Glenn and Linda Hofstad
- Cancer Report -
Glenn had been feeling low on energy and having shortness of breath and had discomfort on his right side for a month or two.
On November 14th, 2015, Glenn was taken to the Emergency Room at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN, and found out to have what looked like a cancerous mass. Dr. Andersen was on duty that Saturday afternoon. He ran several tests and suggested that Glenn be admitted to the hospital for hypercalcemia (serum calcium level of 13.5mg/dL) and to further explore the mass by his right lung. We agreed to being hospitalized and dad was in Sanford Hospital Medical unit for 4 days. While hospitalized Dr. Singh ran several more tests and gave dad a lot of fluids. Dad had pleural effusion, which is fluid in the pleural space of the lung. On Monday (Nov. 16) they tapped out about a liter of fluid off the bottom of his right lung using ultrasound-guided thoracentesis and sent a sample of the fluid to be tested. That later came back negative for cancer cells. Then they did a CT which showed a soft tissue mass along the right lower chest wall measuring 13 x 6 cm surrounding multiple ribs. It appeared to be contiguous with the masslike lesion along the right heart border extending about 12 cm. There was an adjacent 6.2 x 3.1 cm mass like opacity along the right heart border. There was also confluent right hilar lymphadenopathy and mediastinal lymphadenopathy, the largest right upper paratracheal lymph node measuring
3.3 x 2.9 cm. On Tuesday the 17th he had a transthoracic echocardiogram, which showed no wall motion abnormalities. Dad's calcium level was lowered to 10.5mg/dL so he was not at risk for going into a coma and he could go home. The normal range is 8.5 - 10.1 but with his problem the calcium level is very difficult to bring into normal range.
On Monday Nov, 23rd, we again went to the Sanford Clinic in TRF to check dad's calcium level. It was at 13.6mg/dL and Dr. S. Patel (dad's primary doctor) was again concerned about dad's well being as were we. He was again admitted to Sanford Hospital in TRF. Dr. Gottipati ran more fluids and did several more tests as well as getting a biopsy of the mass on his right side. Dad also had gross hematuria, which is blood in his urine. He developed a pulmonary embolism during hospitalization and was started on oxygen and xarelto to thin his blood to avoid further clots. On Friday Nov. 27th we finally got to take dad home again after getting his calcium level down to 10.0mg/dL with help from medication - calcitonin and zoledronic acid.
On Thursday Dec. 3rd we got to have an appointment with an oncologist - Dr. Hanna with the Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks, ND - dad had worsening exertional dyspnea with a loss of appetite and lost about 15-18 pounds over the past few months. The results of the biopsy came in - right anterior chest wall mass core biopsy: Diffuse large B-cell
lymphoma, germinal center type (non-Hodgkin's). Dad complained about right-sided pain radiating to the back. He had a bruise on his right side below his breast. He also had bilateral ankle swelling that started recently.
On Friday Dec. 4th Dr. Hanna wanted a bone marrow biopsy so we again went to Grand Forks and did that. Those results came back good - no evidence of lymphoma; normal appearing trilineage hematopoiesis, adequate iron storage
On Monday Dec. 7th Dr. Hanna wanted a PET scan to see the activity level of the cancer which we also did. We were now really checking out this cancer issue and getting a handle on how to treat this problem. Dr. Hanna staged the cancer at a 3.5 and as a very aggressive cancer. Dr. Hanna said that he appreciates aggressive cancer as it is easier to treat it with chemotherapy. The results of the PET scan - extensive hypermetabolic mediastinal adenopathy, extends along the right side. Large area of mass extending inferior to the right side along the right heart border lower chest. This is not separable from a large hypermetabolic chest wall mass on the right with largest component anteriorly, though the mass extends laterally and posteriorly as well surrounding ribs and extending along the lower chest wall. Mass along the right mid to lower chest wall. Mild activity seen associated with 2 normal-sized right axillary lymph nodes. Some mild subtle activity right chest wall /pectoralis region. Hypermetabolic adenopathy in the upper abdomen centrally. Hypermetabolic activity associated with normal size lymph nodes in the right lower pelvis and upper inguinal region. Small hypermetabolic focus right lower anterior pelvis as well. Prostate is prominent/enlarged. Mild to moderate scattered accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity causing abdominal swelling. Large right-sided pleural effusion. Portions of which appear loculated. Small left-sided pleural effusion. Scattered hypermetabolic activity along the right posterior pleural surface.
On Thursady Dec. 10, we had an appointment at Sanford Health to see urologist, Dr. Williams. After a cystoscopy, dad was found to have a urinary bladder outlet obstruction secondary to benign prostatic hypertrophy. He was started on Proscar to help shrink the prostate gland and was instructed to catheterize himself 3 times a day. He was started on an antibiotic to help prophylacticly.
On Friday Dec. 11, we went for an appointment at Altru Cancer Center to see Dr. Hanna to come up with a treatment plan for this cancer. Dad had his Port-A-Cath installed on his upper right chest today with no complications. He has been having worsening bilateral lower extremity swelling for the past week with worsening exertional dyspnea, associated with intermittent wheezing. He still has a poor appetite, decreased energy levels, but his right-sided chest pain is much better controlled on his current analgesic regimen of pain medication. Dr. Hanna spoke to Dr. Yongshen - the pathologist who read his biopsy -
and requested FISH studies to be sent. They came back negative for double hit lymphoma. He also discussed with him the possibility of this being a primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma however given its immunophenotypic picture, he said that this was not likely. Dr. Hanna recommended chemotherapy to cure this problem in the form of R-CHOP (acronym for the 5 medications used in this particular chemo) with Neulasta support given every 21 days for 6 cycles with referral to radiation oncology towards the end of his treatment for evaluation for the need of possible radiation given his bulky disease. Given his worsening hypercalcemia, spontaneous tumor lysis by virtue of his worsening hyperuricemia despite being on allopurinol, his age, inability to ambulate without difficulty given his lower extremity swelling.
Dr. Hanna recommended admitting dad to the Altru Rehab Hospital that day for hydration and monitoring and to start chemotherapy the next day given his bulky disease and aggressive lymphoma. Dad then got Chemotherapy medication on Saturday and Sunday while hospitalized in Grand Forks. He tolerated it well. He was in the Altru Rehab Hospital on second floor for 8 days then came home the following Friday the 18th.
On Tuesday Dec 22nd, we visited Dr. Hanna again at Altru Cancer Center. Dad feels much better today with a remarkable improvement in his breathing, he was using home oxygen occasionally. He has trouble using the restroom due to a lot of swelling from his feet to his waist/hips. His appetite is slightly better, he uses Ensure daily. He still has some pressure over his right chest but much better than before and relieved by using his pain meds as needed. Dad's potasium level was low so Dr. Hanna suggested to get potassium IV today , which dad did and we increased his potassium medication following.
Now we have OT twice a week in TRF at Sanford Health outpatient to help the swelling problems. Dad has a set of exercises to do at home as well including deep breathing therapy.
On Thursday December 31st, we went to the Erskine Altru clinic to tele-med with oncologist Anne Nygaard at Grand Forks. Dad also had labwork which Anne looked over. He had been passing a lot of blood in his urine fort the last day or so. We were unable to get a good urine sample without blood clots ruining it. We called the Sanford urologist but were unable to get through to him due to the holiday. Dr.Hanna was alerted of the blood and we followed his suggestions and awaited our Monday visit with him. Anne was concerned about dad's kidney function and she had us go to Sanford in TRF for more fluids.
On Friday January 1st, we went to TRF Sanford to have a liter of normal saline and watch the Rose Parade on the TV. Then we were able to come home again and enjoy the day.
On Monday January 4th, dad had his next treatment of chemotherapy (C1D10 R-CHOP) at the Altru Cancer Center. He also had his first ever blood transfusion due to his hemoglobin level being at 6.9 today. It was 9.0 on Dec 31st which is also lower than normal but acceptable due to circumstance.
CHOP is the name of a chemotherapy treatment for non Hodgkin lymphoma. R-CHOP is CHOP chemotherapy with the drug rituximab (Mabthera).
(R)ituximab is a type of biological therapy called a monoclonal antibody. Monoclonal antibodies target proteins on the surface of cells. Rituximab targets a protein known as CD20. CD20 is found on white blood cells called B cells. It is the B cells that are cancerous in the most common type of non Hodgkin lymphoma. Rituximab attaches itself to the B cells and marks them. The cells of the immune system recognise the marked cells and kill them.
(C)yclophosphamide, an alkylating agent which damages DNA by binding to it and causing the formation of cross-links
(H)ydroxydaunorubicin (also called doxorubicin or Adriamycin), an intercalating agent which damages DNA by inserting itself between DNA bases
(O)ncovin (vincristine), which prevents cells from duplicating by binding to the protein tubulin
(P)rednisone or (P)rednisolone, which are corticosteroids.
On Tuesday January 5th we went to Altru Cancer Center again for round 2 of blood transfusion and to visit a urologist, Dr. Nicholson to see what we can do about the bladder problem and if we can come up with a solution to the hemoglobin drop so it does not happen again. Dr.Hanna and Dr. Nicholson will work together on this.
The urologist visit results were very good, dad can discontinue using a catheter and his prostrate is improving.
On Monday January 11th, we went to Grand Forks again for a checkup with Anne Nygaard (oncology PA). She went over a lot of things and discussed remedies for feeling better while in treatment. She discussed how we will switch from the Lovenox injections to using coumadin for anti-coagulation therapy for the next couple months. Dad started on coumadin 3mg daily and will have an INR check on Thursday in TRF prior to OT.
Arlan returned to work at the hospital on January 12th and let dad be at home alone to take care of himself as his health is improved enough and he is able to drive and walk around good enough to care for himself.
Lots of OT - twice a week for 90-120 minutes each seeing Dan at Sanford Health in TRF where he uses leg wraps and pressure messaging boots to bring down the edema. We also have a bunch of exercises to do at home including breathing exercises.
Thursday January 21st, dad had another transfusion of 2 units of blood in TRF at Sanford after seeing Dr.Pierce in Urgent Care and explaining how lethargic he was the last day or so. His hemoglobin level was at 7.5 prior to the transfusion. We got to use an OB room again to do the outpatient service as Infusion was full. Dad should have a lot more energy after getting blood and be ready for chemotherapy next week.
Monday January 25th, dad had another PET Scan at the Altru Cancer Center to see how the cancer treatment is going. Dr. Hanna's said there is a remarkable clinical response on his interim
We are thankful for our friends and neighbor's that have helped. We could have lost our dad during this fight (especially around Dec 10th - 15th). Prayers have been answered to our favor. Healthcare workers and doctors were able to treat all dad's ailments. He has a ways to go before he is back to his baseline prior to November 2015, but we are confident. We still need his appetite to return to normal and for him to not be cold so often and for his pulse to lower a bit. Otherwise he is doing fair to good.
Tuesday January 26th, dad had Chemotherapy treatment infusion (#3) at the Altru Cancer Center. We are still using C3D1 R-CHOP with neulasta support following.
Here is our plan at this time:
1- proceed with chemotherapy - R CHOP, which is Rituxan 683mg Cytoxan 1365mg Adramycin 91mg Oncovin 2mg Prednisone 100mg also tylenol 1000mg Benadryl 50mg fosaprepitant 150mg ondansetron 16mg
2- hold off Coumadin as he will be getting intrathecal methotrexate early
next week; check PT/INR/PTT today and before his procedure
3- wil switch his Coumadin back to Lovenox given his fluctuating INR and
intrathecal methotrexate that he will be needing with every cycle; will
give him 1.5 mg/kg per day as his son would be available to help him with
4- continue Bactrim DA 1 tab three times weekly; if his acute kidney
injury recurs while he is maintaining good hydration then I would switch
to ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice daily
5- continue valacyclovir 500 mg twice daily for viral antiviral
prophylaxis, fluconazole 200 mg daily for antifungal prophylaxis while
receiving cytotoxic chemotherapy with neutropenia
6- reduce Lasix to 20 mg daily
7- continue allopurinol 300 mg daily
8- pantoprazole 40 mg daily on the days he is receiving prednisone
9- continue current bowel regimen
10- intrathecal methotrexate for central nervous system prophylaxis
within 1 week; hold Coumadin now and recheck PT/PTT/INR and platelet count
before his procedure. He may require FFPs/PLT transfusions
11- TTE given his pericardial effusion on his CT; he is currently
12- Follow-up in 3 weeks
13- Full code
We are holding off on OT treatments for a couple weeks now as dad has a lot less edema than in the past couple months. He now wears Jobst stockings and is doing real well and enjoying being able to wear other types of shoes.
Sunday January 31st, Dad had to go to Sanford Hospital to have a blood draw to test blood thickness for a potential procedure on Monday to infuse chemotherapy into the spinal area. The results came back with the blood too thin to perform the procedure safely.
Monday February 1st, we did not get to go to Grand Forks today but instead got to go to TRF to the drug store and get some Vitamin K to thicken dad's blood. The INR was 1.7 yesterday after being off coumadin and aspirin for about 5 days.
Thursday February 4th, dad had an Echocardiogram to see what the condition of dad's heart is through all this treatment. He has some fluid around his heart and dad's pulse remains around 95-105 most of the time, but his blood pressure is in normal range. He will also have a blood draw to check blood thickness qualities for a lumbar puncture tomorrow.
Friday February 5th, back to Grand Forks Altru Hospital to see Dr. Schreiner for a lumbar puncture to draw a specimen plus infuse methyltrexate to fight any possible cancer cells that may be in the brain fluids. Dr. Schreiner prefers to be called Shaun and is also a very nice man.
Results of specimen from spinal tap: Cerebrospinal fluid, flow cytometric immunophenotyping - Immunophenotyping was performed on the specimen; however, results cannot be interpreted due to insufficient number of cells. Correlation with morphologic assessment is recommended. - Reviewed by: Jennifer L. Oliveira, M.D. 2/6/2016 1:57 PM ------ADDITIONAL INFORMATION-----
Analyte Specific Reagent: This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Monday February 15th, dad had an appointment in Erskine at the Altru Clinic to check on his lab values and to do a tele-med doctor visit with Dr. Hanna at the Cancer Center prior to having the 4th chemotherapy treatment. We went to TRF to have the blood draw and to process the lab values for Dr. Hanna. The labs looked very good. We discussed treatment and things to watch for as we continue. One part of the chemo is particularly hard on the heart so we were versed on what to look for to alert Dr. Hanna of possible heart problems, so far the echocardiogram shows all is well. We decided to discontinue Lasix since dad has went from 204 lbs in mid December to 151 lbs today. We can't squeeze water out of dad any more as he does not have more edema.
Tuesday February 16th, 4th chemotherapy regimen (same as the first 3). This time we have the infusion at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls. The nurse today was Amy for us. She did great and kept dad informed and at ease with treatment. Dad experiences some form of restless legs at times and feels as if his legs just gotta move for whatever reason.
Wednesday February 17th, another OT checkup / therapy. Dan will check over dad's edema situation and whatever else he chooses. Dad used an auto injector for his Neulasta this time to save needing an office visit to get his imune booster injection. It administered his medicine about 6pm and later we peeled it off and disposed of it - neat technology.
Friday February 19th, back to Grand Forks Altru Hospital for a lumbar puncture to infuse methyltrexate again. All went well and no headache afterward. Dad brought Mt. Dew with to have the extra sugar and caffeine to help ward off the headache that can happen - thanks to a tip from OB nurses. Today dad's INR was at 1.2 and ProTime was at 12.4 seconds and the Platelet count was at 165 K/ul.
Dad is doing real well. He eats quite well and is walking a lot faster and quite stable now. He is able to do many things that he did not have the energy for now. He is thankful for his doctor and the many prayers and kind words from all. We message or call Dr. Hanna's nurse, Ashley, every now and then for advice or to get questions answered. She is a great nurse!
Saturday February 20th, started Lovenox 100mg injections once a day again to ward off pulmonary embolisms.
Monday February 29th, dad went to see Dr. Patel about a cold that he has been dealing with for about 2-3 weeks and it does not want to subside. He was given a look over and prescribed Amoxicillin for 10 days. Dr. Patel said that dad's blood test and chest X-ray came back all good. He just wants to clear up the sinus. Dad is feeling pretty well otherwise.
Monday March 7th, we have an oncologist visit with Dr. Hanna again in Grand Forks this time at the Altru Cancer Center. We will do our blood tests prior at Altru this time too.
Tuesday March 8th, we have the 5th treatment of chemotherapy in Thief River Falls at Sanford Infusion Department.
Wednesday March 9th, back to Grand Forks Altru Hospital for a lumbar puncture to infuse methyltrexate for the 3rd time. Here is the doctors Impression afterward: Using usual sterile technique and local anesthesia a 20-gauge spinal needle was inserted into the subarachnoid space at L3-L4 without complication. Following this 8 mL of clear CSF was removed followed by injection of the chemotherapeutic agent. Needle was removed. No immediate, apparent complications. Patient LEFT room in preprocedural condition.
Dad has done real well with all these treatments and experiences fairly minimal negative effects. He does not like lying flat on his back for hours after the lumbar puncture. We use Mt.Dew as treatment to ward off the headache caused by a lumbar puncture and having a positive attitude.
Wednesday March 23rd, we have an echocardiogram to see if the chemo medications are affecting his heart through all this treatment.
We have tapered off some medications due to levels being very well and eating well and getting more exercise. Dad still has to thin his blood to ward off further clotting. We use lovenox injections but may switch to coumadin after the final treatment of chemotherapy. We will continue anticoagulation therapy through April anyway.
Monday March 28th, we had an oncologist visit with Dr. Hanna again in Grand Forks, since dad is not fond of the telemed system. We will do our blood tests prior and be ready for chemo tomorrow at Sanford in TRF.
Results of our last 2 echocardiorams:
Ejection fraction estimated to be 50%, decreased from 60% on 11-17-15,
mild hypokinesis of the apical lateral and apical walls.
03-23-16 transthoracic echocardiogram:
Ejection fraction estimated to be 55% with no wall motion abnormalities,
improved from previously reported 50%.
Tuesday March 29th, we had the 6th and final treatment of chemotherapy in Thief River Falls at Sanford Infusion Department.
Wednesday March 30th, back to Grand Forks Altru Hospital for a lumbar puncture to infuse methyltrexate for the 4th and final time of this as well.
We have the month of April off from doctor visits and cancer treatment. We are still treating PE with lovenox injections through April and will be further tapering off medications that were started during chemotherapy.
Monday May 9th, we had an appointment to follow up with Dr. Hanna and had a PET scan to see if all is continuing to go well. Here are the results - TECHNIQUE: 16.4 millicuries of F-18 FDG administered. At the time of administration, the blood glucose level was 88 mg/dL. Routine PET CT obtained from skull base to top of the thighs. The CT scan is noncontrasted.
FINDINGS: Skull thigh PET CT was performed. On the prior examination there was residual hypermetabolic activity seen within the anterior mediastinum. No residual hypermetabolic activity is seen in that area on current study. Previously there was moderately large right-sided pleural effusion. That is markedly decreased with only some minimal residual right-sided pleural fluid present. There may be a trace amount of left-sided pleural fluid or pleural scar present which is similar to prior study. Previously there was mildly hypermetabolic activity seen within the anterior aspect of the upper abdomen. That measured 2.7 SUV on prior study. That area now is no longer hypermetabolic with SUV of 1.7. Expected hepatic, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary activity is noted. No new hypermetabolic foci are seen.
IMPRESSION: 1.Overall continuing improvement in the appearance of the skull thigh PET/CT. 2. Hypermetabolic activity seen within the anterior mediastinum on prior study is no longer present. 3.Interval near complete resolution of right-sided pleural fluid with only a very small amount of pleural fluid remaining. 4.Activity seen within the anterior aspect of the upper abdomen was previously hypermetabolic but no longer meets criteria. It is only minimally present.
- Vital Sign this doctor visit - Blood Pressure 113/73, Pulse 98, Temperature 96.8 F, Oxygen Saturation 96%, Weight 162 lb 3.2 oz, Body Mass Index 23.95
Wednesday May 11th, we had a visit with Dr. Grant Seeger (a radiation oncologist). He is a young doctor that has been with Altru Cancer Center about 8 years or so. He was highly recommended by our medical oncologist. Dr. Seeger is originally from Red Lake Falls, his father had the drug store in Red Lake Falls a few years back. We discussed following up with radiation therapy on the origination point of dad's lymphoma. Dad had a large area of cancer (larger than 10cm) so statistically he is recommended to follow up with radiation to finish up treatment of this type of cancer due to large mass size. Dad's PET scan showed significant improvement (actually awesome improvement), so for now we chose to forgo the radiation and be on observation. It is a tough call to make but we are feeling good about it for now and pray that God will guide us as well on this.
Monday May 23rd, we have an appointment with Sanjay Patel for the first time in many months, this is dad's primary care doctor at Sanford Clinic/Hospital in Thief River Falls. We are primarily seeing him to get dad's medications transferred over to Dr. Patel. We had a couple changes due to cancer treatment and now can be on much less medications. Here are dad's medication now that we are done with chemotherapy - latanoprost 0.005% ophthalmic solution, both eyes nightly; brimonidine 0.15% ophthalmic solution, both eyes 2 times daily; aspirin 81 MG tablet daily; tamsulosin 0.4mg capsule every evening; levothyroxine 75mcg tablet every morning; finasteride 5mg daily; CARTIA XT 120mg capsule daily.
Monday June 6th, we have an appointment with Dr. Grant Seeger to evaluate and then simulate radiation treatment for dad.
Wednesday June 8th, we have an appointment with Anne Nygaard with the Altru Cancer Center. We will visit with her to go over some survivorship things with us, such as what to expect for follow up visits in the future and things to watch for being a cancer survivor. Then we will possibly start radiation treatments as suggested. Our primary doctor, Dr. Sanjay Patel in TRF, said to hit the lymphoma hard the first time and don't let it come back because the second time treatment is not as successful. Our goal is to be done with treatment by the end of June to go on vacation to Montana.
Wednesday June 8th, dad started radiation therapy focused mainly on his lower right chest. He will have 15 radiation treatments total. Mainly having 1 treatment each weekday as things work out.
Friday June 24th, so far 12 radiation treatments done. Dad is often tired and lost a lot of energy during this treatment. He has difficulty eating as well due to his esophagus being burned in the process. The doctor and nurse hate to use the word burned but that is the jist of what radiation does inside you like a sunburn inside (sometimes even on the outside). The way the radiation works is that the cells are killed or badly damaged in the area and then the normal human body cells that belong there will repair faster and the cancer cells that are not normal human body cells will not repair either at all or possibly slowly. We are being optimistic that dad does not have cancer that is thriving at all.
Friday July 1st, we take off for Bozeman, Montana. Hope dad does well!! He will be done with radiation but has the side effects for 1-2 more weeks. The important thing to do is to eat calories and protein for energy for him now.
Wednesday July 27th, we have a doctor appointment with Dr. Adam Nicholson the urologist in Grand Forks at Altru again for follow up. We suspect all is going well with dad for this visit, but we will see .
Wednesday August 3rd, we have a follow up visit with Dr. Hanna at the Altru Cancer Center again with labs as well.
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These three are cousins and all 1942 models
Glenn spoke mostly Norwegian until he started school, and even then he liked to use Norwegian at first. He started first grade at what is now the Hickory Townhall with Miss Hazel Haugen as the teacher and continued on in country school second grade through the eighth grade at what is now the Deer Park Townhall. He and his two sisters, Caroline and Ione, had to walk two miles to get to the schoolhouse, unless he was able to go across country. Some of his other teachers were Armilla Pugh, Mrs. Miles, Mrs. Myer, Ruth Johnson and Miss Mickelson. He continued his High School in Oklee, MN and graduated in 1960. Throughout growing up their whole family enjoyed many visits with grandparents, relatives, neighbors and going to church functions.
He has done some kind of farm work all his life. As a youngster he helped his father and uncles doing farm work, such as cultivating, milking cows, many parts of the haying operation and holding grain sacks during threshing. Later he got work with neighbor farmers. He worked for Lyle and Muriel Mandt for about thirty years in a chicken pullet raising operation. There he helped to raise day old chicks to ready-to-lay pullets. He spent about ten years until retirement as co-owner of that same operation. In 1996 he purchased his grandfather's (Gunder Hofstad) homestead, which will be celebrating it's century farm this 2005. The farm was actually homesteaded in 1904 by Gunder Hofstad, his grandfather.
The first car Glenn ever drove was his dad's 1937 Chevrolet. The first car he owned was a 1953 Pontiac. When he was growing up as a child they did not have electricity until 1960. They carried lots of water and wood to the house each day. His first experience driving a tractor was Marlan Skreland's "B" Allis during threshing at his grandfather's farm. He was drafted into the Army in 1964. There he served in Berlin and was discharged in 1966. He saw the Berlin Wall several times, which has now been taken down.
In 1967 he met and married his wonderful wife Linda Poppenhagen and they had three sons (Arlan, Jared and Robert) and as of 2005 have five grandchildren (Olivia, Sofia, Steven, Gloria and Orin).
Glenn and Linda are members of Oak Park Lutheran Church, where he has done the lawn mowing job for about thirty years and held various other elected positions of the church, as of 2005 he is one of the deacons. He is a supervisor on the Deer Park Township Board and Secretary / Treasure of the Pennington County Farmers Union and President of the Highlanding Local Farmers Union and President of the Setesdal Laget of America.
He enjoys heritage and genealogy and old things, which is why this is written to pass on to the next generations. He is a director on the board of the Clearwater Heritage Association. The Clearwater Lutheran Church is where he was baptized and confirmed. Glenn and Linda have an old farmhouse that is furnished with antiques, which brings back memories of the good ol' days. He also has two older tractors (a WC Allis and an M Farmall), two old Ford pickup trucks (heavy duty 3/4 tons '72 & '76), a handfull of old Arctic Cat snowmobiles and a Polaris (1970s) and a few other old things that are fun to use and have around. He enjoys listening and dancing to old time music, watching the Minnesota Twins baseball or Vikings football and deer hunting with the rest of the crew.
Glenn and Linda live in their home in Deer Park Township, Trail, MN, on their 320 acre farm. The Lord has provided them with a good life and they thank Him for it. They look forward to retirement and visiting with relatives and friends.
Linda worked at Digi-Key Corp. in Thief River Falls, MN.
MOM wrote stories about her leg infection in 2004 and about having her hip replacement surgery in 2005 and about a trip to Idaho to visit Rob & Stacie in 2006 - click the following - Linda's stories
M and H Chicken Farm
Lyle Mandt and Glenn Hofstad owned M & H Chicken farm. It was built in 1966 to house a flock of 6,500 breeder hens. It was converted in 1970 to 12,800 caged layers. Mabel Hofstad is employed as caretaker and egg picker. The business is located on the Ole Hofstad farm in Deer Park Township.
Ole and Lyle visiting in the kitchen in July of 1960
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