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DUI Task Force Looks At Ways To Spend Windfall

The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force discussed ways to use an expected $18,000 windfall during their meeting May 6.
Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 132 into law in April, paving the way for the Roosevelt County’s task force to receive about $18,000 in funding by July 1.
The new legislation allows reallocation of unspent special revenue funds to Roosevelt County and 35 other counties that have DUI task forces or other county drinking and driving prevention programs, by allowing for the county portion of driver’s license reinstatement fees collected in counties that do not have task forces to be distributed on an equal basis to the 36 counties that have task forces on July 1 of each year.
County commissioner Gary Macdonald said what is likely to be $18,000 has averaged about $2,400 annually from DUI fines and fees. He said about $500,000 is being divided among the counties that have task forces.
Macdonald said the amount Roosevelt County receives in future years will not be as much.
The task force looked at the budget for the next fiscal year which will be about $21,000.
During the May 6 meeting, the task force discussed using part of the funding to establish one county-wide scholarship for a graduating high school senior in 2016. They also discussed establishing an essay or poster contest for junior high and younger students next year with first-, second- and third- place financial awards.
In other business, Macdonald said the Northern Tribes DUI Task Force has been created that includes the Fort Peck Reservation and others along the Hi-Line.
Another alcohol sales and service training will be held in Wolf Point June 9. Several have been held in Wolf Point and Culbertson during the past year.
Employees, managers and owners of bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other retail stores that sell or serve alcohol must take an alcohol sales and server training class that is mandated by state law and become certified within 60 days of being hired. After 60 days, employees cannot legally work without certification and owners of establishments could face fines for not ensuring that themselves and all of their employees are certified.
“They have to have it within 60 days [of being employed] or they’re breaking the law,” Macdonald said.
The task force is a citizens group appointed by the county commissioners that includes representatives of several law enforcement agencies and members of the public plans and funds public education, awareness and enforcement projects to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related crashes and deaths in Roosevelt County.

Culbertson School Students, Staff To Participate In “Jeans For Troops”

Culbertson School is participating in the “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive to benefit the GI Go Fund for returning veterans.
The GI Go Fund is nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, go to college, access their health care and financial benefits, and link to housing.  
During the drive, which has schools and companies from all across the country participating in Culbertson School will honor Memorial Day and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.
Culbertson School gave its employees and students the opportunity to wear jeans in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund.
The organization did tremendous work in 2014 helping veterans obtain greater access to health care services, working with members of Congress in the wake of the VA scandal to implement legislation that gives veterans the ability to use their VA benefits to receive private health care.
Proceeds from this program will go to help the organization further its mission for veterans. The organization is currently looking to provide veterans with the tools and resources they need to find a steady job, from providing veterans with career mentorship to helping them access job training resources that will help them find employment with companies looking to hire veterans.
For more information about the GI Go Fund, or to see all the schools and business that are participating in the “Jeans for Troops” drive, visit www.gigofund.org.

Bainville And Brockton Voters Turn Out Incumbents; Froid Elects Two New Trustees

The following are results of school board elections held in area communities.
In Bainville, incumbent Ron Butikofer lost his seat in a four-way race for two school board positions. Butikofer, who garnered 63 votes, was out paced by John Gilligan with 101 and Tyler Traeger with 76. Michael Keefner received 9 votes.
Current board member Chanon Romo did not seek reelection.
In Brockton, incumbents Leonard Boxer will retain his seat with 63 votes. The other incumbent, Rodney Burshia, lost to Darren Long Hair 77-28.
Culbertson does not have a contested race with incumbents Paul Finnicum and Cheryl Kirkaldie running for reelection unopposed.
Linda Labatte and Scott Westland were elected to the board, defeating Rick Williams in a three-way contest for two positions.
Current board members J.D. Anderson and Rod Luft did not seek reelection.

Looking Good, Culbertson


Culbertson School held a cleanup throughout the community, Friday, May 8, with ice cream for participants donated by First Community Bank. Bank president Wayne Hendrickson is pictured handing out ice cream.   (Submitted photo)

Lions Hold Election

The Culbertson Lions Club held annual elections for new officers Thursday, May 7.
The terms will begin this fall when the Lions begin a regular meeting schedule.
Elected were: Jens Nielsen, president; Tom Beck, first vice president; Buzz Mattelin, second vice president; Wayne Hendrickson, secretary; Alan Peterson, treasurer; Kenneth Forbregd, tail twister; Jim Salvevold, chaplain; and Steve Larsen, song leader.
The Lions will be busy later this month with their annual community project, mowing and trimming at the Culbertson Cemetery, partnering again with the town.