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All-Class Reunion: Beguin recalls decades teaching, coaching in Kimball


Tonia Copeland

Jerry Beguin, left, and his wife, Karen, recall fond memories of Kimball High School. Jerry taught and coached in Kimball from 1965 until 1997. He is holding a scrap book of his fond memories of the school.

Jerry Beguin, longtime Kimball teacher and coach, arrived when the town was stuffed with workers in the oil filed and for Boeing. All those workers meant schools bursting with their children. Fifty years later and the biggest change is a disappointing one.

"The biggest thing I've noticed, and it is sad, is the decline in population," he said. "When I first came here there were two schools that are both gone, with the junior high school closed for lack of students. We've had our booms and busts."

Beguin grew up on a ranch outside of Rushville and began his teaching career in Minatare, where...

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