The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

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Volume 49, January 2005

Hi everyone,

Wow! Our fifth year is beginning this month! Hard to believe. There have been many changes at this newsletter, but the one thing that remains the same is we are nothing without all of you! Your comments, contributions and feedback are all necessary as we continue on into the future. We hope to be here another year, but all of you are needed in order for that happen! So, step-up, share your stories and know that Dan, Wendy and I will continue to do our best to give you a newsletter which you can be proud of.

Thanks to everyone who shared this month, your support is always appreciated by everyone in your graduating class!

Lauri, Dan, and Wendy


"In-depth and Personal with…Kent Schock"

Name: Kent Schock
Career/occupation: Manager in Software Development for ADP
Home: Salt Lake City, Utah (before you ask, the answer is "No, I didn't convert to Mormon")
Family: I am a family of one (yes, the Army shamelessly stole that slogan from me...)
Spouses occupation: Not married
Greatest accomplishments: I don't know if most would call it an "accomplishment", but I consider by far that my most valuable accomplishment is having absolutely great friends and family members. Everything else fades to insignificance by comparison.
People whom you admire and why: My parents, just for being the great people that they are, and all of our armed forces serving in far flung corners of the earth -- they are away from their families, and put themselves in harm's way so that the rest of us can be here enjoying our freedom.
What do you have in your pockets: Wallet, keys, and a copy of all the launch codes for the United States nuclear missile arsenal. (ok, well, maybe that last one isn't true, but I needed to embellish --I tried putting down just "wallet and keys", but it was so boring I almost went narcoleptic typing it.)
Fantasy (or reality) job: Lead Strategist for the Republican National Committee
Latest book you've read: The Essential Tao
Favorite music/musicians: Evanescence, Sara McLachlan, Dido, Linkin Park, Train ("Drops of Jupiter" is exceptionally cool)
Recommended movies: Lost In Translation, Tomb Raider, True Lies, Enemy of the State, Clear and Present Danger
Where have you traveled? I've been fortunate enough to have traveled to almost every state in the USA, and just a tiny bit in Central America -- what an eye-opening experience.
Favorite cities are: Cozumel (beaches and unbelievably blue water), Las Vegas (not for the gambling, but for the fantastic and diverse array of sights and environments)
Favorite foods: As far as food goes, I'm pretty mainstream -- just make it Chinese or Mexican and I'm good to go.
Hobbies/second career: Music, Travel, Movies, Cars/Trucks/Bikes
Pet peeves: People who won't dare to step out of their own little world, refusing to envision ideologies and concepts external to their existing construct of reality. And, oh yeah, people who tailgate. Grrr...
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Growing up in a town where you locked your doors, but really didn't have to. Exploring down at the Desert. Being busted for "Curfew Violations"... (LOL, does that happen anywhere outside of North Dakota?)
Memories of BHS (good ones): Tours with the Concert Choir, and just the laid-back attitude of BHS circa 1981.
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Kent KamBeitz, Larry Kessler, Dean Wolf, Rolf Eggers, Penny Bergquist
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Concert Choir
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Mr. Rockne -- he had a real passion for his job, and it was contagious.
Favorite high school hang-outs: Main Street cruising (didn't *everybody* hang out there??)
Favorite Quote:
"There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go."

Here’s looking at you babe

Photos of Paula (Springan) Wager's children, a photo of Terri Benson and her fiancÚ' Kevin, Michele (Gross) Ferguson's children and my two daughters were added to our ofoto.com photo albums. They can be found in the "Classmates 2004" album.

If you have never checked out this site, I highly recommend it. You will see many familiar faces, some adorable children and basically some "snapshots" of your classmate's lives.


Laura McDaniel ran her first 26-mile marathon in October and did wonderful job!
Her amazing story ran in the Fall 2004 edition of the NDSU Magazine, below is a link that highlights her accomplishment! Go Laura!



Skier's Toast

(Not sure where my stepmother got this recipe, but it was easy and quite delicious reminded me of caramel rolls, thought you might enjoy it! Lauri)

Jelly Roll Pan
Loaf of Texas Toast, can also use thick cut cinnamon bread

Cook the following until melted and syrupy:
2 T. corn syrup
1/2 c. margarine or butter
1 c. Brown Sugar
Pour into a non-stick jelly roll pan. Lay slices of bread on top of syrup.

Beat the following:
5 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
Pour over bread, make sure all pieces are wet, may need to spoon over the corners.
Cover with waxed paper and foil, refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350-uncover and bake for 45 minutes.
Let rest 3 minutes, serve with syrup if desired, thou there is really no need it is delicious served plain.


Janell (Bahmiller) Haid is heading to Cancun Mexico this winter. She was wondering if anyone had any vacation tips to share. They plan on doing a 2-tank dive in Cancun and Cozumal, and then plan on visiting the Mayan Ruins. Any other ideas, places to eat and see?


Brian Geohring and his wife have made a move they have dreamed of doing for a long time! They decided to make a move from the Denver area to Mesquite, NV. They have found life to be calmer and the weather to be nice year round. Brian has also started a new profession. He is now working a security office for a casino in the area. Last but not least, they said to let everyone know the following…"if you are traveling through Las Vegas, look me up, we'll visit or go golfing. Have a nice Holiday Season." Brian



The following was received on December 21st from Michelle (LaBere) Geiermann. They sure could use some prayers and support during the difficult days to come.

"We will be taking our son Jacob who is 18 and a senior at CHS to Mayo on Jan 3. He will have testing on the 3rd and meet with a cardiologist and a cardiovascular surgeon on the 4th. Surgery is tentatively planned for the 5th. Jacob was diagnosed with a coarctation of the aorta and a bicuspid valve which isn't working properly.

Jacob joined the National Guard a year ago at age 17. He completed Basic Training this summer. He had been accepted at NDSU for a full ROTC scholarship. His dream has always been to be in the military as an officer. He had his roommate (another ROTC scholarship recipient) lined up and the only thing left was to pass his physical. We knew he had a murmur but had been told it was nothing to worry about. Thankfully these abnormalities were found now before his heart was enlarged. He has been having symptoms but during football season we assumed they were related to playing the game. We would appreciate prayers for Jacob and our family. Thank you and Merry Christmas! Michelle (LaBere) Geiermann"

Also, thoughts and prayers for Barb (Matejeck) Schmitcke and her
family as they help her mother deal with an illness.


Home Depot, Super Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Kohls, and Lowe's all are beginning to take shape in Bismarck. Some are still in the planning stages, but others are moving right along. Definitely some stores which will offer more shopping opportunities and could change the business landscape in Bismarck for years to come. It is also reported that Conlins will be opening a store at Gateway Mall in the old Herberger's location.

There are also a couple of new restaurants in town. The one on the south side is called DiDonna's and is located on Expressway. The other one is on the north side and it is called "Tropical Island", it is located in the north parking lot of which used to be the bowling alley on the north side of town. It is family friendly and is being run by a couple of the Becker brothers from St. Mary's. It's not bad, Debbie (Isaak) Dosch, Kristi (Learn) Backstrand and myself had lunch there while I was home for a very short holiday vacation.

As of December 23rd, Demons boys' basketball team was 2-1. Not sure how the hockey team is doing, hopefully we will have more on that next month. If you are interested, you can always check out the Bismarck Tribune's website. www.bismarcktribune.com



Our sympathies to Dan Raslzer and his family.
His sister, Jackie A. (Raszler) Buffum, passed away on Jan. 1, 2005. In Iowa.

Our sympathies to Lisa (Moser) Kienzle and her family also.
Her father Ervin Moser, passed away on January 5th in Bismarck.



Happy Birthday to the following people, Steve is turning 43 and all the rest are celebrating their 42nd 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!


Don and JoAnn Nelson – 20 years
Liz (Tippett) and Bob Ketchum - 21 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

Brian Geohring and Scott Carlson

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