Written by Darla Downs
The Wolf Point City Council welcomed Great Northern Development Corp.’s new executive director Victoria “Tori” Matejovski at their monthly meeting Monday, May 18. Matejovski was recently hired to replace Martin DeWitt who resigned.
She reported that GNDC is still looking at putting together a housing project with Brianna Vine working on it.
A request from a resident to address designating the road by the golf course as a public road was referred to committee.
While the city’s deadline for clean up at the site of the former Gysler Furniture building is July 1, John Gysler has stated that he wants it done by June 15. A contractor has been selected, but was not yet under contract as of the meeting. It was noted that the contract was about 2 to 3 percent over cost and that Gysler would be responsible for the overage.
The franchise ordinance read at the previous meeting was approved on second reading and will be effective in 30 days.
Police chief Jeff Harada reported that complaints were down compared to last year, but that the number of tickets was the same.
The victim/witness program has hired Margaret Henry full-time using grant funding.
The council approved a transfer of $126,000 in FAA entitlement funds to Richland County for the Sidney airport. The transfer would also need to be approved by the Roosevelt County Commissioners. These funds would be returned to Roosevelt County next year.
Public works director Rick Isle said that the drainage is working well at the airport. It was noted that the large hangar at the airport needed to be repaired in the next year or tore down. Isle said that he had researched hangar rents and that Wolf Point’s rent was pretty much in line with other area airports.
Bids for the sidewalk at the Shumway Gazebo in Sherman Park had been opened with two bids received — one from LSC for $36,810 and one from Millenium Construction for $76,991. The only item to note was that LSC had said they couldn’t complete the project by the July 1 deadline and could start it after August 1. The council decided they could wait until August to keep costs down. It was also noted that replacement of the gazebo roof needs to be included in the next budget.
A youth softball/baseball organizational meeting was held with 75 to 100 people in attendance and sign-ups were getting underway. Tommy Olson is the new recreation director and Amanda Campbell is the pool manager.
Councilwoman Vivian Schultz, who is also the art teacher at Wolf Point High School, is utilizing students’ end-of-the-year free time to do work on the garbage can holders downtown.
The council approved the placement of a lighted school crossing sign near Northside School. The school district is purchasing the sign and having it installed.
A three-day Stampede parade request from the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture was approved. Parades will be held at noon Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 9-11.
Street dance requests for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 9-11, were also approved pending the fulfillment of requirements.
Seven delinquent accounts were abated.
Bids for the generator and installation had been opened and read, but were awaiting Homeland Security approval.
Several Girl Scout Cadettes brought a request to paint house numbers on the curbs in reflective paint for emergency response purposes to the council. They hoped to gain approval to use the project towards earning their Silver Award. The idea was referred to committee.
It was noted that Marlene Mahlum has served the community on the ambulance service for 25 years.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede committee recently selected Duane “Punky” and Rosie Kurokawa as co-grand marshals for the 92nd annual Wild Horse Stampede that will include the Wolf Point Centennial Celebration Wednesday through Saturday, July 8-11. (Photo by John Plestina)
(Editor’s Note: Part of this story was inadvertently omitted when it ran in last week’s paper.)
A couple with roots that date to the early days of Wolf Point will serve as co-grand marshals for the four-day Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede in July.
The Wolf Point Stampede Committee recently named Duane “Punky” and Rosie Kurokawa as co-grand marshals for the 92nd annual Wild Horse Stampede that will include the Wolf Point Centennial Celebration, Wednesday through Saturday, July 8-11.
Duane Kurokawa has served as chairman of the Centennial Committee for more than a year.
Duane Kurokawa is president of Western Bank, has been involved in many community service projects in Wolf Point over the years and has chaired the Wolf Point Centennial Committee that is planning the events for the 100th anniversary of Wolf Point for more than a year.
He is the son of Art Kurokawa of Wolf Point and the grandson of the late Jitsujiro “Tom” Kurokawa, who emigrated from Japan and settled in Poplar during the early 1900s, where he owned a restaurant. He sold that business in 1925 and moved to Wolf Point, where he lived until his death in 1949. “Tom” Kurokawa bought a restaurant on Fourth Avenue South between Main and Front streets in 1925 that he called Tom’s Cafe. The following year, he bought Stephen’s Cafe on the 200 block of Anaconda Street, which he renamed Wolf Point Cafe. It remains in business in the same building 89 years later, with third and fourth generation Kurokawas running it.
Duane Kurokawa also has eastern Montana cowboy heritage that dates to the early 1900s. His maternal grandfather was Bill Kluth [1899-1975] from the Vida area, a wrangler for Chappel Brothers Corporation. Commonly remembered as CBC, the company was founded at Miles City during the 1920s and sold to cereal maker Quaker Oats in 1942.
The wranglers would follow Dry Creek [now the southeastern arm of Fort Peck Lake] to Musselshell and drive horses.
Among the early drovers who worked with Kluth were Marvin Brookman, whom the rodeo stadium was named for, and CBC foreman Shirley Bridges. Both Wolf Point men were posthumously inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2013.
“That was a big deal around here,” Kurokawa said of the drovers that worked for the CBC.
“Most of the old cowboys who did that are dead,” he said and added that he does not know if any CBC wranglers remain alive. Kluth also worked on the construction of Fort Peck Dam during the 1930s.
Rosie Kurokawa, who works as a special education paraprofessional at Southside Elementary School, grew up on the family farm south of the Missouri River in the Sunnyside community in northern McCone County. She is the daughter of Albert and Agnes Nasner.
A strong supporter of the Wild Horse Stampede, Rosie Kurokawa served as Stampede Parade chairwoman for several years, operated the stampede ticket booth and has been a fixture as an usher in Grandstand B. She has been active with Wolf Point Beautification assisting Barbara Olson and the Junior Optimists, along with many other volunteers, cleaning up litter to make Wolf Point more beautiful. She is also an original member of Northeast Montana Health Services Foundation and continues to serve on the board of directors.
Duane and Rosie are both Wolf Point High School graduates. They have been married for 40 years and have two children, Aaron and his wife Kristen of Wolf Point and Lisa of Bozeman.
The Centennial Celebration that Duane Kurokawa has led the planning for more than a year will be a companion event to the Wild Horse Stampede that will take Wolf Point outside the box with three parades with period floats that will depict historical scenes of Wolf Point and specific decades, four nights of live music and three street dances, and a resurgence of Good Neighbor Days, a once annual summer event in Wolf Point that has not been held since the 1960s. Stepping farther from the box will be Wolf Point’s bed races, a throwback to Crazy Days in the 1980s, with four-person teams pushing beds on wheels through downtown streets with a fifth team member on the bed wearing pajamas. Good Neighbor Days events will include a pie eating contest and other events.
Other Stampede and Centennial events will include “The High Plains Drifters,” a local Old West gunfight reenactment group that will put on scripted shows with gunfights on downtown streets. The Wild Horse Stampede will include a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo, carnival, Human Stampede Run/Walk, kids’ stick-horse rodeo, cowboy church and more.
Written by Herald-News
Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 is giving the 65-year-old Elks Club building a makeover with a new paint job and interior renovations. The Wolf Point lodge will host the Montana State Elks Association summer convention in July, one week after the combined Wild Horse Stampede and Wolf Point Centennial Celebration. Harry Conley of Conley’s Painting, known to most people as “The Traveling Painter,” is seen here painting the west side exterior wall of the Elks building Monday, May 25. The painter from Missouri, who calls Buckeye, Ariz., home, is spending his third summer in Wolf Point. He painted Fox Ford last year. Conley travels 49 states from Alaska to Florida. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by Herald-News
As a former gallery owner and frequent traveler to small towns across Montana, I always stop in Wolf Point to admire, with amazement, the monumental sculpture of Floyd DeWitt.
This world class work of art is a eulogy, a thank you, to those who endured the trials of pioneer life and carved a home in Montana.
There is none like it between Minneapolis and Seattle.
And best of all, this unique legacy was created by a native son of those pioneers.
Therefore, I am deeply disappointed to see the current presentation and placement of “Homage to the Pioneer.”
Although I am sure the low, red brick foundation was well intended, it hardly reflects the stately grandeur of such a piece of art.
And why two plaques, one with the wrong title?
I wonder if the artist would have designed such a display.
As Wolf Point celebrates its centennial, please reconsider the literal and transcendental value of this treasure in your midst.
This is your heritage. Own it. Elevate it and present it in a manner befitting its stature.
By doing so, you will elevate the spirit of your ancestors existence and your own.
Kevin F. Kurth, Billings
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Tom Rolfstad, of Williston Economic Development, had sent this out in November 2007. This is what I have been alluding to, I commented on this just recently. Our neighbors are getting things done and Montana just keeps plugging along. I’m not saying this to be critical, but it’s a fact.
Montana, by its inaction, is losing out on some great opportunities.
We were able to do two studies in north eastern Montana, the TRED Study and the Environmental Assessment that approved widening Hwy. 2, from the state line to Culbertson and Hwy, 16, from Culbertson to Plentywood and the Port of Raymond [at the Canadian border].
Since no further activity has taken place, Saskatchewan is going around Montana, something I have been warning about for some time.
Again folks, Saskatchewan is one of the strongest economies, along with Alberta and North Dakota, in North America.
Saskatoon is the next growth area in Canada and Regina, with seven industrial parks is directly north of Plentywood and Culbertson.
Hwy. 6 is a straight shot south to Plentywood and Culbertson, but it appears that Saskatchewan has given up because of Montana’s lack of action.
It should be no mystery as to why Montana lags behind its neighbors and we seem to be complacent with that.
Am I the only one disappointed that the Legislature left town with out addressing our infrastructure needs?
Am I the only one who has registered a complaint?
Am I the only one that is pushing to get the Legislature to complete the people’s work?
Folks, its time that we come together, as citizens and legislators, to address that which makes Montana less than competitive.
At this point, what Montana needs is a vision and an attitude.
Written by Herald-News
Several people appeared for law and motion hearings before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 13.
Daniel Amos Bridges
Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, of Wolf Point was scheduled to appear for a change of plea. Bridges, who has been free on bond, did not make his scheduled appearance.
He is charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
Amelia Holly Hackman, 32, of Scobey appeared in Wolf Point for a Daniels County arraignment. She has been lodged in the
Roosevelt County Jail.
Hackman pleaded not guilty to felony charges of burglary and theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred Dec. 24.
She is scheduled for trial July 16.
Kelly Marie Severson, 47, of Saco withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded no contest to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.
Severson entered not guilty pleas on Nov. 12 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
She has been free on bond.
Zachery Shay, 23, of Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out-of-county warrant and returned to Wolf Point where he is lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail. He appeared on a petition to revoke a five-year deferred sentence.
Shay pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Shay admitted in court that he went to Minot, N.D., in violation of probation terms, and admitted that he drank alcohol in violation and that he was charged with driving under the influence in Rawlins, Wyo.
Cybulski found Shay in violation of his conditions. He will return to court for a disposition hearing Wednesday, May 27.
Cameran Watson, 19, of Wolf Point withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to separate felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
He originally pleaded not guilty to separate felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
He admitted in court to possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and possession of a syringe and glass pipe.