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Bob Lind, Published March 08 2014

Neighbors: Unbelievable Uglies helped make a couple’s Christmas memorable

Stories have been carried here about the Legion Recreation Center in Halstad, Minn., and the musical groups that performed there.

One of those groups was Winston Fink and the Unbelievable Uglies. A mention of them brought a warm memory for Mike Syverson, Waubun, Minn. He saw them at the LRC and they also performed at his high school prom.

But now comes his special memory of them.

“I was home on leave from the Army when I was married on 23 December 1967,” Mike writes.

“After the wedding, because of the extreme cold and a lousy forecast, we only made it as far as Detroit Lakes (Minn.) and stayed at a hotel on the east end of town.

“On the afternoon of the 24th, the owner or manager of the hotel and a member of the Uglies came to our room and asked if we would like a Christmas tree. If I remember correctly, they said they had some extra outdoor trees.

“We accepted the tree, went to the Holiday gas station, purchased two boxes of icicles and decorated our tree.

“We propped our tree in the closet and celebrated Christmas, thanks to the thoughtfulness of a member of the Uglies.”

Proving that group’s attitude was anything but ugly.

What about the Arrows?

Speaking of musical groups, do you have information and maybe a picture of the rock ’n’ roll band called Jerry LeRoy and the Arrows? If so, DelRay Sanders, Fargo, would be highly interested..

The band originated in Thief River Falls, Minn., was popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and played for many dances in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota, DelRay writes.

“Three places I remember them playing,” DelRay says, “were at the Maple Lake Pavilion, Mentor, Minn., Red Lake Falls (Minn.) Auditorium and at Mountain, N.D. They also played over a TV station (I believe) in Grand Forks.

DelRay knows some of the band members’ names: Larry Ellingson, on saxophone, from Goodridge, Minn.; Jerry Sanders, rhythm guitar and singer, Thief River Falls; the Sersland brothers, Jerry LeRoy, singer, and his brother (name forgotten), Alvarado, Minn.; and the lead guitar player, whose last name was Kolden, from St. Hilaire, Minn.

If you can come up with more information or pictures on this group, let Neighbors know.


If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com