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Coyote Trails


Darold Rollman from Butte was in Culbertson Tuesday, Jan. 13, to purchase coyote carcasses shot by local hunters. He pays top dollar for the animals then takes them back to Butte to skin them. He had over one hundred coyotes in his truck and trailer.  (Photo by Nancy Mahan)

Suspect In Gold Dust Burglary Arrested In North Dakota

A man lodged in the Williams County Jail in Williston, N.D., accused of several burglaries in North Dakota, is a leading suspect in the recent burglary of the Gold Dust Casino east of Bainville.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said Monday, Jan. 12, that the RCSO was not ready to identify the man because he had not been charged with the burglary at the casino located on U.S. Hey. 2, just inside Montana.
The burglary was reported Wednesday, Jan. 7, and occurred between 6:18 and 6:45 a.m.
A suspect authorities believe is the man jailed in Williston fled the casino with another man in a newer model, four-door, dark colored pickup, possibly a Toyota Tacoma. That pickup crossed into North Dakota and was reported to have been traveling south on North Dakota Hwy. 5.

Country Showdown Moving To Stampede Grounds

The 2015 KVCK Country Showdown will be held in Marvin Brookman Stadium at the Stampede Grounds for the first time in several years.
Held in the Wolf Point High School auditorium the past few years, the talent contest, which is the annual Wild Horse Stampede kick-off event, will be held in the larger venue Wednesday of Stampede week in July.
“It was [at Marvin Brookman Stadium] twice when the [Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture] sponsored a band and we had the Showdown beforehand,” KVCK owner Larry Corns said.
He said opening ceremonies for the Wolf Point Centennial Celebration, which will be held in conjunction with Stampede, will follow the showdown.
Corns said he did not know if the larger venue would result in better attendance.
No alcohol will be sold during the Showdown. Bottled water will be available from 4-H. Alcohol has never been available during the Showdown.
“It was open to all entertainment last year and we didn’t get any extra talent. We’re probably going to go with just singers this year,” Corns said.
He said the WPHS auditorium will probably be a backup location in the event of rain.
Prize money increased for the 2014 Country Showdown with two grants obtained by Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 from the Elks National Foundation, which doubled the prize money and the number of cash winners. The Elks applied for and received a Promise Grant and a Beacon Grant, each for $2,000, to benefit the showdown.
With that funding, the number of cash winning places increased to five from three in 2013 and the amounts of the top three prizes doubled to $600 for first place; $400, second place; and $300, third. The prizes for the new fourth and fifth places were: $200, fourth; and $100, fifth.
The Elks used a portion of the grant funds to pay for a free pulled pork dinner that was catered by the Elks Club and served at WPHS before the start of the showdown.

Commissioners Take Step Forward To Research Oil Royalties

The Roosevelt County Commissioners voted, Tuesday, Jan. 13, to request proposals from potential consultants to research possible county ownership of oil royalties and mineral interests, and costs the county could incur.
The commissioners have discussed hiring an employee or consultant to research royalties for about two months.
The county is not committed to hire a consultant and could opt for a salaried employee.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said Roger Wimmer of Wolf Point has inquired about a contract position to research royalties.
The project that could take three or four years to complete could cost as much as $400 per day, although RFP responses could come in with a lower rate.
Concerns have been expressed by commissioners that the county could own royalties it does not know about.

Fire Damages Nemont Poplar Office

A fire on the 200 block of Second Avenue West in Poplar severely damaged Nemont’s offices shortly after midnight Sunday, Jan. 11.
Nemont’s marketing manager Kate Chudoba said Poplar office staff would work in the Wolf Point office until an interim location in Poplar could be found.
It is unknown if the damaged building is repairable or would need to be replaced.
Poplar residents wanting to pay bills or for other services may come to the cooperative’s Wolf Point office or any of Nemont’s seven other retail locations.
Poplar fire chief Greg Gourneau said the fire that was reported at 12:30 a.m. damaged the front and back of the building. Nemont has occupied the front portion and Montana-Dakota Utilities utilizes the rear for storage.
Gourneau said the cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday.
MDU owns the building.
No one was injured as a result of the blaze.

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