The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 19, July 2002


Hi everyone,

My intro will be short this month, (no cheering) I broke the tip of my middle finger on my right hand (dropped a ten pound weight on it), so typing has become a challenge! I am back to that one finger stuff! 
This month our newsletter includes an interview with Jay Yeager, his dry humor is very evident, a little ND humor, news from home and lots of other neat news! 
A big thank you to Nadine (Schaffer) Morelli and all our other contributors for participating last month. It is wonderful to have so much participation each and every month!!
Next month watch for Sheri Halbakken, same gal you all remember!! We also should have big news from Scott Carlson, Kenny and Dave Horner, Ray Horner, and hopefully a couple of others! I have been following up on some "rumors", so hopefully they will all choose to fill in the blanks! :)
Have a super JULY and wave that flag proudly! Lauri


"In-depth and Personal with… Jay Yeager"

Name: Jay Yeager
Career/occupation: 18-Year employee with UPS. "What I thought was a career has turned into a job."
Home: Omaha, NE
Family: wife Lisa, still "practicing" on the rest
Spouse’s occupation: Paralegal
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? We were both helping out friends by going with them on a blind date. They never went out again, we got married.
Greatest accomplishments: Staying out of jail and with any luck, my Master of Arts in Leadership degree in December 2002.
People whom you admire and why: As in plural? My Mother because she has taught me who I am today. Lauri Reed, because she continues to relentlessly produce this newsletter on time. (thank you Jay, you are way to kind, and a thank you is hardly necessary-it is my pleasure!! L.)
What do you have in your pockets?
Nothing. I am lounging in an old pair of Judo pants.
Fantasy (or reality) job: Stuffed animal surgeon.
Latest book you've read: "Hell’s Angel", "The life and times of Sonny Barger" and "Oprah Winfrey Speaks"
Favorite music/musicians: Local favorite: Nina Storey, Sting, Dave Mathews Band, and many, many others.
Recommended movies: "Pay It Forward" and "Simon Birch" (A must see for anyone with a heart)
Favorite cities and why? Sturgis, SD in August…Kauai, Hawaii every other day of the year
Where have you traveled? Many of the islands in Hawaii and several of the states, still waiting to travel to Europe
Favorite place to vacation? I would have to say Hawaii
Any place you would recommend? Anywhere with family and friends
Favorite foods: Italian, although my wife is a vegetarian and is slowly convincing me of the merits.
Hobbies/second career: Working/decorating our home. Riding my motorcycle. Dabbling in film, I just completed a short film I wrote last year.
What, if any, community service organizations are you involved with? None at this time, however, I have been involved with United Way, Christmas in April and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Pet peeves: Waiting in line. Poor drivers. Inconsiderate people. Poor table manners.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Parties at the Desert and the honesty of the people
Memories of BHS (good ones): Sports and my high school sweethearts
Memories of BHS (worse ones): Not getting involved in more extra-curricular activities. I should have made more time for activities beyond sports. Huge mistake.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Track Coach Rudy Steidel because he stayed on my tail much of the time. Although Frank Anderson, a teacher from Wachter, ranks as my all time favorite.
Favorite high school hangouts: Dragging Main and hanging at the River
Additional note: I enjoyed the reunion but regret not visiting with more folks. Believe it or not I am actually a shy guy.


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 or in the case below, clean it up!!

Message for all Non-North Dakotans

Don't order filet mignon or pasta primavera at Kroll's Kitchen.
It's a diner. They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. Let them cook
something they know. If you upset the ladies in the kitchen they'll kick your butt.

Don't laugh at the names of our little towns (Minnewauken, Rolla, Gackle,
Osnabrock, Cando, Walhalla, Zap, etc.) or we will just HAVE to kick your butt.

Don't order a bottle or a can of soda here. Up here it's called Pop.
Accept it. Doing otherwise can lead to a butt kicking.

We know our heritage. Most of us are more literate than you. We are also better educated and generally a lot nicer. Don't refer to us as a bunch of hicks or we'll kick your butt.

We have plenty of business sense. You have to make a living up here. Naturally, we do sometimes have small lapses in judgment from time to time, but we are not dumb enough to let someone move to our state in order to run for the Senate. If someone tried to do
that, we would kick their butt.

Don't laugh at our giant fiberglass cows and our turtles made out of car parts. Anything that inspires tourists to buy 50,000 postcards can't be bad. When you're in Jamestown don't point at the genitalia on the giant buffalo or we'll kick your butt.

We are fully aware of how cold it gets here in the winter, so shut the &*#% up.
Just spend your money and get the heck out of here or we'll kick your butt.

Don't order the vegetarian special at the local diner. Everyone will instantly know that you're a tourist. Eat your steak well-done like God intended and have some potatoes with that, for heaven's sake! Also, don't ask what a hot dish is or we'll kick your butt.

Don't try to fake a NoDak accent. We don't have an accent. Do NOT mention the
movie "Fargo" as that will incite a riot and you will get your butt kicked.

Don't talk about how much better things are at home because we know better. Many of us
have visited big-city *%&-holes like Detroit, New York, and LA, and we have the
scars to prove it. If you don't like it here, Northwest Airlines is ready when you are.
Move your butt on home before it gets kicked.

Yes, we know that ice fishing is "not your thing." We don't care. If you don't understand the beauty of being out on a lake when it's 10 degrees then you should go home and try fishing in New York Harbor. Also, don't hog the heater in the fish house or we'll kick your butt.

Don't complain that North Dakota is flat and that there aren't enough trees. If you whine
about OUR scenic beauty we'll kick your butt all the way back to Cleveland.

Don't ridicule our mannerisms. We only speak when spoken to. We hold doors open for others. We offer our seats to old folks because such things are expected of civilized people. Behave yourselves around our sweet, little grey-haired grandmothers or they will kick some
manners into your butt just like they did ours.

So you think we're quaint or losers because most of us live on the prairie? That's because we have enough sense to not live in filthy, smelly, crime-infested cesspools like New York or LA. Make fun of our fresh air and we'll kick your butt.

Last, but not least, DO NOT DARE to come out here and tell us how the prairie should "go back to the buffalo." This will get your butt shot (right after it is kicked). Just mention this
once and you will go home in a pine box. Minus your butt.



Sarah Ludiwg, the daughter of Paula (Whitlock) and Albert Ludwig graduated from
Western High School in Las Vegas on June 11. She graduated with the awards of
Honors Graduate and the Presidents Educational Achievement Award. She has been accepted to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott Arizona where she plans on getting
her Aeronautical Science degree. Her aspiration is to do 4 years in the Air Force ROTC
which will allow her to go into the Air Force as a commissioned officer and pilot.

Paula added these comments: "Believe me she doesn't get that ambition from her mother...as a matter of fact, I have to be pretty wasted on Xanax just to get on a plane."



Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your permission.

-Eleanor Roosevelt-



Happy Birthday to the following people,
all of us are celebrating our 39th birthday this month, me included!

Dawn (Allmendinger) Nelson
Darrel A. Bosch
Barb (Morlock) Steinke
Dana (Stahlberg) Ward
Melody (Carlson) Karlberg
Linda Sprenger
Mark Brostrom
Lauri (Reed) Eckmann

We hope you have a wonderful day!



Missed these in June, sorry about that!
Tim and Laura Williams – 13 years in June
Kelly (Malard) and Jim Anderson – 18 years in June

Wanda (Ferderer) and Gaylen Dvorsak – 8 years
Sandy (Johnson) and Cleary Johs – 17 years
Todd and Tammie Zarfos – 18 years
Terri (Wilson) and Pete Hodgin – 19 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!



Or at least according to Todd Jueth and his perspective
on living in Bismarck, North Dakota!

Hey it's the fourth of July soon and now more than ever you have to step back and appreciate your freedom. We have taken it for granted all of our lives. Now since September 11th we understand that once again people want to challenge what we in the good ole U.S.A. stand for, and how we live our lives. So put a little more meaning into the 4th this year. Show your kids and family members what it means to be able to celebrate our freedom. And hope we never lose the right to do this. Fly those flags high and proud, if you don't have a flag GET ONE.

The Jueth family has been pretty proud this summer. My daughter Amanda competed in the Hershey track and field youth program. She has never competed in a track meet before. Amanda ran the 100 yard dash and 50 yard dash and qualified for the state finals in Devils Lake that were held June 15th. Well, she became the state champion. WAY TO GO AMANDA. She may have got her good looks from her mother, but she inherited the speed from her father. She may get a chance to compete in the world finals at Hershey Pennsylvania in mid August.

In Bismarck we are over run by moths, it seems these flying critters were migrating to Colorado but being it was still snowing in Montana and Colorado late into the spring they decided to stay here for awhile and pester us. But they say the moths will be moving out soon. Lucky us. Right now we are the moth capital of the world.

My kids have wanted a dog for so long but I have said no. Because you know how it goes they tell you daddy we will take care of it, walk it every day, play with it, and pick the doggy do dos up. Well, against my decision and with Moms help they went out and bought a dog - a Shitzu. Of course my kids did not do as they said and Oreo (that's the dogs name) became mans best friend. So guess who has to pick up the dog poop? NOBODY because what I have discovered is when I take Oreo out to poop she will do her thing and turn right around and eat it. NO MESS, NO FUSS. Talk about a great recycling dog. This was all fine and dandy in my mind until the day I fell asleep on the couch and Oreo came in from doing her thing and awoke me from a dead sleep by licking my face. YUCK. I guess we will have to break Oreo of this problem.

Have a great July, be safe, stay well, and remember to light the fuse and get away. Mom always said it's all fun and games until some body losses an eye. C-Ya.



Submitted by Myra (Kordonowy) LeCaptain

Our Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show will also be performing at the Minot State Fair...my crew will be up there for the whole run of the Fair, I will only be up their about the last 5 days. If anyone is going, please stop by and tell my guys that they graduated with me (make sure they say LeCaptain, they do not know my maiden name) They would be thrilled...and if they want to look us up on our web page: www.lumberjackent.com



Don Nelson is leaving California on July 1st and hopes to be in Delaware by July 10th. He is working very hard on getting his E-9 in the Air Force, and in order to hopefully achieve his goal he had to make the move across the country! We wish him safe travels and good luck on getting his next promotion! He promises to keep us posted!

Ray and Joyce Wangler
are planning a little vacation later this summer! They are off to Branson, MO and plan on making a stop at Daune and Joy Lynn Jahners in MN.
Sounds like fun for all of them!

Lauri (Reed) Eckmann
just recently completed a 25 hour training program for
Hospice. It was an extensive training, which covered all areas of helping families through
the grieving process and helps them understand how the services that Hospice
provides can benefit them during a very difficult time. Hopefully it will help her assist
families with whom she provides respite services.



Our sincerest congratulation to Laura McDaniel and Terry Steen.
They are getting married on July 19th in Fargo!!
An added bonus to their wedding is that it will be officiated by the Rev. Scott Carlson.
(I hope to have a picture for everyone in August! L.)



Shelly (Gable) Kostelecky sent us this message on 6/2/02.

"We are back from St. Paul and Tyler is doing excellent. We were only
gone for 4 days and he is almost back to his old self already---
Thanks everyone for all the prayers--they do alot more than medicine!!!!!!!"


Remember when…… compliments of Larry Kessler

Dateline: Fall 1980. Senior year. Todd Jueth, Pork Bosch, Bruce Sowka, Larry Kessler, Jay Yeager, Steve Flipson, Charlie Ellingson (others whose names elude me); practiced in secret with the Demonets to become the famed "Demonuts". We learned a routine to Willy Nelson's "Orange Blossom Rose." Much to the chagrin of Rudy Steidel, et. al., we marched out onto the football field during half-time and performed the big show. What a hoot. Lots of practice. Lots of fun. Lots of unhappy administration.

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

We have received a new e-mail address for Basil Hipple.

We also have new phone numbers for Bryon Weichel and Jim Joyce.

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!

Tim Mattis
Sara (Jensen) Fritz-she is teaching in Detroit Lakes
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan
Sandra Schumacher
Patricia Schreiner
Rita Ziegler
David Gelvin
Pearl Throndahl
Kathy Berg,
Karen (Oswald) James-she is still is Bismarck, can someone help?
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton,

If you guys are reading this could you please get in touch with me! Your addresses have changed, your phone 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


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