Wolf Point Herald

Few Incumbents Seeking Reelection In County’s School Board Races

The deadline for candidates to file for school trustee positions passed Friday, March 27. The following is a list of candidates in all Roosevelt County school districts.
Bainville
In Bainville, four running for two positions. Ron Butikofer is the only incumbent seeking reelection. He is opposed by John Gilligan, Michael Keefner and Tyler Traeger.
Current board member Chanon Romo did not file for reelection.
Brockton
In Brockton, incumbents Leonard Boxer and Rodney Burshia are opposed by Darren Long Hair. The top two finishers will serve on the board.
Culbertson
Culbertson does not have a contested race with incumbents Paul Finnicum and Cheryl Kirkaldie running for reelection unopposed.
Frontier
In the Frontier School District, incumbents Brandon Babb and Bill Pew are running for reelection unopposed.
Froid
In Froid, three people are running for two positions. Lynda Labatte, Scott Westland and Rick Williams are seeking election to the seats currently held by Rod Luft and J.D. Anderson. Neither are running for reelection.
Poplar
There are two three-year terms open in Poplar with 13 candidates. Incumbents Faith O’Connor and Noah Strauser are opposed by Howard Azure, Scotty H. Azure, Jodie Boyd, Thomas Brown, George Budak, James DeHerrera, Susan L. Ennis, Rick Kirn, Shannon Knowlton, Debra J. McGowan and Gary Sadler.
Wolf Point
Fourteen people filed papers with the Wolf Point School District declaring their candidacy for six available school trustee positions. By district, they 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. La-Rae 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.

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Dollar Store Gets First Dollar

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Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture director Jan Bryan presents the First Dollar Award to Dakota Dollar Plus owner Eric Johannasen, Monday, April 6. Johannasen opened the new dollar store Feb. 7 on the 400 block of Cascade Street.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Girl Scout Cookies

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Girl Scouts Josephine Solberg-Hodges and Rebecca Landsrud sell Girl Scout Cookies in front of the new Shopko Hometown store in Wolf Point, Saturday, April 4. Local Girl Scouts will have a cookie booth this coming weekend at Gysler’s Do It Best Hardware.                                                     (Submitted photo)

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Law, Moran Wed March 21

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Heather Renee Law and Nathan Ryan Moran were united in marriage on March 21 on the beach in the Little Creek section on Virginia Beach, Va. U.S. Navy Commander Kevin Anderson, base chaplain, officiated the ceremony with a reception at the base church annex.  
The bride is the daughter of Lyla and William “Bill” Law of Virginia Beach, Va., and Nathan is the grandson of Agnes Moran and the “late” Gary Moran.  
The maid of honor was Jasmine Azure and the flower girl was Amanda Stansbury.  
Best man was Thomas Law.  
Heath Law read a poem and was the reception officiator. The bride’s grandmother, Valerie J. Law, was escorted by Thomas Law.
The beautiful beach wedding and reception was hosted by the parents of the bride. Lyla is an active duty U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer, stationed at Portsmouth, Va., and Bill manages an outdoor equipment rental shop for MWR at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
Following a honeymoon at the beach, the happy couple will reside in Wolf Point.

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Medical Expenses: Finding Your Way

Whether it’s for a routine checkup or emergency surgery, you usually expect your health insurance company to pick up at least a portion of the bill. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If you find yourself on the receiving end of a denial letter, follow-up is crucial.
When you receive your denial, it should come in the form of an explanation of benefits. This outlines what was billed to the insurer, the amount it paid and why it decided not to pay some or all of the claim.
Once you know the insurance company’s reason, you want to confirm it with your policy. You might get denied because you used a provider that wasn’t in your network. They may deny you because your service wasn’t covered. It is always a good idea to confirm it with your policy.
Your next step is to either contact the insurance company or you can contact the billing office at Northeast Montana Health Services. If you received a denial about a service that wasn’t covered, but it says it is covered in your policy, then you should contact the billing department.
You can explain that your insurance company denied a claim but your policy shows it’s a covered benefit. The billing departments at NEMHS can double check that the claim was coded correctly and resubmit it to the insurance company.
“Some people assume that the bill is correct and they have to pay it. First, they need to check that the percentage covered is correct,” says Diana Bushman, business office manager for Northeast Montana Health Services. “Patients sometimes pay when they shouldn’t have to.”
However, if your policy says that the service is not covered or that the provider is out of your network you will need to file an appeal. For instance, you may argue that an out-of-network provider is the only one offering a specific service in the area. Your explanation of benefits and your insurance policy should spell out the procedure and deadlines for appeals.
Another rule of thumb to follow is to stay organized. Your insurance company has its own internal system for tracking your medical claim and any appeals. You have to be just as organized to make sure you’re following up on any detail that could possibly make a difference in your claim. Keep all your paperwork in one place and take careful notes during every phone call with the insurance company such as the name of the person you spoke with and their title, as well as a reference number if available.
It’s easy to call the insurance company once and forget about it, but you have to follow up. Set up a system to remind yourself to follow through. You can also find resources through the Montana Department of Insurance.

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