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10/27/14 12:59 AM #1    

Gerald (Gerry) Worner

Welcome to , the website for the Fergus Falls High School Class of 1965.

Classmates, plan to attend our 50th reunion August 7-8, 2015.  Watch this website for further details, and please, add your own classmate profile.    

11/17/14 04:23 PM #2    

Pete Ellingson

Thanks to all the 65 classmates for working on this Gerry. 

As for my part, I will get some music together for the event.  Curt mentioned you may need some help.  I will make up a CD or two of just some oldies, I have, to play in the background, lightly, while we visit with one and all.   I think the Ship has a nice sound system or at least at the last time we where there they did.  Hopefully that is what the group needs as I would not care to DJ etc..

Also, if you need a idea for the reunion try this:
Have classmates bring one or more nostalgic item to show or sell at the event.  Maybe an old magazine, radio or record from 65 or years up to it. Just send out a request for anyone that has anything old they would care to display, sell or trade at the event.  Any money made selling a itme could be shared with the reunion committee to cover some of the reunion costs.  For those that don't want to share fully, we should ask for a small % to go to the group in those cases.  Just a idea to mull over at the next meeting or pass on to those in charge of that type of thing.

Let me know if you got this email and if you think it is a good idea.


Pete Ellingson

01/12/15 11:08 AM #3    

Linda Bakken (Peterka)

Mr. Hanson,
While registering for my upcoming class reunion in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (class of '65), I read a note from Jennifer Steen Mayer ('65) that referenced a song you wrote for your class reunion ('64). Just wanted to send you a note to say Thank you! for the "walk down memory lane", as your song would/will capture the hearts of all of us who grew up in that era in that "land of lakes"! Well done!! Big THANK YOU from all who have the opportunity to hear your song. 
Sincerely, Linda (Bakken) Peterka ('65) and Jon Peterka ('63). 
P.S. I'm hoping that our class reunion committee will play your video at our reunion, which is so exciting to look forward to.
Thank you, too, Jennifer.

Sent from my iPad

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.

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