|Debra Kay Nelson Kummet
(married to Rick Kummet) continue to live and enjoy the Brainerd
area, and are grateful for the opportunity to do so. Our three
children are healthy, employed and enjoying their respective
careers. We have been blest in that regard. We enjoyed our time
at the 40th Class Reunion and it was fun to see and talk with so
many of our classmates. As many others likely felt, WHERE DID
THOSE 40 YEARS GO? We wish all of you health and a happy
|Kirstie Nelson Klassen
I currently reside in Granite Falls Minnesota. I keep busy with
my business, “Therapeutic Massage by Kirstie”, a husband of 15
years, Jim, and my brand new grand-daughter, Abbeygale Joy
Stewart, my son Nathan’s first child and my first grandbaby!
Nathan and his little family live right here in Granite Falls so
I’m blessed to be a “hands on “Grammie.
My older son, Ryan and his wife live just north of here, near
the farm where the boys grew up.
My husband’s two girls, Kristi and Kari are also nearby, so we
have our children close and we love that.
Jim is retired, volunteers his time a lot, so we are rarely home
I am so blessed to have a job I love, and enjoy the
relationships that have resulted in years of “helping folks find
their healing paths”.
Being a Certified Natural Health Practitioner and Jin Shin
Jyutsu Practitioner, in addition to massage has provided me a
modalities in which to lend a healing hand, ideas and protocols
for my clients. Always challenging, always new!
Life has had its ups and downs along the way, but I wouldn’t
change a minute of it. It’s made me who I am today, and for
that I am grateful!
Ron and I (Pam Anderson Nelson) 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!
|Linda Nyberg James
continue to live in Fargo and teach at Concordia College in
Moorhead in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department. Our
children are 20 and 23 and for now, are living in the F-M
area. Our oldest graduated last spring with a BA in nursing.
Stan and I split our time between our responsibilities in the
Fargo - Moorhead area and our cabin in Park Rapids. We are
starting to think that retirement might not be so bad if we
could spend more time at the lake. It was wonderful to see
everyone at the reunion this summer and I look forward to the
next one. Please look me up if you are ever in the Park Rapids
|Karen Ohlin Haakenaasen Mandeville
Karin Ohlin Mandeville
After graduation I attended St. Olaf College. Then after that
graduation, I decided to go to Norway (where my mother was from)
to learn the language for a year. I ended up staying and have
lived here for over thirty years, with two moves back to the
states (Denver – where my family has resettled) with two
different husbands. My second husband and I celebrated our 25th
anniversary last year – that was indeed a milestone now-a-days!
We have three children –two on earth and one in heaven as I
prefer to say; Erik (30 – from my first marriage), Elizabeth
(23) and Rebecca whom we lost to SIDS at the age of six months –
she would have turned 18 this year. Despite the trials and
mistakes in my life I must say God is good and has blessed me
tremendously! I have had a very interesting career, first in
teaching elementary school in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest
city. I then worked as a Senior Consultant in Corporate Training
and Human Resource Development for 10 years in the banking
industry in Oslo before we moved to Denver and I started on my
Masters degree at Denver Seminary in Christian Family & Marriage
Counseling. After nearly 20 years with IBM, my husband Eric
received an offer he couldn’t refuse to come back to Norway with
another company, so I gave up finishing my Masters for the time
being. I have worked for the past ten years as the Cultural
Officer for the Embassy of Israel in Oslo and I must say,
there’s never a dull moment in this job! My daughter has just
finished her Bachelor’s degree in Counter-Terrorism in Israel
and is now looking at graduate schools in the Washington DC
area. My son’s degree was in Finance and he now works as a
Corporate Analyst. I am active in the American Church and other
American organizations here so as not to forget my own culture.
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone and thank goodness
for the advent of Facebook - I will now be able to recognize
most of you! A big thanks to the Reunion Committee for all your
hard work and perseverance – what fun it’s been following the
planning on FB!