The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 15, March 2002

Hi everyone,
This month our newsletter include an interview with Mike Ehrmantraut, are ready for the "rest" of his story??
This month you will also meet the FIRST person to turn 40! Scary, the rest of us are not far behind! News was a little slow this month, but I am happy to announce that we have a "guest contributor" for our "remember when" segment, I love that part!!!
Also, a big thank you to Chuck Glaser for stepping up to plate last month, it was great to see him this summer and it’s nice to know I can still count on all of you to help out!
Next month watch for Scott Brandt, living life in TN, new baby, great job, not what I expected him to be doing, but he loves it! How neat is that! Take care! Lauri

"In-depth and Personal with …Mike Ehrmantraut"
Name: Mike Ehrmantraut
Career/occupation: Manager, Inventory Reporting and Analysis at Fingerhut Companies Inc. in Minnetonka MN. I have worked there for 14 years. As of 1/16/02, our parent company announced they were shutting down the business after 54 years of success. As of right now, I do not no what I will be doing. My last day with the company will be anywhere between January 2002 and probably July 2002.
Home: Chanhassen, MN
Family: I have been married for 16 years on June 1. I have 2 boys, Jason is 12 and Taylor is 10. Both are very active in sports, especially hockey (10 months a year) and baseball, but also church activities, soccer, basketball, band, handing out with friends and the list goes on…
Spouse’s occupation: Mary is a stay at home mom, although that only started about 2 or 3 years ago. She is an accountant.
How did you meet your spouse?
I was in my junior year at UND and was having a party in our dorm near the beginning of the year. A friend of mine brought his younger sister to the
party. Mary was a freshman just getting acclimated to the 'party lifestyle' we lived in Grand Forks. We started talking early in the evening and ending up talking the whole night. The next morning before we even went on our first date, I called up another friend and told him 'Last night, I met the girl I am going to marry'.
I was always a big chicken when it came time to ask someone out for a date. I tried calling her the next day and was told she was at her brothers visiting her parents who came down for the weekend. That normally would be enough for me to say forget it but I called her brothers place and asked her out there. Her brother tried for quite some time to convince her not to go
out with me but lost the battle and we were married 2 years later. We have now been happily married for over 16 years.
Greatest accomplishments: I think my family has to be my greatest accomplishment. I am so proud of their endeavors. I get to live it everyday as the kids schedules pulls us from rink to rink or field to field.
People whom you admire and why: My parents. Parenting is a very difficult task but the payoffs more than make up for the efforts put into it. We have two very good kids but there are still plenty of issues that arise. My parents raised three kids and it seemed like everything was seamless all of the time. I hope we can just come close for our kids what my parents did for us.
What do you have in your pockets: My keys, a cartoon, 2 Pizza Hut mints and my billfold.
Fantasy (or reality) job: Doing almost anything outside instead of being penned up behind a desk all day.
Favorite music/musicians: Rock - AC / DC, Kiss, Styx – I still love all the old ‘Classic Rock’
Favorite cities and why? Recently we took the kids to Orlando and that was a lot of fun. There is so much to do when you want but you can still kick back and relax when you need a break. Yellowstone was also a great family trip. We did a lot of hiking and got to see nature at it’s finest.
Where have you traveled? A cruise to Jamaica, Grand Caymans and Mexico, Orlando twice, Winnipeg, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Seattle and Yellowstone.
Favorite foods:
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza.
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Being an unofficial assistant coach for most of the kid’s teams.
Pet peeves: Hardly anything bothers me, I just go with the flow.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Midnight sledding at Tom O’Leary golf course
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Jon Western, Greg Johnson, Keith Remmick, Mark Walker, Blaine Gartner (CHS)
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Band, Swim Team and student manager of the Girls Swim team.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Attending the football games at Hughes field and then meeting large groups of people at A&B Pizza.
Favorite high school hang-outs: The Desert, under the bridge, McDonald’s on main and A&B Pizza.
I can be contacted at: mntraut@bigfoot.com, as of now, I will let you know the change once I wrap up at Fingerhut and then start working again.



The hardest years in life are
those between ten and seventy.
-Helen Hayes (at 73)



Happy Birthday to the following people,
all but one of them is celebrating their 39th birthday this month, take note
Duane is celebrating his 40th! Our deepest sympathies!!!! Just Kidding
Also, another double birthday, Mark and Kipper share the same birth date!

Duane Gross
Char (Beck) Garrett
Alan Bain
Mark Roehrich
Kipper Wilson
Tim Oster
Daniel Verhoeven
Scott Beierle
Mary Falhsing
Elizabeth Miller
Chuck Glaser

We hope you have a wonderful day!



Jay and Lisa Yeager – 4 years!

Our sincerest congratulations to both of you!



Wendy H., Kyle F., Wendy C., Mike D., Kevin B., Chris A., Allan B., Bob R., Lance H., Liz M., Corey M., Don N., Penny R., and Sheila T.,


(Kim) Ray Horner (BHS/CHS) and Sandy Gross (BHS) both live in Southern California and are willing to put together a social opportunity for all of you who are living in the CA area. They
would like to hear from everyone so that they can get an idea about who would be
interested in getting together this summer for a mini-Bismarck reunion! Sounds fun!
Please contact Ray at rhorner@dixiecrating.com for more information!



(this story was taken from the Bismarck Tribune web site, www.bismarcktribune.com)

Penny Marie (Berquist) House and Richard Jeffrey Barrick were married Jan. 1 at McCabe United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Fossum officiating.

Parents of the couple are Grant Bergquist, Bismarck, Tommy and Lorraine Lobato, Greeley, Colo., Richard and Tammera Barrick Tucson, Ariz., and the late Carol Bergquist.

Attending the bride were Cassie Roberdeau and Katie House, both of Bismarck.

Attending the bridegroom were Kevin Mowbray and Thomas House, both of Bismarck.

The bride, a graduate of University of Mary, is employed with Salvation Army LEC, Mandan.

The bridegroom, a graduate of University of Arizona, is employed with the Bismarck Tribune.

The couple lives in Bismarck.



Kevin Nelson just returned from a 17 day trip to Africa. He was on a church mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The mission was to consult with various people in the Central African Republic to set up schools and educational facilities. Next month he will share his adventure with all of us and let us "see" what his trip was all about. Stay tuned!


Get well wishes go to Danette Henrikson, she is having surgery for carpal tunnel this coming month! We hope everything goes okay and that you have a successful recovery!


Our sincerest sympathies to Kaaren (Chase) White and her family. Her mother, Geraldine Irene Chase, passed away on February 27, in Phoenix, AZ.


New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and
New Postal Addresses

We have received new e-mail addresses for the following people: Jay Yeager, Blaine Clooten, Mary Falhsing, Shari (Janke) Schmit, Tim Williams, Walter Keller, Melody (Carlson) Karlberg, Todd Jueth, Kelly (Falconer) Johnson, Chuck Glaser and Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser.

We also have new postal addresses on Doug Rian and Danette Henrikson.

If you would like any of the new info., contact me!
(For privacy reasons, I will not post that type of info. on this web page.)
We now have e-mail addresses for over 220 classmates,
if you would like to find someone let me know!

Personal notes:

Does anyone know how to reach these people? We will take an information that
you may know on any of them, siblings names, parents, old work places, etc.!
Dan and I would love to "refind" these people!

Phillip Case
Mike Duffey
Elaine (Morgan) Fredrickson
Sara (Jensen) Fritz-
she is teaching in Detroit Lakes
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan
Sandra Schumacher
Patricia Schreiner
Lisa (Lewis) Stratton
Rita Ziegler
Scott Jacobson
David Gelvin
Pearl (Throndahl) Mohr,
Kathy Berg,
Karen (Oswald) James-she is still is Bismarck, can someone help?
Roxanne (Almer) Giles,
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton,
If you guys are reading this could you please get in touch with me! You 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

Remember when…… contributed by RAY WANGLER

Your car sat out overnight and it was 30 below zero and your Dad gave you some sort of ritual to perform with the gas pedal, like "pump it three times and hold it half way to the floor to get it started."? Fuel injection has wrecked the concept of fatherhood by making cars start without fooling with the throttle!! How are us Dad's supposed to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that we know it all??

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