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Memories of Art Seim
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

First, I have to thank Gary for his nice compliments on our Dakota

Drifter CD.  Glad you like it.  As I was reading Vickie Metcalfe’s post

about Art Seim,  it brought to mind a couple of memories I have about

Art.  We were in California at Christmas time in 1968 visiting my aunt

and uncle.  We were driving down the eight lane freeway north of LA in

pretty heavy traffic and I was in the back seat just watching traffic

alongside us as a car came up on the right side and got slightly in

front of us in the right turn lane. I looked at the license and it was

  1. I said,  “Hey , look, a ND car.”  As they slowed a bit to turn,  we

came along side and I looked at the driver and it was Art Seim!  He was

busy watching what he was doing and didn’t notice us waving at him as we

went on past. My point here is—a couple thousand miles from home and

in millions of people in millions of cars and who do we see?  A guy from

less than two miles from home!

Another memory involving Art Seim is from the day he had his farm

auction sale.  I was asked to help direct people to park their cars so

was there early.  I was not always real busy and was kind of watching

the crowd too as they milled around looking at the equipment for sale.

There was a guy that caught my interest who was over by Art’s old John

Deere tractor.  I saw the way he looked around and it just appeared he

had ‘something up his sleeve’, so to speak, so I just kept watching

him.  He looked around to see who was watching him but didn’t see ME

watching him.  He reached down to the magneto (this makes spark to fire

the spark plugs) and switched the wires around.  I knew exactly what he

was doing because this would make the old tractor backfire and not start

and he could get a good deal on it.  I watched as he just walked away

and looked around at other stuff.  When he was out of sight,  I went

over and switched the wires back to where they belonged.  There are only

two, so it’s not complicated.  Later in the day,  I was watching stuff

sell and when they came to the tractor,  he was right in the front of

the guys ready to bid.  Art came over and fired up the tractor with no

problem.  I just watched the guy and the look on his face was

priceless!  Thanks Gary!



Reply to Paula Fassett (’71)
From Marlys Hiatt (’71):   Dunseith, ND

Hey Paula,

Can you believe our 50th reunion will be coming up in a little over 5 years.  Maybe our class should start thinking about a reunion.   I can’t even believe we are already 50 years old, let alone about to have graduated 46 years ago.  I know I should be writing more because I am a faithful reader and enjoy what others write.  I often think I need to update people about good old DHS as it is today.  We have such a great bunch of staff and students.

Paula, I hope to see you at Dunseith Days 2017.  I will be looking for you.

Marlys Hiatt
School Social Worker
Dunseith Public School


Blog (551) posted on September 16, 2009

Gregory Grimme
December 19, 1950 – September 6, 2009

DUNSEITH – Gregory Lee Grimme, 58, Katy, TX, and formerly of Dunseith; died Sunday, September 6, 2009, in Tomball, TX.

He was born December 19, 1950 in Rolette to Carl and Kathleen (Fassett) Grimme. He was raised in Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1968. After graduation, he attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

He moved to California and worked in Walnut Creek for Cordis Dow in the plastic fabrication field. His career led him to many destinations including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Texas where he designed and built commercial reverse osmosis water purifications systems, much of it tied to the oil industry. In recent years, he travelled internationally with his work. He made several trips and spent time in the Ukraine. He was currently employed by ITS Engineered Systems, Inc. in Katy, TX.

Gregory was a giving person and felt empathy for others. He enjoyed woodworking and built several clocks, and enjoyed hunting in North Dakota.

Family: fiancé, Lynn Snider, Magnolia, TX; brother, Bill Grimme, Birmingham, AL; twin-sister, Gwen (George) Eltz, Spokane, WA; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins.

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Conley; and Dingo, his pet German Shepherd.

Funeral: Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Dunseith

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Dunseith

Memorials: Memorials preferred to the Rolette County Historical Society or to Cypress Creek Christian Church, Spring TX.

Visitation: Two hours prior to the service at the church.

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Symphathy to the Grimme’s from Esther Murray Fleming (65): Flint, MI
My deepest symphathy to the Grimme families. I know what it is like to lose someone you love and at such a young age. You will be in my thoughts.
To the Grimme Family from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
I feel lucky to have met Bill Grimme, Greg’s brother. Sibbling bonds are indestructable. I pray that Bill and Gwen will continue to experience the closeness of their brother and their parents until all are reunited. Saddness is a lame word to describe the loss of so young a sibbling. I hope Bill hears many stories in the coming days that will affirm how splendid a man has passed by. Sharron
Condolences to Bill & Gwen Grimme & Message from
Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,First of all, my condolences to the Bill and Gwen. There were lots of
good times with Greg. He left us too soon, but with many good memories
of our time together. We spent a lot of time together doing things that
kids do while growing up in old Dunseith. We will surely miss him.

To Aggie–Your story about the World Trade Towers was interesting. My
wife’s brother, Greg Knutson, had an office in one of the towers in the
early 90s when terrorists detonated a van full of explosives in the
basement parking area. They had placed the van near one if the main
support pillars in hope that one tower would fall into the second,
taking them both down. The company Greg worked for had the contract for
repair and cleanup of any disaster that could happen to the building. He
never thought anything more than a water leak or glass damage was
likely. The bomb blew down two floors and up four floors and left a
cavern as big as a large gymnasium.The people who were rushing to
evacuate all locked their office doors as they left and the firemen
chopped them all open to check for anyone who might still be in the
building. Everyone doing his job! Clean up was in the millions. The most
ironic part was that his folks saw him come out of the building, on CNN.
He couldn’t get an open phone line for over an hour and when he finally
reached his folks in ND, they already knew he was OK. He was covered in
soot but they recognized him. Of the approximately 30,000 people who
left the building, what would the chances be of seeing ONE person you
were worried about? He later moved to another job in New Jersey and
watched the planes hit the towers from his office window several years
later. He now lives in Denver and and stays close to ground level!

Thanks to Marshall Awalt for the picture of Berdella, ND and the
celebration of the end of WW I. Having lived here for most of my life, I
recognize were the picture was taken. It was taken looking to the north
from just inside of the gates going to our old farm yard. Anton Julseth
had a small store and Post Office just to the right and just out of
sight on top of the small hill that is visible. The store building
became the first part of my grandparents house. They moved it a couple
hundred feet south to a nice spot overlooking Horseshoe Lake and added
on to it. At the time this picture was taken, I would assume my great
grandmother and probably my Grandpa Hans and Axel would have been in
attendance as they were then living less than a quarter mile south along
the lake. Marshall’s grandparents were living where I now live about a
quarter mile northwest of where the picture was taken. It would also be
just out of sight to the left of the picture. Thanks Marshall for this
picture and please post any others you might have–this is great! Thanks


Condolences to Grimme Family and Picture/Message from
Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND
Hi Gary
This past week Sept. 11 to 14 retired members of the North Dakota Army and Air National Guard held their annual weekend get together at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake, ND. About 120 retired members were their to enjoy the reunion of old friends. Two former Dunseith members were there and had their picture taken together. C. Emerson Murry (42) and Larry Liere (55) via Devils Lake. Emerson is a retired Adjutant General for the State of North Dakota and Larry is a retired Supply-Property Officer for Camp Grafton. As a side note Larry’s dad Tony worked for Emerson’s dad Ray at the Turtle Mountain Creamery in Dunseith during the late 30’s and 40’s. When Emerson was Adjutant General for North Dakota Larry worked for him as a Supply-Property Officer. I guess that shows it is a small world and history can repeat its self. Sorry about the Sun making the picture have so much shadow.
Our sympathy to the Grimme families Larry & Karen Liere (55) Devils Lake, ND
I knew Carl, Kathleen, Conley, and kind of remember Bill, but Greg and Gwen must have been born after I moved from Dunseith. My mother and Kathleen were very good friends and our families would visit each other often. Kathleen and Mom would visit a lot even after we moved. We lost a Son to cancer at age 23 and when a family has the loss of a young person like Greg the grief is hard to take. Grief is something most of us will have to live with during our life time. We found that thinking of all the good times we had with our Son helped us through some difficult times. I feel it helps to keep the memory of loved ones alive. Even though we did not know Greg we are sorry for your loss since he was the Son of our mothers good friend.

Larry Liere (55) and C. Emmerson Murry (42)

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND.
Thank you Verna and Pete.. each message means the world to me….as you all know Verna has done as much volenteering in this area she is truly a angel to all of us. She never asks for a pat on the back she does it cause she can . HATS OFF TO YOU VERNA SOMEDAY YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN WILL BE GREAT… GOD BLESS YOU …………BEV
Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
Hi Gary, I would like to make a major correction on the name of the F.B.I Agent and the title of the book I mentioned in my last e-mail message to your blog…The name of the book is “The Man Who Knew” not “The Man Who Warned America” and it’s by John O’Neill, not Bill. I read alot of books,and I’m getting up there in years …..I rest my case….LOL! Ms. Aggie
From Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ
Hi everyone of our friends in cyberspace!!!! We are back in AZ for
the winter and finally getting organized again , it seems to take longer
every year. Our son’s family (Sue and 6 kids ) now are in Mesa
permanently but our son is back in NY to sell the house and work at his
regular job at least for the first quarter. We are helping her as much
as we can until he can join them. We will be looking forward to
hearing from you and have already had some contacts.! We are back
online!!!!We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Charles Azure, 60, Wahpeton, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, in his home.


He was born May 16, 1949, to Martin and Irene Azure in Belcourt. He married Judy Allery in January 1969 in Dunseith. They later divorced. He married Laurie Albertson on July 28, 1978, in Rolla.

Survivors: wife; sons, Gary DeCoteau, St. John, Brian Azure, St. Cloud, Minn., Mike Azure, Wahpeton; daughters, Tammy Azure, Wahpeton, Michelle Roquet, Dickinson; brothers, David, Aberdeen, S.D., Bryan, St. Paul Park, Minn.; sisters, Jeanette Belgarde, Bemidji, Minn., Karen Nadeau, Clintonville, Wis., Debbie Peltier, Dunseith, Sharon Gattke and Kathy Stein, both Rolla.

Funeral: Thursday, 2 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. John.

Burial: St. John Holy Cross Cemetery, St. John.

Prayer vigil: Wednesday, 8 p.m., Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.

Visitation: Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home.

Judy Allery Azure (65): I saw your name in Charle’s Obituary and with that I want to extent my sympathy to all of his family. Gary


Reply from Ken Striker: Dayton OH

Garrison Keillor out of hospital after stroke

MINNEAPOLIS — Humorist Garrison Keillor has been released from Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital after suffering a minor stroke earlier in the week.

Keillor spokesman David O’Neill released a brief statement Friday night saying Keillor left the Rochester hospital earlier in the evening. O’Neill said Keillor was on his way back to his St. Paul home “and is in great spirits.”

The 67-year-old Keillor had said he felt ill on Monday morning and drove himself to a St. Paul hospital, then was transferred to Mayo Clinic.

Keillor said he still plans to start his new season of “A Prairie Home Companion” as scheduled in two weeks. Some 4 million people listen each week to the long-running show on nearly 600 public radio stations in the U.S.