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 Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site.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


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Volume 29, May 2003


Hi everyone,

This month our site is sponsored by Barbara (Matejcek) Schmitcke, thank you so much for everyone’s continued support!! We are a little lite on news this month, but we do have graduation announcements, a wonderful interview and other fun things to read. Please don’t forget to send in things to share, remember this all about you!

Next month our interview is with K. Ray Horner, a former resident of CA, but in 2002 he decided to bring his family home to North Dakota!

Have a great month everyone, we will see you in June! Lauri, Dan, Todd and Wendy


"In-depth and Personal with…Julie (Weinberger) Monzelowsky"
Name: Julie (Weinberger) Monzelowsky
Occupation: Office Manager for the Bismarck-Mandan Builders Exchange. This is a business which holds blue prints from architects, so contractors and sub-contractors can bid on them.
Home: Mandan, ND for 18 years
Family: Husband Dale (MHS class of ‘80’, four children Cory, he is 16, Eric, he was 14 on October 31, Lauren, she was 12 October 29, and then there is Colin he is 9. Sharing the house with us are our 2 sheltie collies Lady and Cassie.
Spouses Occupation: Owner of Dakota Inc. (Suppler of Hollow Metal & Wood Doors, Hardware and Misc. items.
How my Spouse and I met: At the old Viking home Building party, always great parties there.
Greatest Accomplishments: Surviving the first 16 years of motherhood and 18 years of marriage. (since the divorce rate is so high in my family)
People whom I admire: My husband, because he has to deal with a lot a stupid and demanding people in his business and he never lets them bother him. Unlike me I would like to crawl through the phone line and slap these people silly.
What do I have in my pockets: sticks of gum, Kleenexes, and a couple of band-aids.
Fantasy (or reality) job: I would like to retire at a early age. You just get awfully tired of doing your job and then doing someone else
Latest book that I have read: I read all the VC Andrew books.
Favorite music/musicians: I still like the 80’s music. My favorite musicians are Meatloaf, Pat Benatar, Journey, Creed, Pink, Kid Rock, and some of Enimen music.
Recommended Movie: Scooby Doo, great to see with the kids. And Star Wars.
Favorite cities and why: Bismarck-Mandan, Why? You have to ask, we have got the friendliest people living here. People are not afraid to make eye contact and say hi, or they lend a helping hand.
Where have I traveled: Boy, after what I have read in some of the other interviews I guess I can’t say that I have been anywhere special. We have been to Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, and Florida.
Favorite place to vacation and why: Disney World in Florida, Great place with the kids, so many things to do and see.
Favorite Foods: Chicken Fajitas, Tacos, and Margaritas!! (take note, her recipe for Chicken Fajitas is available on the "class flavors" link on our home page)
Hobbies/second career: Sewing, cross stitching, walking and a lot of biking with the kids you know they grow up to fast then they move out. You have to enjoy as much as you can.
What if any community service organizations I was involved with: I sometimes volunteer to help coach soccer. Then I just got tired of dealing with unruly children and their parents just dropping them of like we were babysitters. I also helped teach first communion classes.
Pet Peeves: People who think that they are Gods gift to earth. Stupid people. People who don’t have any respect for other people. Stupid people. Careless Drivers, oh did I mention stupid people.
Memories of Bismarck: The only thing that I did and still like are the trees in the autumn, specially along river road.
Memories of BHS: Graduation, everyone was so excited to go out into the world and explore.
Who were the people that I hung around with: It has been such a long time and I am sure there so many people to mention.
Was I involved in any extra curricular activities: No, I wasn’t interested in any.
Favorite teachers and why: I never had any favorites.
Favorite high school hang outs: Seventh street, Main street, and the desert.



The son of Mary (Schmidt) and Steve Ohlhauser, Jayme Fjeld, will be graduating from Bismarck High School at the end of May. He plans on attending NDSU and then UND Medical school on his way to becoming an Anesthesiologist. His momma is very proud. His younger brother will be starting CHS in the fall. Hard as Mary tried, she could not convince him to go to BHS. His dad, Steve, is very proud because he is a CHS 82 grad!

The son of Kelly (Falconer) Johnson, Joren Michael Johnson, is also graduating from Bismarck High School at the end of May. He is currently planning on attending UND in the fall.

The son of Janell (Bahmiller) Haid, Kevin Haid, another BHS graduate, plans on attending Bismarck State College for two years and then heading to UND to finish. He plans on studying computer science in college and is currently employed by Sykes.

Jessica Gross, daughter of LeRoy and Brenda (Jundt) Gross will be graduating
from Jamestown High School on May 25. She plans to attend Moorhead State College in the fall and major in Business or Accounting.

Casey William Steinke, son of Kirby and Barbara (Morlock) Steinke, will graduate from Tuttle-Pettibone High School on May 24, 2003. Casey will attend North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton in the fall, where he has been accepted for admission in the Liberal Arts: Engineering program.

Sarah Roehrich, the daughter of Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich, will be graduating on May 25 from BHS. Her current plans are to attend University of Mary for her first two years and than attend the University of Minnesota, where she will be majoring in pharmacy.

Corey Neff, the son of Tammy (Schlinger) Siems, will be graduating from NDSU in May with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing.

Matthew Piehl, the son of George and Peggy Piehl is graduating from Hebron High School on May 25th. Matthew has signed a letter of intent to play football at Minot State University in the fall and he plans on studying biology.

Tara Karlberg, the daughter of Melody (Carlson) and Troy Karlberg is graduating from Century High School on May 25th. She will be attending Bismarck State College for the first 2 years, where she plans on beginning her studies to become a. Physical Therapist.

Ashley Nicole, the daughter of Lori (Grishkowsky) and Arlo Pettis is graduating from Central High School in Rapid City, SD. She will be attending National College right here in Rapid City for their Vet Tech program.
She has been working at Black Hills Animal Hospital a little over a year now and loves it. She got engaged this last Christmas to a wonderful guy named Chris who is 19 and in the National Guards, he has completed his boot camp and AIT training for helicopter mechanic and will be going to the School of Mines this fall.

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 was submitted by Chuck Glaser

Four retired guys are walking down a street in Mesa. Then they turn a corner and see a sign that says, "Old Timer's Bar " ..." ALL DRINKS 10 CENTS ! ". They look at each other then go in. On the inside, they realize in this case, they should not judge the 'book by its cover.'

The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in and let me pour one for you! What'll it be, Gentlemen?" There seems to be a fully-stocked bar, so the men all ask for a martini. In short order, the bartender serves up 4 iced martinis - shaken not stirred - and says, "That'll be 10 cents each, please."

The four men stare at the bartender for a moment then look at each other. They can't believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round. Again,
four excellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying, ... ...."That's 40 more cents, please."

They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity is more than they can stand. They've each had two martinis, and so far they've spent less than a dollar. Finally one of the men says, "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?" Here's my story. I'm a retired tailor from Brooklyn, and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the lottery for $25 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime: wine, liquor, beer, all the same." "Wow. That's quite a story," says one of the men.

The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn't help but notice three other guys at the end of the bar who didn't have a drink in front of them, and hadn't ordered anything the whole time they were there. One man gestures at the three at the end of the bar without drinks and asks the bartender, "What's with them?" The bartender says, "Oh, those are North Dakota Snowbirds. They're waiting for happy hour."

"Parenting Pearls or Perils?"

The following was submitted by Julie (Mjolsness) Lindstrom

It was the middle of the week and I was trying to juggle the kids’ activities as well as some freelance work. Joseph, our 18-month-old son, had been up several times during the night, so we were all functioning on less than adequate sleep (as parents youšve all been there right?!). Andrew, our six-year-old and Joseph were lost in a pile of legos...Andrew building his way out and Joseph frustrated that his pieces weren’t magically sticking together.

"He’s just tired, Andrew, show him how to stack the blocks until we have to leave for swimming," I quickly whispered (or was it more like a hiss?) in between my on-hold call to the pediatrician, stuffing a job folder, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and managing to spill a glass of milk.

The legos started flying, the timer was going off indicating it was time to go, shoes were missing, car keys misplaced, Joseph screaming, me huffing and raising my voice...until Andrew put up his little hand and diplomatically and simply stated, "Mommy this is not about Joseph being tired, itšs about YOU being tired. I think you need a nap."

It just goes to show that for every lesson we think wešre teaching our kids they teach us twice as much in return.


The following is in honor of all mothers everywhere!
Submitted by Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser


Somebody said a mother is an unskilled laborer…Somebody never gave a squirmy infant a bath.

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby… Somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, normal is history.

Somebody said a mother's job consists of wiping noses and changing diapers… Somebody doesn't know that a child is much more than the shell he lives in.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct…Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring…Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.

Somebody said teachers, psychologists and pediatricians know more about children than their mothers…Somebody hasn't invested her heart in another human being.

Somebody said if you're a "good" mother, your child will "turn out" ok…Somebody thinks a child is like a bag of plaster of Paris that comes with directions, a mold and a guarantee.

Somebody said being a mother is what you do in your spare time…Somebody doesn't know that when you're a mother, you're a mother ALL the time.

Somebody said "good" mothers never raise their voices…Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child wind up and hit a golf ball through the neighbor's kitchen window.

Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother…Somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.

Somebody said you can't love the fifth child as much as you love the first… Somebody doesn't have five children.

Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the book… Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery… Somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back…Somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married… Somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home… Somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said being a mother is a side dish on the plate of life…Somebody doesn't know what fills your cup.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her… Somebody isn't a mother.


This month our recipe is compliments of Dan Raszler, it is called Baked Fleischkuchla.
This is a short-cut for Fleishkuchla and somewhat healthier way to make a German favorite! Enjoy!


Kelly (Malard) Anderson
and her family are headed to Phoenix this summer. They are wondering if any of our Phoenix classmates could send them some great restaurant ideas. They like any type of food, their only requirement is that the rest. be "kid friendly." They are also interested in what types of "touristy things" are available to do in and around the area. You can either contact Kelly directly, or send them to me and I will forward them accordingly.


 Here’s looking at you babe!!

No new photos this month, but if you haven’t been to this site this month, I recommend you take a couple of minutes and check it out! You won’t be disappointed!


An understanding friend is better than a therapist; and cheaper, too!
–author unknown



Happy Birthday to the following people! Tom and Darryl are both turning 41, the rest are all 40 this month! Sara and Paula share a birth date, as do Corrine and Mary.

Tom Gerhardt
Darryl Feist
Dirk Kienzle
Michael Ehrmantraut
Ray (Kim) Horner
Sara Jensen Fritz
Paula (Whitlock) Ludwig
Liz (Wicks) Kramer
George Piehl
Karla (Bernhardt) Larson
Monte Olmsted
Toby Schatz
Victor Pfund
Thomas Moser
Mary (Sweeny) Crompton
Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser
Corrine (McLean) Zerr
Bill Lucas
Brenda (Jundt) Gross
Tammy (Pettis) Sine

We hope you have a wonderful day!



A neat coincidence, Kim and Karla (Bernhardt) Larson and Todd and Vicky Jueth
actually share the same anniversary date!

Megan (Gerboth) and Dean Affa – 2 years
Lori (Ford) and John Moore – 4 years
Todd and Vicky Jueth – 10 years
Kim and Karla (Bernhardt) Larson – 10 years
Mary (Wolf) and Rich Dunn – 11 years
Claire Gervais and Dave Blouin – 12 years
Kent and Michelle Schock – 13 years
Tim and Diane Jensen – 13 years
Scott and Lori (Schneider) Westbrook – 16 years
Randy and Stacy Fischer – 17 years
Kelly (Soby) and Tim Broeckel – 18 years
Dean and Debbie Wolf – 18 years
Julie (Weinberger) and Dale Monzelowsky – 19 years
Joe and Linda (Demke) Dietrich – 19 years
Kathy (Nies) and Max Tschosik – 20 years
Tammy (Lund) and Frank Reis – 21 years
Beth (Wheeler) and Francis Greff – not sure how many years though
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 it’s May, and boy is it dry AGAIN in good old North Dakota, and if we don't get a substantial amount of rain the whole state is going to burn up AGAIN. Some people were fishing down at Glencoe bottoms south of Bismarck and left an unattended campfire - or they thought that they had put it out. Well, it got out of control somehow and burned about 4,000 acres of land. It was totally out of control with three days of fierce wind and took 5 days to put the fire out. Luckily, no property or lives were lost, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that it’s too dry to have an open fire.

Interesting news - in Mandan North Dakota a bloody man was running and riding a bike naked around a mobile home park in south Mandan. This prompted an immediate response by police. A 30 year-old Mandan man was out of control at his mobile home. The man took off all of his clothes and trashed his mobile home before jumping out of a bathroom window. The jump caused several deep cuts to the man’s arms and body, witnesses reported that he ran and rode his bike around the mobile home park in that condition. When the officers arrived, the man had returned to his home. He was confused and delirious, so officers restrained him until paramedics arrived to take him to a local hospital. Once again, this falls under this is your brain, and this is your brain on some really bad crack.

It’s been really nice outside here. Spring is in the air. Walleye fishing is HOT! Anybody, anywhere on the Missouri river can catch their limit, anytime right now. Fishing in North Dakota - especially in Bismarck has just exploded. The professional walleye finals have been held at the Bismarck Civic Center I think, 5 out of the last 6 years. So everybody has just been educated on how to fish for Walleye, or just fish in general.   A lot of 30 thousand dollar fishing boats are driving around town. If you don't fish or know how to fish, it is the greatest outdoor activity for a family get-away. Everybody can participate, and kids love it.

Hey Viking fans - your Vikings were late making their pick in the N.F.L. draft so they had to get bumped down two rounds before they picked again. This is the second year in a row that they bumbled on draft day. They can’t win Super Bowls, they commonly blow big, if not all or their games, and they can’t even get it done on draft day. Classic Vikings.

Short Month for me I need 31 days in a month or I can’t get it all done. Take care be safe. Todd


Don Nelson sent us an update in May. All is well somewhere in the world. He is looking forward to coming home, and has begun to make plans to tear down the base that they created. He was complaining about the food, no surprise there, but was greatly appreciative of the oatmeal his wife sent him! (Boy, the food must be tough when oatmeal makes your day.) Moral is also an issue, but he is working on it, it is hard to keep people happy when mail is limited, showers are less than five minutes, the food is not so great, and the shifts are long. He also mentions that he greatly appreciates the support from home, it makes his job much easier when they know that what they do is supported on the home front. If all goes well, the next time we hear from Don he very well may be stateside, and hopefully home with his wife!

Also, no news from the others in our class that our stationed in the Middle East, we can safely assume that all is well.




Our sincerest condolences to the class of 1980, friends and the family of
Bradley Bavendick. Brad passed away on March 29, in Bismarck.

Our sincerest condolences to Sandy (Bender) and Dave Friesz and their family.
Sandy's infant grandson passed away in Bismarck on April 19th.

Our sincerest condolences to Dean and Debbie (Hoffman) Wolf and their family.
Dean’s father, Donald Wolf passed away in Bismarck on April 25.

Our sincerest condolences to Robin (Middaugh) and Brad Jossart and their family.
Robin’s father, Roger Middaugh passed away in Bismarck on April 27.


Remember when…… submitted by Maren (Swenson) Waxenberg Maren was wondering if anyone remembers the weather beacon? My question to all of you is this, how many of you remember the weather poem that were correlated with the colors it flashed? Send them in and we will post them next month, can you do it?


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

We have new addresses for the following people: Mary Falhsing,
Mary (Schmidt) Ohlhauser and Lori (Grishkowsky) Pettis.

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! Dan and I do realize that some people may not want to be found, though we would prefer they tell us that directly and it will be documented accordingly. Out of respect, we will not bother them again.

Notice this list does not contain as much info. as you got via the private e-mail, that is to protect the privacy of our classmates.

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
Sara (Jensen) Fritz- no phone, no address
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
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, Todd and Wendy keckmann@packersrock