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Mike Rostad
 
Ruth Gunderson proved doubters wrong
They said “it will never last.” But it did. The marriage of Ruth and Ed Gunderson lasted almost 60 years, until “death do us part.” Ruth has a lot to remind her of her departed beloved. Every room in her cozy, modest house on Rezanov holds memories of him. The Gundersons grew up in South Bend, Wa...
Aug 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Knagins’ name synonymous with Dig Afognak
When the late Dennis Knagin traveled to the Dig Afognak camp at Qatani Bay on Afognak Island, he was like a horse heading for the barn; the closer he got, the more anxious he was to get there. The Native Village of Afognak camp was a magical haven where he and his wife, Julie, who died last year,...
Aug 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Memorable Saltery road experiences keep riders on alert
Just about every ATV owner in Kodiak has taken his vehicle on the narrow trail that extends from the American River near the Chiniak Highway to Saltery Cove. Dale Stratton, owner of Can’t Get Enough ATV River Fishing, is one of the first to drive the Saltery trail in the spring when there, in mos...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ruckers’ ‘yes’ brought them to Kodiak
Saying “yes” to God opens doors to places — geographical and spiritual— that you never dreamed of going, said Fr. David Rucker, who, along with his wife, Rozanne, joined the staff of St. Herman’s Seminary last semester. “If we say ‘yes’ to God -- ‘We’ll go wherever You want us to go, we’ll give w...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill Bissett remembers rancher Omar Stratman
The late Omar Stratman was a quiet man, recalls his ranch hand, Bill Bissett. The two drove from Kodiak to Omar’s ranch at Pasagshak, some 30 miles away, without Omar uttering a single word. Omar had few words to share with strangers and even those who worked closely with him. But with his tender...
Jun 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Children honor fathers for priceless legacy
Their names are inscribed on gravestones, but the legacies of these men are remembered by their children, who honor them on this Father’s Day. Fisherman/rancher DeWitt Fields is buried in an open meadow on his beloved Bear Island overlooking the Shelikof Strait. This location is “untrammeled by t...
Jun 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Kodiak is lucky – Every community should have an Edith Wiley
Editor's Note: Thanks, Edith Wiley,for sharing your story and your life with Kodiak! – Mike Rostad On a blustery January day in 1922, Frances Sherman, started to go into labor. Her husband, Bill Sherman, saddled up the horse and left the Nebraska homestead to fetch the doctor. As the time passed,...
Jun 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guiding, ranching prepared Nathan Mudd for mission work
As far as Nathan Mudd was concerned, no other earthly job could compare to what he was doing — ranching and bear guiding. It just didn’t get any better than that. But Nathan knew this work was temporary. Actually, it turned out to be a preparation for his pastoral internship in Kettle Falls, an E...
Jun 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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