01/29/2019 (2693)

Eleanor (Awalt) (DHS ’47) and Leonard Stickland (DHS ’47) celebrated three milestones this past year.  

On October 3, 2018 Leonard celebrated his 90th birthday.  On December 18, 2018 Leonard and Eleanor celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and on January 22, 2019 Eleanor turned 90.

After living in Arizona and then on Lake Metigoshe, they have returned to Mandan, ND.

  • sent in by their children, Margaret, Barbara, Michael and Kim


Gary’s comment.

Eleanor and Leonard, Wonderful wonderful for achieving these milestones in life. You are model folks for the rest of us to follow. Congratulations.



Clifford Allery (DHS ’64) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau, ND

Clifford Allery

Clifford Allery

December 14, 1944 – January 22, 2019

Clifford S Allery, age 74 of Rolette, died Tuesday at a Belcourt hospital.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  Wake will be on Monday beginning at 3:00 pm with a service at 7:00 pm at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.  Burial will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church near Dunseith.

Clifford Allery, a son of Frank and Ernestine Allery, was born on  December 14, 1944.  Clifford’s Life began in Belcourt and he moved with his family at a young age to Williston.  There he attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Williston Junior High.  He returned to Dunseith where he graduated from high school in 1963.  He then moved to San Jose, CA to further his education.  He returned to North Dakota and attended Lake Region College in Devils Lake.  He then began his career with the BIA.  He was the Enrollment Specialist both in Belcourt and Aberdeen, SD.  He later worked at the Circle of Nations in Wahpeton as a finance officer.

Clifford loved life.  He enjoyed laughing and joking with his family and friends.  His preference in music was classical and opera.  He enjoyed traveling and no matter where he went he immediately made friends.  He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

Clifford had a kidney transplant in 2012.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer on December 22, 2018 and he returned to Dunseith.  He got called home on January 22, 2019.

He is  survived by his brothers, Hubert, Richard and Dallas; sisters, Beatrice Raygo, Judy Azure and Jeanette DeCoteau, numerous nieces, nephews, and great and great- great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Francis (Sonny) and sisters, Jean Natwick and Darlene DeCoteau.

Clifford’s family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all family and friends for supporting them during this sorrowful time.  They would like to extend an invite for a meal of celebration at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center following the service.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.



Birch Trees and chaga
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends, of Dunseith, 

            I  continue to have an inquiring mind.
Today I  while reading Saskatchewan news.


Hmm.. “big money harvesting “chaga”.

            What is chaga?

 Not a  clue? Searchedit out.

            Holy buckets! ! I could have harvested chaga, paid  my way thru  many years of college and traveled many times around the world.
I walked by many birch trees with chaga, growing  on the farm.

            I discovered   it  can be ordered as a vitamin supplement from Fargo. (where I  often  order my vitamins)

            Andm I could have used  the word___CHAGA__  playing SCRABBLE with paternal aunts: Leona and Jean who were SCRABBLE wizards. 

            Hmmm, I wonder if  beavers  gnawed on chaga  to gain gnaw-ledge……..

 whoops_____Sorry friends must be  the frigid  ND  polar cold has begun  affecting  my mind. 

            Then again, the  beautiful SunDogs last week were quite real!

Until later, keep learning!

Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (766) posted on April 7, 2010

Football Team:
Question/Reply from Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ.

Hi Gary

Did anyone ever send in a picture of the 1955 team? If they have I sure would like to get a copy of that with names! The Cheerleaders picture from those years would also be fun to see. I do not have Barry Shelver’s address and would like to try to E-mail him. Janice I think you sent him my address but he never replied. Hope he isn’t mad at me for leaving Dunseith. In the picture below I think Barry is starting to look like his dad. Another small world story I have is Barry’s brother’s son and my son went into active duty together with the North Dakota Army National Guard. The bad news is my son Patrick got cancer and passed away when he was 23 and a senior in college at UND Grand Forks,ND.

I have asked for a read receipt because I lost my address book when I started sending from Mesa,AZ and my back-up address book is not working correctly.

Hope to hear from you,



Reply from Allen Richard (65):

I’m in a similar boat with Ron Longie. Alaina is in school until the second week in June, is taking a college class during the summer and has a week of band camp before the MI cherry Festival. This is the 43rd year the school band has marched in that parade. Nathan, Kristina and new Grandson Landon plan to be in ND in August. They live in Delta Junction, Alaska. Nathan is in Homeland Security. (something about shooting down whatever N. Korea shoots up—-) We are trying to see if they can come to MI- Nathan has not been to the home we built in 2005– SOOO, If I get to ND at all, it will be in August—and I’ll miss the Richard reunion as well. I’m sad about that. Many of the cousins from those branches of the tree I’ve not seen in well over 20-30 years.

To everyone that can make it—Have one to toast/curse me!

Photo from Glen Williams (53): Missoula, MT

These two guys were outstanding members of the 1950 and 1951 DHS football team….They are having a couple of soda pops to help remember old time..

Can anyone identify them..

Glen Williams

Glen, My guess is that Dick Morgan is on the left. I have no idea who the other guy may be? Gary


Kenny Nerpel receives Viet Nam Medal:

Folks, Yesterday Bernadette found this clipping, in an envelope with other clippings, when she was digging thru some old papers.

Kenny, I believe you were in Viet Nam from Late 1968 thru most of 1969. We completed basic together in August 1968. From there I believe you went to Fort Polk, LA for AIT, then to Viet Nam??



Scott Houle’s first birthday:
Hans Petterson’s (Brother to Bob Stokes) Obituary:

Folks, this is another clipping that I found. Hans died in December 1974, so that has to be when Scott had his first birthday. Scott is the son of Ron Houle (71).

Ron, where is Scott living now? Being in Germany at the time, I’m assuming you must have been stationed in the army over there?







01/23/2019 (2692)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Evelyn Jean (Hanson) Pladson
Pladson, Jean-1
Funeral services for Jean Pladson, age 79 of Bismarck formerly of  Bottineau were held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.  Officiating at the service was Pastor Cole Bentley.  Jacque Marum was the pianist and special music was provided byBobbie Jo Vandal and Joe Mechtenberg.  Casket bearers were Chris Vandal, Tyler Pulkrabek, Joe Mechtenberg, Jeremy Sheldon, Bruce Pulkrabek and Lance Obrigewitch.  Burial will be a the Salem Cemetery near Bottineau.

            Evelyn Jean Pladson, a daughter of Bert and Olga (Petterson) Hanson, was born on October 4, 1939.  She was baptized at Nordland Lutheran Church and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  She attended Hilton School #3 before moving to Bottineau with her family in 1947.  On November 19, 1955, she married Duane Pladson.  Three children were born to this union James, Deb and Becky.  They lived in the Turtle Mountains near the Canadian border.  Besides farming, Duane also worked as a carpenter and later started his own construction company and Jean was the secretary.  Duane built them a beautiful home on the shores of a lake in the northeast corner of Bottineau County.  Duane passed away in 1988 at the age of 54.  Jean remained in their home until moving into the Good Samaritan Center in Bismarck in 2010.  She had a strong work ethic her whole life and she survived the rugged winters and all that country life entailed.

            She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church and later the Metigoshe Lutheran Church.  She taught Sunday School and was active with the WELCA.  She held many church offices through the years.  She was the chairwomen of decorating the new Christian Center was the first women elected to the church council. 

            Jean always knew who Jesus was and she loved him.  She loved God and depended upon the Holy Spirit as she lived out her life.  She lived in the peace, presence, power and love of God.  She counted blessings everyday.  As she was blessed she blessed the lives of others.

            She took a deep interest in family reunions and in 1992 she organized 2 family reunions.  The reunions continue today on her mom’s side.

            She worked several places through the years, she worked Dakota College in Bottineau, San Haven State Hospital.  She was a retreat hostess at Metigoshe Ministries, Business Basics Secretary and she was also a broker agent at the Dunseith Port of Entry.

            Jean had a love for music.  She was instrumental in getting Charley Pride started.  He still visited with her when he was performing in the area.  The other artist she spent time with and worked to promote was Loretta Lynn. She also enjoyed playing quitar.

            School was a real enjoyment to her.  Her education continued in 1985 when she went to NDSU-Bottineau and received 2 associate degrees. She was also  on the Dean’s List every quarter.

            Jean had a happy nature and enjoyed people and gatherings.  She was a good cook and baker.   

            Beginning Experience became a very important group to her.  She attended Level 1 shortly after her husband died.   She soon became the facilitator in Bottineau and Rugby.

            Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the love of her life.  She also loved the residents and staff at the Good Samaritan Center, her pastors, congregation or anyone who crossed her path.       

            She enjoyed gardening, had a beautiful yard, writing, music, hunting and fishing which she enjoyed with Becky.  She was a deep thinker and enjoyed books especially her Bible.

            Jean passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 at a Bismarck hospital.

            She is survived by her daughters, Deb (Bruce) Pulkrabek of West Fargo and Becky Vandal of Bismarck; grandchildren, Brooke (Joe) Mechtenberg, Tyler (Brittany) Pulkrabek; Kasey (Jeremy) Pulkrabek, Chris (Bre) Vandal and Bobbi Jo (Lance) Vandal; great grandchildren; Teagan, Aria and Ivy Mechtenberg, Jasmine Schildberger and Hayley Vandal

            In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Pastor James Pladson, infant sister, Marilyn and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Deb/Jean/Becky Copied/pasted from FB I think I have the girls identified correctly.
Pladson, Jean-2 Pladson, Jean-3


Sprouting Potatoes under the Wolf moon
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):   Bottineau, ND



Gary and Dunseith friends,

FYI  the above BBC; I enjoyed looking  for things  that give me a smile,  on  c-o-l-d—–JANUARY DAYS.


Good news. No shoveling   this a.m!

There is a  shining sun  and no wind here in in the great white  frozen North Dakota.

I  am excited to  look for the Wolf Moon in the morrow.

This morning, I took Lochbuie to see his friends at tractor supply.

If I don’t get him out and about oft and again,

He sneaks away and  starts digging up carpeting from under my bed.

H guess, he thinks, “I really should not  mind as new wood flooring would benefit the place”

A social dog, Lochbuie  needs to get out and see people  or he becomes a  rather  recalcitrant terrier.

How  many of you remember cold days of winter when our mums provided  us with extra chores…….?

If I was back at the farm….in days gone by I’d be sprouting potatoes  the root cellar.

I will be  looking  for  the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

Our branch of the Metcalfe’s love  that old print,  “Lone Wolf on aHill” overlooking a town.

My Dad liked it so much.  It reminded him of Wolf Point MT and  the art and and writing of Charles M. Russell .

Vickie Metcalfe


“Former of the hills” neighbor
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Friend of Dunseith Gary_ et al,

This information____ was shared with me by a “former of the hills” neighbor, 

Thinking of the folks in our famiies.
Many were raised in ND and iived sometime in the range  of 1900-2000.
Wow for changes they experienced! 

I’m remembering;  many of our friends and neighbors “of  the hills” like my family who  didn’t get indoor plumbing  or telephone until the 1960’s.

Some like the Anthony’s never did.
(Hmmm. I wonder, if they  knew they living off the grid?)
My Dad and all of his siblings were born at home with the exception of Aunt Jean.

Keeping this stuff in mind is helpful working on genealogy.

Until later,
Vickie Metx calfe


“Well done, is better than well said.”  Benjamin Franklin

The year is 1918 “One hundred years ago.” What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1918:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in! the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1918 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year. A dentist earned $2,500 per year. A veterinarian between $1,500 and 4,000 per year.

And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, And, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

  1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars …

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!

It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 yea



Blog (764) posted on April 6, 2010


Mike & Sandra Zeiler (62) Vandal’s grandson is having lung Surgery: From Mike & Sandra: Elk River, MN

Hi Gary, Grandson Matthew is having surgery tomarrow morning at the U of M. We have prayed for an Easter mircle and am confident everything will go well. Surgery will remove two spots from L. lung and in a week they will remove one spot from the R lung. He will be in the hospital approx. three days for each surgery, couldn’t do both as it would be to hard on Matthew. Of course the lab results can come back clean for cancer, but with type of cancer he had, the

  1. isn’t taking any chances. So, yes, prayers are more then welcome and very much needed. God is listening, and all will be answered. Thank you. Mike and Sandy

Mike and Sandra, We know this has been an up hill battle for Matthew. Our prayers are with him. Gary


Reunion: Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA


I hope this note finds you and Bernadette well, I am writing to inform you that I will not be making the reunion in May, my sister Patty is a school teacher, and wants very much to go back with me when I go so I opted to go when she gets out of school in June. I will miss seeing all of you as a group but will see some as individuals when I get there.


Ron, We understand, but we will for sure miss you. Gary


The following is from the Achieves of July 2008
From Bev Morinville Azure (72):


Vickie, I am so thankful you told us the story about how the church got its name WOW it is good to know the history…You made a tear come to my eye as I read this and caught not only my feeling as a teenagers back them but I am sure many others. As we watched about the war back then i remember thinking how can they turn there back on out boys. I remember when they said the war was over and the church Bells rand around town. Debbie and I were so excited to know it was over. once again thank each and every soldier that has served . COME ON PEOPLE lets hear it for our men and woman out there defending our freedom !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sharon i know the feeling when you live on forgein soil isn’t the feeling amazing when your feet hit the ground of the GOOD OLD USA


Picture/Message from Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62):

 The picture of Arnold and Lorna was taken while we were up in Rugby for Arnold’s b-day. At the same day, we went to see Connie Peterson and Blair Tandeski at the folks’ old farm. They really appreciated Connie and Blair’s hospitality. Take care, Sandra and Mike

Arnold and Lorna Zeiler at the Lodge in the Peace Garden.



Folks, The messages from here to the bottom of this email all relate to the 1950 Dunseith squad football picture that was provide by Glen Williams.


From Florence Hiatt Dahl (50):

Mercy……….58 years ago a picture of the Dunseth squad…Picture 52. The faces all look familar, but the only one I can put a name to is my brother Don, number 2. A bunch of good looking fellows…..


From Janice Leonard Workman (56): Janice_Workman@earthlink.net

Hi Gary, in the football picture Glen Williams sent #1 is Bob Leonard, # 10 is Clark Crum, #9 Barry Shelver, # 4 Gary Morgan, #5 Dick Morgan, #12 is Marshall Awalt. I think that #8 is Don Hosmer, #11 is Jerry Williams and #2 could be Don Hiatt, I also think that Glen Williams knows all in this picture because he is either # 6 or 7. Oh, yes Kick McKay could be #6 or 7 also. My 3 older brothers, Bill, Bob, and Ed were on one of the 1st football teams Dunseith had in the early 50’s. On the same team were the Morgan boys, Dick and Gary and the Williams boys, Jerry and Glenn. There was an article in one of the papers about all those brothers, probably the Turtle Mountain Star or the Dunseith Journal. I don’t see Bill at all on the picture, and #3 could be Ed, but he isn’t smiling and not wearing glasses, so I can’t be sure. It also looks like someone, maybe a coach is smudged out of the picture on the left. The team played 6- or 9-man. These days, when you see a football team picture, even in high school, there are many more players than in this picture. I think Auburn High School has about 50 or 60 on their team. Of course it’s a much bigger school also. Anyway, when Dunseith started it’s football program, I was not in high school yet. In the picture, Barry Shelver was probably a freshman. When I got into high school, Mr Jerstad was the coach and the cheerleaders always got to go to the away games, but we didn’t have buses, so we rode with whoever. What fun those days were!!!

Janice Leonard Workman


From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56):

Good Morning Gary,

The football picture sure brings back lots of memories. This picture was taken only shortly before Eddie Leonard went into the San Haven with TB.

#12 Marshall Awalt, #10 Clark Crum, #8 Don Hosmer, #11 Unknown, #9 Barry Shelver, #1 Bob Leonard, #2 Unknown, #4 Gary Morgan, #5 Dick Morgan, #6, #7, both unknown, #3 Eddie Leonard. Was the coach a fellow named Mr. Blake?

The stories of the Military Men from our community are wonderful, we have no idea what they have been through. Marshall was in Korea, and also in Vietnam twice, he never talks about his experiences. From the medals he has earned we know he did what was expected of him to the best of his ability and then some. Thank God for small town boy across the country who have given their all so we can life in peace.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)



From Dick Johnson (68):

 Gary and Friends,

I sure you will get several IDs on the football picture. I will throw in my guess. No. 1–Bob Leonard 4–Gary Morgan 5–Dick Morgan 7–Kick McKay 10-Clark Crum 8–Don Hosmer 9–Barry Shelver? 6–Bill McKay? 2–? 11-? 12-? 3–?

Jerry Williams is probably one of the players, if he has the picture. Gary Morgan will know these guys are!



From Ellen (Graff-58) Myrick:

 Some names/gueses od 50 football team: 12 ?, 10 Clark Crum, 8 Bob Hosmer, 11 ?, 9 Barry Shelver, 1 Bob Leonard, 2 Don Conroy, 4 Gary Morgan, 5 Dick Morgan, 6 & 7 Glen and/or Jerry Williams, 3?

 Ellen (Graff-58) Myrick


Photos/message from Glen Williams (52):  

Gary this is a “cleaned up photo”that I eamiled you before….someone said they could not recognize anyone….maybe this will help….It was the 1950 squad…and Bob Leonard was number 1…now who else do you recognize?

Glen Williams

(1) Bob Leonard, (2) Don Hiatt, (4) Gary Morgan, (5) Dick Morgan, (6) Glen Williams, (7) Kick McKay, (3) Ed Leonard

(12 Marshall Awalt, (10) Clark Crum, (8) Don Hosmer, (11) Jerry Williams, (9) Barry Shelver


Gary.. The attached 2007 reunion photo pictures four guys who were members of the 1950 football team…can you you match the 1950 football individual team members with the individuals in the 2007 photo…????


No looking back now…!!!!

Glen Williams

Picture L to R:


01/16/2019 (2691)

Memory Poems of Jean Pladson’s life
Posted by her sister Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND

I wanted to share a couple poems that reminded me of Jean’s life:

If God has made this world so fair,

Where sin and death abound,

How beautiful, beyond compare,

Will Paradise be found.

— James Montgomery


Death is not the enemy of life, but it’s friend,

For it is the knowledge that our years are limited

Which makes them so precious.

It is the truth that time is but lent to us

Which makes us, at our best,

Look upon our years as a trust

Handled into our temporary keeping

— Joshua Loth Liebman


My Dad, Mother and Jean all passed away in January and all in the “7’s.”

Dad—   January 27

Mom— January 17

Jean— January 7

May the Lord comfort you and give you peace


Virgil Rude’s Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Gary’s comments;

I am sure many of you knew Virgil Rude. His parents were Alfred and Viola Bjornseth Rude. They live on the south side of Highway #43, several miles east of Lake Metigoshe. The Stokes’, Rude’s and Oscar and Sylvia Bergan were like family in my growing up days. We did many things together. Salem Church was the common bond.

The last time I saw Virgil and his younger brother Allen too, was in 2013 in Bottineau.  I hadn’t seen Allen since about 1965.  It was so nice seeing both of them.

Virgil used to call me periodically here In the Philippines too. The last time he called was to let me know that his cousin Glen Rude had passed away.  He will be missed.

Virgil Allen Rude
Rude, Virgil

Virgil Allen Rude, 83, Minot, died Wednesday, January 09, 2019, in a Minot nursing home.

Virgil was born July 29, 1935 in Bottineau, ND to Alfred and Viola (Bjornseth) Rude. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, rural Bottineau and attended Loon Lake #15 rural school near Lake Metigoshe in Bottineau County. He graduated from Bottineau High School in 1953.  Virgil’s teaching career began at the Hilton #10 rural school. He earned his standard teaching certificate in 1956 from Minot State University.

Virgil was united in marriage to Geraldeen Haga from Bergen, ND on August 18, 1957 in Velva. He spent two years teaching in Ray Public Schools. Virgil earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Minot State University in 1959 and completed his Master’s Degree in 1967 at the University Of North Dakota in Grand Forks.  He taught at Bel Air Elementary School in Minot for several years before serving as the Elementary School Director for Minot Public Schools from 1970-1995 when he retired. He continued with Minot State University as Supervisor of Student Teachers and worked in this capacity from 1998-2005.

Virgil’s military career began in 1954. He attended Officer Candidate School in 1957 and graduated from Engineer Officer School in Ft. Belvoir, VA on July 28, 1961. He was called to active duty on September 21, 1961. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1961 and later to Captain in 1965. He graduated from the Engineer Advance Course in 1971 and was promoted to Major in 1972. He graduated with honors from the US Army Command and General Staff College. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel in 1978 and Colonel in 1984. He received the Army Commendation Medal in 1976, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1983, Meritorious Service Medal with First Leaf Cluster in 1984 and Legion Merit Medal in 1986. He was honorably discharged in 1985.

Following his discharge, he worked with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as a liaison between employers and returning members of the military rejoining the workforce.

Virgil was active with many organizations, some of which included: Phi Delta Kappa, Sons of Norway, Metigoshe Ministries Board, Minot Lions Club, Scandinavian Heritage Association Board, SCORE, Medora Foundation, Trails & Rides National Park Program, Lewis & Clark Foundation, International Visitors Council, Hostfest Board and longtime member of Augustana Lutheran Church until it closed due to the flood of 2011. Virgil became a member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot.

Virgil is survived by: his daughter, Rhonda Rude, Chicago, IL; brother, Allen and Julie Rude, Watertown, SD; sister-in-law, Janice Swedberg, Fergus Falls, MN and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Viola Rude, wife, Geraldeen Rude, mother and father-in-law, Art and Gladys Haga and brothers-in-law, Art Haga Jr. and LeRoy Swedberg.

Funeral service: 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019 at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment with Military Honors:  Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, located on Highway 43 East of  Lake Metigoshe, in the Spring/Summer 2019.

Visitation: Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred to the Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.


Blog (764) posted on April 5, 2010


Reply to Dick Johnson (68):
From Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM

Hi Dick,

Thanks again for the response. I would truly love to see the stone arch cave near Bottineau. I plan to be home in July and would be grateful for any additional information that comes your way.



Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND.

Hi Everyone, It has been ages since I have posted anything. I admit that it has been very hectic so haven’t been keeping up with the daily blog. I was prompted by the photo of Gene Bender receiving a gift from our nursing department and had to comment. The Healthy Heart event was born out of an idea our nursing students had to “give back”. Our SNO (STudent Nurse Organization) at Dakota College at Bottineau did a great job educating the public about the importance of being “heart healthy”. Funds they raised at earlier events allowed them to present Gene with a monetary gift to offset his medical bills. It was great to see him…he is highly thought of on campus and missed very much.

Just a note: We will be having a Richard family reunion this summer with a few events during the week, culminating in Nancy (Hosmer) Baldwin and Keith Kontzie’s wedding on July 17. There will be a dance at the Birchwood that evening open for all to help celebrate their event….more details will be coming later I am sure. For those of you relatives interested in attending our little reunion, please email me for details.

Diane, With the Richard Family reunion coming, I am reposting the Richard family Matrix.

I have only taken this graph to the 4th generation. Gary


From the Achieves:

Picture L to R:

Back row L to R Clarence Bye, Clarence Christianson , Coonie McKay, Erling Berg, Stan Salmonson, Cliff Salmonson, Art Henning, Ingolf Medlang

 3rd row Joan Salmonson, Alvina Christianson, Helen Bye, Agnes Salmonson, Ella Metcalfe, Dorothy Halvorson

 2nd row Gladys Henning, Hannah Rude, Delores Berg , Bernice Johnson, Caroleen Williams, Alma Halvorson, Alice McKay

 Front row Don Johnson, Art Rude, Cliff Halvorson, Lawrence Struck, Lester Halvorson, Jim Metcalfe, Don Williams


Dennis Dubois and Lee (Leland) Stickland – July 2007
Note: Dennis will be attending the Reunion. Lee, we’d love to see you too????


01/11/2019 (2690)

Evelyn (Jean) Hanson Pladson
Pladson, Jean

Jean’s Obituary

Jean Pladson, age 79 of Bismarck formerly of Bottineau died Monday at a Bismarck hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.  Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be a the Salem Cemetery near Bottineau.

Funeral Service

Metigoshe Lutheran Church 


Jean Hanson Pladson
Message from Audrey Hanson Aitchison Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends,

It is with deep sadness to let you know my sister, Jean Pladson, passed away on Monday, 1/7. She was such a caring, loving person and helped and encouraged so many people. She called me two nights before she passed away and we talked for 1 1/2 hours. She was telling me she had appointments with 3 different Drs. for serious procedures. She has been in pain for over 20 years, but she always trusted in the Lord to help her through her struggles. She left a legacy of how much she loved the Lord and always trusted Him. Her suffering and pain are now over. She died instantly and didn’t have to spend weeks or months suffering in a hospital with all her pain, that pain pills couldn’t even control. She said she was “leaving it all in the hands of the Lord.”  The last thing I told her was that I would be praying for her, and that I prayed everyday for her and all of our family for their health and for the Holy Spirit to be in each of our lives so none of us would be lost and we would be ready for Jesus to take us up to heaven with Him when He comes. The most important thing in her life was to be ready when the Lord comes so He could take her home. She is now resting in the hands of Jesus.

I talked to the Christian Center this morning and they said her funeral will be on Saturday at either 1:00 or 2:00. The pastor is meeting with her family this afternoon so it can be worked out. I will let you know when I hear this afternoon. Blessings to all of you.

Pladson, Jean-1
Jean Pladson Memories
From Toni  (’68):  Farimount, ND 

Yes, Jean was my first cousin as well. Her father, Burt, was my mother’s brother. Gary, you are so right; Jean was so warm and loving. My sister, Beverly, was especially close to Jean, and the last time I saw her was at Bev’s funeral. She was also very funny.

Toni Gredesky


Jean Pladson Memories
From Diane Larson Sjol (’70): Minot, ND

Thanks for the info on Jean. She loved talking about family history and I learned a lot from her. Frances Hanson Morinville,  her cousin, was my dad’s cousin through my grandma Alma Hanson Larson. Morinville girls were our best friends growing up. whenever we made a trip back to Dunseith, it was the first stop.

Also, I can’t find the post with Colette’s question about the Viking caves. any idea when that was. am very interested in that as well as the morning stone Dick mentioned. Thanks.


Condolences to the Jean Pladson family
From Vicky Hiatt LaFontaine (’73): Grafton, ND

Condolences to Jeans family, I loved her smile and her loving heart.


Darrel (Bud) Stokes, Following 47 years of employment, is officially retired.

Folks, As of December 31, 2018, my brother Bud is officially retired. He worked for the City of Bottineau for 20 years. Prior to that he worked 25 years at Frykman Ford in Bottineau. He also work several years for Willard Lasher when he had the service station on Highway #5 in Bottineau.
Stokes, Darrel



Blog (763) posted on April 4, 2010
Bill McDonald picture:
Reply from Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND

Gary, I remember Bill Mcdonald from workin g and living in Bottineau all these yeasrs, and I believe Karen is right. In fact, my mother-in-law used to play Bingo with Bill, if memopry serves!



Bill McDonald picture:
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,

Karen is right; the fellow in the picture has been identified as Bill McDonald. Thanks Karen/Dale.



Bill McDonald picture:


I believe Bill McDonald has now passed on. I believe this is his death record that I found pasted below. In doing a search for Bill, I could not find any relatives other than for a John McDonald that was born in 1912 that lived at the same residence as Bill in Bottineau.

In doing my search for Bill I made a few phone calls with some leads I found. Those phone calls led me to a lady by the name of Carole McDonald who lives in Bottineau. I was so surprised when she told me she knew who I was and that she is a sister-in-law to Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65) and of sister to Carmen (Floyd) Leonard Richard. She told me she knows LeaRae Parrill Espe (67) and that she is a next door neighbor to Helen (65) (Duane) Rivard Christenson. Talk about a small world.


William MCDONALD       Birth Date: 13 Mar 1910     Death Date: 3 Jun 2004     Social Security Number:       State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: North Dakota     Death Residence Localities     ZIP Code: 58318     Localities: Bottineau, Bottineau, North Dakota   Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau, North Dakota    

Pictures from the House warming last week-end at Kawit, Cebu, Philippines

Folks, I’ve got some extra room today, so I thought I’d throw in some pictures from our week-end excursion this past week-end. We attended a house warming for some friends of ours that have a beech resort located about 75 miles north of us near the north end of this island of Cebu. This couple purchased this beach property 29 years ago for a small fraction of what it is worth today. They recently sold a much smaller lot a short distance up the shore that they also purchased 29 years ago. The proceeds from that sale were more than enough to cover the expenses for their new house and miscellaneous buildings on this lot. They cut no corners. I’m guessing they spent close to several hundred thousand or more dollars to build what they have.

Note: I have posted a lot more of these pictures of our week-end up in Kawit on Facebook.
L to R: Barbara Kenny from the UK; Imelda ILanan who was a famous Filipina movie star a few years back with many reruns today; Bernadette & Dinah Craven the lady of the house.

House warming dinner on the beach. This was our table. Bernadette is on the very end on the right side. I was sitting next to the guy with the red shirt. He is from Australia. The couple next to him are from the UK. The rest of us are from the USA. We have become very close friends with all of these folks, all of whom are retired here. The natives have difficulties understanding the English of the folks from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zeeland & Australia. One of their favorite expressions is “Bloody this and Bloody that”.

This is the beach front of the property of our Friends with the house warming. They have about 400′ of beach front. The cement bulkhead, that runs the entire length, was dug down into the sand 10′. It was dug that deep to prevent erosion from the sea. They said they had 65 folks working on this bulkhead last week to get it completed for the house warming. Thank god Filipino labor is cheap.

This is their house pictured with two one bedroom Bungalows for guests. The guy in the picture is Ian. He and his Wife Dinah are the owners. Ian is from the UK and Dinah is originally from Cebu, PI. Ian is still working part time. He works 2 weeks a month for an off shore oil drilling company in Singapore. He does a lot of his work on line, but his office is in Singapore. Singapore is about 800 or so miles NW of us across the waters.


01/09/2019 (2689)

Jean Pladson Passed away.


I was so saddened to receive Cousin Audrey’s message yesterday that Jean Pladson had passed away yesterday (Monday 1/7/2019) in her home in Bismarck.

Jean was one of the friendliest, nicest persons on the face of this earth with a so much compassion and love.  She will be dearly missed.

Jean was my first cousin and also a first cousin to the Joe Morinvelle children.  Jeans mother Olga was my dad’s sister.

Jean was Married to Duane Pladson. Duane passed away a few years ago. Jean and Duane lived a mile south of the Rendahl hill, on  highway #43, on the Bottineau/Rolette county line.

I will be posting Jeans Obituary later. Jeans funeral will be at the Metigoshe Lutheran Christian Center. Date and time have not yet been determined.

Rest in peace Jean. You will be dearly missed.




Barbara Counts LaRocque (DHS ’72) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Barbra A. LaRocque | 2018
Call to Order Flowers by Phone 888-579-7953 Code: 69944


Funeral Mass services for Barbra Ann LaRocque, age 64 of Dunseith, were held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s of the Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith. Officiating at the Mass was the Reverend Father Michael Slovak S.O.L.T. Special music was provided by Joe Parisien and Richard Turcotte. Pall Bearers were Jeffrey LaRocque, Conway LaRocque, Chris Lindteigen, Chad Parisien, Ernie Counts, Clarence St. Claire, Lloyd Counts III and Shawn LaRocque. Honorary Bearers were all friends and family.

Barbra Ann LaRocque was born to Lloyd Counts Sr. and Louise (Trottier) Counts on August 17, 1954 in Plentywood, Montana. She attended college at United Tribes Technical College and the Turtle Mountain Community College. On September 11, 1982 she married Stephen (Cheech) LaRocque. Barbra worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She also worked at Walmart, the Casino, the Public Defenders Office, and for the last 16 years as a Community Health Representative (CHR).

Barbra loved spending time with family and friends, whom she loved to cook for. She also loved gardening, canning, going to bingo, playing cards and rummaging. Barbra’s favorite holiday was Christmas, and loved having her husband, kids, and grandkids all around her.

Barbra was a member of the St. Michael’s of The Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith.

Barbra passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in her home.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen of Dunseith; Three daughters, Roxanne (Chris) Lindteigen, Valerie (Chad) Parisien, and Stephanie (Tony) Keplin all of Dunseith; Two sons, Jeff (Melanie) LaRocque and Conway (Amber) LaRocque both of Dunseith; 26 Grandchildren; 4 Great-grandchildren; Two Godchildren, Carrie Crawford and Sean Counts; Brothers, Clarence (Mary) Counts; and Ernest (Ernie) Counts both of Dunseith; Two Sisters, LouAnn (Clarence) St. Claire and JoAnn (Randy) Brunelle both of Dunseith; Special friend, Judy LaRocque of Dunseith; Several Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law and multiple Nieces and Nephews.

Barbra was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Louise Counts; One Son, Brian LaRocque; and Brothers, Ronald Counts, Lloyd Counts Jr. and Clifford Counts.

Arrangement were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.



Blog (762) posted on April 3, 2010

Erling Berg’s Birthday:
Posted by Diane Berg Rheault (79): Fargo, ND.

Gary, Erling Berg is 88 yrs. old today (Apr.2nd), We had a birthday party for him today up at the hospital in Rugby (3rd floor-long term care). Present were Delores Berg, Keith Berg, Diane (Berg) Rheault with husband Jim and daughter Jacqueline, friend Howard, and Art Rude Jr. stopped in to say hello and wish Dad a Happy Birthday. Erling got his favorite cake (spice with brown sugar frosting). He said he will not forget this day!!

Diane, We all wish your dad a very happy birthday. He was and is a very well known guy in the Dunseith community. My dad and others worked for or with your dad at San Haven for a number of years. Often times supervisors don’t always have good approval ratings from their employees. Dad always had so much good to say for Erling. He is a great man.

 I don’t remember your dad that well, but I sure remember his brothers Clarence and Hilmar. Hilmar celebrated his 90th birthday a year or two ago and is living in Bottineau. Clarence, deceased, was married to Mabel Berg also deceased. She was a Berg married to a Berg. Mabel’s sister, Helga, was married to my dad’s brother, Nels Petterson. Nels & Helga, now deceased, lived in Everett, WA. I saw Clarence & Mabel, many times, with their numerous visits to see Nels and Helga when we lived in Bremerton, WA. Hilmar spent several winters working in Everett in the late 60’s too. He stayed with Nels and Helga. Gary



Condolences to the Berube family with memories of Billy:
From Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND

Condolences to Jim, Tom and all the Berube Family. Although Bill was several years younger than me, he had one of those personalities that is always remembered. Memories of Bill. The evening of November 22, 1965. Bill (Billy to us back then) had come over to August Dionne’s place in Dunseith, where I was living. I don’t recall the exact reason but August was not there. I invited Billy in and we had one of those rare conversations one would not otherwise have, except on a spontaneous ocassion. Some time passed and Billy said, “Oh, Cassius Clay is going to fight Floyd Patterson tonight!” He asked for the radio, we found it. Billy started telling me about Cassius Clay and I recall he was very excited about it. I said to Billy, your really a fan of his, arn’t you?”

Billy explained he did not know if he would consider himself a fan, but said his personality just makes me feel happy and its exciting – the way he acts. I did not know that much about professional boxing, but Billy, being the sports type of person ( like the Berube’s) told me all about it. He told me about Cassius Clay’s personality, how he shouted “I’am the greatest, I’am the king’ and how Cassius Clay would say a rhyme on the round he would win the fight. We listened to the fight and sure enough, Cassius Clay then started his antics and Billy said excitedly to me “Aime, listen! listen!, he is saying he is the greatest ! Floyd Patterson lost by a TKO and I asked Billy what that was and he explained it to me.

Of course Cassius Clay went on to become Muhammed Ali and I watched his many fights and antics. In life, some things we remember, some things we forget, but whenever I watched Ali fight throughout life – I was reminded of that evening that Bill Berube introduced him to me.

About 8 years later I seen Bill for a short time at the University of ND. There was no doubt to me, Bill would go on to a successful teaching and intellectual life. Bill Berube was always to me, one of those persons that was one of the “greatest.”

Several years ago I seen Jim at a Bottineneau/Vally City football game. I asked Jim about Bill. Jim explained he was a professor, teaching at (U of Wyoming?) at Laramie. I was not surprised Bill would end up becoming a professor. He had that keen, intellectual insight into things.


Viking Stone caves in the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

In answer to Colette’s question, I think the stone arch cave northwest of Bottineau is still there, although I’ve heard some more deterioration has taken place. Nature continues to try to reclaim anything men change. There is a sign along the highway north of Carbury that points out an historic site to the northeast. I can only assume it is directing attention to the cave, although I haven’t checked it out to see. One more thing for my ‘bucket list’. Late last night I received an email telling me another mooring stone had been found much further east along the foothills. This one is in Rolette County and east yet of Butte St. Paul. This one was also checked out and documented by Ed Milligan and crew. I think Colette’s depiction of the Vikings being a hardy bunch of explorers really sums it up. It would appear that they had little fear of what they might encounter–that would certainly be an advantage in traveling into unchartered areas. The Spaniards thought they would sail off the end of the Earth because it was flat. I guess the Vikings hadn’t heard the news from Spain! Thanks Gary!



Spring time with snow in the Turtle Mountains:
Picture posted by Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

The wind started to blow in the night and this is what we have this morning. It’s spring in the Turtle Mountains! Thanks Gary!



Picture possibly identified:
Reply from Dale and Karen Hagen (70) Simon:  Bottineau, ND

Gary, Dale Simon here, My Wife Karen Said that picture of the Missing identy of that man could be Bill McDonald. Karen said that she took care of Bill at the hospital and that it sure looks like him but the only thing is that he is from Souris,ND

Folks, Do any of you know Bill McDonald? The folks at Long Term in Saint Andrews get these messages too. Maybe they can be of some assistance for a positive ID. I trust Karen’s instincts though, that this may be Bill. Gary



01/04/2019 (2688)

Beulah Thompson Hoaglund’s 100th birthday
Posted by Key Hildebrandt: 


Could you please post a request for readers to mail birthday cards to a cousin who will be celebrating her 100th birthday?

The birthday girl is Mrs. Beulah Hoaglund.  Bea is the daughter of Bennie and Melvina (Thompson) Lasher, granddaughter of Anthony and Esther Thompson.  Cousin of all the descendants of Olaf, Clara, Ulysses, Ida (Pritchard), Ella (Pritchard), and Candace (Torbert) Thompson.  She is very much alert and loves receiving cards.  Her birthday is January 13th.  Her address is:

Mrs. Beulah Hoaglund

c/o The Beehive Home of Excelsior

6330 Hazeltine Blvd.

Excelsior, MN  55331

Thank you for your help, Kay Hildebrandt

 Gary’s Comment

Beulah is cousin to the Pritchard’s, Ella (Eldon) Pladson and Esther (Edmar & John) Tangen.

Ulysses Thompson was married to my dad’s aunt, Clara Stokes. That’s on the other side of the family though so I’m only related to Beulah through that marriage.  


Blog (761) posted on May 2, 2010


Condolences to the Berube Family:
From Jean Nicholas Miller (66): Glendale, AZ

Gary, I too would like to send my condolences to the Berube family. I don’t remember Bill real well but do remember the rest of the family. It sounds like he was a good and dedicated man. I’m sorry. Jean


Reply from Rita Anderson (Former Gamble store owner): Fargo, ND.

Hi I too want to wish Armond a Very Happy Birthday. I remember him in the hardware store, when (Edgar and I) had the Gamble store.



Funeral services for Helen A. Bye, age 96 of Bottineau, were held on Monday at 2:00 P.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial was in Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Officiating at the service was the Reverend John Hesford. The congregation sang selected hymns and Dick and Brenda Johnson provided special music. Casket bearers were Curt Halvorson, Terry Halvorson, Jim Kester, Lyle Lagerquist, Dick Roland and Russell Kihne.

Helen Alvide Bye, a daughter of Casper and Ella (Berg) Christianson, was born on February 3, 1914 in Cordelia Township, Bottineau Co. She was the second child of five sisters and three brothers that attended school at Loon Lake in Bottineau Co. Helen graduated from Bottineau High School and attended Minot Teachers College and received her teaching certificate. She then taught country school in Rolette and Bottineau Counties. On December 21, 1939 she was married to Clarence A. Bye at Dunseith. Clarence passed away in June 1976. Helen continued to live on the family farm in Willow Lake Township, Rolette Co. until she entered the assisted living apartments in September 2000. In July of 2009 she entered the long term center at the St. Andrew’s Hospital where she has resided since.

She was a member of the Rendahl Lutheran Church until it merged with Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Helen was active in the ladies aide, Bottineau Sons of Norway and the Lois Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Helen passed away on Thursday March 25, 2010 in a Bottineau hospital.

She is survived by sisters, Bernice (Harold) Carlson of Grand Forks and Florence Struck of Bottineau; sister-in-law, Alvina Christianson of Bottineau; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Harland, Henry and Clarence; sisters Ella Mae Christianson, Emma Halvorson and Alma Halvorson; brothers-in-law, Sigurd Ronning, Oscar Bye, Carl Bye, Lawrence Bye, Albert Halvorson, Clifford Halvorson and Laurence Struck; sisters-in-law, Bella Ronning and Eva Bye.


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

I had my 6th chemo treatment today and it went fine. I’m pretty tired out tonight but otherwise ok. Only 6 more to go! My blood work has been fine each week as well so that is one less worry. It is just a matter of getting through it. I don’t see my Oncologist until next week so I’ll know more about of future plans for my treatments then.

Connor is really doing great. Yesterday his Doctor switched him to eating every time he wakes up and is ready instead of the every 3 hours schedule he was on. He has just been excelling since the switch. It’s like he is so happy to eat when he decides that it’s all he wants to do. A couple of days ago he would only eat maybe an ounce or so eat feeding. Now he eats at least 2 ounces each time and still wakes himself up every 3 hours raring to go. He is also such a good baby. He just fusses a little until he gets his bottle. I hardly ever hear him cry so that is sure nice. Hopefully he will stay that way! If he stays on this track and doesn’t have any major problems with his reflux his Doctor said he could go home Monday!! Patrick and I are so excited. It will be wonderful to finally have him home and be a family again.

I hope you all enjoy your Easter with someone you love. I know Patrick and I will be enjoying it with Connor and couting down the hours until we can go home.


The follow pictures and newspaper articles have been posted by
Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Everyone,

I thought you should see how the “real” Easter chickie looks!! LOL! This was taken in 1999, the last year I taught school.

Former students: Does the handwriting/room/etc. look familiar? Too bad you can’t hear my voice!! LOL!!!


Folks, Since many of you know Jean and knew Duane, I thought I’d share this picture that Neola sent. With Jean’s dad, Bert Hanson, being a brother to Frances Morinville and her mother, Olga, being a sister to my Dad, the Morinville Siblings and the Stokes Siblings share Jean and her sister, Audrey Aitchinson, as first cousins. Jean has continued to live on the same place since she and Duane were married. Her farm is located a half mile south of the Peace Garden Road (#43) on the county line. Duane passed away in September 1988. Audrey lives in Bottineau. Gary
Jean & Duane (Deceased) Pladson

Folks, This picture is so familiar. I’m thinking we posted this once before and
he was identified. For some reason we have lost his identity. Do any of you
recognize this gentleman. Thanks, Gary









12/31/2017 (2687)

Happy New Year Everyone,

It’s NYE in the Philippines. We don’t have  much planned for this evening. We have reservations at the Buffet 101, but Bernadette’s condition has taken downward turn. Our help doesn’t go if Bernadette isn’t going. I may just go solo.

I just returned from the City Mall located in the local market. It’s a regular bee hive down there with so many people, cars and motorcycles. I had to come home the back way and the long way too. The Market is about ¼ mile from our house.



Turtle Mountain Star 60 year news
Posted by Carmen Richard:  Rolette, ND

In the 60 years ago column in the Turtle Mountain Star =Dec  24 2018=====The Dunseith Dragons annexed two Turtle Mountain conference victories last week, as they rolled  over the ST John Woodchucks 89-27 and handed the Rock Lake Aces their first loss of the season, 55- 52. Six Dragons reached double figures as Rodney Kalk counted 14, Curtis Halvorson, Larry Schneider and Mickey Kester each got 12. John Morgan hit 11 and Nikkey Bedard had 10.



Book of Poems relating to Turtle Mountains by William Chelcie Striker
Link posted by Ken Striker: 



Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:   Minot, ND
Sharlyn Olson (Chi Chi)| 1950 – 2018

 Memorial Service Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 10:00 AM

Sharlyn Olson

January 30, 1950 – December 25, 2018
Olson, Chi chi 2687
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

Blog (760) posted on April 2, 2010

Folks, My internet modem malfunctioned, so I have been most of the day without service. My internet provider was just here and replaced the modem, so I am back up and running again. I’m about 6 hours later than normal with my posting. Gary


Thomas Belgrade’s funeral notice:

THOMAS BELGARDE, 51, Belcourt, died Thursday in a Minot hospital. Funeral Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt. Visitation Tuesday, 6 p.m., rosary service Tuesday, 8 p.m., both in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)


Reply to Tommy Belgarde (Deceased)
From Denise Lajimodiere: Moorhead, MN

Tommy Belgarde the musician?



Condolences to the Tommy Belgarde Family:
From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND

Morning Gary,

I seen the posting regarding Tommy.

I remember Tommy (& Clifford) from when I lived on the farm out by St. Anthony’s. We use to ride the horses to Pigeons alot and would pass by their house. Also, remember going to dances where Tommy’s band was playing. Those were the good old days!

My condolences go out to Tommy’s families, he will be surely missed.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson


Memories of Tommy Belgarde:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND



Through the passing of each season, I revert to music. Yesterday, I when visiting with a class of students,who did not know about an old tradition of knocking at doors and giving flowers on May first. …… Myself? I ‘d first heard about May Day from Mrs.Florence Conroy.

While discussing May 1st. I began singing…… “Awake Awake Oh Pretty Maids Awake Out of your Drowsy Dream..and Step into your dairy house to fetch a bowl of cream………..” . My thoughts were of our gifted music teacher who introduced the Dunseith High School choir that song. I continue to always be amazed when melodies and the words are remembered just as our gifted teacher…….Mr. Don Johnson.

Saddened, I am to hear of the passing of Tommy Belgarde. Tommy also a truly gifted musician. (Tommy’s dad grew up in the hills north of Dunseith, neighbors to the Metcalfe’s at Rabbit City Lake…………and he in the foothills)

Many, many times, my cousin, Janice and Raphael hired Tommy’s band to play at Kelvin Klinic. My parents, along with Kelvin filled with many neighbors and folks enjoyed listening to Tommy appreciating his sense of timing and danced to his band. Ah……. those two-steps, fox trots and waltzes. (Do you remember the dancing at Kelvin Dorothy Pritchard? As I recall, She, and her husband could and would dance most of the evening.)

It was Turtle Mountain Metis’ Music at it’s best! Many weekends, I’d venture to the home farm from teaching in Montana just in time to take mom and dad dancing. Usually, upon seeing my dad,walk through the door with his white cane, Jimmie LaRocque would say to Tommy,” Let’s play one for Cliff. Tommy and the band accompanied Jimmie while he’d double string fiddled , I’d stand to be dad’s touch point while he’d clogged and jigged.

God Bless those dear hearts and gentle souls who made the music which carries on. Many Thanks. Vickie


Bryan Schimetz’s (77) Funeral cast:
From Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Gary This is a copy of Bryan Schimetz’s Funeral cast . Gary Fulsebakke sang several songs and very heartfelt and powerfully moving, This young man can really sing spiritual songs. I first heard Gary sing at his mothers 90th birthday party at Good Sam’s in Bottineau. I remember Gary saying that his mother, Midge, loved to sing gospel songs around the house and Gary loved to sing along with her. Judy Allard also sang very well. I will try to get a copy of the Obituary, which I left behind in Dunseith. I know some of his friends could not make it. So I will also try to get some miscellaneous photos of Bryans life to you at that time.

Thanks Gary for all that you do for us Fans of this blog.



Reunion – May 22nd

Folks, Verena’s list, below, is her master list and the official master list for those that have paid. Please reply with any discrepancy’s or omissions that you see so they can be corrected.

She will only be ordering T-shirts, Next week, for those that attended Dunseith schools that have paid when she sends the order in. She is unsure of those attending the reunion that have not paid, so will not be ordering T-shirts for those folks.

For the catrered dinner, Verena needs your payment no later than May 14th.

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

We are collecting a $5.00 registration fee per person. For those that have not prepaid their registration fee, they can pay at the time of registration when they arrive at the reunion. Gary

We currently have 273 folks signed up to attend the reunion.