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The cooperative will in- clude all activities except track and Roll'a will be the host school of the cooperative, which will end the Bulldog and Comet mascots and begin the I use of the North Prairie Cougars across each sport. The two schools combined in foot— 1 ball several years ago and al- ready utilize the Cougar mascot. The two schools already co~ op in golf and wrestling along with St. John. Those teams will remain under the name North- ern Lights. During Rolla’s meeting, three board members who have a publicly remained silent on'the issue’ gave their full-throated support to the blending of, sports between the long-time rivals. ' ' Seth Bercier said he is “to~ tally for it” while understand- ing some of the angst among patrons who aren’t sure if it’s time for a full sports coopera- tive. “I see the frustration in some of the issues,” Bercier said. “But our kids need to be more competitive, I truly be— lieve that. I see and understand the frustration and there will be decision elicits several opinions Around sopatrons ofthe Set-tool District attended a pub- lic forum to debatethe issues enrrounding the potential-sports f cooperativeinvolving neighboring Rolette. The idea, whichboth school boards eventually agreed? to last (week, will begin in 2022-23. ‘ r y The sessiOn, organized by‘the Rolla Schooiadajraaidn't pro- duce a‘c‘on’sensus- but it did'iyield a-‘hos‘t of opinions [about the ‘jconcept’s impact ongeyerythin‘g from practice schedules to the businessuconrmunity. . Chad Leas. the Bella boys basketbalisoa'ch, kicke‘d’off the ses- sionan a bastcique‘stlbnabout equity. He said there’s-a ‘flbt of concernitiabouit‘the‘ potential framework for home games; ‘ , ‘ “What’s” fair ' jolla isn’t fair to Rolette and what’safair to R04 latte-isn’t fair _._.olla,’-’ Leas said; rioting~that there’s usually ‘ around seVen bagpipes games a season. {‘Will it be four and three (or; five and two Sch‘ool Boartfmember Brett McCloud said onceéttiegames are scheduled, the schools’ athletic directors will ‘ home game Sites based on the potential size'of— ‘. said‘the school’s ecoperative committees already, addressedthe “We and came the; “that‘Wo‘iif‘d‘yietd”a greater-"umber _, _ My.” new"; r r- . ratifies »-si .1 w such, as matchi-ups’with St. John, Du‘rtseith, North Star and Lang don. self out.” A few of those “frustra- tibns” mentioned during public meeting included the potential of an even split of home games as well as long drives to and from practices. The coopera— tive committee made up of school board members from , Opinions (Continued on'Page 3) tiations. The consensus was that Rolla, which hasa larger venue, would host games that would likely feature bigger fan . turnouts while Rolette would take games that would gener— .ate relatively smaller gates. Tim Mickelson said the is- sues of splitting home games .1 .- He pointed out, however, that his “yes” vote came in part from the comfort he felt that the issue would quickly solve itself once the cooperative be— came active. ‘ “Just by a. natural process, that will work itself out,” That sinking feeling The dunking booth was a popular spot during last week’s special event for kids Co-op (Continued on Page 3) that was part of Turtle Mountain Days. For more photos of the games and fun, please turn to page 16. bumps along the way, but I think everything will work it~ both districts touched on the home game topic during nego- appeared to be the biggest con- . cern during the public meeting. Belcourt girl earns her way By Jason Nordmark v Of The Star “ n Standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people, Madison DeCoteau held a gold trophy while a young woman placed a crown on her head. “I was feeling proud of myself because I accomplished this,” the 11-year—old Belcourt girl said. “But I was a little nervous, too.” De€oteau had just been chosen' North ‘ i Dakota’s Pre-Teen Miss Amazing Queen for 2021-22. It was a big day for the whole fam— ily, many of whom attended the event. “We were all crying and I was trying to record it,” said Maggie Martin, Madison’s mom. “I didn’t know what it would all entail and then we got the details of what was next and then I was shocked.” Madison has already been featured in both the North Dakota State Fair parade as well as the Turtle Mountain days parade and will throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Grand Forks later this sum- met. This was North Dakota’s first-ever Miss Amazing pageant. It Was created to help pro- vide personal development opportunities that build self-esteem in girls and women with disabilities. In addition, one of its goals is to disman— tle stereotypes and to open up pathways for personal growth. The state has a Miss Amaz- ing chapter located in Grand Forks. Madison is dealing with a rare congenital anomaly called septo-optic dysphasia. She was diagnosed 10 months after birth. Maggie said it’s remains a mystery just how much her daughter can see. “It’s a miracle she can see at all,” Maggie said. “Her optic nerve is so small.” Madison has another Way of explaining the challenges she faces every day. “Some- times the wrong messages get sent to my brain,” she said. « The condition resulted in Madison attend- ing both Ojibwa Indian School, where she’s in the fifth grade, and the School for the Blind t national ‘Miss .Amazing’ contest Above: North Dakota’s Miss Amazing Madison DeCoteau, left, and her mother, Maggie Martin. At right: Madison wearing a ribbon skirt made by her grandmother after being crowned Miss Amazing earlier this year. ity. She takes part in the local Special Olympics group and especially enjoys bas- ketball competitions. She also enjoys any- thing musical along with baking, swimming, in Grand Forks, where she has enrolled since pre-school. ‘ . Madison said she uses glaSSes and a mag- nifier to help overcome some challenges and gets an annual evaluation of her condition. Still, the 11-year-old has managed to stay quite busy and discovered outlets for activ- Miss Amazing (Continued on Page 10) t I i‘ r