The Princeton Union-Eagle Community newspaper of Princeton, Minn. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:30:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thomas Leigh Keen Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:30:28 +0000 Thomas   Leigh  Keen

Thomas Leigh Keen, 68, of Duluth, MN, passed away at his sons lake home near Walker, MN.
He was born on January 18, 1946 in Princeton, the son of Edwin and Elizabeth Betty (Jump) Keen.
Tom graduated from Princeton High School in 1964. He met Carol Peterson in Brainerd, MN on February 11, 1966 and on November 18, 1966 the two united in marriage in Spicer, MN. In their early years together, they would travel all over. They settled back in Princeton in 1976 to raise their family. When they retired, they moved to their lake home the family helped build near Lutsen, MN.
Tom enjoyed camping, fishing, reading and wintering with Carol in Alabama. Family always came first, spending time with them was very important to Tom. His sweet tooth would often catch him making his famous fudge, making chocolate chip cookies and eating his favorite, chocolate covered peanuts.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Betty Keen, and one brother Kenneth Keen.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol; daughter, Kristin (Alan) Koll of Buffalo Lake, MN and their children, Jordyn (Joshua) McKnight and Josh Koll; son, Chad (Amy) Keen of Milaca, MN and their children Jessica and Danyell; daughter, Melissa (Erik) Jopp of Richmond, MN and their children, Emily and Abby; son, Corey (Jennifer) Keen of Isanti, MN and their daughter, Shelby; brothers, Philip (Sue) Keen of South St. Paul, MN and E. John (Patricia) Keen of Ocala, FL; one sister, Margaret (Kevin) Johnson of Zimmerman, MN and one great-grandchild on the way.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tom Keens name are preferred to St. Lukes Foundation, Smoking Cessation Program, 1000 East 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55805
A private family celebration of Toms life will be held at a later date.
Toms care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at

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George E. Deglman Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:30:44 +0000 George   E.  Deglman

George Earl Deglman, age 82, of Princeton, MN, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Princeton Elim Home.
He was born on July 4, 1932 in Greenbush Township, MN the son of George Emil and Hazel Maud (Brabander) Deglman. George grew up near Princeton and attended Princeton schools. He also went on to study Agriculture at the University of Minnesota. George proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On June 22, 1957 George was united in marriage to Amelia Reibestein in Wahkon, MN. To this union, nine children were born. The couple made their home on Amelias family farm in Opstead for many years then moved to a farm near Princeton and have lived here since.
George was a lifetime farmer and outdoorsman. He enjoyed tinkering and working on tractors as well as restoring old cars. In his spare time he loved to travel, visiting national parks and taking in the sights. George also enjoyed reading about history and the Civil War. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed.
George is survived by his children, George C. (Debra) Deglman, Mary (Ron) Struffert, Laura (Michael) Orton, Frank J. Deglman, Catherine (Gordon) Garbacz, Joseph E. (Wanda) Deglman, John D. (Tammi) Deglman, Annette (Onesimus) Kudadjie, and Brian P. Deglman; 21 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and sister Arlotte Miller; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Amelia; and sister, Beverly Kessler.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish North Campus in Princeton. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 4-7 p.m., at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish-North Campus with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in St. Edwards Catholic Cemetery, Princeton.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton, MN.

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William (Bill) David Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:30:44 +0000 William  (Bill)   David

Loving Husband and Father

William (Bill) David, age 83, of Foley, died Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. Monday, September 29, 2014 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. The Rev. Virgil Helmin officiated. Burial was in the Parish cemetery.
Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Parish Prayers were held at 5 p.m. on Sunday followed by Duelm Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. Service with dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
William Joseph David was born October 26, 1930 in Glendorado Township, Benton County, Minnesota to William and Mathilda (Brunn) David. He married Patricia Haley on April 10, 1951 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Foley. Bill farmed in Glendorado Township his entire life. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, a trustee of St. Lawrence Catholic Church for eight years, a school board member of District 128 and worked at the St. Lawrence Parish Bazaar until he was 80 years old. He enjoyed auctions, collecting antiques, gardening, playing cards, working in his shop, having coffee with the guys in Santiago, Country music and the occasional trip to the casino.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Marie (Ron) Herbst of Foley, Lynn Gleason of Bowlus, Dennis (Sally) of Foley, Deb (Dan) Ranweiler of Foley, Bill III of Clear Lake, Amy (Marc Johnson) David of Watford City, ND; siblings, Cecilia Ruhoff of Sartell, Eleanor Brambrink of Sauk Rapids, Ervin (Violet) of Foley and Agnes Hoffman of Pillager; sister-in-law, Myrtle David of Sauk Rapids; brothers-in-law, Richard Haley of Motley, Duane Dudek of Foley and Gene Denfield of Sauk Rapids; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Bob on January 23, 2014; brother, Donald and sisters, Helen David and Kathryn Denfield.

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Mary Ann Gillette Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:30:32 +0000 Mary    Ann   Gillette

Mary Ann (Sager) Gillette, age 79, of Princeton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
She was born on December 25, 1934 in Greenbush Township, MN, the daughter of Gerald and Edna (Forschen) Sager. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Lloyd Gillette in July of 1952. They were happily married for 47 years.
Mary Ann loved her up North friends and Emily Lake where she was for the past 25 years. She also loved gardening, bird watching, fishing, the casino and pull tabs. Mary Ann was talented at sewing, crocheting and knitting. She was a longtime member of Freshwaters United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Mary Ann is survived by her daughter, Jean (John) Taylor; sons Richard and Randall (Gena) Gillette; siblings, Henry (Sharon) Sager, Elaine (Delbert) Holland, Lorna (Carl) Burch, Gerald (Nancy) Sager, Caroline (Phillip) Bendickson, Richard (Karen) Sager, Howard (Joyce) Sager, Marge Olson, Bill Sager, Kim Sager and Martin (Joyce) Sager; grandchildren, David (Angie) Gillette, Jennifer Gillette, Steve (Christine) Gillette, Sunny (Steve) Shellito and Zach Taylor; great-grandchildren, Austin, Dalton, Jackson, Peyton, Dane, Hunter and Karson; special friend Rich Besser.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lloyd; brother Daniel Sager and sister Colleen Olson.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Freshwaters United Methodist Church in Princeton. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, September 29 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment took place in Green Lake Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Rob Beer and Heidi Campbell-Beer Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:30:40 +0000 Rob Beer & Heidi Campbell-Beer

Rob Beer and Heidi Campbell-Beer, Fargo, N.D., celebrated 10 years of marriage by renewing their vows with family and friends Aug. 9 at Island Park, Fargo.
The couple, originally from Princeton, has two children, Caden Beer, 9, and Carson Beer, 6.

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Yvonne Taylor Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:30:32 +0000 Yvonne    Taylor

Yvonne Jean Taylor, age 79, of Princeton, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Fairview Northland Hospital.
She was born on February 18, 1935 in Big Stone, SD, the daughter of Guy and Elsie (Schmahl) Wilson.
Yvonne was united in marriage to George E. Taylor on March 21, 1971 in St. Paul, MN.
She was lovingly nicknamed the Elevator Lady at The Oaks as she enjoyed decorating the elevators as long as she lived there. She also spent time volunteering at the Library reading to children. The moment she took her last breath, an Angel was born.
Yvonne is survived by her children, Jerry Pelg, David Pelg, Julane Carole and Tom Pelg; brother Glenn Wilson; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George; infant son John; grandson Jonathan; and great-granddaughter Sadie L. Gates.
Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Curbing  child abuse a county priority Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:27:47 +0000 The recent indictment of star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for alleged child abuse allegations and domestic abuse charges against Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice has heightened awareness of domestic and child abuse.

Among those talking about the subject was Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude. She pointed out that Mille Lacs County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team to combat child abuse was the 2013 recipient of the Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in child abuse prevention efforts.

The team is comprised of social workers, law enforcement and prosecutors and it focuses on improving child abuse investigations and prosecutions with the goal of preventing child abuse.

Also, Jude and Judy Pearson, Pearl Crisis Center director, are co-facilitators of the Mille Lacs County Family Violence Coordinating Council. It is made up of judges, victim advocates, social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health professionals, ministerial association members, guardians ad litem, probation agents, legal aid attorneys and staff, and others who have an interest in reducing family violence.

The Family Violence Coordinating Council was created to generate community awareness on the topic of domestic violence and improve the process in the criminal justice system, according to Jude.

Jude noted that Coordinating Council representatives recently attended a presentation of the Stearns County Domestic Violence Court and that they hope to bring a similar court to Mille Lacs County.

“The focus of the (Coordinating Council) is on children that are impacted by family violence and a desire to hold offenders accountable,” Jude said. “Finally, there are current efforts to bring a child advocacy center to the area which would aid law enforcement, social workers and prosecutors in developing better child abuse investigations and make the whole process a bit easier for victims and their families.”

Representatives of the Princeton Police Department, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, Mille County attorney and social services departments have been meeting and coordinating with others to make the child advocacy center a reality, Jude reported. She said these representatives are a subcommittee of a much larger group of people focusing on child abuse prevention.

Jude noted that her office prosecuted 134 domestic abuse cases and 21 criminal sexual conduct cases last year, and that many of those cases involved children. Jude added that the majority of domestic and child abuse incidents go unreported.

“Child abuse, both physical and sexual, and domestic abuse prevention has been, and continues to be a priority in Mille Lacs County,” Jude said.

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Caleb Mancuso gets Make-A-Wish trip to ‘Wheel of Fortune’ set Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:27:09 +0000  

Despite Caleb Mancuso’s inability to talk because of muscular dystrophy, the Princeton boy’s gestures made it clear when he arrived home on Sept. 17 from his Make-A-Wish trip that he had an awesome time.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota had sent the 15-year-old and his parents, Ruth and Ken Mancuso, and two private nurses to Hawaii Sept. 10-17. While there, the group got to watch tapings of Caleb’s favorite TV game show: “Wheel of Fortune.”

Caleb was born with myotonic muscular dystrophy, or MMD, and, besides his speech handicap, was given a tracheotomy as a young child. Last May he had surgeries to extend his right heel, realign his right foot, and reposition his right knee cap. A week before the surgery he had fallen off his three-wheel bicycle. Besides skinning up parts of his body, the mishap gave him a buckle-type fracture on his right wrist.  The family plans surgery this winter for extending his left heel and working on the left knee cap.

Ken Mancuso says that the teen also has scoliosis and triposis spine curvatures and that a large number of his vertebrae were recently fused from his neck down to the middle of his back. He has also suffered from shaken-baby syndrome and has a condition called drop mouth, according to the Mancuso family.

Part of MMD is a deterioration of muscles and because of that, bones aren’t held in place like they should be, the couple explained. They also stated that myotonic is the most severe form of muscular dystrophy.

Caleb has been in a wheelchair in recent weeks because of his surgeries but Ruth and Ken Mancuso said they expect he will soon be back walking like he was before.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota grants wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy,” according to its website.

“Wheel of Fortune” paid for the group’s VIP tickets to attend a day of taping sessions of its show at the Hilton there.

Behind-the-scenes arranging

Getting the free trip to Hawaii and to see tapings of “Wheel of Fortune” came about in a circuitous way.

Ruth Mancuso explained their son’s doctor, Marjorie Sexton at Mercy hospital in Coon Rapids, had nominated him to Make-A-Wish Minnesota last fall. The charity then contacted the Mancusos in February to make a list of Caleb’s wishes.

The family listed a combo wish of going to Hawaii and watching a “Wheel of Fortune” segment as his first choice. His second choice was just touring the Hawaiian Islands, while his third top wish was to attend a concert of the Minnesota Christian music band, Go Fish. His fourth wish was for a Go Fish concert at Faith Community Lutheran Church that the family attends at Zimmerman.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota responded that it considered going to Hawaii and watching a “Wheel of Fortune” taping to be two wishes and would only grant one of those. The family chose the trip to Hawaii and then checked when “Wheel of Fortune” would be taping in Hawaii. As a result they requested to be in Hawaii in time for the Sept. 14 taping sessions. “Wheel of Fortune” agreed to pay the cost of attending the show.

A limousine picked the group up at the Mancusos’ residence in the city of Princeton at the trip’s start and brought them home at the end.

“It was great,” Ken Mancuso said when the group returned. “We didn’t want to come back.” Once out of the limo and in the driveway, Caleb was given one more Make-A-Wish gift — a blanket with turtle images.

Really likes the game show 

Caleb has been able to express his feelings with hand and arm motions when pretending he is a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.” If, for example, he misses a turn to spin the “Wheel of Fortune” wheel, he will snap a finger on one hand and swing the arm down and to the side as if to say, “Aw shucks!” If he knows how to solve the puzzle, he will take his feeding tube extension and move it as if he is pressing the Wheel of Fortune clicker device. If he goes bankrupt on the show, he will hit his hand to his forehead.

Ken and his now deceased former wife Rosemary decided to adopt Caleb when he was 2 and began a trial foster parenting period starting in April 2002 when the child was almost 3. The couple adopted him in January 2003 when he was four months shy of turning 4.

Ken Mancuso said last week that many children with MMD don’t live far past their teens. Ruth Mancuso said she thinks Caleb is doing so well because of having a strong Christian faith.

About the game show 

During the Sept. 14 segment of “Wheel of Fortune” tapings, the show’s longtime puzzle-letter turner Vanna White and longtime show host Pat Sajak came down to the audience to take questions about the show.

The Mancuso group was in the lower row of the show’s bleachers, with Caleb seated in front of them. When audience members were invited to come down and show how to do a Hawaiian Hula dance, Caleb participated. Caleb took off his hat and swung it in the air during this and his dancing drew a lot of admiring hoots from the audience, his parents said.

Ruth Mancuso said the puzzle board was smaller than what TV made it seem. The Mancuso group also got to see the show’s makeup artists powder the contestants’ faces and prepare them for the taping.

Ken Mancuso, who isn’t normally a fan of “Wheel of Fortune,” said he found the experience “exciting.” The crowd sat outside but the contestants and Sajak and White were under an overhead canopy.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota also paid for the group’s admission to a Legends of the Luau buffet-style dinner with show.

The group had intended to go on a glass-bottom boat ride, but it was canceled due to high waves, so they instead rode in a submarine. Caleb also got to ride on a floating beach chair in the ocean along the beach. One day when a maintenance crew was beach cleaning with a John Deere Gator tractor, Caleb was drawn to it because of having watched his grandfather Bob Otto ride a Gator back in Princeton. The crew let him sit on it. Ken Mancuso said that many people on the trip were very kind to Caleb.

Another stop they had was at a music store where the proprietor let Caleb strum two guitars, a banjo and a ukulele. A musician there named Uncle Uke played a ukulele and sang for Caleb, including one of Caleb’s favorite songs, “This Little Light of Mine.” When the Mancusos bought one of Uncle Uke’s CDs, Uncle Uke autographed it. Another adventure for Caleb was to visit a Harley Davidson motorcycle business and sit on a motorcycle.

Back home

Caleb held up a finger of approval when he was asked upon arriving home how he felt about the trip.

When Make-A-Wish Minnesota called last February to ask where the family wanted to go for Caleb’s wish, “We were ecstatic,” said Ruth Mancuso, explaining that they would not have been able to afford such a trip.

Ken Mancuso, an ex-Marine, is retired and Ruth works out of the home as a personal care attendant in home health care.

The Mancusos describe Caleb as fun-loving and spoke of some memorable times with him. One of Ken’s most cherished memories with Caleb is when the boy spent his first night in their home. The boy sat on his lap and the two fell asleep together.

Now, with Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s contribution of the Hawaii trip, the family has another memorable time to savor.

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Royalty activities lead up to PHS homecoming week Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:25:12 +0000 Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle Johnny Depp was the theme for the Princeton High School royalty candidates’ dress up day on Monday. In front are Melinda Meyer as a Willy Wonka character, Kailey Moore as The Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Chase Arens as Edward Scissorhands. In back are Jenna Doyle as a Willy Wonka character, Jaydee Green as pirate Jack Sparrow, Tanner Palmborg as Jack Sparrow, Sam Archer as a Willy Wonka character, and Williams Oakes as Tonto from “The Lone Ranger.

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle
Johnny Depp was the theme for the Princeton High School royalty candidates’ dress up day on Monday. In front are Melinda Meyer as a Willy Wonka character, Kailey Moore as The Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Chase Arens as Edward Scissorhands. In back are Jenna Doyle as a Willy Wonka character, Jaydee Green as pirate Jack Sparrow, Tanner Palmborg as Jack Sparrow, Sam Archer as a Willy Wonka character, and Williams Oakes as Tonto from “The Lone Ranger.

Princeton High School homecoming will be next week, but festivities have already begun with the selection of candidates for homecoming king and queen.

PHS students voted last week for five girls and five boys from the senior class as candidates for queen and king. The queen candidates are Jenna Doyle, Jaydee Green, Mary Mayerchak, Melinda Meyer and Kailey Moore. The king candidates are Samuel Archer, Chase Arens, Justin Carlson, Williams Oakes and Tanner Palmborg.

The king and queen coronation will take place on Monday, Sept. 29, in the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center starting at 7 p.m.

The candidates will have dress-up days this week with the themes of Johnny Depp (Monday), “Living Dead” (Tuesday), “Pokemon” (Wednesday), medieval (Thursday), and “Hunger Games” (Friday).

All of the PHS students will have dress-up days also during homecoming week, starting Sept. 29: American, Hawaiian, college apparel, rock star and Tiger pride (orange and black).

Students will also be celebrating homecoming week with pep fests. Homecoming adviser Andrea Levering said there will be traveling pep fests to North Elementary and the middle school and that she expects South Elementary’s students will be brought over to the high school to participate in its pep fest.

The homecoming football game has the Tigers facing off against the St. Francis Fighting Saints starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the high school’s John Harvey Field. The senior girls and junior girls will play a powder puff football game on Oct. 3, starting at 3:30 p.m.

A PHS homecoming dance is set for 8:50-11:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the high school.

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Sherburne man killed in farm accident Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:22:28 +0000 A 61-year-old Clear Lake man was killed Sept. 15 when he was pinned under a tractor. At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 15, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office was called to a farming accident at 8523 State St, Clear Lake. Deputies discovered that Brad Braun, 61, Clear Lake was pinned underneath a tractor that he had been operating on the family farm. Braun was deceased at the scene.

Deputies learned that Braun had been moving large round hay bales when the tractor flipped over onto him, causing his death. The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Becker Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.

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