The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

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Volume 48, December 2004


Hi everyone,

Happy Holidays! Thank you to BlasÚ Johs who did our interview this month. It is short and sweet, but he always was a man of few words. Also, thank you to our sponsor this month and to ALL of you who took the time to say a few words, we greatly appreciate it!

December is a month of changes in our newsletter. Todd's column has ended and new things are being thought about for the future. If you have any ideas, let us know, they may be considered. We hope you continue to support us as we go through a time of transition. As they always say, change is good!!! Believe it!

Take care everyone, stay healthy and have a wonderful and blessed holiday season! Lauri, Dan, and Wendy


"In-depth and Personal with…BlasÚ Johs."

Name: Blase Johs
Career/occupation: U.S. Army/Legal Administrator
Home: Colorado Springs, Co
Family: Spouse: Silvia; Children: Adam(16), Franceska(13)
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? Military Service in Panama
Favorite music/musicians: Blues
Where have you traveled? Panama, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Walt Disney World in Florida

May Jesus be the reason you celebrate this season.
Have a blessed holiday!
Dan Raszler & BHSClassof81.com

Happy Holidays everyone!
May many happy memories be yours this holiday season!
Lauri (Reed) Eckmann and family


Here’s looking at you babe!!

Byron Weichel has sent us a new picture from Iraq. It a picture of Byron sitting in a Harden Armor Vehicle (HAV). He is now back in Iraq until about April at which time he will return back to Minneapolis. But, who knows it could change and he could be somewhere else in five months as everything changes daily. He also wishes everyone a happy holiday!



Our sincerest Congratulations to Mary Fahlsing and Craig Olsen.
They are being married on December 7th in Las Vegas!
Not only is Mary getting married, she is also enlarging her family by three more children!

Also, sincerest Congratulations to Linda Sprenger and Jeff Kurtz.
They are being married on December 18th in Lewisville, TX!



Boy, I thought this segment of our newsletter was done and over with a long time ago,
but no, here is another little demon to welcome into the world!

Jay and Lisa Yeager welcomed son, Jade Alexander into the world on November 12, at 4:52 am. He weighed 7 lbs. 8 ounces and was 20.7 inches long. They are both thrilled and everyone is doing great! (Note: do you love Jade's initials?)



This holiday recipe is compliments of Lisa (Moser) Kienzle. It looks easy and very good! ENJOY!

Onion Cheese Ball

3 8-oz cream cheese
9-12 green onions
3 Tbls Beau Monde
╝ tsp dry mustard

Mix together and shape into a ball. Roll into any type of chopped nuts and serve w/crackers. Excellent taste!! "Happy Holidays, Lisa"


This neat little recipe is compliments of Kathy (Bailey) Erickson. She suggests getting your children involved by having them unwrap the candies, keeps you from going insane!
"Happy Holidays to all who read our newsletter, Kathy"


1 waffle style mini pretzel
1 Rolo candy
Bake as many, or as few, as you'd like on a lined cookie sheet at 350 for
4 min. As soon as you take them out of the oven press one pecan half on
top of the Rolo. Cool completely on the cookie sheet.
Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


Connie (Wiedrich) Samuelson was interested in knowing if anyone has special family traditions they have started with their families or have carried over from their childhood. She mentioned that she started a tradition the year her mom died (1995) with a good friend of hers. They now get together one day in November and do all their Christmas baking. They manage to get all the goodies done for family and friends as well as have 8 hours of non-stop talking!

Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel comments that even after 15 years in California, it still seems odd not to have snow (or cold), especially through the holidays. There are couple local traditions they try to see in December. One is to go to the harbor for the Christmas Lights Boat Parade, and of course, a visit to Disneyland for their Christmas parade, the fireworks, and also "It’s a Small World" is completely redone for the holidays.



Janell (Bahmiller) Haid is heading to Cancun Mexico this winter. She was wondering if anyone had any vacation tips to share. They plan on doing a 2-tank dive in Cancun and Cozumal, and then plan on visiting the Mayan Ruins. Any other ideas, places to eat and see?


Tim Mattis
was wondering if anyone was going to be around for the holiday season? He wouldn't mind getting in touch with some of our classmates.

If anyone plans on being in Bismarck and will have time to for coffee, lunch, etc. please let me know and I will let the rest of the class know via a private e-mail mid-month. L.


Jim Larsen has let us know that he now has his certification for becoming a helicopter instructor. Anyone in the Phoenix area interested in learning to fly? Jim also let us know that he
will begin instructing at the same school he was taking lessons at. After he has gained 1,000 flying hours, he can then apply for an entry level "real helicopter job". He may be interested in doing something like flying for tours, flying out to oil platforms in the gulf or patrolling oil


Jolyn (Wilson) Palumbo sent us the following.
"We have been busy here. My oldest son Christopher (12) broke his arm (closed compound fracture) bike riding the last week of Oct. He was a real trooper about the whole thing and was doing a happy dance this week when it was removed after 4 weeks. I am so grateful for health insurance. He had a part in the 6th grade program just before the T-giving break. It's funny how some things never seem to change when it comes to school. Matthew (10) is happy with all his teachers. The kids change classrooms starting in 4th grade here. Our holiday weekend has been nice after almost 3 weeks of rain. We played football and rode bikes. Along with family time spent piggin' out"

Barb (Matejcek) Schmitcke's
son had a great year as a Demon football player!
Here is his moment in the sun!

"Here come my bragging rights--Kevin had a great football season. He made the all WDA team for Bismarck High and the All State Team, 2nd Team. Kevin was the starting tailback for the Demons. He had 219 carries for a total of 1465 yards, which equal 6.7 yards per carry. He had 22 touchdowns for the season. Being a BHS alumnus, there is something kind of neat about having one of your kids go through the system and have such a successful football season. Overall, the Demons were a great team. Kevin said that he could not have done it without his line and the defense got us the ball back. So, former Demons, you should be proud of the team!!!

Overall the Demons ended their season with 10 wins and one heartbreaking loss in overtime for the playoffs. I think I speak for all of this years Demon parents when I say we could not be prouder of the guys!!"


Once again, Randy Bailey has taken the time to share some highlights from one of his rides! Hopefully some of you will get motivated to share some stories from your extracurricular activities!

ROAD:Louden Speedway:Louden NH:06/10/04
Riders: Shawn, Steve F, Steve G, Jason, Arvid, Randy
Laps: 18, Miles: 27

Over the summer three of us from work entered our first "road bike" race. We entered as C-Class racers which means "novice". The A & B classes are much more fit and usually ride in teams (the D-Class is basically for kids). We were told by our veteran buddies that the "Cs" would do 12 laps. For some reason, on this particular week, the "Cs" did 18 laps. Just lucky I guess. Excerpts from our accounts follow below.

Road bike racing is a different kinda thing. This particular race was on the speedway circuit, which included a hilly curvy section, attached to the flatter oval. During the race you accumulate points by winning sprints on designated laps (flagged). During non-point laps you just try to stay with the peleton and recover. For those that don’t ride you should know about following in someone’s draft. Drafting uses about 30% less effort and is an important tactic. The A & B riders work in teams to sling-shot their best sprinter to the front at just the right time. Of course there are predators that pick out teams to chase and use for their own purposes.


...the pack is a little disconcerting, my wheel got bumped, some of the guys didn't hold the line very well and there was some scolding going-on, but the best part was the guy blowing snot into the peleton. I spent most of the race sitting-in the middle to outside occasionally moving to the front when the train slowed way down. Took me a couple laps to get pumped-up, but most of the race was pretty comfortable. Legs started getting a little soft in the climbs late in the race. It was interesting watching Arvid and Jason challenging the pack. As for myself I didn't try for any points.

Steve F...

...of my 3 objectives going in (not to crash, not to screw anyone else up, not to get dropped), I met two of three. Getting dropped hurts, but I gained a great education. Staying at the back at the start was detrimental to my health as the accordion effect of the pack kept me constantly trying to close the gap and battling the wind by myself to do it. It took a toll early and left me struggling for several laps trying to get back on, which never happened. In retrospect, I would have kept the early speed and moved further up in the pack instead of scrubbing off speed to maintain my safety spot near the rear.


...I was not expecting the race to be like a big slinky - slow down, speed up, slow down - and I couldn't figure it out. Then at one point I was at the tail end when the slinky sprang up and I got dropped. That sucks. I spent 3 laps working my butt off trying to get back on the pack and ended up burning out. At least I learned the lines a bit better by the end. I was going too low in the bowl between the hills, thinking the shorter route was best. But it caused me to have a harder climb on the second hill. I also think I was too timid in the pack and ended up on the outside a lot without a draft.


Our sympathies to Pam (Eckroth) Schroeder and her family.
Her mother Judy passed on 10/30/04 in Bismarck.

Our deepest sympathies to Julie (Weinberger) and Dale Monzelowsky.
Their nephew, Garrett Monzelowsky, passed away on November 22nd.


Happy birthday everyone! Scott Brandt is turning 43 everyone else is 42!

Scott Brandt
Linda (Demke) Dietrich
Todd Jueth
Carla (Schumacher) Kelsch
Heidi (Krenz) Pflipsen
Paige Jones
Connie (Hoovestal) Beierle
Paula (Springan) Wager
David Spargo
Susan (Wheeler) Trim
Shannon Sailer
Terri Benson
Lew Harter
Kathy (Bailey) Erickson
Laurie (Brady) Wolf
Tim Williams
Christopher Horne
Rhonda (Levin) Mendieta
Kay Scott
Jay Yeager
LeRoy Gross
Mary (Wolf) Dunn

We hope you have a wonderful day!


Maren (Swenson) and Michael Waxenberg - 8 years
Pamela (Erhardt) and Charles Doll – 17 years
Dave and Karen Horner – 16 years
Derrick and Tracy Lindemann – 17 years
Kevin and Mary Nelson -13 years
Mary Ann (Glatt) and Bruce Zelmer – 22 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you! 

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

Mary (Fahlsing) Olsen
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