Wolf Point Herald

Wolf Point Police Investigate Possible Attempted Kidnapping

Wolf Point Police are investigating a possible attempted kidnapping of a child that occurred Monday, May 5.
Officers responded to the 200 block of Benton Street at 4:44 p.m., when a woman reported that a man attempted to kidnap her nine-year-old son.
Police reported that the unknown male subject tried to coax the child into his car. The boy ran and his mother reported the incident to police.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident. No other similar incidents had been reported to Wolf Point Police as of Monday, May 12.

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10-Year-Old Arrested For Arson

Wolf Point Police arrested a 10-year-old boy for arson after responding to a structure fire to assist firefighters with traffic control in the 300 block of Fairweather Street Tuesday, May 6.
The fire, which was reported at 6:30 p.m., destroyed a shed. Nearby houses were not damaged.
The WPPD did not know as of presstime whether the incident was connected to other arson fires in April.

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Wolf Point Voters Reject Levies, Return Incumbents -- Poplar Elects Norgaard, Marottek; Frontier Rejects Levies



Wolf Point voters rejected two levies and returned two incumbent trustees to the school board in a record high voter turnout Tuesday, May 6.
A $200,000 continuous elementary general fund levy failed by two votes, 392-390. The failure of that levy left the future of the district’s preschool program in jeopardy.
The other levy, a $250,000 levy that would have run for one year, would have increased the building reserve and provide funding for parking lot and gym floor repairs at the high school. It failed 409-370 with voters in the city and 49-37 among Frontier School District voters.
The pothole-laden parking lot has not been resurfaced for more than a decade. The gym floor has not had major repairs since the current high school opened in 1969.
Incumbent Wolf Point School board members Martin DeWitt and Tracy Juve Miranda were reelected. DeWitt garnered the most votes with 518. Miranda was reelected with 476 voted.
The counts for the five challengers were Lee Allmer, 144; Juanita Cantrell, 119; Perry Scott Lilley Jr., 87; Lance Elliot Four Star, 83; and Yvonne Smoker Bashay, 82. Two ballots were listed as rejected on the election judges’ return sheet.
Poplar voters returned school trustee Doug Marottek to office and voted incumbent James DeHerrera out.
Marottek received 194 votes and Ken Norgaard was elected with 150 votes.
The counts for the other four candidates were Emerson Young, 86; Thomas Brown, 79; Don Moran, 73; and DeHerrera, 38.
Frontier Elementary School Distric voter rejected two proposed levies.
A $50,000 per year 15-year building reserve levy failed 32-21 and a 10,000 per year 10-year technology levy failed 29-24.

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Frontier School Board Oks Staff Raises

Frontier Elementary School trustees authorized staff raises as a means of retaining employees Monday, May 12.
The school board approved classified staff compensation for 10 employees that includes pay increases of $1 per hour and a $3.50 raise to the lowest-paid employee.
Superintendent Christine Eg-gar said pay increases are necessary to retain staff.
“It’s a big raise, but I feel they can go to work somewhere else [if not given the raise],” she said.
Total pay raises for classified staff (non-teaching) total $17,230.
Eggar said total pay increases, including teachers and the offer the board extended in April for the new principal who will start before the beginning of the 2014-15 school year put the district a little over budget, but the district could work through it.
In another matter, the trustees approved contracts for independent contractors Kris Hubeek and Dave Riggin, both counselors.
Hubeek, a counselor at Culbertson School, will come in as needed to oversee the special education program and independent education plans at $500 per day to keep the school in compliance until a teacher receives certification for special education.
Riggin will receive a $750 raise to $14,750 and a gas stipend.
The board also approved classified staff contract renewals for the next school year for Jeremiah Eggar, Bev Elgie, Sheryl Estes, Renee Goodman, Janece Houg, Verda Huber, Kathy Nichols and John Rabenberg.
The board was informed of the resignations of a library aide and music teacher as an informational item only.
The board also voted to accept the results of the May 6 election and reappointment of unopposed board members by acclamation.
Brandon Babb will continue as board chairman, Mark Zilkoski will become vice chairman and Ann Landsrud will continue as clerk.

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Commissioners Vote To Move Forward With Poplar Library Merger

The Roosevelt County Commissioners voted Tuesday, May 13, to move forward with a merger of the Poplar branch of the Roosevelt County Library and the Fort Peck Community College Library.
With the county librarian in Poplar due to retire in August and the lack of space in the current county library that is attached to the fire station in Poplar, commissioners have been considering a request by the Fort Peck Tribes to merge the libraries into the larger facility on the Fort Peck Community College campus.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said the annual cost to the county is likely to be about $20,000.
“Everybody is pretty enthusiastic about it over there [in Poplar],” Macdonald said and recommended moving forward with a merger in August.
The commissioners voted to request that assistant county attorney Jordan Knudsen meet with FPCC president Haven Gourneau to discuss a contract.
Knudsen said he prefers a contract to a memorandum of understanding, which FPCC proposed.
The library will remain open to the public.

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