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f to the Races See Pag “at \ Two Sections — $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 Must-see in The Star School elections ........ ..Page 3 "A shot in thearm ..... ...... ..Page 4 Discounted services ........ ..Page 5 Honors all around ........... ..Page 6 Light poles came down...Page 11 June 21, 2021 Volume 134 — Number 34 Residents and businesses being asked to conserve water By John Rosinski Of The Star Residents and businesses in Rolla are being asked to conserve water for an indef- inite period of time. Rolla Public Works Director Cliff Rush and the city council talked about the dry conditions in the area at last weeks regular meeting. Rush said 'a pair of wells located in the northern part of the city were running low on water. As a result, more water from the south is being used, which is requiring more treatment, and thus, more costs to the city. “With the low water table we just thought it was best that everyone conserves a little water,” Rush said. “The bad thing is the quality of water up north is better so we’re using more chemical to. treat it.” Rush said the wells north of Rolla run about 35 feet deep while some of the south- ern wells are as deep as 50 feet. Rush said the city isn’t nearing anything dire like running out of water, but added the area is in need of meisture. “The last rains we got made very little difference because the ground was so dry it sucked it right in,” Rush said. “We need sev— eral rains to make a difference.” Rolla is hardly alone in requesting less water use. Turtle Mountain Public Utilities has been asking residents and businesses to refrain from unnecessary water usage for weeks. The request was made to help balance de- mands at the water treatment plant. Some of the reasons for the request were undetected City Council State’s top rate 1? County leads way in youth vaccinations, fourth overall According to Rolette‘CountyPuinc Health . Nurse Renae Henderson the 12 to .1 8-year-old ' By Jason Nordmark Of The Star As the summer events season. starts to heat up, so too has the work of getting everyone in Rolette County vaccinated. According to the Rolla-based pub— lic health office, Rolette County is fourth in the state when it comes to vaccination rates. ‘ Nearly 60 percent of all residents have received at least one ’dose of the vaccine while 58 percent are fully vaccinated. The county also reached the No. 1 spot in the state in terms of coverage for children 12 to 18 years of age. Just over 42 percent of the kids in that age group have received doses of COVD—l9 prevention shots. That’s much higher than the state average of 11.5 percent in that age range. According to Rolette County Pub— lic Healifi‘Nhr’s‘e Alienae Henderson the 12 to 18 year old group in the county now has a higher percentage rate of vaccination than the 19 to 29 year old group and those who are age 30 to 39. group. in, the county now has a higher percent- age rate ofvaccination than the 19.to 29ryear, old group and those who are age 30 to 39. Henderson said the gap is as large as 7 percent and that’s interesting be- cause-the 12 to 17 year old group just recently became eligible for the vac- cine last month. The county’s first 12—year-old was vaccinated at the Rolette County Public Health office on May 14. Rolette County Public Health is ' offering COVID—19 vaccine in Rolla, Rolette, Dunseith and St. John every three weeks, located either at the school parking lots or at the office parking lot in Rolla or along Main Street in Dunseith. “We also have clinics available every Wednesday in Dunseith at the W1C offiCe from 9 am. to 4 pm,” Henderson said. “All vaccines are being offered at these clinics and can be given at the same time as a COVID vaccine.” The public health nurse added that anyone who walks in to the Rolla of- fice at any time can also get vacci- nated. “We will make it work somehow,” Henderson said. _ In addition, the ND. Department of Health has set up clinics at the R0— lette Cenex every Monday and Dun— seith Cenex every Friday. The effort began last week and will continue for three more. Henderson said it’s part of the state-wide effort to assist local efforts 'and making the corona’Vii'US protection shots more accessible to the public. Vaccinations (Continued on Page 5) Sheriff’s department looking for ways to add more officers By John Rosiski Of The Star The Rolette County Commission was briefed by Sheriff Nathan Gustafson last week on a potential bevy “We’renot providing accurate- coverage. With six deputies. I. Want us to be more proactive I r. ..ttil (Continued on Page 3) 0f “P00111ng actiVity. Marietta Good rose high above the streets of Rolla to touch up the Curt’s Theater sign along . if"; Gustafson attended part of the regular meeting last week and discussed a wide range of issues that could impact the department in the upcoming months. Among the topics discussed Was what Gustafson said was a need to hire more officers. The county cur- rently employs six officers, which is two less than last year. The decrease stems from the city of Dunseith opt- ing out of a policing contract and creating its own de- partment at the start of this year. According to Gustafson, despite having Dunseith of— ficers patrolling the city, the county still doesn’t have a sufficient amount of deputies. V . “We’re not providing accurate coverage with six deputies,” Gustafson said. “I want us to be more proac- tive than reactive.” Gustafson said there is one relatively simple way to add at least one officer. Currently, the city of St John than reactive.” . Nathan Gustafson, ‘ Rolette COunty Sheriff shares the cost of a county policing contract with the St. John School. Officials in St. John have discussed possibly creating their own department. Although noth- ing has been decided, Gustafson said the county could create a contract with the school to share a deputy. St. John School pays $2,000 a month for a resource officer. Gustafson said if the county utilizes part-time funds that are currently available, totaling $30,000, a full— time position could be created and funded without ex— Sheriff (Continued on Page 3) SchoOl board wind'tower revenue blown away By John Rosiski Of The Star Some of Rolla school’s revenue is now gone with the wind. Business Manager Jessica Rosin- Theend result is costing the Rolla district V approximately$400,000 in the general fund. ski described what she called a “roller coaster of emotions,” in re- gards to a change in revenue-received from, wind towers located in Rolette County. For several years the school has received wind tower tax revenue. Last month school officials were no- tified of a change in how the money is asseséed. The result was two-fold for the school as it’s set to receive less money moving forward and have some funds that were collected from the last two years returned to the county. The end result is costing the dis- trict approximately $400,000 in the general fund. Rosinski said as things get worked out it 'is possible the school can recoup some, but not all, of what has been lost. Even if that happens, however, the board still had to approve a budget that reflects deficit spending for the fiscal year ending in June. , ‘ “Right now our budget doesn’t look pretty but we will recoup some . of it,” Rosinski said. Elementary Principal Kristin Mitchell provided a report on sum- School (Continued on Page 5) Main Avenue in Rolla last week thanks to a lift donated by Tyler Edwards of Edwards Construction. Her volunteer effort was one of many around the city as a group of volunteers along with three area businesses came together and tidied up the town. Marquee da By Jason Nordmark Of The Star Coming off last summer’s busi— ness shutdowns and the rise in on— line shopping, Susanne Weston wanted to show some support for local businesses. Weston’s concept went beyond purchasing items and directly to helping Rolla’s commercial sector freshen up with some volunteer labor. “COVID hit some businesses hard,” Weston said. “I think it’s nice ' to support local merchants and we felt by doing this, it was another way to give back to our small-town busi- nesses.” Nearly 20 volunteers showed up for an approximately eight-hour shift of improvements along Rolla’s Main Avenue. Weston said the day went “really good,” but wished there was time to do more. The concept was to offer free labor to the community’s business Volunteers (Continued on Page 7) CHECKING ACCOUNTS THAT FIT. YOUR LIFESTYLE. YOUR MONEY. LEARN MORE AND APPLY ONLINE TODAY! yf or volunteers Madison Samuelson, left, and McKenna Samuelson scrape a bench in preparation for a new coat of paint last week in an effort to freshen up Rolla’s Main Avenue appearance. BANK starionbank.com [Member FDIC