Wolf Point Herald

KVCK Showdown Winner Takes State, Advances To Western Regionals


Pieter Van Heerden of Wolf Point has emerged victorious at the Country Showdown Montana State Final at Music Ranch Montana in Livingston with electrifying performances of “Just Like Them Horses” by Reba McEntire and “Love Is Your Name” by Steven Tyler.
Van Heerden earned his entry to the Montana State Final with a win at the KVCK Country Showdown in Wolf Point in July.
Next stop for Van Heerden is the Country Showdown Western Region Finals in Coos Bay, Ore., Nov. 7.
Born in Potgietersrus, South Africa, Van Heerden started to sing in the bath at age two, and not just average singing. He sang opera.  With his talent at a young age he took all the grannys’ hearts. Since age four, Van Heerden would open many concerts in his region.
He loves to sing along with people and at the age of 16 he went to a church where Marinda Young was singing and asked if he could sing “This World Is Not My Home” with her in church. She was not very confident when he initially asked her but when they started to sing she stopped and stared at Van Heerden. He continued by himself and after the song there was huge applause and a member of the congregation offered to pay for his first Gospel music CD.
Pieter performed in many school concerts and other competitions where he always seemed to come in second place. His final year at school he decided to participate in the school singing competition. He never participated in this competition because one young lady with an amazing voice came in first every year. This was Van Heerden’s year however, he challenged her and won the competition.
After school he made his second gospel CD and started to sing with Armand Hofmeyr at concerts where he always stole the limelight with his amazing voice and clarity of vocals.
Van Heerden is currently employed by Kelly Toavs north of Wolf Point.

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Spikes And Spurs Gala Sept. 26

The Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation’s Spikes and Spurs Gala has been a signature philanthropic event for 10 years, raising funds in support of the NEMHS hospitals for equipment and programs.
Now in 2015, the 11th annual Spikes and Spurs Gala promises to host another successful fundraising evening which will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at the American Legion Club in Poplar.
Big hats, Derby attire and red roses will fill the room for the “Run for the Roses” Gala, which will have the elegance of the Kentucky Derby and the excitement of horseracing. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m., with complimentary cocktails in the silent auction area along with professional photos being available and taken by Right Track Photography.
Attending guests will enjoy delightful Derby-inspired appetizers along with a three-course southern style gourmet dinner, prepared by the Food Services of America culinary chefs and crew from Billings.
The evening will continue with the hilarious comedy and wildly entertaining music of the Midwest Dueling Pianos show that will provide high-end entertainment that will thoroughly engage and entertain the audience. The one-of-a-kind entertainment experience is sure to have the audience singing, cheering, dancing and laughing hard as it’s an experience unlike any other.
The 200-plus attendees will also have the opportunity throughout the evening to win various donated silent auction items, a NFR trip package raffle, a wine cellar raffle, and the ever popular 50/50 raffle where the winner walks away with $5,000. New this year and staying with the Kentucky Derby theme, there will be horse racing excitement and wagering.  
“Our Gala committee has worked hard to create an elegant evening for our donors to enjoy” said Arin Grainger, chairman of the Gala committee. “It is so rewarding to have the community’s support for us to raise money for the hospitals and much needed equipment.”
The event is the single largest fundraiser for NEMHS and provides extra funding for needed medical equipment that allows them to keep up with continually changing innovations in technology and services. The Spikes and Spurs Gala has made an average profit of between $40,000 to $50,000 annually to invest and donate. Last year, money raised from the Gala went to the Emergency Medical Services department of NEMHS. Purchased in 2014 were two battery-powered cots for improved transportation of patients and Toughbook laptops which now enables the emergency medical team to communicate vital information back to the hospital en route.  
Fundraising this year is for a medical device called a Colposcope. The scope is used in an outpatient location in the emergency room, not only with adolescent and adult sexual assault cases, but also for essential cancer screening biopsies. Usage of the scopes is an important part of various medical evaluations and clinical documentation in many procedures.
“Colposcopes with the digital cameras will allow for visual recording, which will be an improved method of verifying and confirming concerns,” said Lauri Handy, vice president of the NEMHS Rural Health Clinics. “We are excited to have these updated pieces of equipment for use at both NEMHS sites which the community will benefit from.”  
The scopes will be equipped with a digital Canon Rebel camera package that will provide enhanced documentation. The Wallach TriScope Trulight Scopes have multiple magnification settings and LED lighting for true valid observations. The cost of purchasing two, one for each campus, comes to just under $24,500.
For more information about this year’s Spikes and Spurs Gala and the Foundation can be found at www.nemhscharitablefoundation.org.

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Wolf Point Police Calls Higher in 2015

The Wolf Point Police Department has seen an increase in the number of calls for service this summer in contrast to 2014.
Police chief Jeff Harada told the Wolf Point City Council Monday, Aug. 16, that city police responded to 533 complaints during July, which was 20 calls more than during July 2014. The increase was 4 percent.
There was a 27 percent spike in calls in June for a total of 525 calls.
Harada told the council that there were fewer incidents during the Wild Horse Stampede the second weekend of July than during previous Stampedes.
Officers issued 127 citations in July, an increase of 72 percent over July 2014. Police issued 109 citations in June.
Of the 127 citations issued in July, 104 were into Fort Peck Tribal Court and 23 were under state jurisdiction.
Harada reported that officers logged 4,563 miles driven in July. The animal control officer drove 632 miles. In June, officers drove 5,286 miles and animal control reported 697 miles.
Animal control impounded 17 dogs in July, released 14 back to owners, licensed five and euthanised three. For June, 18 dogs were impounded, 13 released to owners, 11 licensed and five put down.

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Locals Arraigned In U.S. District Court

Three residents of Roosevelt County were recently arraigned and pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate John Johnston in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.
Dave Victor Fast Horse III, 27, of Wolf Point appeared on a charge of burglary Wednesday, Aug. 19.
If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, he faces up to 20 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice investigated the case.
Shanley Leonard Bighorn, 30, of Brockton appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm not registered in the national firearm registration and transfer record Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.
Paul Darrell Red Eagle Sr., 27, of Poplar appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Aug. 27, 2015

Editor’s note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.
As of Monday, Aug. 24, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding four females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday. Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 24:
• Alice Aguilar, 59, DUI, operating without liability insurance, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked. Transported to Valley County Detention center;
• Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal mischief. Bonded out;
• Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
• Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
• Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
• Mark Dube, 42, Holyoke, Mass., driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, speeding on non-interstate exceed day limit;
• Travis Dyer, 35, improper turn, operating without liability insurance; and out of county warrant;   
• Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
• Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out of county warrant;
• Daniel Imlay, 40, Plentywood, operating without liability insurance, turning when unsafe to do so, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked and operating without liability insurance. Released;
• Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
• Jay T. Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
• Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
• Joseph Laturell, 52,
Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
• Randall Lehner, 56, Wolf Point, bench warrant.  
• Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
• Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
• Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary.

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