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Celebrate the Seventies

We're 70! ~~ John and Susan Guerber are hosting a 70th Birthdays Gathering and Celebration, to take place September 14 in Red Wing, MN. Their new webpage is online providing details such as location, events, times and place, and many weblinks to discover all the Red Wing area has to offer -- it's a lot! Information updates will appear there and on the blog.   Click the new menu item above, or here ~~> WE'RE 70!

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websites offering historical, interesting and new information,
and details about the many aspects of our heritage.

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Our Contacts -- specific contact information with links has been moved to the "About Us" page.

About Us -- this page now includes recent classmate highlights. Click here to check it out!

Blog & News -- please visit the Buccaneer's Blog for announcments of significant and informative events and changes within the class, the latest musings and memories, and all the ongoing class information and Bucs Buzz. Menu button News Archive provides links to previous years' News & Notices pages.

2014 Lantern -- a PDF download of our 50th reunion edition yearbook (just classmate profiles, not the entire book) is available on the right sidebar View/Download section.

Class of 1964 50th reunion
raises $5183 for the BEAS Foundation

$3752 from Cash Contributions
$1431 from the Silent Auction

We said Thank You to the BE Area Schools Foundation in a very memorable way.

CLICK HERE to view the Faribault County Register 50th reunion article.

Please visit the reunion Class FundRaiser page for details, and the results of the Silent Auction

Our Veterans


Thirty one of our classmates served their country via military service from our graduating class of 1964. Nearly all have responded with a brief synopsis of their military service, their service records reflected on our Veterans page. There are not adequate words in the English language to express our admiration and thanks for their individual sacrifices.

A number of our classmates were involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War and were wounded and decorated accordingly. Our class was lucky, none of our classmates lost their life directly related to their military service.

As I reflect on the military service of our classmates, the words of one of our greatest Presidents -- Abraham Lincoln -- comes to mind:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advance. It is rather for us be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ....That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that Government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."
I would be honored for our veterans who have not yet responded to my earlier requests to forward their service information so we can all honor your military service.


OLD News & Notices

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Why Blue Earth ?

"The city of Blue Earth got its name from the Blue Earth River that circles the town. The river was named for a blue clay that is found high in it’s banks. The Native Americans of this area, which were the Mdewakanton Tribe of the Dakota Nation, often referred to as the Sioux, called the blue clay “mah-ko-tah” or “mah-kah-to.”

The blue clay is not found around the city of Blue Earth, but in the last few miles of the river course to where it empties into the Minnesota River at Mankato. The clay reportedly is found in small pockets high in the bluffs along the river. This would mean that it occurs in the glacial drift which covers this area except where eroded by the river courses. The small pockets of clay are also reported to be in the soft sandstone.

Some of the only samples of “mah-ko-tah” are in the Chemistry Department of Minnesota State University and the Blue Earth County Historical Society Museum, both in Mankato. The Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce has been given a small piece as well. It is more blue-green than blue, almost an aqua blue color, and somewhat darker when it is damp. MSU has run an analysis on it some time ago and they believe it to be a mineral called Illite." (Excerpt from a letter by Randall Pemberton)

Image: Faribault County Courthouse, 1892, National Register of Historic Places

The name of the Blue Earth high school paper is "The Mahkotah".

Koehler Pharmacy (classmate Judy), formerly on the corner of Main and 7th in downtown Blue Earth, also sold samples of "blue earth" in small glass vials; circa 1950's.