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, 25 May 2015 14:50:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On the Go upcoming events Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:30 +0000 Cambridge Farmers Market

Saturdays: The Cambridge Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from May 16 through Oct. 31 at the City Center Market parking lot in Cambridge from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fifth-annual ‘We Remember’ Project

Thursday, May 21: Let’s remember those who lived and died at the Cambridge State Hospital by planting flowers and cleaning up at the State Hospital Cemetery from 4:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by the Cambridge Self-Advovacy organization. The cemetery is located west of the Isanti County Government Center in Cambridge on 18th Avenue. Bring flowers to plant and tools to help. Potluck following at Heritage Park, 1455 Fern St. S. Bring a dish to share. For more information call Maggie at 763-370-3946.

Men’s Group Meeting at Long Lake Lutheran

Thursday, May 21: A Men’s Group meeting will be held at Long Lake Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Special speaker is Carl Vogt, a retired professor from the School of Forestry at the University of Minnesota. He also owns and manages a Christmas tree farm.  All men are welcome. For more information call the church at 763-444-5315.

Maple Ridge Memorial Day Program

Saturday, May 23: The old Maple Ridge Covenant Church, located seven miles west of Braham on 41145 Holly St. NW, will hold a potluck meal at noon, followed by a Memorial Day program. Bring your own picnic dishes and silverware. Coffee and punch furnished. Come and have a good time, fellowship and remembering.

Memorial Day Services at Royalton

Sunday, May 24: The annual Memorial Day services will be held at 2  p.m. at Royalton Memorial Cemetery Chapel, northeast of Braham. There will be a speaker and musical program followed by lunch with a free-will offering. Pictures of the chapel on hand-painted plates will be for sale. Everyone is welcome. Questions, call 320-396-2610.

Memorial Day Ham Dinner at Fish Lake Lutheran

Monday, May 25: A Memorial Day Ham Dinner will be held at Fish Lake Lutheran. A cemetery service will begin at 11 a.m. at Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Ham Dinner begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $8 for adults; $4 ages 6-13; 5 and under free. Fish Lake Lutheran, 43353 Cedarcrest Trail, Harris.

Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series

Monday, May 25: 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.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, May 26: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti, 109 Second Ave. S. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

CCFA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, May 26: Members of Cambridge Center for the Arts are welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors Meeting held at 4 p.m. at the gallery, 140 Buchanan St. N., in City Center Mall. Members are given time at the end of the meeting for discussion.

Rumelva Lodge Sons of Norway

Tuesday, May 26: Rumelva Lodge Sons of Norway of Cambridge will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Isanti County Historical Society, located at the northwest corner of Isanti County Fairgrounds. Program will be Syttende Mai celebration (a few days late). This will be a potluck meal; bring a dish to share. Following the meal, they will play “Norwegian Jeopardy.” 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.

Open Artist’s Studio

Wednesday, May 27: Bring your art and supplies and work in the community of other artists during open studio hours from 9 a.m. to noon at Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N., in the City Center Mall. Set-up begins at 8:45 a.m. If using oils, bring odorless turpentine. There is no instruction and no fee, just a great artistic atmosphere.

Life Drawing

Wednesday, May 27: Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N., in the City Center Mall, gives artist’s this opportunity to draw-paint from a clothed life model. Use odorless turpentine if working in oil. There is no instruction. Snacks are welcome. Held from 1:30-4 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members.

Artists Reception

Friday, May 29: Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N., in City Center Mall, will host an artists celebration from 4-7 p.m. for their next exhibit, “The Abandoned Farms of Isanti County.” This show features local award-winning photographer, Dee Ann Sibley. Join for this interesting, historical photography display. No admission. Everyone is invited.

Race the Rum, Cambridge Day Out activities

Saturday, May 30: Race the Rum 5K/1-mile Fun Run/Walk will be held at the Isanti County Government Center in Cambridge. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m. 5K starts at 8:45 a.m.; 1-mile at 9 a.m. Awards at 9:45 a.m. in Central Green Park. Pre-registration forms for Race the Rum at Many free events will also be offered at Central Green Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (1455 Fern St. S., Cambridge). Join for kids games, bounce house, family boot camp, face painting, dunk tank, candy scramble, entertainment, business-organizational booths and more. The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department will provide lunch (free-will donation).

Edward Jones
Coffee Club

Tuesday, June 2: All are welcome to join the next Edward Jones Coffee Club hosted by Matt Larson at 10 a.m. at the Senior Enrichment Center, 140 Buchanan St., City Center Mall, Cambridge. Discussing current events, the economy and investing, in a relaxed, informal setting. Coffee and pastries provided. RSVP by calling 763-689-8552 by June 1.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, June 4: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 305 N. Fern St., Cambridge. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

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Laura E. Eaves Thu, 21 May 2015 22:10:43 +0000 Laura   E.  Eaves

Laura Eaves of North Branch, MN died Monday, May 18, 2015 at Provident Home Healthcare, Falcon Heights, MN at age 57.
Laura was born September 27, 1957 in Omaha, NE to Donald and Lois Eaves. She attended grammar school in Bellevue, NE, Cambridge, MN and Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Arcadia High School in Phoenix with high honors and received a scholarship to Brigham Young University where she graduated magna cum laude in mathematics in 1981 in spite of having missed a tri-semester because of a serious injury. In 1984, she finished a master's degree in computer-science at University of Arizona, Tucson.
That same year she accepted employment at AT&T-Bell Labs at Murray Hill, NJ, where she was employed for 12 years, until her health deteriorated to where she could no longer work. She worked in research and development and was awarded for being one of the developers of the well-known C++ computer language, which was one of the projects she was assigned during her tenure there.
Since the time of her disability, she has lived in Charlotte, NC and North Branch, MN, doing volunteer work to help instruct other blind programmers.
Though blind, profoundly deaf without aids and unable to walk because of the numerous bone breakages and spontaneous hematomas, Laura has enjoyed many varied interests. Her knowledge extended far beyond her academic training as she was an avid reader – from talking books for the blind. She also enjoyed many kinds of needlework – with intricate patterns that she couldn't see but designed by counting stitches.
Laura was born with a very rare form of osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle-bone disease) which gradually took her vision from spontaneous ruptures of her eyes. She was legally blind at age 8. And that deteriorated as an adult to a slight recognition of light and darkness. However, with every set-back in health, she would acquire new horizons to compensate for what was lost.
Laura would always admonish her family if they ever mentioned her handicaps. As far as she was concerned, there was no such thing. We are so thankful that she has been a part of our family during her 57 years, since the prognosis was only to live just past infancy.
She was preceded in death by her father, Don Eaves.
Surviving are her mother, Lois Eaves; brothers Donald Jr. (Shelley) Eaves of Mint Hill, NC and Eric Eaves of Manassas, VA. Also, niece and nephews, Sandra (Daniel) Siepert, David (Ida) Eaves and Donald III (Courtney) Eaves; grand nephew, Benjamin Siepert; grand nieces, Miriam Siepert and Tapanga Eaves.
Funeral service 1 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, North Branch. Interment will be in the Dalstorp Cemetery in Fish Lake Township. Online condolences at Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

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Michael T. Ranger Thu, 21 May 2015 22:10:03 +0000 Michael T. Ranger, age 70, of Aitkin, passed away May 18, 2015. Arrangements by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge, (763)689-2244.

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Laverne E. Ries Wed, 20 May 2015 18:16:10 +0000 Laverne   E.  Ries


Laverne Ries (Bergman) passed peacefully and quietly at her home.
She was the first of three sisters raised through high school in Cambridge, Minn. after her mother was widowed when Laverne was just five. Moving to Minneapolis, Laverne began her lifetime career in accounting for several companies, keeping "everything to the penny."
At age 25 Laverne met her husband, John, at a dance. He called on her and "seemed pretty nice" so they were married and started their life together. This included their involvement with family, dogs, cats, bridge, raising chinchillas and, later, moving to a hobby farm with cattle and hogs when John retired. Laverne's life revolved around family, home, gardening, sewing and was an outstanding baker and cook. Laverne was strong in her faith and volunteered in the altar guild. She traveled extensively with her sisters to many foreign, exotic places and was impressed with the unlimited food options when on a cruise.
Her lavish attention and generosity for family was evident during birthday and holiday celebrations. It gave her great pleasure to shop ahead for that special thoughtful gift or card.
She is survived by her sister, brother-in-law, a niece and two nephews, nine great nieces and nephews and a great-great nephew.
A celebration of Life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m., 507 W. Powell Gresham, OR.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Veidel / Tezanos-Pinto Wed, 20 May 2015 11:09:21 +0000 Veidel / Tezanos-Pinto

Dana Veidel and Stephen Tezanos-Pinto are excited to announce their engagement.
Dana is a 2007 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a double major in Management Communications and Health Communications in 2011. In June she will graduate from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota with a Master's degree in Management. She is currently employed with Traveler's Insurance in St. Paul as an Account Executive.
Stephen graduated as valedictorian from Mooseheart in 2007. He played Division 1 football at Sacramento State University and in 2011 graduated with honors with a major in Economics and a minor in Business Marketing. He is currently working as an Account Executive for Traveler's Insurance in Sacramento, CA.
A fall wedding is planned in Jordan, MN and the couple will reside in Sacramento.

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Victor Wayne Buisman Tue, 19 May 2015 18:17:10 +0000 Victor   Wayne  Buisman

Victor Wayne Buisman passed away on May 16, 2015. He had been battling two forms of cancer for several years.
He was born to Victor Buisman and Helen Marie Johnson on March 18, 1941, on their family farm near York, North Dakota. He and his family moved to Cando, North Dakota, where he spent his youth and graduated from high school. After high school, he served in the United States Navy. Following his military service, he attended the University of North Dakota where he earned the first of several degrees he earned throughout his life. He then began his thirty year career with the federal government where he worked as a safety and health professional, primarily in the area of nuclear energy. He was a licensed professional in several fields associated with safety and environmental engineering. Throughout the course of his career, he earned degrees from Central Missouri State University and the University of Idaho.
After retiring from the U.S. Department of Energy, he returned to his family's home in Harris, Minnesota. During this period of his life, he worked as an occupational safety instructor at the University of North Dakota and as a safety professional for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He later served the community of Harris as a city councilman for eight years.
Wayne traveled extensively throughout his life, but had a particular love for his ancestral homelands of Sweden and the Netherlands. During his travels to Scandinavia he extensively researched the genealogy of his ancestors, with whom he always felt a special connection. In order to honor his ancestors who immigrated from Europe to Minnesota and Wisconsin, he would often bury stones from their birthplaces at their final resting places.
Wayne loved music, particularly Elvis Presley and the iconic Swedish band ABBA. He attended the yearly festivities of Elvis Week in Memphis many times over the years, but it was ABBA that held a special place in his heart. He built a museum on his property to display the vast amount of ABBA memorabilia he had acquired over the years. His fandom took center stage when he was featured on a television program called "FanClub" on VH-1 which made him a celebrity in the ABBA community.
He owned two vintage cars which his grandson named Kurty and Fernando. These cars were featured in parades and car shows throughout the midwest.
Above all, Wayne loved his family and friends. His children and grandchildren were truly the loves of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Donald, Roland, and Gerald.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Allen and Julie, Don and Shandi and Nicholas and Veronica; grandchildren Owen, Annika and Gavin; half-sisters Betty and Dorothy; and many nieces and nephews whom he cared for deeply.
Funeral service 12 p.m. (noon) Friday, May 22, 2015 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in North Branch, Minnesota with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment at Sunrise Cemetery in Sunrise, Minnesota. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch, Minnesota. Condolences may be left online at

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Hagfors / Abel Mon, 18 May 2015 18:25:46 +0000

Image-18075Michael Hagfors and Brittany Abel are excited to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Michael is son of Carol Hagfors of Braham, MN, and Ted Hagfors of Braham, MN.
Brittany is daughter of Steve and Lorri Abel of Braham, MN.

Michael is a 2006 Braham High School graduate, and works for Motek in Cambridge, MN.
Brittany is a 2011 Braham High School graduate, has an Associate Degree in Business, and works for Braham Area Schools.

An August 2015 wedding is planned. The couple reside in Braham, MN

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David H. Andersen Mon, 18 May 2015 18:25:29 +0000 David    H.  Andersen

David H. Andersen, age 64, of Isanti died peacefully at his home in Motley, MN on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
David Henry Andersen was born April 29, 1951 in Robbinsdale to parents, Henry and Blanche (Gaare) Andersen. David graduated from Spring Lake Park High School in 1971. He was a cement mason and in later years became a dealer for Central Boiler Outdoor Wood Furnaces known as Classic Sales, which he took great pride in.
He was preceded in death by both parents and a sister, Jean Camp.
David is survived by sons, Dallas (Anne), Erik (fiance;, Jennifer); daughter, Elizabeth; grandchildren, Dustin, Alexis, Atalia; great-grandchild, Danielle; sisters, Arlette (Ron) Wagner, Betty Hagen, Mona (Roy) Westlund, Joyce (Wally) Tharp, Rae-Ann Andersen, Arlynn Cook; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Rev. Eric Bergdorf officiating. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service.

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Dwaine Oliver Johnson Mon, 18 May 2015 18:24:07 +0000 Dwaine   Oliver  Johnson

Dwaine Johnson, age 82, of Stanchfield, Minn., passed away peacefully on May 15, 2015 at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge, Minn.
Dwaine was born July 23, 1932 in Falun, Wis. to Lester and Elvera Johnson. He was raised in the Cambridge area and was the second of three siblings. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force. On August 10, 1957, he married the love of his life, Betty Lou Waidelich. Dwaine and Betty started their family in St. Paul and in 1961 moved to Stanchfield and raised their three sons in the home where they still currently reside. He worked as a union construction laborer until he retired at the age of 61.
Dwaine's passions were his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, and helping others. Dwaine was known for always being on the go and had a wonderful sense of humor.
He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Robert Southerland; and brother Donald.
He is survived by his wife Betty; children, Steve (Carlyn), Mike (Jennifer), and Jeff (Rita); grandchildren Brant (Tammi), Bryce (Amanda), Kim (Ryan), Derek (Maggi), Becky, Ryan, and Barry (Jenna); seven great-grandchildren; sister Beverly (Dave) Mattson; half-brother Robert (Pam) Southerland; and many other family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Braham Community Center with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. Condolences may be posted at

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Kenneth “Frenchie” J. OClaire Fri, 15 May 2015 18:17:08 +0000 Kenneth

The memorial service for Kenneth "Frenchie" OClaire of Bertha, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Domian-Anderson Chapel in Bertha. Visitation Saturday at the Chapel in Bertha from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Ken passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, MN. He was 79 years old.
Ken "Frenchie" was born to George and Antoinette (Payment) OClaire on April 11, 1936, in Effie, MN. He met Velma Ritchie and they were married on February 28, 1958. They raised a family of seven children. He and Velma parted ways. He then met Sonja Schaeffer and they were united in marriage on June 6, 1986, at the Little Brown Church of Iowa. They made their home in Bertha, MN. Frenchie worked as a manufacturing brakeman.
His leisure hours were spent outdoors where he fished, camped, golfed and rode his motorcycle. Frenchie loved having his family around him and found joy in helping others whenever he could!
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, George and Antoinette; stepmother, Emma OClaire; son, Mark OClaire; great-grandchild, Alivia Anntonette Hasser and sister, Cecil Cutcliffe.
He is survived by his wife, Sonja; son, Andrew OClaire of Stanchfield; daughters, Anntonette (Henry) Hasser of Isanti, Kimberly (Duane) Reichel of Park Rapids, Dawn (Bill) Johnson of Mora, Stacy (Darold) Lindman of Luck, WI, and LuRinda (Steve) Johnson of Green Bay, WI; step-sons, Steven Schaeffer of Buffalo, Jeffrey Schaeffer of Montevideo and Michael Schaeffer of Bertha; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Laurel (Eva) of Grand Rapids; along with many nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Frenchies grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Homes Domian-Anderson Chapel in Bertha, MN.

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