Memorial Day 2015 – Union Cemetery – Atwater American Legion

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Veteran’s Day November 11 2014 Atwater MN

Thank You Veterans!

I was thinking how fortunate I was to talk to several Veterans this morning on the telephone.  We didn’t have school today at ACGC, so we postponed the Veteran’s Day program.  I wanted to let our ACGC community Veterans know the change in schedule, thus my privilege to make contact with our good Veterans.

In this world of mass communication, I believe the telephone is still a great way to communicate.  Of course face to face is still the best in my opinion.

I also called area radio stations to help announce the postponement.  Other places to spread the word was the ACGC website and my own Facebook and Twitter sites.

To honor Veteran’s Day this year, I put out six United States of America flags down our snowy walk to our house.

2014 Veteran’s Day is a day and year to remember!

Thank You Veterans!

ACGC Elementary School Veteran’s Day Program postponed to Friday, November 14 at 2:00 pm

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Snow Storm November 10 2014 Atwater MN

I was watching the heavy snow falling this morning through my window.  At noon the snow was really coming down fast, so I got out my boots, put on my winter coat and took a walk down the street to the ACGC Elementary School.

The snow was very wet and the temperature was 27 degrees.  It wasn’t what I consider cold, actually I was a bit warm, because I was walking through the deep snow and was dressed for my adventure.

I tried to capture the moment with pictures, especially for the “kids”, because their playground was getting full of snow.

Someone came by with a snowmobile, so I was able to walk home in the snowmobile tracks.  Our garbage can had some snow on it: 8 inches at noon.

My husband Dale also sent me some photos taken outside of Atwater Ford and west Highway 12.

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2014 Alumni Association Annual Meeting

112th Annual Alumni Association Meeting
Atwater High School
Atwater – Grove City High School
Atwater – Cosmos – Grove City High School
Saturday, July 12, 2014

 Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN
AHS Class of 1939 – 75 year class – Diamond Class
Edna Carlson Grof
Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN
AHS Class of 1944 – 70 year class

Russell Miller, Fern Magnuson Levik Fredrick, Dorothy Olson Nelson, Randy Paulsen

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN

 AHS Class of 1949 – 65 year class

Front Row:  Arlene Gratz Behm, Ramona Zaeska Werner, Carol Nelson Sonsteby, Gloria Magnuson Peterson, Janet Miller Johnson, (insert) David Solbrack

Back Row:  Ralph Hall, Gordon Bloomquist, Bob Arends

Not Pictured:: Marvis Okeson Dickinson

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN

AHS Class of 1954 – 60 year class


Purple and White 1954 Panther Hats made by Jim Quist

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN

AHS Class of 1954 – 60 year class

Front Row:  Sylvia Goodsen MacRunnel, Roberta Nelson Swenson, Phyllis Theisen Nelson, Bessie Klose Johnson, Phyllis Gratz Quist, Grace Johnson Peterson, Shirley Nelson Larson

Back Row:  Ruthie Quistad Huisinga Meyering, Rachel Munson Anthony, Kenneth Gratz, Paul Nelson, Jim Quist, Dale Nelson, Jack Tait, Bruce Larson

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN

AHS Class of 1959 – 55 year class

Front Row:  Karin Johnson, Darlene Kragenbring Bratberg, Jackie Nelson Powell, Peg Tat Condon

Back Row:  Jerry Rossell, Ken Orsten, Rob Paulson , Betty Paulson, Dennis Baker

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN

AHS Class of 1964 – 50 year class – Golden Class

Front row: Gary Behm, Jeanette Palmer Mayer, Leone Gratz Blommer, Carol Rodekuhr Haviland, Caroline Nelson Eisenreich, Joyce Larson Bjur, Arlyss Knudsen Engelson,

Second row: Mike Tagtow, Lloyd Urban, Verdell Benson Pelvit, Eunice Mahn McBroom, Terre Windsor Holm, Audrey Narragon Hoppke, Diana Ackerman Smith, Jane Anderson Taubman, Janice Johnson Bicknell, Doug Beecroft, Don Amdahl, Bill Moll

Third row:  John Williamson, Jon Olson, Wayne Denton, Larry Slinden, Charles Miller, Gerald Larson

Not Pictured:  John Wyman Hovey

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN

AHS Class of 1964 – 50 year class

Front row;  Lloyd Urban, Carol Rodekuhr Haviland, Doug Beecroft, Terre Windsor Holm, Jane Anderson Taubman, Joyce Larson Bjur, Diana Ackerman Smith, Arlyss Knudsen Engelson

Second row:  Gary Behm, Wyman Hovey, John Williamson, Wayne Denton, Marlene Hoepner Wittman, Leone Gratz Blommer, Eunice Mahn McBroom, Audrey Narragon Hoppke, Verdell Benson Pelvit, Jon Olson, Mike Tagtow

Third row: Gerald Larson, Bill Moll, Larry Slinden, Stanley Peterson, Lee Elton, Charles Miller, Don Amdahl, Randy Kragenbring

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN

AHS Class of 1974 – 40 year class

Front Row: LeAnn Latterell Larson, Bev Sebring Hasbrook, Anne Windsor, Zella Tagtow Link, Sheryl Gross Downes, Dennis Peterson, Becky Monson Prieto

Back Row: Tom Kingery, Lloyd Nelson, Donn Peterson, Howard Behm, Paul Hedberg, Roger Johnson, Gary Carlson, Kathy Behm Black, Jim Swenson, Denise Buer Hedberg, Scott Peterson, Kevin Gertgen, Larry Miller, Mark Hutchinson

Photo by Denny Baker of Baker Printing in Spicer, MN


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Alumni 2013 — The Golden Class — 1963

Atwater High School Class of 1963 in 2013

Class Flower: Calla Lily

Class Colors:  Purple and White

Class Motto:  “From a good beginning will come a good end”


Back Row:  Richard Laffen, Frank Heining, Jim Huisman, Duaine Bosch, Lance Rossell, Stan Bomsta

Middle Row:  Eileen Summerlet Olson, Duane Vick Anderson, Sharon Hawkins Hendrickson, Janet Baker Morse, Suzanne Danielson Meyerson, Linda Oslund, Janice Baker Boelter, Eloise Shjegstad Heahfield, Don Slinden

Front Row:  Larry Johnson, Karen Olson Bredeson, Arlen Zimmer Blonigen, Bernice Moll, Shirley Barker Hubert, Carol Slinden Goulson, David Amdahl

Not Shown:  Charles Anderson, Joyce Rossell Andrews, Larry Andrews, John Bennett, Darlene Nelson Mickelson, Mary Olson Schwingler, Dee Horseman Stoeser

Deceased:  Allan Schwartzkopf, Steve Norine, Ned Rossell, Mark Holien, Wayne Hanson, Danelle Bjur Schwarzrock, Kathy Tait Fields

The Class of 1963 in 2013 picture has been posted with permission from Baker Printing.

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Alumni Attendance

Click here to find the Alumni Web Site.  Then open the file to see who is coming to the Alumni banquet on Saturday, July 13, 2013

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July 14, 2012 – Alumni Association Banquet

 Atwater High School – AGC High School – ACGC High School





2012 Scholarship Winner

Brittney Goodsen was awarded the $500 Alumni Scholarship. She was involved in National Honor Society along with other activities, both at ACGC and with her church. She is currently attending the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities where she is studying Media Communications and Spanish.

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2012 Alumni Pictures


20 Year — AGC Class of 1992

Front Row:   Leah Schwartz Evans, Tanya Decker Castillo, David Zimmer, Teresa Grosland Schad, Maureen Downes Hobbs, Molly Bergstrom Berg

Middle Row: Liane Nelson, Angie Cannon Holle, Bridget Mortenson Anderson, Jackie Larson Hansen, Karla Peterson Lindquist

Back Row: Angela Larson Weimer, Mike Anderson, Melissa Kelly Whitcomb, Joel Bjerke, Robin Dixon Gronli, Brandon Mortenson, Nick Rossell


25 Year — AGC Class of 1987

Back Row:  Jim Schwartz, Duaine Zaeska, Alan Amdahl, Mike Peterka, Darin Kragenbring

Front Row:  Melissa Bergstrom, Lisa Klose Severson, Mary Polley Schommer

35 Year — AHS Class of 1977

Back Row:  Dennis Evenson, Jeff King, Chuck Gratz

Front Row:  Tami Swenson Tagtow, Michelle Nelson Nielson, Tim Weaver

Not Pictured:  Scott Grund

40 Year — AHS Class of 1972

Back Row:  Brad Preslicka, Gerald Peterson, Jean Pickle Hanson, Melanie Hedlund, Cheryl Miller Kulset, Judy Adams Nelson, Bruce Behm, Diane Klemenhagen Behm, Joyce Nordin Brouwer, Kathy Dowdell Garner, Tom Notch, Arlene Lund Preslicka, Linda Kirk Burns, Ken inselman, Mike Bomstad

Front Row:  Karen Grahn-Goulianos, Deb Holm Hanson, Jim Kingery, Alan Anderstrom, Alan Moll, Brenda Hanson Strodtman, Susan Miller Johnson

45 Year — AHS Class of 1967

Back Row:  Linda Stranberg, Jerry Jackson, Wayne Sather, Lili Windsor Myers

Front Row:  Linda Hedlund, Wende Nelson and Kathy Nichols Baker

50 Year — AHS Class of 1962

Back Row:  Gloria Gratz Bomsta, Carol Hanson Williams, Jerry Narragon, Glenda Huisman Baker, Joyce Dahl, Terry Peterson, Julie Hedlund Hovey, Sandy Garner Edwards, Ron Everson, Dick Rierson, Deryl Ramey, Janet Johnson Matthews

Front Row:  Carol Beske Steller, Merna Knudsen Pease, Mavis Mahn Olson, Verna Lynn Woods Lemonds Lundgren, Herman Witte, Richard Engan, Dennis Jackson

55 Year — AHS Class of 1957

Back Row:  Mick Mickelson, Terry Thompson, Dale Yungk

Front Row:  Marlene Anderson Schiena, Janice Anderson Elafros, Linda Behm Mickelson, Sandra Nelson Curran

56 Year — AHS Class of 1956 (in 2011)

Back Row:  Donna Paulson Berg, Lawrence “Charlie” Zaeska, Floyd Kragenbring, Philip Buer, Paul Miller, Bette Gauer Prudlo, Renae Miller Larson, Marge Nelson Nelson, Arline Christianson Nelson

Front Row:  Sharron Setterman Rierson, Edward Briant, Loyce Carlson Knutson, Norma Nelson Holmgren

60 Year — AHS Class of 1952

Back Row:  Dale Anderson, Elden Pickle, ___________, Levi Bahr

Front Row:  Alice Pickle Alseth, ______________, Elvern Stanberg Bomstad, Beverly Bloomquist Bahr

65 Year — AHS Class of 1947

Back Row:  Dave Westlund, Mae Ruth Adams Amundson, Dave Strong

Front Row:  Doris Zaeska Tipka, Leone Kragenbring Fredrick, Shirley Jensen

70 Year — AHS Class of 1942

Stella Peterson Trulson, Karemae Hanson Gravely, Shirley Holm Walsh, Betty Ferguson Stranberg, Marion Bernhagen Johnson, Roger Holm

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Turning the Page

A year ago I had the privilege to attend the AASL National Conference (American Association of School Librarians).  It was an awesome opportunity to reconnect and to meet (in real life) with School Librarians who are in my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

A few days after the conference, Diane Cordell from upstate New York wrote a post on her blog Journeys about her experiences.  It was fun for me to be included in a photo with Diane on her blog.  But more importantly, I have focused on trying to help create a Learning Commons environment at the two ACGC School Media Centers (Libraries) where I am the Media Specialist (School Librarian).

The following post Turning the Page has been reposted to Look At This with permission from Diane Cordell, author of Journeys.

By Diane Cordell – Upstate, New York

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Turning the Page

Turning the Page:  AASL 2011

It has been about ten days since I returned home from AASL 2011, in Minneapolis, MN. I get so involved and distracted at large conferences that I never blog on site, and only tweet during some of the presentations. My intent was to write at least one, perhaps two, postings on my experience there.

Life has intervened.

So I’ll just highlight a few items, share what I did (and photographed, of course!), and recommend that those interested in more information pay a visit to the AASL11 Ning, which is still being updated and contains a wealth of content.


This was my debut as a presenter in the Exploratorium, and I loved it. It reminded me of a school science fair, where people circulate and ask questions about projects. The space was nicely set up, with room to move around among the tables, which were arranged by topic. My partners – Shannon M. Miller and John Schumacher – and I talked about our collaborations: all of us in Club Click, and Shannon and John through the Two Libraries, One Voice series of activities. The information exchange worked both ways, and I feel that I learned as much from our visitors as they, hopefully, learned from us.

Exploratorium – Shannon Miller, Diane Cordell, John Schu(macher)


There was an amazing, almost over-whelming, selection of general and concurrent sessions from which to choose. Full registration at AALS 2011 included the Virtual Conference, which offered both livestreaming of events and access to archived slidecasts, recordings, and speaker handouts. Conference videos and discussion forums can also be found at the aforementioned Ning (which is still encouraging presenters to share materials and engage in conversation on the site).

Definitions of Transliteracy – Buffy Hamilton


The Learning Commons

AASL 2011 National Conference Conference Committee Social Media Chair, Buffy Hamilton, did an outstanding job of organizing and publicizing all the many ways to share in this event, whether attending physically or virtually. By far, my favorite choice was the Learning Commons, a space for teaching, learning, connecting. There were short presentations, informal discussions, and casual conversations. The LC was, and should be, about networking and sharing knowledge. It succeeded on both fronts.

Diane Cordell, Tami Tagtow in the Learning Commons



The city was a delight, with enclosed walkways, easy transport, good restaurants, plentiful shopping opportunities and, above all, friendly people. The closing celebration for the conference featured Minnesota delicacies, like pan-fried Walleye and a wild rice paella. Even the weather cooperated, sparing us the snow that my home state experienced while I was away. Given the chance, I will definitely visit Minneapolis again in the future.

Love from Minnesota

Looking Ahead

AASL 2011 was a valuable experience for those lucky enough to attend. Although the next national conference won’t be held until 2013, in Hartford Connecticut, there will be a Fall Forum from October 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, SC. The theme will be Transliteracy and the School Library, with speakers to be announced soon. If you’d like to learn more about this increasingly important topic, please consider joining your fellow school librarians in beautiful South Carolina.


SlideShare from the Learning Commons, A Way of Knowing A Livestream recording of my commentary on the slides Wiki created for our discussion of library design All photos are from my AASL11 – Minneapolis, MNset

Posted by  at 3:03 PM
Cathy Nelson said…
You know I will be there at Fall Forum!! I so loved going through your photos too.  You’ve truly captured the essence of AASL in Minneapolis and highlighted great picturesque places (and people!!) How fitting to have Tami Tagtow, a native MN citizen, in your blog post.  She is a friend of mine too! I am so excited that SC will host the Fall Forum, and delighted you are considering making the trip!!
November 10, 2011 5:55 PM
   diane said…

I’m on the planning committee, so I will definitely be attending. Can’t wait to see your beautiful state and meet members of your very active and involved library association!

November 10, 2011 10:18 PM

      Tami  said…  I am honored to be in a photo with you Diane.  You are All welcome back to Minnesota, we miss you. I was very thankful for the Learning Commons relaxing environment.  Our ACGC High School Media Center now has a small space called the Learning Commons Area ~ I’m excited for our ACGC students to discover what can happen in that area.

November 13, 2011 11:34 AM
diane said…
I love the idea of a Learning Commons in your high school media center! Please keep me updated on how that’s working for your staff and students. If I can help in any way, I’m just an email or Skype call away.
November 14, 2011 7:44 AM

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Photos from June 17 storm and cleanup

Here are some photos of the storm damage in Atwater, Grove City, Cosmos, Kandiyohi, Green Lake and Paynesville.  Lots of emotions after a storm like this.  Thankful no one was hurt during the storm.  Praying no one gets hurt during the clean up.

First 60 Photos in Gallery by:  Tami Tagtow all Atwater Photos ~ Other Photos by Area Photographers with their names listed by their photos.

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Atwater Festival Days & Alumni Board Meeting

Fire Department Fun Night:

Click here to open 2012 Atwater Festival Days Poster

2012 Atwater Festival Days June 12 – 17

Tuesday July 12 (not 11) is Fire Department Fun Night (misprint on poster)

Alumni Board Meeting:

Alumni Board Meeting Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Small Meeting Room @ Atwater Community Center 6:15 p.m.  (Eat before the Meeting and Play Bingo after the Meeting) Atwater Fire Department Picnic Supper from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Click Here: Alumni Web Site for more information about the Alumni Board meeting and to see the 2012 Digital Alumni Newspaper.

Remembering our Past ~ Banners above ACGC Falcons

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Atwater Chuckers Baseball Team

To visit the new Atwater Chuckers website click here.

Front Row:

Back Row:


           Atwater Chuckers 2012 Schedule

Date  Time  Visiting Team  Home   Team  Location
4/22/2012 2:00pm Atwater Chuckers Brownton Brownton
4/29/2012 2:30pm Kensington Atwater Chuckers Atwater
5/6/2012 1:30pm Regal Atwater Chuckers Atwater
5/11/2012 7:30pm Atwater Chuckers Eden Valley Eden Valley
5/12/2012 2:30pm Atwater Chuckers Sacred Heart Saints Sacred Heart
5/13/2012 1:30pm Atwater Chuckers Sunburg Sunburg
5/16/2012 7:30pm Atwater Chuckers Dassel-Cokato Dassel Cokato
5/19/2012 1:30pm Atwater Chuckers St. Nicolas St. Nicolas
5/20/2012 1:30pm Atwater Chuckers Spicer Spicer
5/23/2012 7:30pm Willmar Rails Atwater Chuckers Atwater
5/27/2012 1:30pm Atwater Chuckers Paynesville Pirates Paynesville
6/1/2012 7:30pm Starbuck Atwater Chuckers Atwater
6/3/2012 2:00pm Atwater Chuckers Maple Lake Maple Lake
6/6/2012 7:30pm Atwater Chuckers Litchfield Blues Litchfield
6/8/2012 7:30pm Spicer Atwater Chuckers Atwater
6/10/2012 1:30pm Atwater Chuckers Regal Regal
6/13/2012 7:30pm Atwater Chuckers Bird Island Bird Island
6/15/2012 7:30pm Sunburg Atwater Chuckers Atwater
6/16/2012 6:00pm St. Nicolas Atwater Chuckers Atwater
6/23/2012 1:00pm Atwater Chuckers POSITION/TBD Howard Lake Tournament
6/24/2012 1:00pm Atwater Chuckers POSITION/TBD Howard Lake Tournament
6/27/2012 7:30pm Raymond Rockets Atwater Chuckers Atwater
7/1/2012 1:30pm Paynesville Pirates Atwater Chuckers Atwater
7/6/2012 7:30pm Spring Hill Atwater Chuckers Atwater
7/8/2012 1:30pm Atwater Chuckers Starbuck Starbuck
7/13/2012 7:30pm Bird Island Atwater Chuckers Atwater
7/15/2012 1:00pm POSITION/TBD Atwater Chuckers TBA
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2011 Alumni Class Photos

Corrections needed today!!  We are ready to print our Annual Alumni Newspaper.  All corrections are due by Wednesday, April 11th.

Here are the Photos from the 2011 Reunion Year at Alumni – AHS – AGC – ACGC.

If you have any corrections or additions on the names: please post at the bottom of this blog; e-mail me at: or Facebook me at Tami Tagtow or call me at:  320-974-3388

If you have a Google+ Account click here to see more Alumni Photos.

Thanks!  Tami Tagtow, Alumni President


10 Year Reunion

ACGC Class of 2001 in 2011

Saturday, July 9th, 2011 at ArtMeyerson, Atwater, MN ~ ACGC Class of 2001 in 2011 ~ 10 Year Reunion:

Front Row:  Matt Tanner, Mike Walsh, Jamie Carlson, Lindsey Barker, Sara Bakke, Jen Hillenbrand Dahl, Scott Helstrom

Middle Row: Ashley Weseman Buer, Shawnna Peterson Rude, Jennessa Gaarder Thompson, Natalie Burnell, Leah Lux Knudson, Lance Nelson, Jesse Hutchinson, TJ Schwartz, Mollie Otto, Darin Fischer, AJ Mickle, Blake Bredeson, Richard Lennes, and Christy Vejtruba

Back Row:  Ryan Buer, Mandy Thorp Kasowicz, Rachel Mead Kujawa, Garth Ninow, Lynn Galvan Barka, Jody Braatz, Sarah Bathke Kiecker, Rachel Bannister, Angela Van Binsbergen Walsh, Brandon Fischer, Jason Helstrom, Michael Remarke


35 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1976 in 2011

October 1, 2011 at Atwater Community Center ~ AHS Class of 1976 in 2011 ~ 35 Year Reunion:

Front Row:  Tim Wallace, Louise Stumpf Anderson, Linnae Alseth Bosch, Beth Wert Kreuter, Karla Fredrick Straumann, Deb Behm Paterson, Laurie Fuchs Miller, Stan Eisenbacher, Alan (Squeak) Onberg

Back Row:  Keith Thompson, Lorie Gunner, Todd Erickson, Julie Kalkbrenner, Kevin Thompson, Lori Sokolosky Hutchinson, Lorna Hanson Thorp, Arlan (Bo) Onberg, Milt Westlund, Sheila Baker, Elbert Mahn, Alisa Savelkoul, Delton Petersen, Dan Hallberg


40 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1971 in 2011

AHS Class of 1971 in 2011 ~ 40 Year Reunion:

Front Row: Forrest Johnson, Mark Downes, Linda Monson Lear, Vicki Behm, Mary Wheeler Swart, Larry Stranberg, Jeff Thompson, Pat Walsh

Back Row: Gary Stradtmann, Terry Allen, Craig Knudsen, Lyle Christensen, David Oslund, Jeff Pagel, Steve Pickle, Charlie Berg, Mark Johnson


1971 ~  use as an insert to 1971 Photo

AHS Class of 1971 ~ Becky Anderson Albrecht ~ (40 year) AHS Class of 1965 ~ Steve Anderson


50 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1961 in 2011

Friday Night Photo

Friday, July 8th, 2011 at Willmar Golf Course ~ AHS Class of 1961 in 2011 ~ 50 Year Reunion:

Front Row:  Sandy Andrews Behm, Carol Peterson Erickson, Betty Swenson Torgerson, Geri Mohr Bates, Joyce Naber, Ardis Kahmeyer

Middle Row:  Verlaine Anderson Wieland, Floyd Palmer, Ben Brown, Shirley Bergstrom Nagel, Laverne Tait, Carol Behm Brown, Twyla Hovey Ashburn, LeRoy Carlson, Diane Peterson, Jim Zimmer, Danny Fostervold, Mareda Bach Erickson, Janey Lankey Buer

Back Row:  Dennis Anfinson, Chuck Pease, Steve Hedlund, Leland Lundberg, Donald Peterson, Roger Rossell, Dan Bates, Rollie Boll, Ralph Mahn, Dale Gratz


50 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1961 in 2011

AHS Class of 1961 in 2011 ~ 50 Year Reunion:

Front Row: Mareda Bach Erickson, Twyla Hovey Ashburn, Geraldine Mohr Bates, Ardis Kahmeyer, Carol Behm Brown, Carol Peterson Erickson, Ben Brown, Dan Bates

Back Row: Leland Lundberg, Rollie Boll, Chuck Pease Ralph Mahn, Dennis Anfinson, Dale Gratz


60 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1951 in 2011

1951 ~ Saturday Afternoon

AHS Class of 1951 in 2011 ~ 60 Year Reunion ~ Lunch at Thompson Bakery, Atwater, MN on July 9, 2011:

Front Row: Ardella Gratz Solbrack, Ardis Stockland Seashore, George Junkermeier, Ann Gabriel Roering, Florence Herr Tangen, LaVonne Heining Gast

Back Row: Dale Kragenbring, Don Roering, Jim Quistad, Cal Holm, Geraldine Melgaard Bender, Cleo Hokanson Roering, Roger Honebrink, Maxine Miller Rasmussen, Bill Hallberg, Twila Sande Peterson, LaVerne Latterell, George Hoglund, Janice Grande Lindgren, Gary Larson


60 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1951 in 2011

AHS Class of 1951 in 2011 ~ 60 Year Reunion:

Front Row: Ardis Stockland Seashore, Ann Gabriel Roering, Lavonne Heining Gast, Janis Grande Lindgren, Maxine Miller Rasmussen, Geraldine Melgaard Bender, Jim Quistad, Ardella Gratz Solbrack

Back Row:  Calvin Holm, William Hallberg, Cleo Hokanson Roering, Donald Roering, Beatrice Peck Anderson (Teacher), Gary Larson, Laverne Latterell, George Hoglund, Dale Kragenbring, Roger Honebrink


65 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1946 in 2011

AHS Class of 1946 in 2011 ~ 65 Year Reunion:  Elsie Turnmire Potter & Doris Kragenbring Thompson


70 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1941 in 2011

AHS Class of 1941 in 2011 ~ 70 Year Reunion:

Front Row:  Mary Lou Trelstad Slinden, Harriet “Skip” Stafford Dukelow, Eileen Curtiss Olson

Back Row:  Donald Miller, Algene Bomstad


1941 ~ 60 Year Reunion

Use as an Insert to 1941 Class Photo

1941 ~ Marilyn Anderson Ventura Atwater High School Class of 1941 See other photo AHS Class of 1941 in 2011 ~ 70 Year Reunion


75 Year Reunion

AHS Class of 1936 in 2011

AHS Class of 1936 in 2011 ~ 75 Year Reunion:

Front Row:  Harriet Grande Johnson & Josie Knudson Hovey

Back Row:  Rodney Olson & Robert Johnson



Atwater High School Basketball Team – 1951 – 1952


Deryl Ramey, AHS, Class of 1962


Spring of 1979 ~ Atwater High School ~ Varsity Boys Track

Front Row:  D. Krupke, J. Cunningham, M. Preslicka, B. Hovey, D. Naber, L. Rossell, T. Honebrink, T. Trooien

Back Row:  Mr. Jerry Ness – Coach, D. Thompson, G. Johnson, L. Monson, D. Gross, S. Sackett, R. Feist, J. Lilleberg, M. Kingery, G. Erickson, G. Johnson


Spring of 1992 ~ AGC – Atwater-Grove City High School ~ Varsity Boys Track


ACGC Wrestling Team at the 2012 New London-Spicer Invitational January 20, 2012



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Homecoming Research Continued #1

Thank you to all who have responded to the Homecoming Survey, please be patient and I’ll share the results in the future.

It’s the stories behind the names that become valuable. Your help is welcome and appreciated as we continue the research on the High Schools of: Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City, Atwater-Grove City & Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Click on this link to participate: Homecoming Survey

Survey Results 
Homecoming Royalty Survey
Many Generations of Royalty
Alumni Board Meeting

The Alumni Association of Atwater High School, Atwater-Grove City High School and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School will hold an Alumni Board Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 6:15 p.m. at the Atwater Community Center small meeting room.

The 110th Alumni Association gathering will be held Saturday, July 14, 2012.  For more information contact Alumni president Tami Tagtow at 320-974-3388, by e-mail at or by mail at Alumni Association, P.O. Box 388,Atwater, MN 56209.  Alumni Web Site

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Survey Results

It would be wonderful if you would help me with the research on the High Schools of:   Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City, Atwater-Grove City & Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.   Thanks!

To learn more about how I discovered some of the following information click on: Homecoming Royalty Survey Blog Post  and Many Generations of Royalty Blog Post.

Click here or on the link below to get started:

Homecoming Survey Link

Here are some of the Survey Results:

The 1952 Atwater High School Panther Yearbook listed the names under the King and Queen as:  Bunty and Genie.  Gary Broman, their Senior Class President knew the names of the King and Queen:  Gene Anderstrom and Christine Munson.

In 1957, there was a Sock Hop in the Atwater Gym and Disc Jockey Bill Armstrong of the Radio Station WDGY was there.

Denise Buer was a Crownbearer as a 1st Grader and was crowned Queen as a Senior in the Atwater Gym.

The first Homecoming for the ACGC Falcons was in 1993. New traditions were started.  Instead of  having last year’s royalty march back and forth behind the candidates, each girl candidate was given a box with a rose in it.  Only the queen got a red rose; all the other candidates received a white rose.    Likewise, the king candidates all got footballs, but only the king’s was teal.

Bridget and Brandon Mortenson were two of the 1991 AGC Blazer Homecoming Attendants.  Their father, Doug Mortenson, was homecoming king for Cosmos 1969-1970

The 1984 AGC Blazer Homecoming Queen was Anita Gratz.  Anita’s father, Dale Gratz was the 1960 Atwater Homecoming King and Dale’s brother (Anita’s uncle) Gerry was the 1959 Atwater Homecoming King.

During the 1960 Homecoming Coronation at AHS, Dale Gratz was crowned the new Homecoming King by his brother Gerry Gratz the outgoing 1959 Homecoming King.

Three Sets of Twins have been King and Queen Candidates:                                                        *** Erik and Loretta Whitcomb were King and Queen Candidates for ACGC in 2011         *** Courtney and Chritine Malvin were Queen Candidates for ACGC in 2008                      *** Brandon and Bridget Mortenson were King and Queen Candidates for AGC in 1991

School Homecoming Year Homecoming King Homecoming Queen
Atwater Panthers 1949-1950 Peter Holseth Pauline Bergquist
Atwater Panthers 1951-1952 Gene Anderstrom Christine Munson
Atwater Panthers 1955-1956 Ed JoAnne
Atwater Panthers 1956-1957 Lloyd Kragenbring Carole Hanson
Atwater Panthers 1957-1958 Jerome Larson Mary Ann Nelson
Atwater Panthers 1958-1959 Rob Paulson Jackie Nelson
Atwater Panthers 1959-1960 Gerry Gratz Janet Whitcomb
Atwater Panthers 1960-1961 Dale Gratz Mareda Bach
Atwater Panthers 1961-1962 Ron Everson Sarah Walsh
Atwater Panthers 1962-1963 Steve Norine Mary Olson
Atwater Panthers 1969-1970 Tim Elton Terry Larson
Atwater Panthers 1972-1973 Phil Slinden Emilie Boll
Atwater Panthers 1974-1975 Kendall Kragenbring Denise Peterson
ACGC Falcons 1993-1994 Adam Behm Stacia Boll
ACGC Falcons 1994-1995 Travis Thomas Angie Goehring
ACGC Falcons 2008-2009 Micah Larson Beth Nelson
Atwater-Grove City Blazers 1984-1985 Joel Dilley Anita Gratz
Atwater-Grove City Blazers 1991-1992 Nick Rossell Jennifer Witte
Atwater-Grove City Blazers 1992-1993 Paul Drange Amy Linden
Grove City Eagles 1982-1983 Greg Schultz Shannon Wold


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Homecoming Royalty Survey

One of the best ways I know how to do research is to make contact with people who remember something that happened in the past.  Since I wrote my blog post Many Generations of Royalty, I have been curious about the Homecoming Royalty history of our local schools.

It would be awesome if you would help me with the research on the High Schools of: Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City, Atwater-Grove City & Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Each year requires a different form.  If you only know a few answers,  submit what you know.

Have fun, talk to others, get out your old yearbooks.  Thanks in advance for helping with this research.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Click here or on the link below to get started:

Homecoming Survey Link

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We Welcome the Light of the World


Here are some beautiful photos my friend Bruce Berg took following our Christmas Eve service this year at my “home” church ~ Atwater United Methodist.

Click here and here to reflect more about this wonderful season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Thank You Veterans!

Thank You to All of Our Veterans!! Thank you to those who are presently serving our great nation, the United States of America!! Thank you for your courage and dedication. Thank you for our freedom. THANK YOU & GOD BLESS!!

Photo from the Past / Journal Pratriot Newspaper / Eden Valley, MN / April 30, 1997

Caption in Journal Patriot:                                                                                                                Ole Iverson and James Pinch, 1919:  Ruth Swenson of Atwater submitted this photo of her grandfather James Pinch, a former resident of Eden Valley who died in 1923.  James Pinch (on right), according to Ruth, built the Eden Valley Creamery, Assumption Church and the Soo Line Depot, along with several barns in the area.  Ruth’s father, Ole Iverson, is the doughboy on the left.

My mom, Ruth Swenson (November 12, 1919 – March 1, 2004) was born in Burbank Township north of New London, MN, her parents were Ole and Mabel Iverson.  My Grandpa and Grandma Iverson were proud American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members at three different posts during their lives: New London, Cosmos and Atwater.

U.S.A. Flags at ACGC South Elementary, Cosmos, MN / Photo: Tami Tagtow

Atwater American Legion Honor Guard at Union Cemetery, 2010 / Photo: Tami Tagtow

Veteran’s Day Program at ACGC South Elementary, Cosmos, MN,                                   November 11, 2010 ~ West Central Tribune Video by Carolyn Lange & Edited by Jannet Walsh ~ Minnesota Native Daughter

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood  YouTube Video by Jul 10, 2007

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Many Generations of Royalty

Lorraine Larson Kragenbring~Jon, Colin and Kendall Kragenbring~Kendall Kragenbring

As I watched Colin Kragenbring being crowned the 2011 ACGC Homecoming King, I was also remembering the night his Great Uncle Kendall Kragenbring was crowned the 1974 Atwater HS Homecoming King during my own high school years.

My dad graduated from Atwater High School in 1936 and he used to talk about Watermelon Days.  Kendall’s mom and Colin’s great grandmother Lorraine Larson Kragenbring was crowned 1936 Miss Watermelon Days in Atwater.  So, of course I thought of Lorraine when Colin was crowned also.

The day following coronation, I congratulated Colin.  That’s when Colin told me that his dad Jon Kragenbring was Homecoming King at Atwater HS in 1981.

Just to add to the trivia:  Ryan Larson was the 2010 ACGC Homecoming King and Ryan’s grandfather is Gary Larson.  Gary and Lorraine were brother and sister.

I was a sophomore in high school when Kendall became our King.  Homecoming has always been a lot of fun and it is one of the memories we seem to keep.  As our local High School Alumni President it is fun for me to observe how classes recall who their Homecoming Royals were during their reunions.  It doesn’t seem to matter whether they graduated 70 years or 50 years ago, they can name their own Homecoming Royalty.

Atwater ~ Cosmos ~ Grove City High School (ACGC) continues to carry on the traditions of Atwater High School, Cosmos High School, Grove City High School and Atwater-Grove
City High School.  The mascots were:  Panthers, Royals, Eagles and Blazers.  Today ACGC’s mascot is the Falcon.  Go Falcons!!

There is still a lot of Panther, Royal, Eagle and Blazer blood coursing through our Falcon veins ~ that’s what makes the ACGC Falcons so powerful.

“Memories Are Forever”  ~ Grove City High School Homecoming Reunion, Fall, 1983

Football Game Announcer:  Terry Miller

Photos by:  Jean Kragenbring, History of Atwater, MN (John Holm), Atwater HS 1975 Yearbook, Grove City HS 1984 Yearbook

Videos by:  Tami Tagtow

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More 2014 Alumni Photos

25 Year Class of 1989 in 2014

Class of 1989 in 2014

Back Row:  Mike Hoffman, Greg Hadley, Darren Amdahl, Marilee Poe Tangen, Kevin Okeson, Janelle Madsen Eisenbacher,  Tama Sandry Fisher,  Mike Buer,  JoAnn Beck Stute, Mike Garner, Karla Remmel Rick, Andrea Reckdahl Sweeney

Middle Row:  Ruth Severson Blalock, Kim Linden Milczack, Karin Jansen Renier, Jennifer Jessop, Renee Johnson Kotlarz, Nina Olson, Misty Hoag, Rand Roeske, LaVonne Hanson Ware, Reneé Capistrant

Front Row:  Krista Mickelson DeWolf, Tracy Nielsen Melanie Baker Garberich, Kim Oberg Brown, Marcy Kragenbring Beix



10 Year Class of 2004 in 2014

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ACGC Class of 2004 in 2014

Front Row:  Luke Beckstrand (Jenna’s husband), Tyler Barker, Jenna Nelson Beckstrand, Brian Sietsma, Andrew Beerman

Back Row:  Lindsey Egge, Jonathan Hanson, Justin Hanson (Class of 2009)

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ACGC Class of 2004 in 2014

Jeff Martin and Tyler Barker

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ACGC Class of 2004 in 2014

Crystal Kagenbring (Derek’s wife), Derek Kragenbring, Cassie Wittman (Class of 2005), Rory Shea, Aaron Schiro, Brad Hopp

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ACGC Class of 2004 in 2014

Josh Iverson, Missy Renne Iverson, Zach Schultz, Ashley Whitcomb Schultz (All graduated in 2004 and also are married couples)

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ACGC Class of 2004 in 2004

Brian Sietsma, Justin Frericks, Jacklyn Pistulka Frericks (class of 2007),  Tyler Barker

Class of 2004 in 2004

Jordan Nelson 2014 Alumni Scholarship Winner

Jordan Scholarship Winner

Dale Nelson (Jordan’s Grandpa) AHS 1954 Jordan Nelson Graduate ACGC 2014             Ken Behm Scholarship Chairperson

Dale Jordan Ken


Having Fun at the Alumni Banquet!

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