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This is information and photos from our 40th Reunion in 2012

Note you can get to any name by clicking the letter below.

For those who attended the 40th reunion and sent in a paragraph, their info is shown next to their photo.  If you would like to add a photo, or information  contact Paula listed below.

If you would like information included on the website or have questions, you may contact me at Paula Timman Persons

Classmates we could not find
Deceased Classmates

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Cindy Aga Gohl


Alan J Akre




Catherine Allen    
Ron Allord


Ron and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary this fall.  We are still - have never left - in the area living in Baxter.  Our two daughters and families live in Brainerd - thankfully - as we then have all 6 of our Grand's locally :).  Our eldest is almost 13, and the newest - we were blessed with twins (boy/girl) on November 1, 2011.   Each of our daughters have 2 girls and a boy.  We love every single minute we get to spend with them!!  Ron is still with the school district and I have just completed 41 years with St. Joe's.  I am VERY much looking forward to retirement in about 12 months - to do whatever I want whenever!!  Ron will be close behind.  We love to travel when we can, enjoy biking in the summer (pedal!!), love being with our Grand babies and would like every Minnesota winter to be like 2011!!  Looking forward to seeing everyone!! (written by Peggy)

Steve Amic

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Kathy Amundson    
Bill Anderson    
Diane Anderson    
Everett Anderson


I now live in eastern Ontario, south of Ottawa and west of Montreal. I come home every May and unfortunately can't make another trip now. If anyone would care to converse about life or the future of western civilization my e-mail is
smilin-ev@hotmail.com.It would be nice to hear from you. I was divorced twice and both times got full custody of two children. That was pretty much my life. I am now married to a lovely Canadian woman and mostly just play poker. Saddened to see almost 10% of our class is deceased and it is also a bit disconcerting. Wish the best to all of you who are still enjoying the life experience!

P.S. Universal health care works great! Don't believe the propaganda.
Gerald Anderson


I am still in dairy farming and there are many blessings in this profession, but it has shortcomings also.   My father died in 1995 which was one of the pivotal moments in my life since he was also my farming partner.  Since that time I have continued the family dairy farm relying more on employees.  Every since 2008 the going has been rough in this industry as it has in most of the rest of the economy.  In addition there seems to be some type of weather modification going on making it harder to put up crops. 

My sister and her family live in Coon Rapids and I enjoy her visits.  My mother is still alive and mentally fit; she helps with some of the accounting on the farm.  So I am very very busy.

I still do freelance writing and frequently appear in Hoard’s Dairyman magazine, which also has a Spanish Edition and a Japanese edition which my work has appeared in.  So my writing has been translated into many of the world’s languages, something I am really thankful for.   In addition to this I have been editing and working with Jean Haugen Rosenthal on her Dove Christian trilogy.  It is a major work and she has just finished the third part of it, but I haven’t read or worked on the last book yet.  I am excited, though, about this trilogy. Hope to see many of you at the reunion and I hope you are all faring well.

Pam Anderson Nelson


Classmate Ron Nelson and I still call Brainerd our home.  Ron has many years invested as a pressman at Bang Printing. I am currently employed as the Executive Director/Administrator of the Crow Wing County Historical Society/Museum.  Our two grandsons, Jahson and Josiah turned 13 and 11 this summer. Our daughter, Katie and her husband Dusty Imgrund own and operate a full service used car lot in Baxter. Joel, our son is employed at the BNSF Equipment Shop as an Electrician. Ron and I are looking forward to retirement! Ron enjoys fishing and hunting.  I also enjoy fishing but not quite into the sport as much as Ron.  Whenever possible I spend my free time with my twin “Pat”. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again! Ron has to nudge me a little to get me to go to the reunions, but once I’m there I enjoy every minute of it! 

Patricia Anderson Owen


Steve Anderson





Sue Anderson

Sue Albertson, age 65, died peacefully in her home on Monday, May 6, 2019. Sue was born February 1, 1954 in Brainerd, MN. She was the daughter of Richard and Evelyn Anderson. She grew up in Brainerd with her four siblings. Sue attended school in Brainerd, MN and graduated from Brainerd High School in 1972 and Brainerd Area Vocational Institute in 1974. Sue married Greg Albertson and had two children, Ryan and Jeff. Sue enjoyed volunteering and spending time with her grandchildren. Those left to cherish her memory are her children Ryan (Tonya), Jeff (Rachel); her two grandchildren, Joseph and Jacob; her brothers, Rick (Karen) Anderson and Bob (Carol) Anderson, her sister, Linda (David) Laechel, sister-in-law, Julie, and many extended family members and friends. Sue is preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Steve Anderson.  Burial will be in Vaale Cemetery. 

Wally Anderson  
Camie Andrews    
Debbie Anhalt



Craig Arnold

Happy 40th! And thanks organizers. After graduation, I went to St. Olaf College where I met Sarah (Sal). We just celebrated our 34th anniversary this summer. We have two sons, Peter (29) and Dan (28), who both live in New York City. I got my masters at the University of Illinois and doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. I spent the majority of my adult career as a college teacher, most recently, Luther College in Decorah, IA. I am now running a company in New York City that I started in 1999, Manhattan Concert Productions. Sarah and I live in Summit, NJ. I am a train commuter into the city each day. Sarah teaches nursing at University Medical and Dental School of New Jersey. I look forward to being back in Brainerd where I no longer have family. My Dad died about four years ago and my Mom this March following two years of assisted living in Summit, NJ. Continued best wishes to Brainerd classmates and their families!

Sunnie Asplund


Some of the things I’ve done in the past 40 years:

I’ve been married twice, divorced the same. I lived in the Bemidji area for about 10 years during my first marriage. Nice area, close to Itasca, but Brainerd is better.

My second husband came with 2 small children whom I got to help raise – our daughter just graduated from college and our son is at Camp Pendleton in the Marine Corps. Beautiful children! I’m so lucky to be their “Other Mom”! But they’re not children anymore. I have no grandchildren yet, but I do have a daughter-in-law to be whom I adore.

I moved back to the Brainerd area nearly 20 years ago. I’ve pretty much always worked in the hospitality industry - I’ve been at Madden’s on Gull Lake for 17+ years in the Reservations Department, where I get to help make vacations for guests. It’s a great job and I love it.

I’ve recently moved back into the house I grew up in.  I have a dog with a sense of humor and 3 brothers with families who keep me busy, along with my kids. I’ve also been blessed with some pretty amazing friends, both old and new. LIFE IS GOOD!  

Brian Avery    
Vickie Avery    
John Aylward John E. Aylward, 67, of Pillager, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at his home with his family and puppy, She by his side.  There will be a celebration of John’s Life held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Nelson – Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.  The family will continue honoring John’s Life with a reception at his son, Justin’s home after the service. 
'Uncle’ John Emmett Aylward Was born May 29th, 1953. After raising himself through sheer will power, he was blessed with two wonderful children from his marriage to Teresa Halverson, who ultimately gave his life its biggest purpose. His love for cars and mechanics became infectious to those around him as he became a mentor and expert, teaching many around him the right way to do anything. He was always up for showing his poker buddies how to win and he enjoyed all the times they spent together. Genuine friends meant the world to John, and he was always one to his own. Uncle John loved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and watching wildlife in his own backyard. He and his life partner, Sheila Wgeishofski, shared 16 years together and she gave him 2 ‘illegitimate’ daughters and a furry gal who was his best friend, ‘She’, who also got to say her goodbyes. Some of his last words were that Sheila was the best thing to happen to him. In reality (because he was heavily medicated) they were the best thing to happen to each other. John was blessed with 5 grandchildren. 4 girls and one boy. If you really wanted to see him smile all you had to do was ask him about his grand babies. John lived by being an honest man who paid all his bills on time. Yes, he wants you to know that. If he said he was going to do something, he did it. That not only made him proud but also set an example to so many he loved and loved him. He was a man of his word. If you needed help, he was there. Because ‘Uncle’ John valued what’s really important, he did not want a sad, sappy funeral. John wanted a celebration where everyone could come together and laugh, enjoy each other, and reminisce of the great times he shared with everyone who loved him. ‘Uncle’ John will be deeply missed by many, but mostly his life partner, Sheila Wgeishofski, and his amazing children and their children: Justin and Mary Aylward (Skylar and Sydney), Chaycie and Jason Kramer (McKenna and Karsen), Lanay and DJ Asmus, Jenna and Patrick Rosenquist (Weston). At his request, part of his cremations will be released in the Mississippi River so he can eventually attend Mardi Gras.

Your love is felt by many and we look forward to seeing you again, Uncle John.

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