Articles from the February 22, 2023 edition


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  • Closure Of Sidney Sugars Causes Countywide Concern & Prompts Support For Employees

    Meagan Dotson|Feb 22, 2023

    With the announcement that Sidney Sugars will be closing, questions and concerns have arisen countywide and beyond. "It's going to cause a major ripple effect," commented Sidney Mayor Rick Norby. "Right now we just don't know what those effects are going to be. It's a devastating loss. I raised sugar beets myself for 20 years and my heart goes out to the employees and the farmers." For first generation farmer Matt Stedman, who began farming in 2011 and took over after Rocky Norby passed away in...

  • Rosendale Visits Sidney

    Robyn Heck|Feb 22, 2023

    Congressman Matt Rosendale visited Sidney last week. Rosendale has served Montana for over 10 years. In 2010, he was elected to the Montana House of Representatives, where he served for two years, followed by four years in the Montana Senate, where his colleagues elected him to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. He most recently served as the state auditor and commissioner of the securities and insurance, where he focused on reducing operating expenses, cutting regulations, and increasing access to high-quality affordable healthcare. Matt...

  • District 2C Tournament Held in Sidney

    Feb 22, 2023

    The District 2C Tournament was held at Sidney High School last week....

  • Hayes 2-Time State Champion

    Feb 22, 2023

    Watford City's Nivon Hayes has captured his second consecutive North Dakota Class A wrestling state title last weekend in Fargo at 285 lbs. Also placing for Watford City were Ethan Dennis, 145 lbs - 2nd; Brier Arnegard, 138 lbs - 5th, and San Inman, 285 lbs - 8th....

  • New York City Based Comedy Act Parallel Exit To Perform In Watford City Feb. 25

    Jessie Scofield|Feb 22, 2023

    The Watford City Area Concert Association is proud to bring for your evening’s entertainment an action-packed show filled with comedy, tricks, song and dance. Parallel Exit will take the Watford City High School stage on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Parallel Exit is a New York City-based nouveau comedy company of three, mixing song and dance with slapstick physical comedy to produce a delightful show for any audience. Performing since 1997, Parallel Exit knows how to entertain! They perform a terrific show for the whole family - a fine way to h...

  • Share Your Fairview Bridge Story

    Dianne Swanson|Feb 22, 2023

    The Fairview Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Fairview Bridge are compiling a booklet of historical and personal stories and photos to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the historic Fairview Bridge. Comprised of 110 stories, the booklet will provide a look into the significance of the bridge to the residents of this area and beyond. Photos are also encouraged. Did you, or someone you know, ride the famous Galloping Goose? Are you one of many who walked the tracks while the trains were still operating? Do you know of someone who worked...

  • Spring 2023 Sidney Soccer Association REC

    Feb 22, 2023

    Details: PK-8th Grade: (5 before April 1) Cost: $60: Includes team jersey, skills camp, glow soccer night, and games. Games: 5:15 or 6:15 M, T, TR (2X a week) Games are played at Richland County Fairgrounds Program: Begins April 4 with skills camps and concludes week of May 25. Practice schedules will be left to the team’s coach/coaches to decide and they will notify teams of these times. Coaches are volunteer! Register: https://system.gotsport.com/programs/2U1881551?reg_role+player For questions: [email protected]. Registration d...

  • Late Night Explosion At Salt Water Disposal North of Alexander

    Jaymi Mozeak|Feb 22, 2023

    According to a press release sent out by the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, there was an explosion and fire at the Elk Salt Water Disposal on Feb. 10 at 10:26 p.m. The disposal is located north of Alexander near the intersection of Hwy 85 and 35th St. NW. Elk Disposal is a place where truckers hauling production water, an ongoing byproduct of oil field activity, can dump their load in an ecologically safe manner. A driver for a local water hauling company was at the disposal, unloading his truck when the explosion occurred. It was r...

  • Richland County's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Completed, Available to the Public

    Jaymi Mozeak|Feb 22, 2023

    The Richland County DES finished the County and City Hazard Mitigation Plan on Jan. 9. According to the letter penned by Emergency Manager Brandon Roth, the Richland County Hazard Mitigation Plan is a document and plan that defines the larger hazards, both manmade and natural, that Richland County may face. The mitigation plan is a 146-page document created with the input of the county's LEPC or Local Emergency Planning Committee which included leaders from the fire department, law enforcement,...

  • McKenzie Electric Cooperative Employee Recognized For Community Service

    NDAREC|Feb 22, 2023

    Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) recognized Yolanda Rojas, a McKenzie Electric Cooperative employee, with the Community Service Award at its 80th annual meeting Feb. 7. The award recognizes Rojas' efforts to support English language learners and promote opportunities for integration and inclusion within the community. "Inclusion for all is essential to growing a strong economy and building vibrant and resilient communities," says NDAREC...

  • Dr. Jennifer Arnhold, OBGYN, Joins Women's Health Team

    Lynn Welker|Feb 22, 2023

    Watford City - Dr. Jennifer Arnhold, OBGYN, joined our team on Jan. 6 and, together with Dr. Yolanda Newton, OBGYN, is providing women's health and obstetric services. Dr. Arnhold was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, and currently resides in Brainerd, MN. Her son, Ty, is 9 years old, and she enjoys all activities with him. "I feel fortunate to have fallen into this opportunity with McKenzie Health! I enjoy the travel to North Dakota and realize great personal and professional satisfaction...

  • Jade D. Melby, 56, Sidney, MT, formerly of Baker, MT

    Feb 22, 2023

    Memorial services for Jade D. Melby, 56, Sidney, MT formerly of Baker, MT were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb.18, 2023, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Sidney, MT with Pastor David Huskamp officiating. Lunch was held at the Sidney Country Club following the service. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT, is caring for the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Jade Dean Melby was born on May 30, 1966, in Sidney,...

  • Ronald Osborn, 83, Sidney, MT

    Feb 22, 2023

    Funeral services were held Friday Feb. 17, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. Military honors will be presented by the VFW Post 4099. A luncheon followed the service at the VFW, Sidney, MT for a time of sharing and fellowship. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Ronald (Ron) Floyd Osborn, age 83, passed away peacefully in his home on...

  • Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

    Senator Steve Hinebauch|Feb 22, 2023

    Greetings from Helena! The Transmittal deadline is coming up fast. I am going to introduce four more bills this week that need to be heard and hopefully moved through the Senate before Transmittal. There are two bills dealing with FWP, one dealing with DOJ, and one dealing with elections. The unions were active this week at the capitol. Along with the several lobbyists they have here all the time there were a lot of members walking around, holding signs, and testifying in committees. They were here because of my bill SB276 and HB 448,...

  • Celebrating Arts & Culture with Sons of Norway March 4

    Feb 22, 2023

    The Sidney Sons of Norway Lodge 489 will be hosting an afternoon of interactive demonstrations and presentations of local artistry, crafts and cultural delicacies. The event will be held March 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the Sidney Elks Lodge main room. This is the second annual event that was created to introduce the community of all ages to not only Scandinavian culture, but an opportunity to expand on the awareness of what Sidney residents have been up to in their own special mediums. Plans for the afternoon include lefse making as well as other...

  • Hot Air Is Not Saving Our Way of Life

    Tom Halvorson|Feb 22, 2023

    A formation of losses is destroying our way of life. Hot air is not saving it. Publicly noticed losses are closure of the MDU electric plant, closure of the Savage coal mine, and closure of the sugar factory. Additional threat of loss fails to be noticed. Those include the part of the irrigation case about Fort Peck and irrigation from the Missouri River, the Montana federal court case to diminish 44% of the nation’s coal mining and restrict oil and gas in the Powder River Basin which includes Richland County, and the drive to close first 3...

  • District 2C Basketball Tournament Action

    Feb 22, 2023

    The District 2C basketball tournament was held last week at Sidney High School. On the boys' side, Fairview placed 1st followed by Froid/Lake in 2nd. Third place was Bainville and Savage placed 4th. Culbertson and Plentywood will face off at 6 p.m. at Culbertson High School to decide 5th place. For the girls, Plentywood took 1st followed by Culbertson in 2nd. Third place was Circle and MonDak took 4th. Froid/Lake will play against Fairview at 7:30 p.m. at Culbertson High School to decide 5th...

  • Sidney Gymnastics Results, Watford City, Feb. 11

    Feb 22, 2023

    The Sidney Gymnastics Competitive Team Girls, Levels 3 and 4 competed in Watford City on Saturday Feb. 11. The Level 4 Team placed 3rd overall. Level 3 Scores: Avynn Carda: 3B; Vault 8.500(5); Uneven Bars 8.275(5); Balance Beam 7.600; Floor Exercise 8.150(5); All Around 32.525(6) Brantlee Hanson: 3B; Vault 8.250; Uneven Bars 7.825; Balance Beam 7.750; Floor Exercise 6.450; All Around 30.275(8) Eden Fisher: 3C; Vault 8.450; Uneven Bars 7.050; Balance Beam 6.825; Floor Exercise 7.350; All Around...

  • Steinbeisser Discusses Being In And Getting Out Of The Sugar Beet Industry

    Meagan Dotson|Feb 22, 2023

    Don Steinbeisser Jr.'s farm has been in his family since the 1930s, and for nearly all of his life, 900 of his 3,000 irrigated acres were dedicated to growing sugar beets. That all changed in 2022. "Sidney Sugars made it so it wasn't profitable. Yes, you can make money growing sugar beets, but you can't afford to replace equipment," he explained. "When Holly Sugar and Imperial Sugar owned the factory, they upgraded it to make it bigger and better so we could process more beets, but all that stop...

  • Workers Impacted By Sidney Sugars Closure

    The Department of Labor and Industry|Feb 22, 2023

    The Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) and your local Job Service Office can assist you during this transitionary time. Right Now: Prepare Are you interested in a career change or would you like to keep doing what you do? Explore your resources: Education: DLI has programs and education material available to help you prepare for your next steps. wsd.dli.mt.gov/job-seeker/training-education Labor Market Info: Learn what Montana’s economy is doing and see trends in the labor market. lmi.mt.gov Next Step: Explore DLI has programs and r...

  • LYIP Fights On To Protect Water, Requests Legislative Help

    Dianne Swanson|Feb 22, 2023

    6 was a relatively good year for the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project with regular maintenance taking place including replacing collapsing culverts under roads and water delivery canals, and repairing a concrete spillway. The LYIP applied for, and received, grants to begin replacing some failing concrete storm water underpasses under the main canal, and replacing a couple of worn-out pumps in the Savage irrigation district. However, storm clouds remain on the horizon. After years spent...

  • McKenzie Co. Soil Conservation Soil Health Summit Held Feb. 14

    Robyn Heck|Feb 22, 2023

    The McKenzie County Soil Conservation District presented the soil health summit on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Rough Rider Event Center, Watford City, ND. Burke Teichert spoke about grazing to close out the summit. He not only spoke about agriculture but he talked about life. Teichert said, “Follow your principles everywhere you go. Obey the principles but also be flexible about the context. Teichert spoke on Tuesday about an article he wrote in 2013. This article was about more efficient grazing procedures. In it he discussed why ranchers d...

  • Economic Outlook Briefings On Agricultural Policy, Economic Forecasting Coming To Eastern Montana March 14

    MSU News Service|Feb 22, 2023

    Bozeman - Volatile agricultural markets, inflation, recession and a look at local and statewide economic issues are the focus of the 2023 Economic Briefing series, coming to eastern Montana in mid-March. Faculty from the Montana State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics will collaborate with economists from the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research to bring an economic briefing with emphasis on agricultural policy issues and forecasts to Sidney in the morning and Miles City in the afternoon on...

  • Books on Broadway Hosting Event Feb. 25, 2-4pm

    Chuck Wilder|Feb 22, 2023

    We will have some fun activities (scavenger hunt, coloring, snacks) for the kiddos in the theme of Literary Dogs (Clifford the Big Red Dog's Birthday is today: 2/14). Old Yeller, Clifford, Seaman (Louis & Clark's dog), Dog Man....We will even have a couple of pictures of Robin's Dogs: Zora and Hannah in the scavenger hunt. We may also do some face painting depending on what we can get in at the time. We are basing this on one of Robin's favorite animals because this is her birth month (2/3 was her birthday). Robin started the store in November...

  • MonDak Ag Days & Trade Show March 2-3 in Sidney

    Robyn Heck|Feb 22, 2023

    The MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show, a Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture event has been set for Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3 at the Richland Event Center, Sidney. The Ag Days Banquet will be held at the Sidney Elks Lodge starting at 5 p.m. March 2. Breakfast will be held on Friday, March 3. Lunch will be available both days. A Free Education Schedule has been set up at the events center. Thursday, March 2 10 a.m.: Drainage Tile: The Dos & Don'ts by Jerry Weiland 11 a.m: Getting...

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