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Many people were in attendance for this year’s A Night with Stars Variety and Style Show that kicked off the 2014 Roosevelt County Fair.
Various area businesses were generous in their donations for door prizes, and the crowd went home with fabulous prizes at the end of the evening. Froid Federal Credit Union donated five $5 4-H concession stand coupons that went to Mason Weber, Lucas Oelkers, Allen Larsen, Chris Olson and Issac Rumsey. Main Street Grocery in Poplar donated six 12-pack pops that went to Kayli Olson, Mavis Drescher, Carolyn Brugh, Genny Nordmeyer, Leah Knudsen and Renee Oelkers. Lois Weber took home the $25 gift certificate to Main Street Grocery. Will’s Office World/Radio Shack in Wolf Point donated a $20 gift certificate that Tiffany Marchwick happily accepted. A $25 gift certificate from Sethre Appraisal to Quilts and More went to Jenell Bear. Blue Rock Products in Plentywood donated 12 t-shirts. The lucky winners were Betty McGinnis, John Derenberger, Alexis Bidegaray, Lorena Hekkel, LaVonne Scotson, Kelly Burns, Jake Reynen, Logan Nickoloff, Judy Huber, Eva Mae Larsen, Beth Hekkel and Cheryl Kirkaldie. The hat from Blue Rock Products went to Mary Lou Weeks. Gaffaney’s of Plentywood was kind enough to donate a weather alert clock radio which went to Merna Panasuk and a battery organizer and tester that Wilma Hodges won. Two winners took home cash from First Community Bank in Culbertson: Olga Elgen and Jeri Gustafson. Floral vases from Friesen’s Floral in Wolf Point went to Heather Taylor, Sierra Machart, Penny Bergstrom and Chris Finnicum, and the beautiful floral wreath went to Shirley Marchwick. A gold and silver necklace from the Other Place went to Irene Johnson while The Other Place’s wallet went home with Virginia McGinnis, and their lovely sun hat went to Lindsee Kjos. Andrea Rhodes took home the Pure Indulgence Organic Spa Collection from Buddy and LeEtta Waldhausen. The King’s Inn donated five individual gifts of $10 each which Rhonda Knudsen, Barb Anderson, Emily Nielsen, Christie Knudsen and Traci Kjelshus took home. Val-Am Stop and Go in Culbertson honored all of the vintage swimsuit models with a small nacho from their store.
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Every year the Roosevelt County 4-H Council recognizes an outstanding individual and local business for their exceptional work they do within the 4-H program. This year the 4-H Council has selected Cal Oraw and Hoch Meat Processing and Retail Meat Market of Wolf Point for the 2014 honorees.
Oraw credits the 4-H program for many of his endeavors in life. In his younger years, he immersed himself into different programs such as market beef and leadership development. These programs helped him with public speaking, 4-H Congress, range management, and livestock judging. The program helped him develop confidence to attend the 4-H conservation camp as a delegate and assistant soil science leader.
His experience turned into something more when he attended Montana State University seeking a degree in agriculture business. This in turn developed into a career as a Roosevelt County agent in the 1970s, as well as the director of rural area development for eastern Montana, and most recently, the pastor for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dickinson. Due to his love of working with the public, Oraw created his own business and became an auctioneer. We have seen him work his magic in the sale ring for the 4-H/FFA livestock sale for close to 30 years in Culbertson.
Every veteran 4-Her knows what comes after the livestock sale. 4-H members need someone they can count on. For over 47 years, Hoch Meat Processing and Retail Meat Market has provided 4-H members with butchering and processing of their livestock animals.
Eddie Hoch started the business that his son Ellery has taken over. Hoch Meat Processing has been a strong advocate for the 4-H organization over the years. They not only assist with the 4-Hers’ education on carcass traits but they also teach them about the meat processing industry. Every year Hoch’s provide excellent service with a quality product that has encouraged buyers to continually support the livestock sale.
It is because of these attributes that the Roosevelt County 4-H Council acknowledges Oraw and Hoch Meat Processing and Retail Meat Market as the 2014 Wall of Fame honorees for their support during the Roosevelt County Fair.
Written by John Plestina
Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary Macdonald stressed that too many alcohol servers working in Roosevelt County are neither properly trained, nor state certified, during a meeting of the Roosevelt County DUI Task Force, Wednesday, Aug. 6.
He said it is time to step up enforcement.
“We’re going to have to jack up law enforcement to go in [to bars] and check for certification,” Macdonald said.
He said he wants to find out if DUI Task Force funds could be used to fund overtime for deputies and police officers to do compliance checks in bars.
Montana law allows for any law enforcement officer to enter any business that sells alcohol at any time to determine whether the law is being obeyed.
Macdonald said over-service is a problem in local bars. Over-service is where an establishment continues to serve a person who is intoxicated.
All persons who sell or serve alcoholic beverages, including restaurant employees, are required to take an alcohol server training class and be state certified.
The Montana Job Service presented the class at no charge at Great Northern Development Corporation in Wolf Point, Tuesday, Aug. 12. The class will also be presented in Culbertson, Thursday, Aug. 21.
The class teaches bar and restaurant owners and employees who serve alcohol their legal responsibilities and potential personal liabilities in the event of a lawsuit.
In some states, bartenders could be charged with manslaughter if they serve an intoxicated individual and that person kills another in a drunk-driving crash.
Montana is one of 43 states that has a “dram shop law,” which allows for bar owners, managers and alcohol servers to be held financially liable if a customer becomes obviously intoxicated on their premises and subsequently kills or injures someone or causes property damage.
Macdonald said a taxi service in Sidney works with a DUI Task Force in that area to provide cab rides home while another person working for the cab company drives the car home for a $10 fee.
Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force again discussed a need for a DUI Court alternative sentencing Program, Wednesday, Aug. 6.
The Task Force discussed the possibility of asking 15th District Court and both justices of the peace [Wolf Point and Culbert-
son] to consider participation in a DUI Court sentencing diversion program during a meeting in May.
Fort Peck Tribes probation officer Courage Crawford said if 15th District Court and the justice courts in Wolf Point and Culbertson establish a DUI Court, services for clients who are not tribal members would be available through Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center in Poplar.
Crawford said the current tribal program is an alternative sentencing program for felony DUI offenders, which includes monitored sobriety and required classes at Spotted Bull Recovery Center.
Failure to comply with the requirements result in sanctions that could include jail.
“It’s not all alcohol-based. Some of it is meth,” Crawford said.
Sweat patches, which detect methamphetamine use, are used for people addicted to meth.
“You don’t throw those repeat DUI people in jail,” Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary Macdonald said, adding that there are treatment options.
He said there are a high number of DUIs in the Culbertson area. Macdonald asked Crawford if justice court in Culbertson could use the existing DUI Court program and Crawford’s response was yes.
The DUI Court Program, in existence nationwide since the 1990s, uses substance-abuse interventions and treatment, and is dedicated to changing the behavior of alcohol and drug dependent offenders arrested for driving under the influence. DUI Court uses a premise that most repeat offenders are alcoholic.
So far, the Fort Peck Tribal Court is the only court in Roose-velt County that has embraced the DUI Court program and orders participants to attend 12-step recovery meetings and obtain attendance verification signatures.
Seventh District Court which includes Dawson, McCone, Prairie, Richland and Wibaux counties uses the DUI Court program.
DUI Court was modeled after the Drug Court program, established in Miami-Dade County, Fla., in 1989. Today, Drug Court is used in many locations across the nation and there are hybrid DUI/Drug Court programs in use in several judicial districts in Montana.
Written by John Plestina
All too often I see DUIs, bar fights, ambulance calls for intoxicated persons who stumbled out of bars and get hurt falling and other alcohol-related incidents in the police blotter.
Some occurrences are more serious than others.
A Wolf Point woman was run down by a car and seriously injured in a recent incident where an altercation with another local woman started in a bar. Wolf Point police said the women had been drinking and the vehicle hitting the woman was not an accident.
Continuing to serve obviously intoxicated people is illegal and is a problem in some Wolf Point bars. All too often, intoxicated bar patrons cause incidents in and outside of drinking establishments.
Wolf Point police tell us it is not considered OK or “politically correct” for bar employees to call police when fights occur. That never-snitch mentality could cost lives.
It’s both a local problem and a problem everywhere else.
Several years ago, while I worked for a newspaper in another state, a woman was killed in a bar that had a reputation for over serving customers and frequent bar fights. It was also a bar where it was not considered “politically correct” for bartenders to call police when fights occur. For that reason, local police were not aware that an intoxicated man was beaten by two other drunks and left the bar making threats to kill the two men. The bartender did not report it and neither did anyone else. The guy returned to the bar with a shotgun. One of the two men jumped him inside the door. The shotgun discharged and pellets struck two patrons sitting at the bar, killing one. Those people had no involvement with the fight and did not know any of the guys involved in it.
There were consequences. The bar was closed down and not by the owner’s choice. The man who brought the shotgun went to prison for manslaughter. He didn’t have a prior criminal record. He had children who would grow up without their dad. He was the assistant public works director for the county he lived in. There was talk of manslaughter charges against the bartender for not calling the police. Unfortunately, charges were not filed against her.
A scenario like that could happen here.
Having worked as a journalist in several states, I know that in some states, bartenders could be charged with manslaughter if they serve an intoxicated individual and that person kills another in a drunk driving crash.
State law mandates that owners of all establishments that sell alcohol [including restaurants], bartenders and servers attend an alcohol education program that teaches legal responsibilities and potential personal liabilities in the event of a lawsuit.
Mike Hughes of the Montana Job Service told The Herald-News that over serving is a common occurrence statewide.
He also said the class addresses potential consequences for bar servers not calling police when they should be called.
Montana is one of 43 states that has a “dram shop law,” which allows for financial liability for bar owners, managers and servers if a customer becomes obviously intoxicated on their premises and subsequently kills or injures someone, or causes property damage. That includes DUI crashes and fights.
The Montana Department of Revenue certifies Hughes and many other community trainers across the state to provide alcohol sales and service training. The classes stress the importance of selling and serving alcohol responsibility, not over serving, and informs servers to protect them from lawsuits.
Servers need to know when it is time to cut off a drunk at a bar.
It is illegal for any licensed establishment in Montana and the licensee’s employees to sell or serve any alcoholic beverage to any intoxicated person.
Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary Macdonald said he wants to see enforcement stepped up in the Wolf Point and
Montana law permits any law enforcement officer to enter a bar or any business that sells alcohol at any time to determine whether the law is being obeyed.
Penalties under Montana law for sales of alcohol to intoxicated persons includes fines of $250 for first offenses, $1,000 for second offenses, a $1,500 fine and 20-day suspension of a liquor license for a third offenses and revocation of the license on a fourth offense.
Montana considers alcoholic beverage licenses a government-issued conditioned privilege.
Hughes said city police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state law enforcement can close down a bar on a temporary basis under the Montana nuisance law.
Maybe it will come to that if some bars don’t start following the law.
I wonder if local bars ever 86 bar fighters. It is a common practice in some places and it reduces the amount of problems. For anyone who is not familiar with the slang term, to 86 a person means to eject and refuse service to a person causing a problem.
The Department of Revenue has a new Disorderly Licensed Premises form available to the public. Anyone who has patronized a bar where there is a fight or violations of drug laws, or minors being served can fill out and submit the form.