Orvin Hagen

Message from Leland Hagen (50): BRYAN, TX

Brother Orvin moved into the Bethany retirement center in Fargo on 16 August 2010. This had been planned for some time so he was ready for this move. Needless to say he will no doubt miss Kindred and all of his friends there but I talked to him last night and he had already met several people that he knew and was very upbeat about his room, the people, and everything in general.


His new address is:


Orvin Hagen

201 S. University Dr # 630

Fargo, ND 58103


His new phone number is:




I’m sure he would love to hear from you however he may be a little hard to find ! He said there are some Whist players around and he has already played a few games plus there is Bingo at night and who knows what else!! So he will probably be pretty busy.Just keep trying.



Leland, Orvin told me about this pending move last time I talked to him. He was pretty upbeat about the whole thing. Orvin is the kind of guy that makes the best of every situation. He loves people and they love him. He will always be where there are lots of folks and activities. That’s Orvin! I will call him in the very near future. Thank you so much for keeping us informed.
Folks, please give Orvin a call. He loves getting your calls. Gary

Ruth Ann Belgarde
(Died August 14, 2010)

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Ruth Belgarde, age 50 of Dunseith, died Saturday at a Dunseith nursing home. Funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am at the Church of God in Dunseith. Wake will begin on Wednesday at 4:00 pm at the church. Burial will be a the St. Sylvan’s Cemetery near Dunseith.Ruth Ann Belgarde, a daughter of Jerome and Ellen (Norquay) Houle, was born on December 11, 1959 at Belcourt. She lived near Minot and went to school in Des Lacs and later she attended school in Wahpeton. On February 14, 1975, she married Steve Bruhn in Minot. They lived in Minot and later in Indiana. This marriage later ended and she moved back to Dunseith. She married Curtis Belgarde on December 4, 1992 in Dunseith. She later moved in to Dunseith Nursing Home.

Ruth was a member of St. Sylvan’s Church near Deunsieth. She liked playing bingo, going to the casino and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived 5 daughters, Caroline Bruhn, Nicole Hodges, Kaylene Bruhn and Jeannie Bruhn all of Valparaiso, IN, Shawna Belgarde of Dunseith; son, Gary Michael Belgarde of Dunseith; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Pauline Meyer (Roger) of Montana, Sandra (Morris) Bruguier of South Dakota, Lilia Houle of Dunseith, Charlene Shelkey of Dunseith and Becky Houle of Dunseith; brother, Rodney Houle (Karlene) Minot and numerous neices and nephews

She was preceded in death parents; brothers, Alvin and Billy Houle nad sister, Alma Houle.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


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From Marlene Henderson Rolla, ND


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

Charles and Svetlana were victims of a double murder suicide.

I don’t know how many who read your blog concluded that this couple had murder/suicide but it was the wifes ex who did the murder and then killed himself.

Gathering set to honor slain Eagan couple

Husband, wife gunned down in home

Four days after they were shot to death, an Eagan couple will be remembered today at a prayer gathering. The bodies of Svetlana Hanson, 25, and Charles Hanson, 42, will later be cremated and inurned together in North Dakota.

Their deaths underscore a gruesome trend. Advocates for battered women say murder-suicides take place in Minnesota at a rate well above the national average, and many such crimes are committed by men after their wives or girlfriends leave them.

The Hansons were killed about 10 p.m. Tuesday when Svetlana’s ex-husband, 29-year-old Robin Bhattacharyya, fired a semiautomatic shotgun through the front window of the couple’s Eagan home, according to police. Bhattacharyya then used the gun to kill himself.

Svetlana Hanson’s father, who was visiting the couple from Israel, was in the living room with them but was unharmed. The couple’s three children, ranging in age from 9 months to 12 years, were asleep and not hurt.

“Svetlana was a beautiful person, and she and Charles were very much in love,” said her uncle, Mark Stipakov of Long Lake. “It was just a marriage made in heaven. They had a child together; there were two other kids, and everyone was very, very happy. It was the happiest time of their life.”

Stipakov and his wife, Bella, are caring for the couple’s 9-month-old son until a final determination is made on his placement. Two other children from Charles Hanson’s first marriage are with other relatives.

The Stipakovs have helped

organize a “gathering of friends” from 1 to 3 p.m. today at J.S. Klecatsky and Sons Funeral Home, 1580 Century Point, Eagan. A prayer service will follow.A memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at the Basilica of St. James, 622 S. First Ave. in Jamestown, N.D., where Charles Hanson’s parents and two brothers live, according to the Jamestown Sun. The Hansons will then be inurned together at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Jamestown.

Authorities said they may never know what drove Bhattacharyya to commit the double murder-suicide. He had no known history of violence or criminal record. His marriage to Svetlana Hanson officially ended last year, just as her new one began with an older, wealthier man.

She and Bhattacharyya married in March 2004. She was 18, and he was 23. They separated in July 2008, and she soon moved in with Hanson, a software manager at Starkey Lab in Eden Prairie, to work as his au pair. She married him in 2009, around the time her divorce from Bhattacharyya was finalized by Hennepin County.

Bhattacharyya, who was self-employed, owned a house in Northeast Minneapolis and was working toward a doctorate degree in computer science at the University of Minnesota. His former wife graduated from the U last year with a dual degree in computer science and math, her uncle said.

Her name joins a list of women killed by partners and former partners in Minnesota. The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women recorded six murder-suicides involving intimate partners last year — the highest rate in the nation per capita and about twice the national average.

Experts who track domestic abuse, however, say certain details about the Hansons’ murders stand out.

Jeff Edleson, a professor of social work at the U, runs the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. The public doesn’t always realize the danger women face when they try to leave an abusive partner, he said.

“We sort of assume when a woman moves away from her partner, it stops,” Edleson said. “But actually, soon after she leaves, if it’s against his will, you may see an increase in his violent behavior in an effort to get her to come back and (to) control her behavior. In fact, many murders of battered women occur in the few months after they have separated from their partners.”

However, no record exists of Bhattacharyya committing acts of violence or even making threats. Court records show he did not hire an attorney during the divorce, which was completed without a hearing or legal fanfare. He and Svetlana Hanson went their separate ways without either asking for alimony. They had no ongoing financial ties.

The murders occurred two years after she had moved out of his home.

“What the triggering event is, we may never know,” Edleson said. “It may have been something unrelated to her — difficulties at work or school, or rejection from another female. And in turn, he took it out on her and her new husband. Whatever it was, it’s no excuse for doing what he did.”

Bella Stipakov, Svetlana Hanson’s aunt, called the deaths unfathomable.

“It is a very tragic event,” she said. “They were very much in love. I can’t believe it happened. I just can’t believe it. I’m speechless.”

Frederick Melo can be reached at 651-228-2