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Remembering Mildred Koth

Mildred Koth, 98, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Valley Memorial Homes Eldercare Center in Grand Forks. Mildred Fern (Lewis) Koth was born Dec. 3, 1911, on a farm near Essex, Iowa, to Edna and Horace Lewis. When she was 7, her parents sold this farm and elevator business to purchase a farm near Kennedy, Minn., where [...]

Remembering Joannie Bina

Joannie H. Bina, 59, retired  housekeeper in the residence halls, died unexpectedly Aug. 21 at her home in Grand Forks. Joannie Henrietta Bina was born Nov. 21, 1950 in Grand Forks to Edward and Effie (Lunski) Bina. She graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1968. She worked at several places but her main [...]

Remembering Milton Stai

Milton Stai, 73, former supervisor of the carpenter shop, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, in his East Grand Forks home under hospice care. Stai was born Nov. 19, 1936, to Oscar and Martha (Koppang) Stai in International Falls, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Bemidji. He graduated from Bemidji High School and worked with his [...]

Remembering Archie Nathan Hill

Archie Nathan Hill, 84, of Iron, Minn., died Wednesday, Aug. 18, while on a nature walk in a park in Virginia, Minn. Archie was born on May 24, 1926, to Floyd and Josephine (Halverson) Hill in Gary, S.D. Upon graduating from the Gary high school, he joined the Army. After receiving an honorable discharge for his service [...]

Remembering Henn H. Soonpaa

Henn H. Soonpaa, 80, Grand Forks, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 1, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minn. Henn Soonpaa was born to Karl Johannes and Antonie (Adamson) Soonpaa on March 18, 1930, in Tallinn-Nomme, Estonia. He was raised and educated there until the family left Estonia to escape Communist occupation. They lived in Geislingen, Germany, [...]

Remembering Francis Albin Jacobs

Francis Albin Jacobs of Grand Forks, professor emeritus of biochemistry, died June 12 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks of natural causes. He was 92. Francis Jacobs was born Feb. 23, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Anthony and Agnes Ann (Stejskal) Jacobs. He grew up in Minneapolis until the family moved to Denver, Colo. [...]

Remembering Herman M. Zahradka

Herman M. Zahradka, 79, Grand Forks, N.D., passed away Thursday, May 20, at Altru Hospital. Herman Michael Zahradka was born March 21, 1931, the son of John J. and Lucy (Shereck) Zahradka in Lankin, N.D. Before moving to Grand Forks and as a young man, Herman grew up in Lankin, working and running the family [...]

Keith Foster remembered

Keith Foster, died peacefully on April 4, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center. Keith was born August 21, 1924, in Mandan, N.D., to Fay and Alfreda (Farr) Foster and was raised in Dickinson. He attended the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and Marquette University of Medicine in Milwaukee, Wis., where he met his [...]

Remembering Clifford Thomforde

Clifford John Thomforde, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died March 21 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks.  He was 92. Clifford (Cliff) Thomforde was born Dec. 15, 1917, to John and Sophia (Kerber) Thomforde in Crookston, Minn.  He grew up and attended school in Crookston, graduating in 1935.  He earned his first amateur radiolLicense [...]