Written by Al Stover
Anyone visiting the Lewis and Clark Fishing Access Site may notice some changes in the area next to horseshoe pit.
The Lions Club purchased concrete tables for the Lewis and Clark Fishing Access Site, also known as Bridge Park.
The cement pads for the tables were bought with Lions Club funds and created three weeks ago. Rocky Braaten and his sons donated their time to finish the cement and put together the tables.
According to Woody Baxter of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the City of Wolf Point was seeking someone to maintain the park and to manage the recreation management in the late ‘90s.
The city approached the FWP, who took it over and placed it under their Montana Fishing Access site program, which totals 336 sites. The program provides the public with a place to fish, whether it is a pond, a creek, a reservoir or the Missouri River. The sites are paid for and maintained by using funds raised by the sale of Montana fishing licenses.
Baxter was looking for help to maintain the upkeep of the horseshoe pits. He approached the Wolf Point Lions Club three years ago and the club donated their money and time to help with the upkeep of the horseshoe pits.
“I’m so grateful the Lions Club came along and saved the day,” Baxter said.
In addition to purchasing the tables, the Lions Club fixed the backstops behind the stakes and also rebuilt the backstop areas in the horse shoe pit.
David Fyfe, Wolf Point Lions Club president, said the club is trying to make the horseshoe pit area more accessible for people to use it.
“This is a nice park that is for the community and hopefully we can keep it in check,” Fyfe said.
Fyfe hopes to have more activities at the park. He said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will have regulations for groups to contact them. Individuals can come down and use it from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In addition to the Lions Club paying for the tables out of their funds, Fyfe comes out and maintains the horseshoe area for the FWP on his own time.
“I want to keep this place going and clean,” Fyfe said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:50
Written by The Herald-News
Each week, the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School chooses Students of the Week. The honorees for last week are Jacob Boysun and Alecia Macdonald. The honorees for this week are Celina Leggett and Chevy Boos.
Boysun, 14, an eighth- grader, was picked by the band and P.E. classes as Student of the Week.
He is the son of Jaron and Vicky Boysun. He has one sibling, Trevin, nine.
His favorite subjects are chorus and band, his favorite teacher is Mrs. Monson and his role model is Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.
His hobby is watching the Red Sox and his extracurricular activity is playing in Pep Band.
He wants to pursue acting as a profession and wants to attend the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles in California.
Macdonald, 15, is a sophomore who was picked by the biology and strength and chorus classes as the Student of the Week.
She is the daughter of Frank Macdonald Jr. and Tiffany Blake, who is her role model. She has four siblings, Andrew Farrell, Avyon Farrell, Fagen Kimbro, Darlene Macdonald, May May Macdonald, Pebbles Macdonald and Emily Macdonald.
Her favorite subject is Swing Choir and her favorite teacher is Mrs. Monson. Her hobbies are singing, dancing and baking and her extracurricular activity is cheerleading.
She would like to pursue a career in fashion designing and baking. She hopes to attend a college where she can learn fashion designing and culinary arts.
Leggett, 15, a sophomore, was picked by the math class as Student of the Week.
She is the daughter of Delores Leggett. She has five siblings, Lena, 30; Crystal, 27; Carlos, 26; John, 19; and Adam, 16.
Her favorite subject is band, her favorite teacher is Mrs. Monson and her role model is her mother. Her hobby is listening to music.
She hopes to attend Fort Peck Community College and wants to pursue a career in nursing.
Boos, 13, is a seventh- grader who was picked by the math and industrial arts classes as the Student of the Week.
He is the son of Darcy and Nicole Boos. He has two siblings, Kenny, 13; and Lennox, 15 days old.
His favorite subject is geography, his favorite teacher is Mr. Paine and his role model is his brother.
His hobbies are fishing and hunting and his extracurricular activities include basketball, football and track.
He hopes to attend Montana State University - Bozeman and is interested in pursuing a career with Montana-Dakota Utilities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:47
Written by The Herald-News
Three area students have been selected to receive Anderson Memorial Scholarships for the upcoming spring semester.
Brady Osksa of Plentywood will be receiving $1000. He is currently a freshman at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., studying agricultural engineering.
Sean Palmer, a 2009 graduate of Culbertson High School, will receive $750. Palmer is studying agriculture education at Montana State University - Bozeman.
Robert Kjelshus, a 2013 graduate of Froid School, will also receive $750. He is enrolled in the diesel technology program at Montana State University - Billings.
The scholarship was set up in memory of Carlie and Ty Anderson of Froid who were killed in April 2012. Initial funds were raised at the Sheridan and Roosevelt county fair livestock sales through the sale of donated animals. Four animals were donated to the Roosevelt County Fair sale again this summer raising over $10,000 to enhance the fund.
With these scholarships, $7,000 in educational funds will have been paid out to nine recipients.
The scholarship is available to graduating seniors and continuing secondary education students who graduated or will graduate from a school in Roosevelt or Sheridan counties and were members of 4-H and/or FFA.
Applications are available at the two county Extension offices and are due July 1 of the current year. Scholarship amounts vary depending on the number of qualified applicants and the financial need.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:46
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held a meeting Nov. 6 at the Sherman Inn to discuss several items.
After chamber president Jeff Presser welcomed everyone to the meeting, the chamber approved the minutes of the Oct. 16 meeting. Jan Bryan made the motion to approve the minutes and Nicole Huber seconded it.
Presser next asked for a motion to approve the outstanding bills. Huber made the motion, which Larry Corns seconded.
Presser said the chamber is donating money from the tournament account to the high school toward the purchase of a washer and dryer to clean uniforms.
After Presser’s announcement, Duane Kurokawa explained that three men from Glasgow came to talk to him about the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Project that is scheduled to be built in the town of Fort Peck.
The plan is to build of a memorial dedicated to veterans from northeast Montana. He said the group has selected Flag Pole Park for the monument’s location.
Kurokawa explained the group is wanting to fund the project from local residents and sponsors and not use state or federal funding. He said the group is looking to raise $250,000 for the flatwork and another $50,000 for the rest of the costs.
Once the group has the funding for the flatwork, they will approach corporations and sponsors for the rest of the funding.
According to Kurokawa, the design work is already done and the monument will be outside, which reduces the cost of maintenance.
The men from the project approached the chamber to help spread the word about the monument and the fundraiser by issuing brochures and donation cards .
Presser said the chamber could send out an email to allow people to contact the project and donate money directly. Kurokawa asked about sending out hard copies of the brochure. Presser said to get him a digital copy of the brochure.
Beth Pickthorn asked about the details regarding the Parade of Lights, Dec. 6. Presser answered that the Lions Club has discussed serving chili.
Pickthron announced the Northeast Montana Health Services will be holding a Christmas tree decorating contest, pictures with Santa Claus and a giving tree with toys for foster children.
Representing the tournament committee, Jerald Petersen announced several upcoming basketball tournaments to be held at Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School. The first one will be an event featuring tournaments of both boys’ and girls’ junior varsity and varsity teams from four different schools including round robin tournament that will happen Dec. 13-14.
The second event will be basketball tournaments for 3C boys’ and girls’ from eight different schools, Feb. 20-22. That same weekend the Wolf Point High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will be competing in the district tournament in Malta.
One week after the 3C boys’ and girls’ tournaments, Wolf Point will host the Eastern C Divisional boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments, Feb. 26 to March 1. That same weekend, the Wolf Point boys’ basketball team is scheduled to play in the divisional tournament in Glasgow.
Petersen mentioned he would like to find volunteers for the tournament and plan a large hospitality rooms for the tournaments.
In regards to the district volleyball tournament, Nov. 1-2, Petersen expressed his appreciation to the volunteers who helped at the event and said the hospitality room was successful.
Once Petersen was finished, Presser said he visited with City of Wolf Point public works director Rick Isle about providing a street sweeper to clean the underpass. Presser explained the city can provide the equipment, but the chamber would need to find an operator. He added that if they can find the operator that person would work for the city. The city would bill the State of Montana, which would reimburse the city.
Petersen said the street sweeper would clean the underpass and Main Street twice a week. He said if the chamber began looking for an operator, they could have the street sweeper ready by spring.
Presser added he attended a meeting on the housing project and it sounded like there could be groundbreaking in the spring.
The last thing Presser talked about was having the chamber talk with the Burlington Northern/ Santa Fe Railroad about developing the land by the railroad owned by the chamber. Presser said his father suggested the chamber contact the BNSF and inform them the chamber is willing to look at proposals for development on the site and look at any options that they present.
The next chamber meeting will take place Nov. 20.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:36
Written by Al Stover
As the sound of Celtic music filled the air, over 100 Wolf Point citizens filled the upstairs of the Wolf Point Elks Lodge, tasting wine and food.
The Wolf Point Area Museum held their annual wine tasting, art auction and spaghetti dinner Friday, Nov. 8. The event raised over $6,500 for the museum.
Guests ate a dinner comprised of spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, buttered bread and dessert. They also were treated to red and white wines from California, Italy and Argentina. Guests who enjoyed the wine had the opportunity to purchase full bottles of their favorites.
Prior to the live auction, the Montana ShamRockers, a celtic band from Polson, performed for the guests. According to band member Neal Lewing, the ShamRockers were approached by Herman Shumway to play at the event after Shumway discovered the band on the cover of an issue of Montana Senior News.
Despite some technical difficulties, the band played original songs from their albums Just Plain Lucky and New and Used, as well as classic Celtic ballads such as Wild Rover and Whiskey Johnny, which got the audience clapping.
Between songs, Lewing encouraged the audience to bid and donate funds to help the museum.
“[The museum] is a wonderful house of treasured history,” Lewing said.
After the band finished their first set, local auctioneer Robert Toavs began the auction. Some of the items, included photographs, tool kits and a pink robe.
The live auction raised over $4,000. The silent auction sold several items and raised over $800.
Once the live auction was finished, the ShamRockers resumed playing.
Richard Kurtz and wife are the museum curators. Kurtz felt the fundraiser was a success as there were over 100 people at the event with 55 bidding.
“This is kind a fun time for people to come out,” Kurtz said. “The feed was good and I have to say the wine was good too.”
The auction was one of the successes for the museum this year. Open from May 15 to Sept. 13, the museum received 669 visitors from 35 states, three Canadian provinces and four additional foreign countries.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:33