The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

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Volume 40, April 2004

Hi everyone,

First of all, let me thank all of you who sent cards and well wishes to my newly expanded family and myself! It was wonderful to hear from so many of you, and we truly appreciated your thoughtfulness. We are well, enjoying the new baby and finally adjusting to life as a foursome. Life is good!

Well, here is the newsletter, completing ready for your reading enjoyment. We hope you enjoy what is below, and who knows maybe it will motivate you to contribute something next month. We would love to hear from you! Also, remember next month we celebrate all those children, spouses and classmates who are graduating from high school or some of kind of higher education. Please make sure you remember to send in your information about your loved one and let us celebrate with you!

Have a great month and a very Happy Easter, Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd

Class of 1981 25th Reunion
Laura McDaniel
was wondering what's up with the 25th. She was wondering how we should get started. Volunteers? Committees? Does anyone have any feedback on this? Let me know and I will publish remarks and comments in May's newsletter.

"In-depth and Personal with… Sharri (Buck) Huiras"

Sharri (Buck) Huiras
Seafood Clerk
Buckley, Washington
New husband Jeff (1 week), 3 daughters: Christina (22), Melanie (20) & Jennifer (18); 1 son-in-law: Gerrick (24); 2 Granddaughters: Vanessa (3) & Alicia (5 months)
Spouses occupation:
Building General Contractor
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet?
On the Internet
Greatest accomplishments:
My three daughters
People whom you admire and why:
People who can overcome adversity and be better for it
What do you have in your pockets:
Fantasy (or reality) job:
Work at Walt Disney World
Latest book you've read:
The Lady in Question (Romance)
Favorite music/musicians:
Savage Garden and most of the music my girls listen to, because of my new husband I like to listen to Clay Walker (Jeff sings his songs to me)
Recommended movies:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Shallow Hal, Kate & Leopold
Favorite cities and why?
Orlando, Florida: Home of Disney World, I spent 8 great days with Jennifer there and want to go again.
Where have you traveled?
Montana, South Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, California, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, & Wyoming
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend?
Walt Disney World, & Disneyland
Favorite foods:
Chocolate (of course) Prime rib & baked potato
Hobbies/second career:
Sewing, Scrap booking
What if any community service organizations are you involved with?
none too busy
Pet peeves:
People who want something for nothing
Memories of Bismarck (good ones):
meeting Donna West (country singer) at the Kirkwood Motor Inn, seeing Dr. Hook in concert at the Civic Center
(When I worked at Kirkwood Motor Inn as a waitress I waited on them in the coffee house, I still have his autograph around here some place! Lauri)
Memories of BHS (good ones):
hanging out at the house across the street from the school & I also remember the Limburger cheese on the heaters
Who were some of the people you hung out with?
Ronda Saunders
Favorite teachers at BHS and why:
The Art Teacher (don't remember his name, stoned most of the time) also the home economic Teacher, she never checked to make sure we came back from the bathroom
Favorite high school hang-outs: Across the street smoking with the potheads

A little ND humor!
(I am not advocating domestic violence here in any way! Just thought this was kinda cute!)

Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had set their new wives straight on their duties.

The first man had married a woman from Penn. and bragged that he had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and house cleaning that needed done at their house. He said that it took a couple days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were all washed and put away.

The second man had married a woman from West Virginia . He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes, and cooking. He told them that the first day he didn't see any results, but the next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean, the dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner on the

The third man had married a North Dakota girl. He boasted that he told her his house was to be cleaned, dishes washed, the cooking done and laundry washed. And this was all her responsibility. He said the first day he didn't see anything and the second day he didn't see anything but by the third day some of the swelling had gone down so he could see a little out of his left eye!

Got to love those North Dakota Women!

Here’s looking at you babe!
During my one moment of free time this past month, I uploaded some professional pictures of my daughters. If you're bored you can check it out! While you are on the site, you may want to check out the other photos that have been uploaded, who knows you may see someone you remember!


Our recipe this month is from Connie (Wiedrick) Samuelson. It's a great idea for using terra cotta pots to make "Blooming Bread" for Teachers, Mother's Day or Easter gifts. Perfect timing for this time of the year!


The following was contributed by Mark Peltz.

"I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something."
-author unknown


Happy Birthday to the following people!
Troy and Myra are turning 42, everyone else is 41!

Troy Bernhardt
Myra (Kordonowy) LeCaptain
Lori (Grishkowsky) Pettis
William Brown
Kathy (Nies) Tschosik
Scott Gefroh
Maren (Swenson) Waxenberg
Connie (Wiedrick) Samuelson
Perry Jahraus
Kristi (Backstrand) Learn
Megan (Gerboth) Affa

We hope you have a wonderful day!


Laurie (Brady) and Tim Wolf – 18 years
Wendy (Rios) and Tony Bosch - 17 years
Jon and Frankie Kuehl – 15 years
Jolyn (Wilson) and Robert Palumbo – 13 years
Barb (Morlock) and Kirby Steinke - 20 years
Tammy (Schlinger) and Wally Siems – 16 years
Leroy and Brenda (Jundt) Gross - 21 years
Tom and Kim Gerhardt – 19 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


Todd gives us his view, and he is …..


Compliments of Todd Jueth
Please note: Todd’s views are strictly his own. They are provided for our reading enjoyment and do not necessarily reflect the views of those associated with the Class of 81, it’s newsletter, or its web site. Comments sent to me will be forwarded to Todd or you may e-mail him personally toddjueth@bis.midco.net Thanks, Lauri

Hey guys what's up? It’s April already, Just thought I would let you know in case you weren't paying attention. The Lottery is off and running - North Dakota set the all time record for one day lottery sales. You know, I knew the number, but forgot, I think it was $142,000. It’s different, I mean allot of people have played the lottery in the three states that join North Dakota, but I have noticed that there are more people playing it for the first time. It’s a curiosity thing I think. For just one dollar you could win $25,000,000 dollars. But if only I had a dollar for every one of them that said if they win I could have half. But anyway, now that we have the lottery, the state can afford to get out of horse and buggy era and buy some cars. You hear me California? We are getting cars here.

The State Class A basketball tournament has concluded. What a great Championship game! The Demons played St. Mary's in a classic. The Demons dominated the game. At the start of the 4th quarter Demons had a 7 point lead. Then the Saints dug down deep, I mean the game was at the civic center, two capital city teams playing for the Championship, near capacity crowd what better time to pull your best game out. The Saints soon erased that 7 point lead. We’re down to the last two minutes - they are trading baskets, then the saints pull one bucket up plus a foul shot! Saints up by 3pts---15 seconds left in the game it’s the Demons ball. They drive down. They need a three pointer to go to overtime. They pull up and shoot and ooooooooH in and out, but the Demons get the rebound pass it out to three point land and they shoot - HITS the front of the rim, bounces up and Saints win the Championship. Way to go Saints! It was their first Championship since 1972 - 32 years later they get another one. As usual we gotta depend on the wrestling team to get a championship.

Spring is here. Just like I told ya - we had a true North Dakota winter. Well, we are having a true Dakota spring. It’s raining good outside. The other night we got a good gully washer some cool lightning, some little specs of hail, a possible funnel cloud out west, and a little flooding of small streams and creeks. We need the water. Lake Sacagawea is at an all time low in the history of mankind. It needs water now or we will lose all of the smelt and Cisco which are the primary bait fish for all the big fishes to eat. As with other states interested in river and lake levels, we are in a fight with the core of engineers. We always cater to the barge industry that they say needs the high water levels down there to float barges which is a million dollar industry. Now we can fly product, or put it on a semi, or send it by train, but like I said it’s a million dollar industry. What about fishing and all the little things that go with it, and the people who make a minimal living off it up and down the Missouri River? That’s a 6 billion dollar a year industry - so you do the math on that one.

I had a couple more Nascar picks placed. Scott Beierle picks Casey Kane and, yes, he picked Casey before the season started. A little secret, Scott knows the history of Casey before he was big time. And, I think Connie picked Dale Earnhardt Jr. If I got that wrong Connie I'm sorry.

And you wouldn't believe it Mike Dodds is alive and well. He came out of the mountains long enough to say high to all, and let you all know that Dale Earnhardt Jr is going to be cup champ this year. Then he graded a case of Budweiser and headed back to the mountains. Really good to hear from you Mike, glad all is well. Drop the newsletter another e-mail when you come back down.

 What's going on in Bismarck? Well, I'm sure we are going to get a Famous Dave's Restaurant. It’s a BBQ rib place. If you haven't eaten at one, they are great. We might be getting a Home Depot that was said to be building right across from Menards. And fishing is going into full gear. There are hundreds of people doing it. To help you understand, it’s like this. When we were young we would carry a rubber in our pocket just in case we would get lucky - always being prepared. Now, as we are older we make sure that all our fishing gear is in the wagon ready to use at that lucky time - just a bucket of minnows away from fishing.

 Do you ever watch the nightly news? Can you believe how out of control the world is in which we live? Everywhere you look, countries are fighting, weird changes are happening in the good ol U.S.A.; global warming, the polar ice cap melting away, seas are rising. There's a little country with the first people to bring in the Millennium and in ten more years their country will be under the ocean. Do you ever sit back and try to imagine what kind of world it will be for our kids when they are our age? Is it all spinning out of control where we can never reel it back in? It doesn't matter if it’s a Republican or a Democratic congress it just seems they bicker at each other and never really make the world right. But, keep it all in perspective, enjoy each day for what it’s for, and don't look back but instead look to the future.

Remember you can still rock in America. We’ll chat again when we get those May flowers HAPPY EASTER TO ALL.

C-U-Later, Todd


After many years as a stay home mom, Sue (Wheeler) Trim is ready to enter the work force. She recently started a new job with the Teachers Credit Union in Nederland Texas. Congratulations Sue!

Wedding congratulations to Sharri (Buck) Proulx and Jeff Huiras.
They were married on March 15th in Washington State.
Congratulations Sharri and Jeff!


On the Move again…

Ray and Melissa Horner are in the process of moving from Bismarck to LA, so of course they have a house for sale! If anyone is interested in a new home in south Bismarck, you can check out this site: http://www.forsalebyowner.com , listing number is : 20053607. You can also see some photos at http://www.hornerfinancial.net



Byron Weichel is back in the USA and has resumed his civilian position in the Minneapolis area. He promises to do an interview for me in the near future and is trying to get used to that cold MN weather!

Earl Jensen is also back in Northern Europe after a very long stay in the Middle East. He promises us an update as soon as he is rested and reconnects with his much missed family.

We can't do much about the weather Byron, but we are darn glad you and Earl are home!


Well wishes to Ray Wangler's wife Joyce. She had minor surgery on the 10th and is now at home recovering. Ray on the other hand is barely surviving, he is truly being tested! Not only does he have to run the household he also has to take care of his wife! A true test! I think Joyce will be greatly appreciated once she is fully recovered and ready to assume her role as CEO of their household!


New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and
New Postal Addresses

Leann (Leben) Holkan, Lisa Falconer, Byron Weichel, Michele (Gross) Ferguson and Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich.

If you would like any of the new info., contact me!

Personal notes:

UPDATE: Those in red have been located! To all of you who sent in correct information, made phone calls, checked alumni books, etc., THANK YOU!
Your help is greatly appreciated!

Donald Grenz, everything in the reunion book is wrong
Karen Anderson - ND, ? phone, ? address
Troy Bailey- ? address, no phone
Beth (Nelson) Schumacher- ? address, no phone
James Barth- ? address, phone is wrong in the reunion book,
Paul Mundell- ? address, no phone
Anthony Roll- wrong number
Robin Diede- no phone, ? address, no e-mail
Brenda (Remmick) Baumann- no phone, ? address
Tim Mattis-phone is disconnected
Sandra Schumacher- ? address, no phone
Rita (Ziegler) Keller - ? address, phone is disconnected
David Gelvin-no clues
Eileen Dosch - ? address, phone is disconnected
Wendy (Halpern) Tippett-is the Dallas area somewhere
Penny (Slavik) Meier-phone is disconnected, ? address
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton - phone is disconnected, ? address
Kathy Wilson - no phone listed,
Wade Marsh-in Phoenix, Az, maybe in Mesa, no real clues
Laurie Paul - no phone number, though we do have a confirmation on her address.
Joyce Sperle- ? address, no phone number
Lori Wenger- ? address, no phone number
Jeffrey Conner
Timothy Miller
Timothy Steckler-? address, no phone
Carol Zentner
Richard Hoffman - ? address, no phone
Janet (Cripe) Laudenslager-no phone number
Karla Gallagher-? address, no phone number
David Gregware-? address, no phone
Jim Grenz- no phone number
Carla Hanson - no phone number
Roberta (Hellwig) Rivera - ? address, no phone
Gayle Johnson - ? address, no phone
Marilyn (Meidinger) Lysford - ? address, no phone
Laura Minar - ? address, no phone
Sandy (Unruh) Frieze - no phone
Andrew Prussing -? Address, no phone
Debbie Beston
Marco Brecada
Corrine Feist
Debra (Freadhoff) Berger- ? address, no phone
Jerry Hulm
Charles (CD) Johnson
Pamela Krogen
Brenda Loveless
Carlos Machado
Kelly Meyers
Regina Muncy
Joe Poitra
Theresa Ralston
Susan Scott
Cheryl Sparks
Dennis Thompson
Doug Thompson
Mark Werner
Lorraine White Eagle
Richard Wright

If you guys are reading this could you please get in touch with me! Your addresses have changed, your phone numbers are disconnected, your e-mail boxes are full, or we have no clues on how to contact you! I am trying very hard to keep everyone in the loop and my information up to date! Thanks very much! Lauri


We are having great fun doing this for all of you every month! We are more than welcome to your ideas! Feel free to let us know your thoughts and impressions on where you would like this newsletter to go or what you would like to know more about! Also, if you are willing to be interviewed, contact us, we would love to hear from you! See you next month! Lauri, Dan, Todd and Wendy