The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a positive, safe and supportive environment for all classmates in which we can share our personal lives. The staff reserves the right to publish only information that we feel is within the supportive spirit of this newsletter. Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site. That is not the avenue we want to take with this newsletter. The staff.


Volume 31, July 2003

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the summer! I know we are! It is only about three months here so you have to make the best of single every day, because before you know it, September will be here, school will start and the rainy season will be upon us. I hope you are making the best of every sunny day!

Thank you to our sponsors this month, Leroy and Brenda (Jundt) Gross! It is neat to see who the sponsor is each month, it is always surprise to see who is getting involved in the newsletter. This month we also have 16 classmates who contributed to either the newsletter or the ofoto.com site, I think that is terrific! If I added in all the birthdays and anniversaries we would have over 30 people contributing this month. What great opportunity we all have, all thanks to the Internet and each of you!

We have a great newsletter this month. I hope you enjoy it. It is chocked full of interesting stuff, all for your personal enjoyment of course. There are life highlights, Congratulations, 3 Who’s in the News stories, a funny interview, a great recipe, and Todd’s back. Thanks again to everyone who sent in news, shared their life, did our interview, etc. it is ALWAYS appreciated!

Have a great month, we will see ya in August!! Lauri, Dan, Todd and Wendy


"In-depth and Personal with…Blaine Clausnitzer"

Name: Blaine Clausnitzer
Career/occupation: Dentist
Home: Bismarck
Family: Denise and two kids: Lauren 7, Thomas 6. No pets but still being actively debated!
Spouse’s occupation: Nerve center of home and practice literally would be lost without her!
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet?
She used to date my brother! That same brother used to date my oldest brothers’ wife as well! Has he dated any of your wives?
Greatest accomplishments: Being a dad
People whom you admire and why: My dad, the things he did and said years ago didn’t make sense @ that time; but now I understand.
What do you have in your pockets: I’m wearing sweatpants with no pockets
Fantasy (or reality) job: Probably being a dive master in the Caribbean, sucking spit in trench mouths sometimes not that glamorous!
Latest book you've read: Bringing up Boys, Dr. James Dobson
Favorite music/musicians: everything from Led Zep to Newsboys minus the country
Recommended movies: Saving Private Ryan, the history of WW2 and what our country and soldiers went through amazes me!
Favorite cities and why? Chicago, downtown and the food; San Diego, the climate (Duff, you dog)
Where have you traveled? I have been to various places in the Caribbean, enjoy the climate laid backness and ease getting there.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Turneffe Caye off the coast of Belize, not much in nightlife but beautiful and great pristine diving!
Favorite foods: just discovered sushi, but still favor a great steak!
Hobbies/second career: water skiing, scuba, golf, snowboarding
Pet peeves: people forcing other people do things they don’t want to, i.e., filling out this questionnaire (Lauri!) -please, like I forced the issue, I just made a strong recommendation! Next time you see me you will just have to be more careful with your offers! Thanks Blaine! L.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): I’m still having them since I reside here
Memories of BHS (good ones):
being on the various teams and making lifelong friends with those teammates
Who were some of the people you hung out with? The football, hockey, track teams; and a few of the grapplers and roundballers!
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Mr. Forester, Klein; they made college easier
Favorite high school hangouts: Duffey and Yeagers’ basements!


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!

The following is compliments of Basil Hipple, it is similar to others we have shared, but they are all a little different, so I decided to share this one also.

Rules of the Midwest

A message from the rural Midwest: Because of misunderstandings that frequently develop when Easterners and Californians cross states such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota; those states' Tourism Councils have adopted a set of information guidelines. In an effort to help outsiders understand the Midwest, the following list will be handed to each driver entering the state:

  1. That farm boy standing next to the feed bin did more work before breakfast than you do all week at the gym.

    2. It's called a 'gravel road.' No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Navigator. I have a four wheel drive because I need it. Drive it or get it out of the way.

3. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it.

4. Any references to "corn fed" when talking about our women will get you whipped... by our women.

5. Go ahead and bring your $600 Orvis Fly Rod. Don't cry to us if a flathead catfish breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little trout you fish for...bait.

6. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it.! You might hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

8. That's right. Whiskey is only two bucks. We can buy a fifth for what you paid in the airport for one drink.

9. No, there's no "Vegetarian Special" on the menu. Order steak. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.

10. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.

11. So you have a sixty-thousand dollar car you drive on weekends. We're real impressed. We have quarter of a million dollar combines that we use two weeks a year.

12. Let's get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it's red. We may even stop when it's yellow.

13. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks--because they want to. So, you're a feminist. Isn't that cute.

14. Yeah, we eat catfish. Carp, too--and turtle. You really want sushi and caviar? It's available at the bait shop.

15. They are pigs. That's what they smell like. Get over it. Don't like it? Interstates 70, 80, & 90 go two ways--Interstates 29 &35 go the other two. Pick one and use it accordingly.

16. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday. You can get breakfast at the church.

17. So every person in every pickup waves. It's called being friendly. Understand the concept?

18. Yeah, we have golf courses. Don't hit in the water hazard. It spooks the fish.

19. That Highway Patrol Officer that just pulled you over for driving like an idiot...his name is "Sir"...no matter how old he is. Now, enjoy your visit.


Don’t forget to check out this months recipe, it was furnished by Dawn (Allemendinger) Nelson, it is called "Tequilaberry Salad" (The Nelson version :) It is salad that could definitely serve a crowd and may be wonderful for your Fourth of July picnic this year!

Here’s looking at you babe

Once again, we have new photos at our personal ofoto site! I will tell ya, one of them is a doosey, and it can be found in the new album called "Some of our Finest Moments". I think when you check out the photo, the title for the album will make perfectly good sense!  A big thank you to Chris Grondahl, his personal photo was our inspiration
for this new album on the site!

Kaye (Bibelheimer) Knutson and her husband Dave have some pictures uploaded into this new album also, they are showing us some great photos from a performance they did this summer at Buggies and Blues in Mandan! And don’t forget to check out the new photos in Eric Fernandez’s family album, they uploaded some new family pictures this past month.

This site is really beginning to be a hit and I know from comments that it is very well received by our classmates. What a great way to share our lives with each other! Thank you to all of you that have taken the time to upload photos and share a little piece of your lives with us!

Parenting Pearls or Perils

Compliments of Maren (Swenson) Waxenburg

The other day my daughter Kaia was pretending to be a butterfly and I asked her if she used to be a caterpillar and she replied in her three year old voice "Oh yes, but I goed through metamorphosis."


Friends are like wine…they get better with age.
-author unknown

Happy Birthday to all of you! David is turning 41, the rest are turning the big 40!

David Horner
Dawn (Allmendinger) Nelson
Dwight Weisz
Darrel A. Bosch
Barb (Morlock) Steinke
Dana (Stahlberg) Ward
Melody (Carlson) Karlberg
Linda Sprenger
Mark Brostrom
Blaine Clooten
Sue (Seitz) Ott
Lauri (Reed) Eckmann
DeAnn (Stack) Balanga

We hope you have a wonderful day!



22 years
Terri (Wilson) and Pete Hodgin

19 years
Todd and Tammie Zarfos

18 years
Sandy (Johnson) and Cleary Johs

17 years
Scott and Jean (Dunn) Gefroh

14 years
Tim and Laura Williams

9 years
Wanda (Ferderer) and Gaylen Dvorsak
Chris and Andrea Grondahl

5 years
Nadine (Schafer) and Aaron Morelli

1 year
Laura McDaniel and Terry Steen

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


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 at toddjueth@msn.com. Thanks, Lauri

Hey Todd, thanks for joining us this month! L.

A happy 4th of July to all July is the one month that I really dig there is lots going on. When you fly that flag over the Fourth take a moment to remember all the history that goes into that flag and respect it. Those colors never run.

Laurie lied to you last month I did not miss my column because my feet were in the air at my cabin fishing, well just a little. But I was really working hard, it rained darn near the whole month so on the days it didn't I had lots of things to do. I'm lucky if I get 64 hours of sleep in a month. You do the math on that one it’s not a lot per day.

A few past articles to report on the one about Richholt school closing well we had the election first part of June and the people spoke loudly "goodbye Richholt" school it will no longer be an elementary school. It is closed boarded up and now headed for Becep. Sorry to all that have memories there but change is good. Didn't you boss ever tell you that.

The Memorial Bridge yep that also met its match it is also going to the grave pile by the year 2006 there will be a brand new four lane bridge built beside it and the Memorial is going to be torn down. Liberty Memorial has looked down on the Missouri going on 81 years, outlasting its life expectancy by three decades. Wow that’s a long time it will be missed.

If you are going to be in our fine state July 18th thru the 26th it’s State Fair time. The Fair has a little something for all music lovers.

July 20th - Diamond Rio.
July 24th - Alan Jackson & Joey Nichols
July 25th - The motor city mad man Ted Nugent along with Alice Cooper, should be a good one.
July 26th - Neal McCoy

A short story on the Ted Nugent memory lane-1981 (are you reading this Scott). Well Scott Beierlie, Connie Hovestal, Mike Schiermeister, Sara Anderson and my self went to Canada in my Delta 88 to the Winnipeg Jam to see Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult, The Rockets, Heart, and E.L.O. great show, great party, great time. Well, on our way home Sunday morning it had rained all night Scott was driving the car and here comes a little old man walking down the street with his cane moving very slow on his way to church just as we drove by him we hit a huge puddle of water and soaked this man. AND I MEAN SOAKED HIM. This guy was pissed as I remember looking back thru the rear window he was shaking his cane at us. If he would have had a gun he would have shot all the rounds at us. I bet his underwear stuck to his butt the whole mass and longer. But yes, it truly was an accident.

Both of the Jueth girls are now in summer track I could always see that my one daughter Amanda was going to be fast but I never imagined my other daughter would be that fast too. Kelsey took first in the 100-yd dash, and the 50-yard dash, 2nd in the long jump. I'm all pumped up at the track meets and catch my self running the whole race up in the stands people look at me weird but that’s ok track was my thing in high school and I think I have two girls that are going to be faster than the wind. The prairie rose games return to Bismarck this July 10th, 11th, and 12th, it is the true test of competition for all age groups it will be a real test for their talent. If I have done one thing right in parenting to date it was to teach my girls win or lose you congratulate your opponents, and I seen that happen that made me feel great that they have respect and can walk away with a smile just knowing that no matter what happens they had the guts to compete.

I recently returned from the world of outlaws they come to Fargo every year for three days. I want to tell you if you love racing as much as I do it’s the fastest show on dirt. It’s a great facility down there a 1/2 mile high banked oval. I missed my high school reunion because of the outlaws, hey sorry about that. But you gotta understand my need for watching things go fast. Actually its my parents fault when I was a kid every Sunday in the summer we would go to church, out to eat, then to Minot for the sprint car races it is forever etched in my life thanks mom and dad for turning me on to this.

You know kind of relating to this. The one thing that is really missing in our fast paced lives is the time that we spend as a family. I don’t mean taking your kids to all their events, or planning certain events through the year as a family. Its as simple as saying one time a day you are going to sit down as a family and having breakfast, lunch or super together. It is truly the one time in the day that you all get to look each other in the face and communicate its very important to do. At our house we start with a prayer then as we eat each person says one good thing and or bad thing that happened in their day. And anything else that comes up, you will be amazed what your kids will tell you if you give them the time to tell you.

On the rant and rave side of me I have a real problem with P.E.T.A. It’s a group that oppose hunting, fishing, the slaughter of animals for eating such as cows, turkeys, coyote and fox hunting for furs. Hey I know with some of you I'm opening up a can of worms but if this group can go around and throw red ink on peoples furs, burn down peoples buildings for things they do that are within their constitutional right of the out doors. It is their right to protest for something that they believe in but when it harms personal people’s lives that is nothing more than terrorism. Hunting is a heritage of the United States it started a long time ago and I'm glad that North Dakota passed a bill that forever protects our right to hunt and fish. To back these groups makes you no better than Osoma Bin Ladin. To shop at any organized company that donates to these lunatics makes you part of terrorism. We have a game and fish department in each state to control wild animals they only issue some many hunting permits to control wild animal populations. If you just let deer breed with out no control they will all die of disease and to watch an animal die of disease is more gruesome than the harvesting of wild life under a controlled method.

Also, Gun control is as always a big issue. People like to push the fact that guns kill people. No, I'm sorry to say a gun never killed anybody people kill people. Its parents not paying any attention to what their kids are up to. When you don’t pay attention bad things are going to happen. Guns just don’t go out and shoot somebody. I had a course in college called social problems and Great Britain outlawed guns a long time ago in hope to lower the crime rate but in turn it only made the crime rate even higher because the bad guy knows people don’t have guns to protect themselves and rape, burglary, and strong arm robberies escalated. All it is people with a narrow mind not wanting to look at the real problems in our country. Before we donate one more red cent to another country we need to make sure that all Americans are living the dream that we promised them. When there is no more people living on the streets and have something to look forward too crime will lower it's self. Remember when you outlaw anything all you do is create a black market for that product and people will still get what they want.

Awhile back I asked if anybody was watching the great sport of Nascar racing and my prediction was Jeff Gordon was going to win his 5th championship. Are you paying attention? He has just slowly snuck into second place in the standings I'm telling ya this kid is going to win eight or more Nascar titles. He will surpass the great Richard Petty and late dale Earnhardt senior.

I just got my invitation in the mail for Dwight Weisz’s 40th birthday bash, yes, I will be attending it. Mr. Weisz has always been a good friend and a classic this is the first man to introduce lights to the dessert parties back in the good old days his dad owned a construction company and Dwight would bring construction lights and generators to his parties. I always remember it as the days you wouldn't have to wheel the girl you found at the party by the fire to see what she looked like before you took her home. You could see her as you were hitting on her. Way to go Dwight. July 5th is the date for a true classic person. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DWIGHT.

I was thinking a couple of months ago during graduation about the things we did and got away with. You see I'm in the retail side of the game and a lot of our cashiers are 16 to 21 and you over hear them talk about graduation and its seems kind of lame compared to what we did. I mean think about it we had a live band and I believe 65 yes I said 65 kegs of beer. All Johnny law did was drive by to make sure everything was cool. Really back in our day if you would have tried to break up one of those parties the people would have rioted. Just for the record it went down in the books that I was the one that stole Craig Huelskamps car, the one that everybody rode around on all over the roof of the car until we got bored with that then decided to roll it over, then we tried to rip anything off the car that we could by hand, and when we got bored with that we burned the damn thing. The true story is Glenn Bosch stole the car it was not I. So, Craig I'm innocent, just had a good time taking part in it.

That brings us to the end of my article for the month. Hey boys and girls it's July and that one day out of the year we celebrate our freedom as a nation. Some people despise what we do, some wish that they lived here to have it, we need to keep fighting the good fight to protect what we have never letting anybody try to take it away. Don’t let Hillary Clinton sell her sob story to you she is as big as criminal as bill was and is, she just hides it better preying on the public for pitty.

Have a great month stay safe and enjoy life for what it is.



Byron Weichel is surviving the heat wave in Kuwait. They hope to have all the equipment loaded very soon, and they should be returning to the US shortly.

Don Nelson is still in the Middle East somewhere. They have been bust building berms, fixing air conditioning units, and trying to stay cool. They have been working long hours, due to the fact that the heat is taking a toll on the equipment. The temperature has been hovering around 125, and is expected to get up to 130+ during the month of July. (Can you imagine?) If all goes well, he is hoping to return to the US sometime in early July, right before the heat wave begins! When he returns, he is planning some much needed R & R with his wife, they hope to go someplace tropical, a place that is much cooler than where he has been!
Have a great vacation Don and JoAnne, I think you deserve it! L.

On June 28th, I received notice that Don was headed home! JoAnne was going to meet his plane in Delware and stay for a week and a half! He can’t wait! He also thanks everyone for their support of him and his troops!


Paula McGarvey-Buchman has sent us an update on her daughter Racheal. She has let us know that her daughter survived basic training and graduated from AIT in Ft. Lee, VA. She is now an official member of the Army National Guard, and still plans on attending UND in the fall. Paula also shared with us that her husband, Bret, just retired from the Nat’l Guard after 20 years. "Like father, like daughter". Congratulations to both of them!

This update is from Nadine (Schafer) Morelli. "I have just returned from Meridian MS and graduated as a Personnelman Petty Officer 3rd Class in USN. This job enables me to manage personnel records of enlisted members and council them on career enhancement and development. I am also going to go back to active duty if available."
Congratulations Nadine!

The following was submitted by Deanna (Geisinger) Dailey

"I just recently got back from Cleveland, while there I attended the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems annual conference where I took the test to become a Certified Information & Referral Specialist (CIRS). I learned yesterday that I passed the test and can now use those initials behind my name. When my kids asked what that meant, I told them it means that I know all the answers and am qualified to give them! (Isn't that just called "parenting?") This certification will make it possible to keep moving up the ladder of success in the non-profit world, which means that I'll just be earning a salary closer to the top of the poverty level. But I really like what I do and as anyone in the social work field will tell you, you don't get into it with the intention of making lots of $$$.

After I spent a week in Cleveland for a work-related conference, I flew back to Bismarck only to hop back on an airplane with Tom the next day and fly to Newark, NJ, to attend a "Starz" concert! They were a not-so-well-known band from the 70's who had a few hits that I'm sure most of my classmates would recognize if they heard the music. They had three reunion concerts lined up, all on the East Coast. It was well worth the trip - great music, many memories! "

Congratulations Deanna! You are right, not much money, but very rewarding!

Recently a marriage license was issued to Van D. Bryson and Wanda K. Palenberg,
our congratulations on their very special day!


It REALLY is a Small World After All

Jolyne (Wilson) Palumbo recently attended a wedding in Rugby, ND. To her surprise Phil Leer was the officiating pastor! She said that it was neat to see him and that they had a great visit to ND. They also took time to visit the Peace Gardens. The gardens are exactly as she remembered them and the kids thought they were really neat! They even took the "official" photo, one foot in the US and one foot in Canada.



The following article ran online in the Bismarck Tribune on June 14th. It not only highlights a teacher that many of you remember quite fondly, but it also quotes Chris Grondahl.

A wildlife haven in the back yard
By RICHARD HINTON, Bismarck Tribune

For Chris and Dave Angell, being honored for their wildlife-friendly back yard is just another step in their on-going project of keeping open their lines of communing with wildlife.

Among their rewards? "We have a lot of species that people in town don't have an opportunity to see," said Dave Angell, a Bismarck-Mandan Bird Club member who teaches biology and ecology at Bismarck High School.

The Angells earned a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat certificate in April. The certificate recognizes them for landscaping their property to provide wildlife with food, water, shelter and habitat to raise their young.

"I see the designation as recognizing models of extremely well landscaped yards, where enhancing wildlife viewing is one of the premier objectives, and a lot of care is given to finding native plants and getting away from monocultural Kentucky bluegrass lawns," said Mark Gonzalez, who nominated the Angells and is the president of the Bismarck-Mandan Bird Club.

The view from their kitchen table sweeps across a wooden deck, a lawn laced with bird feeders, a birdbath surrounded by wildflowers, a small copse of oak trees, evergreens, red cedar, amur maple and two ponds with running water.

Past the Russian olive trees is where the expanse of native grasses, wildflowers and bluebird boxes starts. Marking the back end of their property is a shelterbelt, rows of red cedar, blue spruce or pine, Russian olive, green ash and chokecherry trees.

"It's neat to see someone like Dave put so much effort into his yard. It's so good for wildlife habitat," said Chris Grondahl, an outreach biologist with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. "It's a bummer to drive south of Bismarck and see all of this neatly cut grass. ... People must enjoy sitting on their lawnmowers on Saturdays, but there are other things that they could be doing."

A lone turkey was visible moving through the native grasses. Later a rooster pheasant approached. And songbirds flitted among trees and the hanging feeders.

"There's usually a pair of binoculars at the table," Dave Angell told a visitor last month.

The backyard guest list isn't limited to birds, however. Cottontail rabbits, ground squirrels and tree squirrels, white-tailed deer and foxes also visit. So do butterflies, frogs and toads.

"I have to find flowers that the rabbits don't like," said Chris Angell, who's the yard-work half of the team.

Usually absent from the back yard are hordes of mosquitoes. "The swallows keep them under control," Dave Angell said.

The labor of love has been a work in progress for the almost quarter century they've lived on their three acres south of Bismarck. Keeping up with the native species isn't that labor intensive now, Dave Angell said. "The native stuff requires no watering, it's drought resistant, and there's not a lot of work."

The hard work came when they began reintroducing those native grasses and wildflowers. "I spent hours and hours collecting native seeds," Dave Angell said. Locally collected seeds are acclimated to the area and are more likely to grow than bought seeds, he explained. His effort netted 8 pounds of native seeds that he left in the garage over one winter to germinate before putting out the next spring.

Then came several seasons of nurturing the native plants and fending off invasive species. The payoff is the visual feast when the colorful show starts in the summer. That's when goldenrod, Rocky Mountain bee plants, bergamot and wild onions, among other wildflowers, begin to bloom.

Dave Angell also devotes time to another hobby, bird photography. He has a frame for a photo blind set up between his yard and the native grasses.

He has counted 88 bird species that he has seen enjoying his backyard hospitality, although No. 88 was tricky to identify.

Visually, he narrowed the identification to three, a Tennessee warbler, a Philadelphia vireo or a Bell's vireo. The good news was that none of the three were on his backyard visitors' list. His just-processed slides confirmed he indeed could check off No. 88. The visitor was a Tennessee warbler.

Keeping birds around and occasionally attracting new species does require some effort. He goes through 2,000 pounds of seed annually. Among the offerings he puts out are whole, shelled and chipped sunflower seeds, peanuts, thistle, suet, cracked corn and whole corn. The seeds are distributed among hanging feeders, trays, shelves and ground feeders.

"I try to give the birds a number of ways to eat," Dave Angell said. "It's fun. I get to see some species that are quite rare."

Among his unlikely visitors have been golden-crowned sparrows whose usual turf is northern California and a female cardinal that took sanctuary in his yard for one winter, then left. "I hoped she would stay," he said.

"The in-town birders come out and add them to their lists," Chris Angell said.

"Every Christmas Bird Count, we make sure somebody scouts out Dave's yard," Gonzalez said. "We always find one or two species in Dave's yard that we don't find anywhere else." The count area covers a 7 1/2 mile radius from the state Capitol, or a little under 177 square miles.

Despite the comings and goings of mourning doves, goldfinches, grackles and others, plus the wild turkey and rooster pheasant, the Angells assured their late-morning visitor that wildlife activity was minimal at that time of day. Mornings and evenings are the busiest times.

"It's loud here," Chris Angell said. "You don't get to sleep in."

Ranch offers dose of history
By MARK HANSON, Bismarck Tribune

Mr. Kost is a former science teacher at WJH.
This story ran in the Bismarck Tribune on June 24th.

When you drive up to the Kost family ranch just outside of Washburn, you're not going to notice anything out of the ordinary. It looks like a typical North Dakota ranch with crops growing, cows grazing and a horse or two walking around.

It's the hidden beauty of an area about a mile from the ranch -- and about 200 feet down into a valley -- which the owners hope will be of interest to others. It's an area the Kosts call Flaming Arrow Ranch. It's an area, until this summer that was private. Only invited guests were welcome.

Dennis and Betty Kost took the big leap this year and opened the ranch as a business. There are tours, lodging, entertainment, meals, hunting and fishing packages, and made-to-order retreats.

The Kosts kicked off the new business last week with a family reunion that included an American Indian drum group. Dennis Kost said the family felt it was time to turn the ranch into a business.

Plenty of people have visited Flaming Arrow. As a science teacher at Wachter Middle School, Kost brought students to the ranch as part of an ecology club. Those trips started in the 1970s. Kost calls the area a hidden treasure.

Tours of the ranch include tepee rings, buffalo jumps, petroglyphs and rock effigies. Kost is a fifth-generation descendant of Germans from Russia who came to Dakota Territory around 1873, the same year Custer arrived. Kost's grandfather homesteaded the land where Flaming Arrow is located.

Kost grew up riding horses and working with cattle on the ranch. He continued that passion through his adult life while teaching and now that he's retired from that profession, he wants to expose that bit of history to others.

Visitors will drive to the Kost ranch, but only a limited number of vehicles make their way down the dirt trail to the canyon floor. Once there, you'll come across a tepee encampment, covered wagon, buggy and campfire pit. The Buffalo Jump Cabin is hidden in the trees nearby.

There are a number of packages from which to choose, but Kost said "people can call and we'll custom design a package to what they need and what they want to do."

To learn more about the ranch, call the Kosts at 527-3986 or e-mail them at info@flamingarrowtours.com.

Flaming Arrow isn't the state's only guest ranch. There are a number of them listed on the state Tourism Department's Web site, http://www.ndtourism.com.

"The interest is growing," said state Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman (CHS Class of 81). "Internationally there's a lot of interest in guest ranches."

North Dakota's version is much different than the popular dude ranches, which are more commercialized. The state also has a number of bed and breakfasts on ranches, which give visitors a taste of rural life. Coleman said her department is measuring guest ranch interest this year, which will give the agency better numbers for promoting the industry.


'It was in my blood'
By STEVE THOMAS, Bismarck Tribune

This story ran in the Bismarck Tribune on June 24th, it highlights former coach Feeney.

Bob Feeney had good reason to get out of coaching in his first season -- 1959.

Feeney, just a year out of high school, was coaching the Legion baseball team in his hometown of Crosby. One of his players was a 15-year-old named Dave Heide, later a standout fullback at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

"One game I was coaching third base and was waving him in to the plate," Feeney recalled. "I got too close to the base path and he ran right over me."

Rather than treating the collision with Heide as a bad omen, Feeney prevailed, going on to a head football-coaching career that produced a 234-110-1 record, 17 conference championships and two state titles in 36 seasons. He was inducted into the state high school coaches hall of fame before retiring as Bismarck High coach after the 1999 season.

It's a record that warranted that the North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association's special achievement award. Feeney was chosen for the award at the association's state meeting earlier this month.

Also honored with a special achievement award was former Hillsboro wrestling coach Ron Gadberry.

Feeney, 64, invested almost two-thirds of his life in a coaching career that included stops at Cando, Dickinson Trinity and Bismarck High. Along the way he coached his three sons -- Mark, Steve and Kevin. In retrospect, he says he'd probably do it all over again.

"I think so," he said. "It (coaching) was in my blood, I guess. I always loved athletics."

Even so, his high school football coach, Gerald Hamerlik, had to do some recruiting to get Feeney out for football as a sophomore. After high school, Feeney worked at the Red Owl store in Crosby for a year before Hamerlik intervened again. Hamerlik convinced Feeney to going to Wahpeton Science to play football.

"Wahpeton is about 500 miles from Crosby," Feeney noted.

Football at Science led to baseball and two more years of football at Dickinson State, where Feeney believed he was destined to be a basketball coach. "Father (Jerome) Kautzman hired me at St. Joe's in Dickinson. He was the one who got me into coaching," Feeney related. "... I coached seventh and eight grade basketball. I thought I wanted to be a basketball coach at the time."

But by the time Feeney graduated from Dickinson State in 1963, he had reconsidered his situation. "I was a much better football player than I was a basketball player," he said. "... That's when I ended up at Cando."

He was at Cando for eight seasons, running off a 30-game winning streak and winning four Lake-to-Border Conference championships with a 48-17-1 record.

In 1971 he moved to Dickinson Trinity, where he went 2-7, 8-2 and 7-2. His second Titans team reached the state Class A championship game, falling to Fargo Shanley.

When Bill Dubes resigned at Bismarck High, Feeney was hired for a coaching position he held for 25 seasons, posting a 169-82 record. His BHS teams were state champions in 1984 and 1985 and state runners-up in 1974 and 1997.

Since retiring, Feeney has remained actively interested in sports. He likes to attend track meets, basketball games and, especially, football games. Feeney's son, Steve, is the quarterbacks coach at BHS and Kevin is the head football coach at Fargo Shanley.

"I go to a lot of games. I go to Mary College games, Dickinson State games, NDSU games, Bismarck High games and Shanley games," Feeney said. "But one thing I haven't been able to do is go to a practice at Bismarck High. (BHS head coach Mark) Gibson always invites me, but I'd find that tough to do."

Gadberry registered more than 450 career dual wins in 38 seasons as a head wrestling coach -- the first 18 at Moorhead, Minn., and the final 20 at Hillsboro. The 66-year-old retired from coaching after the 2001-02 season.

Gadberry had four state champions at Moorhead and another four at Hillsboro -- Bryan Mueller (twice), Chris Mueller and Joel Vettel. He had many other state placers.

"I think I worked hard at coaching," Gadberry said. "My assistants were tremendous. And I loved coaching. That gave me the enthusiasm and desire to get people involved. We also had good athletes. I hope I instilled a love of the sport into the athletes."

Gadberry wasn't about individuals. He stressed the team concept when he took over a Hillsboro team that had won only two duals in 1981-82, the season before he arrived.

"The tank was kind of empty when I got here," Gadberry said. "And they weren't competing in many duals. My idea is that you build a program through duals. You can have a tournament championship team with five good kids. But to get fans involved and have a solid program, you need more kids involved. You do that with duals."

That emphasis paid off. Gadberry built a strong program at Hillsboro. The Burros won regional titles in five of his final six seasons with the team.

"Ron had the respect of the kids," said Mark McLean, a former Hillsboro state champion and Gadberry's assistant coach for 10 seasons. "They enjoyed some success under Ron, and things built from there. Ron had a way of bringing out the work ethic, the desire to succeed, in kids. Ron's saying before anybody went out to wrestle was 'believe in yourself.' And he didn't sugarcoat anything. He told kids what they needed to do to succeed."

Gadberry's push for team carried to the state level. He was one of the first to promote the idea of a state dual wrestling tournament, something North Dakota adopted in the 2000 state tournament.

"I like to think I had some input in that," Gadberry said. "I brought it up right away when I got to Hillsboro, but it got shot down. But a few years went by and a couple more coaches, more the power brokers in North Dakota wrestling, started leaning towards it, too. I think it brings some excitement to state."

Gadberry was selected to both the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He currently is a finalist for the national high school coach of the year award.



Our sincerest sympathies to Donald Rutshcke and his family. His father,
William Rutschke, passed away on June 1, in Bismarck.

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

Marlene (Vetter) Janzer
If you would like any of the new info., contact me!

Personal notes:

UPDATE: Those is 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
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan- ? address, phone is disconnected
Sandra Schumacher- ? address, no phone
Rita (Ziegler) Keller - ? address, phone is disconnected
David Gelvin
Eileen Dosch - ? address, phone is disconnected
Wendy (Halpern) Tippett
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
Daniel Froehlich-? address, no phone number listed
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


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