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Page 16 e rm“. «- anna... em. -. . ~......:.¢a.s,..:_w...-... M... ~..=...--»..~. 1..............\..:..... ... >1 . “News”- .,..- 3.. m. The Star September 27, 2021 Rolette School Board BOARD PROCEEDINGS ROLETTE SCHOOL DISTRICT #29 AUGUST 17, 2021 . The School Board of Rolette Public School District #29 held a regular meeting on August 17, 2021 in the Su- perintendent’s Office. Board members present were Lori Knudson, Jim Odden, Ryan Pederson, Lori Letvin and Brenda Boucher. Others present: Wade Sherwin. Elementary Principal/Superintendent, Levi Gourneau. Secondary Principal, Michele Grenier, Business Manager. Megan Gilje, Brenda Mitzel, Mechelle Lauck, Judy Martinson, Gene Wilson, Janice Fossum, Cheryl Foss, and Johnny Fossum. President Pederson called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Knudson moved and Odden seconded to approve the agenda with the additions of Marco Wi-Fi bid, tree removal, and under consent agenda tuition agreement. Motion carried 50 ' , Communications/Recognitions: Thank you card was read from Joann Torn Lucas. Thank you to Alyce Lunde who donated three bags of school supplies for students. Superintendent/Elementary Principal Sherwin re- ported that as of today enrollment is at 145 students. The ESSER Ill application has been submitted to DPI. Title I application is complete and alter board approval will be submitted before the Aug 27 deadline. The RLIS grant application has been submitted. Sherwin provided some Choice Ready information to the board. August 20th is the NESC in-service day for teachers. August 23rd is in house in-servioe for all start. I he woltora route driver resigned. Harlow‘s School Bus Service will pick those students up the first week of school but will not be able to pick up the town riders if doing the wolford rid- ers. Town riders will have to walk, or someone will have to pick them up with the yellow minibus. Staffing needs include a dishwasher, a paraprofessional, a Wolford route driver, and a second-grade substitute. Sherwin at- tended a DPl Child Nutrition Workshop on August 5th and presenters said to expect food orders to cost more and some food items to be unavailable. Angela Kitzman, Natalie Wibe and Sherri Thiers attended the CTE Con- ference in Bismarck August 9-11. Secondary Principal Gourneau reported that a rep- resentative from Lake Region State College was here today to meet with parents and students enrolling in dual credit courses to explain papenNork and answer ques- tions. There are eleven students in grades 10-12 en- rolled. The district is picking up the cost this year which is approximately $7,152. There are nine students en- rolled in NDCDE courses, which will cost the district $1.431. . Business Manager Grenier presented the finan- cials. Letvin requested July 14, 2021, regular board min- utes be removed from the consent agenda. Odden moved and Knudson seconded to approve the amended consent agenda. Amended consent agenda items: Au- gust 3. 2021 special meeting board minutes. bills. July 2021 financials, tuition agreements for two grade 11 stu- dents from Belcourt School District and one grade 12 'student from Belcourt, asset disposal list and personnel ' contracts/work agreements for music teacher Cheryl , Haagenson $38,799, speech coach Megan Gilje $2,430, speech meet director Megan Gilje $500 per meet (max 2), head boys basketball coach Craig Johnson $4,252.50. head track coach Josh Keller $3.240, junior_ high football coach Braden Nelson $1 ,923.75. elemen- tary girls basketball coach Brett Nielsen $1 ,417.50, as- sistant girls basketball coach Brett Nielsen $3,037.50, assistant track coach Brett Nielsen $2,430, FCCLA Ad- visor Alexis Schmidt $2,430, assistant boys basketball coach Evan Tumey $3,037.50, FFA Advisor Natalie Wibe $2,430 and student council advisor Natalie Wibe $1,417.50. Motion carried 5-0. Bills: General Fund 01: Advanced Business Methods $1,080.02 Assoc for CTE $75.00 808 Electric $72.16 Blackboard $831 .60 Blick Art Materials $45.16 BCBS.of ND $23,625.20 CDW Government $44.84 City of Rolette $202.32 Cole Papers $652.49 Commercial Card Solutions $225.50 Computer Store . $5,480.32 Connecting Point Computer Center $2,016.34 Country Memories Photography $220.00 Follett School Solutions $640.45 General Fund $132.46 Gerrells Sports Center $1,208.98 Innovative Office Solutions $99.30 Johnson Controls $600.38 Kersten, Ryan $2,500.00 Lakeshore Learning . $301.17 Legacy Cooperative $821.82 McGraw Hill School Education Holdings $2,538.70 Menards $96.91 Munro Hardware $168.40 Nasco $447.13 National Business Furniture $2,712.17 ND Center for Distance Education $149.00 ' ND School Boards Association $1,000.00 ND Attorney General $82.50 ND Small Organized Schools $450.00 Ottertail Power $1,502.12 Pearce Durick PLLC $562.50 Really Good Stuff LLC $704.79 Revolving Checking $135.34 School Specialty $2,570.83 Schoolmate $150.00 State Historical Society of ND $410.63 r Sync/Amazon $1.342.05 Time Management Systems $3.25 Town Country Arco $10.00 Turtle Mountain Communications $497.94 Turtle Mountain Star $36.75 Unum Life Insurance $53.85 Workforce Safety Insurance $2,373.18 Xtreme Signs Graphix $108.00 General Ftind Total: $58,981 .55 House Account 11 : City of Rolette $70.30 Kersten, Ryan $1,374.80 Legacy Cooperative $174.98 Ottertail Power $46.12 ABBREVIATED NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT AND AMEND ADMINISTRATIVE RULES Applicable to the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System relating to Plan Membership, Payment Date, Optional Benefits, Erroneous Payment Of Benefits, Employer Payment Of Employee Contributions, Refusal Of Interest On Contributions, Enrollment, Leave Without Pay. North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System will hold a public hearing to address proposed changes to N.D.A.C.Arts. 71.02 & 71.03. 1 600 EastCentury Ave. Suite 2 Bismarck, ND Mon., October 25, 2021 11 :00 am. A copy of the proposed rules may be 'obtained on the NDPERS website at httpst www.ndpersnd.govlabouth10tice—of—hearing or by contacting NDPERS'at the above address or calling 701-328-3900 or toll-free at 1-800—803-7377. Also, written comments may be submitted until November 8. 2021, to the above address or by email to ndpers- info@nd.gov. If you plan to‘ attend the public hearing and will need‘ special facilities or assistance relating to a disability. please contact the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System at the above telephone to the public hearing. Dated this 15th day of September 2021 Scott Miller, NDPERS Executive Director number or address at Ieast'three days prior House Account Total: $1 ,668.20 Building Fund 03: Johnson Controls $4,958.47 Tom's Home Furnishings $6,650.40 . Total Building Fund: $11,608.87 Hot Lunch Fund 05: ' Magic-Wrighter Inc $27.95 Total Hot Lunch Fund: $27.95 Activity Fund 06: Jostens $1 560.80 Total Activity Flind: $1 ,56080 Revolving Checking 61: Verizon $135.34 Total Revolving Checking: ‘ $135.34 Lori Letvin requested a correction to the July 14, , 2021, minutes. Boucher moved and Letvin seconded to approve the minutes with the correction. Motion carried 5-0. Shemin, Pederson. and Boucher gave a review of discussion at the August 3rd special meeting/board re- treat. Odden moved and Knudson seconded to approve the Title I Consolidated Application for 2021-2022. Mo- tion carried 5-0. Boucher moved and Knudson seconded to approve the 2020-2021 District Financial Report. Motion carried 5-0. Knudson moved and Boucher seconded to approve the School Specialty bid for desks and chairs for $14,482.60. Motion carried 50. Knudson moved and Odden seconded to approve the Connecting Point bid for 17 active panels with install and five years of service for $72,359.79, using ESSER funds. Motion carried 5-0. Odden moved and Boucher seconded to approve the Marco bid for seven new Wi-Fi access points. re- place current Wi-Fi switches for $65,624.51, using ESSER funds. Sherwin stated there is a possibility to get some of this paid for using ERATE funds also. He will investigate this option also. Motion carried 5-0. Boucher moved and Knudson seconded to approve the Vape Sensor bid for vape sensors in all district bath- rooms from Innova for $28,485, using ESSER funds. Letvin questioned how administration knows which stu— dent set it off if more than one student was in the bath- room at a time. Judy Martinson stated that vaping is extremely addictive. Pederson stated he had heard from another district there were many false positive set offs with vape sensors. Boucher withdrew her motion with no objection from Knudson. No action. Odden moved and Boucher seconded for adminis- tration to investigate if vape sensors were the best swat. ogy to .ombat vaping. Motion onrri-J e o. Sherwin shared letters from several teachers with concerns regarding removing the mask mandate for 21- 22, due to the Covid19 Delta variant spreading currently. He shared that in the revised Health and Safety Plan for 2021-2022 the hybrid learning model was removed and there is no mask requirement under phase 1. Discus- sion on concerns of rising Delta variant of COVID-19 and not requiring masks. Discussion on personal choice of wearing masks. Discussion on whether to require masks for those under the age of 12. who cannot receive a vaccine yet. Odden moved and Knudson seconded to add mask requirement to the Health and Safety Plan for 2021- 2022. Roll call vote: Boucher-no; Pederson-no; Letvin- no; Odden-yes; Knudson-yes. 'Motion’ failed. Letvin moved and Boucher seconded to accept the Health and Safety Plan for 2021-2022 as written. Dis- cussion concerning what level the district is at currently and does the district look at where the district is with cases or the community. Shenivin stated administration looks at district cases, not community cases. Roll call vote: Letvin-yes, Knudson-no; Boucher-yes; Odden-no; Pederson-yes. Motion carried. 8:58 pm. -— Odden left the meeting. During some strong winds a tree fell on the fence on the north side of the baseball field. Sherwin called a tree I removal company. but due to emergency circumstances they didn’t show. ShenNin instructed the custodians to do what they could to remove the tree. In the meantime, Nathan Casavant removed what remained of the tree. Pederson suggested calling the American Legion to as- sist with the cost of removing some of the trees in that area that are past their life expectancy. Policy committee will look at developing a district policy that states “short of an emergency, if the district pays for a training/semiher/professional development for V an employee/board member and that individual does not attend, the district expects reimbursement for the cost". Letvin discussed the curriculum committee state- ment of purpose. She spoke with other area school board members, and one had never heard of such a committee, one thought it was a good idea, and one said their board doesn't pick the curriculum, but reviews it. After board discussion, the board is okay with reviewing . curriculum and will put retiring the curriculum committee at the September meeting. Superintendent evaluation forms are due to Presi- ' dent Pederson by September 10th. 3 Postpone board picture until September. , Next regular meeting is scheduled fori‘Septelnber 21 st at 7:00 pm. There is especial board meeting for the final budget hearing on September 21 st at 6:00 pm. Letvin moved and Knudson seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 9:14 pm. APPROVED: Ryan Pederson, President; ATTEST: Michele Grenier; Business Manager (September 27, 2021) Dunseith: hearing notice DUNSEITH HEARING The Dunseith City Council shall meet on October 6, 2021, at 7:00 pm, at the Dunseith City Hall for the pur- pose of adopting the final budget. (September 27, 2021) aries of the Reservation and reservation. - development of the PEA: . .West in -i0 Tralvel. - Nashville/PigeOn Forge/ Dollywood: ‘ Sept. 29- Oct.8 - BransoniTo'u rs: Three tours to choose fiom! (Oct. 31 —Nov. 6, NOV. 44 0 Nov. 1 7—23 1-300446-2711 westpictravel@gmail.com www.westpictravel.net NOTICE TO PREPARE A PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE NOXIOUS WEED PLAN ON THE TURTLE MOUNTAIN INDIAN RESERVATION The United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Great Plains Regional Office (GPRO) is'preparing a programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) inaccordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFRI1500- 1508), for continued noxious weed management on trust lands located within'the exterior boundaries of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation (here- after Reservation) and the trust lands adjacent to the Reser- vation in North Dakota. The PEA will analyze the potential impacts associated with the BlA's‘developmentlimplementa- tion of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation Noxious Weed Plan .for continued prevention, early detection, and con- trol/containment of noxious weeds within the exteriorbound- on the trust lands adjacent to the The BIA is seeking your input as part. of the NEPA scoping process. Comments might include reasonable alternatives, mitigation measures. probable or possible adverse impacts, and other consideratibns. The public commentiperiod will begin on September 13,2021. The BIA will accept written comments until close of business October 13,2021. Please include the "Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation Noxious Weed Plan PEA" in the subject line of any correspondence. Comments should be submitted viaemail or post deliveryto the environmental.consultant assisting the BIA with the Ms. Kara Mulvihill I cac Environmental, Inc. P.O. Box 654 l EvansVille‘, Wyoming 82636- karamulvihiI|@outlook.com ‘ Many producers are wondering if their crops will make it to grain har— vest or should they salvage the crop and harvest it as forage. “o“flQ°-.v.voffl may be no --_--rd°n to this question—the decision to har- vest sunflowers as forage, particu- larly silage, requires ‘ careful consideration of several factors,” says Zac Carlson, North Dakota State University Extension beef cattle spe— cialist. . “Sunflower silage can make a suitable feed for beef cows,” says Carlson. “Generally speaking, sun- flower silage is about 80% of the feeding value of corn silage. Still, the challenge is getting it put up, because sunflowers typically don’t dry down Well.” I Consequently, dry feed must be added to the silage pile to reduce the moisture level to a point where seep— age is not a major problem. The moisture problem in sun- flower silage can be corrected by sev— era] means. Former NDSU animal science Specialist, LaDon Johnson, suggested blending corn and sun- flower silages when packing as one method. Johnson advised a blending ratio of one load of sunflower silage to three to four loads of corn silage. He also suggested waiting seven to 10 days following a killing frost to facilitate dry down. Some varieties may take longerand longer also increases % of wind dam- age to the cr , arid greater drygmatter losses. Johnson also advised blending dry forage into the silage pile to reduce the moisture content. Optimal moisture content in sun- flower silage appears to be’60% to 72%or 28% to 40% dry matter. To minimize effluent seepage problems, the moisture level will‘likely need to be below 65%. Silage that is too wet will also .result in undesirable Clostridial fermentation, reducing the forage quality and may limit volun— tary intake due to palatability. Keep in mind the target moisture of 60% to 72%; harvesting immature sunflow— ers can produce silage with lower fiber, lignin and fat content, possibly improving the forage quality. Sunflower silage is lower in-eri- ergy at 61% to 66% total digestible nutrients (TDN), variety dependent, thancom silage at 68% TDN. The lower energy of sunflower Silage is mainly due to the greater fiber con- tent of sunflower silage which is ap- proximately one-third more than corn silage and three times the amount of lignin, the indigestible portion of the fiber. r However, confectionery and oil— type sunflowers can make silages that contain mere protein (11.1% to 12.5% versus 8.2% crude protein, re- spectively), fat (7.1% to 10.7% ver— . sus 3.3%, respectively), calcium (0.8% to 1.5% versus 0.24%, respec— tively) than corn silage at 100% dry matter. “Due to the fat content of sun— flower silage, the forage should be limited to one-half or less of the diet dry matter basis,” says Carlson. “In forage—based diets, dietary fat content eliceeding 3% will reduce the intake and digestibility of forages. Like— ‘wise, the high fiber content of sun— . flower silage may reduce intake by :slowing down the rate of passage'in rumen.” ‘ . As with making any silage, allow ,28 days for the ensiling process to, ioccur before feeding or exposing the forage to oxygen. . IIOP Noll-g- ,, EESSPEIIII ill? am an hm Pricing silages can be complex. Factors that may influence the value of sunflower silage include substitute feed costs, fertilizer costS, harvesting costs, removal of residue and nutri- ents from the field, storage costs, har- vest and storage losses or shrink, and energy, protein and fiber content of the sunflower silage. Analyze the sunflower for nutrient content, use these values to better understand the forage quality, and determine the pricing based on forages with similar nutritive value, such as medium qual- ity hay. I “For crops covered by insurance, be sure to contact your crop insur- ance agent before harvesting for silage,” says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist. “Likewise, check any herbicide and insecticide labels applied to the crop and follow i'. '5 mm HOUSES IIPPIIRTIIIIITV Turtle Mountain Housing Authority A Tribally Designated Housing Entity I Belcourt, North Dakota EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The Turtle Mountain Housing Authority is accepting applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The Emergency Rental Assistance program was created to help renters COVer their housing-releted costs and stay in stable: housing during the pandemic. For more information, please call (701)24450521 or (701)244—0770 To qualify, you must have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, meet local income requirements and must be a household who is determined as a renter household. Turtle Mountain Housing Authority is subject to fair housing laws. It is also an equal opportunity provider and employer. Available to all Tribal and Non—Tribal Rolette County Residents Iage reuir cideratio the pro-harvest time restrictions be- fore harvesting.” ' “Many drought-stressed plants ac- cumulate nitrates,” says Miranda Meehan, NDSU Extension livestock environmental stewardship special- ist. “Before , feeding, test your drought—stress sunflower silage for nitrates. Although proper ensiling will reduce nitrates, it does not guar- antee the forage will contain ‘safe’ levels of nitrates.” See the NDSU Extension publica- tion “Nitrate Poisoning of Live- ‘ stock,”https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publ ications/livestock/nitrate-poisoning— of-livestock, for more information about elevated concentrations of ni— trates in feedstuffs. For more information on harvest-1 ing sunflowers for silage, contact your local NDSU Extension agent. TURTLE MOUNTAIN HOUSING AUTHORITY, T.D.H.E. A TRIBALLY DESIGNATED HOUSING ENTITY The Turtle Mountain Housing Authority is seeking quotes fon P'.O. BOX 620 ' 1/4 MILE SOUTH ON HWY. 5 BELCOUR‘I’, NORTH DAKOTA 53315 TELEPHONE 701-477-5673 ADMINISTRATION OFFICE FAX 701-477-0193 REQUEST FOR BIDS Roof Re laccmcnt—ZO units l buildin . Quotes (lhisform) must be received by TMHA no later than (date) September 27, 2021 by 1:00 pun. Name of Business: Contact Name/Contact Info: Timel'rame required for unit construcfion, delivery, installation and button up: (projected corriplelion date): Housing Unit metal roof re - laccmcnt SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS BY max: 1. Indian Preference will apply Local Turtle Mountain TERO re ircrncnt a I . MES 12 include schedule for completion S remove existin shin les midi-e lace with metal mi l f rmetal o f hecti inimu ST r vide ‘ fin materia MUST provide listing of ALL materials to be used on the project Bidder MUST ensure measurements are accurate FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rebecca Olander, 701.371.2421 PLEASE SUBMIT THE QUOTE T0: ATTN: Alex JR Davis Or Mail: PO Box 620, Belcourt, ND 58316 1 license and fees re uircd. f29 an e tccl Fax: 701-477-0193 or Email: adaviSQTflhOUSIIEJICC T.M.H.A. reserves the right to waive any informalityand/or reject any and all bids ~10“