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John Henry Bobolink, age 56, of Minneapolis, MN, journeyed to the spirit world on Tuesday February 27, 2024. John was born on February 2, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John and Patricia Bobolink. He went to college at Augsburg, Metro State, and the University of Minnesota earning a master’s degree in educational leadership. John was a loving husband, amazing father and a proud grandfather. John was the Director of the Saint Paul Public Schools Indian Education Program where he has spent the last 20+ years. He was a strong advocate for native American youth and their education.

John made many friends over the years and cherished their friendship, wisdom, laughs, and light they brought to his life. John loved his family most and enjoyed spending quality time with them with a cup of coffee always in his hand. John liked watching all the Star Wars movies and the new Star Wars TV shows. He also enjoyed playing family games like Apples to Apples and How Well Do You Know Your Family? He liked yelling, “THEY CHEATIN” while playing his backgammon game and he enjoyed his sugar free candy and wild berry pie.

John loved going to powwows and spending time with his Native American community.

John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Patricia Bobolink.

John is survived by his wife, Colleen Bobolink; children, Breanne, John (Jeselina), Krista, and Mason Bobolink; granddaughter, Evelynn Bobolink all of Minneapolis; sister, Susan (Dennis)
Bobolink of Minneapolis; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Officiating will be Jerry Dearly. Special Music will be “Hoka Maza Oka” and “Imniza Ska”.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be St. Paul Indian Education Program Staff, Norman Benson and Jerry Dearly

Casket Bearers will be John Bobolink, Bo Johnson, Dennis Gilbert JR. Dominic Goodbuffalo, Michael Yzaquirre, Scott Perkins, Mason Bobolink and Anthony Yzaquirre.

Private Interment: Mokahum Cemetery in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

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James Leslie Herrick, age 59, journeyed to the Spirit World on February 22, 2024 in Sioux Falls, SD.

He was born on December 17, 1964 in Flandreau, SD the son of Lauren and Nancy (Robertson) Herrick.

Although he hasn’t been able to ride for years, James loved motorcycles.  He enjoyed cooking and worked in different restaurants over the years.

Survived by his three daughters, Alicia Jasper, Catherine Herrick and Jamie Herrick; sisters Laureen and Laura; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his mom Nancy; dad Lauren; and brothers Larry and Lauren Jr “Chip”

Private family services will be held at a later date.


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September 26, 1930 – February 23, 2024

Roy Alvin Cleveland, 93, of Sisseton, South Dakota passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024 at his residence.

He was born on September 26, 1930 to Floyd and Hazel (Knapp) Cleveland the oldest of ten children. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school.

At age of 18, Roy joined the Army from January 17, 1949 until January 19, 1950 and then joined the reserves.  On October 2, 1950 he was called to active duty and sent to Korea.   He was discharged on August 20, 1951.  After the service he returned home to the farm and later moved to Huron, South Dakota and worked at Armour Meat Packing Plant.

On November 29, 1953, he was united in marriage to Arlene Huff at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church.  They were blessed with 5 children Gordon, Floyd, Juanita, Marita and Jackie Roy who passed away shortly after birth on December 15, 1961.

Over the years Roy farmed and was a carpenter. He built his own hay stack mover and moved hay for 30 years. He continued farming and building things until they moved into Sisseton. Roy along with Floyd started Cleveland Metal and Repair. He also helped Gordon build a machine to make survey stakes for his business, and he helped build an adjustable message bed for his granddaughter Ashley.  His last building project was a weed eater attached to his lawn mower so he could do everything at one time.

He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, dancing and helping his family do whatever they needed.

In return, they had to play cards to pay off their bills.  The last game played to pay off the debt was Kings in the Corner.  He always finished the night saying “come on back” and “you can’t do that playing cards.”   The kids would say “I’ll be back and I’ll be the winner.”   They would always say “Grandpa you’re cheating.”  Roy always made the nights fun! Roy and his family, brothers and sisters and in-laws were known to play cards until 4 am and then do chores in the morning.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of seventy years: Arlene; two sons: Gordon (Debbie) of Custer, South Dakota and Floyd of Sisseton, South Dakota; two daughters: Juanita of San Antonio, Texas and Marita  (Bill) of Sisseton, South Dakota; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 adopted great grandchildren and families; 2 step grandchildren and families; three brothers: Dale (Bonnie) Cleveland, Calvin (Linda) Cleveland and Charles (Lorraine) Cleveland; two sisters: Arlene (Sherman) Thovson and Gloria Echols; an aunt: Verna Knapp.

He was preceded in death by a son Jackie Roy, his parents Floyd and Hazel Cleveland, his in-laws Leo and Hulda Huff, four brothers Harlan (Delores) Cleveland, Ervin (Maren) Cleveland, Sgt. James Cleveland and Duane Cleveland, a nephew Bob Cleveland, a step grandson David Petersen, a step great grandson Tanner Bruce, two sons-in-law Alvin Ziebarth and Jimmy Stavick and by two brothers-in-law Melvin and Arlo Huff.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at the church one hour prior to funeral services.

Funeral services for Roy Cleveland will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton, South Dakota.  Pastor Paul Kosel will officiate. Organist will be Marti Knudsen and Riley Huff will sing “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross”.   Andrew Harrill will read the obituary. Gene Hortness will read a poem and memories from his family.  Usher will be Mark Tasa.

Interment will follow at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Cemetery in Eden, South Dakota, with Military Rites by the Otto-Quande-Renville American Legion Post 50.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Jennifer Harrill, Jessica Endres, Ashley Cleveland and Brittany Dettler.

Casket Bearers will be Robbie Cleveland, Jack Cleveland, Jason Cleveland, Jeremy Ziebarth, Joshua Ziebarth, Jared Ziebarth, Dustin Cleveland and Derek Pond.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.    Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com


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February 22, 1940 – February 18, 2024


Elizabeth “Liz” Louise Kosek, age 83, of Winsted passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 peacefully at home with loved ones by her side.

She was born on February 22, 1940 in Silver Lake the daughter of Peter & Cecilia (Podlaski) Smykalski.

On October 13, 1962, Elizabeth “Liz” Smykalski and Leonard Kosek were joined in holy marriage at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake.   God blessed their marriage with their daughter Laurie.

Liz was a cook at Kool-It and employed at Edco Sewing Company.

She took pleasure in spreading her love through her baking and cooking. She also enjoyed walking around the city of Winsted and shopping at various stores and garage sales.  Liz loved beautiful flowers and tending to her gardens.

She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted and belonged to its C.C.W.

Survived by her loving grandson: Dustin A. Diers; son-in-law: Greg (Danielle Shank) Poetz and children Ali, Lili, Lani and Grayson; sister: Florence Hennessey and a sister-in-law: Linda Smykalski; also survived by nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Liz is preceded in death by her husband Leonard, and daughter Laurie Poetz, her parents, brothers Raymond, Richard, Leonard, sister Shirley Sterner and by infant siblings Leroy and Mercedes Smykalski.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth “Liz” Kosek will be held on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.   Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held on Monday, February 26th from 4-7 P.M. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M. followed by Parish Prayers at 6:30 P.M.   Further visitation will be held on Tuesday morning, February 27th from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M in at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.


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Bradley Allen LaCroix-Cloud (Zitkada) made his journey to the Spirit World on February 17, 2024 at his home in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Brad was born on November 2, 1970 at University Hospital in St. Paul, MN to Fern Cloud and Alvin (Alfie) LaCroix.

Brad loved cars and was an avid Formula One fan, he tried to attend race car driving school, but found out that he was too tall (6’ 3”). Growing up in Rapid City, SD Brad was in his element fishing trout with his uncle, Dave Anderson. Birds were Brad’s family members and he had many over the years, each one had a special name and place in his life. Brad got his mechanic certificate from Western Area Technical School in Rapid City and loved working on cars.

When moving back to the area, he worked at Dakota Sioux Casino as a line cook. Moving to Prior Lake, MN, Brad worked as a Security Guard at Mystic Lake Casino. Returning to SD, he worked as a Blackjack dealer at the Dakota Sioux Casino and then, transferred to Security. Brad signed up with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and loved that field of work.

In March 2021, Brad went into a coma for several months. Upon recovering, his health took a drastic toll and he struggled with many disparities. His will to beat his health issues was courageous and his will to live was amazing.

Brad is survived by his mother: Fern Cloud; son: Alexander Cloud-Hansen of Otsego, MN; brothers: Scott (Marsha) LaCroix of Veblen, SD; Alvin (Tina) LaCroix, Jr. of St. Cloud, MN; sisters: Antoinette LaCroix of Rosemont, MN; Yvonne (Patrick) LaCroix of Carver, MN; Yvette LaCroix of Rosemont; Jill LaCroix of Bozeman, MT; Raine Cloud of Sisseton, SD and Anna (Richard) LaRoque of Rosholt, SD; many aunties, uncles,
cousins, nieces and nephews.

Brad is preceded in death by his father: Alvin (Alfie) LaCroix; brother: Seth Enoch Cloud-Chief Eagle; maternal grandparents: Gertrude Enoch-Cloud, Iver V. Cloud I; paternal grandparents: William LaCroix I, Gertrude Wanna LaCroix- Bean; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

An all-night visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Old Agency Village, SD.

A funeral service for Bradley LaCroix-Cloud will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Old Agency Village, SD

Officiating will be Pastor Vern Donnell, Reverend Paul Kyle, CRE Gereld Hemminger JR.

Special Music: Paul and Hilary Kyle      Organist: Billy Kohl

Honorary Casket Bearers: Alexander Cloud Hansen, Isaiah Guerrero, Shilo Renville, Cody White, Todd Rockwood, Richard LaRoque, Ronald LaBeau, Dan Donnell, All friends of Brads, too many to mention by name, please feel included.

Casket Bearers: Scott LaCroix, Alfie LaCroix, Jeff LaCroix, Iver Cloud III, Everette Keeble, Roland Cloud, Robert Campbell

Interment will be held at the Tribal Traditional Burial Grounds in Sisseton, SD

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com