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Fiftieth class reunion for old PR rockers set

Memories of “Sugar Shack,” “Surf City” and “He’s So Fine,” of the Marlow and the Armory, and of Dam Diving Tower and the class play “Our Town” will likely filter into the conversations during the 50th class reunion of the Pine River High School Class of 1963 to be held Aug. 8-11 in Pine River.

During the three-day event, classmates will have the opportunity to participate in a golf scramble, a coffee and doughnut social, a walking tour of Pine River, a pizza social, a Saturday matinee featuring Pine River’s “Recent Happenings” historic film by John Rohr of the Marlow, and a dinner with a verbal walk down memory lane, at least as best as their memories can provide.

Classmates are asked to bring school memorabilia for Saturday night’s Memory Makers Table. A class photo will also be taken. A drawing will be held for a handmade class quilt by Walter Weiss.

A class commemorative book and book marker are also being designed by the committee. Of the 45 living members of this class, more than 30 have already submitted their biographies and pictures. Reference copies will be donated to the Pine River Library, Kitchigami Regional Library System and Heritage Group North.

The theme for their 50th class reunion is, “Visit Your Hometown and Share Memories That You Can Take With You.” The idea for this theme is to entice classmates to visit Pine River and to appreciate the values of growing up in a small community.

The theme also incorporates the junior and senior class plays that were presented by this class, “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder and “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George Kaufman.

This will be the last major reunion for this class. The committee decided that future class socials with be held annually on the second Saturday in August at 7 p.m. at the Pine River American Legion.

The reunion committee asks for help in providing contact information for classmates Sandy Olson Andrews and Fern Eblen Reisner.

The committee thanks local establishments for their cooperation, including Black Bear Golf Course, Heritage Group North, Pine River American Legion Post No. 613, Pine River State Bank and Bites Grill & Bar.

The 10-member local class reunion planning committee, chaired by Al Abear (, 587-2686) and co-chaired by Barb Brezinsky ( 218-587-2237), has been planning the celebration for the past two years. Contact them with questions.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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