Written by Herald-News
In the story about the Gysler family businesses on the front page Oct. 22, the hardware store was incorrectly identified as Gysler Ace Hardware. It is Gysler Do it Do It Best. Also, Bob Peters is the manager, not Paul Gysler.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Monday, Oct. 26, 11 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding three females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Oct. 19, and Monday, Oct. 26:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Paul Magnuson, 47, Bainville, driving under the influence - second offense;
•Adam Meyer, 36, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Loren Warmbrod, 43, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation.
Written by John Plestina
The two-day district 2B volleyball tournament opens Friday, Oct. 30, at Glasgow High School.
The first match will be Poplar vs. Harlem at 10 a.m. The winner will face No. 2 seed Glasgow at 1 p.m.
Wolf Point will open against No. 1 seed Malta at 11:30 a.m.
The winners of the Wolf Point-Malta and Glasgow vs. Poplar or Harlem will play at 4 p.m., also on Friday.
Losers bracket matches will be played at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Friday.
Winners and losers brackets will continue to play Saturday with a final match at 2 p.m., for first and second place, which would earn both teams entry into the divisional tournament, also in Glasgow, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 5 through 7.
End Regular Season
The Lady Wolves ended the regular season with a 3-1 loss at Scobey and 3-0 (6-25, 12-25, 17-25) at Circle.
Stats were not made available from either match.
Written by Eric Killelea
The first photo is Kim Herzog, affectionately known as “Grandma RibbitKaw.” She sits with the shop dog beside her “He’s Happy” oil painting. Herzog is a co-owner of the colorful shop in downtown Wolf Point. The second picture is Heather Granbois showing her painting titled “Dali” at RibbitKaw’s. She used a Sharpie and oil paint to create the image of the deceased surrealist. The third photo is sisters Tiffanie and Marissa Irizarry sketching portraits. The fourth is Shaun McGill explaining his hydro-dipping technique of using spray paint and pub growlers. (Photos by Eric Killelea)
By Eric Killelea
Five years ago, Heather Granbois, of Wolf Point, was studying at the University of Montana, having recently changed her educational path to better suit her goal of becoming a full-time artist.
Then Granbois received a phone call from friends Gary and Kim Herzog, supporters of emerging local artists here who offered an ideal business opportunity. The Herzogs, who encouraged Granbois to paint when she was a teenager, invited her to come home and work at their new art shop. Granbois now paints daily, sharing the shop space with other artists. Kim helps them network with potential dealers and collectors at no cost. In effect, Granbois has been able to increase the price of her work and plans to show her latest pieces in New Orleans later in the year.
“We want to build a good vibration in Wolf Point,” Granbois, 32, said when giving a tour of RibbitKaw’s last Friday afternoon.
The front of RibbitKaw’s bursts with reds and blues and paintings of elephants and musicians such as Bob Marley and Janis Joplin. Inside the art shop, patrons buy pipes, incense, beadwork, dreamcatchers and local art. At least 10 local artists stop by each day, after school or work, carrying their sketch pads and art supplies in their abled hands.
Artists starting out often struggle with the cost of supplies and studio space. Kim, a color-blind painter and sculptor from Los Angeles who the artists affectionately call “Mom” or “Grandma RibbitKaw,” understood the need for support when moving here with her husband and children more than two decades ago. The Herzogs often invited budding local artists like Granbois and their families over their house to sketch and paint.
“I wanted to encourage creativity as opposed to the danger and depression that we can see here,” Kim said. “I saw it in Heather when she was 15 and I couldn’t help but push her. Now that she’s discovered her style, her paintings are going to sell.”
(The name “RibbitKaw’s” formed out of friendship: Heather calls Kim “Frog” and Kim calls Heather “Eagle.”)
Kim says the financial investment of starting RibbitKaw’s has paid off and she plans to try and talk Gary into expansion. Forty-seven artists, between ages 3 to 87, showed work at Missouri Breaks Brewing in June. The artists helped raise $800 for Wolf Point Pound Puppies. There are no contracts signed with the shop owners, but Kim helps the artists sell their work in the store, on eBay or through dealers.
“The only thing that I demand is for them to produce art,” Kim said. “They don’t need me. They just need me to get started.”
For Tiffanie Irizarry, 19, a certified nursing assistant at the local nursing home, the art shop allows her space to create drawings of pinup girls and celebrity portraits using charcoal and chalk pastels. She started sketching last year and expectantly learned that her sister Marissa Irizarry, 18, a cook and college student, also had similar interests.
The two, blossoming artists are enrolled members of the Fort Peck Tribes, who say they found a “safe-haven” at RibbitKaw’s among a community suffering from high rates of alcoholism, drug-use and crime.
“We had to find art inside of ourselves,” Tiffanie said. “To come here and be loved, it breathes new life into you. This is the most inspiration and motivation I’ve ever received in my life.”
Marissa added: “It’s like a dream. It’s always encouraging.”
The sisters have inspired their younger siblings, who now ask them if they can sketch and paint.
Last Friday, artists gathered at the shop, exchanging stories about their week, welcoming faces into their colorful domain, some preparing for a new showing RibbitKaw’s has planned at Doc’Z pub in December.
“We feel like everyone was created to create,” Kim said. “And we want them to create in Wolf Point.”
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture president Jeff Presser presents a plaque to the Gyslers for 50 years in business. Pictured are the Gysler family and employees (from left to right) John Gysler, Margurite Gysler, Presser, Paul Gysler, Corina Ransom, Alicia Follet, Winnifred Anderson, Kathy Richard, Aaron Heath, Bob Peters and Jim Beecher. (Photo by John Plestina)
John Gysler is quick to share credit for his family’s success in business with the people who work for them, many for two or three decades.
“How lucky we’ve been with our employees. We’ve been blessed with good employees,” Gysler said last week when the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture recognized the Gysler family businesses for 50 years in business.
John Gysler and his wife Margurite have run the family enterprises for about four decades and son Paul manages Gysler Ace Hardware.
It began with Kermit and Ruby Gysler moving their family from Plentywood to Wolf Point in 1965 and opening Gysler Hardware on the 100 block of Anaconda Street. The store occupied half of the site that years later housed Gysler Furniture and Appliance. The hardware store opened in the current site of D & J’s Trading at 124 Main Street in 1965 and was relocated one more time in 2005 to its current location at 329 Cascade Street.
The two buildings on Anaconda Street where the Gyslers began doing business 50 years ago burned in a fire in March 2014. The furniture and appliance business reopened in the original Bryan’s building in Main Street.
The Gyslers started an auto parts retail store in a former IGA grocery store building across the parking lot from the hardware in 1987. That store is today the NAPA Auto Parts store.
“We started the furniture store in 1985, so we’ve been in the furniture business for 30 years,” Gysler said.
He took over management of the businesses after his father [Kermit] became ill in 1980.
“July 3, 1980, Dad was working. July 4, 1980, he ran a six-mile run and got sick. July 5, I was running the store,” John Gysler said.
He began working for his parents when he was a sophomore at Wolf Point High School in 1965 after they opened the hardware store and continued to work for his family until after he graduated in 1968 and left Wolf Point for six years when he served in the military in Vietnam and went to college.
“I came back in 1974, so I’ve been here over 40 years,” John Gysler said.
Kermit Gysler passed away in 1991. Ruby Gysler, now long retired, continues to live in Wolf Point.