Articles from the April 17, 2024 edition


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  • Sidney Native Serves In Guatemala With Dickinson State Nursing Program

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 17, 2024

    There are many lessons learned when a student attends college, but Sidney native Jaylen Baxter will never forget about her recent experiences through Dickinson State University's Department of Nursing program. Baxter, a 2021 Sidney High School graduate, spent the early part of March in Guatemala with other nursing students as part of the God's Child Project. The God's Child Project cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned and poverty-stricken children, and widowed, single, and abandoned...

  • Thiel Runs For House

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 17, 2024

    While many younger adults might not be overly attracted to politics, Sidney's Morgan Thiel appears to be an exception to that rule. "It's definitely important," Thiel said of those holding political office. "If you're not participating, it's running your life without your input." Thiel, a 2013 Sidney High School graduate, is the lone filed candidate for the House District 30 representative seat. The Republican is the project coordinator at Thiel Brothers Roofing, Sidney, and she started...

  • Supreme Court Rules For New Trial In Severson Case

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Kyle Lee Severson should be granted a new trial. Severson, Sidney, was convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide in the 2019 shooting of Tyler Hayden and sentenced to 40 years in prison. The Montana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, April 9, that, "the cumulative effect of the errors of this case leaves us convinced that Severson is entitled to a new trial. Accordingly, we reverse Severson's conviction and remand to the District Court for further proceedin...

  • Candidates Seek School Board Positions In County

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Sidney School District will have one contested race when voters go to the polls on May 7. Seeking the two three-year seats are incumbents Kelly Dey and Josh McGahan along with challenger Sara McMillen. Running for a two-year board position is incumbent Randy Iversen. Incumbent Lisa Gorder is also running unopposed in the outlying high school district. In Fairview, candidates Jason Deming, Marion Kittleson and Lynn Shelmerdine are seeking the two three-year terms. Deming and Kittleson are incumbents. Ballots will be mailed on April 22, for...

  • Community Keeps Voting For The Rush In Contest

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 17, 2024

    Megan Garza, owner of The Rush in Sidney, is thankful and impressed by the area's support after it was announced that her business has been selected as a finalist in Barclays U.S. Consumer Bank's "Small Business Big Wins" promotion. "We're so excited. Everybody is happy to share it," Garza said late last week about posts asking people to vote for the business. "Someone said that it's the only thing they see on Facebook." Residents are reminded that they can vote until 5 p.m. eastern time on...

  • Dueling Pianos, Carnival Planned

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos will entertain at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City as part of the facility’s spring carnival weekend. Dave Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld are Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos and they are coming for the first time to Watford City’s Rough Rider Center. “We’re so excited to welcome them to Watford City,” Josh Nollmeyer, recreation director, said on social media. “I know they will bring an awesome show.” For more than 21 years, Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos has traveled coast to coast in the USA, Canada, Panama and Me...

  • Les Schwab Tires To Help Boys & Girls Club During Celebration

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Richland County Boys & Girls Club’s Ford Transit van is about to get some top-notch new tires, and a group of elementary-school students will get to learn about tire installation in a live demo associated wit≠h the tire gift. Les Schwab Tires is donating the tires as part of its Tires for Purpose program. While the team installs the tires, store manager AJ Mcgarvey will lead a learning session for 10-20 kids in grades 4-6, who will watch from the store’s showroom. The session is part of the club’s career-readiness program, which offers...

  • Williams County Approves Permit For Cerilon

    Apr 17, 2024

    Cerilon announces Williams County’s approval of the company’s application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), an important next step in Cerilon GTL North Dakota’s development. “We’ve worked hard to meet the county’s high expectations for the project in its early phases of design and engineering,” said Ron Opperman, CEO, Cerilon GTL. “This approval is significant because it signals we have thoroughly demonstrated our plans to create substantial economic benefit while also carefully considering and mitigating the potential impacts of this...

  • Dwight Thiessen, 70 Sidney, MT

    Apr 17, 2024

    Funeral services were held Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Faith Alliance Church, Sidney, with Pastor Paul Turek officiating. Dwight was laid to rest in the Lambert Cemetery, Lambert. A luncheon followed services at the Fox Lake Center, Lambert, for a time of fellowship and sharing. Visitation was Friday, April 12, 2024, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, assisted the family. Remembrances,...

  • Jazzmaine Smith, 22 Sidney, MT

    Apr 17, 2024

    Funeral services for Jazzmaine Smith will be Tuesday April 16, 2024, at 10 a.m., at Ebenezer Congregational Church in Sidney with Pastor David Meehan officiating. Jazzmaine would like everyone to wear green in honor of her favorite color. A luncheon will follow the service for a time of fellowship and sharing. Visitation was Monday, April 15, 2024, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney. A family receiving friends service was Monday April 15, 2024, at 5:30...

  • Students Provide Mock Trial During Kiwanis

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 17, 2024

    The Sidney Kiwanis Club appreciated a mock trial presented by Sidney High School's street law class under the instruction of Brad Faulhaber on Thursday. Discussion covered the United States v. Rahimi case, which prohibits the possession of firearms by persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders and if that violates the Second Amendment. Faulhaber said the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in November 2023, and has yet to made a ruling. During the mock trial, petitioners noted that 4...

  • Watford City To Wrap Up Concert Series

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Watford City Area Concert Association wraps up its 2023-2024 Concert Series Season with Brassfire, on Monday, May 6. This virtuosic trio will take the stage of Watford City High School Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Brassfire is led by world-renowned trumpeter Jens Lindemann. Jens is a former member of the famed Canadian Brass and has soloed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. Brassfire features the trumpet with piano and bass, while honoring the music of trumpet greats: Louis Armstrong, Herb Alpert, and Doc Severinsen. Classica...

  • Sunrise Clinic Plans Quilt, Pie Auction

    Robyn Heck|Apr 17, 2024

    The Sunrise Women’s Clinic quilt and pie auction will be held on Sunday, April 21, at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Sidney, at 211 E. Holly Rd. Join them for a Sunday dinner, followed by a quilt and pie auction to benefit the Sunrise Pregnancy Resource and Family Outreach Center. The free-will-offering dinner starts at 11:30 a.m. and the auction begins at 1 p.m. The dinner will be meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and rolls. The quilt and pie auction will feature machine quilted quilts, homemade pies and smiley faced c...

  • Twin Sisters Read 1,000 Books

    Apr 17, 2024

    Twins Aspen and Piper Geer are a dynamite duo, reading 1,000 books together! Animal books are beloved by both girls, and favorites include "Doggo and Pupper" and "Owl Diaries". Reading is a central activity in their home, and they make weekly visits to the library to find new books. They spend their days painting, playing outdoors, and using their imaginations to invent new games. When they grow up, Aspen wants to be a cowboy and take care of animals while Piper wants to paint pictures and hang...

  • Figure Skating Club Performs In Watford City

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Watford City Figure Skating Club performed its 25th annual ice show over the weekend. More than 70 skaters performed routines showing off their skills they've been working on this season....

  • Area Players Shine During Pepsi 2C All-Star Game

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 17, 2024

    White rolled to a 123-88 victory in the boys' portion of the Pepsi District 2C All-Star basketball game in Lambert on Tuesday. White jumped out to a 16-5 advantage with the scoring of Bainville's Charles Butikofer and Froid/Lake's Mason Dethman leading the attack. The play of Dethman, who was selected the game's most valuable player, highlighted action throughout the half. Two dunks by Dethman led White to a 71-37 half-time command. A three-pointer by Savage's Sayer Erickson and a short jumper...

  • McKenzie County Emergency Management – Working For Safety

    Dianne Swanson|Apr 17, 2024

    McKenzie County Emergency Management is here for you in the event of an emergency or disaster. Emergency manager Karolin Jappe has been on the job for 10 years now working with other agencies in the county and its neighbors, responding to emergencies and disasters, but also training others to be prepared. If needed, Jappe can also call on her neighboring counties for help as well as the state DES for assistance if the disaster becomes quite large and she needs more resources than are available. So far, she has only had to call out resources fro...

  • Richland County Emergency Aims For Improvements

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 17, 2024

    Brandon Roth, director of emergency management for Richland County, is dedicated to making the area as safe as possible for area citizens. That commitment includes improvements through new projects. “We’re on a constant rotation of projects,” Roth said. “We’re looking at something new every day.” He noted the drone project that was started a couple years ago has been very beneficial for public safety. The drones can be used for fire response, search and rescue efforts and fire searches of...

  • Ancillary Services Critical To Patient Care

    Apr 17, 2024

    Sidney Health Center provides a wide range of services that are critical to the diagnostics and well-being of its patients. The center provided the following information explaining those services and their role in ensuring the best possible outcome for patients. They also provided training and education requirements for those positions. Laboratory “We are the science behind the medicine,” shared Danielle Russell, Sidney Health Center Laboratory Director. The Laboratory provides a wide range of critical diagnostic services essential for the well...

  • Constrast Enhanced Mammography Offered In Watford City

    Apr 17, 2024

    Watford City-It is with great excitement that McKenzie Health's Radiology Department is now offering contrast enhanced mammography (CEM)! The ability to offer this service was made possible by the following generous contributors: Enerplus, Rural Community Grant Fund, Paul and Sandi Wisness, Ardis Peterson, and Tammy James. Providing this important service in Watford City will save patients a 200-mile drive one way to have the procedure performed. Same week appointments are available in Watford...

  • Richland County Spelling Bee Features 117 Students

    Apr 17, 2024

  • Reuters Signs With Montana State Track Program

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 17, 2024

    Savage's Brooke Reuter has decided to take her running talents to Montana State University in Bozeman. Reuter, a five-time state champion sprinter in Class C, said the decision was fairly easy since her father, Brady, and her track coach/uncle, Jerren Erickson, are each big supporters of the Bobcats. "Since I was a little kid, that's where I wanted to be," Brooke said of attending MSU. Reuter has won the state championship in the 100-meter dash in each of her three prior seasons. The senior has...

  • Fairview, Savage Teams Place at Baker Meet

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Fairview and Savage track squads enjoyed strong performance at the Baker Invitational held on Saturday. Fairview placed third in the boys' team standings with 52 points and placed seventh in the girls' standings with 30 points. Savage's girls earned third with 65 points and scored nine points in the boys' division. Fairview's Jeffery Tjelde finished first in the 400 with a time of 52.77 seconds. Tyler Loan placed second in the 100 at 11.68 seconds and took fourth in the 200 at 24.0 seconds....

  • Watford City Celebrates Prom

    Apr 17, 2024

  • Bike Rodeo Planned May 11

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Richland County Health Department Injury Prevention and DUI Task Force is sponsoring a Youth Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Event Center-west end, Richland County Fairgrounds. Children are invited to help tune up a bike, pick out a helmet and take both home. Bike donations for the event are being accepted now at the City Shop, 1101 3rd St. N.E., Sidney, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and April 29 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Fairgrounds’ Commercial Building. Please use the Fair Office e...

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