Wolf Point Herald

Elks Gets A Makeover


Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 is giving the 65-year-old Elks Club building a makeover with a new paint job and interior renovations. The Wolf Point lodge will host the Montana State Elks Association summer convention in July, one week after the combined Wild Horse Stampede and Wolf Point Centennial Celebration. Harry Conley of Conley’s Painting, known to most people as “The Traveling Painter,” is seen here painting the west side exterior wall of the Elks building Monday, May 25. The painter from Missouri, who calls Buckeye, Ariz., home, is spending his third summer in Wolf Point. He painted Fox Ford last year. Conley travels 49 states from Alaska to Florida.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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Letters To The Editor For May 28, 2015

Dear Editor:
As a former gallery owner and frequent traveler to small towns across Montana, I always stop in Wolf Point to admire, with amazement, the monumental sculpture of Floyd DeWitt.
This world class work of art is a eulogy, a thank you, to those who endured the trials of pioneer life and carved a home in Montana.
There is none like it between Minneapolis and Seattle.
And best of all, this unique legacy was created by a native son of those pioneers.
Therefore, I am deeply disappointed to see the current presentation and placement of “Homage to the Pioneer.”
Although I am sure the low, red brick foundation was well intended, it hardly reflects the stately grandeur of such a piece of art.
And why two plaques, one with the wrong title?
I wonder if the artist would have designed such a display.
As Wolf Point celebrates its centennial, please reconsider the literal and transcendental value of this treasure in your midst.
This is your heritage. Own it. Elevate it and present it in a manner befitting its stature.
By doing so, you will elevate the spirit of your ancestors existence and your own.
Kevin F. Kurth, Billings
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Dear Editor:
Tom Rolfstad, of Williston Economic Development, had sent this out in November 2007. This is what I have been alluding to, I commented on this just recently. Our neighbors are getting things done and Montana just keeps plugging along. I’m not saying this to be critical, but it’s a fact.
Montana, by its inaction, is losing out on some great opportunities.
We were able to do two studies in north eastern Montana, the TRED Study and the Environmental Assessment that approved widening Hwy. 2, from the state line to Culbertson and Hwy, 16, from Culbertson to Plentywood and the Port of Raymond [at the Canadian border].
Since no further activity has taken place, Saskatchewan is going around Montana, something I have been warning about for some time.
Again folks, Saskatchewan is one of the strongest economies, along with Alberta and North Dakota, in North America.
Saskatoon is the next growth area in Canada and Regina, with seven industrial parks is directly north of Plentywood and Culbertson.
Hwy. 6 is a straight shot south to Plentywood and Culbertson, but it appears that Saskatchewan has given up because of Montana’s lack of action.
It should be no mystery as to why Montana lags behind its neighbors and we seem to be complacent with that.
Am I the only one disappointed that the Legislature left town with out addressing our infrastructure needs?
Am I the only one who has registered a complaint?
Am I the only one that is pushing to get the Legislature to complete the people’s work?
Folks, its time that we come together, as citizens and legislators, to address that which makes Montana less than competitive.
At this point, what Montana needs is a vision and an attitude.
Bob Sivertsen

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Several Appear In 15th District Court May 13

Several people appeared for law and motion hearings before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 13.
Daniel Amos Bridges
Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, of Wolf Point was scheduled to appear for a change of plea. Bridges, who has been free on bond, did not make his scheduled appearance.
He is charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
Amelia Hackman
Amelia Holly Hackman, 32, of Scobey appeared in Wolf Point for a Daniels County arraignment. She has been lodged in the
Roosevelt County Jail.
Hackman pleaded not guilty to felony charges of burglary and theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred Dec. 24.
She is scheduled for trial July 16.
Kelly Severson
Kelly Marie Severson, 47, of Saco withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded no contest to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.
Severson entered not guilty pleas on Nov. 12 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
She has been free on bond.
Zachery Shay
Zachery Shay, 23, of Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out-of-county warrant and returned to Wolf Point where he is lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail. He appeared on a petition to revoke a five-year deferred sentence.
Shay pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Shay admitted in court that he went to Minot, N.D., in violation of probation terms, and admitted that he drank alcohol in violation and that he was charged with driving under the influence in Rawlins, Wyo.
Cybulski found Shay in violation of his conditions. He will return to court for a disposition hearing Wednesday, May 27.
Cameran Watson
Cameran Watson, 19, of Wolf Point withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to separate felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
He originally pleaded not guilty to separate felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
He admitted in court to possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and possession of a syringe and glass pipe.

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Commissioners To Hold Special Meeting To Hire Jail Architect

The Roosevelt County Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday, May 26, to discuss architects that are vying for the contract to design the new county jail.
The commissioners will hold a special meeting Friday, May 29, to make a decision on an architect.
The county sought requests for proposals from architects and seven responded. The field is narrowed to four finalists. They are Slate Architecture of Bozeman; Stevenson Design of Miles City; Epic of Williston, N.D.; and Klien McCarthy of Bismarck, N.D.
Voters in November approved a bonding measure to replace the aging jail with a 47.58 percent voter turnout. A lower, 34.88 percent voter turnout prevented passage of a similar measure in June 2014.
The approval authorizes the county commissioners to issue and sell $11.86 million in general obligation bonds to be repaid within 20 years.
The current jail is under-sized and does not meet current jail standards.
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.

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Motive Unknown Why Father Shot Daughter, Then Self

Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier said he does not know why a man who lived midway between Frazer and Lustre shot his 16-year-old daughter and then himself Sunday, May 24.
Raymond Rahn, 62, shot his daughter inside his home on the Frazer-Richland Road, 13 miles north of Frazer, and then went outside the house and shot himself in the head. Rahn died in an ambulance en route to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus, according to Meier.
He said the daughter managed to make a 911 call just before 6 a.m., despite a gunshot wound to her head. The Roosevelt County Dispatch Center received the call and dispatched Valley County sheriff’s deputies and two ambulances from Wolf Point and Glasgow.
No one else was present at the Rahn residence at the time of the shooting. The wife and mother was in Seattle, Wash., receiving medical treatment.
Meier confirmed the identity of the girl as Rebecca Rahn, a student at Lustre Christian High School. She was transported to NEMHS - Wolf Point Campus and then flown to a Billings hospital. Her condition was not reported.
“It is my understanding that she is going to be OK,” Meier said Tuesday, May 26.
“There was no note found. I don’t know that we’ll ever know [the reason],” Meier said.
“You have to be pretty depressed to do something like that,” he said.

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