12/23/2024 (2818)

Dear Dunseith Alumni and Friends,

I wanted to get this posting posted before we leave on our Cruise.

We are leaving Early Monday Morning for Singapore where we will board the Diamond Princess Cruise ship on Dec 26th for a 10 day SE Asia cruise. We will have 4 port call, 2 each in Thailand and Vietnam. We are going with two other couples. This is Angel’s first cruise, so she is very excited. We will be returning home early on January 7th.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. This will be my last posting for this year.


Gary Stokes



Posting From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

Hi Gary

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

I hope you and Angel and your friends have a wonderful cruise. I’m sure we will all want to see pictures!

George and I just got back from our bucket-list trip to the Oregon coast. It was rainy and cold and wonderful. Next coastal trip will be Maine with my sister Norma and Brother -in-law, Bob Nelson. Hopefully in the next year or 2.  Retirement = travel for us and we love it.

Cheryl Larson Dakin ’71


Ellen Sharon Graff Myrick (DHS Class 1958) Condolences / Memories

  1. From Dianne Leier Fichter – DHS (1963) Teacher: 

Ellen was one of my best friends in college at Mayville. She introduced me to her home town of Dunseith and was instrumental in my accepting a teaching position there. Over the  years we lost touch but I will always remember our friendship and fun times. RIP my old friend.

      2. From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Thank you Gary,

Merry Christmas to you  too. uhm  TWO!
A few years ago before COVD,
I was fortunate to meet Ellen one Memorial Day at Dales.
Nice lady who treasured Dunseith memories/

Happy travels to you and Angel.



David Peder Sebelius, (DHS “1974)  Obituary
Posted by Don Malaterre (’72): Sioux Falls, SD:

David Peder Sebelius, DHS “1974) aged 67, of Leeds, peacefully transitioned to the eternal world on November 20, 2023, following a courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy.

Born on May 16, 1956, to Manvil and Dorothy (Gebeke) Sebelius of rural Dunseith, ND, David was baptized and confirmed at Willow Creek Lutheran Church in Overly, ND. He proudly graduated from Dunseith High School in 1974.

Growing up on a farm south of Dunseith with his seven brothers, David cultivated a love for cattle, horses, and the art of tinkering with automobiles and snowmobiles.

In high school, David met his lifelong companion, Darlene. On July 25, 1975, David married his sweetheart, Darlene Marie Myrum, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rolette. The couple moved to Leeds, ND, in the early 80’s to raise their three children Jeremy, Kristy, and Andrea. It was here that David established his trucking career and business, Mr. D’s Enterprise. His first Semi, the “Old Yeller,” traversed the US, accumulating over a million miles. Throughout his lifetime, David explored various paths including plumbing, working at BTR Elevator, and trucking in the oilfields with runs in Alaska, Canada, North Dakota, and other destinations in the US. His small business extended to David’s Performance Shop and an authorized Bravo Trailer Dealer.

Darlene and David shared the joy of experiencing many beautiful landscapes during their travels. In their later years, they settled back in Leeds.

David had a multitude of passions in life; from supporting Andrea in her basketball career, spending summers working on computers with Jeremy during his visits from Iceland, and engaging in snowmobile racing with Kristy. His love for snowmobiles and jet skis was evident in the countless hours spent in his shop, talking, tinkering, fixing, building his own snowmobile, creating patents, and inventions.  His heart yearned for snowmobile trips to Cooke City, MT, Idaho, Wyoming, and the unforgettable “Trip of a Lifetime” to Alaska with his buddies. His one and only granddaughter, Macie, held a special place in his heart. He cherished every moment spent with her, whether it was on a snowmobile adventure, jet skiing on Buffalo Lake, or enjoying movies together.

David was a man of resilience, intelligence, kindness, and above all, determination. Despite a recent diagnosis, he refused to let it slow him down. He was determined to make regular trips to his shop to visit with friends or work on projects, also continuing to make trips to visit his family as his body allowed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Darlene, of 48 years, fur baby Boomer and their children: Jeremy of Reykjavik, Iceland; Kristina (Wade) of Bismarck; and Andrea (Jon) of Minot. Also surviving are his cherished granddaughter, Macie, and her father, Matt Sogge. His mother, Dorothy, and six brothers: Harvey (Eileen), Daryl (Donna), Marvin (Cheryl), Dennis (Donna), Dean (Sherry), and Jeffrey (Tiffany) also survive him. Sisters-in-law include Margaret Sebelius of Fargo, Karen Sigvaldson of Cavalier, Denise (Larry) Kolterman of Hartford, SD, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his father, Manvil; brother, Duane; brother-in-law, Rodney Sigvaldson, and his nephew, Kalvin Kolterman.

Funeral Services for David will be on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Leeds Lutheran Church with Military Honors to follow.


Grandma Ingrid Seim
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):
 Bottineau, ND

November 19, 2023

Hello Gary and friends of Dunseith,

I was fortunate growing up amongst  the rolling hills of Rural Rolette County. My parents instructed each of  their children to respect and behave appropriately wherever we were.

They gave us expectations on how to  behave, each time before we went to various gatherings or  events. If they were not  to be present, Dad would say something like, “When you are out in the community , if you are acting inappropriately, your aunts, uncles and family (role model)adult  friends can correct you. And you need to listen!”  I listened and knew what dad meant.”

One of the first memories I  recall was a consequence of a behavior.  It was just my parents, me, and my older sister one sunny summer in a back pew Sunday at Little Prairie. I,  chubby little “Miss Be Haven”, without one word, dad took my hand walked  down the aisle, out  the door. We walked round and round, hand in hand circling the  little church.  Nary a word.

Oft times when I visit the  local cemeteries I visit final resting places  of  kind and gentle people from my childhood. I say Thanks.  Grandma Seim was a special lady the  grandmother of our hearts to our family. She  spun, carded ,dyed wool red and knit me mittens. She baby sat me. When I was  an 3rd grader, She  walked up the alley from her little  white house, to  big white school house the day mom and dad  attended Jim Anthony’s funeral.

Ingrid Seim was also  my little sister’s Godmother. One day  about year  ago, granddaughter by birth, Margaret, gifted Cyndy, Grandma  Ingrid’s lefse rolling pin.

Later, Vickie L. Metcalfe