Star News » Announcements The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:40:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gryz Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:16:03 +0000 Gryz

Kayla Provost and Chaz Gryz of Ramsey announce the birth of their son, Erich Jacob Gryz, born Oct. 7, 2014, weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces.
Big brother Ayden, 3.
Grandparents Loni and Shane Kern, Mary and Steve Gryz.

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Donna Rae Kolstad Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:23:28 +0000 Donna Kolstad, age 75 of Rogers, formerly of S. Mpls. and Alexandria, MN passed away on Nov. 23, 2014.
Preceded in death by loving husband George Arnie and son in law, Mike Schwartz.
Donna will be greatly missed by her daughters, Patti (Jeff) Packer of Otsego, Sharon Kolstad (Dan Welch) of Elk River and Karen (Dan) Vetsch of Mpls.; grandchildren, Nicole, Hilary, Jeremiah, Amanda and Karissa and many other family and friends.
Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She retired from NW Bell with over 30 years of service. She enjoyed time at the lake, being active in her community, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Wellstead of Rogers and Allina Hospice for the attentive and loving care they provided over the last several years. Memorials preferred to Allina Hospice.
Arrangements by Glen Haven Chapel, 763-533-8643,

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:29:52 +0000 Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideals. You who gave me the divine gifts to forgive and forget all that is done to me, and you who are in all the instincts of my life with me, I in this dialogue what to thank you for everything and affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in their perpetual glory. To that end, and submitting to Gods holy will, I ask from you (whatever your request may be). This prayer should be said for three consecutive days, after the third day the request will be granted, (no matter how difficult it may be.) Promising to publish the entire dialogue is a condition of having your request granted.

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JoAnne Elizabeth Thomas Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:14:02 +0000 JoAnne   Elizabeth  Thomas

JoAnne Elizabeth Thomas, age 71 of Big Lake, passed away at her home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
Visitation will be Monday, November 24, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. There will be a private interment. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
JoAnne was born on June 4, 1943 in Maple Lake Township to Clayton and Violet (Borst) Martie. She attended school in both Big Lake and Elk River, and married her high school sweetheart, Leon Thomas 54 years ago. She loved to crochet and create woodwork crafts. She also enjoyed gardening and watching and caring for birds.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Violet Martie; step-father Charles Perrigin; and her son Joseph.
JoAnne is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Leon; sons Leon J. (Tammy) Thomas of Big Lake, Brad (Angie) Thomas of Becker; six grandchildren, Jessica Thomas (Jamie Lutzke), Chad Thomas (Sarah), Ross (Jen) Thomas, Heather Thomas (Josh Durushia), Tara (Dustin) Steiner, and Tyler Thomas; seven great-grandchildren Haylee, Addison, Kylie, Brayden, Landon, Tucker and Colt; sister Betty (Larry) Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.

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Eder / Granning Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:14:43 +0000 Eder / Granning

Rick and Michelle Eder, Paul and Patti Granning and Mila Jo Granning are happy to announce Megan Eder and Kyle Granning were married on Sept. 27, 2014 in Walker, MN.
Megan and Kyle are both graduates of Elk River High School and are residing in Elk River.

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Modeen Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:14:29 +0000 Modeen

Ryan and Gina Modeen of Elk River announce the birth of their son Nolan Richard Modeen born October 17th, 2014. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 oz. and was 19-3/4″. Nolan has a proud big brother Ethan (4) and big sister Olivia (3).

Grandparents are Kenneth and Margaret Modeen of Maple Grove and Richard and Gail Slobodnik of Otsego. Great Grandparents are Anne Potvin of Robbinsdale, Wayne and Donna Modeen of Brooklyn Center, Helen Slobodnik of Brooklyn Park and Gladys Harrer of Minneapolis.

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Ogden Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:42:24 +0000 Ogden

Chad and Bridget Ogden of Eagan announce the birth of their second daughter, Sutton Elizabeth, Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014, at Fairview Southdale Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Sutton has a big sister, Blakeley, 20 months.

Grandparents are John and Lisa Follmer of Elk River, Bruce and Cathy Dalchow of Elk River and Allen and Marcie Ogden of Wichita, Kan. Great-grandparents are Charlie and Jean Brown of Elk River and Dolores Jinks of Wichita.

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Donald H. Keith, Sr. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:14:31 +0000 Donald Keith, Sr., age 81, of Elk River died Nov. 16, 2014.
Survived by wife MaryAnn; sons Don Jr., Gary and Chris (Kari); nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; brothers Harold (Liz) Keith and Michael (Fe) Keith; nephews and nieces.
Memorial to be set at a later time.

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Froehlich Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:08:40 +0000 Froehlich

Mark and Kari Froehlich announce the birth of their daughter Paislee Ann Froehlich born October 3, 2014. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long.
She has a proud big brother Brecken who is 5.
Grandparents are Alan and Shirlee Hoebelheinrich and Jon and Cheryl Froehlich, all of Elk River.

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Tyson Jerome Kinney Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:08:27 +0000 Tyson   Jerome  Kinney

Tyson Jerome Kinney, age 9, of Albertville passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Childrens Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born on Oct. 25, 2005 in Monticello, the son of Brandon J. Kinney and Jessica A. (Vetsch) Kinney.
He was a 3rd grader at Big Woods Elementary.
Tyson enjoyed baseball, video games, rap music, playing with friends, trucks and cars, playing on the trampoline and bread when he grew up he wanted to be a bread taster.
Survived by his father, Brandon Kinney of Elk River; his mother, Jessica (Vetsch) Kinney of Albertville; a brother, Owen age 10; a sister, Maya age 1; grandparents, Elizabeth Vetsch and Trent (Judy) Kinney; aunts and uncles, Marcia (Steve) Knase, Tony (Val) Barthel, Lynn (Scott) Black, Melissa (Todd) Elfstrom, Jaime (Krista) Kinney, Tara (Jeff) Harrer, Scott Lehn; eighteen cousins; many other family and friends.
Preceded in death by grandparents, Dale Vetsch and Cheryl (Huggett) Lehn.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Tyson Jerome Kinney will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Alberts Catholic Church in Albertville. Celebrant will be Father Xavier Thelakkatt.
A visitation will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at St. Alberts Catholic Church in Albertville with prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Honorary Pallbearers: Steven Barthel, Parker Harrer, Alex Kinney, Keegan Elfstrom, Brecken Elfstrom, Dale Lehn.
Pallbearers will be Joe Knase, Cody Black, Mitch Barthel, Rick Robertson, Jason Dodds, Chad Lillydahl.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

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