Written by John Plestina
Former Brockton Post Office employee Jana Nygard was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Friday, Jan. 23, to 14 months incarceration followed by three years supervised release.
Nygard was accused of stealing $50,392 from the Brockton Post Office between May and August 2013 while working in the position of post master relief.
U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ordered Nygard to serve the first seven months in prison and the last seven months in home detention, allowing her to begin paying restitution. Full restitution was ordered.
Nygard had entered into a plea agreement to plead guilty to embezzlement of government property. Seven charges related to the post office embezzlement case were dismissed.
According to charging documents, the U.S. Attorney accused Nygard of embezzlement by issuing about 145 money orders for personal use and to customers, and failing to provide payment for the money orders. Nygard was also accused of stealing $1,606 in stamp revenue.
She pleaded not guilty in federal court in October.
“The majority of U.S. Postal Service employees are dedicated public servants who take great pride in ensuring the sanctity and security of U.S. Postal Service property and its funds,” U.S.P.S. Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Pete Gately said. “Unfortunately, Jana Nygard betrayed the trust placed in her by the Postal Service and the public she was sworn to serve. Her actions resulted in deserved consequences for such behavior.”
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Laura Weiss prosecuted the case.
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Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture director Nicole Huber presents the First Dollar Award to New Subs & Such owner Quinn Hardy, Wednesday, Jan. 28. Hardy recently purchased Subs & Such, which is located at 228 U.S. Hwy. 2 East in Wolf Point. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Several Wolf Point High School students participated in the District 12 Honor Band and Choir, and were among selected students from northeastern Montana that participated in the Honors Music Concert at Glasgow High School, Monday, Jan. 26. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Danielle Vermette, Erin Presser, Christina Dahl, Aeryn Martin, (second row) Alexandria Rodriguez, Shelby Hanks, Trinity Whitmus, Alecia Macdonald, Thea Smith, (third row) Chelysa Owens-Cyr, Dalton Hafner, Austyn Juve, Ty Nygard, Savannah Wozniak, (back row) Miexel DeWitt, Logan Flynn, Devin Northington and Cale Evans. LaRae Dahl is not pictured. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Wolf Point Town Pump manager Noreen Hohman presents Northside principle Hannah Nieskins with the Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance grant.
The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program awarded a $500 grant to Northside School to support the school’s math and science programs.
The grants are made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation, which Town Pump is part of.
ExxonMobil awarded $34,000 in Educational Alliance grants for Town Pump Exxon sponsored schools across Montana.
The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.
Town Pump met stringent eligibility criteria before applying for and being awarded this grant including having a recognized commitment to provide a superior buying experience for customers.
Written by Chelly Harada
Two Wolves competed at the State Class B/C Speech and Drama Tournament in Ennis Jan. 30-31.
Forty-nine schools were represented. Only the top six contestants in each event from the Eastern, Northern, and Southern B/C Divisions competed. The top eight were awarded medals for being the best in their events in the state. In each event, 18 speech contestants competed in four preliminary rounds. After eliminating the lowest score, the contestants’ top three scores are used to determine qualification for the semifinal rounds.
For the semifinal rounds, the competition is narrowed down to 12 contestants. There are three judges in the semi-final rounds. Those three scores are then added to the contestants’ three preliminary scores. That subtotal of six scores determined who advanced to the final round.
For the final round, the competition narrowed to eight. Again there were three judges. Those three scores were added to the three preliminary and three semifinal scores. The grand total of nine scores determined the contestants’ final placement.
For speech, competing in the serious oral interpretation event was junior Devin Northington. In the preliminary rounds, he scored sixth, second, first and fourth. After dropping the lowest score of sixth, he qualified for the semifinal round with a score of 7. In the semifinal round, he scored fourth, first and third, scoring 15, qualifying him for finals. In the final round, he scored fourth, fifth and eighth, for a final score of 32. Northington took sixth place.
For drama, competing in pantomime was freshman Jaki Harada. In the preliminary rounds, she scored third, sixth, sixth and fourth. After dropping the lowest score of sixth, she had a total of 13. Harada did not qualify for semifinals.
Coach Chelly Harada said, “The two Wolves represented Wolf Point at the state meet exceptionally well, especially in the spirit of competition. They supported their fellow competitors throughout the two days of competition. I am proud of their performance at state.”
Harada left a strong impression amongst her fellow mimes. Many coaches were impressed and noted that as a freshman, making it to state was quite an accomplishment.
Northington was recognized by his fellow competitors. He was devoted to giving his best performance and worked hard to stay in the game. I was not surprised to see him advance to finals.
All the coaches and judges were quite supportive of all the competitors. Several were experiencing illnesses that caused them to leave the rooms during competition. That’s how devoted these competitors are. They did not let being sick keep them from doing their best.