Wolf Point Herald

Prom-Goers Might Get Smashed Car Shock Therapy

The commonly-held belief that shock therapy could save lives might be put to the test at Wolf Point High School with a wrecked vehicle on display as a brutal road safety demonstration for prom week in April.
With both prom and graduation approaching,
the Roosevelt County DUI Task Force continued a discussion, Wednesday, March 4, of placing a car or pickup truck that was wrecked in a drunk driving crash in the Wolf Point High School parking lot during prom week in April and possibly doing the same at Poplar High School. Culbertson High School was also mentioned as a possible location for the same demonstration.
The placement of a wreck that was in a DUI crash could serve as a harsh reminder of dangers associated with the mix of alcohol and driving, and potential devastating consequences.
School administration in each location would have to approve the placement of a wrecked vehicle.
County Commissioner Gary Macdonald, who chairs the task force, said he has spoken to Wolf Point School District Superintendent Joe Paine about placing a vehicle at WPHS. He said Paine told him it was a good idea and that he would discuss the proposal with principal Kim Hanks.
Macdonald said he would like to see the history of the wreck posted with the vehicle for the students to read with hopes of getting the safety message across to the teens.
Wolf Point High School’s prom will be held either Friday, April 17 or Saturday, April 18. The WPSD has not decided between the two dates.
The county commissioners approved a resolution that formally established the task force in April 2014. A group had held organizational meetings since late 2013. The task force meets monthly and includes representatives of the Wolf Point Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice, Fort Peck Tribal Court and members of the community.

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Shopko Sets Opening Date, Ribbon Cutting

Wolf Point’s new Shopko Hometown store will open to customers in less than two weeks with a grand opening and ribbon cutting planned for Friday, March 27.
The Wolf Point Shopko is one of 20 grand openings on same date of new Shopkos in buildings previously operated by ALCO Stores, Inc., in Western and Midwestern states.
ALCO, which had been in bankruptcy since October 2014, closed the Wolf Point store Jan. 30. In all, 198 ALCO locations in 23 states either became Shopkos, were taken over by other retail chains or closed permanently.
According to Michelle Hanson, Shopko’s manager of public relations, the Wolf Point store will open to the public, Sunday, March 22.
“We’re excited to be there. The community will be excited with what they see,” Hanson said.
Renovations of the former ALCO store on U.S. Hwy. 2 began in early February and are now about 80 percent completed, Shopko Wolf Point manager Kerrie Letsche said.
She also said trucks began daily deliveries and shelves have been filled with merchandise since Monday, March 9.
Letsche, who is from South Dakota, worked for ALCO 18 years and managed the Wolf Point store for about a year and a half until it closed.
Shopko is a 53-year-old, $3 billion retail chain with more than 300 stores operating in 21 states and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisc.

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Shopko Foundation Makes Donation To WPHS

The Shopko Foundation has announced a $2,500 donation to Wolf Point High School. The school administration can use the money where they feel it is needed, Shopko’s manager of public relations Michelle Hanson said.
The donation comes during the same month as the opening of the new Shopko Hometown store in the building on U.S. Hwy 2 that formerly housed the ALCO store, now closed since Jan. 30.
The Green Bay, Wisc.-headquartered Shopko Foundation focuses on community projects, education and health.

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Sleepy Driver Cited After Hwy. 2 Rear End Crash Sends Two To Hospital

A dozing driver caused a rear end crash just east of Wolf Point Monday, March 9, that sent two men to the hospital, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
MHP Trooper Ross Tuggle said a 2009 GMC crew cab diesel pickup that was westbound on U.S. Hwy. 2 rear ended a 2013 Ford F150 east of Slaughterhouse Road.
“The Ford slowed down. There’s some construction going on. They have a 35 mph construction zone. The Ford slowed down for it. The GMC driver stated he might have fallen asleep. He didn’t slow down,” Tuggle said.
He said the driver of the GMC was not injured but was not wearing a seat belt. The driver hit the air bag.
The two men in the Ford were injured and transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the MHP.
Tuggle identified those men as James Iron Bear, 23, of Poplar, the driver, and Brandon Bigleggins, 31, of Wolf Point.
The driver of the GMC was identified as Robert Meiers, 21, of Glasgow. According to MHP, he was cited for careless driving and a seatbelt violation.

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Bakken Oil Tanks Explode

Three oil tanks exploded at a well site in the Bakken oil patch Sunday, March 8, resulting in a large fire and rocking the nearby town of Killdeer, N.D., and an area as much as five miles away.
The blast occurred about 9 a.m., at an oil well site about five miles north of Killdeer, which is 187 miles southeast of Wolf Point and 119 miles from Bainville.
It was reported that the tops of three oil tanks were blown off and a nearby farmer was knocked to the ground by the explosion.
The cause of the explosion had not been determined as of early this week.

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