Maid of Honor
|Tara and I met in Spanish class
during our first semester at Moorhead State University (I
won't say what year!), and we have been friends ever since.
We lived together for six years in the big green house in
Moorhead where we developed a reputation for throwing
extravagant theme parties and for having a high male
roommate turnover rate. We still aren't sure why those men
didn't want to live with us for very long! Tara and I know
virtually everything there is to know about each other after
six years as roommates. Last summer, Tara moved to Rogers,
Texas, to be closer to her boyfriend, and I miss my
outgoing, positive friend and confidant a great deal.
Matron of Honor
|Linda and I met at Prairie Public
Television in 1993 where we both began working as production
crew members. Perhaps it was the duress of being
overqualified and underpaid that bonded us, or perhaps it
was the way that Linda was so helpful in plotting revenge
against former boyfriends that made us instant friends. No,
we never carried out any of those plans, but Linda has a
certain way of making me feel better! Last July, Linda
married Craig Lia in a beautiful ceremony on a boat on Lake
Superior. In December, Linda and Craig moved to Saint Paul
after Linda accepted a job with Twin Cities Public
|Tara introduced Sue and me around
1994, and I instantly admired Sue's intelligence and
generosity. We also traveled to Europe together in 1996 and
1997 and had a memorable time exploring castle ruins in
Ireland and trying to get rid of pesky strangers in London
(see the photo!). Sue and her parents have been excellent
hosts to many summer outings at their house on a lake near
Alexandria. Sue married Kirk Ivankovich, a former roommate
of Tara and mine, and they had their first baby, Robert
Paul, on April 7 this year. Congratulations! Sue lives in Fargo and works at MeritCare Hospital
as a Physician's Assistant.
|Cindy and I also met at PPTV in
the early 1990s. We have a common love for travel, rock
bands, and hypothetical questions. We traveled to Europe
twice together, once in 1997 when we lived in Ireland for
the summer, and once in the fall of 1999 when we traveled
through Holland, Germany, Austria, France, and Belgium.
Because of our travels, Cindy has become an expert on the
subjects of peat, foreign beer, and driving in Paris. The
photo was taken in Paris after a trip to some quaint bread
and cheese shops. Cindy lives in Minneapolis and works for
Best Buy Corporation.
|Shari and I met in graduate
school in 1995 at North Dakota State University where we
bonded through stress and our mutual appreciation for cats
and for long-haired rock bands. Shari and I have shared
teaching assignments, an office, and many lunches when we
both taught at NDSU and MSU. I miss sharing an office with
Shari; I always looked forward to going to work and spending
time with one of my best friends. This photo was taken at
Tara's going away party last year. The theme was "Don't
Mess with Texas," and Shari was a stunning version of
the stereotypical big-haired, make-up wearing "Miss
Texas." She lives in Fargo with her husband, Mike, and
she teaches in Moorhead and Fergus Falls.
|My first cousin Melissa and I are
both the only girls in our families. We grew up only a few
miles apart and spent many hours playing on hay bales and
vying for the attention of our grandparents. She is an
adventurous person who loves to travel. Missy currently
lives in Portland and works as a Registered Nurse.
|Connie and I were inseparable all
through grade and high school. Our teachers even spoke to
our parents about it! We did everything together-edited the
school annual, cheerleading, track (okay, only briefly for
both of us!), school plays, and more. Connie lives near
Fairmount with her husband Jason and daughter Alyssa, and
she teaches in Hankinson. They are expecting their second
child in August.
|Lyndsey and I met while working
at Holiday Inn in Fargo many years ago. We both made the
move to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and Lyndsey continuously
introduces me to fun things to do around town. Lyndsey works
at Leggette, Brashears, and Graham, an environmental engineering firm,
and she lives in Saint Paul.
This photo of Schane, Lyndsey, and me was taken before a
|Joe is my only brother, and
although he's six years younger than me, we had a great time
as kids living on the farm. Joe has always been very
athletic (unlike his sister!), and he loves the outdoors and
activities like dirt bike racing. We like to tease Joe about
how many "toys" he owns--snowmobiles, motorcycles,
four wheelers, and the like. This February, Joe married
Holly Slaamot and is now in the process of purchasing the
farm where we grew up outside of Rosholt. The entire family
is thrilled for Joe and Holly.
|My first cousin Corey and I were
in the same grade all through school in Rosholt, S.D., and
we both attended MSU and lived in Fargo for many years.
Corey has a great sense of humor, and although he rarely
dressed up for our theme parties, he did once wear a sign
around his neck that said "anti-social" as his
costume for a Halloween party. Corey loves the outdoors and
is quite adventurous; he has bungee-jumped off a bridge, and
last year he went skydiving. He now lives in Boise, Idaho.
|Paul and I also met at PPTV and
quickly became karaoke buddies and great friends. Paul's
special version of "Love Shack" is hard to beat,
and I wouldn't sing it with anyone else! He has provided the
music for many gatherings and is a person who truly lives
each day to the fullest. For many years Paul has been a DJ
at 107.9 the FOX radio in Fargo, and he also currently works
at KVLY. No, that isn't Paul's real hair! This
photo is from one of Tara's birthday parties with a 70s
Gift Carrier/Ticket person
|Brad is another former roommate
of mine and I won't soon forget pounding on his door to make
sure he heard his alarm! Brad is a great conversationalist
and a friend who will do anything to help a person out. He
is currently finishing his degree at NDSU in Fargo and works
road construction during the summers.
Gift Carrier/Ticket person
|Pat also is another former
roommate from the green house. He lived in the basement, or
the "dungeon" as he affectionately called it. Pat
was awarded a trip from his employer at Community First last year, and
he took me along as
his guest to Cancun, which was an incredible amount of fun.
We bought the hats at a club in Cancun and are hamming it up
for the camera. Pat is originally from Hankinson, ND, and he
now lives in Fargo.
|Laura and I met when I joined a
poetry group she was a part of. We met once a week, shared
our work, and eventually gave several readings around town.
It was at one of these readings where I first met Damien!
Laura is a creative and fun person who inspires me. She graduated last
year from NDSU and currently lives and works in Fargo.
Mike & Lynn Larson
|Mike and Lynn Larson live in Moorhead. Mike was the first
male roommate Tara and I had at the green house, and Lynn
was a volunteer for North Dakota Special Olympics when I
worked for them. She played team handball for NDSO, and both
Mike and Lynn are athletic and involved every sport
imaginable. I'm pleased to add that I was the one who
suggested that Mike and Lynn go on a date!
& Gayle Johnson
Guest Book Attendants
|Nancy and Gayle became my good friends at
NDSU. We started
graduate school at the same time in 1995 and quickly developed a
strong bond during our first semester and intense Graduate
Scholarship class. Nancy and Gayle are both wonderful, loyal
friends and exceptional teachers. Both currently teach
in the Fargo/Moorhead area and will be full
time at MSU next year. I miss seeing them every day and
sharing all of the daily classroom events that make teaching
so challenging and enjoyable at the same time.