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dlBMMIBilil] Jinlimim gilalaRjltfjRlnfagaim SERVING CLEARWATER COUNTY, HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, SINCE 1897 Farmers 00nti VOLUME 112 NUMBER 36 Small Town Papers your paper Expires: 5026 Califorria Ave SW Seattle WA 98" 36-' 208 ihh,h,h,,,ll,,ih,lh,,,,ll,,hlll,,,h'h"hl'lh"l"ll 1 Single Copy $24 Yearly Subscription Bagley gears up for All-School Reunion Welcome back! Amessage from the BHS All- School Reunion Committee: Welcome back, all alumni, faculty, families and friends! Your return has been eagerly anticipated by our Bagley community and all those involved in the preparation for this 2009 All-School Reunion. We're glad you are here. We hope you will enjoy the activities that have been planned and have many opportunities for reminiscing and updating with friends. While you're here. enjoy a pleasant stroll through the school, downtown Bagley, and our beautiful city park. A detailed listing of reunion events is included in this week's Fmxners Independent. Alumni will also want to obtain a copy of the "Reunion Review." which includes the agenda, a listing of class meetings, fun tidbits of information and a brief history of the school. Get a copy of the "Reunion Review" at the high school when you register. Other copies will be available at Orton's, Galen's SuperValu. Kubiak's Family Foods, Bagley Liquors and at the Breakfast on the Farm. The 2009 All-School Reunion Committee began meeting approximately 18 months ago to pool thoughts and ideas for this celebration. We have enjoyed the planning process and would like to thank the many groups, individuals, and organizations who have helped to plan the many events. We hope you truly enjoy your time spent in Bagley this weekend. Look inside for the reunion agenda and more details about the reunion and related activities Reunion Committee Members: (from left) Janey (Merseth) Merschman and Jim Merschman, Mary (Arneson) Hood and Jim Hood, .Iarilyn (Gunderson) Hood and Joel Hood. Two BHS alumni share their version of a 'reunion miracle' By: Darlene Sawyer All-school reunions tend to come with their own magic as former classmates and teachers come together to celebrate and reflect on pasl memories. Sometimes, romances are ignited or re-ignited, new friendships forged, successes honored, or some other event happens by fate. When BonnieOienAnderson. Class of' 82, attended Bagley's last All-School reunion m 2004. little did she know what an impact it would have on her personal life. Bonnie graduated from Bagley High School in 1982, along with 103 classmates. According to Bonnie, "I was born with kidney problems. In nay late 20s. I was told that I would need a kidney transplant; in my late 30s my name was added to the national registry searching for a kidney donor because my kidneys were operating at only 16 percent. I had to wait for 2-1/2 years before a donor was located." In the meantime. Bonnie went on to attend Moorhead State University and East Grand Forks Technical College from which she graduated with a banking and finance degree. While attending EGFTC, one of her classmates was Kim Knutson, an '83 graduate of Bagley High School, who was also enrolled in the [ganking and loan officer degree program. They became friends, and then went their .separate vays. Bonnie moved to Bemidji and worked at the Security Bank for 1-1/2 years. From there she became employed with MeritCare, a job that she Reunion miracle/Continued on page 10 Bonnie Anderson (left) and Kim Schlotfeldt Breakfast on the Farm July 4 By Darlene Sawyer Would you like to celebrate the 4th of July this year by eating a free breakfast? You can enjoy our area's annual free Breakfast on the Farm on this patriotic holiday at Larry and Becky Trefz's Green Meadow Farm located l-1/2 miles south of Bagley (signs will be posted on Hwy. 92) on Saturday, July 4. from 8 until ll a.m. Included on the menu will be pancakes (all you can eat), sausages made of fresh pork, beef and buffalo meat. fresh strawberries, ice cream and butter, syrup, coffee, water and milk to drink and plenty of time for visiting. A large tent will provide shelter for everyone. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Reserve will help with the parking of cars. Straw and hay bales on Which people can sit will be provided. There will be many volunteers to help keep the tbod lille moving smoothly. This annual event is coordinated by the Clearwater County Extension Office and is meant to highlight the agricultural products of our county. There are many area businesses, farmers and organizations who donate to this event to help make it possible for fhmilies of all ages to come to enjoy an outdoor eating experience on the' farm. Hosts Larry and Becky Trefz have lived on their farm since 1976. Larry and Becky Trefz Elementary Mark School dates for looks at new the Fair! playground equipment By Darlene Sawyer At their June 15 meeting, the Bagley School Board dealt with a busy end-of-school year agenda. Interim Supt. Steve Cairns was on hand (replacing Supt. Laine Larson) to make presentations and 'recommendations for the board to consider. An important item on the agenda dealt with the Bagley Elementary playground. Members of the Parent Committee were present to ask for the board's support as they look for creative ways to fired an updated playground for children ages five through 12. Speaking for the committee were Melanie Nelson and Janelle Melbo of the elementary teaching staff, who have been meeting with parents and others once a month to come up with ideas. The current elementary playground is outdated, as the play equipment dates back to the 50's and 60's. Also. the sand bases prevent handicapped children from having easy access to the play equipment. The Parent Committee brought a playground specialist "from Flanagan Company of St. Paul to talk about the playground problem and some solutions. Bill Johnson, employee of Flanagan Co., brought a 3-D poster to show what theplaygroundwould look like if it were modernized. He also brought other information for the board members and gave a "ballpark" quote of $50,000 for the improvements. The playground for the ECFE (ages 0-5), located toward the north side of the elementary school, has already been updated. Since there isn't any money in the school budget for School Board Continued on page 5 The 2009 Clearwater County Fair is set for August 5-9, and the time is nigh to start preparing yonr exhibits. Premium lists can be found at any of the banks in Clearwater Cotmty. Check the list and match yonr talents to an area and get ready to enter. The more that enter exhibits, the better our tSir will be. GRANDSTAND SCHEDULE: Plan your days for the Clearwater County Fair grandstand shows! The grandstand schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Aug. 5. Gospel Music Night, 7 p.m.: Thm:sday, Aug. 6. Rhythm and Ride. 7 p.m.: Friday, Aug. 7. Motocross. 7 p.m.: Saturday, Aug. 8. lawn. mower racing, 2 p.m.. and compact demo derby, 7 p.m.: Sunday, Aug. 9. demo derby preliminaries. 2 p.m.. and demo derby finals, 7 p.m. Rules and entry forms for the Clearwater County Fair demolition derbies are available from Willberg's Auto Center in Bagley. The time is now to prepare your vehicles for the derbies! Both compact and full size derbies will be held again this year. -Musicians wanted for County Fair The Clearwater County- Fair will soon be here. The dates are August 5-9, and it's time once again to invite those with musical talent to get on the agenda for performances. The free music will be in the pines Aug. 59, except tbr Friday, Aug. 7 when the 4- H'ers will be on stage between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Most of the rest of the days are wide open now. The time slots are limited to one hour, with 15 minutes set-up time. Very few exceptions will be allowed. We want all interested musicians to Musicians wanted Continued on page 5 I BAGLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2004 REUNION AHistorical DVD documentary complete with menus and chapters containing interviews of local attendees, also showing the parade and some class activities. * A former time to be remembered and dedicated to those classmates who have passed on. To Order a DVD of this memorable 2004 Bagley High School Reunion. 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