Happy Birthday Flavia Moraes (73): Sao Paulo, Brazil
Flavia, Today, August 14th, is your birthday. It’s nearing the end of the day. We are hoping that you had a marvelous and enjoyable birthday. Gary
PS – Folks, Flavia was an exchange student living with the Alan Campbell family when she attended Dunseith. Flavia remembers Dunseith and everyone well. She is a friend of mine on facebook too. Gary
Happy Birthday Al Johnson (70): Rolla, ND
Al (Albert), Today/Tomorrow, August 15th, is your Birthday. Enjoy and celebrate to the fullest. This is your day. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” Gary
Memories of Don and Bernice Johnson:
From Kim Fassett: Coos Bay, OR.

Being the youngest kid of Darrel & Dorothy Fassett, I remember the day that Mom called and told me the horrifying news. I knew that they were all close (the four of them) but at that stage of my existance didn’t realize the magnitude of this tragedy. Now that I’m older – really can relate to the loss that everyone must’ve felt (esp. M&D since you all were not only relatives but best friends!!). The little that I remember of Don & Bernice, they were the ultimate couple and such great people. We always enjoyed seeing them even though it was only once a year in the summer because we had moved to California. Anyway, thinking about Dick, Brenda and family at this always difficult time. Kim Fassett- Coos Bay, OR P.S. We always looked forward to “Aunt Cynthie” coming to visit us in Portal – she was like our ‘other mother’!!!
Art Rude Receives “Dunseith Community Service” award.
The “Dunseith Community Service Award” was presented to Art Rude at the Dunseith Days parade yesterday. Cheryl Haagenson (71), the MC and parade announcer presented this award to Art. I believe that is George Gottbreht standing behind Cheryl. I’m not sure, but I believe that is Donna DuBois Thomas (72) standing behind the vehicle on the left?
Congratulations Mr. Rude. With all that you have done over the years for the community, this couldn’t have gone to a more deserving guy. You are looking great too! Gary



Art Rude being driven by Floyd Dion










Dick Johnson (68), Cheryl Haagenson (71) &


Donna Dubois Thomas? (72)



Thank you Dick Johnson for receiving this award on my

behalf and thank you to the Dunseith community for recognizing me with this award. I would have dearly loved to have been there, but with 10,000 miles (10 time zones) between Dunseith and me, I was unable to make it. As I said in yesterday’s message, I truely enjoy what I am doing. You folks are my inspiration. Gary





Reply from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ



The idea of recognizing Gary Stokes for the miraculous site which gives us the chance to remember and reach out to one another who came from these places is most appropriate. I hereby salute the man and his beautiful bride who makes this possible. If anyone deserves such an honor, it is Gary. If anyone more appropriate would receive this honor in his name than Dick Johnson, I would be surprised. These gentlemen stand out in fundamental loyalty and love for where we began our lives, and for those of all these generations who sprung forth therefrom. They both emulate the value system which is rural America, and they both give me the pride and sense of respect for my heritage which is in the hearts and minds of the readership and our elders and our offspring. God Bless Gary Stokes and God Bless Don Johnson and God Bless all who read and contribute to this treasure. I am proud to be in the company of you giants. Bill Hosmer
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

In reply to Donna DuBois Thomas request to say a few words about
Gary Stoke’s Award. He is very dedicated to this website/blog and has
made possible a renewed interest in the history and personal connections
of the Dunseith community and it’s citizens. Gary is the best choice for
this honor with all he has done to keep us posted daily. Before Gary
started the site, I thought maybe I was one of the only people with an
interest in Dunseith’s history. Now I see that there are many with the
same interest and because of Gary we now have a wonderful connection in
which to share our memories and pictures as well as stories from days
gone by. Thank you Gary and congratulations!


Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX
Congratulations Gary on receiving the Dunseith Community Service Award. This is an awesome undertaking and it’s so appreciated. You have brought hearts together from all over the world. The memories and the stories and the connections people have made are so precious and it’s been such fun to turn on the computer every evening and read the “news”.
Thanks for all you do.
Cheryl Larson Dakin
Thank you folks for all the kind words. They are appreciated way more than you will ever realize. Gary
Dunseith Post Card Picture:
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary. The postcard of Dunseith I would say was taken in the 1940s. The standard sign there was in front of the Dakota Hotel. There was a little gas station there. I owned that station in 1946 & 47. The city service station sign across the street was owned by Iver Lo. The two flags are in front of the U.S, Customs Office which was there at that time. The sign on the drug store at that time was Horseman’s drugs. The car that is parked there, just guessing, could be a 1938 Chevy. I owned the station when I came home from the navy. Lloyd Awalt
Turtle Mountain Volunteers Picture:
Reply from Gary Morgan (54): GARRISON, ND
Gary & All.
As usual, Dick Johnson is right in that the picture was taken in the yard of what later became the Ed Conroy home. We lived there until the spring of 1955. The house behind Don’s head was the Peavey Elevator house. The Steve Johnson Family lived there at that time Also, at that time, Conroys lived in the house over Dick’s left shoulder. George Habberstead lived in the house behind my head.

Gary Morgan

Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
& Eileen Brudwick: Goodyear, Arizona

Alan Francis Poitra I
(December 2, 1947 – August 12, 2010)


ALLAN FRANCIS POITRA IAlan F. Poitra, age 62 of Dunseith, died Thursday in a Belcourt hospital. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 A. M. in the St. Michael The Archangel Church of Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith wake will be held in the church on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M.

Alan Francis Poitra I, a son of Roy F. and Virginia (Laverdure) Poitra, was born on December 2, 1947 at his home in Dunseith. On June 23, 1967 he was married to Susan M. Poitra at St. Mary’s Church of rural Dunseith.

He is survived by his wife Susan of Dunseith; sons, Alan f. Poitra II (Laurie) of Dunseith and Adam J. Poitra (Samantha) of Bottineau; daughters Allison M. Whorley (Pierre) of Rolla, Valerie L. Malaterre (Joe) of Dunseith and Kari M. Poitra (Ryan) of Dunseith; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Randy S. Poitra (Shirley) and Terry L. Poitra (Tammy) both of Dunseith and Troy R. Poitra (Terry) of Flagstaff, AZ; sisters Sandra V. Poitra (Wade) and Ramona d. Love (Quentin) both of Dunseith, Pamela F. Banley (Thad) Sioux Falls, SD. Audrey M. Martinson of Minot, Roxanne M. Fairbanks (Rob) of Detroit Lakes, MN and Marlys Belgarde of Minot.





Charles Hanson is the grandson of Jeannine (Watkins) Robert (47): Lamoure, ND

Charles and Svetlana were victims of a double murder suicide. So sad. Our hearts reach out to their families with their loss of this marvelous couple. Gary

Svetlana M. and Charles L. Hanson

Svetlana M. and Charles L. Hanson

Charles L. Hanson

Age 42 of Eagan on August 10, 2010. Preceded in death by grandparents, Inez & Charles Hanson and Adolph Robert. Survived by children, Ingrid, Thorin & Bjorn; parents, Gary & Sandra; brothers, Justin (Jenaah) & Jay (Theresa); niece, Jocelyn; nephews, Karsten & Casey; grandmother, Jeannine Robert of Lamoure, ND; & many other relatives and friends. Charles was a 1986 graduate of Jamestown, ND High School. Received his B.S. from NDSU and completed his PhD program in neuroscience at the U of M Twin Cities. He was currently employed by Starkey Lab in Eden Prairie. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Svetlana M. Hanson

Age 25 of Eagan on August 10, 2010. Survived by son, Bjorn; parents, Yefim & Valentina Pagoda; brothers, Grigory & Genady; sisters, Larisa & Olga; the Stipakovs’ and Kravchenko families. She was a graduate of the U of M Twin Cities. Sveta will always stay in our hearts.

Both Charles and Sveta loved their family and took a great deal of joy in spending time with them. Their children were very precious.

Gathering from 1-3PM Saturday, August 14th at J.S. KLECATSKY & SONS, 1580 Century Pt. (Yankee Doodle Rd. @ Coachman), Eagan, MN with a Prayer Service at 3 PM.

Memorial Mass 10AM Tuesday, August 17th at the BASILICA OF ST. JAMES, 622 So. 1st Ave., Jamestown, ND. Inurnment at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Jamestown.

Written in Memory of Don & Bernice Johnson
From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): eleszoo@yahoo.com Dunseith, ND

Sorry it’s so hard to read with the pic in the background…this was written in memory of Don and Bernice Johnson and I thought you might enjoy reading it…it sort of relays the feelings of everyone in this community the day the sadness, grief and horror of what happened began to hit us like a freight train..I know it sure tells how I personally felt that night in the dark with my kids and neighbors near me.
Here is the wording as it appears on my copy:
This day began just as any other, but alas it wasn’t to be.
The morning sun rose and kissed the deep blue sky,
Dew on the grass, is wet against my feet.
Breakfast of over and dishes are done.
The floor is swept and kids are on the run.
There are clothes to wash and meals to make.
I grab a basket full of clothes and run them out to the line.
The breeze kisses them with such ease.
The sun a warm hand against my back.
But something seems just not right?
A haze in the sky perhaps?
The phone rings, I run to answer, I say hello and the world shudders to a stop.
I grab the kids and load the guns.
Neighbors begin to gather.
Emotions, there are so many,
Terror and fear, anger and loathing, sadness and tears.
No! No time for tears, later we will weep, for now
Bar the door and watch at the windows.
As darkness comes on silent feet
We speak in whispers with bated breath.
Are they near?
Will they come here?
The biggest question of all is why?
Long hours later the phone again rings.
I say hello and pray “it’s over” that I’ll hear.
This day that began as any other
Has watched us lose our friends and neighbors.
Two people, very beloved, have gone home to heaven.
We ask why these two had to go,
But God isn’t telling.

Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND