1/29/2016 (2342)

Reply to Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s posting
From Teresa Sivertson Delikat:  Box Elder, SD


After reading Ginger’s comments and your reply I want to share a proverb called An invisible thread…I have thought so often of the many people who who have flowed through my life; schoolmates, patients, co-workers, friends and acquaintances and every contact makes us who we are.  I also remember that as a farm girl, I felt inferior and now I’m thankful for my farm upbringing and proud of my heritage.  Over the years, I have found that the people I held on a pedastal are just like you and I with their own struggles in life.

Theresa Sivertson Delikat


Seim School Photo Identified
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends,

Karen Larson of the Spectrum on Main Street, Bottineau was  ever so kind as to enlarge the photo of Seim School, Holmes Township.

I connected with Marie (Eurich) Beachler regarding the Seim School  photo. She graciously invited me into her home to look the photo, had a wonderful discussion and…. shared a little lunch.

Marie told me her family, (David and Eva Eurich) lived on the road south of the school from 1940-Dec.1943 until moving to the Halstead farm in Willow Lake Twp.

With the clear enlargement, Marie quickly with ease, identified everyone. She said she believes the school term year was about 1941.

Mrs. Hazel Brennan  the teacher  for one school term was  also the photographer behind the camera.

The children of Maisie and Bennie Olson lived South-east of the Eurichs.

Marie said,  “Mrs. Hazel Brennan and her husband Ross lived in a little house in the School yard with their two daughters, Carol Jean and Kathleen.”

When the school term was over, the little Brennan home located in the Seim School yard was sold and moved to a new location.

The next school term the teacher at Seim School  was Mrs. Eva Seim.

The Central Telephone Office which had been located in the big white Seim farm house, operated by Mrs. Ingrid Seim  relocated  into that little house.

Its  new location was  a wee bit south of Kelvin Store overlooking the shores of Lydie Lake on Highway Number Three.

Among the Central  operators on location there; Bette (Eurich) Nerpel, Bertha ( Metcalfe) House, Kathy (Maginel) Gregory, Eleanor (Metcalfe) Nerpel .

‘Central’ telephone office continued to operate  from that little house office until about 1963-1964 when SRT’s  Metigoshe exchange came into being.

(Any mistakes are mine. Please, if anyone has further information regarding Seim School and Central Telephone, or corrections please respond)


T’is soon the end of January, the days are getting longer!

I haven’t seen any ‘Sun Dawgs’ this beautifully mild week.

And, t’was an especially fine melting day today, January 27, 2016.

Until later, Vickie

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James Melvin Enno
(March 29, 1938 – January 26, 2016)

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James Enno, age 77, of Dunseith, ND passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND.

James “Jim” Enno was born March 29, 1938 to Alex and Rachel (Morin) Enno. He was the youngest of seven children and grew up and attended St. Ann’s Mission School in Belcourt. Jim started working at Neameyer’s Body Shop in Rolla at a very young age. It is where he found his passion for painting and auto body work. He was united in marriage to Gwendolyn (Kjervestad) Enno on November 15, 1958, they later divorced in 1995.

From the years of 1958 to 1965 he worked various auto body jobs in St. Paul and Cokato, MN, to Rugby and Bottineau. In 1965, he moved to Dunseith to start his auto body business, “Jim’s Body Shop.” People came from all over other counties and as far as Canada to have Jim work on their cars. He was know as “The Body Man” as he could fix anything no matter how wrecked the car was. He sold his auto body business in 1985 and started Enno Enterprise from 1986 to 1992. He also worked for the tribe as a carpenter until he retired in 2002.

Jim was a great softball player in his day and had his own softball team. He participated in demolition derbies, loved racing snowmobiles with is sons, loved to hunt deer, play “chase the ace” with his kids, and fish with his special friend, Melba Lund. He took up bowling and had one hell of a curve on his ball.

He also loved to play golf and had a mean left hand swing. He never outgrew his love of coloring eggs at Easter and was happy to do it with his grandchildren. He loved his grandchildren and loved sitting outside watching them play basketball, football, and baseball. He also enjoyed being the “babysitter” for his youngest grandson for the past few months.

Jim is survived by his children, Everett (Kim) Enno of Williston, Dellorie (Mark) Enno of Fargo, Allan (Shari) Enno of Horace, Laurie Enno of Rolla, Bonita (Jim) Enno of Horace, and Cherrie (Alan) Belaskie of Kindred; grandchildren, Catlin Enno, Lexi (Kenny) Kloste, Jordyn (Jamie) Helgeson, Jacob Peterson, Kaycee Peterson, James Mitchell, Jaide Enno, Lane Belaskie, Alison Enno, Andrew Enno, and Stanley Belaskie; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Blanche Kroll of Williston.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Rachel Enno, son, Clarence Enno, brothers, Sam Enno, George Enno, and Raymond Enno, and sisters, Laura Azure and Rose Anne Azure.

The Enno Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Melba Lund for all that she had done for our dad over the years.

A visitation will begin at 6 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt, ND with a Rosary Service at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10 AM in the church with Fr. Tony Hession, S.O.L.T. presiding. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt, ND in the spring.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.


Blog (412) posted on March 30, 2009


1/27/2016 (2341)

My cousin Jack Wifladt from Edmonton, Alberta Canada visited us here in Cebu. He arrived on January 15th and left last night. Jack’s mother and my Dad were twins.  We truly enjoyed his visit. Lots of fun. With his visit I missed posting the last three blogs, so this is a catch up.
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Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

I have been wondering how you are.

Thinking of you and Bernadette,  how much you have done for everyone.

Bernadette was always so helpful when we had a class reunion and so graciously giving of her expertise.

Gary you have made everyone so much more aware of their families and friends around the community. I feel that everyone is closer,  those who weren’t in days of old.

I for one, know more people who were around me all those years in school and never knowing who they were.  Now I at least know them some what better than I did back then. For that I am so very grateful. All because of you and the time you took from your wonderful family to bring a bigger family together.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing us all so much closer than we were as kids.

May God bless you and keep your heart as big as it is and has been, forever and always.

Bless you my friend and classmate,

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra our class of 1965

Gary’s Reply

 Thank you ginger for this wonderful eulogy. I must say that I too have learned to know many folks whom as kids I really only knew who they were, some of whom I had never even seen or talked to. I think that was so true of so many in many of the smaller rural communities of our days too. The common tread being that we are a close knit community with common ties that we can all relate to.   


Lillian Thompson Bergstrom (’36): Superior, WI.
Reply from her Granddaughter Bev Rochon:   

Good Morning,
I am the eldest grand daughter of Lillian Thompson.
I stumbled onto your website by accident when I typed my grandmothers  name into the “search”.
Grandma has quite a few  relatives on Face Book and I was wondering if it is possible to share your site.  All of her grandkids, and some great grandchildren are members too.
If you have any pictures of grandma, class photo’s etc..
I would love to see them.
Thank you,
Bev Rochon.
Lillian’s first grandchild and grand daughter

Gary’s Reply,
Thank you Bev for this reply. Lillian to our knowledge is the oldest living to have ever graduated from Dunseith High School. Lillian’s mother was a sister to my my Grandfather, Frank Stokes. Lillian and my dad were first cousins. Ella Pladson was also a sister of Lillian’s.


Radom acts of Kindness
Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

In  this  day  and  age  of  rapid  change  in  which  we  live, I  find  it   more and  more difficult  to  find  anything  that really impresses  me  anymore,others  than  random  acts  of  kindness, like  the  guy  on  the  New  York  subway  last  week  that  literally  gave  this  homeless  man  the  shirt  off  his  back, and  his  wool  knit  cap in  freezing  weather….. I  couldn’t  watch  it  enough  times….I  was  so  totally  impressed,and  it  seemed  like  so  was  the  rest  of  the  world.  Today  while  reading  the  Dunseith  blog  I  came  across  the  picture  of  the  USS  New  York  made  out  of  the  salvage  of  the  World Trade  Center that  Alden  Allard  sent  in……totally  impressed….thanks  for  taking  the  time  to  share  that  Alden, it  is  so  interesting  to  look at, and  very  impressive.  Thanks  again  for  sharing.  God  Bless   Aggie.


Seim school picture in the late 30’s: Need to identify
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends,

I am on a mission to  help a long ago neighbor of the hills.

I received this photograph just this past Monday, January 19, 2016,  from Ursella; Carroll Carlson’s younger sister.

She seeks help identifying former schoolmates from her country school days. (She didn’t  not say  the year, I wonder  late ? 1930’s ? early 1940’s?)

It is  a  photograph  of Oakes Country School a.k.a. Seim Country School; on the front steps facing West, Teacher, older Youth and several children

This school was located  on the dirt road about one mile south of the John & Ingrid //Arthur & Eva Seim Farm///Peter & Christina Carlson Farm.

  1. The school would have been located, one mile North of Henry & Josephine Birkland farm site; a wee bit  shy where David and Eva Eurich once lived on a farm.

Ursella said the teacher, was a  Ms. Brennan.

Ursella is standing  by the teachers husband in this photo.

The teacher was probably the photographer,

(I do not know if the teacher would be  Mrs. Hazel Brennan  i.e. Mrs. Ross Brennan or a sister of Ross, Ray & John  Brennan)

Some of the  older girls are Ursella Carlson, and  friends Emilie Birkland, and Bette Eurich.

Ursella also  said there were ‘a lot’  Peterson children in the photo. (Max and Mary Awalt Peterson)

Thank you  all so much on this endeavor!

Vickie  L. Metcalfe

Seim School in the late 30’s
Need to identify
Seim School

North Dakota’s Six pack
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Gary and Friends,

Today’s January 18, 2016,  Minot Daily News front page was interesting. An article  and photograph  of  North Dakota’s Six Pack.

I was fortunate to have met good people who knew, were in awe of,  and respected the Six Pack.  I  also had the opportunity to work with

one of their wives who was a reading teacher.

Before I went to work in Sidney, I knew very  little about Eastern Montana.

Moving to Sidney was a rare educational experience.

The first few weeks,  I met children of  dry land farmers, irrigation Beet  farmers, people who owned oil wells, Cowboys and Ranchers,

descendants of Migrant workers, Sheep ranchers,  Dane’s who came to work annually  in the Yellowstone Valley, and rig workers.

The first day,  I also quickly found out how to respond when  asked what kind of  rig  I had.

Then, came a  learning experience in true cowboy culture and the “Cowboy Way”.

The people in ranch country of  rural western  ND and Eastern Montana hold good cowboys with high esteem and respect.

One friend who  I  often rode horseback with lived just over the Yellowstone in North Dakota.

Her husband saddled up his horse Pepsi for me to ride and we’d ride in the shadows of the bluffs.

I was leary and chicken about  rattlesnakes, I’d watch Pepsi’s ears believing in the horse sense.

The first spring I was  invited  to come to  their ranch for  branding.

She said  “branding” is the neighborly event!

“Sure”, I said, “How do I find where to go” in the big cattle pasture?

She gave me general directions then added, “If you get in the general area and see a butte;

Stop,look and listen.  I did,

It was a hot, dry, spring, midday when finally, I saw  dust and smelled burning hair… I knew I was close!

I drove over  another cattle guard and  grassy knoll.  There on the open  range was the cattle herd.

Cowhands of every age (5-75)   from the area were riding and roping. One guy  stood holding  the branding iron.

The younger guys were wrestling calves.

And a  cacophony of loud  bellering!


A hundred feet  away from that action tables  covered with cloths, laden with every kind of potluck salad  brought by the ladies; hot bbq beans and  roasters full of

warm slices of  roast beef, homemade buns  and cold beer and soda  provided by the owner.

Soon everyone stopped, ate discussed  when and whom was having the next branding.

There would be several of these events within a month.

My friend once told me, anyone can enjoy Montana  mountains but  true Beauty,  Eastern Montana, isn’t just seen with the eye, it’s felt in the heart.

And I hold Eastern Montana  fondly………

(Sorry folks I know its winter but I’m thinking spring)

Later,Vickie Metcalfe


Condolences to the Leonard Delorme Family
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

My sincere sympathy to the family and extended family of Leonard Delorme on his passing.

His cousin, Shirley (Hunt) shared her sorrow of his passing .

I recalled  when  ‘Lennie’  as a youngster, came to our farm with his dad, Leonard and uncle Tom Belgarde to haul hay bales.

Those guys worked hard  in unison in the summer sun.

Dad was most appreciative to have the hay brought to the home place stored and  ready for the sheep, cattle and horses.

Vickie Metcalfe



Leonard David Delorme Lenny
October 24, 1961 – January 20, 2016


Leonard David “Lenny” Delorme, age 54 of Grand Forks, ND, passed

away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the University of Minnesota

Medical Center Fairview.

Lenny Delorme was born October 24, 1961 in Rigby, ID, the son of

Amanda Poitra and the late Leonard Delorme. He grew up and attended

school in Dunseith, ND and later attended the North Dakota State College

of Science in Wahpeton where he graduated with a degree in business

management. Following his education, he began working for Automated

Maintenance Services in Fargo. He later started his own window cleaning

business and worked for various meat packaging plants including Greater

Omaha where he was the Manager of Engineering. He was united in

marriage to Lisa Peterson in 1986 in St. Cloud, MN. The couple moved to

Grafton in 2002 where he continued his window cleaning business and

later in Grand Forks in 2010. His health forced him to retire in 2012.

Lenny had a passion for motorcycles and riding horses. He was a people

person and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He

wasn’t just a brother to his siblings, but also like a father.

He is survived by the love of his life, Lisa Delorme, Grand Forks, ND,

children: Reannen (Kevin) Blake, Omaha, NE, and Karly Delorme, Ryan

Delorme, Danielle Delorme, and Leonard Delorme Jr., all of Grand

Forks, 12 grandchildren: Riley Hanson, Kyler & Khloe Blake, Jordan

Johnson & Grant Galloway, Caitlyn, Myah, Alivia, Ryan Jr., Ryder, &

Rydn Delorme, and McKenzie Pederson, mother Amanda Poitra, West

Fargo, ND, siblings: Denise (John) Lettow, Robert (Debbie) Delorme,

both of West Fargo, ND, Deanna (Patrick) Devine, Grand Forks, ND, and

Gary (Heidi) Delorme, West Fargo, ND. Several nieces nephews, and

friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his father and sister

Sandra Delorme-Peltier.

Born: October 24, 1961

Place of Birth: Rigby, ID

Death: January 20, 2016

Place of Death: Minneapolis, MN


Message from Lee Stickland (’64): lDickinson, ND


This morning in a Care Conference I was informed that my health was too good to warrant my continued staying at

St Luke’s Home.

I was admitted on August 22, 2014 when the hospitalist @ our local St Joseph’s Hospital determined that I could no

longer safely live alone.  I was repeatedly falling flat on my face.   ( A TRUE faint/loss of consciousness is always

forward. )   { [seizures, from 1965 head injury] decreased blood pressure, heart stoppage>>>???}


My last fall at home was the fourth (4th) for the day, by 11 am.  I was standing in my apartment’s bathroom and ended up with my face on the new carpet in the hallway; blood all over. When I fell, I kicked the seat off

from the toilet, and broke other surrounding items.  In spite of my years of EMT training and experience with the ambulance, I failed to know enough to just put pressure on the cut; I kept trying to staunch the blood flow.

Don’t know how long I lay but when I woke I was not able to use my cell phone until finally remembering that I had

an app that allowed me to press a button for the first name of a friend.  He quickly sent his two (2) sons over.  I thought

they could maybe discover a towel that was not full of blood and use it to apply pressure and get me to the emergency

room.  NOPE—ambulance time.

9 stitches and 8 days later I was fortunate to gain my bed in room number 110 here at St Luke’s.  My seizures are now

in control, I have went through a battle with cancer of the prostate; beginning with a PSA # of 96.0 and being able to

get it down to 0.10 in just 6 months.  Dr. says my A1C, which measure my diabetes,is wonderfully stable.


THEREFORE: I no longer require skilled nursing care and can safely move to the Evergreen Care Cntr. where Dad was for 4 and 1/2 years.  I will be interviewed by two (2) ladies on Monday whom I know well.  One is the administrator and one is the front office person; each who have been with Evergreen for many years.  I look forward to new horizons, even though new curves in the road will present themselves.

The 88 year old gentleman who sits across from me at meals learned last week that he would be going to Evergreen on the 25th.  Nice that each of us can get better together and move about the same time. He likes to play cards and I like to read and write and work with the computer so all should “go just OK”

Don’t know what there may be for furniture at the Evergreen.  I may be sleeping on the floor.  As I recall, there is a lot

larger area for hanging up clothes, so that will be convenient.

” When A New River Presents Itself, I Will Just Have To Construct A New Bridge”    LEE      s       12:am        MST      1/23/16

Yours, as always:::Dad, Dad Lee, Grampa, Classmate, (A) brother, Uncle, 1st cousin, 4th cousin, friend

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
dunseith news


Blog (411) posted on March 29, 2009

Posted on March 29, 2009

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Gary, My niece, Justene Rae Metcalfe is a senior at Moorhead State University. Her parents are Shanon Clifford Metcalfe ,DHS class of 1982 and Debbie (Salmonson) Metcalfe. Justene is a young women with a broad depth of character traits. Justene is one of those college students that stayed behind to help sandbag Fargo this past week. Auntie Vickie wanted her to come home to the hills to be dry. Quoting her; “Justene said, she feels like it’s a cop-out to leave when you don’t need to and so many other people need your help… ” Her mom Deb said,” gotta be proud of her, even though we would really rather have her at home”.

Gary, If you please, I’d like to share a bit of Justene’s poetry (2008) with all your Dunseith readers. Many Thanks.

From Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND

Gary and Bernadette,

Per our phone call last nite, here and on Sat of YOUR am, I learned that it was 91 degrees.

Sounds good to me; as long as the air conditioner is workingm, faithfully and steadily.

Gary, as always, a pleasure to visit with YOU.

Yes, the cost of airfare for YOU to Manila is quite bearable.

I have not looked at the current cost of ticket DIK to SEATAC, last check was $660 RT, ea

I wanted to send on a few records of the latest meandrous quirks of my thought process.

(please see subject line, above) – Subject line Re:conjurings of my mild meager mind

It is funny and fearful what can be located in OUR minds when we are quiet;

when we THINK.

“Some folks do not THINK, cannot THINK, will not THINK and never THINK of THINKING.”

“Men, like rivers. become crooked when they follow the path of least resistance.”

” If YOU don’t know where YOU are going, YOU will never know where YOU are when

YOU get there”.


by lee


The horrors of reality need no out-shout the quiet voice of reason.


Talk with a man, listen to his soul

and YOU may see

that what YOU thought to be,

just ain’t so.

(The reference from TALK to SEE is certainly oxymoronic but that is part

of the point; misconstrued interpretations.)


Honest men are not swayed by ‘what if ‘ or ‘maybe’; they determine correctness based

on the best and most-accurate information NOW available and move on.

No time for senate committee hearing schedules to permit voluminous discourse.

Lines 12, 13, 14, and 15 are not my originals but from memory; of which there may be bit left remaining.

Dick Johnson,

When will YOU begin writing which book about the real story that surrounds Dunseith. I am not well-healed enough to offer a cash advance and have no publishing company.

Dad and I spent many hours “mentally touring’ the Turtle Mountains.

There would be a good possibility of a successful compilation of facts from the pioneers that are yet alive and able to contribute. I like to read personal accounts and to not read about longitude and latitude, i.e. where are we going and how did we get here?

Good talkin’ to YA, tanks fer yer earz Lee

Dunseith Journal News posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Dunseith Journal/December 31, 1953/Shell Valley News



1/18/2016 (2340)

Condolences to the Albert Johnson (’70) and David Striker (’70) families
From David Slyter (’70):  Sabin, MN


My condolences to the Striker family.   David was a classmate of mine from the class of 70.   In just a couple of weeks we have lost two of our classmates to cancer.    Albert Johnson and now David.   So sorry to hear this news.  Our thoughts and prayers are with both families.

Dave Slyter  (70)


Condolences to the Albert Johnson (’70) and David Striker (’70) families
From Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND


I would like to send my condolences first to the Albert Johnson family and then to the David Striker family. The story goes that Albert and I first met when we were babies in Perth, North Dakota. My parents worked at the school and Alberts parents taught. We met up again as freshmen at good old DHS. I met David as a freshman also. I believe we shared lockers that year and Albert and I shared the next year. Albert and I did a lot of chasing in High School and beyond. I would really like to have the Cuda he had in about 1972 or 73. We kind of moved on at about that time and met up again in about 2008 or so. My memory don’t work so good no more. David and I carried on a friendship through High School and beyond and he even worked for me at a lumber yard in Rolla back in about 1989. I had thought of them both through the years.  I now wish we could maybe have gotten together again for a few more laughs about the things we did when we were younger. We just took it for granted that we would be doing those things forever.  I hope now Albert and David can maybe get together and share a good laugh. I will still think about them both as good friends and with a smile as I think about those High School years.

Mel Kuhn


Condolences to the David Striker (’70) family
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

To the Family, Extended family and friends of David Striker,

David, was a neighborhood of the hills friend and classmate,

I recall when  mom and dad would ‘go visiting’ back and forth with Doug and Marlene or with his grandparents, Art and Effie.

David and I were classmates for years beginning within the group of  9 second graders and many first graders in Mrs. Hanson’s stage combination room.

David was always cordial, pleasant and kind  through all the years.

My sincere sympathy as you mourn.

Vickie Metcalfe

A Winter Day at Tractor Supply.

My dog Thor’s stomach has issues. Finally, I found dental treats which his stomach  tolerates.

I  usually just go in and out quick to the treat section at Tractor Supply.

With today’s January  cold,  Thor and Buie  fussed with cabin fever;

I put on their coats, leashes, and took them to Bottineau Tractor Supply store  which welcomes dogs within the store.

Buie and Thor thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour exercise walking  and exploring every aisle.

Buie’s favorite find? … a big box with big,huge, giant  bone’s _;the greedy little skunk wanted  to drag one home.

T’was not-a-thing I wanted in my living room!

One of the clerks gave Thor a  t-r-e-a-t. He went back again as he’s chosen that clerk for a new friend.

Yup. Just once, Thor goes up, looks him in the eye and the clerk is now trained to give him a treat!

I could  have stayed  all afternoon!  Going way back into the depths of the store I discovered;

Sections for birds, rabbits, dogs, horses, porcine,__ salt blocks for cattle…Yum. lickin salt blocks as a kid on a hot summer day.

We were sidetracked in the poultry section.  Speciality feed,waterers, brown and white clay eggs.

Say what?__Yes, fake eggs so the chicken will be encouraged to lay.

Hmm?   Mom’  never had to put fake eggs in nests.

May be the chickens of yesteryear were smarter. Ours at  the farm were smart and tame.

They perched on our shoulders while we worked..

Recollections of the cold  winter Saturday’s on the farm and choring flew through my head.

Saturday’s outside chores of cleaning gutters and calf pens,  hauling loads of straw bales from the bale pile with the horse or skidoo and stone boat to the barn.

We girls  let the laying hens out to scratch through the straw;  some  chose to sit our shoulders while we worked bedding down the calf pens.

We loved those times of  being out side in the  cold fresh air, crunching through the snow, keeping company of livestock,chickens, cats and dogs.

About this time of year after lunch came inside chores and may be mom would find an extra… it’s time to go to dirt cellar, to sprout potatoes. Yuck!

I believe walking the dogs indoors at Tractor Supply may continue at least until the warm breath of spring.

That’s my thought.

Until later.Vickie



Blog (410) posted on March 28, 2009

Posted on March 28, 2009

From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

I am so proud of my North Dakota background. I always have been of course…but this last week more than ever. Thoughts of courage, bravery, get ‘er done, love of home and family come to mind when I see the flood info on national news. Many of my family members live in Bismarck and surrounding areas and I received my undergraduate degrees from NDSU. North Dakota is my true home. My heart goes out to those who have been or will be impacted by the floods.

Brenda Hoffman

Greenville, SC

From Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

My heart goes out to everyone in North Dakota who is touched in any way by the flooding. This morning on a local Twin Cities radio station I heard a report by one of their reporters who is in Fargo (getting in the way) reporting on the flooding. She had been to the Fargo dome in the middle of the night and had nothing but praise for the spirit of the people who where there helping with the sandbagging. She also had very positive comments on the spirit of the people of not only Fargo, but of surrounding communities and seemed in awe of the volunteers from all around who showed up to help and are determined to stay until the last minute possible.

My sister Crystal’s oldest son, Aaron Gunderson, lives in Fargo. As the flood waters are dangerously close to Aaron’s neighborhood and gradually creeping closer, today he is loading up his wife and four children and evacuating them to Grandma Crystal’s in Walhalla. To Aaron and anyone else who is in a similar situation – we pray for the safety of you and your family. I hope to be able to get up there with my shovel and help with the cleanup!!!


Updated Flood Conditions From Barbara Clark Olson, Fargo, ND

Folks, this letter was forwarded to me by Barbara’s mother, Vivian (Dave (Deceased) Clark. Vivian lives 5 miles SW of Bottineau on the original Dave Clark ‘Short Horn’ Cattle Ranch.

We have just finished another day of hard labor. Our house is on the wrong side of the contingency dike. If everything holds and the flood crests at 42 or 43 feet we will be ok. If dikes start to break, 42 feet will put water in our basement. 43 feet may or may not hit our first floor. It will probably hit the floor joists. Anything over 43.5 or 44 we will probably have water and inch or two of water on our first floor. It all depends on how it spreads out. The folks from Grand Forks cleared out our basement. Other than metal shelves it is completely empty. Everything is in our livingroom/dining room, Ross’s Office, and the garage. Most of the stuff in the garage is in the trailer. Just some old furniture, file cabinets etc. is on the floor.

We are packing our suitcases and organizing to evacuate. There is currently a voluntary evac with a possible mandatory evacuation within the next 24 hours.

Our plan is to evac to Detroit Lakes. We will stay at a hotel for the first night or two until we can have the water turned on at the cabin.

More later

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

To Doreen Bailey

Thanks for the dated picture, and yes all the Metcalfe’s started out in Hillside Township. Little Bill that you have seen pictures of was from the first family, then there were hers and theirs. I know that if you want to understand an area and the people you need to go over and over and over. It took twenty years for my mind to realize how I was really related to the other two parts of that family. So my dad was in school with all Mahlon Bailey’s kids. Then the old stories continued on for another 25 years in the county seat at Rolla. Dad worked with Hulda Bailey in the ASC office. She was Harvey’s wife who was Vance’s uncle. I am sure those Rolla people heard plenty of stories about Hillside Township.

Clint Anderson would have a story or two similiar to this one because he did the same thing as a matter of survival, just ten years earlier. One morning in about 1929, my dad and his younger brother Archie had the usual load of wood, poles about 25 ft. in length on a bob sleigh, pulled of course by a team of horses. They had to cut and load that day and take it to town for sale. No chain saws in those days. Scotch Annie was out at the mailbox and she said, “Do you boys know how cold it is this morning?” she said, “It’s 52 degrees below zero.” I have never forgotten something that my dad said. Mr. Gottbrecht told them that if you can’t get your money for the wood uptown, just bring it to the mill and put it on my pile. He was their insurance policy and one person that made things work. Dale had an enormous lot of business in him, but I think young George surpassed them all for a full lifetime of giving to Dunseith. Yes, Mr. Dunseith.

Gary Metcalfe

Grenier Auction sale posted by Neola KofoidGarbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Gary & Pennie (69) Kester Grenier

USS New York Pictures provided by Alden Allard (59): LAS VEGAS, NV

Here SHE is, the USS New
York, made from the





1/15/2016 (2339)

David Striker (’70) Passed away.
Posted by Deb Striker Kubela (’74): dkubela@hotmail.com Wahpeton, ND


thought I needed to let you know, our brother David passed away after a 5 year battle with brain cancer. He graduated with the class of 1970.

He passed away Jan 2nd. We will be having a family service this summer in Dunseith. No obit yet

Thank you!

Deb Striker Kubela


Message from Lee Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

Howdy Y’all,

On 12-24-15 a colonoscopy and an endoscopy were done on me; primarily looking for a contributor to me being anemic.

I did not get a report over Christmas or through New Yews, which is reasonable.

I planned to go to Boston on the 8th of January so I called the surgeon’s office and asked that they do not call me with any results until after the 13th, at which time I would be home from Boston.  Did not want to receive a discouraging phone call while I was at my son, Eric’s.

I called the office today and learned that all was OK.  The surgeon found some questionable spots but all turned out fine.

He had shown me some photos he had taken along the way of his exam.  Obviously, all looked foreign to me but I could see the difference in colorations that he pointed out, as one section would differ from surrounding tissue.

Glad all I OK for now.   Will repeat this exam in a year.   Love Dad/Dad Lee/Grampa/A classmate-brother LEE


Blog (409) posted on March 26, 2009

Posted on March 27, 2009

Reply/Message from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Gary, I saw for the first time the video by Micheal Moore,although I haven’t lived much in N.Dakota since High School, I go home from time to time,and there is something so beautiful unique about N.Dak. that I felt totally offended,when my sister Kathy showed it to me; when she was down a couple weeks ago. Maybe I felt doubly offended because it came from Micheal Moore….someone I find offensive,maybe because of his political propaganda,and mean spirit.There are so many positive things to say about N.Dakota why did he have to stoop to making us look like a bunch of morons?But that ‘s o.k. About 18 yrs. ago I was a nanny fo a family, in Houston Texas. When I asked David & Nancy what made them put an ad in the newspapers in N.Dakota for a nanny,they told me that the nanny agency told them ,that their best nannys come from N.Dakota because they have a reputation to be kind,polite,honest,and hard working,and kids love them….So as for Micheal Moore…..Whatever……So to my fellow N.Dakotans I hope you all have a “Blest Day” and I’ll keep you all in my prayers,as the snow flys, the rivers rise,the sand bag dikes get higher,and as the chunks of ice fly through the air as the dynamite is detonated…WOW! I can’t help but watch with a sense of pride,as the people of N.Dakota show the rest of the country on national T.V. ………How To Get The Job Done……….”As they would say here in the south,”Dats what I’m Talkin Bout”…Ms. Aggie

From Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher): Detroit Lakes, MN

Hi Gary, thanks for the blog and keeping everyone in touch, we are all watching with horror as the Red River continues to climb, they are trying to stay ahead of the expected 43 foot crest, while this is happening, it is blizzarding outside at Detroit Lakes, Mn makes for cold sandbagging. keep these people in your prayers. Ardys Horner

Flood Conditions From Barbara Clark Olson, Fargo, ND

Folks, this letter was forwarded to me by Barbara’s mother, Vivian (Dave (Deceased) Clark. Vivian lives 5 miles SW of Bottineau on the original Dave Clark ‘Short Horn’ Cattle Ranch.

Good and Bad News. The city called an emergency neighborhood meeting for 10:20 PM tonight. Bad news is they are going to write us off. They will build clay dikes on all the major roads around us — 52nd Ave. S. — 40th Ave S. — and maybe 25th St S. The good news is they are giving us priority for all the sandbags and volunteers we need to make a complete dike around us. So if the electrical stations function properly we will survive.

Bad news is the river will crest at 41 ft. Good news is 41 ft will not flood our house, but it will come within feet of our house. Good news is, if the electricity is functional and sump pumps work as needed we are fine. Bad news is if Cass Co Electric shuts down we are screwed.

It has been a busy week. My Garage is food central. The ladies in our neighborhood fed 1000 volunteers on Tuesday. We have 80 houses in our neighborhood. It is amazing how everyone has come together to help

Tomorrow a group of our NDSU Football friends from Grand Forks are coming to help us move our stuff from the basement upstairs. I spoke with John Mills a good friend of Victoria’s and Freddies and he is getting a group of NDSU kids to come help tomorrow also. What a nice guy.

I have to go to bed more updates later tomorrow is a busy day.

Pray for us. thanks

From Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL


This page is pretty interesting. Shows a lot of flood info.



Flood Pictures posted by Dave Wurgler (64): Rugby, ND

Gary: Flooding in North Dakota– These are pictures of Buelah and Hazen N. D. which is northwest of Bismarck, These are just two of the towns that are flooding including Bismarck. Fargo, Grand Forks,Linton and many more. The Red River is roaring again worse then the flood in 97, figuring to rise to 40 ft. which is about 6 ft. higher then the 97 flood and the Missouri is raising hell also. Its been a long drawn out winter, started in early Nov. and hit us hard and hasn’t quit yet, along with about seventy to eighty inches of total snow fall, high winds and even freezing rain. Take care to all——Dave Wurgler (64)

View from east of Hazen, ND

Beulah, ND

Dunseith Journal posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

The Dunseith Journal/December 31, 1953/locals

Picture provided by Joanne Millang Bernstein (70): Souris, ND


This picture was  sent to me as a joke forward by a friend of mine that has never heard of Lake Metigoshe. I did a reply all to the 80 or so folks he had sent it to telling them that I knew where this picture was taken.  One of the guys on his distribution forwarded my reply to Jerry Olson, knowing he was from Bottineau/Souris, ND.  Jerry Lives in Bremerton, WA. All the years I lived there, we never met. Thru email messages, Jerry and I have now learned to know each other, but we have still not met in person. Jerry’s sister is the cake lady in Bottineau.


Deer on the snowmobile trails at Lake Metigoshe.

1/13/2016 (2338)

Cebu City, Philippines: Dinner at Maya’s Mexican Restaurant

Our on Bernie has been visiting since December 21st. He got sick and was unable leave on 1/6 so he rescheduled his departure to tomorrow, 1/15. He is feeling fine now. His supervisors at Microsoft were very understanding and strongly encouraged him to get well before returning.  Bernie has boned well with his twin boys too.

Lorelie and her 5 year old Daughter Nika have their US Visas. All they are waiting for now, before going to the USA, are the US Citizenships and US passports for the Twins.
Stokes 2338


Blog (408) posted on March 25, 2009

Posted on March 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Everett Enno (76): Williston, ND

Everett, I understand that you are having a Birthday tomorrow, March 26th. We wish you happiness with your birthday as you celebrate this joyous occasion tomorrow with family and friends. It’s your day, enjoy it. Gary

Minot Weather report from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

I just stepped out the door and onto the steps. They are slippery. The wind is BLOWING, there is snow on the street, snow and sleet in the air/on the ground. I don’t think people will move much in Minot tomorrow. By the same token, we can still see across the valley.


Dickinson Weather report from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND

It began to rain, sleet and be mucho slippy about 4:30. It then started to snow and WOW has it begun to snow. A few days ago, I completed a new snow-removal contract with my neighbor who has a skid steer; glad it is now and again in place.

GLORIA came to get me for supper at 7, in her honkin’ big red 4-wheel drive. By the time WE had supper and went to WalMart, WE saw at least 6 cars stuck in the road way, some 4-wheel drive pickups beneath the railroad underass and apparently not able to move?

One of the guys who lives here, has access to his employer’s Bobcat and just offered to help move the great accumulations of snow. There is a two foot deep bank in front of the garage and that is out of the wind.

Fargo is about to float away.

DHS band provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


1/11/2016 (2337)

Condolences to Al Johnson’s family
From Pamela Fugere Schmidt (’73):  Mandan, ND

My heart goes out to Linda, Joe, and Al’s children.  My memories of Al are from my early junior high and high school years, when he was a Junior and Senior.  I remember Al as a thinker,  a dreamer, and a great conversationalist…a friend with a memorable personality and a heart of gold.  I’m only sorry we didn’t have a chance to stay in touch over the years.

Gas Engine Washing Machines
Reply from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


Ginger LaRocque’s reference to a gas engine washing machine reminded me that we had one of those when I was a little guy. Mom was washing clothes one day and just dropped out!  She got a few too many carbon monoxide fumes.  She had come-to and was still sitting on the floor when my dad found her.  Needless to say, that was the last time it was used.  My dad rewired an old electric motor that someone had given him and hooked it up to the washing machine; no more fumes.  I learned about this many years after the incident.  I would say that Mom and the rest of us got lucky that time.  Be Safe!

Dale Pritchard


Darrell Abbey Passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Darrell E, Abbey age 87 of Dunseith, died Friday, January 8, 2016 in a Minot hospital. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church of Dunseith. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, also of Dunseith. Visitation will be Monday, January 11, 2016 beginning at 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, noon until service time in the church.


Photo (Carroll Carlson) from Ursella Carlson (’44)
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


I was delighted to receive a Christmas Card from Ursula , Carroll’s sister.

She  sent   the photo.

It was great to hear from her.

I hope someone can help identify.

Back row,

Carroll is the young man in the middle.

Ursula wrote one of the young ladies is Mary Evans I am not sure which one.

The young man in front  ?Cook

Thanks Gary.


Folks, Please identify – DHS class of 1934. My guess – Gary
Back: Mary Evans, Carroll Carlson, Lodena Sanders
Front: Robert Cook
Carlson, Carroll class of 1934 2337


Memories 1981 and 1982
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Gary and friends,

I read  about an Owls in the Canadian news, today and   thought of the winter of “81-’82.

I’m recalling the cold North Dakota winter of ’81-‘82 I lived in a graduate student dormitory at UND pursuing a graduate degree. I drove to East Grand forks for practicum, which meant, frequent trips to a back lot and starting the car often!

It was a cold trudge through the snow to the student parking lot on a late afternoon as the darkness drew close. I was relieved despite December’s cold of 1981, had not affected starting of my car.

The heat was on full blast as the car sped west/north to my parental home while listening to radio’s Christmas music as I peered through the windshield.

Finally the hills of home!

Turning on the gravel road and seeing the familiar Carlson lights off in the distant hills beyond the ‘homestead meadow’. The front two-wheel drive car effortlessly pushed through the light snow, up the big hill, past the mailbox, turned into the farmyard.

The garage door was open thanks to thoughtful parents.  I drove in, sigh of relief, opening the door grabbing a suitcase, glanced to the right.

At the front of the garage sitting by dad’s old workbench was a winter-wonder sight.

Look again!

No, not imagination but quite alive, were two, a wee duet of fluff, small white owls.  Each was no more than 6-8 inches tall gazing without fear sitting in on a board four feet above the garage floor well out of winter’s fierce windy cold.

Wishing not to disturb, the creatures, I climbed the steps.  The dogs, ‘Chilou’, dad’s blue heeler and ‘Shiloh’ his border collie wagged and wiggled their welcomes.

Opening the door into the entryway, I was greeted with flavors of mom’s kitchen and her hug. To the right, I peered into the living room for dad’ in his recliner.

His feet were propped up greeting me as I smoothed his warm hands.

I asked, “When did the owls move into the garage?”   Mom said she had not seen any thing earlier that day in the garage. My dad who was without sight said with a grin, “I haven’t seen any thing”.  Then said, “Don’t disturb them they will stay or they will leave when they are ready.”

I wondered if the owls were eating. They seemed still except for watchful eyes. And seemed to quietly move around in their sitting places when we were not in the garage.

Of course over the vacation, we used the cars, the dogs were always greeting with wags and wiggles but they did not disturb the owls. Each day we drove Dad to his local coffee spot the fourth stool in Dale’s café.

The owl duet sat.

The owls stayed in the garage the entire weeks I was home.  They were quite content when I left going back to university.

One week into my last semester studies an early morning phone call from mom notified me that Uncle Emil had passed away.

I talked to my advisor, with defrosters on high headed through the North Dakota Winter‘s Cold, home to grieve with family.

With anticipation of mom’s warm kitchen the car plowed through the snow into the garage.  I crawled out of my car greeted by dogs.

One little white owl.

Opening the door I went into the stillness of a grey house…. Dad quiet in his chair and mom quiet in the kitchen.

The Metcalfe Clan gathered at Peace Lutheran, Little Prairie Cemetery, and Kathy’s house where we grieved together for Uncle Emil.

One little owl continued to sit solo in the garage. I wondered if he was lonely missing the other?

I left to resume university studies semester student counseling practicum at a K-12 school in East Grand Forks.

On an icy morning, ten days after my return into my studies, mom telephoned more sorrowful news.  Uncle Jim had passed away in the night.

Icy cold highways and snowy drifts returned me to home. The farmhouse atmosphere was now a heavy, heavy grey. The dogs had greeted me.

Walking through the door to greet me? Pain.  My father’s loss was overwhelming.

The Metcalfe family clan returned to mourn at Peace Lutheran, and Little Prairie for my James A. Metcalfe, my uncle and Godfather.

Remember the winter of ’81-’82?I think and recall a burden on my heart colored a heavy grey.

And I remember and wonder about owls.


Vickie L. Metcalfe


Blog (407) posted on March 24, 2009


Posted on March 24, 2009

Weather forcast from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL

Weather forcast from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND

Big storm forecast for us for the next two (2) days, much snow so I may be shoveling partly cloudy from all the sidewalks of the apt complex that I TRY to manage.


Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

The family photo that Neola refers to in blog #406 as Lundy is the
LaRocque Family, In the Photo…Linda, Jackie, Annette,etc.
Mrs. LaRocque was the niece of our dear family friend Genevieve
(Delorme) Morin wife of Emil Morin.
Vickie Metcalfe

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Message/Pictures from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

With tournament time rolling around again, I thought I would send a
picture of the 1967 Dunseith Dragon basketball team and the Dist. 14
Tournament program. We won the first game with Rolette, 68-62 but lost
to Wolford by one point in overtime! Les Halvorson was one of the
Wolford Wolves that year! They came into the tournament with a 11 win-1
loss record. Although I can’t say for sure, I believe they went on to
win the tournament. I bet Les remembers! Thanks Gary!



Tickle Pick postings from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL


Eight new tracks of Tickle Pink songs are now on the ftp site. Access instructions below:

To download and play the tracks, walk through the following:

Using your browser, navigate to http://webpages.charter.net/wgrimme

You should see a page that looks like this:

If you place the mouse on a track and click the left button, the selection will play using Quicktime, but you will not download the track with this method. To download, place the mouse cursor on the track, click the right mouse button and you will see a pop-up menu. Select “Save Target as….” and you will be taken through the download process to put the track on your computer. From that point, you can play the track with about any music program, such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.

Let me know if you have any trouble.


1/8/2016 (2336)

Cecile Gouin Craig (’61) passed away
Message from her daughter Dawn Cherne:

I know my mom enjoyed connecting with you and all the happenings in Dunceith so I am emailing to let you know that she passed away on Jan. 2.
She appreciated getting all the news and heading about what others were up to, thank you for doing all you do to keep people connected.

Best wishes,
Dawn (Cec’s daughter)
I am shocked and saddened to hear this news of your mothers passing. We exchanged many personal messages too. I truly enjoyed her. We will miss her. Our condolences are with you and her entire family. Thank you so much for letting us know.

Obituary for Cecile Craig

Cecile Craig
Cecile was born to Eugenie and Laurent Gouin January 28, 1943 in Windsor, Colorado and passed away January 02, 2016 in Federal Way, WA. Cecile is survived by her husband of 48 years, Keith; her children Michael Longie, Barb Brindle and Dawn Cherne; grandchildren Mikaila Fulfs, Makenzie Cherne, Danielle Fulfs and KC Cherne; and brother Maurice (Morris) Gouin.


Condolence to the Johnson family
From Ron Peltier (’70) Dunseith, ND

Condolences to the Johnson family on the passing of Albert.  Albert was part of my class whom I thought was a very intelligent and outgoing individual.  I had the utmost respect for Albert, his sisters and brothers.  Albert lived in Rolla a few years back and he made a point for me to come and visit him, talked about the old days and about his sickness.  I also knew his mother and father very well, use to have a few beers with his dad in the Corner Bar after I turned of age, and Velma taught me how to play pinochle after our catechism class on Wednesday evenings.  Rest in Peace my friend, we will meet again.


Kramer CCC Camp
Reply from Larry W. Moore: 


I was doing some research on Pop’s CCC Camp when I ran across this Site. http://dunseith.net/blog/?p=7611

Wanted to tell you how nice it was to see Pop’s CCC Bio posted there with the Kramer CCC Picture at the bottom. Thanks to Tim Martinson, It made for a warm place in my heart.

I also saw your photo from Vietnam and want to thank you for your Service and Sacrifice. I was lucky and did not have to go to Vietnam. I was in Army 67-68 and another 22 year in the Army Reserve. Pop was called for service in summer ’42 but failed physical several times. He always regretted no being able to serve, so I did my best to even it out.

Thanks again, I really appreciate your kindness in posting his Bio.

Larry W. Moore

Paragould, Arkansas

Thanks for the nice reply and kind words. That picture and article was posted with blog number 2087 on 9/7/2014. Click on this link http://dunseith.net/blog/?p=7611 and go all the way to the bottom of that day’s posting.

 I too spent time in the Reserves too. 25 years. When we turned 60 we were officially retired army soldiers with all of the benefits too.



Reply to Larry Hackman (’66)
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Very cute jokes, Larry


Glen Shelver: Reference to 1/6/2016 Posting
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I forgot to tell you that Garry and I had been smelling gas from the washing machine, that was the reason we fell asleep,  you probably figured that out anyway.

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra Class of 1965


Blog (406) posted on March 23, 2009


Posted on March 23, 2009

Dunseith Alumni Reunion in Seattle:


We agreed in contract negotiation with the Best Western hotel, located near the space needle, to give them periodic reports with the number of folks we have signed up for our reunion banquet on July 24th. Bill Grimme will be giving them our first report on April 21st. We currently have 150 slots on hold. They will use our report to evaluate future requests from other groups for the number of slots they can offer them. There is a strong likely hood that we may loose a lot of our unused slots to other groups. We want to give everyone the opportunity to sign up while the slots are available. If for some reason you can not attend, Bill can refund your money up until the time he has to make the final payment to the Best Western for our group on July 21st. If we do not give them reports, they may hold us accountable for all 150 slots whether we fill them or not. The Best Western can accommodate 4 groups at the same time by dividing their banquet room into fourths.


To attend this dinner, just fill in the following selections for you or your party, send Bill a check, and he will return a receipt.

NumberEntréePriceExtended price

______Pan Seared Chicken Breast$24.90___________

______Angus Beef New York Steak$34.10___________


Send Check to Bill Grimme,

3117 Memory Brook Circle,Birmingham,AL35242

.Phone 205-991-6512

Pete/Sofie Schneider Picture provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Reply from Betty Schneider Lamb (54): Grand Forks, ND

Gary – Thank you for posting the picture of my parents. This is their wedding picture and they were married June 30, 1928 in my grandparent’s home near Thorne. Mother had copies made in 1980 for each of us children and our copy is sitting on our organ.

Here in Grand Forks, there is alot of preparation for a flood. The city of Fargo is in alot worse condition then we are. The basement in our home had substantial damage in 1997 and we are trusting that the flood this year will not be as bad. Our city has built dykes that are good for sixty feet and the predicted river crest is fifty feet: however, in 1997 the predicted level was forty-five feet and the water went to fifty feet. We do not live in the flood area but you have heard the phrase if my house goes the whole city will go and it did. We have purchased flood insurance again.

Thank you for the great job that you do. We appreciate all your work. Betty and Bill Lamb

Pete/Sofie Schneider – June 30, 1928

1/6/2016 (2016)

Albert J. Johnson (DHS ’70)
Johnson, Albert 2335
Johnson, Albert J. Age 63 of Minneapolis, formerly of Dunseith, ND. Went home to the Father on January 1, 2016. Well known motorcycle professional and racer, master of all things mechanical, avid outdoorsman, eagle scout, amazing dad and teacher. Preceded in death by his mother Velma, father, sister and brother. Survived by children: Matthew, Marshall, Kelsey, brother Joe, sister Linda. Celebration of Life Service 5:30PM Saturday, January 16, 2016, visitation 1 hour prior. Washburn McReavy Davies Chapel, 2301 Dupont Avenue S., Mpls, MN 55405. Memorials preferred to The Hope Lodge – American Cancer Society, or The Pillars Hospice – Health East. Washburn-McReavy.com Washburn McReavy Albin Chapel Eden Prairie (952) 914-9410

So sorry to hear of Albert’s passing. With the email messages we exchanged I found him to be a really decent nice man. He fought a long hard battle with this cancer too. At one point I thought they had it arrested. He will be missed. Our condolences are with his entire family.  Gary


Happy Anniversary to Allen and Susan Richard
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Allen and Susan,

Happy Anniversary! I wish you many more wonderful years.

Ginger (LaRocque)Poitra Class of 65′


Yvette Belgarde
Born: October 08, 1965
Died: December 30, 2015

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Yvette Belgarde, age 50 of Dunseith, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in a Minot hospital. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s of The Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith. A wake will start on Monday at 4:00 P.M. at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.

Yvette was born on October 8th, 1965 to Steve F. Belgarde and Delores M. (Roussin) Belgarde in Belcourt, North Dakota. She graduated from Dunseith High School and attended college and graduated from United Tribes Technical College with a Health Administration and Injury Prevention Degree. She was employed with St. Michael the Archangel Church, the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Aberdeen, and St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck as a Director of Telemedicine. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church.

Pall bearers included her nephews: Braden Allery; (god child) Dalton Kopecky; Davin Depoe; Davalance Depoe; Sharlo Davis; and Jake Marion who she had a special place in her heart for. Honorary Pall Bearers were Hunter Karlson; Ryder Belgarde, and Parker Belgarde, (nephews) and her brothers Stuart B. Belgarde, Lance M. Belgarde, and Shawn S. Belgarde. Gift bearers were cousins Debra Wilson Schieffer and Mark Wilson. The rosary was led by Alvin and Ella McLeod. She was carried by Steve Leonards’ beautiful team and wagon.

Yvette is survived by her two daughters, Nashay Bercier of Bismarck, Deete Belgarde, (Kyle Mathiason), son Dontae Maloney and her very special granddaughter Malani Mathiason. Sisters Patti Belgarde (Wayne Cornelius) Oneida Wi., Sandra Belgarde Karlson (Neil Karlson), Surprise, AZ-Mandan, N.D., Wanda Belgarde, Fort Yates, N.D., Michelle Kurle (Casey Kurle), Mercer, N.D., Elaine Gunville, Grand Forks, N.D., Stuart Belgarde (Teresa-Cha Cha ), Lance Belgarde (Kim), Horace, N.D. and Shawn Belgarde (Brenda Martell) and her special mother who she loved dearly Delores Belgarde. Uncles Louis Roussin, Clifford Belgarde, Aunts Gladys Azure, Mabel Roussin, and Theresa Heath of Patossi, Mo.

Yvette enjoyed watching the cooking channel and cooking, riding horse as a child, and visiting family and friends. She was very witty, fun loving and enjoyed dancing. She will be greatly missed and was loved very much. She was preceded in death by her father Steve F. Belgarde, niece Natasha Depoe, paternal grandma, Elsina Belgarde, grandfather Frank Belgarde, and maternal grandma Clemence (Jerome) Roussin, and Louis B. Roussin.

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From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith,

At the end of the old year, I am always filled with sweet memories of my parents, Charlotte and Cliff.  The following is based on their memories shared with me. How blessed I was! Happy New Year.

Ice House and Ice Cream

I remember the days before my parents owned a freezer.  The only freezer at the farm had, was the top of an old Frigidaire that came with the house when they bought it in the winter of ‘51. With heavy frost buildup, my mother would spend one of the first warm summer days defrosting that freezer.  Later it became another designated ‘CHORE’ for one of her girls.

I do not recall the days of ‘ice houses’. People who lived close to a lake harvested lake ice, using a horse and sled, hauled huge ice blocks to a cool storage area built into the ground, perhaps in the shady side of a hill, dugout or the ground. The bottom of the icehouse would be graveled and covered with wood poles.  This allowed the melting water to not muddy the ground.

During winter’s cold, blocks of ice would be stacked on the wood, then layered with sawdust or straw.  The icehouse would be packed with the blocks of ice then topped with a roof and straw.

Whence cometh, hot summer days, ice was a valuable commodity.


Mom told me my Grandma Lamb was known for two major things in the Carpenter neighborhood;

  1. Sylvia Wicks Lamb had a prolific garden. Vegetables, soft fruits and flowers. People would drive North to her home to gather sweet smelling blooms. I recall while in grade four, Mrs. Florence Conroy telling me about my grandmother Sylvia’s wonderful garden.

#2. My mom said her grandmother,  Elizabeth Welch Wicks a local midwife, was a wonderful cook and her ‘pop’ Bob Lamb cooked the best flapjacks and biscuits. Her mother, Sylvia would rather be outside, tending her livestock, or in her garden than in the kitchen cooking.   However, Sylvia enjoyed making ice cream.  Sweet cream, sugar, and many flavor varieties. Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Raspberry, Juneberry, Ah, How she loved experimenting!

My mother recalled the hot of summer Sundays, when the wood handled crank ice cream tool was brought out and made ready.

Come Sunday morning, Sylvia Wicks Lamb began preparing various ice cream mixes.  Ice would be fetched from the icehouse. By afternoon, neighbors, friends, and relatives would gather in the Lamb yard on old gravel road #43 East.


Games of horseshoe and tag would commence. Sylvia filled the little cylinder tank with her creation.  Strong boys with muscles took turns. Some one would add a bit of rock salt to the ice. Visiting, laughter and anticipation filled the air

Finally with a C”MON GET IT!!!!

Ice Cream was finally ready!

Summer’s hot breath was quenched under shady trees with cool licks of the cold, sweet, heavenly, icy creation.

Until Later,

Vickie Metcalfe


Shelver’s Drug Store
Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Speaking of Shelver Drug Store.  I have a couple stories to tell of our very important druggist.

I am sure many of you know he was also our doctor.

There was one time when my brother Garry and I were being babysat by our Aunt Alice LaRocque,  we were very young and not of age to go to school. Aunt Alice was washing clothes in a gas powered washing machine.  Aunt Alice sat us by the washing machine so she could watch us I expect. I remember (there aren’t many things I remember when I was young but I remember this) getting off a bench she had us sitting on.  We went to the living room got our coat/jacket and we’re helping each other put our coat/jacket on, we were told we were laying on the floor,  out ! sleeping!

I woke up in my Aunt’s arms and she was running to our house or grandma LaRocque’s house. While my brother was with Uncle Jerome, so we were told.

Our mother was working and came home.

Glen Shelver was also called to come and check us out. He stayed until he knew we were fine.

Mom said when she got home Garry was walking back and forth with his hands in his pockets. I was in the house lying on the bed still sleeping.

Another time,  Mom was working,  I am unsure about dad or what time of year is was so if he was working on the railroad and it was winter then he was home. I was in our house cutting a slice of bread,  and lo and behold!  I cut off the tip of my finger on my left hand.

Glen Shelver was called again,  he had to have put the tip back on because I still have it. There is a scar , not numb. Mr Shelver did great!

He was great,  to come and take care of us in our time of need. I don’t know if any of my other siblings ever needed his care but he sure did good for my brother and I.

Hope you all have a Happy New Year

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra  Class of 65′


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

Three older ladies are discussing their problems with aging. The first one says, “Sometimes I find myself holding a loaf of bread in the kitchen and I can’t remember if I was putting it away, or, about to make a sandwich.”  The second one says, “Sometimes I find myself on the stair landing and can’t remember if I was going up or down.”  The third one says, “Well, so far my memory is perfect — knock on wood.”  She raps her knuckles on the wooden table and then says, “Wait here while I go answer the door.”

A bus driver for a retirement home has a busload of seniors. They’re taking a day trip to the seaside. About 20 minutes into the journey, an elderly lady walks up to him and says, “I’ve just been molested!”  He thinks she’s senile and tells her to go back to her seat.  Ten minutes later, another old lady has the same complaint. He thinks something in their coffee must’ve made these ladies delusional and tells her to sit down, too. Another ten minutes go by, and a third lady tells him the same complaint. He decides to stop the bus and investigate.

He goes to the back of the bus and finds an old man on his hands and knees. He asks, “What the hell are you doing?”  The old man answers, “I’m looking for my


Blog (405) posted on March 22, 2009


Posted on March 22, 2009

Reply from Don Aird (Carroll Carlson’s nephew) :

Gary remember basic training? It cost us a buck a haircut there as well.

Don, How well I remember those dollar hair cuts, weekly, in basic training.

I miss quoted the Manicure and Pedicure prices, here in the PI, yesterday. The total price is $2.00 for both, not $4.00. Gary

Reply from Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher): Detroit Lakes, MN

In reference to picture posted by Mark Schimetz in message 404

No, Arv’s family was Thorsbakken in Norway, it was changed to Bakken (means hill) at Ellis Is.
they homesteaded in the Minot area, no relations to the Bakken’s mentioned, and not related to the Bakken Oil discovery either. Ardys Bakken Horner

Reqest for Allen Richard (65) from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA

I have tried to email Allen Richard several times without success. If Allen would please drop me a line? I have family files soon ready for him. Sharron

From Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, Wyoming

Just letting you all know, Im keeping an eye on the weather for North Dakota. I remember the flooding in the Red River Valley back in 1989. Infact, Augie was one of the volunteers that year and it was a real mess. So, all that are in that area, please stay safe.

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Larry’s mention of geese heading north does sound good after the record
winter we have had here. I’m hoping the lakes and ponds will fill back
up to normal as we had a very dry summer in ’08. I’m attaching a picture
from the early days, circa 1910, from this area. The man on the left is
from Bottineau, his name is McIntosh. The other man is not identified.
With these guys out there, maybe not many geese made it back south!
Limits were however many you could shoot, it would appear! Thanks Gary!


Posting provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Folks, Diane Larson Sjol (70) is the instructor for this class.

Diane’s reply when I asked if she was in the picture. Gary

Yes, it is me in the picture with my nursing students…I am smack dab
in the middle with the turquoise sweater over the black top…blonde
hair and glasses

1/4/2016 (2334)

Shelver Drug Store
Reply from Lee Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND

LEE here.  I feel honored and compelled to contribute to the Shelver Drug Store legend.  When our Mother discovered a health-related situation in our home that exceeded her excellent German upbringing, she found it easy to call Glen and ask his input; esp. @ nite.

Glen was kind to offer ameliorative advice if appropriate or to facilitate further steps to satisfy the situation.

Darrel (Doc), Dean and I each had a paper route.  Mine was the first; I took over from Darrel Haberstead .  His mother ran the show for the ‘transfer of operations (money)’.  It was only after Dad got the Minot Daily News man involved that I was able to make a “go of it”.

Anyway, back to the drug store.  Each fourth (4th) Saturday I would collect for the papers that I had delivered.

I would unerringly go to the drug store and for only 75 cents could get a large chocolate malt, a juicy hamburger and a generous side of french fries.

One Saturday night some fellows whom I thought were my near-friends wanted me to share my collected money with them.

They got some of it.  The next time that was attempted, I had 2 old-fashioned “church keys” in my pockets.  Once I presented them and stated that I may draw red, that never happened again; to me or to my brothers that I know of.

So glad for YOUR efforts to keep OUR blog going, Gary.  I would like to contribute to it, if that could help:

so that you have content and do not need to walk the street of CEBU to gain NEWS,

Say, I hear fireworks and I notice that it is 5 minutes before midnite, 2016.  I watched the ball fall in New York on the TV in the DR 2 hours ago.  Now it is our turn.  YOU had your turn many hours ago, I reckon: right?


24 year Anniversary
Posting from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

24 years ago yesterday, 12/31/1991 at 2:00 P.M. I married the most amazing person in the world.  Happy anniversary my love!

Congratulations Allen and Susan. Wishing you many more years together too. Gary


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
dunseith news


Blog (404) posted on March 21, 2009


Folks, I went up and got a hair cut and a foot scrub at one of the local beauty parlors located in our local mini mall here in the Philippines the other day. The hair cut cost a dollar and then I gave the guy a dollar tip, so 2 dollars in all. I got a very thorough foot scrub with nail clippings and the whole bit. They scrubbed away all the old calluses and dead skin leaving my feet as smooth as a babies butt. The whole process took about 2 1/2 hours. The foot scrub cost 5 dollars, so with a 2 dollar tip, 7 dollars in all. Bernadette’s manicure and pedicure cost 2 dollars total. That’s 50 cents per limb. What a deal. Gary
From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND
A beautiful day in Dakota today. The sky was clear with a slight breeze. The sun was shining. The snow was melting. The water was running. The birds were singing. The geese were flying. Spring has sprung. My thermometer showed 60 degrees in the shade. I went out and washed the car on the driveway in between the piles of snow without a jacket. I even got a little sunburned. I have to say it again. A truly beautiful day here in Bismarck after a long winter. Just so you don’t get homesick and jump on an airplane and come flying in to enjoy spring in the Dakotas. You have to remember that Spring here includes snow and they are talking 3 to 4 inches next week. Them flocks of geese that were flying today were flying both ways. The flocks flying north were honking with joy. The flocks flying south had been up north and saw the snow in the fields and the ice on the lakes and were honking their disappointment as you know they want to get up north to lay their eggs and start their families. It still was a beautiful sight and at least reminded a person that summer isn’t to far off and that it is good to be alive to enjoy days like this. I’ve worked outside most of my life and I know there are not too many perfect days like today.
Hope you had a good day, I did.
Take care and again thanks for all that you do.
Folks, I want to share this message of Lee (Leland) Stickland’s with you. Lee and Gloria have registered for our cruise. Unless told other wise, Lee has told me I can post what ever he sends. Gary
Lee Stickland’s (64) message: Dickinson, ND
Gloria, Gary and Bill,
I have had a couple very pleasant/constructive phone visits with Gina, She purposely stayed after normal hours at work in WA DC this afternoon and called me to continue booking procedures.
I now have completed the deposit, received a registration/confirmation/booking number of 16415392. Gloria and I have elected to have a cabin with a balcony. I understand that there is always the possibility of a free upgrade.
I have made reservations at the Ramada for the nights of July 23 and 24, 2009. I was told the rate is to be $99 per night, confirmation # 60418104.
WE sure wish to participate in the gala of the reunion to be held at the Best Western.
I am a list-maker and have a few pages of, with questions that will either be answered by the many questions/answers in the links sent or I will ask them directly.
THANKS SO much for the multitude of arrangements that are in place and the efforts to do so. Lee
Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Renee is the daughter of Rodney (67) and Karen Peterson (77) Lagerquist.

1/1/2016 (2333)

Hilmar Berg (98 years young) Honored
Picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Summery up-date Posted by Sue Berg (Hilmar’s niece):   Bottineau, ND


Many of you know Hilmar, a brother to Erling and Clarence Berg. Hilmar has lived the Majority of his life in the Bottineau county Area.

Hilmar’s brother Clarence was Married to Mabel Berg. Mabel was a sister to my aunt, Helga Berg Petterson. Helga was married to my dad’s brother, Nels Petterson.  They lived in Everett, WA.

I first met Hilmar in the Winter of 1967 / 68 when he spent the winter staying with Nels and Helga Petterson, in Everett, WA, working in a paper factory.

With most all of my trips back to the area over the years I have seen Hilmar.  He is always so friendly and nice and likes to visit and talk. Very nice gentleman in deed. Hilmar has never married.

Thank you Sue Berg for your prompt reply sending the latest update for Hilmar too, pasted below the picture.  Most appreciated.

Summary Up-date of Hilmar, posted by Hilmar’s niece, Sue Berg.

Hilmar turned 98 October 7th, 2015. On the 17th of October he entered St. Andrews hospital with pneumonia ( the third bout in one year) and a UTI which is terrible for the elderly. He seemed to take some time to recover with a few ups and downs along the way. He made the decision to stay in long term care at St Andrews in Bottineau. He was a very fortunate man to live on his own all these years with a little help the last couple of years from relatives, a good neighbor and veteran friends. His heart is not in the greatest shape, but he has a strong will and great determination, which is amazing!


Reply to Shelver’s Drug photo posted by Jeff Skjielver
From Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65): Rolette, ND

Whenever I drive down Main Street Dunseith, I always miss the Drug Store on the corner.  Sweet memories

of chocolate malts made by Edna Leonard at the unbelievable price of 25 cents!  Indeed, those were the good

old days!  So fun to reminisce about those delightful days of growing up in a small town where everybody knows your

name!  What a gift!


Blog (403) posted on March 20, 2009


Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND

Reply to Phyllis McKay,
Roy Anderson was Fred Anderson’s son who was a brother to my Granddad Bill. Myrtle
Anderson my Grandma could write a book about her. She was one great lady , I think
she was a Grandma & every one in Dunseith,when they moved to town in 42 they lived
down by the cross roads which is just North of town. They would walk up town about 10
in the morning & all the business places worker would go out on the street & look for them to come. The reason was Grandpa 6’4″ tall Grandma 4’2″ tall they would say here comes Mutt & Jeff. McKay’s only lived about a mile or two from Anderson’s, we visited alot together. Phyllis your mother & Grandma were very close friends. Lloyd
Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT
I too own “Cindy and the Turtle Mountain Boys”. I remember when my Grandpa Pete Longie bought it. We played it every Sunday afternoon, it sounded good then and it sounds good now. Actually my brother Roger but it on a cd because I wanted one for my car. And it sounds great!! They wer all awesome singers and musicians!!!! It wa alwasys more fun to go somewhere when you knew the Poitras were gonna play!!!! Families and friends all gathered and had wonderful times together listening to there music!! Thanks Alan for bringing up such great memories!!!
Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA
Bill Hosmer is right, postcard emailed by friends in Grand Forks. Time to look up that family! The Alaska cruise was the best Shen family holiday ever. Saw big blues leaping and slaming their tail fins; many Orca groups. Cannot express the beauty of the Misty Fiords visited on return trip. Sharron
Reply from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ
I got Dot from the hospital at 7
tonight. She spent 2 nights in the hospital. She is doing fine and will
not go to rehab or therapy but will do some home exercises. We willdo
them 3 times a day and then she must walk, walk, walk. Got in an out
of the van with no problem and up the 3 steps, no problem. She can’t
run any races yet but can maneuver pretty well with her walker. Thank
you for the many letters and prayers you have sent and we want you to
know it was very much appreciated and welcomed.We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot
Picture from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND
Gary I decided to edit this photo and perhaps it may be more recognizable to some one. So, to save some time. It was found in Ester (Bakken) Schimetz’s memoirs.
The Bakken’s had a farm about 3 miles south of Yellow Corners. Two of My Uncles, John and Mike married Bakken sisters. Ester and Molly respectively. No one in the family is able to identify they 3 people. The Little one may be a girl.
To Ardis Bakken Horner (Teacher) and Marsha Getzlaff Bakken (74): Is this Bakken Family related to your family? Gary