- Written by The Herald-News
Many people were attendance for the 2013 Style Show that kicked off the fair this year.
Various area businesses were generous in their donations for door prizes, and the crowd went home with fabulous prizes at the end of the evening. Froid Federal Credit Union donated five $5 4-H concession stand coupons that went to Beth Hekkel, Todd Purvis, Christine Jensen, Jeff Whitmus and Jaclynne Taberna.
Main Street Grocery in Poplar donated six 12-packs of pop that went to Traci Kjelshus, Tara Nickoloff, Vonnie Mason, Julane Poland, Canyon Casterline and Bella Perersen.
Will’s Office World/Radio Shack in Wolf Point donated two $10 gift certificates that Carry Vandall and Nash Petersen took home.
Blue Rock Products in Plentywood donated six t-shirts that were won by Angie Purvis, Quinn Whitmus, Heather Taylor, Tonya South, Peggy Purvis and Sheryl Estes. They also donated four Pepsi hats that Laura Christoffersen, Tige Purvis, Chasity Bartee and Esther Peterson won. Four Pepsi visors went to Penny Hendrickson, Elaine Jensen, Chloe Taylor and Devin Nelson. Two Pepsi tumblers went to Jack Scotson and Roxanne Vermette. Two decks of Pepsi cards went to Toni Vandall and Mary Machart. Four Pepsi beach balls went to Andrea Vandall, Ean Taylor, Josie Dahlberg and Ramona Ross. One small Pepsi cooler went to Bronc Bilquist.
Three winners took home cash from First Community Bank in Culbertson: Melba Andersen, Carson Solem and Kody Fetherston.
A gift certificate to the Fabric Attic in Wolf Point from Sethre Appraisal went to Diane Hampton.
Floral arrangements from Friesen’s Floral in Wolf Point went to Kay Palmer and Brooks Solem.
The Other Place donated an earring and necklace set that went to Justin Vermette. A blanket went to Irene Johnson and a hat went to Shania Dahlberg.
The Kings Inn Motel of Culbertson donated a flashlight that went to Bev Raaum; a decorative headband went to Allen Peterson and an ornamental hair barrette went to Eva Mae Larsen.
- Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Carroll College and Montana State University, has confirmed this season’s first signs of West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes in Cascade, Blaine, Prairie, Sheridan, Phillips and Teton counties.
In addition, an American White Pelican near the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Sheridan County tested positive.
Although no case of human infection has been reported in Montana, 174 cases of WNV have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from other states. The highest rates reported this year have been in North and South Dakota.
“Montana has been fortunate in recent years with relatively few cases of WNV reported,” said DPHHS director Richard Opper. “However, recent activity in neighboring states is a concern. We want to remind everyone that WNV is preventable and taking simple precautions can make a big difference.”
In 2012, six human cases of WNV were reported in Montana, including one death. Nationwide, there were 5,674 cases of WNV in 2012 and, of those, 286 were fatal.
According to Joel Merriman of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control Bureau, a seemingly late summer has stalled the increase in numbers of C. tarsalis, Montana’s common mosquito WNV vector. “This may explain the absence of reported human disease, to date, this season,” Merriman said.
Mosquito trapping, sampling and testing began in mid-June and will continue until approximately the end of September.
Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms. Some individuals may develop a mild illness, called West Nile fever, which may last for three to six days. Generally, no treatment is needed. Other individuals, fewer than one of 150, may become severely ill with West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Symptoms of this disease include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma and paralysis. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their health-care provider.
DPHHS reminds Montanans to take precautions and protect against West Nile Virus by following the five Ds for WNV prevention.
•DUSK/DAWN - Mosquitoes are most active during this time. If possible, stay indoors during the early morning and evening hours.
•If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, DRESS in long sleeves and pants.
•Before going outdoors, remember to apply an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET is recommended by the CDC and is the most effective and best studied insect repellent available. Use a repellent containing 25 percent to 35 percent DEET when it is necessary to be outdoors. Children ages two to 12 should use repellent with 10 percent DEET or less. Products containing picaridin and permethrin have also been found to be effective in repelling mosquitoes, as has oil of lemon eucalyptus.
•To keep the mosquito population at bay around your home, DRAIN standing water in old tires, barrels, buckets, cans, clogged rain gutters and other items that collect water. Change water in pet bowls, flowerpots and birdbaths at least twice a week.
For more information about WNV protection and detection efforts, contact your local county health department or visit www.dphhs.mt.gov.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
Two graduates from Culbertson High School were nominated by their band teacher Mrs. Hekkel to join the North Dakota State University Music Tour of Europe this summer.
Lindsey Herness and Jessie Dreikosen sent in their audition tapes to NDSU and were chosen to join 334 other musicians and singers from Montana and North Dakota to tour Europe and perform their music amongst the beautiful backdrops of England.
Dreikosen entered two events, soprano and flute, while Herness entered for alto. Both girls did several fundraisers to earn money for their trip as well as receiving many donations.
The band and choir alternated performing at various parks, gazebos, and churches in London, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Paris, France.
Their trip started with a three-day camp at NDSU where all 336 students gathered to practice with the choir and band for the first time. After a long flight to England, they were bused to different locations throughout the cities to perform. The band and choir alternated band performing at the locations. It took eight buses including a double-decker bus to get the group from one location to another.
The highlight in London was seeing the theatrical play, Wicked. “London's version was amazing with a live orchestra,” Jessie said, who noted the orchestra sounded like it was a recording as they were “that good.”
Other highlights of their tour were watching some Olympic ski jumpers do practice runs in Austria, seeing Westminster Abbey in England and touring the Japanese Concentration camp in Germany.
Both girls said, "It is one thing to read about it in school and something completely different to see it first hand. This was something they will never forget. It was very gruesome."
We spent about 45 minutes talking about the layout of the camp, the ovens in the crematorium and the unnerving feelings of being in a place of such horror and pain.
France was celebrating their Independence Day while the group was there, London was busy with the 'Royal Baby' coming and the 60th Coronation of the Queen. The White Cliffs of Dover were amazing, as were the tons of vineyards, castles, museums and parks.
France had the best bread, Switzerland ruled on chocolates and sweets, but nothing tasted better than when they landed in Denver, Colo. It was a major "snack attack" at the airport. The only American junk food on their tour was Pringles, Nutella and Oreos.
Even though the girls were exhausted from the adventure, they said it was a trip of a lifetime and one they both would highly recommend for anyone wanting to see such majesty as Europe and the surrounding countryside.
- Written by Daniel Lawrence
Karen Toavs, the new high school English instructor for the Culbertson School District, is looking forward to returning to high school education after four years of teaching middle schoolers.
She said she loves the energy of middle school students, yet enjoys how high school students are able to solve more complex problems.
A native of Big Timber, Toavs is starting her eleventh year of teaching. Toavs enrolled in Montana State University Northern at Havre, where she doubled majored in English and history secondary education. Toavs said she did not dream of becoming a teacher as a child, but taking a class in university lead to a career path. Toavs also earned a master’s in teaching and technology.
The Toavs family moved to Culbertson after teaching for several years in New Town and Williston, N.D. Her husband, a diesel mechanic, is a native of Wolf Point, and Culbertson was deemed close enough to home. They have two sons, one a fifth grader, the other a first grader. Toavs is one of three sisters and has one brother. All three sisters are teachers.
During her time in North Dakota, Toavs was named the 2011 North Dakota teacher of the year, and met President Obama in a trip to Washington, D.C., for the award. Toavs stated the Culbertson School District is the first time she has taught at a district using the trimester system, and she is looking forward to utilizing the new format. Her classes offered this year range from technical writing, British literature and historical texts and literature.
When asked about her favorite writers, Toavs stated she is an admirer of Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft while possessing an eclectic range of tastes. Toavs is still deciding on if she will throw a stuffed Cthulhu doll at her class.
- Written by The Herald-News
Christopher Steven Bauman appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court, Aug. 14.
Bauman pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of criminal endangerment and the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, third offence; violation in a construction zone, driving while suspended or revoked and unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage contained in motor vehicle on highway.
According to charging documents, July 7, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Lynwood Bateman was working his shift traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 at approximately mile marker 642 at an active construction zone. At 3:14 p.m., he noticed a black Dodge pickup truck traveling above the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. His radar confirmed the pickup’s speed at 48 mph. Bateman activated his top lights and initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 641.
Bateman told the driver the reason for the stop and asked for his driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration receipt, which the driver stated he did not have. When Bateman asked why he did not have any of the documents, the driver informed him that his license was suspended.
The trooper stated he noticed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, as well a strong smell of a metabolized alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. There was also a male child in the passenger seat. He also noticed an open six pack of beer, an open case of beer in the rear seat and a black high powered rifle in the seat next to the driver. Bateman asked the driver if he had any weapons on his person. After the driver said, “No,” the trooper had the driver leave his car and gave him a pat down to ensure their safety.
The driver provided his name, Christopher Steven Bauman, and told the trooper his license had been suspended for “drinking.” Bateman asked how much he had been drinking and Bauman said “four or five [beers].” Bauman also confirmed the child in the passenger seat was his son.
After Bateman told Bauman that he would be back momentarily and instructed him to stay behind the vehicle, Bauman immediately tried to return to the inside of the vehicle. Batemen once more told him to stay behind the vehicle and Bauman tried to return to the inside of the vehicle several minutes later.
Bauman approached Bateman and asked what he was doing and said he wanted to speak to his son. The trooper told Bauman there were weapons in the vehicle and that he would like him to stay behind the truck for safety reasons. He also said he would let him talk to his son.
Bateman returned to his vehicle and ran Bauman through Montana Highway Patrol dispatch, which notified the trooper that Bauman’s driving privileges were suspended in North Dakota. He notified dispatch that he would be conducting standardized field sobriety tests.
Bateman informed Bauman that due to the alcohol in the vehicle and his recent alcohol consumption that he needed to make sure he was still good to drive. After Bauman told Bateman that they both knew he was not good to drive, the officer said he still needed to ask him questions to determine that. Bauman refused to do the field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Moore arrived on the scene at 3:36 p.m., after Bateman informed Bauman he saw the open container in the vehicle. Bauman stated, “I was drinking and driving!” and later said, “I drink a lot!”
Bateman contacted dispatch and requested a phone call from the local Child Protective Services. Kristina Hughes made arrangements to change the child to Mrs. Bauman’s house. Bateman also had Moore watch Bauman as he applied for a telephonic search warrant. Moore said that Bauman wanted to talk to the child and Bateman informed the deputy about the weapons and told him to keep a close eye on him.
As Moore stood by the door, he motioned to Bateman, who was applying for the warrant, that Bauman was drinking something. Bateman told the deputy to take it away and then retrieved all of the containers himself. He poured the remaining beer from the open bottle. Moore notified Bateman that Bauman was again drinking from a container. Bateman told Bauman to exit the vehicle and that he had given him the chance to talk to his son and his behavior was “unacceptable.”
Bateman made contact with Roosevelt County Justice of the Peace Hendrickson by telephone and she approved the warrant to obtain blood from Bauman. At 4:38 p.m., Bateman read Bauman the Montana DOJ Implied Consent Advisory and Bauman refused to give a blood sample. Bauman did give Moore permission to move his truck off the roadway and to approve a tow bill.
Bateman placed Bauman under arrest at 4:50 p.m. Moore told Bateman that he locked Bauman’s dog inside the vehicle. At 5:54 p.m., Bateman arrived at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point to get a blood draw. Bauman requested to have a cigarette, to which Bateman agreed. He asked what was going on and Bateman explained the situation, to which Bauman said, “I know, I’m guilty.” He then provided a blood sample without incident.
At 6:56, Bateman transported Bauman to the Roosevelt County Jail.
Bauman is set to have his omnibus hearing, Aug. 28 and his trial date is scheduled for Oct. 17.