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  • Richland County Fair Adds New 4-H Structures

    Jody Wells|Dec 29, 2021

    The Richland County Fair & Rodeo will feature some new construction for this year's event. The new 4-H complex and buildings were built with B&B Builders as the general contractors for the project. The new complex consists of a horse barn and stalls; a sheep, swine and goat barn and a cattle barn. Along with these three separate barns, there is also a new show area with expanded grandstands. B&B is also constructing a new fence around the north parameter of the fairgrounds. The buildings are rep...

  • Cape Air To Replace Fleet With New Planes

    Jody Wells|Dec 29, 2021

    Cape Air presented their new Tecnam P2012 Traveller planes to the public at the Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport on April 7. The new planes will replace the airline's current fleet of Cessna 402s. The first commercial flight from the Sidney Airport took place April 9. The company currently has three of the new planes in service in Montana with two more entering service. Eventually all eight planes in the Montana fleet will be replaced with the new Tecnam P2012 Traveller. The older Cessna 402s...

  • Richland Co. Sportsmen's Club Looking for Shooting Range Land

    Jody Wells|Dec 1, 2021

    On Nov. 16 the Richland County Sportsmen's Club, Inc. held a meeting to discuss plans for a new shooting range in the county. The club has been making attempts to reach out to landowners for property to either purchase or lease for the new facility. The club has been visiting other shooting ranges in surrounding counties to get different ideas on ways to layout and build the outdoor facility. Currently, Richland County doesn't have a designated public place to safely sight in firearms, conduct...

  • Richland County Fair Adds New 4-H Structures

    Jody Wells|Jul 28, 2021

    The Richland County Fair & Rodeo will feature some new construction for this year's event. The new 4-H complex and buildings were built with B&B Builders as the general contractors for the project. The new complex consists of a horse barn and stalls; a sheep, swine and goat barn and a cattle barn. Along with these three separate barns, there is also a new show area with expanded grandstands. B&B is also constructing a new fence around the north parameter of the fairgrounds. The buildings are rep...

  • Cape Air To Replace Fleet With New Planes

    Jody Wells|Apr 14, 2021

    Cape Air presented their new Tecnam P2012 Traveller planes to the public at the Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport on April 7. The new planes will replace the airline's current fleet of Cessna 402s. The first commercial flight from the Sidney Airport took place April 9. The company currently has three of the new planes in service in Montana with two more entering service this week. Eventually all eight planes in the Montana fleet will be replaced with the new Tecnam P2012 Traveller. The older...

  • US Representative Matt Rosendale Visits Sidney

    Jody Wells and Jessica Lyons|Feb 24, 2021

    Recently elected US House Reprehensive Matt Rosendale visited the Sidney area last week. Rosendale was in town from Feb. 15-17 and visited with area Republicans, toured local businesses and held a Q & A session at the Richland County Commissioners office. Rosendale's Q & A session was with community leaders and local citizens. He began the meeting with an overview of his first 45 days since taking office. Rosendale described the stark differences between the atmosphere in Washington compared to...

  • Sidney Female Wrestlers to Attend First All Girls State Tournament

    Jody Wells|Feb 17, 2021

    Sidney will have two wrestlers taking part in a historic tournament this weekend. The first ever all girls high school Montana state wrestling tournament will take place Feb. 19-20 at Lockwood High School. Sidney junior Keela Kary will be wrestling at 120 pounds. Kary has wrestled for five years in the AAU program and stated wrestling in grade 7. Her dad and brother were her inspiration for starting her wrestling career. She is currently ranked 3rd and hasn't wrestled any of the girls ranked...

  • Candee Honored for 25 Years at Agri Industries

    Jody Wells|Dec 23, 2020

    Agri Industries honored Lee Candee, for 25 years of service during an employee luncheon at their Sidney location on Dec. 18. Candee started his career with Agri Industries as an intern between his junior year and senior year at Montana State University. In 1996, after graduation, he went to work full time for Agri Industries in Williston, ND. A year later, Candee went to Miles City, MT where he opened a new location. After two years in Miles City, Candee persuaded owner Mike Ames to open...

  • US House Candidate Kathleen Williams Visits Sidney

    Jody Wells|Oct 7, 2020

    Democratic candidate for Montana's US House of Representatives Kathleen Williams visited Sidney Oct. 2. Williams spoke to supporters at Greg Miller's shop near Miller's Corner. She will face serving Montana State Auditor and Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Matt Rosendale in the Nov. 3 election. Williams spoke about her background and her history serving in the nonpartisan Environmental Quality Council of the Montana Legislature and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks....

  • COPP Issues Decision on Complaint Against CURC

    Jody Wells|May 27, 2020

    On May 13 Katherine Scholl of Florence, MT filed a campaign practices complaint against Conservatives United for Richland County (CURC) alleging that the group failed to file a required C-6 committee finance report. On May 18 the COPP issued a decision finding that CURC failed to timely file its C-6 committee finance reports due March 30 and April 30. The group has filed the reports and is currently in compliance even though the reports were late, which is a violation. “We are a newly formed political action committee. We had the reports filed...

  • Political Action Committee Files Lawsuit Following Krautter Complaint

    Jody Wells|Apr 29, 2020

    On April 14 political action committee (PAC), Doctors for a Healthy Montana, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula against MT Attorney General Tim Fox and Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) Jeffery Mangan. The group claims the statute cited by Rep. Joel Krautter, R-Sidney, in his complaint filed with COPP on April 7 serves no useful purpose and should be repealed. The suit asks a judge to declare the statute unconstitutional and award the PAC cost relief including the cost of litigation. The statute, the Political...

  • New Housing Community Takes Shape in Watford City

    Jody Wells|Jul 31, 2019

    Watford City RE/MAX broker and developer Paul Ficara has begun developing the Stepping Stone golf course community to provide new, custom built residential homes to families in the area. The 144 acre Residential Subdivision is located in close proximity to the Roughrider Center, Watford City High School, and the new Watford City Elementary School. The project is on the south side of 17th Ave. NE and include available Fox Hills Golf Course frontage lots. The project began in 2012 with the...

  • Richland Federal Credit Union Proud to Be Part of Co-op Day

    Jody Wells|Jul 24, 2019

    Richland Federal Credit Union (RFCU) of Sidney and Culbertson began at a Farmers Union Oil Company meeting back in 1939. Fifty founding members saw a need for a local credit union in Sidney and the Richland County Cooperators Credit Union was chartered in accordance with the Federal Credit Union Act of 1934. RFCU will be celebrating their 80th anniversary on August 2. The foundation of RFCU was built around the Farmers Union Oil Company principles. The field of membership needed a common bond....

  • (Updated) Severson Charged With Deliberate Homicide

    Jody Wells|Jul 10, 2019

    On July 3 Kyle Lee Severson, 19, Sidney, was charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death of Tyler Anthony Hayden, 20, Sidney. Severson made an initial appearance in Sidney City Court before Judge Luke Savage on July 3. Severson requested a public defender as his defense counsel. Bail was set at $2,000,000. A preliminary examination has been scheduled for July 10 at 3 p.m. Severson's next court appearance is scheduled for July 22 at 8:30 a.m. If convicted Severson faces a maximum sente...

  • Sidney Job Services Awards Employers of Choice

    Jody Wells|May 8, 2019

    The Sidney Job Service Employer Committee (JSEC) recognized businesses that create great workplaces in our community by presenting them with the Employer of Choice Award on May 6. The Sidney JSEC recognized two categories, less than 25 employees and more than 25 employees. The Sidney JSEC chose the winners by collecting applications from employees of various businesses throughout the community. The recipients of the awards have enthusiastic employees, who say their employers are fully engaged,...

  • Spring Road Trip: Florida to Montana in Four Days

    Jody Wells|Apr 24, 2019

    Searching for fun this spring season? Why not a road trip across the country? Last week I did just that with my father. My dad was in Cape Coral, FL visiting relatives and I flew down to drive him back to Montana. Our first stop was on Pine Island, FL to the town of Matlacha. We had lunch along the waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the Hooked Island Grill. We had excellent fresh seafood and enjoyed blueberry mojitos. The following day we hit the road stopping in Tampa, FL. Tampa just so happens...

  • Hinds Pleads Not Guilty

    Jody Wells|Apr 17, 2019

    Sasha Marie Hinds appeared before Judge Katherine M. Bidegaray in the 7th Judicial District Court in Sidney on April 15. Hinds entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of Deliberate Homicide and Aggravated Assault in connection with the death of her 2-month old daughter, Kylie Ann Hinds, and the stabbing of Brendan James Sheehan. Hinds' counsel Cynthia Thornton and Michael Haase stated they would not be prepared for a May 20 omnibus hearing. They requested additional time for discovery and a...

  • Richland County Assessing Effects of Area Flooding

    Jody Wells|Apr 3, 2019

    Richland County Commissioners held a meeting on March 29 to discuss the current status of flooding in the county. Although there was some subsequent flooding of county roads and five reported homes, Richland Country did not receive as much damage as McKenzie County, ND to the east. Currently all county roads are reopened and the process of assessing the damages to property has begun. Fortunately Richland County participates in the National Flood Insurance program and some of the landowners are covered. Even though many of the homes are...

  • Wild Flour Café & Bakery Opens in Alexander

    Jody Wells|Mar 13, 2019

    Alexander resident Donna Sims has opened The Wild Flour Café & Bakery in the former Country Café location at 718 Elk Street, Alexander. Sims is the former owner of Old School Meat Processing that was in operation from 2007-2012 in Alexander. Sims' daughters Alex and Emmalee also help at the restaurant. The newly remolded location was purchased from Country Café owner Jennifer Morton. Morton was ready to retire when Sims stepped in to take ownership of the only café in Alexander. "For us it is...

  • Sidney Wrestlers Earn Second State Title in a Row

    Jody Wells|Feb 13, 2019

    The Eagles earned the top spot at the 2019 MHSA State Championships in Billings on Feb. 9. The team scored a total of 310.5 points beating the second place Havre team that scored 170 and third place Polson with 128.5. The 310.5 point win has been reported to be a Montana Class A State Tournament record. The 2015 Havre team with 297 points held the previous record. At the end of the first day of tournament competition the Sidney team led the pack with 140.5 over Havre at 86.5 and Polson with...

  • McKenzie County Healthcare System (MCHS) to Launch New Orthopedic Surgery Department

    Jody Wells|Dec 26, 2018

    Ravindra Joshi, MD, will be spearheading an orthopedic surgery department in the new McKenzie County Healthcare Systems facility at 709 4th Ave NE in Watford City. Dr. Joshi is an orthopedic surgeon who has served patients in northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana for several years, provided him with first hand knowledge of the needs of rural communities. He is trained and board certified by American, British, Canadian and Indian Orthopedic boards. He received his Master of Surgery...

  • Hughes Brothers Bring Home State Track & Field Titles

    Jody Wells|Dec 26, 2018

    Sidney High School track athletes Garrison and Carter Hughes brought home three state titles at the MT State Track & Field meet in Laurel on May 25-26. SHS junior Carter Hughes (currently a senior) took first place in both the shot put and discus. Carter has comitted and signed with the University of Minnesota. Sidney pole vault standout Garrison Hughes won his third consecutive championship in 2018. This year he also had the state's highest jump at 17'. His junior year he broke the MT State mee...

  • Sidney High School Wrestling Team Places 1st at State with Two Individual Champions

    Jody Wells|Dec 26, 2018

    The Sidney High School wrestling team ended their season on top of the podium at the All Class State Wrestling Tournament in Billings. The Eagles soared into first place on Friday 16 points ahead of the five-time state champion Havre Blue Ponies. By the end of the tournament that lead was extended to 62 points with a score of 250 for Sidney and 188 for Havre. It has been 11 years since the Sidney team last won a championship. The Eagles had two state champion wrestlers this year. They just so ha...

  • McKenzie County Healthcare System (MCHS) to Launch New Orthopedic Surgery Department

    Jody Wells|Dec 12, 2018

    Ravindra Joshi, MD, will be spearheading an orthopedic surgery department in the new McKenzie County Healthcare Systems facility at 709 4th Ave NE in Watford City. Dr. Joshi is an orthopedic surgeon who has served patients in northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana for several years, provided him with first hand knowledge of the needs of rural communities. He is trained and board certified by American, British, Canadian and Indian Orthopedic boards. He received his Master of Surgery...

  • ONEOK Continues Support for McKenzie County Healthcare Systems

    Jody Wells|Oct 24, 2018

    ONEOK has continued providing support for local health services by donating $50,000 for medical equipment to the new McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) facility in Watford City. In 2016, ONEOK contributed $1 million to help kick-start construction of the new hospital located at 709 4th Ave. NE. ONEOK's initial gift was earmarked toward an emergency room that proved to be invaluable in the aftermath of the July 10 tornado that struck Prairie View RV Park. On Oct. 17, ONEOK officials...

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