Computer problems
Last night when we got home from the mall, my computer was off. I never turn if off, so I figured there must have been a power surge or outage. When I restarted it, it would not re-boot. It said I was missing a program file. Fooling around with it for several or more hours I made things worse and in the process thought I maybe had lost all of my files. That is a very uncomfortable feeling. This morning I took my computer down to a computer store in the mall for them to evaluate. Within 10 minutes their technician had it up and running. That was a welcome sight.
With my computer problems this morning, I did not get a blog out. It is now nearly 11:00 PM. I have now gotten today’s blog ready, so I will send it. I will not be sending one tomorrow though.
Happy Birthday Iris Senechal (Bedard) Wovert: Audubon, MN

Happy Birthday Pam Houle Hagen (‘DHS 73): Big Lake, MN.
Happy Birthday Muzette Berube Fiander (’74): MELBOURNE, FL

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Bob Stokes
Dad was Bottineau’s Santa for many years. The wording of the quotes in the article sound like it could be him. Yes, he rode in Dennis Haakinson’s horse drawn sleigh a number of years.

Happy Birthday to Karen Larson: Bottineau Spectrum

Reply from from Lois Tweten: Helena, MT
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN!! It was so nice to meet you, and my cousin Rhonda Kittelson, a couple of summers ago, in your store. I love the Botno cook book I bought from you! Nice memories going back to Botno to my home as a little girl!! Lois Tweten
Merry Christmas Greetings
From Erling Landsverk (’44): King, WI.

Hi Gary and everyone:
I can’t let this season pass without wishing all my North Dakotan friends a Mwerry Christmas. I thought the best way would to attach an article I wrote for just such an ocasion. I surely do miss the turtle Mountains and all of you folks
Erling landsverk at Christmas

Attachment from Erling



The magic of Christmas



Christmas is truly magic. It enables all of us to see, feel and comprehend how our creator wants us to live and act during the year, and throughout our entire lives. It is a simple and wondrous life style. Simple rules consisting of basic behavior that allows Christmas to work its magic year around if only we could bring ourselves to do so.

About this time of year, when the magic birthday (Christmas) is drawing near, folks seem to change into innocent and benevolent children. People smile at one another, are prone to help each other, are concerned for each others welfare, and happiness. The love for our neighbor is demonstrated with generosity and expressed with happy and sincere actions of good will. Of course, we all know or have known the Ebenezer scrooge type. Remember the Bah, Hum bug phrase? Generally speaking, those folks secretly look forward to Christmas, but maybe, just maybe they would rather receive than give. Then again, I hope I am wrong. I like to think they will become like the old, loveable and crochetey Ebenezer on Christmas morning. The remarkable change from a stingy and gruff merchant to a happy, loving and generous citizen over night. That is the magic, I believe, was the aim of the story that Charles dickens portrayed so very well in his delightful “A Christmas carol”.



Our friends here in Wisconsin along with all our Christian friends across this great land, celebrate the greatest event of all. The promise of eternal life in a place filled with happiness, brought about by the birth of Jesus, who was born in a humble stable signifying that all who believed and wish to, could inherit the kingdom of Heaven and eternal life. I called it magic. It isn’t magic, but it is God’s Way of showing us a better way of life. Welcoming everyone, even those who reject Him at times. It is a wonderful time in spiritual magic that we experience every year. Remember Christmas Eve in WW I, German and allied troops stopped fighting and joined each other singing traditional Christmas songs. That was the hand of God showing a better way to Peace.


Erling Landsverk

Pastor Dan and Sandi Bean, Dunseith Missionaries, helping Children.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dunseith News

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Today’s message – Big ND snow storm
Posted by Leland Hagen (’50): BRYAN, TX
I just got off the phone with a friend living in North Dakota near the
Canadian Border. He said that since early this morning the snow has
been coming down, it is nearly waist high and is still falling. The
temperature is dropping way below zero and the north wind is
increasing to near gale force. His wife has done nothing but look
through the kitchen window and just stare. He says that if it gets
much worse, he may have to let her in.