WHATS NEW WITH YOU???
The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update
Volume 24, December 2002
Happy Holidays everyone!!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families
and friends! Ready for Christmas, it is right around the corner!
This month our newsletter includes an interview with Kevin Nelson, one of the many classmates who loves to call Bismarck his home!! We also have all kinds of other wonderful news; it has been a great month for contributions to the newsletter, over 20 people participated! Im not sure we have ever had so many people who have offered news to share! Next month watch for an interview with George Piehl, his chosen profession may surprise many of you, it sure surprised me!
As we finish this year, all four of us who put this together each month would like to take a moment and thank all of you! I wish we had the time and the space to highlight every each and every person who has helped to make this newsletter so successful!! Your endless support and enthusiasm for the newsletter makes our job so much more fun and a whole lot easier! We also want to thank every of one you who reads us each month and each person who has taken the time to share a story, an insight, a part of their life, and contributed news which they wanted to share with about 260 classmates! Without all of you we are nothing!!! And on that note .. we wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday with your families and your friends! And we look forward to seeing you all in the NEW YEAR! Take care everyone! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd!!!
HOLIDAY WISHES FROM ALL OF US
TO ALL OF YOU!!
My family and I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Thank you
so much for keeping me in the newsletter loop! It is good to hear how
everyone is doing. You know for sure we will reduce the turkey population
in the world by one this Thanksgiving. Please enjoy and may God fill your
days with much love and laughter. --- Bob Raber (Buchholz).
Happy Holidays from the Wager Family;
--- Glenn, Paula (Springan), Adam, and Brooke Wager
Pleace, Safe travels and Contentment in our over busy lives.
--- Connie (Wiedrick) Samuelson and family
May all of your hopes, dreams and wishes this holiday season come true.
Have a blessed holiday! --- Dan Raszler & BHSClassof81.com
Greetings from sunny California. I'm looking forward to a white
Christmas at my brother Dave's place in Colorado this year. It's been great to help out
with the class news, especially with all the extra contributions coming in these days. I
love that feeling of being in touch and getting news from home - and I do still consider
Bismarck my home. Warm and happy thoughts to all of you through the holidays.
--- Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel and family
"In-depth and Personal with Kevin G. Nelson"
Name: Kevin G. Nelson
Career/occupation: Division Manager and Civil Engineer for Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc. in Bismarck
Home: Bismarck, ND
Family: Three beautiful daughters (Alyssa Beth, Mallory Rose and Nicole Rose) and a loving wife, Mary
Spouses occupation: Executive Secretary for the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? I was framed, I mean it was set up by one of her friends
Greatest accomplishments: Going to the Central African Republic to help people less fortunate than we are. The experience has put a new perspective on life and on the difference between "needs" and "wants." (For those of you who missed this feature, a complete story of his trip was highlighted in our April 2002 newsletter)
People whom you admire and why: My dad, for his strength and resolve, my pastor, Tom Dunham, for his faith and compassion, my wife for her beauty, strength and tolerance.
What do you have in your pockets: pocket bible, car keys, pocket knife, wallet, loose change, and 2 coins from the Central African Republic
Fantasy (or reality) job: Engineering is more than a job, it is a passion. Not that I am living a fantasy, but I cannot imagine doing anything else (except working fewer hours).
Latest book you've read: The One Minute Manager
Favorite music/musicians: Brian Crain, Blind Boys of Alabama, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf
Recommended movies: "Pay It Forward" not terrific acting, not a terrific production but a good story line
Favorite cities and why? Kansas City for its friendly people, its GREAT barbecues, its blues and its hundreds of water fountains.
Where have you traveled? Europe, Africa, Bahamas, Canada, and most of the states
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Any place (away from work and stress), that involves copious amounts of food, beverage and fun.
Favorite foods: Spicy food, especially chili or barbecues, meeting the standards of "Mo Hotta Mo Betta"
Hobbies/second career: Time spent with my family, home-brewing beer, hunting
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Bismarck Chamber of Commerce, Bismarck Mandan Home Builders Association, The Gideons International, The North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers
Pet peeves: taxes, government involvement, indecisive people, incompetence, ignorance, and apathy; to sum it up in one word: DEMOCRATS
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Where do I start? I was born, raised and still live in Bismarck.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Parties at the desert, parties at the sandbar, parties at Jim Grenzs place
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Curt Friez, Jim Grenz, Scott Keller, Terry Lipp
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Yes, but nothing I will admit to in writing ;-)
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Wade Forster for teaching me how to learn, Dan Klein for making science fun
Favorite high school hang-outs: the desert, the sandbar, Jim Grenzs place
A little ND humor!
I receive so much ND humor, that each month I will try to share something with you! For some reason only people who live in ND or are from ND can appreciate it or relate to it! Some you may have seen, some not, but heck maybe it will make your day! I promise to keep it clean!
You know you're from North Dakota when.....
Compliments of Kelly (Falconer) Johnson
Your idea of a traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a tractor.
"Vacation" means going to Brainerd for the weekend.
You measure distance in hours.
. You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
You use a down comforter in the summer.
Your grandparents drive 65 mph through 13 feet of snow during a blizzard, without flinching.
You see people wearing hunting clothes to social events.
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both doors unlocked.
You think of the major food groups as venison, walleye, and Leinenkugels.
You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.
There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at the grocery store at any given time.
You design your kids Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and flannel p.j.'s.
You know all four seasons; almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.
It takes you 3 hours to go to the store for one item even when
you're in a rush because you have to stop to talk to everyone in town.
"Parenting Pearls or Perils?"
The following is similar to what we posted in October but with a new twist! Equally as cute!
THINGS ONLY A MOTHER CAN TEACH
1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION...
"Just wait until your father gets home."
2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING....
"You are going to get it when we get home!"
3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE...
"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you ... Don't talk back to me!"
4. My Mother taught me LOGIC...
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, your not going to the store with me."
5. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE...
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
6. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD...
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."
7. My Mother taught me ESP...
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you're cold?"
8. My Mother taught me HUMOR...
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
9. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
10. My Mother taught me about SEX....
"How do you think you got here?"
11. My Mother taught me about GENETICS...
"You're just like your father."
12. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS...
"Do you think you were born in a barn?"
13. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE...
"When you get to be my age, you will understand."
14. And my all time favorite... JUSTICE...
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out
just like you....then you'll see what it's like"
This month our recipe is compliments of Julie (Weinberger) Monzelowsky. She not only sent us an interview, which will go online in the spring, but she also sent us her recipe for Chicken Fatajas! I can tell you truthfully that they were very good! ENJOY!
Dave Horner and his wife Karen are traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
in Feb. They are hoping that someone could suggest a good restaurant or two. They
especially like crab claws.
Any ideas anyone???
Heres looking at you babe!!
Well, we have photos!!! Finally! If you check out the site atwww.ofoto.com you will find family pictures for some of our classmates! I think you will recognize many of them! Also, by the end of Dec. you will see some more family photos, so remember to check back!
CLASS OF 1983 20th REUNION
FAMOUS QUOTE .
Kevin Nelsoncontributed the following quote.
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, a German writer
Happy Birthday to the following people!
Scott Brandt is turning 41, all the rest are turning the big 40!! Also, Carla and Heidi share a birth date, as do Paula and David,
Shannon and Terri, and Tim, Chris and Rhonda.
We also have three Christmas babies and one New Years Eve baby! How cool!
Linda (Demke) Dietrich
Carla (Schumacher) Kelsch
Heidi (Krenz) Pflipsen
Connie (Hoovestal) Beierle
Paula (Springan) Wager
Susan (Wheeler) Trim
Kathy (Bailey) Erickson
Laurie (Brady) Wolf
Rhonda (Levin) Mendieta
Mary (Wolf) Dunn
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
We hope you have a wonderful day!
Maren (Swenson) and Michael Waxenberg 6 years
Kevin and Mary Nelson 12 years
Dave and Karen Horner 14 years
Pamela (Erhardt) and Charles Doll - 15 years
Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!
A little birthday humor!
24 SIGNS YOUVE GROWN UP!
Your houseplants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.
Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
6:00AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
You hear your favorite song on an elevator.
You watch the Weather Channel.
Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.
You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."
You're the one calling the police because those damn kids
next door won't turn down the stereo.
Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.
You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.
Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.
Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset,
rather than settle, your stomach.
You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.
A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff."
You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
"I just can't drink the way I used to," replaces, "I'm never going to drink that much again."
90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to you.
Todd gives us his view, and he is ..
Hey everybody, it's December and get ready because here comes Santa Clause. Yep, he is at the North pole wrenching on the sled getting ready to blow out of there on December 24th. And remember he knows if you have been naughty or nice so, if you have been on the bad side lately you still have a couple of weeks to clean it up and you just might get that special gift that you have been wanting. But, if you blow it - too bad, try again next year.
Speaking of bad guys, a couple of bozos were arrested for manufacturing meth in Bismarck. They were put in the county jail and made bond. With trial pending against them what do you think they did? They went back to their house and were attempting to manufacture meth again, when guess who shows up? Yep, its the law and with search warrant in hand they arrested them again for manufacturing meth. Once again, this falls under the saying "this is your brain, and then this is your brain on drugs." I think these two should put the rat poison away and try a different profession.
With the fall high school sports winding down, our beloved Bismarck Demons football team lost in the semifinals to eventual state champion West Fargo in a classic shootout. I believe the score was 53-39. Oh well, Bismarck was really banged up at the end of the season. Winter sports are just taking off, and to no ones surprise, Demons wrestling is ranked #1 in the west. I think when they make the state championship trophy they should just put the Demons picture in it. It's kinda like one of those things in life that is a sure thing; taxes, death, and the Demons winning a wrestling state championship.
In the November elections North Dakota passed a measure that will allow the state to join in on a multi state lottery. Some people are not too sure that its good for us, but, it's kind of like this: a couple weeks ago they had the Victorias Secret model show on the television and a lot of people wrote in to the U.S.A. Today newspaper complaining that it was pornographic and did not belong on T.V. But I'm sure that all of the killing and other crap you can view on the television are OK. The point is, if you don't want to watch Victorias Secret, turn the channel and, if you don't want to play the lottery don't.
At the end of November we finished up deer hunting in North Dakota. What a great time we had. We spent a lot of time in the great outdoors. I walked up a lot of valleys, big hills, logged a lot of miles across the plains. It was a very demanding physical work out. It really lets you know if you are in shape or not. Finally, I harvested my deer, shot her about 100 yards out so I tell my buddy Chuck lets go get her. We walk out I take about 5 or 6 steps and all of a sudden I feel this massive snap in the back of my left calf. Now, I can't walk anymore I am trying but I can't put any pressure on my left leg. I totally blew my muscle in half. What a bummer. It could not have happened at a worse time. It's the beginning of the holiday season and I work in the grocery industry, and my job requires me to do a lot of cruising around the store and that doesn't work so well on crutches.
Well the time in my life has come for me to turn 40 years old. Yes, on 12-03-02, I will be the big 40. Now life begins. It really doesnt bother me I have always said you cannot worry about the things you have no control over. Heck, I think it's a great accomplishment because boy there was some close calls in my life when I did not think that I would make it past 25 years old. One, to date, still sends a chill up my spine when I fell asleep driving my Camero from Devils Lake at 6am in the morning. I was so busy having a good time the whole weekend that I forgot to sleep. Well, I decided to take a nap while driving my car on a two-lane highway and crossed over into the other lane. I woke up when I heard gravel spraying up on the car. I tried to turn the car back over to my lane, but the car bottomed out, the rear end went up into the air, we landed back on the highway, did about 20 circles down the middle of the highway and ended up facing the wrong way when we stopped. The funny thing was, my buddy was sleeping in the passenger seat and did not wake up until we came to a stop in the middle of the highway facing the wrong way. He wakes up and calmly says, "hey, what's going on? Start the car and lets get home," and goes back to sleep. HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT I JUST WENT THRU.
I would like to wish all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS it's all about the kids when you can see the joy on a child's face Christmas morning there is little on earth that can replace that. Be safe and God bless you all. Chat at you In January
"IT REALLY IS A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL"
Joe Deitrich sent this to me, kinda neat!
Just a quick note on something that happened to Linda and me. When our kids were off of school for teachers convention, we went to Fargo for the weekend. We were walking through the mall when we ran into Scott Carlson. It turns out that Scott was in town from Wisconsin to visit. I wonder what are the odds of us running into each other. I thought it was interesting,
and that you might like to know. Thanks again for the great job your doing
with the newsletter and web site.
Julie (Mjolsness) Lindstrom sent us a great idea! She asked us to ask all of you the following question "How about asking classmates about their favorite holiday traditions that they celebrated as they were growing up and what traditions have they passed on to their own family or still experience themselves? Sometimes people have some unique ways of celebrating. Always looking for fun ideas..." Well, here is what people had to say!
While I was student teaching in London England, I learned about Christmas Crackers. I purchase these at an English store and we have continued this tradition for the past 12 years. To open the Christmas Crackers, everyone sits on the floor in a circle. Then you cross your arms and pull the crackers. They make a pop or crack! Then, we all put on our paper crowns and one at a time read the joke and share the toy that is inside. It is a fun activity and one that the whole family enjoys! Roxanne Delaney
Down here for Christmas, well I should say down here on Christmas day, there are a few of us from North Dakota, not all from Bismarck. But in the morning of x-mas we head up to the mountains about 70 miles north of Phoenix and fill about 3 or 4 pickups full of snow and we bring them back to Phoenix and whoevers house we decide to have Christmas at we dump all of the snow on the front yard so the kids can play in the snow for the day. Or until it melts but we take the bigger kids with us to shovel it in the back and us older ones mostly supervise (lol). And it seems that there is always a pickup without a topper so we build a snowman with stick arms and coal for eyes and a carrot for the nose and drive back to phoenix and have to stop every 5 miles or so and rebuild a bit as we get closer we stop more often, (lol) so that's kinda why we take pickups with toppers. You stop the melting so fast. But we have been doing this for years and really look forward to that every year, so we get our share of snow unless we go on a ski trip. Dennis Hopfauf
As all of you know, we go home every year, so we have yet to celebrate Christmas in our home on December 25th. Kevin and I decided a very long time ago that we needed to create our own traditions in WI. So the Sat. before we head home to ND is our family Christmas. We make no plans that day, Santa comes on Friday night, we make all the wonderful fixins and open our gifts to one another on that very special day. The rest of the day is all about doing puzzles, playing games, and just doing the family thing. At this point it is the next best thing to being here on Christmas day. Weve also been pretty lucky up to this point, on many occasions we have even been able to celebrate with real snow, just like at home! Lauri (Reed) Eckmann
LIFE UPDATES and MORE
Hi Lauri, Kevin & Todd J:
Thank you for creating and maintaining the `81 BHS newsletter. I love seeing all the names on your e-mail list. I knew many of our class throughout my life and have fond memories of those people. I have enjoyed the monthly news (when it's good) and keeping up to date on our classmates. I had a good time at BHS. I especially remember a great bunch of guys with whom I played football; like Todd, Mike. Miles(Pork), Wally & Blaine and the great graduation Party down at the Sand bar/River.
After our graduation party I headed off to boot camp for the North Dakota National Guard with another bunch of great guys there, too. Like George, Chris, & Craig; we had a good time shooting our M-16, M-50 machine guns, throwing grenades and testing the tilt limits on all the US Army vehicles and Drill Sergeants -- not to mention we did about 100,000 push-ups.
Presently, I stay super busy with my Law Practice and Real Estate Title Company here in West Chester, Ohio, which is 15 minutes north of Cincinnati. (right off I-75 in case any one is heading to Florida: stop and look me up)
For fun and fitness, I race Motorcross on a KX-250 at the amateur level and play Hockey regularly on a local men's league.
For Love, I am married to my wonderful wife Michelle and together we have two awesome boys, Chase Spencer Fernandez (4) and Blake Alexander Fernandez(2) attached are a couple recent photos of us together.
Have a great Holiday, keep up the good work and if there are any future class gatherings I'll try to get to town. I still have many relatives in Bismarck.
Best Wishes to all. Eric Fernandez
Take note everyone, his family pictures can be found on the ofoto.com
they were placed in the Holiday Wishes Album.
Nadine (Schaffer) Morelli has reenlisted in the USN Reserves as (PN3-Petty Officer 3rd class Personnelman). She is thrilled to be back in the military again and her first drill weekend was Nov 16.!! Her husband, Aaron is now in Lee County Animal Services, and still going into Firefighting. He is also considering entering into the Reserves. She also writes that she now has 7 children (animals) 3 dogs 4 cats and that "Family planning" prohibits having anymore.
What Other 1981 grads are up too
This story ran on November 22, 2002, in the Bismarck Tribune,
Ryan Jundt is a 1981 graduate from CHS.
DREAM COMES TRUE
Bismarck man records country album, "Dream of Dakota"
For a minute it sounded like Ryan Jundt had sniffed a little too much shoe polish.
The 39-year-old Bismarck man was talking about his debut album, a country music job called "Dream of Dakota, " when a bizarre statement escaped his lips. There are no sad stories. No boozin, swearin, dead dogs or unfaithful wives. Is this country music?
Many of the lyrics for the discs 10 tracks were first imagined at a show repair shop in Kirkwood Mall, where Jundt worked nights for 16 years. That led to a knee-jerk huffing indictment.
But under further review Jundts songs are pure country. They celebrate life instead of bemoaning its pitfalls.
The idea for the title tack came to Jundt late one night on his back porch, during a spectacular showing of the northern lights. He eventually composed the ode to life in North Dakota, where Jundt has spent all of his days.
He performed "Dream of Dakota" for former Gov. Ed Schafers inaugural celebration in 1993. Six thousand people stood up to applaud, which set in stone Jundts theory about songwriting: They would be based on family and where hes from-things that matter.
"Dads studio was right next to me room," Jundts daughter Courtney, 18 said. "I would put my ear to the wall at night and listen until I fell asleep. The songs were always about us, the family."
Thats what set Jundt apart and drew interest from Nashville, Tenn.
A group called Tommy York Band played a gig at the Burnt Creek Country Club, near the Jundt home north of Bismarck. They were shopping around at Capital RV, where Jundt is a salesman. He played them some stuff and they liked it. The bands bass player knew Nashville producer Razzie Bailey. He told Bailey he had to hear this guy from North Dakota.
"They said everybody down there is trying to sound like somebody," Jundt said. "They hadnt heard music like this for quite some time."
Bailey, who had written or performed 13 No. 1 songs and 35 in the top 10, invited Jundt to Nashville to record. Like one of those RVs climbing a steep hill, Jundt was floored.
"I was nervous that when I got down there, all these great musicians wouldnt like my music." Jundt said. "But on the first day, Razzie Bailey said Soldier of Life was the finest piece of writing that hed heard in 30 years."
Jundt wrote that song about his grandfather, Joseph Henry Jundt. Along with the CDs first track, "Cutest Little Girl," written about Courtney, "Soldier of Life" is the one that gets to people.
"Those are the ones that make most people cry," Jundts wife Karen, said. "Weve been listening to them all these years with just the guitar. The songs are truly beautiful with all the instrumentation."
Jundt also wrote songs about Karen and their son, Corey.
"My family is the reason I went down to Nashville," Jundt said. "They are why there is a Dream of Dakota."
Bailey is currently involved in the post-production on the disc. It will be released under the name Ryan James. James is Jundts middle name, and will work better in show business, he said.
The disc will be released by Wheatland Music Productions. It will be available at
Capital RV, Pure Country, and yet-to-be designed web site. For more information, call
A note from me: I thought that some of you many be very interested in owning a CD that highlights what many of us hold dear, family and our love of North Dakota! Though we love to make fun of ND each month, I know from talking to many of you, that no matter where you live, ND is still "home". I can also tell you that the CD cover shows some great scenes from ND! Though I am not a big country fan, Im adding this to my Christmas list!
GET WELL SOON
Welcome to the world little one
Our sincerest sympathies to Lori Ford Moore and her family. Her mother Elisabeth Ford passed in Muskogee, OK. on November 15th. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at First United Methodist Church, Bismarck.
Our sincerest sympathies to Michele (Gross) Ferguson, Michael Gross and their families. Their mother Ermina Gross passed away on November 19th in Bismarck.
Remember whenCompliments of Ray Horner
Remember when McDonalds (on Main) was your favorite place to go, but not to eat?!
New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and
We have a new e-mail and postal address for Mike Duffey and Todd Nelson.
If you would like any of the new info., contact me!
Does anyone know how to reach these people? We will take any information
you may know on any of them, siblings names, parents, old work places, etc.!
Dan and I would love to "refind" these people!
Beth (Nelson) Schumacher
Cynthia (Vollan) Nickel
Brenda (Remmick) Baumann
Sara (Jensen) Fritz-she is teaching in Detroit Lakes, can anyone help?
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan
Karen (Oswald) James-she is still is Bismarck, can someone help?
THE FOLLOWING ARE FROM OUR CLASS MISSING LIST:
Lorraine White Eagle
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! J I am trying very hard to keep everyone in the loop and my information up to date! Thanks very much! Lauri
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT, WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE US GO?
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 Lauri, we would love to hear from you! See you next month! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd keckmann@packersrock