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 Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site.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 51, March 2005

Hi everyone,

Well, this is a first for us this month, no interview! I tried, but no on e stepped up this month. So, what can we do? Hopefully this isn't a sign of the times, but….things do change.

I do appreciate those of you who sent things in this month, thank you! It is always nice to hear from all of you, and I'm sure your classmates appreciate it also.

Have a great month! Lauri, Dan, and Wendy

Here’s looking at you babe!!

Linda (Sprenger) Kurtz sent us a copy of your wedding picture and you can now see it in our ofoto.com site under classmates 2005. Dan Raszler also scanned in a photo from his cruise. Kinda of a cute photo, somehow he happened to run into someone on the ship that was wearing the same shirt, the same colored shorts, at the same time on the same day! Truly, a persons worst nightmare! His photo can also be found under classmates 2005 also.


Okay, someday this section will end, but our class is a fertility bunch!
Here is another little demon!

Tom and Kim Gerhart welcomed their 8th blessing into the world January 18th. Grace Josephine Gerhart was born at 11:22PM, and she was 6lbs 2oz. Tom let us know that it was a very quick delivery at home with a midwife and that everyone is doing great!

Congratulations Tom and Kim!


Laura McDaniel is once again in training for another marathon. This time she is preparing a for the first annual Fargo Marathon, which will be held on May 14. She tells us that there will be a full and half marathon, a relay, a 5K and a 1-mile fun run, so anyone could do it! Wouldn't it be great if a bunch of BHS people were entered? Anyone up for the challenge?? Laura also included the web site, in case you are interested. www.fargomarathon.com

Doug (Arnts) Rian has now become someone you can see in our household on a regular basis. You can now catch "Rian Douglas, gemstone showhost" on Jewelry TV starting Feb 17. He will be seen in 85 million television-viewing households and online at Jewelry Television.com (click on the 'liveshow') as a Gemstone Cohost with the reigning queen of gems, Dawn Tesh. In order to catch Doug's appearances you will have to surf your TV guide or check out their web site. www.jewelrytelevision.com for his show times.


Michael Gross update

This article ran in the Bismarck Tribune on February 18th. Though I did send it to you via e-mail, I thought I would include in here in case anyone missed it. If you are interested in helping out in anyway there is contact information on the bottom of the article.

'Miracle man' needs a few more miracles
By MIKE ALBRECHT, Bismarck Tribune

A note on Michael Gross's hospital room door probably best describes the 41-year-old man and his dogged efforts to recover from a crippling car accident.

"This is the room of the miracle man! Beware of his healthy powers," was written in childish scrawl on a piece of notebook paper and taped to the door.

The youngest boy in a Strasburg family of 17 broke his neck and sustained extensive leg injuries in the Jan. 6 collision. Gross was on his way to work at HIT Inc. in Mandan early that morning when the other car crashed into his driver's side door.

"I remember everything that happened," Gross said. "They had to cut off my clothes and seatbelt. They cut my Viking jacket right in half."

The other driver was cited with making an illegal left turn and was fined $30, Mandan Police Chief Dennis Rohr said. He was uninjured in the crash.

When Gross arrived at the St. Alexius Medical Center emergency room, he "couldn't move nothing," he said. Doctors screwed a metal neck stabilizer, or halo brace, to his head. Steel plates were inserted into his shattered right foot and his back.

The halo was off months ahead of schedule, and feeling and movement slowly began to return.

Thursday, Gross sat upright in a wheelchair surrounded by numerous cards, banners and pictures of his wife and four children. His Viking's shirt and sweat pants moved slightly as he shifted his weight. He reached out his once useless right arm to grab a water bottle from his father-in-law, Al Mehring, as they talked about an upcoming benefit breakfast.

The surgeries and hours of physical therapy aren't cheap even with insurance, they said. Gross has 13 weeks of short-term disability and about 30 co-workers donating paid time off, but that runs out in April.

A benefit breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mandan Eagles will help defray some of the expenses. Gross said he'll make a noon appearance to visit with people over pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

"I want to make this the biggest breakfast anyone's ever seen," Mehring said.

Any other donations may be sent to Dakota Community Banks in Bismarck, Mandan or Lincoln.


Our Sympathies

Our deepest sympathies to Debbie (Isaak) Dosch and her family.
Deb's mom, Lois Isaak passed away on February 28th in Arizona.


Happy Birthday to the following people!
Duane and Vonnie are turning 43, the rest are 42! Char, Brad and Sandy share a birthday, as do Mark and Kipper, Jody and Chris, and Don and Duane.

Duane Gross
Vonnie (Spier) Greinsteiner
Derrick Lindemann
Char (Beck) Garrett
Brad Wolfer
Sandy (Johnson) Johs
Pamela (Erhardt) Doll
Alan Bain
Ric Fernandez
Mark Roehrich
Kipper Wilson
Kelly (Malard) Anderson
Tim Oster
Jody (Ismir) Lockwood
Chris Grondahl
Daniel Verhoeven
Don Nelson
Duane Staus
Scott Beierle
Mary Falhsing
Liz Miller
Chuck Glaser

We hope you have a wonderful day!

George Carlin's Views on Aging
(compliments of Corrine McLean Zerr)

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five!

That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.

Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


Jay and Lisa Yeager -7 years!

Our sincerest congratulations to both of you!

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

Tom Gerhart
Lisa Ilse
Deanna (Geisinger) Dailey

If you would like any of the new info., contact me!

Personal notes:

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
Sandra Schumacher- ? address, no phone
Rita (Ziegler) Keller - ? address, phone is disconnected
David Gelvin-no clues
Eileen Dosch - ? address, phone is disconnected
Wendy (Halpern) Tippett-is the Dallas area somewhere
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
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


If you guys are reading this could you please get in touch with me! Your addresses have changed, your phone numbers are disconnected, your e-mail boxes are full, or we have no clues on how to contact you! I am trying very hard to keep everyone in the loop and my information up to date! Thanks very much! Lauri


We are having great fun doing this for all of you every month! We are more than welcome to your ideas! Feel free to let us 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 us, we would love to hear from you! See you next month! Lauri, Dan, and Wendy keckmann@packersrock