1/25/2014 (1949)

Proud Great Grandma “Phyllis McKay”
Message from Phyllis McKay (’65):  Auburn, WA

Hi Gary,

On Wednesday, January 22,  my granddaughter Chelsea, gave birth to a little baby boy. His name is Gaige Joseph Sims. He weighs 6 lbs. 8 oz.  and is 19 inches long. Mamma and baby are doing well! So is the great grandmother! Other than busting my buttons with happiness. Gaige came a little early as he was not due until February 11th.  He was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Chelsea is attending the dental hygiene program at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  I will get to hold him at the end of February when I go back for Presidents week.

Phyllis McKay

Congratulations Phyllis! Nice pictures too.

You are not old enough to be a Great Grandma. You are may age.   Gary 

Posting of the day
From Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ
Gary, This is a bit long, but it might be summarized a tad. The message is 
just that asparagus has a major effect on the systems with its detoxification

of substances that are in our system. It has benefits for many disorders. Since there are several of our Dunseith/Bottineau/Hills/Prairie friends with
disorders, maybe we can consider this a public service.  It was sent by

an old fighter pilot I instructed years ago whose wife is a survivor because of it.   Maybe your beautiful bride can rustle up some for all of you.  Cheers and

thanks for what you do,Gary, and how you do it.  Bill Hosmer

    Asparagus for cancer

Worth a read relating to cancer treatment/remedy.
Very interesting! When I was in the USN I was stationed in Key West, FL.  I worked at the clinic at Naval Air Station on Big Coppitt Key just a few mile north of Key West. The hospital at Key West was for out patient only for retired armed forces personnel that lived in the area.  If you needed to be hospitalized you were sent to Homestead AFB Florida.  I had the day off and just went inside the hospital (Corpsman barracks were next to hospital). There was a retired navy man that worked in the lab and he was very interesting gentleman to talk with.  He was a retired biochemist from the USN, he asked me what was going on that day and I  said I had the day off.  I wish I was working as the crew on today was taking a sailor to Homestead as he had a very bad kidney infection.
Now this elderly gent told me the man should have eaten more asparagus and he wouldn’t have that problem.  I asked why? I’ll never forget him saying do you eat asparagus and I said yes, I love them.  He replied you notice how your urine stinks after eating asparagus? I said well I never thought it was what I ate, but yes it does have a pungent odor.  It is because it is detoxifying your body of harmful chemicals!!! This was back in 1986 when I was stationed there and to read this email again I had to share this story…Eat more asparagus my friends.
My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day.   She did this for over a month.  She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week. Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3 months.
THE ARTICLE: Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer.  He gave me a copy of an article, entitled “Asparagus For Cancer” printed in the Cancer News Journal, December 1979.  I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health or over 50 years.  Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer.  Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories.  Here are a few examples:
Case No. 1:   A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated.  Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
Case No. 2:   A successful businessman, 68 years old, suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
Case No. 3:   On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung cancer was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless.  On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it.  By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared.  He is now back at his regular business routine.
Case No. 4:   A woman had been troubled for a number of years with skin cancer.  She developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions.  This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which had started in 1949.  She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition.  She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus treatment.
I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of materia medica’, edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones.  He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones.  Note the dates! We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records.  I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.
For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using.  Fresh or canned asparagus can be used.  I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree.  Store in the refrigerator.  Give the patient
4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent.’  Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals.   We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner.  I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold.  For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.  The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink.  As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures.  As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.
Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth.  For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer.  That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance.  The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good.  It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.
Just a side note. In case you are wondering why this has not been made public, there is no profit in curing cancer!
Please share this article with your family and friends.  The most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward  all the kindness one has received.
Blog posted on February 16, 2008


“Thank You”  from Don Olson (72), son of Lorraine Metcalfe Somers: 
I would like to thank all of the Dunseith people for visiting
about the past expereiences of their youth and adulthood in
Dunseith.My name is Don Olson.  I am one of three sons that Lorraine
Somers raised with the right hand of God on her side.  I would
like all of those who knew our mother that she cherished each
and every one of you.  She loved making music with her brothers
and great life-long friends that she had the privilege of
playing with in different bands and events.  Thank you for
remembering her and her life.

Love to all


Rod Hiatt’s (69) Memories of KC Sine: 
Reading the stories about old KC brings back the memory when I went down
to get some candy when I was quite young. I am sure, like most kids, it
took me sometime to finally pick out a nickels worth and when I paid him
with a dime he gave me back a quarter in change. When I got home I was
bragging about my extra money and Dad, Howard, marched me back up to KC
to explain his mistake. Well by the time I left, I had more candy in a
bag for being honest( I think that part was forced on me) than what I
could have bought with the quarter. The candy back then must have had a
special coating on it, as I don’t ever recall germs on that unwrapped
candy that was no doubt handled by hundreds of dirty little fingers as
we all decided on what we wanted.
“Remember When” From Donna Dubois Thomas (72):
I’d like to start a DHS “remember when” dialogue.


Mr. Knight would yell “OK, you clowns!”



Remember ?- from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56):

Good Morning Gary,

    I wondered if anyone can remember the music teacher we had that was named Miss Harschanko (Spelling probably wrong).  She was Russian I believe we were told.  She directed the school in a variety show.  The costumes were made out of Crepe Paper.(real flimsy, good thing the wind couldn’t blow in the city hall).  Spencer Teal helped her with the lights etc.  Some of the songs I remember doing were, Lavender Blue, Winter Wonderland, and something about clouds. She was quite strict, and quite verbal as I remember.  She did involve almost every kid in school that she could talk into doing it.  It seems some of the boys sang a song from the “Sons of the Pioneers”, called “Cool Water”, Barry Shelver sang the tenor part doing the echo.  I think I was in 4th or 5th grade, with Mrs. Conroy as my teacher.  Mrs. Conroy was so great to everyone that I would do anything for her.
Bonnie Awalt Houle  1956
Names for thought from Gary Metcalfe (57):  
Hi all,  I would like to throw out a few names of people who were on main street in the 50′s and see if anyone remembers them or has stories.  Alphie Dion, Pete Richard, Vernon Richard and his brother, I seem to remember a Swaub (?sp), he may have owned a lumber yard, if not who did own the lumber yard at that time?  Lawrence Gouin (?sp), Clarence Schultz,  Erling Sem,  Art Seim (confectionary),  Minnie Alvin…..for starts.  Gary Metcalfe
Message & picture from Melvin Kuhn (70): 
Howdy Gary,
I was looking through some pictures yesterday trying to find a picture of my daughter and I found this picture. It’s a picture of Hazel Hiatt, Kick McKay and Hazel’s BIG dog, I think maybe in 1979. I was visiting from Indiana and went to see Kick with my dad for some reason or another and was amazed with the size of Hazel’s dog. There was mention of Hazel just recently so I thought I’d just send it along. Hope it comes through OK.
Mel Kuhn