Dr. Michael Bryant, Orthopedic Surgeon at the Great Falls Clinic, will provide orthopedic specialty outreach services at the Pondera Medical Center Clinic in Conrad, the third Tuesday of every month.
Dr. Bryant joined the Great Falls Clinic team in September of 2012, after completing a sports medicine fellowship program at the Detroit Medical Center in Warren, Mich.
He received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Bryant offers a full spectrum of general and surgical orthopedic care, for adults and children.
KINDERGARTEN VETERAN — Known as Mrs. Gierke to most of her friends under 4 feet tall, Wendy Gierke will soon venture from the Kindergarten and First grade rooms to explore new opportunities as a retiree. After 40 years of service to the school district, she closes her classroom door, but not for good. Gierke says she already has substitute plans in the future, in addition to several other venues of service to the community. We won’t say goodbye to this veteran teacher, instead we wish her good luck in all her endeavors. I-O Photo by Tirsea McNeal
By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter
It takes a lot of courage to retire after 40 years of teaching five, six and seven-year-olds. The decision wasn’t an easy one according to Wendy Gierke, Kindergarten and First grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School.
“I took a lot of time thinking about this decision; it wasn’t something I just did.”
After 40 years of teaching, 37 of them with the Conrad School District, teacher; Gierke is leaving her classroom, graduating into retirement.
Gierke received her BS degree from MSU—Billings, and then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at MSU—Northern.
OVER THE NET — Dan O’Brien flys the ball over the net Saturday during the Conrad Tennis Invitational with teams from Cut Bank, Havre and Lewistown. I-O Photo by Pat Lee
Chamber of Commerce weather parlayed into a full day on the courts at the Conrad Invitational on Saturday.
Teams from Lewistown, Havre and Cut Bank were in town. Conrad played well in the tournament, but due to other activities was shy some players and coughed up 16 forfeits which is hard to overcome.
Playing Cut Bank, the boys’ and girls’ teams both lost by identical 5-2 scores and gave up five points on forfeits.
In singles action, for the men, Austin Zomer won his match 6-4. Number two and three seeds, Konnor Bjelland and Dan O’Brien fell by scores of 4-6 and 2-6 respectively.