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Christmas Stroll In Wolf Point

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20 Trees Available At Festival Of Trees Friday

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Rosie Kurokawa and Kerry Hanks sell raffle tickets for the Northeast Montana Health Services Foundation Festival of Trees raffle at the Elks Club during Santa’s visit Friday, Dec. 4, which was in conjunction with the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Christmas Stroll. The second photo is some of the trees on display.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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Elks Fundraiser

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Wolf Point High School senior Jessie Smith offers WPHS counselor Keri Sansaver dinner and fundraiser tickets for A Night At The Elks building renovation fundraising dinner during Santa’s visit in the Elks ballroom Friday, Nov. 4. The Elks fundraiser will be held Saturday, Jan. 2. Smith and Alecia Macdonald (also pictured) were cheerleaders during the football season.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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New Plumbing Service Gets First Dollar

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Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture director Aaron Kurokawa (right) presents the First Dollar Award to W5 Services owners Rhiannon and Walker Weeks Wednesday, Dec. 2. W5 Services is a new plumbing service in Wolf Point specializing in residential plumbing and some underground utility work and commercial plumbing.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Culbertson Mayor Expresses Disgust For Failure To Appoint Appointment Of New Commissioner Promised In Next 10 Days

Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers expressed disgust with the Roosevelt County Commissioners during a meeting in Wolf Point Tuesday, Dec. 8, for not appointing a new commissioner to the District 1 seat, which has been vacant nearly four months.
“We’re getting a little disgusted — real disgusted,” Oelkers said.
“We need representation. It’s becoming a running joke in Cul-
bertson,” he said.
“We do not have representation on the east end of the county. When are you going to appoint?” Rachelle Aspenlieder of Culbertson asked.
District 1, which covers the eastern part of the county from the east end of Poplar to the state line, has been vacant since Allen Bowker of Culbertson resigned in August, just over nine months after he was elected to a six-year term in November 2014.
The vacancy has been advertised, at least 10 people have applied, but no appointment has been made. The two commissioners — presiding officer Duane Nygaard and commissioner Gary Macdonald — represent the Wolf Point and Poplar areas.
“Gary and I have decided we are going to make that decision within the next 10 days,” Nygaard said.
Oelkers and other people from the east end of the county said it would be acceptable if the position is filled within 10 days.
He challenged Macdonald and Nygaard to make an immediate appointment.
“You need three guys, three gals, three people,” Oelkers said.
Oelkers, Bowker, who attended the meeting, and several other people expressed support for the appointment of Darrell Synan of McCabe, an applicant for the position who has attended most of the council meetings since August.
The commissioners declined to make an immediate appointment.
Nygaard said they are still looking at applicants.
“We can decide to reopen it [to new applicants],” Macdonald said.
If an appointment is made this month, the person appointed would have to file for election in 2016 in January and then run in a primary election in June and the general election in November.
Bowker, 52, defeated Frank Smith of Poplar 645-368 in the 2014 general election for the seat formerly held by Jim Shanks of Brockton, who did not seek another term.
Nygaard said in August that the commissioners would make an appointment on a undetermined date, likely in mid- or late- September.

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