14th Annual International Country Gospel Music Festival
Posted by Don Boardman (60): Bottineau, ND
Good afternoon Gary
It is coming time for our 14th annual International Country Gospel Music Festival at the Peace Gardens in the Burdick Center. We have some new talent this year – Nancy Unsworth and band is from near Edmonton AB and has traveled in Europe, Africa, and the US doing gospel music ministries and recordings. Greg Hagar is from the Valley City area and spent time in Japan last year and was invited back. He has done recordings in Nashville and travels in the US doing many original songs. Living Waters are from the Austin MB area and have a music ministry to nursing homes, retirement homes and gospel events. The Redding Family is from Northwood ND and he is a pastor and the family records music and travel extensively spreading the gospel in music and testimony. Lastly there is our Hills and Plains Country Gospel. You can find it all on www.internationalcountrygospelfest.com.
Posted by EdnaMae Nelson Olufson-Smith: Edmonds, WA
Hi Gary: Thanks for posting the info I sent to you. Ramona Hultman is our sister – just two sisters and Carlyle left of Abe Nelson’s kids!! Ramona lives in Sturgis, SD and I am in Edmonds, WA
Thanks again, EdnaMae
EdnaMae, We lived across the sound from you in Bremerton for 37 years. I’ve ridden the Kingston/Edmonds Ferry lots of times on our way to Everett to visit relatives.
Letter from Doreen Larson Moran (Btno HS 61):Usk, WA
I wish I had an obituary to send for Daniel Lovaas; son of Pastor Lovaas – Lutheran Church in Dunseith late forties and early fifties. Maybe you can retrieve one from Bella Vista Ark newspaper. Nothing was mentioned about their time in Dunseith or when Dan was in the military, I believe 1946-1948. I believe he went from high school to military for two years. When he returned he worked at the Peace Gardens doing much of the stone masonry work and building cabins.
Thank you for keeping the memories alive from what we now have to call “the early days”. I can’t believe that I turned 75 this year.
Doreen Larson Moran
Blog (729) posted on February 28, 2010
Message/Pictures from Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND.
RE: Southern Rendezvous
We just returned from the first annual Appalachian adventure. It wasn’t well attended but we were able to get together with old friend Billy Grimme at a cabin near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Stopped in on the way at a casino near French Lick, Indiana. I’ve always wanted to visit the home town of basketball legend Larry Bird and took this occasion to cross it off the bucket list.
It snowed for four days in the Smokies and rarely got above freezing, but North Dakotans do not let small things like this interfere with fun. The pool tournament , hot tubin’ and reminiscing went on as planned. Billy says that he honed his considerable shot-making skills at Sayid Kadry’s Pool Hall in Dunseith.
Took a different route on the way back passing through Memphis for a visit with my son. We visited a hotel there where they have ducks living on the top floor that they escort each day, via the elevator, to the lobby. Then on to Little Rock and Conway Arkansas, stopping briefly to visit the Toad Suck Ferry. (Toad Suck). May have stumbled upon the site of the next Southern Rendezvous. Hmmm.
Pool tournanment Snow 28 Degrees
Newspaper articles posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Trent Metcalfe is the son on Archie (79) & Sally (Knutson) Metcalfe. He is also the Grandson of
Mary Eurich Knutson (62). Archie/Sally and family live on the former Orville/Gloria Hagen farm
located a half mile south of #43 and a half mile east of the Rolette/Bottineau county line.