Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point’s new food pantry that opened its doors Sept. 28 in the former Boys and Girls Club building on the corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue South is accepting food and cash donations.
Food Pantry Inc., fed 46 families, including 159 people and distributed 2,664 pounds of food the first day. Seventy families, including more than 230 people, were served the first week of operation.
The food pantry serves all that are at or lower than 150 percent of poverty level, including people who are employed, and tries to provide at least a week’s worth of food.
A program for the homeless is included. Homeless people are given items they do not have to cook, including those with pop-tops when possible. They also are allowed to come in more often.
The pantry is set up similar to a grocery store. People are treated with dignity. No one is left hungry.
The new food pantry service fills a nearly two-year-long void since the Basket of Hope Food Bank and Thrift Store closed in 2013 after serving the community for 19 years.
Many volunteers have helped since October 2014 to get the building ready.
Food Pantry Inc., executive director Rose Neumiller Green said she is hoping churches would designate one Sunday per month as “Food Pantry Sunday.”
Currently, the Wolf Point High School Honor Society and local businesses are doing food drives.
Green said current food needs include canned meats, cereal, pasta, skillet dinners, sauces, soups, rice, vegetables, fruits, condiments, peanut butter, jelly, cake mixes and frozen products.
Donations of meat from hunted animals and injured livestock will be accepted. Food Pantry Inc. will pay for processing.
Donations of additional freezers and refrigerators are needed. The food pantry is hoping to obtain two large reach-in refrigerators and two large reach-in freezers such as they have in grocery stores. They would cost about $25,000. Compressors would be needed.
More volunteers are needed, too. Long commitments are not necessary. Young people are encouraged to volunteer as a learning process. Needs include volunteers to serve as guides, registrations clerks, stockers and to unload trucks.
To volunteer, contact Green at 650-5667 or Rhonda Mason at 650-7833.
The food pantry is open Mondays through Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners looked at issues concerning the aging current county jail and new facility that is slated for construction in 2016 and 2017 during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13.
To address a maintenance issue, the commissioners accepted a $10,647 bid from Dale Plumbing and Heating of Glasgow for faucet repairs in the jail. There were no other bids.
Construction on the new jail is expected to begin in 2016 with completion in 2017.
Results for a soil test at the site of the new jail by Rawhide Engineering of Billings was presented as an informational item only. Water is present at about 20 feet and recommendations were made for the placement of concrete. The site is adjacent to the current sheriff’s office and jail.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said the design stage for the new jail is now in the final phase.
In other business, the commissioners approved the purchase of two desktop computers for the Wolf Point Television District from Eggart of Billings at $2,423 for both. They replace two outdated computers.
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The Wolf Point Optimist Club held its first annual Fall Drive-Thru Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 8, at First Lutheran Church on Johnson Street. A roasted pork dinner was served curbside with a medley of seasoned fall vegetables, rolls and dessert for the take-out only dinner. In the first picture Optimist Dennis Nelson serves a dinner to Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary Macdonald (in his pickup) curbside on Johnson Street. In the second photo, some of the Optimists helping were (from left to right) Dennis Nelson, Pat Stennes, Elsie Hanson, Karen Nelson, Gloria Sande, Mary Long, Pat Henry, Carol Nutgens, Donna Reum, Kerrie Letschke and Susie Davis. (Photos by John Plestina)
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The Wolf Point High School Agronomy varsity team of Josh Huber, Owen Lepper, Trevor Davis and Quinn Whitmus placed fourth out of 11 teams during FFA Agronomy and Livestock Judging held in Culbertson Monday, Oct 5. Schools attending included Bainville, Culbertson, Froid, Medicine Lake, Lambert, Hinsdale, Plentywood, Richey, Sidney, Opheim and Wolf Point. Individual results were: Whitmus, ninth; and Davis, 10th out of 35 contestants. For junior varsity Agronomy, the team was comprised of Trinity Whitmus, Dani Vine and Mahala Shawl. Whitmus placed sixth out of 29 contestants. For varsity livestock judging, the team consisted of Trinity Whitmus, Dani Vine, Mahala Shawl and Quinn Whitmus. The JV livestock judging team consisted of Huber, Lepper and Davis. Lepper placed seventh out of 36 contestants. Shawl is pictured in front. In the middle row (from left to right) Vine, Trinity Whitmus, (back row) Quinn Whitmus, Huber, Lepper, Davis and
advisor Jeff Toavs. (Submitted photo)
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(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Tuesday, Oct. 13, nine inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding three females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 13:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and resisting arrest;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Juan Guzman, 50, Pharr, Texas, probation and parole violation;
•Christopher Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Anthony McClendon, 56, Culbertson, aggravated assault;
•Roy Murray Jr., 30, Portland, Ore., arrested on Oregon felony warrant, driving under the influence - drug, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is revoked, operating without liability insurance, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•Ronnie Smith Jr., 42, Poplar, hold on U.S. Marshal’s warrant;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.