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Local couple surprised with 60th wedding anniversary wishes – Page 1 Publications

Local couple surprised with 60th wedding anniversary wishes – Page 1 Publications

Shelah and Ron Jacobson are pictured on the front porch of their home on Wednesday afternoon, May 20. (photo by Mavis Gonshorowski)

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Jacobson on their wedding day, May 14, 1960.
For Ronald (Ron) and Shelah Jacobson of rural Greenbush, Saturday, May 16, started out as a typical morning. miniature did they know a surprise was in store.
“In the afternoon, around 3:00, we had been invited to come over to the home of our son, Murray, and daughter-in-law, Jessica,” Shelah said. “When we were walking over to their place, I could see through the trees some cars were lined up along the township road … we couldn’t figure out what was going on. They came right over to where we were sitting and then we knew what was going on!”
Family members, friends and relatives had gathered in honor of the Jacobson’s 60th wedding anniversary.
As the line of vehicles passed by the couple, people were tooting horns, they called out (anniversary) greetings and dropped off gifts and cards.
Shelah added, “We were sitting in special chairs and our kids had put balloons, (hand-made) posters, and flowers by us. They also passed out all kinds of food to those who came. We sure enjoyed it!”
The son of the late Myron and Amanda Jacobson, Ron has three sisters and grew up on a cattle and grain farm west of Greenbush.
Shelah is the daughter of the late Howard and Lorraine Huartson. The family first made their home west of Roseau where they had dairy cows and Howard sold bottled milk to customers in Roseau. When Shelah was five years old, the Huartson family moved north of Greenbush in the Haug-Leo area where they continued with dairy cows and grain farming. Shelah has one sister and three brothers.
Ron attended and graduated from Greenbush High School. Shelah attended first thru eighth grade at the Haug-Leo rural school and completed grades ten thru twelve in Greenbush.
“That’s why she thinks she’s smarter than I am,” Ron quipped with a grin.
“When I saw this tall, handsome, drink of water, I figured he was the man …” remarked Shelah. “I was kinda bashful so I stayed away and let him come and talk to me.”
Ron added, “A bunch of us who were in the junior class play hung around together and that kind of starting the ball rolling.”
The two classmates graduated from Greenbush High school in 1959.
Ron said that after graduation he had to decide whether to go to college or go into farming. “Ed Sisler, my Vo-Ag teacher, told me, ‘If you’re going into farming you’ve got your best teacher shimmering here – pointing to my dad.’”
“And we were getting married, so that took care of going to college,” Shelah added.
Wedding bells were ringing on May 14, 1960, when the couple was united in marriage at 8:00 p.m. at the Bethel Lutheran church in Greenbush by Rev. John Helgeson.

“Whether it rained or not, we were getting married,” Ron said assertively.
To see the full story, read the May 27 issue of The Tribune in print or online.
The Greenbush-Middle River gym sat empty on May 24— graduation day. Instead on this day, row after row of vehicles filled the grassy parking lot on an overcast day at the Greenbush Race Park parking lot for the Greenbush-Middle River Twenty-Eighth Annual Commencement ceremony, beginning at 2 pm.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state issued guidance against hosting ceremonies in gyms and stadiums, and on football fields. The rain held off to allow the 31 members of the GMR Class of 2020 to be honored on this day without interruption.
The parked vehicles faced a miniature stage topped by a podium and microphone and a vase full of maroon-colored dahlias— the class flower. Off to one side of the stage stood a black-covered table filled by 31 black diploma cases.
On the other side, GMR staff members Mara Gust, Sue Lieberg, and Brad Dahl sat in chairs near the stage, capturing the occasion with photo and video equipment. On that same side, Greenbush-Middle River Superintendent Larry Guggisberg sat at a substandard next to KQ92 radio’s Jon Michael, who was broadcasting the ceremony on 92.5 FM to those in the parking lot area and beyond.
Towards the end of the ceremony—guided by GMR Principal Sharon Schultz— graduates, one at a time, pulled up near the stage in vehicles, grabbed their diploma cases, walked atop that stage, and stood and smiled with that diploma case in hand for photos. Staying in their vehicles, family members parked momentarily in front of the stage to capture their graduate’s milestone moment. The graduates then grabbed a couple flowers from the vase before descending the stairs on the other side of the stage and heading back into their vehicles as graduates of Greenbush-Middle River High School.
Following the ceremony, the seniors and their families drove off for their parade through Greenbush. During the parade, starting at the race park and ending near LifeCare Greenbush Manor, the graduates stopped their vehicles in front of the GMR School one at a time. They remained in their vehicles to receive their gift bags. The parade came to a close just a few minutes past 3 pm, putting an official end to these seniors’ GMR chapter.

To see the full story, read the May 27 suppose of The Tribune in impress or online.
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