5/31/2012 (1500)

Gilbert Fassett Family Photo
Posted by Gwen Grimme Eltz (68):  Spokane, WA

Gary – Since some readers remembered our uncle,  Harry Fassett, I thought folks might be interested in seeing this photo of our Grandfather Gilbert Fassett with his sons.


  Back Row: (l to r) Reuben, George, Harry, Andrew

  Front Row: (l to r) Thomas, Grandpa Gilbert Fassett, Peter

Our aunt, Faith Parsley, lives in Wyoming; all of the other Fassett sisters–including our mother, Kathleen Grimme–are deceased. Cleora was married to Ted Pigeon (Thorne); Florence, to Leonard Cushing (Dunseith/Botttineau); Ruth, to Vern Berge (Souris), and Nellie, to Len Clayson (Great Falls, MT). Katharine was just a baby when she passed away. Many folks might remember Harry’s wife, Rachel, because she was a cook at the School of Forestry in Bottineau for many years.

Thanks to Susan (Fassett) Martin for writing such a complete summary of the family.

Follow up reply from Gwen to Gary’s question




Yes, Uncle Andy (’38) lives in North Liberty, Indiana, with his wife, Betty Jane.


Harry Fassett Family
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.
One connection was missed.  Harry’s sister, Cleora, was married to my uncle, Ted Pigeon.  Their children are Dean, Kenneth and Curtis (deceased) Bob and Beverly, Alva, Margaret, Renee and Lori.  Sorry I may have misspelled some of the mames.
Allen Richard
Dunseith Eastern Star Ladies Photo

Correction from Dick Johnson that I got 2 minutes after sending yesterday’s blog.

Sorry about that Dick, so I am posting after the fact today. You know the old saying, better late than never.


Gary ,

I screwed up.   Inez Hosmer is on the far left not right.  I read this thing several times and still goofed.  Can I get you to change that please??  Thanks!


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND.
Mark LaCroix, son of Jerry (’73) & Arlene LaCroix
Mark LaCroix was also named the Region 5 Baseball Athlete of the year.
Mark’s grandparents were Henry & Gladys LaCroix. His uncles and aunts are Jan LaCroix Kester (’59), Charlotte LaCroix (’62), Greg LaCroix (’66) & Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (’68).
Dinner at the Cebu Radisson this past Tuesday evening.
The guy standing to my right and his wife in the back center are an Indian couple from India. They are here living with their son who is a Senior Executive with the JP Morgan Chase company. We have become very close friends with this couple. There are no strangers in their lives. They easily make good lasting friendships with most everyone they meet. They are true Catholics faithfully practicing the teachings of their religion. Good honest people carring and very polite couple.
The guy to my left on the extreem right has his hand on his 12 year old daughters shoulder. His wife, her mother, is seated directly in front.

5/30/2012 (1499)

Reply from Susan Brew Roussin (’59): Rolla, ND
Loved the video of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.  Would love to see all schools enjoy this video.  Thanks so much.
It is always nice hearing from you.
My cousins on my mothers side, Patsy and Ethel, were surprised that you knew me when you guys met at a church convention several years ago. They live in the Niagara, Larimore area. Not sure where you guys were, but I think you were in that general area. Patsy said she asked you if you knew Bob Stokes and you asked her if he was related to Gary Stokes. That caught them by surprise. It is a small world.
Pasty, I am including you with today’s message.  
Harry Fassett
Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (’48):  Bottineau, ND
Gary:   Harry Fassett was the father of Dunseith Graduate “James
Fassett” ’48, and lived in the Thorne area for many years.
Mona Johnson ’48

Reply From Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SD
Harry Fassett was the son of Gilbert and Sadie Fassett.   Gilbert was a brother to my great grandfather Thomas Miller Fassett.  Siblings were Faith, Andrew, Ruth, Kathleen(Grimme), Cleora, Nellie, Florence(Cushing).. Reuben, Katherine, George, Peter, and Thomas B. Fassett.   Harry and Rachel(Frederick)  lived in Dunseith until 1956 .  He operated an auto and tractor repair shop and also served on the Dunseith police force. until 1956 when he moved to Bottineau to become chief of police there.  Their children all completed high school in Dunseith.  Jason, Donald, Orville, And Carol. Harry had a heart attack while driving his police car in Bottineau and died at the age of 57.  Rachel had passed  suddenly in Nov of 1961.  They are both interred at Riverside Cemetary.  If anyone would like copies of obits ,  I have them in my dad’s history books.  
Herbert Cote Accident
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Picture of the “Dunseith Eastern Star” Ladies
Reply from Geri Metcalfe Munro (’59):  Fargo, ND.
In today’s picture, I see Vida Hiatt (yes), Phyllis Campbell next to her, Marlene Armentrout over to the right, maybe Edna Leonard and maybe Mrs. Sunderland in the back row–they’re all wearing white dresses–a fraternal organization?
Reply from Cheryl Kester Gaugler (’69):  North Brunswick, NJ


The picture of the ladies was probably taken in the basement of the Methodist Church.  Looks like an Eastern Star gathering.  I recognize a lot of the ladies, will try to give names:

Back Row:  Jenny Cook / Edna Leonard / ? / Charlotte Lang / Margery Kester / Elsie Schneider? / Jess Hosmer

Front Row:  Inez Hosmer / Mrs. Shelver? / Mabel Boardman / Kate Fassett / Phyllis Campbell / Vida Hiatt / ? / ?

Thank you for keeping us all in touch!

Cheryl Kester Gaugler (’69)


Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

        The picture posted yesterday of the group of ladies is probably
from the organization called Eastern Star.  I can identify most of the

Far right is Inez Hosmer,  back row is Edna Leonard, Florence
Sunderland,  maybe Betty Habberstad,  Marge Kester,   Elsie Schneider,�
far right is Jess Hosmer.

Bottom two rows person by person:  Inez Hosmer (again),  Annabelle
Shelver?,  Mabel Boardman, Kate Fassett,  Phyllis Campbell, Vida Hiatt,
Helen Bye, Caroline Williams, and Jess Hosmer far right (again).   This
isn’t the best way to  list the ladies but I think it’s less confusing
because of the way they are not really in rows.  Of course,  as always,�
I’m open to correction on the names I listed.  Thanks Gary!


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

Hi  Gary,  
The picture of the ladies that Susan sent:  
Back 1? 2? 3 Mrs. Henry Sunderland 4 Mrs. Adam Lang 5 Mrs. red Kester 6? 7? 
Front row 1? 2 Mrs. glen Shelver 3?4 Mrs. bill Fassett Sr.  5 Phyllis Campbell 6 Vida Hiatt 7? 8?    
That’s who I think they are but I could be  mistaken I’ll study the rest to see if I can come up with answer.    
Lloyd Awalt
Reply From Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SD
I thought I had labeled that picture of the Dunseith Eastern Star Ladies.   Grandma Kate Fassett made all the dresses for these ladies and they had different colored sashes for the different positions in the Star. OES School of INstruction , Sept 1960.  They are :  Back Row;  Inez Hosmer,   Jennie Cook, Edna Leonard, Florence Sunderland, Charlotte Lang, Marge Kester, Elsie Schneider, Jesslyn Hosmer.   Front Row:  Annabel Shelver, Mabel Boardman. Kate Fassett, Phyllis Campbell. Vida Hiatt, Helen Bye, Marjorie Morgan.  I remember most all of them as active ladies in the community
Dunseith Eastern Star Ladies
Back Row:  Inez Hosmer,   Jennie Cook, Edna Leonard, Florence Sunderland, Charlotte Lang,
Marge Kester, Elsie Schneider, Jesslyn Hosmer
Middle & Front Rows:  Annabel Shelver, Mabel Boardman. Kate Fassett, Phyllis Campbell.
Vida Hiatt, Helen Bye, Marjorie Morgan. 

5/29/2012 (1498)

Posted By Wally Garbe (Neola’s husband):  Minot, ND

Subject: Battle Hymn

       Battle Hymn



Very appropriate for TODAY


Gary D. Woodford (DHS Class of ’54)

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Woodford, Gary D. Age 75, of Rio Verde, AZ and Bloomington, MN, died May 14, 2012. He was born in Dunseith, ND to Edna and Harold Woodford on September 14, 1936. Gary graduated from the University of North Dakota. He worked for many years at Olson Graphic Products as CFO. Gary was a longtime member of the St. Paul Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed traveling and reading. Survived by his wife, Patricia (Skoglund); siblings, Duane (Grace) Woodford and Karen (Don) Olson; son, Scott Woodford; daughter, Kelly (Jim) Hungaski and 2 grandchildren, Memphis Woodford and Lucas Hungaski. Memorials may be made to the Rotary Club of St. Paul; One West Water Street #272. St. Paul, MN 55107 or the UND Alumni Association; 3100 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 1st at Woodlake Lutheran Church; 7525 Oliver Ave S, Richfield, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service at church and luncheon to follow.
Copied from Susan Fassett’s (’65) Face Book pictures
I was tagged to this pictuer, so I am assuming these are Dunseith folks, but I don’t recognize many of them. 4th from the right in the front with a flower on her belt kind of looks like Vida Peterson Hiatt?
Lola Metcalfe Vanorny’s (’68) comment to this picture.
Reply to the Bottineau Fire House wall painting pictures that were posted yesterday.
From Noela Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Bottineau & Minot, ND
Pam Kittleson McLean and Carlette Tengesdahl Kamrud, along with volunteers who helped with the stripes, painted the picture. 
Pam is the daughter of Donald/Darlene Vormestrand Kittleson. She is married to Steve McLean, son of Keith/Cherrille Bergeron McLean.
Carlette is the daughter of Roy/Ardith Tengesdahl from Maxbass.  She is married to Earl Kamrud, son of Irvin and Stella Monson Kamrud.  She is our cousin’s (Sharon Kamrud Haakenson) sister-in-law.
Harry Fassett, Former Bottineau Chief of Police
This came from a friend.  I’m assuming you know the story; if not, I know there are many Fassett’s in your “readership” who will know.
Did I spell Fassett correctly?

    I believe Harry died while on the job.  As I recall he just had confrontation and after he was driving the squad car and died at the wheel.

Perhaps someone may know this or can correct the story.

I believe that Harry Fassett was Bill (’65) and Gwen (’68) Grimme’s uncle. He was a Brother their mother. He would have also been a brother to Wendal Cushing’s mother too.
Memorial photo
From Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher):  Detroit Lakes, MN
Just wanted to share my memorial photo of my Dad, John Groninga (WW II….Europe with Patton) and my husband, Jon Horner, Korea
Joke of the day
From my good Cebu friend Ed Manning
A sweet grandmother
telephoned the hospital.  She timidly asked,
“Is it possible to speak to someone
Who can tell me how a patient is doing?”

The operator said,
“I’ll be glad to help, dear.
What’s the name and room number of the patient?”

The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said,
“Norma Findlay, Room 302.”

The operator replied, “Let me put you on hold while I check with the
nurse’s station for that room.”

After a few minutes, the operator
returned to the phone and said, “I have good news. Her nurse just told
me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work
just came back normal, and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to
be discharged tomorrow.”

The grandmother said,”Thank you. That’s wonderful. I was so worried.
God bless you for the good news.”

The operator replied,”You’re more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?”

The grandmother said,”No, I’m Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me


5/28/2012 (1497)

Frank Coons
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.

It was 40 years ago.  You were right about the dropped number. (Ask Lykins who his worst ever typing student was.)
Frank taught in Rolla from ’70-72.  Mr. Herbel offered Joni and me positions in 1970, but we opted to take positions in Stephen, MN instead.  When I told Mr. Herbel (hard to say that — knowing hid as Dallas all these years.) that we were declining his offer, he asked if I knew of any other Mayville Grads that might be good English teacher candidates.  I gave him Frank’s number.  Frank was from New Jersey and was home for the summer.  He loved ND and always wanted to teach there. 
Kenny Nerpel, Frank and I went through the Forestry together and were actually roommates for a year or so in Mayville.  I’ll stop there.  It would be the start of a lot more stories LOL!
Frank had at least three strikes against him that weekend.  Inexperienced rider, Lake Metigoshe Road –bigger bike than he was used to — sharp curve–oncoming cars —-and Memorial Day Weekend.
Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!
Allen Richard
Posted by David Slyter (’70):  Sabin, MN
Hi Gary:

We recently took a trip back up to Bottineau and while we were there I drove by this picture that was painted on the fire departments wall.  It was painted by a local and great artist of Bottineau, Pam McLean.  Since it is Memorial Day I thought I would share as I think it is so patriotic and fits the occasion.   Thanks for all that you do.

Dave :) 

P.S.  We also went by the round barn near Dunseith and thought I would share that one also. 
Thanks for Sharing these pictures. The Cote/Berube square dance barn still looks very good today. 
Military postings
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Do any of you recognize either of these guys? Looking at the uniform, I think the picture dated February 7, 1980 is much earlier. I think someone may have had it reproduced in 1980.

5/27/2012 (1496)

Happy belated  birthday wishes to Susie  Millang!!
From Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND
Frank Coons Memories
From Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

0 years ago this weekend my best friend, Frank Coons was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Lake Metigoshe road.  He was test riding a cycle he was going to buy so we could go on a motorcycle camping trip into Canada.  According to O. D (Dallas) Herbel, Frank was the best teacher he ever hired, and he hired Frank over the phone.  Frank was barely 25. I’ve not yet ridden into Canada.  Not sure why.  I probably should.
So to you bikers on the blog.  Be careful this weekend–don’t become somebody’s memory.
God bless everyone on the blog.
Allen, the name Frank Coons is very familiar. Was he a Bottineau Teacher? I think a number got dropped in the number of years in your message. Gary
 Thank you Neola for this picture of my dad. I have this same picture, but with no year. Now we know. Dad was the Legion Commander for the Bottineau Post about the time this picture was taken too, so that was probably the reason for the picture.
Dad was all over the Pacific for 31 months straight during WW II. He and my son Bernie were both on Okinawa with their service tours.  Bernie was in the Marines. While he was stationed at Okinawa, he was deployed to many of the SE Asian Countries. He was also on many missions to Somalia during that conflict. Dad, Bernie and myself were all overseas in the Pacific theater in our service days.
Bernie lives in Bellevue, WA. He was worked for Microsoft for a dozen or more years now. His job has been mainly to take on contracts to work out all of the bugs in software before it is released to the public.  
Bill Fassett: WW II photo
Posted by Susan Fassett (’65):  Spearfish SD
Just wanted to send a remembrance of my Dad for Memorial Day.   I have an album on Facebook of family veterans from my family if anyone wants to take a look.  Dad was a radio operator in the Army Air Force and was stationed at Espiritos Santos in the New Hebrides.   The quonset in the background was their radio station.   Happy Memorial Day to all and prayers to all the families of vets.    Susan
Copied from Susan Fassett Martin’s (’65) Face Book wall
Mark LaCroix, son of Jerry (’73) & Arlene LaCroix
Mark LaCroix was also named the Region 5 Baseball Athlete of the year.
Mark’s grandparents were Henry & Gladys LaCroix. His uncles and aunts are Jan LaCroix Kester (’59), Charlotte LaCroix (’62), Greg LaCroix (’66) & Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (’68).

Jamestown-bound: LaCroix’s bat, arm leads Braves to Region 5 title

May 25, 2012
By DANIEL ALLAR – Staff Writer (dallar@minotdailynews.com) , Minot Daily News

Mark LaCroix was a different pitcher beginning in the third inning of the Region 5 tournament championship game Thursday at Surrey.

After giving up two runs and two hits through the first two innings, the Bottineau senior held Bishop Ryan hitless the rest of the way as the Braves won 7-2 and earned a second straight trip to the Class B state tournament.

LaCroix left a pitch up in the strike zone to Ryan cleanup hitter Mason Kramer in the bottom of the first and Kramer took advantage with a towering two-run home run to center.

LaCroix responded with his own two-run blast in the third inning. That success carried over to the hill, where LaCroix showed command of his curveball in striking out nine Ryan hitters.

“Because we were able to tie it up at two, it took a lot (of pressure) of me on the mound knowing we weren’t fighting back anymore,” LaCroix said. “It made me a lot more relaxed.”

The Lions (22-6) put just two runners on base after the second inning, both on walks.

With the exception of the first time through the batting order, Bottineau (18-3) stung Ryan senior pitcher Jay Mittlieder each time the lineup turned over. The Braves’ first three batters – sophomore Andrew Hill, senior Justin McCloud and LaCroix – accounted for all seven Bottineau runs.

Hill went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored three runs. He said the Braves weren’t phased by the Lions’ early lead.

“We just kept goin’, (innings) two through seven, we just kept getting hits,” Hill said. “We knew we could come back, and we did.”

After one of Hill’s doubles in the fifth inning, McCloud homered down the left-field line to give the Braves a 4-2 lead. LaCroix added a two-RBI double in the seventh to give Bottineau a comfortable cushion.

“We expect those seniors to step up for us, and did they ever,” Simpson said. “Mark had a huge game today at the plate and pitching, with the exception of one pitch. Justin had an unbelievable tournament, so we expect that and I’m not surprised at all with what they did today.”

After the Braves accepted their region championship trophy Ryan coach Brent Nelson met with his six seniors – Mittlieder, Sheldon Marmon, Josh Dahly, Sam Ebert, Cole VerBruggen and Ian Howard. The class was part of a state championship team its freshman season, a state runner-up team its sophomore season and lost in the region final to Bottineau the last two seasons.

“They’ve had a great career and a lot of wins,” Nelson said. “I’m just proud of ’em. I had a meeting with them and said how happy I was with the year and good luck to whatever you do in the future.”

The Lions forced a deciding game with a 6-3 win over Bottineau on Tuesday, but Nelson knew winning back-to-back games against the Braves would be a challenge.

“We were fortunate to beat ’em once, but to try to beat that team twice – with all those hitters and two good pitchers that throw hard and have good off-speed pitches – it’s tough to do,” Nelson said. “We had to do things right and we got the early lead, but 2-0 is not gonna hold up against them.”

The Braves face Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton in the first round of the Class B state tournament, which begins on Thursday in Jamestown.


5/26/2012 (1495)

We  are attending a Memorial Day Luncheon at 11:00 this morning, so I am Getting this out a bit earlier than normal.
Ginger LaRocque (’65) and Vicky Davis Short Retirement
Reply from Susan Brew Roussin (’59):  Rolla, ND
Congrats to Ginger.  We had no idea she was having medical troubles.  Another gal who worked for the Belcourt school system for years has similar back problems.  Some of you may know Vicky (Davis) Short, my lifetime friend, who also retired this year.  Thanks for all the info.  Have a wonder filled day.
Billy Lawrence – The Blacksmith
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

        Seeing the picture of Billy Lawrence sure brought back some
memories.  His old blacksmith shop was located on the same block where
the Dunseith Nursing Home is now.  He had a rusted tin building with a
dirt floor and holes in the tin everywhere you looked.  His old forge
was fired by coal so the inside of the shop always smelled like burning
coal.  We lived just a block north of the shop and often I would come
outside and could hear the old trip hammer operating as Billy was
sharpening plow shares.  It made an unforgettable sound,  kind of like
‘ca ting, ca ting, ca ting’.  It was powered by a flat belt that lifted
the big hammer head and then a latch/trigger would drop the hammer at
regular intervals making the sound on a precise interval.  Billy would
hold the red hot iron with tongs and move it along as the trip hammer
flattened the edge of the plow shares making them sharp as new.  I think
Billy kind of worked whenever he had blacksmithing to do because I seem
to remember he came and went when he wanted to.  He drove an old ’46-’48
Ford two door car and if the car was there and the door was open,  he
was ready for business.  There was an old blacksmith named Fred Bolton
in Sherwood, ND.  His shop was similar to Billy Lawrence’s. One time my
father-in-law had bent a big angle iron on a chisel plow and tried to
straighten it himself using a big sledge hammer.  He had succeeded in
beating a bunch of hammer dents on it but it was still crooked so I
helped him take it off and we took it into the blacksmith shop.  Old
Fred just stood there and looked at it with disgust.  He lit a cigarette
and said,  “You know,  there’s only two kind of people in hell.  Bad
people—and people that try to straighten cold iron.”  He then went to
work and did the job right.  Thanks Gary!


5-25-2012 (1494)

Ginger LaRocque (’65) is retiring the end of this school year.
Ginger and I have been exchanging a few messages the past several days. Being the very modest shy type gal that she is, I want to share this reply, below, from her.
Ginger has worked at the Belcourt schools for many years. Ginger is suffering from a degenerate bone condition in her spine. She has been in a lot of pain and has been in a wheel chair at work. Talk about dedication.  Ginger, we all give you a standing ovation.
Ginger, this was a personal message but I want folks to see how well thought of you are. A whole lot of others and myself included think the same of you too.  How well we class of 65 folks remember you at our first reunion in 2007. We almost didn’t see you because you were too shy to make your appearance. In fact you backed out, but with a lot persuasion and being a bit late with beads of perspiration, you arrived at our pre-reunion breakfast at the Skydancer. We were so happy to see you. Now I must say that following that breakfast, you have not missed a single gathering. We always enjoy your company. 
Ginger’s reply:
>Hi Gary
Yes that would be great to have someone like your cousin take care of my
messed up back. We’ll see next week what my doctor will recommend.

We had another retirement get together before it was time to go home and I
cried some happy, sad tears and made almost all of them cry. It was so
nice they all gave me a standing ovation if
that ‘s what to call it. I didn’t realize how they thought about me,
really, its been a good experience to work in this school system, with
such good people.

I’m glad that I was thought well of.

I don’t know if you got my other e-mail. It was about another e-mail that
didn’t pass security, the one # 1492.

Thanks Gary,


Gary Woodford Memories
From Bonnie Awalt Houle (’56): Becker, MN
Good Evening Gary,
    I remember Gary Woodford as a very kind, respectful, intelligent young man.  Gary was the static’s taker at all games, he was also the manager for many of the teams.  Gary was the reporter for the Dunseith Journal, he wrote up all the sports reports getting everything very accurate.  His reports were always on time to the newspaper office. I am certain he will be missed greatly by all that knew him.
My condolences to all his loved ones.
Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)
Hazel Hiatt
Reply from Sybil Johnson:  Chippewa Falls, WI.
I was so happy to see the picture of Hazel Hiatt. I had asked about her several times and never got an answer. Its good to see that she is remembered.
She was a good friend of Bernice Johnson, my mother-in-law. She was quite a woman and a very hard worker.


Sharon Tooke Parkhouse (’67) receives award
Message from Roger Parkhouse:  Minneapolis, MN.

Dear Friends,

You that know Sharon Parkhouse (Tooke) know that she is not one to “blow her own horn”. Something very good happened to her and she would never, ever tell you about it, so I will. For thirteen years she has worked for “Mains’l Services”. (Mains’l is a contraction for mainsail as on sailboat) It is a company founded by a woman (who enjoyed sailing and has a large sailboat) and started out twenty- seven years ago with three people and now has grown to over 900 employees. Mains’l works with the developmentally disabled in the metro.

The company has an awards banquet every year and in 2002 Sharon received the last award called the “Light House Leadership Award”. I can only assume that as the last award given it must be “one most wanted by every employee.” This was confirmed by upper management. I dare say that very few of you knew that Sharon received this award.

This year Sharon told me that she again had been nominated for an award. We went to the banquet and first of all there were pictures of the nominees individually on “the big screen”, Sharon with a stethoscope in her hand and a smile on her face. Meals and desserts were served. President gave her address in which she usually gets emotional and weeps momentarily in thankfulness for her employees, which she always refers to as her “Superstars”. Then the awards were given. We listened to them all and when the second to the last award “To the Max” award was given, and it was not Sharon, we figured that nothing this year. The MC started talking about the “Light House Leadership Award” candidate and was very coy in saying “this person” never a “she” or a “he” and theme was “leadership by example”. I started thinking to myself that “this person” had a whole lot in common with Sharon. MC said and this year’s award winner is——SHARON PARKHOUSE. We were both dumbfounded. Sharon walked up and received her award and spoke, thanking all she worked with (believe it or not) because in 2002 she took the award and left the stage immediately. I honestly think I got more emotional that Sharon did, we were both crying when she got back to the table. I have NEVER been more proud of Sharon than that moment.

You may know that I enjoy having fun, so first I talked to the owner, got a hug (she is very approachable) and said that I have many concerns about the memory of upper management. She asked, “What do you mean”? I said that Sharon had already received that award, did they not recall?  She responded “Listen, we could give Sharon that award every year but we had to wait awhile to give it to her again”. I did the same thing with three other executives and they similarly responded and said I was fortunate to have Sharon. I responded “Hey, whenever asked I always said that she is a keeper. No doubt I married way above myself.

This is Sharon’s story and I am stickin to it.

Best to you all,

Roger and Sharon

PS: Sharon’s email is in case you want to give her a response

Cebu City, Philippines
We had a very different dinner last night. None of us knew the Menu until we arrived. All we knew was that it was a 5 coarse meal with three wine servings. When we looked at the Menu and noticed that the first 3 course were Crocodile, we had some 2nd thoughts, but thought what to heck, we’ll give it a try. The first coarse was Crocodile soup, not bad. The 2nd course was Crocodile Lasagna, again, pretty good.
In the picture, Bernadette and I are seated at the back of the table. Rose (Art Hagen) Hohl is in the front with the green dress. This picture was posted by Maria, the gal in blue sitting next to Rose. Before the dinner was over, this picture and a whole lot of others too were posted on Face Book.These gals with their Iphones and Ipads make all this happen in a heart beat. Rose was Chatting with Art too, in Bottineau, while we were at the table.  Art is always included with all of her gatherings regardless where she may be. The same is true for Art. They are only 10,000 miles apart and via the internet their video calls are free.
Following our Crocodile dinner, we all stopped by the Scrapyard Lounge owned by Mae,
the gal in blue on the right. Mae is a long time friend of many of the gals in our group of friends.  
Joke of the day
Posted by Wally Garbe, Neola’s husband: Minot, ND
Skinny Dipping

An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple, and peach trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn’t been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, ‘we’re not coming out until you leave!’ The old man frowned, ‘I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.’ Holding the bucket up he said, ‘I’m here to feed the alligator.’

Some old men can still think fast.

5/24/2012 (1493)

Lorena Shirk Passed away on Tuesday May 22nd
Face Book Caption from Connie Fauske Monte (’62):
Many of the Dunseith folks remember Lorena.  They were very well known in the area.
Larry, our condolence are with you and your family with the passing of your mother. Please keep us posted with her burial arrangements and Obituary. My records indicate she was living in Mesa, AZ.

Lorena Ann Shirk

August 17, 1914 – May 22, 2012
Share your memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book below or click here for entry suggestions.
Mountaineers 4-H club – 1962
I am making this the final posting of this picture with all identified. I am very sure that the guy in question is Clifford Longre. The Longre boys were nephews of Margie Hiatt. They came from Kenmare. There were 3 of them that spent a lot of time living with their aunt Margie. I remember all thee of them too, but Clifford and Tom are the only two names I remember at the moment.
I believe this picture was taken at the first meeting after the Mountaineers 4-H club was formed. This I believe was at Clarence and Mary Ann Hagen’s.  I am pretty sure this was in 1962. I believe to be a 4-H member one had to be 10 years old or nearly 10. Darrel Stokes, Marlys Medlang, Ray Lagerquist and Karen Hagen were all born in 1952, so they would have been 10 in 1962. Marlys Hiatt was born in February 1953, so she is the youngest in this picture. I think they worked out an arrangement of some kind so she was able to join at the age of 9. These deals were made at the county agent level.
My mother, Elaine Stokes along with Mary Ann Hagen, Dorothy Lamb and I believe Effie Espe too were the founders of the Mountaineers 4-H club. I remember sitting in Clarence and Mary Ann Hagen’s kitchen when these gals were forming this club discussing who they thought would be a good leader for the boys. They all agreed that this person would be Orvin Hagen. Orvin was invited to their next meeting, accepted the job and became the Mountaineers 4-H club leader for 30 or more years. Orvin was a wonderful leader. We so very much respected his vast knowledge of everything from plants to animals and all the other stuff in-between. Orvin always burned the candle on both ends of the day too getting to bed way past midnight and getting up at 5:00 AM.
When I left the Mountaineers 4-H club, we had 40 plus members. I believe that number grew to 60 or 70 in latter years. Many of you folks were members too. It was a great club.
Mountaineers 4-H club – 1962
Back: Allen Stokes, Terry Olson, Gary Stokes
Middle: Clifford Longre, Obert Medlang, Dean Lamb, Monte Espe, Jim Hiatt, Martha Lamb & Marlys Hiatt
Front: Darrel Stokes, Lyle Lagerquist, Rodney Lagerquist, Loren Johnson, Susan Hagen, Marlys Medlang & Karen Hagen
Pictures from the Achieves
                        Kick McKay (’52) and Hazel Hiatt
             Billy Lawrence – Dunseith Blacksmith

5/23/2012 (1492)

No Blog yesterday
For the record, I was invited to play pool at a friends house yesterday and did not get a blog posted.
Peggy Wurgler’s Birthday
Reply from Paula Fassett (’71):  North Branch, MN

Happy Belated Birthday to Peggy (Wurgler).  Loved the photo…….even with my big baggy face in the front – ha!  One minor correction – Cheryl Haagenson & Patti Longie’s names are switched…back row is Dave, then Cheryl, Stef, Patti…..etc. !

Paula I. Fassett

Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Officer

Customs and Border Protection

Minneapolis, MN 

Vietnam Vets Video
From Doreen Larson Moran (DHS ’61):  Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
I got this from Dean Bakken
A Memorial Day presentation for us and our era of time.  Whether you were in the military; your spouse; close friends or other relatives, this is for you.
This was sent to me by one who was in Vietnam. He appreciated the words of Gen Zinni, a marine, but I think you will appreciate it too. I hope you will watch it to the end. It is not very long. 

As a Vietnam vet, you will appreciate and understand Gen. Zinni’s presentation. Those who are not Vietnam vets will probably never understand us, what we went through and how we lived our lives since. But watching this short video might give them some insight—and appreciation—to who we really are or were. Some say there’s only about 1/3 of us left now.

This is most certainly an eye opener to the war of our time. I learned a lot from it. Gen. Zinni is a very good speaker.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
I happened to see this picture/decided to send it again. :)  As you know, neither Mom nor Dad is living.  I think this picture is “a hoot”!
         Johnny and Emme Brudwick Kofoid
John & Tina Pladson (’78) Bullinger’s son Jacob’s wedding annoucement
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Jeff Campbell (’76)
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

5/21/2012 (1491)

Happy Birthday Donna LaCroix Allard (’64): Zimmerman, MN. & Fort Myers, Fl.
Reply to pictures posted yesterday
From Peggy Wurgler Axtman (’71):   Kent, WA
Is it just a coincidence that you happened to post these pictures, or did you somehow know that it is my birthday today?! I actually was thinking of that very birthday party earlier today because it was the only real  “party” that I got to invite a few friends, while living in Dunseith. Usually, my mom was so busy that we just had small, family gatherings for birthdays.
We, in the Pacific Northwest, have enjoyed about 13 days in a row of nice weather. Many, many rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, wisterias, etc. are all in full bloom right now. Everything is so colorful and the grass is so green (and growing like crazy).
Thanks for posting the pictures –  brings back lots of good memories!
By the way, please tell me how to donate to the website fund using PayPal?
Happy Belated Birthday Peggy,
I had no idea that yesterday was your birthday. The powers above must have been with the timing of that posting. Your brother Dave (’64) looks exactly the way I remember him too. Had I seen this picture out of the blue I would have known it was Dave.
My Paypal address is my email address gws123456@hotmail.com
Peggy, when we saw you in Seattle the day we boarded the cruise ship for Alaska in August 2009, I am disappointed that we did not get any pictures. I am not sure if you have a daughter, but if you do, I’ll bet you get mistaken for sisters.
Peggy’s birthday party: Repost from yesterday

Maybe ’61 or ’62. Attendees, Becky Hanson, Heidi Hanson, Paula Fassett, Peggy Wrugler,

brother Dave, Patty Longie, Stephanie Evans, Cheryl Haagenson and Art Rude, Jr.

Dennis Dubois (’63) Sister
Cookie (Evelyn) Dubois Jerome (’66):  Belcourt, ND
From Dennis
Thanks for the prompt answer. In regards to my sister: Yes her given name is Evelyn, no one ever used that name, her pay checks are issued in “Cookie”, I believe. Her class year would have been 1966, her address is: Belcourt, ND 58316. Thanks again I’ve been forwarding them, but I want her to get the Home Blog info and I didn’t know if she could get it of my forwarding. Thanks and have a good day.
I have added Cookie to our distribution list and to my records.  Thanks, Gary
Bruce Gillett: Unidentified Air Force officer
Reply from Doreen Laroson Moran (BHS ’61): Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
Yes – the military photo is Bruce Gillett.  See his reply.
—– Original Message —–

Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 4:23 PM
Subject: RE: Military: Unknown: Dec. 18, 1968


That is my photo, the date shows that it was taken just before I left for my first tour in the Vietnam War.  I have no idea why the photo was taken but I do have a copy framed on a shelf here.


Now that you have been identified, I am sure that many of our readers who remember you and others too, would like to hear from/about you and your past from your High School days to the present.  This is a Dunseith Alumni blog & Website, but we have many Bottineau folks on our distribution. My cousin, Neola Kofoid Garbe, has provided us with a lot of history/pictures and newspaper articles from the past. Her contributions have attributed to our continued existence, going on 5 years now.  Neola is the holder of your picture too.
Doing the math, I am assuming you graduated from Bottineau in about 1963? I am a ’65 DHS grad.
Gary Stokes
Neola’s reply to Doreen
Back again.  I just sent an email to Bruce, inquiring if he would like to have me mail the original pictures to him.  Between Barbara Tallon Hegdahl and you, it sure didn’t take long to get Bruce identified.  I would NEVER have guessed this was a Gillett. I didn’t know if this fellow even lived in the Bottineau area. Uff da!!  LOL!  Fun!
                   Bruce Gillett (BHS ’63?)
Posting of the Day
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

5/20/2012 (1490)

Susie Millang’s Birthday
Reply from Ele Dietrich Slyter (’69):  Dunseith, ND
Happy Birthday to Susie Millang.
Thank you to all who sent their wishes my way yesterday…it was awesome to hear from so many people in just one day.
Chris Dubois is the grandson of Loren and Eleanor Dubois and I know they are very proud of this young man
Chris Dubois
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
You are right on both counts, Gary. :)  I forgot about Dennis being Chris’ great uncle. I met Dennis when Wade/Lynette were married.  What a fun character!!  Neola
Unidentified Military service guy
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Bottineau/Kramer,
I’ve sent this Wondrasek picture before, but, so far, he hasn’t been identified.  I’ve added more names to my lists now, so perhaps someone will recognize this fellow.
When this fellow is identified/mailing address located for him, I’ll send his pictures to him.
This is the first I have seen this picture. This guy was a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. I am assuming he was a pilot.  I have included LaVerne Rude’s military picture for comparison. LaVerne was a pilot in the Air Force. Their uniforms are the same. Our 2nd cousin, Ron Kofoid, was a class mate of LaVern’s too. He too was a pilot. I am not sure which branch of the service he was in though.
LaVerne,  I believe you graduated from NDSU in 1967 and entered the Air Force as a military officer at that time. This guy must be very close to you in time too.  You graduated from Bottineau in 1963.
Folks, If this is a Local guy, I am sure we can identify him.
Note:  I will include a few more bottineau folks with today’s message hoping someone can identify this guy.  
Pictures from Peggy Wurgler Axtman (’71)
When I was going back through entering the 2008 blogs into our Website that I never got posted into the old Website, I ran across these pictures that Peggy shared with us on February 11, 2008.
John Hiatt and Peggy Wurgler – June of 1959
Peggy, Dave & Joan Wurgler with their new ’57 Chevy
Maybe ’61 or ’62. Attendees, Becky Hanson, Heidi Hanson, Paula Fassett, Peggy Wrugler,

brother Dave, Patty Longie, Stephanie Evans, Cheryl Haagenson and Art Rude, Jr.


5/19/2012 (1489)

Happy Birthday Edna (Susie) Knox Millang (DHS ’60): Dunseith, ND
Gary Woodford’s (’56) Passing
Reply from Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT
Sad to hear of Gary Woodfords passing to the Spirit World…he was a great guy….and and among other things played football for the Dragons back in the olden days…..

Glen Williams…

Ele Slyter’s Birthday
Reply from Bobby Slyter (’70):  Wichita, Kansas
Little Prairie Cemetery Cleanup
Message/Pictures from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,       Each year, on the first Saturday in May,  we have the cemetery
cleanup day at Little Prairie Cemetery.  There are a bunch of dedicated
people who faithfully show up with rakes, shears, shovels, wheelbarrows,
and other equipment and go right to work getting the cemetery ready for
another season.  It’s just another attribute of the responsibility ethic
of people from this area.  There’s no ‘let someone else clean it up,
it’s not my job’ mindset anywhere in this bunch of folks.  They just
show up and dig in—get’r done.  When all the work is done,  another
typical Turtle Mountain tradition takes place.  The ladies head to their
cars and come back with some of the best picnic lunch anywhere.�
Although the cemetery sits on an open hilltop,  we have a grove of pine
trees in the center where the church sat years ago so we can always find
one side where we are protected from the wind to enjoy lunch and visit.�
I certainly want to thank all those who come each year to do their part
in keeping our cemetery in nice shape.  I’ll send along some pictures of
some of this years volunteers, although I didn’t get them all in the
pictures.  Thanks Gary!

Sharon Peterson Harmsen,  Maude Abrahamson, Bob Lagerquist, 
Bill Harmsen & Ron Strong (behind Bill).
Stan Salmonson,  Dennis Espe,  Pastor John Hesford,  and Joy Peterson
Peggy Sime Espe and Lois Hesford
Lorraine Handeland Millang,  Brenda Johnson,  Susie Millang 
and Joan Wurgler Salmonson.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
This is Loren/Can’t remember Mrs. DuBois’ name–Esther?) DuBois grandson, Chris.  Chris’ parents are Wade/Lynette Hamel DuBois.
I beleive Chris Dubois Grandmother is Carol Berg Hamel, who is your first cousin. Please correct me if I am wrong.
I also beleive that Dennis Dubois is Chris’ great uncle too. Again, please correct me if I am wrong.

5/18/2012 (1488)

         Happy Birthday Ele Dietrich Slyter (DHS ’69):  Dunseith, N                                              eleszoo@yahoo.com
Gary Woodford (DHS ’56) passed away
Message from Clark Crum (’54):  Woodbury, MN
Gary, I just got a call from Pat Woodford, Gary Woodford, Class of 56 passed away in AZ..
We are so so sorry to hear this sad news.  Our condolences are with his family with his passing.  Gary is much to young to be leaving us. Please keep us posted with his funeral arrangements and Obituary.  Thanks, Gary
Little Prairie Cemetery field day, Peace Garden, Etc
Message from Sharon Peterson Harmsen (’63):   Bismarck, ND
On May 12th my husband and I had the pleasure of working alongside many of my old Dunseith neighbors and friends while involved with the annual Little Prairie Cemetery clean-up.  We got to work with Dick and Brenda Johnson, Joan and Stan Salmonson, Maude Abrahamson, Loren Dubois, Lorraine Handeland Millang, Ronnie Strong, Bob Lagerquist, Dennis and Peggy Espe, my mother, Joy Peterson and many others who I’m forgetting right now.  You know who you are………It was a very windy day, as has been typical here in ND this spring, but it didn’t curb the enthusiasm of the hard working group and the cemetery looked amazing at the end of the day.
Saw more old friends and neighbors at church on Sunday before heading to the International Peace Garden for the Mother’s Day Brunch at the new Conservatory and Interpretive Center.  It’s a beautiful building and wonderful addition to the Garden.  We enjoyed an excellent brunch buffet and the new cactus display.  While at the Peace Garden we had the pleasure of hearing Gary Fulsebakke sing as part of the brunch entertainment; unfortunately, we missed hearing the Fauske brothers, Austin and Tyrell, play their instruments because it was time to go visit my cousin, Connie Peterson Lagerquist, Peace Garden horticulturist and get our free Mother’s Day plants which is an annual tradition.    Connie’s good and still so much fun to be with.  We made plans for me to come up and work with her in the Garden for the next several weeks getting the grounds ready for planting the many flowers and plants for the upcoming tourist season.  Must be the “farmer” in me that has a need to dig in the dirt. 
When you’re in the Dunseith area, you must be sure and go visit the International Peace Garden and see all the new, wonderful improvements and expanded garden areas. 
Sharon Peterson Harmsen (63)
Verena Gillis’ Birthday
Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
>Happy birthday to Verena, sorry I’m late with your birthday greeting.
John Bedard’s Birthday
Reply from Ginger
Happy birthday John.
Dunseith Alumni Website  http://dunseith.net/
Note: To get to the Dunseith site, using Internet Explorer, all you have to do is type dunseith.net in the address line on the top and hit your enter button.
The lost blogs have all been restored. For the Year 2008 we are missing the months February through December. I never had those months in the old site, so they were never there for Amy to drag over to the new sight. I do have all these saved in my computer though. I will be posting a few each day until I get them all in.
This sight is ours, never to be taken away. Amy has done a fantastic job putting this site together. She has made the process so much easier, when compared to the old site, for entering the daily blogs too. It used to take me about 15 minutes to post each days blog on the old Website. That process now takes 5 to 7 minutes at the most.
In the  blogs section, Amy has set up a “find” feature too.  Just type in what you are looking for and hit the enter button on your keyboard. Use Parenthesis to refine your search as I have pointed out in the examples below. The search will list the blogs that contain the word combinations you are looking for.
Reply from Amy

Yup, I’ve been tweaking the last things this morning, so I hope all is well now.  I got rid of the links to the Caribbean cruise.  

FrontPage is a software program that you install to your local computer.  I will send you a copy of FrontPage along with a copy of the entire website on a disc. 

Thank you so much to you and those who follow your blog. The generosity is so appreciated. 

Thank you again and let me know if you need anything else

5/17/2018 (1487)

Happy Birthday John Bedard (DHS ’65): Lake Metigoshe, ND
Verena Gillis’s birthday
Reply from Ronnie Longie (’65): Yakima WA
Hope see. Pete and Verena this summer
Ronnie. Longie



Graveside services for Henry “Hank” Salmonson, age 91 of Dunseith, were held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Ackworth Cemetery. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Gary Dorn. Special music was provided by Jade Mogard, Rachael Romaine and Rosemary Smith. Casket bearers were Terry Espe Wayne Smith, Keith Smith and Stan Salmonson. Honorary bearers were, Dennis Espe, Ronnie Smith, The men from the Dunseith Senior Citizen Center, Jade Mogard, Lyle Lagerquist and Rodney Lagerquist. Burial will be in the Ackworth Cemetery of rural Dunseith.

Henry “Hank” Charles Salmonson, a son of Halvor and Ingeborg (Bergland) Salmonson, was born on the family farm on September 18, 1920. he was reared and educated in the Dunseith area, graduating in 1938. Hank was the youngest of his parent’s eight surviving children. He quickly learned to live off the land, handle livestock and care for animals large and small. On December 23, 1941 he was married to his best friend Maybelle Smith at Dunseith. They farmed north of Dunseith. In 1946 they moved to Seattle, WA. The following year they moved back to North Dakota, and purchased a farm in the Turtle Mountain’s north-west of Dunseith. She passed away on June 12, 1998. Hank has continued to live in the area since.

He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, hunting and fishing. Hank was an accomplished guitar player and played for many community gatherings through out his lifetime.

Hank passed away on Monday, May 14, 2012 in a Rugby hospital.

He is survived by a son Bradley Salmonson and his wife Colleen of Idaho Falls, ID; grandchildren, Matthew of Boise, ID and Bradley of Idaho Falls, ID; and many nieces and nephews.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Maybelle; brothers, Clarence, Hubert and Clifford; sisters, Margaret Crowder, Alice Hiatt, Opal Paris and Esther Duchesneau.

Dunseith Alumni Website – Restoration of the lost blogs
The restoration of the lost blogs is in process. I have pasted Amy’s message and a receipt from GoDaddy, our Web provider, debiting my account for this service, so all is on track.
To date we have received donations of $520 for the establishment of our Web site. I received $500 yesterday in the mail, all of which had been mailed on May 3rd. Thank you folks so much for your generosity. $150 of this will be for the restoration of the lost blogs. The rest I will give to Amy for her services. My goal is to give Amy no less than $500. I’d like to give her more than that too. Before contacting Amy, I had several estimates of $2,800 and $3,000 for setting this up, so we are getting a good deal.
Amy’s reply
I just called them again.  They’re just about done.  I’m not completely sure the other guy even started it, but it has been now for sure.  Uff da.  Anyway, it should be back in a few days (10 at the very most he said, but he really didn’t think it would take that long.) 

5/16/2012 (1486)

Henry (Hank) Salmonson (’38) Passed away.
Message from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND
Dear Gary, I have meant to write and thank you for great time we had on the cruise as it was so memorable.
Today(Tuesday) I am writing to let everyone know that Terry’s uncle, Henry Salmonson, passed away Monday morning around 6AM at the Rugby Hospital.  Hank’s son Bradley and his wife Colleen arrived early today and have planned a graveside service at Ackworth Cemetery at 2 PM  Wednesday (tomorrow). Viewing with be from 9 AM to noon tomorrow at the Nero Funeral Home.  Pastor Dorn from the Mission church North of Dunseith (Alliance Church, I believe) will officiate. Rachel Morin Romine and Jade & Cindy Moberg plan to provide music at the cemetery.  Friends and relatives will gather at the Senior Citizens Bldg following the service.  Everyone welcome.
More information may already be on the Nero Funeral Home web site.
Hank’s son could not get much time off so he has had to plan the funeral on short notice. 
Thank you, LeaRae Parrill Espe ’67
We are so sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. Up until recently Hank has been in pretty good health too. I recently heard that he was in the Dunseith Nursing home too.
The class of ’38 has recently lost several other folks too. Borg Landsverk in April 2011 and Maxine Radley Hiatt in May 2011. Maxine is also berried in Ackworth.
Hank, Mae and Bradley lived 1 3/4 miles east of us up in the Ackworth community. Hank and his brother-in-law, Albert Hiatt used to sheer our sheep every spring.  They were good neighbors.   
Our condolences go out to Bradley and the rest of Hanks family with his passing.  Hank will be missed.
Henry “Hank” Salmonson
(September 18, 1920 – May 14, 2012)

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1970 Bottineau FFA picture
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
I am willing to bet that a lot of you folks are in this picture. I think I see one of the Parrill boys too, top let.
This came from Ruth Sletten Gust.
I recognize some of these guys. It is a BIG group compared to now. 
My brother John Sletten is in the third row from the front, third person from the left. 
I see Wes’ )Schneider)boy Dale top row second person from left.
Second row, second from left I think is Keith Pritchard.  There are others that look like people I know, but they shouldn’t still be in school in 1970.
John and Judy are on vacation in the South of France right now, but I’ll send it to his computer so he can see it when he gets home. Thanks.
Unidentified picture
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
This fellow graduated in 1966, but I’m not sure from which school.  Do you recognize this fellow?  I’m also checking with Lynnette Vinje, Kenneth Vinje’s sister.  Kenneth graduated from Bottineau in 1966.

5/15/2012 (1485)

     Happy Birthday Verena Gillis:  Dunseith, ND

Happy Birthday wishes to Evie Gottbreth Pilkington (’65)
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND
>Happy Birthday Evie. Hope you had a good one.

Reply to Bill Hosmer (’48):
From Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT
To Bill Hosmer….Thanks for your very kind words…You are one of the Dunseith Alumni that most of us identify with..We all proud of what you accomplished during your career… Dunseith has produced many exceptional folks…

Glen Williams

Threashing Crew Photo
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottneau & Minot, ND
This is a post card with a picture of this Threshing crew that Neola found in her mothers belongings.
We are quite sure that the Addressee is Miss Clara Johnson. She was Married to Albert Berg in 1915. I believe she would have been Dick Johnson’s great aunt.
We are pretty sure that the photo name of the person on the picture that took the photo is Alfred A. Noraberg. Neola found Alfred A. Noraberg listed in the 1930 Willow City Census. He was 61 years old in 1930, so he must have been born in about 1869.
We are not sure of the initials “G A” listed as the from person.
The Ackworth post office was located on the exact spot where the Ackworth school now located.
Do any of you have any idea where this photo many have been taken? Do any of you recognize any of the guys in this photo? 

5/14/2012 (1484)

Glen Williams Daughter, Andrea and her husband touring the world on Bicycles.
Reply from Glen William (’52):  Missoula, MT
Gary…Andrea (Amaya) and her husband Eric have been touring the world on Bicycles for about 6 years….Must be the North Daktoa blood in her veins….She has published articles in Adventure Cycling Magazine…and they have a web site…”Worldbiking.info”…that will fill you in on their travels…They have been to places from Africa to the southern most tip of South America….that I would not venture to…. They had one of their bicycles stolen in Bolivia….for example…

We hear from them over the internet…every week or so…

I would check their web site for more details.. more photos from our time Bicycle Touring in Indonesia.
Connect with us on Facebook

Thanks for putting their latest blog in your Dunseith blog.

Glen Williams

Glen Williams Daughter, Andrea and her husband touring the world on Bicycles.
Reply from Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ
This is such a remarkable description of an experience most of us will never
know.  The personal comforts and discomforts of such an aggressive mission taken on by these two adventurers bedazzles me.  They have been to places
I’ve been, but they have done this by their own physical stamina, via bikes. I did mine the easy way by airplane. When they talked about Borneo, where few of us have seen, it reminded me of a flight from Thailand to Borneo on our way to the Philippines  and thence to Japan to deliver an airplane. We landed at a place on Borneo called Kotakinabalu. The hotel was fine, the food was good and I did not
have to think about peddling  a bike to the other side to catch a ferry.  I salute Andrea and her guy for this high adventure epic of personal strength and determination. Glenn Williams, Jerry, their sister Neva and brother Wayne were so much a part of Dunseith during my youth which is long gone. It is a gift to read of and see such dramatic effort to meet personal goals.  This is a courageous undertaking in my view, and I’m proud to know that the kin of Dunseith citizens have this much courage to do what they are doing. So it is, Bill Hosmer

The Beauty of the Philippines
Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
I’d like to share an experience with you about drinking and driving.

As you well know, some of us have been known to have had brushes with the authorities
on our way home from the odd social session over the years.
A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends at the Marriott
Hotel and had a few too many beers and some rather nice red wine.
Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit,
I did something I’ve never done before: I took a bus home. Sure enough I passed a
police road block but as it was a bus, they waved it past.
I arrived home safely without incident which was a real surprise, as I have never
driven a bus before and am not sure where I got it

5/13/2012 (1483)

Happy Mothers day to all of you mothers.
We did not have any special plans for today, but about an hour ago we got a message from Rose Hohl (Art Hagen) inviting a bunch of us to join her and others for dinner at noon at a local Chinese Restaurant. I forwarded her message to the rest of our Expat group of friends, so it will be interesting to see how many show with such a late notice. It is now 10:00 AM.  We know that not everyone will read their email in time too. A lot of folks get their email messages on their phones and other electronic devises though. As I’m writing this, folks are repling telling us they will be there.
Zeiler Family
Standing Sandra & Mike Vandal and Lyle & Sharon Pearson Zeiler
Sitting: Lorna & Arnold Zeiler
 Mothers day posting
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
 I Owe My Mother
1.  My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside.  I just finished cleaning.”
2.  My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
3.  My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
4.  My mother taught me LOGIC.
“Because I said so, that’s why.”
5.  My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
6.  My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
7.  My mother taught me IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
8.  My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
9.  My mother taught me about CONTORTION-ISM.
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
11. My mother taught me about  WEATHER.
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
12.  My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
13.  My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..”
14.  My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
“Stop acting like your father!”
15.  My mother taught me about ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
16.  My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until we get home.”

17.  My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
”You are going to get it when you get home!”
18.  My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”
>19.  My mother taught me ESP.
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
> 20.  My mother taught me HUMOR.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
21.  My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
22.  My mother taught me GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”
23.  My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
“Shut that door behind you.  Do you think you were born in a barn?”
24.  My mother taught me WISDOM.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
And my favorite:
25.  My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
     “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!” 

>Only you folks my age understand these profound statements!!!
But, there is one missing from this list  ~~  My personal all time favorite!!

My mother taught me about CHOICE
 “Do you want me to stop this car?”

5/12/2012 (1482)

Happy Birthday Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (DHS ’65): Irvine, CA
Class of 65 reunion 7-12-07 
L To R: Angela Berube, Evie Gottbreht, Gary Stokes, Bill Grimme
Standing  in back:  Allen Richard & his daughter Alaina.  Sitting in Back: Bob Lykins
Alcide Lajimodiere Memories
From Jim Metcalfe (’52):  Kingman, AZ 
I have been reading the anecdotes about Alcide Lajimodiere and felt compelled to add one of my experiences.  I also remember Alcide well and agree with the observations about what a good and interesting person he was.  Anyway, one summer after the crop was in, it was fencing time and my dad, Jim senior, decided he would like to have a new fence put through a field near a creek and meadow.  It was a long and straight fence.  If it wasn’t straight it would need to be done over.  Anyway it was about the hottest muggy day in June I ever remember when Alcide, who was our hired hand at the time,  and I set out with post maul, wire stretcher, fencing wire and home cut oak posts. We had a good start and were sweating profusely when we were maliciously attacked by hordes of mosquitos, which we had disturbed, that came swarming out from the meadow  to chew us out.  Never-the-less we kept to our task although not exactly in good humor.  Finally it was lunch time.  We were relieved to get out of the sun and away from the insects.  My mother, Ella, seeing our plight, decided that we needed some protection from the pesty little beasts.  She dug through her sewing basket and come up with some old lace curtains that she had kept in case she should find some use for them.  So Alcide and I were fitted out with some pretty lace coverups that we wore under our hats and over our shoulders for the remainder of the day.  When my dad came home. he seemed to find some humor in the fancy accoutrements of his hired hands.  I think my mother took a picture with her old Brownie Kodak, but I don’t think I kept a copy.
Alcide Lajimodiere picture
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,       Here is a picture of Alcide from a quite few years ago.  This
came to me from Debbie Poitra Rondeau who got it from her mom, Betty
Counts Poitra, at my request.  I had no pictures of Alcide Lajimodiere
or Ward Anthony so I asked Betty  and she looked until she found one
with both of them on it and I really appreciated it.  I did separate the
two of them for picture enlargement reasons.  These two guys were
‘fixtures’ in the neighborhood for many years and I wanted a picture of
them to keep for old times sake.  Thanks Gary!Dick

Reply to yesterday’s ‘Post of the Day’
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,       Thanks to Sharon and Mary for the ‘Post of the Day’ about old
terms not heard much anymore.  Being I do a lot of work on old
vehicles,  I still use many of the terms mentioned.  Other old car buffs
use the same terms so we all know what part we are talking about but
younger folks think we’re talking in a foreign language.  One
example—-One day I went into the big NAPA auto parts store in Minot
and a younger kid with a spiked haircut came up to the counter and asked
what I needed?  I told him I was looking for a ‘points’ screwdriver with
the little clamps to hold the screws when putting in a set of points.�
He stood there dumbfounded and asked,  “What are points?”  I take it
that his Honda Civic with the painted windows and 6″ boom pipe exhaust
doesn’t have points.  I noticed another parts man, with gray hair,�
behind the counter and told the kid maybe we better ask him.  He said, ”
Hey Joe,  this guy wants a ‘points’ screwdriver.” The older man said,�
without hesitation,  ” It’s on the back blue board,  839150″ (or some
similar long number), and the kid walked back and picked it off the
board.  When he got to the counter with the screwdriver,  has asked what
it was for and I explained it’s use.  He had never heard of such a thing
or what it would be used for.  Moral of the story—Find the older parts
man first if you work on old cars.     Another example was when I took a pair of heads for a 409 Chevy
engine to a rebuilder for getting new hard valve seats installed.  He
was an older gray haired guy and he just took a quick look and told me�
no problem.  These heads are very spendy and I wanted to make sure he
knew EXACTLY what he was doing as some of the 409 heads are lighter duty
and can be ruined permanently by cutting out the valve seats and going
into the water jacket.  He was just too sure of himself so I asked him
if he was sure these heads are OK for the job or might he go through
into the water jacket while cutting the seats?  He looked at me with a
disgruntled look and pulled out an old dirty ring binder and flipped it
open and pointed to the number on my heads and then pointed to the top
of the page where he had written ‘Good to Go’.  The other column said
‘NO Good’.   He knew what he was doing and had done it many times when
409s were common.  He knew the 6 digit head numbers by heart and there
are lots of different heads with different numbers.  I left with
confidence and he did a great job.  As I said,  find the old guy. Thanks



5/11/2012 (1481)

Alcide Lajimodiere Memories
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,

Thank You Dennis for sharing about Alcide.
By instinct, I believed there is more to his story.
I have an inquiring mind.

Alcide was part of my childhood.
He worked for dad and would stay with us. 
If I needed help getting on a horse, he’d ask if I needed help?
then boost me on.  

He was cheerful, never complaining.  He had character.
He worked hard  sharpening fence posts, fencing, working cattle.
If wood was needed he’d bring it in. 
Our Mom always cooked his favorite requests.
Especially, a favorite  of his, “Chop Suey”.
Alcide always was  appreciative and thankful.

Alcide had many friends in our neighborhood, 
including,the Seims, Carroll,many Metcalfe’s etc.
And the Anthony’s.

One cold winter January Day,  about 4:30 in the afternoon,
my little green ford Maverick was stuck on the ice,in the snow,in front of Evan’s Hardware.
Many younger guys walked past,shrugged, giggling on their way to the Garden Tap.

T’was  Alcide and Ward, they were old.
 But they were two good men, they saw what was needed,
and pushed my car  out. They, tipped their hats and went on their way.

Alcide and Ward, two kind, thoughtful, most respectful unassuming gentlemen.
Alot of guys could have learned from them!

As kids, Nancy and I loved it when Alcide came.
He was kind to children.  He listened and he was a story teller.
We’d listen for hours. 

Sometimes my eyes would grow big and he’d notice and soften the story.
Boy, could he entertain with whoppers!

I continue to collect stories about Alcide.
What stands out in my mind  in particular.
Alcide was most proud to be an American Indian Veteran.
It was a privilege to  have known him.
Clayton and Dorothy Gagner Memories
From Floyd Dion (’45):  Dunseith, ND
Clayton and Dorothy Gagner were very nice people. In 1944 I worked for the Associated Shipbuilders, later Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company and the newspaper said that the farmers in north Dakota were crying for help, so I took a 4 or 6 weeks leave and came back to ND . I worked for Clayton with the harvest which was around Lords Lake. Jim and Marion Coleman lived in the yard too.They both were very very nice to work for, They were the best of the best.

5/10/2012 (1480)

Larry Millang (’66):
Message from Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68):  Farimount, ND

I teach with someone who used to teach with Larry Millang in Hannah, ND in 
1973. He is curious to find out about Larry.
Does anyone have any information?
Toni Morinville Gredesky
Yes Toni, I think we can locate Larry. Following his career, Larry has moved back to Bottineau. Larry has now taken on another job that fits his mold very well and one that I think he likes very much too, greeting folks at Wal-Mart.  I had many chants with Larry with my visits to Wal-Mart when we were back there in May 2010. Larry is very much alert, at any given moment, to all that is going on in the forward end of the Bottineau Wal-Mart store. He is there to lend a helping hand and to answer questions from the customers and of coarse with a little visiting too.
Larry, I have pasted Toni’s email address above.
Mothers day performance by Gary Fulsebakke and the Fauske Fiddlers at the Peace Garden (Free entry too)
Message from Gary Fulsebakke (’71):  Devils Lake, ND
Dear Gary and Friends,
         On Mothers Day, this coming Sunday, I will be performing along with the Fauske Fiddlers and others at the Mothers Day Buffet in the Visitors Center at the International Peace Garden.  The buffet starts at 11 am.  and goes to about 3pm.  There is no cost to enter the Peace Garden that day and the new Visitors Center is a great place to listen to music and enjoy a great meal!  Hope to see you on Mothers Day!    Gary Fulsebakke
                Thanks Gary,
Reply to Vickie Metcalfe’s Memorial day posting
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
Wow! Thanks Vickie. I remember Alcide Lajimodiere well, as he lived with us for a period of time in the early 1950s. He was captured and tortured in the war. He escaped and caught. They cut his tongue from the back to the front in two.. That is why he could not talk clearly. Another thing I remember about him was that he loved curdled (clobbered, he called it) milk and brown sugar. I can remember Mom and Dad always treated him with so much respect. I didn’t know why he didn’t have to do chores with us or a lot of other things. He was a true American hero. He also had some sort of medal that I remember that he was real proud of. He would show us kids and barely let us touch it. He told some stories, but not many. I wish I would of understood him a little better so that I could of thanked him for his service, but I ws just too young to understand. A belated thanks to Alcide. Hope you all have a good day and remember Memorial Day.
Lyndsay Gunville Ulrickson
Posting form Debbie Fauske Fugere (’75):  Minot, ND
Hi Gary:
I wanted to pass along this great article on my niece, Lyndsay Ulrickson.  Lyndsay is the daughter of Mark Gunville and Diane Fugere
Debbie, what a nice article. Thank you so much for sharing.  Gary 

Cebu City, Philippines
House blessing and house warming of Rose Hohl’s new Condo.
Rose sold her 5 Bedroom Townhouse that she lived in 18 years and downsized to her new Condo. Art Hagen was very much a part of this whole process too. When Art was here, together they decided on this Condo. Her new condo is located in Tower two of a complex of 4 condo towers located high on a hill that can be seen throughout the city and the surrounding areas. Her condo is on the 8th floor with a magnificent view of the city and the mountains.
As you can see in the picture, the catholic priest was summoned to bless her new home. This is standard tradition here in the Philippines. Bernadette had each of our buildings blessed too.
Clayton Gagner’s Passing
Clayton and Dorothy Gagner were very close friends of my folks. I know many of you knew Clayton and Dorothy too. They were a wonderful fun loving couple. When we were back in Bottineau in May 2010, Dorothy called me at my brother Darrel’s (Bud) house. We had a nice chat. At the time, at the age of 94, she said Clayton was up on the roof of their house repairing some shingles.  At that time they had been married 72 years. Since then Dorothy has passed on too.  Great memories of a wonderful couple.
Posted by Gary Fulsebakke (’72):   Devils Lake, ND
A duck hunter from Illinois was enjoying a great day of hunting in rural Wisconsin when he dropped a duck into an ajoining field.  As he was crossing over the fence to retrieve the bird, an old dairy farmer came driving up on his tractor and asked what the hunter was doing.  “I’m going to get my duck,” the hunter replied.  “Oh, no you’re not! said the farmer.  “Well I’m from Chicago and I’ll get my lawyer to sue you,” replied the hunter.
The older farmer smiled and said, “Apparently, you don’t know how we settle things around here.  We practice the Wisconsin 3-Kick rule.  I kick you three times, you kick me three times and so forth and so on till one of us gives up.”  This sounded pretty good to the hunter because he was bigger, stronger and younger than the farmer.  He agreed.  The old Wisconsin badger crawls off his tractor and walks up to the hunter and plants a hard kick to the shin of the hunter with his steel-toed workboot.  The hunter sreams in pain and drops to his knees at which point the farmer kicks him in the stomach knocking the wind out of him.  Finally he lands a hard kick to the side of the head.  When the hunter comes to,  he struggles to his feet and says, “Alright, you old codger, its my turn.”  “Nah, replies the farmer, “I give up.  You can have the duck!”  

5/8/2012 (1479)

Several days ago we received two large boxes that we shipped from Bremerton when we were there in March. Bernadette now has her new bowling ball, bag and shoes that she purchased in Bremerton. I too have new bowling shoes that were also in those boxes. Today is our bowling day, so we’ll see how all goes with our new purchases. I am still using the same Brunswick 16 lb bowling ball that I purchased back in 1971. It looks as good today, with no scratches, as the day I bought it 41 years ago. I am still using the same bag I purchased back then too. They just don’t make things to the same quality anymore. I still have the original shoes too, but for some reason they shrunk over the years.
Reply to Allen Richard (’65)
From Bob Lykins (Teacher):   Hutto, TX.

To Allen Richard:  At my age it is all I have left.
Bob Lykins
Catholic Ladies Picture:
Comment From Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68):   Farimount, ND
Regarding the picture. My grandmother, Eva Peat, died in August 1962 and she is in the picture.
Toni Morinville Gredesky

Row 4; Stella Schimetz, Esther Fugere, Lorna Zeiler, Josie Dionne, Katherine Berube, Eugenie Malo Grenier, Leona Picard, Alma Gottbreht, Phyllis Barbot, Maxine or Carol Barbot, Leona Mongeon

Row 3: Rebecca Cote,_________, Alice Christianson, Eva Siem, Josephine Fugere, _______Volh, Cora Mongeon, Eva Morrinville Peat, Elise Picard, Sylvia Heffelfinger, Melvina Schneider, Flora Casavant, Emeline Boucher 

Row 2; Olivine Allard, Beatrice Robert, Lillian Allard, Helen Haberman, Alma Casavant, Frances Morinville, Loretta Boguslawski, Alice Boguslawski, Dorothy Robert, Mary Ann Malo, Rita Boucher, Irene Pigeon, Lenore Malo, Alma Berube, Germaine Barbot, Lillian Houle

Row 1: Eva Trafford, Stella Vandal, Esther Neameyer, Emma Cooper, Father Wolfe, Lenore Lamoreux, Alice Evans Berube, Hermine Dionne, Gail Lamoreux, Janet Evans

Message from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
We are very proud of our Freshman Tenor Saxophone Player, Madison,
and also her Sophomore brother, Nathan who was just inducted into the National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA.
Marion and I continue to be amazed by our Grandchildren.
Thanks Gary
Remember Van T. Barefoot and Memorial Day
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Greetings Gary,
This  fwd about Van T. Barfoot was  sent to me today, by Carroll’s nephew.
If you think it would be appropriate, would you please share with the people on the Dunseith blog?
Through the blog, I have become so much more aware of the contributions of many more veterans from our home community,
perhaps others  too would be willing to share a remembrance.
I share this e-mail with my family members about the vets of our family  who have passed away.
I don’t want my nieces and nephews to ever forget they are rooted in hardy American roots.
And not to forget on Memorial Day, other veterans.
Many Thanks. Vickie
It is May 2012.

Soon it will be Memorial Day.

I pledge to purchase and wear a  poppy, to honor veterans.

I fwd this to each of you to honor the memory of our  family Veterans;

WWII – Pacific  theatre (Grandpa) Cliff Metcalfe, Atlantic theatre  (Uncle) Emil Metcalfe,  Pacific theatre (Aunt Jean’s husband) Waino Maki.

Korea -(Sons of Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary) Jack Metcalfe
Viet Nam- (Aunt Leona’s son)Ron Oswell

Each of them had the same fierce pride in our country  as Van T. Barfoot!
God Bless.

VanT. Barfoot died at the age of 92 on 2 March 2012.

Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the�
flag down?

You might�
remember a news story several months ago about a crotchety
old man�
who defied his homeowners association and refused to take down�
flagpole on his property and the large flag that flew on it. Now you can 
find out who, exactly, that old man was.

On June 15, 1919,�
Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg — probably�
didn’t make much�
news back then.�
twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near�
Carano , Italy ,�
Van T. Barfoot, who had enlisted in the US Army in�
1940, set out to�
flank German machine gun positions from which fire�
was coming�
down on his fellow soldiers. He advanced through a�
took out�
three enemy machine gun positions and returned�
with 17 prisoners of�

If that wasn’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and

destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun�

 That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the�
war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a colonel after�
also serving in Korea and Vietnam , a Congressional Medal of�

What did make news was a neighborhood association’s quibble with
how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag�
outside his suburban Virginia home. Seems the rules said a flag could be
flown on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such
as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were unsuitable.

He had�
been denied a permit for the pole, erected it anyway and�
was facing court action if he didn’t take it down. Since the story made
national TV, the neighborhood association has rethought its position
and agreed to indulge this old hero who dwells among�

“In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag�
without interference,” Barfoot told The Associated Press. As well he�
should. And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to contest him, they
might want to read his Medal of Honor citation. It indicates he’s not
real good at backing down.
Van T.�
Barfoot’s Medal of Honor citation:

 This 1944�
Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor�
Society,is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry,�
45th Infantry:
If you got this email and didn’t pass it on – guess what – you deserve
to get your butt kicked! I sent this to you, because I didn’t want to�
get MY butt kicked.�
Obviously he is not related to anybody in congress!~!!
VanT. Barfoot died at the age of 92 on 2 March 2012
Follow up message from Vickie:
Thanks Gary,
Maybe everyone would contribute to a remembrance page of  area Veterans.
Lest we  all forget.

While speaking  to Raphael Poitra a while back we had a discussion.
He kind of thought, hearing from his dad Ralph,
Alcide Lajimodiere   was captured and  possibly tortured by the Japanese.

Then, I spoke with someone from the Rolette County Vets but they had no knowledge of that.
I recall Alcide’s story of being captured getting away and running, running, running.
We never asked him how long he was captured or what happened…

WWII Vets only told what they choose to tell.

My Dad had a big round dark spot on his shin bone.

I asked him what happened?  He told me after a battle……fighting on the ship,
they were to line up  and report  to the aid station.

He said, something like…… he got in  the line, 
 but kept falling back to let others get ahead,
going to the end of the line because more men kept coming
 and he thought they needed the medic more than he.
Later. Vickie

5/8/2012 (1478)

Condolences to the Enno Family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND
>Condolences to Clarence John  CJ Enno Family
Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra

Happy Birthday to Quillinan-Halvorson (’65) & Darlene Quillinan Larmore (’65)
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND
>Happy Birthday Denise and Darlene.
Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra
Catholic Ladies Picture
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,       With a bit of reading, I would say Dennis Dubois is getting us
close to the right date of the Catholic Ladies picture.  Evie got it
back to spring ’64 and Dennis said Manuel Cuadrado graduated with him in
’63,  which he did, so I looked up the Catholic Church history  in the
Dunseith History book and it says Father Wolfe died here in ’63 and
Father LaPore came to Dunseith in ’63.  It looks to me that the death
record for Father Wolfe is incorrect when it says he died in 1966.�
Thanks to Evie and Dennis for the correct information.  We have now gone
from the 1980s to the early 1960s in dating the photo.  Thanks Gary!



Reply to Bob Lykins
From Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

To Bob Lykins —Glad to know your zinger still works.
 Allen Richard
Reply to Bob Lykins
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Thanks to Mr. Lykins for his most interesting email. When I read about his liking to “zing” Allen Richard, I laughed out loud.  Such fun! We all know some of what is written in the emails people send to you, is all in jest, which makes it fun for everyone. I’m assuming all of us have a sense of humor/appreciate the “jabs”.  Only good friends do that to each other. LOL!
Larry Hackman’s granddaughter, Madison
Posting from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
Our Granddaughter, Madison with her tenor saxophone, competed at regionals with a sax group and a mixed woodwind group last month.  Both groups received star ratings for their performances at regionals so they advanced to the State Music Festival, which was held this past weekend in Bismarck. 
The Mixed Woodwinds (1 tenor sax, 2 alto sax, 2 clarinets, 1 bari sax, 1 bass clarinet, 1 oboe, and 3 flutes) received a star rating for their performance at state which is the highest rating given.  AWESOME!!  The Sax group (1 baritone sax, 2 tenor saxes, and 6 altos) received a 1 rating which is the second highest rating in the state.  In between participating for the State Band competition she would run across the parking lots to the Bismarck State College Bowl and participated in a track meet being held there.  She was a very busy girl on Saturday along with hundreds of other student from all around North Dakota.
Lloyd and Theresa Awalt’s grandson Brock Awalt
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Everyone,
Brock is the son of Rick/Tracey Bayne Awalt.  Tracey is the daughter of John/Virginia Baynes, long time barber in Bottineau (p. 529). Brock is also the grandson of Lloyd/Theresa Awalt of Bottineau.

5/7/2012 (1477)

Condolences to the Enno Family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ
My condolences to the Enno family.  I did not know CJ personally but I do know Everett and we are so sorry to hear of CJ’s passing.  God Bless you all.  Lynn Halvorson Otto
Esther Cote Fugere (’50):   Willow City, ND
Request from Lloyd Awalt (’44): lloydtheresa@hotmail.com Bottineau, ND
Esther  Fugere would like to be added on to your blog. Her address is  efugere@utma.com
Lloyd, It is our pleasure to add Esther to our distribution. I am assuming Esther and Theresa are sisters?  Gary 

Bob Lykins is still kicking

Reply from Bob (Teacher) to Neola:  Hutto, TX.

To Neola and anyone else who might be interested:  I retired after 34 years with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools to Hutto (Austin) Texas in 2008.  To keep myself busy I do some substitute teaching at area high schools and work part time for Pearson Educational Asessment Division of Pearson’s Corp.  I also serve as a commissioner on the Hutto Historical Preservation Commission where I am currently heading up a project to record, on DVD, the reflections of area veterans on their service to our nation. In addition I do a great deal of traveling spending a couple of months in Germany where I have a 16 year old son who lives with his Mom.  I usually also try to make a month long trip up to Minnesota to visit friends and relatives along the way.  This past January I had hip replacement surgery which laid me up for a couple of weeks but things are fine now.  The reason I have not contributed much to the blog is because I have been a bit busy but also because Allen Richard has been rather quiet and when he contributes to the blog, for some reason, I just love to “zing” Allen -:)  Thanks for asking, Neola.
Mr Lykins,
It is great hearing from you. You are a busy guy in your retirement years. It is wonderful that you are able to spend time with your son too.
I don’t remember my letter Grade from your typing class. All I remember is that I had a card signed by you that I typed 52 words per minute with two errors and that was on the old manual royal machines too. I carried that card in my wallet for 39 years. When I came to the Philippines it got discarded. That class has without a doubt been the most beneficial class I have ever taken in my whole life. When  the computers came into being in the mid 80’s, my typing skills were a bit rusty, but it didn’t take long to revive them though. 
The person I remember in my childhood days as being an extremely good typist was my cousin Audrey Hanson Aitchison. My mother frequently seeked her typing skills, mainly for 4-H projects. For you gals that had my mother for a 4-H leader, I am sure Audrey did some typing for some of your projects.   
Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC
Thanks  for  the map  of  the Philippines…I’m a huge lover  of  maps  always  have  been, I  feel  they  always  put you “right  there”. When  I  was  in  school, (especially high school) I  use  to sit  in  study  hall with  my  geography book  and  dream of  all the places  I  would  like to  go  see.. So far  I  visited  38  states, and my dream is to go to Israel…I  want  to  go  so  bad  that  if  I had a free trip  there in the middle of  a war  I  would  go.  I  would  just  see it  as  part  of  the struggle,  part of their history, part of their culture…and  do my best  to  survive. I  found  that Tennessee is  one of  the states, that is  close  to what  I pictured it  to  look  and  feel. Very Very country in every aspect. I have  friends there, and take every opportunity  I  get  to  go spend the week end. Nashvilles O.K, but  I love  to go spend the week end  in some off the road little town,with the true blue  country folks,and eat in the little country diners… The same goes for West Virginia, Spending the week end in  some little off the road little town in the is like going to heaven. Their “continental breakfast” in these little off the road motels are too cute, and the people are a real joy. Like the  waitress  serves you breakfast, then gets a cup a coffee and comes and visits with you.:):):)..A  real  scream,and before you know, be fore you leave, you know the towns history…surprising what you can learn…. Anyway…Thanks Gary!

Catholic Ladies Picture:


Comment from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (’65):  Irvine, CA


Catholic Ladies PictureI am thinking that this picture is Spring of 1964.  Three reasonsMy mom moved to Minot, with Marc, Lori, Bill and I, June of 1964.  I remember vividly taking the train from Grand Forks, after attending Girls State with Susie Fassett,  to the big city of Minot, therefore my Mom would not be in this picture in 1965.I would also date this Spring of 1964 because in January of 1966 my Aunt Cora Mongeon died and I went to Dunseith to help Uncle Roland.  Since Cora and mom are both in the picture I say 1964.I definitely date this Spring because the hats are spring and summer, this must be an installation of officers for the Ladies Aid Society.  I noticed three of the ladies in the front have a corsage.

My mom is around fifty in this picture, same age as I am now  :-).  The years just fly by!

Evie Gottbreht Pilkington

Catholic Ladies Picture:
Comment from Dennis Dubois (’63)  Dunseith, ND
just a small correction to Dick Johnson’s note on the Catholic ladies picture. Manuel Cuadrado left Dunseith in 1963, the year he graduated with me. Manuel lives in Omaha. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with him recently. He has done real well with himself. Became a CPA and was still working. Still the gentleman he always was (somewhat of an aberration for that class). Thanks to Dick for bring up Manuel, it brought back fond memories of my classmate.
Dennis, Manny is on our distribution too.
Father John Wolfe was the Dunseith Catholic church priest from 1956-1963. Reference – Dunseith “Prairie Past and Mountain Memories” book page 301.
 Row 4; Stella Schimetz, Esther Fugere, Lorna Zeiler, Josie Dionne, Katherine Berube, Eugenie Malo Grenier, Leona Picard, Alma Gottbreht, Phyllis Barbot, Maxine or Carol Barbot, Leona Mongeon

Row 3: Rebecca Cote,_________, Alice Christianson, Eva Siem, Josephine Fugere, _______Volh, Cora Mongeon, Eva Morrinville Peat, Elise Picard, Sylvia Heffelfinger, Melvina Schneider, Flora Casavant, Emeline Boucher 

Row 2; Olivine Allard, Beatrice Robert, Lillian Allard, Helen Haberman, Alma Casavant, Frances Morinville, Loretta Boguslawski, Alice Boguslawski, Dorothy Robert, Mary Ann Malo, Rita Boucher, Irene Pigeon, Lenore Malo, Alma Berube, Germaine Barbot, Lillian Houle

Row 1: Eva Trafford, Stella Vandal, Esther Neameyer, Emma Cooper, Father Wolfe, Lenore Lamoreux, Alice Evans Berube, Hermine Dionne, Gail Lamoreux, Janet Evans

Joke of the day
Posted by Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND
A police officer pulls a Texan over for speeding, and they have the
following exchange:
Officer: “May I see your driver’s license?”Driver: “I don’t have one. It was suspended when I got my 5th DUI.”Officer: “May I see the owner’s card for this vehicle?”Driver: “It’s not my car. I stole it.”

Officer: “The car is stolen?”

Driver: “Yes sir. But come to think of it, I believe that I saw the
owner’s card in the glove box when I was putting my gun in there.

Officer: “There’s a gun in the glove box?”

Driver: “Yes sir. That’s where I put it after I shot and killed the
woman who owned this car.”

Officer: “You killed the owner of this car?”

Driver: “Yes, sir… and I stuffed her body in the trunk,”

Officer: “There’s a body in the trunk ?!?”

Driver: “Yes, sir.”

Hearing this, the officer immediately called his captain. Within
minutes, the car was quickly surrounded by police, and the captain
approached the driver to handle the tense situation:

Captain: “Sir, can I see your license?”

Driver: “Sure. Here it is.”

The captain quickly verifies that the license is valid.

Captain: “Who’s car is this?”

Driver: “It’s mine, officer. Here’s my owner’s card.”

The captain cross checks state records verifying that the driver
owned the car.

Captain: “Could you slowly open your glove box so I can see if
there’s a gun in it?”

Driver: “Yes, officer, but there’s no gun in it.

Sure enough, there was nothing in the glove box.

Captain: “Would you mind opening your trunk? I was told you said
there’s a body in it.”

Driver: “No problem.”

The trunk is opened; and, except for a spare tire, it is completely

Captain: “I don’t understand it. The officer who stopped you said you
told him you didn’t have a license, stole the car, had a gun in the
glove box, and that there was a dead body in the trunk of your car.”

Driver: “Yeah, and I’ll bet he told you I was speeding, too!”


5/6/2012 (1476)

Today’s Cajon Music compliments of Neola. Turn up those speakers, sit back and enjoy.

Posteded By Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Clarence John ‘CJ’ Enno (’81) 


Clarence John Enno (CJ) passed away unexpectedly on April 16, 2012 at his home in Littleton, Colo. 

He was born Feb. 4, 1963, in Belcourt, the son of James M. Enno and Gwendolyn T. (Kjervestad) Enno.   He grew up and attended school in Dunseith.There he played basketball, baseball and loved racing snowmobiles. He was listed in Whos Who among High School students and was an honor student of his high school class of 1981.

During his high school summers, he went to Williston to work in construction with his relatives, Kroll Construction and Enno Construction. Upon graduation, he moved to Williston and continued with construction and eventually worked for Pitman Drilling. He then left for Colorado in 1984 with just the clothes on his back and his 1969 Corvette Stingray. He sold his beloved corvette to buy his first work truck and began his construction business, called C Enno Construction. He had this company until his death. One of CJ’s greatest accomplishments in his life is building his dream house up in the mountains. CJ was very proud of this house. He met Brenda Lee Morgan in 1994 and started dating July 1, 1994, and they have been together ever since. She has been his companion and loving partner for 18 years.

CJ was a very free-spirited person. He enjoyed traveling around the world with Brenda and going for walks, hiking, sporting events and also enjoyed winning big at the casino. He also liked to sit around and reminisce about the past with family and friends, always teasing and laughing. He enjoyed fine wine, was a voracious reader, and was an avid history buff. Whenever the family got together CJ would always talk about the places they had been and the history, culture and people they had met. He enjoyed playing basketball or baseball with all the kids while he was here. He also had a heart of gold always willing to help and give you anything you needed.

CJ is survived by his long time companion Brenda Morgan, father, James Enno, Dunseith and Gwen Enno, Fargo, his siblings, Everette (Kim) Enno, Williston, Del (Mark) Enno, Fargo, Allan (Shari) Enno, Horace, Laurie Enno, Rolette, Bonita Enno, Horace, Cherrie (Alan) Belaskie, Horace, his sister-in-law, Arlene (Steve) Nickerson, of Colorado, his brother-in-law Cezar (Deb) Dignadice, of Colorado, his nieces and nephews, Catlin and Lexi Enno, James Mitchell, Andrew and Alison Enno, Kaycee and Jacob Peterson, Jordyn McCloud, Jaide Enno, Lane and Stanley Belaskie, Glen, Logan and Brandon Dignadice, Heidi and Geoffrey Nickerson, his Aunt Blanche Kroll, Aunt Bette Poitra, Aunt Marie Peckham, Aunt Patty Eller, and Uncle Dennis Fredericks, and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by many uncles and aunts, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Services are at 10 a.m. on May 11, 2012, at St. Ann’s Church, Belcourt.

Catholic Ladies Picture:
Comment from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,       I was just studying the Catholic Ladies picture and noticed a
couple things that would date the picture earlier than was indicated.  I
noticed the photo included Mrs. Katherine Berube in the top row.  I
believe she passed away the first year I was in college in Bottineau,
which was 1968-69.  Then I remembered that Manuel Cuadrado was still in
high school here when Father Wolfe passed away, as he was the one who
told me about it.  I believe the Cuadrados left in about ’65 or’66.  My
guess is that it must have been around 1965 that this picture was
taken.  As always,  I’m open to correction.  Thanks Gary!Dick
Dick, I believe this is Father Wolfe’s death Record?  Gary
Row 4; Stella Schimetz, Esther Fugere, Lorna Zeiler, Josie Dionne, Katherine Berube, Eugenie Malo Grenier, Leona Picard, Alma Gottbreht, Phyllis Barbot, Maxine or Carol Barbot, Leona Mongeon


Row 3: Rebecca Cote,_________, Alice Christianson, Eva Siem, Josephine Fugere, _______Volh, Cora Mongeon, Eva Morrinville Peat, Elise Picard, Sylvia Heffelfinger, Melvina Schneider, Flora Casavant, Emeline Boucher 


Row 2; Olivine Allard, Beatrice Robert, Lillian Allard, Helen Haberman, Alma Casavant, Frances Morinville, Loretta Boguslawski, Alice Boguslawski, Dorothy Robert, Mary Ann Malo, Rita Boucher, Irene Pigeon, Lenore Malo, Alma Berube, Germaine Barbot, Lillian Houle


Row 1: Eva Trafford, Stella Vandal, Esther Neameyer, Emma Cooper, Father Wolf, Lenore Lamoreux, Alice Evans Berube, Hermine Dionne, Gail Lamoreux, Janet Evans

The red star in the middle of the map is Cebu. To give you an idea of distance, Cebu is about 400 miles south of Manila. Vietnam is our neighbor to the west. For all of you Vietnam vets, Ho Chi Minh City is the former city of Saigon. The equator is about 600 miles south of us. We are 10 time zones, roughly 10,000 miles, from Dunseith.
Cajon Music
Compliments of Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
This has been around several times, but I LOVE the music, so here it is again. :)  It’s a real “picker upper” to start the day–no matter what time your day starts!! LOL!  Neola

Turn sound on.

This has been around several times, but I LOVE the music, so here it is again. :)  It’s a real “picker upper” to start the day–no matter what time your day starts!! LOL! ng

Turn sound on.





Ten commandments In Cajun (Too Cute)

      Turn up dem spekas, dis sum gooud musix and the graphics are great! 

The Ten Commandments in Cajun… (Keeps it REAL Simple)

1. God is number one… and das’ All.

2. Don’t pray to nuttin’ or nobody… jus’ God.

3. Don’t cuss nobody… ‘specially da Good Lord.

4. When it be Sunday… pass yo’self by the church house.

5. Yo mama an’ yo daddy dun did it all… lissen to dem.

6. Killin’ duck an’ fish, das’ OK… people – No!

7. God done give you a wife… sleep wit’ jus’ her.

8. Don’t take nobody’s boat… or nuttin’ else.

9. Don’t go wantin’ somebody’s stuff.

10. Stop lyin’… yo tongue gonna fall out yo mouf!















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5/5/2012 (1475)

Happy Birthday to the Quillinan Twins (DHS ’63)

Denise Halvorson: Dunseith, ND  & Darlene Larmore: Bivalve, Maryland


Dunseith/Dunseith Alumni Webstie: http://dunseith.net/

Message from Amy Schalesky:  Minot, ND

I am much more than happy to quickly get those few months over as soon as they do the restore.  I was doing it the way you are trying to do right now for the first few posts and it is a PAIN.  Like I say, I will definitely get it just as soon as they pull the rest over. 

You and your network are such a wonderful bunch!  Thank you so much to all!!!  Amy

Yes Amy, they are a wonderful bunch of folks. Thank so much for offering to bring over those last few months blogs that will not be included with the restore. My methods are very cumbersome compared to your abilities to do this. You are our saving grace.  Gary


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot & Bottineau, ND


 Diane Freeman Pritchard Retirement Tea

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Everyone,

Diane Pritchard is the former Diane Freeman, daughter of Erling/Elaine Evenson Freeman.  She is married to Bill Pritchard, son of Corbin/Doris Smith Pritchard.


Diane’s Father

ERLING FREEMAN, 92, Bottineau, died Wednesday in a Minot hospital. Funeral Monday, 10 a.m., First Lutheran Church, Bottineau. Visitation Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m., Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.

As I am posting this message I noticed Erling’s passing posted in the Minot Daily. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences are with Bill/Diane and all of Erling’s family with his passing.  Gary


1959 State Class B Champs in 2009

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Everyone,

The picture was taken in a tunnel, so they were unable to line up. (Thanks, Gary.)

“Brother Jim” and “Smuck” were the students managers.  Both of them enjoyed their “job” very much.

Jim is single, lives in Bottineau; Dwite is married to Kathy Kunkel, lives in Bismarck; Gary is married to Charlene Haugerud, lives in East Grand Forks, MN;  Keith is married to Jane.  His first wife passed away a few years ago. They live in Owatonna, MN; Lawrence/Larry is married to Connie Emerson, they live in Valley City; Sheldon is married and lives in CA;  Gary Wall was, at one time, married to Corrine Vandal.  He’s now married to Loretta Neameyer Coleman.  They live in Bottineau; Don Christianson is married to Carol Barbot, lives in Minot; Arlin/Smuck is married, lives in Bemidji, MN.  In the front: Lois Freeman was married to Wayne Gorder. Wayne died in a farm accident several years ago.  Lois is now married to John Weeks.  They have a home at Lake Metigoshe; I think they live in Mpls.;  Mrs. Darlene Selk, East Grand Forks, MN, passed away a very short time ago.  Mr. Selk passed away about a year, or so, ago.

Lawrence Pederson is Erna Walters Pederson’s brother-in-law.

As always, corrections/additions are welcome!!!  Please disregard all mistaken punctuation!  Since retiring, I’ve invented and use my own system!


I remember well watching this game live on our B&W 21″ TV.  Gary



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

5/4/2012 (1474)


We have a friend, Loida, from Bremerton, WA that arrived last night. She will be here until the end of August. Then she will go back to Bremerton and return with her husband. They are retiring this year and plan to live their retirement years here in Cebu. Loida is from Leyte, an island near by. She visited Leyte 7 years ago. That was her last visit to the Philippines. It has been nearly 30 years since she was last in Cebu. Lots of changes.

I don’t have much today and we are headed to the mall here shortly, so I will go with what I have.



1959 Bottineau Basket Ball Braves “State Champs” Picture in 1959 & 2009 

From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Did I ever send this to you?  I see there are a few people in the picture your readers might know.  Dick told me Donnie Christianson was superintendent when Brenda was in school in Kenmare–at least I’m quite sure that’s how it goes.

Gary Berg, Alvin’s son, is in the picture, as is Brother Jim/Gary Wall, Loretta Neameyer’s (sp?) husband/maybe others, too, as I didn’t look at the picture very closely.  As usual, I’m looking for a certain email and saw this one.


Neola, I had not seen the 2009 photo, but I have the 1959 photo that I have also pasted below. Gary

Folks, Can we ID these folks?  Then we can compare. Gary Wall and Jim Kofoid are the only ones I recognize. Gary

 The 1959 Bottineau BB team in 2009.

  Jim Kofoid                                              Gary Wall


5/3/2012 (1473)


Dunseith/Dunseith Alumni Wedsite http://dunseith.net/

When you get a chance, please take a look at our new Website. As we mentioned yesterday, Amy lost all of the posts from our start in December 2007 to the present that she had copied and pasted into our new site. Hopefully she will be able to recover all but the last 6 to 9 months. I do have them all saved in my systems, so all is not lost. When looking at our new site, please bring any areas that need fixing to our attention.  Amy is taking a look at the search and “Leave a Message” functions for corrective action.

 Folks, We need to compensate Amy for her knowledge and the many hours she spent putting this Website together.  She is not charging us a fee, but we do need to compensate her. Amy is the former Owner of Metigoshe Computers.  With that business she did computer support and Websites. She is no longer in this line of business, but agreed to set up this website for us. My Dad was Amy’s Great Uncle and Frances (Joe) Morinville was her Great Aunt.

I will not post individual contributions, only the total amounts collected and their distributions. Other than for Amy, the only other fees we have are the Annual site hosting fee of $15 and a monthly hosting fee of about $6.  

 For those that wish to contribute: For your payment method of choice; I have Pay Pal, an FPO address and a Bank of America checking account.

 1. For Pay Pal use email address gws123456@hotmail.com

 2. For BOA Checking deposit – Routing number is 125000024 Account number is 000085700094 Account name is Gary W. Stokes

 3. FPO mailing address

    Gary Stoke

     PSC 517 Box RS/CC

    FPO AP 96517-1000

 Thanks,  Gary

 Note: When contributing, please zap me an email message letting me know the payment method so I can monitor. Thanks. gws123456@hotmail.com


Mr. Bob Lykins – You are being paged – Where are you:

Question from Neola Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

Whatever happened to Mr. Lykins?  He hasn’t participated in your newsletter for quite some time.  I hope all is well with him.  I’m not sure, but is he back in the U. S. now–Texas, maybe?




San Haven Photo in about 1948

Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (’48): monajj@webcurator.com Bottineau, ND

Gary:  I am going to take a ? guess and say that #11 is probably  Ben Kupker (Farm Manager), and that #6 is his wife, Kitty Kupker.  I could be wrong, but they are in costume !    Mona Johnson (48)

Thank you Mona,

We have nailed this one. If everyone agrees, we will file this one with the following identities.


Standing: 1. Mr. Issacson, 2 Myrtle Ermer, 3. Bennie Frovarp, 4 Grace Frovarp, 5 Henry Ermer, Kitty Kupker, 7 Mrs. Magnusson (Maxine?), 8 Melvin Peterson, 9 Ruth M. Peterson, 10 Dr Wallbank, 11 Ben Kupker, 12 Muriel Macdermott, 13 Anna Johnson, 14 Charlie Anderson, 15 Pete Link
Front: 1 Mildred Isaacson, 2 Marjorie Lillico, 3 Mrs. Wallbank, 4 Mary Edna,  5 Barbara Schlaht, 6 Arlene Sands, 7 Andy Sands, 8 Red Pearson
Irish Joke of the day:
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): lmhackman@bis.midco.net  Bismarck, ND
A Small White Dot
A kindergarten class had a homework assignment to find out something exciting and relate it to the class the next day.�
When the time came to present what they’d found, the first little boy the teacher called on walked up to the front of the class, and with a piece of chalk, made a small white dot on the blackboard and sat back down.�
Puzzled, the teacher asked him what it was.
‘It’s a period,’ he replied.�
‘I can see that,’ said the teacher, ‘but what is so exciting about a period?�
‘Darned if I know,’ he said, ‘but this morning my sister was missing one, my mom fainted, my dad had a heart attack, and the boy next door joined the Nav

5/2/2012 (1472)

Happy Birthday Mr. Rude (Dunseith Principal & DHS ’39)



The new combined Dunseith and Dunseith Alumni Web site: http://dunseith.net/



Several of you asked what the cost would be for Amy to retrieve the blogs that she lost. This is her reply.   

$150 would have brought back all but about the last 6 to 9 months.   Amy 


Go for it. That is a little amount compared to all the labor involved. Will the money be debited to my account or do I have to send other money?

Thanks, Gary

Oh wow, okay!  I will call them tomorrow and check how it would have to be paid.  If it debits directly from the account, I’ll tell them to go ahead then?  Amy 

I am a little cramped for time this morning with this being our bowling day, so I am making things a bit brief. 

Amy has restored the core blog section of our site and has added a few of the latest blogs so we can see how everything will look. Later on this evening I will experiment by adding today’s blog to the sight. My plans are to add each day’s blog to the new site at the same time they are sent out via email. As time permits, I will add the last 6 to 9 months that are missing.


Thanks again Amy for all of you hard work. The site looks wonderful.  As I told you before, we will compensate you for your time and your talents for making this happen. This site is ours, never to be taken away.



Reply from Brenda Hoffman (’68): brendajoycehoffman@gmail.com Greenville, SC

Thank you Gary and Amy! You are so right – Amy, don’t be so hard on yourself. We so appreciate all that you have done.

Brenda (class of 1968)


Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71): cheryl.dakin@yahoo.com Bedford, TX.

Hi Gary and all

I just went through the new website. Wow. What an undertaking. I am in awe of your cousin for the fabulous job she did. I know it must have been frustrating at times. She really did a great job, and just in time too. I know I, like many others, have saved numerous emails from the blog, so it’s certainly nothing for her to be  upset with herself over.Things happen but they always have a way of working out. Please extend my sincere thanks to her for a job very well done and very precious to us all. And a big thanks again to you, Gary, for all you do!



Reply from Iris Wolver (Bedard): iriswolvert@gmail.com Willow City, ND

The new web site looks great!!


Cebu, Philippines.  Life is good.  Bernadette with her fish and me with my Pancakes.

Gary and Bernadette Stokes


5/1/2012 (1471)

Our new Dunseith Web site: http://www.dunseith.net/index.html


As of the end of today, April 30th, our current Dunseith Alumni Web site will be deleted and gone forever. My cousin Amy Schalesky has been working some long hard hours to transfer our old site to the newly revived Dunseith Web site. She has done a beautiful job putting this all together too. At the very end somehow she lost the entire Blog section, inclusive of all the daily blogs she had transferred. As of today there are 1,471 total, so this was a huge monumental task. I have all these backed up, so they have not been permanently lost. I’ve asked Amy to get the blog section of the site back to the way she had it set up so that I can post the daily blogs each day and also start adding the back blogs. Amy is so frustrated at the moment. I have pasted below the message I received from her several hours ago.

Folks, please take a look at the sight. All you have to do is type in ‘Dunseith.net’ in the address line. This link will get you there too. http://www.dunseith.net/index.html Amy has added a lot of addition stuff as you will see when going to the site.

Amy, Please, don’t be so hard on yourself. Nothing got lost that we don’t have saved. We will recover. You have done a great job getting this all set up and that is what is most important. What you have set us up with is a great improvement from the previous site. Thank you so much.

Amy’s message

I am absolutely beside myself. I finished everything…had it all perfect. I went to upload the final version of the site and walked away. I don’t know what happened, if a prompt came up and a button got pressed to confirm it, but the entire Blog folder was deleted. I had everything done from the beginning. I’m just in tears. I’m so sorry. I’m so, so, so mad at myself. I called GoDaddy and they said, yes, the folder is gone, no there is no way to recover it without an ungodly fee. I can’t even begin to think about going through all of that again, but I guess that is the only way. Of course now, today is the last day that the Live site will be up, but you mentioned a backup, right? I guess I will have to do that if you still have them. Anyway, let me know whatever your thoughts may be. Thanks.


Birthday wishes to Warren Anderson (’65)

From Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65): leonardsquarter@yahoo.com Rolette, ND

Hi Gary,

I just wanted to wish Warren Anderson a happy 65th birthday and tell him its not so bad to be this darn old.



The age that we used to think of as old, keeps getting higher and higher the older we get. We’ll never be old – lol.



San Haven Photo in about 1948

Reply from Connie Halvorson Kester (’64): jimconniekester@aol.com Bottineau (Long Lake), ND

Hi Gary,

Regarding the San Haven picture, I think that the man behind Arlene Sands looks alot like her husband Andy. Does anyone agree? Best wishes to you Gary and Bernadette and everyone on the blog. Connie Halvorson Kester

Connie, It is great hearing from you and thank you so much for this reply. My guess is that you are probably right with that being Andy.

Folks, we’ve only got two left to identify. Please reply even if it is a guess. That is how we get these puzzles solved.

#11 Back Row, the guy with the Big boobs wearing a ladies hat with his arm around Muriel McDermott is familiar to some folks, but no one has yet identified him.

#6 Back Row, with black wig peeking between Henry Elmer and Mrs. Magnusson. Is that a guy or a gal?



Standing: 1. Mr. Issacson, 2 Myrtle Ermer, 3. Bennie Frovarp, 4 Grace Frovarp, 5 Henry Ermer, 6, 7 Mrs. Magnusson (Maxine?), 8 Melvin Peterson, 9 Ruth M. Peterson, 10 Dr Wallbank, 11, 12 Muriel Macdermott, 13 Anna Johnson, 14 Charlie Anderson, 15 Pete Link

Front: 1 Mildred Isaacson, 2 Marjorie Lillico, 3 Mrs. Wallbank, 4 Mary Edna, 5 Barbara Schlaht, 6 Arlene Sands, 7 Andy Sands, 8 Red Pearson


Irish Joke of the day:

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Vickie.Metcalfe@sendit.nodak.edu Bottineau, ND

Paddy had been drinking at his local Dublin pub all day and most of the night celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Mick, the bartender says, ‘You’ll not be drinking anymore tonight, Paddy’. Paddy replies, ‘OK Mick, I’ll be on my way then’. Paddy spins around on his stool and steps off. He falls flat on his face. ‘Damn’ he says and pulls himself up by the stool and dusts himself off. He takes a step towards the door and falls flat on his face,



He looks to the doorway and thinks to himself that if he can just get to the door and some fresh air he’ll be fine. He belly crawls to the door and shimmies up to the door frame. He sticks his head outside and takes a deep breath of fresh air, feels much better and takes a step out onto the sidewalk and falls flat on his face.

‘By’Jeebers…. I’m a little crocked,’ he says.

He can see his house just a few doors down, and crawls to the door, hauls himself up the door frame, opens the door and shimmies inside.. He takes a look up the stairs and says ‘No damn’ way’. He crawls up the stairs to his bedroom door and says ‘I can make it to the bed’. He takes a step into the room and falls flat on his face. He says ‘ Damn it ‘ and falls into bed.

The next morning, his wife, Jess, comes into the room carrying a cup of coffee and says, ‘Get up Paddy. Did you have a bit to drink last night ?’

Paddy says, ‘I did, Jess. I was really crocked.

But how’d you know?’

‘Mick phoned . . . you left your wheelchair at the pub