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?!: A Growing Concern See Page 6 Football flying into playoffs In other city news, the council accepted the resignation of rC. hristopher Kluth from the police department. Kluth has taken a po- sition with the Rolette County Sheriff's Department. To fill the void, the city has rehired Chris Wright at an annual salary of $38,000. In addition, the city will look to hire a part-time officer, with the salary dependent on experience• City ,/r.nntiru mrl nn Pp, I O City ink,,; garbage deal, replaces police officer The Rolla City Couil will hold a s meing Wednesy, O=0 22, I =:i.7 p. , 0n at city hall to garner public input i t.he water treatment plant.and related optmns,. begin on January 1. The council has not discussed increasing garbage rates in conjunCtion with the new deal. Councilman Lyman Bercier asked Mitch Laducer about incon- • , . • I .. • . times garbage has been collected in the city at all times of the day, including late at night. Laducer said a new driver has recently been hired and residents and busi- nesses can expect a more consis- By John Rosinski Of The Star The Rolla City Council inked a new five-year contract with La- ducer Sanitation at its Tegular meeting last month. Laducer Sanitation began serv- icing Rolla in 2009 after the city opted to not renew a contract with Waste Management. A bid open- ing was held to begin the monthly meeting and Laducer's was the only company that submitted a bid. Teens have a-mazelin,g ti'me By John Rosinski Of The Star A pair of activities aimed at creating a better lifestyle were held at the Dunseith Schools last week. On Wednesday morning the high school conducted their an- nual teen maze. The event fea- tured a variety of organizations setting up shop in the gymnasium and providing students with spe- cific organization. This year's event drew 17 local organizations• They ranged from law enforcement, to drug-alcohol evaluations, a dietician station, and clergy and insurance stops, anaortg oCh .......... "  : ' ' :: Throughou the day several classes, including students from the Dunseith Day School, went through the maze and collected bits of information. One of the more popular stops was the North Dakota Highway Patrol station. At this particular stop, students would sit in chairs that were set up to resemble how they would sit in an automobile. A pair of goggles that could replicate intoxication were worn by the driver, and the 'car' would eventually get pulled over. Another popular stop was at the Belcourt Ambulance. There students learned what various medications could be adminis- tered during an accident, a little The Dunseith High School hosted its 8th annual Teen Maze last week. During the event the high school gym was filled with 17 various stations that taught students aspect of every- day life. One of the stations included a highway patrolman (above) which allowed students to wear goggles that could replicate what it is like to drive while intoxicated. bit about how first responders react when they arrive on scene, Maze (Continued on Page 9) County court employees dismissed "We are committed to continuing court in Rolette County and making sure that the residents get excellent service, We have the same standards there as we do for the rest of the state." Sally Holewa, M.D. State CoUrt Administrator Castellanos wrote that Longie abused her position "multiple times while working with the Rolette County Sheriff's office when 1) commenting during court about an inmate not obtaining a court appointed application prior to court and 2) Requested 24/7 paperwork for C.T. There was already a warrant issued, there- fore, it is the responsibility of the Sheriff's of- fice to proceed and it was not the responsibility of the Clerk of Court office to inquire any fur- ther." In addition, Castellanos wrote that Longie provided legal assistance to an individual per- taining to the calculation of child support. "You demonstrated conflict of interest when you contacted child support for an individual with whom you had a relationship when you faxed a custody order and an application for child support from the Rolette County Clerk of Court Office. This paperwork involved P.L. and involves a Turtle Mountain Tribal Court Child Support Order, not a Rolette County order." In addition, Longie demonstrated insubor- dination on multiple occasions including uti- lizing judge signature stamps when instructed not to utilize the signature stamps by her su- pervisor on several occasions and entering events into Odyssey prior to having the docu- ments when instructed not to. Lindell had been employed with the court since 2009 in various capacities while Tillich Employees (Continued on Page 10) By John Rosinski Of The Star Rolette County's Clerk and Deputy Clerk of Court were dismissed from their current po- sitions recently. According to Sally Holewa, North Dakota State Court Administrator, Lindell Longie and Joni Tillich were removed on Friday, October 10, because of unsatisfactory performance. According to reports provided by Holewa, Longie was made aware of her dismissal on October 10. She was to appear at a meeting on Monday, October 13, in which she could pres- ent arguments in support of her position and support why she should not be dismissed. Longie did not appear at that meeting, stating via text message that her attorney was not available. Once she did not appear and no argument was presented, the decision was final, effective October 10. A report filed by Merylee Castellanos, Trial Court Administrator-Unit 1, outlined several policy violations as grounds for the dismissal. Among the reasons listed were abuse of po- sition, legal assistance and conflict of interest• See Pages 11, 12 and 13 T The Offictal Baflot See Page 19 /,• :>,x5 ¸ , .... , ., . October 20, 2014 : Volume 128- Number 8 Two Sections - $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 Football fever North Prairie's hydration specialists Nicholas Mears, left, and Jakob Hudson took advantage of halftime at Saturday's game to hone some of their own football skills. For more on the Cougars' game and the rest of the area's sporting events, please turn to page 11. National retail chain with Rolla location declares bankruptcy Alco Stores Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sunday, with plans to liquidate or sell the 113-year-old retail operation. The filing came not long after the board of directors was replaced as the result of a proxy fight that saw shareholders clamor- ing for improved results at Alco, which op- erates 198 discount general merchandise stores in 23 states. Founded in 1901 as a general-merchan- dising operation in Abilene, Kans., the company still services its stores from a major distribution center there. Executive offices are located in Coppell, Texas. In addition to the Rolla, Alco has stores in Bowman, Carrington, Grafton, Hazen, Hettinger, Langdon, Lisbon, Mayville, New Town, Oakes, Tioga and Watford City. The Rolla Alco employs 17 people and has traditionally been one of the com- pany's leading stores. In addition, the store Bankruptcy (Continued on Page 10) Special judge rules against prospective tribal candidate A Dunseith man seeking to get his name on Tuesday's Turtle Mountain Tribal Primary Election ballot was denied that opportunity after a court hearing last week. Ron Peltier was in Turtle Mountain Tribal Court Tuesday morning after filing a a pe- tition for review and motion for contempt of court request to show cause as to why his name was left off the upcoming tribal election ballot. Special Judge Joe Vetsch of Devils Lake turned back Peltier's request. Judge Vetsch did not return a call from the Star requesting documents and comments regarding the de- cision. Peltier said his attorney has filed a motion in Turtle Mountain Appellate court, re- questing an immediate review. He added, however, that his fight to run for the District 4 Tribal Council seat is most likely over for this election cycle. Candidate (Continued on Page 10) ROLLA ., $ 99 IMPLI.MENT S:00o rFOam 1201, Main Ave, 477-3116 i .... Tre 2 for $8 RV & Marine Anti-Freeze Must purchase 2 or more for sale price HUGE Discounts On all in-stock tires and wheels! Hurry in for the best selection!