Nothing Keeps Our Maggie Down

Our courageous classmate Maggie Petersen Dixon broke her left hip after falling off her bike. She was taken to Mayo in Rochester for surgery to repair the broken hip. As usual, Maggie always finds the bright side and told her sister-in-law that she was “having a ball in the hospital”. If you’d like to send her well wishes by email, her address is: petemag@charter.net. I’m sure she would love to hear from you.


Update On Frances (Spitzak) Homblad

Fran would like her friends and classmates to know she has entered Hospice care.  She is dealing with a lung disease - a fibrosis - that has been progressing for many years due to a variety of contaminates that she may have been exposed to.  She is facing this with her customary outlook of optimism, balanced with a dose of realism, and wrapped around with her wonderful gift of finding humor where she can.

She says she will not have a funeral, but has already planned a party!  

Her breathing can be a struggle, so she requests no phone calls, but she would love to receive texts and emails.

You can text her at: 507-339-1052, and email her at: fholmblad@gmail.com



The Faribault Senior High School class of 1961 celebrates its 60 year reunion on Friday, September 10, 2021. We will meet at the Faribault Country Club for social time and a sit-down dinner.

Here is the schedule:

  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm: The class gathers for a social time to renew friendships and get caught up.
  • 5:30 - 7:30: Sit-down dinner and light entertainment from Maggie Peterson Dixon.
  • 7:30 - ??: More time to socialize

Dinner Menu


  •   Plated Harvest Salad with Cheddar cheese, bacon, craisins, diced green peppers & caramelized walnuts;   poppyseed dressing on the side Roll & Butter. Served with all entrees.

Entree Choices:

  •  Grilled Petite Filet of Beef (4oz.) with Demi Glace with loaded mashed potatoes and roasted vegetable  medley
  •  Cherry Maple Glazed Chicken Breast with loaded mashed potatoes and roasted vegetable medley
  •  Pasta Alfredo Primavera with roasted vegetables & parmesan cheese

Dessert Included.

Cost per person is $35 (includes dinner, decorations, rental, gratuity, and tax).  Note: You will not be able to order an entree the night of the reunion.

How to make your reservation:

  •  Option 1:  Print a copy of the reservation form and mail it to Ollie Larson with your payment.  To open the  reservation form and print your copy CLICK HERE . Send your completed form along with your payment to  Ollie Larson  by August 27 at the address below.
  •  Option 2: Make your reservation online and mail your payment to Ollie Larson. CLICK HERE to open the  online reservation link where you can select your entree choices and identify the number in your party. Be  sure to send your payment to Ollie Larson by August 27 at the address below.

                                                         Ollie Larson
                                                         1727 Willow Street
                                                         Faribault, MN 55021

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


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!)



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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