December 28, 2014 One of Bennett's bands
A drum demo and interview that Bennett did last week. There is also a story on One of Bennett's bands in the St. Cloud times The Graduates juggle rock, gigs — and high school
October 31, 2014 Martha S. (Tembrock) Bergen died at 99
… On Halloween evening Martha S. (Tembrock) Bergen left this earth and soared to meet her husband, Leroy, who had preceded her in death by 7 years. She was 99 years old. She died as she lived: on her own terms, in her own house surrounded by her family and friends.
Martha was born in Ogema, MN. in the summer of 1915, August 28. She was one of the seven children of Joe and Frances Tembrock. She was proud to be the daughter of the first banker in the town. After graduating from Waubun high school, she left her beloved Ogema to attend St. Benedict's College in St. Joseph, MN. Returning to Ogema, she met Leroy, a handsome, free spirited pilot who landed his small plane on the pond near her house and swept her off her feet. They were married in 1938 and settled on Willow St. in Detroit Lakes, MN. where she handled the book keeping aspects of the Bergen's Greenhouse, which Leroy had recently started with his brother Lawrence.
As the greenhouse expanded so did their family, not stopping until she gave birth to 13 children. After that she kept busy raising her children, providing the 3 O'clock coffee and cakes for the greenhouse work crew, attending her bridge club and participating in the spiritual and social life of Holy Rosary Church. Martha possessed an irrepressibly positive spirit about life. Negative clouds occasionally passed her way, but none dared settle over her head. She was extremely sociable and welcoming to all who crossed her path. Her and Leroy knew how to throw a good party; a trait they have passed down through the lineage along with working hard and sticking with a job till it is finished. In her later years her spirit was constantly nourished through her interactions with her children, as well as her Grandchildren, Great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Many of who gathered around to say their good byes in her last days. Her parting was swift and graceful, almost as if she planned it. In one week she traveled from social butterfly visiting others, to her death. She was a woman of determination. Once she set her mind on meeting her maker and those who had preceded her, she set out on her final journey.
She will be missed and toasted for years to come by her surviving children: Robert and his wife Cookie of Detroit Lakes, Raymond "Butch" and his wife Akama of Woodstock N.Y., Karen and her husband Robert Velline of Cold Spring, MN. Joanne Lane of St. Cloud, MN., Rick and his wife Sue of Maple Grove MN., Mike and his wife Patty of Salt Lake City UT., Patty and her husband Mitch Vogt of Detroit Lakes, Mary and her husband Marty Solmon of Detroit Lakes, Steve of Detroit Lakes, Joe and his wife Kelli of Cold Spring MN., as well as her 35 grandchildren, 46 Great Grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are her husband Leroy; sons, Ronald and James; daughter, Monica; grandson, Gabriel Solmon; great-grandson, Steven Selezan; and son-in-Law, Don Lane. Also preceding her are all her siblings: Alvina, Sadie, Angeline, Monica, Marcella and Raymond.
- See more at: Martha Bergen Obituary, Detroit Lakes, MN | David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
October 5, 2014 Paul Revere, '60s rocker and leader of the Raiders, dies at 76
Paul Revere, leader of the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday at his home in Idaho, the band's website reported. He was 76. READ MORE
From the mid 1960s Bobby Vee and Paul Revere and The Raiders have been friends and shared the stage.
Paul was a dear, dear friend and one of the true "good guys" in this business. We shared many stages over many years - on land and sea! In 2006 we opened the "Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater" in Branson along with our buddies Fabian & Bill Medley. Those were truly amazing times - rocking and rolling night after night! He will be greatly missed by many.
Paul: thanks for the incredible music and especially thanks for the laughs. Love you more than we can say…
Our love and sympathies go out to beautiful Sydney, and to all of the guys and their families.
Bobby & all of The Vees~
August 23, 2014 Vee family pulls together
ST. JOSEPH – When times are tough — and for Bobby and Karen Velline and their extended family, they've never been tougher — it can be a challenge to respond in a positive, constructive way.
Alzheimer's is tough. Bobby Vee, the 1960s music icon and Hit Parade Hall of Famer who lives on Big Watab Lake, publicly revealed his struggle with the disease three years ago.
A lung transplant is tough. Karen, Bobby's wife since 1963, had hers two years ago and is still trying to regain her health. READ MORE
June 19, 2014 Gerry Goffin, Songwriter and Carole King's Ex-Husband, Dead at 75
Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who cowrote Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby"with his ex-wife Carole King, has died in his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 75.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/gerry-goffin-songwriter-and-carole-kings-ex-husband-dead-at-75-20140619#ixzz35B6ZSzzC
May 28, 2014 In Rehab!
Hello our friends and family, An exciting update on our mom.
Recovery is a day at a time. Mom continues to amaze and work her hardest to recover.
Her will amazes not just me and our family but the St Joseph staff (not to mention Duke who connects weekly). I was told over the holiday weekend by her multiple nurses, she's the only patient who asks when PT (early rehab) will show up?! And besides her weakness, she's fights back pain and whatever else you fight after being sedated and on life support that long to do her PT. She knows her requirements and she doesn't try to cheat, even in expectable ways! Her will amazes...
Mom had a very hard day yesterday, a stomach like flu, all day. Yet today, she woke up ready to go! And that's what happened!! She went...
Tonight, she was moved and downgraded to rehab. She will now start with 3 hours a day of physically therapy at the hospital gym as an inpatient and we will take baby steps towards Tucson and then home to Minnesota. If all goes well, we hope a 4-6 week process.
For the past two weeks, mom has been on nothing but her regular transplant meds. She's needed time to stabilize and find strength. She has welcomed and put to work all smarts and miracles the medical work can offer and kept going. Which is huge, she's had a huge part to do too!!!
Wether "prayer", "thoughts", "good vibes" and always "love"... It all works!!... When someone we love is ill, we come together. As a community, that is powerful to the process. As a family, we thank you!! Recovery is powerful in every form.
Prayers, peace, good vibes, thoughts and love to all of you (and more)!!
Jen and V family
May 3, 2014 Update on Mom
It's been a few days and we were hoping we would now be able to write a more encouraging update.
The last two days have been big days. Moms lungs had continued to clear, kidneys slowly improving and less demand on oxygen. Yesterday she got the go ahead to be un intubated.
She worked very hard to maintain her breathing using various techniques but her body was just working too hard. So this morning, they re-intubated her. They will do a bronc and try to drain fluid from her lung. All of this is in prep now for the tracheotomy, which will happen tomorrow morning. We were able to have short (one word response) chats with mom yesterday. She was aware that she was being re-intubated (she asked for the help and had been since last night).
The Doc said this will help get her the needed O2 - relieve strain on heart - stabilize her and promote the needed healing. He guessed it would be at least a few weeks until (if and when) the trach could come out. Ultimately, still just a wait, see and pray situation.
We all were thinking and hoping that she was strong enough to manage without all of this. The transplant team is doing what they all agree is obviously best and we believe in and trust them.
In the meantime, Tommy will be joining us Monday and I will be taking a short break in Tucson after her tracheotomy procedure. Jeff is here as well and will over lap with Tommy.
We are fortunate that we have grama's house in Mesa to base out of. A very familiar place that has a feeling of home for all of us.
Jenny and all the Velline's
April 25, 2014 Phoenix Bound!
Just got word a bed has opened up at St Joseph's in Phoenix, ICU lung transplant program!! Waiting for there helicopter to come get mom. Thank you for your prayers. We have a road ahead of us and this news brings us more hope.
April 24, 2014
Not the best news to deliver here today.
Here’s the short story:
Mom fell suddenly very ill late Tuesday night and we had her transferred by ambulance to the Oro Valley Hospital early Wednesday morning as symptoms persisted. The doctors determined that she had come down with an infection that has resulted in pneumonia, a very dangerous situation for anyone much less a transplant patient as most of you know.
The day was spent getting her stable and there was some slight improvement last night. On the recommendation of the team at Duke, the short term goal is to get her a bit more stable for travel, and to move her to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix where there is a lung transplant team.
We will keep you posted. Please say some prayers.
With love & gratitude~
Jeff, Jenny & Bob
April 12, 2014 Take good care of my baby: Bobby Vee and his wife celebrate 50 years
Great story in The Minneapolis StarTribune. Really nice with current pictures I think friends & fans will enjoy. http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/254818271.html
April 11, 2014 Rock and Roll 101 on KQCK
KQCK Radio show from Feb. 2, 2014 - The Day The Music Died. The interview with Bobby Vee is from the 2006 documentary Fargo Rocks.
The Day The Music Died – February 2, 2014 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/45858913#/recorded/43399042
April 9. 2014 Bobby Vee – The Adobe Sessions
Tri-Valley Dispatch Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - New CD just lastest part of a long road rock 'n' roll legend, family walk together. This is a good one! READ MORE
April 9, 2014 Article by Jeff Vee about Bobby and his family
Article by Jeff Vee in the Alzheimer's Foundation magazine. The article is online and a free copy can be ordered, and Bobby is on the cover. http://www.alzfdn.org/Publications/care_advantage/index.html
Febuary 10, 2014 Bob Celli's Bobby Vee Collectors Club is now on Facebook
Yes! Bob Celli's Bobby Vee Collectors Club is now on Facebook. Check it out!
February 1, 2014 Send Bobby Vee a note of congrats and support
I would encourage everyone to send Bobby Vee an e-Mail note of congrats and support, for the new CD "The Adobe Sessions" and his 55th Anniversary of Bobby's first show (2/3/59). Please e-Mail Bobby at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 31, 2014 Bobby Vee covers Bob Dylan on new album, The Adobe Sessions
On February 3, Vee is set to release a new collection of original and cover songs that he recorded with his family in his garage in Tucson, Arizona, called The Adobe Sessions
. The 18-song collection will feature some original material along with some covers of artists who have influenced Vee. blogs.citypages.com Read More
January 31, 2014 '60s pop star Bobby Vee, battling Alzheimer's, returns with new CD, 'The Adobe Sessions'
ST. Joseph, Minn. — Bobby Vee still has the infectious smile, bright eyes and boyish good looks of his 1960s pop idol days, when he scored such hits as "Take Good Care of My Baby," ''Rubber Ball" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes. StarTribune.com. Read More
January 12, 2014 Happy New Year
My mom has asked me to send a Happy New Year greeting and send her thanks for all the wonderful Christmas cards, notes and continued support. She enjoyed reading each and every one of them as she was resting and healing. She did "not have time to send cards this year and hopes you all had a joyous holiday!"
My mom is recovering very nicely from her hip replacement. (I'm not sure most of you new but the "water" she fell in ended up being some pretty harsh chemical cleaners.) Since her fall, she has been working with a wound doctor dealing with 5 chemical burns, a couple that did get infected as well. Jeff said that when he brought her into the first wound doctor appointment she was referred to as "a wound doctors dream"... not the title you want to earn!! Her hip surgery recovery has been a breeze but the chemical burns have been extremely painful and have taken all her attention. She is now down to only two chemical burns and they are clearing up nicely. ~Thanks Pat for your diligence and care managing these appointments and dressing changes. Dr Palmer at Duke said this past Monday: "we must have a great team to get her back on her feet so quickly. He's not so sure she could have survived all this not that long ago."
Our Duke appointment last Monday went the best yet, mom giggled most of the way through it as she felt so good and is clearly aware of the miracle that she has been given. The best news is we were in and out and back to Minnesota with no health surprises! Her tests were good and Duke overall was very pleased. She is now on a six month check up schedule and will be able to work with doctors in St Cloud or Tucson for anything in between. Dr Palmer did say that after following her history, since her last visit, he did not expect to see her in nearly the shape that she was in and feels that she is overall on an upward trajectory.
2014 is starting out in the right direction and we all have so much to be thankful for and I think mom is now for the first time feeling like she has been granted a bit of freedom to spread her wings and not be quite so tethered to a her amazing medical teams. Mom and Dad are wrapping up a few of life's details and are planning on returning to Tucson very soon for some sunshine, continued rest, healing and enjoying the new home they finished just a few months before they left for her transplant.
Blessings to you all in 2014! Our hope is that you don't hear from us in this format for sometime now ! :-)
Jen and all the Vellines
December 4, 2013 Transistioning
I know people have been asking, so I wanted to let everyone know mom is doing very well! She had her hip replacement Thanksgiving evening and it went great!! She was in tremendous hands at the St Cloud Hospital. On Monday she transitioned to the St Benedict's Senior Community. She is in the SHORT STAY NORTH area. "Short Stay" was the only part she liked about that idea!! She is enjoying everyone she is working with at Short Stay.
She is doing great working with PT twice a day and OT once a day. She has some goals to meet but we are thinking she will be there 7-10 days. So coming home next week sometime.
Thanks again for all your support, visits and sweet messages. Mom has her ipad and keeps in touch with all of our notes.
Jenny and all the family
November 28, 2013 Karen Velline falls
Dear Friends and Family,
I’m posting a prayer that my mom asked me to post last Thanksgiving. My mom is always filled with so much gratitude in her life. Even as it continues to dish out challenges. Yesterday, mom slipped and fell on a wet restaurant floor and broke her hip. She is at the St Cloud Hospital waiting for her blood thinners to reside to the right levels in order to have hip replacement surgery.
We give abundant thanks to the doctors and caregivers working on this holiday, taking care of mom and keeping her comfortable. We feel blessed that she is in great hands and Duke is in the loop.
Thank you for your continued love and support. Blessings to you and your loved ones as you gather round the table today.
And thanks to the pie gods who guided me to baking the PERFECT pumpkin pie today.
I'll bring a piece to mom!
Peace, be safe.
Jenny and all The Vellines
May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
[ST. Teresa of Liseau, revised]
July 11, 2013 Dylan pays tribute to Bobby Vee
ST. PAUL - Bob Dylan paid tribute to longtime St. Cloud-area resident Bobby Vee toward the end of his headlining set Wednesday night at the AmericanaramA Festival at a sold-out Midway Stadium. READ MORE at http://www.sctimes.com/article/20130711/ENT02/307110019/Dylan-pays-tribute-to-Bobby-Vee?nclick_check=1
More links to last nights Bob Dylan show.
Bob Dylan pays homage to Bobby Vee at memorable Midway Stadium show | Local Current Blog | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio
June 4, 2013 Back in the saddle... Back on the horse!
Today is one year - post transplant and mom seems to have turned the corner to better health. Her pill box is getting lighter and her energy much greater. She no longer has a home nurse coming and has gone from drawing blood work for labs once a week to once a month. Best of all her PICC line has finally been removed from her arm and that means no more IV drips daily, she is CMV negative. She will have her first follow up with the UofM Monday and from there they will be her local facility other than her 6 month check up back at Duke September 30th.
Over memorial weekend she got up on her horse "Stormy" for the first time and that was a thrilling sight to see after her roller coaster health year. She was able to go for little tracker rides with the grand kids and dance a couple songs with dad in our barn to my brothers playing some old Vees nuggets. We truly feel blessed for her health and proud of her hard work and determination. On Tuesday, dad and I went to renew our MN license/ID (both expired this year) and were very proud to mark two boxes on the form, "donor" and "donate to organ donor education."
Again, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your help, support and prayers in the past year plus. We continue to say a special prayer for the family of the person who donated the lung, that they have found strength and peace since their loss. To the organ donor... The gift you have given us is awesome and our gratitude remains eternal.
Jen and Vee family