- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners appointed two people to finish the terms of both Brockton City Council members who resigned during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, May 26.
The commissioners did not reveal the names of the people who resigned or the reason for the resignation.
The commissioners appointed Rodney Burshia and Stacy Stangeland to fill the vacancies.
Neither were available for comments.
Brockton has a mayor who remains in office.
In other business, the commissioners voted to hire Interstate Engineering of Nashua to seek bids for a scrub seal of McCabe Road at a cost of $47,000. The county cannot afford a complete reconstruction of the eight miles of paved roadway.
The commissioners also again discussed the use of McCabe by truckers from North Dakota to avoid state scales. The commissioners discussed adopting a county ordinance closing the road to through traffic.
Sheriff Jason Frederick said he was not aware of the problem and said he could provide some patrol of McCabe Road.
In another matter, the commissioners voted to seek bids for the relocation of several hydrants in Culbertson for the fair board.
Questions were raised of whether engineering is needed.
The commissioners also denied a request by the Fair Board to create a new position of assistant supervisor and put that position at a higher pay scale.
- Written by Mary Machart
I still find it hard to believe that it’s been 23 years since I moved to northeast Montana from California. The changes I’ve experienced are endless and priceless.
The question I always faced when visiting home was, “What do you do there?” and “How do you stand the cold?”
My parents taught me to bloom where you are planted and I was quite young then. As time passed, my answer was the same for both questions, “The people.” How can the people of northeast Montana make it a great place? Many times I have seen why, but most recently it was obvious to me at the first annual [yes, annual] JMG Color Fun Run. JMG is the Jobs For Montana Graduates program.
This event came about through a discussion with a small class of seventh- graders who, at a young age, have already experienced the pain of losing someone they love. These students came together and wanted to show their compassion and support for another. A very long story short, the idea of the color run was born. The outpouring support was priceless. Each time I would announce what was donated, or how many people had registered, the smiles lit up the room. Realizing that everyone everywhere has their own issues they are faced with, they wanted to bring the communities together, all ages, and have something that everyone could enjoy and find a reason to smile again. I wish I could list each and every person who made it all possible, but I am sure to leave someone out.
We teamed up with the third annual Wrangler Play Days to make Tuesday, May 19, a great day. Following another emotional and fantastic event of dissing the ‘dis’ ablities and celebrating the “A”bilities, I headed out to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. When I pulled up, my eyes filled with tears. Every person who said they would help or volunteer for the Fun Run was there. Everything was being set up and it was all coming together. Business people, community members everyone was helping to make this a reality.
In the end, their goal was to make people smile again. To celebrate the end of the school year with each other and finding true joy again. I know I haven’t seen all of the pictures that are out there yet, but as far as I can tell, they were very successful in bring joy to many people.
We may not have a movie theater, bowling alley, rec center, mall or even a 24-hour restaurant, but we have something that money can’t buy. In the old west we have heard stories of barn raising parties, where everyone shows up to help a fellow neighbor in need. I have seen this time and time again. Loyalty, compassion, caring, empathy, teamwork, call it what you will, but I believe it is the spirit of the people in rural Montana that make this a real true heaven on earth. Big companies and businesses may come and go, but those with roots in this area have seen it all and there is one thing that always has and always will remain, the spirit of caring for one another and truly being a community. We may not be raising barns, but we are raising one another. I am humbled and honored to live here and be a part of it.
Culbertson High School
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Members of the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park committee and board of directors are (from left to right) Art Widhalm, Don Gudgell, John Lamb, co-chair Tom Markle, Jed Kirkland, Les Scanlan, John Jones, Jim Rector, Mike Hughes, Dale Bender, Kenny Newton, Tracy Stone and Reid Coldwell. Committee and board members not pictured include co-chair Steve Page, Lee Murch, John Kolstad, Jerry Collins, Ann Kulcyzk and Connie Schultz.
(Photo by Bonnie Davidson/Glasgow Courier)
The first phase of construction on the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park is set to begin with completion this fall and Phase No. 1 fully accessible and functional by Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
Roosevelt County is one of nine northeast Montana counties participating in the project at Fort Peck.
Phase No. 1 includes the walls of honor, the main monument, a grand entry with an identification sign, one vigil site, concrete walkways, an Americans With Disability Act compliant entry from the south and extensive flag displays. There will be room for benches and other amenities as determined and approved by the planning committee.
Project co-chairman Steve Page announced last week that LSC Construction Inc. of Fort Peck was awarded the contract for all construction. The Fort Peck office of Interstate Engineering will oversee the project.
A construction coordinator from the Memorial Committee will regularly monitor the work and coordinate with LSC until the work is completed. Page also said that former Glasgow resident Don Baker of DBA Architects of Oakdale, Minn., provided architectural work.
The Memorial Park Board of Directors began meeting five years ago setting as a goal to build the memorial with private donations, using no government funding.
“We have kept expenses to a bare minimum, paid no salaries or administration fees and worked hard to dedicate all donations to the memorial,” co-chairman Tom Markle said.
“To date, all funding has been private. A grant-writing plan is currently underway which includes public funding alternatives. Funding support has come from each of the nine counties in northeast Montana,” he said.
Sales of tiles for the Walls of Honor, a major fundraiser for the memorial, exemplify the depth of the support. The walls will feature 4-inch by 8-inch, polished, black granite tiles, each engraved with the name of a veteran and their branch of service. All veterans can be honored with a tile.
“While this first phase will not complete the project, we feel it provides a solid footprint for future enhancements, pending additional donations and tile sales, which will enable our team to pay as we go,” Page said.
“We are grateful for the work and encouragement of so many over the years, and to our dedicated team of volunteers assisting in helping this project move along,” he said.
The site work that began in April prepared the ground for basic landscaping and electrical requirements for this and future needs. The planning committee plans to address these future needs soon, Page said.
“Many ideas have been discussed including KIA and family vigil areas, sculptures, benches, monuments to various conflicts, branches of service, special operations, Wall of Honor legends and landscaping enhancements. The committee welcomes ideas, he added.
Page also expressed appreciation for everyone’s patience in seeing this project become a reality after so many years.
“It is a privilege to work on a project that honors the courage, sacrifice and duty of the thousands of northeast Montana veterans who stepped up with uncommon patriotism in defense of our freedom whenever they were called to do so,” he said.
To date, over 400 tiles have been purchased to honor loved ones who served in all branches of the military. Through Memorial Day, the cost of a tile is $225 and by request, names of family and friends may be grouped together on the walls. After Memorial Day, tiles will be added as sold. Order forms are available at most banks, VFW or Legion Clubs, online at www.veteransmt.org or by calling 228-2223. Tile purchases are deductible donations. The Memorial is a 501 c19 non-profit organization, eligible to receipt tax-deductible donations.
- Written by John Plestina
The torch has officially been passed at Great Northern Development Corporation with Victoria “Tori” Matejovsky named executive director earlier this month.
She replaces Martin DeWitt, who resigned for a new position in Billings. His last day was April 17.
Matejovsky, 33, served as resource coordinator from when she began working for GNDC in November 2012 until early this month.
“My dad is a Moran. He grew up here. I was born in Glasgow,” Matejovsky said.
She moved to Bellingham, Wash., with her family when she was a little girl and grew up there.
She is married to Dana Matejovsky and they live in Wolf Point.
“We’ve had two previous directors that have had great vision. I’m looking to continue that vision,” Matejovsky said.
She said she wants to reach out to all of the communities GNDC serves and advocate for improved infrastructure and programs to better serve the communities.
The United States Economic Development Administration and the state of Montana have certified GNDC as a nonprofit regional development corporation that serves a six-county economic development district, consisting of Roosevelt, McCone, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and Garfield counties. The Fort Peck Tribes is also a member.
GNDC was incorporated in October 1995 and has remained in continuous operation. Garfield County was included in GNDC later than the other five counties.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Culbertson Museum is celebrating its silver anniversary in 2015. The public is encouraged to participate and visit their local museum.