The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

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Volume 45, September 2004

Hi everyone,

Hope you are well! We had a nice time in Bismarck, two weeks was a bit long, but we did okay! I got to see some old friends and ran into some classmates, some of who I did not even recognize; Janell (Bahmiller) Haid is one! Small world. She works with my dad and we saw her at the Art Fair. She looks great and she also had her beautiful black poodle with her, gorgeous dog. I also ran into Lisa (Moser) Kienzle, haven't seen Lisa in prob. 20 years, but it was as if a day has never passed. I look forward to seeing her again, what fun that was, she hasn't changed a bit, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to her. I also saw Deb (Isaak) Dosch and Kristi (Backstrand) Learn, I think we have seen each other darn near every time I have been home in the past 15 years, some friendships are just to precious to end. Hard to believe but we have been friends for over 30 years, that is a long time, we could go on Oprah!

Dan, Wendy and myself also got together for breakfast one morning, Todd ditched us! Not surprised! It was fun to just chat, not necessarily about the newsletter, but just about life. None of us really knew each other in high school, so it was fun to just visit and connect. New friendships are always fun to make!

Special thanks again this month to Jay Yeager, he is once again our sponsor! Nice donation Jay, we appreciate it! Also, very special thanks to all of those people below who stepped up and shared a small piece of their lives this month! We always appreciate it.

Well, enjoy the newsletter, feel free to send something special in next month, we would love to hear from you!

Have a great month, see in October! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd

"In-depth and Personal with…Curt Friez"

Career/occupation: Complex Hatchery Manager, Pendills Creek/Sullivan Creek NFH’s, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Home: Brimley, MI., (west of St. Saute Marie in the Upper Penisula)
Family: Denice (Rebel) Friez, Nick, Matt, Kyle
Spouse’s occupation: Homemaker-Craft Sales
If applicable, how did you and your spouse meet? Junior High
Greatest accomplishments: Raising my three boys and staying happily married for 17 years.
People whom you admire and why: My parents married for 51 years.
What do you have in your pockets:
Keys, a jackknife, wallet.
Fantasy (or reality) job: I’ve got my dream job although I look forward to retirement.
Latest book you've read: Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Favorite music/musicians: Aerosmith, ACDC, OZZY, Audioslave, JETT
Recommended movies: Any western or action flick
Favorite cities and why? Bismarck, N.D. Home Sweet Home and Portland, Oregon it’s a big town but easy to get around in.
Where have you traveled? Pretty much over the continental U.S.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? North Dakota, to hunt on my land. I would recommend away from the typical tourist traps for R&R.
Favorite foods: Elk, Deer, Antelope, any type of wild game including fish.
Hobbies/second career: Hunting and Fishing, Second career will be Hobby Farming.
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? The Friends of Pendills Creek Hatchery, a non profit hatchery support group.
Pet peeves: People with no common sense or consideration.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): A good clean town, now it’s getting too big.
Memories of BHS (good ones): Just about everything.
Who were some of the people you hung out with? Jim Grenz (where are you?), Kevin Nelson and a variety of others, they know.
Were you involved with any extra curricular activities, if so what? Band and having fun remember our Class Motto-Drink A Ton in 81.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: I liked most, some were jerks.
Favorite high school hang-outs: Jim Grenz’s house, the desert, sand bar, Main Street cruising on motorcycles.


Dan is busy working on creating some new links for our web site. He is going to be adding links for various other class web sites from BHS and CHS. Many of them are starting their own sites, and are using ours as their prototype. They have been quite impressed with what we have done and are only hoping that they can achieve the same type of response.

He is also hoping to add links to YOUR own business web sites. If you have a personal business with a web address, let him know, he would love to advertise for you. There is no charge for this opportunity, but it gives you some additional exposure, which certainly can't hurt. You can also write up a short paragraph or two which describes what your business is all about. Never know what may come of some Internet advertising!


Finally! Terri Benson and her fiancé' Kevin have set a date! They will be married on September 16th at the Bismarck Court House, and in true Terri style she is throwing a big party in her backyard on the 18th! After 16 years of being single, she is finally ready to take the big step and she isn't the least bit worried, she got a great guy! CONGRATULATIONS TERRI!

The following story ran in the Bismarck Tribune in mid-July.

Diane (Blohm) Schneider, manager of Praire Peddle in the Kirkwood Mall, was presented the 2004 Retailer Hall of Fame award by the AMCI, a large sales organization that covers 26 states. Each year, AMCI personnel review the retail stores that have demonstrated outstanding retail ability. Praire Peddler was chosen because it does a good job of presenting merchandise within the store, as well as designing store windows that are enticing. Schneider was also selected because she stays current with trends and attends various gift markets.


Scott Brandt and his family took a well deserved vacation to Hawaii in mid-July. Here is his vacation update. After reading this highlight we may all decide that Hawaii is our next vacation destination! Sounds fantastic!

Aloha Cousin’s,

We had a wonderful time on the island of Oahu. The weather was wonderful, sunny about 85 degrees, with very low humidity and a constant breeze from the ocean.

The first day we took a bus tour of the island of Oahu and saw some wonderful sights. The tour took us past Elvis’, Jack Lord's and Magnum's house, if anyone is interested Elvis's house is up for sale for 11 million. We also went to the north shore where they filmed a lot of great surfing movies. Next we went by the beach where the famous love scene from "Here to Eternity" was filmed. You got a great view of it from an overlook that that let you see water come out of what they call the "Blow Hole." It is a lava tube. When waves come in the water is pushed into the tube and up into the air. The beach itself is small and surrounded by a lot of volcanic rocks, but it is very pretty. We would have liked to spend more time but they wouldn’t stop the bus. Later that day we rode through the mountains and stopped at place where the wind blows so hard and strong that you can lean into it at a 45-degree angle and not fall. It was not that windy the day we were there, but it was still windy.

We also went to the Dole Pineapple plantation and ate lunch. They have a maze that you can go through, as well as a beautiful garden with a wide variety of plants and flowers. They also have some pineapple plants for show. They don’t grow pineapple as a crop anymore. They are now grown in South American countries as well as sugar cane due to low labor cost. The islands biggest industry now, is tourism. They are growing coffee now, to replace the pineapple and sugar cane. If you have ever had Kona coffee, which is from Hawaii, it pretty good.

One day we went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. It was beautiful, my 2-year-old daughter thought that it was her own personal swimming pool and wanted to go back. Even now when she sees a picture of it - "my pool." We saw lots of fish and other sea life, no sharks. The fish were colorful and there was a wide variety of species. We saw one that was about 3 feet long and probably weighted 50 lbs. or more. He would have fed a lot of hungry people. There was another fish that we saw that was about 3 ˝ feet long and about 2 inches in circumference, not much of a meal. We did hear of one snorkeling group that had to cut short their snorkeling because they saw three sharks. Later that night we went to a magic show. The show was really entertaining, along with the magic there were also hula girls and guys. They did a wonderful job keeping the audience entertained between magic acts. In the middle of the show the magician came down into the audience and picked a volunteer, my kids loved the volunteer. My son told my wife "I didn't know that daddy knew how do that."

One day my dad, niece and myself hiked up Diamond Head Volcano. They say that is a great place to go and watch the sun come up in the morning. But I was not able to get up out of the bed in that early to go watch it. From the top you got a great view of Waikiki Beach and part of Honolulu. We could even see the outline of the Molokai to the south. Diamond Head is a dormant volcano and at one time was used as a military outpost. There are still bunkers, which you can hike up to. To get up to the highest bunker is about 0.8 miles. At one point you have to hike up a set of stair that I count as 99 steps. Then you go through a tunnel and then up more stairs. My niece said that there were about 250 steps all total, going up and down. The water there is so clear that if you had a strong enough pair of binoculars you could look down from Diamond Head and see the fish swimming in the ocean. Maybe that is an exaggeration, don’t know. I didn’t have a pair strong enough to try out my theory.

I think the best thing for me was the Arizona Memorial. The day we went to the Arizona there was a survivor there, greeting people who were visiting the memorial. I was able to get a picture of my son Colby with him. When I walked up to this gentleman a chill went up my spine. I wanted to say some thing nice and profound to him, but the only thing that I could choke out was a Thank You. Even now I still get a chill. At the memorial you get to see and hear a lot concerning the events of that day. It was a terrible day for America, but it also showed how resilient and unified we could be as a nation. The fact that 1550 men died on a single ship and today are still considered to be at their post shows the commitment that we as individual people have to our nation.

Now to switch gears.

We met a couple from Grand Forks ND, a family from Scotland, and there were tourists there from China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Australia, and many other countries.

For those of you who would like to live there, here are some things to think about. The cost of living there is high, a gallon of milk goes for $8.00 and gas was $2.23 for regular unleaded and $2.43 for premium. They say that you can go to Sam's Club and get milk for $5.00 a gallon. So those of you who like to drink milk like I do, I don't think that Hawaii is the place to live, unless you take up something else to drink.

If any of you like Spam then Hawaii is the place to live. They consume more Spam than any place else in America. You can even get it at McDonald's in the morning, Eggs and Spam.

How many of you visit the corner 7-Eleven? There they have what is known as ABC store, it stands for Aloha Brings Customers. Literally they are just about on every block. One night when we had gone out to eat and were walking back to the condo, we went past an ABC store and a half a block down there was another ABC store. They say that there are 66 in Hawaii, and now there are three in Las Vegas.

My children would highly recommend it as a vacation for any one. My son and daughter want to go back again next year, well the funds won't allow it, but maybe in a few years. My wife and I want to go back also. There were many things that we did not get to do and would like to go back and check them out.

Jim Larsen has let us know that he just passed his checkrides for commercial and instrument
rotorcraft/helicopter ratings. This supersedes the private pilot rating he had before and it allows him to fly for hire and in instrument meteorological conditions. Next he plans on working toward his instructor ratings and begin instructing.

JoLyn Wilson
and her family had the pleasure of Texas Rangers game in Dallas the end of June. She mentioned that it was a very family friendly ballpark and on Wednesday nights they have 1/2 price tickets when you buy on the website. Some of the local hotels also offered free shuttle service to the game which is a nice perk!
She also mentioned that she and her son Matthew (10) had the opportunity to meet VP candidate John Edwards. Senator Edwards was very kind to him and shook his hand. She shared this story, "When we first arrived at the event Matthew walked up to the first "suit" he saw and started chatting." Hey, are you with the Secret Service?" The agent seemed amused and treated him like an adult, answered his questions. The whole experience was something else."

Sheri Halbakken wrote in and told us some great employment news. Here it is. "I have been working for Chrysler Financial for 9 months now after retiring from running all over the highways for 6 yrs. I am a finance agent and recently put in for two job opportunities within the company. After three grueling interviews with the same panel of superiors, I landed the job as Floor Supervisor at Chrysler Financial in STL. Pretty good since the other Floor Supervisors on other floors were with the company for several years before they got promoted! I have talked to many graduates from BHS in the past 9 months at Chrysler Financial that graduated before or after us, and it is so good to get someone from Bismarck or even North Dakota to call in and ramble on about memories, after I have taken care of their account. Does anyone know Jim Anderson, graduating class of 80? I talked to him forever, and he still lives in Bismarck. His name isn't in the yearbooks, but he sure was so pleasant on the phone. Seems like a nice guy."

She also mentioned that wedding plans are temporarily on hold because the week they were going to Cancun to tie the knot she had to scheduled surgery. Nothing to be alarmed about, she is in good hands. September 15th will be the day she goes into surgery so keep her in your prayers and thoughts during that difficult day.

Kevin Bender's RACING RECAP

Compliments of Kevin Bender. Many of you may remember a story we ran a while back which highlight Kevin's "return" to racing. Below is a recap of his very successful season.

Hope everything is well, The Racing season was a blast, and we have a couple of Nationals left then its off-season, tear down time. The Dwarf Car Racing Series is full of great people from coast to coast, and very competitive. I believe I was up against the best the best could offer. My family and I met some real and genuine people. We had missed the first two races which put us about 600 points behind. So I'm real proud of our 10th in points finish. We were awarded the 2004 Rookie of the Year last Saturday night in Placerville. Our highlights were top 5 finishes in the last 8 weeks, and top 10 in the last 11 weeks. We won a couple of heat races gaining us a whole lot of respect. At the Chowchilla Nationals we were awarded the Hard Charger Award having transferred from the C-main to the B-main to finishing 11th in the A-main after starting 24th. Speeds were clocked at 105mph when we won our heat race. Not to bad for a Suzuki GSXR 1100. 2 weekends ago we had the truck to beat when I was sidelined with a broken panhard bar. We were in turn 4 and had to move a guy and well moved him too much and accrued the damage. If anybody is in the Sacramento Area Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 we will be racing up the road at the Marysville Nationals. We expect 80 cars from all over.
See you all later, Kevin Bender

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

It Is SEPTEMBER and if you live on my side of the planet it is the greatest time of the year. The leaves are going to start changing, the geese are going to start migrating down south. But I can guarantee you that quite a few of them will lose their life in good old North Dakota That's right we are going to hide in the fields, make ourselves look like geese and then, as the geese fall for the bluff we jump up and say surprise it’s Johnnie! Then it’s good night, geese falling out of the sky due to buckshot. Think about this - if you get up at 4am you can get a goose hunt in, then have your limit of geese by 11am which is not that hard to do. Then, it’s down to the river by 12pm, get in the boat, catch your limit of walleyes, which is not that hard to do and you could catch a big one or two. Then it’s back to the truck by 5pm and now you are off to get your limit of pheasants, which can be a little difficult, but only if you can’t shoot straight. Where else can you go and do this? ONLY IN NORTH DAKOTA, we have no hang ups here. And if you left the state you are missing out.

Anyway, I was a little lost this week the Olympics ended and I was not sure what to do. You know I used to come home and the Olympics were on three different channels for two weeks 24 hours a day. WOW there was no need to go out of the house except I had a job that I needed to attend, but other than that I was well taken care of. The men's Basketball team did not produce gold, but hey, that's ok because it was just a matter of time when the rest of the world learned how to play the game. But the women rocked in all sports, how bout the fast pitch softball team? They only had one total hit against them on their way to GOLD. But the one event that I never would have watched which I have a whole new respect for and that is ladies two person beach volleyball.

What's going on in BIS land? We had a kick ass thunder storm the other day - this was a dandy it rolled in with tornado warnings, severe thunder storm warnings, large hail warnings and it produced all of it. The clouds were boiling, and the wind was roaring. In north Bismarck they received tennis ball sized hail, flooding rains and it did flood all over the city, and on Century Avenue it had to be a tornado that took down one huge power pole and snapped several other power poles in half. But that does not measure up to the classmates who experienced Hurricane Charlie I know some of them are out there. If you were in Hurricane Charlie I would like to hear a personal account of what you went thru - send it to Laurie or myself.

Bad guys in Bismarck - do you want to know about the dumb shit of the month? Well, this guy goes into the bank and pulls out a big knife and tells the clerk he is here to make a withdrawal only problem was he did not have any money in this bank. So we call that bank robbery up here. Well the clerk gave the man $6,000 dollars in cash and he left the bank. Of course the cops were called because this man did not show proper identification for his withdrawal. The guy was walking along up the street not looking really any different then all of us. The cops are cruising the streets not sure who they are looking for when this one cop noticed a man walking up the street with a baseball cap on. Only problem this guy had that gave him away is that the officer could see money sticking out of the back of his baseball cap. Well good chance this is the guy that you take a chance on, and say hey, why is there money sticking out of your cap when a bank was just robbed couple of blocks from here? Needless to say it was the dumb shit of the month, and yes, he is in jail looking at 30 years.

Our lottery is going well, heck we may not have to pay state taxes if the people keep buying lottery tickets. I have to say when this was all being voted on the state said we would hopefully generate 10 million towards North Dakota needs. We are going to surpass that in half the time. We are all chasing the dream of doing what we want as we wish.

Well that's all I have this month. (Remember vote John Kerry if you want to speed up the end of the earth, or vote George Bush and keep on living business as usual.)

Have a great month, Todd Jueth #30


Special prayers and positive thoughts for Stephen Gilbert, his family and especially his mom. His mother, Peterann Gilbert, Cleveland, OH. was recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer and is currently under going chemotherapy.


There are two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children-
One is roots, the other is wings.


Danette, Denise and Barb are turning 42, everyone is celebrating 41! Happy 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!



20 years
Blaine and Coleen Clooten

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

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

15 years
Lew and Kelly Harter

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

13 years
Dawn (Allmendinger) and Garrett Nelson

9 years
Jim and Lori Chase
Rod and Tanya Wetsch

8 years
Wendy (Cleveland) and Lance Siegel

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

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

Lisa (Moser) Kienzle and Michele (Gross) Ferguson

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