Wolf Point Herald

Scobey Business Receives GNDC “Business Of The Year” Award



Great Northern Development Corporation is honoring Handran’s Home Center of Scobey as “Business of the Year” for 2014.
Liana and Stephen Handran, formerly of Wolf Point, received an award plaque, registration to the “Invest in Success” small business conference and a $500 stipend for lodging and travel to Helena April 29-30.
Handran’s Home Center is a locally-owned business started in 2008. The business offers outstanding, quality service and and exceptional selection of furniture, appliances, interior decorations, flooring and cabinetry. They recently moved some of the business to the Fjeld’s building and have incorporated doors, windows and siding into the business. Since it is their goal to continually improve the quality of the products they sell, it is not unusual for customers tell them they have an excellent selection of merchandise from which to choose.
The shop supports many community organizations and school functions. In addition, Liana Handran has several years of experience in business management and also operates an insurance agency and small bakery in the facility.
The Handrans said, “We feel we couldn’t do this without the support of our local community.”

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School District Looks To Hire One-Year Interim Superintendent

The Wolf Point School board opted to interview candidates for a one-year interim position as district superintendent during a special meeting Tuesday, April 14.
The school district advertised twice for candidates for a permanent superintendent. The first two selected turned down invitations to interview in late March. A second round of applications produced just three interested persons.
The board on Tuesday, April 14, met with Kerri Langoni of the Montana School Boards Association, decided to extend an invitation to interview to one of the three applicants. That individual is Jim Baldwin of St. John, Wash., a current interim superintendent and former superintendent in Choteau. Langoni said Baldwin has been in education since 1976.
Langoni will select two other people for interviews who have expressed an interest in interim positions.
She will arrange interviews with the three people with the school board later this month. Travel expenses will be included.
An interim superintendent is expected to start in July. The salary range that had been stated for a permanent superintendent is $80,000 to $90,000 annually, depending on experience. No salary was stated for an interim person.
An interim superintendent will replace Joe Paine, who submitted his resignation to become a principal in Grenora, N.D. Paine’s final day is June 15. He served the Wolf Point district 24 years as an educator and administrator; the past four years as district superintendent.

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School Board Candidates' Forum And Meet-And-Greet Planned

Wolf Point voters will be afforded the opportunity to meet the 14 candidates vying for six seats on the Wolf Point School Board during a meet-and-greet and candidate forum, Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m., in the high school library.
If a large crowd attends, the event will be moved to the WPHS auditorium.
The Wolf Point Education Association is sponsoring the event.
Each candidate will be asked to answer three questions.
Five of the trustee positions are newly redistricted single-member districts within Wolf Point and there is one single at-large position that includes all of Wolf Point and Frontier School districts.
Redistricting came as a result of a federal court mandate in 2014, forcing the election for all board seats.
All six current trustees were elected at-large.
The new trustees elected in the upcoming election will serve one-, two- and three-year terms. All school board members will be elected to three-year terms in future elections.
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible registered voters and ballots must be returned to the school district office located inside Wolf Point High School by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.
The candidates by district are:
District 45-1, two-year term: Yvonne (Smoker)
Bashay, Corey E. Reum;
District 45-2, one-year term: Jaronn R. Boysun [incumbent], Linda L. Hansen;
District 45-3, three-year term: Mark Kurokawa, Gib R. Medicine Cloud;
District 45-4, three-year term: Paul K, Gysler,
LaRae Hanks, Lawrence “Larry” Wetsit;
District 45-5, two-year term: Lanette Clark, Mary Vine;
At-large district 45A, one-year term: Brandon Babb, Roxanne Gourneau, Glenn Strader.
Boysun is the only incumbent seeking reelection. Strader is a former member of the WPSD and Frontier School boards. Babb is a Frontier School board member.

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GNDC Working To Get Stalled Eastern Montana Infrastructure Bill Passed

An infrastructure bill that would benefit eastern Montana and is stalled in the Legislature, along with talk of eastern Montana being left out when it comes to state appropriations, highlighted the Great Northern Development Corporation quarterly board meeting, Tuesday, April 14.
“This past quarter has been busy with travel, mostly to testify in Helena,” said GNDC executive director Martin DeWitt, who is resigning for a new position in Billings.
DeWitt’s last day will be Friday, April 17.
DeWitt said the month of January was spent keeping up with the pulse of the Legislature.
“I also traveled to Helena to testify on House Bill 402, which is an infrastructure bill for eastern Montana that will provide funding totaling $55 million into energy impacted communities,” DeWitt said.
HB 402, which affects all of eastern Montana, passed the third reading with a 59-39 House vote and was been transmitted to the Senate, where the Senate Finance Committee tabled it.
Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary Macdonald said HB 402 was tabled because it is similar to Senate Bill 416 by Sen. John Brendan, R-Scobey, but Brendan’s bill is more of a statewide bill that doesn’t focus on eastern Montana.
“Brendan’s bill doesn’t address eastern Montana like 402 does,” Macdonald said.
He said he will be going to Helena soon and that an effort must be made to get HB 402 off the table.
Several reports were presented at the GNDC meeting. No votes were taken as the board lacked a quorum.

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Commissioners Approve Subdivisions Near Bainville

The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved two small subdivisions about 11 miles north of Bainville Monday, April 13.
Glenn and Lloyd DeTienne requested approval of two adjoining identical minor subdivisions of five residential lots each, carved out of 80 acres.
Subdivisions exceeding five lots are classified as major subdivisions and require planning board approval.
In another matter brought to the commissioners, Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel  made a second request that the county pay for an indigent burial of a woman who died in Faith Home in March.
The commissioners approved the request.
When first brought to the commission in March, Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen said he had not seen any solid evidence that the woman was indigent and recommended that the commission delay a decision.

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