The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

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Volume 46, October 2004

Hi everyone,

Aw, finally we had summer in the Midwest! One decent month of weather, sure hate to see it end! For those of you in the south and south east, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you endure hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. We sure hope you have a better winter.

The first month of school went very fast, only eight more to go. Rachel enjoys school so it is not much a of a burden, we just miss sleeping in. Kylie continues to grow fast and furiously. At 7 months she is crawling, pulling up on the furniture, yelling louding and definatley defining her space in this family. What a treat for all of us!

Thank you to Duane Staus who is our sponsor this month! Greatly appreciated Duane! The newsletter is small this month, but as always we have our interview, Todd's two-cents on life in Bismarck and a couple of other life tibits! Enjoy!

Have a Happy Halloween, see ya in November! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd


"In-depth and Personal with…Brian Geohring"

Name: Brian Geohring
Truck Driver for Lykes Transportation. Deliverying and picking up air freight for BAX Golbal.
Home: Centennial, CO., and Mesquite, NV.
Wife; Laurie
Spouses occupation: Computer Analasys for IBM
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet?
We met at a bowling alley.
Greatest accomplishments: Living day by day. My second home in NV.
People whom you admire and why: Now, My wife, all parents, without them, we’d never be what we are. And of course, the Soldiers of the Armed forces that are trying to make the world a better place to live, my heart goes out to them.
What do you have in your pockets:
Lint and some change.
Fantasy (or reality) job: Winning the lottery, having a good wife, fishing on a lake everyday and having a beer.
Latest book you've read: Biography of Tom Brokaw. Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Favorite music/musicians: 80’s R&R, Country, & Polka
Recommended movies: Shawshank Redemption, Horse Whisperer, Grumpy/ Grumpier Old Men
Favorite cities and why? Mesquite, NV, because I live on the golf course and we enjoy the sunshine.
Where have you traveled? Cruised the Caribbean, Akumal, Mexico, Toledo, OH., Mesquite,NV., to many places to name them all.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Akumal, Mexico, Lake Powell, Mesquite,NV, playing golf, gaming.
Favorite foods: Homemade mac and cheese, Steak, Lobster, Pizza, Raisin Bran cereal in the mornings with a glass of orange juice.
Hobbies/second career: Golfing, Fishing and just relaxing.
Pet peeves: People that steal, roadrage, terrorists.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Dragging main, Big Boy parking lot. When I had my motorcycle, we had a big rally with over 70 some bikes, riding around town until the cops tried to stop us, and we all split. We made a column in the Bismarck paper that night.
Memories of BHS (good ones): But of course, that good smelling cheese aroma that filled the halls and eating caramel rolls in the mornings.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: None. We, all hated school, didn’t we?
Favorite high school hang-outs: Anywhere possible.



Shari (Buck) Huiras and her husband are enjoying married life! They are still planning to move to Drummond, MT in the spring and will continue their Ebay business from there. Her daughters on the other hand are staying where they are, it's time for them to strike out on their own! Big changes at their house, but all good!

Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel just took a little vacation!
Here is an update which was written on Sept. 21st.
"Just got back from Maui this morning. Seems like a great place to vacation, even though I live in a great place to vacation. It was a family trip so we did some of the touristy things like the tropical plantation, the aquarium (which was amazing) and a sunset cruise. But I think the best was the submarine excursion - we went down 150 feet below the ocean - very cool. I don't think people even cared if they saw fish, but of course there were thousands of beautiful species of fish, several small coral reefs which were thousands of years old, a couple of ship anchors, and an inactive mine (bomb). Maybe I'll get the pictures done before the news letter - yeah right, you've heard that before!"


Lisa (Moser) Kienzle could us some positive thougths and prayers for her father, Whitey Moser. He is fighting the battle of a lifetime and any extra thoughts would be greatly appreciated their family!


News from the Ketchum household. Keep Jessie in your prayers and thoughts!

Hi Lauri,

Here is my news and a plea to all of the rest of you mom and dads.

September 23 was a very eventful evening around the Ketchum house. Our 17 year old daughter, Jessie, was doing some tie dyeing for homecoming with friends in the kitchen with me right there making dinner. We use the pressure cooker pot because it's so nice and deep and you can get quite a few things into it. Well you have probably already guessed what happened. I had laid the lid on top of the pot not locking it down just setting it there to speed up the heating of the water. I turned my back to work on dinner and Jessie NOT understanding how the equipment worked forced the lid off. It had formed a steam seal and built up enough pressure just from that that when the lid exploded up it mangled my range hood, thank God not her head. She is now recovering from rest and Deep seconded degree burns from her collar bones down across her breasts down to her bellybutton and then down the front of her thighs and all of her left arm which she thankfully threw across her eyes to protect them.

She is recovering well, we are past the blister stage and there is some great healing going on THANK GOD again and again, it's just going to take time.

She might try going back to school next week, but stuff wears her out fast. She's a junior in high school this year and is starting to fuss about missing Chemistry and her advanced placement classes.

Here's my plea to the parents.

Don't take things for granted, I THOUGHT, I had taught her about working with the pressure canner and the how it works. So many things we take for granted, radiator caps, boiling water in the microwave, cleaning chemicals, tools and equipment.

You know when they get past the training wheels stage and past the driver's ed class we kind of just expect them to know, and the younger ones in line, we expect that they just watched the others.

Go back and see where you need to fill in the gaps, don't take that teaching role of a parent for granted! I remember every time I change her bandages.

Liz (Tippett) Ketchum

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 toddjueth@bis.midco.net Thanks, Lauri

Hey all, what's up? I'm sitting here in good ol Bismarck, and its October 1st - 22 degrees. They say in the Farmers Almanac that it’s going to be real cold early, then a very harsh winter. That can’t even compare to the people in Florida. Wow, talk about a bad deal. It’s one thing to get a hurricane but to get 4 in a row - unbelievable. Hope every thing works out for all down there. I’ll take the winters.

Bismarck is getting on the map. Seems we are becoming a big magnet for industry to come and build. Home Depot has started to build, all the dirt work has started, now Menards has applied to put a huge expansion on to their building, Kohl's and Lowes have applied for building permits, and of course two Wal-Mart super centers, a Sams Club, and we are also getting a world wide shipping center that is building out by the airport. This will certainly provide a lot of opportunity and many different levels of employment for the capitol city. Also, there are only rumors of who is going to buy the present Wal-Mart building. I have heard anything from Cabella’s coming to town to go in there or one that is probably a better fit is Sheels would move out of Kirkwood Mall and take over the building. That would be a great move for them.

Recently, Bismarck had (I think) 25 newspaper stands decorated by local artists. They could apply a design to a permanent paper stand that would add a little pizzazz to the look of just a regular old plain paper stand. Seems this is a big thing in the BIG city so we thought we would try it since we are the sleeping giant of the greatest place on earth to raise a family.

The Bismarck Demon football team is rolling - to date undefeated, about 5-0 they are rated #1 in the state right now and that doesn't look like it’s going to change soon if at all. I really don't think there is a team out there that can beat them. Their defense has only given up maybe (and this is a big maybe) 40 points all year total. They have three running backs who are fast but mediocre, the front offensive line is big and controls the game. Every report you ever get in the paper the running backs get no credit but they are quick to praise the hogs up front. That's what they call them. So, as they say, offense wins games but defense wins championships.

The Presidential race is heating up. Boy, America could not be more evenly divided on who they are all going to pick. It really has meaning these days I'm telling you every vote is going to truly count and every state is big. Last year if Bush wouldn't have carried little old North Dakota he would have lost the election. So, get out there and vote. People in this country just take it for granted, and don't bother to vote. Look at all the people in the world that are fighting for the right to vote. Just to have their voice heard what a privilege to be able to have this right. Many years ago women were not allowed to vote but thru hard work and determination they won the right to vote, now today women are some of the most powerful people on earth. So don't take that vote for granted get out there and do it - make your voice heard.

Have you been following the private race to go into outer space? That plane space ship took off from the desert and had to reach an altitude above the Mojave Desert of 64 miles. They had to do this twice to win a prize of 10 million dollars. Well, they completed the first step but it was pretty scary. As the plane tried to get into outer space it began to barrel roll violently and they called for the pilot to abort the try but he kept the thrusters on and fought through the roll to acquire the height not to doom the whole mission and keep them in the running for the 10 million prize. If they can pull this off one more time by going to space and flying back to earth in about 2 hours. They will get the money to go forward and eventually have it so the normal public can get a ride into outer space take some pictures and come back to earth all in a couple of hours. Pretty neat, but I will wait until they got this down to a science before I pay for a ride.

Are you watching NASCAR? It’s a tight championship can Little E pull it off? Looks like it’s all pretty much up for grabs. We will have to see how all the picks come out - remember the winning picks get a week stay at Lauri's house in Wisconsin and 2 tickets to see the Green Bay Packers compliments of Lauri. And you may have to change a diaper or two while you’re there. (Trust me, it will be more than a diaper or two, and those tickets will cost you plenty!)

On a recent golden September Saturday, Lake Sakakawea gave up a mystery from its cold dark depths. Divers and surveyors finally found the wreckage of a fighter jet that crashed through 3 feet of ice into 68 feet of water 35 years ago. It was an F-106 Delta dart that cruised 1,587 mph and had a cruise speed of 600 mph - price tag back then of $3,305,435. Seems the plane malfunctioned, the pilot ejected the plane and a farmer picked him up while walking along the road. Back then the military went down to get important stuff from the plane and just left it there because recovery was too risky on the unstable ice cap. The pilot is still alive and living in New Jersey fixing vending machines. They did not inform him yet of the recovery of the plane. The wreck site is about 4 miles north of 4 Bears Bridge in Newtown.

Fall is here we are goose hunting in the mornings and catching big walleye in the afternoon. Pheasant season opens on October 9th, and then on November 5th deer season opens. The outdoors are just great up here, lots of wildlife. You can get as many deer licenses as you want this year because the population is out of control. I remember a long time ago with Scott Beierlie and Dwight Weiz we had a similar hunting season. We went out one Saturday morning and by sundown we had 6 deer on the top of the suburban. Scott and I have a lot of memorable hunting seasons in the books. This was the guy that showed me all about goose hunting. We used to have some great geese shoots. Scott was the man, he knew just how to set up all the decoys just right and it worked every time. He taught me all the ins and outs of spotting geese the night before. Wow, the spotting of geese the night before was the most fun part. Mike Dodds used to do a lot of hunting with us too. The good old days - well boys, any time you want to stop up for a hunt I will take care of all the plans. It would be great to do it again for old time sake.

Hey I gotta run. Remember, it is October and that means Halloween. Take care of all those little spook's coming to your house for candy it is a wonderful tradition. We like to have a lot of fun with Halloween at the Jueth House. A lot of kids and adults leave here with a memorable experience.

Have a great Month


Happy 42nd to the following people!!!

Rod Wetsch
Daniel Pavlik
Byron Weichel
Shari (Janke) Schmidt
Paula (McGarvery) Buchman

Happy 41st to all of you below!!!

Beth (Wheeler) Greff
Ray Wangler
Laurie (Zacher) Savageau
Kent Kambeitz
Tim Jensen
Mark Peltz
DeAnn (Flowers) Fields
Sheri (Nordstrom) Driscoll
Jon Kuehl
Doug Rian
Duane Jahner
Kent Schock

We hope you have a wonderful day!


Melody (Carlson) and Troy Karlberg –21 years
Bob (Buchholz) and Linda Raber –19 years
Rob and Wendy Fontenot – 18 years
Julie (Msjolness) and Brent Lindstrom –14 years
Lauri (Reed) and Kevin Eckmann -14 years
Tammy (Pettis) and Marvin Sine – 5 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

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

Bill Lucas and Shari (Janke) Schmit
If you would like any of the new info., contact me!


Personal notes:

UPDATE: Those are 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
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
Janet (Cripe) Laudenslager-no phone number
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