Bill Berube’s (69): Obituary
Posted by Eileen Brudwick: Arizona


William G. ‘Bill’ Berube

William G. “Bill” Berube, 58, Laramie, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his home. He was born July 12, 1951, in Santa Paula, Calif., the son of Fortune and Katherine (Keefe) Berube. He began school at St. Sebastian’s Elementary School until the fourth grade, when the family moved to Dunseith, N.D., in 1960. He graduated from high school in 1969. He earned a B.S. degree in elementary education at Mayville State University in 1973 and was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned his master’s degree from North Dakota State University in 1980. He attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned his doctorate degree in 1985, and then he moved to Gillette, returning to Laramie in 1994. At that time, he took a professorship at the University of Wyoming and was able to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award on April 23.

He married Sherilyn Karlstad on Aug. 19, 1977, in Mayville, N.D. He had a love of his family, education, sports and his profound love for the development of the human spirit within all people, especially young children.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Newman Center and a recipient of the Ellbogen Award.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Alice Evans Berube; a brother-in-law, Ronald Reynolds; a step-sister-in-law, Linda Evans Carlson; and a step-nephew, Luke Evans.

He is survived by loving family, including his wife of 32 years, Sherilyn Berube of Laramie; his children, Brooke Y. Berube, Katherine A. Berube and Kelsey A. Berube, all of Laramie and Teri L. Simpson and her husband, Chris, of Chehalis, Wash.; his siblings, Tom Berube, Jim Berube and Cecile Reynolds; step-brothers, Jim Evans and his wife, Cheri, Tom Evans and his wife, Jan, Frank Evans and his wife, LaRae, Mike Evans and his wife, Patty, and Pat Evans; and his three grandchildren, Kennedy, Tanner and Grace Simpson. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Newman Center with the Reverend Fr. Carl Gallinger, celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. today at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the William Berube Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the UW College of Education, 1000 University, Dept. 3374, Laramie, WY, 82071.

Services are under the direction Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.

Condolences to the Berube Family from the Rober’t’s:
Posted by Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND
Our condolences go out to the Berube families.
Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson
Posted by Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

I will post this last section of the story and study of the Vikings
possible travel to the area. For those who would like to read the entire
book, I think it can be bought through the Spectrum office supply store
on Main in Bottineau or probably from the bookstore on the Dakota
College-Bottineau (School of Forestry) campus. There are many more
technical articles and descriptions that may not be of interest to the
entire readership here on the blog. It is interesting to those of us
with the defective history gene that makes us ponder these ancient
things. Thanks Gary!




Ed Milligan:
Picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Everyone,


I happened to find this picture of Ed Milligan, which I took in app. 1959. As you can see, I missed the front of the truck. Uff da!! This is the way I remember Mr. Milligan. I attended the Forestry 1957 Winter Quarter-Spring Quarter 1959.







Bernadette and I got back from our week-end excursion to the northern end of this Island (Cebu) last night. We had a fabulist week-end. There were about 25 of us from here that went up for the house warming of our friends who recently built a 2nd home up there right on the beach. They have 2 1/2 acres with about 400 feet of ocean front property up there. They built a beautiful home on this site. They wined and dined us all week-end of which we did not expect them to do. On Monday they had about 100 folks in attendance for their house blessing followed with a meal, under tent covers, on the beach. They are originally from England. Unlike the beaches down here, they are pure sand up there. From here it takes about 3 hours to get up there. We were a caravan of 6 cars coming back last night.
When we arrived, the lady of the house along with her friend went with us to show us our hotel. On the way over the lady of the house, our friend, says to Bernadette, “Do you know who my friend is?” who was sitting with her in the back seat of our car. Of course Bernadette had to ask because she did not know. Our friend says this is Imelda ILanan. Bernadette took a double take when she heard that. Imelda was a famous actress here in the PI for many years in Bernadette’s growing up days. He daughter, Maricel Laxa Pangilinan, is a current well known actress here in the PI as well. We didn’t say anything to the rest of our friends who Imelda was until Monday. We were hoping something would be said who she was, but there wasn’t. Imelda and her husband Ben are such friendly folks too. On the 3rd day, Monday, we got the conversation going with Imelda along with our friends with who she is. Needless to say, they were quite surprised. I know everyone like me, went home and googled both Imelda and her daughter. It’s a small world.
Bill Berube (69) Passed away:
From Crystal Fassett Andersen (70): Walhalla, ND.

It is with great sadness and many tears that I regret to inform everyone,that Bill Berube passed on to a better place today. He will be remember many times over and greatly missed by many friends and family. Keep the Berube family in you prayers. God Bless Crystal Fassett Andersen

Posted from Bill Berube’s Carringbridgde site:

Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:27 AM, CDT


Haagenson family info request posted on our Website:
From: Elaine Cuyler

Nice web site – seems like a close community!

I’m looking for descendents of Hans Haagenson, who lived in Dunseith (died 1941). His sister was my great-grandmother, Minnie. We don’t know too much about Minnie’s family since she moved with her husband, Martin Donaldson, to St. Paul, then to Portland, Oregon. Would appreciate if you could put me in touch with any Haagensons from Dunseith, perhaps we are related. Would help me fill out family tree.

Thank you,

Elaine Cuyler (formerly Donaldson)
Portland Oregon

Reply from Elaine to Gary
I’m hoping that someone remembers Elvin’s mother and other family members corresponding with my great-grandmother, and perhaps has old letters or photos. I do know that they exchanged letters – that’s how I found that Minnie’s name was Haagenson, was on an old envelope from Dunseith. Minnie’s family photo album was destroyed in a flood, according to a cousin. So we’re hoping that we can find maybe even one photo of Minnie and her husband.

My sister named her daughter Maren – picked the name off family tree that I put together after researching census records, etc. I believe Maren Haagenson’s grave in Dunseith simply says, “Mother” on it.

Thanks again,

AOL Converting messages to Zip files:
Message from Duane Woodford (57): Winston Salem, NC

Gary, this is the last message that I received.



In a message dated 3/26/2010 2:59:32 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
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It appears that AOL is converting email to ZIP files if they are over a certain size. I try to keep the files sizes down with these daily sendings too. The message that got coverted was pretty small being only 388KB. I post all these daily messages on our website as well. http://garystokes.net/default.aspx

Last week was a stressful week but it ended with some great news. The results of my PET Scan were negative! Finally a light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like my cancer is pretty much gone and that there isn’t anymore anywhere else in my body. I spent most of the week expecting the worst so when I got my results on Friday I was on top of the world. I also had my latest chemo treatment on Friday and it went well. Only 7 more to go!

Connor is doing well. Up to 6lbs already! He is changing so fast. His face has really filled out and his body is starting to fill out as well. To be released from the NICU he needs to be able to eat all of his feedings from the bottle. He has improved at this but still needs more time. Some days he eats almost every bottle and others he eats about half. It sounds like he will be in the hospital for a couple more weeks. He also has a problem with reflux that the doctors are trying different things to get under control. I don’t want him rushed at all. He wasn’t due until April 23 so if he needs 2 or 3 more weeks in there that is fine with me. I looked forward to when we can finally take him home though!

I hope you all have a Happy Easter!

Art Rude Productions:
Message from Art Rude (71): Bismarck, ND.

I just thought I would try let everyone know on my email list, that I am closing down the current artrude.com website. This is the third time, as after a while it gets very cumbersome, and as I am not a professional webpage person, I make mistakes. After a while there are enough things to be redone, it makes more sense to just start over.

Plus, I was paying to much for the previous host. I paid for a commercial package I never used, which was really stupid on my part. I tried it, it didn’t work for me, but then I neglected to drop it or change carriers.

Anyway, I made the switch to Mac, and so now is the time to change everything. Starting to really enjoy the Mac, and many functions are just so much easier, but there is a lot of work to be done, converting files and what not.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy my website, www.artrude.com but it will be gone shortly. A new website will arise out of the ashes in the not too distant future, at the same address.

With the Mac, I wanted to get into better video productions, and so I have started that process. If you go to utube, and type artrudetv, or Art Rude TV, that’s what you will get. And if you check out some of the videos there, you can see the difference in production and quality on the earlier video compared to the new. There is a lot to learn, but I’m having fun with it, and hopefully you will enjoy the videos. I hope to add another every week, and two when I am able.



Peace and Power,



Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions,

webpage address: www.artrude.com

and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!
Arla Hall (Former Dunseith teacher) & Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.



This picture was taken at Mrs. Hall’s 90th birthday open house last summer. The open house was held at United Parish Church in Bottineau. Mrs. Fay Benson took this picture. I’ll be sending a picture of Mrs. Hall and several of her former students who were at her open house at the time the picture was taken. I’ve asked a few people for help in identifying two ladies in the picture. When they are identified, I’ll send the picture.


Many of you who receive this picture are also former students of Mrs. Hall. She is doing very well. She’s a little hard of hearing, but otherwise does very well. She still drives. She attended our class of ’57’s 50th reunion in 2007 at the Norway House. She lives in one of the apartments on the east end of Bottineau. Go east from the First National Bank to the last apartment on the street; this is Mrs. Hall’s apartment. Her address is:

829 5th St. E

Bottineau, ND 58318-1463


Mrs. Fay Benson took this picture/the one I’m going to send later. Many thanks to her!


Dunseith Alumni Reunion Catered Dinner:

Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Bacon/Lettuce Cauliflower Salad, Dinner Roll and Dessert for $10.00 per plate.
Verena has calculated $5.00 per head to cover all miscellaneous expenses. This includes the Facility, Security, decorations, table covers, several cakes, the hiring of a clean up crew the following day, etc
Note: Verena would like the Dinner Payments early to help with her planning.
For those of you desiring the catered meal, please send your payment of $10.00 Plus $5.00 ($15.00 total) per person payable to
Verena Gillis
PO Box, 785
Dunseith, ND 58329
(701) 263-3302 C(701) 378-5167


No Blogs for the next three days:
This is Friday in the PI. Bernadette and I will be attending a house warming for friends of ours on Monday, on the North end the Island. It’s about 75 miles up there. We will be leaving tomorrow morning, Saturday, with friends of our and returning later Monday evening. I will be sending out the next Blog either Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Please continue to send your email messages. I will catch up when I get home. Gary





Helen Bye
(February 3, 1914 – March 25, 2010)

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Helen Bye, age 96 of Bottineau, died Thursday in a Bottineau hospital. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2:00 P.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be held on Monday beginning at 10:00 A.M. until noon in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Helen Christianson Bye was married to Clarence. They lived on the west side of Willow lake a short distance south of Freddie Hiatt’s. Clarence and Helen were wonderful folks. Clarence was our county commissioner for all the years I lived there. I am so sorry to hear of Helens passing. Clarence and Helen had no children. Helen came from a very large family and has many relatives. Gary

Everette Enno’s (76) birthday Today the 26th: Williston, ND.
Happy Birthday Everette. We are wishing you the happiest birthday ever. Enjoy. Gary
To Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73)
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND

You have many good stories regarding you and Wanda but that one will
always be one of my favorites. I can just picture it.

Marlys Hiatt

Vickie, I remember you well as a little girl when you first started to talk and walk. You were so cute and always had to lots to talk about. Gary


Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND
Seeing Larry Nagels name made me smile. I remember him fondly especially when it came to Wanda Medrud and myself, I believe we drove him nuts. He was always seperating us because Wanda talked to much and of course she always said it was me. I remember one time that my mouth got me in trouble. We were all wanting to leave bookkeeping and he kept saying now quiet down its not time to go yet look at the clock. Well me and my big mouth pointed to the clock and announced; sure its time to go your cock must be off. Well color me beet red. He just lowered his head and shook it and thank god the bell rang. we were dismissed and he was left mumbling Vickie Vickie Vickie. Hard to believe it will be 38 years in april since her death wow and I still miss her.
Pictures from Marge Longie Langan-Wilcox (59): Vancouver, WA



Effie House Espe






Susan Brew Roussin (59)






Billie (Willie) Longie (60),


Margie Spaeth Farquharson (59),


Connie Bedard Sullivan (59)






LorraineVandal with two of her children








5/23/1956 – 9th grade Picnic:


Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59), Wilbert Longie


& Susan Brew Roussin (59)






5/23/1956 – 9th grade Picnic:


Wallace Longie (59), Margie Spaeth Farquharson (59)


& Eileen Eurich Nelson (59)










Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59),


Susan Brew Roussin (59)


& Marge Longie Langan-Wilcox (59)

Vikings cave in the Turtle Mountains:
Posted by Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Here is an article from John Molberg’s book about the cave in the
foothills northwest of Bottineau. This is the one Ed Milligan said is
definitely European in design and why, with all the other evidence, he
believed that the Vikings made it all the way to the Turtle Mountains.
Thanks Gary!






Reply from Don Boardman (60): Bottineau, ND.
You can add my name to the list of coming to the Dunseith reunion.
The picture that you got from Neola of “Just Us” playing at Brentmoor in Minot was taken three days after we had been to the Valley City Winter Show and did a concert there. When Jerry Olson is playing with us we are Hills and Plains Country Gospel. When he is gone in the winter the three of us – Dave Mettler, Tina Bullinger, and myself perform as “Just Us”. We did an hour at the Frozen Fingers festival in Minot in February and we also go to nursing homes, hospital, assisted living facilities, churches and other festivals. We sponsor the International Country Gospel Music Fest at the Peace Gardens the 3rd weekend in August with performers from both Canada and the US. We have a good time performing for people.
Don Boardman (60)
Reply from Aimee Lagerquist (97): Boulder, MT
Hi Gary,
Just a quick clarification…my grandma’s full name is Florence Christianson Williams Struck…and yep, she is a sister to Alma and Emma…and numberous others! =)

Aimee Lagerquist
Aimee, I really screwed that one up yesterday. I just didn’t bring all my thoughts together when I put that message out. I talked to your Grandmother, Florence Christianson Williams Struck, several times when I was putting class lists together. She is such a nice lady. She is the one that told me she and Orvin Hagen were in the same class in their country school. She requested that I add Orvin to their Class list of 1938 of which I have. Thank you so much for this correction. Gary
Reply from Kim Fassett: Coos Bay, OR.

Wow! That is so cool! To see Grandma, Mom & Dad Fassett ‘out of the blue’ in these old photos – is phenomenal! I just watched one episode of “Who do you think you are” (think that’s what it’s called?) and it’s really inspired me to know more about family history. In fact (Dick J.), watched something on The History Channel (about Jesse James and his stashed treasures) … so that inspired me even more, considering we’re related :) Who knows what the past will reveal … hopefully all good.

Like (sister) Pam said “THANKS for all you do”.

Kim Fassett – Coos Bay

Kim, It’s great hearing from you. I understand that you were about 5 years old when your family left Dunseith. I know you have stayed well connected with your many relatives and others from Dunseith over the years. You come from great stock. Gary
Mr. Myron Haugse, previous Superintendent, Passed away:
From Gaillord Peltier (80): Turtle Lake, ND
Good Morning Gary;

I writing to inform everyone that one our previous superintendent’s Mr.
Myron Haugse passed away Sunday evening at about 6:30pm. Mr. Haugse worked
for the Dunseith School District from 1987 to June 1995. I was a classroom
teacher all the years that he was in Dunseith. Mr. Haugse’s wife Marlene
is originally from Rugby and have been living in Rugby in the summers. Mr.
& Mrs. Haugse have been snowbirds for the last several years and been
spending their winter’s in Arizona. Mrs. Haugse is making plans to have a
memorial sometime in mid April. I will give updates as Mrs. Haugse informs
me with more information.

Thank you Gary;

Gaillord Peltier
“Class of 1980“

Gaillord, We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Haugse’s death. I see he was a 1954 High School graduate from Dickinson. He was a young man. Our Condolences are extended to his family with his passing. Gary
’64 1/2 Mustang:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

I would just like to say thanks to Don Lamoureux for providing the
interesting history of my ’64 1/2 Mustang. Someday I would really like
to see it again just for the memories. Don, I know how hard it is to
find original 4 barrel intake manifolds for the 289 cubic inch engines.
Few cars were equipped that way and very few intakes exist today. I do
happen to have two of them, but that’s after looking constantly for many
years. The story of the theft of the old car is something I had never
heard about. You are lucky to ever see it again, let alone getting it
back mostly complete. That doesn’t happen very often. Thanks Don and Gary!



Viking Exploration of the Turtle Mountains:

Reply Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO

Gary, regarding the Viking history in the Turtle mts. Several years ago John Molberg ( he taught at the Bottineau Forestry) put considerable time and effort into that very subject. He published a booklet with very interesting Viking information. I bought one at the Spectrum in Bottineau. I think their children still have the family cabin up at Metigoshe. They were an awesome family. Thanks, Sharon Zorn Gerdes.
Viking Exploration of the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Glenda Fauske and my wife Brenda for locating this
information. This is from a small book written by John Molberg, a long
time professor at the School of Forestry, about the possibility of the
Viking exploration of the Turtle Mountains. I will have to send the
articles over several days as there are many pages and all are of
interest to this subject. Thanks Gary!





Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:

Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Hello Gary,

In looking over the Lutheran Confirmation Picture, I believe the Lady on the far right in the first row, is Betty Lou Poepple. In the second row numbers 5, 6, 7, on your right are Bertha Kraft (Marlene Armentrout’s Sister), Doris Peterson and Mary (Tootsie) Peterson. What a great picture.


Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from David Slyter (70): Fargo, ND.


That is Bernard Hiatt next to Freddie.

Dave Slyter (70)




Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:

Reply from Murl Watkins Hill (50): Dunseith, ND.


Gary, I think I can get all the names of the Dunseith Lutheran Church Confirmation or probably a new membership group that Rev. C.T. Hanson had.

Back row: Rev. C.T. Hanson, Cliff Halvorson, Albet Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hills,

3rd row: Bernard Hiatt, Freddie Hiatt, Alma Christianson Halvorson, Emma Christianson Halvorson, Raymond Nerple, Bob Stickland.

2nd row: Jackie Larson, Joy Stickland Peterson, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett, Florence Hiatt Dahl, Dorothy Kraft Schneider, Doris Peterson Williams, Mary Peterson.

1st row: Betty Eurich Nerple, Kate Kraft Fassett, Annie Kraft Hills, Charlotte Hiatt Lang, Dolly Hagen,Betty Lou Poeppel Olson, ?Really enjoy off my screen.

Rev Hanson’s daughter, Clarice graduated with Marlene Molgard, Florence Hiatt, and I in 1950, They left and that is when Rev. O.O. Lovaas came.

We nailed this one. Thanks again for all your input and thank you Fauske’s for sharing. This is fun. We now have another picture, with the correct identities, to add to our archives.
Note to Carrole Fauske Rude (66), When I saw the gal, 4th from the left in the 2nd row, I could see your look in her eyes. I didn’t think it was your mother, but I was pretty sure it was one of her sisters. Florence, you look great in this picture! Gary


4th Row: Rev C.T. Hanson, Cliff Halvorson, Albert Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hill.


3rd row: Bernard Hiatt, Freddie Hiatt, Alma Christianson Halvorson, Emma Christianson Halvorson, Raymond Nerpel, Bob Stickland.


2nd row: Jackie Larson, Joy Stickland Peterson, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett, Forence Hiatt Dahl, Dorothy Kraft Schnieder, Doris Peterson Williams, Mary Peterson


1st row: Betty Eurich Nerpel, Kate Kraft Fassett, Annie Kraft Hill, Charlotte Hiatt Lang, Dolly Hagen Marten, and Betty Lou Poepple Olson



Reply from Don Lamoureux (75): Bethel, MN

I’m a little behind on the mail. I doubt my mom replyed about your 64 1/2 mustang. It ended up for sale at the Lamoreux Bros. garage. I beleive the story was mom wanted it bad, but dad (Jay) wasn’t about to hand it over, it was for sale. So mom went to the bank, got approved for the loan, and bought it. So it really was hers, not “theirs”. WhenI was a senior, Dad overhauled I “got it”. Great car . It sat at Hank Thorstenson’s (the druggist after Shelvers) for the 4 (5) years I was at school. After graduation, went back to Hanks to get the car. It smelled funny, pulled the back seat out, a mouse nest with mice in it. While I was trying to figure out what to do with them, his black lab took care of the problem with one gulp. Thanks. We put a new battery in it, changed oil, and drove it from there to Wickenburg AZ. Got married down there, and Liz and I drove it back towing a Uhaul to Mpls. Drove it there. Went out to drive it after Memorial weekend, stolen out of the parking lot. We were distraught. Cops found it in Isanti county north of the cities miunus the 4 barrel carb and header. Had to scrounge like hell to find one.

After that mom came up and got it with a friend of hers, and it is restored. Beautiful, and living a rust free life in AZ.

Don Lamoureux (75)




Raymond Burr & Fess Parker:

Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND.


Gary, in reply to Raymond Burr & Fess Parker, they were in Dunseith hunting. I’m not sure where all they hunted. I think it was about late 40s or early 50s. I didn’t meet or see them. Lloyd




Ed Milliagan – Fess Parker:

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO


More about Ed Milligan….I guess he had an interest in Native American history all right, as he kept the road hot between Bottineau and Belcourt the years I worked at Dale’s. He had a couple of good teachers that I knew of. Old Pat Gourneau at Belcourt forgot more than most people new about Native Americans. Another source that Ed used was an old Dutchman by the of Henry Klebe. More people may have known his son, Egon Klebe. At least I think he was Dutch and he did have a great sense of humor.
Doug Striker and I spent some time locating rocks in the Turtle Mountains to be used at the Peace Garden. We ran into ole Henry one day and he told us he has just buried a couple of wheel barrows of war clubs under an old oak tree. He was tickled to death to think that some young adventurers would find them and say, “there sure must have been a lot of Native Americans around here.” He lived in the Metigoshe area and I think he donated his life’s collection to a museum in Bismarck.
By the way Fess Parker just died last week.
Gary Metcalfe



Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA



Is there Global Warming? You couldn’t prove it by me! I think it’s
more like Global Cooling. We got our 4th snowfall of the season
yesterday and it didn’t get much above 35 degrees all day. Normal
snowfall here is about once every two or three years. I haven’t
forgotten what it’s like to be on the receiving end of an abnormal
Winter like many of you in the North have experienced this year. The
forecast for today is 67 degrees.

Dale Pritchard


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:

Reply from Aimee Lagerquist (97): Boulder, MT
I typically don’t write…but the second tall slim guy in the back is Clifford Halvorson…next to him is Albert (his brother). Directly in front of each of them (the ladies) is Alma Christianson Halvorson and Emma Christianson Halvorson their wives.

Aimee Lagerquist

Alma & Emma Christianson Halvorson would be your Grandmother’s (Florence Christianson Williams) sisters.
Florence Christianson Struck is also a sister to your Grandmother. She is currently living in the Oak Manor Apartments in Bottineau.
Your parents are Lori Williams Lagerquist (75) and Ray Lagerquist (70):
Aimee, We love hearing from you and everyone else. You mentioned one time that you share these daily messages with your folks. We welcome their comments and contributions too. Thank you so much for sharing. Gary

Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:

Reply from Bobbie Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas
In the photo from Russell Fauske, I believe that is Clifford Halvorson isn’t it. and in the third row second from the left is my dad Freddie Hiatt, I am not positive but the guy in the third row second from the right isn’t that a Nerpel

Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD
RE: picture–It looks like a church gathering. Front row L to R=Betty Nerpel, Kate Fassett, Dorothy(?) Kraft, Charlotte Lang , ?, Poepple
2nd row–Larson, Cynthia Johnson, Dorothy Fassett, ?,?,?,?
Back row–?, Rev Lovaas, Freddie Hiatt, Clifford Halvorson, Alma Halvorson, Halvorson, Halvorson, Darrel Fassett, Raymond Nerpel, ?. Pastor
Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Pam Fassett Faust (65): Lilburn, GA
Gary – I’m sure you will get lots of replies to this photo. In the 1st row, second woman from the left is my Grandma Kate Fassett; second row, 3rd from the left is my Mom, Dorothy Fassett; in the back row, 2nd from the right is my Dad, Darrel Fassett. I’m sure Mom or Dad could tell you on what occasion this photo was taken. I haven’t a clue. Thanks again for all you do!
Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Darrel Fassett (47): Boynton Beach, FL

The group picture in this message is a Lutheran Confirmation group from the mid 50’s. The ones I know are: 1st row-Betty Nerpel, Kate Fassett, Annie Hill, Charlotte Lang, Dolly Hagen ?, and unk. 2nd row-unk, Joy Peterson, Dorothy Fassett, unk., unk., unk., unk.,. 3rd row-unk., Freddie Hiatt, Alma Halvorson, ? Halvorson, Raymond Nerpel, Bob Stickland. 4th Row-unk. Minister, Cliff Halvorson, ? Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hill. Joy Peterson or Murl Hill could probably name them all. Darrel

Folks, I have labeled this photo with the replies we have gotten so far. We still have a few in question and unknowns. Please reply with any corrections you think should be made. The two gals on the right in the 2nd row have not been identified. Hopefully some of you may have an idea who these gals are. Also please comment on those in question. Is that Bernard or Eldon Hiatt in the 3rd row? We’d like to have the correct identifications of those in this photo for our Achieves. My guess is that this picture was taken in about 1946, give or take a year or two. Gary
4th Row: Rev Lovaas, Cliff Halvorson, Albert Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hill.
3rd row: Eldon or Bernard Hiatt, Freddie Hiatt, Alma Christianson Halvorson, Emma Christianson Halvorson, Raymond Nerpel, Bob Stickland.
2nd row: Jackie Larson, Joy Stickland Peterson, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett, Dorothy Hiatt Swanson?, Irene Stickland?, ????, ????
1st row: Betty Eurich Nerpel, Kate Fassett, Annie Hill, Charlotte Lang, Dolly Hagen?, and Ella May Poepple Vogsland?


Raymond Burr and Fess Parker’s hunting trip in the Turtle Mountains:

Reply from Gloria Robillard Patnaude (69): Belcourt, ND.
In reply to Raymond Burr and Fess Parker hunting in the Turtle Mountains, it seems to be true. I know the last family that owned the Hotel in Rolla (I can’t remember the name of the hotel) I went there to go and see for myself and he showed me the rooms that they stayed in, their names were on the door . They came up here to go goose hunting. They have torn the hotel down and turned into a small park and skating rink.
Raymond Burr and Fess Parker’s hunting trip in the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Allen Richard (60): Midland, MI
I think they Parker and Burr were in our area at least once for a short period. As I recall some friends of mine form the Rock Lake area said they used to hunt geese. It stands to reason they could have been to the Lord’s lake area too. Those two fly ways were the hot spots years ago.
Viking’s in the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and friends,

Thanks to Colette for the link to the history of Viking travel to the
Turtle Mountains. It tells the same story as was told to us by Ed
Milligan some 40 years ago. I mistakenly said that I saw a picture of Ed
holding a Viking sword when it would appear it was actually a Viking ax.
The holes in the stones would be a bit hard to ‘debunk’ as the Vikings
and maybe some other Europeans would have been the only ones with steel
tools that could have done it. To the best of my knowledge, no people
native to North America had yet discovered / invented steel. The studies
of the rocks state that the tops of the rocks had flaked off around the
holes. Rain entering these holes and then freezing could easily break
rock. It is one of the worst problems at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. I
watched a documentary on the constant care of the monument and the
danger of ice freezing in cracks in the granite. Interesting stuff!
Thanks to Colette and Gary!


Locating Judy Johnson originally from Wolford:
Reply from Lee Halvorson: Williston, ND
I don’t recall Judy’s married name. Her mother, Dora, passed away several
years ago. She did remarry after moving to Kalispell back in the 60’s if
memory serves correctly.
Lee, With the info you provide yesterday, hopefully someone can fill in a few more of the pieces enabling us to locate Judy. Collectively we have located lots of folks. Thank you so much. Gary
Picture from Russell (64) & Glenda Fauske: Dunseith, ND.
Hi Gary,

The Fauske family was looking through photos the other night and we came across this “group photo” from the old days. We are wondering if anyone knows what the occassion was? We know a lot of the folks, but are curious as to what organization or group they were all getting together for. Help?


Russell and Glenda Fauske

Russell & Glenda, This is an interesting photo. Some of these folks look so familiar. The slender guy, 2nd in from the left in the back, sure looks like a Halvorson to me? Folks, please reply if you know any of these folks. I will repost with names. Gary


Judy Johnson from Wolford:
Reply from Lee Halvorson (Les Halvorson’s sister): Williston, ND.
I am Lee Halvorson, a 1965 Wolford High School graduate, and Les
Halvorson, now living in Bottineau, is my brother. Les mentiioned to me
that you requested information about Judy Johnson in the emails that you
send out.
I graduated one year after Judy Johnson; her and my mother, Eleanor
“Eddie” Halvorson were best friends and I believe classmates during their
school days in Wolford.
Dora Connover Johnson, Judy’s mother, moved to Kalispell, MT., sometime
during the 60’s. The last I heard of Judy, sometime during the late 80’s
or early 90’s, I believe that she was living in either Prescott or
Flagstaff, AZ. By the way, I would enjoy receiving your blog emails…as
it seems you have developed something really interesting for those of us
from the Wolford, Rolette, Dunseith, Nanson, Omeemee areas.


Lee Halvorson
Auctioneer Broker
High Plains Auction & Appraisal
Basin Brokers

What a wonderful surprise hearing from you. With today’s message I have added you to our daily distribution.
I too am a 1965 graduate, but from Dunseith. You probably know a lot of my class mates. Evie Gottbreht, also from our DHS class of 65, is the one asking about Judy Johnson. Do you by chance know Judy’s current last name? Do you know if her mother is still living? It would be nice if we could locate her. Evie has previously asked about Judy, so I know she’d love getting in contact with her.
You too, Like your brother Les, are and auctioneer. Les and Myra live directly across the street from my brother Bud and his wife Debby in Bottineau. We’ll be staying with them with our trip back to the area in May.
Ed Milligan:
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,
I agree with everyone who says Ed Milligan looks so young–he looked much older when I took class from him at the School of Forestry, 1958-1960. The date was my error. Sept. 3, 1975 was stamped on the back of the picture. I usually check to see if it is an actual date, or if it is a “copied by” date. This date is a “copied by” day. I guess the old brain was taking a break when I added the date!! LOL!!
In one of the classes I took from Mr. Milligan, I was the only girl in a class of Korean Vets. That should have been a girl’s idea of heaven. :) However, I was a very naive girl, and when Mr. Milligan would say anything that might cause me to blush, the vets turned to look at me, and then I really blushed. My mistake was sitting in the front row the first day of class, and I had blushed several times at comments that were made. After the first day, I did NOT sit in the front row; that’s why the vets turned around to see if I was blushing. They were great fellows. It was a fun year. If my memory is correct, except for the nursing students, this particular year, there were 3 girls enrolled–at least for one of the quarters, maybe more. I’m sorry to say I still blush very easily. :(

Ed Milligan:

Reply Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

It appears Ed Milligan made quite an impression on lots of people.
Dale is correct about Ed’s car too—it was a baby blue ’65 T Bird with
a black vinyl top. I think he lived in the Woods Hotel on the west side
of Main Street. One winter quarter I stayed in Bottineau and went to
college. I used to walk from Brander Street uptown to Saunders Cafe once
in a while for a supper meal. Ed walked over from the hotel and ate
there often. His T Bird was nearly always parked in front of the cafe,
across form the hotel. I remember how he nearly always wore his maroon
and black vets club jacket, the same as the student vets. He was proud
of his association with the club. After reading about his unit, the
104th Infantry ‘Timberwolves’, I am starting to understand the name he
called his place at Lake Metigoshe. It was called ‘Timberwolf Up
Milligan Manor’ and Ed had a ‘stuffed’ wolf in a glass enclosure above
his entrance gate. Now it makes sense.

I remember a story Ed told us in history class that really had
everyone listening closely. He said there was a blizzard in the early
1900s and Bottineau came to a complete stop. A guy rented a room on the
third floor of the Stone Hotel and stayed there for three days as the
storm raged on. The heat finally gave up and the hotel froze up on the
second day. On the third day the guy got out of bed and went over to the
window overlooking Main Street. Ed said the guy took a coin and scraped
the frost off the inside of the window and looked down on the street
below. The only life on the entire street were two jack rabbits and one
had the other one by the ears trying to ‘jump start’ him! I remember the
whole class was on the edge of our chairs until the punch line and we
all went, “AH, ED—–What the hell!” Ed just stood there,
expressionless. He got us!

Somewhere we have an article about Ed Milligan and some of his
interesting historical findings (opinions) about this area. I will
locate it and post it—it’s interesting! The picture of Ed with the
head dress is most surely not from 1975. My guess is 1940 or before. The
date is probably from a reprint of the picture. Thanks Gary!


Message from Donna Wenstad (75): Amado, AZ
Greetings from Arizona! Just to clear things up your listing for the reunion shows Melvin (Pete) Wenstad and Arliss Wenstad Spline as Pam’s brother and sister, they were actually our family’s cousins. Their parents were Lawerence and Lela Wenstad, our (Pam’s & mine & 6 others) were Oscar and Elberta Wenstad. I remember fondly their family (there were 13 children if memory serves me) coming to our farm-we always had more then enough players to play softball.
Thanks for all the memories shared thru this site!
Donna Wenstad
Donna, That is my mistake. I know that Pam (78) is your Sister. Melvin and Arliss are Diane’s brother and sister. I’m not sure how I made that mistake, especially when Diane is the one that requested for them to be added to the reunion list. I have made the correction. Thank you so much, Gary.
ND People:
Message from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI
Hi Gary and All You Great North Dakota Folks!
I simply had to tell you how proud I am of those folks in North Dakota, especially the people in and around Fargo and up and down the Red River. It makes me smile kinda knowingly to myself when I hear some news reporter talking to someone working at the area where the flood is expected. Instead of a lot of crying and wringing of hands and calling for help, the folks out in the Fargo area just say “yah, we are filling sand bags, and there is lots of high school students, and college students volunteering along with people from our on the prarie and all over North dakota. and we really appreciate it” When questioned if they are going to be able to avoid a serious flood? They simply say that they are pretty sure things will be okay It was the same last year. People from other states can look to the . Fargo folks for an image of real independence with a calm humility so very apparent to anyone who visits the great state. Perhaps the high plains, with its hard winters, and unpredictable summer weather along with the tradition of the early settlers has created a breed of people that are far above average and an independent spirit without equal.
Think I’m bragging about North Dakota? You bet I am.
Erling Landsverk
Did the Vikings make their way to the Turtle Mountains a thousand years ago?
Reply/Discoveries from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM
Hi Dick,

I also found your information about ancient Lake Agassiz and the Vikings fascinating. I “googled” the information and found some interesting accounts — one example:

The theory was also “debunked” in another posting. In any case, I had never heard of Lake Agassiz and found lots of very interesting stuff on the web about this particular era in our geological history.

Question about Raymond Burr and Fess Parker’s hunting trip in Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Ardys Bakken Horner (Former Teacher): Detroit Lakes, MN
I heard about these men hunting in the Hurdsfield, ND area for bird hunting…
there were quite a few Hollywood types who came to the Dakotas to hunt while we lived there, raymond burr did it regularly so maybe he brought friends with him. Ardys Horner


Correction from yesterday:

Question from one of our alumna:


Have you ever heard about the Raymond Burr and Fess Parker hunting trip in Turtle Mountains – both movie stars who may have been on a hunting trip in the Turtle Mountains at some point? I never have. Wonder if it’s true?

Larry Nagel (Former Teacher): Shields, ND
Message from Floyd Dion: Dunseith, ND.
Hi Gary
What a nice surprise, Larry Nagel visited us today, we had a nice talk about his stay here in Dunseith and telling us about his life at home. He lives on a farm and he still teaches school three days a week Hs is supposed to be retired but he keeps getting deeper and deeper into different jobs, like school bus driver , on the board of cenex, on the board of student drivers,etc
He comes to Bottineau every year to have his income tax done.
Larry was my teacher in typing class, as I did not take it in high school, I worked in the office at Pride Dairies and had to do typing, He was a very good teacher and still is good.
I hope Larry will be here for the reunion.
We sure enjoyed seeing Larry after all these years
Ed Milligan:
Memories from Ardys Bakken Horner (former teacher): Detroit Lakes
Hi everyone, we are home after 4 weeks in Arizona, came back to cool weather but much less snow.
My first husband, Arv Bakken, used to hunt and walk our German Shorthair up in the hills, looking for agates, arrows etc while the dog ran….one day he found a large spear point which he took to Ed Milligan for identification…he declared it quite old and is still in our collection….Ed was always a good source of information and stories. Ardys Horner
Ed Milligan:
Memories from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA
This in in response to Dick Johnson’s input on Ed Milligan. I too remember him. Before I entered the US Army (April 3, 1969), I was managing what was then the HiWay Mobile Gas Station in Bottineau. I had worked there for a couple of years and Mr. Milligan became a frequent customer of mine. As I recall he had an early model T-Bird (that’s when the T-Bird was considered a 2 door sports car – maybe a 64 or 65 model or such). Anyway, what I mostly remember about him was his absolute conviction that there had been early European visitors to the Turtle Mountain area. Though I do not now remember him mentioning the mooring stones, I do very well recall him telling me on more than one occasion about the cave in the foothills and the Gothic stonework. It’s interesting that I had pretty much forgotten all about Mr. Milligan and the cave and such until Dick mentioned it. I too, remember Mr. Milligan as being a bit older than the picture you posted in an earlier edition of your blog.
Thanks Gary,
Keith Pladson (66)
Ed Milligan:
Memories from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): Bedford, TX
HI Gary
Boy, the list for the reunion has sure grown. I wish we could be there, but won’t be able to come up until July this year.
Ed Milligan was also a renowned sociologist and taught that subject at the Forestry. I took his class in 1971. As Dick has said, he lived so much history and his place at the lake was filled with found artifacts and ceremonial headdresses and things presented to him from different tribes in the area. He was so interesting to talk to and knew so much about so many different subjects.
Cheryl Dakin

Ed Milligan:

Memories from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
Ed Milligan was one of my all time favorite teachers — rivaling Lincoln Jerstad, ob Likings and Ben Grossman.



Edward Archibald Milligan was born on June 14, 1903, at Michigan, North Dakota, the son of Robert and Emma (von Evers Gennamt Behme) Milligan. He attended Mayville Teachers College in 1927, and then became a teacher of history and anthropology at the North Dakota School of Forestry in Bottineau, North Dakota from 1927-1934. Milligan conducted archaeological and ethnological research among American Indians in North Dakota from 1934- 1940.

He served in the U.S. Army from November 14, 1942, to September 2, 1945. Milligan served in the European theater, received the Bronze Star, and separated at the rank of Sergeant. After his separation, he attended the University of North Dakota, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1947. He also obtained a Master of Science degree in Education in 1948. From 1948-1972, he was head of social sciences and instructor at North Dakota State University in Bottineau. From 1972-1977, Milligan was curriculum coordinator of the Turtle Mountain School of Paramedical Technology in Bottineau.

Milligan’s teaching, writing, and research centered around the history of American Indians in general, and the tribes of North Dakota in particular. In pursuit of this interest he was also associated with several anthropological digs in the Upper Midwest. He also served in an official capacity on several boards and commissions, including the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.

Other interests of Milligan included the American Legion (North Dakota Department Commander); the Timberwolves (104th Infantry) Association (Past President); the Sondre Northern Fund, Inc. (Executive Director); and the North Dakota State Historical Board (Board member and President).

Edward Milligan died in 1977.



Allen Richard’s (65) Work email address


Folks, Allen is one of the folks that is having problems with AOL converting some of these daily messages into Zip files. He as asked that I also include him with his work email address. He also asked me to post his work email address as well.







Friday, March 19, 2010 12:15 PM, CDT


I would first of all like to say Thank You! Thank you to everyone for all of your support. Thank you to all of you who worked at my two benefits and all who donated food and supplies. Thank you to all of you for your gifts and cards. Thank you for all of your prayers. I am sorry that I will not be sending out Thank You cards to each of you personally. It really means a lot to my family and I to to have all of your support!

Connor is really doing great! He is our little miracle! He is weighing in at 5lbs 1.9 oz today. He is also eating most of his feedings out of a bottle now. I can’t explain how amazing it was to hold him and feed him from a bottle for the first time! He got out of the incubator he was in and into a crib earlier this week as well. Now his proud parents can finally hold him as much as we want! He really seems to be improving every day. I hope to be able to take him home in 2 weeks at the most as long as he keeps improving. We are so thankful he is doing so well. He is not on any oxygen or IV’s but does still have a nasal feeding tube so he can get his full feeding if he decides he doesn’t want to eat his whole bottle. He eats about an ounce and a half for each feeding. He hardly fusses at all except when mom changes his diaper and when he is wide awake and ready for his bottle! It is hard to believe he is already 3 weeks old!

On Tuesday I had a port put in. It was a quick out-patient surgery. What it is is a device just under the skin near my collarbone that the nurses can use to give me my chemo drugs through and also draw blood from. The port is hooked directly into a vein in my neck so I just have to be poked with a needle once to access the port each time. They used it on Wednesday for my latest blood draw and chemo treatment and it was almost painless. Much easier than having my arm poked and poked for IV’s. My veins were starting to get pretty scard from being used so much. The chemo went pretty well. I get pretty exhausted by the time I am done with it but I go home and rest after and am usually feeling better by the next day. Should be only 8 more of this type of chemo treatments to go! Staying in Fargo this whole time Connor has been in the hospital sure has made getting to all of my doctor’s appointments much easier. The nice weather we have been having lately sure helps too. Hopefully winter is over!

Take care everyone and stay in touch. I love hearing from all of you!



Folks, I have gotten several replies, from folks using AOL, telling me that yesterday’s message was delivered in what appeared to be a ZIP file format. I am doing nothing different on my end, so the system must have taken it upon it self to do reformat yesterday’s message for some of you folks. Please let me know if this problem continues. Thanks, Gary
Reply To Les Halvorson:
From Paulette LaCoix Chisholm (68): Newark, Delaware


Thanks for the kudos on our nephew. Jerry’s son, Marc LaCroix enjoys playing sports. Ken and I were out to dinner when my sister called from Rugby where Marc scored the winning points with a layup in the last 4 seconds in the first round of the tournament. It was hard to contain our excitement in the quiet candlelit atmosphere.

In the story, I enjoyed the remarks made by Petric that the huge Minot gymnasium, being the biggest thing they’d ever seen at that point, could hold a lot of hay. It was amusing too that their monastic focus on winning would make them abandon beer and the thought of girl friends. Who knew tractor ruts and cow pies which inhibited a dribble would aid Bowersox in honing his long shots.

Wolford was home to my widowed grandfather on my mother’s side, John Click. We often visited him there where he lived with his brother. Wolford’s youth challenged themselves and came out winners that gave us all a boost. You guys from Wolford make us all proud.

Thanks Gary and Les,

Paulette LaCroix Chisholm



Les Halvorson and the Wolford Wolves:

Reply/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Les Halvorson’s memory certainly hasn’t begun to fail! Thanks Les
for the great story of the Wolford Wolves basketball team. I remember
losing a heartbreaker to you guys in a tournament in Rolla in overtime.
We lost by one point at the buzzer. I would like to mention a little
about Les’ own personal ball playing. Dunseith was a fast team and we
often worked a full court press to our advantage. Les was one of the
best ball handlers in the area. When we threw the press on Wolford, they
always switched around so that the ball was passed in directly to Les,
who then brought the ball up the floor by himself. He could dribble
right through the press and behind his back if needed. I learned early
on that when guarding Les, if he started to grin, you better be backing
up! He would be past you before you knew what happened, if you were too
close. Wolford coach Ross Julson had a good way of switching players in
and out. If someone made a small mistake or looked tired, he would run
in a new player off the bench. This made for a complete team of quality
players who could come into a game without seeming like a second string
man. If one fouled out, the next one in already had the game in hand.
Other coaches usually played only the five best players and the rest of
the bench were only used in an emergency. Maybe it was only my
observation but I thought that Ross Julson always had such a cool head.
He never seemed nervous or upset even if the game was tight. I wasn’t in
the locker room with them so this is just my perception of him from the
court. Les is a modest guy and certainly wouldn’t mention his
exceptional abilities at handling the ball, but he needs to be given
credit for this. I guess I can verify this as I was often on the
receiving end and was a quick learner when Les taught me the lessons!
Thanks Les and Gary!

Wolford Wolves 1967




Question from one on our alumna:
Have you ever heard about the Fess/Raymond hunting trip in Turtle Mountains? I never have. Wonder if it’s true?
Ed Milligan:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

The picture of Ed Milligan sure brings back a lot of memories. He
taught history and social studies at the Forestry when I attended
from’68-’70. History was one of my favorite classes and Ed really added
to it with his personal observations. He was a WW II vet and saw a real
side of war that he related to us in his daily lectures. I bet there are
very few history instructors who actually lived through the battles they
were teaching about. Ed was one. He also was a hands on kind of guy who
really dug in and studied what he was teaching. It was from Ed that I
first heard of the local history about the mooring stones that are along
the foothills north of Bottineau. These stones are believed to be where
the Vikings tied their ships to explore the Turtle Mountains. The large
stones have holes bored through them in the same way the Vikings did it
in other areas the explored. The entire prairie was covered by Lake
Agassiz until about a thousand years ago, allowing ships to travel all
the way inland from the Atlantic. Many years ago I saw a picture of Ed
Milligan holding a Viking sword that had been found in the Turtle
Mountains. He also told us about the ‘cave’ along the foothills that
appeared to have been built using Gothic techniques of stone work with a
keystone wedge at the top. He said this was definitely European and not
native to this area. This is a very significant part of local history
that not too many people put much significance in. If the Vikings were
in fact the first people in the last several thousand years to walk in
the Turtle Mountains, it could alter much of the history as we know it.
I find it fascinating! Thanks Gary!




Gary Morgan (54):

Message/Picture from Glen Williams (52): Missoula, MT


This Dude is a 1954 Graduate of DHS and played running back for the football team….look at him now..


He will be at the Alumni gathering in May…be sure to say hello to him…


Thanks for all your work for the Alumni..


Let me know if you have problems opening the attachment..


Glen Williams

Gary Morgan (54)



Wolford Basket Ball team:
Reply from Les Halvorson (Former DHS teacher): Bottineau, ND.
Note: Les is formerly from Wolford.
This is in response to Paulette LaCroix Chisholm’s story on the ’68
Wolford BB team.

it has been fun watching your nephew Mark play for the Botno Braves
the past couple of years. He is already a good one and has two more
years to go.
Thanks for the nice words regarding the ’68 Wolford BB team and for
bringing back the story that John Ydstie had done on that team. John
still works for national public radio and has been all over the world
covering news stories for them.
Gary was correct in that I had graduated a year prior to that
team…we thought we had a pretty good team in ’67 but halfway through
the season Bowersox suffered a knee injury and after that could play
only a quarter or so a game. We lost that year to Belcourt in the
dist. title game in two overtimes…from our region Crary went to
state (we had beaten them during the season) and Ellendale won the
state title. Who knows how far we could have gone had Vance Bowersox
been healthy. He had surgery during the off season and came back
strong his senior year.

Wolford was the second or third school in the state to have a video
tape machine and during my freshman year in college (Forestry in
Botno) I attended all of the games of the ’68 team and would do the
play by play on the video for them. Guess that was the beginning of
my sports broadcasting career.

Wolford was back in the state tourney the following year..losing in
the semi’s to Fargo Oak Groove and taking 3rd place that year.

This week-end the state class B tournament will be held at the Dome in
Minot. Many folks may remember that fifty years ago Rolla won the
state B and that team will be honored and recognized between semi-
final games on Friday evening. It will be fun to see how many members
of that team will be in attendance. That Rolla team lost twice to
Botno during the regular season, lost to them in the dist. title game
(back then both went on to region) they met in the region title
game..Botno won (both went on to state) and they met in the state
championship game and Rolla turned the tide and won 69-50. Rolla had
four losses that year .all to Botno. In the state title game soph.
guard Rick Neameyer got hot from the top of the key and hit around
nine in row to lead the Bulldogs to the win. I think he ended up with
26 points. Other Rolla starters included Doug Foley, Barry Dunn,
Dwayne Ostenson and Leo Dionne. The first guy off the bench was Jim
Howson..he had a long and very successful coaching career at Hatton,

I remember watching that game on our snowy black and white TV as if it
were a month ago. Where did those fifty years go?? For the past 35
years I have done the play by play for thousands of games…many
forgotton about a week or two later and some I remember as if they
took place yesterday.

One other thing I remember about that ’60 Rolla team..on their
traveling uniforms they had Bulldog printed on the waistbands.

Thanks Paulette and thank you Gary.

Les Halvorson

Reply from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): Irvine, CA

Hi Gary,

I am seeing Wolford on the blog today…..I am still wondering if anyone knows anything of Judy Jo Johnson…probably class of 64, she was one of my good friends in my young days….I haven’t heard anything of her in 45 or 50 years. Her dad was at the elevator I believe, but became sick with MS …at that time they moved to her grandparents in Wolford, I went to Wolford on the train to visit….I am thinking 7th grade….I have no memories of that family after that but have often thought of them over the years. I think they were friends of the Sunderland’s….they moved into the home of Judy’s mother’s family so the name in Wolford of the family would not have been Johnson. I was hoping Myra Henning might have some info?

Very busy for the Pilkington’s this month. Our youngest daughter married on March 6th, it was a blessing to have all eight of the Gottbreht siblings gathered together to celebrate this day with us. I put the last visitor on the plane Wednesday morning and drove my daughter to the hospital to deliver our 6th grandchild around noon on that day – March 10, she was scheduled for a C section for the next day but when I checked on her, she said Mom I am feeling a lot of pressure….I said let’s go and when we got there she was at 9 centimeter…..HELLO!

Happy Spring to everyone. I am still working on several units I have committed to getting completed. Just finished Micro Economic and Entrepreneurial Finance, doing Real Estate Law presently and next week I have to start Algebra.

I leave for 2 weeks in NZ and Australia on April 7th…..can’t wait!!!!!

Blessing wishes for all,

Evie Gottbreht Pilkington

Congratulation Evie with the arrival of your 6th grandchild and with your youngest daughters marriage. I’ll bet it was nice having all your Gottbreht brothers and sisters together too. It’s so nice they were all able to be at the wedding. Enjoy your trip to NZ and Australia. You are getting close to our world with those travels. Gary

Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM
Hi Gary,

Lynn (Henriksen) described in a recent e-mail how her brother Rick
“allowed” us to check his trap lines with him. I also remember it
being a privilege and also a trial!
It was up to us to keep up with him (not easy) — the trap line
seemed to go on for hundreds of miles. However, it was all worth it
when we reached the house and
thawed out our stinging, frozen feet — having earned the treat of
dipping buttered toast in to what must have been a gallon of hot
chocolate. No wonder I was chubby.


Reply from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Not to brag, but when I quit bowling 25 yrs.ago; after Kelly died, I had a bowling average of 169. Keep up the good work, Bernadette. I bowled on 3 leagues, 3 times a week. It all started after my youngest son, DJ was born in 1974. I ended up throwing away all my trophies, except my crystal bowl. They all tarnished so bad, that they could not not be cleaned. I still have my 35 lapel bowling pins. Now, Beckie bowls on a couple leagues up in Wisconsin.
Sybil (great_grandma2007@live.com)

“Just US” Band picture provided by Dave Mettler (Bottineau)
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Don Boardman (60) and Tina Pladson Bullinger (78), both from Bottineau,
are Dunseith Alumni folks. Dave Mettler is a farmer west of Bottineau.
He and my brother Bud (Darrel) are farming neighbors. The often times help each other.




Ed Milligan:

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Folks, Those of us that attended the Forestry remember Ed Milligan Well. He is now deceased.

This sure does not look like the Ed Milligan I remember. The outfit really changed his looks.

He looks so much younger than I remember him looking. Gary




Today is our bowling day, so I’m putting this out a bit early even though today’s blog is a bit short.
Bernadette is starting to get the hang of the game. Last week she bowled a 169 game. I manage to maintain my 124 Average. I bowled for a short time in a league in about 1972. At that time I purchased a ball of which I still have and use today. It’s a 16 pound ball. The heaviest ball they have here in the PI is 15 lbs.
Wolford 1968 Basketball Championship playoffs
From Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68): Newark, Delaware

Here’s a fun story about the Wolford Wolves in 1968 who didn’t take state championship, but were winners to us none the less. John Ydstie, a former player who narrates the story, works or worked for NPR (national public radio) . I believe he married Mary Jo Vrem from Rolette. This story was presented on NPR years ago and I wondered if anyone else had heard it. He did a nice job and we get to hear a little from the team’s star at the time Vance Bowersox, Richard Petric and the coach Mr. Julson. Our class of ’68 will remember playing this team and those graceful scoring long shots executed by Bowersox. Thought I’d share this with all who enjoy the game of basketball. It’s one of those sweet stories of success told about a small town very close to home.


Paulette LaCroix Chisholm




Paulette, this is quite a story. Les Halvorson, former Dunseith HS teacher and Married to Myra Henning (72), is from Wolford. Les has been a sports broadcaster at the Bottineau Radio station for years too.
Les, I’ll bet you recall this story well. I’m assuming you probably graduated a year or so before this though, none the less this is your home town. Gary
Highway 43 CD Request:
From Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT
For Dick Johnson:

How can we get a copy of their cd?? Is there more than one?? I would love have one.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)



Gwen Grimme Eltz (68) & Brenda Hoffman (68) will be attending the reunion.
Reply from Gwen: Spokane, WA.
Hi Gary,

Thanks for the personal message about attending the Dunseith reunion. Since we don’t finish our school term until mid-June, the reunion does come at a difficult time to get away. On the other hand, I really want be in Dunseith on May 22. So, I flipped a coin (LOL) and found that I should be at the reunion. Please add me (Class of ’68) and my husband George to the list of people attending. If it’s not too late to sign up for the meal, we’d like to be able to attend that event, too. I’ll send in our registration fees this week.

Thanks again for the message. I’m really looking foward to seeing you and Bernadette at the reunion–and especially eager to spend a little time with my brother, Bill, and Irina!!! Telephone conversations are good, but there’s nothing like being together in person.

See you in May!

Folks, I received a message from Brenda Hoffman that she will be attending the reunion too. She said she will most attend following the dinner sometime. Both Brenda and Gwen, as I understand it, will pretty much be in the area for just the week-end. This will be a whirl wind trip for both of them, with each coming from separate coasts too. Gwen from Washington and Brenda from South Carolina. It’s so wonderful that both these gals will be attending. We are excited to see them both.
Reunion entertainment with Dick/Brenda Johnson and the Highway 43 band.
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

With the reunion fast approaching, I thought it might be good for me
to mention the type of entertainment we will be providing for those in
attendance. We know that people are going to be there to visit so we
won’t be playing so loudly that it will make it hard to hear over the
music. We plan to play songs from all decades and all types and intermix
the songs in each set . So if you don’t happen to like the song, the
next one might be one of your favorites. Kind of like North Dakota
weather, if you don’t like it just wait a couple minutes and it will
change! We hope to have an area near the band where folks can dance. The
current plan is to play sets of about 40 minutes and take a 20 minute
break so everyone can visit—including us. At this time we are open to
suggestions too. This should be a fun time for everyone in attendance!
Thanks Gary!


Folks, we are so fortunate to have Dick providing us with their entertainment. I have heard nothing but outstanding reports of their music. They aim to please of which they accomplish very well. I have one of their CD’s of which I listen to often. It’s a wonderful piece of Art. Dick is great at keeping things spiced up a bit too. Dick has offered their services for free. Being part of us, he said this is something he wants to do. I have had several personal messages asking if we plan on compensating Dick and the Highway 43 band. The answer to that question is yes. We plan on having a donation Jar at the registration table for Dick and his folks. I too personally feel they should be compensated. Not all of the Highway 43 band members are Dunseith Alumni and they too have agreed to provide their services for nothing. What a wonderful group. Gary
Reply from Lynn Henriksen (64): Tiburon, CA


Dear Gary,

I had a moment this morning to take a look at your Dunseith blog, and I was glad I did.

The ice fishing pictures Randy sent in brought back delightful memories. In contrast, though, I don’t usually think of the cold as much as I do about the fun we had. Randy is right, ice fishing (what a catch!) on a sunny day can’t be beat – and neither can growing up in the Turtle Mountains. I have great memories of being “allowed” to run the trap-lines with my brother, Rick – now that was cold – great globs of ice stuck to wool socks and all, but I loved it. Then thinking about the hours Colette and I spent wondering the frozen wilderness our minds made the neighbor’s pasture out to be, building igloos of sorts and retracing our thigh-deep, blue-hued steps back to Kelvin, lure me back to the innocence of a childhood I wouldn’t trade for anything. Although at this stage in my life, I have to say that I wouldn’t trade being warmed by SF Bay Area sunshine and cooled in her delightful fog for anything, either. Guess it nice to just be happy wherever you are and count the blessings of just being.

Thanks you.


Keeping Spirits Alive,


Lynn Henriksen, The Story Woman


President, Women’s Nat’l Book Assoc–San Francisco


Blog: www.thestorywoman.com Website: www.telltalesouls.com


Red Room Author, Where the Writers Are


Reply from Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fauske – I am delighted to hear
about their wonderful day and how happy they are.

Marlys Hiatt

Fishing Memories of Minnie Flynn (47):
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

With the posting of Larry Tooke’s fishing crew, I remembered a cute
story about Minnie Flynn and fishing. I’m trying to remember which lake
I was ice fishing on back in the 60s and ran into Minnie and Marlene
Armentrout, who were also fishing. I just can’t remember where. Anyway,
I just stopped by to see how they were doing and they had caught some
nice fish. I asked Marlene what they brought along for bait? She pointed
at her minnow pail and mistakenly said, “Minnie.” We all had a good
laugh! The good old days. Thanks Gary!



Folks, For those of you outside of Alaska and Arizona, I’m hoping you all remembered to set your clocks ahead. Gary



Pictures from Larry Tooke (71): Souris, ND

Posted by Randy Flynn (70): Happy Valley, OR
When we move away from North Dakota we always seem to remember the cold days but sometimes forget about the winter fun. Ice fishing on a sunny day is always a great time. Summer or winter, a bad day fishing still beats a good day at work. The attached pictures are of my cousins’ (Larry Tooke’s) family and my mother (Larry’s aunt) Minnie Flynn ice fishing in the Turtle Mountains. There are some great fishing houses as well as portables for this winter pasttime.
Thank you for keeping us in touch with Dunseith.

Hi Randy,


We took Minnie fishing last weekend. Had a great time.


I have attached some pictures.


Larry, Leslie & Boys


The Fishin’ Team









Folks, These are a few pictures from the Archieves. Gary




July 15, 2007


Dennis Dubois and Phyllis McKay. Note: Dennis will be at our reunion in May.




Dunseith Alumni Alaskan cruise – July 2009


Cheryl Haagenson with the judges of the singing contest she won.




Reply from Connie (Roger) Zorn: Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary, It’s allot of fun reading the Dunseith news. I didn’t go to school in Dunseith so I don’t know allot of the people who write in the news. I do know the Christianson’s. Helen was a Rivard huh!! Is she related to Robert Rivard?? I knew Lillian Houle. She was a neat lady. I know her daughter Shirley. Doris Kessler wrote in the Botno Courant & did a good job. I see her allot @ Good Sam. take care Connie
Connie, Yes Helen Christenson is a sister to Robert Rivard. Both Robert and Helen are from my class of 65 too. Robert is married to Barbara Boucher. Her father and Mrs. Dale (Alma) Gottbreht are siblings. Robert and Barbara live on the Rivard home place near Rendahl church. Robert/Barbara and Helen/Duane plan on being at the reunion too. I’ve talked to them all, several times, in the past couple of weeks. Gary
Sylvia Bergan – Metigoshe Store:
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,


Sylvia Bergan baked pies (and other pasteries) for the “coffee shop” section of the Metigoshe Store. They were the BEST pies! I had never liked raisin pie; Mrs. Bergan’s sour cream raisin pie changed that. To this day, sour cream raisin pie is one of my favorites (along with lemon).


Brian Fauske’s (70) Wedding:
From his cousin Rod Hiatt (69): Bottineau, ND.

Hello Gary and all the Dunseith family

I believe Friday was the perfect day, the clear sky’s, the sun shining for the first time in like months and the total warmth of the day. I actually felt that nothing could top this beautiful day, until my wife Suzy and I walked into the Vegas Motel banquet room in Minot to help celebrate the wedding of Brian Fauske and Deb Middaugh.

The happy couple met us at the door and the glow on there faces was by far more enlightening than the days sunshine, and the warmth you could feel from their love and sincerity was more soothing than the hottest sun rays of midday.

Arriving somewhat early(unusual for us), we had the opportunity of noticing how Brian and Deb greeted each and everyone that came to share in their joyous day. Both the bride and groom must be well known and very much liked as the banquet hall was filled to capacity with friends and family from Dunseith to the west coast, including Brian’s sister’s Connie, Carrole, Carrole’s husband Laverne, and their daughter Melissa who drove in from Washington to surprise Brian and his new wife. Its always a great time when you have the opportunity to bring back the memories of cousins growing up in Dunseith.

I personally would like to welcome this beautiful woman into the Hiatt Family and thank her for putting that spark in my cousins eye.
Rolette County History:
From Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.

A little bit of history…..


Dakota Territory was created in 1861 by a bill signed by President Buchanan just before his term ended. Two days after the territory was created, one of the first official acts of the new president, Abraham Lincoln, was to appoint his old friend, Dr. William Jayne, as Governor of the Territory, of which Yankton was then the capitol. By 1873, an act of the Congress divided North Dakota into counties and what is now Rolette County was then known as Buffalo County. Since then the boundaries were changed twice to form the present county and the name Rolette was given in honor of “Jolly Joe Rolette”, a French-Indian fur trader who was a vital part of the development of the Great Northwest and what is now North Dakota.

In 1883, settlers were coming into the area locating primarily near St. John and Dunseith. Many of them felt the time had come for the county to be organized. In 1884 Arthur Foussard, M. Welton and Fred Schutte were named as County Commissioners. The newly formed board met near Dunseith to organize, Fred was named Chairman and Dunseith was established as the County Seat.

There were citizens who were not content to see Dunseith set up as the county seat of Rolette County. It soon became apparent that the people of St. John were prepared to make trouble. At any rate, St. John was determined to get the county seat at any cost. Although there is no record of any petition for a county seat vote, an election was held May 6, 1885. Much campaigning on both sides preceded the election and considerable ill feeling was engendered. Neither the Dunseith or St. John partisans had much respect for the intentions of the other.

On election day a committee from St. John came to Dunseith to watch the voting and a committee from Dunseith went over to St. John. But despite this vigilance, a large amount of repeating is said to have taken place. Although both sides accused the other of illegal tactics, St. John appeared to have been the worst offender — the charge being that 1,125 votes were cast by approximately 225 voters. Before the issue could be settled in court, St. John proceeded to set up their county government, even though a second county government was still functioning.

The county records for this period have the unique distinction of containing the minutes for two rival county boards of Commissioners. When the issue had finally been settled in court, officials from St. John went to Dunseith for the records. On the way back, one of the big safes fell into a creek, important books and papers scattered. The Dunseith citizens felt they had the last laugh even though they had lost their bitter fight. In 1889, the northern part of Dakota Territory was admitted to statehood as North Dakota and in the general election of 1889 the county seat was changed to Rolla and moved from St. John in 1890.

More cars:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Just wondering how many folks can remember the winter evening in
about ’62-’63 when a guy, coming south on Main Street, lost control of
his car and slammed into the back of Rod Armentrout’s blue and white ’60
Pontiac. Rod’s car was parked in front of the Garden Lanes. This
happened because of the built up ice on the street and a little too much
speed for the conditions. Rod’s car was parked behind Dennis Espe’s
nearly new blue ’62 Ford four door so Rod’s Pontiac slammed into
Dennis’s car and slammed it into another car in front of it. About like
a freeway pileup! I think Rod’s car was totaled out as the back end was
smashed nearly up to the back window. Rod bought another identical car
and then made a sheet metal trunk portion on the wrecked car and drove
it back and forth to town as a work car. The story goes on. In the fall
of ’67, Rod took a temporary position teaching automotive mechanics in
the newly built DHS school shop. His good car needed an engine overhaul
so he had the kids in shop class rebuild the engine. He used the engine
from the wrecked car and the engine from the good car and took the best
parts from each for the rebuild. When the good car was done, he told the
kids to put the old parts engine back together and put it back in the
wrecked car, just for the practice. John Bogus told me that when they
finished, the junker engine ran just as well as the new one! I remember
Rod put lots more miles on the old wrecked car with the homemade trunk
section—and with the junk parts engine! Anyone remember any of this?
Thanks Gary!


Lagerquist family – 1982 Dunseith Centeniel Book:
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Folks, Neola asked me to combine these two scans into one for her files.
In doing that, I thought I’d also post. Gary



Sunshine & Debbie Morinville (70):
Memories from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
Greetings from Bottineau,
For the past week or so its been a foggy gloom with some icy doom. But at 8:30 a.m. this Friday morning it became sunshine and blue skies here at the feet of the Turtle Mountains. Just a wonderful spring fresh air March morning!

At break time I left the school building for a wee bit. All of a sudden I was driving down the street singing and I mean SINGING! . I startled myself! “Whoee where did that come from?” The song was, “Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy….. sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…..” Ah… What a glorious day. And poof.. my thoughts drifted away to Debbie (Morinville) Marmon wherever she may be. The year was 1970 and she could sing that song so sweetly, without accompaniment. I wish her sunshine wherever she is. Because today the memory of that song sung by her added to my sunshine. Vickie M.
Thanks Gary

Thank you Vickie,
As we all know, Debbie Morinville Marmon is recovering from a stroke she had several years ago. Gary
Lagerquist family photo:
Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Thank you Neola for sharing this beautiful photo. Rodney, Lyle, Ray & Dale all attended Ackworth before we were all sent to Dunseith. I remember this family very well down to Evon. Kim, Bruce and Carl were very young and/or came along after I left the area. As you can see, Evon is the only girl of nine siblings. Evon lives on the Robert/Dorothy Pritchard place 3/4 of a mile south of the Ackworth Cemetery. Leola, Rodney, Lyle and I believe one of the younger boys are living on the Lagerquist home place located 1 1/2 miles east and 1/2 mile south of the Ackworth Cemetery. Gary



Ackworth Cemetery – Elaine Stokes’ burial – July 2004

Note: I’d say this is a rose between two thorns? Gary

L To R: Gary Stokes, Leola Lagerquist & Allen Stokes




Metigoshe Store:

Picture posted by Jerry Olson (formerly from Souris, ND): Bremerton, WA.


Folks, I have a good story to tell you about how I met Jerry Olson. First off I will tell you he was born and raised in Souris, graduating from Souris in 1968. Jerry’s uncle was the owner of the John Deere implement dealership in Bottineau. His sister, Nadine Little, is well known in the Bottineau and surrounding community as the cake lady.


Now the story of how we met. Jerry has lived in Bremerton, WA for many years. We too lived in Bremerton for nearly 37 years. A good friend of mine who now lives in AZ sends out 6 forwards everyday to about 60 folks on his list. About 2 months ago one of his forwards was the picture of the deer on the snow mobile trail near Lake Metigoshe feeding on the grain that had been dumped there for them to eat. My friend really has no idea that I’m from ND. He had no idea where this picture was taken when he sent either. It had been forwarded to him as a joke that folks couldn’t use their snow mobiles because of the deer. I instantly recognized that photo from seeing it in the Bottineau Courant several years ago. I did a reply all to that message letting everyone know where this picture was taken with a bit of the history and geography of the area. The next day I got this reply from Jerry Olson who had gotten my reply forwarded to him. His comments were “Holy cow, I recognize that area”. He then said, “I think we have a lot in common” of which we do. His mother was a Dunderland from the hills. The Dunderland’s lived south of Lake Metigoshe. Jerry spent a lot of time at the Lutheran bible camp and church at Lake Metigoshe and also the Boy Scout camp in his youth. Jerry and I have never met face to face, but we have exchange a number of messages in the past several months. It’s a small world.


Jerry I have included you with today’s message. Thank you so much for sharing this photo. Gary



Folks, There were a lot of discussions about the Hobbs, the Metigoshe Store, etc back in January 2009. I have reposted several of those discussions below. Gary

Previously posted with message 347 on 1/22/2009:


Reply from Dick Johnson (68):
Gary and Friends,

Harvey Hobbs and his wife, Viola (also his sister’s name) operated the
Metigoshe Store. It was just south of the bridge and on the south side
of the curve. We went there many times in the late 50s and early 60s,
usually by boat from the cabin on the south lake. I remember how the
store had lots of steps up the front and you first entered the lunch
counter area. I had many sundaes at that little counter, while the folks
got groceries and supplies. They handled nearly everything lake related.
When the Hobbs’ left Lake Metigoshe, I think they moved to Crosby, ND.
Last Memorial Day I walked around at all the cemeteries and at Riverside
I saw the Hobbs grave where Harvey is buried. I believe he passed away
in the last couple of years, if my memory serves me correctly. Thanks Gary!


Dick, I remember that store and park area well. I was thinking it was Harvey Hobbs that owned that and you have just confirmed what I thought. We frequented his store and park area with many picnic lunches over the years of my childhood. I remember the water cooled pop dispenser that they had. Orange was my favorite, but it wasn’t always that we had a nickel or a dime to put in the machine. I remember our good Friends, Oscar and Sylvia Bergan, being connected to the Hobbs’ in some way too. Maybe they were just good friends of Harvey & Viola. Gary

Harvey Hobbs’ obituary & reply from Doreen Bailey: vbailey@ameda.net



Just to clarify Harvey Allen Hobbs was full name of Harvey E. and Viola’s father. It was very common to use the Middle name in the years past. I believe one reason for it was that so often families repeated the first names from generation to generation to honor fathers and grandfathers, etc.. It makes for some confusion when doing genealogy. I attached the son Harvey’s obituary it gives a good outline of his life’s activities. Thanks Doreen Bailey



Previously posted with message 348 on 1/23/2009


Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (48):


Gar;y: Our cottage was not very far from the Metigoshe Store (Hobbs),
perhaps a mile, and we went there often. If we were working on the
boathouse or something and took a break, Chuck, Ross (our son) and I
would go for a snack, and this is where we met Sylvia Bergan, as she
worked for them and she baked the BEST frosted ginger cookies that I
have ever tasted. Ross just loved them, and was raring to go when we
said we were going to the store. Harvey & Arvilla were so well liked at
the Lake and ran a good business, and would help you in any way they
could. We missed them when they moved away.
Mona Dionne Johnson, ’48

Mona, Now that you mention it, I do remember Sylvia Bergan working at the Hobbs store. Being good friends with Oscar & Sylvia, I think was the reason we were at the Hobbs store often. Sylvia also cooked for the Boy scouts camp at Lake Metigoshe for many years. She was well known for her baking and cooking abilities. Sylvia will be 97 this year. She is living at the long term care facility at Saint Andrews hospital in Bottineau. Sylvia and a lot of the older members of the Metigoshe Lutheran church Ladies Aid served lunch at both my parents funerals, Dad in 2000 and mom in 2004. It sure brought back some good memories seeing all those folks doing what I remember seeing them doing, many times, in my growing up days. Sylvia was an aunt to Clayton Bergan. Gary


Newspaper articles:

Posted byNeola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Note: Myles Brooks Grandparents are Orville & Gloria Hagen. His mother is Kristy (Hagen) Brooks.
They live on the Former Elmer Lindberg farm located about a half mile into Bottineau county on
Highway 43 (Peace Garden Road).
This Reunion announcement was posted in the Bottineau Courant. I sent it to the Turtle Mountain Star
and the Turtle Mountain times as well. I’m hoping it was published this past week in those papers too?




Bill is Melvin Foss’ step-son. Don is a member of “Just Us”, a musical group from Bottineau.

Other members in this group are Tina Pladson and Dave Mettler.







Question from Bob Lykins (Former Teacher): Hutto, TX



How much does it cost to support a family of 8 in your village with food for one month?


Bob Lykins

A family of 8 with younger children can have a balanced diet for about $100/month. Rice is their staple and a good filler. A 50 KG (110 LBS) bag of rice will last about one month for a family of 8 with younger children. Rice is their main coarse for all meals. A bag of rice costs about $28. A rice diet alone without much other food tends to create pop bellied malnutrited folks. Gary
Mustang Car:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Brenda’s memory of the early Mustangs is appreciated. The way the
Mustang that I had came to us, is a story in itself. Dad bought a lot at
Lake Metigoshe in 1956 for $500. He moved a small cabin to the lot by
himself and with the improvements had probably a couple hundred dollars
more invested. Nine years later we were kind of burned out with the lake
deal and a fellow offered to trade Dad the blue and white Mustang, even
up, for the lake cabin. The car had around 1100 miles on it and was
worth around $3400 so Dad jumped on the deal. When I graduated in ’68,
he gave me the car with a couple stipulations. I had to stay at the farm
and feed the cattle and watch the new house they had just moved there
and also trade him my brown and gold ’57 Ford Fairlane 500. I drove the
Mustang to college in Bottineau for two years and had racked up about
75,000 miles on it. I traded it to Leo Lamoureux for his ’67 Ford LTD in
1970. Jay and Gayle Lamoureux bought the Mustang and Gayle still has it,
the last I heard. I was told that she had it professionally restored in
Arizona. Someday I would like to see it again. In the late ’70s, Mom
said she would like to have another Mustang. I was doing a lot of car
stuff and ran into a kid in Bottineau who was just putting a ‘for sale’
sign in the windshield of a blue ’68 Mustang fastback. He was asking
$1000 and I had $830 in my billfold—he took it on the spot! Mom drove
the Mustang to work at the bank until she died and now I still have the
car in the same condition as it was in 1980. It needs a paint job and
maybe tires as it has the same tires on it yet. We start it twice a
year, spring and fall, and drive around the farm a bit and run it back
inside the quonset. The original owner, at least the guy I bought it
from, has made several trips up to see it and once made an offer that is
well over 10 times what I paid him, but it’s still here! My son has a
’68 Mustang GT and I also have some other Mustangs, but this one is
quite special to me. It brings back good memories. Attached is a picture
of my first Mustang–the 64 1/2. Thanks Gary!




Lillian Houle:


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



Marvin & Alida Christenson:


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



Remembering the Dirty 30’s: Courant, July 19, 1992
Marvin/Alida are the parents of Marlys and Duane. Marlys passed away a couple of years ago. Duane and his wife, Helen (Rivard), live in Bottineau. Alida lives at Good Samaritan in Bottineau. Alida is the daughter of Hjalmer/Irene Pederson, sister of Lloyd.
Duane, Marvin & Alida’s boy is married to Helen Rivard from my class of 65. I have known that family my entire life. We all belonged to the Metigoshe Lutheran churches. I know many of you probably Remember Duane Christenson too from our younger days. Gary




Reply to Dunseith Lutheran 1969 Confirmation Picture:
From Connie (Roger) Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,

Neat photo of the conformation class of 1969. I knew Allen Strong quite well & some of his brothers Ron, Jerry & David) I know Myra (Henning) Halvorson & Shelley Fulsebakke.
take care Connie
Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC
Dear Gary,

Thank you for your kind remarks indicating that I was responsible for creating the Dunseith Blog PI Food Fund. Not true. You and Bernadette started it years ago, I just asked questions about why you felt the need to provide food and clothing for PI children at Christmas time. The result of those e-mails was a joint venture between you and I to share that info with those who read the Dunseith Blog.

And now I want to bring up my absolute favorite1960s Dunseith car. Many of you might remember that Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964 or 1965 with a great deal of fanfare. A short time after that announcement (at least I think it was a short time after), a beautiful blue mustang with a white top appeared in Dunseith. Don Johnson had bought THE car of the decade for Dick – only I didn’t know that for some time. Guess Don thought Dick needed to grow into it..or he just loved his Mustang as much as the rest of us did.

Brenda Hoffman – class of 1968
Alumni Reunion – Dunseith Monthly Newsletter and postings:
From Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND.
> Hey ya all.
I personally do the monthly newsletters for the school and distribute them
all around town, local businesses. There was an announcement concerning
the reunion in the last two newsletters and there will be another in April
and May also.
Verena (see attachment)
Verena, This is Wonderful! You do great work!
Thank you much for posting around town and also with us on the Blog. Gary


Earl Schneiderman:
Reply from Cheryl Haagenson (71): Dunseith, ND.

Greetings Gary

This is so late and so last decade, however Earl Schneiderman and his dad did live behind the Elvin Haagenson farm for a while. They lived in the house that belonged to my Aunt Alpha and Uncle Ed Gunderson. They, Ed and Alpha moved to Arizona due to my uncle’s health issues. Dad said that the reason the Schneiderman’s took shelter was because of a fire. They would stop sometimes for coffee on their way by. I recall Earl had big cars, but in those days most of the cars were big, perhaps loud would be more accurate. Dad thinks they stayed about a year. I remember when we left we inherited an Irish Setter!

Thanks for all you do Gary


Cheryl Haagenson
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Brenda and Dale opened the can of worms when they brought up cars.
I’ll try to keep my ‘dissertation’ short. Brenda mentioned the number of
cars you could legally sell in one year without a dealer’s license. In
1968 it was 5 cars. Dad got a letter from the state telling him he had
sold all he could without getting one. He had just sold off extra
vehicles and bought others, but it was too many according to them.

I do remember Barbara Schlaat’s, salmon and white, finned Plymouth.
I believe Emil and Ann Metcalfe bought it later and it eventually ended
up at Jim Birkland’s farm out in the trees. I think it’s still there.

In the summer of ’66, I was pumping gas at the Standard Station on
the north end of Main Street. A Canadian drove in with a big Oldsmobile
that was made in Canada. I opened the hood to check the oil and there
sat a dinky 250 cubic inch Chevy six cylinder engine. I saw the guy go
into the restroom so I thought he was out of earshot when I yelled at
John Bogus to come out and see what this guy put in his big car for an
engine. We were chuckling about it and hadn’t noticed that he had come
back out and was standing there listening. He gave me a snap lecture
about how, “I’ll have you know that is a factory engine and is all that
is needed to make this automobile function as well as anything you Yanks
have down here!” I’ll say–crap. The starter had as much torque as that
engine, but he was as proud of his car as he was of his ‘flat hat’. We
laughed out loud when he ‘powered away’ from the pumps. The Canadian
built cars had different chrome and also went by different names than
the American built cars of the same manufacture. Ford trucks were called
Mercurys, Mercury cars were called Meteors, and some Pontiacs were
actually Chevys with odd chrome.

Lamoureux Bros. Ford garage used to get model cars for each year of
production. They had these models displayed on a shelf in the showroom
and I used to go in and drool while looking at them. I asked several
times if I could have one, but they were all spoken for. The Lamoureux
Bros. used to give these model cars to kids when the new models (next
years) came in. I can remember as plain as if it were yesterday, Dad and
Jay Lamoureux and I went out shooting gophers at Ernest LaCroix’s farm
west of Dunseith on Good Friday, 1961–I was 10 going on 11. When we
went back into town, Jay said he had something for me if we stopped at
the shop. He handed me a baby blue 1961 Ford two door hardtop model car!
I thought I had the world by the tail! I kept it for many years but gave
it to someone when I was older.

It nearly impossible for me to stop talking about old cars so I’ll
just have to quit, as I promised! Thanks Gary!


A very generous Dunseith Alumni couple provided funding for food for these three Filipino families pictured below. With the money they sent, we purchased three 25 KG bags of rice along with the other food items shown in the picture. These folks were so happy. After purchasing these items, we asked these three families to come to our house to pick up their grocieries. They repeatedly thanked Bernadette and me as they left. When the neighborhood heard we were doing this, folks started coming to our house thinking there was more. These three families all came back with thank you letters the next day that we forwarded onto the donors.
On a typical day, when these folks get up in the morning there is no food in their house. Family members will go out seeking ways to earn a little bit of money to provide a little food for their family for the day. They will try and find odd jobs here and there. Often times they will go around the neighborhood selling food items and other stuff on consignment. They are willing to do anything at all just to make a few Peso’s to feed their families. Many days they have very little and some days nothing at all to eat. In spite of all this, most are happy go lucky friendly folks with a smile.
With the donations we received yesterday, the Dunseith Alumni has helped 6 needy families. The Dunseith Alumni has currently contributed $238 for these folks. With the many needy families in our area, to simplify things, Bernadette and I have decided to merry up separate families for each donor. Subsequent donations that individual may send will go to the same family/families.
Brenda Hoffman (68) is the one that has spearhead this whole effort.
We have an FPO address (Regular US mail). Packages greater than one pound can not be sent to this address.
Gary Stokes
PSC 517 Box RS/CC
FPO AP 96517-1000
I have more info posted on our Dunseith Alumni Websitehttp://garystokes.net/SponsorFilipinoFamily.aspx
I have been rather busy lately, so I have not had a chance to post these latest pictures on the site.
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Ginger (and Gary).


This is interesting, but not 100% a surprise. A few years ago, I heard something about a Brudwick who might be related–I don’t know where I read/heard this. It caught my attention at the time, but nothing ever came of it. I don’t know of a Carl Brudwick who is a relative of the Bottineau Brudwick’s; Eileen Brudwick most likely has more information on distant Brudwick relatives than I do. Many people used, as a sir name, the town where they lived. This was the case with my great grandfather, Steffen Bruvik (On some letters, he’s signed it “Steffen Bruvik”; on others, he’s signed it “Steffen Bruvig”. My great grandfather and his wife, Ingrid Aasheim, lived in Bruvik, Norway (Bruvik is on the island of Osteroy.). Steffen/Ingrid had four children who lived to be adults: Anna, Arne, Anders/Andrew, Axel (American spelling).


Anna and her husband lived in Washington state; they had two daughters, Helen and Anita. Helen married and lived in Ferndale, Washington. She/her husband have three children–two boys and a girl. Anita married a Canadian and lived in Canada. She/her husband had two children–Carol and Larry, who both live in Canada. Carol is married and has, I think, 5 girls. Larry never married. Anna died when her daughters were quite young. Her husband remarried a few years later. Eileen, you know the history of Ole’s second marriage/children better than I do.


Arne moved to Blooming Prairie (later Bixby) Minnesota and married Mathilda. Arne/Mathilda had five children: Edward, Margaret, Merton, Agnes, Arnold. I don’t remember who Edward married. I think he/his wife had five children; I’ve only met two of his children—Shirley and Izzy. I think one son lives in Mankato, MN. As I understand it, Mathilda changed the spelling from Bruvik to Brudwick.


Andrew/Anders married my grandmother. They had six children: Emma, Milen, Alvina, Alice, Kenneth, Gerald. We are the “local” Brudwick’s.


Axel was killed when a ship he was working on, hit a mine that was left over from World War. He wasn’t married.


I know/have visited some of Steffen’s cousins/nieces, but I have never heard of a Carl. Again, Eileen would know more about this. If she doesn’t know, she’ll find out!! Right, Eileen?


Ginger, if you/any of your family members would like to visit about the Brudwick’s/visit Bottineau, I’d be happy to do so and meet them. :)


Brudwick Relationship:
Question from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND.
I see the name Brudwick once in a while, and was curious if they might be
relatives of Carl Brudwick. Carl was married to my Aunt Cecelia (LaRocque)
Brudwick, I guess I should have been more inquisitive. Now all my dad’s
family are gone, Cecelia was the eldest. They lived in Aberdeen
Washington, and would come home on visits, They ran a restaurant, Aunt
Cecelia was a great cook I guess, she would come home with all sorts of
seafood and make a feast for my dad, he loved oysters especially, but
enjoyed all fish. She would also make lutefisk for him. Mom and dad also
went out there, and had scrumptious meals in her restaurant. Most of my
uncles lived out there all their married lives and some worked in logging,
or whatever it was called. I am really not so sure if Uncle Carl did the
same kind of work as is wife’s brothers. It would be interesting to know
if he was related to the Brudwicks from Bottineau. My brother mentioned
that he would go to Bottineau to visit someone. He and his wife have four
boys Walter, Dale, Lenny and Kenny. Lenny is my age I think.


Lee Hosmer:
Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX
Hi Gary:
I am thrilled to see Aunt Lee (Hosmer) added to our community. I know she has great stories to tell. Thanks Jan! Colette told us you were working on this. I had a great visit on the phone with Aunt Lee after I got back from Sante Fe/Albuquerque and look forward to seeing you all at the reunion we’re planning in July. (We’ve got to get going on this girls!)
Cheryl (Larson) Dakin
Dunseith School Song
Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65): Rolette, ND
Gary, in response to Kenny Nerpel’s question about Dunseith’s school song.
If I remember correctly it was the Varsity and B team cheerleaders who came up with these words for the new school song, I remember Evie, I don’t remember who else but we were in the lunchroom in the old school. It was also our English classroom in the basement under the second grade class room.

Hurrah! for Dunseith High School

We’re out to win

You may have beat us once before,

but you can’t do that again.

Rah rah rah

Hurrah for Dunseith High School

Never give in

The boys who are going to win tonight

are the boys in the blue and white.


They probably have a different school song by now.



Dunseith School Songs
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): djcars@hughes.net Dunseith, ND.


Gary and Friends,

In the last few messages we have been writing about the Dunseith
School song, ‘Our Director’. Bonnie Awalt Houle mentioned that Belcourt
used the same song. She is right. Rolla used ‘College Boy’ for theirs.
Dunseith had a good band in the 60s and we were chosen as THE band for
the district basketball tournament, being held in Rolla that year. There
was a rivalry between Rolla and Dunseith that was ongoing for years, as
mentioned here by both Gary Morgan and Darrell Fassett. We were on the
stage in Rolla and under the directing of my dad, played the school
songs for each team. When we started to play Rolla’s school song,
several of the Rolla band members took out their band instruments and
tried to overpower us and play faster than the band. They were sitting
across the gym from the band and blasting as loud and as fast as they
could. It was a very indecent display of arrogance. Dad brought the
entire band to a stop and just let them do their dirty deed. When we got
up to put our horns in the cases, Rolla folks started to take our
chairs, which were designated for the band for the entire night. Now Dad
is hot! He told them, in NO uncertain terms, to get out of the band
chairs and away from the band. When we got back to Dunseith and our
morning band practice the next day, he said, “It looks like we need to
learn to play Rolla’s song a little faster, so that’s all we are going
to do today!” The following night back in Rolla, they again brought our
the trumpets and other horns in the crowd and were ready to show the
band how to play. We played the school songs correctly for every team
and then played Rolla’s song about as fast as a mechanical sound device
could click. They wanted it fast, they got it. The Rolla kids couldn’t
begin to keep up and just put their horns down. Oh, by the way, we
played it without error and had a hearty applause from the rest of the
crowd who knew what was going on! I know there are many of the DHS band
members who are reading this entry and I bet can remember this incident.
Thanks Gary!





Reply to Dick Johnson (68):

From Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA


I traded a few emails with Brenda who told me about the car she had.
No, I don’t remember the Model A that Dale had but his ’55 Ford sure
caught my eye. Then for Brenda to come up with a Crown Victoria a few
short years later tells me the family all knew what they liked and went
looking for it. Cars from that time frame spread of about five years
had a lot of character and class that we will never see again.





Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC


My Dad, Harvey Hoffman, has always loved cars – and selling just about anything. I don’t know what the legal limit for car sales by an individual in ND used to be, but I think my Dad met that limit most years we lived at the San. He probably should have been a car salesman instead of a baker, but I’m guessing he decided to be a baker because of the security jobs at the San provided.

He loved Ford cars (My mother’s father owned a Standard gas station and Ford dealership in Denhoff, ND) as anyone observed his purchases could note. Every two to three years, he bought a new Ford. If he didn’t like the design that year, they just waited for the next – not a different brand, just a different looking Ford. He also insisted on Standard gas.

Dick’s note brought up so many San Haven car memories. Jay Vanorney’s dad bought this beautiful rust colored Oldsmobile in the late 50s. And Barbara Schaalt and Clifford Magassun had matching Plymouths in the early 60s – both with push button shifts. One was white and salmon and the other was salmon and white. Of course, the big news was Dr. Caudrado’s silver blue Cadillac with those huge fins. And I remember waiting for our ’58 two tone blue Ford to arrive at the Dunseith dealership and knowing that it was outrageously priced at $2,000!
Do you remember the excitement in the 50s when the new models were introduced? The colors! And each brand had a new shape every year. How were the car makers able to do that? The retooling costs must have been unbelievable. I don’t know if this is still true, but the Canadians had yet a different design.
Somehow, Chuck Johnson managed to get these wonderful flip charts used by the dealership to help customers select colors and interiors. Brian and I played with them often – course they were Chevy flip charts but I wasn’t proud.
And for those of you who lived at the San, we all had heated garages for the cars. The garages were located behind the children’s building (I’m pretty sure that one was heated, but I can’t see how they were able to run the steam pipes out there). Another set beside the main Dr’s. house and the final set behind the hospital. A “normal” family activity for us on Friday night was washing the current car in the garage. Big thrill! Neither Cindy or I are particularly fond of washing cars for obvious reasons!
And yes, Dales first car was a bright red model A with yellow wheels. I remember Grandpa Schick, Dad and Dale working on the motor in our backyard when Dad first bought it for Dale. Then Dale graduated to his black and yellow 55 Ford, followed by my hot pink and white 55 Ford with pink and white leather interior. I thought I was so cool when I drove around in my white shorts and hot pink top – but it only lasted for a summer. Dad sold the car when I went to college. Guess the guy who bought it wrecked it without three months. Wonder what it would be worth now? I saw an identical one at a St. Paul car show a few years ago but guessing not many people bought that color combination in 1955.
Brenda Hoffman – class of 1968




Bev Morinville Azure (72 Deceased):

Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND.


I am terrible, I was just able to read some of the e-mails and I saw what
Beverly Morinville,Azure wrote, How sweet, picture #2 the 5th person Lto
R is my sister Lana,she’s behind Patti Metcalfe.
I have to go to a meeting.

Previouly posted with message 540 on 8/28/2009:
Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND.
Gary, In Picture number 3 I am sure the couple behind Patti etc is Ginger Belgarde and Tony Poitra whom she later married. I remember them so well cause Ginger worked at the cafe for my mom, and I always thought she was the prettiest girl in Dunseith.


Bev, I’m think you maybe meant Ginger LaRocque (65). This sure looks like Ginger to me too and yes she and Tony are married and live in Belcourt. I’m hoping Ginger has gotten her mail box cleared out. It’s been full the past several days. I know she’ll get it cleaned out when school starts. Gary
Confirmation picture names identified:
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


Request from Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN
Hi Gary, can you add my sister and her husband to the email list . Leslie Peterson (Poitra) was from the class of 90 and Scott Peterson was from the class of 79. Thanks!!

They farm north of Kelvin Bar. Interesting but they did not know of the mini-reunion this summer in Dunseith. I know it was in the Turtle Mtn Star awhile back but not sure if there was anything posted.

I look forward to the get together in Dunseith. It will be nice to catch up with the old gang once again!!!

Al Poitra (class of 76)

Alan, We will see about posting some fliers around town. That’s a great idea.
Leslie & Scott, I have added you to our daily distribution. We are hoping to see you guys at the reunion on May 22nd too. Gary
Request posted on the Dunseith Alumni Website:
From: Rod Parrill
E-mail: Message:
Please add me to your list of update recipients.
Rod, It’ a pleasure to add you to our list. I know you transferred to and graduated from Bottineau with redistricting. I’m guessing you were in the class of 73, so I will include you with that year. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
Your parents, Thurman & Marie Parrill are my god parents too. Gary
Cote Sister’s photo posted yesterday:
Reply from Connie (Roger) Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND
hi Gary, I would like to comment on the photo of the Cote sisters. It’s nice photo. I’ve known all 5 of those ladies from working @ the Good Samaritan Center. I had lots of visits with Evelyn–& I visit with Alice each time I volunteer or stop @ Good Sam. I guess Evelyn is living in Rugby now. I think @ a Nursing Home. I think there was some boys in that cote family too!! Take Care Connie
Leona Hosmer:
Reply from Jan Hosmer Cobb (60): Wilsonville, OR

Thanks for the warm welcome you extended to my mother, Leona Hosmer. To answer your question:

Leona lives in a lovely apartment just a mile from me in Wilsonville, Oregon. Wilsonville, like Dunseith, is a small town. She walks everywhere: grocery store, bank, dentist, hair dresser, drug store, library, community center, restaurants, parks, and even a fun pub “where everybody knows your name” – are all within a few blocks.

We play bridge together, occasionally competing in tournaments. She is still my teacher and with her lead, we usually do well. We have over 100 Master Points.

It is such a treat having her close by at this time in our lives. She models for me every day on how to grow older with grace, intelligence, charm and and curiosity. She is always surprising me with her desire to expand her world, to see and try new things. Learning computer skills and joining the community you have created is just the most recent of her adventures.

Jan (Hosmer) Cobb
Reply From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Dale Pritchard remembers Dale Hoffman’s black and yellow ’55 Ford.
Dale, do you remember Dale Hoffman’s first car? He had a bright red
Model A Ford coupe that was the nicest little coupe in the country! His
little sis, Brenda (68) had a pretty pink and white ’55 Ford Victoria
two door hardtop. Those were all real cream puff cars that their dad
located for them, I believe. Harvey had an eye for classy cars! Any time
I ever saw Harvey, he had a clean and shiny car no matter what time of
the year it was. Thanks Gary!


Message from DeAnn Gottbreht’s Carringbridge Website:
It has been an amazing couple of weeks! Patrick and I were married on Wednesday March 3 at 6:30 pm in a gazebo in Island Park here in Fargo. My dream of having an outside wedding came true! The gazebo is in the middle of the park surrounded by trees and snow. It was a cool night but the ceremony was beautiful in the twilight. Now I am a very proud wife and mother! We will still have our large wedding in October so this one was just for us and Connor.

Connor is doing great. I just left the hospital a little while ago and he was sleeping soundly. The doctor increased his feedings amount a little today and his weight is up to 4lbs 3oz. He is completely off of IV’s now and hopefully will start growing quickly. We do not know how long he will have to stay in there but the doctors tell me he is doing great so what more could I ask for!

Hello from Costa Rica:
Message/Picture from Trish Larson Wild (73): FORT COLLINS, CO
Just finished a morning ride on Criollo ponies in a town called Mal Pais, which means “bad country” because the rough mountains come down to the shore. My horse won the race down the beach…! I return on march 9th and have decided to get my act together as soon as possible for living on horseback. Pura Vida!! Trish

Conrad/Mildred Atherton Langehaug’s Family Picture:
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Here’s Myron email:
Hi, The missing names are Marilyn, GloriAnn, Rodney, Arnold, and Kenneth. And now here’s the story behind this photo. My mother insisted that we have a family picture before I left for the Army. The time is December 1969 on the day that I left for Active Duty Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Thanks Myron
Neola, Evie is married to Rodney Kalk (61). Rod & Evie live up at Lake Metigoshe.
Conrad/Mildred Atherton Langehaug’s Family

Confirmation Picture:

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

Folks, I know I know most everyone in this photo, but I don’t want to start guessing.
That looks like one of the Lagerquist boys in the back with glasses?
Please reply with names. I will repost. Thanks, Gary
Confirmation Picture reposted with correction:
Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Hi Gary,


Thanks to Dick Johnson and Eileen Brudwick, I now have the correct “first” name for Pastor Bakken. :)





Leona Hosmer:
Request from Jan Hosmer Cobb (60): Wilsonville, OR


Please add my mother, Leona Hosmer to your list. She would enjoy getting your newsletter.


Thank you


Jan, where is you mother living now? I know many of our readers know and remember your mother well. She is from the Richard family too. Thanks for including her.
Leona, we’d love to hear from you too. Gary


Dunseith School Song:

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


It was interesting to read the Dunseith school song and the notation on the boys. There is a movement (or perhaps just an idea as this time) regarding the national anthem of Canada. This group feels that the song should be more nongender — at the present it says “the patriot love in all thy sons command”.


Perhaps this world is going to the side of political correctness a bit too far
Dale Pritchard (63):
From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

Dale Pritchard sent me an overview of his travels and adventures with the US Air Force and other military branches. I thought the Dunseith blog readers would be as interested as I was.


Brenda, It is my pleasure to post this. Dale has most certainly had a very interesting career. Gary
Hi Brenda,
I’ll answer your letter so I can procrastinate on something I should be doing. My Air Force time was all spent in aircraft maintenance, starting as the lowest paid wrench carrier. In my last 5 years, I supervised about 75 people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in one of three different areas we had. Then I moved from that to being the overall supervisor of all three sections, about 450 people. I then spent two years supervising the scheduling of missions and scheduled maintenance. Because of that job, I got promoted to Superintendent of Aircraft Quality Assurance with only 20 people under me.
My first base was a two year tour in Japan, of which I spent most of my time in Viet Nam. I then ended up at Langley AFB in Virginia. Much of my time there was spent in Europe. Then on to Taiwan (or the Republic of Formosa) where I ended back in Viet Nam again. I came back from there and went to Topeka, Kansas where I continued the 3-month rotations to Europe. The base at Topeka closed in the summer of 73 and I got sent to the base of Little Rock, Arkansas. European rotations again! From there I landed in Okinawa for eight months after which they moved me to Japan, just five miles from where I was stationed the first time. During my Okinawan time, I again spent a lot of time in Viet Nam and was there with a team repairing one of our planes the day before Saigon got overrun. Got out just in time. When I left Japan, I got sent to Abilene, Texas. Because there was no more Viet Nam, I got stuck in Abilene for eight years.

Memorable parts include getting to see about 95% of the countries in Europe, including England, Germany, Norway, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey. I forget the rest now except Poland. Being a communist country, we had to paint over the US markings on the plane and fly in civilian clothes. I also made it into many of the islands in the Pacific. Korea, the Philippines, Pakistan, Iran and Indonesia. The memory is getting away and I’m rambling here.
Because of my service connected Quality Assurance time, I got my first Government job for the Army as a Quality Assurance evaluator at an ammunition plant in South Mississippi. They closed after 4 years and I got sent to a Defense Logistics Agency supply depot at Memphis, TN. They closed after I had been there 5 years and I got sent down to Fort Polk, LA where I have been now for 14 years as a Contracting Officer’s Representative working Contract Quality Assurance. It’s ironic that I spent 20 years in the Air Force and will spend another 24 or so working for the Army.
As a small farm kid, at graduation time, I never dreamed how things would work out for me. How I would get to see a small part of so many countries (add Africa and South America to the list above). I do not regret the experience, but I wouldn’t want to go through it again.
Carol is married to the county sheriff of Yokum County, Texas and has three kids who are all married now and some grandchildren. I am married with two children, one of each but no grandchildren yet. Our daughter is now 26, married and living outside Washington DC in Fairfax. Our son is 32, and because of a severe head injury as a teenager, he will be with us forever.
It is truly amazing that so many small town area kids can get into such a wide variety of careers, live in so many different places, do so much good, and turn into such good folks in the process. Guess I better get back to work even though it is Friday.

Hey, I still remember Dale’s black and yellow 55 ford. That was the best looking car I had ever seen up to that point.
Judge Ketterling passed away:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

From CaringBridge:

It is with a very heavy heart but also a peaceful one that I make this journal entry. Lester passed away this morning around 2:15. The nurse informed that it was a very peaceful death. I am sure this comes as a shock to many of you. I have sat with Lester many days and could see his decline so for me it is such a relief that he is now being comforted by God’s loving arms. Jeremy was able to be here and say his goodbyes. Unfortunately Jeremy and Lester weren’t able to communicate with each other but they have had so many wonderful times and also Jeremy was aware of his dad’s decline.
I don’t know any details as of yet but will inform you as soon as I can. Jeremy and I will be flying to Bismarck on Monday night. My brother will pick us up and bring us home.
Thanks again for all your prayers cards. calls. emails and concerns.
I pray that God will all give you some peace with the shocking news about Lester.
God bless all of you
Mel Kuhn’s (70) mother, Alice Cote Kuhn:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND



I visited Mom this afternoon at Good Sam. When I was in the hall, I saw a lady I thought was Mel’s mom. She was. :) She was dressed so nicely/had a big smile/lovely lady. I think I’ve mentioned her room is very close to my Mom’s room.



Previously posted with message 277 on November 8, 2009:
Reply to the Cote sister’s picture from Mel Kuhn (70):
Boy, you put a lot on to an old CRS guy, but here goes. Standing left is Lillian [Bill]Allard, they lived in Overly for many years. Lillian is the youngest of the 5 sisters. Standing center is my mom, Alice[Marvin]Kuhn. Standing right is Evelyn[Phillip]Seneshal, they farmed and lived in the Overly area for many years. Evelyn is the oldest of the 5 sisters. Sitting left is Adeline[Fred]Allard, she is Alden and Merle’s mom, I believe you would know them. Sitting right is Olivine[John]Allard, again using names you would know she is Carol and Larry’s mom. If I provide very little information it leaves less room for error. Carol could give a lot better history then I can. Maybe we could talk her into doing so?
We’ve just had the first of this winter’s blizzards. It looks like 8-10 inches of snow here, and as Dick said some lovely 40 mph winds. The electricity is still out in many places. I got called in to Park View where I had to scrounge up a couple of generators to get some light and heat going for the old folks. The powers that be who built the place decided that it was more important that they eat off of $3000.00 solid oak tables then to have a standby power plant. It was a good thing that I had the heat all up in the floor. That will hold at a comfortable temp for many hours for people like us, but not for old folks. If it gets under 75 they start complaining. When I came home from work last night volunteers were busy at work trying to clean the snow off the football field in St. John. We are supposed to play a game today[Sat] to see who moves along to play for first place in State. It could be interesting. Later.
Standing: Lillian Allard, Alice Kuhn & Evelyn Seneshal
Sitting: Adeline Allard & Olivine Allard




Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Neola, Your are right, this is Diane Larson Sjol (70).
Thank you so much for sharing. Gary


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND








Reply from Lorraine Richard Nelson (46): Mesa, AZ.
Hi Gary.. I , Lorraine Richard, at that time in my life..attented my jr. and senior year in Dunsieith.. My classmates were Dorthy, Darrell and those great folks. Thanks.. Wayne and I are now Mesa AZ residents..but head back to the Tutle Mts. every once in a while, as that is where I was raised, and our grandson Bryan Schweitzer, is owner of State Farm Agency in Bottineau. Lorraine Nelson
Folks, Thanks to Darrel and Dorothy Fassett for referring Lorraine (Wayne) Richard Nelson to us. I just sent Lorraine the Richard Matrix that I put together asking her where she fits into the Richard family.
Thanks for this reply Lorraine. We are excited to hear more from you. Gary
The Dunseith School Song:
From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN
Good Morning Gary,
In answer to Kenny Nerpel:
Dunseith School Song
Hurrah for Dunseith High School we’re out to win,
You may have beat us once before but you won’t do that again. Rah, Rah, Rah,
Hurrah for Dunseith High School we’re out to fight
The Boy’s that are going to win tonight are the Boy’s in the Blue and White.
Rah, Rah, Rah, (actually 15 Rahs)
The Girl’s Basketball Team had no cheerleaders and we had no other female teams so I guess no one was bothered by the phrase (The Boy’s that are going to win tonight are the Boy’s in the Blue and White.) Today that would be a BIG ISSUE!
Our song was sung to the same tune as the one used by Belcourt. In one Tournament game both the Belcourt Cheerleaders and the Dunseith Cheerleaders were out on the floor at the same time doing their different songs. Neither group backed down and we both finished together.
Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)

The Dunseith School Song:

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

This is the banter between Lola and me about the school song. She remembers it well!


Gary and Friends,

Kenny Nerpel asked about the Dunseith School Song. It’s ‘Our
Director’ but I can only remember part of the words. It starts out —
“Hurrah for Dunseith High School” and ends with “the boys that are going
to win tonight are the boys in the blue and white.” I think I have that
much right, but our many cheerleaders should be able to cover for me on
this one! Thanks Gary!


Dick’s message to Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (68):

Hey there cheerleader, do I have this right? There are more words
that I remember but not how they fit together. Maybe you could send the
words to Gary if you remember. Thanks.


Lola’s Reply:

Oh Brother a blank but this is what comes to mind– seems kind of screwy though

Hurrah for Dunseith High school
We’re out to win
You may have beat us once before
But you won’t do that again-rahrahrah!-

Hurrah for Dunseith High School
We’re out to fight
For the boys that are going to win tonight
Are the boys in the Blue and White—

or something like that!__ HA!!

Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
Has this grad been included in your newsletters? She graduated in 1971. I checked with Karen Larson, a Bottineau High School member of the Class of ’71–she didn’t recognize this grad.
Neola, I think this girl was identified as being from Dunseith. Without a name, I’m not sure.
Folks, do any of you recognize this gal? Gary



Reply to the Confirmation picture posted with message 730 on 2/28/10:
From Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT


To Brenda Hiatt(73)
Thats the Brenda I remember…………………………………..you look great !!!!!!
Sharon Longie Dana(73)
Sharon, I just noticed I had not posted this. I am so sorry for the delay. Gary
Qustion from Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND.
I’m wondering if anyone on the distribution list knows the name of and the words to the Dunseith High School song.
The District 11 basketball tournament was held here (Rugby) and both Dunseith and Rugby advanced to the Regional with 3 point wins.
Ackworth School Picture posted several weeks ago:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,Today I stopped in a Northland Builders in Dunseith and talked with
Stan and Joan Salmonson about the rural school picture sent in by Mary
Eurich Knutson. The schoolhouse that Glen Honsey moved to his farm was
the Lockhart School from Little Prairie. Stan attended several years in
the school and remembers it very well. He also attended one term at
Ackworth before the consolidation with the Dunseith Public Schools. He
told me that the Hilltop school was the one that was moved to a spot
near Carl Wicks’ residence along Highway 43 to be used as a township
hall. I remember we voted in this building in the mid 70s. He thinks
this building may have burned down. The Lockhart school sat on one of
the flattest spots in the hills so it definitely is not the one in the
picture. It would seem that Mary’s picture must be of the Ackworth
school, in it’s first location. Hank Salmonson was also at the
lumberyard and concurred with the decision. Hank remembered them having
‘play days’ at the Ackworth School, which is the one he also attended.
Thanks to Stan, Joan, and Hank. Thanks Gary!


Dick, The road used to be higher, as shown in the picture, than if was years later. When I was about 5 years old they rebuilt that road and lowered the road in front of the school some. The hill, a quarter of a mile to the west of the school, was known as the crooked hill with the curvy bend in the middle of the hill. That was straightened out too, when they rebuilt the road. That hill is still referred to as the crooked hill. When Norman Hiatt used to move hay stacks, he’d often times get stuck between the Crooked hill and the School house hill. Most of the time he was going east and couldn’t get up over the school house hill. We’d love to watch the action from inside the school. With enough of his tractors and some of the neighbors tractors hooked on the front of the stackmover he’d eventually get up the hill.
In my really younger days, I remember those ‘play days’ held each year at the schools too. They were a lot of fun and drew a lot of folks. They played a lot of fun games. That very well may have been a ‘play day’ that was being held when that picture was taken.
My mother had stationary with a picture of the Ackworth school that very much resembled this picture too. I’ll see if I can find that in my stuff. Gary
Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC
Whoops. I neglected to indicate that my response to Gary’s wonderful birthday greetings were not for the daily blog. Sorry about that. Brenda
Brenda, I am so sorry this got posted, but I know with what you had to say many of us can relate the same to with our lives too. Gary
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Hi Gary,
I was surprised to see Sam/Mom/me in your newsletter. :) You are right–70 isn’t old these days. I’m hoping to continue making caramels/scanning, saving, sharing pictures/other projects for many years. :)
From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
Perhaps the Knox family has a story to tell about their grandfather, b NY, who was also a Civil War Vet. John Sebastian Gottbreht was trooper in Nebraska 5th Cav. Was at the battle of Whitestone Hill about 1863. Sharron
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
I THINK someone mentioned the benefit for Gene Bender. here’s a picture of him/his wife/Mr. Brooks.
Neola, Larry Brooks is married to Kristy Hagen, daughter of Orville and Gloria. Larry I believe is a professor at the ‘Dakota College at Bottineau’, formally the Forestry. Gary


Request from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND

I work with Arlene (Nadeau) Davis, she is the director of Special
Education in our school. She attended school in Dunseith, I forgot to ask
her the year she graduated. She would like to be added to our e-mails.

Ginger, It is my pleasure to add Arlene to our distribution.
Arlene, Please let us know your school year? Thanks, Gary
Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC
Thank you Gary. How nice of you to remember. Yes I am just hours away from the big 60. It doesn’t seem possible does it that we are no longer teen-agers or young adults? I still feel that way often inside – there is no way that I can sit still while listening to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and in comparison doesn’t most of today’s music sound dull and boring? I wonder if our parents felt/feel the same about our music…and thoughts. And so it goes. Thank you again for remembering…and allowing me to remember a bit.
Judge Ketterling’s address:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

From Eunice Ketterling on Judge Ketterling’s CaringBridge site. Neola


Just a note the address here is 2136 Leisure World Mesa AZ 85206 – 5348. I have received some cards with 1236 instead of 2136.

Thank you.

I am happy to report Connor and I are doing great! I started chemo again on Monday. It was my second treatment of 12 weekly treatments. Other than dealing with how much I hate getting IV’s put in it went fine. I really had no side effects other than being tired. I am healing well from the birth of Connor and hope to be back to normal soon.

Connor is really doing great as I said. He has started gaining weight and is almost 4 lbs. All premature babies go through a time of losing weight before they start gaining when they are born so he is right on track. He is also completely off oxygen and breaths great on his own. This is a huge milestone for him since lung development in preemies is one of the major concerns. They also have been increasing his feeding amounts daily and he is handling it well. He learned to suck on his pacifier quickly and that was also a sign he needed more food! He is definitely a growing boy. I get to hold him for about an hour at a time and it is truly the highlight of my day! They will not tell us how long he may have to stay in the NICU but at the great rate of improvement he has had I hope it is no more than a month. I can’t wait to get him home. Patrick is here as well for a couple of days and we are enjoying our family time together! Please keep us in your prayers.

Proud Great Grandma:
From Marge Longie Langan-Wilcox (56): Vancouver, Wa
I am the proud great grandma of a great son born yesterday to my grandson Darrell.
he born at 9:21 pacific northwest time they named him Tanner Lee he weighed
7# 2 oz and 21″ tall….. very pretty baby. This makes # 9 great grandchild for me.
he weighed the same as his grandma Eunice did.
Marge Langan-Wilcox
Congratuations Marge, Gary
Appalachian Mountains:
Reply from Gary Fulsebakke (71): Devils Lake, ND
Dear Gary,
Having lived in Virginia for over 25 years, I also have an
appreciation for the Appalachians and its sister ranges, the Blue
Ridge, Smokies and Alleganies. I often would travel the Blue Ridge
Parkway, just a few miles from where I live at Smith Mountain Lake,
or hike portions of the Appalachian Trail which follows the same
basic route as the Parkway. The views are fantastic! One has the
illusion of being in an airplane as you can often see both sides of
the mountain as the road usually follows the crest of the mountains.
One of my favorite places is the Peaks of Otter, twin peaks which are
two of the highest mountains in the range and originally surveyed by
George Washington. There is also a beautiful lake at the foot of the
Peaks which one can enjoy from the lodge and restaurant on its shore.
Some other great places are Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens,
Washington D.C. Virginia Beach, Montecello, and the Biltmore estate
in North Carolina. Its a great place to live. Gary Fulsebakke

Appalachian Mountains:

Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Thanks for the memory of the area. Skyline Drive really can’t be described or compared. It is what it is and it is beautiful.


Other areas — more off Highway places are very interesting too — especially for history and Civil War buffs. Driving those roads in a sporty car is the best way to go. Who knows — If this becomes a plan and i can make it, Big IF — my goal would be to take ol’ Dakota Midnight on a road trip. Made it to the MINNEAPPLE last fall — but 13 mpg on premium is an issue — to my wife!




Appalachian Mountains:

Reply/Picture from Ken Striker: Dayton OH
The painting I attached as jpeg pic is entitled “The Virginia Turnpike,” popularly described as “Army Supply train in the Shenandoah Valley”

Reply to the Appalachian Mountains:

On the subject of Appalachian Mountains, I would like to contribute that the location and geography of the Shenandoah Valley that parallels the Blue Ridge Mts to the east gave it significant military importance during the Civil War. Its south west to northeast direction provided for the Confederacy an ideal Avenue of Invasion. Of interest to descendants of Wm Elmer Striker who homesteaded in Rolette Co ND, his Uncle William Striker of Ohio was a Civil War Veteran, having participated in several battles from Winchester Va down the Shenandoah Valley to New Market. I have visited that area and saw the areas of the CW Battles. My visit was capped off by a drive down Skyline Drive and a visit to Hall of Valor, Civil War Museum New Market Battlefield State Park. See Painting by Johannes A. Oertel



Neola’s 70th Birthday Party:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


My cousin, Debby Brudwick Sapp, and her family arranged a family party for my 70th birthday. It was held in the south solarium at Good Samaritan. The fellow in the background lives at Good Samaritan, as does Mom. Before the party started, Sam (Plorin) decided to check out the party. The bruise on Mom’s face was caused by a fall; thankfully, other than the bruise (bad enough!), she wasn’t hurt.



Congratulations Neola! You are so young. The older we get, what was once considered old, all of a sudden is not so old after all. I know you’ll probably be going strong 30 years from now too. Gary


Happy Birthday Brenda Hoffman (68):
Brenda, I believe today, March 3rd is your birthday. We wish you the happiest birthday ever. Enjoy. Gary
Reply from Traci Zahn: Pittsburg, PA
My mom is Shirley (Pritchard) and my dad is Verble Zahn from Westhope. I grew up in the Landa/Westhope area but remember many good times and people from my time spend at my Grandparent’s farm. I love checking this site daily and learning new things about my family and friends from the area as well as catching up on the lives of people I haven’t seen or heard about in years.
I am currently living in Pittsburgh, PA. I have been in this area for about 12 years. I do miss the culture and ease of North Dakota but not the slow pace and bad winters.
Thank you so much for all the work you put into this site, it is greatly appreciated.
Reply to pictures posted yesterday by Myra Henning Halvorson (72):
From Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND
I really enjoyed those pictures. Thanks Myra, for sharing them.


Reply from Pam Lagerquist (68): Seattle, WA
Hey Gary unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be making the reunion, I have relocated out to Seattle area with my son and we’re looking at medical situation out here. Thank you Pam Lagerquist
We are so sorry you will not be able to attend the reunion. We are hoping all is well with you. Gary
Reply to the Appalachian Mountains:
From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA
Just a little addition to Kenny Nerpel’s and Allen Richard’s comments on/about the Appalachian Mountains. Alice (originally from Louisville, KY) and I have lived here in Virginia for 40 years now and have made many trips up in the mountains just to the west. I’ve always thought that one of the most beautiful trips is to drive down Skyline Drive in the Fall as the leaves are turning color. Skyline Drive starts at Front Royal, VA and runs south, southwest for approximately 80 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Waynesboro, VA at which point it becomes the Blue Ridge Parkway and continues on for another 100 miles or so. The Blue Ridge Mountains are the eastern most range in the Appalachian chain and extend through Virginia and North Carolina. Along the drive, there are many pullouts with beautiful panoramic views of the Piedmont (the rolling wooded hills) to the east and the Shenandoah Valley and the higher and much larger mountains in the distance to the west. Its always a thrill for us to go up there in the fall.

Also, we have visited the Gatlinburg, TN area many times. Angela (our youngest daughter) and I have hiked several of the hiking trails in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park (also part of the Appalachian chain) and thoroughly enjoyed each of our hikes. We’ve also been lucky enough to see Elk, Moose, Black Bear and Wild Boars in the mountains during different trip to that area. Attractions within a few hours driving time include mining for semi-precious gems in North Carolina, hiking the mountain trails in the National Park, enjoying a day at Dollywood (a large amusement park), numerous shows in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, fishing on either Douglas or Cherokee lake (TVA dams just to the north of Pigeon Forge) and for me enjoying the numerous go cart tracks. There truly is plenty to do and all you need is a pocket (or perhaps bucket) full of money and a few days of time.

Thanks Gary,
Keith Pladson (66)



Memories of Judge Ketterling:
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65):

I was reading about Judge Ketterling having a good sense of humor. I
guess this very young lady went to his court and was wearing red western
cowboy boots. He says to her if you think those fancy red boots are going
to get you out of anything young lady your mistaken. She just looked and
thought to herself, I thought he was blind.


Reply to Trish Larson Wild (73):
From Lynn Otto (75): Seoul, Korea

This is a response to Trish’s great adventure plans.

Hi Trish, you don’t remember me but I’m Lynn Halvorson Otto, my older sister you might have known better is Gail Halvorson Schuler. I graduated in 75 but anyway, I just read your plans for a 9000 mile journey through the Americas. I’m awed and truly amazed at your courage to do this. I can’t imagine the logistics in planning all of this. Do you have to make all governments aware of your plans in advance with border issues, etc. ?
I lived with my family in Brazil for two years and traveling there, through the amazon I can’t imagine going through these places on horseback.
I just want to wish you all the luck with this and hope you’ll be safe along the way.
Best regards,
Lynn Otto

Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
YES. Kristie(Hagen) Brooks and her family live on the
Lindberg site. The Hagens and Lindbergs are related. The Hagen
cousins, Orville and Clarence were cousins to Elmer and his sister
Alice(Lindberg) McKay.
My good friend Karen (Hagen) Simon (Clarence and Mary Ann)
attended Ackworth School too. I first met Karen when she came into
Mrs.Conroys fourth grade class when she transferred into Dunseith
School. Through the years I also was quite privileged to meet her
Grandpa Hagen who lived with the family of Clarence and Mary Ann.
Pictures from Myra Henning Halvorson (72): Bottineau, ND.
Hello Gary!

Hope this finds you and Bernadette doing well. I ran across a couple of pictures I thought I would share with you and your readers. These were taken in ’71 and ’72 at proms, homecoming and at a basketball tournament. The girls from the class of ’72 in pictures 1 and 2 were from left to right: Kathy Schimetz, Ann Marie Boppre, Loraine Neameyer, Myra Henning, Gail Halvorson, Loretta Neameyer and Linda Johnson. The second picture was taken at the prom when they were seniors. They are Loretta, Loraine, Myra, Gail, Kathy, Linda and Donna DuBois. The third picture is of some of the girls from the class of ’73. They are Trish Larson, LeaRae Hagel, Pam Fugere, Cathy Campbell, Lynn Gillis, Edith Struck, Becky Coleman, Laura Fettig and Marquita Counts. Then there’s Coach Larry Haugen being held up by his some of the ’71-’72 team members. Pictured are from left to right: Lyle Olson, Greg Evans, Don Olson and Jim Mellmer after winning either a district or regional tournment and getting a handshake from Supt. Leo Fettig. That team went on to the State Tounament at the Minot Auditorium where they took 5th place. Starters on that team were: Curt Berg, Jim Mellmer, Don Olson, Greg Evans and Terry (Pie) Counts. The black and white picture was a float from the Homecoming parade in the fall of ’71. On the float are Gail Halvorson, Greg Hill, King Greg Evans, Queen Loraine Neameyer, Curt Hagel and Myra Henning. Thanks Gary! Myra (Henning) Halvorson ’72

DHS class of 72 girls L to R:
Kathy Schimetz, Ann Marie Boppre, Loraine Neameyer, Myra Henning,
Gail Halvorson, Loretta Neameyer and Linda Johnson




DHS class of 72 girls L to R:


Loretta Neameyer, LoraineNeameyer, Myra Henning, Gail Halvorson,


Kathy Schimetz, Linda Johnson and Donna DuBois



DHS class of 73 girls L to R:

Trish Larson, LeaRae Hagel, Pam Fugere, Cathy Campbell, Lynn Gillis,

Edith Struck, Becky Coleman, Laura Fettig and Marquita Counts




Homecoming parade in the fall of ’71:


Gail Halvorson, Greg Hill, King Greg Evans, Queen Loraine Neameyer,


Curt Hagel and Myra Henning




Coach Larry Haugen being held up by his some of the ’71-’72 team members.


L to R: Lyle Olson, Greg Evans, Don Olson and Jim Mellmer


Reunion Tee Shirt:
From Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND.
Could you please post this on the blog? This is what the T-Shirt is going
to look like. The date will also be on the bottom of the all school
reunion in white lettering.

Verena :)



Reply from Virgil Rude: Minot, ND.
Hello Gary,
Thanks for sharing the pictures of Ackworth School and my old school
which was named “Happy Hill School ” which was later given to Homen
Township as a town hall when the school was closed. My mother attended
Ackworth and I believe your father attended at the same time. As ever,
Virgil R
Virgil, I wasn’t aware that you mother, Voila Bjornseth Rude, attended Ackworth, but with the Pritchard’s and other close neighbors of hers having attended Ackworth, it stands to reason that she would have too. Gary
Reply to Kenny Nerpel’s posting posted yesterday:
from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

I’ve been to that general area several times since leaving ND for MN, DC and MI. It is always beautiful, and driving in some of the areas of Appalachia are as challenging as they are fun and educational. I’ve done those trips with Susan and her parents, Susan, Alaina and my older kids, and just for the hell of it when we lived in DC. There is a beauty there that is unequaled anywhere.


A rendezvous is not a bad Idea— Say Gattlinburg — Dollywood? And there is always Nashville!!!!!


International Peace Garden – Connie Peterson Lagerquist (74):
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
Note article in todays Minot Daily http://minotdailynews.com/


Connie (Peterson)’74 Lagerquist (daughter of Lorraine and Duane Peterson)

Connie Lagerquist, staff horticulturist, maintains many plants during
the winter months at this International Peace Garden’s greenhouse.
Lagerquist also starts new plants from seed each winter that are
destined to be transplanted throughout the Peace Garden
Athlete of the Week photo posted yesterday:
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
Please note: athlete of the week photo in the Bottineau
Courant posted in the blog, The three seniors are all hockey
Myles Brooks is the son of Kristy (Hagen) and Larry Brooks,
grandson of Orville and Gloria Hagen. Another Hagen grandson, Cody
Brooks in grade 10 is one of the goalies for the Bottineau Hockey


Vickie, I know Kristy Hagen Brooks. She and Larry live on the Former Elmer Lindberg farm located about a half mile into Bottineau County on Highway 43. Elmer was Alice McKay’s brother. This is where she was born and raised too. Gary
Confirmation picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
Deb Brudwick Sapp is Neola’s first cousin. Rodney Parrill’s parents are Thurman and Marie Parrill. Brenda Hiatt Parker’s (73) parents are Freddie and Margo Hiatt.