Did you know that Donna Moeller Fjelstad is running for the SD State Senate!! She has the "go ahead" from her Dr. --- this is part of her email:
"Just call me John McCain --- old person -- different party. There are so few women and fewer and fewer moderates….what the hell….I am a lousy bridge player and my doctor said go for it. "
Donna has lived in the Pierre // Ft. Pierre area for over 50 years and is VERY well known. She taught school, was the state director for reading, has run the Bridge Playhouse for years -- in addition to her business as a motivational speaker and the humorous acting with her business partner (we saw them our 50th).
Mary Tesch Vanpoucke
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2009 2:29 PM
To: 'Wes Edwards'
Subject: Happy thing
October 28, 2007
I'm fine........ at my house
things are getting back to normal. Even though I had no damage there are
lots of branches, soot, ash and other air-born
debris to clean up. We did not have trash pick-up for 12 days in my
particular neighborhood, no US mail for 3 days, no UPS/FEDEX or private
deliveries for 5 days - now, all that is VERY small inconveniences to the
whole picture, but it's amazing what-all we take for granted!!
Click on the following link for summary of the week long ordeal:
I just finished watching the noon briefing of the Emergency Services for San Diego, these are some facts I noted:
** Over 513,000 mandatory evacuations so far (The Cedar fire of 2003 had 50,00 evacuated) Yes, more than 10 times as many!!
** Camp Pendelton has 2 new fires going
** 1,250 homes destroyed that have been confirmed so far, 530 homes damaged, over 100 commercial properties. Many out-buildings destroyed. I watched a park for motor-homes, campers, boats and other recreational equipment being burned to a crisp -- (out here most HOA require that such vehicles cannot be parked by your home - one must rent space to store then)
Many electric transmission lines are down, thousands of poles burned, wires down and gas leaks, etc. (the areas that use propane have tremendous explosions going on, as the tanks blow up)
Forced electric outages are going to begin soon..................
Cell phone usage S/B for emergencies only.
Restricted water usage -- Ramona - has lost all power to pump water!!
Rancho Bernardo has been hit very hard, also Rancho Santa Fe - both very up-scale neighborhoods.
I am still in my home and hoping the wind will be favorable to me. Lots of praying going on here.......... and we need your prayers too.
More later - if I have electricity.
Mary Tesch Vanpoucke San Diego, CA
Thanks for the update on Mary Tesch. Hopefully she can escape the fires. They are very bad in San Diego. Our son and family were evacuated yesterday at Stevenson Ranch as the fire was in the canyon in their backyard. He left for Reno to speak at a conference yesterday morning and fire was not close. Julie came home after picking up the kids from school and they were evacuating their street and she only had a few minutes to get some important papers, kids and dog and leave. That is how fast it is moving. They live NW of L.A. by Santa Clarita and the winds this morning are 57 mph with gusts of 75mph. Rick left for the airport as soon as he got Julie's call and finally got back into L.A. last evening. Of course they have no idea if their home escaped the fire, but they did see a plane fly over their home on the news and later a newscast said some of the homes were saved. Hopefully one of them is theirs.
Hi to all,
I am OK and still in my home. My area is called Mira Mesa and it is just north of Miramar Marine Corps Air station -- and west of highway 15. My car is packed and I'm ready to go when/if I get the word. This seems like a war zone or a horror movie; to me it's worse than our fire of 4 years ago. The wind on Sunday was unbelievable and our humidity was 4%, temp around 90!!
Many friends have had to evacuate and just drive away from their homes, a very daunting situation. There has been forced evacuation on the north and east of Mira Mesa and so things could change for me in the next 10 minutes. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers .............. we all NEED them. The firefighters have been on line for over 24 hours - many without rest, what heroes they are!
I'll stay in touch,
From KARE 11 News
Brooklyn Park man dies in mountain bike accident
Bloomington police received a 911 call Friday afternoon about a man who crashed his bike while riding the trails below Indian Mounds School.
The caller said his friend had lost control of his mountain bike and had crashed into a rocky streambed.
The man was taken to HCMC with serious head injuries and died there.
He has been identified as Mitchell Aleckson
Chuck & Phyllis Schamens [mailto:email@example.com]
I just talked to Shirley and she said to go ahead and send out an e-mail to the class. She is not going to send any. Mitch was a donor and what could be used was donated. Some people will live because Mitch died but that is one of the nicest things that can come out of a death.
Chuck & Phyllis Schamens [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Shirley (Michaels) Aleckson called this morning (10/13) to say that her youngest son, Mitch, was killed in a motorcycle accident last night. She did say she didn't think she would e-mail the class so I don't know if she would mind if you went ahead and put it on the page, or if you want to contact her first. She had more phone calls to make and I was going to do some for her so didn't stay on the phone very long.
Phyllis (Howey) Schamens
From: Donna (Moeller) Fjelstad (I and many, many more thank you for your kind words. Wes)
July 1, 2007
June 22, 2007
I recently exchange a few emails with Wayne Snyder. He told me some of what he is doing in his retirement. He sad it was OK to share with classmates. If you are in the cities you may want to stop in and see Wayne and learn more about NWA. Wes
"I am working at the NWA history center on 34th Ave. as a volunteer, usually on Monday from 11-2. This next Wednesday we will have 40 new management personnel at NWA to speak to and tell them some of the history and culture of NWA. I have never done this before so it should be interesting.
The Credit Union has generously given us more room for the museum so we
will be adding displays to those already there.
My latest adventure is a radio controlled helicopter, its real easy to fly and lots of fun. I usually fly it in the basement family room but have twice flown it outside if there in absolutely no wind and it's very light and cannot handle any breeze.
Feb 16, 2007 Sad news from Mary Lou Shriver
From: Mary Shriver [email@example.com]
Not the news we like to hear, but a friend in Watertown wrote and said Steve and Bonnie Belatti's daughter Carrie passed away yesterday. She is their youngest......about 26 years old, and she and her husband and three children, one being a year old, recently moved back to Watertown. She is a Speech Therapist and was in Dawson yesterday, had a seizure and never recovered. She also had Krohn's Disease of which Steve and Bonnie also lost a son to the same disease. My friend works with Carrie's mother-in-law and she got the call at noon yesterday. How sad and a difficult time for Steve and Bonnie.
Please keep the Belatti's in your prayers. Mary
You may read Carrie's obituary here: http://www.crawfordfuneralchapel.com/details.php?newsid=264
Feb. 12, 2007 I received emails from Chuck Wicks and Nina Mitchell inviting me to take a nostalgic trip. I thought you might enjoy it as well so here is the link. http://www.oldfortyfives.com/DYRT.htm
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 12:18 AM
Subject: News Story
Hi Wes, just wanted to show you that we get snow in Arizona too. 48-52 inches was recorded in Pinetop, and we've had 12" since this article!
I'm looking forward to the reunion in August and appreciate all the work the committee is doing to put it together.
(Note: I don't know how long the link will last but it sure looks like they are having a great time. Wes)
+ As featured in the on-line version of WMICentral.
+ Web Address: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2264
Nina and Ross Mitchell recently made a trip to Missouri and Kansas. She shared a bit of the trip in a recent email. Read about it on the link at the left.
Mary Sheehan Shriver takes care of some of the social aspects for the class. Wayne Konrady recently lost his wife to illness and Mary sent the family a sympathy card. Here is Wayne's reply.
Class of '56
Your kindness made the nicest feeling grow. This memory in sharing my loss is so thoughtful.
I thank you for caring,
Perhaps the following would be of interest to our class:
Yes, the picture I had duplicated and sent to you was the same one Ken Yokum sent in mid-January: It's our 6th grade class from Central grade school and Miss Janet Holtzman was our teacher that year(1949-50). Her brother, Father Jerome Holtzman, was a priest in Vermillion during the years I served there and we became good friends. What a small world!
Do you remember one of our high school teachers, Rudy Stradinger? About two weeks ago he called me from his home in Spearfish, SD, having tracked me down somehow. We had a great conversation about our Watertown years, particularly about the plays he had directed and the students who were in the dramas. Once again, the world became small: I had called on his daughter and family in Sioux Falls many years ago while developing a congregation.
Mr. Stradinger told me he will soon be 80 years old. I thought after our visit, wouldn't it be wonderful to invite him to come to our 50th? Perhaps there are a few others still around who could be given a special invitation. Just a thought.
Yes, Wes, please inform the planning committee that I accept the invitation to give the invocation at the banquet. Our class reunion comes between our family's annual week in the Black Hills and continued interim work, so I look forward to celebrating the 50th with you and fellow classmates.
Take care and thanks again for your continued good work on behalf of the class.
Jody was hoping to stop for a visit in September. These are the emails we exchanged. You may want to send her a get well card or something.
From: Sylvia Peterson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Greetings from snake country. When you pray for our health and safety, you don't know what the Lord is sparing us. Last week, Bob and Nate were down at the model flying field. I had the garage door open and did some gardening. I walked past a car parked in there three or four times. I shut the door and was in the house about twenty minutes when Bob opened the door. A five foot long black snake was lying on the trunk of the car! Then about midnight, the dogs were wildly barking. Nate killed a two-and-a-half foot copperhead that had gotten into one of the dog runs and out again. The copperhead is poisonous. Now this week, a foot-long copperhead got into a different run and Nate killed it. Someone told him to put a ring of moth balls around our area to keep snakes away so that's what he's going to try.
I still have stomach problems, but a new medicine is helping some. I'm feeling stronger and have started helping students again. I have Ben, age thirteen, working on written English. Then I have 4th grade triplets named Jade, Jasmine, and Julesia. They are working on reading and math. This is fun and keeps me busy! I praise the Lord that I can do this.
Bob is having a lot of trouble with one of his knees. He's frustrated because he's got yard work and other projects to do. He keeps busy at work with computers!
Last week our computer crashed. It happens to us in the computer business as well. They always say that problem is not a matter of "if" but "when." Bob went to see about our backup files and found out that they were 6 months old. Wow, time has a way of slipping away even when you are conscientious. The backup files certainly helped and we are up and going again. He was also able to retrieve the six months of data since the backed up files. Now he has a reminder sticker on the bottom of the monitor when he made the last backup.
He has had to help a lot of Wycliffe people get their computers going again after boot up failures,etc.
Debbie, Will, and the children may get to come to the States in September for a mission's conference. We're sure hoping that will happen.
God bless you as you continue to pray for us.
Wes, found your address on your Class of "56" Web Site
Dec 8, 2004 Carol says: Wes..... Would you want to put it on the class web site, that I am looking for a picture of some of us when we were in either first or second grade at Lincoln school? Years ago I had my purse stolen, and the picture was in my purse. I know Don Splinter, Dick Beynon, David Bolhouse would also be in the picture. I would give just about anything to get a copy of this picture!!!
Sep 1, 2004
We encourage classmates to send us emails and let us know what is going on in their lives. The Keyes Guys, Dick and Judy (Forbush) lead somewhat of a vagabond life traveling around the country. Since they have reconnected with classmates we have been to Oregon and now Nova Scotia with them. Click here to get the latest on there Canadian travels. Wes
I will not be able to attend this year. Last year, I had a really great time seeing classmates that I had not seen in years. I know a lot of work was done to put together the reunion and it showed. It was great. I have recently found out that I have Multiple Myeloma a cancer that is not common and has no cure. Right now I am dealing with this and do not know what the future holds. Hopefully, I will at able to attend the 50th when it comes around. Best wishes for another successful reunion. Beverly Moquist Skinner.
Hi Wes, I won't be at the Aug. get together so thought I'd send an old picture of me in my mid to late 50's. I wish I had a current one I could send but I don't. This was taken by my husband in the Saloon # 10 in Deadwood. Taken after a long six day work week and a couple of drinks. Thanks for all the updates on what is going on. I appreciate it. I may be in Watertown in late Sept for my sisters reunion. Can you believe it will soon be 50 years.. Where does the time go. I enjoy looking at all the pictures on the sight.. Thanks again.. Donna Cox Whalen
Thank you for the invitation to the '56 class gathering the weekend of August 6th; however, I will not be attending this year. I am in a transition mode from Rochester, MN to Sioux Falls, having just spend almost a year as an interim senior pastor. Extensive travel and other commitments are ahead during the month ahead.
Wes, It would be fine to use the bio write up that Hank did for the Class of 55 web site for the Class of 56. The only thing I would add is that I graduated from Maryville University in
I will not be in W'tn this August, but hope you get a good turnout. Peace, Mary Tesch Vanpoucke
Thanks for keeping me posted on the festivities. I will be driving in from a week long seminar in Minneapolis, so will probably not come, or come late, to the Friday eve. gathering. I will stay in town and be at the 3-6 gathering on Saturday. That ought to give me a chance to see people. I do have to get back to Aberdeen that eve just for my sanity on Monday a.m. I realize not all of the class of '56 is still working! However, I don't expect sympathy, (much!) just grateful to be included. Thanks to you and all the people on the picture, even those hiding behind others! Kathleen Bierne
Guess we won't be making any of the get together this year. I was just ready to get the check book to send you a check when the phone rang. It was our sister-in-law from California asking if they could come the 6th of August through the 12th if we had room. We do have room so I told them we would be here. Maybe we can take them to some of the Terry Redlin activities. Too many things going on all the time.
Would love to make the trip to Watertown in August; but, unfortunately, I am obligated to be fishing for Atlantic Salmon and cannot be there. Please give my regards to all that attend; with the possible exception of Jim Lee. If he shows up, walk up behind him and give him a swift kick in the ass and tell him it was from me!! You and Donna did a great job last year and I am remiss in not thanking you before this. It was great to see everyone.... some have changed, some have not (especially true of Mary Gilbertson and Orie Liesure and Dave Hellbush). It was great to see everyone. Thanks again for all you efforts. Regards, John Dugan July 17, 2004
Mary Sheehan suggested we share emails from classmates. Rather than forward them around to everyone I will post them on this page. As I post them they will go on the top. Since we are several weeks into the process they will not necessarily be in any order. Just new ones on the top. Wes p.s. Don't forget to check the quest book for comments also.
Hi Wes: I think there is good news. Marie McClintic is not dead. She had a booth at the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen last week end. My sister even heard her paged over the loud speaker. She (my sister) also asked someone in the sheep barn when Marie died and the lady said, "died? I talked to her yesterday". Donna Flelstad
Wes--sorry I missed this email and for the late response. Would have very much like to attend the reunion but the summer is a bit too cramped. Here's an update: I retired from CSU, Sacramento Computer Science Dept. two years ago. My wife Vicki is also retired. Son Derek is a professional pole vaulter and is competing in the World Championships in Paris in late August. Vicki and I will leave for Europe early in August, attend the Event, and live in Scotland until early October. Best health to all and we will plan to attend the 50th or any earlier get-together. Regards, John Miles
Hi, This is a great big Thank You to all who helped make the Get-together such a huge success. We had a marvelous time. I am looking forward to another get-together and our 50th Class Reunion. Thanks to all our classmates for making this such a success. Judy and Dick Keyes
I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend. We move from Hong Kong to Sweden (Outside Stockholm) the end of July into a summer house we bought in Akersberga . We plan to winter in San Antonio with Mom Vik (90 yrs.). My daughter, Brigitte is also marrying a Swede on Aug. 23rd. Brother Al & wife will come from Decorah, Ia. Brother Stan still lives in Atlanta & will visit later.
It sounds like a fabulous week-end & I will miss it terribly. I had so much fun @ the last one. Please greet all from me & I hope you will save a CD for me. I will send a check when I get back to the US in Oct. Our almost 3 years here have gone by quickly; but I have done & seen a lot to add to our memory list. Love, Sharon
I spoke with Larry last Sunday, he just called me on a Sunday afternoon, what a pleasant surprise.
I will be coming to festivities on the weekend of July 18, 19, and 20. t sounds like a lot of fun and I was really hoping we would do something instead of waiting until 2006. I will be coming by myself. JoAnn Weitgrefe
In 1997 and early 1998 Chuck and I had quite an experience. Chuck developed cardiomyopothy and March 4, 1998, he was transported to the U of M, in Mpls. where they did a transplant evaluation. On April 21st he received his Second Chance for Life. The heart started beating immediately and has been going great ever since. If any of you haven't considered organ donation, please think about it. Phyllis Howey
Thanks to you and the committee for the work you have done on the 2003 "early get together." I still work part-time and that includes every other weekend. The weekend of the 18th., 19th., and 20th. is my weekend to work. Have a great time and enjoy the great memories we all share. If I'm still working when we get together in 2006 I'll either take the weekend off or just quit my job. Mike Reddy
Carol Skells sent a letter to update her bio and send a picture. I thought I would share the illustration by Betty Giroux with you since it is appropriate to a task that her and Orval complete every day. Happy 4th of July. Wes