3/31/2015 (2207)

Happy Birthday Art Hagen (’72): Cebu, Philippines & Bottineau, ND
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    Happy Birthday Art Rude (’71): Bismarck, ND
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Happy Birthday Floyd Dion (’45): Dunseith, ND
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The Old log house in Trish Larson’s photos
Replies from Dick Johnson (68) and Larry Hackman (’66):

Gary and Friends,

      Larry Hackman and I both believe the old log house in Trish’s picture is the old Hackman log home along Highway 43 on the west side of School Section Lake in Holmes Township.  Here is our banter on the picture.  Thanks Gary!

> Larry,

>    The picture of Harvey Larson pretending to be drinking outside of

> an old log house has me wondering.  The log house sure looks a lot

> like Gus and Bill’s (your grandmother’s) house along 43 to me.  What do you think?

> Dick


> Dick

> I agree with you Dick, it does look like the Grandpa and Grandma

> Hackman log home.  Everything seems to be right , even the location of

> the trees.

> I just don’t  remember that guy standing there, tipping up that bottle.

> Larry



    I remember the green asphalt sheeting that was on the old house and it is on this log house in the picture too so I bet it is that place. 

The old house has basically fallen in on itself now and the ravages of time have taken their toll on the poor old thing.  It was ALWAYS there for as long as I can remember but, no more.  Just the memories are left now.



Class of ‘73
Anyone recognize this Gal?


Blog (274) posted on November 6, 2008



Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Evelyn Pladson

May 3, 1928-Nov. 2, 2008

DUNSEITH Evelyn Grace Pladson, 80, Bottineau, formerly of Dunseith, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, in a Minot hospital.

She was born May 3, 1928, to Edwin and Gertie Nelson in the Turtle Mountains and was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Nels Landsverk. She married Arthur Pladson Oct. 16, 1948, in Rolla.

Survivors: sons, Allen, Dunseith, Wallace, Cavalier, Almo, Ontario, Calif.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Elwood Landsverk and Virgil Landsverk, both Minot, Bruce Landsverk, Dunseith, Roger Landsverk, David Landsverk and Leland Landsverk, all Bottineau, Kenneth Landsverk, Salinas, Calif.; sisters, Sharon Beckman and Barb Lawrence, both Bottineau,

Funeral: Today, 2 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, Dunseith.

Burial: Rendahl Cemetery, near Dunseith.

Visitation: Today, 9 a.m. to noon, Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.


From Erling Landsverk (44):





Erling, I’m not sure how many of our readers realize that your are blind.  If I understood you correctly with what you told me before, you independently read your email with Audible software and of coarse reply with the excellent typing skills that you posses.  You are to be commended for the skills you have developed, enabling you to communicate with all of the well written beautiful messages you send. Gary


Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Folks, David Skarr has been on the Jeopardy show.  He is Wayne Smith’s (61) Nephew.

That David Skarr is a smart fellow. We have been watching him on the show!!!

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


Memories from Gary Metcalfe (57): 

Neola, Johnie Kofoid was the only guy I have ever seen that could fix a car tire with a pair of pliers and a small hammer. Alfred  Belcourt worked for John awhile, by the way Alfred was kind of a hero.  One night, in Rugby, he put a would be mugger out of business, even though Alfed had one crippled arm.  It made the papers.

Lyle Olson, you should have pursued that style of arranging ? your cards.  August Dionne used that exact style, whist or pinocle either one, A.C. Bar, Flynn, Vanorny, my dad and more put money on their games and intended to win.  August held his own and no one had to wait for him.  Saturdays in the winter time.

Hey Dick, the boys would have done well with a wool sack.  The day I opened up a cache of Hamms cans with the front end loader.

Margaret, I may have typed 42 words a minute one time.  Arlene Lamoureux and Marlene Kraft both tried to help me, but I decided to go with Leo Lamoureux’s method, one finger.

Wayne and Rosemary, I may be wrong about where Hank and Gladys lived, but I put them north of Hans Johnson’s on the old Shorty Gallager place.  Gladys was a sister of KenRose Medlang.  They were lots of fun.

Gary, you might be surprised how much history is gathering in your great  endeavor.  I stuck my hand in a three gallon bucket of water, made a fist, splashed around.  When my hand was drawn out, I realized how little an impression was made.  On the other hand, that old Native American said with out a culture or history you lose your will.

Trivia – What do Duane Woodford and Dick Cheney have in common??  Janice or Bonnie, I am counting on you.

Also was Rene Dore as romantic as he told my dad that he was?

Thanks.  Gary Metcalfe


Memories from Lyle Olson (75):

Gary and all:

Hanging out at the Snow White Bakery is a favorite memory of mine.  I am certain that many other Dunseith Alumni remember doing so.

Herman Martinson was a kind man, and a good example to many kids.  He never had all that much to say, but when he did say something, it had meaning and it stuck with you for awhile.  He was one of the hardest working people I have ever met, up at 3:00 a.m., and up all day long til the bakery would close for the day.

Kids in the 70’s used to hang out at the bakery to look at the girls walking up and down main street, and eat Bismarcks by the half dozen.  I remember I used to get $2.00 for allowance.  I would go to the Crystal Café and get a Jumbo Burger for a $1.00 and then top off the meal with a few Bismarcks from Herman.  If I had money left over, Glen Shelver’s store was the next stop for a few candy bars.  These bad eating habits have served me well over the years as anyone who has seen me lately can certainly attest.

In any event, one of the greatest highlights of hanging out at Herman’s during the summer was getting a chance to ride with Tim Martinson up to the Peace Garden for deliveries to Minnie Flynn’s store and to the music camp.  Those trips always led to some good girl sightseeing, and if lucky, we would even talk to some girls and make plans to meet them at the lookout or the lodge.  Fun times to be sure.  Tim also used to pack several kids in the back of the pickup for trips to Lake Williams so that we could go swimming.

Tim used to coach baseball in Dunseith.  He was an excellent catcher in his day, and even a better coach.  I remember that either he or his brother Terry put me in to catch batting practice one day.  A foul ball found a most delicate spot and I was taught by the Martinson brothers how to do the bicycle.  Terry asked me why I wasn’t wearing a cup and I had no answer because I had yet to catch my breath long enough to speak.  Well, Tim, perhaps sensing that I wasn’t going to be a catcher after all, hit ground balls to me for over a half hour.  I was quite afraid of the ball and that coaching strategy only enhanced my fear.  Today, I realize he was making a valiant attempt to make a better ball player and person out of me by forcing me to face my fears.

Herman also often taught lessons that you did not know were lessons until well after the event.  I remember being short of money once and I asked Herman if I could charge a few Bismarcks.  To my surprise he said no!  He said he was sure that I did not “need” the Bismarcks but that I only “wanted” the Bismarcks.  He told me to be sure that if you “wanted” versus “needed” something, then you should save money for it.  Now that is advice to live by.  He later let me charge Bismarcks after I learned he had let my younger brother Rob charge a few – his heart was too big to do otherwise, but I did learn a valuable lesson.

Herman was like a father to many kids, especially kids like Marvin Kalk, Donald Malaterre, Clark Malaterre and many others who worked for him over the years.  I already told people about the heat stroke incident after playing basketball at Campbell’s.  There was another time when my instincts told me to go to Herman because he would know what to do.  Many of us kids were ice skating and I, somehow or another, stepped on Shelley Hagel’s hand with my ice skate.  Well, the blood started pumping immediately and I just knew she was going to die if I did not do something.  I grabbed her other hand and dragged her from the ice skating rink south of the old police station through the back door of Herman’s, blood following all along the way.  Herman grabbed a towel and wrapped Shelly’s hand and then calmly told me to drag her to the clinic.  He never said a word about why I felt the need to drag Shelley through his spotless working area.  I am happy to say that Shelley survived and she and I are friends to this day; however, I do not think Ray or Lois Hagel were too impressed with my heroics.

Many of us realize as we get older just how much of an influence people like Herman have had on our lives.  I think those of us who grew up in Dunseith in the 1970’s can thank our lucky stars for people like Herman  – I know I do.

Lyle, those of us from the 60’s have fond memories of Herman and the bakery too.  Every lunch period, I’d top off my school cafeteria meal with 3 glazed donuts at Herman’s bakery. They were three for a dime.  Herman would just let us put our money on the counter and help our selves.  Those were the best donuts ever.  Gary

Memories from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Sharon Longie Dana for the quick reply! I wish I could
remember the girl’s name, but it’s gone. Thanks for trying to fill in
the gap! We spent lots of evenings skating and goofing around at the old
skating rink. George Aitcheson was the city employee who always flooded
the rink on the first really cold night–sometimes 20 degrees below! The
ice froze quickly and made a smooth rink. Mel and I were talking about
the homemade scraper that we had to use to clean the snow off the ice
after it snowed. We both remembered that it was about 4 feet wide and
had a two man handle. I used it because I wanted to—Mel said something
about a debt he owed to society, or something like that! I’m quite sure
Mel didn’t intend for me to put that on this blog, so I will!! Thanks Gary!



This Article should bring back a few memories.

Folks, I had seen this article before and remembered Vonnie Hiatt was in it, so I queried the system using her name to locate this article.  That is why her name and the Hiatt names are highlighted.

Rod; Vonnie left us way to early in life. I know that she was a big part of your actioneering business and that your family misses her dearly. She was a neighbor and very close friend of my Brother Darrel, his wife Debby and their children, Kristin & Nathan.  Your brother Earl was in our class of 65 too.  I knew him well and was extreemley shocked when I heard he was killed in that accident in the winter of 65/66 on #3 south of Rolette. Leland Stickland was with him.



Turtle Mountain Star – July 22, 1965
Mr. & Mrs. John Awalt Celebrate 40 years of Marriage
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3/28/2015 (2206)

Happy Birthday Cecile Carbonneau Marchand (’51) Clearwater, FL.
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Reply to pictures
From Trish Larson Clayburgh (73):   Portola Valley, CA

Yes Dick you guessed it,  and the details!  Except it was a 49.  You would have made a great detective.  The photo was taken the night of the prom, just before we got dressed to go.  Gotta love those pants right?

Uff Dah!!!

That was the coolest of all the cool cars my Dad restored while I was in high school.  It was a “fastback” and he furnished it with my grandfather’s horsehair blanket for warmth over the front bench seat.  The interior was soft, with a plush grey headliner.  It was my first car and I was madly in love with it, as you would have been Dick, although it really was a feminine car.  I learned to “set points” with my Dad on that car, and I know you know what that means ha ha.

I fondly remember that car, but I am sorry to admit to it’s tragic demise at my inexperienced hand.

It had a sleek push button automatic transmission on it’s perfect dashboard, and I am mortified to this day to tell you I ruined the engine because my Dad assumed I was smart enough to understand how it worked..  I drove it home to the port one night in low gear at high speed when I pushed the wrong button by beginner accident, not knowing why the engine was screaming at me.  It was never the same and I was so ashamed when my Dad explained what I had done.

There were other great cars I got to drive in high school, but of all of them, this was my favorite.  Even now, it’s hard to admit to my ignorance and the damage it caused. However painful, it was an excellent lesson for me.  From then on I was acutely aware of engine sounds and their possible meaning.

By the way, that’s my Dad Harvey Larson.  He wasn’t a “drinker” at all, but he found that bottle in front of that cabin in the woods and was “hamming it up” for the camera.  He had a funny sense of humor and was always joking around.  I still miss him though he’s been gone for 20 years now.
Trish unidentified


Blog (273) posted on November 5, 2008


Folks, I still have class lists for the classes of 76 & 77 to post.  I will be posting those in the next day or two. Gary

Evelyn Pladson’s death notice/funeral provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

EVELYN PLADSON, 80, Dunseith, died Sunday in a Minot hospital. Funeral Wednesday, 2 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, Dunseith. Visitation today, 1 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, in Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.

Condolences to the Pladson family from Paula Fassett (71): 

Gary and all:

I was very sad to read that Evelyn Pladson has passed away.  Years ago, I worked with her at Hosmer’s Dry Goods (when Lawrence Struck was owner).  She was a very hardworking lady, but one who never complained about it.  I remember her as a very kind and cheerful lady – she had a laugh that would just make you laugh along!  She loved her boys and loved life.  I always figured between Evelyn and my great Aunt Helen Nelson, who also worked at Hosmer’s for MANY years, they probably knew everyone in the TurtleMountains – and more than likely were related to about 50% of them!!!

My condolences to her family.

Paula Fassett


Message from Ron Longie (65): 


I just got back from Elk hunting, and started catching up on my back Emails I especially like your Email with Mr & Mrs Medrud. I remember as a kid spending a considerable amount of time at their house for they were our next door neighbors. The memories are to many to list good, good memories ..  Thanks


From Kenny Nerpel (65):


Lyle Olson’s contributions trigger some more memories:

I have to agree with Lyle that the reasons he listed are pretty
much why a lot of people choose not to contribute.  Another
reason is the CRS issue brought up by Mel Kuhn.  Most people, I
think, just do not clearly remember “stuff” from that long ago
and if you happen to get it wrong you risk offending others.
We don’t want to do that, do we.

Being many years older than Lyle, I never really got to know him
in his high school years but I do remember him pretty well from
earlier days.  I remember that our families used to try to get
together back then at our Grandparent’s home on Thanksgiving Day.
Later when everyone became more scattered we would get together
at our Uncle Larry Metcalfe’s home in Devils Lake and later
Carrington.  When I was about 13 and Lyle was about 3 we were
sitting around our Grandparent’s living room, probably on
Thanksgiving Day, watching their black and white TV and a
Folger’s Coffee commercial came on.  Maybe a lot of you will
remember the one about a cup and a half of flavor being in each
cup of coffee.  Well anyway they would start pouring the coffee
and it would continue to fill the cup well past the top.  Lyle’s
eyes got big and he looked at me and said “they can’t fool me,
that’s ‘wubber’.”

In 1972 when I was enrolled in college at NDSU, the Dunseith High
School basketball team made it into the State Tournament.  I
remember that they were huge favorites in the first round against
I think it was Berthhold.  I was sitting in a Tavern in Fargo
with some friends and I would go out to my car about every 15
minutes to check on the score.  After doing this a number of
times I found that I was about 3 beers behind and decided that
being it was the third Quarter and they were still up by 15
points that I would just check the paper the next day to get the
score and see how Don had done and if they won by enough that
maybe Lyle might have gotten into the game.  Imagine my surprise
when i saw the score the next day.  A classic example of the
“choke” or maybe just overdoing the prevent defense?

I think it is tough to compare teams of different years because
circumstances vary.  Another team that I remember well was the
team of 1987 that also qualified for the state tournament.  I
remember them so well because I was following the Starkweather
team that
year that also made it to state and they met Dunseith in the
losers bracket. It went much like i thought it would.  Men
against boys.  I had seen the Dunseith team earlier that year
against Belcourt, who that year was a real good class A team and
Dunseith handled them with ease.  But they also choked in the
state tournament’s first round losing to Leeds, a team that
Starkweather had handled quite easily during the regular season.
The Starkweather team that year had 4 of their starters from
the little community of Webster and I knew all of them quite well.

Dunseith’s class of 1965 team did quite well under the
circumstances.  We had a number of kids who probably would have
been starters who decided not to play, I guess partly because
they chose to concentrate on academics instead.  We ended up
winning about 10 games with players who might not have started
and a couple of younger kids who weren’t quite ready to play
against seniors.  I remember one of them, Alan Houle, was
probably one of the finest pure shooters that ever played at
Dunseith High School.  Anything over the half line was considered
a good shot for Alan.  What a field day he would have had in the
era of the 3-pointer.



Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Almo Pladson was my classmate  and  a  very good friend , I am  sorry to hear about his mom  I wrote him a  personal  e mail.  But   has  anyone heard  when the  funeral will be.  thanks   gary for all u do  Bev

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Thank you Cecile uncle alpie lived  with us when  he returned  from Colorado. I took  care of him  till he had a  stroke and then he wanted to  go to the  nursing  home. He  said I had enough   with  my dad and Shonda.  He  was  always   so kind  to me  everyday when  Shonda and I walked to the  mail we would go  and visit  great  uncle  Alpie, Shonda  got very  close to him .  Uncle Art  was my  godfather and  was a  very  quiet man and a  very kind man also.  Thank  for   sending  this  picture  to  me  I will also cherish   it.  Bev


Message/Picture from Orissa Horsman Dion (41): 

Gary I don’t know if you are interasted in this,but will send it anyway.It’s a picture of the Methodist church in Dunseith.It was built in 1919,this picture qas taken in 1958.The bell has been taken down as they were afraid the weight would be too much for the aging building’

My dad’s uncle,Alfred Horsman designed and drew the plans for it.That’s about all I know.

Stone Church 2206


Pictures from Allen Richard (65):

I’m enclosing a few pictures of relative I had the chance to connect with.

Me with cousins Laurel Ann and Beverly, Daughters of Art and Irene Richard Lagasse.

(Irene was Dad’s older sister–and sister of Stella Schimetz)  (Art Lagasse was the

older brother of Xenon Lagasse who is the late husband of Fern Berube, Angela’s mother.)
Pigeon Horsman, Lousie 2206 Richard, Allen 2206 Richard, Laurel Bev 2206 Richard Laurel 2206

And of course Greg and Angela Malget–We had a wonderful dinner at the Mall of America Sunday night on my way home.  If you play it right you can get a 4-5 hour layoverinMinneapolis — time enough to visit the Mall for shopping and especially for connecting with loved ones.

(I really did attend the conference—REALLY I did!  )
Berube, Angela 2206 Berube, Angela  Richard, Allen 2206


Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Reply from Edith Struck Lampman (73): 

Edith, With your parents purchase of  Hosmer’s, in the mid 60’s, your family and parents were well known in the Dunseith community. Having known your mother and your family, I know a lot of folks will be interested to see this picture of your Grandmother.  Gary

Hi Gary,

The picture that you posted was our mom, Eva’s mother. Her name was Elma Adnette Knudsen born November 8, 1890.  She married our grandfather, mom’s dad, Archibald Edward McNair.  They lived on the southern plains of Saskatchewan.

Mom took the original picture of her mother to Wondrasek’s to have copies made.  I have one with the date of 1974 stamped on it with Wondrasek’s name and address.

thanks Gary for knitting a small community together with memories and history that is a part of all of us.  I don’t always get each day’s entry read, but I revel in the chance each time I do.

Also, I have responded to individuals as they post, which has been fun to reconnect that way.  You are a hero in my book!

Edith Struck Lampman

Elam Adnette Knudsen McNair – Eva Strucks Mother.
Struck 2206


3/26/2015 (2205)


With kind of a busy schedule I was unable get a blog posted the last four days.

Our Cebu Expat monthly dinner group has grown tremendously in the past few months. With a maximum capacity of a hundred at the Marco Polo, we had to schedule 3 dinners for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. We had nearly a hundred folks for Monday and Tuesday’s dinners and 25 for Wednesday. Coordinating and attending these dinners kind of kept me busy. With the popularity of the Marco Polo, our dinners are well attended there.

Bernadette has not been well either. She was only able to attend Monday’s dinner at the Marco Polo and she was dragging too. She has not snapped out of it yet either. We are so fortunate to have the help of her 3 nieces.  

Stokes 2205-1 Stokes 2205-2


Replies to Class of 73 unidentified picture
Provided by Trish Larson Claybough (’73):  Portola Valley, CA

Reply to class of 73 picture
From Dick Johnson (‘’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

      The picture of the gal with the scarf leaning on the ’50 Chevy also looks like Trish Larson to me.  It was taken on the driveway in front of Campbell’s garage and the slope roof building in the distance is Mellmer’s garage.  My guess is that is was the day after the prom–big hairdo makes me think so.  I sure would like to know where the car went? 


Unidentified picture posted yesterday

Class of ‘73
Anyone recognize this guy or the building?


Joke of the day
Posted by Trish Larson (’73):  Portola Valley, CA


One dark night outside a small town in Minnesota, a fire started inside the local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the               fire departments for miles around.
When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, “All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact.”
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.
Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the company’s secret files.
From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby Norwegian rural township volunteer fire company composed mainly of Norwegians over the age of 65. To everyone’s amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant.
Without even slowing down it drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the Norwegian old timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire fought it back on all sides. It was a performance and effort never seen before.
Within a short time, the Norske old timers had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave fire fighters.
The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film, asking their chief, “What are you going to do with all that money?”
“Vell,” said Ole Larsen, the 70-year-old fire chief, “Da first thing ve gonna do is fix da brakes on dat truck!


Blog (272) posted on November 4, 2008


From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

EVELYN PLADSON, 80, Dunseith, died Sunday in a Minot hospital. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)


Several teachers  including  LeaRae (Parrill) Espe and myself went
to Minot yesterday to see Letaine Brandt who had  heart attacks again
on Saturday remains in very critical  condition.

While in the intensive care waiting room we also visited the Pladson
and Landsverk families.  Evelyn (Landsverk) Pladson passed away
surrounded by family on Sunday.
Evelyn is the mom of Alan, Wally, and Almo, who all attended Dunseith School.
I am certain  many folks have fond remembrances of Evelyn as a
quiet, kind, hardworking lady.

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Vickie, Almo is on our Distribution list. 

Almo, Our condolences are with you and your family with the loss of your mother.  It’s tough loosing a parent. We will post her Obituary when it is published.  Gary


Reply from Bob Lykins (Teacher):

That’s very funny, Margaret.  Yes, Gary, I do remember, very well, those days of teaching typing at Dunseith HS.  Ah, the sound of those bells ringing the end of the line and returning carriages.  It is true what you say about spell check.  I also remember tearing apart one of the old manuals to see how they worked.  The repair man only came around once or twice a year and the students needed to have their machines repaired now and not later.  So I went out and bought small screw drivers and sharp-nose plyers.  Along with key chains, itty-bitty screws, rubber bands, and light-weight sewing machine oil I managed to keep most of the machines up and running.   I remember we had this old Underwood that had to have been manufactured in the 1930s.  It had no casing and was open all the way around.  It was the best machine we had for durability but was hard to type on because the key pressure could not be adjusted.  I believe one of the Cassavant boys had that machine.  I wonder if he still has fat fingers from pounding on that thing every day.


Additional comments from Mr. Lykins:


I read with great interest your comments on All Saints Day in the PI.  It brought back memories of when I was TDY to Subic Bay during that time of the year.  In the evening we took a boat out into the Bay just off the main Olongapo/Subic City cemetary.  The cemetery stretched from the highway alongside the bay up the side of a large hill.  That night the people flocked to the cemetary and the only light one could see from the bay were the thousands of candles dotting the hillside.  It was very spectacular.  We docked the boat and went up into the cemetery.  It was all very festive with bands playing and roaming vendors selling all kinds of food and wares.  I stopped to chat with more than one interesting family group.  The families had gathered around their family burial plots which were, more often than not, marked by a large stone grave marker or alter with the family name on it.  Everyone in a family of about 30 or so people, including the little ones, wore ball caps with the name of their dead ancestor stitched on the front.  As I recall it was not a name one would normally associate with a family from the Philippines but rather a good Irish name like O’Neill. So I asked one of the older people about it.  It seems an American sailor, not long after the Subic Bay Naval Station had been established, decided to stay and start his own family there.  O’Neills now number well into the thousands in the PI.  As I meandered through the cemetery I noticed more than a few “foreign” names on the grave stones.  They were and are a lasting testament to the American presence in that part of the world.  When I left the Pacific area in 1979 for Germany we had over 9,000 American military and civilian retirees who were living around Clark Air Base.  I don’t know how many retirees there were around Subic and other installations but I am sure it was/is well into the thousands.  No doubt that has fallen of f since our closing of the bases in the PI.  It is a beautiful country and an American can live like a king on a small pension.  I must confess that the thought of retiring there did cross my mind more than once.

Take care and my best to Bernadette.

Bob Lykins

Mr. Lykins, What you said about the cemeteries is so true.  We live in Cebu, located about 400 miles south of Manila and Subic Bay. The cost of living here is somewhat less than back in the states, but overall with the extra’s that we have and living to American standard’s, it averages out about the same. The average Filipino family lives very sub to our standards. A family of 5 can live comfortably, in their society, on less than $200 per month. Bernadette and I have gotten spoiled with the very inexpensive domestic help.  Several months ago we took a few of the local children down to McDonald’s. We ordered happy meal chicken nuggets for all of them.  The one little by would not eat any of his food, including the fries, because this food was new to him and he did not like it. He wanted his dried fish and rice.  For price comparison, a McDonald’s quarter Pound deal, with cheese, costs $2.50. Ice cream sundae’s cost $.60.


Rod Hiatt’s (69) Reply to Gary:
Please see my question to Rod below.  Gary

Hello Gary
The email address is right and the year is 73 for Little Chip
Rick and Chip are married to Fairweather sisters. There Dad, Renolds, is
from North of Souris, but while in the service he married a gal from
Georgia and thats where the kids were raised until probably into junior
high, when they moved up here and he worked for the elevator.
I have my coffee every morning enjoying the stories and memories of
everyone around Dunseith. You made my Mom’s day when you called her a
while back. Thanks and keep up all the good work.

Rod, I too enjoyed visiting with your mother, Vida. I have known her my entire life and your dad too. I had a really nice visit with your folks, at the bowling alley, in Bottineau, the summer before your dad, Howard, passed on. They are great folks.  Gary

Gary Stokes wrote:


I have a Mike Johnson listed in the class of 63 and one in the class
of 73 each with the same email address
Which one is correct?  I’m thinking the one I have listed for 73 is
correct. I only have an email address for both listings with  no
mailing address or phone.

What is Rick and Mike’s wife’s maiden name?  Are they from the
Rolette/Bottineau county areas?

Sounds like you guys had a whirl wind of a trip, but fun.

I’ll post this tomorrow.  Thanks for sharing.



From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Reading the stories from Marshall Awalt and others about traveling
through blizzards, reminded me of a similar story Dad told me. He said
the boys basketball team was riding with Glen Shelver and others on the
way to Bisbee or Cando for a game, when they came upon a Model A Ford
that had gone off the road into the ditch full of snow. Glen had the
boys push the light car back up on the road as no one was around. Dad
said they had only gone on a short distance when they met a team of
horses and a sleigh with the owner of the car riding with the farmer.
Glen Shelver laughed out loud, when they went met the team, and said, “I
wonder how that poor guy is going to explain to the farmer why his car
is sitting on the road and not in the ditch”? Thanks Gary!



Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to Dick Johnson:  I hope my cousin Ronnie can help with that I honestly don’t remember, I know I was young when they moved to Spokane Wa. and I have lots of cousins older than me so I don’t know who it would be.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


From Cecile Gouin Craig (61): 

As November 11, will be here soon, thought this maybe of interest to the
Dunseith folks. Wilmer Dion was Floyd and Derald’s Father All five of these
brave men were uncles to the Morinvilles, my Mother Jean, brother Morris,
and my self. Father and four uncles to Floyd and Derald. Joe Morinville’s
Mother Eva Dion, Morrinville, Peat and my Grandmother Rena Dion, Daoust were
sisters this pictures is of their brothers.
As always thanks Gary for all you do. Cecile


Picture provided by LaRose Ketterling (46):
Class of 44 2205-1 Class of 44 2205-2


3/22/2015 (2204)

    Happy Birthday Diane Millang Volk (’77): Sherwood, ND Millang Volk, Diane 2204      


Happy birthday Wendy Strietzel: Sawyer, ND Strietzel, Wendy 2204      


 Happy Birthday Julie Knox Seier (’82): Minot, ND Knox Seier, Julie 2204  


Replies to Class of 73 unidentified picture Provided by Trish Larson Claybough (’73):   Portola Valley, CA

Reply to class of 73 picture From Dick Johnson (‘’68):  Dunseith, ND Gary and Friends, The young man just coming through the line at the prom is Johnny Allery and it would appear he will be the next one to hold hands with his date who I would have to assume is Marlys Medlang. Dick

Reply to class of 73 picture From Florence Pladson Sime (’62):   Deering, ND That looks like Dorothy Eurich and Kathy Campbell

Reply to class of 73 picture From David Slyter (’70):  Sabin, MN. Gary : John Allery and Rod Medrud in the background. Girl could be Marlys Medlang   All at the prom.   :) Dave Slyter (70)

Reply to class of 73 picture From Dewy Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND John Allery and Marlys Medlang Unidentified picture posted yesterday Medlang, Marlys  Allery, Johnny Medrud, Ron 2204

Class of ‘73 Anyone recognize these folks? unidentified

Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND Mary  Gary and friends, Mary was a student at Dunseith High my Sophomore /Junior year. She was an older than the average high school student with young school age children at home. She certainly kept the rest of us “teenagers” on our toes and in line as students! Mary was quite determined and serious to complete her goals: graduate from  an accredited high school  and go on  to college. She did! I believe she obtained a nursing degree. One summer  in the late ’70’s when my father was still living, Mary arrived unannounced one weekday afternoon. She said, she was concerned about him. She wished to dress a diabetic ulcer on his foot. She shared her knowledge and skills, then had a good coffee visit with  Mom&Dad. The last time, I saw Mary was  one warm summer Sunday morning at the Family Bakery. She and her husband often ate “dinner”  after attending their church services here in Bottineau. Mary enjoyed pencil sketching animals on napkins while waiting and talking. She would then share her art with others in the cafe. Mary quite proudly shared her cousins successes, fond remembrances of her parents, Axel&Bernece (Kelly) Johnson and her siblings I extend  sympathies to her family. Sincerely, Vickie Metcalfe \
US Veterans Return to Iwo Jima for 70th Anniversary Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND  One of Dad’s responsibilities as a a boson mate ferried  soldiers into fight onto island Japanese strongholds. Days later, after battle he  picked up and carried the bodies out of the ocean. Dad watched the flag raising at Iwo Jima. Not once but twice., he watched  the original. Then,  the re enactment. He loved  to hear Kate Smith’s,  “God Bless AMerica


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND Dunseith News  

Blog (271) posted on November 3, 2008

From Marshall Awalt (51):

Lois yes I remember that crazy incident well when the geese chased us that night.It was a long walk and if memoir serves me right it was very late when we did get back to Dunseith.In those days I don’t think there was much planning ahead everything seemed spur of the moment some one came up with an idea and away we went.Life seemed so care free and everything so much fun.The car I had at the time was a 1932 Cheverlot coup with a rumble seat plus a spare tire in each front fender (which some nights we used both before getting home).We used to pack four people up front and lord only knows how many squeezed in the back.Most nights we just drove up to the San Haven where the road was a y in those days turned around then kicked it out of gear on the way down the hill to see if we could coast all the way down main street.Other times it was swing through the San Haven and down lovers lane to see who was there. After reading your story I went looking for a picture of that old car but can’t find one.I was wondering if you might have one?I know we used that car in our freshman initiation. Traveling to basketball games back in those days was an adventure as the weather in North Dakota could be bad and there was a caravan of cars to carry all the players and cheer leaders plus the fans.I don’t remember them ever canceling a game because of weather. one year during the tournament we had to stay in Rolette over night as a blizzard came up.No school buses in those just the good people like Glen Shelver. Thanks for the memoirs Marshall


Message from Rosemary (Wayne) Smith: Folks, this message leads into the one that follows.

Gary:You must have sent out the info on our nephew being on Jeopardy! already as we received a message from a couple that knew Wayne’s folks, Al & Audrey Smith.  Your blog has done wonders in reconnecting people and letting us know what happened to others.  I don’t know how you do it!  One example is Wayne’s classmate Lowell Bad Heart Bull.  Wayne said that he was such a nice person, but after graduation, all contact was lost.  How you find everyone is unbelievable!!!–even when they change their last names!  I only wish someone in my hometown of Leeds, ND, would take on a project like this.  You are doing a wonderful job. Anyway, if you sent out David Skaar’s info in a mass mailing, we did not get it, and maybe you left our name out because we knew the info already – duh! Thanks again. Rosemary (Wayne) Smith 

Message to Gary from Rosemary (Wayne) (61) Smith: Folks, I want to share this interesting correspondance between Clyde/Marge Satrang & Wayne Smith.  Gary, Here is an example of what I mean about Dunseith area people reconnecting as I mentioned in the previous email to you. Rosemary (Wayne) Smith —– Original Message —– From: “Rosemary Smith” To: Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 11:38 AM Subject: Re: Wayne Smith’s Nephew on Jeopardy – Monday. Yes, Yes & Yes: My folks were Al & Audrey Smith.  We, my wife Rosemary & I, would come out to Mt. Iron and visit all the cousins quite regularly.  My folks would talk about you and, I believe it is your parents, Melvin Satrangs near Willow Lake.  I remember visiting there with my grandmother Blanch Anderson.  One of the last visits to Mt. Iron, we were walking around town with Bonnie Kohler and she pointed out your home.  When we would visit, we would always bring Hank Salmonson, Wayne’s uncle, from the Ackworth area with us also. Wayne —– Original Message —– From: To: Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 10:26 AM Subject: Fwd: Wayne Smith’s Nephew on Jeopardy – Monday. JUST READ THE DUNSEITH NEWS FROM GARY. WAS WONDERING IF YOU ARE RELATED TO THE HANK AND GLADYS SMITH WHO WERE FROM DUNSEITH. THEY MOVED TO MOUNTAIN IRON, MN.  HANK HAS PASSED AWAY BUT GLADYS IS STILL ALIVE. HANK HAD A BROTHER NAMED AL MARRIED TO AUDREY ANDERSON. CLYDE IS FROM DUNSEITH AND WE LIVE IN MOUNTEAIN IRON. 3 OF THEIR CHILDREN LIVE HERE IN MN. JUST WONDERING. CLYDE AND MARGE SATRANG


Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): In reference to the picture posted in message 268 – Operetta Cast “Kathleen” – 1943-44  Hi Gary and all, thanks for posting this picture again.  I looked at it more closely today and I realized my uncle Harvey Halvorson is in this cast as well as my aunt Luella Halvorson Dion.  I have not seen many photos of my uncle Harvey when he is that young and standing on his own.  Thanks, Lynn Halvorson Otto (75)

From Dick Johnson (68):  Gary and Friends, I’m sure most readers can remember the city skating rink on the south side of the old police station. We had a warming room on the south side of the fire hall with a plank floor and benches where we could put on our skates. I remember it was heated by a small propane heater and was fairly warm, especially compared to the below zero temps outside. A couple days back, we had a picture of the Bill Longie family posted on this site. One memory I have of the skating rink also includes a girl who was a Longie or a relative of the Longies. We were all skating one evening when she lost her balance near the ‘chain link’ fence that surrounded the rink. She reached for the pipe at the top of the fence just as she fell and missed the pipe but stuck the heavy wire fence top deep into her inner wrist! I remember her hanging there and screaming for help. We helped her up off the wire and got her shoes on so she could go home. It was a nasty injury and needed attention. I  wondered if this could have been the girl now identified as ‘Patty’ in the Longie photo? Ron Longie or Sharon Longie Dana, can you shed light on this one. The girl was about 15 when this happened in the 63-64 time frame. If I remember correctly, she was in Dunseith visiting family at Christmas. Thanks Gary! Dick From Dean Stickland (73): Hi Gary, I sure do appreciate your sustained efforts in providing this wonderful service to all of us.  I keep pretty quiet but enjoy the daily email. There is one small correction I’d like you to make on the class list of ’73.  You have me listed as Stickland Dean/Roberta – my wife’s name is actually Marion.  I believe Deane Striker’s wife is Roberta, so you can just move her up the list a line. Deane and I are cousins – his paternal grandfather (Doug’s dad) was Ermin Striker – a brother to my dad’s mother, May Striker Stickland (later Hughes).  Deane is one day older than I and neither of our mothers knew the other was in the hospital at the same time giving us similar names. We went through 12 grades of school together, fished and hunted together and in later years have shared a few phone calls around birthday time. Like others, I enjoy reading stories of so many folks from the Dunseith area.  I suppose many of us could fill a book with short stories of our growing up years there.  There’s so many fond memories, like days with Dad on the mail route, summer days down at the “crick”, working at the Red Owl store, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling all over the hills . . . the list would get quite long. Thanks to those who have a clear recollection of our younger days and are able and willing to share them with the rest of us. Dean Stickland ’73   From Rod Hiatt (69):  Good day Gary When I seen Dicks story about Little Chip, I had to tell you about our trip last week. Rick(my younger brother) and his wife and I left here with a load of colts heading for Tuscon on Thursday morning. We went to the edge of Denver and met up with Little Chip(Mike Johnson) and traded Ricks wife for him(Chip and Ricks wives are sisters) and headed south for Tuscon. Chip had already been up for about 20 hours but was completely wired for this trip. We drove all through the night, one guy sleeping and one guy was suppose to stay awake and keep the driver company.  Chip was looking like a bobble head doll with a broken recorder that worked part time, when his head would bang against the window he would wake up talking and seconds later he was back to the bobble head again. When daylight came it was Chips turn to drive and pulling 32 feet of trailer with livestock was something Chip hadn’t done much of the last 20 years as a Denver City Boy. If this were a test, the starting slow and stopping easy would have been failures, but the in between part was passing.(He still knows how to cuss out drivers who don’t drive to his liking)  He was Ricks extra eyes when the directions that were given were wrong(some people blamed me for that) and getting that big rig turned around in private drives, or doing a U-e on a busy Tuscon 4 lane road. We finally found our destination and unloaded half the colts there, rested 2 hours and headed to Las Vegas with the remainder. Just north of Tuscon it was Chips turn to drive again and Rick was sleeping, so there for it was my turn as co pilot and map reader. I am almost positive that I told Chip left, but anyway it was nice touring that little town before we found somewhere to turn around and go Northeast instead of Southwest. We made it to the west edge of Vegas at 2 a.m. unloaded, ate and slept until 6 before we headed back to Denver. Chip did remind us that a breakfast Burrito in New Mexico and 2 a.m. supper in Vegas just wasn’t exactly what he would consider a well balance diet. We thought that he was just a cheap date. As we got into the heavy Denver traffic that night, again Chip was the direction man and just about the time we were coming to a split, he falls to sleep and Rick goes left instead of right.  Well he finally got us steered the right direction and we did get 8 good hours of sleep at his house. The next morning Rick, his wife Susan and I headed back to Bottineau and with only 1 minor mistake, I’m sure that the atlas I was reading had mistakes, as the highway we were on was not suppose to take us to the main terminal of Denver International. People sure stared as we came zinging through with 32 feet of trailer. Sometimes wished I didn’t have Hiatt Farms plastered on the trailer. Anyway we traveled 4050 miles, went through 9 states, did it 4 days and Chip called and wanted to know when the next run would be. He either is lacking company from back home or he banged his head on the window harder than we thought. One thing was sure, having him on this trip was a real blast as he hasn’t changed a bit from when he left here over 20 years ago and I don’t know if we could have done it without him. So if you go through Denver you need to give Chip a call, and he will show you small town hospitality in the big city. Rod, I found a Dunseith article in one of the 1965 “Turtle Mountain Star” achieves, on line, that will be of interest to many.  In that article you are listed several or more times as Roddy.  I did not realize that you went by Roddy back then. In this article you played the part of the father and your sister Vonnie the part of a bride in a skit you guys put on.  Does that ring any bells or bring back any memories to you or anyone else? You and Vonnie also played a duet. I will be posting that article in a few days.  Gary Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  ALLEN MORIN, 54, Dunseith, died Oct. 30 in his home. Funeral Thursday, 10 a.m., St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Belcourt. Visitation Wednesday, 6 p.m., with a rosary service at 8 p.m., both in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla) RAYMOND POITRA, 70, St. John, died Tuesday in a St. Paul, Minn., hospital. Funeral Monday, 10 a.m., St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt. Visitation Sunday, 6 p.m., with a rosary service at 8 p.m., both in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)

Dunseith News

Picture provided byLaRose Ketterling (46): Basket ball 1944 2204-1 2204 Basket ball 1944 2204                                      Dunseith High School Class of 1975

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allery Leslie 100 E Wachter Avenue Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 258-2962
2 Anderson Charles RR 1 Box 27B Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4562 No Email address
3 Azure Gladue Alva Dunseith, ND 58329
4 Baker Dupuis Patricia 1025 Mission Rd Cloquet, MN 55720 (218) 879-2138
5 Belgarde Helander Berni 5210 Brodie Grove Apt 206 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (719) 649-5655 No Email address
6 Birkland Swart Brenda 3204 N. Columbia St. La Grande, OR 97850 (541) 963-5735
7 Casavant Halvorson Carolee 403 W Avenue F Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 224-0955
8 Davis Ronald PO Box 511 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5352
9 Davis LaFountain Tina PO Box 404 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2454 No Email address
10 DeCoteau James Dunseith, ND 58329 James works at the Dunseith HS.  He may not be interested?
11 Eurich Strietzel Dorothy 5581 74TH ST NW MINOT, ND 58703 (701) 839-6637
12 Evans Hill Laurie/Tim 112 Third Ave Burlington, ND 58722 (701) 838-3813
13 Fugere Fauske Debbie PO Box 334 Bottineau, ND 58318 C(701)-208-0274  Wk(701) 477-3022
14 Fugere Diane Minot, ND C(701) 833-5666      (701) 838-4644
15 Fulsebakke Jim/Marlee 9942 County Road 49 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2844
16 Gunville Mark 406 Main St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3409
17 Hagen Striker Roberta/ Deane RR 1  201 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0649
18 Hagen Arlan 1431 101st St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3157
19 Halvorson Otto Lynn 1-111 Sungbuk-dong, Sungbuk-gu Seoul, Korea  136-875 011-82-2-745-1790
20 Hiatt Rhonda 8907 NE 275th Street Battle Ground, WA 98604 (360) 666-3228 C502-664-9168
21 Hill Moline Diane 114 Kittelson Dr Burlington, ND 58722 (701) 838-8382
22 Hunt Jack RR 1 Box 46 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0896 No Email address
23 Hunt John PO Box 102 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0004 No Email address
24 LaFromboise Louis RR 1 Box 99A Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-5973 No Email address
25 Lagerquist Kurt PO Box 1315 Dunseith, ND 58329 C(701) 228-4540 No Email address
26 Lamoureux Don 22612 Sandy Dr NE Bethel, MN 55005 (763) 434-1803
27 LaRocque Wanda 1047 N. Alford St. Ridgecrest, CA 93555 (760) 377-3330 No Email address
28 Marion Terry PO Box 717 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5013
29 Martinson Tara 1661 Old Country Rd, Unit 250 Riverhead, NY 11901 (631) 727-5982
30 McCloud Collin PO Box 1321 Belcourt, ND 58316 No phone Available No Email address
31 Munoz Henry Mary Ann PO Box 1114 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5607 No Email address
32 Olson Johnson Carla 713 Ohmer St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3763 No Email address
33 Olson Lyle 1906 Pentland St West Fargo, ND 58078- (701) 277-3687
34 Parisien Forrest PO Box 1285 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2455
35 Parrell Joel Grand Forks, ND Sister LeaRae (701) 228-2911 Joel is in the process of relocating to Grand Forks
36 Peltier Breland Carol PO Box 907 Rolla, ND 58367 (701) 477-3188
37 Pigeon Marc PO Box 568 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5164 No Email address
38 Pladson Dan RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-6744
39 Poitra Jesse mother Marcelliner (701) 244-5304 PO Box 94 (701) 244-5304 No Email address
40 Poitra Thomas RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 No phone Available No Email address
41 Schimetz Zorn Kim/Bill Box 617 Upton, WY 82730 307-468-2885. No Email address
42 Siegrist Stephan His mother indicated he is not interested
43 Tooke Berger Jean 105 Seventh St NE Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 663-5064
44 Wenstad Donna 2265 W Quail Way Amado, AZ 85645 (520) 398-8281 No Email address
45 Williams Brian PO Box 696 Warroad, MN 56763 No phone Available No Email address
46 Williams Syvertson Debbie 2007  7th St NW Minot, ND 58703 (701) 837-9943
47 Williams Lagerquist Lori/Ray 33 Galena Gulch Rd Boulder, MT 59632 406-225-3583

3/20/2015 (2203)

Condolences to Lois Lilleby Fielding (’51)  and her family on the passing of Leonard Fielding

From Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT.


Class of 63 pictures
Provided by Trish Larson Claybough (’73):  Portola Valley, CA 


Trish sent me a lot of pictures. I will be posing an new one each day.

Trish’s message.
Ha ha Gary. Going through some old photos. Let’s have people guess? It’s Cathy Campbell and I serving punch at the prom in 1969 I think…


Reply to Picture
From Dewy Morinville (’72): Dunseith, ND
Cathy campbell on left n trish Larson

Reply to Picture
From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71): Bedford, TX
In the photo marked 1973 the girl on the left is Cathy Campbell
Cheryl Larson Dakin

Reply to Picture
From Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,
I believe the two people in the picture of the class of 73 are Cathy Campbell & Trish Larson.
Ivy (Eller) Robert (’74)

Reply to Picture
From Bonnie Awalt Houle (’56):   Decker, MN
The two Gals in the picture.  The Woman on  the right is Gayl Bedard Lamoureux .  Gayl is the one wearing glasses.
(Bonnie Awalt Houle 56)

Reply to Picture
From David Schimetz (’79):   Mandan, ND
Class of 73. I believe the gal to the left is Cathy Campbell but not sure exactly the gal to the right but it’s kind of blurry but that maybe Trish Larson.

Reply to Picture
From Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND
I believe the young lady on the left is Kathy Campbell.  I recognize the other young lady but can’t say her name.
Marlys Hiatt

Reply to Picture
From Sharon Longie Dana (’73)  Missoula, MT
picture is Cathy Campbell and Trish Larson

Reply to Picture
From Marvil Hill Thompson Bottineau, ND
Class of 73 one of the young ladies would be Cathy CampbellCampbell, Cathy  Larson, Trish 2203

Class of ‘73
Anyone recognize these folks?


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Boguslawskie, Joseph 2203

(April 8, 1944 – March 15, 2015)

Joseph William Boguslawski, age 70 of Dunseith, died on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in a Grand Forks hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 in the Nero Funeral Home chapel in Bottineau. Burial will be in the Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Joseph William Boguslawski, the son of Joseph & Charlotte (Allard) Boguslawski, was born April 8, 1944 in the Bottineau Hospital. He was raised on the family farm near Butte St. Paul. Joe married June Boppre on November 16, 1963 at Dunseith. They had 3 children – Kim, Todd & Kay. Joe was a lineman for North Central Electric for 10 years and farmed all of his life. He was a very talented man and could repair and build almost anything. He enjoyed working in his shop and restoring old tractors. In recent years he also worked for Pinkys Aggregates in Rolette. June passed away on December 14, 2006. Joe has continued to make Dunseith his home.

He loved to hunt, fish, watch high school basketball, spend time with his grandson, Taylor, and visit family and friends. He also enjoyed supplying gravel to many people in the area. He was always proud of his annual corn crop and supplied many friends with fresh corn on the cob. He spent many hours in the winter feeding and watching deer in front of his house and working in the shop.

Joe passed away March 15, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks after a short battle with cancer.

He is survived by his children Kim Boguslawski of Dunseith, Todd Boguslawski of Minot, and Kay (Tim) Jacobson of Grand Forks and grandson Taylor Parisien of Grand Forks. Sisters Janet (Gordon) Erbstoesser of Bismarck, Helen Boguslawski & Pat Gottbreht both of Dunseith, sisters-in-law, Donna (Walt) Weaver of Tolley, ND and Ann Perry of Dunseith; mother-in-law, Eloise Boppre of Bottineau; as well as several nieces and nephews and special friend Paulette Pollard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June of 43 years, his parents, father in law Donald Boppre, brother in law Mark Perry and nieces Darcy Weaver & Eloyce Perry


Luann Butch Oustad
Request from Sybil Johnson: Minot, ND

Gary, could you please add LuAnn Burtch to the blog. For those who remember Harlan and Marlan Oustad, LuAnn is their oldest daughter and still lives in Sawyer, ND. I was talking to her the other day, about Mary Lou (Augie’s sister), who is now in the hospital in Bismarck in bad condition.

Here is her email address:



Blog (270) posted on November 2, 2008


Reply from Orissa Horsman Dion (41): 

Hi Gary

Thank you so much for the pictures. I had never seen it before.what you are doing is so interesting. I don’t know the other lady. Wonder if you can send some of the stuff from my class?? The things you are working on now is too new, don’t know any of them.

I hope you can read this, I don’t type and my vision is very poor.   A couple days ago I had a phone call from Blanche Wicks, she got my number from your information. That was fun, we used to pal around in 4th grade. Thank you again, will be looking for more.


Folks, Orissa is replying to the picture that Susan Fassett Martin provided of Orissa, when she was a baby, with her mother, in message (267).  Orissa is married to Charles Dion (39), brother to Floyd.  They have dial up service and have requested to only receive selected blogs because of their slow connection.  I know they’d love to hear from you folks though, so feel free to send them messages.  Gary


From Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher): 

Greetings to the class of l973, you all survived 8th grade English from a very green teacher.
I really enjoyed having you in class and nice to know so many of you have had sucessful careers.
My favorite memories were of those competitive HS Basketball games and going to the state BB tournament
in Minot when  Larry Haugen was coach.  Ardys Bakken Horner


From Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65): 

Hi Gary

As a Business teacher I thought this was way funny (please see Attachment).  Those of you
who learned keyboarding on the old Royal typewriters might enjoy this as
well.  I will never forget my brother, Gary, hauling that heavy typewriter
home on the bus so he could practice his typing skills.  My old typewriter
was sitting on a table for display and one curious student asked, “how do
you plug this in?”  They don’t remember life before computers.

On the lighter side,
Margaret, How well I remember those old manual typewriters. That’s what a whole bunch of us learned to type on and for many of us, in Mr. Lykins class.  I think the modern day keyboarding and computers have allowed a few of us to become a little sloppy with our typing knowing we can easily correct mistakes by back spacing and with spell check.

Mr. Lykins, does this bring back memories?  Gary


Message/Picture from LaRose Ketterling (46): 


Now we have 2 mystery girls.

The girl who is not Lois Hiatt is not Dorothy Hiatt.  Dorothy was in my class and is on the 1945-46 picture. Someone must know who those 2 girls are.

It is interesting to note that the girls are wearing either dresses or shirts- Slacks/jeans/pants for school was not the trend.

                       Dunseith High School Class of 1974
Class of 45-1 2203 class of 45-2 2203

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allery Azure Ramona RR 1 Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 244-0851  
2 Baker Donna PO Box 44 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0485 No email address
3 Belgarde Randal PO Box 492 Dunseith, ND 58329 (360) 263-3337 No email address
4 Berube Fiander Muzette 1413 HAMPTON PARK LN MELBOURNE, FL  32940 (321) 254-0440  
5 Burcham Rhodes Kathryn 918 Eighth Ave NE Brainerd, MN 56401 (218) 828-1421 No email address
6 Casavant Ellingson Kathy 1223 Portland Dr Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 223-2899  
7 Counts Leona PO Box 104 Fort Totten, ND 58335 (701) 351-8189 No email address
8 Counts (Poitra) Terry PO Box 517 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2577  
9 Cree Jessie PO Box 82 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-6928 Listed Address & Phone.  Unable to contact.  May have be out of town.
10 Davis Leo PO Box 864 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5644  
11 Davis Decoteau Susan PO Box 1062 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5210 Don’t think she wants to be included?
12 Demery Lattergrass Brenda PO Box 712 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 263-3734 No email address
13 Eller Robert Ivy 12321 Hwy. 99 South Site #171 Everett, Wa 98204 (206) 853-1959  
14 Fugere Mark 382 Evergreen Rd Grand Junction, CO 81501 (970) 241-2823  
15 Gagnon Torress Loretta Born May 22, 1955    –    Died December 25, 2000 Deceased
16 Getzlaff Bakken Marsha 1857 Parkway Dr Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 338-5218  
17 Gunville Richard 1110 N 23rd St Grand Forks, ND 58203 (701) 775-3559 No email address
18 Hagel David PO Box1231 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5608 Don’t think he wants to be included?
19 Hagen Redding Ellen 2308 19th Ave NW Minot, ND 58703 (701) 838-2417  
20 Henning Danielson Gail 3743  94th St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3247  
21 Hill Evans JoAnne/Greg 50 OAKVIEW PL OWATONNA, MN  55060 (507) 451-9609  
22 Honsey Dale RR 1  Box 58 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3822 / 3715 / 3822  
23 Hoopman Vinje Meryle 961 Jefferson St Apt 7 Prescott, WI 54021 (715) 262-4100  
24 Johnson Messner Vickie 201 Loredo Drive Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 223-1028  
25 Krause William 991  1st  Ave  West Dickinson, ND  58601 (701) 260-3063  
26 LaRocque Jeanette PO Box 502 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3367  
27 Marion Jesse PO Box 878 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5721 No email address
28 McCloud Bonnie RR 1 Box 46D Dunseith, ND 58329 No Avail Phone No email address
29 McCloud Dale PO Box 303 Saint John, ND 58369 No Avail Phone No email address
30 Metcalfe Evans Cheri/Jim PO Box302 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5710  
31 Metcalfe Miller Cynthia 8 Solpers Bay Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4687 No email address
32 Nadeau Morin Joyce Route 1 Box 41b Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4596 No email address
33 Parisien Helen/Gary Poitra PO Box 698 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5932  
34 Peltier Elaine Phienix, AZ Elaine is currently living in AZ, but plans on returning to Dunseith soon
35 Peterson Lagerquist Connie RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-6984  
36 Poitra Gary/Helen Parisien PO Box 698 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5932  
37 Poitra Ronald RR 1 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-6750  
38 Robert Armstrong Darla 4455  82nd St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 656-3612 No email address
39 Sebelius David 425 5TH AVE SE LEEDS, ND  58346 (701) 466-2848  
40 Striker Kubela Deborah 8480 182nd Ave SE Wahpeton, ND 58075 (701) 642-6484  
41 Tooke Samuel PO Box 3486 Palmer AK 99645 (907) 745-8185  


3/19/2015 (2202)

   Happy Birthday Bev Azure LaValley (’67): Dunseith, ND
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Gratitude of thanks
From Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68): Farimount, ND


I just wanted to share my overwhelming gratitude to have close, childhood friends at my husband, Jerry’s funeral. I was blown over to see Dick and Brenda Johnson walk in the door. I only wished I could have visited with them a bit more. Of course, my close friends, Randi Mongeon, Paulette LaCroix, and Brenda Hoffman were there.We are always in touch and even though we are spread around the country, we make a point of getting together at least once a year. I see Randi more often since she lives in Chaska, MN. My daughter, Allison is also in the Cities, so I travel to see both of them as often as I can. It was so good having my brother, Dewey with us as well.

How blessed I am to have such wonderful friends and family.

My heart overflows.

Toni Morinville Gredesky


Elma Severson, From Bottineau, Visiting us here in Cebu.

We truly enjoyed Elma’s visit yesterday.  She has crammed a lot into the 3 days that she is here in Cebu. Tomorrow, with Art and Rose, she is leaving for Manila.  Elma is from the Philippines and spent part of her childhood days living here in Cebu too.

Elma has a beautiful home, across the road to the north from the fairgrounds, in Bottineau. Elma is a teacher at the college in Bottineau.

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Lois Lilleby Fielding (’51) lost her husband
Posting from her daughter Kirsten Ness.   Prescott, AZ

Just wanted to let you know that Lois (nee Lilleby) lost her husband, Leonard Thomas Fielding on March 10, 2015.

Kirsten Ness, daughter

Gary’s comments
So so sad to hear this news. I know he was a good kind generous man too. I believe he was a retired physician.

Lois, our condolences are with you with Leonard’s passing. We have never met in person, but with our email correspondence and you and Leonard’s support for the needy here in the Philippines, you are wonderful warm compassionate care giving folks. This world needs more folks like you.



Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Joseph W. Boguslawski
(April 8, 1944 – March 15, 2015)

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Class of ‘73
Anyone recognize these two gals?
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Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

A couple of comments on today’s newsletter. :)

I don’t recall if I thanked Dick for the tribute to Dad when it was originally posted October 31, 2008, so I’m saying thanks now.  I copied/pasted it into an email and sent it to his grandchildren/great grandchildren.

As so many other’s comment, thanks for all you do, Gary!



Blog (269) posted on November 1, 2008


Don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight (Sunday 2:00 AM)

Folks,  I remember as a kid going to Lake Metigoshe on the 4th of July.  There were lots and lots of people with picnic lunches just enjoying the day with fun and games.  Well the same kind of thing happens here in the Philippines on “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” (Nov. 1 & 2), only in the cemeteries.  Today the cemeteries are packed with folks visiting there relatives that have passed on.  Each cemetery looks like the Bottineau fair grounds during fair time with all the people and activity.  People have their tent covers set up with lots of food, drinks, games and music. Many will spend the night there.  We set up 2 tent covers over Bernadette’s fathers grave yesterday. She and her help are currently preparing food that we will be taking to the cemetery in a few hours. Some of her relatives will spend the night there tonight as well.  These folks take the spirits of the dead seriously.  90% of the population here are Catholic.  Gary


Message from Allen Richard (65): 

Sister Albert passed away a little while back.  Lots of us Catholics had her in first grade.

Am in Seattle– will send pix of Aunt Louise Pigeon Horsman and family.  Also hooking up with Angela Berube Malget on Sunday in Minneapolis– If you play it right you can get a nearly 5 hour lay over there –time to hook up with folks




Allen, Enjoy your trip in the Puget Sound area. Please send pictures of your Aunt Louise and of Angela too.  Gary


From from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

In the summer of 1968, after graduating from DHS, I got a job working at
Dunseith Sand and Gravel. This was a summer job and I was the scale man,
weighing trucks. They also gave me odd jobs like painting equipment,
hauling junk, doing bookwork, all the stuff no one else wanted to do. It
was a job. One day Mike ‘Little Chip’ Johnson and Curt Berg rode their
bikes out to the pit and asked if there were any beer cans they could
have, to sell for aluminum? I showed them where Alex Forbes, the forman,
threw his cans over the bank and told them to have at it. The first day
they each filled a grain sack. The second day they each had two sacks. A
few days later they were jumping up and down so I went over to see what
they were doing. They were all red faced from smashing cans and I asked
what the heck they were doing? Curt said, “If we don’t smash these cans,
we’re NEVER going to get done”. They had been hauling cans for several
days but hardly made a dent in Alex Forbe’s pile of Hamm’s cans. I
looked over the bank and there were still cans several feet deep. I
wonder if Hamm’s had to layoff people when old Alex quit drinking?!?



Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

The person identified as Lois Hiatt isn’t Lois. She graduated in 56 and
this picture is about 43 or 44 as Thelma Hagen Johnson is in the group
and she graduated in 44. I don’t know who the two girls are, but Lois
would only have been in the first grade at the time. LaRose, thank you
very much for sending the pictures and please post some of the stories
you have about your class and friends. When we visited at the reunions,
you told a few and I would sure like to here more about the events of
the class of 46 which included you and both my parents. I still have the
Christmas stocking you made for me when I was just a toddler! Thanks to
LaRose and Gary!


Folks,  I’m wondering if that could be Dorothy Hiatt Swanson instead of Lois Hiatt.  Dorothy graduated in 1946.  Gary


Picture provided by LaRose Ketterling (46):
Can anyone identify the (Mystery) person in the middle row?
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                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1973

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Azure Leslie PO Box 171 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5295 No email address
2 Baker Charlotte RR 1 box 506 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2203 No email address
3 Baker Kenneth PO Box 314 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-6259 No email address
4 Berg Curtis 2321 S Rim Dr Grand Junction, CO 81503 (970) 244-8409  
5 Beston George 702 Eeast 9th St. Newton, IA 50208 (515) 720-5135  
6 Campbell Springan Cathy PO Box 219 Stanley, ND 58784 (701) 628-3292  
7 Casavant James 1526 Sixth Ave NE Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-1292  
8 Coleman Wilhelmi Becky 1117 3rd St Langdon, ND  58249 (701) 256-3326 No email address
9 Counts Marquita 400 18th Ave SE, Apt 76 MINOT, ND  58701 (701) 858-0911  C(701) 240-9119 No email address
10 Cree Deschamp Carol PO Box 1182 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0813 No email address
11 DeCoteau Doraldeen PO Box 112 Dunseith, ND 58329 WK(701) 244-2400 Ext 112 No email address
12 Evans Jeff 301 E Fifth St Dell Rapids, SD 57022 (605) 428-5892 C(605) 929-7068  
13 Faine Lozensky Patty PO Box 752 Dunseith, ND 58329 WK 244-5495 Works at the nursing home
14 Fettig Schoenberg Laura 205 Riverside Park Rd Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 222-2314 No email address
15 Fugere Schmidt Pamela 3208 46th Ave SE Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 663-5605  
16 Gillis Sheffield Lynn   (701) 214-3881 (Daughter Kate) C(970) 405-2622 Prefers not to be included
17 Hagel Evans LaRae/Frank 1140 Havanna Rd Owatonna, MN 55060 (507) 451-8790  
18 Hanson Gregg Pauline PO Box 7845 Covington, WA 98042 (253) 205-7450 No email address
19 Hiatt Parker Brenda 522 Minnesota Ave Wilton, ND 58579 (701) 734-6387  
20 Hiatt LaFontaine Vickie 410 Cooper Ave Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 520-0329  
21 Honsey Alan RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4241  
22 Hoopman Gary 209 Shady Ave N Vermillion, MN 55085 (651) 437-1247 No email address
23 Houle Hagen Pam 611 Park ave E Big Lake, MN 55309 (763) 263-0267  
24 Johnson McArthur Donna RR #1 Box 612 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3159 No email address
23 Johnson Mike     vbfjohnson@hotmail.com
26 LaCroix Jerry 10 Prairie View Acres,   Apt B Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2134  
27 LaRocque Myers Joy PO Box 716 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2410 No email address
28 Larson Clayburgh Patricia 3075 HEADWATER DR FORT COLLINS, CO (970) 416-7544  
29 Longie Dana Sharon 4022 South #38 MIssoula  MT 59804 (406) 543-4761  
30 Malaterre Clark Born October 4, 1955    –    Died May 1979 deceased
31 Malaterre George PO Box 1161 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0040 No email address
32 Millang Mark 341 6TH ST SE RUGBY, ND  58368 (701) 776-5373 No email address
33 Moraes Flavia Est. Carlos Q Telles, 81      apto. 71 Torre Lago 05704-150 Sao Paulo – SP – Brazil 55 11 2125.0216  
34 Murray Anderson Joyce 3411 S Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98409 253-843-2135  
35 Olson Poitra Marsha RR 1 Box 14 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4621  
36 Parisien Anderson Rita 210 Central Ave New Rockford, ND 58356 (701) 947-5754  
37 Striker Deane RR 1  Box 201 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0649  
38 Stickland Dean/Roberta 9542 MARLBROOK CT SE OLYMPIA, WA  98513 (360) 459-4566  
39 Struck Lampman Edith 1901 Chestnut Dr. Hudson, WI 54016 (715) 386-8842  


3/16/2015 (2201)

    Happy Birthday Doreen Bailey: Tempe, AZ
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   Happy Birthday Rene Casavant (’65): Mesa, AZ
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Wrong car Scenario
Story posted by Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND 

Gary and Friends,

This wrong car scenario is probably way more common than we may think.  Years ago,  my grandmother went shopping in Minot with her good friend Esther Evenson from Dunseith.  They were diagonally parked on Main Street in Minot and walked up and down the stores checking things out.  When they returned to the car,  Esther couldn’t get her key to open the door.  She hadn’t locked the car since she had it and thought maybe the lock didn’t work. Eventually,  the went into a store and the people there called the cops to come uptown and open her door.  As the cop was using a ‘slim jim’ to try to unlock the door,  a guy walked up and asked what was going on?  The cop got a funny look on his face and the fellow put his key in the door and opened it.  About a block away sat Esther’s car. She felt terrible but everyone else had a good laugh.

As those who know me know,  I drive all kinds and colors of vehicles that come through my hands as I buy and sell.  Once just a few years ago,  I was in the WalMart parking lot in Minot and was driving a white Chevy Cavalier four door.  I came out with my stuff and jumped in and noticed someone had left a short stack of papers on the passenger seat.

I wondered who left these papers by mistake or if they were for me.  I do lots of business with lots of guys in the Minot area both with old cars and music so that was my first thought–someone knew my car and just left the stuff for me.  I picked up the papers and read the top sheet.  It was divorce papers of people I had never heard of.  Then it HIT ME LIKE A HAMMER!  I was in the wrong car!  I carefully got out and looked down the same row and there sat my identical car waiting right where I parked it. This car was not just close to being the same–it was exactly the same inside and out.  After this little incident,  I started to watch and noticed there are hundreds of white four door Cavaliers on the road so I guess it probably wasn’t really a senior moment although Mel and Larry will tell you differently,  unless they aren’t true to form.  Thanks Gary!



Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
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Posting of the day
Posted by Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND 

A Unique take on the History of St Patrick’s Day

The reason the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is because this is when St. Patrick drove the Norwegians out of Ireland.
It seems that some centuries ago, many Norwegians came to Ireland to escape the bitterness of the Norwegian winter. Ireland was having a famine at the time, and food was scarce. The Norwegians were eating almost all the fish caught in the area, leaving the Irish with nothing to eat but potatoes. St. Patrick, taking matters into his own hands, as most Irishmen do, decided the Norwegians had to go. Secretly, he organized the Irish IRATRION (Irish Republican Army to Rid Ireland of Norwegians). Irish members of IRATRION passed a law in Ireland that prohibited merchants from selling ice boxes or ice to
the Norwegians, in hopes that their fish would spoil. This would force the Norwegians to flee to a colder climate where their fish would keep.

Well, the fish spoiled, all right, but the Norwegians, as every one knows today, thrive on spoiled fish. So, faced with failure, the desperate Irishmen sneaked into the Norwegian fish storage caves in the dead of night and sprinkled the rotten fish with lye, hoping to poison the Norwegian invaders. But, as everyone knows, the Norwegians thought this only added to
the flavor of the fish, and they liked it so much they decided to call it “lutefisk”, which is Norwegian for “luscious fish”.

Matters became even worse for the Irishmen when the Norwegians started taking over the Irish potato crop and making something called “lefse”.  Poor St. Patrick was at his wit’s end, and finally on March 17th,  he blew his top and told all the Norwegians to “GO TO HELL”. So they all got in their boats and emigrated to Minnesota or the Dakotas—-  the only other paradise on earth where smelly fish, old potatoes and plenty of cold weather can be found in abundance.

And now you know the true story.


Blog (268) posted on October 31, 2008


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

With all the effort Neola Kofoid Garbe puts into this site, I thought
she might like to hear a little story about her dad, John Kofoid. My
dad, Don Johnson, had a 1957 International 3/4 Ton pickup he bought in
about 1960. We used it for farming and for travel to and from the farm.
One day it developed an engine miss. Dad and I checked out the miss and
found that one piston was blown and this was causing the problem. We
took it to John Kofoid and he pulled the engine apart and then called
Dad to come uptown to see the problem. I went along to see what John
found. The cylinder was scored (scratched up) badly and John said, “Don,
I can just bore one cylinder and put in a bigger piston”. I remember Dad
saying, “I didn’t think you could do that–just one, won’t it throw the
engine out of balance”? I will never forget how John stood up from under
the hood and looked at Dad, over the top of his glasses and said
bluntly, ” I—can do that”! Dad said, “OK John, do it”. The engine ran
like a new one for many years. He was what my dad called a real
mechanic, not a ‘parts changer’! Thanks Gary!



Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary and Dale,

I’ll be happy to “fill you in” on Carol Berg.  It might take me a few days to get back to you, as I’m selling caramels at a bazaar at Edgewood Vista (assisted living facility in Minot where my Mom lived for about 12 years.) tomorrow (Thursday).  On Friday/Saturday, I’m selling caramels at a craft sale that’s being held in downtown Minot at Carnegie Center.  I don’t know if you’ve heard of “The Caramel Lady”, or not, but that’s my nickname.  My students gave me the name many years ago, so when I started selling caramels, it seemed a natural name to use.  I need to be at Edgewood at 9:00 a.m., and I’m just finishing up with a few last minute caramels.  Soooo, I will get back to you later.  Thanks for asking about Carol



Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): 


I remember someone else commenting on the transition from a country
school to high school in town.  I think the term “Culture Shock” sort of
fit at the time.  Going from an entire school of 12 – 16 to an entire
class of 30 or more was rough for some of us for a while.  But — We
survived and made a lot of good friends along the way too.



Folks, LaRose Kitterling (46) asked me several months ago how she could get some pictures to me so I could  scan and send them out to you folks.  I suggested that she call Jared Steele in Bottineau. He is the young man that works for Terry Moe that got married this past July to a girl living here in Cebu. She did get in contact with Jared and sent him 5 beautiful pictures of the classes from the 40’s. Jared arrived yesterday with those pictures.  I’ll plan on sending one out each day.  Gary

LaRose Kitterling”s (46) reply to Gary: mercerlk@westriv.com


Glad the pictures arrived- the operetta cast has pictures of many of the older Dunseith kids.

By committee I meant-it was an informal group- we were together for the Darrel and Dorothy Fasset anniversary and sat around the table trying to identify who was who- included in that group were Darrel and Dorothy, Lloyd and Theresa Awalt, Eleanor and Leonard Stickland, Wayne Molgard, Bill Hosmer with further help from Carol Watkins Carbonneau, Murl Hill , Marlene Molgard and Minnie Flynn- all senior citizens.. We had it put on poster paper and the operatta cast and the 1946 class were on display in the school library for the 2007 all school reunion.

I look forward to the daily messages – thank you



Picture provided by LaRose Kitterling (46):
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3/14/2015 (2200)

   Happy Birthday Jeff Skjelver: Rugby, ND
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Dinner at Art and Rose’s

Art Hagen and Rose invited us to their home last night for a delicious turkey dinner. Art was the cook. The Turkey with mashed potatoes was very good. Art is an excellent cook. Thank you Art for that Authentic Bottineau, ND supper. It was most appreciated.

Bernadette was very disappointed that she was not well and unable to go. She very much wanted to go, but just didn’t have the stamina to make it.

Art will be leaving here, headed for the states, on April 1st . Rose will follow later.

This coming Monday, Elma Severson, from Bottineau, will be visiting us too. She will be staying with Art and Rose.  Many of you know Elma. She is from the Philippines, but has lived 20 plus years in Bottineau. She will only be in Cebu for 3 full days. She will be bowling with us on Wednesday too. Then on Wednesday night we have dinner reservations at a traditional Filipino Restaurant. We are looking forward to Elma’s visit.

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Story posted by Larry Hackman (’66):Bismarck, ND

The Orbit

It was back in the 60’s.  A beautiful Sunday afternoon.  The summer sky was clear with a few billowing clouds floating by like huge white cotton balls on an ocean of pure blue.  A slight breeze tickled the emerald green leaves that hung from the trees that lined the road as they cruised north out of town, through the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota on a black ribbon of pavement that cut through a sea of a thousand shades of green into Canada.  Things are always pretty, when you think back to the old days, aren’t they?  Yes, these young fellows were on a road trip.  They were going up north across the border to visit a few towns up in Manitoba, Canada for nothing better to do, but to waste a Sunday afternoon.

While traveling up in Manitoba in the 60’s, did you notice them round, 3.5 foot diameter metal objects spaced along the roads about every five or ten miles with the logo (Orbit) stamped on the side.  The question is, does a globe shaped object have a side?  The answer is yes, inside and outside?  Anyway, back in them days when all the news papers and TV shows were all about satellites, moon landings and outer space and meeting up with aliens, what was a person to think when you saw these round objects along the road?  Were we under attack by aliens, were these objects some type of space ship, was someone or something going to jump out from behind one of these objects, and demand that they be taken to our leader?  I didn’t know what to think.

The Young fellows that this story is about of course had their pop, soda, (soda pop) with them (EH).  I think a few of them were trying to hydrate themselves after a Saturday night and were nursing slight headaches.   I know a couple of these characters were less than two beers away from a beautiful day before they started their road trip.

They had finished touring Brandon and Boissevain and also had finished off the last of their refreshments that were in the cooler in the trunk, and they were just a few miles from the American – Canadian border, and then it happened.  There were flashing lights behind them.  A Canadian Mountie (RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police) had found reason to stop them.  He came up to the window and appeared madder than hell.  He demanded to know what they were doing up in Canada, and I don’t know why and they didn’t know why, he started blaming them for all the soda pop and beer can pull tabs lying on the road.  He not only blamed them, but he blamed all Americans for all the pull tabs lying on every road not only in Canada but in the world and I think the Universe.  This Mountie had these fellows worried, they thought he was going to blow a gasket and that they were done for.  The Mounties tone than softened a little as he made an offer, saying if you fellows pick up all these pull tabs on this road from here to that next road approach that he would let them go on their merry way.  These fellows thought that this was a great idea, because they didn’t want to pay a fine or worse, end up in jail, and agreed to police up all the pull tabs. Because this Mountie had them worried, and he looked like he could send them all straight to hell with a blink of eye, without thinking twice about it, these fellows jumped out of the car and started picking up tabs.  Now, I don’t know if it is true or not, but these fellows thought they had picked up tabs on a mile or more of road.  There and back would be two miles, oh that’s right, they have kilometers up there in Canada, one kilometer there and one kilometer back, would make it just over a mile that they cleaned up. I hope I didn’t confuse anybody; this stuff gives me a headache sometimes.

Upon completing the police call on the pull tabs the Mountie wanted this young fellow to deposit the sacks of tabs into one of them so called ORBITS sitting along the highway.  This young fellow refused, telling the Mountie that after doing all that work, he wanted to take all the pull tabs back home.  Well, if you remember right and I’m sure that you do, pull tab chains were all the rage back in them days.  Young people had pull tab chains hanging all around and across the ceilings of their cars, their rooms, and every place else they could find to hang them.  Well that Mountie got this huge smile on his face, you could tell, that he had finally found happiness, “That cat had finally caught the mouse “and he said, you fellows go ahead and take them tabs back to where they came from, and he went and let them fellows proceed on their merry way back across the border, down that black ribbon of happiness cutting through that sea of green, and home with their new found booty.

The only time I can recall ever seeing anyone ever using one of these so called ORBITS up along the highway in Manitoba, Canada was when I saw this semi (18 wheeler) pulled up on the edge of the road and as we passed the truck, I happened to look back and saw this guy (truck driver) standing up against one with his hands on his hips and pointing into the opening of the Orbit.  I figured this truck driver must be a Veteran, and was having a flashback to his days back in South Vietnam.  You know where they had these 8 to 10 inch diameter tubes stuck in the ground with half of a 50 gallon drum “ cut from end to end mounted in front of each tube so that the barrel curved around each side of the tube ” to give you some privacy.   Now, if you were out in the bush in Vietnam, and one of them wait-a-minute vines latched onto you, that was the time to relief yourself as you would be waiting there at least a minute anyway.  Did this story suddenly change into a time management story?

I never had to ever pick up pull tabs off the highway, but I remember having to pick up soda and alcohol beverage containers, “mostly beer cans”, in a parking lot, in a park, in central Minneapolis, in the middle of the night.  A group of us young people decided to go there and party with a trunk full of beverages and play hide-n -seek.  Yes, that time the police who had stopped us agreed to let us go, if we did a little on the spot community service. However at the time they seemed to be more concerned and wanting to make sure that we had everybody together that we came with, and that everybody was OK.  They gave us a talking to about how parks are a dangerous place to be at night and that some bad things have happened to people at the parks during the night, and that is also why they have to patrol them.   Now, thinking back, maybe all these police officers had just found a nice way to sober us up a little, before they sent us on our way, and to tell us in a nice way, to stay the hell off the roads and out of the parks if you are drinking?  To be young again.

No names were used on this report in order to protect the guilty.

Keep on laughing,


Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): lBismarck, ND

This is a  true account recorded in the Police Log of Sarasota, Florida:

An  elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car,  found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her  shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of  her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! GET OUT OF THE  CAR!”

The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out  and ran like mad. 

The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to  load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the  driver’s seat. She was so shaken that
she could not get her key into  the ignition. She tried and tried, and then she realized why. It was for  the same reason she had wondered why there was
a football, a Frisbee,  and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat.

A few minutes later,  she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She  loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report  her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop  laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale  men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as  white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying  a large handgun. 

No charges were filed.

Moral of the  story?

If you’re going to have a senior moment…make it  memorable!


Blog (266) posted on October 29, 2008


Reply from Marth Lamb Schepp (68): 

Hi Gary,

I was a little embarrassed to see our wedding picture and the BIG write
up of our day.  I’ve gotten over it now, so guess I will respond and
thank you again for all that you do.  I was glad Randy Flynn did the
math as we did celebrate our 35th in Medora.  On our 25th we did a
little cruise off of Miami.  More great memories!  Where has the time

Thanks again,

Martha Lamb Schepp


Martha, That was a beautiful picture and write up they had for you guys 35 years ago.  That picture is exactly the way I remember you, however, you are one of the few that folks will still recognize that haven’t seen you for many years.  Over the years the physical characteristics of most of us have changed considerably, however there are a few of you that have not changed.  Off the top of my head, Margaret Metcalfe Leonard, Ron Longie and you are the ones that I can think of at the moment, that have changed very little, over the years.  In August of 2004, my two brothers, (Darrel & Allen) and I were in the bank in Dunseith. We were standing by the window next to main street.  When I look out the window I saw this lady walking across the street, I said to my brothers, “that’s Margaret Metcalfe crossing the street”.  She was coming into the bank. I had not seen Margaret for 35 plus years.  She looked exactly the same as I had remembered her from our HS days with the same friendly bubbly personality that she has always possessed.  Gary


Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71):

This is in reply to Lyle’s comments about hanging out at the Morinville’s…I know I’ve said this before, but during the times when my Dad was stationed out of the country and we couldn’t join him, we would go home to Dunseith to stay. We always knew we were close to home when we would see the “eyes, nose, and mouth house” on the highway outside of Dunseith. But we really knew we were there when we got to Aunt Lee’s (Hosmer’s) next door to the Morinville’s. We had many, many sleep-overs there with Debbie and Bev. I didn’t know until many years later that my Dad and Francis were cousins so that made the relationship even more special.  I don’t remember ever being turned away at their door, even when the kids might not have been home. During our grade-school days we spent a lot of our spare time at the creek or at the Fontaine’s or playing behind Gamble’s, or hanging out at the Campbell’s garage. And even though it would sometimes be years between trips to Dunseith, when we did go back, it was like we had never left. From Mrs. Seim to Mrs. Halvorson to Mrs. Conroy, to Bev and Margaret, Loretta and Loraine, Stephanie, Paula, Cheryl and all the kids I knew “way back when” you had a huge impact on my life.

Cheryl Larson Dakin ’71


Cheryl, I have said this before too, Frances Morinville’s brother Bert Hanson was married to my dad’s sister Olga.  I did not realize the Larson’s and the Hanson’s were related. They all lived in the Lake Metigoshe area.  Gary


Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

In reply to Joe Johnson about the Catholic church in Thorne, it was moved to Rolette in 1973 and was remodled in 2005. I think it was originally built about 1950 and if memory serves me correctly, Ted Grenier was one of the church council members when it was built.


Message/picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe:


I sent this picture to Gailord the other day.  The following is his response.  Needless to say, I’ll sure be including this picture in his package.  I wish it would have been an 8 x 10, but this size will work, too.  Receiving emails like this, where a family member has never seen a picture I post/send to them, brings tears to my eyes.  I am so grateful God bless me with this “passion” for pictures and getting them to people who want them.



Gaillord Peltier’s (80) reply: 

Good Morning Mrs. Garbe;

This picture is my Father and Mother, Joseph J. Peltier and Delores
(Davis) Peltier with their daughter, my sister Madonna and her husband
Melvin Yawakie. That is a beautiful picture, one that I have never seen

Joseph J. Peltier Family
Peltier, Joseph Family 2200


Reply From Cecile Gouin Longie Craig (61): c

Yes that is the Longie family, circa 1958-60.
Back row: left Wallace, Wilbur, Margie, Ronnie
Front row: left Willie, Patti, Ursula, Donnie

Cecile Gouin Longie Craig

PS – On the names in the pic I should have written Wilbur was known as Bill.
Where as thats why Willie was called Willie or Billy. Cecile
Cecile, I did not realize that you are related to the Longie’s.  Gary


Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73)


reply to the Longie Picture: Back row is Wally, (my great uncle) Bill, Margie and Ronnie

front row is Billy, (you guys call him Willy) , Patty (aunt) Ursula and Donnie.

That was taken awhile ago. Its a wonderful picture.

Sharon Longie Dana (73)


Reply from Dick Johnson (68)


It seems weird, but I looked at the kid on the right and he looked like
I remember a Longie around my age. I would guess that picture was taken
about 56 or 58, in there somewhere. Crazy huh!!



Folk’s I initially sent this photo to Dick Johnson and Mel Kuhn for their identification, thinking it was another family. Dick replied saying he thought this was the Longie family. With a second look, I recognized Ron Longie (65) in the picture.  He has not change at all.  Gary


Wilbur Longie Family:
Back row: left Wallace, Wilbur, Margie, Ronnie
Front row: left Willie, Patti, Ursula, Donnie
Longie family 2198


Message from Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

Received an e-mail from Mel Kuhn the other day.  It was good to hear from him.  He spoke with great excitement about the excellent St. John High School football team – undefeated thus far.  It got me thinking about the best teams fielded by Dunseith over the years.  In my opinion, the best football team fielded by Dunseith was in 1971. The best baseball team fielded by Dunseith was definitely the class of 1972.  And, of course, the best basketball team fielded by Dunseith was also the class of 1972.  Now, I recognize that some may argue about my selections, and I invite you to do so on this blog.  However, let me make the case about the 1972 Dunseith Dragons basketball team.

The team was coached by Larry Haugen.  Richard Becker was the assistant coach ..  Our team motto was: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The players were as follows: Seniors Don Olson, Greg Evans, Jim Melmer, Donald Malaterre, Linus Faine, Tim Gunville and Curt Hagel; Juniors Curt Berg and Jeff Evans (George Malaterre made the original team of 12 but did not finish out the season); Sophomore Terry Counts (Jesse Marion came on the “A” squad when George Malaterre left); and Freshman Lyle Olson.  The “main five” were made up of Don Olson, Jim Melmer, Curt Berg, Greg Evans and Terry Counts.  I believe we went 25-3 that year, losing to Wolford and Langdon (who took 5th place in the State A that year) during the regular season and then to Berthold in the first game of the state tournament in Minot.

Everyone seemed to have a nickname on that team.  Don Olson was called “Ole” or “Jelly Belly”, depending on the crowd.  Greg Evans’ nickname was “Tic”.  “Honker” was the nickname of Jim Melmer.  Doanld Malaterre went by “Donald Duck”.  Linus Faine was “Guff,” Tim Gunville was “Gunner” and Curt Hagel was “Bear”.  Jeff Evans was called “Harvey”.  George Malaterre was called “Coco”.  I can’t remember Curt Berg’s nickname, but I called him “Sir” after he nearly killed me in the boxing match at Honsey’s.  Terry Counts’ nickname was “Pie”.  Jesse Marion was called “Muff” and my nickname was “Mad Dog”.  I could explain the origin for some of the nicknames but I had better stick with how I got my nickname; after all, I still see some of these guys every now and then.

During try-outs for the “A” squad, we were told to run laps.  Well, I was never a very fast person to be sure – in fact, I was downright slow.  In any event, my legs somehow got tangled up with Curt Hagel’s legs and we both went down.  Well, Curt being a Senior and me being a freshman, Curt came up and was pretty upset at being put down by a lowly freshman and we started wrestling around.  Needless to say, I got my you know what kicked (yes, there seems to be a pattern here with older classmen).  Well, I must have done somewhat OK because everyone started calling me “Mad Dog” after “Mad Dog Vashon,” a famous ALL-STAR wrestler at the time.  Needless to say, that nickname has stayed with me to this day.  The nickname kind of became a self-fulfilling prophecy because I always seemed to have a quick temper and received many technical fouls as my basketball career progressed, or regressed, depending on who you talk to.  Looking back on it now, I deserved each and every one of those technical fouls and I hereby apologize to Jim Berube and Red Johnson, who refereed many games in which I played.

In any event, I think we were 10-0 when we lost to Wolford.  Up to that point, we had beat all opponents by wide margins.  It was a tough game all the way through.  We had the ball the last possession of the game and I missed the last shot.  Now, not to second guess Coach Haugen, but what in the hell was I doing in the game at that point in time, and why did I have the ball  – I was only a freshman.  Regardless, I took a shot from deep in the corner and the damn thing nearly went in.  Had it gone in I would have been a legend, at least in my own mind.  However, it did not go in and that was that – our first loss of the year.  Remarkably, I do not remember any of my teammates giving me grief about missing the shot, or even why I was in the game at the time.  A team that good never looked back and we ran off a few more wins before being thrashed by Langdon by 20 points.  As noted above, Langdon had a great team that year and finished 5th in the State A.

Everyone who follows Dunseith Dragon basketball knows what happened at the State B, and I will not rehash that here.  Needless to say, we were quite destroyed by the first game but had enough pride to dominate the loser’s bracket by winning the next two games to take home the 5th place trophy.

That team was a close-knit bunch of guys.  We took two road trips that year, if memory serves me.  On the road trip to Ray and Powers Lake, the main five was not doing all that great against Powers Lake and Coach Haugen put in the second five in the late first quarter or early second quarter and we caught up to them and built a lead for the main five by half-time.  I also remember going out after the game in Ray and snagging a few good looking local gals, but that story is best told eye to eye without any wives or girlfriends around.

I saw most of the 1972 basketball players at the reunion in 2007.  Unfortunately, Tim “Gunner” Gunville passed away a few years ago, but all the other players are still living.  Many of us weigh 25% to 50% more than what we weighed when we played ball and others have remained fit.  Indeed, Curt Hagel actually weighed less in 2007 that he did in 1972, or at least he looked like he did.  He better not try and wrestle me now, as I have him by a 100 pounds!!!  Seriously, and even at this old age, I would put that team up against any team produced by Dunseith over the years.  I think we would stand a good chance in winning despite eroding skills and deconditioned lungs because if I have learned anything over the years, it is that heart and desire are formidable teammates, and the 1972 Dragon basketball team had them both, in abundance.



From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

It was great to hear from Toni Morinville Gredesky after waiting for so
long! Toni has a wealth of interesting memories she should share with
us. In answer to her question, I do remember going to Minot to the
concert by Fred Waring and his orchestra. At the time I wasn’t really
enthused about the musical events my dad, Don Johnson, was forever
taking us to! Man was I wrong! Do you remember how he expected us to be
well dressed and behaved at all times? I now know that the attitude he
wanted us to present, was part of the reason our choir and band excelled
to the degree it did. I also remember how he got the school to buy those
blue Dragon blazers for us and for the basketball teams. He and Mr.
Hepper ‘conspired’ together on the blazers. I remember wearing the
blazers the first time to a game in Rolla, our rival. They looked
defeated when we walked through the door! I don’t know how long it was,
but the very next time we played Rolla they were wearing gold Bulldog
blazers! Never to be upstaged by us! Thanks Gary and Toni!



Message/picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 


Basically, this is Alvin/Lillian Torgerson Berg’s family.  As you know, Lillian married Reinhard Schultz awhile after Alvin was killed in the car accident when he/Lillian/Gary/Mr. and Mrs. Berg were on their way to visit Alvin’s sister, Arla, and her husband, Tony.



Dick Johnson’s (68) reply to the Berg Family: 

Gary and Neola,

Alvin and Martin Berg were brothers and grew up just west of where Bud and Mary Knutson live, along 43. Bud has since died but Mary and son, Bob live there yet. Alvin’s mother was Clara Johnson Berg, a sister to my grandma and Bennie Johnson and the rest. Alvin had the bakery in Dunseith for a while and I think he was also involved in one of the
bars. Alvin and Lillian went on a trip and were in an auto accident, I
think in Illinois, and Alvin didn’t appear to be injured. He was helping
care for the family and just suddenly collapsed and died. Martin and
Alvin and two girls were first cousins to my mom, Bernice. We went to
visit Lillian and her family many times. Guy was my age, Gary and the
girls were older. The Haugerud I remember was also my age and her name was Corliss (Corky) Haugerud. She went to college with me at Bottineau. I remember Mom saying that Lillian found a very nice man, Rienhard Schultz. She had lived alone for many years and raised the family by herself. We lost contact with the family after Mom was gone so I don’t know where any of them are today. I did get permission a few years ago to walk over from Mary Knutsons to where the Bergs lived. It was sure a trip down memory lane! Both houses, the old log house and the white frame house are still standing, but in real bad shape. I remember going there in the mid 50s and having lunch with Albert and Clara. Albert used to come to visit us in Dunseith after Clara died in 1957. He reminded me of the pictures of Winston Churcill. He wore a black longcoat and a black hat and carried a cane. The best part was that he drove a black 36 Ford two door I really liked! One of his daughters, Amanda, and her husband, Clarence Schultz, got the 36 when Albert died. They lived in Donnybrook,ND and had a grocery store with Eldon Hiatt for a few years. I think Amanda is still living and I want to find out what became of the old car. She may still have it in a garage down there. Who knows—the
thrill of the hunt!!


This is the message from Shirley Olson Warcup about Alvin Berg and the family. She corrected my memory of his place of death, Ohio not Illinois the rest seems correct.



Alvin died June 11, 1952–I believe it was near Lima, Ohio–the
only reason I remember this is because I heard it on the radio when we were
living in Grand forks and as I heard Lima, my first thought was “that’s in
Peru”.  As I listened further and they told of the accident, they mentioned
Ohio.  I have never looked at a map to locate Lima–it’s possible he was
transported to Illinois to a hospital and died there.  I remember they said
he appeared to be all right (he had been looking after everyone)  but died
enroute to the hospital.  I was really surprised to hear this on a Grand
Forks radio station–there was quite a bit of detail.  I’m not sure, but I
think Clarence Schultz and Reinhard might have been brothers.  Martin Berg
married Alice Brudvik–I think they had only one daughter, Carol.  Arla
married Anthony Marteliano–they lived in Port Charlotte, Fl., after they
retired.  Arla died May 29, 2000. Even after Arla’s death,we usually got a
Christmas card from Tony, but I don’t think we got one last year so I’m not
sure if he’s still living or not.  Ron hasn’t read this e-mail yet–when he
comes in from the garage I’ll have him answer your question about cars.
Tell Brenda “hello”.


Alvin Berg Family taken after his death. Alvin owned the bakery, at one time, in Dunseith
Berg, Elvin family 2200


Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle(56): 

Dear Gary,

The wedding picture shown is of one of the Bailey girls.  From left to right:  Jeanne Bailey Groves, Judy Bailey Foley, Harvey Bailey, Hulda Bailey, Bride is Janice Bailey Proctor,  the groom is Jim Proctor and the other girl in light color is Joanne Bailey Perrin.  I don’t recall the names of the boys in this picture or the name of the other women.  This photo was probably taken at the Methodist Church in Rolla.

Have a wonderful day.

Bonnie Awalt Houle Class of 1956

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Reply from Marlene Henderson (Rolla): 

From Judy Bailey Foley to Marlene Henderson Re:  wedding picture

Jeannie Bailey, Judy Bailey Foley, Harvey Bailey, Hulda Bailey, Janice Bailey Martinez (bride),  Antonio Martinez (groom), ? ?, JoAnn Bailey  Perrin, Nick Perrin.
> The little ring bearer is my son, Steven Foley.

Sorry I don’t know the names of Tony’s brother and sister-Dunseith book might want this–my dad’s family farm was in the Dunseith  area.


Antonio & Janice Bailey Martinez Wedding:
Jeannie Bailey, Judy Bailey Foley, Harvey Bailey, Hulda Bailey, Janice Bailey Martinez (bride), Antonio Martinez (groom), ? ?, JoAnn Bailey  Perrin, Nick Perrin.  Ring Bearer is Steven Foley
Bailey Wedding 2200

Correction from yesterday. I said the class of 1970 had nearly 40 graduates. I just check and they had 48 graduates.  I beleive they are the largest class of have ever graduated from Dunseith High School.  Gary


                                   Dunseith High School Class of1971

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Abrahamson Keith 416 N Washington St Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 224-1955  (701 839-7852  
2 Allery Johnny PO Box 56 Dunseith, ND 58329 701-244-5901 No email address
3 Azure Geraldine PO Box 0736 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-5564  
4 Belgarde Francis RR 1  Box 508A Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0212  
5 Belgarde Gladue Irene Box 1043 Dunseith, ND 58329  
6 Beston Sylvan Died in 2007 Deceased
7 Berg Don 7705 Stonewood Court Edina, MN 55439 952-947-0972  
8 Boguslawski Dan 1809  20th Ave S Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 746-6216 Left message 1/6
9 Brennan Bob 2325 97th St NE Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5911 No email address
10 Campbell David 1725 Bonn Blvd Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 223-9200  
11 Casavant Eddie 1112 Portland #303 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 400-5808 No email address
12 Casavant Robert 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 258-1162 No email address
13 Coleman Keith 1961 113th Ave NE Aneta, ND 58212 (701) 322-4412  
14 Counts LaFloe Cheryl Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0080 Cheryl.a.lafloe@sendit.nodak.edu
15 Counts Poitra Darlene 6219  228th St. SE Woodenville, WA 98702 425-408-1124 No email address
16 Danielson Peter 5616 Chateau Rd NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 280-8500  
17 DeCoteau Kenneth PO Box1063 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4040 WK(701 244-0991 No email address
18 DeCoteau Desjarlais Caroline 1276 72ND AVE NE MINNEAPOLIS, MN  55432   Not sure if this is the latest address for Caroline. She lives in Minneapolis.
19 DeCoteau Houle Donna Jean 220 Kemp Ave Se, Apt 313 Devils Lake, ND 58301 Not sure if this is the latest address for Donna. Her husband is Raymond
20 Delorme Pond Wanda/Mike   Billings, MT Brother Darrell 701-799-0333.  Unable to locate her.  She lives in Billings, Mt
21 Desjarlais Baker Bernadette Daughter Sherri Baker works at head start in belcourt 701-477-0260 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-6096 Bernadette lives in Belcourt. Unable to get in touch with her
22 Eller Bonnie Born Sepember 19, 1953     –     Died October 24, 2006 Deceased
23 Evans Montgomery Stephanie 2512 14th Ct Se Winter Haven, FL 33884 (863) 325-8900  
24 Fassett Pfuhl Paula 34191 Kale Avenue North Branch, MN 55056 651-257-3565  
25 Fontaine Sebelius Margaret 1313 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3927  
26 Forschen Larry 116  6th St Bottineau, ND 58318 No number Avail No email address
27 Fugere Terry 2013 N Second St Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 223-6124  
28 Fulsebakke Gary 824 Second Ave NE Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-2284  
29 Getzlaff Lester PO Box 729 Williston, ND 58802 (701) 770-6665 No email address
30 Gunville Allery Susan 725 N Dobson Rd Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 792-6504  
31 Haagenson Cheryl 401 1 AVE SW Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5325  
32 Hackman Schneider Rosie 216 Eighth St NW Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-5850  
33 Henning Alan 6720 18th Ave NW Minot, ND 58703 (701) 839-4918  
34 Hetle Delorme Karen/Darrel PO Box 962 WEST FARGO, ND  58078 701-799-0333. No email address
35 Hiatt Marlys PO Box 851 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2101  
36 Honsey Fiebiger Diana 11558 County Road 22 Cooperstown, ND 58425 (701) 797-3577  
37 Houle Ronald 7017 County Road 15 SW Kensington, MN 56343 (320) 965-2304  
38 Larson Dakin Cheryl 1108 MONTERREY ST BEDFORD, TX  76022 (817) 283-0483  
39 Medrud Rodney 194A Rt 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5829  
40 Metcalfe Poitra Janice Raphael PO Box 219 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3449 Kelvin (701) 2630-4150   No email
41 Peltier Denise 10043 Highway 281 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3489  
42 Peltier Gary/Lana PO Box 0532 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-5032 Gary is deceased 7/17/2007
43 Peltier Marilyn PO Box 833 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5266  
44 Peltier Ruby P O Box 1146 Dunseith, ND 58329 701) 389-0286 WK 701-477-7244  
45 Peterson Larrett 10089 Lake Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3822 No email address
46 Robert Duane 501 Cheyenne Ave Hiawatha, KS 66434 (785) 742-3925  
47 Rude Art 1810 Valle Moor Dr Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 530-9336  
48 Schimetz Reid Born August 15, 1953    –    Died May 23, 2006 Deceased
49 Tooke Larry 275 106th St NE Souris, ND 58783 (701) 243-6436  
50 Wenstad Arn Born August 17, 1952    –    Killed in car accident April 17, 1977 Deceased
51 Wenstad Taylor Darlene Box 15 RR 3 Portage la Prairie, MB R1n 3A3 Canada 204-428-5414 No email address
52 Wilson Richard Teresa PO Box 247 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5403 Will be sending email address
53 Wurgler Axtman Peggy 25223  45th Av. South Kent, Wa  98032 253-854-1008  


3/12/2015 (2199)

Condolence to Toni Morinville (’68):
From Colette Hosmer (’64):  Santa Fe, NM


I was surprised and saddened to learn of Jerry’s death.  Please know that you and your daughters are in my thoughts.



Clayton Lider’s Birthday
Comment from Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT.

Hope Clayton Lider has a great Birthday party…He and I at one time were hunting buddy’s

Glen Williams.


Reposting of Ruby Adam Sivertson’s Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Part of Ruby’s obituary got cut off, so I am reposting.
Ruby was a sister to Mrs Bob (Irene) Stickland, so she was an aunt to all three of the Stickland Boys. My Cousin, Alney Kofoid’s wife Lorna’s mother was also an Adam’s, sister to Ruby and Irene Stickland.


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Ruby Sivertson, age 89 of Bottineau, died Thursday at a Bottineau hospital. Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Ruby Sivertson, a daughter of Henry and Lydia (Brandt) Adams, was born on February 8, 1926 at Kramer, ND. She was reared there and later graduated from Kramer High School. Ruby then worked at the Vinje Department Store in Bottineau. On January 3, 1950, she married Lars Sivertson in the Turtle Mountains. They made their home on the Sivertson Family Farm near Bottineau. She worked for time at the San Haven State Hospital and the Dunseith Community Nursing Home. Lars passed away on September 12, 2010. Later that same year, Ruby moved into the St. Andrew’s Apartments in Bottineau and in 2013 she moved into the St. Andrew’s Hospital.

Ruby was a member of the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and cooking. Most of all, she loved her family and her Lord and Savior.

She is survived by her daughter, Theresa (Tom) Delikat of Box Elder, SD; sons, Mike (Donnet) Sivertson, of Bottineau; Mark (Rita) Sivertson of Williston and Paul of Casper, WY; grandchildren, Brooks Sivertson, Andrew Delikat, Jessica (Brandon) Asker, Rachael (Jacob) Ferris, Sarah (Ben) Bader, Brenden Sivertson, Ciera Sivertson, Jill Sivertson, Joe Sivertson and Scott (Rachael) Eaton; step-grandchildren, Nicholas Monson and Riley Monson; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Pearl Nelson of Minot and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 6 sisters.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


Joke of the day
Posted by Bob Hosmer (’56):  Lynnwood, WA

Hi Gary,

I don’t write often, but always keep up on hometown news on the blog that you so expertly put together every day.  I found this article very amusing and thought I would share it with you:

Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian flu. A bird pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone’s relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts. However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird’s beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car. MTA then hired an ornithological behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills. He very quickly concluded the cause: When crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout “Cah”, not a single one could shout “Truck.”

I needed that bit of humor.  Hope everyone enjoys it.

Bob Hosmer ‘56


Blog (265) posted on October 28, 2008


Folks, We had a lot of replies to the Grenier pictures. This was actually the wedding of Pennie Kester and Gary Grenier. I think Ted Grenier must have ordered copies of these pictures, so that is how his name came up when Neola found them. I have pasted all the Grenier comments from this statement down to the pictures.  Thanks for your many replies. The Grenier family was well known in the Dunseith community.  Gary


Reply from Pennie Kester Grenier (69): 

Gary,  The pictures of the Grenier wedding are old!  Haven’t seen my own for quite some time, so I was surprised to see them on your site.  The picture with 4 people from left to right: Cheryl Kester Gaugler,

myself,  Gary Grenier (with a bit more hair than he has now) and Gary’s
brother Roger Grenier.  The other pic shows Gary’s sister Karen pinning
a flower on their Grandfather Simeon Grenier.  The lady in the far right
hand corner of that picture is Irene Fassett, Susan, Crystal and Paula
Fassett’s mother. Hope this helps.  Take care and send us some of your warm weather-it was 14 degrees here this AM.  Take Care,  Pennie Kester

Pennie, It’s currently 89 degrees here with scatterd clouds at 12:40 PM.  Gary

Reply from Joe Johnson (77): 


I’m not sure about the title on the photos, but I can identify some of the people.  The reason I’m not sure about the title on the photos is because of the people in the photos and the clothes just don’t seem to fit the dates that my uncle Ted would have married my aunt Margit.  Moreover, if the people in the photos are who I think they are then the title doesn’t fit; however, it may be another Grenier wedding or such.

In the one photo the gentleman having the corsage pinned on his suit is my Grandfather, Simeon Grenier.  I do believe that is my cousin, Karen Grenier, Ted and Margit’s only daughter pinning the corsage.

In the second photo, the young man with the blond hair on the far right looks like my cousin Roger Grenier; the other young man with the dark hair looks like, Roger’s brother, Gary, both Ted & Margit’s sons.  The young lady to Gary’s right may be Penny Kester from Dunseith but I cannot be sure.  Gary is actually married to Penny, so I’m wondering if these photos may have been from that wedding.

Also, again I’m not sure but, these photos seem to be taken in the old Catholic church at Thorne, ND which is no longer there.  I don’t know if it was torn down or what.

Simeon, moved to Dunseith from the homestead farm, 6 miles east of Dunseith and 1 mile south (same road as the Turtle Mountain reservation line going north), in 1959.  Today, my cousin, Steve Grenier farms the original Grenier homestead and Gary Grenier farms Ted’s place just one more mile south of the original homestead.  Ted was Simeon’s oldest child.

Ted & Margit’s kids were older than I so I didn’t have the same close relationship with them that I enjoyed with Orville and Mickey (Haagenson) Grenier’s kids since Orville was the youngest of Simeon’s kids.  The Grenier kids all attended school in Rolette and not Dunseith.

Also, Orville and Mickey and kids are very good friends with the John and Murl Hill family.

I’m sure you may get a response from many others in the Dunseith area as many people knew and still know of my grandfather Simeon (born 1889 passed 1978).  Simeon was one of the best people you could ever meet or know and one of the most humble men I ever knew.  Believe me I could go on about Simeon for many hours as I’m sure many of his other grandkids could as well.

Clarence and Beverly (Morinville) Azure live in the home Simeon built in Dunseith in 1959 and it was really great to get to be back in that home in 2007 when I was in Dunseith for the reunion.  As, Lyle, said many, many kids hung out at the Morinville’s and my sister Linda is still good friends with Bev.  Bev, thanks for the memories.

Again to help you place Simeon, if you remember just a few emails back (message 259), Alan Campbell mentioned this about Simeon Grenier:


Reply from Phyllis & Alan Campbell: 

“To those who played basketball on Campbell’s driveway—-you might not know and might be interested in some background on that basketball backboard. It was made out of wood from the old RIverside Hotel and donated by Simeon Grenier who had purchased the hotel. We think he and Alfred Cote made it and helped install it on the Campbell garage around 1964. There were a lot of basketballs bounced off that backboard!! To honor the North Dakota Centennial in 1976, Jeff painted it red, white and blue and added a bunch of stars. It withstood a lot more activity for a number of years. He finally dismantled it when the wood deteriorated beyond salvage.

Pyhllis and Alan Campbell”

Also, I played basketball at the Campbell’s too, OK not that well but…. – and I never new that my grandfather had anything to do with that backboard on the Campbell garage.  I was so surprised by Alan and Phyllis’ response, definitely an emotional moment for me  What a wonderful town Dunseith was and is, a great place to have been raised.

OK, I’m sure that is more than you wanted to know already.  I’ll try and send in a couple of good George Malaterre stories as well in the near future.  Lyle Olson triggered some really great memories that I have about George.

Thanks, Joe Johnson  (1977)


Reply from Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (68):

Lola vanorny, ew
Wow!!_ Gary!!– this has turned into a unique and awesome  thing huh??  and
to think it all started when you emailed me as you had seen my name
somewhere on the internet-  and asked if I was part of the Metcalfe girls
and if I remembered you as we rode the school bus together and asked about
Margaret and Helen.  Look where it is today!–

I can recognize the wedding picture of Pennie Kester and Gary Grenier–
and the Maid of honor must be Cheryl Kester ( Pennie’s twin sister ) Isn’t
that a darling picture??     and I believe the groomsman looks like Roger
Grenier  .    also the lady in the back ground may be  Irene Fassett.

I had to add my memories of Morinville’s too. Usually it was Randi
Mongeon, Paulette Lacroix, Toni , Connie Mellmer ,  Brenda Hoffman  and I
– and probably more–
We had many slumber parties there and yes how tolerant  and generous  Joe
and Frances were!!- we’d be up making pizza in the middle of the night.
and one of the favorite things to do when they weren’t around was call
someone and ask if they had their TV on and how did it fit? — and all
those  goofy little jokes – We’d call Said Kadry and ask if he had Prince
Albert in  a can–  and to let him out !  We’d go the store and get
fizzies.  Go up to the drug store  and have a cherry coke float and walk
around town or explore the park —  ..  Such carefree days!!

Frances had to get us all ready for a Memorial Day Program one year  , I
remember,    as we had stayed overnight the night before the program.  and
another time I remember her up in the middle of the night Doctoring us for
sand fleas we must have picked up playing outside.!!

I used to love to stay at Mongeon’s too–  all those kids and everyone was
always happy–Armand and Leona  would visit with us after supper and the
rosary —  sometimes Armand would even sing with us or we would catch Leona
yodelling!-  when she thought no one was around!!- wonderful soft
memories!!      We sure had fun!!–  Thanks so much Gary for keeping this
going!!– Lola (Metcalfe) Vanorny


Reply from Kathy Casavant Ellingson (74): 

The picture with the man getting a flower pinned is Simeon Grenier, I don’t know who the lady is. The Ted Grenier picture is Pennie Kester marrying Gary Grenier, & her sister Cheryl kester & Garys brother Rodger.


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 


The wedding photo is of Gary and Penny Kester Grenier. The attendants
are Cheryl Kester Gaugler and Roger Grenier.



Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): 

The wedding picture is Cheryl and Pennie Kester, and Gary Grenier but I don’t know the other fellow.


Reply from Allen Richard (65): 

The Ted Grenier pic I think is not accrue ate.  I think it is Simeon Grenier — Angela Malget and her mom Fern would know.

Reply from Paula Fassett Pfuhl (71): 


I’m guessing you’ll get better replies than mine on the Ted Grenier wedding photos, but here goes anyway…….the first one I’m not sure who anyone is except my Mom, Irene Fassett, is the very happy lady on the right side of the photo!!! The wedding is Pennie (Kester) and Gary Grenier’s wedding.  Left to right is Cheryl Kester, Pennie, Gary, and Gary’s brother, who’s name I can’t recall!!!  (Pennie and Cheryl had cute little crocheted dresses that I think were hand-made……….)



Reply from Aggie Casavant (69):



Gary and Pennie Kester Grenier’s wedding:

Picture: Simeon and Karen Grenier.  The lady to the right is Irene Fassett.
Greier, Ted 2198


Gary and Pennie Kester Grenier’s wedding:
Cheryl Kester Gaugler, Pennie Kester Grenier, Gary Grenier and  Roger Grenier
Greiner, Ted and Penny Kester 2198


Reply from Bernard Morin (76): 

Parts of this message got dropped off the first time, so I’m reposting it. Gary

Lyle O is the king. He never fails to provide laughter, whether in casual conservation or telling a story. I however have had the privilege to see Lyle when he wasn’t in his usual jovial mood, he still provided laughter but it wasn’t his intention.
Back in 1988 Lyle, Keith Berg, my wife Robin & I went to Riding Mountain for a weekend of golf on the infamous Wasagaming course. Lyle booked us a 6:30 am tee time on both Saturday & Sunday. We were forewarned as to being in the great white north we should be prepared for chilly weather, heeding that warning we dressed accordingly, long sleeved shirts, trousers and light jackets. By 7:45 am the mercury was rising pretty fast along with Keith’s and my temper, from the first hole on we both were losing balls at a pretty steady rate, whether in the rough or the dense timber. By the fourth hole we had our sleeves rolled up and were sweating like crazy as the temp was crowding 80 degrees, except for Lyle, he had put shorts on under his pants and had brought a light shirt along “just in case”. By the time we reached the 8th tee box Lyle was letting us know pretty frequently that he still had his original ball that he started with. After finishing the 9th hole Keith & I stopped at the clubhouse to replenish our supply, of golf balls, with some gentle ribbing from Lyle about how he was still playing with his original ball that couldn’t be lost. As we approached the 10th tee box we could see it was going to be a long wait as everyone was bottlenecked. While we waited for our turn to tee up Lyle was laying it on pretty heavy about only using one ball on the front nine, I kinda think he was trying to impress the ladies who were waiting behind us. When the group in front of us finally tee’d off, Lyle immediately walked over and tee’d up his ball all the while ribbing us about having to buy more balls as he walked back to sit on the bench. Keith then nonchalantly walked up to Lyle’s ball, lined up and hit it straight into the trees, then calmly looked at Lyle and said “find it”.
Well you would think Keith had just stole Lyle’s best girl or had kicked his dog the way Lyle carried on, we thought it was kinda funny as did the people behind us, there was even a couple that had fallen off their cart from laughter. Needless to say the next few holes were pretty stressful, what with trying to hit a little tiny ball between shrieks of laughter. Up to the 10th Keith & I were getting beat pretty bad. After the 17th it was pretty much a tie, I won’t tell you who won, I think I’ll let Lyle do that.
As for the Sunday game it was pretty uneventful except for the fact that Keith & I were dressed for another 85 degree day and the mercury didn’t make it past 50, and there was Lyle with his shorts and light shirt on, underneath his sweats, so I guess he got the last laugh, watching us shiver uncontrollably while trying to golf.



Reply from Bernard Morin (76): 

Gary and friends,

Just a few lines to answer some of Lyles previous questions. As to charging me lawyer fees for your first case I thought you did. I also thought it was paid in full when C J Coleman, Garret Myer and I so graciously pushed you out of that big mudhole you were stuck in east of norwegian corners at 1:00 a.m. The details are a little fuzzy but I remember hearing something about you studying to be crop insurance adjuster. However if I still owe you something please let me know and we’ll work something out.
As for quitting the fine game of golf I played until 1996 at which time my bethrothed and I purchased “the money pit”. And yes, I did run over my clubs with a 3/4 ton pickup and yes, I was too cheap to buy new clubs, but after playing a few rounds with bent shafts I found it actually improved my game, I no longer had a slice. Now that I think about it I should have patented the clubs. My wife & I could be lounging on a tropical beach somewhere instead of slaving away in the great white north.
Like you Lyle I’m wondering why none of our classmates aren’t shareing some “Dunseith Memories” . Why I bet everyone would like to here about boo boo and the eyes in the butter dish, and how about grandpa fluff pulling a fellow hunter out of a snow bank, or maybe even roogaroo hunting?



Message from Tim Martinson (69): 

Hi Gary,

I”m going to drop some names in the hope you can associate them with
a class.

Vince Kalk who worked for dad in the bakery when I was younger.

Kenny and Duane Handeland, I believe my brother Terry and Duane were
in the same class but do not remember how long Duane attended high
school or if he attended.  Kenny and Duane were in and out of the

Gerald Cree, I played football with Gerald, and believe his parents
were Francis and Rose Cree.  I thought he had a brother that was a year
younger, but I’m not certain of his first name.  I also thought that
one of the Cree boys died in Viet Nam.  The names Leonard and Ronnie
coming up and I know that there were a lot of kids in that family.
Gerald passed a few years back and I remember his obituary in the
Minot paper.

I have looked over your master list and do not see any of these names
but know that there is a story about each so will leave it up to you
as to
whether they should be included.

Hope you are having nice weather, we have a little snow on the ground
with the temperature at around 5 above this morning.  Clear sky and cool
weather for the rest of the week.  Just imagine how your bones felt
in cold weather, oh to be sitting around in shorts, tank top, and 80
temperatures without the heat  turned up on the furnace.    Take
Care,  Tim


Tim & All, We will add these folks to our class lists.  Please let me know a little info about each of these folks, so we can get them included in their respective classes.  I thought I had Vince Kalk in our lists, but I see that I don’t.  Duane Handland was with the class of 66.  I have not been able to get in touch with him.  Gary


Reply from David Slyter (70): 

Carmen Richard and Gary:

Carmen, Thank you for your forgiveness and Gary I will pass that forgiveness onto you.

Dave Slyter (70)


Message from Gary Metcalfe (57): 

With Veteran’s Day coming up, I thought I should take a few moments to express a small debt of gratitude to all WWII veterans and three that I know something about.  To think that Dunseith had two soldiers that endured the unbearable is amazing.    I did not know about it until about three years ago, so how can I expect anyone else to know.  It is all about documentation I have seen on the internet, also the books.  Ernie Pyle does not need any introduction, was probably the best loved man of the Big War.  Then I came on Ole Evans discharge papers, it was very hard for me to decipher, not being military.  I asked a lot of questions and am in the right place to get some answers, Branson, Mo. where they have a huge veteran’s celebration yearly.  I have talked to many veterans and determined, yes, Ole was 34th Infantry Division, 135th Regiment Co. K, the Red Bull was Iowa, N.D., Wisc. and Minn. He did land in Africa (Operation Torch) on the  beginning of a nightmare that lasted almost three years..  All the men in the 34th Division got the honor of being part of a distinguished unit that meant more front line battle days than any other in the war.  Five hundred days or more, frost bite, trench foot, malaria were only some of the things they had to deal with.


A war correspondent Ernie Pyle spent time with several, if not all branches of the military.  Here is what he said about his favorite, the infantry, and I quote, “All the war of the world seems to have been born by the few thousand front line soldiers here destined merely by chance to suffer and die for the rest of us.  It was neither God, nor flag, nor mother that impelled a pimply faced kid to risk losing his life in an obscene adventure.  He did it for the kid next to him, he couldn’t let him down, they needed one another so bad.”


Ole was a Platoon Sargent with three purple hearts and a silver star,   Patton said, “Retrain them, send them home” when he saw those farm boys come on shore.  They didn’t have any real training.  It took about a year for the 34th to  perform so well at Hill 609, where Ole was wounded the first time.  They earned the respect of all the military around them.  Then at Cassino in Italy and on and on.  You can read what many generals said about them.  Churchill wrote a letter of great admiration and praise not only for the front line soldier, but every member of the Infantry Division.  To my knowledge Ole nor Ike Hagen ever said a word about this subject, they couldn’t.

I talked to Ike Hagen at the Senior Citizen Center a couple years ago,  I had just spent a couple years exploring Ole’s record.  I asked Clarence what kind of record Ole had?  He brightened up as only Ike could do and said, “it was a good one.”  I said, “were you with Ole?”  He said, “I was with the trucks”, and I knew he had seen too much.

Wouldn’t it be neat if someone could find a way to thank Ike Hagen?  It may make all those nightmares and nights seem a little more bearable..

There were other Divisions on either side of the 34th doing the same heroic things.


Thanks Gary for this opportunity to share information and memories.  Gary Metcalfe


Reply from Sybil Johnson: 

I ditto everyone else and say thanks for all of your hard work, in sending out these emails everyday. I have only been receiving them for a short time, but I

sure appreciate reading each one, every morning. Winter is surely on its way, here in Wyoming and I think its going to be a hard one. I hate the winds here, like

I hated them in North Dakota. I think they are more severe here. Take care everyone and thanks again, Gary.

Sybil Johnson

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): ndgal1953@  

Everyone Lyle  hasn’t told the  whole  story………  He had seen the  movie the jerk before  He and I went  together and when he came over  to the house  and we  would  all be sitting around  if  there  was any quiet  period  (which didn’t happen  often) Lyle  would  bust out with “I WAS BORN A POOR BLACK CHILD” it  still makes me laugh when I hear  this. I have never to this  day  laughed as  hard as I have with the  days I spent with Lyle. He is a  true  GOOFBALL  and if you have  not had  the privilege to  meet him you have missed  one of the  best times  of your life. He is a true friend and I am proud to call him my brother. He was  so  good to my mom and dad  as was Bill Krause. Lyle when you said to me on the plane  we are  going to  die I thought  once again you were trying to calm  that  scary  ride  by  being  the GOOFBALL you are . I did not  know  you were serious  and thank  God  cause  from that  airplane ride  to this  day I hate  to fly and  told Clarence after we returned  from German  next time I  take a boat or you go alone.  HA HA  I was serious  hate  flying and  have not been on a plane since and don’t plan to. More to come   i have many stories about the  Olson’s boys .



Folks, with nearly 40 graduates, I believe the DHS class of 1970 was the largest graduating class that every graduated from Dunseith HS.


                                 Dunseith High School Class of 1970

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Friedrich Janice 12984 Ideal Beach Rd Lake Park, MN 56554 (218) 532 5163  C(218) 791 3383  
2 Azure Clarence/Bev PO box 447 Dunseith, ND 58329  
3 Azure Dennis 6219  228th St. SE Woodinville, WA 98072 Cell 425-417-2977 Will provide email
4 Azure Lowell Address and phone number are not available Lowell is Living in Billings MT.
5 Baker Eunice RR 1 Saint John, ND 58369 WK(701) 477-5673
6 Belgarde Allen PO Box 0658 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5134 No email address
7 Belgarde Hoff Donna 2627 S  17th St. #7 Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 278-5572  
8 Bottineau Houle Irene Recently passed away Deceased
9 Bottineau Pina Betty PO Box 444 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5802  
10 Counts Lloyd  Jeanette PO Box 11 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5353  
11 DeCoteau Gerber Joyce Ann 506 Cherry St Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 278-5465 No email address
12 Dion Dennis 1428 Golden Valley LN MINOT, ND  58703 (701) 852 1745/3648 Cell 701-833-8600  
13 Eller Desjarlais Carol Star Rt. Box 31B Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 244-0086 No email address
14 Fassett Andersen Crystal 12623 102nd ST NE Walhalla ND 58282 (701) 549-3930  
15 Fauske Brian 406 Highland St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3386  
16 Flynn Randy 10326 SE 100th Drive Happy Valley, OR. 97086    
17 Fugere Allen 700 Main St N Estelline, SD 57234 (605) 873-2496 No email address
18 Furgason Harold I am Harolds brother Jim, Harold has been living in Vista California for many years. I do not have his address. Harold is Colette Hosmer’s former husband’s brother
19 Gagnon Arletta PO Box 176 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4792 No email address
20 Grossman Paul 1109 Sunrise Dr Hazen, ND 58545 701-748-6622  
21 Hagen Abbott Sandra Born October 17, 1952    –    Died March 22, 1996 Deceased
22 Hagen Simon Karen 421 11th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3933  
23 Hanson Robert Died in an oil rig accident Deceased
24 Hetle Pauline PO Box 182 Dunseith (701) 244-5766 WK(701)244-5242  
25 Hill Mueller Brenda PO Box 114 Rolla, ND 58367 (701) 477-9284  
26 Johnson Albert 132 Ivy Lakes Dr Saint Johns, FL 32259 (904) 230-2450 C(904) 504-2476  
27 Kuhn Melvin RR 1 Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 477-5819  
28 Lagerquist Ray 33 Galena Gulch Rd Boulder, MT 59632 406-225-3583  
29 Lamb Dean Born November 19, 1952    –    Died August 22, 2003 Deceased
30 Landsverk David 1621 95th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3041  
31 Larson Greg Bismarck, ND 58504 Cell 701-220-4890  Wk 701-223-5300  
32 Larson Sjol Diane 712 Main St S Minot, ND 58701 (701) 837-0741  
33 LaVallie Dallas PO Box 469 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4524  
34 LaVallie Dennis PO Box 469 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4524  
35 McCloud Ken PO Box 191 Tokyo, ND 58379 (701) 351-0443 No email address
36 Medlang Macy Marlys 31 Roan Ln Saint Louis, MO 63124 (314) 997-7375 Marlys lives in Saint Louis, MO.
37 Metcalfe Vickie 401 13th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3353  
38 Millang Bernstein Joanne 660 106th St NE Souris, ND 58783 (701) 228-3546  
39 Mongeon Bob 2601 BROOKSIDE DR MINOT, ND  58701  (701) 839-3629  
40 Morinville Marmom Debbie 1911 MERRIAM AVE MILES CITY, MT  59301 (406) 234-6887  
41 Nerpel Gordon 5716 Maves Trl SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 (952) 447-6415  
42 Parrill Clark Born September 12, 1952    –    Died October 30, 2006 Deceased
43 Peltier Bernadette PO Box 1042 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5291 No email address
44 Peltier Ron PO box 313 dunseith (701) 263-3470  
45 Pigeon Schimetz Colette 10651 14th Ave NE Bottineau, ND 58318 701-263-4049  
46 Poitra Della Born March 10, 1952    –    Died October 8, 1974 Deceased
47 Poitra Sandra/Wade PO Box 36 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0213 No email address
48 Richard Robenitsch Stephanie 213 Toronto Loop Bismarck, ND 58503 701-222-3042  
49 Schimetz Mark RR 1 Box 131 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3481  
50 Sebelius Duane 1313 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3927  
51 Slyter David 208 2nd St. N.  Sabin, Mn  56580  218 789 7471  
52 Slyter Robert 2303 W Savannah Wichita, Kansas 67217 316-617-7186  
53 ST. Clair Miller Karen Born April 7, 1952    –    Died February 12, 2007 Deceased
54 Stokes Darrel 608 Vera Steet Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2190 No email address
55 Striker David 1676 Ninth St N, Apt 2 Wahpeton, ND 58075 (701) 642-5724  
56 Thiefault Bergstrom Darlene 673 Old English Rd Draper, UT 84020 801-523-3907  
57 Tooke David 4050 93rd St SE Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 224-1803 No email address
58 Wenstad Barbara 625 W. Hodson Ave Minto, ND  58261 701-248-3592    Cell 701-520-2482 No email address
59 Cote Kathleen Unable to locate.  Need married name Need Help locating
60 Gunville LaFountain Debra Unable to locate.  May be living in Becourt Need Help locating
61 Miller Joyce Unable to locate.  Need married name Need Help locating
62 Rook Debra Unable to locate.  Need married name Need Help locating


3/11/2015 (2198)

Happy Birthday Betty Allard Heinz (’60): Rolette, ND
Allard, Betty 2198


Clayton Lider Celebrates his 80th Birthday
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

Arliss Lider asked if I would scan/send this picture to you, along with information about Clayton’s birthday party at the Sr. Center on Saturday, March 14, to include in your newsletter.  Clayton knows about the party. 

Thanks, Gary!


Clayton Lider’s 80th Birthday Party

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Come as early as 1:00 p.m., stay all afternoon

Bottineau Senior Citizen Center

Come and join the fun!
Lider, Clayton 2198


Condolences to Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68) and her family
From Dick Johnson (’68):

Gary and Friends,

        We were saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Jerry Gredesky and would certainly like to send our condolences to Toni and her daughters.



Bismarck Trip with Mel Kuhn and the Hackman’s
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

I think the time has come when my only option is to defend myself.  Yes,  we did make a trip to Bismarck and beyond in search of car parts.  Beyond that,  things are quite out of context.  First of all,  if Mel and Larry had color crayons,  they kept them hidden from me.  Secondly,  when the special is ‘two for one burgers–Tuesday’, wouldn’t that mean that two guys get to split one burger?  That’s how I interpreted it.  Have you ever taken 4 hungry hillbillies into a nice restaurant like Ground Round?  I offered to buy lunch as we were driving to Burger King and right NOW,  Mel hits the brakes and wheels into Ground Round.  He and the Hackman boys nearly knocked some old ladies down trying to get in to eat!  The next thing I saw was Mel on the phone calling both of his sons to tell them,  “Get to Ground Round,  Johnson is buying.”  I was rather glad the waiter was an oriental with little knowledge of the English language (true) or he would have been totally freaked out.  The reason the people were looking at us was because the were afraid of getting hit by food that was flying when these hillbillies were eating.  I think the management was so glad I finally got them all out the door that they gave me a special discount for my effort.  Anyway,  that’s my take on it.  Thanks Gary!



Postings from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Ruby Sivertson
(Born February 8, 1926 – Died March 5, 2015)
Sivertson, Ruby
Ruby Sivertson, age 89 of Bottineau, died Thursday at a Bottineau hospital. Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Ruby Sivertson, a daughter of Henry and Lydia (Brandt) Adams, was born on February 8, 1926 at Kramer, ND. She was reared there and later graduated from Kramer High School. Ruby then worked at the Vinje Department Store in Bottineau. On January 3, 1950, she married Lars Sivertson in the Turtle Mountains. They made their home on the Sivertson Family Farm near Bottineau. She worked for time at the San Haven State Hospital and the Dunseith Community Nursing Home. Lars passed away on September 12, 2010. Later that same year, Ruby moved into the St. Andrew’s Apartments in Bottineau and in 2013 she moved into the St. Andrew’s Hospital.


John Sawchuk, M.D. FAAFP of Cando, North Dakota | 1932 – 2015 | Obituary
Sawchuk, Dr John 2198

Send condolences  

John Sawchuk, M.D. FAAFP

Born: February 18, 1932
Died: March 06, 2015



Picture ID
From Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

Hi    Gary,  The  Greiner  pictures  at  the bottom  of  the  page  is  Simeon  Greiner, and  I  beleive  that’s  his  grandaughter  Karen, daughter  of  Margret, and  Ted  Greiner, and  sister  of  Roger  and  Gary  Greinier.  The  bottom  picture  is  non-other 😉  than  Gary  Greinier  and  Pennie  Kester  on  their  wedding  day, with  Cheryl   Kester  as  maid  of  honor, and   Gary’s  brother  Roger  as  best  man…  Aggie

        Simeon Greiner with his granddaughter Karen Greiner
Greier, Ted 2198


Gary  Greinier  and  Pennie  Kester  on  their  wedding  day, with  Cheryl   Kester  as maid  of  honor, and   Gary’s  brother  Roger  as  best  man
Greiner, Ted and Penny Kester 2198


Blog (264) posted on October 27, 2008


Folks, I am still waiting for several more replies on the Greiner photo’s before posting the comments that I have gotten along with the names of those in the photo’s.


Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (68): 

Lyle, how wonderful of you to share your thoughts and stories about my parents. It means so much

to me. It is true that I was away at college when you “kids” were in high school, but your
description of my parents is so accurate. They cared so much for people and my mom would always
try to help or defend those in trouble. Susan Malaterre remembering that my mom stood up for
Donald doesn’t surprise me.

My parents married in 1938–Mom grew up at Metigoshe and Dad just east of Bottineau. They worked
at the Bottineau Creamery and then started the cream station in Dunseith. The creamery burned down
in 1950 and Dad started the grocery store. They were married 12 long years before I was born and
then had 4 children within 4 years. My dad, always the jokster, said it took 12 years to figure
out how to get it started and 4 to figure out how to stop it. One of my very best friends,
Paulette LaCroix, said that her mother told her that my parents considered her and Henry so lucky
when Paulette was born. My mother was not aware yet that she was pregnant with me.

I, too, remember a wonderful neighborhood growing up. The Campbells, Mongeons, Grimmes, Kesters,
Mellmers, Dick Johnson,etc. all lived so close. Interestly, we often played in Bob and Lee
Hosmer’s yard. I’m sure the ball diamond is probably still etched in the soil. Their girls were
older but they never complained about us playing there. We even played “ante-I-over” over their

We spent a lot of creative time in that neighborhood. We Morinville kids were always putting on
shows or acts. One of my dearest friends, Randi Mongeon, probably remembers when we sang “The
Yellow Rose of Texas” for Bob and Lee and my parents on Hosmer’s patio. It’s probably not
surprising that I direct high school plays and musicals and that my daughter Megan is working on
her M.F.A. in theater. Of course, I have to give Don Johnson credit for nurturing my love of all
kinds of music in high school. He was another adult who had such a heart for young people. He
drove us all over to see various acts. Dick and anyone, do you remember going to see Fred Waring’s
group in Minot and Harry Belafonte’s back-up singers in Bottineau?

Lyle, it is so nice of you to bring my parents back to life. I thank you for your loving care of
my mom. I know that she loved you like her own. I am forwarding your comments to my daughters,
Allison and Megan. They never knew my parents, but are always so interested and ask a lot of
questions. This will be so nice for them.
Toni Morinville Gredesky


Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

I am sure it is just a slip of the tongue but David Slyter said that Floyd died about two years ago. Actually that is Ernest– Floyd is alive and well and today at age 79 he is running his John Deere combine, harvesting sunflowers. He says he will retire when he is old enough !!    You are forgiven David, it is easy to get brothers mixed up.

The picture of Ernest Richard family are: back row–Jim, Lester, LeRoy, Ernie, Larry- center Beatrice–front row–Michael, Diane, Debbie,Peggy,Bradley, Marlene.

Carmen, Actually the mistake was mine for not making the correction. Right after David sent that message, he realized his mistake and ask me to make the corrections before I sent it. He mentioned Floyd twice and I only corrected the first one in his message.  David, I am so sorry for that oversight. It’s nice to hear that Floyd is doing so well at his young age. It’s a funny thing, the older we get, “old” seems to be getting older and older.  Gary

Ernest Richard Family
Back: Jim, Lester, LeRoy, Ernie, Larry
Center: Beatrice
Front: Michael, Diane, Debbie, Peggy, Bradley, Marlene.
Richard, Ernest family 2198

Guys, Please correct me if I have labeled this picture wrong.  Gary

Erling Berg Family:
Back: Delores & Erling
Front: Don, Diane, Keith & Curt
Berg, Erling Family 2198


Ron Longie, That sure looks like you on the far right. Is this your family photo?

Willie, if this is your family, I’m not sure which one is you?
Longie family 2198


Which Berube & Kelly families would David and Sharon belong too?
Kelly, David and Sharon Berube 2198


                                    Dunesith High School Class of 1969

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Penny Born October 29, 1952    –    Died October 29, 1975 Deceased
2 Bergan Leonard Judy PO Box 411 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5610 No email address
3 Berube Bill 1314 Grafton LARAMIE, WY  82070 307-399-6083 berube@uwyo.edu
4 Casavant Aggie 382 Sweetgum Dr Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-389-2368 aggiedee7@yahoo.com
5 Cattron Fontaine Kathy/Joe 409 E Ave E Lakota, ND 58344 (701) 247-2269 bubsyboodle@yahoo.com
6 Cote Allen 11175 33rd St SW Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-7224 esi.inc@hotmail.com
7 Counts Ronnie PO Box 72 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5518 No email address
8 Delorme Carl Dunseith, ND 58329 Brother Darrell     701-799-0333 Ramona LaVallie sees him around Dunseith. She will get his info.
9 Dietrich Slyter Eleanor RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4108 eleszoo@yahoo.com
10 Evans Mike 408 Wall Street Ave N Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 236-8436 mike@novafire.com
11 Faine Delores 268 Washington Ave. Metolius, OR 97741 (541) 546-6487 Friend will send email address
12 Fassett Sjue Pat 80 29th Ave N Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 293-7693 psjue@cableone.net
13 Fauske Vaneynde Arlinda (Lindy) 11366 Brighton Oaks Dr. Yorkville, IL  60560 (630) 553-6274 lvaneynde@AOL.COM
14 Fontaine Joe/Kathy 409 E Ave E Lakota, ND 58344 (701) 247-2269 bubsyboodle@yahoo.com
15 Hagen Froseth Susan 402 10th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5207 No email address
16 Hanson Danielson Heidi 1990 78th St NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 366-4535 Heidi.Danielson@sendit.nodak.edu
17 Hetle Leonard/Bea 2800 NE 45th St Kansas City, MO 64117 (816) 453-1608 No email address
18 Hiatt Rod 9679 County Road 57 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2391 hiatt@utma.com
19 Hill Thompson Marvel 212 13th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3511 marvel.thompson@msub.nodak.edu
20 Johnson Brian 416 Spruce Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3352 bljohnson@min.midco.net
21 Johnson Huntley Joann Born September 15, 1951    –    Died August 17, 1995 Deceased
22 Kalk Marvin Born July 7, 1948    –    Died June 3, 2002 Deceased
23 Kalk Jahner Natalie Fargo, ND 58103 Friend’s No.1-701-367-8119 No email address
24 Kelly Randy 1630 David St Saint Paul, MN 55119 (651) 772-1114  (651) 772-3541 Waiting for email address
25 Kester Gaugler Cheryl 25 Quince Pl North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (732) 422-1567 cgaugler@corus.jnj.com
26 Kester Grenier Penny 9344  36th ave Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3708 pennie@utma.com
27 Kester Imbrock Susan Geneva, Switzerland susan.imbrock@gmail.com
28 LaRocque Richard PO Box 772 Dunseith, ND 58329 No phone No email address
29 Law Diane Brother Douglas (68) gave her a message. She was at his house when I called. No reply.
30 Lemike Rude Roberta 10459 County Road 57 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4675 lrrude@srt.com
31 Malaterre Johnson Susan 313 Reunion Dr Alvarado, TX 76009 817-790-7911 carleydavidson@cs.com
32 Martinson Timothy 12201 Hilltop Dr Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 349-1469 timbear@alaska.net
33 McCloud William deceased  Can not find death record Deceased
34 McKay Dan 16715 78th St SE Mooreton, ND 58061 (701) 274-8256 danm@primeboard.com
35 Medrude Elgin Connie/Al 707 HOME AVE SELAH, WA  98942 No listed phone Latest address for her:  Letter got returned address not good
36 Metcalfe Elaine 2015 7TH AVE N GRAND FORKS, ND  58203 No listed phone Elaine is the Director of TRIO Programs at the University of ND.
37 Murray kenneth 1598 Sunflower Ln Sidney, MT 59270 (406) 488-8424  C(406) 480-2300 No email address
38 Nadeau Francis PO Box 1929 Belcourt, ND 58316 No phone No email address
39 Parisien James Born September 17, 1949    –    Died June 6, 1991 Deceased
40 Parisien May Beverly Box 914 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-2168 bevm@tmbclaw.net
41 Parrill Jordan Lynda 9 Pebble Beach Dr Yerington, NV 89447 775-463-5667 cljordan48@peoplepc.com
42 Peltier Joe PO Box 927 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3344 No email address
43 Peltier Phillip PO Box 334 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0744 No email address
44 Peltier Azure Sandra/Leslie PO Box 171 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5295 No email address
45 Picard Schumacher Carol 4140  4th Ave S Fargo, ND  58103 (701) 478-7718 No email address
46 Poitra Davis Thelma Born September 24, 1950    –    Died July 4, 1984 Deceased
47 Rassmussen Marcus Born September 7, 1951    –    Died July 25, 2003 Deceased
48 Rieke Ronald PO Box 645  or 10661 Hwy 6 Meridian, TX 76665 (254) 435-2505 ron@rare.com
49 Robillard Patnaude Gloria PO Box 870 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-6313 Listed number. I did not get her email address.
50 Saint Claire Lola Route 1  Box 61 AB St. John, ND 58369 701-477-8185 lola_ann_stclaire@hotmail.com
51 Sebelius Harvey 2711 87th St NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 366-4558 No email address
52 Siegrist Shulze Mary Lives in Rolette (701) 244-2556 Prefers not to be included
53 Thiefoe James 907 Columbia Ave #209 Marysville, WA 98270 (360)-658-4049 No email address
54 Thiefoe Raymond PO Box 896 Tonlea, AZ  86044 928-206-1856 No email address
55 Vandal Collins Marcia 714 GRANT PL BOULDER, CO  80302 (303) 444-8237 No email address
56 Vivier Curtis Born November 3, 1950   –   Died July 16, 1978 Deceased
57 Vivier Terry He went by Terry in school but may have had another legal first name Deceased
58 Walter Wells Kathy/Dennis 1208 Long Ct Sterling, IL 61081 (815) 625-3714 indifan@comcast.net
59 Wenstad Lynette 817 Spring St S Northfield, MN 55057 507-663-0742 wenstad@stolaf.edu
60 Wenstad Turner Connie Box 892 Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0 Canada (204) 534-7043 No email address
61 Wenstad Wiebe Diane 53 5th St NE Portage La Prairie, MB R1N 1J4 Canada (204) 857-7766 diwiebe6@hotmail.com
62 Whiteshield Phyllis PO Box 434 White River, SD 57579 (605) 208-1457 pwhiteshield@redcloudschool.org
63 Zorn Bryan Marlys 801 L Street Fairbury, Nebraska 68352


3/8/2015 (2197)

      Happy Birthday Dana Henriksen Johnson (’66): Meridian, ID
Henriksen, Dana 2197

Toni Morinville Gredesky’s husband, Jerry Gredesky passed away.
Face Book posting from Toni Morinville (’68): Fairmount, ND
Morinville, Toni 2197


Lunch in Bismarck – Reply to Mel Kuhn
From Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Hello Gary;

I hope you and your family are doing well?

I thought I would write and give my view of my brother Henry and I meeting up with a couple of fellows from the hills.  It was a tough decision deciding where to have lunch but it was all settled when Mel suggested we go to the Ground Round, as he would like to see his son, who works there and his other son, also came and had lunch with us.  It was a pleasure to meet his sons who were both good looking and polite young men.  We did have a good time and we will have to do it again someday.

Mel was right too about the patrons and staff of the Ground Round seeming to enjoy our time spent there, enjoying the great tasting burgers and each other’s company.  I thought most of the looks and smiles were because these two fellows from the hills came in with their Turtle Mountain swagger and were wearing their caps sideways.  Henry and I don’t wear hats and haven’t since we moved to Dunseith back in the 50’s, when the bigger town kids would steal them off our heads and play catch, keep-away with them and then once, one took my hat into the Crystal Café, took the seat off the post at the counter and put my hat on the post then put the seat down over top of it.  My hat was a ball of grease.  It was a long time before I ever wore a hat again and still seldom do unless I have to. Actually, if I remember correctly, it was Julian Kalk who told us that we shouldn’t wear our hats up-town as the bigger kids would take them from us and play games.  He must have felt sorry for us kids from hills who were actually taught to dress for winter.  Actually, he probably went through the same battle when his family moved to town and he didn’t want to see a replay.

By the way Mel that great waiter we had at the Ground Round gave me a call the other day and asked me to come back and pick up some items you and Dick left behind.  He said he could not bear to throw away those pictures you and Dick colored while we were there.  He said he never saw such color coordination and the way you two guys were able to color within the lines was uncanny.  I guess he is an art student up at BSC and knows what he is talking about.  After seeing them again I was impressed too, so I brought them home and showed them to my wife.  She hung them on the front of the fridge with the Grand-children’s colored pictures.  So, when you fellows decide to come down again, I’ll give them to you at our next meeting.  By the way, the waiter thought you fellows might also want the crayons, so he put them in a baggie and gave them to me also.  That art student was really impressed with your talent for coloring and he couldn’t talk enough the future you both could have in the art world.  Something for you both to consider?

Yes, Henry and I both agree that it was a fun lunch and we all will have to do it again sometime. By the way Mel, Have you seen an “O’clock” laying around up there in the Hills?  I lost one last night.               Damn time change.

Keep on laughing,


Jose Balintino Family photo Info
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

At the time Marlene Plante Henderson (now deceased) and Mel Kuhn provided information for this family (October 25, 2008), I didn’t get the information added to the picture. I just added it now–thanks for resending the October 25, 2008.  I don’t know if your readers are interested in seeing the picture with the information added, but here it is. :)


Blog (263) posted on October 26, 2008


Reply from Myra Henning Halvorson (72): 


You can’t believe how much Les and I enjoy reading your emails everyday.
Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this.  We do appreciate
it!  We watch closely the numbers on each email, and have not received
#255, 256, 258 and 261.  We hate to miss anything!!  Please re-send these
to me and thanks again for the great job you’re doing.  Myra (Henning)

Folks, Please let me know if you don’t receive some of these messages.  With these messages coming form overseas combined with the volume that I send, some of your email providers may trigger some of these as spam.  More often than not, I don’t always get a return message telling me when messages don’t get delivered.  Gary

Reply to Gary from David Slyter (70): f

Folks, I want to share this reply I got from David. I was asking him about his job and this is his reply.  I know many of you are familiar with NDSU.

David, I see you go by Dave these days, but I remember you as David, Bob as Bobbie and Richard as Richard.  Gary


Hi Gary:

Thanks for getting that corrected for me.  I really appreciate it.

I work for North Dakota State University.(NDSU)   I have been there now for 6 years and really enjoy it.  I am a custodial supervisor. I have 14 employees under me and 7 building to look after as far as custodial care is concerned.  It is challenging at times but I really enjoy it.

You just got up and I am just about ready to head for bed.  ha   Just a world a part huh?  ha

You take care and have a great day ahead of you.

I really enjoy all the letters that you post daily on the Dunseith Alumni site.  It is much appreciated by everyone.

Take care and God Bless



Reply from Lyle Olson (75): 

Bernard inadvertantly left out what happened on the 9th hole of that little trip to Canada.  I was quite happy that I had played the first 8 holes without losing a ball, and I was ahead in the game as a result.  Well, the 9th hole at Wasagaming is a downhill dogleg to the right.  There is such a deep drop from the tee box that the Canadians had set a mirror in a tree so that you could see if the group ahead of you had cleared the area.  Before walking off the tee box to go look at that mirror, I had placed my lucky ball up on a tee.  Keith Berg, who really is an excellent golfer but who had not a hit a straight shot all that day, stepped up to my ball and hit a perfect 250 yard drive — straight into the trees that line the road coming into the golf course.  Needless to say I was quite put out about his little trick.  Indeed, I double bogeyed the 9th hole and proceeded to pout all the way deep into the back 9 as well.  Everyone thought that Keith’s “drive” was quite funny — everyone but me.

I remember that trip like it was yesterday.  Bernard’s wife, Robin, had just given birth to Rachel, their first daughter.  It was no doubt Rachel’s first trip to Canada.  In any event, Bernard was the smart one because soon after that trip he gave up golf.  If one were to listen to Bernard, he gave up golf to spend more time with family; however, I think he gave up golf after he backed his 3/4 ton Ford pickup over his golf clubs and he was too cheap to buy a new set!!!!!


From Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

When I first sent in the story about playing basketball at Campbell’s and enjoying the never ending summers in Dunseith, I did so in the hopes that other ‘70’s alumni might share a few stories.  Well, a few people responded but not as many as I had hoped.  Perhaps a few stories about spending time at Morinville’s might spur some stories.

Joe and Frances Morinville were like second parents to me.  In fact, Deb, Dewey and Bev are my siblings, just as much as Don and Rob are.  Toni was out of the home at college when I started hanging out at Morinville’s so I really do not know her all that well.  In any event, the Morinville house was always open to the kids.  We spent hours playing kickball by the old City Hall before it burned down.  If you could kick a ball in Henning’s back yard behind the Gambles, that was equivalent to a home run to be sure.  I remember countless hours playing kickball and just hanging out on the back and front porches talking, teasing and planning trouble.  Campbells, Melmers, Malaterres, Hagels, Hennings, Neameyers, Strucks, Parisiens, Colemans, Johnsons, Roberts, LaVallies, Azures, Faines, Berubes, Tookes, Krauses, Morins, Metcalfes and many, many others all seemed to hang out at Morinville’s at one time or another.  If you were looking for someone, you did not go to their house, you went to Morinville’s to find the person!

Frances Morinville took all the commotion in stride; so, too, did Joe.  I think they tolerated all of us kids over there as it was the price to be paid so that their children were not out running wild with the miscreants they hanged out with.  Frances loved to play cards and there were many a night spending time at Morinville’s playing whist.  I used to make Frances quite mad at me because I would never suit my cards when playing whist.  When each hand was played I would go through my cards looking for the right card to play, which meant the game took longer and invariably I would miss the right card to play and we would get set!!  God, she would get mad when I did that!

Joe, as noted before, used to take all of us kids swimming at School Section Lake.  We all hanged out Morinville’s after getting back.  The commotion around the house usually stopped when the 10:00 pm whistle would blow, but when the kids did not leave, he would make sure that siren was not the last sign to go home to be heard at the house.  He, like Frances, had a heart of gold.  I know for a fact that he charged many thousands of dollars of groceries to people having hard times, including my family.  I also know that many people owed a lot of money to Joe at the time of his death.  You would never have heard him complain about that, however, as that was not his nature.

One of my fondest memories of  Frances is the talk I had with her when I was excluded from a teen dance.  The Neameyer twins used to have dances in their garage.  The kids in the classes of 1971, 1972, 1973 and even 1974 were invited to these dances.  These were the kids I used to hang out with, but I was not invited because I was too young (too young or too immature – most likely the latter as I look back on it now).  In any event, all the kids were having a grand old time at the dance and I was watching TV with Frances.  She looked at me and said, “What is wrong with you?” I told her I was quite upset about being excluded from the dance.  She said, “Well, do you know how to dance?”  I really did not want to answer as I did not know how to dance and the last thing I wanted was for Frances to teach me.  However, teaching me to dance was the last thing on her mind.  Instead, she told me a story about not growing up too fast and to try and create my own space so that my happiness did not depend on others.  Well, this was profound stuff for a young kid.  Needless to say, the advice served me well over the years.

One of the saddest moments of my life was also spent alone with Frances.  As most know, she developed cancer and eventually succumbed to that terrible illness.  I always admired the way she fought and also the way Bev and her family cared for Frances.  Well, I was alone with Frances one night when Bev went to Dale’s to get some milk or something.  Frances asked if I would reposition her on the couch.  She had never asked me to do that before and I was quite reluctant to do so.  Nonetheless, I could never refuse her anything, so I picked her up and moved her to where she wanted to be.  She was so light and frail at the time that I just knew she did not have long to live.  When Bev returned, I literally ran out of the house and to my own house where I cried for an hour.  I would cry over Frances again very shortly thereafter as I was three days late home from the service and missed her funeral – one of the greatest regrets of my life as I was not there for Frances and Bev.

Bev and I became very close after the birth of her daughter, Shonda.  In order to give Bev some respite from caring for a young daughter, we used to go to movies and out to the clubs.  I will never forget the time Bev and I went to Rugby to see Steve Martin in the movie “The Jerk”. Steve Martin’s first line in that movie is “I was born a poor black child.”  Bev started laughing so hard that we both had tears coming down our face.  She laughed so much during that movie that the other patrons wanted us thrown out!!!  After the movie, we went to Kirsten’s in Bottineau and she had to tell everyone about this movie, all the while laughing so hard that no one knew what the hell she was saying!!

Bev later married Clarence Azure and they were stationed at the big Army base in Colorado Springs.  I used to work in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO  during the summers and would travel down to visit her and her ever growing brood.  Bev would often return home to Dunseith when Clarence was sent on a deployment.  On one such trip home, she asked if I would fly with her to Colorado and help her with her children.  Well, we made the trip from Minot to Denver just fine.  However, the trip from Denver to Colorado Springs was the scariest flight I have ever been on – this from a person who spent 2700 hours in a C-9A Nightengale when in the USAF and who has earned 150,000 frequent flyer miles in the last 1.5 years.  The airport in Denver was much closer to the front range than the current airport and the planes were exposed to terrible downdrafts as the hot air came over the front range of the Rockies and dived into cold air.  We took off from Denver and at about 5 minutes into the flight, the plane took a down draft and lost a significant amount of altitude and then banked hard to left, almost turning over (or so it seemed).  I looked right at Bev and told her we were going to die!!!  She responded by looking at me and whispering “don’t say that so loud, the kids will hear”!!  I said “who cares about the kids, we going to die” – a little self-centered on my part but I REALLY thought we were going to die.   Well, we eventually landed and my nerve returned.  Although she never said anything, I think Bev thought that she had one too many kids on that flight – me!

I am certain other ‘70’s alumni have fond memories of hanging out at Morinville’s .  Let’s hear some of those……



Reply From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): 

Lana and Lori are Dennis and Mary Ann (Gottbreht) Brennan’s daughters.

The family is Ernest and Beatrice (Slyter) Richard…upper right corner is Larry and Leroy is next to Ernest.   Can’t remember the rest of the names, but am sure someone will fill in the blanks.

Thank you Gary.

Reply from Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Dennis and Mary Ann Brennan are the parents of Lana & Laurie Brennan.

Reply from Allen Richard (65): 

The large family in the last photo is the Ernest Richard family.  Probably around 1967–1970.  Marlene Parslow will know the details.


Reply from Mark Schimetz (70): 

The two Brennan Girls, on left is Lana Brennan, and younger Laurie Brennan daughters of Dennis and Maryann Brennan of Dunseith.

The Large family Picture is the Ernest Richard Family from Bottineau ND. They moved to River Falls Wisconsin in the late 60s


Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

That family is the Ernest Richard (Beatrice Slyter) family


Reply from David Slyter (70): 


The family in the picture that Neola sent is of the Ernest and Beatrice Richard family.   My wife Pat and I just came back from a
visit with Beatrice and her daughter Marlene Parslow.  Beatrice is doing great and next month she will be a young 86 years old.  She still gets out once in a while and even travels to Arizona in January, where Marlene and her husband live.  It was a great lunch and visit that we had with them.   Floyd passed away about two years ago.

Please don’t ask me to identify the kids, as I wouldn’t know them all.  I do recognize LeRoy and Marlene though.   Nice glasses Marlene.  Ha  :)
Dave Slyter (70)


Replies from Marlene Richard Parslow (65): 

Hi Gary,

The last picture in this selection is MY family!!!!  My parents and all of their children!!  It was taken when I was a junior or senior in High School.  WOW!!  How did you get this?
Hi Gary!

Correction!!!!   I was actually 21 years old in the picture of our family.  I had just become engaged prior to this photo being taken.  The eye glasses back then were really something!!!!  Weren’t they??

I am amazed at how people get ahold of these photos!!  Cool!
Peace and continued happiness,
Marlene(Richard) Parslow

Marlene,  This is a great photo. If you can identify everyone for us, I will repost this picture with names. I know your family moved to Bottineau when you were going into 2nd grade, but with all the Dunseith alumni relatives that you have and with the number of Bottineau folks on our distribution list, many of our readers will remember your family.  I posted a more recent picture of you an Evie Gottbreht blow your family photo. Gary

PS – I’m not sure how Neola figured this to be a Dunseith related picture for me to post.  It must have just been pure instinct. I don’t think she had any idea this was your family.

All pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Ernest & Beatrice (Slyter) Richard Family
Note: I will repost with names whenidentified. 
Richard family
Marlene Richard & Evie Gottbreht – July 12, 2007Richard, Marlene  Gottbreht, Evie 2197


Daughters of Dennis (deceased 55) & MaryAnn Gottbreht (58)
Lana (1980) & Laurie (1982) Brennan
Brennan, Lana and Lauarie 2196


      Can anyone identify these folks in the Ted Greiner wedding?
Greiner, Ted

        Can anyone identify these folks in the Ted Greiner wedding?
Greiner, Ted-2

                              Can anyone identify this family?

                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1968

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Abrahamson Darrel HCR Box 20 Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 244-5151  
2 Abrahamson Doyle 1950 S Moline Way Aurora, CO 80014 (303) 751-5137  
3 Azure Kenneth 13214 180th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 885-1923 No email address
4 Bergan Larry RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5807 No email address
5 Boguslawski John Born October 14, 1950    –   Died June 1981 Deceased
6 Campbell Richard 11 Morraine Pt Minot, ND 58703 (701) 839-2001  
7 Coleman Myer Beth RR #1 Box 104 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4609  
8 Delorme Eddie Born April 14, 1950    –    Died September 27, 1970 Deceased
9 Espe Monte 1800 76th St NW Burlington, ND 58722 (701) 852-8499  
10 Evans Frank 1140 Havanna Rd Owatonna, MN  55060 (507) 451-8790  
11 Evenson Olson Sharlyn 1105 8th Ave SE JAMESTOWN, ND  58401  No Phone No email address
12 Faine Christopherson Alice PO Box ?? Dunseith, ND 58329 No phone 701-320-6081 No email address                          Son Mitchell 228-3040
13 Flynn Jill 8334 Highway 50 Powers Lake, ND 58773 (701) 464-5771  
14 Gagnon John HC 31 Box 5178 Wasilla AK 99654 (907) 376-7337  
15 Gregory Terry Born November 11, 1950    –    Died February 28, 1976 Deceased
16 Grimme Greg No contact info available No email address
17 Grimme Eltz Gwen 7106 N Tucannon St Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 328-8093  
18 Hackman Schmidt Betty 205 S Higley Rd Lot 114 Mesa, AZ 85206 480-789-9334  
19 Halvorson Terry RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5951  
20 Hill Timothy 112 Third Ave Burlington, ND 58722 (701) 838-3813  
21 Hoffman Brenda 1209 East Washington Street; Unit 406 Greenville, SC 29601 (320) 230-1999  
22 Johnson Dick Route 1 Box 36 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4564  
23 LaCroix Chisholm Paulette 6 Bent Lane Newark, Delaware 19711 302-368-4646  
24 Lagerquist Lyle RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4535 No email address
25 Lagerquist Pamela Pam was in the Dusneith area for several years while her dad was working construction. Does any one know anything about her, where she came from or what her married name may be? Having problems locating her
26 Lamb Schepp Martha 630 92nd St. NW Newburg, ND 58762 701-272-6341  
27 LaRocque Poitra Linda PO Box 896 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2157 No email addresss
28 LaRocque Ronald PO Box 2946 Center, ND 58530 (701) 794-3407  
29 LaVallie Anderson Beverly RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4958 No email address
30 Law Douglas 3300 Regent Park Walk Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 431-8479  
31 Mellmer Krusinski Connie 11139 Northwest Rd, Apt A Palos Hills, IL 60465- (708) 974-4489 No email address
32 Metcalfe Kathy Born December 21, 1949    –    Died December 1, 2003 Deceased
33 Metcalfe Lola RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4783  
34 Metcalfe Moreno Nancy 546 Avenue G Powell, WY 82435 (307) 754-5277 No email address
35 Mongeon Randi 1375 White Oak Dr Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-1980  
36 Morinville Gredesky Toni P.O. Box 133 Farimount, ND  58030 701-474-5520  
37 Parrill Lenoue Janet 368 Atwood Dr Lexington, KY 40515 (859) 272-7262  
38 Saint Claire Tooke Darlene 102 Louise Ave Wilton, ND 58579 (701) 734-6947 No email address
39 Struck Dumas Gwen 5496 Butte Rd Havre, MT 59501 (406) 395-4611  
40 Wenstad Prouty Karen PO Box 128 Baldwin City, KS 66006 (785) 594-4124 No email address
41 Myer Wheeler Holly PO Box 50415 Casper, WY 82605 307-258-9106 No email address
42 Wheeler James PO Box 50415 Casper, WY 82605 307-258-9106 No email address
43 Williams Frank PO Box 1644 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-0694 No email address
44 Rodriguez Esther 1103 11th Ave SE Saint Cloud, MN 56304 (320) 202-9910 No Email address



3/6/2015 (2196)

Cold in Louisiana
Posting from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


Temperature here in Louisiana dropped from 78 yesterday afternoon to 28 this morning with sleet on the roads.

Dale Pritchard

Making the boarder before midnight
Story from Dewey Morinville (’72): Dunseith, ND

Lyle Olson story about making the border by midnight. One night a few of us went to Canada. Albert Johnson had a cuda (beautiful car) and Russ Robert had his brother (Duane) car. Duane was in the army at the time n Russ was using Duane’s car 64chev gold in color. Anyway we had to make the border and we took off. Linda Johnson was dating Roberts’s uncle Robin at the time. Well Albert had a flat tire on the cuda so Linda n Robin in Robins car went ahead to let the us customs know that one car had a flat tire n would be here shortly. We got the spare on had hit the road. But Aj had a few to many to drive. We in the car wouldn’t let Aj drive so George Malaterre took the wheel n off to the border we were Aj was with a girl Russ n I were in the back. On the way Aj n Russ were talking about racing the cuda against the chev. I told them we all had too much to drink to be racing. George only had a ND drivers permit at the time which is invalid in Canada. Not really paying attention to the speed George was doing I was trying to talk Russ n Aj out of racing. I dispatched at the police dept. at the time so I was worried about all this getting back to chief Whiteshield n dad. We’re getting very close to the border we could see the light of the custom office an all of sudden red lights on us. George pulled over an asked George what’s your hurry. George told the RCMP we had to get over the border by midnight. The RCMP told George that he was going 145mph and he couldn’t gain of us. He took George back to his car. We thought George was going to jail. While this was going on I was still trying to talk these two drunken guts out of racing. All of a sudden George gets in the car n off we went to the US custom. George just got a warning from the RCMP. We got thru customs barely but we did make it. Russ had parked the Chevy in front of our house. They dropped me off an I told them no racing. Russ got in the car n took off. I walked to the pd. Tum tum morning was on duty. About half hour later the phone rang n tum tum said he will be right there. Aj mom called the pd to report Russell had rolled Duane’s car. I asked tum tum what was that about. He said Russ rolled his car. I went with tum tum to Johnson’s n Russell was there with just minor injuries.  When Duane found out about his car I think Duane made Russ buy the wreck from him. We were all lucky that night that could have been the cuda with all of us in it. Someone was looking out for us that night. I haven’t thought about that for years until I read Lyle’s story.


Blog (262) posted on October 25, 2008


Folks, I know some of you will be getting this one twice, but several folks in your goup of did not get this, so I am resending it.  Gary

Reply from Bernard Morin (76): bemor7@aol.com


Lyle O is the king. He never fails to provide laughter, whether in casual conservation or telling a story. I however have had the privilege to see Lyle when he wasn’t in his usual jovial mood, he still provided laughter but it wasn’t his intention.
Back in 1988 Lyle, Keith Berg, my wife Robin & I went to Riding Mountain for a weekend of golf on the infamous Wasagaming course. Lyle booked us a 6:30 am tee time on both Saturday & Sunday. We were forewarned as to being in the great white north we should be prepared for chilly weather, heeding that warning we dressed accordingly, long sleeved shirts, trousers and light jackets. By 7:45 am the mercury was rising pretty fast along with Keith’s and my temper, from the first hole on we both were losing balls at a pretty steady rate, whether in the rough or the dense timber. By the fourth hole we had our sleeves rolled up and were sweating like crazy as the temp was crowding 80 degrees, except for Lyle, he had put shorts on under his pants and had brought a light shirt along “just in case”. By the time we reached the 8th tee box Lyle was letting us know pretty frequently that he still had his origin     Well you would think Keith had just stole Lyle’s best girl or had kicked his dog the way Lyle carried on, we thought it was kinda funny as did the people behind us, there was even a couple that had fallen off their cart from laughter. Needless to say the next few holes were pretty stressful, what with trying to hit a little tiny ball between shrieks of laughter. Up to the 10th Keith & I were getting beat pretty bad. After the 17th it was pretty much a tie, I won’t tell you who won, I think I’ll let Lyle do that.
As for the Sunday game it was pretty uneventful except for the fact that Keith & I were dressed for another 85 degree day and the mercury didn’t make it past 50, and there was Lyle with his shorts and light shirt on, underneath his sweats, so I guess he got the last laugh, watching us shiver uncontrollably while trying to golf.


Reply from Marlene Henderson (Rolla):

Balinto family arrived here from Philippines.  She was a nurse in Belcourt and he started a sewing factory in Rolla.  They had 3 children that I know about:  Lito, John and I think the daughter was Joanna.  The others must have been her parents and sister.  John is the one in blue shirt.  He graduated with our Bill in 88 and is a doctor.  I believe Mrs. Balintono died a few years ago.

They moved to Alaska when they left Rolla.


Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): 

Howdy Gary,

I vaguely remember Jose Balintino, I think he may have had something to do with the Jewel Plant in Rolla. I know I rented 1/2 of a duplex in Rolla from him back in the early 70’s.

Mel Kuhn
Balintino, Jose 2195
The following pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

We all remember, well, following the daily updates ofAnn Pritchard with her Lung transplant

several months ago. We were so sorry to hear of her death from the complications of the Lung

transplant. She was a hard fighter, but she just never really recovered following the transplant. Gary


                 Ann (Mrs. Floyd) Pritchard – 2/20/41 – 8/21/2008
Pritchard, Ann 2196


                     Which Brennan family are Lana & Lauarie?
Brennan, Lana and Lauarie 2196


                 Does any one recognize this couple?

                           Does anyone recognize this family?


                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1967

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Anderson Gene RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4958 No email address
2 Anderson-Millang Mary Route 1 Box 27b Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4146
3 Azure-Kohuth Nora FORT COLLINS, CO  (970) 493-0441
4 Azure-LaVallie Beverly PO Box 656 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 244-5200  
5 Bedard Nancy 395  162 AVE SE Hillsboro, ND 58045 (701) 436-4871  
6 Belgarde Morin Ronette PO Box 816 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0854 No email address
7 Berube Jim 24 Central Park Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4893  
8 Boguslawski Bradbury Bernadette 3415 Coker St. Irving, TX 75062 Number listed not good Good address: Talked to her brother Don
9 Brodek MaCarthur Yvonne 208 GARDEN LN SAGINAW, MI  48602 Can not find a listed number Found her listed living at this address in 2004. Unable to find phone #
10 Casavant-Boucher Mary Ann RR # 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3723 No email address
11 Christenson Loren 12820 125th St NE Surrey, ND 58785 (701) 728-6869 No email address
12 Cote Dodge Linda 507 Second St SE Barnesville, MN 56514 (218) 354-2769 No email address
13 Counts Roger RR 1 Box 46 BC Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5012 No email address
14 DeCoteau Alfred   Dunseith, ND 58329   He works at the DHS. He has not replied.
15 Evenson Kenneth Po Box 63 Portal, ND 58772 (701) 926-3181  
16 Falde Dean       Can not locate.
17 Fauske Duncan Beth 3408 Cannonball Trail Yorkville, IL  60560 (630) 882-8140  
18 Flynn-Richard 1410 14 1/2 Ave E West Fargo, ND 58078 (701) 282-4842  
19 Gooden Dowayne 3921 ESTATE DR LONGVIEW, WA  98632   No email address
20 Grossman Colby Hazel Patrica PO Box 36 Velva, ND 58790 (701) 338-2412 No email address
21 Gunville John Born June 8, 1947    –    Died March 5, 1999 This John Gunville lived in Dunseith at one time. I think he was in the class of 67
22 Gunville-Dodgen Florence Born December 12, 1948    –    Died April 4, 2001 Deceased
23 Gouin Morris 7317 W 12th St. Greeley, CO 80634 970-336-9629 Cell(970) 412-7932  
24 Hackman Clarice 1520 11th Ave N, Apt 5 Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 235-8434  
25 Haimour-Himour Smiea 4408  46th Ave Olds, AB, Canada  T48H1A2  (403) 556-1799 No email address
26 Henry Norman 1117 10th Ave SW Great Falls, MT 59404 (406) 453-0664 No email address
27 Hiatt James PO Box 18 Adel, OR 97620 (541) 947-3983  
28 Houle Allen      
29 Johnson Ronald 4524 Memorial Hwy #24 Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 663-9856 #23  
30 Kalk-Kopp Marlene 7244 York Ave S, Apt 115 Minneapolis, MN 55435 (952) 835-5086 No email address
31 Kelly Sawyer Shirley 16160 Widman Ct. Oregon City, OR 97045 (503) 557-0409  
32 LaCroix-Lannie Joan 4250 Roman Forest Dr Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 892-8902  
33 Lagerquist Rodney RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4535 No email address
34 Lake Archie 3618 Strandberg Dr Helena, MT 59602 (406) 227-5154 He is from Dunseith but Does not remember going to school in Dunseith.
35 Landsverk-Lawrence Barbara 1519 99th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2374 No email address
36 LaRocque Garry PO Box Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5503 No email address
37 Loeb Robert       Sister Karen forwarded my message to Robert 11/11/07
38 Longie Don 750 East Greta Ave Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 489-5122      C (509) 991-0677  
39 Medrud Overby Patsy RR 1 Box 88A Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5975 No email address
40 Metcalfe-Woods Pattie RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4951  
41 Mongeon Donald 17007 Turtle Point Rd Charlotte, NC 28278 (704)583-1908  
42 Myer/Beth Coleman Carmen RR # 1 Box 104 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4609  
43 Nerpel Harvey RR # 1  Box 19 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4863 No email address
44 Parrill-Espe LeaRae 401 Alexander St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2911  
45 Pearson-Wood Charlene RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-0035       701-263-6916 No email address
46 Peterson Bob PO Box 935 Alexandria, MN  56308 320-763-6859  
47 Pladson-Beaver Fern 7808  50th St. NE 58301 Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-7808  
48 Pritchard-Corzine Carol 2721 Chisholm Trail. Denver City, TX 79323- (806) 592-8626  
49 Saint Claire Gary PO Box 207 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 244-5543 No email address
50 Samski Ho Diane 1147 Ala Napunani Honolulu Hawaii 96818 808-839-4076  
51 Slyter Richard RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4108  
52 Smith Keith Rt 1 Box 35 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4226 No email address
53 Stickland Darrel 3242 90th Curv NE Blaine, MN 55449 (763) 786-2582  
54 Stokes Allen 5225 Trojan Av #24 San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 564-8592  
55 Thompson-Gilje Carol 875 RIDGECREST CT KINGMAN, AZ  86409 (928) 757-4754     C 928-715-4754  
56 Tooke-Parkhouse Sharon 12851 74 Ave N Osseo, MN 55369 (763) 416-5128  
57 Walter-Zurfluh Linda 5512 224th St E Spanaway, WA 98387- (253) 847-6798  
58 Wheeler Gagnier Judy 1631  64th St NW Minot ND 58703 (701) 837-8439 No email address



3/5/2015 (2195)

Hackman’s, Dick Johnson and Mel Kuhn meet for lunch in Bismarck.
Story from Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND


This last Tuesday Dick Johnson and I went on a road trip looking for some ’57 Chevy two door wagon parts. Our trip took us down to Lincoln and then in to Bismarck where we took a lunch break. What trip to Bismarck would be complete without meeting Larry and Henry Hackman for lunch. We went to the Ground Round for lunch so we could see one of my sons [Toby] who was working there. We also met up with my other son Ricky. Today [Wed.] they left with the Guard to Germany for a three week training exercise. So I got to see them off. Anyway-back to having lunch with the Hackmans. First we have to argue who’s buying. After 15 minutes or so of arguing it was settled that Dick was going to buy. Not for any good reason or so, it was that the rest of us just kind of ganged up on him. Then he wanted to set a limit to what we could spend and it took a while to get that settled. Our waiter was a very patient young man to say the least. Ricky finally explained to him that we all were just a bunch of goofy old farts from up in the bush and he seemed to kind of understand. Well we kind of were picking out some of the cheaper things on the menu to make Johnson happy when my other son that works there came over and told us that it was Tuesday Two for one burgers. That put a big smile on Dicks face and also on Larry’s. He thought that that meant he could get two for our one. Well there we were, having to get out some Crayons and draw pictures for him to explain what it meant. Some of you may remember that I had to draw pictures for him last summer when he stopped by to see me. He had gotten lost and couldn’t find his way back to Dunseith. Anyway we got the burger thing straightened out for him. Henry just kind of sat there shaking his head. I could tell he was kind of embarrassed. I know how he feels, I have to put up with Dick. Back to paying for the burgers. That Dick, not only got by with two for one burgers my sons got him their military discount. I think when it was all said and done they gave him $10.00 for us to leave. All and all we had a really good visit. My sons and the waiter [and a few people at the next tables] had some good laughs listening to the bull coming out of their mouths. I myself don’t pass along any bull. The young fellows heard a lot of historical tales of the Turtle Mountains and what it was like to grow up in our time of the last century. I know I had a good time and hope that the others did also. There probably are some people from Bismarck that had been sitting close by who are now wondering just who in the hell that troupe of clowns were. I had left home at 6:30 AM and we still had a lot more country to cover. From Bismarck we headed to Mandan for some stuff, and then back to Lincoln for more and then over to Beulah for more. All the time having to wait for people to meet us. I finally got home at 12:15 Midnight. We ended up with a pickup load of goodies for Dick. Tomorrow the ’57 Chevy two door wagon will be heading to Omaha with Travis Metcalfe. Well this wasn’t much of a story but it’s the best I have right now. Later.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dunseith News


Posting of the day
From Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT.

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like

an unopened gift….Thrown away…. Life is not a race.

Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.


Blog (261) posted on October 24, 2008


Message from Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59): 


Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to Susan Malaterre Johnson:  All i know is what ever was going on it was always best to be on George’s side. That was usually the one that won!!!!!

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Reply from Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

Bernard Morin’s story about my scintillating oratory about the “Brown Cow” brought back a few memories about shop class with Mr. Enander.  Most remember that there were boys and girls bathrooms off the shop classroom.  Well, one day a few of the girls were smoking in their bathroom.  Since we had been taught to put out fires in shop class by using the chemical fire extinguisher, I grabbed the same off the wall and put the nozzle under the bathroom door and pulled on the handle for for a minute or so, all the while yelling “fire, fire” as loud as I could.  The whole alcove filled with the white powder and I vacated the premises as fast as I could.  Mr. Enander entered into the alcove and then yelled at the girls to get out the bathroom.  They refused to come out of the bathroom for a few minutes but when they did Mr. Enander and the girls who were in the bathroom then entered the classroom literally covered from head to toe in the white powder.  I’ll never forget that the white powder seemed to accumulate around Mr. Enander’s bushy eyebrows.  It was sight to behold to be sure and we all laughed till our bellies were sore.  Of course, I got punished for my little act of fire prevention and was sent to the office.  Well, as with all office visits, I was not nearly as fearful of what the principal might do but rather how my mother would mete out the punishment.

I enjoyed Bernard Morin’s story about the car that didn’t operate just right and ended up in Bev’s driveway.  He must have had the same problems with the white car that he drove to Boissevain one night.  Bernard, Brian Williams and I were up at Boissevain one night and we had consumed some of Canada’s finest beer at $.25 a draught.  Well, we eventually had to leave before midnight as the port closed at midnight during the winter months back then.  So Bernard gets behind the wheel and he was having a hard time steering as the car seemed to weave within the driving lane.  To be fair to Bernard, as he really did have excellent driving skills, normally, this car actually was kind of loose in terms of its finely designed rack and pinion steering mechanism.  In any event, after successfully negotiating the correction curve south of Boissevain, the red lights of a RCMP car showed up behind Bernard’s car.  Bernard pulled over and we are were all sitting there thinking how we were going to explain this one to our parents.  Well, the Mountie took Bernard to the back of the car and began to question him.  I, however, thought this would be a good opportunity to try and talk our way of the situation.  I told the Mountie that I could the drive the car much better than Bernard because I knew how to handle a car with poor steering.  Well, the Mountie, knowing he had scared us to death, let me drive the remainder of the way to the port.  He followed us for a while to be sure and I actually caused the car to weave once or twice just to show him that Bernard was in fact not impaired and it was the car after all!!!  Quite frankly, Bernard and Brian just could not get over the fact that I talked our way out of that situation.  Each told me I should be a lawyer and, sure enough, I took their advice later in life.  Come to think of it, I never charged Bernard for my first case as a lawyer . . .



From Gary Metcalfe (57): 


Lyle Olson’s stories brought back a lot of memories for me.  I wonder if George Malaterre was related to Fred Malaterre?  Fred was the very best of the best goldern gloves at least twice.  I watched him one night in Belcourt exhibition fight with one of the Forestry’s best boxers.  He had a showman personality and was sincerely a joy to watch.  Fred lost a leg in a fire down around Devils Lake as a young man, sad.

My son, Andy, had a great friend here in our park some years ago.  Kirk Bellows, an 80 year old man that was high on life, he winters in Az.  When Andy introduced me to him he said he was from ND.  He had trained a lot of the boxers I knew, and yes he had been at the Forestry that night when Jerry Baugh, an African American from Detroit or Chicago put Wendel Uthke sound asleep in the first round. These heavy weights made Wendel look like he weighed 230 or 240 pounds.  I think it was a grudge fight, not sure.

Kirk was full of fun and energy at 80 yrs. old and had to swim out to retrieve his houseboat while loading it got away from him and he swam out and around and crawled up on the back….Andy admired that about ole Kirk.  Kirk and I agreed that Joe Peltier had a lot of class and Don Hosmer had a lot of heart.  By the way, my brother, Jim bested Beef Dacotah that night in Belcourt when Malaterre was there.

Neola, Ole and Lyle Bursinger are one and the same person.  Ole was German, but raised by the Norweigan.  I would almost swear that is not the Lyle Bursinger I knew.

Thanks all for keeping this going.  It brightens my day.  Gary Metcalfe

Gary, You are so right about Ole Bursinger. Read What Dick found out and has to say below.  Gary


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Neola and Friends,

The old picture that has ‘Lyle Bursinger’ on the back is of Mrs. Ole
Bursinger’s parents. I asked John Bursinger and showed him the picture
and he said it is Julius and Clara Overby, Glenice’s parents. In order
to keep from being confusing, Ole’s real name is Lyle and ‘Ole’ is just
a nickname. Thanks Neola and Gary.



Dick’s reply to Gary


Ole’s son, John, lives about a mile south of Ole’s place, which is about
4 miles north and east of my place. Ole’s daughter, Sue, lives in a
newer house with her family in the same yard that Ole lived in. I trade
old cars and parts with John quite often. That is what I was up there
for today, so just printed the photo and took it along. John said his
grandfather used to drink whiskey by the gallon and never even
staggered!He also told me they lived along Highway 43 a couple miles
east, near the Haas’s. I think they died many years ago.


Name: Clara Overby
Birth Date: 05 January 1888 (Historical Events)
Death Date: June 1966 (Historical Events)
Issuing State: Washington
Residence at Death: Saint John,Rolette,North Dakota 58369
SSN: 538-20-9071


                        Mrs. Ole Bursinger’s parent
                            Julius & Clara Overby
Overby, Julius and Clara 2195


The following pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

We need help Identifying some of these folks. Please help if you can.  Thanks, Gary

                                 Who are these Girls?

                                      Who is this couple?

                            Who is this young Lady?


                         Who is this nice looking Cheerleader?


                     Does anyone know Jerilyn De Coteau?
De Coteau, Jerlin 2195


                           Does any one know this family?
Balintino, Jose 2195


                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1966

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Abbey Lorna PO Box 275 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5123 No email address
2 Allard-Habets Corliss PO Box 110 Kevin, MT. 59454 (406) 337-3337      C-406 788 6877 No email address
3 Bergan-Evans Janet 9519 95TH ST NE MONTICELLO, MN  55362 (763) 295-5464  
4 Casavant Aime 1001 Ninth St SW Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-3693 a
5 Casavant Gerald 804 6th Ave SE Jamestown, ND 58402 (701) 252-4500      C 701-320-0478  
6 Danielson Patricia 809 N. 6th St. Grand Forks, ND 58203 701-772-5990  
  Delorme Darrell PO Box 962 WEST FARGO, ND  58078 701-799-0333. No email address
7 Evans Tom 9519 95TH ST NE MONTICELLO, MN  55362 (763) 295-5464  
8 Fauske Rude Carrole 8803 NE 134th St Vancouver, WA 98662 (360) 574-1822  
9 Gunville-Poitra Sharon PO Box 426 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4747  
10 Hackman Larry 2500 Centennial Rd, Lot 412 Bismarck, ND 58503- (701) 258-7961  
11 Hanson-Moldenhauer Donna 9968 County Road 49 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3629 No email address
12 Henriksen-Johnson Dana 1760 N Interlachen Way Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 888-4697  
13 Houle-Roerick Joann 213  2nd St. SE Jamestown ND 58401 (701) 251-1780 (952) 890-2691 (Her sister Doreen)
14 LaCroix Gregory 2704 34th Ave S Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 298-8555  
15 Martinson Terry Born January 23, 1948    –   Died March 22, 1999 Deceased
16 Medlang Obert 9960 18TH AVE NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-6016 No email address
17 Millang Larry PO Box 235 Bottineau, ND 58318 markjo@utma.com (Sister Joanne)
18 Mongeon-Cernohous Debbie 184 Carlson Ln RIVER FALLS, WI  54022 715-425-6682  
19 Nicholas-Miller Jean 6629 North 78th Avenue GLENDALE, AZ  85303 (623) 930-9853  
20 Parisien Anita 445 JENNIE AVE HERMISTON, OR  97838    
21 Peltier-Brunelle Shirley PO Box 323 Sacaton, AZ 85204 (520) 466-5054  
22 Pladson Keith 3003 Aquia Dr Stafford, VA 22554 (540) 659-2084  
23 Struck Lee 1029 Sommers St. North Hudson, WI. 54016 (630) 853-8118  
24 Thiefoe-LaVallie Ramona PO Box 52 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5172  
25 Tooke James 102 Louise Ave Wilton, ND 58579 (701) 734-6947 No email address
26 Vanorny Jay RR 1 Box 123 Dunseith, ND 58329 701-263-4783  
27 Wenstad Donald 35 Third Ave W Willow City, ND 58384 701-366-4689  
28 Wenstad Gary RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4978 No email address


3/4/2015 (2194)

Happy Birthday Brenda Hoffman (’68): Greenville, SC
Hoffman, Brenda 2194


Reply to unknown Picture
From Dewey Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND

Good day gary. Hope bernadette is doing ok. I am not sure who this is but it looks like Junior Cote (Leonard) I am not sure if he was in the army but to me it looks a lot like junior to me.


Excerpt from the Cebu Expat Bowling News Letter

My average for three games was only 159. As you can tell, we are not a group of champion bowlers. It  is the Camaraderie that counts. I bowled much better than my average too. Today my 3 game average was 133. My overall average is 141. We normally have about 30 to 35 bowlers.

Bowling News
Twenty four bowlers were present for the Leisure Bowling last Wednesday as a few familiar faces were out of town. Gary Stokes’ total of 477 was enough to give him the High Series.


Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

A young Naval Officer was in a terrible car accident, but due to the heroics of the hospital staff the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.  Since he wasn’t physically impaired he remained in the Navy and eventually became an Admiral.  During his career he was always sensitive about his appearance.

One day the Admiral was interviewing two Navy Master Chiefs and a Marine Sergeant Major for his personal staff.

The first Master Chief was a Surface Navy type and it was a great interview.  At the end of the interview the Admiral asked him, “Do you notice anything different about me?”

The Master Chief answered, ”  I couldn’t help but notice you are missing your starboard ear, so I don’t know whether this impacts your hearing on that side.”

The Admiral got very angry at this lack of tact and threw him out of his office.

The next candidate, an Aviation Master Chief, when asked this same question, answered, “Well yes, you seem to be short one ear.”

The Admiral threw him out also. 

The third interview was with the Marine Sergeant Major.  He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Master Chiefs put together.  The Admiral went ahead with the same question.

“Do you notice anything different about me?”

To his surprise the Sergeant Major said, “Yes sir you wear contact lenses. 

The Admiral , impressed  thought to himself, what an incredibly tactful Marine. “And how do you know that?” the Admiral asked. 

The Sergeant Major replied, “Well sir, it’s pretty hard to wear glasses with only one ear.”


Blog (260) posted on October 23, 2008


Message from Patti Metcalfe Woods (67): 


Thank you very much for the Birthday wishes!

I received Birthday greetings from several Dunseith Alumni; what a pleasant surprise.

I am still wondering how they all knew it was my birthday.

I enjoyed each and every email.

I have been enjoying your messages all these months and appreciate all the work you put into this.  It is unbelievable actually.

I relate to nearly every message as I have lived here my entire life (which is indeed a long time now)…..

It is like reliving parts of my life.  My dad worked a few summers for “ASCS” measuring fields.  We kids “got to” help by setting and pulling stakes.

Mom would pack us picnic lunches and we thought we were having a party. What a fun time we had, visiting all the local farmers and walking for miles in the Turtle Mountains.

Your class rosters are great…  So glad you were able to locate our classmates even Duwayne Goodon .

I know I could not have accomplished finding even one class.

Mary “Anderson” Millang got our class of “67” fired up for the reunion of 2007.

A group of six classmates met at “Dales” a few nights and the class reunion was a success.

Jim Berube bought Class of 1967 T SHIRTS which were distributed to classmates.  He also drove his Dads 1967 in the parade.

It was fun to visit with everyone again after forty years.

Classmates from earlier years Lawrence Hetle, Gary and Larry St. Claire joined the class at the Golf Course Clubhouse.

We truly missed all the classmates who were not able to attend..  None of this would have come together without you, Gary.

I am not a story teller but thoroughly enjoy receiving all the Dunseith news, Old and New.

Thanks again for the Birthday greetings.

Best Regards,



Reply from Bernard Morin (76): 

Gary and friends,

As some of you may know I am a member of the Dunseith Fire Dept. A couple of months ago we were called out to a grass fire south and west of the Terry Halvorson residence. After the fire was extinguished one of my fellow firefighters knowing that I collect old cans and bottles mentioned that he had seen some old cans protruding from the ground & pointed me in the general direction. Upon finding them I was disappointed in seeing that the exposed portion of the cans were charred. After digging the first one out the letters “SCHL & 12 fluid ounces” was clearly visible. The cans were fairly old as they were made of tin & were opened with a can opener (ie Church Key?) Looking down at the cans they seemed to be at odd angles to each other. Stepping back a few paces it looked like something was written. After backing up a little more the message became clear. It read   M  K  WAS HERE . Well considering as how Dick is kind of a history buff I was h
In reply to Bev I think she is referring to the time period of when I had my first car. It was an old 66 Caprice that had electrical problems. As a consequence the headlights could go out at anytime so it was more than once that I would have to stop & park in a convenient driveway. But to answer your question Bev, no I haven’t parked in anyone’s driveway since I bought a new and reliable Impala S.S. (Well technically its my wife’s car, in her driveway, and she won’t let me drive it.)



Reply from Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): 

First of all, We would like to thank everyone who mentioned the ” rare” occurrences that our brother  was involved in.  Now. we know that George would never be in a scandal of surc prop. But I must let Ya All know that one of his strongest supports was Francis Morinville.  She got so tired of hearing George blamed that she threatened the “powers that be.”  She said that she would give him names of who accused him. No more mention  of who could have done this!  Thank you Francis.  I just hope that your defense was justified,  Hey, who ever knew George for sure? Susan


Betty Schneider Lamb’s (54) reply to Gary for the pictures posted below:

Gary:  Thank you for posting the pictures of my family, the Schneiders.  These pictures were taken on my parent’s Golden Wedding Anniversary in the Methodist Church in Dunseith in June 1978.  My parent’s attendants were the attendants when they were married.  Hank Schneider was the best man and mother’s sister, Emma Ahlers, were her bridesmaid.  You do have the names correct on our family group picture.  It’s hard to believe that Bill and I have celebrated our Golden Anniversary already.  We enjoy the daily up-dates.  Betty and Bill Lamb

Betty, Your folks would be celebrating 80 years of marriage this year.  These are beautiful pictures.  Gary

Schneider pictures provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

            Pete & Sofie Schneider’s Golden Anniversary – June 1978:

            L to R: Hank, Pete, Sofie Schneider and Emma Ahlers
Schneider Pete and Sofie 2194

                      Pete/Sofie Scheider’s family with children
Schneider Pete and Sofie 2194-1

      Pete/Sofie Scheider’s family with children  & Grandchildren
Schneider Pete and Sofie 2194-2

                                Larry Schneider’s (59) Family
Schneider, Larry 2194

Folks, The class of 65 is my class.  We had nearly 9 months to tweak this class before our reunion in 2007.  I’ll have to admit it got well tweaked. Our class was well reunited long before our reunion in July 2007.  For not being a really close class, we sure all came together 42 years later. I think nearing our senior years combined with the power of email was a contributing factor for our success.  Since 1965, I had only seen several of my class mates until our reunion in 2007. That was a fantastic reunion that I will forever remember.  Gary


                                 Dunseith High School Class of 1965

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
  Former Class of 65  Teachers
1 Corbin Donald 700 TYLER STREET FT COLLINS, CO 80521    
2 Espe Dennis 16 3rd Street Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5724  
3 Garceau-Wolf Jean 2460 Carol Dr NE Bemidji, MN 56601 218-759-1141 No email address
4 Hewson-Dinius Vivian 10646 59th St SW New England ND  58647 701-563-4385  
5 Jerstad Phyllis 2717 WHEATLAND DR FARGO, ND  58103  (701) 235-8211  
6 Leier-Fichter Dianne 172 Ultra Dr. Henderson, NV  89074 (702) 361-0240  
7 Lykins Bob 103 Wren Cove Hutto, TX 78634 (512) 788-3978  
8 Rude Art PO Box 365 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5814  
9 Selzler-Hosmer Jess PO Box 725 Dunseith ND 58329 NV 928-347-4325   ND 701-244-5788 No email address
  Students – Dunseith – Class of 1965
1 Abrahamson Jeanmarie 938 N Lowell Denver, CO 80204 303-825-1871  
2 Allard Larry 9640 23rd Ave Ne Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 228-3723  
3 Allard-Buxbaum Carol HC 57 Box 4004 Sidney, MT 59270 406-488-4729  
4 Allery-Azure Judy 2508 Ninth St N #3 Fargo, ND 58102 701-235-0863  
5 Anderson Warren 503 State St Rolette, ND 58366 701-246-3891
6 Awalt John 11433 Quinn St NW Minneapolis, MN 55433-3636 (763) 755-5691   C612-812-6289  
7 Baker-Engebretson Sheally 12505 Esplanade St Austin, TX 78727 512-491-0325  
8 Bedard John 610 Kersten St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3279  
9 Berube-Malget Angela 4633 Flag Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55428 (763) 535-5508  
10 Berube-Reynolds Cecile 1101 34th Ave SW Minot, ND 58701 (701) 839-5567  
11 Boguslawski Alan 405 W 30th St Vancouver, WA 98660 (360) 737-2689  
12 Boguslawski-Gottbreht Patty PO Box 1236 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5282  
13 Burcham Roddy Box 177 Dunseith ND 58329 701) 244-5526 No email address
14 Casavant Joseph PO Box 31 Lester Prairie, MN 55354 (320) 395-2016  
15 Casavant Rene 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck ND 58504 701) 391-9177  
16 Christenson-Robinson Cheryl 16037 Se Hawthorne St Portland, OR 97233 (503) 254-2997  
17 Danielson Dan 4355 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 823-3104      C 612-752-1774  
18 Dingle-Todd Darlene 11 Trafford Pk Saint Vital, MB R2M 4Z7 204-257-5900  
19 Egbert Donald Box 272 Dunseith ND 58329 No Phone No email address
20 Fassett-Faust Pam /Frank 2048 McDaniels Bridge RD SW Lilburn, GA 30047 (770) 972-7431
21 Fassett-Martin Susan P.O. 311 Spearfish SD 57783 605-892-4484  C605-210-0822  
22 Gillis Pete PO Box 785 Dunseith ND 58329 701-263-4320  
23 Gottbreht Ernie PO Box 99 Dunseith, ND 58329-0099 (701) 244-5406 Verena Gillis is giving message to Ernie
24 Gottbreht-Pilkington Evie 3481 Pecan St Irvine, CA 92606 (949) 551-0340       C 949-246-6984  
25 Grimme Bill 3117 Memory Brook Cir BIRMINGHAM, AL  35242  (205) 991-6512    C 205-914-1985.  
26 Hackman Henry 1913 10th Ave SE Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 667-1852
27 Helgeson Dean 4665 Brinkman Dr. Bemidji, MN 56601 218-751-2125        C 218-760-1083  
28 Jasper-Ross Carol 601 Bryan Terrace Dr. Brandon FL 33511 813-643-2907  
29 Kalk-Hooper Lorraine (Lori) 6200 West 43rd St. Bldg#1,Apt.104 Sioux Falls, SD  57106 605-271-1937 No email address
30 Kalk-Lopez Katherine 7418 BORMAN AVE Inver Grove Heights, MN  55076 C651-470-1879/1875  
31 LaRocque-Poitra Ginger Box 355 Belcourt, ND 58316 701) 477-5217  
32 Loeb-Mhyre Karen 5530 142 Avenue S.E. Bellvue, WA  98006 425-641-7594  C425-260-8826  
33 Longie Ron 12203 Douglas Rd Yakima WA  98908 509-972-8876         C 509-961-1125  
34 McKay Phyllis 32551 107th Ave SE Auburn, WA 98092 (253) 931-8081     ND 701.244.5774  
35 Metcalfe-Leonard Margaret PO Box 95 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3791  
36 Murray-Fleming Esther G-2019 Anoka St Flint, MI 48532 810-733-1886  C 810-407-4536  
37 Nerpel Ken 312 15th St NE Devils Lake, ND 58301 701-662-8616
38 Parisien Dennis Box 531 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5132 No email address
39 Poitra Raphael PO Box 219 Dunseith ND 58329 701-263-3449 Kelvin 263-4150 – No email address
40 Richard Allen 801 Crooked Tree Lane Midland, MI 48640 (989) 832-0662  C989-430-5735  WK989-839-0540  
41 Richard Ron 6909 272nd St NE Arlington, WA 98223 360) 435-9654  
42 Richard-Parslow Marlene 113 S Cudd Ave                8955 E Fariway Blvd River Falls, WI 54022               Sunlakes, AZ 85248 651-246-4006  
43 Rivard Robert Rr 1 Box 22 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4259  
44 Rivard-Christenson Helen 818 Kersten St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3257  
45 Roussin-Azure Gladys PO Box 483 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-0181  
46 St. Claire Larry 221 McCarrey St, Unit 18 Anchorage, AK 99508-5812 (907) 333-6890  
47 Samski Rod 1013 GOLDENOAK WAY STOCKTON, CA  95209 209-478-
48 Smith-Fuchs Joanne 1221 96TH ST NE Bottineau, ND 58318 701-228-2113
49 Stokes Gary Purok 2 Nangka Consolacion, Cebu  6001 Philippines 360-362-1222 Btno 701-228-2190  
50 Strong Tim 33801 10th Ave E Roy, WA 98580 (253) 843-2263 No email address
51 Vogels-Legal Helen 1228 Fitchett Gibsons, BC V0N 1V4 Canada 604-886-1995  
52 Wallette-Vivier Cora Turtle Mountain Retirement Home Apt C1 Belcourt, ND 58316 701-477-3776 Providing her Grandson’s email
53 Wheeler-Miller Sharon 1325 27th SE Lot 920 Minot ND 58701 701-852-2684 No email address
54 Wilkie Roberta Marie Box 3 Belcourt, ND 58316 701-477-8625 No email address
55 Zorn Myron & JoAnn 346 Willow Creek Dr Wright, WY 82732 (307) 464-1359  
Class Members / Teachers who  have passed on
1 Henry Cliff Born September 3, 1946  –  Died August 8, 2004 Deceased
2 Anderson Mark Born August 29, 1947 –  Died September 15, 1999 Deceased
3 Boguslawski-Poitra Shirley Born September 22,1947 – Died December 25, 2005 Deceased
4 Cree Melvin Born October 6, 1944   –   Died December 20, 1996 Deceased
5 Conroy Edward Born February 11, 1907   –    Died October 17, 1972 Deceased Teacher
6 Conroy Florence Born April 7, 1908   –   Died August 5, 1986 Deceased Teacher
7 Delorme Larry Born April 5, 1947  –  Died October 16, 1988 Deceased
8 Forschen Edward Born April 19, 1946   –   Died September 7, 2006 Deceased
9 Grossman Benjamin Born August 30,1920   –   Died February 25, 1996 Deceased Teacher
5 Jerstad Lincoln Born May 15, 1022    –    Died August 8, 2007 Deceased Teacher
10 Hepper Eugene Born May 1, 1937   –   December 15, 1991 Deceased Teacher
11 Hiatt Earl Born January 17, 1947  –  Died December 30, 1965 Deceased
12 Jury Robert Born July 4, 1936   –   Died December 20, 1998 Deceased Teacher
13 Pladson Clarence Born June 1947  –  Died May 26, 1972 Deceased
14 Shurr Buelah Born March 3, 2003  –  Died July 19, 1967 Deceased Teacher
15 St. Clair Clarence Born October 20, 1945   –   Died May 21, 1973 Deceased
16 Vandal Nolan Born June 16, 1947   –   Died April 27, 1993 Deceased



3/1/2015 (2193)

      Happy Birthday Jean Eurich Roland (DHS ’80): Minot, ND
Eurich Roland, Jean 2193


Happy Birthday Vonda Melgaard Antonson (DHS ’76):Maddock, ND
Melgaard, Vonda 2193


Condolences to the Madeline Peltier Family
From Jay (’66) and Lola Metcalfe (’68) Vanorny:  Dunseith, ND 

Our sincere condolences to the family of Madeline Peltier- !!–  what an awesome woman she was- !!! – she cared for the residents at San Haven with tender loving care !!!_   besides taking care of her family of small children at home-  !!_  and always maintained a demeanor of serenity amongst it all !!-

I first met her when i  went to work at San Haven in JUne  before i was 16 – I wouldn’t be 16 until August but MRS Rowe, DIrector of Nursing -a very sweet older lady —  to me!!_  -said “well we just won’t mention it until your birthday in August!”  LOL!!_  Mrs ROw told me – (between her puff on a cigarette and then she would put it out !_ LOL!!_ ”   and then relight it right away !!_AND PUT IT OUT AGAIN !!    LOL!!_)  — she said “Honey Bug”  !!_ ” You are doing GOd’s work taking care of our residents –  and just treat them so ”  !!- HOw true-  and that always came back to my mind for the next 20 years that i worked at San haven !-

So i was very young – but Madeline was one of the first I met when i was there-  !!!!- and she was just a very calm and loving lady  !!!_   and never got Upset or tired of teaching us how to care for the residents-  !!!  or ever “that i knew of”     had a bad word to say about anyone- !!_  what a dear sweet lady – I think i danced at her and Ed’s anniversary with their son- and could he ever dance!!_  He said his dad taught his kids all how to dance- !!-

Jay and I didn’t find out about her passing until Friday and by that time her funeral was over with- !!_  But  we sure have her family in our thoughts and prayers-  !!! they were very fortunate to have a mother that was a “GIFT FROM GOD” —  sincerely – LOla and Jay


1965 Basketball tournaments
Posting from Les Halvorson (Teacher):  Bottineau, ND

H Gary.

hope you’re are doing well. It’s tournament time again in ND.  Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since this was one was held….

Les H.

Thanks Les for sharing this.
I have attached the file to this message. I passed below Dunseith’s stats from that file.

Dunseith Basketball 1965

 Stokes 2193-1 Stokes 2193-2 Stokes 2193-3


Blog (259) posted on October 22, 2008


Reply from Phyllis & Alan Campbell:

To those who played basketball on Campbell’s driveway—-you might not know and might be interested in some background on that basketball backboard. It was made out of wood from the old RIverside Hotel and donated by Simeon Grenier who had purchased the hotel. We think he and Alfred Cote made it and helped install it on the Campbell garage around 1964. There were a lot of basketballs bounced off that backboard!! To honor the North Dakota Centennial in 1976, Jeff painted it red, white and blue and added a bunch of stars. It withstood a lot more activity for a number of years. He finally dismantled it when the wood deteriorated beyond salvage.

Some background on the Riverside Hotel (originally the Giles Gilbert house) can be found in the Dunseith Centennial book on page 27 under the Demo family history. Demo’s daughter, Jane, was the mother of Lorna Abbey (Darrell’s wife). A picture can be found on page 374–also, there’s a little information in Laura Law’s history of Rolette County book.

Thank you Lyle Olson and Dick Johnson for your kind words and fun memories of our driveway gathering place. We really enjoyed having all of you here!

Phyllis and Alan


Address Change from Brenda Hoffman (68): 

Hi Gary,

Getting close to my class of 1968. My husband and I recently (July) retired to South Carolina. My new address is: 1209 East Washington Street; Unit 406; Greenville, SC 29601. Loving the weather here – but then you’ve lived in warm climates for years! Tossed my snowboots!

Brenda Hoffman – 1968

Brenda, I lived nearly 37 years in Bremerton, WA.   It’s not exactly warm there in the winter months with the rain and 35 to 45 degree temps.  It was milder than the Midwest temps though.  We have lived here in the Philippines nearly 5 years now.  I love never ever having to put a coat or sweater on. 365 days a year the day time highs are around 90f with the lows in the lower 80’s. With this being a tropical country, the humidity is kind of high, normally around 70%. I appreciate the warmer temps in the evenings.  It gets dark around 6:00 PM.


Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): 

Howdy Gary,

I was glad to hear that Bernard Morin was also unaware of these party spots. I was feeling that I was the only one from good old DHS that stayed clean throughout my High School career. I recieced an email from Paula Fassett where she remembered always seeing me working really hard so that I could help the poor and elderly, and she even remembered me helping stray cats. I didn’t think anyone had noticed that. As for Dick seeing my cars at some parties, I don’t know how that could have happened. I used to lend my car to Mark Schimetz or Albert Johnson or Duane Robert every now and then, so it must have been one of those guys that you saw.

Mel Kuhn[70]


Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

lol  Bernard and Melvin  …….  I  think  Lyle  and I have the  same memories . The  stories I could  tell., but  remember  most of  you   almost lived at  our house,I  sometimes wonder how Mom and Dad  put up with  10 sometimes 20 kids coming to   our house every evening  and us all  yelling  nurts but ,,,,,,,,, we   sure had  fun didn’t we. Lyle Remember the  new years that  we  were going to get  my  Dad  drunk  lol we were  amazed  when he  drank a  whole  bottle of  vodka  was  still sober and  the rest of  us  were feeling pretty good  by midnight. My  dad  never  drank so we  figured  it  wouldn’t take him much  lol  we sure we  wrong about that one.  mmmmm  Bernard  park in anyones  drive way lately?  HAHA

The following pictures and Dunseith News have been provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe:



                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1964

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allery Clifford 2508 Ninth St N #3 Fargo, ND 58102 701-235-0863 cssa1919@yahoo.com
2 Belgarde-Azure Shirley Born November 25, 1946    –    Died May 5, 2005 Deceased
3 Boguslawski Philip 102 SPRING RIVER RD SHERWOOD, AR  72120 (501) 834-8971 pbogusl@comcast.net
4 Bott Robert 10019 24th Ave NE Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4841 brown_wcnd@msn.com
5 Decoteau-Belgarde Shirley Box 304 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4999 Turtle Mountain Times
6 Duran Conrado We are thinking that Conrado may be living in Puerto Rico or Cuba
7 Espe Terry 401 Alexander St Bottineau, ND 58318- (701) 228-2911 espe@utma.com
8 Faine-Norman Betty PO Box 473 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5544 No email address
9 Fauske Russell RR 1 Box139 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4742 rfranch@srt.com
10 Hackman Anton (Tony) 101  31st Ave SE Minot, ND 58701 701-852-7215 No email address
11 Halvorson-Kester Connie 824 East 7th St Bottineau, ND 58318 Winter 701-228-5287 Summer 701-263-4705 Jimconniekester@aol.com
12 Henriksen Lynn 2290 Spanish Trail Rd Tiburon, CA 94920 (415) 435-5969 Lynnhk@sbcglobal.net
13 Hoffman Dale 13771 No. Fountain Hills Blvd. #114-208 Fountain Hills, AZ   85268 480-203-7382 hoffman908@hotmail.com
14 Hosmer Colette 1558 Avenida de las Americas Santa Fe, NM 87507 505-471-3725 colettehosmer@gmail.com   www.colettehosmer
15 Houle-Deschene Doreen 3216 Williams Dr Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-2691 deannarobinson@yahoo.com. (Doreen’s Daughter)
16 LaCroix-Allard Donna 10849 274 Ave NW Zimmerman, MN 55398 (763) 219 8558 Cell 763 458 1769 jdallard@sherbtel.net
14801 Park Lake Drive,
Bldg.Park 4, Penthouse 5
Fort Myers, Fl 33919 (Jan-Mar)
17 LaRocque-Ueke Lana 205 N Lowell Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 334-6583 No email address
18 Lopez Santiago  (Sandy) 973 Palau Park Way Rockford IL. 61108 815-397-9110 svlopez5@comcast.net
19 Leonard John PO Box 411 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5610 E-mail Address(es):
20 Medrud Ronald Born March 7, 1946   –   Died May 23, 1994   Deceased
21 Murray Ahmad (Muff) Born January 15, 1945   –   Died October 4, 1967  Deceased
22 Nerpel-Bixby Carol 503 Elwood Ter Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 402-9340 dlrodriq71@msn.com (Danette Carol’s daughter)
23 Nerpel-LaCroix Kathy PO Box 212 Nortonville ND 58454   ksnerpel@dvl.midco.net
(Kenny Nerpel)
24 Nerpel Wilfred (Kutch) RR 1 Box23 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3117 wilbe@srt.com
25 Olson Terry 115 10th St E Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2829 No email address
26 Poitra Marlin (Virgil) PO Box 426 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 243-4747 virgilpoitra44@hotmail.com
27 Rousseau-Metcalfe Lise/Larry 3029 34th Ave SW  #230 Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 364-5410 No email address
28 Stickland Leland 1520 W Villard St Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-3709 lee_stickland@yahoo.com
29 Schnieder-Bowman Karen 408 1st St. SW Bowman, ND 58623 C701-523-1249 ksbowman2000@yahoo.com
30 Wenstad Arlan Box 31 Lansford, ND 58750 701) 784-5871 a.c.repair@lansford.us
31 Wurgler David 516 First St. NW Rugby, ND  58368 Evening 701 776 6046 Days 701 776 6598 chada@stellarnet.com