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A percentage of the money generated from the gam- ing has been used to support a variety of endeavors, including a local food pantry and the Rolla Volunteer Fire Department, among others. Last year Revitalize Rolla dipped their toes into the gaming world by , H Y .....r~*--wumwml' st“ ‘ air enough St. John School’s annual reading fair returned in a big way last week with more than 500 people in attendance. For more on the event, turn to page 8. County’s younge By Jason Nordmark Of The Star Educators at Turtle Mountain Head Start in Belcourt saw pos- itive learning results by the end of a school year marked by a pandemic. Monte Poitra is the director of the program. He said the county’s youngest students proved their resiliency during a school year that leaned exclu— sively on distance learning. “Our data showed that our kids not only kept up, but‘ gained,” said Poitra, a day after the school marked graduation with a drive-through ceremony. Poita said he doesn’t foresee any “lasting or significant” im- pact of the unique 2020-21 term, but admitted it was at the forefront of his mind, along .with the overall safety of the students, parents and staff. Dawn Davis is the school’s education and disabilities man- 4 operating a few machines at the Rolla Country Club. After learning how it operated officials from Revitalize Rolla decided to try and branch out to additional local businesses, including the Viking Inn and Prairie Lanes. The group also discussed applying , for a permit at the Main Street Saloon st students excelled during difficult year but those discussions have been put on hold pending the possible sale of the business. 1' Cam Mickelson is the president of :evitalize Rolla (RR) and he attended “ ’e meeting with fellow board mem- er Nathan Neameyer and RR audi- _. Gerry Krech. Mickelson described why RR' was interested in the venture. “We’re advising the council for local control and that’s what we want to do. We did it at the golf course last year, learned how it worked and now we want the whole town.” . Matt Mitzel attended last week’s meeting to represent Munich Gam- mg. He described'the relationship the Cavalier County entity has had with Rolla and the desire to keep the part- nership intact. He added Munich City Council . the accused has to be“ (Continued on Page 5) ; Plan to dissolve boardstopped By Jason Nordmark Of The Star Issues involving the Rolette County Housing Authority’s Board of Directors spilled over into a contentious Rolette County Commission meeting last week. A plan to dissolve the housing board was shot down by Rolette County States Attor— ney Brian Grosinger, who quoted state law on the matter. Grosinger said the commission, which is in charge of appointing people to the board, could only remove those members for a cause, such as inefficiency, neglect of duty or misconduct. Those charges also need to be done formally and .,. a.-. m spond. “To the best of my knowledge, the only ' k-muerlmmemsimhmc.am . glven a c ance to re- see‘"’a‘ reso- lution ,to thisf’idday. before it starts member George Gottbreht. All were in favor of dissolving the current board and ap- pointing residents of each community which has a RCHA housing facility. Current board members are Craig Poitra, who is a chairman and also a county com- inissioner, Becky Leonard, Melissa Ander- son and Sylvia Houle. Lana DeCoteau, the former superintendent of Turtle Mountain School, was recently named as a replace— ment for Henry LaRocque, another county commissioner, who recently resigned from the board’s chairperson spot. Rolette Mayor Scott was the first to call for the dissolution of the RCHA board, ' pointing out that, the original plan was to have aresiden‘t repre- sentative from each city. Andy Gilje, the Rolette City Council way to start over com- pletely would be to dissolve the current authority and start over,” Grosinger ad— JuSt disagreeing" With the way, (the RCHA board) is, doing their job is not cause (for president, said the city has a “huge stake” in the 38-unit apartment complex and duplex located in the town. 318:: misfit: removal)? I b.3225 .3: meeting Tuesday. Brian GTOSingel'. now is the large vol- Dfirirfilg that .sessiptrii, Rolette County ume.0f calls flor police w 10 saw City 0 ' serV1ce to t e units. cials from Rolette and states Attorney “We need low income Dunseith attend along with former RCHA employees, the state’s attorney called the issue “complex” and that it would be more appropriate to air the concerns at the RCHA board meeting. “I don’t see a resolution to this today,” Grosinger said during the commission meeting. “Just disagreeing with the way (the RCHA board) is doing their job is not cause (for removal) .” After nearly 45 minutes of debate, it was clear both sides of the issue were no where near an agreement on how the job is being done. Members of the Rolette City Council along with Mayor Blaine Scott were in at- tendance along with Dunseith City Council housing and it needs to be safe,” he said. “Right now, we’re a long way from that.” Poitra asked Gilje if all the crime came about in just the past few months before adding that none of the concerns were brought to proper venue. “The first route is to come to the (RCHA) board,” Poitra said. “I’ve been on the board since December 2019 and noth— ing has been brought there.” That led to a back—and—forth with Got- tbreht, who noted the deteriorating condi- tion of Dunseith’s RCHA units. He said for the past six months no one has looked in on the complexes and questioned if the RCHA Plan (Continued on Page 5) Volunteer fire fighters get a boost from state crew By John Rosinski Of The Star Area volunteer fire de— partments got a boost the last few weeks with some reinforcements from some other agencies. Aaron Buchloz is cur- rently working for the North “You Dakota State Forest Service. event of a fire, The Rolla High School hear talk a'boUt record. dryness in the area and it’s con- cerning.” Aaron Bucholz, N.D. Forest Service firefighter and Rolla High graduate “You hear talk about Bucholz was joined by reCord dryness in the area ager. She helped engineer an ed- ucational model that included matching the level of each stu- Head Start (continued on Page 9) graduate is currently work- nine other officials who and it’s concerning,” Bu- ing out of the Bismaer Of- came from as far as Kansas cholz said. “We’re just here fice but he opted to come to help protect an area that home earlier this month to has been hit with one of the help area departments in the driest springs in years. ATurtle Mountain Head Start student outside the facility’s building in Belcourt posed for a photo during a “spring fling” just a few days before graduation ceremonies last week. The educational program had 175 students this school year, a number significantly less than in year’s past. Fire Fighters (Continued on Page 3) CHECKING ACCOUNTS THAT FIT. YOUR LIFESTYLE. YOUR MONEY. Stafibn BANK LEARN MORE AND APPLY ONLINE TODAY! starionbank.corn Member FDIC