Lynn Nordgren

Profile Updated: July 27, 2009
Lynn Nordgren
Residing In: Minneapolis, MN USA
Occupation: President, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers
Children: My dogs Jack and Chester :) Raised my nephew through the teenage years and had two foster brothers More…for 2 years.
Also, hundreds of students throughout the years that I always thought of as "my" kids. Still hear from lots of them.
Lynn Nordgren


Yes! Attending Reunion

What have I been doing since 1969? Wow...lots!!!
Teaching kids and teaching teachers for 31 years, volunteering, working on social justice stuff, seeing family and friends, meeting lots of new people from all walks of life, gardening, remodeling my home, hanging out with my two loves - a jack russell terrier and a basenji, traveling all over the USA and several countries, reading and watching movies (a favorite past time). Have been very adventurous - lots of experiences and risks that will give me great memories and stories to tell when I am lounging in a retirement home - probably in Mankato! Love life and all it has to offer.
Currently, I serve as president of the Minneapolis Teacher union - about 3300 teachers. Really political and intense and I feel honored to be in this position. No plans to retire yet!

School Story:

Where to begin....maybe the day we had a wild water pistol fight in Roger Frank's speech class while he was out having a cigarette. Those of us involved were soaking wet but all in our seats sitting quietly when he returned. He looked at us while walking back to his desk and calmly said, "Glad to see you were busy during my absence." And, then we got back to work.

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Apr 26, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Colleen was a one of a kind - so much personality wrapped up in one person. I saw her a few times after high school and her vibrant nature was always present. I admired her quick wit, ability to be silly, brilliant intelligence, courage to speak up, adventurous spirit, amazing accomplishments, and her kindheartedness.  You can't help but smile when you think of her.  After reading all the comments on mykeeper, she was clearly loved by those who knew her no matter where she took root - both here and around the world. Colleen will be missed by many but there is no doubt she is off on a new adventure finding family, seeing old friends, and making new ones - in another realm. Have fun, Colleen!  Enjoy the next journey - and thanks for all you gave to this world. ??

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Aug 01, 2020 at 10:01 PM

Rest In Peace, Gail.  

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Mar 20, 2020 at 11:33 AM

Looks like you spent a little bit of life living in heaven, Rick, hanging out in those gorgeous mountains.  Hope that's where you are now.  Thanks for sharing your great smile and good spirit with us during our time at MPS.   RIP

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Jan 19, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Rest In Peace, Charlie.  

Oct 10, 2019 at 8:48 PM

Congratulations Lynn on your induction into the MWHS Hall of Fame!! Being a retired former 2nd grade elementary teacher for 30 years, I want to thank you for all the contributions you've made to society and positive improvements in educating our children of today!!!

Sep 22, 2019 at 7:03 PM
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Jul 03, 2019 at 7:33 PM

Rest in heaven, Orv.  You were always very nice all throughout the years while we were growing up in Mankato  -  both in school and at church.  So glad you found peace, quiet, and beauty at Silver King Mine.  We will miss you but remember you at the reunion.  

Lynn Nordgren has left an In Memory comment for Ann Tryhus.
Apr 14, 2019 at 3:33 PM

When I remember Anne from church and high school, I see her constant big smile, hear her quick laugh and friendly words, feel her high energy and her heart full of kindness.  A lovely person that the world will miss.

Be free, Anne, and enjoy the next journey!  I am sure you are already leading heaven in a rousing cheer. 


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Mar 18, 2019 at 3:33 PM

I will always remember you, Jim, as having a devilish twinkle in your eye and a big, cute smile on your face.  You were so fun, a star athlete, and helped bring good energy to our class. Hoping you are having a great time wherever you are...tossing a few touch downs, hitting some home runs, catching a few fish, and munching on a Nut Goodie while hanging with your buddy, Sitka.  Enjoy the peace, Jim. 

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Posted on: Nov 05, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Happy Birthday to my life long friend of 58 years! Thanks for being all you are - smart, fun, caring, and kind hearted. Make it a wonderful day no matter what you do.
Love Always, Lynn

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Jul 10, 2018 at 11:33 AM


I told you some of this in a card last year but want to share again here.

You were one of the genuinely nicest people I have ever met. You were so brave and patient throughout your life and gave of your time to others with compassion.  Thanks for the grace and kindness you shared with all. 

So sorry your life was shortened -  you will live on in the hearts of many.  We were all lucky to have met you.  

Now, you can rest.  

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Jan 30, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Posted on: Jan 29, 2018 at 6:35 AM

“Happy, happy Birthday to every girl and boy,

Hope this very special day brings you lots of joy.

Hope those birthday presents you get from Mom and Dad

Will make this very special day the best uourvrt had.”

Stay on Track! Love, Casey.

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Jan 29, 2016 at 12:27 PM


You have had an amazing run... done great things, helped many people, stood up for what's right.

Keep it up... we got a long ways to go before we all get older. Meanwhile, let's use what we have learned to make things better... that's one definition of "wisdom".

A bunch of us have be very privileged to share the journey will you and a collection of other amazing folks.

Avante.. oh, ya, and Happy Birthday!

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Lynn Nordgren has left an In Memory comment for Joe Tummers.
Aug 05, 2015 at 11:33 PM

As you head off to another journey...

You made much of your life - so sorry it had to end early.  You can be proud of what you accomplished and who you became.  Family man, great education, life long career that allowed you to give back to community, fun interests, and being a good person. Well done!  We will miss seeing you at the reunions.  Condolences to your family and peace to you.  Bye, Joe.