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Love of old school brought her back

Photo by Brian Hansel Regina (Bosman) Mulligan points out some of the features of her old fourth grade class room at St. Ann's to her son, David. Mulligan, who has lived in Bemidji since 2001, attended St. Ann's through the sixth grade.

Not all of the people who attended the St. Ann's School auction last week were there looking for bargains.

Regina Mulligan was one of these people.

The Bemidji mother brought her son, David, to Wadena after reading about the upcoming auction online. She wanted to see her old grade school one last time before the old part of the school is torn down.

Mulligan was the oldest of the 10 Bosman children who attended the three-story brick school. Mulligan was there for grades one through six and graduated in 1984. Along with the rest of her class she went over to Wadena Junior High, which was torn down in 1991.

Mulligan remembers the nuns who taught classes at St. Ann's, especially Sister Ann, who was the music teacher. She also has fond memories of Joan Hudson, her art teacher. Hudson wrote children's books, sang and played the guitar. Mulligan went back to St. Ann's to help Hudson when she was a high school student. She even thought she wanted to become a teacher and did one year at Concordia College.

Mulligan left Wadena in 1990 and has lived in Bemidji since 2001. It has been 25 years since she was a student at St. Ann's but giving up her old school will be hard.

"I love old buildings," Mulligan said as he made her way out of St. Ann's for the final time.