The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 quarterly update

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Hi everyone, I hope you are all well!  We somehow survived the Snowiest Winter ever in Waukesha, over 90 inches of snow!  That is a lot of snow, I have had enough!  31' of those inches came in two separate snow storms, both of which we 15+ storms.  We have had 4 snow days and will have to make up 2 of them at the end of the year.  Enough winter!   Spring would be welcomed!   Unfortunately it is cold today, dreary, and rain and flurries are our forecast for the week!  Yippee......
Thankfully we did go south for spring break, saw some sun, so we know it exists, but it was only 50 in Dallas on Easter!  Pretty cold for them, nice for us!  But, it did warm up a bit as we headed further south, just enough for us to know their is hope for sunshine eventually.  :)
Our news was small this quarter, so instead of a full newsletter, I decided to just send things via e-mail.  Easier for Dan, easier for me.  I hope that is okay for everyone.  Hopefully we will be back in July with a full newsletter for all of you!
So, here is the news!
Click on the link below and watch the video. First, there will be a commercial --then the actual video about North Dakota  Thought those of you from N.D. might like to know you were in the spotlight of the national news.
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4157223    Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser


Paige (Jones) And Darrel Allen took a 12 day trip to Kenya for a photo safari.  We had a great time and felt safe throughout the whole journey.  We saw the “Big Five” – Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino.  It was the trip of a lifetime and I would encourage anyone and everyone to go if they have the opportunity!  Pictures can be found at our kodak.com site, info below. 


Jodi Ismir Lockwood has been busy touring the world!  Here is a vacation update from mid-February.  One photo is on our kodak.com site.


Hello everyone! (asalaam alakoum)

Just a quick note to let you know about my adventure so far. 

The first five days we built a Habitat House in a village called Ghor-As-Safi.  It was about eight hours of hard labor per day.  Hauling cement blocks, making mortar, making rebar forms for the roof and then bringing about 2000 buckets of cement up a ramp onto the roof.  I now have all kinds of new ideas for workout classes at the club.  Wonder if they would mind bringing in some cement blocks to lift??
I got to spend half of a day assessing handicapped kids at the school and seeing some of the more involved kids in their homes.  None of them had ever had a physical therapist assess them before.  Now they each have an exercise program.
We met many amazing people during the build-the people of Jordan are incredibly hospitable.
Since the build we have been to the desert of Wadi Rum, ridden camels, seen many biblical sights, been to the Dead Sea (and made salt snowmen) and today we saw the indescribable Petra (one of the seven wonders of the world). 
Soon I will get to visit my aunt and uncle and cousin in Amman and then off to Israel to see Bethlehem, Jerusalem, etc.  Wow-what a journey!
I hope that this finds all of you doing well and I will be anxious to catch up with all of you when I get home.

wa aasalam (goodbye)

Jody Ismir Lockwood


BABY NEWS - Congratulations to all of you!

Just letting you know that I am the proud grandmother of a new baby girl.  My daughter Ashley and her husband Chris Tinsley had their baby girl 2/27/08 at 1:23 pm.  She was 6 lbs. 9.4 oz, and 20 1/4" long.  Her name is Kirah Leighann and she is perfect in every way.  I got to be in there for the entire birth.  We came home the next day and she is doing great.  Lori (Grishkowsky) Pettis
Sheri Halbakken also became a grandma!   Zoe Elizabeth Moszer was born on 3/2/2008 at 8:27 pm.  She was 7 lbs, 20.5 inches.  She is the daughter of Christopher and his girlfriend. 
Mary (Falhsing) Olsen also announced a new granddaughter!  "Maisa Jean (pronounced like Mesa, AZ and As I Am spelled backwards) was born March 18th @ 11:25 a.m. , 5 lbs. 6 oz.  She’s just a peanut, but my daughter never made 5 feet tall so I knew she wouldn’t be very big.  Baby and Mom are doing just fine."

Jay and Lisa Yeager welcomed a new little boy into their lives on 3-10-2008.  Julius Owen Yeager, is named after Jay's Great Granddad and his name is an acronym for Jay's mom, Joyce.  Yes, this makes Jay the oldest NEW parent in our class, and who knows he may be the last!  Way to go Jay!   When Jay sends some photos I will upload them to our Kodak site.   


Lisa (Moser) and Kerry Kienzle are very proud to announce that their daughter Savannah will be graduating from high school in May.   

Shaun Anderson, the son of Kelly (Malard) Anderson, will be graduating on June 1st.  He will be attending college in Billings, and will be majoring in computer science.  Shaun is also planning a trip with his brother Scott for the summer.  They will be traveling to Gulf Port, Mississippi in June with their church youth group to help work on homes being rebuilt that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Sheri (Halbakken) Martin’s daughter, Courtney, will also be graduating from high school this spring.  Her future plans do include college.


Dorothy (Reisennauer) Kosse is now working for Kirkwood Bank and Trust. 
She previous was employed by a non-profit organization Community Works of North Dakota.  



Sheri (Halbakken) Martin’s stepdad has been quite sick the past couple of months. 
She asks for prayers for both her mom and her stepdad as they face an uncertain future in regards to his medical issues


Our Sympathies

Our sympathies to Mike Dodds and his family.  His brother, Steven Dodds, passed away on Jan. 21st in Watford City. 

 Our sympathies to Dan Raszler and his family.  Dan’s dad, Oswald Raszler passed away on Feb. 2nd in Maine. 

Our sympathies to Mikel Scheirmeister and his family.  His father, Bob Scheirmeister, passed away on Feb. 20th in Bismarck. 

Our sympathies to the family of Julie (Meredith Samuelson) Ell.  Julie’s grandson, Tanner Quellhorst, passed away on Feb. 21, 2008. 





Remember you can answer all the ??? or just those that you choose. Return it to me upon completion! Thank you, Lauri

Spouses occupation:
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Favorite cities and why
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Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend?
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What if any community service organizations are you involved with?
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Memories of Bismarck (good ones):
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Who were some of the people you hung out with?
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what?
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