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 Information which we feel is intended to be negative, class polarizing, mean-spirited will not be published at this site.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

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Volume 33, September 2003

Hi everyone,

Well, the summer is official over and school is beginning! Rachel is off to first grade this year and boy, am I lonely! Kindergarten was nice; a 2-hour break every day was quite manageable, not sure what I am going to do with 7 hours a day! Kevin says get a job, yeah sure. Everyone wants to hire a mom who can’t work until 9:00, has to be done by 3:00, be off in the summer, flexible during the school year, and needs to be available to drop and run if the school calls. Easy… He has no clue! Not sure what I will do, but I know I will have more time for this newsletter and more time to bother all of you. Lucky class!

After six days of living in the "land of thunder", I now have a whole new appreciation for Harley’s and those who ride them! What a party we threw here in Milwaukee and it does appears as if everyone, over 200,000 bikers, enjoyed themselves in our wonderful city! Honestly, the whole thing was of no bother to us in any way, but I do look forward to waking up and hearing the birds chirp versus the roar of a Harley! My daughter in turn thought the whole thing was awesome, she saw her first pink bike, and thinks those "biker babes" are totally cool! She used to want a convertible love bug as her first car, now she wants a pink fat boy! Can’t wait to hear what she decides her first tattoo will be, she thought those were pretty darn cool also!

Thanks to our sponsor this month, Wendy (Rios) Bosch and to Brenda (Buechler) LaFromboise for doing an interview! Also, thank you to everyone who sent in news! We have had lots of positive feedback lately on the newsletter; people are really enjoying having a connection with their classmates and can’t wait to read it every month. Thanks everyone for sharing your lives, sponsoring the site and reading the newsletter! It’s for you and we are glad you are enjoying it!

See ya next month, have a great September! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd

This newsletter is dedicated to the memory of Timothy Hecker.

Timothy passed away on August 13th in Wasilla, AK. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this very difficult time.


"In-depth and Personal with…

Name: Brenda LaFramboise (Buechler)
Career/occupation: Work Wholesale for 16 years now on the retail end of the optical part of it.
Home: Bismarck
Family: Husband John (Bubba), three boys Jeremy 23, John 20, Travis 10. My son Jeremy just got married October 18, 2002
Spouses occupation: Truck Driver, owner of lawncare business also
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet?
We both worked at Kirkwood Motor Inn
Greatest accomplishments: Raising my Children
What do you have in your pockets: Empty
Fantasy (or reality) job: Family Vision Clinic
Recommended movies: Shrek
Where have you traveled? Dallas, Mpls, SD
Favorite foods: Tacos
Hobbies/second career: Knicknacks
Pet peeves: Someone saying I can't

Don’t forget to check out this month’s recipe for, "Seafood Casserole".
It was furnished by Kaye (Bibelheimer) Knutson.

Parenting Pearls or Perils

The Summertime of Life
submitted by Tom and Kim Gerhart

The years go by so quickly when a family is growing. The little ones keep coming on, & then before we know, it’s time for yet another one; the years are flying fast. And every time, we have to think, "This one could be the last." Our way of life, our plans & goals, has undergone some change. Priorities have shifted, too, which really isn’t strange. Though baby books grow sketchier, not detailed or complete, each baby God has given us is every bit as sweet. I thank the Lord it’s been our lot to spend these years together, to be "tied down" for so we are, & love has been the tether. Our children grow up quickly, & time keeps moving on, and all too soon, this stage of life will flicker & be gone. Not looking back, nor yet ahead, to days that seem more free, I’ll savor every moment of the time that’s given me. I stand apart & see us, now – a husband & a wife, their children close around them, in the summertime of life.


Here’s looking at you babe!!

No new pictures this month, bummer! Please take advantage of this site, what a great opportunity to share your life with all of us!


"Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures."
- H. Jackson Browne, Jr. -


Happy Birthday to the following people!
Dannette, Denise and Barb are all turning 41, the rest are 40 this month!
Also, Paula and Debbie share a birthday.
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!



19 years
Blaine and Coleen Clooten

18 years
Dale and Barb (Matejcek) Schmitcke
Connie (Wiedrick) and Scott Samuelson

15 years
Kristi (Backstrand) and Dean Learn
Dirk and Holly Kienzle

14 years
Lew and Kelly Harter

13 years
Laurie (Zacher) and Dan Savageau
Blaine and Denise Clausnitzer

12 years
Dawn (Allmendinger) and Garrett Nelson

8 years
Jim and Lori Chase
Rod and Tanya Wetsch

7 years
Wendy (Cleveland) and Lance Siegel

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

I thought I would share the following, if you have seen it before, sorry, if I have posted it before, sorry! We have been doing this so long that sometimes I repeat things because I do not have time to reread every newsletter to see if it has already been done!

Compliments of Mary Falhsing

Just in case you weren't feeling old enough today, this will certainly change things.
Here is this year's list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985.
They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably

did not know he had ever been shot.
They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
There has been only one Pope in their lifetime.

They were 10 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember
the Cold War.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Tiananmen Square means nothing to them.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.
The statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
They have never owned a record player.
They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was
introduced when they were 1 year old.
They have always had an answering machine.
Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they
seen a black and white TV.
They have always had cable.
There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the
"Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.
Feeling old Yet? There's more:
They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.
Roller-skating has always meant inline for them.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They have never seen Larry Bird play.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as W.W.I, W.W.II and the Civil War.
They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from. (The correct answer, Ork)
They never heard: "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a
Camel," or "De plane, de plane!"
They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.
Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not
There has always been MTV.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
Do you feel old yet? If you do, then pass this on to some other
old fogies...but don't send it back to me, I feel old enough!


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

September, the best time of year in old Bismarck. The landscape is turning colors; the black birds will start to bunch. When they start doing that you know the fall migration is about to begin, and winter is close behind. This is the time for fall walleyes and they are going to be huge. I just received my invitation to the big show, The Walleye Championship. That is the championship of the casino tournaments here in North and South Dakota. There are 4 qualifying tournaments, Devils Lake N.D., New Town N.D., Grand River Casino S.D. and Prairie Knights Casino N.D. This year the finals will be held at 4 bears Casino at New Town N.D. on the upper part of Sacagawea. I had an opportunity to fish this final last year but at the last minute had to change plans and cancel out. Disappointing yes, but one year later the chance has come back. Competition will be tough, there are a lot of great walleye fishermen around North Dakota but I would love to be able to finish in the top 5 out of 125 teams. We will have to wait until September 6th and 7th to find out.

For all of you walleye fanatics go to this site on you computer www.In Fisherman.com and go to the pro tournaments page and you will be amazed at how many North Dakota boys are doing well fishing against the best walleye anglers in the nation.

In Bismarck its been hot, the dog days of summer, we hit 106 degrees on August 17th and it stayed 100 degrees for four days after. The State Street construction project that started two years ago is finally complete State Street runs from south of the front of the capital and goes all the way to north Highway 83, it’s the main artery of traffic coming into Bismarck and it turned out really nice. Three lanes wide on the north and south sides, its quite an improvement for the city.

For all of you that left our fine state years ago its never too late to come back to a healthy, clean air, safe living state. It’s the greatest place on earth to raise kids and enjoy the outdoors. I'm telling ya get back now before it’s to late. A lot of people around the United States are figuring this out and our moving their families back, or are experiencing North Dakota for the first time. But if you don’t want to that’s fine, because that’s all the more room for me. Mr. Hopfauf came back this summer.

First part of August we had a police shoot out in south Bismarck. Two guys from Fargo who were running drugs from Fargo to Bismarck took up residence in an south Bismarck mobile park when the police came to the door with a search warrant. Well the bad guys wanted nothing to do with that, so they shot the officer in the leg. The swat team began to return fire at the drug dealers to retrieve the officer who went down who also broke his hand while trying to crawl to safety. It was an all night stand off. They brought in the big fire trucks to put flood lights on the extending ladders, they had Bismarck, Mandan Swat teams, the Minot Bomb Squad, and at 4 am in the morning the Fargo swat team showed up. The bad guys were shooting at the police all night. This all ended about 5am when police shot and killed one of the bad guys as he walked past the bathroom window with a 9mm sub machine gun. Then they flooded the place with tear gas and stormed the place to bring the siege to an end.

Now here's the part you only see in Bismarck. You see we don’t see a lot of these kinds of things, it’s a very rare occurrence in our community. So all the people that lived in the trailer park brought out their lawn chairs and blankets to watch all of this unfold. They were walking around drinking beer and every once in awhile everybody would duck when gunshots were fired. That’s totally bazaar. I would think that the next time this ever happens the police will have a better control of the bystanders. And according to the Bismarck Tribune at times the police had to stop people from urinating on the police cars and in their gas tanks. BAZAAR

I read an article the other day on the on going war in Iraq. I know that there is very wide views on this war. I am saddened every time I pick up a newspaper and see more American deaths over there. But the commander of American forces stated this. The stakes are two high to let casualties deter the mission of pacifying Iraq. Every American needs to believe this: that if we fail here in this environment, the next battlefield will be in the streets of America. Every soldier understands the impact to America and to the global war on terrorism. Strong words to think about.

Did you send in your pick for Football yet? You still have time, who cares if you’re wrong. It can’t be as bad as picking the Vikings; these guys are good comedy. I'm telling you someday they are going to cancel the Simpson's and put the Vikings in that time slot because its funny to try to watch these guys try to play pro football. Same Vikings every year. I was watching their preseason game the other night (now mind you I was only doing it for a good laugh) but they had the ball on their three yard line and were going to run it in for the score when you guessed it, they dropped the ball and the Carolina panthers picked it up and ran it back 97 yards for a touch down. And yes, Carolina won.

One of our new laws in North Dakota deals with your level of alcohol you can have in your system before you are considered legally drunk to drive a car. Now I’m not in favor of drinking and driving, it’s dangerous. We used to have .10 as the legal limit and that was changed to .08 that means if you have one drink while out for supper you could get it. My other problem with all of this is this. Years ago if we in North Dakota did not vote in favor of a mandatory seat belt law we could lose our federal highway monies that pay for the state to have the roads fixed. Now they say if North Dakota doesn't pass .08 as the legal drunk limit they will take away our federal highway funds. Doesn't the constitution grant each state the ability to govern their own state the way they feel is in the best interest of the state? Why do they keep black mailing us to say if you don’t pass this or that we will take away your federal money. We all pay taxes and each state gets federal monies back according to population to fix highways so this is our money that they are black mailing us with, kind of cruel, but that’s life in America.

Well summer has come to a screeching halt that’s a fact, but I'm a four seasons guy and welcome the change in seasons. They are predicting that North Dakota will have an early winter with heavy snow now that’s what I'm talking about! Bring it on Mother Nature show us what you got, be as bad as you want to be we ain’t scared!

Enjoy September, be safe stay well.



This section and its stories are dedicated to our deceased classmates.

Compliments of Stephen Gilbert

I was in mechanical drawing with Bruce Rudrud. In the class we had to design our dream house. I had designed this huge round house. I found the plans in a closet the other day and noticed the drawing that Bruce had done on it. I still remember him drawing it. He also had one of the funniest laughs I have ever heard. It was always a goal to get him to laugh as it was so contagious – within minutes everyone in hearing distance would be laughing.


Bryon Weichel
is back in the good ole’ USA. He is currently stationed in WA state and expects to be there until January. He is keeping busy being the "property book officer" for his unit while his brother Richard Weichel is away at school. Better than Kuwait.
Welcome back Bryon!!

Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel has been quite busy this summer! She has been designing hand knit accessories and now has them in two stores. She just recently sent several items to Impact Gallery & Gifts in downtown Bismarck and is meeting with another boutique in California. She is rather excited and having lots of fun! Who knows what comes next!


Sharri (Buck) Proulx is very proud to announce that she is once again a proud Grandma. Her daughter Christina, gave birth to her second little girl, Alicia. All are well, and Sharri can’t wait to go visit everyone in California.

Tammy (Pettis) Sine is excited to announce that her son Matthew
is getting married on Oct. 11 in Las Vegas.


Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Timothy Hecker.

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and

New Postal Addresses

Jim Larsen, Terri Benson, Rod Wetsch, and Dan Froelich

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


Personal notes:

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
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