12/2/2012 (1661)

Bernadette Stokes
Bernadette’s MRI revealed that she was having Mini Strokes. It wasn’t her medications after all. We should have gotten her to the hospital several months ago when we first noticed some of her conditions, but we didn’t think it was anything serious. We really thought it was a reaction to one of her drugs that can have a few side affects with the symptoms she was having. She does have some damage that can be detected in her speech and also in a few other areas that her doctor said should be self correcting in time. She is very lucky.
Bernadette will be released from the hospital tomorrow (Monday) Morning. She has had lots and lots of company that has really lifted her spirits. She is in what they call a private family room, so having lots of folks in her room didn’t disturb anyone. Last night our two helpers and 4 others spent the night with her. Four of them slept on the hard tile floor. When our Expat friends came to visit, her family members were very polite and went to the lobby area just outside her room. They spent quite a few hours out there the past several days too, but they didn’t mind.
Condolences to the Huffman family
From Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC
To Brenda Hoffman, my thoughts,and my heart goes out to you with the loss of your Mother. A person can expierence many losses in life, but the loss of ones Mother is a loss you feel forever…..it gets easier with time, but you will always miss her. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying the Lords peace,and healing over you in the weeks and months and years ahead.  Sincerely, Aggie Casavant’
Condolences to the Huffman family
From Jacqueline Hiatt Fix (’79):  Springfield, VA.
Deepest Sympathy to Hoffman family in loss of Mother. She was a very kind woman.
May memories aide with your loss. God Bless
Jacqueline Hiatt Fix
Condolences to the Huffman family
From Esther Murray (’65):  Flint, MI
My condolences to Brenda Hoffman. My prayers to the family.  Always  Esther
Condolence to those that have lost loved ones
From Dave Slyter (’70):   Sabin, Mn

I send my sincere condolences to these families that have lost loved ones these past few weeks.   They are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Also I am sorry to hear that your wife Bernadette hasn’t been feeling well lately.    It is good to hear that she is recovering and starting to feel better.   I pray that they can find out what is  wrong and treat it, so she can start feeling even better . 

Thank You for all that you do and best wishes during the holiday season.

Dave Slyter (70)
Condolence & Memories to those that have lost loved ones
From Margaret Leonard Metcalfe (’65):  Rolette, ND
Hi Gary
So sorry to hear of Bernadette’s medical problems.  So relieved to hear that it is a reaction to medication;
hopefully changing her medication will take care of the symptoms.  
It’s amazing how true the saying is: “When you have your health, you have just about everything.”
My prayers for her totally recovery.  
I was so sorry to hear of Willard Lamb’s passing. 
I remember a visit Willard made to our farm when I was about three years old.
I came into the kitchen and he was sitting at the table.  I must not have looked
at him too closely, because I thought he was my brother, Jimmy.  I crawled up
into his lap and started singing!  My Dad said, “Margaret, do you know who
this is?”  Was I surprised when I realized whose lap I was sitting on.  I don’t think
I finished the song.  I remember Willard’s big smile.
My condolences to the Hoffman family in the loss of your wonderful mother, Alice.
I remember the Hoffman’s especially at San Haven when I would stay overnight with Carol
Jasper.  I thought it was fabulous to eat in the cafeteria with all the San Haven families
that lived there.  We would go exploring and stop to see Harvey in the bakery and Alice
worked in the hospital if I rememeber right.  We used to see Harfey and Alice dancing at
the Eagles in Rugby, in the later years.  They were such kind people and raised 3
really neat kids! 
Also my sympathy to Bob Leonard and family. Donna was a hoot; so much fun to be around.   People would
often confuse Chuck with Bob since Bob was the Insurance Agenct in Dunseith and Chuck was the Insurance Agent in Rolette.
When Nikki was born, I was showing her picture to the office staff in Belcourt High School and one of
the ladies said, “Oh she looks just like Bob!”  They had the right guy, but the wrong name.
Margaret Leonard
Message to Erling and Joan Landsverk
From Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND
Hi Erling & Joann,
Think of you two often. Haven’t seen you guys for a long time. How are you doing?? Cute joke you sent. Happy holidays to you & your families!!
 your cousin -in-law!! Connie Landsverk
“Taste of Bottineau County” event at the Bottineau Armory
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau, ND
Hi Everyone,
From 4:00 – 7:00 on Friday, December 7, 2012, there will be a “Taste of Bottineau County” event at the Bottineau Armory. 
Minot hosts a “Taste of Minot” event annually.  As I understand it, people pay (Bottineau event is $5.00) at the door and are then eligible to sample the food at the various tables.  I would assume some type drink will be provided (coffee? water? other?), but I’m not sure about this. 
I’ve been invited to participate in this event (I have a new caramel flavor–peanut butter!  Other flavors: plain/plain with nuts, chocolate with nuts, licorice, raspberry/chocolate) and will hopefully be there on December 7.
If your place of employment allows you to print and post this flyer, please do so. :)  THANKS!!
I hope to see many of you, your friends and relatives on Dec. 7. As you know, an event is only as successful as the people who attend it. :)
Posted from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau, ND
Joke of the day
Posted by Donald Malaterre (72):  Sioux Falls, SD

Farm kids in North Dakota

You can never underestimate the innovativeness of American Farm Boys:

At a high school in North Dakota, a group of male students played a prank .  They let three goats loose inside the school.

But before turning them loose, they painted numbers on the sides of the goats: 1, 2 and 4.
School Administrators spent most of the day looking for No. 3.

And you thought there was nothing to do in North Dakota!