By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Dave Klitzke and John Rosell spent a combined 64 years teaching in Lester Prairie before retiring in June.
During that time they combined their humor and love of a good prank to make school fun for their students
The self-proclaimed east-west connection will ride again Saturday, July 18 because the men were named grand marshals for the Prairie Days parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Their reputation as pranksters might make one wonder if the duo has anything up their sleeves for the parade.
Rosell would not give any details, but said he and Klitzke have discussed what they might do during the parade.
“If he doesn’t think of it, I will,” Rosell said. “Or, if he thinks of it, I’ll add to it.”
Rosell wondered if they could get “a car with a bubble over it” for the parade.
“Usually, you throw candy out at a parade,” Rosell said. “But, you know what will happen. With us, people will throw things back. It will be duck and cover.”
He paused, then added, “They won’t be throwing it at me, they’ll be throwing it at Klitzke, but I could get hit. That reminds me, I have to remember to call Detlefsens (owners of Prairie Market) and tell them not to sell any eggs to the kids unless they have a note from their mom.”
On a more serious note, he reflected on what retirement is like after so many years of teaching.
“I’m going to miss the kids terribly,” he said. “I do already.”
He explained that there was always a feeling of separation during summer vacation.
“But you know you are coming back,” Rosell said. “Now, it’s a lot different.”
He said he hasn’t fully come to grips with his new situation yet, but knows that it will really sink in when school starts in September.
Klitzke said he is looking forward to “seeing a lot of hometown friends, and renewing a lot of acquaintances.”
“When I heard we were named grand marshals, I was shocked, honored and speechless, Rosell said. “Then I thought I might have been lured into something where I might get hooked.”