Ethan Pottenger’s death (Jarilyn Hiatt Pottenger’s son)
Thank you message from Jarilyn and her family.
Posted by Jacqueline Hiatt Fix (’79): Springfield, VA


Hi Gary  


Please post the below. Jarilyn received cards, telephone calls & e-mails from friends & family who wouldn’t have learned of their loss without the blog.


God Bless




I have re-posted Ethan’s obituary too. We know Ethan’s death was so devastating for Jarilyn and her family. This was such a tragic accident too. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Jarilyn and her family. Gary


Thank You


We would like to send a heartfelt thanks to all who gave generously of their kindness and sympathy during this most difficult loss. All the prayers, visits, food, phone calls, flowers and donations are appreciated beyond words and will never be forgotten.


Thank you to all Ethan’s friends. We are grateful for the get togethers at the house, all the love and support shown to us. You all meant the world to Ethan.


Also we would like to extend our thanks to the Bottineau Fire Department, the Bottineau Ambulance and Sheriff’s Department. A special thanks to Nero Funeral Home and especially to Mike for all the kindness he has shown to our family.



Craig, Jarilyn, Sloan, Bryce, Justin & Sheena

Les Halvorson’s father passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

WOLFORD Loren Halvorson, 91, Rugby, formerly of Wolford, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in a Rugby nursing home.

He was born June 6, 1920, to Harvey and Willia Halvorson, near Wolford. He married Eleanor Gustafson Sept. 3, 1946, in Glendive, Mont.

Survivors: sons, Lee, Williston, Les, Bottineau, Lyman, Wolford, Lyn, Aberdeen, S.D.; daughters, Kay Marsland, Bismarck, Cathy Halvorson Woolverton, Arvada, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Sadie Beryl Nicholas, Burlington, Mass.

Funeral: Saturday, 11 a.m., Wolford Lutheran Church, Wolford.

Burial: Wolford Community Cemetery, Wolford.

Visitation: Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, in Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby, and Saturday, one hour prior to the service, in the church.

Les, Until Neola brought this to my attention, I did not know of your fathers passing. We are so saddened. Our condolences are with you and you family with his passing. Gary

Reply to Erling Landsverk
From Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

Erling’s post was most interesting. I have noticed too how
people are much more apt to smile and greet others during the Christmas
season. This should be the way it always is but we are finding the good
old North Dakota traditions of helping strangers and waving to other
drivers is starting to change. The new influx of out of state people
who are here to cash in on the oil field boom has brought with it some
of the less friendly and trusting attitudes from other parts of the
country. A couple weeks ago I was in one of the larger towns in the
western part of the state and pulled into a larger gas station to fill
my pickup with gas. I started the fill process and pressed the ‘pay
inside’ button on the pump but nothing happened. As I was looking to
see if I did something wrong, a voice came on the intercom on the pump
and said, “If you want gas on pump #1, you will have to come in and pay
before you pump it. ” I walked into the busy station and told the gal
I was on pump one and she asked how much I wanted, which I didn’t know
as I was going to fill and didn’t know how much it would take. She
asked if I had a driver’s license? I said I did but wondered what
difference that would make? I took it out and she took it and stepped
back and said,”Now you can go pump your gas.” She held my license until
I paid for the gas. My son is driving a semi tanker hauling water in
the oil patch right now and he says there have been so many drive offs
they had to get real tough. He just laughed when I told him of my
little experience. The way North Dakotans have always trusted each
other is being changed rapidly. Many years ago, we were out of state
and had to pay before pumping and I thought people sure were scared of
losing gas, but here it is! Yeah, I know, bah humbug! Thanks Gary!



Reply from Muzette Berube Fiander (’74): MELBOURNE, FL


Hi Gary!!

Thank you for the birthday wishes! It was great to hear from so many people!

I hope you and your family are well and have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Thanks again,




Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Marvin Larry Poitra
(May 8, 1962 – December 14, 2011)

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M. Larry Poitra, age 49 of Dunseith, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in a Bismarck hospital. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be in the St. Louis Cemetery of Dunseith. Visitation will be held on Monday beginning at 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home.

Marvin Larry Poitra, a son of Harry and Leona (DeLorme) Poitra, was born on May 8, 1962 at Belcourt. On May 23, 1980 he was married to Anna Schaan at Grafton. This marriage later ended.

He is survived by sons, Clinton Poitra of Mesa, AZ, Justin Poitra and Joshua Poitra both of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, Kaden Poitra, Kayleigh Poitra and Eva Poitra; brothers, Rick Poitra and Kevin Poitra both of Dunseith, Douglas Poitra of Grand Forks, Scott Poitra of Grafton, Randy Poitra of Bottineau and Mike Poitra of Belcourt; sisters, Donna Fredrickson of Grafton, Cheryl Trottier of Alexander, ND, Peggy Poitra of Dunseith and Dianna Poitra of St. John.




Joke of the day

Posted by Karen Loeb Mhyre (’65): Bellevue, WA.



To help save the economy, the government will announce next month that the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs.

Older people are easier to catch and will not remember how to get back home.
I started to cry when I thought of you.Then it dawned on me … oh, crap … I’ll see you on the bus!