It was in the spring of 1950 when the WDAY Talent Parade presented its contest in Oakes, N.D.

June Bylsma, who then was an Oakes High School senior, and two of her relatives formed a trio and sang in it. And they won!

Today, her name is June Palensky. She lives in Fargo. And she writes “Neighbors” that she still remembers the thrill of winning that contest.

The other women in the trio were her aunt, Shirley (Stout) Syverson, and her cousin, Dolores Donnelly.

Because they won the contest, they got to spend a week in Fargo, singing on the WDAY show every morning. The station’s well-known pianist Frank Scott accompanied them.

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Then, June writes, “We went to another town (I can’t remember its name), performed and watched the other performers. I know that the young lady who won played the piano.”

As to her co-singers, June says Shirley Syverson “was a great one to work at the Sons of Norway. She also was in PEO. I’m sure many people around Fargo knew her. She passed away three years ago.”

Dolores Donnelly became a nurse in Chicago. She died about 16 years ago.

June Bylsma (left) and two of her relatives, Shirley Syverson (center) and Dolores Donnelly, won a WDAY Talent Parade contest in the spring of 1950. The winning trio posed for this photo at the WDAY studio in Fargo. Special to The Forum
June Bylsma (left) and two of her relatives, Shirley Syverson (center) and Dolores Donnelly, won a WDAY Talent Parade contest in the spring of 1950. The winning trio posed for this photo at the WDAY studio in Fargo. Special to The Forum

June says it would be interesting to see if there is anyone around who remembers the WDAY Talent Parade.

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