A man reported that someone stole a toolbox out of his truck. The theft loss was less than $1 ,000.


Attempted burglary


On May 19 at 5:05 p.m., police received a report of an attempted burglary at 420 Davis Ave. N. A woman reported that someone broke into a home, causing damage to a door. It appeared that nothing was missing. The door sustained an unknown dollar amount in damage.


Burglary


On May 20 at 4:38 p.m., police received a report of a burglary at 606 Parnham St. A man reported that someone broke into his home, stealing cash, coins and a small trail camera. The theft loss was less than $1,000.


Theft


On May 21 at 10:03 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of a theft. A Goodridge woman reported that her mom’s medication had been stolen out of their vehicle. It was unknown where the vehicle was parked at the time of the theft. The names and cost of the medications were also unknown.


Disorderly conduct


On May 21 at 3:23 p.m., police received a report of disorderly conduct at Lincoln High School. A 16-year-old Thief River Falls male has charges pending for disorderly conduct. School staff reported that the student was allegedly being vulgar and disruptive.


Fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct


On May 21 at 3:26 p.m., police received a report of a fight outside of Lincoln High School. Two 14-year-old males and a 12-year-old male, all from Thief River Falls, have charges pending for fifth degree assault. A 15 year-old Thief River Falls male has charges pending for disorderly conduct. The pending assault charges stem from the alleged assault of the 15-year-old. The disorderly conduct charge stems from alleged comments that instigated the assault. The report doesn’t indicate whether any injuries were reported.


Littering from a motor vehicle


On May 22 at 10:57 p.m., police allegedly observed a driver throw something out of a vehicle near the intersection of Fourth Street and Davis Avenue. A 17-year-old Grygla male has been cited for littering from a motor vehicle.


Fourth degree driving while impaired


On May 23 at 2:08 a.m., police received a report that a vehicle was continuously circling the Digi-Key parking lot. Cheri Ann Bjorgaard, 41, Newfolden, has been cited for fourth degree DWI. She was arrested and later released to a sober person.


Second degree DWI


On May 23 at 4:44 a.m., police performed a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 32 and Wendt Drive. Timothy Scott Lewis, 53, Thief River Falls, has charges pending for second degree DWI. He was arrested.


Trespassing


On May 23 at 3:55 p.m., police received a r eport of an intoxicated man at the Curiosity Shop. Cameron Wade Stoldt, 50, Thief River Falls, has been cited for trespassing. He was allegedly causing trouble at the store, and police had warned him a week earlier to stay away from the store after causing a disturbance.


 


These reports include names of individuals charged, arrested or cited with various crimes and offenses by police, the sheriff’s department or other law enforcement officials. Depending upon the circumstances of a case, charges can be, and sometimes are, changed or dropped by law enforcement officials or attorneys even before the case reaches court. Readers should also realize that under the American system of jurisprudence, individuals charged with crimes are innocent until proven guilty of those crimes in a court of law.



thief river falls police report 5-29-2013

Pennington County Citation Disposition Bulletin 5-29-2013

Thief River Falls Police Department cases


Heather Lynn Williams, 27, Thief River Falls, stay of adjudication for a felony charge of third degree controlled substance crime and continued, $75, 30 days in jail with credit for five days served, supervised probation for five years, chemical assessment, Clean and Sober Program, diagnostic assessment/mental health assessment if recommended by probation agent, no use or possession of firearms or dangerous weapons


Alfred Joseph Hagl Jr., 37, Thief River Falls, driver’s license violation, $185


Shannon Elaine Hosey, 24, Thief River Falls, 40/30, $125


Lisa Marie Basher, 28, Thief River Falls, 39/30, $125


Bobby Vinton Peralta, 36, Thief River Falls, theft, $210, 90 days in jail to be served concurrently with another case, $28.01 restitution


Brittney Michelle Nelson, 24, Thief River Falls, two calendar parking violations, $52 each


Isiah Martin Zuniga, 19, Thief River Falls, disorderly conduct, $210, 60 days in jail to be served concurrently with another case, $12 restitution, underage consumption, $50, 60 days in jail to be served concurrently with another case, charge of fourth degree criminal damage to property dismissed.


Julie Ann Johnson, 41, Thief R iver Falls, calendar parking violation, $52


Shaun Christopher Morden, 22, Thief River Falls, charge of a calendar parking violation dismissed


Ashley Lynn Solway, 28, Grand Forks, N.D., failure to yield, $135


Myron Dean Sunram, 35, Thief River Falls, driving after suspension, $210, 90 days in jail to be served concurrently with another case.


Minnesota State Patrol cases


Candace Joy Kroll, 50, Argyle, 65/55, $125


Jeremy Jon Kvien, 36, Roseau, 79/55, $225


Pierre Matte, 53, Lexington, Mass., 76/55, $225


Mark James Nohre, 53, Bagley, no seat belt worn, $110


Carole Jean DeMars, 50, Warren, 65/55, $125


Benjamin Wade Hruby, 26, Thief River Falls, 74/55, $145


Ashley I. Ottesen, 21, Oshkosh, Wis., 69/55, $135


Steven Lee Johnson, 37, Red Lake, charge of no proof of insurance dismissed


Jose Guadalupe Arroyo, 58, Crookston, 67/55, $135


Geovani Bernio-Gonzalez, 41, Crookston, no driver’s license, $185, no insurance, $200


Kristie Lynn Olson, 38, Warren, no proof of insurance, $285, driving after revocation, $285, charge of no insurance dismissed.


Pennington County Sheriff’s Office cases


Cassie Lynn Bessler, 31, Wannaska, stay of adjudication for a charge of issuance of a dishonored check and continued, $100, unsupervised probation for one year, $267.14 restitution


Kristie Lynn Olson, 38, Warren, charge of issuance of a dishonored check dismissed



Pennington County Citation Disposition Bulletin 5-29-2013

TRF man sentenced for felony charges

A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Monday, May 13 in Pennington County District Court for a felony charge of motor vehicle theft. He was also sentenced that same day for a unrelated, separate felony second degree burglary case in Polk County.


Myron Dean Sunram, 35, was sentenced to 17 months in prison. That sentence is to be served concurrently with another case. Sunram w a s ordered to not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons for his lifetime. He was ordered to supply a DNA sample. Sunram was ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines, and $1,200 in restitution.


In a plea agreement in Pennington County, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for an unrelated charge of misdemeanor theft. That sentence is to be served concurrently with another case. He was ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines, and $399.56 in restitution.


As part of that plea agreement, charges of attempted felony theft and gross misdemeanor third degree criminal damage to property were dismissed in the motor vehicle case. Also dismissed was an unrelated, separate felony charge of fifth degree controlled substance crime.


The felony motor vehicle theft charge stemmed from the report of a vehicle theft Oct. 16 at about 5:15 p.m. A man reported that the vehicle had been stolen from his father’s property in Section 23 of North Township, according to the complaint. The man said the 1990 Plymouth Acclaim had been stored there for some time and wasn’t driveable. Valued at $600, the vehicle had been rear-ended previously and had a flat tire. The vehicle was later found at Evans Steel, where a deputy was told Sunram and another unidentified male dropped it off.


On Oct. 17, another deputy went to Evans Steel and obtained a receipt, stating Sunram sold the vehicle for $168 on Oct. 16 at about 2:52 p.m. Surveillance video showed two men pulling it onto a scale, one was known by employees to be Sunram. The deputy allegedly identified the other man to be Jade Leeper.


At about 3:33 p.m., Sheriff Ray Kuznia was dispatched to the same property, where two individuals were again trying to steal a vehicle. The father and son said that when they arrived, the two males were trying to load another vehicle. Sunram and Leeper were arrested.


Sunram allegedly said that he went with Leeper and helped him tow a vehicle to Evans Steel to be sold for scrap. He said he received permission several years ago from someone whom he thought was the landowner to clean up the property. Sunram said they went back to the property Oct. 17 to take another car.


A deputy later spoke to a woman, who said Sunram and Leeper asked her to rent a trailer from Ace Rental, so they could use it to tow a junk car into town to sell for scrap.


On Oct. 29, the father told a deputy that the vehicle that Sunram and Leeper attempted to steal had a broken window and a broken steering column. The complaint indicated that both needed t o be repaired at a cost of about $600. The Polk County Court Administrator’s Office indicated that Sunram was also sentenced Monday, May 13 for a felony charge of second degree burglary. He was sentenced to 38 months in prison. That charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 report to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.


Someone reported that Sunram and Paige Lofberg were allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine at 17792 140th Ave. N.E. They were located inside a vehicle, where some stolen items had been found. The items were stolen from Melo Lutheran Church in Polk County. In that burglary, a Bible; sculptures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus; a Christmas tree; and Christmas ornaments were stolen.



TRF man sentenced for felony charges

Bank theft being investigated

The Pennington County Attorney’s Office has released information pertaining to the alleged theft of $396,000 from Northern State Bank. In late March, the office was alerted about the theft.


Pennington County Attorney Al Rogalla declined to name the individual who is being investigated or specify the amount o f time that the alleged theft occurred.


Rogalla said the individual was employed at the bank, and no client funds were affected. The case remains under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


On April 19, Rogalla forwarded prosecuting authority to the U.S. Attorney’s Office since the bank is federally insured and since the latter office is able to prosecute cases under a longer statute of limitations.



Bank theft being investigated

Jeff Vacura, 69

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Jeff Vacura



Thief River Falls, MN, age 69, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND.



Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend Mark Helgeland and Reverend Ben Carlsen officiating.



Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church.



Jeff Vacura, 69

Jeff Vacura

Jeff Vacura Thief River Falls, MN, age 69, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND.


Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend Mark Helgeland and Reverend Ben Carlsen officiating.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church.


Jeffrey Scott Vacura was born November 19, 1943 in Roseau, MN, to Jack and Alma (Wilcox) Vacura. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Roseau, MN, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Jeff attended grade school and high school in Roseau, graduating in 1961.


Jeff was united in marriage to Kathy (Kate) Marie Burkel in March 7, 1964 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roseau. They first made their home in Thief River Falls where Jeff drove Holsum bread truck for three years. The couple moved to Greenbush for three years. There Jeff raised turkeys with his father-in-law and mother-in-law.


In 1970 Jeff and his family, which now included his first daughter, Jody, moved to Minneapolis. He attended barber school, graduated, and returned to Thief River Falls where he started his barbering career, and was blessed with his second daughter, Jana. Jeff owned and operated Jeff’s Barber Shop until shortly before his death.


Jeff was an avid sportsman and loved hunting and fishing, but above all – anyone who knew Jeff – knew that hockey was his passion, whether it was watching, playing or coaching. He had a special bond with all the kids he coached and they held a special place in his heart.


Jeff loved his family and spending time with them, whether it was holidays, family functions, or just hanging out. Jeff enjoyed all of his grandchildren’s passions, and was so proud to not only attend their accomplishments, but to actively support them.


He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.


Left to mourn Jeff is his wife of 49 years, Kathy of Thief River Falls; Jody (Bryan) Nelson of Viking; Jana (Jeff) Nelson of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Zakary, Layne, Tyce, Kade and Isabela; sisters, Ann (Glen) Haugen of Thief River Falls, and Mary (Gary) Brandt of Worthington, MN; brothers, Doug (Geri) Vacura of Cotopaxi, CO, and Mick (Pearl) Vacura of Roseau; sister-in-law, Toni Vacura of Colorado Springs, CO; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.


Jeff is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Alma Vacura; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Isabelle Burkel; brother, Jan Vacura; nephews, Mark Burkel and John Scott Vacura, and his niece, Tina McKeever.


Funeral notice provided by Johnson Funeral Service of Thief River Falls



Jeff Vacura

Keith Demarais, 64

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Keith Demarais


Thief River Falls, MN age 64 died unexpectedly on Monday, May 27, 2013 while enjoying Memorial Day at his cabin at Maple Lake.



Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 31, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.Burial will be held on the family lot at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN at 9:00 AM Saturday, June 1, 2013.



Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Friday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.



Keith Demarais, 64

Keith Demarais

Keith Demarais


Thief River Falls, MN age 64 died unexpectedly on Monday, May 27, 2013 while enjoying Memorial Day at his cabin at Maple Lake.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 31, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial will be held on the family lot at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN at 9:00 AM Saturday, June 1, 2013.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Friday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.


Keith Edmund Demarais was born on April 4, 1949 in Crookston, MN the son of Lewie and Vivian (Strand) Demarais. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston, MN. Keith attended Franklin Elementary School in Crookston and graduated from Central High School in 1967. Keith then attended Moorhead State College where he studied mathematics.


In the spring of 1970, Keith joined the Army National Guard in Lemmon, SD. He served for the next six years at the Armory in Lemmon, SD, Crookston, MN and Thief River Falls, MN.


On June 1, 1970 Keith was united in marriage to Karen Proulx in Crookston, MN. To this union seven children were born, Shannon, Amie, Rachel, Rebecca, Joel, Ryan and Megan.


Keith worked a variety of jobs in Crookston until 1976 when he began his career with Culligan Water Conditioning. In the spring of 1980, Keith purchased the Thief River Falls Culligan Water Conditioning franchise which he owned and operated until 2011. He then transitioned to Northwest Water Solutions, where he was proud to sell American made Hellenbrand water conditioning products.


On December 14, 2012 on a crisp winter evening at the Floyd B. Olson Park gazebo, Keith was united in marriage to Kay Tischler. Kay added to Keith’s family her four children, Alicia, Elizabeth, Roberta and Benjamin.


Keith enjoyed fishing, woodworking, snowmobiling, books, listening to music, dancing, driving his golf cart, taking motorcycle trips, socializing, helping his children and community, working on the farm, and spending time at Maple Lake. Keith was a volunteer fire fighter in Plummer for many years, a member of the Plummer Lions Club and was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls.


Survivors include his loving wife, Kay of Thief River Falls; children, Shannon (Jonathan) Fleischer of Bismarck, ND, Amie Treitline of Reynolds, ND, Rachel (Troy) Paulson of Goodridge, MN, Rebecca Demarais of Minneapolis, MN, Joel (Marielle) Demarais of Minnetonka, MN, Ryan (Ashley) Demarais of Summerset, SD, and Megan Demarais of Minot, ND; step-children, Alicia (Justin) Denman of Iowa City, IA, Elizabeth Erickson, Roberta Erickson, and Benjamin Erickson all of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren, Mason Rud, Madison Rud, Rowan Fleischer Daugherty, Allison Treitline, Isaac Treitline, Gabriel Paulson; step-grandchildren, Jace Erickson, Norah Sagstuen, and another step-granddaughter due in June; siblings, Lewie (Shirley) Demarais of Mansfield, TX, Carol (Eugene) Solheim of Crookston, MN, Kathy (James) Hanson of Watertown, SD, David (Betsie) Demarais of Fargo, ND, Lois (Michael) Yarborough of Waxahatchie, TX, Robin (Todd) Tollefson of Beltrami, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral announcement provided by Johnson Funeral Service of Thief River Falls, MN



Keith Demarais

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 29, 2013

TRF Radio Local News, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Troxel Case – Motion for Change of Venue

District Judge Donald Aandal has set June 17th as the date to hear three motions in a Thief River Falls Murder Case.


32 year old Jedidiah Troxel, of Crookston – faces three counts of First Degree Murder in the death of Tanya Kazmierczak – her body found near the Smilie Bridge Landing east of Thief River Falls last August.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Minnesota Attorney General, Eric Schieferdecker, with Public Defender Kip Fontaine acting for the defense. Fontaine says he plans to bring three motions before the court; to suppress statements Troxel made to investigators, to compel the release of discovery – in this case evidence gathered by the prosecution, to the defense team and to allow a change of venue in the case.


Tanya Kazmierczak was reported missing by her family following a party at a Thief River Falls home last August 24th. Investigators say Troxel was alledgedly seen talking with the victim as she left the party, a vehicle matching the description of Troxel’s 1997 Misubisishi Eclipse was allegedly seen by witnesses at the Bridge Landing later that morning – with a pair of muddy boots recovered from Troxel’s home in Crookston, the boots said to match a foot print found under Kazmierczak’s body.


As far as the change of venue, the defense team will have to argue that pre-trial publicity has been so intense that an impartial jury cannot be seated in Pennington County.


Troxel has yet to enter a plea to charges – even so, the case is scheduled for Jury Trial September 24th ..



Troxel Case – Motion for Change of Venue

Greenwood Underpass to Open this Summer

A long looked for traffic feature is beginning to take shape, with a railroad underpass to connect Greenwood Street East and West this year …


Mark Borseth, with the city of Thief River Falls, says the bridge deck has been poured, abutments back-filled and the arch shaped piers now in place with train traffic to be moved from the temporary “shoe-fly” track next month.


You can view progress on line, with a link to the construction web-cam available on the city website at citytrf.net.


Borseth says they hope to have the underpass ready to receive motor traffic before the start of the next school year.


Traffic patterns in Thief River Falls are expected to be redefined with the opening of the railroad underpass, along with the completion of the “Round-About” at the intersection of Greenwood and Pennington, and the long promised stop lights at Highway #32 and Greenwood.



Greenwood Underpass to Open this Summer

Winger Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Funeral services will be held tomorrow for a Winger area man who died in a Sunday motorcycle accident.


Andrew Johnson was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and went into a ditch on Mahnomen County Road #4, near Naytahwaush. According to the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department, Johnson was not wearing helmet at the time of the accident, officers at the scene saying speed was a factor.


Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at Calvary Lutheran Church in Winger.


Andrew, “Andy” Johnson, was 22.



Winger Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Karen Johnson, 59

Detroit Lakes – Karen Johnson, 59, Detroit Lakes,  died Friday, May 24, 2013, in her home surrounded by family and loved ones, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Funeral services will be  held Wednesday, May 29,  at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.
Karen Jean Nephew was born on Feb. 18, 1954 in Crookston, to Earl and Lucille Nephew. Karen graduated from Twin Valley High School in 1972 and attended AVTI in Thief River Falls, to become a licensed practical nurse. She married Curtis W Johnson on Oct. 5, 1974. They had three daughters. Karen and Curtis made their home in Detroit Lakes, where Karen worked as a nurse at Dakota Clinic. Through the years, Karen was very involved in women and youth ministries at Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Karen enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and second hand shopping.
Karen is survived by her husband Curtis; three daughters, Tiffaney (Don) Holm, Kristi (Michael) Moline, and Karissa (Mike) Fish; 10 grandchildren: Isaiah, Simon, Zion, Adah, and Zebadiah Holm, Beckham and Elyn Moline, Lucas, Nathaniel, and Andrew Fish; sister, Leann McGowan; brother, Duane (Gayle) Nephew;  numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in law Mike McGowan, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the guest book section at (www.westkjos.com).
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Karen Johnson, 59

John L. Hendrickson, 70

Warren – John Louis Hendrickson, 70, of Warren, died Saturday, May 25, 2013 peacefully, after a fall at his home, at Regions Hospital, St. Paul.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 29,  at 10:30 a.m. at the DuBore Funeral Home in Warren. Pastor Mark Rittmann of First Lutheran Church of Warren will officiate. The visitation will begin at 9 a.m. also at the funeral home. Private family interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.



John L. Hendrickson, 70

Rodena Mehrkens, 87

Thief River Falls – Rodena Mehrkens, 87, of Thief River Falls, died on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 28 at St. John Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. Aaron Zuch officiating.  Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Rodena Johanna VanLith was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Plummer, the daughter of John and Margaret (Gerres) VanLith. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Plummer. She attended grade school and high school at Plummer. Rodena was employed at Land O’ Lakes in Thief River Falls.
On Nov. 8, 1944, Rodena was united in marriage to Marvin Peter Mehrkens at St. John Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls.  They lived on a farm three miles south and 3½ miles west of Thief River Falls. She helped on the farm as well as being a mother and homemaker and raising her five children.
Rodena was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church and the church quilters called the “Piecemaker’s” and also a member of Sanders Township Homemaker’s.  Rodena and Marvin enjoyed dancing and playing cards. Rodena also enjoyed gardening, sewing and was well known for her patch work quilts. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by children: Marion Ann (Calvin) Sorenson, Thief River Falls, Albert Earl (Kathy) Mehrkens, Thief River Falls,  Darrel Arthur (special friend Sherry Sorenson) Mehrkens, Thief River Falls, and Verla Diann (Donavan) Erlandson, Thief River Falls; 12 grandchildren, Carol (Dale) Kolseth, Allen Mehrkens, Andy Mehrkens, Dale (Denise) Mehrkens, Dean (Elizabeth) Mehrkens, Peter (Clare) Mehrkens, Paul Mehrkens, Tammy (Joe) Hickey, Tracy Mehrkens, Krista (Tim) Halling, Kevin (Julie) Mehrkens and Cory (FiancĂ© Cindy Williams) Mehrkens; 16 great-grandchildren, Lisa Kolseth, Kayla Mehrkens, Tessah Halling, Mara Mehrkens, Adrian Mehrkens, Garrett Mehrkens, Emry Mehrkens, Kurtis Mehrkens, Wyatt Mehrkens, Tirzah Mehrkens, Shamus Mehrkens, Lizzeth Mehrkens, Bryce Mehrkens, Kayle Mehrkens, Kelsey Mehrkens, and Addison Mehrkens; several nieces and nephews.
Rodena was preceded in death by husband, Marvin on July 21, 1999; son, Roy and her parents, sisters Wilma Hyland, and twin sister Nellie Culkins; brothers Norbert VanLith and Cornelius VanLith.
Family condolences may be sent by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
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Rodena Mehrkens, 87

Troxel Back in Court Today

The suspect in a Thief River Falls murder will be back in court this afternoon.


32 year old Jedidiah Troxel, of Crookston – faces three counts of First Degree Murder in the death of Tanya Kazmierczak – her body found near the Smilie Bridge Landing east of Thief River Falls last August. 


An omnibus hearing will be held today before District Judge Donald Aandal, as well as a motion hearing and an appearance concerning a Probation Violation. Troxel has yet to enter a plea in the case.


Tanya Kazmierczak was reported missing by her family following a party at a Thief River Falls home last August 24th. Investigators say Troxel was allegedly seen talking with the victim as she left the party, a vehicle matching the description of Troxel’s 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2 door hatchback was seen by witnesses at the Bridge Landing later that morning – with a pair of muddy boots allegedly matching a foot print found under Kazmierczak’s body recovered from Troxel’s home in Crookston. 


Initially charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a Pennington County Grand Jury last December found there was enough evidence for a First Degree Indictment …



Troxel Back in Court Today

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 28, 2013

TRF Radio Local News, May 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 27, 2013

TRF Radio Local News, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Celebrated

Flags will fly at half-staff today, as a national tribute to Memorial Day – remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces ..


The Holiday – formerly known as Decoration Day – originated after the American Civil war to commemorate both union and confederate soldiers.


Memorial Day Services are scheduled across the listening area today including a live broadcast on Thief River Falls Radio, hosted by Navy Veteran and News Broadcaster Lee Richards, beginning at 10:30 from Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls ..


Services will also be held at 10:30 at the Newfolden Community Center, the Plummer City Park and the Middle River School Gym.


Memorial Day services are also scheduled Monday at 8:45am at the Viking Cemetery, at 9:30 at the Vega Cemetery and at 11am at the Veteran’s Memorial Site at Greenwood Cemetery in Warren.



Memorial Day Celebrated

Teenager Injured in Polk County Accident

A teenager was injured Saturday in a traffic accident in Polk County.


According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the unidentified 17 year old was taken by ambulance to Essential Health in Fosston after the accident near Fosston.


Officers at the scene say the girl was alone in the vehicle at the time of the accident, reported just before 7pm in Section #31 of Queen Township.


Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Fosston Fire Department and Essentia Ambulance Service.



Teenager Injured in Polk County Accident

4 Year Old Rescued in Boating Accident

A child was rescued, a Brainerd man died, after their canoe capsized yesterday on the Gull River near Brainerd.


Residents say they heard a cry for help yesterday afternoon, rushing to pull the 4 year old boy from the water as the 64 year old man, a resident of the Brainerd area, was swept downstream. Both were wearing life jackets.


Paramedics and Law Enforcement Officers were able to pull the man from the water, but attempts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful.


The child – from Gilbert, Arizona, was being treated at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.


In a second, unrelated incident, the Brainerd Fire Department was called on to recover the body of a man from a wooded area near Nisswa yesterday. Firefighters used their Mule vehicle to reach the wooded shore about a quarter mile into the woods and transported the man’s body to a waiting ambulance.


An autopsy has been ordered through the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.



4 Year Old Rescued in Boating Accident

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Final Appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez

She was murdered almost 10 years ago, kidnapped from Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, her body recovered the following spring near Crookston.


Now the man convicted of killing 22 year old Dru Sjodin, Alphonso Rodriguez Jr., is back in court awaiting the outcome of the final step in the appeals process, even as he awaits capital punishment on death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.


The case continues to be heard by US District Judge and Thief River Falls Native, Ralph Erickson, who this week told prosecutors he was puzzled by the reluctance of the Defense Team to turn over notes from doctors who recently interviewed Rodriguez as part of the appeals process, now being argued as a habeas corpus motion, considered the ultimate end of the appeals process.


Defense Attorneys claim Rodriguez was insane, suffering post traumatic stress disorder from childhood sexual abuse and was not mentally able to under stand his own wrong-doing when he raped, beat and stabbed Sjodin and left her body in a ravine in Polk County.


Judge Erickson Thursday took the motion under advisement ..


At the time of Sjodin’s death, Rodriguez was a convicted felony who had previously served time for Sexual Assault. The case led to the creation of “Dru’s Law”, which set up the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2 thousand 6.



Final Appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez

More Accusations Against DuCharme

The case continues to build against former Red Lake Falls Mayor and City Administrator, Allen Ducharme, even as he waits to make his first appearance on charges next month.


Red Lake County Sheriff, Mitch Bernstein, says their investigation has resulted in a total of three complaints filed by the Red Lake County Attorney’s Office, and Sheriff Bernstein said Tuesday he expects two more complaints to be signedFriday.


The latest accusations allege $350 lost in misuse of the city checking account and petty cash – Felony Theft of Public Funds – and 180 unauthorized transactions using the city debit card – Misconduct of a Public Officer, a Gross Misdemeanor.


Earlier this month Ducharme, who now lives in Crookston, was accused of Felony Theft and misconduct for allegedly using a city debit card to make more than 2 thousand dollars in unauthorized purchases for the Lafayette High School Post Prom Party.


Ducharme has been summoned to appear June 10th in Red Lake County District Court in Red Lake Falls. He has not yet had a chance to enter a plea in the case.



More Accusations Against DuCharme

TRF City / Summer Hours Reinstated

This is his city now, and he’d like to try things his way …


At the request of City Administrator Larry Kruse – and in an astounding change of policy – the Thief River Falls City Council this week reinstated Summer Hours for City Workers.


2 conditions were applied – that customer service will continue to be maintained and that allowing half-day or optional Fridays comes at no increased city expense.


The previous administration of Mayor Steve Nordhagen was marked by labor tension, doing away with Summer Hours and spending thousands fighting a contentious dispute over Flex Time, but Tuesday night Kruse – who has served 4 other communities in City Management – said he’s had many years of success with summer hours, saying the extended weekend improves employee morale and productivity at no additional cost to the city.


Summer Hours refers to the practice of using longer day-light hours to get the job done, working 4 nine hour days with a half day Friday. Not all Departments will be affected. Utility Supervisor Dale Narlock, already short staffed, was askedTuesday if the option would work for his department and responded, “We’ll see.”


But, you can see it all for yourself. A web broadcast of Tuesday’s Council Meeting is available on line at citytrf.net. 



TRF City / Summer Hours Reinstated

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 23, 2013

TRF Radio Local News, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 22, 2013

TRF Radio Local News, May 22, 2013

Emergency Management Candidates Under Review

Interviews are anticipated this week as the Pennington County Board of Commissioners begin to talk with applicants for the position of Emergency Management Director.


As many as 9 applicants have applied and applications have been reviewed, with interviews as early as Friday.


Pennington County posted the 3 quarter time position earlier this year after the State Department of Homeland Security said it was no longer allowable for Sheriff Ray Kuznia to address both jobs.


Security Specialists say the Sheriff already has a full time job and the county needs to address the responsibilities of Emergency Management separately.


Commissioners Don Jensen and Darryl Tveitbakk are heading up the interview effort and hope to make a recommendation to the full County Board next Tuesday.



Emergency Management Candidates Under Review

Rain Stalls Spring Planting

Too much rain, too late in the season …


A Spring Weather System has stalled Spring Planting, dumping inches of rain across the listening area – threatening newly emerged crops and making a short season even shorter.


With May 20th considered the optimal date to get the crop in the ground, Extension Agent Howard Person says ag producers are going to be hard pressed to get the job done.


Person is also urging producers to check alfalfa stands for injury. Alfalfa has been slow to green up this season and Person says patience may be the key, warning farmers not to work up alfalfa ground until you are certain the crop is not coming back.


Person also warns that Soybean Cyst Nematode has now been confirmed in every county in Northwestern Minnesota. Yield loss can be significant, but signs of the pest can be elusive. Person says the pest can be spread field to field by tillage equipment and the only control option is awareness and rotation.



Rain Stalls Spring Planting

TRF man sentenced for robbing taxi driver at knifepoint

A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Tuesday, May 14 in Pennington County District Court for robbing a taxi driver of about $140 in cash in July.


Herwens Johnson PierreSaint, 19, was sentenced for a felony charge of first degree aggravated robbery. In a plea agreement, a felony charge of terroristic threats was dismissed.


For the robbery charge, Pierre-Saint was ordered to serve 48 months in prison stayed for 20 years. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 12 months in jail. For half of the jail sentence, he will be allowed to gain credit for good time and will be able to have Huber/Sentence to Serve privileges if he qualifies. Pierre-Saint was ordered to serve supervised probation for 20 years. He was ordered to serve 100 hours of community work service within one year. Pierre-Saint’s sentence was a downward dispositional departure.


Pierre-Saint was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or Northland Taxi Service. He was ordered to undergo a chemical assessment and a mental health screening. PierreSaint was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to pay $660 in fees and fines, and $127 in restitution.


The charges stemmed from a report to police at about 9:58 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. A taxi driver reported that someone had robbed him at knifepoint. The assailant was wearing a black sweater, a black pair of pants and a hood over his face. An officer responded to the scene along Fourth Street between the intersections with Duluth and Arnold avenues. According to the complaint, he noticed that the van was parked at an angle like the driver had suddenly pulled onto the side of the street. The passenger sliding door was open.


The taxi driver said he had driven to Cedar Cove to pick up a man, who was wearing a dark scarf or mask over his face. The man told the driver to go to Subway along Third Street. Before arriving, the man told the driver to pull over. He then pulled out a large knife, placed it against the driver’s right side near his waist, and ordered the driver to give him all of his money. The driver handed the man his wallet, which contained about $140 in cash. The man took the money and handed the wallet back to the driver. The man then opened the door and told the driver if he said anything, he would be killed. He ran north around a house, but the taxi driver eventually lost sight of him. The wallet and taxi van were both dusted for fingerprints.


A Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent and the police investigator obtained a subpoena for phone records pertaining to incoming calls to Northland Taxi Service between 9 and 10 p.m. July 18. After ruling out three of the phone calls, they learned the fourth phone number belonged to a man living at 1005 Longren Ave. #101.


A day after the robbery, police went to that address. Pierre-Saint, the man’s roommate, answered the door. He said his roommate had arrived home at about 9:45 p.m. July 18. PierreSaint said he received a ride from his roommate to a friend’s house downtown to watch the fireworks. He said other people were present when he was at his friend’s house and he later received a ride from his friend to his apartment.


During questioning, the BCA agent noticed that Pierre-Saint matched the general physical description of the robber. He was also sometimes vague or evasive while answering questions, according to the complaint. Pierre-Saint was also unwilling to provide additional information regarding his friend and couldn’t provide an accurate description of where the friend lived.


Investigators spoke to Pierre-Saint’s roommate, who said Pierre-Saint borrowed his phone that evening because he ran out of minutes. Pierre-Saint also asked for a ride to Cedar Cove, where the roommate dropped him off. The roommate said Pierre-Saint was wearing a dark or black sweatshirt at the time.


The phone number for Northland Taxi Service was listed as an outgoing phone call on the man’s cell phone. The phone call was placed at 9:44 p.m.


After his arrest, PierreSaint gave investigators a similar statement as to the one he had given earlier. He remained vague about his whereabouts and whom he was associated with the prior evening. Pierre-Saint denied using his roommate’s cell phone but said he may have called a girl. He was unwilling to say who the girl was. He also denied being near Cedar Cove that evening or ever having lived there.


The complaint indi cated that the address of the room where Pierre-Saint formerly lived, matched the address provided by the robber to the taxi service. That address had been provided as Pierre-Saint’s address during a prior incident to which police were called. Also, a day after the robbery, a man called the Law Enforcement Center, saying a black pullover and black pair of pants had been found in a yard. The clothing was located near a tree on the north side of a home at 524 State Ave. N. The clothing was taken into evidence.



TRF man sentenced for robbing taxi driver at knifepoint

Pennington County Citation Disposition Bulletin 5-21-2013

Pennington County Sheriff ’s Office cases


Bobby Vinton Peralta, 36, Thief River Falls, felony charge of failure to register as a predatory offender dismissed


Brenden Randall Larson, 27, Moorhead, second degree driving while impaired, $815, one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years, credit for three days served, probation to the court for four years, alcohol assessment, a charge of third degree DWI was dismissed.


Thief River Falls Police Department cases


Bobby Vinton Peralta, 36, Thief River Falls, felony charge of failure to register as a predatory offender dismissed


Matthew Wade Sorenson, 32, Thief River Falls, driving after revocation, $285


Ricardo Martinez, 22, Thief River Falls, t heft, $210, 90 days in jail with 30 days stayed for one year, that sentence is to be served concurrently with another case, unsupervised probation for one year


Scott Elliot Fricke, 46, Bloomington, DWI, $510, 30 days in jail stayed for two years, probation to the court for two years, alcohol assessment.


Arnoldo Martinez Jr., 25, Thief River Falls, theft, $210, 90 days in jail with 30 days stayed for one year, that sentence is to be served concurrently with another case, unsupervised probation for one year, $20.39 restitution, charge of contempt of court dismissed


Jordan Marie Corneliusen, 18, Thief River Falls, failure to yield, $135


Fred Paul Grant, 85, Thief River Falls, charge of failure to stop for a stop sign continued for dismissal, $50, unsupervised probation for one year


Joshua William Guillemette, 2 7, Red Lake Falls, failure to yield, $185, 10 days in jail stayed for one year.


Nathan Ray Sagstuen, 19, Thief River Falls, no muffler, $135, no proof of insurance, $200


Clarice Elizabeth Applebee, 34, Thief River Falls, theft, $185, 10 days in jail stayed for one year, no trespassing at Walmart


Jeremy Tamar Buckhalter, 23, Grand Forks, N.D., theft, $185, 10 days in jail stayed for one year


Christopher Ryan Burke, 25, Thief River Falls, driving after revocation, $285


Michael John Swanson, 32, Thief River Falls, calendar parking violation, $52


Minnesota  State  Patrol cases


Dacian Charles Knutson, 20, Viking, 69/55, $135


Richard Allen Powell, 50, Park Rapids, 67/55, $135


Les Paul Renollette, 35, Bagley, driving after revocation, $285


Michael Clarence Bancroft, 50, Grand Forks, N.D., 65/55, $125


Dylan Todd Cameron, 19, Thief R iver Falls, 40/30, $125


Chelsey Kay Lizakowski, 17, Thief River Falls, no seat belt worn, $110


Ricardo Davila Mata, 26, Thief River Falls, no driver’s license, $185, charge of no proof of insurance dismissed.


Judd Matthew Mondry, 66, Akeley, no seat belt worn, $110


Guadalupe Francisco Peralta, 23, Thief River Falls, driving after revocation, $285


Alex Kevin Roppe, 20, Strathcona, no seat belt worn, $110, charge of no proof of insurance dismissed


Jacob Robert Shellum, 24, Shevlin, no seat belt worn, $110


Casandra Rose Stenvik, 22, Thief River Falls, no seat belt worn, $110.


Michael John Swanson, 32, Thief River Falls, no proof of insurance, $285


Jesse Charles Turner, 28, Red Lake Falls, no seat belt worn, $110


James Russel Ward, 36, Argyle, driving after cancellation, $285, no p roof of insurance, $200, no seat belt worn, $25


James Louis Carriere, 59, Grygla, 65/55, $125


Brandon Louis Housey, 19, Thief River Falls, charge of no proof of insurance dismissed.



Pennington County Citation Disposition Bulletin 5-21-2013

Cavalier Under Mandatory Evacuation Order

3 days of weather totaling as much as 10 inches of rain has proven too much for Emergency Management Officials just over the Minnesota Border in Northeastern North Dakota, with the Pembina County Sheriff’s Department last night ordering the complete evacuation of the City of Cavalier.


Earlier in the day, residents in the community of 13 hundred had been told to “pack a bag” as engineers continue to monitor the 49 foot Renwick Dam and an emergency levee, impounding the Tongue River and Lake Renwick, just 6 miles east of Cavalier.


Pembina County Emergency Manager, Andrew Kirking, says hospital and nursing home residents have been moved to facilities in Grafton and Park River. The American Red Cross last night also opened a shelter for evacuees at Drayton Public Schools, just over the Minnesota Border from Robbin, on Highway #11.


Kirking advised Cavalier residents to take only the basics and to plan to be away from their homes for up to a week.


Water upstream continues to build, with the National Weather Service issuing a flood warning for Eastern Cavalier, Pembina and Walsh Counties until 3pm tomorrow. Run-off from 3 days of excessive rain will continue to cause widespread overland flooding with rain totals of 5 and a half to 9 and a half inches reported from Park River to Walhalla.



Cavalier Under Mandatory Evacuation Order

Thief River Falls police report 5-21-2013

Accident


On May 11 at 6:14 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of an accident near the intersection of 220th Avenue Northeast and 180th Street Northeast. At the time of the accident, Ashley M. Martell of Thief River Falls was driving a 2011 Chevy Aveo northbound on 220th Avenue Northeast. According to the report, she lost control of the car, which then traveled into a ditch and rolled. No injuries were reported to Martell or her passenger. The report indicated that neither were wearing seat belts. The car was totalled.


Theft


After an investigation into a May 10 report of a theft at Seven Clans Casino, Hotel and Water Park, an individual has been cited. Damon Marquisz Williams, 19, Hampton, Ark., has been cited for theft. He allegedly stole a Samsung Proclaim cell phone owned by a Middle River woman. The theft was reported in last week’s edition of The Times.


Accident, failure to obey a traffic control device, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana


On May 13 at 7:24 p.m., police received a report of an accident at the intersection of First Street and Main Avenue. At the time of the accident, Sophia Marie Hoglo, 19, Thief River Falls, was driving a 2002 GMC Sonoma. According to the report, she failed to stop for a red stoplight. Her pickup truck then collided with a southbound 2010 Chrysler van driven by Christopher A. Olson of Warroad. No injuries were reported to either driver, Hoglo’s passenger or Olson’s two passengers. With the exception of Hoglo’s passenger, all parties were properly restrained. Damage was estimated to be more than $1,000. Hoglo has been cited for failure to obey a traffic control device and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her passenger, 20-year-old Nicholas James Sehlstrom of Thief River Falls, has been cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana.


Vandalism


On May 16 at 5:17 p.m., police received a report of vandalism in the Knight Avenue parking lot. A Thief River Falls woman reported that someone had dumped tuna on her parked vehicle. The report doesn’t indicate whether the vehicle sustained damage.


Driving while impaired and refusal to submit to an alcohol-level test


On May 14 at 9:56 p.m., police performed a traffic stop near the intersection of Eighth Street and Davis Avenue. Jerod Erik Carlson, 28, Thief River Falls, has charges pending for DWI and refusal to submit to an alcohol-level test.


Disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and underage consumption


On May 15 at 6:31 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance at 626 Greenwood St. E. Isaiah Martin Zuniga, 19, Thief River Falls, has been cited for disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and underage consumption. He was arrested. Zuniga was allegedly fighting and caused less than $100 in property damage.


Fourth degree criminal damage to property


On May 15 at 10:45 p.m., police received a report of property damage at Pathfinders. A 15-year-old Kennedy male has charges pending for fourth degree criminal damage to property. He allegedly damaged some items inside the building. Damage was estimated to be less than $500.


Theft


On May 15 at 8:06 p.m., police received a report of shoplifting at Walmart. Lynda Marie Neadeau, 48, Red Lake, and Irvin Clyde Hamm, 65, Goodridge, both have charges pending for theft. Sheila Renae Stately, 33, Red Lake, has been cited for theft. They allegedly tried leaving the store without paying for less than $1,000 in merchandise.


Vandalism


On May 15 at 11:39 p.m., police received a report of vandalism outside of 523 Arnold Ave. N. A man reported that someone had broken a window on a vehicle. Damage was estimated to be less than $250.


Issuance of dishonored checks


The following people have charges pending for the issuance of dishonored checks: Esequial Laguna Jr., 46, and Jason Scott Lafontaine, 32, both from Thief River Falls, have both been cited for the issuance of dishonored checks. Each individual’s checks totalled less than $250.


These reports include names of individuals charged, arrested or cited with various crimes and offenses by police, the sheriff’s department or other law enforcement officials. Depending upon the circumstances of a case, charges can be, and sometimes are, changed or dropped by law enforcement officials or attorneys even before the case reaches court. Readers should also realize that under the American system of  jurisprudence, individuals charged with crimes are innocent until proven guilty of those crimes in a court of law.



Thief River Falls police report 5-21-2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Marianne Schindler, 79

Red Lake Falls – Marianne Schindler, 79, of Red Lake Falls, died on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at her rural Red Lake Falls home surrounded by her loving family.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Chuck Huck officiating. Interment will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery near Red Lake Falls. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.



Marianne Schindler, 79

Wallace Anderson, 75

Middle River – Wallace Anderson, 75, Middle River, died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Veteran’s Hospital, Fargo, N.D.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday May 24, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Middle River, MN with Reverend Rena Peterson officiating. Interment will be held at Spruce Valley Cemetery, Middle River.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday May 23, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, with a 7 p.m. prayer service and for one hour prior to the service at the church, Friday.



Wallace Anderson, 75

Loren Voldness, 79

Alexandria – Loren Voldness, 79, of Alexandria, died Tuesday, May 7 at his home. He had suffered a massive stroke one week prior.
Memorial services were held Saturday, May 11 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.
Loren Franklin Voldness was born on March 19, 1934 on the Voldness farm in Norden Township, Pennington County, to Norman and Clara (Ostmoe) Voldness. When he was 3 years old, he moved with his family to Rosewood. He attended grade school at the country school Rosebank and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1952.
Following his schooling, Loren worked as a mechanic in Thief River Falls for two years. He worked at a packing plant in St. Paul for a time and spent a winter in Rapid City, SD working with his uncle. Loren joined his brother at Beaver Bay on Lake Superior and they worked on the taconite plant for Reserve Mining Co. and also helped build the town of Silver Bay.
In the spring of 1956, Loren returned to Thief River Falls and began working for Soo Line Railroad as a fireman on the old steam locomotives. Later, he was promoted to engineer. He worked in Thief River Falls, Rhinelander, Wis., Superior, Wis., Minneapolis, Fond du lac, Wis., Chicago, Ill., and Glenwood.
In 1957 and 1958, Loren served his country as a radio operator in the U.S. Army. He was made an instructor, which he found very boring, so he volunteered for overseas duty. He wanted to go to Germany, but the Army sent him to Korea. He served one and one half years in Korea. Following his discharge, he returned to the Soo Line Railroad.
While working in Rhinelander, Loren met the daughter of one of his coworkers. On Sept. 17, 1960, Loren was united in marriage to Loretta “Kootz” Alsteen. The couple made their home in Thief River Falls, where they began raising their family. They were blessed with three children, Lorrie, Robin and Jeff.
In 1987, Soo Line Railroad transferred Loren to Glenwood. The couple made their home in Alexandria on Lake Geneva. In 1994, Loren retired from the railroad, now owned by Canadian Pacific, as a locomotive engineer.
Loren loved golfing. Loren and Kootz would spend three months of each winter at Gulf Shores, Ala. He served as a marshal on the golf course in Pensacola, Fla. Recently, Loren was working at Arrowwood, maintaining golf carts and golfing as often as he could.
Volunteering was also important to Loren. He was a member of the Alexandria Evening Lions Club and could always be counted on to volunteer time for Lion projects. He has served The Salvation Army as a bell ringer and has been in charge of organizing the Army’s bell ringers. He has volunteered to help Someplace Safe.
One of Loren’s favorite charities was Habitat for Humanity. He helped build several Habitat homes. He has built the Habitat trailer that is used at each Habitat project. Loren’s skills have helped to organize projects, keep things running smoothly and increase the productivity of all Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
Loren enjoyed people and having fun. He always had a good story or joke to tell. He was a people person and there are many people who will miss his smile and his hugs.
Loren is survived by his wife, Kootz Voldness of Alexandria; children, Robin Voldness of Malone, Wis., Lorrie (Lloyd) Luecke of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Jeff Voldness of Fond du lac, Wis.; grandchildren, Christopher Luecke, Nikita and Katrina Pickert and Lauren Van Hierden; sisters, Dolores Hirst of Thief River Falls and Joyce (Harold) Bonawitz of Fargo, N.D.; and brother, Norman C. Voldness of Minneapolis.
Loren was preceded in death by his parents; his siter-in-law Marlys Voldness; brother-in-law Robert Hirst; and nephew Robert Hirst Jr.
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Loren Voldness, 79

William A. Borry, 80

Brooklyn Park – William A. Borry, 80, of Brooklyn Park and formerly of Thief River Falls, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Port Orange, Fla.
A memorial service was held in Osseo on May 11. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.



William A. Borry, 80

John Oscar Hulteen, 96

Thief River Falls – John Oscar Hulteen, 96, former State Supervisor of Property Tax Assessments for North Dakota, died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Oakland Park Skilled Care Community in Thief River Falls, where he lived with his wife Dorothy since leaving North Dakota 10 years ago.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church, in Thief River Falls. Rev. John Golv, Rev. Ale Tulu, and daughter-in-law Rev. Susan Masters will co-officiate. Casket bearers include John’s grandchildren: Ronald Kochevar, Jason Kochevar, Josh Heck, Jarrod Heck, Marit Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters and Ella Masters. Honorary casket bearers include all of John’s great-grandchildren. Interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at Thief River Falls. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Born to Oscar and Christensa Hulteen on Oct. 27, 1916 at Bagley,  John graduated from Clearbrook (Minnesota) High School. Before moving to North Dakota, he had been a 4-H leader in Minnesota, and was part of the four-member grand champion sheep judging team at the 1932 International Livestock Judging Contest in Chicago. John raised purebred sheep, was an avid gardener, and was a published poet.
John was assistant county agent and the county tax assessor in Clearwater county and very active in several community organizations.
John worked in the North Dakota Tax Department from 1963 until his retirement in 1983 under five commissioners: Lloyd Omdahl, Ed Sjaasstad, Byron Dorgan, Kent Conrad, and Heidi Heitkamp.
John is survived by his wife of more than 71 years Dorothy (Busse) Hulteen. The couple was married July 3, 1941 at Spooner, Wis. To this union three children were born: Suzanne Hulteen Kochevar (Rich Heck) of Minneapolis, James (Darlene) of Thief River Falls, and Bob (Susan Masters) of Minneapolis,. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ronald (Sonia Zarate) Kochevar, Jason (Jenn) Kochevar, Josh (Deanna) Heck, Jarrod (Emelia) Heck, Marit (Bob) Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters, and Ella Masters; and 13 great-grandchildren: Justice Kochevar, Alex Villenas, Savannah Zarate,  Jack Kochevar, Sam Kochevar, Riley Heck, Tegan Heck, Jaden Rivers, Gretchen Rivers, Rachel Rivers, Lucas John Rivers and Evie Hulteen and a sister-in-law: Margaret Busse.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Carl (Hattie); and his sisters, Eleanor, Violet Arnquist (Martin), and Olga Peterson (Donald), as well as one grandchild, Suzanne Elizabeth Hulteen.
In lieu of flowers, John, who had been a longtime volunteer at AID in Mandan, and other food shelf work at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, would prefer donations be made to the Thief River Falls Food Shelf, or a local food pantry.
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John Oscar Hulteen, 96

TRF Radio Local News, May 21, 2013

Gordon Alan Froseth, 88

Glenwood – Gordon Alan Froseth, 88, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Glenwood.
Gordon Alan Froseth was born Jan. 5, 1925 to Perry and Annette (Mickelson) Froseth in Thief River Falls. He attended high school in Thief River Falls and graduated in 1942.
Gordon served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Beulah Huseth in 1950. They moved to Robbinsdale. They had a son, Mark, who died in infancy.
Gordon worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement. He loved collecting antique cars. After Beulah’s passing on March 10, 1980, he moved to Sauk Centre and developed many friendships there.
In 1998, he moved to Sunrise View Acres. Then, in 2007, he moved to the Belgrade Nursing Home until his passing.
Survivors include his brother, Perry Froseth Jr.; sister-in-laws, Arlene Froseth and Teresa Froseth; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Anette Froseth; son, Mark Froseth; wife, Beulah Froseth; brother Loyal Froseth; and sister, Delores Wengeler.
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Gordon Alan Froseth, 88

Roger Dyrdal Jr., 45

Lubbock, Texas -  Roger Dyrdal Jr., 45, died unexpectedly in Lubbock, Texas on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at Olinger Highland Chapel in Thornton, Colo. 
He is survived by his loving mother, Linda Dyrdal; siblings;  Lynn Smith, Jeri (Dennis) Thomas, Bryce Dyrdal, April (David) Cole; nieces and nephews, Andrea (Richard) Garrett, Michael (Ashley) Smith, Amanda Letcher, Cassandra Letcher, Dakotah Dyrdal, Emily Dyrdal, Drew Cole, Jordan Cole and six great-nieces and one great-nephew.
His father, Roger Dyrdal Sr. precedes him in death.
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Roger Dyrdal Jr., 45

Cancellations for today, May 21, 2013

Tuesday’s Men’s Softball league for tonight cancelled.


TRF Soccer cancelled accept U12 Girls


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Cancellations for today, May 21, 2013

John Hulteen

John Oscar Hulteen, 96, former State Supervisor of Property Tax Assessments for North Dakota, died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Oakland Park Skilled Care Community in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where he lived with his wife Dorothy since leaving North Dakota ten years ago.


A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church, in Thief River Falls, MN. The Rev. John Golv, The Rev. Ale Tulu, and daughter-in-law The Rev. Susan Masters will co-officiate. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at Thief River Falls, MN.


Visitation will be held one our prior to services at the church on Thursday.


In lieu of flowers, John, who had been a longtime volunteer at AID in Mandan, and other food shelf work at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, would prefer donations be made to the Thief River Falls Food Shelf, or a local food pantry.


Born to Oscar and Christansa Hulteen on October 27, 1916 at Bagley, MN, John graduated from Clearbrook (Minnesota) High School. Before moving to North Dakota, he had been a 4-H leader in Minnesota, and was part of the four-member grand champion sheep judging team at the 1932 International Livestock Judging Contest in Chicago. John raised purebred sheep, was an avid gardener, and was a published poet.


John was assistant county agent and the county tax assessor in Clearwater county and very active in several community organizations.


John worked in the North Dakota Tax Department from 1963 until his retirement in 1988 (Check) under five commissioners: Lloyd Omdahl, Ed Sjaasstad, Byron Dorgan, Kent Conrad, and Heidi Heitkamp.


He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Carl (Hattie), and his sisters, Elenor, Violet Arnquist (Martin), and Olga Peterson (Donald), as well as one grandchild, Suzanne Elizabeth Hulteen.


John is survived by his wife of more than 71 years Dorothy (Busse) Hulteen. The couple was married July 3, 1941 at Spooner, WI. To this union three children were born: Suzanne Hulteen Kochevar (Rich Heck) of Minneapolis, MN, James (Darlene) of Thief River Falls, MN, and Bob (Susan Masters) of Minneapolis, MN. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ronald (Sonia Zarate) Kochevar, Jason (Jenn) Kochevar, Josh (Deanna) Heck, Jarrod (Emelia) Heck, Marit (Bob) Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters, and Ella Masters; and thirteen great-grandchildren: Justice Kochevar, Alex Villenas, Savannah Zarate, Jack Kochevar, Sam Kochevar, Riley Heck, Tegan Heck, Jaden Rivers, Gretchen Rivers, Rachel Rivers, Lucas John Rivers and Evie Hulteen.


ORGANIST: Phyllis Dalager


CASKETBEARERS: John’s grandchildren: Ronald Kochevar, Jason Kochevar, Josh Heck, Jarrod Heck, Marit Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters, Ella Masters.


HONORARY CASKET BEARERS: All of John’s Great-grandchildren.


Funeral notice provided by Johnson Funeral Service of Thief River Falls, MN



John Hulteen

TRF Radio Local Sports, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gladys Hovland, 97

Gladys Hovland, 97, of Chippewa Falls, formerly of Fergus Falls, MN, died Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Rutledge Home in Chippewa Falls, WI.


Gladys Magdalene Johnshoy was born in Fergus Falls, MN, on April 29, 1916 to Dr. Joseph Walter Johnshoy and Helga (Larsen) Johnshoy.  She was the oldest of nine children and lived with her family in Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN, where her father taught philosophy and classical languages at Concordia College.  Gladys graduated from Moorhead High School in 1934 and from Concordia College in 1938.  After graduating from college, she taught High School English at Henning, MN, and also spent time working for the stock exchange in Minneapolis, MN.


On October 17, 1942 Gladys married Julius “Julie” Martin Hovland.  After Julie completed his seminary studies in 1943, they moved to Absarokee, MT, where Julie became pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Gladys served as organist. Throughout Julie’s ministry, Gladys served alongside him in parishes at Sunburst, MT, Washburn, WI, Wausau, WI, Thief River Falls, MN, and Fergus Falls, MN.  While in Sunburst, Gladys started the Sunburst library, the Girl Scouts, and a children’s choir at her church.


After Julie’s death in 1982, Gladys purchased a home in Fergus Falls, where she lived independently until she was 94.  She then moved to Eau Claire, WI and eventually to Chippewa Falls, WI.  Family was very important to Gladys throughout her life.


Gladys was preceded in death by her father and mother; brothers, Rev. Edward Johnshoy, Dr. Howard Johnshoy, Rev. Arthur Johnshoy, Dr. Norman Johnshoy; and sisters, Lois Grindland and Dorothy Klyve.


She is survived by her brother Rev. Ralph (LaVonne) Johnshoy, and sister Ruth (Harold) Aasland; sisters-in-law Naomi Johnshoy, Velma Johnshoy, and Lois Johnshoy; son David (Wilma) Hovland of Eau Claire, and daughter JoAn (Jerry) Sanders of Stow, OH; grandchildren Lance (Racheal) Hovland, Sara Hovland, Julie (Brad) Silverstein, and Cody Sanders; great grandchildren Anika and Henry Hovland, Hudson and Nolan Silverstein.  In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews.


Services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.


The family requests memorials to the “Rev. Julius M. and Gladys M. Hovland Award Fund” c/o Concordia College, Moorhead MN.


Arrangements are being handled by Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, WI and Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, MN.



Gladys Hovland, 97

LeRoy Teigland, 82

LeRoy Ronald “Ronnie” Teigland, 82, of East Grand Forks, MN died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Roseau Life Care Center, Roseau, MN.
Ronnie Teigland was born September 27, 1930 in Goodridge, MN the son of Allen and Marjorie “Alice” (Stephenson) Teigland.  He moved to Grygla, MN where he attended rural Grygla schools.  He served his country in the US Army from 1950-1952.  He moved to Waukegan, IL and worked at various jobs and started his career in plumbing and pipefitting.  He returned to Minnesota in the early 1960’s where he joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 300 of Fargo, where he was a member for over 50 years.  He worked on many construction sites at schools, water plants, missile sites, paper mills, sugar beet factories and Altru Rehab Clinic, usually as a foreman or general foreman.  He also farmed his home place at Grygla, MN for a few years while working construction.  On December 13, 1969 he married Irene Flaten in Warren, MN.  Ronnie retired in 1994 and then worked on farms for Tommy Jackson, Rodney Pape and for many years Dan Driscoll, where he loved being on the tractor.
He is survived by his loving wife Irene of East Grand Forks, children, Shane (Donalyn) of rural Roseau, MN, Shawn (Tiffany) of Roseau, MN, Kim (Scott) Dickman of East Grand Forks, MN, Corey (Julie) of Mayville, ND, Grandchildren, Ryan, Teralyn, Beau, Ericka, Samantha, Cole, Lora, and Cody, Great grandchildren, Ezekial, Trent and Ryder, brother, Wendell (Audrey),  sisters, Janice (David) Sheridan, Sharon (John) Flom, and Sandra Anderson all of Thief River Falls, MN, Beverly Doss of East Grand Forks, MN, sister in law Darlene Stewart of Roseau, many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and great nephews, and mother in law Ella Flaten of Portland, ND.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Dale, Gerald, and an infant sister Ramona, and father in law Hilmen Flaten.
He was loved very much and will be dearly missed.


Funeral Service:   10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Bethany Lutheran Church, rural East Grand Forks, MN


Visitation:   Monday, May 20, 2013 from 5-7 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at the Bethany Lutheran Church, rural East Grand Forks, MN.
Interment: South Bethany Lutheran Cemetery
Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com


Arrangements by:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, MN



LeRoy Teigland, 82

Marilyn Hamre, 71

Marilyn Hamre, age 71, of McIntosh, MN passed away on Thursday, May 16th at Essentia Hospital in Fosston, MN.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11:00 AM at Mount Carmel Free Lutheran Church in McIntosh with Rev. Dale Mellgren officiating.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the McIntosh Community Center in McIntosh, and there will also be reviewal for one hour before the funeral at the church on Wednesday.  Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN, and the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home serving McIntosh is in charge of the arrangements.  Messages of condolence may be sent to carlinhoialmen.com.


Marilyn Bernice Salvhus was born on February 15, 1942 to parents Andrew and Minnie (Dyrdahl) Salvhus in Fosston, MN. She was baptized on March 15, 1942 at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural McIntosh, MN, and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1960.


Marilyn was united in marriage to Leighton Hamre on February 11, 1961 at Trinity Lutheran Church. They made their home in Thief River Falls, MN and raised four children. Marilyn did day-care in her home and she loved to take her little “chicks” everywhere. During that time she also worked at Arctic Cat, did bookkeeping for Northland Fire extinguisher, which was owned by her and her husband Leighton, and waitressed at The Club. After Leighton passed away on February 11, 1984, she decided to pursue her nursing career.


Marilyn went on to LPN school, at NCTC in Thief River Falls, and graduated May 19, 1987. She worked as an LPN at Oakland Park Nursing Home and also did home health care services in Thief River Falls and at Mac Manor Nursing Home in McIntosh. Marilyn was a very caring person that would do anything for anyone, and went out of her way to make her patients feel special. She took great pride in her accomplishments and how many lives she touched. In 2001, she moved to McIntosh and retired in 2003.


Marilyn was a member of the Red Hat Society and NRA. After she retired; she enjoyed teaching Sunday School, gardening, going to garage sales, listening to music, traveling with her daughter and most of all; spending time with her family and her dog, Buddy.


On Thursday, May 16, 2013 Marilyn passed away at Essentia Hospital in Fosston at the age of 71 years, three months and one day.


She is survived by her children, Lori (Nick) Rierson of Crystal, MN, Lee (Kim) Hamre of Thief River Falls, and Kent (Vickie) Hamre of Sauk Rapids, MN; daughter-in-law, Jackie Hamre of Thief River Falls; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, David (Sandy) Salvhus of McIntosh, and Dan (Mary) Salvhus of McIntosh; sister-in-law, Lori Salvhus of Ada, MN; brother-in-law, Glen Brua of McIntosh; as well as many other relatives.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Minnie (Dyrdahl) Salvhus; her husband, Leighton; son, Kevin Hamre; sister; Joanne Brua; brother; Arvid Salvhus; her mother-in-law and father-in-law; Gladys and Melvin Hamre; sister-in-law; Bev Hamre, and brothers-in-law; Ray Aandal, Sheldon Nomeland, Ray Moe, and Jerry Hamre; and also her great grandson, Keegan Lee.



Marilyn Hamre, 71

Alma A. Hanson, 92

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Alma A. Hanson


Thief River Falls, MN formerly Plummer, MN, age 92, died Friday May 17, 2013 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN.



Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN with Rev. Jonathan Dodson officiating.Burial will follow at the Finnish Cemetery in rural Plummer, MN.



Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Tuesday at the church.



Alma Amanda Kangas was born on April 30, 1921 at home in Becker County, MN to Emil and Tilda (Peterson) Kangas.She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church and attended School District #62.Her father died when Alma was 5 years old and also her brother, Ronald age 2 died that same year.Tilda raised the kids and Alma helped her a lot.Alma later worked as a nanny and waitressed as a young woman.



On November 10, 1956 Alma was united in marriage to Arthur B. Hanson at Menahga, MN in the parsonage.The newly married couple made their home in Minneapolis before buying a farm by Plummer, MN.They traveled and worked back and forth between Plummer and Minneapolis before buying a different farm where they milked cows and farmed.



Then Art, Alma & Clarence bought what became Hanson’s Bar in Plummer in the 1970’s and operated it for over many years.In June of 2003, Art and Alma moved to Thief River Falls, MN.



Alma was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN, the Plummer Senior Citizens, and Plummer Legion Auxiliary.



Alma never missed a family event and they shared much love and support for family and friends.Alma loved to play bingo and loved to be a part of fun activities.She was always a very loving and generous lady.Alma and Art enjoyed many trips visiting family and friends.



Survivors include niece, Susan (Al) Samuelson; nephews, Mike Salminen, & Bradley Kangas and their families; numerous nieces & nephews and great nieces & great nephews on the Hanson side; sisters-in-law, Betty Knoll Huderle (Ed Huderle) of Warren, MN and JoAnn (Maynard) Laymon of Warren, MN; and many other relatives and friends.



She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 2005; parents; brothers, Alvin, Donald (Ann) & Ronald; nephews, Steve Salminen & Ronald Kangas; and brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law on the Hanson side including, infant, Alice Hanson, Harold (Helen) Hanson, Ann (Norman) Newland, Clarence Hanson, Ardith Haugen Zimpel, Frank Knoll; niece, Shelly Flaten; and nephew, Bruce Laymon.



Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com


Accompanist, Linda Olson


Soloist, Joyce Knoll


Congregational Hymns, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “Precious Lord Take My Hand”, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”


Pallbearers, Roger Gallant, Bradley Kangas, Robert Newland, Steve Haugen, Michael Knoll, Brian Laymon, Jim Davis


Honorary Pallbearers, All of Alma’s nieces & nephews


Memorials will be used for a scholarship at the Plummer School in Art & Alma’s name



Alma A. Hanson, 92

Doris Peterson, 92

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Doris Peterson



Thief River Falls, MN age 92 died on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Hillcrest Senior Living in Red Lake Falls, MN.



Burial will be held at St. Hilaire Community Cemetery with her husband, Melford.



Doris Thelma Sevre was born on June 7, 1920 in Sanders Township, Pennington County, MN the daughter of Albert and Tilda (Viken) Sevre.



She attended school in the Rux School in Sanders Township and grew to adulthood there.



Doris was united in marriage to Melford Peterson and to this union three children were born, Larry, Gary and Sharon.They made their home in St. Hilaire and farmed near Hazel, MN.After Melford’s untimely death, Doris was left to raise her children by herself.



In her earlier years, Doris worked at the Palm Garden Café in Thief River Falls and later was head cook at Oakland Park Nursing Home for 32 years.



Doris enjoyed cooking, playing bingo, going to the casino, and traveling with her daughter, Sharon and her great-grandson, Dylan.They enjoyed many visits to Montana and Wyoming.Doris also taught her grandsons, Todd and Troy how to cook.Doris lived as neighbor to Sharon & Bud and they enjoyed many good times together, and in her later years became Doris’s caretakers.After Sharon’s death in 2010, Bud & Troy continued to be her primary caretakers.



Doris has lived for the past two years at Valley Home in Thief River Falls where enjoyed many friends and visitors.



She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in St. Hilaire and the Eagle’s Auxiliary in Thief River Falls.



Survivors include her sons, Larry (Ruth) Peterson, St. Hilaire, MN, and Gary (Darlene) Peterson, Rochester, MN; son-in-law, Bud Cameron, Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren, Todd Cameron, Thief River Falls, Troy Cameron, Fisher, MN, Tawnya (Brent) Stroot, Thief River Falls;grandchildren: Terry Peterson, Grand Forks, ND,Darren Peterson,Florida,Lynn Robbins, Washington and Jennifer Sund, Rochester, MN, great-grandchildren, Makenna Sund, Rochester, MN, Savannah Sund, Rochester, MN, Jacob Peterson, Hastings, MN, Taylor Robbins, Wahington, Dylan Cameron, Thief River Falls, Tiffany Stroot, Gillette, WY, Jessica Stroot, Thief River Falls, Austin Stroot, Thief River Falls, Alex Cameron, Climax, MN, and Daphne Cameron, Thief River Falls; sister, Alice Hammer, Billings, MT; and many other relatives and friends.



She is preceded in death by her husband, Melford; daughter, Sharon in 2010; parents; and siblings, Gene, George, Sam, Myrtle and Harry.



Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com





Doris Peterson, 92

Irvin C. Iverson, 96

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Irvin C. Iverson


Thief River Falls, MN formerly of Goodridge, MN age 96 died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN.



Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Voelker PhD officiating.Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church.



Irvin Conrad Iverson was born in Goodridge Township, the 4th of 6 children, to Casper and Lena (Strand) Iverson, on September 12, 1916.He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Goodridge Lutheran Church.



He married Alice Juliet Olson on October 6, 1936 at Goodridge, MN.They were married for over 73 years when Alice passed on June 22, 2010.He and Alice lived on a farm near Goodridge where they raised their 5 children, Conrad, Leon, Allen, Elaine and Judy.In 1974, Alice & Irvin moved to Thief River where they were members of Trinity Lutheran Church.They lived on Eighth Street until February of 2010 when they moved to Valley Home Assisted Living.In April 2012, Irvin was moved to Pioneer Home in Erskine where he passed away on May 15, 2013.



Irvin was a farmer.He drove a substitute mail carrier rural route out of Goodridge for many years, was a Goodridge Township Assessor and also served on the Goodridge Township Board for a number of years.In the earlier years, Irvin and Garfield played at barn dances.He drove his team of horses with a sleigh school bus, warming coals in the house and placing them in the covered sleigh for heat.He worked at Ace Hardware in their first years in Thief River.He and Alice had many ‘stop in for coffee’ visitors in their Thief River Falls home.In his years at Valley Home, Irvin told everyone what good kids he had.In his words:“I’ve got good kids — you betcha I do – I’ve had good kids”.He had also begun to often say, “I’ve had a good life – no complaints”.He played his violin and loved to sing for the staff and anyone who would listen.The Pioneer staff said they all knew the Good Morning to You song from him, as he had learned in school years ago.



Survivors are his children:Leon (Sharon) Iverson of Thief River Falls, Allen (Susan) Iverson of Chisholm, MN, Elaine (Harold) Skreland of Inver Grove Hts, MN, and Judy Iverson of Surprise, AZ, daughter-in-law Sharon Iverson of Chanhassen MN; 12 grandchildren:Rosalee (Joel) Dahlen, Roxanne Iverson, Nancy (Brad) Stockman, Rhonda (Ryan) Haugen, Brenda (Garth) Beckwith, Dan Iverson, Loralee Iverson, Todd (Michele) Iverson, Aaron (Megan) Skreland, Sara (Scott) Clark, Katey (Rob) Hoshaw, Karina Briski; 17 Great-Grandchildren: Lindsay (Andy) Paulson, Rob (Holly Samuelson) Dahlen,Rozlynn (Brad) Johnsrud, Jamie (Todd) Nohl, Jena (Cliff) Johnsrud, Ashley Iverson, Molly Stockman, Austin Stockman, Cassidy Beckwith, Mallory Iverson, Boston Iverson, Wyatt Beckwith, Maggie Iverson, Jaxen Iverson, Londyn Iverson, Austin Clark, Maren Clark; 10 Great-Great Grandchildren:Bo, Tanner & Lauren Paulson;Jordynn, Donnie & Jennings Johnsrud; Henry & Eden Nohl, Carter Lee & Cash Johnsrud.Also surviving are his sisters Edna McEnelly of Thief River Falls and Evelyn Manderud of Fergus Falls MN, as well as sister-in-law Evelyn Larson of Moorhead, and brother-in-law Archie (Donna) Olson of Blaine, MN as well as numerous nieces and nephews.



Preceding him in death are his wife Alice, son Conrad, grandson Mark Skreland, siblings, Mollie Olson, Garfield Iverson, Julia Quam, and his parents; and in-laws including:Orris Olson, Oliver McEnelly, Sena Iverson, Morris Quam, Clara (Adolph) Larson, Bennie (Myrtle) Olson, Gustav Olson, Gilman (Shirley) Olson, Hannah (Earl) Larson, and Norman Larson.



Special Music: Diane Johnson


Special Music: Jordynn Johnsrud


Selections: In The Garden, Precious Lord, Take My Hand


Congregational Hymns: Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art


Pallbearers: All of Irvin’s Grandchildren



Irvin C. Iverson, 96