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From left, Maysie Aarestad, Violet Abraham, Ardee Kolle, Bryce and Julie Funk, Heidi Morman, Maggie Kolle and Luke Morman gather together at the Kolle family reunion in Perham on Sunday, June 29. The group were the planners of this year’s reunion. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Carrie Snyder

Reunion planning should start early, involve all generations

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Among the games, boating and group meals, the Kolle family reunion includes a presumably contentious activity – an airing of grievances.


Earlier this summer, during the 45th annual weeklong reunion that brought about 170 relatives of the nine Kolle siblings to a lake resort near Perham, 35 people gathered to plan for next year’s event, and avoid repeating mistakes.

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Ryan Johnson
After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features reporter for The Forum's Variety section since 2013. His prior beats included politics, business, city government and higher education. Johnson is a 2008 alumnus of the University of North Dakota. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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