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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