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Todd and Amy Rogers packed a tremendous amount of living into their all too short lives. Todd grew up in Roseville and at the family cabin on Lake Washburn, an hour North of Brainerd, while Amy was raised on her family's farm near Nicollet, Minnesota. They both came from close families who passed on a love and appreciation of the outdoors, and encouraged them in all of their many interests and activities. They were married on 18 September 1999 in a small church in Hastings and were avid sports enthusiasts, campers and rock climbers, as well as inveterate party throwers. Wherever they were, people gravitated to them and they were the hub in the spokes of a large wheel that included family and friends, as well as, neighbors and acquaintances who would quickly became good friends.

Todd was a long-time member of the St. Paul Pigs Rugby Club and was a University of Minnesota Rugby alumnus. He also successfully completed the 2001 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon held in San Francisco. Todd and a friend, ex U of M teammate Mike Becker, started and ran a small business, Odbek Industries, for many years before he returned to school to become a computer programmer. Todd was into anything that burned two-cycle oil and his passion was motocross and racing snowmobiles. In August of 2003 he achieved a life-long dream and became a licensed small aircraft pilot.

Amy was a graduate of the Apparel Design and Manufacturing program at UW-Stout, and was a skilled seamstress and costume designer who also ran her own business, Currier Designs. She was also a gifted cook and catered many events over the years. In 2000 she returned to school and trained to become a computer programmer. However, her passion was pottery and she designed, threw, fired, and showed her pottery wares at Art Fairs across Minnesota.

Todd and Amy enjoyed repairing, remodeling and restoring their home on Grand Avenue. With the help of friends and family they built their own two-car garage with a loft pottery studio for Amy, and the couple was engaged in an ambitious remodeling project of their two-story home. Despite their busy schedules they still made time to lend a hand to any friend who needed wood floors sanded and refinished, a roof redone, and even a log cabin built in the remote north woods.

Todd and Amy were tragically killed in a mid-air plane collision on August 22nd, 2003. Family and friends created the foundation to honor the memory of two very special people who touched many lives with their warmth, enthusiasm and generosity.

 
 
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