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Page 10 Watch r all the details c .1 - Alvin Poitra, owner of St. John Caskets along with his wife, Lorral, stands in the business’s ‘R 0.1L showroom with a Native American-themed casket. I New John busméés ores another option during time of hardship By Jason Nordmark . ‘ Of The Star * The death of a loved one motived Alvin Poitra and Lorral to start a new business in St. John. ‘ “My father in-law before he passed, he would always say ‘when I die, just put me in a box, nothing fancy,” Poitra recalled. . . ’ George Trottier, Alvin’s father in-law passed away in January 2020. After going through everything that gees with burying a loved one, Alvin said he and his wife, Lor- ral, were motivated to help others. “Caskets can cost $4,000 or more and that can be a real hardship on families in this area,” Alvin said. “My wife and I thought about it and we were inspired to help people in our community save money.” That was the start of St. John Caskets located along the city’s main thoroughfare. Alvin works with a supplier out of Minnesota, Wind River Caskets, a father and daughter team that builds caskets and urns with Native American designs. “We have regular caskets as well Alvin said. “The Native designs cost around $1,600 and the most expen— sive one costs $2,000. We try not to go any higher than that.” ‘I‘; The business sells around 10 different hand-made styles that utilize all kinds of wood. There are up to 15 types of interior designs including Native American. “All of them have names, like Bear Creek or Yellow Stone,” Alvin said. “The owner and his father built cus— rpm cabinets for several years and now, for the laSt 20 years, the father and daughter build caskets. That’s all r I:".¢.-4-'Ir~iar"’ w’" The business sells Lamond ' different hand-made S‘tylesltfiat utilize allkinds of wood. There are up to 15 types 'Of interiOr dew signs including Native American. they do.” The supplier in Minnesota works exclusively with the Poitras. Alvin said he’s also worked with area funeral homes to deliver cas'kets purchased at his business. “We have a good working relationship with the funeral homes. They’ve been good to work with,” Alvin said. “They call us when they’re ready for the casket so the family doesn’t have to worry about it.” Federal law requires funeral homes to accept caskets that consumers have purchased from another source. Alvin worked for Turtle Mountain Housing Authority for 15 years as a home inspector. He’s originally from St. John and went to school in Belcourt. Since starting their own business one year ago, the Poitras feel good about providing the service and also have empathy for those who may struggle with financial circumstances at the same time they’re dealing with the loss of a loved one. “We’ve been there. It can be a difficult time,” Alvin said. “If we can help them save $2,000 to $3,000 maybe that will help.” Super Deal for the Bud Pack Aluminum Bottles ONLY $7.37 Rascal 's 19 Main Ave W. Rolla 477-9150 30’er a,» . r Owls??? Formerly Dugan’s 800 01 Jun 02 Feb enter the yard and were gone before ever being identified. “We didn’t have any luck getting anything back. We reported it to the police but it didn’t get anywhere,” Deb said. Unfortunately, ' the Metcalfe’s plight was far from an isolated inci- dent. Among several issues touched on over- the last year by Rolette County Sheriff Nathan Gustafson, stolen property was a frequent part of the conversation. The department re- ceived 68 calls regarding stolen prop- erty; includinga spike of 14 calls in Septembef followed by 20 more in r(i')"c‘:to'ber. There were also 47 calls made for burglary/breaking and en- tering. Those too increased in the fall 03 MN The t"'E'ditionf ) will continue: Same great i team, same Calls fbr Service ROLETTE co SHERIFFS OFFICE This data represents Calls for Service including these with no Verified offense. it is an analysis of offenses reported to police, and not a representation of actual crime. Report Includes Calls for Service from (1 /1 /2020) to (12/31/2020). Total CF! including No Verified Offenses 722 569 07 Jul 04 Apr 06 May 06 Jun Crime (Continued from Page 1) with 11 calls coming in September. Gustafson has cited increased drug use as the biggest reason for the uptick in theft. Gustafson has described a cycle in which a drug user needs money to buy more drugs. In doing so, the user has utilized stolen prop- erty as a way to fund their drug habits. There were also 27 calls for pos- session of a stolen vehicle. At least one call for a stolen vehicle was made in all but three months of 2020. Although more broad in scope, another offense that received a high number'of calls was Suspicious per— SOn/Vehicle activity. The‘department received 218 calls for the offense, in— cluding 33 in the month of August. Law enforcement also responded Rolette County Public Health Operation Firsts COVID Vaccine Clinics I Tuesday, February 2 0 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. -Thursday, February 4 - 8:30 am. to 4‘ p.m. . Both clinics will be held at Rolla City Hall Vaccinations are available for the routsan groups: - 75 years and older or 65 years and older with great deals! 08 Aug 694 671 606 0989p 100:! 11Nov 12006 to 105 calls for disorderly conduct and another 81 for drivers who were driving with a revoked license. A total of 60 calls were made for simple assault and 48 were made for destruction/damage/vandalismt of property/criminal mischief. In addition to the high volume of offenses, the department received calls for a variety of issues. Some of them included one call for possession of stolen property greater than $10,000 and another for illegal use of fireworks. Another call was made be- cause of loud noise and another was made for prostitution. . The department also assisted with 128 fire calls 384 ambulance re- quests. Public Health i’ruvenl. Promote. Prnlrit. ' two oramore’of the following high risk conditions: ‘lf calling to schedule an appointment, please have the following information ready:- Name»: First, Last, Middle Initial - ’ Email address (if able) 0 Phone Number ' Address including county of residence Insurance Type and identification number I. Whomever is calling in will also need to have general healtl "n individual, allergies, underlying conditions, etc. ' , Cancer 0 Chronic kidney disease - COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) 0 Down Syndrome Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies , Immunocom‘promised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant Obesity/Severe Obesity 0 Pregnancy Sickle cell disease 0 Smoking - Type 2 diabetes mellitus vlf you would like to schedule an- appointment on line go to: httpsrllvaccinereg.health.nd.gov/ “Find a Vaccination Clinic” search Rolette County Date of Birth