- Written by Nancy Mahan
Two graduates from Culbertson High School were nominated by their band teacher Mrs. Hekkel to join the North Dakota State University Music Tour of Europe this summer.
Lindsey Herness and Jessie Dreikosen sent in their audition tapes to NDSU and were chosen to join 334 other musicians and singers from Montana and North Dakota to tour Europe and perform their music amongst the beautiful backdrops of England.
Dreikosen entered two events, soprano and flute, while Herness entered for alto. Both girls did several fundraisers to earn money for their trip as well as receiving many donations.
The band and choir alternated performing at various parks, gazebos, and churches in London, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Paris, France.
Their trip started with a three-day camp at NDSU where all 336 students gathered to practice with the choir and band for the first time. After a long flight to England, they were bused to different locations throughout the cities to perform. The band and choir alternated band performing at the locations. It took eight buses including a double-decker bus to get the group from one location to another.
The highlight in London was seeing the theatrical play, Wicked. “London's version was amazing with a live orchestra,” Jessie said, who noted the orchestra sounded like it was a recording as they were “that good.”
Other highlights of their tour were watching some Olympic ski jumpers do practice runs in Austria, seeing Westminster Abbey in England and touring the Japanese Concentration camp in Germany.
Both girls said, "It is one thing to read about it in school and something completely different to see it first hand. This was something they will never forget. It was very gruesome."
We spent about 45 minutes talking about the layout of the camp, the ovens in the crematorium and the unnerving feelings of being in a place of such horror and pain.
France was celebrating their Independence Day while the group was there, London was busy with the 'Royal Baby' coming and the 60th Coronation of the Queen. The White Cliffs of Dover were amazing, as were the tons of vineyards, castles, museums and parks.
France had the best bread, Switzerland ruled on chocolates and sweets, but nothing tasted better than when they landed in Denver, Colo. It was a major "snack attack" at the airport. The only American junk food on their tour was Pringles, Nutella and Oreos.
Even though the girls were exhausted from the adventure, they said it was a trip of a lifetime and one they both would highly recommend for anyone wanting to see such majesty as Europe and the surrounding countryside.
- Written by Daniel Lawrence
Karen Toavs, the new high school English instructor for the Culbertson School District, is looking forward to returning to high school education after four years of teaching middle schoolers.
She said she loves the energy of middle school students, yet enjoys how high school students are able to solve more complex problems.
A native of Big Timber, Toavs is starting her eleventh year of teaching. Toavs enrolled in Montana State University Northern at Havre, where she doubled majored in English and history secondary education. Toavs said she did not dream of becoming a teacher as a child, but taking a class in university lead to a career path. Toavs also earned a master’s in teaching and technology.
The Toavs family moved to Culbertson after teaching for several years in New Town and Williston, N.D. Her husband, a diesel mechanic, is a native of Wolf Point, and Culbertson was deemed close enough to home. They have two sons, one a fifth grader, the other a first grader. Toavs is one of three sisters and has one brother. All three sisters are teachers.
During her time in North Dakota, Toavs was named the 2011 North Dakota teacher of the year, and met President Obama in a trip to Washington, D.C., for the award. Toavs stated the Culbertson School District is the first time she has taught at a district using the trimester system, and she is looking forward to utilizing the new format. Her classes offered this year range from technical writing, British literature and historical texts and literature.
When asked about her favorite writers, Toavs stated she is an admirer of Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft while possessing an eclectic range of tastes. Toavs is still deciding on if she will throw a stuffed Cthulhu doll at her class.
- Written by The Herald-News
Christopher Steven Bauman appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court, Aug. 14.
Bauman pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of criminal endangerment and the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, third offence; violation in a construction zone, driving while suspended or revoked and unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage contained in motor vehicle on highway.
According to charging documents, July 7, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Lynwood Bateman was working his shift traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 at approximately mile marker 642 at an active construction zone. At 3:14 p.m., he noticed a black Dodge pickup truck traveling above the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. His radar confirmed the pickup’s speed at 48 mph. Bateman activated his top lights and initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 641.
Bateman told the driver the reason for the stop and asked for his driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration receipt, which the driver stated he did not have. When Bateman asked why he did not have any of the documents, the driver informed him that his license was suspended.
The trooper stated he noticed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, as well a strong smell of a metabolized alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. There was also a male child in the passenger seat. He also noticed an open six pack of beer, an open case of beer in the rear seat and a black high powered rifle in the seat next to the driver. Bateman asked the driver if he had any weapons on his person. After the driver said, “No,” the trooper had the driver leave his car and gave him a pat down to ensure their safety.
The driver provided his name, Christopher Steven Bauman, and told the trooper his license had been suspended for “drinking.” Bateman asked how much he had been drinking and Bauman said “four or five [beers].” Bauman also confirmed the child in the passenger seat was his son.
After Bateman told Bauman that he would be back momentarily and instructed him to stay behind the vehicle, Bauman immediately tried to return to the inside of the vehicle. Batemen once more told him to stay behind the vehicle and Bauman tried to return to the inside of the vehicle several minutes later.
Bauman approached Bateman and asked what he was doing and said he wanted to speak to his son. The trooper told Bauman there were weapons in the vehicle and that he would like him to stay behind the truck for safety reasons. He also said he would let him talk to his son.
Bateman returned to his vehicle and ran Bauman through Montana Highway Patrol dispatch, which notified the trooper that Bauman’s driving privileges were suspended in North Dakota. He notified dispatch that he would be conducting standardized field sobriety tests.
Bateman informed Bauman that due to the alcohol in the vehicle and his recent alcohol consumption that he needed to make sure he was still good to drive. After Bauman told Bateman that they both knew he was not good to drive, the officer said he still needed to ask him questions to determine that. Bauman refused to do the field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Moore arrived on the scene at 3:36 p.m., after Bateman informed Bauman he saw the open container in the vehicle. Bauman stated, “I was drinking and driving!” and later said, “I drink a lot!”
Bateman contacted dispatch and requested a phone call from the local Child Protective Services. Kristina Hughes made arrangements to change the child to Mrs. Bauman’s house. Bateman also had Moore watch Bauman as he applied for a telephonic search warrant. Moore said that Bauman wanted to talk to the child and Bateman informed the deputy about the weapons and told him to keep a close eye on him.
As Moore stood by the door, he motioned to Bateman, who was applying for the warrant, that Bauman was drinking something. Bateman told the deputy to take it away and then retrieved all of the containers himself. He poured the remaining beer from the open bottle. Moore notified Bateman that Bauman was again drinking from a container. Bateman told Bauman to exit the vehicle and that he had given him the chance to talk to his son and his behavior was “unacceptable.”
Bateman made contact with Roosevelt County Justice of the Peace Hendrickson by telephone and she approved the warrant to obtain blood from Bauman. At 4:38 p.m., Bateman read Bauman the Montana DOJ Implied Consent Advisory and Bauman refused to give a blood sample. Bauman did give Moore permission to move his truck off the roadway and to approve a tow bill.
Bateman placed Bauman under arrest at 4:50 p.m. Moore told Bateman that he locked Bauman’s dog inside the vehicle. At 5:54 p.m., Bateman arrived at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point to get a blood draw. Bauman requested to have a cigarette, to which Bateman agreed. He asked what was going on and Bateman explained the situation, to which Bauman said, “I know, I’m guilty.” He then provided a blood sample without incident.
At 6:56, Bateman transported Bauman to the Roosevelt County Jail.
Bauman is set to have his omnibus hearing, Aug. 28 and his trial date is scheduled for Oct. 17.
- Written by The Sidney Herald
Lester Von Waters Jr., one of the two men accused of being involved with the kidnapping and murder of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold, was scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, to change his plea.
According to a document filed by Richland County Attorney Mike Weber, the state and the defendant have reached a plea agreement where Waters will make a plea to deliberate homicide by accountability.
Punishment for the crime is death, life imprisonment or imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not more than 100 years or less than 10 years.
The charge reads that Waters on Jan. 7, 2012, in Richland County attempted to commit, committed or is legally accountable for the attempt or commission of aggravated kidnapping or kidnapping and the result of the forcible felony or flight thereafter for when he or any person for which he is legally accountable, namely Michael Keith Spell, caused the death of another human being, namely Sherry Arnold, by either choking her or holding her face in mud or water until she was dead.
(Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted by permission of The Sidney Herald.)
- Written by The Herald-News
David Krogedal and Marvin Qualley were recently recognized by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as Nationally Registered EMTs.
This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.
To maintain their status as Nationally Registered EMTs, Korgedal and Qualley, complete, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America.
They not only complete courses to refresh their fundamental knowledge and skills but also attend a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance their knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
By maintaining their Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, they are among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.
Krogedal and Qualley are both volunteers for the RMC ambulance service which provides emergency services to the Culbertson, Froid and Bainville areas.
Krogedal farms and ranches in the Froid area.
Qualley farms west of Froid and is a bus driver for the Froid School District.