7/31/2012 (1554)

Good day folks,
What you see below I had ready to post yesterday and then we lost our power and of coarse I lost my unsaved email message.
For the record I did not get a message posted yesterday. With that these birthday greetings are a day late too.
The class of 67 are the featured folks with today’s blog message too.
          Happy Birthday Allen Stokes (DHS ’67): San Diego, CA
   Happy Birthday Joan LaCroix Lannie (DHS ’67): Olive Branch, MS   
Carol Pritchard Corzine (’67) with her husband and their grand daughter
This is a beautiful picture Carol. You look so happy.
Joke of the day
Posted by Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (’65):  Irving, CA
Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their “Older Person Friendly” policies.

One day the boss called him into the office for a talk.

“Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome.”

“Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it.”

“Well good, you are a team player. That’s what I like to hear”.

“Yes sir, I understand your concern and I will try harder”.

Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “I know you’re retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?”

The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin,

“They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir”?

7/29/2012 (1553)

Elaine Stokes’ Birthday
Today, July 29, 2012 my mother would have been 91 years old. She passed away in July 2004 and Dad in July 2000. We dearly miss them both. Just posting this brings a tear to my eye. They are resting peacefully in the Ackworth Cemetery across the road from our home place.
Raymond Christianson Passed away
Message from Lynn Halvorson Otto (’74):  Boonton, NJ
Hi Gary, hope all is well with you.  My uncle Raymond Christainson passed away this past Wednesday.  I believe the funeral is this coming Monday, July 30th.  He and his wife Mary had no children but were well known in the Dunseith community.  Just wanted to let you know.  He is also the uncle of Rodney Medrud, he was the brother to Ella Medrud. 
He will be buried at the Rendahl Cemetery.  He is the last of the boys from the Sigurd and Hannah Christianson family.  Viola Baskett is the last of the siblings.  

Lynn Halvorson Otto

Our condolences are with Raymond’s family with his passing. I did not realize that Raymond was as old as he was. Goes to show we are getting older.

Raymond A. Christianson
(December 3, 1918 – July 22, 2012)

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Raymond Christianson, age 93 of Dunseith, died Wednesday at a Dunseith nursing home. Funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 A. M. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the church.

Raymond A. Christianson, a son of Sigurd and Hannah (Lagerquist) Christianson, was born on December 3, 1918 near Dunseith. He was reared and educated in the Dunseith area. After his education he began working on the family farm near Dunseith. In the late 1940’s he moved with his parents to Washington State where he worked for several years. Raymond returned to Dunseith. On June 24, 1953 he was married to Mary Fiest at Minot. After their marriage they returned the farm, taking care of Raymond’s parents and tending to the farming duties. Raymond retired from farming in 1972. In 2010 they moved to Bottineau until 2012 when they moved to Rolla. In May of 2012 Raymond moved to the Dunseith nursing home and has resided there since.

He was an avid hunter and trapper and also enjoyed fishing. Raymond hosted many hunts for his friends. He was a life member of the Turtle Mountain Wildlife Club in Dunseith. Raymond loved traveling with Mary. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.

Raymond passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in a Dunseith nursing home.

He is survived by his wife Mary of Rolla; a sister Viola Baskett of Gig Harbor, WA and many nieces and nephews.

Elinor Fuchs
Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (’66): ndgal56@yahoo.com Glendale, AZ

   As Dick said that is the Elinor Fuchs I remember from her picture. She was very pretty and nice to me when I used to go over to their house to play with Randi. I previously said Roxi.  My parents used to correspond with her alot. I remember when Dad called to let me know she passed away.
Cebu, Philippines – Art Hagen’s going away party
Going through some photo’s last night this one caught my eye. All in fun. As you can see, Art is pretty well liked here in Cebu.
Joke of the day
Posted by Mark Schimetz (’70):  Rolette, ND
Women !!!  Men do understand them.
My wife was screaming at me: “Leave!! Get out of this house!” she ordered.

As I was walking out the door she yelled, “I hope you die a slow and painful death!”

So I turned around and replied “So now you want me to stay?”


7/28/2012 (1552)

Lorette Casavant Aamodt (’61):
Reply from Rene Casavant (’65):  Bismarck, ND
Hi Gary,   It was very nice getting together with Phylis Mckay and other alumni. I had planned to get to the area to visit my sister Lorette Aamodt, whose husband Marvin passed away last April and my sister Maryann Boucher and her husband Jeff had built a new house that I hadn’t seen, so when I heard Phyllis was going to be in the area at that time, I decided that was the time to head north and see everyone. My sister Lorette also recently got her first laptop computer and would like to be added to the Dunseith Alumni Blog. This is her email address , LorAAm39@Gmail.com
Thank you so much for Lorette’s email address. It is wonderful that you were able to see Phyllis too and the rest of the folks.
Rene, It is always a pleasure hearing from a true gentleman like yourself.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Jim Kofoid is Neola’s brother. Dale Simon is married to Karen Hagen (’70).
Carlyle Nelson and Myron Langehaug have Dunseith Connections 
        This is a neat picture of Bernadette with our friend Garlyn
         Another neat picture of Bernadette with our friend Marina

7/27/2012 (1551)

                       Happy Birthday Lorie Hiatt (DHS ’88): Dunseith, ND

Happy Birthday Susan Malaterre Johnson (DHS ’69): Alvarado, TX
Supper at Dale’s
Reply from Phyllis McKay (’65):
Hi Gary and All,
We had a nice gathering of Dunseith Bloggers at Dale’s last night for supper. There were about 11 of us including Art Hagen’s two beautiful grand children. We also got to meet Rose! We reminisced about the cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. We also talked about what fun it would be to go to Vagas! We are hoping Evie is working on the arrangements! Of course we spent time praising Gary Stokes for starting the blog and bringing us all back together. We also marveled at how lucky we were to grow up in a community that neighbors helped neighbors and because so many of us are related, their was a sense of family. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all that took time to have supper with me and also Gary for making it happen.

Speaking of family, I have spent time with my brothers Kick, Jay and Bill. Today I am on my way to my sister Myra who lives in Willow City. I am staying at my sister Patsy’s which is where I grew up so to speak! The weather has been very pleasant which I hope to take with me to DC. Thank you all who have told me of sights to see and those of you who have told me about the pleasant weather I am to expect in DC. I think I will be visiting many air conditioned museums!!

Saturday I am on my way to spend time with my daughter in Milnor, North Dakota and then on Wednesday, Chelsea and I will be headed for Washington DC.

Phyllis McKay

Thank you so much for this reply. Was Rene Casavant in the area or did he make a special trip from Bismarck to have supper with you?  Rene is a true gentleman from head to foot.
Enjoy your time in DC too.
John & Margaret Bedard, Linda Shelver, Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht, Art Hagen’s Grand Daughter
Art Hagen, Dave Shelver, Phyllis McKay and Rene Casavant.
Dale’s Jumbo Burger
Art Hagen with his two Grandchildren
Recent picture taken at Lydia Fauske LaCroix’s 90th birthday celebration
Elwood and Eleanore Fauske – Note: Elwood is now 92.
Elwood and Eleanore will be celebrating 70 years of marriage shortly too.
Lydia Fauske LaCroix – Elwood & Lydia are siblings
Joke of the day
Posted by Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

         Florence Hiatt Dahl’s comment on her answer to the question of
how old she was reminded me of a story.  A little old lady is sitting on
the front steps of a house smoking a cigarette and watching the traffic
go by.  A young reporter notices her and thought he would ask her how
she managed to live to such an obvious ripe old age.  She tells him
bluntly–“I smoke 3 packs a day,  drink a 5th of whiskey, and if I can
get any drugs I do them too.”  The reporter is nearly in shock when he
asks how old she actually is? She proudly states,  “36”.



7/26/2012 (1550)

Reply from Lynn Henriksen (’64): Tiburon, CA

Dear Gary,

I would have loved the opportunity to meet up with Phyllis McKay and friends! And to go to Dale’s Cafe today – what memories that brings up! Sort of a long trip for supper, but I hope to get back there one day. So many important aspects of my life are tied to Dunseith and the wonderful people I grew up with. 

Keeping Spirits Alive,

Lynn Henriksen

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Dale and Jackie Pritchard celebrate 39 nine years

Posting from Dale Pritchard (63): pritchard@cebridge.net Leesville, LA


Just to let you know, today, the 25th, is our 39th anniversary.  We’ll start working on the 40th tomorrow.  We’re off in a little while to Natchez, MS for a couple days of sightseeing.

Dale Pritchard

Congratulations Dale and Jackie. I remember when you got married  and it sure doesn’t seem like 39 years ago.
Bob Lykins news video
Posted by Bob Lykins (DHS Teacher):  Hutto, TX

Gary,  A word about DC.  I was there a few weeks ago to visit the grandkids.  We went to a new museum that is very interesting in that it covers news reporting.  It is called, appropriately enough, the NEWSEUM.  If you want to see your old teacher covering the news go to http://www.newseum.org/batvr/video.aspx My file ID is kdeusraliguriu and the name is Robert.  You will need both the ID and the name in order to access my video.  It should still be on the web for at least another week or so.  It was fun and the grandkids had a good time as there were a number of interactive exhibits.  As one would expect, there are a number of theaters and screens showing a variety of interesting subjects dealing with reporting.  I’d highly recommend visiting this museum, which is just off the Mall.
BHS Class of 1967 Reunion
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Thank you Neola for this picture.
Taking one look at this and without reading the names I recognize three folks right off the bat.
Bill Pritchard, there is no doubt that you are Corbin’s son. Kevin Lee is my sister-in-law, Debby Stokes’s brother. Kathy Barbot McGhan was my folks neighbor on Main Street for many years.
I recognize many of the other names in this photo too.
PS – With this I’d like to share this beautiful picture of Kevin and Deb Lindstrom Lee. Kevin is my sister-in-law, Debby Stokes’ brother. Deb’s mother, Mildred (Elmer) Lindstrom was my dad’s first cousin. Dad’s adopted mother and Mildred’s mother were sisters.
Kevin and Deb lived near us in Bremerton, WA for a number of years when Kevin was in the Navy. Kevin retired from the Trident submarine fleet at Bangor, Wa in about 1993 or 94. He was Chief of the Boat (E-9). Kevin and Deb are currently living in Idaho. 
Kevin and Deb Lindstrom Lee
Joke of the day
Posted by Cheri Metcalfe Evans (’74): Dunseith, ND

Headstone of Russell J. Larsen in the Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Utah.
I wonder if he died knowing he won the ‘Coolest Headstone’ contest?

His five rules for a happy life are on it!


1. It’s important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks from time to time, cleans up, and has a job.

2.. It’s important to have a woman who can make you laugh.

3.. It’s important to have a woman who you can trust, and doesn’t lie to you.

4.. It’s important to have a woman who is good in bed, and likes to be with you.

5.. It’s very, very important that these four women do not know each other or you could end up dead like me.


7/24/2012 (1549)

Reminder for those of you in the Dunseith Area
Supper gathering with Phyllis McKay
Dale’s truck stop and Cafe
Wednesday, July 25th – 6:00 pm
Phyllis would dearly love see you folks this coming Wednesday. She is still the same down to earth Phyllis, full of life and personality.
Phyllis’s Cell phone number is 701-680-9324
Reply from Sharon Peterson Harmsen (’63):  Bismarck, ND
HI All you Dunseithites from Bismarck, ND
Wanted to thank all of you for the birthday wishes.  Thanks Dennis…………….. It seems I celebrated my birthday this year for about 2 weeks.  Our daughter,Shayne, came home from CA to visit on the 1st of July – 10th of July.  During this time we traveled to Faribault, MN for a 4th of July Harmsen family reunion while stopping to spend some time at brother, Bob’s, in Alexandria, MN.  My mom and brother, Larrett, were there over the 4th so even spent some extra time at their home on Smith Lake. 
And, it’s funny, but I can get my first cousin, Rod Hiatt, to say just about anything…………….Rod, I do look different from that old cheerleading picture but thank you so much for the lovely compliment. 
Just an FYI for you fisherpeople out there.  Fishing is really, really good right now at Lake Sakakawea.  We’ve done a lot of fishing this summer and have always been able to bring fish in.  We fish for Walleye but there are lots of Northern, Bass and some other junk fish. 
I continue to enjoy the daily news from Dunseith and the vicinity and I make sure that my mom gets to share in it as well by printing the emails for her to read and enjoy. 
Take care and thanks, Gary, for all you do to keep this going.
Sharon (Peterson) Harmsen, Class of 63
A Sort Story
Posted by Larry Hackman:  Bismarck, ND
A fleeing Taliban, desperate for water, was plodding
through the Afghanistan desert when he saw something far
off in the distance

Hoping to find water, he hurried toward the object, only
to find a little old Jewish man at a small stand selling
The Taliban asked: ‘Do you have water?’ The Jewish man
replied: ‘I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie?
They are only $5 U.S.

The Taliban shouted: ‘Idiot! I do not need an over-priced
tie. I need water! I should kill you, but I must find
water first!’

‘OK,’ said the old Jewish man, ‘it does not
matter that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate
me. ‘I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you
continue over that hill to the east for about two miles,
you will find a lovely restaurant. ‘It has all the ice
cold water you need. Shalom.’

Muttering, the Taliban
staggered away over the hill.

Several hours later he staggered back, almost dead.
‘Your brother won’t let me in without a tie!’


7/23/2012 (1548)

Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68):  Farimount, ND
We were gone for the weekend. Thanks for all the birthday wishes and emails.
A belated happy birthday to Dick and Gary.
Toni Morinville Gredesky
100 year old lady
Posting from Don Martel (DHS Principle/Teacher):  Rosemount, MN
Maybe this has been around before.  This lady is such an inspiration for all us “older” folks.
Washington DC trip
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

        Allen Richard sure hit it on the head about the heat in DC. We
were there in August of 1967 and it was miserable to say the least.  The
reporter on the radio said,  “It’s going to be a tough one today with 95
square.”  We didn’t know what that meant and finally dad asked a service
station attendant and he said it was when the temp and the humidity are
both 95.  We still went to all the points of interest and just suffered
through it as it was the only time we would probably ever be there.  We
went out to the Statue of Liberty the day before in New York Harbor and
my cousins and I climbed all the way to the top in that heat.  Inside
that old bronze statue there are hundreds of steel steps to take you to
the top and by the time we got to the little windows in the crown we
were soaked with sweat like we had been under water.  I actually got
sick from the ordeal and spent the next couple days feeling tough. I
missed most of Mount Vernon, which is George Washington’s plantation in
Virginia, because I found a big old wooden rocking chair on the porch
and spent most of the day sitting in it.  It was the same at
Williamsburg–it was hot and I was sick.  Fun vacation? The trip was
still interesting and I’m glad my folks took me on it. I thought the
very best part of the entire trip was the Smithsonian.  They have
several floors of historical artifacts dating from prehistoric to
current.  The best part of that is it’s kept in climate controlled
conditions and that means air conditioning and humidity control. I
really hated to leave the museum and spent a big part of my time there
looking at the Civil War displays. I understand that the Smithsonian has
branched out to a separate museum that, I believe,  is at Silver
Springs, Maryland. This is for the history of flight and has all the
aircraft of significance displayed there.  Now that would be
interesting! The ’67 trip was a bit miserable but It was still great all
the way around!  I would take Allen’s advise and go in the spring or
fall. Thanks Gary!


Bill Hosmer (’48)
Posting by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Joke of the day
Posted by Brenda Hiatt Parker (’73):  Wilton, ND
A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out
of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph,
enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.
“Amazing,” he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue
lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110,
then 120. Suddenly he thought, “What am I doing? I’m too old for this!”
and pulled over to await the trooper’s arrival.

Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked
up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, “Sir, my shift
ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason
for speeding–a reason I’ve never before heard — I’ll let you go.”

The old gentleman paused then said: “Three years ago, my wife ran off
with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back. 

“Have a good day, Sir,” replied the trooper.


7/22/2012 (1547)

Thank you
Thank you folks for the 120 plus “Happy Birthday” messages that you all sent. You most certainly made my day. It was most appreciated.
Happy Birthday Pamela Fugere Schmidt (DHS ’73): Mandan, ND
        Happy Birthday Julie Hiatt (DHS ’81): Rugby ND
Happy Birthday to Toni Morinville (’68) and Gary Stokes (’65)
From Jean Nickolas Burger (’66):  Glendale, AZ
Happy birthday. Gary and Tony
Thank you so much Jean.  Gary 
Message from Florence Hiatt Dahl (’50):   Anchorage, AK
Mercy….another birthday…HAPPT BIRTHDAY Gary.  Reminds me about a year ago at the soup kitchen, where I volunteer  every Tuesday,  two men in line for food were watching me, and I could tell they were talking about me—they got to the window and one immedeatly asked me .”how old are you”.  My usual answer, “29”.  The response behind me–my co-workers–was a roar of laughter..End of questions, but they too laughed.. 
Thank you Florence. Gary 
Supper with Phyllis McKay at Dale’s
Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65): Rolette, ND 
So sorry to miss Phyllis’ visit but I am at the ND State Fair for the week as my daughter, Nikki’s go-for.  Today is a beautiful Fair day
But it is very busy with lots if people.
We are staying in a camper right on the Fairgrounds for the whole week because she is busy from 6 am to midnight.  I so enjoyed visiting with Phyllis and Patsy on the cruise. Sure hate to miss out, I know you will all have a really fun time.  Margaret Leonard
Bill Grimme with 3  class of 65 gals, all teachers too
Margaret Metcalfe, Bill Grimme, Cecile Berube & Phyllis McKay.
Reply to Peggy Wurgler Axtman
from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

        The mock wedding skit was for a bridal shower for either Elaine
or Marlene Schneider and my guess of the year would be about ’60.  It
was in the basement of the Stone/Methodist Church.  I remember it mostly
because of how humiliated both Randi and I felt in having to pretend to
get married at around 8 and 10 years old.  I remember our mothers
saying,  “Oh sure,  they’ll do it.”  Back then if your mother said you
would do something—-you did it.  Thanks Gary!


Cebu, Philippines – Speak English.
When I saw this FB posting of Bernadette’s Niece, Jackie, with the words “Speak English” on the class room wall, it caught my eye.  Jackie is a teacher at Saint Carlos, a well known private school here in Cebu. Not sure if this is her class room or her son RJ’s. In most of the private schools, speaking English is mandatory. A good benefit for Jackie’s two kids, with her being a teacher at Saint Carlos, is that they will have a free ride for all of their schooling all the way through college. Jackie’s father, Jose, now deceased, was Bernadette’s brother.
Eleanor Fuchs Picture
Reply from Mark Schimetz (’70):  Rolette, ND
Gary and friends, comparing the two photos, this Red Haired Lady was Eleanor Fuchs. According to Stella, she moved to Dunseith with Oren Fuchs from The Bowman area because Oren had Tuberculosis, They married and had 3 kids Pam?, Randi and Gary?. The only one I knew was Randi, she was in my grade. Elinor worked at a café part time while visiting Oren at San Haven where He was getting TB treatments.
Washington DC area
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.
The DC area is beautiful.  It would take a long time to hit all the points of interest—and then the surrounding area and ‘burbs are lovely.  I lived in Bethesda for 2 years and worked close to Capital Hill.  I was on the Hill almost daily.  Great experience!  the end of the day a cool one at the Monocle on the Senate side and Bull feathers on the House side was in order– especially in the summer!
You are right about the humidity!  One year when I was there we had 45 days of 90+ temps!  And a number of those days had 90+ humidity!   Congress always takes an August recess– that is an old custom dating back to the days without AC  All that granite just absorbs heat in the summer and — well I can’t imagine what it was like back in the day!!
The other thing is the pollen in the spring—-I can’t say how many mornings I went to my red car and found it covered in green powder.  Best time to visit?  March or April!
Allen Richard
Old main Street – Note: for reference please see picture below
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68): djcars@hughes.net Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

       Susan’s picture of Main Street is the earliest one I’ve seen
showing the majority of the businesses.  I speculate it was taken from
the roof of the business that later became Woodford’s Bar.  The corner
of the building in the very left of the picture is the business that
became K.C. Sine’s Red and White Store.  Lloyd is correct with his date
being in the ’30s as all the cars shown are from the late ’20s with the
exception of the truck which appears to me to be a ’32 Ford.  The car in
front of the truck appears to be a ’27 Model T—they were the only T
with wire spoke wheels.  The car in the upper left, probably in front of
the Corner Bar,  is a ’28-’29 Model A Roadster.  The car in front of
Billy Wright’s Grocery across the street has me a bit confused.  It
looks like a ’28-’29 Model A but the license plate shouldn’t be where it
is because Model As had fully spoked wheels and the guy would have had
to remove his license plate to use the spare.  My guess is that it’s an
odd make like Whippet or possibly one of the cars that became GM
later—Pontiac or that type. These cars had rims that were hollow
centered and just slipped over the center part of the wheel that stayed
on the car when you changed the tire.  In those years many of the off
shoot companies tries to copy the style of the other successful
manufacturers to cash in on sales.  Whippet cars of those years very
closely resemble similar year Model A Fords.  When I locate an old
stripped car body in the bush,  I’ve been fooled by this before thinking
I found a Model A only to find out through closer inspection that it’s a
Whippet or other ‘copy’ from some odd car company.  Enough on old cars.

     Susan,  thanks for posting the picture and all the other articles
from your huge collection.  As I mentioned before,  I spent several
hours looking through some of Susan’s Grandma Kate’s scrapbooks one
summer day a couple years ago, at the Drive Inn in Dunseith, when I
should have been home baling hay.  It’s just spellbinding to me to look
back in time through this amazing compilation of Susan’s.  ‘Susie’,  as
we knew you, please continue to post any and all of the pictures and
articles you have.  It’s the major light of my day for sure!  One side
note—Unless it’s just my imagination,  I think you can see the rock
well in the center of Main Street up by the bank.  This was right in the
middle of the intersection and was a public well but primarily was a
source of water for fire protection.  There appears to be a dark post in
the middle of the intersection and unless my eyes are playing tricks on
me,  a circular rock curb about 3 feet out of the ground.  Thanks Gary!


Joke of the day
Posted by Walley Garbe: Minot, ND
Farmer John lived on a quiet rural highway.
But as time went by, the traffic slowly built up and became so heavy and
so fast
that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.
So one day Farmer John called the local police station and said,
“You’ve got to do something about all of these people driving so fast
and killing my chickens.”
“What do you want us to do?” asked the policeman.
“I don’t care, just do something about those crazy drivers!”
So the next day the policeman had the Main Road ‘s workers
go out to erect a sign that said:


Three days later Farmer John called the policeman and said,
“You’ve got to do something about these drivers. The ‘school
crossing’ sign seems to make them go even faster!”
So, again, the policeman sends out the Main Roads workers’
and they put up a new sign:


That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and
called and called every day for three weeks.
Finally, he asked the policeman, “Your signs are doing no
good at all … can I put up my own sign?”
The policeman said, “Sure, go ahead.”
He was willing to let Farmer John do just about anything
in order to get him to stop calling to complain.

The policeman got no more calls from Farmer John.
Three weeks later, curiosity got the best of the policeman
and he decided to give Farmer John a call. ” How’s the
problem with those drivers. Did you put up your sign?”
“Oh, I sure did,” replied Farmer John, “and not one chicken
has been killed since then. I’ve got to go. I’m very busy.”
He hung up the phone.
The policeman was really curious and he thought to himself,
“I’d better go out there and take a look at that sign . it might
be something that WE could use to slow down drivers.”

So he drove out to Farmer John’s house, and his jaw dropped
the moment he saw the sign.
It was spray painted on a sheet of wood….
Go slow and watch out for chicks!

Keep Smiling …..


7/21/2012 (1546)

Happy Birthday Toni Morinville (‘DHS ’68): Wahpeton, ND
You do not have your birthday listed in your FB profile, however, Just for you I’ve got a good memory for remembering your birthday. Have a good one and enjoy. 
Reply to the Dunseith city picture posted yesterday
From Lloyd Awalt (’44):  Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,
That is quit a picture in the paper.  These are some of the places I remember from the north end of town south.  Hosmer’s store the last three buildings on the block is Gottbreht’s hardware next post office run by Glen Williams next security state bank across the street Douglas funeral home – theater- Floyd Nelson’s barber shop – judge Ray Wilson’s- Anderson’s cream station – hotel later became Leonard’s cafe across the St sign Dunseith store became KC Sines, gas sign, Lamoureux garage.  if I think long enough I might come up with some more names  the year the 30s.     
Lloyd Awalt
Elvie Fuchs – Reply to Neola with permission to post
From Kimberly Olson Vosseteig:  Alpharetta, GA
Hi, yes, my aunt is Elvie Fuchs…she was married to my uncle (my mom’s brother, yes, my mom was a “Fuchs”) Orland ….small world!  She is on my facebook page also….she just moved from Minot to Bismarck a little while ago to be closer to her daughters…
My grandmother and grandfather were Quirin (again, spelling?) and Louise Fuchs from Foxholm….my mom’s sister is Lois Anderson. 
If I get back I would love to come and see you! 
Take care; enjoy all your e-mails!  :)
Kimberly Vosseteig
Executive Assistant
Atlanta Urogynecology Associates
3400 Old Milton Parkway
Building C, Suite 330
Alpharetta, GA  30005
770-475-4589     Fax 770-475-0875
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,
My 2 cents question.
When folks are e-mailing you, Gary regarding the Dunseith blog.
What would you like wrtitten  on the subject line?  
Just as I  tell students  I work with about safety.
“When I receive e-mails I don’t open them if the subject  box
is empty, or don’t know the sender. “
“Nor do I  open the door to my home to strangers when they knock.”
“I  never answer my phone to “blocked” numbers or numbers not identified.”
It is  being safe and just plain etiquette that we identify ourselves.  
Oh for another cent.
I don’t care for telemarketers, political, or charity organizations calling or e-mailing me.
I’m the one who pays my phone bill and for my internet access!
I have local benefits,I  CHOOSE to contribute to.
I like Thrivent sponsored local benefits which has helped many neighbors  and friends. And, 
I appreciate the Salvation Army which does so much with out, a bunch of administrator fees.
Dunseith friends, I sincerely pray the  Dunseith blog readers loved ones, are safe
from the terrible, senseless violence in Aurora Colorado.
Thank You.
 Vickie M.
To answer your question about the subject line of postings sent to me, I have no set criteria.  Anything goes.
I too often times delete messages with no subject title, especially if the message looks a little strange. Lately I have been getting a number of messages from my friends with no subject title with several different messages 1) “I need your help” and 2) “did you get my last message”. When I see these messages I know that the person whose name the message came from did not send it.

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


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Reply from Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC
A few comments in response to Phyllis McKay’s pending trip to our nation’s Capitol.
I doubt she will see much relief from the hot and humid weather this area has had so far this summer.  Though Alice and I live almost two hundred miles south of the District now, our weather is very much the same.  And this summer has had some of the hottest days ever recorded for this area.  We have had several days where it was well over one hundred degrees and as always out here very humid.  This year, as opposed to most years, Washington DC has often been at the very center of hot air masses and temperatures further south (like Atlanta) have actually been several degrees cooler.

The biggest factor for most people who come here from the upper plains (to include North Dakota) is not the temperatures, but the suffocating and oppressive humidity.  Every year there are days when ND has hotter temperatures than out here, but the main difference is our humidity.

Just last weekend in our local Roanoke Rapids newspaper (The Daily Herald) they had an article on the retirement of the top person in their type setting department ( I don’t recall either his name or his exact title).  He had been in that job here for 26 years.  Anyway, as it turns out, this gentleman had originally come from Williston, ND.  In the article, he stated that he does not miss the cold ND winters and he has absolutely no plans or desires to move back to ND in his retirement years.  But he also said the biggest thing for him to get used to when he first came out here (and that he still has trouble with) was the oppressive humidity that just seems to be here day after day after day all summer long.  I completely agree with him.  I love much of what the mid Atlantic area offers, but the stifling humidity is NOT one of them.

Anyway, I hope Phyllis and her your granddaughter have a great visit to our nation’s Capitol and get to see many of the historical and commemorative sites.  They have a bus service where if you buy the tickets you can ride from site to site and take as much time as you want at each site.  The buses run about every 20 minutes or so, so if you miss one, just wait 20 minutes (or whatever the period is) and another will be coming.  Some of the sites included on this service are the Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum (as well as several other museums) the Capitol, the Washington Monument, Mount Vernon and many more sites.

Finally, just a short personal story.  Two days ago (Wednesday) it was another hot and humid day out here with temperatures up in the upper nineties.  We had a thunder cloud blow up (they often pop up out of nowhere in this hot, humid weather) and it lightninged and thundered for several minutes with only a sprinkle or two of rain.  Then it seemed to be dissipating as the lightning and thunder died out.  But, the sprinkles we did get reminded me that the paper was probably out by the mailbox and if it started raining any harder it would ruin the paper.  So, given that the storm seemed to be dissipating, I walked out to the mail box.  As I approached the mailbox it again lightninged to the north but as it took a few seconds for the thunder to arrive, I wasn’t too concerned.  Then as I reached into the mailbox to get the mail it lightninged again and this one was a lot closer with only a second or two before the thunder arrived.  This spooked me a little and I started to hurry to get the mail and to pick up the news paper and head back to the house.  Our driveway is rather long (150 feet or so) and I had gotten to within about twenty feet of the house when everything got real bright and instantly the thunder clap hit.  I instinctively ducked (don’t know why I thought that would help) and really thought I was being struck.  Fortunately, it did not strike me, but I knew it had been very, very close!  I have never really been afraid of lightning, but do have a healthy respect for it, and normally take the appropriate actions to protect myself.  In this case it seemed everything was pretty much over with so I really never thought of it as a dangerous situation.  Clearly I was wrong.  I must say I was relieved to get to the house (and inside) and took several minutes to calm down.

About two hours later Alice went out for a short walk and almost as soon as she left the house she came back in and asked me it I knew where that bolt of lightning had struck.  I said “No, but I know it was awfully close.”  So she said “I know where.”  Anyway, the yard to our right is a mostly cleared, vacant lot.  But it still has a few huge, very tall and stately oak trees on it (some of them were blown down in last summer’s hurricane).  That bolt of lightning (that I thought was striking me) struck the top of one of those oak trees (probably a hundred feet tall) and split the tree all the way to the ground (though the tree is still standing) and blew off about half of the bark.  The tree was on the opposite side of the lot from our house, but some of the bark was laying all over our yard.  Fortunately, our driveway in on the opposite side our yard from the vacant lot, so the tree was actually about 150 feet from me.  But, that is still too close for comfort!  Guess I’ll  be even more respectful of lightning in the future.
Keith Pladson (66)

Reply from Brenda Hoffman (’68):  Greenville, SC
And tomorrow is Toni’s and yours!!!! Happy birthday gentle and kind giant – not necessarily physically but most definitely emotionally. As Bernadette already knows. She is a very lucky woman! So proud that you’re from Dunseith and part of so many of our lives.

Love Brenda
Thank you Brenda for the nice kind words.
Message from Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
Gary, just a little joke to go along with a very happy birthday. Hope your life continues on as it is. You are so blessed to have the life you have and it is because of the life you’ve chosen to live. “Give and yea shall receive”, fits you perfectly. I’d like to tell you to have a good day, but I know you’re going to have one any way.
Thank you Dennis. Yes everyday is good in my book. Nothing special planned for today. Bernadette and I will probably go out for dinner later this evening.
Joke of the day
Posted by Dennis Dubois
Catholic school girls and lipstick
According  to a news report, a certain private Catholic school was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine provided it was of a natural or neutral skin tone, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.Every night the maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally the principal, Sister Mary, decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, Sister Paschal asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers….. And then there are educators


Supper with Phyllis McKay at Dale’s

Supper gathering with Phyllis McKay
Dale’s truck stop and Cafe
Wednesday, July 25th – 6:00 pm
Hello Dunseith Alumni folks,
In consideration of those of you not living in the Dunseith area that may be visiting the Dunseith area next week, I am sending this message to all of my Dunseith Alumni distribution. 
With today’s blog message I posted a message from Phyllis McKay letting us know she will be in Dunseith next week. She will actually be arriving on Saturday night and will be leaving on Friday Morning.
I called Phyllis suggesting a little get-together while she is in Dunseith. She thought that was a wonderful Idea.  She said Wednesday would work best for her, so we agreed on this coming Wednesday the 25th for supper at Dale’s at 6:00 PM.
I just called Dale’s and talked to George. He said he can handle about 36 folks in the main dinning area. I told him that should be enough. If more show they can just squeeze together a little tighter. Rest assured everyone planning to attend will be accommodated. 
George said he’d like to have an idea how may to expect. It is not mandatory, but if you are planning to attend a reply would be most appreciated. I will most likely be posting a list of those planning to attend with the daily blog too.
Folks, This is your chance to try the famous Dale’s jumbo burger too.  
Phyllis’s Cell phone number is 701-680-9324
I know this will be a great social event too. I just wish I was able to attend. I will be with in spirit though.
PS – All updates to this gathering will posted on the daily blog.
Dale’s – July 2007
Bill Grimme’s Jumbo Burger

7/20/2012 (1545)

Please see my note below under Phyllis McKay’s posting for a special gathering at Date’s this coming Wednesday.

Message that went into my Junk email box that I missed. So sorry about that Vickie
 From Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
Gary, I ‘m wondering?  Is this your e-mail address?
I e-mailed you before the 4th of July.

Finally, I am thinking, perhaps my e-mails are going  into your junk
mail box.

Right now it is threatening rain.
But it is all sound and show, not much moisture.
  The weatherman predicts,  100 today. UffDa Hot.

It has been so very humid.

The dogs and I have been walking before 6:00 a.m.
By 7 :00 a.m. the humidity gets  too uncomfortable.

My sister, Nancy was here for a week.
Her granddaughter  Ashanty,participates in the Missoula Childrens

We made a trip to RiverSIde Cemetery and St. Louis Cemetery on Sunday,
the 8th.
After paying respects to the memories of family and friends  we went
to Rugby Haaland Home.

A delightful afternoon was spent with  our cousins.
Paternal cousin,Eleanor Metcalfe Nerpel and maternal cousin  Eleanor
(Schroeder) Edwards.

I will send a photo at a later date.
Eleanor Metcalfe Nerpel is the oldest  Metcalfe first cousin.
  My brother Shan is the youngest Metcalfe first cousin.
They were born 40 years apart, both in August.

Later Vickie

Yes, your message went into my junk email box and I missed it. I get lazy and don’t always log into my hotmail account to check my junk email box. That is one of the disadvantages of using outlook express for managing my email. So sorry Vickie. Yes, please do send that photo. 
Folks, It you don’t see your messages that you send me posted or if I have not replied to your message, then I have missed it. I try to make it a habit not to ignore email messages.

Knox reunion (This went to my spam and I missed it) 
Posted by Julie Knox Seier (’82):  Bottineau, ND
Julie, I am so so sorry I didn’t see this earlier. It went into my junk email and I just now saw it. Please give us a report with how your reunion went.  Thanks, Gary
Hi Gary,

Would you please mention on your blog?:

The decsendants of Bernie and Olga (Anderson) Knox are going to be gathering at the Lake Metigoshe State Park Dining Hall on Fri, Sat and Sun July 13, 14 & 15th. If anyone would like to stop by and say hello they are more than welcome to!

Bernie and Olga had nine children:

Dorothy (Clayton Earl) (Both are deceased)
Guy  (Lola Millang)
Nettie (Kenny Tooke) (both are deceased)
Minnie (Jack Flynn)
Ina (deceased) (Dick Sletten)
Joyce (Slim Wilkinson) (both are deceased)
Gertrude Coral “Corky” (deceased) once married to Charles Carlson (deceased)
Mary “Tiny” (once married to Chris Hoopman Jr. deceased)
Edna “Susie” (Glen Millang, deceased)

Thank you so much Gary!

Julie (Knox) Seier

Phyllis McKay will be in Dunseith next week.
Message from Phyllis McKay (’65):  Auburn, WA
Hi Gary and all,
I am leaving Washington State tomorrow to drive to Dunseith to see my brothers, Kick, Jay, Bill and Dan and sisters, Patsy and Myra. I will be in Dunseith about a week and then I will go to Milnor, North Dakota where my daughter, Tyera and my grandchildren, Derek and Chelsea live.

On August 1, Chelsea and I will fly out of Fargo to Washington DC. We will be there until August 8th. We are hoping the heat will subside while we are in DC. But if not, we will be spending our time visiting air conditioned museums. We will take a moon light tour of the monouments!!

I contacted Senator Hoeven’s office and set up tours of the White House and the Capitol Building. We also have tickets for the Holocoust Museum. We tried to get tickets to visit the Bureau of Engraving but all tours were full. I guess this means there will be many more people besides us that are visiting the Capitol in the sweltering heat of summer.

I think Evie’s idea of goint to Vegas is a good one!!

Phyllis McKay

I can tell you for a fact that Dunseith will be brightened up next week with your presents. We only wish that we could be there to see you too. As you well know, you have a special place in Bernadette’s heart too. Enjoy your vacation with all of your family and friends.
PS – I just called Phyllis suggesting a little gathering with some of the folks while she is in Dunseith. She said Wednesday evening on July 25th at 6:00 PM at Dale’s works for her. I will call George in the morning to let him know so he can be geared up for a few more folks this coming Wednesday. After I talk to George, I will be posting a separate message for this event.
Question about the marriage skit Story/pictures that Dick posted
From Peggy Wurgler Axtman (’71):  Kent, WA.
I am curious if anyone knows more of the story & pictures that Dick Johnson submitted about the marriage skit he was in with Randi Fuchs, Terry Halvorson, etc. I have a vague recollection of either being in it, too, or at least being present for it in the basement of some church. I think we sang a song being I see someone playing the piano in the background. Whose bridal shower could it have been? What year?
Just wondering . . . .
Peggy (Wurgler) Axtman
Elaine Watkins
Reply from Marge Langan Longie Wilcox (’56):  Vancouver,  Wa

where is Elaine Watkins at now.
we were in the same class.
that’s when the boys gave the girls hot seats by burning our dresses
in Agnes berg’s  class.
Marge Langan Wilcox
Reply to picture posted yesterday
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
I love the picture of Mickey/Kelsie and Elaine.  Precious.
Elinor Fuchs Picture
Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (’66):  Glendale, AZ
      I agree with Dick that is the Elinor Fuchs I remember. She was very pretty and nice to me when I went over to her house to play with Randi.

Memories of Dr. Lamont’s daughter Joyce, a radio personality
From Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher):   Detroit Lakes, MN
Your recall of superintendents at San Haven reminded me of conversations with Mrs. Carl (Mildred) Isakson who was a head nurse there.

She talked a lot about Dr. Lamont and how his daughter Joyce eventually was a radio personality of WCCO Radio in Minneapolis.  I remember listening to her while living there in the 60’s.  Her radio name was Joyce Lamont.
Ardys Bakken Horner
Dunseith Clipping
Posted by Susan Fassett (’65):  Spearfish SD
I found this in one of Grandma Kate’s scrapbooks.   It had been removed from somewhere else, so has a couple of holes and the entire article is not there, but the picture is interesting in itself.   Who can identify the businesses?   Had to have been  in the 20’s or 30′ s from the looks of the cars.   Dick–can you put a year on them?   I have so much Dunseith history here I guess I need to write a book.   HA!!   Hope you enjoy.   Hugs and prayers to all,   Susan

7/19/2012 (1544)

Happy Birthday Carol Bergan Harris (DHS ’63):  Torrance CA
Gary, just a reminder that Carol Bergan (1963), my classmate, has a birthday on July 19. Happy Birthday Carol.
Dennis Dubois

Reply from Sue Metcalfe:  Branson, MO
Thank you for the birthday wishes. It will be a fun day with my two grandbabies for the day.
Campbell Family
Reply from Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher):   Detroit Lakes, MN
Thank you for including a photo of Phyllis, Alan and Cathy Campbell in your blog, it was great seeing them again.  

We are having a hot muggy summer in Detroit Lakes, our big family gathering is over for July, the next one will be during
WE Fest in August.   Ardys Bakken Horner
Hagen Brothers
Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ
Hello, well you can tell Arlan and Art are brothers, almost look like twins.  I haven’t seen Arlan since graduation, wow many years ago now.  You two both look good and hope life is treating you well.
I think the class of ’75 needs a mini reunion.  Thanks Gary for this blog, it’s loads of fun to keep in touch with people and reconnect.
Lynn Halvorson Otto
I think a class reunion for your class of 75 sounds like a great idea. If you like, I can provide you the contact info I have for the folks in your class.   All you need to do is set a date, time and place and go for it.
Captured from Susan Fassett Martin’s Face Book pictures
Aug 1,1992 at the Bill Fassett home in Dunseith ND
Mickey Haagenson Grenier holding Kelsie, Elaine Watkins on the swing
Hosmer’s Calendar
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
Thanks to Hosmer’s calendar, I now know I was born on a Friday: December 8, 1939. :)
This is one for your collections.
Joke of the Day
Posted by Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND


Please excuse the four-letter words toward the end of the following story….

I would have deleted them, but the story wouldn’t be the same;

I hope that you will understand.

A young couple got married and went on their honeymoon.

When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother.

“Well,” said her mother, “so how was the honeymoon?”

“Oh mama,” she replied, “the honeymoon was wonderful! So romantic.”
Suddenly she burst out crying.

“But, mama, as soon as we returned, Sam started using the most horrible language –

things I’d never heard before! I mean, all these awful four-letter words! You’ve got to

take me home! PLEASE MAMA!”

“Sarah, Sarah,” her mother said, “calm down! You need to stay with your husband

and work this out. Now, tell me, what could be so awful? WHAT four-letter words?”

“Please don’t make me tell you, mama,” wept the daughter. “I’m so
Embarrassed, they’re just too awful! COME GET ME, PLEASE!”

“Darling, baby, you must tell me what has you so upset. Tell your
Mother these horrible four-letter words!”

Sobbing, the bride said, “Oh, Mama, he used words like:

“I’ll pick you up in twenty minutes,” said her mother.

7/18/2012 (1543)

Happy Birthday Sue Metcalfe: Branson, MO.
Elinor Fuchs memories – Thanks for Condolences
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,       Thanks to Susan for the Elinor and her kids.  The second I saw
her picture I thought—Now THAT”S Elinor.  The kids look the way I best
remember them.  Mom used to get a Christmas from Elinor and her second
husband each Christmas but since Mom has been gone,  I didn’t know what
had become of the.  Thanks for the update.  I did get a personal email
telling me that Randi and Gordy live in Bowman and Roxanne is in
Bismarck.  It’s interesting to hear where people we knew are currently

      Thanks to all who sent condolences on the loss of my uncle and
friend Ron Warcup.  We shared lots of good times and in later years his
love of restoring old cars really got us on the same page.


Red Haired Gal
Question from Mark Schimetz (’70):
Was the Red Haired lady Julie Grenier?
Mona Dionne Johnson and Carmen Richard identified the red haired gal as Julie Grenier. Julie’s brother Mark Greiner pretty much agrees with them too. He is checking with other family members for their take on the picture.
Thank you so much Mark for sharing this picture with us. We had so many replies with that picture too. It was great.
My question, is Julie still living?
Hosmer’s Calendar
Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SD
The house Leah Richard Bergeron grew up in
From Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.

Here are some pix of the stone house where Leah and her siblings grew up.  It is now a privately owned hunting lodge.
It is a story and a half.  Basement walls are 2 ft thick tapering to 1 ft on the top level.  The top level is dorm style.  It has all the modern amenities including ADT protection.
Memories of S&H Green Stamps
Joke of the day
Posted by Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,     The Las Vegas trip Evie mentioned reminded me of a joke from long
ago.  A guy asks his friend how he did in Las Vegas?  The friend said he
thought he did pretty well.  He went down in a $10,000 Cadillac and came
home in a $250,000 Greyhound Bus.



7/17/2012 (1542)

Dick Johnson’s Uncle, Ron Warcup, passed away
Message from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

      We were notified today that my uncle  Ron Warcup,  who was married
to Mom’s sister Shirley,  passed away in St. George,  Utah on Saturday.
He had suffered a stroke a few months ago and another stroke in just
that last few days.  A graveside service is planned in Ivins, Utah on
Saturday,  July 20th.  My aunt Shirley Olson was in the class of ’49 at DHS.


So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Shirley was most certainly a great contributor to our daily messages too. In fact it was her suggestion that we add city and state info of those posting to the blog, so folks would know where the messages come from. It was a great suggestions that I have been using every since.
Our condolences are with you guys and Ron’s family with his passing. He was a good guy.

Message from Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND
Brian Fauske turned the big 60 on Friday the 13th, I haven’t had a chance to talk with him since as I hate to call to early and wake the old fart or call to late and get him up. Hoping he had a great birthday. He is more than my cousin, he was always like a brother and a best friend.
Sharon Peterson looks as good today as she did in that cheerleading picture.
With your mother, Vida, being a Peterson, you are a first cousin to Sharon too.
Jake Gardner
Reply from Margaret Seim Lawston (’54):  Citrus Heights, CA
Hello, the blog this morning brought a lot of memories about my father, Art Seim. I wasn’t living in North Dakota at the time but went home often in the summer  and my folks came out and spent about 3 months every winter with me so I heard a lot of stories. My dad and mother had moved into Dunseith. at the time dad knew Jake Gardiner but not well. Anyway he came to the house and asked dad if he would be interested in a job training trotters. My dad said I love horses I always have but I don’t know anything about training trotters. He said to my dad I’ve asked about you around and they said nobody loves horses more than you do so if you want to come, you’re hired. My mother wasn’t too keen on this because he left on Monday morning and did not come home and tell Friday evening. He loved this job and I think was very successful . He went with Jake and his wife and my mother went to up to Winnipeg. And my dad had trained a horse was certain that he would be able to drive the horse in the race, he was so down  when they told him he was too old and would not be allowed to drive. It broke his heart. He bought a horse from Jake and they went on the circuit to other towns in eastern North Dakota and Minnesota. When my dad reached 95 I was visiting with him one day and I said dad you have seen a complete change in our world. If you were young again and could do anything you wanted what would you do. He said I would hitchhike to the bluegrass country and become a stable boy and train horses. Jake was wonderful to my father. My father could not stop talking about his life training horses.   Please excuse errors in typing this. I am not at all able to navigate  all the new technical equipment.  I read the blog almost every day and certainly enjoy all the people that contribute. Margaret Seim  Lawston
Hello Margaret,
It is so wonderful hearing from you. From personal messages I have received from you, I know that you do read the blog everyday. We know that so many folks for the reasons you stated do not contribute. We are not here to judge. We so very much love hearing from everyone. Many folks read this and when they see new familiar names it most certainly enlightens their day. Rest assured Margaret, you have enlighten the day for a lot of folks that remember you with your reply today. I think you have mastered this “New Technical Equipment” just fine too. For me I don’t remember Jake, but hearing these stories are so interesting to me because they involve folks that I knew or knew of. So many of us walked the same turf, just at different times is all. The geographical area of Dunseith, the hills, the Prairie and the surrounding areas have been and will always be the same. A lot of us experienced the area at different times is all.
Cathy & Jeff Campbell – The Red Hair lady
Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (’70):  Minot, ND
Hello everyone,
I am glad the mystery of the Lady with the Red Hair is solved.  As for the picture of Cathy and Jeff Campbell….those two haven’t aged a bit!  You guys look like you did when we were kids…how did you do that? 
Diane Sjol
Nursing Coordinator – Dakota Nursing Program
Dakota College at Bottineau
Las Vegas Suggestion
Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND
Vegas sounds great to me, super idea Evie! We can fly out of Minot or Bismarck
Las Vegas Suggestion
Reply from Kenny Nerpel (’65): ksnerpel@min.midco.net Rugby, ND
Regarding the Las Vegas suggestion by Evie in message 1541.  Rod Stewart is at Caesars Palace in September.  Just saying.
Red Headed Gal picture – Reply to Mark Schimetz (’70)
From Ron Grenier (’62):  Rolette, ND
Mark, this gal almost looks like my oldest red headed sister Julie. Can’t be sure but will ask others in my family.
Carmen, Don and Julie lived and worked in Bottineau for a while. Don worked for FSA for a while and engineered a steel fence on one of the highway’s.  I was young at the time but remember him asking Dad how to build a fence. He got the job because of his college education and this was no way near anything in his degree’s. Not sure what year, but they drove a 1954 dodge car.
                   Julie Grenier?
Red Headed Gal picture
Reply from Karen Loeb Mhyre (’65):  Bellevue, WA. 
Hi Gary,  
The teacher with red hair could not be in 1971.  Her hair style and appearance of photo makes me think it was more likely in the 40’s.  Maybe Dick will have to do some detective work.  He was very helpful when I wanted to know about my grandparents, Frank and Alida Higgins and another couple in a picture I sent in a while back!

He nailed that it was the Procash’s!
I never knew them but heard stories!

By the way, Bernadette looks great in the last few photos  She must really be fully recovered from her cold she seemed to have on the cruise in Feburary.

Take care,

Karen Loeb Mhyre
Yes Bernadette did recover from her cold that she had on the Cruise.  Thank goodness it was only a slight cold.
DJ Johnson had an Accident
Message from Sybil Johnson:  Chippewa Falls, WI.
Need all your prayers and best wishes for my son, DJ, who is in the hospital from a 4-wheeler accident. It was rolled over on him and was pretty well battered up. The last I heard, he was flown to Fargo (happened June 27th) and then to Mandan for rehab. Thank you!

Sybil Johnson

Our thoughts and prayers are with DJ for a speedy and good recovery. So so sad to hear of his accident.
Elinor Fuchs Family
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish SD
This is a picture of Elinor Fuchs and also one of her three children, Randine, Roxanne and Gordon.   Elinor taught in Dunseith until 1963.    She and Orlan had divorced and she moved to Minot and got a BS in speech pathology.    I used to baby sit the kids as they lived in the house just south of us that used to be Frank and Erma Peltiers home.   I don’t know who the original owners were.   Elinor remarried  in 1975 and lived in Rapid City until  1993.   Her husband passed away in 1990.   She moved back to Bowman ND in 1993 and was living there when she passed away in 1996.  She bowled with mom and some of the ladies in Dunseith and mom always kept in touch with her.   Randy and Roxie are both on facebook and live in ND.   I believe Gordy lives in Bowman but am not sure on that.   The picture of the kids was taken in Minot in 1963.  Elinor was a sweet lady and I remember her fondly.    I also babysat for Orlan after he married Elve Hill,  so got to share his second family as well.   Good memories of Dunseith and the inhabitants.  Lots of good people come from Dunseith.   Hugs to all.  Susan  
Carl Melgaard’s Brother
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Norman & Gladys Handeland celebrate 65th wedding anniversary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Joke of the day
Posted by Vivian Clark:  Oak Manor Apts. Bottineau, ND

7/16/2012 (1541)

Las Vegas trip for the Dunseith Alumni
Suggestion from Evie Gottbreht (’65):  Irvine, CA
Hi Gary…..I am off to Vegas next week….my friend gets lots of perks and she has someone she works with….

My question??  Would the Dunseith gang ever want to do a stay in Vegas?   With Allegiant out of the bigger cities in ND with runs to Vegas it might be fun.

Loving every minute of summer….don  ‘t know what I do but it takes me all day long most days :-)

Evie Gottbreht

Las Vegas sounds like a wonderful idea. I believe there are many ongoing promotions from many of the USA cities, inclusive of Minot, for air fares to Las Vegas. If you can set a date and arrange the logistics in Los Vegas, we’ll go for it. After harvest and into the winter months, I’d think, would be the best time frame.
Reply to Happy Birthday wishes
From Bob Lykins (DHS teacher):  Hutto, TX

Thanks, Gary.  It is amazing how much better looking I have become with age.
Jake and Agnes Gardner
Reply from Linda Gardner (BHS ’68):  Vienna, VA

Hi Gary – I graduated in 1968 – Wow, that feels like a hundred years ago now!!  I went to the Forestry for one year (68-69).  I was offered a job to come to Washington to work for the VA in the summer of 1969 and never looked back.  Well, let me rephrase – I never looked back until I joined your blog and it’s been such a blessing to relive so many wonderful stories from the Dunseith/Bottineau area.

Getting back to Jake and Agnes – I remember the joke at home as always we had to go to the Bottineau Fair to watch Jake come in last at the horse races.  Then in 1969, he was racing a horse named Nipper Boy who started winning and never stopped winning.  After that, Jake had a lot of winning horses on the Canadian circuit.  We used to go up to Bossevain and Winnipeg to watch him race.  It was a lot more fun to watch him win!

You were with My Sister-in-Law, Debby’s Lee Stokes’ graduating class from Bottineau in 1968.
“A” Frame Bar & Grill, Lake Metigoshe Pictures
Posted by Rose Hohl:  Bottineau, ND & Cebu, Philippines
Art Hagen, Jeff Cambell, Arlan Hagen, Kathy Campbell Springan,
Steve Springan & Rose Hohl
Art Hagen, Wayn & Rosemary Smith and Rose Hohl
Happy Birthday Susan Richard
Picture posted by Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI
Lady with the red hair – Picture
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary  in reply to Dick .  The girl they are talking about I’m sure it is not Eleanor Fuchs.  We used to run together with them and Joe Spaths. They lived right a cross the street from us when they got married . Joe and Orland drove a shuttle bus from the San to town for awhile.    Lloyd Awalt 
Lady with the red hair – Picture
Reply from Mona Dionne (’48): Bottineau, ND 
I cannot remember if “Juliette Grenier” was ever a teacher ( or if that
pic is of a teacher), but I am pretty sure that is Juliette.�
Carmen Richard – what do you think?
Mona Johnson (48)

Lady with the red hair – Picture
Reply from Carmen Richard:  Rolette, ND
I agree with Ramona Johnson, that picture of the red head teacher is Juliette Grenier, oldest daughter of Lucian and Gladys (Greenwood) Grenier. She has red hair, but did not teach in Dunseith. She married Don Potter and lived in Idaho all of her married life. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Willow City in 1951.
Orlan & Eleanor Fucks
Reply/pictures from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,      Ellen Graff Myrick (58)  wrote about Orlan and Eleanor Fuchs’ kids
she babysat for but couldn’t remember the one daughter’s name. In order
of birth,  they were Randine,  Roxanne, and Gordy.  Randi was about two
years younger than me.  She lives in Bowman, ND.  I don’t know where
Roxy lives.  The last I heard Gordy was still in Minot.  If the picture
sent in by Mark is a picture of Eleanor,  if must have been taken when
she was very young.  She did have beautiful red hair and a very nice
personality.  Orlan and my grandpa were business partners off and on and
we got to know the family pretty well.  Randi and I had to do a marriage
skit for some kind of wedding shower or other lady’s function when we
were little kids.  The ladies thought it was cute but Randi and I hated
every minute of it.  Many of the Dunseith kids were involved, being
‘volunteered’ by their mothers.  The preacher was Terry Halvorson and
one of the bridesmaids was Marvel Hill.  I think others may remember if
they were involved when they see these pictures.  Thanks Gary!


Sherry Marie Poitra
(August 19, 1972 – July 11, 2012) 

Sherry Marie Poitra, age 39 of Dunseith, died Wednesday July 11, 2012 in a St. Paul hospital. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at the St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Monday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the church.

Sherry Marie Poitra, a daughter of Virgil and Sharon (Gunville) Poitra, was born on August 19, 1972 at Belcourt.

She is survived by her sons Brady and Brandon Nerpel; Parents, Virgil and Sharon Poitra; sisters, Lori (Travis) Davis, Kim Poitra; nephews, T.J. (Larice) Davis, Derrick Chase, Kelle Davis, Duane Gunville, Marcus Davis, Lane Peltier, Tank Davis; nieces and godchild Lexius Davis, niece Brailyn Davis all of Dunseith.

Our condolence are with Virgil (’64) and Sharon Gunville (’66) Poitra with the loss of their daughter sherry. She was a beautiful girl. She will be missed.  Gary

7/15/2012 (1540)

As I was putting today’s blog together, I received several very nice Face Book pictures, from Rose, with some of you folks and Art Hagen that I will be posting tomorrow. I have also posted several of Rose’s pictures below. Thank you Rose.
           Happy Birthday Bob Lykins (DHS Teacher): Hutto, TX
Leah Bergeron
Comment Posted by Allen Richard (’66):  Midland, MI.

She was the last of my dad’s aunts and uncles, the youngest sister of my Grand Pa George Richard.  There are not many people you can say were sweet hearts for 100 years.  she was one.
Allen Richard
Leah Bergeron’s Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Leah was quite the lady. My apartment in Bottineau is the upstairs apartment in the house where Leah lived on the main floor for many years.  Needless to say, I think of her often. ng
 Leah Bergeron
(Died July 11, 2012)
Leah Bergeron, age 100 of Perham, MN formerly of Bottineau, died Wednesday in her home. Funeral mass will be held on Monday at 11:00 am at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a scriptural prayer service at 7:00 pm all at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the St. Mark’s Cemetery in Bottineau.

Leah Marie (Richard) Bergeron, a daughter of Hyacinthe and Aglae (Greenwood) Richard, was born February 25, 1912 in a stone house east of Willow City, ND. She was raised in and around Willow City and Overly and went to a country school through the grades then attended her freshman year at Notre Dame Academy. After that year, she quit school to help support her family by working at various jobs in the area such as a cook, seamstress or babysitter. She married Gerald (Jerry) Bergeron on December 18, 1938 and lived on the Bergeron homestead farm about 10 miles east of Bottineau where they proceeded to have six children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. Leah was kept busy raising her children and when the youngest was born, she had six kids under the age of 10 and was caring for her bedridden mother-in-law, Felicia Bergeron, who passed away in 1950. In 1963 her husband, Jerry, passed away leaving her with two sons still in school. She relocated to Willow City where she stayed until her youngest son was out of school. In 1967 she relocated to Bottineau where she rejoined and was active in St. Mark’s parish and also joined and became very active in the Senior Citizens organization serving on the Board of Directors for several years and heading up several committees. She volunteered at St. Andrews Hospital working with the elderly in various capacities. One of her favorite activities was leading a jazzercise class for elderly folks who were often years younger than she was. She continued doing volunteer work at the hospital until she was 88 when she decided to relocate to a retirement complex in Perham, MN. When she arrived in Perham she immediately started another jazzercise class for her friends & neighbors in the complex. Her volunteer work was legendary to the point of her having received several awards and certificates of recognition. But her greatest achievement was when she received the Peace Garden Award for being the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in Aging Programs for the state of North Dakota, awarded by the governor’s office in Bismarck in 1975.

Leah was known for her hospitality and cooking. You never went to her house without getting invited in and as soon as you walked through the door, of course you had to stay for dinner or supper or whatever meal was next in line. She was always attentive to her children and extended family and was first in line if anyone needed any help with anything at all. Leah will be sorely missed by her friends and relatives but the loss will be felt more deeply by her children and grandchildren who have had the privilege of knowing her love and kindness for their entire lives.

She is survived by 4 sons, Jim (Kathy) Naperville, 11, Dick (Ronnie) Perham, MN, Ken (Mary Ann) Phoenix, AZ, Don (Holly), Phoenix, AZ, and one daughter Marian (Ken) Bergman, Gurnee, Il; 18 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Leah was preceded in death by her parents and 10 siblings, being the last one to go to her just reward; by her husband, Jerry, her eldest daughter Alma (Ken) Wolf and 2 grandsons, Robert and Richie Wolf.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Jake and Agnes Gardner Photo
Reply from Linda Gardner (BHS ’67):  Vienna, VA
Hi Gary – The picture posted by Neola of Jake and Agnes Gardner are mine and Trish’s Aunt and Uncle.  Jake was the second oldest of 9 children born to Hezekiah and Lora (Fuller) Gardner (my grandparents).  Hezekiah homesteaded a farm west of Bottineau where my Uncle Jake farmed and raised race horses for many years.  Lora homesteaded in the Turtle Mountains on the farm land where I grew up.  Agnes was a Norman  but I don’t know a lot of history of her family.  They never had children.
What year did you graduate from Bottineau? 1967 sticks in my mind?
Now that you mention Jake and Agnes, I remember them being discussed several years ago with our discussions. I remember Trish Larson telling us about  her enjoyment of their horses.
Unknown Teacher with Red Hair
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,      Ellen Graff Myrick (58)  wrote about Orlan and Eleanor Fuchs’ kids
she babysat for but couldn’t remember the one daughter’s name. In order
of birth,  they were Randine,  Roxanne, and Gordy.  Randi was about two
years younger than me.  She lives in Bowman, ND.  I don’t know where
Roxy lives.  The last I heard Gordy was still in Minot.  If the picture
sent in by Mark is a picture of Eleanor,  if must have been taken when
she was very young.  She did have beautiful red hair and a very nice
personality.  Orlan and my grandpa were business partners off and on and
we got to know the family pretty well.  Randi and I had to do a marriage
skit for some kind of wedding shower or other lady’s function when we
were little kids.  The ladies thought it was cute but Randi and I hated
every minute of it.  Many of the Dunseith kids were involved, being
‘volunteered’ by their mothers.  The preacher was Terry Halvorson and
one of the bridesmaids was Marvel Hill.  I think others may remember if
they were involved when they see these pictures.  Thanks Gary!


Unknown Teacher with Red Hair
Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (’66):   Glendale, AZ
    Regarding the picture of the woman with the red hair, I don’t think that is Eleanor Fuchs. She was a friend of my parents and I remember her quite well. When she lived a couple houses from us in Dunseith I used to play with Roxi. The little boy’s name was Gordy. Also there was an email awhile back about the taxi from the San to town. My dad Herc Nicholas was the driver but didn’t own it. He used to have alot of stories to tell about the drives.
Terry Espe and Les Halvorson,
You guys were hired as teachers, in Dunseith, in 1971. Does this gal look familiar?
                 Unknown Teacher with red hair in about 1971
Friday nights all the you can eat Crab legs buffet at the Sky Dancer in Belcourt.
Rose Hohl: Bottineau, ND and Cebu Philippines
Art Hagen: Bottineau, ND and Cebu, Philippines
Cebu Expat Bowling Banquet – June 30, 2012
Rose Hohl, I knew you had this picture and I was waiting for you to post it. I knew it would be a good one too, especially of you gals. It was taken near the end of the evening, kind of as we were going out the door. Two days later you left for the states. Being around you gals kind of makes us old duffers feel young again. Like a breath of fresh air.  I am sure Bill Pritchard will agree with me 100% with that statement too.
Gary,  Rose,  Bernadette and  Lorna

7/13/2012 (1539)

Last night in the middle of the night our power went out. As a result my computer was off this morning. When I  turned it on this morning it was trying to boot up off my back-up “D” hard drive. I had forgotten how to correct this problem, so I had to take it down to the mall for the specialist to fix. It took them about 10 minutes is all and all is working fine now. I now know the procedure to fix, if this should happen again. It may have only taken 10 minutes to fix, but a big portion of my day was consumed taking car of this problem. As a result I did not get a blog out today. It is now midnight Friday, so I am going to post what I have. I will not be posting another blog until Sunday morning. 
Good morning to all of you this Friday Morning. I will be hitting the sack as soon as I have this distributed.
Reply form Larry Millang (’66):  Bottineau, ND
Happy Belated Birthday to Sharon Peterson  (DHS ’63)
From Dennis Dubois (’63): Minneapolis, MN
Gary, just to let you and the rest know it’s Sharon Peterson’s (1963) birthday today. Happy Birthday Sharon.
Thanks for the heads up Dennis.
Sharon, this is a day or two late, but none the less we still wish you a happy birthday.
Happy Belated Birthday to Bill Henry (DHS ’63)
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
Gary, I’d appreciate it if you’d also remind people of Bill Henry’s (1963) birthday too, it was on July 9th. He was my best friend all through school and has retired and moved back to the home place. As so many of my fellow classmates, is very successful in life. Wonderful wife in Marsha, although I don’t know if she enjoys our story telling as much as we do. Thanks again, Gary.
Bill does not have email, but I know someone will pass this message unto him
Leah Richard Bergeron Passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Gary, I’ll keep an eye out for Leah’s complete obituary.  This is an excellent picture of her.  Leah was an icon in the Bottineau community–at least that’s how I feel.
In my eyes I so very much agee with you that Leah was a real Icon to the Bottineau community. She was always doing something for somebody. Leah Was a very close and dear friend of folks. She was visited my folks very often. This is a picture of Leah, in 1996, in my folks back yard talking to my Dad’s brother Nels Petterson. Velma Millang is sitting beside Leah.
Our condolences are with her family with her passing. Being a Richard, Leah is related to a whole bunch of you folks too.
Postings from the 1936 Dunseith Journal
From Susan Fassett (’65):  Spearfish SD
The Ackworth news brings back a lot of familiar names.
Fauske Siblings, you will have to bring this one to your mothers attention. She (Eleanore) Graduated from DHS in 1942. Assuming she was 18 at the time, she would have only been 12 years old when she submitted this news to the Dunseith Journal. I’d say she did a mighty fine job putting this all together.
Speaking of the Fauske’s, Eleanore (Stubby) and Elwood will be celebrating their 70th Wedding anniversary here very soon too.   
     Pretty sharp looking couple for 70 years of Marriage


Jason and Agnes Gardner Photo
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Bottineau & Minot, ND
I’ve sent pictures of the Gardner’s before–don’t know if I’ve sent this one.  One of your readers is related to Jason/Agnes, but I can’t remember who it is.
Linda Gardner and Trish Larson Wild, are you guys related to Jason and Agnes Gardner?
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

7/12/2012 (1538)

Happy Birthday Larry Millang (DHS ’66): Bottineau, ND
Millang Family
Larry, Diane, Joanne, Velma in front and either Mark or Clayton?
Joanne Millang, Larry Millang, Diane Millang, Bob Brennan, Mike Brennan
and Shirley Brennan in Front
Reply to Ellen Graff Myrick’s (’58) posting yesterday
From Diane Larson Sjol (’70): Minot, ND
Eleanor Fuch’s daughters were Roxanne and Randine.  They had a brother but can’t remember his name.  She had beautiful red hair.  Used to go there and play with Randi.
Diane Sjol
Nursing Coordinator – Dakota Nursing Program
Dakota College at Bottineau
Ancestry question and info
From Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA
I have a few questions for Susan Fassett Martin regarding the Rolette County Old Timers (of 1910).  Susan, do you have anything else on H. L. Ingalls/Ingals?  First name Herschel and born in 1869 (would 41 years old qualify him as an old timer)?  If so, he was married to my Dad’s Aunt, Edna Gwendolyne Pritchard?  If yes, he was Keith Ingalls father.  Keith was born in 1906 in Dunseith and spent his early years in the Turtle Mountains near the border between the Willow Lake Road and the Rolette/Bottineau County lines.  Over the years, there have been a couple pictures of Keith in Gary’s Blog.  He later found his way to California and died in the mid 70s.

I did an ancestry check on the Ingalls due to always having heard that we were related to Laura Ingalls Wilder of “Little House on the Prairie” fame.  I wanted to prove or disprove it for my own curiosity.  It turned out that both Laura and Keith’s Great Grandfathers # 6 were brothers.  Laura’s Great Grandfather #6, Samuel, was born in Oct 1645.  Keith’s Great Grandfather #6, Henry (Samuel’s Brother) was born in 1656.  So, not related, just connected.

In running that check, I found that the 20th President of the US, James Garfield (Born 1831), came from Laura’s side of the family.  I spent a few months gathering data that someone else can take credit for and put it in an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of where it all tied together properly.  The spreadsheet currently has nearly 1,600 lines.  If anyone would like a copy of it please let me know.

Dale Pritchard

Dunseith News and Memo
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
 The date is at the top of the clipping.
 There doesn’t appear to be much news to scan in this week’s Courant. :(
 Thanks to Geri Metcalfe Munro for her kind words.  I’m grateful I am able to contribute Gary’s wonderful newsletter.  I’m slowly, but surely, learning to “know” more “Dunseith people”, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. :)
Posting of the day
From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND
Its been a hot summer in NoDak so far!
IT’S SO HOT …..REALLY  –  HOW  HOT  IS  IT ……..?
……the birds have to use potholders to pull the worms out of the ground.
…..the trees are whistling for the dogs.
…..the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance
…..hot water comes from both taps.
…..you can make sun tea instantly.
…..you learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
…..the temperature drops below 90 F and you feel a little chilly.
…..you discover that in July it only takes two fingers to steer your car.
…..you discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
…..you actually burn your hand opening the car door.
…..you break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 A.M.
…..your biggest motorcycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up   lying on the pavement and cook to death”?
…..you realize that asphalt has a liquid stage.
…..the potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter.
…..the cows are giving evaporated milk.
…..farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
IT’S SO DRY the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling, the Methodists
are using wet-wipes, the Presbyterians are giving rain checks, and the Catholics
are praying for the wine to turn back into water!

7/11/2012 (1537)

Mark Schimetz Baby picture posted yesterday

Reply from Graff Myrick (’58):  Grand Forks, ND
In regard to Mark Schimetz unidentified picture.  It might be Eleanor Fuchs.  I baby sat for their family quite often and I think 1957 might be the year she was pregnant with her youngest child Gordie.  She had two other daughters one was names Roxanne and I don’t remember the other younger girl’s name.  My sister Jean Miller used to play with Roxanne when they were preschoolers.
Ellen Graff (58) Myrick
Mark Schimetz Baby picture posted yesterday
Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (48):  Bottineau, ND
That looks like “Juliette Grenier” from Thorne/Rolette area to me.

Mona Johnson (48)

Reply from Mark Schimetz (’70):  Rolette, ND
OPUS!  Well as they say the Cat is out of the bag. That is Me (Mark Schimetz)at 4 months old. I was Born in Minot while Dad was on the Fire Department and Mom worked at a local Cafe.
                                 Mark Schimetz – 4 months old
Captured from Susan Fassett Martin’s Face Book Pictures
November 1953 –  Fassett sisters
Susan, Paula, Crystal
Picture captured from Kelly Woods Face Book Pictures
When I saw this picture it caught my eye. It is a beautiful picture of Charlene. Charlene you are looking great!
   Charlene Pearson Woods (’67).

7/10/2012 (1536)

Carmen Richard ackownledgement
Dick Johnson’s (’68) knowledge – Comment from Jay Vanorny (’66)
Posted by Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary-  I just wanted to comment on the article on Carmen Richard- I can’t think of anyone who deserved this more than her-  !- not only farm woman but a genuinely wonderful person!!_

On  another note I just had to add a “jayism” —  we had a customer come to the shop and he was restoring old cars— he had gotten some parts from Dick a while back- and he was wondering   about some more parts  if Dick would know where to get them- and Jay said “Well,  if Dick doesn’t know where to get it no one will–  He has been wheeli’n and dealin’ since he was knee high  to a short sheep”   guess that says it huh?-

Take care!-Lola

Bill Hosmer]s Reply to Bob Lykins
Bill Hosmer (48):  Tucson, AZ
Gary and all,  Bob Lykins paid me a compliment I appreciate, but do not deserve.   Guys like Bob Leonard,
Dick Johnson, and others come to mind.  Certainly a street or some other feature of our home town recognizing
the stupendous and monumental contribution to community spirit, history, friendships, heritage, and more would be appropriate.  I hereby pledge $200.00 to help bring this great idea into fruition.  When I know who to send it to,  I’ll write the check, with pleasure.  Bill Hosmer


Captured from Art Rude’s Face Book pictures.


Captured from Rose Hohl’s Face Book Pictures. She will be in Bottineau shortly, with Art.

Cebu Casino Espanol – Reception for the Spanish Ambassador
Bernadette and I were invited to this special event last night. We were guests of a close freind who is a member of the Casino Espanol club here in Cebu. It was a fun filled evening with dinner and Dancing entertainers and of course with the Spanish Ambassodor who was invited to the club for this reception in his honor.
Pictures of unknown lady and baby
From Mark Schimetz (’70):  Rolette, ND
 I remember this woman. She had lovely Red hair and was very pretty. I think she taught school in Dunseith around 1957. I remember her being pregnant. At age 5 I thought at first she was carrying a basket ball. lol,  little did I understand at that time.
                  Unknown Teacher in about 1957
Mark, Who is this happy young man?
1910 Photo
Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’65):

7/9/2012 (1535)

Old Pictures
Reply from Geri Metcalfe Munro (’59): Fargo, ND
Hey Gary, Keep those old pictures coming, family pictures, class pictures, Dunseith Journal news from the past—we enjoyed all of these, many from the class of ’57 were still around Bottineau when I was at the Forestry—let’s hear it from you guys from class of ’57 to ’60 or so.  Neola, you are a good contributor.  Thanks!  Mick and Jan, I challenge you!
Geri Metcalfe Munro

All pictures and clippings
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
          Neola’s husband and wonderful husband too I might add
                       Lloyd Awalt and Dale (Karen Hagen ’70) Simon
Carmen Richard, Rolette, crowned
Dave Clark IV & Sandra Clark and
their first cousin Orville Wilhelm get awards

7/8/2012 (1534)


 With my latest episode, my friend sent me this Website to see if I have a Virus. I was good.
You can check your computer for a chain email virus using this web site.
Art Rude
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

The picture of Art Rude sure brings back memories —- looks about the way he did when our 8th grade class made up the song, “Rudie the bald headed teacher”  As I recall he liked it so much he had us sing it at an assembly or something.  — Art greet him for me.  He is one of my all time people
Allen Richard
From Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA

We just got back from Mississippi where we buried my Mother-In-Law on July 3rd.  She passed away from Cancer in a nursing home here, where she had been for five months, on June 27 about 11:30 PM.  We had here transported back to Poplarville, MS so she could be buried with my Father-In-Law.

My Brother Darold also lives there so we stayed with him.  We went through a big plastic tub of pictures that my Mom had left behind.  Attached is one of (L – R) Lois, Lorraine and Shirley.  My Grandpa William Pritchard is in the background along with someone else wearing a hat.  Rumor has it my Dad wore hats like that at that time.  I estimate the picture as being taken about 1941 or 1942.

Dale Pritchard

So sorry to hear of Jackie’s mothers passing. Our condolence are with you folks with her passing.
Shirley and Lorraine were pretty much out of house and Lois was not far behind from the time I can remember back to. I do remember Darald and Lois baby sitting us a time or two though.
Lois, Lorraine and Shirley Pritchard
Bottineau HS Class of 1957 in 1977: 20-year reunion/Norway House
Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
The names of the classmates in the picture who are no longer with us are Glen Kornkven, Ned Miller, Sharon Krogen Thompson, Beverly Smith Crummy.  The three teachers are also no longer with us.

Back Row:  Glen Kornkven, Dennis Monson, Jay McKay, Leonell Grimestad, Bob Vinje, Dave Woods, Brian Trambley, Ned Miller, Leo Jostad


 Middle Row: Jerome Indvik, Lynne Bergman Boettcher (Gary), Elaine Monson Aasheim (Jim),  Jean Hanson Pladson (Duane), Mr. Arnold Opland, Mrs. Ruth Weeks, Mr. Jim Holwell,  Joanne Harnit, Phyllis Anderson Steltz (Stanley), Helen Brandvold Taylor (Lee),  Karen Varud Nelson (Wallace)

Front Row: Sharon Krogen Thompson (Earl), Lorna Hall Goetz (Harold),  Avonne Vellema Gessner (Harold), Neola Kofoid Garbe (Wally),  Darlene Peck Norman (Walter), Beverly Smith CrummyBeverly Lemieux Schoenbeck (Richard/Red),  Ardell Willard Grimm (Richard/Dick), Irene Schultz Flory (Dale), Arlene Allard Thomas (Wayne) 

Joke of the day
Posted by Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
Aren’t We Fortunate To Be Seniors!

A friend of mine was sitting on a lawn, sunning and reading,
when he was startled by a fairly late model car crashing
through a hedge and coming to rest on his lawn. He helped
the elderly driver out and sat her on a lawn chair.

My goodness, he exclaimed, you are quite old to be

Yes,� she replied, I am old enough that I don’t need
a license.   The last time I went to my doctor, he examined me and asked if
I had a driving license.  I told him “yes” and handed
it to him. He took scissors out of a drawer, cut the license
into pieces and threw them in the wastebasket.  You
won’t be needing this anymore, he said.

So I thanked him and left.


7/7/2012 (1533)

My hotmail email address got hacked.
Someone managed to get my password and sent out a link to a Website with no subject title from me to many of my friends. Hotmail shut me down until I changed my password. All should be OK now. If you receive any messages from me without a subject title or without a signature name from me, please just delete.
For the record, I did not get a message blog sent yesterday.
From Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND

I just scanned in this picture, that I think was taken at my 5th birthday party, which would be March 31, 1958.  In the back, Patty Grossman, Mary Bott, and Bob Bott, Middle row, Paul Grossman, Paula Fassett, Crystal Fassett, and me, Front Row, Leland Larshus (who farms the land today) Parrell Grossman, Ann Marie Bopre, Don Berg with Kevin Dammen in front of him, Leon Larshus, Curt Berg, and Peter Grossman.  You might notice Rendahl Church in the background.
Anyway, thought some of the readers would enjoy this one.

Peace and Power, 

Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, 

 webpage address: www.artrude.com 
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!
Back row: Patty Grossman, Mary Bott, and Bob Bott
Middle row: Paul Grossman, Paula Fassett, Crystal Fassett, and Art Rude
Front Row: Leland Larshus, Parrell Grossman, Ann Marie Bopre,
Don Berg with Kevin Dammen in front of him, Leon Larshus, Curt Berg, and Peter Grossman
More Pictures from Art Rude:
Hi Gary,

Found a few more pictures I think people will enjoy.
The first one is Dad as many of you will remember him, in the classroom.
The second one is Dad’s confirmation photo at Rendahl.  Notice that at that time, mowing the lawn was not a priority, probably not a consideration.  I’m not sure of anyone on the photo other than Pastor Hanson on the left, Dad in the front row, and Dad’s brother Gilbert Otis (G.O. Rude) in the second row immediately to the left of Dad in the second row.
The third one shows my Grandmother Hannah Rude in front of the barn at Rendahl.  The barn that had been built, I believe in the war years, was moved over adjacent to the church, then remodeled to become what I knew as the “Parrish Hall”.  This was taken when the barn was being moved.

Peace and Power, 

                                  Art Rude
Art Rude’s Confirmation picture at Rendal church
Hannah Rude in front of the barn at Rendahl
Colorado Forest fires
Picture from Don Malaterre (’72): Sioux Falls, SD
Heading North out of Colorado Springs, CO.

Dunseith Journal September 30, 1937
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65): Spearfish SD
This is a clip out of the Local News from the Dunseith Journal dated Sept 30th 1937

7/5/2012 (1532)

Happy Birthday Bruce Pigeon (‘DHS ’61):  Garrison, ND

Jean Pladson:  Bismarck, ND
Jean is a familiar face to a whole lot of you folks. Until recently moving to Bismarck, for about 55 years she lived a half mile south of the Peace Garden Road (#43) right on the Rolette/Bottineau County line. Jean’s mother Olga, was my dad’s aunt and her dad was a brother to Frances Morinville.
A little story about Jean.
In the late 50’s, not long after Jean and Duane were married, my mothers cousin and her husband from Niagara, ND were visiting our family up in the hills. Jean just happen to pop in for visit when they were there. When the ladies were out in the kitchen and the guys in the living room, Mom’s cousins husband asked us who Jean was. With her blond hair, blue eyes and all of her charm,  He said “She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen”.
When I saw this picture pop into my Facebook wall, I just had to share.
PS – Jean and Audrey’s mother, Olga Petterson Hanson Haseldahl, would have celebrated her 100th birthday two days ago. she was born on July 3, 1912. We often celebrated her birthday on July 4th. Now there was an amazing woman and very predictable to be amazing too. We loved her dearly. It was a very sad day in January 1993 when I got a phone call from dad that she had died. She wasn’t suppose to die. She went in the Minot hospital for some simple routine surgery.
Reply from Trish Larson Wild (’73): trishclayburgh@yahoo.com Portola Valley, CA.
Hey Gary,

Congrats on your bowling win.  My best score ever was 146 and that was a fluke.  I should bowl more often because I really enjoy it.  My boys and i love to get to the lanes when we get together.  Its always good for a few laughs.

I am heading to Montana right now with two horses in tow.  Plan to visit friends on Flathead Lake who used to live in Fargo.  Looking forward to riding some new trails.  I start my permanent job at Stanford on July 23 and have to find a new place to live when I get back.  I want to live downtown Palo Alto so I can ride my bike to work.

I had hoped to make North Dakota this trip but it’s not going to work this time.  Hope everyone is having a great summer and a spectacular 4 th!

Posted by Gary Stokes

About Trish

PhD in Nursing Science UCSF
Travel as an Equine Nomad- moving through life with grace and ease, safely going wherever I please.
Trauma Nurse at Stanford University Level One Trauma Center
Congratulations with your new job. We always here about your horse adventures, but not much about your nursing career. I’ll bet you are one of the finest nurses too. That isn’t even a question, just fact.
Have fun with your Montana trip and enjoy.
Mel Kuhn’s wife – Reply to Larry Hackman (’66)
From Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND
Being left home alone wasn’t so bad, now the bad part is that she has some strange ideas now that she’s home. I’m thinking maybe one of those cult outfits out there in California might have brain washed her or something. She’s coming up with some strange ideas. For instance when she got home last night she came out to the garage to see what I was doing. Well I’d been sanding the body on a pickup and I was all full of paint sanding dust. She told me I was gonna have to take a shower as soon as I came in the house. I asked if she could maybe just hose me off with the garden hose. She said no, I would have to use soap and soap wouldn’t work outside with the garden hose. I told her that I had just used soap the last time I took a shower. I didn’t think you had to use it every time. That would be just plain wastefull. She said we could afford it and that I should use it every time. I just don’t know what to think, she just seems to be off the bubble just a little since she got back. This isn’t the only thing but I better not go into the other stuff just now. Later.
Picture posted by Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT
Just a photo I took this morning in our backyard

Glen W
Joke of the day
Posted by Cheri Metcalfe Evans (’74): Dunseith, ND 


Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.

Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.


7/4/2012 (1531)

No email Blog yesterday
For the record I was unable to post a blog yesterday. My plans were to post it when I got back from playing pool with the guys at noon. When I got home about noon the power was out with a scheduled outage for upgraded maintenance until about 5:00 PM. I could have cranked up my generator though, but not needing lights, I didn’t.
                 Happy Birthday Allen houle (DHS ’67):  Prior Lake, MN
Address request
From Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ
Could you please provide the mailing address for donations.  I’ve missed it somewhere.
Thank you,
Bill Hosmer
Not a problem Bill. This is my FPO address for us here in the Philippines
Gary Stokes
PSC 517 Box RS/CC
FPO AP 96517-1000
Reply from Bob Lykins (Teacher):   Hutto, TX

God forbid that you should take that last flight anytime soon.  As for probably not returning to live in the States, I totally understand as does anyone who has spent an extended period of time in that part of the world.  I came very close to retiring to the Philippines (still wish I had).  My favorite place in the whole world, and I have seen a lot of this world, is San Miguel on Luzon.  If there is one place that I want to go back to, it is there.  I’ve told my son that when I die I want to be cremated and my ashes cast across the waters of the South China Sea out from San Miguel.  A very romantic thought but not very practical.  I’ll probably end up in a closet or attic somewhere.  I still have many friends who retired around Subic and Angles City (Clark AB).   Dunseith should name a street or something after you.  Jeez, what you have done for that community is incredable.

7/2/2012 (1530)

Dunseith Alumni Web Site donations: http://dunseith.net/
First off I’d like to thank Amy for making this Web site possible. She did a fantastic job with both the development of the site and with bringing everything over from our previous site. This was no small task. She individually (manually) dragged over in excess of 1,200 daily messages from the old site to our new one. Very time consuming. I did not have all of the year 2008 in the old site, so they were not there for Amy to transfer. I am slowly getting those entered into the new site from my saved files.
Second, I would like to thank all of you that contributed with your generous donations to our Web Site. Our total collections to date are $820. The following is a break down of how the money was spent. 
I have replied to all of you that I have gotten a donation from. If you sent a donation and have not heard from me, then I did not receive it. It is not uncommon for FPO mail to get lost. Not sure why, because it is US Mail, but none the less there are letters that do not arrive.
Dunseith Alumni site future
As long as I am around and functioning our site will be maintained. When the day comes that I expire, we need to have a mechanism in place for not loosing what we have. We have compiled a lot of history that will be of interest to future generations and genealogy buffs too.  It is all on the Net in our site right at their finger tips too.
The monthly hosting and the annual maintenance fees are very low, so we are not breaking the bank. Our month hosting fee is $5.00/month and our annual maintenance fee is $15 for a grand total of $75/year.  There may be a few added costs here and there, but I think they should be minimal though. At the moment these fees are automatically debited from my account which is just fine as long as I am around.
My proposal/Suggestion/Question.  
Is there a way we can have these Web site fees paid through a Dunseith Government or Chamber of Commerce account? With donations we could provide the funding to this account for these costs. We and the account holder could keep track of the amount we have in their account too. In doing this, when I expire the sight will not die. We never know our fate, but I plan to be around for a lot more years. After a 100 I will be on borrowed time. 
Any other suggestions would be appreciated too. 
Birthday wishes to Donna Wenstad (’75)
From Jean Took Berger (’75):   Mandan, ND
Happy Birthday Donna,  hope all is well with you.
Philippines comment/question
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO
Gary- congrats on your bowling award- that’s wonderful.  I always wonder why all the beautiful ladies you show us are all dressed up.   Is that common there  to dress up for everything?  Sure makes us seem extremely casual.   Your life sounds like one constant social activity- wears me out thinking about it but what fun.  Do you plan to ever come back here to live? Its just fun to read about all you do.   thanks for sharing. Sharon Gerdes
I have never given it much thought, but the gals in our social group more often than not dress up for most gatherings. Nylons are seldom worn though, but the high heels are very popular. For our monthly dinners they always dress up and for occasions like the bowling banquet too. Some of the gals do come dressed up for the weekly bowling too, but most just wear nice shorts with a nice blouse for bowling. In the tropics, shorts are preferred to long pants.
We do a lot of socializing, but there is a lot of dead time too. One can’t constantly socialize, although some of the gals are together most everyday. When Art Hagen was here for 7 weeks, he didn’t have much down time. Rose kept him on the go with friends, like he said, “most everyday all day” of which he very much enjoyed.
About moving back to the states. I don’t think that will ever happen. Life is too good here.
Picture from Susan Fassett Martin’s (’65) Face Book
Elvin and Cheryl Haagenson

7/1/2012 (1529)

Happy Birthday Donna Wenstad (DHS ’75): Amado, AZ
Condolence to the Abrahamson Family
From Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND
My condolences to the Abrahamson family.  It just seems like yesterday that Jean and her brothers and me and my brothers and sister would walk down the hill from Hilltop School with our lunch buckets in tow, headed east down the trail toward Carpenter Lake, where we would separate.   I and my brothers and sister would go south to our home and Jean and her brothers  would head north to their home.  I suppose we ranged in age from 6 to 10 years at the time.
How time flies!  God bless her and all of her family, and all of us.
Cebu Expat Bowling Banquet last night
All I can say is everyone else had a bad day of bowling the day of the tournament.  A high handicap was a huge contributing factor too.  We had a good turn out too, with about 50 folks.

The beauty of the Philippines
And then there are us Guys.

Joke of the Day