The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 26, February 2003


Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a great 2003! This month we have another great newsletter. It started out rather small, but as always you guys came through! Thanks to everyone who contributed, it is nice to know that I can count on all of you. As for the challenge I presented last month, you know about having everyone contribute at least one thing to the newsletter this year, well this month we have 14 classmates represented, some of who are contributing for the very first time! Thank you for taking me up on the challenge, I can’t wait to see who comes up to bat next month!

As all of you know, very shortly we may be a country at war. This not only affects our economy, our lifestyle and our people, but it directly affects three if not more of our classmates who are still serving in the military. We know that Earl Jensen has been deeply affected by Sept. 11, the mail from him has basically ceased, he is far to busy doing his job to e-mail any of us. We also just received notice that Don Nelson and Byron Weichel are both being deployed in the near future, to places unknown. Please remember to say a special prayer for all of those people who serve our country, not just our classmates but everyone, they do a selfless job and may give their lives for our freedom. Also, remember to include their families and friends, this is a very trying time for everyone, and they need as much support as possible.

Next month watch for another great interview. Basil Hipple choose to take our "interview challenge"! As a prelude I will tell you that he is living in Wyoming and works as a real Train Engineer, my daughter thinks that is a really cool job!

Have a great month everyone, we will see ya in March! Lauri, Wendy, Dan and Todd!


"In-depth and Personal with…Barbara (Matejcek) Schmitcke

Name: Barbara Schmitcke (Matejcek)
Career/occupation: Team Lead at Target
Home: Bismarck, N.D.
Family: Husband, Dale-BHS80, Son, Kevin 15 yrs, Daughter, Melissa 13 yrs old
Spouses occupation: Brick layer for Schmitcke Masonry
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? Village Inn Restaurant, Dale was a cook and I was a waitress.
Greatest accomplishments: My family and my career.
People whom you admire and why: My Dad, His philosophy is take one day at a time. His love and his patience.
What do you have in your pockets: $ 2.00 and lip balm
Fantasy (or reality) job: Getting paid to be a taxi service for kids and their friends.
Latest book you've read: Series of books on the child called "IT"
Favorite music/musicians: Country and R & B
Recommended movies: Shrek, Great adult humor
Favorite cities and why? Minneapolis, I love the metro area
Where have you traveled? Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Florida
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Orlando, Florida. Recommend Discovery Cove and swim with the Dolphins.
Favorite foods: Barbecued ribs from Space Aliens
Hobbies/second career: Photography
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Make a Wish
Pet peeves: People who spend more time complaining about a situation than fixing it.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Times spent with friends in High School
Memories of BHS (good ones): Sophomore homecoming float, demon-nuts
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Shari Janke, Fred Harvey, Dale Schmitcke, Kenyon Opp, Lauri Reed, Janene Dietz, Rick Marsh
Where you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Volleyball
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Mr. Angell, Great teacher and learned a lot. Mrs. Stack, Sweet person who earned my respect.
Favorite high school hang-outs: River fishing, A & B pizza


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!

Submitted by Basil Hipple

A North Dakota Mother's letter to her son:

"Dear Son:

Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive. I am writing this letter slowly because I know that you cannot read fast. You won't know the house when you get home..........we've moved!

About your father, he has a lovely job. He has 500 men under him. He is cutting grass at the cemetery.

There was a washing machine in the new house when we moved in, but it isn't working too good. Last week I put 14 shirts into it, pulled the chain and I haven't seen the shirts since.

Your sister had a baby this morning. I haven't found out whether it is a boy or a girl, so I don't know whether you are an Aunt or Uncle.

Your Uncle Dick drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in the Bismarck Brewery. Some of his work mates dived in to save him, but he fought them off bravely. We cremated his body, and it took three days to put out the fire.

Your father didn't have much to drink at Christmas. I put a bottle of castor oil in his quart of beer. It kept him going until New Year's Day.

I went to the doctor on Thursday and your father went with me. The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to open it for 10 minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.

It only rained twice last week. First for 3 days, and then for 4 days.

Monday it was so windy that one of our chickens laid the same egg four times.

We had a letter yesterday from the undertaker concerning your Grandfather's burial. He said if the last installment wasn't paid within 7 days, he's coming up.

Signed, Your Loving Mother

P.S. I was going to send you $10.00 but I had already sealed the envelope."


"Parenting Pearls or Perils?"

This came from Todd Jueth. I have to admit I had to do some serious work to clean it up, because it was "way" over the edge! But when I was reading it I was laughing something awful, so I decided it was worth the work to share it with all of you! Pretty funny! You will be amazed by the "truths" in this story! I hope it doesn’t lose anything in its new translated version! Enjoy!

New twist on "When I was your age..."
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning uphill both ways through year 'round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death! And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But....Now that I've reached the ripe old age of twenty-nine, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so darn easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a darn Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today don't know how good
you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet--we wanted to know
something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves! And there was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter--with a pen!--and then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

And there were no MP3s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ's usually talked over the beginning and screwed it all up!

You want to hear about hardship? You couldn't just download porn! You had to bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy of "Hustler" at the 7-11! It was either that or view the lingerie section of the J.C. Penney catalog! Those were your options!

We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was, it could be your boss, your mom, a collections agent, your
drug dealer, you didn't know!!! You just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

And we didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation videogames with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics sucked! Your guy was a little square! You had to use your imagination! And there were no
multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win, the game just kept getting harder and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! A tall guy sat in front of you, you were screwed! And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You
had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!

And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning... ...D'ya hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK, you’re spoiled!

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're so spoiled, I swear to God! You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1984!


I have to say that I love this section. We weren’t all that sure how it would fly, but it seems to be attracting a wide variety of recipes! Who knows maybe someday we will print our own recipe book! Great contributions everyone!

This month our recipe is compliments of Steve Kubasiak. As all of us may remember Steve is a fitness nut, so he sent us three recipes for use with a juice machine! They all look very good! Enjoy everyone!

Here’s looking at you babe

Yes, we have another new photo on the site! Don and JoAnn Nelson added a very nice photo of the two of them, he sure looks like his dad. How cool is that! Keep those photos coming, they are a wonderful addition to our newsletter and our web site!

As you will see when you enter the site that we have "albums" available, but if one doesn’t meet your criteria, make your own!! We do not care, we just love to see you participate!!!!



I shall not pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do
Or any kindness I can show to any human being,
Let me do it now…for I shall not pass this way again.

Etienne de Gre’llet



Happy 40th Birthday to the following people! Take note Curt, Mary and Greg
all share a birth date as do, Claire and Roxanne!

Todd McKinnon
Brenda (Buechler) LaFromboise
Pam (Eckroth) Schroeder
Curt Frieze
Mary (Kerzman) Rostad
Greg Johnson
Tammy (Lund) Reis
Kevin Nelson
Claire Gervias Blouin
Roxanne (Almer) Giles
Terri (Albrecht) Keller
Lisa Ilse
Dana (Scheck) Becker

We hope you have a wonderful day!



Shari (Janke) and Steve Schmit – 7 years
Chris (Doerr) and Brian Wood – 10 years
Cheryl (Weichel) and Jim Streifel – 12 years
Rhonda (Levin) and Medardo Mendieta – 15 years
David and Yvonne Becker – 16 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

Todd gives us his view, and he is …..


Compliments of Todd Jueth

Hello fellow classmates. It is February and, wow, I have just recovered from the holidays. Now you might think that this is a long recovery but, until you work in the retail business, you have no idea. And, of course, all the other things that go along with the season. From November to January 10th it is full speed ahead. Of course, any free time that I have in this span is spent sledding with the kids, (when there's snow) and, oh yes, a little ice fishing, and a family trip to the casino. We always feel lucky once a year but, as usual, I left my money at the tables and in the machines.

Hey, you have to know what February means. Yes it’s Valentines Day. It's the one time of the year FOR SURE to let that one person know that you love them or are very interested. Hey, if you don't have that one person in mind yet this year, you can always stop off at the local strip club and instead of giving a dollar in the ol g-string give a ten on this date, it will make her happy. I'm talking about the dancer, that is, though the wife might be mad about that stunt. (You should not be there if you are married - I just needed to clarify that)

Ok. I will eat crow - as Lauri put it. But, the Raiders were in the super bowl. Yah, we got pumped, but In Raider Nation we don’t forgive and we will never forget. I will get the ball rolling THE RAIDERS WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL IN 2004. That’s my story and I'm sticking to it. Dwight Weisz and family were at my house for the game we had a lot of fun. We need Dwight and Lisa to send a picture of their daughter Erica to the photo section she is a cutie. (There is a pictureof Erica with Skye Horner on ofoto.com, their picture can be found in the holidays album.)

Steve Kubisiak e-mailed me asking about elementary school closings in the Bismarck area and he wanted me to highlight on this. First of all thank you Steve for the nice comments about the newsletter. I'm glad you like my section even though I think I'm off the wall sometimes - but Lauri said I could be. This is a very heated subject in Bismarck about closing two elementary schools. What I'm going to do is my homework on this, so that I can give you all the facts and make sure I understand it all myself. Then I will give you an efficient report in the March newsletter.

It's been very cold here in the Northland - I mean 20 below zero but I love it. It has made the ice on the lakes 18 to 24 inches thick. Now that’s prime ice for ice fishing. And that is exactly what I have been up to. The bite has been either before sunrise or 4:30 until sunset, and we have been killing the walleyes on New Johns Lake, north of Wilton about 20 miles or so. You can catch your limit in about two hours, with the walleyes running from about 2 pounds up to 7 pounds. Hey, they are very nice fish. I have 4 holes in my icehouse and at one time all 4 bobbers were down the hole with fish and that’s no fish story either. You are missing out if you like to ice fish. 

My friend Kelly Birch has this really neat icehouse. It has 6 holes, 2 bunk beds, a stove for cooking or heating, color TV, and a fan in the ceiling, and electronic sensors on the wall by each ice hole where you put your line in. When a fish bites the line comes out of the contacts and the contacts touch together and a light beeps at the hole where the bite is. Just when I thought he had it all, in the morning when we woke up and nature was calling I thought I would have to take care of it out on the cold ice, Kelly said, "Oh no, go up in front of the house," for he even had a heated crapper. No way. Now that’s the only way to hit the cold outdoors!

Hey, it looks like we, as a country, are headed for some very trying times. It's weird; I see the National Guard bus headed to the airport full of Guard members heading out to serve our country. Some of my employees have children getting called up all over the United States. You can see the concern on their faces, and you hope for the best for their loved ones. We can only hope that this all gets resolved peacefully. But, if my President calls for war, I will not debate the fact and slam his decision. You can look at it anyway you want, this is the U.S.A. and it all started September 11th.   But, I can see how every one is losing that rally cry. I have flown the red white and blue in front of my house for 15 years. Each morning when I put the flag out I would see flags all over my neighborhood after September 11th, now each morning I see one - MINE.  They have all lost that spirit. The one that says we are Americans and we will stare fear in the face and we will prevail. It's the 20 years down the road that I think about. What world will my two daughters have to live in if we don't correct it now? IF OUR PRESIDENT SAYS IT IS SO, THEN WE WILL BE BEHIND HIM TO SHOW THAT WE BELIEVE IN AMERICA, THE LAND OF THE FREE. 

God Bless all our Military that are called on to protect our freedom.

One more item of note we all picked who we thought would win the Superbowl. Now, we have to send in who we think will be Nascar champion this year. Nascar is the biggest sport in the world. It's viewed by 55% women and 45% men. So, all you gals and guys out there get your picks into Lauri.

My pick is JEFF GORDON #24 Dupont Chevrolet - The rainbow Warriors.

Take care and be safe. Todd Jueth 


It’s A Guy Thing

Recently I was talking to Kelly (Weigel) Barak and she told me a neat story about her cousin Todd Livdahl and his fascination with a car. Well, I called Todd to get the scoop because I thought it was something you all might enjoy! So here’s Todd’s story!

Todd Livdahl purchased his first car in 1977 when he was 14 years old. It was a 1967 Pontiac Tempest Sprint, which he drove while he was a student at HJH and BHS. Some of you may remember it; it started out a cream color and ended up getting painted black in high school. Well, in 1983 Todd was forced to sell the car "under protest" when he got married. The marriage did not last, but Todd’s desire to have that car back did. In 1993 he started looking for the car but was unsuccessful, he couldn’t remember whom he had sold it to. In 2001 while Todd was enjoying a night at the Silver Dollar he ran into a buddy of his whom not only remembered the famed car but the guy who had bought it! Todd was thrilled! With a little research he found the car in a dairy barn in Ft. Ransom, ND. It looked exactly as it did when he sold it in 1983, with the exception of about a foot of dust, hay and junk, which was being stored on top of it. Todd did some fast-talking and convinced the guy to sell it back to him. He is now in the process of restoring his favorite car back to its 1977 life style. So if you see a cream colored Pontiac Tempest Sprint driving around Bismarck in the future, honk and wave, it’s Todd reliving his glory years! Todd also promises to drive it to the 25th reunion!


Byron Weichel recently sent us this message, "Not sure when but sometime real soon, I will be deploying to the sand box once again. This time I will be deploying with the 396th Combat Support Hospital out of Washington State along with my brother Richard. He is assigned as a full time Captain Active Guard Reserves (AGR) logistician for the unit. I will be working along side of him during this deployment. If we get linked up with a TSAT communication system (Military Ma Bell) I will try to send email from over there hopefully with pictures if I can find my program disk to take along with me so I can down load the picture to the system."

The following comes to us from Don Nelson, he is also about to be deployed!

Hello fellow classmates!

"Once again I am getting ready to deploy for another six months to the middle east. Can't say where I am going yet although it all looks the same to me once you are there. The last time I was in the middle east I was in Bahrain which is a small island in the gulf right next to Saudi Arabia. We spent six months building up the base to support an air refueling mission. The aircraft assigned to our base provided most of the fuel to aircraft flying over Afghanistan. This time we are doing another brand new base build up but I don't know yet what kind of mission we are supporting. Our team will be responsible for setting up all the tents, installing power, constructing bathroom facilities, recreation areas, offices and maintenance facilities to support a base of up to 1,300 people. Our main goal is the comfort, security and efficiency of the tent city for everyone to do their job at the new location. We have to do a lot of training to get ready but our troops are ready to go with no problems. I am stationed at Dover AFB now and my wife is still living in California. We will be apart for another year at least the way it looks. It tough to work out visits and schedule things to get done. Jo Ann is very independent now and can most of the stuff she needs without me so that is nice but it is still difficult to handle sometimes. I hope to be back there next spring one way or the other. I can stay in the Air Force and get back there I will do that or I will retire next spring and move back. I moved out of my apartment here at Dover because of the deployment and loaded up my truck, it will stay that way for the next six months until I get back and then I will find a new place to live. What a life, but duty calls and I have trained for over 20 years to do this kind of work. I hope everyone is doing well and I will keep you posted on what is going on. Take care."


Don Nelson

Stay safe guys, keep in touch and we wish you both well!

Curt and Denise (Rebel) Friez sent us this message in mid-Feb, they also are on the move! "I have just accepted a new position with the USFWS in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I will be promoted to the new complex hatchery manager for Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery and Hiawatha Forest National Fish Hatchery. The move is scheduled for March. I will keep you informed of any e-mail change. Sorry about the Packers maybe next year." For those of you who are unfamiliar with northern Michigan, Curt and Denise will be living just west of Sault Ste. Marie. Congratulations on the new job Curt, and welcome to the upper Midwest!!

Deanna (Geisinger) Dailey is the HELP-LINE Program Assistant for the Mental Health Association in North Dakota. Recently, there have been major personnel changes and she has been given more responsibility, such as grant writing. She still enjoys doing the rest of her other duties, like crisis calls, volunteer coordinator, etc. She thinks it would be great if some of her classmates would join her group of volunteers. (Her fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Breding, is one of them!) It's a statewide, 24-hour crisis intervention, information & referral line. Calls range from people needing to learn about services available to them all the way to callers who in the process of a suicide attempt. Training is provided, and you can do your volunteer work from your own home (cell phones or pagers are provided). If anyone is interested in volunteering to help answer HELP-LINE calls, they can contact Deanna via e-mail to learn more about it.ddailey@mhand.org



Our sincerest congratulations to Rob Fontenot! Ron was recently hired by the Morton
County Sheriffs Dep't. Another interesting aspect to this story is the fact that classmate George Piehl is his supervisor! Small world!


Barb (Morlock) Steinke is doing great!! She is still has a little soreness and discomfort, but it is so much better than a month ago. It's been 5 weeks now since her surgery and she had her post-op check-up in Rochester on Jan 20. The doctor was pleased with her progress and said that she was healing very nicely. She is thinking about returning to work either next week or the week after! Glad to hear all is well Barb!



Our sympathies to the family, friends and classmates of Larry Krytor, BHS 1980 and Nancy Nassif, BHS 80. Larry passed away in Bismarck in January and Nancy passed away in December.


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

We have a new e-mail addresses for Deanna (Geisinger) Dailey, Steve Kubisiak,
Brad Starck, Kathy (Nies) Tschosik, Kelly (Weigel) Barak, Jean Dunn-Gefroh,
Tim Jensen, Laura (Graham) Hiebert, Cynthia (Vollan) Nickel, Thane Grewatz and Tom Gerhardt.
If you would like any of the new info., contact me!


Personal notes:
Does anyone know how to reach these people? We will take any information that
you may know on any of them, sibling’s names, parents, old work places, etc.!
Dan and I would love to "refind" these people! Dan and I do realize that some people may not want to be found, though we would prefer they tell us that directly and it will be documented accordingly. Out of respect, we will not bother them again.

This list is those who are missing who graduated with us, or at least we think they all did:

Karen Anderson - phone is disconnected, ? address
Margret (Dockter) Chee- phone is disconnected, address is incorrect
Troy Bailey- phone is disconnected, ? address
Beth (Nelson) Schumacher- no phone number, ? address
James Barth- phone number is wrong in the reunion book, ? address
Paul Mundell- phone is disconnected, ? address
Anthony Roll-phone number is incomplete in the reunion book,
Robin Diede- no phone, ? address
Brenda (Remmick) Baumann- phone is disconnected, ? address
Tim Mattis- phone is disconnected, ? address
Sara (Jensen) Fritz-she is teaching in Detroit Lakes,
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan - phone is disconnected, ? address
Sandra Schumacher-no phone, ? address
Rita (Ziegler) Keller - phone is disconnected, ? address
David Gelvin - no clues
Kathy Berg –no clues
Karen (Oswald) James-she is still is Bismarck, phone is disconeected
Eileen Dosch - phone is disconnected, ? address
Wendy (Halpern) Tippett – in Dallas, no phone, no address
Penny (Slavik) Meier-phone is disconnected, ? address
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton - phone is disconnected, ? address
Kathy Wilson - no phone listed
Wade Marsh- no real clues
Laurie Paul-no phone number
Joyce Sperle- no phone number
Lori Wenger- no phone number
Timothy Steckler-no clues
Timothy Miller-we are working on this one
Carol Zentner-no clues

The following are students who went to school with us some time during our soph., junior, or senior year but did not graduate with us. We know virtually nothing of their whereabouts, nor anything about their families. We have received some tips, but they have not panned out. Any ideas anyone??

Andrew Prussing -no phone, ? address
Debbie Beston
Marco Brecada
Jeffrey Conner-last known ? address, Littleton, CO
Corrine Feist
Tana Gregor
Jerry Hulm
Charles 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