Mary VanKuiken Ball

On our Facebook group we recently welcomed Mary VanKuiken Ball, and I did a photo composite showing both 1975 and present day. To join our Facebook group visit here and answer one question: Did you attend SLP in 1975?

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Vern Burns, RIP

Vern Burns

Vern Burns, 05/31/28 – 11/14/15

Burns, LaVern “Vern” A. age 87, 05/31/28-11/14/15, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s in Becker, MN. Born in Menomonie, WI, also lived in St. Louis Park & New Hope, MN. A devoted husband & father of 5, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marlys, children, Sue (Gary) Christian of Hudson, WI, Linda (Bryan Tunglund) Christianson of Becker, Bruce (Shelly) Burns of Annandale & Karen (Mike) Benson of Maple Grove. Son Steve served as an MP in US Army & perished in Vietnam May ’71. A Stout grad, Vern passionately taught Ind. Arts & Driver’s Ed for over 30 yrs., the majority @ St. Louis Park. He also enjoyed working @ Woodworker’s Store in Rogers upon retirement. This God-honoring, gifted man is survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Memorial service 2:00 PM Sun., Dec. 27 @ Grace Lutheran Church, Becker, MN. Visitation 1:00 PM. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Assoc. Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home (763) 262-1454

Four Days Until our 40th Reunion

St. Louis Park Class of 1975!! Our Saturday 40th reunion is coming fast! Remember that there are TWO big events to celebrate!

In the afternoon, from 2 to 5, join us at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, located at 3517 Raleigh Ave, across from the Rec Center. Mix and Mingle, enjoy a little popcorn, and remember what you looked like as a cute 2nd grader (or a gawky 8th grader!). For radio buffs, re-enact the golden years of Top 40 radio in the KSLP Studio. And test your memory of OLD St. Louis Park at the Quiz Show, featuring (not Alex Trebec, but) Barry ZeVan the Weatherman! See movies of your favorite kids’ show characters, like Casey and Roundhouse, Axel and Carmen, and see Willie Ketchem – in person! Whether you prefer quiet conversation or fun and games, this should be a great event. 1975 newspapers, Echos, Echowans, Central and Westwood yearbooks, and Elementary School pictures courtesy of the St. Louis Park Historical Society. Some 1974 and 1975 Echowans will be for sale. (Also some slightly used but very nostalgic street signs.)

Everyone’s invited to the Pavek event – classmates, friends, family – anyone who was ever in our class. Admission is $7 per adult. Read more here:

Then at 7:00, stumble on over to the Park Tavern and meet up with your old friends and make new ones. (Don’t go to the old Park Tavern – that’s a parking lot!) 3401 Louisiana Ave. is the address, and look out for those roundabouts! Cash bar, order off the menu. This event is free. Read more here: