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Culbertson Woman Makes Dozens of Diapers for Babies in Haiti

Infants and children around the globe have many needs and, unfortunately, their resources are often limited. When it comes to helping a child in need, many will step up and donate items such as blankets, clothes, bottles and, in this case, diapers.
Babies are dependent on diapers and orphanages in Haiti are often in need of a supply of reusable diapers for their infants. With this being an issue overseas, Ramona Ross of Culbertson comes to the rescue and answers the call to give.
In March 2011, the craft of sewing diapers was brought to Ross’s attention by an acquaintance.  The woman received a letter from the Church of the Brethren in Council Bluffs, Iowa, that was accepting diapers. Enclosed in the letter was a pattern on how to make the diapers.
“I wanted to try it. I thought to myself, ‘I can do that,’” said Ross. “The church in Council Bluffs that was shipping these diapers was right along the way to pick up my grandkids for the summer, so I figured I could make some diapers and drop them off on the way.”
Ross set a goal of making 450 diapers by summertime and ended up being more than 12 times over her goal. She dropped the diapers off in Council Bluffs and from there, the diapers were shipped to the Sacred Heart Haiti Mission in Rochester, Minn., packaged and sent to Haiti. Currently, Ross ships the diapers she sews to Minnesota herself.
The fabric Ross uses to create the diapers is from 100 percent cotton t-shirts and other materials including elastic, thread for sewing and Velcro. Light-colored fabric, such as white and pastels, is placed on the inside of the diaper, with darker-colored and designed fabrics on the outside. The elastic is placed around the leg area so the diaper fits snug and the Velcro is placed on the hips so it is adjustable. The crotch area is padded with thicker materials, though, Ross does not use sweatshirt materials because it is too thick. All diapers are made into a modified hour-glass shape.
“I followed the pattern on how to make the diapers and the first one I made took forever, but overtime I learned easier ways,” Ross said.
All the t-shirts Ross recycles into diapers are donated to her.
“The shirts come in from all over. Whether it’s two to three shirts or two to three bags of shirts; it is all useful,” said Ross. If there are any materials she cannot use, Ross sends them to local areas that are in need of rags. “Not much goes in the dumpster afterwards. I even use t-shirts with stains or holes,” she said.
Three hundred shirts will make an average of 400 diapers.
The diapers that Ross creates ship to three separate orphanages in Haiti, where 100 babies reside at each location. Each orphanage changes some 800 to 1,000 diapers daily. Every evening, each used diaper is washed out and hung to dry throughout the night. The average life of these diapers is three months.
Most of the diapers Ross has made ship to Haiti, but others have been sent to other locations such as Africa.
Over the years, Ross has sewed some 468 dozen diapers for children in need.
“As long as I can sew and people continue bringing me shirts, I will keep making diapers,” Ross said. “This is a good project. I can’t donate a thousand dollars but I can donate a thousand diapers.”

Four New Froid School Faculty



New Faculty at Froid Public School are (from left to right) Lee Ann Stangeland, student teacher Michael Reiter, Angela “Angie” Stuart and Ken Taylor.  (Submitted photo)

There are four new additions to the Froid Public School faculty.
Lee Ann Stangeland is the new third grade teacher. She and her family moved to Froid from  Brockton, where she previously taught.
Student teacher Michael Reiter, a hometown boy, returned to do his internship in history and physical education with Janessa Parenteau.
Angela “Angie” Stuart is heading up the first grade. She, along with her husband, came to Froid from Great Falls.
Ken Taylor, who also graduated from Froid, will be the principal/counselor. he completed his educational leadership degree at Montana State University Bozeman this past spring.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Aug. 27, 2015

Editor’s note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.
As of Monday, Aug. 24, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding four females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday. Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 24:
• Alice Aguilar, 59, DUI, operating without liability insurance, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked. Transported to Valley County Detention center;
• Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal mischief. Bonded out;
• Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
• Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
• Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
• Mark Dube, 42, Holyoke, Mass., driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, speeding on non-interstate exceed day limit;
• Travis Dyer, 35, improper turn, operating without liability insurance; and out of county warrant;   
• Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
• Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out of county warrant;
• Daniel Imlay, 40, Plentywood, operating without liability insurance, turning when unsafe to do so, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked and operating without liability insurance. Released;
• Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
• Jay T. Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
• Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
• Joseph Laturell, 52,
Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
• Randall Lehner, 56, Wolf Point, bench warrant.  
• Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
• Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
• Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary.

Giant Thermometer Measures Donations


The finished thermometer on display at First Community Bank in Culbertson.  (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)

In an effort to help community members visualize the progress of donations for a local organization, one Culbertson resident volunteered to build a giant, wooden thermometer to help raise money for local healthcare.
The project began in July when Bret Benson, a carpenter, offered to construct a door-sized thermometer. Donating his time and efforts, materials were paid for by Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation.
“Having lived in this community for a number of years, I felt this was a way that I could give back,” said Benson. “Carpentry has always been my passion, so being able to create something for a good cause is very gratifying.”
The thermometer is on display at First Community Bank.
The sole purpose of the thermometer is to measure the growth of donations for the upcoming Fall Fest fundraiser and future events.
“The success of healthcare in small communities is truly dependent on the support of its residents. It is inspiring to have these kinds of people in our community who give so willingly of their time and talents to insure access to local healthcare is available to everyone,” said Jaimee Green, RMC marketing and foundation director.

Massage Therapy Comes To RMC


With harvest season underway, winter months ahead bringing snow to shovel and simply taking on the world with a busy agenda, it is hard for most to ever find time for themselves.  
Tori Kirkaldie, a 2013 Culbertson High School graduate, is trying to help area residents manage stress, muscle fatigue, aches and pains or other symptoms that stem from attempting to keep up with the demands of a constant 24/7 lifestyle.
Kirkaldie received her license in massage therapy in June after passing her state exam and completing a two-year program at Williston State College in North Dakota. Recently, Kirkaldie began renting an office at Roosevelt Medical Center and takes clients Monday through Friday as an independent contractor.
“Almost everyone can benefit from a massage. People who are stressed, need more relaxation and less muscle tension are perfect candidates for enjoying the benefits of taking some time for themselves,” Kirkaldie said.
She schedules her clients around their schedules and offers sessions that last between 30 and 100 minutes.
“I feel like it’s cliché to say that I love helping people. But, it’s true. I want to help those who come to me sore and tense and know they are going to leave my office feeling better,” she said.