Day 3 – Saturday!

Saturday was another busy and exciting day in Clinton.   The day started with the 5K run/walk that was sponsored by the OAHS/Clinton Clinic, Essentia Health Care of Graceville and the Clinton Women’s Civic Club.  This is an annual event that is a fund raiser for the CGB Track Team!  We had about 118 runners/walkers so it was a great turnout!!

Following the 5K, there was a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that I watched for a while and then it was off to get ready for the Alumni brunch and All-School reunion.   It was such an awesome event with Bobby Jo’s catering over 400 former Clinton graduates.  It’s fun to work the table at this event and watch everyone come in and see their friends from years past!

Following the reunion, I had a little detour for my part of the day to attend a wedding in Morris, but while I was out of town the fun continued for all.  The Half Buffalo’s were served by the Depot park and it was an awesome opportunity again for those in town to visit.   Some former staff and faculty also met at the depot park area.

The baseball field has always been a busy place in Clinton and this weekend was no different.  The Alumni game offered an opportunity for former teammates to get together and have some fun.  I heard that the pork was just awesome, although I missed that event as well.   The Clinton Cards unfortunately lost their game to the Dumont Saints and there was a little rain but not enough to cause any delays in the game.

The Enduro Race was also held on Saturday afternoon and again, since I wasn’t at this event, I’ll wait to report on that event until I hear from some of those organizers.

The Street Dance with Kid Hollywood was very well attended and it was a fun night.  We were really lucky with the weather this weekend.  The dance was fun even though I did leave a bit early but I had a great opportunity to listen to the last few songs from my bed!


Day 2 of the Celebration

I’m a little tardy on writing an update on yesterday’s activities because I think I had a lot of fun and when I got home I needed to go to bed for today’s big events, so I will try to give you an update of what was happening!!

Friday morning started out for me with a couple of hours working at the registration table in the headquarters.  It sure is fun to see a lot of people around and I am lucky that I have the privilege to know a lot of people, even some of the ones “much” older than me because of my siblings and parents!

After working at the registration and setting up chairs for the evening performance of Skilly and Duff, my friend Donna Moberg and I participated in an awesome bean bag (or some call it Corn Hole) tournament!   We had 41 teams participating and it was a lot of fun, even though we lost both of our matches.

As you all know, I’m not Over 80 Years old so I didn’t get to participate in that event but I hear that there was a great turnout and that Mrs. Opal Olson even had the opportunity to teach some of her former students.   I also heard that some of them were not so good!!

The Legion Baseball team had a game against the Morris Legion team which was special as well for our family as our son Tanner played on the Clinton Sox team against nephew Jacob Torgerson (Mark and Cindy’s son).  Unfortunately for the home team, we did not bring home the win but it was a great game with the score being 7-5.

Skilly and Duff were performing at the Memorial Building sponsored by the Clinton Care Center.  What a fun and entertaining show.  We had originally set up 120 chairs but I know that there were at least another 100 chairs set up as there wasn’t a spare chair in the building!   Lilly Satterlee, who is the grand daughter of Clinton Graduates Marilyn (Sparby) and Dennis Stotesbery.   Lilly has a beautiful voice for a 15 year old beautiful young lady!

Following the concert, there was a beautiful display of fireworks that was sponsored by several donors!!  Thanks so much to all for providing us such a spectacular show, even though the bugs were a bit bad. (Going to be sure to get some more bug spray before going out tonight!)

Visited a little bit more at the Penguin Bar with friends and decided to call it a night around 12:30 am because 6 am was going to come soon this morning and it sure did.

I’m heading out to the street dance now but I will update again tomorrow or later Sunday!   Be sure to come out and watch the parade tomorrow, we have over 100 entries!!!   It will be a great way to end our fabulous weekend.

Janine Teske

Day 1 of our Celebration

What a great day!!  We started the day with opening the Headquarters building at noon but that didn’t mean the work didn’t begin much before that.  On Wednesday night, several members of the committee and our families as well as members of the Clinton Community Service club and some of those gentlemen that are always willing to help, set up the tents, moved benches and garbage cans from the fairgrounds and also decorated the main street area for our celebration.

Tonight was a great night!  The American Legion salute to our Veterans was awesome!!  There were more than 40 members of our local Legions and other Military members who have ties to the community present to be recognized for their military service.   Local Legion Members Curtis Pierce and Galian Schlimme were recognized their 60 years of continued membership in the American Legion.  They were presented their certificates by Captain Zach Leuthardt, USMC.  We thank them and others like them who continue to serve our communities.

The parade was lead by the local Legion, followed by the Clinton American Legion Auxiliary, and members of the Beardsley, Graceville, and Big Stone American Legions, the Big Stone Lake area VFW Post along with others from this area that are members of other organizations or currently serving our country.

Following the parade, that was also accompanied by a drum march consisting of Dale Torgerson, Denese Torgerson Gustafson, and Janine Torgerson Teske, keeping the beat and five grandchildren of Legion Members carrying signs to recognize the years of conflict that our service men have participated in.

The Alumni band was awesome!!  There were almost 50 alumni that joined together to play four songs and to honor former high school band director Mr. Curtis Pierce who was asked to direct (to his surprise) the band in the Minnesota Rouser and America.   Wayne and Mary Jo Huselid organized the alumni band and deserve much credit in putting all of this together for a great opening ceremony.   The band actually sounded great!!   CGB Alumnus Matthew Torgerson, current high school band director at Clearbrook-Gonvick, Minnesota high school was honored to direct The Star Spangled Banner and Your a Grand Old Flag.  Three generations of directors was a great thing to see as well.

Topping off the evening was a street dance with the Rock and Roll Farmer Todd Sandberg providing tunes for all to dance and celebrate a great evening.  The Clinton Fire Department were on hand to host this event.

Tomorrow is a busy and fun filled day as well and this writer is tired after a long day and I will be sitting at the registration table beginning at 8:00 tomorrow (I guess that is This morning!!)  Good night all and more to follow tomorrow.


written by Janine Teske – Class of 1981


Look what fun you will be able to have in Clinton

On July 7th, before, during and after the parade Wild Prairie Face Paints will be on Main Street doing facepainting for all to enjoy! Check out some of the neat pictures on the Facebook Page.

Girl Scout Reunion – Display

The CGB Senior Girl Scouts will be having a display of Girl Scout Memorabilia in the Legion Room of the Memorial Building. Please feel free to stop in and check it out and sign our guest book! You may even be able to buy a box of your favorite Girl Scout Cookies!

Parade Route for Clinton’s 130th Celebration



Get your lawn chair and find your favorite spot in town to sit and watch the 130th Celebration parade on Sunday, July 7th beginning at 1:00 pm at the School in Clinton.   The Route is below:

Parade Route

More band members needed!!

If you are in need of an instrument
– Midwest Musical Imports in Minneapolis (Marianne Morris found out) will rent out instruments.
– Whitney Music in Willmar (320-214-9433) will also rent.
– We also might have a few available from the Ortonville and CGB Schools.

If you are planning on playing PLEASE let us know what instrument you play. Thanks! You can post that information here or contact Wayne Huselid at

Clinton Cruise 5K Walk/Run – pre-registrations preferred!

Any of you that are interested in participating in the annual Clinton Cruise 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, July 6th are asked to pre-register at your earliest convenience.  The event is again being sponsored by Ortonville Area Health Services/Clinton Clinic and Essentia Health of Graceville.   The event is organized by the Clinton Women’s Civic Club.   Help is provided by the CGB Track team with proceeds to go to the Track Team.

Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. at Fire Hall
5K Walk/Run Begins at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $12/person (with t-shirt)/$7 (without t-shirt)
Pre-registration is required in order to receive t-shirt!

Click the link here to register:

Who wants to play in the Alumni/Community Band???

Thursday, July 4, history will get a chance to repeat itself when the band alumni are invited to meet at  the Village Square and once again have the enjoyment of playing under the direction of Curtis Pierce. Everyone will get the chance to relive the fond memories of playing for a large crowd of people coming to town on a Saturday night.

We encourage all band alumni to come and welcome Mr. Pierce back to direct us.  Even though you might not have played after high school still feel free to come join in with fellow band members on this special occasion.

Mr. Curtis Pierce

Mr. Curtis Pierce

The current plan is to play the “Star Spangled Banner”, the “Minnesota Rouser school song”, and possibly one more selection to be determined. Wayne Huselid would be willing to send you a scan of your instrument part if so desired.

Please note that the initial practice for the Alumni Band has been moved from June 27 to Tuesday, July 2 7:00 P.M. in the band room at the Clinton School. Practice will also be held on 4:00 on the 4th in the same location.  This is only tentative so keep posted in case there is need of further changes.
Again, don’t worry if the old instrument has cobwebs or the lips are a little rusty…1/2 the fun will be getting together.

Questions or suggestions — please contact Wayne Huselid.  Email: cell: 320-760-3117 or 320-325-5919.

Alumni Baseball Names Needed

The Clinton Cards are going to be hosting a reunion for their former team mates and they would like you to register your information with the team so they can put together a booklet.   Please go to to this link to register your name and position.   The Cards also have two baseball games the weekend of the Celebration as well.