The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 6, June 2001

The count down is on…

Well folks, we are about 35 days away! It is all fast approaching, and there isn’t much left to be done. Have you pressed your outfit, picked out your favorite dancing shoes, and started packing? I still need to decide my hair color, I just may let the gray strands rule!
We will see you in about four weeks!

Remember it is never too late to register or send in those bios…….
contact Terri at tbenson@btigate.com.

Hi everyone,

This month our newsletter is trying a new layout! Due to issues converting from word to html, we are going to go with a newsletter that is easier to cut and paste. We are also hoping this layout is a little bit more user friendly, as it reads as one continuos column, rather that having to go up and done on the page. It may be a little different that what we had before, not as "newsletter" like, but hopefully it will work better for all of us.

This month our newsletter includes interviews with our 20th class reunion co-chairs, Terri Benson and Kaye Bibelheimer-Knudson. I thought this was a great way to showcase them before the big event and also a great time to take a moment and thank them for coordinating our 20th class reunion! So, THANK YOU KAYE AND TERRI, we greatly appreciate everything you have done to make this upcoming event a great big success! I just want to say that it has been wonderful working with both of you and God willing I will be ready to work for you both again in 2010-2011! The next question though, is will you want me? 

This month’s newsletter also includes great information about all the cool things to do in Bismarck, (outside of the reunion), and a partial listing of the restaurant choices to be found in Bismarck! Hopefully you will all find something new to do while you are home!

One other thank you must go to all of you who have sent in interviews for the fall newsletter! What a incredible group of classmates we have! I could not be prouder to be from the class of 1981!!! Many of you have chosen to "step up to the plate" and your wonderful interviews will make for some great reading in the months to come!
Thank you so very, very much!

Next month, Dan and myself will be the "victims". I figured we couldn’t keep asking everyone else to share if we are not willing to share also!  See ya in July! Lauri


"In-depth and Personal with …Terri Benson"

Name: Terri Lyn Benson

Career/occupation: Local Sales Manager for FOX television

Home: Bismarck

Family: Tobi and Katie Rae, my two miniature schnauzers

Spouse’s occupation: got rid of him 13 years ago

Greatest accomplishments: Putting a brand new radio station together from the ground up. It was a great challenge to sell radio time for a station that wasn’t even on the air yet. We were delayed for 2 months because of the weather, they couldn’t get the tower up, we kept on moving the commercials from week to week. The day that we went on was a great high.

People whom you admire and why: My mom, she taught me that you could do anything you put your mind to, no matter what your situation is. When we lived in Flasher before moving to Bismarck, she sold Tupperware, she was always in the top 5 people in the nation for sales and she always won a car. Determination

What do you have in your pockets: Paper clips, pennies, and business cards

Fantasy (or reality) job: I always ask this question when I interview people. Independently wealthy, so I can be a professional volunteer.

Latest book you've read: "Conversations with God", great book, really opens up your mind.

Favorite music/musicians: Oldies, country, blues, depends on my mood. Jackson Brown is my all time favorite.

Where have you traveled? Scottsdale, San Diego, Cruise, Mexico

Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? San Diego, a group of us go ever year, rent two houses and lie on the beach for a week and read books.

Favorite foods: Nifla and kraut. Anything German, and you can tell.

Hobbies/second career: Theater, when I make the time, unfortunately the last couple of years I haven’t had time to commit to a production.

What if any community service organizations are you involved with? The Band night parade, it’s a parade for Jr. and Senior high kids, been putting that on for the last 8 years, but the last 2 years it’s been rained out, not fun then. Also Folkfest, United Way, Special Olympics, and DECA advisory board.

Pet peeves: Bad drivers, people who take life for granted. People who don’t live each day to the fullest.

Memories of Bismarck (good ones): I’m still making memories……

Favorite high school hangouts: Under the Grant Marsh Bridge, partying with great friends.

People you hope will be able to come to the reunion this summer? Everyone, we have worked too hard on this not to have people show up. Seriously, it’s the people I have lost touch with over the years that I enjoyed being around like Roxy Delaney, Bob Buchholtz, Jay Yeager, Sheri Hallbakken, Randy St. Germain, I can keep going on and on. I really hope to see a lot of people that I have missed over the years.


"In-depth and Personal with …Kaye Bibelheimer-Knudson",

Name: Kaye Bibelheimer-Knudson

Career/occupation: Director of Foster Grandparent Program

Home: Bismarck

Family: Husband David, stepson Chris 16, daughters Maddie 14, and Samantha 11

Spouse’s occupation: Registered Nurse

Greatest accomplishments: Finally had my chance to sing in a band for 6 years. It was a
13-piece rhythm and blues band.

People whom you admire and why: My parents for seeing me through my teenage years and always being there to support me in any thing I did.

What do you have in your pockets: Being a mother, I have Kleenex and cough drops

Fantasy (or reality) job: I have a great position that takes me out into the community doing public speaking and training. My background is in Education and the Foster Grandparent Program places senior adults in schools. I love the opportunity to be in the schools and have that connection.

Latest book you've read: "The Wedding" by Daniel Steele.

Favorite music/musicians: I love to listen to R&B.

Favorite musicians: to many to mention.

Recommended movies: "The Joy Luck Club". Great chic flick about relationships between mothers and daughters.

Favorite cities and why? North of San Francisco wine country. Did the Napa and Sonoma Valley tour and stopped by almost all the vineyards. Great trip! Great Wine!

Where have you traveled? Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta, Los Vegas, Florida, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington DC

Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Jamaica! Very laid back and restful. The water and beaches are beautiful. Planning on going back often.

Favorite foods: I love seafood.

Hobbies/second career: My husband and I do lots of musical entertaining for fundraising events. I married the perfect man not only does he play a great keyboard lick but he cooks and does dishes too!

What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Magical Moments Playground, Directors of Volunteer Services, Community Elders Services Network, House of Prayer Lutheran Church and many activities that we provide entertainment to raise money.

Pet peeves: People who are late!

Memories of Bismarck (good ones): The great times I had hanging out at the Elks pool during the summer. The night my 65 blue Chevy Impala got high centered at the bowl during a party. I did get some help that night by a group of guys that picked the backend of the car up and pushed. The time Sue Wheeler and I spent New Years Eve at the Kirkwood Inn. That was one of the most fun New Year eves I’ve ever had. I still am making memories in Bismarck. As I get older there are more appropriate memories than in the past.

Memories of BHS (good ones): Cheering for boys wrestling and the fun we had especially the trip to South Dakota! Remember that one girls?

Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Mr. Gorder who used to come up behind you and yell – "Thank God it’s Friday".

I can be contacted at: (701) 250-0051

E-mail address: ksk@btigate.com


Remember when……

..something that was a year away seemed like forever? You would never make it, you wouldn’t wait that long for anything! Wow, how fast does a year fly now? Too fast, our reunion is literally right around the corner! Gives new meaning to how fast time can really fly when we are having fun!


Baseball…..The Demons won the West Region baseball tournament in mid-May. They defeated Dickinson 8-2. Recently they were eliminated in two losses at the State Baseball Championships.

Track….The BHS Boys track team took third in the State Track Meet, which was held in Bismarck over Memorial Day weekend. Terrance Wolbaum, a BHS student, was named Male State Track Athlete. The BHS girls track team did not fair so well, it is believed that they were tenth in the state. (info. compliments of Lauri’s uncle. )

(To read more about these or any other sports stories in North Dakota, please go to www.ndonline.com, and then visit the sports section or the news archives for past sports stories.)



Fred Harvey has recently been named the Pastor of the churches in Mohall and Sherwood, ND. He will be moving to Mohall at the end of June, but he will still see everyone in July! Congratulations FRED!


Linda Sprenger, who has been with the Kmart Corporation for 16 years, was recently promoted to Assistant Category Leader in the Consumables Division of Kmart Corporation. She will be part of a new team working directly with the Fleming Corporation. She is currently living in the Detroit area but the new team will be based out of Dallas, TX., so a move is under way! The first day of her new assignment will be June 18th. She is still hoping to be able to make it home for the reunion, it may be tough to coordinate everything, but she is going to give it her best shot! We hope she makes it!
Congratulations Linda!


Get Well Soon

Ethan Kessler, Larry and Sarah Kessler’s son is scheduled for reconstructive surgery on June 12, in New York City. We wish both Ethan and his family a speedy recovery.


Welcome to the world little one

Steve and Nancy Koch-Durow, Fargo, welcomed their daughter into the world on May 5. Congratulations everyone!


Where to avoid in Bismarck while you are home in July…..

TAKE NOTE: Unless you are trying to find the Peacock Alley, Eggers Audio-Video (owned by Rolf), or you really need to take a nostalgic "drag" down Main Street, we would suggest you avoid Main Street and Broadway downtown as much as possible. Starting May 29, Main will be for westbound traffic only between Seventh Street and Mandan Avenue. Eastbound traffic will be routed via Broadway Avenue. So much for "dragging" Main!
(Story compliments of ndonline.com, May 18, 2001)



This month I decided to highlight activities and events that will be happening while we are home for our reunion. We do have some down time, not much, but a little. I wanted to make sure that those of you who haven’t been home to ND in a while would have a great idea of what is available to keep you and your family busy! All the information below was gathered from www.bismarck-mandancvb.org, check out their site for other interesting info. concerning Bismarck and Mandan.


Mandan Rodeo Days

July 1-4,

Watch the largest amateur rodeo in the world with over 600 of the region's top cowboys and cowgirls vying for over $50,000 in prize money. In addition, take in the parade on Main Street in Mandan, Art in the Park (by the Old Train Depot-Mandan), and the annual variety show.
(The parade is a must for our family, where else can you watch two hours of
tractors and semi’s roll by your curb side seat, I in turn, love the food! L.)


Bismarck-Mandan Symphony 4th of July Spectacular

July 4th

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony 4th of July Spectacular, Capitol Grounds, 8:30 pm. A fabulous celebration is in store for the Bismarck-Mandan area, complete with glorious fireworks, a full Symphony orchestra playing patriotic music, a special salute to Veterans and members of the Armed Forces, soloist, fun, refreshments, and it’s all Free! If any of you are going to be home that day, I suggest you check it out. You will not be disappointed!
(This is where you find my family on the night of the 4th, look for us under the maroon BHS t-shirt/flag on the main lawn! Also watch for Rolf Eggers, Julie Mjolsness Lindstrom and other familiar BHS faces! L.)


July 4th Fireworks Display

Dacotah Centennial Park, Mandan. 10:45 pm.


Flea Market & Antique Show

Mandan Community Center. FMI 667-3287.


North Dakota Heritage Center

The Heritage Center serves as the state’s museum and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Center houses one of the largest collections of Plains Indian artifacts in the nation. Demonstrations are available by appointment. Self-guided tours Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Call (701) 328-2666 for further information. Free admission.


North Dakota Governor’s Mansion

From 1893 to 1960, the home at the corner of Avenue B and 4th Street in Bismarck served as the North Dakota Governor’s Residence. The mansion is open as a museum 1:00-5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, May 16 to September 16. For additional information or to make group arrangements, contact the State Historical Society, (701) 328-2666. Free admission.


Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Cruise the fabulous Missouri River aboard the Lewis and Clark, 150 passenger riverboat. This all-weather paddlewheeler docks at the Port of Bismarck, North River Road, Exit 157 off I-94. Excursion cruises, dinner cruises, moonlight cruises, and pizza cruises are all available for your enjoyment Memorial Day to Labor Day. Charters and special group cruise rates are available April through October. Fees are $12.00 for 12 & over and $8.00 for children 4-11.
Monday Pizza Cruise is $8.00 for children 4-11 and $12.00 for 12 & over.
An Evening Dinner Cruise is $22.00 for children 4-11 and $30.00 for 12 & over.
Call (701) 255-4233 for a cruise schedule or special charter rates.


Dakota Zoo

North Dakota’s largest zoo is home to over 500 reptiles, birds and mammals. Located on the east bank of the Missouri River in Sertoma Park, you can enjoy sights and sounds of the zoo April 22 through September 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Special events each Wednesday night from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in June, July and August.) Admission is $4.50 for adults, $2.00 for children 12 & under. Children under 2 are free. Train rides are $1.00 per person.
For more information call (701) 223-7543.
(If you haven’t been there in while, check this out! It is greatly improved from
our days in Bismarck, you will be impressed! L.)


Fort Lincoln Trolley

A restored trolley car that once ran in Bismarck, now offers a unique trip to
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Departing from Mandan’s 3rd Street Station daily on the hour 1-5:00 p.m. and returning from Fort Lincoln on the half hour 1:30-5:30 p.m.
The season opens beginning of June and runs through Labor Day.
Admission is $4 for adults; children under 5 free. Group discounts may.
For additional information, contact Jim Beck, (former WJH teacher), at (701) 663-9018.


Fort Abraham Lincoln

Relive 1875 at historic Fort Abraham Lincoln where history comes to life. Visit the home of General George and Libbie Custer at Cavalry Square where their staff still entertains guests, telling the stories of Libbie and the general and the time they spent in Dakota Territory. See how the troopers and NCOs of the 7th Cavalry lived in the Central Barracks. The old Commissary Store stored rations for Fort Lincoln while the rebuilt Commissary has a gift show and bookstore in the visitor’s center. The Granary held the feed for the 600 horses and mules.

From mid-July to mid-August, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30, enjoy a night at the melodrama theater in the Granary along with the Fort Lincoln Players. June 14 through July 7 and from July 12 through August 11. For reservations call 663-3013

Tours of the Custer House, Commissary, Storehouse, Granary and Barracks are available from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m during the summer. Hours vary during the rest of the season, contact them for any other info. Off-season tours are available by calling (701) 663-4758. The hill above Fort Abraham Lincoln provides great views of the Missouri Valley with blockhouses standing guard over the fort and open to visitors. The On-a-slant Indian Village has replicas of rebuilt Mandan earthlodges on the site of an ancient village. You will want to visit the Museum housing the nation's best display on the Mandan Indians, exhibits on Lewis & Clark and General Custer artifacts. The Park is open April through October.
Fort Lincoln State Park Fees are $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Admission for Custer House and all sites is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.
(This is another place that is greatly improved from the old days,
and is a neat destination for families and history buffs alike.)


Custer Trail Rides

Ride back in history at beautiful Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Explore the bluffs over-looking the majestic Missouri River and enjoy the breathtaking scenery at Custer Trail Rides. Trail rides are available from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. For groups of 10 or more, please call for advance reservations. There is a 250 lb. weight restriction and children must be at least 7 years of age. Rates are $12.00 per hour or daily rates are available. Register at the Commissary/Storehouse for all rides. Open 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
Call (701) 663-3013 for more information.


Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Discover the legacy of the frontiersmen, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, at the North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. It is 35 miles north of Bismarck along the Lewis and Clark Trail and located at the intersection of US Highway 83 and ND Highway 200A in Washburn. The entire journey is overviewed so you can experience the heroic and human sides of these explorers and their friendship with the area's Native Americans who helped them survive the winter. View the world-famous artwork of Karl Bodmer who chronicled Plains Indian life and landscapes along the Missouri River. A spacious rest area is provided and there is a gift shop in the Center. A mile and half to the north of the Interpretive Center is the reconstructed Fort Mandan replicating the quarters of the Expedition in 1804 and 1805. For more information, call (701) 462-8535.


Prairie Nights and Casino and Lodge

Offers slot machines, progressive slots, video poker, video keno, blackjack, a motel, full-service restaurant as well as a buffet, entertainment and shuttle service. The Casino is the only in North Dakota to offer double deck blackjack. It is located 44 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information, call (701) 854-7777 or (800) 425-8277.

Once again, to read more about any of these events go to www.bismarck-mandancvb.org

Looking for places to eat, feeling a little nostalgic, ready for something new??? Here are some great ideas!
Please remember this is not a complete listing of your choices nor is this in
any way an endorsement of any of the restaurants listed below.

Feeling Nostalgic???

North side options:Taco John’s, Woodhouse, Wendy’s, Casper’s East Forty, Paradiso, A & B Pizza, Dairy Queen, Perkins, Happy Joe’s, Hong Kong, Kroll’s Kitchen, and the Rock’N 50’s.

Downtown:Big Boy, Scotty’s Drive-in, Kroll’s Kitchen, The Golden Dragon, Drumstick, Fiesta Villa, and the Little Cottage Café.

Southside:Taco John’s, Ground Round, A & W, and A & B Pizza.

Mandan: Seven Sea’s and Speedway.

Ready to try something new???

North side: Cracker Barrel, Minerva’s (pastas and steak, located in the Kelly Inn), North American Steak Buffet, Space Alien’s, Red Lobster, and Schlotsky’s Deli.

Downtown: Bistro, Meriwether’s (on the river), Simply Salads, The Walrus, Peacock Alley, and The Green Earth Café.

Southside: Applebee’s, The Grinder, Perkins, Grizzly’s Grill and Saloon (in the mall), Houlihan’s, Jack’s Steakhouse N Saloon, Los Amigo’s Mexican Rest., Sergio’s Fresh Market Grill, and Los Amigo’s Mexican Rest.





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! Thanks, Lauri keckmann@packersrock.com