Written by John Plestina
Windy conditions toppled two power poles behind Silver Wolf Casino Tuesday, July 28, about 2 p.m. A Montana Dakota Utilities employee calls in to MDU after surveying the damage. Power was out in part of Wolf Point for about an hour Tuesday afternoon and again during the early evening, but information was not available whether the downed power poles were the cause. The Wolf Point Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded. The second photo is a branch on a tree in front of Wolf Point City Hall blown down about 12:15 p.m. Police Chief Jeff Harada and other city office staff pulled the large branch out of Fourth Avenue South. The other two pictures were taken in Culbertson. (Wolf Point pictures by John Plestina and Culbertson pictures by Angela Rose Benson)
The National Weather Service in Glasgow reported 52 mph winds at the Wolf Point Airport Tuesday afternoon, July 28.
Winds at Glendive were reported as high as 90 mph with damages reported.
“All straight line winds. We didn’t have any reports of tornadoes,” NWS meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist said of high winds Monday night.
The Glendive airport had a wind gust to 90 mph before the anemometer was blown off the roof.
“Glendive got it the worst. There were downed power lines, trailers blown over and roofs ripped off buildings,” he said.
Gilchrist said winds were reported upwards of 60 mph on the east end of Roosevelt County.
“We got some reports of one-inch hail and heavy rain out toward Frazer,” he said.
Gilchrist said the wind and rain was expected to end Tuesday night.
“It should taper off pretty quickly as we get toward the afternoon and evening hours,” he said.
“There will be a warming trend tomorrow [Wednesday] and it will be pushing 90 [degrees] by Friday,” Gilchrist said.
Temperatures around northeast Montana are cooler than normal today. The high temperature at the Glasgow airport as of 2:30 p.m. was 60 degrees. The old low maximum temperature of 69 degrees set in 1918, which means a new record will be set today.
Written by John Plestina
This photo is from a grand entry during the 2014 Wadopana Celebration. (File photo by John Plestina)
The annual four-day Wadopana Celebration will be held at the Wadopana grounds, east of the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point, Thursday through Sunday, July 30 through Aug. 2.
The most traditional of the powwows along the Hi-Line, Wadopana is held the first weekend of August every year and is a time for people to dance and enjoy a time-honored celebration that had its origins during the late 1800s.
“We’re going to have a traditional powwow and enjoy it, and have a good time,” Wadopana organizer Sandra Lilley said. “We have no contests at all. It is a traditional powwow. It’s a chance to get away from the competitions along the Hi-Line, sit down and relax.”
Wadopana opens Thursday, July 30, with a community feed at 5:30 p.m., followed by a youth powwow at 7:30 p.m.
The celebration opens again Friday with grand entry 7 p.m. A candlelight vigil is planned for Friday night.
A fun run/walk is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the arbor, followed by a memorial breakfast in honor of David Cantrell at 9 a.m.
Two grand entries are planned for Saturday and are slated for 1 and 7 p.m.
The celebration continues Sunday with grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m.
“We’re going to have honorings and giveaways throughout the weekend,” Lilley said.
Alcohol and drug use are not allowed.
Written by John Plestina
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Wolf Point man picking up a package containing what has been called $240,000 worth of methamphetamine at the Wolf Point Post Office Friday, July 24.
The RCSO reported the arrest of Lionel Weeks, 50, of Wolf Point. He was taken to the Fort Peck Tribal Jail in Poplar and was scheduled for an arraignment Monday in Fort Peck Tribal Court.
Sheriff Jason Frederick, undersheriff John Summers and four deputies made the arrest and seizure with agents from the BIA and Border Protection shortly after 5 p.m.
“Obviously, you have to be ready for the safety of the public and the safety of the officers. Innocent people are picking up their mail,” Summers said.
Frederick told The Herald-News that Weeks was arrested when he picked up a single package at the post office counter weighing 2.1 pounds.
“That’s a pretty good seizure,” Frederick said.
He said he believes it is the largest local meth seizure at one time.
Addressing unconfirmed reports that the street value could be $240,000, Frederick was hesitant.
“It depends on how you look at it. I don’t want to give a statement on it because there are so many different values of meth,” he said.
Frederick said there are differences in the values in California and the Bakken.
“We received a tip of a suspicious package and we called in U.S. Border Patrol’s dog,” Frederick said. The dog had a positive response to the package.
Tribal court prosecutor Adrienne Weinberger failed to return two calls from The Herald-News and directed a staff member to call this newspaper to say the prosecutor’s office had no comment about charges or pleas and was declining to say if the arraignment took place.
Frederick said there was a single tribal charge of possession with intent to distribute. He said federal charges are likely.
Written by John Plestina
An unnamed real estate developer has stepped up and is considering rebooting the Wolf Point Village apartment project that was considered dead earlier this month.
Mayor Chris Dschaak told the city council Monday, July 19, that the proposal could be revived.
City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum said the developer is willing to go to the state and apply for more Low Income Housing Tax Credits funds.
“He wanted to know if the city is intending to commit the HOME funds to the project,” Mahlum said.
The city received a $750,000 HOME grant for the project through the Montana Department of Commerce in early 2014. The city acted in a pass-through capacity with the project for the funding. Great Northern Development Corporation was the project manager.
Wolf Point must spend the HOME funds by March 17, 2016, for Wolf Point Village or another affordable housing project.
GNDC housing specialist Brianna Vine, who has worked on the proposed project since early 2014, said nothing is definite but more information might be presented at the next city council meeting Monday, Aug. 17.
Vine said she could not identify the developer.
“He has to submit to the state by Aug. 3,” Mahlum said.
“If all goes well, we could see something [construction] by next summer,” she said.
Developer Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates of Colorado Springs, Colo., worked with municipal officials and GNDC through most of 2014 and nearly half of this year to develop the proposed 24-unit rental complex that was to be located at the northern edge of Wolf Point within walking distance of Northeast Montana Health Service - Wolf Point Campus, Borge Park, the swimming pool and Northside Elementary School.
The 2014 proposal included building four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. A family of four with a household income between $23,240 and $38,860 would have qualified for the apartments with rents ranging from $354 to $767 monthly.
It is unknown whether a project by the new developer would include the Wolf Point Village name or the same amenities Reed proposed.
Written by Angela Rose Benson
Every year, Culbertson hosts the Roosevelt County Fair from July 30 to Aug. 1. While the fair board, volunteers and staff exhaust their efforts to make this event possible, community members anticipate the opening of the annual fair for their enjoyment.
“We enjoy what we do and we love bringing the community together,” said fair manager Angela Miller.
This year’s theme is “Grow It. Sew It. Show It.”
The fair kicks off Thursday, July 30, with the opening of the indoor open class exhibits and the flag salute presented by Tumbleweed and Up-N-Atom 4-H clubs and the Froid Future Farmers of America chapter.
The rest of the day has much to offer, including youth entertainment, horse judging, 4-H conference judging and the 4-H/FFA silent project auction. The Midway Band will provide afternoon entertainment, as well. There will be a free corn feed and the FFA Alumni barbecue at the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Evening fun is offered at the Saddle Club rodeo grounds where O-Mok-See children’s horse events will take place starting at 6 p.m.
Roosevelt County Fair has added something new to the Thursday agenda by planning a grain bin safety workshop available to the public.
Friday, July 31, is Cooperative Day at the fair. Culbertson FFA and Missouri River Rats 4-H will present the morning flag salute and immediately following will be the livestock judging. With small animal judging and showmanship to follow, youth entertainment is also available throughout the day.
At 5 p.m., the Culbertson Chamber will sponsor a free meal. After the meal, the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction will kick off, while the 4-H/FFA silent project auction closes.
Entertainment for the evening will be the Tigirlily concert starting at 8 p.m. Kendra, 19, and Krista, 17, are a sister duo from North Dakota. The sisters are singer/songwriters, musicians and performers who have performed all over North Dakota and surrounding states including Nashville, Tenn. At the 2015 North Dakota Music Awards, Tigirlily was awarded best original country band, best song, best video, best stage show and the U Rock award.
The final day of the fair, Saturday, Aug. 1, will begin with Bainville FFA and Frontier 4-H presenting the flag salute. Next on the schedule is livestock showmanship where community members young and old will present their animals.
Youth entertainment continues, the rib cook-off begins at 1 p.m. and the Dollar in the Straw, sponsored by First Community Bank, will follow at 1:30 p.m.
The fair will begin the closing process at 3 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. will be the ranch rodeo calcutta at the Culbertson Saddle Club and the ranch rodeo will begin at 6 p.m.