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Name Change I ##25 mimitifiifltti'Al-L 690 00—00-00 is coming for Rolla hespital on October 1 On October 1, 2021, the name of Presentation Medical Center, in Rolla, will change to “SMP Health St. Kateri.” According to Aaron K‘. Alton, President and CEO of SMP Health System, the parentcompany of Pres- entation Medical Center, “the name change is part of an effort to update the branding of our system and its healthcare ministries in North Dakota to more clearly reflect our nature as a system as well as to emphasize our Catholic heritage having its source in the Sisters of Mary of the Presenta- tion, who established their first hos- pital in North Dakota in Bottineau in 1913.” In addition to its North Dakota ministries, the name of SMP Health System will also change on October 1 to “SMP Health.” SMP Health is a Catholic health care system with 10 health care min- istries located in North Dakota and Illinois with its central office in Fargo, ND. In central Illinois it op- ,erates a regional network, St. Mar- ' garet’s Health, comprised of two . .. new» Theeigaifieaneeefihenew—name hospitals and a home care agency. for Presentation Medical Center was explained by J .T. Kennelly, SMP Health’s Vice President of Mission and Formation. ‘ Kennelly said St. Kateri will be under the patronage of St. Kateri Tekakw‘itha, the “Lin of the Mo- hawks,” the first and only Native American saint. She lived in the sec- ond half of the 17th century in what is presently New York State. Her family was killed by smallpox when she 'was a small girl and she was adopted by her aunt and uncle. The smallpox left St. Kateri covered with unsightly scars. St. Kateri was baptized into the Catholic faith at the age of nineteen with the help of a Jesuit missionary. As a teenager she showed no interest in marriage. As a Christian, she took a vow of chastity, which led to op- pression from her. Mohawk tribe, which she fled to join a native com— munity of Christian converts. She of- fered up fasting, penances, and mortifications for forgiveness and conversion of her Mohawk people. St. Kateri died at the age of 24. It is reported‘ that after her death, her scars disappeared and her skin be- came. radiantly beautiful. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and is currently, the only Native AmeriCan saint. Chris Albertson, CEO of Presenta- tion Medical Center, says that a paint- ing of St. Kateri by lcoalartist Bennett Brien has been commissioned by SMP Health St. Kateri to be perma— nently displayed in the hospital. 698 258 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 927 W RAILROAD AVE SHELTON. WA 985M384? A nose for cookies , Rolette students took part in their annual homecoming class com- petitions Friday afternoon. This partictrlar game involved getting a cookie from forehead to mouth with no hands. For more on the events, please turn to pages 8 and 9. 2017. ’90, p . : MuSt-see in The Star. ., $58 million project ...‘...,.....Page 3' 1 ‘A counting’ issuer............Page 4“ Big-bank donation .......,.....Page 6 Homecoming courts Pages 9, '20 Harvest considerations....-..Pa’ge 16 , ,. e -_ 39,: ea ., H I” ‘95! (saggy-a- s; September 27, 2021 Volume 134 Number 47 'Two Sections $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 aki‘ By Jason Nordmark Of The Star The death of a son is part of Gaillord Peltier’s life every day. He grapples with it, contemplates it and ultimately lives with it. “We all deal with death differently,” Peltier said to a crowd gathered for a Suicide Prevention Month walk sponsored by Indian Health Service’s Depart- ment of Health and Human Service. “Every day I hurt. Every day is a struggle.” Peltier was the featured speaker at the event and did not hold back during an often emotional talk re- lating the details surrounding the death of his son, Adam Peltier, who committed suicide on August 24, “I love talking about-my boy, even if he cannot be here physically,” Peltier told the crowd. “My son is on my mind every night when I go to bed and every 'V morningwhen I wake up.” Unfortunately,‘the Peltier family is one of-many' families in the area and state dealing with the same ’ tragedy. 1 According to 2020 data from the American Foun— dation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in North Dakota. For resi- dents age 10 to 24 in the state, taking one’s own life is the leading cause of death. ‘ In 2017, the year Adam died, more than three times as many people died by suicide in North Dakota than in alcohol—related motor vehicle acci— dents. ‘ Gaillord talked openly about his son’s struggles p’rior‘to his death, but he also took time to relay Adam’s impact on others during his short life. The youngmanulovedmusicand prowess on. both the pow wow grounds"and‘basketball'cofirts across the state. He also loved to hunt and filled a'once-in—a- lifetime moose tag. v 1 “Adam also loved the Native ways,” Gaillord said. “He would play his pow wow music for all his friends. It was him saying ‘this is who I am.”’ Gaillord said the month leading up to Adam’s death brought together a string of circumstances that he thinks of often. One comment his son made about having “nothing to live for,” was particularly alarm- mg. At the time, Gaillord was dealing with a serious Dealing with death Event promotes awareness of troubling tren « .. slim-rum“ Gaillord Peltier talks about his son, Adam, during a‘Suicide Awarenss‘ Month event held at the Turtle Mountain High School Track. medical issue and preparing for surgery. The father and son did get to talk, however, but Gaillord said he couldn’t get a direct handle on what his son was thinking. “My son knew what he was going to do at that time,” Gaillord said. “I’m saddened that I didn’t see it and I’m going to struggle with it the rest of my life.” Recent studies have shown that suicide is be- Trend (Continued on Page 9) Schoolalterspolicy after dealing with COVIDcase By Jason Nordmark Of The Star The Rolette School Board altered its COVID policy at a meeting last week after dealing with a case earlier this month. I The new’plan, which passed unan- im‘ously, mandates that students who show symptoms of the disease while in school must wear a mask while waiting for their parent or guardian to pick them up. ’ In addition, the new rule requires symptomatic students to provide proof of a negative COVID test 'or show no symptoms prior to returning to school. Prior to the approval of last week’s plan, there was no mask re— quirements, nor any requirement for proof of testing. “The is absolutely not a mask mandate,” said Superintendent Wade Sherwin during last week’s board meeting, which included some .pa- trons of the district in attendance. in the school mask-free for three days After 11 years as Rolette School su- perintendent and'three decades in education, Wade Sherwin resigned from the post at the end of last week’s sch-ool‘board meeting». Sherwin will stay on the job until December 31. ‘ ' In making the motion Sherwin’s decision to retire, board you’ve done,” she said.‘ member Jim Odden said, “I’d rather ' ' not, but I know it’s what you want.” Board president Ryan‘Pederson accept School Board President Ryan Pe— Superintendent steps down, 5 COVIDpIays a roll in deCiSion got .a little emotional in discussing the superintendent’s departure. “It’s going to be tough to find a replace- ment who has as much heart for kids as you.” SUperintendent Board member’ Lori Knudson also expressed her appreciation for Sher- win’s efforts. “Thanks for everything (Continued on Page 7) wear a mask. I would give a lot of lat- itude to the administration and it’s the responsibility of parents as well.” Some of the discussion around the issue revolved around when poten— tially symptomatic students could re- turn to school and steps those families would have to take. High School Principal Levi Gourneau said if a student is sent ‘ home on ‘.a Tuesday and returns Thursday without a negative COVID' test, it could present issues. “We can recommend, but not de- mand, that kids wear a mask,” said Gourneau, citing current school pol- icy. However, he also brought up a the “COVID scare” of a fewweeks ago in which there Were 25 to 30 stu— . dents potentially facing quarantine for seven days. . “This is what almost happened and maybe at some point will hap- pen,” Goumeau said earlier in the “If it’s too co1d,wete11kids to put meeting before later adding that “we Sherwin lfiid 011} some} generalities after showing symptoms. He said the terson offered support for the idea, on hats and gloves and boots,” Peter- Of the an 11191dent 111 Wthh a StUdent incident raised a lot of potential quar- equating it to actions taken during son said. “Absolutely if someone has tested POSHIVe for COVID and Was antine issues for the district. winter recess. (COVID) symptoms, they should Policy (Continued on Page 7) Hospital (Continued on Page 2) Another wind toWer project inches toward possible Sale By Jason Nordmark to relay information regarding a project that with a potential buyer are currently ongoing. progress the last few years. Border Power had to every company in the wind business but Of The Star initially began in 2010. It was the first such “We have a company that is interested in a signed agreement with a developer a few this outfit came looking for us,” Rost said. It’s steady as she goes, or at least as steady meeting in a couple of years. COVID-19 and us,” Rost said. “We can’t release the infor— years ago but the wind tower business went “It’s been kind of like a roller coaster but I’m as the wind blows, for officials in Rolette a standstill in progress were two of the mation yet but this isn’t a fly by night outfit. into decline and the deal fell apart. Rost said very optimistic.” who are continuing to pursue a possible wind biggest reasons shareholders haven’t met. It’s a big company and we hope to know the biggest difference with this potential new The potential wind farm would be located . farm. Randy Rost is currently the chairman ,of more for certain in a couple of weeks.” deal is the size of the company involved and Wind Towers Border Power, LLC held an annual meet- Border Power. According to Rost, although The negotiationsare the biggest step for— the interest it has shown. C t. d P 7 ing with shareholders last month in Rolette nothing is official, substantive negotiations ward for an endeavor that hasn’t had much “We have spent time trying'to get letters ( on "we on age ) CHECKING OFFER FORYOU Find an account that fits your lifestyle! Get details at starionbank.com/250 today. ¢