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Waller Inducted Into Hall Of Fame


In the phioto at left, Bill Dasinger (right) congratulates Tom Waller of Froid on his induction into the Wolf Point Walleyes Unlimited Hall of Fame during the Walleyes Unlimited annual banquet that was held Saturday, March 21, at the Elks Club in Wolf Point.  In the other picture, Chuck Hyatt and family from Bainville get their prime rib in the chow line.  (Photos by John Plestina)

County Software Hijacked, Finances Held For Ransom

A computer virus hijacked Roosevelt County’s computer software Monday, March 16, and held county finances hostage for several days with a demand that ransom be paid online with Bitcoins.
The virus attacked accounting software and shut down the ability to conduct business for several county offices.
The county’s IT manager Cole Hanks explained that the county was not hacked. He said the problem was caused by a virus picked up at an unknown site on the internet.
Hanks said a ransom of two Bitcoins was demanded to decrypt the files.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that has gained popularity with some people in recent years. According to Nasdaq, one Bitcoin was valued at $248.03 Tuesday, March 24.
The ransom was not paid and Hanks has decrypted the files.
“This was one of the worst ones [computer viruses] I would say,” Hanks said.
“No personal information was hacked. It’s just we couldn’t use our files,” he said.
Sheriff Jason Frederick referred the matter to the FBI in Glasgow.
“It looks like our hacker is from overseas,” Frede-
rick said.
The sheriff’s office and county attorney were not affected.

Music Festival


Fifth through eighth grade students form Culbertson attended a music festival in Bainville Thursday, March 19. Other schools present were Froid, Medicine Lake, Westby, and Grenora, N.D. The Culbertson Music Festival will be held Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m.   (Photo by Nancy Mahan)

Commissioners Delay Decision To Repair Culbertson Airport Fence

The Roosevelt County Commissions delayed a decision to make needed fencing repairs at Big Sky Field, the county-owned airport in Culbertson, saying the airport is over budget, during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, March 24.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said the airport has far exceeded the budget for the current fiscal year.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said the airport committee did not submit a budget last year for the airport, so a budget was prepared without airport committee input.
Culbertson’s airport is about $27,000 over budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Nygaard said the commission could approve repairs to or replacement of the fence with a rider that no money be expended until after July 1, which would be the beginning of the next fiscal year.
Commissioner Allen Bowker of Culbertson said he wants to discuss the matter with members of the airport committee.
The commissioners voted unanimously to reject funding for a fence and will revisit the issue in the near future.
In a related matter, the commissioners approved a request by Dustin Harmon of Bainville to build a hangar on the south side of the ramp area at the airport.

Fort Peck Tribal Casino To Break Ground Near Fort Kipp In June


The Fort Peck Tribes plan to build a $33 million casino resort, illustrated above in this artist’s rendering, near Fort Kipp with a May 2016 opening date.

With a $29 million loan from a Minnesota tribe, the Fort Peck Tribes are now planning to break ground in mid-June for the $33 million dollar Buffalo Rivers Casino & Lodge that will be located near Fort Kipp.
Buffalo Rivers is projected to open in May 2016, on U.S. Hwy. 2 at BIA Route 170.
Anticipated proceeds from the resort are more than $5.8 million.
Many months of preparation, research, planning, meeting, designing and forecasting went into the project.
“To finally see this wonderful casino become a reality is very good for our tribes,” Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board member Garrett Big Leggins said in a prepared statement.
Buffalo Rivers will be designed to be an entertainment and vacation destination with a 75-room hotel, 150-person restaurant with a buffet, gaming floor with 400 Las Vegas-style video gaming machines and four poker tables, events center that will seat more than 400 people, a lounge that will accommodate live entertainment, snack bar and a gift shop.
Aesthetically, Buffalo Rivers will honor Native American culture.
Once completed, an estimated 220 full-time jobs will be created in addition to part-time positions. The estimated annual wage income for all employees is projected at just over $5.4 million. Job training will be provided. There will be an estimated 80 to 100 construction jobs created.
“I believe the jobs and the training that this project will provide is a huge boost for our people, both now and for our future generations,” Big Leggins said in the prepared statement.
Buffalo Rivers will also encourage an atmosphere of employee growth, allowing strong employees to gain more responsibility in their positions year after year, according to the statement from the tribes.
According to information provided by the Fort Peck Tribes, the Fort Peck Economic Development Committee and the Tribal Executive Board will be tasked with the allocation of Casino profits, with opportunities to advance and enhance tribal health care, education, employment assistance, construction of new amenities and many other options.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, located about 25 miles from Minneapolis, Minn., will finance the majority of the cost of the casino project. The Minnesota tribal community owns and operates the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel with a full casino that includes most table games and slots, 586 hotel rooms and a championship golf course.