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Welcome!!  Wait... never mind, I think we said that on the last page.  If this is your first visit to THIS page, please take a minute and click the "Add Your Profile" button below and fill in your profile.  Do not be shy with your information, please share in the box provided what you have been up to for the last 50 years!  Bet you have a lot of great stories to tell... if not create some good ones.  Didn't you take "Creative Writing" in high school?  Maybe we'll have an award for the most creative and entertaining B.S. story!

And don't forget to answer the question "10 Random things you may not know about me"  If you cannot come up with 10 things that's OK, just make stuff up that will make us all laugh, or give us whatever you can think of, everyone's life is interesting and valuable.  What has your journey been like?

If you have any trouble loading your pictures let us know, we have a first grader here that is quite adept at it. 
😊  Really though, we can load your yearbook picture from this end, and if you email or text a current picture we can get that loaded as well.... or there is always the option of asking one of your children or grandchildren (if you have any), as they are usually a lot more tech savvy than we are!

BTW, do some of the "Now" classmate pictures below look vaguely familiar?  We didn't realize we graduated with so many famous people!   Ok, get to work, fill this one out and then head over to all of the other pages and give us your thoughts.... and let's see who can come up with the most creative profile! 


 
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Bonnie Wierschke (Rieck-Peterson)
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Retired Married 2 2020-05-18 14:00:59
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Wayne Reinert
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Semi-retired Single Again College grad 1974 - UMM - BA Econ. Married 1975 - divorced 1983 Currently working PT @ Shamrock Grp. as Sales Trainer (19.5 yrs as St Paul Territory Mgr @ Shamrock Grp). Enjoy grilling out, good wine/spirits, friends, a good laugh & spirited women. Golf game needs work. 2020-05-15 11:46:53
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Terry Thompson
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Retired sort of Ten Random Things...hmm 1) I missed the part about graduating from high school. (Huh? Can I still come to the reunions?) 2) Shortly after my 18th birthday I took a GED at the U of M. 3) and earned a degree in engineering there 4) eventually receiving 10 patents in several fields 5) as I worked in mining, forest products, construction, and robotics industries, 6) and am working on my 11th patent now. 7) I was lucky enough to travel a bit for business and saw a lot of places that interested me. 8) My hobbies are tennis, golf, putting massive miles on motorcycles, studying jazz, and looking at the night sky. (if you get up at 3:00 am after the reunion you may see Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.) 9) Grand Marais is my fav place and 10) I like bananas, and apples with cheese. 2020-04-09 15:48:53
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Jim Ruprecht
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Author, Speaker & Consultant agilityIRL.com Single Again 2 ~ Became a private pilot. ~ Became a certified scuba diver. ~ After a 40-year hiatus, I recently started drumming again, and found that I suck way more than I had expected. ~ Have an awesome attack in Star Trek TOS trivia, M*A*S*H trivia, too. ~ Designed 4 of the 6 homes in which I've lived over the course of my adult life (well, with a picture of something you can build being engineering, and a picture of something you can't being art, my designs were more art). ~ Wrote a book, Windward Leadership, about leading organizational change (hard copies sold out, which says more about the number printed than the demand, but eReader copies still on Amazon, Apple and BN). 2020-03-02 16:12:49
I'm afraid that I won't be able to make the reunion dinner on June 20, as I will be hiking the Northern California parks with my oldest daughter and her family.  Disappointed about missing the opportunity to connect with folks at the organized events; I invite anyone who wants to grab coffee or lunch and do some catching up to just email me directly and we'll get something set up. Send Jim a MessageSend Jim a Message
glen sorenson
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semi retired wilderness snowjourneys Married 3 2020-02-25 13:37:03
1. retired teacher, 35 years, Proctor High School, taught in Europe a couple of years with family in tow.
2. 3 children(secret service agent, high school science teacher, Nurse Practice)
3. Have explored the Canadian Arctic many times by canoe
4. I am a bird watcher
5. I love life
6. 6 grandkids
7. married to Mary Jane for 45 years at reunion time
8. Tutor science classes at Fond du Lac Tribal Community College20 hrs/week
9. Winter camping guide
10. cancer survivor
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Douglas Nicholson
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retired MD Married 2020-02-22 14:51:37
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Dwight Butler
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Outdoor Sporting Goods wasatchtouring.com Divorced 2 1. Sold the 1941 Packard 2. Helped restore a 1904 sailing schooner 3. Went to U of M for architecture but decided I liked skiing better 4. Moved to Salt Lake City and opened a XC ski shop with my brother. 5. Learned all about polygamy (but haven't tried it yet.) 6. Had two wonderful daughters (age 35 and 33) 7. Renovated a couple of houses 8. Now spend my free time kayaking, biking, hiking, backpacking and of course, powder skiing 9. Drink coffee and do yoga every morning 10. Making plans to retire and repeat #8-9 for as long as possible 2020-03-01 22:27:44
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Nancy Kortum (Jacobson)
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Retired from IBM Married 2 I live in the DC area; have 2 wonderful kids; I worked 36 years at IBM in Rochester MN, White Plains NY, Boca Raton FL, and Bethesda MD; I ski; I tutor; I did a 7 day houseboat trip on Lake Powell last summer; I hiked Grandfather Mountain; I go wine tasting in California every October, and I help make wine for a couple CA wineries! 2020-02-20 18:29:07
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CHET BILLINGSLEY
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Investor MentorCapital.com Married 2 1) I boxed at West Point at 159#'s (OMG) at 6'1" 2) I like shooting rifles with my son and think the AK-47 is better for me than the M-14 3) For ten years I had no TV, read books and listened to my 8-track collection 4) I used to wear boots and ride the British bikes: 650 Triumph, 650 BSA and Norton 850 Commando 5) Now, I wear boots and ride a wide horse 6) Boots go perfectly with a suit and tie 7) Happy wife, happy life (Dang, I've gotten smarter) 8) I paid for an MS at Harvard by counting cards in Las Vegas over spring break as a senior 9) I worked on Jimmy Carter's transition team which convinced me to be a Republican 10) April Fools Day is my favorite national holiday & I used to schedule annual raises at my business on that day. 2020-02-19 21:20:51
I left the behind Big Ben's strawberry pie and home in White Bear Lake in 1970 at the age of 17 flying on a plane for the first time.  As schools and jobs moved me around I developed a liking for folded greasy cheese pizza in New York City, purely white clam chowder in Boston, midnight cheese steaks in Philidelphia, Napa wines while in Silicon Valley and now fish tacos with fresh avocado in San Diego.  In those travels I've never encountered  people as nice as "Minnesota Nice" right here in WBL. Send CHET a MessageSend CHET a Message
Karen Benjamin-Beck
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Retired School Counselor Married 2 2020-02-11 13:34:05
I am a retired School Counselor from White Bear Lake School District. My first husband died in an accident and I had two little kids and no job or prospects of one. Returned to college and received my masters in education specializing in counseling. I remarried in 2002. We live in Lino Lakes and enjoy our 4 grandkids (who are almost all grown) and kids. Our granddaughter lived with us during her high school years. It was a joy to have her with us. We recently traveled to Alaska. We are planning a trip west next fall to visit friends and family.  Send Karen a MessageSend Karen a Message
Vickie Johanson
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Retired Single 3 2020-02-05 13:40:18
After graduation from high school I atteneded the University of Minnesota and graduated there with a double major in Social Welfare and Child Development.  Between my junior and senior year I took a year off and went to the Mission Field in Ecuador, South America.  It was really a life changing event.  After graduation from college I went to Seminary and got my Master of Divinity.  In a very male dominated field I worked as a parish pastor for 20 years for the Lutheran Church.  I did a short stint in the Navy as a Chaplain and then was a Hospice Administrator for 8 years.  I always wanted to own my own business so the last few years before retiring I owned a bridal shop  I loved it and totally got to revive my love for sewing which I learned at Sunrise Junior High.  I have also owned a travel agency for over 25 years and I love to travel.  I have been on over 40 cruises and many many land trips around the world.  I have three grown daughters and three grandchildren who are the love of my life.  I still have a sister who lives in Minnesota so I get up there once in awhile but I have lived in Florida for well over 30 years now and I love it here.  I sure hope to make it to the reunion though I don't really have any contact with anyone from our class.  But, I've always wanted to attend a reunion?  :) Send Vickie a MessageSend Vickie a Message
Bob Erikson
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Retired Engineer Married 3 See my comments....no room here! 2020-02-03 18:55:25
1. Graduated from U of Mn in 1975 with civil engineering degree.  2. Moved to Chicago and worked 36 years for oil industry Amoco/BP in various places/roles travelling the globe.  3. Married to Roseann for 40 years (best decision ever).  4. We are blessed with 3 children and 5 grandkids..plus our dog.  5. Have lived in quaint Geneva, IL for 25 years.  6. Fully retired about 6 years ago (did consulting) and haven't looked back!   7. Travel to see kids in Switzerland, Malaysia and Oregon (mostly to see grandkids).  8. Played competitive hockey and softball for a few years, now just softball.  9. Enjoy walks with our dog, church involvement, projects at home, wine on our patio and no corporate bs.  10. Traveled back to Mn quiye often to vacation in Boundary Waters and see family.  
Missed the 30 year reunion....and I see I am listed twice as a "lostmate"...well, here I am!  PS--My last name is Erikson...no "c".  Hope to see all in June.  PPS--I was deeply saddened to see the names of those who have passed away.  
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Rick Schowalter
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Lutheran Pastor Married 3 I have been a Lutheran Pastor for 43 years- I have been married 44 years- I lived in Phoenix for 10 years- I have lived in San Diego the past 20 years- I have had cancer twice- I am still here because of the grace of God and early detection- We have three daughters who do not want children so no grandchildren- I work out in the middle of the night every night- I love to hike and bike- I have not been to previous reunions because I work on Sundays 2020-02-02 11:00:43
I hope to come to the reunion this year but I still need to find a substitute because even though I have "retired" I am still working part-time at Christ Lutheran Pacific Beach.   I am scheduled to be at the church on June21st because I am helping out the permanent pastor there on a three month sabbatical.   Send Rick a MessageSend Rick a Message
Val Mondor
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PBS video editor absolutely love to dance; play pickleball every chance I get; have been a pall bearer; am a certified death midwife, non-practicing; am a certified lesbian, practicing; looking forward to a month-long hiking trip in New Zealand; have jumped out of perfectly good planes; have worked for PBS-TPT for over 40 years as a video editor (love my job and not quitting.....yet); under Marital Status, I would have chosen "All of the Above" had it been an option; and wonder why the Reunion Software has a limit of "15" under Number of Children. 2020-01-24 00:26:32
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Mary Cay Brass
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musician www.marycaybrass.com Committed Relationship 1. I live in Vermont 2. I work as a full time musician 3. I play the accordion! 4. Speak Bosnian 5. travel a lot for music 6. Come back to WBL every year to visit family 7. lived in Yugoslavia for 2 years 2020-01-20 13:18:22
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Jack Ankrum
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Retired teacher Married 2019-12-26 11:51:16
1.  Lifelong musician: Played guitar, banjo, bass with family trio, Ankrum Brothers. First paying gig age 7 with last job 12 years later at Hamline University German Fest.  All the jobs played allowed me to pay for college without any student loans. 
2.  Graduated 1974 from Hamline University with double major history/music education.
3. Used music degree and became a band director for 37 years with the last 35 years teaching junior high band in Mounds View.
4. Retired from full-time teaching in 2010.
5. Substitute taught for next 8 years in 5 different districts.  Now completely retired!
6. Very active running career after college.  Completed 70 marathons with 2:28 PR. Other highlights: 3 Boston Marathons (2 top 150 finishes); 10 consecutive years (1983-1992) with at least 1 marathon of 2:35 or better; ranked twice in top 10 nationally at 50K (1986, 1987).
7. I've logged between 108,000-110,000 miles running.  Unfortunately, I will have to limit my running now as I had hip replacement surgery in September.  Doing well.
8. Most famous person encountered after high school:  Shared an elevator ride with Muhammad Ali in 1991 before L.A. Marathon (he was celebrity starter).
9. Married 24 years to a wonderful woman (Barbara) from Wisconsin.  Yes, she is a Packer fan.  Despite this, she is the best thing that ever happened to me.  No kids, but a cat named Charlie.
10. Live in Vadnais Heights (3 miles from where I grew up).  Keep active with racquetball, golf, reading, running, travel, playing French horn in Shoreview community band, watching all sports and playing cribbage. 

 
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Woody Smith
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Retired Army Officer/Educator Married 4 1. Married for 21 years (third time's a charm); 2. Earned a BA from U of M in Physiology/Pre-Med; 3. worked as dialysis tech at Methodist Hospital for 2 years; 3. Enlisted in the Army in ’76 and served as a combat medic for 2 years; 4. Served as an Artillery officer and Aviation officer for 18 years and flew Hueys and Blackhawks but missed all of the combat deployments - taught college ROTC for 2 years (while I wasn't in an aviation unit), and worked in Aviation Combat Developments for the last 15 months of my service; 5. retired from the Army one month after earning a grad degree in Science education; 6. Settled in Ohio and worked as a high school Army Junior ROTC instructor/director and retired in 2012 after 14 years; 7. I have been active in my church as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, treasurer, assistant Sunday School teacher, Celebrate Recovery program director, and head usher (mostly all at the same time); 8. Enjoying retired life except for the Vikings, Twins, and Gophers football end of season results in 2019; 9. Recently completed an online grad level course of instruction (6 classes) for a certificate in biblical counseling through Bob Jones University (you can tell me your problems at no charge); 10. I have 4 children and 1 step-daughter who collectively have created 9 grand-children the oldest of whom (mine) has a 1 year old son (making me a great grandfather)...still shaking my head over that one...I keep telling myself I am not THAT old!!! And now I am planning on attending my 50 year high school reunion in 4 months-really?? See you there! 2020-03-31 18:24:34
Yes I ride, but only since 2013...(late bloomer). Wrecked my '09 HD Heritage twice for paying too much attention to the scenery and not enough to the road curves, once at 25 mph and once at 55 mph...hurt the bike more than myself (thank God!)...a total of $16K to fix the two wrecks and I only paid $12K for it (not made for offroad riding)...Progressive simply doubled my premium...sold the bike to my brother-in-law...bought the trike a few months later...no accidents yet but not for lack of trying...but totally enjoying...God is good! Send Woody a MessageSend Woody a Message
Kathryn Carpentier (Robinson)
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Tim Emory
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physician Married 3 I spent my senior year of high school in Japan. Then I went to the U, and then returned there to work for the last 18+ years. Becky and I have been together since 1973, have 3 kids and a grandkid. I like to garden, cook, do handy work around the house and yard, and commute by bike to work (at least when there's no ice). 2019-12-19 00:39:39
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Blake Knoll
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semi retired hemp farmer Married 2 2019-12-06 19:42:30
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