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Ione Teigen (Daniels)
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retired court reporter Married 2
Graduated from U of Minnesota with a major in French, a minor in math.  At 20 yrs old I went to Europe and spent two years in France and Germany.  I speak French fluently and German poorly.  I married Doug Daniels in 1968.  We met in French classes, and Doug went on to get his Ph.D., then accepted a job in Bozeman on the faculty of Montana State University where he worked until he retired.  He was a well loved teacher; his last five years he was department head. 
           I began working for Sandy Kraskin's dad in the baton business when I was in 7th grade.  I have worked steadily until I retired in 2005.  With my French major, I became a French translator off and on throughout my worklife.  

  But meanwhile I studied and became a court reporter, and this was my main work.  I worked five years taking the record in district court, then opened a free-lance business and worked until my retirement at 60 1/2.  In retirement I took up watercolor painting and returned to piano lessons.  These activities are the joy of my life.  I've been painting now for ten years.  I paint and make prints for blank greeting cards and am just now just beginning to get the originals framed.
      We adopted two abandoned children from Korea back in the '70s.  Later on a group of us  founded Montana Intercountry Adoption Agency which placed Korean babies across our state. 

Our son Nick lives in Great Falls, a few hours away from us.  He's a graphic designer for the local Tribune up there.  Delphine pursued higher education and received a Masters of Philosophy and finished all but dissertation for her Ph.D.  She lives in New York and works as marketing director for an architectural firm.  
     In 2008, Doug and I and a therapist published a book of parental tips about what can happen in adoptive families if the parents don't understand what the child's behavior means. We told the story of our difficulties, and then the therapist wrote the second half explaining our family's dynamics as a whole and how we would have handled our problems if we had known about abandonment and attachment issues in adopted children.  This book is being offered on line for therapists this fall, and our therapist is teaching the course.
Neither of our children married, though each had a serious relationship at one point. 
        My marriage of 45 is the highlight of my life.  Doug and I are like a couple old dogs now, just usually together and living independent lives alongside each other.  We fell very hard for each other.  That was 45 years ago.
     I bumped into Karen Erickson one day in Bozeman.  She is also a painter.  Keith Koentopp, upon whom I had just about the world's biggest crush in senior high, lives just up the road in Belgrade.  Back then, he was very shy but I never gave up pursuing him at all his baseball games and wherever else I could accientally just happen to be where he was! 
       We love our life in Montana.  We go to Florida in January for 3 weeks, and then in September we travel to visit a network of friends we have acquired over the years in France.   We rent a house and I paint while Doug reads. 
        
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Audrey Thompson (Ohlgren)
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December 08, 1944 Retired Divorced 1


It's been great to read everyone's profiles!  I am really looking forward to visiting with many of you at the reunion activities.

Upon graduation, I received immediate employment at Control Data Corporation.  It was the result of all the good training in Shorthand and Office Procedures by my teacher, Miss Ruth Dittes.  She actually called without my knowing it and arranged for an interview.  Needless to say, she opened the door for me.  I worked my way up to executive secretary and had many great experiences there.  It was there that I met my husband, Earl Ohlgren.  He afforded me the luxury of being able to stay home and raise our precious daughter, Lisa, who is now 36.

I did a lot of volunteering with Lisa's school and church activities, and I'm so grateful that I was able to be there for her every day, before and after school.  We were able to make wonderful memories together, such as watching Little House on the Prairie, playing games, having devotions, and talking about everything under the sun!  She tells me that I did a particulary wonderful job as a homemaker, with memorable meals and always allowing friends over, and a home that was "clean and cozy all the time" according to Lisa.  It was the desire of my heart to live that life style.

For over 10 years, I was the hostess for a women's group called "Spice of Life" at our church.  It was a group of about 70-80 women that met weekly.  This was a very gratifying experience for me as well, as I discovered that I had a gift for public speaking and humor, and making others feel comfortable and good about themselves.  It was an awesome experience for me to stretch and grow in new ways.

As a family, we did a lot of traveling:  to Hawaii several times, New Orleans, Europe several times, Mexico, Florida, California, Boston, etc.  I'm happy to treasure these memories and feel blessed that Lisa was able to visit so many places.  I must say that I am now quite content to be at home without a strong desire to travel much anymore.

During the early 1990's we were blessed to build a log home on a lake in northern Minnesota.  This home offered many opportunities for memorable vacations with family and friends.  In a pristine location with crystal-clear water, we were able to bless other families with waterskiing, boating, fishing, and a relaxing get-away.

Once Lisa grew older, I worked for twelve years at a privately owned Ophthalmology office in Edina.  There, I built wonderful relationships with co-workers, four great doctors, and many dear patients.  It was fun to discover some of our classmates were  patients there as well.

I now have an incredible son-in-law named Jason, and a grandson named Jack!  Lisa's little family is close and so very precious to me.  I travel with them for Spring Breaks and we get to spend extra time with each other.  They live in Rosemount where they built a lovely home.  We are close enough to get together frequently.

We did go through two very scary journeys with Lisa having cancer (breast and brain) and are so thankful that she is now healthy and whole, going to Mayo for follow-up periodically.  We have seen the miraculous works of Jesus Christ and no one can take that away from us.  At one point, Lisa was even in hospice care, but walked out of that and went to the State Fair THREE times; and then off we went to Disney World!!

I've learned that life is a combination of wonderful times and difficult challenges.  We must seek to focus on the positive and "press on."

"I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.  But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wonderously reached out for me.  Friends, don't get me wrong:  By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward -- to Jesus.  I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back."  The Message (Philippians 3:14)

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Chuck Torrance
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September 21, 1944 Retired Married
Retired in 2000....Spend 6 months at our home in sunny Az. enjoying golf with my wife Pamm and 6 month at Balsam Lake enjoying the water and playing in a 50's Rock Band called the "Studebakers", Still keep regular contact with fellow classmates: Roger Tadsen, Jim Wallace, Jeff Hagman, Gary Nordquist, and Ron Wagner.....see you in September! Send Chuck a MessageSend Chuck a Message
David Tosten
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August 30, 1944 Hospital Chaplain/.Director of Pastoral Care Married 3
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Mark trewhella
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March 28, 1944 retired Married 2

After graduation from RHS I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for two years.  I proceeded to the U of M Dental school, and then two years a dentist in the Air Force.  During dental school I reconnected with and married Charlotte Sole from our RHS graduating class--happily married for 45 years.  We have two daughters; one married, one still single. After we married we lived the last three years of dental school in south Minneapolis, and two years in Big Spring, Texas with the Air Force.  The next five years we lived in our first home in Bloomington before building the home where we raised the girls in Credit River Township (between Prior Lake and Lakeville).  After 20 years there we moved to a townhome in Lakeville.  Five years later I retired, and we moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to live permanently in the home we had purchased seven years earlier. 
I practiced dentistry for 34 years, the majority in Apple Valley, MN, with Char as my office manger the final 16 years of my career.  We retired in 2003.

Our lives now mainly revolve around our two daughters who both live in the Phoenix, AZ area, golf, exercise, reading and summer get-a-ways. We love to visit the mountains in summer to enjoy the cooler temperatures, and have logged many thousands of miles on the car to see them.  

Occassionally, we make contact with a few of our fellow Spartans such as Bob Brsness, Ivar Eidsmo, Bob Stone, Larry Weaver, Sue Anderson, Sharon Eide and Denny Sandine. 

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Marvel Trygg (Thorne)
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June 16 Office Manager Married 3
Married to my husband Dick (Bloomington grad) for 47 years.  We have 3 children and have been blessed with 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  Our grandchildren keep us very busy.  I was employed by Richfield Bank for 40 years and for the past 10 years have been an office manager at Stuart Co, a property management company in Bloomington.  Love my job so no plans yet for retirement.  In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading, knitting, crosswords, line dancing, plays/concerts, volunteer work, and of course, grandchildren activities.  We also enjoy spending time at our "up north" retreat and traveling the backroads to find interesting places.  It has been fun working on the reunion committee and look forward to seeing everyone at our 50th. Send Marvel a MessageSend Marvel a Message
Diane Veit (Schuveiller)
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Two Children - Five Grandchildren - One Great Grandson
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Ron Wagner
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November 07, 1944 Retired Married 3
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Lynn Waller (Szepanski)
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It just doesn't seem possible, that it could be 50 already. Thanks to those folks who have volunteered their time and energy on this reunion project!  

Well, it's mostly been a great life since graduation...  I joined Bill at Augsburg College to get my teaching degree in 1966, got married that summer and we've been together for 46 years.  Twenty three of those were spent teaching in Juneau, Alaska where Bill taught high school math and I taught in the elementary schools. Bill also coached basketball for many years, which meant lots of family trips via ferry to games as well as travel to Europe with teams.  

I had a very rewarding career, and Alaska was a wonderful place to raise our two daughters.  Our youngest daughter lives in Alaska, and she and her firefighter husband have a hobby farm with horses, chickens, bees, dogs, cats and the occasional moose wandering through.  Our oldest daughter loved Alaska and worked as a wildlife biologist. Sadly she passed away from melanoma in 2008.

We were able to retire in the mid-90's, building our dream home Up North on Lake Vermilion.  But then we decided we needed to be closer to our aging parents, so we uprooted ourselves again and moved closer to the Twin Cities.  We're still avid basketball fans and have enjoyed going to Lynx and Gopher games over the years.  Our newest passion is photography and plan to use our newfound skills and equipment on a trip to the Canadian Rockies in the Fall.

Looking forward to seeing some old friends at the upcoming reunion!
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Pam Warner (Nix)
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December 01, 1944 retired paralegal Married 3

Fifty yrs?  You must have mistaken me for someone much older...! 
Well, I married Bill Augustine (class of '61), we had a son, Tom, and Bill and I were divorced 2 years later.  I moved to Calif., remarried, had 2 daughters, Tiffany and Gabrielle.  Divorced one more time, went to Univ of Calif Irvine and became a paralegal.  I am now married for 22 years to Don.  We left Calif, lived in Toronto for a year and we are now in Illinois!  My son is married, lives in Tacoma, and I have a grandson Chris, 24 and Gdaughter Jessica 21.  Tiffany is an archeologist for Dept. of  Fish and Wildlife in Alaska, single, lives in Anchorage when she isn't canoeing on the Yukon River.  Also almost finished with her Masters.  Gabby is married, lives in Seattle, has my grandson Henry, 4, and the twins Wesley and Trey, 3.  Have to take a vacation after I come home from there!! Gabby, her hubby Steven and the kids are all deaf.  I have volunteered with sign language for mannnny years.  Gabby was deaf from birth, got her Masters in Psychology from Berkeley.  I have 3 stepsons and our 6 kids blended well.  Still get together when they can.  I have a stepgrandson Vegas, 13, and grandbaby Capri 8 weeks.  Don and I are into antique cars (we have a 36 Ford 3 window hot rod and a 56 Chevy).  I was into T=birds when I met him.  I volunteer in a reenactment living history town here, love to fish, travel, quilt a little, keep trying to cook but I just have never gotten the hang of it.... fortunately my husband is a great cook.   I don't know who this person's picture is down here.....she looks waaaay to young.

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