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Page 8 WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, |ULY 2|, 202i , 122nd 2nd of August Icelandic Celebration Walsh Cour. Parae Grand Marshals Announced MOUNTAIN, N.D. — The 122nd annual 2nd of August Icelandic Celebra- tion (now also known as The Deuce of August) will be held on July 30, 31, and Au- gust 1, 2021. Each year, nominations are taken for parade Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal; the nominees must have been born, raised or con- tributed their time and talents or gifts to the Icelandic com- munities in northeast North Dakota and have displayed outstanding pride in, service to, and commitment to our communities. The Hon- orary Grand Marshal is a posthumous honor. . The Icelandic Communities As- sociation is pleased to an- nounce the 2021 Parade Grand Marshals are Richard and Janyce Bjornson. Richard and Janyce Bjornson are long time Mountain ‘kids’. They were raised in Mountain and went to both grade school and high school in Mountain. Richard is the son of the late Chris & Gun- na Bjornson of Mountain andJanyoe is the daughter of the late Conrad and Briet Gudmundson, rural Moun- tain. They were high school sweethearts and graduated in 1958; they were married November 22, 1958 at the Vikur Lutheran Church. They lived in Mountain for a while, then moved to 2nd orAugustIcelandic Celebration Grand Forks when Richard took a job with the North Dakota Truck Regulatory Department; later he was transferred to Carrington. In 1966, Richard took the test for a job with the State Highway Patrol; this started a career that took him to State Highway Patrol posts across the state—Cando, Carrington, and Williston. In 1976-1977 he attended Northwestern University Traflic Institute in Evanston, Illinois to further his educa- tion in their traflic law en. forcementprogram. In 1989 he was transferred to Bis- marck where he was pro- moted to Major and was 2nd in Command at the Capital Headquarters. He was Pres- ident of the Peace Officers Association and worked for the Attorney General’s Of- fice for 1 year. He retired from the State Highway Pa- trol in 1994. After retire- ment, he worked as securi- ty guard at the William L. Guy Federal Courthouse until January 2000. Through all these career moves, Janyce built a loving home for their family in each of the communities. She also worked in retail, childcare, Photo: Submitted as secretary/bookkeeper for . Cummins Diesel, and worked at 1 st National Bank of Williston and the Cred— it Bureau in Bismarck. The roles she takes the greatest pride in are that of ‘Mom’ to their three sons, Rick,Jeff, and Greg and ‘Amma’ to Al- ison and Magi. , Richard and Janyce say that their Icelandic heritage has always been especially important to them. All their grandparents were born in Iceland; They traveled twice to Iceland, once in 2000 and again in 2009. The trip in 2009 was with Jonas Thor’s Heritage Tour where all participants were de— scendants of Icelandic im- migrants, and they visited the farms, churches, and homes of their ancestors. Richard and Janyce also ' served as tour guides for vis- iting Icelandic travelers dur- ing the 2nd of August cele- brations, sharing the stories of the Icelandic settlements here in North Dakota. Richard and J anyce have been members of the Ice- landic Heritage Society of Minot, the Fargo—Moorhead Icelandic Klub and the Ice- landic Communities Asso- ciation. The community of Mountain has always been important to them, and they continue to maintain a home in Mountain. Recently, they moved from Bismarck to make their home in Willis- ton to be closer to family. Their family includes Rick and Zona and granddaugh- ter Alison in Williston ND, Jeff & Becky in Moorhead, ‘ MN, and Greg and Jaci and granddaughter Magi in Farrnington, MN. The celebration festivi- ties include the American Legion Walleye Fry on Fri- day night, a parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning (broadcast live on KXPO) and Heritage Program at 2 pm. Saturday. The North Dakota State Tractor Pull will start at 1 pm on Sunday. Honorary Parade Grand Marshals MOUNTAIN, N.D. —— The Ice- landic Communities Association is pleased to announce the Honorary Parade Grand Marshals (posthu- mous honor) for the 2021 celebra- tion are Chris & Stina Gudmundson. ' Kristjan “Chris” Gudmundson was born on December 2, 1891, in Mountain, North Dakota. His par- ents, Sigurbjom Gudmundsson and Anna Sigriour Guonadottir, had both emigrated fiom Iceland to Canada, but eventually settled in Mountain where Chris was born and grew up on their farm southwest of Mountain. Kristin “Stina” Saemundsdottir Sigurdson was born in Njarovik, Ice- land, on December 28, 1889. Her parents, Seemundur Sigurosson and Steinunn Arinbj amardéttir, had em- igrated fiom Iceland in 1893 with 4 of their 7 children. Stina and 2 of her brothers were left in the care of relatives in Iceland. Each of them was to join their family in Mountain at the approximate age of ten. Sti- na emigrated from Iceland in .1899. > Chris and Stina were manied on August 21, 1916, in Winnipeg. They spent their entire married life in Mountain. They had three chil- dren, Edward “Eddie”, Rose, and May. The couple celebrated their 50th Anniversary on August 21, 1966 at an Open House at Vikur Lutheran Church. All of their friends and relatives were invited to attend. Stina passed away from can- cer on January 7th, 1970. After the death of Stina, Chris would travel to Seattle during the winter months and live at the home of his daughter, May, and her husband, Stony Her— mann, and their family. Both Chris and Stina were very active in the community. Chris was Photo: Submitted a former member of the Board ofDi- rectors at Borg Memorial Home and was also a former School Board member. He was a member of the Tongue River Masonic Lodge. Chris and Stina were both active at their church, Vikur Lutheran. In ear- lier years, Chris worked at the Liv- ery in Mountain. In 1947 he went into a partnership with John Byron to operate the Mountain Cash Store. Many people remember him from his years working at the store. He was a kind and generous man and ~ had great wit. Later in life, he sold cars and worked for Soeby Motor Company in Walhalla. Chris passed away on August 4, 1980 and is buried in the Mountain Cemetery alongside his wife. Stina was an active member at Vikur Lutheran Church and a mem— ber of the Ladies Aid. She had the gift of hospitality, and their home was always open to anyone who wanted to stop by for a cup of cof- fee or a meal. She and Chris wel- comed their daughter May and her daughters to stay with them during the summer months during their childhoods. Stina suffered from multiple myeloma for about 9 years before her death on January 7, 1970. Rev. Harold Manson said at her service that “Stina was always , faithful in all of her trusts and rela- tionships.” He also said that “Sti- na was a faithful wife and mother. For over fifty years she and Chris en- joyed one of the most beautifiil and fine Christian marriage relation- ships that has ever been known. A person only needed to step through the doorway of their home to sense immediately that here was a place where love dwelt.” Awayne Gudmundson will be Keynote Speaker at ICA Heritage Program MOUNTAIN, N.D. — The Ice- landic Communities Association is pleased to announce that Wayne Gudmundson will be keynote speaker on the 2nd of August Cel- ebration Heritage Program at 2 pm Saturday July 31, 2021, in the Mountain Community Center. Wayne is a Professor Emeritus from Minnesota State University Moorhead where he taught pho- tography for 25 years. One of his many works, the “Life in the Vast Lane” print, has local ties, featuring the hill west of Mountain. His work has appeared in 10 books, several public television documentaries and numerous exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Iceland. Wayne is the grandson of the Hon- orary Parade Marshals, Chris & Sti- na Gudmundson. Gudmundson’s eleventh book, A SONG FOR LIV was released by The North Dakota State Universi— ty Press in this month. During the program, Wayne will share ex- cerpts from the book along with photos from his search for his fam- ily roots. The book traces the Ice- 11 M. _, Photo: Submitted landic emigration from Iceland, to Girnli, to Mountain as told through pairings of Gudmundson’s photo- graphs with his writing about the personal accounts of his family. Irri- tially, it was more of a search about KN. Julius (an Icelandic immigrant and Mountain local known for his poetry). The search took a turn and became a quest to track Gud- mundson’s family back 28 gener— ations to Grimur Kamban, the first settler of the Faroe Islands in 825. Thus began a project that spanned 15 years. Wayne tells us: “The title comes from a book, Songlines by Bruce Chatwin — about the travels of the aboriginal people of Australia who kept track of their nomadic journeys by composing songs recording their travels. Built into this audio map were the family and community events that occurred en route — chil— dren born, pleasures, injuries, and death. They felt that if their songs were not sung the land would die. Therefore, it is incumbent on all of us to sing our songs. This book is for our descendants and is a poet- ic song of their ancestors. And on some level, it is also a love letter to my daughter Liv.” Gudmundson’s photographic work is in many permanent col— lections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, , The Canadian Centre for Architec— ture in Montreal, The Reykjavik Center for Photography, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. He is represented by the Joseph Bellows gallery in La Jolla, California. He and his Wife Jane are now retired and split their time be- tween Bad Medicine Lake in Min— nesota and Tucson, Arizona. The 122nd annual 2nd of August Icelandic Celebration (‘the Deuce’) is the longest running ethnic cele— bration in North Dakota. The weekend event includes a Friday night Fish Fry offered by the Bjom— son-Sigfusson American Legion Post and Auxiliary of Mountain, Free Stage with local talent on Fri- day nite (see August the Deuce Facebook page for guidelines), 10:30 am Saturday parade (broad- cast live on KXPO), Vikur Salad Luncheon at 11 am, children’s Ice- landic/English story time at Amma’s Garden 12:30 pm , kid’s pedal. pull and kid’s games in the afternoon, 2 pm Heritage Program , and a street dance Saturday night featuring Far- go band, The Front Fenders. The North Dakota State Tractor Pull is scheduled for 1 pm Sunday. ty Gun Club weekly results Results after Week 9 ending July 14, 2021 WINCHESTER LEAGUE TEAM NAME Taliackson Farm Bremer Magnus Force Simplot 67 He-Mart 66 Thompson Spuds 61 Centrol 45 Really 26 TOP SHOOTERS AFTER 225 TARGETS Grant Skibicki Nate Taliackson Shane Feltman WD Suda Tom McCann John Forbes Nate Taliackson Tom Magnusson Wade Thompson Alex Swanson Shane Feltman John Forbes Greg Skibicki SHOOTING 25 STRAIGHT Pat Bosh, Steven Thomp- son, Scott Hills, WD Suda, Tom McCann, John Forbes SHOOTING 50 STRAIGHT Grant Skibicki, Tom Polk- inghorne sautel, Scott Monson, Josh Thompson, Grant Skibicki, Mark Olson, Rod Howatt SHOOTING 50 STRAIGHT Roy Line REMINGTON LEAGUE TEAM NAME JR’s 73 Stellon Farm 72 GLD 71 Harriston Industries 67 Torkelson Farm 61 Wilbur-Ellis 59 Polar 51 Troftgruben Farm 50 AFTER 22E9K§§QFSTERS v David Suda 215 Mike Stellon 211 Mark Olson 211 Ron Line 209 Kody Stark 209 Kevin Dusek 207 Jim Dusek 206 Dexter Sitzer 204 Tony Hensel 203 Bob Jackson 201 SHOOTING 25 STRAIGHT Mark Olson, David Suda, Andrew Torkelson, Kody Stark, Dexter Sitzer BROWNING LEAGUE TEAM NAME Vets VBHDC Dakota Firearms 70 Revelation Ale Works 56 85 80 74 222 217 217 216 216 216 215 215 215 214 214 214 , 214 FEDERAL LEAGUE TEAM NAME Fordville Coop 94 Kilmer 94 '| EEO“? lgérms Johnny Bravoz 50 , n. G Shamrock . ‘ SCOttS SP0 mg mags lst United Insurance Extra End 57 21 PR Denta| TOP SHOOTERS AFTER 225 TARGETS WD Suda Seth Suda Chris Morstad Matt Kuzel Chris Midgarden Brandon Weimer , Braedon Weimer Gary Hove Cayden Quibell Doug Hove SHOOTING 25 STRAIGHT Matt Kuzel SHOOTING 75 STRAIGHT Seth Suda ‘ RED RIVER ETC] LAND CO. 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Oct. 31 —Nov. 6, Nov. 4—1 0 Nov. 17-23 1-800-446-2711 ictravel@ mail.com - www.west ictravel.net Park River Area School has the following positions open for the coming schoolyear. Route Bus Driver Part Time Custodian Part Time High School Tutor Elementary Para (2 positions) Some of these positions may have benefits. Please contact Superintendent Aaron Schramm at 284-7164 for more information. EOE