Fall colors of the Turtle Mountains!
Memories from Leland Stickland (64):  Dickinson, ND

Gary and ALL,

A few days ago I saw a flash across the top of my computer. It was regarding the beauty of the foliage that is now dressing the land of heritage for many us: the Turtle Mountains.

I once worked with a company in Dickinson as VP,  beginning 12-4-72 for $600/ month. I helped increase the gross sales from $1.6 million to $3.2 million in 16 months. One of the benefits of this company was that we owned an airplane and I learned to fly in 1969 so I had the opportunity to see much of  America from the pilot’s seat.

My then-wife, Bea, who really didn’t care for flying but was a wonderful navigator, and I would fly to Dunseith in about 1.75 hours; it is a , 278 mile trip on the ground. We could enjoy the vast loveliness of the Turtle Mountains from West of Bottineau to near Rolla @ 150 Miles per Hour. As all from the area know, the Mountains extend south, down toward Dunseith and north some miles into Canada. It is great to observe the handiwork of the Creator.

Thanks for listening. Lee (Stick)5

 

Farmers market baking September 12, 2020
Posted  by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

 September 12, 2020
Hello Gary and Friends of Dunseith School Alumni,

Various area communities area are again sponsoring “Farmers Markets” including Bottineau.

My favorites;

Fruits of the garden, Potatoes, cabbage, etc. vegetables and Fruits of the kitchen, from scratch bakers!

And I?

I delight hearing people talking about  the good stuff  found and saying good things about people I know!

I was at the bakery early one morning a couple Saturdays ago whilst a man came in  for breakfast.

I heard him telling some of the coffee and breakfast guys, he had to get up early to come to the Bottineau Farmers Market.

“He came specifically for  pie.

He said he had to get to the market “right as it opened.”

“And be fast.  The homemade  pies made by one specific person sell  quickly.”

He said, He’d come the week before by 7:30 and  disappointed her pies were gone.

But on this morning he was lucky to get a seasonal fruit pie and a Sour Cream Raisin!

This guy got up on vacation day, early Saturday morning to drive from the lake into Bottineau to peruse Farmers market

for a home baked from scratch  pie baked by a specific  person.

(I smiled) For I knew the pie baker.  An older gentlemen had happily purchased 2 June berry pies from her the week before.

Later that day, I saw and told Donna (Hanson) Moldenhauer that guys are  talking about her pies.

She was surprised!  But I heard from pie eaters in the know … She is a pie baker extraordinaire.(class of ’67)

Today while at the Farmers Market,  my sister purchased date filled cookies made by  cousin Lola and Jay’s daughter, Tina.

My sister called and asked if I wanted one.   She said, “Tina used her grandmothers recipe.” “IOh, Yes! Yes. YES,” I said. “I haven’t ate

a good homemade date filled in years.”\

Upon, Eating one I conjured up a sweet memory of Aunt Ella.

While in Graduate school at Grand Forks I lived  frugally, in a dorm room.  About once a month I’d  discover in my mail,

A discretely wrapped  brown grocery paper bag care package, mailed from a special aunt, My God mother.

She knew I savored  whatever she made and  was especially fond of her date filled cookies.

Anticipationing, I’d RIP off the brown paper bag find a red Folgers coffee can covered with the lid opened,

Filled with  -OH MY …first inhale, breath in  the scent of  homemade cookies baked cookie, sugar.. and ah, vanilla.

Then a first bite.

Aunt Ella’s Date Filled cookies always  had one special ingredient…….

they were infused with her LOVE I could always feel it.

Thanks Gary and Bottineau Farmers Market.

Until later,  enjoy Fall  Farmers Markets.

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Pictures from the archives

Folks,

I spent the whole month of July 2015 in the Bottineau / Dunseith area. I stayed with my Brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby in Bottineau. During that time I spent many hours each day in the Bottineau Bakery. I was there every morning for Breakfast about 8:00 AM and often times didn’t leave until well into the afternoon. I had Breakfast, forenoon lunch and dinner at noon all at the bakery. All in one setting. Never a boring moment there. Their Center long table was a community gathering table. That was an enjoyable month. 2015 is the last time I was back in the area too. With Bernadette’s health, she is unable to travel. Hopefully when this pandemic is over I can slip away for a week or so and make it back.

First picture: Pete (’65) and Verena Gilles came in the Bottineau Bakery. We had a nice visit and were talking when Earl Roland came in with his son. I knew and remembered Earl very well from our childhood days with the Metigoshe Lutheran churches. Earl is a few years older than me. After he had been sitting there awhile, he was very surprised when I called him by name. He had no idea who I was. Needless to say he was very surprised when I told him. We hadn’t seen each other in nearly 50 years. My looks have changed over the years, Earl’s hasn’t. Earls Mother, Rena Roland, was a first cousin to Art Rude.

Second Picture: Terry Olson (’64) and Lorenzo Anderson (’63) were regulars in the Bottineau Bakery. I saw them most every day while I was there.

Third Picture: Ralph and Luella Boardman (’49) Bjornseth had their dinner meal most everyday at the Bakery too
Gilles, Pete and Verna Olson, Terry and Anderson, Lorenzo Bjornseth, Ralph and Luella

09/03/2020

Condolences to the Lyle Lunde Family
From Ron Peltier (’70): Dunseith, ND

My prayers and condolences for the Lyle Lunde family.  He was one of my greatest friends.  I met him while attending NDSU-Bottineau and no matter where I saw him he would always give me a big hug and ask me how I was doing.  I always thought that was so awesome.  Have a safe and quick journey home my friend!

Ron Peltier

 

The Trevers’ Family
Reply from Ken Nerpel (’65): Rugby, ND

The Trevers kids were Canadian; I think their father worked at the border.  I remember riding the school bus to Dunseith with Jim and his sister Sandra.  The first thing I thought of when seeing the football picture was “where is Dennis DuBois?”.

A few years later another Canadian family’s kids attended school in Dunseith by the name of Vogel’s.  Their father was a gardener at the Peace Garden.  Helen Vogel graduated with the class of 1965.

 

The Trevers’ Family
Reply from Geri Metcalf Mnro (’59):  Fargo, ND

Jim Trevors is 3rd from the left, middle row.  His father, Fred, was a Canadian customs officer and they lived at the port near the Jim Metcalfe (our farm).  He and his sister, Sandra, rode the school bus with us to Dunseith.

Geri Metcalfe Munro

Correction from Geri Metcalfe Munro
I need correct my statement that Jim Trevors was 3rd from left, back row.  I know that Dennis Dubois knows who he is—I hadn’t read all the replies.  Please accept my apologies, Dennis.  I meant to say who Jim Trevors was and thought that was the question.  I need to read more carefully before I speak.

Geri Metcalfe Munro

Gary Stokes’ Comment
Don’t feel bad Geri. We love hearing from you.
Dennis and all the rest of us understand.
We all realize that picture is 60 years old too.

 

Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe Minot, ND

          Marion Johnson
Johnson, Marion
April 19, 1930 – August 28, 2020

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/marian-johnson


Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

                Lyle  Lundy
Lundy, Lyle
Dec 22, 1922 – Aug 29, 2020

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/lyle-lunde