Our 60 year Class Reunion, held on Friday, September 10, 2021, had a GREAT turnout.  No less than 72 classmates, spouses, and significant others gathered at the Faribault Country Club to renew friendships, share life stories, and enjoy a wonderful meal and refreshing beverages.  Highlighting the gathering was a presentation our indomitable Maggie (Peterson) Dixon, who told us of her latest health challenges, her commitment to a new scholarship program in memory of her late son, and, of course, a couple of her entertaining stories.  Maggie wasn't sure that she would able to attend the reunion, so she made a video of all of the things she wanted to talk about at the reunion "just in case".  For those classmates who not able to attend, you can see Maggie's presentation via that video on YouTube by CLICKING HERE.

Also featured was a book signing by Marty Duncan and distribution of his most recent publication, a tribute and memorial to his wife who had passed away a short time ago.  A picture of Marty signing books is included in the photo gallery of the reunion event.

To view the photo gallery of our reunion, CLICK HERE.


Sadly, the joy of our 60th reunion must be tempered by the sad news that we have lost another classmate. Word has been received that Franscis (Spitzack) Homblad passed away on September 16, 2021.


Our usual "haunt" of Winjum's Shady Acres was the site of our first post-pandemic "in person" class luncheon, where no less than 43 classmates, significant others and assorted family members gathered to share good food and great conversation FACE-TO-FACE for the first time in over a year! Maggie Peterson Dixon gave an inspirational talk about her continuing journey through life.  CLICK HERE to view pictures of the gathering.



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@mac.com
Roy (Butch) Welsandt at rwelsandt@hotmail.com


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