Caring Announcements

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Dorothy Celia Mattson of Thunder Bay went to meet her Savior on March 2, 2016. She resided at Pinewood Court after suffering a stroke in 2011. Dorothy was born on November 27th, 1929, in Duluth, MN to Adolph and Cecelia Everson. She was raised on Maple Hill in Grand Marais, MN and was the third of ten children. Dorothy married Jerome Donek and together they had three children. She was an excellent homemaker and loved raising her family and watching them grow.

While living in Grand Marais, Dorothy was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and taught Thursday School for many years. She enjoyed volunteering at shot clinics with Dr. Smith. She was also a member of Royal Neighbors and a member of Operation Sky Watch in the 1950’s. Dorothy was passionate about leading the Cancer Crusade in Cook County and working with the Cancer Detection Clinics.

In 1971, Dorothy married Royden Mattson and moved to Thunder Bay, where she was a dedicated member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, writing letters to loved ones, and reading her Bible and devotions daily. She was an avid gardener and grew wonderful vegetable and flower gardens. Dorothy enjoyed visiting the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. She was happiest when volunteering and serving others. She was a devoted wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma.


Richard (Dick) Everett Parker, 74, of Grand Marais, MN died on February 27, 2016, at Season's Hospice in Rochester, MN of cancer.

Dick was born April 27, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Russell and Myra Parker.  He graduated from Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1959. In 1963, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in botany and bacteriology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Michigan in 1966. 

On April 19, 1969 Dick married Phyllis Hebel of Twin Lakes, Minnesota.  During their married life they moved 11 times finally retiring to Grand Marais, MN in 2001 after Dick retired from Color Spot Nurseries as Chief Executive Officer.



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George POKORNY  Sr Obituary
Sr. Age 89, of Lindstrom passed away suddenly on Jan. 29, 2016. Preceded in death by previous wife, Elizabeth; parents Joseph and Stella; sister, Josephine; brother, Robert; and son-in-law Arnie. Survived by wife, Joan Grossmann; children, Dorothy (Bob) Aubin, George Jr. (Vicky), Sheila, Monica (Steve) Grapevine and Michael (Angel); Grossmann children and their families; brother Ralph; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Bob Doty and other family and friends. George was a loving father and grandfather. His kind heart was shown by his many hours of volunteering. Memorial service will be Friday, February 5th at 1:00PM with visitation one hour prior at Chisago Lake Ev. Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Ave., Center City, MN 55012. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Chisago Lake Ev. Lutheran Church or Parmly LifePoint. Davies Chapel 612-377-2203


A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our Cook County friends for 

their support during our loss of our husband, father, and grandfather, 

Jeff Brett. He meant the world to us and we are so thankful for the time

we had with him. This community has helped us all through a very 

difficult time. Whether it be through kind words, prayers, cards of condolence,

memorials, visits, or a shoulder to cry on, please know you have made

all the difference. In addition, the professional, prompt medical services

provided on December 9th by the Lutsen First Responders and Cook County EMS 

were indispensable...we are so very grateful.   ~Gayle Brett & family


Dee's family invites you to celebrate Dee's passing into eternal life at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, on Saturday, Jan. 16. Visitation will be at 10:30 and services at 11:30, with a lunch following. Dee passed on December 15, 2015 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

A special thank you to Dr. Stover and the nursing staff at North Shore Hospital and Care Center. The care and love shown to Mom was top notch, making her last days as comfortable as possible. Thank you to the wonderful Cook County community for all of your calls, cards, prayers, food, and hugs as we continue to grieve the loss of our Mother, Sister, and Grandmother. We love you all!


Mother of Glenn Hellner of Grand Marais. Passed away on December 21, 2015 at 94 years old.

Celebration of her life was December 29th, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Join us Wednesday, January 6th at 11:00am to celebrate Nancy Benson's life.

Margaret Ann (Nancy) Benson, age 98, of Grand Marais, Minnesota and Redmond, Washington, died peacefully at home  with her family on November 11.

Nancy was an active member of the Grand Marais Garden Club, Eastern Star and the 1st Congregational Church along with other local organizations.  She and her husband Harold were local business owners of Midway Service raising their son Max in the community.

The service will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Church 300 W 2nd St in Grand Marais.

Max and his family invite you to join them for a luncheon following in the church basement. 

George H. "Whitey" Dockan

Whitey Dockan, 93, of Grand Marais, passed away at the North Shore Care Center at 6:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015. 

He was born July 20, 1922 to Andrew and Annette (Anderson) Dockan in St. Paul.  In 1929 his family traded their home for a farm and relocated to Willow River, MN where he attended school.  After leaving school, Whitey joined the Carlton CCC Camp and then served in the U.S. Navy for several years aboard the USS Memphis.  After returning from the service, Whitey moved to Chicago where he worked in a steel mill.  

He then moved to Grand Marais in 1947, where he worked as a logger with his Norwegian uncles John and Ludwig, helped in the construction of Erie Mining in Silver Bay, and worked for the City of Grand Marais for 30 years in the Public Utilities Department, until his retirement in 1984.  Whitey enjoyed camping with the family, long walks, bowling in the league, and swimming.  He also enjoyed making people laugh.  He attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion, where he served in the Honor Guard for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Annette, sisters Edna and Judith, and brother Andrew Jr.  Whitey is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gladys, sons Gerald (Bonnie) of Mt. Pleasant, TX, Gary (Claire) of Dallas, TX, Rodney (friend Carah) of Grand Marais, Steven (Belinda) of Pasadena, TX, sisters Lola Ouradnik of Moose Lake, MN, Shirley Christensen of Oakdale, MN, several grand and great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation one hour before the 1:00 p.m. memorial service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015.  Burial at Maple Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements by Cavallin Funeral Home.





Heather Spry and her son "Gator" lost all their belongings in a fire on Thanksgiving Day. If anyone has young boys clothes in Size 9-10 and Size 2 shoes in good condition they would be willing to donate please call or text 218-370-0628. An account has been set up at the North Shore Federal Credit Union for monetary donations. Thanks in advance!


Margaret Ann (Nancy) Benson, age 98, of Grand Marais, Minnesota and Redmond, Washington, died peacefully at home with her family on November 11.  She had been active and enjoying good health until she suffered a small stroke on July 5.  From that point on her health steadily declined.  Her last trip back to her beloved Grand Marais home was this August.

Nancy was born November 15, 1916 in Knapp, Wisconsin to Louis and Clara Bruckner.  She spent her early years in Lemington, Wisconsin, where her parents operated a general store and post office.  Later she moved with her family to Hammond, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school. 

As a young woman Nancy lived at home and worked as a stenographer for the Rural Electrification Administration.  She enjoyed her work and made lifelong friendships with coworkers.  It was in those years that she became acquainted with Harold Benson, the man who would later become her husband.

In 1953, Nancy and Harold married and settled in Grand Marais.  Harold and his brother Sherman owned and operated Midway Garage, later known as Midway Service Station.  Nancy quickly came to love this little town on the shores of Lake Superior as well as the lakes, streams, and forest that surround it. Nancy became a devoted homemaker and a year later mother to their son Max.   No child could wish for a happier, more loving, or more supportive home than the one Nancy and Harold provided.

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Norma L. Wilson age 73 of Cloquet, passed away Wednesday November 4, 2015 in Solvay Hospice House surrounded by her family. She was born July 19, 1942 in Duluth to Edward and Marion (Bardsley) Jacobsen.

Norma grew up on the North Shore and graduated from Cook County High School in 1959. She had worked as a waitress for the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino for 23 years. Prior to that, Norma had lived and worked in Arizona and California. She moved back to Minnesota in 1983 to be near family. After retiring in 2008, Norma moved to Cloquet.

Norma’s hobbies included gardening, knitting, reading books, working complex jigsaw and crossword puzzles, watching the MN Twins and old movies. She especially loved to be with her grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband Franklin in 1972; and brother Nicholas Jacobsen in 2015. She is survived by her sons James (Julie) Wilson of Ballinger, Texas and Rodney (Carrie) Wilson of Esko; brother Stephen Jacobsen of Hovland; and her grandchildren Cote, Jesse, Emilee and Owen.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. memorial service at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, 1004 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet, MN.

If you have questions, please call Steve Jacobsen, 218-370-9640.


Longtime Pike Lake seasonal resident Barbara Schliep passed away peacefully at their home on Friday.


The gathering for Gerald Parent will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Schroeder Town Hall on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

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Gerald Parent of Schroeder and Deerwood, Minnesota passed away on Monday evening August 31, 2015 at his home. He is survived by his loving wife Theresa of 60 years and his children: Jeanne (Mark) Tobolaski, Ricky (Darla) Parent, Jerelyn Parent and Robert Parent and several other family members. There will be a Memorial Service held on Friday September 11, 2015 at 11:00a.m. at Bible Baptist Church 515 Main Street in Crosby, Mn. and a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Gerald's life on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Schroeder Town Hall 124 Cramer Road Schroeder, Mn.


Our friend and employee at the Gun Flint Tavern, Tom Miller did not show up for work Monday morning, which has never happened before, and when Terry went looking for him he was found unresponsive in his apartment after suffereing an apparent anurism. He was airlifted to St. Paul and is in good hands at United Hospital, room 436. He is doing better, responding to familiar voices and even tried to pull his breathing tube out when he woke up after being under sedation. We will keep you posted with his recovery. You can also follow his progress at, under Thomas D. Miller. Get well, buddy!


There will a funeral service for Gloria Lampel on August 29th at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Family and friends are invited to a meet and greet at 10:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon following the service.


Former West End resident; Arlene (Nelson) Grage, 86, passed away peacefully at her home in Plymouth, MN, on August 3, 2015. Born to Leslie and Marion (Peterson) Nelson on September 27, 1928, in Fergus Falls, MN, Arlene grew up in Ottertail County, where she attended rural school, Fergus Falls High School, and Teacher Training. She later graduated from Moorhead State College and taught schools in Ottertail County, St. Louis Park, and Cook County, MN. On September 3, 1949, she married Neal Grage in Fergus Falls. They raised five children, and most of their married lives they resided on the North Shore. Arlene was active in church, Christian Women's Club, and 4-H.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Leland, an infant sister, and her husband, Neal.

Surviving are brothers Willard (Elaine) Nelson and Arnold (Joyce) Nelson; children Becky (Glenn) Kerr, Steve (Robyn) Grage, Dave (Roz) Grage, Kathy (Steve) Geyen, and Shelly ((Mark) Rosbacka; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service at Parkers Lake Baptist Church, 14720 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN, on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m.; visitation at the church at 10:00 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Northwest Bible Church Building Fund, 5898 Main Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301

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Nicholas Jacobsen, 68, of Grand Portage MN passed away peacefully on Friday, July 31, 2015 at his home. He had been declared cancer free after intensive treatment last fall but his body was overwhelmed by COPD.

Nick was born in Duluth on March 16, 1947 to Edward and Marion Jacobsen.  He graduated from Cook County High School in 1965 and lived most of his life in Cook County.  He proudly served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969.  He spent the entire year of 1967 serving his country in Vietnam. After his discharge he worked for Edwin Thoreson Inc.  He then went into business for himself as a logger.  After many years, he switched business careers and opened a gift store in the lobby of the Grand Portage lodge. He then opened a refreshment stand to serve the original bingo hall and developing casino.

He is preceded  in death by his father on May 22, 1962, his mother on September 4, 1994, his Uncle Ralph Jacobsen, his Aunt Dagny Johnson and cousin Dale Johnson.

Nick is survived by his children Nicole (Chad) Spry, Edward Jacobsen, Rosalie Nelson, Sharon Morrison and Stella Morrison; his grandchildren Samantha Jacobsen, Leah Utities, Alyssa and Nicholas Spry, Alex and Jordan Jacobsen, Riley Kirmse, Tommy and Wyatt Nelson, Vallen Cook, Kendra and Kiley Murray ;  sister Norma Wilson;  brother Stephen Jacobsen; nephews James (Julie) and Rodney (Carrie) Wilson; great niece Emilee Wilson; great nephews Owen Wilson, Cote and Jesse Deeds; cousins Mary Lou and Franklin Rabold.

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Mary L. McElevey

Mary L. McElevey, age 80, peacefully passed away Sunday evening, July 19, 2015, after fighting a noble battle with ALS. She was born to Nick and Alma Anderson in Two Harbors, Minnesota, on February 18, 1935. She grew up on the shores of Lake Superior as a commercial fisherman’s daughter. Mary graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1953 and went on to study Elementary Education at St. Cloud State University. After graduating, she taught 2nd grade and special education but fell in love with teaching kindergarten. After retirement, Mary continued to share her love for children by substitute teaching as well as organizing Vacation Bible School at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She had a passion for berry picking, baking and was known for her delicious ‘Grandma Buns’ and homemade pies. She volunteered countless hours in her church and community as a member of the Lioness Club and Hospital Auxiliary. Mary is survived by her loving husband, John; sisters, Peggy Rolfe and Mabel Zimmerman; daughters, Janie Dahl (Steve), Lynn Schulte (Craig), and Lee Ann Bonin (Phil); grandchildren, Erika, Kai, Kaleb, Emily (Kyle), Ahna, Nick, Steven (Afton), Joel, and Charlie, and great-granddaughter, Kyli. Her parents and brother, Johnny, preceded her in death. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held Saturday, July 25th, 2015, 11am, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, MN or the ALS Association of MN. Memories of Mary will be cherished forever!



Michael C. Tofte, 65, of Duluth, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Bayshore Health Center following a long battle with stomach cancer.

Michael was born in Duluth, on Aug. 12, 1949 to Orton and Margaret (Anderson) Tofte.

He graduated from Cook County High School in 1968 and attended St. Cloud University. Following college he served his country in the U.S. Navy. Michael spent the majority of his career as a landscaper, first for the city of Duluth and then as the owner of his own business.

He is preceded in death by his father on Feb. 3, 1990; mother Margaret Tofte on July 15, 1991; sister-in-law Sally Tofte on Aug. 19, 2002 and brother-in-law David Wilks on April 4, 2014.

Michael is survived by significant other Kelly Moore; daughter Ginger Garske; granddaughter Cassidy Garske; brothers, Orton (Karen), Terry (Rebecca), Kirk (Barb), Greg (Meg), Brian (Kelly) and Scott (Brenda); sisters, Margaret Tofte-Wilks and Ellie (Jeff) Holte and 23 nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to the staff at Essentia (St. Mary's) Hospital and Bayshore Health Center.

GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in Cremation Society of Minnesota 4100 Grand Ave. Duluth. Roger Livdahl will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date at Tofte Cemetery. Services entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota 218-624-5200