The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

Volume 21, September 2002

Hi everyone, I hope you had a nice long weekend with your family and friends.

This month will be a difficult month for many people in our country. The first anniversary of Sept. 11th has been given much thought, what will we do, how can we ever begin to recognize what and who was lost that day. I thought for a long time on how to recognize this day in our newsletter and decided to ask Brad Wolfer and Randy Bailey to do an update for us, Brad’s is below. Many of you may remember that they wrote stories for the Oct. newsletter last year that discussed what they both experienced on that day in their East Coast commentates.

I, in turn, will be teaching a kick boxing class on Sept. 11th, the same class I was teaching last year at the exact same time. My students have asked if we could start later, so as to take a few minutes and recognize those lives that were lost. I feel that is a fair tribute, but yet I hope that during that day we all do more than just take a couple of minutes to reflect. I hope we use it as a day to reflect on not just who was lost, but on what was lost, what we have learned and what we have gained from those you gave their lives for freedom. I think we have lost a lot, but I think we have also learned a lot, and for that we are a blessed and better nation.

On to the newsletter! This month our newsletter includes an interview with Paula (Whitlock) Ludwig. She sounds as if she has led a very interesting life, how cool! Also below, you will find the usual assortment of topics, including Todd’s "Totally Uncensored" Point of View! He will have you all laughing, I’m still smiling!! We also have some new areas, contribute what you can, when you can!

A big thanks to all of you who’ve contributed THIS month!! Somehow or another it always seems to come together. I always have a sense of panic at the beginning of the month, and then by the 31st I read through the newsletter one last time and can not believe everyone who contributed! It is amazing! What a great thing we have going!

A big thank you to Sheri Halbakken for participating last month, her interview should have made you laugh!! Also, once again thank you to everyone who contributed news in the August newsletter. The list is way to LONG to mention everyone, but you all know that I appreciate everything you send in, and so does everyone else! We are getting great reviews and comments sent in each and every month! Towards the end of this newsletter you will find a wonderful sample of how much everyone’s contributions are appreciated.

Next month watch for Tammy (Pettis) Sine, the newest grandmother in our class and another person who calls the city of sin her home!

Have a great month, take a day to reflect and we will see ya in October!

Lauri, Dan, Wendy, and Todd

One Year Later

Life after 9/11, compliments of Brad Wolfer

New York is not alone in the after glow of what occurred on September 11. I do feel however that we (New Yorker’s) take it a bit more personal as we are always drawn towards the southern tip of the city’s skyline and feel the void. Moreover, friends of those who were killed still remind us through their trauma what it is like to be without.

Economy and Commerce:
I live in Scarsdale, about 7 miles from the City, 18 from mid-town. A large portion of our community works in or around the markets. Most if not all are feeling the pinch, many are without jobs. The employment market is extremely tough; those of us who are fortunate enough to work count our blessings. Spending has slowed, as confidence is weak in and around the metro area. Many local businesses have folded along with the obvious ones (World-Com and Enron) that got fat during good times

As a HR person, I’ve seen the number of racial claims drop dramatically. People are more tolerant of each other, even on the streets and roads. September 11 seems to have calmed the fire of anxiety that existed. Unfortunately, that same energy is not being used in a positive way. Crime, (rape, murder, robbery) are all increasing.

Drive and Desire:
Many people have given up while others have at least slowed down. This town works all the time and that is just not the case any more. People take their personal days, sick days and all vacation. Some of the high unemployment you read about is because people are plain just tired and don’t want to go back. It seems no one is willing to over exert him or herself almost as if they fear the payoff will not come. Although people seem kinder towards others they are not to themselves. Suicide, especially as it pertains to teens seems more noticeable.

Unfortunately, time off has not helped parents do a better job at what is most important. Divorce is rampant and kids are turning to drugs at an alarming rate. While creating teams for our spring baseball season, we always try to accommodate driving situations and pair up neighbors. This year we could have built two complete teams (24 kids) from families where divorces are in process.

Yesterday, I like most of the folks who work in the city spent time on trains, subways and taxi’s. The energy in New York is not as powerful as it was. Whatever it was Osama was trying to accomplish, to some degree he did. I feel disgraced that we as a country cannot bring him to justice and resent that I live every day with the fear that my kids will have to worry or be threatened again.

We’ve had a challenging year. My father-in-law passed away in January. We loved him dearly and miss the daily calls and kind encouragement he used to possess. Rene is an only child; it has been exceptionally difficult for her. Rene’s mother has Alzheimer’s and has been welcomed in our home and become part of our family. My oldest son had a best friend lose a brother as he committed suicide.

Fortunately, my three sons are strong, healthy and continue to be a great source of pride for me. My wife, who’s always been my best friend, is still the single most positive person I know and has always been supportive of what I do. Transitioning into a closer job before my oldest goes to college next year, I moved back into the marketing arena. Currently I’m heading up the Internet, Retail and Catalog division for Kenneth Cole New York.

We feel blessed to live in the New York Metro area and take advantage of all the greatness whenever we can. We love the city! Restaurants, theater, nightlife and sporting events are our entertainment passion. I feel terrible for those that lost something over the last year as a result of 9/11. We will never forget and somehow is has made us all more appreciative.

Brad Wolfer


"In-depth and Personal with… Paula (Whitlock) Ludwig"

Name: Paula Whitlock Ludwig
Career/occupation: Gaming Investigation
Home: Las Vegas, NV
Family: My husband Albert, our 17 year old daughter Sarah, our 14 year old son Matthew, our dog Radar and our pet Emperor scorpion, Sidney who recently gave birth to 11 babies which she then ate one by one. And my kids think I can be mean! ;)
Spouses occupation: Massage therapist.
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet?
We were in a volunteer safety patrol group here called The Guardian Angels, which originally started in New York City; Albert was my martial arts instructor.
Greatest accomplishments: Raising my children, they’re the reason I live.
People whom you admire and why: My friend Brenda. She’s a great inspiration. She’s seen me at my worst and STILL speaks to me…amazing.
What do you have in your pockets: Lip gloss
Fantasy (or reality) job: Being a roadie on the Ozzfest Tour
Latest book you've read: "Black Ice" by Michael Connelly
Favorite music/musicians: Musically I’m pretty hardcore. Anything by Alice In Chains or The Cult, I also love Type O Negative, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Ministry, etc; but my favorite singer of all time is Billie Holliday.
Recommended movies: "The Matrix", "The Crow", "Tombstone", and "Dogma".
Favorite cities and why? Seattle, it’s a big city with a small town feel, I love it.
Where have you traveled? A few states in North America, but unfortunately I’ve never been out of the country.
Favorite place to vacation? When I do get time off I usually spend it in Bismarck or South Bend Indiana with family.
Any place you would recommend?
For anyone who doesn’t live here….Las Vegas, of course.
Favorite foods: Fried Chicken, BBQ ribs and a nice bloody steak.
Hobbies/second career: Where would I find the time? ;)
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Girl Scouts, my daughter has been one for 10 years so I get to do a lot with them. Last June, we went to Disneyland for the day. By the time we were done I was a homicidal maniac screaming at people, I’ll never go there again. Some Girl Scout eh? ;)
Pet peeves: People who seem to go into a coma at a red light and don’t come out of it until the now green light is turning yellow. Thanks!
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Dragging Main street with my brother Pat. Going to keggers and getting trashed. Looking out the window on Christmas morning and seeing fresh snow on the ground.
Memories of BHS (good ones): They’re all good, but the day we had to go home because of
the Limburger cheese on the radiators is one of my all time favorites.
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Kathy Bailey, Martha Plummer, Ellie Miller, Wendy Fuller, and anyone else who I could be a bad influence around.
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Noooo…I was too busy being a bad influence!
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: My biology teacher. I can’t remember his name to save my life, but he made an incredibly boring subject incredibly fun.
Favorite high school hang-outs: A big house across the street from the school. It was like nobody ever lived there. We would sit on their porch and smoke cigarettes, I’m surprised we
didn’t burn the place down.

"Parenting Pearls or Perils?"

Julie (Mjolsness) Lindstrom suggested this new area for us to explore
each month! She was hoping that those classmates who are
parents would be willing to share some:

a) parenting techniques or "pearls of wisdom" they
have passed along to their kids

b) things your parents said or did and you swore you’d never say
or do when you became a parent (but of course you do)

c) unexpected surprises and laughs bestowed upon us

Other than the wardrobe, have things really changed in the last 20 to 30 years?
Although many of us don't have kids in Jr. High or Sr. High yet,
we could bank a lot of these answers for the future.

This month Julie wants to know how your parents handled curfews and how you are handling the same issue with your own kids. Any good ideas or funny stories?

Send them to Lauri. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Dan Raszler
sent us these Children’s Property Laws! Sound familiar to any of you?

Children's Property Laws

If I like it, it's mine.
If it's in my hand, it's mine.
If I can take it from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
If I'm doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it's mine.
If I think it's mine, it's mine.
If it's yours and I steal it, it's mine.
If it's broken, it's yours

If I ... Whoops, Sorry - I goofed. Instead of reading the Children's Property Laws,
I've been reading Microsoft's Current Business Plan!


"Class Flavors" is a new link on our web page, which is devoted to recipes and great cooking! Recipes can be your favorite from North Dakota, something you love to eat, something your spouse makes that is terrific, something you made up, a recipe that is native to where you are living now, cooking tips, or heck, a recipe from your mom! We do not care! All we want you to do is share with others-that's it! Simple!

Send them to Lauri at keckmann@packersrock.com and she will
highlight them in the newsletter. Dan will then make sure they are
placed on the link and made available to everyone in our class or
anyone else who checks out our awesome web site!

Please be sure to let me know if you take it from a cookbook,
or if credit needs to be given to a special person!

Also, if you looking for a certain recipe let Lauri know. She will get the word
out in the newsletter and who knows what you may get in return!




This month our recipe is once again compliments of Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel. She sent us her recipe for RHUBARB CUSTARD PIE along with the following comments.

"Here's another of my favorite recipes from my grandmother's kitchen. Now, you have
to know that rhubarb doesn't grow in California and is only available for a couple weeks
around April or May. I have paid various prices to get it - from FREE to $6.00 a pound!
They don't know what it is here, or what to do with it. I always make 2 pies and share
one with someone who's either never had rhubarb, or thought they didn't like it.
This spring I made 16 pies. Must have been a good year!"


LIMBURGER CHEESE….Dan Raszler wants to know if anyone has a recipe for Limburger Cheese, outside of cooking it on raditors what else can you do with it? Maybe Ray Horner has some other ideas he can share!

In the months to come watch for Dan’s Pan Kuchen and Todd’s Party Dip! Yes, they can cook and they are going to share some of their recipes also!!! Remember, you can share too!!

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

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


Here’s looking at you babe!!

Wow, what a great opportunity! This is a wonderful chance to share your family with your classmates!! All you need to do is upload your favorite photos onto our very PRIVATE site!

The link for this new 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!


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!

You may be from North Dakota if….
Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a combine.

"Vacation" means going to the Day's Inn in Minot, Fargo,
Bismarck, or Grand Forks for the weekend.

You measure distance in hours.

You know several people who have hit deer more than once.

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

You use a down comforter in the summer.

Your grandparents drive 65 miles per hour through
13 feet of snow during a blizzard without flinching.

You see people wearing hunting clothes to social events.

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both doors unlocked.

You think of the major food groups as beef, walleye and Bud Light.

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend or wife knows how to use them.

There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at the grocery store at any given time.

You design your kids' Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

You think sexy lingerie is wool socks and flannel pajamas.

You know all four seasons as: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.

It takes you 3 hours to go to the store for one item even when you're in
a rush because you have to stop and talk to everyone in town.

You actually understand these jokes and send them to all your friends from North Dakota.

Compliments of Kathy (Bailey) Erickson

Taken from the book "Tough Times Never
Last But Tough People Do!" by Robert H. Schuller.

Lord, give me the guidance to know when to hold on and when to
let go and the grace to make to right decision with dignity.



Happy Birthday to the following people, a couple of them, mainly Dannette, Denise and Barb are all celebrating their 40th birthdays!!! The rest are celebrating their 39th!
Also, Debbie and Paula are celebrating on the same day!

Happy Belated Birthday to Lisa (Stratton) Lewis, Jim Chase and Ken Horner,
their 39th birthdays were all in August!

Dannette Henrikson
Denise (Rebel) Frieze
Barb (Matecjek) Schmitcke
Paula (Perry) Williams
Debbie (Isaak) Dosch
Julie (Msjolness) Lindstrom
Jean Walton
Joe Dietrich
Tammy (Rebel) Wagner
Laura (Gulbrandson) Bronson
Cheryl (Weichel) Streifel

We hope you have a wonderful day!


Happy "Belated" Anniversary to:

Heidi (Krenz) and Steve Pflipsen, they celebrated 12 years in August,
Scott and Terri (Albrecht) Keller they celebrated 18 years in August, and
George and Peggy Piehl they celebrated 9 years in August!

Wendy (Cleveland) and Lance Siegel – 6 years
Rod and Tanya Wetsch – 7 years
Jim and Lori Chase – 7 years
Dawn (Allmendinger) and Garrett Nelson – 11 years
Laurie (Zacher) and Dan Savageau – 12 years
Blaine and Denise Clausnitzer – 12 years
Lew and Kelly Harter – 13 years
Dirk and Holly Kienzle – 14 years
Kristi (Backstrand) and Dean Learn – 14 years
Dale and Barb (Matejcek) Schmitcke – 17 years
Connie (Wiedrick) and Scott Samuelson – 17 years
Blaine and Coleen Clooten – 18 years

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

Are we really that old? Yes, we are!

Recently I was serving beer at a festival in Waukesha. It was weird but I was
carding people who were born before August 7th in 1981! Boy, did I feel old!!
One guy I carded was actually born on my 18th birthday, 21 years ago. When I mentioned to him that he was born on my birthday, he was kinda surprised. He then told me that I didn’t look like I was THAT old!!! Smart mouth! Lauri

This comes from JoLynn (Wilson) Palumbo….
Boys started school today. Christopher's teacher (4th) was BORN in 1977!
Guess the years are piling on but not the attitude! ! !

1982 reunion update!

Sandy (Peterson) Keller, Wally’s wife, sent us this update from the
class of 1982’s 20th reunion. I thought I would share it with all of you!!

Great newsletter, as always!

The 20th Reunion for BHS class of '82 went off without a hitch. The golf tournament at Hawktree was a blast. Although I was the only woman playing from Bismarck High, I had a great time anyway. I played with 2 'girls' from CHS and the husband to a CHS alumn. The low gross winners, Tom Miller, Grant Lindstrom, Kevin Riskevitch, and Jon Buschat received a gift certificate to the pro shop. The low net winners, Mark Feeney, Mike Mann, Steve Peterson and Rusty Woods also received a gift certificate to the pro shop.

Everyone else from BHS received golf balls. Ron Kostelcky won a great putter from Coors, (I wanted to put it in my closet and hope everyone would forget about it!) Grant Lindstrom's wife, Jane, won a golf bag from Coors. It was a nice day.

The BHS softball team beat the CHS softball team on Saturday. I heard they had a really good time. The rest of the reunion was just fine!


Todd gives us his view, and he is …..


Compliments of Todd Jueth

Wow! It's September. Where has the year gone? Personally, I am a big fan of fall and winter. You know September means Football - whatever level of the game you like to watch. Right here is the OAKLAND RAIDER fan. The silver and black are going all the way this year! You know, we should have a pool. Every classmate send one dollar to Laurie along with your pick of who you think is going to win the super bowl, and whoever gets it right wins all the cash. Of course, there will be some duplicates so we will have to pull a name out of a hat from the people who chose the same winning team. And, of course, this would have to be approved by Laurie. We call this gambling on the Internet.

Speaking of gambling, North Dakota is trying to get a vote on our November Ballot to approve a statewide lottery. We would be part of a tri-state lottery that would include North & South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota. This measure has already failed at least four different times because a former governor (Art Link) tells everybody that if we approve this kind of thing it will be the start of the Mafia and then, of course, the hookers coming to town. Wow, where has he been? They are both here already - in many different forms, and we don't even have a lottery yet.

Recently in Bismarck, an ambulance was called out to a resident. While attending to the call inside the house someone walked up, jumped in the ambulance, and drove away. The ambulance was found four blocks away. Another ambulance was sent out to the resident to take patient to the hospital. Now, this is a serious prank. Luckily this was not a life and death situation for the patient. I do not support this kind of prank but you know what they say; a call to 911 is 95 cents, an ambulance arriving at your house about $500.00, some one stealing the ambulance from the residence - priceless. Heck, that was even more daring than the people from our class who spray-painted "B.H.S. Class of 81" on the governor’s house.

If you live in Oklahoma you know all to well why they call it tornado alley - because they have big tornadoes coming thru there. North Dakota also has tornadoes in the spring and summer. Though they are not that destructive, they can do a lot of damage. The Fuji scale on tornadoes is rated from F-1 being the weakest to an F-5, which would be the strongest. On August 11th an F-4 tornado touched down near Medina North Dakota about 60 miles east of Bismarck. The F-4 tornado had wind speeds from 207 m.p.h. to 260 m.p.h. The storm destroyed the farm of Sandy and Jerry Eissinger leveling the whole works. The Eissingers were at home with their three grandchildren at the time, hiding in the storm cellar, escaping unharmed. Three days later, a person that the Eissingers had never met before stopped in to return a picture of their three grand children that had fallen out of the sky 40 miles away from the Eissingers farm. The picture was unscratched and it used to be hanging on the front of their fridge door. Oh, the power of Mother Nature, just like any woman, all is cool until you piss them off - then watch out. For the record, I respect all women. The world would be a mess with out their guidance of us men. 

One more item of interest, a 17 year old Bismarck boy was given three citations when police found him sleeping behind the wheel of his car at a Bismarck intersection. Someone reported at 11:45 pm that a motorist was asleep in his car at the intersection of Washington Street and Divide Avenue. When police arrived approximately 10 minutes later the boy was still sleeping, apparently through several light cycles. The boy was cited for; minor in consumption, actual physical control of a motor vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia for a marijuana pipe police found in the boy’s pocket. This one reminds me of the commercial this is your brain, and then this is your brain on drugs. 

Hey, remember Virgil Hill, the North Dakota boy that took the silver medal in the 84 Olympics in boxing? Well, he got back in the ring on August 23, at Four Bears Casino in New Town, North Dakota and made short order of some putz named Carlos "Psycho" Bates. Hill took him out in the first round TKO. Now, Virgil is trying to make a come back from about four years off and he will need to get some bigger named boxers to fight him to get a shot at the title but he looked pretty sharp. Hill is 38, which is considered old to be boxing, but he is trying to win a world title again and get cashed up before he calls it a career. Good luck Virgil - go kick some butt.

Hey, it was good to see that some classmates sent feedback to Lauri. That's what we need - don't hesitate. You know, I was looking back at some old class letters and noticed one where a lot of classmates wanted to see another reunion in five years instead of ten. Now, that's great that you want to see your classmates again. But until, if and when, that happens again you all have a great chance to communicate with your class thru this newsletter. Hey, e-mail in and tell us with a short or long story what's happening with you, and or, your family. Heck, send in a question to me - ask me anything and I will get you an answer. I don't want to become Ann Landers, but to get you all involved I will do it. 

I'm going to start a challenge series where I pick classmates and I want you to send in what the heck is going on with your life right now. First heads on the chopping block are: Randy St. Germain, Sandy Gross, Scott & Connie Beierle, and Tammy (Reis) Lund. Short or long, write in, send it to Lauri and she will break it all down for all the class to read. Don't be shy. Inquiring minds want to know about you guys & gals. Hey, Lauri and Wendy are willing to publish all this stuff so let’s keep them busy; they want it that way. If they can deal with my nonsense, yours could not be any worse.

Life is short - play hard C-ya next month toddjueth@msn.com

OKAY, there is a limit to what I am doing for all of you! I am not running an Internet gambling ring, not happening! It would be very tough to do this newsletter from my jail cell! I will take your predictions though, you can send them in and we post them next month! Let’s see who does the best at the end of the season!! Here’s mine! Lauri

Packers 12-4 !!! GO PACK GO!!! See ya at the Super Bowl!



Laura McDaniel wants to know who is interested in a 25th reunion!
Who would be willing to attend? Who would be willing to help plan it?
She would love to keep our connections going and is more than willing to help out!
Anyone else have an opinion??? Let us know!

Also, as long as we are asking, let us know if you have an opinion on how it should be structured? Banquet vs. casual gathering? DJ vs. band? Two nights, one day? Those kinds of things! This is your reunion, and this early in the game everyone can have an opinion!

E-mail Lauri with your ideas, suggestions, opinions, and she will post them next month!



Here is what Doug Rian (nee’ Arnts) is up to now! He is still busy working and living in Nashville and some current photos can be found at the web site below. Click on the address and go to Robert Redford 2, no, that is not Robert Redford, that’s our Doug!

Doug also sent the following, "I am at present finishing a 'treatment' (precursor to a screenplay) about the life of Teddy Roosevelt for Mr. Redford to look at for directing as well as acting--TR looks just like an older Bob w/ a mustache, and TR's conservationism appeals to Bob, who as you know sponsors the Institute for Resource Management, a bi-partisan consortium of reasonable (underline reasonable, not eco-nuts) folks who attempt to preserve the Nat'l Parks. I understand that Bob has not yet been to TRoosevelt Nat'l Memorial Park, and that he admires TR--btw TR started the whole Nat'l Park System, as you know, so it may be a good fit. Mind you, I have an ulterior motive---a young TR would have to be cast--yep--that's me!"

Ray and Melissa Horner have made a very big move! They have moved home
to Bismarck from LA. So far things are going well, though they are missing some
of those cultural foods, like Sushi! Everyone knows that the only fresh fish in
Bismarck is what you catch!!! Ray is also making a big career change,
he promises to share more news on that in the future!!

Dawn (Allmendinger) Nelson has had a very busy summer! She has just finished
putting together a new catalog for her Home and Garden Party business. In it you
will find p
ictures, candles, baskets, wooden shelves, shower gels, lotions and lots of
other items for the home and garden. If anyone would like a copy, you can contact Dawn at dawnlynnnelson@yahoo.com , she would be happy to send you a catalog!!
For those in the Twin Cities area, she also does in-home or catalog shows!


John Brintnell was recently elected to the position of Exalted Ruler of the
Bismarck/Mandan Elks Lodge. John’s term is for one year and he has
the pleasure of overseeing the 2nd largest lodge in the country.

This was quite an honor for John and his family, as his father was the
elected Exalted Ruler in 1977.

This is a big month for Donna Harris. She is closing on her very first home,
a very big day for her! She is very excited to finally be a homeowner!

Mark Peltz and Christine Olivas were married on August 31st in Oregon!
We wish them well!

Congratulations to all of you!


Welcome to the world little one
Richard and Trisha Steinke welcomed Jonathan Allen, into the world on July 27 at 1:44 am.
He weighed 9 pounds & 1 ounce and was 22" long!
He is strong, healthy and adorable and both he and mom are doing fine!

Jon and Jennifer (Urff-BHS 82) Western welcomed their second son, Alex Richard Urff Western, into the world on July 14. Jenny and Alex are healthy and happy and their older son,
Charley is beside himself with excitement.



Our sympathies to Connie (Hoovestal) and Scott Beierle. Connie’s grandmother,
Lucille Reeff passed away on August 1st. in Bismarck.
Many of you many remember Mr. and Mrs. Reeff, as they were the custodians at
WJH from the day it opened until the day they retired in 1983.


 Remember when….

The summer seemed so long, but yet they went so darn fast? Well, that is how I felt this summer! When it all began in June it seemed like Rachel and I had days and days to spend together! Well, in a flash the summer is over and her first school year is beginning!!! Seems like only yesterday we brought her home, and here she is a confident 5 year old who is truly ready to take on the world! She told me that she only has two things left to learn, to read and to drive! Well, she can read, I hope they don’t plan on teaching her to drive!!

I often wonder was it as hard for my mom to part with us at the end of the summer as it is for me to part with her? Probably not, seems to me, my mom lived for summer to be over!!! I know R. is going to love school, she is a social bug like her mom and school is an opportunity that can’t be missed! Though I have to admit, if I could, I would keep her little forever! But, I can’t, so let’s get on with it, we have a whole new adventure to begin, it’s going to be tough at the beginning but a wonderful time is going to be had by all! Lauri


Before we go….

In addition to our never-ending appreciation for everyone’s contributions, I thought I would also share the positive feedback I received in just one month! Hopefully, this will inspire more of you to do an interview, send in news, anything! One thing I know is that many of our classmates are greatly appreciative of everything they read and see in the newsletter! It is not because of Dan, Wendy, Todd, or myself - we just put it together.

It is because of each of you and what you send us,
the incredible class of 1981!!!

Keep this in mind when you are debating sending us something,
chances it will be read by many, and enjoyed by everyone!! Send it in!

(I did not receive anyone’s permission to print these remarks, hope you do
not mind, I just put it all together at the last minute! Lauri)

Thank you so much for the call and the e-mail on the addresses. After you called the other night I spent probably two hours on the website. A flood of memories came back to me. I was overwhelmed by how easy it is to forget times and people that played a major part in your lives. At times I would think back and not remember people who I graduated with, now thanks to your work it has come back to me. I thank you once again. George Piehl
(There was more, but I will let him share that when he does his interview, many of you will be very, very surprised by what he does for a living!)

THANKS FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO! Heidi (Krenz) and Steve Pflipsen

Thanks again for all the work on the newsletter. I read it every month. Jon Western

Great job at keeping everyone informed!! Cheryl (Weichel) Streiffel

Thanks for everything…. It's great! Dirk Kienzle


Just wanted to tell you what a great job you are doing, and how I look forward to BHS news. Thanks! Kaaren White ("Chase")

..........keeping up with everyone and everything! I am very much enjoying reading the newsletter and browsing through the photo site-really awesome!! I will make an effort to add to the newsletter at least occasionally. Thanks so much for all that you continue to do!! Jody (Ismir) Lockwood

I really enjoy the Newsletter, Keep up the Good Work! David Brown

Thanks for all your work in putting this newsletter together. I know it takes a great deal of effort -- keeping information and events on 400+ people scattered all around the USA must be like trying to herd cats, but you make it happen, and I'm sure it is appreciated by all. Keep up the good work! Thanks again! Kent Schock

Thanks for asking and thanks for doing such a great job keeping us all in touch. Dee Fields

Nice job…….with this newsletter. Tammy (Lund) Reis

By the way, you're doing a great job on the newsletter. Keep up the good work. Sincerely; Lew Harter

Your class newsletter is looking great. Laurie (Wolf) Brady SMCHS

I appreciate all that you do for our class. I think it's amazing, really! Ray Horner

This has been a cool thing you (Dan)and Lauri have been keeping up. I don't suspect many classes stay in touch this well. And while I know many in the class do nothing to stay in touch, I guess it's good for the few who do. I think as we all have kids, have our parents die and eventually have each other die, this (our staying connected if only through the efforts of you (Dan)and Lauri will serve to force us into pausing for a moment each time we read about something like Dave Horner's mom or Kyle Frieze, thinking about just how fast time flies by and how we need to make the most of what time we have. The only thing that really does us is looking into the past to see just how fast it all seems to go. Both of your efforts certainly do this. Thanks Again, Larry Kessler


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

We have received new e-mail addresses for the following people: Alan Bain, Ray Horner,
Tim Jensen, Jane (Huckeby) DaCosta, Jon Kuehl, Dirk Kienzle, George Piehl,
William Brown, Twila (Krein) Wanner, Brenda (Buechler) LaFramboise and Todd Nelson

We also have new postal addresses on Ray Horner, Jon Western, Brenda (Buechler) LaFramboise and Laura McDaniel.

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 Lauri: keckmann@packersrock.com