Wolf Point Herald

Badger Creek Wildfire Crew Does Prescribed Burn In North Dakota

Personnel from Badger Creek Wildfire in Poplar burned nearly 400 acres of overgrown grasslands Sunday and Monday, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, as part of a prescribed burn at the Oakville Prairie west of Grand Forks, N.D.
According to Wayne Brown of Badger Creek Wildfire, the burns were spotty because of the amount of moist stuff on the ground in some areas of the prairie, but the crew was able to burn a few of the dead trees on the site, and the grasslands that were sheltered burned fairly well.
The University of North Dakota Biology Department owns 960 acres at the site, and the burns in the northwest and southwest corners of the unit were conducted to curb invasive grasses and woody encroachment and jumpstart more desirable species such as big bluestem, orchids, blazing star and prairie coneflower. Badger Creek Wildfire conducts burns across North Dakota for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies.
Upcoming burns are planned for next spring on state lands near Jamestown, N.D., and at Lonetree Wildlife Management Area near Harvey, N.D., where Badger Creek will be burning about 33,000 acres during the next five to seven years, Brown said.

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Fall Read And Respond Party

Southside Elementary School places a high priority on reading. Every student is encouraged to read 20 minutes each day outside of class. At home they can read to a parent or sibling, they can take turns reading pages with someone, they can read before school during Breakfast Buddies, or they can read during recess. Students who do this 92 percent of the time during the quarter are treated to a Read and Respond party. Every morning students are to bring a signed note verifying the student has read. SFA Coordinator Ashley Fleming collects the data from teachers and tracks each student’s progress. At the end of the first quarter on Oct. 30, nearly 200 students in kindergarten through third grade qualified and 60 of the 65 second graders qualified. All eligible students enjoyed making fall picture frames during their party and received a treat.             (Submitted photo)

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School Board Approves Several Staff Changes, Names Knerr As Wrestling Coach

The Wolf Point School Board named Wolves’ head football coach Bruce Knerr as head high school head wrestling coach and approved several personnel hires during the monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 10.
The board also approved former head wrestling coach Stan Moran Sr. as a volunteer coach for the wrestling program and Stan Moran Jr. as an assistant wrestling coach.
Other approved personnel hires were: Jocelyn Peters and Kelli Vine, teachers for the Southside after school program; Kaitlyn Page, Brandi Charette, Tiffanie Irizarry and Jerry Michael Brown, substitute teachers; Irizarry, substitute paraprofessional; Charette and Carol Isle, substitute custodians; Barbara Wall, records keeper and assistant cook; Marianne Rees, high school girls’ basketball assistant coach; Mike Erickson, adult education cross fit conditioning; and Cole Hanks, boys’ basketball assistant coach.
The trustees also approved the resignations of assistant wrestling coach Eric Peterson, WPHS assistant custodian Don Boysun and Northside paraprofessional Aubreigh Solberg.
In other business, the board delayed a decision on the summer 2015 Yellowstone Ecology Project International Trip for students pending additional information.
Board chair Martin DeWitt said he needed more information due to concerns about liability and funding.
DeWitt reminded school staff to be available for students and help students and families to stay strong following the death of a Wolf Point High School student. The funeral for Kevin Heser, 16, was held in the school earlier that day.
Following a closed executive session that addressed four student attendance or behavioral issues and lasted for more than an hour, the board voted in open session to deny readmittance for the current school year for three students. All must request a readmittance hearing before future enrollment.
The trustees voted to allow a fourth student to return to school pending a medical release.
The school board will next meet in a regular meeting Monday, Dec. 8. There will be a special school board meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18, for meetings with parents of habitually absent students.

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Former Alco Assistant Manager, Another Man Plead To Theft

A former assistant manager of the Wolf Point ALCO store and another man were expected to withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas to theft from the retailer and enter new pleas in U.S. District Court in Great Falls this week. A plea agreement was reportedly reached recently.
A federal grand jury indicted former ALCO assistant manager Frederick Michael Campbell, 33, and Frank Austin Damon, 30, both of Wolf Point, of a single felony theft charge each Thursday, Sept. 4, stemming from an alleged theft from the Wolf Point ALCO store March 20, 2013.
On the day of the theft, Wolf Point Police Department officers responded to a mid-morning 911 call alleging that the ALCO assistant manager had been maced and robbed in the store parking lot while attempting to take a deposit to a bank.
If convicted, Campbell and Damon could each face up to five years incarceration, a maximum fine of $250,000 and supervised release.
The attorneys for both defendants filed motions for changes of plea in late October.

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Madrigal Dinner To Be Held Nov. 21-22

The annual Wolf Point High School Madrigal Dinner will be held at First Lutheran Church Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22.
Guests need to arrive before 6:10 p.m. A “town crier” will escort guests into the banquet hall and announce them. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.
The dinner recaptures the festive Yule celebrations of Elizabethan England, beginning with a colorful procession of singers in medieval costume. The program will include bearers of the “Wassail Bowl,” a toast to the Christmas season by the royal court, presentation of Mertonsire, Lord of Misrule, which is a spoof of Sleeping Beauty.
The program includes the Swing Choir, Swing Band, stage production and members of the concert choir under the direction of Lynne Monson.
All seats are reserved and tickets will be available to the public at the school district office in the high school beginning Thursday, Nov. 13.

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