- Written by Paul Boileau
Nowadays, the news is chock-full of bad news stories about how people are treated unkindly, or let down by others.
Today, I’d like to send you a good news story ― about your small town [Culbertson], and
As a Canadian traveling westward to the coast from my sister’s two weeks ago on Highway No. 2, my alternator gave out, and I found myself stranded a few miles east of Culbertson. It was a bad blow. I was out of work and on my way to an important interview. One that I was destined to miss.
Not familiar with the area, I started hitchhiking eastward, since I figured the services would be better in Williston [N.D.] due to its size. But the first car that stopped was a mechanic from north of town [Dagmar, 45 miles northeast of Culbertson]. Rather than give me a ride, he gave me a boost and said, “You probably want to head to Culbertson,” and recommended a local garage.
After some more mechanical trials, I learned that I was in for at least a three-night stay in Culbertson, awaiting a replacement alternator.
I started touring around town, and everywhere I went, I was greeted with the most fabulous hospitality. From the free municipal campground, to the kind folks at the library and at the community center that set up a chair so I could have 24-hour access to the internet. To the kind folks at the pool that welcomed me when I needed a place to cool off; to all the regular folks in town that smiled and waved at me as I strolled the streets, and the merchants, who in the restaurants and grocery store, were so kind and helpful. Last but not least, to the garage manager and mechanic, who, upon learning that I had been unemployed for more than five months, allowed me to order in the part directly, to avoid a surcharge.
And then I read the story about Joe Hanson’s family, that while grieving unspeakable tragedy and loss, donated the gift of their son’s sight to enable others to view the world anew.
Well, people of Culbertson: see who and what a magnificent town you are.
It practically made me nauseous driving out of town, knowing that I was leaving behind such a special place. My last day, I drove out to the bridge over the Missouri River, and went for a swim, reflecting on the unique place Culbertson would hold in my mind and heart. And try as I might, I still can’t figure out where the best place is to jump into the river. Maybe someone can show me next time.
I ended up getting a job just days after my visit to Culbertson, though it wasn’t the one I was headed for that day. I would never have discovered Culbertson otherwise. They say when one door closes, another opens, and well, there’s a special bond that will always lead me back to your wonderful community.
Kamloops, B.C., Canada
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Several people appeared for law and motion hearings before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Aug. 12.
Travis Dyer appeared for an extradition hearing and waived extradition to North Dakota.
Christopher Hovey, 26, of Lansing, Mich., and Williston, N.D., appeared for a revocation hearing.
Hovey failed to appear in court in March on a bench warrant to revoke bond for failing to comply with bail conditions.
He pleaded not guilty in January to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
It was stated in court in January that Hovey was wanted for parole violations in North Dakota.
He will appear in court again Oct. 29. Bail is set at $50,000.
Joshua Jones, 36, of Williston, N.D., withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
He entered not guilty pleas to the same charges in January.
Jones has a companion case that is not yet resolved.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jones and Melissa Jewett, 32, of Williston in a casino near Bainville Jan. 19.
Methamphetamine and a knife were found in Jones’ pockets.
Jewett pleaded not guilty in February to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.
Both have been free on bond since Feb. 12.
Nicodemus Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
The RCSO has identified the drug as methamphetamine.
The state presented a stipulated order releasing Kupka on his own recognizance. He had been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since his arrest June 15, held on $25,000 bond.
RCSO deputies arrested Kupka and Dhara Zinke, 23, of Kalispell, on U.S. Hwy. 2 near Bainville. She was charged in Roosevelt County Justice Court with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, first offense.
Zinke has been free on bail since June.
Carroll Wells, 34, of Fairview was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with eight years suspended and a $40,000 fine that was suspended. Wells was ordered to pay $850 in restitution to Salvevold Grain Inc., $16,250 to Farmers Mutual Insurance and $10,237 to Allstate Insurance.
Wells withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas to charges of burglary and theft, and pleaded guilty to a single count of theft on March 25.
Authorities say he stole a pickup truck in Culbertson and damaged it.
Wells had been wanted in Roosevelt County on a warrant and was transferred in early February from the jail in Dickinson, N.D., where he had been held for about a year for a North Dakota case.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, Aug. 17, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding two females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Aug. 10, and Monday, Aug. 17:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal mischief, bonded out;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Amanda Broyles, 41, Lexington, Mo., felony theft, being held in Glasgow;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and resisting arrest;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Jeffery Devlin, 26, Polson, out-of-county warrant;
•Kellen Forbregd, 33, Culbertson, driving under the influence, fourth offense, bonded out;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Daniel Imlay, 40, Plentywood, operating without liability insurance, turning when unsafe to do so, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked; and operating without liability insurance, released;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Jay Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
•David Korkowski, 46, Pittsburgh, Pa., out-of- county warrant, released on own recognizance;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Jerry Mills, 53, Fallon, Nev., out-of-county warrant;
•Thomas Ross, 58, Dickinson, N.D., driving under the influence and driving without a license, bonded out;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•Shannon Temmel, 40, St. Louis, Mo., felony theft, being held in Glasgow;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Water from the Dry Prairie Rural Water/Assiniboine and Sioux Regional Water System was finally delivered to Plentywood on Wednesday, Aug. 5. There for the momentous occasion were (from left to right) Plentywood city clerk Kelly Thiel, councilman Randy Rice, municipal foreman Brian Tommerup, Dry Prairie manager Joni Sherman, and Dry Prairie board members Jon Bolstad and Jim
Tande. (Submitted photo)
Dry Prairie Rural Water recently reached two milestones for the regional water project with the Assiniboine and Sioux Regional Water System.
Delivery of water from the
ASRWS treatment plant near Wolf Point to the Dry Prairie system on July 27, marks the historic first delivery of water off the reservation for the joint water project.
In its service area on the east side of Roosevelt County and in Sheridan County, Dry Prairie currently delivers water to over 700 rural customers and the communities of Fort Kipp, McCabe, Bainville, Froid, Medicine Lake, Homestead, Dagmar and Antelope. Each of the communities and all of the rural services were slowly converted to the new water source during recent weeks.
Culbertson had been the water source for the Dry Prairie Project on an interim basis during construction of the water treatment plant. The sale of water from Culbertson began in 2006.
Water was finally delivered to Plentywood on Wednesday, Aug. 5, ending a struggle to maintain groundwater wells and a failing water treatment plant. Plentywood is the largest community to date to receive water from Dry Prairie, with an estimated average water use of 10 million gallons per month.
As part of the Medicine Lake to Plentywood Pipeline Project, Dry Prairie constructed two 300,000 gallon reservoirs just east of Plentywood for additional water storage capacity.
West Of Wolf Point
Dry Prairie is ready to go to bid at the end of August with two new projects. The Nashua Connection Project will consist of one mile of eight- to 14-foot pipe that will connect the ASRWS project in Valley County to the Dry Prairie Project at Nashua. The Valley County Area B Project is located north and west of Glasgow and will consist of 38 miles of pipeline ranging in diameter from two- to 8-inch. The project has the potential to serve about 153 rural services. When completed, this will bring the total number of rural users to almost 600 in Valley County in addition to serving Nashua.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Other Place in Culbertson will be closing after many years in business. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
One of Culbertson’s most frequently visited and long-lasting businesses is closing up shop for good. The Other Place, owned by the Finnicum family of Culbertson, is officially closing and having an “everything must go” sale.
The old building in Culbertson, which The Other Place is currently located in was not always used as a dry goods store. It was once a hotel, barber shop, restaurant and lounge and the upstairs room spaces and basement were once rented out as apartments. After a fire took place inside the building, damaging most of its interior, the Finnicum family bought and restored the structure in 1980.
At the time, the Finnicums were running a separate dry goods store called Skogmos, which was located downtown at the silver colored building next to First Community Bank. The family had planned to relocate their business to their newly purchased building, and at one point, both locations were operating and selling merchandise. If a customer walked into Skogmos asking where to find a product, and that object was located at “the other place,” employees would send their customers down the street to make their purchase. The name for the new location was born from this simple, yet comical inquiry of which store location had what customers needed.
“I think what the community will miss from us the most is being able to come in last minute when they’re in need of something,” said Suzette Houle, who has been an employee at The Other Place for nearly 20 years. “If a community member is in need of a white shirt by tomorrow, we have been here to get them what they need without the commute.”
The Other Place is currently the only clothing store located in Culbertson.
The Finnicums intend to use the soon to be vacated building as a secondary site for Finnicum’s Furniture. There, customers can view larger sized furniture items and other household decor.
Following the closure, Houle intends to continue her alterations business in her home. The store will continue to host its discounts and does not have a specific day of closure.