Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point School District board of trustees held a meeting Nov. 12 to discuss several items.
Southside School Recovers From Fire, Broken Windows
During her administrative report, Southside Elementary School principal Susan Brown mentioned the Nov. 3 fire that took place in the building.
Brown said the windows that were damaged in the fire are boarded up, the air from inside of the building has been cleaned and the carpet that was damaged by the fire has been removed. Brown added that some technology items were ruined and she is looking for a carpenter to repair the outside of the school.
The cause of the fire is under currently under investigation.
In addition to the fire, 10 windows were broken at Southside School on Nov. 10. Police have cited a juvenile for criminal mischief.
Browns said the school is in the process getting new quote on the damaged carpet and windows.
Strader Resigns From Board
Wolf Point School superintendent Joe Paine read a letter from board member Glenn Strader, who resigned from his position on the board due to health issues.
In his letter, Strader wrote that he wants to enjoy his retirement from teaching, continue to work on an exercise plan and finish an online computer course. He thanked the board members for allowing him to serve on the board and said that he enjoyed learning how school boards work.
Strader’s resignation from the board leaves an open position. Board chairman Martin DeWitt said they will discuss the matter on the next agenda.
DeWitt announced that parent/teacher conferences started Nov. 11 and he hopes there will be an increase of parent involvement from the previous year.
Prior to Paine reading Strader’s letter, Patricia Toavs, Wolf Point Education Association president, said she had hoped for more participation for the blood draw and hopes the administration encourages more teachers to fill out the health form, which they can still do if they missed the blood draw.
Toavs also mentioned that Nov. 18-22 is American Education Week.
The board approved minutes for the regular meeting held Oct. 8 and the special meeting and the special meetings held Oct. 22 and Oct. 28. The board also approved warrant and register claims against the districts.
The board approved the purchase of industrial art supplies and equipment from Brodhead Garrett. Paine explained the funding for the supplies will come from the Carl Perkins Grant.
The board approved the bid from Wolf Point Glass/Sansaver Construction for a door replacement for Southside Elementary. Paine explained that one of the doors does not latch and will not close all of the way.
The board approved the hires of Shawn Boysun as a part-time facilities director and Mike Erickson and Wyatt Whitmer as adult education instructors. Erickson will be doing a crossfit adult program while Whitmer will be doing adult education for basketball. Both of these positions are paid for by the adult education program. The board also approved the hire of Ku’u-lkaika Koa’l Edmunson-Shook as a volunteer speech and drama coach.
The board approved the Yellowstone Ecology Project trip, which is scheduled for June 13-20. Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School principal Kim Hanks explained that funding is set aside to take 10 students and two adults to Yellowstone National Park. Hanks stated the explained there has been funding set aside to take 10 kids and two adults to Yellowstone National Park. Funding for the trip was paid for through Title 7.The purpose of the trip is for credit recovery.
Following her announcement about the damages to Southside Elementary building, Brown mentioned he National Relief Charities will come to the school, Nov. 19, and will donate a pair of shoes to every student and staff member. The school has also started implementing Student Data Notebook.
Brown said Southside began a Success For All Family Support Program, a schoolwide program to implements problem solving methods to help families.
Northside Elementary Principal Hannah Nieskens announced the school will host a family involvement holiday singalong with cookie and hot chocolate, Dec. 5.
In addition to the upcoming family event, Nieskens mentioned that MSU Bozeman Nursing students, under supervision of their professor, came twice to the school and presented health education projects. The nursing students also presented hearing and vision screenings.
During her report, Hanks mentioned the school is working on getting their quarter incentives complete. There were 39 junior high students that qualified for Honor Roll, three for Breakfast of Champions and 52 for Upward Bound. Hanks added that 60 high school students qualified for Honor Roll.
Hanks said the high school volleyball team finished their season at Divisionals, Nov. 7-8. She also mentioned that junior high girls’ basketball and boys’ wrestling have started.
In his report, Paine said the administration team met to develop a district-wide safety inventory. He said the team will prioritize needs and bring some of them to the board.
Paine said he visited all of the buildings and thought teachers parent-conferences went well.
The board motioned for adjournment. The next meeting will take place Dec. 10.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:22
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