12/27/2018 (2686)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

Sorry for the long delay with the postings. With the holiday season I have been very busy.

Overall we are having a good holiday season here in Cebu. Bernadette’s sister, Allotte, is visiting from Japan.

We celebrated Christmas several days early on Sunday the 23rd with a gathering and reunion of five of Bernadette’s siblings and their families.  This was the first time ever that these 5 siblings had all been together.

Also included were her two deceased brothers widows and their families.  We catered a dinner at our house for about 130 folks. Her sister, Erma, who lives is Bremerton, WA. Was the only one not present.  I was the only Expat (Foreigner).

Not knowing Bernadette’s fate, they wanted to have this reunion. It was fantastic. Bernadette was outside, in her wheelchair, for about a half hour. The rest of the evening she was on her bed, in the living room, surrounded by family.

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Ready for the Party.


I  too believe in Santa Claus
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):

Gary and Friends of Dunseith!

             I  too believe in Santa Claus!

            The following  from an editorial has always been my favorite explanation of why I believe.

 Merry Christmas everyone!

Sincerely, Vickie Metcalfe

“Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.”

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.”

The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church 1897, New York’s Sun



Obituary/Sharlyn “Chi-Chi” Olson
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):

Sincere sympathy to the family of Chi Chi on her passing.
As an upperclassman Chi-chi always  carried a kind  friendly personality.

She was noted to  worked hard, and  always spoke so well of her children and grandchildren.


  Vickie L.. Metcalfe


Sharlyn Olson

January 30, 1950 – December 25, 2018

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Sharlyn “Chi-Chi” Olson, age 68 of Bottineau, died Tuesday at a Bottineau hospital.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.

Sharlyn Olson, a daughter of Kenneth and Esther (Renn) Evenson, was born on January 30, 1950 in Bottineau, North Dakota. It was here she was raised and graduated from Dunseith High School. Following her education, she was married to Gary Olson in Rolla, North Dakota and they resided in the Boundary Lake area. Chi-Chi worked at various restaurants in Bottineau as a waitress and cook. She later worked at the San Haven north of Dunseith as a nurses aide. She then moved to Jamestown where she worked at several restaurants for eleven years. Following her employment, she moved back to Bottineau where she has since resided.

Chi-Chi enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. She volunteered many hours of her time supporting and working at various benefits for the community. Chi-Chi was very giving with her time, helping family whenever she could.

She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Olson of Bottineau; one son, Matthew Olson of West Fargo, North Dakota; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and one brother, Kenneth Evenson of Portal, North Dakota.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband , Gary.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net


Memorial Service
Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Metigoshe Lutheran Church 10605 Lake Loop Rd E Bottineau, ND 58318



Blog (759) posted on April 1, 2010

Holy Week:

Folks, In observation of “Holy Week” and with this being prominently a catholic country, most businesses closed their doors yesterday (Wednesday) noon and will remain closed until Monday morning in observation of the holidays. Another point of interest here too is that most larger department stores and groceries have a prayer that is played over their PA system everyday at noon, 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The prayers, spoken in English, last several minutes or so. During this time all employees and most customers stop what they are doing and everything pretty much comes to a complete stop. Gary


Condolences to the Berube Family:
From Dick & Brenda Johnson: Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Our sincerest condolences to the family of Bill Berube. He too, left us with many good memories of times shared together while growing up in Dunseith.

Dick and Brenda Johnson


Condolences to the Berube Family:
From Bob Lykins (Former teacher): Hutto, TX


Glad to learn that you and Bernadette had such a great time. Speaking of famous folks from the PI. Lea Solanga’s (sp) aunt worked for us in Germany when I headed up the ESL program for DoDDS Schools in that part of the world. She was one of our ESL people in Nurenburg-Furth. As a result I got to speak with Ms. Solanga and with her mother on several occasions. My wife and I even saw her on stage in Miss Saigon in New York compliments of Lea and her mother.

The reason I asked about the cost of rice was because, with your permission, I would like to prepare something to present to the Hutto High Student Council soliciting their support to help out the people in your community. They are always looking for projects and this might just be a worthy one.

I am so sorry to learn about the passing of Billy Berube. I remember Billy as a young boy tagging along in the footsteps of his older brothers and being bossed around by his sister. The Berube Family have always been wonderful people and I remember them as a close family. My heart goes out to the survivors and I wish them God’s peace as they go through the trial of this loss.

Bob Lykins


Happy Birthday Armand:
Armand Mongeon (40): – Dunseith, ND
From Bernard Morin (76): Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary,

I would like to send a ‘Happy Birthday’ to Armand Mongeon. His birthday is tomorrow April 1st. As a interesting side note Armand has been involved with the Dunseith hardware for the past 63 years and still going strong.

Thanks. Bernard

Happy birthday Armand. I remember you well in the hardware store in my growing up days. I remember you telling me several years ago, when I talked to you, that you and Art Rude were in the same class until he was advanced a grade. That put him a year ahead of you, even though you are the same age. I will for sure visit you at the Dunseith Hardware store, in May, when we are there. If my figures are right, you started in the Dunseith Hardware store in 1947? That’s the year I was born. Hearing your name brings back so many great memories of our childhood days for so many of us. Take care and enjoy your birthday. Gary


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


I, too, have the defective history gene. I found your posted “theory” most interesting and am not one to rule anything out until I have had an opportunity to study the available information. I have many Icelandic friends and they tell stories of their Viking ancestors who didn’t recognize obstacles unless the barriers were totally insurmountable. If there was a passable waterway from the Atlantic to the Turtle Mountains in or about 1400, I’m sure the Norsemen would have found a way to get there. Do you have any more information about these stone caves? I am wondering why they were still visible and basically intact less than a century ago but have disappeared since after supposedly holding up for centuries (?)




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




12/16/2018 (2685)

Aldrin and Tata (Married couple) – Our full time helpers

I wanted to share this nice picture of Tata and Aldrin that was taken at a wedding they attended yesterday. I captured it from Facebook.

Tata and Aldrin have been with us for 15 years.  Aldrin takes care of the outside cleaning and maintenance. Tata’s primary duty is taking care of Bernadette. She also helps with all the other house hold chores and cleaning too. Both Tata and Aldrin are super clean and super neat. Everything is in its place. Aldrin is very good with painting and repairs too. They are a super friendly well liked couple of good character. Next to me, without a shadow of a doubt, Tata is the closest human being to Bernadette. Both Tata and Aldrin know us and our moves very well.

Besides Aldrin and Tata, we have two other helpers too, Mirasol and Marites. Mirasol’s hours are from 8 to 5 and Marites’ hours are from 4 to 9 PM. Mirasol does the house hold cleaning and chores. She also assists Tata with taking care Bernadette. Marites’ sole job is to be with and take care of Bernadette. From 9 PM to 8 AM each and every day are my duty hours.


Contain, Aldrin Tata 2685 Stokes 2685


Blog (758) posted on March 31, 2010
Bill Berube’s (69): Obituary
Posted by Eileen Brudwick: Arizona


William G. ‘Bill’ Berube

 Tuesday, March 30, 2010

William G. “Bill” Berube, 58, Laramie, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his home. He was born July 12, 1951, in Santa Paula, Calif., the son of Fortune and Katherine (Keefe) Berube. He began school at St. Sebastian’s Elementary School until the fourth grade, when the family moved to Dunseith, N.D., in 1960. He graduated from high school in 1969. He earned a B.S. degree in elementary education at Mayville State University in 1973 and was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned his master’s degree from North Dakota State University in 1980. He attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned his doctorate degree in 1985, and then he moved to Gillette, returning to Laramie in 1994. At that time, he took a professorship at the University of Wyoming and was able to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award on April 23.

He married Sherilyn Karlstad on Aug. 19, 1977, in Mayville, N.D. He had a love of his family, education, sports and his profound love for the development of the human spirit within all people, especially young children.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Newman Center and a recipient of the Ellbogen Award.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Alice Evans Berube; a brother-in-law, Ronald Reynolds; a step-sister-in-law, Linda Evans Carlson; and a step-nephew, Luke Evans.

He is survived by loving family, including his wife of 32 years, Sherilyn Berube of Laramie; his children, Brooke Y. Berube, Katherine A. Berube and Kelsey A. Berube, all of Laramie and Teri L. Simpson and her husband, Chris, of Chehalis, Wash.; his siblings, Tom Berube, Jim Berube and Cecile Reynolds; step-brothers, Jim Evans and his wife, Cheri, Tom Evans and his wife, Jan, Frank Evans and his wife, LaRae, Mike Evans and his wife, Patty, and Pat Evans; and his three grandchildren, Kennedy, Tanner and Grace Simpson. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Newman Center with the Reverend Fr. Carl Gallinger, celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. today at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the William Berube Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the UW College of Education, 1000 University, Dept. 3374, Laramie, WY, 82071.

Services are under the direction Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.



Condolences to the Berube Family from the Rober’t’s:
Posted by Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND

Our condolences go out to the Berube families.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson


Posted by Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

I will post this last section of the story and study of the Vikings possible travel to the area. For those who would like to read the entire book, I think it can be bought through the Spectrum office supply store on Main in Bottineau or probably from the bookstore on the Dakota College-Bottineau (School of Forestry) campus. There are many more technical articles and descriptions that may not be of interest to the entire readership here on the blog. It is interesting to those of us with the defective history gene that makes us ponder these ancient things. Thanks Gary!



Ed Milligan:
Picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Everyone,

I happened to find this picture of Ed Milligan, which I took in app. 1959. As you can see, I missed the front of the truck. Uff da!! This is the way I remember Mr. Milligan. I attended the Forestry 1957 Winter Quarter-Spring Quarter 1959.




12/10/2018 (2684)

Note: Bernadette is at the point now where I need two helpers along to assist getting her in and out of the car, going to the bathroom, with her eating, etc.

 We had our three helpers and two kids (Great Niece and Nephew) along with us for this dinner.

 Picture Clockwise: Mirasol, Bernadette, Tata, Tyler, Gary, Marites and Shikira

  1. Tata and Marites are married to brothers. Bernadette’s sister’s husband is their brother.
  2. Mirasol’s Husband is Bernadette’s Nephew, son of her brother.
  3. Tata has been with us for 15 years, Mirasol 6 years and Marites 1 year.
  4. Not Pictured is Aldren, Tata’s husband. He takes care of the outside cleaning and Maintenance. Mr. Clean

 For Bernadette, I am the number one person in her life.  Number 2 is Tata.
We are so fortunate to have such good help.
Ching Palace-1



Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Jeanne Henry
Jeanne Henry, age 74 of Dunseith, died Saturday at a Minot hospital.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.

 Jeanne M. Henry, a daughter of Flora Henry Norquay and Ralph Poitra, was born on January 20, 1944.  She was raised by her grandparents, Joseph and Eliza, learning the Ojibway language and jingle dress dancing.  She married Richard Parisien and they traveled to France and many other places.  Together they had 4 children; Bridget, Richard (Son), Darren and Liza Jo.  She later met Eutimio Hernandez and lived in the Grafton Area for years before returning to Dunseith.

 She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.  She also loved spending time with her many friends, drinking cold ones.  She loved the casino and went whenever she could catch a ride. 

 She is survived by her children, Bridget Gonzalez of Dunseith and Liza Jo (William) Poitra of Dunseith;  grandchildren, Tessie, Kadence and Tariza all of Dunseith; great grandchildren, Angelique, Emily and Lloyd all of Dunseith; siblings, Donna Norquay of Fargo, Darlene Enno of West Fargo. Elvis Norquay of Rolette and Lora LaVallie of Belcourt.

 In addition to her parents and grandparents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Richard (Son), and Darren and siblings, Lester, Leslie, Ted, June and Linda.

 The family would like to thank everyone for their support.  Words cannot express how grateful we are.

 Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Blog (757) posted on March 30, 2010



Bernadette and I got back from our week-end excursion to the northern end of this Island (Cebu) last night. We had a fabulist week-end. There were about 25 of us from here that went up for the house warming of our friends who recently built a 2nd home up there right on the beach. They have 2 1/2 acres with about 400 feet of ocean front property up there. They built a beautiful home on this site. They wined and dined us all week-end of which we did not expect them to do. On Monday they had about 100 folks in attendance for their house blessing followed with a meal, under tent covers, on the beach. They are originally from England. Unlike the beaches down here, they are pure sand up there. From here it takes about 3 hours to get up there. We were a caravan of 6 cars coming back last night.

When we arrived, the lady of the house along with her friend went with us to show us our hotel. On the way over the lady of the house, our friend, says to Bernadette, “Do you know who my friend is?” who was sitting with her in the back seat of our car. Of course Bernadette had to ask because she did not know. Our friend says this is Imelda ILanan. Bernadette took a double take when she heard that. Imelda was a famous actress here in the PI for many years in Bernadette’s growing up days. He daughter, Maricel Laxa Pangilinan, is a current well known actress here in the PI as well. We didn’t say anything to the rest of our friends who Imelda was until Monday. We were hoping something would be said who she was, but there wasn’t. Imelda and her husband Ben are such friendly folks too. On the 3rd day, Monday, we got the conversation going with Imelda along with our friends with who she is. Needless to say, they were quite surprised. I know everyone like me, went home and googled both Imelda and her daughter. It’s a small world.



Bill Berube (69) Passed away: From Crystal Fassett Andersen (70): Walhalla, ND.

It is with great sadness and many tears that I regret to inform everyone,that Bill Berube passed on to a better place today. He will be remember many times over and greatly missed by many friends and family. Keep the Berube family in you prayers. God Bless Crystal Fassett Andersen

Posted from Bill Berube’s Carringbridgde site:
Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:27 AM, CDT


Haagenson family info request posted on our Website:


Nice web site – seems like a close community!

I’m looking for descendents of Hans Haagenson, who lived in Dunseith (died 1941). His sister was my great-grandmother, Minnie. We don’t know too much about Minnie’s family since she moved with her husband, Martin Donaldson, to St. Paul, then to Portland, Oregon. Would appreciate if you could put me in touch with any Haagensons from Dunseith, perhaps we are related. Would help me fill out family tree.

Thank you,

Elaine Cuyler (formerly Donaldson) Portland Oregon

Reply from Elaine to Gary

I’m hoping that someone remembers Elvin’s mother and other family members corresponding with my great-grandmother, and perhaps has old letters or photos. I do know that they exchanged letters – that’s how I found that Minnie’s name was Haagenson, was on an old envelope from Dunseith. Minnie’s family photo album was destroyed in a flood, according to a cousin. So we’re hoping that we can find maybe even one photo of Minnie and her husband.

My sister named her daughter Maren – picked the name off family tree that I put together after researching census records, etc. I believe Maren Haagenson’s grave in Dunseith simply says, “Mother” on it.

Thanks again,




AOL Converting messages to Zip files:
Message from Duane Woodford (57): Winston Salem, NC

Gary, this is the last message that I received.


In a message dated 3/26/2010 2:59:32 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

[The message and any attached files have been turned into a ZIP attachment. Once downloaded and unzipped, open it with a word processor or text editor for reading.]

It appears that AOL is converting email to ZIP files if they are over a certain size. I try to keep the files sizes down with these daily sendings too. The message that got coverted was pretty small being only 388KB. I post all these daily messages on our website as well. http://garystokes.net/default.aspx



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

Last week was a stressful week but it ended with some great news. The results of my PET Scan were negative! Finally a light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like my cancer is pretty much gone and that there isn’t anymore anywhere else in my body. I spent most of the week expecting the worst so when I got my results on Friday I was on top of the world. I also had my latest chemo treatment on Friday and it went well. Only 7 more to go!

Connor is doing well. Up to 6lbs already! He is changing so fast. His face has really filled out and his body is starting to fill out as well. To be released from the NICU he needs to be able to eat all of his feedings from the bottle. He has improved at this but still needs more time. Some days he eats almost every bottle and others he eats about half. It sounds like he will be in the hospital for a couple more weeks. He also has a problem with reflux that the doctors are trying different things to get under control. I don’t want him rushed at all. He wasn’t due until April 23 so if he needs 2 or 3 more weeks in there that is fine with me. I looked forward to when we can finally take him home though!

I hope you all have a Happy Easter!


Art Rude Productions:
Message from Art Rude (71): Bismarck, ND.


I just thought I would try let everyone know on my email list, that I am closing down the current artrude.com website. This is the third time, as after a while it gets very cumbersome, and as I am not a professional webpage person, I make mistakes. After a while there are enough things to be redone, it makes more sense to just start over.

Plus, I was paying to much for the previous host. I paid for a commercial package I never used, which was really stupid on my part. I tried it, it didn’t work for me, but then I neglected to drop it or change carriers.

Anyway, I made the switch to Mac, and so now is the time to change everything. Starting to really enjoy the Mac, and many functions are just so much easier, but there is a lot of work to be done, converting files and what not.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy my website, www.artrude.com but it will be gone shortly. A new website will arise out of the ashes in the not too distant future, at the same address.

With the Mac, I wanted to get into better video productions, and so I have started that process. If you go to utube, and type artrudetv, or Art Rude TV, that’s what you will get. And if you check out some of the videos there, you can see the difference in production and quality on the earlier video compared to the new. There is a lot to learn, but I’m having fun with it, and hopefully you will enjoy the videos. I hope to add another every week, and two when I am able.


Peace and Power,

Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions,
webpage address: www.artrude.com
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!


Arla Hall (Former Dunseith teacher) & Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


This picture was taken at Mrs. Hall’s 90th birthday open house last summer. The open house was held at United Parish Church in Bottineau. Mrs. Fay Benson took this picture. I’ll be sending a picture of Mrs. Hall and several of her former students who were at her open house at the time the picture was taken. I’ve asked a few people for help in identifying two ladies in the picture. When they are identified, I’ll send the picture.

Many of you who receive this picture are also former students of Mrs. Hall. She is doing very well. She’s a little hard of hearing, but otherwise does very well. She still drives. She attended our class of ’57’s 50th reunion in 2007 at the Norway House. She lives in one of the apartments on the east end of Bottineau. Go east from the First National Bank to the last apartment on the street; this is Mrs. Hall’s apartment. Her address is:

829 5th St. E
Bottineau, ND 58318-1463

Mrs. Fay Benson took this picture/the one I’m going to send later. Many thanks to her!



Dunseith Alumni Reunion Catered Dinner:

Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Bacon/Lettuce Cauliflower Salad, Dinner Roll and Dessert for $10.00 per plate.

Verena has calculated $5.00 per head to cover all miscellaneous expenses. This includes the Facility, Security, decorations, table covers, several cakes, the hiring of a clean up crew the following day, etc

Note: Verena would like the Dinner Payments early to help with her planning.

For those of you desiring the catered meal, please send your payment of $10.00 Plus $5.00 ($15.00 total) per person payable to

Verena Gillis
PO Box, 785
Dunseith, ND 58329
(701) 263-3302 C(701) 378-5167