Wolf Point Herald

County Swearing In Ceremony

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Eight Roosevelt County officials took the oath of office from Wolf Point Justice Court Judge Tracy Harada at the courthouse, Wednesday, Dec. 31. Pictured are: (from left to right) Betty Romo, treasurer; Tracy Juve Miranda, deputy clerk and recorder; Dave Block deputy treasurer; Allen Bowker, commissioner; Cheryl Hansen, clerk and recorder; Renee Eggebrecht, deputy treasurer; Jan Pankratz, deputy clerk and recorder; and Penny Hendrickson, Culbertson Justice Court Judge.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Many Ideas Tossed Around For Centennial Celebration

Wolf Point’s first bed race and pie eating contest will possibly be additions to the Centennial Celebration during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede in July.
The Centennial Committee discussed the inclusion of those events during their monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 5.
An arm wrestling tournament, Wolf City Rods and Rides car show and three-day parade are also possible.
The committee discussed asking community clubs and organizations to each sponsor a themed parade float by adopting a decade and decorating a float. The Catholic Hamburger Stand will possibly sponsor a float.
Dan Hutchinson talked about the plan for one or more gunfights and the group that he and John Olson have organized.
There was also a discussion about painting a large historical-themed mural or placing a large banner on a downtown building.
People will be able to purchase commemorative centennial beer steins.
The Wolf Point High School football team will clean up downtown streets each night of Stampede/Centennial.
Four nights of live music and three street dances downtown are likely. The Billings-based band “Downtime” is committed to perform one or more nights.
Use of the old bridge for an as-yet undetermined event, a large public feed and homemade old fashioned ice cream have been discussed during recent meetings.
There was also a discussion about a denial by the Roosevelt County Commissioners to donate to the Centennial Celebration because the commission has not contributed to other community events. The county funds the Roosevelt County Fair held in Culbertson each August. There were suggestions that the commissioners could contribute in-kind, possibly with a parade float.

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Commissioners Again Discuss Oil Royalties

The Roosevelt County Commissioners again delayed any decision about researching possible county ownership of oil royalties and mineral interests, and costs the county could incur to find out during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The issue came up during at least three commission meetings during late 2014.
The commission remains undecided whether to hire an employee or consultant for the research. Questions remain of what the cost would be to the county.
The project that could take three or four years to complete could cost as much as $400 per day for a contracted consultant, which could be as much as $104,000 per year.
“One found royalty would probably pay for it,” commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said.
“Different royalties pay different amounts. How do we know
that’s accurate?” commissioner Gary Macdonald asked.
But the future of Bakken oil exploration could be in question.
“With oil activity dying off,  [potential consultants] may be hungry,” Macdonald said.
In other business, Nygaard said the county is preparing to go out to bid for an architect for the new jail that voters approved in November.
“We will start advertising for that in 10 days,” Nygaard said.

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NEMHS Welcomes First Baby Of New Year

 

Proud parents Thomas and Autumn Arthur pose with their newborn, Shawn Daniel Arthur, the first baby delivered at Northeast Montana Health Services for 2015.  (Photo by Deanna Buckles)

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While he missed the first day of 2015, Shawn Daniel Arthur became Northeast Montana Health Service’s first baby of the new year at 10:15 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2.
Arriving nearly two weeks early, Shawn Daniel Arthur weighed six pounds, two ounces and was nearly twenty inches long. He is the son of Autumn and Thomas Arthur of Poplar. He joins two older brothers, Kyle, six, and Tristan, three.
“I didn’t think he would be born this early,” said  the baby’s mother. “However, the delivery went fairly quick.”
Jude McTaggart, CNM, delivered baby boy Arthur with no complications.
Northeast Montana Health Services obstetrics department had a total of seventeen deliveries for the month of December and 169 deliveries for the entire year.
The proud parents received a floral arrangement from Friesen’s Floral on behalf of NEMHS.

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Northeast Montana Health Services Hires Deanna Buckles As Marketing Director

Northeast Montana Health Services recently announced that Deanna Buckles has joined the NEMHS team as the director of marketing.
Buckles comes to Northeast Montana Health Services with an extensive background in web design, graphic design, conference planning, branding and marketing strategies. She has worked with small startup companies in establishing a visible market presence, as well as larger companies such as the Wind River Casino in Wyoming.
“Deanna’s experience in supporting strong brands makes her a great asset to our team,” said Peg Norgaard, CEO for NEMHS. “Her creativity and innovative spirit will keep driving our department in the right direction. We are lucky to have Deanna onboard during this very exciting time for the
NEMHS.”
Northeast Montana Health Services, comprised of a seven-facility healthcare system, encompasses the communities of both Wolf Point and Poplar. It includes two hospitals, two family clinics, two pharmacies and one long term care facility.
As marketing director, Buckles will handle all marketing endeavors within Northeast Montana Health Services. She will also act as the primary contact for all media, marketing, and advertising requests for NEMHS.

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