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Tradition Continues At The Fort Kipp Celebration


The annual Fort Kipp Celebration, a long-standing tradition on the Fort Peck Reservation, celebrates Native American culture and traditions through dancing, food, crafts and fellowship. It was held Thursday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 23.   (Photos by Angela Rose Benson)


New Wolf Point Food Pantry Might Take Pressure Off Culbertson Pantry

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Twin sisters (from left to right) Trinity and Serenity Poitra, eight, and older sister Geni, nine, of Wolf Point push a big broom as volunteers cleaning inside the new food pantry.   (Photo by John Plestina)

More volunteers are needed for the new food pantry set to open Monday, Sept. 21, in the former Boys and Girls Club building on the corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue South.
It will fill a void as Wolf Point has been without a food pantry for several years. Some local residents have sought services from a food pantry in Culbertson, the nearest location to Wolf Point.
Services from that food pantry might not remain available for Wolf Point residents.
Renovations began nearly a year ago on the Fort Peck Tribes-owned Boys and Girls Club building after a lease had been signed by Fort Peck Tribes and Food Pantry Inc.
Food Pantry Inc. will serve anyone living in Wolf Point and the surrounding area with a need that would be based on income levels of 150 percent of the poverty level.
Rose Neumiller Green has envisioned a food pantry in Wolf Point with a friendly grocery store atmosphere where people could come into a waiting room where they would be registered on a computer and then given a grocery list in which they would go around the shelves and put their own food items the cart.
Physical renovations are nearing completion in the building.
Walk-in coolers/freezers are still needed.
The food pantry had been slated to open in early September, but delays in getting food delivered has moved the opening date to Sept. 21.
Northeast Montana Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services will host a Halloween haunted house with donated food as the admission price. All the food will be donated to Food Pantry Inc.
Green said in February that she expects to feed between 600 and 1,000 families each month.
The food pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday each week and would serve all surrounding communities.
Blue Earth Boxing Club occupies the second floor in the building.
The club teaches boxing to youth and competes against other boxing clubs from Montana and surrounding states.
To volunteer for Food Pantry Inc., or for more information, contact Green at 650-5667.

Culbertson School Board Discusses Athletics, Lunch Prices And Growing Class Numbers

The Culbertson School District Board of Trustees held their last summer meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, in the Culbertson Public Schools lunchroom to discuss varying items of for the upcoming school year.
The meeting began with David Solem, athletic director, reporting fall sport participation numbers. A total of seven female students are joining the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams. Eight students are going out for high school cross country.
Some 26 male students have joined the junior varsity and varsity football team. Due to the large amount of interested athletes, head football coach Dave Helmer has requested the addition of a second assistant coach.
For this school year, the cost for school breakfasts and lunches will remain the same with breakfast costing $1 for K-12 students and $1.75 for adults. Lunch costs will remain at $1.25 for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, $1.50 for students in grades seven through 12 and $2 for adults. For the fiscal school year of 2016-2017, lunch prices will go up to $1.75 for K-6 students, $2 for seventh through 12th grade students and $2.50 for adults.
The new weight room is very close to being opened up for use by the public. As for the old weight room equipment, currently located at the old armory, the board decided an auction will take place to dispose of the old equipment. Whoever buys the equipment will be responsible for removing it from the armory. The auction date is tentative.
Superintendent Larry Crowder reported on the oil and gas tax payment that has arrived for the first quarter of 2015, saying that it was sharply less than their total from last year. Crowder said the loss of revenue may cause a delay in the ability to finish the upstairs gymnasium of the elementary addition. The exterior brickwork on the elementary addition is going up on the east side of the building.
With construction moving forward, several projects have been postponed, including a playground equipment upgrade, bell/clock upgrade, telephone system upgrade, additional security cameras for classrooms at several teachers’ requests, football field lighting upgrades and an all-weather track.
To remain competitive with pay rates within the area, the master agreement pay scale was adjusted from $31,181 to $31,789 for starting pay wages.
Several grade levels have seen increases in student enrollment with the seventh grade having 31 students. The school anticipated having 276 students arrive on the first day of school, but recognizes that number could fluctuate following Labor Day weekend.
According to the technology report, the Technology Committee is working on a three-year plan that will begin next year. The school was approved for the E-rate grant to assist with the technology needs of the south addition. This will help pay for switches, rack, and wireless access points to the new classrooms. The school is also working with Gaffaney’s to streamline their Sonic Wall and help with connection issues with non-domain devices.
Five guest teachers have been hired to substitute throughout the school year. They are: Gwenie Nelson, of Homestead; Danielle Helvie-Juarez, of Culbertson; Jackie Hatch, of Froid; Dawn Bjorge, of Culbertson; and Virginia Bjorge, also of Culbertson.
“I am currently working with new staff members to get them into our system and up to speed,” said Mike Olson, principal.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is slated for Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Culbertson Public Schools lunchroom.

Roosevelt County Gets One Of 10 New Montana Highway patrol Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned 10 new troopers last week — one to begin his career in Culbertson — at the 59th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony in Helena.
John M. Metcalfe from Normandy Park, Wash., was among the 59 graduates and will begin his career stationed in Cul-
bertson. He was also a recipient of the academic award for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum at the academy.
Attorney General Tim Fox addressed the graduates and emphasized the responsibility that comes with a career in law enforcement, telling the graduates, “You, as much as anyone in public service in Montana, are responsible for whether your neighbors can fully enjoy their lives and their freedoms in this special place. This is a heavy responsibility, but the rewards and satisfactions for doing your jobs well are enormous,” Fox said.
In addition to Met-
calfe, the other graduates were: James J. Beck, from Butte, to be stationed at Butte; Michelle D. Buchanan-Frost, from Helena, to be stationed at Billings; Travis A. Dillon, from Rocky Mount, Va., to be stationed at Harlowton, recipient of the Michael Haynes Memorial Grant [end of watch: March 27, 2009], awarded in loving memory of MHP trooper Michael W. Haynes by his wife Tawny Haynes Norton; Brianna M. Fox, from Havre, to be stationed at Chester; Brandon A. Kelm, from Miles City, to be stationed at Miles City; Grigori F. Neils , from Kalispell, duty station to be determined; Dylan J. Nordell, from Manti, Utah, to be stationed at Roundup, recipient of the physical fitness award for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum; Tyler S. Swartz, from Missoula, to be stationed at Sidney, recipient of the academic award for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum at the academy; Katherine A. Trewick, from Sauk Rapids, Minn., duty station to be determined, awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the camp commanders.

Locals Arraigned In U.S. District Court

Three residents of Roosevelt County were recently arraigned and pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate John Johnston in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.
Dave Victor Fast Horse III, 27, of Wolf Point appeared on a charge of burglary Wednesday, Aug. 19.
If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, he faces up to 20 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice investigated the case.
Shanley Leonard Bighorn, 30, of Brockton appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm not registered in the national firearm registratry and transfer record Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.
Paul Darrell Red Eagle Sr., 27, of Poplar appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.