- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Photos by Angela Rose Benson
The triple-digit weather did little to discourage Roosevelt County Fair goers from coming out and enjoying all that this year’s “Grow It, Sew It, Show It” themed three-day fair offered. With record attendance, there was no shortage of fun as young and old alike came out to enjoy the food, fun and fanfare.
“As the fair quickly approached, we had numerous volunteers who stood out in the rain to put together the new livestock arena, along with our wash station for all the animals,” said fair manager Angela Miller.
This year, over 1,000 people attended the fair and 475 free meals were served by the Culbertson Chamber of Commerce.
The Future Farmers of America Alumni served 170 free meals and 150 meals were sold during the third annual Rib Cook-Off.
Indoor Exhibit Judge’s Choice was awarded to the following for Horticulture: Drae Nelson, zucchini; Josin Dalhberg, squash; Lois Weber, lettuce; and Kristine Mahlen, Best of Show and Judge’s Choice for her succulent collection.
Other Indoor Exhibit Judge’s Choice awards were presented to: Macy Kirkaldie, ceramics, zentangle drawing and acrylic painting; Tessa Larsen, for her paintings; Michelle Thomas and Carol Hackley, for their cards and scrapbooking; Kristine Mahlen, Darlene Jasper and Ashton Handy, for their quilts; and Lynne Kanning, for her appliqué quilt.
More Judge’s Choice awards for indoor exhibits were given to: Phyllis Berge for her decorated doll and crocheted holiday item; Ramona Ross for her needlework wall hanging; Tara Adams with knitted infant clothing; Pauly McElhenny for dressed handmade doll; Tally Berwick with bulletin or chalkboard; Drae Nelson with Lego creation; Ashton Handy with her craft exhibit; Addison Hansen with her blueberry rhubarb jam; and Tessa Larsen with her fried cake doughnuts. Kirsten Petersen’s baked white bread and Tracey Nickoloff’s pickled beans were both given Judge’s Choice and Best of Show.
Lucas Oelkers, Missouri River Rats 4-H, was awarded Rabbit Grand Champion and Grand Champion Rabbit Showman.
Tiara Whitmus, Frontier 4-H, was given Rabbit Reserve Champion, Reserve Champion Rabbit Showman, Grand Champion Market Lamb, Grand Champion Junior Swine Showmanship and Reserve Champion Beginner Sheep Showmanship.
Quinn Whitmus, Frontier 4-H, received Grand Champion Dog Showmanship and Reserve Champion Junior Sheep Showmanship.
Rachel Gilbert, Up-N-Atom 4-H, was presented with Grand Champion Breeding Goat, Grand Champion Market Goat, Reserve Champion Breeding Goat, Junior Horse Exhibitor Top Award, Ranch Horse Level Two Grand Champion, Western Horsemanship Level Three Grand Champion and Grand Champion Junior Goat Showmanship.
Lindy Van Gorder was awarded Reserve Champion Market Goat, Grand Champion Junior Swine Showmanship and Reserve Champion Junior Goat Showmanship.
Trinity Whitmus, Frontier 4-H, was given Reserve Champion Market Lamb and Reserve Champion Senior Sheep Showmanship.
Macala Adkins, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Grand Champion Breeding Sheep.
Kaitlyn Adkins, Tumbleweed 4-H, was awarded with Reserve Champion Breeding Sheep.
Gus Spradley, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Grand Champion Breeding Swine.
Ryley Beery, Tumbleweed 4-H, was given Reserve Champion Market Swine.
Halle Vareberg, Up-N-Atom 4-H, was presented with the Grand Champion Market Swine.
McKade Mahlen, Cul-
bertson FFA, was awarded with Reserve Champion Breeding Beef.
Somer Reidle, Bainville FFA, was given Grand Champion Breeding Beef, Senior Horse Exhibitor Award, Western Horsemanship Level Six Grand Champion and Grand Champion Senior Round Robin Showmanship.
Bonny Krogedal, Bainville FFA, was presented with Grand Champion Market Beef.
Emily Nielsen, Culbertson FFA, received Reserve Champion Market Beef and Reserve Champion Senior Beef Showmanship.
Jacob Kleinwachter was awarded the Green Horse Level One Grand Champion.
Katie South, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Western Horsemanship Level Two Grand Champion.
Derek Bowker, Tumbleweed 4-H, was given Reserve Champion Junior Beef Showmanship and Grand Champion Junior Sheep Showmanship.
Abby Reidle, Bainville FFA, was presented with Grand Champion Junior Beef Showmanship and Grand Champion Junior Round Robin Showmanship. Carson Ullmer, Tumbleweed 4-H was awarded with Reserve Champion Junior Swine Showmanship. Britten Van Gorder was given Reserve Champion Beginner Swine Showmanship. Carly Bowker, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Reserve Champion Senior Swine Showmanship, Grand Champion Senior Sheep Showmanship and Reserve Champion Senior Round Robin Showmanship. Ashton Handy, Culbertson FFA, was awarded with Grand Champion Senior Swine Showmanship and Grand Champion Senior Beef Showmanship.
Brett Stentoft, Up-N-Atom 4-H, was given Grand Champion Beginner Sheep Showmanship.
As in previous years, great attention was given to detail. The grounds were labeled and signs created by Sterling Mediaworks of Bainville were posted all over town informing the community of the event. Also, the flag poles located at the fairgrounds received new toppers and a fresh coat of paint.
The success of the fair, like many community events, has always been achieved by the countless hours of volunteerism and talent from members of the community.
“A lot was accomplished in 2014 and our list of things to do in 2015 continued to grow. As the fair continues in years to come, its’ success will be possible because of the dedication of the volunteers we so greatly appreciate,” Miller said.
- Written by Jaimee Green
RMC clinic coordinator Amber Bond offers up Norskies to fair goers. (Photo by Jaimee Green)
For some, one of the highlights of attending the Roosevelt County Fair includes indulging their taste buds with a sugar covered, fried piece of stretchy, doughy goodness. Whether you call it a Norskie, an Uff-Da, or an Elephant Ear, the delectable experience is not lost in translation.
Everyone who purchased something from the Norskie booth, located just outside the large quonset, helped Roosevelt Medical Center raise needed funds for various items and programs. This year, the $2,600 raised through the two-day fundraiser will be used to help cover the cost of maintaining the aviary in the resident’s Sun Room.
A favorite among fair goers, the savory Norskie grew its roots with RMC some 25 years ago in the summer of 1990 as a means for raising much needed money to purchase a bus for transporting patients.
“At the time, RMC had received a state citation for not having a vehicle designated for resident transport. “We used to take them by pick-up truck, or really any vehicle we could get access to,” said Vickie Grimsrud, one of the founding Norskie booth staff members.
The first Ramblin Rosie shuttle bus was purchased in 1990 through a Department of Transportation Grant geared at assisting rural areas with gaining access to transportation. The $12,000 in grant matching funds RMC had to pay back to the DOT, was raised in the following years, through the fundraiser.
In those early days, passengers could only be asked to offer a suggested donation of 25-cents for in-town rides and 50-cents for travel to Bainville and Froid. For rides to Williston, it was suggested passengers pay $5.
After the bus was purchased and funds were no longer needed to support that project, the enjoyment of the Norskies and the tradition of RMC hosting the booth at the fair continued in an effort to begin raising funds for the purchase of a replacement bus.
In February of 2008, Ramblin Rosie II was bought and since then, money raised from the booth has been used to continue improving other areas of the facility through the purchase of equipment and maintaining programs.
In its’ early years, the booth was located on the East side of the grounds and staff only sold Norskies and caramel apples. In those early years, staff endured the summer heat without the relief of a shaded canopy. In time, Indian Tacos and cold drinks were added to the menu.
“I have attended the fair for years and I always have to enjoy a Norskie while I am there. It is something of a tradition each year that I look forward to,” said Lila Larsen, a long-time resident of Culbertson.
This year, staff members sold 404 Norskies and 194 Indian Tacos. In past years, the booth has been open three days, selling as many as 800 pieces of dough used for Norskies and Indian Tacos. On Friday, staff beat their long-time record of selling 99 Indian Tacos in a single day when they sold 144.
As in years past, many of the items needed to prepare the food were donated by local businesses and organizations.
“It’s always nice to come to the fair and see people outside of the facility when they don’t need our services. Over the years, the community has been excellent in supporting our efforts,” Grimsrud said.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Culbertson Town Council met Monday, Aug. 3, with a light agenda where ordinances were discussed, sewage construction updates given and budgets approved.
The meeting began with a complaint by Gene Marchwick, a community member, stating that there are horses near his property that should not be in the city limits. Mayor Gordon Oelkers said Marchwick needs to obtain the annexation papers from the Roosevelt County Courthouse for the property in question in order for the city to proceed legally with further action.
“We need to see the proof that these horses are within the city limits,” said Oelkers. “If these horses are within city limits, they will be removed, but if they’re not, there is not much we can do.”
Culbertson resident Amanda Alandt is interested in raising money to clean up the park, commonly known as the “Bear Park.” She expressed her concerns for removing rust, painting and adding sand for the play pits. The council will have to approve the project before Alandt can beginning planning a community event fundraiser.
The Phase II sewage construction is currently working on installing the force main line and pouring concrete into the blower building. All piping within the blower building is complete.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 7.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
In light of a number of teachers not fulfilling their contract obligations, the Culbertson School Board decided Monday, Aug. 3, that the vacated third grade, sixth grade and junior high science and social studies positions would be filled in the interim by current staff members Theresa McDonald, Jimie Lou Marchwick-Wix and Brad Adams, respectively.
“Currently we have reassigned staff for the third, sixth and junior high science and social studies positions, but are still advertising and will consider other hires that would prove to be sustainable candidates,” said Larry Crowder, district superintendent.
Teachers Jim Herson, Stacy Herson and Kim Francis will not be returning for the upcoming school year.
The school board approved two classified staff member contracts for Amanda Alandt who will work in the dietary department and Brooks Rattling Thunder who will work in the maintenance department.
The board listened as Crowder provided them with an update on the current and ongoing construction projects. He reported the weight room will be occupied in the next several weeks with the final adjustments being made to the recently delivered work-out equipment.
The exterior brickwork is being laid in the elementary classroom addition and should be wrapped up along with the exterior designs, including the sidewalks by the opening day of school.
The next scheduled meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the school at a time to be determined.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Bainville Town Council held a short meeting discussing fees regarding the budget for the next fiscal year and the pending local government study commission report Monday, Aug. 3.
“The council reviewed various fees and will make possible recommendations during the next public council meeting,” town clerk Nikki Rogers said.
Questions were asked by the Council regarding the government study commission report and answers were given by Dan Clark, Local Government Center director.
Two additional members will be added to the town council.
The public council meeting, where more information will be released, is slated for Monday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Bainville Town Hall.