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Grads reunite for weekend of memories

Jim Erickson, Class of 1956, looks through a table of memorabilia at Friday night's opening registration event for the All-School Reunion for New Richmond High School graduates.

The weekend was reserved for sharing stories and catching up.

The third All-School Reunion for New Richmond High School graduates was conducted Friday through Sunday.

Bob Goodlad, a member of the organizing committee, said overall the event went very well.

Friday night's gathering at the American Legion Hall was perhaps the highlight of the reunion.

"It was hard to estimate the crowd because people were coming and going all night," he said. "But estimates of 400 to 600 people were pretty common. We got to see an awful lot of people."

Another highlight of the reunion was the tour of the new high school, Goodlad said.

"The new high school made a big impression," he said. "And the tours of the city also were well received."

Saturday night's banquet attendance topped out at about 220, Goodlad reported, but numbers were slightly lower than expected.

"We had a significant number of people who paid but didn't show up," he said. "The uncertain weather on Saturday night may have contributed to that."

Sunday's church service at the New Richmond Heritage Center was the final event for the weekend.

"We're pretty sure that people went away happy," Goodlad said.

As a bonus, Goodlad said the reunion committee is hopeful that the gathering broke even or perhaps made a little money.

Any additional funds left over will be donated to the alumni scholarship fund for New Richmond graduates.

"We think we may be able to contribute some money to the fund," he said.