Written by John Plestina
The Former Boys and Girls Club of Fort Peck building on the corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue South will open in September as the first food pantry in Wolf Point in several years. (Photo by John Plestina)
Nearly a year after renovations began at the former Boys and Girls Club of Fort Peck building on the corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue South, a food pantry is now set to open in September.
Wolf Point has been without a food pantry for several years. Some local residents have sought services from a food pantry in Culbertson, the nearest location to Wolf Point.
Rose Neumiller Green has envisioned a food pantry in Wolf Point with a friendly grocery store atmosphere where people could come into a waiting room where they would be registered on a computer and then given a grocery list in which they would go around the shelves and put their own food items the cart.
The food pantry is expected to open Friday, Sept. 4, or early during the following week. The date will depend on shipments of food and inspections.
She said food pantry access would be dependent on need. Income levels of 150 percent of the poverty level are considered a need. Participants will be asked to fill out a registration form.
“The Fort Peck Tribes leased the building for this express purpose,” Green said.
She obtained the use of the former Boys and Girls Club building from the tribes during late 2014. She then assembled a board of directors and volunteers.
Green said in February that she expects to feed between 600 and 1,000 families each month.
The food pantry would be open five days each week and would serve all surrounding communities.
Contact Green at 650-5667 to volunteer or with any questions.
Written by Angela Rose Benson
Photos by Angela Rose Benson
The triple-digit weather did little to discourage Roosevelt County Fair goers from coming out and enjoying all that this year’s “Grow It, Sew It, Show It” themed three-day fair offered. With record attendance, there was no shortage of fun as young and old alike came out to enjoy the food, fun and fanfare.
“As the fair quickly approached, we had numerous volunteers who stood out in the rain to put together the new livestock arena, along with our wash station for all the animals,” said fair manager Angela Miller.
This year, over 1,000 people attended the fair and 475 free meals were served by the Culbertson Chamber of Commerce.
The Future Farmers of America Alumni served 170 free meals and 150 meals were sold during the third annual Rib Cook-Off.
Indoor Exhibit Judge’s Choice was awarded to the following for Horticulture: Drae Nelson, zucchini; Josin Dalhberg, squash; Lois Weber, lettuce; and Kristine Mahlen, Best of Show and Judge’s Choice for her succulent collection.
Other Indoor Exhibit Judge’s Choice awards were presented to: Macy Kirkaldie, ceramics, zentangle drawing and acrylic painting; Tessa Larsen, for her paintings; Michelle Thomas and Carol Hackley, for their cards and scrapbooking; Kristine Mahlen, Darlene Jasper and Ashton Handy, for their quilts; and Lynne Kanning, for her appliqué quilt.
More Judge’s Choice awards for indoor exhibits were given to: Phyllis Berge for her decorated doll and crocheted holiday item; Ramona Ross for her needlework wall hanging; Tara Adams with knitted infant clothing; Pauly McElhenny for dressed handmade doll; Tally Berwick with bulletin or chalkboard; Drae Nelson with Lego creation; Ashton Handy with her craft exhibit; Addison Hansen with her blueberry rhubarb jam; and Tessa Larsen with her fried cake doughnuts. Kirsten Petersen’s baked white bread and Tracey Nickoloff’s pickled beans were both given Judge’s Choice and Best of Show.
Lucas Oelkers, Missouri River Rats 4-H, was awarded Rabbit Grand Champion and Grand Champion Rabbit Showman.
Tiara Whitmus, Frontier 4-H, was given Rabbit Reserve Champion, Reserve Champion Rabbit Showman, Grand Champion Market Lamb, Grand Champion Junior Swine Showmanship and Reserve Champion Beginner Sheep Showmanship.
Quinn Whitmus, Frontier 4-H, received Grand Champion Dog Showmanship and Reserve Champion Junior Sheep Showmanship.
Rachel Gilbert, Up-N-Atom 4-H, was presented with Grand Champion Breeding Goat, Grand Champion Market Goat, Reserve Champion Breeding Goat, Junior Horse Exhibitor Top Award, Ranch Horse Level Two Grand Champion, Western Horsemanship Level Three Grand Champion and Grand Champion Junior Goat Showmanship.
Lindy Van Gorder was awarded Reserve Champion Market Goat, Grand Champion Junior Swine Showmanship and Reserve Champion Junior Goat Showmanship.
Trinity Whitmus, Frontier 4-H, was given Reserve Champion Market Lamb and Reserve Champion Senior Sheep Showmanship.
Macala Adkins, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Grand Champion Breeding Sheep.
Kaitlyn Adkins, Tumbleweed 4-H, was awarded with Reserve Champion Breeding Sheep.
Gus Spradley, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Grand Champion Breeding Swine.
Ryley Beery, Tumbleweed 4-H, was given Reserve Champion Market Swine.
Halle Vareberg, Up-N-Atom 4-H, was presented with the Grand Champion Market Swine.
McKade Mahlen, Cul-
bertson FFA, was awarded with Reserve Champion Breeding Beef.
Somer Reidle, Bainville FFA, was given Grand Champion Breeding Beef, Senior Horse Exhibitor Award, Western Horsemanship Level Six Grand Champion and Grand Champion Senior Round Robin Showmanship.
Bonny Krogedal, Bainville FFA, was presented with Grand Champion Market Beef.
Emily Nielsen, Culbertson FFA, received Reserve Champion Market Beef and Reserve Champion Senior Beef Showmanship.
Jacob Kleinwachter was awarded the Green Horse Level One Grand Champion.
Katie South, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Western Horsemanship Level Two Grand Champion.
Derek Bowker, Tumbleweed 4-H, was given Reserve Champion Junior Beef Showmanship and Grand Champion Junior Sheep Showmanship.
Abby Reidle, Bainville FFA, was presented with Grand Champion Junior Beef Showmanship and Grand Champion Junior Round Robin Showmanship. Carson Ullmer, Tumbleweed 4-H was awarded with Reserve Champion Junior Swine Showmanship. Britten Van Gorder was given Reserve Champion Beginner Swine Showmanship. Carly Bowker, Tumbleweed 4-H, received Reserve Champion Senior Swine Showmanship, Grand Champion Senior Sheep Showmanship and Reserve Champion Senior Round Robin Showmanship. Ashton Handy, Culbertson FFA, was awarded with Grand Champion Senior Swine Showmanship and Grand Champion Senior Beef Showmanship.
Brett Stentoft, Up-N-Atom 4-H, was given Grand Champion Beginner Sheep Showmanship.
As in previous years, great attention was given to detail. The grounds were labeled and signs created by Sterling Mediaworks of Bainville were posted all over town informing the community of the event. Also, the flag poles located at the fairgrounds received new toppers and a fresh coat of paint.
The success of the fair, like many community events, has always been achieved by the countless hours of volunteerism and talent from members of the community.
“A lot was accomplished in 2014 and our list of things to do in 2015 continued to grow. As the fair continues in years to come, its’ success will be possible because of the dedication of the volunteers we so greatly appreciate,” Miller said.
Written by Jaimee Green
For some, one of the highlights of attending the Roosevelt County Fair includes indulging their taste buds with a sugar covered, fried piece of stretchy, doughy goodness. Whether you call it a Norskie, an Uff-Da, or an Elephant Ear, the delectable experience is not lost in translation.
Everyone who purchased something from the Norskie booth, located just outside the large quonset, helped Roosevelt Medical Center raise needed funds for various items and programs. This year, the $2,600 raised through the two-day fundraiser will be used to help cover the cost of maintaining the aviary in the resident’s Sun Room.
A favorite among fair goers, the savory Norskie grew its roots with RMC some 25 years ago in the summer of 1990 as a means for raising much needed money to purchase a bus for transporting patients.
“At the time, RMC had received a state citation for not having a vehicle designated for resident transport. “We used to take them by pick-up truck, or really any vehicle we could get access to,” said Vickie Grimsrud, one of the founding Norskie booth staff members.
The first Ramblin Rosie shuttle bus was purchased in 1990 through a Department of Transportation Grant geared at assisting rural areas with gaining access to transportation. The $12,000 in grant matching funds RMC had to pay back to the DOT, was raised in the following years, through the fundraiser.
In those early days, passengers could only be asked to offer a suggested donation of 25-cents for in-town rides and 50-cents for travel to Bainville and Froid. For rides to Williston, it was suggested passengers pay $5.
After the bus was purchased and funds were no longer needed to support that project, the enjoyment of the Norskies and the tradition of RMC hosting the booth at the fair continued in an effort to begin raising funds for the purchase of a replacement bus.
In February of 2008, Ramblin Rosie II was bought and since then, money raised from the booth has been used to continue improving other areas of the facility through the purchase of equipment and maintaining programs.
In its’ early years, the booth was located on the East side of the grounds and staff only sold Norskies and caramel apples. In those early years, staff endured the summer heat without the relief of a shaded canopy. In time, Indian Tacos and cold drinks were added to the menu.
“I have attended the fair for years and I always have to enjoy a Norskie while I am there. It is something of a tradition each year that I look forward to,” said Lila Larsen, a long-time resident of Culbertson.
This year, staff members sold 404 Norskies and 194 Indian Tacos. In past years, the booth has been open three days, selling as many as 800 pieces of dough used for Norskies and Indian Tacos. On Friday, staff beat their long-time record of selling 99 Indian Tacos in a single day when they sold 144.
As in years past, many of the items needed to prepare the food were donated by local businesses and organizations.
“It’s always nice to come to the fair and see people outside of the facility when they don’t need our services. Over the years, the community has been excellent in supporting our efforts,” Grimsrud said.
Written by Herald-News
The Roosevelt County Extension has announced the following 4-H Indoor Conference judging results from the Roosevelt County Fair.
Dept. B – Animal Science: Judge’s Choice Awards, Kendra Romo, plaque; Tiara Whitmus, plaque; Quinn Whitmus, $5; Katie South, $10; Carson Solem, $5.
Dept. C – 4-H Engineering & Technology: Judge’s Choice Awards, Quinn Whitmus, plaque, Brett Stentoft, $10; Solomon Grainger, ribbon; Macala Adkins, ribbon; Quinn Whitmus, trophy.
Dept. E – 4-H Family & Consumer Sciences: Judge’s Choice Awards, Patrick Kjelshus, plaque; Kaylee Olson, $10.
Dept. G – 4-H Communications & Expressive Arts: Judge’s Choice Awards, Paytyn Wilson, plaque; Allie Romo, cheeseburger, fries and pop donated by Wild West Diner.
Dept. I – 4-H Health: Kaitlyn Adkins, oven mitt; Tiara Whitmus, plaque; Katie South, bread mix.
Dept. J – 4-H County Projects, Cake Decorating: Sierra Machart, plaque; Trinity Whitmus, bread mix; Sierra Machart, Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating.
Dept. K – 4-H Miscellaneous: Carly Bowker, plaque; Macala Adkins, $10; Lucas Oelkers, $10; Carson Solem, $5; Carly Bowker, plaque; Cloverbuds – Elsie Wilson, $5.
Dept. L – FFA: Tessa Larsen, plaque, Logan Nickoloff, plaque; Mc-Kade Mahlen, $10; Mariah Marchart, $10; Lucas Oelkers, $5.
Written by John Plestina
A man from Wolf Point is one of several people featured on the Discovery Channel’s Land Rush reality series about people going off the grid, building their dream homes in remote locations in the Alaska Bush where they can live off the land.
Robert “BJ” Neumiller Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, is a master carpenter and a friend of Jim Jones, one of four landowners building homes off the grid that are showcased on Land Rush. Jones’ property is in a remote location at Lake Louise, about 170 miles northeast of Anchorage. BJ Neumiller is the carpenter who built the house. He spent about eight weeks at the site.
“The series revolves around four different locations where these people are building cabins,” Bob Neumiller of Wolf Point said. He is the father of BJ Neumiller.
“He grew up here and he graduated here, so he’s a Wolf Point native,” he said.
Now 51, BJ Neumiller went to Alaska after he graduated from Wolf Point High School.
“He’s one of the people who went in and constructed a cabin in Lake Louise. They’re trying to get lumber and supplies in to build this cabin,” Neumiller said.
“He’s a hunting partner of the man who owns the cabin,” he said.
“It goes through several episodes with whatever they go through to construct this cabin in the wilderness,” Neumiller said.
Bob Neumiller served as a military policeman, working security at a Cold War era nuclear missile site near Anchorage from 1962 to 1964.
“It was there that I met Rose, who was the mother of both my children,” Bob Neumiller said.
He married her and sent her to live in Wolf Point until he could join her. BJ was born in Wolf Point in 1964, while his father was still serving in Alaska. A daughter, Rayna Neumiller Hartz, was born in Wolf Point a few years later.
She followed her brother to Alaska after graduating from WPHS and pursued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She returned to northeast Montana a few years ago and was principal of Poplar High School. Hartz has returned to Alaska and is the grants director for the Yupiit School District that serves the Yup’ik Eskimo villages of Akiachak, Akiak and Tuluksak along the Kuskokwim River in western Alaska. She lives in Akiachak.
“Both kids lived there over 30 years,” Newmiller said.
He said his children are part Alaska Native, with Athabascan Indian ancestry on their mother’s side.
The Herald-News contacted BJ Neumiller. He said he could not talk about his work on Land Rush without permission from the Discovery Channel. He said the network might contact this newspaper, but they did not before the Tuesday morning deadline. The restriction does not extend to his family.
Land Rush airs Wednesday nights on the Discovery Channel, which is available in Wolf Point on channel 29 through Nemont cable.
Alaska, also known as the “The Last Frontier,” became the last state the government opened to a homesteading land rush many years after homesteaders settled in Montana and across the Western states. The last homestead in Alaska was granted in 1987.