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Supporting staff at Lustre Christian High School includes Jean Toews, evening cook; Ron Reddig, boys’ basketball coach; Mary Zerbe, girls’ volleyball coach; Daryl Toews, international representative; Diane Unrau, secretary/treasurer; and Eileen Traeholt, custodian.
Board members serving this year are Martin Fast, chairman; Bill Reddig, vice chairman/transportation; Randy Reddig, secretary/housing; Wilbur Unrau, finance; Bob Brown: yard; Kelly Toews, dorm; and Brad Traeholt: school maintenance.
There are two supporting committees, as well. The dorm committee includes Dawson and Alicia Olfert, Tony and Amy Fast and John and LaVonne Toews. The foundation committee is Keith Unger, Wilbur Unrau and Grant Zerbe.
At the opening ceremonies, Randy Reddig made a brief presentation of the proposed remodeling project that is being considered. The board does not want to borrow the money for the project and is waiting to see what pledges are received. If you are interested in knowing more about the project, contact Randy Reddig.
Heide Yost gave a PowerPoint presentation of the new gradebook program, “Jupiter Grades,” that is being implemented in both the LCHS and the Lustre Grade School. Parents can log into this website to see how their child(ren) are progressing in school. Any parent who needs more information on this contact the respective school: LGS, Rayna DeSocio; and at LCHS, Heide Yost.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:36
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The Montana Department of Revenue is publishing the names of people who have money or other unclaimed property that the state has been holding for them.
The money was reported to the state between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
By law, the department publishes the names of unclaimed property owners in local newspapers. The newspaper listings will appear in more than 30 Montana newspapers between now and mid-November and include owners of unclaimed property who live in the particular geographic region served by the particular newspaper.
For the list of newspaper publication dates, visit www.revenue.mt.gov or call toll free 866-859-2254, in Helena, 406-444-6900.
“The department handles unclaimed property that businesses have turned over to the state and many people are unaware that the state is holding that money for them,” said revenue director Mike Kadas. “With back to school and other costs that come up for people this time of year, the missing money might come in handy, so I encourage people to look for their names in the paper.”
Each year, millions of dollars goes unclaimed. In the last fiscal year, the department received more than $8.5 million from businesses or other holders of unclaimed property. The department processed 4,900 claims and returned $3.7 million to owners. Most of the unclaimed property is money from insurance policy proceeds, uncashed checks, savings accounts, safety deposit box contents, stocks and mutual funds.
The money is available indefinitely for owners to claim.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:26
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Remember having root beer on tap? If you had gone into Matt Eliasen’s Recreational Parlor in Frazer, circa 1900-1950, you would have had just that.
The first of its kind in the area or in Montana was a Magnus Root Beer Barrel with tap which was manufactured by Magnus Fruit Company of San Francisco, Calif., and is now on display in the Wolf Point Museum. This barrel was used for many years in his store.
The custom of brewing and drinking root beer goes back to the 18th century. Farm owners used to brew their own light-alcoholic beverage root beer for family get-togethers and other social events.
During the 19th century, some pharmacists tried to sell their version of root beer as a miracle drug. In 1876, Charles Hires introduced a commercial version at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. This “root tea” was first marketed to Pennsylvania coal miners.
In 1893, root beer was sold as a bottled soft drink to the public, especially during Prohibition.
In 1960, due to the FDA label of the ingredient “sassafras root” as a carcinogen, companies experimented with artificial flavors, preparation techniques and root beer taste preservation arriving at today’s product. There are 15 main ingredients, two foam/froth ingredients, 15 spice ingredients and five “other” ingredients. Root beer is now a carbonated, sweetened beverage, originally made using the root of a sassafras plant as the primary flavor and can still be found at the fountain or in a bottle or can.
The Wolf Point Area Museum will close Sept. 13 for the season it is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
In the last 12 and a half weeks, 635 visitors have stepped through the Museum’s front doors including visitors from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Australia, Italy, Switzerland and Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:13
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The 2013 summer paleontological season has been a busy and productive time for several institutions excavating fossils on Eastern Montana BLM-administered public lands.
More kinds of fossils can be found on BLM-managed lands than anywhere else in the U.S., that includes lands administered by other federal or state agency. In this part of Montana where the Hell Creek Formation is exposed, that statistic is particularly true.
This year in Garfield County, Museum of the Rockies staff excavated Triceratops remains that exhibited gouges attributed to T. rex teeth. According to initial reports, these specimens extracted from public land may contribute valuable information to the broader scientific record on both T. rex scavenging and feeding behavior as well as the growth and development stages of Triceratops.
Also in Garfield County; the St. Louis Community College-Meramec from Missouri continued to work a Triceratops excavation and a “bone-bed” that has an assortment of fossilized remains. The St. Louis Community College staff is updating information for a stratigraphic study of the Hell Creek Formation with a specialized digital panoramic camera. The images have been taken back to the college to be reassembled with specialized software to reconstruct the region’s ancient geological history.
Concordia College from Morehead, Minn., has been fossil-prospecting in Garfield County this summer as well.
Carter County played host to a crew from Carthage College from Kenosha, Wis., who were working on several sites that have been discovered over the years.
The Burpee Museum from Rockford, Ill., was also busy this summer in Carter County working a Hadrosaur site; a bone-bed that is giving up parts and pieces of several dinosaur species and turtles; and a suspected Oviraptorosaur. If an Oviraptorosaur is indeed confirmed, it may be the second most complete specimen yet recovered in North America.
Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History from New Haven, Conn., was back in Fallon County this summer working an early mammal fossil site east of Baker.
“We are excited to have so much interest in searching for and excavating fossils on the BLM lands we manage here in Eastern Montana,” said BLM Eastern Montana – Dakotas district manager Diane Friez. “There is a lot to be learned from the past, and this information will be utilized over time to educate our students and others throughout the world.”
BLM-permitted excavation teams working on public land must be federally-recognized repositories for paleontological specimens before they can be considered qualified to excavate on federal lands. The BLM issues permits primarily for vertebrate fossil specimens and scientifically significant invertebrates and plant fossils. The permits are issued to professional paleontologists who must agree to preserve their finds in a public museum, a college or a university because of their relative rarity and scientific importance. These remains must also be made available to other researchers.
BLM-issued permits for paleontology purposes do not, however, entitle the holder to trespass on private land. Landowners may call the BLM Miles City field office if they have a question regarding field crews who have been issued federal permits, or the regulations and laws regarding fossil collecting on federal lands.
Visitors to public lands are welcome to collect reasonable amounts of common invertebrate (animals with no backbone) and plant fossils without a BLM permit. No permit is needed for plant fossils, such as leaves, stems and cones, or common invertebrate fossils such as shellfish, ammonites and trilobites.
Petrified wood can be collected for personal use; up to 25 pounds each day plus one piece, but no more than 250 pounds in any calendar year. These materials must be for the finder’s personal collection and cannot be sold or traded.
For more paleontology and fossil collecting information call the BLM Miles City field office at 406-233-2800. For the latest BLM news and updates, visit www.blm.gov/mt, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BLMMontana, or follow on Twitter@BLM_MTDKs and @BLM_MTDK_Fire.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:40
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Department of Public Health and Human Services officials say that with another school year set to begin, now is the time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines.
Officials say that getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children's health.
With back to school rapidly approaching and a continued increase in the number of pertussis, or “whooping cough” cases throughout the state, DPHHS director Richard Opper says “parents are encouraged to check with their health care provider or local health department to ensure that their children are up to date on all recommended immunizations.”
Schools are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their classroom and further into the community — endangering babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
A flu vaccine is recommended every year for all children six months and older. Children age four to six are due for boosters of four vaccines:
•DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
•MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
Older children — like pre-teens and teens — need:
•Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
•MCV (meningococcal conjugate virus)
DPHHS urges parents to talk with their doctor, nurse or local health department about the recommended vaccines. Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.immunization.mt.gov.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:26