Floyd Pritchard’s (59) Birthday: floyd
Reply from Florence Pladson Sime (62): Dunseith, ND
Hi, Pamela, that is a cute picture of Floyd. How old was he on this picture? I used to spend alot of time at Winifreds when he lived there. Wish him a happy birthday from me as I won’t be at the party. Florence Sime
Reply from John Tangen (Cousin to Pladson Siblings): Calistoga, CA.

Hi, Gary. A belated Happy New Year to you and to all the Stokes/Thompson cousins who read this blog. These days I think I know more Dunseith history than Bottineau! And Keith, some of those memories I share, too – that wonderfully warm woodstove; the threshing at your place, and at Dave Eurich’s, too – though I never worked up a sweat myself (too young). And the sledding hill – were you there the year the snow was so deep and soft we had to pull the tobaggon down the hill with a snowmobile – then pull the snowmobile up the hill with horses! And I recall my dad sliding down on a grain shovel!


Thanks Gary and Keith for sharing the “Taps” video. That was awesome!


John (Calistoga, California)





Taps reply

From Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND

Hi Keith, classmate from Dunseith. Hope all has been well with you. That was a very nice post, the one of Melissa Venema from the Netherlands. We had a foreign exchange student with us for one year in 1999 from Holland and became familiar with Andre’ Rieu. We will have to forward this to our foreign exchange daughter who lives again in Holland. She will be very proud, as she should be of this fine orchestra and this young talent from her country.
Aime Casavant
Taps reply
From Dwight Lang (61): Tucson, AZ

This young lady, Melissa Venema and the orchestra, did a great job. Although I played taps at many burials, I had never heard the full rendition until today. Absolutely Beautiful!!!!! Thank you for sharing this, Keith.


Before video ended, I was transported right back to that crisp fall day some fifty plus years ago at Ackworth Cemetery. Somehow I found my eyes watering and a lump growing in my throat as I thought back about that day when my Great Uncle Harry’s casket was lowered to it’s final resting place.


Your now aged bugle boy,




ONLY IN The Turtle Mountains

Posted by Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND

*A lady was telling her neighbor that she saw a man driving a pick-up truck down Highway #43, and a dog was hanging onto the tailgate for dear life! *

*She said if the pick-up truck driver hadn’t been going so fast in the other direction, she would have tried to stop him. *

*A few weeks later, her neighbor saw this truck at the local Bass Pro Shop, “Mel’s Place*”

*The pick-up truck driver is a local taxidermist with a great sense of humor! *

*Taxidermists are a twisted lot anyway! *

*And it is not a dog in the 1st Place ; it is a Coyote. *

*Can you imagine how many people tried to stop this guy? *