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Bainville Community Association Sponsors First Chili Cook-Off


Members of the Bainville Community Association selling tickets to supporters at the 1st Chili Cook-Off event on Friday, Nov. 13 at Bainville Public
School.   (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)

Chili may be an enjoyable meal to some during frigid temperatures, so the Bainville Community Association was sure to sponsor a Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Nov. 13, at
Bainville High School during the junior high basketball games.  
“We had about seven different chilis to offer that night, and it was all cooked and provided by anyone who wanted to participate in the cook-off. It cost five dollars for a ticket, and if you wanted extra tickets, you’d have to pay an additional $2,” said Brittany Gilligan, BCA secretary. “From there, those who purchased tickets could walk around and taste test all the chili and leave a ticket with the chili they liked most. Those with the most tickets would win.”
The several chilis that were provided at the event included a chipotle-spiced chili, three types of green chili, chicken chili and two meat chilis, one of which included lamb in the recipe.
“The BCA is made up of local businesses, ranchers and involved community members. We sponsored the chili cook-off to raise awareness of the group,” Gilligan said.
A total of $500 was raised that evening, though, the BCA only kept 20 percent of the proceeds beings they offered cash- prizes to the judge’s choice, first, second and third place winners in the cook-off. Several home-made pies were donated by Joy Owens, a community member of Bainville, and were silent auctioned off at the Chili Cook-Off, which brought in roughly $250 towards the BCA’s efforts. All funds raised go to the Bainville community.
“This was our first year of sponsoring the Chili Cook-Off and it went really well. I’d say we are definitely interested in doing it again next year,” said Gilligan.
The BCA hosted their first Fourth of July community event this year and it was a huge success with over 200 attendees, according to Gilligan. The group is planning the event for July of 2016 and is looking to get a well-known band to perform.
Immediately following the Bainville Public School’s Christmas Program in December of this year, the BCA plans to offer hot chocolate and cookies to the public at the school.

Roosevelt Medical Center Ambulances Outfitted With Cardiac Monitors

A common call-out for the Roosevelt Medical Center EMS crew is for patients with cardiac, or heart problems.
Recently, two of the RMC ambulances were outfitted with special heart monitors and wireless internet which can provide emergency room personnel a look at a heart attack patient’s heart rhythm long before the ambulance arrives at the hospital. Recently, EMS personnel received hands-on training to operate them.
The monitors enable emergency medical responders to utilize their wireless connection to transmit data to the hospital in real time. Crew members can now continuously monitor 12-lead ECGs right in the field or in the ambulance during transport. This enables early diagnosis and initiation of treatment for patients experiencing a cardiac event.
“Early identification right in the field saves precious time for these patients, reducing time to treatment, which is a top priority for our critical access hospital,” said Teresia Moore, director of the RMC Emergency Medical Services Department.
The two monitors were purchased through a $50,000 grant RMC received through the American Heart Association. In 2014 the AHA announced a gift of $4.6 million from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, one of the nation’s largest foundations, to implement a three-year mission: Lifeline Initiative in Montana.
The goal of the initiative is to create and help the existing statewide system to improve the quality of care and outcomes for STEMI-type heart attacks, alert the nearest, most appropriate hospital and activate the catheterization lab to treat the patient immediately upon arrival.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have the most serious type of heart attack known as an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, or STEMI, in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s health and life are at serious risk.
According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Hospital Association, 1,799 people were hospitalized in Montana for acute heart attack in 2012, and of those, 777 were STEMIs.
“Time means everything when you are dealing with heart conditions because it can mean the difference between life and death. These monitors let hospital staff knows exactly what needs to be done once the patient arrives. This is a way to make the best use of time,” Moore said.
This enables doctors and specialists who are assisting in the RMC emergency room, via tele-medicine technology, to view the information as a file or as an actual feed. This way, they are familiar with the patient’s condition before they arrive at the hospital.
“This is part of our efforts to ensure patients receive care that provides the very best outcome,” said Moore.

Local Emergency Planning Committee Discusses Trainings, Possible Evacuation Drills


Risks to Wolf Point in the event of an oil train derailment and the possibility of an evacuation were discussed during a heavily attended Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting held at the Roosevelt County Health Department in Wolf Point Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Discussions included problem areas for Wolf Point if there was a train derailment in town.
Roosevelt County Disaster Emergency Services Coordinator Dan Sietsema said access to crossings is an issue and the close proximity of Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School to the train tracks is a concern.
The questions of how to physically evacuate Wolf Point was brought up with many people saying law enforcement would have to knock on doors and use other means such as megaphones following the use of a reverse 911 system.
Teresia Moore, of Roosevelt Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services in Culbertson, questioned if it were possible to test the reverse 911 system in a select area to see how effective it is. Several LEPC attendees who plan to attend the 911 Dispatch Committee meeting said they would bring it up at the upcoming meeting.
LEPC chairperson Lee Allmer recapped the discussion from the last LEPC meeting about the Bainville train derailment in July.
“The last meeting in Bainville was really great,” he said.
The two issues discussed involved safety concerns for the dilapidated grain elevator and route access when trains are blocking crossings.
Allmer added that, after discussions with the Roosevelt County Commissioners, it is unclear who owns the elevator situated on Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s property in Bainville. Sietsema suggested contacting BNSF to see if there is a current lease from the most recent elevator owners. Everyone at the meeting agreed that it is sizably difficult to work with BNSF.
Sietsema began the meeting by reporting that he is busy finalizing the last quarter and the fiscal year Emergency Management Preparedness Grant.
Sietsema received an extension on the Homeland Security Grant for completing the fencing project and back-up generator system.
“Recently, things have been running smoothly without incident in the county,” he said.
Sietsema also reported that he has received little information on the progress of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant. He received an email from the contractor stating that a portion of the plan has been finalized and will be sent for review. All LEPC members will receive a copy once it arrives. Sietsema will be on leave for several weeks.
It has been three months since the Northern Tier Committee met, according to County Commissioner Gary Macdonald.
Several upcoming trainings per the FEMA educational opportunity sheets were reviewed. Sietsema asked everyone in attendance to visit the FEMA.GOV website to see what educational opportunities are of interest that people might want to participate in. He added that there is an excellent HAZMAT training in Pueblo, Colo. For many of the trainings, all expenses are reimbursed with the exception of meals.
Discussion ensued about an article written in the media about an audit performed by the State Legislature Audit Committee that reviewed Bakken oil rail transport.
“It mentioned a lack of training and resources to handle disaster events in our area, saying that there are five HAZMAT teams in Montana. The closest to our area is Billings,” Allmer said.
The next LEPC meeting is slated for Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at a yet to be determined location in Poplar.

Culbertson And Bainville FFA Attend Convention In Kentucky


When was the last time you were surrounded by 64,000 teenagers?
Teenagers who have made a commitment to further their study of agriculture and serve their community came from all over the United States to attend the 2015 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The convention is one of the largest events held in the United States; there were more blue jackets proudly being worn than one could ever imagine at the 88th National FFA Convention.
It has been said that it is not about the destination, but the journey. FFA members from the following chapters:  Bainville, Culbertson, Medicine Lake and Plentywood loaded a bus and prepared for an adventure. As Montanans, growing up in cattle country, members were surprised when they visited their first dairy farm in Wisconsin, getting to see how pampered and well kept the cattle were. During this visit, members sampled homemade cheese, toured the facilities, and got a firsthand look at the process of making cheese.
While still in Wisconsin, students were able to meet and visit with the fine folks at Valley Inc. Cranberry Farms, the Grygleski family. They are Ocean Spray Co-op producers. Members were pleasantly surprised to see the work going on at the farms looks exactly like the commercials seen on television.
Other stops on the journey included a peek at the Mall of America, the Chicago Board of Options Exchange, the Skydeck on the Willis Tower, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Shedd Aquarium.
Wednesday, the students were amongst the 64,000 FFA members at the Opening Ceremony in Kentucky. They heard from a motivational speaker and former FFA national officers who had come from all over the United States to speak at the convention.
Other activities at the convention included: a group snapshot of all Montana’s FFA chapters, a concert performed by Kip Moore and Clare Dunn, a dance and a large variety of booths to stop at and browse. Before the students knew it, they were loading the bus and heading for home.
Although the journey was long, they had one final stop to make. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mo., was an experience of a lifetime. The small spacing in the tram left everyone speechless. They concluded the bus trip with over 18 hours spent driving home, reaching the final hotel in South Dakota, and then returning to the bus early that next morning.
The convention was quite overwhelming; however, the memories and many life lessons learned on the adventure will stay with all of the FFA members for a lifetime.

Culbertson American Legion Hosts Annual Turkey Bingo


Many locals enjoying a round of Turkey Bingo at the American Legion Hall in Culbertson Sunday, Nov. 15.   (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)

For over 35 years, Culbertson’s American Legion Post has hosted a public service event called “Turkey Bingo” and this year, the open-to-the-public event was held on Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Legion Hall.
Harry McCormick, whom has been a legion member for some 35 years, cooks several kettles of ham and bean soup each year for the event.
“It’s a place where everyone can come and play bingo and have something to eat. We’ve been making the ham and bean soup for about fifteen to twenty years now. We always have a good crowd and a good time,” he said.
“Turkey Bingo” was once a fundraising event to keep the Legion Hall building running throughout the winter, according to McCormick, though, now they do not accept donations.
“Some of the elders who attend our Turkey Bingo event enjoy their soup with provided crackers and a few drops of vinegar. It gives it a pretty good taste,” said McCormick.
All bingo winners win a turkey, hence the name “Turkey Bingo.”