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01/13/15 02:43 PM #4    


Jenifer Steen (Mayer)

Glad you were able to view Charles Hanson's song on UTube, Linda Bakken Peterka! I fowarded your response to him. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if we played a video of it at our reunion. Looking forward to seeing everyone in August!!

Jenny Steen Mayer


04/24/15 05:05 PM #5    

Dennis Petersen (Petersen)

Nancy Batts and John Skogmo at our 20th class reunion...both gone sad !!

04/24/15 05:13 PM #6    

Dennis Petersen (Petersen)

Nancy and friends at 20th reunion... posted by Linda (Nelson)Petersen in memory of Nancy Batts.......

07/01/15 01:55 PM #7    

Georgia Sagerhorn

If you know someone who has not been added to that list, please let them know.  We also need to know what each person wants to eat:  Baked Chicken Breast with tangy seasoning or Roast Beef.  Please do this asap.

If you have already told me what you want to eat, please ignore this message.


07/09/15 10:27 PM #8    

Mary Davenport (Thilly)

Went to a concert tonight and one the group's hit songs is FERGUS FALLS!  ( I talked with the singer/songwriter afterwards and his family had a cabin nearby and he just liked the name). Here is the link:

07/10/15 02:33 PM #9    

Linda Bakken (Peterka)

Hey Mary Davenport!! What a super fun experience to have our home town featured at a concert not in Fergus! Did you ever find the song by Charles Hanson regarding Fergus (on utube, just search for Charles Hanson's song)?  It is meaningful to anyone from Fergus "who grew up in our era".  You'll love it! So anxious to see you in August. Much love, Linda Bakken Peterka

07/15/15 02:27 PM #10    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Class of 1965 -- If you are not able to attend the reunion, please be sure that you go to the website:  There are instructions under First Time Visitors where you can register.  Please do so.

If you know of anyone who hasn't registered and you think may be attending.  We need to know who and if they will be attending one night or two nights.  We have to turn in our food count next week and it needs to be exact.  Meats available are Baked Chicken Breast or Roast Beef.

Please let us know.


Committee Memebers:  A tentative meeting is scheduled for July 23 at All Building Corporation for 4 p.m.  If this changes, I will post a message.

08/06/15 08:28 PM #11    

Steve D Estenson

Greetings, Classmates!

I just wanted to post a message, especially to those involved in the Senior Clas Play, "You Can't Take It With You."  I attended the Jungle Theatre production on Tuesday night.  It was the first bona fide play in whic I had acted, and it propelled me on to spend every year since (with the exceptio of the 3 years in the Army)to be active in theatre, acting and/or directing.  I was looking forward to being reacquainted with it.  It was delightful!  The eccentricities of the characters were so meticulously developed.  The production values were terrific, from the elaborate set to the period music and costumes to the special effects (especially the explosions in the basement).  It was poignant, caused me to tear up a c few times, and brought back a lot of memories.  Most of all, however, as I look over the program from our production, I am saddened by the number of those who made our production so enjoyable but are no longer with us.

I am looking forward to our reunion and wish everyone the best.

Bless you all.

Steve Estenson

08/11/15 12:13 AM #12    

Georgia Sagerhorn

I received a message from Diane Prischmann today, asking if anyone had seen a Goldwater pin from 1964 that had been on the trifold board with pictures, etc.  This is what Diane wrote:  I could not find the trifold poster collage we made for reunion.  I had put a collectible pin on there...Goldwater 64 that my husband wants to keep...I did not see it on Sat but wasn't really looking for it...then looked all over for it sat night with bartender and even Sun morning with cleanup guy.  If anyone saw it and picked it up would you please let Diane know.

Thank you Classmates.  The time although fleeting was an enjoyable time.

See you in five yeras???



08/13/15 08:04 PM #13    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Pictures from Saturday, August 8, are on the ISD 544 Foundation website under pictures and our year.  There are quite a few.  Enjoy!


08/14/15 11:59 AM #14    

Peter J Martinson

Thank you to all of the classmates who worked to make the reunion such an enjoyable time.   We appreciate all of your work and effort.   It was a success and fun to connect with friends again!   Pete and LoAnn Martinson

08/14/15 01:55 PM #15    

Linda Bakken (Peterka)

Dear Georgia, Gerry, Diane, Elaine, and all the "behind the scene" classmates that worked so hard to bring the Fergus Falls, MN, graduating Class of 1965 together to celebrate our 50th reunion -- a mere two words don't sound enough but, THANK YOU!

To my Classmates, I am honored to have been a part of your class and  thrilled to have "walked back in time" to meet with you once again! My anticipation and excitement were fulfilled and delighted. Reconnecting was the best. I know I didn't get to talk to or give a hug to everyone I wanted to, the evening just wasn't big enough or long enough for that. If I missed you, I'm so sorry. A GIANT THANK YOU to you all for being a part of my life.

Until we meet again, God's Blessings be upon you. Be well. Be happy. Linda Bakken Peterka

08/27/15 11:20 PM #16    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Class of 1965 -- Elaine Fick took lots of pictures and she has posted them on the "What's New" tab.  Enjoy them.  If anyone else has pictures we would love to see them.

We discussed what to do with memorial money and Diane is going to check around.  Some people said the paving stones were not very good choice.  We also talked about a bench with Class of 1965 on it.  We have more discussion about that.  We can give money to the 544 Foundation, to be used as scholarships, or somthing like that.  Again more discussion needs to be done.

Thank you to those of you that left money for a memorial of some sort. and we will be extending the website for 10 years.  If anyone else would like to donate money for a memorial, please send a check to me at 1722 Aspenwood Trail in Fergus Falls.

Discussion was made on having another reunion in 5 years and probably for two days.  Again it will be casual.

I am now going to be quiet.



09/11/15 01:05 PM #17    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Van Hoff, 1947-2015



Van Jonathan Kent Hoff, 68, of Fergus Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Broen Memorial Home, in Fergus Falls, supported by his family and loving girlfriend.0910.obit.Hoff, Van

He was born Feb. 21, 1947, in Fergus Falls, the son of Kenneth and Vivian (Mavis) Hoff. Van was baptized and confirmed at Aastad Lutheran Church and attended school in Aastad and Dane Prairie Townships. Hecompleted a GED from Fergus Falls High School, Class of 1965, while in the Army.

On Sept. 20, 1969, he was married to Mary Jane Erickson and resided most of his life in Fergus Falls. Together, he and Mary Jane had three children, Lanny, Brett and Christopher.

Van was a truck driver for local and national companies for all of this working life. He took great pride in his career and enjoyed seeing the country from behind the windshield of his truck. Van’s hobbies included, riding a motorcycle, target shooting and was famous for his ability to absorb Western movies for hours on end. He delighted in his grandchildren.

Van served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army. He was deployed in Vietnam and was honorably discharged on Feb. 23, 1969, having served three years. Van was justifiably proud of his time as a U.S. Soldier.

Van was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane, his father, Kenneth and his mother, Vivian.

Van is survived by his girlfriend, Paula Cooper, of Fergus Falls; three children, Lanny (DeAnn) Hoff of Minneapolis, Brett (Mike) Helm-Hoff of Eden Prairie and Christopher (Stephanie) Hoff of West Fargo; his grandchildren, Jasper Hoff, Owen Helm-Hoff and Jordyn Hoff; a brother, John (Becky) Hoff of Fargo; and three sisters, Karen Jacobson of Bemidji, Debra (Timothy) Akers of Truman and Jane (David) Fournier of Fergus Falls.

The family prefers that memorials be offered to Lakeland Hospice or Broen Memorial Home, both of which offered Van excellent, kind and compassionate care in his final days.

Visitation: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 20, at Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls

Memorial service: 1:30 p.m., on Sept. 20, at the Olson Funeral Home Chapel, Fergus Falls

Clergy: The Rev. Christopher Eldredge

Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls

Online condolences may be sent to

The family notes that this date would have been Van and Mary Jane’s 46th wedding anniversary and requests casual dress. There will be a light lunch served after the service.

09/29/16 05:28 PM #18    

Georgia Sagerhorn

James David Scott, 1947-2016

Published 1:01 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2016

James David Scott, 69, of Fergus Falls died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

Jim was born on July 22, 1947, to Merle Kenneth and Emily Teresa (Spies) Scott in Fergus Falls. He attended school in Fergus Falls and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1965. After graduation, he attended Moorhead State University.

In 1979, James opened Scott Insurance Services, where he was the owner, until the time of his death. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and socializing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Emily Scott; and his former wife, Alice Raffelson Hocum Scott.

Jim is survived by his son, Jason (Amy) Scott; his step-son, Tim (Tammy) Hocum; a step-daughter, Kim (Mark) Jacobs; his father, Merle Scott; his sisters, Jeanne (Steve Muenzer) Scott and Mary Scott; and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Otter Tail County Pheasants Forever or the Fergus Falls Hockey Association.

Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Fergus Falls.

Service is 11 a.m. at the church following visitation.

The Rev. Alan Wielinski will officiate.

Interment will be at St. Otto’s Catholic Cemetery in Fergus Falls.

Arrangements are by Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.

Online condolences may be sent to

11/27/17 11:08 PM #19    

Georgia Sagerhorn

To Class of 1965 -- Just a note to inform you of the passing of Bruce Josephs mother last week.  The service was held on Friday.

11/28/17 02:45 PM #20    

Linda Bakken (Peterka)

Age doesn’t matter, neither yours nor the age of the parent. When death comes to our door, saying “Good Bye” to a parent or a child is heart breaking, even when we know that person is passing into a new form of life we all look forward to. Sympathies go out to Bruce and his family. Jon and Linda Peterka

04/18/18 09:06 PM #21    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Our sympathy to Gary Miller and his sister Beverly on the passing of Archie Miller on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 101 years.

10/23/19 11:20 PM #22    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Sending out sympathy to Carol Anderson Larson and her family on the passing of her mother.


Am also sending sympathy to Margaret Sether Rollag and family on the passing of her sister, Cynthia Johnson. (Class of 1959)

11/19/20 12:29 PM #23    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Sympathy to Kasey Sander Merz on the passing of her brother, Robert!  May he rest is peace.


12/27/20 04:37 PM #24    

Georgia Sagerhorn

I received a call from Sandy Stubbs Crawford this afternoon asking if I would announce that Susan Smith Clambey's father passed away yesterday.  I haven't checked the funeral homes but am sure there will be an announcement at some point this week.  She did mention that Olson Funeral Home is handling things.

12/29/20 04:05 PM #25    

Georgia Sagerhorn

I found the obituary on Olson Funeral Home a while ago.  I'm hoping this will come through.  Thank you Sandy Stubbs Crawford for letting me know.


Obituary for Fred R. Smith

Fred Ralph Smith, 98, passed away peacefully of natural causes at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls, MN on the morning of December 26, 2020. The son of Fred William and Helen (Stenstrom) Smith, he was born in Minneapolis on August 12, 1922. Growing up there, he was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, attended Webster Elementary School and graduated from Edison High School in 1941, where he first met Mary Soldahl. Fred and Mary were married on September 5, 1943 and shared almost 73 years of marriage before Mary died in August 2016. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1943 to early 1946, with duty throughout much of the South Pacific during the heat of summers and in postwar Japan in the cold of winter. He was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 1946 he began a career of 39 years with Graybar Electric Corporation, first in the Minneapolis branch office, followed by 29 years as the northwest Minnesota district sales representative with his office in Fergus Falls. He and Mary, together with their children, were longstanding members of First Lutheran Church and active in community affairs.

After retirement, Fred and Mary became Arizona winter residents until 2011, returning to Fergus Falls for half or more of each year. That provided opportunities to be with family members and friends, to travel, and to participate in outdoor activities. They especially invited each of their grandchildren for a weeklong visit plus tour of the southwest.

Due to Mary’s declining health, they again became year-round Fergus Falls residents, with Mary needing to move into PioneerCare in early 2011, and shortly after her death in 2016, Fred moved to PioneerCare because of increasing health care needs. The tender, thoughtful care of both Mary and Fred by Pioneer staff has been much appreciated. Both Mary and Fred were graduates of LB Hospice care, having shown significant improvement while under their additional care.

Fred and Mary are remembered for their lifelong love and support of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. During their extended time at PioneerCare, Fred would drive from their home each day to spend time with Mary. Along with his dedicated work for Graybar Electric, he was noted for his diverse skills with home projects, his careful financial management, a reflection of having lived through the Great Depression and World War II, attention to physical well-being, and enjoyment of outdoor activities, especially golf.

Linda, his daughter-in-law, recalled… “A life well lived and well loved.”

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sisters, Ruth, Lois, and Jean; daughter-in-law, Barbara, and niece, Ruth Anne Tetzman.

Survivors include, daughter, Susan (Gary) Clambey; sons, Mark (Ramona) and Paul Smith; grandsons, Mark (Kelli Lind) Smith, Eric (Linda van Dyk) Clambey, Bryce (Dacotah Nelson) Clambey, Shelbert (Alexis Lombardi Nelson) Smith; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Michael, Lula and Hank, Tabor and Prairie; nieces, Nancy Hertzog (also his Goddaughter), Christine Soldahl, Kathy Sinnett, and Nancy Lounder; nephews, Ralph Hammond and Eric (Elizabeth) Soldahl; great-nieces, Paula Emmons and Lori Tetzman; cousins, Leslie Porter and Brian Plankey.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Radio Fund, 402 S. Court Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56537 or Habitat for Humanity International, Marquis Two Tower, 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE #2700, Atlanta, GA 30303, or PioneerCare Foundation 1131 S. Mabelle Ave Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Due to current public health concerns, a private family funeral service will be held at Olson Funeral Home, with a Live-Stream event at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Please refer to the funeral home website for a link to the Live-stream. The interment will follow at the First Lutheran North Cemetery.
Clergy: Reverend David Strom
Military Participation: American Legion Post 30 and VFW Post 612

Arrangements are provided by the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.
Online condolences may be sent to

01/02/21 08:27 PM #26    

Alanna R Erickson (Stelzer)

Susan and family,

       So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.  It sounds like he had a full and long life.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Love, Lani


02/11/21 04:34 PM #27    

Georgia Sagerhorn

Sympathy to the Gary and Kay Jennen Family on the passing of their son, Christopher J. Jennen, 28, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Services were held on February 6, 2021.

May he rest in peace.


02/28/21 09:44 PM #28    

Georgia Sagerhorn

I was reading the weekender this afternoon and came across an announcement for Steve Larson's dad.  There was an addresss where people could send a card for Kenny Larson.  Not the best posting but thought there might be some interest.  I could not get the scan to post but this is what it said:


Kenneth Larson, aka "Country Kenny"

100th birthday on March 16, 2021


Card shower:  35968 County Hwy 72, Battle Lake, MN 56515-9140



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