Contact members of the Class of 72

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

Classmates we could not find
Deceased Classmates

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Laurie Nathan Russell



Deceased September 18, 2014
Clint Nelson    
Deanna Nelson



Debbie J Nelson    
Debra Kay Nelson Kummet



We (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 future. 

Doug Nelson    
Ed Nelson    
Glenn Nelson  

Glenn L. Nelson, 68, beloved husband and father, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away February 14th, 2022 at Park West Hospital in the presence of his loving wife, Jeanne (“Beaner”) Grozdanich-Nelson. 

He was born December 28th, 1953 in Brainerd, Minnesota, the son of Clifford and Rose Marie Nelson. He was the middle of 3 siblings. On a beautiful autumn day, October 9th, 1999, he married the love of his life, Jeanne Grozdanich-Nelson, who survives. 

Glenn worked in the aviation industry most of his adult life. He loved spending time with his wife, Beaner, and boys. He enjoyed time outdoors and on his Harley, savoring God’s creation and the much-appreciated time of renewal and fellowship he shared with close friends and family. Glenn took pleasure in training dogs, an ability which came naturally to him. Whether working on old cars with his dad, renovating his home of 21 years on Pike Lake in Duluth, Minnesota, building small airplanes and helicopters or doing maintenance on large airplanes, Glenn was always fixing or building something. His most-loved book of instruction was the Bible. 

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Grozdanich-Nelson, and four sons, Dillon (and wife, Kayla), Corey, Nikolas and Nathan; his grandchildren Kennadi, Hank and Theodore; his mother, Rose Marie Nelson; his sister, Linda Ward, and brother, Gayle Nelson; as well as several nieces and nephews. Glenn was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Nelson, and sister-in-law, Elizabeth (“Iffa”) Nelson.

A private memorial gathering, including immediate family and friends, was held in Knoxville, Tennessee. Glenn will be greatly missed by all. 

Joe Nelson

I am working at Wal-mart and have 4 grand kids.

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 it seems. 

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 variety of 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 Nelson



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! 

Thomas Nelson    
Catherine Nesser    
Bev (Jane) Newman

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Wally Niles    
Margie Norris

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Debbie Nutting    
Linda Nyberg James



I 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 area.

Carol Nygaard    
Jeff Nygaard   Deceased September 21, 2022
Jeffrey Carl Nygaard, age 69, of Brainerd, died on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at his home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd. Family and friends are invited to gather for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. 

Jeff was born to Carl “Ben” and Evelyn (Larson) Nygaard on June 14, 1953 in Brainerd. He graduated from Brainerd High School and attended the Vocational School in Staples, where he studied heavy machinery. After college, Jeff began his career driving truck on the Iron Mines of Minnesota. After that was exhausted, he found work in Elko, Nevada on the Gold Mine. Jeff was compassionate, kind, reserved and laid back. However, once he started talking, he was known for his loud voice and hardy laugh. He enjoyed the outdoors in his free time, especially hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his step-sisters, Diane (Lee) Storm, Cynthia (Joel) Nelson, and Wendy (George) Schaefer; cousins, Fred (Karen) Nygaard, Madree Mutsch, David Nygaard, Chris Sohn, Carol Swift and Brenda (Chuck) Marohn; and many other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mom, Joyce Woodhouse and step-sister, Pam (Darrel) McAllister.

Arrangements are with the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
Ken Oaks    
Bruce Oberg   Deceased September 26, 2013
Jeff Officer

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Greg Ogren

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Karin 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!

Mike Olsen



Gordon Olson    
Luana Olson Koski    
Pamela Olson    
Roger Osell  

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