Monthly Archives: December 2013

One Last Adventure

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I am leaving Wolf Point for slightly less-snowy pastures in eastern Washington.

A friend of mine who I worked with back at the Eastern Washington University paper referred me to the editor of the Cheney Free Press. He liked my work and offered me a staff reporter position and I accepted it.

Although I have enjoyed my time in Wolf Point, I have been feeling the pull to go back home in the last couple of months. What clinched it was watching the EWU Eagles come back from behind to defeat the Portland State Vikings, 42-41. As I watched the Eagles scramble across the red turf — the same turf I graduated on back in June — I kept saying to myself, “I should be there.”

First off, I would like to thank Darla Shumway for giving me the opportunity to work at The Herald-News these past six months and allowing me to dive head first into covering community news and get a jump start on my career.

I would next like to thank the people of Wolf Point for welcoming me to the community and giving me feedback on my work these past six months. Receiving all the positive comments has helped me develop the confidence to go back to Cheney.

If I had to pick my favorite aspect of covering Wolf Point, it would be going to the various sporting events and musical performances put on by the school, whether it was taking notes as the music department put on their extravagant Madrigal dinner or shooting pictures as the volleyball team come back  from a two-set deficit to win a match. Did covering these games and events eat up a lot of my time on Friday and Saturday nights? You bet, but I enjoyed every moment.

I would also like to thank the Zilkoski family for providing me with a roof over my head and allowing me to drink their delicious brews. Although this area of Montana was limited when it came to selective brews, the pub made up for it in their creations, as well as its charm. When I’m back in Spokane, Wash., sipping a stout or indulging in an IPA, I’m sure my mind will remember the smell of the beer brewing from the back of the pub.

Finally, I would like to offer a word of advice to anyone, young or old, reading this. Do not be afraid to follow your dreams, even if it seems like they are out of reach. It may take some time and effort, but as the old saying goes: you can do anything you set your mind to.

If you get the urge to come back home and you feel that same pull to return, do not fight it, especially if returning home includes an opportunity to help prepare you for the next stage of your life.

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Christmas Parade of Lights 2013

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FPCC Linemen

The Fort Peck Community College Linemen truck was one of several floats in the 2013 Christmas Parade of Lights, Dec. 6. The FPCC Linemen float placed first in the parade while the Northside School Junior Optimists float took second place and the Wolf Point Lion’s Club took third.

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Northside School Junior Optimists

Members of the Northside School Junior Optimist Club dressed up as Santa Clauses and waved to the crowd as they rode down Main Street. The Northside School Junior Optimist Club was one of several organizations who had floats in the Christmas Parade of Lights, Dec. 6, despite the frigid temperature. The Junior Optimists took second-place in the parade.

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ,[7][8] observed most commonly on December 25[4][9][10] as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.[2][11][12] A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night;[13] in some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave.[14] The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies;[15] when Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then disseminated the message furthermore.[16] Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations,[17][18][19] is celebrated religiously by the vast majority of Christians,[20] as well as culturally by a number of non-Christian people,[1][21] and is an integral part of the holiday season, while some Christian groups reject the celebration. In several countries, celebrating Christmas Eve on December 24 has the main focus rather than December 25, with gift-giving and sharing a traditional meal with the family.

Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid fourth century the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25,[22] a date that was later adopted in the East.[23][24] Today, most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a preference of which calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25. In the Council of Tours of 567, the Church, with its desire to be universal, “declared the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany to be one unified festal cycle”, thus giving significance to both the Western and Eastern dates of Christmas.[25][26][27][28][29] Moreover, for Christians, the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than the exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas

Festival of Trees 2013

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Thirteen trees decorated in various themes were donated to the Festival of Trees. This one, Burgundy Burlap Glass, was donated by NEMHS Charitable Foundation. Others included M&Ms Christmas Tree donated by Mary Nesbit and Arin Grainger; Snowmen Christmas Tree donated by Main Street Grocery; Maroon and White Wolves Tree donated by Wolf Point School District staff; Merry “Woof” Mas Tree donated by NEMHS Employee Committee; Pretty in Pink Christmas donated by Elaine and Bethany Long; Happy Meal Hello Kitty Tree donated by McDonalds of Wolf Point; Happy Meal Hot Wheels Tree donated by McDonalds of Wolf Point; Mitten of Christmas donated by Faith Lutheran Home residents; Feliz Navidog donated by Squires Insurance; 4th of July Fireworks donated by Green’s Fireworks; White Hanger Christmas Tree donated by Mary Isle; Tumbleweed Tree donated by Tracy Strand.

 

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Many of the Wolf Point citizens who attended the Festival of Trees purchased tickets in hopes of winning one of the decorated Christmas trees that were donated by local merchants and organizations.

 

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Stuffed animals hung on the tree like ornaments as people dropped off unwrapped presents at the NEMHS Charitable Foundation Giving Tree Friday evening at the former Bryan’s building on Main Street. People donated toys for children up to 17 years old.

Website Description: The Festival of Trees is put on by the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The chamber is a voluntary, not for profit business organization dedicated to improving the economic pulse of the community. As an active, progressive, problem-solving organization, the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture focuses on economic and workforce development.

The strength of the chamber lies in its membership, small businesses, corporations, home-based businesses and professional men and women, working together to enhance the quality of life in Wolf Point.

A strong, dynamic business community benefits everyone. The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce connects local businesses, service organizations and local government to create an environment where people want to live, work and play. We are proud of our strong values, our businesses, schools, churches, civic organizations and events that promote and nurture a vital and energized community throughout the year.

Martinez, Wortman, Hopson Place At Eagles’ Championship Invite

The Wolf Point High School wrestling team competed in the 34th annual Eagle Invitational Championship Tournament, Dec. 6-7, in Sidney.

Overall, the Wolves’ wrestling team placed ninth in team competition with 49 points.

The Sidney Eagles came in first with 237 points. The Bowman Bulldogs from North Dakota placed second with 148 and Forsyth Dogies clinched third place with 139.5.

Senior Maestro Martinez, who has competed in the state championship, in the last two years captured first place in the 106-pound division. Other Wolf Point wrestlers who did well at the invitational were freshman Karson Wortman, who placed third in the 98-pound division, and senior David Hopson, who came in fourth in the 182-pound weight class.

Poplar’s Layne Gorder took third place in the 138-pound weight division at the tournament.

The Wolves’ wrestling team will host the next tournament, Dec. 12.

 

Top individual placers from the Sidney Eagles Championship Invitational included:

98-pound division: first, Alex Madrigal, Bowman. N.D.; second, Dylan Taber, Killdeer, N.D.; third, Karson Wortman, Wolf Point; fourth, D.J. Martian, Bowman, N.D.; and fifth, D.J. Pogue, Beulah, N.D.

106-pound division: first, Maestro Martinez, Wolf Point; second, Travis Kinn, Glendive; third, Jeremy Leintz, Beulah, N.D.; fourth, Austin Luther, Williston, N.D.; fifth, Cade Kuntz, Dickinson, N.D.; and sixth, Quade Slater, Williston, N.D.

113-pound division: first, Philip Vasco, Sidney; second, Tyler Longland, Bowman, N.D.; third, Patrick Ferrel, Williston, N.D.; fourth, Brandt Ackerman, Glendive; fifth, Cameron Fladland, Circle; and sixth, Bryan Anayoh, Bowman, N.D.

120-pound division: first, Trace Jones, Sidney; second, Matt Carlson, Bowman, N.D.; third, Trey Sokoloski, Glendive; fourth, Casey Christian, Sidney; and fifth, Roy Isom, Williston, N.D.

126-pound division: first, Gresh Jones, Sidney; second, Brady Gorder, Sidney; third, Tori Watts, Miles City; fourth, Anthony James, Glendive; fifth, Tyler Erickson, Beulah, N.D.; and sixth, Cole Dukart, Killdeer, N.D.

132-pound division: first, Matt Weber, Forsyth; second, Ethan Graves, Sidney; third, Layne Schafer, Sidney; fourth, Tanner Rhode, Killdeer; fifth, Tyrel Mellmer, Beulah, N.D.; and sixth, Brayden Jorgenson, Bowman, N.D.

138-pound division: first, Dillon Tennant, Glendive; second, Rico Stormer, Circle; third, Layne Gorder, Poplar; fourth, Tel Lordy, Bowman, N.D.; fifth, Trista Bush, Forsyth; and sixth, Parker Dean, Sidney.

145-pound division: first, Luke Weber, Forsyth, second, Dereck Tabor, Killdeer, N.D.; third, Tristan Miller, Beulah, N.D.; fourth, Curtis Summers, Bowman, N.D.; fifth, Wyatt Smith, Miles City;and sixth, Sam Maisey, Williston, N.D.

152-pound division: first, Braden Weber, Forsyth; second, Troy Steele, Bowman, N.D.; third, Bradyn Rooks, Sidney; fourth, Dane Larson, Killdeer, N.D; fifth, Jose Demas, Dickinson, N.D.; and sixth, Quincy Stormer, Circle.

160-pound division: first, Dillon Jepson, Killdeer, N.D.; second, Doug Rooney, Sidney; third, Ty Horning, Beulah, N.D.; fourth, Sterling Lee, Bowman, N.D.; fifth, Brent Doeden, Williston, N.D.; and sixth, Bryan Brush, Miles City.

170-pound division: first, Cody Johnson, Sidney; second, Ahren Gwynn, Williston, N.D.; third, Tyler Kutzler, Glendive; fourth, Royce Horswill, Killdeer, N.D.; fifth, Matt Harris, Glendive; and sixth, Daniel Arthur, Killdeer, N.D.

182-pound division: first, Chris Niles, Forsyth; second, Dace Fisher, Sidney; third, Coy Turnquist, Williston, N.D.; fourth, David Hopson, Wolf Point; fifth, Justice Roundy, Beulah, N.D.; and sixth, Michael Longland, Bowman, N.D.

195-pound division: first, Brett Sandberg, Williston, N.D.; second, Evan Mellmer, Beulah, N.D.; third, Garrett Darby, Sidney; fourth, Steven Gabel, Forsyth; fifth, Gage Adams, Forsyth; and sixth, Logan Jones, Dickinson, N.D.

220-pound division: first, Isaac Ripplinger, Beulah, N.D.; second, Hunter Severson, Sidney; third, David Dukart, Killdeer, N.D.; fourth, Jacob Hildebrant, Bowman, N.D; fifth, Austin Kendall, Sidney; and sixth, Sterling Quintanella, Dickinson, N.D.

Heavyweight division: first, Cord Murray, Miles City; second, Hunter Herbaugh, Glendive; third, Dylan Bell, Forsyth; fourth, Josh Alexander, Sidney; fifth, Mac Stuber, Bowman, N.D.; and sixth, Alex Bradford, Miles City.

Girls’ Basketball Gears Up For Tournament

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The Wolf Point Lady Wolves’ high school basketball team began their season Nov. 25.

The team spent the first week practicing passing, trapping and shooting drills. Coach Jeff Neubauer, who has been coaching the Lady Wolves for seven years, said 25 athletes came out for the team, including 13 freshmen and several returning varsity players. Neubauer added that the first week was about whittling players into their positions, as well as looking for players to score in the basket.

In the previous year, the team took second place at the girls’ 2B district tournament. This earned them to a trip to the Northern B Girls’ Basketball Divisional Tournament, where they placed fourth.

Neubauer mentioned that one of the team’s goals for this season is to improve every game.

“We all want to win [every game], but it’s not all about that,” Neubauer said. “The winning part will come at tournament time.”

Helping Neubauer on the sidelines will be returning coach Dave Allen, who has been with the team for seven years. A new addition to the Wolf Point coaching staff is Danielle Solberg, who coached varsity basketball in Idaho.

“It’s nice having three coaching for that many athletes,” Neubauer said.

Sonica Archdale and Sarah Hafner are two seniors returning to the team.

Archdale, who made All-Conference last year, is excited for the season to begin and said this year’s team has a lot of talent. She added that she would help the younger players who struggle during the season.

Like Archdale, Hafner is excited for the season to start. One of the ways she helps the younger players during practice is by being vocal on the court.

Both Archdale and Hafner said they would like to win the district championship and move on to divisional and state championship tournaments.

Neubauer added that there will be new rules to the game that the team will struggle with in the beginning of the season; however he believes that the team will be an “up-tempo” team on the court.

“Everyone likes a team that gets after [the ball] on the floor,” Neubauer said. “It’s going to be a fun year.”

The team will compete in a preseason round-robin tournament at Wolf Point High School, Dec. 13-14.

 

PRE SEASON TOURNAMENT

Friday, Dec. 13

9 a.m.- WP vs Circle, JVG

10:30 a.m.- WP vs Circle, JVB

Noon- Plentywood vs Fairview, JVG

1:30 p.m.- Plentywood vs Fairview, JVB

3 p.m.- Plentywood vs Fairview, VG

4:30 p.m.- WP vs Circle, VG

6 p.m.- Plentywood vs Fairview, VB

7:30 p.m.- WP vs Circle, VB

Saturday, Dec. 14

9 a.m.- WP vs Fairview, JVG

10:30 a.m.- WP vs Fairview, JVB

Noon- Plentywood vs Circle, JVG

1:30 p.m.- Plentywood vs Circle, JVB

3 p.m.- Plentywood vs Circle, VG

4:30 p.m.- WP vs Fairview, VG

6 p.m.- Plentywood vs Circle, VB

7:30 p.m.- WP vs Fairview, VB

Library Can Help With Holiday Reading List

With December here, the weather can be cold at times to the point where you cannot be outside without covering yourself in layers of clothes and coats.

If you’re stuck indoors during the holiday season, one of the ways you can enjoy the day is to delve into a book. If you are unsure what books you would like to read, here are 10 books that can be found at bookstores or at the Roosevelt County Library.

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: One of the classic stories by acclaimed author Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol is a tale that revolves around rich businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve. Throughout the night Scrooge is visited by three more specters, who take him on a journey throughout past, present and future. Once the evening is over, Scrooge’s life will be changed.

2. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson: If you are looking for a thriller set during the holidays, Merry Christmas, Alex Cross catches up with famous detective Alex Cross as he spends Christmas Eve chasing a robber who has stolen from the church’s poor box. Cross’ day escalates as he must diffuse a hostage situation, all while trying to get home to spend Christmas with his family.

3. Christmas in My Heart by Joe Wheeler: In Christmas in My Heart, Joe Wheeler has compiled some of the most heartwarming Christmas stories that readers can enjoy by themselves or with their loved ones. If you’ve have already read the first Christmas in My Heart anthology, there are three more editions to check out at the library.

4. The Christmas Child by Max Lucado: Formerly known as The Christmas Cross, The Christmas Child is a novella that takes place in a Texas town on Christmas Eve with a journalist from Chicago who comes across a hand carved manger. This encounter turns into a journey that will lead him home. In 2004, The Christmas Child was made into a holiday movie titled Christmas Child.

5. How Do Dinosaurs Celebrate Christmas? by Jane Yolen: If you have children who like dinosaurs, How Do Dinosaurs Celebrate Christmas? is a good way to gather the children around the fireplace and learn how dinosaurs get into the spirit of Christmas.

6. Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier: The authors have put together three holiday murder mysteries into one book. In addition to dead bodies, all three stories have gingerbread cookies at the crime scenes. In addition to the stories, Gingerbread Cookie Murder also includes gingerbread cookie recipes.

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Families can relive the tale of one of Christmas’ most beloved characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in book form. Due to a blizzard coming through the North Pole, Santa Claus will not be able to ride his sleigh on Christmas Eve. There is only one red-nosed reindeer that can help guide Santa and his sleigh.

8. The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll: Another children’s book, Steven Kroll crafts a tale of Clayton, the town mouse, and Desmond, the country mouse, who both embark on a quest to find the biggest Christmas tree and bring the spirit of the holiday to their home in Mouseville.

9. Snow Angels by Michael Fern: Michael Fern’s anthology titled Snow Angels, brings together stories about love and miracles centered around the holiday season. Other contributors to the anthology include authors such as Marie Bostwick, Janna McMahan and Rosalind Noonan.

10. The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas by Charles Shultz: This book features a collection of Charles Shultz’s famous Peanuts comic strip. Readers are treated to 40 years of holiday stories featuring Charlie Brown, Linus Van Pelt, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

Boys’ Basketball Season Begins

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The Wolf Point Wolves boys’ basketball team began practicing to prepare for the upcoming season.

In the previous year, the team took second-place at districts, first-place at divisionals and second-place at the state championships. Although the Wolves finished at the top of their division last season, several varsity players graduated at the end of the year.

Coach Kelly Nieskens said many of the younger players, who have been on varsity since they were freshmen, will step up into leadership roles.

One of the team’s goals is to get better every game, which Nieskens said is reachable. Nieskens added that he wanted to help the players get into shape both physically and mentally.

During practice, the team practices several shooting and passing drills. They also have live scrimmages on the court.

Tukker Toavs is returning to the court after a year off due to an ACL injury he sustained during football season last year.

“It was hard sitting out last season and watching the team from the sidelines,” Toavs said.

Like Nieskens, Toavs wants to help his team get better at every game and help them go as far as they can in the season.

Junior Markell Blount is a new addition to the team. Blount, who played on the Frazer High School basketball team last season, said he is excited to be playing for Wolf Point.

“It’s a different system, but I’m excited to be playing for coaches and players who have been at the highest level and played in the state championship,” Blount said.

Blount’s goal is to come to practice every day and help his team get to where they need to be.

Nieskens noted that some of the other teams are expected to do better in the conference.

“By the end of the season, we will be where we need to be and hopefully surprise some people,” Nieskens said.

The team will compete at a tournament, Nov. 13-14.

 

PRE SEASON TOURNAMENT

Friday, Dec. 13

9 a.m.- WP vs Circle, JVG

10:30 a.m.- WP vs Circle, JVB

Noon- Plentywood vs Fairview, JVG

1:30 p.m.- Plentywood vs Fairview, JVB

3 p.m.- Plentywood vs Fairview, VG

4:30 p.m.- WP vs Circle, VG

6 p.m.- Plentywood vs Fairview, VB

7:30 p.m.- WP vs Circle, VB

Saturday, Dec. 14

9 a.m.- WP vs Fairview, JVG

10:30 a.m.- WP vs Fairview, JVB

Noon- Plentywood vs Circle, JVG

1:30 p.m.- Plentywood vs Circle, JVB

3 p.m.- Plentywood vs Circle, VG

4:30 p.m.- WP vs Fairview, VG

6 p.m.- Plentywood vs Circle, VB

7:30 p.m.- WP vs Fairview, VB