Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point City Council held their monthly public meeting Nov. 18 in the city council chambers.
Special Committee Reports
After the council approved the minutes for the Oct. 12 regular meeting, Tory Matejovsky, of the Great Northern Development Corporation, announced that Jonathan Reed, developer for housing project, purchased the land and was getting everything filed and recorded before traveling to Helena to talk with Low Income Housing.
The developer will be available Thursday to finalize the closing of the deal. The GNDC has almost finished the home application, except for land appraisal.
City Council Election Results
Mayor Dewayne Jager announced the results for city council elections held, Nov. 5. Councilman Christopher Dschaak won the Wolf Point mayoral election.
Councilman Travis Braaten (Ward 1) and Rollie Paulsen (Ward 2) were reelected for four-year terms. Councilwoman Laurie Evans (Ward 1) was selected for an unexpired two-year term.
David Block (Ward 3) and Tina Speed (Ward 4) were elected as write-in candidates.
The new mayor and council members will be sworn into office on or before Jan. 1. With Dschaak taking the position of mayor, there will be a vacancy of his seat (Ward #) on the city council.
According to the airport committee, Cape Air is scheduled to begin service Dec. 10.
The Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water Supply easements are in for review for the city and county. Roosevelt County Deputy Attorney Jordan Knudsen is curretly looking at the documents.
The airport committee is also in the process of drafting a grant application for the drainage project. After the drain tile was installed for the new runway, water began seeping through underneath the runway. Public works director Rick Isle explained the issue is waterfoul wanting to land close to the runway, which could damage the airplanes.
Jager announced that Joe Paine had spent the weekend painting over the graffiti in Borge Park. The mayor asked the Wolf Point Police Department to heavily patrol the area.
In light of the recent vandalism at Southside Elementary School, Jager asked WPPD Chief Jeff Harada to have the department patrol around the schools.
Paulsen brought up the police and animal control monthly activity report. In the report, Harada wrote that Scott Swain resigned as animal control officer; however the Pound Puppies group is assisting with animal adoptions.
When Harada was asked about the cross-deputization program, he noted that he attended a cross-deputization meeting with other agencies from Valley and Roosevelt counties, the City of Poplar, Montana Highway Patrol and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. Harada mentioned that two-thirds of the tribal police have been commissioned for cross-deputization.
In regards to the blight cleanup, Harada said he spoke with the tribal prosecutor’s office, who referred him to the tribal health safety officer. The WPPD will show the officer several locations around the city.
The council approved the authorization to hire Noberto Aguilar as solid waste maintenance worker II.
The council approved Swain’s resignation as animal control officer, effective Nov. 7. The council also approved the authorization for city clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum to advertise for the open animal control officer position and the two open maintenance workers II positions.
Mahlum presented her monthly activity report. She announced the city received another payment of oil severance money. The council approved the treasurer’s cash report for October and the financial reports for September and October.
The council approved the interlocal agreement between the city and Roosevelt County for using the county’s attorney office for legal services to the city, effective Dec. 1. The agreement is subject to approval from the Roosevelt County Commissioners.
Knudsen explained if the county commissioners and city officials have a conflict on an issue, the county attorney’s office is forced to represent the county in the conflict.
If the agreement is approved by the commissioners, it will be effective until June 2014. Jager welcomed Knudsen to the city council and said it is nice to have legal representation at the council meetings.
Public Works Report
Isle presented his monthly report, noting that city maintenance has been trimming trees to prevent the same trouble they had last winter with snow removal.
The council approved the claims and payroll.
The next regular city council meeting will take place Dec. 16.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:11
Written by Al Stover
Chris Chaisson helps students put new shoes on their feet. Chaisson and Eric Lowe, of the National Relief Charities, came to Southside Elementary School Nov. 19 to give free pairs of shoes to students and staff members. The NRC also gave shoes to students and staff at Northside Elementary School, as well as at schools in Poplar and Brockton. The NRC donates shoes to children on 25 different reservations in six states.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:09
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point and Poplar chapters of Ducks Unlimited held their annual banquet Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Elks Club in Wolf Point.
The banquet served as a fundraiser for Ducks Unlimited to raise money for habitat conservation for waterfowl and over 900 other species of wildlife.
During the social hours of the event, guests browsed the different live and silent auction items and other fundraiser prizes, which were given away throughout the evening.
Among the auction items were paintings, hunting equipment, crafts and four black Labrador retrievers. Many of the items up for auction were sponsored by merchants in Poplar, Glasgow and Wolf Point.
Guests also played games like High or Low, Ye Old Knife and Pluck a Duck.
Barry Allen, regional director of the Montana Ducks Unlimited, welcomed guests to the event.
After the social hour, guests dined on a dinner of a choice between prime rib and shrimp, along with potatoes au gratin, rice pilaf, salad and dessert.
During the dinner, Allen presented Jerald Petersen of Wolf Point Ducks Unlimited with the 2012 Exceptional Montana Chapter Award.
Once dinner was finished, auctioneer Robert Toavs conducted the live auction, which sold 40 items. Several door prizes were drawn for throughout the evening.
Allen thanked Petersen and the committee for putting the dinner together. He also thanked the sponsors and merchants for their generosity.
Petersen felt the banquet a success and thought it was a good crowd with a lot of new faces in attendance.
“It’s what we’re looking for,” Petersen said. “People realize how much fun we’re having and they want to come here.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:08
Written by The Herald-News
It’s A Boy
Travis Ray BetsHisMedicine was born Nov. 9 at 2:59 a.m. at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital to Wilma and Doyle BetsHisMedicine of Wolf Point. He weighed nine pounds, 10 ounces and was 20½ inches long. He joins two sisters, Lucille Agnes and Shanna Ray and a brother, Lynn Swann. Grandparents are Ronald and Sandra YellowHammer of Brockton and Aureua and the late Ray BetsHisMedicine of Fort Kipp.
Arthur Allen, of Wolf Point, graduated from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore., during the 2012-13 academic year. Allen earned a bachelor of science degree in physical activity and health.
I want to say a big thank you to all who supported me in my campaign for mayor and also say thank you to all who voted for me.
Sincerely, Lee Redekopp
Thank you to all who supported and voted for me for Wolf Point mayor. I look forward to serving the community of Wolf Point.
Sincerely, Chris Dschaak
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:58
Written by The Herald-News
Mark Zilkoski announces the winner of the 6:30 p.m. drawing at Doc’Z’s fourth annual Pubapalooza event, Nov. 9. He, along with Mark Sansaver, Jeff Presser, Marvin Presser, Jeff Neubauer and Myrle Zilkoski, originated the idea for the microbrewery, when they were sipping mircobrews on Zilkoski’s front porch. Zilkoski expressed his appreciation to everyone for coming to the celebration.
Jacob Boysun plays the trumpet for Mark Zilkoski and the bandduring an impromptu jam session at Doc’Z Pubapalooza, Nov. 9. Boysun is a member of the Wolf Point Junior High band, who played their first concert, Oct. 22. Boysun later got a chance to play with Zikoski and band that evening.
Mark Sansaver, one of the owners of Doc’Z microbrewery, sings the chorus from Ghost Riders In the Sky. Sansaver was one of several people who attended Doc’Z’s fourth annual Pubapalooza event, Nov. 9.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:57