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Terry Aasness, former Evansville mayor dies

Terry Aasness, former Evansville mayor, died from heart issues Thursday, Jan. 11, at Hennepin County Medical Center in the Twin Cities.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville. The funeral will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville.

On his CaringBridge website, his family posted, “Dad put up a great fight but he was just too sick. He went home to be with the Lord a little before noon today. He will be missed terribly.

Thank you all so very much for the prayers, thoughts, kind words and generosity over the last week and a half.”

On Jan. 2, Aasness was having chest pains and was taken by ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital and then was later flown to Hennepin County Medical Center. His family set up the CaringBridge page, which can be found at this link: In addition, a GoFundMe page was also set up to offset medical costs. To donate, click on the link:

Years of public service

Aasness has been in the Evansville community since 1980. He operated Evansville Machine Shop along County Road 82 in Evansville.

He served four years as a city council member, then six years as the mayor before taking six years off. In 2014, he was again elected mayor and served his first two-year term in 2015 and 2016. He was re-elected at the end of 2016 and was in the middle of another two-year term before resigning in December.

He also served nearly 35 years with the Evansville Fire Department. During his time on the department, Aasness served several years as the fire chief.

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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