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Warren L. Anderson
Warren and Lorraine Anderson

Warren Ludwig Anderson, 84, of Grand Marais, died March 16, 2017 at Cook County North Shore Hospital.

Warren was born September 26, 1932 in Minneapolis, MN to Marguerite and Ludwig Anderson.

He married Lorraine Cahlander July 9, 1955 at Hennepin Methodist Church in Minneapolis, and received his degree at Augsburg College.

Warren served his country in the Army during the Korean War.  Through his career in Social Services, he served his communities as Hennepin County Social Services Child Protection Supervisor, Director of Cook County Social Services, and Guardian ad Litem for the Sixth Judicial District Court.  He also served on several boards, including the Arrowhead Regional Corrections and the Cook County Council on Aging.

Warren loved to cook, and owned the Square Peg Restaurant in Minneapolis back in the late ‘70’s.

He loved the outdoors.  In his younger days he camped in the Boundary Waters, enjoyed stays at Gunflint, Gateway Hungry Jack, and Chik-wauk lodges, and later at his McFarland Lake cabin.  He loved fishing with friends, feeding the deer and birds, and picking his fresh tomatoes from his garden.

Perhaps most of all, he loved a good card game, earning the level of Silver Lifetime Master in Duplicate Bridge.  Thanks to all who shared the table with him during his life.

He is preceded in death by his wife - Lorraine, sister – Gloria Anderson, brother – Richard “Dick” Anderson, parents, and his in-laws, Adele and Loren Cahlander.


Friends and family of Joan Drury will gather at the Lutsen Town Hall (fire hall - Hwy 61 at the Caribou Trail) at 4 pm on Sunday, March 5 to celebrate the life of her son Scooter. Scooter passed away this week  at age 48 .He  is survived by his mother Joan, father Bud,  brother Kevin Kager and sister Kelly Kager, daughters Miranda and Alie, and granddaughter Brooklynn.

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Saturday, January 7, 11:00 a.m. A Rite of  Christian Burial for Jo Knox will be held at Trinity Lutheran in Hovland (4957 East Highway 61).  We will be serving a lunch after the service to give people a chance to visit with one another and with Barb.  We hope you can be with us to thank God for Jo's life.

If you have questions, please call Pastor Kris Garey, 475-2439.


Visitation for Gunnar Anderson will be Thursday January 5 from 6:00-8:00 PM. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Funeral service for Gunnar Anderson will be Friday January 6 at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 417 W. First Ave. Grand Marais, MN


Memorial service for David "Binky" Hess will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Thursday January 5 at 2:00 PM


Happy 92birthday, Jean Roberts


Celebration of Life for John Baumann will be held on Tuesday, December 6th at St. John's Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., followed by the service at 11:00 a.m.

There will be a luncheon following.


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Archie George Kirk, Jr.   10/5/42 – 10/22/16; born in Pine River, Minnesota

On Thursday October 27 at 10:30 a.m. a Rite of Christian Burial service will be held for Archie George Kirk, Jr. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4957 E. Highway 61, Hovland, Minnesota.

Archie grew up at Kirk’s Landing Resort near the end of the Gunflint Trail.  He was in the U.S. Navy (Seabees), proudly serving his country in Viet Nam earning an honorable discharge.  Returning to Cook County he spent many years as a builder of homes and cabins; his craftsmanship was always admired.

In 1993 he traveled to Russia and met Natasha in St. Petersburg, and “two souls found each other from opposite sides of the earth.”   They were married on February 2, 1994.  In recent years they have spent their winter months in Silver Springs, Florida, where they became members of St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church.  Family and friends in Minnesota, California, Florida, Russia, and other places miss him deeply, and thank God for his life. 

Preceded in death by  Archie Kirk, Sr. (Father), Erma M. Kirk (Mother), and Ivan Kirk (son).  Archie is survived by a deeply loving wife of 23 years, Natasha; son Jordan “Jordy” Kirk (Heidi Doo Kirk), step-son Daniel Chingarev (Jurgita), and six grandchildren.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Trinity Lutheran Church, P O Box 188, Hovland; or to St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church, 5200 NE 29th St. Silver Springs, FL 34488


December 26,1941-October 18, 2016

Memorial Service

Monday, October 24, 2016

4:00 PM

St John's Catholic Church

Grand Marais, MN

Followed by lunch & social time at Grandma Rays (Old Legion)



Patricia Ann Hvidston

Patricia Ann Hvidston, 72, of Hovland, MN, passed away Tuesday, October 11, at her home on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Born in Grand Forks, ND, the daughter of Colburn Hvidston Jr. and Marguerite (Lyons) Hvidston, she was raised in Grand Forks and attended St. Michaels Grade School and St. James High School.  She
went on to attend the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, where she graduated in 1967 with a degree in elementary education.  After a brief teaching career she migrated into the banking world, ultimately becoming president of Firstar Trust of MN.  She then returned to the College St.
Catherine as Vice President of Development followed by her affiliation with Catholic Charities of America in Washington DC as Vice President for Development.  Her post career years were spent at her beloved Swedish farmstead styled home on Lake Superior and traveling.

Patricia was preceded in death by parents, Colburn and Marguerite. She is survived by husband, Roger A. Opp; brothers, Colburn III (wife, Jackie), James (wife, Mary) and Robin Hvidston; numerous nephews and a niece.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. October 21, in St. Paul, MN, at Our Lady of Victory Chapel on the campus of St. Catherine University, preceded by one hour visitation.   A memorial service will be held 11 AM Monday October 24, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hovland, MN. 
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Catherine University, Trinity Lutheran Church, or North House Folk School.  

Carol Marie Eckel

Carol Marie Eckel, 88, formerly of Grand Marais, died September 30, 2016 in Plano, Texas.

She was born January 5, 1928 in Duluth, MN to Alfred and Edith Frances (Hedstrom) Fenstad. She grew up in Grand Marais, graduating from the high school in 1946. Carol began work at age 16 as a Northwestern Bell telephone operator. She then attended the University of MN/Duluth, until she married Thomas (Tommy) Eckel on July 18, 1947. Their first years of married life were spent living and fishing on Isle Royale from spring to fall. She continued to assist and support Tommy in his commercial fishing business for many years. She was employed for 29 years at the Cook County Clerk of Court Office, fifteen of those years (1981-1996) serving as Court Administrator. She performed many weddings in that position and continued officiating at weddings after her retirement; from beaches to docks to overlooks to canoes and even on the seat of a snowmobile.

Carol was a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Grand Marais. She enjoyed traveling and gardening and spending time with family: her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She took several significant trips with them all in her final years. She moved to Texas in July, 2013 to be cared for by her daughter.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elizabeth Johnson; Thomas Eckel; and their infant daughter Joan Marie.

She is survived by a daughter, MaryBeth (Don) Gilmer of Little Elm, TX; and sons, Scott (Joyce) Eckel of Bemidji, and David Eckel of Grand Marais; grandchildren, Erik (Summer) Gilmer, Jenna (Trent) Dunham, Malia (Peter) Camerino, Rebekka (Eric) Ford, Michaela (Ted) Osborn; ten great-grandchildren and another due in November; and a brother, Marshall (Jean) Fenstad of North Oaks, MN.

Bill Gamble

William “Bill” Gamble M.D.  A Memorial Service for Bill will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland (4957 E. Highway 61) on Saturday, October 8 at11:00 a.m.

Bill died peacefully in his Plymouth, Minnesota home on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 with his loving family at his side.  His greatest pleasures were his faith, his family and his profession as a physician. In his profession, he most enjoyed his patients, building his clinical practice and surgery group and teaching. After retiring from surgical practice, he taught residents from the University of Minnesota surgical residency for over 30 years finding great pleasure in sharing his experience and his love for the work. He was thankful for the years he did international medical missionary work where his family was able to join him.

This summer, he and his wife, Cassie, celebrated 60 years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his son, David.

He is survived by his loving wife Cassie; his children Tom, Kay, Anne; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A previous Memorial Service was held at Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Betty Larsen

Betty Arlene (Burge) Larsen passed away on the evening of her 81st birthday, September 27, 2016, at the North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais, MN. She had visited with many loved ones that day, celebrating with ice cream cake, flowers, Facebook messages and cards.

Born to parents Freda (Stelter) and William Burge in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, Betty was the fifth child in a family of seven. In the mid 1940’s the Burge family moved from Wisconsin to a farm in Warba, MN. Betty considered Warba her home town until moving to Grand Marais in 1959. There she met the love of her life, Lloyd C. Larsen and they were married on May 7th, 1960. Fifty-six years later, on her 81st birthday, she confided that “I wish I had met Lloyd sooner.” Their love story lives on, and continues to inspire everyone who knew them.

Besides her love of family, Betty enjoyed gardening, baking, playing the piano, celebrating holidays and hosting family cookouts. She also enjoyed camping and fishing at one of the family’s favorite inland lakes. Betty served as a Bluebird troop leader and baked many birthday cakes for residents at the Care Center. She volunteered for the Violence Prevention Center, and for the Senior Center. For many years she worked as an executive secretary/payroll clerk at the North Shore Hospital.

Throughout her life, Betty was very active in the Congregational Church. Her faith in God was her source of strength, along with her love of people. Betty was the mother of three children, as well as a second mother to countless others. Said her niece Sandy Burge, “I think it's important for kids to have an adult other than their parents who tells you that you matter, and spends time with you, and just loves you for who you are. Betty was that for me, my siblings, my cousins, and all their kids and grandkids. She had an infinite capacity to love.”


Evelyn Toftey Sjoberg, 98, passed away Aug. 26, in Lake Havasu City.

She was born to Joseph and Christina (Englund) Murphy May 6, 1918, in Duluth, Minn.

Evelyn lived in Grand Marais as a baby, actually across the street from her future husband. She grew up in Washington, attending Central Washington University in Ellensburg. She moved back to Minnesota where she met and married Norman Toftey in 1941 and they shared 32 years together before Norman passed away in 1973. During that time they raised a family, owned and operated the family grocery store, Ed Toftey Co. In addition, Evelyn attended UMD to attain a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and taught many years in Grand Marais.

Evelyn found love again with John Sjoberg. They were married in 1989 and enjoyed 16 years together until John’s death.

Her life was active, enjoying bridge, card games, word games, crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She was a voracious reader and loved watching her Minnesota Twins. She golfed, curled, cross-country and downhill skied, bowled and always wanted to be better at whatever she did.

Traveling was a passion of Evelyn’s. She took many trips with family and friends including the Olympics in Montreal. When she turned 80, mother-daughter trips became an annual tradition. She experienced balloon rides, river rafting and whale watching.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters Janice Toftey, Diane (Jerry) Loh, Cheri (James Johnson) Toftey and Deborah (Dave) Melhado, and son Robert (Gail) Toftey, her step-children Ann Curtis, Alan (Amy) Sjoberg, Bill Sjoberg, Kate (Jim) Wicklund, Jean (Dean) Guldin, Muggs (Kurt) Helin, Carline (Pete) Gresczyk, Becky (Kelly) Bouman, Tom (Kecci) Sjoberg, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Oct. 4, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, Minn.



BMC Henry F. Stevens, US Navy Retired, 81, of Grand Portage, MN, died Saturday, September 3, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.

He was born October 4, 1934 to Robert and Rita (Callan) Stevens in Loretto, Pennsylvania and moved to Baltimore, Maryland at the age of six, where he attended school.  Enlisting in the U. S. Navy at the age of 17, he served for 30 years until retiring in 1981. On September 27, 1966 he married Cora “Corky” Robertson in Carson City, Nevada.  They moved to Grand Portage in 1989, where Henry “Steve” worked as an immigration inspector for the Department of Justice for 9 years until retiring to become a caregiver for his wife.

Henry “Steve” was an EMT for the Grand Portage Ambulance Service, and was a member of the DAV, American Legion, VFW, Fleet Reserve, and enjoyed traveling and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Regina Ridgeway.

Henry is survived by his wife, Cora “Corky”; sisters, Roseann, Eileen, Helen, Michelle, Rita, and Lucy; a brother, Charles, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Grand Portage Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in Grand Portage.   A Luncheon will be provided at the Grand Portage Community Center following the service and Burial (approximately 12:30). To sign the online guestbook please visit



M. Iola Wojtysiak, aka Grammy, foodie, avid traveler, voracious reader, gambler, art collector and music lover passed away at home with Donna and Orvis and her kitties by her side on Aug. 1, 2016.

Iola was born on Jan. 22, 1921 in Eagle Grove, Iowa to Hazel Kenton and Raymond Jeffers.

The family moved to Minnesota and she graduated from Barnum High School. It was there that she met a handsome school bus driver, Walter A Wojtysiak and they married in 1940. Together they owned and operated W. A. Wojtysiak Forest Products and W. A. Wojtysiak Excavating from 1944 until retirement in 1980. After Walt passed in 1990, she began traveling with her lady friends to Canada, the United States and many European countries, Australia with grandson Paul, and Norway, Sweden and Denmark with daughter Donna. Her favorite was being " Grandma" to the Cook County High School Theater Club on a London excursion.

She was an organic gardener long before it became a fad, growing beautiful flowers and preserving or pickling everything from moose to cucumbers. Iola was named Cook County Citizen of the Year in 2011, being recognized for her many community contributions. In her 90's she raised thousands of dollars for the hot breakfast program at Birch Grove School, sewing hundreds of pairs of potholders, including those naughty ones, wearing out one sewing machine in the process.

She was a member of St John's for 74 years, greeting on Sunday mornings and striving to keep those ushers in line.


Harry Nathan Lamson was called home by his Lord on July 24, 2016 at the Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center in Duluth.

Harry was born July 9, 1930 to Harry and Leona Lamson in Brainerd, Minnesota. He attended elementary school in Effie, Minnesota and high school in Bigfork.

Harry served in the U.S. Navy (Naval Air Patrol) from 1950 – 1954.  He returned to Effie where he owned and operated the Corner Café for three years.

He entered the Minnesota State Patrol and was stationed in Grand Marais from 1957 to 1959. While in Grand Marais, he met his future wife, Rosemary Smith. They were married May 11, 1961 in Decatur, Illinois.

Harry moved to Minneapolis in 1959 and worked as regional manager for ReTrac Manufacturing and then owned Camper Coach Company in Springfield and Riverton, Illinois from 1961 to 1969.

The family moved back to Grand Marais in 1969 and Harry worked as head mechanic at Massie Motors, as a policeman for the City of Grand Marais and as an ambulance driver for North Shore Hospital.

From 1973 to 1978, Harry owned and operated the local Taystee Bread franchise. He later worked as director of wood procurement at Hedstrom Lumber Company in 1978, retiring in 1995.

He was a 50-year member of Lions International and was Past President in both the Springfield, Illinois and Grand Marais chapters.  Harry was also a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Harry enjoyed and loved being with his family.  Harry was active in community and church activities.  He loved the outdoors, going fishing, hunting, and hiking in the woods. 

Harry is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Pauline and Sylvia and granddaughter Audra.


Iola (Grammy) passed away at the glorious age of 95 at her home with Donna and Orvis and her kitties by her side.  Come join us on the 20th to celebrate a life well lived!