- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Two Roosevelt County residents were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate John T. Johnston and pleaded not guilty to all charges in U.S. District Court in Great Falls July 29.
Indictments had been handed down by a federal grand jury.
Shanley Leonard Bighorn, 30, of Brockton faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm not registered in the national firearm registration and transfer record.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Bighorn faces life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
Paul Darrell Red Eagle Sr., 27, of Poplar is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Red Eagle faces life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and the Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated both cases.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Several people appeared for law and motion hearings before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court July 29.
Scott Darlan Crain, 27, of Froid was sentenced a four-year deferred imposition of sentence, a $4,000 fine and surcharges.
During a previous hearing, Crain was released from the Roosevelt County Jail on his own recognizance after he withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He had pleaded not guilty Sept. 24 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Crain admitted in court that he possessed methamphetamine in Froid Aug. 27.
Chris Berry Martin, 43, of Bay Town, Texas, withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute in a case that began in December 2014. The drug was identified as methamphetamine.
The state’s sentencing recommendation is a six-years confinement to the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended and no fine.
The defense recommendation is he is entitled to a deferred sentence.
- 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. 10, 14 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding four females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Aug. 3, and Monday, Aug. 10:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jasy Brown, 37, Poplar, U.S. Marshal warrant, transported to Great Falls;
•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;
•Travis Dyer, 35, improper turn, operating without liability insurance and out of county warrant;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Andrew Gill, 23, Williston, N.D., driving a commercial vehicle while CDL is revoked and careless driving and operating without liability insurance, released on bond;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Daniel Imlay, 40,
of 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 T. Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
•Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out-of- county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Randall Lehner, 56, Wolf Point, bench warrant;
•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.
•Georgia Wetsit, 47, Wolf Point, U.S. Marshal warrant, transported to Great Falls.
- 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.