By Ana Alexander
HOWARD LAKE, MN June Weibel-Nick moved to Nevada one year ago, but that did not stop her from attending the Howard Lake High School class of 1951’s 65th Reunion.
In fact, distance has never gotten in the way of her attendance at her HLHS class reunions for the last one, she was in California, but flew back to Minnesota just for the occasion. Weibel-Nick has not missed a single reunion.
“As long as I’m able to sit up, I’ll be there,” Weibel-Nick said.
The group of 11 classmates ate lunch together at the Blue Note in Winsted and reminisced about high school, marching band, and hanging out at the drugstore specifically, enjoying mudballs, which are scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge and roasted peanuts.
“If only those walls could talk,” Howard Lake class of 1951 alumna Joanie Daniels said of the drugstore.
The class of ’51 has had several locations for their reunions over the past years, but this was their second year at the Blue Note.
“It seems like more of a central location for everyone,” Weibel-Nick said. “Some can’t make it because of health, but I am fortunate I am in good health.”
To Weibel-Nick, it is important to stay in touch with her former classmates.
“I have to treasure those while they’re still here. Just to keep in touch with those you went to school with. Some of them are really special friends,” Weibel-Nick said. “It’s worth it.”
Weibel-Nick grew up in a family of 13 children. She was raised in Winsted, and rode the bus every day to attend school in Howard Lake. While she couldn’t choose just one good memory from the plethora of class reunions she has attended, she immediately recalled her favorite high school memory.
“The graduation ceremony was the greatest, when they were all still there. There’s quite a few that are gone,” Weibel-Nick said. “I think my high school graduation was a really special memory.”
When Weibel-Nick lived in the area, she tried to be a part of the organizing process for the reunions.
“When I was closer, I did participate, but this far [away], I don’t try,” Weibel-Nick said.
Though she can no longer help plan them, Weibel-Nick is set on attending every reunion, and is looking forward to the next.