09/05/2023 (2811

Velma Brennan Millang (DHS ’1947) Passing

I was so saddened to have not kept my self-updated with the latest local deaths when I was in Bottineau. When I am home in Cebu I keep my self updated via my desk top. Seldom do I use my phone for anything outside of Social media. From now on, when I am away from home, I will for sure check the Nero Website daily from my phone.

I extend my sincere apologies to the Millang family for missing the visitation of their mother. Velma passed the same day that my brother Bud and Debby had left for a 6 day visit to the Minneapolis to attend preplanned family reunions.

Larry, Joanne, Mark and Clayton

I extend my apologies for not being there for your mothers rites. I was in the area. No valid excuse.

During our growing up days, with 4-H and other community affairs, we were like family. We were back and forth a lot. Remember the time your family visited us and we kids decided, with our parents consent, to take our car to the Bottineau Skating rink for the evening. We hit a Cow on the icy road two miles south of our place. Dennis Hiatt had left the gate open to their farm buildings and the cattle had all gotten out and were on the icy road. I was driving, When I engaged the brakes the tires were sliding. The car was damaged beyond driving, but repairable.

With our very dedicated 4-H leader mothers, we were together many times a month for related projects. I will never forget those days.

Looking forward to seeing you folks with My/our trip back next summer. Hopefully Angel will have her visa then and can accompany me.


Millang, Velma


Velma Millang, age 96 of Rolette, formerly of Bottineau and Dunseith, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2023 at a Rolette nursing home.  A private service will be held.  Visitation will be Tuesday, August 15, 2023 from noon until 1:30 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Velma Doris Millang, the eldest child of nine children born to Ray and Janette (Pilloud) Brennan, was born on March 30, 1927.  She attended Hillside Country School before graduating from Dunseith High School.  On October 18, 1946, she married Clifford Millang after he returned from serving in WWII.  Clifford passed away on June 2, 1970.  Velma continued to live on the family farm raising her children while also caring for several neighborhood children.

In 1978, she moved to her daughter and son-in-law’s farm near Souris, where she continued her enjoyment of caring for more neighborhood children. She moved into Bottineau in 1991 to be the Assistant Site Manager at the Bottineau Senior Citizen Center.  A job she loved dearly and cherished her life long friendships she made there.

Velma enjoyed visiting with family and friends, watching her grandchildren grow and taking part in their activities.

She is survived by her children, Larry Millang of Bottineau, Joanne (Mark) Bernstein of Souris, Mark (Deb) Millang of Rugby and Clayton Millang of Dunseith; son-in-law, Ron Volk of Sherwood; grandchildren, Ryan Bernstein, Jon Bernstein, Meghan Bratvold, Krista Alexander, Jenna Braun, Mitchell Volk; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Vandal of Cando and Patty Groff of San Diego; sister-in-law, Maryann Brennan of Minot; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane Volk, sisters, Mildred Reamer, Fay Lindquist, Shirley Brennan; brothers, Dennis Brennan, Mike Brennan and Robert Brennan; niece, Lana Amsbaugh and nephews, Jerry Reamer and Mike Groff.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.



Dale Simon’s Passing (Karen Hagen Simon DHS ‘1970)


I extend my condolence to you and your family with the passing of Dale. He was a good man and will be missed.

With my trip back to the area last month, I truly enjoyed seeing you and Susan too, at the Vets Hall and also you at the Metigoshe Lake Side Drive Inn. Being close neighbors and with our mothers both being 4-H leaders and very active Kelvin Home Makers members, we were back and forth a lot. I enjoyed my two suppers with Art too. I will post those pictures later.

Looking forward to seeing you Next Summer.



Simon, Dale


Dale Simon, age 77 of Bottineau, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at a Grand Forks care center.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Dale George Simon was born on May 2, 1946 to Peter Ambrose Simon and Myrtle (Ohmart) Simon in Bottineau, ND. Dale attended Bottineau Public Schools until he enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1965. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Yorktown until 1967 and then was reassigned to the U.S.S. Hornet until 1969. Dale’s claim to fame was that while on the U.S.S Hornet, his ship recovered the Apollo 11 astronauts and space capsule in July of 1969. He returned back to Bottineau after he was Honorably Discharged where he worked with the Beyer Family at Ace Hardware. He met Karen Hagen in March of 1971 and then were married a year later on April 7, 1972. Dale and Karen welcomed their first child, Peter and then Joanne a year later. They then moved to Westhope, ND in January of 1974 where Dale started his policing career. In 1976, the family moved back to Bottineau, ND where Dale began working with Bottineau County Sheriff’s Department until his retirement in 2011. After his retirement, he was an active member of the AM Vets, American Legion and VFW. Dale and Karen celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on April 7, 2022. Dale and Karen were always together. They enjoyed going out for coffee, out to dinner and supper, movies, a drive up to the lake or around town to see what was going on. In July of 2021, Dale was diagnosed with dementia and in January of 2022, he was moved to Grand Forks to get the specialized care that he needed.

Dale raised his kids to be independent and strong. There was no such thing as a boy or girl task. He taught them to paint, mow, fix our cars, cook, cut wood, start the wood stove, garden, identify tools, you name it he made sure they knew how to do anything. He always said, if you want it done right, do it yourself. He was also there for a hug or to give advice, even if it was advice that you didn’t want to hear.

Throughout Dale’s life, he enjoyed helping everyone and anyone. If you needed your washing machine fixed…call Dale, if your car was broken…call Dale, if you needed a fishing buddy…call Dale. You name it, he would drop everything and come to you. Dale would give you the last shirt off his back. Early on, Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing and then later found a love for woodworking. Dale was blessed with three amazing grandkids, Ellie, Zachary and Elizabeth. He loved every minute of time that he spent with them. Whether it was playing catch, taking them fishing, coloring, going to Dairy Queen, or going up to the courthouse to show off the grandkids, he cherished those moments.

Dale passed peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 in Grand Forks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Myrtle, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Maryann Hagen.

Dale leaves behind his wife, Karen (Hagen) Simon, son Peter (Denise) Simon and daughter Joanne (Justin) Karch, along with three grandchildren, Ellie (Alex) Kiser, Zachary Simon and Elizabeth Simon, brother Ralph Simon and sister Marilyn Holen.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that you donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, your local police/sheriff’s office or veteran’s group.


Dunseith Creamery Fire. Jan 1950
Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’47): susankay47@gmail.com Belle Fourche, SD

Fire, Creamery Dunseith 1950

The Story of Wojtek: A Bear in the Polish Army During WW II
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70) dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND


Sent to me by D. Aird.

This is a wonderful true story of a bear who served in the Polish army during WWII,
then retired to Scotland.

AS you know, I am a person who enjoys stories.

Sometimes we all just gotta read  ‘feel good  stuff’  to relieve stress this is a good one! Vickie







09/04/2023 (2810)

Hello Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

I recently returned from a fabulous 6 week USA trip. I spent one plus month in the Bottineau/Dunseith area followed with a week in the Washington Puget sound area. With this trip I saw and visit a lot of friends. I had superb hospitality with my Brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby in Bottineau. They put up with me, underfoot, for over a month.

Fauske siblings
My timing was just right to see all six of the Fauske Siblings. I visited them at their home farm too, now Russell and Glenda’s. We had a wonderful visit. It really brought back good memories too, especially seeing all of them on their childhood turf.   They are all looking great! They really haven’t changed much over the years, however initially I got  Arlinda mixed up with Carrole. Side by side, in the picture, they are very similar. They’re all in the same century now too. Connie is the Eldest and Brian is the youngest. Like their parents, they’ll be going strong, healthy and looking fabulous well into their 90’s. I will be around to take this same picture 20 years from now too.

Tyrell: Russel and Glenda’s son is in treatment for a stage four brain cancer tumor that was removed several months ago. He is home with his family in Fargo. This is really hard on the whole family. Like Glenda, his mother said, “he had everything going well for him in this stage of his life now too, with his advancements with the Fargo Police department and his family.  Now this”. We hope an pray for his recovery.

Fauske Sibling 2023.jpg


John Bedard’ (DHS ’65) Passing

I am so saddened with John’s Passing.

When I arrived in Bottineau, I was told that John had Stage 4 kidney cancer. Several weeks after I was there, I was told that he would like to see me. I called John and Margret and made arrangements to visit. When I arrived, John opened the door to let me in. He actually looked pretty good. He was the same John I always knew. We had an hour long, very intense, visit. He was very open and straight forward with his condition too. When I got ready to leave, both he and Margaret accompanied me to the door. Less than two weeks later he passed, in his home, with hospice care.

John was a good friend and class mate. He will never be forgotten.

We extend our condolence to Margaret and the rest of his family with his passing.

Bedard, John


John Bedard, age 76 of Lake Metigoshe, passed away on Tuesday, August 22. 2023 at his home.  His memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.  Visitation will be on Tuesday starting at 5:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral home in Bottineau.

John was born in Bottineau, ND on May 16, 1947, to Hannah and Lucian Bedard. John had 3 sisters, Connie, Margaret and Nancy. John married Margaret Brennan on August 3, 1969, and together they had one daughter, Cheri. John has two grandchildren, John-David and Sophia. John graduated from Dunseith High School and attended Mayville College. He graduated from Mayville and went on to work as a high school teacher in Rolette, ND. In 1972, John was one of the last people from North Dakota drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed at Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado . After his service, he taught for another year as a teacher and then went to work for the United Postal Service. He retired from the Postal Service after over 30 years as a mail carrier.

John loved to fish and spent many days and nights out on the lake. He was also an avid hunter. When not hunting or fishing, John could be found out tending his garden. He and his wife also loved to travel and have gone on many trips and cruises together over the years.

John is survived by his wife, his sisters, his daughter, and his two grandchildren.

He was preceded by his mother and father.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


06/18/2023 (2810)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,
I received this message from Glenda Fauske this Morning.
Our hearts go out to Tyrell and his family for a successful surgery and recovery.
You contributions are most appreciated.

Hi Gary,

FYI, the Fargo news did a story on Ty and put a link to a Go Fund Me site Austin put up for him.  It’s below:

Fundraiser for Tyrell Fauske by Austin Fauske : Supporting Tyrell Fauske’s Brain Surgery Recovery (gofundme.com)

His surgery was rescheduled to June 20 with a more skilled surgeon because a fingerling was found on a detailed MRI going from the tumor along his right temple and up to his forehead.  Not good news.  So, keep the prayers going for him and the family.

See you in August.



Previously posted on 5/23/2023

Tyrell Fauske, son of Russell (’64) and Glenda, was Diagnosed with a Brain Tumor.

Posted by Glenda Fauske: Dunseith, ND

Life’s journey is filled with many exciting twists and a few unwelcome turns.  Tyrell recently took a turn for the worst…he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor in a precarious location along a major blood vessel.

Please pray for a  full recovery, and ask God to give him, his family, and us strength, comfort, and peace as we travel this road together.  He will have surgery on June 13 at Rssentia in Fargo.  We will try to keep you informed as things proceed.  The August 6 concert in Bottineau is cancelled.

Anyone wishing to send some encouraging words can mail them to:  Tyrell Fauske. 3202 45th Ave S, Fargo ND 58104.  If you have questions, please contact Russell (263-1746) or Glenda (263-5653) via cell or text.

Glenda Fauske



06/15/2023 (2809)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
Rodney Kalk (DHS 1961)
Kalk, Rodney
May 11, 1941 – June 4, 2023


Rod Kalk, age 82 of Bottineau, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at Grand Forks.  His memorial service will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023 at 10:00 am at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau.  There will be a prayer service on Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Rodney J. Kalk was born May 11, 1941 to Dan and Rose (Gunville) Kalk on the family farm rural Dunseith, ND. He was the third of ten children. He passed away peacefully on June 4, 2023. Rod was baptized and confirmed at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dunseith, ND.  Rod attended country school until moving into town. He graduated in 1961 from Dunseith High School where he was a star basketball player for the Dunseith Dragons, scoring 52 points in a single game (before there was a 3pt line). His biggest fan was his older brother Vince. His younger brother Julian also idolized his older brother.

Rod spent summers as a child in Blaisdell, ND with the Ray Lindberg family. They became acquainted at San Haven where both Dan Kalk and Janice Lindberg were tuberculosis patients. They welcomed him with open arms as a son they never had and brother to their three girls. He loved life on the ranch. He enlisted in the U.S. Army out of high school. He did his basic training at Fort Carson, CO. He enjoyed serving two years in Germany. He didn’t know until going into the military that his given name was Joseph Rodney and not Rodney Joseph.

Rod married Evelyn ”Evie” Langehaug daughter of Conrad and Mildred Langehaug on August 29, 1965 at St. Mark’s Church in Bottineau, ND where he was a member. They were blessed with the birth of children Brian and Jacqueline. More joy came into their lives when grandchildren Jordan Sue, Blake, and Aidan were born.

Rod and Evie built their first home in Bottineau ND in 1972. Rod could walk to work carrying his lunchbox. At the end of the day, Brian and Jackie would be waiting with a basketball or baseball in hand. The family spent time following school events, enjoying the outdoors and many road trips. The fall of 1986 with both children off to college, Rod and Evie moved to their cabin on Lake Metigoshe where they have resided since. Many wonderful family times were spent there.

Rod’s hobbies included snowmobiling, golf, hunting, fishing, playing cards, listening to music, watching sports and cleaning whether it was the garage, house, yard or vehicles. He loved everything polished to perfection.  Rod and Evie enjoyed traveling. They went to Norway for a family reunion in 1988 and Wedding Anniversary trips to Europe in 2001 and 2015. They spent 13 winters in Orange Beach, AL. They loved following their children and grandchildren wherever their education, careers or military service took them including three trips to Hawaii.

Rod began his career with North Central Electric, Bottineau, ND in March 1967. He received on the job training as a lineman. When NCE had a reduction in force the fall of 1969, the family moved to New England, ND where he worked for Slope Electric. The spring of 1971 he was called back to work at NCE. He retired in 2003 as Staking Engineer enjoying 20 years of retirement.

Rod is survived by his loving wife Evie of nearly 58 years, Lake Metigoshe; son Brian (Karen) Kalk of Grand Forks, ND; daughter Jacqueline Kalk, Plymouth, MN; granddaughter Jordan Sue (Mike) O’Brien, Sherman Oaks, CA; grandson Aidan Eagon, Plymouth, MN; sisters Janet Banish, Marlene Kopp and Natalie Jahner of Fargo, ND; nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws and cousins.

He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Blake Eagon; parents; brothers Vincent, Julian, and Marvin Kalk; sisters Louella Davis, Lorraine Hooper, Katherine Barbara Lopez; father and mother-in law; numerous brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of the Red River Valley, 2860 10th Ave. N. Suite 400, Grand Forks, ND 58203, Bottineau County Veterans, 104 Main Street, Bottineau, ND 58318 or a charity of your choosing.

Gary Stokes comments

I had the pleasure of visiting with Rodney and Evie along with Dennis Dubois and several others at the Bottineau Bakery last July with my visit back. Rodney for sure remembered his school days very well, recalling detailed events from those days.

We extend our condolence to Evie and his family with his passing. He will be missed.


Replies to  the May 22, 1980, Don and Bernice Johnson murders in their home.

From Theresa Sivertson Delikat (Lars Sivertson’s daughter) :  Ajo AZ.

I worked the night shift at San Haven that night. At that time there were no locks on the back doors. The “night watch” came and we stacked chairs against the doors trying to make it difficult to get into the building. If nothing else we would hopefully hear a racket down on first floor.

Theresa Delikat


From Sue Metcalfe (Gary ’57):     Forsyth, MO

Thank you for posting this and reminding us of this difficult season.


From Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

That was a monstrous event that probably ranks at the top of all of the dark days in the whole area.  One of my cousins called us around midnight and told us what happened. I passed the word on to my parents and needless to say none of us slept for the rest of the night.


Alice Faine Christopherson (DHS 1968)
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): d Bottineau, ND
Faine Christopherson, Alice
Alice Ann Christopherson
January 5, 1949 – June 7, 2023

Alice Christopherson, age 74, of Dunseith, ND passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.

Alice Ann Christopherson was born on January 5, 1949 in Belcourt, ND to Guff Faine and Alice (LeDoux) Faine.  She was raised in Dunseith and completed her education at Dunseith High School.  She furthered her education at college obtaining Associate of Arts degrees.  She was the proud mother of four sons, Daniel, Jesse, Mitchell, and Christopher. She worked in nursing and then became a wonderful homemaker, caring for her family.  Alice enjoyed being outdoors and sitting on her porch swing near the pond.  She also loved spending time with her family members, making jewelry, and going to bible study.  Alice will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.

Alice is survived by her sons, Daniel Faine of Devils Lake, Jesse (Shannon) Faine of Rugby, Mitchell Christopherson of Dunseith, and Christopher (Amanda) Christopherson of Dunseith; seven grandchildren, Taydin Christopherson, Maxton Christopherson, Isaac Herbel, Ashton Boppre, Addie Boppre, Jordyn Faine, and Jayden Eggelston; four great grandchildren; brother, John (Sally) Faine of Dunseith; sister, Patty Lozensky of Dunseith; and many nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Margaret Faine, Delores Faine, Betty Norman, and Linus Faine.

Casket Bearers are Daniel Faine, Jesse Faine, Mitchell Christopherson, Christopher Christopherson, William Faine, and Greg Faine.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 12, 2023 at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND with visitation beginning at Noon prior to services.  Pastors Lisa and Tony Coffman officiating.  Burial will follow services in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Dunseith, ND.  A meal will be held following burial at Eagle Heart Cultural Center (Log Cabin), Dunseith, ND.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.


Ronette Faye Belgarde Morin (DHS 1967) Death Notice
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Ronette Faye Morin, age 74 of Dunseith, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023 at a Dunseith nursing home.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm with the wake starting at 10:00 am at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.









05/23/2023 (2807)

Tyrell Fauske, son of Russell (’64) and Glenda, was Diagnosed with a Brain Tumor.
Posted by Glenda Fauske:  Dunseith, ND

Life’s journey is filled with many exciting twists and a few unwelcome turns.  Tyrell recently took a turn for the worst…he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor in a precarious location along a major blood vessel.

Please pray for a  full recovery, and ask God to give him, his family, and us strength, comfort, and peace as we travel this road together.  He will have surgery on June 13 at Rssentia in Fargo.  We will try to keep you informed as things proceed.  The August 6 concert in Bottineau is cancelled.

Anyone wishing to send some encouraging words can mail them to:  Tyrell Fauske. 3202 45th Ave S, Fargo ND 58104.  If you have questions, please contact Russell (263-1746) or Glenda (263-5653) via cell or text.

Glenda Fauske

Gary’s Comment:
Russell and Glenda, our hearts go out to you, Russell and the rest of your family with this sad news. On the plus side, they have made great strides with advancements with these procedures in the last years. A friend of ours, about 6 months ago, had a very large tumor removed from his brain, here in Cebu, with nearly 100% success. He returned to normal very quickly following the operation. Please keep us posted.


Dunseith Alumni dinner at Dales, this Sunday, May 28th At Dale’s
Posted by Don Martel (Former DHS Principal):   Rosemount, MN

Some of the class of 1958 and friends have been gathering at Dales for Sunday (May 28th) noon’s dinner for the past several years, on Memorial Day weekend. Granted the group is getting smaller, but we’ll keep on as long as anyone shows up. Ellen Graff Myrick, Rodney Armentrout and Colleen Conroy Martel will be there for sure. We would enjoy seeing anyone else that would like to join us.

P.S. Gary I realize this is maybe a little late getting to you. If you can post it good, if not we tried. Don Martel


Neva Haagenson Rainy (’56) and Arline Lamoreaux Dailly’s (’55) Passing
Posted by Janice Lenard Workman: (’56)  Auburn, WA

I don’t know if anybody has sent in notifications of Neva Haagenson Rainy’s passing this month (April) and Arline Lamoreaux Dailly’s passing in February.  Both were good friends from high school and I will miss them both.  Bob Dailly lives relatively close and see him for lunch occasionally.    When Kenny Hill would visit Neva, he would sometimes call me and we could all have a short visit.  I visited with Neva in November when I was back for my brother John’s funeral, and she looked really good.  Arline has been in an Alzheimer’s facility for several years, so sad.  Don Conroy and DuWayne Lang both have birthdays on April 22, Happy Birthday, guys!

 Gary’s Comments,
I remember posting Arline’s Obituary. Vickie Metcalfe has sent me Neva’s Obit pasted below.

 Janice, it’s great hearing from you too. It’s been a long time that we have not heard from you. We hope all is well with you too.



 Neva Haagenson Rainy’s Obituary (DHS ’56)
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Neva Haagenson Rainy
Haagenson, Neva

Neva Marie Erma Rainey, age 83 of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at a Bottineau nursing home.

Neva was born on August 5, 1939, in Bottineau, North Dakota. She attended Willow Creek Elementary, Dunseith High School and Minot College. In 1961, she married Ronald (John) Rainey, and together they had three children, Reed, Andra, and Kole. They divorced in 1983. Neva then reunited with her soul mate, Kenny Hill, with whom she joyously shared the rest of her life. Neva was a tireless provider who worked multiple jobs throughout her life, often two at once.

She fiercely loved her children, Kenny, grandchildren, her Lord, animals, the outdoors, and farm life. A fiery soul, Neva stood staunchly for her convictions and loved to play cards, ride horses, laugh, and cook for others. She will be heartbreakingly missed.

Neva is survived by her children, Kenny Hill, and her brother, Norman Haagenson.

She was preceded in death by her parents Erma and Willard Haagenson, and brother Raymond.

A memorial service will be held at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 11:00 am. Lunch will be served immediately following at the church.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


Delbert Larson’s obituary
Posted by Cheryl Dakin’s (’71)  Bedford, TX

Hi Gary and all

I am attaching a copy of my Uncle Delbert Larson’s obituary. We are going to be in Bullhead City next week for his memorial service. He is the last of my grandfather  Mensvil Larson’s 3 sons, and was the youngest of the boys.
Larson, Delbert





4/20/2023 (2806)

Philippine Island “Boracay”. Calypso Beach resort.
Message from Gary Stokes.

Angel I returned last night from the Island of Boracay located about 100 air miles NW of Cebu. 35 minutes in a Boeing A320.

We had a beautiful 4 day stay.  It’s summer every day of the year in the Philippines. Never a cold day.

Boracay is noted as having some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world with warm waters.

Boracay is a small island with 3.98 Square miles and many  beach resorts. Boracay can only be reached by boat from the nearby Caticlan Airport.
2806 Boracay


Beverly Handeland Hamnes (‘DHS 1948) Obituary
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’48):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

Attached is the Nero Funeral Home  notice of the passing of Beverly Hamnes.

Beverly was the daughter of  long time  Willow Lake Township residents,

Clarence and Jennie  (Hurst) Handeland.

(Her grandfather Hurst and my Grandfather Lamb were neighbors and friends.)

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Beverly Handeland Hamnes
2808 Bev Handeland Hamnes
February 18, 1930 – April 19, 2023

Beverly Hamnes, age 93 of Bottineau passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at a Bottineau hospital.

Gary Stokes’ Comment
I was saddened to receive this message of Bev’s passing. She and Mel were very nice folks. I became very acquainted with them both on our 2009 Alaska Cruise. Nice friendly people. Mel Passed in September 2016. He was the Prior owner of the “Bottineau New Holland” dealership. Bev was one of the senior living of our Dunseith Graduates too. I will miss her wisdom for questions of the past.


Urbain Cote Dunseith “ROUND BARN”
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’48):  dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND

 Hello Gary and Dunseith Friends,

Read more on Off the Beaten Path: Return Trip – round barns in ND at
Round Barns of North Dakota was featured on today’s  tv news.

I was especially  interested and pleased to see  what is called, Dunseith’s  “Urbain Cote ROUND BARN” !

What a great memory I have of attending a Metcalfe cousin’s wedding dance there.
I attended that wedding and dance with  my mom and dad.

I have always  from early childhood, had a love to dance.
As a first grader  riding with my parents on our way to Aunt Jeans,
I would gaze at a ballet dance studio on Seattle’s Aurora Avenue.
And dream of  ballet.
But that dream was not to be.

In my teen years, I learned to two step, foxtrot, and waltz.
My favorite teacher  ever …..was  my dad Cliff, followed by Uncle’s Jim and Emil,

I wonder how many  readers can recall a memorable  night of dancing at the ROUND BARN? It was the best of times….in days gone bye……

When y’all come home to Dunseith look  South  East to  the Round Barn.
Listen to  the  breath of wind …perhaps  a memory of music and laughter, which withstood the test of time among……….Dunseith friends.

Catch you later!

Vickie L. Metcalfe
Tuesday, April 18, 2023


Reply to the San Haven picture
From Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

The picture of the San hits me right in the gut.  It was such an important part of Dunseith and the county.  I haven’t been there since our big class reunion.  It was a total shambles then and I assume it is worse now.  An important part of ND history reduced to rubble.

I don’t mean to make lite of this, but you know you are getting old when you are notified of one birth and one wedding per year ———- and 10 obituaries.  This getting old shit is not for the faint of heart.

Have a happy Easter everybody!


Denise Lajimodiere making history as ND poet laureate
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’48):   Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends od Dunseith,

I am delighted to read Denise Lajimodiere making history as ND poet laureate.

Denise,  along with Elaine Metcalfe , Donna (Morin) Kjorsvik and I, student taught together at Dunseith.
We graduated together from UND Elementary Education program.

Denise was always gifted in knowledge of Ojibwe history and  art.
She has been active  participant at the local heritage center in Belcourt.

Denise  also  dedicated effort and time  whilst researching oral history and publishing a book about residential schools.

Sincere best wishes Denise!

Vickie L. Metcalfe
April 18, 2023

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4/7/2023 (2805)

Happy Easter Everyone,

The period Wednesday Noon thru the Monday following Easter is a legal holiday season here. All major malls are closed Thursday and Friday. On Good Friday (today) things are locked down tight. Many of the businesses and all malls will be open Monday, but with holiday pay for their employees.

We had a very enjoyable dinner last night with 14 friends at our good Swiss friends, “Café Engelberg”,  restaurant. Very good food with a decent price with superb pampered hospitable service.

The guy on the left with the hat is my first cousin Jack who is visiting from Edmonton Alberta CA. Jack’s mother and my dad were Twins. The guy on the end is Dr.(Psychiatrist) Dave Sandness, cousin to Richard (Dick) Sandness who work at First National Bank in Bottineau for many years. The rest of the guys are Canadian and American. Of Coarse the gals are all Philippine.
2805 Expat

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

Hello Gary,

Meanwhile in ND  there’s an April snowstorm..

The winter of  2022-2023.

Snow storms , blizzards, ice just keep returning,
it is like waking up to: Ground hog Day, over, over,  and over once  again ……………….@ND

We are all, looking forward to better sunny days when you and  Angel come to ND in August.

April 4, 2023.

Gary Stokes’ Comment

Vickie, we are looking forward to Sunny days in August.

Hopefully Angel will have her Tourist Visa by then too. Keep our fingers crossed.

This will be Angel’s first trip to the USA. She is dearly looking forward to this trip too, to meet many of you folks.

January 1971 is the very last time I was back in North Dakota in the Winter months.

Mid-May to Mid-September is my/our time frame to visit.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

2805 Hill Tim
Timothy Hill (DHS Class 1968)
November 27, 1950  –  March 22, 2023

 Please share a memory of Timothy to include in a keepsake book for family and friends.

Timothy Hill, 72, Burlington, ND, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2023 in a Minot hospital with his loving family at his side.

Timothy John Hill was born on November 27, 1950, the oldest of seven children born to Johnny and Murl (Watkins) Hill in Bottineau, ND. He was raised on the family farm near Dunseith, ND, and attended school at Dunseith High School, graduating in 1968. He furthered his education by attending various colleges where Tim was pursuing drafting degree, prior to returning home to help on the family farm.

On October 23, 1976, Tim was united in marriage to Laurie Lynn Evans. The couple made their home in Dunseith, ND where he owned and operated Tim’s Menswear. The family later moved to Colorado, where he worked in furniture sales as well as delivered milk for his company Moo Juice Movers. In 1988, the family moved to Burlington, where together they raised their three children Sarah, Michael, and Taylor. In addition, Tim worked in sales for Nodak Candy and Tobacco Company before beginning a career with SRT which spanned over 23 years, retiring in 2019.

July 4, 2008, Tim was fortunate enough to be a recipient of a heart and kidney transplant. He was very thankful and grateful for the extra 15 years he was gifted. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington, where he was active in the choir. He enjoyed classic cars, auctions, driving in his corvette, cruising car lots for many hours, watching the Northern Lights, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Tim was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and brother who will be missed by all that knew him

Tim is survived by:

Wife of 46 years, Laurie; children: Sarah (Aaron) Glasoe, Michael (Ricki) Hill, Taylor (McKenzie) Hill; grandchildren: Hayden and Allie Glasoe, Gauge and Fisher Hill and Harlow Hill; siblings: Brenda (Bryant) Mueller, Gregory (Tami) Hill, Joanne (Gregory) Evans, Diane (Karl) Moline, Bruce (Jackie) Hill, and Lynn McKay (Todd Mark) and in-laws Jeff Evans, Joe (Leely) Evans and Jon Evans; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Murl Hill; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Joyce Evans; nephew, Luke Evans; sisters-in-law, Tamara Evans and Stephanie Montgomery.

Visitation: There will be no reviewal as cremation has taken place.  However, friends may sign a guest register on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 one hour prior to the service at the Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington, ND.

Memorial Service: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 11 am at Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington, ND. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed at the link provided on Timothy’s web page at www.thompsonlarson.com.



Obituary for Neva Haagenson Rainey (DHS Class ’57)
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Neva Rainey
August 5, 1939 – April 1, 2023

Neva Rainey, age 83 of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at a Bottineau nursing home.


Dot Hagen (Husband Tom, Brother-Law – Orvin Hagen) Obituary
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

2805 Dot Hagen
Darlene “Dot” Hagen
July 7, 1936  –  January 13, 2023

Visit Darlene ‘s tribute page to read the full obituary, gather event information and share a memory or express your condolences.


Obituary for Christopher  Pitsiladis
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

View details at https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/christopher-pitsiladis

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

I wish to extend   sympathy to the Pitsiiladis family on the passing of their beloved, Chris.

I recall Chris whist he attended elementary school here in Bottineau, I believe in Mrs. Mavis (Art) Hagen’s class.

He was quiet, serious and kind.

A couple years ago I was delighted to see him again  at his family restaurant business in Rolette.

There, he was a remarkable young  man with a passion to  prepare  and cook an  excellent meal for his patrons.

I enjoyed my meal and speaking with him. (His family siblings  had Dunseith School ties.)


Vickie L. Metcalfe
Friday, March 31, 2023


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
2805 1982-83 Dunseith Basketball

San Haven
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot, ND
2805 San Haven

03/20/2023 (1804)


Hello Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

I have really fallen behind with these Blogs. Sorry about that. The last one was 1/22/2023.

My Cousin Jack, From Canada, Arrived here in Cebu early this morning. He will be here for a month. He’s spending several days in a hotel before coming to our house. Jack’s mother and my Dad were Twins. Jack was here for a month last Oct/Nov too.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you in August.



Sunday, February 26, 2023
HAPPY  95th BIRTHDAY TO Mrs. Eloise Boppre
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND.

Gary and FRIENDS of Dunseith,

Many of us are aware of  an exceptional  three generational family of Dunseith School women educators.

Mrs. Eloise Boppre and  later her  mom Mrs. Anna Foss  were my  former 5th and 7h/8th grade teachers.

Third Generation Anne Marie, followed  her mom and grandmother as a dedicated  Dunseith educator.

I  listen to a local Bottineau Radio station. Today, an announcement of a celebration gathering on March 4.

HAPPY  95th BIRTHDAY  and  sincere best wishes to Mrs. Eloise Boppre.

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Woods, Jack
            Jack Woods

Jack Woods, age 86 of Dunseith, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at a Rolette nursing home.  His memorial service will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

John Allen Woods, A son of Monte and Anna (Krogen) Woods, was born on July 23, 1936 in Bottineau.  He was raised in Bottineau and graduated from Bottineau High School in 1955.  He attended the Bottineau School of Forestry for one semester before entering the US Army.  Following his Honorable Discharge. He retuned to Bottineau and continued his education.  He then attended NDSU in Fargo where he earned is degree in education.  Jack married Shirley Martel.  He taught in Beach, ND before returning to school in New Mexico where he earned his Masters Degree in Education.  He taught at Powell School before returning to Bottineau in 1969 and began teaching at the Forestry.  He also worked in the oil fields in Alaska in the summer months and also as a Immigration Agent at the Dunseith Port of Entry.  Shirley passed away on March 30, 1982.  Jack then married Patti Metcalfe-Coleman on August 29, 1987.  Jack retired from the college in 1999.  He worked full time at the port after 9/11 before retiring in 2004.  In his younger years, Jack also worked at his uncle’s clothing store in Bottineau, Happy’s Boat Launch at Lake Metigoshe, Wold Engineering, Fargo Foundry and as a Park Ranger.

Jack was active with the Bottineau American Legion, the Logrollers and as a volunteer fireman.  He enjoyed hunting, cross country skiing, and was an accomplished photographer.  He also loved taking care of his horses and dogs.  Jack loved teaching and he considered all of students as friends.

He is survived by his wife, Patti of Dunseith; daughters, Lori Woods of Fargo and Karen Woods (Frank Rada) of North Hollywood, CA; son-in-law, Craig Hospodor, grandchildren, Jackson and Johnny Hospodor; step-sons, Steve (Nancy) Coleman and Stuart (Melissa) Coleman; step-grandchildren, Jason Hospodor, Christopher Hospodor,  Allison (Tyler) Liebelt, Heather (Tyler) Erber, Makenna Coleman and Carson Coleman; step great-grandson, Axel Liebelt and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife Shirley and his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Hospodor; sister, Betty Ann Woods and brothers, Tom, Bill, Mark, Carl, Pat, Jerry and David.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary’s comments

Jack was well known in the whole area. He will be missed.
We extend our condolences to his wife Patti and the rest of his family.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
DHS Class 1966
Vanory, Jay
              Jay Vanorny

Jay Vanorny, age 74 of Dunseith, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023 at home near Dunseith.  His funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  There will be a time of visitation starting an hour prior to the service at the church.

Jay Vanorny, a son of Virgil and Beatrice (Wilkie) Vanorny, was born on June 3, 1948 at Ashley, ND.  He grew up in Dunseith and spent considerable time with his aunts and grandparents due to his mother’s illness.  Jay attended high school in Dunseith and worked at Dale’s and Jim Metcalfe on the farm.  On June 22, 1968, he married Lola Metcalfe.  She was 17 and he was 20.  They lived on a sheep farm west of Dunseith for several years.  Jason was born in 1971 and they moved to the current farm north of Kelvin where they cleared the land and created a home and livelihood.  Tina was born in 1972 and Joe was born in 1973.  Jay worked at San Haven as the power plant supervisor for 22 years along with farming.  He later farmed fulltime and also established Border Shipping Services.  He also was a bus driver for Bottineau Public Schools.  Lola passed away on July 22, 2015.  Jay stayed on the farm and continued to farm with his son, Joe.

Jay was a member of the Turtle Mountain Wildlife Club and the Dunseith Rodeo Club.  He enjoyed fishing, bowling, team roping and telling stories.

He is survived by his daughter, Tina (Christian) Corely of Bottineau; sons, Jason (Monica) Vanorny of Adel, IA and Joe Vanorny of Dunseith; 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary’s Comments
We extend our condolence to Jay’s Family.
The last time I saw Jay, was at his wife Lola’s Passing in 2015
They will both be dearly missed.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
DHS Class 1979
Hill Thompson, Marvel
       Marvel Hill Thompson
June 10, 1951 – February 18, 2023

Marvel Thompson, age 71 of Bottineau, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at her home in Bottineau.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 10:00 am at the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home.

Marvel Thompson, a daughter of Chester and Mary (Fitzgerald) Hill, came unto this world on June 10, 1951 at her home.  She was suppose to come in October and weighed 1lb 4 oz.  She stayed at the St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bottineau until September.  She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1969.  She was employed by Rolette County Social Services in Rolla before moving to Bottineau and working at the Dakota College.  She worked there for 39 years.  She was once married to David Tooke and later Vaughn Thompson.

Marvel was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  She was active with the DCB Logrollers, St. Andrew’s Hospital Auxiliary and the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support.  She enjoyed cooking, visiting with friends and family and shopping, especially for shoes.

She is survived by her brother, Kenny Hill of Dunseith; sister, Elve Fuchs of Bismarck and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marvel was preceded in death by her brother, Vernolle Hill; sister, Arla Hiatt; sister-in-law, Helen Hill and brothers-in-law, Wallace Hiatt and Orlan Fuchs.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be give to the DCB-Logrollers and the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary’s Comments
We extend our condolence to Marvel’s Family.
She will both be dearly missed.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Larry Forschen (DHS Class 1971)

July 18, 1951 – January 26, 2023

Larry Forschen, age 71 of Dunseith, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at his home in Belcourt.  His funeral will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 10:00 am at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  His wake will be on Wednesday starting at 3:00 pm at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.

Larry Linus Forchen Sr, was born on July 18th, 1951, in Belcourt, ND to Irene (Peltier) Forschen and Elmer Bud Forschen.  Larry grew up in Dunseith and completed his education there as well.  Larry was formally married to Belinda DeCoteau and together they had four children: Twila, Trudy (Jessie) Larkins, Larry (Carrie) Forschen Jr, Laris Forschen.  After their separation, Larry went on to have three more children: Aaron, Dillon, and Joe.

Larry spent most of his younger years in Dunseith, ND where he graduated from high school before joining the Army where he served for 9 years proceeding with being in the National Guards Reserve. Larry later attended Turtle Mountain Community College where he graduated with a carpentry trade. Larry loved to travel and had lived many places; his favorite places being Seattle, Washington & Minneapolis, Minnesota. Larry loved cruising and listening to music. Anyone who knew Larry knew how much of a jokester he was. Larry loved to tease and joke with family/friends. Larry had a love for softball, football and basketball. You could catch Larry watching his Vikings play every Sunday. Larry was a compassionate, caring, and loving man who loved all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his children: Twila DeCoteau of Dunseith; Trudy (Jessie) Larkins of Minot; Larry Jr (Carrie) Forschen of Dunseith; Laris Forschen of Dunseith; Aaron Grant of Bismarck; Dillon (Fenix) Forschen of Minot; Joe Forschen of Dunseith. Larry has 23grandchildren: Lendra, Kajia, Tanner, Olivia, Angelo, Ethan, Jonathan, Adam, Jewels, Trey, Chiara, Trenton, Chiana, Emmett, Aaron Jr, Tairyn, Journey, Katrina, Aithen, Kash, MeLaina, Morgan, with one on the way. Larry had 13 great grandchildren: Dontay, Dasen, Macho, Brielle, Tysler, Tayten, Maverick, Cambridge, Daytona, Josidy, Eliza, Kaine & one on the way. Siblings: Linda Forschen & Diane Forschen. Aunt: Mabel St. Pierre.

Larry was preceded in death by his father and mother, Irene and Elmer Bud Forschen, brothers Edward Forschen and Ron Forschen. sister, Gail Benson as well as his grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Wildlife in northern Ontario
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND.

Gary and Dunseith Alumni friends,

I found  the  following Canadian article  fascinating featuring  wildlife in northern Ontario,

Here in Northern ND , I grew up amongst similar crittersl  AHHH.  My thought, ” If I was starting a career path now,  I’d checkout wildlife biology.”

(My  paternal  Scot’s-English grand father was raised in Northern Ontario.) I wondered about his experiences  as a wee lad among frogs, turtles and chickadees?

Here in Bottindeau, the warm February thaw made today quite cheerful.  It felt like a  warm chinook  experienced whilst in  Montana.

Venturing out of town, my sister and I shared a “JUMBO burger”, a side of American fries with fried onions  at Dales in Dunseith.

(Dales continues it’s yummy, JUMBO reputation with  a staff of  fine cooks and genial waitresses.

After lunch, off to Wayne’s Super foods, where we found master meat cutter, Jeff Cote,  who  shared each February, he introduces clientele to “Heart Rib steak”.

I told Jeff, ” he may be a secret romantic at heart! ” . Wayne’s  is known regionally for it’s excellent meat dept  and polite helpful staff.

Valentines Day  is coming soon. As a former elementary  third grade teacher, it has always meant  a special day of friendship ….and just being kind.

My first year teaching grade 3 at Dunseith Elementary brings back many fond memories. I had 28 students.  At Wayne’s today, I noticed everywhere in the store

on display,  handmade locally beautiful willow baskets , sun catchers ,and willow turtles.  My thoughts were of a third grade parent , Rose Cree.

On February 14, 1975,Mrs.Rose Cree walked into my class roon located in a pod. Through that  first year teaching,I  had purchased  her Cree willow baskets.

There is nothing like the fresh smell of willow.  Some have red woven into the tan and brown.  On that day smiling shyly, Mrs. Cree humbly bestowed me with a Valentine Gift.

It was  a  hand beaded heart, woodland floral medallion necklace.  Through the years I wear that  treasure  every Valentines Day and think of a generous gifted artist.

Happy Friendships!





01/22/2023 (2803)

Condolence to Curt and Denise Halverson
From Rob Olson

Hi Gary-

Please send our condolences to Curt and Denise and the family. I knew Brian and enjoyed his company and wit. Such a nice guy. He was a genuine person and will be missed.

Rob  Olson


Robert Slyter (’70) Passed away

I received word that Robert (Bobbie) Slyter Passed away about a year and a half ago. We don’t have any details of his passing other than that he wasn’t well.


Reply to Vickie Metcalfe’s (’70) Song
From Loretta Neameyer Wall (’72):   West Fargo, ND

Enjoyed Vickie’s song she posted. “The Little Ski-doo”.

Have a great trip to Taipei. Merry Christmas!

Loretta Wall

Taipei Taiwan Trip New Years Trip

Loretta, you mentioned our Trip to Taipei Taiwan

We had a wonderful 4 day trip. We returned on New years day. Taipei is beautiful clean, super friendly, safe developed city. Very little crime. The Natives speak very little English, but we always managed to find someone that spoke a little English. We were three couples. The temps were in the lower 60’sF with constant mist or rain. Angle was very cold, so she purchased a heavy coat that kept her warm. We spent a lot of time in their many underground shops and facilities. They have many underground trains that travel numerous places. Their driverless trains travel at 160 MPH speeds. They approach like bullets. Everything is well marked, so it’s easy to get on the right trains to get where you are going. We took several above ground tours of the City too. We had NYE dinner in Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Skinny and tall, like a tall post. With the overcast, we didn’t go up. We were just on the bottom floors.

We had a nice 4 Star Hotel with many good Restaurants. They had the first warm toilet seats that I have used too. Our hotel was about 20 Miles from the Airport. Good freeways with 75 MPH traffic. Taipei is located on the north edge of Taiwan, about 1,000 miles straight north from Cebu Philippines, hence the colder December, January Temps.

This was Angel’s first trip out of the Philippines and Experiencing colder temps. She loved and wishes to return.


Dot Hagen’s Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Hagen, Dot
7/7/1936 – 1/13/23

Dot Hagen was married to Tom Hagen. Tom is Orvin Hagen’s youngest Brother.
Donny Nelson’s mother was Orvin and Tom’s sister too.
She passed away in Williston on January 13th.

Please click on the link above to view her obituary.

We extend our condolences to Tom and Dot’s family with her passing. Tom and Dot were/are good sound wonderful folks. Orvin always spoke highly of both of them. Orvin pretty much raised both Donny and Tom. They were both young when Donny’s mother and Orvin/Tom’s father passed.


Joseph “Joey” Hussein Murray (DHS ‘72), 69, of Fairview, Montana Obituary.
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND


 Please click on the link above to view his obituary



Sorry Cheryl for the late posting – Gary
Posted by Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

Merry Christmas to all! I hope you and Angel have a wonderful trip to Taiwan.

Lots of weather happening in the states. We had tornadoes here in N Texas on Tuesday. Sirens kept going off as I was trying to leave for work, rain was pouring down. So I waited it out,  and when it cleared, I left for work to find out that a tornado had struck about half a mile from my work about 45 minutes before I got there. Took part of the roof off our Sam’s Club building and damaged a couple others in our immediate vicinity. Timing is everything,  isn’t it? Talked to my sister Karen in Rock Lake ND. She’s praying that the power lines hold up under all the snow from this latest blizzard. I hope all of you in ND stay warm, stay safe and everyone near and far have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cheryl Larson Dakin


Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND



12/14/2022 (2802)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

Just incase I don’t get another blog posted before the end of the year, We want to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
2802 Gary and AngelAngel and I are going to Taipa Taiwan, with a couple and several gal friends, for New Years. We’ll leave on the 28th and return New Years day.  Taipa is located about 800 miles NNW of us. This will be Angel’s first trip out of the Philippines. We are looking forward to an exciting trip.


Greetings from our former Teacher
Dianne Leier Fichter: , Summerfield, Florida

Nice to see pictures of you and Dennis Dubois (’63) as well as of your lovely bride.

Greetings from your former teacher, now living in Florida.

Dianne Leier Fichter.


Gary’s Reply,
Yes, Dennis was here the whole month of November. This was his 4th trip here to visit us. We truly enjoyed his time visiting with us too. Dennis has taken a special liking to our Three helpers and their families. They have become like family to him.

Dianne, we remember you well too, from the one semester you taught at DHS. I think that was 1963?

2802 Dennis-1


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND
Beatty Faine Norman DHS ‘1964

2802-Betty Norman
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.


Reply to Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’64) – Betty Faine
From Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Hey Ginger,

Yes, I would see the Larocque girls with Betty.
Lifelong friends too!

Also, Mabel Roussin’s son Lee Roussin  frequently  drove her to Walmart and Bottineau
Lee’s  mom, Mabel was in my 4th grade class with Mrs. Conroy.
When I came to work in Bottineau yrs. ago,  Lee was in High School and would help the cooks wash dishes in the kitchen.
Lee became known by many for his work ethic!
Lee  worked at Family Bakery, and Walmart oft times at the same time for years.
When Wal mart cut back this fall.

Lee applied for a janitor position at Bottineau  school.He  now works at the school  full time and continues with another part time  job .I think his mom too, must feel very proud  of  her son.’

Later, Vickie.
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Dear Ginger.
Thanks for writing me about your neighborhood lifelong friend, Betty Faine.
Betty Faine Norman  was among my favorite school secretaries through my 46 education career.
I was blessed to know and work with many wonderful and excellent support staff through the years.
I truly liked and formed mutual respect with custodial staff and secretaries in various school districts in and out of ND.

Betty was a  genuine, joyful person  to work with.
Thank you Ginger for sharing  I am not alone in my opinion.
I was correct in how she felt about Elvis, the ” King of Rock”.

Betty was not fickle ;
She never looked  for or found fault.
She valued  each student, each friend, and staff  members she worked with.
She did not ask  about latest gossip or negatively contributed when hearing about others.

Betty cared for things or another person she was 100%.
Duane was her “Prince”. She’d  smile, light up and get all sparkley speaking of him.

Those who saw the 2 of them witnessed a sharing of a committed mighty LOVE.
My mother lived across the hall from Duane whist at a long term facility, here in Bottineau
Betty made frequent  trips to be with him.
She mourned when he passed.

I  truly believe throughout the years of knowing her.
Betty Faine had a committed depth of faith.



Winter Memories (Skidoo)
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary and Dunseith friends,


Winter memories
My dad bought a skidoo in late 60s.
We girls used it each Saturday to haul hay and straw  bales to the  red barn for the  next week, filling milk cows mangers.
Dad took it every Sunday after dinner  to drive the miles South to visit  the  Anthonys’.
The team of horse ‘s were retired.

Except 1.  She kept her job pulling the barn stone boat.
Byrd and I were the barn cleaning crew.
I pitched she pulled.  I had watched  and l learned dad’s trick how to get the stone boat
out the barn door and  dumped  on a sharp hilly  curve.

I liked cleaning barn with Byrd. I always  treasured  Uncle Emil’s complement.
One day , I was pitching, scooping, as Byrd on command pulled ahead
I heard the big door pull open.
I looked up to see Uncle Emil’s broad shoulders, blue twinkling eyes and smiling face.
He stood in the doorway,  grinned saying “You really know how to clean a barn!”
Yes, I thought,  I’d rather be at the barn than scrub the bathroom kitchen tiles’ which were  my
Saturday house chores that still need to be done.

It sure feels like winter here in ND. But the calendar says it is,  5 of  December.

Vickie L.Metcalfe


Skidoo “Our Byrd” reply to Vickie Metcalfe (70)
From Geri Metcalfe Munro (’59):  Fargo, ND

Vickie, I love this story about “our Byrd” and you.  I didn’t realize at that time that Byrd had moved from our farm to yours and later Scotty went to your farm, too!  I have such precious memories of Jim & Dewey, Byrd and Doll, Lassie, Shep, etc.  I suppose our family was older than yours, so your family could continue to have them.

Much love,


Sheep and Dogs
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith friends.

Anyone else, watching movies worry about the dog?
I grew up with herding dogs.


Whilst in Montana. years ago a highly regarded substitute teacher shared her plight. She told me she and her husband, area sheep ranchers were losing  sheep to coyotes.

It was a battle  for sheep survival,  and their live hood  against mean, nasty sneakin  coyotes!  She  and her husband did not detour from the goal of protecting their sheep.

They researched and inquired.  Soon they purchased….imported  from Europe, THREE young dogs. They were coached  to place the dogs  OUT  among the flock.

They did.

Amazingly, the herding dogs by instinct, worked out their  own  work system.
Two circled the flock all night long ;
1 moving counter clock wise, the second clockwise. During day light, two  rested.
The third  dog, who slept at night took over and was on duty circling for the day.
The dogs were provided  dog food.  But, they ate, worked and rested among “their flock” throughout the seasons,

I was quite taken with this  family. I respected them.
i empathized with her.  I grew up with sheep on our Turtle Mountain family  farm. My family  loved our sheep,

We  3 sister’s evening job throughout the summer months was rounding up the flock scattered  throughout the sheep pasture.
Located east of our house,  Dad and Uncle Bill Metcalfe used woven wire fence to  surround, enclose,  and secure a pasture.
The sheep pasture was in thickets of  hazel brush, copse of  birch, wild berries, and oak,  rocky hill,  and  a cool dark lush  meadow (with wild strawberries).

Each evening, after supper, our family would begin the trek of bringing the flock home to the sheep yard.
First listen… sound of sheep bells.   Each of us covered ground  accompanied by a border collie or blue heeler.
Throughout the walk we inhaled the sweet summer smells.
Usually the task was accomplished, as we fought off  blood thirsty marauding mosquitoes.  The sun slowly gliding beyond an oak hill.
Once in the  sheep yard the ewes were counted  and  our job was to see  the ewes and their errant lambs were accounted for.
We dared not to leave any out to the elements…over concerns of caught in a fence. on their back or a likely,( coyotes).

I truly empathized with the dog in the Pyreennes and his owner in this attached story.
Is December, and I am fondly dreaming of the past years summer solstice and sheep.

As ever Vickie L. Metcalfe

Read more on Stacked up against pack of coyotes, herd dog kills 8 to save sheep at

11/27/2022 (2801)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

It’s been over a month since I posted a blog. Too long.

We have had company. Dennis Dubois (’63) has been visiting since November 6th. He will be here until December 5th.

My cousin Jack arrived from Edmonton Alberta arrived on October 18th and left on November 15th. Jacks mother and my dad were twins.

We truly enjoyed and are enjoying their company. Lots of eating out. For sure I have to cut back on my intake for a few days.
Dunseith 2801-1 Dunseith 2801-2 Dunseith 2801-3L To R Gary, Angel, Jack (Cousin), Jennifer & Mary (Jack’s friends) and Dennis Dubois


Brian Halvorson
Halvorson, Brian
           Gary’s Note: We extend our condolences to Curt and Denise Halvorson for their tragic loss.
We are all here for your support. I can tell he was a very nice guy too.

Brian Halvorson, age 57 of Dunseith, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 on arrival at a Rugby hospital.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.

Brian C Halvorson, a son of Curt and Denise Halvorson, was born on August 29t 1965 in Rolette, ND. He was raised in Dunseith where he continued to reside until his death on November 2, 2022 from a short and aggressive battle with cancer. Brian attended Dunseith Public School and graduated Dunseith High School in 1983. After high school, Brian headed south to Caldwell, KS working for Hutton Construction. The ranch lifestyle called him home where he started his welding career. On Sept 27, 1985 he married Rebecca Berg and had two boys, Brandon and Kory. Along with the two boys, they started a PMU horse ranch. The marriage later ended, but Brian and Becky remained close friends. When the mares were sold, Brian took on various construction and welding jobs for: Western Manufacturing, Rugby Manufacturing, Sund Manufacturing, Marion Construction, and currently with Mikkelsen Aggregates.

Brian enjoyed roping with Brandon and friends, following Brandon on the rodeo trails, and shared a passion of drawing with Kory. His favorite nickname was Papa and loved nothing more than teaching Jasper and Arlo swear words. Brian liked coffee on the deck with his sister Shelley, working cattle with his dad and brother Dennis, and eating his mom’s meatballs. His favorite past time was cruising the hills with cousin Terry and Sunday morning coffee visitors.

Brian was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith and Dunseith Rodeo Club. He had an active role in his family’s lives as the early morning birthday greeter.

Brian is survived by his parents, Curt and Denise Halvorson of Dunseith, sons Brandon (Laura) Halvorson of Dunseith, Kory Halvorson of Grand Forks, grandsons Jasper and Arlo Halvorson of Dunseith, sister Shelley Counts (Kurt) of Dunseith, brother Dennis (Lori) Halvorson of Dunseith, and numerous nieces and nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents and cousins Doug Lider and Gayle Lider.


Reply to Picture posted by Larry Liere
From Janice Leonard Workman (’56): janice_workman@earthlink.net Auburn, WA

 Gary, I think that this picture was identified before.(#2571)  Larry also sent in another formal school picture of this bunch of kids. 

The back row left to right:  Viola Hobbs, Barry Shelver. Larry Liere, Bob Hosmer, Gayle Bedard (?), Arline Lamoureux, Ann Lamoureux, ?.  Front row l to r:  A Tennancour girl, Bob Dailly, A Tennancour girl, Janice Leonard.

That’s my best guess.  The two girls in front (Tennancours) I’m not sure of but I think they lived across the street from Charlie Lamoureux’s big house(on the creek side).

 Gary’s Note:
Janice, it is so nice hearing from you again. I think of you often wondering what happened to you.


1 of 3000 Calicos cat is Male

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND
November 28 2022

 Hi Gary and Dunseith alumni friends,

I was recently reading about cats as many friends have adopted cats.
My own parents tolerated a variety of pets  because they adored by their children.
I found it interesting how unique calico cats are
Our family had a couple of excellent huntress cats
A few who were also affectionate and may haps long suffering…………

 My younger sisters  first cat gifted to her by Family friend, Walter DuBois.
A wee little  grey tabby kitten christened, Twinkle  Toes.
Twinkles  had a  wonderful! personality.
She was a huntress and excellent mother cat, who lived 17 yrs.
Twinkles once had a litter of kittens. One was a female calico.
She became Archie’s, he named her Mallty.
Mallty was also a huntress, and oft times a  reluctant performer.
She and  Archie,  formed a loving lip  snicking  duet.
The two of them often performed a lip since duet  in our front room,  accompanied by the Johnny Hortons LP,  “Sink the Bismarck .”
They had many   standing OVATIONS and repeat performances, for reverent  laughing audiences, family and friends.
Mallty  who often looked chagrined  whence performing.
Especially, ” whenever added actions was added to the routine.
The best was, “In 1814 we took  little trip, “Battle of New Orleans”.

( I love this  memory) and Wishing you all happy memories on Thanksgiving.




Betty Faine Norman memories

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND


Hello Gary and friends Dunseith Alumni,

     I noticed the class list you sent had Betty Ann Faine  as a member of that class.

As a kid, I never knew her as a class mate or upper class mate.

     However, years ago, I became an elementary teacher at Dunseith,  I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Betty Norman. 

As an Dunseith Elementary School Secretary, Betty Faine Norman was warm and kind to students, and accommodating and helpful  to staff.

When necessary, she could also be strong and assertive when displeased with misbehavior or disrespect.

        Betty had a fun sense of humor, her expressive eyes and smiling face would fairly twinkle!

Betty had loves in her life;  Her husband Duane, The extended Faine Family, and….ELVIS.

      She and her husband Duane purchased the Conroy home.

In later years, I always treasured visits of a minute or two whenever seeing Betty in passing.

     Despite  many physical infirmities, and loss of family members including her dear Duane,

Betty carried her  “sparkle”  and   FAITH.

Vickie L. Metcalfe

October 23, 2022


10/23/2022 (2800)

Condolences to John Leonard’s family
From Ginger LaRocque (’64): t Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary,

I was surprised to hear of the passing of John Leonard.

I am so sorry for John’s family. I knew a couple of his sons and I of course knew his wife Judy. I Don’t know her well. We would cross each other’s paths occasionally.

I send my condolences  to John’s family.

God Bless all of you !

Ginger Poitra


John Lenard (’64) Passing
Reply from Allen Richard (’64):  Grand Rapids, MI

Sorry to hear this.  Johnny was one of the good guys.  we not close friends — but we made a citizen’s arrest on a guy that stole my pick up.  I guess that makes him a good friend.


John Lenard (’64) Passing
Reply from Sandy Lopez (’64):  Rockford IL


Thank you for your continued effort to keep the history of DHS.

It just occurred to me that with the passing of John Leonard, that there aren’t many of us    from the Class of 1964 left….there weren’t that many of us to start out with (27).

Do you have a list of the original 27?…..and, ideally, who is still alive?

Best Regards

Sandy Lopez

Gary’s Comment
Please see list below.
I have pasted the Class of ’64 at the bottom on this list. Please ignore the email addresses, I only have them updated on my master distribution list. There may be a few deaths that I forgot to record too, so folks, please let me know.


Class of 1954,55,or 56 Picture
Posted by Larry Liere (’55):  Devils Lake, ND


Please post the picture to see if anyone can identify these Dunseith kids. Class of 1954,55,or 56.
I am in the picture,


Gary’s comments
Larry, Nice picture. Thanks for sharing.
I am very sure our folks will be able to identify these kids.

Class of 55



Condolence to the Mildred Parrill Family
From Ginger LaRocque (’64):  Belcourt, ND

 Good morning Gary,

 Yes, I have been looking for a blog but if you don’t get any news ….

I really don’t have any news.

I am so sorry to hear of Mildred Parrill’s passing, I did not know her personally. I know her daughter LeaRae and husband.

LeaRae I am sending my condolences to you and your family for your loss. Very sad to lose a mother.

Your mother is loved forever.

God Bless you LeaRae

Ginger Poitra (LaRocque) class of “65




Full Obituary for Mildred Parrill
With my last posting, It wasn’t yet available


Mildred Nelson Parrill
Parrill Mildred
Dec 6, 1925 – September 24, 2022

Mildred Parrill, age 96 of Bottineau formerly of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at a Bottineau hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery at 1:30pm.

Mildred Eleanor Parrill, daughter of Norwegian immigrant parents John Herman Nelson and Marie Sigrid (Berg) Nelson, was born December 6, 1925, on the family homestead in Homen Township in Bottineau County. She was the youngest of nine children living in a log cabin built by her father with local timber.

When “Millie” was a baby, the family moved to Rolette County about six miles North of Dunseith. She attended Beaver Dam country school three miles from their home. Millie, a year younger than her sister Marie, finished two grades in one year and ended up in the same grade.  In 1938 she graduated from 8th grade at age 12 1/2 as salutatorian of Rolette County. They stayed home one year because of lack of funds for textbooks and room and board in town. Their oldest sister Nellie sent money for them to start Dunseith HS where both sisters graduated in 1943. While in high school, Millie participated in basketball, band, glee club, and worked on NYA after she turned 16. Mildred graduated valedictorian of her class.

Mildred enrolled at Minot State Teacher’s College where she graduated four times. She earned the 48HR and the 60HR rural certificates in 1944, 2-year standard in 1950 and a BS in elementary education in 1979. She attended several summer sessions and took night and correspondence classes.

At age 18 her teaching career which spanned 36 years, began in 1944 at Grassland Country school near Sawyer with 25 students in all eight grades. Firmly ready to call it quits after a year, she received word that she was needed at Medrud School near Long Lake in Bottineau County. This school had only 9 pupils and she taught there three years. After her marriage she moved to the Butte school near Butte St. Paul for one year. Later she was a long-term substitute at Beaver Dam and Wetheralt country schools.

On June 18, 1948, she married Cecil Dean Parrill. They lived in several towns in western North Dakota while Dean worked trucking and hauling gravel for various road projects.  Millie taught grades 1-4 in Russell, ND for two terms from 1950-1952. Dean began farming in the Turtle Mountains near Dunseith in 1952. Mildred began teaching first grade at Dunseith Public in the fall of 1955. The first-grade class had 37 students the first year and 39 the second year. She then took time off when Joel was born. Mrs. Parrill returned to a second-grade classroom for 26 years from 1960 until her retirement in 1986. As a teacher she stressed historical events and timelines and she worked hard to get each student to read and do math at grade level. As a farm wife she enjoyed delivering meals to the field, tending the garden, picking wild berries, canning, and milking the cow. She was an avid reader, and a common sight would be to see her frying meat and reading Time magazine. The farm kitchen was always open to extra guests for meals and coffee.

Mildred was a past member of Rendahl Lutheran Church and a current member of Peace Lutheran Church of Dunseith. She was active in the WELCA ladies’ group and served as treasurer for 18 years. When asked to read the Bible lessons at church, she never refused. Mildred belonged to Happy Home Homemakers, Peace Garden Senior Citizens, DEA, NDEA, NEA, and Turtle Mountain Retired Teachers.  Mildred was an accomplished whist player, loved to read biographies and other nonfiction, do Sudoku and cryptoquote puzzles, write letters, and make braided rugs.  She was an avid sports fan. Her favorite teams were the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Vikings, LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors, the Dunseith Dragons and later the Minnesota Twins.  She followed the trades on the pro teams and was always commenting about so and so showing up play for the opposing team.  Her favorite thing was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She loved to receive notes and cards in the mail.

Dean passed away October 3, 1998. Mildred moved to Oak Manor in Bottineau in 2008 and resided there until she broke her hip and entered St. Andrew’s in Bottineau for long term care in March 2018.  Her days were filled with activities of Bible Study, card playing, reading, BINGO, watching sports and visiting. She loved her caretakers and was an easy patient to please except when her telephone rang, and it was out of reach. She was a lifelong learner and teacher.  Mildred will be remembered for her story telling of olden days. Her memory of dates and events was amazing.

Mildred is survived by daughter LeaRae (Terry) Espe, Bottineau and her son Joel of Grand Forks, her daughter-in law Nora Parrill of Roseau, MN; her grandchildren: Brady Espe, Bismarck; Marty (Heather DeCoteau) Espe, Bottineau; Joshua (Emily) Parrill, Grand Forks; Jude Parrill, New Hope, MN; and Eva Parrill of San Diego, CA. and great-grandchildren Elsa and Cora Parrill and bonus great-grandchildren Rebecca and Rylan DeCoteau.  She is also survived by brother-in law Ben Cox, Cavalier and sisters-in-law Judy Cox, Cavalier, Roberta Cox, Grand Forks and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband; her son Clark Cecil Parrill (10-30-2006); all of her siblings and spouses: Nellie (Frank)Blomquist, Jennie (Lucky) Metcalfe, Erling (Helen) Nelson, Carl Nelson, Olga (Howard) Edinger, Eugenie (Hugo) Walker, John (Della) Nelson, Marie (Thurman) Parrill; nephew Bill Blomquist; nieces: Gladys Blomquist, Carol Walker, and Mary Metcalfe Bradley. She was also preceded by Dean’s siblings: Thurman Parrill, Avis Vivitson, Shirley Johnson, DeeDee Anderson, Grace, Don, Darry, Joe, and Paul Cox and Dean’s nephew Robert Anderson.

Memorials are preferred to Rendahl Cemetery or Peace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Janice L Hanson former Dunseith Teacher
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary and Dunseith School friends,
Sincere sympathy to the Hanson family.

Mrs. Hanson taught a combination 1st and 2nd grade classroom  on the old stage  at Dunseith School.

Nine of us from mightily class of ’70, along with about 20 class of ’71 for a year, were in a classroom hastily built creaky floored room  on  the stage. ……….We were segregated from our 1st and 2nd grade  peers.

1.Of the hills or prairie farm kids rode school buses.

the exception’ were  town brothers whose mom walked  2  beautiful sisters  up the street  to school seemingly every day.

I thought, “What a special mom would walk 2 preschool children to meet and walk the brothers home.”

2.The combo room was many feet  and steps away from others peers classes located in the big white school building.

But, we grew close.  We met and knew who was connected to who. Many  were siblings  in that combination room.

I wonder how many can recall that combination room?

Until Later,

Vickie Leona Metcalfe
Oct ,2022


Janice L Hanson
Hanson Janice
6/28/1930 – 10/6/2022

Janice L. Hanson, the daughter of Leedina A. E. (Nelson) and Jason E. Skotland, was born June 28, 1930, in Willow City, North Dakota. She died peacefully at the age of 92 on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at the Rolette Community Care Center in Rolette, North Dakota.

Janice was raised and attended school in Willow City. She continued her education at Minot State University, earning a teaching degree. On July 20, 1950, she and Henry L. Hanson were united in marriage. Jan and Hank initially resided in the Willow City area and were blessed with two daughters, Heidi and Becky. The family moved to Minot for three years, returning to Willow City for a year. They then lived in Dunseith for three years before purchasing Henry’s family farm in rural Willow City in 1960.

Janice was an accomplished pianist and an organist for churches in Minot, Dunseith, and 50 years in Willow City. She provided piano lessons for many students and shared her music at the Veterans Home, other care facilities, weddings, funerals, schools, and special events. Janice was a teacher of elementary students in Dunseith and Willow City, continuing to substitute teach after retirement. She thoroughly enjoyed resuming her educational career by teaching kindergarten students for several years in Willow City’s “Little White School House”.

Janice and Henry enjoyed traveling, from tent camping to campers, bus trips, fishing in Canada, to visiting relatives across the country. She was an avid outdoorswoman and a smart hunter, beginning with her father and brother and continuing with her husband and girls. She knew and respected nature, whether it be appreciating birds, animals, plants, flowers, or long walks in the country. Janice was an impeccable seamstress and quilter. She enjoyed gardens, flowers, and bird watching. She was quiet, reserved, creative, and artistic, with a wonderful sense of decorating her home. She was talented in the kitchen making delicious meals, baked goods, and especially desserts. Her family meant a lot to her, and it was reciprocated because Grandma Jan was so thoughtful, patient, and incredibly kind.

Janice is survived by her husband of 72 years, Henry of Willow City; daughters, Heidi (Bob) Danielson of Willow City and Becky (Terry) Ellingson of Devils Lake; grandchildren, Skot (Mindy) Danielson of Sartell, Minnesota, Troy Danielson (Melissa Maher) of Willow City, Tristan (Josh) Johnson of Valley City, Erika (Kelly) Hamre of Hampden, and Emily (Kurt) Ellingson Wensmann of Devils Lake; great grandchildren, Olivia and Lily Danielson, Jayden, Rylyn, Piper, and Kambry Johnson, Elly and Emma Hamre, and Henry and Oliver Wensmann; sister-in-law, Ethel Estenson of Lakeville, Minnesota; nephew, Bruce (Bev) Skotland of Selah, Washington; and other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, in-laws, and brother, Calvin (Opal) Skotland.


indigenous jacket found in a  U.K. thrift shop
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Hi Gary and friends of Dunseith,

I frequently read Canadian news.
I know there are  many former DHS graduates from the Turtle Mountain area,
who have ancestor origin in Red River area of ND and Manitoba.
I found this article about an indigenous jacket found in a  U.K. thrift shop.
I thought some of the the blog readers may find this interesting as I do.
Mr. Klundt’s History class was my favorite class!
(Once upon a time, I wanted to major in archaeology.)

Vickie L. Metcalfe
October 12, 2022


my ….Sister’s first day at Seim School
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Hi, Gary and Dunseith Alumni friends,

Unlike some of the other “OF the HILLS” Kids,
I did not go to  school at a one room school house.

However, my eldest sister began at the “Seim” aka Oakes Country School.

It was  located South over the fence of the John and Ingrid (Espe) Seim  / Arthur and Eva (Berube) Seim Family Farm.

Adjacent to our family farms South pasture and  sweet hay meadow.

My sister, was taken to her first day of school by our cousin Jack.
Jack had just returned  to the Hills of Home.
He and his  brother, Billy served the USA Navy on the same ship in the Pacific.  During…….Korea.

Cousin Jack was coming over our farm and helped mom  feeding cattle, milking cows, watering  cows and horses, pitching  and mucking the barn etc.
Our Dad was working and plastering out of state.

Jack was one of my older cousins  who built a warm place in my heart.
Jack  was genuine!
(as a child I knew)  Jack was patient, kind, smiled, laughed never mean teased kids, animals, or folks who were “different”.
When he wasn’t  outside chore-ing,  helping mom and Jack practiced beginning banjo.
He wasn’t good to begin with…but (I believed he was. ) He methodically kept time and was focused.
” Play a song for me Cousin Jack!!!”  He’d pick and I danced….

Rural Country school started in March.  Jack kept the harness on Barney and pitched in fragrant hay.
He picked up my sister snug in winter gear,  hands on her lunch box and put  her to sit in  a snug nest of hay.
in quite a different boat than a  one of those BIG navy boats or clipper ship that hung on a picture on the wall.
It was the stone boat.  I  could see their  frosty breaths.
White Barney horse, Jack in bulky winter gear, and a little girl  sitting on the pile of hay.
Away, away and away they went through the  fluffy snow banks down the cattle trail, across the pasture.
I hung my lower lip and watched them glide away, through the peep hole in the frosty window.
After a time I watched Jack return  Barney to the barn.
Later mom made lunch and Jack came in snowy cold .
Warming his hands  by mom’s combination wood /electric cook stove.

After we ate dinner. “‘Play a song for me Cousin Jack”.
And he’d pick and play.
I would dance and forget the wondering …what kind of FUN sister was having at school.

As day grew close … off Jack would go with Barney to bring sister home.
Hmmm. I’d think , j”ust What did those kids do at school??”

Until Later, Vickie L. Metcalfe


Dunseith HS Class of 1964

Belgarde-Azure Shirley Born November 25, 1946    –    Died May 5, 2005 Deceased 64
Boguslawski Philip 102 SPRING RIVER RD SHERWOOD, AR  72120  (501) 834-8971 pbogusl@comcast.net 64
Bott Robert 10019 24th Ave NE Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4841 brown_wcnd@msn.com 64
Decoteau-Belgarde Shirley Box 304 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4999 Turtle Mountain Times 64
Duran Conrado We are thinking that Conrado may be living in Puerto Rico or Cuba 64
Espe Terry 401 Alexander St Bottineau, ND 58318- (701) 228-2911 espe@utma.com 64
Faine-Norman Betty PO Box 473 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5544 No email address 64
Fauske Russell RR 1 Box139 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4742 rfranch@srt.com 64
Hackman Anton (Tony) 101  31st Ave SE Minot, ND 58701 (701) 852-7215 No email address 64
Halvorson-Kester Connie 824 East 7th St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5287 S 701-263-4705 jimconniekester@gmail.com 64
Henriksen Lynn 2290 Spanish Trail Rd Tiburon, CA 94920 (415) 435-5969 Lynnhk@sbcglobal.net 64
Hoffman Dale 13771 No. Fountain Hills Blvd. #114-208 Fountain Hills, AZ   85268 (480) 203-7382 hoffman908@hotmail.com 64
Hosmer Colette 1558 Avenida de las Americas Santa Fe, NM 87507 (505) 471-3725 colettehosmer@gmail.com   www.colettehosmer 64
Houle-Deschene Doreen 3216 Williams Dr Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-2691 dee.deschene@hotmail.com 64
LaCroix-Allard Donna 10849 274 Ave NW Zimmerman, MN 55398 (763) 219 8558 C763 458 1769 allard.donna@gmail.com 64
LaCroix-Allard Donna 14801 Park Lake Drive,
Bldg.Park 4, Penthouse 5
Fort Myers, Fl 33919 (Jan-Mar) (763) 219 8558 C763 458 1769 jdallard3@gmail.com 64
LaRocque-Ueke Lana 205 N Lowell Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 334-6583 lUeke@me.com 64
Leonard John Born May 28, 1944    –    Died Sept 24, 2022 64
Lopez Santiago  (Sandy) 973 Palau Park Way Rockford IL. 61108 (815) 397-9110 svlopez@insightbb.com 64
Medrud Ronald Born March 7, 1946   –   Died May 23, 1994 Deceased 64
Murray Ahmad (Muff) Born January 15, 1945   –   Died October 4, 1967 Deceased 64
Nerpel Wilfred (Kutch) Born October 31, 1945    –    Die June 6.2020 64
Nerpel-Bixby Carol 503 Elwood Ter Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 402-9340 dlrodriq71@msn.com (Danette Carol’s daughter) 64
Nerpel-LaCroix Kathy PO Box 212 Nortonville ND 58454 (701)- uspsrt@dvl.midco.net (Kenny Nerpel) 64
Olson Terry 115 10th St E Born August 9, 1946   –   Died January 13, 2022 64
Pladson Floyd 9540 Highway 60 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3943 No email address 64
Poitra Marlin (Virgil) PO Box 426 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 243-4747 virgilpoitra44@hotmail.com 64
Rousseau-Metcalfe Lise/Larry 3029 34th Ave SW  #230 Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 364-5410 No email address 64
Schnieder-Bowman Karen 408 1st St. SW Bowman, ND 58623 (701) 523-1249 ksbowman2000@yahoo.com 64
Stickland Leland Died in 2020 64
Wenstad Arlan Box 31 Lansford, ND 58750 (701) 784-5871 acrepair@srt.com 64
Wurgler David Died 2018 Deceased 64


9/27/2022 (2799)

Hello Folks,

NOTE: At the moment I am unable to post pictures on our “Dunseith.net” Website. I haven’t taken the time to call our provider to have them fix it. I have to be on line and logged in for the process. This happened before.

It’s been a while since I sent the last Blog. Not much to post these days. We have pretty much covered Dunseith in it’s entirely from the 40’s thru the 70’s and later.

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mildred Parrill and Johnny Leonard. Both very well know in the Dunseith community, especially in their days.

Things are going very well for us here in Cebu, Philippines.

Angel has an appointment in February with the American consulate in Manila for her Tourist Visa.

Our plans are to Visit the USA in July, spending about 3 weeks or so in the Dunseith/Bottineau area.  We will be staying with my brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debbie in Bottineau.

Gary Stokes


Minot Hostfest: Posting from Brenda Johnson’s FB

Dick (’68) and Brenda Johnson’s Schedule

The countdown has begun. The Hostfest is finally here again after 2 years! Can’t wait to see all the entertainers, rosemaling, lefse and great food. We’ll be on the Mezzanine at 4:40 pm each day plus a nightly dance at 9:10 pm (Thurs & Sat) and 10:50 pm (Wed & Fri) in Reykjavik . Hope you can make it


Mildred Parrill Obit posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe.

DH Class of 1944 and Former Dunseith School Teacher

Mildred Parrill, age 96 of Bottineau formerly of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at a Bottineau hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery.

 Gary Stokes Comments:

Mildred Taught school for many years in Dunseith. She was well liked by her students, the community and those she knew.

We extend our condolence to her daughter LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67),  her son Joel (’75) and her entire family.



John Leonard (DH class of 1964) Obit posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe.

John Leonard
May 28, 1944 – September 24, 2022

John Leonard, age 78 of Dunseith, died Saturday, September 24, 2022 at his home in Dunseith.  His memorial service will be held on Thursday, September  29, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.
John H. Leonard, a son of Edward and Edna (Lilleby) Leonard, was born on May 28, 1944 in Bottineau.  He was raised in Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School.  He entered the US Army on December 16, 1965 and served until receiving his honorable discharge on December 15, 1967.  He returned to Dunseith and on March 14, 1970 he married he married Judy Bergan.  John worked for the City of Dunseith for many years.  He then worked for Johnson Plumbing and later Bartsch Electric in Rugby.
He is survived by his wife Judy of Dunseith; 3 sons, Stuart (DeAnna) Leonard, Steve Leonard and Scott Leonard all of Dunseith; 8 grandchildren; sister, Janice Workman of Auburn, WA and 2 brothers William Leonard of Mountlake Terrace, WA and Robert Leonard of Dunseith.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary Stokes comments.
I remember John well from our High School days. I remember him as being a very nice polite guy. May he rest in peace.


08/21/2022 (2798)


I was back in the Bottineau Dunseith area from July 13th until August 4th. I saw many of you and had a wonderful time.
Dennis Dubois came from Minneapolis too. We had a wonderful memorable gathering with him at Dale’s. It was scheduled for Lunch at 12:30 but most of us were still there at 6:00PM. Lots of memories were shared.






The Dunseith High School class of 1972 celebrated their 50th Class reunion

Posted by Don Malaterre (72) donmalaterre@gmail.com Sioux Falls, SD


The Dunseith High School class of 1972 celebrated our 50 year reunion during the 2022 Dunseith Days. With 28 of 31 living classmates present. Due to Covid, we fell short of our 100% attendance goal.


Credited as a total team effort. The reunion kicked off Friday with a social mixer coordinated by Art Hagen. The packed house included friends and relatives. Saturday started early with a group breakfast, followed by a tour of the schools. At noon the class rode in the parade on a gigantic float, coordinated by Tom Abrahamson. The reunion ended with a formal banquet at the Dunseith golf course clubhouse, hosted by Ann Boppre Perry. The welcome speech was given by Curt Hagel. Inspirational speeches were given by Bernice Belgarde, Donna Dubois Thomas and Les Halvorson (teacher). The farewell speech was given by Gail Halvorson Schuler. Awards were presented by Loretta Neameyer Wall. Russell Robert wins the most changed award. Tom Abrahamson wins the least changed award. Curt Hagel wins the farthest traveled award (Omaha). Elementary teachers present were Minnie Flynn, Eloise Boppre and Mildred Parrill. Myra Henning Halvorson served as Historian and published a 50 year documentary of each classmate and tribute to all nine deceased classmates. Donald Malaterre served as the reunion committee chairman. “For three days, we came together, we shared our joys and sorrows, we shared memories, we bonded like a family”.


Gary Stokes Comments,

Congratulations with such a good turnout. I was back there too and would have like to have attended too, but I had to leave for my trip back to the Philippines several days before your reunion.



The Dunseith High School class of 1972




Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND


My dad Cliff  Metcalfe WWII Navy,   observed this day.

He spoke of this day as a boatswain which he  witnessed  through binoculars as he served on the USS Hamlin. Vickie M





  1. –  D.  DAY









07/07/2022 (2798)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

 I am leaving for the USA today. I will be going to the Seattle area first, then ND. I will be in ND from July 13th until August 4th. I expect to see many of you local folks while I am there, most likely Bottineau bakery too. Same as before, I plan on having Breakfast at the Bottineau bakery every morning about 8:00 AM. I have a Doctors appointment in Minot on Monday the 18th. I will be staying with my Brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby. July 2015 is the last time I was back. A lot has changed since then. Looking forward to seeing you folks again too.



Alice (Keith Pladson ’66) Passed away.
Message and Obit from Keith Pladson (’66):   Roanoke Rapids, NC 

 Gary, this is an update to my previous email to you.

A month ago on May 29th, Alice and I celebrated our 51st Anniversary.  Little did we know then that it would be our last.  Yes, she had pancreatic cancer and yes we knew how deadly that cancer is, but her most recent scans had all shown no indication of her cancer being back or appearing anywhere new.  Based on this we expected that once she completed her second cycle of chemo infusions (of which she had only two more to go) she would be able to truely enjoy some quality in her life for a while.

So it was a shock when lab blood work for her chemo infusion on the 13th showed extremely high numbers for bilirubin (that was a clear sign that she was retaining her bile – which in turn was poisoning her entire body).

Later that day, she was admitted to the Virginia Commonwealth University (VICE) teaching hospital in Richmond, VA.  Once admitted, they began a series of ultra sounds, scans, x-rays and even MRIs.  Yet they could find nothing.  There was no indication on any of the scans, etc., of any blockage or build up in her bile duct and there didn’t appear to be anything wrong with her liver (or what remained of her pancreas after her surgery in Jan 2021).

Their last suggestion was a biopsy of her liver.  This can be a very painful and risky procedure so they usually only do it as a last resort.  They scheduled the procedure for Tues morning, Jun 21st.  Unfortunately, by Tues morn her condition had deteriorated to the point that the biopsy had to be cancelled.  Throughout the day we sat helplessly by her bedside and watched her life drain away.  Fortunately, my family was there with me and we all drew strength from one another.

After 52 years together (we knew and had dated each other for a year before we were married), I will miss her much.  She was my confidant, my partner, my soulmate and my friend as well as my wife and my lover.  And I dread the days ahead without her by my side.


On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Alice Charlene (Wyne) Pladson gained her angel wings and went to fly with the angels, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was 71 years old.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 29, 1951, Alice was the fourth child in the large family of Charles Clermont and Mary Ardelle (Robbins) Wyne.   Alice was always an active child with an inquisitive mind and a love for reading.  She continued with that same mindset upon graduation from high school and chose to enlist in the US Army where she could learn new things and see new places.

In July 1970, while stationed at Fort Myer, VA, she met the love of her life, Keith O. Pladson.  In some ways, they were opposites, but as they say, opposites do attract.  That attraction apparently worked as it led to a long, happy and successful marriage.  Together, they had three children.  Alice loved being a mother and enjoyed the challenges of raising her children.  However, being a mother was just not enough for Alice.  She chose to go back to school to further her education.  So, even though married with many family responsibilities, she earned not only an Associate’s Degree, but followed that with a Bachelor’s and later a Master’s Degree.

Alice was also a hard worker outside the home.  She spent 30 years as a civilian employee of the US Federal Government working in a number of different agencies where her specialty was working as a contracting officer.  Over her career she purchased a wide variety of products for the Government to include computers, printers and other electronic devices as well at Naval weapons systems, small arms and ammunitions and a variety of petroleum products.  After her retirement in 2008, she and her husband Keith chose to relocate to North Carolina where they purchased a lakeside home in which to enjoy their retirement.  In addition to water activities on the lake, they both enjoyed traveling and seeing new and different areas of the United States.  It became their goal to be able to say they had seen every one of the states.  Though Alice’s traveling years were cut short, she was still able to see over forty of the states.

Alice also enjoyed working with her hands, creating things to give to others.  She would crochet blankets, dresses for dolls, as well as many cross-stitching projects.  And, she never lost her love for reading, so when she wasn’t working on something, she had her nose in a book.  She also enjoyed visiting and playing cards and just spending time with her family.

Alice is survived by her husband, Keith O. Pladson of Roanoke Rapids, NC, her daughters, Kerry L. Burnette (Douglas) of Dale City, VA and Angela D. Jones (George) of Ruther Glen, VA, her son David K. Pladson of Stafford, VA, her grandchildren Robert N. Arrington, Nathaniel K. Arrington, Tyler J. Pladson, Austin L. Jones and Ella C. Jones and her great granddaughter Londynn N. Pladson.  She is also survived by sisters, Patricia McNally, Elizabeth Goeing, Dana Wyne and a brother, Keith Wyne, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Wyne, sister, Judy Compton and brothers, Robert Hume and Steven Wyne.

The family invites you to join them for a viewing and memorial service at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory in Dale City, VA on Thursday, July 7th at 10 am.  All are welcome.  Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the North Carolina Zoo.   Checks should be made payable to: North Carolina Zoo Society and sent to the same with the notation that it is in Memory of Alice Pladson, 4403 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205

Gary’s Comments
Keith, We extend our condolence to you and your family with the loss of Alice. She was a great person. You will miss her dearly.

06/24/2022 (2797)

Condolences to Floyd Dion and family

From Ginger Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, Nd

I am so sad to hear of Luella Dion’s passing.  I am sending my condolences to her husband Floyd, son Dennis and his family they were a match made in heaven the two of them together all these years. She always had a smile when I saw her.

Ginger Poitra


Larry Liere’s (DHS 1955) wife Karen passed away.
 Devils lake ND

Gary’s Comments,

Larry sent this to me several weeks ago or more ago. I have been super busy with my wedding and all, so I have not gotten this posted.

So sorry for this tragedy that lead to her death.

Our condolences are with you Larry. Hope to see you next month when I am in the area too.

The following is Larry and my Facebook chat.

Karen Fell and broke her hip about a week ago after surgery and replacement of the hip she suffered a stroke and is now in Fargo hospital and not responding very well to treatment. We may have to remove the feeding and breathing tube and let her pass away peacefully. Those were her wishes before she went into surgery to repair the hip. If we don’t do that she will be paralyzed on the left side for speech and the right side for mobility for the rest of your life. I don’t think anyone would want to live that way.



Gary the above is old news her funeral was May 28. That was quite a weekend for the family. May 26 wake and memorial service May 27 graduation Party for my oldest granddaughter that lives in town May 28 Karen’s funeral May 29 graduation ceremony May 30 memorial day May 31 I had a kidney stone removed after a month of wearing a stent to sharpen it up. I’m doing OK but I think only because there is peace for me because I know she didn’t shop and never had to spend a minute in a nursing home.


Peace for me because I know she didn’t suffer and


You sent
So sorry to hear this sad News and your loss. You made the decision of her request. It’s hard. You have my condolences. How old was she?



Karen was born November 10, 1938 so she would’ve been 84 this November

Gary’s reply

We would’ve been married 59 years June 22, 2022. Actually we were both feeling so good we were talking about our 60th anniversary in 2023. Life can change in a hurry.


Karen M. Liere, 83 of Devils Lake passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Essentia Health, Fargo ND.

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. No services Friday, with Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 28th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devils Lake with burial in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Pat Liere Scholarship at Lake Region State College Foundation in memory of Karen.

Karen Marlene Pittner was born on November 10, 1938, in Breckenridge, Minnesota the daughter of Anne Biel and Elmer Pittner. She grew up in Wahpeton and attended ND State School of Science, then went on to NDSU to study Home Economics. Karen was a modern woman in the sixties. She moved to Devils Lake in 1962 to manage the women’s dress shop, Stevenson’s. She absolutely loved dressing and outfitting the young women of Devils Lake while promoting the store on a weekly radio spot. Her favorite line was, “Pantyhose, half off.” While managing Stevenson’s she was a member of the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce and served on the Downtown Merchants Committee with Orv Hesch, Dave Glickson, and other downtown merchants.

Shortly after moving to Devils Lake, she was introduced to the love of her life, Larry Liere by Fr. Robert West. They were married on June 22, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Wahpeton, ND and lived their married life in Devils Lake. They enjoyed boating, dancing, attending National Guard functions, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree parties, hosting dinner parties, spending time in Texas and Arizona after retirement, and above all raising their children and spending time with their grandchildren.

Karen was with Stevenson’s many years and moved on to Lake Region State College where she taught Fashion Merchandising and eventually Marketing. As the Fashion Merchandising instructor, Karen put on lavish fashion shows for the Lake Region area. Karen became the DECA advisor and enjoyed taking her students to state and national DECA conventions every year with Larry as a chaperone and/or driver. Karen started a telemarketing lab at Lake Region State College and her students were trained on outgoing calls only, no incoming. They made many outgoing calls promoting local activities in the area. She retired from LRSC in May 1997. In her retirement, she became a casual employee at Mercy Hospital as a Marketing Consultant for several years.

Karen was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was a master at balancing work-life and home life. She was very involved with her children’s activities such as leading girl and boy scouts, participating in hockey boosters, and Lake Region Skating Club. She was also involved in many community organizations such as St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Altar Society Infant of Prague, Women’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary Life Member, Shakespeare Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Elk’s Band, Bible Study, Bridge Club, and Book Clubs in ND and AZ.

Karen died peacefully with her loving family at her side in Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND. Karen was preceded in death by her parents Anne and Elmer Pittner, her son Patrick Liere, mother-in-law and father-in-law Agnes and Tony Liere, her sister Joan, Her family includes her loving husband of nearly 59 years, Larry; daughter Joan and her husband John Klinger of Victoria, MN; daughter Sara and husband Jake Thompson of Devils Lake; grandchildren Patrick, Emily, and Thomas Klinger, Isabelle, Isaac, Jacob, and Alice Thompson; sisters and brothers-in-law Gayle and Hal Brooks of Weatherford, TX, Patty and Curt Osborn of Wahpeton, ND; sister-in-law Marilyn Peterson of San Dimas, CA; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Karen will be remembered for her many talents including bridge, gardening, sewing, and cooking/baking, her generosity, positivity, and can do-get it done spirit. Her presence on this Earth will be greatly missed.


Larry St. Claire (DHC) 1966) Passed away in March of 2022

This is Robbie St Claire, just letting you know Larry passed away at the end of March 2022. I have not even put an obit in the Times. He went in to have his heart valve changed and everything went wrong, he was in the hospital for 2 and a half months. Most of that time I could not be with him because the hospital would not allow visitors because of covid. We will all miss him.

Gary’ Comment
Our condolences are with Robbie and all of Larry’s family with his passing. I remember Larry as a very polite well mannered likable guy. He will be missed.



In Memory of Steven Schneider and Wanda Medrud
Posted by Don Malaterre (’72): donmalaterre@gmail.com Sioux Falls, SD

It was prom night 50 years ago April 22, 1972. Graduation was just three weeks off.

Then the announcement came ..… Steven Schneider and Wanda Medrud died in a car accident five miles west of Dunseith.

Gail (Halverson) Schuler, yearbook editor, risking tradition and deadlines, quickly delayed publication of the yearbook and inserted the attached memorial.

In the blink of an eye, lives were changed forever.



06/11/2022 (2796)

Good day folks,

Again it has been a long time not posting a blog. With getting married and all, I have been quite busy. Angel and I were married last week on Friday June 3rd. I have pasted our wedding picture at the bottom of this posting. We have known each other for nearly a year now. We get along well together and are very compatible. She is a bit younger than me, but non the less we get along very well.  All of my many Expat and local friends have readily accepted her. She treats me like a king and that is the truth. She is well educated with no kids and no prior marriages. She will treat and take care of me well in my golden years.

My current plans are to be in the Bottineau/Dunseith area from July 7th to August 4th. Angle has an appointment with the USA consulate for an interview for a Tourist visa. They are really backlogged. So she won’t be with me. If she gets her visa we will be back again next year. She really wants to meet my family, friends and visit the USA.



Luella Halvorson Dion (DHS – 1947) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe neola@min.midco.net Minot, ND

Luella May Dion
October 6, 1927 – June 3, 2022

Luella May Dion, age 94 of Dunseith, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at her Home in Dunseith.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery at Dunseith.

Luella May Dion, a daughter of Henry and Ida (Larson) Halvorson, was born on October 6, 1927 at Bottineau.  She was raised on the family farm northwest of Dunseith.  She attended Willow Lake Country School and later graduated from Dunseith High School.  She then taught at a country school.  On June 7, 1950, she married Floyd Dion.  They made their home in Dunseith.  Through the years, Luella worked at the Hosmer’s Grocery Store, the Dunseith Nursing Home and the Dunseith High School.

Luella was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Dunseith Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her Husband, Floyd of Dunseith; son, Dennis Dion and his wife, Wendi of Minot; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Lester Halvorson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary Stokes Comments:

I was so saddened to see Luella’s passing. She and Floyd have been one of the main Dunseith corner stones for years and years.

We extend our Condolences to Floyd and all of their families with her passing. She was a wonder person and will be dearly missed.




Posted by Vicky Metcalf (70):  Bottineau ND

Gary’s Note:
This is long past but I am going post it anyway. We wish the best for Warren too. Warren is good guy and well known in the area.

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

    This morning  the dogs and on our daily a.m. walk,

I was informed  by  Lori his Sister-in-law , of an upcoming medical benefit for  Warren Schneider  .

Warren  is a Dunseith friend, classmate, DHS graduate and Main Street Bottineau businessman.

     Warren is known by many in the area for his kind and generous spirit!

As Proprietors of the Dog house Saloon:

For many in need, Warren and his wife Pat have sponsored medical benefits.

Warren for several years  organized sponsored and hosted bike giveaways for area children.

Warren through the years enjoyed  catching fish which he’d  prepared, cook and shared at the bar.

  Warren  is encountering  major medical  health challenges. His friends and family extend  an invitation.


SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022

  Thank you Gary and Dunseith Friends

Vickie L. Metcalfe 




Gary and Angel Stokes: 6/3/2022


4/28/2022 (2305)

Dunseith High School Class of 1972
Memories of Don Olson and Linus Faine

From: Don Malaterre <donmalaterre@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2022 9:36 AM
To: Gary Stokes <gws123456@gmail.com>
Subject: Memories of Don Olson and Linus Faine

The Dunseith High School class of 1972 will be holding its 50-year class reunion this summer. With a goal of 100 percent of all living members to be in attendance. We’ve been coordinating efforts to locate each member, update archives, and relay the ongoing plans of the reunion as they progress. Since we started this project last fall, two of our classmates have passed away, Linus Faine and Don Olson. Linus and Don were good classmates and dear friends.

Linus was a great football player and a very good basketball player. I’m not sure if you all know, but Linus’s father ‘Old Guff Faine’ played professional hockey in the 1950s. Don Olson was arguably one of the best athletes to come out of Dunseith. Don was the leading scorer three years in a row on the basketball team, all conference three years in a row on the football team. And as a three year starter, pitched a complete game shutout while winning the state high school baseball championship.

More than just an athlete, under Don’s leadership, the class of 72 bonded like no other, and was able to achieve success beyond goals. So, we will go on and have our reunion, we will have our fun, it will be a historic event, but 50 years later, Linus Faine and Don Olson are gone.


Donald Olson

( September 16, 1954 – April 15, 2022 )

Donald Orlin Olson, 67, of Dunseith, ND joined his beloved mother in Heaven on April 15, 2022.  A private funeral will be held.  Visitation for the public will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm and a prayer service will begin at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Hearts of Hope at PO Box 685, Belcourt, ND 58316.

Don was born on September 16, 1954, to Orlin Lydell Olson and Lorraine Metcalfe Somers in Rolla, ND. Since his father was a crane operator, he, along with his mother and two brothers, lived in numerous places in North Dakota and Minnesota, finally settling down in Dunseith, ND in 1968, where he attended Dunseith Junior High and High Schools until his graduation in 1972.

In addition to being an Honor Student, Don was an accomplished athlete during his years attending the Dunseith Junior High and High Schools. He excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He was an integral part of the 1972 Dragon team that took 5th place in the State “B” basketball tournament and the champion baseball team that same year. He was also part of the Dunseith Babe Ruth and Legion baseball teams that won many championships over the years he played. He was once teased that he was too slow to play college or professional baseball and he responded by stating that, “You don’t need to be fast when you hit home runs!” He earned a scholarship to play football for the University of North Dakota and was a red-shirt freshman on the team that won the NCAA Division II Championship in 1973. He was humble about his athletic abilities, as he was about many other life accomplishments.

Don married Colette Casavant of Rolette, ND in the Spring of 1973. He managed Morgan Lumbar Yard and Dales Truck Stop in Dunseith, ND for a few years and he and Colette then moved to Devils Lake, ND where Don worked for Bridgeman Dairy and other companies. He made numerous life-long friends along his delivery routes. Don and Colette later divorced after 13 years of marriage.

Don then made a career change and entered college, first at NDSU Bottineau and then at Minot State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. It was at Minot State University where Don met the love of his life, Linda. He then earned a master’s degree at North Dakota State University. He was a believer in education and encouraged many to follow their dreams and seek higher education no matter their age and no matter their circumstances.

Don struggled with alcoholism until 1991. He maintained sobriety through the date of his death. Next to his children and his marriage to Linda on December 29, 2003, it was his greatest accomplishment. Utilizing his education and experience, he spent countless hours counseling others struggling with substance addictions. He traveled to schools and other public forums throughout North Dakota to tell his story about the grace and redemption of sobriety.

Don found and started his dream job working at the Dunseith Day School in August 1992. He was quickly bestowed the nickname “Big Bear”, a nickname he loved and one that epitomized his love and caring for the children at the Dunseith Day School. Working at the Day School was his life’s calling. He loved working with his coworkers but was especially passionate about working with the children. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of the children and by all accounts, he did so. The outpouring of concern and love from the Dunseith Day School community upon news of Don’s passing has been overwhelming. Don’s family is extremely grateful and appreciative of all the kind words and respect afforded to Big Bear for his work at the Dunseith Day School.

Don is survived by his wife, Linda Berdahl of Minot, ND; sister-in-law Gloria (Bill) Singleton of Florida; “adopted” sisters Cheri (James) Evans of Dunseith, ND and Rose Gottbreht of Barton, ND; brothers Lyle (Lisa) Olson of West Fargo, ND and Robin (Christina) Olson of Walla Walla, WA; children Corey (Stephanie) Olson of Bottineau, ND, Shane (Jennifer) Olson soon to be of Dunseith, ND, Alesha (Josh) Molacek of Callaway, MN, and Amanda Olson of Fargo, ND; stepchildren Stephanie (Charles Lassiter) Baisch, Jennifer ( Guillermo) Martinez, and Jason (Tori) Baisch, each of Texas; nieces Rachel (Jacob) Bly of Walla Walla, WA and Taylor Olson of Manchester, England and Walla Walla, WA; nephew Jesse Olson of Walla Walla, WA; grandchildren Brennen (Crystal) Olson, Riley Olson, Tyler Olson, Emily (Eric) Buteau, Skylar Spessard, Sydney Spessard, Josiah Molacek, Addyx Olson, Isabelle Olson, Bethany Rooney, Donovan Hall, D’Sean Hall, McKayla (Charles Hall) Nichols, Tristen Nichols, Kaci (Cody Dahlinger) Nichols, Susan (Mario) Zormora, Braden White, Jacoby White, Jaxson Baisch and Noah Baisch; and great-grandchildren Anneliese Jean Olson, Zariah Hall, Cai’ra Hall, Zayla Nichols and Isabella Zormora.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Orlin L. Olson; mother, Lorraine Metcalfe Somers; and stepfather, Joseph Somers.

His funeral will be livesteamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq_lbkdL1u8




4/15/2022 (2304)

Rude, Art Jr. Obit picture

Art Rude Jr. age 69 of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at a Minot hospital.

Arthur Odin Rude was born in Rolla to Arthur R. Rude and Bertha (lngulsrud) Rude on March 31, 1953. He grew up on the family farm in the Turtle Mountains up the Willow Lake Road from Dunseith. He went to Elementary and High School in Dunseith and later to Minot State University where he graduated in 1975. Later he returned to Minot State to earn his master’s degree in Mathematics.

Art was very versatile and multitalented. He taught science at Bottineau High School and algebra and physics at Belcourt, Dunseith and Fort Yates. He was an Associate Professor at Bismarck State College and helped many students both during school hours and on his own time. He also was owner of a stereo shop, Safety Manager at both Conoco Phillips and Stellar Fief d Services, wrote two books and produced the social media post “Coffee with Art”.

He loved his family, his family farm, going on adventures, Metigoshe Ministries, and music. Gifted with a beautiful voice, he loved to write and perform his original songs. He won a trip to Nashville for “Howdy Mr. Reagan” and continued writing music throughout his life.

Art is survived by his family: Grace (Bush) Rude, children Benjamin, Brandon, Hannah and Nicole and 9 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

A celebration of life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith on Saturday, April 15th, at 10 a.m.

To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Arthur Rude, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.



Art Rude Eulogies and condolences,

Message from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): espe@utma.com  Bottineau, ND    

The whole community is shocked about Art Rude.
His service is Saturday at Peace Lutheran in Dunseith at 10 AM.


Message from Bob Lykins (Teacher): rlykins4066@yahoo.com Hutto, TX

What a shock!  Down through the years Art and I communicated via Facebook.  In so many ways he contributed to the culture of Dunseith.  He will be deeply missed.  My condolences to the family.




Message from Lynn Otto Halvorson (75): lottorn@yahoo.com Boonton, NJ


My condolences to his family, friends and neighbors, so very sad!

Lynn Halvorson Otto


Message from Diane Larson Sjol (’70): nrsnice@gmail.com Minot, ND

Yes, it is so sad. He made us all smile with his wit, his humor, his songs and the genuine care he showed to others. RIP Art.



Message from Allen Richard (’70): allenjr76nd@gmail.com Grand Rapids, MI

Very sad and very sudden.  We were facebooking about what was happening with The Kelvin Clinic about a week ago.  We were/are both political junkies.

Gary, I think you came to DHS as a freshman–Art senior was my 8th grade teacher.  He and Dad were friends.  I met him when I was about 4 yrs old at the post office.  We became immediate friends and stayed that way until he passed,  Art JR inherited his dad’s ability to make and keep friends.  I could always count on him for a straigh unfiltered answer.

Art worked for the legislature during one of my terms.  He was always up for a spirited political discussion.  I always came away from one of those discussions knowing more than i did when it started.

I believe he taught math to my 3 older kids.  They were all well prepped for college.

I know he will always be educating someone——————————————-


4/11/2022 (2803)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and friends,

It’s with a very heavy heart that I send this sad news.

Art Rude passed away Yesterday morning, Saturday April 9, 2022, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Art graduated with the Dunseith HS class of 1971. He was born March 31, 1953 (69 years old)

He will always be remembered for the kind of guy he was. He was an Educator, (math was his forte), He was a song writer, He was a singer, He was a comedian, He was a Politian, and the list goes on and on.

Art was six years behind me in school, but I remember him well. In those years he was Junior. In later years he preferred to be address as Art Rude.

Art was a good friend. We will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.

I will post his Obituary when it’s available.


Rude, Art Jr. Obit picture Rude, Art Jr. Obit

02/11/2022 (2802)

Reply from Dianne Lier Fletcher (DHS Teacher 1963/64): dnlfichter@outlook.com Summerfield, Florida

What an ordeal for you and the people in your area. Pray that you will soon be back to some semblance of normalcy.

Gary’s Memories of Miss Lier,

Thank you so much for this reply Dianne. It’s always a pleasure hearing from you.

Those of you that were attending DHS in the school year of 1963/1964 I am very sure will remember Miss Lier. She was hired to take Mr. Don Corbin’s classes when he was promoted to School Principle to replace Mr. Conroy who had suffered a heart attack. Miss Lier was a very pretty lady.  As I remember she was fresh out of college. She was my Biology teacher. Classes were held in the Science room. I remember Mr. Corbin giving our class a firm message to tone things down a bit or else. We all knew what the “Or Else meant too”. He was very firm.



Kalk Family Update
Posting from Alfred Lopez:  Minneapolis, MN

Kalk family Hi Gary,

I’m Kathy Barbara Kalk’s husband and I thought you might be interested in an update of Dan and Rose Kalk’s 10 children.  See attachments.


Gary Stokes Comment

Thank you so much for this update Alfred. Most everyone on this distribution is familiar with the Kalk family. They were part of the foundation of Dunseith and the Dunseith schools. Great folks too. Barbara and Lorraine were both in my class of 1965. So sorry to hear of Lorraine’s recent passing too. Last I heard she was living in South Dakota.

Alfred; Barbara’s ambition was to go to Hollywood to find a Movie Star. I heard she actually took a bus, I think, to Hollywood and in the process found the next best thing to a Movie Star finding you on that trip.   


Reply from Trish Larson Clayburgh (’73):  Livingston, MT

Hi Gary!

Sorry I have not been in touch for a while.  I heard about that typhoon and wondered about you.  So glad to hear you survived.  What a terrible experience to go through.  Glad you made it and are recovering.

Just wanted to say hi and say I for one am glad you’re still kicking (as my Dad would say).

All good s well here in Montana.  Hugs to you and your great friends in Cebu.

Gary’s Reply to Trish,
Thank you so much for this reply Trish. It’s always great hearing from you. I am so glad that all is going well for you in Montana and I know with your horses too. I am so glad that we were able to meet in Bottineau in 2015 too. You are an interesting person. There is never a dull moment when you are in anyone’s midst.
Take care and keep in touch.

Picture: July 2015
Larson, Trish

Rita Langer’s Brother passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):   Bottineau, ND


Rita Langer’s brother passed away.

He was a veteran and former  respected County Comissioner of Rolette County.

Sincere Sympathy to Rita and Richard on the passing of her brother. 

Sincerely, Vickie L. Metcalfe


My 2nd grade teacher at Ackworth, Gary:
Geri Lafromboise Marcavage passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND

Lafromboise, Geri Lafromboise, Geri-1

Thanks Gary,

Dunseith Friends,

I am so sorry, Geri Lafromboise Marcavage obit is at Elick Funeral Home Rolla.

Several of her grandchildren attended school in Bottineau while I was there.

The youngest, Mary now attends education and plays  hockey for The Bottineau College and is  also quite talented musically.   Her next older brother, Jair  working on his doctorate degree in California. Another brother works for Rock Solid Contracting here in Bottineau.

Cecilia and Leroy Cote were longtime staunch Dunseith folks of deep faith. They both  were always friendly and considerate  visiting, as were their children.

Dawn,  their daughter was in my third grade class in Dunseith.  I marvel how adept she is in her profession in computers, working for the state of ND.  When I taught  at the beginning of my teaching career years ago, computers were not in the picture.

Jeff,  a professional meat cutter works at Wayne’s Grocery  Store in Dunseith.  That store is well known regionally for their fantastic meat dept …. helpful employees and goodies like homemade sausages!

Gary’s Comments
Folks, Gerri was my 2nd grade teacher in 1954 at Ackworth. She stayed with us at our house the year she taught at Ackworth. I remember her as being a very pretty teacher.
I was so saddened to hear of her passing too.


11/05/2021 (2800)

Gary Stokes Posting

As Many of you already know, Angel Maglangit is with me now. Many of you have seen her Facebook postings tagged with me. She is a bit younger than me, Never married, no kids and well educated with several BS degrees. She gets along well with all the folks in our area and all of my friends too. She has been offered several jobs, but I told her as long as she is with me, I prefer she not work. She recently got her drivers license, so years down the road, and as the years crop up on me, she can do the driving.
Dun Angel-1 Dun Angel-2 Dun Angel-3


Yellow corners, Kelvin Store
Reply from Ron Cain (Keith Pladson siblings cousin):  Superior, WI

Greetings Gary,

A recent reply to you from Allen Richard referencing the Kelvin, ND store caught my attention.

The area was the birthplace of my father Lester G. Cain in 1914.  It made my day!


Archie Metcalfe (Vickie Metcalf’s Brother) DHS Class of 1979
Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Gary’s comments
Archie’s death was sudden and unexpected. Really hard on the Family. His mother-in-law is Mary Eurich Knutson (DHS 1962). We extend our condolences to all of his family with his passing.

Metcalfe, Archie
September 16, 1961 – October 26, 2021

Archie Metcalfe

Archie Metcalfe, age 60 of Dunseith, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at a Dunseith clinic.  His funeral will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Little Prairie Cemetery north of Dunseith.

Archie was born on September 16, 1961 to Clifford and Charlotte (Lamb) Metcalfe in Rolette North Dakota. Archie was raised in the Turtle Mountains north of Dunseith. Archie attended Dunseith Public School and graduated in 1979.  During his high school years Archie worked at Dales Truck Stop. After graduating, Archie went to Wyoming for a very brief career on the oil rigs. In 1980 Archie started working for Hutton Contracting working as a laborer and heavy equipment operator plowing in telephone cable.  On December 30, 1982 Archie married Sally Knutson at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Logan (son) was born January 1987 and in November 1987 Archie moved his family back to Dunseith, North Dakota.  In the spring of 1988 Archie went to work for his uncle Floyd Lamb. Archie also purchased his first little herd of cows and began ranching. In 1990 Jordan (daughter) was born. Archie went to work for Gustafson Horse Ranch. In 1992, Trenten (son) was born. That same year, Archie decided to sell his cows and went into the PMU business with Shannon (brother).

Archie purchased a colt from Gustafson ranch and began team roping with his brother, friends, and neighbors. As his kids grew up, they joined in as well. When his 3 children outgrew daycare, they spent their time “helping” their dad. We still laugh about Jordan’s zip tie ponytails. A hairdresser, Archie was not. In 2004 Archie started building his cow herd again. In the same year, PMU contracts were canceled so Archie went off on his new venture, Metcalfe Excavating. Archie loved his big machines and the excavating business but when the opportunity arose in 2008 to take a job with Rolette County Archie took it. He loved his job and was very good at it. In 2020 Archie was elected as a Rolette County Commissioner. He was very happy and proud to serve his community. Though the job was not without its own set of trials, he sure wasn’t afraid to take on a good challenge. Archie was president of the Turtle Mountain Wildlife Club for many years and a member of the Dunseith Rodeo Club.

Archie is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sally (Knutson) Metcalfe, his children Logan (Brittany) Metcalfe, Jordan (Stuart) Oien, and Trenten (Kendra) Metcalfe. All of Bottineau. Grandchildren, Zoey, Gunnar, and Baylor Metcalfe; Kahlan, Liam, and Finley Oien; and Baby Boy Metcalfe (Due January 2022), Mother-in-law Mary Knutson, Sisters Nancy (Norman) Moreno of Minnesota, Vickie Metcalfe, Cyndy (Craig) Miller of Bottineau, Brother and best friend Shanon (Debbie) Metcalfe of Dunseith, aunt Betty Lamb of Grand Forks, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Charlotte Metcalfe. Father-in-law Bud Knutson, Brother-in-law Bob Knutson, cousins Janice Poitra, Lola Vanorny and many aunts and uncles.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Archie Metcalf
Vickie Metcalf’s Comments: Archie was her brother 

Thank YOU Neola  for posting.

 Archie truly blessed me with his presence for 60 years.

Over  35 years ago, we changed roles, he became my big brother.

He was an awesome son to my parents, brother, nephew, cousin, and, husband  to Sally, father and father in law to 6, A COOL  grandfather!

Over the past few days,  I  have heard from so many OF VARIOUS AGES,how he touched their lives as  a respected true friend and mentor.

……..My brother Archie in our family,  was a ‘”LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE”  person.



Donald Hosmer DHS Class of 1952
Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Donald Hosmer

October 02, 1933 – October 08, 2021

Donald Edwin Hosmer passed on into God’s glory on October 8, 2021, just 6 days after his 88th birthday.

Born on October 2, 1933 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Jack and Inie Hosmer, he was their second child. Because he weighed just a little over 3 pounds, he remained in the hospital for quite some time before going home to Dunseith, where he lived the rest of his life.

Don was the middle son of 3 boys and enjoyed a childhood of family time with various Hosmer relatives. After graduating from high school, he attended the Forestry in Bottineau where he was proud to be on the boxing team. Don worked for his father in the Hosmer Department Store. After marrying Jesslyn Maureen Selzler in 1958, he ventured out on his own and built a laundromat. He also built a car wash and for a short time ran a laundry in Bottineau as well. Don owned a post office building in Watford City. He managed the Dunseith golf course for several years.

Don enjoyed music. He most wanted to be remembered for his singing: “I enjoyed singing and I was complimented by many people about it. I had perfect pitch”. He played golf and he and Jesslyn spent summers at their cabin at Lake Metigoshe for many years. They traveled extensively in their RV and spent many winters in Mesquite Nevada. Don was an avid reader. He was an open-minded, knowledgeable, conversationalist, with a good sense of humor and a generous, kind spirit. He was a devoted son, husband and father. Don knew the history of the Dunseith area and the families of the Turtle Mountains well.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Inie Hosmer, his wife Jesslyn of 54 years, his sisters-in-law Pat Hosmer and Katrine Hosmer, and his brother-in-law Greg Selzler. He is survived by his daughters Kay Maureen (John Cantley) and grandson Nicholas Hosmer Cantley, and Donna Jo (Dave Leitheiser)_, granddaughters Keely Inez Larson and Hannah Vi Larson, his brothers Bill Hosmer (Liz) and Bob Hosmer (Carol), sister-in-law Barb Selzler, and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

A private celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the International Music Camp or the Dunseith Betterment Committee.



10/10/2021 (2799)

Greetings Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

Again I am so sorry for the long delay in getting these messages out. I have not forgotten about you folks and will post whatever you send me.

Things have been rather busy for me the past few weeks.

Following covid shutdowns our Bowling has resumed. For lack of volunteers, I have ended up being the designated one in charge, keeping track of everyone’s bowling Data; Scores, Averages, attendance, etc. Doing that I had to set up a computer excel program to manage all the data. That took some time too.

Please keep the postings coming.



Message from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73): Grafton, ND
Condolences to Gary Wenstad family


Forgotten Store Name:
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

Yeah it would be yellow corners I drove on highway 3 from density to rugby many times and that’s the only place that resembled a store. It was kind of like the prairie version of Kelvin store.


Leland Stickland (’64) Memorial
Posting from Eric Stickland:   Melrose, Massachusetts

Hello Gary,

I wanted to update you with information about my dad’s memorial service; it will be held at 3pm local time on Thursday Oct 7th at Dickinson Cemetery.  I’d hoped that the pandemic would have been closer to being fully controlled by now, but I’m unwilling to wait any longer.  We’ll be doing a graveside service to keep things as safe as possible for everyone, and hope the wind and weather cooperates.

I should have a written obituary to share with you soon.

Eric Stickland

Gary Stokes’ comment.
Eric, I am so sorry I didn’t get this posted before your Dad’s memorial. Things have been pretty busy for me lately.
Please forward his Obituary to me when you have it prepared.


Posted by Don Malaterre (72)    Sioux Falls, SD

Linus Faine (Dunseith High School class of 1972)
Faine, Linus

August 16, 1953 – September 14, 2021

Linus Faine, age 68 of Dunseith, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at his home in Dunseith.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.  Burial will be at the St. Sylvan’s Cemetery north of Dunseith.



Mary Eurich Knutson’s (’62) son, Bobby Knutson
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, NDBobby L. Knutson

Knutson, Bobby

Bobby L. Knutson, age 58 of Bottineau, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at a Bismarck hospital.  Keeping with Bobby’s request, a private family service will be held. 

Bobby Knutson, a son of LeRoy and Mary (Eurich) Knutson was born on August 8, 1963 in Bottineau.  He attended school in Bottineau.  At the age of 10 he began doing yard work.  He later worked driving gravel truck for Les Bergeron.  Bob worked in Williston for time before going to work for Wenstad Trucking.  In 1982, he started driving truck for Bill Zorn.  In 1990, Bob went to work for Mikkelson Aggregates in Bottineau where he had worked since.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Knutson  of Dunseith; sister, Sally (Archie) Metcalfe of Dunseith; nephews, Logan (Brittany) Metcalfe and Trenton (Kendra) Metcalfe all of Bottineau; niece, Jordan (Stewart) Oein of Bottineau; great nieces and nephews, Zoey Metcalfe, Gunnar Metcalfe, Baylor Metcalfe, Kahlan Oein, Liam Oein and Finely Oein.

He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy “Bud” Knutson.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Gary Stokes’ message
We extend our condolences to Mary and all of her family with the passing of her son Bobby. I Didn’t know Bobby, but I knew his parents, Bud and Mary very well. Like his parents, I know he was a good outstanding citizen.

09/04/2021 (2798)

Reply form Sandy Lopez (’64): sandy.lopez@lopezfam.us Rockford IL


I am glad to read that you are staying busy, but not too busy to still stay in touch with everyone. Thank you again for ALL that you have done and all the relationships that you continue to preserve and nourish.


Gary’s reply,
Thank you so much Sandy for this nice posting. From my day, we all remember well,  you and the rest of the Cuban students that attended Dunseith Schools. As I remember, your families had fled Cuba. Your fathers were Doctors at San Haven. You were all very bright students and excelled well in life too. As I remember you were a year or two younger then the rest of your Dunseith High School class mates of 1964. This was all 50 plus years ago too. Thank you so much for staying in touch too. It’s always great hearing from you.


Forgotten Store Name:
Reply: Question from Harlyn Oppeboen (’51):   Colorado Springs, CO  

Gary I now live in Tucson, AZ

Questions From Last posting on August 10, 2021
Forgotten Store Name:
Question from Harlyn Oppeboen (’51):   Tucson, AZ  

I worked in the Dunseith bakery in 1946 I was 13 years old. I think the baker was Alan Berg,  I don’t really remember.  but he taught me how to drive his 1935 ford so I could deliver bread to a little store a few miles south of Dunseith on the Rugby road. I don’t remember the name of the store Can you help me.

Harlyn Oppeboen

Replies to the Question Highlighted in yellow above.

  1. Reply form Dennis Dubois (’64):  Minneapolis, MN

I wonder if the little store on the Rugby road was ”Yellow Corners”?


      2. Reply from Toni Morninville (68)  Farimount, ND 

Was it Yellow Corners?


     3. Reply from Jeff Cote:  Dunseith, ND.

 Answer for Harlyn? Not sure if this is the one you meant but in the late 60’s there was a Boucher that had a store and gas pumps at the crossroads of #66 and #3. I believe it was called “Yellow corners”, as all the buildings were yellow.


    4. Reply from Mary Ann Gottbreht Brennan (58) maryannmab@aol.com Dunseith, ND

Maybe Yellow corners:

South of Dunseith on the Rugby road. I don’t remember the name of the store Can you help me.

Harlyn Oppeboen


 Christmas in Dunseith 50 years ago.
Memories from Don Malaterre (’72):  Sioux Falls, SD

When I worked for Standard and Poors in Denver I became close friends with my boss who was born and grew up in New York City. We became very close and he would share stories about events and sights he visited all around New York. He always finished his recollections by asking me what it was like to grow up in Dunseith, North Dakota? I told him Dunseith was the greatest small town in America. I said we didn’t have Time Square, or the Statue of Liberty or Central Park to hang out at. But we did have Dales, the Bakery and the Drive Inn. When my out of town friends would come to town on weekends we would get together with the in town gang, play a pickup game and afterwards head to the drive-in and drink a whole quart of pop. That was heaven for me. We never had to worry about riots or traffic jams or getting mugged on the subway. At Christmas time the city of Dunseith would decorate the streets and Christmas was in the air. Peter and Viola Mellmer who owned and operated The Dakota Hotel would set up a P.A. system on the street corner and blast Christmas Carols all the way down main street. I had to reiterate to my boss about a little incident that happened in 1972, fifty years ago. It was late in the afternoon when my classmate Jim Mellmer and I were watching football on TV at the hotel. We were the only ones around so we decided to listen to some of Jim’s older sister Connie’s records. We decided to play some top hits like Joy to the World by Three Dog Night. You know the cult song that starts with Jeremiah was a bullfrog was a good friend of mine, I never understood a single word he said but I helped him drink his wine. And Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival. A catchy tune. It was also a cult song that warned of impending doom and was a reflection of the late 1960’s confusion and frustration. After a while we decided to walk down the alley to the bakery and have a Bismarck. When we got to the bakery someone walked in the front door and said “Joy to the world” and “Bad Moon Rising ” was playing all the way down main street. We didn’t realize it but we had interceded the Christmas carols with the cult tunes. We ran out the front door of the bakery and were sprinting up main street to the hotel when the song stopped playing and the Christmas carols came back on. I told Jim that I had to go home for supper. I left poor Jim to “Face the Music” by himself. (Pun intended).



Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Gary Wenstad
Wenstad, Gary

November 09, 1947 – August 15, 2021

Gary Wenstad, age 73 of Dunseith, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at a Minot hospital.  His funeral will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 7:00pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Gary Wenstad, the son of Arnold and Arlene (Christianson) Wenstad, was born on November 9, 1947 at Bottineau.  He grew up on a farm north of Dunseith and attended school in Dunseith.  On October 18, 1974 he married Karen House in Rolla. They made their home on the family farm where they have lived and farmed since.

Gary enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also loved spending time visiting with family and friends. He adored his grandkids and great grandkids and his best friend, Ruger his dog.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of Dunseith; daughter, Brandi (Mark) Pedie of Bottineau; step-son, Frank (Georgie) Rodman of Dunseith; step-daughter, Antoinette (Stacy) Zuther of Minot; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one sister, Karen Prouty of Baldwin City, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Arlene Wenstad.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


Gary Stokes Comments
I was saddened to this notice of Gary’s Passing. His Family lived about 5 miles south of us in the Turtle Mountains. As a child in my Growing up days, I often saw Gary and his sister Karen too, at different community events and social gatherings. I learned to know Gary quite well and of course Karen too. Gary and I were the same age. He attended Willow Lake Country School and I Attend Ackworth.

We extent our condolences to Karen and his immediate Family. He will be missed.

08/10/2021 (2797)

Hello Everyone,

I hope all is well with everyone. My schedule these days has been a bit busier, so I have not been posting blogs as frequent as I used to. I try to get one posted every several weeks or so. In the past 14 years, we have pretty much covered and discussed all of the Dunseith and area past that there is cover. As long as I am alive and able, I will continue posting. Fortunately my health is good, so I plan on being around for a lot more years, but we never know our fate. It’s been nearly 18 years since we moved to the Philippines. This is home. I have things just the way I like and want them here. I love having summer every day of the year too.

My plans are to Visit the States next year. Right now, with the covid pandemic, it’s too much of a hassle, especially here in the Philippines with all the restrictions to leave and come back into the country. I am Vaccinated, so I am protected.

Gary Stokes


Dunseith Bakery Memories: Reply to Don Malateree’s posting
Posting from Ken Nerpel (’65):  Rugby, ND

Everyone who lived in the Dunseith area in the 60’s certainly knew Herman and I would guess most of us have a Herman Martinson story. From 1962 to 1965 my family lived next door to the Martinson’s in the Gustav Nerpel house on the corner across the street from the school. Herman’s house was just to the north of us and to the east was the Ed Boguslawski family. Herman would get up every morning at about four A. M. and would have half a day’s work in before most of the rest of the city was awake. Most of the houses in this area were very small and had very little space and ours was no exception. Therefore my parents slept in the basement and my sister had the only bedroom. I slept in the foyer on the west side of the house on a piece of plywood sitting atop cement blocks. I knew I had a few more hours to sleep when I heard Herman heading out to work.

Herman made the best Bismarck’s I have ever eaten and I have spent many years sampling as many as I can to try to find a match. I even tried making my own, buying all the necessary equipment to accomplish the task but coming up short every time. I know nothing of Herman’s ancestry and am curious as to where he learned and perfected his craft.


Dunseith Bakery Memories: Reply to Don Malateree’s posting
Posting from Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

Herman was one of Dunseith’s greatest treasures.  Your post brings back fond memories—-especially those Bismarcks!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Forgotten Store Name:
Question from Harlyn Oppeboen (’51):  Colorado Springs, CO  

I worked in the Dunseith bakery in 1946 I was 13 years old. I think the baker was Alan Berg,  I don’t really remember.  but he taught me how to drive his 1935 ford so I could deliver bread to a little store a few miles south of Dunseith on the Rugby road. I don’t remember the name of the store Can you help me.

Harlyn Oppeboen

07/19/2021 (2796)

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

Leola Lagerquist  1926 – 2021
Lagerquist, Leola

 Leola Lagerquist

April 04, 1926 – July 10, 2021

Leola Lagerquist, age 95 of Dunseith, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Dunseith.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Ackworth Cemetery.

Leola B Hiatt Lagerquist was born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1926, the 7th of 12 children to George and Eva (Crawford) Hiatt at home – rural Dunseith. She attended Ackworth School. After graduating from the 8th grade, Leola worked for different families in the Dunseith area, besides helping her older siblings with their families and helping care for her younger siblings. Leola married Johnnie Lagerquist on December 4, 1948 in Rolla, ND. They lived on the Lagerquist family farm. There they raised their family of 9 children. Johnnie passed away September 27, 1990. Leola was busy from morning to night. In the summer she raised a big garden, canned vegetables, and picked and processed berries for syrup, jellies and sauces. She helped milk the cows and would churn cream to make butter. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and would bake a large batch of bread every week, sometimes more than once a week. Leola also baked a lot of cookies, cakes, pies, etc. All of her family enjoyed her homemade goods.

Leola worked in the kitchen at the International Music Camp for over 30 years, retiring at the age of 80. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith, the Kelvin Homemakers Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She helped teach Bible School and served as a leader of the Mountaineers 4 H Club. These were just a couple of things she truly enjoyed doing.

Leola wants to be remembered for how much she loved and cared for her husband Johnnie and their children Rodney, Lyle, Ray, Dale, Kurt, Evon, Carl, Kim and Bruce and their families. She loved doing whatever she could for them and looked forward to and enjoyed visits from them.

Leola is survived by her daughter Evon, sons Rodney, Lyle, Kurt, Carl (Tara) all of Dunseith, Ray (Lori) of Boulder, MT, Dale (Marlene) of Bottineau, and Bruce of Manhattan, KS, 23 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, sisters Nettie Peterson of Dunseith and Ena Birkland of Seattle, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leola passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at her daughter’s home.

Leola was preceded in death by her husband Johnnie, infant daughter Gail Sue and her son Kim Allen, a grandson Trey Michael, brothers Albert, Johnnie, Harry, George, and Glen Hiatt, sisters Violet House, Esther McCallie, Alvina Thompson, and Faye Tohm, her parents and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home In Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Gary Stokes comments
I am so Saddened to hear of Leola’s passing. She and the Lagerquist family were very close friends and Neighbors of ours grow up in the Ackworth community in the hills of the turtle mountains, where Leola lived her entire life. There are very few of her Hiatt Generation still living and they were many.
Leola and my Dad both attended the Ackworth county school as did Leola’s older children (Rodney, Lyle Ray and Dale), my brothers (Darrel Allen) and me.
I extend my condolences to the entire Lagerquist family with her passing. She will be missed dearly, but never forgotten.   


Dunseith Bakery Memories
Posting from Don Malateree (’72)  donmalaterre@gmail.com  Sioux Falls, SD

The first time I ever stepped into the backroom of the Dunseith bakery I asked Herman what he was making. He answered Banana Bread. The second time I stepped into the backroom of the Dunseith bakery I asked Herman what he was making. He answered Banana Bread. The third time I stepped into the backroom of the Dunseith bakery I asked Herman how’s that banana bread coming along. We both looked at each other and broke out laughing. He explained to me that he had been using that same canned statement for years. But, that, I had been the fastest to catch on to his running joke. Anyhow a few years later maybe around 1969 I was working in the bakery. One time when it was a real quiet day and no one was around Adam Lang walked in. Those of you who know Adam Lang know that he’s a straight forward no nonsense kind of a guy. Adam peaked around the corner, noticed that I was alone and asked me what I was working on. I told him banana bread. He looked at me and said ‘I don’t know what you’re making but it’s not banana bread.’ I pretended I didn’t know who he was and shouted out to Herman who was working in the far back room. I said Herman, this guy wants to know what I’m working on. Herman, not knowing who was out front shouted out ‘Banana Bread.’ Adam looked at me and his eyes got real big. Again he said ‘I don’t know what you’re making but it’s not banana bread and he just walked away. To this day I just crack up every time I think of that story. In fact I’m chuckling now as I’m typing to you good folks.

06/06/2021 (2795)

Greetings Dunseith alumni folks and friends,

Sorry for the long delay between these postings. I have been a bit busy. I don’t have much to post, so I need to get back into reposting years back blogs.

My plans were to Visit the states this summer, but with the restrictions imposed for my return to the Philippines I think I will forgo my plans for going back this year. Only Philippine Permanent Resident Aliens and Philippine Citizens are allowed entry into this country when traveling from other countries. Upon our arrival we are required, even those that have been fully vaccinated,  to spend a 7 day quarantine in a hotel room before being able to fully enter the county. I have chosen not to go thru all that. I am one of the 1.1% of the Philippine population that is fully covid vaccinated with both shots too.



Please wish Barbara Hiatt Cote happy 80th birthday
Posted by her son. Jeff Cote: jccarpentry64@gmail.com

The link to wish Barbara Happy birthday.

Gary I hope this finds you, not sure if I should use Gmail or AOL. Sending you our condolences and best wishes for your loss and for one if the worst years in my memory. This is a link to a page my sister Nicole started to wish my mother a happy 80th birthday which is June 20th. I realize the email stuff takes a lot of time and if you are not able to add this to a blog we completely understand. Thought you would be interested to know since you are all things Turtle mountains 😉. Though not raised there myself we spent a large portion of our early life in “the hills”. I and all of my family have an untold number of great memories at Hiatt’s, Radley’s, Ackworth, Peace Gardens, numerous lakes,…well you know the rest. Again, best wishes and hope this finds you doing well.

Son of a “Hill Billy” Jeff Cote.

Gary Stokes’ comments

So hard to believe that Barbara is 80 years old. We are all getting older.

I remember well Barbara teaching me the Alphabet, on the blackboard, when I was a first grader and she in 7th grade. Charlette Lang was our teacher. It was the last year of Summer school at Ackworth too.

Barbara is the oldest child and only girl of Willie and Maxine Hiatt. They are very much Ackworth community folks. I remember well when they sold their Farm to Norris Knutson in 1955 and moved to Bottineau. Barbara had just graduated from Ackworth country school. The primary reason for their move was for Barbara to attend Bottineau High School. Doing the math I think she Graduated from Bottineau HS in 1959. Folks, please correct me if I am wrong. My guess.

When they lived on their farm, now the Norris and Arlene Knutson farm, one mile to the east of our farm, our families were back and forth almost on a daily bases. We were very close. After they moved to Bottineau, we remained good friends, but didn’t see each other nearly as often.

I listed Laurence Dale as LD on the photo. In those days everyone knew him as LD. Very few knew his Given name.

Christmas card from the Willie Hiatt family to the Stokes’
Hiatt, Willie family


05/16/2021 (2794)

Gary Stokes Comments
Covid and Travel to the USA

The covid restrictions are very fluid here in the Philippines. At the moment they are only letting Permanent Resident Aliens (Me) and Philippine Citizens enter this country flying in from other countries. Before boarding the plane from a foreign Country we must have an 8 day prepaid quarantine reservation at an approved Hotel. They will do a covid test on the 7th day. If Negative they will allow you to go home with supervised home quarantine for the next 6 days. Not so sure I want to go thru all that on my return trip from the USA. Hopefully this requirement will be lifted soon.


Covid Vaccinations
Message from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Best of luck on your upcoming vaccination!

I completed the (two) Moderna with no side effects.

I read last spring  elementary children do not have as many achy muscles etc. after flu shots as adults

…… if  they are physically active.

…………So I thought  like a kid and walked alot…..v

Gary Stokes Comment
I received my first Sinovac Covid Vaccination on April 20th. I am scheduled for the 2nd one this coming Thursday May 20th.

Less than 2% of the Philippine population has received their first shot and I am one of them. Front liners first followed with the seniors. My next door neighbor is one of the ones in charge of administering the vaccinations, so I kind of had a bit of an advantage. All legal and above board though.


Covid Vaccinations
Reply from Ron Rieke (’69):  Meridian, TX

Gary, glad to see you’re  getting the vaccine.  My wife and I both had Covid-19.  Very mild, less problems than a common cold.  It does however affect different folks harshly.  Our family doctor recommended we get the vaccine and have completed both doses.  By end of May when you travel ,herd immunity should have kicked in here. Safe travels.


Ralph Bjornseth
Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND


Neola sent this picture to a few of us for positive identification. Not sure how long ago this was taken. Before cropping the picture I could tell It was taken at the Bottineau Senior Citizen Center.

Ralph is married to Luella Boardman Bjornseth (’49). They were married in July 1951. This July will be their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Ralph celebrated his 90th birthday 6 years ago. He will be 96 this year. Last message I received a few months back from Luella, she said they are both doing fine. They live in Bottineau.

Ralph’s parents were Jacob and Cora Bjornseth. Their farm was 1 ¾ miles west of our farm in the Turtle Mountains. The Bottineau / Rolette county line was between us. Off the top of my head, I believe Ralph is the only surviving of his family. His Two sisters, Gladys and Viola married twin brothers. Albert / Gladys Rude and Alfred / Viola Rude. LaVerne Rude, married to Carrole Fauske (’66) is the son of Albert and Gladys Bjornseth Rude.
Bjornseth, Ralph


Pastor Moren  Memories
Posting from Jeanne Sizemore.

Moren family

Thank you so much for the update. Pastor Moren
was my Pastor in Warren. He also confirmed me and my brothers.  I called him about a year ago and he remembered me. I’m to hear of his health.  He was our favorite Pastor we’ve ever had. Please tell him I asked about him and I’ll be praying for him.

Jeanne Pokrzywinski Sizemore.


04/10/2021 (2793)

Gary Stokes Message:

I am scheduled to receive the AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine. It’s a University of Oxford Vaccine administered mainly to those 60 plus years old. I was tentatively scheduled to receive the first shot this past Thursday, but AstraZeneca was not one of the Vaccinees received with this weeks supply. Hopefully next weeks. I am scheduled for the next supply too.

We foreigners are not being excluded from the Philippines administration of the covid vaccines. Same protocol as back in the states too. Front liners first, then Seniors over 60 followed with those under 60 with underline medical issues, then the general public. Less than 1% of the population has been Vaccinated. I feel very fortunate.

I will coordinate my trip back to the states around my Covid Vaccination. I may go between shots but not before the 20th of May. I don’t own any winter clothes. The first shot should give me enough protection to travel.

Current travel from the Philippines to the USA is over the Atlantic. From Cebu to ND it’s 10,000 miles over the Pacific and 14,000 miles over the Atlantic. That’s a long haul over the Atlantic.


Massage from Tom Hagen (’51 – Orvin’s Brother): 

Dear family and friends,

We have moved here permanently to the Arbor House, which is an assisted living facility for more care for Dot as she has some problems and we thought it best for all.  Two bedroom, large bath ,complete kitchen 3 meals daily, etc.   Our address is. 1705 3rd Ave, Williston,  Nd.   58801.  Our phone will be the same.

Tom and Dot Hagen


Vickie Metcalfe Retires from 46 years of Public School Teaching
Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary Stokes Note:
Congratulations Vickie for your many years of dedicated service. You are to be commended. Being a teacher is not an easy job.  I know you will be dearly missed in the Bottineau educational system too. Enjoy life now to the fullest.
Thank you so much for all your contributions to this blog too. Very much appreciated.   

April 9, 2021

Hi Gary,

FYI,    News in my life.

I’ve been pretty focused and busy since  the end of March.

I have not been on e-mail.

As you may know.  I choose NOT to  use Face  book.  ( I am of the  belief, people need to communicate in person
and think before speaking or writing  to others or messaging via telephone etc. regarding significant thought and feelings.)

I retired after 46 years as an  Educator , May 2020. What a big change for me in September! I’ve gone to school for most of my life in Sept.

Then, my beloved dog, Lochbuie died in Oct.
At the time, I told my Vet, “NEVER again,  I felt broken with grief.”
Since last March, I have kept the ‘distance etc. around Bottineau due to Covid 19…and loss of  Buie as my only companion was quite a blow. My thought, ‘I will never replace my  little gem Buie, with just any dog.

28 of March 2021, I adopted.
I adopted 2 babies.
Yes Two!  12 week old Westie brothers.

Yup. Vickie’s gone  totally  bonkers.

My sister, C—- has been a willing accomplice, along with her daughters and grandchildren. I found  a Westie breeder in Minnesota.

Then, I had to answer numerous questions?

“No, I had never committed any abuse against animals, my experiences with Westies, what kind of home  and yard I live, how often I leave home, a list my vets,  other pets, 3 references ” an almost  contract…

                        1.Drover  a wily little escape artist, does not have his longer coat. I wonder if I might be the runt of his litter? His bright dark eyes and nose, always scanning opportunity.

(In old Scots history, Hielan drovers in Scotland herded cattle to southern Scotland with assistance of trusty drover dogs.

Years ago, my first Westie, “Kin” wanted to be a cattle dog whenever he was trying to heel cattle at the farm.)

                        2.Finn  acts like the older brother, has  a longer, fluffy, white coat, makes his needs known by high pitched soprano howling.  It took time to decide a fitting name for Finn.

C.— suggested Finn. Finally, a fitting name.

………..I am proud of my Highland  Scots roots.  I had to continue my past  pattern for naming Westies.

‘”Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics. The National Trust for Scotland owns the cave as part of a national nature reserve.”

“It became known as Fingal’s Cave after the eponymous hero of an epic poem by 18th century Scots poet-historian James Macpherson. It formed part of his Ossian cycle of poems claimed to have been based on old Scottish Gaelic poems.”

“In Irish mythology, the hero Fingal is known as Fionn mac Cumhaill, and it is suggested that Macpherson rendered the name as Fingal (meaning “white stranger”) through a misapprehension of the name which in old Gaelic would appear as Finn.”

My current vocabulary, must be soft spoken. Potty? several times thru the night and day. No bite. Kennel.

….Uffda.  Today, they ate like two lumber jacks. I have to find more puppy food today.

I need to do  springs work.  It may end up sadly neglected so once again gain “No Yard of the Week” for me!

Puppies needs are number one. at this time in their lives.
I want them to grow up to be well behaved, well liked dogs.

They need to  be taught  to get along with other  dogs, neighbor animals, and be friends amongst people.

So, It looks to be  UFFDA busy summer time for me!

Until Later.

As ever, Vickie


Passing of Joseph Pigeon

Obituary Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND


Dean Joseph Pigeon
July 16, 1935 – March 29, 2021

Dean Pigeon, age 85, of Rolette, ND passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Heart of America Care Center, Rugby, ND.

Dean Joseph Pigeon was born on July 16, 1935 in Rolette, ND to Theodore and Cleora (Fassett) Pigeon. He was raised in Thorne and completed his education at Russell School until the 8th grade and then graduated from Rolette High School in 1953.  Dean was united in marriage to Betty Rivard on October 17, 1959 in Dunseith.  Together they raised three children, Lana, Todd, and Craig.  Dean was a farmer and rancher in Russell Township who took great pride in his farm and enjoyed the work he put in each day.  He served on the Board of Directors for North Central Grain Cooperative and was granted Rolette County Soil Conservation Award and the NDSU Outstanding Agriculturist Award.  Going to auction sales on occasion was time well spent.  Dean loved time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.

Dean is survived by his wife, Betty Pigeon of Rolette; children, Lana Pigeon of Spokane, WA, Todd (Michele) Pigeon of Rolette, and Craig (Nancy) Pigeon of Ellensburg, WA; four grandchildren, Collin Pigeon, Katelyn Pigeon, Claire Pigeon, and Sasha Pigeon; and siblings, Robert Pigeon, Alva Rumler, Margaret Fox, Renee Pigeon, and Laurie Pigeon.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Cleora Pigeon, infant son, Kirk Allen, brothers, Curtis, William, and Kenneth, and sister, Beverly.

A Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.  A Private Funeral Mass will be held at a later date with Father Paul Raj presiding.  Burial will be in St. Edwards Cemetery, Thorne, ND.  Please follow Covid-19 guidelines when in attendance for services.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.


Passing of Evelyn Berube Seim
Obituary Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary Stokes Note: Having a Philippine IP address, I am denied access to this obituary, so I was unable to read it.


Gary and friends of Dunseith School,

I recall dear family friend, Eva (Berube) Seim sharing fond comments about her  siblings.

Sympathy to the extended family of Evelyn (Vandal) Berube on her passing.

Thank you Gary.

Vickie Metcalfe.


Passing of Mrs Neil Arntzen
Obituary Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith School,

Those of us who also attended NDSU Bottineau college recall with respect Mr. Neil Arntzen a long time professor and coach.  He always remembered  many of his former students through the years.

Mr. and Mrs.  Arntzen’s,  among many other attributes, were wonderfully supportive of the Bottineau community, Faith, Education, Sons of Norway and Veterans Organizations.

Sincere sympathy to the Arntzen family  on the loss of Mrs. Arnzen  a beautiful gracious lady on Mr. Arntzen’s arm.


Vickie Metcalfe

03/19/2021 (2792)

Dragon’s Roar (School Newspaper)
Request from Sandy Lopez (64) Rockford, IL.


I hope you are doing ok and adjusting to your new ‘normal’ as you continue to process all the changes in your life.

Thank you for your continued effort to keep the DHS alumni in touch with each other. In today’s message, what struck me the most was the one page of the Dragon’s Roar. In just the one page, there were a number of memories that came back. Do you happen to have the ‘whole’ (may have been 6 or 8 pages) January 1964 issue? Or others?

Sent from my iPad


Gary’s Comment.
Before I started the blog and it was just the class of ’65 chat, we posted a lot of Dragon’s Roar newspaper clippings. As I remember it was Bill Grimme that had all those. Possibly Carol Jasper too. I will check my Archives and see if I still have those postings too.


Dunseith Bank Question answer
From Cathy Campbell Springan (’73):  Stanley, ND


I’ve been able to find out that our grandfather, William Campbell, bought into the bank the summer of 1933.



Dragon’s Roar: 1964 cheerleaders
Photo’s and posting from Ken Nerpel (’65): 

Regarding the Dragon’s Roar: 1964 cheerleaders Here are a couple of photos that I think were taken in 1964 or maybe 1965.  I’m not sure who took them but I think it might have been John Awalt.  We didn’t have much success on the basketball floor that year, but we always had great cheerleaders!

Kenneth Nerpel
Dunseith Basketball Dunseith Basket ball-1


Vivian Abrahamson, ST John, Passed away on February 21, 2021
Obituary and Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND


Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends,

Sympathy to the family of Vivian Abrahamson. I recall  times of childhood since long past,  whilst attending  Floyd and Dorothy Lamb family birthdays. And the presence of members of Dorothy’s extended  Abrahamson family.

Sincerely ,

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Chicken killer gets a  lecture
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Articles from CBC Canada


“So I kind of gave him a little lecture and then told him he shouldn’t come back.”



As you know, I like tales.

I loved this CBC  story about a lynx, chickens and a farmer.

For those of us living our childhoods on family farms  in the hills, It was always be watchful  of predators,  protect  and keep safe the  livestock and fowl. Whenever the coyotes or a pack of dogs moved in and  killed sheep,  it was sorrowfully  heartbreaking. Many farmers of the hills stopped raising sheep due to coyotes.

Our childhood  family dog, Skip was once beat up by a coyote pack who lured him over the hill. That happened only once, he smartened up as an adult,  never wandered into  the depths of darkness to chase ” Whoopee  Y  O coyotes”.

Skip also, absolutely hated chicken hawks.  He was a protector of chickens and kids. After Skip passed away, Mom found too,  that chickens were defenseless against another predator, who could find one small circular  hole in the floorboard  and enter a coop.   That was the year mom stopped raising chickens all because of  “Sneaky weasel”.

Until Later,