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Augus 2, 2021 .n . .. . -,.,.. . The Star COMPLEMENT Belcourt American Legion distributes Scholarships o deserving graduates Page 9 Several seniors who graduated from Turtle Mountain Community High School this spring received a scholarship from the Lilley-Dionne Post No. 262 of Belcourt last week. They included, back row, from left to right: Josiah Marcellais, Malorie Crissler, Kayleigh Vivier, Avah Marion, Haidyn Poitra and; Latin Crissler. Also receiving a scholarship but not pictured were Chase Jerome-Davis and James Keplin. The scholarships, worth $250, were presented to the. students last week and the event included a meal. Members of the Lilley-Dionne Post at the event were, front row, left to right: Joe Vega, Bill Peterson, Richard Marcellais, Howard Longie, Lancelot Azure, Earl DeCoteau and Pat Hemmy. l lb t C if I I off-highway trails The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department (NDPRD) an- nounces seven trail projects across North Dakota that have re— ceived grant funding from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). NDPRD received 18 applications totaling approximately $3,098,400 in grant fund re- quests during the last grant round. One preject selected for funding was for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and its Turtle Mountain OHV Trail Upgrades. “The Recreation Trails Program is a great opportunity to create, maintain and update recreational offerings across the state,” stated Andrea Travnicek, North Dakota Parks & Recreation Director. “Pro- grams such as this‘provide commu— nities with the resources to enhance their citizen’s access to activities that improve quality of life.” The Recreational Trails Program is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both mo— torized‘ and non—motorized recre- ational trail projects. ‘ Examples of eligible projects in— clude construction of new recre- ation trails, restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilita- tion of trailside and trailhead facil- ‘ ities and trail linkages, purchase and lease of recreational trail con- struction and maintenance equip- , “The Recreation Trails Program is a great opportunity to. create, maintain and update recreational offerings .acrossthe state. Programs as. this provide comm munities with a the re-' sources 'to' enhance their citizen’s access to activities that im- prove qu’ality of life.” , Andrea Travnicek, N;D. Parks and Recreation Director ment,1and acquisition/easements, and trail accessibility assessment. The RTP is administered at the state level through the NDPRD, and fed- erally through the Federal Highway Administration. Projects are evaluated and ranked by the Recreation Trails Program Advisory Committee, whose purpose is to assist in ranking projects seeking federal trail funds. For further information, please visit our website at https://www.parkrec .nd.gov/business/grants/recreational—trails—program or contact Char Langehaug, Grants Coordinator at 701-328-5357. Local bank’s CEO wins business magazine award Starion Bank CEO Craig Larson has been named a recipient of Prairie Business magazine’s 2021 Leaders & Legacies Award. The award recog- nizes executives in the region for their recent (Leaders) and lifetime (Legacies) contributions in business. Craig began his career with Star— ion Bank as comptroller in 1985 and was named president and CEO in 1997. Under Craig’s leadership, the Bank has grown from approximately $200 million in assets and five North Dakota branches to $1.60 billion in assets with 13 branches in North Dakota and 3 branches in the Madi— son, Wisconsin area. Starion Bank’s values—driven, family-owned organization consis- tently receives the highest ranking possible from BauerFinancial, an in— dependent bank rating firm, and has earned recognition among the na- tion’s top performers by Independent Banker magazine. Larson attributes these honors to the Bank’s strong cul- ture of giving back to the communi- ties it serves. N0 stranger to service, Larson en- joys being active in both his local community and the banking industry. He recently served as the Advisory Board Chair for the Prairie Family Business Association, an organiza- tion that builds relationships and of- fers high-quality educational programs promoting successful fam— ily businesses. He and his wife, She]— Larson ley have also recently served as Co- Chairs of the MSA United Way Fundraising Campaign. “We are honored to have an au- thentic, innovative leader like Craig guiding‘us in business, banking, and in life, leading by example through Starion’s values,” says Don Morgan, President and CEO-Elect. Larson is currently honored in the July issue of Prairie Business maga- zine and will receive his award in person at a banquet this fall. Earlier this year, the Larson fam- ily also pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations to the Rolla Community Endowment Fund, which offers grants to agencie within the city. ' Jumping for the Joy of others , The Rolla Dance Center’s tiniest participants entertained at Park View Assisted Living in Rolla on a sunny Thursday after- noon. The performance brought some smiles along with efforts to match the moves from the residents of Park View. Man sentenced to 35 years for Shooting at officer Acting United States Attorney Nicholas W. Chase announced that US. District Court Chief Judge Peter D. Welte sentenced Ruben Joe Cruz, age 38, Bottineau, ND, to 35 years in federal prison for the charge of Con— spiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Use of a Firearm During and Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime, and being a Felon and Fugi- tive Unlawfully in Possession of a Firearm. Judge Welte also sentenced l Cruz to five years of supervised re— leased, $59,113 in restitution and $500 in special assessment fees, On October 21, 2020, Cruz was charged by Superseding Indictment alleging that on August 14, 2020, Cruz unlawfully possessed a firearm . while he was under indiCtment out of the District of South Dakota. While serving the arrest warrant for the South Dakota case, Cruz discharged the firearm seriously injuring an Offi- cer from the Grafton, North Dakota Police Department. The Superseding Indictment further alleged that from August 2019 to August 2020, Cruz conspired with others to distribute 500 grams or-more of methampheta- mine ‘and that Cruz possessed methamphetamine with intent to dis- tribute at the time of the shooting. On March 18, 2021 , co-defendant Gilbert Garcia was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for his role 3 in the drug conspiracy. This case was investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal In- _ vestigation, Grand Forks Narcotics ‘ Task Force, Walsh County Sheriff’s Office, Walsh County State’s Attor~ ney Office, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Alcohol, To— bacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Chris Myers prosecuted the case. it