Written by Eileen Traeholt
Loren and Karen Neufeld, of Fresno, Calif., spent a long weekend in the community visiting family. They were house-guests of their niece, Donna and Dave Pankratz. Loren is also a cousin of Norma Rauch of Wolf Point. The couple are retired Professors of Fresno Pacific College, a Mennonite Brethren school, and were interested in a tour of the Lustre Christian High School. Karen Neufeld is a sister-in-law to Janet Toews, so they also visited Rudy Toews of Glasgow on Monday, having lunch with him.
Karl and Donna Waitschies had a busy household with their children coming and going, trying to get in a piece of the harvest. Karleen and Joe Westermeyer of Minneapolis, Minn., were here this past week, staying until the late afternoon on Monday, so they could have the opportunity to visit a short time with Kris and Jim Trillet and family of Denver, Colo., who arrived at her parents on that morning.
Ross and Joan Trimble enjoyed a dinner out in Glasgow on Sunday, celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary.
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Hanna and Jacob Laughlin of Lustre are enjoying a visit with Hanna’s parents, Clarence and Julie Phillips, who came up from Sebring, Fla. When asked if they were doing anything special, they said, “No, just hanging out.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 02:33
Written by The Herald-News
National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis recently announced more than $645,000 in historic preservation grants to 17 American Indian tribes, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiian organizations. In all, 42 proposals were received requesting approximately $1.55 million. Since 1990, over $21.8 million has been awarded to approximately 593 projects in Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
“These grants will be used to help preserve the rich heritage of human experience from architectural and intellectual achievements to cultural identities,” said Jarvis. “Whether used to create oral history programs, operate museums and cultural centers, or develop training and education programs, the grants will help all Americans gain a greater appreciation of our nation’s rich traditions and cultures.”
The competitive grants can be used to fund projects such as nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education, architectural planning, historic structure reports, community preservation plans and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings.
Tribal Heritage Grant funds will be used at Fort Peck to continue the renovation of the historical 1915 Fort Peck Indian Boarding School dining hall and kitchen in Poplar. It is one of the few remaining structures of the Fort Peck Agency Indian Boarding School and Town of Poplar from the late 19th century.
Since the school’s closure in the 1930s, the building has served as the Fort Peck Agency administration building and the first tribal substance abuse treatment center. The building has been designated for rehabilitation as a cultural/historical resource and for use as a tourism office and museum space while retaining its historical architectural integrity.
“The history of this building is the history of the Fort Peck Reservation” says project coordinator Shawn Olson. “Funding of this project will move the Fort Peck Tribes one step closer to preserving a building that represents an important piece of the history of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes on the Fort Peck Reservation and northeastern Montana.”
Fort Peck Tribes received $40,000 to hire a historic building preservation specialist to do conduct a Historic Building Report to assess the building condition; hire an architect to develop a master plan for restoration of the building based on the specialist’s assessment; and develop a master budget for the restoration work. The building underwent asbestos and mold removal in September 2012 with grant funds from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The long-range plan is for the building to be a part of the Fort Peck Tribes museum complex, house the museum and tourism staff, and be the Reservation Visitor Center for tourists. The building itself will serve as part of the museum collection used to teach new generations and the general public about the agency boarding school and its role in the lives of several generations and impact on the people of the Fort Peck Reservation. The walls in the main hall will be used to exhibit photographs and text about the history of the building from its original purpose, its years as the BIA Agency headquarters, the time used for alcohol treatment, the preservation and renovation process and the “finished” product. Architectural and “green” features incorporated into the building will be highlighted with signage. Transforming the building into a visitors’ center and museum exhibit space the building will continue its original purpose of educating the public, both local and visitors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:48
Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Center for the Book is sponsoring a Letters About Literature contest for Montana school students from grades four through 12.
To enter the contest, students write a personal letter to an author, alive or deceased, and tell them how that author’s book impacted their life.
Students are encouraged to explore their honest feelings and reactions to the author’s work and inform the author, rather than flatter them. They are also encouraged to not summarize the plot of the book.
The Montana Center for the Book selects the top essay from each of the three competition levels. Writers who are selected will receive prizes and certificates and their essays will advance to the national competition.
The judges will select one National Winner per competition category to receive a $1,000. They will also select one winner per competition level to receive a $200 cash prize.
The deadline for Level 3 entries, grades 9-12, will be Dec. 10. For Level 1 entries, for grades 4-6, and Level 2 entries, grades 7 and 8, the deadline is Jan. 10.
State and national winners are announced in the spring.
Writers, parents or teachers who are looking for more information can go to www.read.gov/letters.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:46
Written by The Herald-News
September Is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month and the Governor’s Office of Community Service encourages all Montanans to take time to make sure that their families, neighborhoods and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all types.
The initiative, now in its ninth year, is a month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps.
Preparing can start with four important, easy steps:
1. Build an emergency supply kit that can sustain your family for at least three days.
2. Make an emergency and communications plan for your family.
3. Be informed about emergencies that may happen in your community and identify sources of information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
4. Get involved by locating volunteer opportunities and identifying ways that you are able to help those in need during and after a disaster.
Preparedness is both a personal and shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. According to Governor Steve Bullock, “Montana is a great place to live, but we’re not immune from unpredictable weather and other challenges. Montana families should be prepared, so that in the event of an emergency we’re able to pull together and overcome anything that comes our way.”
Montanans can participate in National Preparedness Month by hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party in their area. By hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party, you can bring together your neighbors to ensure that everyone is disaster ready.
Emergency supply starter kits along with additional emergency preparedness resources are available from the Governor’s Office of Community Service. To learn more about how to host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party, visit serve.mt.gov. To learn about additional preparedness training opportunities through the American Red Cross of Montana, visit www.redcross.org/montana or call 800-ARC-MONT.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:19
Written by Al Stover
The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved several items at their Sept. 12 meeting.
The commissioners first approved a Management Control Agreement between the Roose-velt County Sheriff’s Office and the Roosevelt County Courthouse IT Department regarding the Criminal Justice Information Service Security Policy.
The agreement states that a portion of computer systems and network infrastructure interfacing directly or indirectly with the Roosevelt County network for the interstate exchange of criminal history or confidential of criminal justice information, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office shall have the authority to manage control, to set and enforce priorities for CJIN systems and the standard for the selection, supervision and termination of personnel.
The agreement also states that IT staff must give advanced notice to designated Sheriff’s Office staff prior to known scheduled outages that can affect the systems or computer equipment. Devices and data will be restricted to prevent unauthorized access either by use of computer equipment with CJIN or through the Roosevelt County network.
The commissioners voted between two bid proposals to remodel the Roosevelt County Courthouse basement. The first bid was from Russell Vandercook and the second was from Stan Friesen’s construction company. During discussion, commissioner Gary Macdonald mentioned that Friesen’s quote was less than Vandercook’s. Macdonald also said that Friesen would be able to begin the remodel Sept. 23.
Commissioner Duane Nygaard wondered if they needed the extra space. Commissioner Jim Shanks said the space will be used. Macdonald said that Donna Reum, the county attorney’s secretary, requested to use the space to store tax deeds and road petitions. Shanks said the petitions and deeds should be stored in a secure space.
“You can never have too much storage,” Macdonald said.
The commissioners agreed to give Friesen’s company the contract to remodel the basement.
The commissioners approved the budget for 2013-2014. Macdonald said he thought it turned out to be a good budget. Nygaard said they were cutting several requests.
They also approved the purchase of a computer for the county attorney and an Enduro Double Door plat cabinet for the courthouse.
The commissioners approved pay raises for Shane Austin at the Roosevelt County Jail, from G1R4 to G1R5. They also approved a pay raise for Yvette Shields at 911 Dispatch. from G1R6 to G1R7.
The commissioners also approved the hiring of Joe Moore and Curtis Holum for 30 days at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the hiring of Stacy Levi at the Roosevelt County Library and the rehiring of Cathy Dickey to 911 Dispatch.
The commissioners disapproved of health department employee Bev Azure moving to full-time. Macdonald said that if there had been a need to make a request to move the position to full-time, Bonnie Wemmer, former director of the Roosevelt County Health Department, would have done it. He said he wanted to wait until the new supervisor at the health department makes the request. Nygaard also said the request should be denied.
Board Approvals And Resignations
The commissioners approved 11 new people to different boards: Scott Toavs, weed board; Don Gudgell, planning board, Keith Bryan and Joann Stensland, Wolf Point Museum board; Ken Landsrud and Tom Nichols, Wolf Point TV District board; Ken Norgaard and Rick Knick, airport board; Dallas O’Connor, Poplar TV District board; and Debbie McGowan, Hospital District 1 & 9 trustee.
The commissioners also accepted the resignations of Ellen Britton from the library board and Laverne Wiens from the Wolf Point TV District board. Macdonald, Nygaard and Shanks thanked both Britton and Wiens for their service on their respective boards.
At the beginning of the meeting, the commissioners approved the minutes for all the public meetings that took place in August. They also approved the claims for Aug. 22 and Sept. 6.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:17