The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

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Volume 37, January 2004


Hi everyone,

Welcome to the year 2004! We hope you all had a very enjoyable Holiday Season and are ready to get the next year started with a bang! How many resolutions did you make? How many have you already forgotten about? I hope you made many and have been able to keep at least one of them.

Well, this is the beginning of our fourth year at the newsletter! Four years, who would have guessed? Somehow it comes together each month, I beg, you guys send in great stuff! I guess that works. Who knows it’s only two more years until our 25th reunion, at this rate, we may still be here. That would be really cool! As long as you guys send stuff in, the four us promise to put it together for you each month! It truly is our pleasure and we all look forward to the fourth year of this newsletter.

One correction from last month, Ray Horner let me know that the front page is not being torn down completely, just gutted and redone. I guess it is some sort of historical landmark, well, it is for me at least! J Thanks Ray for the clarification.

This month our newsletter is sponsored by Basil Hipple, (thanks Basil), and includes an interview with Todd, finally! We all know a lot about him from his monthly column each month, but now you will find out the "rest of the story". (Thanks Paul Harvey, I love that line) And next month, his partner in crime, Dwight Weisz is our interview; those two will keep us laughing for many years to come.

Thanks to Todd, Dwight, Janell (Bahmiller) Haid, Shari (Buck) Prouix, and Danette Henrikson for stepping up to plate, their interviews will all run in the months to come. Doesn’t mean the rest of you are off the hook, of course, just means that you get some extra time to get yours done! We always need them, send them in !

Have great month everyone, thanks for three great years, we look forward to the next one! Lauri (WI), Dan (TX), Todd (ND) and Wendy (CA)


BHS "22 1/2" Class Reunion

What a nice evening! New friends were made, friendships were rekindled and much laughter was had by those who attended the BHS "22 1/2" reunion at the Bismarck Elks on December 26th. Those in attendance included: Barb (Matejcek) Schmitcke, Steve Kubisiak, Tammy (Schlinger) Siems, Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser, Lori (Schneider) and Scott Westbrook, Rob Fontenot, Mike Schiermeister, Dwight Weisz, Jean Walton, Terri Benson, Mike Duffey, Blaine Clausnitizer, Ray Horner, Terry Harris, Chris (Doerr) Wood, John Brintnell, Tim McCroy, Kaye (Biebelheimer) Knutson, Keith Remmick and many other BHS grads from other classes.


Harris Publishing is once again updated and printing an Alumni Book for BHS. They are looking for current information on all BHS graduates. If you did not receive a notice, please contact them at 1-800-805-8533. If you did receive the notice, please take a moment, call them, and update your information for the brand new book. If you are interested in ordering a book, you may do so, just call the 1-800 that is listed above.


"In-depth and Personal with…Todd Jueth"

Name: Todd Jueth
Career/occupation: 14 great years with Dan’s Supermarket. (Managed various areas of the supermarket business thru the years.)
Home: Bismarck, North Dakota.
Family: Wife Vicky, Daughters Amanda 11 Kelsey 10
Spouse’s occupation: Nurse-Med Center one
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet?
Left my cousins wedding went to the Broken Oar bar (not looking for love) ended up meeting my future wife.
Greatest accomplishments: Helping my wife raise our two beautiful daughters, providing a comfortable living for my family.
People whom you admire and why: My parents they were fair, stern, guiding, made sure that family meant what it says. The teachers for they put up with our crap but gave us room to grow.
What do you have in your pockets: Nothing, Have sweat pants on right now and they don’t have any pockets. But if I had some pockets the sky would be the limit.
Fantasy (or reality) job: Professional fisherman (Pay checks are not a guaranteed thing in this job though.)
Latest book you've read: One hundred and one winning lottery numbers.
Favorite music/musicians: Classic Rock, oh I still like listening to the old rock and roll, A.C./D.C. Van Halen, some of the new so called rock.
Recommended movies: Any western with Clint Eastwood in it. I reckon so. The Sackets another old western.
Favorite cities and why? Bismarck, North Dakota. Its home, safe, open, clean air, low crime, the kids can still learn at school, you can always travel to the bright lights, big cites, but it always has brought a smile to my face when I see Bismarck again.
Where have you traveled? All of the upper Midwest, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, Chicago, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Bahamas (Grand Island, Freeport, Nassau.) Been to outer space but I was a junior in high school back then standing at a desert party.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Anywhere you want to go as long as you have fun when you get there.
Favorite foods: Big ol 20oz Porterhouse steak, smothered in mushrooms and onions, baked potato and a cold Moose head beer. Scott Beierle is responsible for introducing us to Moose head beer.) They don’t just give that stuff away you know.
Hobbies/second career: Anything to do with the outdoors, Hunting, Fishing, second career would be Tornado Chaser, I’m serious that stuff would be a blast always had a fascination for severe weather.
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Not sure if this counts but every once and a while me and a couple of buddies go around to some bars to spend money to make sure they don’t go out of business. That’s community isn’t it ???
Pet peeves: I don’t have a lot of hang ups let people be what they are, If they are a liar then take note, a thief then be aware, if they would be there when you are in a tuff spot then probably would be the person to roll the dice with.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): They are all good. Grew up here, live here, and probably will die here.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Wow! Where does a person start so much happened in those three years. This would be a 50-page question. I’m going to plead the fifth and say they were all GREAT as for not to incriminate my fellow rowdies and me. I did get to stay in that white room called detention for three days for throwing a live chicken on the basketball court at the B.H.S. vs C.H.S. basketball game at the Civic Center. Homecoming floats if you were there you know what I’m talking about.
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Bosch brothers, Beierle, Sowka, Weisz, Schiermister, Harris, Yeager, Bauer, Clausznitzer, Duffy, Hanson, Some of the people that stood across the street from the High School. They were good people, you know just like you and I. Too many to mention.
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Football, Basketball, Track, general goofing off.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Oh ya, It’s Mr. E’s shop class he was a classic piece of work. Oh and yes we learned so much in shop class.
Favorite high school hang-outs: Any shop that Scott Beierle rented. He was always tearing apart some car or truck and rebuilding it for a car show. And all the big bashes he threw in-between all the rebuilding. They were classics you were probably at some of them!


Here’s looking at you babe!!
Tom Gerhart and his family recently took a trip to Poland, I have uploaded some of their photos to our ofoto.com site. They can be found under the album called "President Bush". The whole album highlights Tom’s travels while in Villinius. Below is Tom’s "trip report", it will give you an understanding of the pictures and their trip.

"Poland Trip Report. Driving in Poland reminded us of the game Need for Speed. It was very scary since this was no game. Warsaw was run down. Krakow was very nice. Polish people were generally very pleasant & well educated. Stopped at a police road block & harassed for 40 minutes. Our Diplomatic passports proved to be our ticket out of the mess. Took a call from police HQTS for the dim witted Police officer to realize we enjoyed full immunity in accord with Article 2 of the 1961 Vienna convention. Visited a 900yr old salt mine that was spectacular. Auschwitz Death Camp was horrific testimony to the Nazi death mentality. When walking through the Gas chambers, felt as though you could feel the spirits of the millions of Jewish men, women & children who suffered ghastly deaths when they were gassed with Zyklon B. The crematory ovens were built with unsettling German efficiency. Rails fed the bodies in & a ramp out the back for disposal of the ashes. Over 3 tons of left over human hair (all bodies were shaved & the hair processed into blankets & clothing), which was never processed due to the liberation of the camp was a chilling testimony to the mass executions. Unfortunately the salt mine pictures didn't turn out." Tom Gerhart

Not only has Tom Gerhart uploaded some new photos to the ofoto.com site, but so has Rob Fontenot, Sheri (Nordstrom) Driscoll, Debbie (Isaak) Dosch, Jane (Huckeby) Dacosta, Duane Jahner, Kristi (Backstand) Learn and Tammy (Schlinger) Siems. Their children's pictures can be found in our holiday album for this year. Thanks guys!


Thank you to Tammy (Schlinger) Siems, Kelly (Soby) Broeckel, Barb (Morlock) Steinke, Steve Kubisiak, and Sherri (Nordstrom) Driscoll, all of them were able to help out Paula (McGarvery) Buchman with her requests last month!!

Kelly and Barb also sent me their recipes for KNOEPHLE SOUP so I decided to just make it our recipe for the month. Maybe some of you can enjoy it also. It is definitely a touch of ND. Perfect on a cold winter day!

Steve Kubisiak also did a little research and came up with a great web site for us. It is the web site for "Germans from Russia" and it not only includes many great recipes, but some great links all which highlight that wonderful heritage that so many of us share.


Todd gives us his view, and he is …..


Compliments of Todd Jueth
Please note: Todd’s views are strictly his own. They are provided for our reading enjoyment and do not necessarily reflect the views of those associated with the Class of 81, it’s newsletter, or its website. Comments sent to me will be forwarded to Todd or you may e-mail him personally toddjueth@bis.midco.net Thanks, Lauri

Happy New Year to all! Hope you all had a great New Years Eve, or day, or what ever you do. The thing that I thought was amusing about the New Year in Bismarck was the fact that eight people got picked up for driving while intoxicated. Now you have to be just a total idiot to get a D.W.I. during this time. They promote that they will be out in force to look for drunks. And just about every establishment will give you a voucher for a free taxi ride whereever you want to go. Stupidity at its finest.

The weather in Bismarck has turned bitter cold; I mean cold 35 below zero wind chill effects with the highs for the day being 5 below zero. This is the time of year you don’t forget those cans of pop sitting on your front seat. Ever did that? My girls did. I picked them up from my parent’s house and they had brought a can of pop with them that I did not see. And it was left on the front seat of my car. Well low and behold it froze hard out that night and the pop exploded and sprayed all over my steering wheel and windshield. Now did you ever try to clean frozen sticky pop from your car especially when you are going some where and did not expect to have this inconvenience. Believe me, it sucked.

Hey, I heard the Bismarck X-mas party was a hit. I heard from a couple different people that they really had a great time. Now I know that I said that I was going to be in attendance but year-ending inventory got in my way. My staff is not that good yet to do this with out my participation, but they are learning. And we will have three more inventories to get better by the time next x-mas rolls around. So I made Lorie a promise that I would be in attendance next time. Hey, she came over to the store to visit me, I thought that was pretty cool to see her again, it’s been many years.

To nobody’s surprise the Bismarck Demons wrestling is kicking anybody’s ass that has the guts to wrestle them. I’m not sure why after all these years they just don’t just give the Demons the State Championship trophy and save the tax payers some money by eliminating travel expenses. But I guess everybody needs a good ass kickin’ now and then and the demons go out and deliver them to those in need every year.

2004 should be an exciting year, lots of issues at hand this year. We will elect a governor this year in North Dakota; of course it’s a presidential election year, who could forget the controversy from the last one. And in March North Dakota will start a lottery, that should be big for awhile. For all of you that have big dreams of winning the lottery It has been explained to me like this your chances of winning the lottery are the equivalent of pennies stacked straight up seven miles high and only one of those pennies is your chance, those boys and girls are not very good odds. But it could happen. Just keep it all in prospective don’t blow the families living expenses playing the lottery.

My article is going to be short this month for I’m running late on the deadline to get it in. I will be back in February for more exciting news for your enjoyment.

Take care be safe, Todd Jueth



The following was sent in by Corrine (McLean) Zerr
Kayleigh, our oldest daughter, has accepted an academic scholarship to Colorado State University-Pueblo. It includes tuition and fees for four years. We haven't even sent in any apps yet for further aid, that one was sent to her based on an interview she had with their financial aid person. We are so happy and proud as it is good to see that hard working people can get something. She has worked so hard all thru her high school years, nothing like me!!!!!!! (4.3 GPA!!!!!!!) A little maternal boasting. She is going into biology/anatomy, with the ultimate plan to go to med school."

Janell Haid has let us know that her daughter Kristi Haid will finish college at the end of this month. She will graduate from NDSU with a Master’s in Biotechnology, a minor in Chemistry and a minor in Bio chemistry! Janell is very proud!

Kevin Nelson was recently elected Vice President of the North Central Region of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is employed with Bartlett and West Engineers in Bismarck and is secretary-treasurer of the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers.

On the Move again…

Byron Weichel writes….."I guess I didn't get enough of Kuwait the first time, I am waiting on orders to send me back for the second time. They until the 20th of January to cut me orders or I will be demobing at that time, so much for my Christmas season."

Steve Kubisiak recently moved back to Bismarck from Ft. Collins, Colorado. He is currently teaching anatomy, phsychology and biology at the United Tribes.


Sheri (Nordstrom) Driscoll, who is a professor at NDSU,
has begun working towards her PHD in Gerontology.

Tammy (Schlinger) Siems has begun working towards her degree in accounting at BSC/DSU. Tammy's children have left the nest and Tammy has decided that it is now HER turn to advance herself in life!!


Prayers of Support
I would appreciate it if everyone could say a prayer for my mom. I found out on Dec. 17 that my mom had to have bypass surgery on Dec. 18. She had 4 bypasses. She came through it all and the doctor said she's doing fine. So, just an extra prayer that she doesn't have any complications from this would be appreciated! Thank you, Kelly (Malard) Anderson


Our sympathies to John Brintnell and his family.
John’s dad passed away on December 24th. in Bismarck.

John could sure use some extra prayers of support this month, he has had a very difficult holiday season. Some of you may have noticed that his mother passed away on Thanksgiving Eve, and now his father has passed away also. If you can, please give him a special thought.


If we celebrate the years behind us they become
stepping stones of strength and joy for the years ahead.


Happy Birthday to the following people! Steve is turning 42 all the rest are turning 41! Amazing, the 40’s are done, and 41 is looming on the horizon for all of us! Boy, time flies! Also, Scott and Randy share a birth date, as do 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 – 2 years
Don and JoAnn Nelson – 19 years
Liz (Tippett) and Bob Ketchum – 20 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

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

Dana (Scheck) Becker, Penny (Berquist) Barrick, Ray Horner,
Jim Larsen, Steve Larson, Kristi (Backstrand) Learn, and Maren (Swenson) Waxenberg.
If you would like any of the new info., contact me!

Personal notes:
UPDATE: Those are red have been located! To all of you who sent in correct information, made phone calls, checked alumni books, etc., THANK YOU!
Your help is greatly appreciated!

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
Tim Mattis-phone is disconnected
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
Janet (Cripe) Laudenslager-no phone number
Karla Gallagher-? address, no phone number
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, Todd and Wendy keckmann@packersrock