All you College High folks get ready to celebrate your 50th at St. Cloud, Minnesota on September 16 & 17, 2011. Gary Larson let me know the dates and told me he and Mary (Krushwitz) Schroeder were still pulling all the info together and as soon as I get the details we will post them here. You can get in touch with Gary at email@example.com and Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Gary at 218-236-6917 or snail mail at 410 Valley Ave., Moorhead, MN 56560. RLM 4-27-2011
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:26 AM
Here is a link to some pictures of Valley City and the surrounding area as residents cope with flooding along the Sheyenne River. Additionally here is a link to a U-tube video done by Wes Anderson, Curator of the Barnes County Historical Museum. Wes said," Here is our latest flood on the Sheyenne...April 2011. We're going to be setting records again. They tell us 21.3 feet as compared to 2009's record 20.3 feet. Dikes are going up to 24 feet as a precaution. They began making contingency dikes around VCSU today. The water will be high and stay high for the next 7-10 days (or more). Lots of National Guardsmen in town...thank goodness." http://youtu.be/o_RI-_allK0 RLM 04-16-11
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:10 AM
Thanks to Dorothy (Sorenson) Puklich for sending the following reminder. "Greetings from Bismarck. When I look back to the old days, I remember something that I read sometime back. It does so apply to life and how simple, but true. This is not the exact quote, as age gives me only the meaning as the important thing: "You will long forget exact words a person has spoken, but you never forget how they made you feel.”
As we approach our 50th, it’s interesting to note that we can’t remember all the details of those days, but we do remember how we felt—both good and bad. As The Dali Lama says, “ Be kind whenever possible…it’s always possible.” Thanks for the reminder, Dorothy. Have a great day all! Diane (Sauer) Hughes. RLM 4/3/2011
Posted by Hiliners61 at 1:08 PM
Thanks to Diane (Sauer) Hughes for compiling the following items from her collection of Hi-Liner Herald’s that she has faithfully preserved for the last 50 years. While the words are still legible we are unable to post most of the photos that accompanied the articles. If you have a photo(s) of these activities we would appreciate if you would scan them and forwarding them to us as a jpeg file.
We also ask that those classmates who do not have a “Classmate Info Page” listed on the Hiliners61 Blog please put one together and forward to us. As we count down these last days until graduation we would like to make the Class of 61 blog as complete as possible.
Hi-Liner Herald, April and May 1961
• DONALD DAWKINS is one of 12 delegates representing North Dakota at the National Science Fair in Kansas City, MO May 10-13. His project, “The Driverless Car” won him recognition at the local, district and state Science Fairs. In addition, Don is the winner of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, which he will receive at graduation.
• VCHS Band Members travel to Brookings, South Dakota, for a concert. They returned to Fargo for the Eastern Class A Music Festival.
• Marilyn Vandestreek chairs the third annual honor roll banquet April 18 in the hot lunch room.
• VCHS Concert Choir participated in the Choir Festival at Shanley High School in Fargo on April 29. Director Larus Thomasson chose “O Rejoice Ye Christians Loudly” and “He Watching Over Israel” to be sung by the choir.
• Delegates from the Hi-Liner Herald editorial and business staff attended the Northern Interscholastic Press Association Convention (NIPA) at UND May 1 and 2. Main feature was a speech by Governor Guy and opportunities for the delegates to interview him. Linda McCrea, editor, participated in a panel; Elaine Pomeroy and Jeanie Hill participated in a feature panel, because of the popularity of their feature articles with the NIPA staff members.
• VCHS Choir presented it annual spring concert May 2 in the City Auditorium. During the program, Nancy Lewellyn and David Johnson soloed during the Negro spiritual “Set Down Servant.” The Girls’ Double Trio (Beth Carlisle, Bonnie Van Enk, Barb Sheppard, Mary Ann Musch, Dawn Maasjo and Sharon Guertin) sang “The River Sings a Song” and Czech folk song, “Waters Ripple and Flow.”
• Dorothy James was named State Cherry Pie Champ at the ND State 4-H Convention. She represented our state at the national contest in Chicago.
• Roger Strom, who played first cornet in the VCHS concert band, directed the Youth Band of the First Lutheran Church. His plans for the future were to study music or dentistry.
• Georgia Stephenson was one of several seniors who took a French class at St. Catherine’s High School this year. (We need some help here on others who took French at St. Catherine’s. We think it may have been Gary Skramstad and Roger Taylor-were there others?)
• The State Golf tourney will be held June 6 in Fargo. The Valley City Hi-Liner Golf team (Jack Paulson, Dick McConn, Bob Neilson, Rudy Hanson and Willard Jantzen) will be represented by four of these athletes. ( Help--Who were the four?)
• For the first time in several years the Hi-Liner track team held real promise in the 1961 State Track and Field Meet that was held at the end of May. Hi-Liners were entered in eight events. Robert Ingstad competed in the 880 relay team, javelin and broad jump. Jerry Busche also competed in the javelin. Dennis Gillund qualified for the competition in the high jump with a four-way tie at the Eastern Division Meet May 18. The relay teams will also compete. Ron Evenson, Gillund, Russ Jacobson and David Johnson –440 relay; Evenson, Ingstad, Jacobson and Johnson – 880 relay; and Busche, Evenson, Gillund and Johnson--the mile relay.
• April 25 four softball teams began competing for top honors every Tuesday and Thursday until school was out. Team captains were Dave Henke, Roy Lang, Lee Sampson and Dave Nelson. (Who won??)
• Senior Awards Day May 16, emceed by Student Council President Doug Peterson, saw fifteen students recognized for character, leadership and service to school, home and community. Those honored were: Larry Gauper, Roy Lang, Doug Peterson, Diane Sauer, Mary Ellen Koch, Kay Holcomb, Georgia Stephenson, Jerry Busche, Mary Beth Torguson, Dawn Maasjo, Jim Milman, Nadene Johnson, Roger Strom, and Jean Hill.
• There was a one-act play “The Prettiest Girl in Town.” (We don’t know if it was in the Mar-May time frame. We need some help on dates and cast members) We do know “Old Doc” the big 3-act play was in the fall of our senior year.
• Junior-Senior Banquet and Prom, Saturday, May 6. Banquet at 6:30 at City Auditorium; Prom at the HS Gym at 9 p.m. Theme: Buttons and Bows
o Menu: fruit cut, baked ham with raisin sauce, baked potatoes with sour cream or drawn butter, glazed sweet potatoes, relish tray, rolls/jelly/pickles, ice cream and cookies, coffee and milk.
o Program: Invocation-Richard Burton; Welcome-Rudy Hanson; Response-Diane Sauer; Vocal solo-Dawn Maasjo; Speech-Mr. A. J. Greffenius; Master of Ceremonies-Mark Meske
• Students were reminded that in the coming school year Levis would not be allowed as appropriate wearing apparel.
• GRADUATION EVENTS:
o Baccalaureate, Sunday, May 28, 8 p.m., City Auditorium, with Reverend J. Ralph McNeil of the Epworth Methodist Church delivering the message and the concert choir singing.
o Senior Breakfast, Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 a.m., City Auditorium
o Graduation, Thursday, June 1, 8 p.m., City Auditorium
o Eight classmates spoke during the candelight ceremony: Barb Sheppard, Rhea DeLaBarre, Dawn Massjo, Barbara Sunde, Diane Sauer, Larry Gauper, John Paulson, and Bob Miller.
o Linda McCrea provided background music andplayed the processional and recessional.
o Gladys Van Bruggen sang “For the Beauty of the Earth.”
o A brass sextet (Dave Johnson, baritone; Ross Noeske, bass; Dennis Gillund and Bob Nielson, trombones; Colleen Bryngelson and Roger Strom , cornets) played “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “This Is My Father’s World.”
o The “Halls of Ivy” was sung by the concert choir. Listen here to a rendition by the UW- Platteville Singing Pioneers.
• Rhea DeLaBarre and Barb Sheppard, both with an average of 3.92 for the four years of study, were named Co-Valedictorians for the Class of 1961
And then we went our separate ways, spread across the country, each seeking their own niche among the raindrops that form the Thunderstorm of Life.
Please keep sending your contributions, scans, photo, etc., to Ron (email@example.com) and/or Diane (Sauer) Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org). RLM 3-06-11
Posted by Hiliners61 at 7:23 AM
Bonnie (Cink) Ness (VCHS, '65), Novato, CA recently organized a mini-reunion of Hi-Liners in Sacramento, CA. After learning that Sally (Strum) Nelson (VCHS, '62) lived in Sacramento she decided a visit was in order. Enter Bryce Risser (VCHS,'62) who was in the Bay Area on business and Bonnie got busy and contacted three other Hi-Liner graduates who lived in the area. Terry (Torguson) Williams (VCHS, '65), Jackson, CA, Ann (Ludvigson) Hiner (VCHS, '64) and George Hiner (VCHS, '64), Nevada City, CA. All met at George's office in Sacramento in January. Ron Morsch 02-27-11 Photos provided by Bryce
Posted by Hiliners61 at 5:39 PM
>BR>Received word that there is now a Caring Bridge site for LouVay (Ruemler) White (VCHS '61). As posted earlier, she is a patient at Sanford Medical Center Hospital in Fargo.
Click HERE to reach LouVay's Caring Bridge home page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with LouVay as she meets this medical challenge. Her hospital postal address and phone can be found in earlier posts on this blog. - Larry G.
Click HERE to reach LouVay's Caring Bridge home page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with LouVay as she meets this medical challenge. Her hospital postal address and phone can be found in earlier posts on this blog. - Larry G.
Posted by Hiliners61 at 9:54 PM
I went to visit LouVay this afternoon, and she wanted me to give you an update. First of all, here is her address:
Sanford Medical Center Fargo
801 Broadway N.
Fargo, ND 58122
She is in room 731
For your information she is not allowed fresh flowers since her chemo started this afternoon while I was there. Jim ws visiting her when I came and her son Rob had also been there today. Both Steve and Rob and their families have been to the hospital and decorated her room for her. Brian and Kelly are coming on Thursday.
LouVay's first bone marrrow sample got stuck in Grand Forks at the Fedex station because of the blizzard and never got to California. The hospital was sending it to California because the doctor who was qualified to analyze the sample was on vacation. This morning LouVay's doctor took another bone marrow sample as the doctor was now back at the hospital and could analyze it in two hours.
It was determined that the type of acute luekemia LouVay has is AML MO. Her chemo was started Tuesday afternoon and will continue steady for 7 days for the introduction phase. She will be in the hospital for 3-4 weeks and maybe the later. The nurses told her that she probably wouldn't start feeling abnormal for three to four day. She is in good spirits and wants to gets the process going.
I asked her if she had any symptoms, and she said that her only symptom was shortness of breath. She had noticed some when she and Jim were on a trip this fall and then again in December when she had difficulty walking up the steps at the college auditorium. When she was at her son's home on Dec. 19, she got short of breath just turning over in bed . Her minister called while I was there, and the Holcombs had visited yesterday late afternoon.
Thanks for your report, Colleen, and, as soon as I receive more information, I'll be posting it here on the blog. - L. G.
Posted by Hiliners61 at 9:55 PM
Above is the last family photo of our Valley City High School (1961) classmate, Barbara (Sunde) Bernard, her husband, Dick, and their son, Tom. It was taken during 1964, about year or less before Barbara’s passing in 1965 at the age of 22, while awaiting a kidney transplant at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.
As a result of a column by Bob Lind, published in 2010 by the Fargo Forum, I began an email conversation with Dick Bernard, who is now retired from a career in education and lives with his wife, Cathy, in the St. Paul suburb of Woodbury, Minn. Lind’s column was about Barbara’s brother, Michael “Mike” Lund, of Valley City, who passed away about three years ago at the age of 60, and included comments from Dick Bernard. Barbara’s passing at such a young age was also part of the article.
Thanks to the communication Lind’s column inspired, I asked Dick to send me some early photos of Barbara and current family photos as well that I could post here on the blog. Although I realized it could be painful for him, I asked Dick if he would share some memories of Barbara and their short life together, which included extremes of happiness and tragedy. He came through with a narrative you will find both interesting and poignant.
You’ll find the story of Dick and Barbara's promising but short marriage, her illness and death, and a number of family photos in a four-page PDF document entitled Remembering Barbara. To read, download and/or print simply click on that link (to read the column that inspired this memoir, click here).
NOTE: When the PDF opens, if you'd like to print the four-page document or download it, go to the "FILE" menu in the upper left-hand corner of the screen where the original PDF can be opened for printing. If you go to the PDF original (on the FILE menu), everything will display in a higher resolution. What Google display initially is a "replica" of the actual PDF document.
Any problems, let me know at Hiliners61@gmail.com - L. G.
It is with heartfelt appreciation that I thank Dick for this contribution to our blog that I’m sure will touch many of our classmates, as it did me. - Larry Gauper, 12-13-2010
Note: Dick produces three very interesting website/blogs. You’ll find them
through the following links:
www.outsidethewalls.org/blog (philosophy and comment on a variety of subjects) www.amillioncopies.info (content and comment; a potpourri of ideas)
www.chez-nous.net (About his North Dakota family’s life in Sykeston; historical narrative and photographs)
Dick Bernard's email address is email@example.com
Posted by Hiliners61 at 9:05 PM
The Class of 1961 at Valley City High School produced two commercial airline pilots (remarkable for a class of only 90) and I thought of Captains Roy Lang and John Manstrom when I wrote my current Wordchipper column (this piece appears weekly in a regional newspaper in eastern North Dakota and is available on my blog at Wordchipper.com). If you care to the read my essay on how aircrews are just as frustrated as passengers, if not more so, when experiencing weather or mechanical delays, you'll find it here in aprintable PDF: Thanks to the pilots!
As most of you know, John spent eight years as an active-duty Navy pilot and six years in the reserve, retiring as a commander. He then flew for 30 years as a Delta Airlines captain. He and his wife, Verna, also a VCHS grad, have lived in the Atlanta area of Georgia for 37 years. Roy was a TWA captain, spending 34 years with the airline and was Air Guard pilot for eleven years, retiring as a Captain. He and his wife, Lorrie, live in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
John flew mostly Boeing aircraft, up through the now popular 767. Roy was in the left seat of 727s, becoming a captain and instructor on the 757 and 767 aircraft types. Thanks to these exemplary professionals for their service to our country and for their outstanding and long careers with two major airlines. We're proud of you fellas! You can see a photo of these guys dancing with fellow classmates elsewhere on this blog.
(posted by Larry Gauper, 12-04-2010)
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:19 AM
Barb (Sheppard) Lang (VCHS '61, Chair of our 1961 Reunion Committee) and her husband Art Todd pose with their gold shovels, used during groundbreaking ceremonies at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, N. Dak., on November 23, 2010. The ceremonies were held indoors, using a very authentic pile of dirt brought from the outside earlier in September for this very special purpose. This photo was taken at the community room at Barb and Art's condo unit in Jamestown, as the “official photos” are not yet ready for publication.
The $51.7 million expansion project of the Heritage Center was a dream that finally became reality after ten years of effort by the boards of directors of both the State Historical Society of ND and its Foundation. Significant state funding of $39.7 million was obtained during the last legislative session held in early 2009, with the requirement that $12 million be raised from the private sector ($7,000,000 of which had to be received in cash/written pledges before groundbreaking could occur).
This project began in earnest in 2001, when former Governor Art Link visited the State Historical Society Foundation to remind them that the State Museum had been completed in 1981 and the original intent was to expand in 20 years! A very special Forum was held at the Heritage Center in November, 2001, with a round-table discussion featuring all of the living North Dakota governors – Guy, Link, Olson, Sinner, Schafer and Hoven. And so, the dream has been carried forward from that event, with a $5,700,000 expansion of the State Archives Division completed along the way in 2007.
Art has been a member of the board of the State Historical Society since 1981, except for the years when Gov. Sinner (D) was in office. Barb has been a member of the board of the State Historical Society Foundation since 1992. Art has served two different terms as president of his board, and Barb has been both president and treasurer of her board. Both have agreed not to “retire” from their respective boards until AFTER the champagne glasses are lifted at the grand opening ceremonies, tentatively scheduled for 2014, the year North Dakota becomes 125 years old! Barb says, "Oh gosh, we will be so old by then!" (Editor's note: Not "old," Barb, just "more experienced.")
For those interested in learning more about the activities of the Heritage Center, or details about the Expansion Project, please visit their website: http://www.history.nd.gov/ or the Foundation’s site: http://www.statehistoricalfoundation.com/ -
Thanks, Barb and Art, for your contributions to the preservation of our home state's history-we're proud of you! --Posted by Larry Gauper, 12-02-2010
Posted by Hiliners61 at 9:32 PM
Posted by Hiliners61 at 1:52 PM
Ritchie grade school basketball team won the Itty Bitty league tournament by defeating St. Catherine in an overtime game Tuesday. Members of the squad are, bottom row (l to r); Gary Myhre, Ronald Phillips and Robert Anderson (co-captains) and Mark Meske. Second row: Donnie Acker, Dick McConn, Lyle Pederson, Ronnie Morsch and Joel Holden. Back row: Marlo Byberg, Dennis Plecity, David Johnson, Gerald Offner, and Coach Jerry Sowden.
Well, at least for this year we were. I found this somewhat faded Times- Record article in a scrapbook my mother had put together. I tend to think this was from the Spring of 1955, so we were 5th and 6th graders. Perhaps someone can date this for us. Ron Morsch, der Zweitbesetzung Blogmeister
Posted by Hiliners61 at 5:26 PM
Jan (Sundstrom) Stowman (VCHS '65), spouse of Charles Stowman (VCHS '64), is shown in a familiar location for her, doing volunteer work in the President's House on the campus of Valley City State University.
Recently, the Class of '61 Reunion Group (comprised of VCHS, St. Kates, and College High alumni) made a donation of $178.80 to the President's House project. This money was remaining from registration and expense funds, according to Doug Peterson (VCHS '61) 1961 Reunion Committee Treasurer.
Jan wrote a thank you note to the Class of '61 and we're happy to share it:
Dear Class of '61ers!
What a "treat" to receive your check at our meeting yesterday. We were so pleased that your class used and enjoyed the President's House during the All-60's Reunion this summer. We volunteers of the President's House Preservation Society work very hard for every dollar needed for continued restoration projects. To receive such a generous gift as yours is so appreciated. We always have so many projects on our to do list. Of course, the biggest and most important is accessibility. Maybe by the next reunion that problem will be solved. Your gift will certainly help.
Jan Stowman for the President's House Preservation Society
Thanks, Jan! Our group really enjoyed using the President's House and our thanks to you, your committee, LouVay (Ruemler) White (VCHS '61) and others from our class who've worked to restore the President's House and provided wonderful hospitality to all of us who stopped by during the All-60s Reunion. A great time was had by all! - Larry Gauper
Photo by Bonnie (Cink) Ness (VCHS '65)
Posted by Hiliners61 at 8:01 AM
Bryce (VCHS '62) and his "cowgirl sweetheart," LaRon Risser (Hillsboro, ND, High School) graciously hosted a gathering of Valley City High School classmates at their lovely home in Sedona, Arizona, during the second week of November, 2010. Click on photos for larger images
(L-R) Bryce, Bonnie (Cink) Ness (VCHS, '65) and Paul Merrett, (VCHS '62) are shown here involved in a "video call" with your blogmeister, Larry Gauper (VCHS '61) via the free Skype service on the Internet. We shared stories and cracked jokes about our days in Valley City. Paul was my best friend durng our childhood days and I knew Bryce from the Bob Ingstad gang (and the NuBeats!). Both Bryce and I spent some of our salad days as disc jockeys at KOVC Radio, the Mighty 1490. Thanks to Bonnie for sending these photos; she, of course, being a class of '65er, is the "youngster" of the group.
Also enjoying the fun was Paul's lovely wife, Thava Merrett. According to Bryce, Paul, Bonnie, LaRonn and Thava, all in attendance had a great time. Bryce has been talking about doing this again and growing the group next summer at the Risser's lake home in Minnesota.
Diane (Sauer) Hughes had planned to attend, however, she was unable to make it because of the unexpected passing of her father-in-law. Our condolences to Nick and Diane- Larry Gauper
Posted by Hiliners61 at 8:11 PM
"Thank heaven, for little girls," as the song goes, "they grow up in the most delightful ways." And these four certainly did! (L-R) Susie Davy, Judy Risser, Peggy Carlisle, and Bonnie Cink, who shared this photo from her amazingly deep memorabilia files. Understand the girls are probably in 2nd grade in this photo and, of course, they all would become 1965 graduates of Valley City High School. Go Hi-Liners!
And who took the photo? Here's the photographer...
Thanks to Bonnie (Cink) Ness for also sending us this photo of Miss Steinborn from the 1955 yearbook. She was one of my favorite teachers and VCHS pillars. And she knew her way around a camera and how to take great photos for the yearbooks. Please share your memories of Miss Steinborn in the comments section below. - Posted by Larry Gauper Click on photos for larger images.
Posted by Hiliners61 at 9:08 AM
I called Karl Limvere (VCHS '63) recently to ask if he recalled the help he gave me during the blizzard of 1966. Karl is now pastor of the Zion United Church of Christ in Medina, N.D., after a career as state secretary of the North Dakota Farmers Union. Karl and I worked together at KOVC Radio in Valley City during the three years I spent back with the Ingstads, after graduation from the University of Minnesota and receiving a "voluntary quit" slip from KSTP Radio and TV in the Twin Cities. The reason I mention how I departed from KSTP is that lots of folks at that station - particularly on-air workers like myself - were freqently fired by Hubbard Broadcasting, the owners of the station.
Karl did remember that famous three-day blizzard and its aftermath and the favor he did for me and KOVC's listeners. JoAnne and I were living in Al Foss's Village Apartments in the southwest part of town, near Fritch Gardens. I was the "morning man" at the radio station during that first week of March, 1966, and started out for the downtown studio in my 1965 Custom 500 Ford sedan. About a block away from the apartment my car became firmly lodged in the snow. If memory serves, I was stuck right in front of the home of Dr. Clayton Jensen, the physician who delivered our first child in 1965.
I went back home and called Karl, who lived about three blocks from the station, and the rest of the story I tell in a recent Wordchipper column entitled One to Remember. Click on that link if you'd like to read my essay. I really appreciated Karl's favor to me and it was good to chat with him about that time, the really big storm we battled, and our days at Valley City High School.
The primary reason I wrote about this subject is to review a fascinating, fact-filled book entitled One to Remember: The Relentless Blizzard of March, 1966, by two UND grads, Douglas Ramsey and Larry Skroch. Might be a good Christmas present for a North Dakotan on your gift list.
If you have memories about that storm - I happen to know some pretty good parties were held at various venues (homes) around town, while I was working - please share in the comments section below. Thanks - Larry Gauper
Posted by Hiliners61 at 8:28 AM
Congratulations to classmate John T. "Jack" Paulson (VCHS '61) for winning another six-year term as Judge of the Southeast Judicial District in North Dakota on November 2, 2010! Jack has served 29 years on the bench and citizens are fortunate to have his experience continuing to work for them and the cause of justice.
With 92 out of 92 precincts reporting: Judge Paulson received 52.92% of the vote and his competition, attorney Brad Cruff, received 46.89%, according to election stats posted on the Fargo Forum website http://www.inforum.com/
Your Blogmeister asked Jack for a quote and, because, as my classmates know, I'm very modest (usually) and therefore, they also must realize how totally "embarrassed" I am to post the following, but, as those who know me well will attest: I'm certainly not beneath it. This is what Jack said (his words, not mine): "Thanks to Larry G. and his golden voice and good ideas; the radio ads were superb and very convincing to voters." --Jack
Jack, it was you and your outstanding record and reputation that did it once again. You're very generous with your compliments on whatever contribution I made to the effort. To me and to our classmates, I'm sure, it is quite terrific to have one of our own, a 1961 Hiliner, again winning this district judgeship! - Larry Gauper 11-3-2010
Posted by Hiliners61 at 12:45 PM
Jim Lang (VCHS '61) sent the above cartoon (artist unknown). Sadly, it gives us a picture of the life cycle for many of us as the years go rolling by. Thanks, Jim! (P. S. If anybody knows the artist on this drawing, please let me know - der Blogmeister). Click on image to enlarge
Posted by Hiliners61 at 4:48 PM
As a 1961 classmate or student from Valley City High, St. Kates, or College High, from any class, you're invited to share your memories and some current personal item of interest (include a photo) on this blog. Diane (Sauer) Hughes, who produced the wonderful 1961 Reunion Booklet, has offered to edit and prepare whatever you have to submit and then she'll send it to me for posting here. If you're interested in sharing, please continue reading (der Blogmeister)
1. Send an email attaching text and photos (5 max) that you would like uploaded to the Blog. Text and photos can be in separate emails or if attaching photos is not one of your skills, mail the photo(s). If you can put it all together on one page – that’s even better!
2. Hopefully, each submission will be one page or less. Sometimes, just an update of a few sentences may be all that you wish to submit.
3. Photos are always interesting, so when appropriate, please do send a photo.
4. Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org. or mail to: Diane Hughes, 32 West Verde Lane, Tempe, AZ 85284
Ok – now it’s all up to you! We’ll see you here on the Blog! - Diane
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:29 AM
Ray Uloth (VCHS '63, pictured above), now of Medford, Oregon, has written a new book that chronicles his 9,000 mile solo motorcycle trek across the USA and his tour of the ancient Middle East following the death of his wife from breast cancer in 2008. Ray titled his book Journeys, Two-Up and the cover is shown below:
If you're interested in learning more about Ray's book, click on this link to Ray's blog or, if you wish to purchase a copy, go to this Amazon link.
Thanks to Bonnie (Cink) Ness (VCHS '65) for calling our attention to what Ray's been up to in his motorcycling and writing. Our condolences, Ray, on the loss of your wife. Good to hear from you and congratulations on this publishing event. - Larry Gauper, der Blogmeister
Posted by Hiliners61 at 4:15 PM
Wes Anderson (photo above), Curator of the Barnes County Historical Musem, sent us this true Halloween story (Ed. note: think of a dark and story night, just after midnight..actually, I don't think it was stormy, but it was dark, I imagine):
"Hey, everyone, just in time for the seasonal festivities a tale of the not so much paranormal but abnormal for you....not so much for me. Monday night, well, really, early early Tuesday morning (Oct 22-23, 2010) at 12:30 a.m. the alarm at the Barnes County Museum went off calling me down where I met two of Valley City's finest at the door. We went in to see what the matter was but found nothing though the front motion detector had been activated. Well, what it turned out to be was our experience worker had hung up some full-size paper skeletons for Halloween and when the heat kicked in it made their feet kick up a dance that set off the motion detector. I performed an exorcism then and there (i.e., took em down) for fear of being called out of my slumbers in my footy-pajamas and bunny slippers again." - WesThanks, Wes! Wise wearing those "footy PJs," needed in North Dakota! And thanks to Diane (Sauer) Hughes for the photo. Diane writes: "I obtained Wes's photo this summer when I donated a copy of the book my siblings and I wrote about growing-up on the farm. We published the book in March and my oldest brother, Kermit, died at 82, in May."
And to all our classmates, a very happy Halloween! Don't eat too much candy! Hey, if the Wes's story doesn't scare you, the photo BELOW will! - der Blogmeister
Hey, gang, don't miss this one! It's the outstanding 1961 Classmates' Booklet with photos and text covering our 1961 Reunion Events in Valley City last June (2010), with all of the submitted classmate information pages reproduced in this 124-page black and white publication. Cost is only $20 and that includes shipping. Click here for order form.
Diane (Sauer) Hughes (VCHS '61) and now of Phoenix, Arizona, edited and produced the booklet and is doing all of the shipping. Her address is on the order form. This was her baby all the way, from concept through execution. And she's done an amazing job!
As you can see, I received my copy recently and I was absolutely blown-away by the quality of the black and white photos and the way Diane did this. The spiral binding I'm pointing to was an excellent idea, makes for easy reading; open it up and point out your old flames to your current spouse (ha-ha, a little joke there). By the way, don't try to read the stickies on my computer!
The booklet covers reunion events and features photos from all three 1961 classes, Valley City High School, St. Kates, and College High, plus a few extra faces from the All-60's Reunion. Never-before-published photos of activities at the President's House are particularly interesting.
Although this publication is available - unabridged - free of charge on this blog via a downloadable PDF, there is something special about a printed book, and, I think, there always will be. And we've got a very special book right here, right now, bringing back memories from a weekend in Valley City I will never forget. - Larry Gauper, der Blogmeister (Click on photo for larger image)
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:36 PM
If you're a reader of this blog, you know by now that Diane (Sauer) Hughes has completed a truly outstanding Classmates Booklet with photos and text covering our excellent 50th Anniversary celebration of the Class of 1961 (in our 49th year, June, 2010). You can order a black and white printed copy of the book for $20 (and that includes postage!); Instructions/order form further on down on this blog. The complete booklet in color is available for downloading to your computer. Go to the link on this blog and page.
So what is she doing with all her free time now? As the photo shows, Diane is creating a blanket for her 5th great grandchild due December 30th, 2010. Hey, just in time to be a useful tax deduction for a couple of lucky parents! Our very best to the parents-to-be and to Grandma Diane and Grandpa Nick. Glad to see you've got something to keep you busy, Diane, after those many hours, days and months you spent producing a wonderful artifact of our get-together in Valley City last June. Keep us posted on that new arrival when he or she arrives! - der Blogmeister (as with most photos on this blog, click on picture for larger image)
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:11 PM
Our 1961 Classmates’ Reunion Book is available to download as a free "PDF file," or you can purchase a copy of the 123-page, spiral-bound printed version.
Both versions are identical content, however, the printed version is produced in black and white only. The free PDF version presents the "classmate info pages" and a number of other photos in color.
From Diane: "Contents includes photos and commentary from the Friday night dinner, visiting at the President’s House, photos from the All-60s events, Classmates’ pages (40+ from VCHS, 2 from St. Kate’s, 4+ from College High), reunion class photos from all three schools, listing and photos (VCHS only) of those who have passed on, teacher remembrances, stories of Valley City and current address/phone numbers/email of classmates and teachers from VCHS, St. Kate’s and College High."
DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the link below and when you see "Sorry, we can't scan this for viruses," ignore that and click on the "download anyway" words. Then, instead of "opening" the document, "save it" to your desktop or wherever you want to keep it on your computer, then go through it. You will have your very own copy to browse and to print whatever pages you want hard copies of, if any. Note also: because the PDF is set-up for printing, you will encounter a few "blank pages" at the beginning of the book. These are kept in the PDF to work correctly with page numbers on the table of contents. Here's the link to download the book and a link for a printable order form:
Printed book ORDER FORM (Microsoft Word '97 format)
Suggest you download (save) to your computer, type or hand-print the requested information and print for mailing with your check.
Suggest you download (save) to your computer, type or hand-print the requested information and print for mailing with your check.
If you have any problems in downloading the PDF book or the order form, contact me, der Blogmeister, at Hiliners61@gmail.com
Posted by Hiliners61 at 9:52 AM
George Gratz (St. Kates, '61) has thoughtfully provided updates regarding the serious injuries his wife, Sharon, received in an auto accident during June of this year. Here's George's latest update as of October, 3, 2010:
"Dear Friends and Family:
"Many of you already know how Sharon has progressed. I’ve had a few inquires so I thought I would send out this last update. It has probably been 3 weeks now that Sharon has been walking without the help of a walker. She is now in physical therapy and continues to improve her strength and stamina. Sharon still has a slight limp to her walking gate, but that is improving.
"Just this past week we purchased a car for Sharon and she has started to drive a little. All in all Sharon is doing very well considering the severity of the accident on June 19th.
"Again we would like to thank all of you for your kindness expressed in the emails and cards that were sent to us.
"Best regards to all of you,
George and Sharon"
Thanks, George, for the update and it's great to hear how well Sharon is doing! Our best to her, you and your family. - Larry Gauper, Hiliners61 Blogmeister
Posted by Hiliners61 at 11:22 PM
From your Blogmeister: While visiting with Bryce Risser (VCHS '62) recently, I asked him if he had written and/or recorded any music since his NuBeat's days back in Valley City during the late 1950s and '60s. In response, Bryce sent me two tracks from an an album he recorded entitled Prairie Tales and I'm so pleased to share them here. I think he does a fine job on these songs, both in content and performance and I know you'll enjoy them too! Winter Song will take any of you who live in the sunbelt back to winters in Valley City. And Grandma's Upright Grand is a Garrison Keillor-esque piece of poetry on getting together with family on the farm. I can smell the "fresh home-baked bread" that Bryce describes.
The cover of the album is pictured above (click on picture for larger image). I'm grateful to Bryce for sharing this material with us and thanks to his wife, LaRon, for transferring the music from the LP (remember those? They're actually coming back!) to an electronic file. For recent photos of Bryce himself and the NuBeats, along with a couple of tunes by that band, all you have to do is enter "Nubeats" or Bryce's name in the Google search box on this blog and you'll find several photo and audio posts. Thanks to Bonnie (Cink) Ness (VCHS '65) for sending me the scans of the Prairie Tales album from her very extensive collection of Valley City memorabilia.
To hear the tracks click on the song titles below. When you get Google "download" button, click on that (in Microsoft Internet Explorer) and then "OPEN" to listen or "SAVE" to your desktop. You can enjoy the best listening experience if you listen to them after downloading. Once on your desktop, you can then, if you wish, load them on your iPod or any other mp3 player. - der Blogmeister.
Here are the mp3 audio files, copyright, Bryce & LaRon Risser, presented with permssion;
Grandma's Upright Grand
A little background on the songs from Bryce: "The two songs are from an album I
wrote, arranged, and recorded in 1976. This LP was in conjunction with a multi-media production I also wrote called Hand Carved Prairie Rose, named after one of my songs, which toured North Dakota during our state's bicentennial, sponsored by the North Dakota Council for the Humanities. All the musicians and singers on the Prairie Tales album were from Valley City.
"It was recorded in one 22 hour sitting at Audio Media Studios in Fargo. All the songs on the album are about life and times on the prairie. There's even one about North Dakota's infamous Bill Langer. I've included the two songs from the album with which I think our schoolmates would connect. See back of album cover, pictured below, for a full listing of the songs and the muscians.
"The North Dakota State Historical Society honored me by placing the album in a time capsule at the Historical Museum in Bismarck, to be opened in 2076. I've calculated that my grandsons will be in their 80's when it's opened! With today's rapidly changing technology, I wonder if there will even be a turntable to play it on!"
If any one would like a CD of the original vinyl album, contact Bryce at (218) 495-3289 or email email@example.com. Bryce adds, "I've also recorded a holiday season CD entitled Christmas From the Heart and I'm currently working on a Gospel album. My next CD will include one of songs I've written over the years entitled ..And Then I Wrote. It's a great adventure writing songs and it's fun to keep the creativity going.
"Thanks to everyone who attended and made the All 60's Reunion such a joy! Thanks, also, Larry for keeping us "60-er's" all together. And thanks for listening!"
Back of album, click on picture for larger image:
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:37 PM
Bob Nestoss, a schoolmate of ours back in the 1960s in Valley City, has been living and working in Fargo since the 1970s, and he married his wife, Connie, in 1977. I recently interviewed them both for my column in the F-M Extra newspaper and we enjoyed a fun conversation about Valley City memories and what they've been up to over the last 50 years. They told me about Bob's retirement in 2009 and they're very excited about their two granddaughters! You can read all about them in "Bob & Connie," the title of myWordchipper column appearing this week on newsstands in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Note: If you RIGHT-CLICK on the link to the column and then select "open in new window," it will be easier to come back to the blog. Also, be sure to click on the blue "print" word in the upper left-hand corner of the screen that opens. This will make it possible to see the column at its highest PDF resolution and then, if you wish, print on lettter-size paper.
Posted by Hiliners61 at 10:12 PM
Doesn't he look great considering he was one of our instructors at Valley City High School back in the 1960s! That's John Keller, Business Ed teacher, now age 81, who helped the Class of 1961 and our neighboring classes learn a skill most of have used all our lives: TYPING! The other business ed instructor I remember who taught us touch typing was Robert Griffin. Master of Ceremonies Bryce Risser looks on after handing the mike to Mr. Keller.
Hey, I tried to learn a lot in high school (Paul Simon's line in his song Kodachrome about what he learned in high school notwithstanding), but something I used everyday in college and throughout my career in communications--and still use today, right now!--is touch typing. Given today's ubiquitous (that's a word I learned from either Tina Steinborn or Marlys Langemo) computer and text-phone use, I imagine everyone uses a keyboard today, everyday.
This photo was taken at the All-60's banquet on Saturday night, July 10, 2010, at the Eagles in Valley City, N.D., by Paul Merrett, VCHS '62. Thanks to Jim Lang for remembering that John mentioned he was 81.
Posted by Hiliners61 at 4:36 PM
Thanks to Paul Merrett for this shot of his Class of 1962, taken July 10, 2010, during our All-60's Reunion in Valley City, N.D. That's Paul, your Blogmeister's childhood buddy, kneeling in the front row and wearing the dark-mauvish t-shirt with a pair of very cool sunglasses hanging from the collar. I know many of the names but if someone could give me a readout, row by row, left-to-right, in the comment section, I'd be happy to post it. Or send it to der Blogmeister at Hiliners61@gmail.com - Larry G. (Click on photo for larger image!)
Posted by Hiliners61 at 4:07 PM
Here's something for classmates of the Valley City High School Class of 1965 on our '61ers' blog! It's Mrs. Sowden's 5th grade class and you can probably spot a number of our "younger friends" here. These youngsters were just coming into high school a year after us '61 all-stars left. We kinda warmed-up the place for 'em, wouldn't you say? If you have any memories of Mrs. Sowden and your own fifth grade time with her, whether you're part of this class or not, be sure to leave a comment and/or a memory in the comments section below. Thanks to Bonnie (Cink) Ness, sitting right there in the first row, for supplying this photo from her amazing archive of VCHS material. - der Blogmeister (Click on photo for larger image)
Posted by Hiliners61 at 4:14 PM
George Gratz (St. Kates, '61) reported earlier on this blog about the serious auto accident his wife, Sharon, was involved in during June of this year. Here's George's latest update as of September 4, 2010.
Here's George's update: "It has now been 75 days since the accident and near a month since my last update. I had hope to give an update after the orthopedic doctor visit scheduled for last Tuesday but that appointment was cancelled because the doctor had to do emergency surgery. We had hoped the doctor would give authorization to begin putting some weight on her left side, but will now have to wait a few days until after the postponed appointment. However, we have lots of very positive things to report:
"Sharon and I played our first game of Scrabble since the accident on August 23rd. We are now playing a couple games of Scrabble a day. On August 24th Sharon was able to take a shower upstairs in our home. That same day Sharon began sleeping upstairs. We have gone out for dinner with friends twice, and have been shopping. Yesterday Sharon went to the hair dresser.
"Sharon has shown tremendous courage during her recovery. She is really looking forward to mobility without a walker.
"Thank you all for your cards, of caring and encouragement. Thank you for your prayers." George and Sharon
Elsewhere on this blog, you'll find a photo of "The NuBeats" band after it developed from this "original" crew. But here's the picture of the original Nu Beats. Thanks to Bryce Rissser for submitting this photo (click on picture for larger image) and for including this caption: "L-R in front: Gerry Norgaard (kneeling), Kenny Babcock on drums, Grover Peterson (sax). L-R in back: Bryce Risser (white guitar) Mike Mikkelson (our "manager"), Don Dawkins (in striped shirt--he was techinical man), and Tom Stine." Note the "diaper" as part of their logo; it's on the drum and on their matching shirts!
Bryce adds: "This must have been taken in the old KOVC studio in the Rudolph Hotel building (Blogmeister's note: I believe he's right); the clue is the old microphone in the upper right corner of the picture. I received the picture from Tom's daughter, Katie, just recently and thought our schoolmates might get a kick out of seeing it.
Blogmeister's note: We've learned that Bryce has been asked so speak at the late Tom Stine's induction into the Valley City State University Music Department Hall of Fame on Sept 18th. They've asked him to highlight Tom's pre-VCSU music career and Bryce says "I'm very honored to be part of this tribute to Tom."
Thanks, Bryce and Katie for this excellent contribution to our Hiliners61 blog. To hear the interview I did with Bryce last April, click here. NOTE: The interview references a photo of the NuBeats, but it's not this one. There's another photo and post elsewhere on this blog and to see it click here. To hear the original recording of the NuBeats' "Carlotta" 45 r.p.m. record, click here. Listen to the flip-side of that record, another instrumental called "Spring Fever," by clicking here. Suggest you "right-click" on those links and then select "open in new window" so you can easily return to the main part of the blog. Also, audio files work best if you save them to your desktop and then listen to them there. - Larry Gauper
Posted by Hiliners61 at 9:50 AM