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Gordon H. Lindorff, 79, of Hager City, Wis., died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at his home. Gordon "Gordy" H. Lindorff was born July 21, 1928, in Scott County, Minn., the son of Albert B. and Marie (Tyreman) Lindorff. Gordon served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 27, 1950, to Aug. 26, 1953. He was preceded in death by wife, Shirley, four brothers and four sisters.
It's not just because I live near Maiden Rock, Wis., and have escaped from the Twin Cities, that I like the police stories of Mary Logue, the Twin Cities' poet and memoirist.
ST. PAUL -- A rash of consumer toy safety warnings may have parents closely reviewing their children's Christmas wish lists this year. While local toy makers report the recall of hazardous toys made overseas has boosted their sales, other Minnesota businesses are hoping consumers look beyond toys and consider buying other gifts locally during the holiday shopping season. They cite the positive local economic impact, product safety assurances and the attraction of picking a local merchant over a big-box retailer.
I've always been fascinated by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, ever since I read "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein and "The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook," by Alice B. Toklas. The first is a tour de force in which Stein really writes about herself, but titles it using her partner. That ploy enables her to have Toklas "write" stuff like this: "I have known only three geniuses in my life -- Pablo Picasso, Alfred North Whitehead and Gertrude Stein." Not bad, eh?
My friend Lou Gland, retired Ombudsman at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, called me the other day after a silence of several years. "What's the occasion, Lou?" "I just read a story in the New York Times and it made me think of you." "What was it about?" "It asked the question 'Are Book Reviewers Obsolete' and the answer was 'Yes they are.'" We both had a chuckle over that, but the state of book reviewing is at a critical juncture.
Jerome "Jerry" Francis Stark Sr., age 75, of Hastings, Minn., died Sunday, April 14, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Jerry was born on Feb. 9, 1938, to Frank and June Stark in Minneapolis, Minn. He married Eldora Peterson at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville on Sept. 9, 1961. He enjoyed coaching hockey, playing golf, pitching horseshoes, drawing and designing sports-related training aids, gadgets. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Eldora. He is survived by his sons, Jay (Charlene) Stark Jr.
Merlin Fasbender, age 80, of Hastings, died Jan. 7. The funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings, with visitation after 9:30 a.m. at church. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery - Big River in River Falls.
Donna Mae Johnson, age 83, of Hastings, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Dec. 3. Donna was born on May 13, 1929, in Ellsworth, Wis., to Paul and Verbena Boleen. She married LeRoy Johnson on June 6, 1947.
Debbie Ann Burt, 61, born in Winona, Minn., former longtime resident of Hastings and recently of Elmwood, Wis., and the Western Wisconsin area, passed away Dec. 29, 2011. A celebration of her life is planned for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Long Branch, 425 W. Winter Ave., Elmwood, Wis., 715-639-4033.
Theresa M. Meier, age 90, of Siren, Wis., formerly of Prescott and Hastings area, died Jan. 5 at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Mother Seton Hall (west entrance), and 1 hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral Mass Saturday, Jan. 7, at the church. Interment to follow in the parish cemetery.