Kennedy High School

Kennedy, Minnesota

Class of 1951

Alvin (Bud) Rudisill, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ivan Hagen, Madison, MN

Delano (August) Gunnarson, Lake OPark

John Dahl, Apple Valley

Joanne (Pearson) Olen, Mora

Elsie (Such) Egstad, Grand Forks, ND

Adris (Lundell) Rafteseth, Coon Rapids


The Classes of 1949, 1950, and 1951 classes of KennedyHigh School held a combined re-union July 16 in conjuction with "CelebrateKennedy" day on July 17, 1999. Somewhere I read a saying that goes"As far as school reunions go, the greater the number of years themore fun they are. By the time the 50th rolls around you are no longer tryingto impress anyone - - what you see is what you get!"

Twenty-three former members of these classes met togetherat the Farmer Dell Steakhouse and Lounge in Argyle for the greatest time.Some had not seen each other since gaduation night. It was also a guessinggame to figure out who each person was, and that was part of the fun.

Alvin (Bud) Rusisell was the Master of Ceremonies. He hada wonderful program where each person's graduation picture was shown ona large screeen and that person then stood and said a few words.

Bud also brought greetings from Coach "Ole" Olson,who was a staff member of KHS back in those days. Bev Lundberg also broughta movie picture of the junior-senior banquet in 1949 and we enjoyed watchingthat. There were lots of good laughs and plenty of visting an picture taking.Prizes were awarded for several different categories

All total there were 43 people attending, including a specialguest, Pete Dziengel, whose wife, the former LaVonne Swanson,was a memberof the class of 1949.

We all left the reunion hoping these will be planned moreoften (Possibly by the class celebrating 50 years). Most of the graduatesand spouses were able to visit much more at the Kennedy festivities on Saturday.

Source: Kittson County Enterprise, August 4, 1999.

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