Articles from the March 15, 2023 edition

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  • North Dakota Film 'End Of The Rope' To Premiere In Theaters Beginning in March

    Meagan Dotson|Mar 15, 2023

    Mark your calendars for the premiere showings of historical crime thriller, 'End of the Rope.' This North Dakota made movie is based on the late Dennis Edward Johnson's book 'End of the Rope', which was written about the infamous Charles Bannon case of 1931. Bannon was a ranch hand for the well-off Haven family who resided just south of Schafer, ND, five miles east of Watford City. When the family mysteriously disappeared, the townspeople's suspicions were raised as to what had become of the cou...

  • McKenzie County Fatality Crash March 10

    Mar 15, 2023

    On Friday, March 10, at approximately 6:38 p.m. CST Hwy. 85 near mile marker 178, approximately 5 miles south of Williston there was a fatality crash. A 2014 Western Star Truck driven by Kenneth Schafer, 67-year-old male, Bridger, MT, hauling a pneumatic sand trailer was traveling north on Hwy. 85 near mile marker 178. A 2018 Ford F350 driven by Bona Son, 29-year-old male, Watford City, ND, was traveling south on Hwy 85. The Ford lost control, crossed into the northbound lanes. The Ford and Western Star Truck collided. The driver of the Ford...

  • Fairview Places 3rd at State

    Mar 15, 2023

    State Tournnament Results: Fairview played 1st round March 9: Belt Huskies, 53, Fairview Warriors, 43. 2nd Round March 10: Fairview Warriors, 67, Broadview/Lavina Pirates, 44. 3rd Round March 11: Fairview Warriors, 56, Powder River Co Hawks, 47. 4th round for 3rd/4th place: Fairview Warriors, 49, Belt Huskies, 43 for 3rd place....

  • Northeastern Arts Network Concert March 17

    Jill Dostert Wagner|Mar 15, 2023

    The Northeastern Arts Network presents their finale of the Big Sky Concert Season on Friday, March 17 with a unique duo celebrating chamber music from the 18th Century. Baroque Music Montana specializes in music inspired by history, performing works by celebrated composers of the Baroque, as well as many pieces rarely or not heard since the 18th century. Baroque violinist Carrie Krause and Seattle based lutenist John Lenti have toured together with their repertoire from their recently recorded a...

  • Barbara "Barb" Craig, 80, Sidney, MT

    Mar 15, 2023

    Funeral services for Barbara "Barb" Craig, 80, Sidney are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Pella Lutheran Church, Sidney, MT with Pastors Tim Tharp and Barb Haugerud officiating. Visitation is on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel and one hour before services at the church. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at

  • Tracey Williams, 61, Watford City, ND

    Mar 15, 2023

    In keeping with Tracey's wishes he will be cremated. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Watford City, ND is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at Tracey passed away on Friday Feb.17, 2023 at his home in Watford City, ND. Tracey Neil Williams was born to Charlie and Lucile Williams on May 2, 1961. He was the baby of the family and yes, he was spoiled! He grew up on the family farm and went to school in Lambert, MT, gradua...

  • Correction

    Mar 15, 2023

    In the cutline for the picture titled “Awakened Wellness Ribbon Cutting” that appeared on page 12A in the March 8 issue, it says Chamber President Chip Gifford. It should say Chamber Director Chip Gifford....

  • Merge Ribbon Cutting, Sidney, March 7

    Mar 15, 2023

    Pictured (L-R) Chamber directors Alli Nelson, Jamie Larson, and Megan Garza; business owner Anya Chamberlain; employee Piper Hurley; Chamber directors Hanna Jepsen, Shay Steinbeisser, and Chip Gifford; and Executive Chamber Director Kali Godfrey all attended the ribbon cutting for Merge's new location at 214 S. Central Ave., Sidney on Tuesday, March 7. (Photo by Jaymi Mozeak)...

  • Full Circle Speaker Okonne To Speak On His Christmas Child Shoebox Experience

    Jaymi Mozeak|Mar 15, 2023

    Marvellous Okonne, an Operation Christmas Child Full Circle speaker, is coming to Sidney to share how receiving an Operation Christmas Child box changed his life and continues to remind him of God's love and care for him on Saturday, March 18 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. According to flyers about the event, Okonne is the youngest of four children. He grew up in a part of Central Africa where Christians are persecuted for their beliefs and his family had to resettle in another area...

  • Williston Sport & Recreation Show Scheduled March 17-19

    Mar 15, 2023

    Williston, N.D. - The 36th Annual Sport & Recreation Show will be hosted by the Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) at the Raymond Family Community Center March 17-19. Show attendees can view the newest models of boats, RVs, ATVs, grills, golf carts and more. Upstairs, there are over 30 vendor booths offering a wide variety of products including hunting trips, apparel, taxidermy, cutlery, gun accessories, clay shooting, fishing tackle, home decor and much more. Show attendees will also enjoy checking out “Otter Adventure”, a live ani...

  • 1st Inaugural Gem & Mineral Show, March 18, Sidney

    Mar 15, 2023

    Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The First Inaugural Gem & Mineral Show will be at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 211 W. Holly St., Sidney. Admission to the show is $3 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. There will be several vendors at the show with many different items including, jewelry, gemstones, fossils, crystals & amethyst, rough rock & slabs, agates & geodes plus much more. There will also be a Kids Corner which will have a "Wheel of Fortune, Gem Dig, Grab Bag and Garnet Pick...

  • Sidney Gymnastics Results, Minot, March 5

    Mar 15, 2023

    The Sidney gymnasts competed at the Rebel Roundup Meet held in Minot on Sunday March 5. The Level 4 team placed 3rd. Myra Wieland placed 1st overall in her age bracket. Scores are as follows: Level 3 Gymnasts Adriene Leintz: Vault 9.200 (4T); Uneven Bars 8.200; Balance Beam 8.450; Floor Exercise 7.350; All Around 33.200 Brantlee Hanson: Vault 8.250; Uneven Bars 7.000; Balance Beam 6.800; Floor Exercise 7.450; All Around 29.500 Eden Fisher: Vault 8.850; Uneven Bars 6.750; Balance Beam 6.550;...

  • Carolyn Buxbaum, 57, Sidney, MT

    Mar 15, 2023

    Memorial services for Carolyn Buxbaum, 57, Sidney, MT were 2 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2023, at Ebenezer Congregational Church, 118 4th Ave. NW, Sidney, MT, with Pastor David Meehan officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Go Fund Me set up to help with medical bills ( Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Carolyn Jean (Dennis) Buxbaum was born on March 6, 1965, in San Gabriel, CA to Moky Dennis...

  • Charlotte Thackeray, 86, Sidney, MT

    Mar 15, 2023

    Charlotte Thackeray, 86, Sidney, MT, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 5, 2023 at Sidney Health Center with family by her side. Services are being planned for the summer of 2023 in Havre, MT. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at

  • Marilyn (Blondie) Johnson, 91, Dickinson, ND formerly of Fairview, MT

    Mar 15, 2023

    Marilyn (Blondie) Johnson, 91, Dickinson, ND formerly of Fairview, MT was born on Feb. 18, 1932 and passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023 at St. Bens Nursing Home, Dickinson, ND. Funeral services will be held at a later date....

  • $125,000 In Youth Serve MT Scholarships Awarded

    Mar 15, 2023

    Helena, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service (ServeMontana), Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) are pleased to announce 100 Montana high school seniors who have been awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. This scholarship is offered in two awards, $1,000 for 50-99 hours of service and $1,500 for 100+ hours of service to attend a Montana Campus Compact member institution next fall. “Reach Higher Montana is always glad to work with our partners to increase scholarship resources for Montana students,” said Kelly...

  • Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

    Senator Steve Hinebauch|Mar 15, 2023

    Greetings from Helena! It was good to be home for a few days and seeing the friendly faces in eastern Montana. I get a lot of emails and phone calls from my constituents in SD18. The large majority are in support of how I vote. There are a small few who are not. When I ran for senate, I swore to uphold the constitution. My life is guided by my faith in God and the moral principles He has set. I use these as my guide when I am voting. Governor Gianforte is going to have a bill signing Monday, March 13, 2023, to sign a group of bills including...

  • Centre Theatre Provides Stress Relief & Fun

    Robyn Heck|Mar 15, 2023

    Javier and Veronica Morales have been operating the Centre Theater, Sidney,since Jan. 25. "We are a young, energetic family that is happy to serve the community by providing some stress relief and fun," said owner Javier Morales. They are finishing up the first phase of their construction plan: to remodel the whole concessions area. Next, they will be putting in an arcade. Most of the machines will be upstairs. Their goal is to be able to some day restore the storefront. "This is a historical bu...

  • Brodie Gorder Memorial Tournament

    Mar 15, 2023

    The Brodie Gorder Memorial Iron Eagle Wrestling Duals & Invitational tournament was held March 11 and 12 at the Sidney High School. Brodie Gorder Memorial Iron Eagle 2023Tournament Results Girls Tot - 40 Guaranteed Places 1st Place - Aurora Markle of Glasgow Wrestling Club 2nd Place - Johanna Unterseher of Team Champs Round 1 Aurora Markle (Glasgow Wrestling Club) won by fall over Johanna Unterseher (Team Champs) (Fall 0:09) Round 2 Aurora Markle (Glasgow Wrestling Club) won by fall over...

  • The Grand Williston is Back!

    Jaymi Mozeak|Mar 15, 2023

    6 brought with it the return of a longstanding Williston business. A property company that has bought different hotels in Williston and Watford City bought the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center and has renovated it to the point that it would not be recognized upon entering. The Grand Williston Hotel was first opened in the 1980s. It was a major part of the scenery for many years until 2020 rolled around. Like many other businesses across the country, the hotel had to close down....

  • Construction Will Start On US Highway 85 This Spring

    Meagan Dotson|Mar 15, 2023

    US Highway 85 will soon be under construction as the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) approved a $77,229,503.51 bid from Minnesota-based business, Central Specialties, to expand the two-lane highway into four lanes from 23rd St NW (CR30) to Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit Entrance. “A connected four-lane system has been discussed by leadership in the state for many years with the main remaining link between I-94 and US 2 along the US Highway 85 corridor. Dur...

  • Red Cross Blood Drive, Sidney, March 21

    Mar 15, 2023

    There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 21, from 12-6 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish Center, 310 7th St. SE, Sidney. Advance appointments are strongly recommended as there is limited availability for walk-ins. Please call 406-868-0911 or 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment to donate blood....

  • Innovative Program Launched To Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Conflicts

    Mar 15, 2023

    A new planning tool was announced last week by the Montana Wildlife and Transportation Partnership (MWTP or Partnership), aimed to help local groups identify areas of greatest need for decreasing wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) and improving wildlife movement across our state highways. The Montana Wildlife and Transportation Partnership is a collaborative group of representatives from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), and Montanans for Safe Wildlife Passage (MSWP). Formed in 2019, the...

  • Big Sky Hockey Games Scheduled In Sidney, March 24-26

    Robyn Heck|Mar 15, 2023

    Richland Ranger Arena will host the Big Sky Games Hockey Tournament on Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 26. “Currently, we have 24 teams signed up.” said organizer Dawn Rehbein. “We are excited to host again this year and look forward to welcoming hockey families to Sidney for this great weekend of hockey. Our goal is always to get bodies in the stands, heads in the beds (hotel customers) and people enjoying our wonderful community,” said Rehbein. Eric Siegfried coaches a Sidney Mites team (ages 6-8) and a Bantam team (up to 8th grade). “This i...

  • Share Your Fairview Bridge Story

    Dianne Swanson|Mar 15, 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...

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