Wolf Point Herald

Hanging The Colors For Stampede


Chuck Worley hangs several red, white and blue patriotic fans on the gazebo in Sherman Park, Thursday, July 3, in preparation for both the Independence Day holiday and the Wild Horse Stampede. Worley, who along with his wife René, are the 2014 Stampede parade grand marshals, hangs the patriotic half-circle banners on the gazebo every year. (Photo by John Plestina)

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Celebrating Independence In Poplar


Poplar celebrated Independence Day with the Poplar Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Family Fun Day that included a parade on Main Street, Friday, July 4. In the first photo, four kids are chasing one Tootsie Roll and they compare their parade loot in the seond picture. The third picture is the parade announcer. There are several other photos from the parade.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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Fireworks Suspected As Cause Of Six Fires



Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Allen Richard puts out a small grass fire that burned around a light pole on Seventh Avenue North about 4 p.m., Thursday, July 3. This fire was one of six fires between Thursday, July 3, and Sunday, July 6, where the WPVFD said misuse of fireworks was the suspected cause.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Council Opens Wolf Point Village Bidding Process ~ Groundbreaking Planned For Aug. 15

The Wolf Point City Council approved a call for bids for the Wolf Point Village apartment complex construction project during a special council meeting Wednesday, July 2.
City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum explained that the city is acting in a pass-through capacity with the project and the council must approve the call for bids because the city received a $750,000 HOME grant through the Montana Department of Commerce. Great Northern Development Corporation is project manager for the city.
“We’re still working on bid specs to come in from the architect on July 14,” Brianna Vine, housing specialist and marketing officer at GNDC, said.
Collaborative Design Architects of Billings is designing the complex.
Bids will be due Wednesday, July 30.
Vine said about 15 contractors have expressed an interest in the project.
She said a groundbreaking is planned for Friday, Aug. 15.
The project is funded in part by the Montana Board of Housing Low Income Housing Tax Credits. A developer loan from Western Bank of Wolf Point will pay $390,000 of the cost, while $10,000 will be a deferred developer fee.
The 24-unit rental complex, that is slated for construction at a site off Fourth Avenue North near Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus, will provide rental housing opportunities to households earning less than 60 percent of the area median income in Roosevelt County.
Plans are to build four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. Rent will range from $354 to $767 monthly. The apartments will include energy efficient air conditioning, heating and appliances and single-car garages. The complex will include common area with a barbecue, gazebo, computer learning center and library.

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Commissioners Chided For Not Fixing Rodeo Road

A Wolf Point man told the Roosevelt County Board of County Commissioners, Tuesday, July 2, that they didn’t honor a promise to repair Rodeo Road before the end of spring.
Bill Juve referred to the minutes of the Oct. 31, 2013, commission meeting where he said the board had promised to repair holes on Rodeo Road, just east of the city of Wolf Point.
“Spring is come. Spring is gone,” Juve said.
“We’ve been down this road and back for four or five years now,” he said.
Juve said potholes are causing wear and tear to vehicles.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said asphalt and a provider for oil are available.
“We are projecting that, after Stampede, we will get that patched,” he said.
Juve responded with a question of which year’s Stampede.
“Before freeze up,” Nygaard said.
In other business, the commissioners approved a purchase of two computers for the sheriff’s office for dispatch services for a little over $3,000.
The commissioners are required to pre-approve purchases exceeding $500, which had not been done.
A representative of the sheriff’s office told the commissioners the 911 board approved the purchase.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald told him the commissioners ultimately have the power to make decisions.
The commissioners discussed hiring one-fourth of a human resources employee to share with Valley, Daniels and Sheridan counties. A meeting with commissioners of the other counties will be held at a later date.

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