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 Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site.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

Volume 50, February 2005


Hi everyone,

Sorry we are late this month! Dano needed a vacation, so he took one. He just got back from a one-week cruise, lucky guy!

Special thanks to all our contributors this month; we couldn't do it without you. I'm always in need of news and interviews, feel free to help us out, we would love to have you!

Have a great month, see ya in March.

Lauri, Dan, and Wendy


"In-depth and Personal with…Liz Miller"

Name: Liz Miller
Career/occupation: Bookkeeper, Property Manager, Part Time Researcher
San Francisco, California
Family: Divorced, Single
Spouses occupation: Sponging off his mother, (no bitterness here).
Greatest accomplishments: Returning to school and graduating Phi Beta Kapa from Berkeley
People whom you admire and why: Oprah, rich but giving, Tony Bordain, blundt, honest, and talented, and Hunter S. Thompson, pure prose.
What do you have in your pockets:
Money, change, and a couple of receipts.
Fantasy (or reality) job:
To research in my field of Behavioral Neuroscience, Parkinson's Disease and Brain Stem Disorders.
Latest book you've read: Oracle Night by Paul Auster, Sean Penn's Biography, and a reread of D.H. Lawrence's The Lost Girl.
Favorite music/musicians: Robert Cray, Vivaldi, Evanescence, and Johnny Lang (early).
Recommended movies: "21 Grams", "American Beauty", "Pleasantville", "The Hours", and "Memento".
Favorite cities and why? London, so familiar but not, Paris, its Paris, New York, the greatest most vibrant city in the world, and San Francisco because it is always 58-68 degrees and is beautiful.
Where have you traveled? Europe and all through the United States and Mexico.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? New York City, there is no other city even if it is called one.
Favorite foods: Anything created by Thomas Keller; the French Laundry is the best in the world and well worth anything you have to do to go there. The food there made tears come to my eyes. Also try Gordon Ramsey's in London.
Hobbies/second career: Writing, Movies, Teaching.
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Young Democrats (I am a PROUD resident of a blue state.)
Pet peeves: Snapping Gum.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones):
Walking in the snow (only good in memories).
Memories of BHS (good ones): Singing in choir, Keg Parties.
Who were some of the people you hung out with?
Jaime Keller and Sherry Sabot (Where are You Both?)
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Choir, Band, Yearbook (briefly), Math Team, and Jazz Choir.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Dan Klein, he was just special, Gordon Knaak, so wonderful, and Rita Johnson, I learned so much.
Favorite high school hang-outs: Big Boy and Kirkwood Mall.



Kathy (Bailey) Erickson's sister was wondering if anyone has heard or seen any information about the 30th reunion for the class of 1975 at BHS. If anyone knows anything, please let me know and I will pass on the information accordingly! Thanks!


Scott Carlson and his wife Debbie have been transferred to a new church here in WI. They moved to Sun Prairie on Dec. 21. He is now the Senior Pastor at the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. Great job Scott!



Jacob Geiermann update:
The doctors at Mayo didn't feel the coarctation was severe enough to warrant surgery, at least at this time. He will always have high blood pressure because of the coarctation. Surgery wouldn't have changed that. He was started on blood pressure medication and instructed to follow a heart diet to manage his high cholesterol and triglycerides. He isn't suppose to lift over 50 pounds. The goal is to put off a valve replacement for as long as possible. Unfortunately his military career is over and that is probably the hardest part for him.
We appreciate all the prayers and well wishes! Michelle Geiermann


Randy Bailey has once again sent us one of his trip reports! I swear he has ridden bike in darn near every state it the nation! Maybe one of these days I will get motivated to take mine out for a long ride!

Business trips afford opportunities to see different terrain once the work is done. Southern CA is rich with wilderness areas and trails surprisingly near major metro areas. Here is a report from a Friday morning ride just a few hours before the trip home.

MTN: Holy Jim Trail: El Toro CA: 09/24/04
Ride Date: Fri 7:15 AM 09/24/04
Riders: Solo
Miles: 30
Time: 2:58

Overslept for an hour so my plan to summit on the Holy Jim trail was scuttled. Thought I would ride as far as possible with a fixed turn-around time. Pedaled to Trabuco Creek via the paved Trabuco Canyon Road. A rough gravel road then parallels the creek up into the canyon for 5 long miles. A couple cars crawled past at about 7mph. Ate an apple and some dust. Finally reached Holy Jim trail-head after 60 minutes (12.5 miles into the ride).

Trabuco Canyon is a box canyon. At the trailhead the canyon walls have closed in and it doesn't look like there could possibly be a way to climb out. Holy Jim trail skirts the creek through a heavily wooded area and crosses it a half dozen times. One crossing was rideable. Finally on the east side of the creek there is a fork in the trail. To the right along the creek is marked "The Falls". To the left (and up) is marked "To Main Divide".

Made a left and began to climb through a series of north-south switchbacks. Trail was narrow (2'-3') bench-cut with an easy grade but the switchbacks were very tight and you need to hop a little to make some turns. Came across a small downed brushy-tree so I did a little trail maintenance. Climbed for about 30 min and was soon high above the canyon. On the northern hairpins Saddleback looms several thousand feet above with lots of rugged detail. On the south turns you’re looking back down the canyon. It doesn't look like 5 miles at all. Started thinking about my chain and got uneasy. It's a remote setting.

I felt like I was getting close to the top of something, but at 9:15 I had to turn back or risk turning into a pumpkin. Picked my way back down the single track to the creek road. Made excellent time getting back out to the pavement as it was all slightly down hill. Scrammed back to the hotel by 10:20am, in the air by 1:45pm.



KFYR radio moves from original downtown location
After broadcasting from the corner of Broadway Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Bismarck since October 1925, radio station KFYR signed off at 9 a.m. Thursday January 20th to begin a new chapter in a new studio on east Rosser Avenue.
(What a shock. It has been there for forever. I guess all good things have to come to an end. Dan)

Historic headdress stolen from Sitting Bull Library
Fort Yates college officials are offering a $1,000 reward and immunity to whoever returns an "irreplaceable" eagle-feather headdress. The more than 100-year-old headdress was stolen from the Sitting Bull College Library between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. The library was closed and locked for the weekend, but the college was open Saturday for classes and a workshop, said Pam Ternes, special projects coordinator.
(I don't know which one of you took this but you really need to give it back! Dan)

As reported in the Bismarck Tribune January 26, 2005.

Morning tipoff
By the Tribune sports staff

10 years ago (1995): GRAND FORKS -- The University of Mary beat the University of North Dakota 33-10 in the first meeting of the wrestling teams. U-Mary came up with two pins, by Darin Synhorst and Mike Seeger, and one technical fall by Wayne Harvison. Dan Hughes, Marauder heavyweight, won by forfeit.

25 years ago (1980): Jay Yeager waited almost seven years for his chance. And when it came he didn't blow it. Yeager, wrestling his first varsity dual, came up with a 47-second pin in the 138-pound match to tally six of Bismarck's points in a 44-6 romp over Minot Ryan at Century High School. The victory boosted Bismarck's dual record to 4-0 for the year and ran the BHS
string of consecutive dual wins to 94. In the second match of the day, Ryan edged Century 24-19. Yeager, a junior, was in complete control as he stopped Ryan's Chuck Eggert.

Thoughts and Prayers

Michael Gross, Michele (Gross) Ferguson's twin brother was in a terrible accident on Jan. 6th in Mandan. Michael is now attempting to recover from some devastating injuries at St. A's hospital. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during the long days to come.

Please keep Debbie (Isaak) Dosch and Barb (Matejcek) Schmitcke in your thoughts and prayers this month. Both of them are dealing with health concerns for their parents, and they could use the extra support during these difficult days.


Just in case you weren't feeling old enough!
Compliments of Todd Jueth

1974: Long hair
2005: Longing for hair

1974: KEG
2005: EKG

1974: Acid rock
2005: Acid reflux

1974: Moving to California because it's cool
2005: Moving to California because it's warm

1974: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
2005: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

1974: Seeds and stems
2005: Roughage

1974: Hoping for a BMW
2005: Hoping for a BM

1974: The Grateful Dead
2005: Dr. Kevorkian

1974: Going to a new, hip joint
2005: Receiving a new hip joint

1974: Rolling Stones
2005: Kidney Stones

1974: Being called into the principal's office
2005: Calling the principal's office

1974: Screw the system
2005: Upgrade the system

1974: Disco
2005: Costco

1974: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
2005: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

1974: Passing the drivers' test
2005: Passing the vision test

1974: Whatever
2004: Depends



Happy 42nd Birthday to the following people!
Also, Curt, Mary and Greg all share a birthdate, 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
Mary (Kerzman) Rostad
Dana (Scheck) Becker

We hope you have a wonderful day!


Shari (Janke) and Steve Schmit – 9 years
Chris (Doerr) and Brian Wood – 12 years
Cheryl (Weichel) and Jim Streifel – 14 years
Rhonda (Levin) and Medardo Mendieta – 17 years
David and Yvonne Becker – 18 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses
Scott Carlson, Jody Malling, Mike Duffey, Lance Haag, Eric Ormseth, Tammy (Roehrich) Haid

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