Wolf Point Herald

First Firefighter’s Scholarship


Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Shawn Eggar (right) and assistant chief Dave Parsley present the first annual Volunteer Firemen’s Ball Association Scholarship check to Mecaila Martin, a 2015 Wolf Point High School graduate and the daughter of Cam and Jodi Martin. The $500 scholarship is for graduates going into medical fields or training to become first responders. Martin will study nursing at Minot State University in North Dakota.   (Photo by John Plestina)

Hits: 79

Tribes’ Herd Bull And Lions Club’s Bridge Might Take Centennial/Stampede Parade Outside The Box

When the annual Wild Horse Stampede parade in July includes the Wolf Point’s Centennial Celebration and increases from two to three days, a few floats might take the annual parade just a bit outside the box.
The Wolf Point’s Centennial Committee discussed parade floats Monday, June 8.
Showcased floats from the parade that will depict decades in Wolf Point’s history and significant events before and after 1915 will be paraded around Marvin Brookman Stadium during grand entries before rodeo performances. Announcer Randy Schmutz will tell a little about each of the floats.
The Fort Peck Tribes will present what might be the most unusual parade entry, the “Herd Bull” bronze sculpture of the largest buffalo head in the world on a float. The float theme is Native Americans.
Oswego artist Benji Daniels created the 8-foot tall, 15-foot long bronze replica of an iron sculpture he created 35 years ago that sits in front of the Montana Historical Society in Helena. The bronze replica was recently cast in Billings.
Also guaranteed to turn heads of spectators lining Wolf Point streets will be the Wolf Point Lions Club’s trailer-size replica of the 85-year-old Lewis and Clark Bridge riding on a float.
Construction of showcased floats is funded in part by a $3,000 grant the Williston, N.D., Star Fund.
Also featured in the Centennial Celebration will be the first public performances of the “The High Plains Drifters,” an Old West gunfight reenactment group that several Wolf Point residents recently formed. Scripted gunfights will be staged in public places during the Wild Horse Stampede and Centennial Celebration.
The Centennial Celebration/Stampede will include four nights of live music and three street dances downtown.
A return of Good Neighbor Days, which has been absent from Wolf Point summers since the 1960s, will take the celebration another step outside the box with a bed race in downtown Wolf Point. So far, seven teams have expressed interest in participating in the unusual sport that has become an annual event in places as diverse as Twin Falls, Idaho, and Key West, Fla. At the very least, it creates a wacky sight with teams of four people pushing beds on wheels through downtown streets with a fifth team member on the bed wearing pajamas.
Other Good Neighbor Days events will include a pie eating contest with whipped cream filled pie crusts for various age groups. The first to finish in allotted time wins.

Hits: 42

Poplar Wild West Days On Tap This Weekend

Poplar’s annual Wild West Days celebration kicks off Friday, June 12, with the Kids parade at 10 a.m.
Kids Day Races will follow at 10:30 a.m., and carnival games at 11 a.m. A petting zoo and other activities for children will start at 2 p.m. A magic and juggling show is planned for 3 p.m. The horseshoe tournament will be at 4 p.m., pig mud wrestling at 6 p.m., and dancing to “Renegades” beginning at 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, events start with breakfast at 8 a.m., community rummage sale and community pie social at 10 a.m. The “Super Heroes” Parade will be at 11 a.m., with the ping pong drop to follow. The rodeo opens at 2 p.m. There will be an arm wrestling tournament at 6 p.m., and dancing to the to “Renegades” beginning at 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, Cowboy Church will be at 9 a.m., the Super Heroes” Parade at 11 a.m., and the rodeo opens at 2 p.m.

Hits: 53

Poplar River Drowning Death Under Investigation

A drowning death in the Poplar River is under investigation by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.
Kristen Cale Kirn, 30, of Poplar died Saturday, May 30. According to reports, she was found in the river.
The Fort Peck Journal reported on June 4 that Kirn had been swimming.
Kirn was pulled from the water and transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus, where she was pronounced dead.
The Journal also reported that tribal law enforcement was investigating the drowning. Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice chief criminal investigator Ken Trottier and Capt. Jim Summers were both unavailable for comment.

Hits: 60

Man Shows Up Drunk At Court For Sentencing

A man who showed up drunk for his sentencing in 15th District Court Wednesday, May 27, was given leniency and a new sentencing date.
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, who has been free on bond, appeared intoxicated when he appeared in court for a scheduled sentencing.
District Judge David Cybulski had Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies perform a preliminary breath test, also known as a field sobriety test. Jiron blew a .158, nearly twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle.
Cybulski did not revoke Jiron’s bond and allowed him to be released, but warned him that he will be tested when he reappears in court Wednesday, June 24.
Jiron was arraigned in November 2014 and pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence - second offense, criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, driving while driving privilege is suspended or revoked, speeding on a non-interstate highway, driving without insurance, expired motor vehicle registration and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He later appeared with a plea agreement and withdrew the not guilty pleas.

Hits: 58