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September 2014

Duff - Dino - Jake
Larry French - Mike Peterson - Leroy (Roy) Jacobsen
Photo by Judy Peterson
10 September 2014

10 September 2014 Detroit Lakes FCHS Luncheon
Photo by Phyllis Thurlow.
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Row 1: Jim Brooks, Dallas Backer, Andi Hunter, Bob Toussaint, Mike Peterson, Dick Harris.
Row 2: Ruth Engh, Vicky Sasse, Stephanie Matthiasson, Connie Blumhardt, Patti Nelson, Mary Fosteson.
Row 3: Bud McCroskey, Joel Thurlow

Photo by Judy Peterson
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11 June 2014

August 13, 2014 Detroit Lakes FCHS Luncheon
Row 1: Vicky Sasse, Yvonne Larson , Stephanie Matthiasson, Andrea Hunter, Patti Nelson, Marv Setness
Row 2: Joel Thurlow, Dallas Backer, Ruth Westrick, Elmer Nord, Dick Harris, Dave Conmy, Bob Toussaint
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Row 1: Vicky Sasse, Yvonne Larson, Stephanie Matthiasson, Andrea Hunter, Patty Nelson, Norm Wolseth, Paul Gunderson
Row 2: Ruth Engh, Dick Harris, Marvin Setness
Row 3: Joel Thurlow, Elmer Nord, Bud McCrosky, Dave Conmy, Bob Toussaint, Dallas Backer
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11 June 2014

June 11, 2014 - Detroit Lakes FCHS Luncheon
Row 1: Patti Nelson, Stephanie Matthiasson , Andrea Hunter, Bob Toussaint
Row 2: Ruth Engh, Margaret Neeb, Vicky Sasse, Mary Fosteson, Pat Carson , Dallas Backer
Row 3: Bruce Stainbrook, Ken Baker , Bruce Hansen, Dick Harris
12 February 2014

Grace (Oak Grove Lutheran ‘57) and Bruce Stainbrook '58, Dick Lundstrom '58
February 12, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dick, Johnny Ginakes, George Lund, Jerry Quam, Ed Johnson (All '58),
and Gary Schmit (Shanley ‘58)
February 12, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona.

One of Jerry Quam’s classics, Jerry, Dick
February 12, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona.

12 February 2012

Bud Lundberg, Connie Blumhardt Lundberg ‘58, Mike (Dino) Peterson ‘58 – Las Vegas, February 2014
February 12, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada.
1 February 2014

Bruce Hansen '58, Jean Severson Hansen '59 and Sandy Nelson McCabe '58
February 1, 2014, Prescott, Arizona.
13 November 2013

A couple pictures from Jim Lanier's book signing in Fargo on October 25th. Pictures include Jim, Ruth Engh Westrick, and Bud McCroskey. See the July 25th note below for more information on Jim's book. Click on picture below for larger view.

9 November 2013
Article on Jerome Larson

Curling king
Former Fargo man played huge role in developing the sport
By Eric Peterson epeterson@forumcomm.com Fargo

A skiing injury helped steer Jerome Larson to curling, and he got his start at a club in north Fargo. “The first curling stones I threw were with a walking cast,” Larson said with a laugh.

More than 50 years later, Larson is returning to where his love for curling started. The Fargo Central High School graduate is being inducted into the United States Curling Association Hall of Fame.

Larson’s induction – along with Jon Mielke of Bismarck – will be during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling that starts Sunday at Scheels Arena in southwest Fargo. Larson’s induction will be at 2:15 p.m. next Friday. Mielke’s will be at 2:15 p.m. Nov. 16.

“It’s going to be really, really cool, that’s all I can say,” said the 73-yearold Larson, who now lives in Rio Vista, Calif. “I’ve gotten so much out of curling. It’s really enhanced my life.” Larson will enter the Hall as a “builder,” meaning an individual who has played a major role in promoting and developing the sport. “I don’t think I have ever heard Jerome say ‘no,’ ” said Rick Patzke, the chief operating officer for USA Curling. “He has either jumped in himself or found someone else. I think he’s just been a force in curling development in the country.”

Larson’s passion for promoting the sport has earned him the moniker the “Johnny Appleseed of Curling.” He’s played a key role in helping the sport spread, especially in the Western states.

Larson graduated from Central in 1958 and then attended North Dakota State University. During his first year at NDSU, he was skiing in northern Minnesota and broke his ankle. That’s when he decided to try curling, a sport his neighborhood friend Steve Larson had talked about.

“One day he hobbled into the curling club because I had mentioned it to him,” said Steve Larson, who now lives in Park Rapids, Minn. “I knew he tried to do what he could do that day.”

Jerome Larson said that curling club, which no longer exists, was located near the old Barnett Field and where Fargo North High School now stands.

“We had a key to it,” Larson said. “I was down there constantly throwing stones.”

Larson moved in the late 1960s to the San Francisco area, where he continued to curl. He represented California at a couple of national championships.

Larson eventually played a role in helping start curling clubs in the Western states from Portland, Ore., to Scottsdale, Ariz.

Larson recalls hauling 60 curling stones with his friend Dave Peck from California to an ice rink in Scottsdale. That was about 12 years ago.

The rink manager, who wanted to get curling to the area, would have been happy to get 25 to 30 people to the rink, Larson said. More than 200 showed up. That area now has a curling club, which is expected to open a dedicated curling facility in January.

“His footprint, especially in the western U.S., is extremely significant for our sport,” said Terry Kolesar, the USA Curling director of communications. “He made it happen and doesn’t take any credit for it.”

Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona all have USCA member clubs. There are only five states in the United States that don’t have a curling clubs, according to the USA Curling website.

Larson has served on a variety of local, regional and national curling boards for the past 35 years. He has served as a statistician at two Winter Olympic Games, in 2002 and 2006. He has also served in that role at several world and European championships.

Larson cherishes all of those experiences, the friends he’s made through the sport and places he’s seen along the way. “Curling made my life really neat,” Larson said. “I’ve been blessed.” Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.
20 October 2013
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Andi Hunter has published through the Online Forum a supportive article on breast cancer survivors. The article is posted here and you can see the list of Andi's Articles we have on the website.
16 October 2013
Jerome Larson Induction Into Curling Hall of Fame

From Dave Williams: "We have a classmate that will be receiving a national honor!! Jerome Larson will be inducted into the U.S. Curling Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place in Fargo!!!! at the Scheel's auditorium on Nov. 15, 2013. Details are in the attached announcement. I heard about this from Larry Hanson, formerly of Grand Forks, who is a mutual friend and I asked Jerome for the enclosed info. Please forward to all and let's hope we have some classmates in the area that will be able to attend!!
From Jerome: Here is an invitation that sets out the details for the week. The induction will be in Fargo during the Olympic Team Trials. I still have relatives and friends so that will be cool. But even better my son Kemp and his family will be there from New Jersey and my two daughters, Rhonda and Kym will be there from the Bay area. It will be a wonderful time.
The invitation to attend is located here The ceremony is November 15th but they would like an RSVP by the end of October. For those who will be there, please send me ( Mike (Dino) - some pics and I’ll install on our website.
14 September 2013
Fargo Forum

Published September 14, 2013, 11:02 PM Five North High School graduates to be inducted into Hall of Fame

FARGO – Five North High School graduates will be inducted into the school’s 2013 Hall of Fame on Oct 5 at a luncheon and ceremony at the North Dakota State University Alumni Center.

Kristin Rudrud, Keith Ternes, John Runsvold, Darrell “Bud” McCroskey and Marsha Dahl will also visit the school Oct. 4, attend a pep rally, and be introduced at halftime of a football game that evening.

Among their accomplishments:

- Rudrud, a 1973 graduate, is a renowned professional actress with extensive credits in theater, radio (“Prairie Home Companion”), television (“Chicago Hope” and “Psychic Mom”) and film (“Pleasantville,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Fargo”).

At North, Rudrud was a winner at the state and regional levels in forensics, dramatic and comedic interpretation. In theater, she won best actress honors at the state level.

The 1977 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead is now a macrobiotic cook for cancer patients and does local coaching and acting. She is a founding member of the Fargo Film Festival.

- Ternes, a 1983 graduate, pursued a career in law enforcement and is now Fargo’s police chief.

He was a Morton County, N.D., deputy sheriff from 1985 to 1987 before joining the Fargo Police Department and rising through the ranks. He was named chief in 2006.

He has a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational behavior from the University of Mary-Fargo and is a 1997 graduate of the FBI National Academy. In 2012, he completed the FBI’s law enforcement executive program.

- McCroskey, a 1958 Fargo Central High School graduate, taught English at North and directed nearly 50 theatrical productions from 1968 to 1982. He received a bachelor’s degree from MSUM in English and theater in 1963. He also has a master’s degree from Goddard College.

He taught in New Jersey, New York and Minnesota before arriving at North. During his tenure, he earned a Fargo Public Schools Outstanding Teacher Award. He has been in the real estate and financial services fields since 1982.

- Runsvold, a 1971 graduate, has owned and operated Fargo’s Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home with his wife, Cyd, since 1982.

As a senior, he and his Spartan golf teammates won a state championship.

He attended NDSU for two years, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota, earning a mortuary science degree in 1975.

He has been a leader in several community organizations, and is past president of the North Dakota Funeral Directors Association.

- Dahl, a 1975 graduate, has been head swimming coach at West Fargo High School since 1991.

Her girls’ teams earned two Eastern Dakota Conference titles, while the boys’ teams earned nine EDC titles and two state titles.

She has been EDC coach of the year four times for girls’ programs and 10 times for boys’ programs; state coach of the year twice for girls’ programs and five times for boys’ programs, and was nominated for national coach of the year in 2009 and 2012.

At North, she was a member of two state championship relay swim teams and in her senior year won the state shot put title. She has a degree in health, physical education and coaching from NDSU.
11 September 2013
Detroit Lakes Alumni Luncheon

Stephanie Matthiasson provided this picture.
Front Row: from left, Andrea Hunter, Stephanie Matthiasson, Bob Korum, Patty Nelson, Ben Woesner, Jerry Pladson.

Back Row: from left Mike (Dino) Peterson, Joel Thurlow, Ruth Engh, Richard Harris, Ruth Hanson, Bruce Monson, Gail Anderson, Belva Arneson, Bruce Hanson, Bob Toussaint.

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14 August 2013
Detroit Lakes Alumni Luncheon

Lon Cooke took this picture.
Ruth Hanson, from left, Belva Arneson, Dallas Backer, and Margaret Neeb.

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25 July 2013

Classmate Jim Lanier wrote a book about his Iditarod experiences. It is entitled: “Beyond Ophir-Confessions of an Iditarod Musher, An Alaska Odyssey”. It can be ordered off his website at www.northernwhites.com/ . Click on picture below for larger view.

10 July 2013
Detroit Lakes Alumni Luncheon

Here are eighteen of the 58ers who attended the July 2013 luncheon.
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18 April 2013 - 21 April 2013
From Several on the Ol Fargo Pizza Shop

(RE: Pizza shop) worked there for a short while during Christmas (58-59?) remember making pizza watching my buddies point and laff whilst cruising broadway; later worked at another in Moorhead close to the police station; and later at one on north side of FGO on 13th st (University) affectionatly called Tommies Tomanery: (Tommys pizza) long, long time ago! Take care; Jerry Quam.
We took our kids there 4-5 years ago and then went over to the Fargo Theatre for the Shadows/Roy Orbison Buddy Holly concert. A great time was had by all. The younger family members loved the show! Meet you there this summer if you have an interest!
Bob Toussaint
For awhile here in Des Moines we had a place called Silvistrini's Pizza. The family came from Iron Mountain, MI in the Upper Peninsula. It was exactly the same recipe as the Pizza shop. I was in heaven for awhile and then they closed. Dave Williams
If you get nice remarks in response maybe we could send the remarks on to Teresa. Or I could take them to her. Ruth Engh.
What memories we all have of the Pizza Shop.
Gene Cortese was a fellow pharmacy student of my brother-in-law's, Tom Pettinger, at NDAC. I don't know if he ever practiced pharmacy, but I think he started and sold several businesses. Like many of the people we knew from Fargo, they did well. Have had several long and enjoyable conversations with our classmate, Norm Wolseth, over the last several weeks. Great fun and great memories. He brought up a party at Andy's. I don't think we were even out of Ben Franklin at that time. We tried to remember the others that were there. How much better the long term memory works then the short term memory.
All for now.
Thanks again, Lon Cooke
“The Pizza Shop” was the first pizza restaurant in Fargo and it opened in 1956. It was our first taste of pizza, still operating today and of course remains my favorite. I was 15 at the time it opened when my Dad Oscar brought home our first encounter with pizza. The “Fargo Forum” recently ran an article on “The Pizza Shop” that was sent to me by one of my “Fargo Central High” alumni. I became nostalgic and composed “The Whist Party” for my classmates to enjoy.
“Donnie” Bergoust
Having been raised in a Norwegian home, Pizza was an unknown. When "The Pizza Shop" opened, we would peer in the window, drawn by the aroma from the well placed exhaust fan. We eventually entered when we observed some attractive girls from the senior class in a booth. Of course they offered us a taste, which prompted the standard, N.D., Norwegian, question; "It's not too spicy, is it?" We were addicted at once. And the Pizza was pretty good, too. Jim Teigen
After I told Jerry Quam I preferred Tommy’s over the Pizza Shop, he wrote: (I always get a kick over Jerry’s stories). RE: Pizza shop; "tommys" was a mess in the prep rm and kitchen; so small U couldn't open all the ovens without closing another; got to be 110 degrees; (-20 outside) was sick all the time; our "Indian" chef helper wus drunk one time and sliced the end of her thumb off while prepping peperoni; (Peperoni was expensive; it was lost in the 5 gal bucket) U might have been served the end of the thumb! We never found it; Merlin Berg (57') worked there also I believe; we made gigantic pizzas for our buds; usually for free; needless to say; became a financial issue; Morehead pizza was next to the then police station if I recall; not my life-long ambition to make pizza! Take care; Jerry Quam
My first boyfriend was a Shanley student. We went to Sammy’s pizza and had to sit there until 12.01 after midnight Friday night’s to eat our pizza. He was a nice boy. Kay Jensen Ornberg , 1958
One of my very first dates was taking a girl to the { at that time } new pizza shop. Unfortunately I can't remember who it was !!!!!! Dave Jensen
Geez, wish I could add something of substance to all of this. But, well, the only thing that I remember is that eating pizza there made me wonder if I had died and went to heaven. And, I am fairly sure that we called it p-za without the t sound. And, it was always a treat because money was a rare commodity in those days. Wonder how much, say, a 12-inch special cost in 1956? George Sandul
3 January 2013 - 5 January 2013
From Several on Bison Football

Hey, the NDSU Bison are playing for their "second" Div 1 Championship in a row against the Sam Houston State "Kitties" or "bearkats" depending who you are supporting. The Bison will chase the kitties out of town(Dallas)!!!!
This Saturday, Jan. 5 the Bison football team advances to the NCAA FCS Division I Championship to take on the Sam Houston State Bearkats at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, TX. Kick-off 12:00 p.m. CT.
National Media Coverage:
ESPN2 - Television broadcast – check your local listings

Dick Lundstrom
It's on our calendar! Thanks, Mary B. G. '58
Mary Borland
All: Hope you saw the game!! My oh my what a game against Sam Houston St. for the FCS Div 1 Championship for the second year in row AND in Dallas Stadium. Tied at 10 each at the half the Bison Herd decided to stampeed and chase those "kittens" out of town again. Final Bison 39 & kitties 13!!!! GO HERD!!!!!

Celebrating last years Bison win with friends & Kristina and plan to celebrate today's "GREAT" win as well. Note shirt is still valid!!!!
Dick Lundstrom
It was a great game and as a UND graduate I never thought I'd be cheering for the Bison! It was a thrilling game and my husband Jim really enjoyed it too! Go Bison!!!!
Nancy Kingsrud Stannard
Great fun. Our Bison "Nine Times National Champions" banner hangs in my garage where it hangs from the open garage door while we were brewing a pale ale "Hoppy New Beer". Will happily have to add another banner. The Bison have come a long way since we were there and they were the Rodney Dangerfields of the NCC. I was so happy I did the "Gangnam Style Dance"!
Jim Teigen