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Update: Former Evansville mayor hospitalized

Terry Aasness

A CaringBridge page has been set up for former Evansville mayor, Terry Aasness, after a medical emergency sent him to the Hennepin County Medical Center Tuesday, Jan. 2.

According to a post on the site, Aasness was having chest pains and was taken by ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital.

After several tests, he was diagnosed with class A aortic dissection and needed emergency surgery. He was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center Tuesday evening and according to a CaringBridge post around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, he was listed as stable.

For more information, visit his CaringBridge site at


New posts have been added to his CaringBridge post. According to a couple different posts Thursday morning, Aasness went into cardiac arrest overnight, but the doctors were able to revive him. Shortly before noon on Thursday, Aasness was reportedly doing OK, but there are still concerns. You can stay up-to-date by visiting his CaringBridge site at

A GoFundMe page has been set up to offset medical costs. To donate, click on the link:

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.


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