September 2013

Where Did the Summer Go?

We have enjoyed one of the coolest summers that I can remember.  It went by so fast.  Many passed their time by working in their gardens and it paid off with big rewards.  As you come into Deering from the east you will see a beautiful vegetable garden that is Jerry and Carol Hansen’s creation.  Becky and Russell Hansen also can brag about their garden with their ten foot corn on one side of the fenced area with an electric wire to help keep the wild critters and hungary neighbors out.  Donelle and Jason Mogard also have been harvesting their vegetable crop.  Flowers at the Myron and Diane Mogard’s farm look like a park.  Also Lavonne Cameron can be proud of her flowers that you can view as you pass by her Deering home.  I am sure there are many more, but these are the ones that were brought to my attention.


Sister Pays a Visit

On July 30, Allan Meyers’ younger sister, Tasha Murphy and her mom came to Deering to visit from the east coast.  They spent the day visiting.  Since Tasha hadn’t seen a real live buffalo, Allan invited her to visit the Big Sky Ranch, where there were many buffalo to view.  It had been three years since these siblings had seen each other. 


Guess Who?

Who is this little girl?  Has served refreshments over twenty years.

Annual Reunion Held

On August 3rd Lola Meyers and Finny hosted the annual Bruns and Sveen Reunion.  They came from as far away as Colorado and Montana.  Seventy eight relatives attended. Lola’s father is Paul Bruns and these were his side of the family tree.  Everyone had fun playing games and looking through old photo albums.  The youngest in attendance was 4 years old and the oldest was 83.  Lola said the parents would be proud of their family by continuing the reunions.  The only family members left are the cousins.  These reunions have been taking place for 30 years.


Funeral Services Held for Isakson

Alfred Isakson passed away Friday, August 4 at Trinity Nursing Home. He had been battling poor health for some time.  He was proud of his service in World War II and his receiving many honors such as the purple heart, bronze star, Rifleman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and other recognitions proved he was an admired soldier to whom we owe a lot. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola.  He is survived by his son Dennis and his wife Lolita and their family, daughters, Diane (Greg) Thompson from OR, and Rita Isakson (Stan Derheim) from Minot. He leaves two sisters and several other relatives also.  Alfred was active in many community organizations as well as the Deering Senior Citizens.


“Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says I’m possible” Audrey Hepburn


Update on Zumbo’s

Many of you will remember Bob and Nancy Zumbo who were very active in the Deering community, especially the Senior Citizens.  Bob has been in the hospital for tests and has had an implant in his back to help with the pain.  Nancy is on oxygen most of the time, but after having a conversation with Bob, he said they are getting along fairly well.  It would be good to drop them a card.

Johnson’s Vacation in SD

Harley Johnson’s niece and her husband, Steve and Dawn Scholtec from Utah, came to ND for a vacation in July.  They stayed with Harley’s brother Lanny and his wife Pam in Minot.  They visited in Deering with a meal at the Country Store and Café where they met the local people and then Harley took hem on a tour of the Miller farm and business to show them where he was employed.  They toured the Scandinavian Center in Minot and then on to the Enchanted Highway near Regent, ND.  On July 26 they were in SD.  They had an enjoyable time including an 1800 train ride from Hill City to Keystone.  They visited Mt. Rushmore, took a skyline tram in Keystone, visited a winery in Custer, drove through Deadwood, saw Crazy Horse Monument, and visited Bear Country USA. From there the visitors went home to Utah and the Johnsons headed toward home.  There was one little overnight stop in New Town.  There was no report of any big winnings there. 


Schnellbach’s Celebrate 58 Years of Marriage

August 14 was the big day for Darlene and Walter Schnellbach.  It was their 58th wedding anniversary.  On Sunday, August 11th  there was a big family celebration for the happy couple.  Attending the event were Pete and Marian (Darlene’s sister) Miller from Towner.  George, Walter’s bother and his wife Shirley, Darlene’s sister Schnellbach were there from Anamoose.  Eight of the ten Schnellbach’s children were able to attend. They also had several grandchildren and great grand children with them.  Their son, Jim and his wife Kim Schnellbach live across the street from their parents and assist them when there is a need.  Walter has been selling blankets that he and his wife have made in the Country Store and Café along with table runners and other items.  (This has been his pastime since he was stricken with a stroke and has other medical problems.)


Youngest Deering Resident

Kim and Jim Schellbach have the youngest baby in Deering.  They are caring for a foster boy that was born on August 2nd.


Good Bye Nora

Andrea Hansen had to say good bye to her beloved puppy, Nora on August 19.  It is always difficult to lose a pet.


Welcome New Resident

“New”, maybe not, but we welcome Evelyn (Webster, Burtch) Ballweber to Deering.  She was born in the Deering area, the daughter of Leon and Bertha Webster.  She was one of sixteen children.  On July 20 she came back to Deering from her home in Oregon with her daughter and son in law Carol and Jerry Hansen.  While picking raspberries with Carol, she passed out and was taken by ambulance to Trinity Hospital on August 2nd.  She passed all her tests there and now is looking for a home in Deering.  In the mean time she is staying with the Hansen’s.  We welcome her with open arms!


Special Birthday for Melodee

Melodee Bryantt reached a milestone birthday on August 13th.  Her family gave her the biggest surprise and gift a family could give their mother.  At a birthday party at Strawberry Lake at the cabin of John and Cindy Bryantt, Holly Gartenberg, Melodee’s daughter from New Jersey, who hadn’t been home for three years walked in and surprised her mom. Since they were planning on all the family to be together in Georgia for Harmony’s daughter’s wedding in September, her appearance was a huge surprise.  Melodee was surrounded by her entire family all six of them with some spouses and grandchildren.  







Mel Grilley Builds Table

Melvin Grilley saw a need for a communion table for his church in Minot and set out to build one.  You will see this beautiful table in the Congregational United Church of Christ on north Broadway. Melvin built it in his shop in Deering.




Just for Fun

A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “show and tell” assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object that represented their religion to share with the class.  The first student got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Benjamin. I am Jewish and this is a Star of David.”  The second student got up in front and said, “My name is Mary.  I am Catholic and this is a rosary.”  The third student got up front of the class and said, “My name is Tommy.  I am Lutheran, and this is a casserole”.


The Harvest Ball in Minot

The Minot Area Senior Coalition will sponsor a harvest ball on Friday, September 20th.  It will be at the Parker Senior Center from 2:00-4:00 pm.  The cost is $5 and reservations should be made by September 13th.   Number to call is 240-2134. Bill Merck will be providing the music.


Gracie Allen (Remember her?) Recipe for Roast Beef


1 large roast of beef

1 small roast of beef


Take the two roasts and put them in the oven.  When the little one burns, the big one is done.


Dorothy Steffens Reminisces

(If you don’t care for some of the lyrics of today’s songs read these from days gone by.)


Years ago there was a radio station in Minot with the call letters KLPM.  K was the letter given to them.  The letters L and P stood for Leland Parker and the M stood for Minot.  Amateurs had the privilege of singing, playing instruments or both on KLPM.  Two of my classmates, Harriet Allen and Marie Allen once played their ukuleles and sang on that station.  Marie Allen is Warren Allen’s sister and Harriet was his cousin.  The announcer asked the girls what they wanted to be called.  They didn’t know.  He suggested calling them the Ukulele Girls. They sang a song about the Dunderbeck machine.  I only remember a line or two from that song, but researched to get the complete song.  There are two versions, but because of limited space only one version will be printed.


There was a man named Dunderbeck, invented a machine,


For grinding things to sausage meat and it was run by steam.


Now, kitchen cats and long-tailed rats will never more be seen.


They’ll all be ground to sausage meat in Dunderbeck’s machine.


(Chorus)  Oh Dunderbeck, oh Dunderbeck, how could you be so mean


To ever have invented the sausage meat machine?


Now long tailed rats and pussycats will never more be seen.


They’ll all be ground to sausage meat in Dunderbeck’s machine.


One day a little fat boy came walking in the store.


He bought a pound of sausage and laid them on the floor.


Then he began to whistle, he whistled up a tune.


The sausages, they jumped, they barked, they danced ‘round the room.




One day the thing got busted, the darn thing wouldn’t go.


And Dunderbeck, he crawled inside to see what made it so.


His wife, she had a nightmare, she was walking in her sleep.


She gave a yank and turned the crank and Dunderbeck was meat.


Advice from a Tree

Stand tall and proud.

Go out on a limb.

Remember your roots.

Drink plenty of water.

Be content with your natural beauty.

Enjoy the rain.

Wisconsin Visitors

Gene and Kathy Harrington arrived from Racine, Wisconsin to visit his sisters Helen Thompson and Vivian Harris.  They spent time in Garrison and the surrounding area that was once home to Gene.  They also visit other relatives and friends in the area.  They left for home on August 22.  Gene has a very interesting hobby of making butterflies, bugs, worms, etc from golf balls.  They can be placed on a shelf or among the flowers and are so cute.  They can be seen and purchased the Country Store and Café.



North Dakota Norwegians


Since the Norsk Hostfest will be in Minot October 1-5, it is only fitting to feature some real Norwegians from our area.  This was submitted by Agnes Christianson and her daughter Candace.


A Fisketjon Reunion was held July 12-14, 2013 at the Bismarck Ramada Hotel.  There were over one hundred attendees, including nine people from Norway and three from Guam.  Kjersti Jonsdatter Fisketjon (1849-1922) from Suldal, Norway married Kolbein Hadleson Haslemo (1852-1935) on July 5, 1874 in Bykle, Norway. Kjersti and Kolbein had three daughters who immigrated to America and settled in North Dakota.  Inga Haslemo (1879-1955) married Hadle Felland who homesteaded in rural Watford City.  Kjersti (Carrie) Haslemo (1893-1944) married Hellick Erickson who homesteaded in Deering. Guri (Gertie) Haslemo (1890-1972) married Alfred Mogard and lived in rural Deering.  Myron Mogard and his sons Myron Jr (Lee), Jason and Clint, descendant of Gertie and Alfred, live in Deering.  The photo shows Gertie’s daughter, Agnes Mogard Christianson with her daughter Candace Christianson and granddaughter, Jennifer Erickstad, all wearing Norwegian bunads.


Recipe for the Month

Mile High Strawberry Pie


1 baked pie shell or graham cracker crust

2 egg whites

½ pint whipped cream

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1cup sugar

1 package defrosted strawberries


Beat together 2 egg whites until frothy.  Add lemon juice.  Gradually add 1 cup sugar and beat until mixed.  Add strawberries and beat at high speed for 15 minutes or until it stands in peaks.  Add ½ pint whipped cream.  Put in cold baked shell and freeze overnight.  Serve frozen.  Can be garnished with fresh strawberries..


Guess Who answer: Carla Hansen


Grilley Travels to SD

Diane Grilley accompanied her sister, Linda Smette and another friend from Granville to SD.  They were lucky enough to drive to Sturgis during the big rally.  They came home with no bike and no tattoos. (That we know of.) Diane said it was a fun time with her sister as they viewed the South Dakota beauty.


August Picture

For those of you who could not find the answer to the “guess who”picture last month we’ll identify Pastor Janet Mathistad as the cute little girl.


August 2013

Jett Landed at the Heinle’s

Excitement was happening at the Paul and Angie Heinle home on June 26th.  Jett Patrick joined the family of six girls.  He weighed in at 8lbs and 2 ozs and was 21 inches long.  The happy grandparents are Mary Beth and Darwin Hatley and Judy Johnk.


MSU Plays Ended

The MSU play at Summer Theatre, “Jesus Christ Superstar” was the final play of the 2013 season.  Brett Olson played the part of Jesus.  The final performance was July 23rd.


Bryantt Family Attend Wedding

Melodee Bryantt and her family attended the wedding of Drew and Lisa Bryantt.  He is the son of John and Cindy (Smith) Bryantt.  The wedding took place in Rugby.  His aunt Harmony (Bryantt) Robinson and her husband, Don, came from Rapid City, SD to attend. They spent a few days visiting her mother, Melodee in Deering.


Another Successful Quilt Auction

The annual quilt auction held at Camp Metigoshe Christian Center near Bottineau was another huge success.  They were fortunate enough to receive $78,000 for the sale of quilts that were donated by quilt makers not only from ND, but from other states. As usual, the Deering Lutheran ladies contributed to the cause by taking a beautiful quilt to be auctioned. On June 27th Diane Mogard, Diane Grilley, Marjorie Allen, Melodee Bryantt, and Florence Sime drove to the center to see the display of quilts and maybe get ideas for next year.  They also visited and toured Tim and Patricia Bryantt’s recently built house northwest of Bottineau on their way home.


Wintermute has Accident

Brad Wintermute totaled his pickup truck at Buffalo Lodge on June 29th when it rolled over. Luckily he was not hurt.



McDonald Moves from Minot

On June 24th Ina McDonald moved from Manor Care in Minot to Hillsboro, ND where she will be close to her daughter, Susan and her family.  If you would like to drop her a card, her address is Sanford Health Care Center 12 3rd Street SE Hillsboro, ND 58045. We hope she enjoys her new home, but that she comes back to visit us.


  “When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”


Dunlop’s Visit

Lowell Dunlop from Billings, MT and his son, Brian from Cheyenne, WY came to visit the Deering area on June 25th.  They stayed with Lowell’s sister, Shirley near Kenmare, but visited Deering very day.  Brian was enjoying looking for “valuables” with his metal detector.  Lowell had a heart attack while he was here and had surgery that required stents.  It happened on June 27th.  On June 29th, his 80th birthday, he and Brian were on their way home.  This will be a birthday he will not easily forget.  



“Jealously comes from counting others blessings instead of our own”


Guess Who?

Has been a part of us for several years.


Mogard’s Attend Family Reunions

Myron and Diane Mogard have been kept busy attending family reunions.  The first one was the last of June in Revillo, SD where they met with the Mogard families.  About 60 relatives gathered for that reunion.  On July 13th they met with the Fisketjon family reunion in Bismarck.  Part of that reunion was a bus trip to spend a day in Medora.  About one hundred people were in attendance with nine of them from Norway. The third reunion was the Mickelson clan.  They held their reunion at Oak Park in Minot on July 28th.


Pastor Mary Ill

On June 22 a benefit was held to help with the medical expenses as Pastor Mary Miska recovers from cancer.  Many from Deering supported Granville and Norwich’s Lutheran pastor as she faces this dreaded disease.

“Can Introverts and Extroverts Get Along

in the Church?”

My favorite new light-bulb joke is:  “How many introverts does it take to change a light-bulb?”  And the answer:  “One!  Why does it always have to be a group activity?!”

That little joke highlights the difference between introverts and extroverts.  It’s not about being social or anti-social, but about energy.  In general terms, extroverts thrive and draw energy from being around others.  They especially enjoy large groups, parties, and social gatherings.  They tend to be outgoing and talkative.  Introverts draw energy from their alone-time.  They prefer smaller gatherings and one-on-one conversations.   An extrovert gets more energized at a social gathering and becomes bored when alone.  An introvert can socialize well, but then gets wiped out by all those people and needs to get away to re-charge.

I was recently struck by this basic difference between us when someone at church commented, “I just can’t understand why there are people who don’t want to join in on other activities outside of worship.  They’re missing out on all that Christian fun and fellowship  together!”  And without thinking, I responded, “It’s because they’re introverts!  They don’t need to have one more social encounter.”

But it did get me thinking, how do we acknowledge and affirm our basic differences, and see them both as a gift to the church?  Churches thrive on numbers, and like to have lots of people join in on whatever activity the church has planned.  They smile upon the folks who show up for everything, and wonder about those who are content with minimal church involvement. 

But even though we gather together as Christians and consider Christian community to be important, there is biblical support for getting away from the crowds.  How many times does scripture tell us that Jesus withdrew from the crowds to pray.  Matthew, Mark and Luke all record moments of Jesus seeking alone-time. 

In addition, we want to lift up the value of living out our Christian lives in the greater world.  Introverts may well function as yeast when they are out and about, conversing with one person at a time at work, at the store, checking in with a close friend.  Those conversations bring the opportunity for a good listening ear outside the walls of the church-building, meeting people where they’re at, showing depth and concern for one’s fellow neighbor in a way that is not always possible in the context of larger social gatherings. 

Yeast slowly works its way through the dough, eventually making it possible for the dough to rise and produce a wonderful loaf of bread.  Introverts do their work quietly, permeating society with their listening ear, a spirit of authenticity, willing to spend more time with one person rather than bouncing off quickly to check in with someone else, offering prayers and support for those they encounter.  

It takes both introverts and extroverts to make up the body of Christ.  The light-bulb will get changed, whether it is by one person or by a committee.  And God’s family is richer for the many-splendored variety of his children.

In Christ, Pastor Janet (Guess Who answer)


Dan Zeretzke Rolls Truck

Dan Zeretzke was grateful for the help he received from DMG Elevator staff after he rolled his truck nearby their facility a while ago.


Swartwout Visits

Wayne Swartwout from Wisconsin came to Deering to visit his cousins, Vernie Swartwout, Melodee Bryantt and Jimmie Swartwout plus all his other friends he has made since he has made several previous trips to the Deering area.



On the Lighter Side

A Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest met at the town’s annual 4th of July picnic.  Old friends, they began their usual banter.  “This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi.  “You really should try it.  I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such wonderful food should be forbidden!  You don’t know what you are missing.  You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prize Virginia ham.  Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?”  The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said “At your wedding.”


Good Medical Reports

Will Eisemann and Dennis Isakson both report that they are cancer free. Erma Kitzman will be moving back to her home at Somerset after spending some time at Manor Car where she was recuperating. Eva Hansen is walking with the help of a walker in Manor Care.  Gary Nerem is progressing with his cancer treatments.  Also Wes Satran is back to work after getting a good report on his cancer.  Ardien Tandberg is still seeking relief to rid himself of severe pain, but appears to be doing better. Curt Hansen is doing great after his surgery that he had in Bismarck. It is always refreshing to report good news like this!


Allen Family Pays a Visit

Fred Allen, son of Warren and Marjorie arrived by plane on June 30th and began helping his folks empty the original Allen home.  There was much to do to organize and dispose of items that they no longer want or need.  He kept busy with his folks, but found time to visit his friends at the Country Store and Café.  Was it a coincidence that he left for his home in Salem, OR on July 12th and his sister, Jo, husband Alden and daughter Elizabeth arrived on July 13th?  They also live in Salem.  Jo helped her parents with tasks that she thought were too much for her parents.  Alden took some time to attend his school reunion and do some business while the girls worked in Deering.  They took some time away from their work to enjoy the ND State fair. They left on the 23rd to return home.  Warren and Marjorie both expressed how much they appreciated the help from their family.  They are also adding a garage to their little farmstead, as they are getting settled into their “new home”.

A Little Trivia

While talking to Jo (Allen) Swan, she shared that she used to babysit for the Grand Marshall of the fair parade, when she lived in Minot before her marriage. Josh Duhamel was a neighbor of the Allens.


Burma Shave Signs

After last month’s Newsletter and the article about Burma Shave roadside signs, a reader sent another verse that she remembered.  “I proposed to Ida.

Ida refused.

I’d a won Ida

If I’d used

Burma Shave.”  (Thank you, Dorothy.)


Isakson Reunion

The Isakson family got together in Granville on July 13th.  Alfred Isakson who resides at Trinity Nursing Home was present for the event.  His sister, Doris Allen (Mrs. Reub) came from California to attend. She came with her son, Jeff and daughters Teri and Sandy.   Her son, Roger and his wife, Bobbie came from Texas and Becky came from Washington. The family had time to visit friends in Deering and to tour small towns around that they remembered as young adults.


Vern Swartwout has Accident

Vern had a serious accident with the lawnmower at his home at Parshall Bay.  While Vern was in the hospital, Cherie stayed with her cousin Linda Thorp and her husband, Phil.


Family Travels to Colorado

Helen Thompson accompanied her daughter, Jane and son in law, Ralph Groth to Windsor, Colorado over the Fourth of July week end.  They visited Helen’s daughter, Connie and husband James Lunn.  They also visited two grandsons and their wives and got to enjoy two great grand daughters and one great grandson.


Helen Recovers from Fall

Helen Thompson got the “go ahead” to walk after months of recuperating from a broken upper leg.  Her doctor okayed her request to bend and to continue her job at the Country Store and Café. We can declare her HEALED!


Omar Hamnes has Surgery

Omar Hamnes, a former resident of Deering has recently had surgery for a brain tumor.  He is in a Bismarck hospital and is on the road to recovery.  We wish him well.  He and his wife Bea and their family lived on the farm that Jim and Karen Reynolds live on now.


In the Military

Air Force Airman Ronald Gottus graduated from military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.  He is the son of Ronald Gottus of Deering and Wanda Gottus of Bismarck. He is a 2012 graduate from Surrey High School.


Tyler Bryantt, son of Tim and Patricia and grandson of Melodee has returned to Japan after two week visit with family.  He is in the U.S. Air Force.  In September he will be going to Afghanistan.



On July 5th Bob Wald, 47, died at his parents farm in a horse related accident.  His parents are Harold and Elayne Wald. Bob is survived by seven sisters.  One is Tracie Hansen from Deering and her husband Elliot.  Also his sister colleen is a teacher in Surrey. The Walds have many friends and relatives in the Deering area.


Andrea Edwardson

Andrea Edwardson, 18, and a recent graduate from Surrey High School, died in a car accident on July 13th.  She was the daughter of Allen Edwardson and Tami Kulzer.  Her parents are known in Deering and have shared meals with their friends at the Deering Store and Café.  Andrea was a classmate of several Deering students. Our sympathy to both of these families as they mourn the deaths of their loved ones.


Take time to admire and smell the flowers that are planted around Deering’s Main Street and the Lutheran Church. They are beautiful!  Thanks to the Garden Club for the planting and to Ardien and Carolyn Tandberg who keep them watered’




Recipe of the Month from Melodee Bryantt

Layered Lemon Dessert

6 tablespoons butter or margarine                                         2 cups sugar

1 cup flour                                                                             1/3 cup corn- starch

½ cup finely chopped pecans                                                

Filling:                                                                                    ¼ tsp Salt

1 package (8 ozs.) cream cheese, softened                            2 cups water

1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (divided)                           

1-1/2 cups whipped topping                                                3 eggs                                                                                        ¼ cup vinegar                                                                                       ¼ cup lemon juice                                                                                       1 Tbl butter or Margarine                                                                                    

1 tsp, lemon Extract

Cut butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9 inx2 inch baking pan, Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool. Beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until fluffy.  Fold in whipped topping.  Spread over crust. Chill.   In a sauce pan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt.  Add ¼ cup of water and stir until smooth.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add vinegar, lemon juice, and the remaining water; stir until smooth.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat; add butter and extract.  Cool. Spread over cream cheese layer.  Chill 2 hours or overnight. (Yield 12 to 16 servings)



Surrey School starts August 20th

Glenburn School starts August 21st

July 2013

 Word of Thanks

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the support of our Deering Newsletter.  It surely indicates that our efforts are appreciated. We also welcome anything in print that may be of interest to our community.


Planters Completed

Local women again got together to plant the flowers that grace the streets of our town.  You will notice three new planters have been added to the front of the Country Store and Café.  Diane Mogard, Melodee Bryantt, Carol Tellefson, Diane Grilley, and Carolyn Tandberg did the purchasing and planting; however, the project was funded by the gaming from Big Red’s.


New Business in the Community

Bradley and Brian Wintermute have opened a new repair business on their farmstead east on Deering.  It is called B W Farm and Wrench.  You can reach them at 728-6426 or 833-5821.  On June 12th Brian and Brad went to Chicago, IL where they purchased a new service truck.  They returned on June 14th.



Guess Who?


 Business man who also works for the city.



Melodee Bryantt Travels to SD

Shelly Bryantt and her daughter, Brynlee drove Melodee to meet Harmony Robinson in Lemon, SD. Harmony took her Mom the rest of the way to  her home in Rapid City for a week’s visit on June 8th.  Melodee helped Harmony with a big garage sale and spent time enjoying visits with her daughter and her husband.  Shelly and Brynlee drove down to pick Melodee up and brought her home on Saturday, June 15.


Brother Dies

Donald Steen, 50, died June 11th at his home in Minot.  He was the youngest of Howland and Eta Mae Steen.  He attended school in Glenburn.  He is survived by his mother, brother, Howard, and four sisters; Sharon (Richard) Torgerson, Becky (Russ) Hansen, Cathy (James) Degree, and Shelly (Terry) Hansen.  Funeral services were held June 14th at Bethany Lutheran in Minot.

Engagement Announced

A member of the Deering class on 1960, Bob McDonald, is proud to announce his marriage to Karen Degenstein on July 5th at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot. The service will be at 2:00.  He extended an invitation to all his Deering friends.  Karen and Bob met while on a trip to Medjugorje, which is in western Bosnia, and discovered they had much in common and their friendship developed into a lasting relationship.  They will make their home in Minot. Bob is the son of the late John and Irma McDonald and is the brother of Bill and his sister is Peggy Christianson.


Lightning Strikes at Mogard’s

On June 9th about 11pm lightning struck the chimney at the Myron and Diane Mogard farm. The chimney was completely destroyed with remnants of it all over the yard.  Their basement filled with soot as that is where their wood burning stove was located.  Luckily they escaped a fire. It was a scary Sunday night for them!



 Schisler’s Back at Work

Lou and Yong Schisler returned from a trip they took the first part of May.  They were gone for a month.  They traveled to visit their son, Lew and his fiancée at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC.  Lew received orders for a tour of duty in Korea and plans have been made to be married on October 3rd.  Yong and Lou spent two weeks in SC.  They also spent two weeks visiting Lou’s Mom and sisters in IL.  Lou’s Mom, Mary, came back with them to get to know her great grandchildren, Maia who is 4 years old and Dristan who was born in February.  They are children of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Schisler who live in Deering.  Mary has since returned home and Lou and Yong have again started working on the home they are building in the former post office building.


Featured Family for July

(Every so often I like to feature a family from our community.  This month I chose the Rod Nickle family)

It is common knowledge that Rodney and Janet Nickle live on a farm south of Deering, but maybe not everyone knows that this couple opened their home and hearts to over one hundred foster children.  In 1976, when Janet was a young wife of eighteen and Rod was twenty-one they took in their first foster child from Ward county. They did foster care for 21 years.  When their phone rang night or day they had to be ready to receive the child that needed shelter.  The ages of the children ranged from zero to eighteen. The children stayed as little as 3 hours to two years.  They had three little boys for two years and then had to wish them well as they moved to an adoptive home.  That was a difficult time for the Nickels.  Janet reported that even though she was 18 at the time they started foster care, she says the age has been moved up to 21.  Also involved with foster care were the many hours they spent in classes about parenting.  This is not a job the county takes lightly.  Rod and Janet were chosen as “Foster Parents of the Year” during their time working with Ward County.  Over the years they were met with many challenges.  One was when a “run away” was placed in their care and he also ran away from their home.  Another child came with burned marks on the clothes where the mother had tried to dry the clothes on a hot oven rack...  Another little guy came with pellets under his skin on his hands.  His mom was holding him when the dad tried to shoot the mother.  Now for the best part of this story – Eighteen years ago a little one year old girl named Ashley came to their house.  She truly stole the hearts of Rod and Janet and became their adopted daughter.  She graduated from Surrey High School this year and will be going to college this fall.  She rounded out the family of FOUR girls.  She joined sisters, Wendy Reiss, Darcie Haverluck, and Toni Nickle.  Many people probably would never guess Ashley was not their biological daughter!  Hats off to this family.



Burma Shave Signs

Years ago when the traffic was slower and the highways narrower, signs were placed along the roadway for the passersby to read.  These were sent to share with our readers.

Brother Speeder                                                                          

Let’s rehearse

All together

Good morning, nurse.


Don’t lose your head

To gain a minute

You need your head

Your brains are in it.


Trains don’t wander

All over the map

Cuz nobody sits

On the engineer’s lap.


Both hands on the wheel

Eyes on the road

That’s the skillful

Driver’s code.


Car in the ditch

Driver in tree

The moon was full

And so was he.


Each line was on a separate sign and the last sign read “Burma Shave”.



“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend my world”. ~Leo Buscaglia




Alfred Hospitalized

Alfred Isakson was released from Trinity Hospital and is back at Trinity Nursing Home. We wish him well.  Remember our friends in the hospital or nursing facility with a card or a call


Another Friend Breaks a Bone

Clarice Hance showed up in church with her left arm in a cast.  She said it was from a fall she took in her home in Minot.  She said everything is healing well, but there are some things she just can’t do with one arm.


Wedding in Rugby

Lisa Schmaltz and Drew Bryantt will be married in Rugby on July 14th.  Drew is the son of John and Cindy (Smith) Bryantt.  The proud grandmas are Melodee Bryantt and Wanda Smith.  Wanda formerly lived in Deering, but now resides in Minot.


Good Summer Entertainment

If you enjoy a good softball game, it would be fun to come out and watch Andrea Hansen as she plays with the Dream Catchers in Minot.  A call to Carla or Curt will give you the place and the time.  Go Andrea!




Summer Theatre Season Open

“Shrek the Musical”, the first production at MSU was June 11-16.  Brett Olson, son of Lee Ann and Craig played a major, hilarious role in the play.  His character was Lord Farquaad.  Brett graduated from MSU and is now in graduate school in Grand Forks.  He returned to Minot to take part in the summer productions.  The remaining plays are “Spelling Bee on June 26 – 30.  Brett was also in this play.  “The Nerd” will be July 6-10, and “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be July 18 – 23.  Brett will play Jesus in this production.  This is another good way to spend your summer evenings and support local talent.


From the Pastor’s Desk

Is your GPS On?

We have been trying out several different vehicles in recent weeks and one of the big decisions for us is whether we wanted or needed an on-board GPS system.   The “Global Positioning System” would tell us where we are going and shows us the path we need to take to get there.

A part of me wants to be able to find my way without some voice in my vehicle telling me every turn!  It is an independence thing, that if I give in, all of a sudden I’m not in charge anymore and now I’m taking directions from a machine.    But I like technology, so what is going on here?

In the middle of my own mental argument, LuAnn reminds me you already have that service on your phone, why do you need duplicate copies?   We also have a portable Garmin, so why this one more level of security?     Long story short,  our purchased vehicle doesn’t have this newest gadget!

Joyce Meyer in a recent devotion asked,  what about in our Spiritual journey,  how well do we use the GPS system that God has given us free of charge.    The way that God has provided for us to communicate with him is through our prayer life.      The second shortest verse in the Bible comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:17.    “Pray Continually”.    It doesn’t say to pray just when things are going bad or difficult.   It doesn’t say to pray only when we can’t figure life out ourselves.    No, it says pray without ceasing!

When Jesus ascended into heaven, he sent his Holy Spirit to be our guide in life.  If we don’t turn on our GPS how will we know when we have made a wrong turn?   God is always ready to get involved but will not tell us where to go, but give us guidance when we want it.  It would seem only appropriate to suggest that as you start each new day, the first thing you do is turn on your spiritual GPS system!    Turning to God in prayer assists us in finding our way.  His guidance, strength and protection are powerful tools to bring with no matter what the tasks of the day involve.  

Prayer is not only important at the beginning of our day but how important to check in as we travel through the day.    In my office I have a big sign by my door as I leave. “ASAP”  meaning “Always Stop and Pray”.     We may feel we do not need the GPS in our vehicle, but how important to remember life is far too challenging to go forward without God’s guidance.   May prayer be a special gift that fills  you with peace and hopefulness as you head into a summer full of busy activities.    Do not head out without your spiritual GPS on!

~Pastor Gerald


Levi Olson Welcomed Home

Many relatives and friends gathered at Craig and Lee Ann Olson’s home to welcome their son, Levi for a two weeks visit on Friday, June

14th. He has been stationed with the US Army in Ft. Riley, KS.  He is now relocating to Ft. Hood, TX.  Levi has served his country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea, as well as places in the US.


Zelenski’s Welcome a Little Visitor

On June 9th, Kelly Zelenski flew to LasVegas where she met her daughter, Hilary Eichengreen and grandson Matthew who came from their home in California ‘  Kelly  brought little matt home to stay with his grandparents and aunt Anna, and uncles Nathan and Sam until June 27th. 


Sam has Summer Employment in Grand Forks

Sam Zelenski, who we usually see working with Bill Hansen on the farm is busy working for Menards in Grand Forks and also he  rides in emergency vehicles with Altru Health.  He has been in school studying first alert responding. Sam graduated from Glenburn High School last year.



Rhubarb Dump Cake

3-4 cups rhubarb cut into 1/4”  pieces

1 cup white sugar

1- 3oz package strawberry jell-o

1 yellow cake mix

1 cup water

¼ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Spread the rhubarb evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the sugar over the rhubarb, followed by the jell-o and finally the cake mix.  Pour the water and melted butter over the top. Do not stir.  Bake for 45 minutes or until rhubarb is tender.


Guess Who answer: Lee Mogard





Fourth of July FUN!

What did one flag say to the other flag?

Nothing. It just waved!


What dance was very popular in 1776?



Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”

Student: “On the bottom!”


Why does the Statue of Liberty stand in New York Harbor?


Because she can’t sit down.


My brother swallowed a box of firecrackers.

Is he all right now?

I don’t know. I haven’t heard the last report.



June 2013

Tandberg Has Third Back Surgery

On May 2nd Ardien Tandberg had his third back surgery at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. He was discharged on May 8th.  While he was in the hospital, Carolyn stayed with Ardien’s sister, Gloria Olson.  He thanks everyone who called, sent a card, or paid him a visit.  A special thanks to Ralph Groth who drove him to Bismarck for his post surgery check up.


Baby Boy for Fredrickson’s

Chris and Dennis Fredrickson welcomed another baby boy to their family on April 26.  Little Matthew Dean weighed 8 lbs 13 ozs.  He joins his big brother, Nathan. Grandma Rosie got home from her stay in Minot where she was receiving treatments to get her rocker ready for some major rock a bye baby time.


“God created your face. You create the expression”.


Allen’s Return from Trip

Warren and Marjorie Allen returned from their trip to Salem, Oregon on May 14 where they attended their grandchildren’s graduations.  They left on April 30th by train.


Snow Record?

In case you were thinking that we set a record in snow fall this year, you would be wrong.  According to a specialist from the North Central Research and Extension Center south of Minot the most snow came in 2010 – 2011 with 84.1 inches. In 1969 – 1970 there was 80.5 inches, in 1996 – ’97 was 75.8 inches, and then comes 2012 – 2013 with 73.0 inches. It seemed like a very long winter as it came so late.


 No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.


It is your road and yours alone.  Others will walk it with you, but nobody can walk it for you.

Winner at the County Meeting

On April 23rd, six senior citizens from Deering attended the county meeting in Upham.  The meeting was an enjoyable get together with the other senior clubs.  There was great entertainment and a delicious roast beef dinner served.  One of the best things was the $50 that the Deering club won when their name was drawn.  In order to get your name in the drawing there must be at least five members from your club at the meeting. Thanks to Warren and Marjorie Allen, Florence Sime, Melodee Bryantt, Diane Mogard and Carolyn Tandberg who attended and made the prize possible.


Visitor from Arizona

Helen Thompson welcomed her daughter, Lila Smith from Arizona to her home on May 9th.  She was unable to come earlier when her sisters came to help Helen after her fall so she came to be with her as a mother’s day present.  She left for home on 12th.


Second Anniversary for Country Store and Café

Congratulations to Shelly Wintermute and her sister Teri Nelson as they celebrate their second anniversary operating the Country Store and Café on May 18th.  We wish them continued success in their business.


Guess Who?


This first grader came back to the Deering area to raise his family of three.


Unpleasant Condition

As Helen Thompson finished her physical therapy following her fall this spring, she learned her itching condition was caused from a case of the hives.  No, they may not be serious, but they certainly are uncomfortable.


Andrist Graduates from Minot High

Jesse Andrist, son of Jared and Pam and grand son to Darwin and Mary Beth Hatley and the late Frank and Jo Andrist, graduated from Minot High School on May 26.  


Granddaughter Visits Tandberg’s

Katie Mena, daughter of John and Lisa (Tandberg) Mena drove from Galva, KS to visit Ardien and Carolyn, her grandparents, and other relatives the area before returning to Stillwater. OK where attends OSU.  She was here from May 13-17.  She drove her grandparents into Deering for lunch and did other errands for them while she was here.


Burtch’s Welcome Grand Baby

Norah Christine Bader was born to Amiee (Burtch) and Adam Bader in Grand Forks on May 3rd.  Tom and Marilyn Burtch are the grandparents and Dick and Nell are the great grandparents.  Little Norah weighed 7 lbs. 3oz and was 20 inches long. Dick and Nell have eleven great grandchildren, seven boys and four girls.  The kids are all under the age of eight.


Local Rancher Dies

Loren Andreson, who once ranched east of Deering, died in Velva on May 10th.  He will be remembered as a civic minded man who served on many local boards including the Deering school board and Deering Elevator board.  He is survived by his wife, Orvetta.  They had two daughters Cherie Em (David) Olson and Linda (Jeff) Brunner.  Both girls graduated from Deering High School. He is survived by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


 Funeral Services Held Glen Dilley

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, May 28 at the Congregational Church in Granville for Glen Dilley.  He died recently in Gillette WY.  He and his wife, Elvera were active in the Senior Citizens before leaving the community.

College Graduates

Congratulations to Tanner Larson as he graduated from MSU.  He is the son of Joni (Burtch) Larson.  His father is Rick Larson.  Also Loren Files graduated from MSU with honors.  He lived in Deering with his parents the late Gordon and Violet Files.  Good work boys!


Senior Coalition Attended

On Tuesday, May 14, Florence Sime, Melodee Bryantt, Sandy Grilley, Linda Davis, and Gladys Trudell attended the senior get together at the Grand International.  They enjoyed many exhibits, entertainment, prizes, and a lot of visiting.


The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream.



Requested Recipe

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

1 ½ tubes Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits

3 Tablespoon melted butter

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup pecans (optional)

Combine melted butter and maple syrup in a small bowl

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and nuts

Put ½ in bottom of a bunt pan.  Lay biscuits on bottom of the pan overlapping edges.

Top with remaining butter and syrup and brown sugar mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven.


Hats off to Granville Lutheran Church

The ladies at ELC Lutheran Church in Granville have been busy making quilts and beautiful little dresses made from pillow cases to send to Africa.  One of the busy ladies is Linda Smette who is originally from Deering.  These items were on display when some of the Deering people went to Lenten services in Granville.  The dresses are simple and very cute, each trimmed in a different way. This project will put a smile on many people.


Violet (Tandberg-Siverson) Anderson

Violet Anderson passed away May 20th in the Rugby Nursing.  She was 92 years old.  She was married to Art Anderson and lived on the west side of Deering before moving to Rugby. She was the daughter of John and Anna Tandberg.  Funeral services were held on May 25 in Newburg.  She and Stanley Siverson lived in Newburg where they raised their 6 daughters. Violet and Art were married after their former spouses died.



Since it has been asked, we are accepting funds to keep our newsletter coming.



Mark Your Calendars

All the Deering Lutheran Church women are reminded that the annual fall bazaar is scheduled for October 26th, the last Saturday of the month.  Start thinking about projects that you will furnish.  Let’s make it a good one!


Hance Family Meet at Manor Care

Jim and Linda Hance spent the week end of May 18 -19 with Clarice Hance and Bev Dougan and family.  While here, they had a good time at a noon meal at the Manor Care Home in Minot with the Hance aunts and uncle.  Present were Eva Hansen, Dorothy Steffen, Faye Zurcher, Wilford Hance, BevDougan, Clarice, Jim and Linda Hance.  When these “Hance Oldsters” get together, they have a lot of fun and laughter as stories are told of their growing up years and their memories of early Deering. 



We would to congratulate Kali Miller on receiving the Female Student of the Year award.  It was presented to her at graduation on Sunday, May 26.


By request, Warren Allen shared his thoughts with us for our “From the Pastor’s Desk” article.

The Slippery Slope

How did we get there?  The enemy (dare I say the “Devil?) of moral and righteous living is clever.  Rarely does a person forsake the total concept of adhering to an issue of morality in one indiscretion.  There usually is just a small compromise.  The breach is rationalized by reasoning that says “well, it was just a little departure from my conviction so it doesn’t amount to much.”  The enemy is quick to agree with that thought, but knowing full well that the next breach will be easier until there is no more bothered conscience.  The person is on the “slippery slope.”

The veneer for civilization and social governance is quite thin.  What lies below the thin veneer is confusion at best and destruction ultimately.  Jose Ortega, a Spanish intellectual leader several decades ago, observed that all “behavior was either moral or immoral.”  President Woodrow Wilson articulated the need for social concern in the matters of value rather succinctly:  “The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.”

Morality must have a constant frame of reference and it cannot be situational.  Social practices or acceptance are not criteria on which Divine decrees stand.  Scriptural absolutes are not subject to referendum.  There is a difference between legal and moral.  The two are not necessarily synonymous.  Too many of the agencies (movies, TV, public officials, even religious leaders) that have so great influence on people have dismissed moral and spiritual verities from public foundations as well as from private conduct.  The inevitable question of advocates of amoralism will be, “What makes you think anyone has the right to establish a code of behavior?”  There are virtues that transcends demographics and geography.  They may be out of sync with many of our behaviors or philosophies, but they have not been rescinded nor are they dependent upon popular acceptance.  The finite mind is an inadequate challenge to the Infinite God, the Infinite intelligence!



The Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge in cooperation with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department and local volunteers will sponsor a fishing day for individuals with special needs from Minot and the surrounding area.

The event, planned for June 1, 2013 from 10 AM to 3 PM, will take place in the Outlet Fishing Area below Lake Darling Dam and

will include a picnic lunch at noon. The

event will be funded in part by the Kenmare Veterans Club, Kenmare Goosefest Committee and The Souris River Basin Longbeards (affiliate of The National Wild Turkey Federation).

Because of the large number of people planning to attend this event and the limited parking spaces available, the Outlet Fishing Area will be closed Saturday to Refuge visitors from 5 am to 3 pm.

Individuals attending the event will be assisted by Fish and Wildlife Service employees, staff from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and local volunteers. Rods, reels, tackle and bait will be supplied for those individuals who do not have equipment.

Parents and guardians of special service students should contact the refuge at 468-5467 to tell us your plans.

Remember, that the weekend of June 1 and 2 are Free Fishing Days.  Residents of North Dakota may fish without a resident license during the free fishing days.  However, all other state and federal regulations apply. 


New at Country Store?



Guess Who answer: Gary Nerem

Facts About Fatherhood

           While Mother’s Day holds the record for most phone calls, Father’s Day has the most collect calls


           In America, observers spend over $1 billion every year buying gifts for their father.


           Hallmark considers Father’s Day to be the fifth largest card giving holiday.


           Children whose fathers are involved in their life in a beneficial way tend to do better in school and stay out of trouble.


           Scientists polled over a thousand adults to find that 28% felt that their fathers had the most influence on their lives, 53% chose their mothers and 15% credited both parents the same amount



                          Happy Father's Day - June 16, 2013

May 2013

Deering Now has Zoning Board

On April 8th a public meeting was held at the community center to introduce the new zoning board and to explain how it will enforce the building projects in the city and a one mile radius around the city.  The board consists of Elliot Hansen, Jerry Miller, Kim Schnellbach, and Bill Reiste.  Also present were Mayor LaVonne Cameron and city auditor, Laurie Herslip. In the past the McHenry County zoning board made decisions regarding the city.  From now on, all single mobile homes will be placed in the mobile home park and only new manufactured homes will be allowed on foundations within the city.  The zoning guidelines were designed after the Ray, ND plans, but with some changes to meet the needs of Deering.  Zoning permits will be required before building as they were before the formation of the new board. 


Falls Cause Problems

Last month we reported that two of our residents experienced falls on the ice.  Carol Tellefson has since had her cast removed and Helen Thompson is recuperating at home.  This month we learn that Nellie Burtch fell near the garage while with her dog on April 5.  She found the one small piece of ice and went down leaving her a very sore left shoulder and side.  She was taken to the doctor and was x-rayed.  Her husband Dick, fell earlier in the year while in Minot, but was able to pop right up with some sore muscles.  Both Dick and Nell have been battling bronchitis and have been staying close to home. 


Marjorie Allen Visits Emergency Room

On April 7th Marjorie Allen was experiencing a lot of discomfort and was having difficulty breathing.  She was checked out at the emergency room and was given treatments to help her breathe.  She is recuperating at home.


Daughters Help Helen Thompson

It probably isn’t the most fun way to entertain your family, but Helen Thompson is a lucky lady to have daughters who are willing to come to Deering to help her while she is healing from a broken hip.  Jane and Ralph Groth are her daughter and son in law who live in Deering.  They both are employed in Minot so Jane’s sisters volunteered to come to help out.  First, Barb came from Texas.  When she left Jane took a week off from work to help.  When she went back to work Connie and her husband, Jim came from Colorado.  Lila who lives in Arizona planned to come to help out next, but due to airline problems, she changed her plans to come to spend Mother’s Day in ND.  How lucky to have a willing family like these girls!  Helen’s 85th birthday is May 7th.  She has planned a birthday celebration in early fall when she will be able to dance again!


Guess Who?

                        Who is this mother of six and an active senior citizen?


Student Spotlight

Last year about this time we saw Ashley Mogard featured on KXMC “Student Spotlight”.  This year we got to see her sister Lindsey in the same spotlight.  Both girls graduated (or will graduate) with highest honors from Surrey High School.  Ashley is attending MSU and Lindsey plans to enroll in the nursing program at MSU in the fall.  Little sister, five year old Katie will have a lot to live up to in a few years.  These are daughters of Donelle and Jason Mogard.


Graduation Time

 Graduation services have been set for the seniors in Surrey and Glenburn schools.  Ashley Nickle, Reed Nerem, Lindsey Mogard, and Tara Gebur all from Deering will receive their diplomas on May 26 at 1:00 p.m.  Among the Glenburn graduates are Shelby Spokely and Brittany Nelson.  Their graduation services will also be at 1:00 on May 26th in Glenburn.


What a Good Friday!

Unknown to Ardien and Carolyn Tandberg their daughters had been making plans to surprise them at Easter.  When the doorbell rang on Good Friday afternoon and there stood two of their daughters and with them a granddaughter from Billings MT and her daughter Alexa and their other granddaughter from Vancouver, WA with her son, Owen, joy exploded. Lisa, their daughter from KS and the mother of the girls got “fogged” out and couldn’t make it to Minot until Saturday.  The Tandberg’s hadn’t seen Owen who was born on September 11 to Maria and Justin Guy.


Old Folks are Worth a Fortune

(submitted by Annella Miller)

Old folks are worth a fortune:  With silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet, and gas in their stomachs.  I have become a lot more social with the passing of the years; some might call me a frivolous old gal.  I am seeing five gentlemen every day.  As soon as I wake, Will Power helps me get out of bed.  Then I go see John.  Then Charlie Horse comes along, and when he is here he takes a lot of my time and attention.  When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day.  (Doesn’t like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint.)  After such a busy day, I’m really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay.  What a life!  P.S. The preacher came to call the other day.  He said that at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter.  I told him I do all the time.  No matter where I am – in the parlor, in the kitchen, or down in the basement I ask myself, “Now what am I here after”.


Mogard’s Travel to Nevada

Shortly before Easter Myron and Diane Mogard together with Myron’s sister, Myra and her husband, Clayton Thom traveled to Laughlin, NV.  It was Diane’s first plane ride.  They enjoyed the warm weather, sightseeing, and (although they didn’t share) maybe some gambling. Going through security at the Hoover Dam Myron had to leave a treasured jack knife there that was a remembrance from Henry Anderson, who owned the Deering Hardware several years ago.  He tried to reclaim it, but could not do so.


Prom Queen from Deering

At the Surrey Prom on April 13, Kali Miller, a junior at Surrey High School was crowned queen by last year’s queen, another Deering student, Lindsey Mogard.  Bryan Dye was crowned 2013 prom king. Kali is the daughter of Jerry and Dana.  Annella Miller is the proud grandmother.  Kali’s maternal grandparents live in Canada.


Ralph Gets Three Stents

After having a stress test, Ralph Groth learned he needed three stents to clear some arteries and to keep him healthy so he can continue to help with the newsletter.  We wish him continued good health.


Shelly Wintermute Seeks Medical Attention

Shelly Wintermute, owner of the Country Store and Café, was in Bismarck recently to have a procedure done to help with her swallowing.  In her absence Teri Nelson was helped by Mary Nerem, who recently retired from Wal-Mart.


Bible Study Recesses

Warren and Marjorie Allen hosted a series of Bible study during the winter months.  Eleven people attended and studied Paul and the Book of Romans.  They have recessed for the summer.



Earl Hetland Dies in Texas

Earl Hetland died April 9th in Woodlands, TX.  He and his wife Lola Gay were frequent visitors in Deering during the summer months when they were living on their farm north of town.  His brother Milton and his wife Caryl, who live in Minot, come and share a meal with their friends in Deering also.  Earl and Lola Gay moved to TX to be near their family when Earl’s health began to fail.  He was 88 years old. He is survived by his wife, four sons, eight grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.


Services held for LaBarre

Donald LaBarre, brother of Carol McDonald died April 1st in his home in Devils Lake.  He was 63 years old.  He fought a courageous fight with cancer.  He is survived by a son and daughter, and two grandsons.  He left seven sisters and one brother to mourn his death.


 The Quilt My Mama Made

It was a quilt of many colors

That my mama made for me.

And each patch that joined another

Held a special memory.

The lavender was ruffles,

The polka dots a pinafore.

In my hand was a pail and shovel;

I was barefoot at the shore.

The red patch was a remnant

From a bygone holiday,

From a dress I wore so proudly

At the children’s Christmas play.

The dainty yellow in the border

Brings back a vivid scene—

A dress from Mama, trimmed in lace,

When I was sweet sixteen.

One patch stands out among the rest;

It wears a golden glow.

In a concert in the spotlight,

I wore it long ago.

I love the quilt my Mama made,

This fabric work of art;

Her love entwined in squares she joined—

A love straight from her heart.


(A tribute to mothers for Mother’s Day)



“Understanding” is much deeper than “knowledge”.

There are many people who know us, but very few who understand us.


Couple Travel to Canada

Klem Schmaltz and Florence Sime joined Carolyn and Dale Graff from Carpio and drove to Belmont, Manitoba on April 13 to attend a dance.  It was a three day affair, but they only stayed one day.  They got back to ND in the spring snow storm. The Graff’s stayed at the Schmaltz home until daylight and after the roads were a little more passable.    


Visit to Arizona

Clarice Hance recently returned to Minot/ Deering from Arizona where she closed her home there until next year.  She spent eight days visiting her sister and brother plus some of her “snow bird” friends that were still there.



Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers and Congratulations to the all the graduates.  Pay a visit to your family and friends who have left you on Memorial Day.



(Winston Churchill liked these)

1.     Where there is a will, I want to be in it.

2.     The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.

3.      Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4.     Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

5.     In filling out an application, where it says, “In case of an emergency notify”-- I put doctor.

6.     I am supposed to respect my elders, but it is getting harder and harder for me to find one now.


Happy Mother’s Day!




With existing weather conditions still in “winter mode” some activities on Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge will more than likely be delayed until conditions improve. With Lake Darling still covered with snow and upwards of 30” of ice, the chance of the lake being ice free by May 1st is small. Even though the Souris River is ice free, access points for canoes may still be iced in by May 1st. Fishermen and canoeists should check with the refuge and pay attention to future news releases for lake and river conditions. Fishermen wishing to fish from shore may find the same conditions, especially on Lake Darling. The Souris River below the dam is currently open and may provide the only open water fishing possible on the refuge.

Several self-guided walking trails on the refuge are also open now with the snow disappearing.  The Outlet Fishing Area has wheelchair-accessible parking, sidewalks, tables, grills, rest rooms, interpretive trail and fishing pier.   The Prairie Marsh Scenic Drive auto tour route will open to vehicles as conditions allow. 

Refuge regulations are enforced to protect wildlife habitat, prevent disturbance to wildlife, provide for visitor safety, and to keep public use areas clean.  All Refuge visitors are reminded that the following activities are prohibited: remaining on the Refuge between 10 pm and 5 am, fires outside of grills, unleashed pets, camping, swimming, off road vehicle travel, use of all-terrain vehicles, disposal of bait fish either in water or on shore, littering, speeding, possession or use of fireworks or firearms, snagging or keeping foul hooked fish, collecting antlers, removing government property, and unauthorized entry or trespassing in closed areas.   

A reminder to pleasure boaters and water enthusiasts, Lake Darling is part of the National Wildlife Refuge system and is open only to boat fishing and canoeing.  People wishing to water ski, sailboat, use personal watercraft, swim and pleasure boat should seek information from North Dakota State Parks or the North Dakota Game and Fish Department about other area lakes that allow these activities. 

Be a safe and responsible sportsman.   REPORT ALL POACHERS.   In case of an emergency or violation please call 1-800-472-2121. 


Guess Who Answer: Melodee Bryantt

A Norwegian vs. a German

A Norwegian and a German entered a chocolate store. As they were busy looking, the German stole 3 chocolate bars.

As they left the store, the German said to the Norwegian, "Man I'm the best thief, I stole 3 chocolate bars and no one saw me. You can't beat that."

The Norwegian replied: "You want to see something better? Let's go back to the shop and I'll show you real stealing."

So they went to the counter and the Norwegian said to the shopkeeper, "Do you want to see magic?"

The shopkeeper replied, "Yes."

The Norwegian said, "Give me one chocolate bar."

The shopkeeper gave him one, and he ate it.

The Norwegian asked for a second bar, and he ate that as well. He asked for the third, and finished that one too.

The shopkeeper asked: "But where's the magic?"

The Norwegian replied: "Check in my friend's pocket, and you'll find all three bars of chocolate."

You just CAN'T beat a Norwegian!


Could Have Fooled Me Chicken Alfredo

·         1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter

·         1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour

·         1-⅓ cup 1% Low-fat Milk

·         1 cup Grated Parmigianino Cheese

·         2 Tablespoons 1/3-less Fat Cream Cheese (Neufchâtel Cheese)

·         ½ teaspoons Salt (less if you're using salted butter, as the parm is salty too)

·         ⅛ teaspoons Garlic Powder

·         Cracked Black Pepper

·         8 ounces, weight Fettuccine, Cooked Al Dente (half A Box.)

*Optional: browned chicken breasts separately and then some red peppers, cajun seasoning to both the sauce and the chicken


Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until bubbling. Stir in flour, and cook 1 minute. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. (Slowly add milk, so it doesn’t clump.) Cook until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Add cream cheese, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Turn off heat and add 1 cup Parmigianino cheese, stirring with a whisk until cheese melts.


March 2013

Sgt. Levi Olson Receives Honor

Levi Olson, son of Craig and Lee Ann Olson recently received the Bronze Star Medal.  Levi has served his country as a member of the US Army.  He has served two tours of duty in Iraq, one tour in Japan, and now has just returned to the states from Afghanistan.  He earned one Bronze Star Medal while serving in Iraq and now recently was awarded a second one while in Afghanistan.  This recognition is an individual military award of the US armed forces for acts of heroism or act of merit in a war zone.  It is the fourth highest combat decoration and the ninth highest US military award in order of precedence.  Levi’s parents, brother, Brett, sister Lacie and family, and his aunt Carol and other relatives met him when he flew into Ft. Riley, KS.  His Grandmother, Gloria Olson also flew from AZ to welcome him home. His cousin, Lisa Mena from KS was also there. He has decided to stay in the Army and will be stationed at Ft. Hood, TX.


Mayor makes Request of Deering Residents

The city asks that people no longer drop books or other items off at the community center.  They are converting the former massage parlor room into a city office.  They found more boxes of paperback books, a broken wheel chair, broken highchairs, etc.  For the safety of the community center users, these items were taken to the dumpster.  There is also a need to decrease the number of books both paperback and hardcover, and the many kids’ books also.  Anyone wanting free books, unlimited number, please contact LaVonne Cameron and she will open the center for your enjoyment.  She can be contacted at 240-2679. 


Bryantt’s Travel to Ecuador

Tim Bryantt, son of Melodee Bryantt, his wife, Patricia, and their son, Dusty, spent two weeks in January in Ecuador.  This is Patricia’s homeland, but it was the first time Tim had traveled there. They were there with an organization known as “Swallow International”.  They spent a lot of time visiting orphanages and helping where they could.  Patricia’s cousin, Rafael Correa is the present president there and was in the process of campaigning for his second term. Hopefully, they will share their story with us. They plan to return in June.


Hance Family Enjoy Get Together

January 25th turned out to be a reunion day at the Royal Fork for the Hance family.  Present were members of the older generation, Eva Hansen, Dorothy Steffen, Wilford Hance, Faye Zurcher, Glenn and Eileen Hance, and Clarice Hance.  Other relatives present were Bill Hansen, Eva’s son, Barry Hance, Wilford’s son, Mary Zurcher, Faye’s daughter in law, Beverly Dugan and Judy Doeden with husband, Steve, Clarice‘s daughters.  The party was to honor Clarice on her 77th birthday, and also to give relatives an opportunity to visit with Barry who was here to visit his father, Wilford who had been hospitalized with pneumonia. 


Delila Miller Comes From TN

When Myron Smette passed away on January 8th, his sister, Delila Miller was on the plane to ND to be with her family.  She arrived on the 10th and spent time with Myron’s family and her sisters and brother who live here in the area.  She had a chance to see a lot of her friends and former classmates at the Country Store and Café before leaving for Oneida, TN on the 19th.

Benefit Well Attended

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck hosted a benefit meal and silent auction to help defray expenses for Vera (Smith) Peterson on January 28th.  Vera, a l956 graduate from Deering High School is suffering from cancer.  She and her husband Pete have made their home in Bismarck for several years. Many of her relatives from the area attended the benefit.


Guess Who?


                    This Deering graduate would never dispute the mail carrier!


Alfred Isakson Discharged From Hospital

After Alfred Isakson was discharged from the hospital, he moved to Trinity Nursing home for physical therapy and healing. We wish him strength so he can again join his friends at the Country Store and Café.


Sandy Grilley’s Health Scare

Sandy was taken to Trinity Hospital after experiencing a mild heart attack.  It was serious enough for her to spend from January 30th to February 1st in the hospital undergoing tests.  She is still weak but is recovering at home.


Valentine Party at Grilley’s

Diane Grilley hosted the Petal Pushers Garden Club members at her home on February 9th.  The afternoon was spent visiting, eating, and crafting.  Soon spring fever will attack this group!


Instead of the John, I call the bathroom the Jim.  That way it sounds better when I say I go the Jim first thing in the morning.


Special Birthday for Varberg

Jeanette Varberg, formally of Deering celebrated her 80th birthday on February 4th with a card shower organized by her family.  She now makes her home in Minot and Mesa, AZ.  Your birthday greetings can be sent to her at 4860 East Main St., Space N-36, and Mesa, AZ 85205.


Allen’s Attend Wedding

Warren and Marjorie Allen returned from a trip to Salem, OR where they attended the wedding of their grandson, Elliot Swan and his wife Brianna.  The wedding took place on February 1st.  Elliot is the son of Jo and Alden Swan.  Marjorie and Warren were unfortunate enough to catch a flu bug that was going around Salem.  We hope they lose their cough soon.


Tellefson Breaks Arm

Carol Tellefson, our newest resident, fell on her way to her daughter, Carla Hansen’s home on Super Bowl Sunday and broke her arm.  She has it in a cast and will have the memory of watching the football game in a hospital room.


News about our Neighbors

Jake Greeman was discharged from Trinity Hospital and is now a resident in Manor care in Minot.


Ina McDonald is living at Manor care, also, where she is receiving physical therapy after breaking her hip.  She had a visit from her entire family after her mishap.


Rosie Fredrickson has been living in Minot with her sister, Anna Salvey while she was undergoing cancer treatment and eye surgeries.  She will be returning to her farm home shortly.


Many may remember Almira (Loraas) Hoffer.  She is recuperating after taking a tumble of the ice.


Locals Find Good Eating

Melodee Bryantt, Diane and Myron Mogard, Diane Grilley, and Florence Sime found some good German food at Bethany Church in Minot.  They enjoyed a church service of polka music. On February 8th, Melodee Bryantt, Klem Schmaltz, Florence Sime, and Harlan Spokely went to Surrey Senior Center and enjoyed a meal of shrimp and steak. They were entertained by the Wellington choir.

Country Store and Café has Special Meal

Over eighty people enjoyed a supper of shrimp or prime rib on February 14th at the Country Store and Café. It was a night of visiting and enjoying a delicious meal for Valentine’s Day.


We all get heavier as we get older because there is more information in our heads.  That’s my story and I am sticking to it.


Local Students Perform

Deering was well represented at the Jazz Fest that was held in Anne Nicole Hall on February 8th.   April Mogard, daughter of Lee and Brandie Mogard, played a flute solo.  Ashley Nickle, daughter of Rod and Janet Nickle, performed a saxophone solo   Other Deering performers were Lindsey Mogard and Kali Miller.



Here is a message to all senior citizens.  All monthly meetings and birthday potlucks will be in the basement of the Lutheran church, due to water problems in the community center.



A Meditation from a Former Resident

(I received the following meditation from a 1945 graduate of Deering High School, Lloyd Bovee.)


Let me ask you a question.  Does God, our Father, know your name?  Easy question, but does He?  If you don’t know, ask.


He knows mine.  He called me by my name, saying, “Yes, Lloyd, and that’s why I haven’t destroyed it”.


Now, the rest of the story:  It was summer in Tacoma,WA.  I was working at City of Tacoma Utilities in the garage, where shifts rotated monthly, between days and swing.  It was one of those mystical nights, after midnight, with a warm light breeze wafting in from the southwest.  The moon shone bright.  Across our back yard were five poplar trees, their leaves fluttering as the moonbeams reflected off them.  The scene was wonderful, even though the poplar tree is not my favorite.  Locking up, I said, “Oh God, how beautiful!”  He replied, “Yes, Lloyd, and that’s why I haven’t destroyed it.”


I floated around for days.  When people say we will destroy the world, there is only one word I can think of “Baaaa”.  Little do you know.  You should ask God.  Up to that time, I went by the name Bud or Buddy to the family.  My father’s name was Lloyd, I didn’t think it right to be called Lloyd.  But, that night I became Lloyd.  He knows my name, does he know yours?


Recent Deaths

Donna Johnson, wife of Erling (Pete) Johnson died January 21 in Mesa AZ.  She was 73 years old.  Her services will be later this spring.  She lived in the Glenburn area and Minot.  She and her husband spent their winters in AZ.  She was well known in Deering.


Former resident of Deering Orville Wagar, 87, and the husband of Dorothy Wagar died February 15th in a Minot nursing home. Orville and Dorothy lived in rural Deering and later moved to a home in northwest Deering before moving to Minot.



Raffle Tickets Available

Those who are interested in supporting the Dream Catchers Baseball Team in Minot can buy raffle tickets from Carla, Curt or Andrea Hansen.  The raffle will be held March 17. Prizes are furnished by Minot Association of Builders and constructed by a class at the Burdick Job Corps.  Tickets are $2.


Magazine Article Shared

Helmer Miller wrote an article to the “Guidepost” magazine about his mother, Fern Miller.  I will try to summarize it, but hopefully you will be able to read it in “Angels on Earth” in an upcoming edition.

My mother, Fern, took a tumble in her apartment early last spring.  Even though she was in pain and had bruises on her forehead and cheek she could not be convinced to go to ER to be checked out.  The following Monday      morning I called an ambulance to take her to the hospital. She is one strong lady who could have a root canal without Novocain, but this was too much for her.  The doctor said she had broken her neck in two places and was fitted with a rigid neck brace.  Two 94 year old ladies had fallen and broken her neck on the same morning of the examination.  Fern was placed in a room where she was expected to stay for a short time.  Because the doctors could not get her “under control”, for a 24 hour period, they could not legally discharge her.  The doctors were giving her more and more medications and her system was reacting somewhat violently.  After 12 days I was told Mom had lived a long useful life and hospice should be called in. I did what they recommended.  After she was stabilized for a period of time she was legitimately discharged to a rehabilitation center and did so on a gurney.  The next few days were torturous, as Mom cried for water.  The doctor’s instruction was for no food or drink for fear of choking.  Thinking this was Mom’s final days, I called my sister who lives out of state to help prepare or her end.  She, in turn called her daughter in Los Angeles and she started giving Mom water contrary to the doctor’s orders.  My sister and her husband soon arrived and began feeding Mom.  Lo and behold Mom came to life and ended up leaving that facility three months later on her own two feet with the help of her walker.  After a visit to the spine doctor’s office the neck brace was removed.  After that Mom left on a five to six day trip across the country and recently celebrated her 95th birthday looking photogenic.

Going Away Party Set

A going away party for Ina McDonald will be held at Manor Care on March 19th at 2:00.


Corned Beef Spread Recipe



2 cups mayonnaise

2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons dill weed

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

2 cups diced cooked corned beef

Onion bagels, split and cut into wedges or snack rye bread



In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, onion, dill, seasoned salt and corned beef. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with bagel wedges or rye bread. Yield: 4 cups.



Reuben Rolls Recipe



1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1/4 teaspoon prepared horseradish

5 flour tortillas (10 inches), room temperature

7 packages (2 ounces each) thinly sliced deli corned beef

15 thin slices Swiss cheese

1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained



In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, mustard and horseradish until blended. Spread a heaping tablespoonful of cream cheese mixture over each tortilla.

Layer each tortilla with eight slices of corned beef, three slices of cheese, another heaping tablespoonful of cream cheese mixture and 1/2 cup sauerkraut. Roll up tightly. Chill for 1 hour. Cut each roll-up into 1/2-in. slices. Yield: about 8 dozen.



The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it”.


Guess Who answer: Paul Grilley


Jan/Feb 2013

A New Year Begins

As I sit down to continue the Deering Newsletter, I am filled with many thoughts.  First and foremost I would like to thank all the people who have helped me along the way.  Those who have sent monetary support and also the ones who graciously have shared stories with me that they would like to see in the paper.  It is only with this kind of help and suggestions that we can carry on.  Many people enjoy looking back at Deering at a different time and some like to share their thoughts on present day stories.  Sometimes if the articles are long I have to take the liberty to shorten it.  I hope you understand now that we are limited in space.  Keep up the good work and I will do my best to keep up my end.  Thanks to Ralph Groth who has “volunteered” to print the paper for us now.   ~ Carolyn~


New Baby for Burtch Family

Bruin Nels Burtch was born to Leanne and Matthew on November 26.  He was 20 inches long and weighed 7 lbs.6 ozs.  Marilyn and Tom Burtch are the proud grandparents and Dick and Nellie are happy to add to their great grand family.


Disaster Hits Smith Home

On December 8th a pickup truck slammed into the Omer and Betty (Carr) Smith home in southwest Minot.  The house was shoved off the foundation and a back bedroom was severely damaged.  Betty was home at the time and was knocked to the floor.  She commented that her friends and neighbors as well as the emergency crews were quick to respond.  The Smiths were left with no roof over their heads for the Christmas holidays, but are thankful for the great people in Minot who helped them and they are looking forward to a better new year.



Couples Travel to Warmer Climate

Bill and Marla Hansen spent a few days in December enjoying the warmth and sites in Mexico.  Again while they were gone Eva enjoyed the visits from her daughters, Muriel and Carolyn.


Craig and Lee Ann Olson celebrated their 35th anniversary with a trip to Hawaii where they toured two islands.  Their anniversary was December 10th.


Garden Club Members Deliver Flowers

Members of the Petal Pusher Garden Club delivered poinsettia plants to families in Minot and Deering.  This is an annual event which includes a plant and a visit from the members. They delivered 12 plants this year.  Those who received them were Eva Hansen, Ina McDonald, Warren and Marjorie Allen, Milton and Caryl Hetland, Erma Kitzman, Nonie Smith, Eldryce Hansen, Linda and Phil Thorp, Helen Thompson, Bob and Nancy Zumbo, Wes and Helen Satran, and Walter and Darlene Schnellbach.


Guess Who?

As a young lady this person won several trophies while racing snowmobiles.  Can you guess who she is?






1926 School Event Remembered

 (Contributed by a reader)

Back in the spring of 1926 there was a lot of buzzing in Deering.  It was the talk of the town that a man by the name of Noble Ben Martin had given an outstanding speech at a PTA meeting.  Those who had heard him thought that Noble’s speech was a privilege of a lifetime.  The school board hired him to be the superintendant for the school for the coming year.  He was not only hired for one term, but was given a contract for three years.  He was truthfully blessed with a great personality. 


When school started in the fall people soon learned that he was not only super as an orator, he was great when it came to sports.  The Deering team went on to win the state championship in the spring of1927.  Newspapers called them the “Deering Dark Horses”. They did well the following years, winning in the district several times, but could not quite make it to the top.  When it came to pole vaulting no one go higher than Noble.  The carnivals the school put on while he was superintendent were out of this world.  There were clown acts, side shows, and other things. The most interesting thing of all was Mr. Martin’s entertainment.  He could pull a rabbit out of a hat and other slight of hands tricks. 


Unfortunately, Mr. Noble proved to be as lacking in ability as an instructor as he was great in sports and entertainment.  At that time Deering was not accredited.  The teachers were not privileged to write their own final exams for the subject matter.  The tests were sent to the school from Bismarck. The pupils took the exams in the spring of the year.  They were mailed to Bismarck.  Students didn’t know how well they did on the tests until school resumed in the fall.  Students’ final grades were determined by taking half of his or her class average and half of the grade on the final exam.  Because Noble was such a poor instructor, his pupils began flunking right and left.  As to how they could acquire the necessary knowledge to pass the exams in his classes was largely left up to the pupils. In one incident only three people out of a class of about thirty got a passing grade on a history test.  One girl did it by reviewing the index of the history book and tried to learn about each topic.  A good instructor, Harry Westlie, who followed Noble once remarked, “Usually there is some shame connected with flunking, but here it seems to be the style”.  Most students had given into the inevitable. 


Midway into Mr. Martin’s employment as the superintendent, the community got a shock.  On the front page of the Minot Daily News, along with his photo, was a caption “Deering School Head Charged with Mail Fraud.  He pretended to have a Bible School and was selling correspondence courses.  Actually all that he had was a room in Mrs. Watson’s home in the city of Fargo.  He should have learned something from the Bible for himself.  A quotation from Numbers 32:23 says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.”  From their association with Mr. Martin, the Deering community learned the truth of the old adage “All that glitters is not gold.”



Ina McDonald had the misfortune of falling in her apartment and breaking her hip.  She has had surgery and family reports she is doing well.  She is pictured in the hat she received as a gift for her 95th birthday.  We wish you well, friend. Ina is one beautiful lady!


Health Concerns of friends

Some of the community members that are going through or facing medical intervention in the future are Ken Herslip, Ardien Tandberg, Ina McDonald, Will Eisemann, Jake Greeman, Wes Satran, Alfred Isakson, and Walter Schnellbach.  Persons that are recovering from knee surgeries are Karen Reynolds, Marlin Mickelson, and Cindy Block.

“A clean slate”

New Year’s blessing from Pastor Gerald

A New Year greeting and blessing to each of you in 2013. I suspect the normal News Year’s resolution or lack thereof have already happened by the time you read this. I’m not so good at keeping resolutions and have found something else I like so much better. It is called a clean slate!

A clean slate is something so much easier to do primarily because it is not dependent upon “me doing”! You see the clean slate I’m talking about is God’s promise to let us start the New Year with no memory of our shortcomings or failures in the old year! God’s promise of forgiveness and grace and giving us a clean slate is the most awesome present for the New Year.

In God’s wisdom he formulated forgiveness to be a gift that defiles all common sense. He made forgiveness not dependent upon us being able to accomplish it ourselves. We have trouble accepting God’s forgiveness, even greater trouble forgiving ourselves. What a gift that God gives us in a clean slate. I pray that this New Year can open the door for you to be willing to receive God’s gift. That you are able to regularly unwrap and enjoy the freedom that only is possible when we seek God’s forgiveness through receiving His body and blood in Holy Communion.

Anger, hurt, and brokenness is a very real part of so many families and relationships. These dynamics overshadow many parts of our lives, blocking us from feeling close to God. Only through letting God wipe our slate clean is this New Year off to a blessed beginning. Please remember Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledge my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” and you forgave the quilt of my sin. Happy New Year!


Possible Museum Move affects Deering

It has been reported that the ND State Fair Board is requesting the Historical Museum to relocate their 13 buildings that are located in the SW corner of the fair grounds.  One of the 13 buildings is a barber shop that was moved there from the main street in Deering. This sounds like a very large and expensive move.

UND Selects Deering Singers

After auditioning for the UND Honor Choir in Grand Forks, three students from the Surrey School were selected to sing with the Honor Choir.  We are proud to announce that all three students are from Deering.  Those participating are Lindsey Mogard, Ashley Nickle, and Kali Miller.  They will be going to Grand Forks on the 18th and will perform on the 20th.  We are so proud of you girls!


Myron Smette Dies

Myron Smette, a longtime friend of the Deering community and a graduate of Deering High School passed away on January 8th.  He was the manager of Deering Farmers Elevator for several years.  Myron was the son of Leatha and Oscar Smette.  He and his wife, Linda (Grilley) had been married over 50 years and have most recently operated the Cozy Cottage store and furniture restoration in Granville.  He is survived by his wife and three sons.  They are Jeff and Miriam, Jason and Nancy, and John. He leaves behind four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Myron was one of six children.  They are Annella Miller and Debbie (Gary) Stratton from Deering, Donna Grilley from Minot, Delila (Ray) Miller from TN, and Doug (Charlotte) from Makoti.  Myron will be remembered as a strong, courageous man and a friend to all who met him.  He was a great hunter and fisherman and an asset to his community. Good bye, Friend, we will miss you.


“Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles that nobody knows about.” (Author unknown)


Welcome New Resident

If you see an unfamiliar person in the area, it could be that of Sgt. David Stockinger.  He recently rented the former Johanne Andrist home.  Welcome to the Deering community.


Christmas Spent in Other States

Melodee Bryantt accompanied her daughter, Shelly and her granddaughter, Brynlee to Rapid City to spend Christmas with Harmony and Donald Robinson.  Harmony is Melodee’s oldest daughter and has moved to SD from Minot.


Sandy and Jon Grilley and heir puppy, puppers, traveled to SC to spend their Christmas with her son and his family.  They spent 3 i/2 days on the road both going and coming back home.  They enjoyed watching the three children open Santa presents and playing with the kids while there.  Jon even helped take down a fig tree that was in the wrong place and they brought four longs home to Mel’s work shop.  They both enjoyed the short but fun trip.


Visitors from Kansas

John, Lisa (Tandberg), and Katie Mena came from Galva KS to spend Christmas with her family, the Ardien Tandbergs’.  They were also here to wish her Dad a happy birthday on the 23rd.

(I am sure there were many families visiting in Deering over the holidays, but I didn’t get the information. I am sorry, but if you get the information to me, I will gladly report it. C T)


Thoughts as a New Year Begins

“Going out is good, coming home is better”.


You forget names, but it’s okay because other people forgot they ever knew you!


You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.  It is called pre-sleep.


You miss the days when everything worked with just an “on” and “off” switch.


You tend to use more 4 letter words—“what?” –“when?”


What used to be freckles are now liver spots.


Everybody whispers.


You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet, 2 of which you will never wear.


It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.


News from Clarice Hance

Clarice Hance spent the week before Christmas at her home in Apache Junction, AZ. She had a chance to visit with her AZ friends and visit with her sister, Kay, who lives in Goodyear AZ. Clarice was told to bring some nice weather back to ND for Christmas. She tried her best.  After she came back, ND had warmer temps, very little snow, and no high winds to cause blizzards for the holiday season and the first week of January.

(Is it time to send her back to Arizona???)


Hance Holiday Get Together

Clarice Hance's family met in Devils Lake on Dec. 23rd for the family Christmas celebration. Devils Lake is about halfway for the family members, so nobody had to drive more than 2 hours to get together.  Jim's family came from Grand Forks, Lynette's from Cavalier, Judy's from Hillsboro and Bev's and Clarice from Minot. Everyone brought goodies and they ordered in pizza, so everyone ate, played cards, exchanged gifts, and swam in the pool. Everyone drove safely back to their own homes in early evening. What a good way to celebrate family time!


Valentine Trivia

Does the date for Valentines ever change?


What fruit is sometimes known as the “love fruit?


What does the word valentine mean?


What is the winged child shooting arrows at unsuspecting valentines called?


Who are Shakespeare’s “star crossed” lovers?


What type of bird symbolizes Valentine’s Day?


What flower most commonly symbolizes Valentine’s Day?


What date was the first remembered valentine sent?  (1838, 1415, or 1972)


Answers No, tomato, sweetheart, cupid, Romeo and Juliet, Dove, red rose, and 1415


Glenn Hance’s Celebrate Anniversary

Glenn and Eileen Hance celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on a cruise to Hawaii in December. They were married, December 21, 1952, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Upham.


Excerpt Taken from the Bottineau Courant (shared by Florence Sime)

An editorial written by Clarence Michel about his thoughts that atheists always win.  His statement is backed up by actions.  The Ten Commandments have been taken out of courthouses, kids in schools cannot speak of Jesus or God in their school programs and the list goes on and on.


He states that Christians came to this country so they wouldn’t be persecuted.  He remembers going to church on Sundays in a bobsled traveling over five miles as a joy.  He wants everyone to stand up to his faith so Christians can be the victors. This is a good thought as we begin a new year.


New Year’s Dinner

The dinner served at the Country Store on New Year’s was quite successful as about 75 people were served a meal of shrimp or prime rib.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.



The Fall 2012 MSU President’s List was released and on it was local student, Ashley Mogard.  Good job and keep up the good work!


Happy Valentine’s Day!!




Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar and Butter



1 pound Bacon, Cut into Thirds

1 pound Smokies

1 stick Butter

2 cups Brown Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 375F. Cut the bacon into thirds and wrap each smokie. Place all the wrapped smokies in a single layer in a baking dish. Then melt the stick of butter and then 1 cup of brown sugar and stir until mixed well. Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture on the smokies and bacon. Then take the other cup of brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over the smokies. Bake them for about 15-20 minutes and then turn the heat up to 400F for about 5 minutes or longer until the bacon becomes crispy.



A fresh homemade Colombian fruit beverage



1 1/2 cups diced apples

1 1/2 cups diced strawberries

1 1/2 cups diced watermelon

1 1/2 cups diced banana

1 1/2 cups diced papaya

1 1/2 cups diced orange

1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple

1 1/2 cups grapes (red and green)

1 1/2 cups diced kiwi

6 1/2 cups Sprite Zero



Dice all fruit to equal size 1/2 inch pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve combine with sparkling soda and place in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Ladle into cups and serve with a spoon.


Guess Who answer: Annella Miller