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McGeshick Book Signing

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Author Joseph McGeshick of Billings is pictured with his helper John Grandchamp at his book signing during Art In The Park in Sherman Park Saturday, July 11. McGeshick, a former Wolf Point High School teacher, has just released his new book Howard’s Dream: The Story of Howard Wood and the Wood’s Powr-Grip Company through Wyota Publishing. The story traces the life of local inventor Howard Wood and his company, the Wood’s Powr-Grip Company, that started out in Wolf Point in the early 1960s. The company is now located in Laurel.
(Photo by John Plestina)

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Church Construction To Be Completed This Summer

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Sojourners and local Church of Christ members who worked on the new church building Thursday, July 9 are: (front row, from left to right) local church members Shawn Eggar, Christine Eggar, Emily Eggar, Pam Galster. Standing are (listed alphabetically) local church members Dude Eggar, Janet Eggar and Julie Schumaker and Sojourners Jo Byrd,  Richard Byrd, Barbara Hudgins, Jimmy Hudgens, Glynna Strait, Russ Strait, Ray Sullins and Wanda Sullins.   (Photo by John Plestina)

After more than two decades holding services in a motel and a house, the Church of Christ in Wolf Point will finally have a home before the end of summer.
Construction of the new church on the 100 block of Benton Street began during the summer of 2014 with a Quonset prefab building. It remained a shell until mid-June when 10 members of the Sojourners arrived in Wolf Point.
The Sojourners, a Marshall, Texas-based national evangelical mission group of the Church of Christ, builds churches. Most of the Sojourners that are in Wolf Point hail from Southern states. They are staying in several RVs parked on the side of the church. All are retired volunteers and all are self-supporting.
The volunteer carpenters, drywall hangers, painters and jacks of many other trades say they hope to complete the interior work before they leave and have estimated that about two more weeks is needed.
“If the Lord is willing and our joints hold out,” Sojourners member Jimmy Hudgins of Tennessee said.
“These guys all came to us free bono,” church member and Wolf Point fire chief Shawn Eggar said, using a play on word for pro bono, meaning free of charge.
The church with 14 current members and one family soon to move to Wolf Point has met in the former Plaza Motel on the 500 block of Blaine Street for the last 15 years. Prior to that, services were held in a house on Main Street. The Church of Christ was established in Wolf Point more than 20 years ago.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For July 16, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between July 6 and 12. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
July 6
12:34 p.m., officers responded to a report of theft from a vehicle on the 400 block of Idaho Street with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
3:55 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Blaine Street for a report of a theft from the residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
July 7
1:26 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire north on Wolf Creek Road.
6:10 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Helena Street for a request to remove an individual and arrested Greg Azure Cantrell, 33, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
11:34 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Fourth Avenue South and arrested Delano Clancy, 42, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
July 8
1:26 p.m., officers responded to Triangle Park for a report of a fight and arrested Larry Long Jr., 41, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
8:56 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a fight in progress and arrested Frank Clampitt II, 29, of Wolf Point for severe physical domestic abuse.
11:16 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire on Swimming Pool Road.
July 9
6:10 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Blaine Street for a welfare check and arrested Donald Shyface, 57, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
9:50 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Fairweather Street for a request to remove an unwanted individual from the residence and cited Royce Birdsbill Sr., 46, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
2:53 p.m., police took a report of a theft from a vehicle that occurred on the 500 block of Fourth Avenue South with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
6:18 p.m., firefighters responded to a vehicle fire in McDonalds parking lot.
July 10
12 a.m., officers located underage intoxicated individuals on the alley behind the 100 block of Main Street and cited a 17-year-old Wolf Point male for minor in possession of alcohol and a curfew violation. Police arrested Ira Follet Jr., 18, of Wolf Point for possession of dangerous drugs, MIP, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and arrested Brent Follet, 20, of Wolf Point for MIP and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
12:20 a.m., officers observed a fight on the 200 block of Anaconda Street and arrested Brian Sargent, 35, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Michael Williams, 28, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
1:13 a.m., officers observed a fight on the 300 block of Main Street and arrested Jesse Sutherland, 27, of Poplar for disorderly conduct.
8:20 a.m., police took a report of a burglary of the concession booth at Borge Park with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
10:37 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Helena Street for a report of an assault and arrested Tyler Lilley, 19, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
7:56 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Third Avenue South for a report of an assault and arrested Michael Hapa Jr., 18, of Poplar and Denny Owens, 21, of Oswego for aggravated assault.
11:37 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street and arrested Blake Martinez, 22, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
July 11
12:53 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Eureka Street for a request to remove an unwanted male and arrested Michael Williams, 28, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, public intoxication and assault with a bodily fluid.
11:24 a.m., officers responded to Triangle Park and arrested Latoya
Lambert-Follet, 26, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
12:19 p.m., police took a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident on the 100 block of Anaconda Street. The incident remains under investigation.
10:37 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
10:57 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Helena Street for a request to remove an unwanted male and arrested John Belcher, 35, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
11 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of an individual lighting fireworks in the downtown area and cited Josh Flaten, 21, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
11:10 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street and arrested Michael Martinez, 27, of Wolf Point on a warrant and for resisting arrest.
11:50 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street and arrested Cody Sietsema, 30, for possession of dangerous drugs and disorderly conduct.
July 12
12:45 a.m., police observed a person throw fireworks at vehicles and cited Emmett Jackson, 25, of Frazer for disorderly conduct.
3:12 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Main Street for a report of a person asleep inside a vehicle and arrested Logan Kirn, 23, of Poplar for driving under the influence.
10:52 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of children left with a babysitter for an extended period. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point female.
4:49 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Third Avenue South for a report of an assault and arrested Nolan Hendrickson, 28, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
6:20 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a person attempting to start fights in the establishment and arrested Larry Long Jr., 41, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
8 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of Fifth Avenue South for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between July 6 and 12: checks of wellbeing, five; civil standby, two; domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, 34; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, 28; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, five; alarm, seven; assist other agency, three; unfounded reports, 17; fireworks complaint, one; and driving complaints, five.

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Wild Horse Stampede, Centennial Events Underway

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This front page from the July 9, 1915 Wolf Point Herald asks why Wolf Point should incorporate as a city.

The 92nd annual Wild Horse Stampede and the Wolf Point Centennial Celebration kick off this week and will be held Wednesday through Saturday, July 8-11.
Several of the High Plains Drifters gunfighters were to be in costume Wednesday, July 8, to promote their two shows on Saturday. The Wolf Point Old West reenactment group will perform in public for the first time with seven skits during the two performances. At least two members of the group have experience with Old West reenactment groups.
Wednesday activities included a tri-tip barbecue at 5 p.m. at Marvin Brookman Stadium, followed by the annual KVCK Country Showdown at 7 p.m.
Several first-time contestants were among the 10 who signed up to compete in the annual KVCK Country Showdown. The popular talent contest returned to the Stampede grounds this year after being held in the Wolf Point High School auditorium the last five years.
Ten contestants signed up for the Country Showdown. They included Parker Jo Brunelle of Bismarck, N.D.; Al Bets His Medicine of Poplar; DeLaura LaFaye of Dagmar; Sarah Morales of Opheim; Natasha Richter of Butte; Brian Salveson of Williston; Rachel Sigmundstad of Glasgow; Mikela and Alissa Smith of Wolf Point; Pieter VanHeerden of Wolf Point; and Trinity Whitmus of Wolf Point.
A dance followed at the Stampede grounds with the Colorado-based band Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts playing from 9 p.m. until midnight.
The Centennial Committee and High Plains Motors provided a courtesy car to drive people home from the dance as a means to keep intoxicated drivers off the road.
The ever-popular Catholic Hamburger Stand opens at 11 a.m. Thursday on Main Street.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday will include three days of the annual Stampede parade at noon with the theme “Do You Remember When.” Ten historical-themed floats will be featured and showcased in Marvin Brookman Stadium before each PRCA-sanctioned rodeo performance, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. each night.
Street dances on Main Street will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
The Stampede Roundup Tough Enough To Wear Pink Golf Tournament will be held at the Airport Golf Course Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, will kick off with the Human Stampede, sponsored by Fort Peck Community College. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Sherman Park.
From 7 to 11 a.m. will be the annual WolPoint Museum pancake breakfast at the museum on U.S. Hwy. 2, with the dedication of the new building taking place at 10 a.m.
Cowboy Church featuring The Petersons will be held at the Marvin Brookman Stadium, starting with coffee at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the service at 10 a.m.
Art in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Sherman Park.
Wolf City Rods and Rides will have a Show and Shine at 1 p.m. on Main Street.
Also on Saturday will be the wackiness of bed races with several heats with four-person teams pushing beds on wheels through downtown streets and a fifth team member on the bed wearing pajamas, starting on either Benton or Custer Street and ending on Second Avenue South, just south of Anaconda Street. The first heat will be at 2:15 p.m.
Registrations for the bed races will be at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Courthouse North Annex, the building on the 100 block of Custer Street that houses the Roosevelt County Health Department and the Wolf Point Senior Center.
The Stick Horse Rodeo by Miss Rodeo Montana Hanna Heckman at Sherman Park will take place at 2 p.m.
The long ago tradition of Wolf Point pie-eating contests will resume Saturday in Sherman Park at 3 p.m. and will feature several heats for various ages as well as a celebrity heat.
The High Plains Drifters will present two 45-minute skits in Firemen’s Park at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m., before and after the bed races and pie-eating contest are held. Each show will be a different skit.
Former KVCK announcer David Arndt will emcee the Saturday afternoon events.
Saturday and Sunday will see the first Moto Cross events in Wolf Point with the Lone Wolf XC Races.

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Celebrating The Fourth With A Bang

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The annual Fourth of July fireworks display in Wolf Point was the biggest pyrotechnic show to date with about $7,000 to $8,000 worth of fireworks. The show has gone on every July 4 for many years as an alcohol and drug free family-oriented activity for the children of the community. This year’s fireworks crew included (back row, left to right) Shawn Blount, Troy Blount, Jay Walby, Matt Azure, Robert Agulair, Denny Blount, (front) George Blount, August Spotted Wolf, Landon Ackerman, Coy Black Eagle and (not pictured) Larry Martin.  (Fireworks photo by John Plestina, crew photo submitted)

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