Wolf Point Herald

Jim Halverson: 95th Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Grand Marshal

Jim Halverson, 79, has been selected as the grand marshal for the 95th annual Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede.
For many years, Halverson helped maintain and build up the stampede grounds at Marvin Brookman Stadium. However, Halverson said that his involvement has been less in the last few years.

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Sharri Vandall Hired As Northside School Principal

Long-time Wolf Point resident and educator Sharri Vandall, 50, was chosen as the next Northside Elementary School principal Wednesday, May 30. Her hiring follows the departure of former Northside principal Brett Scott.


Vandall is a Wolf Point School District veteran. She has worked for the district for just shy of 22 years. During this long tenure with the district, Vandall spent one year as a non-instructional aide, a half year as a special education paraprofessional, six years as a fourth-grade teacher, five years as a third-grade teacher and nine years as an instructional coach.


Vandall has worked at both the Southside Elementary School and the Northside Elementary School. She has spent the last several years at Northside.

“I love the students and staff at Northside,” said Vandall. “I have filled in for principals when they have been out of the building for the last nine years.”


Vandall said she decided to apply for the position of principal because she felt like she was ready for a change and for new challenges.


“I hope to continue to have staff align our curriculum to the common core standards,” said Vandall. “I also hope to make Northside a school that is transparent to the community. I want Northside to be welcoming to students and their families.”


There are also several things Vandall believes she can improve at the Northside School.


“I would like to see more parent/community involvement. Also, I would like to see us continue to improve on academics and close the achievement gap,” said Vandall.
Superintendent Rob Osborne also believes Vandall will be great for the school.


“I think it will be a smooth transition between the former principal and [Vandall],” said Osborne. “She was easily the best candidate and I think she’ll do a great job because she is a team player.”


Osborne also stated that Vandall will do a great job because the rest of the administration is excited to have her in the position.


Vandall said that she originally got into the education field because she loves kids.

 

“I babysat from fifth grade on and was a tutor in high school and college,” said Vandall.


“My favorite thing about working in education is our students. I enjoy seeing my past students in our community,” said Vandall. “I look forward to seeing my students every day.”
Vandall hold a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University - Northern in Havre, a master’s degree from Walden University and recently applied to an education leadership program at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.


Vandall was born in Van Nuys, Calif. She originally moved to Wolf Point when her sister moved here to work at Indian Health Service. She then met her husband Lee Vandall and has lived here since then.


Vandall and her husband are very active in the Wolf Point community. The couple have four children, Daniel, Brittney, Hannah and Ireland.


When she isn’t working to educate the community, Vandall enjoys reading books, taking walks and working in her yard.

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Sixth Annual Brewfest On Tap Saturday

UDATE: As of June 15, The Sixth Annual Brewfest has been moved to the upstairs ballroom of the Elk's Lodge in Wolf Point due to possible inclimate weather. 

 

Saturday, June 17, the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will bring the sixth annual Brewfest to Wolf Point. Starting at 5 p.m. at Marvin Brookman Stadium, the annual brewfest features live music and lots of beer, wine and food for patrons to enjoy.
Though still a relatively new event, Brewfest has quickly become one of the Wolf Point community’s favorite local events. In 2017, the annual Brewfest saw so much foot traffic that many of the beers were tapped out in a matter of hours.
Music this year will be provided by a single band, Funk In The Trunk. Funk In The Trunk was the band that played the first-
ever Brewfest in 2012.
The band spent several years not performing due to its members moving away. However, they asked Aaron Kurokawa if the chamber had found a band yet for Brewfest several months back. When Kurokawa said they hadn’t, the band offered to reunite for the event.
Brewfest food vendors this year will see old favorites return and new options make an appearance. Baby Got Back Barbeque will make its return as a popular option from last year. Tire Trac Inc. of Poplar will make their first appearance at Brewfest. Tire Trac serves lot of Mexican-fusion style food including street and Indian tacos.
Brewfest is all about the beer though and several Montana breweries have been confirmed to have their beer on tap. Breweries include Flathead Lake Brewing, Beaver Creek Brewing, Madison River Brewing, Kettlehouse Brewing, Red Lodge Ales and locals Missouri Breaks Brewing Company.
Yellowstone Cellars and Winery of Billings will also have wine at the event for those who prefer wine over beer. Red’s Apple Ale will also be available for non-beer drinkers.
Tickets for Brewfest can be purchased from any chamber member for $35 for an all-access ticket or $20 for a no drinking ticket. Two tickets, for you and a friend, are also being given away via the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s official Facebook page.

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Man Killed In Train Accident

A Frazer man was struck and killed by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe work train on a side track near the underpass in Wolf Point on Wednesday, May 30.

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MDU, Nemont Helps With Annual Northside Egg Drop

Dropping Some Eggs
Bucket trucks from Montana Dakota Utilities and Nemont gathered on the Northside School playground Wednesday, May 30, to help Northside Elementary School students with their annual egg drop competition. Pictured (top to bottom) are Garrett Pronto, MDU lineman; Vince LaRoche, MDU lineman; and Bill Rensvold, Nemont technician.

 

In the blistering heat on the next to last day before school let out for the summer, Montana Dakota Utilities and Nemont bucket trucks lined up in the Northside Elementary School playground to aid students in the annual egg drop competition. The competition took place Wednesday, May 30.

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