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##25 >“"¢.f¢“..“‘miAg-L m 3% 390 00-00-00 $95 253 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 927 W RAILROAB AVE SHELTON. WA 98584-3847 murmur-hint.-rI-mrum-au-rlmn-r-rmmmnr ‘3 VallEl’B’lllt "lemmas Turtle One monthinto new session, ‘ schools skirtingCOVlD so far By John Rosinski Of The Star After almost a month into the new school year area districts have so far avoided any major COVID-19 dis- ruptions. As cases of the virus increase throughout the state and ' neighboring school districts deal with minor outbreaks, school officials are moving forward with face-to-face in- struction. . Turtle Mountain Community SchoOl in Belcourt is the largest district in the area. According to Superintendent Michelle Langan, school officials are relying on robust testing, mask wearing and adherence to guidelines in Order to keep the hundreds of students that attend the var- ious schools in the building. ' ; “If we find a positive we immediately begin contact tracing and we go according to six feet,” Langan said. “We’ve been going at warp speed trying to educate our students while also implementing all the health measures we need to keep our students and staff safe.” , Langan said testing is completed in various buildings within the district. She estimated 100 to 125 tests are ad- ministered every day. Officials in St. John are averaging roughly 75 tests a week. Superintendent Paul Frydenlund said regular test- ing occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other testing is done when deemed necessary. “If someone isn’t feeling well we try and get on it right away,” Frydenlund said. “We’ve also had some parents ask their children be tested weekly as a safety protocol.” The school has had six positives since school started I last month and all of them occurred within a couple of City gets halfmillion ‘ “if We find a positive-we} . diater begin contact tracing and; ’ we go accordipg‘ to , six" feet; “We’ve been going at warp speed-i- trying to educate our students while also‘implementin‘g all the. health» measures .we need to keep your students and staff safe.” , g ' ' ‘ Michelle Langan, Turtle Mountain ' Schools superintendent days. Frydenlund described the symptoms of those who contr'actedthe virus as a “decent case” of- the flu. The school has. also had one staff member test positive and that was a breakthrough infection, meaning the individual was fully vaccinated. , St. John is also requiring masks for everyone in the building. Frydenlund reiterated that everything the school is doing is being done to continue face~to-face instruc— tion. - “Thebottom line is we’re going to do everything we can to keep' kids in school. I am a little worried things might get worse before they get better, but our nurse and COVID ., (Continued on Page 8) was. forvindusrial builing By John Rosinski Of The Star After years of starts and stops, the Dunseith City Council moved last week to sell its large industrial build— ing. The structure has been vacant for more than five years when Bench- mark closed its doors. The city has owned the building and 'has spent time trying to find a new occupant. Earlier this year a trailer company, based out of Indiana, indicated a se- rious interest in the building. After months of negotiations, the council moved to sell 'the building for $525,000 to Charles Hoefer during a special meeting last Tuesday. According to Bob Leonard, who has worked on trying to find an em— ployer for the building on behalf of the council for years, the transaction should be completed by November 1. The deal includes the 100,000 square foot building and the parking lot. Prior to the vote the council touched on a few concerns. Council- man Chris Strong openly asked what. the council would do in the future if a businesses wanted to come into town. Strong said by agreeing to the sale, the city was without any avail- able commercial property. An aerial view of the former Benchmarkvbuilding in Dunseith that was sold for $525,000 to an Indiana company that produces trailers. ' Strong asked councilman George Gottbreht if he would agree: to sell some lots to the city. Gottbreht, who is also on the Dunseith Development Corporation, has said he would sell some property to the city in the event a businesses is looking to come to town. "‘I want to make sure George holds up his end of the stick,” Strong said. “I’m looking out for the city of Dunseith.” , Mayor Jesse Marion asked Got- tbreht if the land would be for sale, and Gottbreht said that it indeed would be available. “I asked George if they have an agreement and he said they do and I trust George,” Marion said, “His Building (Continued on Page 8) An event for all ages The Turtle Mountain ChippeWa Pembina Labor Day Powwow was recently held over three days. The festivities included traditional dances, shopping and an opportunity for everyone to spend time together. (Photos by John Rosinski) ‘ ‘ Must-see in The Star Tribes and redistricting.....Page 2 . Homecoming in Rolla......‘..Page 3,, A plea to school districts..Page 5 Rolette hospital history ....P-age 6 Legal fight over masks .....Page 7 September 13, 2021. Volume 134 Number 46 Two Sections $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 Commission won’t take back decision, new offi'cerstake oath By John Rosinski Of The Star For the second time in two months, the Rolette County commission discussed the deputy auditor position. Last month the commission moved to hire _Jodie Jeanotte, who was working part-time, to a full-time deputy in the treasurer’s office beginning in January. The full-time salary was set at $42,600. Commission Chairman .Eldon Moors was not at the meeting in which the issue was decided. Last week, the posi- tionwas again addressed by the entire board. Moors asked if the motion to create the full time position could be rescinded. He said there wasn’t any background done in regards to the position and contended there wasn’t a need for a full-time treasurer’s deputy. Get details at starionbank.c_om/250 today. “It doesn’t call for a full-time job,” Moors said. “I know a motion was made but the first thing we need to do is rescind it.” At the meeting in August commissioner Henry LaRocque asked if a newly created full—time employee. could be shared between other agencies that work for the county. LaRocque revisited the concept last week. “It would be ideal for her to be hired and CHECKING OFFERFOR You Findan acCount thatfits your lifestyle! be utilized not only by the treasurer office but by the extension office and if need be the tax assessors,” LaRocque said. “I see Kandace (Rolette County treasurer Kandace Desjar~ lais) there three days a week and Joide there a couple days a week. If she’s not there full time she could be utilized by all three of- fices.” Desjarlais argued there was enough work in the office for a second position. She added she was only allowed to have a deputy work 960 hours a year, limiting how much time she could spend in the office. “The reason she’s there two days doesn’t have to do with how busy she is. It’s because Commission (Continued on Page 3) BANK l\l<‘-‘.i‘.