Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Colette Stadin
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Saying goodbye


It is with a heavy heart that I write this column. Here in the Star-Gazette/Evergreen office we are mourning the death of Howard Thomsen, a fixture in this office since any of us can remember.

Howard was owner and founder of The Evergreen shopper, selling it in 1994. Though he sold it, he never really left. He stayed on in the sales department, making sure The Evergreen went out each week.

He'd stop in the office like clockwork, to go over ads with Carol, review the schedule with Heidi, and solve the world's problems with Tim. He'd make sure Judee had all the billing information she needed; if not, you'd better believe Howard would take care of it ­­— he simply got things done.

Howard was committed to his work with The Evergreen, but he also took the time to forge personal relationships. Before my son's birth, Howard would check the white board in my office with the daily countdown to my due date, reminding me if it wasn't updated. He'd ask if our garage was built, knowing full well it wasn't even started. He enjoyed razzing others, but it was all in good fun.

At his home in Kerrick, he religiously displayed a mass of Christmas decorations in his yard each year, just because he knew the children passing by enjoyed the lights. He was active in his church and community.

He was a sharp, take-charge kind of guy, but more important, he was part of our team — a part we'll sure miss.


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