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Obituaries

Violet “Vi” (Johnson) Bjelland was born August 3, 1930, at the family farm in Urness Township. She was the first child of Adolph and Alice (Anderson) Johnson. She was baptized September 21, 1930, at the West Moe Lutheran Church and confirmed at Lands Lutheran Church, Hoffman. She attended country school and graduated from Evansville High School in 1949.
Dean Lee Koenecke was born on January 31, 1939, to Frank and Elizabeth (Chworowsky) Koenecke. He was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran church in Jackson, Minnesota and attended school in Dunnell and Sherburn, Minnesota, and then at the Minnesota School of Business. After taking Basic Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he served in the National Guard and worked for Fareway Foods in Iowa. In 1962, he moved to Minneapolis, MN where he was a meat merchandiser for Red Owl Stores, Inc. On August 15, 1965, he was united in marriage to Vivian Bergeson in Estherville, Iowa, and they made their home in Apple Valley, Minnesota for twelve years. While living in Apple Valley, Vivian taught at Westview Elementary School and Dean worked for Red Owl. In 1977, Dean and his brother-in-law purchased a grocery store in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Donald Froemming, Jr., 69, of Big Lake, LA, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Lake Charles Memorial. He was born to his late parents, Donald Carl Froemming and Leila Ann Zwieg on May 5, 1953 in Wichita, Kansas. Donald served as a Mechanic in the Army during the Vietnam area. After leaving the service, he was a diesel mechanic for Rocky Mountain International. Some of his hobbies included: fishing, woodworking, and causing trouble lol.
March 17, 1946 - July 1, 2022

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Marlene Helen Christopherson was born July 27, 1946, in Minneapolis MN, the daughter of Walter and Helen (Weresuik) Christopherson. She was baptized on July 13, 1947, in Minneapolis, MN and lived in Crystal MN for 71 years.
July 3, 1930 - June 29, 2022
July 31, 1950 - June 28, 2022
Celebration of Life July 9 at 11:00 am Alexandria United Methodist Church 2210 6th Ave. Alexandria, MN 56308

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Vernette V. Hanson, age 85, of Alexandria, formerly of Miltona, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at her home in Alexandria.
Alice Catherine (Heldt) Strand was born on October 14, 1939, along with her twin brother: Albert, to Albert and Magdalene (Konieczny) Heldt in Appleton, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Alice attended and graduated from Appleton High School in 1957; being only 17 at the time, she was the youngest one in her class to graduate. On May 28, 1959, Alice married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, David Strand. She continued her education, receiving her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree on January 16, 1961.
Dorothy Margaret (Williams) Maus was born on February 26, 1932, in West Union, Minnesota to John and Margaret Williams. She grew up on a farm in West Union Township and attended country school through the eighth grade. Dorothy graduated from Osakis High School in 1949. This is where she met Dale and they started going steady when they were seniors. After graduation Dorothy went to Minneapolis and worked at Northwestern Bank.
Steven L. Wiswell, formally of Miltona, MN, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Jasper, IN on March 29, 2022. Steven was born December 17, 1970 to Harvey and Dorothy (Hauer) Wiswell. He graduated from Jefferson Senior High and enlisted in the Marine Corp. Steven was honorably discharged January, 1993 and was employed by Crane Navel Base. Steven is preceded in death by his parents: Harvey and Dorothy (Hauer) Wiswell, and grandparents: Harry and Anna Wiswell, and Frank and Marian Hauer. He is survived by his siblings: Terry, Connie and Phyllis, aunts and uncle and nieces and nephews. Steven will be laid to rest at New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, IN on August 15, 2022 with Military Honors. Special attendance: Patriot Riders/Freedom Riders.
July 31, 1994 - June 25, 2022
May 8, 1948 - June 26, 2022
Mary Beth (Janke) Wagner was born on January 11th, 1952, to Robert and Muriel (Jensen) Janke in Alexandria, MN. Mary graduated in 1970 from Jefferson Senior High School and married Pat Ellingson. Together they were blessed with two children, Jeff and JD. Mary married Ron Wagner in 1992 and in 1995, they made their home on Lake Latoka. She worked at Janke Shoes, was a cosmetologist at Bethany Home, worked at the Alexandria Museum, and later in life owned The Gift and Fudge Factory in her family’s former shoe store.
Oct. 14, 1939 - June 25, 2022