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July 19, 2021 . Mickelson said. Board member Scott Gailfus also expressed his approval of the plan. He said a look at past numbers and some visits with former students so- lidified the decision. “I’ve talked to a few people who were around (when the football co- operative began). They said it was scary at first and had no idea if it would work but it proved to be strong,” Gailfus said. Gailfus looked back into the records via an old annual and found that 267 kids made up grades 7 through 12 in 1973. “Today we have 277 in K through 12,” Gailfus said. “I hope both communities can get be- hind this.” The board alsoaddressed another concern that came up at the public forum. A few patrons wondered how losing home games would impact the business community. v Loing, who admitted there will be “bumps” in the process, predicted that there’s likely more to gain from having Rolette and Wolford parents and fans coming to Rolla on a regu- lar basis than people from places CO-Op (Continued from Page 1) such as Drake or Anamoose. He added that all the tournaments presently played in Rolla will remain on the schedule other than the dis- tricts, which will likely go the route of the super regional playoff format. Mickelson, who lives around 10 miles east Rolla, addressed the con- cern put forth at the forum about kids and parents who may have to drive additional miles for practices and games. “I just don’t see that as an issue,” Mickelson said. “The football coop- erative has worked remarkably well, better than anybody expected. The majority of kids are for this and they are the ones playing the games.” Another factor brought up about the cooperative was the possibility of students transferring out to surround— ” ~-- FHV<A-‘ “MW...~W “MA 5.1....“ «we.» “Raw”... ~..— wevmu~rvamfihwmm analw uu-O-nwla- *-m—w¢5—~w—aw~i .w w~.-—m—...'».«i A r. «was. 1. 4.... .. ,..;. a... The Star ing schools because of it. Randy Loing, high school principal and ath- letic director, said that is already hap- pening on a regular basis within both districts. Superintendent Brad Nash was questioned about the financial impact of the cooperative. He said there will be “some savings” but those will likely be offset by the immediate need to purchase new uniforms. He added, however, that as the coopera- tive progresses, there could be funds available for more coaches and other expenses. Board president Janelle Carnahan said the cooperative committee, made up of board members from both schools, will meet three times a year and “continue to communicate and evaluate as things progress.” Opinions (Continued from Page 1) “When we play teams like Towner—Granville-Upham, it would make more sense to play in Rolette,” said Me- Cloud, pointing out the smaller 'crowd size and shorter driving distance for the visiting team. “The athletic directors know the crowd sizes,” added Janelle Carnahan, school board president. “It’s not like this is brand new to them.” - Paul Munro voiced his concern about the idea of the cooperative and asked the board to “hold on longer” until the option is completely necessary. “I’d like the basket- ball and volleyball program to stay the way it is,” he said, while pointing out the existing football cooperative “is working very well.” Munro said the winter sports don’t demand the num- bers required for football and sees the cooperative of all sports as raising the pressure for coaches to play and start players from both schools regardless of skill levels. “I suspect what will happen is that coaches will be in a little bit of a bind,” said Munro, adding that parents have the potential to multiply that pressure. Josh Munro put forward a community-based point re- garding the proposed cooperative, using the recent up— date to the lighting at the football field, which hosts two to three varsity games per year. There was some debate in the city regarding whether or not to invest in a new sys- tem based on its limited use. “I want to make sure we’re not diluting support,” Josh said, pointing out that the school and community are bound tightly together. Brock Mitchell expressed “100 percent” support for the cooperative based ig,part on the potential to become compet1t1ve. “From a numbers standpoint,’we’re at a huge disad- vantage,” Mitchell said. “We’re putting our kids out there competing against schools two-times as a large as we are. If we put (Rolla and Rolette) together, we can be com- petitive.” ' Mitchell added that keeping up with larger schools will increase the edge of both participants and fans. He said maintaining the status quo will likely translate into losing “year after year” and result in more kids quitting sports and fewer fans attending games. Rolla Athletic Director Randy Loing backed up Mitchell’s theory with actual numbers. In 2020—21,Rolla had 59 total students in grades 9 through 12. Rolette had 49. Other schools in the district (St. John, Dunseith, North Star and Langdon) average approximately 140 kids in grades 9-12. Statewide the average is 120. Those numbers bridged into comments from Lyman Henderson, a former Rolla School Board member who lives near Hansboro and served the district during a stretch that saw the absorption of much of the Rock Lake School District, which included land as far away as Sarles. Henderson said those families drive upwards of 40 miles to activities and now with the potential Rolette co- operative, they would be expected to add another 20 miles to that total. While adding he’s “OK with the co- op,” he added that a better idea would be to “invite Ro— lette to join us.” “We’ve been through this. We welcomed Sarles and Rock Lake (into the district) ,” Henderson said. “Rolette is at the point where some who want to be involved in ac- tivities will have to go elsewhere. I think a big majority will come to Rolla.” Brandon Elick pressed the board members about their stance on the cooperative and attempts at communicat- ing those feelings with the public. “I’m for the co-op but not for splitting games 50-50,” Elick said. “I think we deserve to know where you’re at. Are you talking to people in the community?” Paul Munro continued that point by recalling the last community meeting and its results. He said that session yielded a consensus that a cooperative was good, but only if Rolla were to host a bulk of the games and practices. “Now it seems like it’s going 50-50,” he added.” Board members McCloud and Tim Mickleson said the school’s athletic directors will be in charge of deterrnin- ing game and practice sites as the cooperative gets under way. “At some point, we have to rely on them,” Mickelson said. He added that asking Rolette to be a part of alcoop— erative and then take 90 percent of the games is tanta— mount to a “slap in the face.” ‘ “We have to be fair,” Mickelson added. Superintendent Brad Nash told the crowd that the co- operative committee members from both school boards handled the process well. He added that hosting games based on crowd size was a key part of the discussion and also one that will become self-realizing as the first year of the agreement (2022-23) plays itself out. “They put in six months of work and effort and both sides realize that issue will take care of itself,” Nash said. “We have to trust the athletic directors.” Bob Vandal said the discussion regarding game and practice sites should not be the primary issue for the co— operative. “Right now we have to do what’s best for the kids,” he said. “We can’t be fighting about locations.” Vandal’s point was that for the past few years, both the Bulldogs and the Comets sent out line—ups featuring eighth graders to play against larger schools with juniors and seniors. “They’re not playing at their level,” Vandal said. “There aren’t any eighth graders in senior math. We have to do what’s best for the kids who want to participate.” Amy Leas added to that point, saying that this year’s Rolla boys junior varsity team will not have enough play- ers at that age level to field a team. Dave Henderson, a father of two athletes, said people ' who “want the best” for the kids could take a different route — “co-op with St. John.” Paula Munro said she’s not against the cooperative, but asked the board to think about its potential impact on the community and its businesses. She said prospective business owners and employees may look at the prospect of sending their kids 25 more miles to play games or prac— tice as a detriment. “That might make a difference,” she said. “We have to protect Main Street.” Trenton McCloud, a 2013 graduate of Rolla High School, was part of North Prairie football co-op and re— called the feelings among his teammates from Rolette at the time. “We all wanted (a co-op) for all the sports,” McCloud said. “I know there’s more to this like politics, money and coaches, but I think it would be best for everybody.” Along that same line, a poll of students in both schools found that 65 percent are in favor of joining forces. For sale Two-piece sectional sofa Features two recliners and comes from a smoke-free home Call John at Courthouse The following cases were dis- posed of in Rolette County District Court. The dollar amount listed in- cludes bond forfeiture and admin- istrative fees paid. Equipment/Pfd’s/Fire Ex/Bells/Light violations Audrey M. Charette, 57, Rolla. L Operation of unnumbered or un- licensed motorboat v Michael E. Derr, 51, Minneapolis. Speeding Renae N. Ahlberg, 41, Leeds. Michael J. Boyd, 51, Bismarck. Anthony Sawyer, 46, Central Islip. . Levi G. Kippen, 27, Willow City. Sage P. Peltier, 39, Belcourt. Failure to wear seatbelt Michael J. Boyd, 51, Bismarck. Menacing Michael J. Nadeau, 44, Dunseith, $360, sentenced to unsupervised pro— bation for 365 days, sentenced to 360 days in county jail, 350 days sus- pended, 10 days credit for time served. NOTICES A public notice is information informing citizens of government activities that may affect the citizens’ everyday lives. Public notices have been printed in local newspapers, the trusted sources for community information, for more than 200 years. We offer grades of gasoline, regular and dyed diesel available and 24-7 pay at the pump option! Weak/WW HIGHWAY 5 WEST BELCOURT, ND News Driving while license/privilege is suspended or revoked ,. Ronald D. Baker, 65, $250, sen- tenced to 30 days in jail, 26 days sus- pended, placed on unsupervised probation for 365 days. Hindering law enforcement Alexander A. Kromah, 43, Grand Forks, $325, sentenced to 360 days in jail, 330 days suspended, 14 days credit for time served, placed on un- supervised probation for 365 days. Aggravated Assault Tanner E. Langan, 25, Devils Lake, dismissed. Simple Assault Tanner E. Langan, 25, Devils Lake, dismissed. Disorderly Conduct Tanner E. Langan, 25, Devils Lake, dismissed. Page Area students named to UND a Roll of Honor The University of North Dakota’s Office of the Registrar issued its, 1 , Spring Semester 2021 President’s ‘ Roll of Honor. To qualify for the UND Presi- dent's Roll of Honor, a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher. 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