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Our Grandson arrived Yesterday (Saturday) Morning from Tacoma, Washington.

 He had a direct flight from Seattle to Taipei, Taiwan. That was a long 12 hour flight. He actually flew over the Philippines in route to Taipei. He had a two hour layover in Taipei. It was a 3 hour flight from Taipei to Cebu.

 Tyler is very happy to be here and we are very happy to have him too. He will be here until June 14th.



Blog (599) posted on October 22, 2009


Posted on October 22, 2009

From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea

To the Halvorson family! I’m so sorry to hear of Brandon’s accident. He is in our prayers and thoughts. Lynn Halvorson Otto

Does anyone have an address to send memorials to for LaVonne Getzlaff Allard? I’d appreciate it very much. Thanks, Lynn Halvorson Otto

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

This is a very sad week for our entire community. I think I’ll send
condolences to nearly everyone as most are related to, or at least
friends with someone who has left us this week. This has to go down as
one of the worst times of losing neighbors and friends in many years. I
believe the last count was at seven deaths from the local area in just
over a week. I hope we have seen the last for a long time. Thanks Gary.


Obituary Provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


March 25, 1933-Oct. 18, 2009

ROLETTE Dorothy Ardis Rober’t, 76, Langdon, formerly of Rolette, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, in a Langdon hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Langdon.

She was born March 25, 1933, to Elmer and Isabella Hjelden in Minnewaukan. She married O.J. Rober’t on Dec. 2, 1950, in Dunseith.

Survivors: daughters, Carol Braun, Osceola, Wis., Darla Armstrong, Rolette, Dianne Johnson, Rolla; sons, Duane, Hiawatha, Kan., Russell, Wahpeton; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Burton, Greenbrier, Ark., Lloyd, Leeds, Ronald, Deer River, Minn., Sydney, Two Mexico, Mexico, Vernon, Grove, Okla., Larry and Paul, both of Minnesota; sisters, Helen Stalvik, Binford, Barb Solberg, of Dorothy, Minn., Marlene Petri, Langdon.

Funeral: Friday, 2 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette,

Burial: Island Lake Cemetery, Rolette.

Rosary service: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., in the church.

Visitation: Thursday, one hour prior to the service, in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)


Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, It amazes me how much difference there is in the cost of things there versus here. I, too, am a bowler. Alice and I have been league bowling for many years, though Alice decided to take this year off. We (just me this year) bowl on a money league and with the lineage fee, the prize fund fee and the league secretary’s fee, it costs $16.00 dollars per week. Our league bowls Thursday nights and we have four person teams of which at least one member must be of the opposite sex. On our team (Osima, which stands for: “Oh s#@%, I missed again.”), we have a lady and three men. This year we lowered our overall team age. Since Alice decided not to bowl we were able to find a lady to replace her and she is only fifty. I’m next at 61 and our other two guys are 76 and 77 respectively. But we do pretty well. Two years ago, our team finished in third place out of 30 teams. Last year we finished in 22nd (a real let down). And so far this year we are in 5th. Its a fun family type sport and a good night out. Just to set the record straight, my average is a bit higher than yours. But who’s counting, ha, ha. Keith Pladson (66).

Keith, I know our League has a bank account with a considerable amount of money that has been collected from the $1.00 per game that they collect when we bowl. I’m not sure how much of that they give to the bowling alley for the use of their lanes though. I’m not sure what the lane costs are for individual pleasure bowling, but I’m sure they are less.

I forgot to mention that we have several Norwegians and Swede’s in our league too. Their accent’s sure brings back memories of being with my Dad’s biological relatives and a whole lot of the older Bottineau County Turtle Mountain folks too.

Keith, What is your average? You won’t make me feel bad. Our high bowler has a 210 average. I’m near the bottom of the rung. Some of the guys are competitive, but not to the point of being bothered with their buddy having a higher average. Several of the women on the other hand are quite bothered not being on the top. The guys wife with a 210 average is also one of the top Lady bowlers. She gets very upset if someone tops her score. They are a nice friendly couple too, both being retired medical doctors from Florida. She, like Bernadette, is originally from here. Gary

Lawrence and Eva Struck

Folks, I forgot to post this message of Paulette’s that went along with the Lawrence & Eva Struck Newspaper article that she provided yesterday. Gary

From Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68): Newark, Delaware


Here’s the last part of the entire one page article about these two fine business owners in our little Dunseith community. I had the pleasure and privilege of working for Lawrence Struck in Hosmer’s Store after school and Saturdays during my high school years. I felt he had high expectations of me and I tried to live up to them. Helen Nelson and Evelyn Pladson were long time working partners and were just the best. It seemed they knew every family, name, and face in and around the town..unlike me. It was great fun though to meet and greet all the interesting characters and patrons in the town. These people bring many warm memories.


Fortune & Alice Berbe
Article provided by Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68): Newark, Delaware
Question: What year was this article published? Gary

Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND.