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The Wolf Point Museum held one of its two annual fundraisers — a wine tasting, art auction and spaghetti dinner — at the Elks Club Friday, Nov. 14.
First photo: Mentalist and magician Paul Draper (left), who headlines at the Venician in Las Vegas, Nev., and inspired The Mentalist TV series, performed during the event. Assisting him as volunteers in his act were Wolf Point residents (left to right) Duane Kurokawa, Chris Dschaak, Julie D’Ambrosio, Tori Matejovski and Halie Smith. (Photos by John Plestina)
Written by John Plestina
With the voters approving bond funding for a new jail on Tuesday, Nov. 4, the Roosevelt County Commissioners voted, Monday, Nov. 17, to move forward and hire Kimme and Associates, a Champaign, Ill.-based criminal justice facilities planner, to develop a request for proposals from architects and then to send the RFP to architects.
Dennis Kimme and Kimme and Associates has worked with the county on the jail issue for several years.
“He knows this jail better than anybody,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
“He’s been with us since Day 1,” jail administrator Melvin Clark said.
Nearly 57 percent of voters approved the bonding measure for a new jail and improved office space for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office with a 47.58 percent voter turnout. A lower, 34.88 percent voter turnout prevented passage of a similar measure in June.
The approval authorizes the county commissioners to issue and sell $11.86 million in general obligation bonds to be repaid within 20 years.
The projected mill levy increase would add $42.68 annually to the taxes on a residence assessed at $100,000.
The current jail is under-sized and outdated.
Legal action brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2013 forced Roosevelt County to reduce the number of jail beds by nearly one half and the threat of further legal action against the county has loomed over the aging jail that does not meet current standards.
Macdonald said he contacted the bonding company and was told they could not move forward until after the commissioners canvas the election, which will happen later this week.
He said the bonding company will bond half of the project at a time.
“That gives us the opportunity to find money so we won’t have to bond as much the second time around,” Macdonald said.
The county will work with Great Northern Development Corporation to search for other funding sources.
Commission chairman Duane Nygaard asked what could happen if an architect projects a higher construction cost than Kimme had projected.
Macdonald responded that it could reduce the number of jail beds.
“Hopefully they estimated this high enough,” he said.
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Food Pantry volunteer Shayne Lee stands in one of three former racquetball courts that will soon be stocked with food. (Photo by John Plestina)
The cleanup and renovations continue as the former Boys and Girls Club of Fort Peck will soon become Food Pantry Inc., that will fill a void in Wolf Point.
Currently, the nearest food pantries are located in Culbertson and Glasgow.
The Fort Peck Tribes and Food Pantry Inc., recently signed a lease for the tribal-owned building, located at 502 Main St., in Wolf Point.
Repairs are being made to the building that include damages from the 2011 flood.
“I have to make it handicapped accessible,” Rose Neumiller Green said. “I’m really pushing it to say the middle of December, but it will probably be the first of January at the very latest.”
The plan is to utilize the entire building.
The upstairs portion includes a usable kitchen and a large space that could become a dining room. The immediate plan is for a food pantry only.
“We’re using a web-based registration system,” Green said.
Emergency needs will be fulfilled. Green said if a social worker or police refer someone in need of emergency food, the food pantry would make sure the person or family leaves with food.
The food pantry will serve anyone in need living on the Fort Peck Reservation and expansion beyond Wolf Point is possible in the future.
“Eventually were looking at Poplar and maybe Fort Kipp,” Green said.
The Food Pantry steering committee consists of Billie Brownlee, Winona Runs Above Meyer, Roxanne Gourneau and Green.
Volunteers are needed.
Contact Green at 650-5667 to volunteer or with any questions.
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The Wolf Point Speech and Drama Team took third place at the Eastern Montana Kickoff Tournament in Billings. Pictured are (from left to right) Devin Northington, first in SPOI; Jeremy Birkoski, eighth in HOI; and Jaki Harada, third in pantomime. (Submitted photo)
The Wolf Point speech and drama team competed at the first annual Eastern Montana Kickoff Speech, Debate and Drama Tournament Saturday, Nov. 1, sponsored by Shepherd High School and Billings Public High Schools and held at the Skyview High School in Billings.
Competition was intense as there were 26 schools from classes AA, A, B and C present.
For speech, three Wolves chose to compete in oral interpretation, a dramatic art commonly called “interpretive reading.” The three speech events in oral interpretation are serious, humorous and spontaneous. For serious oral interpretation and humorous oral interpretation, students make selections from drama, prose or poetry. If more than one selection is made, they should be related and deal with the same general idea or theme. While standing in place with manuscripts in hand, students perform a dramatic reading using only their voice and facial expressions. Some movement and singing is allowed. Students are not allowed to use hand gestures, wear costumes or use props.
In spontaneous oral interpretation, each tournament director is responsible for selecting readings. Selections can be anything from drama, prose or poetry, including song lyrics. Each round has a different selection. Students have five minutes to review the selection and prepare a performance. The selection may be presented with an original, extemporized introduction. However, presentation notes may not be written. While standing in place with manuscript in hand, students perform a dramatic reading using only their voice, facial expressions, some movement, and hand gestures using only one hand. Singing is not permitted. Students are not allowed to wear costumes or use props.
Students are judged on the mechanics of speech — poise, quality and use of voice, effectiveness and ease of gesture, emphasis, variety and enunciation. In addition, students must be able to interpret the meaning of their selections and be able to carry their interpretation over to the audience.
Competing in serious oral interpretation was senior Tyleen Black Cloud. This is Black Cloud’s third year competing in this event. She chose a dramatic poem titled Demons. Despite her strong, moving performance, she did not qualify for finals.
Competing for the first time in humorous oral interpretation were freshman Jacob Boysun and senior Jeremy Birkoski. Boysun chose a comedy monologue titled The Talent Show. Boysun gave awesome performances during the preliminary rounds. However, he did not qualify for finals. Birkoski chose a comedy monologue titled Truck Stop Incident. In the preliminary rounds, Birkoski gave the seasoned competition a run for their money by taking a first place in round 2. He qualified for finals. In the final round, the competition heated up. Despite his remarkable performance, Birkoski took eighth-place.
Competing in spontaneous oral interpretation was junior Devin Northington. He brought home a state eighth-place medal last year in this new event. This will be his second year competing in SPOI. In the preliminary rounds, Northington scored fourth, first and first, for a score of six, qualifying him for finals. He dominated the final round by scoring first, first and first, for a final score of nine. Northington took first-place.
In drama, the lone Wolf was freshman Jaki Harada. She competed in pantomime. Pantomime is a theatrical art or technique of “conveying emotions, actions or feelings by gestures without speech.” Mimes paint their faces white and black and have the option of performing their routine accompanied by music. Students are judged on their performance of telling a story without speaking using only body movements and facial expressions. In the preliminary rounds, Harada demonstrated to the competition she had the moves to qualify for finals. In the final round, her performance was exceptional. Harada took third-place. After her first showing, she has shaken the “mime world” for the upcoming season.
Overall, the Wolf Pack took third-place as a team with 12 points; second was Shepherd with 15 points; and first was Huntley Project with 19 points. The Wolves did great for their first meet. Based on their performance and enthusiasm, the team shows great promise in upcoming meets.
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Dennis Heser (left) and Jeff Presser dish up spaghetti as the Wolf Point Lions Club caters the Wolf Point Museum Wine Tasting, Art Auction and Spaghetti Dinner at the Elks Club Friday, Nov. 14. (Photo by John Plestina)