The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 18, June 2002


Hi everyone,
This month I get to welcome a new staff person to our newsletter! Dan and I have now expanded our staff to four people!! Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel continues to do all my proofreading, thank goodness, and Todd Jueth has agreed to write Bismarck News and Happenings for us each month! How cool is that? He did such a good job last month, that I offered him a regular gig and he accepted! I hope all of you look forward to getting his Bismarck viewpoint each and every month as much as I do!

I think it is so wonderful that people just keep stepping forward! Every month I am more impressed with who contributes offers us support and basically makes sure that we just get better! You all make my job so much fun!

This month our newsletter includes an interview with Nadine (Schaffer) Morelli, another one of our Florida classmates! Not only is she our interview for this month, but she is also celebrating her 40th birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nadine!!

A big thank you to Robert Fontenot, Todd Jueth, and everyone else who contributed to May’s newsletter! I have heard that many people thought that May’s newsletter was one of the best yet! I couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Next month watch for Jay Yeager, yep, he did an interview for us! Also, July’s newsletter will be out by the 26th of June. I am off to Oklahoma City for three weeks, so July’s newsletter we will go online a little earlier than usual.

Have a great summer everyone! Lauri


"In-depth and Personal with… Nadine (Schaffer) Morelli"

Nadine M. (Schaffer) Morelli
Sprint Customer Care Representative
Ft. Myers, Florida.
Family: Husband; Aaron, (1) Dog, "Petra", (3) Cats; "Lucky", "Solomon", & "Jasmine".
Spouse’s occupation: Key Operator, transitioning to firefighter.
Greatest accomplishments: Tour in US Navy & recent BA in Prof. Bus. Mgmt.
People whom you admire and why: Mrs. Brazelton, she is truly a woman of God to learn from.
What do you have in your pockets: What a peculiar question?!
Fantasy or Reality Job: Stated above, reality is a blessing, and so is the job that I have.
Latest book you've read: "Diversity in the Workplace".
Favorite music/musicians: "Big Tent Revival", "Van Morrison", "George Harrison", will do.
Recommended movies: "Left Behind", Men of Honor", "Patch Adams", Bicentennial Man", "Forest Gump".
Favorite cities and why? I have many, but Kalispell, Montana takes the top for being God’s country.
Where have you traveled? Iceland, Guam, Japan, Australia, & most of the USA.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? The quiet place in my mind…
Favorite foods: Just about anything except fruitbats boiled in milk.
Hobbies: Still art, photography, camping, canoeing, creating, sewing.
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Harry Chapin Food Bank, and at our church.
Pet peeves: Cruel people.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Hitch-hiking to Montana during the summers.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Art class.
Who were some of the people that you hung out with in high school? I never hung out with anyone, talked to a lot of people, thought quite a few were very interesting folks. I worked part time to save $ to leave North Dakota, my roots were with my parents' families, mostly interesting, but very old, and/or dying people.
Were you involved in any activities in high school, if so what? If I really feel pressed to retrieve what I did, I'd have to say, art classes and finished my 4 year degree in partying before leaving in 81.The Kreitels and Grewatz families. Outside of that, I have found "family" wherever I traveled. Now my family is here.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Mrs. Jackman, she is a wonderful person.
Favorite high school hang-outs: None in specific.

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!

A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco. Going to a very large church, he began taking
photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign which read "$10,000 a minute." Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to God. The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way. As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, and around the United States, he found more
phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor. Finally, he arrived in North Dakota upon entering a church in Bismarck, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read "Calls: 25 cents." Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor. "Reverend, I have been in churches all across the country and in each church
I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God, but, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute.
Your sign reads 25 cents a call. Why?" The pastor, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you're in North Dakota now, and it's a local call."



Chris Moszer, the son of Sheri (Halbakken) Martin graduated from Fox Senior
High School in Arnold, Missouri on May 31. His immediate plans include a senior trip to Cancun! In the fall he plans on attending Rankin Tech in St. Louis Missouri.



I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes
several days attack me at once.
-Jennifer Unlimited-


Happy Birthday to the following people,
all but four of them are celebrating their 39th birthday this month,
take note Deb., Keith, Nadine, and Stephen L. are all celebrating their 40th!
Also, since Michele and Michael are twins, so of course they share the same birth date!

Deb (Freedhoff) Berger
Keith Remmich
Nadine (Schaffer) Morelli
Stephen Larson
Michele (Gross ) Ferguson
Micheal Gross
Tim Nelson
Scott Carlson
David Gregware
Valerie (Hinds) Trautman
Lori (Schneider) Westbrook

We hope you have a wonderful day!


Mary (Kerzman) and Arlen Rostad - 1 year
Darrel A. and Patty Bosch - 2 years
Mark and Caroline Roehrich - 13 years
Toby and Lisa Schatz - 13 years
Carla (Schumacher) and Jim Kelsch - 14 years
Debbie (Isaak) and Mark Dosch - 15 years
Duane and Sue Stause - 15 years
Mike and Mary Ehrmantraut17 years
Vonnie (Spier) and Dan Greinsteiner - 17 years
Jerry and Barb Lantz - 17 years
Char (Beck) and Keith Garrett -18 years
Tari (Andrusak) and Bryon Fettig - 19 years
Pam (Eckroth) and Sid Schroeder - 20 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


Contributed by Todd Jueth

Hey I'm back; looks like you are going to hear from me monthly, happy to take on the task. Anyway State Street construction project has hit full swing, wow, do people get ticked when you alter their path home.

Its graduation time again all the kids are getting excited about getting out of school. Little do they realize they are headed knee deep into the real world. Remember when we knew everything, life was simple. Now it's deadlines, budgets, and how the heck do you fit a job, soccer, basketball, piano lessons, girl scouts, gymnastics, a family dinner, and maybe five hours of sleep into a 24-hour day.

Bismarck high school will be graduating 450 students on May 26th, and 19 of them have had straight A's during their high school careers. I bet they did not hang out at the desert. Because I did and it cost me straight A's. Or maybe it was the people I hung out with that could have been it too.

In our last class letter I told you fishing was hot. Well, it's really hot now so hot that on Tuesday May 14th two men went to the hospital after they were assaulted at Kimball Bottoms for tangling fishing lines with nearby anglers. A 39 year old Mandan man was fishing with a 43 year old Bismarck man when they tangled fishing lines with a group of 4 men and 2 women. Attempts to separate the lines caused further entanglement which ultimately forced the men to cut the line. The Mandan man apologized, but the Bismarck man stepped in when members of the group demanded they replace the tangled line. The four men pushed the Bismarck man to the ground and began hitting and kicking him, then threw the mans cell phone when he tried to call 911. The two men drove to St. Alexius hospital where the Mandan man was treated for a swollen jaw and the Bismarck man was treated for a swollen eye and stomach pains. You know they say a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. But some how I don't think these two gentlemen believe in that saying.

Spring is trying to make it's way into Bismarck but thru all of April and half of May we had three days that were in the lower 70s then all the rest of the days it either rained or snowed or it was darn cold. But never fear for summer will be here. And if your going to be in the area in July the state fair in Minot has one of the better line ups that we have had in awhile. This includes THE GUESS WHO July 19th, NICKELBACK July 20th, SMASH MOUTH July 25, HUEY LEWIS July 27th, KENNY CHESNEY July 26th. The state fair runs from July 19th thru July 27th. C’ya next month! Todd



Other Bismarck news

On May 17th, the Bismarck Tribune reported that the Camp Hancock Historical Site on East Main in Bisamrck has reopened. Some of the exhibits include the Bread of Life Church, a real locomotive, and some new exhibits in the old posts surgeon quarters. If you are headed to Bismarck this summer with your children, this may be a "new" place to check out!

The Green Mill will soon be opening in the old Houilahans restaurant, a nice new restaurant for me to visit when I am home this winter! Also, "rumor" has it that someone has signed a lease for the Wards location at the Mall, can’t wait to hear who is coming to Bismarck!!

The following was sent in by Dave Spargo.

The ANNUAL ABATE RALLY out at the World Famous Menoken Grove Park will be held on June 7th-9th. The entertainment is being supplied in part by the band "HELL'S BELL'S", the AC-DC tribute band. Thought you might want to pass that on to those who might have an interest in doing something crazy for a change. Nothing like getting yer YA-YA's out at 40! I'm going to be heading that way myself. Sure hope that my butt will forgive me. I just recently went down and bought a new 2002 Harley Davidson and I have to go, just got to, use up some vacation. How I hate it when that happens. Also just heard thru the Grapevine that Dwight Weisz is the President of the Abate Chapter in Bismarck. WAY TO GO DWIGHT!

I confirmed the rumor, Dwight is the President of the ND chapter of ABATE. To find out more about ABATE and the Rally you can go to their web site at www.abatend.com. L.



The following story was reported in the Bismarck Tribune on May 19, 2002

Rolling Cappuccino owners have brewed up a winner
By MARK HANSON, Bismarck Tribune

The first thing you notice about the two women who call this small workspace home is that they seem to have a blast. They're talking, smiling, joking and laughing.

The other thing you notice about these women, the owners of Rolling Cappuccino Drive-Thru in Bismarck, is that they know the names -- and drinks -- of nearly every regular customer. During a recent busy morning, only one customer made it through without being called by name.


Robin (Scheifelbein) Ferderer and Peggy Roehrich have owned Rolling Cappuccino since it opened Dec. 17, 1997. And they approach each day with the same enthusiasm as they did nearly five years ago, which is amazing when you consider their tight workspace.

The Rolling Cappuccino building, shaped like a caboose and located at 1019 E. Main Ave., is approximately 12 feet by 18 feet. Add a small bathroom, counters all around and equipment, and the work space becomes much smaller. They work in a space approximately 3 feet by 10 feet down the center, with small areas off to each side to take orders at a window.

The original plan was for a smaller building.

"We paced it out on our lawn and said 'oh my God.' That was too small," Roehrich said.

The tight working conditions don't bother them, though. Although there was the winter they kept bumping into each other, prompting both to go on a diet, Roehrich said. You learn quickly, however, that she's joking. They're just having fun.

Heck, this is the easy part. The two years it took to get the business off the ground is what tried their patience.

Ferderer said her friend from Denver was in town and wanted to get a cup of coffee. Her friend was shocked to learn that the city had no drive-through shops. That got Ferderer and Roehrich thinking. They started asking questions. Then they started planning.

There were plenty of hurdles, such as being turned down by three banks before being accepted for a loan. But they weren't going to let anything stand in the way of their dream.

"We just said there has to be a way to do it," Roehrich said.

If one of them got down and wanted to quit, the other would push forward.

"We just kept backing each other," Ferderer said.

They still back each other. They take turns opening and closing the shop and work around each other's family schedules. They now serve nearly 300 cups of coffee a day. They carry Lavazza coffee beans from Italy and Oscar's syrup. A big seller is the Chai tea, which comes in many flavors.

They served lunch for a couple years, but it didn't pay. They still serve muffins, bagels, cookies and such.

What they've always served, though, is a huge dose of enthusiasm. They call you by name and, if the line of cars isn't too long, will talk with you for a bit about work or the kids.

"You feel like a bartender sometimes," Ferderer said. "They tell you everything."

During a couple of shifts last week, the conversation with customers covered such topics as breast feeding, locating a drive-through shop in Mandan and worms for fishing, just to name a few.

"We've been told we're like a breath of fresh air," Roehrich said. "We have fun and have good attitudes. Our first three months together were rocky, but we got over that hump."

The owners employ three part-time workers and are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The best part of the job, Roehrich said, is the people. The worst part is being alone in the hut with six or seven cars in line.

The two dabble in new drinks all the time. And on the horizon is a second drive-through on the north side of Bismarck. That likely won't happen until after the State Street renovation project is complete, which is still two years away.

In the meantime, Ferderer and Roehrich plan to plant grass outside their shop and spruce up the landscape a bit. And continue to have fun slinging coffee.


The following story was reported in the GEAR section of the Bismarck Tribune on May 20th.

Gross? No Way
Dissections don't faze biology students
by Monica Miller, CHS

Ok, Here's another one: "Can I keep you forever?"

A sophomore girl blurts out, "Casper!"

"Bonus point for Monica," Mrs. Jossart says.

It's movie line time at the beginning of biology teacher Robin (Middaugh) Jossert's seventh period class, Casper has nothing to do with biology, but movie lines wake students up for the last hour of the day.

A few minutes later, we are listening to a classmate take about brain receptors for our "discussion beaker" part of the class. Discussion beaker is the presentation of the projects. A beaker is filled with students' names. When your name is drawn, you have to come the next day with a prepared topic of your choice. The only catch is it has to be biology related.

The student finished his talk. We finish asking questions, grade him and then put our stuff away. We began to chitchat and soon hear Mrs. Jossart shouts over our load voices, "OK everyone! Over to your lab tables. It's Stinky Day."

I turn to my neighbor, Ashely, and ask her if she can spare some Vicks.

Not because I am sick, but because it will help us to not be able to smell what we are soon to dissect. We make our way over to the tables, where we take out our dissecting pans and hold them out, awaiting our creatures.

"You don't like the smell?" she asks as she moves about the room. "Stick your nose in your armpits."

Jossart makes her way to our table, where she gives me a clam, Ashley B., gets a starfish, and Bri M. gets a squid and octopus to examine. I have to go first. I pry open the clam as carefully as I can, trying not to touch it more than necessary. As I cut the insides open, a classmate yells out, "Hey, it looks like peanut butter!"

I have to agree that this brown, mushy substance does resemble peanut butter. Ashely dissected the starfish. All we saw was brown goo and mush, but Mrs. Jossart saw more. She pointed out every part, and we were soon able to identify things on our own. Then she told us to clean up.

"Mrs. Jossart is an awesome teacher," Benz said. "She makes learning fun and easy."

Jossart first began to enjoy biology at a young age. She says she was the girl on the playground trying to scare all the other girls with worms and bugs and all kinds of different creepy crawlers.

Once she got into junior high and high school, Jossart's love for biology grew. She said she had really neat teachers who taught her a lot and were very tough on her.

She says she loves being a teacher and has a desire for each and every one of her students.

"The only thing I want for my students is for them to enjoy learning," she said. "I want them to love biology."

Teacher: Robin Jossart
School: Century High School
Years taught: 17 at Hughes Middle School and Century
College: North Dakota Stat University
High School: Bismarck High School
Favorite Movie: "Gorilla's in the Mist"
Favorite Music Group: Fleetwood Mac
Family: Husband Brad, daughter Brittany (13), Erika (10) and Jordyn (5)
Favorite Food: Mexican



Mike Ehrmantraut still has no new job news to report. But he did let me know that he is tentatively planning to take a break this summer from the job searching and stay home and enjoy his kids! They plan on spending their summer skiing and tubing at the lake!
What fun for all of them!

Claire Gervais is staying very busy with her Neighborhood Lawn Project.
This past month she was a featured guest on WORT Radio.
She was interviewed on May 17 by Jonathon Zarov on the 8 O'clock Buzz.

A little perk for my city and big party news for all of you with a HARLEY!
Harley Davidson is set to mark the 100th Anniversary with a huge
international celebration culminating August 28-31, in Wisconsin!
For additional details you may want to check out the Harley website! Sounds like a great fun!



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.

Welcome to the world little one

Toby and Lisa Schatz welcomed their fourth child, a daughter into the world on May 24. Her name is Mattie, she weighed 8 lbs. 3 ounces and she was 20 " long.

Arlen and Mary (Kerzman) Rostad became the proud grandparents of Bailey A. Kraft on
April 24th. Bailey's parents are Mary's son Jamie Kraft and Tawnya Schmidt.

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!!!



Shelly (Gable) Kostelecky’s son had surgery on May 29th. in St. Paul. His hospital stay was expected to be 3-5 days. Shelly promises to gives us an update on his condition for the July newsletter. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers!


Our sincerest condolences to Joyce Sperle and her family. Her mother,
Alma Ackerman Fischer passed in Bismarck on May 12.

Our sincerest sympathies to Kevin and Mary Nelson and their family.
Kevin’s mother, Rogene Marie Nelson, passed away on May 15 in Bismarck.


Remember when…… submitted by Wendy (Fuller) Christy

May 16th 1981 - Bette Davis Eyes, by Kim Carnes, climbed to the top spot of the pop music chart and stayed there for five straight weeks, took a week off (replaced by Stars on 45 Medley by Stars on 45) and came back to number one for four more weeks! It was, obviously, a gold record winner and was played over and over and over for 20 weeks before becoming an
instant oldie but goodie. Both songs remind me of cruising Main! I had a 68 Mustang, 289, which was three colors. The grill was held in with twist ties and it burned a quart of oil every 75 miles or so. Windows down, AM radio blasting KFYR while I soaked up the 75-80 degree evening. I put 100 miles on that car in one May weekend, cruising Main just because I could. Laurie Zacher and I used to love dragging Main until dark then head off to drive River Road before heading home…..because I still had a 10:00 pm curfew. Ahh the days before I had kids…...now I have teenagers…..eeks! Wendy

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

We have received new e-mail addresses for the following people:
Mike Ehrmantraut, Sheri (Halbakken) Martin, Michele (Gross) Ferguson, Connie (Wiedrick) Samuelson, Jane (Bechtle) Melchior, Troy Bernhardt, and Corjean (Glaser) Ressler.

We also have new postal addresses on Tim Nelson and Troy Bailey.

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