The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 23, November 2002

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great month! Well, Halloween is done, did your children get enough chocolate to help YOU make it through the day??? By the time we get done sorting Rachel’s candy, all the chocolate is gone and hidden in my secret stash! I dread the day she figures it all out, I will have to settle for the smarties.

Well, now that Halloween is over, that means the next two months will fly by!! Got your shopping done yet?? Kidding, though I have to admit, I’m darn near done! I’m not much of a crowded store person, I like to get it done before the big push at the end of this month.

This month our newsletter includes an interview with Kelly (Malard) Anderson, some pretty funny ND humor, something NEW and all the other great things we bring you each month! We sure hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for everything that keeps coming in, we are so glad that everyone is so willing to share! You all make this newsletter better and better each month! Keep the news and those interviews coming and who knows we may still be here at the next reunion!! That’s our goal anyway! Also, thank you for all the positive comments when I call, or when you e-mail us, we love those also!!

Next month watch for an interview with Kevin Nelson, this time he is going to share things about his life in Bismarck. Also, remember those holiday greetings, you can send them in anytime in the next thirty days! Have a great month. See ya in December!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from all of us to all of you! Lauri, Dan, Todd and Wendy!


"In-depth and Personal with…Kelly (Malard) Anderson"

Name: Kelly (Malard) Anderson
Career/occupation: Paralegal
Home: Billings, Montana
Family: Jim (SMCHS class of '81); 2 boys: Shaun (11); Scott (9)
Spouses occupation: paints structural steel for Roscoe Steel & Culvert.
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? Our families have been friends/neighbors for many years. Jim's sister brought us together.
Greatest accomplishments: Married for 17 years to my highschool sweetheart; 2 terrific boys; and standing in line for an hour and a half on opening day of Harry Potter movie for tickets, it may not seem like anything to you but my kids thought I was great!
People whom you admire and why: people who stand up for their convictions; people who go out and do for themselves instead of waiting for people to do for them.
What do you have in your pockets: Generally nothing, however my purse is another story!
Fantasy (or reality) job: My fantasy job would be no job, however the reality of that fantasy is I'm still a mom and therefore . . . . .
Latest book you've read: I know there have been some since Harry Potter, but they aren't coming to mind right now.
Favorite music/musicians: Big band, jazz, classical
Recommended movies: The most recent movie I saw was Harry Potter with my kids and I thought the effects were great. Even if you haven't read the books, I would recommend seeing the movie.
Favorite cities and why? Minneapolis, Las Vegas. One of my favorite things to do is people watch - there are fascinating, amazing, "Oh my God!" kind of people in these cities!
Where have you traveled? Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Denver, Racine, WI; with hopes of traveling to more places.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Las Vegas, great places to eat, that people thing I mentioned earlier, and fun entertainment.
Favorite foods: great Italian, authentic Mexican, anything out of the ordinary; I love to try new things.
Hobbies/second career: A food critic would be great because I could travel to all those great places and sample wonderful foods!
Pet peeves: People who can't chew their gum without cracking and popping it, and fail to see how that is annoying; people who can't live without their cell phones (how did you manage before they were invented?)
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Since both Jim and I are from Bismarck and our families are still there, I guess it's being with family.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Being nominated for homecoming queen and having Gary Schmidt as my escort, hoping to get all the "loads" to vote for us, we thought we had a pretty good chance; I remember spending time in the cafeteria during some empty periods with Gary Schmidt, Linda Demke, Patty ?, and others (names fail me now) and wondering how Gary managed to get through each day, those of you who knew Gary know what I'm talking about; I felt "privileged" when at our 10th reunion I was told that I was really the only one Gary remembered from his hazy high school days (daze?); I was sad to hear he had passed away.
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Lori Grishkowsky, Mary Getz, Mary Lindsey, Jody Malling, Julie Friesz, Patty (sorry Patty I can't remember your last name, you are Mary and Gary Schmidt's cousin), Liz Wicks.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: Mr. Boint - I'm not sure why, I just liked him; American Lit teacher, I can't call his name; he made class interesting.

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!

Compliments of Ray Wangler

A Swede took a trip to Fargo, North Dakota. While in a bar, a German fellow on the next stool spoke to him in a friendly manner. "Look," he said, "let's have a little game. I'll ask you a riddle. If you can answer it, I'll buy YOU a drink. If you can't, then you buy ME one. Okay?" "Ya, dat sounds purty good," said the Swede.

The German said, "My father and mother had one child. It wasn't my brother. It wasn't my sister. Who was it?" The Swede scratched his head and finally said, "I give up. Who vas it?" "It was ME!" chortled the man. So the Swede paid for the drinks.

Back in Sioux Falls the Swede went into a bar and spotted one of his cronies, "Sven," he said, "I got a game. If you can answer a qvestion, I buy you a drink. If you can't, YOU have to buy ME vun. Fair enough?" "Fair enough," said Sven. "Okay . . . my fadder and mudder had vun child. It vasn't my brudder. It vasn't my sister. Who vas it?" "Search me," said Sven. "I give up. Who vas it?" "It vas some Krout up in Fargo, Nort Dakoda."


"Parenting Pearls or Perils?"

Compliments of Wendy (Siegel) Cleveland

A couple of years ago my stepson, David, who was about 14 at the time spotted a turntable in the garage - he's never known life before CD's. Of course, that started the big trip down memory lane so my husband, Lance, dragged the turntable in the house with a pile of albums, and the two of them proceeded to connect it to the stereo. David thought it was really cool how you have to line up the needle to start a song and laughed about all the scratchy sounds and the sound quality in general. When we left the room, David was enjoying the music and studying the song list on the album cover. A little while later when the music suddenly stopped and the needle lifted he came to find Lance and wanted to know why it only played half of the songs - where were the rest of the songs?

Lance had to explain that you have to turn over the album to hear the other side!.


This month our recipe is compliments of Todd Jueth. He is sharing one of his favorite dip recipes, called Mexican Dip! He added these comments to the recipe, "take this to any function that you are required to bring a dish too and you will be a instant hit. People will ask you for the recipe, but don't give it out. Then they will invite you to all functions just so that you will bring the MEXICAN DIP. So you are assured to be invited to all functions from here on out."

Take note everyone, since it is the dip Todd always brings to a party, no one from our class better bring it to any gathering that that he is attending, it is his recipe! LOL Enjoy, it sounds wonderful! I think I may make it for the BHS gathering that we are having here this month.


Connie (Wiedrick) Samuelson is still looking for a recipe for scratch donuts for a Master Chef Donut Bakery? Not for frying donuts, but pouring them into this and making them similar to waffles. Any help out there????

To access this recipe or any others, just click below!!!

Recipes and can be sent to Lauri at keckmann@packersrock.com



Restaurant Review

This is something we haven’t done before, but it’s an opportunity for anyone who would
like to highlight a restaurant that they have tried and enjoyed! It can be something
native to your area or a chain that is up and coming! Doesn’t matter! Many of us travel and
it is nice to know of great places to eat in the communities we frequent!
If you would like to share a "review" send them to me.

This month I will highlight two restaurants that are here in Milwaukee, one is Chin’s Asia Fresh and the other is Qdoba. Neither of these is white linen dining. They are upscale fast food restaurants that highlight great Asian and Mexican cuisine, respectively.

Qdoba Mexican Grill is a small sit down restaurant that is currently in 16 states. Excellent Mexican food with a twist, fast service, and, the food is plentiful! I have never seen such big burritos. They are stuffed with cilantro, lime, rice, beans (optional) and the meat of your choice! I like the option to choose my fillings, kick it up a notch with their homemade salsas and try some flavors; such as Poblano Pesto, which is, pesto made with roasted poblano peppers, cilantro, almonds and pine nuts. They also serve the usual assortment of tacos and salads if you are not quite so daring! I would definitely give it a second look if you see one in your neighborhood, or if you are new to an area and you pass one by! I don’t think you will be disappointed! To see if there is a restaurant near you, you can head to their web site at www.qdoba.com.

Chin’s Asia Fresh is the second generation of Leeaan Chin Restaurants. It is a new restaurant to our area that is making a big splash! As stated in their brochure, "…the food draws on not only Cantonese and Sichuan traditions, but also Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese signature dishes." We have eaten there twice and have not been disappointed. I thought the Indo Coconut Curry stir-fry was very good, and Kevin liked the kick that the Sesame Chicken served up! The Indo was a close comparison to my favorite dish at the Big Bowl in Dallas that makes me very happy.

Meals are all made to order, ingredients are fresh and the service is fast! As is Qdoba, Chin’s is kid friendly; my daughter has enjoyed both meals that she has tried. No complaints from this parent. Chin’s offers up the option to do stir-fry’s with multiple sauce options, some mild some with some serious kick! They also offer their signature dishes, such as Lemon Chicken, do a variety of Noodle bowls, and make some pretty darn good New Age Potstickers, which are served with Pesto and Peking Sauce. The noodle bowls are either made with Udon noodles or Asian noodles, both of which are excellent.

Rumor has it that we have the first location and one is in the planning for Madison. They also have hopes to go into the Midwest in the near future. So, if you happen to see one open in your community, I suggest you give it a try. If you happen to be in Milwaukee, call me, I will give you great directions and meet you for dinner!

By the way, both restaurants are inexpensive in my book. For a family of three, we had two entrees, one kids meal, and an appetizer for about 20.00. Not McDonalds' prices, but yeah, not McDonald’s food! Happy eating everyone!


Here’s looking at you babe!!

OKAY everyone, what’s up??? It’s time to take five minutes and upload those photos!!! This is a private site, no one but us can excess it! Let’s put it to good use!!! Next month I hope to tell you that ten family photos have been loaded.
That’s our goal, only ten photos! Who wants to go first???? I promise that our family photo will be one of them. Boy, some days you guys are a tough crowd!  The link for this site is www.ofoto.com!
Just remember you will need a special e-mail address and password to access or upload photos, that info. is available from Larry Kessler or myself via e-mail!



"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
--Will Rogers



This is it folks, Donna is the last person to turn 39!!! And boy, she lets me know
every time I see her that she is the youngest in our class! Interesting how times change,
in high school she never would have shared that, but now, she shares it very willing!!
Take note, Dorothy is turning 42 and everyone else is turning 40! Also, Mark, Dan and Randy all share the same birth date!

Donna Harris
Kelly (Weigel) Barak
Tari (Andrusak) Fettig
Wendy (Rios) Bosch
Bob (Buchholz Raber
Jane (Bechtle) Melchoir
Martha Gilchrist
Dorothy (Reisenauer) Kosse
Wanda (Ferderer) Dvorsak
Delilah (Wald) Jamison
Beth (Loos) Johnson
Kelly (Falconer) Johnson
Mark Walker
Randy Fischer
Dan Raszler
Jerry Lantz
Lori Ford

We hope you have a wonderful day!



Ray and Joyce Wangler - 14 years
Sheri (Nordstrom) and Brian Driscoll -16 years
Jane (Bechtle) and Frank Melchoir -19 years
Brenda (Buechler) and John La Fromboise – 21 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!


Todd gives us his view, and he is …..


Compliments of Todd Jueth

 It's November in the northland and that means one thing; if you are an outdoorsman then you are waiting for the opening of deer hunting. Some of you can’t relate to deer hunting but it is more than just harvesting a deer. It's quality bonding time - at least for my family. It's seeing uncles. It's getting down to the farm to visit with grandma. It's hanging out in the woodshed on the farm, lying to all the people you know and love. It's sitting on a big hill in the river bottoms out west just watching nature in motion. It's going down after the hunt to the local small town pub to shoot the breeze with the townspeople. Even my wife gets a deer tag. Now, here is the animals’ best friend, a couple years ago, my dad, my brother, and my wife Vicky and I were out west deer hunting. We were walking this draw. My dad was capping the north part, my brother, Vicky and I were walking the draw to the north, with brother Terry watching the west side; I the East side; and Vicky walking down the middle. I came to the top of a hill and could see Vicky down in the bottom. It was so peacefully quiet and I could see about 20 deer standing looking at Vicky, and I could hear Vicky talking to the deer. No kidding - she is telling them to run that way! Shooooooooo, shoooooooo - go that way to get out of here safely, and the deer listen! So it seemed, because they all got out the only way the could without getting shot. Hey, maybe I didn't fully explain to Vicky why we were out here walking a couple of miles looking for deer. It's to harvest one - not to give them directions on how to survive. Oh well, like I said, it's all about the quality time together. 

I had to chuckle when reading last months newsletter. Tammy (Pettis) Sine made a comment at the end of her bio that she didn't ever remember Jay Yeager being shy and she went to school with him k-12th. I also read Jay’s bio and had to send him a e-mail to say hi and also mention that getting to know Jay and his clan in high school was a very interesting time. These guys knew how to have a great time - and Jay being shy was not the part I ever remember. Jay you are busted we will have to go back and edit your bio. For the record Mr. Yeager is a good man and if I were to write a book about high school he would get at least three chapters. 

In North Dakota news, two separate incidents, 3 out-of-state hunters and possibly a fourth have drowned in hunting accidents. Joseph Tonyan 35 and Philip Fleming, 37 of McHenry, IL. were duck hunting on Wentz Lake near Napoleon North Dakota with a party of 8 hunters. When the two did not return to camp at the end of the day the other party members feared the worst. And the worst is what happened. They had capsized their duck boat and drowned. On the same day two other out-of-state hunters also lost their lives duck hunting in Devils Lake, North Dakota on Devils Lake. George Freidinger, 70, also of Illinois and the body of another Iowa man who was hunting with Freidinger appeared to have capsized their boat and drowned. Although the body of the Iowa man has not yet been recovered, it is almost certain he has met the same fate as the other three. None of the four was wearing a life jacket, which is a big mistake. With all that heavy clothing, and the fact they had on chest waders, when you fall in the water the clothing becomes 50 pounds heavier, and the chest waders fill up with water, and the water temperature is in the 40-degree mark. YOU DO NOT STAND A CHANCE OF SURVIVING. You will sink to the bottom like a rock as hypothermia sets in fast.

Hey, I'm really lost for words this month. I have been extremely busy so I will chat with all of you in December with more great news from Bismarck. So, I wish all of you a great Happy Thanksgiving. Be safe wherever you are.

By the way, every Thanksgiving we have to watch the Dallas Cowboys as one of the two games for the day. Make me puke! I was just wondering if Emmet Smith gets into the games for half price with a golden age pass. Hey, he's washed up. The next thing you know, they will be pushing him up to the line in a wheel chair. WALTER PAYTON IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST RUNNING BACK OF ALL TIME. If you can break Walter’s record in less games, or less years, then that's fine. They called him "Sweetness" and he will forever be the greatest.

 Take care cccccccccccc ya



This comment came in too late last month to make the newsletter,
but I wanted to make sure his opinion was shared with everyone!

My pick for the super bowl is that the Kansas City Chiefs will not be there. LOL Also, if there is a 25th reunion I agree that it should be informal. The mixer of the 20th was the most enjoyable. It would be neat if the other two high schools would have a 25th also.
Basil Hipple



Earl Jensen has finally got in touch! He is well, extremely busy keeping our country safe! He apologizes for not being in touch more often, but due to his position in the military, both his time and Internet capabilities are very limited! He does tell us that he and has family have made the move to Wiesbaden, Germany and that he is enjoying his new position and their new location! He hopes everyone is well, says HELLO to all of you and hopes to see you at the 25th!



Tim Oster has made a big career move! He is no longer a CFO with World Data Products but has recently accepted a new position as a Loan Officer with Simplicity Mortgage. A very big change, but he tells us that he is really enjoying the new challenges and the new stresses!!

Brenda (Buechler) and John LaFromboise recently hosted the wedding of their son Jeremy to Bobbi Jo Mitchell.
(How cool, not only are we still having babies in this class,
but now are children are marrying also!)


Welcome to the world little one

Maren (Swenson) and Michael Waxenberg welcomed their second daughter Talya Rose into the world on September 11. She weighed 7 lbs., 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Maren also let us know that big sister Kaia has been a big help and that everyone is doing very well!


Our sincerest condolences to Mark and Theresa Brostrom.
His father, Morris Brostrom passed away on Oct. 7th in Bisamrck.

Our sincerest condolences to Dawn (Allmendinger) Nelson and her family.
Her mother, Marlene Allmendinger passed away on October 18th in Rochester, MN.


New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

We have received new e-mail addresses for the following people: Bill Lucas, Tim Oster, Tammy (Eckroth) Roehrich, Chris Andrews and Rod Wetsch.

We also have new postal addresses on Earl Jensen, Chris Andrews, Donna Harris
and Dean Wolf.

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!

Beth (Nelson) Schumacher
James Barth
Paul Mundell
Anthony Roll
Robin Diede
Cynthia (Vollan) Nickel
Brenda (Remmick) Baumann
Tim Mattis
Sara (Jensen) Fritz-she is teaching in Detroit Lakes, can anyone help?
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan
Sandra Schumacher
Rita Ziegler
David Gelvin
Pearl Throndahl
Kathy Berg
Karen (Oswald) James-she is still is Bismarck, can someone help?
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton

Debbie Beston
Marco Brecada
Jeffrey Conner
Corrine Feist

Tana Gregor
Jerry Hulm

Charles Johnson
Pamela Krogen
Brenda Loveless

Carlos Machado
Kelly Meyers

Timothy Miller
Regina Muncy

Joe Poitra
Theresa Ralston
Susan Scott
Cheryl Sparks
Timothy Steckler
Dennis Thompson

Doug Thompson
Mark Werner
Lorraine White Eagle

Richard Wright
Carol Zentner

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 Lauri, we would love to hear from you! See you next month! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd keckmann@packersrock