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Ellen Sievers (left) and JoAnn Hibl of Wolf Point designed and made a historical quilt with nearly 20 pictures depicting local history for the Wolf Point Centennial celebration that will be held as a companion event with the 92nd annual Wild Horse Stampede in July. The combined four days of celebration and fun will make Stampede weekend the biggest ever with three days of parades, four nights of live music, three street dances, a resurgence of the Good Neighbor Days after more than four decades, a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo, carnival and more. (Submitted photo)
Written by John Plestina
The Frontier School board passed the torch Tuesday, May 12, with Dave Kirkaldie taking over the chairmanship during a reorganization of the board.
Brandon Babb has held the chairman position. He becomes vice chairman, a position he also now holds on the Wolf Point School board, to which he was recently elected.
Babb and Bill Pew were reelected to the Frontier board by acclamation, with no opposition at the polls.
In other business, district clerk Linda Nygaard submitted a letter of resignation for the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.
The district will advertise for a replacement.
In another matter, the board chose a mustang logo to go on the new gym floor that will replace the current carpeted floor that has been in place 34 years. The gym and most of the school building were built in 1964.
The board also approved the hiring of teachers Ashley Fulbright, Kylie Schuster, Russell Johnson and Callie Raph.
Eighth-grade graduate Cole Melbourne was approved for a summer janitorial job.
In other business, the board approved a rental agreement with Northern Prairie Realty for a subsidized rental house in Wolf Point for a teacher.
Superintendent Christine Eggar called the district’s ability to offer subsidized rentals for new teachers “a good draw.”
The board voted to move regular school board meetings from the first Monday to the second Tuesday of each month.
In another matter, the board held a closed executive session followed by the expulsion of one student for attendance issues and not following policy.
Written by John Plestina
The new Wolf Point School board appointed new coaches and teachers during a special meeting Monday, May 18.
The outgoing board did not appoint head coaches because of questions about administrators filling coaching positions during its final meeting Monday, May 11.
The new board made the following coaching appointments.
Wolf Point High School/Junior High assistant principal and activities director Brett Scott will replace Bruce Knerr as head football coach.
WPHS principal Kim Hanks will become head volleyball coach.
Other coaching appointments were: Ryan Wilson, high school assistant football coach; and Scott Vandall, junior high assistant football coach.
The approval came after a discussion that Hanks could become an acting superintendent if the position is not filled by the time current superintendent Joe Paine leaves at the end of June.
“I’m really worried about him [Paine] leaving and you not having someone,” board member Corey Reum said.
Vice chairman Brandon Babb said the district should hire the proposed coaches and not worry about worst case scenarios.
“I am deemed to be part of the solution,” Hanks said and added that she could step down from coaching if necessary.
The board appointed Hanks, Scott and the other coaches along with several other positions with Reum voting no.
Other appointments approved were: Brandy Boysun, Southside teacher; Alec Boysun, Southside head custodian; Lionel White, Southside assistant custodian; Dawn Garfield, adult education coordinator; Lynne Monson, high school and junior high band and chorus extra, pep band, madrigal and NHS advisor; Patrice MacDonald, high school drama; Carrie Manning, high school Indian Club; Melissa Cromwell, junior high student council; and Eric Peterson, traffic education.
The board also approved: Cheri’ Nygard, business manager; and Greg Moniz, district technology administrator.
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Members of the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park committee and board of directors are (from left to right) Art Widhalm, Don Gudgell, John Lamb, co-chair Tom Markle, Jed Kirkland, Les Scanlan, John Jones, Jim Rector, Mike Hughes, Dale Bender, Kenny Newton, Tracy Stone and Reid Coldwell. Committee and board members not pictured include co-chair Steve Page, Lee Murch, John Kolstad, Jerry Collins, Ann Kulcyzk and Connie Schultz.
(Photo by Bonnie Davidson/Glasgow Courier)
The first phase of construction on the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park is set to begin with completion this fall and Phase No. 1 fully accessible and functional by Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
Roosevelt County is one of nine northeast Montana counties participating in the project at Fort Peck.
Phase No. 1 includes the walls of honor, the main monument, a grand entry with an identification sign, one vigil site, concrete walkways, an Americans With Disability Act compliant entry from the south and extensive flag displays. There will be room for benches and other amenities as determined and approved by the planning committee.
Project co-chairman Steve Page announced last week that LSC Construction Inc. of Fort Peck was awarded the contract for all construction. The Fort Peck office of Interstate Engineering will oversee the project.
A construction coordinator from the Memorial Committee will regularly monitor the work and coordinate with LSC until the work is completed. Page also said that former Glasgow resident Don Baker of DBA Architects of Oakdale, Minn., provided architectural work.
The Memorial Park Board of Directors began meeting five years ago setting as a goal to build the memorial with private donations, using no government funding.
“We have kept expenses to a bare minimum, paid no salaries or administration fees and worked hard to dedicate all donations to the memorial,” co-chairman Tom Markle said.
“To date, all funding has been private. A grant-writing plan is currently underway which includes public funding alternatives. Funding support has come from each of the nine counties in northeast Montana,” he said.
Sales of tiles for the Walls of Honor, a major fundraiser for the memorial, exemplify the depth of the support. The walls will feature 4-inch by 8-inch, polished, black granite tiles, each engraved with the name of a veteran and their branch of service. All veterans can be honored with a tile.
“While this first phase will not complete the project, we feel it provides a solid footprint for future enhancements, pending additional donations and tile sales, which will enable our team to pay as we go,” Page said.
“We are grateful for the work and encouragement of so many over the years, and to our dedicated team of volunteers assisting in helping this project move along,” he said.
The site work that began in April prepared the ground for basic landscaping and electrical requirements for this and future needs. The planning committee plans to address these future needs soon, Page said.
“Many ideas have been discussed including KIA and family vigil areas, sculptures, benches, monuments to various conflicts, branches of service, special operations, Wall of Honor legends and landscaping enhancements. The committee welcomes ideas, he added.
Page also expressed appreciation for everyone’s patience in seeing this project become a reality after so many years.
“It is a privilege to work on a project that honors the courage, sacrifice and duty of the thousands of northeast Montana veterans who stepped up with uncommon patriotism in defense of our freedom whenever they were called to do so,” he said.
To date, over 400 tiles have been purchased to honor loved ones who served in all branches of the military. Through Memorial Day, the cost of a tile is $225 and by request, names of family and friends may be grouped together on the walls. After Memorial Day, tiles will be added as sold. Order forms are available at most banks, VFW or Legion Clubs, online at www.veteransmt.org or by calling 228-2223. Tile purchases are deductible donations. The Memorial is a 501 c19 non-profit organization, eligible to receipt tax-deductible donations.
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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 May 11 and 17. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
1:02 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
1:44 a.m., police located Charmaine Jackson, 24, of Wolf Point on the 200 block of Main Street and arrested her on a warrant.
7:56 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Dawson Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
9:52 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of a theft with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:20 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8 p.m., police received information on a possible 15-year-old female runaway from Billings. Police have not located her.
8:45 a.m., officers responded to a report of a possible assault against a juvenile. The incident remains under investigation.
11:43 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Second Avenue South for a report of a minor motor vehicle accident and cited Tonya Thomas, 44, of Wolf Point for careless driving.
1:25 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Custer Street for a pick-up-and- hold of a 16-year-old female juvenile.
4:23 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Fifth Avenue South for a report of a burglary with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
7:58 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Edgar Street for a report of a female attempting to gain entry to a vehicle and arrested Brandy Black, 29, of Wolf Point for criminal trespass.
9:12 p.m., officers observed a male drop drug paraphernalia on the 200 block of Main Street and cited Robert White, 33, of Wolf Point for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
1:37 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a vehicle striking a fence and the driver leaving the scene on foot. The incident remains under investigation.
8 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Dayton Street for a report of someone attempting to break into a garage. Nothing was reported stolen. The incident remains under investigation.
3:10 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of someone attempting to use stolen checks with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:16 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft from the residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:46 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a disturbance and arrested Deion Solberg-Hamilton, 22, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
12:50 a.m., officers responded to The Water Hole for a report of a male who said he was assaulted. The incident remains under investigation.
7:49 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance and arrested Brian Weston, 38, of Wolf Point on a warrant and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
1 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Edgar Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
6:16 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of a man seriously injured with a gunshot wound. A criminal investigation was turned over to the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
8:44 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a theft from the residence. The incident remains under investigation.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between May 11 and 17: civil standby, two; domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, 25; removal of unwanted individuals, 18; animal complaints, five; medical assistance, two; alarm, three; assist other agency, four; unfounded reports, 12; and driving complaints, four.