Today is a rather busy day for us, so I am going with what I have at the moment for today’s blog.
Our flight is scheduled to leave Cebu at 12:50 AM, just past midnight, tonight. We have a 5 hour layover in Seoul, Korea and a 3 hour lay over in Los Angeles. From Seoul to LA, we stop briefly in Japan. We are scheduled to arrive in Miami at 6:45 PM on Friday the 17th.
I will not be posting blogs while I am gone. We will be returning back to Cebu late on March 8th, so our next blog will be on March 9th.
Please keep the message coming. I will sort through them when I get back. I will be monitoring my gws123456@hotmail.com email too, while I am gone.
Tribute to Mrs. Peterson
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,
Some DHS former graduates will recall Mrs. Peterson when she taught
third grade at Dunseith Elementary along with the
Halvorson and Parrill sisters.

Ruth was also sister in law to Bertha (Peterson) Kittleson who taught
rural school in the hills, Wetherall, I believe.

Mrs. Peterson was a great lady and educator.

Vickie M.



Tomorrow Bernadette and I are leaving for the Cruise. Tomorrows blog will be the last until we return home to the Philippines on March 7th.
With 30 hours and 11 time zones from Cebu to Miami, Tomorrow will be a long day.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Ruth Larshus Peterson
(Died February 12, 2012)

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Ruth Peterson, age 93 of Bottineau, died Sunday at a Bottineau hospital. Funeral will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm all at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. (Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)


I’m sure many of you remember Ruth Larshus Johnson Peterson, daughter of Oscar/Lydia Larshus, mother of Ralph, Marjo, and Norman.
Norma Manning (Ruth’s daughter) Upham, ND
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I remember her and Pete well from my childhood days. Wonderful folks. Our condolences are with you and your family with her passing.
Note: Ruth was a first cousin to Art Rude.
Joke of the day
Posted by Cheryl Metcalfe Evans (’74): Dunseith, ND

Subject: How men think….
As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, ‘You know what?
You have been with me all through the bad times.
When I got fired, you were there to support me.
When my business failed, you were there.
When I got shot, you were by my side.
When we lost the house, you stayed right with me.
When my health started failing, you were still by my side…
You know what Martha?’
‘What dear?’ she gently asked, smiling as her heart began to fill with warmth.

‘I’m beginning to think you’re bad luck.’



Happy Birthday Patty Spaeth Espe (’61): Bottineau, ND
Leah Richard Bergeron Celebrates 100 years.
Message from Carmen Richard: Rolette, ND

Many of your readers are either acquainted with or related to Leah Bergeron. She is turning 100 years old on Feb. 25. Here is her address if anyone is interested in sending her a card. I know she would be happy to hear from people. She is a bit forgetful, but at that age, it is understandable. Thanks for posting this !!


Leah Bergeron

Thomas House 3

412 4th Ave SW

Perham MN 56573

Dad’s Brother, Nels Petterson from Everett, WA and Leah had not seen each other since about 1938 when they met in my folks back yard, in 1996, at a dinner gathering we had for friends and relatives. In the back yard, when Nels saw Leah he said, “Osa by to god, there is Leah Bergeron. I have not see her since 1938 when we were neighbors in Overly.” Nels was 91 years old at the time. Like my dad, he was sharp as a tack right up to his last breath in November of 1996.
Leah was a sweetheart, always so friendly and nice. She was very active with the Bottineau Senior Citizens organization. That is where she became good friends with my folks. Until I started doing this blog, I did not realize she was a Richard.
Leah is the youngest and I believe the only surviving sibling of the Hycinthe Richard family. Gary


Posted by Art Hagen (’72): Bottineau, ND & Cebu, Philippines

Duane Kavlie

July 28, 1931-Feb. 10, 2012

February 11, 2012

Minot Daily News

ROLETTE Duane Kavlie, 80, Rolette, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in a Rolette nursing home.

He was born July 28, 1931, to Leonard and Dagny Kavlie, in Bottineau. He married Phyllis Schroeder on Sept. 14, 1952, in Rolette.

Survivors: wife; daughters, Holly Foss, Pauline Roach, Jewel Honsey, Danise Gottbreht, all Rolette, and Roselle Tooke, Dunseith; 13 grandchildren, including Jamaar Benton and Jacob Benton, who they raised; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Hampton, of Minot, Curtis, of Lake Pickerel, Minn., and Jerry, of Great Falls, Mont.

Funeral: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church, Rolette.

Burial: Rolette City Cemetery, Rolette.

Prayer service: Monday, 7 p.m., in the church.

Visitation: Monday, 5 to 7 p.m., in the church.

(Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)

Several pictures taken last night at our Monthly Expat dinner
Joke of the day
Posted by Don Aird: St Louis, MO

Ole’s First Assignment in the Military


Ole, the smoothest-talking Norwegian in the Minnesota National Guard, got called up to active duty. Ole’s first assignment was in a military induction center. Because he was a good talker, they assigned him the duty of advising new recruits about government benefits, especially the GI insurance to which they were entitled.


The officer in charge soon noticed that Ole was getting a 99% sign-up rate for the more expensive supplemental form of GI insurance.


This was remarkable, because it cost these low-income recruits $30.00 per month for the higher coverage, compared to what the


government was already providing at no charge. The officer decided he’d sit in the back of the room at the next briefing and observe Ole’s sales pitch.


Ole stood up before the latest group of inductees and said,


“If ya haf da normal GI insurance an’ you go ta Afghanistan an’ get yourself killed, da government pays yer beneficiary $20,000, eh!


But If ya take out da supplemental insurans, vich cost you only t’irty dollars a mont more, den da government has ta pay you beneficiary $200,000, eh!


“Now,” Ole concluded, “vich bunch you tink der gonna send ta Afghanistan first ?


District Basket Ball Tournament hosted by Dunseith
Message from Floyd & Carmen Richard: Rolette, ND

Once again, the community of Dunseith can be proud of hosting the district basket ball tournament. Your hospitality made everyone feel so welcome. It is great to see a community that can work together- with so many people involved, to accomplish such an event .”It takes a whole village” to host a tournament. Our hats off to you !!!


Floyd and Carmen Richard




Pictures from our Fiesta this past Saturday. Gary







Bob Stokes with his dog Mike.




The rest of the joke. Yesterday’s got cut off

Posted by Wayne (’61) and Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND



This happened about a month ago just outside of Douglas, a little town in the back country of North Dakota. It sounds like and Alfred Hitchcock tale.

This out-of-state traveler was on the side of the road, hitchhiking on a dark night in the middle of a snowstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was snowing so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face.

Suddenly he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghost-like in the snow. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped. Wanting a ride real bad, the guy jumped in the car and closed the door ; only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel, and no sound of an engine ..

Again the car crept slowly forward and the guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running. The guy saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve and, still too scared to jump out, he started to pray and began begging for his life; he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into a nearby lake and he would drown!

But just before the curve, a shadowy figure appeared at the driver’s window and a hand reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and the hitchhiker was alone again! Paralyzed with fear, the guy watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve.

Finally the guy, scared near to death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran and ran, into town, into Garrison. Wet and in shock, he went into a bar and voice quavering, ordered two shots of whiskey, then told everybody about his supernatural experience.

A silence enveloped and everybody got goose bumps when they realized the guy was telling the truth (and was not just some drunk).

About half an hour later two guys walked into the bar and one says to the other, “Look Ole, ders dat idiot that rode in our car when we wuz pushin it in the snow.”



Bernadette’s devotion to Lourdes Fiesta


Fiesta’s are very common in this country. A fiesta is a Catholic celebration of devotion to a saint. Each and every town, community and a few individuals have their saints that they pay their respects to with a fiesta every year. A fiesta is celebrated with nine days of prayer/devotion with a large meal served on the 9th day. Lourdes is Bernadette’s saint. A few years ago, pictured below, Bernadette had a Grotto for her saint Lourdes made. Lourdes’s Celebration is in February every year. Yesterday was the ninth day, so Bernadette prepared a big dinner that was attended by about 35 of our Expat group of friends and by some of the folks in our community. Leading up to yesterday, she had 8 days of 1 hour rosary/devotion’s each evening that was attended by the locals in our community.
With yesterday’s fiesta, I did not get a blog out.
Lourdes Grotto that Bernadette had made
Arla Hill Hiatt Celebrating 40 years of dedicated service
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Dunseith News
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Bill Fassett’s DHS diploma
Snagged from Susan Fassett Marten’s Face book pictures
Bill was only 16 when he graduated, so He must have skipped a grade somewhere along the line.
Kristi Hagen Brooks
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Kristi’s parents were Orville and Gloria Getzloff Hagen. Kristi and her family live on the former Elmer Lindberg farm located on Highway 43 about 1/4 mile into Bottineau County.
Joke of the day
Posted by Wayne (’61) and Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND
This happened about a month ago just outside of Douglas, a little town in the back country of North Dakota. It sounds like and Alfred Hitchcock tale.

This out-of-state traveler was on the side of the road, hitchhiking on a dark night in the middle of a snowstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was snowing so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face.

Suddenly he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghost-like in the snow. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped. Wanting a ride real bad, the guy jumped in the car and closed the door ; only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel, and no sound of an engine ..

Again the car crept slowly forward and the guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running. The guy saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve and, still too scared to jump out, he started to pray and began begging for his life; he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into a nearby lake and he would drown!


I’ve I am pretty rushed this morning for time, so today’s blog is kind of lacking. If I could wait for a while I’d probable have more postings from you folks.
Joke of the day
Posted by Bernice Belgarde (72): Bemidji, MN

Ole’s car was hit by a truck in an accident. In court, the trucking company’s lawyer was questioning Ole.

‘Didn’t you say, sir, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine?’ asked the lawyer.

Ole responded, ‘Vell, I’ll tell you vat happened. I had yust loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into da…..’

‘I didn’t ask for any details’, the lawyer interrupted. ‘Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?

Ole said, ‘Vell, I had yust got Bessie into da trailer and I vas driving down da road…..

The lawyer interrupted again and said, ‘Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the


By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Ole’s answer and said to the lawyer, ‘I’d like to hear what he has to say about his favorite mule, Bessie’.

Ole thanked the Judge and proceeded. ‘Vell, as I vas saying, I had yust loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into da trailer and vas driving her down da highvay ven dis huge semi-truck and trailer ran da stop sign and smacked my truck right in da side. I vas trown into one ditch and Bessie vas trown into da other. I vas hurting real bad and didn’t vant to move. However, I could hear Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape yust by her groans’. ‘Shortly after da accident da Highway Patrolman, he came to da scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he vent over to


‘After he looked at her and saw her fatal condition he took out his gun and shot her right ‘tween da eyes.

Den da Patrolman, he came across da road, gun still smoking, looked at me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’

‘Now vat da hell vould YOU say?



Happy Birthday Sue Pladson: Fargo, ND
Good day folks,
For the record, I did not get a blog message sent yesterday. It was our bowling day and I got cramped for time.
First off I want to make it perfectly clear that these daily email blogs are not going away. It’s the Website that I post these on that is going away. I have gotten a few suggestions from a few of you that I will explore when I get back from our cruise. One of our members offered to pay money to set up a Website too. We may be able to pay someone to have a user friendly Website developed that we can maintain for a minimal fee. Once this Website is developed, I’d like to be able to easily dump all of these daily messages, with pictures, into this site. One of the things I’d like in a Website too is a good search engine. We want something that will not go away. Anyway, this is all something we can be giving some thought to until after we get back from our cruise.
Earthquake Reply
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62): Windsor, CO

Ok Gary, what is it they say about the mail, neither sleet or snow or hail, etc can stop the mail. Well, your email was an hour late due to a 6.8 earthquake and you are concerned ??? I lived forty years in California and we had many earthquakes, and a 6.8 is nothing to sneeze at. Oh my gosh, you are an amazing man. We are just blessed that you do this at all, and we appreciate you more than you know. Thank you. Sharon Gerdes Zorn

Thank you so much Sharon for the nice compliment. I think a whole lot of the Dunseith folks are amazing. That, in part, is how we have made our successes in life.
We have had a number of after shocks from the earthquake, but they are minor. The earthquake, deep down, was a slow role action quake. We could see the walls and floor moving. Nothing was knocked of any shelves and none of the pictures were disturbed on the walls. The epicenter was located about 50 miles SW of us on the Island of Negros. Over there, there was more damage and some dirt slides that killed a few folks. Gary
Daily Blogs
Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill, SC.
Hi Gary,
Been walking around in a haze of stunned disbeleif that the blog will be no more after April 30th. WoW that’s just too weird to think about. That’s almost bigger than hearing that the Turtle Mountain Star, or Minot Daily News is being discontinued. Like Minnie Flynn would say “sheeeish” Imagine me lost for words…LoL. Maybe we will figure something out…I hope so. Thanks anyway Gary so far, you’ve done an awesome job getting us all back in touch. Aggie
Thank you Aggie for the nice words. As I mentioned in my statement above, these daily email messages will not be going away, only the Website where we post them will be going away. Gary

Daily Blogs

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

It would be terrible to lose something you have put all that work into. I
for one have enjoyed all these e-mails, as many of us have.

I don’t know what to say except I hope that there is an alternative out
there to turn to. Not much time for one I realize.

God Bless you Gary for everything you have brought to each of us through
these e-mails. You have brought us all together someway and I am very
thankful to you for all of that.

I look forward to what we do have left, here’s hoping something can be done.

Take care Gary. Many many thanks to you.

This isn’t goodbye!


Thank you Ginger for the nice compliment. Gary
Frozen Fingers Festival this weekend
Message/posting from Brenda Johnson: Dunseith, ND
Hi Neola & Gary

Dick has been busy so that’s probably why he forgot to mention the
Frozen Fingers Festival this weekend.
Our partner Ron Hett flew back from AZ last week and we’ve had a couple
of practices. Tonight is one of our practice sessions. We’re doing a
couple of good civil war songs plus some other country favorites. You
know Dick he always has a few “Haggard” songs. Take care.




Our Web site will be discontinued on April 30th
Our Website is with Microsoft’s – “Office Live Small Business”. I recieive this message from Microsoft.
On April 30, 2012, Office Live Small Business will be discontinued.

Microsoft® Office 365 for professionals and small businesses will replace Office Live Small Business as the comprehensive Microsoft productivity service for businesses like yours. To get you started with Office 365, we are offering you an exclusive 6 month free trial of Microsoft Office 365 and Office Professional Plus.

My strategy in life has been to focus, eagerly accomplishing my life goals swiftly and in a timely matter so I can sit back and ride the train so to speak with the successes I have accomplished. This strategy worked in my employment career and also for goals that I have perused in my retirement years, particularly with the Dunseith Alumni. Once I had located and gathered all the contact info for all of the Alumni and got it organized, I have been able to just sit back and send out these daily messages utilizing the lists of info and email addresses I generated.
Microsoft has thrown a curve in my strategy. When I set up our Website, I did it with the intent that the site would never go away. They proved me wrong. As of April 30th our sight will disappear along with everything in it. So as not to loose my personal email address, I will be signing up for their replacement “Microsoft Office 365”, however, I am not sure if I will be continuing with the Website in “Microsoft Office 365”. I have not explored things yet, but from what I have read, it is a very cumbersome, labor intense, process to transfer all of the data from the our current Website to “Microsoft Office 365”. I do have all of these daily messages saved in Gmail and also on my computer, so all will not be lost.
Folks, I am open for suggestions on how we can set up a permanent Website to put all these daily messages into. In the process, I’d like something where I can easily transfer the 1,417 messages we currently have to this site too, along with the pictures. We are currently averaging about 70 folks daily visiting our Website. I’d hate to loose what we have accomplished thus far.

ND Oil Boom – Reply to Cheryl Larson Dakin
From Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill, SC
Thank you for your confirmation,and support on my post. I have received a number of e-mails thanking me for being “painfully honest about the downside of this “Oil Boom” All so far agreed with me 100%…All still live in N.Dakota. I feel alot better knowing,that people are taking this seriously…Alot of hurting worried people over all this “prosperity for a few”….Alot of sad people who are watching N.Dakota as they have known it, quickly vanishing. I hope the biggest change that the people of N.Dakota “DEMAND” of their law makers, is tougher punishment for crimes committed. I was sorry to see the “Hanging Law” in Montana is no longer on the books…cuz those two guys deserve nothing less. When I say that,people ask me sometimes, “Aggie, where’s your Christian compassion. My answer to that is, “Its not about revenge, it’s about “JUSTICE”,and I go on to tell them,”I can show you at least 3 scriptures in the Bible, about people who “choose” to shed innocent blood. In one scripture it says, “A man who sheds innocent blood,will be a fugitive til death,let no one support him”. Sherry Arnold was a Mother and a School Teacher, living in a small town on the prairies of Montana, surrounded by people who loved and respected her so much, making such a positive differnce in so many young lives….it doesn’t get much more innocent than that….so with that thought…I say, “Let the hangings begin”. Another reason I feel so strongly about all of this, is because I have 7 sisters and at least 12 neices in N.Dakota, any one of them could of found themselves in the same situation as Sherry Arnold. That thought alone is more than I can allow myself to think about. For the past year or so I have become outraged with the landscape of our country, and the highways and by-ways being littered with the murdered bodies of women and young girls, and the so called “punishment” for these predators, is being sentenced to life in prison…on our tax dollar,and rewarded with all the sex and drugs they want as they serve out their sentence. The justice system in this country is a pathetic joke! and it’s time for the people of this country to start demanding better of our judicial system. And now with N.Dakota in the national spotlight, now is the time for the people of N.Dakota to stand up send a strong message “If you want to come into our state,and mess with “OUR” families,and peaceful way of life…then be ready to pay the price! With that said, Hope you all have a real Peaceful and Blest Day…..while I go take my blood pressure medicine.
Thanks for Listening…… Thanks Gary…… Aggie

Dunseith Caribbean Cruise
As you know, our cruise is next week. Having a little extra space today, I wanted to share with everyone the list of folks that will be joining us on this cruise.
I have also included a message that Gina, our travel agent, recently sent out to all the cruise folks. This is the 2nd cruise that Gina has organized for us. I must say she is the greatest too. She has done a superb job with our bookings and logistics too and I must say, looking after our personal interests in the process. She is a stickler for details, following through with every detail to the very end, leaving no strings dangling in the wind. For any future Cruising plans, both personal and groups, I strongly recommend Gina.

Greetings Gary and everyone,




I had luggage tags and cruise i.d. holders made for your group.

There is one luggage tag and one cruise i.d. holder – per person.

(for a total of 46 luggage tags and 46 cruise id holders for all who

booked their NCL Pearl Caribbean cruise with Gina at Cruise At Will).

These aren’t items that you will need, but just a little gift from Gina.

Gary will have these at Hyatt hotel on the 18th, and onboard your ship.




Thanks to all of you and hope you will keep me as your cruise agent.

I work with all cruise lines and also the All-inclusive resorts worldwide.

Bon Voyage and I hope that this is one of your best vacations ever!








Gina S. Ford

Cruise At Will, Inc.

Cruise and Travel Planners

1-866-870-6986 (toll free)

703-580-1190 (local)

Caribbean Cruise – 2/19 – 2/26/2012 – Dunseith Group

Class Year
65 Gary Stokes Bernadette Stokes Cebu, Philippines  
65 Bill Grimme Irina Protassevitch Birmingham, AL  
68 Gwen Grimme Eltz George Eltz Spokane, WA  
65 Margaret Metcalfe Leonard   Rolette, ND  
  Don Busta Vicki Busta Fort Ransom, ND Don and Bill Busta are brothers
  Deborah Knudson Busta Bill Busta Willmar, MN Deborah is Bev Handeland Hamnes’ Daughter
63 David Shelver Linda Shelver Lake Havasu City, AZ  
  Jon McGregor Bonnie McGregor Pelican Rapids, MN Bonnie & Linda Shelver are sisters
  Oliver Reing Marlene Reing Bottineau, ND Marlene is a sister to Debby Stokes
75 James Fulsebakke Marlee Ray Reing Fulsebakke Bottineau, ND Marlee Ray is a daughter of Oliver and Marlene Reing
72 Shelly Fulsebakke Albertson Heather & Nathan Albertson St, John, ND  
78 Tina Pladson Bullinger John Bullinger Bottineau, ND John & Larry Bullinger are Brothers
75 Dan Pladson Robin Pladson Belfield, ND  
65 John Bedard Margaret Bedard Bottineau, ND  
67 Nancy Bedard Olson Gary Olson Hillsboro, ND  
70 Darrel Stokes Debby Stokes Bottineau, ND  
65/59 Phyllis Mckay Patsy Mckay Heggen Auburn, WADunseith, ND  
62 Margaret Bedard Strong Jerry Stong Dunseith, ND  
65 Karen Loeb Mhyre Jim Mhyre Belleveu, WA  
59 Geri Metcalfe Munro Chuck Munro Fargo, ND  
57 Gary Metcalfe Sue Metcalfe Forsyth, MO  
  Larry Bullinger Mary Bullinger Bottineau, ND  
64/67 Terry Espe LeaRae Parrill Espe Bottineau, ND  


Just as I was about to send this message, we had an earth quake. It seemed mild, but it was a magnitude of 6.8. The epia center was west of Cebu. I have not heard of any structural damages anywhere yet. We lost electricity for about and hour, so I am a bit late sending this out.

To the Family of Veronica Azure
From Sharon Longie Dana (’73): MIssoula MT
My thughts and prayers are with you.
Sharon Longie Dana(73)
New email address
For Lloyd (’44) and Theresa Cote (’48) Awalt: Bottineau, ND
New E-mail address.
Lloyd and Theresa
Reply to Aggie Cassavant’s Assessment of the ND vigilance
From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):

Hi All

I have to agree with Aggie Cassavant’s assessment of the vigilance people in North Dakota will have to maintain. I’ve been reading accounts of more crime and drugs that have not been seen before being introduced. I am glad on the one hand for the new prosperity folks are experiencing, but saddened by the seemingly desperate need to house these newcomers that causes rents to be raised so high that people that have been there for so long can no longer afford and are having to move, oftentimes out of the state completely. On the other hand, I feel that the way of life in North Dakota as we have known it is going to be forever changed. Like my sister said to me the other day, “North Dakota is no longer the world’s best kept secret.” And like Aggie says, and Art Rude sings in “40 Below Keeps the Riff Raff Out” we can only hope that those people strong enough to cope with the North Dakota winters and stay, will be strong of character and integrity and the rest will find themselves gone.


Speaking of 40 below, I understand that you guys in North Dakota are experiencing a mild winter this year. I can only imagine it is a comfort to a lot of you and that the cities affected by the flood last year will have more time to recover, farmers can get their crops in and all will be well again. Our weather here in the
Dallas/Fort Worth area has been in the 6o’s and 70’s. Heat is turned off and windows are open. Getting my little garden ready to plant next weekend. And I secretly wish it was in the 40’s. I love a good chilly winter. Chilly, not frigid!


Be well and an early Happy Valentines Day to all!

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Thank you Neola for the delicious Caramels
When we saw Art on Saturday at Rose’s house, he gave us this big package of Caramel that you had given to him and Rose to give to us. I must say, this is some very delicious candy. It is so hard to resist eating the whole package in one setting.
Thank you again Neola. You are so kind hearted and so generous.
Cultural mix of friends here in Cebu. On Wednesday (Bowling), Art will meet the Norwegian’s of the group too.
Art (USA), Gary (USA), Joe (Australia), Leo (Holland), Michael (Ireland), Casey (USA) & Ian (England)


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Veronica Azure
(August 31, 1925 – February 2, 2012)

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Veronica Azure, age 86 of Dunseith, died Thursday, February 2, 2012 in a Belcourt hospital. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at the St. Ann’s Cemetery in Belcourt in the Spring. A wake will be held on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the Church.

Veronica Azure, a daughter of Lewis and Gladys (DeCoteau) Wilke, was born on August 31, 1925 at Belcourt. In 1947 she was married to Peter Azure at Belcourt. This marriage later ended.

She is survived by a daughter, Nora Kohuth of Ft. Collins, CO; sons, Lowell Azure of Jamestown, Clarence Azure of Dunseith and Leland Azure of Ocala, CA; 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild; one brother, Pat Wilke of Belcourt.

Art Hagen’s (’72) “Welcome to Cebu” party
Several of Rose’s very close friends and ours too, Lorna and Evelyn, arranged for a suprise “Welcome to Cebu” party for Art Hagen last night. They pulled if off well. Art had no idea about all this until they open the door. He said ” When Rose asked me to put on a nicer shirt than the one I had on, I should have realized something was up”. Many of our mutual friends attended. Art had only arrived in Cebu 15 hours before this party, so he was feeling a little Jet Lag. It was an enjoyable evening with many of our friends having the opportuntiy to meet Art, the guy they have been hearing about for sometime now. Bernadette and I stopped by Rose’s house to see them earlier in the afternoon before the party.

I want to share this FB posting from Lorna to Art with you. Lorna is a very close friend of Rose’s
It was nice meeting you Art last night. Rose Cena Hohl, is really sooo AMAZING and there’s no reason for you not to follow her in CEBU and to everywhere. Enjoy your stay and have more fun!
In Rose’s house: Bernadette, Gary, Rose & Art
1955 Turtle Mountain Lutheran Chruches (Vinje, Salem, Nordland & Manger) Ladies Aid picture.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Hi Everyone,
This is a picture of the “Ladies’ Aid” groups from the four Turtle Mt. churches: Vinje, Salem, Nordland and Manger. A group of us worked together to obtain the information included in
this email. The identification of these ladies/gentleman is listed below the pictures. Additions/corrections welcome. This is the list as of February 2, 2012.
If you would like to have me send these pictures to you, minus the numbers, please contact me: neolag@min.midco.net
Info I just received states the following ladies are still living: # 4, Margaret Roland, still lives in her home in the hills; # 20, Myrtle Olson, lives at Oak Manor; #28, Rena Roland, is a Good Samaritan (Bottineau) resident; # 36, Orlene and Lloyd Larshus, live at Oak Manor, #27 Arelene Duame, lives in Hallandale Beach, FL.
1955 Bottineau Co-op Creamery picture.


Note: The pages referenced in this list are in the 1984 Bottineau Centennial (The People of

Bottineau County) book.


V – Vinje, S- Salem, N – Nordland, M – Manger


1. Rev Earle M Duame: served from 1955 to 1958 all four churches

2. Luella Kirkeby: Mrs Harold Hansen – N P. 354

3. Lucille Berg: Mrs. Martin Rude P.201

4. Margaret Bergsnov: Mrs. Leonard “Slim” Roland N P. 363 – Currently living east of Lake Metigoshe

5. Alma Pederson: Mrs. Albert Berg V P.

6. Judith Torgerson: Mrs. Gilbert Thompson P. 365

7. Adeline Pladson: Mrs Johnnie Olson S? P. 198

8. Gina Persson: Mrs Rueben Wall M P. P. 111

9. Ann Walborg: Mrs William Bill Johnson N P. 356

10. Alida Hoffas: Mrs Albert Larson S P. 196

11 Elida Svingen: Mrs Peder Pederson M P. (son, Oliver- 362)

12 Gladys Hagen: Mrs Hilmer Persson V

13 Fern Putzke: Mrs Oliver Pederson M P.362

14. Gladys Bjornseth: Mrs Albert Rude S P. 200

15. Anna Bakken : Mrs Andrew Christenson N P. 351

16. Clarissa Torgerson: Mrs Carl Guttormson N P. 352

17. Amanda Torgerson: Mrs Charlie Hagen V P. 192

18. Adeline Ihla: Mrs Alfred Monson M P. 360

19. Nora Guttormson: Mrs Knute Hagen N P. 353

20. Myrtle Smith: Mrs Henry Olson N P. 361 – Currently living in the Oak Manor apartments in Bottineau

21. Edna Peterson: Mrs Ledolph Larson N P. 358

22 Zelma Hall: Mrs Harold Brandvold M 350

23. Minnie Crandall: Mrs Arthur A Larson M P. 578

24. Irene Larson M

25. Sylvia Lockhart : Mrs Oscar Bergan S

26. Thelma Torgerson: Mrs Selmer Emerson N P. 352

27. Arlene Duame: Mrs. Duame, Pastor’s wifeCurrently living in Hallandale Beach, FL.

28. Rena Larshus: Mrs Ernie Roland N P. 363 – Currently living at the Good Samaritan Home in Bottineau

29. Evelyn Larson: Mrs Henry Rude V P. 200

30. Viola Bjornseth: Mrs Alfred Rude S P. 200

31. Bertha Peterson: Mrs Milan Kittleson P. 516

32. Grace Carlson: Mrs. Gilbert Nickelson S? P. 598

33 Aasne Aasness: Mrs. Lewis Kittleson Not in book

34. Mabel Guttormson: Mrs Hans Kittleson N P. 357

35. Elaine Woodward: Mrs Bob Stokes S Not in book

36. Orlene Flaata: Mrs Lloyd Larshus VP. 81

37. Hilda Wall: Mrs James Jacobson M P. 355

38. Clara Abrahamson: Mrs. Andrew Flaata V? P. 78

39. Anna Dunderland: Mrs Hjalmer Monson M not in book

40. Agnes Engh: Mrs Lawrence Soland M

Reply to picture from Pastor Earle( #1) and Arlene (#27) Duame’s son, Stephan



What a joy to hear from you. I’m Stephen, Arlene and Earle’s son. My dad passed away in 1996. I have many fond memories of our time in the Turtle Mountains and with the people there. I was best friends with Jerry Larson and returned for many years. Those four church’s I can never forget. We would love to have the picture, thank you.





954-456-4527 – Stephen home


954-458-0614 – Arlene home



Gary’s reply to Stephan

Hello Stephen,

Thank you so much for this reply. I have included a message with the Ladies Aid picture that Neola Kofoid Garbe sent out to her Bottineau list of friends and many others. You mother, # 27, Arlene Duame, makes 5 folks still living that are in this picture. We will include you with any further correspondance of this picture and also of the 4 churches that we may have.

I was born in 1947, so I would have been 8 to 11 when your dad was our pastor. I do remember him well, but I don’t remember much about your family. After I left ND at the age of 19 I kind of lost touch with most of my Confirmation class. Until several months before Jerry Larson’s passing, we had not seen or spoken to one another since about 1965. I had lost my copy of my confirmation picture, so I contacted all of my Confirmation class trying to locate a copy. Betty Hanson finely found hers. With these contacts, I had a really nice chat with Jerry.


Take care and keep in touch,





Stephan’s Reply

Hi Everyone,


Thank you Neola for preparing these pictures, I’m sure it must have been quite a project. Thanks Gary for sending them to me. Also, thanks again Shirley for ‘finding’ me a few years ago. The pictures make my memories much more tangible. I formatted them in MS Word and printed them for my mother. It was her 88th birthday on Feb 2nd.


My years in the Turtle Mountains were my ‘Tom Sawyer’ years. From the parsonage on Lake Metigoshe we explored the world. There are so many good memories. And the four churches and all the time spent there. We only lived there four years (as I remember), but I returned every summer (for the full summer) to work on Jerry’s farm. I even went to one year of college at the School of Forestry in Bottineau. Through my ‘church’ years and through the years growing up with Jerry I met many wonderful people. We started and played on a softball team called the Metigoshe Mets. Some of us ‘guys’ even took a small motor home to the 1967 World’s Fair Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada.


They were formative years for me, thanks again everyone.







Posted 8 hours ago by Art Hagen (’72)

Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
Hey Gary,
I notice a quietness in the blog hope all is well with Dick and Larry even
Vicki, the usual. Hope all is well with you and Bernadette.
I will be retiring at the end of this school year, after devoting more
than half my life to these wonderful children that I have had the pleasure
of working with. They are special children. I began working with them in
January 1974. It takes patience and a lot of it, for most people. I don’t
have a degree just a 2 year. but a lot of experience.
We are sure having a lot of murders and such in North Dakota strangers
coming to work on oil rigs, and flood clean-up I’m thinking and a very big
factor DRUGS.


Congratulation Ginger with your pending retirment. You have most certainly earned it. Gary
Veronica Azure’s passing
Posting from Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND
> Gary,
Clarence Azure’s mother, Veronica Azure 86, passed away Thursday. Wake is
set for Tuesday and Funeral Wednesday at St. Michael’s the Archangel
Catholic Church. I’m sure you will be receiving a full obit from Neola.



Veronica Azure
(August 31, 1925 – February 2, 2012)

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Veronica Azure, age 86 of Dunseith, died Thursday, February 2, 2012 in a Belcourt hospital. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at the St. Ann’s Cemetery in Belcourt in the Spring. A wake will be held on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the Church.

Reply to the Neil Smith Picture posted several days ago

By Arlan Hagen (’75): Bottineau, ND

I’m sure Neil Smith was here just to go to college. I went at the same time.
Ramifications of the ND Oil Boom
Comments & concerns from Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill, SC

Hi Gary,

With all the discussion about the Oil Boom in North Dakota, I would like to take a few minutes to share some thoughts. Short of sounding real negative( which I’ve always said,that their is a fine line between being negative and a realist.) I feel in my heart, and have felt for some time,that “our”state of North Dakota as we’ve known it will very soon become a thing of the past, due to this “Oil Boom” in the western part of the state.. My greatest fear with all of this is,and always has been is the saftey and well being of the good people of North Dakota. And my greatest fear was realized, on January 7, when Sherry Arnold, the teacher from Sidney Montana,was abducted,and more than likely raped and murdered. There was something about that incident that tore my heart out,and I don’t think I could of known her personally,and greived any harder. It made me physically ill. Not that this type of horror story is anything new to me,because I hear about incidents on the news like this all the time. The difference between here and North Dakota is that it’s almost expected here for crazy things to happen knowing that the south is a melting pot of people from all over the United States,and crazies,and criminals seem to gravitate to warmer climates,and is more densely populated. What was so difficult to accept with the Sherry Arnold situation was the trusting simplicity of life, that her and her family and the people of Sidney enjoyed,only to have such a horrific nightmare visited on them and forever shatter the innocence of their way of life. It should of never happened,and it will forever change the peace and tranquility of Sidney,and their trust of anyone they don’t know…not to mention the long range traumatic effect it will have not only on her kids,but the kids from the school who so dearly loved her. Losing someone you love is one thing, but to lose someone in such a horrific manner,and no closure,is more than I can get my mind around. Having said that, I hope the people of North Dakota keep in mind that, unless you live in a very small town,hundreds of miles from these oil fields,that you live by the same rules as I do here in the Carolinas, as far as walking or jogging by yourself or with ear phones in while walking or jogging,and you stay aware of your surroundings,and you trust no one you don’t know. Thier are hundreds maybe thousands of people pouring into the state that don’t necessairly live by the same values as the people in North Dakota were raised with…and trust and beleive they know we are trusting and giving people….(a criminals dream) I’m not saying everyone that’s coming to the oil feilds are criminals…I’m just saying their strangers,and you know nothing about them,and this “Oil Boom” is attracting all kinds…and you have to stay vigilant. The police reports speak for themselves. Just to solidify the point I’m trying to make I want to share with you a conversation that I had with an inmate at the North Dakota State Penitentary in Bismarck about 33 years ago.


I was with the Prison Ministry from the church I attended in Bismarck 33 years ago. We would go in and have church services and Bible Studies with the inmates on Saturdays. I was talking with an inmate that was from Arizona. He said, North Dakota is a criminals dream, because the people are trusting, not real criminal saavy,and if you do get caught and sent to prison here,it’s like getting sentenced to a Boy Scout Camp….he said, it’s worth the risk. I never forgot that conversation. So I hope this gives the people of my home state a peek into the reality, of what’s to come. By the police reports it looks like it’s already arrived. I’m not saying people need to live in fear,but they certainly have to rachet up their awareness a bit,and be more cautious,and less trusting. I think one positive thing to this equation, that will forever be with the people of North Dakota, is the cold winters…I have to smile when I say that,cuz it makes me think of the t-shirt I bought one time when I went home for a visit… It said,” “Minus 65 degrees below zero, Keeps the Riff Raff Out of North Dakota”. When the people here would ask me what that meant, I told them,”It’s plain and simply stating…”If your gonna live in our state your either gonna work or die,cuz theirs no sleeping on park benches in the winter,so you better find a job and get an apartment,and get indoors. Some smiled and shook their heads, some got offended, and I said, “Oh well” :)


Gods Blessings and Protection….Aggie

Joke of the day
Posted by Dave Wurgler (’64): Rugby, ND

Guaranteed tomakeyou smileespeciallysinceit’s a true story

On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. His first words After stepping on the moon, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap For mankind,” were televised to Earth and heard by millions. But just Before he reentered the lander, he made the enigmatic remark “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.”

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either The Russian or American space programs.

Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the Good luck, Mr. Gorsky” statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering questions Following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had died, so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

In 1938 when he was a kid in a small midwest town, he was playing baseball With a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball, which landed in His neighbor’s yard by the bedroom windows.

His neighbors were Mr. And Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the Ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky. “Sex! You Want sex?! You’ll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon.

True story


Yesterday’s Picture has been identified
By Arlan Hagen (’75): Bottineau, ND

The picture you posted sept 11 75 is Neal Smith from Amherst NY. He took a couple years of wildlife classes at the college in Bottineau.

Thanks Arlan, Is Neal connected to the area or was he here just to attend college? Gary
Posted by Neola kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Joke of the day

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly her husband burst into the kitchen.

"Careful. CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM
NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER?

They're going to STICK! Careful.CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The wife stared at him. "What the heck is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"

The husband calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving."



Happy Birthday Loretta Neameyer Wall (’72): Bottineau, ND

Ella Gutzke, former Administrator of the Dunseith Nursing Home is retiring
Posting from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary
I have been asked to post the following notice on the blog for all
local residents. Would you mind. Ella Gutzke, former Administrator of
the Dunseith Nursing Home is retiring. She has been the Administrator at
New Rockford ever since she left here. Open House will be held in her
honor at the “Lutheran Home of The Good Shepherd” in New Rockford on
Sunday, February 12th , from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Cards/letters can be
sent to: Ted Gutzke, 37255 110th Ave NE, Driscoll, ND 58532.
Birthday Reply
From Colette Hosmer (’64): Santa Fe, NM
Thanks Gary and Evie! Nice to be remembered at my great old age. XOX Colette

Happy Bithday Colette Hosmer (’64):
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
>Happy Birthday Colette. Hope you had a good one.
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra


(December 29, 1954 – January 29, 2012)

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Don Johnson, 57, Two Harbors, died suddenly on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in the Lake View Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 29, 1954 in Rolla, North Dakota to Axel and Mary Johnson. Don grew up and attended schools in Dunseith, ND. He moved to Two Harbors to be near other family members. Shortly after moving to Two Harbors, he married Carol Simonsen in 1972. Don worked for many years as a roofer and for the past 21 years at Granite Gear. Don’s favorite pastimes included deer hunting, fishing, and he loved all sorts of animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; and father-in-law Norman Simonsen.

Don is survived by his wife, Carol; 2 sisters out of the area; and by Carol’s family: mother-in-law Pauline Simonsen, brother-in-law Tom (Mary) Simonsen, and sisters-in-law Jill (Craig) Ellquist, Peggy (Pinky) Lind, Mary Lou Simonsen, Joni (Steve) Brandt, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM memorial service on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Cavallin Funeral Home.

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Kenneth Parisien
(July 27, 1960 – January 30, 2012)

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Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Do any of you recognize this gentleman?