Articles from the February 28, 2024 edition


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  • Weston Hunter Benefit March 2, Alexander

    Feb 28, 2024

    The Alexander Fire Department is hosting a benefit for five year old Weston Hunter and his family on Saturday, March 2 at the Alexander Fire Hall beginning with a chili dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CST. A silent auction will run from 5:30-8 p.m. followed by a live auction beginning at 8:15 p.m. A cash bar will be onsite. Weston is the son of Kyle and Jenae Hunter, both of whom serve on the Alexander Fire Department. He underwent two brain surgeries in January, the first for fluid on his brain...

  • LYIP Hosts Annual Meeting Feb. 23

    Feb 28, 2024

    The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project held its annual meeting Friday, Feb. 23 at the Sidney Moose Lodge guided by the irrepressible Richard Cayko, Board of Control and District 2 president. A delicious dinner was served by the Women of the Moose, with efficient table clean-up by members of the Fairview FFA. Fairview FFA members have been helping at the meeting for several years but this time capped off their projects during National FFA Week. There were no elections of board members since the...

  • Talk Looks At Ecological impact Of Renewable Energy Development

    Beth Redlin|Feb 28, 2024

    As the United States takes steps to address climate change, renewable energy development (particularly wind and solar) has become a critical component in reducing the nation’s carbon emissions. But as with many things, these new energy options bring their own sets of problems….and opportunities. This is the message being shared by Dr. Steve Grodsky, assistant professor of natural resources and the environment at Cornell University and an Assistant Unit Leader with the U.S. Geological Survey’s New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Resea...

  • Gala Scheduled For Saturday In Watford City

    Jessie Scofield|Feb 28, 2024

    The Long X Arts Foundation and Watford City Parks and Recreation invite you to The Gala: For Arts and Parks and Recreation, March 2, at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. The Gala is a formal fundraiser featuring supper, a blackjack table, live music, live painting, silent auction, and dancing to benefit the arts and parks and recreation programming in McKenzie County. “We are looking forward to hosting an evening of entertainment where guests get a chance to dress up and get treated like the celebrities they are as they support the u...

  • Choices Limited In Richland County Primary Election

    Feb 28, 2024

    With the March 11 deadline for filing coming very quickly, primary election voters in Richland County have few options in local races. County Commissioner Duane Mitchell and Clerk of District Court Janice Klempel are, so far, running unopposed. With redistricting completed, Richland County has become two districts with Hwy. 200 the dividing line. Incumbent Brandon Ler is running unopposed for HD 33 which is south of Hwy. 200 and takes in the city of Glendive. The only candidate who has filed so far for HD 30, which takes in most of Richland...

  • Clara "Janie" Mercier, 74, Culbertson, MT

    Feb 28, 2024

    A Celebration of Life service was held Thursday Feb. 22, 2024 at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, Sidney, MT, with Pastor Richard Evans officiating. A luncheon will followed the service for a time of 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. Clara "Janie" Mercier, 74, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 at the Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT, sur...

  • Upcoming Blood Drives

    Feb 28, 2024

    Sidney Red Cross Blood Drive March 19 A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, March 19, from noon-6 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish Center, 310 7th St. SE, Sidney. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 406-868-0911 or 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Give blood, help save lives. Fairview Red Cross Blood Drive Set For March 21 A Red Cross Blood Drive will held Thursday, March 21 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Fairview at 6 p.m. For appointments, email: Red...

  • Eldridges Honored Latest Recipients Of Above & Beyond Award

    Feb 28, 2024

    The Fairview Chamber of Commerce awarded its Above & Beyond for Fairview to Paul and Joan Eldridge in recognition of their tireless work for the chamber, the Friends of the Fairview Bridge and the community. The couple was instrumental in the creation of the Lighting of the Bridge and the craft show held each November and continue to come up with new ideas to make the occasion even better. The huge lighted ornaments are their handiwork and Paul is always at the park, helping to get everything...

  • SHC's LaPan Passes 3rd Recertification Exam

    Toni Zieske|Feb 28, 2024

    Dr. Michael LaPan, a dedicated and respected practitioner in the field of foot and ankle surgery, at Sidney Health Center, has successfully passed his recertification exam with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, maintaining his diplomat status. This accomplishment marks Dr. LaPan's third recertification by the board, a recognition of his ongoing commitment to the highest standards of care in his specialty. With a career spanning over 30 years, Dr. LaPan has built a long-standing...

  • East Fairview School Undergoes Remodel

    Dianne Swanson|Feb 28, 2024

    Students and the kitchen staff at East Fairview School were thrilled to start the school year in their newly remodeled building while administration moved in over the Christmas break. The original school burned down in 1922 at which time the two-story building was erected. The wing housing the elementary, offices, kitchen, and cafeteria were built in 1954. Prior to that, all classes were held in the two-story building. In 1965, the library was added and the gym addition took place in 1983. The...

  • Williston City Commission Allocates $370,200 in Williston STAR Fund Grants To 13 Projects

    Feb 28, 2024

    Williston, ND – The Williston STAR Fund is helping a Downtown Williston business reopen. Two Williston businesswomen are revitalizing Cattails. The Williston City Commission approved up to $43,000 to refurbish the interior and exterior of the local bar. Keith Olson, Williston Small Business Development Center director, said the project will help rejuvenate the business that has been closed for about one year. "They've got some plans for upgrading and changing the look." said Olson. "I think i...

  • Richland Federal Credit Union Welcomes Dana Jonsson Back To Sidney

    Feb 28, 2024

    Richland Federal Credit Union (RFCU) is pleased to introduce Dana Jonsson as the newest member of our team. Dana will serve as an agricultural & business loan officer, bringing her wealth of experience and expertise to our organization. We are excited to welcome Dana to our team and look forward to her contributions to the credit union. Jonsson joins RFCU following her tenure at First Community Credit Union, Crookston, MN, where she held positions as branch manager and universal lender....

  • Williston State College President & Dean's Lists

    Feb 28, 2024

    Williston State College President’s List Williston State College has announced their President’s list for Fall 2023. Local students listed with a 3.8-4.0 GPA include: Hannah Anderson, Rhonda Folstad, Lexi Morlock, and Brin Norby, Sidney; Kaylee Dewhirst, Grassy Butte; Cole Gebhardt, Westby; Grady Gonsioroski, Brockton; Britney Gullickson, Cartwright; Maddox Hansen, Bainville; Cody Kreil, Thomas Overturf, Alexander; Corbin Noble, Watford City; Grace Olson, Arnegard; Angelia Zimdars, Bloomfield. Williston State College has announced their Dea...

  • MSU Billings Honor Roll

    MSU News|Feb 28, 2024

    MSU Billings News—The following Montana State University Billings undergraduate students have been named to the Dean’s List for their academic honors in the fall 2023 semester. In recognition of academic achievement, the university makes public at the close of each semester an honor roll of undergraduate students who earn 12 or more credits, which are not of a Pass/No Pass nature and who earn a grade point average of 3.50 or better. Fall 2023: Students from Montana cities other than Billings. Asterisk (*) denotes 4.00 GPA. Brockton Ast...

  • McKenzie County Fatal Crash Friday, Feb. 23

    Feb 28, 2024

    A single vehicle fatal rollover crash occurred on Highway 85, mile marker 180, 4 miles south of Williston Friday, Feb. 23 at approximately 10:48 p.m.CST. A 2017 Chevy Impala, was traveling southbound on Highway 85 near mile marker 180. The driver lost control of the vehicle, crossed over center, and went into the east ditch. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest on the ice of the Missouri River. Both occupants of the vehicle were ejected. The driver, Crystal Kalligher, 36, Watford City, was pronounced deceased on scene. The passenger,...

  • MSU Hometown Graduates Spring 2024

    MSU News Service|Feb 28, 2024

    BOZEMAN — Montana State University awarded 813 undergraduate degrees and164 graduate degrees during its 139th commencement ceremonies held Dec. 15 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. A list of the graduates follows: Haley Olson**, Richey; Riley Thiessen **, Sidney; Hanna Skov*, Allyson Young, Fairview; and Noah Nickoloff, Culbertson. Students with two asterisks after their names (**) graduated with highest honors, having earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7. Undergraduate students graduating with honors — a cumulative GPA between 3.25 and 3.6...

  • Money for what?

    Ken Morris|Feb 28, 2024

    As it is about tax time again, I think these thoughts need to be expressed. Before I start into the main meat of this piece, I am going to throw out these statistics: The U.S. debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio as of December 2022 is now 129% which is very close to what it was at the end of World War II. In other words, it would take everything the U.S. produced in 1.29 years to lower our debt to zero; that’s $100,000 per every living person in the U.S. Ukraine’s debt to GDP ratio as of December 2022 is now around 80%. And because thi...

  • Initial Private Applicator Training March 5-6

    Feb 28, 2024

    MSU Extension will be offering an Initial Private Applicator Training on Tuesday, March 5, in Culbertson and Wednesday, March 6 in Glendive. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with the program starting at 8 a.m. and adjourning at 5:15 p.m. The program will be held at the Dry Prairie Rural Water Building, 5808 MT-16, Culbertson and the Yellowstone River Inn, 1903 N. Merrill Ave., Glendive. Initial Private Applicator Trainings are for individuals who want to obtain a Montana Private Applicator License, which is required for anyone who is applying...

  • Ranger Bantams – Headed to State

    Brenda Filler|Feb 28, 2024

    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" – Wayne Gretzky "Don't practice until you get it right, Practice until you can't get it wrong" – Brianna Decker "Every day Is a Good Day for Hockey" – Mario Lemieux "You have to work your absolute hardest every time you step on the ice" – Sidney Crosby These are just some famous quotes from a few great players. Every one of these quotes, as well as many others, make me think of the Bantams. The Bantam team, coached by Braden Kindopp and Shane Schantz,...

  • Shopping Spree Winner

    Feb 28, 2024

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  • Fairview Boys Advance to State Tournament

    Feb 28, 2024

    The Fairview Warriors came in 3rd place from districts but ended up taking 1st place in the 2B divisional tournament. The Poplar Indians and the Fairview Warriors will move on to State Basketball Tournament in Billings, March 7-9. Fairview will play March 7 at 1:30 p.m. Good Luck Fairview. 1st Round: Cut Bank 42-Fairview 63; 2nd Round: Fairview 54- Malta 51; 3rd Round/Championship: Poplar 52-Fairview 54...

  • Montana State Receives $2.5 Million Grant For Project To Strengthen Rural Education

    Anne Cantrell|Feb 28, 2024

    BOZEMAN - Montana State University's ongoing efforts to strengthen rural education across the state received a boost recently with a $2.5 million grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. The grant, which runs for two and a half years, will fund the second iteration of a program called Advancing Support, Preparation and Innovation in Rural Education, or ASPIRE. The project is housed in MSU's Center for Research on Rural Education and aims to establish a blueprint for attracting, preparing,...

  • NDSU Extension-Willams Co. & City Of Williston Forestry Dept. 2024 Spring Tree & Garden Workshop Set For March 16

    Feb 28, 2024

    NDSU Extension-Williams County and City of Williston Forestry Department will be conducting a 2024 Spring Tree and Garden Workshop Saturday, March 16. Join NDSU Extension, Williams County for an educational workshop with specialists addressing current topics in lawn, tree and garden. There will also be breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Preregister by March 13. For more information contact Kelly Leo at 7010577-4594 or email [email protected]....

  • Savage Community Hall Is A Treasure

    Feb 28, 2024

    Since 2020, things keep improving in the Savage Community Hall, and many, many caring folks have helped the board of directors achieve this. Donations have had the highest impact on the accomplishments, and there have been several entities that commit to the hall annually. We have discovered that the rental of our tables and chairs has filled a need in the county that we couldn't have predicted. Not only are these used in the hall, but also rented out for various events requiring seating. We...

  • Regional 7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls Elite Wrestling Tournament Saturday

    Feb 28, 2024

    A Regional 7th &8th Grade Boys & Girls Elite Wrestling Tournament will be held Saturday, March 2 at the Sidney High School gymnasium. Wrestling begins at 8:30 a.m. The "Top of the Class" tournament will feature wrestlers from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho Colorado and Washington. Registration begins on Track Wrestling for $15. Honorary weigh-ins are on Thursday from 5-9 p.m, Boys' weight classes range from 70-250 lbs. Girls weight classes and brackets will be determined by...

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