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Spicer ... Ken Rogers completed a 25-year- old dream when he finished writing Pedaling on Purpose. The book chronicles a six-month, 10,000-mile bicycle trek he and a friend took across 48 states in 1982. The trip raised funds for Make-A-Wish of Minnesota to support the dreams of seriously ill children. The two cyclists began writing a book about the ride earlier, but only recently finished the manuscript.

1972 Jerry Wenzel was honored as an outstanding alumnus by the College of Edu- cation and Human Development at the Uni- versity of North Dakota (UND). Wenzel received his bachelor’s degree from Bemi- dji State before earning a master’s through UND. A science educator in the East Grand Forks Middle School for 35 years, he was the recipient of the 1998 outstanding Biol- ogy Teacher of the Year from the National Association of Biology Teachers, the 2000 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year from the Minnesota Science Teachers Asso- ciation, and the 2001 Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club Regional Teacher of the Year. Now retired, he and his wife Kathy reside in Randall ... John “Terry” Bergum and his business part- ner – owners of Minnesota Twist Drill – have earned the Labovitz Emerging Entre- preneur Award. Minnesota Twist Drill sales had dropped from $20 million to $6 million under previous ownership. After purchas- ing the Hibbing-based company, the part- ners stabilized sales and started growing the company. Bergum lives in Hibbing with his wife Gail ... Terry Boone has retired from Browerville after a career of teaching physi- cal education, health, and drivers education. During his tenure, he coached boys’ basket- ball for 29 years and boys’ and girls’ track for nearly 24 years.

1971 Michael Pahlen received the Coaching Achievement Award from the Superior (WI) Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame. Pahlen spent 32 years as boys’ head swimming and diving coach, 24 years as girls’ head swimming and diving coach, and 11 years as boys’ head tennis coach. He lives in Superior and is the father of two.

1970 Gary Trimble of St. Cloud was inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 1977, Trimble became head coach of a football program at Kimball High School that had won 20 games in 14 years. When he left coaching in 1995, his teams amassed a 111-77 record, won three conference championships, and made four state tourna- ment appearances. Trimble twice was named Central Minnesota Coach of the Year. Still teaching in Kimball, he and his wife, Peggy, have three adult daughters … Ed Gallina opened the store, Gallina Artworks & Gifts,

in Mantorville, where he lived in the mid 1980s while teaching in Zumbrota. He had left Mantorville to teach in the Nashwauk- Keewatin school system. After retiring a few months ago, he returned to display and sell his art.

1968 Dan Bergan recently ended his 40-year basketball officiating career when he called his final game at Hibbing High School. Also an official for baseball, softball, and football, Bergan has been inducted into the Minnesota Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Hibbing High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Bemidji State Univer- sity Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Terri, reside in Hibbing and have two grown daughters.

1967 Lowell Scearcy of Brainerd became the second coach in Minnesota history to reach the 600 win plateau as a baseball coach. Currently in his 39th year of coach- ing, he recorded the win when his Brainerd High School Warriors swept a late season doubleheader to raise his career record to 600-239. The state record is 707 wins.

1963 Linda Mickelson retired after teaching at Hughes Elementary School in Red Lake Falls for 45 years. She lives with her husband, Winton, in oklee. They have three grown children who followed in her footsteps and became teachers.

1962 Faye (Cordes) and Larry Litman (’65) hosted a mini-BSU reunion in their Plymouth home. Alumni guests were Edie Duncan (’61) from the St. Catherine, ontario, Canada area; Clare Gustafson Smith (’62) from San Francisco, CA; and Diane Hoselton Genova (’62) of Northfield. The reunion marked the first time in 45 years some of the alumni had seen each other.

1960 Norm Hecimovich was named the 2008 Volunteer of the Year for the city of Austin. A current city council member and former principal in Austin, he is widely known for his leadership in education and veterans’ issues as well as for his involvement on community, housing, family, tourism, and planning boards.

1959 Don Peterson was inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Basket- ball Hall of Fame. During 25 seasons as a head coach, all but one in Lakota, Iowa, he compiled a record of 421 wins against 174 losses and won nine conference titles. Now retired and living in Hackensack with his wife, Laurie. He has two sons and three step- daughters.


Rosemarie Albie ’75, Blackduck, MN Dolores Berg ’41, Thief River Falls, MN Dan S. Bilben ’72, International Falls, MN Twyla Bjornaraa ’89, Loma Linda, CA Merle Bryant ’46, Tenstrike, MN Brian C. Caroline ’01, Clearwater, FL Kenneth L. Christianson ’50, Bemidji, MN Raymond E. Clay ’48, Leavenworth, KS Harriet Driscoll ’68, Duluth, MN Nicholas Faymoville ’67, Bemidji, MN Wayne “Bags” Haglund ’73, International Falls, MN Patricia Hawks ’92, Blackduck, MN Naomi Goodell Hemphill ’34, Hibbing, MN Hazel Hermanson ’57, Bloomington, MN Robert Isaacson ’49, Little Falls, MN John Kolstoe ’70, Oklee, MN Frederick Marsh ’71, Westford, MA Sadie Melby ’69, Bellingham, WA William Olson ’64 & ’73, Hibbing, MN Thomas Raich ’62, Pengilly, MN Alice Roos ’58, Thief River Falls, MN Wilfred Sarkela ’58, Grand Rapids, MN Marie Smilanich ’27, Tower, MN Helen Stennes ’35, Thief River Falls, MN Melvin J. Sudeith ’52, Cobble Hill, BC Jeanne A. Sugrue ’48, Pine Island, MN Rupert Syverson ’63, Mcintosh, MN Erma Weir ’36, Corvallis, OR Suzanne M. Wolbeck ’66, Thief River Falls, MN


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