Written by MSU News Service
Steamboat Dry Goods Among Those Honored
Nine businesses will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2013 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Oct. 11, at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.
The 2013 Family Business Day award winners are: Steamboat Dry Goods of Wolf Point in the very small business category (fewer than 10 employees); Buffalo Restoration of Bozeman in the small business category (10-30 employees); Spika Welding and Manufacturing of Lewistown in the medium business category (30-50 employees); Langlas and Associates of Billings and Bozeman in the large business category (more than 50 employees); Tri-County Implement of Sidney and Clausen and Sons of Havre in the old business category (operating at least 50 years); and Drange Apiary of Laurel in the new business category (operating 10 or fewer years).
Special recognition a-ward winners are Big Sky Business Journal of Billings in the special recognition/business communications category; and Laundry Loops, Inc., of Bozeman in the special recognition/innovation category.
Teresa McKnight, executive director of MSU’s Innovation Campus, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon held prior to the awards ceremony. McKnight’s presentation, “You Can, I Can, We Can – We’re All In This Together,” will focus on the changing business environment that is shaping the backbone of the global economy. McKnight will discuss the results of working together in order to develop and expand business opportunities — from family-owned businesses to university-related research parks.
The Montana Family Business program is in its 20th year.
The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and State Farm Insurance, in honor of Robert Jaedicke, host the program. Stockman Bank underwrites the awards, with additional support for the program provided by the Montana Chamber of Commerce.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:13
Written by The Herald-News
The Roosevelt County Extension Service will be hosting a webinar-based financial education series starting September through April 2014.
The one-hour sessions will address student loans, debt repayment plans, credit scores, retirement planning, identity theft, financial fraud, long term care insurance and advanced directives.
Carrie Johnson, South Dakota State University Extension, will open the series this year with two sessions addressing student loan-related issues. The first session “Federal Student Loans: Issues for Current and Potential Borrowers” will be on Sept. 25 and the second session on Oct. 2 will address “Repayment Options.”
Additional topics and dates for the fall schedule include:
Oct. 9 – Creating a Debt Repayment Plan
Oct. 16 – Credit Scores and Credit Reports
Dec. 4 – Retirement Planning: Withdrawal Strategies
Dec. 11 – Retirement Planning for Younger Workers
Dec. 18 – Retirement Planning for Those Nearing Retirement: What Does Retirement Mean to You?
Participants will be able to view all of the webinars at the Roosevelt County Extension office at 307 Broadway in Culbertson over the noon hour on the specified dates.
Participants can also register to participate in the webinar as an individual and view the webinars from a home or office computer.
There is no cost for the webinar series WHICH will provide accurate, unbiased financial education.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:10
Written by Al Stover
Justin Michael Perkins appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court Sept. 11 to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” on a felony charge of theft and a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
He also entered a plea of no contest to the felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Perkins had appeared in court Aug. 14 and pleaded not guilty to the charges listed above, as well as an additional misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, which was later dismissed by Roosevelt County Attorney Ralph Patch.
Perkins was arrested by the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office July 24 after officers conducted a traffic stop at Country Road 1028 and pulled over a vehicle that matched the description of a 2004 GMC pickup that had been reported stolen in Richland County.
Prior to taking the pickup, Perkins had operated a vehicle without the owner’s consent in the parking lot of Val-Am in Culbertson. Officers were able to identify him from security footage at Val-Am.
After officers arrested him, Perkins stated he had a pipe in the glove box of the vehicle and that he had been selling drugs after he lost his job.
The owner of the pickup gave officers permission to search the vehicle and they found a flowered colored case that contained a razor blade, straw and fuse holder. They also found a bag that contained a glass meth pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.
The owner of the vehicle also found a ledger with drug information, silver watch and a set of keys. All the items were taken into evidence while the truck was returned to the owner.
Perkins was sworn and testified to the facts of the offenses and the court accepted the plea after they found it was voluntary.
A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:07
Written by Alana Listoe Montana Credit Union Network
Wolf Point Federal Credit Union is joining its counterparts around the state and across the nation to celebrate Miracle Jeans Day and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on Wednesday, Sept. 18, by making a $5 donation to wear jeans to work.
Miracle Jeans Day is an annual event to raise awareness and funds for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and, in Montana, Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena is the only facility carrying that title. This small gesture from individuals — especially considering we Montanans love to sport our jeans on any given day — creates awareness and makes a big financial impact.
Last year, credit unions were the biggest supporter of Miracle Jeans in the United States raising more than $300,000. Staff from more than 600 credit unions participated and more than half of Montana’s 56 credit unions.
This year, we anticipate nearly all our credit unions will be dedicated to denim because it is one of the key steps in our campaign to raise $46,000 to furnish the Shodair House.
The Shodair Family House recently opened its doors providing a safe, comfortable and home-like environment for families to stay on site for a small suggested donation while their children receive care. It’s incredibly difficult, edging towards unbearable for parents or guardians to watch a child suffer. Thankfully, families in our state often turn to Shodair Children’s Hospital, Montana’s 115-year-old hospital serving children, adolescents and families through acute care, residential treatment and genetic testing. Because 60 percent of families served (99 percent are from Montana) at Shodair are financially challenged, there is a low, suggested donation, but no one is ever turned away from any services at Shodair for inability to pay.
Like credit unions, Shodair Children’s Hospital is a not-for-profit entity. It provided care for 1,685 children and received no state or federal monies. That equates to $3.5 million in charity healthcare and wearing jeans will help that commitment continue.
When a child has an emotional breakdown, psychotic episode, or needs intervention for a number of behavioral issues, the family unit is deeply affected. Experts say the more a family can be involved in treatment and care the better the outcomes. Staff at Shodair has listened to this insightfulness and put it into action with the Shodair Family House.
While children across the state depend on Shodair often in times of chaos and distress, Shodair Children’s Hospital relies on the generosity of Montanans to provide such care and healing. The new Shodair Family House is the first of its kind in this region. It means that families are able to be more deeply engaged in the treatment which research proves to have better outcomes. The state-of-the-art facility can house about 26 people in the family suites and single rooms with a self-serve, shared kitchen and dining room; therapy rooms, and on-site laundry. It’s a safe environment that is well-thought out and credit unions have shown their support by selecting pieces of furniture to purchase.
The Montana Credit Union Network is proud to spearhead this statewide effort, and we’re thrilled about its potential because we believe it’s just the beginning of an effort to foster a culture of support for Credit Unions for Kids, which on a national level provides millions of dollars to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every year. Shodair Children’s Hospital is Montana’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and all the money raised in Montana stays in Montana.
This partnership with Shodair is a simple yet impactful way for those of us who belong to or work for a credit union to make a difference in the lives of many children – and their families — require in our state. It doesn’t much effort but merely a $5 contribution and sporting your favorite pair of blue jeans.
For more information visit your local credit union or visit www.miraclejeansday.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 20:45
Written by Eileen Traeholt
Once again, and my apologies, I am catching up with late news. As many of you may know, my foster brother, Reno (Baerg) Robinson, 62, died Sept. 2. Family, classmates and friends gathered together on Monday morning, Sept. 9, for graveside services at the Bethel Lustre Cemetery for Reno, known as “The Piano Man,” and a 1970 Lustre Christian High School graduate.
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Virgil and Kathy Rauch are celebrating the birth of their second grandchild. Mavyn Rauch, weighing eight pounds, five ounces. She was born to Micah and Mychiel Rauch Aug. 28 in Bozeman. She joins a two-year-old brother, “little Micah.” Micah is finishing his degree in graphic design and is employed by the Museum of the Rockies as their graphic designer.
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Kerry and Linette Uchtman are also getting to know a new little granddaughter. Harmonee Rae, weighing six pounds eight ounces, was born to Eddie Knupp and Lisa Eagle on Aug. 27.
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The Men’s Advance at Beacon Bible Camp will be held Sept. 27-28 with speaker Levi Durfey.
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Gretchen and Bob Shiller and two children of the Minneapolis, Minn., spent a week at the home of her parents, Dwaine and Vivian Wall, visiting and helping with harvest.
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- Frank Lenihan spoke at the Gospel Fellowship Church this past Sunday evening, representing Bridges For Peace. The headline was “Israel’s Quest For Peace: A Look At The Historical Causes Of The Modern Arab/Israel Conflict.”
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The students and teachers of Lustre Christian High School enjoyed their annual “R and R day” at Fort Peck this year. The morning was spent in various activities in the park. After a lunch of hot dogs, chops and brownies, Pastor Mike Kauffold of Wolf Point challenged the students in the area of friends and friendship.
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A prayer walk was held at Lustre Christian High School Sunday evening, Sept. 8. Each year, the teachers make up a list of specific prayer needs and post them in their classroom and, then during the walk, the people that come for the walk can visit each classroom and pray for the students and teacher of that room. The walk ends with a gathering in the library for a joint prayer session.
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A number of community people attended the first of the Mennonite Harvest Festivals which was held at the Community Bible Church in Wolf Point on Sunday. The next Harvest Festival will be held at the Gospel Fellowship Church in Wolf Point. The guest speakers are Rick and Esther Eshbaugh. The MB Harvest Festival in Lustre is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 with speaker Chad Stoner, a pastor from Omaha, Neb. The last festival will be held at the Lustre EMB Church Oct. 13-15 with Speaker Jesse Sauskojus and Sat7 missionary Dennis Wiens. All festivals are open to the public and everyone is welcome.
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Janine and Michael Conner and children of Denver, Colo., spent last week visiting her parents, Karl and Donna Waitschies, and were able to get involved in the beginning of the harvest. On Sunday, the congregation at the EMB Church were delighted to meet and croon over the newest of the Conner children, a baby sister that had recently joined her two older brothers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 20:28