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Greg "Squirrel" Earl, 52

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Greg "Squirrel" Earl, 52, of Turtle River, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minn.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Bemidji State University Gymnasium in the Physical Education Complex. A gathering will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at BSU.

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He was born Jan. 23, 1956, to Gerald and Deanne (Prosser) Earl in Albert Lea, Minn. He was raised and educated in Albert Lea. After he graduated from Albert Lea High School, he moved to Bemidji to attend Bemidji State University. Shortly after moving to Bemidji, he started working at and managing Silver Springs in Walker Bay and the Storm Shelter in Laporte. He later bought the Donat Hole, which he renamed the Squirrel's Nest in Hungry Hollow. He also was a part owner of the Bemidji Speedway for a couple of years. About 10 years ago, he bought the 71 Bar in Turtle River and ran it and the Squirrel's Nest before moving to Turtle River. He sold the Squirrel's Nest upon moving to Turtle River. He owned and operated the 71 Bar for several years before selling it and building the Liquor Lodge with others. He re-purchased the 71 Bar and has been running it since.

He played hockey in high school and always enjoyed watching the sport. He liked to fish, especially with the "Hook 'em and Cook 'em Crew." He was a great storyteller and enjoyed playing games, whether it be darts or golf or a number of others. He was a Bemidji State University hockey supporter. He enjoyed the outdoors, but mostly he just loved to be around people.

He is survived by his son, Brandon (Heidi Eck) Earl of Bemidji; daughter, Michaela Holmgren of Bemidji; father, Gerald Earl of Westbrook, Minn.; sister, Julie (Randy) Vandewiele of Windom, Minn. and brother, Steve (Carmel) Earl of Blair, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

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