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Nyquist Foundation Accepting Application For Funding

The Thomas and Corinne Nyquist Foundation is accepting application for funding from nonprofit organizations in the Bainville, Culbertson and Froid areas.
Maximum grants are $2,000 with $5,000 to $7,000 in funding support available.
Nov. 5 is the deadline for applications for funding in 2016. Applications received later than Nov. 5 will be considered for a possible mid-summer round of funding.
Information about the foundation, funding criteria and past awards is available at www.nyquistfdtn.org. Applications can be downloaded from the site or by sending an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Local nonprofits are encouraged to contact the foundation for advice or assistance in preparing applications.
Applications may be emailed or mailed to Nyquist Foundation, 140 Huguenot St., New Paltz, N.Y, 12561.

CHS Homecoming Parade



Photos by Angela Rose Benson

School District Boundaries Brought To Culbertson Board

The Culbertson School Board was told that there is a discrepancy with school district lines of the Culbertson, Bainville and Froid districts during the regularly scheduled board meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Clayton Vine, Roosevelt County geographic information systems administrator, approached Culbertson district superintendent Larry Crowder about a slight problem with Culbertson’s school district boundary line between Culbertson, Bainville and Froid.
“I have come to understand that the board line and the legal description do not match,” said Crowder. “Clayton Vine is seeking the assistance of the boards from all three districts to fix the discrepancy.”
In other business, Student Body president Adam Buxbaum updated the board on Student Council’s progress, saying that they are now responsible for a bulletin board in the high school hallway that is updated daily in an effort to keep students up-to-date with current activities and events. A suggestion box has been placed in the hallway as well.
“The suggestion box is where students can leave notes that read suggestions for us if they’d like to see something changed and notes congratulating us on doing a good job,” explained Buxbaum. “At every student council meeting, we will open the box and read every note we receive.”
The student council also requested financial aid from the board for their State Leadership Conference in Great Falls on Oct. 19-20. Some 12 students and two advisors would be attending the conference and the amount requested to fund the trip was $2,682. This would cover the cost of meals, hotel rooms and the $60 conference entry fee per person. The board approved helping the student council financially.
David Solem, activities director, provided the activities report updating sport’s team member numbers. High school football still currently has 26 male students on the team for the season and high school volleyball now has 12 girls playing, including four eighth-grade students. High school cross country has nine runners on the team with elementary/junior high cross country having 13 team members. Elementary/junior high football consists of 24 students with elementary/junior high volleyball having 11 female students playing for the season.
Principal Mike Olson gave a technology report. He said that Gaffaney’s of Williston, N.D., is working to streamline the school’s Sonic Wall and connection issues with non-domain devices. A hard drive on the servers failed but was replaced by Gaffaney’s. The Sonic Wall and switch, located at the old armory, received water damage and needed replacement. The camera that is currently located inside the old armory will soon be moved to the front door outside the building.
Several teachers have shown interest in being on the technology board to build the new, three-year technology plan that will be good for the 2015-2016 school year, according to Olson.
The board discussed an issue with finding officials to be referees at home-games due to travel and busy schedules. In order for a referee to be an official for a varsity home game, they must finish Montana Officials Association training. Larry Crowder is working to get local referees to take MOA training.
“We have officials traveling around on weekends with busy schedules so it’s been difficult to get them here. This is going to push us to have more weeknight games, folks,” Crowder said.
Two guest [substitute] teachers were hired; Lonny Campbell and Brittny Marchwick-Wix, both of Culbertson.
The brickwork on the south side of the elementary addition is currently being placed.
Crowder is completing the 2015-2016 ESEA federal programs application and the 2015-2016 Federal Carl Perkins grant application. He will soon begin working on the TEAMS accreditation report that is due by the end of October this year.
The board approved several recommendations for extra-curricular contracts. Those hired are as follows; Solem, eighth grade advisor; Ashley Copple, seventh grade advisor and annual advisor; Chris Olson, student council advisor and Title IX coordinator; Karen Toavs, National Honor Society; Paula Dehner and Brad Adams, speech and drama assistant coaches; and Ronnie Shanks, high school football assistant coach.
After events, programs or games take place in the gymnasium, it is in need of cleaning, which is usually handled by a school club or organization. This year, the annual club will be completing the task for the fall trimester activities season.
There is a need to fill up the sick leave bank at the school, as staff has been notified that they are welcome to donate their hours. Currently, nine days have been donated by staff to the sick leave bank.
The Accelerated Reader Incentive Program received a $5,000 allocation from the board last year. Students were said to have responded very positively to the program and exceeded their goal expectations last year so the same amount will be provided by the board to fund the program for the 2015-2016 school year.
The meeting that was heavily attended with members of the student council, students and some teachers.
The next scheduled meeting is slated for Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Culbertson school’s lunchroom.

EMS Volunteers Have Fun With Continuing Training

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David Norton of Bainville is on his stomach collecting balls in the adult version of the game Hungry Hippo, with Mandy Hickel, also of Bainville, pushing him and Marilyn Olson of Froid saving the balls collected.    (Photo by Jaimee Green)

Emergency Medical Services volunteers for Roosevelt Medical Center spent Thursday, Sept. 17, participating in their monthly training. In an effort to make the training more fun, crew members took part in the human Hungry Hippos game, “Hungry EMTs.”
There, four teams competed to collect as many balls as possible, with each ball representing a trivia question their team had to answer in order to score a point.
“This was a fun way to reinforce team work and physical fitness, while refreshing our knowledge,” said Teresia Moore, RMC EMS supervisor.
Bi-annually, volunteers have to accumulate 72 hours of continuing education to maintain their certifications.
“We meet for three hours every month, so coming up with new and fun ways to learn something and refresh our knowledge is important,” Moore said. “We have an energetic group of dedicated volunteers who are serious about their knowledge. But, it sure doesn’t hurt to have some fun too.”
Sporadically, classes are offered at RMC for community members interested in becoming EMS volunteers. Earlier this month, a new class began and will end before the New Year. There are four students from Bainville, two from Froid and one Culbertson high school student in the class this fall.

Threshing Bee Features Oliver-Hart Parr

Every year in September, the Threshing Bee and Antique Show, a weekend long event, takes place at Culbertson and has long been an opportunity for the original charter members of the Northeast Montana Threshers Association to showcase their historic collection of tractors and farming equipment dating back as far as the mid-1800s.
Though the Threshing Bee has been around for 52 years, it’s members still continue to showcase the past for the present and future.
“We continue with the Threshing Bee to keep the club going,” said Bob Bahls, original charter association member. “We want the younger generations to see how farming was done in the older days.”
The 52nd Annual Threshing Bee and Antique Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27 one mile south of Culbertson on Montana Hwy. 16 and has much to offer including a Saturday barbeque, old-time threshermen’s breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, parades beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, church services on the Threshing Bee grounds on Sunday at 9 a.m., barrel-train rides for youth and the slow race. Food and refreshments will be available for guests at the event on both days.
The tractor pull, showcasing models from 1960 and older, lumber and shingle mills and a working 1896 sterling hand-feed threshing machine will thresh oat bundles at the event as well.
This year’s featured tractor is the Oliver-Hart Parr.
The Hart-Parr Company, founded by Charles W. Hart and Charles H. Parr in 1901, began tractor manufacturing with their first tractor being sold in 1902. Hart-Parr built large, oil-cooled tractors used for plowing prairies of North America and powering various machines to bring in harvested grain from 1902 until 1919. A water-cooled, smaller tractor was put into production in 1918.
In 1929, another tractor company, Oliver Chilled Plow Works, merged into the Hart-Parr Company, becoming the Oliver Farm Equipment Company. New and improved models were designed from ideas brought forward by both companies for a number of years.
Hart-Parr is credited for coining the word “tractor” and both Hart and Parr are known for being the founders of the tractor industry.