12/26/2013 (1926)

Happy Birthday Diane Larson Sjol (DHS ’70): Lake Metigoshe, ND
Larson Sjol, Diane 1926
Christmas day dinner at the Stokes house.
Bernadette prepared dinner for about 40 friends and relatives on Christmas day. She was dragging and not feeling well, but she managed. She had good help. This is one of two tables of food. There were lots of left overs.
Stokes 1926-1
One of four tables. Pre-dinner drinks and visiting.  
We expats went in the house to get our food from the table above and then went back outside to eat.
Bernadette’s relatives ate in the house. There wasn’t much English spoken in there. 
Here in the Philippines we can be outside like this 24/7 365 days per year.Stokes 1926-2
Happy Holiday message
From Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND
Here’s wishing everyone on the blog a wonderful Christmas & a new year filled with peace, joy & prosperity!!
K-Mart Boxer Jingle Bell Story
From Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

What has Christmas Revealed? Could this be population control?


The big debate at our house has been over the recent Christmas television commercials, and these people and items actually evolving to the point, that they could be used in these commercials.

It began with the Hershey Candy kisses commercial this year. We know they are shaped like bells and after studying the principals of Darwinism in Mr. Corbin’s Biology Class in high school it seems possible to me that Hershey Kisses could eventually develop clangor’s or donger’s or dingers or whatever you call them to become bells.  Thereby being hired and used to do the jingle bell tune played by them in the Hershey Kisses Christmas advertisement.  But to get them to jump and shake out the jingle bell tune is amazing to me.  They have no legs or shakers, just a tab, kind of like a skin tab.  How do you explain all that evolvement?

But, the Kmart commercial with the men lined up in their boxers shaking their pelvises and being able to ring out The Jingle Bell tune with their personal parts is truly amazing. I don’t think Darwin could have predicted this?  There is no bell!  So, is it possible that some of our species have evolved from balls to bells?  According to Darwinism It must be possible and when I think back to them high school days, I know some of the students thought it was very possible, as when you walked down the hallway, “I called it running the gauntlet” some them fellows standing up against the hallway walls and looking like they could care less about who was walking down the hall would suddenly reach out and tap the person walking in the front of the pelvis.  Now, I thought they were just being mean, but now I know that they were just checking to see if that person had evolved to a bell ringer.  Is it possible these boys were that advanced in their thinking?

I just know it never felt could to be checked, actually it hurt like hell and you soon learned to carry a book in front of your pelvis to prevent being tapped.  Actually I never did hear any ringing noise, but I heard a lot of name calling and a lot of other words said, that we all are better off not reading at this time.  After all you could end up being on someone’s naughty list and we wouldn’t want that to happen at this time of the year.  Why, it made these people laugh that were doing the tapping and checking is beyond me.  But, I never heard any bells ringing so I don’t think anyone had evolved to the Kmart group’s advanced stage of being, at least not at that time in the Dunseith area.

However, the debate about the Kmart commercial has been raging on at our house and even at the doctor’s office where I went for an appointment the other day.  The Kmart commercial came on the TV while several of the nurses were in the room with me.  One nurse commented she hated that commercial.  A male nurse in the room said that he and his wife have been arguing about it also.  He said, his wife said it was about time, that they put some eye candy on the tube for women to watch, and that she liked the commercial.  After all she said, men have had NFL cheerleaders and the Victoria’s Secret Women to watch for years.  The female nurse replied that she still hated it and at least those women aren’t out there shaking their junk, like the Kmart men are, and she thought it was disgusting.  What do you think?

Now think of this, Kmart might have the answer to population control on our planet.  It will be like Jerry the mouse putting a bell on the neck of Tom the cat.   Men won’t be able to sneak up on anything anymore? 

Keep on laughing,


Goggle> Kmart boxer jingle bell commercial

Following Christmas dinner at the Stokes house, Santa came to Cebu.
Santa came unannounced to our community. Once he made his appearance the word traveled fast. Within a very short time there were hundreds of kids making there way to see Santa for their little hand out of candy and chips.
In 90 degree heat, Santa was kind of warm. Leo Tacke, in the dinner picture above, played Santa.
                                                    Santa and Novie
Stokes 1926-3
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Stokes 1926-6
Folks, these are houses on the left that these folks live in. Some are 2 story toostokes 1926-7
Blog Posted on January 22, 2008


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Message from Marlene Richard Parslow (65):
Thanks for keeping us in the loop regarding the cruise!  My hubby and I may consider going.  We are doing our very 1st cruise this year in March.  So depending on how that goes, we may be joining you all to Alaska!!

Hope your year is going well.
Marlene(Richard) Parslow
Reply and Memories from Dave Slyter (70):
How many remember the good ole band and choir days  of good ole DHS.   Of course who could forget the best music director of all of DHS’s history,  Don Johnson.   He done so many things for so many students.   One of the most memorable was when Dunseith received the Governors Choir award.  I think I remember then the choir had over 60 members in it.  The high school band always had big numbers in it.   He ran a very high standard music department.�

Alan Poitra,  I remember those funny looking hats also but they were always locked up in the little practice room and we were all hoping that no one would mention to Mr. Johnson that we should wear them while we march.  ha    I always remember the home coming parades in Dunseith and also the day that we would travel to Minot for the Minot State College home coming parade.  It was a long march, (especially when I had to carry that big ole bass drum) but was the best of times.   Always went downtown Minot and hung out at all the stores.  Always went to the five and dime store.  �

When we were in the music program in the late 60′s and into 1970(by the way that is the best year ever) we had the really nice blue blazer that we wore for high school concerts.   I think we wore them for marching also.  I also remember going to Devils Lake for the high school music contest or festivals.    Dunseith always came home with high marks.

I think that was the best part of jr. high and high school was being in the famous Don Johnson music program.  Well that and passing my grade each year.  ha�

One more memory I have to mention about the DHS music department.  It has to do with years after I graduated but was a memory I will never forget.   I was once a custodian at DHS after the good ole years of San Haven employment.  My daughter Stacey was in high school band then and was under the direction of one of Don Johnson’s former students and everybody knows her,  Cheryl Haagenson.   She too did a great job  in the music department.  During the year that Stacey I think was a Junior in high school they decided they wanted to take in a contest down in Orlando Florida.  So the money raising was put into place and the plans and dates of the trip were decided.  I was fortunate enough to be a chaperone of this big event and what a memory it was.  It will be with me for a very long time.  The kids were so well behaved and they should have been so proud as they brought home this big huge trophy that I hope still is in the show case at the school.  “Way to go Cheryl”   You have done the school proud.�

Thanks for the memories.

Dave Slyter (70)
Master Dunseith Alumni Email List:
Folks I have attached a copy of the latest  “Master Dunseith Alumni Email List”. It’s in an Excel format.
This list is sorted by total name and also by class year. To view the desired sort just kick on the “Name Sort” or “Class Year Sort” tabs located on the bottom left of the screen under the names. 
All ladies that are part of a Dunseith High School Class are listed first by their maiden name on this list.  I have broken husbands and wives apart and listed everyone with a separate line on this list.
With the size of this list, I have decide to sent it out only in the Excel formant. The file size is getting to be fairly large, for group mailing, with a pasted copy in the body of the email message.
If you don’t have the ability to read these Excel files, I strongly recommend that you down load Excel Viewer. This will enable you to open, view and print  Excel attachments sent to you. I have also used Excel putting together all of the class lists.  I’ve pasted the link below for a free Microsoft down load of Excel viewer.  While you are in the site, I’d also recommend that you down load Power Point Viewer and Word Viewer, if you are unable to open these files, too.