Wolf Point Herald

Roosevelt’s Rail Car Visits Area

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The rail car President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used for whistle-stop tours in the 1930s passed through Wolf Point, Poplar, Culbertson and
Bainville, Thursday, Sept. 18, connected to the eastbound Amtrak Empire Builder. John Paul DeJoria, the owner of Patrón Tequila and a partner in Paul Mitchell hair care, travels the nation in his private 87-year-old railcar, the Patrón Tequila Express.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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100 Club Purchases New Smart-Pump

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Standing behind a Sigma Spectrum IV smart-pump purchased through funds raised by the 100 Club are (from left to right) Allen Condon, RN, Leticia Toavs, RN, Alan Atwood, RN, Shirley Zimmerman, 100 Club president, Rene Worley, club member, Irene Tjon, club member, Sarah Hafner, RN, LaRae Davis, LPN, C PhT, and Abigaile Julio, RN.



It's safe to say volunteers make the world a better place. Perhaps there is no better example of that than in the Wolf Point 100 Club, an organization dedicated to helping ensure the community’s health care needs are enhanced through the purchase of medical equipment.
Since 1980, the 100 Club and its members have made it possible for each annual wish-list to come true for Northeast Montana Health Services for their Trinity Hospital, Listerud Clinic, NEMHS Ambulance Services and Faith Lutheran Home campuses.
Annually, members of NEMHS get together and create a prioritized wish-list of items that are needed. This year's list will be compiled in October. In April, the 100 Club then purchases as many of the items as their budget will allow.
"It's very exciting to visit one of the campuses and see that the equipment is being used. The community has been supportive every year and the funds always seem to keep coming," said Shirley Zimmerman, club president.
Money is raised through membership dues, honorariums and memorials. In 2013, there were over 118 dues paying members.
This year, the club authorized $19,025 for the purchase of equipment which included IV poles, a GPS navigator, head immobilizers and stethoscopes for the ambulance service. They also secured an ear wash system, waiting room water cooler and portable cautery machine for Listerud Clinic. Trinity Hospital received a Sigma Spectrum IV pump capable of loading computerized data into it for medication tubes. A donation of $1,000 from the Roosevelt County Community Foundation helped pay for the IV pumps being used at Trinity Hospital.
"I have heard a number of new hires make comments about being impressed by the newer equipment and supplies we have. The 100 Club plays a big role in this and we are so appreciative of their efforts each year," said John Carlbom, site supervisor for Trinity Hospital EMS.
They also purchased a MAXI MOVE lift that assists staff with repositioning patients at Faith Lutheran Home and 10 assorted slings for ambulating patients with different needs. The kitchen also received a dessert cart that allows residents in wheel chairs to see the items being offered on the top shelf. "It's the residents who really appreciate being able to see everything that is on the cart," said Sharon Hoffman, director of dietary dervices for FLH.
Since its inception, the club has raised over $520,000.
Membership costs $100 and runs on the calendar year, meaning that no matter when you sign up to be a member, your membership is only good through December of that year.
Board members include Shirley Zimmerman, president, Wade Krauth, vice president, Cathryn Wylie, secretary, Janece Houg, treasurer, Rene Worley, correspondence secretary, Rodney Bartel, Jim Patch, Irene Rathert, Bill Rensvold, and Irene Tjon.
For more information about how to become a member, contact Shirley Zimmerman at 653-2002. Membership dues and donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1001, Wolf Point, MT 59201.

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To Wed

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Dun and Faith O’Connor of Poplar have announced the engagement of their daughter, Chanel Renae O’Connor, to Drew Evan Plasek, son of Edward and Barbara Plasek of Houston, Texas. A 2015 wedding is planned.

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Northeast Montana Health Services Hosts Armed Intruder Drills For Staff

Each year, to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff, Northeast Montana Health Services practices a number of emergency operations drills to help ensure they are prepared for all kinds of potential disaster scenarios.  They have disaster policies in place and practice for hazardous weather, power outages, water contamination, mass casualties and more. It's all about being prepared.
"As the world changes it becomes necessary for us to plan for the unplanable and think about the unthinkable because it happens every day, somewhere. That's the reality of it," said Sharon Dschaak, safety coordinator for NEMHS. "Our organization's mission is about commitment to improving the quality of human life in our community. Part of that commitment is ensuring we are ready for anything," she continued.
To prepare for the drills, a sub-committee of the NEMHS safety committee met with local law enforcement and the county's disaster and emergency services coordinator to devise safe drills staff would benefit from.
In the next several months they will be practicing small scale drills at each of their campuses to familiarize staff with what they should do in the event an armed intruder enters the facility.
To carry out the drills, an unarmed "armed intruder" will walk through the different facilities and hand out cards to staff members who have presumably been injured by him. The "intruder" will try to get to as many areas as possible to give staff an opportunity to be immersed in the situation for as long as possible. With the assistance of local law enforcement the "intruder" will be neutralized, allowing staff to practice their response to law enforcement.  
The "intruder" in each drill will be marked and clearly recognized as a non-threat with a florescent poster on his chest and back that states, "This is Only a Drill." All participants will be marked by similar signage and all entrances will have a staff member stationed there to let people know the drill is taking place.
"The goal here is certainly not to scare people. We are not using any ammunition noises or scary clothing that could create panic. We are simply passing out the cards and getting our staff to think about what they would do for themselves and for the safety of their patients in a real world situation," said Dschaak.
While the drill is taking place, the normal flow of business will continue for patients.     
Last June, NEMHS hosted Summer Fury, a fully functional tornado disaster drill that captured statewide attention and included over 100 volunteers from across the region and state.
"One lesson we learned from that drill is that when disaster strikes, our first responders and staff will rise to the occasion, but our success depends on our ability to activate our plans and work together to bring order to chaos. To ensure the life and safety of our patients and staff, we need to practice and that is what we are doing right now," Dschaak said.

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Five Poplar Residents Plead Not Guilty In Federal Court

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that the following people from Roosevelt County appeared in Federal Court.
Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula, Friday, Sept. 19, was Ronnie Lynn Smith Sr., 41, of Poplar. He pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Smith faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years supervised release.
The following people appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls, Monday, Sept. 22.
Bernard John Lambert, 66, of Poplar pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and theft from a local government receiving federal funds.
If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, Lambert faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
Desiree Dean Kirn Lambert. 58, of Poplar pleaded not guilty to wire fraud, theft from a local government receiving federal funds, and aggravated identity theft.
If convicted of the most serious charge, Lambert faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
Kaycee Dinard Lambert, 35, of Poplar pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and theft from a local government receiving federal funds.
If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, Lambert faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
Kayla Lou Ann Lambert, 30, of Poplar pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and theft from a local government receiving federal funds.
If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, Lambert faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The cases against the Lamberts were investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency Officer of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the FBI.

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