08/25/2018 (2661)

Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59): DHS Class of 59 Valedictorian: Visitation and Celebration of life Reply from Colette Hosmer (’64 Santa Fe, NM

What an absolutely beautiful tribute for Judy.

Thank you,



Don Corbin (Former DHS Teacher/Principal) has the Final stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Facebook message from Don’s sister, Pat Miller Corbin.

NOTE: Pat has given me permission to post her reply to me. She can be reached on Facebook messaging.

Hi Gary,

Things are OK with me, hope they’re good with you. I’m sorry to tell you that Don doesn’t have an email address. He has the final stage of Parkinson’s Disease and is under hospice care in Fort Collins, CO. He’s not able to speak and is very frail. It’s a very sad time for us. Please say a prayer for him, that he doesn’t suffer. I’ll update you as I know anything new. His wife, Irene, and his kids are with him. Sorry to have to tell you sad news.

Gary’s reply
I know many of you remember Don Corbin Very well. He was my Biology Teacher in our sophomore year. That was the first year in the new high school and the present DHS today too.

 Mr. Corbin was one guy we didn’t screw with. He was very liked and a respected disciplinarian too. Midyear (1962/63) as I remember, Mr. Conroy, our School HS Principal had to leave for medical reasons. Mr. Corbin, as I remember, filled in for Mr. Conroy in his absence. Miss Diane Liere was hired fresh out of college to take over Mr. Corbin’s classes. Miss Liere was a very attractive young teacher. She was having disciplinary problems with some of the boys in our Biology class. I remember Mr. Corbin giving our class a very firm lecture. We all got the message loud and clear.

 I remember well Mr. Corbin pulling me to the side in the hallway, telling me I could do a lot better than I was doing in his biology class. It felt really good having Mr. Corbin take a special interest me too. Especially from him. Long before I started doing this blog, I often thought of him too. I will never forget him. 


Joe Peloe: Question from Ron Peltier (‘70):
Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68):   Farimount, ND


Floyd Dion would know the answer to Ron’s question about Joe Peloe. I believe he was a half-brother to Floyd. Their mother was Lydia Dion who was a sister to my grandmother, Eva Dion.

Not sure about the spelling of Peloe.

Toni Gredesky



Rethinking this, I am wrong about Lydia being my grandmother’s sister. I believe that here husband, whose name I don’t remember, would have been my grandmother’s brother. As I said, Floyd Dion is the person to talk to.

Toni Gredesky


HMS Hood …..’Sink the Bismarck’ and Uncle E.
History posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

My first music lesson of  WWII history  Bismarck and the Hood  began in early grade school, listening to  a song Uncle Emil enjoyed.

I figured out by listening, the  ‘Bismarck’  sailed by German’s sank  the  ‘HMS Hood’.

Uncle Emil was in the army corp in Europe in WWII and owned  a  Johnny Horton LP in the late 50’s.

I believe we  must have rather liked Johnny Horton  “historical saga” music.

We all enjoyed  listening to the entire LP.Uncle Emil  would be singing the song and others on the LP while strumming the guitar.

Later on, my  family purchased the record.  The  ‘Sinking of the Bismarck’ was favored by my  brother.

He’d play it over and over and over again……while holding his  half grown cat( Twinkle-Toes kitten).

Holding onto Malty’s  orange, black and white body with  his right hand

and her tail in his left with  a wide mischievious grin,he sang along and  point the  tail as a  gun toward…. us sisters.

Apparently, we (sisters) represented the enemy sailors as we were forever telling him to put on other music.




‘The ship was sunk in 1941 by the German battleship Bismarck, with the loss of all but three of the 1,418 sailors ‘

‘The Bismarck was probably the most powerful warship in commission at the time and the Hood was a battle cruiser, rather than a battleship.’

“It was the equivalent of three battalions of troops lost in three minutes,”


Blog (736) posted on March 7, 2010

Leona Hosmer: Request from Jan Hosmer Cobb (60): Wilsonville, OR


Please add my mother, Leona Hosmer to your list. She would enjoy getting your newsletter.

Thank you


Jan, where is you mother living now? I know many of our readers know and remember your mother well. She is from the Richard family too. Thanks for including her.

 Leona, we’d love to hear from you too. Gary


Dunseith School Song:
Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND.

It was interesting to read the Dunseith school song and the notation on the boys. There is a movement (or perhaps just an idea as this time) regarding the national anthem of Canada. This group feels that the song should be more nongender — at the present it says “the patriot love in all thy sons command”.

Perhaps this world is going to the side of political correctness a bit too far


Dale Pritchard (63):
From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

Dale Pritchard sent me an overview of his travels and adventures with the US Air Force and other military branches. I thought the Dunseith blog readers would be as interested as I was.

Brenda, It is my pleasure to post this. Dale has most certainly had a very interesting career. Gary

Hi Brenda,

I’ll answer your letter so I can procrastinate on something I should be doing. My Air Force time was all spent in aircraft maintenance, starting as the lowest paid wrench carrier. In my last 5 years, I supervised about 75 people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in one of three different areas we had. Then I moved from that to being the overall supervisor of all three sections, about 450 people. I then spent two years supervising the scheduling of missions and scheduled maintenance. Because of that job, I got promoted to Superintendent of Aircraft Quality Assurance with only 20 people under me.

My first base was a two year tour in Japan, of which I spent most of my time in Viet Nam. I then ended up at Langley AFB in Virginia. Much of my time there was spent in Europe. Then on to Taiwan (or the Republic of Formosa) where I ended back in Viet Nam again. I came back from there and went to Topeka, Kansas where I continued the 3-month rotations to Europe. The base at Topeka closed in the summer of 73 and I got sent to the base of Little Rock, Arkansas. European rotations again! From there I landed in Okinawa for eight months after which they moved me to Japan, just five miles from where I was stationed the first time. During my Okinawan time, I again spent a lot of time in Viet Nam and was there with a team repairing one of our planes the day before Saigon got overrun. Got out just in time. When I left Japan, I got sent to Abilene, Texas. Because there was no more Viet Nam, I got stuck in Abilene for eight years.

Memorable parts include getting to see about 95% of the countries in Europe, including England, Germany, Norway, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey. I forget the rest now except Poland. Being a communist country, we had to paint over the US markings on the plane and fly in civilian clothes. I also made it into many of the islands in the Pacific. Korea, the Philippines, Pakistan, Iran and Indonesia. The memory is getting away and I’m rambling here.

Because of my service connected Quality Assurance time, I got my first Government job for the Army as a Quality Assurance evaluator at an ammunition plant in South Mississippi. They closed after 4 years and I got sent to a Defense Logistics Agency supply depot at Memphis, TN. They closed after I had been there 5 years and I got sent down to Fort Polk, LA where I have been now for 14 years as a Contracting Officer’s Representative working Contract Quality Assurance. It’s ironic that I spent 20 years in the Air Force and will spend another 24 or so working for the Army.

As a small farm kid, at graduation time, I never dreamed how things would work out for me. How I would get to see a small part of so many countries (add Africa and South America to the list above). I do not regret the experience, but I wouldn’t want to go through it again.

Carol is married to the county sheriff of Yokum County, Texas and has three kids who are all married now and some grandchildren. I am married with two children, one of each but no grandchildren yet. Our daughter is now 26, married and living outside Washington DC in Fairfax. Our son is 32, and because of a severe head injury as a teenager, he will be with us forever.

It is truly amazing that so many small town area kids can get into such a wide variety of careers, live in so many different places, do so much good, and turn into such good folks in the process. Guess I better get back to work even though it is Friday.

Hey, I still remember Dale’s black and yellow 55 ford. That was the best looking car I had ever seen up to that point.



Judge Ketterling passed away:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

From CaringBridge:

It is with a very heavy heart but also a peaceful one that I make this journal entry. Lester passed away this morning around 2:15. The nurse informed that it was a very peaceful death. I am sure this comes as a shock to many of you. I have sat with Lester many days and could see his decline so for me it is such a relief that he is now being comforted by God’s loving arms. Jeremy was able to be here and say his goodbyes. Unfortunately Jeremy and Lester weren’t able to communicate with each other but they have had so many wonderful times and also Jeremy was aware of his dad’s decline. I don’t know any details as of yet but will inform you as soon as I can. Jeremy and I will be flying to Bismarck on Monday night. My brother will pick us up and bring us home. Thanks again for all your prayers cards. calls. emails and concerns. I pray that God will all give you some peace with the shocking news about Lester. God bless all of you Ketterling’s


Mel Kuhn’s (70) mother, Alice Cote Kuhn:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


I visited Mom this afternoon at Good Sam. When I was in the hall, I saw a lady I thought was Mel’s mom. She was. She was dressed so nicely/had a big smile/lovely lady. I think I’ve mentioned her room is very close to my Mom’s room.



Previously posted with message 277 on November 8, 2009:
Reply to the Cote sister’s picture from Mel Kuhn (70):


 Boy, you put a lot on to an old CRS guy, but here goes. Standing left is Lillian [Bill]Allard, they lived in Overly for many years. Lillian is the youngest of the 5 sisters. Standing center is my mom, Alice[Marvin]Kuhn. Standing right is Evelyn[Phillip]Seneshal, they farmed and lived in the Overly area for many years. Evelyn is the oldest of the 5 sisters. Sitting left is Adeline[Fred]Allard, she is Alden and Merle’s mom, I believe you would know them. Sitting right is Olivine[John]Allard, again using names you would know she is Carol and Larry’s mom. If I provide very little information it leaves less room for error. Carol could give a lot better history then I can. Maybe we could talk her into doing so?

We’ve just had the first of this winter’s blizzards. It looks like 8-10 inches of snow here, and as Dick said some lovely 40 mph winds. The electricity is still out in many places. I got called in to Park View where I had to scrounge up a couple of generators to get some light and heat going for the old folks. The powers that be who built the place decided that it was more important that they eat off of $3000.00 solid oak tables then to have a standby power plant. It was a good thing that I had the heat all up in the floor. That will hold at a comfortable temp for many hours for people like us, but not for old folks. If it gets under 75 they start complaining. When I came home from work last night volunteers were busy at work trying to clean the snow off the football field in St. John. We are supposed to play a game today[Sat] to see who moves along to play for first place in State. It could be interesting. Later.


Standing: Lillian Allard, Alice Kuhn & Evelyn Seneshal
Sitting: Adeline Allard & Olivine Allard


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Neola, Your are right, this is Diane Larson Sjol (70).
Thank you so much for sharing. Gary

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


08/23/2018 (2660)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

As I report with the two prior posting, I lost all of the email addresses in my address book. It’s been a long process, but I think I have finely recovered. I lost over 2,000 email addresses. Nearly 750 just for the Dunseith Alumni distribution alone.

This is the first posting using the recovered Dunseith Alumni email distribution list. For some of you  I have several email address.  I will delete any returned email addresses I get for those of you that I multiple email addresses for.  For those of you that get this twice, please let me know which email address to keep.

Following this posting I’m anticipating a certain amount of cleanup with return undeliverable email, etc. Today’s posting is a trial run.

With Monday’s Posting I should be back to normal inclusive of past blog postings.

Take care everyone and have a nice weekend.



Reply from Curt and Ann Rotto: Former Peace Lutheran Pastor: 


I did the same a few weeks ago. Please add our name and address to your blog list. We have appreciated your efforts and time to produce this “good work”. Curt and Ann Rotto carotto@prtel.com Address: 21373 Sunny Drive, Fergus Falls, MN 56537; Phone: 218.739.2488; cell 218.205.7235

We lived in Dunseith from 1964 to January, 1968. Curt was the Pastor at Peace Lutheran, and two other country parishes,  Chaplain at San Haven and Ann was a stay at home Mom with two young children and one more shortly before we left. She did direct choirs at Peace Lutheran and gave piano lessons to local young people. We have great memories of our years there…. and the good people. Hello to all.

The Rotto’s


Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59): DHS Class of 59 Valedictorian: Visitation and Celebration of life

Caring Bridge Journal entry by Janel Kess — Aug 20, 2018

Celebration Videos


Journal entry by Janel Kess — Aug 20, 2018

We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of people who came to both the visitation and celebration of Judy’s life this weekend. Thank you just doesn’t seem to even begin to be enough. We love you all!! I know many of you missed things due to vacations and prior commitments. You’re in luck! Here are a few links from the Celebration of Judy’s life. Judy McGuire’s Story Video (10:24) https://youtu.be/N_IY3CvrF6Y Judy’s Ice Cream and Goodbye Video (1:24) https://youtu.be/2eTmBXDrC40 Full length celebration of Judy’s Life (59:58) https://vimeo.com/285702876

08/17/2018 (2659)

Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59) passed away: DHS Class of 59 Valedictorian
Caring Bridge Journal entry by Janel Kess — Aug 12, 2018

Judy is with Jesus! She left this earth at 10:38pm on August 11, 2018. We will sure miss her! Details regarding a celebration of Judy’s life will be shared once things are finalized.

The Visitation and Celebration of Judy’s Life will both be held at Cornerstone Church in Litchfield, MN.  Visitation will be 5 – 7pm Friday, August 17 Celebration of Judy’s life will be 2pm on Saturday, August 18 We’d love to celebrate and remember with all of you!  Cornerstone Church  205 County Road 34 Litchfield, MN 55355

Gary’s comments.
How well I remember Judy when the Ernest LaCroix family lived on the Johnny Hiatt farm north of us. I was only 5 when they moved from there, but I remember them well. Our families were together a lot.  While living there both Judy and Donna attended Summer school at the Ackworth country school. Judy has commented on the blog several times about her experience live there and attending Ackworth. In 2013 I saw Judy at Stubby Fauske’s 90th birthday celebration. It had been probably 55 or more years since I had seen her too. At the age of 16 Judy was the Valedictorian of the  DHS class of 1959. She got a good start in Ackworth. I believe Charlotte Lang was the teacher.
We extend our condolences to all of Judy’s family. She will be missed.


Joe Peloe

Question from Ron Peltier (70):  Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary, I was wondering if you or anyone who reads your blog remembers a “Joe Peloe”?  He used to own a building just north of Dunseith where he did some trucking out of.  Was he married? his wife’s name? did he have children? and if so, where would his children be today?  Any information would be appreciated.


Reply to Bill Hosmer and Don Conroy postings
From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59):  Watertown, NJ

Thank you Gary! Seeing Bill Hosmer among TAF pilots made my day. I may have been a protestor back in the day but can feel only pride in recognition of their service. This of course includes my dear brother Ernest J Gottbreht USN.

Don Conroy sent a flawless account of the “springs” property in Gilbert Twp. I would dearly love to have that article to include with a report on Gottbrecht history in Rolette County. John Sebastian Gottbrecht wanted to enhance the waterfall at that site, place turbines, and give electricity to Dunseith in 1910. His children had John declared incompetent and locked up in an old soldier’s! He was a dreamer and doer; the father of William Gottbreht.

Thank you for your faithful service! Sharron Gottbreht Shen

Reply to computer issues and lost email addresses
From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71): Bedford, TX

Hi Gary

What a pain in the neck when we have computer issues. Is there anything any of us can do to help recreate your email list? Let us know…

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Gary’s reply
Actually I have back-up files from 2014 from when I upgraded my computer. I will merge those files with the email addresses I was able to capture from recent postings and delete the dupes. It just takes time is all. For now I will just continue to copy and paste the email addresses I have without names for these postings.


Ramblings of Summer memories, circa ’61
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70 Bottineau, ND

Wholly Cow  Gary, that’s so many names to copy and paste!

Thank you.

Friends of Dunseith,

It’s to be another hot day here, in  the Turtle Mountain HEARTlands !

I  went out early, watering the Carlson Apple Tree again today.

Yesterday, I touched the drying  August  leaves while  watering  flowers.

I feared they would soon be brittle, quickly put the water on slow tickle to the apple trees for hours.

(Don A. Carroll’s nephew told me to plant something in my yard. in memory of Carroll, the Harlson apple  a.k.a Carlson  tree)

Years ago back at the farm, water was not wasted it  was saved.

Dishwater, laundry water, cream separator discs water, and  soapy dishwater.

Every meal  was followed by constant chores  for us dishwashers. One chore was  to  carry  out dishwater mom’s  flowers.

There  was something about dishwater which made the colorful sweet peas flourish smelling delightful.


In her  first  small gardens,  mom emptied rain barrels then pumped well water into buckets  and carried  up hill to her garden.

In  the spring of 1961, Dad contracted Duane Sorbin from Bottineau to dig in lines for  running water and sewer  to the house.

Water was  piped uphill N. into the house. Also, Duane dug a waterline  from the old Seim East-well to Mom’s  new  acre garden.

That  summer, I recall  getting to know  Dad’s friend, Walter DuBois.

The DuBois’ were long time friend’s of the Metcalfe family on  Rabbit City Lake.

Walter came everyday for weeks.

Down deep, many feet  into the earth next to the main well  each day Walter crawled twenty feet down a ladder into earths cool depth.

Laying concrete blocks was hard manual work first completing digging by hand, mixing mud, carrying block and mortar down, climb back up over and over.

When that was complete, Walter built, the covered  shingled well house, which he painted.

Electricity began to   power  the pump which pushed fresh cool spring water to the house.

( prior to that, my folks used lots of muscle power & elbow grease pumping by hand and carrying)

On a farm, dinner and supper was always, potatoes, meat, vegetable, dessert.

There would also be coffee breaks. People, like Duane and Walter who came daily or helped,  sat down at the table and ate with our family.

We kids learned alot about how to converse. We learned mutual respect, and how to listen.

recognize friendly teasing  and enjoy laughing. We girls washed the dishes, pots and pans.

And continued using the water for outdoor plants.

Walter hailed us  of his  3 children who were mostly grown. He  spoke  proudly of  Loren, Cookie, and Dennis.

One supper meal he said to my younger sister,”Would you like a kitten?

He told us, “The  mother cat a few weeks ago had a new litter. The cat belongs to, ‘Cookie.’ ”

One morning, Walter came earlier for morning coffee visit  with dad while we ate pancakes.

With little claws stuck to close into his  shirt, under his chin,  Walter  held a  petite, gray, tiger striped  kitten.

He told us,  “She is a little girl.” He gently stroked her.   She had a little pink tongue, paws were white as was her underbelly,

chin and white on the tip of her tail. Finally,Walter handed her to a  delighted fair haired 5 year old, who immediately christened, “Twinkle Toes.”

Because of a gift  of  a wee grey cat, with cossolal personality……… Walter never forgotten by any of  us.


Twinkle Toes lived a long life on the farm. She  lived in the warmth of  sweet smelling  hay mow,

and drank milk twice a day. Before a milk machine was put on any cow, Twinkles would meow talk  and we’d respond in kind with warm stream from  teats  which she caught on her  pink tongue.

Twinkles supplimented her milk diet by hunting mice, gophers,  and rabbits.

In years there after, whenever she was due with babies she would find follow and meow talk to my mom .

There is something about mothers isn’t there?  It is  a knowing gentile wisdom of understanding.

The need to keep their babies safe.

Mom would respond by calling and talking to Twinkles,  while carrying  a plank  to the opening in to the basement coal / wood shute  slanting incline down.

Mom would fill a box with old rags. Twinkles then would be  content that her babies  would be born in safety, warm and protected.

After a time, Twinkles would carry one by one down the hill to the  haymow in the red barn south  of the house.   She would usually start under the cover of  darkness.

And take them into hiding up somewhere in the haymow.

For days thereafter,  at milking time,  Cyndy would  venture into the haymow, listen for mewing and finally locate  kittens in Twinkles  concealed ‘lair.’

Time for  weaning, Twinkles would start by bringing  her kittens a whole (deceased) mouse.

After a time, she would revert to a live .. crippled mouse.

a few days later, she’d bring  an energetic frightened mouse in her mouth unhurt. Twinkles would set it free among the kittens.

They slewed a mouse.Her next step?  she’d take them on the hunt.

Her kittens all were mousers.


There was a Washington cousin, a.k.a City- girl  who was the bane of Twinkle Toes……..

When ever, Twinkles arrived with a mouse, City- girl cousin promptly take it away from her.

City -girl,  then would  get a shoe box, then arrange a funeral procession  for the mouse.

Poor  puzzled Twinkles  tolerated the stranger behavior.

The farmer- girls politely allowed misguided City-girl’s behaviours about mousers  refraining the need to say,

We ‘re country and we  don’t buy cat food.

Twinkles lived out 9 lives for many, many years  on the farm  and  was well loved by all.

in old age, Mom found her a warm shelter and fed her raw eggs daily.



Summer of ’61, Mom  finally got her wish for a ( Huge) new  garden  complete with a water hydrant!

Our growing daily chores  included, hoeing, pulling weeds, shelling peas, snapping beans, and turning on the water.

While in the garden, mom could often be heard humming song ….usually off key.

I hear her voice clearly in my memory    “And the joy we share while we tarry there’……

In the midst of the weeding, beans, peas and carrots were snacked on.

Pull a carrot wipe the dirt off on the jeans and devour. Carrots often taste fresh best with a bit of grit.

After mid-summer, in the cool of the morn mom

gathered the fruits of her labors and began to can….can… can…pickles, beets, beans, placed the jars in root cellar storage.

and,  watered her garden.


Finally the garden when  at it’s peak height of production. Mom shared.

There were no Farmers markets.  ……. Friends neighbors,  People shared.

Long time Metcalfe friends of Rabbit city lake’,

Ward and Annie lived miles to the south. They didn’t garden big any more.

Annie and Ward would stop in on warm afternoons after trips to intp Dunseith.

We girls,  always knew by smell whenever Anthony’s had been at our house.

The pugent aroma that only could come from Ward and Annie pemeated the house.

“O’wweee. ”


Annie  had come to  “broad hint” to Mom .

“I hear you have a wonderful garden this year……”

Mom  fetched vegetables for Annie and Ward and off they went.

I decided, when I was 10 they were smelly but they knew  KINDNESS.

Ward, didn’t tease when I  put 4 teaspoons of salt into by first cake from scratch, (it was rhubarb and I 3rd grad going into 4th.

He answered, ‘Yes Please, I’ll have another piece’.

And, Annie? Annie awed me, ”

She  dressed like a Hepburn. She wore belted trousers with a shirt  neatly tucked into her trim waistline.

Her clothes were not  stained. Rich chestnut  brown hair in a neat braid wrapped around the crown of her head.

And she’d tell delightful stories of my Grandparents Metcalfe, saying respectfully, “Your grand pa  Billy or Your grandmother Rose.”

Yes, my parents were aware, they had the smell.

Dad would say to them  “Take a bath”.  But he didn’t harp. He’d tell them once. then let it go.

We all knew and felt our  Dad tolerance  for them.  He invited them for the Easter dinner every spring. And every time,  we recalcitrant daughters complained,

My parents always welcomed them into their home.

Dad never  waivered. His word was final.  He let me know I was heard,  nod, and  never giving into his girls’ ‘snooty’ behavior and invited them and expected to be  courteous.

I believe, that was the way with my dad and the people of Rabbit City Lake.


I learned at dad’s hand, unconditional acceptance  and understand their are different perceptions. Do the best to treat people humanly with dignity.

Mom’s Garden song:


Until later,
Vickie Leona Metcalfe 8-13-18

08/12/2018 (2658)

Lost email addresses


I executed a Microsoft Windows 10 “Fresh Start” operation on my desktop computer. In the process I lost every email address in my address book.  I was careless and didn’t read all of the info. I was able to go back thru my sent files and retrieve email addresses only without names. That is what I’m using for this posting. Eventually I will get the names married up the Addresses.

I lost over 2,000 email addresses. I am recovering. It’s a slow process.  With all involved I haven’t been able to get a blog posted for the past 10 days.




DHS class of 1969 Fifty year reunion
Post from Marvel Hill Thompson (’59): Bottineau, ND

Is anyone interested in a 50th year class reunion.  If interested contact Marvel Hill Thompson at:    Thompson.marvel@yahoo.com with any ideas (month, place, etc.:  My thoughts lite supper (pizza etc at Dales  Friday evening and Saturday, tour school, class picture at the turtle wheel.

End with supper at Dales.   If interested would love others ideas also.

Please let me know if interested.


Judy LaCroix  Mcguire (DHS ’59): New Journal Entry on Caring Bridge Site
In March of 2018 Judy was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors

 Visit the site to read the Journal entry

Jesus is Calling

Journal entry by Janel Kess — 11 hours ago

Judy surprised us this past week and rallied for a few days but her time has come! Judy is surrounded by those who love her and she’s had many visitors the past few days. We’ve given Judy permission to go and sit at the feet of Jesus and be healed.  We will update everyone when we have more information to share.  Love, The McGuire family


Bill Hosmer (’48): American aerial bombing campaign during the Vietnam War
Posting from Jim Kofoid:  Bottineau, ND

Excellent piece!  Our Dunseith neighbor, Bill Hosmer, is shown!  Must watch!

Jim K

Operation Rolling Thunder was the code name for an American aerial bombing campaign during the Vietnam War. U.S. military aircraft attacked targets throughout North Vietnam from March 1965 to October 1968.

Subject: F105’s Nam

Friends, I hadn’t seen this before and found it very interesting and moving.

A fighter pilots current color picture, a simple paragraph with a powerful message, along with some black & white original photos … this format tells the important story in a different way.

Over  War – Cade Martin Photography


Thank you Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum)
Post from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary this is for your information.

I  wonder  how many folks realize what  a true community area treasure …. Karen Larson is?

She deserves recognition for all she does. She does it well!

Thanks. V

Gary’s comments

Vickie, I eco both yours and Al’s comments.

Karen has done so much for our group too with all the pictures and posting that you folks have asked her scan send.

Thank you so much Karen for all that you do.

Subject: BIG THANKS TO KAREN LARSON (Bottineau Spectrum)
VFW/American Legion posting from Al Wondrasek: AMVETS State Commander









Blog (735) posted on March 6, 2010


Reply from Lorraine Richard Nelson (46): Mesa, AZ.

Hi Gary.. I , Lorraine Richard, at that time in my life..attented my jr. and senior year in Dunsieith.. My classmates were Dorthy, Darrell and those great folks. Thanks.. Wayne and I are now Mesa AZ residents..but head back to the Tutle Mts. every once in a while, as that is where I was raised, and our grandson Bryan Schweitzer, is owner of State Farm Agency in Bottineau. Lorraine Nelson

Folks, Thanks to Darrel and Dorothy Fassett for referring Lorraine (Wayne) Richard Nelson to us. I just sent Lorraine the Richard Matrix that I put together asking her where she fits into the Richard family.

 Thanks for this reply Lorraine. We are excited to hear more from you. Gary


The Dunseith School Song:
From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Good Morning Gary,

In answer to Kenny Nerpel:

Dunseith School Song

Hurrah for Dunseith High School we’re out to win,

You may have beat us once before but you won’t do that again. Rah, Rah, Rah,

Hurrah for Dunseith High School we’re out to fight

The Boy’s that are going to win tonight are the Boy’s in the Blue and White.

Rah, Rah, Rah, (actually 15 Rahs)

The Girl’s Basketball Team had no cheerleaders and we had no other female teams so I guess no one was bothered by the phrase (The Boy’s that are going to win tonight are the Boy’s in the Blue and White.) Today that would be a BIG ISSUE!

Our song was sung to the same tune as the one used by Belcourt. In one Tournament game both the Belcourt Cheerleaders and the Dunseith Cheerleaders were out on the floor at the same time doing their different songs. Neither group backed down and we both finished together.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)


The Dunseith School Song:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.


This is the banter between Lola and me about the school song. She remembers it well!


Gary and Friends,

Kenny Nerpel asked about the Dunseith School Song. It’s ‘Our Director’ but I can only remember part of the words. It starts out — “Hurrah for Dunseith High School” and ends with “the boys that are going to win tonight are the boys in the blue and white.” I think I have that much right, but our many cheerleaders should be able to cover for me on this one! Thanks Gary!



Dick’s message to Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (68): Lola,

Hey there cheerleader, do I have this right? There are more words that I remember but not how they fit together. Maybe you could send the words to Gary if you remember. Thanks.


Lola’s Reply:

Oh Brother a blank but this is what comes to mind– seems kind of screwy though

Hurrah for Dunseith High school We’re out to win You may have beat us once before But you won’t do that again-rahrahrah!-

Hurrah for Dunseith High School We’re out to fight For the boys that are going to win tonight Are the boys in the Blue and White—

or something like that!__ HA!!


Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


Has this grad been included in your newsletters? She graduated in 1971. I checked with Karen Larson, a Bottineau High School member of the Class of ’71–she didn’t recognize this grad.


Neola, I think this girl was identified as being from Dunseith. Without a name, I’m not sure.

 Folks, do any of you recognize this gal? Gary


08/03/2018 (2657)

Stella Ann Belgarde DeCoteau’s Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND



Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

To the family of Stella Decoteau

Sincere sympathy to your  family including,   Melinda on the loss of her daughter.

I  understand, Stella was a graduate of Dunseith High School.

Stella’s  mother, Melinda and her twin  sister, Margaret attended school with me and the class of ’70.

I  recall the Belgarde twins  friendly, smiling,  happy classmates who enjoyed  laughter.

Margaret and Melinda were  daughters of Alex and Stella Belgarde long time Dunseith area people.

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Judy LaCroix (’59) is in Hospice care.
New Journal Entry on CaringBridge Site


Loving Judy until the end

Journal entry by Janel Kess — Aug 1, 2018

Since Judy came home she has been getting great care. Hospice has been so helpful in teaching us how to make Judy’s life the best as possible. All of Judy’s family is enjoying the time caring for Judy and treating her like a queen. Each day Judy gets a little weaker and deteriorates. She has not been out of bed now since Friday evening and is unable to feed herself. She has experienced some first bit of pain and is now taking pain medication to keep her comfortable.  We appreciate your prayers for Judy and her family as she enters these final days/week(s) in her life here on earth.
John 14:1-4 (emphasis added)

Dear Judy, don’t let your heart be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home for you. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? Judy, when everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with me where I am. Love, Jesus
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND


Blog (734) posted on March 5, 2010

Tour the Rolette County Museum on Friday, May 21st
From Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND.


Dick and I were talking and if anyone that is coming home for the reunion would be interested we would open the Rolette County Museum in St. John for people to go through. Friday the 21st. works best for us. We would just have to pick a time. We don’t have it open for the season yet so we may come across some dust.




We have decided on the time to be 1:00 PM

Thank you so much Mel & Dick for doing this for us.

What a great opportunity for us that Mel and Dick are doing enabling us to see this site.

We’ll see you guys there at 1:00 PM on Friday, the 21st.


I found this on the Net. Gary

One of the most interesting sites in Rolette County is the Rolette County Historical grounds located on the south edge of St. John as you come into town from the South. It consists of 12 lots, part of which is surrounded by a chain link fence.

The Rolette County Historical Society was organized by a small group of interested people in 1974. Its goal and purpose as an active organization is to help preserve some of the relics of the early pioneers–historical monuments, landmarks, buildings, etc., that have historical value. The initial grounds were donated to the Society in 1975 by the Mill Lake Cemetery Association and consisted, at that time, of 6 lots and the Mill Lake Lutheran Church, which was built in 1911. There are now several buildings on the site; the Church, a little one-room school house which dates back to early 1900’s; a little pioneer log cabin; a display building containing many different memorabilia; another display building with larger antique machinery; an immigration building, toy shop, boxcar, caboose, and an outdoor stage.


 Dunseith Sr. Citizens will be serving lunch on Sunday May 23rd.
Posted by Jackie Peterson Hansen: St. John, ND

 Folks, Jackie’s parents are Jack (deceased) & Nettie Peterson.

 Jackie, this is wonderful that the Sr. Citizens are doing this for the community and those of us visiting the area. In 2007 they had some of the best home baked goodies ever. Their pies were out of this world. I had several plus pieces. I was reminded of this by non other than Larry Hackman. Larry we’ll have to pay them a visit again for some more of those great home baked goodies if they’ll be serving them again. Bernadette and I plan on attending the Sr. Center for lunch on Sunday May 23rd. This is another great opportunity to see more of the Dunseith Alumni folks. Thank you so much Jackie for this posting. Gary

From: jackie hansen Phone: 701 477 5780 E-mail: jackie.hansen@sendit.nodak.edu Message: Would you please post this for my mom {Nettie) and other Sr. Citizens: A lunch is being served at the Sr. Citizens’ Center on May 23, starting at 11:00 AM. The seniors in the community welcome visiting alumni as well as those from the area.
Baptismal of Connor O’Hara, DeAnn Gottbreht’s son:
Message from DeAnn Gottbreht O’Hara: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

We are going to be getting Connor baptized on Saturday May 15th at 11am at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith, ND. All are welcome. We will be having a meal afterwards at the church. Thanks Cheryl for the reminder to get it posted on here. Take care everyone


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

Thanks to Don Martel for the great photo of the principals – brings back memories! I wonder if Don & Colleen have photos of Mrs. Conroy, too, that they would like to share? I remember learning to count money in her 4th grade class by playing “store” with a cash register and toy money – buying cans of soup, etc. that she had brought from home just for that purpose. We had singing in her classroom on Fridays – with Mrs. Elsie Schneider coming in to play the piano. Mrs. Conroy also had the best arts & crafts – we made candles, plaster wall-hangings, corsages for Mom at Christmas and grew petunias in paper cups for Mother’s Day. She also read aloud to the class every day after noon hour – “Little House On the Prairie” was always my favorite.

And remember the “sick room” between the 3rd and 4th grade rooms – upstairs in the old Dunseith School building. I think we hung our coats in there and I remember lots of bookshelves, but there was a bed in there so if you got sick there was a place to go until the bus came, or your mom came to get you………..

Paula Fassett-Pfuhl


Joy Bashara (Teacher)
Question from Diane Fuger (75): Minot, ND.


I have a question for the class of ’75. Does anyone remember Ms. Bashara(sp?) or know where she is nowadays?

Diane Fugere


Ronald Oswell, son of Leona Metcalfe, passed away:
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Ronald George Oswell August 07, 1947 – May 01, 2010

Ron Oswell passed away May 1, 2010. He was born in Seattle on August 7, 1947 to George and Leona (Metcalfe) Oswell. Ron grew up in Seattle, and graduated from Shorecrest High School, where he was the school’s first bagpiper and gave himself the rank of Pipe Major. He attended Shoreline Community College before receiving his draft notice in 1967, precipitating his enlistment in the U.S. Army, where he served four years in the Army Security Agency. [He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967, serving four years in the Army Security Agency] He also served four years in the Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer II. He married Christine Gaston, a former Shorecrest Pipe Band member, in Basle, Switzerland on November 10, 1970. After returning to Seattle in spring 1971, he worked in construction, first as a union carpenter, then as a foreman, and in due time as a superintendent. He was generous with these carpentry skills, helping family and friends with household projects. Ron always had many interests, and was talented in many areas. He had a beautiful tenor voice, and learned musical instruments easily. He had a lifelong love of photography, and always had a darkroom to work in, wherever he lived. In recent years, he was working to master PhotoShop. He also continued his interest in bagpiping and things Scottish. He played with the Washington Scottish Pipe Band for many years and was a very good piper. He also spent time over the years dirt biking and trap shooting. He coached a girls’ soccer team for 15 years, bringing a core group through three team name changes and from mod soccer to high school graduation. He always dreamed of owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and finally purchased a beautiful bike a few years ago that was his pride and joy. He always had a big smile on his face as he drove into the driveway after a ride. Ron is survived by his wife Chris, and two children, Bergman, born in 1974, and Katie born in 1978. Also by his brother Ken Oswell and sister-in-law Carol.

Funeral Information

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:00 to 8:00 PM in the family service suite in Evergreen Washelli. Graveside service at 3:00 PM in Evergreen Memorial Park.

Gary, Ron has many Metcalfe cousins in Turtle Mtn.area. Ron Oswell was a kind, compassionate, honest ,hard working man, with a wonderful sense of humor. Aunt Leona at times, when he was 17 often slipped and called him Cliff. She felt he was alot like my dad at that age. Each of my nephews and nieces met and spent good times with him. He always took time to get to know and mentor kids. Ron was also a double first cousin to the children of Emil and Ann (Oswell) Metcalfe. Our family mourns. Vickie