Commissioner Southerland battles lung cancer

Larry Southerland
Larry Southerland

The following article was provided by Isanti County officials:

Isanti County District 2 Commissioner Larry Southerland sent a letter to the Isanti County Board Feb. 5 describing his most recent challenge.

Southerland has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will be immediately getting treatment at Abbott Northwestern Hospitals. The condition was discovered after he was admitted to Memorial Hospital on Sunday.

Testing and preliminary treatments necessitated his missing the Feb. 5 board meeting.

“When something like this happens it’s not good, but that’s what the doctors do every day so we’re going to work together to figure this out,” Southerland said. “I’ll be back at the board meetings before you know it.”

Southerland continues a distinguished career of public service to Isanti County that began as a deputy sheriff more than 40 years ago.  He is in his fourth term on the Isanti County Board.