Written by John Plestina
Roosevelt County is going to lofty heights in the cloud as the county commissioners voted Tuesday, Aug. 11, to back up county files with cloud technology.
The county’s IT manager Cole Hanks told the commissioners the 500 gigs of memory would be adequate and offsite storage with cloud technology would add protection in the event of a fire or other disaster at the Courthouse.
The cost will be $899.
The commissioner earlier approved a $9,997 request by sheriff Jason Frederick during an administrative session to purchase 11 body cameras for deputies.
The commissioners also approved a contract with Interstate Engineering of Nashua to engineer an overlay project for Rodeo Road. The cost of the project will not be known until after the engineering is completed.
George Budak of Poplar asked the commissioners to grade the county road near Chelsea Church between U.S. Hwy. 2 and the railroad tracks.
Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Other Place in Culbertson will be closing after many years in business. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
One of Culbertson’s most frequently visited and long-lasting businesses is closing up shop for good. The Other Place, owned by the Finnicum family of Culbertson, is officially closing and having an “everything must go” sale.
The old building in Culbertson, which The Other Place is currently located in was not always used as a dry goods store. It was once a hotel, barber shop, restaurant and lounge and the upstairs room spaces and basement were once rented out as apartments. After a fire took place inside the building, damaging most of its interior, the Finnicum family bought and restored the structure in 1980.
At the time, the Finnicums were running a separate dry goods store called Skogmos, which was located downtown at the silver colored building next to First Community Bank. The family had planned to relocate their business to their newly purchased building, and at one point, both locations were operating and selling merchandise. If a customer walked into Skogmos asking where to find a product, and that object was located at “the other place,” employees would send their customers down the street to make their purchase. The name for the new location was born from this simple, yet comical inquiry of which store location had what customers needed.
“I think what the community will miss from us the most is being able to come in last minute when they’re in need of something,” said Suzette Houle, who has been an employee at The Other Place for nearly 20 years. “If a community member is in need of a white shirt by tomorrow, we have been here to get them what they need without the commute.”
The Other Place is currently the only clothing store located in Culbertson.
The Finnicums intend to use the soon to be vacated building as a secondary site for Finnicum’s Furniture. There, customers can view larger sized furniture items and other household decor.
Following the closure, Houle intends to continue her alterations business in her home. The store will continue to host its discounts and does not have a specific day of closure.
Written by John Plestina
A collision between a motorcycle and a van in Poplar Thursday, Aug. 6, left a 16-year-old boy seriously injured.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported that the motorcycle struck the van in the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 2 and Third Avenue West at about 5:35 p.m.
“The motorcycle struck the van. The van was making a left hand turn onto Third Avenue West and the motorcycle was driving west on Hwy. 2,” MHP trooper Colleen Timmons said.
She said it was a low-speed crash.
The driver of the motorcycle was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus. From there, he was flown by air ambulance to a Billings hospital Thursday night. No information was available about his condition.
Timmons said four citations were issued to the driver of the van and one to the motorcycle rider for not having a driver’s license.
The van driver was cited for not having a driver’s license, two seatbelt violations and not yielding the right-of-way.
Neither driver was identified. Both are from Poplar.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Timmons said.