10/29/2018 (2676)

Delores Faine (DHS Class of 1969)
February 10, 1951 – October 19, 2018
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Delores Faine, age 67 of Dunseith, died Friday at a Belcourt hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00 am at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  A wake service will be on Thursday beginning at 7:00 pm at the church.  Burial will be at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery at Dunseith.

Delores Mary Faine was born on February 10, 1951 to August (Guff) and Alice (LeDoux) Faine.  She was raised and educated in Dunseith ND where she lived most of her life. She begin working at San Haven in the 1970’s where she was employed for over 20 years working in the Physical Therapy Department. Delores was a kindhearted, gentle and caring person which was displayed during her time she worked at the San Haven and throughout her life. It was also during this time that she met and married David Nadeau, the marriage was later dissolved.

She later met Bill James and they became long time companions and remained together until his death in April 2018.  During their time together they traveled throughout the US and also lived in Oregon for 8 years. Delores was employed at the Dunseith Nursing Home until she retired.

Delores is survived by her sisters Betty Norman, Alice Christopherson and Patty Lozensky and her brothers Linus Faine and John (Sally) Faine.  A special godchild whom she thought of as her own daughter Michelle Faine and her children Jurrell, Jaron and Madee and godchildren Daniel Faine and Sarah Johnson.  She also had a special pet, a cat named Sassy. Delores will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her companion Bill, a sister Margaret, her brother in laws Jesse Christopherson and Duane Norman and a nephew Linus


Delores Faine (’69)
Condolences from Vickie Metcalfe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

I wish to convey  sympathy to the family of Delores  on her passing.

I  didn’t know Delores  (as well as her sister Betty),  but I recall her as a  polite and  friendly.

Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (751) posted on March 22, 2010


Raymond Burr and Fess Parker’s hunting trip in the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Gloria Robillard Patnaude (69): Belcourt, ND.

In reply to Raymond Burr and Fess Parker hunting in the Turtle Mountains, it seems to be true. I know the last family that owned the Hotel in Rolla (I can’t remember the name of the hotel) I went there to go and see for myself and he showed me the rooms that they stayed in, their names were on the door . They came up here to go goose hunting. They have torn the hotel down and turned into a small park and skating rink.


Raymond Burr and Fess Parker’s hunting trip in the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Allen Richard (60): Midland, MI

I think they Parker and Burr were in our area at least once for a short period. As I recall some friends of mine form the Rock Lake area said they used to hunt geese. It stands to reason they could have been to the Lord’s lake area too. Those two fly ways were the hot spots years ago.



Viking’s in the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and friends,

Thanks to Colette for the link to the history of Viking travel to the Turtle Mountains. It tells the same story as was told to us by Ed Milligan some 40 years ago. I mistakenly said that I saw a picture of Ed holding a Viking sword when it would appear it was actually a Viking ax. The holes in the stones would be a bit hard to ‘debunk’ as the Vikings and maybe some other Europeans would have been the only ones with steel tools that could have done it. To the best of my knowledge, no people native to North America had yet discovered / invented steel. The studies of the rocks state that the tops of the rocks had flaked off around the holes. Rain entering these holes and then freezing could easily break rock. It is one of the worst problems at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. I watched a documentary on the constant care of the monument and the danger of ice freezing in cracks in the granite. Interesting stuff! Thanks to Colette and Gary!

Locating Judy Johnson originally from Wolford:
Reply from Lee Halvorson: Williston, ND

Gary, I don’t recall Judy’s married name. Her mother, Dora, passed away several years ago. She did remarry after moving to Kalispell back in the 60’s if memory serves correctly. Lee

Lee, With the info you provide yesterday, hopefully someone can fill in a few more of the pieces enabling us to locate Judy. Collectively we have located lots of folks. Thank you so much. Gary


Picture from Russell (64) & Glenda Fauske: Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary,

The Fauske family was looking through photos the other night and we came across this “group photo” from the old days. We are wondering if anyone knows what the occassion was? We know a lot of the folks, but are curious as to what organization or group they were all getting together for. Help?


Russell and Glenda Fauske

Russell & Glenda, This is an interesting photo. Some of these folks look so familiar. The slender guy, 2nd in from the left in the back, sure looks like a Halvorson to me? Folks, please reply if you know any of these folks. I will repost with names. Gary



10/24/2018 (2675)

Condolences to Carmen Myer’s family
From Randy Kelly (’69): St. Paul, MN

So sad to hear of Carmen Myer’s passing. My condolences to his family. I had the pleasure of singing with him in a boys quartet for Mr. Johnson. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He was always nice to everyone. I know he will be missed


Condolences to the Gregory Family
From Jeanie Tooke Berger (’75):  Mandan, ND

To the Gregory family I’m sorry to hear about your mom passing. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Jeanie Tooke Berger


Kathryn “Kathy” Angela Gregory | 1929 – 2018 | Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
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Kathryn “Kathy” Angela Gregory
January 15, 1929 – October 19, 2018

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Kathryn “Kathy” Gregory, age 89, of Bottineau, ND, formerly of St. John, ND, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society, Bottineau, ND. Kathryn Angela “Kathy” Gregory was born on January 15, 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Camille and Mathilda “Tillie” (Peterson) Maginel. Her family moved to Wenatcher, Washington while she was an infant and then to Ellsworth Township, ND where she completed her education at Ellsworth and Dion Lake schools. In 1940 she moved to Hutchinson Township in the Turtle Mountains and worked at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bottineau, as a waitress in Grand Forks, Rolla Garden View Café, and Dale’s Café, and also at San Haven near Dunseith until its closing. Kathy was united in marriage to George M. Gregory on February 18, 1956 in Rolla. They lived for at short time in the Turtle Mountains, Glenburn, Dunseith, and Kelvin where she was a switchboard operator, living on the George Gregory family farm which they later purchased and lived for many years. Kathryn loved to visit with family and friends, traveling, listening to music, reading, and gardening. She was a member of the St. John Presbyterian Church and the Dunseith American Legion Auxilliary. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed. Kathy is survived by her children, Dawn (Larry) Allard of Dunseith, Twila (Martin) Peterson of Dunseith, Jason (Penny) Gregory of Minot, and Lori (Randy) Abrahamson of St. John; daughter-in-law, Joyce Abrahamson of Washington; grandchildren, Shawn Gregory, Melody (Fred) Lemke, Kevin (Kristen) Allard, Donovan (Shawna) Allard, Timothy (Megan) Allard, Michelle Peterson, Monica (Greg) Gussiaas, Terri Peterson, Tiffany (Seth) Bercier, Kent (Desiree) Abrahamson, Kelly (Kayle) Abrahamson, Kasey Abrahamson, and Kamille Abrahamson; great grandchildren, Garrett (Jessica) Rude, Kathryn Lemke, Olivia Lemke, Kooper Allard, Kynzie Allard, Cody Allard, Ashtyn Allard, Kamryn Allard, Morgan Allard, Cole Allard, Harrison Allard, Elliott Allard, Madalyn LaVallie, Jaren Peterson, Devan Peterson, Addyson Gussiaas, Alayna Gussiaas, Brantley Gussiaas, Rylan Bercier, Brooxyn, Bercier, Quinly Bercier, Natalie Abrahamson, Ty Abrahamson, Tyler Abrahamson, Desmond Abrahamson, Knox Abrahamson, and Danika Abrahamson; great great grandchildren, Maddy Grandbois, Ian Rude, Abel Rude, and Lilleth Lemke; sister-in-law, Helen Meyer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1995, son, Terry Gregory, brother, Joseph Maginel, sister, Lavina Mayes, half-brothers, Vernon and Arlo Keil, half-sisters, Gladys Ebel, Agnes Erickson, Eleatha Christenson, and Thelma Keil. Casket Bearers are Grandsons, Kevin Allard, Donovan Allard, Timothy Allard, Kent Abrahamson, Kelly Abrahamson, and Kasey Abrahamson. Honorary Bearers are Granddaughters, Shawn Gregory, Melody Lemke, Michelle Peterson, Monica Gussiaas, Terri Peterson, Tiffany Bercier, and Kamille Abrahamson. Music by Dick and Brenda Johnson. A visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND with a Prayer Service at 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the St. John Presbyterian Church, St. John, ND. Pastor Elaine Svette officiating. Burial will follow at the St. John City Cemetery, St. John, ND. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.

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From Vickie Metcalfe.

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

            I extend sympathy to the family of Kathy Gregory.


            Recalling my  pre school childhood, 

I do remember Kathy’s days as the Central operator for  telephone services here in the hills. 

She lived and worked at the little house  office which overlooked Lake Lyde, on Hiway #3 N.

just a wee bit  south of Kelvin Store.

            At that time,  Mom told us curious sisters,  my older sister and  I,  “Kathy is  a friend.”

            And they were friends of  youth,  of days gone bye in the Carpenter Lake neighborhood, as young mother’s, 

 to days of mothers of teens  attending  and graduating Dunseith School,  to  serving  together at funerals  and   later days  as silver haired ladies  riding senior  bus.

            And I? 

Dawn,  I cannot recall your mom, Kathy  ever saying an unkind word.

            Kathy Gregory exemplified  the word…….K I N D.         


Vickie L.  Metcalfe



Blog (750) posted on March 21, 2010

Judy Johnson from Wolford:
Reply from Lee Halvorson (Les Halvorson’s sister): Williston, ND.

Hi, I am Lee Halvorson, a 1965 Wolford High School graduate, and Les Halvorson, now living in Bottineau, is my brother. Les mentiioned to me that you requested information about Judy Johnson in the emails that you send out. I graduated one year after Judy Johnson; her and my mother, Eleanor “Eddie” Halvorson were best friends and I believe classmates during their school days in Wolford. Dora Connover Johnson, Judy’s mother, moved to Kalispell, MT., sometime during the 60’s. The last I heard of Judy, sometime during the late 80’s or early 90’s, I believe that she was living in either Prescott or Flagstaff, AZ. By the way, I would enjoy receiving your blog emails…as it seems you have developed something really interesting for those of us from the Wolford, Rolette, Dunseith, Nanson, Omeemee areas. Thanks.


Lee Halvorson Auctioneer Broker High Plains Auction & Appraisal Basin Brokers


What a wonderful surprise hearing from you. With today’s message I have added you to our daily distribution.

I too am a 1965 graduate, but from Dunseith. You probably know a lot of my class mates. Evie Gottbreht, also from our DHS class of 65, is the one asking about Judy Johnson. Do you by chance know Judy’s current last name? Do you know if her mother is still living? It would be nice if we could locate her. Evie has previously asked about Judy, so I know she’d love getting in contact with her.

You too, Like your brother Les, are and auctioneer. Les and Myra live directly across the street from my brother Bud and his wife Debby in Bottineau. We’ll be staying with them with our trip back to the area in May.


Ed Milligan:
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

I agree with everyone who says Ed Milligan looks so young–he looked much older when I took class from him at the School of Forestry, 1958-1960. The date was my error. Sept. 3, 1975 was stamped on the back of the picture. I usually check to see if it is an actual date, or if it is a “copied by” date. This date is a “copied by” day. I guess the old brain was taking a break when I added the date!! LOL!!

In one of the classes I took from Mr. Milligan, I was the only girl in a class of Korean Vets. That should have been a girl’s idea of heaven. However, I was a very naive girl, and when Mr. Milligan would say anything that might cause me to blush, the vets turned to look at me, and then I really blushed. My mistake was sitting in the front row the first day of class, and I had blushed several times at comments that were made. After the first day, I did NOT sit in the front row; that’s why the vets turned around to see if I was blushing. They were great fellows. It was a fun year. If my memory is correct, except for the nursing students, this particular year, there were 3 girls enrolled–at least for one of the quarters, maybe more. I’m sorry to say I still blush very easily.



Ed Milligan:
Reply Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

It appears Ed Milligan made quite an impression on lots of people. Dale is correct about Ed’s car too—it was a baby blue ’65 T Bird with a black vinyl top. I think he lived in the Woods Hotel on the west side of Main Street. One winter quarter I stayed in Bottineau and went to college. I used to walk from Brander Street uptown to Saunders Cafe once in a while for a supper meal. Ed walked over from the hotel and ate there often. His T Bird was nearly always parked in front of the cafe, across form the hotel. I remember how he nearly always wore his maroon and black vets club jacket, the same as the student vets. He was proud of his association with the club. After reading about his unit, the 104th Infantry ‘Timberwolves’, I am starting to understand the name he called his place at Lake Metigoshe. It was called ‘Timberwolf Up Milligan Manor’ and Ed had a ‘stuffed’ wolf in a glass enclosure above his entrance gate. Now it makes sense.

I remember a story Ed told us in history class that really had everyone listening closely. He said there was a blizzard in the early 1900s and Bottineau came to a complete stop. A guy rented a room on the third floor of the Stone Hotel and stayed there for three days as the storm raged on. The heat finally gave up and the hotel froze up on the second day. On the third day the guy got out of bed and went over to the window overlooking Main Street. Ed said the guy took a coin and scraped the frost off the inside of the window and looked down on the street below. The only life on the entire street were two jack rabbits and one had the other one by the ears trying to ‘jump start’ him! I remember the whole class was on the edge of our chairs until the punch line and we all went, “AH, ED—–What the hell!” Ed just stood there, expressionless. He got us!

Somewhere we have an article about Ed Milligan and some of his interesting historical findings (opinions) about this area. I will locate it and post it—it’s interesting! The picture of Ed with the head dress is most surely not from 1975. My guess is 1940 or before. The date is probably from a reprint of the picture. Thanks Gary!



Message from Donna Wenstad (75): Amado, AZ



Greetings from Arizona! Just to clear things up your listing for the reunion shows Melvin (Pete) Wenstad and Arliss Wenstad Spline as Pam’s brother and sister, they were actually our family’s cousins. Their parents were Lawerence and Lela Wenstad, our (Pam’s & mine & 6 others) were Oscar and Elberta Wenstad. I remember fondly their family (there were 13 children if memory serves me) coming to our farm-we always had more then enough players to play softball.

Thanks for all the memories shared thru this site!

Donna Wenstad

Donna, That is my mistake. I know that Pam (78) is your Sister. Melvin and Arliss are Diane’s brother and sister. I’m not sure how I made that mistake, especially when Diane is the one that requested for them to be added to the reunion list. I have made the correction. Thank you so much, Gary.



ND People:

Message from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI


Hi Gary and All You Great North Dakota Folks!


I simply had to tell you how proud I am of those folks in North Dakota, especially the people in and around Fargo and up and down the Red River. It makes me smile kinda knowingly to myself when I hear some news reporter talking to someone working at the area where the flood is expected. Instead of a lot of crying and wringing of hands and calling for help, the folks out in the Fargo area just say “yah, we are filling sand bags, and there is lots of high school students, and college students volunteering along with people from our on the prarie and all over North dakota. and we really appreciate it” When questioned if they are going to be able to avoid a serious flood? They simply say that they are pretty sure things will be okay It was the same last year. People from other states can look to the . Fargo folks for an image of real independence with a calm humility so very apparent to anyone who visits the great state. Perhaps the high plains, with its hard winters, and unpredictable summer weather along with the tradition of the early settlers has created a breed of people that are far above average and an independent spirit without equal.

Think I’m bragging about North Dakota? You bet I am.


Erling Landsverk




Did the Vikings make their way to the Turtle Mountains a thousand years ago?

Reply/Discoveries from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM


Hi Dick,


I also found your information about ancient Lake Agassiz and the Vikings fascinating. I “googled” the information and found some interesting accounts — one example:




The theory was also “debunked” in another posting. In any case, I had never heard of Lake Agassiz and found lots of very interesting stuff on the web about this particular era in our geological history.







Question about Raymond Burr and Fess Parker’s hunting trip in Turtle Mountains:

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


I heard about these men hunting in the Hurdsfield, ND area for bird hunting… there were quite a few Hollywood types who came to the Dakotas to hunt while we lived there, raymond burr did it regularly so maybe he brought friends with him. Ardys Horner

10/11/2018 (2674)

Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
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Gary’s comment.

So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. We extend our condolences to all of her family. She was one of the Turtle mountain anchors indeed. She will be missed.

I spoke to Dawn Yesterday. She will be sending me her Obituary when they have it ready.


Delores Faine – DHS class of 1969 Obituary
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
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Blog (749) posted on March 20, 2010


Correction from yesterday:
Question from one of our alumna:

Have you ever heard about the Raymond Burr and Fess Parker hunting trip in Turtle Mountains – both movie stars who may have been on a hunting trip in the Turtle Mountains at some point? I never have. Wonder if it’s true?

Larry Nagel (Former Teacher): Shields, ND
Message from Floyd Dion: Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

What a nice surprise, Larry Nagel visited us today, we had a nice talk about his stay here in Dunseith and telling us about his life at home. He lives on a farm and he still teaches school three days a week Hs is supposed to be retired but he keeps getting deeper and deeper into different jobs, like school bus driver , on the board of cenex, on the board of student drivers,etc

He comes to Bottineau every year to have his income tax done.

Larry was my teacher in typing class, as I did not take it in high school, I worked in the office at Pride Dairies and had to do typing, He was a very good teacher and still is good.

I hope Larry will be here for the reunion.

We sure enjoyed seeing Larry after all these years



Ed Milligan:
Memories from Ardys Bakken Horner (former teacher): Detroit Lakes

Hi everyone, we are home after 4 weeks in Arizona, came back to cool weather but much less snow. My first husband, Arv Bakken, used to hunt and walk our German Shorthair up in the hills, looking for agates, arrows etc while the dog ran….one day he found a large spear point which he took to Ed Milligan for identification…he declared it quite old and is still in our collection….Ed was always a good source of information and stories. Ardys Horner


Ed Milligan:
Memories from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, This in in response to Dick Johnson’s input on Ed Milligan. I too remember him. Before I entered the US Army (April 3, 1969), I was managing what was then the HiWay Mobile Gas Station in Bottineau. I had worked there for a couple of years and Mr. Milligan became a frequent customer of mine. As I recall he had an early model T-Bird (that’s when the T-Bird was considered a 2 door sports car – maybe a 64 or 65 model or such). Anyway, what I mostly remember about him was his absolute conviction that there had been early European visitors to the Turtle Mountain area. Though I do not now remember him mentioning the mooring stones, I do very well recall him telling me on more than one occasion about the cave in the foothills and the Gothic stonework. It’s interesting that I had pretty much forgotten all about Mr. Milligan and the cave and such until Dick mentioned it. I too, remember Mr. Milligan as being a bit older than the picture you posted in an earlier edition of your blog. Thanks Gary, Keith Pladson (66)


Ed Milligan:
Memories from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): Bedford, TX

HI Gary Boy, the list for the reunion has sure grown. I wish we could be there, but won’t be able to come up until July this year. Ed Milligan was also a renowned sociologist and taught that subject at the Forestry. I took his class in 1971. As Dick has said, he lived so much history and his place at the lake was filled with found artifacts and ceremonial headdresses and things presented to him from different tribes in the area. He was so interesting to talk to and knew so much about so many different subjects. Cheryl Dakin


Ed Milligan:
Memories from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Ed Milligan was one of my all time favorite teachers — rivaling Lincoln Jerstad, ob Likings and Ben Grossman.




Edward Archibald Milligan was born on June 14, 1903, at Michigan, North Dakota, the son of Robert and Emma (von Evers Gennamt Behme) Milligan. He attended Mayville Teachers College in 1927, and then became a teacher of history and anthropology at the North Dakota School of Forestry in Bottineau, North Dakota from 1927-1934. Milligan conducted archaeological and ethnological research among American Indians in North Dakota from 1934- 1940.

He served in the U.S. Army from November 14, 1942, to September 2, 1945. Milligan served in the European theater, received the Bronze Star, and separated at the rank of Sergeant. After his separation, he attended the University of North Dakota, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1947. He also obtained a Master of Science degree in Education in 1948. From 1948-1972, he was head of social sciences and instructor at North Dakota State University in Bottineau. From 1972-1977, Milligan was curriculum coordinator of the Turtle Mountain School of Paramedical Technology in Bottineau.

Milligan’s teaching, writing, and research centered around the history of American Indians in general, and the tribes of North Dakota in particular. In pursuit of this interest he was also associated with several anthropological digs in the Upper Midwest. He also served in an official capacity on several boards and commissions, including the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.

Other interests of Milligan included the American Legion (North Dakota Department Commander); the Timberwolves (104th Infantry) Association (Past President); the Sondre Northern Fund, Inc. (Executive Director); and the North Dakota State Historical Board (Board member and President).

Edward Milligan died in 1977.


Allen Richard’s (65) Work email address

Folks, Allen is one of the folks that is having problems with AOL converting some of these daily messages into Zip files. He as asked that I also include him with his work email address. He also asked me to post his work email address as well.



Update from DeAnn Gottbreht: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Friday, March 19, 2010 12:15 PM, CDT

I would first of all like to say Thank You! Thank you to everyone for all of your support. Thank you to all of you who worked at my two benefits and all who donated food and supplies. Thank you to all of you for your gifts and cards. Thank you for all of your prayers. I am sorry that I will not be sending out Thank You cards to each of you personally. It really means a lot to my family and I to to have all of your support!

Connor is really doing great! He is our little miracle! He is weighing in at 5lbs 1.9 oz today. He is also eating most of his feedings out of a bottle now. I can’t explain how amazing it was to hold him and feed him from a bottle for the first time! He got out of the incubator he was in and into a crib earlier this week as well. Now his proud parents can finally hold him as much as we want! He really seems to be improving every day. I hope to be able to take him home in 2 weeks at the most as long as he keeps improving. We are so thankful he is doing so well. He is not on any oxygen or IV’s but does still have a nasal feeding tube so he can get his full feeding if he decides he doesn’t want to eat his whole bottle. He eats about an ounce and a half for each feeding. He hardly fusses at all except when mom changes his diaper and when he is wide awake and ready for his bottle! It is hard to believe he is already 3 weeks old!

On Tuesday I had a port put in. It was a quick out-patient surgery. What it is is a device just under the skin near my collarbone that the nurses can use to give me my chemo drugs through and also draw blood from. The port is hooked directly into a vein in my neck so I just have to be poked with a needle once to access the port each time. They used it on Wednesday for my latest blood draw and chemo treatment and it was almost painless. Much easier than having my arm poked and poked for IV’s. My veins were starting to get pretty scard from being used so much. The chemo went pretty well. I get pretty exhausted by the time I am done with it but I go home and rest after and am usually feeling better by the next day. Should be only 8 more of this type of chemo treatments to go! Staying in Fargo this whole time Connor has been in the hospital sure has made getting to all of my doctor’s appointments much easier. The nice weather we have been having lately sure helps too. Hopefully winter is over!

Take care everyone and stay in touch. I love hearing from all of you!

10/19/2018 (2673)

Carmen Myer – DHS Class of 1967 – Obituary

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

April 16, 1949 – October 11, 2018

Carmen Myer

Carmen Myer, age 69 of Dunseith, died Thursday at his home.  His memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. 

Carmen Myer, a son of Johnnie and Patti (Schmidke) Myer, was born on April 16, 1949 at Bottineau.  He was raised on the family farm near Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High school in 1967.  On June 27, 1970, he married Beth Coleman in Dunseith.  They made their home on the family farm near the International Peace Gardens where they farmed and ranched.

Carmen passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at his home.

He is survived by his wife Beth; sons, Ryan (Denise) Myer of Lake Metigoshe and Justin (Sandra) Myer of Brighton CO; grandchildren, Hailey, Nathan and Taylor; brother, Garrett Myer of Decker, MT; sister, Holly Wheeler of Casper, WY and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Myer, and brother, Mickey Myer.

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


Carmen Myer Memory
From Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

 So sad to hear. Turman was one of the best of the best.


Condolences to Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Casavant (’65)
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

 Morning Gary,

First of all I am sending my condolences to the many who have lost a loved one in this short span of time.

To Margaret Metcalfe, Leonard, Casavant. Who is from my class of 1965. I send my heart felt thoughts to you,  l realize no words can truly comfort you with the loss of your husband. May your heart and sole find peace and comfort in time.

May God bless all the families who lost loved ones.

Ginger Poitra (class of ’65)


Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hey Gary!

I was watching a documentary the other day on TV. There was something of a place in Old Japan, New Jersey. The name of the place is, ” Stokes Farm.”  Cider donuts and other items that are on the farm are sold there.


Hey Gary, isn’t  Holly Wheeler Carmen’s sister?

Gary’s Comment
Ginger, My kind of farm too. I live Donuts. Yes, Holly Myer Wheeler (’68) is Carmen’s sister.



Blog (748) posted on March 19, 2010

Folks, I have gotten several replies, from folks using AOL, telling me that yesterday’s message was delivered in what appeared to be a ZIP file format. I am doing nothing different on my end, so the system must have taken it upon it self to do reformat yesterday’s message for some of you folks. Please let me know if this problem continues. Thanks, Gary


Reply To Les Halvorson:
From Paulette LaCoix Chisholm (68): Newark, Delaware


Thanks for the kudos on our nephew. Jerry’s son, Marc LaCroix enjoys playing sports. Ken and I were out to dinner when my sister called from Rugby where Marc scored the winning points with a layup in the last 4 seconds in the first round of the tournament. It was hard to contain our excitement in the quiet candlelit atmosphere.

In the story, I enjoyed the remarks made by Petric that the huge Minot gymnasium, being the biggest thing they’d ever seen at that point, could hold a lot of hay. It was amusing too that their monastic focus on winning would make them abandon beer and the thought of girl friends. Who knew tractor ruts and cow pies which inhibited a dribble would aid Bowersox in honing his long shots.

Wolford was home to my widowed grandfather on my mother’s side, John Click. We often visited him there where he lived with his brother. Wolford’s youth challenged themselves and came out winners that gave us all a boost. You guys from Wolford make us all proud.

Thanks Gary and Les,

Paulette LaCroix Chisholm


Les Halvorson and the Wolford Wolves:
Reply/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Les Halvorson’s memory certainly hasn’t begun to fail! Thanks Les for the great story of the Wolford Wolves basketball team. I remember losing a heartbreaker to you guys in a tournament in Rolla in overtime. We lost by one point at the buzzer. I would like to mention a little about Les’ own personal ball playing. Dunseith was a fast team and we often worked a full court press to our advantage. Les was one of the best ball handlers in the area. When we threw the press on Wolford, they always switched around so that the ball was passed in directly to Les, who then brought the ball up the floor by himself. He could dribble right through the press and behind his back if needed. I learned early on that when guarding Les, if he started to grin, you better be backing up! He would be past you before you knew what happened, if you were too close. Wolford coach Ross Julson had a good way of switching players in and out. If someone made a small mistake or looked tired, he would run in a new player off the bench. This made for a complete team of quality players who could come into a game without seeming like a second string man. If one fouled out, the next one in already had the game in hand. Other coaches usually played only the five best players and the rest of the bench were only used in an emergency. Maybe it was only my observation but I thought that Ross Julson always had such a cool head. He never seemed nervous or upset even if the game was tight. I wasn’t in the locker room with them so this is just my perception of him from the court. Les is a modest guy and certainly wouldn’t mention his exceptional abilities at handling the ball, but he needs to be given credit for this. I guess I can verify this as I was often on the receiving end and was a quick learner when Les taught me the lessons! Thanks Les and Gary!

Wolford Wolves 1967


Question from one on our alumna:

Have you ever heard about the Fess/Raymond hunting trip in Turtle Mountains? I never have. Wonder if it’s true?


Ed Milligan:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

The picture of Ed Milligan sure brings back a lot of memories. He taught history and social studies at the Forestry when I attended from’68-’70. History was one of my favorite classes and Ed really added to it with his personal observations. He was a WW II vet and saw a real side of war that he related to us in his daily lectures. I bet there are very few history instructors who actually lived through the battles they were teaching about. Ed was one. He also was a hands on kind of guy who really dug in and studied what he was teaching. It was from Ed that I first heard of the local history about the mooring stones that are along the foothills north of Bottineau. These stones are believed to be where the Vikings tied their ships to explore the Turtle Mountains. The large stones have holes bored through them in the same way the Vikings did it in other areas the explored. The entire prairie was covered by Lake Agassiz until about a thousand years ago, allowing ships to travel all the way inland from the Atlantic. Many years ago I saw a picture of Ed Milligan holding a Viking sword that had been found in the Turtle Mountains. He also told us about the ‘cave’ along the foothills that appeared to have been built using Gothic techniques of stone work with a keystone wedge at the top. He said this was definitely European and not native to this area. This is a very significant part of local history that not too many people put much significance in. If the Vikings were in fact the first people in the last several thousand years to walk in the Turtle Mountains, it could alter much of the history as we know it. I find it fascinating! Thanks Gary!



Gary Morgan (54):
Message/Picture from Glen Williams (52): Missoula, MT

This Dude is a 1954 Graduate of DHS and played running back for the football team….look at him now..

He will be at the Alumni gathering in May…be sure to say hello to him…

Thanks for all your work for the Alumni..

Let me know if you have problems opening the attachment..

Glen Williams

Gary Morgan (54)


10/15/2018 (2672)

Carmen Myer – DHS Class of 1967
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Myer, Carmen 2672

Gary and Dunseith  friends,

 Memories of childhood I recall,  being at  Seim   and Little Prairie 
Gatherings with the  Myers family.

 Profound sympathy to Beth and Family on the passing of Carmen.

Sincerely, Vickie L.  Metcalfe

Gary’s comment.
I remember Carmen very well from our High School days. He was two years behind me.
Our condolences were with his family with his passing.


Carroll Carlson, Hilmer Berg, Hank Salmonson and Angus Campbell… were  of the Greatest Generation.
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

 Gary, Friends of Dunseith School, 

            A number of years ago in mid August, I went on a road trip to the Bear Paws of Montana with Carroll.

My first thought, “I would take him to a place of his youth, as  a gift of thanks for revealing “what he knew about a decades old  family mystery.”

            However, mid trip, “hmmmm.

“I am getting more than I’m giving Carroll………I am hearing a first person experience of;

            the depth of  friendship of young men,

             sheep/cattle ranching on a huge spread in North Central Montana at the end of the Great Depression.

             the  beginning of an enormous decades long ,  building  of  Fort Peck Dam,

            and WWII on the European Front through the eyes of a Veteran.

            On our return, crossing the mighty Mouse N of Upham, I asked Carroll, “Could I  write your story?”

The next day,  I began to  write.

 We’d meet  for lunch so he could review writing. I’d ask  more questions. He shared books and things.  

            Soon, Carroll began  picking  me up,  and driivng to the Bowling alley, where we would sit for a couple hours.

Our table grew and we discussed WWII;

             Veteran, Hilmer served in Alaska, 

              Hank was married living on a farm in the hills,

             Angus was on the family prairie farm. 

            4 Men, whose lives were all impacted in their youth by WWII.

Each of  those shared  perspective what they were doing thinking and feeling during those War years.

            One day, someone slyly said, “You’re always are  talking and sitting with those 4  older men.”

             “Hmm” my thought…..

                         ” a person  with a “gutter mind” is making reference ?my motivation ? for lunch___ ? 

            Thankfully, in grad school, I  read a theory on  levels of communication….something like this         

  1.  few people find glee in misery…and some fuel gossip… talking about about  others 
  2.  a few others talk about  about   things i.e. cars.. hobbies.. guns. stuff…
  3.  some who freely give, talk and communicate ideas  

            I found those 4 guys were (# 3) mutually respectful in  their discussions. 

They didn’t always agree. But always listened.

Each shared  first person accounts of his life during World War Two. WOW.! 

What stories they told?  They lived history!

            I remember,a Saturday, Carroll was quite explicit in his political opinion about the President….

He yelled…actually ROARED!

Everyone in the restaurant,  turned and stared with raised eyebrows toward our table.       

            Carroll was not apologetic.

It was Angus C. who  shrugged. 

The  shrug which seemed to say.

……”My friend is a Veteran who fought for the right for each of us to freely state beliefs”.

            The next spring, Carroll passed away.

Angus called expressing his sorrow.

At the funeral, Hilmer, Hank, Angus and I sat together. 

Afterward, keeping with tradition  we sat and ate our Saturday lunch together.

            Carroll, Hilmer, Hank and Angus…………. were  of the Greatest Generation.


Vickie Metcalfe


Gary’s comment.

I knew Carroll, Hank, Helmer and Angus well. Carroll I don’t remember as well, but the other three I knew very well. What great guys in deed. The best of the best. They may be gone, but not forgotten.
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Ackworth Cemetery Raffle drawing for a new fence

 Please fill out the below raffle ticket and mail to

 Martin Peterson
20379 35th Ave NE
Dunseith, ND 58318

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Blog (747) posted on March 18, 2010


 Wolford Basket Ball team: Reply from Les Halvorson (Former DHS teacher): Bottineau, ND.

Note: Les is formerly from Wolford.

Gary, This is in response to Paulette LaCroix Chisholm’s story on the ’68 Wolford BB team.

Paulette, it has been fun watching your nephew Mark play for the Botno Braves the past couple of years. He is already a good one and has two more years to go. Thanks for the nice words regarding the ’68 Wolford BB team and for bringing back the story that John Ydstie had done on that team. John still works for national public radio and has been all over the world covering news stories for them. Gary was correct in that I had graduated a year prior to that team…we thought we had a pretty good team in ’67 but halfway through the season Bowersox suffered a knee injury and after that could play only a quarter or so a game. We lost that year to Belcourt in the dist. title game in two overtimes…from our region Crary went to state (we had beaten them during the season) and Ellendale won the state title. Who knows how far we could have gone had Vance Bowersox been healthy. He had surgery during the off season and came back strong his senior year.

Wolford was the second or third school in the state to have a video tape machine and during my freshman year in college (Forestry in Botno) I attended all of the games of the ’68 team and would do the play by play on the video for them. Guess that was the beginning of my sports broadcasting career.

Wolford was back in the state tourney the following year..losing in the semi’s to Fargo Oak Groove and taking 3rd place that year.

This week-end the state class B tournament will be held at the Dome in Minot. Many folks may remember that fifty years ago Rolla won the state B and that team will be honored and recognized between semi- final games on Friday evening. It will be fun to see how many members of that team will be in attendance. That Rolla team lost twice to Botno during the regular season, lost to them in the dist. title game (back then both went on to region) they met in the region title game..Botno won (both went on to state) and they met in the state championship game and Rolla turned the tide and won 69-50. Rolla had four losses that year .all to Botno. In the state title game soph. guard Rick Neameyer got hot from the top of the key and hit around nine in row to lead the Bulldogs to the win. I think he ended up with 26 points. Other Rolla starters included Doug Foley, Barry Dunn, Dwayne Ostenson and Leo Dionne. The first guy off the bench was Jim Howson..he had a long and very successful coaching career at Hatton, N.D.

I remember watching that game on our snowy black and white TV as if it were a month ago. Where did those fifty years go?? For the past 35 years I have done the play by play for thousands of games…many forgotton about a week or two later and some I remember as if they took place yesterday.

One other thing I remember about that ’60 Rolla team..on their traveling uniforms they had Bulldog printed on the waistbands.

Thanks Paulette and thank you Gary.

Les Halvorson


Reply from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): Irvine, CA

Hi Gary,

I am seeing Wolford on the blog today…..I am still wondering if anyone knows anything of Judy Jo Johnson…probably class of 64, she was one of my good friends in my young days….I haven’t heard anything of her in 45 or 50 years. Her dad was at the elevator I believe, but became sick with MS …at that time they moved to her grandparents in Wolford, I went to Wolford on the train to visit….I am thinking 7th grade….I have no memories of that family after that but have often thought of them over the years. I think they were friends of the Sunderland’s….they moved into the home of Judy’s mother’s family so the name in Wolford of the family would not have been Johnson. I was hoping Myra Henning might have some info?

Very busy for the Pilkington’s this month. Our youngest daughter married on March 6th, it was a blessing to have all eight of the Gottbreht siblings gathered together to celebrate this day with us. I put the last visitor on the plane Wednesday morning and drove my daughter to the hospital to deliver our 6th grandchild around noon on that day – March 10, she was scheduled for a C section for the next day but when I checked on her, she said Mom I am feeling a lot of pressure….I said let’s go and when we got there she was at 9 centimeter…..HELLO!

Happy Spring to everyone. I am still working on several units I have committed to getting completed. Just finished Micro Economic and Entrepreneurial Finance, doing Real Estate Law presently and next week I have to start Algebra.

I leave for 2 weeks in NZ and Australia on April 7th…..can’t wait!!!!!

Blessing wishes for all,

Evie Gottbreht Pilkington

Congratulation Evie with the arrival of your 6th grandchild and with your youngest daughters marriage. I’ll bet it was nice having all your Gottbreht brothers and sisters together too. It’s so nice they were all able to be at the wedding. Enjoy your trip to NZ and Australia. You are getting close to our world with those travels. Gary


Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM

Hi Gary,

Lynn (Henriksen) described in a recent e-mail how her brother Rick “allowed” us to check his trap lines with him. I also remember it being a privilege and also a trial! It was up to us to keep up with him (not easy) — the trap line seemed to go on for hundreds of miles. However, it was all worth it when we reached the house and thawed out our stinging, frozen feet — having earned the treat of dipping buttered toast in to what must have been a gallon of hot chocolate. No wonder I was chubby.



Reply from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.


Not to brag, but when I quit bowling 25 yrs.ago; after Kelly died, I had a bowling average of 169. Keep up the good work, Bernadette. I bowled on 3 leagues, 3 times a week. It all started after my youngest son, DJ was born in 1974. I ended up throwing away all my trophies, except my crystal bowl. They all tarnished so bad, that they could not not be cleaned. I still have my 35 lapel bowling pins. Now, Beckie bowls on a couple leagues up in Wisconsin. Take care and IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE! Sybil (great_grandma2007@live.com)


“Just US” Band picture provided by Dave Mettler (Bottineau)
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Don Boardman (60) and Tina Pladson Bullinger (78), both from Bottineau,
are Dunseith Alumni folks. Dave Mettler is a farmer west of Bottineau.
He and my brother Bud (Darrel) are farming neighbors. The often times help each other.


Ed Milligan: Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Folks, Those of us that attended the Forestry remember Ed Milligan Well. He is now deceased.
This sure does not look like the Ed Milligan I remember. The outfit really changed his looks.
He looks so much younger than I remember him looking.


10/08/2018 (2670)

Condolences to Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Casavant
From Bill and Eunice Awalt (’61):  Lincoln, NE

Dear Margaret,

We were so sorry to hear about Stanley.  Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bill and Eunice Awalt


Don Corbin Memorial

There will be a memorial for Don Corbin in Garrison at the American Legion on Saturday, October 13th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.  Anyone that would like to come is welcome.


Lydia Fauske LaCroix Beck
LaCroix, Lidia 2670
April 04, 1922 – October 03, 2018

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Age 96, passed away peacefully at her home in Elk River, MN (formerly of Dunseith, ND & Virginia, MN) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Born on April 4, 1922 in Rock Lake, ND to John J and Anna (Ludvigson) Fauske. Lydia grew up in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota where she married and raised her three girls (Judy, Donna and Joan) with Ernest LaCroix. She was a farm wife and worked as a nurse’s aide at the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Dunseith, ND. After Ernest’s death, Lydia moved to McKinley, MN when she married John Beck in 1973. Here Lydia loved all types of gardening with roses being her specialty. She was a proud supporter and dedicated much of her time (and caramel rolls) to Story Book Lodge Christian Camp and Virginia Bible Chapel. She is survived by her daughters Donna (Jerome) Allard of Elk River, MN and Joan Lannie of Olive Branch, MS; son-in-law Larry McGuire of Litchfield, MN; sister Ruth Clark of Valley City, ND; sisters-in-law Eleanor Fauske and Rosemary LaCroix of Bottineau, ND and Betty LaCroix of Kalispell, MT; grandchildren Lynn (Trent) Negaard of Litchfield, MN, Mark (Ruth) McGuire of Arden Hills, MN, Jill Truth of Minnetonka, MN, Janel (Bob) Kess of Owatonna, MN, Chuck (Tina) Allard of Elk River, MN, Jerry (Lori) Allard of Elk River, MN, Doug Lannie of Olive Branch, MS, Angie (Eric) Miller of Olive Branch, MS, and Melissa Lannie of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; nephews (like sons) Cleo (Char) Kelly of St. Paul, MN and Randy (Cathy) Kelly of St. Paul, MN; and 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Lydia was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest LaCroix and John Beck; daughter, Judy McGuire, brothers Elwood Fauske and David Fauske; sister Naomi Kelly; brothers-in-law Harold Kelly, Eldon Clark, Leonard LaCroix, Alfred LaCroix and Oscar LaCroix; and son-in-law James A Lannie. A Celebration of Lydia’s life will be at 4:00PM on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Northridge Fellowship, 12522 Main Street, Rogers, MN with visitation starting at 3:00PM.



Sunday, October 07, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

NorthRidge Fellowship  12522 Main Street  Rogers, Minnesota 55374

Celebration of Life

Sunday, October 07, 2018 4:00 PM

NorthRidge Fellowship  12522 Main Street  Rogers, Minnesota 55374


Dorothy (Warren) Mae Schneider 1931 – 2018
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Dorothy Mae Schneider, 87  of Bottineau, passed away October 1, 2018 at a Bottineau nursing home. A private family service will be held at a later date.

She was born on March, 12, 1931 to the late Dave and Bertha (Patnaude) Kraft. On April 16, 1949. she married Warren Schneider.

Dorothy attended Dunseith Schools and was a member of the Methodist Church in Dunseith. She worked at San Haven and Dunseith Nursing Home as a nurses aide, and  at Turtle Mountain Corporation for a time.  Warren passed away on September 15, 2004.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy is preceded in death by a son Steve Schneider brother, Lester Kraft and sisters Annie Hills and Marlene Armentrout.

She is survived two daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Gilchrist of Bottineau, and Kimberly Schneider of Silverdale, WA; son Warren (Pat) Schneider Jr. of Bottineau; three grandchildren, Curtis (Judea) Prouty of Olympia, WA, Ryan Prouty of Bottineau and Lee Schneider of Bottineau; and 4 great grandchildren, Joshua, Ethan, Isabella, and Evelyn Prouty; sister Bertha Handeland of Pocatello, ID; sister-in-law, Alice Kraft of Oklahoma; and brother-in-law, Rodney Armentrout of Dunseith.


log (745) posted on March 16, 2010
Gwen Grimme Eltz (68) & Brenda Hoffman (68) will be attending the reunion.
Reply from Gwen: Spokane, WA.

Hi Gary,

Thanks for the personal message about attending the Dunseith reunion. Since we don’t finish our school term until mid-June, the reunion does come at a difficult time to get away. On the other hand, I really want be in Dunseith on May 22. So, I flipped a coin (LOL) and found that I should be at the reunion. Please add me (Class of ’68) and my husband George to the list of people attending. If it’s not too late to sign up for the meal, we’d like to be able to attend that event, too. I’ll send in our registration fees this week.

Thanks again for the message. I’m really looking foward to seeing you and Bernadette at the reunion–and especially eager to spend a little time with my brother, Bill, and Irina!!! Telephone conversations are good, but there’s nothing like being together in person.

See you in May!

Folks, I received a message from Brenda Hoffman that she will be attending the reunion too. She said she will most attend following the dinner sometime. Both Brenda and Gwen, as I understand it, will pretty much be in the area for just the week-end. This will be a whirl wind trip for both of them, with each coming from separate coasts too. Gwen from Washington and Brenda from South Carolina. It’s so wonderful that both these gals will be attending. We are excited to see them both.


Reunion entertainment with Dick/Brenda Johnson and the Highway 43 band.
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

With the reunion fast approaching, I thought it might be good for me to mention the type of entertainment we will be providing for those in attendance. We know that people are going to be there to visit so we won’t be playing so loudly that it will make it hard to hear over the music. We plan to play songs from all decades and all types and intermix the songs in each set . So if you don’t happen to like the song, the next one might be one of your favorites. Kind of like North Dakota weather, if you don’t like it just wait a couple minutes and it will change! We hope to have an area near the band where folks can dance. The current plan is to play sets of about 40 minutes and take a 20 minute break so everyone can visit—including us. At this time we are open to suggestions too. This should be a fun time for everyone in attendance! Thanks Gary!


Folks, we are so fortunate to have Dick providing us with their entertainment. I have heard nothing but outstanding reports of their music. They aim to please of which they accomplish very well. I have one of their CD’s of which I listen to often. It’s a wonderful piece of Art. Dick is great at keeping things spiced up a bit too. Dick has offered their services for free. Being part of us, he said this is something he wants to do. I have had several personal messages asking if we plan on compensating Dick and the Highway 43 band. The answer to that question is yes. We plan on having a donation Jar at the registration table for Dick and his folks. I too personally feel they should be compensated. Not all of the Highway 43 band members are Dunseith Alumni and they too have agreed to provide their services for nothing. What a wonderful group. Gary

Reply from Lynn Henriksen (64): Tiburon, CA


Dear Gary,

I had a moment this morning to take a look at your Dunseith blog, and I was glad I did.

The ice fishing pictures Randy sent in brought back delightful memories. In contrast, though, I don’t usually think of the cold as much as I do about the fun we had. Randy is right, ice fishing (what a catch!) on a sunny day can’t be beat – and neither can growing up in the Turtle Mountains. I have great memories of being “allowed” to run the trap-lines with my brother, Rick – now that was cold – great globs of ice stuck to wool socks and all, but I loved it. Then thinking about the hours Colette and I spent wondering the frozen wilderness our minds made the neighbor’s pasture out to be, building igloos of sorts and retracing our thigh-deep, blue-hued steps back to Kelvin, lure me back to the innocence of a childhood I wouldn’t trade for anything. Although at this stage in my life, I have to say that I wouldn’t trade being warmed by SF Bay Area sunshine and cooled in her delightful fog for anything, either. Guess it nice to just be happy wherever you are and count the blessings of just being.

Thanks you.


Keeping Spirits Alive,
Lynn Henriksen, The Story Woman

President, Women’s Nat’l Book Assoc–San Francisco
Blog: www.thestorywoman.com Website: www.telltalesouls.com
Red Room Author, Where the Writers Are


Reply from Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fauske – I am delighted to hear about their wonderful day and how happy they are.

Marlys Hiatt


Fishing Memories of Minnie Flynn (47):
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

With the posting of Larry Tooke’s fishing crew, I remembered a cute story about Minnie Flynn and fishing. I’m trying to remember which lake I was ice fishing on back in the 60s and ran into Minnie and Marlene Armentrout, who were also fishing. I just can’t remember where. Anyway, I just stopped by to see how they were doing and they had caught some nice fish. I asked Marlene what they brought along for bait? She pointed at her minnow pail and mistakenly said, “Minnie.” We all had a good laugh! The good old days. Thanks Gary!


10/04/2018 (2669)

Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Casavant (’65):  Rolette, ND

Hi Gary

Just wanted to respond to your gracious expression of sympathy. Thank you for your genuine concern and caring.

My heart is broken while I praise God for the amazing gift Stanley was to me. We had a beautiful life; it just wasn’t long enough.   I will love him always and miss him forever.

So sorry to hear of your health concerns and Bernadette’s as well. You have been a good and faithful caregiver to her for several years now. It is such an inspiration to me to see how important those wedding vows are in a loving marriage. You are certainly a special God given gift to her. It is totally heroic the way you care for her. Take care of you too. May God richly bless you. My friend.


Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Casavant
Reply from Larry Liere (’55):  Devils Lake, ND Gary

Keep well BP is nothing to fool around with.  I agree with what Lee Strickland said below.

As you may remember Margaret married my 1st. cousin Chuck Leonard so Margaret has always and always will be part of our family.  We were at the wedding of Margaret & Stanley and were very happy Margaret found a great guy like Stanley after 15 years as a widow.  I told Margaret that she and Stanley did a lot of living in the 3 short years they were married with all the traveling and fun things they had done. She will have many good memories of their time together.



Barn on highway #43 west of St. John.
Facebook Posting from Anita Larson Hovland

I’m so glad I took this picture in 2015 because that unique old treasure finally fell

Gary’s comment
I’m sure the majority of us remember this old Barn. I know I sure do.
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Blog (744) posted on March 15, 2010
Pictures from Larry Tooke (71): Souris, ND
Posted by Randy Flynn (70): Happy Valley, OR


When we move away from North Dakota we always seem to remember the cold days but sometimes forget about the winter fun. Ice fishing on a sunny day is always a great time. Summer or winter, a bad day fishing still beats a good day at work. The attached pictures are of my cousins’ (Larry Tooke’s) family and my mother (Larry’s aunt) Minnie Flynn ice fishing in the Turtle Mountains. There are some great fishing houses as well as portables for this winter pasttime.

Thank you for keeping us in touch with Dunseith.


Hi Randy,

We took Minnie fishing last weekend. Had a great time.

 I have attached some pictures.

Larry, Leslie & Boys

 The Fishin’ Team


Folks, These are a few pictures from the Archieves. Gary


July 15, 2007
Dennis Dubois and Phyllis McKay. Note: Dennis will be at our reunion in May.


 Dunseith Alumni Alaskan cruise – July 2009
Cheryl Haagenson with the judges of the singing contest she won


10/01/2018 (2668)


With a few health issues, I have not gotten a blog posted since September 20th.

On Sunday 9/23 I had an upset stomach and was quite dizzy when sitting upright and standing. I attributed to a flu bug sickness expecting it to pass.

On Monday, our helpers strongly suggested I have my BP checked. It was very high. I immediately  went to the local hospital. Within an hour and half they were able to get it down to an acceptable level. On Tuesday I had a very thorough physical with all the Labs, ultrasounds and heart tests.

Wednesday when I was at Clinic for a follow-up on my lab tests, I got a message that Bernadette had fallen face down. The local hospital immediately sent her to the main hospital, where I just happen to be, for a CT scan of her head and other X-rays too. When she arrived she was accompanied with 7 of the local folks from our area inclusive of 2 of our helpers. The third helper was with me. She was admitted and spent two days in the hospital. Her CT scan was good and there were no broken bones. Our three helpers/caregivers stayed the entire time in the hospital with Bernadette too. She was well taken care of.

My Labs were all good. They are monitoring my BP for the next two weeks to get it stabilized at a target level. So far all is well.

This is my first time to be on BP meds. When I last had my annual physical 16 months ago, my BP was OK. Now that my BP is down, I feel so much better too.


Facebook comment from Lee Stickland (’64)

Gary you may want to back off on your social calendar. Just a thought. your blood pressure is could be driven up psychologically from your concerns for your dear wife also you have quite a crowd of folks that you’re responsible for and that activity can help to elevate your physiological responses also no I am not a physician but I’m speaking as a friend. When I was discharged from Bismarck following my bypass surgery I got home to hear at the Evergreen in my blood pressure dropped out of sight that same evening so they put me in the hospital and gave me some fluids and 2 units of blood. It would be interesting to know what you’re hemoglobin or hematocrit count is because you’re burning up a lot of energy with how busy you keep and how many people you are being responsible to and for. It is so wonderful that you have those folks there to help you. It appears that the are there because they want to be not only because they know that they are needed. Bernadette is fortunate lady she has your love and she has the care of so many folks. Gary, I speak as a gentleman who has a graduate degree in public health, the day will come when it would be best for all, that Bernadette be placed in a care setting where everything is at hand immediately comfortably without episodes of problems developing out of the blue that need to be dealt with because she will be in a safe place where all is available at all times. When that time comes, your blood pressure will go down, your daily duties will become way less hectic and your service to your folks that you have around you can remain the same. Attention to Bernadette will not be amended but the daily cares will be accomplished by folks who do those things for a living everyday are very accustomed to helping others. Certainly, no one knows Bernadette better than the folks that have been caring for her for the past few years. You know that Bernadette and you are in my prayers daily. Lee


Gary’s comment.

Lee, Thank you so much for your concerns and this reply.   A lot of what you said may be true. Getting older is a contributing factor too.


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

Stanley A. Casavant (Margaret Metcalfe ’65)
July 09, 1940 – September 23, 2018

Caravant, Stanley 2668

Stanley’s Obituary

Stanley A. Casavant, 78 of Rolette, ND passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, September 23, 2018 at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Stanley will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette with Reverend Paulraj Thondappa Thomas celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Thorne, ND.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the church from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation on Thursday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass.

Stanley Albert, son of Albert and Henrietta (Grenier) Casavant was born on July 9, 1940 at Bottineau, ND. He attended Russell Township School and Notre Dame Academy in Willow City, ND, graduating in 1958.

Stanley was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Rose Bachmeier on June 26, 1961 in Rugby, ND. They established their lifetime home on the farm at rural Thorne, ND where they lived, worked and raised their family. Rose died on April 13, 2014 after 52 years of marriage.

Stanley’s passion was farming, but he worked at several other jobs in his life. He worked at San Haven, Harlow’s, Pamida and as a rural mail carrier.  He was always very active in his church and the community.  He served on the Russell-Shell Valley Township Board, active in 4-H and was a Club Leader, a member of the Farmers Union Local.  The family attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Thorne until it was moved to Rolette and then were active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he served as a Trustee for many years.  Stanley was a life member of the Knights of Columbus.

Stanley’s life was very diversified. Stanley was the Thorne “historian, the “great ham” chef, a huge baseball fan, especially a Twins fan. At age 17 he pitched a no-hitter game, which he was very proud of, and played men’s softball for many years. He was an animal lover and had cattle, pigs, angora goats and many dogs-always willing to take in the stray dogs that came around the farm.  Along with baseball, he watched all kinds of sports, especially the activities his children and grandchildren were a part of.  He tried to quit, but couldn’t help himself and was a super Viking football fan.

Stanley was blessed to find love again and was united in marriage to Margaret Metcalfe Leonard on August 15, 2015 at Rolette where they made their home. These latest years brought much travel including trips to Australia, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Washington State, Ohio, Alaska, Ireland and Switzerland. Together, they were active in the church and community.

Stanley loved life, loved kids (he was a kid at heart), loved his Lord, loved his family and his many friends. May he rest in peace.

Stanley is survived by his wife Margaret; children Mark (Sue) Casavant, Minot, Deborah Anklam, Fargo, Jodi (Todd) Lagasse, Devils Lake, Brett (DeAnn) Casavant, Burlington and Lisa (Guy) Azure, Grand Forks; step children Nikki (Keith) Medalen, Towner and Chris (Lisa Kramer) Leonard, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; fifteen grandchildren Calahan Casavant, Shaydora (Matthew) Todd; Bobbi Jo (Dustin) Church, Krista (Cory) Wright, Nikki Anklam; Britton Lagasse, Jacob Lagasse (fiancé Alyssa Hornstein); Jayden Casavant, Jaren Casavant, Alyssa Casavant, Alyea Casavant; James Azure, Natasha Azure; Shamas Kirk; Oscar Leonard; six great grandchildren Alyvia, Aidyn, and Owyn Church, Brogan and Mox Wright, Weston Sebastian; brother Kenneth (Dorothy) Casavant, Pullman, WA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Theresa (Frank) Brossart, Rugby, Marus (Bernice) Bachmeier, Phoenix, AZ and Emanuel Grad, Beulah; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Rose; brother Conrad Casavant; sister Lorna Zeiler; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joseph and Katherine Bachmeier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the American Cancer Society

Gary’s Comments:

I was so saddened to here this news of Stanley’s passing. I had the opportunity to meet Stanley at our 50th DHS class reunion in July 2015. He was such a nice likable friendly gentleman sort of a guy. A very pleasant man indeed. Of course he was with and engaged to one the nicest, sweetest, down to earth ladies on the face of this earth too,  Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Casavant.

Margaret, Our condolences are with you and all of Stanley’s family with his passing. I know you miss him dearly too. In the three plus years that you were with Stanley, you did so much together.    

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):

Gary and friends

Sincere sympathy to Margaret , and the Casavant family on the loss of Stan.

My  first memories of Stan was  delivering our  rural mail to my

parents  farm.

He  always carried and held  respectful,  pleasant,  and  kind  qualities  which were reflected in his character  and personality.

Blessed be the memory of Stan.

Vickie Metcalfe


Condolences to the Joy Peterson Family
From Lyle Olson (’75):  West Fargo, ND

Deepest condolences to the family of Joy Peterson. I, along with many other boys from Dunseith, used to haul bales for Larrett and his father. The highlight of those hard days was the noon meal carefully prepared by Joy. A full meal followed by pie was enough to forget about day’s wages.   I remember those days with great fondness.  She and Bill were also great friends to my grandparents, Bill and Mary Metcalfe.

Lyle Olson


Ella Berg Christianson/5 generation clipping
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND


Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Gary and Friends of DUNSEITH School,

It seems where ever I have worked, the coffee pot is always on.  Workers like  coffee.

I have notice those of Scandinavian of Germanic heritage like their  coffee really strong and HOT.

I  admit, I am a weakling, lukewarm coffee drinker.  I figure It has to be in the genes

My Dad did not marry a person of Scandinavian heritage.  My uncle’s, Lucky and Jim married women who made strong coffee.

Dad would  always say after  every late night visit to Jim’s or Lucky’s, “We won’t sleep tonight.  “Ella/Jenny always makes a good lunch, but the coffee is too black”.

Once I asked Uncle Lucky, “Should  I make another pot of coffee?” Adamantly he replied, ,”For goodness sake,  don’t make it like your mother!”  Then kindly, ” She  makes  a good lunch but I can see the bottom of  my cup under the coffee”.  Uncle Lucky went on to tell of  a  woman, a Nelson, some odd relation to Jenny,  ‘Aminda?’_–NOW she could make coffee!  “Her coffee so___ good it’s  black, thick  and strong the spoon stands straight up!

(_____ I’m sorry uncle I have no  magic coffee touch.)

My mom preferred  tea or very weak coffee. I’ve wondered if this was the influence of her  ‘Irish/ English/Penn’Dutch  parentage.

When purchasing tea, Mom always chose black tea and only made by… Lipton.

Whenever,  she expected John  Brennan  to be working at the farm, or a Brennan  to visit, she would  be certain to purchase Lipton  green tea.

She said,  “The Brennans only drink_ green tea.”

I think back on my mother’s statement now and think how  thoughtful folks were….  to graciously serve to the  personal preference of the guest.

My interest was piqued  when I came across the  BBC article  about  Thomas Lipton.

I  gathered he was a very admirable person; a  person born of poverty who worked hard  to succeed. And, a  gracious loser.

I was drawn to the statement ,  “It is said he banned all talk of religion or politics while on board.”

In light of all the junk on the news, I’m thinking for the sake of  proper digestion, it would be a good idea  to ban talk of politics…….

while drinking  a good cuppa.

Until Later,



Blog (743) posted on March 14, 2010

Reply from Connie (Roger) Zorn: Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary, It’s allot of fun reading the Dunseith news. I didn’t go to school in Dunseith so I don’t know allot of the people who write in the news. I do know the Christianson’s. Helen was a Rivard huh!! Is she related to Robert Rivard?? I knew Lillian Houle. She was a neat lady. I know her daughter Shirley. Doris Kessler wrote in the Botno Courant & did a good job. I see her allot @ Good Sam. take care Connie

Connie, Yes Helen Christenson is a sister to Robert Rivard. Both Robert and Helen are from my class of 65 too. Robert is married to Barbara Boucher. Her father and Mrs. Dale (Alma) Gottbreht are siblings. Robert and Barbara live on the Rivard home place near Rendahl church. Robert/Barbara and Helen/Duane plan on being at the reunion too. I’ve talked to them all, several times, in the past couple of weeks. Gary


Sylvia Bergan – Metigoshe Store:
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,

Sylvia Bergan baked pies (and other pasteries) for the “coffee shop” section of the Metigoshe Store. They were the BEST pies! I had never liked raisin pie; Mrs. Bergan’s sour cream raisin pie changed that. To this day, sour cream raisin pie is one of my favorites (along with lemon).



Brian Fauske’s (70) Wedding:
From his cousin Rod Hiatt (69): Bottineau, ND.

Hello Gary and all the Dunseith family

I believe Friday was the perfect day, the clear sky’s, the sun shining for the first time in like months and the total warmth of the day. I actually felt that nothing could top this beautiful day, until my wife Suzy and I walked into the Vegas Motel banquet room in Minot to help celebrate the wedding of Brian Fauske and Deb Middaugh.

The happy couple met us at the door and the glow on there faces was by far more enlightening than the days sunshine, and the warmth you could feel from their love and sincerity was more soothing than the hottest sun rays of midday.

Arriving somewhat early(unusual for us), we had the opportunity of noticing how Brian and Deb greeted each and everyone that came to share in their joyous day. Both the bride and groom must be well known and very much liked as the banquet hall was filled to capacity with friends and family from Dunseith to the west coast, including Brian’s sister’s Connie, Carrole, Carrole’s husband Laverne, and their daughter Melissa who drove in from Washington to surprise Brian and his new wife. Its always a great time when you have the opportunity to bring back the memories of cousins growing up in Dunseith.

I personally would like to welcome this beautiful woman into the Hiatt Family and thank her for putting that spark in my cousins eye.


Rolette County History:
From Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.

A little bit of history…..

Dakota Territory was created in 1861 by a bill signed by President Buchanan just before his term ended. Two days after the territory was created, one of the first official acts of the new president, Abraham Lincoln, was to appoint his old friend, Dr. William Jayne, as Governor of the Territory, of which Yankton was then the capitol. By 1873, an act of the Congress divided North Dakota into counties and what is now Rolette County was then known as Buffalo County. Since then the boundaries were changed twice to form the present county and the name Rolette was given in honor of “Jolly Joe Rolette”, a French-Indian fur trader who was a vital part of the development of the Great Northwest and what is now North Dakota.

In 1883, settlers were coming into the area locating primarily near St. John and Dunseith. Many of them felt the time had come for the county to be organized. In 1884 Arthur Foussard, M. Welton and Fred Schutte were named as County Commissioners. The newly formed board met near Dunseith to organize, Fred was named Chairman and Dunseith was established as the County Seat.

There were citizens who were not content to see Dunseith set up as the county seat of Rolette County. It soon became apparent that the people of St. John were prepared to make trouble. At any rate, St. John was determined to get the county seat at any cost. Although there is no record of any petition for a county seat vote, an election was held May 6, 1885. Much campaigning on both sides preceded the election and considerable ill feeling was engendered. Neither the Dunseith or St. John partisans had much respect for the intentions of the other.

On election day a committee from St. John came to Dunseith to watch the voting and a committee from Dunseith went over to St. John. But despite this vigilance, a large amount of repeating is said to have taken place. Although both sides accused the other of illegal tactics, St. John appeared to have been the worst offender — the charge being that 1,125 votes were cast by approximately 225 voters. Before the issue could be settled in court, St. John proceeded to set up their county government, even though a second county government was still functioning.

The county records for this period have the unique distinction of containing the minutes for two rival county boards of Commissioners. When the issue had finally been settled in court, officials from St. John went to Dunseith for the records. On the way back, one of the big safes fell into a creek, important books and papers scattered. The Dunseith citizens felt they had the last laugh even though they had lost their bitter fight. In 1889, the northern part of Dakota Territory was admitted to statehood as North Dakota and in the general election of 1889 the county seat was changed to Rolla and moved from St. John in 1890.


More cars:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Just wondering how many folks can remember the winter evening in about ’62-’63 when a guy, coming south on Main Street, lost control of his car and slammed into the back of Rod Armentrout’s blue and white ’60 Pontiac. Rod’s car was parked in front of the Garden Lanes. This happened because of the built up ice on the street and a little too much speed for the conditions. Rod’s car was parked behind Dennis Espe’s nearly new blue ’62 Ford four door so Rod’s Pontiac slammed into Dennis’s car and slammed it into another car in front of it. About like a freeway pileup! I think Rod’s car was totaled out as the back end was smashed nearly up to the back window. Rod bought another identical car and then made a sheet metal trunk portion on the wrecked car and drove it back and forth to town as a work car. The story goes on. In the fall of ’67, Rod took a temporary position teaching automotive mechanics in the newly built DHS school shop. His good car needed an engine overhaul so he had the kids in shop class rebuild the engine. He used the engine from the wrecked car and the engine from the good car and took the best parts from each for the rebuild. When the good car was done, he told the kids to put the old parts engine back together and put it back in the wrecked car, just for the practice. John Bogus told me that when they finished, the junker engine ran just as well as the new one! I remember Rod put lots more miles on the old wrecked car with the homemade trunk section—and with the junk parts engine! Anyone remember any of this? Thanks Gary!



Lagerquist family – 1982 Dunseith Centeniel Book:
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Neola asked me to combine these two scans into one for her files.
In doing that, I thought I’d also post. Gary