The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 25, January 2003

Hi everyone,

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO US!!! How cool is that? Just look what 250 people can do when they participate and set their minds to a project! We are on a roll and I love what the future holds for this newsletter! What a bonding experience for all of us! I bet in 1981 when we graduated no one would have guessed that we could be at this point 21 ˝ years later! I do know from talking to people, e-mails, etc. that many other classes are very envious of what we have created, they think we are darn lucky to have a format that allows us to share our successes, our sadness’ and our lives!

Also, last month’s newsletter was a roaring success! I have had lots of positive feedback, everyone who responded, loved it! It was so full of items from classmates that it couldn't be anything but a success! Thanks to all of you who contributed, you did a great job!!!

This month we have our interview with George Piehl and all kinds of other neat stuff. We also have an update on Barb (Morlock) Steinke, see the Get Well Soon segment. Next month watch for an interview with Barb (Matejcek) Schmitcke and a host of other fun stuff.

Okay, I have to tell you this story! All of you know that I am a big football fan, well I also live in a great football state! Here’s proof: In December we all went to the Nutcracker, which was being performed by the Milwaukee Ballet. Now, this is a big deal here, a very dressy affair, not exactly a football moment. But the night of the ballet was the Packer-49er game. And in order to be there you had to miss the fourth quarter, a game that went to the very last drive. Well, after they welcomed us to the theatre and announced which Corp would be performing, they, …..can you believe this, they announced who won the game, along with the score! The crowd broke into a roaring applause! We couldn’t have been prouder, Kevin was thrilled, he didn’t have to wait until we got home to hear who had won! Aw, what a commitment we have to the green and gold!!!

Have a great month everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Lauri, Dan, Todd and Wendy



Since the pre-season is about to begin I thought I would recap those football predictions we had in Oct. I made a football prediction that we would end the year 12-4, well guess what? We are 12-4! I have absolutely no idea how I did that, I know that I am not headed to Vegas any time soon, it was purely a lucky guess! As for the other football predictions we had, well, we may have to wait a while longer to see if they come true!

Previously posted in the October newsletter

Well, you already know mine, Packers 12-4! Luckily I’m honest, I should
have revised that to 9-7, we have been playing absolutely awful, but thank goodness we are very lucky!! Lauri

"….my football prediction is the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl champs winning over any N.F.C. team that has the guts to show up and play the silver and black! Todd Jueth
(still a very good possibility, though I would never tell Todd that! L.)

"Janet Reno and Al Gore will reveal that they have been in a long term relationship
and Will Farrell is in fact their love child." Victor Pfund
(a LONG shot at best! Don’t wager any cash on it! L.)

"Broncos already took out what was supposed to be the best the NFC had this year. They might as well take the Packers down too. Wouldn't be the first time!!!!" Toby Schatz
(since the Bronco’s are not in the play-off’s, this prediction is not happening!!
Sorry Toby! L.)


"In-depth and Personal with…George Piehl

Name: George Piehl
Career/occupation: Lt. Morton county Sheriffs Dep’t
Home: Hebron , ND
Family: Wife Peggy and two sons, Matt and Cody ages 17 and 5
Spouses occupation: Hospital Administrator and director of nursing, I have to keep her, she makes more money then I do.
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? Recovering from a semester test at a bar in Minot. I think I bought the first round.
Greatest accomplishments: Being a father and able to tell my children the same mundane wisdom my father said to me.
People whom you admire and, why? Anyone that has to work with the public on a day to day business, self-explanatory.
What do you have in your pockets: Gum, Handcuff key and Rolaids.
Fantasy (or reality) job: Teacher, Holidays and summers off.
Latest book you've read: "Undaunted Courage", a book on Lewis and Clark
Favorite music/musicians: Still have to include ACDC and STYX
Recommended movies: And We Were Soldiers, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan
Favorite cities and why? Minneapolis, Twins and Vikings, no comments from you packer fans. (yeah, yeah, somebody has to cheer for them! L.)
Where have you traveled? All across the United States and Canada and Mexico.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? My family loves the mountains. Cancun is nice.
Favorite foods: Brats and Beer
Hobbies/second career: Computers, Softball and Golf
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Lions and Boy Scouts and a volunteer fireman.
Pet peeves: Whiners
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Enjoyed hanging with friends on main and all the other good places.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Friends, Hockey and when someone put Limburger cheese in the furnace that was nasty.
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Most the Hockey team and anyone else that wanted some fun.
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Hockey
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Mike Schaff, let me sleep in class when we had early morning practice.
Favorite high school hang-outs: The old McDonalds, the Desert and Schaumberg arena.


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!

We have had something like this before, but this is a little bit different! Enjoy!
Submitted by Mary Fahlsing

Winter temperature scale across the country...

70 above Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.
Harleys start, but idle roughly. People in North Dakota go swimming in the Lakes.

60 above North Carolinians cancel outside sporting events.
People in North Dakota plant gardens.

50 above Californians shiver uncontrollably. Harleys have a hard time starting.
People in North Dakota sunbathe.

40 above Italian & English cars won't start. Harleys won't start
unless jumped. People in North Dakota drive with the windows down.

32 above Distilled water freezes. Harleys start leaking
more than just oil. Seniors citizens in North Dakota wear long sleeve shirts.

20 above Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and woolly hats. God has to be involved to get a Harley to start. People in North Dakota throw on a flannel shirt.

15 above Philadelphia landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in North Dakota have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0 People in Miami Flee to Cuba... North Dakota people wear hats when outside.

-20 below Californians fly away to Mexico. People in North Dakota get out their winter coats.

-40 below Hollywood disintegrates. The Girl Scouts in
North Dakota are selling cookies door to door.

-60 below Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic.
North Dakota Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes until it gets cold enough.

-80 below Mt. St. Helens freezes. People in North Dakota rent some videos.

-100 below Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
College students in North Dakota get frustrated because they can't thaw out the keg.

-297 below Microbial life no longer survives on dairy products.
Cows in North Dakota complain about farmers with cold hands.

-460 below ALL atomic motion stops
(absolute zero in the Kelvin scale). People in North Dakota start saying, "Cold 'nuff for ya?"

-500 below Hell freezes over.
Schools buses in North Dakota run one hour late.


"Parenting Pearls or Perils?"

JoLyn (Wilson) Palumbo submitted the following

"Under the heading of kids say the darndest things my oldest son Christopher (10) came home with a great one the other day. He had spent the night at a friend’s house and informed me they watched a pg-13 movie..Spiderman.. He further informed me that it is a pg-13 for language and violence however they watched it with adult supervision so it was OK. So now anytime -I- want to do something I shouldn't I guess I just need adult supervision.. It was too funny..."

This seemed rather appropriate this month, enjoy!

All I Need to Know About Life I learned from a Snowman.

It’s okay if you’re a little "bottom heavy".
Hold your ground even when the heat is on.
Wearing white is always appropriate.
Winter is the best of four seasons.
It takes a few "extra rolls" to, make a good mid-section.
The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.
We’re all made up of mostly water.
You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.
Accessorize. Accessorize. Accessorize.
Avoid yellow snow.
Don’t get too much sun.
Don’t put someone else’s corncob pipe in your mouth,
you never know where it’s been.|
It’s embarrassing when you look down and can’t see your feet.
It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.
Always put your best foot forward/
There’s no stopping you when you’re on a roll.



This month our recipe is compliments of Ray Horner. The name of this recipe is "Ray’s 2nd Favorite Breasts"; no, I did not make this up! It is a chicken dish that looks like you will need a serious work out afterwards, but yeah, it may be worth it! Actually Ray added this comment to the bottom of his recipe, "WARNING: This is not a diet dish!! Do not tell your personal trainer where you got it! Bon Appétit!!!" Remember all recipes can be found at the "Class Flavors" link! Enjoy everyone!


Here’s looking at you babe

Yes, we have more photos! Those who have checked out this site, have commented that they love it! Let’s keep adding to it! It’s a great place to showcase your family and what you are all about today!



When life gives you lemons, you can either make lemonade or stick them in your bra! Either way it can’t hurt and who knows it just might help!

---Paraphrased from a Hallmark Card.


Happy Birthday to the following people, Steve is turning 41 and all the rest are celebrating their 40th birthdays! Also, Scott and Randy were born on the same day, as were Basil and Blaine, Marla, Sheri, and Julie, and Tammy and Kaaren!

Steve Pflipsen
Stephen Gilbert
Scott Westbrook
Randy St.Germain
Basil Hipple
Blaine Clausnitzer
Kelly (Soby) Broeckel
Lyle Schadler
Fred Harvey
Marla (Helm) Stockert
Marla (Backhaus) Anderson
Sheri Halbakken
Julie (Rask) Fladeland
Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich
Kaaren (Chase) White
Jon Kaseman
David Becker
Jennifer Haines
Todd Zarfos
Liz (Tippett) Ketchum
Chris (Doerr) Wood

We hope you have a wonderful day!



Penny (Berquist) and Ric Barrick –1 year
Don and JoAnn Nelson – 18 years
Liz (Tippett) and Bob Ketchum - 19 years
Mary Ann (Glatt) and Bruce Zelmer – celebrated 20 years in December

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


A Little Birthday Humor…
compliments of George Carlin, Todd Jueth and Mark Peltz.

Something CLEAN from George Carlin!!!!!!

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!"
You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five!

That's the key. You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back.
You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're 'gonna be 16!
And then the greatest day of your life ... you become 21.
Even the words sound like a ceremony ... YOU BECOME 21 . YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? ! Makes you sound like bad milk. He TURNED, we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling.

What's wrong? What's changed? You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the breaks, it's all slipping away.

Before you know it, you REACH 50 ... and your dreams are gone.
But wait, you MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

My grandmother won't even buy green bananas! It's an investment, you know, and maybe a bad one!! And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I was JUST 92." Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.

"I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it (healthily) to 100 and a half.

* * * * * *

If this doesn't make you feel old, I don't know what will.

Here's this year's list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1983.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
The CD was introduced the year they were born.
They have always had an answering machine.
They have always had cable.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or
"de plane Boss, de plane".
They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J.R. even is.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
Do you feel old yet?
See what we have to look forward too! I hope we are all together in a retirement community!

Todd gives us his view, and he is …..


Compliments of Todd Jueth

Happy New Year.

I am really running short on time here to get my part of the newsletter done so this month I'm going to punt. I will let you all know right now - I told you so – yes, those Oakland Raiders are on their way to the Super Bowl. It will be our fourth super bowl ring and we are just trying to figure out how we would like our ring to be designed. You know Mr. Al Davis, who is owner and general partnering manager of the raiders, takes a lot of pride in the looks of our super bowl rings. He likes them so elegant that you would not have to remove them even in the presence of the pope.

If you have noticed, Green Bay Packers have a kick off time of 7 pm on January 4th for their playoff game with the Atlanta Falcons. Hey, it is going to be Damm cold and I don’t think Atlanta has a chance in hell of pulling off that upset but it will be the last game Green Bay wins this year.

Here in North Dakota, Ice Fishing is getting into high gear. I understand a 73-year old lady in South Dakota just set the new South Dakota state walleye record she landed a 16 lbs 3 oz from the Missouri River using a shad Rapula, casting from shore in the dark. Way to go. She has just become the envy of 1000 Walleye fisherman.

Well, like I said, I'm punting this month and I hope all of you can keep those New Years resolutions. At least try to do them for one month. And one of my New Years Wishes is to have a lot more people participating in the Newsletter. But, if not, hope all are enjoying.

Other Bismarck News and Highlights

Submitted by Ray Horner

The Holiday Inn is now the Radisson and the Radisson is now the Ramkota. As the Ramkota they are remodeling and are redoing the pool area and adding an indoor water slide. I witnessed the work-in-progress last week while attending the Chamber of Commerce mixer; it looks like it will be a fun place to stay with the family. Especially since it’s the only motel with poolside rooms (that I know of).

MILWAUKEE NEWS, well actually the Harley 100th Anniversary Update

The following websites will help all of you Harley enthusiasts get updated on the 100th Anniversary party which is being held right here in Milwaukee on August 25-September 1st 2003. I have a feeling that some of you plan on attending, and if you are, please let us know! There are 6 BHS grads who live here and we may just have to plan a little party for one of the weekend days during the anniversary celebration! It would give all of us an excuse to get together, BS, and revisit the old days!

http://www.harley-davidson.com/an/100/en/anniversary.asp?bmLocale=en_US (official Harley Anniversary website)

http://www.megahousing.com/100/campgrounds.html (Rider's Ranch campsite)

http://www.h-dmedia.com/100/kickoff/kickoff.asp (a review of upcoming events)



This appeared on Monday, Dec. 16th in the Bismarck Tribune. Dwight looks great in the Santa hat, and the motorcycle is pretty impressive also!

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 Santa on Wheels
Dwight Weisz was the spirit of the season while riding his vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle Friday afternoon through downtown Bismarck. Weisz, who is a member of ABATE of North Dakota, said the group will be sponsoring "Share a Tree" on Saturday at ABATE offices at 1001 South 22nd St. in Bismarck. He said the group has 100 Christmas trees and 70-plus families who will be picking them up. (Tom Stromme-Tribune)


Sara Otte Coleman to Guide State Tourism

This story was published in Bismarck Tribune on 12/24/02
Sara is a 1981 graduate of Century High School

Sara Otte Coleman, the marketing and administration director for the Bismarck Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau, was hired Monday as North Dakota's new tourism director.

Coleman starts the job Jan. 16. She succeeds Alan Stenehjam, who resigned last month. Stenehjem is now director of the state mental health association.

She said the success of North Dakota's tourism industry is important to the state's economic growth.

"I really think tourism is a big part of North Dakota's future," she said. "It really has the ability to positively affect every community across North Dakota."

Gov. John Hoeven, who announced Coleman's hiring on Monday said she brings "a broad perspective, a great track record and statewide support to the job of marketing North Dakota.

More than 50 people applied for the position. Coleman was one of the six finalists recommended by a screening committee that included tourism and marketing officials and Hoeven aides. The governor's chief of staff, William Goetz, was chairman of the group.

A native of Bismarck, the 39-year-old Coleman has worked for the Bismarck Mandan promotion agency for 15 years, starting as a sales representative in July 1987. She coordinates the bureau's marketing and sales efforts, and edits its newsletter.

During her tenure, she has helped attract number of major events and conventions to Bismarck, including a world championship-curling tournament last summer and two conventions of an Airstream owner's travel club. An Airstream is a luxury trailer.

"I'm a sales person at heart," she said. "I think I'm good at creating relationships, and working with all sorts of different people."

Cole Carley, the director of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the applicant's screening committee, said Coleman "possesses a wealth of knowledge about marketing in general, and marketing tourism in particular."

Coleman said she would bring a statewide perspective to the tourism job, and promote attractions in eastern North Dakota as well as the state's western half.

In seeking convention and tour business, "when you're out selling markets, you sell the broad circle, and then you move your way in," she said.

"A lot of times we have to sell mid-American first, and then North Dakota, and then hone on Bismarck-Mandan," she said. "In essence, even though I've worked for the Bismarck-Mandan CVB, I have been selling all of North Dakota for the past 15 years."

Coleman will be paid $62,500 annually. North Dakota's tourism division is part of the state Department of Commerce.

The following story appeared in the Bismarck Tribune on January 1st, 2003
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John Brintnell looks over a window diagram while preparing the 2003 date configuration the state Capital tower late Tuesday afternoon. (Tom Stromme-Tribune)


Just to let you all know, we all had a great time at the Bismarck Elks gathering which was held on Dec. 23rd! In attendance was, Tammy (Schlinger) Siems, Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich, Mary Falhsing, Randy Roesler, Ray Wangler, Shari (Janke) Schmit, Terri Benson, Kaye (Beibelheimer) Knudson, Terry Harris, Rod Wetsch, Blaine Clausnitzer, Mike Duffey, Dwight Weisz, Ray Horner and John Brintnell. It was very nice to just sit around, catch up on life, and hear all the wonderful "new" stories that we are all gathering as we move through life!


Jay Yeager has a lot to share this month! Not only did he just turn 40; he has also completed his Master’s Degree and accepted a new job in Sioux Falls SD. He sent me the following update on 12/31/02. "We are moving this weekend to Brandon, South Dakota (little burb of Sioux Falls). I have accepted a promotion that places me in charge of the UPS operations located in Vermillion, Brookings, and Huron. Best of all I am submitting my final thesis paper after this e-mail. This grand little paper will award me a Master's degree in Leadership, something I have given up the last year and a half + for."

Scott and Lori (Schneider) Westbrook have also made a big move. Scott accepted a new sales position in Bismarck and they are currently in the process of moving back to Bismarck.

So, on behalf of Todd, Wendy, Dan, myself and about 250 of your classmates. We all wish you both good luck with the new jobs, the moves and CONGRATULATIONS on the Master’s Degree Jay!


Submitted by Basil Hipple.

I was flying home from Vegas on Sat., Nov. 29th, and ran into Tim Jensen. He was on his way home after flying for four days. It was good to see him again.


Congratualtions to Terri Benson and Kevin Holmstrom! They are very happy to announce that they are officially "committed" to one another and plan on "living together forever"!!! Actaully, Kevin gave Terri a huge diamond ring for her 40th birthday, no, not an engagement ring, but a "commitment" ring! Terri promises to keep us informed of any future developments in this wonderful relationship!!!

For those of you from Wachter Junior High this is a little walk down memory lane. The above story could almost read like this:

T.B. was seen with K.H. at the Elks club on Saturday night. T.B. was wearing a monster diamond on her left hand. Could this be a "promise" ring? Hummm, what gives????



Get well wishes go out to Bruce Zelmer, the husband of Mary Ann (Glatt) Zelmer. He was involved in a car accident on December 6th and is now recovering from his injuries.

Also, get well wishes go out to Barb (Morlock) Steinke who is recovery from major surgery on Dec. 24th. Barb is now home and recovering quite nicely. The cancer had not spread so Barb will not require chemotherapy nor radiation, this is wonderful news. Barb also including the following thank you and some advice for all the women and spouses out there, "I want to thank everyone for their support. It means so much to know that so many people care. I also want to urge all the ladies out there to get their pap smears every year. I had no symptoms at all. This was found during my regular exam. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death." Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers, her recovery will be slow and as you can see, everyone’s support is greatly appreciated!!

We also wish Todd McKinnon a speedy recovery. Todd is at home recovering
from back surgery. He hopes to return to work by the 27th.

Remember when……compliments of Sherri (Nordstrom) Driscoll

….the drive-in movie theatre on the strip in Mandan, and sneaking people in trunks of cars...and perhaps NOT watching the movie. I can remember my tall, blond, date, who happens to be in our class. I wonder if he remembers???


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

We have a new e-mail address for Ellen (Miller) Jepsen, Randy Roesler, Dwight Weisz, Susan Sease, Jay Yeager and Jennifer (Haines) Skaar

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!

Beth (Nelson) Schumacher
James Barth
Paul Mundell
Anthony Roll
Robin Diede
Cynthia (Vollan) Nickel
Brenda (Remmick) Baumann
Tim Mattis
Sara (Jensen) Fritz-she is teaching in Detroit Lakes, can anyone help?
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan
Sandra Schumacher
Rita Ziegler Keller
David Gelvin
Pearl Throndahl
Kathy Berg
Karen (Oswald) James-she is still is Bismarck, can someone help?


Debbie Beston
Marco Brecada
Jeffrey Conner
Corrine Feist

Tana Gregor
Jerry Hulm

Charles Johnson
Pamela Krogen
Brenda Loveless

Carlos Machado
Kelly Meyers

Timothy Miller
Regina Muncy

Joe Poitra
Theresa Ralston
Susan Scott
Cheryl Sparks
Timothy Steckler
Dennis Thompson

Doug Thompson
Mark Werner
Lorraine White Eagle

Richard Wright
Carol Zentner

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



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