Wolf Point Herald

Conversion To Larger FPCC Library In Poplar Completed

The merger between the James E. Shanley Tribal Library on the Fort Peck Community College campus and the Poplar City Library is completed, giving the community a substantially larger library with a superior collection.
James E. Shanley Tribal Library is now an affiliate library of the Roosevelt County Library System.
Roosevelt County Library director Andrea Hayes told Roosevelt County Library trustees meeting in Wolf Point Saturday, March 29, that it had been hoped that the merger would have been completed by late December.
The majority of books from the former city library were moved into the FPCC library and the remainder was transferred to Wolf Point.
“They took between a quarter and a third of the collection. The rest, we put in bags and brought here,” Hayes said.
She said library staff will determine which books to keep and which will be included in a future book sale.
“I gave the keys [to the former library in Poplar] back to the city at the end of January or beginning of February,” Hayes said.
The Roosevelt County Commission approved the merger during summer 2014.
In other business, Hayes said Tamra Fossetta has been hired as Culbertson Branch Library librarian and was scheduled to start work Thursday, April 2. She is replacing Beck Hekkel, whose last day was March 5.
Hekkel extended her notice to resign to allow more time to hire a replacement.
Leona Colvin, library trustee from Culbertson, said Fossetta is a former municipal planner from Washington.
In other business, Hayes said Montana State Librarian Jennie Stapp of Helena visited Roosevelt County a few weeks ago and toured the James E. Shanley Tribal Library in Poplar, and the libraries in Culbertson and Froid.
Gloria Mason, trustee from Froid, took Stapp on the tour of the library in Froid.
The trustees also approved by-laws for the county libraries.

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Shopko Gets First Dollar

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Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture board president Jeff Presser presents the First Dollar Award to Shopko Hometown manager Kerrie Letsche during the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Wolf Point store Friday, March 27. Pictured at right is Shopko district manager Aaron Cragun of Missoula. Jim Morley, Shopko manager in Yakima, Wash., is behind Letsche. The new Shopko Hometown opened March 22 on U.S. Hwy. 2 in the former ALCO building.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Northeast Montana Health Services Receives Infusion Chairs

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Pictured with the new infusion chairs and bookshelf the Tom Fox family donated are (back row, left to right) Laurie, Mike and Trudy Fox, (front row) Jack, Ella and Callan Fox.  (Submitted photo)

Infusion patients at Northeast Montana Health Services can now enjoy added benefits of comfort and ease while undergoing their chemotherapy and other infusion therapies. Two new Wal-Star reclining infusion chairs were recently donated to the Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation through the Tom Fox restricted memorial fund.
Trudy Fox, wife of Tom, and the Fox family were familiarized with infusion chairs while Tom was being treated with chemotherapy not only at Trinity but other hospitals. Comfort while sitting for hours, along with a struggle to sit back up from a reclining position were an issue with various chairs.
“It wasn’t a tough decision to make when trying to decide how best to use the memorial donations from Tom’s friends and family,” said Trudy Fox.  “Just having an infusion center in Wolf Point was a great incentive and when we learned of the need for new chairs, the decision made itself. Tom knew of the importance of being able to relax and be comfortable during these treatment times that often last for hours, not only for himself, but for other infusion patients. Hopefully, these chairs will bolster other’s well-being during their fight against cancer or other diseases.”
The two chairs were purchased from Wal-Star, Inc, which is located in Danville, Va. The chairs are designed with back pillows that are ultra soft and conform to each individual while the unique built-in support system ensures patient comfort for long periods of continuous use. The same is true for the seating configuration. A thick foam cushion rests on a flexible support system giving gentle support during extended hours of use. Extra thick padded arms are an added comfort.  With all the attention that is given to patient comfort and style, make no mistake – this is a medical recliner with features and durability tailored to expectations. Patients can gently be lowered into a laying back position with a foot-operated lever located on either side of the chair. Two large folding medical trays with cup holders are on each chair. Routine cleaning and disinfecting is made easier with the swing out arms and removable seat cushion. Both back pillows lift up and detach for easy cleaning or replacement.  The chairs were fabricated in the colors of mocha and gingersnap to add relaxing tones to the room.     
The Tom Fox restricted memorial fund not only bought the two chairs, but also assisted in the purchase a new bookcase for the infusion suite. The shelving will be holding books and other items for patients to read and observe while undergoing therapy.
“We were honored to receive the Tom Fox restricted donation,” said Karyl Rauch, chemotherapy nurse for Northeast Montana Health Services. “I am humbled by gifts like this that are shared with the community. Many patients have already commented on how wonderfully comfortable they are.”
Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Their mission is “Bridging Healthcare to Community.” To learn more about how to set up a family restricted memorial fund, visit www.nemhscharitablefoundation.org.

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Trash Talking: Clean-up Days

The official start of Wolf Point’s clean-up season begins with Clean-Up Days, April 6-13.
Wolf Point residents are encouraged to clean up their yards, vacant lots near their homes and around public areas.
The Wolf Point landfill will be open regular hours during the week and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. To keep costs down, city officials ask that residents separate yard waste and not bag it if possible so it can be put in the burn pile. Whiteware can be put in the designated area. Contractor waste will be charged regular fees.
Fort Peck Housing Authority will pick up larger items curbside during this week, but the City of Wolf Point will collect large items curbside April 13-16. Do not place items in the alley for collection as they are too narrow for the large equipment. Contact the city office with questions.
Wolf Point residents may get garbage bags at High Plains Motors during the week of April 6.
Results from the Beautification Committee’s survey revealed that most people agree that litter can be unsafe and ruins a town’s natural beauty. People agree that litter is a big problem in Wolf Point and many mentioned that the abandoned buildings are both eyesores and fire hazards. The constant trash throwing in the underpass and in front of Main Street bars was listed by many as the biggest problems. People like that the Sherman Park and Firemen’s Park are clean and inviting, but were disgusted by the trash that accumulates in the parks along U.S. Hwy. 2, including by Town Pump and Nellie’s Park. People also appreciate the green areas and flower pots around town. Several people said that the west entrance to Wolf Point is the worst area for trash. A few pointed out that tourists would not want to stop in Wolf Point when they see the trash.
Watch for more comments and suggestions from those responding. All who continually work to make our community a cleaner, more pleasant place to call home are greatly appreciated.

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Letter About Proposed Casino

(Editor’s Note: This letter was presented to The Herald-News prior to the straw poll of Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board members that was 8-2 against the casino proposal in its current form. A formal vote will be taken in mid-April.)
To the Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board:
My thoughts on the casino project are 49-51. I somewhat have no problem with the idea, but I do have a question. Why Fort Kipp? I’ve seen the articles in The Herald-News, Fort Peck Journal and Billings Gazette. Yes, Fort Kipp is close to the oil boom, but think about this; the oil boom has slowed down some and the location, I think, is a bad one.
Why I felt this way is because I believe it should be built at the location where the rest stop area was going to be located. Why? Because it’s closer to Wolf Point and Poplar. Both these places have events going on throughout the year, especially Wolf Point. They include the Wild Horse Stampede, basketball tournaments and such. The articles said the casino would have an event center. It can be rented for class reunions, weddings, receptions and such. Other reasons are it will be about 2 ½ hours from Interstate 94. It would still be close to Canada, also. Nobody is going to drive all the way to Fort Kipp if they are in Wolf Point or Poplar for any other event and want to go to a casino.
Some other reasons are you will have to bus employees to cover all shifts at the Fort Kipp location. I have lived in Albuquerque, N.M. I worked security 3 ½ years at Sandia Indian Bingo and Gaming and watched it grow. The last time I saw it was 1995 and I made contact with Bob Boles, the general manager. He was G.M. when I worked there. He informed me that it was still growing. Now, it is a major casino and resort. It is now called Sandia Casino and Resort.
Only time would tell what the Buffalo Rivers Casino and Lodge would bring to the people of the Fort Peck Reservation.
Thank you.
John M. Olson
Wolf Point
Enrolled Assiniboine
member of the
Fort Peck Tribes

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