Lillian Thompson Berstrom (DHS class of 1936): Superior, WI (715) 394-2189

Could you add my cousin, Lucy, to your distribution list?

I was in North Dakota last month for deer hunting season. I drove and on the way up to ND, I stopped in Superior, WI to see my Aunt Lillian. Aunt Lillian lives with her daughter, Lucy. Anyway, we had a great visit and talked about different things. I mentioned your blog to her (Aunt Lillian) again and she asked if Lucy could get your emails now as she (Lucy) now has email. I told her I would ask you to add Lucy to your distribution, but then forgot about it until just a few days ago. So now I’m asking. By the way Aunt Lillian remembers well your long telephone conversation with her a while back.

Lucy’s email address is: lalaherrick@

Keith, Thank you so much for getting your aunt Lillian connected with us. She is a very sharp lady at her young age of about 95.
Lillian, you will have to correct me with your age, but I think I am close. You and Dad were about the same age and he was born in 1915. He spoke often of you too, so I have always known who you are. You guys were first cousins too. How well I remember our phone conversation several years back. You remember so much of the Ackworth/Dunseith history from the 30’s and 40’s that I heard so much about that all took place long before I came into this world. As I recall being told, you left the area in the mid 40’s.
For you history buffs and others too, feel free to call Lillian. She is a great conversationalist and will love your phone calls. (715) 394-2189
John Carlson
Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI.

I’m not sure about who John is married to–In fact he is an online friend who I’ve not met in person — but he is a sharp guy and if my Uncle Floyd and his family like him, that is good enough for me. I’m including him in this note in case he wants to be a part of the blog. He and some friends now own the original Richard homestead in the Overly — Bottineau — Dunseith area. It is their official hunting lodge. I’ve seen it from the outside and have pictures of what they have done to it inside. It is amazing. It could be a year round residence.


Dad remembered it as a child. Some day I hope I can see it as it is now.


I hope John chimes in. He owns some of our history — he treats it well and respects the history of the area.







Jamie Melgaard, Son of Larry Melgaard and Grandson of Clarence and Darlene Pladson Melgaard

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND



Darlyne E. Melgaard 1930- 2010

Darlyne E. Melgaard, 80, Minot, formerly of Bottineau and Newburg, died Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in a Minot hospital.

Darlyne E. Pladson was born on July 11, 1930, to Theodore and Marie (Jacobson) Pladson in Columbus, ND. She was raised and educated in the Turtle Mountains.

On July 25, 1948, Darlyne was united in marriage to Clarence Melgaard at the Salem Lutheran Church, rural Bottineau. They made their home in Bottineau and later in Newburg where Darlyne was a devoted mother and homemaker. In 2005, after Clarence retired, they moved to Minot.

Darlyne had a love of music from a very early age. Her passion was playing the guitar and singing with family and friends. Darlyne and Clarence also provided music over the years at various community functions and nursing homes. She also enjoyed baking cookies and buns and was known for her great potato salad. She was currently a member of the Minot First Assembly of God Church and was active in coffee Bible study groups in Bottineau and Newburg.

She is survived by: Husband of 62 years, Clarence, Minot; children: Connie (Stephen) Harish, Devils Lake, ND, Larry (Janeen) Melgaard, Kenmare, ND, Dean (Janice) Melgaard, Bismarck, ND, Gaylen (Diane) Melgaard, Minot; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren: sister: Delores Holdaas, Seattle, WA; sister-in-law: Jean Pladson, Lake Metigoshe, ND.

Darlyne was preceded in death by her parents, brother Duane Pladson and nephew Jim Pladson.

Visitation: Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 1 until 5 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot

Funeral Service: Monday, December 6, 2010, at 11 am at First Assembly of God Church, Minot

Burial: Will take place in the spring of 2011 at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Turtle Mountains