The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a positive, safe and supportive environment for all classmates in which we can share our personal lives. The staff reserves the right to publish only information that we feel is within the supportive spirit of this newsletter. Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site. That is not the avenue we want to take with this newsletter. The staff.

Volume 52, April 2005

Hi everyone,

Well, another month has passed. Where does the time go? I hope you all had a blessed holiday with your family and friends, and that you took the time to relax and enjoy the season.

Busy here as always! We are looking forward to the end of the school year, a vacation to FL., and just some sunshine! The weather in WI., has been dreary, cold and downright depressing, I am ready for spring!! I love winter, but this winter has overstayed it's welcome by about a month or two. I'm sure many of you can relate as the weather across much of the nation has left much to be desired.

Thank you to Dorothy for a great interview and to everyone else who took five minutes to send us some news. You all know how much it is appreciated!

Here's hoping spring arrives very soon, that your next month is full of wonderful surprises and the summer is here in no time! Bring on the sun!

See ya next month, Lauri, Dan and Wendy



Okay everyone, they always say change is good and I believe that 100%! So, it's time for a change for our class newsletter. Dan, Wendy and I have decided to make this newsletter a quarterly event rather than a monthly event.

Starting this month we will now go online in April, July, October and January. We are not leaving you; we are just reducing our workload a bit. I will still continue to serve as a "lightening rod" for our class and I'm hoping that you will continue to notify me with your e-mail, postal, and phone changes. I in turn will still notify you monthly about news for the newsletter, and keep you abreast of news that is considered "timely" for our class. We will still be looking for interviews, life highlights, photos, etc., as we will still need news for our quarterly newsletters, so don't forget about us and we won't forget about you!!!

So, in short, we will still be here! Maybe not as often, but we will still be a source of information and a place to call home for the class of 1981!


Due to some changes at AOL I have had lots of difficulty e-mailing you each month. If you haven't heard from us in a while, blame your provider! They have a great spam protector that locks me out each and every month. If you want to hear from us and have another e-mail address please let me know about it, otherwise, just assume I'm trying and can't get through to you. I guarantee you, I'm trying!

"In-depth and Personal with…Dorothy (Reisenauer) Kosse"

Hi, everyone.

I am Dorothy (Reisenauer) Kosse.  My husband’s name is Kelvin J. Kosse and he is from Valley City, ND.  We have two kids, a boy and a girl.  Kaelen and Katie are their names.  Kaelen is 13 and Katie is 9.  I need teenager advice as my son Kaelen is entering Jr. High, even though so far, I have two wonderful kids. I have been married for 15 years.  My husband is a teacher at the rival school - Century High School.  We were set up on a blind date by my sister-in-law who also works at Century High School. 

I am now working now for a non-profit organization named Lewis and Clark CommunityWorks and we have changed our name to CommunityWorks North Dakota.  Before that I worked for a couple of banks, although at this time I like working for a non-profit organization. Our agency provides funding to help people find affordable housing and emergency repairs. It also rehabs homes to make them safe and sound for people.  We try to help people that the banks cannot help.  It is a good cause which is why I think I like it so well. 

I do needlework for relaxation.  I have cross-stitched two Christmas stockings for our fireplace, one for my husband and one for my son.  I am now working on my daughter’s stocking and  hopefully, I will get to mine after I get hers done.   My husband and I like to go to movies for entertainment and a night out on the town.  Otherwise, I like to stay home and cook when we are not running to kids’ functions.  I love collecting recipes to try.  I have found several from magazines and newspapers and friends that are really good.  With four in the family it gets very expensive to go out to eat.  I will try to pull out my best ones for the newsletter.  I hope this is good for now and I will try to do more in a few months.   I have been very busy with work, going through training to get certified through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation for Homeownership lending.  It is good training and I look forward to the work.  I hope to speak to some fellow classmates soon.  Thank you and take care. Dorothy (Reisenauer) Kosse


Here’s looking at you babe!!

Special thanks to Sharri (Buck) Huiras and Kathy (Nies) Tschosik, they both uploaded pictures of their families to our ofoto.com account. When you get a minute, check them out!


The following "trip report" is compliments of Janell (Bahmiller) Haid, sounds like she had a great time!!

Hi Laurie

"I just wanted to thank everyone who emailed me info on things to do while in Cancun. We had a great time. The diving was exciting for me because I have only gone diving here in Lake Sakakawea and there is not much to see if you can see at all. The water is so dirty and mucky that just a little wind will stir it up and then you can't see anything. But in Cancun the water is really clear and you can see quite a long way. We also went parasailing, enjoyed the jungle tour, the submarine tour and also toured the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. I would defiantly recommend the Mayan ruins; we booked the day tour through our hotel which included the bus ride, lunch and a swim in a cenote. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the time on the bus go fast.

But for a great heart pumping experience you need to take the public transportation. This is a mix between an amusement park and Nascar! Its not uncommon to see the bus pulled over for speeding or reckless driving.

The weather was awesome the whole time we were there. I guess it was considered winter there. If 77 to 80 degrees is considered winter I would hate to be there when its summer. We also did some shopping and experienced the Mexican bartering system. Its interesting that money doesn't have a language barrier. We did some walking on the beach and some relaxing by the pool. I would defiantly go back again."


Lori (Grishkowsky) Pettis sent us this life update.
"Our daughter Ashley is getting married June 27, at Chapel in the Hills right here in Rapid City. There is sure a lot to do to get ready for a wedding, nothing stressful about it at all. (hahahha) She will be also be graduating in May, 2006 with a degree in Business Administration from National American University in Rapid City. Someday she hopes to become a Vet-Tech. Also, we have two boys, David and Jeffrey who are in the 7th grade this year, and loving it!"

It's "really" is a small world

Submitted by Wendy (Rios) Bosch

"You'll never guess what we just figured out.........Michelle LaBere's nephew (Stephan) and our son (Tony) are on the first line together at our high school hockey team here in Fort Collins. And the funny thing is that THEY were the ones to figure it out. It was all about going to BIG BOY in Bismarck. Tony Jr. (Toner as we call him) said, "This kid on my team is from Bismarck, they just moved here and they go to Big Boy every time they go up there." So, Toner asked if we knew a LaBere....I suggested Michelle....they chatted tonight at practice and as I suspected, Michelle is his aunt. What a wonderful small world."


Compliments of Tim Mattis, March 12, 10:03 pm

"In case you haven't heard the boy's basketball team just
beat Fargo North 69-54 for the class A title!"

Prayers of Support

Prayers of support are needed for JoLyn (Wilson) Palumbo and her family. JoLyn's husband, Robert, continues to battle some very serious health issues and prayers are much needed and very welcomed in their household during these very difficult days.


Our deepest sympathies to Blasť and Silvia Johs and Sandy and Cleary (Johnson) Johs. Their father/father-in-law, Joseph Johs, passed away on March 1, in Bismarck.

Our deepest sympathies to Mary (Kerzman) Rostad and her family. Her father, Ralph Kerzman, passed away on March 15th, in Bismarck.

Our deepest sympathies to Sherrie (LaCoe) Walker and her family. Her father, Wayne LaCoe, passed away on March 28, in Bismarck.



Happy Birthday to the following people!
Troy and Myra are turning 43, everyone else is 42!

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 – 19 years
Wendy (Rios) and Tony Bosch - 18 years
Jon and Frankie Kuehl – 16 years
Jolyn (Wilson) and Robert Palumbo – 14 years
Barb (Morlock) and Kirby Steinke - 21 years
Tammy (Schlinger) and Wally Siems – 17 years
Leroy and Brenda (Jundt) Gross - 22 years
Tom and Kim Gerhardt – 20 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


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

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

Personal notes:

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
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
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, and Wendy keckmann@packersrock