Caring Announcements

A Celebration of Life for Vikki Elberling will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Clearwater Grille (formerly Lakeview Castle), 5135 North Shore Drive, Duluth.

A special Victoria Elberling Memorial Fund has been set up at the North Shore Federal Credit Union, 122 E. Hwy 61, P.O. Box 460, Grand Marais, MN, 55604.


Stanton "Stan" Avery Skrien, 54, of Duluth, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in St. Luke's Hospital.

He was born in Grand Marais, Minn., on June 3, 1960 to Rolf and Gail (Hunter) Skrien.

He graduated from Central High School in 1981. Stan spent his 30 year working career at Goodwill and UDAC. He was active and enjoyed competing in the Special Olympics. He also enjoyed bowling, traveling with his family to the Gunflint Trail, Alaska, Arizona and Florida and most of all dancing. Stan spent all of his adult life in group homes and enjoyed the time and relationships he built there. "Stan the Man" had a great sense of humor and a unique ability to connect with people which usually included multiple handshakes. He was a wonderful uncle and brought joy to everyone he met.

He is preceded in death by his mother.

Stan is survived by father Rolf; sister Sandy (Wayne St. John) Skrien; twin brother Stuart (Cindy); sisters Susan (Somsak Chumklang) Skrien and Sally (Doug) Derginer; nieces and nephews, Danny St. John, Ella, Ruby, Juel and Ole Skrien, Monroe Chumklang, Tyler and Jennifer Derginer, as well as his group home family, Greg, Steve, Geno, and Rick, and many other extended family members and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at REM and St. Luke's ICU.

GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 417 1st Ave. W., Grand Marais, Minn.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in the Waters of Life Church, 6221 Rice Lake Rd., Duluth. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics or UDAC of Duluth. Cremation Society of Minnesota 218-624-5200.


Saturday - October 11th

11:00 am

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

417 - 1st Avenue West

Grand Marais, MN


Katherine Pourraid, 24,from Argentina, passed away unexpectantly on Friday, October 3, 2014.

There will be a Memorial Gathering at Naniboujou Lodge on Monday, October 13th from 2:30 - 4:30.  All are welcome as we come together to celebrate her life with us.


Cards and letters to the family can be sent to Naniboujou Lodge and will be given to her family.

Please email: with any questions or if you need additional informaiton.


Victoria (Vikki) Lynn Elberling

Victoria (Vikki) Lynn Elberling (58) of Hovland, Minn. died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Duluth after a short struggle with cancer. She was born May 1, 1956 in International Falls, Minn. For the past 25 years she has lived on the North Shore in Hovland.

She is survived by her mate of 32 years, Shawn Perich of Hovland; her mother, Doris Kay of Ham Lake, Minn.; a daughter, Cynthia Hamsmith of Cloquet, Minn.; a son, James (Chris) Elberling of Duluth; two sisters, Christy (Kevin) Gullickson of Blaine, Minn. and Cathy (Dan) Horst of Ham Lake, Minn.; a brother, Richard (Terri) Harris of Yorktown, Ind. and four grandchildren, Joseph Hamsmith of Two Harbors, Minn., and Jenna, Annika and Preston Elberling of Duluth. She is also survived by Shawn’s mother, Terese Perich of Duluth.

Vikki was employed for many years as a sales clerk at Joynes Ben Franklin in Grand Marais, where she came to know many people who lived on or visited the North Shore.  She served for many years as a medical first responder for the Hovland Area Volunteer Fire Dept. Vikki loved her dogs, especially Abby, her companion for nearly 17 years. She was happy spending time in her garden, traveling on road trips and roaming the backroads of the North Shore to look for moose. She was happiest when she was with her family and her friends, especially when her grandson, Joe Hamsmith, came for visits.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Clearwater Grille (formerly Lakeview Castle), 5135 North Shore Drive, Duluth. A special Victoria Elberling Memorial Fund has been set up at the North Shore Federal Credit Union, 122 E. Hwy 61, P.O. Box 460, Grand Marais, MN, 55604.


A caringbridge site has been set up under the name Elliot Imdieke who has been diagnosed with LCH (Langerhans' Cell Histiocytosis) and is currently undergoing treatment. 


Funeral services for Erma M. Kirk, 94, of Grand Marais will be held on Thursday October 2 at 3 p.m. at Cavallin Funeral Home in Grand Marais.  She was born on May 11, 1920 and died on September 29, 2014 in Grand Marais.   She is preceeded in death by her husband, Archie, her grandson, Ivan, and 3 brothers and 2 sisters.   She and her husband Archie moved to Grand Marais in the 1940's, operating Kirk's Landing Resort at Seagull River for many years.   Erma is survived by her son, Archie, Jr. (Natalia), grandsons Jordy (Heidi) and Daniil (Jurgita); 6 great-grandchildren; her sister Glenna, and many nieces and nephews.  She is already greatly missed, and will always be loved.


A CaringBridge site has been set up for Vikki Elberling at


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Ken Wisneski, 56, died suddenly from a seizure disorder Sunday, September 14, 2014 at a family care home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Born October 22, 1957 in Grand Marais, MN, Ken was a 1976 graduate of Cook County High School.

In 1981 Ken was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in LaCrosse, WI.

He moved to Tijeras, New Mexico for a number of years, then returned to Grand Marais where he was employed at Buck’s Hardware. He returned to Albuquerque in 2004 and resided there until his death.

Ken had a strong bond with dogs that began with our poodle, Mitzy and continued to every dog he ever passed on his many ventures. He learned the name of every dog he met and carried dog treats for them in his pocket.

Ken was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Joan Wisneski and his older brother Jim. He is survived by his sister Carol(Roger) McCleary of Red Wing, brother Don (Sun) of Cottage Grove, sister Leona (Randy) Easley of Albuquerque, brother Larry (Karrie) of Duluth,sister Diane (Butch) Dailey of Wadena, MN, nieces Sandi McQuatters, of Grand Marais, Alex Sorenson, Casey Benner, Dani Easley & Jacki (Stefan) Tomlinson, grandniece Trace McQuatters and grandnephew Breyer McQuatters of Grand Marais.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at The Grand Marais Senior Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Anyone who would like to speak, please contact either Sandi McQuatters @ (218) 387-1919 or 387-2424 OR Carol McCleary @ (651) 267-0604 and leave a message


A caringbridge site has been set up in Elliot's name. He was diagnosed with LCH and has started treatment. Please log on to that site for information.


Nancy Carlson of Grand Marais died early September  25 at the North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais. Nancy had been dealing with Carcinoid Cancer these past six years. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Michael. She was born in 1941 in St. Paul and lived in the Twin Cities until 1997, when she retired to Grand Marais. She got her teacher educatibon at Winona State and taught in the St Paul Schools for 31 years as an elementary teacher. She spent her last ten years in the Chapter One program primarily as an administrator. In Grand Marais Nancy became involved in many community activities. She was involved with quilting, gardening, hiking, books, theater and music. Last month she was declared Citizen of the Year for Cook County. There will be a memorial service for Nancy Sunday, October 5 at 3:30 PM It will be at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais. Memorials preferred to the Nancy and Mike Carlson Scholarship Fund at Cook County Higher Education.


July 13, 1929 - September 23, 2014

Joyce M. Kehoe, 85, Grand Marais, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in the Cook County North Shore Care Center.

She was born to Oswald and Lizzie (Erickson) Haugen in Aitkin, Minnesota where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1948. She then attended Registered Nurses Assistant training, was married and enjoyed raising her 4 children. She moved to Schroeder on the North Shore and enjoyed life, church at Zoar Lutheran and her many friends. She lived in Schroeder for 50 years before moving to Grand Marais in 2005.

Joyce was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Eastern Star since 1964, and the Grand Marais Garden Club. Joyce enjoyed life because the Lord was in her heart.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, John; and brother, Kenneth.

Joyce is survived by her sons and daughter Jim (Cindy) Kehoe of Phoenix, Jeffery Kehoe of Dayton, Ohio and Joanne (Brian) Smith of Grand Marais; brother Harold (Nancy) Haugen of Roseville, sister-in-law Marge Haugen of Aitkin, special aunt Emma Roberts of Milton, Washington, grandchildren John, Todd , Lacey, Melanie, Alina, Jonas, Daniel, and Quincie and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais. Burial will be at Tofte Cemetery.

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Funeral service for David Eliasen will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Grand Marais. Lunch will be served following the service.

Our Friend Esther

Esther Theresa (Rowe) Sorlie, 75, passed away September 6, 2014, at
North Shore Community Hospital in Grand Marais with her family at her
side.  Esther was born April 4, 1939, in St. Paul MN to Victor and Cora
(Foss) Rowe.  She grew up in St. Paul, marrying Donald Sorlie, Sr. on
January 29, 1960.  They relocated to Cook County in the late 1960s.  
Esther helped her husband with logging and worked at various local
businesses, but her primary focus was on raising their three children,
Leif, Donald Jr. and Mary Ann.  She loved playing bingo, fishing, and
spending time with family and friends.

Esther is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Harold.  She
is survived by her husband Donald Sr.; son Leif (Jody); son Donald Jr.
(Lisa); daughter Mary Ann Jewett (Greg) Erickson; brother John (Jackie)
Rowe; sister Catherine Borka; sister Marion De Florin; sister Pat Maro;
eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces,
nephews and friends.

Visitation will take place at 12:00 noon Monday, September 15, 2014, at
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais.  Services will follow at 1:00


Phyllis Anderson passed away on Friday August 29th 2014 at North Shore Hospital Care Center at age of 90.         

Born 08-04-1924   She had lived in Grand Marais since 2004. Prior to that Alexandria,Mn.

Preceeded in death by husband Walter Anderson on 05-11-2004

Survived by brother-in-law   Paul Anderson of Grand Marais.

No memorial scheduled at this time.   No flowers please.  Memorials  to WTIP Radio, Grand Marais.

North House Folk School, Grand Marais or charity of your choice.

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Vincent (Bud) Joseph Hennessy passed away early Tuesday morning of August 26, 2014 from kidney disease.

Bud was born on January 16, 1930 in Hardy, Saskatchewan, Canada to John Joseph and Margret (Sheehan) Hennessy. He had three older sisters, Mary Gradishar, Rita and Evie Hennessy.

Bud met Laverne Nelson in Brainerd, Mn and they were married on August 30, 1951 at Camp Rucker in Alabama where Bud was stationed in the Army. LaVerne and Bud lived in Aitkin, Morris and Duluth before settling into Grand Marais in 1961.

Bud was a butcher at IGA until he purchased his own store, Bud’s Superette. He was famous for his recipes for Porketta, Potato Sausage, Sylta and others. His wife, Laverne helped bring in the crowds with her famous potato salad and Swedish Rye bread. The entire family worked in the store until he sold it and he became the butcher at Johnson’s Foods until his retirement.

Bud was a member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing with his buddies and sons at South Fowl Lake, playing cards at the legion, swimming with his buddies at the Grand Marais Pool and watching the Vikings.

Bud is survived by his seven children: Michael (Joan) Hennessy of Plymouth, Minnesota, Patrick (Jennie) Hennessy of Grand Marais, John (Betsy) Hennessy of Bailey, Colorado, Cathy Hennessy of Mantorville, Minnesota, Tom (Karen) Hennessy of Kalama, Washington, Linda Eid of Clear Lake, Minnesota and Sue Hennessy of Grand Marais. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Bud is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Laverne, his parents, three siblings and two grandchildren.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch and fellowship at St John’s Catholic Church in Grand Marais. Burial will be at a later date.


Darrell Ryden, 76, passed away Aug 9, 2014.  

Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug 28 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Grand Portage with a luncheon to follow at the Grand Portage Casino.  A family graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m.(EST) Aug 29 at Sunset Memorial in Thunder Bay.  A Celebration of Life will follow for all from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.(EST) at West Thunder Bay Community Center, 915 Edward St South, Thunder Bay.  


On July 30, 2014, Barrett Lloyd Chenevert was born to Jessica and Nolan Chenevert of Lutsen. Shortly thereafter, Barrett was transported in a fixed plane jet to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital with a congenital heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Arteries, which translated meant that his heart was receiving mixed blood instead of the oxygenated, life-sustaining blood he needed. 48 hours into life, Barrett received Open Heart Bypass surgery. He is scheduled to have another operation on Wednesday, August 13th to fix the narrowing of his aorta (Coarctation of the Aorta). Thanks to the great staff, amazing doctors, support from family and friends, and the legions of prayers throughout this community, Barrett is successfully recovering in the Children’s Hospital and there is hope that we will be able to move home soon. You can find out more about Barrett’s condition and check on his progress at his Caring Bridge site at A fund to help with medical expenses has been set up at the North Shore Federal Credit Union in Barrett’s name. Although Barrett’s defect has been corrected, Barrett will most likely need additional surgeries and it will be a lifelong condition to be monitored, however, he will be able to lead a normal life, play sports, and do all of the things that little boys do.

Lloyd Norman

The funeral for Lloyd A. Norman (10/7/27 - 6/22/14) will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Hovland on Saturday August 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.   Lloyd grew up in Hovland, Minnesota, with his parents Nils and Gudrun Norman, and sister, Marie. Lloyd is preceeded in death by his parents and wife, Marcella.  He is survived by his children Greg (St. Cloud), Gary (Minneapolis), Roseanne (Minneapolis), and Grant (Orlando, Florida), two grandchildren, and his sister Marie Kubat (Jack) of Omaha, Nebraska.




Memorial service for Sylvia Haavisto Monday, August 4th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

at 1:00 PM.