5/31/2013 (1800)

Kelly Woods is moving from NY to Vancouver B.C.
Message from Kelly Woods (’89):  


I will be moving to Vancouver, B.C. in a few weeks, and my email will change to this:   

Could you please update.  Keep up the great job, love seeing my daily blog.

Kelly Woods (89)

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Jessica is the daughter of Valerie Metcalfe.
Jessica is the granddaughter of  Jack Metcalfe  and his wife, Mae (Fosness) Metcalfe.

Jessica’s Great -Grand parents were William II and Mary (DeMontigny)  Metcalfe.
Cebu, Philippines
Birthday dinner we attended last night for Dave Sandness. Dave was a cousin to Richard Sandness from Bottineau.
L to R: Mel, Lourdes, Dave Sandness, Roy, Ed, Gary, Bernadette & Novie 

5/30/2013 (1799)

      Happy  Birthday  Devin  Millang:   Corporal USA Marines Corps
Patty Grossman’s (’67) (Mr. Grossman’s daughter) Antique Auction Sale
Posted by LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): Bottineau, ND
Note: Both K. Flynn and I plan to go down and help. Thanks. LeaRae
Patty Grossman Hazel
Taube Museum
2 Main St, Minot, ND
Sunday, June 2 starting at 1PM
Here are a few of the many things she is selling:
Glassware-Norikeke, Nippon, Lusterware,Gule, Gold Wash,Crystal,  Occupied Japan, other Japanese,


Also paintings of Marilyn Campbell both Oils asnd China painting
(Marilyn is famous around the Minot area)
Many items too numerous to mention
An Antique Parade saddle from the 50s will be available for offers, but not auctioned.
Reply to the Bottineau HS Graduates with Dunseith connections
Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Joseph Hackman is the nephew of all the Hackmans that attended DHS.
You are right in assuming that he got his good looks and intelligence from
the DHS graduates.  His dad (Lanny) is a RHS graduate. LOL
Wonderful Suggestion
From Don Martel (Principal): Rosemount, MN
Just a thought, but it seems that some days you may have a difficult time putting together a blog, due to a lack of material.
I think it might be interesting if the people on the blog would submitt a short biography of them selves to be used on the blog.  Maybe from the earliest to the most recent graduates of DHS.
I think that is a wonderful idea. I have listed below the folks from the 1930’s classes. I am thinking that maybe some of their relatives may be able to assist with a little write up of their life history. Lillian Thompson Bergstrom, I believe, is the oldest living to have graduated from DHS. She was about my dad’s age and he would have been 98 if he was still living. She and dad were first cousins too.
Thompson Bergstrom Lillian 309 Homecroft Court Superior, Wisconsin  54880 (715) 394-2189 Class of 1936
Nerpel Bishop Eleanor 6111 W Arrowhead Ave Kennewick, WA 99336- (509) 783-9921 Class of 1938
Damstrom Seda Irene 1111 S 70th St #306 Loncoln, NE 68510 (402) 327-0819  Class of 1939
Dion Charles 14218 73rd Ave NE, Apt B102 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-7306
Class 1939
Rude Art PO Box 365 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5814
Class 1939

5/29/2013 (1798)

Happy Birthday Alice (Keith (’66) Pladson: Roanoke Rapids, NC
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Francis Lee Belgarde (DHS ’71)
(October 13, 1952 – May 26, 2013)

Send Flowers Send Sympathy Gifts Send Sympathy Card
Sign Guest Book


Francis L. Belgarde, age 60 of Dunseith, died Sunday in a Belcourt hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 1, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Pentecostal Church of God in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the Church.

Oscar and Alberta Wenstad Photo
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73):   Grafton, ND
I love the photo of Oscar and Elberta it brings back many fond memories for me too.i use to love to listen to Bobbi talk about her dad, she was a daddy’s girl. I miss her so much I loved Bobbi like a sister,I still think of her almost daily. I hope all is well with you and your family.
Reply to the Bottineau HS Graduates with Dunseith connections
From Phyllis McKay (’65):  Auburn, WA

Hi Gary,

Crystal Jean McKay is my brother Jay’s granddaughter. My brother Jay is the fourth oldest in my family. Jay graduated from Bottineau as did his son Damon, father to Crystal. Jay is a woodworker. He spends time in Texas with his daughter in the winter where he has set up a saw mill. He milled lumber from his daughter’s place and created a beautiful Hope chest for Crystal as a graduation gift. His wife Janice Hahn has passed away but she made many afghans. When Jay gave Crystal the Hope chest, he included one of the afghans that his wife had made.  Crystal has been an outstanding student. She has maintained a high grade point average while working two jobs. She works at the Spectrum and the Creamery.  We are all very proud of her.

Phyllis McKay

From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Hello Gary,

Bambi Thompson who has many Dunseith area connections,
she is  the granddaughter of Mary Knox,
granddaughter of  the late Bob Thompson’s,
  and  great -grand daughter of  the late Sis and Bud Hoopman
would like to be included on the Dunseith blog postings.

Thank You,

Vickie Metcalfe

Vickie, I just sent Bambi a FB message asking for her email address. Thanks for including her, Gary
Joke of the Day
Posted by Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

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 icy winter.
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 flying down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel.
There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e mail 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’s funeral.
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.

After reading 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: March 19, 2009

I know you’re surprised to hear from me.
They have computers here now and,
you are allowed 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 forward to seeing you then !
Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S.: Sure is freaking hot down here !


528/2013 (1797)

No ‘Blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a Blog posted yesterday.
Comment to Dennis Dubois
From Colette Hosmer (’64): Santa Fe, NM
Hey Dennis,

You’re a good man.  Your demonstration of generosity is a lesson to all of us.

Oscar and Alberta Wenstad
This picture really brings back memories. This is such a wonderful Picture of them too. I was in their house many times and remember this kitchen so well. Great wonderful folks.
                               Oscar and Alberta Wenstad.

5/25/2013 (1796)

Dennis Dubois (’63): dlpmd@comcast.net
Reply from Lee Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND
Dennis is a man of focus and execution.  He is to be highly commended.  I am certain he provides these scholarships as an incentive, a reward and a gracious contribution to the cost of more education.
Dennis and I grew up across the block from each other.  We enjoyed many hours together; including a 200 game ping pong tournament.  Dennis says I owe him $200 because I lost.  I have yet to see that obligatory written document. Also, my bank is delaying my loan application for that $200 due to our federal government’s sequestration.  
I don’t have his email address and would appreciate assistance to acquire it (Pasted above).  Lee s
Open House at the Bottineau Senior Center on July 26 & 27
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
I’ve been meaning to ask you to post this information in your newsletter, but don’t seem to get it done; here it is–FINALLY!
There will be an open house for Gary/Bernadette at the Bottineau Sr. Center on July 26 and a family get-together on July 27.  You/anyone who would like to attend are most welcome to attend both days.  We are hoping anyone/everyone (from the hills/prairie/etc.) who knows Gary/Bernadette will stop at the Sr. Center on July 26.  The building will be open all day; coffee and cookies will be served all day, too.  No program, just good “old-fashioned visiting”. :) Please pass the word.
Sunday, July 27, is basically a family get-together (potluck at noon), but anyone who would like to attend this event is very welcome.  I’m not sure, but I think many of the relatives will be at the Sr. Center BOTH days–I hope so! LOL
Thank you so much Neola for making all these arrangements. This will be a great opportunity, not only for us to see folks, but for others to see others as well.
Neola, this will give folks the opportunity to come and finely see “Neola Kofoid Garbe” first hand face to face. 
Rodney Ovitt has agreed to take on the roll as the official coffee maker. With Rodney in charge we know the coffee will be good too.

5/25/2013 (1795)

Reply to Bottineau HS gradating Senior pictures posted several days ago
From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59):  Watertown, NJ
Kaitlyn Gottbreht is the daughter of Rick Gottbreht and Sandy Monson. Rick is the son of George and Pat Boguslawski.
 Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:   Bottineau & Minot, ND
Wayne Miller and Clayton Parrill accept positions with the city


Bottineau Courant

Wayne Miller and Clayton Parrill have accepted jobs in the city of Bottineau with Miller serving as its city forester and Parrill as the city’s building inspector and assessor.


Clayton Parrill was born and raised in Bottineau and for the past 15 years has owned and operated Dakota Memories photography studio.

Prior to opening his photography studio, Parrill owned and operated his own construction company for 25 years called Clayton Parrill Construction and Bottineau Woodworks.

Presently, Parrill is assisting his son who is starting a construction company in town and also continues to own and operate Dakota Memories in Bottineau.

The building inspector position will be 20 hours a week and Parrill will fill out permits, inspect sites, collect data on contractors and inform contractors on information they will need to know.

“My primary responsibility is to keep track of what is going on in the community and to make sure things are done right and according to ordinance. That way, when builders are done, they will have something that has value to it instead of problems,” Parrill said. “I am also going to be building a data base as far as contractors in town, that way I will get everybody’s name in a computer, along with their e-mail addresses, so when new ordinances, regulations or changes come, I can send them this information.”

As the assessor, Parrill, periodically, will be assessing and giving value of properties.

Parrill stated that he is excited to be Bottineau’s building inspector and assessor. “It is going to be a challenge, but it looks very interesting and it will be fun,” Parrill said.

City auditor, Penny Nostdahl, stated that contractors will see changes when Parrill comes on a job site and for them to be prepared.

“We are changing the permit process and we will need a little more information,” Nostdahl said. “Clayton will be asking contractors to see their license and stuff like that.”

Individuals, who would like to speak to the building inspector or city assessor, can call the city office at 228-3232.

Bernadette with her Niece, Novie, at a dinner
party we were invited too.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:   Bottineau & Minot, ND
Joke of the day
Posted by Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND
My boss phoned me today.   

He said “Is everything OK at the office?”

I said “It is all under control.  

It’s been a very busy day. I haven’t stopped to take a break all day.”

“Can you do me a favor” he asked.

I said “Of course, What is it?”

“Pick up the pace a little. I’m in the foursome behind you.”

5/24/2013 (1794)

I heard through the grape vein that Dennis Dubois (’63) is the speaker at this years Dunseith’s High School Graduation.
Dennis Dubois (’63) Scholarships
Message from Verena Gillis:  Dunseith, ND
I just wanted to inform everyone of the most wonderful news I have gotten
in a long, long time.  Well, first of all, we finally got Pete’s liver
biopsy report and it’s not cancerous, some liver disease going on but not
cancer. He still has to start chemo on the 11th of June but we are so
relieved that it has not gone into his liver.

Second, I want to compliment Mr. Dennis DuBois for his generousity.
I received word this week from Mr. Brenden, our superintendent, that
Dennis has donated Scholarship monies to our school.  Two lucky students
will be receiving $1000.00 each this year, actually two lucky students
will be receiving each $1000.00 for the next 25 years!  They have to tell
me everything since I do the certificates for the school, lol.  And…for
those students that applied and didn’t receive any scholarship from the
school or other areas, he asked Mr. Brenden to give them each
$250.00…and if those that didn’t apply and decide to go to college, they
too will receive $250.00.  That also applies to any of our students that
go to the service.  How wonderful!!  I certainly hope that Dennis doesn’t
mind my posting this but I am so very thrilled by his generousity that I
just couldn’t keep this to myself. We at the Dunseith Public School thank
Dennis so, so much –


How well I know of Dennis’ generousity with his giving of a very sizable donation to reserect our Dunseith Alumni Blog.
Dennis, you are to be commended for your unselfish generosities. This world needs a whole lot more folks like you. We are so honored to say that Dennis Dubois is a Dunseith Aluminum.

Pictures and News paper clippings
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Bottineau 2013 High School Graduates with Dunseith affiliations
Please reply letting us know where these students fit into their Dunseith families.
Also, Please let us know the honors of these students.
KXMC TV in Minot interviews an honor student from the area schools and features this person on their six o’clock and ten o’clock news.  Joe was Bottineau’s student.  He did a great job–loved that he said he liked ALL his teachers and didn’t have a favorite one–I think I’m right about this. Right, Vickie?
Dunseith’s honor student, Lucas Belgarde, also said he liked all his teachers–bless his heart. He also did a good job in his interview. :)
Jordan Metcalf is Marry Eurich Knutson’s (’62) granddaughter. Vickie Metcalfe (’70) is also Jordan’s aunt.

5/23/2013 (1793)

Happy Birthday Ramona Thiefoe LaVallie (DHS ’66):  Dunseith, ND
                Happy  Birthday  Robin  Lee:  Richardton,  ND
Reply to Donna LaCroix Allard’s picture
From Lee (Leland) Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND
WOW WOW WOW  It is the best medicine to begin the day with when I open this email and saw Donna’s photo.
She was—is—and will be lovely.  At the all-class reunion, she was 20 feet behind me and called “STICK”.  So
I guess I had not changed much  just got older and larger.  Nice to have these beautiful reminders about what
life is really about.  Lee s
It is a small world
Reply from Phyllis McKay (’65):  Auburn, WA
Folks, this is a personal message I received from Phyllis that I want to share with you. Phyllis’ grand daughter has been accepted into the Wahpeton School of Science dental hygienist program. Carol Allard was in our DHS class of ’65, but transferred to Bottineau in our Sophomore year with the redistricting.   Gary

Hi Gary,

I just returned from North Dakota where I attended my granddaughter, Chelsea’s college graduation from the Wahpeton School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. I called my granddaughter and read your email to her. It made her feel very happy about the path she has chosen. Chelsea has talked about going into the hygiene program since she was about an eighth grader. Here is an interesting part of her journey. Last year she introduced me to the head of the hygiene program at Wahpeton, Rhonda Edwardson. As we talked, I told Rhonda that I was from Dunseith. She said her mother-in-law was also from Dunseith, Carol Allard. I told her a story of my staying with Carol after a basketball game where we had both been cheerleaders. We came into Carol’s sleeping household around 1 o’clock in the morning. Carol asked me if I wanted a toasted cheese sandwich. Of course we were starved as usual and I quickly agreed. When Chelsea was accepted into the program, Carol’s granddaughter, Ashley was also accepted. So Carol’s daughter-in-law texted Chelsea to say now she and Ashley can share toasted cheese sandwiches in the middle of the night when they are having to stay up late to study just like their grandmothers!! The world is a small place.

Leo is having the second cataract removed today. He had the first one removed last month. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 28th of June for Bernadette’s birthday party.


Carl Melgaard’s Benefit Breakfast
Thank you from Vonda & Wayne Melgaard:  
Thanks to all who came out The Pancake & Sausage Benefit yesterday. In support of my Dad & Mom. Your generosity IS GREATLY APPRECIATED . A special Thank you to Karen & Grace for getting the ball rolling & organizing the event and to all the helpers out there yesterday. Thanks Ladies & Guys! Vonda & Wayne
Reply to yesterday’s Jeepney Picture
From Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA

How well I remember the Filipino Jeepneys.  When I was passing through Clark AFB so much in the 60s and 70s they were still using the old original jeeps.  These were modified to hold four to six people on the bench seats but they usually carried eight or ten.  I don’t know how they kept those old jeeps running so long but they got the job done (with only a fair to middling amount of discomfort).  Like the one you pictured, they all looked great!

Great picture of you and your family as well.

Dale Pritchard



The picture I posted was one of the more fancy jeepney’s. I often times cuss all the jeepney’s and the traffic problems they cause with their disregard to common sense traffic rules. They make many stops along the roads loading and unloading passengers. For that reason I try to avoid driving in the right lane. They are notorious for cutting right in front of you and then stopping, even in the left hand lanes. When they get my dander up I tell myself how lucky we are that all the folks riding those Jeepney don’t have cars. If they did, there wouldn’t be enough road space including driveway space to place all the vehicles.



Reply to yesterday’s Jeepney Picture
From Bob Lykins (Teacher):  Hutto, TX

Nice looking family.  Ah, to be young again.
The Jeepney pictured looks a lot fancier than the ones I rode in through the villages around Clark Air Base and Subic.  Back in the day, as I recall, these vehicles were/are manufactured in back yard garages with the most basic of tools.  All one needs is to provide the frame, running gear and engine and they will build you a costume made vehicle shaped to your design.
Hope all is well with everyone.
Bob Lykins
How true that is. All Jeepney’s are manufactured in this country from running gear purchase at the salvage yards. Brand new vehicles assembled on a worn out chassis.
Joke of the day
Posted by Don Malaterre (’72): Sioux Falls, SD

While golfing, always follow the general rule of etiquette of never having any of these 3 items in you golf bag.

  1. Never carry more than 13 clubs (USGA rule).
  2. Cell phone
  3. Your opponent’s recently lost golf ball

5/22/2013 (1792)

Reply to Alfred Belcourt’s obituary posted yesterday
From Meryle Hoopman Vinje (’74):  Prescott, WI
 Betty Belcourt (Alfred’s wife) mothers name is Dotty Colborn Johnson Forby.  Dotty, my mother Myrtle Colborn Hoopman (Sissy) and Percy Colborn are siblings.  Unfortunately, they have all passed away.  Betty and Alfred would visit our place and what an absolutely wonderful couple and such a beautiful family.  I will miss him. 
The Stokes family in about 1983
I am guessing Sheryl is about 3 years old and she was born in 1980. Bernie was born in 1971.
 Philippine Jeepney.
Jeepney’s are the primary mode of transportation for the locals in the Philippines.
Following WWII, the United States left thousands of Jeeps in the Philippines. The Filipino’s started using them as taxi’s, so that is how the name came about. Folks would jump in from behind and sit on the bench seats to go to from point “A” to point “B” along the jeepney routes. Those old Willis jeepneys have all been replaced with ones similar to the one pictured below. I’d say they make up about 1/4 of all the vehicles on the roads in the Philippines today. They are very controlled by the government too with franchises and specific routes they can ply. The fares they charge are also regulated.
Joke of the day from an Alumnus
Sammy decided to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend.

One evening, after the honeymoon, he was organizing his golf equipment.  His wife was standing nearby watching him.

After a long period of silence she finally speaks. “Honey, I’ve been thinking … now that we’re married I think it’s 

time you quit golfing. Maybe you should sell your golf clubs and golf cart.” 

Sammy Boy gets this horrified look on his face.

She says “Darling, what’s wrong.” 

“There for a minute you were sounding like my ex-wife.”

 “Ex-wife” she screams. “I didn’t know you were married before!”

 “I wasn’t”.


5/21/2013 (1791)

Folks, please mark your calendars
Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
Happy Birthday Donna LaCroix Allard (’64): Minneapolis, MN
Post from Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND
Happy birthday Susie Millang! hope you had an awesome bday!!a be friend!!! 

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Comment from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
I believe Alfred Belcourt’s wife Betty,  is a sister to Mrs. Bill Metcalfe III
(Bernice Johnson)
Bill is the son of Bill Metcalfe II and Mary.  Thanks. Vickie

Cebu Expat dinner at the Marriott
Bernadette Stokes with her Niece, Novie Congson.
 Joke of the day
Creative thinking:

George Phillips , an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. Georgeopened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.�

He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?”�
He said “No,” but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me. 

Then the police dispatcher said “All patrols are busy. You should lock yourdoors and an officer will be along when one is available.” 

George said, “Okay.” 

He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

“Hello,I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now.” and he hung up. 

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed. 

One of the Policemen said to George , “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”�
George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!” 


True Story! I LOVE IT!�
Don’t mess with old people.
Live well, laugh often, love much!!!


5/19/2013 (1790)

No Blog yesterday.
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
Tomorrow evening we will be having this Months Cebu Expat (Foreign) dinner at the Marriott, so I won’t be getting a blog posted tomorrow either.
The attendance at our monthly Expat (Foreign) dinners has grown considerably. We have nearly 80 folks signed up to attend our dinner tomorrow. The Marriott has a capacity in their dining room for 88, so we will pretty much fill up the place with just our group. We are into our 4th year having these monthly dinners. With a group this size, the restaurants give us up to 50% off the price of their buffet dinners. I run a hard bargain with them playing one to the other for the best possible prices for our group. It’s good advertising for them and they don’t loose money.
Devin Millang’s two Grandma’s celebrate their birthdays
     Happy Birthday Ele Dietrich Slyter (DHS ’69): Dunseith, ND
    Happy Birthday Susie Knox Millang (DHS ’60): Dunseith, ND
Condolences to the Joni Lamoureux Blassingame family
From Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI    

Two things:  First, I am so sorry to hear about Joni Blassingame.  She was one of my students, a distant cousin and most importantly a very sweet person.  I was chatting with Alan Poitra last night and he told me.  I’m still shocked —-  My prayers go out.  You know you are getting old when you live longer than your students.  It should not be that way.
Second, I won’t be at the reunion.  Susan and I will be just returning from a long overdue vacation.  Best wishes to all you ‘mates.
DHS Class of 63 Fifty (50) year reunion
Posting from Sharon Peterson Harmsen (’63):  Bismarck, ND

Sending another SHOUT OUT to the DUNSEITH HIGH SCHOOL Class of 1963
If you recall, in October of 2012 I sent a request to Gary Stokes to include an item in his daily blog regarding a 50th year class reunion for the graduating class of 1963.  This will be celebrated the weekend of August 9, 10 and 11, 2013 during the annual Dunseith Days celebration.  It’s still on……….Please make your plans to attend!  We’d love to see you and get caught-up on what everyone has been doing for the past 50 years.  And, of course, tell a few stories and share many a laugh.
Dunseith Days events include, but not limited to, the Little Shell powwow, free Saturday morning pancake breakfast, street vendors and, of course, the parade.
The reunion planners need your help in making this event a success.  If you are reading this and were a member of the class of 1963, please send a current email address to myself, Sharon Peterson Harmsen @ harm0825@bis.midco.net so that I might forward a reunion itinerary.  Watch for updates at your personal email site.  I have many email addresses but am unsure if they are current so help me out.  Those without email will be sent a copy via “snail mail”. 
Additionally, an indication of whether you will attend is necessary so we can do the best possible job of planning for such things as food items.  We’d also like to invite those of you who were friends or in another DHS graduating class to join us.  Again, just be sure and let us know of your plans to attend so we can plan accordingly.
Thanks and can’t wait to hear from you.
Sharon Peterson Harmsen, ‘63
                    Dunseith High School Class of 1963




City / State / ZIP



Anderson Lorenzo 10250 County Road 49 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3912 No email address
Bergan-Harris Carol 2300 Maple Ave. # 122 Torrance CA 90503  (310) 320-3073  
Berube Tom 1011 Kersten St, Apt 101 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3660 No email address
Cuadrado Manuel 2009 S 88th St Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 680-1674  
Dubois Dennis 3874 124th Cir NW Minneapolis, MN 55433 (763) 755-4144  
Evans Jim PO Box302 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5710  
Gottbreht-Dutra Francie 5716 Thornbury Dr. SE LACEY, WA  98513 (360) 943-9232       C 360-556-4317  
Henry Bill PO Box 584 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4052 No email address
Hiatt Laurel 9729 20th Ave NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2389  
Houle Gary 10944 MISSISSIPPI DR N CHAMPLIN, MN  55316 763) 427-5673  
Johnson Mike        
Kalk Julian 5415 Aurora Ave Des Moines, IA 50310 (515) 334-5089  
Lamoureux Lyle 7290 Butte Vis Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 (928) 772-5406  
Landsverk-Beckman Sharon 1621 95th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3041      C (701)-871-0483   
Link Joe

Born March 28, 1944     –     Died July 26, 1990


McCloud-Gladue Diane RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5957 No email address
Millang-Bostic Linda 113 WILLOW ST NE    BUFFALO, MN  55313 (763) 682-4608 No email address
Moyer Val 1469 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3372  
Myer Garrett PO Box 66 Decker, MT 59025 (406) 757-2537 No email address
Peterson-Harmsen Sharon 555 Brandon Place, # A BISMARCK, ND  58503 (701) 223-0734  
Pigeon Russell 64 Third Ln NW Hazen, ND 58545 (701) 487-3388  
Pritchard Dale 131 Magnolia Loop Leesville, LA 71446 (337) 239-7426  
Quillinan-Larmore Darlene PO Box43 Bivalve, MD 21814 (410) 873-2869  
Quillinan-Halvorson Denise PO Box 628 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5889  
Salmonson-Helgeland Kathy RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4630  
Shelver David 2045 Pima Dr N Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 (928) 505-3873  
Smith Eldon 14680 Wide Hallow Rd. Yakima, WA. 98908 509-480-8009 No email address
Wenstad Laurel 300 Hester St.E Dundas, MN. 55019 (612) 205 9100  
Wheeler Rick 722 5TH AVE SW RONAN, MT  59864 (406) 676-5525  No email address
Jan and Paulette,
This is certainly a beautiful picture of both of you. You gals have certainly retained your beauty and I know your charm too over the years.

5/17/2-13 (1789)

Folks, please mark your calendars
Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
Ron Longie will be in the Dunseith area the week of July 4th
Message from Ron Longie (’65):  Yakima WA
I will be in Dunseith on the 4th of July week, along with my sister Patty who has not been back since she was 9 years old..  I will also have my son and daughter everyone is excited here with luck I will see you there.
                                                          Ron Longie

Joni Lamoureux Blassingame (’76) Passed away.
Message from Dianne Rober’t Johnson (’76):  Rolla, ND

Gary, I received an e-mail from Alan Poitra saying that Joni (Lamoureux) Blassingame passed away on April 25th.  I just want to send my condolences to her family.

I was thinking of her on Mother’s Day.  She was always a good friend, and I will miss her. 

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson – Rolla, ND

Thank you Dianne for letting us know of Joni’s passing. She was much to young to be leaving us too.


I was able to find her death notice and obituary on line pasted below.


Our condolences are with her family.



Lynette Mellmer Norbeck (’79)
Request from Patti Mellmer Weisbeck (’78):   Bismarck, ND

Hi Gary,

Could you please add my sister to the list for this blog?  We are sisters of Jim Mellmer (’72) and Connie Mellmer Krusinski (’68).  Her name is Lynette Mellmer Norbeck, and she would’ve graduated in 1979 had we not moved to Bismarck in 1972.  Her email address is lnorbeck@  Thanks for the great job you do with this – we appreciate and enjoy it very much!

Patti Mellmer Weisbeck (’78)

Bismarck, ND



I have added Lynette to our distribution. Thank you so much for including her.



Jack Sjol Homicide
Message posted by Diane Larson Sjol (’70):

Here is a picture of my wonderful brother in law, Jack.  The suspect is in custody and has $1,000,000 bond so he isn’t going anywhere.  They expect more arrests and the investigation is ongoing.  The funeral will be Monday at 11am in Williston, ND at First Lutheran Church.  Everson Funeral home is in charge.  We will bury Jack next to his mother in Makoti later in the day.  We are very appreciative of all the love and support shown by everyone.  This tragedy makes no sense as Jack was a funny, kind, loving human being.  I have attached a couple of picture of him.  Keep us in your prayers everyone.


News paper articles
Provided and scanned by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Excellent ND video, a must see
Posted by Rosemary Smith:  Bottineau, ND

5/16/2013 (1788)

No Blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday
       Happy Birthday John Bedard (DHS ’65): Lake Metigoshe, ND     
                   Happy Birthday Verena Gillis:   Dunseith,  ND 
Body Found in Williston
Face Book Message posted by Diane Larson Sjol (’70):  

Personal message from Diane to Me (Gary)

We are on an emotional roller coaster. Based on the evidence we saw the day of his disappearance, we were pretty certain he had been killed. They do have someone in custody so I am hopeful we get answers. We are happy they found him, because without the tip due to the $30,000 we posted, we would have never found him. But we are so sad that he was killed senselessly. Jack was an awesome human being…loved his horses and his ranch and he and Scott were business partners and very close. They have one other brother, Jason, who is Jack’s twin. On top of this we are getting ready for Scott’s youngest daughter’s wedding (Kendra lives with us) which is on May 25. She is so sad but trying to be happy for her wedding…so life is pretty much a mess right now. That is why it is so important to have everyone’s support and prayers, so we thank you. I don’t mind if you post this. Take care Gary.

Carl Melgaard’s Benefit Breakfast is this Sunday at the Bottineau High School
Vonda Melgaard Antonson (’76):  Maddock, ND
Hello all, Just thought i would let everyone know that the Pancake & Sausage Breakfast benefit for Dad (Carl Melgaard) is this Sunday in Bottineau at the High School cafeteria from 7am to 1pm. (In case some of you dont know -he is currently undergoing chemo treatments).�
And a big thanks to all who have been so supportive. Dad & Mom really appreciate it!
Cemetery Story
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
I hope this little story finds you and your family doing well.
Its that time of year, when everyone starts making their pilgrimages to the cemeteries,
to say a few prayers and to do a little work around their loved ones graves,
getting them ready for Memorial Day.
You had posted this story, I attached, on the blog back in 2008.
I thought I would send it again, Maybe it would help lighten things up after a long winter.
Have a good day,
Cemetery Story
It’s that time of year again.  Time to make our annual trip up north to stop in at the cemeteries to say some prayers, and  and to put some flowers on the grave sites of relatives and  friends. 

Then just prior, to heading for home, to stop at Dale’s Cafe, and quench my craving for a jumbo burger.


 thinking about visiting the grave sites and with the recent stories on the news about sink holes appearing here and there

around the country, and these sink holes actually swallowing up cars, people and houses, I just couldn’t help recalling the story

about my brothers and me cleaning up and mowing the grass at the Duns eith Cemetery south of town.


My brothers and I while in our teens, had jobs taking care of the St. Louis and Riverside cemeteries,

back in the sixties, for Harry Douglas.  Harry ran the funeral home at that time, and supervised the care of the two cemeteries.

The cemetery supplied three push la wn mowers, of which usually only two would run and hand operated grass

clippers, plus a couple of spades and wheelbarrows. We supplied the labor. Mowing that hill was a real job.

Clipping around the grave stones was always slow and time consuming. The wheelbarrows and spades were

used to haul topsoil from a stockpile at the southwest corner of the cemetery, to fill in over the graves that had



We soon tired of the wheelbarrows. My oldest brother attached a hitch to his car bumper and went got a

two wheeled trailer we had on the farm. We then used it to haul topsoil to the grave sites. This method was a lot

faster and a whole lot less work. Wheelbarrows still had to be used to get into the tight areas between grave markers

but we didn’t have to push them as far. It would take us 3 to 4 days to do both cemeteries and we would have to get them  

done at least a week or more prior to each holiday. Them  hand clippers caused a lot blisters, and pushing lawn mowers

up anddown that hill took a lot of energy.


I remember an instance when one of my brothers was mowing along, when all of sudden he let out a yell.

A grave had caved in. He had gone down with it. He thought something had a hold of him?

He did not know whether to shit or go blind? Thank heaven he did neither.

After all, we all had to ride home together in the same car.  With the three of us brothers riding together

and being tired and hungry, there was usually enough tension. 


I remember Harry Douglas explaining to us that each grave usually settled three times. First when the wooden

Vault would give way, then when the casket gave way and then the body. The concrete vaults that are now

used, solved most of thi s problem. Aren’t we lucky?


My older brother use to also accompany Harry Douglas to Devils Lake whenever he had to pick up a new grave

stone. He had to do the heavy lifting for Harry. He said, He never did enjoy the trip, as Harry would drive all the

way there and back on the shoulder of the road and at a speed of 35 mph. He still remembers hitting and

crossing every road approach there and back.


Them sink holes are some terrible things??????


Remember to laugh,




Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

 Jam session

Bottineau Sr. Center

Sunday, May 19, 1:00-4:00

Highway 43 (Dick, Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett) and others will be participating.  It was in our Frozen Finger newsletter.
Thanks, Gary.

5/14/2013 (2087)

Folks, please mark your calendars

Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
Tom and Dot Hagen plan to attend the Dunseith Alumni Reunion on Sat, July 13th
Messege from Tom Hagen (’51):  Mesa, AZ
Hi Gary,
My wife, Dot, and I plan to attend the Dunseith Alumni Reunion on Sat July 13 in Norway House in Bottineau. Would you add our names to your list. Thanks.
Tom & Dot Hagen Class of 51
Wonderful wonderful Tom and Dot,
For this reunion reservations are not necessary. We have the whole room reserved for whoever shows up. Folks will be able to order meals from a select menu prepared for our group. Not knowing how many folks will be attending we could not do a buffet style dinner, so we decided to go with a menu of items that can be prepared when ordered. I will be getting a copy of the menu for posting too. Beverages and drinks will be readily available for purchase too.  There will be nothing formal with this reunion. We will have sticky name tags for everyone though that you can write your name on when arriving. We will also have a guest book for folks to sign.
Tom, what are the odds of Orvin being able to attend. Linda Gardner has offered to give him a ride to Bottineau from Fargo, but she will be in the area for only the first week of July. If Orvin is interested in attending, maybe we could find a ride for him with some of the folks from the Fargo area that may also be attending this reunion. Just a thought.  We could celeberate his 92nd birthday too which is July 14th.
Linda Fugere Wheeler Memories
Reply form Pamela Fugere Schmidt (’73):  Mandan, ND 

I’d like to say a few words about Linda Fugere Wheeler.  We were cousins who lived only 20 miles apart, but didn’t meet until we went to Minot State in our freshman year.  Both of us applied for a theatre scholarship and the story goes that they couldn’t decide between the two Fugere girls, so they split the scholarship and offered us each half.  I believe we met for the first time at the dinner where the scholarships were presented.  But we were fortunate to do a lot of theatre work together the next few years, and much of that time we were inseparable.  I will forever remember Linda’s irrepressible giggle and her love for red roses.

Linda had the ability to radiate happiness and light up a room, something we should all aspire to.  Her love for Bill, her “Prince Charming,” for theatre, and for all her family made her positively glow when she spoke of them.  She will always be missed.

Joy Peterson
Reply from Lee (Leland) Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND
YOU provide a GREAT visual reference for me by YOUR attached map with accompanying  written designations 
I had a 34 minute visit with my Aunt Joy Peterson this afternoon.  She is 86; just raked her lawn and collected 27 
bags of grass for disposal.  She is waiting for the wind to diminish so she can go out and plant all of her flowers.  
Her initiative, ambition and ability surely says a lot about the special person she is.  I recall being at their farm 
when I was 12 years old.  I was 192 pounds and felt tough but I could not ‘hold a candle’ to the endurance and the
production of Joy’s efforts, every day.  It is so nice to have and to have had pleasant examples.  Lee s

5/13/2013 (1786)

Folks, please mark your calendars

Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
        Happy  Birthday  Eve Gottbreht  Pilkington  (’65):  Irvine, CA
Happy Birthday Sharon Pearson Zeiler (’62): Rugby, ND
Joyce Dumont, Dunseith mother of 69 children,
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Holey Buckets Gary and friends!

I hope each of you had the opportunity to read a son’s tribute story ,about
his mom, Joyce  (Poitra) Fandrick Dumont.

 I see her at various places, oft at the area general store, “Wal Mart”.

From Joyce,  through the years, I  always experienced a  ‘cheerfully, warm’ hello.
I  walk away thinking, “Hmm, hard to believe this woman with so much  maternal energy
isn’t  still in her 30’s as she was  I first met her ……my very  first year of teaching.

What a blessing to have mother’s like her walking among us,
….”mere mortals”.

Kaelyn Sime – Stars Gymnastics team – Take 1st place in State – Link below
Posted by Wayne (’61) and Rosemary Smith:  Bottineau, ND
Kaelyn Sime is a member of the Western Stars Gymnastics team that received 1st place in the ND Level 5 competition at Grand Forks in March.  She is the daughter of Laurali (Smith) and Leon Sime – Williston; granddaughter of Wayne and Rosemary Smith – Bottineau; and granddaughter of Larry and Connie Sime – Dunseith.  Many thanks for your many hours you spend on the Dunseith Blog.

Wayne & Rosemary Smith

Joke of the day
Posted by Jacqueline Hiatt (’79): Springfield, VA

After being married for 49 years, a wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her for a while, then said, “You’re an alphabet wife ….. A,
B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K.”

She asks … “What the hell does that mean?”

He said,”Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, and

She smiled happily and said …”Oh, that’s so lovely – but what about I, J,

He said, “I’m Just Kidding!”

The swelling in his eye is going down and the doctor is fairly optimistic
about saving his testicles.


5/12/2013 (1785)

Happy Belated 90th Birthday Eleanore (Stubby) Fauske
You look so nice and certainly not your age. It is obvious from where your daughters got their good looks too. You and Elwood both have held your ages so well over the years. We are looking forward to seeing you in July.
Reply from Becky Lemke Rude (’74):  Bottineau, ND
Hello Gary ,
I really am glad to be added to your mailing list . Had i finished school I would have been in the class of 74 with Ivy Eller , Darla Robert , Cathy Casavant ,etc.
I have added you to the DHS class of 74 in all of my records. There were many reasons why folks didn’t finish High School back then and academics most of the time was not one of them.  That is neither here nor there. The class of 74 is your class.
Joyce Dumont, Dunseith mother of 69 children, Featured, front page of the Wall street Journal
Posted by Kay Hildebrandt (Cousin to Robert, Corbin & Winfred Eurich Pritchard): Murrieta, California
The Los Angeles edition of the Wall Street Journal included a front-page article in today’s edition about Joyce Dumont, resident of Dunseith.   Authored by James R. Hagerty, the article is a Mother’s Day tribute to 77-year old Mrs. Dumont, who has raised 69 children:  6 of her own; 5 stepchildren; 11 adopted; several dozen foster children, and a few who moved in when they had no better place to go.  Mrs. Dumont is a Native American of the Chippewa tribe. 
Thought you might be interrested.  Kay Hildebrandt
Wall Street Journal link
Reply to yesterday’s map of the Philippines
From Lee Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND
Gary…The map that is attached to this blog is the best I have ever seen.. I flunked geography; probably in the 5th grade.
Jesslyn Seltzer Hosmer taught that grade.  She also attempted to make a writer of me by having me stay after school
too many times and copy 5000 words from an encyclopedia ???  Jesslyn grew up in Towner.
ANNIE SWAY: My niece, SARA, Dean’s daughter, is a missionary and recently spent some time in the Pacific Island region.  
She just returned to the mainland having been in GAUM.  
Can YOU give this dough-head a lesson in geography by approximating the location of Guam relative to YOU folks?
PLEASE   Lee s
I have pasted a map of Guam below relative to the Philippines. It is not nearly as clear as the one I posted yesterday, but it gives you an idea where Guam is located. Guam, I think, is about 1000 miles east of Cebu. Manila is 380 miles north of Cebu
The map that I posted yesterday was sent to me by Bill Grimme on December 2, 2006. I too thought it was a good one, that is why I have hung onto it all these years. At the time I had just located all of the class of 65. The majority of us had email, so we kept the airways hot with many email messages each day. Folks would send messages to me and I would do an instant post to the rest of the folks. It was almost live and very exciting too. For me and for many of the others too, it had been 40 plus years since the majority of us had communicated. This lead to a very successful reunion in 2007 and of coarse the continuation of these daily blogs. 
I will never forget my first conversation with Esther Murray when I finely located her. She wasn’t easy to find either. She was convinced that I had the wrong number and person. Dunseith and especially the DHS class of 65  had not entered her mind for years and years and years. Having not thought of us for years, the names I mentioned didn’t register. Her mind just wasn’t channeled to Dunseith. After a few memory jars, she realized I had the right person. Then things clicked in her mind with great recall.  Esther became very involved with our communication and attended our reunion in 2007. As I recall it was her first time back to Dunseith since about 1970. Esther also made the 2010 reunion.
Bill’s comment with the map
 Thought everyone might be interested in taking a look at Gary Stokes’ command post location. He is doing a great job of communication, considering he is on the other side of the planet.
Thank you Bill,
Linda Fugere Wheeler’s Obituary & Fugere family picture
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Everyone, 
When I had questions about pictures I have from Wondrasek’s, Linda supplied the information I was seeking.  Anything written in purple print is what I have added to Linda’s obituary.  I do this for myself–I had to check the net for the definition of “Carpe Diem”, as I wasn’t sure what this term meant, even though it states Linda seized every day of her life.
I didn’t know Linda in person, but I enjoyed her emails. I’ll miss her.
Linda was a member of the Bottineau High School Class of 1973.
Linda Wheeler
(Born 1955 – Died May 6, 2013)

Send Flowers Send Sympathy Gifts Send Sympathy Card
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Linda Rae L. Wheeler (née Fugere) 58, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Collier Hospice, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, after a long struggle with cancer.

Born in Bottineau ND in 1955 to Leo and Doris (Bergeron) Fugere, Linda received a Bachelor’s Degree in theater and English from Minot State University. She worked for the United States Postal Service for twenty-five years, and was the Manager of Administration for the USPS Western Area when she retired in 2009. She was very active in the Denver theater community, and served as a judge for the Colorado Theater Guild’s Henry Awards. She was an avid traveler who visited all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Linda was passionate about life. Her motto was “Carpe Diem” (seize the day),and she seized every day of her life. She was an inspiration to her husband, to her extended family, and to all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Wheeler, her sisters Anna Dean Fugere and Myrna Adams, her brothers Dick, Jack and Mike Fugere, stepson Dan Wheeler, stepdaughter Kimberly Wheeler, and grandchildren Niko, Alexander, Kayla, Andrew, Grace, Alexa and Oliver.

Linda will be missed greatly by her many dear friends and relatives, including the Teddi & Joseph Montoya family, the Bob and Molly Gillespie family, as well as cousins Deborah Wittmeier and Peggy Nelson.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held for Linda at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Denver Metropolitan Susan G.Komen charity, or to a charity of your choice

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Everyone,
Scott is Paul/Janet Gillies Wagar’s son.  It is with his permission I’m sharing this fabulous picture. 
I’m guessing this picture will bring back good memories for many of you–it did for me, and I didn’t grow up on a farm! LOL  I’m guessing some of you might wonder where this picture was taken–I don’t know; it’s an anonymous barn. LOL!

5/11/2013 (1784)

Folks, please mark your calendars

Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
Reply from EdnaMae Nelson Olufson-Smith:  Edmonds, WA
Neola really sent you some pics, huh?  Borrego Springs, CA was only for one month this year, plan 2 months there in 2014.  Home is Edmonds, WA.  Sunny today. 
With the email messages we exchanged a while back, I know that you live in Edmonds. I had just forgotten to update my records.
Request from Ele Dietrich Slyter (’69):  Dunseith, ND
Please add Rebecca Lemke Rude  to your listing…email is hrrude@  Thank you
It is my pleasure to add Rebecca to our mailing list. She is the wife of Howard Rude, son of Henry and Esther.
Rebecca,  I remember well our bus taking the loop west past the day school and picking you and Roberta up.  For my records, what school class were you with? Roberta was with the class of 69.
Anna Fish
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Posted from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Cebu Radisson hotel
Sharon and George invited to the us to join them for dinner at the Radisson to celebrated Sharon’s 34th Birthday. Sharon has gotten kind of attached to Bernadette. Sharon’s birthday was actually the day before this dinner. She celebrated her actually birthday at the beach resorts with Rose (Art Hagen) and some of the other gals. We were honored to be their guests for dinner at the Radisson.

5/10/2013 (1783)

Art Rude
Reply from EdanMae Nelson Olufson-Smith: Borrego Springs, CA
Hi Gary:  Sorry to read about your wife’s health concerns.  This edition of your letter was especially fun for me as Art Rude is a special friend to our family.  In fact, when I was a “kid” he dated my oldest sister.  Also knew the Larshus family, so the other picture was fun for me, too.  Thanks! EdnaMae
Bottineau High School Scholastic Awards
Katie Gottbreht Recipient
Katie’s parents are Rick and Sandra Gottbreht. Her grandparents are George and Patty Gottbreht.
Salem Confirmation class labeled with all the names.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Joke of the Day
Posted by Jacqueline Hiatt fix (’79 ):  Springfield, VA

After being married for 49 years, a wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her for a while, then said, “You’re an alphabet wife ….. A,
B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K.”

She asks … “What the hell does that mean?”

He said,”Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, and

She smiled happily and said …”Oh, that’s so lovely – but what about I, J,

He said, “I’m Just Kidding!”

The swelling in his eye is going down and the doctor is fairly optimistic
about saving his testicles.

5/9/2013 (1782)

Folks, please mark your calendars
Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
Reply from Larry St. Claire (’66):   Anchorage, AK
The Poitra family reunion is July 4th, so I will be in Dunseith that weekend.
We are most certainly looking forward to seeing you and all the way from Alaska too.
No blog yesterday
Bernadette and I were invited to a friends house for dinner last night, so I didn’t get a blog posted yesterday.
Salem Confirmation Picture
Reply from Allen Rude (BHS ’69):  Watertown, SD
Regarding the Confirmation picture, you are correct to my right is David Larshus, son of Lloyd and Orlene.  The Pastor is Joel Hernes,  and the girl is Patty Roland, daughter of Leonard and Margaret.  I still remember the program was pretty grueling and the final test before Confirmation we had to stand in front of the Congregation and recite what ever the Pastor requested of us.  Allen Rude
Salem Confirmation Picture
Reply from Kenny Pederson (BHS ’65):  Michigan, ND
Sorry to hear about your wives health problems.
The Confirmation picture is David Larshus, Allan Rude,  Pastor Hernes, Patty Roland, Leroy Rude.
David is Lloyd’s son and patty is Leonard and Margaret Rolands daughter.Pastor Hernes came
after Pastor Grudt.
Hello Kenny,
Thank you so much for this reply.
Kenny, I hope you noticed the caption at the top of this message about our reunion. I am looking forward to seeing you and your wife too at this reunion if you can make it. You will know lots of the folks. Many of our Dunseith HS class of 65 class mates graduated with you in Bottineau too. I have also added you to our permanent distribution list too for these daily blogs.
Salem Confirmation Picture
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Can anyone supply Pastor’s full name?  I’ll add it to the picture and resend the picture.
Debbie Brudwick Sapp identified David Larshus; Dick Johnson identified Patty Roland.  I  recognized “the Rude Boys”. :) 
I have two 8 X 10’s if any of you would like to have one/both of them.

Salem Confirmation Picture
Reply from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
Confirmation picture Salem Church, March 1966.  
David Larshus  Allan Rude   Pastor Joel Hernes   Marlys Roland   Leroy Rude
Pastor Hernes and Sonya arrived at the Metigoshe parish in June or July 1963.   I was responsible for printing the church bulletins for the Sunday services between the time of Pastor Grudt and the call and response of Pastor Hernes.  Sept 7, 1963 Pastor Hernes married Bob and me.  Yes – now fifty years ago.   Pastor Herness also baptized our daughter Alice in 1965 and Jody in 1966.     I believe Jody was the last baptism in the Nordland’s church building.   Pastor Mark Ronning arrived about this time frame.   Bob was  sent overseas to SEA (South East Asia) from June 1966 – Dec 1967.   He was stationed at Clark AFB, with the US Air Force Jungle Survival School – or PJSS as it was known. Last stop for rescue, survival, escape and evasion training for air crew before going to the War Zone.     I was able to live on Minot AFB in our mobile home at the base trailer park.   I usually went to the farm and to church in the Hills  on the weekends during that time.   I believe I have some reel to reel tapes from those early services of the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.   I know on one there is some hearty laughter from Orvin Hagen.  Sure would be fun to find that  reel real “soon”.
Thank  you for keeping the Blog alive and well.   Your Reunion will be good come this summer.   You are correct.   Set the date, place, time – and they will come.  Enjoy one and all.   Bob and I will be in ND most of June but will leave about the 3rd to attend a 50th wedding anniversary of dear friends in Minden Nevada.  AND yes, on Sept 7th, 2013, Bob and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center with refreshments from 1 to 3 pm.   We were married on  Saturday, the 7th of September  in the Manger Church – I wanted the organ and to have the bells rung.     We will also have a celebration with refreshments here in Washington state at the Cusick American Legion on Sunday August 25th from 2-4 pm.   We started the year in January with celebrations – I turned 70 – and we will celebrate give thanks to God through the rest of the year and as long as he gives us breath.  Those of you who know us are welcome to come to either place – or both if you are the traveling rambling people like we are!!  Doreen Larson Moran  (Class ’61 BHS)
Leroy Rude
Reply from Vicki Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
LeRoy is a Bottineau School Bus driver, Bottineau County Commissioner, and the husband of Roberta  Lemke Rude who graduated from DHS 1969!
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
As I am getting ready to send this, I see Novie, Bernadette’s Niece, checking up on her before she (Novie) retires for the night. It is 10:40 PM. Novie keeps pretty close tabs on her aunt.  We are so lucky to have her. Bernadette ask her for a snack of which she prepared. Novie lives with her husband and 4 children in one of the apartments we built for Bernadette’s nieces and nephews.
Bernadette is feeling a lot better than she was several days ago, however she feels very dizzy and her words are slurred.  We have made wheel chair arrangements for her on our flights back to the states. She can walk on her own, but often times feels like she is going to fall. She spent several hours shopping in the mall this afternoon with Novie at her side.
PS – Novie was an English major and has a BS in Teaching. A strong asset of Novie’s is that  whenever she talks she always has a smile with a very pleasant attitude. When Bernadette is down, Novie lifts her spirits. Novie is on our payroll, full time and oversees the other two helpers that we have.
Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

5/7/2013 (1781)

Folks, please mark your calendars
Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
No blog Yesterday.
Folks, I did not get a blog posted yesterday. Not enough hours in the day.
Benefit for Carl Melgaard
Reply from Vonda Melgaard Antonson (’76):  Maddock, ND
Gary,  Donations may be sent to Carl Melgaard (if writing checks or sending money orders, etc please write them out to Carl). The address is c/o Grace LaRocque. 210 E 9th St. Bottineau ND 58318.  Supplementals funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.   We thank you all for your support!
Bernadette Stokes
As most of you know, following a series of mini strokes last year,  Bernadette is not well. As I was putting today’s blog together I replied to a personal message of Brenda Hoffman’s. I would like to share my reply to her with you folks.
Hello Brenda,
Bernadette perked up today. We did our monthly grocery shopping and she accepted an invitation for dinner, for us, at a friends house tomorrow. It is so nice. She goes down 10 notches, rebounds 8 notches, levels out for a period of time, then goes down another 10 notches, rebounds 8, levels out and the cycle continues.
Actually Brenda, I am not physically exhausted. Maybe a bit mentally though. We have good help readily available when needed. Last night Bernadette went to bed about 8:00 PM. At about 9:30 PM I heard the bell ringing for Novie, her niece. Within a minute Novie was at her side in our bedroom. Bernadette was not feeling well at all and could not sleep. She wanted a massage, so Novie text messaged the gal that does massages. She was here within 5 minutes. Her other niece, Novie’s sister, was in the bedroom with her too. All of that excitement perked Bernadette up some too. The massage lady gave her a complete body massage. At 11:00 PM she was feeling a lot better and went out into the living room to watch TV. That is where she was at when I went to bed. I didn’t even hear her come to bed. This morning she was feeling better and continued to perk up more as the day progressed.  At the moment I am putting together today’s blog and she is watching CSI.
Take care,
PS – Her body massage cost her 2 bucks, so it didn’t break the bank.
Cheri Metcalfe Evans (’74) answer to Gary’s question
Gary- I have worked at the Dunseith Nursing home for 18 years now. I am an LPN and worked out on the floor for many years. For about the last ten years I am the Resident assessment care coordinator- fancy name for Jack of all trades, master of none! I do Quality assurance, Infection control, MDS’s, care plans-and other odds and ends. My office is in the nursing home. I love my job and I love the residents. It is always fun to have Art Rude stop on his walks through the nursing home halls. I am sure he knows who I am, even if he doesn’t always remember my name. We were on the Dunseith Rental Committe together, of which he was President for some years.As you know he has been and still is a beloved member of our Community.”
Chi Chi Evenson Olson (’68)
Message from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
Vickie, I want to share this message with everyone. Gary



I see Chi Chi  out shopping occasionally.

When I saw her yesterday, I told her about the July gathering.

She is very  interested. in reuniting with old friends.


She told me in the past you called her when she had a land line.

She has moved into another apt.

She doesn’t have a computer.

She uses a cell phone.

She said, LOL, “Her boss at the the pig farm currently is her daughter.”


It is so rewarding to hear of grandparents like Chi Chi who

encourage  grandchildren in pursuing  goals in education!

It is super neat to see a young person working to attain dreams.

With  her strong work ethics, personable demeanor, Amanda always clearly

demonstrated a true  “gift”  in art, which she now  has blended that with some “motor head” knowledge.



Confirmation Picture
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
I just saw this picture/can’t remember if I’ve scanned/sent it, so here it is.  I’m not sure if this is Allen Rude, but I think so.
You are right, that is Allen and Leroy Rude. I should know the other two folks too, but I don’t recognize them. The guy on the left looks like he could be a Larshus, possibly one of Lloyd’s boys? The gal looks like she could be a Roland, possibly Margaret’s daughter?
Allen Rude, I’ll bet you can identify the folks in this picture with you. I don’t recall the pastor either.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
I just had to let everyone know that we have another state champion in the family.
We just found out today that my grand daughter who plays the tenor sax, and that had
qualified and participated in the North Dakota, State band competition became a
state champion along with the rest of her ensemble group. 
They will march in the parade of champions next spring.
The family is excited and proud of her. 
Thanks Gary,
Madison is to be commended along with the other band members. What an honor.
                                Hazen Mixed Instrument Ensemble

5/5/2013 (1780)

Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion
When I said June 13th I meant July 13th for our Dunseith Alumni and friends reunion at the Norway house.
Folks, please mark your calendars
Dunseith Alumni and friends Reunion Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
Bottineau Norway house.
All on this distribution are encouraged to attend.
Food and drinks – Individual purchase from the menu.
Happy Birthday to Darlene and Denise Quillinan (DHS ’63)
          Darlene Quillinan Larmore           Denise Quillinan Halvorson

Greetings to Gary and Dunseith Alumni friends from Chi Chi (Evenson) Olson ’68


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND.

 Chi Chi is looking forward to attending the July 2013 gathering of Dunseith Alumni and friends.

Aside from that,

Chi Chi is a proud grandmother of  Amanda Pedie.

On Friday, May 10, 2013, she will be a Wapheton (NDSCS) graduate.

 Chi Chi said,

“Amanda has worked full time and part time jobs to put herself through college.

Amanda is choosing to begin her automotive career here in Bottineau.

D & B Auto has employed Amanda all through college.

She has worked hard through summer, winter and spring breaks to achieve her goal.

If your car gets construction ding or a scratch on your vehicle this summer see Amanda.”

 How many can say their granddaughter has a career in autobody?

Congratulations Amanda and proud grandma Chi Chi!

 P.S. I’ve seen Amanda’s creativity since she was in elementary school.

How cool is that!

Later, Vickie

 Follow up message from Vickie

 Hi Gary,

I just saw Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra and her Son and Grandson at WalMart.
I told Ginger of your summer plans to be in the area,
and the wonder ing about a possible Dunseith reunion gathering.
Her son suggested,…….Norway House!
How great is that?
Take care  keep in good health.
We are looking forward to seeing Ginger too. I know she visited Neola too, when she was in Bottineau.
Neola and Carol Berg have supper at Dale’s
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Carol/I drove to Dale’s for a late supper.  I had Dale’s jumbo burger, or whatever it’s called.  When I go to Dale’s, I don’t need to look at the menu–I KNOW what I’m ordering. LOL.  I told Carol about July 27/28 and encouraged her to attend one/both days.  I THINK she will try to attend on Saturday, July 27. :)  Do you know where Billy Satrang is now?

I don’t have Billy Satrang in my records. I am not sure where he is at. Hopefully some of our readers know where his is living.
Joke of the day


Four old retired men are walking down a street in Fountain Hills, Arizona

They turn a corner and see a sign that says, “Old Timers Bar – ALL drinks

10 cents.”


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 10 cents 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 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round.
Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the bartender again
saying, “That’s 40 cents, please.”

They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity gets the better of them.

They’ve each had two martinis and haven’t even spent a dollar yet.

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

“I’m a retired tailor from Phoenix ,” the bartender says, “and I always
wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery Jackpot for $125 million
and decided to open a place out here. Every drink costs a dime. Wine, liquor, beer  it’s all the same.”

“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 North Dakota. They’re waiting for Happy Hour when drinks are half-price, plus they all have coupons…”


5/4/2013 (1779)

Dunseith Alumni & Friends (All School) Reunion on Saturday July 13th

As I mentioned before, Bernadette and I will be in the Bottineau/Dunseith area the whole month of July until August 5th. I was contemplating a full blown reunion, but there just isn’t enough time to properly organize a full blown Dunseith Reunion, so I have decided to bag that idea.
Instead, I have arranged for a Dunseith Alumni and friends night at the Norway House on Saturday, July 13th.
Jarilyn Hiatt and her husband Craig are the owners of the Norway house. I am embarrassed to say that I don’t have their family name in my records. Jarilyn is the daughter of Wallace and Arla Hill Hiatt

Talking to Jarilyn, she said they have a capacity of 175 at the Norway House. She said they could handle any size crowd that may attend, whether it be 20 or as many as 175, for a planned gathering of all of our Alumni folks and friends. She said she will have a selection of a few predetermined dinner menu items on hand that she will prepare when they are ordered. Everyone will be on their own for ordering and paying for their meals and beverages.

Folks, please mark your calendars. I have reserved Saturday June 13th from 4:00 PM until 1:00 AM for this Alumni gathering at the Norway house. Suggested Dinner/Supper time is 6:00 PM.  All of you on this distribution are invited and encouraged to come.This is one that I will be posting and pushing with these daily blogs too. We want to see you guys. 

I have also arranged for a Class of 65 reunion on Saturday July 6th, at the Norway house.  


Dunseith Alumni and Friends Gathering at the Bottineau Sr. Center on Saturday July 27th from 1 to 5 PM.
Neola has reserved the Bottineau Sr. center for a family reunion on July 27 & 28 (Saturday and Sunday). For the family reunion there isn’t much planned for Saturday, so for Saturday, July 27th, she suggested we invite all of you folks on this distribution to stop by for a visit and a cup of coffee. Neola and of coarse Bernadette and I will be there.

5/3/2013 (1778)

Benefit for Carl Melgaard
Question from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Where can donations for this benefit be sent?  I’m not much into attending benefits, but I’d like to donate to it.
Where can folks send donations for your Dad/
Face book posting from Susan Fassett Martin (’65)


Allen Richard’s wife, Susan Putman, recieives prestigious United Way Award.
Posting form Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.

The Charles J. Strosacker Award is given to a United Way partner agency employee who represents the spirit of the community and shows leadership, compassion for those less fortunate and an innovative spirit. The recipient was Susan Putnum, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Putnam said awards like this are rarely about the person receiving them, but instead are reflective of the support team of staff, board members and volunteers. Putnam oversaw her organization’s expansion with a merger with Isabella County’s program, the purchase of a building and another merger with Bay and Saginaw counties. She said the mission has always been about serving children.

“To be recognized for doing what I love, perhaps what I was meant to do all along, is an affirmation for me that I am right where I belong,” Putnam said.

Reply to the ladies picture posted by Neola
From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59):  Watertown, NJ
I concur with Mona and Evie, number 8 is Cora Boucher Mongeon. Roland and Cora lived at the hill farm after their marriage till about 1945 when they moved to Dunseith for a short time. Dale and Alma managed the hill farm for about 6 months 1940/41 when Cora and Roland were in CA. Dale was caretaker at the Pe ace Gardens/CCC camp 1939/1940. Despite the social life at surrounding farms [Zylers, Seims, Metcalfes, Gunvilles, etc], Dale felt cut off camping out and was thankful to help at Roland’s until Cora becamed resigned to leaving her job in CA for home. Home was Dunseith for them about 1944/45 before Roland took over the “old” Gottbreht farm on Hyw 3. Some may remember the picture of Roland and Yvette Tennancour, Alma Gottbreht, Herman Boucher, and toddler EJ at the Roland Mongeon hill farm. Herman left for boot camp May 8, 1941. I was born May 9, 1941.

 Thanks Gary. Lovely seeing Aunt Cora again. Sharron

Reply from Neola to the ladies picture posted by Neola
Nettie, Viola Homemakers’ picture.
Thanks to everyone who provided information for the identification of the ladies in this picture. :)
It’s too bad there is no date on the picture.  “Nettie – Viola” and “Home Makers” is written on the back of the picture.  I think Aunt Viola wrote this.  Neola
Homemakers picture, revised list: May 2, 2013
1.  Thelma Slyter Kofoid (married to Robert Kofoid) Kofoid, Robert & Thelma Slyter 81
3.  Child:
4.  Child: boy?
6.   Lydia Larson Larshus (Larshus, Oscar & Lydia Larson 82)
7.   Ruth Larshus Johnson Peterson? Ruth was Oscar/Lydia Larson Larshus’ daughter.
8.   Cora Boucher Mongeon  Dunseith Book, Roland (says Nora in index) p.169. Cora  was Mona Dionne Johnson’s and Evie Gottbreht Pilkington’s aunt.
9.   Nettie Larson Larshus (Larshus, Henry & Nettie Larson 81)
10. Child:
11. Viola Larson Kofoid (married to Walter Kofoid). (Kofoid, Walter & Viola Larson 81)
Viola’s parents (Larson, Laurits & Berget Vikan 82) owned Cordelia Store/managed Cordelia Post Office.
Laurits died in 1911.  Walter and Viola had no children, so I don’t know whose daughter she is holding–perhaps one of Nettie Larshus’ children? 
12. Gladys Olson Iverson  (Iverson, Ingvold & Gladys Olson 79). Gladys was Dick’s grandfather Henry Olson’s oldest sister.
I’m including Art Rude’s posting on fb (copied/pasted from Gary’s newsletter)  I didn’t know your Grandmother Hannah when she was young, Art (think I met her a time or two in later years), but in the picture of your grandmother/dad/uncle (Gary’s blog), I can see the resemblance between her and Rena Larshus Roland.
Face Book posting just posted by Art
Art wrote: “I think I will explain that one for the “non-relatives” Norma. My Dad is a first cousin to all the Larshus relatives of his generation, as Grandma Hannah was the oldest of the Larshus siblings. Rena Roland’s maiden name was Rena Larshus, daughter of Henry Larshus and Dad’s first cousin, and they were born a day apart.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

5/2/2013 (1777)

Benefit for Carl Melgaard
Note: Carl will starting Chemo treatments shortly for his cancer.
Messsage from Vonda Melgaard Antonson
There will be a pancake & sausage benefit for Carl Melgaard on Sunday May 19th at the Bottineau High School cafeteria from 7am to 1pm. Thank you to all for their support & caring! Thanks Gary.
Message from Alan Poitra (“76):   Bloomington, MN
My condolences to the Larry Bergan family.
Art Rude Memories
From Allen Richard (’65):   Midland, MI.
I was maybe 3 yrs old when I met Art Rude Sr,  It was at the post office.  He made a small child love him.  That child is 66 and still loves him.  All my love and best wishes to you, Art— (Rudie the bald headed teacher — I helped write that)
Diane Larson Sjol Brother-in-law, Jack Sjol, is missing
Posting from Diane Larson Sjol (’70):  Lake Metigoshe, ND


My brother in law, Jack Sjol is missing from his home as of Wed. April 24 sometime in the evening from what we can gather.  There is evidence to suggest a possible homicide.  I am attaching a poster just in case anyone happens upon some information.  We are hopeful but still want landowners, farmers, ranchers, oil workers to check their surroundings for anything that looks out of the ordinary and take a moment to investigate it.  There is  a statewide investigation underway.  We appreciate all the love and support shown to our family at this time.  Thanks.

Diane Larson Sjol


Reply to Neola’s Picture of the Ladies
From Mona Dionne Johnson (’48): Bottineau, ND
Gary:   I have to agree with Evie.   Our Aunt Cora & Uncle Roland lived
on a farm up in the hills.  I stayed with them one summer in the very
early 40’s.
It could have been a gathering of area people or she was a guest, but I
believe #8 is her.
Mona Dionne Johnson  ’48
Reply to Neola’s Picture of the Ladies
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

        Evie brought up a good point about why her aunt Cora Boucher
Mongeon would be in the picture with what is believed to be a Lutheran
Ladies group?  I wonder if the picture could actually be a group of
ladies at a area Homemakers group that was common in those days.  I
heard long ago that Roland Mongeon lived west of Butte St. Paul when he
was young and newly married.  My Grandpa Henry Olson’s sister,  Gladys
Olson Iverson is in the picture on the far right and is listed as #12.
She and Ingvold Iverson,  her husband,  lived along the foothills west
of Butte St. Paul also, leading me to believe it could have been maybe a
social gathering rather than a church group.  Just a speculation on my
part.  Thanks Gary!



5/1/2013 (1776)

Happy 90th Birthday Art Rude
As you are getting this, today is Art Rude’s birthday. If you have time, please stop by the Dunseith nursing home and wish him happy Birthday.
Posting from Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND
Dad turns 90 tomorrow (May 1st), and I have to work in Watford City when he makes the big turn.  So, I’d like to invite people who are still in the Dunseith area to stop by the Nursing Home and say hi.  Wayne is going to deliver a cake, so if you stop by and have a piece of cake and say happy birthday in person I’m sure he will appreciate it.  He may not remember your name at first, and that is quite embarrassing to him, as Dad basically never forgot a name but he would love it if you stopped to talk to him any way.
I’ll attach a couple of pictures.  The first one is a picture of Dad as a teen with his brother Gilbert Otis (He went by G.O. Rude), and his Mother, Hannah Rude.  The second one is a picture of Dad as a teacher, as most people probably remember him, and I believe it is the year he retired from teaching.

Peace and Power, 


 Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, 
 webpage address: www.artrude.com 
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!
Face Book posting just posted by Art
Art wrote: “I think I will explain that one for the “non-relatives” Norma. My Dad is a first cousin to all the Larshus relatives of his generation, as Grandma Hannah was the oldest of the Larshus siblings. Rena Roland’s maiden name was Rena Larshus, daughter of Henry Larshus and Dad’s first cousin, and they were born a day apart. So every year, Dad would call Rena, and ask her how it felt to be so old. (It was a traditional lol, before there was lol) I just called Dad and asked him how it felt to be 90 instead of 89, he said he didn’t know yet, everything is slower at his age. He sounded pretty good on the phone, so I think he will enjoy it if people stop by.”
Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Larry A. (Weasel) Bergan, age 63 of Dunseith, died Sunday in his home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Thursday, beginning at 4:30 P.M., with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the church.

Larry (Weasel) Bergan, a son of Clayton and Alice (Laverdure) Bergan, was born in Belcourt on October 28, 1949.

He is survived by a daughter, Melanie (David) Martin of Dunseith; sons, Curtis (Malissa) Bergan of Fairbanks, AK and Devin (Tricia) Bergan of Temple, TX; 10 grandchildren; brothers, David Bergan of Dunseith; sisters, Judy Leonard of Dunseith, Janet Evans of Monticello, MN and Carol Harris of Torrance, CA.

Reply from Ken Striker: Dayton, OH.

      re: Roberta Hagen Striker birthday and picture.    Her husband is Deane K Striker who works construction and raises cattle in Dunseith area.  His parents are Douglas and Marlene Ann Espe.  Marlene  is a d/o Arthur & Effie M (House) Espe.  I met  cousins Marlene and her children Deane and Donna at our 2009 Striker Reunion at Berne, Indiana.
Ken Striker of Dayton Ohio
Reply to Neola’s picture posted yesterday
From Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (’65):  Irving, CA
Hi Gary, 

I am almost positive that #8 in the picture is my beloved Aunt Cora Boucher Mongeon.  I just don’t know why she would be in this picture if it is a church picture from Rendahl.   I think she only attended Catholic in Thorne and Dunseith.

Blessings for you and Bernadette
Evie Gottbreht Pilkington
Reply to Neola’s picture posted yesterday
From Norma Manning: Princeton, Ill
Good Morning Gary!!! I just wondering if maybe #7 could be Mom Ruth Peterson.
The ones at are named are right, but I can’t come up w/any other names.
1.   Thelma Slyter Kofoid (married to my uncle, Robert Kofoid)  I THINK!!
2.   ?
3.   ?
4.   ? (Boy?)
5.   I thought this was Clarice Vignes Kofoid (Frank), but one of the sons doesn’t think so.
6.   Lydia Larshus
7.   Ruth Larshus Peterson
8.   Cora Boucher Mongeon
9.   Nettie Larshus
10.  ?
11.  Viola Larson Kofoid (married to my uncle, Walter Kofoid). Her parents owned Cordelia Store.
12.  Gladys Iverson (Sister of Mathilda Iverson Amundson?)