Category Archives: DN – Minnesota

Ernie Ingvaldson

Ernie D. Ingvaldson,  age 78,  of Albert Lea, Minnesota,  passed away February 7, 2019.

Ernie Ingvaldson

Ernie worked as a repairman for Northwestern Bell/US West for 33 years.

Obituary and further information at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home:


Don Gjevre

Donald Gjevre,  age 80,  of Edina, Minnesota,  passed away February 12th, 2019.

Don Gjevre

Don  worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and served in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Emergency Squad.

Obituary and further information at StarTribune/Obituaries:

Judith “Judi” Lydell

Judith Rae “Judi” Lydell,  age 72,  of Osage, Minnesota,  passed away February 9, 2019.

Judith Lydell

Judi began her working career with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Detroit Lakes and later in Fargo, ND in a career that spanned 20 years.  Over the years, she commuted many thousands of miles to work in Fargo.

Obituary and further information at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home:

Steve Dolin

Steve Dolin,  of Princeton, Minnesota,  passed away February, 2019.

Steve Dolin

Steve worked repair and was a district representative for the Communication Workers of America.  He was a member of the Minnesota Pioneers.

Steve’s church made this announcement…

“We the family of God lost a wonderful man today. Steve Dolin will be missed dearly. Please pray for Carol and the family in there difficult time. He got up to go to the bathroom around 4am , collapsed from heart attack. Cards may be sent to Carol at – 14092 State Highway 95, Princeton, MN. 55371-6346”

(Editor – I understand there will be a memorial at a later date.  I will update this post if I receive further information.)

Kenneth “Pete” Lindgren

Kenneth “Pete” Paul Lindgren,  age 89,  of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota,  passed away January 5, 2019.

Kenneth Lindgren

Pete chose the engineering profession and worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 35 years.  As he was promoted, Ma Bell stationed Pete and his family in the communities of Princeton, Milaca, Paynesville, Sauk Center, Brainerd and Staples.  He was finally transferred to Detroit Lakes in 1960, where he finished out his career.  He rose to the level of plant engineer and worked to bring telephone service to much of northern Minnesota.

Obituary and further information at West Kjos Funeral Home:

Ralph James Marotzke

Ralph James Marotzke,  age 87,  of Eden Prairie, Minnesota,  passed away January 1, 2019.


“Ralph started out in the Detroit Lakes district on the line crew.  He progressed along the way and became an engineer.  When they closed down the Detroit Lakes district he was Transferred to St. Cloud district.  When the Bell System got all messed up he was in Minneapolis.”

Obituary and further information at Brenny Funeral Home: