9/29/2012 (1607)

Elvin C. Haagenson
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Elvin C.S. Haagenson, age 99 of Dunseith, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in his home. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 A.M. in the peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be Sunday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.

Elvin Carlos Sigrud Haagenson, a son of Hans and Ida (Sorenson) Haagenson, was born on March 9, 1913 at the family farm Northwest of Dunseith. He was educated at the Beaver Dam Country School. Elvin was confirmed at the Rendahl Church of rural Dunseith. As a young man Elvin loved to play baseball, the “Turtle Mountain Boys”, would load up on Han’s “Model A” and challenge the prairie boys. He made sure his daughters followed his passion for the game. Elvin loved horses, especially the fastest horse around, “Skinny”. In his later years one of his great joys was following the track at Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA. During the depression years he served in the Unites States Conse4vsation Corps. On June 29, 1938 he was married to Dagne Amundson at Rolla. They sought work in various parts of the country but returned to the beauty of the Turtle Mountains. Elvin worked for the Rolette County Road Department for many years. He loved to farm and would check with his grandson to make sure the operation was up to par. Elvin love the woods and would cut two pickup loads of wood a day, bringing the loads from the hills to Dunseith until he was 82 years old. They retired and moved to Dunseith. Dagne passed away on January 19, 1984. Elvin has resided since

He was a member of the Rendahl Church. Elvin was very active in the community, volunteering at the Dunseith Bingo Barn. He was a member of the Dunseith Senior Citizen Center. Elvin most of all loved to play cards. He enjoyed his may friends at the Sky Dancer Casino. Elvin looked forward to the many visits of his grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. he loved hunting trapping, and fishing and where Dad went the girls went. Elvin though everyone should know how to pull a muskrat tail, shoot a buck and bait a hook. In recent years he enjoyed the comfort of his home, his favorite chair and the company of his caregivers, Deanna Beck and Kaylub and Layton Abbott.

He is survived by daughters, Cheryl Haagenson of Dunseith and Janet and her husband Bernd Sedlacek of Great Falls, MT; son-in-law, Orville Grenier of Rolette; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; caregivers, Deanna Beck and Kaylub and Layton Abbott.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Dagne; infant brother, Raymond and brother Willard; sister, Alice Christianson; and daughter Margaret Grenier.

Condolences to the Haagenson family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ
My condolences to Cheryl and all of the Haagenson family.  He lived a long and fruitful life!  Lynn Halvorson Otto
Dana Henriksen Johnson (’66)
Picture captured from face book
What a beautiful picture of Dana. She has not changed since High School.
Dana, Who is the good looking guy in the picture with you?
                      Dana Henriksen Johnson (’66)
Our new Garage in Cebu, Philippines
This new garage gives us access to our house from the road. Our house is directly behind the water tank to the left in the picture.
I have had two guys working on this for nearly 5 month now. Everything is done by hand. First they had to level the lot. The construction of the garage is nearly done. Next they will pour the cement floor, parking area, and driveway. All this cement will be mixed and poured by hand. I figure it will take 2 guys 3 weeks to mix and pour all 4,000 sq ft of cement. Then it will be the painting, doors and windows. I am the one doing the electrical, of coarse with the assistance of my helpers. Those garage doors are 10′ wide and 8′ high. The walls are 12′. The garage dimensions are 24′ x 60′. This garage is 100% cement with a steel roof.  It should be all complete by Christmas.

9/28/2012 (1606)

No blog yesterday
For the Record, I did not get a blog posted yesterday
  Happy Birthday Robin Olson (DHS ’79):  Walla Walla, WA
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Our Condolences are with all of Elvin’s family with his passing.
Elvin was a pioneer to the community, that is for sure. He will be missed.   
Don Wenstad (’66)
Reply from Jean Nickolas Miller (’66):  Glendale, AZ
    In response to Don Wenstad. Please share my thoughts and prayers for him. We were good friends when I worked at the San with him. He was and still is a good person. I have my own health issues and somewhat relate. Hope all goes well.
                                                                     Jean and Steve Miller
Happy birthday to the Fugere Twins
Message from Dennis (’56) and Peggy Sime (’60) Espe:  Dunseith, ND

Happy  Birthday to Diane and Debbie.
Glad to hear that Don Wenstad is doing better, and to get out in a couple of days will be great.
Dennis & Peggy Espe
Happy birthday to the Fugere Twins
Message from Jean Took Berger (’75):  Mandan, ND
Happy birthday you two little fugere twins
New Grandbaby
Picture/message from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):
HI Gary
I am excited to report that grandbaby #6 made his appearance on Sept. 17. Cooper weighed in at 8 lb 8 oz and 20 inches long. This makes #6 in 6 1/2 years. He was born to our youngest son Matt and his wife Jessica. We are so blessed.
Cheryl Larson Dakin
Congratulaions Cheryl. 
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Posted by Rose Mary Smith: Bottineau, ND


Several days ago as I left a meeting at a hotel; I desperately gave
myself a personal TSA pat down.
I was looking for my keys.  They were not in my pockets.  A quick search
in the meeting room revealed nothing.  Suddenly I realized I must have
left them in the car.  Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.
My husband has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the
ignition.  My theory is the ignition
is the best place not to lose them.  His theory is that the car will be
stolen.  As I burst through the door,
I came to a terrifying conclusion.  His theory was right.  The parking
lot was empty.  I immediately called
the police.  I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys
in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all, “Honey,” I stammered;(I
always call him “honey” in times like these.)
“I left my keys in the car and it’s been stolen.”  There was a period of
silence.  I thought the call had been
dropped, but then I heard his voice.  “Are you kiddin’ me”, he barked,
“I dropped you off”!!!!!!!  Now it was my
time to be silent.  Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.”  He
retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince
this cop I didn’t steal your car.”  Yep it’s the golden years… :-

9/26/2012 (1605)

Fugere Twins
Don Wenstad (’66)
Reply from Larry Millang (’66):  Bottineau, ND
Don Wenstad (’66)
Update from Pam Wenstad Pipitone (’78):  Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary,
         Its me again.  They took Donnie off the respirator last nite and he started talking right away. Probably to tell them to put it where the sun don’t shine.L.O.L. He did’nt like that thing down his throat. They also took all the tubes and whatever off and had him up and walking. Still in I.C.U. Be there untill he goes home in acouple of days if things keep inproving. Again thank you all for your prayers(finally got it right) and thoughts.
Thank you Pam for keeping us update. I am so glad to hear that Donnie is recovering well. Because of our close ages, Donnie and Arlan are the two siblings from your family that I remember the best. You gals were a little younger, but I do remember you guys too, with our many visits to your house. I remember sitting in your living room, numerous times, watching Gun Smoke, Sea Hunt and Combat. They were pretty popular TV shows back in those days.  Gary
Absentee ballets
We got our Absentee ballets the other day via Email. We have voted and the ballets are in the mail.
When we registered for overseas Absentee ballets, we were informed that for voting purposes our last residence in the USA would be our Home of Record for voting.   They did drop us from the Jury selection pool though. Not sure if they would pay the mileage from the Philippines to Bremerton if we did get selected. LOL.
Posting of the day
Posted by Vickie Bergan-Dietz (’82):   Princeton, MN

9/25/2012 (1604)

Don Wenstad (’66)

Reply from Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC
In response to Pam Wenstad Pipitone.  Please share with Don that our thoughts and prayers are with him.  The last time I saw him was at my sister Florence’s house about 15 years ago.  He was also one of my closest class mates in high school.  Since I have a few heart problems of my own, I can kind of identify with what he may be feeling.  Indeed, I’ve had more than my share of medical issues the last few years, but nothing makes one feel so helpless as when it involves the heart.  I pray the surgery goes well and he is soon up and around again.
Keith and Alice Pladson
Don Wenstad (’66)
Reply Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND

HI Gary-  thanks for your good work and time- I was wondering where Don is having his surgery and the address of the hospital-  He was a good friend to me at San Haven-  he ran the lab and we were just down the hall in the business office.–  regards-Lola

Don Wenstad (’66)
Reply from Jean Took Berger (’75): Mandan, ND
Message. To Donna Wenstad. I wish Don all the luck on the world today  please let us know how everything goes. He’s in my prayers. 
Don Wenstad (’66)
Update from Pam Wenstad Pipitone (’78): Dunseith, ND
Hi Everyone,
           Just to let you all know that Donnie came through the surgery fine. He had a double by pass. They took a vain out of his leg. Surgery took less time than they thought.He is still on the breathing  tube because he stops breathing when he falls to sleep. I hope this will pass. Thank You All for your preyers and please keep preying for a full recovery.
Dale and Jackie Pritchard’s first grandchild
Picture/message from Dale Pritchard (’63): pritchard@cebridge.net Leesville, LA
Gary,  This is our daughter, Dana, with our first grandchild, Elizabeth,
born Sep 19, 2012.  Elizabeth arrived by “C” Section at 9:42 AM, was 21
inches, and hit the scales at 10 lbs 14 Oz.  She has since lost about a
pound but is doing good.  Dana and Elizabeth were discharged from the
hospital Saturday afternoon, Sep 22nd.
Dale Pritchard
Joke of the Day
From my good Cebu Friend Michael Kenny
‘Bless me Father, for I have sinned.
I have been with a loose girl.’

The priest asks, ‘Is that you, little Joey Pagano?’

‘Yes, Father, it is.’

‘And who was the girl you were with?’
‘I can’t tell you, Father, I don’t want to ruin her reputation.’

‘Well, Joey, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you
May as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?’

‘I cannot say.’

‘Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?’

‘I’ll never tell.’

‘Was it Nina Capelli?’

! ‘I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.’

‘Was it Cathy Piriano?’

‘My lips are sealed.’

‘Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?’

‘Please, Father, I cannot tell you.’

The priest sighs in frustration. ‘You’re very tight lipped,
And I admire that.  But you’ve sinned and have to
Atone. You cannot be an altar boy now
For 4 months. Now you go and
Behave yourself.’

Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and
Whispers, ‘What’d you get?’

‘Four months vacation and five good leads…’


9/24/2012 (1603)

Donnie Wenstad (’66) is scheduled to have open heart Surgery
Message from Pam Wenstad Pipitone (’78):  Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary,
      I would like to let everyone know that our brother Donnie is sheduled to have open heart surgery on Monday. He has been in the Minot hospital over the weekend because he has a pump to help his heart beat as only half of his heart is working. They call this heart  condition ” the widow maker”.
     Donnie and Debbie are the back bone of our family. When I moved back to the area it  was they that were my support system. Donnie was always there to help.
     Growing up it was Donnie I went to with my problems. He has always been the strong one. I am asking that everyone send prayers to him at his and our time of need. It would be greatly appreciated.  Thank You All,
Birthday Reply
From LaVerne Rude (BHS ’63):  Vancouver, WA
Hi and thanks. You are 100% on the initials and I guess the age is no secret either, 67.  LaVerne
You were up kind of early on your birthday too. I received your message at 4:42 AM your time.  I’ll bet you just wanted to have a very full day of your birthday.  Did Carrole take you out for breakfast? Denny’s has a great Grand Slam that I like any day of the year. Looking at your slim fit profile, I don’t think you consume many Grand Slam’s.
DuWayne Lang
Spelling Error correction.
I do know the correct spelling of Lang, but spelled DuWayne Lang’s name wrong with an added “e” on the end, not once but twice. So sorry DuWayne for that error
Folks, please don’t hesitate to point out these errors that I make of which I know are many.
Endeavour cruising majestically over Santa Barbara yesterday, Friday, September 21st.
Picture posted by Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (’65): Irvine, CA
Hi Gary
A friend took these in Santa Barbara but the Grand kids saw the fly over from our neighborhood school.

Subject: Last flight of the Soace Shuttle Endeavour, low and slow!   From a friend of mine
This picture, taken at our monthly Cebu Expat dinner last Thursday, is just too nice not to share. I suggested that they frame this one.
Conchita spent many years of her life in the USA. Her husband passed away several years ago. Emelyn’s partner Steve, an American, is currently back in the states on a business trip.  
                      Conchita and Emelyn (Peach)
Joke of the day
Posted by our good Cebu Irish friend, Michael Kenny, from Ireland and England
Retired Drinker

Four old retired guys are walking down a street in London . They turn a corner and see a sign that says, “Old Timers Bar – ALL drinks 10p.”
They look at each other and then go in thinking this is too good to  be true. The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the
room, “Come on in and let me pour one for you! What’ll it be, gentlemen?”

There’s a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini.  In no time the bartender serves up four iced martinis—shaken, not
 stirred—and says, “That’ll be 10p each, please.”

 The four guys stare at the bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can’t believe their good luck. They pay the 40p, finish their
  martinis, and order another round.

   Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the bartender again  saying, “That’s 40p, please.” They pay the 40p, but their
   curiosity  gets the better of them. They’ve each had two martinis and haven’t even spent a £1 yet.

  Finally one of them says, “How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a 10p a piece?”

  “I’m a retired tailor,” the bartender says, “and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery Jackpot for £25 million and
   decided to open this place. Every drink costs 10p. wine, liquor,  beer,  it’s all the same – but it’s only open to retired people.”

    “Wow! That’s some story!” one of the men says.

    As the four of them sip at their martinis, they can’t help noticing seven other people at the end of the bar who don’t have any drinks
    in front of them and haven’t ordered anything the whole time they’ve  been  there. Nodding at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men
     asks  the bartender, “What’s with them?”

    The bartender says, “They’re retired people from Scotland. They’re waiting for Happy Hour when drinks are half price !


9/23/2012 (1602)

LaVerne and Carrole Rude:
Seeing the initials in your email address below, the lights came on.  I believe I remember you middle names.
LaVerne Dale Rude
Carrole Jean Fauske
I’ll bet I am not the only one that remembers that either. I am 100% sure about Dale and 85% sure about Jean.
                    Happy Birthday LaVerne Rude:  Vancouver, WA
Hiatt relative pictures
Reply from Florence Hiatt Dahl (’50):  Anchorage, AK
Gary,  I’m sending pictures of my family on your blog to my son , who is pilot for some prvate jet owners in Oman..  He assures me they are safe.  The people are friendly and have  work ethics.   And they prefer America or candian pilots.   By the way, I just spent 6 days in North Dakota and made the error of bragging that we don’t have winds in Anchorage- like N.D.    The night we flew back  to Alaska, we had gusts of   up to 100 miles an hour.   We flew on to Faibanks- where we sat for over 2 hours.   Won’t brag again…….
DuWayne Lange (’57) (Picture posted yesterday) is very much related to your son. With you and Charlotte Hiatt Lange Being sisters that would make your son a first cousin to DuWayne. That was a great picture of DuWayne too. It has been 50 plus years since I have seen DuWayne.
I have posted another one of your Nephews below too.  Another great picture of Brian and Deb Fauske. Brian doesn’t look a day over 40 either, but we all know that the most of the class of 70 folks reached their 60 year milestone this year too. It must be that Fauske/Hiatt blood line.
Turtle Mountain Scenic Picture
Posted By Mel Kuhn (’70): St. John, ND
A couple years ago Kenny Nerpal posted a picture of this old barn up on Hwy 43. I can’t seem to find the original picture. It’s located at the old Sonny Berginski farm. The last few winters have not been good to it. It’s starting to show its age-kind of like that Larry Hackman. Am I catching up yet Larry-I think I’m still a few behind you and Dick. Winter’s coming on and there’ll be more time for telling of tall tales and for the stretching of a few truths.
Mel Kuhn
I have also reposted Kenny’s picture that he posted with message 904 on 9/3/2010. Comparing the two pictures, you can sure tell that it has been a dry year, this year, in the Turtle mountains. Thank you so much for posting.
Posted by Kenny Nerpel with message  904 on 9/3/2010
Walter and Julia Johnson Hiatt descendants
Picture posted by Jacqueline Hiatt (79):  
I noticed this picture, also posted with message 904 on 9/3/2010, when I was searching for Kenny Nerpel’s scenic barn picture above.  With a few added folks and added dialog too, since this picture was last posted, I feel it is due for another posting.
Thank you Jacqueline for sharing this wonderful photo.
Joke of the day
Posted by Wally Garbe (Neola’s husband)

A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church

services, when she was startled by an intruder.


She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and

yelled: ‘Stop! Acts 2:38!’ (Repent and be Baptized, in the name of

Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.)


The burglar stopped in  his tracks. The woman calmly called the police

and explained what she had done.


As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar:

‘Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a

scripture to you.’


‘Scripture?’ replied the burglar. ‘She said she had an Ax and Two 38s!’


Send this to someone who needs a laugh today and remember. Knowing

scripture can save your life – in more ways than one!


In God we trust

9/22/2012 (1601)

For the record, I did not get a blog posted yesterday
Happy Birthday Janet Houle: Kensington, MN
Neola’s Caramels
Request from Erling Landsverk (’44):  King, WS
Hi Gary:
We Had ice on the bird bath this A M.  I don’t suppose you folks have much frozen water anywhere in Cebu.  At least I surely didn’t  notice any when I was there in “45”.
Bet you don’t miss the frozen fingers and toes though. However, that is not why I have broken the long silence from Wisconsin.  We are going to visit our daughter Amy in Savanah, Ga. at Christmas and I thought it would be nice to bring her some of Neola’s  famous candy.  How do I get a list of those confections and get an order in before someone beats me to the punch.  So, my thought was to go to the top honcho and make a request from someone who has a good working relationship with the producer of this sought after delight.
Please elaborate at your convenience Gary, or should I say Old Neighbor.
Kindest Regards
Yes, Neola does make good Caramels. I have forwarded this message with your contact info to her.
I do miss the cold, but when we experienced a little snow and some cold frosty mornings this past winter/spring in the Seattle area, the warm temperate climate of Cebu is nice. I didn’t have any gloves, so pushing a luggage rack with metal pipe bars that was all frosty from sitting outside was kind of cold on the hands.
                            Duwayne (’57) and Linda Lange
The Beautiful Turtle Mountains
Posted by Glenore Larson Gross: Bottineau, ND
Our monthly Expat Dinner in Cebu.
This is one of two tables of our group. There were 38 folks that turned up at this months dinner.
Following dinner, about 30 of us went to Slanders, a night club, so the gals and a few guys too,
could do some dancing.
Joke of the day
Posted by Wally Garbe, Neola’s husband
One night a nurse was making her rounds in a nursing home. While
walking down the hall, she came across an open door.


She looked in and saw old Frank sitting up in bed pretending to drive.


She then asked, ‘Frank, what are you doing?’ He replied, ‘I’m driving
to Toronto.’ The nurse smiled at him and carried on making her

The next night as she walked past Franks room she saw the same

Again she asked, ‘Frank, what are you doing?’ He replied, ‘I’m
driving to Toronto, it’s a two day trip you know!’ The nurse
smiled  at him and carried on making her rounds.

Five minutes later she came across another open door and looked
She saw Bill pretending to dance with someone. She then asked,
‘Bill,  what are you doing?’ Bill replied, ‘I’m dancing with Franks wife,
he’s gone to Toronto for a couple of days…’.


9/20/2012 (1600)

Happy Birthday Henry Hackman (’65): Mandan, ND
Birthday Greetings from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
Henry turned 66 today.
You know he as always been a wannabe. 
You know wanting to be a sexty sexter like the class of 66.
I don’t blame you guys though.  There were some that took extraordinary measures to graduate with class of 1966. 
Like Lorna Abby who took off years from school
and then came back in 1966,  just so she could graduate with the class of 1966.
You know my class (class of 66) have been sexty sexters since we graduated in 1966.
Its too bad you guys had to to wait so long, you know, get gray, loose some hair,
just to become a sexty sexer.
Now that your class has finally made it,  hang onto it as long as you can
I think you should be able to hang onto it for at least a year, if you are lucky.
I don’t think it gets much better than this for you guys, that didn’t graduate  sexty sexers?
Oh Ya; this is about Henry?
Happy Birthday big brother.
Del Larson:
Request from Richard Larson:  Seattle, WA
Gary—Would you please add my brother Del to your distribution list.  He is another product of the Turtle Mts now living in Bullhead City, AZ.  His address is shown above in the cc.
Richard,  It is my pleasure to add Del to our distribution.  Thanks, Gary
Jay Ovitt
Reply from Sue (Gary ’57) Metcalfe: Forsyth, MO
Hi Gary, I am writing in reply to Sharon Zorn Gerdes question about Jay Ovitt. Jay and his wife Brenda live in Fairbault, Mn. Yes, Jay’s mother was my Aunt Mary. Sue
Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Sometimes women have to be more specific I guess!!!

The wife left a note on the fridge:

·”It’s not working, I can’t take it anymore! Gone to stay at my Mother’s!”

I opened the fridge, the light came on and the beer was cold. I have no idea what in the hell she was talking about…………the fridge works fine.

WOMEN, who can understand them?


9/19/2012 (1599)

Folks,  For the record, I did not get a blog posted yesterday.  Gary
Happy Birthday Joanne Millang Bernstein (DHS ’70): Bottineau, ND
Happy Birthday Jackie Peterson Hanson: St. John, ND
  Happy Birthday Julie Bullinger Knutson: Bottineau, ND
Email address Change
For Doreen Bailey: @gmail.com Tempe, AZ
My other Email address is down. Please use @gmail.com  
Thanks for keeping me on the mailing list, I still enjoy the news from ND.  It’s my few moments of time with “Vance” each day.   Doreen Bailey 
Joke for the day:
Posted by Trish Larson Clayburgh (’73):  Portola Valley, CA

Told at the bedside of a Stanford patient by one of our ER Docs to try to cheer her up. Spoken with an Irish brogue for best effect.
A devout Irishman was having a hard time trying to find a place to park near the pub.  He had circled the block again and again to no avail. He finally burst into prayer, yelling:  “Lord!  If you will help me find a place to park, I will gladly give up me tipple!”

Suddenly, a car pulled out, leaving a place to park right in front of the pub.

The drunk yelled out, “Oh never mind!  I just found one!”
Trish Clayburgh

9/17/2012 (1598)

Folks, I got mixed up with blog numbers yesterday. Yesterday’s blog should have been number 1597, not 1596.
Question – JA Ovitt
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO
Just have a question- maybe Sue Metcalfe would know- does anyone know of a guy named JA Ovitt- or maybe it is Jay Ovitt- I think his moms name was Mary but am not sure of that.  Thanks  Sharon Zorn Gerdes
Laurel Hiatt’s Benefit – What time on Saturday?
Qustion from Ele Dietrich Slyter (’69):  Dunseith, ND
What time does the benefit start for Laurel?  Either I missed it or it hasn’t been posted…thank you.
Reply from Jean Took Berger (’75):  Mandan, ND
Love the joke of the day
Photo taken at the Petterson, Kofoid & Hovland Reunion several years ago.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Note: Audrey’s dad, Bert, was a brother to Frances Morinville and her mother Olga was a sister to my dad, Bob Stokes. Neola is a 2nd cousin to Audrey and me.   Gary
Neola Kofoid Garbe and Audrey Hanson Aitchison
From the Achieves – Filipina Charm
We are excited for Rose and Art Hagen’s return to Cebu, in November, for the winter months. Rose is currently visiting friends in Virginia Beach, VA. Last week she was in Las Vegas visiting friends too. She will be returning to Bottineau in a week or so. One thing for certain, Art can leave all his winter gear in Bottineau when coming here.   Gary 

9/16/2012 (1597)

Reply from Sue (Gary) Metcalfe:  Forsyth, MO 

Hi Gary, that was a great picture of Gary and Murl….she is such a beautiful person both inside and no doubt about outside! What a fun spirit she has, no hesitation when Gary ask if she wanted a ride! We did not ride the bike up, pulled it on a trailer behind the motor home. The weather was absolutely fabulous to make good use of the bike to look over the Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe, Turtle Mts. and Dunseith areas.
We also enjoyed visits with my cousin, Rod Ovitt, Norman and Shirley Vandal and Don and Sharon Nelson. It is always so much fun to touch base on home territory and reconnect. Another wonderful surprise this visit was NO MOSQUITOES. That was such a plus because we were outdoors much of the time. Sue

Annette Casavant Boucher’s Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Casavant family siblings
  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone
1 Casavant Boucher Bernadette   Dickinson, ND (701) 483-3675   Willow City
2 Casavant Paul   West Fargo, ND (701) 541-3384    
3 Casvant Marchand Yvonne   Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 214-2997    
4 Casavant Boucher Annette   Minot, ND (701) 871-2123 No email address 61
5 Casavant Aamodt Lorette 512  4th St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-2301 No email address 61
6 Casavant Joseph PO Box 31 Lester Prairie, MN 55354 (320) 395-2016   65
7 Casavant Rene 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck ND 58504 701) 391-9177    65
8 Casavant Aime 1001 Ninth St SW Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-3693   66
9 Casavant Gerald 804 6th Ave SE Jamestown, ND 58402 (701) 952-4500      C 701-320-0478   66
10 Casavant-Boucher Mary Ann RR # 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3723   67
11 Casavant Aggie  382 Sweetgum Dr Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-389-2368   69
12 Casavant Eddie 1112 Portland #303 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 400-5808 No email address 71
13 Casavant Robert 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 220-7575 No email address 71
14 Casavant James 1526 Sixth Ave NE Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-1292   73
15 Casavant Ellingson Kathy 1223 Portland Dr Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 223-2899 C(701) 400-4706   74
16 Casavant Halvorson Carolee 403 W Avenue F Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 224-0955   75
                                      Darrell Fugere Family – 2010
Pastor Grudt
Pastor Grudt should being back a lot of memories for many of you folks. I was confirmed by Pastor Grudt in 1961. I then became a member of Salem Lutheran church.
I will always remember him giving me the eagle eye when I should have had my head bowed for the benediction.  He was a great pastor, respected and well liked.
         Pastor Grudt – Metigoshe Lutheran churches – Late 50’s – Early 60’s
Dunseith News
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Hi Gary,
I’m being nosey. :) I see Susie Millang was a guest at the Seier cabin at Long Lake.  I’m wondering if it was at the John/Phyllis Seier cabin.  Their daughter, Emily, was my student years ago–maybe 15/20 years, or so.  At that time, Phyllis volunteered at our school (Bel Air); she “put in” MANY hours at Bel Air.
Joke of the day
Posted by David Fugere: revdj@hotmail.com Dunseith, ND

9/14/2012 (1596)

Laurel Hiatt Benefit on Sept. 20nd at the Midway bar on Highway #5
Message Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
I just had a great visit with Dawn Gregory Allard.  There is going to be a live auction (Rod Hiatt) at Laurel’s benefit. :)  I was happy to hear this; I will be donating a variety of caramels for the benefit–some made with regular sugar/some with Splenda.  The flavors will probably be plain, plain w/nuts, chocolate w/nuts, raspberry/chocolate and licorice.
You make the best caramels. The problem is I can not eat just one, but  the whole package in one setting.
Seeing Dawn Gregory Allard’s name brings back lots of memories with her witnessing my folks at the Bottineau Bowl for many years. For a number of years my folks ate all of their suppers at the Bowl and on week-ends, their dinners too.  Dawn was one of dad’s favorite persons. She knew exactly what and how he wanted his food prepared too with one of them being burnt toast. Dawn’s dad, George Gregory was one of the best road grader operators too.  He operated the Rolette County grader for lots of years.
Gary Metcalfe (’57) and Murl Watkins Hill (’50)
Picture posted by Patti Metcalfe Woods (’67):  Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary,
These pictures were taken at Jim and Cheri Evans’ gathering at their farm the day after their son David and Kyleigh Monson’s wedding .  Cheri Evans is my niece. My brother Jim’s daughter.
Do you recognize Murl Hill getting a ride on Gary Metcalfe’s motorcycle.  She is always such a fun person and
a good sport!
Great picture of both Murl and Gary.  Did Gary ride his motorcycle up from Missouri? 
What a beautiful Picture Lindy. Thanks for posting.
Who is that beautiful young lady between you and your mother?
             Lindy (Arlinda) (’69) ???? and Eleanore Hiatt Fauske
Joke of the day
Posted by Shelley Sime Fossen (’86):  Jamestown, ND

9/13/2012 (1595)

Laurel Hiatt Benefit
Message from Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN

As some of you know, Laurel Hiatt is going through a battle with cancer. They are having a fund raiser on September, 22 at the Midway bar. I encourage all of you to show your support of this endeavor by sending a check to help out our classmate in this tough time. I especially encourage the class of 1963 to step forward for Laurel at this time. You may send your contribution to: Larry Allard                Any thing you can do will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much.                                                                                     

9640 23rd Ave N.E.                                 

Dunseith,ND 58329                                                                                                                        PH # 710-228-3723

Duane Fugere
Reply from Debbie Fugere Fauske (’75):  Minot, ND
I’ll pass on Bill Hosmer’s greetings to dad.  And thank you, Bill, for the kind remarks about our “clan”. Dad is now living in a private assisted living facility here in Minot.  If anyone is interested in sending a note or calling him, I know he’d love it. This wonderful man never complains, but I’m sure the days get long. 
Address: 1608 16th St NW Minot
Phone: 701-201-0545
Thank you, Gary.
Debbie Fauske

Fugere/Hill school buses

Reply from Paula Fassett (’71):   North Branch, MN


I, too, enjoyed seeing the photo of the Duane Fugere family.  Just recently there was a story on the local AM news of a school bus somewhere here in the Twin Cities that somehow got mis-routed and dropped some small children off at the wrong locations.  Kids were scared and parents were frantic.  I thought to myself, that would NEVER have happened with a Fugere/Hill school bus!!!

Paula Fassett

        Wilma Fugere Evans Family at the Fugere Reunion in Minot – 2012

                                   Elwood Fauske and Rod Hiatt (’69)


Joke of the day
This one is priceless. A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong
email address!!
A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a
particularly icywinter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their
honeymoon 20 years earlier.Because of hectic schedules, it was
difficult to coordinate their travel schedules.
So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with
his wife flyingdown the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room,
so he decided tosend an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one
letter in her email address,and without realizing his error, sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from
her husband’sfuneral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a
heart attack.

The widow decided to check her e-mail expecting messages from
relatives and friends. Afterreading the first message, she screamed and fainted.The widow’s son
rushed into the room,found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: July 19, 2010

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now
and you areallowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have
been checked in.
I’ve seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
Looking forwardto seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!


9/11/2012 (1594)

For the Record
I did not get a blog posted this morning, Filipino time.  It is now 10:00 PM Tuesday, so I am going to post today’s blog now, however I will not be posting one tomorrow.
Have a good day everyone. I will be thinking about you in my dreams.
Happy Birthday Cecilia Berube Reynolds (DHS ’65): Minot, ND
  Happy Birthday Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

Condolences to the Casavant, Fugere, Peterson and Mellmer families
From Rhonda Hiatt (’75):  Battle Ground, WA
My Condolences to the Peterson, Fugere, Casavant, Mellmer, and Lagerquist families for their loved ones recent passing. Whether young or old, it is so sad to see.
Our family spent alot of time with the Mellmers when they lived in Dunseith and many good memories came flooding back when I heard about Vi. With all of these people, Heaven is truly getting some special angels.
Rhonda Hiatt (75) 
Condolences to the Casavant and Mellmer families
From Jean Tooke Burger (75):  Mandan, ND
My condolences goes out to the Casavant and Mellmer families.
Condolences to the Casavant and Mellmer families
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

      My sincere condolences to the extended Casavant and Mellmer
families on their losses of their loved ones.


Condolences to the Terry Fugere Family
From Trish Larson Clayburgh (’73):  Portola Valley, CA
To Terry Fugere and family, my heart goes out to you in this time of devastating sorrow.  I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss.

Trish Clayburgh

Duane Fugere
Reply from Bill Hosmer (’48):   Tucson, AZ
Gary, It was wonderful to see Duane Fugere and his clan in the 2012 picture. I enjoyed his companionship on the Dunseith Golf Course for about 25 years while I was reveling in living in the
North Dakota summers at Lake Metigoshe.  I’m sure the clan that the Fugeres made possible will continue to benefit our state and country because of the high standards of citizenship and community loyalty they exemplified.  I was in ND this year  a short time to visit and see the friends and relatives at the lake.  I sold my property  and will miss my marvelous summers in the “Hills of Home”.  So it is.  I hope Donna and the beautiful array of offspring remind my friend Duane how much I enjoyed the laughs, bad golf shots I made, and friendship he gave me all those remarkable years.   Thanks you, Gary, and Thank you, Duane. Bill Hosmer
Dennis and Peggy Espe
Reply from Ardys (Teacher):  Detroit Lakes, MN
Thanks for including a photo of Dennis and Peggy Espe, they are looking great…so nice to see faces of people I worked with and knew long

ago.  Ardys Horner, Detroit Lakes

9/10/2012 (1593)

Condolences to Annette Casavant Boucher’s family

From Merlye Hoopman (’74):  Prescott, WI
Hello Kathy, my goodness it has been a long-time since we have spoke, our graduation in “74.”  I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your sister, my condolences to you and the family. Please take care of yourself, our prays are with you.Meryle Hoopman


Condolences to Annette Casavant Boucher’s family
From Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI
My deepest sympathy.  Annette was a wonderful person — but that trait runs in the family.  My heart goes out to you all.
Connie (’68), Jim (’72), Patti (’76) & Lynette Mellmer’s mother, Viola, Passed away 

Memorial for Viola M. Mellmer

Born in New England, ND on Nov. 21, 1932
Departed on Sep. 6, 2012 and resided in Bismarck, ND.
Visitation: Monday, Sep. 10, 2012
Service: Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012
Cemetery: St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
Viola M. Mellmer, 79, Bismarck, died September 6, 2012, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 AM at Church of Corpus Christi in Bismarck with Rev. Paul Becker officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New England.

Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a Rosary service will begin at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Viola was born November 21, 1932, in New England, ND, the daughter of Casper and Mary (Wandler) Wanner. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Viola met Peter Mellmer Jr. at a dance where she played piano accompanying her dad on the accordion. Peter played saxophone. They were married on January 11, 1949. They lived on the family farm for one year, and then moved to Dunseith, ND, as owners of the Dakota Hotel for 20 years. She worked at San Haven State Hospital as a nurse’s aide for two years. In 1972 Peter and Viola moved to Bismarck, where she had several retail positions at Lund Jewelry, Penney’s, and finally at Target, where she retired after 15 years as price change supervisor.

Viola was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary for 40 years and spent many hours donating her time there. She received the 2002 Dakota State Auxiliary “Woman of the Year Award”. She was an excellent cook, and enjoyed baking, dancing and listening to old-time music.

She is survived by their children, Connie Krusinski, Chicago, IL, Jim (Donna) Mellmer, Mandan, Patti (Tom) Weisbeck, Bismarck, and Lynette (Bob) Norbeck, Bismarck; one sister, Loretta Svihovec, Dickinson; two brothers, Lester Wanner, Dickinson, and Roger (Jane) Wanner, Reno, NV; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Camie) Krusinski, Chicago, Bob (Kim) Krusinski, Denver, CO, Tom Krusinski and Debbie Krusinski, Chicago, Lindsey Norbeck, Fargo, Erin (Jere) Heide, Osmond, NE, Jason Mellmer, Fargo, and Parker Weisbeck, Bismarck. She also leaves five great-grandchildren.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; her parents; her brothers-in-law, Gary Svihovec and Andy Rettinger; and her son-in-law, Ted Krusinski.

Our Condolences are with Viola’s family with her passing. She was such a young lady too.  Gary
Clarence Lee is Debby (Darrel) Stokes’ Brother.
I was so saddened to hear of Clarence’s passing. He was one of the nicest most compassionate guys you’d ever meet.  Clarence and Gail were/are great folks. With each of our trips back to the area they’d always take us on a for an afternoon ride, on their pontoon, all around Lake Metigoshe.
Gail is related to Ann Marie Boppre Perry (’72) too. I think Ann Marie’s mother, Eloise, and Gail are cousins.
Our sincere condolences are with Clarence’s entire family. He will be missed.
Posting of the day
From Don Aird (Carroll Carlson’s Nephew):  St Louis, MO

Building Annie’s House

Volunteers descend on Bottineau to build new adaptive ski lodge

September 9, 2012
By DAN FELDNER – Staff Writer, Minot Daily News

Don’s Comments

Bottineau, ND is where I was born.  It’s a very small town on the Canadian border in central North Dakota.  After 9/11 then sent assistance like most of America.  My cousin Dan Aird will be playing the bagpipes at the ceremony they are holding today.

9/9/2012 (1592)

Annette Casavant Boucher (‘DHS ’60) passed away
Message form Kathy Casavant Ellingson (’74):  Bismarck, ND
Gary, Our sister Annette Casavant Boucher passed away last night in Bismarck, from a massive heart attack last Monday. She never regained consciousness. She was a twin to Lorette Casavant Aamodt.
I am so sad to hear of Annette’s passing. She is the first of you 16 Casavant siblings to pass on too.
Our condolences are with all of you with here passing.
PS – We’d love a picture of all of you Casavant siblings together too.


Trip to the Turtle Mountains

Reply from  Geri Metcalfe Munro (’59):  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary—We made a trip “up home” to the Turtle Mts over Labor Day weekend, Friday night was the wedding of Cheri and Jim Evans’ son, David and Kyleigh Monson, then the picnic at Cheri and Jim’s home with all of our Metcalfe siblimgs, the Evans’ and the Berube families.  What a wonderful time we had.  Then, on Sunday a picnic at my sis, Patti and Jack Woods, at the Metcalfe farm at the border—after touring Rabbit City Lake, where our grandparents had homesteaded, we stopped at Dale’s Cafe in Dunseith and enjoyed a “Jumbo Dale
Hamburger (we used to call it a Dales’s Special) in the olden days —in the late 50’s.  We used to go to Herman’s Snow White Bakery and get a Bismarck for 10 cents or 3/25 cents.  The Dale’s Special was as we had remembered it—we don’t like a lot of “stuff” piled way high, but this was terrific!!  It was fun to see the picture oof Jimmy Evans and daughter, Diane—hope they send out more pictures——–it was a beautiful wedding at the Christian Center…….
Geri and Chuck Munro

Qustion, is Kyleigh related to Sandy Monson Gottbreht?  Gary


Message from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


I think I need to get with Mel Kuhn to find what is safe to do when a wife is gone.  From what I’ve read, I would probably be in more trouble.  Jackie left yesterday morning headed for Ashburn, VA (western DC area) to greet our first grandchild when “she” arrives sometime this month.  There is a “C” Section scheduled for Sep 19th but it’s looking like it may be earlier.  Jackie made 560 miles yesterday and 720 today for 1,280 total and got there tonight about 11:30 PM their time.  She was antsy about making that drive herself but she gets pretty determined when her mind is made up.  Our son, Wayne, and I will be driving the other car up next month to see the baby then we’ll be giving the first car to our daughter and son-in-law and coming back together.  We have a couple places and people we would like to see in NC while we’re in that area.  Pictures later!

Dale Pritchard

It is a small world – Barbeque at Elma Severson’s: Bottineau, ND
When Rose posted this picture, I instantly recognized Marlene Reing, the gal on the far right. Marlene is a sister to Debby (Darrel) Stokes. When I mentioned this to Rose, she replied and said that was indeed Marlene. Marlene and Oliver Reing live next door to Elma Severson. Marlene and Ollie were on our Caribbean cruise this past February too. Their daughter, Marlee Ray is married to Jim Fulsebakke. They too were on the cruise.
Elma Severson and Flora Carlson are from this part of the Philippines too. Rose has become pretty good friends with each of these gals too. I am sure that many of you know  Elma and Flora. Elma is a teacher at the college.  Flora works at Good Sam.  
 Rose Hohl, Art Hagen, Elma Severson, Flora Carlson & Marlene Reing
Dale Fugere Family in Minot – 2012
Phyllis M. Thiefoe
(December 4, 1959 – August 30, 2012)

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Funeral services for Phyllis M. Thiefoe, age 52 of Dunseith, were held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial was in the St. Sylvan’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Officiating at the service was the Reverend David Hayes. Special music was provided. Readers were Sandra Belgarde and Maria Martin. Casket bearers were Peter LaVallie Jr., Lance E. Nadeau Sr., Lance E. Nadeau Sr., Jacob L. Nadeau, Gary Roy Thiefoe, Mary Jane Nadeau, Joni Marie LaVallie and Shayann Marie LaVallie. Honorary bearers were all family and friends in attendance.

Phyllis Marie Thiefoe, a daughter of Wallace and Mary Jane (St. Claire) Thiefoe, was born at Belcourt on December 4, 1959. She was reared and attended school in the Dunseith area, finishing her education in Mandan. After her education, she returned to the Dunseith area. In 1983 she was married to Peter LaVallie at Dunseith. This marriage later ended. She has resided in Dunseith since.

She enjoyed going to the Casino. Phyllis loved Sundays when she would play cards, bongo and Yahtzee. She enjoyed being around her grandchildren and spending time with friends. Phyllis was a strong and independent woman who everyone looked up to.

Phyllis passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2012 in a Dunseith nursing home.

She is survived by her life long partner Peter A. LaVallie of Dunseith; children, Mary Jane (Lance) Nadeau, Joni M LaVallie and Peter LaVallie Jr. all of Dunseith; her adopted son, Michael Lee Demery of Dunseith; grandchildren, Shyann M. LaVallie, Lance Nadeau Jr., Vance E. Nadeau Vincent J. Peltier and Jo Marie P. LaVallie all of Dunseith; sisters, Janice Thiefoe and Cathy Thiefoe both of Dunseith; brothers, Bobbie Thiefoe, Gary Thiefoe and Kevin Beston all of Dunseith; half brothers Francis (Sherry) Belgarde, Geraldine(Gordon) Monoz, Karen (Terry) Davis, Natalie (David) Grant, Duane (Sheila) Belgarde, Betty(Jeff) Carbonneau, Sandra R. Belgarde and Gail (Tom) Krause all of Dunseith; a god child, Janell Rae Thiefoe; many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Connie Thiefoe-Demery, Roxanne Thiefoe and Sharon Henry; a niece Tanya Rae Thiefoe.



8/8/2012 (1591)

Fundraiser for Laurel Hiatt (’63)
Saturday, September 22nd
Posted by Dale Evans:  Algona, WA

Hi Gary – didn’t know if you have heard, there is an Auction / Fundraiser for Laurel Hiatt – Saturday 22nd, at Midway, proceeds to cover his medical expenses, etc.

Would you mind posting something on your blog – you reach more people than I ever could.
For laurel Hiatt, Fighting cancer all proceeds from ticket sales and auctions will go to help defray medical costs, please come, please donate what ever you can, we will have food, door prizes and you can by tickets to win at the drawing for two hand made beautiful quilts, this man has been an honorable person in the community for his whole life, its time we helped show our appreciation!

Thanks Gary!

Condolences to Susan and Terry Fugere
From Lois Tweten:   Helena, Mt
My deepest sympathy goes out to you Terry Fugere and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son! I just can’t imagine how hurrful it would be to loose a child.
Lois Tweten,  Helena MT
Condolences to Susan and Terry Fugere
From Jeanie Took Berger (’75):    Mandan, ND
My deepest sympathy goes out to Terry Fugere and family,I am so sorry to hear about your loss
Jeanie (Tooke) Berger
Shepherd’s Hill at Crossroad’s, St. John:  quilt, craft Culinary Arts Acution and Open House
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
Is this something you can include in tonight’s newsletter?  Crossroads is a Missouri Synod Camp near St. John.  They can use the publicity.
Quilt, Craft and Culinary Arts Auction and Open House
September 8, 2012
The Open House starts at 1 pm and the Auction begins at 2 pm. Join us for a fun day of fellowship and helping the camp to continue to exist. That’s right – it’s a fund-raiser and we need you to come help us out. People from all around the State have donated quilts, craft items and delectable baked goods to be auctioned off. We don’t look for bargains at this auction – we come to make a major donation and get to take some awesome items home as a result. Shop for that special wedding coming up – or that new grandchild – or buy some goodies to share with the neighbors and help a camp for kids in the process.
                                      Floyd and Carmen Richard
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot & Bottineau, ND
Joke of the day
Posted by Bernice Belgard (’72):  Bemidji, MN
 Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman.

 The Bank Manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

Dear Sir:

 I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.

 By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it..

 I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years.

 You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

 My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, — when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

 From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.

 My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

 Be aware that it is an OFFENSE under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

 Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete.

 I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.

 Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

 In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.

 I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

 As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 Let me level the playing field even further.

 When you call me, press buttons as follows:


 #1. To make an appointment to see me

 #2. To query a missing payment.

 #3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

 #4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.

 #5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

 #6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.

 #7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required.

 Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.

 #8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

 #9. To make a general complaint or inquiry.

 The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

 #10. This is a second reminder to press* for English.

 While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

 Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

 May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?

 Your Humble Client

 And remember: Don’t make old People mad.

 We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.


8/7/2012 (1590)

Condolences to Susan and Terry Fugere
From Jean Took Berger (’75):  Mandan, ND
My deepest sympathy goes out to Terry Fugere and family,I am so sorry to hear about your loss
Jeanie (Tooke) Berger
Condolences to Susan and Terry Fugere
From Lynette Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ
My sincere condolences  to Terry and Susan Fugere and family on the tragic loss of their son Cote.  I cannot imagine your pain and sorrow.  God be with you during this difficult time.  Lynette Halvorson Otto and family
Lagerquist Relationships
Reply from Evon Lagerquist (’77):  Dunseith, ND
Shirley was married to Ralph Lagerquist, son of George, my dad’s brother. David, Steve, Polly, & Patty are their children. Shirley was a Peterson before she & Ralph were married.
Thanks Evon,
So Shirley is a sister to  Jack, Bill, Duane, Vida Hiatt, and the rest of the Peterson siblings.
Edna Lagerquist Woodford was a sister to your dad and George too.
The Ralph and Shirley Peterson Lagerquist family has many relatives among so many of you readers out there.
Thanks again Evon for this explanation. I have included Polly’s Obituary below.
Lagerquist Relationships
Reply from Dale Evans: Algona, WA
Hi Gary,

Not exactly sure of the Lagerquist lineage –

All I know is Shirley (Peterson) Lagerquist is the widow of Ralph Lagerquist

David / Steven / Polly and Patti are their children


Polly Joy Lagerquist

Feb. 8, 1957-Sept. 2, 2012

September 5, 2012
Minot Daily News
Polly Joy Lagerquist died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, surrounded by friends and family after short, courageous fight with cancer.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1957, to Ralph and Shirley Lagerquist, and raised in Rugby.

Family, friends, pets and work were very important to her. She was a very talented computer programmer, an avid reader, a seasoned traveler, and loved being on the water jet skiing with friends and family.
Polly is survived by her mom, Shirley; Dave and Karen, Blake and Ben; Steve and Kim, Tyler Carissa, Coy and Kyah, Travis, Jennifer, Acelynn and Finley and Jackson; Patti and Kevan, Kaleah and Kalissa Syverson; and a number of aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Ralph, in 1998.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Rugby.

   Father and Daughter – Jim (’63) and Diane (’99) Evans

8/6/2012 (1589)

Happy Birthday Lyle Lamoureux (DHS ’63): Prescott Valley, AZ
Polly (Paulette) Lagerquist passed away
Message from Dale Evans:  Algona, WA
Hello Gary – really enjoy your blog, keep it coming!

I don’t know if you have heard, but Polly (Paulette) Lagerquist passed away on Sunday – she was Shirley Lagerquist’s daughter.

I don’t have much information, I was hoping you might have her brother David or sister Patti Syverson on your mailing list.

Where do Shirley, Polly, David and Patti fit into the Lagerqist family?  I am sure they are part of the John Lagerquist and the Woodford families too.
Ron Longie
Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (’73):  MIssoula  MT 
Happy Birthday cousin Ronnie !! I hope it was a great day !!!
Sharon Longie Dana (73)
Cote Fugere was killed in a motor cycle accident
Posting from Diane Fugere (’75):  Minot, ND


Sadly, Terry and Suzie Fugere’s only son, Cote, passed away this past weekend in a motorcycle accident. 


 Cote Jonathan Fugere, 29, Bozeman, Mont., died Sept. 2, 2012, doing what he loved most, riding his Harley.

Cote was born July 25, 1983, in Bismarck, to Terry and Susan (Burgum) Fugere. Cote graduated from Century High School in 2002 and attended the State College of Science in Wahpeton. He worked as a welder in the summers for Bobcat Melroe and winters as a ski technician at Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, Bozeman, Mont. At the time of his death, Cote was working at his dream job as a partsman for Harley-Davidson, Belgrade, Mont.

Cote enjoyed playing hockey, skateboarding, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. He was an awesome cook and loved animals, especially his dog, Chip. Cote lived his faith every day and always treated others with kindness. His family and friends will remember him as a kind, loving, handsome young man who always had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his parents and his sister, Tracy Fugere, all of Bismarck; his grandmothers, Esther Fugere, Willow City, and Elaine B. Stern, Bismarck; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The celebration of Cote’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 1919 N. Second St., Bismarck

Fauske Picture
Reply from Tina Pladson Bullinger (’78): jtbullin@utma.com Bottineau, ND
I added the name I know on the Fauske family picture. Glenda is Russell’s wife. 

Tina B.

Thank you Tina,
I should have never missed Glenda, I know her well. Her cap, I think threw me off. Now all we need are the identities of the remaining four folks. The guy in the back standing next to Beth looks familiar.
Folks, Carrole Fauske Rude posted a bunch of really nice FB pictures too. You should be able to view them in my site https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3837395373693&set=a.3837395133687.2140232.1242245955&type=1&theater
If this link doesn’t get you there, just go into my FB. You should see them on my wall
Back: Florence Hiatt Dahl, Dorothy Hiatt Swanson, Elwood Fauske, LaVerne Rude,  ????, & Beth Fauske Duncan
Middle Right: Ruth Fauske Clark, Lydia Fauske LaCroix and Eleanore Hiatt Fauske
Kneeling: ????, ????, ????, Arlinda (Lindy) Fauske Van Eynde, Glenda Fauske, Carrole Fausek Rude
Three Hiatt Sisters
Florence Dahl (’50), Dorothy Swanson (’46), Eleanore Fauske (”42)

9/5/2012 (1588)

No Blog yesterday
For the record, I did not get a blog posted yesterday. I was tied up with electrical installations of our new garage. Our workers needed the guidance of their master electrician (me) for the installation of the main power source and the electrical runs. We got it all done yesterday too, ready for plaster.
Reply to Bob Stokes’ Birthday posting
From Donna Skoog: Eastern Washington State
Hi Gary,
Thank you for bringing up the memory of your father. I met him several years ago and found him to be a funny, charming,  and intelligent man all rolled into one fine gentleman.  I fell in love with him almost instantly.  I smile when I think of him.
Thank you for keeping us in the loop.
Donna Skoog (Allen Skoog's wife)
Folks, Donna is married to Allen Skoog, Dad’s Great Nephew.
Donna, Thank you so much for this reply and kind words about my father. I remember well when Allen was born too. Bobby and Marylou were living on the Roger Bond farm north of Bottineau, in1963, on the Lake Road, when he was born. I know many of our readers know where that farm is located.
Happy Birthday Ron Longie (DHS ’65): Yakima, WA
  Happy Birthday Richard Slyter (DHS ’67) Dunseith, ND
                        Happy Birthday Corliss Allard Habets (DHS ’66) Kevin, MT
Elwood and Eleanore Fauske’s 70th Anniversary pictures with a few others
Snagged from Arlinda’s (Lindy’s) FB.
Thank you Lindy for posting these wonderful pictures. For me they bring back great memories.  I have posted them to my FB sight as well.
Folks, Lindy posted 23 pictures. For those of you with FB, you should be able to view them on my FB page. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3568438292203&set=a.3568437092173.2133299.1310315888&type=1&theater
As I have said before, One of these days Stubby and Elwood will join the senior ranks. Viewing these photo’s, it looks as if they have a long way to go to get to that point in life. Life has been good to them, partly I think, because of all the good they have done for others. They lead a good example for all the rest of us to follow.
Happy 70th Anniversary Stubby and Elwood.
Gary and Bernadette.
Fauske Family Relatives.
My stab at who is who. Please correct me if I am wrong. Some of you I do not know.
I recognize those trees in the back ground as being in Harry Hiatt’s yard. Gary
Back: Florence Hiatt Dahl, Dorothy Hiatt Swanson, Elwood Fauske, LaVerne Rude,  ????, & Beth Fauske Duncan
Middle Right: Ruth Fauske Clark, Lydia Fauske LaCroix and Eleanore Hiatt Fauske
Kneeling: ????, ????, ????, Arlinda (Lindy) Fauske Van Eynde, ????, Carrole Fauske Rude
Harry Hiatt’s log home.
Harry was a brother to Johnny and Will J. Hiatt. He was their youngest brother and never married. He died of a heart attack in about 1954. Following his death, Stanley and Alex Gilje and Carl Myhre from Rolette purchased his farm. Until this day they have used it as a recreational farm. Alex and Stanley have passed on, but the Myhre’s still own it. They have preserved Harry’s cabin, authentic to the way it was when Harry was living. In my growing up days, Harry’s cabin was the gathering point for a large group of deer hunters, normally 40 to 50 folks or so. Howard Hiatt was the sharp shooter of the group. He normally always got his deer on the first day. Then he’d help some of the others fill their tags.
In my growing up days, Alex, Stanley and Carl parked their Jeep in our yard. On their weekly visits to the farm, they’d park their car in our yard and take their jeep. They always had a bunch of candy and goodies that they’d give us kids too.
Florence Dahl, I see you in these pictures too. I’ll bet your Uncle Harry’s log cabin brings back many memories.
Thought for the day
Posted by Glen Williams (’52):   Missoula, MT
Being ‘over the hill’ is much better than being under it!

9/3/2014 (1587)

Happy Birthday Glenda Anderson Bergan (DHS ’60): Dunseith, ND             
Wally Garbe, Neola’s husband, with his mother
The Allard’s in North Dakota
Jerome with the blue Tee shirt and dark glasses is the only one I recognize. Need some help with this one.
Joke of the day
Posted by Leland Hagen (’50):   Bryan, TX
Leland, Coming from a Norwegian, this is a good one. Gary
An American, an Englishman and a Norwegian want to get into the
Olympics in London, but they haven’t got tickets.

The American picks up a manhole cover, tucks it under his arm and
walks to the gate. “Smith, USA,” he says, “Discus,” and in he walks.

The Englishman picks up a length of scaffolding and slings it over his
shoulder. “Waddington-Smythe, England,” he says, “Pole vault,” and in
he walks.

The Norwegian looks around, picks up a roll of barbed wire and tucks
it under his arm. “Ole, Norway,” he says, “Fencing”…………


9/2/2012 (1586)

Bob Stokes – September 2, 1915 – August 20, 2000
Today is my dad’s 97th Birthday. He has been gone 12 years now and we miss him dearly. Each day I strive to gain the level of qualities of my dad, but that will always be an uphill battle. His impeccable social and people skills were superb. Material things beyond basic living were of little importance to him. His love for people were some of his greatest qualities.
Dad never missed a Bottineau Memorial day parade either. For years he carried “Old Glory” the American flag. He was a die hard WW II American Veteran. If the American flag wasn’t welcome, neither was he of which he was noted for protesting for, several times too, with success.
Dad’s Middle name
Robert Dusinius (Petterson) Stokes
Personal reply from Neola
I remember it because people were wondering about the name/why it was your dad’s middle name/etc.  I thought maybe it was the Norwegian word for “twelve”.  I asked Mom about this; she said it means “dozen”, so your dad was the child who made a dozen for Carl and Bertha.
I finally took the time to check for the correct spelling.  It is Dusinius.
Yes, Dad was number 12 and made a dozen. His twin sister Margaret was number 11.  With the twins, dads mother had 5 children in 3 years (1912-1915) Olga 1912, Emil 1913, Elvina 1914 and Dad/Margaret 1915. It is understandable why she died 7 months after Dad/Margaret were born. Following her death, dad was sent live with the Stokes’, Margaret & Olga with family in Canada and Elvina with the Jelleberg family, neighbors.  They were maybe spread out in their childhood days, but were a very close family in their adult years.
Happy Birthday Diane Gladue McLeod (DHS ’63)
Happy Birthday Marsha (Bill ‘DHS ’63) Henry
Birthday Reminders
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
Just a reminder of a couple of birthdays;  Diane McLeod ’63 (Gladue) on Aug 31st and Marsha (Bill ’63) Henry Sept 1. Have a good day.
Thank you so much Dennis for these birthday reminders. I don’t have email addresses for Diane and Marsha. Hopefully some of our readers can pass these greetings onto them.   Gary
Wenstad family
Memories from Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND
I remember your folks, especially your mom.When Bobbi & I went to LPN training in Devils Lake I  stayed @ your  parents house when I couldn’t make it home on a Saturday night.  We were either too tried or drank too much barely pop.Those were the fun days!!
Dale’s Jumbo Burgers
Reply from Sybil Johnson:  Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
I have had many of Dale’s Jumbo Burgers, over the years. They are the very best.
Sybil Johnson

9/1/2012 (1585)

Oscar and Alberta Wenstad
Reply from Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA

Gary and Debbie,  Oscar and Alberta were on my folk’s unwritten list of really good people.  We visited them off and on also.  Arlan looks an awful lot like your Dad.  I hate to admit it, Debbie, but Arlan is the only one of you I remember as kids.  Mainly, I guess, because we have kept in contact since high school and I normally tried to visit with them at least once on every trip back to Bottineau.  I have known his wife, Darlene Thompson, since she and I were just little kids.  Then they moved, I think, to Landa and I lost contact until after I finished high school.  I’ll always remember that one time when I was in Germany (69 I believe), they came by from where Arlan was stationed, picked me up, and we spent the day together.  Those were good days!    

Dale Pritchard (63)

Cheryl Kester Gaugler is moving to Cairo, Egypt
Message fromo Cheryl Kester Gaugler (’69):   North Brunswick, NJ

Hi Gary,

Hope this finds you and family doing well. 

Can you change my email address from  to 

Randy and I are moving to Cairo, Egypt for 8 months, starting October 23.  I enjoy reading the blog, would hate to miss 8 months worth.  And, it will feel like a little bit of home while we’re so far away!

Thank you,

Cheryl Kester Gaugler

How exciting Cheryl. I am assuming this move is job related? Enjoy your time in Cairo.  Gary

Michael Forest
Reply from Larry Hackman (‘66):  Bismarck, ND
Hope this note finds you and your family well.
The article on Michael Forest was in the Bismarck Tribune
on Sunday 8/26/12.  The story was written by the guy pictured
on the article.  But anyone can GOOGLE “Michael Forest” like I did to get his picture
and even get more information on this fellow.
Sorry, for neglecting to supply this information.
Have a Happy Day, or two, or more,
Face Book pictures taken at Dale’s – Posted by Donna LaCroix Allard (’64)
Thank you Donna for posting these nice pictures. Your mother is looking great too as are you and Jerome.
I’ll bet you are in town for Stubby and Elwood’s 70th anniversary tomorrow.  We want to see lots of pictures too.
Ralph & Luella Boardman (49) Bjornseth Restore Tractor
Picture taken by Vickie Metcalfe (’70)
Posted by Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum):  Bottineau, ND
Hello Gary,  Vickie took these to send to you.  It is Luella and Ralph
Bjornseth with his restored Farmall.  He bought this from the golf
course in deplorable condition and did all the restoration himself.
Luella put the decals on.  It runs like a “Farmall”! Luella says it’s a
work horse – not a “toy”.
Ralph and Luella,
What a wonderful job you guys have done with the restoration of this old Model “B”. My guess is that this is an early 50’s model, maybe even as early as the 40’s? This may be a work horse, but what a shame it would be to use it as one now. It is a show case, not a work horse.
Terry Espe (DHS ’64)
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neol Bottineau & Minot, ND
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Posting of the day
Posted by Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND