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Reunions, reading, friends and Ole Haugsrud memories

It’s class reunion time. As I get older, it becomes more important to attend our class reunions. There are lots of reasons, but reconnecting with former classmates is most important. Just remember, we are not here forever, enjoy whatever time we have with family, friends and former classmates.

The Northwestern High School Class of 1959 will be hosting an extravaganza on Aug. 16 at Northern Pines Golf Course in Iron River. A full day of activities are planned for anyone having graduated from Northwestern. A golf scramble will be held throughout the day, a buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and a Jam Session is at 8 p.m.

Milt and Gloria Olson and Dick and Lila Ronn, all 1959 graduates, have put together this fun-filled day of events for all to enjoy.

“There are not a lot of our class left; after all, we graduated 55 years ago and don’t get that many to show up at our reunions,” Milt Olson said. “What better way to celebrate graduating from Northwestern than by inviting anyone who graduated from NHS to a fun day to reconnect with friends and fellow Tigers.”

This promises to be a red-letter day in Northwestern history. A couple of all-school reunions were held in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It seems like yesterday because memories last forever, but it was a long time ago. That is why it is important to attend reunions, as stated in the opening paragraph. We are not here forever.

The scramble costs $10 per person along with a cart fee of $10. To sign up, call Dick or Lila Ronn by July 1 at 715-364-2523 or by email at

The buffet costs $15 per person and begins at 6 p.m. Numbers of those dining are needed, so please send your check before July 1 to Reunion, PO Box 375, Poplar, WI 54864.

The jam session entertainment includes musicians playing, singers singing, poets reciting, and comedians being comedic. This should be a hoot.

To sign up contact Milt or Gloria Olson at or call 715-364-2817.

I have spoken to Lance Boyle, and he plans to attend the festivities.

The Ronn’s and Olson’s deserve a big round of applause for organizing this opportunity for all Northwestern graduates from 1949-2014. Fun knows no age barrier. Sign up and have a great time.

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting some great people at Tim Bouvine’s book signing for “Catching Lightning Without the Bottle.”

Book sales are going very well for this great book.

The best part of the day was making some friends. Pat McNaughton and her daughter, Julie Scott, are both big fans of Yellowjacket and Spartan athletics, love iFan, and Pat reads all of the “Have Fun” articles while Julie reads some. I really like Pat a lot.

Friends Bob Bennett and Rod Nelson showed up to support Tim and his book. Tim’s son, Tim Jr., was there, as well. Tim Jr. was a D-I pitcher at UW-Milwaukee and had outstanding careers for the Spartans and Reds. He was one of the best pitchers I ever saw.

With the beautiful day, and the joyous debut of this outstanding book and making and seeing friends, how can you improve you may ask?

One of my new “best friends in the whole world” is Julie Priola. She is from Duluth and is friends with Tim Sr. What a lovely young lady, with beauty and charm in abundance. Tim and Julie will be joining Lance and Mrs. Lance for dinner this summer. I may report on our conversation — but probably not.

You can get your copy of “Catching Lightning Without the Bottle” at or by contacting Savage Press at 218-391-3070 or

If you don’t get this book, you are denying yourself a great summer read. You can read of the exploits and managerial expertise of the St. Louis Cardinals manager, Don Leighton. I will be playing myself in the movie adaptation.

When next we meet, I will be asking the readers for their greatest memory of Ole Haugsrud Field. If you would like, you can contact me now with your thoughts.

They will be included in upcoming articles along with more new friends, a special night at Ace’s for a big surprise and useless information from the fertile mind of crack researcher, Dave Johnson.

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