Volume 122, Number
Celebrate keeping air base
Left to right US Senator Byron Dorgan, US Representative Earl Pomeroy and US Senator Kent Conrad hold a big cake celebrating the decision by the Base Realignment Commission to keep Grand Forks Air Force Base open. "This is a big day for North Dakota," Conrad said. "This is a big vote of confidence for the men and women of Grand Forks Air Force Base." The North Dakota congressional delegation put a lot of effort into keeping the base open.
Family Festival held
A Family Festival sponsored by Bethany EFC of Esmond and Zion LBC of Maddock featured fun, food and fellowship on July 17. A rented climbing wall (pictured) was a big hit, along with a homemade train fabricated by Pastor Lu Mathison. Other features included a volleyball tournament and free food.
The Youth Worship Team from Victory LBC in Jamestown and Joel Finnesgard of Sound of the Trumpet (pictured) along with a challenge from Chaplain Steve Cooper rounded out the afternoon.
Maddock Memorial Home residents have outing to Hawk Museum
Maddock Memorial Home residents and staff are pictured at the Hawk Museum near Wolford. Left to right, front row are Dimo Christianson, Veloy Vallier, John K. Keller, Marie Arnston and Lillian Moran. Middle row: Doris Lysne, Megan Olson, Brittni Rice, Dolores Benson, Eileen Gustafson and Violet Smith. Back row: Beth Olson, Bennie Marquart, Arlyss Bergrud, Mike Fritel, Ansel Haukness, Burton Melaas, Leo Marquart, Diane Gustafson and Brent Grondahl.
Five generations are pictured. Evan Michael Deck is held by his great-great-grandmother, Ludvina Richter of Minot. On the left is great-grandmother Marleen Deck of Harvey. Standing are father Michael Deck of Apple Valley, Minn. and grandmother Bonnie Deck of Minnewaukan.
Esmond Eagles Alumni Assn. has annual gathering July 15-17
About 90 people attended the Esmond Eagles Alumni Assn. barbecue July 15 at Buffalo Lake during the association’s three-day celebration at Esmond July 15-17. The class of 1975 hosted the barbecue.
A large crowd attended the breakfast hosted by the class of 1965, assisted by Faye Jensen and Teresa Lauinger.
David Bachmeier (class of 1965) served as master of ceremonies for a program recognizing the three longest-serving support staff in the Esmond School. Raymond Streifel was honored for 32 years of driving a school bus.
Jenny Eberle was honored for 28 years as a school cook. The late Martin Peterson was honored for serving 34 years as custodian. At the request of his family, Martin’s plaque and photo will hang in the alumni center in his memory. Gov. John Hoeven also sent certificates honoring the three and Mrs.
Eberle was presented a bouquet.
Arts and quilts were on display, including needlework, wood carving, china painting, photography, etc. Mary Ellen Gumeringer and Susan Bachmeier were in charge of this aspect of the celebration. One quilt was brought from Pullman, Wash. by Richard and Betty Marthe.
A softball tournament was held July 17 with six teams participating. Travis Hoffner’s team from Bismarck won the championship.
Next year’s all-school reunion will be held at the Esmond Eagles Alumni Center on July 7-9.
Members of the class of 1965 present at the reunion were, left to right, standing, Ron Vetter, Richard Marthe, David Arnold, Marvin Boser, Jon Hillestad, Larry Simenson, Frank Erck, Nordon Lunde and David Bachmeier.
Seated are Karen Leier Sage, Linda Zimmerman, Dessie College Scott, Helen Stadum Helm and Diane Streifel Peyerl. Attending, but not pictured are Carol Ness Pullen and Janet Erck Hoffner.
Among members of the class of 1975 present were, left to right, standing, Janet Streifel Dosch, Janie Gumeringer Lee, Sandy Reierson Wolfe, Tom Streifel, Mike Gilbertson and Mickey Hoffner. Seated are Ron Burgard and Karla Hoffner Richter.
Left to right are Winton Gunderson ’43 of Park River, who attends the alumni events every year; Ed Erck ’45 of Salem, Ore.; and Ann ’45 and Walter Streifel ’42 of Harvey.
Jenny Eberle was honored for her work as Esmond’s school cook for 28 years.
Master of ceremonies David Bachmeier, right, presents a certificate to Raymond Streifel for 32 years as a bus driver for the Esmond School.