Alan Kurth, 56, an owner of Stacked High Deli, died Jan. 2.

According to a video posted to Facebook on Monday by his son and business partner, Jerry Kurth, Al had a medical emergency while out ice fishing and died on the lake.

A memorial event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at Park Rapids Assembly of God Church.

Jerry told his video audience that the deli, which is temporarily closed, felt empty without his dad. He recalled Al sharing his passion for making and serving food.

“My family and I could really use a little bit of your help, prayer and support,” he said, looking around the restaurant. “I don’t see the sadness. I see all the joy and hope that this place and Al himself has brought to you guys. … Just know that we’ll still be here for you guys.”

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Jerry said on Thursday that they plan to reopen the deli Monday morning, Jan. 11. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep open, not just for Al, but for the community,” he said.

He added that it helps to know that Al didn’t suffer. He said a couple fishermen had helped Al cut a hole in the ice when his auger didn't work, and they found him deceased a short while later.

“I’m very grateful for them,” said Jerry, adding that his family also appreciates the Healthy Hangout and the rest of the community for their support and donations.

Red Bridge Inn owner Bert Olson, 79, passed away Jan. 5 from complications of COVID-19.

Visitation and a private service will be held Jan. 10-11 in Cavalier, N.D., where he was known as “Mr. Cavalier.” His obituary is posted at

Described as an entrepreneur, Olson ran a custom combining operation called Bert Olson Trucking, managed housing rentals, dealt in real estate and owned the bed and breakfast in Park Rapids.