4/20/2023 (2806)

Philippine Island “Boracay”. Calypso Beach resort.
Message from Gary Stokes.

Angel I returned last night from the Island of Boracay located about 100 air miles NW of Cebu. 35 minutes in a Boeing A320.

We had a beautiful 4 day stay.  It’s summer every day of the year in the Philippines. Never a cold day.

Boracay is noted as having some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world with warm waters.

Boracay is a small island with 3.98 Square miles and many  beach resorts. Boracay can only be reached by boat from the nearby Caticlan Airport.
2806 Boracay


Beverly Handeland Hamnes (‘DHS 1948) Obituary
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’48):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

Attached is the Nero Funeral Home  notice of the passing of Beverly Hamnes.

Beverly was the daughter of  long time  Willow Lake Township residents,

Clarence and Jennie  (Hurst) Handeland.

(Her grandfather Hurst and my Grandfather Lamb were neighbors and friends.)

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Beverly Handeland Hamnes
2808 Bev Handeland Hamnes
February 18, 1930 – April 19, 2023

Beverly Hamnes, age 93 of Bottineau passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at a Bottineau hospital.

Gary Stokes’ Comment
I was saddened to receive this message of Bev’s passing. She and Mel were very nice folks. I became very acquainted with them both on our 2009 Alaska Cruise. Nice friendly people. Mel Passed in September 2016. He was the Prior owner of the “Bottineau New Holland” dealership. Bev was one of the senior living of our Dunseith Graduates too. I will miss her wisdom for questions of the past.


Urbain Cote Dunseith “ROUND BARN”
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’48):  dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND

 Hello Gary and Dunseith Friends,

Read more on Off the Beaten Path: Return Trip – round barns in ND at
Round Barns of North Dakota was featured on today’s  tv news.

I was especially  interested and pleased to see  what is called, Dunseith’s  “Urbain Cote ROUND BARN” !

What a great memory I have of attending a Metcalfe cousin’s wedding dance there.
I attended that wedding and dance with  my mom and dad.

I have always  from early childhood, had a love to dance.
As a first grader  riding with my parents on our way to Aunt Jeans,
I would gaze at a ballet dance studio on Seattle’s Aurora Avenue.
And dream of  ballet.
But that dream was not to be.

In my teen years, I learned to two step, foxtrot, and waltz.
My favorite teacher  ever …..was  my dad Cliff, followed by Uncle’s Jim and Emil,

I wonder how many  readers can recall a memorable  night of dancing at the ROUND BARN? It was the best of times….in days gone bye……

When y’all come home to Dunseith look  South  East to  the Round Barn.
Listen to  the  breath of wind …perhaps  a memory of music and laughter, which withstood the test of time among……….Dunseith friends.

Catch you later!

Vickie L. Metcalfe
Tuesday, April 18, 2023


Reply to the San Haven picture
From Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

The picture of the San hits me right in the gut.  It was such an important part of Dunseith and the county.  I haven’t been there since our big class reunion.  It was a total shambles then and I assume it is worse now.  An important part of ND history reduced to rubble.

I don’t mean to make lite of this, but you know you are getting old when you are notified of one birth and one wedding per year ———- and 10 obituaries.  This getting old shit is not for the faint of heart.

Have a happy Easter everybody!


Denise Lajimodiere making history as ND poet laureate
Posted by Vicky Metcalfe (’48):   Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends od Dunseith,

I am delighted to read Denise Lajimodiere making history as ND poet laureate.

Denise,  along with Elaine Metcalfe , Donna (Morin) Kjorsvik and I, student taught together at Dunseith.
We graduated together from UND Elementary Education program.

Denise was always gifted in knowledge of Ojibwe history and  art.
She has been active  participant at the local heritage center in Belcourt.

Denise  also  dedicated effort and time  whilst researching oral history and publishing a book about residential schools.

Sincere best wishes Denise!

Vickie L. Metcalfe
April 18, 2023

Read more on Ojibwe woman makes history as North Dakota poet laureate at https://www.kfyrtv.com/2023/04/17/ojibwe-woman-makes-history-north-dakota-poet-laureate/

4/7/2023 (2805)

Happy Easter Everyone,

The period Wednesday Noon thru the Monday following Easter is a legal holiday season here. All major malls are closed Thursday and Friday. On Good Friday (today) things are locked down tight. Many of the businesses and all malls will be open Monday, but with holiday pay for their employees.

We had a very enjoyable dinner last night with 14 friends at our good Swiss friends, “Café Engelberg”,  restaurant. Very good food with a decent price with superb pampered hospitable service.

The guy on the left with the hat is my first cousin Jack who is visiting from Edmonton Alberta CA. Jack’s mother and my dad were Twins. The guy on the end is Dr.(Psychiatrist) Dave Sandness, cousin to Richard (Dick) Sandness who work at First National Bank in Bottineau for many years. The rest of the guys are Canadian and American. Of Coarse the gals are all Philippine.
2805 Expat

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

Hello Gary,

Meanwhile in ND  there’s an April snowstorm..

The winter of  2022-2023.

Snow storms , blizzards, ice just keep returning,
it is like waking up to: Ground hog Day, over, over,  and over once  again ……………….@ND

We are all, looking forward to better sunny days when you and  Angel come to ND in August.

April 4, 2023.

Gary Stokes’ Comment

Vickie, we are looking forward to Sunny days in August.

Hopefully Angel will have her Tourist Visa by then too. Keep our fingers crossed.

This will be Angel’s first trip to the USA. She is dearly looking forward to this trip too, to meet many of you folks.

January 1971 is the very last time I was back in North Dakota in the Winter months.

Mid-May to Mid-September is my/our time frame to visit.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

2805 Hill Tim
Timothy Hill (DHS Class 1968)
November 27, 1950  –  March 22, 2023

 Please share a memory of Timothy to include in a keepsake book for family and friends.

Timothy Hill, 72, Burlington, ND, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2023 in a Minot hospital with his loving family at his side.

Timothy John Hill was born on November 27, 1950, the oldest of seven children born to Johnny and Murl (Watkins) Hill in Bottineau, ND. He was raised on the family farm near Dunseith, ND, and attended school at Dunseith High School, graduating in 1968. He furthered his education by attending various colleges where Tim was pursuing drafting degree, prior to returning home to help on the family farm.

On October 23, 1976, Tim was united in marriage to Laurie Lynn Evans. The couple made their home in Dunseith, ND where he owned and operated Tim’s Menswear. The family later moved to Colorado, where he worked in furniture sales as well as delivered milk for his company Moo Juice Movers. In 1988, the family moved to Burlington, where together they raised their three children Sarah, Michael, and Taylor. In addition, Tim worked in sales for Nodak Candy and Tobacco Company before beginning a career with SRT which spanned over 23 years, retiring in 2019.

July 4, 2008, Tim was fortunate enough to be a recipient of a heart and kidney transplant. He was very thankful and grateful for the extra 15 years he was gifted. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington, where he was active in the choir. He enjoyed classic cars, auctions, driving in his corvette, cruising car lots for many hours, watching the Northern Lights, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Tim was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and brother who will be missed by all that knew him

Tim is survived by:

Wife of 46 years, Laurie; children: Sarah (Aaron) Glasoe, Michael (Ricki) Hill, Taylor (McKenzie) Hill; grandchildren: Hayden and Allie Glasoe, Gauge and Fisher Hill and Harlow Hill; siblings: Brenda (Bryant) Mueller, Gregory (Tami) Hill, Joanne (Gregory) Evans, Diane (Karl) Moline, Bruce (Jackie) Hill, and Lynn McKay (Todd Mark) and in-laws Jeff Evans, Joe (Leely) Evans and Jon Evans; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Murl Hill; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Joyce Evans; nephew, Luke Evans; sisters-in-law, Tamara Evans and Stephanie Montgomery.

Visitation: There will be no reviewal as cremation has taken place.  However, friends may sign a guest register on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 one hour prior to the service at the Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington, ND.

Memorial Service: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 11 am at Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington, ND. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed at the link provided on Timothy’s web page at www.thompsonlarson.com.



Obituary for Neva Haagenson Rainey (DHS Class ’57)
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Neva Rainey
August 5, 1939 – April 1, 2023

Neva Rainey, age 83 of Dunseith, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at a Bottineau nursing home.


Dot Hagen (Husband Tom, Brother-Law – Orvin Hagen) Obituary
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

2805 Dot Hagen
Darlene “Dot” Hagen
July 7, 1936  –  January 13, 2023

Visit Darlene ‘s tribute page to read the full obituary, gather event information and share a memory or express your condolences.


Obituary for Christopher  Pitsiladis
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

View details at https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/christopher-pitsiladis

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

I wish to extend   sympathy to the Pitsiiladis family on the passing of their beloved, Chris.

I recall Chris whist he attended elementary school here in Bottineau, I believe in Mrs. Mavis (Art) Hagen’s class.

He was quiet, serious and kind.

A couple years ago I was delighted to see him again  at his family restaurant business in Rolette.

There, he was a remarkable young  man with a passion to  prepare  and cook an  excellent meal for his patrons.

I enjoyed my meal and speaking with him. (His family siblings  had Dunseith School ties.)


Vickie L. Metcalfe
Friday, March 31, 2023


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
2805 1982-83 Dunseith Basketball

San Haven
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot, ND
2805 San Haven