Articles from the March 27, 2024 edition


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  • Facebook Post Causes Temporary Closure Of Sidney Business

    Dianne Swanson|Mar 27, 2024

    A Facebook post by Nick Weeks, Williston, ND, which was shared to multiple groups on Wednesday, March 20 showing a worm on his shirt and a burger from Burger King in Sidney, resulted in the temporary closure and thorough inspection of the restaurant. Co-owner of Burger King, Jen Dirk, said that immediately upon hearing about the post, she called the Richland County Health Department and told her staff to pull everything they were using and keep it, pending an inspection. Dirk said she has been...

  • SHS Cheer & Drill Teams Bring Home Gold

    Robyn Heck|Mar 27, 2024

    The Sidney High School Cheerleaders and the Eaglette Drill Team competed at Cheerfest in Lewistown, MT on Friday, March 15. The drill team competed with their routine to "Thunderstruck". They took first place. Our drill team seniors competed with a routine to "Smooth Criminal" and took second place. Senior Tayten Bright also took first place in the tumble off. "I am beyond proud of the accomplishments of this team! It was absolute perfection watching them compete!" said Drill Team head coach...

  • 2C Pepsi Classic All Star Basketball Game April 9

    Dianne Swanson|Mar 27, 2024

    Catch some exciting basketball with the best players from District 2C competing in the 3rd Annual 2C Pepsi Classic All Star Games on Tuesday, April 9 in Lambert. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls from District 2C have committed to play that evening. Tip off for the girls' game is at 6 p.m. MDT followed by the boys at 7:30. Lambert senior Gracelyn Gonsioroski and junior Keira Rains, planners for this year's big event, are working hard to ensure a great experience for the players and fans. A...

  • Steve Jay Joslin, 81, Sidney, MT

    Mar 27, 2024

    A Memorial Service was held Monday March 18, 2024 at 10:30 A.M. at Pella Lutheran Church, Sidney, MT, with Pastor Barb Haugerud officiating. A luncheon followed the service for a time of fellowship and sharing. Steve's ashes will be scattered on the farm in a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Boys and Girls Club or Pella Lutheran Church in Steve's name. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT, is assisting the family. Remembrances,...

  • MT Stockgrowers Association To Host Producer Profitability Listening Session For Area Ranchers

    Dianne Swanson|Mar 27, 2024

    The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is hosting a Producer Profitability listening session for all area ranchers on Tuesday, April 2 at 5 p.m. MDT at the Sidney Livestock Center. The local MSGA board, plus staff from the Helena office, invite all Montana and North Dakota livestock producers to attend and provide input and ideas on where the American livestock industry can be strengthened. Membership in MSGA is not required. Local member Kristin Larson said one of the concerns is how to get more cows back into production after having so...

  • Sidney City Hall To Be Closed April 1- 2

    Mar 27, 2024

    Sidney City Hall staff will be relocating back to the original office space on Monday and Tuesday, April 1-2. Since all computers, phone lines, furniture and more must be moved, the office will be inoperable for those days. This includes no phone payments. City Council will meet as usual on Monday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the temporary office. City Hall will re-open Wednesday, April 3 with visitors using the original front door once again....

  • Fairview Loaf 'N Jug Earns Montana Lottery Award

    Mar 27, 2024

    Congratulations to Manager Salina Huggins and the team at Loaf ‘N Jug in Fairview for earning the Montana Lottery 2024 Sales Agent of the Year Award. The award is given to sales agents that meet and exceed the criteria for excellence in sales, engagement, positive promotion and product management. Manager Salina Huggins accredits their success to the stores’ team members, who ensure lottery tickets are always stocked and that every new employee is fully trained on the lottery terminal. Montana’s annual lottery revenue has increased by nearl...

  • Avery Is Reading Royalty

    Mar 27, 2024

    Avery Hermanson achieved a huge milestone by reading 1,000 books! Avery is an enthusiastic reader and reads five books each night but would happily read more. Her favorites include Fancy Nancy, Taylor Swift, and Disney Princesses. She looks forward to her weekly library visits with mom and grandma, and loves participating in Storytime at the park. Avery enjoys swimming, playing with her dolls, and all things unicorn. When she grows up, Avery wants to be a nurse, firefighter, and veterinarian....

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    Mar 27, 2024

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  • Homestead Subdivision Welcoming Buyers

    Dianne Swanson|Mar 27, 2024

    The Homestead subdivision, owned by MPEG Land Development, LLC, consists of approximately 26 acres just north of the Justice Center in Sidney. Currently zoned for B2 Neighborhood Business, co-owner Don Sterhan explained that the original plan for the subdivision was family housing. However, the company feels needs have changed and are now pursuing more commercial plans and options on what they consider to be a great location. He said infrastructure is mostly in place and lots are for sale. The...

  • ND Department of Commerce Announces New Grant Program to Help Businesses Automate and Address Workforce Shortages

    Mar 27, 2024

    The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced the launch of the Automate ND Grant Program, a new initiative designed to help North Dakota businesses overcome workforce shortages and increase productivity through automation. The program, funded with $5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will provide grants of up to $500,000 to North Dakota Primary Sector Certified (PSC) businesses, such as those in manufacturing and agricultural processing. These grants can be used to cover up to 50% of the cost of purchasing or leasing...

  • McKenzie County Fatal Crash March 18

    Mar 27, 2024

    A 2020 Ram 1500, driven by Darek Pederson, 47, Blaine, MN, was westbound on Highway 23 Monday, March 18, approximately 7 miles west of New Town, ND. The vehicle crossed over the centerline into the eastbound lanes and struck a Peterbilt truck driven by John Youngblood, 53, Ross, ND. The Ram 1500 came to rest in the center of the highway facing south while the Peterbilt came to rest in the south ditch of the eastbound lanes. The driver of the Ram 1500 was flown to Trinity Hospital and succumbed to his injuries on March 19. Both drivers were...

  • MFU Members Help Shape National Policy

    Mar 27, 2024

    Family farmers and ranchers from Montana traveled to Scottsdale, AZ., March 10-12 for the 122nd National Farmers Union convention. Delegates and attendees heard from nationally known speakers, administration officials, and each other during policy debate. Over the past year, NFU has increased membership by more than 12,600 members, as well as continued the impactful Fairness for Farmers campaign. This campaign and meetings with administration officials in the Department of Justice, the Federal...

  • Sidney Health Center March 2024 Newborns

    Mar 27, 2024

    Zayde Dwayne Fredricksen as born March 2, 2024 to Juliana Biagioni and Joshua Fredrickson, Watford City. Sister: Ariella. He weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. Waylon Edward Jordan was born March 2, 2024 to Madison Warren and David Jordan, Sidney, MT. Maternal grandparents: Alan and Gwyn Starr, Lindale, TX. Paternal grandparents: Shannon and Jason Jordan, Sidney, MT. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. Mason Ryder Angel was born March 4, 2024 to Ashley Angel and Ryan Spence, Sidney, MT. Maternal grandparents: Pamela and Ellery Berry, Sidney, MT. Brother: Donovan....

  • Richey Public Schools 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

    Mar 27, 2024

    “A”Honor Roll Senior: Ryan Eggert, Kyla Pattinasarany, Taylor Gossen, Kiera Strohm. Junior: Mason Hagwood, Erin Kelly, Kally Strohm, James Head, Daniel Reitz. Sophomore: Jacqueline Barnhart, Lina Smith, Jade Batchelor Meroun Hillol, Adilyn Elverud. 8th Grade: Izak Veverka , Cameron Keller. 7th Grade: Jamin Smith. 6th Grade: Kaito Smith, Morgan Murrell 5th Grade: Lyvia Ulrich, Aubrey Winhofer. “B” Honor Roll Junior: Austin Veverka, Gus Klempel. Freshman: Jade Boese Robbins 8th Grade: Travis Batchelor, Denver L’Heureux, Olivia Winhofer....

  • Proper Spring Grain Drying And Storage Critical

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Mar 27, 2024

    The warmer winter and early spring have increased the potential for grain storage problems and the need for grain monitoring and management, says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer and grain drying expert. Stored grain temperature increases in parts of a bin in the spring, which is not only due to an increase in outdoor temperatures but also due to solar heat gain on the bin. Solar energy produces more than twice as much heat gain on the south wall of a...

  • Remodeling Journey Started With A Kitchen Sink

    Mar 27, 2024

    A kitchen sink.......Shari Leland's remodeling journey all started because she wanted a farm sink and one step led to another! She lives in a 100-year-old home and wanted a new kitchen that looked old but still had all of the modern conveniences. Shari loves antiques and knew what she wanted but after searching by herself, she knew she needed help, so she went to Brenda Larson, Creative Solutions, Sidney. 'I found exactly what I wanted for the cabinets and tops!" Shari chose Craftsman style, qua...

  • Long X Arts Gallery Featuring Prairie Rose Quilt Show Now-May 3

    Dianne Swanson|Mar 27, 2024

    Discover the craftsmanship of McKenzie County's most talented quilters at the Prairie Rose Quilt Show on now through May 3 at Long X Arts Gallery, Watford City. Fifty-eight quilts are on display, all works of art. Yvonne Hollenbeck, South Dakota quilter, cowgirl poet and entertainer will be the star attraction at an Open House on Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT. Her presentation takes place at 2 p.m., featuring her collection of family quilts spanning 140 years, plus her own prize-...

  • NDSU Extension To Offer Online Gardening Forums

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Mar 27, 2024

    Do you want to grow a beautiful yard and garden? North Dakota State University Extension will be broadcasting its Spring Fever Garden Forums online from March 25 to April 15. The live forums will be held on Monday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CDT and are open to all gardeners. Topics will include how to grow vegetables and fruits, divide perennial flowers, attract pollinators, control weeds, select fast-growing trees, improve garden soil and much more. "This is a great opportunity for...

  • Area Easter Egg Hunts

    Mar 27, 2024

    For children ages 0-5 only there will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 29, 10:15 a.m., at Sidney-Richland County Library, 121 3rd Ave. NW. The Children will hunt in small groups and be guaranteed eggs. The Sidney Elks Lodge No. 1782 has rescheduled their Easter Egg Hunt to Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. sharp at Veterans Memorial Park, 501 S. Central Ave. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Good Shepherd Home, 709 4th Ave. NE, Watford City, ND, on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m.-noon....

  • Williston Community Library To Host 4th Annual Community Egg Hunt

    Mar 27, 2024

    WILLISTON – Mark your calendars for the Fourth Annual Community Egg Hunt, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 27, inside the Williston Community Library. The Community Egg Hunt will be divided into two-time slots, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 4 -6 p.m. This event is free and open to all ages. Andrea Placher, Williston, Community Library director, expressed her excitement about hosting the fourth annual Community Egg Hunt and stated that the mission of any event they host is to promote literacy in the community, the library’s var...

  • McKenzie County Heritage Park Announces Spring Class

    Mar 27, 2024

    According to employee Rebekah Engebretson, the classes started with "Wintering Well" and included skills such as crocheting and sour dough bread making as a way to get together and learn the hands-on skills that Grandma would have taught. She says the interest in those rapidly disappearing skills is high with the sour dough bread making class attended by 70 people, and no less than 30 in any of the others. "There's a community need," she said. "Gathering, talking, learning, the community loved...

  • Sunrise City Cleanup May 10, Sidney

    Mar 27, 2024

    Sidney residents are proud of their community but a winter’s accumulation of trash can diminish that pride and be unsightly to visitors. In an effort to clean up as much of the town as possible, the current Sidney Chamber of Commerce leadership class has organized a Sunrise City Cleanup for Friday, May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to meet at Veterans Park where they will receive supplies and a map of their specific area to clean. All volunteers will receive a drink token from The Rush, courtesy of this year’s sponsor Pro...

  • Spring Clean Williston Event Scheduled For April 27

    Mitch Melberg|Mar 27, 2024

    Williston – The City of Williston's annual spring Clean Williston event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, Clean Williston will be held on Saturday, May 4. This change will be announced on City of Williston social media and www.cityofwilliston.com. This annual event invites the public to volunteer to help beautify the city bysigning up for a zone within Williston to clean. "To make Clean Williston a success, it takes all of us living in t...

  • Dakota Gardener: Signs of Spring

    Emily How|Mar 27, 2024

    My 98-year-old great aunt always says that spring is here when the mesquite trees start to bud and the bluebonnets bloom. That works fine in Texas where mesquite trees and bluebonnets are common, but here in North Dakota, there are other signs that point to spring. To help this native Texan understand what the signs of spring are in North Dakota, I did an office poll. Birds returning and singing, trees starting to bud, the smell of the soil, bulbs emerging and crocus blooming were the common...

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