50th Class Reunion/Homecoming, Day 2, The Parade

October 3

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[We began the day by taking Brad to his first breakfast at Travelers Inn in over 50 years . . . like most of us, it’s amazing how much he looks like his dad now.]

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[Another beautiful crisp early fall day in Vacationland USA as we sauntered onto the fairgrounds to find our position in the Homecoming Parade.  Our first encounter was with the football team.]

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[Next up was the Hockey Association – they’ll be lacing up the skates pretty soon now.  We have high expectations for both the girls and boys teams this year.]

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[And here we are . . . after all those years soloing in the parade, it was nice to have company!  😉   ]

Once we got Brad situated on the back of a float, he felt obligated to present the following two photos from his perspective:


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[Of the latter, “she who will not be named” proclaimed this individual would pass as a homeless person in D.C.  😉   ]

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[Lorlee is . . . well, Lorlee!]

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[I mean, c’mon, seriously, they can’t be old enough to be in my class?  For those of you keeping score at home, the maiden names are l-r:  Cathy Bakke, Dianne McCarthy, Kathy Schultz, Betty Pederson, and Lynne Spellman.  Now how would I remember that?]

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[Tom Toenjes photographs his charges before he starts towing them through town with his 1941 Farmall tractor . . . I believe it was for liability purposes.]

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[The Class of ’48 is always there . . . with the irrepressible Virg!]

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[Let’s roll!]

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[Serie, are you sure you know the route?  This car doesn’t have GPS!  OK, trying again from memory:  Cathy Bakke, Mid-Winter queen; Kathy Sherry, Homecoming queen; Judy Seppanen, salutatorian; Lynne Spellman, co-pilot; Dave Serie, chauffeur.]

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[St. Mary’s, as I recall.]

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[Cheer-oh-cheer for Alex . . . ]

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[I’m glad I got Joan here since I missed her at the luncheon!]

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[More royalty . . . ]

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[Do you know “Louie, Louie”?]

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[Cardinal spirit . . . ]

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[Damn kids!]

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[More kids, but at least Al brings his mom along – she’s class of ’38, which I believe was the record holder at the event.]

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[Cross-country?  Basketball?  Crocheting?]

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[Hockey . . . with hockey moms!]

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[The Falls Flyer]

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[And the Class of ’65 is on the move!]

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[Ladies and gentlemen, the parade has left the fairgrounds and is heading down Fairgrounds Road toward downtown Alexandria!]

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[And there’s our other “float” and the rest of the parade leaving the fairgrounds.]

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[The walkers are looking good . . . we’re all on Medicare, you know!]

10-3-15-54 - Copy[And then we hit Broadway, where classmates realize I wasn’t pulling their collective legs when I said this is always the biggest parade of the year.]

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[Our fans pour out onto the street!]

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[’65 is still alive!!]

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[A quick body count . . . we haven’t lost anyone off the “floats” yet.]

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[Truly big time, we’re being covered by Geraldo Rivera!]

Ooops, that’s really Joe Korkowski from the Voice of Alexandria and here’s Joe’s video of the parade – the Class of ’65 makes our appearance at about the 4:00 minute mark:

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[Sometimes when you turn the camera on while looking through the eye piece, you accidentally change the setting – here to the “blue light special” mode?]

The Super was stationed at 8th and Broadway with the parties below and contributed the following from a fan’s perspective:

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[Merill Kiehne, Linda Johnson, and Pam Mathison]

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[The Grand Marshals]

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[Let’s play football!]

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[The Seriemobile from our class almost snuck by her!]

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[Woo-woo for our class as Professor Doctor Colonel Kiehne hastens over for a shot of the sideline fans.]

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[Then Little Mayo Johnson sauntered over for an exchange of shots.]

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[Kathryn LeBrasseur, deservedly outstanding senior citizen]

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[Their home invite is this Saturday beginning at 9:00 at AAHS; the cross-country team hosts the big Lions’ meet at Arrowwood Saturday morning as well.  High school sports at their finest!]

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[And that wraps up the Super’s contributions.  She allegedly tried to get one of her knight in shining armor, who almost toppled over onto the hard pavement posing, and the shot allegedly didn’t come out?]

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[Now we’re gonna stretch it out a bit with the big lens – love that depth of field.  And to let you know marching at 49 degrees is still too hot!  🙂  ]

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[The dip between 7th and 8th provides a nice perspective . . . except during a heavy rain when it floods!]

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[By now my cub reporter duties had caused me to fall a block behind my group, but I was still a block ahead of the next group.  I was a parade unto myself?]

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[We’ve taken on the turn on 15th heading toward where the old high school was . . . following the girls’ tennis team.]

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[And we’re done . . . showing a fortitude beyond our years, Tom, Greg, and I then walked back to town to meet up for the football tailgate party at AAHS!  🙂  ]

Wives are people who feel they don’t dance enough.  ~  Groucho Marx

Up next:  Continued . . .

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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6 Responses to 50th Class Reunion/Homecoming, Day 2, The Parade

  1. David Serie says:

    We’re getting all the pictures now Tom..thank you for the great job!

  2. G. says:

    Thank you for sharing. Loved seeing all the folks turning out for this fun event and the weather looked spectacular!!! Kudos for a job well done.

  3. Dorothy Nelson Peterson says:

    Great job. Thanks.

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