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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police and volunteer fire departments between July 7 and 13. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
4:58 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 2 east of Wolf Point that began within the city limits and arrested Lance Adams, 27, of Poplar, for driving under the influence, reckless driving, child neglect and an outstanding warrant.
7:50 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a fight and arrested Teena Birdsbill-Fourstar, 33, of Wolf Point, for simple assault.
9:46 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
7:43 a.m., officers responded to the senior center on the 100 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
8:30 a.m., officers responded to Will’s Office World for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
2 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Custer Street for a report that a trespasser might have been sleeping in a backyard shed. The individual was not present when police arrived. The investigation continues.
5:03 p.m., officers responded to Cenex West for a report of an assault. A suspect left prior to police arrival. The investigation continues.
10:50 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft and arrested Don Sharp Jr., 24, of Wolf Point, for theft.
11:20 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Hill Street for a report of illegal discharge of fireworks and cited Jacob Lovett, 29, of Wolf Point, for discharge prohibited.
3:30 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of fireworks and cited Carlos Rodriguez, 22, of Wolf Point, for discharge prohibited.
8:13 a.m., officers responded to the First Community Bank parking lot for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
8:24 p.m., officers responded to The Water Hole for a report of a fight with no injuries reported. No further action was taken.
12:04 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Eureka Street for a report of property found in the complainant’s yard. Police secured the property and believe it could have been stolen.
1:15 a.m., police observed two 17-year-old males fighting on the 200 block of Main Street and cited them for minor in possession of alcohol and disorderly conduct.
2:20 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Dawson Street for a report of an intoxicated person attempting to leave a residence and drive a vehicle. Officers arrested Jason
Alvstad, 38, of Trenton, N.D., for disorderly conduct.
2:32 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump to disperse a large gathering of people police say had wandered from the street dance on the 200 block of Main Street. No arrests were reported.
9:41 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Benton Street for a report of vandalism to a fence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
4:43 p.m., police took a report at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office of a theft from the complainant’s purse with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
7:37 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of Sixth Avenue South for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
3:30 a.m., officers responded to the alley between the 200 blocks of Anaconda and Benton streets for a report by a parent that her 17-year-old daughter was intoxicated. Officers cited the juvenile for minor in possession of alcohol and released the girl to her mother.
12:12 p.m., officers took a report of an assault that occurred earlier on the 400 block of Custer Street. The investigation continues.
2:47 p.m., officers responded to a residence the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of a burglary. The suspect left prior to police arrival. Police reported that property damage and theft totaled less than $1,000. The investigation continues.
3:47 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a disturbance and arrested Elvis Follet Jr., 35, a Wolf Point male, on a warrant.
4:10 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Sixth Avenue South for a report of a male and a female fighting and arrested John Moccasin, 31, of Frazer, for child abuse and domestic abuse.
12:44 a.m., officers observed an underage person consuming alcohol on the 200 block of Main Street and arrested a 17-year-old Frazer male for minor in possession of alcohol and resisting arrest.
1:35 a.m., officers observed two intoxicated and disorderly males on the 200 block of Anaconda Street and cited Bryce Beery, 22, of Circle, and Trevor Saylor, 21, of Jordan, for disorderly conduct.
3:16 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire about 10 miles north of Wolf Point with three trucks and six firefighters. BIA responded with two trucks and four firefighters. About 10 acres burned,
9:47 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
11:55 p.m., officers responded to a residence the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between July 7 and 13: checks of wellbeing, two; civil standby, one; domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, 30; motor vehicle accident, three; removal of unwanted individuals, 13; animal complaints, one; medical assistance, five; alarm, five; assist other agency, five; unfounded report, 14; fireworks complaints, two; and driving complaints,10.
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Firefighter prospect Kahlil Wehbe (front) and firefighter Mike Palivoda paint the concrete driveway of the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department red in preparation for the Wild Horse Stampede, Saturday, July 5. Later, Emily Eggar, 13, and Harold Eggar, 18, added the letters “W.P.V.F.D.” to the center of the freshly painted drive. They are the daughter and son of fire chief Shawn Eggar. (Photos by John Plestina)
Written by John Plestina
During a special meeting, Wednesday, July 2, the Wolf Point City Council approved two applications to hold street dances on Thursday, July 10, as part of the Wild Horse Stampede festivities, although one of the applications was withdrawn early this week.
Mayor Chris Dschaak called the special meeting because of the 11th hour requests. The city asks for 60 days notice for special events, but it is not required by municipal ordinance.
The council approved applications from the Wolf Point Elks Lodge and Bob Stracener, owner of the Wolf Point Liquor Market.
Stracener said his plans included closing off Main and Anaconda streets east from the signal at Third Avenue South. The Elks proposed to hold their dance in front of the Elks building on the 300 block of Main Street.
Dschaak said Stracener contacted him during the previous week about having a street dance.
“We were approached by several people who were concerned with all the reunions there wasn’t going to be a street dance,” Bob Stracener said.
“There was a little bit of concern about the lack of 60 days [advance notice to the city],” Dschaak said.
He said he had a conversation about the Elks Club’s previously approved street dance application earlier that day with Darla Downs, a trustee of Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764.
During the April council meeting, a street dance application from the Elks was conditionally approved, but the Elks did not agree to a new city requirement for street dance providers to clean the downtown area from the Sherman Inn on First Avenue South to Fourth Avenue South and one-half block on each side of Main Street from alley to alley even if only the 300 block was closed.
Disagreeing with the city’s mandated cleaning area, the Elks moved the planned dance to the gravel parking lot between the Elks Club and Prairie Cinemas and decided to hold outdoor dances with live music all three nights of Stampede.
After Stracener submitted his application on Friday, June 27, the Elks reconsidered holding a street dance and submitted a second street dance application shortly before the special council meeting.
“There is nothing in the city that says we can’t have two or three or 15 bands on Main Street,” Dschaak said.
Cheryl Stracener [Bob Stracener’s wife] said they had assumed the Elks were having a dance on the street.
Dschaak said the new requirement for street dance providers to clean about four blocks of the downtown area stems from numerous complaints last year about how bad the area looked and numerous public meetings that were held.
This was a six-month ongoing process that the council did to do this,” Dschaak said. “We had absolutely no input from anybody on this.”
Dschaak added that that the council decision about cleaning the four-block area has only recently become a problem. He said there is nothing the council could do to change it at the current time, he said.
“Prior to this year, it was just a gentlemen’s agreement [to clean up after street dances],” Dschaak said.
He said some people might consider the requirement extreme, but added that is will remain in place at least for this Stampede.
“I invite everyone of you to come [to council meetings] the third Monday of every month and hear my lovely voice. And, then, you’ll be up on everything,” Dschaak said.
With it appearing that there would not be a street dance this year, the city council, on Monday, June 16, approved a $1,000 contract for services to the Wolf Point High School football program for cleanup of the downtown area all three mornings of Stampede.
“We already have a cleanup crew of about eight people, so it shouldn’t be an issue,” Cheryl Stracener said.
The football team will clean between 5 and 7 a.m. each of the three mornings of Stampede. Several people, including public works director Rick Isle, said cleaning should start earlier, immediately after the bars close and the crowd begins to disperse.
Wolf Point resident Bill Juve weighed in on the concerns. He is not a member of Elks Lodge No. 1764.
“The due process on this application was brought forth on the assumption that the only place the street dance could be held is in the same place it has been [on Main Street east of Third Avenue South],” Juve said.
He said with the way the application is written a dance could be held anywhere in Wolf Point and the City would require the providers of the dance to clean the downtown area.
In response to one of Juve’s comments, Dschaak said, “I will not argue with the comment that this was written for a specific downtown street dance.”
Dschaak said it is the council’s responsibility to approve or disapprove each street dance application separately, not work out the logistics of having more than one street dance.
Councilman Craig Rodenberg said he would vote against the Wolf Point Liquor Market application and that he felt that the first Elks’ application should be valid. He later rescinded his position and voted for the Wolf Point Liquor Market application and the second submission by the Elks.
Dschaak asked the council to make a motion to publicly reject the first Elks’ application and then vote on the two applications separately. The council voted to disallow the Elks’ first application with Rodenberg casting the lone dissenting vote.
The vote to approve Stracener’s application was unanimous. The council also voted unanimously to approve the Elks’ second application.
Councilman Rollie Paulson was absent.
The Elks have since officially withdrawn their application for a street dance on the 300 block of Main Street and will, instead, proceed as planned with outdoor dances with live music on the gravel lot west of their building.
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In regards to the recent articles in The Herald-News on the street dance, we, the trustees of Wolf Point Elks Lodge #1764, felt we needed to respond.
Prior to the recent events, we understood that the Tavern Association was not sponsoring the traditional street dance in downtown Wolf Point.
Based on that information, our manager, LaFon Copenhaver, made plans to host a street dance in front of the Elks. We originally applied for the permit with the City of Wolf Point which was conditionally approved by the council. We let the application drop after disagreeing with the predetermined clean up area.
We then made preparations to host live outdoor music in the gravel lot west of our building for three nights.
We never intended to compete with any local business or the City of Wolf Point. We were simply trying to offer live outdoor music during Stampede.
We later learned that the tavern association received a permit through a special city council meeting called seven days before the street dance. We support the tavern association in their attempt for downtown activities; however, we have made preparations for our outdoor music and will continue with our plans.
Wolf Point Elks Lodge #1764 Trustees
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The fireworks crew gets ready to set up for the Wolf Point fireworks display, Friday, July 4. The show started at 10 p.m. Crew members include (front row, left to right) Landyn Blount, Rob Manning, Troy Blount, (back row) Robert Aguilar, Shawn Blount, Ray Ostby, George Blount, Larry Martin and Denny Blount. Matt Azure, Keegan Bushman and Megan Casey also assisted, but are not pictured. (Submitted photo)