The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 quarterly update

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 Volume 69, January 2009

Hi everyone, wow, here we go into year number nine of publishing this little ole’ newsletter!  Who would have ever thought we would be doing this for nine years, not I, not Dan, not Wendy, obviously someone believes in us.  Thanks to all of you, we are still here and with a little luck we will still be here in 2010 when we start planning the 30th reunion! 

 We hope you had a great holidays season and that you are now ready for whatever 09 brings us!  I’m sure it will have its moments, but, we have each other, we can survive anything together!  Happy New Years everyone!


Lauri, Dan and Wendy


Happy BELATED Holidays Everyone

Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year, Mary (Kerzman) Rostad

The following is from Janell (Bahmiller) Haid

After serious and cautious consideration . . . Your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2009! 
My Wish for You in 2009 . . .
May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you    across the face.
May your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had, forget your home address!  In simple words . . .
May 2009 be the best year of your life!!!



Hi, Laurie.  Since you want community volunteer stories.  I have a little one I can tell.  I was on the Board for Rebuilding Together F/K/A Christmas in April.  There is a National Organization for this non-profit and we have a charter in ND.  This organization gets donations through contributors like United Way and other businesses in the community and some local banks.  We also do our own fund raising with a bowling fund day that has bowling teams of 4 pay a fee to bowl and then we obtain items for a silent auction.  All proceeds go to Rebuilding Together's budget.  Then when the Rebuilding Together day is set we use this money to help low income, elderly and disabled people to stay in their homes or help with upkeep or maintenance on the homes.  We have done things in the past like painting, cleaning yards through volunteers.  We have also help pay for homes that need new windows, siding or wheel chair ramps or other items to keep the home up to housing standards or safety for the occupant.  We do have a lot of local business and contractor that help put in time for the major projects that need a specialist in the field.  This is a great organization and we have helped disabled and elderly and low-income people who cannot do the work or the money means to get these items done. 

I say I was on the board because we can only serve a limited term because they are always looking for new Board members with new contacts and new ideas.  I have also gotten extremely busy with my daughter now joining the Horizon Adajio's (Formerly Hughes Jr. High) and my son is doing Curling.  I had also found out two weeks ago that I have Diabetes and need to concentrate on keeping that under control.  I have been able to do well with just medicine, diet and exercise.  This is just a little update for me since I have not been able to contribute much to the newsletter.  Thank you and take care all.    Dorothy (Reisenauer) Kosse

Since you're featuring community service in January, I thought I would let you know that Kidder County is having their first Relay For Life on June 6, 2009 in Steele, ND.  Relay For Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  Proceeds go towards research, Hope Lodges, and services for those facing a cancer diagnosis.  I have volunteered to be the accounting chairperson.  I know how devastating a cancer diagnosis is and I want to be able to make a difference for others in that situation.  I'm hoping that one day we can live in a world where no one has to hear the words, "I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but you have cancer."
  Barb (Morlock) Steinke

The following is from Sheri (Nordstrom) Stastny, received on Jan. 4th.  “I do manage Emily's hockey team (14 year old chicks with sticks).  We just kicked Bismarck's butt today.  Great game.  Both teams skated hard, score was 2 to 1.  Leon is an Optimist and I do lots of stuff with community nutrition such as radio call-in shows, nutrition print material, ad hoc lectures for various teams such as high school wrestling.”



Thanks for sharing!  The following is from Janell (Bahmiller) Haid


It's winter in North Dakota
 And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.  

Oh, how I love North Dakota

When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.  

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave North Dakota

I'm frozen to the ground!


For North Dakota residents or those who are grateful they no longer live there!  From Joe Dietrich


Floridians  turn on the heat.
People in ND plant their gardens,

Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Grand Forks sunbathe.

Italian and English cars won’t start.
People in ND drive with the windows down.

Distilled water freezes.
The water in Minot gets thicker.

Floridian don coats. Thermal underwear. Gloves and wool hats.
People in ND throw on a flannel shirt.

New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in ND have the last cookout before it gets cold.

People in Miami all die.
People in ND close the windows.

Californians fly to Mexico.
People in ND get out their winter coats.

Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in ND are selling cookies door to door.

Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in Williston let their dogs sleep indoors.

Santa Clause abandons the North Pole.
People in ND go ice fishing.

All-atomic motion stops—absolute zero on the Kelvin Scale.
People in ND are prone to ask..”Cold ‘nuff for ya?”

Hell freezes over.
ND public schools open but running two hours late.


Don’t forget to check out our Kodak site.  We have new holiday photos for 2008 along with some new photos from Tom Gerhart and his excellent adventures! 


This is a life update from Julie (Weinberger) Monzelowsky

This New Year our daughter Lauren is graduating in May from Mandan High School. She plans on going to College for Culinary Arts. Not to sure about sending her off to Valley City, for her first year....but what do you do...Our fourth child  (the baby) Colin, will be graduating in two years...Our second son Eric has finally decide what he wants to do after two years in college...wants to do criminal justice..And our oldest son Cory will be getting married in September to a wonderful girl. We won't be getting rid off him to far. We bought some land next to our place and it had a trailer house and a garage on it..we gutted it and now we are fixing it up. They asked if they could rent from us and the rest is history.  Man I as I write this I think off how fast life has past us by.  Hope all is well for you and your family.  So take care this New Year.


The following is from Victor Pfund
Hope all is well in the "Frozen Tundra". We have recovered for the most part from hurrricane in my neighborhood, but Galveston and the Coast are an ongoing project. I have some news, after several years with Nissan North America and Toyota North America, I have started my own consulting company, VP Training and Consulting, Inc. I do process improvement, recruiting, hiring and training for Automotive Dealers. For the most part I have been concentrating on Houston, San Antonio and the DFW area. It has been exciting, but since the hurricane three of my clients have closed their doors. Dealers that have been around for 40 years. Kind of scary.
One reason I am bringing this to your attention is I have capacity for more clients and I will travel!  Likewise, I am not limited to the auto industry. So if any of our wonderful folks from the Class of 81 have or know of a situation where they could use some consulting help, I will be there. My e-mail address will be 1VPConsulting@ATT.net


Lastly, my Drama Queen 7th Grader, received a first place trophy at a district Drama Tournament. There were 300 6th to 8th graders so it was a pretty big deal--so keep an eye out for Gabrielle Pfund, she may be a rising star!!! 



Prayers and positive thoughts are needed for the following -

Jim Larsen as he continues to recover from lung cancer and a brain tumor. 
Barb (Matecjek) Schmitke’s mom who is currently receiving chemo. for lung cancer.
Jane (Huckeby) Dacosta’s husband Russ and he continues the fight against cancer.