DL News Staff
March 13, 1975-May 7, 2006 Jonathan A. Austad, 31, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, in Clear Lake Township, Sherburne County, Minn. Jonathan Allen Austad was born to Gary A. and Kathleen (Carrier) Austad on March 13, 1975 in Fargo. He grew up in Lake Park and White Bear Lake, Minn., where he attended school. He also lived and attended school in Detroit Lakes for two years.
Aug. 31, 1920-May 6, 2006 Rhoda M. Doran, 85, of Hawley, died Saturday, May 6, 2006, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Rhoda was born to Edwin and Annette (Quam) Grani on Aug. 31, 1920. When Rhoda was 16 months old, her mother died. She, along with her brothers, was raised by several relatives. Rhoda grew up with her Quam grandparents. She was baptized and confirmed at Houglum Lutheran Church. Rhoda married Vernon Doran on Jan. 6, 1942 at Vancouver, Wash.
Sept. 14, 1935-May 4, 2006 Shirley V. Heim-Larson, 70, of Detroit Lakes, died on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at Apple Valley Health Care Center in Apple Valley, Minn., from complications due to cancer. Shirley Virgene Heim, daughter of Ernest and Irene (Johnson) Heim, was born on Sept. 14, 1935, in Mindoro, Wis. She graduated from Bangor High School, Bangor, Wis., in 1953. She was married on July 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado. During her marriage, she lived in 25 different homes in various states, moving with the Air Force for 21 years.
Oct. 30, 1914-May 4, 2006 Eleanore P. Loeher, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, May 4, 2006 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Eleanore P. Piper was born to Henry and Caroline (Roeske) Piper on Oct. 30, 1914 in Chicago, Ill., where she grew up and attended school. Eleanore married Leonard Loeher on May 20, 1939 in Chicago. Following marriage they moved to Downer's Grove, Ill., where Eleanore worked for the Woolworth Company. Following their retirement they moved to Versailles, Mo. Leonard died July 29, 1990.
Aug. 2, 1925-May 6, 2006 Lorraine Ritchie, 80, of Pelican Rapids, died on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids. Lorraine Clara Pederson, the third child of Helmer and Mary (Beck) Pederson, was born Aug. 2, 1925, at home in Wolf Lake, Becker County. In 1926, the family moved to Perham, where Lorraine attended school until November 1935. Lorraine and her family moved to Menahga, Minn., where she graduated from high school in 1943. She graduated from the Minnesota School of Business, Minneapolis, in stenography and bookkeeping.
Sept. 24, 1913-May 2, 2006 Former Detroit Lakes resident Phyllis Schram, 92, of Chaska, Minn., died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, in Chaska. Phyllis was born to Edward and Caroline (Laite) Jordahl on Sept. 24, 1913, in Lake Park. She graduated from Lake Park High School, and attended business school in Fargo. Phyllis worked at the Lake Park Tuberculosis Hospital in the mid 1930s, and married Lawrence D. Schram in Spirit Lake, Iowa on Jan. 17, 1940. During World War II, they lived in the Twin Cities.
Oct. 9, 1969-May 5, 2006 Detroit Lakes native Rhonda J. Bartsch, 36, of Seymour, Ind., died on Friday, May 5, 2006 at Heritage House of Seymour. Rhonda Jo Sherbrooke, the daughter of Ron and Joanne (Van Cleef) Sherbrooke, was born on Oct. 9, 1969 in Detroit Lakes. She married Aaron Bartsch on Aug. 20, 1994 in Fargo.
Former Detroit Lakes resident Eva Gabor of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 4, 2006 in Durham, N.C., after a lengthy illness which she fought valiantly. She was surrounded by those who loved her. Preceded by her loving husband Andrew, owner of Gabor Trucking, who passed away in 1981, the two of them had moved to Detroit Lakes in 1974. Eva settled permanently in Florida in 1984.
In a long-forgotten branch of philosophy called aesthetics, ancient philosophers debated the nature of beauty. What makes one thing beautiful and another ugly? Who decides which is which? Some primitive cultures find body piercings and permanent scars to be beautiful. Seems crazy -- until your daughter comes home with a steel rod through her eyebrow and a tattoo on her neck. You wonder: what sort of tribe did she join? Cute furry animals like baby seals will always have noisy defenders, but who stands up for cows and pigs?
There is a line from the 1976 movie "Network" where by our populist hero, Howard Beale, declares "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" He spoke for millions, and he would seem to be a voice for political reform even today. It is this frustration with political tone, leadership, and the world at large that drives one to stick his head out the window and yell initiative and referendum.