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11/05/18 08:00 AM #1473    


Mary Lou DeForth (Hosler)


Thank you, Jeff, for stepping up and volunteering to organize our 45th reunion.  I know it is no small task as I was part of the planning committee for our 35th.  Dave Frazer provided a lot of great input and I’d like to pass some thoughts along as well.  No man is an island so get yourself a committee ... that in itself is a great brainstorming forum.  I believe Dave mentioned something about an on-line communication/survey.  We didn’t have this Class Website 10 years ago (it came about as a result of our planning committee) and I would highly recommend you use it.  As administrator, Steve Hardy can send out an email blast to all website members (which I see is at 161) ... but that will only work if our members are keeping their email addresses up to date.  I suggest an email because not everyone looks at this site but they do read emails.  As for a date, the 35th was in November, and I believe the 40th in September.  I would suggest sometime between June - September.  I keep in touch with a number of classmates who live in the southern US and giving serious thought to attending our reunion but don’t believe they would travel to MN in April .... many snowbirds don’t come back until sometime that month.  Once you have a date and location, you can post information out on numerous sites .. one of them being the Alumni page of the Park High School website (  As for location ... I have been away from St. Paul Park/Cottage Grove for many years and confident you will find the right venue. 

Thanks again, Jeff.

Mary Lou

11/07/18 09:43 AM #1474    


Steven Bilderback

Just a thought, maybe we should setup a FaceBook page for the Class of 74 where we could find some missing classmates and possibley they could find us. There is a Park Cottage Grove Reunion page people from all classes, that probably wouldn't make a helpful tool after looking at the thread. (It's still fun to look at)

... and start a petition to get Dave Frazer on Facebook laugh

Hi Dave!

11/09/18 10:31 PM #1475    


Vickie Quiner (Carlson)

Donna, that is great news! It has been so long since I have been on the website! I am so glad Jeff is working on the reunion. Up here by Fargo it is difficult to help out. Thanks, again. Vickie.

11/15/18 11:45 AM #1476    


David Frazer

Steve, thanks for suggesting I get facebook.  I was reading an article about and it said if you still have Juno get off your knuckles and get something better.  My knuckles are kind of red.  I am praying all the time for Donna (and Steve too).  Thanks for anyone and everyone who keeps us up to date.  Great to hear all the way from South Dakota, Florida, Texas and more... Blessings on everyone!   

11/18/18 07:23 AM #1477    


Jon Kroschel

I am pleased to report that the class of '74 had its first inductee into the Park Hall of Fame last night; Dale Howe.  I am grateful to the Howe family for allowing me to speak a bit about Dale, while his daughter Alleyne accepted the award for the family.  For those of you that did not know Dale, besides being a great athlete and musician, he was a great father, community leader, coach, and most of all to many of us, a good friend.  He left us way too early.  Congratulations to his entire family on this honor..  

11/18/18 09:38 AM #1478    


Michael Wade

I will be at Soldier tonight cheering on the Vikings. Skøl!


11/18/18 01:43 PM #1479    


Vickie Quiner (Carlson)

SKOL! Thank you Jon for sharing. Dale was a great friend. I remember when he played for Bemidji State and would come to Moorhead State. My friends and I would go to the field house to watch him play. I am sure his family were very proud, as we, the class of 1974, are!



11/18/18 04:59 PM #1480    


David Frazer

Thanks Jon!  For some reason, I was just reading Bob's comments on Dale's 74 memorial site yesterday and thought how well Bob described Dale.  They picked a good man to speak.  On another note: Michael, I emphatically agree with Vickie, SKOL.  Enjoy the game!

11/27/18 02:24 PM #1481    


David Frazer

Michael - How did sitting in the stands pan out for you at the bears game?  I looked for you in the stands. :)

11/27/18 02:55 PM #1482    


Michael Wade

Dave — other than the final score, it was a fun time.  Lot’s of Viking fans in the stands at Soldier. I knew it did not look good when the Vikings had only 35 yards of total offense near the end of the first half.

12/09/18 10:31 PM #1483    


David Spiess

My heart is heavy as I post this news but I wanted to let everyone know that my borther-in-law and one of our classmates Ron Shay passed away suddenly early Saturday morning. There is a visitation and service for him on Wednesday December 12, 4:00 at KOK funeral home in St Paul Park. Included here is the link to the KOK website that gives all the details.


12/10/18 06:58 AM #1484    


Steve Hardy

Dave, thanks for getting the word to us.  I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and to be losing another classmate.  Praying for your family.

12/10/18 07:54 AM #1485    


Mary Ann Etzler (Etzler-Phillips)

So very sad to learn of another classmate's passing.  Dave, my condolences to you and your family.

-Mary Ann

12/10/18 06:21 PM #1486    


Vickie Quiner (Carlson)

My sympathies Dave! Ron was a very nice guy and gentle soul! 

12/10/18 07:52 PM #1487    


David Frazer

That is sad news, Dave.  We send our prayers for the family.  I'm sorry for you, Debbie, and the families' loss!

12/11/18 08:20 AM #1488    

Robert Ayre


My very sincere condolences to you and the family in the loss of Ron. Memories will last forever. 

12/11/18 04:51 PM #1489    

Donna Absey (Stuhr)

Dave, thanks for posting about Ron. My heart is broken. He was such a great guy, I will miss him. I have to share a story with you that reminds me of how he was that great guy. When we were in high school there was someone that was grabbing women and either raping them or molesting them. Well when Ron found out that I was walking to school at 6  A.M.  he came to my house every morning to pick me up and made sure I would be safe going to school. I will never forget that and I thank him dearly. Ron may you be at peace. I hope that story will give you comfort in knowing he was a gentle soul. Bless you and your families.

12/14/18 05:15 PM #1490    


Steve Campos

It is very sad to lose another classmate, may Ron Rest in Peace.


To Jeffrey Dubois, so glad you are heading up the next class reunion, thanks!!. It was enjoyable being on the committee for the 35th and Tim Shannon and I were glad many came to the 40th at the Car Bar we set up.

Just so you know Jeffrey, we had a collection at the end of the 40th reunion and I still have the $200 that we collected and can be used for the upcoming 45th.  I will kick in $50 more so you can start off with $250. Just let me know how to get that to you.  



12/15/18 07:27 PM #1491    

Deborah Flaherty (Brochman)

Dave, Thank you for sharing the news of Ron.  My deepest sympathy to you, Debbie and your family.  So sad to lose another classmate so young.   

Donna, that was a very nice story you shared.  I do remember back then, there was a rapist.  As a person who walked at night a lot it was very scary. It must have been very comforting having Ron with you.   


12/25/18 07:32 PM #1492    


David Frazer

Merry Christmas everyone!  Sickness struck my daughter's family this year so we had a low key Christmas.  We are watching the Christmas Carol (Jim Carrey's) now.  Wouldn't be Christmas without watching two or more of Dicken's classic.  Blessings to you all!

12/27/18 12:51 AM #1493    


Steven Bilderback

Merry Christmas Dave!
And to everyone else!
Plus ... Happy New Year!!! heart


12/27/18 11:36 AM #1494    


Steven Kaufhold

Merry Christmas from good old Cottage Grove... yes we saw Jim Carrey's Christmas Carol as well as his Grinch... then brought our granddaughters to see the new Mary Poppins movie... pretty good though it's hard to beat Julie Andrews

12/29/18 01:31 PM #1495    


Douglas Kladis

Merry Christmas everyone Have not heard how Donna is doing in a while hope she is doing well and hope everyone has a happy new year 


Cathy and Doug

01/01/19 02:24 PM #1496    


John Cavanaugh

Once again I have sad news of a classmate who pass who has died.  Rod Hawkins passed away on December 26, 2018.  Rod and I would hang out in Jr. High and we were in the same catechism class for many years in elementary school.  Rod was Kora's next door neighbor and knew the family well.  Rest in peace Rod.  Use this link for the obituary.

01/14/19 10:27 AM #1497    


David Frazer

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and happy New Year!  I have been praying for Rod's family.  Time is going so fast now.  Anyone heard about Donna and how she is?  Jeff, how are your plans?  Do you have some helpers for the reunion?  Who is getting together with classmates?  Fun to know who sees each other during the months.  I was standing for the whole morning in Woodbuy Kids' Day, at Counseling Care tables; secretly keeping an eye out for any grandparents I might know.  Blessings on you!

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