Next Class Get-Together POSTPONED

With the COVID-19 infection rates on an uptick in Minnesota, the decision has been made to postponse our in-person "Social Distancing" Picnic scheduled for August 20, 2020. The feeling is that it will be best to wait until the infection rate in our state has been declining for at least 14 consecutive days. How soon that will be is anybody's guess at this time.

HOWEVER, if there is enough interest among classmates, another online ZOOM get-together / virtual "happy hour" could be scheduled for sometime in September. If you are interested in participating in the event, please Click Here to email Jim Hanson to let him know you would like to join in.

In the meantime, STAY SAFE EVERYONE!



Maggie (Peterson) Dixon Publishes Book

During our VIrtual Happy Hour last month, we learned that Maggie has published a book called "The Lord and Laughter". According to Maggie, the book is good for teenagers and anyone else who may need inspiration at this time.

Says Maggie, "It gives the 12 months of the year with the 'Fruit of the Holy Spirit' and contains several short stories. It  tells the bumps in the road and how many blessings can come from them. It has a page of pictures that compliment the stories and positive thinking sayings, etc. Jokes and riddles come at the end of the book. "

If interested in obtaining a copy of the book, there are two ways you can do so: You may pick it up in person at Maggie's home or she can mail a copy to you. The cost of the book is $16.00 if picked up in person or $20.00 if mailed (to cover the cost of packaging and mailing).

To arrange a time to pick the book up, call Maggie at 507-451-0018 or on her cell at 507-213-9500. Maggie's' home address is:           
                               165 Barry Drive
                               Owatonna, MN  55060

On a personal note from your Webmaster, I have read Maggie's book and would heartily recommend that you read it. It is VERY inspiring and a monumental testimonial to faith and perseverance. We are very fortunate to have Maggie as part of our class.


A Message From Your Webmaster:

To read an inspirational message for these very uncertain and trying times, CLICK HERE.


Never let it be said that something like the COVID-19 pandemic could stand in the way of the Class of 1961 getting together. Through the "magic" of the Internet and Zoom, some 18 classmates participated in a Virtual Happy Hour on June 11, 2020. It was truly a "global event" with participants from Norway, Oregon, Wyoming, Texas, Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota enjoying each others company for an hour. Thanks to Jim Hanson for recording the event and placing it on YouTube. To view the event in its entirety, CLICK HERE.


Our Tenth Annual Red Sweater Luncheon was a RESOUNDING SUCCESS. In all, some 53 classmates, spouses, and friends attended. The highlight of the event was a very moving and funny presentation from Maggie (Peterson) Dixon. Word around the room was that she missed her calling as a standup comedienne. We will long remember the "three jokes" she told which had us all laughing so hard. To view pictures of the get together, CLICK HERE.



A perfectly Fall day set the scene for a perfectly SUPER Class Luncheon at the Porter Creel Restaurant in Burnsville, MN, where 30 classmates, significant others, friends gathered for yet another round of great food and great conversation.   Porter Creek even created a special menu "branded" to the Class of '61. To view a photo gallery of the event, CLICK HERE.



For summaries and pictures of previous Class Luncheons, Reunions, and other get together's, CLICK HERE


It is important to stay in touch, so as your contact information changes (what with retirements, "moving to the lake", etc.) be sure to contact either of the following with the latest information so that we can contact you with all the class news and updates, along with information regarding future class gatherings.

Jim Hanson at jimsoli@me.com
Roy (Butch) Welsandt at rwelsandt@borealisenterprises.com


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