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## 25 '"“"‘".'"""""“‘ALL FOR ADC 980 690 0000-00 see 253 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 92? W RAILROAD AVE SHELTON, WA 98584—3847 ‘ Pulling) ’thrugh n the Drone Homecoming week at Dunseith High School meant the annual Dragon Derby was back, pitting classes against each otherin host of fun games and- contests. For more on the week, as well asthe homecoming royalty, please turn to page 9. By Jason Nordmark Of The Star An organization that’s worked toward the betterment of Rolla for nearly 70 years recently held its annual meeting. Members of the Rolla Development Corporation (RDC) board of directors discussed its past, present and future as the next generation of community members took seats on the board. The biggest topics on the agenda in- volved two substantial sets of plans, one to construct a community center and bring a hotel into town. Cam Mickelson is president of Re— vitalize Rolla, another civic organiza- tion that’s spearheading the idea of building a community center. The group recently took over the charitable gambling operation in the city and has electronic pull-tab machines at five sites in Rolette County. Mickelson said a $60,000 RDC loan. was crucial in getting the operation going and, since July 1, it has brought in $103,000. Some of those funds go to- ward taxes and a percentage of the take goes in a trust account that’s utilized as a means for giving back to the commu— nity via grants. “The rest is sitting there for a proj- ect,” Mickelson said. “We’re going to do great things with that (money).” V Mickelson added that the RDC loan will be paid in full by the end of the year. He said the Revitalize Rolla board members will look further into uses for j, Rolla development board. workingtowartlrmajor projects... Group is going on seventh decade ““or Work for city ‘ . The Rolla Development corporation (RDC) began on October 18, 1952, as the Rolla Civic Improvement Association. Nine men, most with sumames as familiar - now as they were then, started the process of investing in the “community through various means. The original incorporators of what is now the RDC were Charles E. 'Sobolik, BrUce Theel, C.R. Jacobsen,'E.T. Jun- tunen, A.E. Munro, J.W. Howson, Edward Mengeon, Theo Fagerlund and Bernard HOward Storman was the . group’s attorney. Neumann. the funds at the end of this year. “We’ll show that we can make a dif- ference,” Mickelson said. “Some of the funds can be used for economic devel- opment.” Nathan Neameyer, a member of the city’s Job Development Authority (JDA) said the organization is working toward bringing a Wyndam Hotel to Rolla. He said the possibility of an event center such as the one the Revi- talize Rolla group is aiming for could serve as a motivating factor for the company. ‘ In 1976, the next generation of board of directors embarked on ,a project that brought the community together to build the North 40 Restaurant. Firedestroyed the city’s only downtown café earlier-that year and the association sold $100 shares to people in the community and -cated today. purchased the lot where the eatery is lo- Bill Nichols and RoCky Neameyer built the.North 40 with help from the‘group in the form of a $25,000 no interest five-year RDC (Continued on .Pagex2) The hospitality chain has a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Baymont, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, La Quinta, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, and Wyndham. It’s the world’s largest hotel ‘ chain by number of properties with 9,000 acrOss more than 80 countries. Neameyer said the preliminary con— cept of the hotel would place it on the east side of Rolla, next to the building that currently houses Mears Implement and Rolla Welding. Ross McDougallr owns the property as well as the weld- ing business. “Ross is community—minded and wants to see good things happen in Rolla,” Neameyer said. He added, how- ever, that there is a hurdle'to clear re- quiring in the potential hotel. “Almost all these (hotels) are in small towns and they need a local in- vestment,” Neameyer said. “That might be tough. It’s a big project, around $5 million.” The RDC board also heard a report Projects (Continued on Page 2) Commission narrowly approves idea to. raze former jail By John Rosinski Of The Star ' The Rolette County Commission voted to demol- ish the vacant jail building and sheriff residence at las week’s regular meeting. “Nothing has to come down. We shOuld be getting input from Commissioners Eldon. Moors, Henry LaRocque and Archie Metcalfe approved the motion with com- missioners Craig Poitra and Allen Schlenvoght dis— sentin g . The initial estimate to remove the buildings is $27,000 and will be paid through the general fund. Poitra argued the estimate was not accurate and that the majority of the board was rushing to judgment: wisely.” “Nothing has to come down. We should be getting input from the public,” Poitra said. “It’s going to cost more than $27 ,000 and we could use those funds more The county has been paying for various costs for the building for several years, including heat, water, CHECKING OFFERFOR YOU Find an account that fits your lifestyle! Get details at starionbank.com/250 today. the public. It’s going tocost more than $27,000 and we could use I those funds more wisely.” . Craig Poitra, Rolette County Commissioner sewer'and insurance. Costs to maintain the buildings have ranged between'$l7,000 and $20,000 a year, ac- cording to AuditOr Val McCloud. Commission (Continued on Page 7) See pages 11, 12 and 13 Must-see ‘in The Star ‘ Brand new CEO .............. ..Page Best 'kind of cash...............Page 4 Nailing the welcome .... ..Page 6 Students of the month .....Page 7 New volunteers .. ............. ...Page 10 \ October 11 , 2021 lots Infill“ls Public health agency. averages nearly 50 jabsa day in a month By John Rosinski Of The Star , Shots are on the upswing in Rolette County and this fall that’s a good thing. Officials from Rolette County Public Health (RCPH) have been working in high gear this fall~to provide as many inoculations and immunizations as possible in an effort to stave off a COVID—19 surge and prevent a massive spread of the flu. , According to RCPH Nurse Renae Henderson, the local agency administered 1,428 shots over a 30 day stretch covering Septem- ber. RCPH traveled to three schools in the county where flu vac- cine was offered along with booster shots of the Pfizer COVID Volume 134 — Number 49 Two Sections $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 ‘ vaccine for staff. The first flu vaccine clinic was offered Sep— tember 15 and it had to be closed because the supply was not keeping up with the demand. “I feel the uptake of flu has increased al- ready compared to pre- vious years,” Henderson noted. “In that time frame we have also seen a lot of back- toesc‘hoot shots as chil-' dren were reminded of required vaccines for schools and had a dead- line of October 1.” Henderson said a question she has been asked is if an individual can receive both the flu shot and a' COVID booster at the same time. She indicated not only could they get‘ both, it was in fact being encouraged. “It’s better to give both at the same time and be done, rather than having missed an op— portunity,” the public health nurse said. “Will they come back? What should be given first or V County: experiencing high COVID nUmbers, schools “dodging worst-case scenarios Although 'covrn-19 cases are dropping on a tn'ationalvsc‘a‘le, “they are “ up locally. ' For ,the second con- secutive week, Rolette County recorded more than .100 confirmed cases. A total of ~103 cases were reported in "the county covering a seven-day stretch that ended last Friday. A (week earlier there were 108 Confirmed cases. As or, last Friday, there were 141 active cases in Rolette County, which wasthe highest of any countyin North Dakota what has more of a pri- ority at this, point are all questions that can be avoided if they are both received on the same day.” To help reach as not to contain a metro area including~ Minot, Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Dickinson and Williston. many residents as possi— m r ble,‘ RCPH officials c ' {Nued b: :a e 5 have been utilizing ( on "1“ »° ., g ) " Wally, the department’s RV which serves as a clinic on wheels. Henderson said the RV has been making weekly trips to Dunseith and has been set up in the Dunseith Drug Store parking lot. Henderson lauded officials as the drug store for work- ing with RCPH and helping to reach as manyrindi'viduals as possi- ble. “We have been doing mostly COVID vaccines at those clinics and started giving influenza vaccine last week,” Henderson said. “We also have been seeing some older kids‘ for school shots as well as Pfizer COVID—19 vaccine.” Henderson added the RV has served as a mobile advertisement _ of sorts that helps draw attention to their efforts. “In Dunseith right along that busy Main Street it acts as a bill- board almost and people automatically slow down to see what is going on. Everyday we are there, we are amazed at the amount of people we see and serve in a few short hours.” Wally has also been seen at local football games and in a local grocery store’s parking lot during busy shopping days. “Being set up in Leevers and working with their staff was ben- eficial,” Henderson said. “We see a. lot of locals come through on Shots (Continued on Page 5)