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
Written by The Herald-News
Dani Clarine-Rhodes, age 29, never thought she was at risk for a stroke, but one day earlier this year changed her life.
On Feb. 26, she gave birth to her son, Grayson, by C-section. Ten days later, she experienced a sudden, extremely severe headache and a change of sensation on her left side. She was LifeFlighted to Salt Lake City, Utah, and spent the next week and a half in the critical care unit.
“Most people don’t think about stroke at a young age,” Clarine-Rhodes, of Great Falls, said. “You need to watch for symptoms days out after giving birth.”
According to Department of Public Health and Human Services officials, cardiovascular disease — heart attack and stroke — is the leading cause of death among women in Montana and the U.S. In fact, recent reports show that strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer every year.
“Women just need to be more stroke aware,” said Crystelle Fogle of the DPHHS Cardiovascular Health Program.
Fogle said in a recent survey, 40 percent of women were not at all or only somewhat concerned about a stroke in their lifetime. The lifetime risk of stroke is one in five for women, which is influenced by the longer life expectancy of women.
“Women also underestimate their personal risk for stroke,” Fogle stressed. A study of 800 women published in the journal Stroke found that women did not identify their health condition as a risk for stroke, even when they were at high personal risk. Controlling high blood pressure and not smoking are important steps to reduce risk of stroke. Other preventable stroke risk factors include high cholesterol, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), diabetes, excessive alcohol intake, and obesity. Some risk factors for stroke apply only to women, primarily taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.
Stroke risk is multiplied by a factor of 2.5 during and after pregnancy. Most pregnancy-related strokes occur during birth or in the next six weeks. Some conditions like preeclampsia or eclampsia during pregnancy can increase stroke risk. Diabetes and valve-related heart disease are also risk factors associated with pregnancy-related stroke.
Some risk factors for stroke appear to affect women more than men, such as smoking and migraine headaches. Migraines are vascular headaches that cause blood vessels to spasm, which may disrupt blood flow to the brain and cause a clot to form. Clarine-Rhodes suffered from migraines that increased during her pregnancy, but she never considered her debilitating headaches a cue for stroke.
Clarine-Rhodes may not have had all of the prominent red flags for stroke, but the signs are apparent in the lingering effects. She has a loss of sensation in all of her left side, from head to toe. In August, while still working on recovery, she suffered another stroke, and with this one, the vision in her left eye changed and became blurry.
“The nerve to my left eye has been damaged,” she said. “What my brain perceives is not correct. When I’m tired or stressed, I get double vision. There’s also aphasia; I swap words, and have trouble with short-term memory.”
Her experience has left Clarine-Rhodes determined to be an advocate for stroke awareness, especially among women and younger adults. The need is there. Recent research has shown that, compared to men with stroke, women may be slower to recognize stroke symptoms and seek medical care.
This results in a 30 percent less chance of receiving clot-dissolving medication. The conclusion from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is more education about stroke should be directed to women, especially high-risk women.
More of Clarine-Rhodes story of stroke survival can be found at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cardiovascular/.
Immediate treatment is critical for stroke. The stroke warning signs are:
•Sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg usually affecting one side of the body.
•Sudden loss of balance or coordination.
•Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
•Sudden vision problems or severe headache with no known cause.
For information on women and stroke, visit www.healthywomen.org/healthcenter/stroke or call 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:54