Reply from Phyllis Mckay (’65): Auburn, WA

Congratulations Gary and Bernadette! 33 years is a milestone to be celebrated. I loved your description of your wedding day, Gary. It is a different perspective than we girls would have. The pictures were wonderful too. Bernadette was a beautiful bride. I suppose your parents were younger in the pictures then we (the class of 65) is now!! Where does the time go!!

Phyllis, you are right. When we got married, Mom was 57 and Dad was 63. Uncle Nels was 74 and Helga was 66. Today, dad would be 96, Mom 90, Nels 107 and Helga 99. It is hard to imagine we are in the age group they were back them. Gary

Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
Happy Anniversary Bernadette and Gary. Here’s hoping you have many more.
Thank you Ginger, Gary




Alice Cote Kuhn’s 85th Birthday

Message/picture from Mel Kuhn (’70): St. John, ND


Howdy Gary,


Yesterday [December 4th] was Mom’s 85th Birthday. We had a little get together for her at Good Sam. 4of us 6 kids made it with a lot of grandkids and some great grandkids. I also had my first face to face meeting with Neola. Neola was saying that this Thursday is going to be her 30th Birthday. Happy Birthday Neola!



Your mother is looking great! We wish her a belated 85th birthday.
Yes, Neola does have a birthday this coming Thursday December 8th. She mentioned something about being 30. Kind of hard to believe that her mother is 94 though and doing well.
Joke – Larry Hackman
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary’s attire for the formal gathering reminded me of an old joke. A
group of people were invited out for supper to a fancy restaurant and
one of the guys (I’m pretty sure it may have been Larry Hackman) wasn’t
wearing a tie. When he approached the door, a big doorman stepped in
front of him and told him he couldn’t enter without a tie. Larry argued
that he didn’t have a tie but wanted to go in with the rest of his
group, but the doorman refused. Larry is pretty sharp when it comes to
redneck inventing so he headed back to the car to see what he could
find. Nothing in the car resembled a tie but he did find a set of
booster cables which he wrapped around his neck and fashioned into
something that sort of looked like a tie and then he headed back to the
door. He asked the doorman, “How’s this?” The doorman looked at Larry
carefully and then said, “OK, I’ll let you in—but don’t start anything!”


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
John Belgarde Jr.
(August 30, 1954 – November 28, 2011)

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John Belgarde Jr. age 57 of Belcourt, died Monday in a Minot hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Louis Cemetery also of Dunseith. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the Church.

John was born on August 30, 1954 to John and Margaret (Gillis) Belgarde in Heidelberg, Germany. He attended various schools throughout Germany, Korea and the United States. He graduated from Wayzata Senior High School in Minneapolis, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota, East Grand Forks Technical College and the Turtle Mountain Community College.

John worked as a professional over the roads semi-truck driver for several years. He then went to work for the BIA and later on Ojibwa Indian School.

John enjoyed hunting geese, fishing, snow skiing and riding Harley motorcycles. He often attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. He was an avid history buff, particularily about the history of WWII in the Pacific. He adored his pet dogs and cats.

John was very traditional and enjoyed attending Powwows and was very proud of being a pipe carrier and participant of the Sun Dance Circle.

He is survived by a daughter, Tina Belgarde of Phoenix, Az; son, John P. Belgarde III of Seattle, WA and Harley (Belgarde) Tacan of Brandon, MB; parents, John and Margaret (Gillis) Belgarde of Dunseith; brother, Mark R. Belgarde of Plymouth, MN; sister, Pam Belgarde of Cloquet, MN; and a nephew Maurice P. Smith II of Cloquet, MN and many extended family members

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Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND