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Licensed Funeral Director and Manager

Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home

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Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home

303 North Fifth Street

Breckenridge, Minnesota,56520

United States

Company Description

At Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, we believe it is your right and our first priority to provide the very best in caring and professional service to every family that we serve. Our goal is to help each family honor the life of their loved one with a service... more.

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Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge, Minnesota | Staff

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Hugh Mikkelson
Licensed Funeral Director/Manager Hugh and his wife, Julie, live in Breckenridge. He began his career at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in January of 1971 and strives to serve each family as if they were his own. His greatest satisfaction is realized when every personal detail - regardless of the type of service a family chooses for their loved one - is accomplished. Hugh goes above and beyond to provide each family the opportunity to personalize their loved one's service, and to make the service a reflection of their loved one's life. Hugh enjoys the flexibility and diversification of his work. In addition to helping families plan meaningful services, he also works with families to design and personalize beautiful permanent memorials, such as monuments and markers. Being able to offer this extra service assures that each family is allowed the opportunity and time to make their design decisions without sales pressure. Hugh also oversees Ambulance Service, Inc., the area's longstanding provider of emergency care. In addition to many years of being actively involved in the community, Hugh enjoys riding motorcycle with his wife (who has her own). They take frequent trips with his high school friend and the American Legion Riders, of which Hugh is a member. He also enjoys following the school and summer activities of his six grandchildren.


Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home

www.josephvertinandsons.com [cached]

Hugh Mikkelson
Licensed Funeral Director/Manager Hugh grew up across the street from the local funeral director and his family, in Breckenridge. Because Joe Vertin was a family friend, Hugh observed the work that Joe did in the community and the compassion he had for each family that he served. Hugh soon developed an admiration for Joe that led him into funeral service. Following high school, Hugh served four years in the United States Navy, aboard an aircraft carrier off coast of Vietnam. Hugh then returned to Breckenridge to begin his education in a small two year college. He later transferred to the University of Minnesota, where he completed his funeral service education. In January of 1971, Hugh returned to Breckenridge and joined the staff of Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, working for Joe Vertin, and his high school classmate, Tom Vertin. Today, Hugh manages the funeral home, and strives to serve each family as if they were his own. He strives to take care of each personal detail, regardless of the type of service a family chooses for their loved one. Hugh goes above and beyond to provide each family that he serves, the opportunity to personalize their loved ones service, and to make the service a reflection of their loved one's life. Hugh enjoys the flexibility and diversification of working at the funeral home, as it allows him to work in serve others in two separate areas. One is being a part of a long standing Ambulance Service that serves the Wahpeton/Breckenridge area, and also assisting families with marker/monument selection. Assisting families in designing and personalizing their cemetery markers gives Hugh a great sense of satisfaction. Being able to provide this one extra service, assures Hugh that each family is allowed the opportunity to make every decision on their own, without a sales pressure. In his personal time, Hugh enjoys riding his motorcycle with his high school friend, and other motorcycle enthusiasts. His greatest joy is following his four grandsons and their sporting events.


www.wahpetondailynews.com

Hugh Mikkelson may have saved your life.
He may also have helped put to rest a loved one from your family, or in the family of someone you know. Born and raised in Breckenridge, Mikkelson has been the long-time director for Ambulance Service, Inc., and is a licensed funeral director and manager with Joseph Vertin and Sons. Mikkelson has dedicated more than 30 years to the city of Breckenridge, helping its residents through times of tragedy and helping to provide the community a meaningful service in two separate entities. It was in January of 1971, when Mikkelson returned from completing his education at the University of Minnesota, that he joined the staff at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home. Growing up, Mikkelson and his family lived across the street from the Vertin family, whose business was intriguing to him. "I always kind of admired Joe Vertin Jr. — the way he carried himself and his profession," Mikkelson said. Over the years, Mikkelson has really grown into the position of manager at the funeral home. Grateful to the Vertin family for allowing him to do that, he takes pride in what he does. Mikkelson believes its important to serve each family as if it were his own and to take care of each personal detail, as families will allows him. Usually, he said, families are very receptive to suggestions he makes to create a special funeral. What is rewarding about being a funeral director, Mikkelson said is when weeks, months or even years later a family approaches him and says to him that he made a difference in their lives by making a difficult time in their life much easier. "I want each family to feel like they are the only family being served," Mikkelson said. It was the Vertin family who also stimulated his interest in the Ambulance Service. Before Ambulance Service, Inc. came to fruition, which now serves Wahpeton and Breckenridge, and the surrounding area, funeral homes ran separate volunteer-based ambulance services. Mikkelson was often asked by the Vertin family to help out on calls every now and then during high school. When he returned to Breckenridge in 1971, Mikkelson also joined the Ambulance Service, which had been formed as its own business by Tom Vertin. "I take great pride in the service we have," Mikkelson said. Mikkelson's first task with the ambulance was taking an EMT course, which led to him teaching the EMT course to others who wanted to join the service. Their staff now has four full-time paramedics and 20 volunteer EMTs, who are paid when they go out on calls. There is always one paramedic with the truck and another on call, he said. Being able to respond to an accident scene or medical call as quick as possible is an important part of providing a quality ambulance service. Mikkelson said he believes Ambulance Service, Inc. is one of the best available. "We're not in it for the profit of it as much as we are in it for the people we have working for us, making residents happy and the good equipment we have available," Mikkelson said. Ambulance Service, Inc. not only provides medical care, but Mikkelson and volunteer EMTs also work to educate the community on ways they can protect themselves and others from injury. For many years, Ambulance Service has provided CPR and First Responder training to businesses, city and county officials, and schools. The service also often partners with Richland and Wilkin county health departments in prevention efforts. Most recently, Ambulance Service responded to a mock crash meant to teach students the dangers of drunk driving held on North Dakota State College of Science campus. In addition to working for the funeral home and the ambulance service, Mikkelson took on duties of Breckenridge Mayor in 1976 and 1977. An experience as mayor that Mikkelson will never forget was the Stratford Hotel fire in January of 1977 that took the lives of 16 people. Mikkelson, a large number of firefighters, and many others responded to the scene around 4:30 a.m. Mikkelson remembers taking on several roles that day, one as mayor and the other as a member of the Ambulance Service. Because they weren't taking victims of the fire away to the hospital Mikkelson stood by with the ambulance to take care of firefighters overcome by the extreme winter conditions. As mayor, he was the focal person for national news media. The tragedy didn't end for Mikkelson when the fire was put out, however, because afterward he had to assist in figuring out how to identify the 16 bodies. Plus, he had to deal with the grieving families. Mikkelson said his experience in funeral directing helped him to be caring and compassionate during that time. A second memorable experience for Mikkelson was when Breckenridge ran out of river water and officials had to go out and drill wells — an expensive feat to overcome. Mikkelson's time as Mayor was short, due to his time dedicated to the funeral home and ambulance service. "In fairness to both the city and the funeral home I chose not to run again," Mikkelson said. Throughout the years, Mikkelson's dedication to Joseph Vertin and Sons and Ambulance Service, Inc. has remained consistent. It's only difficulty, Mikkelson said, is that "it's very time consuming and has in the past taken from my own family." Regardless of the difficulties, Mikkelson has had a rewarding career and enjoys serving the people of Breckenridge, many of those being people he has known much of his life. "It's very self-satisfying to me," he said. After all these years of service, is retirement on the horizon for Mikkelson? "What would I even do," said Mikkelson with a smile.


www.wahpetondailynews.com

Hugh Mikkelson - Dedicated to providing quality, compassionate service to Breckenridge
Print this story Email this story Post a Comment by Erin C. Hevern • Daily News Published/Last Modified on Monday, December 1, 2008 11:40 AM CST Hugh Mikkelson may have saved your life. He may also have helped put to rest a loved one from your family, or in the family of someone you know. Born and raised in Breckenridge, Mikkelson has been the long-time director for Ambulance Service, Inc., and is a licensed funeral director and manager with Joseph Vertin and Sons. Mikkelson has dedicated more than 30 years to the city of Breckenridge, helping its residents through times of tragedy and helping to provide the community a meaningful service in two separate entities. It was in January of 1971, when Mikkelson returned from completing his education at the University of Minnesota, that he joined the staff at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home. Growing up, Mikkelson and his family lived across the street from the Vertin family, whose business was intriguing to him. "I always kind of admired Joe Vertin Jr. — the way he carried himself and his profession," Mikkelson said. Over the years, Mikkelson has really grown into the position of manager at the funeral home. Grateful to the Vertin family for allowing him to do that, he takes pride in what he does. Mikkelson believes its important to serve each family as if it were his own and to take care of each personal detail, as families will allows him. Usually, he said, families are very receptive to suggestions he makes to create a special funeral. What is rewarding about being a funeral director, Mikkelson said is when weeks, months or even years later a family approaches him and says to him that he made a difference in their lives by making a difficult time in their life much easier. "I want each family to feel like they are the only family being served," Mikkelson said. It was the Vertin family who also stimulated his interest in the Ambulance Service. Before Ambulance Service, Inc. came to fruition, which now serves Wahpeton and Breckenridge, and the surrounding area, funeral homes ran separate volunteer-based ambulance services. Mikkelson was often asked by the Vertin family to help out on calls every now and then during high school. When he returned to Breckenridge in 1971, Mikkelson also joined the Ambulance Service, which had been formed as its own business by Tom Vertin. "I take great pride in the service we have," Mikkelson said. Mikkelson's first task with the ambulance was taking an EMT course, which led to him teaching the EMT course to others who wanted to join the service. Their staff now has four full-time paramedics and 20 volunteer EMTs, who are paid when they go out on calls. There is always one paramedic with the truck and another on call, he said. Being able to respond to an accident scene or medical call as quick as possible is an important part of providing a quality ambulance service. Mikkelson said he believes Ambulance Service, Inc. is one of the best available. "We're not in it for the profit of it as much as we are in it for the people we have working for us, making residents happy and the good equipment we have available," Mikkelson said. Ambulance Service, Inc. not only provides medical care, but Mikkelson and volunteer EMTs also work to educate the community on ways they can protect themselves and others from injury. For many years, Ambulance Service has provided CPR and First Responder training to businesses, city and county officials, and schools. The service also often partners with Richland and Wilkin county health departments in prevention efforts. Most recently, Ambulance Service responded to a mock crash meant to teach students the dangers of drunk driving held on North Dakota State College of Science campus. In addition to working for the funeral home and the ambulance service, Mikkelson took on duties of Breckenridge Mayor in 1976 and 1977. An experience as mayor that Mikkelson will never forget was the Stratford Hotel fire in January of 1977 that took the lives of 16 people. Mikkelson, a large number of firefighters, and many others responded to the scene around 4:30 a.m. Mikkelson remembers taking on several roles that day, one as mayor and the other as a member of the Ambulance Service. Because they weren't taking victims of the fire away to the hospital Mikkelson stood by with the ambulance to take care of firefighters overcome by the extreme winter conditions. As mayor, he was the focal person for national news media. The tragedy didn't end for Mikkelson when the fire was put out, however, because afterward he had to assist in figuring out how to identify the 16 bodies. Plus, he had to deal with the grieving families. Mikkelson said his experience in funeral directing helped him to be caring and compassionate during that time. A second memorable experience for Mikkelson was when Breckenridge ran out of river water and officials had to go out and drill wells — an expensive feat to overcome. Mikkelson's time as Mayor was short, due to his time dedicated to the funeral home and ambulance service. "In fairness to both the city and the funeral home I chose not to run again," Mikkelson said. Throughout the years, Mikkelson's dedication to Joseph Vertin and Sons and Ambulance Service, Inc. has remained consistent. It's only difficulty, Mikkelson said, is that "it's very time consuming and has in the past taken from my own family." Regardless of the difficulties, Mikkelson has had a rewarding career and enjoys serving the people of Breckenridge, many of those being people he has known much of his life. "It's very self-satisfying to me," he said. After all these years of service, is retirement on the horizon for Mikkelson? "What would I even do," said Mikkelson with a smile.


www.wahpetondailynews.com

In that article Hugh Mikkelson, director of Ambulance Service, Inc., states that "Mikkelson provided the representatives with financial statements for 1984 and 1985, but the representatives said they would prefer to wait for the 1986 figures before making a decision."


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