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 Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site.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.


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Volume 44, August 2004

Hi everyone,

Welcome everyone! This month we have a great newsletter for you! People were in the mood to share this month and we all benefit! Enjoy it! Thanks to all of you who sent things in, you know that we all appreciate it every month! Also, thank you to Jay Yeager who is once again our sponsor this month.

Ofoto.com is becoming a wonderful "bonus" site for us! Currently we have over 150 pictures at this site. If you haven't been there in a while, check it out, it's pretty neat! Don't forget, you can create your own album or add your pictures to an existing site, it's very easy.

Dan has had another inquiry into our web site. Seems as if people are searching out reunion web sites and finding ours. We have had many compliments and Dan is now helping a group of reunion organizers on the East Coast with the web site for their 40th reunion. They liked what they saw and are using our site as their example, a true compliment to all of us from the class of 1981!

Enjoy this last month of summer, take a moment and spend some extra time with your kids, all too soon they will be off to school! Have a great month, see ya in September!

Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd


By some weird coincidence, Dan, Wendy and myself will all be in Bismarck on the same weekend. So, the four of us, Todd included, are meeting for breakfast at 9:00 at Krolls on 83, on Saturday, August 7th. If you would like to join us please do!
We would love to see you!

**RSVP: to Lauri by August 5th**

"In-depth and Personal with…Mike Duffey "

Name: Mike Duffey
Career/occupation: Hockey Director for a Roller Hockey Rink in San Diego, www.skatesandiego.com
Home: San Diego, CA
Family: Kevin, 3 years old
Greatest accomplishments: Scoring the winning goal on ESPN while playing Professional Roller Hockey in a league called the Roller Hockey International (RHI). I played for a team called the San Diego Barracudas.
People whom you admire and why: Mike Peluso, NHL
What do you have in your pockets: My hands, just joking
Fantasy (or reality) job: Rock Star
Latest book you've read: Gordie Howe
Favorite music/musicians: Five For Fighting
Recommended movies: Secret Window
Favorite cities and why? San Diego (Weather) & Bismarck (Home)
Where have you traveled? Europe, UK, South America few other places
Favorite place to vacation? Austria.
Any place you would recommend? Italy
Favorite foods: As long as it taste like chicken
Hobbies: Surfing, Biking, Skating, Second career: Fitness Trainer/Real Estate
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? United States Olympic Committee- Roller Hockey
Pet peeves: Smelly Feet
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Good parties at the Desert & Double Ditch
Memories of BHS (good ones): A lot of nice friends and good people
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Blaine Clausnitzer, Terry Harris, Blair Olsen, Al Meter, Jay Yeager, Russ Kiefer, Curt Abfalter, Dion Ehlis, Pat Jamison, Jed, Charlie Ellingson, Mike Luger, Linda Redmond
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Ya, I had a lot parties
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Ken Erickson, Great Guy, Great Coach
Favorite high school hang-outs: The corner, just kidding, DECA, or the Ledge


They Say Life Begins At 40, Does it?

This is a new area for us! Okay we are now all 40! Let's face it, we can complain or find a new challenge, something we would never have done before! Laura McDaniel is running her first marathon, Sheri (Nordstrom) Driscoll ran her first one last year, I was training for a triathlon (Kylie dampened that for this year, maybe next year), and below you will find Julie (Mjolsness) Lindstrom's lastest life endeavor. If you are contemplating a new sport, lifestyle, activity, something new for your 40's, share it with us, who knows you might motivate someone else to give it a try! Here is Julie's story.

When I turned 40 I made a list of things I wanted to try and/or learn before turning 50 (Wow, that sounds old!). At the top of the list was to try out for a play. I never had the guts to try out for one before so I called Monte Olmstead, who has done quite a bit of theater around here (he’s very good for those who have never had the opportunity to see him) and he graciously gave me advice. So I tried out for a community production (we’re talking small community production here) of "Godspell." The most nerve-wracking part was getting through the audition, singing and all, without passing out. I lived to tell about it AND I got a part! The parts were combinations of the characters -- I was Robin in some scenes, Joanne and Gilmer in others, as well as the philosopher Gibbon. We practiced three to four times a week for two and a half months and the production ran the middle of March. It was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done and I met so many wonderful people. Plus I learned to sing in six-part harmony! My boys knew all the songs by the time we were done. My two-year-old, Joseph, still runs around the house singing, "Pwepare Ye da Way of da Yord." Oh, and on opening night Monte and Kelly (Weigel) Barak were in the audience right behind my family...I really appreciated their support! What’s next on my list? To learn how to swim. Julie

A photo of Julie's Performance can be found at ofoto.com
in the "Classmates, 2004" album


Jim Larsen continues to work on getting his license to fly! Here is his latest update:
I now have my private license and am simultaneously working on my commercial and instrument ratings at this time for helicopters. Then I will be working on CFI and CFII and then I will become an instructor for the flight school. I am also taking online classes with UVSC to the end of a BS degree in aviation. I just completed the Robinson Factory Safety Course in Torrence CA this week. Now I can take people up in the helicopter other than my instructor. :)

Sue (Wheeler) Trim has sent us an update about her children. Her daughter, Brooke is in her 2nd yr. of nursing and her son, Ross is going off to UTI in Houston. He is working towards a degree in automotive and diesel, with his ultimate placement with Mercedes. They are growing fast and in another 2 yrs. she will have one more in college. Her biggest question?
Who is paying for all of this????

Byron Weichel is once again in the Middle East. He recently sent me this weather report for the upcoming week. After reading it made me realize that we have it made! The dog days of August in WI are nothing compared to what he has been enduring during the last week of July.

Today - Sunny and very hot, High 112░ F / RealFeel[TM] 116. Max. UV 10.
Monday - Sunny and very hot, High 114░ F / RF 118░ F. Low 76░ F / RF 86░ F. Max. UV 10.
Tuesday - Sunny and hot, High 111░ F / RF 114░ F. Low 76░ F / RF 82░ F. Max. UV 10.
Wednesday - Sunny and very hot, High 115░ F / RF 113░ F. Low 78░ F / RF 83░ F. Max. UV 10.
Thursday - Mostly sunny and very hot, High 117░ F / RF 120░ F. Low 80░ F / RF 85░ F. Max. UV 9.
Friday - Mostly sunny and very hot, High 117░ F / RF 120░ F. Low 79░ F / RF 86░ F. Max. UV 9.
Saturday - Very hot with lots of sun, High 116░ F / RF 119░ F. Low 78░ F / RF 85░ F. Max. UV 9.

Bob Raber (Buchholz) just got back from an awesome trip Uganda, Africa. He was part a 17 person team that was busy building two primary schools for children ages 4-12. Here is an update of his incredible experience!

Over 15 photos can be seen at our ofoto.com site in "Bob's Uganda" Photo Album.

July 2004

Hello classmates;

It is great to hear reports about many of your lives through the monthly newsletters. I missed the 20 year reunion due to my younger brothers wedding being at the same time. I really wanted to have a chance to see what has happened over the years. Many things change as you all know.

The course for me began in a crazy way. Two months after we graduated I packed all I owned (not much) in a U-Haul and left for the West Coast. I ended up in Los Angeles living and working with some new friends. I had no idea what was about to happen, you could call it "getting religion, being born again, finding God" but I really found the purpose for being alive and I have been living radical for Jesus for the past 22 years.

I had opportunity last month to go to Uganda, Africa. I led a team of 17 people from our church into Kampala; we stayed there for 10 days. I have a friend, Michael Kyazze, who is a pastor of a local church. In 1998 his wife Christine started a school for orphans and disadvantaged children. Due to civil war and the aids epidemic many children have lost both parents and others don’t have money to pay school fees (there is no state run school there) every child must pay monthly. The school has 210 children from 3 to 11 years old. Most of the children are sponsored by families in our church.

Our purpose in going was to do construction on two new classrooms which will hold 300 - 400 more students. So some of us were dong carpentry, brick laying and general labor while the others were daily working along side the teachers. They would do crafts and lessons from the bible including decorated flags, pictures and frames of each student, 250 painted tee shirts with hand prints, names, and their favorite verses. Through gifts we were able to bring 15 suit cases of teaching supplies. All the teachers broke into tears when they received the gifts. They had been so faithful to serve with simple things.

We stayed at a conference center while we were there, complete with showers and mosquito nets (what a treat). We ate all Uganda food and were in their homes, at their church services which are over the edge and full of life. We all fell in love with the people, they are so genuine and most speak English. Their lives are simple but full of family time and much joy, they are not controlled by the "rat race for possessions". No one on the team wanted to come back so soon.

One day we went to a baptism at Lake Victoria (one of the largest lakes in the world) that day we helped to baptize 155 people who had accepted Jesus as their savior. So much happened in the heart of the people that day.

Every where we went the team packed into three mini vans. Driving is on the left and by far the craziest I have ever seen. You have to go to experience a moped taxi ride through rush hour traffic!!!

They also have there a huge sports ministry through the church that reaches hundreds of teenagers. There is a lot of live music "African style" that seems to happen all the time when we get together.

The country is really making a big turn around socially and the government is now getting more solid. We believe by spending time there supporting the church and school a few young lives can get a new start on the future through love and education. As God opens the doors we plan to go back and begin more things like a trade school for adults and new schools for the children.

The day before we left the team lined up and hugged and blessed all the children, cried with the teaches, laughed with new friends and made plans to return. God loves to bring hope and joy to His people and we will never be the same. We went to give away but we came back with so much more in our hearts.

I have included some pictures of our time there if you are interested, they can be found at ofoto.com.

I encourage you to live your dreams. Check out how big God wants to be in your life and don’t waste even one day. Thank you for spending the time to hear about this. If you ever want to be involved send me an e-mail.

Thanks, Bob Raber (Buchholz)

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 is August, can you believe it? We are almost into the fall season. This should be an exciting fall in America, we have the Olympics starting, and of course, we will all go out and cast our votes for a president. We, as rather young adults, have some real issues to hash out before casting our votes. It's not just the presidential race but who will control congress. I myself follow who wants to create gun control laws, and I try to stomp them out. I am an avid outdoorsman and I know some of our classmates have moved to the bigger cities where they all belive that a gun goes out and kills somebody, but it still needs somebody to pull the trigbger and the list of why they did it is too long to get into in this letter. And, of course, the struggling economy, terrorists, and simply protecting the home land. Vote with your heart, but get out there and vote. That is the most important thing.

Hey, the NFL is ready to get under way and I want a good response of who you think is going all the way. If you read this newsletter - send in your pick - we want to hear from you. If you claim to be a football fan then send your pick in. Don't be a chicken shit - football is the premier event in the sports world. There is no other sport that is true blood and sweat, grind it out in your face touchdown stuff. I'm going out on a limb this year, and I predict that the Oakland Raiders are going all the way. I believe they just might go 16-0 thru the regular seaon, then of course, win the Superbowl. You heard it here first. Silver and black ROCKS! That's my pick and I'm sticking to it. Hey, Vikings fans are you ready for a season of many blunders - it's just another year of seeing how the Vikings can blow their chance to go all the way. Are the Arizona Cardinals still fresh in your brain? I was at the casino last year when Arizona scored that touchdown to drown the Vikings' hopes. When the touchdown was scored, the casino erupted like somebody won the big jackpot, but no, it was just another Minnesota blunder.

Rumor is that Bismarck is going to get not one, but two WalMart Supercenters, and a Sam's Club. Evidently, they want to put one WalMart up on State Street, one on Expressway, and Sam's Club would replace the existing WalMart store. It has mixed reviews with the residents. Yes, everybody thinks they are saving at WalMart, but at what price? They have a bad history of employee lawsuits, and they downright try to corner the market, which costs jobs to other employees in other businesses in the Bismarck area, so in turn, it does not do our economy any good. I myself work in the grocery business, but the great company that I have been working for has been doing its homework for years and we know how to combat WalMart. We do offer a great shopping experience, you are not just a number with us.

I told you about a person that was pulled from the Missouri River who drowned but nobody knew who he was. Well, after they put out a nationwide alert there was a missing person report from Denver, and it turned out to be this guy. Evidently, he had some mental problems of late and decided to follow the Lewis and Clark trail but got too close to the action and the Mighty Missouri got him. Now, he is just a statistic of one more person who has drowned in the river. The family came to Bismarck to identify the body and took him home.

Hey, we had two guys living in Bismarck in an apartment and they had two very poisonous snakes living with them. Apparently, they bought them over the internet, but failed to check the laws about having snakes of that kind living in the city, so the cops came to get the snakes and arrested them. So here, these guys have a trial date waiting for them for possession of these snakes, and do you think they could stay out of trouble? Not a chance. So one of the individuals makes a couple of homemade pipe bombs and and goes down to the river to light them off. In the process of trying to blow these bombs up he blows his right arm to pieces, struggles to get himself to his car and drives to the hospital emergency room with his arm dangling. They say, hey what happened to you? Well, he says, I was lighting off some homemade pipe bombs and blew my arm off. Guess who gets the next call? That's right, the police. Did these guys not pay attention to 911 - we have very strict laws against making your own bomb. Now the snake trial looks like child's play compared to the charges that they face for making a bomb. Hey, when the FBI gets invovled, you got some serious problems on your hands. At least when they are sitting in prison it looks better to way you are in here for making bombs, than saying you had poisonous snakes, you might get a little more respect.

I heard a rumor that Mike Duffy was sending in his bio to the newsletter. I think these things are great. It's pretty cool to read what some of these people write. Hey, Mike Duffy is a BHS legend, this guy was downright a lot of fun to be around - he knew how to have a good time. In short, only Mike Duffy would throw a toga party the night before Easter. Yes, I was there, you could get in free if no panties or bra was worn, and yes, there was a checkpoint for this. Hey, I had a great time. I remember coming home about 7am, walking across the street in my toga that was not on too well. Mom was not impressed. It was another Duffy-Clausnitzer extravaganza. These two will get their own chapter in the final book of fun in the end.

What the heck are alll of our classmates up to? I would really like for all to drop just a little line in to the newsletter to say hey all, I'm OK and feeling fine, or life sucks but I'm hanging in there, or we the Joneses are doing this and that, we really want to know what's going on. Life's too short to not stay in touch. Don't think that you are too powerful for this newsletter because we are here, we have been heard, and we are powerful. One time out of every month you get to hear from us and it seems we are being heard by about as many people as Paul Harvey gets to. We need all to keep us informed. There should never be a begging period for this newsletter. I have said it before and I'll say it again - Lauri, Dan, and Wendy do a lot of hard work to get this letter out to you guys. Don't be shy- send us something if you are afraid of what somebody thinks of what you sent in I'll let you know from experience who gives a --------- news is news just say it is like it is.

Thanks to all who sent me their e-mails in response to our last newsletter. It was great to get those e-mails. I am here. No, I don't let Laurie know about them all, because they are fuel for my fire. I am a person that speaks my thoughts and once I get rolling there is no subject that I may not cover.

It's been a great summer in Bismarck, we have had a lot of hot weather and some severe storms. They mainly happened in the far northern and eastern parts of the state. WE have had a couple of F-4 tornados tear apart lots of personal property - no deaths which is a good thing. There was this couple in Bottineau that just built their dream home and moved in upon completion. Their first night in the house a BIG tornado wiped the whole works out - just flattened the house. So now, they have the chance to make any changes that they may have wanted to the first time around. Out by Casselton, seven tornados, yes, seven were spotted in one day. That's one hell of a lot of tornados in one day. There was a picture of one of them on the news. This thing was a monster chewing up real estate by the second. If you read my bio, I had stated that I was a big fan of big storms. When my wife was pregnant with our first child I took her out and we were chasing a big thunderstorm, looking for a twister. I was video taping the event and I kept telling her to go this way and that way. She thought I was insane. We forgot about the video and one day at our lake cabin it was raining so we had family over and we were watching past film and here was that storm chasing moment. And on the video Vick is chewing my ass out because I got us too far into the storm and were getting pounded by hail and rain. The next day she took out a big life insurance policy on me because she evidently knew I am worth more dead than alive - accordding to the wild things I pursue. I guess she figured if she married a wild man she was going to protect her interests.

Time to start thinking about back to school. The kids are getting the last gas out of them before it's time to hit the books again. My kids are getting up there I can actually see that they are only six years from graduation. Hey, they are pretty sharp cookies - they can spell words and do math projects that I could not even imagine at their age. Education has really advanced over time. That's good - you gotta be sharp to make it in this world. You gotta have a little book smarts and a little street smarts.. Put them both together and you have a great recipe for survival.

Well folks I gotta run. Today is my daughter's birthday and I'm going to be entertainer. I'm writing this on the last day possible - again. Some day I will be on time. Sorry Lauri - hate to keep you waiting.

Take care all - have a great end of summer month.

In the words of Scott Beierle CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCc--ya. He invented that saying long before we knew it. Todd


Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich and her fiancÚ' Loren Haid are getting married on August 5th in Bismarck. We wish them all the best on this special day and we hope you have a wonderful honeymoon in Sin City!

Kayleen (Scott) Cataldo and Robert Cataldo were married on May 15th, 2004! Kay is thrilled to have found the man of her dreams and she is enjoying every single minute of married life!

Tammy (Schlinger) Siems is very excited to announce that she is going to be a mother-in-law! Her oldest son, Corey, recently graduated from NDSU, moved to Billings, MT with his new job and is now engaged to his long time girlfriend, Nicole. Many changes for all them, we wish them all the best with their upcoming nuptials.

Welcome to the World Little One

Connie (Wiedrick) and Scott Samuelson welcomed Bryer Ries into the world on July 8th at 12:31 pm. He was 8 lbs. 3 ounces, and 21 inches long. I spoke to Connie on the phone in mid-July and she said that every one was doing very well and that Tessia was enjoying her new little brother very much.

On the Move…

Kaaren (Chase) White's husband has excepted a new job and they are now calling Rio Rancho, NM home. Robert is settling into his new job, Kaaren is busy at home helping the children adjust to the new neighborhood and school and everyone is enjoying the change. She tells us that where they are living now even gets a little snow in the winter, though it is usually gone in a day or two. (Bummer, snow is the best part of winter! L.)



The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do,
something to love, and something to hope for. -Thomas Chalmers



Happy 41st Birthday everyone!

Deanna and Della share a birth date as do Randy and Jim,
Dennis and Scott, and Wendy and Dean.

Sue (Seitz) Ott
Deanna (Geisinger)Dailey
Della Boutrous
Randy Roesler
Jim Chase
Ken Horner
Dennis Hopfauf
Scott Fettig
Timothy Mattis
Tammy (Sclinger) Siems
Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel
Dean Wolf
Deb Kirpach
Lisa (Stratton) Lewis
Kerry (Morris) Wagner
Sandy Gross
Terri (Wilson) Hodgin
Dan Greinsteiner

We hope you have a wonderful day!



2 years
Mark and Christine Peltz

10 years
Paula (Whitlock) and Albert Ludwig

11 years
George and Peggy Piehl

16 years
Ray and Melissa Horner

18 years
Heidi (Krenz) and Steve Pflipsen
Curt and Denise (Rebel) Frieze

19 years
Lori (Grishkowsky) and Arlo Pettis

20 years
Scott and Terri (Albrecht) Keller
Corrine (McLean) and Dale Zerr

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


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

Stephen Gilbert, Lori (Schneider) and Scott Westbrook, Dirk Kienzle, Megan (Gerboth) Affa, Mike Duffey, Lyle Schadler, Laura (Gulbrandson) Bronson, Lisa Falconer, Blaine Clausnitzer, Myra (Kordonowy) LeCaptain, Kayleen (Scott) Cataldo, Sonya (Scheet) Rasumssen, Jim Larsen, Jerri (Lindtiegen) Zuck, Mary (Sweeney) Crompton, Lori (Jamison) Greer , Audrey (Ell) Braunagel, Brenda Buck, Blase Johs, Jan (Cripe) Loudenslager, Kirk Hoff, Jonathan Page, Kaaren (Chase) White, Debbie (Isaak) Dosch and Tim Mattis.

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

Personal notes: UPDATED, 7/2004!

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
Sandra Schumacher- ? address, no phone
Rita (Ziegler) Keller - ? address, phone is disconnected
David Gelvin-no clues
Eileen Dosch - ? address, phone is disconnected
Penny (Slavik) Meier-phone is disconnected, ? address
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton - phone is disconnected, ? address
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) Loudenslager-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
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 keckmann@packersrock