Duane Richard Brown

OBITUARY - Duane Richard Brown


Duane Richard Brown, age 68 of Brooklyn Park and formerly of Becker, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace in St. Paul. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 AM at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Private interment will be at Becker Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello. 

Duane was born in Monticello on October 1, 1945, to William P. and Vera (Hamacher) Brown. He grew up in the Becker area, but lived much of his life in the Twin Cities area, including the last 25 years in Brooklyn Park. He was employed at Spancrete Hanson in Maple Grove for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vera; brother Kenny Brown; and sister Loretta Moeller. Duane is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Jason) Smith of Big Lake; granddaughter Julia; siblings Donny (Barb) Brown, Jerry Brown, Roger (Karen) Brown, Carl Brown, Harry Brown, Pearl Brown, Karen Schmittinger, and Bobby Brown.



(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)