The Isanti County News » Announcements The Isanti County News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and Braham, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:10:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lois Swanson Kjos Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:06:28 +0000 Lois   Swanson  Kjos

Loving Wife and Mother

Lois Kjos was born October 30, 1934 at the St. Andrews Hospital in Minneapolis, MN to Roy and Inez Hempel. She grew up in South Minneapolis at 3901 23rd Avenue South and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952.
She married Raymond Harry Swanson known as Bud or Buddy to his family and friends on February 21, 1953 at Olivet Free Lutheran Church. Bud had joined the Air Force right out of high school and he and Lois went to Air Force bases in Colorado and Riverside, CA where they started their family. After the military, they purchased a home in Richfield and both worked various jobs trying to make ends meet. Unfortunately, their marriage came to an end in 1965 and Lois went to work at Eaton Corp in Eden Prairie. At Eaton, Lois met Marvin Lowell Kjos and the couple were married in 1972. Lois also worked many years at Life Touch School Photo Company.
Shortly, after their marriage, Lois and Marvin bought two lots on North Goose Lake where a few of there Eaton Corp friends had lake homes. At first they built a double garage that served as their cabin and as they anticipated retirement, they built a home with an attached garage so Marvin could have a wood shop. Completed in 1989, they sold their home in Richfield and moved to the lake and carpooled to work for eight additional years – about 72 miles one way!
They became active members of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush Point taking on several positions of responsibility. Lois sang in the choir, was very active in the women's group and in the kitchen, especially those church suppers! Marvin was a great help as an usher and on the property committee. He is a very good coffee maker and now teaches the young people how to make baptismal quilts.
Marvin and Lois loved to square dance, belonged to several groups and attended Square Dance conventions all over the country. They taught many to square dance and many of those remain their very good friends. Lois loved to research family history and kept the family genealogy records updated. With a large family, Lois and Marvin hosted many family get-togethers with lots of food and fun at the lake; fishing, swimming and boating! Their time was divided between Marvin's daughters in the cities and his family living "up north"; they would go back and forth visiting especially as the kids married and had children. Lois' kids moved all over the country and now all but Debbie have settled in Texas with grandkids in several states.
A huge change in their life came when Lois contracted Encephalitis on December 22, 2005 right before Christmas. She was in the hospital for over a month and then at Sister Kenny for 3 weeks of therapy. She had to learn to talk and walk all over again. Slowly she was able to do some things for herself but through the years it became very difficult for Marvin to continue caring for her at home. He turned to the GracePointe Crossing-Gables West Nursing Home in Cambridge and in 2010 she became a full time resident. Marvin continued to visit her almost every day and in fact he became one of their most active volunteers; teaching residents to crow hook (a form of crocheting) and to quilt. He faithfully brought Lois to bingo who became the "bingo queen" because of her winnings. Lois passed peacefully April 20, 2015 at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge, MN at the age of 80 years.
She leaves behind her loving husband Marvin; sons Len Swanson, Randy (Kathy) Swanson all of TX; daughters Debbie (Duane) Setering of West St. Paul, Judy Swanson, Sandra (Tom) Dial all of TX, Beth (Jeff) Anderson of Fargo, ND, Judy (Kevin) Merkens of Hawley, Karen (Mark) Goldberg of Eagan and Cheryl (Rob) Hunter of Burnsville; grandchildren Kirsten Swanson, Alexandria Swanson, Brandon (Angela) Setering, Michael Setering, Lex (Zoe) Frost, Molloy (Jessica) Dial, Travis Dial and Sarah Dial; Cecelia Olvera, Adrian Olvera, Shawn (Katie) McPherson, Tyrone (Kayla) Merkens, Bryce (Holly) Merkens, Jenna Merkens, Sierra Malm, Jacob Malm, Alexandra Joyce and Joshua Hunter; great-grandchildren, Curren LeCuyer, Isabella Setering, Xander Frost, Jackson, Shelby, Maverick Dial and Tyce Dial, Braden Sipe, Olivia McPherson, Keanna Merkens, Jayce Merkens, Charley Merkens, Sophia Malm, sister Grace (Jim) Kindvall of Brainerd; sister-in-laws, Shirley Rea of Bloomington, Marilyn Day of CA, Linda (Wayne) Pudwill of Detroit Lakes; other relatives and many friends.
Preceding Lois in death are her parents Roy and Inez (Olson) Hempel, an infant brother and bother-in-law Earl Kjos.
Rev. Keith Kolzow officiated funeral services; 11 a.m. Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush Point. Music was provided by Marian Eklund and Jan Johnson. Casket bearers included Molloy Dial, Lex Frost, Jacob Malm, Shawn McPherson, Bryce Merkens and Michael Setering with the interment in the Calvary Lutheran Northview cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City ~ Olson Chapel.

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Johnson / Heinen Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:17:34 +0000 Johnson / Heinen

Joshua Scott Johnson and Jessica Marie Heinen of Eagan, MN are engaged to be married May 16th at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer, MN.
Joshua is the son of Barb and Scott Johnson of Stanchfield, MN. He is a 2007 graduate of Braham Area High School and a 2011 graduate of St. Johns University with degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Joshua is employed by Ecolab in St. Paul as an Associate Regulatory Specialist.
Jessica is the daughter of Barb Heinen and the late Larry Heinen of Spicer, MN. She is a 2005 graduate of New London-Spicer High School and a 2009 graduate of Hamline University with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. Jessica is employed by Ecolab in St. Paul as a Senior Financial Analyst.

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Barbara Feterl Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:06:47 +0000 Barbara   Feterl

Barbara Ellen Feterl, 60, died in the loving presence of her sister on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Riverstone Hospice House, Billings, MT, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born November 9, 1954 in Cambridge, MN to Lucille and Lando Kutzke. She attended Cambridge-Isanti High School, The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and Brown Technical Institute (now Brown College) in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoyed being an elementary school teacher, community education instructor and a computer programmer.
Barb was a very creative person who liked to quilt, knit, weave, design and write poetry. She was proud of an award winning quilt she made for a Minnesota Fabrics competition in 1993. She loved to do handwork of any type. She also enjoyed playing the piano and organ, cooking, reading and journaling. Barb was active as a church organist at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge, MN and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Iroquois, S.D. She loved cats and was a stamp collector. Her family, including her aunt, Edna Brick, was very important to her.
Barbara married David Feterl on August 16, 1986. They lived in Eagan, MN and Iroquois, South Dakota. They were married for 25 years before Dave's sudden death in January 2012.
Barb is survived by her parents, Lando and Lucille Kutzke of St. Cloud, MN; her siblings Carol (Larry) Gregersen of Cortez, CO, Connie (Steve) Dilts of Billings, MT, Daniel (Kim) Kutzke of Rochester, MN and Michael (Jennifer) Kutzke of Andover, MN; and her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Feterl.
Vigil service was at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 at St. Pius Catholic Church, Billings, MT. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge, MN.
Memorial contributions can be made to Riverstone Health Hospice or Angela's Piazza, both in Billings, MT.

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Merton K. Hedin Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:23:20 +0000 Merton   K.  Hedin

Merton Hedin, age 85, of Isanti died April 19, 2015 at Ecumen of North Branch.
Merton Kenneth Manfred Hedin was born October 7, 1929 in Oxford Township, Isanti County, Minnesota to Fred and Anna (Koecher) Hedin. He grew up and attended school in the Oxford area. On April 23, 1949 Merton was united in marriage to Beverly Lindell. They made their home in Athen's township. Merton worked at Ford Motor Company for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and visiting with family and friends. He was a long time active member of the Isanti Lions Club. He will be missed dearly.
Merton is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Cheryl (Randy) Cornell of Isanti; son, Daryl Hedin of Cambridge; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Rod) Muehlbauer, Tracy (Corey) Clapp, Angela (Jesse) Rundquist, and Kelly (Don) Benson; 10 great-grandchildren, Alex, Emily, Brent, Ethan, Ellie, Hailey, Greta, Katie, Tony and Alisha and by many other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Anita Nelson.
Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25th at Country Roads Church in Stacy with Rev. Gary Bawden officiating. Visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment Fridsborg Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

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On the Go event listing Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:30:19 +0000 Intro to Standup Paddleboarding, Kayaking

Thursday, April 23: Intro to Standup Paddleboarding and Kayaking will be offered through Cambridge-Isanti Community Education and taught by K.C. Bohn and Dan Johnson. Class is for grades 7 through adult, and will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at Cambridge-Isanti High School Pool. Cost is $15. Call 763-689-6189 or online at to register. Kayaks and paddleboards will be provided.

“The Next Show” art exhibit opens

Friday, April 24: “The Next Show” art exhibit opens with an Artists Reception from 4-7 p.m. at Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St., in City Center Mall. Local artists featured are: Gavriella Aguilar, Martin Gilchrist and Carl Orlund. This exhibit includes photography and art. This event is open to the public and there is no charge.

80s Dance Party at Braham Event Center

Friday, April 24: The Braham Area Chamber of Commerce presents an 80s Dance Party from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Braham Event Center. KBEK’s Rocky Lyn will broadcast live from the event. Tickets are $15 per person in advance; $20 at the door. Proceeds go to Braham Event Center Dance Floor Fund. For tickets email or call 844-200-5235 Option 5. Taco Bar, Silent Auction, Cash Bar, Door Prizes and 80s Dress Encouraged.

Braham Garage Sale Day

Saturday, April 25: The Braham Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor City Wide Garage Sales the weekend of April 25. Maps available on April 23 at Frandsen Bank & Trust, FIT, Kline Oil, Braham Country Floral, Braham Hardware Hank, Home Town Liquor, and Hometown Express Foods.

Spring Craft Sale at City Center Mall

Saturday, April 25: A Spring Craft Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cambridge City Center Mall. Garden items, doll clothes, jewelry, antiques, homemade dog beds, American doll clothes, Jamberry Nail, Avon, Bottle art, Norwex and more. SAC’s will be serving baked goods and lunch.

Gerdin’s Cemetery Association Spring Meeting

Saturday, April 25: Gerdin’s Cemetery Association Spring Meeting will be held at the Creamery Crossing in Isanti, in the Lodge Room. 1 p.m. is lunch, with a 1:45 p.m. meeting. They need new members. Questions, call Barbara Ann Erickson at 763-444-4762.

Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

Sunday, April 26: A Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica HSC Academy, 315 Fern St. N., Cambridge (Christ the King Parish Hall). All are welcome.

Spring Concert at Cambridge Lutheran

Sunday, April 26: A Spring Concert presented by the PrimeTime Singers, EC3HO Children’s Choir and the Celestial Hand Bells is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old N. Main St., Cambridge. Free-will offering.

Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series

Monday, April 27: The Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series (A.C.T.S.) “Breaking the Bonds of Addiction” meets every Monday from 7-8 p.m. at the Cambridge Family Pathways Conference Room, 1575 East First Ave., Cambridge. All welcome. For more information call Eric at 763-744-7609.

Breakfast at Mill Ridge Terrace

Tuesday, April 28: Join your friends for breakfast at Mill Ridge Terrace, 235 Fern St. N. in Cambridge, on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Good food, friendly service and great prices. Complimentary coffee. For more information call 763-689-1474.

CCFA Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 28: Cambridge Center For the Arts Board Meeting is open to members only who wish to keep up to date on their organization. Starts promptly at 4 p.m. Member question-answer time is set at the conclusion of the meeting.

Rumelva Lodge, Sons of Norway Meeting

Tuesday, April 28: Rumelva Lodge, Sons of Norway in Cambridge will meet at 7 p.m. at the Isanti County Historical Society, located at the northwest corner of the Isanti County Fairgrounds. The program for the evening will be “The Life and Culture of the Sami People.” (People inhabiting the Arctic Circle area of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia). Men, women and school-age children are invited. One need not be Norwegian to attend or join. Coffee and refreshments served. For information contact Kathy at 763-689-3401 or Ann at 763-389-4908.

Blood Drive at Isanti Community Center

Thursday, April 30: A blood drive benefitting Memorial Blood Centers will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Isanti Community Center, 121 Norelius St. While walk-in donors are welcome, they encourage appointments to be made in advance by visiting For more information, call 1-888-448-3253 or visit

Edward Jones Coffee Club

Tuesday, May 5: All are welcome to join for the Edward Jones Coffee Club hosted by Matt Larson at 10 a.m. at the Senior Enrichment Center, 140 Buchanan St. N., Cambridge, inside City Center Mall. Discussing current events, the economy and investing, in a relaxed, informal setting. Coffee and pastries provided. RSVP by calling 763-689-8552 by May 4.

Long Lake Lutheran Garage Sale

Thursday, May 7: Long Lake Lutheran Church in Isanti (Highway 47 and 277th Avenue) will host a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free-will offering on clothing, men’s items, small furniture and miscellaneous items. Collectibles will be marked and sold as marked. Proceeds going to kitchen fund.

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Marvin W. E. Asmund Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:09:42 +0000 Marvin   W. E.   Asmund

Marvin Wesley Eli Asmund, 85, of Cambridge, formerly of Iron, MN died of cancer on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at his home.
He was born July 2, 1929 to Eli and Esther (Kauppi) Asmund in Deer Creek Township, Ottertail County, Minnesota. Marvin was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Dalbo and formerly a member of Trinity Lutheran in Virginia, MN.
Marvin served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, was stationed in Alaska and was honorably discharged as a Corporal in March 1953. After his discharge, he moved to the Iron Range and worked at the Min-Tac Mine as a heavy equipment mechanic for 23 years. After he retired from the mines, he worked part time at rest areas near Cotton, MN.
He was married to Harriet Strom in 1960 and she passed away in 1984. In 2002 he married Lucille Monson and moved to Cambridge, MN. They spent their winter months in Mission, Texas and the summer months camping on northern Minnesota lakes and being with their children and grandchildren.
Marvin enjoyed the hobby of owning antique tractors and going to tractor and threshing shows. He was a member of the Cambridge American Legion Post #290.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Eunice Rantola, and brother Wallaca Asmund.
Marvin is survived by his wife Lucille "Lucy"; daughters Stacy Asmund and Cheri Wiltse of Shakopee, Kathy Anderson of Virginia, MN, Patty (Stan) Daniels of Hibbing; sons Milo (Laura) Strom of Virginia, MN, Michael (Cindy) Strom of Rapid City, S.D., Jim Novak of Iron, MN, Darcie Novak of Hibbing; Lucille's sons Scott Monson of Cambridge, Ronald (Cindy) Monson of Dalbo, Jeffrey (Cheri) Monson of Isanti; 17 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Myrna (Erwin) Paavola of New York Mills, Avis (Waldo) Leistico of Anoka, as well as many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Salem Lutheran Church of Dalbo. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be 1 p.m., Monday, May 11, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia, MN. Arrangements by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home of Cambridge. Online condolences at

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Ruth M. Johnson Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:06:11 +0000 Ruth M. Johnson, age 88, of North Branch, formerly of Cambridge, passed away April 16, 2015. Arrangements by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge, (763)689-2244.

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Suzanne Lynn Arendts Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:06:41 +0000 Suzanne   Lynn  Arendts

Suzanne Lynn (Wilson) Arendts of Isanti, MN passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the age of 59 from lung cancer.
She was born in Minneapolis on September 4, 1955 to Francis and Angeline (Carlson) Wilson and raised in Ham Lake, MN.
She is survived by her two sons, Luke Arendts and Andrew Arendts; three grandchildren, Ashtyn, Genevieve and Lily; two brothers Gary (Gail) Wilson and Ron Wilson; sisters Diane (Mike) Clyne and Sherri (Scott) Flannigan, nine nieces and nephews, and 12 great nieces and nephews.
Private Interment.

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Thomas G. Prigge Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:06:05 +0000 Thomas   G.  Prigge

Thomas G. Prigge, 50, of Cambridge, MN, formerly of Bemidji, passed away on April 12, 2015 at his home in Cambridge.
Tom was born in Rochester, MN to Kenneth and Dorothy Prigge on July 28, 1964. He went to school in Owatonna, MN and then Bemidji, MN. Tom graduated from Bemidji High School in 1982.
He worked hard from a very early age. He worked in the restaurant business with Perkin's, Hardee's and Burger King and became a manager, which eventually brought him to Arizona. Later, he came back to Bemidji and began a career with Henry's Foods (or the "Treat Job" as Hannah called it then). He met Karen Gutterud at the Henry's Food Show in September of 1994. They were engaged in December and married the following year.
Tom and Karen had two daughters, Hannah and Haley. Tom was very proud of his girls and even though he wanted to teach them to work for whatever they wanted, he loved bringing things home that he thought they would like. Tom loved camping and boating with Karen and the girls and had a different camper or water craft every year.
Tom began his career in car sales at Bob Lowth Ford, Bemidji in 1999. He found that he enjoyed his job so much that he even spent his days off at work.
Tom left Bemidji with his family in 2006 to work with his friend, Jeff Hayford in Cambridge. He was a salesman at Hayford Ford and then at John Hirsch Cambridge Motors until he became a manager at Hayford Ford. Tom worked with Jeff until November of 2014.
Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents Gerhard and Stella Kvamme, Hugo and Lean Prigge; his uncles Larry Prigge, David Miller and Don Prigge and his aunt Phyllis Greseth.
He leaves behind his wife, Karen; daughters Hannah and Haley of Cambridge; his parents Kenneth and Dorothy Prigge; brother Jim Prigge of Bemidji; sister Ellen (Duane) Sheehan of Kenai, AK; his in-laws Lyle and Cathy Gutterud of Lengby, MN, David (Gina) Gutterud of Stillwater, Diane (Mike) Sundrud, Kristi (Jeremy) Mienert, Dan (Nikki) of Fosston; several nieces and nephews Amber (Alex) Sweeney, Ashley(Ben) Slater, Ostan Sundrud, Kendra Sundrud, Chelsey Mienert, Tristan Mienert, Anjali Gutterud, Jacob Gutterud, Aaron Gutterud, Reid Gutterud and Shane Gutterud as well as four great nieces Paige, Ellyson, Katia and Gwyneth and one great nephew, Gavin; many aunts, uncles, and cousins who he adored, as well as his 'adopted' Cambridge family Loren, Deb, Justin, Grant, Maddie and Nate Larson. Tom also leaves behind many co-workers, customers and friends who he grew very close to and considered his family.
A memorial service was held April 17, 2015 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. Online condolences at Arrangements: Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

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Hazel Marie Liden Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:07:24 +0000 Hazel   Marie  Liden

Hazel Marie Liden, 94, of Brooklyn Center, formerly of Cambridge, passed away on Feb. 27, 2015 in Brooklyn Center.
She was born on Dec. 20, 1920 in Havelock, North Dakota to Thomas and Mabel (Hovland) Doe.
Hazel is survived by her children Douglas and wife Jean Liden of Rosemount, Vivian Liden of Minneapolis, Cindy and husband David Zachmeier of Brooklyn Center, Darrell and wife Madonna Liden of Mesa, AZ, LaVonne Liden of Dallas, TX, Marlys Liden of Eden Prairie; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters Lila Johnson of Spring Lake Park, Lois Kunze of Bowman, N.D., Lorraine Rafferty of Hettinger, N.D.; brother Earl Doe of New England, N.D., as well as numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Cambridge Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Online condolences at Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

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