Wolf Point Herald

First Wolf Point Swap Meet

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Three months after Eric Johannasen proposed holding swap meets in Sherman Park to the Wolf Point City Council, the first swap meet was held Saturday, Sept. 6, near the gazebo with several vendors, including Johannasen, pictured above with his Fort Peck Style booth. Johannasen hopes to hold monthly swap meets in the park, and said he plans to ask permission from the Fort Peck Tribes to hold swap meets in the new community center during the winter months. Johannasen said he envisions more high-end merchandise and services being showcased.     (Photo by John Plestina)

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Wed June 11

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Cassie Toavs and Alex Sene exchanged vows on June 11 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Family and friends gathered in the Maile Gardens of the Hale Koa Hotel to witness the ceremony officiated by Reverend Tafale Faiava. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a traditional Hawaiian luau buffet and dancing. The bride is the daughter of John and Patricia Toavs of Wolf Point. The bridegroom is the son of Alex and Foloeni Sene of Pago Pago, American Samoa. The couple will make Minot, N.D., their home where Cassie is completing her bachelors of arts in music education and Alex is an enlisted member of the United States Air Force. A reception will be held locally Sunday, Sept. 21.

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Perfect Attendance The First Week

 

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Southside School recognized Kathy Rauch’s kindergarten class for perfect attendance for the first four days of school. The students are Kaylynn Bad Hawk, Jorilynn Black Eagle, Tyana Black Eagle, Alan Brown, Ava DeWitt, Vanessa Fourstar, Christinna Guldborg, Nora Hansen, Jasper Hollowhorn, Meadow Moats, Owen Moran, Thomas Moudree, Renee Smith, Ruth Solberg, Kamber Spangler, Chants Taylor and Cloud Wetsit. Their school wants them to keep up the good work.   (Submitted photo)

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Fall Cleanup Planned In Wolf Point

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Full Dumpsters -- The city-owned dumpsters above are overflowing with trash at a Wolf Point business.  (Submitted photo)

With the Centennial approaching next year, the Wolf Point Beautification Committee, with the help of the Fort Peck Housing Authority, will sponsor a fall clean-up the week of Oct. 6 to 11.
Several individuals and organizations, including the Northside School Junior Optimists, have been continually picking up trash in public areas. However, some of these areas are trashed within hours of being cleaned.
Suggestion boxes have been placed in some local businesses so residents of Wolf Point can offer ideas for tackling the ongoing trash problem.
During clean-up week, bagged trash will be collected from curbs in front of homes. The FPHA will have a trailer and crews available to collect large items. More information will be available in The Herald-News.

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Letter To The Editor About Local Health Care

Dear Editor:
I am writing this to let people know that there needs to be something done about the emergency department at the hospital here. They are not providing decent medical services. There is no excuse for them being so unable to provide proper service.
Example No. 1: A few years ago, my husband took me there because I was having a stroke. They sent me to Poplar for a CT scan and found a six centimeter spot on the right side of my brain. Then they told me I had a sinus infection and to go home and take a Sudafed. As it turned out, he finally got me to go to Glasgow and they sent me to Great Falls. I had seven strokes before I got there and the reason was Wolf Point did not follow proper protocol. I let this go and did not do anything.
Example No. 2: About a month ago, my daughter choked on a piece of meat. It was stuck in her throat so I took her to the local ER. They did an x-ray and said there was nothing in her throat. It was only irritated. The next day, she went to work, worked eight hours and could not even swallow a sip of water. When she got home, I called Glasgow and they said she should have had a scope. Since it was Friday night, the nearest place to get a scope was in Williston, N.D. I drove her to Williston and they found a 3” piece of meat stuck in her throat. They removed it and also found she had three ulcers and one was almost perforated. They took care of the situation. I went to talk to the CEO at Wolf Point and she said she did not believe what I was saying. I told her I had a copy of the Wolf Point ER report and Williston was sending me their report. She said she did not believe me. I
haven’t been back to prove her wrong yet, but I will.
Example No. 3: Wednesday, my husband called me at work and said he was home and not feeling well. I barely could understand him. I went home and his face was droopy on one side. He could barely stand up and couldn’t see out of his right eye. He did not remember driving himself home. I recognized these as stroke symptoms. I took him to Wolf Point. He was there four hours and they did nothing for stroke protocol. Dr. Z came in, looked at him and said he had vertigo. We finally had the nurse sign us out and I took him to Glasgow. He’d had a stroke so they flew him to Billings. There was nothing they could do at Glasgow as it was past the time limit for them to have given him a shot to stop the strokes.
He was admitted to Billings Hospital. The next morning, he had another stroke. They were light, but the doctor said that they were warning signs of a bigger stroke if gone untreated.
Now I ask you, what can people do to stop the negligence that is happening here? We need better services that they are giving here at Trinity ER. It’s time people start doing something. I also had a nurse there try to inject Bedizened into my pick line. My husband stopped her and called for another nurse who said if she had injected it, it would have killed me. What kind of treatment is that?
I firmly believe it is time to stand up to this hospital and make sure we all have proper medical treatment. When our pet was ill, I took him to our local veterinarian and they gave better treatment that what Trinity ER does. I feel we all need to stand up for what is happening here.
Lois Blankenship
Wolf Point
(Editor’s Note: “I did meet with the Blankenships and members of their family about two months ago,” said Peg Norgaard, NEMHS CEO, when asked about the incidents. She said she cannot comment other than to say she listened, asked questions and offered to help because of the federal HIPPA privacy statute.)

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