Kristine Holmgren

Profile Updated: January 24, 2018
Kristine Holmgren
Kristine Holmgren

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Kristine Holmgren

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Kristine Holmgren

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Currently residing In Saint Paul, MN USA
Spouse/Partner Former husbands; Doug Nielsen, Gary Deason
Occupation Playwright
Children? Grace Margaret Holmgren Deason and Claire Bernice Holmgren Deason. Grandchildren Rose, age 2 - and twins More…Fern and Bjorn, five months.
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1967: Senior profile from Bisbila

Interest and talent in writing and speaking gave Kris the positions of Feature editor of the Breeze, senior editor of the Bard and roles in several school plays. Outgoing and animated, Kris was co-captain of the Pom Pon girls and a member of Emporium's teenboard. "Let me call you sweetheart..."

1987: Bio from Twenty Year Reunion

Family: husband Gary Deason, two girls Grace, 5, Claire 3.

Usually found in front of my word processor, writing...or in Hager City, Wisc. working! Or writing more and hanging around old friends looking for inspiration. Whatever happened to Harrison Klein? I usually tell the story of the girls swimsuits in 1964. Also a great story re Mr. Martin's Mechanical Method-- I mean, who could forget?

Enter here whatever you would like to share with classmates. e.g. Your story since high school: What did you do after graduation, and since?

What did I do. . . . hmmm..... something special - - unique - - - Ah, yes!

One unique thing I can report! I'm certain I'm the ONLY one in my class who had her first alcoholic beverage on her 21st birthday!!

After high school and before graduation from Macalester College, I lived in San Francisco with my first husband. After three years in "the city" we moved to Los Angeles where Doug danced with the Merce Cunningham and I served the Disney school ( The California Institute of the Arts) as an admissions officer for the school of design.

When the marriage failed . . . . (for obvious reasons. . the guy was a ballet dancer, for cryin' out loud!!!) - - - I returned to Minnesota to finish my degree at Macalester, and scooted my sweet little carcass to Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey where I received a masters degree in divinity.

Thirty years as an ordained Presbyterian Pastor -- married, buried and carried more people than I can ever name!!

If god were only and always "good," I would be in the ministry for the rest of my days. I loved it. LOVED it!

But - - history has a way of breaking into the best intentions of our creator!

And so it came to pass that - - - at the height of my career in the church - - - I was invited to write for the editorial pages of the Star Tribune.

My editor was (still is!) a fabulous man. He led me into a career broader, grander than I would ever have imagined for myself.

Within a brief time my essays appeared in the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Times blah blah blah. Fiction published by a William Morrow and lots of commentary for National Public Radio's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED in the hey day.

I was a reporter for the Pioneer Press for a few years --- and was told by the publisher that I was the only individual in the history of the paper who wrote for BOTH newspapers at the same time!!

Alas - - the 'fame' did not set well with my Presbyterian brothers.

I don't know if you're aware of this - - - I don't want to carry gossip but - - - lean closer. I have a secret.

It's this: Church people can be petty . Terribly petty.

And since I wasn't about to abandon my new writing career --- off I went to serve some of the most wonderful nonprofits of our generation: Mayo Foundation, Public Radio International, and at the close of my life as an 'employee,' I accepted my ONLY corporate position -- as curriculum designer and course developer for Capella University.

I married husband number two when it was almost too late to marry anyone! And although it was never my plan for him to leave me - - he did. My children were eleven and thirteen years old.

We I are friends today - - but it took me a long, long time to make sense of myself as a single mom - - and longer still to let go of the dream of a happy marriage with a man I truly and genuinely loved.

I grew up, however. A person has to, you know.

These days, I'm even friends with the women he married after me. I guess I must be a true Democrat.

Several years ago --- (ten, to be exact!) - - - with children launched, ministry dreams exhausted, employee fatigue overwhelming.... I answered my second "calling" and began to write for the theatre.

I guess I'm good at it - - my plays have all been produced.

The most provocative--- God Girl --- enjoys its second run this upcoming January at the Northfield Arts Guild Theatre in Northfield, Minnesota.

Come. See it.

If you do, I promise to sit beside you - -

These days, on an average day, you'll find me...

Writing, swimming, worrying about the Trump administration.

What year did you start at UHS (or UES or pre-school)? Why did your parents send you there? (If you left UHS before graduation, why? Where did you go?)

Why did YOUR parents send you there? Who knows why our parents did anything? My parent were a mystery to me all my life. Loved them - - dearly. But man - - were they mysterious. . .

How much did you like (or dislike) going to UHS? Most days I...

...loved it!

A High School story: I remember...

I remember the awful crush I had on Mister Schultz, our shop teacher. My notebooks were covered with hearts - his name in the center. I was only fourteen but I thought for certain I'd met my soul mate. Then, one day after lunch in Shevlin, Mister Schultz cornered me - - and told me to bugging him. He said I was the most unappealing girl he'd ever met. That's the word he chose. Unappealing. Took me a while to recover from that one! But I did! Or. . . did I?

Did you ever have a secret (or not-so-secret) crush on somebody in high school?

I was always in love with Jimmy Stein. Still am.

We used to hold hands on the school bus - and make promises we would never keep.

I still adore him. These days we meet for lunch, drink root beer floats and solve the world's conundrums.

When peace guides the planets and love steers the stars, it will be because Jimmy and I get permission to implement our master plan.

What was your self-perception in high school?

I thought I was adorable. I did!

I thought I was the nicest person I know.

Of course - - I worked hard being nice. Not everyone at U-High was nice to me. Some of the worst are dead - so I won't speak ill of them.

I could never understand why anyone would go out of their way to pick on a person such as I.

The harassment, however, did not drive me underground. Instead, I rose. U-High was my "boot camp" to standing up to bullies.

Truth be told - with the exception of a few wonderful people I've met throughout my life, I still believe I'm a darn nice person. . .

Self esteem has never been a problem. Not a problem for my children either. Must be in the gene pool - - -

One of the best experiences I've had since 1967 was when...

. . . I was hired by the Star Tribune to write a regular column for their editorial page. Another "best" was when my first show "PAPER DADDY" was produced for the FIFTH time!

A highlight of my life was the History Theatre's request for me to write my story - - and the flattery of their produciton of GOD GIRL.

Oh, and the birth of my babies, of course.

If I don't say "the birth of my babies" I won't be a legitimate member of my sex.

My babies. Oh, yes. My babies.

What were some of your favorite activities or forms of entertainment back in High School? Favorite activities now?

I loved the opportunities offered to be on stage. I auditioned for everything that wiggled.

For the first few years at U High, I wasn't considered for much. Then, in the later years, I hit my stride.

I also loved the academic climate around journalism and creative writing.

U High made me take seriously my future as a writer and artist.

Looking back, how do you think going to UHS changed you, in ways that affected you in later life?

If not for U High, I fear I might have fallen off the face of god's green earth.

Our teachers taught me to think.

Our curriculum exposed me to ideas and concepts inaccessible to my public school peers.

My relationships at U High were complicated, confusing, hurtful and intimidating -- - but I found my way. I found friendship.

And little did I know - - working through the experiences of adolescence made me (I believe) a more thoughtful, dedicated and considered artist.

Bucket List: What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't yet had the chance?

I want to take a cruise to Alaska.

Hey, don't knock it. I'm a simple girl.

And I want to explore the outback and coastal cities of Australia again - - and this time take all the time in the world.

A cruise to Alaska and one more shot at Australia - and I swear - - I'm ready to die.

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I saw a few of you at the production of my play, GOD GIRL!! Thanks for making the journey! Next run will be in Portland, OR - - - so if you're in that part of the world, watch for news. Meanwhile, you can still catch the last weekend of this run. https://northfieldartsguild.org/theater/season/god-girl/

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Opening January 19 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theatre. Come see my GOD GIRL: my #metoo story!!! Tickets through this link: https://northfieldartsguild.org/theater/season/god-girl/

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Margit! Do you remember me? I remember you and I hope you’re enjoying your birthday. I have dear friends in the Bay Area and visit frequently. Perhaps our paths will cross again one day. All my best- Kristine

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Allan!!! It's great to see you here -- and I hope you're coming to the reunion!!

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This is the mother's day card I received from my youngest. Truth be told, I was never tempted. . .
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My grand daughter Fern - - one half of the twin team on the Deason/Chevalier side of the family tree. Five months old today.
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My grandchildren - - Bjorn and Fern (the twins!) and of course, my adorable Rosie. All of them have their grand father's solid, sweet and steady disposition - - and a little wacky imagination from god-knows-who.
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Baby Fern is so adorable! I want to keep her little cuteness like this forever!!!
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Young Bjorn has a great sense of humor, and a wild affection for his blanket and his mommy.
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Rosie - at her 2nd birthday. This little munchkin is going to grow up and rule the world!
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Last summer - - as I considered selling and moving into the new (old!) house I'm currently renovating!
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This is the mother's day card I received from my youngest. Truth be told, I was never tempted. . .
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My grand daughter Fern - - one half of the twin team on the Deason/Chevalier side of the family tree. Five months old today.
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My grandchildren - - Bjorn and Fern (the twins!) and of course, my adorable Rosie. All of them have their grand father's solid, sweet and steady disposition - - and a little wacky imagination from god-knows-who.
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Baby Fern is so adorable! I want to keep her little cuteness like this forever!!!
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Young Bjorn has a great sense of humor, and a wild affection for his blanket and his mommy.