Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More Homecoming Parade Photos

Terry Larson O'Connor sent some photos of the mixed bunch of Homecoming alumni parade participants from Oct. 2. It's been a wonderful October in Minnesota - lots of sunny days and warm weather.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

District 206 Hall of Fame Follow-up

During the Tailgating picnic at the Oct. 2nd Homecoming Event, Carol Hughes said that an earlier article on the Keep On Truckin 1974' blog inspired her to nominate former teacher and coach Bev (Lorhman) Grossman for her work with girls' sports in district 206. Read the earlier article here.

The October 1st awards ceremony was well attended, and Ryan Bale forwarded the link to the slideshow of photos of the event. Here's the link to the photos:

I'm not sure who took them, but thank you for making them available!

Here is the photo of the Class of '74 attendees to the award ceremony,
Back row: Lynelle , Lynda, Becky, Barb, Ruth; Front row: Bev, Carol, BEV, and Rachel.

To nominate someone to the District 206 Hall of Fame for next year, the updated information will be available at a later date, I'm sure. Instructions and criteria are here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Alexandria Homecoming Parade 2010

The weather was beautiful. There were over 30 units in the parade that lined up at the fairgrounds. Alumni from other years joined us. The more the merrier! Here are just a few of us. There were about 15 in our group, plus other alumni groups in the parade.
We managed to stay ahead of the Garfield Elementary kids! The alumni that walked with our group ranged in graduation years from 1964 to 1991. There were hundreds of parade watchers - lots of families with little kids.
After the parade, there was a pep fest at Jefferson and then a Tailgating lunch by the end zone. There were more class of '74 classmates there.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Homecoming Buttons from High School

With Alexandria Homecoming events this week, I had to go to the archives and find the button collection. Our sophomore year homecoming opponents were the Sauk Center Mainstreeters. For our Junior year homecoming Alexandria played against Morris,
and our Senior year the homecoming theme was "Grave the Braves" against the Benson Braves. I didn't have a button for that one. Was there one?
I asked for suggestions on facebook for improving the float to give it more pizzazz - and some of the ideas were balloons and streamers, rum and pirates. Hmmm.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Homecoming Parade Float Progress

For our class float in high school, Betty Haskins reminded me, we used chicken wire, a hayrack and a lot of hours in Jamie Haaven's garage. Some of it actually working on the float. I think the theme was "Sweep the Streeters". We played Sauk Center.

I have two extra class of 74 T-shirts in XL if any additional classmates want to join us on Sat. Oct. 2, 2010, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds - come between 11:00 and 11:30 - we'll ride to downtown, and then walk or ride on the "float" down Broadway as you wish. So far there are 4 classmates, and Alumni from the class of 64, 71, 73, 75, and 78 with our group. It's a fun time, and at the end of the parade, there is a tailgating picnic at Jefferson, and the football game at 2:00. We can give you a ride back to your car at the fairgrounds right after the parade.

Email Taryn at for more info.

Otherwise, bring your grandkids, a bag for their candy, and come enjoy an Alexandria parade!

Note to self: go to Target and buy some candy for the parade. We can pass it out, but not throw it to the crowd. They don't want anyone to get run over by some Shriner go-cart trying to get their candy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ryan Replies

After sending out the Homecoming parade details, it was fun to get a photo/reply from Ryan Bale.

"Wish I could make it.
Also thought I’d let you know Bev Lohrman Grossman is my godmother and I grew up in her neighborhood and played with her kids growing up.
I will be up in that neck of the woods first week in November for some bird hunting in ND.
See my pic from this summer?"

Sat. Oct. 2, 2010 Alexandria Homecoming Schedule of Events

If you are interested in getting a red alumni t-shirt with Class of 74 on it, and walking in the homecoming parade, I will send in the form for our group, and submit an order for T-shirts. They cost about $5 (I'll know for sure later), and are printed at Cowing Robards. We could get them the day of the parade, as we are lining up at the fairgrounds.

You can also walk with a mixed group, such as the Crouse family, above. (Thanks Donna Podratz for the photo.)

Classmate Lynelle Persson Brickweg already has been in the parade with her class of 74 shirt, so she would enjoy company this time.

We're not having a float to ride on, unless someone has one sitting around. If your arch supports give out, you could leave a vehicle downtown and bail on the parade whenever you want.

Send me your name and shirt size. Depending on the weather, you might want your shirt big enough to wear over a sweatshirt.

Here's a slideshow of the previous parade:

Saturday, October 2 – GAME DAY!
Parade Participants will meet at the Fair Grounds (East Gate) to form the line-up no earlier than 11:00 am and arrive no later than 11:30 am. Parade route starts at the Fairgrounds (East Gate), to Cedar, to 5th, to Broadway, to 15th, ending at the JHS parking lot.
Homecoming Community Parade, 12:00 pm, Parade Grand Marshals - Bev "B" Lohrman Grossman; and Dr. Gerald Timm, 2010 Education Foundation Hall of Fame Inductees. One float per activity, organization, or business. Parade participation form due by 12:00 pm on Monday, September 27th to Sheree Oberg at JHS.

· Community Pep Rally immediately following the parade at Jefferson HS.
· Cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place student floats.
· Tailgate Party, beginning at 12:30 pm at Citizen’s Field. Brats/hamburgers/hotdogs/turkey burgers, chips, pop and cookie, $6/person. Ice cream cones, $2.
· Featured speakers: Cardinal fall athletic head coaches.
· Cardinal Football Homecoming Game vs the Bemidji Lumberjacks at 3:00 pm, JHS Citizen’s Field.
o Halftime presentation of Royalty
o Halftime recognition of Alumni football players

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Last year's 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

A good article in the Alexandria Class of '65 blog:

Murrae Freng
A.A. "Cap" Paciotti
Robert J. "Bob" Rader

Alexandria District 206 Hall of Fame Inductees 2010

This week's echopress detailed this year's inductees to the District 206 Hall of Fame.

Honorees announced for District 206 Hall of FameThe fourth annual School District 206 Hall of Fame recognition luncheon and celebration is set for Friday, October 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria.

The fourth annual School District 206 Hall of Fame recognition luncheon and celebration is set for Friday, October 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria.
This event honors outstanding District 206 staff and alumni who have earned significant distinction or achievement in their chosen field.
Three individuals will be honored at this year’s luncheon – Bev “B” Lohrman Grossman, John Hammergren and Dr. Gerald Timm.

Bev “B” Lohrman Grossman
Alexandria teacher/coach, 1960-1980
• Alexandria physical education teacher and coach.
• Jefferson High School Teacher of the Year.
• First Alexandria girls’ athletics interscholastic coach.
• Breaking Barriers Award winner in girls’ athletics.
• Board member of the advisory board for Minnesota Track Meets.
• Official for the Minnesota State Track Meet.

Dr. Gerald Timm
Class of 1958
• Bachelor’s (1963), Master’s (1965) and Ph.D. (1967) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota (U of M).
• Founder/president of GT Urological, LLC.
• Founded/co-founded four additional American medical device companies employing several thousand people.
• Outstanding Achievement Award winner from U of M Alumni Association.
• Professor of Urological Surgery at the U of M.
• Inventor/co-inventor of 21 U.S. Patents plus international counterparts.
• Instrumental in development of numerous urological medical devices.
• Author/co-author of 70 papers in technical/medical journals.
• Contributing author for sections/chapters in four textbooks
• Board member at Park Nicollet Health Systems; TRIA Orthopedic Center.

John H. Hammergren
Class of 1977
• Chairman of the board, President, CEO of McKesson Corporation.
• Chairman of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
• Named to 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
• Co-author of Skin in the Game.
• Director of Hewlett-Packard Company.
• Director of Nadro, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico).
• Member of the Business Council and the Business Roundtable.

Nominees must be a graduate of District 206 with a graduation date of 1987 or earlier, or be a former or retired staff member who served a minimum of 10 years who made an impact on the lives of students.

Final selections of honorees are made by the all-volunteer Education Foundation board of directors. Questions on the Hall of Fame event can be directed to Susan Scarborough, board chair of the Education Foundation, (320) 762-3310 ext. 4271.
The luncheon is open to the public; tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Alexandria School District 206 Community Education office, 1410 South McKay Avenue, Suite 201 in the Woodland Elementary School.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Some Fun Cakes From Teri Saurdiff Johnson in Alex.

Classmate Teri Saurdiff Johnson mentioned that she has a cake business/hobby, so I bugged her for some photos. (Hey, I love cake!)
Teri lives in Alexandria. Teri says: "I work out of my home but love to do it. I do homemade cakes for any occasion, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, graduations, weddings, retirements, you name it."

" I call the little hobby "The Cake Lady" Homemade Cakes For All Occasions. The phone number is 320-219-9014. It is a little cheaper than paying for the cake downtown and you get homemade, instead of store-bought. I make filled cakes, black velvet cakes, cheese cakes, carrot cakes, most anything you would prefer. "
It's fun to see the variety and creativity! Teri's email is if you want to contact her online.