Living History - Feb. 1 edition

15 years ago Excerpts from the Feb. 4, 2003 Pioneer Journal o Teenager doesn't let cancer slow him Kyle Dykhoff thought he had a cyst on the side of his neck, but he, his doctor and his family weren't concerned until it began to get bigger. "I ha...


15 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 4, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Teenager doesn't let cancer slow him

Kyle Dykhoff thought he had a cyst on the side of his neck, but he, his doctor and his family weren't concerned until it began to get bigger.

"I had had some friends over and felt a bump on the right side of my neck," Dykhoff said.


He had no other symptoms, but he went to the doctor, beginning a ride on a roller coaster of emotions.

In less than a month Dykhoff, 16, was first diagnosed with cancer, then told he was cancer-free and finally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

After a checkup on Oct. 14, the lump was left alone with Dykhoff's family being told to watch it. Yet there was still not concern on Nov. 14 when he had his physical for basketball. His family and doctor continued to watch the lump, which didn't seem to be doing anything.

The day after Thanksgiving, one of his friends told Dykhoff that the lump was getting bigger.

"We still weren't that concerned," said Irene Dykhoff, his mother.

On Dec. 4 Dr. Thomas Vanbruggen, the surgeon at Tri-County Hospital, removed the lump. He told the Dykhoffs his concern.

"Right away he said it was abnormal and he thought it was Hodgkin's," Irene Dykhoff said.

Dykhoff's mother and father, Don, two sisters, one brother and three nephews were all together that first night when they thought it was Hodgkin's.


The disease was sneaky; it had camouflaged itself in Dykhoff's lymph nodes. He hadn't had any symptoms. The tissue was sent to Fergus Falls to be read by a pathologist.

The pathologist read the tissue for an hour and couldn't find anything, but it was sent to Mayo Clinic, where they confirmed it wasn't cancer.

But on Dec. 27, when the WDC basketball team was at the Park Rapids holiday tournament, the Mayo Clinic sent Vanbruggen a nine-page letter explaining that areas needed to be examined yet.

On Dec. 31 the family went to Fergus Falls to see another doctor, who diagnosed Dykhoff with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Dykhoff's cancer is in stage three. There are four stages.

The doctor referred the family to the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center.

Dykhoff has cancer in his neck, chest and spleen lymph nodes. He has a 70 percent survival rate, his mother said.

A port was put into his chest for chemotherapy that began Jan. 14.

Dykhoff has had to quit basketball for now but is looking forward to playing for the Bluffton braves baseball team this summer. He has a long history with the team.


Dykhoff gets a lot of help from all his friends, but his family has been a rock. They are all looking forward to June, when the chemotherapy is finished.

50 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 1, 1968 Pioneer Journal

• Storvick, 70, resigns as General Manager of Northern Cooperatives

Roy Storvick, 70, general manager of Wadena Cooperatives, Inc., for the past 24 years, has tendered his resignation to the Board of Directors effective March 14, a preliminary move to retirement.While his eventual retirement could be anticipated, his decision to step down comes as a complete surprise. His announcement is timed with the approaching annual meeting of the corporation on April 1 when it is presumed that his successor may be named.

His successor may well be Hugo Oja, whose long period of service with the company as the right hand man to Storvick, has demonstrated his capability and worth.

In its infancy, the trucking association has a rather erratic career in its efforts to establish itself as a service organization for the creameries in Minnesota but it was not until the assumption by Storvick that organization efforts jelled and a steady and profitable course of operation began. Service was the keystone in getting butter to the consuming markets in the shortest possible time and the success of that enterprise has been noted in substantial gains every year since.

Northern Cooperatives has been responsible for the employment of 75 people, all now residents of Wadena, to say nothing of the fleet of trucks working around the clock almost in getting creamery butter quickly to market and on the return hauling supplies to member creameries.


Storvick was and is a keen student of markets and marketing as it relates to the dairy industry and it is largely through his competence that Northern Cooperatives, Inc., has been able to establish its national reputation as one of the most outstanding service organizations in the country today.

80 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 3, 1938 Pioneer Journal

• Burglars break store windows

Burglars smashed plate glass windows and doors in the Red Owl and A&P grocery stores last Wednesday night but fled without loot.

They smashed the large window in the entry of the Red Owl store and then crawled through. The store reports nothing was taken although the burglars opened a safe used for unimportant records.

The only loss suffered by the store was through freezing of fruit left in the window.

The burglars smashed the glass in the door of the A&P store but after a careful check, no loss was found.


The attempted burglaries are believed to have occurred after 4 a.m. Thursday.

• Missing wardens found by plane

Two game wardens, missing since they left Northwest Angles last Friday, were found alive and well Monday at Oak Island in Lake of the Woods near Baudette.

Located by an airplane searching party, the men said they were stranded on the lake late Friday about five miles from Oak Island when the motor of their machine broke down.

The wardens are E.H. Frank, Baudette, formerly of Detroit Lakes and well known in Wadena, and Ed Pohrte, Baudette. They found shelter with settlers at Oak Island after a hazardous hike into the teeth of a northwest gale with the temperature far below zero.

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