02/08/2020 (2731)

Don Corzine (Carol Pritchard ’67 Husband) Passed 

Don Corzine, February 10, 1947-February 2, 2020

Don Corzine, 72, passed away February 2, 2020 in Denver City. Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church in Denver City on Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 a.m.

Donald Lewis Corzine was born February 10, 1947 in Haskell, Texas to J.F (Jeff) and Mabel Randolph Corzine. He graduated from Seagraves High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Carol Pritchard in 1969. He served as a reserve deputy for the Terry County Sheriff’s Dept., then in 1983 became a deputy for the Yoakum County Sheriff’s Dept. before serving four terms as Yoakum County Sheriff from 2001-2016.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Jana Atkins; his parents; an infant brother, Ronald Raymond Corzine; and a sister, Dolly Belknap. He is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter, Judy Faught and husband Shane, of Brownfield; a son, Derek Corzine and wife Ydien, of Amarillo; and two grandchildren, Breck Lindsey and husband Treg, of Marysville, California and Conner Faught, of Brownwood.

Gary’s comments

We extend our condolences to Carol and all of her family with the passing of her husband Don. I heard a lot of good things about Don too. I know he was a well-respected guy.

The Pritchard’s lived one mile south of us in the Ackworth community of the Turtle Mountains 16 miles NW of Dunseith, ND.




Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot, ND


This is the poster for Frozen Fingers Festival in Minot.  Dick and Brenda perform at this festival every year\


Note: Please attachment.


Deerheart Lodge

Pictures and Posting from Kari Keyes: Minot, ND

Note: Kari Keyes discovered us on our Dunseith Alumni Website. This is her reply.

Hi Gary…my name is Kari Keyes.I was going through an old album of my grandmother Bella Benthagen and found some pictures she took at “Dearhart Lodge” in 1951 while on a site seeing trip with her brother who was from Souris ND. There were just two pictures, but they peeked my curiosity.  What a neat place! My mother couldn’t recall ever hearing of this mystery place. They were taken along with a picture of the sanitarium of San Haven. I posted them in a FB page called Minoter’s asking if anyone knew of this place. Low & behold I had a response correcting the spelling to Deerheart Lodge in Rolette county.  So, after digging around in Google I found your Dunseith blog site and the entry about the history of the lodge. What a forgotten treasure.  One of the comments requested for anyone who had pictures to post them. I would be glad to share these with you.

Kari Keyes Reply to Gary

Hi Gary

I live in Minot, however I grew up in Westhope ND and we moved to Minot when I was in 3rd grade. My grandmother was married to Art O Benthagen and they owned the grocery store in Westhope way back in the day, and then after that closed my grandfather was the city auditor for some time. My Grandmother was originally a Fairweather and her family had established a homestead in Souris- all farmers. Her full name is Isabelle Fairweather and the brother that was on the drive with her that day was Edward Fairweather, she had another brother named Bill. My mother Lonnie had a second cousin & his name was Floyd Fairweather- you may be more familiar with his name as he was a professor here at Minot State and quite the artist.

We have had a fun time going over the pictures and getting to know the history of Deerheart Lodge. I understand there isn’t much left of the “resort” from what Face Book folks have said, but we still plan on heading up that way this summer to trace the steps of her family that day.

If you are on FaceBook I can tag you on the post in the Minoters Group page- you may find their comments about the post interesting and one other lady found a picture of a family member leaning on wall at Deerheart Lodge.

My regards,

Kari Keyes

Deerheart Lodge



01/18/2020 (2730)

My condolences to The Denise Peltier family. From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73): lafvickie@yahoo.com Grafton, ND


Kaye Lystad Kirk’s (BHS Class of 1981) husband (BHS Class of 1982).
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
Douglas John Kirk



Douglas’ wife, Kaye Lystad Kirk’s parents were Willie and Joyce Lystad. Willie owned and operated the Westland Gas station in Bottineau for many years. Most of old timers remember Willie Lystad and the Westland Gas Station in Bottineau.

A few years back Kaye messaged me and ask if she could be on our distribution. With her vast historical and Genealogy knowledge, she has been an active participant of this blog too . She reads each and everyone of these blogs, often times with personal comments to me and comments for posting too.

Kaye, we are so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your husband Douglas. Reading his obituary, he had a great career with great accomplishments. You can be very proud of him. We know you will miss him dearly too. Our condolences are with you with his passing too.



Linda Marie LaRocque Poitra (DHS ’68) Obituary Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND
LaRocque Poitra, Linda

Feb 17, 1950 – JAN 02, 2020 https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/linda-poitra


Ackworth Cemetery Donations
Posted by Glenda and Russel Fauske (64):  Dunseith, ND


Blog (85) posted on Jun 12, 2010 Hannah Loeb is not well: 

Hannah Lobe is not well

Message from Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA

 Hi Gary,

 Sadly, I am writing to tell you that my mom is sick. She had been having abdominal pain since the later part of April. I returned home the 19th of May after a stay with our daughter in Ann Arbor. we saw the surgeon on 5/21 and she had a bunch of tests. She had surgery on June 2nd & is still recovering @ Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. She has a bad diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the bowel with +. nodes and spread throughout the abdomen. It is a stage IV cancer. She has been followed closely by the cancer center with extensive lab work every 6 months, and had a normal workup December 9, 2009. she had a colonoscopy three years ago. She is 89 years young and has lived a full and wonderful life. She has raised 5 great children and now we will take good care of her. Up until June 1st, she was reading, playing scrabble or pinochle. She is a fighter and we hope for some time to be together, probably 6 months to a year. She is pretty mad about the whole thing as you can imagine! Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

We hope to have her home by early next week.

Thanks again for all of your wonderful communications!! Mom’s inner strength from her North Dakota days will serve her well as we make this journey.

 Take care,
Karen Mhyre (daughter of Hannah Loeb)



 Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA

Gary, It looks like I missed a terrific time, and nice to see pictures from the reunion. I am going to Dunseith the first week of July to see old friends, I will be going back with my kid brother Donnie he hasn’t been back in 30 years so it’s time for a trip, as for me all I need is a reason. I am really looking forward to this trip it should be a blast.




Vickie Metcalfe & Chuck/Geri Metcalfe Munro’s trip to Scotland:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

 Gary, Chuck and Geri Munro and I returned yesterday evening to the USA. Both the very first day and the very last day of our journey were hectic stress. Ah, in-between was pure magic. More sunshiny days than i could have ever wished for or imagined. Flying into Glasgow, we spent the first two days on the at Luss on Loch Lomond, the Fargo First Presbyterians were part of the church service celebrating it’s 1,500 year anniversary. (we missed Prince Charles by 3 days) From Loch Lomond and the River Clyde, traveling by bus, we stayed at a bed and breakfast on the Isle of Mull, where our great Grandmother, Jean (Mclean) Metcalfe’s clan hailed from. Ferrying to the Isle of Iona we mingled with people from various parts of the world who were also making pilgrimages. On that isle, St. Columbe introduced Christianity to the Druids, Picts and Celts. We found it to be a truly special spiritual place. Through the busy days, often one track trails led us to many castles, some in ruins, others very opulent. We stayed at Knock Castle. We saw an old cathedral where it is believed one of the oldest Yew tree survives in a kirk yard, just a mere 5,000 years old. We photographed Highland Coooo’s……. Venturing down history trails to that last battle field. We listened to bagpipes, learned of Culodian and the Jacobites, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Sir William Wallace, Rob Roy MacGregor, and Robert the Bruce etc.. Throughout the highlands, among castle ruins, cottages and rock fences we saw gentle long woolly long tailed sheep who patiently wait til late July to be sheared. We learned there are over 7 million sheep in Scotland, the wool market throughout the world is dipping downward. Central Scotland has its’ own silicon valley as the number one export is technology ………..followed by #2 export ….whisky. While Chuck and Geri visited a monastery existing for centuries. I went off to find the ever reclusive,Nessy who has also existed for centuries……. I spent two hours exploring the sometimes 560 foot deep Loch Ness. While aboard,I met a teacher on school holiday, from Wales and her daughter. Francesca, the daughter, was wearing a Cooooo hat and preferred to be called Mosey the Coooo. We made exchanges about the school systems in each country and I believe, “We are more alike and have more in common than we have differences”. The last three days of our journey found us crossing the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. By this time I was weary of castles. Walking through the rain, we searched to find the grave of Greyfriars Bobby, walked a bit of the royal mile and listened in the magnificent acoustics of St. Giles Cathdral, finally hoppong a double decker city bus where we got a birds eye view for a couple hours. Food each day began with a full Scottish breakfast. Bacon, eggs, sausage, black sausage, grilled tomatoes, toast, Sottish jams,…..or cold cereal, ham, cheese, or…..kipper, or salmon. Often the fish and chips were favored for dinner. Supper, we had choices of venison, mussels, roast beef, chicken, haggis, cullen skink, carrot soup. In between was tea time…… Scottish food is fantastic!!! Finding a wealth of treasures to be brought home; Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Mclean of Lochbuie tartan ties for the Metcalfe men. Golf hats and tees from St. Andrew’s. Linens, wool, and books for the women and wee children. Yes. We three agreed; the history, culture, scenery and food rate across the board high marks. The people of Scotland made the magic as they were welcoming, warm friendly to animals and people, honorable, and containing healthy doses of vibrant humor and wit. I came home to my Lochbuie. Whom, thank goodness is not purring having spent the last 2 weeks with Cyndy’s family and her cats. But… me thinks, I find Buie has developed a fine taste for people food. Acht! Another-r- r tomorrow to be filled with dog walking, picking ticks and r-r-reminiscing. Vickie


Pictures taken at the Rolette County Museum in St. John:

Folks, these are a few pictures that we took when we visited the St. John Museum on Friday, May 21st.

Thank you, Dick Johnson and Mel Kuhn, for your hospitality, allowing us to make this tour possible of this great facility of exhibits. I was impressed with all that you have.


Gary Stokes & Art Rude

Angela Berube Malget, Connie Halvorson Kester & Gary Stokes

Gary Stokes, Harvey Hoffman, Dave (Husband – Brenda Hoffman),
Alice Hoffman, Brenda Hoffman (68) & Esther Murray Fleming


Greg Malget, Angela Berube Malget (65),
Connie Halvorson Kester (64) & Gary Stokes

Susan Fassett Martin (65), Dick Johnson (68) & Paula Fassett (71)


Esther Murray Fleming (65)


 Angela (Berube) & Greg Malget


 Esther Murray Fleming (65) & Connie Halvorson Kester (64):


Gwen Grimme Eltz (68)

L to R: Mel Kuhn, Bill Grimme, Greg Malget, Dick Johnson,
Connie Halvorson Kester, Gary Stokes,
Angela Berube Malget & Jim Kester


Mel Kuhn’s Classic that he restored and drives

01/02/2020 (2729)

Denise Peltier (DHS 1971) Passed away.
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

January 02, 1954 – December 30, 2019
Denise Peltier, age 65 of Dunseith, died Monday at a Belcourt hospital.

Welcome Home – In Their Own Words – 10-min clip for our VN Vets Web link Posted by Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ
Hosmer, Bill

Pretty much the way it was ……except for the feelings and emotions that we all carry but cannot adequately transfer or relate to anyone that was not there!!



Gary’s Remarks I totally agree Bill. With all the Vietnam war protests, we didn’t get much of hero’s welcome returning home.

Bernadette’s Long-lost Niece with her 5 children, here for the funeral of Bernadette’s sister.

Ma.Lotte and her five children with Novie Ostulano Congson and Edz Lynn Sangris children, having their final meal before leaving for their home on the island of Samar. They were here for 9 days. These kids all had their same spot at the table for all three meals each day too. Lots of rice. That’s their main staple. Ma.Latte is Bernadette’s sister, Berlinda (deceased) long lost daughter recently found. She and her children were here for Berlinda’s funeral. Ma.Lotte was fortunate to have been able to see and visit with Berlinda, her birth mother, two days before Berlinda’s passing. Until three weeks ago she had no idea who her birth mother was. Berlinda’s final request was to see her. With a lot of persistence, Novie was able to locate her. Ma.Lotte is 46 years old. We enjoyed Ma.Lotte and her wonderful family. Note the beautiful smile of the girl on the right, turned looking at the camera. She is the youngest. 10 years old. Her nick name is Young Young (Young2). Her oldest brother Lester, 24, is on the left, far end of the table. Ma.Lotte is sitting next to Bernadette. Tata, our helper/caregiver, is feeding Bernadette.
Stokes 2729


Blog (83)posted on May 12, 2010

I am putting this out a bit early today. We have friends from Bremerton, WA staying/visiting with us. They will be here until Tuesday. Bernadette is fixing Breakfast, so hopefully I can get this distributed before she is ready for us to eat and our friends get up.

Please send any pictures that any of you have from the reunion.



Reply from Marie Iverson Staub (60): Seattle, WA


It was wonderful seeing everyone at the reunion. Peggy & Dennis Espe had a nice get together for the class of 1960 at their house before the big reunion and it was great seeing people, I had not seen in over 50 years. I wish I could have stayed around the area longer but Barbara is still working so we had to leave the next day. I also want to add my thank’s to Verena for all the work to set this up it was great fun. Hope you and Bernadette had a nice trip getting home and many thank’s for all you both do to keep us informed. Thank’s to Peggy & Dennis Espe for having the class of 1960 at their house. I found out I ‘m related to Peggy, I guess it is a small world.

Marie Iverson Staub

Marie, it was so nice to see you. There were a number of your class of 6- folks in attendance. We’d like to see some pictures. It was so nice seeing your cousin Joyce & Harlan Flaata too. I remember them well from my younger days when we attended the Metigoshe Lutheran churches of which my folks and them were very active members of. They look the same and yes they do live on Bear Butte. Joyce confirmed that.


Address & Phone number change:
From Mona Dionne Johnson: Bottineau, ND.

I am now living in Bottineau.

Address: 325 5th St. E., Bottineau, ND 58318
Tel. No. 702-534-0131



On Thursday afternoon/evening, before the reunion, John and Margaret Bedard invited us up to their home on Lake Metigoshe for a 10 plus course steak dinner. They prepared some might fine dishes with some of the most tender steaks I’ve ever eaten. John did a might fine job barbequing. Then they toped it all off with June Berry Pie and ice cream.

Shortly after we got to John & Margaret’s, Susan Fassett Martin called me. She and Esther Murray Fleming had just arrived in Dunseith and were at Dale’s. John and Margaret invited them to come up and join the party too. Later on Les and Myra Henning Halvorson came over too. They have a cabin next door to John & Margaret’s. It was a most enjoyable evening and a kick start for the rest of the reunion days to follow. We need to dearly cherish these type of gatherings, because they are so few and far between.

John and Margaret, you are great hosts. We thank you so much for this enjoyable evening. We will remember this day for years to come.



L to R: Bill Grimme, Sherry Nerpel, Irina Protassevitch, Ken Nerpel,
Brenda Johnson, Dick Johnson, Susan Fassett Martin & Gary Stokes

Grimme with his Fiancé Irina Protassevitch

Esther Murray Fleming, Brenda Johnson,
Sherry Nerpel & Susan Fassett Martin

Kenny Nerpel & Brenda Johnson

Dick Johnson & Esther Murray Fleming

Esther Murray Fleming, Susan Fassett Martin & John Bedard

Irina Protassevitch

Bill Grimme & Sherry Nerpel

Dick Johnson & Susan Fassett Martin
Note: Dick must have caught a big one???

Esther Murray Fleming & Gary Stokes

John Bedard

John and Margaret Brennan Bedard

Front to Back: Irina Protassevitch, Les Halvorson,
Myra Henning Halvorson & Esther Murray Fleming

12/21/2019 (2728)

Bernadette’s sister, Berlinda, Passed away
She lived Next door to us

Bernadette’s sister, Berlinda, passed away on May 13th. She had been on Dialysis for two plus years. With failing health and Zero quality of life, she chose to discontinue her dialysis treatments. She lasted 9 days. She was 67 years old.

With Philippine tradition, her body and casket are in her house, next door, with nine days of prayers and services. Her funeral and burial are tomorrow (Sunday). Her sister is here from Japan and other relatives too, from other islands. That combined with the local relatives, there are lots of folks here and staying in our house. Tonight, we will have 25 plus folks spending the night. We don’t have bed space for them all, so they will just sleep on what ever floor space they find.  We are consuming lots of Rice, pork and Chicken.

Berlinda’s final desire was to be reunited with her “Out of Wedlock 46-year-old daughter”. Her Daughter was 4 years old when she last saw her. Out of the blue she remembered her Daughters adopted family name. Knowing the family name, her daughter Novie, was able to locate her living on the Island of Samar. Her out of wedlock daughter was very surprised and excited to finely know who her birth mother was. We were able to get her here two days before Berlinda died. Berlinda was very alert and conscience too. A fantastic reunion. This daughters name is Ma.Lette.  She went back home a few hours before Berlinda’s death. She is here now with all five of her children ages 10 to 24. They have been here since Wednesday. They are all staying in our guest apartment.

Bernadette took the death of her sister very hard. Bernadette’s condition the past few days, has not been good either. We have decided not to take her to the funeral tomorrow. It would be too difficult to get her there and into the church too. We doubt she’d be able to endure the length of time too.  Berlinda’s final home service will be tonight with the priest and church folks. Philippine Catholic traditions and beliefs. They will all walk behind the Hearse from here to the church tomorrow, a distance of about one mile.  Following the funeral, they will walk to the Cemetery located very near our house.



Christmas letter From Pastor Orval Moren:
Former Dunseith Lutheran Pastor

Merry Christmas family and friends,

I would like to wish you a blessed Christmas to you and your family. I continue to miss my dearie, Bernell. We were married for nearly 65 years, she passed on February 23, 2018. Life changes entirely upon the death of a beloved spouse. This year has brought many changes. I experienced three bouts of pneumonia and was hospitalized for several months. Slowly, I made my recovery. I have since sold my house and my car, have dispersed our possessions among our family to use and enjoy and have taken residence at the Good Samaritan Ambassador, in New Hope, Minnesota. I had the opportunity to dismantle my library to many friends and family.

Jon and Bonnie Moren welcomed a new granddaughter, Juniper Grace, born to Nate and Erin on November 19th. She joins her big sister, Penelope, who will soon be 3 years old. Nate and Erin continue with their business,Tandem made, and also work with Target in the build and design area. Erin also teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Ben is a professor at MCAD and Sara teaches at MCAD as well. Sara also does free-lance in graphic design. Jon is a Dentist and Clinic Director at the University of Minnesota Boynton Health and Bonnie enjoys retirement. They all live in the Minneapolis, MN area.

Becky and Ric Calhoun, living in Amarillo, TX are healthy and enjoying a very active life and their family. Ric is a capital project manager in the petroleum industry. Becky is currently substitute teaching so that she can visit me routinely. Their oldest, Daniel, lives in Lafayette, LA, where he is a concrete project manager. Rachel lives in Austin,TX and is working in the technology industry. She recently became engaged to Dietrich Schmidt, who is on pastoral staff of a Austin based church.  Joanna is in Little Rock, AR, and is a youth minister at a growing church. Noah is a project engineer in Houston and works in the oil and gas industry. Joel lives in Fayetteville, AR and is a junior in electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas.

Debbie and Jerry Higgins live in Maple Grove, MN. Jerry works at Sheet Metal Connectors. Debbie continues to be an adult foster care provider. Jenna and her husband, Mark Heise are excitedly expecting their first child, a girl, in April.  I hope they will name her Orvalena. Mark is a finance manager at Apple Automotive in Shakopee and Jenna works in operations management in the wellness industry. Jay and his fiancée, Kelly Niles, became engaged in September. She is a marketing project manager and Jay received his Doctor of Chiropractic in May and now works full-time at his practice at Orthology in Eagan, MN. Jesse is a Senior in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota in Duluth and will graduate in May. Jesse is in a relationship with Alina Godyaeva, who is majoring in environmental sciences. Tony Higgins works at Best Buy, and his girlfriend is Sadaya Sutta, works at Chuck E Cheese and also attends school part-time.

My youngest daughter, Mary Beth Galey, who is helping me write this letter, continues to live in Minnetonka, MN. She enjoys her role at Optum, a health services division of UnitedHealthGroup, as Vice President of strategic client management. She travels extensively and yet we see each other often.

Now more than ever, I continue to enjoy visits by phone, email, letters or in person (We suggest you call before you come). In this season of Christmas, I wish you the Lord’s blessings for a healthy and wealthy Christmas and 2020. I am residing at:

Good Samaritan Ambassador
Sunny Ridge, Room 114
8100 Medicine Lake Road
New Hope, MN, 55427

You can also reach me on my cell phone at 763-443-0777 and please forward email greetings or notes to my daughter Becky Calhoun at her email, zip55123@hotmail.com.

Continued blessings,

Orval Moren



Blog (82) posted on May 11, 2010


We got back home to the Philippines last night about 11:00 PM. When we landed they announced that it was 86F. That is about 4 degrees warmer than normal for that hour of the day. It’s currently 94F at 4:00 PM. This is the warmest that I have ever seen it here in Cebu.

We most certainly had a great trip seeing so many of you folks. It was absolutely wonderful. We so enjoyed the many small gatherings before and after the reunion as well. Last Friday, the evening before we left ND, we gathered at the Pizza Inn, in Bottineau, with Dick/Brenda Johnson, Jim/Connie Halvorson Kester, John/Margaret Bedard and Darrel/Debbie Stokes for Pizza and some good conversation from years past. When we were leaving, one of the workers in the back said to Dick, “You guys are leaving”. What was he thinking, we had only been there a little over 5 hours! We sure had fun reminiscing old times and stories from the past. Someday we’ll have to pick up from where we left off. We weren’t finished by any means, right Dick, Margaret & Connie.

I have not had a chance to down load any pictures from our camera that we took in the states yet today. I need to download and get them all separated. Hopefully I’ll get that done later this evening so I can post a few with tomorrow’s posting.

I have posted some pictures, at the bottom of this message from our Alaska Cruise, that Phyllis McKay provided. When we were in Federal Way on Sunday with our Grandkids, we called Phyllis to join us for dinner at the “Old Country Buffet”. It’s always a pleasure visiting with Phyllis.



Reply from Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Gary, I went and cleaned up on Sunday and didn’t find any camera so someone may have picked it up Saturday evening. They may respond to your posting on the blog, I hope.

Got everything all cleaned and put away and returned to key to George plus $100.00 to cover any electric expenses. He told me anywhere from $30.00 to $80.00 so I just gave him $100.00 and that seemed to satisfy him.

I have been getting so many compliments on the food, the organization, the decorations, etc. from people in the community that attended and this makes everything all worthwhile! I am so happy it was a huge success and this makes my heart soar like an eagle!

Later, Verena (*-*)

Verena, your heart has every right to soar like an eagle with the huge success of this wonderful reunion. You made it happen and we so appreciate you going the extra miles to make this whole event the success that it was. When I visited you at that school several days before the reunion, I can not for the life of me figure out how you manage to do all that you do with all the things that you have on your plate. To top things off you were tasked by the school to make up graduation announcements, banners, etc. for the DHS gradation the day following our reunion. How do you manage to do it all and so efficiently? You are most certainly a super woman. DHS will be lost when you retire someday.

We want to thank George Gottbreht too, for letting us use the Bingo Barn rent free. He only ask that we pay the utilities that were incurred for this event. Thank you, George. I was also pleasantly surprised to see my name on Dale’s Bill Board out by the road too “Welcome Stokes Bogglers”. Bernadette first noticed it when we drove into Dale’s several days after we were in the area. Her words were “Look at that, your name is posted on that sign!” Sure enough it was and for three weeks too. Again, thank you George.


Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What a great reunion. I missed talking to so many people- just ran out of time even though the lights were shut off on Dick, Brenda, me and Tim Hill! I thought Bernadette was probably a lovely lady but know so now – a entire week of listening to our stories PLUS manning the reception area. Way to go Bernadette. And I can’t even begin to tell you how important the San Haven info at the Museum was/is to me. Kudos big time to Mel and Dick and Kudos to you for using the blog to tell us about it. Great weekend that I wish had been longer.

Love Brenda

You are so welcome Brenda. You were among those of us that were there to the most enjoyable end. We all had to leave about 12:30 AM so they could lock the place up. Brenda, you are a hoot and so much fun. I am so glad that you were able to attend. We enjoyed seeing Dave too, at the Museum. Gary


Message from Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND


Not sure if your checking your blog on vacation.

I have been assigned a bus charter run to Oklahoma City next week. Were supposed to be back around 1:00PM on Friday – I’m hoping for no problems so I can make it to Dunseith. Hope to see everyone there.

I drive charter tours in the so called semi-retirement.


Wild Weasel Mission in Viet Nam
Bill Hosmer’s (48) reply to DIck Johnson (68): Tucson, AZ

Bill Hosmer wrote: > Dick, Thanks for your reply. Yes, the Wild Weasel mission is some thing that I, personally, initiated by way of recommendation to the general who asked each of us flight leaders what we thought of a mission the day before in 1965 when six of us got shot down attempting to kill SAM sites very near Hanoi. Forty eight F-105 “Thuds* attacked two sites. We had to fly at very low level in order to not be shot down by the missiles themselves, but the AAA guys had a ball. My wing man was hit and had to eject as we were attacking one of the sites. I was leading eight birds and were supposed to hit everything left standing after the other forty had attacked. My guy was the only one not killed or taken prisoner that day, out of the six shoot downs. I was pretty pissed when the general asked me what I thought of the mission. I told him it was the f—ing dumbest thingI’ve ever experienced in my life. He said, ok, you get a meeting set up with representatives > from all the units involved and give me a recommendation on how to kill SAMs. By the way, you will be leading the next effort to get them. Igot the other guys together and we put together a long range and short range plan to kill SAMs. The long range one was to get a group of fighterpilots, with stuff already on the shelf,trained to do just that one specialty and develop tactics to lead the attack force into those high threattargets close to town. The F-100 was the first bird they had available to do this. The commander of that first outfit was and is a good friend of mine, Gary Willard. Later F-105s were modified with more advanced avionics to try to do it better, and finally F-4s got into the act. I led a twelve ship flight of F-105s on the next effort after the bad day of losses. I was able to develop my own tactical approach to getting the job done. We damaged the site and guns around it and did not lose one bird. I got some recognition > for doing it, and was proud of the people who volunteered to go with me on that one, in the face of the bad day with all those losses. So, Dick, I got carried away when you mentioned Wild Weasel and got a little offthe track. By the way, I flew the F-100 my second time over there, and it was all strikes against targets in Laos, and close air support for troops in South Vietnam. The president called off strikes in North Vietnam which boiled my blood. Cheers, Bill


Dick’s reply to Bill:


Gary Willard was the guy they we interviewing, I’m quite sure—Brig. Gen. Gary Willard–if my memory serves me. Thanks for the info and you can ‘get off track’ with me anytime—I love it!! It’s too bad they didn’t ask you guys the day BEFORE rather than after the black day. Thanks again.



Dick’s reply to Bill: 


I will certainly greet the reunion goers on your behalf. We will miss you and Pat . The news about Pat’s improvement is great! This is a step in the right direction for her and just being home will be therapeutic in itself. Tonight, the Military Channel ran a documentary on the Wild Weasels in Vietnam. It told the in-depth course of action you guys did in the F 100s to decoy the SAMs ahead of the strike force. The entire NVA trick with ‘off and on’ radar to hide their sites was explained in detail. It was interesting but made me realize even more the danger you guys faced on a daily basis. It sounded like the Wild Weasels started the sorties in late ’65. Were you in the initial? squadrons? We bought a new satellite TV system and now get some real good channels—-for history and aviation buffs, anyway. Hope things keep improving for Pat. Give her our best!



Mike Hill:
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.



I think I’ve mentioned Wally’s nephew was married this past Saturday. Once again, it’s a small world. Shane’s “best man” was Mike Hill, Tim Hill’s son. I met Tim at the reception.




Message from Cecile Carbonneau Marchand (50): Kenosha, WI & Clearwater, FL.

Welcome t5o the states. I cannot be there for the reunion but I will be looking forward to hearing all about it. Wish you good weather and good times.. Cecile Marchand (1950)


Message from Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA.

Gary/ Bernadette,

hope you both have a great time at the reunion.

one of these years I will try and make a reunion.

tell everyone hello for me.

Marge Langan Wilcox tigerlady414@aol.com


Message from Donald Malaterre (72): Sioux Falls, SD.

Hi Gary,

This is Donald Malaterre from the class of 1972.

Would you please add my name and my wife’s name, Joann Malaterre to the list of attendees of the Dunseith Reunion next week.

Joann is not a Dunseith alumni, but she thinks you are some kind of a legend.

We live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Thank you, and we will see you there.

Donald Malaterre

Donald, I am so glad that your were able to make it to the reunion. I enjoyed meeting you and Joann. It was nice of you to stop by at Dale’s to visit with our class of 65 folks on Friday too, the day before the reunion. I noticed you knew a number of folks and they too were glad to see you. Gary


Message from Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68):  Newark, Delaware


Have a safe and pleasant trip back to the US! You and Bernadette should have a great time visiting family and staying in the area. Better bring a jacket, it’s been downright chilly in the US. Thank you so much for keeping the blog going and for the opportunity for the extended community of ND to stay connected to their roots, memories, and old friends. You are a peach without the pit!

Paulette LaCroix Chisholm


Posted on the Dunseith Alumni Web Site:
From Beverly Hamnes Handeland (48): Bottineau, ND



Reply to the pie postings sent from ND.
From Gwen Struck Dumas (68): Havre, MT

I just made my first ever angle food “pie”! Not sure how that happened, but it’s definitely different!

Clint went outside to cut firewood. It’s raining pitchforks and hammer handles and has been all week. I think he needed to get away to have a good ol’ belly laugh!! I may do the same…..some day.


Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Thank You Gary for making things happen.

Your blog continues to be like the old General store where folks gathered or Central Telephone Exchange of yesteryear. Many folks use quite frequently (other folks just listen in /view). All of us benefit by the exchange of positive communication.

I sincerely hope you and Bernadette had a good vacation. I here stateside felt it was great seeing you both again.

Happy Trails to you until we meet again……….Vickie

Vickie, Thank you so much for this nice compliment. It was most certainly a pleasure seeing and visiting with you both at the reunion and at the Bakery hashing out days gone by. I am hoping you are enjoying your trip back to Scotland with your cousin Geri Metcalf Munro and her husband Chuck. You may be back now. Please fill us in? Gary


Note from Bob Leonard (51): Lake Metigoshe & Dunseith, ND.

Hi Everyone:

Just a quick note to let you know I will be moving my computer to Lake Metigoshe, effective today, 5-23-2010. I am assuming I will have my same Metigoshe e-mail address, which is

If I find that I have to use another address, I will let all of you know.

Plan on having it up and running tomorrow afternoon, perhaps best if you do not use it until Tuesday.

We plan on making our physical move this week, perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday.

Hope all is well with all of you, have a good summer.




Trying to locate Jim Olson – Former Teacher
From Larry Nagel (Former Teacher): Shields, ND

I have been trying to locate Jim Olson for some time. He taught at Dunseith High School Business Department until the spring of 1966.

Thank you!

Larry Nagel


July 2009 Alaskan Cruise pictures:

Posted by Phyllis McKay (65):  Auburn, WA

Note: I think the date on these pictures must have defaulted to the wrong date when Phillis took these.


Class of 65 members:
Back: Gary Stokes, Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht & Phyllis McKay
Front: Bill Grimme


Gary Stokes & Phyllis McKay

Darrel (Bud) 970)/Debby Stokes, Phyllis McKay (65) & Oliver/Marlene Reing
Note: Debby and Marlene are sisters.

Gary (57) & Sue Metcalfe

LeaRae Parrill Espe (67) & Terry Espe (64)

Cheryl Haagenson (71)

Cheryl Haagenson (71), Florence Pladson Sime (62), Becky Sime Coles (83) & Phyllis McKay (65)

(Lee’s Friend) Lee Stickland (64), Phyllis Mckay (65) & Gloria Pflepsoen

Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht (65) & Phyllis McKay (65)

Minnie Knox Flynn (47), K. Flynn Richard (67) & Phyllis McKay (65)
Note: Minnie & K. are mother/daughter

12/05/2019 (2726)

Philippine Address

Question from Kaye K. Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

Does everyone know what address to use to mail a card to you, if one wanted to?  I know I don’t…


Kaye K. Lystad Kirk


Gary’s Reply


I have two addresses. I have a USA military FPO address and a Local address.
Delivery time for both addresses is about 2 weeks. Longer with the holidays.

  1. My FPO Military address is USA Mail with regular USA postage.
  1. Gary Stokes
  2. PSC 517 Box 6908
  3. FPO AP 96517


  1. Local Philippine address requires special postage
  1. Gary Stokes
  2. Purok 2
  3. Nangka, Consolacion
  4. Cebu, Philippines 6001 


Leonard Stickland and Darrel Fassett Deaths
Posted by LaRose Ketterling (’46):  Mercer, ND


In case you haven’t heard

Two Dunseith deaths

Darrel Fassett October 29, 2019 in Georgia, age 90 (birthday Dec 1)

Leonard Stickland Nov 12, 2019  age 91 in Mandan, ND obituary in Bismarck Tribune

LaRose Ketterling



Stickland, Leonard


Leonard George Stickland, 91, Mandan, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at St. Alexius Hospital surrounded by his family who loved him deeply. Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, November 15, 2019, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan. Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service. There will be no visitation, as cremation has taken place. Leonard was born October 3, 1928, at Dunseith, North Dakota, to Edward and Alice (Striker) Stickland. He was raised on the family farm until age 12 when his family moved to Dunseith where he graduated from high school in 1947. He attended Minot State Teachers College and taught school for two years. On December 18, 1948, he married Eleanor Awalt in Seattle, Washington. He joined the Teamsters Union in 1952 and drove tanker truck. The highlight of his working career was going to Greenland in 1959 and working as a heavy equipment operator building a radar base on the icecaps. Leonard’s greatest joy was the time spent with his grandchildren – teaching them to drive, to shoot a gun or drive a boat. His children and grandchildren will never forget his many pranks and sense of humor. Leonard enjoyed restoring old cars, and moose hunting in Canada. He traveled to all of the US states except Maine. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; three daughters, Margaret Gress, Atlanta, Georgia, Barbara (Mark) Knoll, Richfield, Minnesota, and Kim (John) Gleich, Wisconsin; one son, Michael Stickland, Mandan; son-in-law George Gress; nine grandchildren, Michael, Brian (Jena), Andrew, and Anthony (Stacy) Gress, Dustin Knoll, Paul, Kelsey (Joe), Adam, and Kyle Gleich; and four great-grand-daughters, Anna, Avary, Natalie and Eleanor Gress. He also leaves behind his furry friend, Charlie. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, son David; granddaughter, Mariah Gleich; five sisters, Joy Peterson, Lois Nugent, Doris Bousche, Marion McFadden, and Delma Beaudry, and two brothers, Bob and Ennis.


Gary’s Comment

Thanks, LaRose for this info. We knew about Darrel Fassett’s passing, but had no idea that Leonard Stickland had passed away.

We extend our condolences to Leonard’s family too, with his passing.

12/02/2019 (2725)

Allen Stokes Memorial Service
May 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM (Wednesday)
Metigoshe Lutheran church.


I will be attending Allen’s Memorial in May. We have good help for Bernadette, but even with that, I can not be gone long. There are things that I am needed for. I will be gone a total of 11 days.

I will be in ND Monday to Thursday the week of Allen’s Memorial. I am looking forward to seeing many of you folks while I am there too.

Going from 90F temps this time of year to ND, would be a bit of a shock. That plus I don’t have the clothes.



Condolences to the Darrel Fassett Family
From Ron Peltier (’70):  Dunseith, ND

I just now read of the passing of Darrel Fassett and would to send my most heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives.  We really enjoyed golfing with him and wondered why he hasn’t shown up these past few summers, the only one left now from his group is Bob Leonard and he’s still competitive as heck.


Sylvia McLeod Haakenson Passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Dunseith Alumni Friends and Gary,

Sympathy to the McLeod family on the loss of their sister., Sylvia.

Her brother,  Kenny was a 70’s classmate.


Vickie L. Metcalfe





Blog (81) posted on May 10, 2010

Leaving for the States today:


Bernadette and I will be leaving for the states a little past Midnight tonight. We’ll have a 12 hour lay over in Seoul Korea of which the airlines will be putting us up in a hotel for that time. That will be a nice break. From Seoul we have a direct flight to Seattle. We’ll be arriving in Seattle a little past noon on Tuesday. We’ll be spending time with our kids, grandkids and friends in Bremerton for a few days. On Sunday we’ll be flying to Minot. We’ll be in ND until June 5th before heading back to Cebu via Seattle. While in ND we’ll be staying with my brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby in Bottineau.\

When we get to Seattle, Bernadette and I will be getting Cell phone AT&T SIM cards for our phones. I will be posting those numbers when I get them. I’m hoping we can get local Dunseith/Bottineau numbers?

While back in the states, I will be posting limited daily blogs.

We are looking forward to seeing you folks.



Reply from John Tangen: California.

Gary, What a fascinating piece! While I have long ago become a “mountain country” fan, I still enjoy driving across my home state, North Dakota and relaxing in the tranquility. One of my favorite travel memories, one summer evening a few years back, was driving east through the badlands along I-94. To the south was a spectacular display of sheet lightning, something I’d not witnessed before except in Texas; then to my left I noticed another light display, and after pondering a few moments realized I was beholding the Northern Lights, which I hadn’t seen since we moved to town (Bottineau) in 1965. The double display was so mesmerizing I had to pull over and stop a while to enjoy. Not a single other car appeared to interrupt the show. Anyway, those mental snapshots are still in memory’s photo album.

Hope you have a great time back in the “home country”!


Folks, John Tangen’s mother was Esther Thompson Tangen, sister to Ella Thompson Pladson. John is a first cousin to Keith Pladson and all his siblings.

John, It’s great hearing from you. Gary


Message from Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND.


Larry Hackman asked me in an e-mail why I wasn’t writing anymore of those funny stories about my wife. Now Lola-when you see Kathy at work you don’t have to tell her all about this-OK. So here goes. A few weeks back my wife’s dad passed away[probably why I didn’t think to pass this on] and she was gone to Indiana for a week and a half. Anyway-when she left, she gave me the checkbook saying only to use it if I really needed stuff[this is the first time I’ve seen the checkbook in over 20 years. After about a week I ran out of clean dishes and pretty near run out of clean clothes. This was mostly due to the fact that she left in kind of a hurry and didn’t wash everything before she left. Well anyway I went and bought some new plates and silverware and stuff[I didn’t get any new kettles and frying pan as if you cook the same thing you can use them over] and a few pairs of pants and some shirts and underwear. When she got home, she seemed a little upset about this saying that the checkbook was for buying more laundry detergent and dish soap not for buying clean things to use. I still don’t understand what I did wrong. Maybe you can help me out here Larry, you are just a little older and maybe a little wiser than me in these matters.


Mel, we are excited to see you. We are looking forward to the tour that you and Dick will giving the Alumni folks of the Museum too. Gary


Reply from Marlene (Lilleby)Palmquist Larsen (53): Ephrata, WA

Hope you and Bernadette have one grand time!!!Thanks for all the Blogs, even though there are many I don'[t know —it is surprising how many I do know and how you make us all part of the Dunseith family. Would love to be there at the reunion === will be a lot of good times. Thanks again for creating this Blog.

Marlene (Lilleby)Palmquist Larsen


Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42):  Grand Forks, ND

Hope that you and the classmates listed in your daily e-mail will have a wonderful reunion. The town will be busting at the seams for a few hours!

Can you see if the history of Dunseith that has been mentioned several times is available? Thanks.

Again, thank you for starting this daily e-mail!



PS: You have a really beautiful wife!

Yes, Bernadette has inner beauty too with a heart of gold. She loves to give.


Update from DeAnn Gottbreht O’Hara: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I’m am looking forward tomorrow to my first Mother’s Day and my Birthday all in the same day! It will be very special. I will be able to celebrate it with my Mother and Grandmother so that is pretty special as well.

I had another chemo Friday and it went well. Only one more chemo treatment to go!! I can’t wait. The hormone treatments should be a lot easier on my system without all the side effects of the chemo. I saw my doctor and she was sure excited to see Connor and hold him for the first time. She said Connor is our Miracle Boy and he sure is! He went through a lot with me already and came through it just fine. He is also a great traveler in the car! Thank goodness since we are driving all over the state pretty much every week.

I put up a couple new pictures of Connor on here for you all to see. He is sure changing fast. He is also starting to sleep better at night the last couple of night so that sure helps me out. He is eating larger amounts to so I think that helps. Take care everyone and enjoy the weekend!


11/10/2019 (2724)

Leona Hosmer’s Obituary
Posted by Colette Hosmer (’64):   Santa Fe, NM

Leona Hosmer
Hosmer, Leona
Leona Hosmer 1920 – 2019

Leona ”Lee” Hosmer passed away of natural causes at the age of 98 years and 9 months, on September 1, 2019, at the home of a daughter in Santa Fe, NM.

Leona was born when the life expectancy in the United States was 53 years for males and 54 years for females.  She entered the world (population 1 billion, 811 million) on December 8th, 1920. Her arrival came just two months after the United States Constitution had granted women the right to vote.

Leona gave credit for her good health, work ethic, humor, tenacity and sense of adventure to being raised by “wonderful parents” on a working farm during The Great Depression. Cash was a rare commodity but she credited family resourcefulness, hard work and “two good water wells” for the fact that they always had plenty of food.  She took pride in her father’s ability to accomplish tough goals. One in particular––that all of his children would graduate from high school––was achieved in spite of hard times.

Inspired by her father, Leona set a few goals of her own. In the summer of 1931, eleven-year-old Leona Richard watched a troupe of gypsies pull into the farmyard to trade for a few chickens. The gypsy wagons carried all of their worldly belongings. Leona remembered thinking how exciting it would be to live on the road!  She was also influenced by a favorite teacher in school who said, “If you want to do a thing badly enough you will do it.” She began a list of places that she wanted to visit in the world––The Great Wall of China, Hawaii…gradually, her list grew as she studied more history and geography in school. Before long, she had added the Panama Canal, the pyramids in Yucatan and many more.

Leona’s journey began with a thirteen-mile trip from her farm home to Dunseith where a long and successful marriage to Bob Hosmer ensued.  Their fifty-nine years together produced a family grocery store, three daughters, Janet, Nancy and Colette, and too-many-to-count hunting, fishing and camping trips.  These excursions graced many meals with wild fish and fowl. Along with raising a family, Leona excelled at bridge and golf, taught square dancing at the Dunseith school, led a brownie scout troupe and revisited her first language (French) with mail-order books and records.

A relatively early retirement kicked-off Leona and Bob’s road adventures, beginning with a cross-Canada trip in one of the early pick-up mounted campers, before graduating to larger goose-neck versions.  They traveled extensively from northern Canada to southern Mexico and crisscrossed North America from west to east.  Bob and Leona’s long retirement included 26 winters in southern New Mexico where golfing, bridge, horseracing and increasingly exotic travel destinations continued. Summer visits back to North Dakota were a yearly event. Following the death of her life partner, Bob, Leona moved to Oregon where she lived for the next sixteen years (winning major bridge tournaments in her eighties) before returning to New Mexico.

Over her long life, Leona traveled to every destination on her childhood list.  Many decades later, she found herself on the other side of the Earth, and following a steep and difficult climb, she heard herself say, “Here I am, standing on the Great Wall of China!”

Leona Serena Maria Richard Hosmer will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. Her example of how to live a full, exciting and generous life has forever influenced her many grateful descendants and has given her the starring role in so many family stories.

Leona is survived by daughters, Nancy Baldwin (spouse, Keith Kontzie) and Colette Hosmer; Grandchildren, Scot Furgason, Christine Westwood, Michael Cobb, Samantha Furgason; Great-grandchildren, Quinton Furgason, Ryan Featherson, Melissa Bruning, Silver Furgason, Tien Zin Furgason-Ho; and Great, great granddaughter, Camryn Lee Bruning.

Leona was predeceased by her husband; Robert “Bob” Hosmer; daughter, Janet Louise Cobb; parents, Fred and Johanna Richard; Siblings, Herbert Richard, Gerald Richard, Virgil Richard, Verdellis Larson and Jerrine Larson.
Gary’s Comment
Our condolences are with Leona’s entire family with her passing. She will most certainly be missed. She lived a very active life well into her upper 90’s. With some of the more recent FB posting I saw of her; she was very active and for sure didn’t show her age being in her upper 90’s.  


Brother Allen Stokes Passed away (’67)
Obituary / Comments posted by Gary Stokes (’65)


Our Brother Allen passed away this past Wednesday.

Allen’s passing was expected. In March 2016 he was assaulted and severely beaten with multiple skull fractures and several broken ribs. Ever since he has remained in a vegetable state of being. His death has now been ruled a homicide.

Cremation is pending. His ashes will be shipped to ND for burial at Ackworth Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Actually, my plans are to go back for Allen’s Memorial Service. Tentative plans are May of Next year. Bernadette is unable to travel, so it would be just me. With Bernadette’s condition I can only be gone for a maximum of 10 days and that is stretching it. I will only be ND for about 3 days. A whirlwind trip.


Allen Stokes
Stokes A
July 30,1948 – Nov 7, 2019

Allen L. Stokes, age 71 of El Cajon, CA formerly of Dunseith, died Thursday November 7, 2019 at an El Cajon hospital.

Allen was born July 30,1948 in Bottineau, ND. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He attended Ackworth Country Grade School and Dunseith High School.

Following his formal education, Allen worked in the oil fields in Western ND, Montana and Wyoming. In 1999, following the downsizing of the oil drilling, he moved near his brother Gary in Bremerton WA. In Bremerton he worked numerous construction and painting contract jobs. In 1992 he moved to San Diego CA where he has resided ever since. In San Diego he worked maintenances for several larger apartment complexes. Allen retired in 2010.

In 1976 Allen was united in marriage to Sharon. That marriage was later dissolved. In 1993 he was united in marriage to Janet. That marriage later ended. Allen had no children.

Allen was pretty well known in the Bottineau, Dunseith and Turtle Mountain communities for his supped-up cars and his ability to fix and keep them running. He had quite a car collection in the back woods of our parent’s farm. Several collectables too.

Allen, in his youth, was well known among the local farmers for his work ethics, his work horse reputation and his abilities to efficiently accomplish all jobs tasked to him in a timely manner.

Allen is survived by his two brothers. Gary and his wife Bernadette, Cebu, Philippines; Darrel and his wife Deborah, Bottineau, ND; Nephews, Bernie and Nathan Stokes: Nieces, Sheryl Wingate and Kristin Podominick.

Allen was preceded in death by his Parents, Robert and Elaine Stokes, Bottineau, ND

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Interment: Cremation with ashes buried in the Ackworth Cemetery.


Blog (80) posted on May 9, 2010


This is a very rare day with not having anything to post. Bernadette and I are meeting some of our friends for lunch at 11:30 AM this morning at the Mall. This is Mother’s Day too. We celebrated Mother’s Day a bit early with a buffet dinner last night with some other friends of ours at the Marco Polo Hotel.

Tomorrow night we will be heading to the Airport for our 12:30 AM flight back to the states. Bernadette has our bags packed and ready to go. Tomorrow will be the last daily blog that I will be sending before leaving. I plan on sending a few messages while back in the states as time permits, but will probably keep them to a minimum. When I don’t have all my tools at my fingertips, it’s a bit clumsier. In ten minutes, we’ll be leaving, so I better get this sent and posted on the Website.


Bernadette Stokes at a monthly potluck dinner.



11/05/2019 (2723)

Gwen Grimme Eltz has identified all but three in this photo taken 40 years ago.

NDSU-Bottineau Business Club Photo
Neola Kofoid Garbe’s message to Gary Stokes and Dick Johnson

Hi, Gary and Dick.
Another Wondrasek picture.  I don’t know if any of your readers might be in this picture.  I recognize Joan McLean Bonn, but that’s it.

Brenda/Dick Johnson’s reply
In the bottom row last one on the right side is Mrs. Syvertson and next to her is Gwen Grimme Eltz.  Looks like it was taken at the School of Forestry some time in 1968-69 in the gym.

 Gary Stokes Forward to Gwen Grimme Eltz
Hello Gwen,
Dick and Brenda identified you in this picture. How many others do know?Thanks,

Gwen Grimme Eltz Reply:  

Hi Gary, Thanks for sharing the picture. It was taken, as mentioned, on Fall Quarter 1979 when I taught at NDSU-Bottineau. The group is our Business Club, and I remember the names and hometowns of the people in the pic, with the exception of just two or three of them.  I’ll print the pic tomorrow and attach names and hometowns. The nice thing about teaching at that school is that we really got to know the students well and I still stay in touch with many of my former students. I also got well acquainted with my Washington state students, but once they graduated it was harder to stay in touch with them. I started teaching at NDSU-Bottineau in 1974 and retired from teaching at Spokane Falls Community College in 2014. Teaching was always my passion! I’ll be back in touch with the names of the students in a few days, Thanks again!

 Hi Gary,
Attached is a .pdf file that contains the names/hometowns of the NDSU-Bottineau 1979-80 Business Club students in the picture that you asked about. It was a good memory test for me! Thanks for sending the pic to me!

 Gary’s comments
Thanks Gwen, You did very well remembering all these people and their home towns too, 40 years later. What a fantastic memory. You only missed three and I’m sure some of our readers will be able to identify them

NOTE: A PDF copy of this picture is attached.

NDSU-Bottineau Business Club 1979-80
NDSU Forestry
Bottom Row (L to R):  Marlene Gores/Bisbee; Kim Pritchard/Bottineau; Doreen Counts/Dunseith; Barb Geinert/Nortonville; Bonnie Henry/Newburg; Cindy Schmaltz/Towner; Gwen Grimme Eltz, Instructor/Marjorie Severson, Instructor.

Row 2: (L to R) Bernadine Blomquist/New Rockford; Theresa Floberg/Westhope; Kim Teigen/Maxbass; Juliene Getzlaff/Bottineau; Cheryl Bertsch/Rolla; Lana Pigeon/Rolette; Delores Knutson/Kenmare; Margo Laviguer/Souris; Dave Olson, Instructor.

Row 3: (L to R) Carrie Heilman/Rolla; Connie Heilman/Rolla; Alberta “Birdie” Haakenson/Bottineau; Cheryl Gessner/Newburg; (Unknown); Fran Indegaard/New Rockford; (Unknown); Shirley Beith, Instructor.

Top Row: (L to R) Kim Rude/Bottineau; (Unknown); Jackie Belgarde/Belcourt; Suzanne Swenson; Portal; ? Thurston/Bottineau; Ardelle Ostrom/Bottineau; Melanie Brudwick/Bottineau


Kathleen Brennan Anklam (Margaret ‘John’ Bedard’s Sister) Passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (‘70): Bottineau, ND 

Kathleen Ann “Kathy” Anklam, 80 of Rolette, ND passed away on Friday morning, November 1, 2019 at the Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby, ND.

Funeral Services for Kathy will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Valle Lutheran Church, Rolette with Reverend Jim Odden officiating. Burial will be in the Rolette Cemetery.

Gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, November 5th at Valle Lutheran Church from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.

Kathleen Ann was born on November 29, 1938 to Ross and Hazel (Wickman) Brennan, the oldest of seven children. She grew up in the Turtle Mountains on the shores of Carpenter Lake.

After graduating from high school, she continued her education at Minot State College, earning her Teaching Certificate. She taught at Shell Valley, a one room country school. One day the bachelor farmer “Donald Anklam” showed up at the school with a very original alternative motive to meet the single school teacher.  He asked her if she wanted to go “hunting rabbits”. He had a shot gun with him, hoping she would say yes.

Kathy was united in marriage to Donald on September 21, 1959 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Rolette. They purchased the “farm homestead” on mile South of Rolette on “April Fools Day”, 1964 where they raised their 2 daughters Karen and Wendy.

Once Karen started school, Kathy returned to teaching kindergarten. She also took classes at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt and after the daughters left home, she worked to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Mayville State College and with hard work and dedication received her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.

She was a beloved teacher at Rolette Public School for many years and eventually was the Grade School Principal. Prior to her retirement, she was a Reading Specialist at the school.

For the past 20 years since retirement, she and Don traveled extensively throughout the United States.

Kathy was a very active member of Valle Lutheran Church and the WELCA. She enjoyed bird watching, quilting, fishing, gardening-both flowers and vegetables. There was a large accumulation of fabric for the countless baby blankets that Kathy made to give to relatives and anyone who she knew having a baby.  The International Peace Garden held a special place in Kathy’s heart, since her father had worked their while serving with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp).

Kathy was all about family. She made it a point to be present for the many milestones in her grandchildren’s lives and felt blessed to be a great grandmother. Kathy never missed the yearly Brennan family reunions and so many other get-togethers with her extended family.  She knew how important it was to bring together the constantly growing family and treasuring all the laughs and memories shared.

Adjectives that best describe our precious Kathy include welcoming, inquisitive, supportive, respectful, encouraging, positive and most of all loving which was shown in her many gifts and ways.

In late August, Kathy entered Hospice Care at Heart of America. At the admission meeting, we were told to focus on “quality of time-not quantity”. We want to thank the staff for their many efforts of kindness and care shown to Kathy.

Kathy’s loving family include her husband Donald, now of Rugby, formerly a resident of Rolette, ND for 87 years; daughters Karen (Wayne) Hopfinger, Bismarck, ND and Wendy Anklam, Minneapolis, MN; siblings Carol Desper, Bismarck, Margaret (John) Bedard, Bottineau, ND, Betsy (Gary) Snidak, Stow, OH, Jack (Evie) Brennan, Fargo, ND and Gail Fox, Mankato, MN; grandchildren Jerett, Derek, Travis and Caitlin; great grandchild Radrick; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Peggy Johnson



Blog (79) posted on May 8, 2010


Verena Gillis Appreciation:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND


I’d like to express my appreciation to Verena. Wow! Thank-you for all the thoughtfulness, communication and hard work you are doing to make such an organized school homecoming!

Cool rainy, weather has been in our picture the past 2 weeks . Rhubarb was coming up nicely, as it likes the cool spring moisture. I woke up today wondering if my rhubarb crop will fail as it’s peeking through a light snow covering. Then, I wondered about juneberries which can be touchy about frost.

Oh well, looking at the positive, the cold clime keeps my mind on school! And I’m not longing to be outdoors in the frosty muddy glop yard cleaning.

Take care when re-filling your cuppa …. fill your day with some laughter too.Vickie

Vickie, I 2nd your words of appreciation for Verena. She has done and is doing a wonderful job coordinating all of the logistics and organizing for our reunion. She’s a super woman with great communication and organizational skills. Thank you Verena. Gary


Email address change:
From Leland Hagen (50): Bryan, TX.

I am changing internet service effective today, 7-may -2010. Please make this correction to your address book.

lghagen1@ verizon.net

Thanks, Leland


David Houim, Cousin to the Hackman siblings, was killed in a tree cutting accident:
Posted by Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND. 

Note: Larry, Neola sent me David’s obituary several days ago. I was waiting for more info and connections before posting. Thanks, Gary


Since David Hoium was brought up and some people know him.

I thought I would send my first cousins obituary.

He was the youngest son of my mothers sister.

He died much to young and left a wife and three children behind that will miss him.

He joins his daughter, and his mother and dad in heaven.

He was a good guy.

He will be missed.

God bless him, his family and all of you,

Thank you for your prayers.

Larry Hackman

David Houim

Dec. 5, 1965 – May 1, 2010

David Wesley Houim, 44, of Rugby, died at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota, on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from complications related to injuries he suffered during a tree cutting job on Tuesday, April 27.

David was born Dec. 5, 1965, to Virgil and Frances (Kraft) Houim of Rugby, N.D. He was raised in Rugby and after high school went on to Bismarck State College to complete his training as an electrical lineman. He spent four years working for the Boylston Municipality in Massachusetts before returning to Rugby, the community that was always home to him.

On April 29, 1989, he and Nancy Heilman were married at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, and made their home in Rugby and started a family of their own. Over the years, many people came to know David through his business, “Dave Houim Tree Service,” and from the rental properties that they owned and managed in Rugby. His wife, Nancy, was always proud of the integrity and honesty that David brought to their businesses.

When away from work, he enjoyed a number of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, canoeing, downhill skiing and particularly camping. He also took great pride in the remodeling jobs that he completed, not only with the rental properties, but his family home as well. We will always remember his trademark laugh and a smile that made you feel at ease when you were with him. He had a great sense of humor and always had time for a good joke or recalling an amusing situation.

David was a man of conviction, committed to doing what was right and instilling that in his children. His kind heartedness was extended to so many people. He was willing to do anything for anybody, even if they were complete strangers. The unfailing devotion he had for his family was even more evident when they went through some difficult days and challenging times. He was always willing to make sacrifices in order to care for his family. They were his priority and they brought a great deal of love and joy to his life.

Survivors include: his wife, Nancy; his children, Joshua, Ashley and Amber, all at home; three sisters, Darlene (Garry) Rose, Rugby, Karen (Stacey) Koster, Mayville, and Carol (Don) Clarkson, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; five brothers, Garry (Lana), Mandan, Donald (Judy), Grandin, Bill (Brenda), Minot, Bob (Monica) and Ken (Kathy), all of Rugby; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Rosanna Heilman, of Portage, Wis.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Abby, on May 31, 2001; and his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, in Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, with burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner will be the Celebrant.

Friends may call today, May 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, and Wednesday, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church on Wednesday.

Rosary and vigil prayers: Will begin at 7 p.m. today in the church.

Music: Little Flower Church Choir.

Casket Bearers: Garry, Donald, Bob, Bill and Ken Houim, Joseph Ramedan, Steve Braaten and Brooks Houim.

Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.


North Dakota forever:
Posted by Mike & Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62): Elk River, MN

Here’s an article by Chris Jones from a Dec. ’09 issue of Esquire that I thought you might appreciate:

The Emptiest, Loneliest, Highway in America

There are only about 640,000 people in North Dakota. For five hours — unbroken by a pause, a turn, or even a lane change — I was blissfully one of them.

I’ve never believed it’s about the journey; for me, it’s always been the destination that counts. My destination was Montana, so I wanted North Dakota to disappear.

Even before I found myself on the otherwise empty I-94, I’d been told that the 352 miles of four-lane between Fargo and Beach were among the most desperate in the country to cross. Except for Bismarck, rising above the middle of the state, there would be nothing to mark the distance. I’d made things harder on myself by crossing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Minnesota before I tackled our most barren country. After so much uninterrupted green, my Corolla had already become a kind of sensory-deprivation chamber, like one of those metal tubes in which divers get over the bends. I’d even turned off the radio. (When I caught myself singing along to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” outside Brainerd, I feared permanent damage to my self-esteem.) In Moorhead, I stopped to top off the tank and buy a bag of beef jerky. I had five hours to empty them before North Dakota would fall along with the night. At first, the prairie opened up in a way that made it seem romantically panoramic. Through the dead bugs on my windows, I scanned a massive blue sky and great flats of grass. But after twenty minutes, it all became too overwhelming, too anti-mountain, for my mind to take in anymore. To get by, I tried to home in on the details, catching them the way a climber finds cracks in the face of a rock. I convinced myself that there was a beauty in power lines and the undersides of overpasses. And maybe there was something beautiful about them, those small artifacts of industry. Watching North Dakota’s human landscape pass by was like watching a noble but ultimately futile fight. The sky and the space were always going to win, but there was something in the struggle against them that took hold in me. By the time I’d put Bismarck behind me, its lights just coming on to fend against the semidarkness, it had somehow become about the journey after all. Because how often do we sit for five hours, chewing beef jerky, watching the sun set? In silence? In dreams? It never happens anymore, except in Canadian hospital emergency rooms, but even then, there’s something to watch other than the sunflowers turning west. Without having to make so much as a single lane change, I’d entered the closest thing to a runner’s high that a fat man can feel. I had rolled clean into bliss, my mind as open as the fields around me. Squinting into orange, I thought about those things that we never let ourselves think about — those things that we actively defend ourselves against thinking about by having so much other stuff to look at and listen to. On that godforsaken highway, I had revelations. I witnessed miracles. I saw every mistake I had made. I made peace with my regrets. And then I looked forward, ahead to the first few folds in the earth, to the canyons and the Continental Divide. I saw the rest of what I wanted out there. I saw the battles I still wanted to wage, the people I still wanted to meet and meet again, the trophies I still wanted to hang on my walls. I saw nearly every place I wanted to go between now and the end, and by the time I saw that big blue sign in my headlights, WELCOME TO MONTANA, I saw, too, that I wanted North Dakota to last forever.




11/01/2019 (796)

Darrel Fassett (DHS 1947) Passed away
Posting from Paula Fassett (’71):  Walhalla, ND

Hello All:

Sadly, this is to let you know that our uncle Darrel Fassett passed away on October 29th. Uncle Darrel was born December 1, 1928, in Dunseith, ND.  In recent years they resided in Hiawassee,  GA, with their daughter Kathy and her husband John. I don’t have enough info…or memory…to write a “proper” obituary….perhaps that will happen later.  Aunt Dorothy asked that I put something in the blog to let friends know of his passing and wants you to know that she is doing well.

If you’d like to send a card, please email or Facebook message me and I will provide you with a mailing address.

Please keep Dorothy and the family in your prayers.


Gary Stokes Comments
I was very saddened to hear of Darrel’s passing. The last time I saw Darrel was a few years back at the Walmart store in Bottineau, ND. When he tapped me on the shoulder, I was so surprised to see both him and Dorothy. Darrel was a very down to earth, common sense, super friendly and likeable man.  He was well loved by his entire family and his many friends.  He will be missed. With his passing Dorothy and his whole family have my condolences.

Fassett, Darrel Fassett, Darrel-1 


1970 – Belcourt Braves
Picture posted by Don Malaterre (’72):  Sioux Falls, SD

I thought Peter Davis was the best player on that team.
Ron Desarlais had a twin named Ray Desarlais who I thought was just as good as Ron.
Larry Dione is missing.
Less Halvorson from Wolford would remember this team.


Blog (796) posted on May 7, 2010


Message from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ

Gary and Good Friends. I have watched the growth of the attendance list of the May Reunion which is being managed so well by Verina Gillis, who is a miracle all by herself. I have been going back to Lake Metigoshe for twenty years and spent time in Dunseith with my golfing and poker friends over that time. The event which is coming up is just wonderful to know about and I hope that the friendship and loyalty of our entire community gives the attendees a new sense of our common heritage. I won’t be going back to our Hills and Prairies this year because my wife, Pat, is not well enough to travel. By the way, she and I were both born in Rolette in 1930, three weeks apart.

Pat and I wish for a wonderful celebration of a community of folks with a tremendous value system, unmatched anywhere else.

I am proud to have been a part of your heritage and wish for the best of times for all attendees, and those who could not make it. Bill Hosmer

Gary’s comments:

Bill, I am hoping pat’s health will improve in time. We are sorry to hear of her health set backs. You are one guy I was hoping to see too. We’ll have to take a rain check on that. When I get back from the states an on a slower day, I am going to post a rerun of the Dunseith folks replies, with your comments, to the air show you performed over Dunseith in the early 60’s. Gary


Jerry Pladson:
Request from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, My brother Jerry would like to be added to your distribution list for the daily messages. He and his wife, Susan (Sue) are also going to attend the reunion dinner. I advised him to contact Verena and since I notice they have now been added to the latest update list, guess he was able to get in touch with her to get that taken care of. Thanks Gary Keith

Jerry & Sue, Yes I saw your names on Verena’s list for attending the reunion. We are excited to see you guys. She also had you listed as living in Fargo. Is that correct? I have added you to our distribution starting with today’s message. Gary


Reposting to include picture that I forgot to attach.
Mrs. Conroy:
Reply from Dick Johnson: Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

I think Paula has been holding out on us! That’s a great memory you shared about Mrs. Conroy’s 4th grade. She was my favorite grade school teacher. The other teachers were very good too, but Mrs. Conroy really knew how to make school interesting. The sick room Paula mentioned was also, kind of a library too and was also used now and then for ‘private’ discipline by Mrs. Conroy. There were two doors to the cloak room (sick room) and one was from the hallway balcony. I remember some younger kid tried to slide down the banister and fell over backward, landing on the cast iron radiator in the hallway below. He got hurt but I can’t remember the extent of his injuries anymore. Diane Larson Sjol remembered the shaky fire escape on the back of the school. When I think about it, I don’t think it was really safe to send a full load of kids down there at once. We did it for many fire drills without a problem. Before the school got a new automatic fire alarm system, there was an old hand crank siren on the wall in the downstairs hallway and Mr. Conroy used to crank it for a fire drill. I remember how some of the first graders would start to cry when the siren started. It was an exciting time for the rest of us, we got out of class and went outside for a while! Diane, I never really liked to look down either when I went down the old rickety fire escape. The steps were metal strips and you could see down through them to the ground— a long ways down for a small kid! Paula mentioned the ‘Plaster of Paris’ wall hangings we made in Mrs. Conroy’s crafts (art) class. I’ll attach a picture of the one I gave to my mom for Christmas 1959. I still have it. Thanks Gary!



Folks, This is Verena’s official list of those that have paid. This list is several days old, so there have probably been more added. Please let us know of any discrepancies so they can be corrected. Thanks, Gary

Note: The dead line for payment of the catered dinner is the 14th. That’s one week from today.

Verena’s list of those that have paid.

1 Albertson Fulsebakke, Shelly St. John, ND 1972-Paid
2 Albertson, Michael   Spouse-Paid
3 Abrahamson, David St. John, ND 1972-Paid
4 Abrahamson, Marsha   Spouse-Paid
5 Anderson Fassett, Crystal Walhalla, ND 1970-No Dinner-Paid $5.00
6 Anderson, Dale   Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
7 Anderson, Warren Rolette, ND 1965-Paid
8 Anderson, Cora   Spouse-Paid
9 Armentrout, Rodney Dunseith, ND 1955-Paid
10 Armentrout Kraft, Marlene   Spouse-1957-Paid
11 Awalt, Lloyd Bottineau, ND 1944-Paid
12 Awalt, Theresa Bottineau, ND Spouse-1948-Paid
13 Azure, Lisa St. John, ND 1983-Paid
14 Parisien, Marshall   Fiance’-Paid
15 Baldwin Hosmer, Nancy Lake Metigoshe, ND 1962-Paid
16 Kontzie, Keith   Fiance’-Paid
17 Bear, Stephanie Dunseith, ND 2001-Paid
18 Bedard, John Lake Metigoshe, ND 1965-Paid
19 Bedard, Margaret   Spouse-Paid
20 Belgarde, Bernice Bemidgi, MN 1972-Paid
21 Benson Belgarde, Anita Dunseith, ND 1985-Paid
22 Berube Reynolds, Cecile Minot, ND 1965-Paid
23 Berube, Tom Bottineau, ND 1963-Paid
24 Boardman, Don Bottineau, ND 1960-Paid
25 Brennan, Shirley Y. Minot, ND 1960-Paid
26 Bullinger Pladson, Tina Bottineau, ND 1978-Paid
27 Bullinger, John   Spouse-Paid
28 Casavant, Rene Bismarck, ND 1965-Paid
29 Casavant, Aime Jamestown, ND 1966-Paid
30 Casavant, Gerald Jamestown, ND 1966-Paid
31 Frieze, LaRae   Spouse-Paid
32 Casavant St. Claire, Tracy Rolette, ND 1992-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
33 Casavant, Travis   Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
34 Dailly, Arlene Federal Way, WA 1955-Paid
35 Dailly, Bob   Spouse-Paid
36 Dion, Floyd Dunseith, ND 1945-Paid
37 Dion Halvorson, Louella Dunseith, ND 1947-Paid
38 Dubois, Dennis Coon Rapids, MN 1963-Paid
39 Dumas Struck, Gwen Havre, MT 1968-Paid
40 Dumas, Clint   Spouse-Paid
41 DuPre DePew, Judy Rugby, ND 1962
42 Egbert, Donald Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
43 Eltz Grimme, Gwen Spokane, WA 1968-Paid
44 Eltz, George   Spouse-Paid
45 Enno, Del Fargo, ND 1978-Paid
46 Enno, Everette Williston, ND 1976-Paid
47 Espe, Dennis Dunseith, ND 1956-Paid
48 Espe Sime, Peggy Dunseith, ND 1960-Paid
49 Espe Parrill, LeaRae Bottineau, ND 1967-Paid
50 Espe, Terry Bottineau, ND Spouse-1964-Paid
51 Espe, Monte Burlington, ND 1968-Paid
52 Espe, Bonnie   Spouse-Paid
53 Evans, Jim Dunseith, ND 1963-Paid
54 Evans Metcalfe, Cheri Dunseith, ND 1974-Paid
55 Evans, Jeff Del Rapids, SD 1973-Paid
56 Evans, Joyce Dunseith, ND 1948-Paid
57 Fassett, Paula North Branch, MN 1971-Paid
58 Fassett, Darrel Boynton Beach, FL 1947-Paid
59 Fassett Strietzel, Dorothy Boynton Beach, FL 1946-Paid
60 Fix Hiatt, Jacqueline Springfield, VA 1979-Paid
61 Fleming Murray, Esther Flint, MN 1965-Paid
62 Flynn Knox, Minnie Dunseith, ND 1947-Paid
63 Fuchs Smith, Joanne Bottineau, ND 1965-Paid
64 Fugere Fauske, Debbie Bottineau, ND 1975-Paid
65 Fugere, David Dunseith, ND 1978-Paid
66 Fulsebakke, Gary Devils Lake, ND 1971-Paid
67 Fulsebakke, Joel Dunseith, ND 1977-Paid
68 Garbe Kofoid, Neola Minot, ND Auxiliary-Paid
69 Gerdes Zorn, Sharon Windsor, CO 1963-Paid
70 Gillis, Michael Dunseith, ND Paid
71 Gillis Jerome, Carlene   Spouse-Paid
72 Gillis, Peter J. (Sr.) Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
73 Gillis St. Claire, Verena   Spouse-Paid
74 Gottbreht, Ernest Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
75 Bailey, Cheryl   Fiance’-Paid
76 Gottbreht, George Dunseith, ND 1961-Paid
77 Gottbreht Metcalfe, Rose Dunseith, ND Spouse-Paid
78 Gottbreht Boguslawski, Patty Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
79 Grimme, Bill Birmingham, AL 1965-Paid
80 Protassevitch, Irina Birmingham, AL Friend-Paid
81 Haagenson, Cheryl Dunseith, ND 1971-Paid
82 Haas Neameyer, Lorraine St. John, ND 1972-Paid
83 Haas, Larry   Spouse-Paid
84 Halvorson, Terry Dunseith, ND 1968-Paid
85 Halvorson Henning, Myra Bottineau, ND 1972-Paid
86 Halvorson, Les Bottineau, ND Auxiliary-Paid
87 Halvorson, Curtis Dunseith, ND 1959-Paid
88 Halvorson Quillinan, Denise Dunseith, ND 1963-Paid
89 Hamnes Handeland, Bev Bottineau, ND 1948-Paid
90 Hamnes, Mel   Spouse-Paid
91 Henning, Alan R. Minot, ND 1971-Paid
92 Henning, LouAnn K.   Spouse-Paid
93 Hett, Ron Bottineau, ND Auxiliary-Paid
94 Hiatt LaFontaine, Vickie Grafton, ND 1973-Paid
95 Hiatt Hill, Arla Bottineau, ND Relative-Paid
96 Hiatt, Lorie Dunseith, ND 1980-Paid
97 Hiatt, Marlys Dunseith, ND 1971-Paid
98 Hill, Kenny Dunseith, ND 1956-Paid
99 Hill Watkins, Murl Dunseith, ND 1950-Paid
100 Hill, Troy Bottineau, ND 1980-Paid
101 Hill, Robin   Spouse-Paid
102 Hoffman, Brenda Greenville, SC 1968-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
103 Pazandak, David P. Greenville, SC Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
104 Johnson Rober’t, Dianne Rolla, ND 1976-Paid
105 Johnson, Kevin   Spouse-Paid
106 Johnson, Dick Dunseith, ND 1968-Paid
107 Johnson, Brenda   Spouse-Paid
108 Johnson Dionne, Mona Lake Metigoshe, ND 1948-Paid
109 Johnson Tremblay, Joan Bottineau, ND 1979-Paid
110 Juntunen Johnson, Linda Perth, ND 1972-Paid
111 Juntunen, Dale Perth, ND Spouse-Paid
112 Kelly, Cleo Woodbury, MN 1960-Paid
113 Kester Halvorson, Connie Long Lake, ND 1964-Paid
114 Kester, Jim   Spouse-Paid
115 Knutson, Mary Dunseith, ND 1962-Paid
116 Krause, Bill Dickinson, ND 1974-Paid
117 Kuhn, Mel St. John, ND 1970-Paid
118 Kuhn, Kathy   Spouse-Paid
119 Lamoureux, Don East Bethel, MN 1975-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
120 Lamoureux, Elizabeth   Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
121 Lane Wenstad, Pam Dunseith, ND 1978-Paid
122 Leonard, Lowell Dunseith, ND 1959-Paid
123 Birkland St. Claire, Audrey   Fiance’-Paid
124 Leonard Metcalfe, Margaret Rolette, ND 1965-Paid
125 Leonard, Robert Dunseith, ND 1951-Paid
126 Leonard Sunderland, Donna Dunseith, ND 1952-Paid
127 Malget Berube, Angela New Hope, MN 1965-Paid
128 Malget, Greg New Hope, MN Spouse-Paid
129 Martin Fassett, Susan Spearfish, SD 1965-Paid
130 Medrud, Rod Dunseith, ND 1971-Paid
131 Medrud, Mary   Spouse-Paid
132 Metcalfe, Vickie Bottineau, ND 1979-Paid
133 Metcalfe, Travis Mesa, AZ 1976-Paid
134 Morgan, Gary Garrison, ND 1954-Paid
135 Morgan, Mary Lou   Spouse-Paid
136 Morin, Bernard Dunseith, ND 1976-Paid
137 Morin Espe, Robin Dunseith, ND 1980-Paid
138 Munro Metcalfe, Geri Fargo, ND 1959-Paid
139 Munro, Chuck   Spouse-Paid
140 Nerpel, Kenny Rugby, ND 1965-Paid
141 Nerpel, Sherry   Spouse-Paid
142 Olson Bedard, Nancy Hillsboro, ND 1967-Paid
143 Olson, Gary   Spouse-Paid
144 Parisien, Dennis Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
145 Paulsen Eurich, Eva Rugby, ND 1960-Paid
146 Pederson Walter, Erna Minot, ND 1955-Paid
147 Pederson, Arlin   Spouse-Paid
148 Peltier, Bernadette Dunseith, ND 1970-Paid
149 Perry Boppre, Ann Dunseith, ND 1972-Paid
150 Perry, Mark   Spouse-Paid
151 Pladson, Daniel Dunseith, ND 1975-Paid
152 Pladson, Robin   Spouse-Paid
153 Pladson, Keith Stafford, VA 1966-Paid
154 Pladson, Alice   Spouse-Paid
155 Poitra, Eric Dunseith, ND 1983-Paid
156 Poitra, Sandra Dunseith, ND 1983-Paid
157 Poitra, Raphael Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
158 Poitra, Alan Bloomington, MD 1976-Paid
159 Larsen, Mark   Partner-Paid
160 Poitra LaRocque, Ginger Belcourt, ND 1965-Paid
161 Poitra Olson, Marsha Dunseith, ND 1973-Paid
162 Poitra, Dwight   Spouse-Paid
163 Prichard, Dale Leesville, LA 1963-Paid
164 Prichard, Jackie L.   Spouse-Paid
165 Prichard, Wayne   Family-Paid
166 Rainey, Neva Dunseith, ND 1956-Paid
167 Rheault Berg, Diane Fargo, ND 1979-Paid
168 Rheault, James   Spouse-Paid
169 Richard, Joan Dunseith, ND Auxiliary
170 Salmonson St. Claire, Renee Minot, ND Relative-Paid
171 Salmonson, Greg   Spouse-Paid
172 Salmonson, Stan Dunseith, ND 1961-Paid
173 Salmonson Wurgler, Joan Dunseith, ND 1961-Paid
174 Sedlacek Haagenson, Janet Great Fall, MT 1961-Paid
175 Sedlacek, Bernd   Spouse-Paid
176 Shining One Side Belgarde, Joyce Dunseith, ND 1981-Paid
177 Sime Pladson, Florence Dunseith, ND 1962-Paid
178 Schmaltz, Klem   Friend-Paid
179 Slyter, Bobbie Wichita, KA 1970-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
180 McKown, Dan   Friend-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
181 Slyter Dietrich, Ele Dunseith, ND 1969-No Dinner
182 Slyter, Richard Dunseith, ND 1967-No Dinner
183 Spillene Wenstad, Arliss Michigan, ND Auxiliary-Paid
184 Staub Iverson, Marie Seattle, WA 1960-Paid
185 Flaata Iverson, Joyce Hobart, WA Relative-Paid
186 Lyonais Iverson, Barbara Bottineau, ND Relative-Paid
187 St. Claire, Gary Minot, ND Relative-Paid
188 St. Claire, Jason Fargo, ND 1994-No Dinner-Paid $5.00
189 Belgarde, Crystal Fargo, ND Fiance’-No Dinner-Paid $5.00
190 St. Claire, Larry Anchorage, AK 1966-Paid
191 St. Claire, Robbie   Spouse-Paid
192 St. Pierre, Teresa Dunseith, ND 2001-Paid
193 Stokes, Gary Cebu, Philippines 1965-Paid
194 Stokes, Bernadette   Spouse-Paid
195 Strong, Jerry Dunseith, ND 1960-Paid
196 Strong Bedard, Margaret Dunseith, ND 1962-Paid
197 Strong, Ron Dunseith, ND 1960-Paid
198 Thomas, Les Rolette, ND Auxiliary-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
199 Tooke, Linda K. Bottineau, ND 1981-Paid
200 Vandal Zeiler, Sandra Elk River, MN 1962-Paid
201 Vandal, Mike   Spouse-Paid
202 Vanorny Metcalfe, Lola Dunseith, ND 1968-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
203 Vanorny, Jay Dunseith, ND 1966-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
204 Wall Neameyer, Loretta Bottineau, ND 1972-Paid
205 Wall, Gary   Spouse-Paid
206 Watkins Carbonneau, Carol Bottineau, ND 1946-Paid
207 Wenstad, Diane Portage La Prairie, MB 1969-Paid
208 Wenstad, Don Overly, ND 1966-Paid
209 Wenstad, Pete (Melvin) Michigan, ND Auxiliary-Paid
210 Wenstad, Terry Grand Forks, ND Auxi



10/15/2019 (2721)


From Connie Halvorson Kester (’64):  Bottineau, ND

So sorry to hear about Garry LaRocque and his sister Shirley’s passing.

I used to visit with Garry at auctions as we both enjoyed going to them.  So sorry for Lana and Ginger.  Lana was a fun classmate of mine. Garry had mentioned that Lana was coming for a visit.  I might have seen her if I had not just had knee surgery myself.

Also, condolences to all of Betty Faine Norman’s family too.  She was also a classmate of mine. I have some great memories of the class of 1964.

Hoping things are going well for you Gary and that Bernadette is able to enjoy some good days.



Reply to Diane Fugere (’75)
From Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

To Diane Fugere. I remembered Joy Bashara very well. That is the year I returned to Dunseith and my first-year teaching there. I’m also curious as to what ever happened to her. She was great to work with 1973-74 was a tough year for Dunseith high school.  The front office, with the exception of Lorraine Olson, was a cluster ####.



Blog (795) posted on May 6, 2010


Tee Shirt info for those attending the reunion who attended Dunseith schools
Message from Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Information for those that haven’t yet paid: I will be ordering the shirts on Friday of this week, this is the deadline they gave me. If they haven’t sent payment yet for the reunion–they will not be receiving a shirt as there is officially no commitment. I had to earn money for this and I will not be ordering extra.



Picture request of former Superintendents
From Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Gary, I am trying to get a picture of all the superintendents that have been at DHS. Do you have any idea how this can be done or maybe you might have some of them? I do have Mr. Les Jensen but when I try to get the others they turn out pretty distorted. I would like to use them at the Bingo Barn.

Folks, if any of you have any pictures at all of the any of the former Superintendents, please share.

Thanks, Gary


Dunseith Senior Citizen’s food
Reply from Larry Hackman (66):Bismarck, ND


I’m thinking a slice of sour cream raisin pie to start things off with. Then a bowl of bullets w/homemade bread with real butter. Haven’t had that for decades. Then finish with another slice of sour cream raisin pie. I suppose I’ll have to pick up a jumbo and take that home in a box.

Sounds like a plan Gary, We’ll see you there!

I hope it warms up and there are some rodents out for the benefit of some of them other classmates of yours. I don’t think the ducks are laying yet either. I’m sure someone will bring down some road kill from the Turtle Mountains that might tempt their pallets?

We’ll see you there.


Larry, It’s a deal. We’ll meet you at the Dunseith Sr. Citizens for Lunch at 11:00 AM Sunday, May 23rd.

Folks, you are welcome to join us. Gary


Mrs. Conroy:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

I think Paula has been holding out on us! That’s a great memory you shared about Mrs. Conroy’s 4th grade. She was my favorite grade school teacher. The other teachers were very good too, but Mrs. Conroy really knew how to make school interesting. The sick room Paula mentioned was also kind of a library too and was also used now and then for ‘private’ discipline by Mrs. Conroy. There were two doors to the cloak room (sick room) and one was from the hallway balcony. I remember some younger kid tried to slide down the banister and fell over backward, landing on the cast iron radiator in the hallway below. He got hurt but I can’t remember the extent of his injuries anymore. Diane Larson Sjol remembered the shaky fire escape on the back of the school. When I think about it, I don’t think it was real safe to send a full load of kids down there at once. We did it for many fire drills without a problem.Before the school got a new automatic fire alarm system, there was an old hand crank siren on the wall in the downstairs hallway and Mr. Conroy used to crank it for a fire drill. I remember how some of the first graders would start to cry when the siren started. It was an exciting time for the rest of us, we got out of class and went outside for a while! Diane, I never really liked to look down either when I went down the old rickety fire escape. The steps were metal strips and you could see down through them to the ground— a long ways down for a small kid! Paula mentioned the ‘Plaster of Paris’ wall hangings we made in Mrs. Conroy’s crafts (art) class. I’ll attach a picture of the one I gave to my mom for Christmas 1959. I still have it. Thanks Gary!



Additional info to yesterday’s posting of Ronald Oswell’s Passing, son of Leona Metcalfe:
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Vickie & Ardis, I don’t have an email address for Dianne, so could one of you forward this? Please pass along to anyone you think should know or would be interested. I don’t know if anyone has contacted Tiny & Ann Oswell — maybe Travis?

Here is the information from the obituary, which will run in Wednesday’s Seattle Times — www.seattletimes.com

Viewing at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home May 6th 1-3pm. Graveside May 6th 3pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Northwest Junior Pipe Band via paypal at www.nwjpb.org or mail a check to 509 NE 165th St. Shoreline, WA 98155.

Here is the funeral home memorial website: Please note that the time listed for the viewing is incorrect (they put 8 am or something weird. The correct times are in the obit above.


Reunion Name tags

Folks, I have put off one more day for printing out name tags. I will be printing them out tomorrow.

Please check your name and others too for any errors or changes that you’d like made. I will be including your residence and class year/affiliation on your name tags as well.

For those attending without a preprinted name tag, we will be hand printing when they register at the reception desk the day of the reunion.

I will be posting Verena’s list of those that have paid tomorrow.

Note: Several of you replied letting me know that your computer would not display this whole list. There are currently 301 names on this list. If they are not all displayed this list can viewed on our Website under the 2010 message tab http://garystokes.net/default.aspx

Sorted by first name

  First Name Last Name Residence Class YR.
1 Abe Murray Tacoma, WA 1959
2 Aggie Casavant Fort Mill, SC 1969
3 Aime Casavant Jamestown, ND 1966
4 Al Lopez Inver Grove Heights, MN 1965 Spouse
5 Alan Henning Minot, ND 1971
6 Alan Poitra Bloomington, MN 1976
7 Albert Johnson Rolla, ND 1970
8 Alice Lilley Dunseith, ND Friend
9 Alice Pladson Stafford, VA 1966 Spouse
10 Angela Berube Malget Minneapolis, MN 1965
11 Anita Benson Belgarde Dunseith, ND 1985
12 Ann Boppre Perry Dunseith, ND 1972
13 Ann Gottbreht Flaata Rolette, ND 1960 Friend
14 Annette Casavant Boucher Minot, ND 1960
15 Arla Hill Hiatt Bottineau, ND 1979 Mother
16 Arlene Lamoureux Dailly Federal Way, WA 1955
17 Arlin Pederson Minot, ND 1955 Spouse
18 Arliss Wenstad Spline Michigan ND Auxiliary
19 Audrey Birkland Dunseith, ND 1959 Fiance’
20 Barbara Boucher Rivard Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
21 Barbara Iverson Lyonais Hobart, WA 1960 Relative
22 Bernadette Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970
23 Bernadette Stokes Cebu, Philippines 1965 Spouse
24 Bernard Morin Dunseith, ND 1976
25 Bernd Sedlacek Great Falls, MT 1961 Spouse
26 Bernice Belgarde Bemidgi, MN 1972
27 Betty Allard Heinz Rolette, ND 1960
28 Bev Handeland Hamnes Bottineau, ND 1948
29 Bill Grimme Birmingham, AL 1965
30 Bill Krause Dickinson, ND 1974
31 Bob Dailly Federal Way, WA 1957
32 Bob Leonard Dunseith, ND 1951
33 Bobbie Slyter Wichita, KS 1970
34 Bonnie Espe Burlington 1968 Spouse
35 Brandon Longie Dunseith, ND 1998
36 Brenda Hoffman Greenville, SC 1968
37 Brenda Johnson Dunseith, ND 1968 Spouse
38 Candace Peltier Dunseith, ND 1991 Spouse
39 Carlene Jerome Gillis Dunseith, ND Spouce
40 Carol Peltier Breland Rolla, ND 1975
41 Carol Watkins Carbonneau Bottineau, ND 1946
42 Carolee Casavant Halvorson Bismarck, ND 1975
43 Cecile Berube Reynolds Minot, ND 1965
44 Char Wurgler Rugby, ND 1664 spouse
45 Cheri Metcalfe Evans Dunseith, ND 1974
46 Cheryl Bailey Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
47 Cheryl Haagenson Dunseith, ND 1971
48 Chris Peltier Bismarck, ND 2000
49 Chuck Munro Fargo, ND 1959 Spouse
50 Cindy Hoffman Sante Fe, NM 1977
51 Cleo Kelly Woodbury MN 1960
52 Clint Dumas Havre, MT 1968 Spouse
53 Colette Pigeon Schimetz Lake Metigoshe, ND 1970
54 Colleen Peltier Poitra Dunseith, ND  
55 Connie Burcham Sime Dunseith, ND 1962
56 Connie Halvorson Kester Long Lake, ND 1964
57 Cora Anderson Rolette, ND 1965 Spouse
58 Crystal Belgarde Fargo, ND 1994 Fiance”
59 Crystal Fassett Andersen Walhalla, ND 1970
60 Curtis Halvorson Dunseith, ND 1959
61 Dale Andersen Walhalla, ND 1970
62 Dale Juntunen Perth, ND 1972 Spouse
63 Dale Pritchard Leesville, LA 1963
64 Dan McKown Wichita, KS 1970 Friend
65 Daniel Peltier Dunseith, ND 1991
66 Daniel Pladson Dunseith, ND 1975
67 Darlene St. Claire Took Milton, ND 1968
68 Darrel Fassett Boynton Beach, FL 1947
69 Dave Nadeau Dunseith, ND 1982 Spouse
70 Dave Pazandak Greenville, SC 1968 Brenda H
71 Dave Wurgler Rugby, ND 1964
72 David Abrahamson St. John, ND 1972
73 David Fugere Dunseith, ND 1978
74 Debbie Fugere Fauske Bottineau, ND 1975
75 Debbie Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970 Spouse
76 Del Enno Fargo, ND 1978
77 Denise Peltier Dunseith, ND 1971
78 Denise Quillinan Halvorson Dunseith, ND 1963
79 Dennis Dubois Minneapolis, MN 1963
80 Dennis Espe Dunseith, ND 1956
81 Dennis Parisien Dunseith, ND 1965
82 Diane Berg Rheault Fargo, ND 1979
83 Diane Larson, Sjol Minot, ND 1970
84 Diane Wenstad Wiebe Portage La Prairie, MB 1969
85 Dianne Rober’t Johnson Rolla, ND 1976
86 Dick Johnson Dunseith, ND 1968
87 Don Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975
88 Don Wenstad Willow City, ND 1966
89 Don Boardman Bottineau, ND 1960
90 Donald Egbert Dunseith, ND 1965
91 Donna Sunderland Leonard Dunseith, ND 1952
92 Doris Peterson Williams Bottineau, ND 1953
93 Dorothy Hiatt Swanson Moorehead, MN 1946
94 Dorothy Strietzel Fassett Boynton Beach, FL 1946
95 Duane Christenson Bottineau, ND 1965 Spouse
96 Dwight Poitra Dunseith, ND 1973 Spouse
97 Elaine Peltier Dunseith, ND 1974
98 Ele Dietrich Slyter Dunseith, ND 1969
99 Elizabeth Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975 Spouse
100 Ellen Cushing Bottineau, ND Spouse
101 Eric Poitra Dunseith, ND 1983
102 Erna Walter Pederson Minot, ND 1955
103 Ernie Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1965
104 Esther Murray Fleming Flint, MI 1965
105 Eva Paulson Eurich Rugby, ND 1960
106 Everett Enno Williston, ND 1976
107 Fern Peltier Dunseith, ND 1977
108 Florence Pladson Sime Dunseith, ND 1962
109 Floyd Dion Dunseith, ND 1945
111 Frank Gillis Dunseith, ND 1984 Spouce
112 Friend of Fern Peltier Belcourt, ND 1977 Friend
113 Gaillord Peltier Turtle Lake, ND 1980
114 Gary Fulsebakke Devils Lake, ND 1971
115 Gary Morgan Garrison, ND 1954
116 Gary Olson Hillsboro 1967 Spouse
117 Gary St. Claire Minot, ND  
118 Gary Stokes Cebu, Philippines 1965
119 Gary Wall Bottineau, ND 1972 Spouse
120 George Eltz Spokane, WA 1968 Spouse
121 George Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1961
122 Gerald Casavant Jamestown, ND 1966
123 Geri Metcalfe Munro Fargo, ND 1959
124 Geri Peltier Bottineau, ND  
125 Ginger LaRocque Poitra Belcourt, ND 1965
126 Gladys Roussin Azure Dunseith, ND 1965
127 Greg Malget Minneapolis, MN 1965 Spouse
128 Greg Salmonson Minot, ND  
129 Gwen Grimme Eltz Spokane, WA 1968
130 Gwen Struck Dumas Havre, MT 1968
131 Harold Gillis Dunseith, ND 1989
132 Harvey Bristol Bottineau, ND 1953 Fiancé
133 Helen Parisien Dunseith, ND 1974
134 Helen Rivard Christenson Bottineau, ND 1965
135 Henry Hackman Mandan, ND 1965
136 Irina Protassevitch Birmingham, AL 1965 Friend
137 Iris Nadeau Dunseith, ND 1983
138 Jackie Pritchard Leesville, LA 1963 Spouse
139 Jacqueline Hiatt Fix Springfield, VA 1979
140 James Rheault Fargo, ND 1979 Spouse
141 Janet Haagenson Sedlacek Great Falls, MT 1961
142 Jason St. Claire Fargo, ND 1994
143 Jay Vanorney Dunseith, ND 1966
144 Jeff Boucher Rolette, ND 1967 Spouse
145 Jeff Evans Dell Rapids, SD 1973
146 Jeff Halvorson Bismarck, ND 1975 Spouse
147 Jennifer Peltier Dunseith, ND  
148 Jerry Pladson Fargo, ND  
149 Jerry Strong Dunseith, ND 1960
150 Jerry Williams Watertown, SD 1954
151 Jim Berube Lake Metigoshe, ND 1967
152 Jim Evans Dunseith, ND 1963
153 Jim Kester Long Lake, ND 1964 Spouse
154 Jim Tooke Milton, ND 1966
155 Joan Richard Dunseith, ND Teacher
156 Joan Tremblay Johnson Dunseith, ND 1979
157 Joan Wurgler Salmonson Dunseith, ND 1961
158 Joanne Smith Fuchs Bottineau, ND 1965
159 Joe Fulsbakke Dunseith, ND 1977
160 John Bedard Lake Metigoshe, ND 1965
161 John Bullinger Bottineau, ND 1978 Spouse
162 Joyce Hagen Evans Dunseith, ND 1948
163 Joyce Iverson Flaata Bottineau, ND 1960 Relative
164 Joyce Shining One Side Belgarde Dunseith, ND 1981
165 Judy DuPre DePew Rugby, ND 1962
166 Kamie Poitra Longie Dunseith, ND 1998
167 Kathy Casavant Ellingson Bismarck, ND 1974
168 Kathy Kuhn Saint John, ND 1970 Spouse
169 Kathy Williams Watertown, SD 1954 Spouse
170 Kathy (Barbara) Kalk Lopez Inver Grove Heights, MN 1965
171 Keith Kontzie Lake Metigoshe, ND 1962 Spouse
172 Keith Pladson Stafford, VA 1966
173 Kenny Hill Dunseith, ND 1956
174 Kenny Nerpel Rugby, ND 1965
175 Kevin Johnson Rolla, ND 1976 Spouse
176 Klem Schmaltz Dunseith, ND 1962 Friend
177 Kristie Barbot Fargo, ND 1996
178 LaRae Frieze Jamestown, ND 1966 Friend
179 Larry Ellingson Bismarck, ND 1974 Spouse
180 Larry Haas, Saint John, ND 1972 Spouse
181 Larry Hackman Bismarck, ND 1966
182 Larry St. Claire Anchorage, AK 1966
183 Laurel Hiatt Bottineau, ND 1963
184 LeaRae Parrill Espe Bottineau, ND 1967
185 Les Halvorson Bottineau, ND Teacher
186 Les Thomas Rolette, ND Auxiliary
187 Linda Berube Lake Metigoshe, ND 1967 Spouse
188 Linda Gunville Dunseith, ND 1979
189 Linda Johnson Juntunen Perth, ND 1972
190 Linda Tooke Bottineau, ND 1981
191 Lisa Azure St. John, ND 1983
192 Lloyd Awalt Bottineau, ND 1944
193 Lola Metcalfe Vanorny Dunseith, ND 1968
194 Loraine Neameyer Haas Saint John, ND 1972
195 Loretta Casavant Aamodt Rugby, ND 1961
196 Loretta Neameyer Wall Bottineau, ND 1972
197 Lori Hiatt Dunseith, ND 1980
198 Lowell Leonard Dunseith, ND 1959
199 LuAnn Henning Minot, ND 1971 Spouse
200 Luella Halvorson Dion Dunseith, ND 1947
201 Madonna Peltier Yawakie Brooklyn Park, MN 1977
202 Marc Pigeon Dunseith, ND 1975
203 Marcie Hackman Mandan, ND 1965 Spouse
204 Margaret Bedard Lake Metigoshe, ND 1965 Spouse
205 Margaret Bedard Strong Dunseith, ND 1962
206 Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Rolette, ND 1965
207 Marie Iverson Staub Seattle, WA 1960
208 Marion Hackman Bismarck, ND 1966 Spouse
209 Mark Larsen Alan Poitra’s Partner 1976 Partner
210 Mark Peltier Seattle, WA 1984
211 Mark Perry Dunseith, ND 1972 Spouse
212 Marlene Kraft Armentrout Dunseith, ND 1957
213 Marlys Hiatt Dunseith, ND 1971
214 Marsha Abrahamson St. John, ND 1972 Spouse
215 Marsha Olson, Poitra Dunseith, ND 1973
216 Marshall Parisien St. John, ND 1983 Fiancé
217 Marvin Aamodt Rugby, ND 1957
218 Mary Allard Hiatt Bottineau, ND 1963 Spouse
219 Mary Eurich Knutson Dunseith, ND 1962
220 Mary Medrud Dunseith, ND 1971 Spouse
221 Mary Ann Casavant Boucher Rolette, ND 1967
222 Mary Lou Morgan Garrison, ND 1954 Spouse
223 Mel Hamnes Bottineau, ND 1948 Spouse
224 Mel Kuhn Saint John, ND 1970
225 Melvin Yawakie Brooklyn Park, MN 1977 Spouse
226 Michael Albertson St. John, ND 1972 Spouse
227 Mike Gillis Dunseith, ND  
228 Mike Vandal Elk River, MN 1962 Spouse
229 Minnie Knox Flynn Dunseith, ND 1947
230 Mona Dionne Johnson Lake Metigoshe, ND 1948
231 Monte Espe Burlington 1968
232 Murl Watkins Hill Dunseith, ND 1950
233 Myra Henning Halvorson Bottineau, ND 1972
234 Nancy Bedard Olson Hillsboro 1967
235 Nancy Hosmer Baldwin Lake Metigoshe, ND 1962
236 Neola Kofoid Garbe Minot, ND Auxiliary
237 Neva Haagenson Rainey Dunseith, ND 1956
238 Pam Wenstad Lane Dunseith, ND 1978
239 Pat Peltier Bottineau, ND  
240 Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1965
241 Paula Fassett North Branch, MN 1971
242 Peggy Peltier Gillis Dunseith, ND 1984
243 Peggy Sime Espe Dunseith, ND 1960
244 Pete Gillis Dunseith, ND 1965
245 Pete (Melvin) Wenstad Michigan ND Auxiliary
246 Raphael Poitra Dunseith, ND 1965
247 Rene Casavant Bismarck, ND 1965
248 Renee Peltier Turtle Lake, ND 1980 Spouse
249 Renee St. Claire Salmonson Minot, ND  
250 Richard Slyter Dunseith, ND 1967
251 Robbie St. Claire Anchorage, AK 1966 Spouse
252 Robert Poitra Dunseith, ND  
253 Robert Rivard Dunseith, ND 1965
254 Roberta Wilkie Belcourt, ND 1965
255 Robin Espe Morin Dunseith, ND 1980
256 Robin Hill Bottineau, ND 1980 Spouse
257 Robin Pladson Dunseith, ND 1975 Spouse
258 Rod Medrud Dunseith, ND 1971
259 Rodney Armentrout Dunseith, ND 1955
260 Ron Heinz Rolette, ND 1960 Spouse
261 Ron Hett Bottineau, ND Auxiliary
262 Ron Strong Dunseith, ND 1960
263 Ronald Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970
264 Rose Metcalfe Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1976
265 Russell Davis Dunseith, ND 1983 Spouse
266 Sam Breland Rolla, ND 1975 Spouse
267 Sandra Poitra Dunseith, ND 1983
268 Sandra Zeiler Vandal Elk River, MN 1962
269 Shannon Gillis LaVallie Devils Lake, ND 1989
270 Sharon Zorn Gerdes Windsor, CO 1962
271 Shelley Sime Fossen Jamestown, ND 1984
272 Shelly Fulsebakke Alberson St. John, ND 1972
273 Sherry Counts Dunseith, ND 1991
274 Sherry Nerpel Rugby, ND 1965 Spouse
275 Shirley Brennan Minot, ND 1960
276 Stacy Counts Dunseith, ND 1989
277 Stacy LaVallie Devils Lake, ND 1989 Spouse
278 Stan Salmonson Dunseith, ND 1961
279 Stephanie Bear Dunseith, ND 2001
280 Stephanie Gillis Davis Dunseith, ND 1983
281 Susan Fassett Martin Spearfish SD 1965
282 Susan Pladson Fargo, ND Spouse
283 Sylvester Azure Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
284 Tasha Peltier Bismarck, ND 2000 Spouse
285 Teresa St. Pierre Dunseith, ND 2001
286 Terry Espe Bottineau, ND 1964
287 Terry Halvorson Dunseith, ND 1968
288 Terry Wenstad Grand Forks, ND Auxiliary
289 Theresa Cote Awalt Bottineau, ND 1948
290 Tina Pladson Bullinger Bottineau, ND 1978
291 Tom Berube Bottineau, ND 1963
292 Tracy St. Claire Casavant Rolette, ND 1992
293 Travis Casavant Rolette, ND 1992 Spouse
294 Travis Metcalfe Mesa, AZ 1976
295 Troy Hill Bottineau, ND 1980
296 Verena St. Claire Gillis Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
297 Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine Grafton, ND 1973
298 Vickie Metcalfe Bottineau, ND 1970
299 Warren Anderson Rolette, ND 1965
300 Wayne Pritchard Leesville, LA 1963 Son
301 Wendal Cushing Bottineau, ND Forestry Teacher


09/19/2019 (2718)

Lorraine Pritchard Thom Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

(Virginia) Lorraine (Pritchard) Thom

(Virginia) Lorraine Pritchard Tohm, 83, longtime Hereford resident, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at her residence. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Joe Andrajack officiating at the Mendez and Mullins Family Funeral Home Chapel and visitation will be Thursday morning from  9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the funeral home. Funeral services are also scheduled for 10:00 AM, Monday, September 23, 2019, at Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau, North Dakota with visitation one hour prior to service time. Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gardena, North Dakota, beside her husband. Lorraine Pritchard was born in Dunseith, North Dakota, on September 30, 1935, to Robert and Dorothy Pritchard. She was raised on a farm near the Canadian border. Lorraine met and married LeRoy Tohm of Gardena, North Dakota, after he completed his service in USMC during the Korean War. Following their marriage, the couple lived in approximately 14 different cities in western North Dakota while he worked for an oil drilling company. In 1960 they moved to Egeland, North Dakota, where LeRoy farmed for 13 years. In 1973, they moved to Texas where LeRoy accepted a mill manager position with a cattle feed yard in Hereford, Texas. Lorraine was a homemaker who filled her time with various craft activities, including many beautiful crocheted items for family and friends

Lorraine is survived by her children: Virginia Cartwright, Florida, Audrey Rose (Mike), Texas, Jeffrey Tohm, Texas, Debra Pittman (Leon), Arkansas, and Jacqueline Meyers (Mike), Minnesota, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Lois Beckman, Colorado, and Carol Corzine, Texas, and 2 brothers, Darold Pritchard, Mississippi, and Dale Pritchard, Louisiana.

 Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister, Shirley Zahn, and one brother, John Pritchard

Gary Stokes comments
The Pritchard’s lived one mile south of our farm in the Ackworth community in the Turtle Mountains. Lorraine and her sisters Shirley and Lois were a bit older than me and had left home prior to the time I can remember. There were 7 siblings. The younger 4, Darold, John, Dale and Carol I remember very well. The Pritchard’s had a lot of milk cows and sheep. Each of the kids had their specific chores to do too and they were many. Believe me. Robert was a professional welder and did a lot of welding requests for all of the neighbors. Good neighbors. Good memories.

I extend my condolences to all of Lorraine’s family with her passing.


Reply from Bob Lykins:  Hutto, TX


How fortunate you are to have these ladies helping you tend to your wife.  From my memories of my days in the Philippines, such dedication is not at all rare in their culture.  They will be in my prayers tonight.

Bob Lykins

Gary’s comments

Yes Bob, I am blessed. This picture was taken in April when Bernadette was unconscious for 20 days


The Right Place
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

 I grew Up at The Right Place

My thoughts today flashed back to the “Wright Place”.

Land which was located in Willow Lake township which my parents purchased from Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill in the mid 60’s.

I was in the 7th grade, the year, I “cut my teeth” on the D – John Deere sweep raking hay to  Dad who drove the John Deere Farmhand whilst  stacking hay.  Haying was a big family affair. Everyone had a job   Sisters tramped the hay down in the frame. Early mornings, after milking, Mom planned, prepared meals and lunches.  Everything was home grown or homemade from scratch.

The first hay put up was the tame hay; alfalfa, sweet clover, Timothy or Brome grass. Hay from the meadows  was last of haying. It was put up after the hot summer sun dried the soft moist meadow soil to a firmness.  Pugnant meadow hay  triggered frequent sneezes, coughs,  and watering eyes amongst all of us..

The Wright Place Hay meadows  due to distance and  navigating its  hillside were always the last.

We were in Allelulah happy stage then!

My Dad was wonderful thoughtful father who shared stories and would talk about feelings.

But hay season brought out the worst in him ….“stress hollering” .  (He’d take time off from plastering to get the haying done.   The farm depended on the livestock, who depended on hay.)

Dad used his strong arm muscles to manually, forcefully crank the D-John Deere  to get it started.  And once started it was never shut off until the end of the day.  The smell of gas permeated the air.

One hot afternoon down in the depth of a  still, stifling, warm, meadow there was absolutely no breeze. Dad ‘s stress got to him, motioned signals with his hands.  I didn’t understand. He hollered and became more animated!

I felt FRUSTRATED . Whaaat?? turn ..?…left… back up…push hay toward, turn around slow down?  Whaaat?”

Finally, I stood up on that D- John Deere.  Hollering back. “I have had enough!”   “I don’t know what those hand motions mean.!”

I pulled the clutch which killed the power.

Stiff muscles, I crawled off that D- and started walking, never looking back.

I walked thoughts stormed across my mind.

“I am running away but I don’t know where to go, but it won’t be home!”

”Dad  is either going to beat my butt…”

“or he won’t do a thing  just let me go…..”

and I …I will not be able to go home again.”

In the hot summer sun, I felt a cold fear ”I knew he would never  beat me.  The stark fear. “Where will I go” I can’t go home again.”

Dad stopped the farm hand.  And came from behind. He walked beside me.

I said, “I don’t understand hand signals, I don’t like hollering. I’m done!”

I felt,total surprised hearing words spoken in kindness.

He said, “Vickie I am so sorry I hollered.”

“I love you”.  ‘I am sorry I hurt your feelings. Would you please forgive me.?” I nodded.

Snottering, I crawled  back on the D.

I wasn’t  a  bit  feeling guilty while he worked to get the  D- engine turning over. I knew our relationship had changed

Dad and I  strengthened and forged  into something  special; deep understanding, mutual respect, appreciation and forgiveness.

I grew up at the Wright Place.


Until Later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe
September 16, 2019

PS To all the former DHS choir members, In closure, do you recall Mr. Johnson leading us in the Fall song below. Does the melody is play in your head too?.

Lyrics …”Autumn Leaves Start to Fall”

The falling leaves drift by my window
.The falling leaves of red and gold
.I see your lips the summer kisses.
The sunburned hands I used to hold.

Since you went away the days grow long.
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song.
But I miss you most of all my darling.
When autumn leaves start to fall.

Since you went away the days grow long.
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song.
But I miss you most of all my darling.
When autumn leaves start to fall.

I miss you most of all my darling.
When autumn leaves start to fall.

Songwriters: UNKNOWN



Blog (791) posted on May 3, 2010
Update from DeAnn Gottbreth O’hare: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Only two weekly Chemo treatments left! Patrick’s dad brought me down for my latest treatment on Friday while Connor stayed with Grandma Jan. All the help from our family is greatly appreciated. I don’t know what we would do without them! The chemo is running me down more and more so I am looking forward to a break. I will switch to one treatment every 3 weeks after I finish these next two treatments so that will be nice. Hopefully the side effects of the chemo will be easier then. I meet with my doctor again this week when I go for my treatment to make our final plans for my future treatments. It will also be nice to spend more time at home as a family. All this traveling really runs me down.

Connor had his 2 month appointment at his Pediatrician’s Office this last Monday. He was up to 8lbs 10oz already! He is growing so well. Of course he looks more like a newborn than a 2 month old but he is filling out nicely. He had his shots that day as well and he only cried right when the nurses gave him the shots so it wasn’t so bad. I didn’t even cry this time while I watched and his daddy comforted him afterwards so Connor was just fine. Connor is still only eating about 2-3 ounces every 3 hours but I’m hoping to start increasing it some so he will maybe sleep a little longer in between feeding. I really enjoy those times when he sleeps for more than an hour at a time! His reflux will be a problem for probably the first year of his life but we have plenty of burp rags and bibs to keep up with it. Doing his laundry will definitely keep me busy.

Thanks again everyone for all of your cards, gifts, and support. We appreciate you all so much. It has been quite a journey but things are improving, life is getting better every week!


Mark Peltier (84):


Please include Mark Peltier (1984) graduate to your list.

His email is

Thank you

Mark, It is my pleasure to add you to our distribution list. Doing a find for your name I found locations for you in Dunseith, Anchorage, Kirkland & Seattle. I’m assuming you are living in one of those places? It looks like you have lived a lot of same places as Larry St. Claire? Gary


Pictures from the achieves:

Hubert Allery DHS class of 52


Marlin Williams DHS class of 55
Born July 10, 1935 – Deceased April 6, 2003


Marlin (55)/Doris Peterson (53) Williams Family


09/20/2019 (2719)

City of Dunseith

Posted by Larry Liere (55):  Devils Lake, ND

Last Sunday we drove to Bottineau but had some extra time so we drove into Dunseith just to look around.  WOW I thought Devils Lake had a lot of parking lots from buildings being taken down but I don’t know when Dunseith went on their building removal project.  The only two buildings left on main street from when I lived there were the Gambles Store and the theatre or show hall as we called it back then.  There is a bar where the creamery was but I could not tell if it is the old creamery made over or a new building.  Our old house still looks about the same and the new school looks nice from the outside.  I think they should have saved the old corner stone garage just to save that kind of construction as a part of history.  Anyway it was sad to see so much of main street as vacant lots.   We have Grandparents at the Dunseith Cemetery so we stopped there to see their graves and I must say Dunseith does a wonderful job of keeping up their cemetery.  It is very nice and has a beautiful view.

I guess this is just the same story of all small towns USA.

Hope your wife is doing well.



Happy 101st  birthday to Mrs. Wesley Schneider.
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends,     

             I carry  many fond memories of  neighbors, Wes and Ovidia; walking and in-hand  to their garden. saying simple prayer before  their meals, and  sharing simple gifts of friendship and concern.

            I’ve been told by many  community people who  have known her better than I  through the years;  Ovidia  Schneider truly exemplifies, “kindness unto itself.

            Wishing you the best, dear Ovida! 

Your friend,

Vickie L. Metcalfe    

September 20, 2019


Ovidia Schneider 101 years old
Picture/message posted by Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum):  Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary,

Vicki suggested I send you this.  Mom is in the Rolette Community Care Center.  Her birthday was Thursday the 19th.



Gary’s Comment
Karen, Your mother looks wonderful. Please give her our regards and wish her happy birthday from us too. 


The Right Place
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

 I grew Up at The Right Place 

My thoughts today flashed back to the “Wright Place”.

Land which was located in Willow Lake township which my parents purchased from Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill in the mid 60’s.

I was in the 7th grade, the year, I “cut my teeth” on the D – John Deere sweep raking hay to  Dad who drove the John Deere Farmhand whilst  stacking hay.  Haying was a big family affair. Everyone had a job   Sisters tramped the hay down in the frame. Early mornings, after milking, Mom planned, prepared meals and lunches.  Everything was home grown or homemade from scratch.

The first hay put up was the tame hay; alfalfa, sweet clover, Timothy or Brome grass. Hay from the meadows  was last of haying. It was put up after the hot summer sun dried the soft moist meadow soil to a firmness.  Pugnant meadow hay  triggered frequent sneezes, coughs,  and watering eyes amongst all of us..

The Wright Place Hay meadows  due to distance and  navigating its  hillside were always the last.

We were in Allelulah happy stage then!

My Dad was wonderful thoughtful father who shared stories and would talk about feelings.

But hay season brought out the worst in him ….“stress hollering” .  (He’d take time off from plastering to get the haying done.   The farm depended on the livestock, who depended on hay.)

Dad used his strong arm muscles to manually, forcefully crank the D-John Deere  to get it started.  And once started it was never shut off until the end of the day.  The smell of gas permeated the air.

One hot afternoon down in the depth of a  still, stifling, warm, meadow there was absolutely no breeze. Dad ‘s stress got to him, motioned signals with his hands.  I didn’t understand. He hollered and became more animated!

I felt FRUSTRATED . Whaaat?? turn ..?…left… back up…push hay toward, turn around slow down?  Whaaat?”

Finally, I stood up on that D- John Deere.  Hollering back. “I have had enough!”   “I don’t know what those hand motions mean.!”

I pulled the clutch which killed the power.

Stiff muscles, I crawled off that D- and started walking, never looking back.

I walked thoughts stormed across my mind.

“I am running away but I don’t know where to go, but it won’t be home!”

”Dad  is either going to beat my butt…”

“or he won’t do a thing  just let me go…..”

and I …I will not be able to go home again.”

In the hot summer sun, I felt a cold fear ”I knew he would never  beat me.  The stark fear. “Where will I go” I can’t go home again.”

Dad stopped the farm hand.  And came from behind. He walked beside me.

I said, “I don’t understand hand signals, I don’t like hollering. I’m done!”

I felt,total surprised hearing words spoken in kindness.

He said, “Vickie I am so sorry I hollered.”

“I love you”.  ‘I am sorry I hurt your feelings. Would you please forgive me.?” I nodded.

Snottering, I crawled  back on the D.

I wasn’t  a  bit  feeling guilty while he worked to get the  D- engine turning over. I knew our relationship had changed

Dad and I  strengthened and forged  into something  special; deep understanding, mutual respect, appreciation and forgiveness.

I grew up at the Wright Place.

Until Later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe
September 16, 2019

PS To all the former DHS choir members, In closure, do you recall Mr. Johnson leading us in the Fall song below. Does the melody is play in your head too?.

Lyrics …”Autumn Leaves Start to Fall”

 The falling leaves drift by my window
.The falling leaves of red and gold
.I see your lips the summer kisses.
The sunburned hands I used to hold.

Since you went away the days grow long.
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song.
But I miss you most of all my darling.
When autumn leaves start to fall.

Since you went away the days grow long.
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song.
But I miss you most of all my darling.
When autumn leaves start to fall.

I miss you most of all my darling.
When autumn leaves start to fall.


Blog (792) posted on May 4, 2010


Dave Houim Passed Away. This came from Ann/Denise Keplin. Neola
Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Please pray for the Houim family in Rugby. Dave Houim died on Saturday after surgery for injuries sustained in a fall. Dave was the husband of Nancy Houim, she is a TECite and made Life in the Spirit, a truly wonderful person. Dave is also the father of Ashley Houim who made TEC in Belcourt this past year.


Dunseith Schools Superintendents Picture
Posted by Don Martel (Former Principle): Rosemount, MN

Don has shared photos with you. Hope this helps with your didplay, and we are still looking for pictures of Mr. Conroy. Don & Colleen (Conroy) Martel

Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion 
Posted by Linda Gardner: Vienna, VA

Hi Gary – was wondering if you would mind posting a reminder about the country school reunion. Have been receiveing many, many inquiries so just want to remind everyone the deadline is June 1!


Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion

 The Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion will be held on July 10, 2010, at the Twin Oaks Resort & Convention Center at Lake Metigoshe.Anyone who attended a country school in the Turtle Mountains or who wants to celebrate an educational life style of the past is welcome to attend.The cost is $42.00 per person.Reservations and advance payment are required.June 1, 2010, is the deadline to submit registration information and payment.Registration information 

www.bottineau.com (News Releases page http://www.bottineau.com/countryschoolreunion.htm).Please contact Linda Gardner at 703/636-6392, lgardner9@cox.net(email), or

3059 Sugar Lane,Vienna,VA,22181

, for additional information.

Registration will begin at 3 PM; Social Hour 4-6:30 PM and dinner will be served from 6:30 – 8 PM.Please come and share this special time of celebration.


Free Admission to the Peace Garden this Sunday:
Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Taken from www.peacegarden.com.

May 9: Mother’s Day: Free Gate Admission, Plant, Green House Tour & Entertainment.

For your enjoyment, the Lund Family performing: Country Gospel, Blue Grass, Old Time Country and a Special Song for mothers. Sign-up and draws. 2:00 p.m. in the Burdick Performing Arts Center.

Sunday Buffet: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding & Gravy, Oven Roast Potato, Mixed Vegetables, Vegetarian Lasagna, Oven Roast Chicken, Dinner Roll, Tossed Salad- 3 dressings,

Greek Salad, Macaroni Salad, Jelled Salad, Pickles

Dessert-Fruit cup, carrot cake

$13.00 – Children under the age of 12 yrs. @ .75 per yr.

Season Pass discounted $5.00 Today $20.00


10/09/2019 (2720)

Gary Stokes Note:

With my recent busy schedule, I have been not gotten these blogs posted in a timely fashion. I just noticed that I have not posted the last two on our Website either. I will get those posted today along with today’s

I recently upgraded my “MS office Home and Business 2010” to ‘2019”. Not much change but Microsoft will discontinue support for “MS Office 2010” next year. I use “MS Office Outlook” to manage all of my email. I juggle 7 email accounts for posting all my email. They are all good email addresses for me too. So don’t get confused. I see replies and message sent to all of them.


Siblings: Gary LaRocque and Shirley LaRocque Wendt Passed away.
Posted by Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Gary LaRocque (DHS ‘67)
Good morning Gary,

I have very sad news. Our brother Garry LaRocque has passed away, very unexpectedly. We believe this past Saturday 9-21-19, he was alone at his home in Dunseith. He was 70 years old.

Ginger Poitra class of ’65

Shirley LaRocque Wendt (DHS ‘59)

I am letting you know that my sister, Shirley (LaRocque) Wendt went to join our brother Garry yesterday, just 6 days after he left us to be with our Lord.

My sister Joann went on ahead in 2012.

My sister Lana and myself are left to carry on with whatever we need do before our Lord calls us away from this earth.

It is a bad time for all of us. Not only did Lana and myself lose our brother and sister but on the same day our sister Shirley left us our Aunt Letty LaRocque went to be with our Lord.

Garry left us September 21, 2019 ( would have been class of 1967 )

Shirley left us September 27, 2019 ( Class of 1959 )

Aunt Letty left us September 27, 2019

Ginger class of 1965

Gary Stokes Comment:
So sorry Ginger for your loss of Gary and Shirley and your Aunt Letty too.  So close together too. I know you are a very close family and were very close to all of them too. My condolences are with you and all of your family.



Betty Faine Norman (DHS ’64) Passed away
Message posting and Obit posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Alumni,

Heartfelt sympathy to the Faine family on the passing of Betty.

It was a privilege for me to work with Betty in the Dunseith School System.

She loved her entire family so much. And I admired how she was totally in love with her husband Duane.

Betty had an expressive face, twinkling eyes and oft times find her wearing a happy glowing smile which a person could not help but find contagious. and walk away happy.. She could also be assertive in expressing her thoughts and opinion.

She was proud of who she was.  I recall her as, an avid Elvis fan   distraught on his passing.

May she rest gently in peace.


Vickie L. Metcalfe
October 3, 2019


Betty Ann Norman | 1945 – 2019 | Obituary
Norman, Betty
Betty Ann Norman
March 10, 1945 – September 29, 2019

Betty Ann Norman, age 74 of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Minot hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Ascend Church in Bottineau.

Betty Ann Norman, a daughter of August and Alice (LeDeaux) Faine, was born on March 10, 1945 at Belcourt.  She was raised at Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School.  She then attended college in Sacramento, CA.  She married Duane Norman.  Betty worked at Rolette County Social Service in Rolla.  She later worked at Dunseith Public Schools as a secretary and a librarian.

Betty passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at a Minot hospital.

She is survived by he sisters, Patty Lozensky and Alice Christopherson of Dunseith; brothers, Linus and John Faine of Dunseith and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; her parents, August and Alice; sisters, Margaret and Delores; brothers-in-law, Jesse Christopherson and Daniel Lozensky: a niece, Wendy and nephew, Linus.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau


Dunseith School bus hits Moose. Curt Halvorson (’59) Driver
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

School bus carrying girls’ volleyball team hits moose in Ramsey County

By Joshua Peguero |
Posted: Fri 9:02 AM, Oct 04, 2019  |
Updated: Fri 11:45 AM, Oct 04, 2019

RAMSEY COUNTY, N.D. (Valley News Live) A school bus carrying a girls volleyball team crashed into a moose that was standing on the road in Ramsey County.

The accident happened Thursday at 9:35 p.m. along Highway 2 three miles east of Crary, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Curtiss Halvorson, 78, was driving the 2019 International School Bus and he wasn’t injured.

Troopers said the bus suffered significant front-end damage yet Halvorson was able to drive it safely to a stop.

There were 25 students on the bus and two of them were checked for possible injures, but they weren’t hurt.

Dunseith Public Schools issued a statement Thursday night that the girls were returning from a volleyball game at the time of the accident.

“There are no injuries and everyone is ok, thank goodness!”



Blog (793) posted on May 5, 2010


Tour the Rolette County Museum on Friday, May 21st
From Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND.


Dick and I were talking and if anyone that is coming home for the reunion would be interested we would open the Rolette County Museum in St. John for people to go through. Friday the 21st. works best for us. We would just have to pick a time. We don’t have it open for the season yet so we may come across some dust.



We have decided on the time to be 1:00 PM

Thank you so much Mel & Dick for doing this for us.

What a great opportunity for us that Mel and Dick are doing enabling us to see this site.

We’ll see you guys there at 1:00 PM on Friday, the 21st.


I found this on the Net. Gary

  One of the most interesting sites in Rolette County is the Rolette County Historical grounds located on the south edge of St. John as you come into town from the South. It consists of 12 lots, part of which is surrounded by a chain link fence.

The Rolette County Historical Society was organized by a small group of interested people in 1974. Its goal and purpose as an active organization is to help preserve some of the relics of the early pioneers–historical monuments, landmarks, buildings, etc., that have historical value. The initial grounds were donated to the Society in 1975 by the Mill Lake Cemetery Association and consisted, at that time, of 6 lots and the Mill Lake Lutheran Church, which was built in 1911. There are now several buildings on the site; the Church, a little one-room school house which dates back to early 1900’s; a little pioneer log cabin; a display building containing many different memorabilia; another display building with larger antique machinery; an immigration building, toy shop, boxcar, caboose, and an outdoor stage.


Dunseith Sr. Citizens will be serving lunch on Sunday May 23rd.
Posted by Jackie Peterson Hansen: St. John, ND

 Folks, Jackie’s parents are Jack (deceased) & Nettie Peterson.

 Jackie, this is wonderful that the Sr. Citizens are doing this for the community and those of us visiting the area. In 2007 they had some of the best home baked goodies ever. Their pies were out of this world. I had several plus pieces. I was reminded of this by non other than Larry Hackman. Larry we’ll have to pay them a visit again for some more of those great home baked goodies if they’ll be serving them again. Bernadette and I plan on attending the Sr. Center for lunch on Sunday May 23rd. This is another great opportunity to see more of the Dunseith Alumni folks. Thank you so much Jackie for this posting. Gary

From: jackie hansen Phone: 701 477 5780 E-mail: jackie.hansen@sendit.nodak.edu Message: Would you please post this for my mom {Nettie) and other Sr. Citizens: A lunch is being served at the Sr. Citizens’ Center on May 23, starting at 11:00 AM. The seniors in the community welcome visiting alumni as well as those from the area.


Baptismal of Connor O’Hara, DeAnn Gottbreht’s son:
Message from DeAnn Gottbreht O’Hara: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

We are going to be getting Connor baptized on Saturday May 15th at 11am at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith, ND. All are welcome. We will be having a meal afterwards at the church. Thanks Cheryl for the reminder to get it posted on here. Take care everyone


The Conroy’s
Reply from Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

Thanks to Don Martel for the great photo of the principals – brings back memories! I wonder if Don & Colleen have photos of Mrs. Conroy, too, that they would like to share? I remember learning to count money in her 4th grade class by playing “store” with a cash register and toy money – buying cans of soup, etc. that she had brought from home just for that purpose. We had singing in her classroom on Fridays – with Mrs. Elsie Schneider coming in to play the piano. Mrs. Conroy also had the best arts & crafts – we made candles, plaster wall-hangings, corsages for Mom at Christmas and grew petunias in paper cups for Mother’s Day. She also read aloud to the class every day after noon hour – “Little House On the Prairie” was always my favorite.

And remember the “sick room” between the 3rd and 4th grade rooms – upstairs in the old Dunseith School building. I think we hung our coats in there and I remember lots of bookshelves, but there was a bed in there so if you got sick there was a place to go until the bus came, or your mom came to get you………..

Paula Fassett-Pfuhl


Joy Bashara (Teacher)
Question from Diane Fuger (75): Minot, ND.


I have a question for the class of ’75. Does anyone remember Ms. Bashara (sp?) or know where she is nowadays?

Diane Fugere


Ronald Oswell, son of Leona Metcalfe, passed away:
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Ronald George Oswell August 07, 1947 – May 01, 2010

Ron Oswell passed away May 1, 2010. He was born in Seattle on August 7, 1947 to George and Leona (Metcalfe) Oswell. Ron grew up in Seattle, and graduated from Shorecrest High School, where he was the school’s first bagpiper and gave himself the rank of Pipe Major. He attended Shoreline Community College before receiving his draft notice in 1967, precipitating his enlistment in the U.S. Army, where he served four years in the Army Security Agency. [He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967, serving four years in the Army Security Agency] He also served four years in the Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer II. He married Christine Gaston, a former Shorecrest Pipe Band member, in Basle, Switzerland on November 10, 1970. After returning to Seattle in spring 1971, he worked in construction, first as a union carpenter, then as a foreman, and in due time as a superintendent. He was generous with these carpentry skills, helping family and friends with household projects. Ron always had many interests, and was talented in many areas. He had a beautiful tenor voice, and learned musical instruments easily. He had a lifelong love of photography, and always had a darkroom to work in, wherever he lived. In recent years, he was working to master PhotoShop. He also continued his interest in bagpiping and things Scottish. He played with the Washington Scottish Pipe Band for many years and was a very good piper. He also spent time over the years dirt biking and trap shooting. He coached a girls’ soccer team for 15 years, bringing a core group through three team name changes and from mod soccer to high school graduation. He always dreamed of owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and finally purchased a beautiful bike a few years ago that was his pride and joy. He always had a big smile on his face as he drove into the driveway after a ride. Ron is survived by his wife Chris, and two children, Bergman, born in 1974, and Katie born in 1978. Also by his brother Ken Oswell and sister-in-law Carol.

Funeral Information

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:00 to 8:00 PM in the family service suite in Evergreen Washelli. Graveside service at 3:00 PM in Evergreen Memorial Park.

Gary, Ron has many Metcalfe cousins in Turtle Mtn.area. Ron Oswell was a kind, compassionate, honest ,hard working man, with a wonderful sense of humor. Aunt Leona at times, when he was 17 often slipped and called him Cliff. She felt he was alot like my dad at that age. Each of my nephews and nieces met and spent good times with him. He always took time to get to know and mentor kids. Ron was also a double first cousin to the children of Emil and Ann (Oswell) Metcalfe. Our family mourns.

09/09/2019 (2717)

Reply to Pastor Orval Moren’s Status
From Bob Hosmer (56):  Ponoka, Alberta

Pastor Orval Moren served as pastor of Dunseith Lutheran Parish back in the 1960s.  He’s a good friend of mind during those years and we have kept in contact with each other both by phone and email.  But now is under nursing home care.  Was he also your pastor at Salem Lutheran?

Gary’s Comment
Bob: Pastor Moren was never pastor of Salem and Metigoshe Lutheran.


Dinner at Denny’s in the Robinson Galleria Mall in Cebu, Philippines  last night.

Bernadette hit her high point since having been unconscious for 20 days in April and is steadily declining. Several weeks ago she could walk on her own. Now she needs total assistance for walking and virtually everything else too. As long as we are able to get her in the car, we try to eat out most every night. Our three Helpers/caregivers take turns going with us. I could never do it alone.

Tata, Mirasol and Marites are god sends sent from heaven.


Blog (790) posted on May 2, 2010

Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND.

The couple at the end of this message are one handsome couple…you both look so relaxed and enjoying retirement. Have a wonderful life. I enjoy the daily items, even though I don’t know the people…recognize the last names. Having left Dunseith in 1938, it is interesting to read about the school and community changes in that time. I have been to only one of the all school reunions. I note that many people say that their day starts with reading your daily alumni news. The stories that are told by everyone would really make an interesting book. Keep up this project … You have certainly have a great following!

Blanche Schley

Thank you Blanche for the nice compliment. Bernadette does take good pictures and always looks great. On my part, pictures can be deceiving. Yes we are relaxed and enjoying retirement. I’ll tell you a little something. Bernadette and I were counting the days leading to our retirement here in the PI so we could enjoy all the inexpensive services that are available in this country. Now with everything being done for us, that leaves a lot of time to really do nothing. We went from overload to nothing. That isn’t all necessarily a good thing. I have managed to keep pretty busy with what I’m doing, but Bernadette does, at times, have a lot of extra time on her hands. CSI reruns get a little old. Gary


Celia Walter Story:
From Vickie Metcalfe (68): Bottineau, ND.


Next week is Mother’s Day.

Yesterday, I was moving files and came across a story of my mom’s of Celia Walter. Mom and I wrote the story at the request of Celia’s granddaughter. I noticed on Verena’s list this morning the name Erna Walter Pederson. I don’t recall Erna, but my mom’s recollection of Celia was of a proud, devoted mom . I’d like to share the following story written about Ceila.

Charlotte Metcalfe’s, Remembrances of Celia Hackman Walter

Charlotte (Lamb) Metcalfe grew up one mile west of the Hackman family on old unpaved Highway 43. Celia’s family home was also directly across the road from Charlotte’s grandmother, Elizabeth Wicks, with whom Charlotte frequently stayed with.

Celia,was nine years older than Charlotte. Charlotte said, “Celia was kind and fun to be around.” 

Charlotte recollects when she was about 5, going across the road to visit Celia and her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hackman. Celia’s mother, was a short plump lady and Celia, was the baby girl of the family. 

Mrs. Hackman would sew dresses for herself and Celia. There was no electricity, so the sewing was probably done on a pedal sewing machine and/or by hand. Celia and her mother would save the fabric scraps and sew doll clothes for Charlotte’s dolls.

Stohl or Long Lake which it is known now, was adjacent to the Hackman’s. The east side was a nice swimming place where sometimes,Celia would take Charlotte wading.

Hilltop School was located 1 mile north and 1/2 miles east of the Hackman Place. About the summer of Charlotte’s first grade at Hilltop School, Celia and her cousin, Antoinette Deitrich were brushing up on studies to complete the final eighth grade exams.

Celia had a horse which she rode bareback. Often she would hitch up the horse to a cutter in the winter or a cart in the summer. She would drive the horse to school. That summer she gave Floyd and Charlotte rides to and from school whenever they stayed with their Grandma Wicks.

Sometimes, Celia would take her horse and buggy to her Grandpa Deitrich’s or Uncle Henrys to get chicken feed. Charlotte say’s, “Celia would invite me to go along. We just went riding along, it was an adventure to go with her, Celia’s Grandfather’s seemed so far away.”

Charlotte remembers a few years later going with some other youth, to visit Celia at her home. She was then married to Ed Walter. They were living close to Kelvin Store and Ed was working for Cook’s. Celia had a tiny, small, cute baby girl, her name was Erna.

In later years Charlotte said she would visit with Celia at Peace Lutheran Church. Many times, Celia would be quietly washing dishes for church functions

Charlotte said, after her passing on March 30,2005, “Celia was always a friend, and I’ll miss her. She always made me happy to see her.”

Written for Patsy Walter Mogk, on her Grandma Celia’s passing.__by Charlotte Metcalfe

Vickie L. Metcalfe written on March 31, 2005

Vickie, I was glad to see Erna Walter’s name on our reunion list too. Erna knew my Dad’s family pretty well. She lived with my Dad’s brother Emil and his wife Lillian for several years in the foot hills of the Turtle mountains NE of Bottineau. She was teaching school at the time. That would have been in the 1956/57 time frame. I remember Erna living with them. I was only about 10 years old at the time. I had totally forgotten she had lived with Emil/Lillian until she brought it to my attention when I got in contact with her putting class lists together. Erna is currently living in Minot. Gary


Tommy Belgarde’s passing:
Reply from Claudette McLeod (80): Dunseith, ND

Gary, Yes, it is Tommy Belgarde the musician. It was a very sad day in our community, Tommy was the son of the late Jimmy and Emma Belgarde. His brothers were Rene and Clifford, he had others as well but Rene and Clifford lived her all their lives.

 Claudette McLeod


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



09/03/2019 (2716)

Pastor Orval Moren  Status
Posted by Debbie Higgins:   

Note from Dick Johnson (’68):
Orval Moren was the pastor of Dunseith Lutheran in the early to mid 60’s before the merger or Dunseith, Rendahl, and Little Prairie.


This email is being sent by Debbie Higgins, Orval’s Daughter. Many of you have called and asked about Dad, so I thought I would send a blast email and update everyone… I apologize if you are sent this incorrectly or in multiples. Its Dads address book and I have no idea who he knows, and in what way you are connected to his life…  If I have left someone off please forward this to them too. Please do not use these addresses for any other purpose.

Dad has recovered from 3 serious hospitalizations for pneumonia and congestive heart failure since February. They have taken a toll on his body and mind. He is fragile but still in good spirits.  He has moments of clarity, and a lot of memory issues. He completely lost his hearing in this left ear,and half in his right ear, in a battle with infection in March. But his hear aid in the right still serves him well.

We helped him sell his house in June to his next door neighbor and dear friend Debbie Dickinson. He is now living at the Ambassador Good Samaritan Care Center in New Hope. 8100 Medicine Lake Road, New Hope MN 55427

Currently he is unable to walk and in a wheel chair. He recently recovered from a fractured ankle bone (and the required boot for the last 10 weeks).  It would appear that he is fading a little more everyday.   He misses my mom, Bernell so much. Dad is experiencing the typical loneliness and isolation that can come with his situation and he always enjoys visits and phone calls from friends and family.

If you desire to send a letter, or note to the care center, we do read them to him.  If you desire to visit, he does enjoy it, may manage for 15- 30 minutes but might lose track of things a little.  He also may not remember you have been there. He keeps his cell phone near his bed.  If you can’t reach him, please leave a message and we will read or play it back to him. There is a visitors note book on his dresser if you choose to share that you visited.  It allows us to try to help him relive some of the friends and family that have come.  Thank you for your continued care, prayers and love to dad as he continues to live out his days.

We will not be responding to this email or Dads email account. You may forward questions, greeting or notes to my sister, Becky Calhoun at her email, zip55123@hotmail.com. She will respond instead.

Peace and blessings.  Love from all of us. Jon, Becky, Debbie, Mary Beth and families
Facebook message from Lee Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

Lee Stickland
August 18 at 12:55 AM
Gary and Bernadette, “Spout dime” I say hello. I think about you every day for sure. One of our nurses is from the Philippines. Sorry I didn’t learn which island. she told me it takes 3 days from Dickinson; she promised to wave a hello to you folks as she was going by, in whichever direction. My inside thermometer shows a cool 55 degrees with some rain at 10 to 11 in the morning on Saturday. Great to learn that Bernadette is up, around, and has a great appetite. She owes a lot of her being able to gain such a great revived lifestyle to the best caregivers in the world. Lee

Gary’s comments
Sorry about the late post of this Lee. I forgot to post with the last blog posting.
Please tell you friend to feel free to get in touch with me before or while she is here in the Philippines.
My Cell Phone number is 0977 844 6618. If calling from the USA it’s 01163 977 844 6618. I can be reach 24 hours a day on that phone.
My email address is gws123456@hotmail.com. She can message me on FB too

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Minot, ND


Blog (790) posted on May, 2010

Thomas Belgrade’s funeral notice:

THOMAS BELGARDE, 51, Belcourt, died Thursday in a Minot hospital. Funeral Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt. Visitation Tuesday, 6 p.m., rosary service Tuesday, 8 p.m., both in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)


Reply to Tommy Belgarde (Deceased)
From Denise Lajimodiere: Moorhead, MN

Tommy Belgarde the musician?



Condolences to the Tommy Belgarde Family:
From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND

Morning Gary,

I seen the posting regarding Tommy.

I remember Tommy (& Clifford) from when I lived on the farm out by St. Anthony’s. We use to ride the horses to Pigeons alot and would pass by their house. Also, remember going to dances where Tommy’s band was playing. Those were the good old days!

My condolences go out to Tommy’s families, he will be surely missed.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson


Memories of Tommy Belgarde:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND



Through the passing of each season, I revert to music. Yesterday, I when visiting with a class of students,who did not know about an old tradition of knocking at doors and giving flowers on May first. …… Myself? I ‘d first heard about May Day from Mrs.Florence Conroy.

While discussing May 1st. I began singing…… “Awake Awake Oh Pretty Maids Awake Out of your Drowsy Dream..and Step into your dairy house to fetch a bowl of cream………..” . My thoughts were of our gifted music teacher who introduced the Dunseith High School choir that song. I continue to always be amazed when melodies and the words are remembered just as our gifted teacher…….Mr. Don Johnson.

Saddened, I am to hear of the passing of Tommy Belgarde. Tommy also a truly gifted musician. (Tommy’s dad grew up in the hills north of Dunseith, neighbors to the Metcalfe’s at Rabbit City Lake…………and he in the foothills)

Many, many times, my cousin, Janice and Raphael hired Tommy’s band to play at Kelvin Klinic. My parents, along with Kelvin filled with many neighbors and folks enjoyed listening to Tommy appreciating his sense of timing and danced to his band. Ah……. those two-steps, fox trots and waltzes. (Do you remember the dancing at Kelvin Dorothy Pritchard? As I recall, She, and her husband could and would dance most of the evening.)

It was Turtle Mountain Metis’ Music at it’s best! Many weekends, I’d venture to the home farm from teaching in Montana just in time to take mom and dad dancing. Usually, upon seeing my dad,walk through the door with his white cane, Jimmie LaRocque would say to Tommy,” Let’s play one for Cliff. Tommy and the band accompanied Jimmie while he’d double string fiddled , I’d stand to be dad’s touch point while he’d clogged and jigged.

God Bless those dear hearts and gentle souls who made the music which carries on. Many Thanks. Vickie


Bryan Schimetz’s (77) Funeral cast:
From Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Gary This is a copy of Bryan Schimetz’s Funeral cast . Gary Fulsebakke sang several songs and very heartfelt and powerfully moving, This young man can really sing spiritual songs. I first heard Gary sing at his mothers 90th birthday party at Good Sam’s in Bottineau. I remember Gary saying that his mother, Midge, loved to sing gospel songs around the house and Gary loved to sing along with her. Judy Allard also sang very well. I will try to get a copy of the Obituary, which I left behind in Dunseith. I know some of his friends could not make it. So I will also try to get some miscellaneous photos of Bryans life to you at that time.

Thanks Gary for all that you do for us Fans of this blog.


Reunion – May 22nd

Folks, Verena’s list, below, is her master list and the official master list for those that have paid. Please reply with any discrepancy’s or omissions that you see so they can be corrected.

She will only be ordering T-shirts, Next week, for those that attended Dunseith schools that have paid when she sends the order in. She is unsure of those attending the reunion that have not paid, so will not be ordering T-shirts for those folks.

For the catered dinner, Verena needs your payment no later than May 14th.

For those of you desiring the catered meal, please send your payment of $10.00 Plus $5.00 ($15.00 total) per person payable to


08/23/2019 (2715)

I have attached all pictures that are pasted below.
Not everyone is able to view pictures posted in the body of my email message.

Passing of Mary Rose Morin
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe(’70):  Bottineau, ND

Dear Alice Renault,  Gary and Alumni  friends of Dunseith  Public School,

I offer sympathy to  former  Dunseith Elementary co-worker, Alice Renault on the passing of her sister Mary Rose.

May you find the  warmth of comfort  Alice,  in your  unending  faith,  your loving family and friends.


Vickie L. Metcalfe
August 20, 2019



Spectrum Store on Bottineau Main street is closing
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe(’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary, Karen Larson is shutting down the Spectrum.

I hope others will be bolstered by the photos and story  the tale/story, to go in and see Karen and do the same. Losing the Spectrum and the  expertise of Karen Larson  will be a  great loss to Bottineau and Dunseith. Thanks and take care. Sincerely, Vickie

Gary’s comments
I totally agree with everything you said Vickie. Bottineau and Dunseith too, will be at a loss without the expertise services of Karen and Spectrum.

Thank you Karen for all the services you have provided us and also for the entire community. You are a saint. I for one will miss visiting and seeing you in Spectrum with my visits back to the area.  


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe(’70):  Bottineau, ND
Note: This Picture is also attached
Metcalfe Aug 23


Bottineau Cabins by Oak Creek: Memories from the past
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe(’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends

May through August is prime for walking a dog.  Lochbuie my diabetic senior  Westie when hurting or tired uses a pet stroller.  Aka ‘Buie’s Cadillac’. I purchased for him because it reminded me of the D-John Deere I used in hayfields of summers long past..

My preference is early morning; at least 6:00 am dawn moseying along the walking path.   Much loved are North Dakota’s Changeling Morns. Be it,

-Calm, and quiet

-Gentle misting soft rain.

-Chilling dam p breeze  w in d.

Strong winds bring the hoody up, hat tucked away, with feet amping up to brisk strides whilst the stroller  hood comes down  for Buie’s protection.   Doggedly, I wander like  ‘the bear ‘went over the mountain to see what he can see.’

Halfway destination is arrived at the walking bridge where the D John Deere is pushed to the edges of the walking bridge and we mindfully gaze in all directions of the flowing or …. Not flowing Oak Creek.

I believe, Water is life.

Life in the hearing, seeing, smelling….‘and the feel

-Wee shy cotton tails or startled gigantic  Jack rabbits,

-splish/splash of the Beaver or Muskrat.

-Shushing, trickling, rushing of water where tiny bugs or microisms call water home.

-Various color birds calling the sun to wake up his sleepy head.

Final focus is on a huge many branched thick willow tree. And I wonder back to 72 years ago if a small-determined  willow branch was here, as my parents began their married life witnessed in the company of friends and family at Dunseith Lutheran Church on September 17, 1947.

Once,  while a child my Mom pointed out the area cabins, saying she and Dad’s wedding night was spent in a little cabin.  Hmm, close to  the flowing water, where the huge willow now has grown so strong and tall.

Given into history, I hauled out moms stuff which was long ago packed away, then,  asking Karen at the “Spectrum” to fwd copies of my parents wedding photo graph, signed guest list, and a yellowed curling clipping from the Star. ( I shall miss Karen as she is closing up shop soon)

Wholly Cow! upon sharing the photo’s’ Karen pulled out an old  photo of the cabins at Oak Creek.

My mom all those years kept in her possession every gift card she received at her wedding.

…I wept as I read them………so sincerely personal and kind.  Many of those folks continued to lend laughter, tears and support through to my parents passing.  Friendship treasured-endures.

Many think clutter. Clutter? I think not.   Frail yellow paper scraps of the past symbolize the strong spirituality of  a woman who treasured her marriage vows.    She and dad lived it together, through glad times and bad times, good health and sickness.

Dad was her one and only love.

Mom also valued family and friends kind and gentle folks who witnessed and supported her and her beloved.She never forgot a kindness.

In summary, for what it’s worth I share pieces of  my family history with y’all.  And, thank you  all kindly.

I dare you all, take a walk  mindfully  at dawn.


Vickie Leona Metcalfe
August 20, 2019


Wedding of Clifford  David and Charlotte Harriet  (Lamb ) Metcalfe: September 17, 1947
Posted by their Daughter Vickie Metcalfe (’70):
Note: These Pictures are also attached

 My parents were: Clifford  David and Charlotte Harriet  (Lamb ) Metcalfe
Mom’s roots were primarily English, Irish and ..Penn Dutch…..

.Mom’s name.

Charlotte ……….named in  honor of    Maternal  Irish/Penn Dutch …great-grand mother Charlotte Anne (Plymire )Welch,          and  Charlotte  Ann  (O’Moran) Plymire  Irish immigrant  ( early 1700’s) great- great grand mother.
Midle name Harriet is after her English grandmother Harriet Lamb……..
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Blog (789) posted on April 30, 2010


Tommy Belgarde Passed away
Forward from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Note: I am not familiar with Tommy. I’m pretty sure some of you are though. Please fill us in with Tommy and where he lived etc. Our condolences are with his family with his passing. They are in our prayers. Gary


From:Keplin, Denise S.
Date: 4/29/2010 11:09:20 AM


Subject: #2 Prayer requests 4-29-10

Tommy Belgarde died early this morning. Please pray for his family and friends. Will let you know about services when I hear.


Reply from Cheryl Kester Gaugler (69): North Brunswick, NJ


After seeing the map you sent today, I realized how close I was to you a couple of weeks ago – my husband and I visited our son in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He’s taking a year-long language course at Utma Jaya University learning Bahasa Indonesia. He loves the country and may end up staying longer. We saw many sites, one of the most amazing was standing at the top of Borobudur when the mist was rising from the jungle at sunrise – absolute breathtaking.

Just want to thank you again for all the coordinating you do keeping us in touch.

Cheryl Kester Gaugler – Class of 1969 Yes, Indonesia is just to the west of us. We have not yet visited Indonesia. Many folks from here have business connections in Viet Nam which is also a hop skip and a jump to the west of us as well. It’s hard to believe, but labor costs are less in Viet Nam than here in the Philippines.
Reunion reply from Shelley Sime Fossen (84): ?????, ND.

Gary – I read the updates all of the time and went to school in Dunseith till the 8th grade. You really are a saint for all you do with this blog. Just when is the date of the banquet? I am wondering if I could take my mom, Connie Burcham Sime, to the meal? I know that this is last minute but she is much too shy to just go on her own and Dad isn’t much of a social butterfly.

Thanks either way :o) Shelley Sime Fossen 1984 Bottineau

PS: Mom would have graduated about 1963 but I am not certain of that year (close). :o)

It’s great to hear from you Shelley. I have your mother listed with the class of 1962 in my records. It’s wonderful that you and your mother plan on attending the reunion. We have added you to our lists for attending. You can just send your payment, payable to Verena.

 Verena Gillis

Angela Berube Malget (65): Minneapolis, MN

 Folks, I just got a message from Angela Berube Malget (65) letting me know that she and Greg will be attending the reunion.

08/12/2119 (2714)

Note to Vickie From Gary
Vickie, I forgot to post this with the last blog. Sorry for the oversight.

Sympathy to Raphael Poitra (’65)
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Dear Gary, Raphael Poitra, and friends of Dunseith Alumni, 

Raphael, sympathy on the passing of  your sister Cecilia (Poitra) Delorme.

            She  always shared her sweet beatific smile while visiting. She’d  often share  about people she treasured; her children and grandchildren, her family and her friends.

            I  truly enjoyed  visiting with her, whenever we met.


Vickie L. Metcalfe


Coconut Tree in the Stokes Compound Backyard in the Philippines

Following a long draught, with all the rain in the past several weeks, this lone coconut tree in our back yard has really blossomed.

When we developed our property in 2004, we cut down about 20 mature coconut trees.

This tree is one that has grown back. A mature coconut tree has a trunk length of 60’ to 80’. The fruit is all on the top. There are no branches on the trunks. This tree is still growing. It has a trunk length of about 8’.

These coconuts are heavy. Falling from a height of 80’ can be very dangerous. Before cutting them down in 2004, several fell on our tin roof making big dents.
Coco tree


Blog (788) posted on April 29, 2010


Joseph Frank LaFountain (March 19, 1939 – October 26, 2010)



JOSEPH FRANK LAFOUNTAINJoseph F. LaFountain, age 71 of Dunseith, died Tuesday in his home. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Benedict’s Cemetery. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Church.

Joe Frank LaFountain, a son of Joe and Mary (Champagne) LaFountain, was born on March 19, 1939 at Belcourt. On January 18, 1959 he was married to Shirley Gunville at Belcourt. This marriage later ended.

He is survived by his companion, Shirley LaFountain of Dunseith; 2 sons, Les LaFountain and Jeff LaFountain both of Dunseith; a daughter, Rhonda Poitra of Dunseith; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (Judy) Lafountain, James LaFountain and Benedict (Diane) LaFountain all of Dunseith; sisters, Theresa Tetrault, Dorothy Davis, Virginia LaFountain, Florence LaFountain, Sharon Lafountain, Ramona (Jimmy) LaFountain all of Dunseith, and Rita LaFountain of Rolette.

Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.




Lucien Casavant

Reply from Lucien Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Gary, For sure Lucien Casavant is our Uncle…the nicest uncle ever…and his wife Alma, was a scream…we loved our Aunt Alma. She had this Lucille Ball type personality. Aggie


Follow up reply from Aggie

Hey Gary, It’s me again. I think the gal in the picture with Stella S. is her daughter Kathy S. Haven’t seen her 43 years but I’m positive it’s her. Aggie


Reply to Dick Johnson (68) form Aggie:

To Dick, Wow those snow picture really were jammed packed with winter memories of N.Dakota. Really caught me off gaurd… I guess just surviving half a dozen tornados ripping through the Carolinas this past couple days makes a person forget that it’s almost Christmas… Loooking at those pictures,I can almost smell the snow…Beautiful… Simply Beautiful..thanks for sharing…Aggie

To Gary, you need to go on that show the Apprentice with Donald Trump…He would probably hire you with all the construction you;’ve been doing. looks Great! Aggie

Aggie, you are right, folks identified the gal standing with Stella as her daughter Kathy. Gary


 Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Boonton, NJ

Hi Gary, very nice addition to your home! It is fun to see it all come together. Lynn Otto

Thanks Lynn,


We currently have our master bedroom upstairs. As we get older we feel it would be a lot nicer to have it on the ground floor. We were limited for real-estate space too, when we build our house. We did not have the adjacent lot at the time. The initial plan was for this to be a temporary house while we built in a development. In the middle of construction, Bernadette decided she would like to live here next door to her sister, so we then made this our permanent home.




08/02/2019 (2713)

DHS Class of 1969 held their 50th Class Reunion
Posting from Marvel Hill Thompson (69):  Bottineau, ND

The DHS Class of 1969 held their 50th Class Reunion on July 26 and 27.  We met at Dales Lounge with the start of visiting and eating.  Saturday, we had our class picture taken at the wheel, toured both the high school we attended and then onto the elementary to tour the new gym, WOW what a fantastic gym,  Capacity is 1985. Finished the event with  a banquet back at Dales and had  more stories and tears remembering our fun times.  We also had a short memorial in memory of the classmates who we lost way too soon.   Dales provided a private area for us.  Food and waitress were soooo great.

Thank you Staff of Dales.  Would recommend to any reunions.

See you later . Take care and safe travels Class of 1969.



Condolences to Warren Anderson (’65)
From Ron Longie (’65):  Yakima, WA

Warren I’m so sorry to read of the loss of Cora please my sincere Condolences, prayers of strength go out to you, and Family


Raphael Poitra’s (’65) sister, Cecilia (Tootsie) Delorme,  passed away
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith School

Cecelia was her family’s matriarch.

Tootsie ( Cecilla)  was from a well-known  Poitra family,  North  of Dunseith proper.

She  was the  daughter of Ralph Poitra, sister of Raphael,

Niece of Alcide Lajimodiere, and mother of  ’70  classmate Carol Ann (Parsien) Lavallie.

I extended sympathy  to her  entire family.

Sincerely Vickie L. Metcalfe

Gary’s Comment;
I didn’t know Cecelia, but Raphael I know well from our DHS Class of ’65.
I extend my condolences to Raphael and all of Cecelia’s family. Being a Brother to Raphael, I know she was a good person too.

Cecilia Mae Delorme
May 13, 1930 – July 21, 2019

Cecelia Mae Delorme, age 89 of Dunseith, died July 21, 2019 in a Belcourt hospital. Her funeral will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10:00 Am in the St. Michael’s the Arch Angel Church in Dunseith. A wake will begin on Sunday at 4:00 P.M. in the church.


NOTE: Historical Event Saturday, July 27
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith Alumni

Tomorrow,10:00 a..m. – 1:30 p.m SATUR DAY, JULY  27, 2019, representatives of  Turtle Mountain Band  of Chippewa and the International Peace Garden will be working in conjunction to raise the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal Flag.

I just heard  about this event on the Bottineau  Radio Station\ this morning. I understand there will be tribal drumming, slide show stories , traditional and Metis dancing   …….and traditional food.

1.I love history.

  1. I enjoy people working  on mutual goals together .
  2. I enjoy music.
  3. I enjoy  trying different foods.
  4. I enjoy the serenity of the Peace Garden.

After the Great Depression,

A paternal Uncle  Archie, like so  many other young men, worked  in the C.C.’s  building up the structures and grounds in the mid-thirties. My maternal Grandfather Robert E. Lamb and my mother (as a child) walked  from #43 East  many miles……

long,  long  ago  the day the  Garden was dedicated. The Lamb/Wicks families gathered at the picnic areas for many  a year.

Alas, the last few years  the cost to enter has grown to be more prohibitive. So I canna truthfully say how much a person has to pay to get in to this event.


Vickie L. Metcalfe


Blog (787) posted on April 28, 2010


Wesley Schnieder Story on a good ole ND Blizzard afternoon.

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND


Today, October 27, was a very windy time here in ND. The wind brought wet snows and flung tree branches around.

Finding the school was shut down, I couldn’t walk far with the fear of my dogs flying. OK. Actually, they just turned around and let me know there was no way they’d be enticed to go any where until this afternoon, I said, “Ok lets go see Wes and Ovidia.” I had another story for Wes to approve the final draft.

My neighbors were doing fine, burrowed snug in their house. Buie sat dozing lazily, being gently stroked by Wes for a length of time. Thor relaxed at his feet. It was one of those old fashioned “snow days”. I said Wes, “This afternoon I couldn’t quite complete my “deep cleaning” chore I set out to do. I’ve been laughing, thrown back to a memory of my dad by one of your stories. So, I just had to sit down and put pencil to paper with this recent Wes story. ” For what it’s worth here it is. Vic


A Perfectly Good Pair of Pants Story

at first it twasŠever so faint. Then louderŠ.Grunts and slapping continued to ensue ____”ed–uhl UHL”. _____One day, Wes age 10, heard a neighbors voice from a distance. Wes, and it seemed neighbors from miles around heard. “ed—uhl.”

What was that? Another roar louder and more panicky again ! Then a final mighty, great roar! ed——u!——– ed —–UH!——ED—-UHL!—-‘” “Neighbors uncertain what to do, although they knew the neighbor was yelling for his wife.

Once upon that time, there was this fellow and his wife Ethel, living on land west of the Schneider farm. This fellow had a problem with vermin in his granary. One bright morning, “Lookin at his dog he came to a conclusion much to the demise of the—er ???!”

BRIGHT IDEA? humm-mmm-hmmM-MMMMM? He decided to outsmart those pesky vermin. So, he threw a board over one hole, and stood over another. In anticipation of a show down, he’d brought his loyal dog as back up with him into the wood granary. He had the hopes of the little dog killing the vermin.

The scene that followed was purely. Unfortunate.

When It, Mr. “???” couldn’t get up one hole. Came up the other hole where he found himself lookin up, up, up,at the big man The man who weighed close to 300 pounds. STOMP_____. STOMP____. came down the big mans FEET.

Commotion and pandemonium followed. It seemed to the man it was a long battle. Oh my, that poor little ???! In fear, finally cornered, nearly dying of fright, did just about the only thing “IT” could. He ran up the mans big. booted foot and up, up up, the inside of an overall leg.

HUH???? EEEEEH! SLAP! ,SLAP “eeeEW” yelled the man to his wife at the house. Grunts and slapping continued to ensue “-“ED–uhl”. Neighbors heard. Another, bellowing roar, louder, more panicky , again ed——u!——–” “ed —–UH!”——“ED—-UHL!”

The man with his big hand had cornered a ??? in his pants —just above the knee. He hobbled to the house, “ed—uhl”, “ED—HUL” “Det da scessors”. “The wife came running, with the scissors, and cut a hole through the fabric . And pulled out —-a very, quite, DEAD-END of a R- A -T.

Sadly, the poor little dog had no more vermin to chase and sadder yet it twas the end of another perfectly good pair of pants.

A Wes Story, as told to, then retold and embellished by Vickie On one fine October Snow Day, 2010


Early ND Snow
Pictures from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

We are just now getting the end of a two day winter blast. The only problem is that it’s still fall according to the calender. These are just a few shots I took today around the place. My haying equipment looks like it is now retired for the winter although it still needs to be cleaned up and put inside for the real winter The one picture is overlooking Horseshoe Lake from the north. It’s pretty, but what a mess for a few days ahead! I bet my pal Bill Hosmer is glad he made it back south before this hit! As he says, “It kind of brings a tear to you eye, doesn’t it.” Thanks Gary!



Stokes House addition in the Philippines

Folks, Several of you have requested pictures of our new house addition in progress. This is a 22″ x 40′ addition that includes a living room, master bedroom/bath and and an outside toilet accessible only from the outside.

Note: The blue tarp provides shade from the 90 degree heat.


Living room, 22′ X 20′, with 4 large windows & two exterior doors.

The walls are ready for paint.
They are working on the ceiling.

Up to the ceiling, everything is cement.Very labor intense and time consuming.

I could never afford the labor costs back in the states for this kind of construction.



Looking out from inside the living room.


Looking out our kitchen back door into the newly constructed Pantry way entrance to the house. Rather than paint, we decided to tile (ceramic) the walls of this room. The building thru the door is our outside kitchen/laundry building.




07/22/2019 (2712)

Cora (Warren ’65) Anderson Passed away.

Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Alumni,

Todays (July 18)  Minot Daily Today
I read of t the passing of Cora ANderson.

I offer sincere sympathy to her  family on their  loss .

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Gary’s Comments

Warren; I was so saddened to hear of Cora’s passing. She was a good person and a nice person married to one of the finest guys on the face of this earth too. She will be missed. We extend our condolences to you and all of your families with her passing.

Anderson, Cora
Sharon Cora Marion-Anderson
March 22, 1950 – July 11, 2019

Sharon Cora Marion-Anderson, 69, Minot, ND, formerly of Rolette, ND, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, a Trinity Medical Center of Minot.

Sharon was born March 22, 1950, the youngest of 12 children born to Herman Marion and Georgianna Smith-Marion, in Belcourt, ND. During her early years of education, she attended St. Ann’s Catholic Mission in Belcourt. For her freshman year, she attended Stephan Boarding School in South Dakota. Sharon’s education continued at Belcourt High School, where she graduated in 1968.

She attended Haskell Indian Nations College in Haskell, KS and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business. Her first employment in the workforce was at the State Capital in Bismarck, ND with the Driver’s License Division. She then began a 17 year career with Indian Health Service in Belcourt, which extended it to Washington D.C., Aberdeen, SD and Billings, MT. While in Billings, she attended college and received a four year degree in Business. She then moved back to Belcourt and was employed at the Turtle Mountain Community College.

While attending Haskell, Sharon met Wales Chester Bulltail and they were married in 1971. They had one child, a son, Conrad. The marriage was later dissolved.

In 1999, Sharon married Warren Anderson. They made their home in Rolette, ND for 20 years, where they enjoyed retirement.

Sharon loved her pets: George, her cat, and Lucy and Sassy, her two overprotective dogs. She had a soft heart for all animals. She spoke up when her husband went hunting. They enjoyed traveling, and visited Vietnam in 2012 and Israel and Turkey in 2017.

Sharon’s hobbies included growing flowers, reading and attending school sports, especially when her nephews or grandchildren were playing. She always had a book by her side. She loved playing cards, especially with her cousins, the “trickster” Marion girls. She loved family and get-togethers for birthdays and holidays.

Surviving family includes: Husband, Warren Anderson; son, Conrad (Kim) Bulltail and their daughter, Illyanna; sister, Phyllis (Dave) Jollie; brothers, Clark (Shirley) Marion and Frank (LaVina) Marion; step-brother-in-laws, Lawrence (Shirley) Anderson and Charles (Mona) Anderson; step-sister-in law, Mary Millang; 13 step-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She loved all family with a big heart.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; 8 brothers and sisters; and her step-sister-in-law, Shirley Doan.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette, ND.

Visitation:  Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a Vigil Prayer Service and Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette, ND.

Memorials: are preferred to the Rolette County Veterans Service Officer in Rolla, ND.



Sharon Haakenson, Bottineau, Passed away

Haakenson, Sharon

Sharon was married to Dennis (Hawkeye) Haakenson. Dennis is a 2nd cousin to both Neola Kofoid Garbe and me. I believe Sharon and Sandy (Rick) Gottbreht are first cousins too.

Dennis and Sharron are/were very well known throughout the area. They are known for their horses.

Sharon’s death was sudden. Not expected.

Please follow the link below for her obituary


Elusive Juneberry is Season____ somewhere in ND
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary, Alumni and Friends of Dunseith,
July 14, 2019

The Elusive, Juneberry

I was a child, in the era before a freezer in every home. The root cellar held vast quanities of treasure; jars lined the shelves within walls. Mom pressure canned produce from her garden; vegetables including tomatoes, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, green and yellow beans.

The little dry but cool & dark corner of the cellar held a colourful calico plethora of quart jars filled with  vegetables, rhubarb juice, as well as stewed beef, deer and chicken.

Mom had a nose for finding and processing juice, jams jellies, pickles, and various fruits of the wild; including plums, pin cherries, raspberries, high bush cranberries, chokecherries and ___JUNEBERRIES. And come winter. It was always tempting to crawl down into the cellar an raid the fruit.

May and June brings spring’s fragrant promise of renewal. However in nature there always “lurks possibility of a hard freeze”.

I base this on a man with extraordinary memory and knowledge, who lived into his 90’s, Uncle Bill Metcalfe. Uncle Bill, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter wore long handled woolies. One July.  I said, “Uncle, Bill,” “Do you wear those all the time, why?” He replied, “They insulate from the heat and are warm in the cold.” “ “One time I took them off the fourth of July but put them back on the fifth of July. He also said, (In his long life) “ I have seen a hard freeze in every month.”  Uncle Bill was always well prepared, wise, and carried within him, simple deep faith.

I was told, One spring, June day, although heavy with child, Mary, adamently insisted Bill to hook up the team. For a long drive. They were to drive South and west to pick berries and camp.  Mary, had been told about the heavy leaden Juneberry trees were plentiful in the foot hills above the prairie. Once there while picking juneberries, daughter Alice, was borne in June at Butte St Paul.

Through the years juneberries patches seem become more elusive. In the last few years it seems the berries are are not ready until July.   I hear, many people hold on and don’t share  the  secrets. One secret always well kept is the location of…_a Juneberry patch.

My mom’s  favorite pie was juneberry.

I was not fond of juneberry pie. But, her last summer, one July, with the aid of Wayne Barbot of Waynes Grocery Store in Dunseith, I purchased berries for many pies.  Armed with purchased frozen crust I picked berries clean and sought recipes from expert bakers I knew.

I found out how simple pie baking is when…..a-hem…. okay… whole _truth.  Actually, quite simple.  Me and Pillsbury Frozen crust!

Yesterday prior to Eleanor’s funeral, whilst in Rugby, a former Bottineau co-worker greeted me at Cenex. He and his family  now live in Bismarck. He told me he was on road trip to Pembina. _ To _____pick elusive ___Juneberries.  He was told they were abundant.

He shared a juneberry recipe which he said he uses on his from scratch cheese cakes.

2 C. juneberries, ¾ C. Sugar, 1 T. cornstarch,

¾ C. Water, 1 T. almond extract stir together,thicken stirring over heat.

When thick, cool, spoon gently over cheese cake.

He kindly said, “Vickie You could just spoon it into a crust if you can’t make a cheese cake.”

Hmm. “I don’t have to go searching for elusive berries, my insurance man thought it odd when I requested to up the insurance to apply to my freezer.

He didn’t know.          It was all about elusive JUNEBERRYS! Those little treasures are well packaged hidden in the deep in the well issured_ freezer.

Until later,

Vickie Leona Metcalfe
Sometime in Ellusive Juneberry Season 2019


Blog (786) posted on April 27, 2010

Lester & Marion Johnson:
Congratulations from Joan Richard (Teacher): Dunseith, ND
I would like to congratulate Lester and Marian on a milestone anniversary,
Happy 60th Anniversary. It was great that the family could be together
and enjoy each others presence. God Bless You all. Joan Richard,
Lester & Marian Johnson

Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA
You are so right about not knowing where you are calling anymore. Several months ago, I had been dragging my feet on making some calls on a few things. None of them were real serious, but after putting them off for several days, I finally decided it was time to make the calls.We had been having some trouble with our computer firewall package, so called their number for customer service. The lady I spoke with was very helpful and was able to diagnose and fix the problem. She spoke with a very heavy accent, so I asked her where she was located, to which she responded with the name of a city in India.

Next our dishwasher had been acting weird when you ran it through it’s cycle. We have an extended warranty on it so I called the warranty company and the gentleman I spoke with ran me through the steps to reset the computerized electronics that control the cycling of it and it’s run fine ever since. In any case, he spoke very good English, but had a distinctive accent. So I inquired where he was located and he said in Honduras.

My final call that day was to the Credit Union through which we have our credit card and I ended up speaking with a lady in Omaha, NB.

Then, a few days later our house phone went dead, so I used my cell phone to make a “local” call to Verizon to report the outage. I really thought I was speaking to someone right here in Stafford county, VA and couldn’t understand why she didn’t seem to understand where I was located. So I asked her “aren’t you here in Stafford, VA?” She laughed a little and said, “Oh no, I’m in Dallas, TX.

Yeah, it’s a small world … and getting smaller every day.

Thanks Gary.
Keith (66)

 1983 Dunseith Dragons Boys Basket Ball Team L to R:
Back: Brother to George Bruce, #40 Gerald Counts, #24 Mark Peltier, #14 Roger Cree, #44 Pat Peltier, #42 Travis Davis, #32 Mitchell Cree, #30 Brian Azure & Gilbert Peltier

Front: #12 George Bruce, Coach James Keating & #34 Dean Gillis

Cebu, Philippines
Several have been asking where we are located in the world, so I thought today would be a good day for reposting this map that Bill Grimme provided about 3 years ago. We are located in Cebu with the big red star. We are about 400 miles north of the Equator. The island of Cebu is nestled between several other islands. It’s kind of hard to tell looking at the map. The island of Cebu is banana shape. It’s about 150 miles tip to tip with a girth of about 20 miles at the widest point near the center. There are about 4 million folks living on this island, so we are not lacking for people. Gary

07/14/2019 (2711)

Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel Passed away (Kathy & Ken’s Mother)
Nerpel, Eleanor

Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel was the first child born to William and Mary (DeMontigny) Metcalfe on August 5, 1924 in Dunseith, North Dakota.

She died at the age of 94 years on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Rolette Community Care Center in Rolette, North Dakota.

Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel was the first child born to William and Mary (DeMontigny) Metcalfe on August 5, 1924 in Dunseith, North Dakota.  She died at the age of 94 years on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Rolette Community Care Center in Rolette, North Dakota.


Eleanor went through her first two grades of school at Wildrose School and finished her schooling at Weatheralt School, completing her education and receiving her eighth-grade diploma.  Eleanor worked as a Nanny for a few years and then worked at the Gambles Store in Dunseith for six years, where she met her future husband, Clifford Henry Nerpel.  Clifford worked at the Red Owl store in Dunseith, living with an older sister, Hannah and her husband, Lucien Bedard.  He worked for Lucien and Hannah in their grocery store after school and on Saturdays while attending school.  Eleanor and Clifford traveled west and worked at the Commercial Shipyard in Portland, Oregon, during the War, working on PC boats.  On March 30, 1944, Clifford Henry and Eleanor Rose were married in Vancouver, Washington.  They continued working at the shipyard for a short period and then returned to North Dakota and Clifford returned to work at the grocery store.  The couple lived for a short period on the Archie Metcalfe farm and then bought the Harry McDermott farm west of Kelvin Store in 1949, where they raised cattle, horses and other farm animals.  They used War Bonds that they had bought at the Commercial Shipyards to purchase their cattle.  Eleanor worked at the San Haven north of Dunseith for 13 years and then was employed by the Dunseith School District until retiring in 1993 at the age of 69.


Eleanor is survived by her children, Katherine Jean LaCroix of Rolette and Kenneth Arthur (Sherry) Nerpel of Chanhassen, Minnesota; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brothers, William (Bernice) Metcalfe and Larry (Lise) Metcalfe; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband; a granddaughter, Maria LaCroix; siblings, Robert William Metcalfe, John Alvin Metcalfe, Lloyd Earl Metcalfe, Lorraine Somers, Bertha House and Alice Hafsahl; and her parents.




Gary and Alumni and Friends of Dunseith School,

            Today 7/13/19, at  Rugby Anderson Funeral Home,  Pastor Jim Odden of Valle, Overly and Peace Lutheran  led the funeral service of Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel.

 (Eleanor was the eldest of the many Metcalfe First cousins.)


            The congregants were led in Song by Pastor Jim.

            “I was there to hear your borning cry,  I ‘ll be there when you are old. I rejoiced the day you were    baptized, to see your life unfold”_


            This was followed time of sharing  of remembrances offered by several people.

            Rose Ann (Metcalfe)Gottbreht and Cheri (Metcalfe) Evans sang beautifully a Capella  duet of favored song requested by Eleanor  for  them to sing at her funeral”.


            After the service Eleanor’s daughter, Kathy  and her children, Eric, Gina, and Gabriel hosted coffee and assortment delicious bars at the Cottage Café.


            Respectful Sympathy to Eleanor’s, children Ken and Kathy,  her grandchildren, and great grandchildren .

 She was always a  quiet unassuming wonderful  lady.



            Rest in Peace Dear Cousin, 


Vickie Leona Metcalfe

Gary’s Comments:


We extend our condolences to Ken (’65) and Kathy(’64) with the passing of their mother. We know it’s hard and you will miss her.


Kathy was with the class of ’64 and Ken was with my/our class of ’65.


Ken: you and I have some fond, or maybe some not so fond, memories of going through Army Basic Training together in the summer of 1968 at Fort Lewis, WA. We were both drafted. I have forgotten if we were 3rd or 4th rank in formations, but you were always to my right. That I  will never forget. Basic was no picnic. They for sure made men out of boys. They were preparing us for war with training that enhanced our character and outlook on life for a life too.






Blog (785) posted on April 26, 2010

Call Centers:

The other day a friend of ours from the states called his credit card company to let them know he is living in the PI. The gal at the call center taking the call said she lives in and was taking his call from right here in Cebu. When calling for technical support one never knows what part of the world you are calling. Gary


Important reminder – Dunseith Alumni Reunion

For those of you that attended Dunseith schools, planning on attending the reunion, Verena needs your Registration payment by the end of the month (4 more days) enabling you to get a Tee Shirt. Those attending that do not have their Registration payment to Verena by April 30th will not be getting a Tee Shirt.

You can mail your $5.00 registration fee and $10.00 if you want the catered Roast beef dinner ($15.00 Total per person) to Verena at the following address

Verena Gillis
PO Box, 785
Dunseith, ND 58329


John Boguslawski (68) Memories:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

When Trish said she could just see John Bogus standing there, I know what she means. We did so many things together that the memories stay clear. He certainly did have a quiet sense of humor and sly smile. I often wonder what he would be doing now if he was still with us. He had finished college and worked for Bobcat in Bismarck for a while and then had taken a job with a tool and die manufacturer in the Minneapolis area. That type of work was right up his alley as he was always designing some mechanical device of some kind. He had married a very nice gal named Christy and things were going good when he lost his life in the river drowning accident. That was in the spring of 1981. It really doesn’t seem possible that it’s nearly 30 years ago. I guess our good memories of our old pal John will have to fill the void. The upcoming reunion will be a good place to reconnect and reminisce with old friends and classmates before time thins our ranks even more. There is an old saying—-‘Time waits for no man’—it seems to be more true by the day. Thanks Gary!


Previously posted by Dick Johnson in message 500 (Class of 68 folks)

Those in the pictures: John Bogus with the multi colored shirt, Rich Campbell with the block of wood, Greg Grimme with the hat on, and Tim Hill with the ‘ I think we made it ‘ look!

Note: Dick was taking the picture

Reply/Picture from Trish Larson Wild (73): FORT COLLINS, CO

Hi Gary,
I’m sorry to say that there was just not enough time for me to make the ride to Dunseith next month. I’m still working full time in the Loveland Emergency Room through May, and hyper focused on fundraising and preparing for my exodus in the fall. I’m sorry to miss all the fun I’m sure you’ll be having, but rest assured, I’ll be reading your blog and looking for photos!

Things are coming together very well for my ride to Argentina. I will be putting a website up sometime in mid to late May which I hope will make it fun and easy for people to follow along and communicate with me on my ride. My old desk top computer broke down a few weeks ago, but one of my sponsors has promised to deliver a new laptop by the end of April. Once that is acquired, I will be up and running full steam on the internet. Meanwhile, I’m making occasional entries on my blogsite, listed below. People can now sign up as charter “followers” and receive notification when new entries are posted.

The plan is still to head south from Colorado on 10/10/10. In the meantime, I’m planning to increase my riding time gradually, cutting back at work and riding more each month until finally I am full time in the saddle (living in the Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain National Forests) by August, or September at the latest.

Thanks for your interest in this epic adventure! All are welcome to join me on my ride electronically. I will also be taking reservations along the way for friends who would like to join me in person, as I will have an extra horse for that purpose. I expect to be riding through some spectacular scenery, including the Inca Trail in the mountains of Peru….

I’ve included a photo I took this morning in my back yard as I was leaving for work. These are my friendly geldings, Magic and Midnight. I call them the Prince and the Pirate, based on their personalities! As you can see, we still have snow on the mountain. Spring is on the way however, and I expect there will be many sunny days ahead this summer!

All kinds of fun stuff coming together. Sorry I won’t be able to join you in North Dakota, but I really enjoy our connection, and hope to hear from some of you as time goes by.

Your Friend in Adventure,

Trish Wild
The Equine Nomad

Hi Gary,

Here’s another photos of me with Magic, after a 25 mile ride over the mountains into Fort Collins last week.



Folks, These are some pictures from the achieves:

2007 Class of 65 reunion
L to R: Bernadette Stokes in Back, Margaret Metcalfe Leonard, Bill Grimme, Cecile Berube Reynolds & Phyllis McKay

December 1973
Rene & John Bedard

Agnes Berg & Dick Johnson (68)



07/06/2019 (2710)

Questions from Allen Richard (’65): Grand Rapids, MI

Hi, Gary.

Two questions:

Margaret mentioned Carol Jasper.  Has anyone ever heard from her?  Last time I talked to her she was living in Rugby in ’68.  She was a racing fan and was at the track in Rugby regularly.  That was the year that I raced — one of my competitors was Les Halvorson.

Also, Wasn’t Leonard Kavlie The guy who had a truck mounted sprayer for killing parasites on livestock?  He did our heard at least once a year when I was a kid.


Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

Who are these guys and what did they do?

Gary’s comment
Larry I just happen to have this picture, with names, and the one of the Cheerleaders too, in my archives  

Previously Posted on 5/9/2011

Back Row: John Awalt, Terry Martinson, John Leonard, Jim Evans, Donald Egbert, Dennis Dubois, Lyle Lamoureux, Bill Henry, Clifford Henry, Coach Eugene Hepper
Front Row: Dan Danielson, Jerry Gunville, Pete Gillis, Terry Espe Warren Anderson
Dunseith Basket ball team

Back L to R: Francie Gottbreht, Patty Boguslawski & Connie Halvorson
Front L to R: Sharon Wheeler, Sharon Peterson & Karen Schnieder
Dunseith Cheerleaders



Blog (784) posted on April 25, 2010


Marge Johnson Pladson (deceased) was Dan Pladson’s former wife. Marge’s parents were Lester and Marian Johnson. Marge sent me this email message in March 2006. A few months after she sent me this letter she died with a relapse of Breast Cancer. She thought she had it licked, but it came back.

With the posting of Lester and Marian Johnson’s 60th wedding anniversary several days ago, I have gotten permission from Dan Pladson’s current wife, Robin, to post this letter of Marge (Johnson) Pladson’s and picture.

Dan and Robin were married in Salem Church. Salem was our family church of which my folks were members of until they departed this earth. I spent many hours, in my childhood days, sitting in those pews attending chruch services.

Marge was working at the court house in Bottineau when she sent this letter. She sent this letter from her work. I had not yet started putting class lists together when she sent this letter to me. She just happened to see Neola and got my email address.



From: Marge Pladson (now deceased)
To: gws123456@hotmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 7:53 AM

Subject: Hi Gary Stokes from Marge Pladson in Bottineau!!

Got your email address from Neola and thought I’d drop a few lines.

 I am married to Daniel Pladson – Elden & Ella’s son. I used to be a Johnson – Lester & Marian’s daughter. All of us old neighbors of your mom and dad’s.

 Did you hear we moved up to the Pladson farm? Dan & I bought the land about three years ago and one year ago decided to move a house up there. What a busy year it has been. The house we found was across the street from us in town! It was vacant for a few years and they finally decided to move it (the basement had a lot of damage). Perfect timing for us.

 It is so wonderful to be in the hills. If you remember where the cemetery is, we are just on the west side of the cemetery fence on top of the hill. What a view we have looking out of our living room window.

 The Pladson’s & Johnson’s had their Christmas parties up at our house this year. We had so much fun. Especially the Pladson’s. We pulled out a bunch of sleds and away we went for several hours. Listening to the laughter and seeing their joyful faces was so wonderful. It had been 20 years since anyone has spent time on the farm – after Elden died & Ella moved to town.

 Well, I better get to work. I hope you and your wife are doing fine.

 Here’s a picture so you know who you are talking to. Dan & I belong to “Hills & Plains Country Gospel” singing group. We recently played in Minot at an Old Time & Gospel Music Fest where this picture was taken – over 400 people were there that day. It was so much fun for all of us.

 Marge Pladson
1 Box 140
Dunseith ND 58329

Dan and Marge (Johnson) Pladson


Reply/Picture From Robin Pladson: Dunseith, ND

Gary, I am fine with you posting the letter. I am a woman whom is very understanding. I too, lost a spouse in 1994, so I know what’s it is like to lose someone you dearly loved. And I’ve been told, if Margaret had to pick someone for Daniel, it would of been me. We are alot alike in different ways, so that helps.

No, Marian and Lester don’t have email.

Attaching a picture of Daniel and I at our wedding in September of 2007. We were married at Salem Lutheran Church.

Thanks so much for asking me thou.

Love Robin

Dan and Robin Pladson



John Boguslawski:
Reply from Trish Larson Wild (73): Fort Collins, CO


To Dick,


Thanks so much for the story about John B. He was such a great guy, and all of us enjoyed his quiet sense of humor so much. I can just see him standing there in your story. Thanks for sharing that one!



Trish, I was thinking about you the other day wondering if you’d be riding into Dunseith on horseback for our reunion? Please fill us in. Gary


07/03/2019 (2709)

Jerry Kavlie
Posting from Margaret Metcalfe Cassavant (’65): Rolette, ND

Hi Gary,
First of all, I am so sorry to hear that Bernadette is going through such a difficult time;I can only imagine how hard it is for you to watch the one you love suffer so much.  We trust that God knows what we do not know.  You are doing an amazing job of caring for her through all these years and I’m sure tears.  Thank God for giving you the strength that you need.  I send up prayers for both of you and your family.

Secondly, I must tell you that I went to Bob and Judy Martinson’s 50th Wedding Anniversary last Saturday.  This man came in with his wife and I wondered why I thought he looked familiar. When he came over and knew my name, I recognized him as Jerry Kavlie. I had not seen him since 7th Grade.  He was a year ahead of us, and went to High School in Minnesota at a  Lutheran School.  He was Bob Martinson’s roommate.  Bob was born and farms here in Rolette, so I’ve known him and his wife since I came to town in 1969.

Jerry was born to Violet (Gregory) and Carl Abrahamson; Violet suffered from post-partum depression

after he was born.  Leonard  Kavlie’s lived just south west of Little Prairie Church and they took care of Jerry for five years and then adopted him.  I know Carl Abrahamson’s other children who were too young to care for a baby.  I remember Carl and Violet visiting Mike and Olga Jasper when I was at their house with Carol.  You might remember Elaine Abrahamson going to school in Dunseith and she graduated with the class of 1962.  Another brother, Don and Marlene Abrahamson have lived in Rolette and Dunseith all their married life.

Duane and Phyllis Kavlie lived only about 1/2 mile from me; so I knew their family very well. He would be Jerry’s brother by adoption.   Duane has passed away but Phyllis lives in the Rolette Care Center.  Their daughter Jewel owns the Tesoro Town and Country Store in Rolette and is married to Dale Honsey and he owns Pinky’s Aggregate.  Denise is married to Ted Gottbreht, and another daughter is married to one of the Tooke boys.

You probably remember Jerry very well since he grew up close to your father’s farm.  It was truly a pleasure to visit with him and his wife of 50 years.

May God bless you,


Gary’s comments

Yes, Margaret I remember Leonard and Dot Kavlie very well living SW of Little Prairie church very near Odin Medlang’s too. Their children were all a little older than me and went to different schools, so I didn’t really know them. Leonard had a cattle spraying business. He sprayed a lot of cattle throughout the area for flies and bugs including ours each spring of the year.

 I knew Jerry was adopted too. I think he is a year or two older than us.

 Thanks for this message Margaret. It’s always a pleasure hearing from you. You are one I always looked up to, too in our school days and still do.  


Wally, 88th birthday, Edgewood Vista, 2019
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Hi folks,
I think all of you know I’m married to Wally Garbe.  On November 26, we’ll have been married 50 years–we were a little “older” when we got married. lol  Wally’s 88th birthday was on June 20th.  Thanks to all who left birthday greetings for him on FB. :) 

As of mid-May, Wally has lived at Edgewood Vista (assisted living facility in Minot) for a year.  The activities department at Edgewood takes a picture of residents on their birthday or anniversary and posts the pictures on Facebook.  This is Wally’s picture.


 Gary’s comments
Congratulations Neola for your upcoming golden Anniversary. You most certainly have a peach of a husband too. Wally is a wonderful man. Happy belated birthday to Wally too.


Stephan “Big Bird” Timothy Renault II | 1961 – 2019 | Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni

I wish to express sincere sympathy to the Renault family. I recall Alice,   a  much respected para educator at the Dunseith Elementary speaking  fondly  with love  of her  sons.

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Blog (783) posted on April 24, 2010


Posted by Larry St. Clarie (66): Anchorage, AK

Visit Guest Book

Frederick Belgarde

Anchorage resident Frederick Anthony Belgarde, 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on April 19, 2010.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Funeral Home’s Witzleben Chapel, 1707 S. Bragaw St.

Fred was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Dunseith, N.D., and was a proud Native American of the Chippewa Tribe. He attended Dunseith Grade School, Wahpton Indian Grade School, and graduated from Flandreau Indian High School in South Dakota, where he was trained as a bricklayer. Although his academic achievements provided him opportunities to attend Harvard University, his true passion was bricklaying. Fred trained and worked passionately with his relatives and brought them to Alaska after moving here in 1965. He established his own company, Big Sky Masonry.

He served three years in the Air National Guard in Montana.

Fred married Lillian “Pepsi” Roy Davis on April 16, 1960, in Conrad, Mont.

His family wrote: “They shared 50 years together, raising a family, devoted to each other, their three children, and nine grandchildren. He loved his wife and family more than words can convey, but one visit with him and you would feel it.

“If you worked with Fred, and lasted on the job, you left a better person. Besides the robust, larger-than-life presence, he was the most caring, generous and loyal person. He would offer words of wisdom, motivation, and honesty. He also loved cribbage, craps and coffee and the annual trip with Pepsi to Las Vegas. Fred loved hunting with his dogs, grandchildren, son, friends and relatives.”

He is survived by his beloved wife, Pepsi; daughters, Dawn Yeager and Carol Belgarde; son, Conrad Belgarde; son-in-law, Joseph Yeager; former son-in-law, Brian Snow; grandchildren, Arielle, Kyra and Tosca Yeager, Scott Snow, Drew Yeager, Dustyn Belgarde, Morgan, Bayley and Dalton Belgarde; brothers, Roderick and Patrick Belgarde; sisters-in-law, Norlene Belgarde and Jan Persicke; and many nieces and nephews.

He was looking forward to the birth of great-grandson Peter Keel III.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Willie Persicke.

Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home, Witzleben Bragaw Chapel.



Lester & Marian Johnson picture posted yesterday:
Reply from Robin (Dan 75) Pladson: Dunseith, ND.

Hello Gary,

The picture that Neola placed within this email is Lester and Marian Johnson. Their family, including Daniel and I celebrated this past Sunday at the Norway house in Bottineau at 1pm. A few of us ladies, their daughter-inlaw’s Dee (Loren) and Carrie (Brian), daughter – Linda, Violet (Marian sister) and I (and a few others) were dressed in a 50’s style clothing – poodle skirts and all the finery to go with. Dinner was served and then of course a beautiful cake. Before we ate, there was alittle program put on by the girls for Lester and Marian.

Love Robin

Robin, It is so nice that you and Dan were able to be with Lester and Marian with the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. It’s been years since I’ve seen any of their children. I briefly saw Loren in the Bottineau Bakery about 10 years ago. However, I have seen Lester and Marian, many times, over the years with our trips back to the area. They live kiddy corner across the street from where my folks lived on Main Street. I remember Lester’s dad, James Johnson, really well. He was such a brilliant man. He walked with a limp that did not slow him down one bit. In his Mid 70’s, in the late 50’s, he decided to start farming again. He bought a W-6 International tractor and farmed all his property located 1 mile west of the Ackworth Cemetery. He had two or 3 quarters of land. He rode that tractor from sunrise to sunset. James, with his brilliance, was a great business mind man. He always had everything calculated right down to the last detail. I remember him telling my dad that the tires on the right side of a vehicle get more wear than on the left. He explained his logic for that analyses too. In 1961, my Dad was the administrator for James’ brother, Sander Johnson’s, estate. Two of James sisters married Bjornseth’s. Cora was married to Jacob and Emma was married Art. Jacob and Cora Bjornseth’s children are Gladys (Albert) Rude, Viola (Alfred) Rude, Clifford & Ralph (Luella Boardman 49). All but Ralph are deceased. Gladys & Albert Rude’s son, LaVerne, is married to Carrole Fauske (66). Virgil Rude’s parents are Viola and Alfred. Clarence Bjornseth’s parents were Art & Emma. Gary


Motor Cycle Story:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Today something stirred an old memory from 40+ years ago. John Boguslawski and I were square baling hay here on the farm one summer and had come in to eat some noon lunch in the old farm house. We were both riding on my first old army surplus Harley Davidson. There was only one seat so Big John just sat on the rear fender to ride back to the field. We were roaring down a rutted road and I decided to switch ruts and get a smoother ride. Well, the front wheel crossed the center grass strip in the old mud road but the rear tire caught a rut and whipped us around broadside. I laid the bike down on it’s side and felt John slide off the back. I was sliding along thinking things were going to work out just when the bike caught something and proceeded to flip over, throwing me ahead of it and then cartwheeling right over the top of me. The handle bar jabbed into my gut with the full weight of the bike on it and shut out my lights for a while. I still remember coming to and hearing the old Harley still thumping away off to the side and Big John asking if I was OK. I said I was and he said, “Well it doesn’t look like it.” He pointed to my elbow and I looked to see a big gash bleeding down my arm to my hand. The worst part of the deal was when he grinned at me—he hadn’t even lost the toothpick he had in his mouth! I wrapped my arm with a bandana handkerchief and we went back to baling hay–all busted up!


06/21/2019 (2708)

Reply from Manny Cuadrado (’63):   Omaha, NE

Gary and family members and friends,

Thank you for your updates on Bernadette. You are doing a great job considering the 24×7 Care she requires. We experienced similar issues with my mother and father. Stay strong and be sure to care of yourself.


Manny Cuadrado

Gary’s Comments:
Thank’s Manny. As most of you know, Bernadette was in an unconscious state of being for 20 days. 7 of those days she was in the Hospital ICU. Several days after being discharged and was home from the Hospital she started to regain consciousness. Her speech is much better now too. She still can’t get up out of a chair or out of bed on her own. Once we have her standing she can walk very short distances assisted. If we let go of her, she’d fall. She still needs assistance to eat and for most everything else too. We are very happy and thankful that she came back around. For the past two months she has refused to take any meds. She also requested to have her feeding tube removed. She doesn’t want any life support. We will regretfully honor her wishes.  


Vickie’s Metcalfe’s Aunt: Priscilla (Lamb) Anklam Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND


Priscilla Anklam | 1930 – 2019 | Obituary
Lamb, Priscilla
August 15, 1930 – June 10, 2019

Priscilla Anklam, age 88, of Rolette, ND passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby, ND surrounded by her family. L. Priscilla Anklam was born on August 15, 1930 at home north of Dunseith, ND to Robert and Sylvia (Wicks) Lamb. She was raised north of Dunseith and completed her education at Carpenter School. Priscilla was united in marriage to Charles Anklam on June 4, 1962 in Dunseith. Together they had two children, Robert “Bert” and Laura Beth “LB.” Priscilla was a nurse for many years starting out at the Belcourt Hospital and then working for the Rolette Hospital until its closure. She also worked on the farm with her husband, Charles, farming and raising sheep and cattle, which she greatly enjoyed. If you ever visited the farm during lambing season you would see Priscilla walking to the barn with a bottle for a lamb. She tended her sheep till she was 80 years old.

During her last 35 years of her life, she loved to see and spoil her many grandchildren. She will also be remembered for the caramel rolls, homemade bread, bacon and eggs, she made for Charles, family and guests. She remembered and made everyone’s favorite food and had it on the table at family meals. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family members and friends.

Priscilla is survived by her son, Robert “Bert” (Becky) Anklam of Rolette; daughter, Laura Beth “LB” (Anthony) Buchl of St. Paul, MN; eight grandchildren, Bobbi Jo (Dustin) Church, Krista (Cory) Wright, Nikki Anklam, Konnor Anderson, Noah Anderson, Noah Buchl, Selia Buchl, and Quinn Yao Buchl; six great grandchildren, Alyvia Church, Aidyn Church, Owyn Church, Oaklyn Church, Brogan Wright, and Mox Wright; daughter-in-law, Deborah Anklam of Moorhead, MN; and sisters-in-law, Betty Lamb of Grand Forks, Orian Harrington of Seattle, Kathy Anklam of Rolette; and brothers-in-law, Tom Harrington of Seattle and Donald Anklam of Rolette. We would also like to thank all of her nieces and nephews who were so special to her.

Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers, Floyd Lamb and Willard “Bill” Lamb, and sister, Charlotte “Lottie” Metcalfe. Casket Bearers are Archie Metcalfe, Shanon Metcalfe, Kevin Schepp, Kyle Schepp, Kristen Schepp, Karson Schepp, and Noah Buchl. Music by Tom Freund. Eulogy by Anthony Buchl.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:30 AM in Valle Lutheran Church, Rolette, ND with visitation One Hour Prior to services. Pastor Jim Odden officiating. Burial will follow in the Rolette City Cemetery, Rolette, ND.

Memorials may be made to Heart of America Hospice, 800 South Main Ave., Rugby, ND 58368

Gary’s comment Vickie, we extent our condolences to you and all of Priscilla’s family with her passing. 


Ackworth Post office History
Posting from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Marlys Hiatt and Gary,

Sorry, it has taken me so long to reply to your question.  Here is what the book “North Dakota Place Names by Douglas Wick” says about the town of Ackworth.


Ackworth Post office-1 Ackworth Post office-2 Ackworth Post office-3


Metigoshe Lutheran Lakeside Chapel 1969
Glenore Larson Gross (BHS ’63): Bottineau, ND

I went to church at Metigoshe today to take in the remembrance of the dedication of the A-Frame chapel 50 years ago. The flyer, attached,  was included in the bulletin and the front was one of the older pix of the ‘new’ chapel.

Joel & Sonja Hernes were there and were recognized at the 1st service – I talked with them a bit after and went to the 10::30 service. LuAnn Soland had retrieved a reel to reel movie of that era of building; it was shown on screen which was fun to see but would be more fun in a small room with no lights. I couldn’t quite pick out familiar people.

I sat in a ‘family row’ next to Nate Olson with all of Luther’s there.

Nice to see familiar faces of Metigoshe… Allen Rude was there, there’s a memorial service at Salem cemetery for Virgil tomorrow. Also was greeted by Art Rude. Lloyd Larshus might have been the only ‘old-timer’

there – he’s probably the only one left from that era! Also was remembering today would be dad’s birthday, 104 years.

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

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Blog (782) posted on April 23, 2010




Posted by Larry St. Clare (66): Anchorage, AK



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Frederick Belgarde

Anchorage resident Frederick Anthony Belgarde, 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on April 19, 2010.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Funeral Home’s Witzleben Chapel, 1707 S. Bragaw St.

Fred was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Dunseith, N.D., and was a proud Native American of the Chippewa Tribe. He attended Dunseith Grade School, Wahpton Indian Grade School, and graduated from Flandreau Indian High School in South Dakota, where he was trained as a bricklayer. Although his academic achievements provided him opportunities to attend Harvard University, his true passion was bricklaying. Fred trained and worked passionately with his relatives and brought them to Alaska after moving here in 1965. He established his own company, Big Sky Masonry.

He served three years in the Air National Guard in Montana.

Fred married Lillian “Pepsi” Roy Davis on April 16, 1960, in Conrad, Mont.

His family wrote: “They shared 50 years together, raising a family, devoted to each other, their three children, and nine grandchildren. He loved his wife and family more than words can convey, but one visit with him and you would feel it.

“If you worked with Fred, and lasted on the job, you left a better person. Besides the robust, larger-than-life presence, he was the most caring, generous and loyal person. He would offer words of wisdom, motivation, and honesty. He also loved cribbage, craps and coffee and the annual trip with Pepsi to Las Vegas. Fred loved hunting with his dogs, grandchildren, son, friends and relatives.”

He is survived by his beloved wife, Pepsi; daughters, Dawn Yeager and Carol Belgarde; son, Conrad Belgarde; son-in-law, Joseph Yeager; former son-in-law, Brian Snow; grandchildren, Arielle, Kyra and Tosca Yeager, Scott Snow, Drew Yeager, Dustyn Belgarde, Morgan, Bayley and Dalton Belgarde; brothers, Roderick and Patrick Belgarde; sisters-in-law, Norlene Belgarde and Jan Persicke; and many nieces and nephews.

He was looking forward to the birth of great-grandson Peter Keel III.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Willie Persicke.

Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home, Witzleben Bragaw Chapel.



Lester & Marian Johnson picture posted yesterday:
Reply from Robin (Dan 75) Pladson: Dunseith, ND.

Hello Gary,

The picture that Neola placed within this email is Lester and Marian Johnson. Their family, including Daniel and I celebrated this past Sunday at the Norway house in Bottineau at 1pm. A few of us ladies, their daughter-inlaw’s Dee (Loren) and Carrie (Brian), daughter – Linda, Violet (Marian sister) and I (and a few others) were dressed in a 50’s style clothing – poodle skirts and all the finery to go with. Dinner was served and then of course a beautiful cake. Before we ate, there was alittle program put on by the girls for Lester and Marian.

Love Robin

Robin, It is so nice that you and Dan were able to be with Lester and Marian with the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. It’s been years since I’ve seen any of their children. I briefly saw Loren in the Bottineau Bakery about 10 years ago. However, I have seen Lester and Marian, many times, over the years with our trips back to the area. They live kiddy corner across the street from where my folks lived on Main Street. I remember Lester’s dad, James Johnson, really well. He was such a brilliant man. He walked with a limp that did not slow him down one bit. In his Mid 70’s, in the late 50’s, he decided to start farming again. He bought a W-6 International tractor and farmed all his property located 1 mile west of the Ackworth Cemetery. He had two or 3 quarters of land. He rode that tractor from sunrise to sunset. James, with his brilliance, was a great business mind man. He always had everything calculated right down to the last detail. I remember him telling my dad that the tires on the right side of a vehicle get more wear than on the left. He explained his logic for that analyses too. In 1961, my Dad was the administrator for James’ brother, Sander Johnson’s, estate. Two of James sisters married Bjornseth’s. Cora was married to Jacob and Emma was married Art. Jacob and Cora Bjornseth’s children are Gladys (Albert) Rude, Viola (Alfred) Rude, Clifford & Ralph (Luella Boardman 49). All but Ralph are deceased. Gladys & Albert Rude’s son, LaVerne, is married to Carrole Fauske (66). Virgil Rude’s parents are Viola and Alfred. Clarence Bjornseth’s parents were Art & Emma. Gary


Motor Cycle Story:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Today something stirred an old memory from 40+ years ago. John Boguslawski and I were square baling hay here on the farm one summer and had come in to eat some noon lunch in the old farm house. We were both riding on my first old army surplus Harley Davidson. There was only one seat so Big John just sat on the rear fender to ride back to the field. We were roaring down a rutted road and I decided to switch ruts and get a smoother ride. Well, the front wheel crossed the center grass strip in the old mud road but the rear tire caught a rut and whipped us around broadside. I laid the bike down on it’s side and felt John slide off the back. I was sliding along thinking things were going to work out just when the bike caught something and proceeded to flip over, throwing me ahead of it and then cartwheeling right over the top of me. The handle bar jabbed into my gut with the full weight of the bike on it and shut out my lights for a while. I still remember coming to and hearing the old Harley still thumping away off to the side and Big John asking if I was OK. I said I was and he said, “Well it doesn’t look like it.” He pointed to my elbow and I looked to see a big gash bleeding down my arm to my hand. The worst part of the deal was when he grinned at me—he hadn’t even lost the toothpick he had in his mouth! I wrapped my arm with a bandana handkerchief and we went back to baling hay–all busted up!


06/13/2019 (2707)


Sorry again for the long pause between postings. Not enough hours in the day.

Bernadette has recovered markedly well after having been in a coma state of being for 20 days. Her speech is much improved too. She still pretty much needs 100% assistance for everything. Once we get her on her feet she can walk very short distances with assistance. Most days she has forgotten yesterday and much of the current day. Some days are better than others. She knows the moment and all of us though. She strongly requested to have her feeding tube removed. She want’s no live support. For the past 6 weeks she has refused all her meds too. Two weeks ago we had her feeding tube remove. She’s well aware that if the time comes that she can’t swallow or is unconscious she won’t have food or water. That is her wish. We have been taking her out most days. Today she went with me to the Chung Hua Hospital to get some paperwork. She requested a whopper, so following our hospital visit, we went to Burger King. Tata and Mirasol are always along too, to get her in and out of the car, assist with her eating, bathroom, etc. It takes two. She can be a handful.



Happy 69th Anniversary to Floyd and Luella Halvorson Dion
Posting by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

June 2, 2019,

Dear Gary and Friends of Dunseith School Alumni,

Today, I  made a road trip  to  Dunseith and Little Prairie to remove memorial wreathes. I  stopped and ate  lunch (Truckers Special) at  Dale’s Cafe.  Dales has a new  indoor look. However,  the wait staff and cooks continue to be wonderfully courteous, pleasant and efficient.

After lunch I was treated with a  delightful chat with Floyd and Luella Dion. It seems I have known them all my life.  My parents held them both in high regard.

Floyd once lived  a couple miles south of the Seim and the Birkland farms. Or, a mile North of the Metcalfe’s of Rabbit City Lake. I believe, Floyd  also attended the Seim (Oakes) School along with thePeterson, Carlson, Seim, Olson and Birkland children.

As a child, youth and adult, I always felt  they always knew me by their kindly greeting. Floyd  calling me Vickie, Luella called me Vickie Sue,  and their  son, Dennis was the only classmate, I  allowed  to call me “Wickie”.

Floyd and Luella remain the same kind, wonderful pair they have always been. They will celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on June 7, 2019.

Floyd and Luella Dion,
“You are  true role models of committed relationship!
I wish you, a most  Blessed Happy Anniversary.

Sincerely and most fondly,

Vickie Leona Metcalfe

Vickie: I ditto everything you said about Floyd and Luella. Such a lovely friendly couple too.



Priscilla Lamb Anklam Passed away (6/9/2019)
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends,

Maternal aunt Priscilla  ( Lamb) Anklam passed away last evening/early   this a.m. at Rug by Hospital  Long Term Care.. Priscilla had a long history of comfort to our family. She was there  at our home in Marysville, that awful January night ,   Uncle Archie Metcalfe was killed. She was  a source of comfort for our  Dad  and mom whenever anyone   took ill. Dad would say to mom , “Call Priscilla.”: The last few years have been quite  difficult for Priscilla  after the   passing of her husband, Charles’ six Junes  ago. Vickie L Metcalfe 6/10/19


Peddlers and  Dad & Secret Laboratory
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70) Bottineau, ND


Morning of June 4, 2019,

Gary and Friends of Dunseith,

Reading of this article I continue to  find hope in the people who value life  and continue diligently working in places like this laboratory!

But, I  hate peddlers!

I just walked Buie in his stroller.

It rained last evening leaving everything fresh although at 9:00 am, it  felt  soon be humid. Walking west a  nice little  refreshing breeze came up.

However  in front of my house the breeze was dashed.

A carload of people with Colorado plates in the shade parked. Immediately, I was way laid,  a clean cut, suited  man jumped out of the drivers side, with pamphlets.

After a greeting exchange about dogs, he told me he/they had a dog, a  home in CO  and  another in ND, He  started to ask questions  showing me a printed pamphlet  “What do you think about  the  future of this country?  He asking, ” Will it be: 1. getting worse,  2. same or  3. better……”

I quickly replied , “I believe ……… all will be  better.  I believe there are many good people in our country.”

He  praised about need for optimistic and …… tried to lead conversation  into  doubts  and  Bible.

I  politely and calmly, stated,  ” I know  what I  believe.” Then,  followed  quickly with a  red herring comment  about his  CO  plates.

I said, “I think ND should have the  same  rules as MT.  Everyone is required to put on  MT plates after 30 days of residency. I am going  in now.  Goodbye”.   Without another comment or look, I pushed Buie’s stroller into the garage.

Thiughts   of my  dad, “Whenever peddlers come about_____

Dad had a strong work ethic. He didn’t tolerate anyone disturbing his work, his strong faith, belief in right and wrong. Peddlars would quickly retreat, (while, I  as a little girl felt  the warm  heat flush of embarrassment)

But today,   I  give thanks  for  a strong  father’s vision. Dad never waivered in  his strong faith, belief, fond regard of friends, sense of humor, and love of  family all the  while at  the time, he struggled with diabetes, heart problems,and he and our mothers dimming losses of sight.”

To brighten my day I read BBC and I am  reassured  by knowing.  I will  choose to have  good day. Wishing you and yours all that is  good in your world.

Vickie Metcalfe


Metigoshe Lutheran Lakeside Chapel 1969
Posting by Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Spokane, WA

I went to church at Metigoshe today to take in the remembrance of the dedication of the A-Frame chapel 50 years ago. The flyer, attached,  was included in the bulletin and the front was one of the older pix of the ‘new’ chapel.

Joel & Sonja Hernes were there and were recognized at the 1st service – I talked with them a bit after and went to the 10::30 service. LuAnn Soland had retrieved a reel to reel movie of that era of building; it was shown on screen which was fun to see but would be more fun in a small room with no lights. I couldn’t quite pick out familiar people.

I sat in a ‘family row’ next to Nate Olson with all of Luther’s there.

Nice to see familiar faces of Metigoshe… Allen Rude was there, there’s a memorial service at Salem cemetery for Virgil tomorrow. Also was greeted by Art Rude. Lloyd Larshus might have been the only ‘old-timer’

there – he’s probably the only one left from that era! Also was remembering today would be dad’s birthday, 104 years.

Metigoshe Lutheran Pastor Joel Hernes and his wife Sonya
Posted by Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Spokane, WA

Pastor Joel Hernes and his wife Sonya  came spring of 1963 right after Pastor Grudt.  He was the pastor who married Bob and I Sept 7, 1963.

When we celebrated our 50th anniversary on the 7th of Sep in 2013, both of them were at our party at the LMCC.  It was a very fun time.  I have seen him through the years usually at Hostfest.  He came to visit Mom when she was in Trinity Hospital in 2005. I believe he told Bob in 2013 that he was in beginning stages of Parkinson’s.  In the picture both of them look so pale.  I wonder if the camera needed adjustment.  :) I think they must have been at the Sunday service celebrating the 50 year since the A Frame was used for the summertime worship services.


Pastor Joel Hernes and his wife Sonya
at Sons of Norway Norwegian Retreat


Blog (781) posted on April 22, 2010


Highway 43 CD request:
Request from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND

I hope that Dick and his band will have some CD’s for sale at the reunion…I think a lot of people would like to have one.


Ele, I know a lot of folks are hoping Dick will have some CD’s available at the reunion too.


Dick is very careful not to mention his CD’s with our Blog. He prefers not to have this sight turn into a marketing sight.


Dick, with Ele’s request and others, we are certainly hoping you will have some of your CD’s available at the reunion? Gary




Esther Murray Fleming (65) will be attending the reunion: Flint, MI

Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

I am ready to go. Will be staying at the Super 8 in Bottineau. Please add Esther Murray Fleming to the list of attendees. I will pick her up at the Minot airport on my way up.

 Folks, I replied with a separate message to the class of 65 with Esther’s attending. Esther has only been back to Dunseith several times since graduating in 1965. She was able to attend our 2007 reunion with her husband. At that time she had not been back to Dunseith since about 1968. We are so glad that she will be attending our reunion next month as well.


Ann Gottbreht Flaata:
Request from Connie (Roger) Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, fun looking @ the Dunseith alumni,

My friend Ann (Gottbreht) Flaata is married to Harlan & Joyce Flaata,s son Mark. Ann went to school in Dunseith & would like to receive the Dunseith alumni & sign up for the school reunion (DHS) this is her email address Ann Flatta@utma.com Connie (Zorn) Landsverk

Thank you Connie for including Ann.

 Ann, I believe Francie Gottbreht Dutra (63) and Mary Ann Gottbreht Brennan (58) are you aunts. What class year were you with when you attended Dunseith? Your husband Mark’s mother, Joyce Flaata, is also signed up for attending the reunion. Will Mark be joining you as well? Please let us know so we can add him to our list of those attending. Thanks, Gary


From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Folks, Neola sent this picture to me for Identification. I am 98% sure that this is Lester and Marion Johnson. Since the Johnson’s have been in our conversations in the recent past and with this being such a great photo, I want to post it.

Lester and Marian lived on the James Johnson home place located 1 1/2 miles west and a 1/2 north of the Ackworth Cemetery. Their home was on the north side of Bergan Lake. Their children Attended Dunseith for a number of years before transferring to Bottineau. Loren is their oldest. I’m not sure if he graduated from Dunseith or Bottineau?

Lester and Marian have lived in Bottineau for a number of years now. They live on Main street one block south of the Senior Center.

I would like to congradulate Lester and Marian on their 60th Anniversary. Gary

Lester and Marion Johnson


Danny Schimetz is a grandson of Stella’s. I’m not sure which one of her children he belongs to though? Colette (Reid Deceased) Pigeon Schimetz, is Danny by chance your son?

6/2/2019 (2706)

Fran Trambley
Message from her Daughter Shari Bazemore:  

Hi Gary,

I was doing some research online  and came across your blog –  you had questions regarding Frances Trambley ?  She is my mom. Let me know what info you are looking for.

Shari Bazemore


Earl Milbrath, a Bottineau Friend, Passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND


This message hit me like a lead balloon. I guess people don’t live forever. I had no idea that Earl was ill or having health problems? Maybe he wasn’t?

When I was a kid, My dad used to work for Ed, Earl’s dad, both in the spring and in the fall harvest. They lived 4 miles west and 3 or 4 miles south of Bottineau. We’d drop him off at Ed and Tillie’s on Sunday nights and pick him up on Saturday nights after work.  Earl and Pearl lived there too. Dad remained good friends with all of them his entire life. Both at my folks 50th anniversary and at Dad’s 80th birthday celebration, at the Senior center, Ed told me lots of stories about Dad. All good. With the association of my dad, I knew both Ed and Earl pretty well. Earl more so in later years with my trips back to the area. In 2013 Earl gave me a tour of his farmstead and all of his farmland and that whole general area. Very impressive. We topped the tour off with a late dinner at the bakery.

I will for sure miss seeing Earl, all over town, with my trips back to Bottineau.

Earl was a Bottineau guy, but I’m going to post this on the Dunseith blog as well.



Earl Milbrath
Earl Milbrath

Earl Milbrath, age 90 of Bottineau, died Monday, May 27, 2019 at his home.  His funeral will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.



Blog (780) posted on April 21, 2010



I didn’t have an internet signal yesterday morning, so I was unable to post a blog. It was our bowling day too. Following bowling, we were invited out for dinner with several of our friends, as guests, at a local members only club. We didn’t get home until nearly midnight. We attended an all you could eat Prime Rib buffet. I have never eaten better Prime Rib. It was so moist and tender.


Dick/Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett (Highway 43 Band)


 Message from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND


Hwy 43 played at the Dunseith Sr. Center today, with people from Bottineau, residents from the Dunseith Nursing Home and local people . Dick, Brenda & Ron did a wonderful job with their instuments, If anyone likes REAL country music you will be able to hear them play May,22

nd at the Bingo Barn during the reunion. Dick is a wonderful singer.

Time is going fast, only a month until the reunion.


Floyd, I have one of their CD’s. They’re great!! As you said, Dick is a wonderful singer. I can not wait to hear them in person.

The reunion is getting close, one month from today. We’ll be leaving two weeks from this coming Tuesday. We’ll be spending a few days in the Seattle/Bremerton area before going to ND. We’ll be arriving in Minot at 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 16th. From there we’ll be getting a rental car and heading for Bottineau. We’ll be staying with my brother Darrel (Bud) & Debby. Gary


Reunion attendance list:

The folks listed below were added to my list with an update from Verena yesterday. These folks were not listed with day before yesterday’s posting.

For name tags, please verify that everything is correct. Please get back to me with any corrections. 

Diane Larson Sjol Minot, ND 1970
Jim Evans Dunseith, ND 1963
Cheri Metcalfe Evans Dunseith, ND 1974
George Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1961
Rose Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1961 Spouse
Linda Gunville Dunseith, ND 1979
Bernadette Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970
Carol Peltier Breland Belcourt, ND 1975
Sam Breland Belcourt, ND 1975 Spouse
Elaine Peltier Dunseith, ND 1974
Fern Peltier Dunseith, ND 1977


Don Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975
Elizabeth Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975 Spouse


Pictures from the Achieves:


These are pictures from Jared and Geraldine (Gee) Steele’s wedding. They were married, here in Cebu, on July 28, 2008 in beautiful ceremony in the presents of about 200 friends and relatives.

Following their wedding, It took 9 months or so for Gee’s Visa to be processed, enabling her to go to the USA. Jared came back here last May for her to accompany him back to Bottineau. Those were nine long months for both of them waiting for the Visa process. The average processing time is one year, so they beat the average.

By now, for those of you in the area, you have probably met Gee at the Bottineau Wal-Mart. She started working there, as a cashier, shortly after arriving in Bottineau. Gee has a bachelors degree for teaching too. I’m not sure if she has plans in pursuing her teaching career in the states or not.

Bernadette has promised to take Gee some dried fish with our trip back next month. I’m pretty sure there is not much demand for died fish in Bottineau. Without rice and dried fish these Filipino/Filipina’s have withdrawals.

Jared is originally from the Bismarck area. He works for Terry Moe (72) at “T’S Yamaha” in Bottineau.


Cebu, Philippines – July 28, 2008
Jared & Geraldine (Gee) Steele


Cebu, Philippines – July 28, 2008
Gary Stokes, Jared & Geraldine (Gee) Steele, Bernadette Stokes


Back: Roberta Hagen Striker (75)
Front: Kim Hiatt Hermann (77)



05/28/2019 (2706)

Elma Severson, from Bottineau, visits Cebu, Philippines

Elma attended the wedding of a good mutual friend of ours this past Saturday. Beautiful Beach wedding too. We were both primary sponsors. Actually Elma made a special trip just for this wedding. She was only here in Cebu several days. She is now visiting friends and relatives in other parts of the Philippines.

I am sure many of you know Elma. She has a beautiful home, in Bottineau, directly across the Lake Road (North) from the Fair grounds.

Alma taught at the college in Bottineau for a number of years. She is now enjoying retirement. She loves to travel.

With our trips back to the area, we have had numerous invites, from Elma, for dinner or supper at her home.

It’s always a pleasure seeing Elma, both here in Cebu and in Bottineau.


Elma Severson & Gary Stokes


Arlin Pederson (Erma Walter DHS ‘1955) Passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Peterson, Arlin

Arlin Pederson
June 15, 1937 – May 12, 2019

Arlin’s Obituary

Arlin Pederson, 81, Minot, died Sunday, May 12, 2019 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Arlin was born June 15, 1937 in Bottineau, ND to Telford and Bertha (Larson) Pederson. He grew up in in Bottineau. Arlin started in the grocery store at age 13 and continued in the business for most of his life. He worked in every department including management. Arlin graduated from Bottineau High School in 1955.

He was united in marriage to Erna Walter on July 3, 1958. They would call Minot home for the rest of their lives. Arlin started work for Wee Haul Trucking. He also served as a manager for Mini Mart Gas Station for a time and worked in sales for General Trading. In the mid 70’s he started a part-time position at H&R Block. This work along with the clients/friends would be a staple of his life for the next 43 years until he retired.

Arlin spent his retirement as volunteer at the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry. He really enjoyed his time there. He had a gift of gab and enjoyed learning about people. Summers were spent camping with his wife and traveling the US and World to see his daughter. Arlin supported his grandchildren’s successes in sports and scouting during their youth. He took great pride in the care of his lawn and was often the first to have shoveled the snow in the neighborhood.

He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. Arlin volunteered for many years at Hostfest and treasured every minute spent at the festival. He will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to call him a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

Arlin is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Erna, Minot; 4 children, Sandra (Gary) Brown, Bonifay, FL, Bob (Rhonda) Pederson, Minot, Kevin (Julie) Pederson, Minot and Steve (Jodi) Pederson, Minot; 10 grandchildren, David Brown, Shekae (Eric) Hanson, Matthew (Kaydee) Pederson, Jessica (Andy) Rapsavage, Spencer Pederson, Rhett Pederson, Reece Pederson, Ryker Pederson, Jessie (Misty) Brown and Amanda (John) Thomas; 8 great-grandchildren, Haley Howarth, Abigail Brown, Hunter and Kailey Rapsavage, Nolan Brown, Timothy Thomas and Mason and Justice Brown along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Arlin was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Brendan Pederson, sisters, Bernice Christianson and Thelma Sloan, brothers, Kenneth, Alvin, Louis and Olaf Pederson.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot. Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to Bethany Lutheran Church or to Metigoshe Ministries.

 Gary’s Comments We extend our condolences to Erna and all of Arlin’s family with his passing.


Reply to Ginger LaRocque (’65): Condolences to the Allery Family From Judy Allery Azure (’65):  Bismarck, ND

Ginger, Thank You ever so much…



Blog (779) posted on April 20, 2010


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Judy Morgan (Former Teacher): Edgeley, ND.

Dear Stella and family,

I am so sorry to learn of Bryan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

. .The memory of a life well lived lives on and on. May you remember the love and the happy times and find comfort in these memories. Judy


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

I would also like to extend my condolences to the Schimetz family. Bryan fought a long hard battle with this dreaded disease. He was trooper.



Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, This is in response to Ivy Eller Robert’s input in the 775 issue. Thank you for that beautiful poem. Keith Pladson


Reply from Gaillord Peltier (80): Turtle Lake, ND.

Mrs. Kofoid;

Yes, Garry Counts Jr. is the son of Garry and Theresa Counts. Garry and Theresa are my Uncle and Aunt, Garry Jr. is my first cousin.

Have a great day!

Gaillord Peltier “Class of 1980”


Reply from Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

In reply to the Gary Counts question-PVT. Garry W. Counts graduated in 2004 from DHS and entered into the service, his dad is Gary Counts & mom Lucinda Counts. So he would be a grandson to Garry and Theresa (Peltier) Counts. Hoped that helped.

Verena ((*-*))


Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA


You mentioned American TV in the Philippines. In Japan in the late 60s, they had American TV series but they all in Japanese with no English captions at the bottom. I remember “Bonanza” in particular. You had to use your imagination to figure out what was going on!


05/19/2019 (27-5)

Reply to Larry Hackman (’66): Dunseith History
From Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

 Larry – what does the book say about Ackworth.  I saw an old map about a year ago and Ackworth was on the map.  I think there may have been a postmaster at one time too.

Marlys Hiatt

 Gary’s Comments
Yes Marlys, there was an Ackworth Post office. I think they only had mail carriers? I think they just had operators, not post masters? Your great grandfather, Harmen Albert Hiatt open the Ackworth Post office in 1901. As I have pasted below, Your relatives and my Great Grandfather, William Stokes, where all Ackworth operators and mail carriers

You are a bit younger than me, so not sure if you remember seeing the old Ackworth Post office building or not. It was located on the exact same spot where the Ackworth School was moved too, Its present location. I remember that build very well. Albert Hiatt owned the 40 acres on the corner where the Ackworth Post office was and the school is now located.
Ackworth Post Office-2


Condolences to the Allery Family
From Ginger Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hubert Allery!  Judy, Beatrce and all Hubert’s siblings and family. I am sending my condolences to all of you for the loss of your brother Hubert it is always such a sad time for the family.  I am also sorry for the loss of all others you have lost.

A friend always,

Ginger Poitra ( class of “65 )

Hubert Allery | 1943 – 2019
Allery, Hubert
Hubert Allery
March 20, 1943 – May 13, 2019

Hubert Allery, age 76 of Rolette, died Monday at a Belcourt hospital.  His funeral will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at  St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to service time at the church.

Hubert J Allery, was born March 20, 1943 to Frank and Ernestine Allery.  Hubert’s singing career began at a very young age.  Hubert made his debut at the age 10/11 at the Cole Harbor bar, where he entertained the patrons. The family moved to Williston, ND and Hubert was invited to sing on a weekly talent show and his singing career bloomed from there.  Hubert continued his singing career and entertained family and friends for many years.  The family moved back to Dunseith in 1961 and Hubert attended Dunseith High and graduated in 1962. Hubert was drafted into the Army in 1965  and received an honorable discharge in 1967.  Hubert later acquired his Drug and Alcohol license and opened a treatment center.  Hubert went back to school and received his degree from Valley City State and pursued his masters degree from Northern College in Aberdeen, SD.  Hubert had an antique store in Fargo, ND and later retired and moved to Rolette, ND until his passing.

Hubert passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at a Belcourt hospital.

Hubert was preceded in death by his parents (Frank and Ernestine Allery) Sisters: Jean Natwick and Darlene DeCoteau, Brothers: Francis (Sonny) and Clifford Allery. 

He is survived by sisters; Beatrice Raygo, Judy Azure and Jeanette DeCoteau, brothers;  Richard and Dallas Allery;  numerous nieces,  nephews, great and great great nieces nephews and many relatives.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


 ND names and places: Danielson Family

The following is a conversation between Larry Hackman (’66), Pat Danielson (’66) and Dick Johnson (’67)

Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): lmhackman@bis.midco.net Bismarck, ND

On May 13, 2019, at 9:00 AM, Larry & Marion Hackman <lmhackman@bis.midco.net> wrote:

Hi Pat

Ran across this notation in a book I have been reading about “North Dakota place Names by Douglas A. Wick”.

Is this fellow (Post Master) a relative of yours?

You do have a brother named Dan?

Just curious and for your information?

Hackman       Jarves who had surveyed the area in 1897.  The post office closed Nov. 30, 1921 with mail sent to Carpenter.
A small community near Carpenter Lake
that was named after Henri Sharpenter who actually drowned in the lake in 1888


From: Pat Danielson
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 10:42 AM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: North Dakota Place Names

Hi Larry,

I do have a brother named Dan. Also had a grandfather named Dan. I haven’t heard of family in the St. John area, though. My Grandpa Dan was from Vang, ND, (which no longer exists) located west of Walhalla. Thanks for asking!

I think place names are interesting. I heard that the tiny town of Vang was named after a family with the last name, Dahlvang…not sure that’s correct, but…😊 Hmmm…now I’m curious and need to check that out. Pat D
From: Dick Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:05 PM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: Fw: North Dakota Place Names

Larry,      Don’t you remember Dan playing basketball with Egbert and that age of guys?  He played guard and was pretty good.  Pat also has another brother named Peter and I think a little sister named Naomi—if I remember right?  Long time ago so the old memory might be foggy? Dick


On May 15, 2019, at 3:53 PM, Larry & Marion Hackman <lmhackman@bis.midco.net> wrote:

Do you remember?

From: Pat Danielson
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:09 PM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: North Dakota Place Names

Yes I do remember!

My brother Dan was a year ahead of me and was a good athlete. So was Peter. Dan left Dunseith when he was a sophomore — went to school at Hillcrest Academy in Ferguson Falls. He sang in choir as well as playing basketball—played on the MN Allstate team one year. Peter started high school the year after I graduated. He did a lot of music, drama, and I think he played basketball too. I missed seeing all that because I was in college by then. Naomi started high school the year after Peter graduated. She was learning to play the bassoon before our family moved away. I don’t know what else she would have done. She was talented and very bright academically. Peter, Naomi and I all have fond memories of Don Johnson. He was a breath of fresh air in our lives. PatD

Sent from my iPad


On 5/15/2019 11:52 PM, Larry & Marion Hackman wrote:

I forwarded this on to Gary and Dick.  Maybe someone else knows if there was another Danielson family in the area?

Re: North Dakota Place Names
Dick Johnson djcars@srt.com
Thu 5/16/2019 11:15 PM

Guys,      There were other Danielson families in this area.  Where Jack Peterson lived, east of where our farm is, there was a Peter Danielson who had a son named Melvin Danielson.  Melvin was married and had two sons about my age.  He moved his family to a farm near Willow City where the family stayed for the rest of their lives.  One son, Bob Danielson,  still lives on that farm and is married to Hiedi Hanson whose mom taught a few years in Dunseith.  Heidi taught in Bottineau I think.  The grandfather and grandmother Danielson are buried in the small cemetery that is in the woods about two miles east of  our farm and located in the south east corner of the old Danielson farm.  Lots of info to try to digest but there it is! Dick



Blog (778) posted on April 19, 2010

Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Lorraine Richard Nelson: Mesa, AZ

Thank you so much for all the news from Dunseith and around.. I feel so badly for Stella, she is my first cousin as I was a Richard, my dad had the service station in Dunseith when I attended high school in Dunseith. I find many memories from your web site. Thank you again.. I will be contacting Stella. Lorraine Richard Nelson..Mesa AZ.


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Sharon Longie Dana (73):

So sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59): Tukwila, WA




From Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56)Vancouver, WA.


I saw on the game channel this week that deal or no deal was in the Philippines.


Yes, The PI does have it’s own version of “Deal or no Deal”. We get a lot of the American channels too. We get “The Price is Right”, Jeopardy, “Wheel of Fortune” and most all of the detective shows of which Bernadette is hooked on. The CSI series, I think, are her favorites.



From Ivy Eller Robert (74): Everett, WA.

Hi Gary……I received this poem from Susan Maleterre (69) today and it really touched my heart. I thought that others might like to read it as well, that is, if you want to post it!

Also, it’s kind of funny, all of these years that I have been away from Dunseith (34), my sister Julie, who lives in Bottineau, would always keep me informed with who passed away in the greater Dunseith area. But since you started this blog a few years ago, I seem know it before she does now.

Thanks again for all you do……

Ivy Eller Robert (74)



He wasgetting oldand paunchy And his hair was falling fast,

and he sat around theVFW, Telling stories of the past.

Of a warthat heonce foughtin And the deeds that he had done, In his exploitswith his buddies; Theywere heroes,everyone.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke,

Allhis buddies listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer, For ol’Bob has passed away, And the world’s a little poorer For aSoldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way; And the world won’t note his passing,’Tho a Soldier died today.

Whenpoliticiansleave this earth, Their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing, Andproclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories From the time that they were young But thepassing of a Soldier Goes unnoticed, andunsung.

Is the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land, Some jerk who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.

While theordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all, Ispaid off with a medal And perhaps a pension, small.. It’s soeasy to forget them, For it is so many times That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys, Went to battle, but we know,

It isnot the politicians With their compromise and ploys, Whowon for usthe freedom That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand, Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever waffling stand?

Or would youwant a Soldier— His home, his country, his kin, Just a common Soldier, Who would fight until the end.

He was just acommon Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us We may need his like again.

For whencountries are in conflict, Wefind the Soldier’s part Isto clean up all the troubles That the politiciansstart.

If wecannot do him honor While he’s hereto hear the praise, Then at leastlet’s give him homage At the ending of his days. Perhaps just asimple headline In the paperthat might say: “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”




Tarsus School

Picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Hi Gary,


Waiva Bergeron, Cherrille’s mother, taught at Tarsus. One day when Bottineau didn’t have school/or we were out for the year, Cherrille/her brother, Mike/Marvin Monson/I spent the day at Tarsus. it was great fun.







50 year news:

posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Folks, Is Garry Counts from the class of 76 any relation to PVT Garry Counts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Counts, who entered the Army in April 1956? Gary

Counts Garry PO Box 451 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4758   76


05/16/2019 (2704)

Happy Birthday to Charlene Pearson Woods (’67)
From Brenda Hoffman (’68): Greenville SC

Happy Birthday Year, Charlene!!! It seems as if it was just yesterday when I was knocking at your tunnel door to play with you.


Hubert J Allery (DHS ’62) Passed away.
FB Posting from Judy Allery Azure (’65):

Hubert Allery March 20, 1943 – May 13, 2019 Hubert Allery, age 76 of Rolette, died Monday at a Belcourt hospital.

 FB Posting
Judy A Azure
May 14 at 12:02 AM ·

Tonight we lost our big brother Hubert J Allery, the Lord gained another angel. My heart is heavy with sorrow. How much does a family have to go through as we lost our big sister Jean Natwick, and a few months ago our brother Clifford Allery and now our big brother Hubert Allery. God please bless my family and help us to deal with all the sorrow.

Gary’s comments.
Our condolences are with you Judy with the passing of Hubert. He will be missed.

Memorial Day Memories
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

May 9, 2019
Gary and Friends  of Dunseith,

At times I wonder if the true meaning of Memorial Day is lost.


Just once during childhood, t’was end of 4th grade mom drove us into Dunseith to the old city hall for a  Memorial Day program.

Prior the program, Mom  pulled  a lilac spray from the bushes by the old white school building and  pinned on my dress.

Mrs. Conroy’s fourth grade class participated in the program.

Dad didn’t come.  He  worked out.  Plastering,  except on Sundays and holidays____ when he worked the farm.

He did all the heavier lifting work, whatever his wife and his children could not do whilst he was gone.

So, my childhood  memories  of Memorial Day are of the farm carrying or dragging  fence posts from the black Ford truck up and down hills.

We  carried  oak posts through the brush  and around trees where  dad awaited with the fence postmall.  Mom hammered the staples into the posts.

Mom packed a ‘picnic’ lunch of homemade bread  and  roast beef sandwiches, cookies, coffee and koolaide.

The gloaming, brought us home place to the quiet moos and milking the cows.

Days end would find us wiggling, looking and picking ticks.

Soon across the US of A,  most will be celebrating Memorial Day.

I hope to  embrace the full meaning of Memorial Day.


I found the following   Rolette County Site.

It lists military people who lost their life far and away………


(Lilacs make me SNEEZE)

Until Later may you all  remain tick free.

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Dunseith History
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND


A little history lesson that maybe was posted before but my before is not as sharp as it use to be, so I thought I would send it anyway.

The neighbor let me look at a book she has, but I now have and plan to return to her as soon as I finish it.  Does that make sense Mel?

Anyway it is called “North Dakota Place Names by Douglas A. Wick”.  It lists over 3000 cities that have existed in the state and at one time all had post masters and so almost every township had a post office and some more than one.   The current official road map shows about 500 locales according to the book. What happened where did we go?  Maybe Dick knows?  Below is what it says about Dunseith.

Have a good day,





Adeline Halls Granddaughter Erica was recently named North Dakota Labor commissioner by Gov. Burgum
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Gary and friends of Dunseith School

I always admired Adeline  Halls as a person and  caring educator.

Adeline Halls taught  many years at Dunseith School  primary grades with the likes of the Parrell sisters; Millie and Marie.

Mrs. Halls  grandfaughter, Erica  graduated from Bottineau High School and UND School of Law.

            And  WOW! 

Mrs. Halls granddaughter ,  Erica was recently named   North Dakota Labor commissioner by Gov. Burgum.

“Erica’s ability to approach issues with impartiality and compassion and her commitment to fairness and justice for all North Dakotans will serve our citizens well,” Burgum said in a statement.

Thunder received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2011 from the University of North Dakota, where she also earned a law degree and Indian law certificate in 2014. She is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

            I believe Adeline is smiling proudly down!



Vickie  L. Metcalfe



Blog (777) posted on April 18, 2010

Bryan Schimetz

(Died April 14, 2010)

Bryan John Schimetz, 51, Bottineau, passed away in aMandanHospitalon April 14th, after a courageous 35 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 am at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the St. Louis Cemetery Dunseith.

Bryan was born on February 4, 1959, in Bottineau, to Louis and Stella (Richard) Schimetz. He was raised in Dunseith and attendedDunseithHigh School where he graduated in 1977. While in high school, he participated in football and basketball. After high school,Bryan was employed at Dale’s Café in Dunseith for several years as a cook. He then attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton. In 1985,Bryan graduated, with honors, earning an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology. After college,Bryan made his home inMinot where he was employed at Main Electric and Holmes Electric as an Apprentice until he obtained his Journeyman License in 1990. He continued his employment atMain and Holmes Electric as a Journeyman until 2000, when he retired due to complications from MS. He then moved back to Dunseith. In 2007,Bryanmoved to the Good Samaritan Center in Bottineau, where he was residing during the time of his death.

Bryan enjoyed fishing, carpentry, woodworking, working with horses, reading western novels, and spending time with his family. He was a beloved uncle who always had a little extra time to play with his many nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed working on small home projects for his mother and helping anyone who needed a hand.Bryanloved getting company, especially visits from family, friends, and former classmates.

Bryan is survived by his mother, Stella Schimetz (Dunseith); siblings Mark Schimetz (Rolette); Kathy (Jim) Wood (Minot); David (Katie) Schimetz (Mandan); Kim (Bill) Zorn (Upton, WY); sister-in-law, Colette Schimetz (Bottineau); and several nieces and nephews (John Schimetz, Jennifer Zachmeier, Ryan Vandal, Matthew Schimetz, Rachel Vandal, Nicole Zorn, Jackie Zorn, William Schimetz, Daniel Schimetz, Jacob Schimetz, Kaitlyn Schimetz, and Tessa Schimetz).

Bryanwas preceded in death by his father, Louis Schimetz; brother, Reid Schimetz; three infant brothers; his grandparents, George and Anna (Boucher) Richard and John and Francis (Sasek) Schimetz.



Mass of the Christian Burial: Will be celebrated Monday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau.

Visitation and prayer service: Visitation Sunday, April 18, from 1 to 9 p.m., prayer service at 7 p.m., both at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Burial: St. Louis Cemetery, Dunseith.

Arrangements were made with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Message/picture from Sharron Shen (59): Everett, WA.

I think it was 2002 when Mom wanted to travel home by rail. We actually stopped in Havre, MT overnight and picked up her brother, Ernest Boucher who was headed to GF. Alma, my mother and I had a great visit with Stella and Bryan. Bryan and I sat on the back porch smoking and viewing Stella’s amazing garden. Between Stella and Dale’s, I left with a load of tomatoes and train traveled back to Everett with super BLT fixings. Bryan talked of his years at Dale’s, very self deprecating. He wanted a run down on the whole Gottbreht family. I talked Boucher family history and mailed him a hard copy of all I had soon after my return. Stella said all the begats and anecdotes were great fun for Bryan. I thought I attached the picture of Alma Boucher Gottbreht, Bryan Schimetz and Stella Richard Schimetz to the note yesterday? Place an underlay of emotion to my dummie computer skills and anything can happen. That Stella is all goodness and kindness.

Thanks for all you do Gary. Sharron



Alma Gottbreht, Bryan Schimetz & Stella Schimetz




Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Roger & Connie (Zorn) Landsverk: Bottineau, ND.

To Stella Schimetz & families, So sorry about the passing of Bryan! He was a swell guy & will be sadly missed. We are sharing our condolences with all of you!! Roger & Connie (Zorn) Landsverk


The Following Newspaper Articles are posted by
Neola Kofoid Garbe:Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Evan and Andrew are members of the MDN All Area Boys Basketball Second Team; this is quite an honor. There is an entire page about the coach/first team/second team in the Minot Daily.


Is Evan related to Dennis Dobois (63)? Dennis was a well known
Basket ball player in the early 60’s.


Brian is the son of Rodney (61) and Evelyn Kalk






04/24/2019 (2702)


Sorry for the long delay getting these blogs posted. With Bernadette’s condition, being in the hospital, etc. I have been pretty busy.

Bernadette was non responsive and in an unconscious state of being for 3 weeks. She spent one solid week in the Hospital ICU.  She had a lung infection and UTI combined with swelling of her hands, arms and legs. The swelling is caused from a fatty liver which they attribute to her Vascular dementia. There is no reversing of the fatty liver condition however they did an IV treatment of her liver that generated several other problem with her breathing and also with her BP and her Hearts BPM. They were able to get all that corrected though.

We brought her home from the hospital last Saturday. This morning, for the first time, she was awake and alert but with very little response though. A huge improvement.



Condolences to the Sharon Landsverk Beckman’s family
Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ

Dear Gary,  my heart aches for you and Bernadette and the family.  It is very difficult to see someone we love fade before our eyes.  I am glad you have so many caring people for her and you.

Also my condolences to Sharon Beckman’s family, she was the nicest person.  I have not lived in the area for many years but when I did come home I would stop at the grocery store on north Main Street and she would always be there and would remember me!  Her smile was contagious and you would leave the store a better person.

As like you, the Landsverk’s were great neighbors in the hills.

God’s blessings to you, Bernadette and Sharon and family!

Lynn Halvorson Otto


Joke of the day
Posted by Don Malaterre (72):  Sioux Falls, SD

A Canadian stopped at a local restaurant following a day roaming around in Mexico. While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful. He asked the waiter, “What is that you just served?”

The waiter replied, “Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are called Cojones de Toro, meaning testicles from the bull fight this morning – A delicacy!”

The man said, “What the heck, bring me an order.”

The waiter replied, “I am so sorry senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy.”

Early the next morning, the Canadian returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter and said, “These are absolutely delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday.”

The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, “Senor, sometimes the bull wins.”



Blog (775) posted on April 16, 2010


Bryan Schimetz (77) death notice:
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Bryan Schimetz (Died April 14, 2010)

Bryan Schimetz, age 51 of Bottineau and Dunseith, died Wednesday at a Mandan hospital. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 am at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Condolence to the Schimetz family:
From Lynn Halvoraon Otto (75): Seoul, Korean

It’s with great sadness that I write this. My deepest sympathy to Bryan’s family. I cannot imagine losing one of my sons for any reason. Going through the school lunch line, I can still see Stella’s winning smile so lovingly dishing up her great meals for us all. Life there wouldn’t have been the same without that family. I know Bryan is in a better place and finally pain free and has peace. Lynn Halvorson Otto, 75


Condolence to the Schimetz family:
From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND

I am so sorry to hear about Bryan. I remember him from HS. He was always good for a laugh, never seem to be down about anything.

Bryan will be missed dearly, my condolences to the Schimetz families.

Dianne (Robert) Johnson (76)
Reply from Mare Iverson Staub (60): Seattle, WA


Thanks so much for mentioning Marvin, he was a great guy. I was very lucky to have him for 43 years. You never appreciate what you have until it’s to late.

Next week when I talk to Barbara i will have to ask her were she went to school. I know when we were living there they would visit often and I know she graduated from Frankin High School here in Seattle. Her aunt Laverna Schick graduated

from Dunseith in 1947. We know they do not have E-Mail so Barb is sending her a letter as we don’t know if she is aware of the reunion or not. It would be fun to see her.

I have no clue about the hill by Joyce and Harlan’s . I do remember a hill, but that’s about it. Of course they say memory is the first thing to go.HA

I agree with Judy LaCroix it would be great to get the receipe of Bernadette’s for the rice cake’s. Sounds yummy.


Marie, Marvin was a good man and very friendly too. Bernadette remembers him and you too very well. She had a nice little chat with Marvin at the registration table.

 About the hill that I remember as Bear or Bare Butte where Harlan and Joyce Flaata live. The road to their house is from the north. coming in from then north you are pretty much near the top of the hill with the terrain of the land. We used to approach the hill from the east where the road is much lower in elevation and then turn south with the curve in the road before getting to the hill. From our house we’d take the short cut to Dad’s brother Emil/Lillian Petterson who lived in the Foot hills NE of Bottineau. From our house we’d take the Willow Lake road to the corner of Arnold Wenstad’s. From there we’d turn right (West) and go past Thurman/Marie Parrill’s, Orvin Hagen’s and Ole Rispa’s. We’d turn left (south) at the corner near Almer Lindberg’s and long lake. We’d follow that road past Lloyd Larshus’, Bear Butte, etc until we got to Emil/Lillian’s. I have not been down that road for 40 or more years. Gary

04/05/2019 (2701)

Bernadette Stokes Update:

On Tuesday Bernadette went into partial coma state of being. From Tuesday until today (Friday) she has steadily gotten worse. Tuesday morning she recognized folks and was able to interact with jesters. Wednesday her half-sisters were here. She was able to briefly open her eyes when touched and talked to. Yesterday the same but a little worse. Today, Friday Morning, she half opened her eyes with a stare and a groan trying to move her limbs when touch and talked to. All total since Tuesday, she has only been conscience about 15 minutes when all added together.

It’s hard, but we knew these days were coming and are prepared. The priest visited her on Tuesday.


Sharon (Landsverk) Beckman | 1945 – 2019 (DHS Class 1963)
Lansverk, Sharon

Funeral Service Friday, Apr 05, 2019 2:00 PM

Sharon Beckman

May 21, 1945 – April 02, 2019

Sharon Beckman, age 73 of Bottineau, died Tuesday at her home.  Her funeral will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Bottineau.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery near Dunseith.

Sharon Beckman, a daughter of Nels and Gertie (Rispa) Landsverk, was born on May 21, 1945 in Bottineau.  She was raised near Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1963.  She worked at Charnholm Shoe Store in Bottineau before becoming an operator with Bell Telephone in Bottineau.  In the late 1960’s they transferred her to Bismarck.  On November 5, 1971, she married Garland Beckman in South Dakota.  They then returned to Bottineau.  This marriage later ended.  Sharon worked as cashier at the Gordon’s Piggly Wiggly, Jerry’s Jack & Jill and Bottineau Hometown Market.  The last several years, she worked as a teller at the First National Bank in Bottineau.

Sharon was a member of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  She enjoyed bowling, baking, playing cards and watching the Wheel of Fortune.  She was very caring and giving and always thought of others first.

She is survived by her brother, David Landsverk of Bottineau, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Pladson and Barbara Lawrence; brothers, Elwood, Bruce, Virgil, Darrel, Arlen, Roger, Kenneth and Leland; niece, Elizabeth Landsverk; and nephews, Virgil (Little V) Landsverk.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net


Sharon Landsverk Beckman(’63):
Condolences and Memories from Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

April 3, 2019
Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

This a.m. I  was saddened to hear of  the  sudden passing  of Sharon Landsverk (Beckman).

Sharon was well known  by many,  many  people here in Bottineau. Many elder  adults  were recipients of  Sharon’s kind, warm and  generous personality.

She was  fondly known by  children as the ” Little Candy Lady clerk ”  at the local grocery store. “Kids told me they often requested their parents to shop  at the grocery store, where Sharon worked. WHY? ” “She remembered  our names,  and gave always gave  little candy treats.”

Sharon  was close to all of her  siblings and  kept in  fond contact with her cousins in far off places..

Sharon   is survived by  sister’s and brother’s in law, nieces and nephews,  and many  friends who fondly  treasured her friendship.

(NOTE) The Landsverk kids came out of the hills in the  early sixties from a little country school in the hills.

The Landsverk kids were quiet, and somewhat shy but personable and hard working.

Sharon is survived by David (class of ’70).  David  joined the  class with Mrs. Florence Conroy in the midst of 4th grade.

Sharon’s Landsverk ancestors were very well known……. in a wide swath area of ND. They were  exceptional stone masons.  Sharon was quite proud of their contributions.


Vickie L. Metcalfe

Gary’s Comments
What a shock to see Sharon’s passing. I remember Sharon so well from my school days and even more so with each of my trips back to the area seeing her Jack and Jill’s Grocery where she was a checker for many years. Sharon was a wonderful person. Always so friendly and nice. She will be missed by so many folks. That is a positive. We extend our condolences to all of her family with her passing.


Pastor Anfinrud Passing
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

             Today, I was  informed about  the passing of Pastor Anfinrud from my sister. We grew up with the knowledge  that our mother’s  mom,  Sylvia Arizonia (Wicks) Lamb lost her life to acute leukemia.

            Grandma Lamb passed away shortly after  she was  diagnosed. Mom was still reeling from the loss of her beloved ‘Pop’,  Bob Lamb. Mom told us how  spiritually comforting Pastor Anfinrud was to her. She also said,  although Grandma Sylvia was ….  not of  the Lutheran denomination, Pastor Anfinrud told mom, “Never worry,  he could,  would  and  preached the  funeral.”

            Mom felt he was a wonderful example of  spirituality.  She held him in the highest regard and respect!  

            May he rest in Peace.


Vickie L. Metcalfe

Subject: Pastor Anfinrud


Blog (774) posted on April 15, 2010


Bryan Schimetz (77) Passed away: Message from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Dear Gary and friends, with great sorrow of heart, I need to inform all that Bryan John Schimetz my younger brother left us and made the great journey this morning at 12:40am at a health care facility in Mandan Nd. Funeral Services are tentatively being discussed among family at this time. We are trying for Monday, the 19th of April to be held at St.Marks Catholic Church in Bottineau, ND. I will keep you posted as arrangements are finalized. I wish to thank all of you for your prayers and kindness expressed here and elsewhere with the phone calls and cards. I thank all of you on behalf of entire Schimetz Family, may God Bless you all Mark Schimetz


Bryan Schimetz Passing: Posted on our Website From: David Schimetz (79): Bismarck, ND Message: Bryan left us last night at 12:30 am. His funeral arrangements are pending but most likely the funeral will be on Monday.Thank you all for your prayers.He had alot of family around him since Friday and family members present when he passed. We were able to talked to him and he understood his condition and he was at peice with it.He fought a long and hard battle for about 35 years. He was a good brother,uncle,son and most of all Friend. He will always be in our hearts and truly missed. Thank-you for all your prayers

Mark, David and the entire Schimetz family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you with the loss of Bryan. Mark and I, in the past, have discussed this disease (MS) with how hard it has been for the entire family, especially their mother Stella, coping with her children having this disease. It’s been a long hard road for all of you. Your family has not and will not be forgotten with all that you have been thru. Our condolences are with you. Gary.

Schimetz Family: Note: Judy posted this before knowing of Bryan’s passing. Reply from Judy LaCroix McGuire (59): LITCHFIELD, MN

Hi Gary, It would be fun to have a piece of Bernadette’s rice cake. Sounds good. Could you put a recipe in this blog. I like to try new recipes. I do enjoy reading the news each day and have good memories of growing up near Dunseith.

Also hello to the Schimetz family. You are all in my prayers at this time. I babysat for Reed and ? years ago and we were neighbors to their grandparents for years. Blessings. Judy LaCroix McGuire class of 59

Judy, I will ask Bernadette to write down her recipe for her Chocolate Rice cake for posting. A lot of her recipes are her own made up of which I’m very positive of this being one of those. With that there are no standard Measurements. It’s a little of this and a little of that until she gets the desired consistency of what she wants. Bernadette is well gifted in the cooking and baking department. She seldom has flops. For her the aesthetics of what she prepares is equally as important as the taste. She won’t eat anything that does not look good. For me that is the reason I don’t eat their dried fish. but for her and these folks, that dried fish looks so good, heads and all. Her rice cake was consumed in a heart beat yesterday at the bowling alley. Some of those women, when they didn’t think anyone was looking, were putting pieces in their purses to take home. Gary


Dunseith Alumni Reunion:
Marie Iverson Staub (60) will be attending: Seattle, WA.


I am going to make the reunion if everything goes OK. A cousin and I are going to drive. I made out the check to send to Verena so will get that sent tomorrow. There will be 3 of us.

  1. Marie Iverson (Staub)
  2. Barbara Iverson (Lyonais)
  3. Joyce Iverson (Flaata)

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Marie Iverson 1960

Marie, this is wonderful news that you will be attending our reunion. As Keith Pladson Mentioned, it’s a long drive from the East Coast and we know it’s a long haul from the West Coast as well. It’s great that your cousin Barbara is able to accompany you. I’m assuming Barbara attended the Bottineau schools or did she attend Dunseith? I have known your cousin, Joyce Flaata, for as far back as I can remember. She and Harlan were very active members of the Metigoshe Lutheran churches and that is where I learned to know them. From what you mentioned they still live on the same place a few miles NE of Bottineau. Their home is a few miles south of Vinje Church up in the hills. I’m really racking my brain now, but the name of the hill or mountain they live on, as I remember, is Bare Butte. We passed it many times with our many visits, taking the back roads, to visit Dad’s brother Emil/Lillian who lived a few miles SW of Harlan & Joyce’s. We are looking forward to seeing you folks next month. Gary 

PS – Folks; Marie lost Marvin a few months after our reunion last July. We so enjoyed seeing and visiting with him and Marie at the reunion. It was such a traumatic loss for Marie. She said reading our daily blogs really helped her coping with his loss.


2009 Seattle Dunseith Aumni Reunion:
Marvin (Deceased) & Marie (60) Iverson Staub


Earth Worms Question:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

April greetings Gary,

April showers have arrived here in the foothills of the Turtle Mountains. Days have been quite windy followed by nights of thunder and lighting shows. At least an inch of steady rain washed Bottineau thoroughly clean last night. The warm earthy smells and sunny spring morning greeted me and Buie to our walk.

My question for blog readers. What is the earliest date in the spring… anyone has seen earth worms in the area?

They were every where this morning 4/14/10. I found myself hop scotching home as not to squish them! So many, they reminded me of the wet Junes of yesteryear. Thanks Vickie
Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, This is in response to Sybil Johnson’s visiting Washington DC. I’m sure you will enjoy your trip immensely and hope you are able to visit and enjoy many of the national treasures located in and around Washington. Some things worth seeing in addition to those you already stated could include the Washington National Cathedral, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery (to include Kennedy’s Grave and the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), the Korean War Memorial and any number of the many National Museums. Alas, there is one thing on your list you may not be able to enjoy. The much discussed and locally bragged about Cherry Blossom Festival has come and gone and so have most of the blossoms. Usually they start blooming the very end of March and through the next couple of weeks or so. But, unfortunately, this year we had some really warm weather in the middle of March so the blossoms came a little early. So, most (if not all) of the blossoms are now history until next years.

Still, you WILL enjoy your trip! And even if you can’t take photographs in the White House, you can take them at most other locations. Keith Pladson (66)


Country School Reunion:
Question from Lynn Halvorson Otto (74): Seoul, Korea

Hi Gary, who is organizing the July country school reunion at Lake Metigoshe? If you know could you post this again for people. Thanks, Lynn Otto

Lynn, Linda Gardner is the one spearheading this reunion. I have pasted below and also attached a copy of the registration form. Gary


 Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion
July 10, 2010

Plans are underway to hold a Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion on July 10, 2010, at the Twin Oaks Resort & Convention Center atLakeMetigoshe.Anyone who attended a country school in theTurtleMountains or is interested in celebrating an educational life style of the past is welcome to attend.The cost is $42.00 per person.Reservations and advance payment are required.Please fill out the form below and mail to: