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  • Fairview Non-profit Looking To Improve Sharbono Park Recreational Opportunities

    Dianne Swanson|Jul 10, 2024

    Sharbono Park, Fairview, is a beautiful, well-maintained park with room to provide more recreational activities not just for youth but for all ages. Bordertown Fest Inc. (BFI) has taken on the responsibility of overseeing improvements to the courts at the park including, but not limited to, resurfacing the basketball court and transforming the tennis court into a multi-sport surface for basketball, volleyball and pickle ball. Spearheaded by Jacqueline Free and Shawna Karst, the main goal of the group is to promote health and well-being in Richl...

  • Sidney Receives FEMA BRIC Grant For Storm Water Project

    Dianne Swanson|Jul 10, 2024

    The City of Sidney has received a $1,277,685 FEMA BRIC (Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities) grant to cover 75% of the cost for the Sidney Meadows Storm Drain Project. The City was also awarded their portion of the required match, $511,074, in State of Montana Resiliency dollars, covering the entire cost of the project other than engineering. According to their web site, the BRIC program aims to categorically shift the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research supported, proactive investment in community...

  • Ken Babcock Featured On 2024 Old Timers' Festival Button

    Dianne Swanson|Jul 3, 2024

    To hundreds of Fairview alumni, he will always be "Mr." Babcock. To the community, he has been a staunch supporter of everything Fairview. He is being recognized for that dedication by the Fairview Old Timers' Reunion and Summer Festival committee by being chosen as this year's button honoree. Babcock was recruited to teach 5th grade by then Fairview Superintendent Joe Kojancek, while still doing his student teaching at Valley City College. "There was a huge shortage of teachers in 1963,"...

  • Fairview Is THE PLACE TO BE July 18-21

    Dianne Swanson|Jul 3, 2024

    The Fairview Old Timers’ Reunion and Summer Festival committee has an entire weekend full of activities for everyone planned for July 18-21. It’s a weekend of class and family reunions and so much more with the theme of “Old Times, New Celebrations”. Most events take place at Sharbono Park. Please bring your lawn chairs. Buttons featuring this year’s honoree, Ken Babcock, are available now at Fairview merchants while Festival T-shirts are on sale at Neu’s SuperValu and Waterhole #3. Start off with the 3-on-3 Bordertown Hoops for 3rd graders...

  • Branding: A Family Affair

    Dianne Swanson|Jul 3, 2024

    Over 40 people, including lots of little kids gathered at the Gustafson ranch, south of Culbertson, on Sunday, June 9 for a good old-fashioned branding. Twenty horsemen showed their skill either rounding up calves or roping and throwing over 100 calves which now bear the Gustafson 2 hanging 3 brand, while four more have Julie Rehbein's AR+. Julie got her calves when they were just babies, needing to be bottle fed. Like most brands, the two have a long history. Rehbein's grandmother, Agnes Rehbei...

  • Lauren Youngquist Headed To National Jr. High Rodeo Finals

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 19, 2024

    In what is perhaps a first for Sidney Youth Rodeo, Montana State Junior High breakaway roping champion Lauren Youngquist is headed to Nationals in Des Moines, IA, the end of June where she will compete against girls from all over the U.S., five Canadian provinces, Mexico and Australia. There are a total of 12 performances and she will compete Monday night, June 24 at 7 p.m. and Friday morning June 28 at 9 a.m. You can catch her performance on the Cowboy Channel+. The daughter of J.C. and Kim...

  • Lone Tree Archers Club Offers Family Fun, Lifelong Skills

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 19, 2024

    The Sidney Lone Tree Archers Club offers a safe, fun environment for the whole family to enjoy the classic sport of archery. Located just 6.5 miles from the Sidney roundabout, the 40-acre archery range is located in the beautiful hills just off River Road. Approximately 20 bale targets with pictures of animals are set up year-round on the range. There is also a hiking trail around the property with shooting stakes along the way. A practice range by the clubhouse featuring stakes from 20-60...

  • City Of Sidney Requesting Homeowners Return EPA Required Water Pipe Surveys

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 12, 2024

    The EPA requires documentation of water pipes from all entities, whether municipal or private, to determine if there are lead pipes being used for the water supply to homes. After the disaster in Flint, MI, and other areas of the country, the EPA is taking needed steps to eradicate all leads pipes and prevent that type of contamination in all parts of the country. The City of Sidney mailed surveys to 2550 homeowners in the city in March. Not all residents received a letter since newer homes do not use lead pipes. At this time, over 600...

  • It's a "Tropical Fairadise" at the McKenzie County Fair June 12 – 15

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 12, 2024

    Organizers of the McKenzie County Fair in Watford City have planned four days of fun and excitement just for you Wednesday, June 12, through Saturday, June 15. Gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening and 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission to the grounds is free. All times are Central Daylight Time. Start the weekend at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Olaf Leiseth Memorial Draft Horse Show. This free event showcases the hard-working draft horses and their drivers as they navigate an obstacle course, do log sledding, compete in a...

  • Savage, Circle, Fairview Band Students Make Trip To Denver

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 12, 2024

    A total of 45 high school and middle school band students, directors and chaperones from Savage, Circle and Fairview spent a few days in Denver, CO, recently, playing, learning and having fun. The group traveled by bus, leaving the morning of May 28 and returning on June 2. Savage School District Clerk Michelle Miller, who went on the trip, said it was a very busy trip from start to finish. "What an experience!" she said. May 29 was spent at the Colorado Christian University where students...

  • MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association Spring Meeting June 13

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 12, 2024

    Join the MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association for an evening of family fun as it hosts its Spring Meeting on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sidney Livestock Market Center. Dinner and Goat Roping are on the agenda. Meat will be provided by the Stockgrowers; those whose last name start with A-K, please bring a salad and those whose last name starts with L-Z, please bring dessert. Goat Roping should provide some excitement for contestants and spectators alike. The contest will be divided into two age groups; 10 and under and 11 and...

  • Kick Off The Summer In Watford City June 5-9

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    It’s a full weekend of family fun as Watford City kicks off the summer with baseball, food trucks and Touch a Truck, all at the Rough Rider Center. Start the weekend off with the Walleye Legion Alumni baseball game at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 as players of all ages get together. A full weekend of baseball follows with The 4th Annual Doug Johnsrud Baseball Tournament, as teams from Froid, Billings and Richland County, MT; Lovell and Gillette, WY; Moose Jaw, SK; Williston, Hillsboro Central Valley and Watford City, ND compete. The c...

  • Red Rock Auto Installs Level 3 EV Charging Station

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    Red Rock Auto, Watford City, is the first in McKenzie County to install a Level 3 EV charging station, which is the market's quickest, most powerful EV charging option, with phase 3 electricity meaning quicker charging for your electric vehicle. And, the service is free. The 3-phase electricity supply offers up to 480 volts resulting in charging times of only 15-55 minutes, depending on the vehicle. General manager Cody Johnson stated that although the primary focus at Red Rock Auto is still on...

  • It's a "Tropical Fairadise" at the McKenzie County Fair June 12 – 15

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    Organizers of the McKenzie County Fair in Watford City have planned four days of fun and excitement just for you Wednesday, June 12, through Saturday, June 15. Gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening and 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission to the grounds is free. All times are Central Daylight Time. Start the weekend at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Olaf Leiseth Memorial Draft Horse Show. This free event showcases the hard-working draft horses and their drivers as they navigate an...

  • MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association Spring Meeting June 13

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    Join the MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association for an evening of family fun as it hosts its Spring Meeting on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sidney Livestock Market Center. Dinner and Goat Roping are on the agenda. Meat will be provided by the Stockgrowers; those whose last name start with A-K, please bring a salad and those whose last name starts with L-Z, please bring dessert. Goat Roping should provide some excitement for contestants and spectators alike. The contest will be divided into two age groups; 10 and under and 11 and...

  • Bulkhead Safety Discussed At Sidney Parks & Rec Committee Meeting

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    The Sidney Tiger Sharks use a bulkhead to divide the swimming pool in half during local swim meets which only happen once a year, and sometimes not at all. The bulkhead is basically a wall which provides the 25-meter length for swimmers as well as space for them to start or kick off from, and space for coaches. The existing bulkhead is old and homemade. At the Parks and Rec committee meeting held on Tuesday, May 28, the primary focus was the safety of the structure and also whether it was damaging the gutter at the pool. Jeff Hintz, City of...

  • MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association Spring Meeting June 13

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    Join the MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association for an evening of family fun as it hosts its Spring Meeting on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sidney Livestock Market Center. Dinner and Goat Roping are on the agenda. Meat will be provided by the Stockgrowers; those whose last name start with A-K, please bring a salad and those whose last name starts with L-Z, please bring dessert. Goat Roping should provide some excitement for contestants and spectators alike. The contest will be divided into two age groups; 10 and under and 11 and...

  • It's a "Tropical Fairadise" at the McKenzie County Fair June 12 – 15

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    Organizers of the McKenzie County Fair in Watford City have planned four days of fun and excitement just for you Wednesday, June 12, through Saturday, June 15. Gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening and 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission to the grounds is free. All times are Central Daylight Time. Start the weekend at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Olaf Leiseth Memorial Draft Horse Show. This free event showcases the hard-working draft horses and their drivers as they navigate an...

  • McKenzie Health Welcomes Dr. Lawlor To Area

    Dianne Swanson|May 29, 2024

    Dr. Brett Lawlor is now offering his extensive experience in interventional pain medicine and nonsurgical treatment of neurologic and musculoskeletal injuries, his specialized knowledge in neck and back pain and sports medicine at McKenzie Health in Watford City. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and also offers electromyography (EMG and nerve conduction tests). Having started his private practice from scratch in his home town of Rapid City, SD in 1997, which grew to...

  • Kick Off The Summer Watford City June 5-9

    Dianne Swanson|May 29, 2024

    It's a full weekend of family fun as Watford City kicks off the summer with baseball, food trucks and Touch a Truck, all at the Rough Rider Center. Start the weekend off with the Walleye Legion Alumni baseball game at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 as players of all ages get together. A full weekend of baseball follows with The 4th Annual Doug Johnsrud Baseball Tournament, as teams from Froid, Billings and Richland County, MT; Lovell and Gillette, WY; Moose Jaw, SK; Williston, Hillsboro Central...

  • Long X Posse Foundation Receives Major Donations

    Dianne Swanson|May 22, 2024

    Long X Posse, which hosts Dogs on the Deck, received some game changing donations recently, assisting them in their mission of providing a fun event and contributing to the community. Danny's Home Rescue helped the foundation acquire a utility trailer to store all their materials in. They then remodeled it as well. LeeAnn Brown of Long X Posse said the crew worked 12 hours a day for 10 days straight to get it done. "Daniel Stahl, owner and carpenter, has put in so much time to this year's...

  • Fairview Committee Earns Above, Beyond Award

    Dianne Swanson|May 22, 2024

    The year 2024 marks the 78th Annual Fairview Old Timers' Reunion and Summer Festival. The event is the highlight of the summer and requires a tremendous amount of effort by a relatively small group of dedicated people who do their utmost to make the event the best it can be. The Fairview Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Fairview Bridge honored that group Wednesday, May 15, with the Above and Beyond For Fairview Award and presented them with a check for $500....

  • Dogs On The Deck To Return

    Dianne Swanson|May 15, 2024

    Kent Pelton Park in Watford City is the place to be Thursday evenings from 5 to 8:30 p.m. CDT May 23, through June 27, as Long X Posse hosts Dogs on the Deck. Multiple local non-profits benefit from this annual fundraiser while attendees enjoy a night of family fun showcasing local bands and artists. Start off with a foot-long beef hot dog with all the trimmings, chips, a cookie and a bottle of water for only $5. Kids of all ages will find plenty of activities, games and crafts at the TR Energy Center. Stop by the beer garden, featuring new...

  • Sharbonos Honored For Service To Fairview Food Bank

    Dianne Swanson|May 15, 2024

    Rick and LuAnn Sharbono were honored at Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 5, for their 35 years volunteering for the Fairview Food Bank. Rick started volunteering in 1989 as a Zion council member, and brought LuAnn and their two children Danny and Marci along for the ride. They have cheerfully served thousands of needy people over the years but the time has come for their retirement from the job. The Fairview Food Bank is now in the capable hands of Jodi McPherson, Zion Lutheran Church...

  • It's a "Tropical Fairadise" at the McKenzie County Fair June 12 – 15

    Dianne Swanson|May 1, 2024

    Organizers of the McKenzie County Fair in Watford City have planned four days of fun and excitement just for you Wednesday, June 12, through Saturday, June 15. Gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening and 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission to the grounds is free. All times are Central Daylight Time. Start the weekend at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Olaf Leiseth Memorial Draft Horse Show. This free event showcases the hard-working draft horses and their drivers as they navigate an...

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