Wolf Point Herald

Gysler Fire Cleanup On Hold Until Spring Or Warmer Weather

The early blast of winter that brought snow and sub-zero temperatures to Wolf Point during the first half of November has temporarily halted the environmental cleanup of the burned-out former Gysler Furniture and Appliance site on Anaconda Street and Second Avenue South.
Workers from Safetech Inc., a Billings asbestos abatement contractor, began work at the site during late October and had completed a substantial portion of the cleanup when weather forced them to stop.
Mayor Chris Dschaak told the Wolf Point City Council, Tuesday, Nov. 18, that the project is on hold until spring or sooner if there is a substantial warm up.
With the winter standstill, the alley on the 100 block between Anaconda and Benton streets has been opened to traffic.
“The city is not going to pay for any part of this project,” Dschaak said and added that the council had made that promise to the citizens of Wolf Point.
The city now owns the two adjacent lots and hopes to resell the property for a new commercial development, possibly in 2015.
City officials have been working with Great Northern Development Corporation and environmental consultant Newfields of Missoula to clean up the site and redevelop it.
The site is a designated Brownfield site where expansion, redevelopment or reuse of the property might be complicated by the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. The designation would make the city eligible for funding through a revolving loan fund and/or federal grant funding for remediation and clean-up of the site.
A fast-moving fire on March 10 destroyed the two adjacent Gysler buildings, leaving portions of block walls and other charred remains, some of which contain asbestos.
While the buildings dated to the early 1900s, remodeling of both structures during the 1960s included roofing and flooring materials made of asbestos, which the fire this year rendered as “friable asbestos,” which is any building material containing more than 1 percent asbestos that could be pulverized or powdered by hand pressure, including asbestos that is damaged by fire. Asbestos in that condition is subject to federal regulation.

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Schultz Appointed To Council Vacancy


The Wolf Point City Council accepted Mayor Chris Dschaak’s recommendation to appoint Vivian Schultz to fill the vacant Ward 1 council seat during the Wolf Point City Council monthly meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Schultz, a Wolf Point High School art teacher, said she has been active in community service for years.
The Ward 1 seat became vacant when councilman Travis Braaten resigned in July because he was moving outside the city limits.
Schultz will have to run for the Ward 1 seat in the 2015 municipal election. If elected, she would serve a two-year term and could run for a four-year term for the same council position in 2017.
Ward 1 extends east from Third Avenue South to the city limits east of First Avenue South and from the railroad tracks to the southern boundary of the city.

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Christmas Light Contest Judging To Be Dec. 21

The Wolf Point Lions Club and Wolf Point Walleyes Unlimited are sponsoring the annual Christmas Lighting Contest.
Judging of light displays on homes will be during the evening hours Sunday, Dec. 21.
All areas within the city, including east-end and west-end housing, and within five miles of the city limits will be judged.
The grand prize winner will receive $125. There will be two $75 prizes and six honorable mentions at $50 each.

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Letters To The Editor For Nov. 27

Dear Editor:
This week is Thanksgiving week. A few days ago I came across this quotation: “What if you woke up today with only what you were thankful for yesterday?” It got me thinking. What do I have that most people in the world do not have, and what am I taking for granted and am too busy to be thankful for?
Well, I’m thankful for a warm house, a working furnace that keeps one warm, a bed and blankets, a warm coat, shoes, my appliances that make my life easier, clean running water, indoor plumbing, money to buy food and pay bills, a car that gives me transportation, books my Bible, medicine, doctors, and the list goes on.
I’m thankful for our country where we still have the freedom to worship, bear arms and vote.
I’m thankful to live in a small town where we can still make eye contact, smile, make small talk to strangers, where people are still friendly.
I’m thankful for my late parents, Martin and Maggie Toavs, who took me to church where I learned that God loves me and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior.
I’m thankful to my mother who shared her love of books and reading, who took me to the Wolf Point Library, which was located in the basement of the Court House.
I’m thankful to my husband, Joe Anderson, who has put up with me for 54 years and my three sons who make me laugh, my grandchildren and two great grandkids.
We all have much to be thankful for. We just need to remember and be grateful everyday.
Marilyn Toavs Anderson
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Dear Editor:
I am writing this letter in support of John Toavs’ letter on Nov. 13.
I rode a horse to school at Vida my first three years of school. My folks bought a house in Wolf Point and I graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1948.
My wife Diane and I have three adopted children, Michael, Pat and Eileen, who went to school at Wolf Point.
I farmed at Vida until 1997 when we moved to Billings. I have voted in every school levy McCone County for me and Diane in Roosevelt County and never against a school levy.
Since moving to Billings, I have never voted against a school levy. I’m 84.
Sincerely yours,
E E “Gene” Eggebrecht
Your Cowboy/Farmer Friend

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Northside School Announces Honor Roll

Northside Elementary School has announced the honor rolls for the first nine weeks of school:
Advanced Honor Roll
Fifth grade: Jami Beston, Hamyanie Campbell.
Sixth grade: Dominique Gourneau, August Spotted Wolf.
Proficient Honor Roll
Fourth grade: Logan Bushman-Corne, Faith Four Star, Sharon Jeffries, Isabella Jones, Katelyn MacDonald, Adam Paine, Samantha Reed, Josephine Solberg-Hodges, Matteo Villalvazo and Daijon Yellow Robe.
Fifth grade: Ashtin Azure, Jorey Azure, Benjamin Boysun, Danny Burshia, Ca’Bell Cantrell, Kealyn Flynn, Leslie Keiser, Dylan Kirk, Ebony Lindsay, Alexander MacDonald, Mahala MacDonald, Ciera Michaelsen, Tia Nygard, Brendan Peterson, Daniel Sears, Krissyona Spillman and Jack Sprague.
Sixth grade: Laci Ackerman, Alexis Baker, Jack Fox, Savannah Giles, Angel Guldborg, Demi Kegley, Doriane Keiser, Joshlynn Lindsay, Antone Manning, Dyson Russell, Jocelyn Russell, Angelica Sutton, Hannah Vandall and Dylan Weinberger.

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