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DFA Oracle for Sunday May 17, 2020


President's Message 2020

Brad DraglandHello to all my Dragland family and friends of the family. I hope all is well with you all physically and mentally as we deal with this Corona virus Pandemic thing.

Here we are in the year 2020 and I find myself still your Dragland Family Association President — which I am, to be honest extremely happy about! I had a dream in which I declared myself  President for Life and it went quite well, but I think dreams sometimes turn out more how we want them to than how real life is.

Having said that, I am in my sixth year of a four year term (four year term limit came into effect in 2017) and when the DFA Board of Directors meet next, I am sure to be replaced.

Due to various circumstances the Board of Directors haven't met since the last Dragland family reunion in Kelowna in 2017. However it looks fairly positive for a reunion in the fall of 2020. Discussions are ongoing. If there are any updates regarding a fall/2020  reunion,  I will ask Vaughn to post them on this DFA newsletter or somewhere on the site. As time goes on and it's looking like the Corona virus isn't behind us enough to travel or gather in large groups, then we may have to look at 2021 ?

At this time we have six Board members:
    • Brad Dragland - President
    • Jeanne Morrison - Immediate Past-President
    • Todd Dragland - Secretary
    • Vaughn Dragland - Treasurer
    • Dean Dragland - Director
    • Amanda Dragland - Director

Best wishes to all Draglanders around the world!

Yours Sincerely,

DFA President Bradley Michael Dragland

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Emmett Dragland IarusAlpha & Omega


178.424.12 Emmett Dragland Iarussi
born: April 22, 2020 11:22 AM
at Whidbey Island, Washington, USA
(7 lbs. 13 oz.)
Parents: Alexandra Breanne Dragland
& John Iarussi


MaryAnn (Dragland) Sundquist

MaryAnn (Dragland) Sundquist, 89, of Aneta, ND was reunited with her loving husband of 62 years, Arnold Sundquist Jr. on May 16, 2019. She was born to Christ and Ansoph Dragland on June 30, 1929 in New England, North Dakota.

She is survived by her children Paul (Peggy) Sundquist, Casselton, ND; Karen Olson (Ove Aaser), McVille, ND; Dan (Bobbi) Sundquist, Pekin, ND, and Julie (Dave) Kollstedt, Gainesville, VA, and siblings Mavis Dahl, Grace Von Ruden, Dorothy (John) Stevens, Juel (Sharon) Dragland, Don (Rosalie) Dragland, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ethel Genevieve (Dragland) Chenewski (1920-2019)

Genevieve Chenewski (age 99) passed away peacefully at Foothills Medical Centre on September 26, 2019.

Ethel was a Registered Nurse. She studied public health nursing at McGill University. She worked in public health in Brooks, Hinton and Calgary. Ethel was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Canadian Club and Foothills Lutheran Church. Ethel and Nick enjoyed many world trips in their retirement.

Ethel is survived by six nieces and nephews; Bev Whitmore, Shirley Slagle, Sandra Sheppard, Larry Dragland, Gordon Hopkins and Lyle Dragland. She was predeceased by her husband Nick in 2003.

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There are probably hundreds of Dragland Family members who should be receiving this newsletter, but they aren't because we don't have their email address. If you know of any such persons, please ask them to subscribe at this link: https://www.dragland.org/newsletter_subscribe.php or simply send their email address to admin@dragland.org.

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Oath of Solitude


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Viking medallionMembership Info

Here are some details on our various DFA membership levels:

  1. Associate Member

            • Free
            • Eligible to receive family newsletter
            • May have name/phone number/email address
               published on directory (if desired)
            • May submit stories and photos for the website
            • Receives invitation to family reunions and other events
            • Eligible for password to detailed (confidential) family tree

  1. Regular Member

            • Dues are $30 per year (payable on your birthday)
            • Includes all benefits of Associate Member, plus:
            • Eligible for dragland.org email address

  1. Gold Member

            • Dues are $100 per year (payable on your birthday)
            • Includes all benefits of Regular Member, plus:
            • Eligible to receive annual financial statements
            • Eligible to serve on planning committees
            • Eligible for seat on the DFA Board of Directors

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Family Tree Links


  1. Descendants of Nils Hallvardson Limmesand, (1750 - 1804)
    (For security reasons, most birthdays and anniversaries of living persons have been excluded.)

  2. Full Family Tree -- MEMBERS ONLY
    (userid & password required)
    Last updated: Nov 15, 2016.

    If you are a Dragland Family member, and would like to know the userid & password, click on the following link to send a request message:

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Call for Papers

Note: If you have any announcements, stories, photos, etc. that you would like to share with family members, send them to admin@dragland.org and say you would like to be published in the DFA Oracle. We would all love to hear from you!

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