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MARILYN HAGERTY: St. James class looks back 50 years

They used to have hobnobs--where they would dance to music of the Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. They did the twist, and they liked to rock and roll. There were 100 in the class of 1966 at the former St. James High School of Grand Forks. Their sch...

They used to have hobnobs-where they would dance to music of the Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. They did the twist, and they liked to rock and roll.

There were 100 in the class of 1966 at the former St. James High School of Grand Forks. Their school closed in 1969. But it lives in the hearts of those gathering in Grand Forks this weekend. Fifty of the 100 in the class responded to join in the 50th year reunion. It began Friday evening at the Broken Drum.

It continues today at the Kegs Drive In where they used to go-for 19 cents-to get sloppy Joes with cheese, pickles and onions.

"Sometimes," says Wilma Brunskill Smith, "we would go to the A&W." She well remembers hamburgers at the popular root beer place on Gateway Drive.

She was one of the cheerleaders who wore purple when the teams were known as the St. James Jimmies. Then they switched to blue when St. James teams became known as the Royals.

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Today the class of 1966 will release balloons at 12:30 p.m. in memory of those who are deceased. Then they will spend time reminiscing about the good old days at the home of classmate Mike Moe. They'll have dinner at the Canad Inns.

On Sunday, the class will be together-maybe for the last time-at Mass in St. Michael's Catholic Church.

While the St. James Class remembers 50 years since graduation, the Central High School class of 1956 has been thinking back 60 years. The class planned dinner Friday evening at the Ramada.

The committee is made up of Ernie Gregoire, Sandy Blair, Carrie Hanson and Margaret Fish. And talk was bound to turn to the second state championship for basketball in 1956. That's when the late Fritz Engel was coach. It was the year when the late Ken Rio was a new football coach, and the late Serge Gambucci was the new hockey coach.

In those days, teams at Central were known as the Redskins-before their switch to Knights.

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Along with class reunions, the students are arriving at UND. It's Heritage Days in East Grand Forks. The Farmer's Market continues downtown Saturday morning, and there will be a wine walk downtown Saturday afternoon.

Time was when we went off to college with a suitcase or two. We lived in dormitories, and we grew plump eating the food served in the dining rooms. We didn't go home until Thanksgiving, and then it was by means of carpooling. Rare, indeed, were students who owned cars.

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Plates lack character

Thoughts while eating corn: License plates aren't nearly as interesting since the new ones are showing up. ... The best one seen around here lately was BLIZZARD, and CSARAGO is pretty good. ... The newer ones are just letters and numbers. ... Nobody could accuse Grand Forks people about rushing into a decision about a new library.

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Clarice and Scott

Cheerful people of the week: Clarice Urness and Scott Pearson.

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