The Isanti County News 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, 22 Sep 2014 18:02:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thomas Alan Pratt Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:22:20 +0000 ThomasAlan Pratt , age 64, of Cambridge , passed away Sept. 20, 2014. Arrangements by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (763)689-2244.

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Carl Hilding Peterson Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:04 +0000 CarlHilding Peterson, age 85, of Braham, passed away Sept. 20, 2014. Arrangements by Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham, (320)396-2121.

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Caroline Katherine (Olson) Peterson Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:27:39 +0000 Caroline  Katherine (Olson) Peterson

Caroline K. Peterson of Cambridge, formerly of Braham, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Gracepointe Crossing West Gables in Cambridge, MN. She was 89 years old.
Caroline was born on September 20, 1924, the daughter of Ador and Regina (Lodien) Olson. She grew up and attended country schools in various communities in the Isanti vicinity (Blomford, Bodum and finally Isanti itself). There was also a short time spent in Big Fork, MN. She was baptized at the North Isanti Baptist Church. The Lodien and Olson family heritage included many of the original members of the Swedish Baptist communities in the Isanti area. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1942. After graduation she held various clerical jobs including the WWII Isanti County Rationing Office, an insurance agency in Minneapolis and the Isanti bank. On June 19, 1953 she married Kenneth Peterson and they resided in Braham where she spent many years as a homemaker raising her four children. In later years she worked in the Braham School District cafeteria until her retirement. She was long time active member of the Stanchfield Baptist Church serving as church treasurer, choir member and deaconess among other roles. She was a founding and active member of Industries, Inc. and active in the Pine-Kanabec ARC. Following her husbands death in 2004 she moved to Ashland Place in Cambridge where she resided for a number of years before moving to Gracepointe Crossings.
Caroline is preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth; brothers, Myron, Bennett and Fillmore; sister, Eileen Wicklund; and great granddaughter Erica Peterson.
She is survived by her sons, Daryl of Robbinsdale, Duane (Susan) of Minneapolis and Bruce (Lori) of Norwood, MA; daughter, Beth Peterson of Cambridge; grandchildren, Cassandra (Matthew) Hanudel, Eric (Amy) Peterson, Kirstin (Mark) Sullivan, Jacob (Tomoe) Peterson, Lewis Peterson and Sally Peterson; great grandchildren, Madelyn Peterson, Nathaniel Peterson and Audrey Hanudel; sisters-in-law, Adelle Olson, Phyllis Olson, Betty Peterson, Lois Peterson and Helen Anderson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was a loving wife and mother to her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her faith in God and devotion to her family, church and many friends. Even in the last days when memory failed, her unassuming patient, kind and gentle manner shone through.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Bruce Peterson and Rev. Tim Walker officiating. A memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: the Stanchfield Baptist Church (38850 Stanchfield Rd. NE, Stanchfield, MN 55080); Industries Inc. (500 Walnut St., Mora, MN 55051) or Be Not Afraid ( Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. Condolences may be posted at

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Crandall / Cuda Engagement Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:21:33 +0000 Crandall / Cuda Engagement

Desiree and Anthony Cuda, along with Laurie and Rick Mingo and the late David Crandall are excited to announce the engagement of their children, Donna Joanne Crandall and Bret Michael Cuda.
Both are 2011 graduates of Braham High School. Donna is attending UM Duluth for Registered Nursing and will graduate in the spring of 2015. Bret is attending UM Duluth for Mechanical Engineering and will graduate winter of 2015.
An August 2015 wedding is planned.

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Russell L. Clemensen, Jr. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:25:50 +0000 RussellL. Clemensen, Jr., age 37, of Henriette, formerly of Isanti, passed away Sept. 13, 2014. Arrangements by Strike Funeral Homes – Cambridge Chapel , (763)689-2070.

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Emma DeJoode Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:23:17 +0000 Emma DeJoode, age 86, of Cambridge, passed away Sept. 7,2014. Arrangements by Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel, (763)689-2070.

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Norma Jeanette Hjeltman Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:24:20 +0000 Norma  Jeanette Hjeltman

Norma Jeanette Hjeltman, age 99, died on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at GracePointe Crossing East in Cambridge, MN.
She was born on June 18, 1915 to Emil and Hannah (Falk) Okerstrom in Cambridge, MN. Norma attended Blomford country school and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1933. She married Rudolph Hjeltman on May 14, 1938. Norma was a member of the North Isanti Baptist Church where she served on various boards and was very active in the Womens Outreach services. She retired at the age of 65 from the State School and Hospital which she was one of the cooks in food service. After retiring she did a lot of traveling. She toured Europe and spent a couple months each year with her sister and husband in Hawaii. She also loved to fish which she did a lot of with husband Rudy and also good friend Doris Eastlund. When both widowed they did some traveling to Europe and also out west. She resided in Pine Village a few years before moving to Ashland Place Apartments. Later years, she resided at North Ridge Health Care from 2001 until November 2013 when she became quite ill and moved to GracePointe Crossing East.
Norma is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Hannah Okerstrom, husband Rudolph Hjeltman, sisters LuVerne Hjeltman-Peterson and Lenore Sundberg, as well as all of her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
She is survived by her son Douglas (Joyce) of Cambridge; daughter Kathryn; sister Gladys Kaltenhauser of Lindstrom, MN; grandsons Bruce (Amy) of Anchorage, AK and Dean (friend Jenny) of Anchorage, AK; granddaughter Tina Hjeltman of Cambridge; great-grandchildren Trevor (Heidi) Hjeltman of Cambridge, Kristi Hjeltman of St. Paul, Justin Rud of Anchorage, AK, Britta and Daniel Rud of Cambridge, along with many nephews, nieces, and great nephew and great nieces. She had a good long life and will be missed by all.
Services will be held at North Isanti Baptist Church on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. A visitation will take place one hour prior to services. Interment will be at North Isanti Baptist Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

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Jane Marie (Yerigan) Hischer Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:11:02 +0000 Jane  Marie (Yerigan) Hischer

Jane Marie (Yerigan) Hischer was born November 21, 1946 in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin to George Yerigan and Myrtle (Myers) Yerigan.
Surrounded by her family she passed into the arms of Jesus on September 15, 2014 after a four month courageous battle with gall bladder cancer.
Jane was a fabulous wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Jane will be missed by all who were blessed to know her and remembered for her beauty inside and out.
Jane grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1964. Following graduation, Jane met and married Arnold Hischer on April 22, 1967. Jane retired from Medtronic in 2008, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Jane loved the Lord, every moment she could spend with her family, shopping with her granddaughters, attending grandchildrens sporting events, traveling with her husband and siblings, her flower gardens, rides in their Mustang and baking the best brownies and chocolate chip cookies.
Jane is survived by her husband, Arnold Hischer; daughter, Jody and her husband Troy Doble; son, Troy and his wife Jennifer Hischer; grandchildren, Morgan, Seble, Shelby, Corbin, Araya and Syfah Doble, Mason and Madison Hischer, Katie and Abby College; siblings, Dean and Mary Lou Yerigan, Ruth Ford, Ray and Carol Yerigan, Kathleen Yerigan; sister-in-law, Gloria Yerigan as well as many special nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Byron and sister-in-law, Charlotte Yerigan; sister, Donna Reineccius; and brother-in-law, Bob Ford.
Memorial service held 11 a.m. on Monday, September 22, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge with Rev. Earl Lassen and Rev. Bob Jonsson officiating. Interment will be in Cambridge Union Cemetery.

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CIHS alumni thrilled with new tiny home revealed on ‘Tiny House Nation’ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:25:17 +0000 Ryan and Kim Kasl, with their two children, Sully, and Story. Pictured with them is Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth from “Tiny House Nation.”  Photo by Julie Johnson Kim and Ryan Kasl are now living in their new 207-square-foot home in Shakopee. They are currently in the process of selling their previous home. The kitchen and living area inside the tiny house. The tiny house features a small sitting area. A look at the loft area. A look at the sleeping loft inside the tiny house.

Karin Craig
Guest Writer

Friends and family of Cambridge-Isanti High School alumni Kim and Ryan Kasl gathered around their television sets with great anticipation Sept. 10 to watch the latest episode of “Tiny House Nation,” in which the Kasls and their two children finally got to see and explore their new 207-square-foot home.

The Kasls have been eagerly looking forward to their new tiny house since June, when representatives of the FYI show “Tiny House Nation” notified them that their application had been selected for an upcoming episode.

Having been chosen for the show meant that the Kasls had to be willing to trust “Tiny House Nation” to design and build a tiny house that would work for their family as well as find a way to pare down their belongings to fit into the much smaller space.

Although the Kasls were not allowed to see the home’s design in advance, they did get to speak to the designer by phone and talk about their family’s needs.

“It was like I could hear her (designer Kim Lewis) nodding and drawing,” Kim said. “And they let me know that I could send random ideas and things I wanted them to know.”

Downsizing wasn’t too hard for Kim and Ryan.

“We donated almost everything,” Kim said.

However, the kids had a harder time. A highlight of the Sept. 10 episode is when “Tiny House Nation” host John Weisbarth sits down with 6-year-old Sully and 4-year-old Story to help them decide which toys to keep and which to donate.

“We can’t take all of this stuff,” Weisbarth gently tells the kids, as they sort through their enormous piles of toys.

“Yes, we can,” is Story’s firm reply.

The Kasls’ episode clearly shows how much thought and creativity went into designing a home that would meet the family’s very specific needs.

For example, Kim and Ryan very much wanted to incorporate a bathtub, as their children both have allergies and benefit greatly from regular detox baths. “Tiny House Nation” host Zack Giffin first looked a little taken aback by this request (how do you fit a bathtub into a 207-square-foot home?), but he ended up creating a kid-sized tub out of a beautiful old wine barrel. The tub fits perfectly into the little shower stall and was a big hit with the family.

Kim Kasl’s uncle, Pat Mattson of Stanchfield, was the contractor on the Kasls’ tiny house.

“They were having trouble finding a contractor during the busy Minnesota building season, and I was asked if I knew of any builders,” Kim said. “I immediately thought of my family. … Pat was really interested in taking on this crazy project.”

Mattson, who owns Nicholas Construction, delivered a beautifully built home and was even able to customize the blueprints to add an extra dormer to maximize headroom in the sleeping lofts and a catwalk connecting the two lofts.

“Pat’s skills and care really melded with Zack’s vision and they turned our tiny house into the customized home that we really love,” Kim said.

Pat wasn’t the only family member who contributed to the project. Kim’s uncle Mitch Vidor, of Braham, assembled all the cabinets. Kim’s mother, Jennifer Johnson, and aunt JeanAnn Mattson did all of the exterior staining. Aunt and uncle Julie and Ron Johnson, of Braham, cut down part of a tree and took down fences to create a temporary location on their property for the tiny house. Both Kim’s and Ryan’s mothers wrote Bible verses throughout the framing.

“We never had a clue this was how it would come together when we applied, but somehow our family built our house for us! We love them so much,” Kim said.

When the Kasls get to see their new home for the first time in the episode, there are tears of joy. Sully and Story, who had seemed hesitant about moving into such a small space earlier in the episode, are very excited when they see the ladder up to their sleeping loft and the catwalk. As the family explores the home, it is fascinating to see just how efficiently each space is designed; a living area is easily converted into a workspace or dining table and creative, and hidden storage spaces seem to be everywhere.

The Kasls will locate their tiny house at a campground a few miles from their “big house” in Shakopee, which is going up for sale. They will stay close to Ryan’s work and the University of Minnesota for his last year of graduate school. After that, they plan to follow Ryan’s career and buy a piece of property on which to put their home.

The Kasls are currently transitioning between their big house and tiny house as they work on cleaning out the big house and getting it ready to sell. Kim said Sully and Story love going to the tiny house and giving their friends tours of their sleeping loft.

Like others who are joining the tiny house movement, Ryan and Kim chose this path to help them achieve their financial goals and live out their values. Eliminating a mortgage payment will allow them to pay off their student loans while living as a one-income family free to home school and travel.

“We are so thankful for the support and encouragement we’ve received from our hometown, family and friends,” Kim said. “The crew said that when they were out in the community they felt really welcomed and got a good feel for ‘Minnesota nice.’”

The Kasls’ episode of “Tiny House Nation” will air again Sept. 15, 16, 24 and 25. You can also view the episode online at

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Fun times at Cambridge Customer Appreciation event Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:22:50 +0000 View a photo slideshow from the event at the end of the article.

People lined up for a free meal while finding plenty of entertainment and reason to celebrate with friends on a cool yet comfortable Friday night, Sept. 12, at the annual Customer Appreciation Event in downtown Cambridge.

The Classic Car Show generated a big turnout from collectors of all eras, and Main Street was adorned with numerous entries for the Scarecrow Decorating Contest. Many enjoyed the sounds of The Mystery Mountain Boys and The Timeless Band, as well.

Cambridge volunteer firefighter Dave Matchinsky snapped this photo of the Customer Appreciation Event on Main Street from atop a ladder of one of the fire department vehicles on display at the event. Jayden Raasch, 5, of Cambridge, tries his luck in a ball toss game. The game was one of many provided by New Hope Community Church of Cambridge. Photos by Jon Tatting This boy could have danced the night away to The Timeless Band, a favorite at the Customer Appreciation Event. Performing a block away were The Mystery Mountain Boys. Tonya Orbeck, from the Scotsman-Isanti County News, volunteers by serving up some delicious cake from Herman’s Bakery. Vehicles from all eras lined the streets for the event’s Classic Car Show. The National Guard brought its towering climbing wall, which proved to be a good challenge for many kids at the event. Cambridge Ambassador Kasey Bruss creates a fun design on the face of Myla McLean, 3, of Cambridge. Folks found the long lines were worth the wait by the time their plates were filled with free food by the many business people who served as volunteers at the event. People in the mood for free ice cream cones found just that outside of People’s Cafe. Star Wars enthusiasts Dalton and Angie Cooper, of Cambridge, were pleased to discover this Star Wars-themed scarecrow at the downtown event. Local business Any Key PC earned first place in the Scarecrow Decorating Contest for the entry, which featured characters Chewbacca and C-3PO. Cambridge Floral won second place in the Scarecrow Decorating Contest for this colorful creation. Third place in the Scarecrow Decorating Contest went to Momentum Health Chiropractic. People enjoying good eats, jacket weather and time with friends at the Cambridge Customer Appreciation Event on Main Street. ]]> 0