The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update


Volume 13, January 2002


Hi everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and your friends!

Our first anniversary, how cool is that! It has been a whole year since this newsletter published its very first volume! I wasn’t sure how it would fly, if we would ever get enough interviews to keep it going, would people care? But, boy did you guys surprise me! How awesome are all of you?? I have enough interviews banked to take us well into 2002!! Don’t think that means you are all off the hook, everyone can have a turn in this game! If you haven’t heard from me, prepare, I will be in touch; I have eight more years to go!

Dan and I would love to thank each of you personally for all of your support the past year, but that would be very hard! So we will generalize it! Doug (Arnts) Rian-he got the ball rolling! He was brave enough to be our "first" interview, he had no idea what to expect, but he was game! Thank you-we needed someone to be "first"! To all 23 of you who have volunteered for an interview in the past year, thank you! Your interviews have been thoughtful, funny, serious, and a part of each of you! Every time I read an interview I can remember something about who you are and why I was glad to know you in high school! Truly, without all of you, we are nothing!

To the 46 of you who have contributed to life happenings, baby news, and all other stories, thank you! Those little bits of information give our newsletter some substance! They are fun to read, and it makes us happy to know that you want to share a part of you with all of us! It is nice to know that you view your classmates as people who can laugh with you, support you in times of need, and share your happiness!

There are over dozens of you who have been added to our e-mail list, sent in e-mail and address changes, and basically just keep in touch with me on a regular basis! Thank you, you make my job so much easier and so much more pleasant! I love getting my mail everyday, I just never know who is going to send something useful or something just darn nice.

New for this year is a new "staff" member. Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel has volunteered to be my proofreader! The internet allows me the option to send her the newsletter about a week early, and she gets to look for all those typos’ I am famous for and all the other little mistakes I make at midnight the night this baby is due. She will hopefully bring a fresh set of eyes to the newsletter and help us clean it up a bit! Thank goodness for technology, where would we be without it?? We welcome her!

Also new this year is birthdays, anniversaries and we will also begin celebrating those significant moments in your child’s life, like graduation!

Dan, Wendy and I look very forward to the next year! We are always looking for new ideas, new stories, and for classmates! Any contribution you give us is always greatly appreciated! We can’t wait for this new year to get started! THANKS EVERYONE!

This month our newsletter includes and interview with Kyle Frieze, happy and healthy in sunny California! This month, I’m a little jealous, as I am writing this, it is quite cold here and threatening to snow!

Thank you to Lisa (Moser) Kienzle for her interview last month. Glad to know she is doing well!

Next month watch for Chuck Glaser-same person we knew in high school, low-key, quiet, little grayer-but I told him, he looks great gray!!!!

See ya next month! Lauri


"In-depth and Personal with …Kyle Frieze",

Name: Kyle Frieze
Assistant Chief Financial Officer – Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center
Woodland Hills, CA
Jeremy 9, Christian 4, Jessica 3
Greatest accomplishments: Passing the CPA Exam
People whom you admire and why: Anyone who has the courage to follow their heart to pursue their dreams.
What do you have in your pockets: Keys to my office and two quarters
Fantasy (or reality) job: CFO for a sports franchise
Latest book you've read: "Conversations with God – a uncommon dialogue", by Neale Donald Walsch
Recommended movies: "Sixth Sense"
Favorite cities and why? San Diego, great beaches and food, Las Vegas, never a dull moment
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend?
San Deigo or Las Vegas
Favorite foods: Mexican
Hobbies/second career: Have not had time for this yet, hopefully I can play golf again some day.
Pet peeves: People who honk their car horns
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): I remember the laid back attitude, the slower pace.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Sports and parties
Favorite high school hang-outs: Main St. just long enough to find a party.
I can be contacted at: 22101 Erwin St. P317, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 883-0350 home
e-mail address: kyle.frieze@tenethealth.com


 (The following was sent to me by Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser, I found them all to be true, quite humorous, and decided to share them with all of you. Some of them I can really relate to! I am sure you will read something that hits home! Enjoy, Lauri)

25 Reasons you are grown up

Your potted plants are alive. And you can't smoke a one of them.

Having sex in a twin-sized bed is absurd.

You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to sleep.

You hear your favorite song on an elevator.

You carry an umbrella. You watch the Weather Channel.

Your friends marry and divorce instead of hookup and breakup.

You go from 130 days of vacation time to 7.

Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as 'dressed up.'

You're the one calling the police because those
darn kids next door don't know how to turn down the stereo! !

Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.

You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's.

Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

You no longer take naps from noon to 6 p.m.

Dinner and a movie - The whole date instead of the beginning of one.

Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 a.m. would severely upset,
rather than settle, your stomach.

You go to the drugstore for Ibuprofen and antacids, not condoms and pregnancy test kits.

A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer 'pretty good stuff.'

You actually eat breakfast foods at breakfast time.

"I just can't drink the way I used to," replaces "I'm never going to drink that much again."

. Over 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

You don't drink at home to save money before going to a bar.

You read this entire list looking for one sign that doesn't apply to you!


(this was forwarded to me by Terri Benson, I thought it seemed very
appropriate this month, especially since we are going to start celebrating all those birthday’s!)

Inside every older person is a
younger person - wondering what the
hell happened
Cora Harvey Armstrong


Finally, those birthdays are starting to come in! With a little "subtle" pressure, some of you responded! Though I have yet to hear from many of you! I’m waiting!

Happy Birthday to the following people,
they are all celebrating their 39th birthday this month!

Stephen Gilbert
Basil Hipple
Fred Harvey
Marla (Backhaus) Anderson
Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich
Jon Kaseman
David Becker
Jennifer Haines
Todd Zarfos
Liz (Tippett) Ketchum

We hope you have a wonderful birthday!


Belated birthday wishes to all of the following!
They all turned 39 in December!

Interesting fact, both Paula and David share the same birth date,
as do Tim and Chris, what are the odds?

Linda (Demke) Dietrich
Paige Jones
Connie (Hoovestal) Beierle
Paula (Springan) Wager
David Spargo
Susan (Wheeler) Trim
Shannon Sailer
Kathy (Bailey) Erickson

Tim Williams
Christopher Horne
Terri Benson
Leroy Gross



These are also coming in, slowly, but we are finally starting to see results!
Feel free to send yours in anytime!

Liz (Tippett) and Bob Ketchum are celebrating their 18th anniversary this month!

Our sincerest congratulations to the two of them!


K. Ray Horner (BHS/CHS) and Sandy Gross (BHS) both live in Southern California and were talking about putting together a social opportunity for all of those living in the area. They would like to know if anyone else from the three schools is interested in getting together. Ray can be contacted at rhorner@dixiecrating.com for more information!



Penny (Berquist) Barrick
had wonderful news to share in both her personal life and in her professional life! First, she is now the Director of the Women’s and Children’s Homeless Shelter at the Salvation Army in Bismarck. Second, she got married on January 1, 2002 to Ric Barrick, the online sales manager for the Bismarck Tribune!

Our sincerest congratulations to Penny on her new job
and to Penny and Ric on their new marriage!


Jay Yeager has let us know that he is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Leadership at Bellevue University. If all goes well he will graduate in December 2002.

Bryon Weichel informed that us that he is now finished with his class in San Antonio. For the next 45 days or so he will be working and living in Minneapolis. Talk about a climate change!!


Welcome to the world little one

Stephen Gilbert and his wife welcomed, Cooper James Gilbert into the world on November 26th at 3:25 am. He weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20" tall. Stephen says he has a very good disposition, is an easy baby, and his older sister, Madison, adores him.

Our sincerest congratulations to all of them!



I was home for almost 10 days, and I can tell ya, it was quite uneventful! There are rumors that Sam’s Club is coming to Bismarck, that they might finally get a fourth anchor for Kirkwood Mall and that a Green Mill restaurant may be opening in Bismarck. We did have a great dinner at the newly reopened Peacock Alley dining room and I did some serious damage at Herberger’s, my favorite store.

I did get a chance to see Tammy (Schlinger) Seims, Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich, Debbie (Isaak) Dosch, Shari (Janke) and Steve Schmidt, Fred Harvey, Mark Roehrich, Ray Wangler, Randy Roessler, Barb (Matejeck) Schmitcke, Lisa (Walz) Condon, Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser, Mary Falhsing, Kristi (Backstrand) Learn, Beth (Wheeler) Greff, Dawn (Allmendinger) Nelson and Linda Sprenger. They are all well, Tammy S. had a great cruise in Dec., Deb and Kristi are both preparing for wonderful "sunny and warm" vacations this month, and everyone had a great holiday season! It was nice to have a low-key evening out after all the holiday hoopla!

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses
We have received new e-mail addresses for the following people: Todd Zarfos, Tom Moser, Cheryl (Weichel) Streifel, Jody Ismir, Dannette Henrickson, Ray Wangler, and Stephen Gilbert.

We also have new postal addresses on Kelly (Falconer) Johnson and Courtney Lind.

If you would like any of the new info., contact me!
(For privacy reasons, I will not post that type of info. on this web page.)
We now have e-mail addresses for over 200 classmates,
if you would like to find someone let me know!


Periodically I send out info. which is not included in this newsletter, like e-mail changes, address changes, etc. For privacy reasons we do not post that type of info. on the web page, unless someone includes it in their personal interview. We will try to update all of that info. via e-mail only. I would love to keep you informed also, but I need to know how to contact you!

Personal notes:
Does anyone know how to reach these people?
David Gelvin (NEW to the list), Pearl (Throndahl) Mohr, Marla (Backhaus) Anderson, Kathy Berg, Karen (Oswald) James, Roxanne (Almer) Giles, Mary (Sweeney) Crompton, and Jeff Aune, if you guys are reading this could you please get in touch with me! Your addresses have changed, your phones numbers are disconnected or your e-mail boxes are full, thus I can no longer contact you. I am trying very hard to keep everyone in the loop and my information up to date! Thanks very much! Lauri

Remember when……
you were a kid and Christmas seemed like it would never get here! Hard to believe how much faster the time goes as you get older! Seems like just yesterday that we were setting up that tree, opening those presents, and celebrating 2001! I hope you are all taking time to sit back and enjoy the moments, because once they are gone, they will never be that way again! If we have learned anything in the past 38-39 years, it is that you can not recapture time! Take those pictures, use that video camera that is in the closet collecting dust, and enjoy every moment of every day!! Have a great 2002 everyone!


I am having great fun doing this for all of you every month! I am more than welcome to your ideas! Feel free to let me 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 me, we would love to hear from you! See you next month! Lauri keckmann@packersrock.com