Losing a loved one is an unbearable and difficult process for anyone; just ask Randy & Tami Kruzel. They lost their seemingly healthy daughter unexpectedly and had no answers as to why back in 2013. BriAnna Kruzel was 18 when she passed away unexpectedly on September 28th, 2013 of unknown causes. BriAnna's parents Randy and Tami Kruzel had to deal with the devasting loss, trying to understand how this could happen to their happy, healthy sweet daughter.

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Abbey Minke, Townsquare Media


In February of 2018, they had an opportunity to visit a lodge located in Dansbury, Wisconsin, that helps people deal with their grief. Faith's Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families who have lost a loved one and also brings them together with others experiencing the same loss and grief. During their stay, Randy and Tami met other families that had lost their children tragically. There were licensed social workers there leading discussions, as well as activities for relaxation like massage, meditation, healing crafts, outdoor activities, complimentary meals, and more.

When Randy and Tami left the lodge, it changed them. It gave them a sense of hope, and they decided that it was going to be their mission to bring a similar lodge to central Minnesota, so people grieving in this area, could get the help they need without having to drive so far to find it. At that time, they had no idea how much we would need this lodge after the devastating aftermath of Covid.

Chrissy Gaetke, WJON
Chrissy Gaetke, WJON

Now more than ever, the brainchild of Randy & Tami Kruzel is needed here in central Minnesota. Bri's Lodge has been in development. Right now, they are in the fundraising stage of building the lodge. The goal of the lodge is to provide services for:

  • Loss of a child at any age
  • Miscarriage or stillborn
  • Spousal loss
  • Community loss
  • Suicide loss
  • Loss of a parent
  • Loss of a sibling


This year Bri's Lodge Fundraiser Garage Sale is underway, and it will continue as follows:

  • June 9th,   8 am - 5 pm
  • June 10th, 8 am - 5 pm
  • June 11th, 8 am - Noon

This event is being held indoors at the St. Cloud Eagles Club, located at 730 41st Avenue North, St. Cloud. All funds raised from this event will help support families that are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Come shop and save by finding great treasures for you and your family. OR; bring your items in for the next big sale, or contact Randy at 320.420.6119. He may even be able to come and pick up your items.


Many people are wanting to make a donation to the lodge in memory of a loved one they've lost, as they would welcome the help in getting through the grieving process. If you would like to learn more or make a donation, you can visit Bri's Lodge website by clicking HERE.


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