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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

2018's Ma & Pa Kettle


August 9, 2018

Lois E. Johnson

Cindy and Alden Disterhaupt will be Ma and Pa Kettle at the big celebration in Kettle River this weekend.

The couple has lived in Automba Township for their married lives and have been involved in the community. Cindy is the Automba Township Clerk and an election judge.

And Alden helps out wherever he is needed.

"I worked on the park by the Automba Town Hall," he said. "We made a nice playground at the park but we needed a place to sit. Last year, we built the new pavilion."

"Denise Reed and I made lunches for the guys working on the pavilion," said Cindy. "It was a nice community project. The old guys who couldn't work would come and visit."

The couple met shortly after graduation and married not long after. They will celebrate their 44th anniversary in August.

They raised three children. One son, Clint, lives nearby and has eight-year-old twins. Cindy said the kids stay with them when their parents are working. Their other son and daughter live in Lindstrom.

The couple has six grandchildren with one on the way.

Alden is a carpenter and built their home and all of the buildings on the farm within the last 25 years.

"He built everything himself," said Cindy. "Our sons helped but there were no other workers."

One of their two sons, Clint, built a home down the road on land that he purchased from his parents.

Alden has 25 head of beef cattle.

"I used to have as many as 100 beef cattle," said Alden. "But I've cut down to 25 now."

He retired in 2010 from carpentry work, he said.

The couple has also raised dogs: Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and shih tzus, along with a few Yorkshire Terriers and poodles.

"We made a lot of people happy with the dogs," said Cindy. "We get calls from the people to tell us how much they enjoyed their dog. One called and said their dog died after 17 years. They wanted another one."

Cindy explained that the dogs would be shipped all over the nation.

"We made a trip to the airport every week to ship out a dog," she added. "We shipped a lot of them to the East Coast."

Cindy has retired from the dog business.

The couple lives in their small place in Texas for six weeks each winter.

"We love it there," said Cindy. "But it is nice to come home. We love our farm too. We see deer, coyotes and we even saw a mountain lion one time."

The couple also likes to take motorcycle trips in the summer.

They listed the places that they have been on their Can Am Spider over the last few years: Niagara Falls, Lake Tahoe, Maine, Black Hills and California.

"The motorcycle is a great way to see the country," said Alden. "We've been to a lot of the places that we couldn't go when we were raising kids."

"The weather has been great on all of our trips," added Cindy. "We have been very fortunate that way."

The couple is looking forward to being Ma and Pa Kettle.

"We were honored to be asked," said Cindy. "We have had fun looking for our costumes."

The Ma and Pa Kettle parade is Saturday at 11 a.m. in Kettle River.


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