Wolf Point Herald

Northside School Announces Honor Roll

Northside Elementary School has announced the honor rolls for the first nine weeks of school:
Advanced Honor Roll
Fifth grade: Jami Beston, Hamyanie Campbell.
Sixth grade: Dominique Gourneau, August Spotted Wolf.
Proficient Honor Roll
Fourth grade: Logan Bushman-Corne, Faith Four Star, Sharon Jeffries, Isabella Jones, Katelyn MacDonald, Adam Paine, Samantha Reed, Josephine Solberg-Hodges, Matteo Villalvazo and Daijon Yellow Robe.
Fifth grade: Ashtin Azure, Jorey Azure, Benjamin Boysun, Danny Burshia, Ca’Bell Cantrell, Kealyn Flynn, Leslie Keiser, Dylan Kirk, Ebony Lindsay, Alexander MacDonald, Mahala MacDonald, Ciera Michaelsen, Tia Nygard, Brendan Peterson, Daniel Sears, Krissyona Spillman and Jack Sprague.
Sixth grade: Laci Ackerman, Alexis Baker, Jack Fox, Savannah Giles, Angel Guldborg, Demi Kegley, Doriane Keiser, Joshlynn Lindsay, Antone Manning, Dyson Russell, Jocelyn Russell, Angelica Sutton, Hannah Vandall and Dylan Weinberger.

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Northeast Montana Health Services Welcomes Third Midwife To Staff

Northeast Montana Health Services has hired a third midwife to assist with caring for obstetrics patients. They recently hired Allison Conti, CNM, to work alongside April Boitano, CNM, and Jude McTaggart, CNM, in both Riverside and Listerud clinics and the obstetrics department of Trinity Hospital.  
"I feel mothers are the cornerstone of communities. Working with pregnant patients and new families means a lot to me because I get to connect to people at this important transition in their life. It's important to me to be able to support parents and their new families," said Conti.
Conti received her master's degree in nursing from Seattle University in Washington and has been completing her clinicals at NEMHS since January. She is also currently working toward her family nurse practitioner's degree.
She will be providing well-woman care, as well as full-scope midwifery from pre-natal care through birth. Once she receives her degree in family nurse practitioner, she hopes to be able to continue care for patients into adulthood.
She describes midwifery as both a passion and a joy of hers.
As a midwife, she wants to focus on education with her patients."I really want to try to educate and empower women to take control of their health. It is that empowerment that brings the patient directly into their care as an active participant," she said.
Conti grew up just south of Boston, Mass., in
Hingham. She became inspired to pursue a career in the medical field after watching a televised documentary on midwifery and reading the book Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin.
"Our obstetrics department has become so busy with deliveries it was no longer feasible to have just two midwives. By bringing on a third provider, it will be easier to work out scheduling conflicts for both the patients and the providers,"  said Peg Norgaard, CEO.
Last year, there were 179 deliveries at Trinity Hospital.

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Wolf Point Woman Agrees To Guilty Plea To One Count Of 16-Count Federal Indictment

The Wolf Point woman who was charged in September following a 16-count federal drug indictment has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to a single charge with 15 counts dismissed.
According to U.S. District Court documents, Cheryl Lee Culbertson-Nygaard, 45, agreed to the plea agreement Monday, Nov. 17, to plead guilty to Count II of the indictment, which alleges possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine with the intent to distribute between 2010 and 2013. Federal prosecutors will move to dismiss the other 15 charges, which allege incidents of methamphetamine distribution on different dates during the three-year period.
Culbertson-Nygaard was arrested in Wolf Point Monday, Sept. 22, and pleaded not guilty to all 16 charges during an arraignment in Great Falls. She has been free on bond.
She faces potential maximum penalties that include up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release.
A sentencing date has not been reported.

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Poplar Man Arraigned In Federal Court On Meth Charge

Edwin Charles Falcon, 54, of Poplar was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to three drug charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby in Billings, Friday, Nov, 14.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Falcon was indicted by a grand jury for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Falcon faces a maximum of life in prison, up to $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Fort Peck tribes Department of Law and Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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Four Members Of Brockton Family To Plead Guilty In Alleged Theft From Town

Four members of a Brockton family alleged to have stolen $132,563 from the town have filed motions this month to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to charges in a federal indictment. Some of the defendants will plead guilty to all charges and others to some counts.
Named in federal court documents are Bernard John Lambert, Desiree Lambert, Kaycee Dinard Lambert and Kayla Lou Lambert.
Federal court documents allege that between Jan. 15, 2013 and March 26 of this year, the town’s then business manager, Desiree Lambert, wrote illegal checks drawn on an account at Independence Bank in Poplar to herself, her husband, daughters and others. There are allegations of forgery of the signature of a municipal official.
The charges also allege that $129,352 in U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services [commonly known as COPS] grant funds were used to replenish the general fund.
Original charges in an indictment filed Aug. 22 include theft from a local government, receiving federal funding and aggravated identity theft.

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