Nothing stops the GREAT CLASS OF 1961. With the restrictions on "in person" gatherings being loosened, our next Class Luncheon is planned now planned for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021 at our usual stomping grounds, Winjim's Shady Acres. One of our classmates, Bonnie (Hale) Klea, will be in town and would like to join us for lunch, but is scheduled to leave town on the 17th. Thus, we have changed the date of the luncheon.

We would like to get a count as to how many will be attending. If you have already indicated that you were planning on coming on the 17th and can STILL come on the 16th, there is no need to re-register as we have you covered. If you have NOT YET indicated your intent and you plan on attending on the 16th, please let Jim Hansen know you are coming and how many will be in your party by CLICKING HERE. Also, if you had previously indicated that you planned on attending of the 17th, but CANNOT make it on the 16th, please use to link above to let Jim know your change of plans.

As usual, the festivities get under way at 11:30. If you have completed your vaccinations, and feel comfortable in joining us, we would love to see you there. Hope you can make it!



If you haven't already indicated your intent as to whether or not you will be attending the Reunion, please do so ASAP by clicking on the link at the bottom of this section. We need to get a count on how many will be attending. If you do not plan on attending, we would like to know that as well.

Can you believe it ? ? ? ? ? It will soon be 60 YEARS since we left the hallowed halls of FSHS. Where has that time gone? And what could be a better way to celebrate than to have a CLASS REUNION!

The Reunion Committee has identified the date of our get together as September 10, 2021. After checking several possible locations, they have selected the Faribault Country Club for the event. Hopefully, you will be able to join us for the celebration. The Country Club has installed a ramp from the back parking area directly into the bar. Anyone unable to walk up the stairs can use the ramp for easy access.

Here is the proposed reunion schedule:

Friday, September 10
    - 4:00 to 5:30 - Social time
    - 5:30 - Sit-down dinner (a limited menu to be determined)
    - If you still consider yourself a "party animal", after dinner you can continue

Saturday morning, September 11
    - A casual coffee and rolls get-together is being considered.
    - Please indicate on the survey mentioned below if you plan to participate.

We need to know how many plan to attend to that the cost per person can be arrived at. A survey has been created to help determine this.

To indicate whether or not you plan to attend and how many will be in your party complete the survey by CLICKING HERE.

We hope to see you all there ! ! ! !!

In the meantime,



Sadly, it must be reported that we have lost two more classmates. It has recently been learned that Patricia (Dalby) Martin passed away last September. Also, just this April, Edward Bruley has also left us. Our classmate, Marv Bottke, has written a tribute to his friend Ed. You can CLICK HERE to read it.


Word has also been belatedly received of the passing of two more classmates. Darleen (LeMieux) Beaupre passed away in 2016, and Diane (Dahl) Harris in 2017.


Also, on Saturday, April 17th, Jean (Plitzkow) Winkelman fell down a couple steps inside her house, breaking her ankle in four places.  She had surgery in Rochester, and is now recovering at home.  She has been in a lot of pain, to say the least.  She is confined to bed at present.  Her daughter, Teri, lives with her, and her two sons and her sister are there for her, as well.  She does not want calls or visitors for now - but no doubt cards would be very welcome and would brighten her day!

Her address:

Jean Winkelman
8988 Independence Ct.
Faribault, MN  55021



As discussed during our last Red Sweater get together, Maggie (Peterson) Dixon has written a book about her journey through life and the many challenges she has faced. There are twelve chapters in the book, one for each month of the year. Along with the inspirational messages and anecdotes which Maggie provides, she has also included much humor. It is her philosophy that humor not only lessens the burdens that we feel but also provides unbounded strength to see us through the toughest of times.

The cost of the book is $16.00. If you would like a copy of the book, Maggie would be more than happy to send you one. To order, you can contact Maggie on her home phone 507-451-0018 or on her cell 213-9500. Her home address is:

Maggie Dixon  
165 Barry Drive
Owatonna, MN 55060

(A personal note from your webmaster: I have read the book and have found it to be VERY moving. I recommend it wholeheartedly!)


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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