Written by The Herald-News
This year’s pancake breakfast was an extraordinary success. Nearly 400 visitors were served — 239 visitors, individuals and families signed the museum visitor register and browsed through the displays and gift shop.
Lots of visiting, laughter and reminiscing with family, friends and neighbors took place. The reunion participants of the Wolf Point High School Class of 1963 donated flowers. Lisa Dillon donated 61 handmade postcards to the Museum Gift Shop. Many more generous donations and acquisitions have also been received this year.
In the last nine and a half weeks, 250 visitors have stepped through the Wolf Point Area Museum’s front doors including visitors from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada.
All totaled, 489 visitors from 27 states and two Canadian provinces have signed the museum register this year.
Three informative DVDs are now available at the museum, including two about the early Assiniboine and one about the 2008 Rural Montana Class C Girls Basketball Championship.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 21:59
Written by Al Stover
The Roosevelt County Commissioners met July 18 to approve several items on the agenda.
Commissioner Duane Nygaard said the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System has asked the county for easements on several pieces of land, adopting a resolution that allows the commissioners to sign for easements.
Before the commissioners could approve the resolution, they opened it for discussion. Audience member Bill Juve asked for clarification as there is only one easement held by the U.S. government and it is for the Fort Peck Tribes. Nygaard explained the land is held in trust by the government on behalf of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.
Juve said the resolution was misleading because of the wording and that the resolution is specific to one drawing. He also wanted to know specifically what kind of line it was.
“This organization should tell you what you’re getting,” Juve said. “To say it’s a water line doesn’t mean nothing … they should tell you what kind it is [and] what it’s made of. That’s common practice in the industry. If someone wants to put something on your property, they should at least tell you what it is.”
Sabrina Labatte, who works for Roosevelt County Conservation District, said the line itself is two inches in diameter with 50 pounds of pressure, countywide.
Gary Macdonald also said that just because they approve the resolution does not mean they will sign every easement.
Juve asked if the commissioners had a copy of the plans. When they said they did not, Juve asked “Don’t you think you should?”
MacDdnald said when he did his easement, he received a map and, when he requested changes, they were fixed. Labette said she should be able to get digital copies of the maps.
She also said she thinks the Bureau of Reclamation wants a resolution for each easement.
Nygaard also said he received a request for the airport, but he would wait to sign it until he has the city’s signature. After he stated Juve had a good point, he mentioned that the resolution said nothing about a pasture tap. Labette stated that according to the Statute of Publication, they will provide two taps if the owner is qualified. One will be a home tap while the other would be a pasture tap, which will be run off one meter, not as a second service.
Juve asked about the statute since it impacts the county and Labette said she would work on getting a copy of it for the courthouse.
Jim Shanks asked when they would begin the project and Labette said it would be either be in the fall or next spring. She said they would first do the old water lines in Poplar, then in the Wolf Point Hwy. 13 area because they have most of the easements for that area.
Nygaard said they should sign the easement in case it is part of the Aug. 1 bid. A motion was passed to bring digital copies of the map to the courthouse.
After taking public comment, Nygaard said he had been asked to address the Poplar School District’s plan for building a professional school village on Red Thunder Road. According to Nygaard, the village will be on trust land and the district made a lease with the tribes. He also said that while the commissioners had no jurisdiction, but he wanted to bring it to the attention of everyone.
There will be two phases, the first of which will happen immediately with six lots being built and 20 lots total.
In addition to the water supply system and school village, the commissioners approved the meeting minutes of July 11, as well as the claims made for the same day, which amounted to $219,618.12.
They also approved the purchase of server racks for the sheriff's office, which came to $2,029.09, and the hiring of Louis Delong as a full-time seasonal employee of the road department.
The commissioners tabled the discussion for the treasurer’s report of investments and pledged securities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 21:56
Written by Jaimee Green
The sky above Marvin Brookman Stadium took center stage Thursday night, July 11, as nearly 100 people took to the arena during the third annual luminary lighting during the 90th Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede.
With large, heat-filled luminaries in hand, the volunteers let them lift up to the skies while music of honor and remembrance played and the rodeo announcer addressed breast cancer.
The annual event is sponsored each year by Northeast Montana Health Services in conjunction with Thursday night’s grassroots cowboy campaign, Tough Enough to Wear Pink.
“The luminaries create a heartfelt visual that leaves a lasting impression on everybody that sees it. It helps create a personal connection to the importance of finding a cure for breast cancer even if a person hasn’t been personally impacted by it,” said Jaimee Green, marketing director for NEMHS.
Through the collaboration of the Stampede Committee and NEMHS, the opening night rodeo has been dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer while unifying the community through the signature color, pink.
Upon entering through the gates, rodeo-goers had an opportunity to grab a few trinkets and were offered pink bracelets if by chance they forgot to put on their pink duds. Many offered up free-will donations into the pink buckets held by volunteers at the entrances.
Nationally, The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night has raised millions of dollars for research and outreach with the help of dedicated cowboys, spectators and community members. The total amount of money raised locally from the fundraising campaign is still being tallied with funds coming in from local businesses and organizations.
All of the proceeds will be given to NEMHS and will be given to the radiology’s digital mammography department.
In 2010, NEMHS switched to digital mammography, currently one of the most advanced screening options available. The benefits to patients include more accurate results, a decreased chance for follow up visits for imaging issues and quicker results.
The comfort technology also creates a softer, warmer experience for the patient while allowing the radiologist to retrieve an enhanced image without needing to wait for film processing. Digital features allow instant imaging and clarity.
Mammograms are currently the best test for finding breast cancer early. A series of X-ray pictures allows health providers to look for early signs of breast cancer, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.
It is recommended that women who are 40 and over have an annual mammogram to increase the chances of early detection.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:42
Written by Al Stover
By Al Stover
For North Dakota resident Brian Salveson, the 10th time was the charm.
Salveson competed against eight other contestants to place first in the 13th annual KVCK Texaco Country Showdown, which was held in the Wolf Point High School auditorium, July 10. This was his 10th year of entering the competition, but his first time winning.
Besides Salveson, there were other performers who returned for this year’s competition, including Naveah Yellow Robe, who sang May Day Parade’s Terrible Things and Taylor Swift’s We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together and Allison Linseth, who sang Thompson Square’s If I Didn’t Have You and Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready To Make Nice.
Linseth is not only Salveson’s daughter, but also she has competed for in the showdown eight times.
“It seems like a long time, but we have so much fun when we do it,” Linseth said.
Linseth also said it was good to see her father win the competition.
“[He was] consistently trying. It’s nice to see it pay off for him,” Linseth said.
In addition to the returning performers, there were also several first-time contestants including third-place winner Justiss Firemoon, who sang LeAnn Rimes’ Unchained Melody and Martina McBride’s Broken Wing and second-place winner Randy Stensland, who performed Gary Allen’s It Would Be You and Jake Owen’s 8 Second Ride.
In between performances, Carol Kelly, KVCK on-air personality and producer of the event, thanked the businesses, who sponsored the showdown, and Pippin DJ and Karaokee, who provided the music. She also gave away T-shirts, as well as entertained the crowd with cowboy jokes, tips for redneck etiquette and things not to say to police officers.
Kelly said she thought the event had great talent, a nice crowd and “nice variety of ages.” She also said that had gotten to know Salveson well over the years he has been competing and that he had placed in the showdown before, but had never won.
Besides the other contestants who sang hits from well-known artists, one contestant named Al Bets His Medicine, who played on the keyboard in addition to singing vocals, performed Moovin & Groovin and All I’ll Ever Need, which he wrote himself.
As the judges tallied their scores, all of the contestants came to the stage to sing along with the audience. Despite no music, the contestants sang Toby Keith’s Shoulda Been a Cowboy and George Strait’s All My Exs Live in Texas.
Moments before the winner was announced, Salveson ended the finale by singing George Strait’s Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.
For Salveson, winning the showdown was a humbling experience.
“I used to say ‘I was a bridesmaid, never a bride,’” Salveson said. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet. This is the first time I will be going on from local competition.”
Salveson will advance to the state competition at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls Aug. 2-3. According to Kelly, Salveson is also allowed to return to next year’s showdown.
Contestants And Songs
Navaeh Yellow Robe
May Day Parade‘s Terrible Things
Taylor Swift’s We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together
Garth Brooks’ Beaches of Cheyenne
Tracy Lawrence’s Time Marches On
Thompson Square’s If I Didn’t Have You
Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready To Make Nice
Al Bets His Medicine
Movin & Groovin (original music)
All I’ll Ever Need (original music)
Taylor Swift‘s Our Song
Carrie Underwood’s Temporary Home
Gary Allen’s It Would Be You
Jake Owen’s 8 Second Ride
LeAnn Rimes Unchained Melody
Martina McBride’s Broken Wing
Christina Peri’s Arms
Taylor Swift’s Sparks Fly
Garth Brooks’ Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old
George Strait’s Unwound
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:21
Written by Al Stover
By Al Stover
The Wolf Point School board held its monthly meeting, July 15, and approved new hires, the closing and combining of student accounts and discussed the property and liability insurance for the period of July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.
Board chairman Martin DeWitt turned the floor over to superintendent Joe Paine. Paine said he spoke to Mike Cassidy at Cassco Insurance about what was paid in the previous year for insurance, as well as Cassidy’s offer of an increase of $8,579 from the premium in previous years. According to Paine, the reason for the increase is because of some of the litigations involved, however Paine added that Cassidy presented three options to bring down the cost of the premium.
Paine presented the pricing options to the board, which included a $10,000 deductible for both property and legal liability that could bring the renewal pricing to $73,892.
“If we had two years where we were claim-free, we would save that $10,000,” Paine said. “If we have more claims and of course we would have to pay our deductible … it’s just kind of how insurance works.”
Paine said he would prefer to stay with the current rate, while DeWitt asked if property claims could be paid by the Building Reserve Fund.
The board made a two-part approval. If property claims can be paid by the Building Reserve Fund, then they will go with the $10,000 deductible for property and keep the liability deductible at $5,000, which would bring the renewal pricing to $75,783. If claims cannot be paid by the fund, then they will keep both property and liability at $5,000, which would be $78,602.
The board also made a motion to approve the cancellation of student activity checks that have been outstanding for more than a year.
They also approved the closing of inactive student accounts. The remaining monies, which totaled to $4,740.02, will go into the District Fund 115 - Miscellaneous Federal Funds - Gym Renovation.
The board approved the move of the balances of the Junior High Art Resale, the Photo Club and the Art Club, recommended by Connie Neubauer, student accounts secretary, into the Art Resale Account. The total being moved into the account will be $1,694.18.
As for programs, the board approved the purchase order for the McGraw Hill High School Math Curriculum, which will be paid with the Striving Readers Grant funds, in the amount of $24,174.02. They also approved the renewal contract of the Junior High Success for All Readers, for $14,714,90, which will be funded by the Title I and the Striving Readers Grant.
The board approved the hiring, pending background checks, of Marcy Cobell-Gilbert and Rebecca Houg as teachers for Southside Elementary School, as well as the hiring of Jessica Sweet as an assistant volleyball coach for Wolf Point High School.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:26