Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition

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  • Skills Center Celebrates Grand Opening

    Apr 24, 2024

    North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum congratulates McKenzie County Public Schools along with their many partnerships and donors at the Grand Opening of the Bakken Area Skills Center in Watford City. The Career and Technical Education facility is the first one several facilities to open in North Dakota. The BASC opened in January offering technical education and training for high school Students and citizens throughout the Bakken Region. The mission of the Bakken Area Skills Center is to empower...

  • Sidney LVA Announces Changes In Leadership

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 24, 2024

    The Learning Volunteers for Adults program is still going strong and offering services in Richland County. Linette Miller has been serving as the program's director since late summer after Bernie Braden retired from the position after 11 years. "I was really happy especially working with a lot of students," Braden said of her tenure. "I loved being busy." The main instruction provided by LVA include tutoring to earn a high school diploma (HiSet), English as a second language and citizenship...

  • City OKs Agreement For Pool

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 24, 2024

    The Sidney City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Sidney’s TBID in order to approve the Svarre swimming pool environment during its meeting on April 15. TBID is willing to provide a $10,000 grant for deck furniture, umbrellas and lap lane ropes at the pool. TBID’s bylaws, however, are that the city needed to match the grant. City clerk/treasurer Jessica Chamberlin said there’s $5,000 in the city’s budget for the project, but not the $10,000 needed to match the TBID’s amount. I...

  • State Candidates Share Views During Republican Dinner

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 24, 2024

    A packed house at the Richland County Lincoln-Reagan dinner organized by the Richland County Republican Central Committee heard directly from five of the eight candidates for the U.S. House 2 position on Thursday night. Elsie Arntzen, who is the current Superintendent of Public Instruction, told audience members that she is a fourth generation Montanan and a practicing Christian. The House candidate said that most importantly she is a conservative and has fought for values in her position as...

  • Judge Takes Part In Chamber's Power Hour

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 24, 2024

    District Judge Katherine Bidegaray provided a program regarding "Judicial Impacts on Community" as part of the Sidney Chamber's Community Power Hour series on April 16. Bidegaray, who is a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court, was born in Sidney. After studying in a one-room schoolhouse, she attended junior high school and high school in Culbertson. She went on to earn dual bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Montana and obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Montana...

  • Sidney High School Students Earn Honors

    Apr 24, 2024

    Sidney High School's students obtained a high amount of students earning Lions scholars status with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The Sidney Lions Club awarded these students. Seniors: Makayle Anderson, Avery Averett, Brooklyn Boyer, Tayten Bright, Dalton Brown, Czyra Calderon, Tanner Carpenter, Braylon DiFonzo, Ethan Erickson, Mary Gasmen, Ryder Hansen, Braden Harris, Cayden Heck, Corben Holler, Hailey Holzworth, Kevin Hutzenbiler, Amaiya Kirn, Aren Larson, Cooper McNally, Lexi...

  • Les Schwab Ribbon Cutting

    Apr 24, 2024

    Representatives from the Sidney Chamber, Richland Economic Development and the City of Sidney took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Les Schwab Tires on Friday. (Photo by Bill Vander Weele)...

  • Zoning Board Approves Changes In Sidney

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 24, 2024

    The City of Sidney’s Zoning Board approved zoning code changes during a public meeting held at City Hall on Wednesday. The recommendations now head to the city council for final approval. City planner Forest Sanderson explained that the main reason for these amendments is the 2023 legislative session when several land use bills were considered and then signed into law. The major changes are intended to increase availability of housing options in residential and commercial districts, data m...

  • Scootfest Scheduled For Saturday

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Lower Yellowstone A.B.A.T.E. Chapter Bike Show will take place from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Richland Ranger Arena, Sidney, promising Rock & Roll, food and beverages and door prizes. Multiple booths and vendors will be on hand and, of course, there will be lots of great bikes to check out and fun stories to share. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, free for 12 and under. Registration is $25 if paid by April 25, $35 on April 26 or 27. Call 406-939-0183 to have a registration form sent to you. Winners of the Top 10 and...

  • George and Doris Swenson, Sidney, MT

    Apr 24, 2024

    Celebration of Life Services for George and Doris Swenson will be Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 2 p.m., at Peoples Congregational Church, Sidney, with Pastor Tim Tharp officiating. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT., is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at Doris was the fourth child of Beulah and John Obergfell, arriving in Sidney on Dec. 22, 1927, after her oldest brother, Gussie, took her and Beulah, via a...

  • Nancy Lee Obergfell, 91 Sidney, MT

    Apr 24, 2024

    Funeral services for Nancy Lee Obergfell were Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Peoples Congregational Church, Sidney, with Pastor Richard Evans officiating. A luncheon followed the services for a time of fellowship and sharing. Nancy was laid to rest at the Newlon Cemetery in Sidney. Visitation was Friday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT, assisted the family. Remembrances,...

  • Kaden Lee Olsen, 23 Alexandria, Va.

    Apr 24, 2024

    Kaden Lee Olsen, 23, tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident on April 9, 2024, in Alexandria, Va. The loss of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend is absolutely devastating for all who knew him. He will be and already is greatly missed. Kaden was larger than life and lived a full and happy life that he built and created for himself. He passed doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle. He overcame and accomplished so much in his 23 years. Kaden was born on July 29,...

  • Arnold Niels Conradsen, 80 Savage, MT

    Apr 24, 2024

    Funeral services will be Wednesday April 24, 2024, at 10 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, Savage, with Pastor Tim Tharp officiating. A luncheon will follow the service for a time of fellowship. Arnold will be laid to rest in the Riverview Cemetery, Savage, MT. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT., is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at

  • Additional Entertainment Announced For Fair

    Katelyn Sponheim|Apr 24, 2024

    While general admission tickets for the Richland County Fair & Rodeo Concert featuring Rodney Atkins with Special Guest Jerrod Niemann are available for purchase now. The fair will have several other entertainers available for just the cost of gate admission to the fair. Cowtown offers a petting zoo and pony rides, along with an agricultural educational experience. Cow-milking demonstrations, and possible even participation by children in the crowd, will be part of their offering. Leapin’ Louie performs lasso tricks, whip-cracking, juggling, a...

  • Fairview Prom

    Apr 24, 2024

    Fairview's prom royalty included (from left) Hannah Hurley, Tia Johnson, Kallee Hopes, Queen Britta Poulsen, King Jeffrey Tjelde, Brock Schlothauer, Gordon Knapp and Bridger Free. Princess is Wynter Biddinger and Prince is Kolt Hurley. (Photo by Keri McPherson)...

  • Births

    Apr 24, 2024

    Jayce Russell Shahin was born on March 19, 2024, to McKensie and Keith Shahin, Williston. Jayce weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz. Maternal grandparent is Lynda Schultz, Williston. Parental grandparents are Joy Shahin, Jamestown, ND, and Russell Shahin, Williston. Jayce joins a sister, Amara. Gabriella Joy Gordon was born on March 19, 2024, to Kelsey Perez and Caloune Gordon, Sidney. She weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz. Gabriella joins brothers Issac and Micah. Chett Kaare Gaustad was born on March 21, 2024, to Jamie and Dakota Gaustad, Scobey. Chett weighed 5 lbs, 14...

  • Opening Mic Programs Offered In Williston

    Apr 24, 2024

    The James Memorial Art Center and Williston Music Intensive are partnering to bring the Williston Community a new all-inclusive open mic opportunity that celebrates and challenges young artists. The first event is scheduled for Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m. Spotlight will be held monthly on Friday evenings moving forward. Spotlight was an idea born by Williston Music Intensive’s Alma Cook to provide an all-ages music venue that invites musicians to exercise their artistry and to fill in the time between WMI events and keep the community alive. A...

  • School Reports Incident

    Apr 24, 2024

    Alexander Public School reported an incident that occurred at the school last week. Officials said that there wasn’t a threat to students, faculty or staff at any time. Local law enforcement was contacted as a precaution....

  • Women's Wellness Collective Scheduled May 10

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is hosting a Women’s Wellness Collective Saturday, May 10, from 1-9 p.m. at Yellowstone Mercantile, Sidney. All ages are welcome until 5 p.m., but the remaining hours are for those 21 and over. The event is free to the public. This special event aimed at women includes vendors showcasing a vast variety of wellness-oriented businesses with offerings that can improve the quality of life for women. There will also be 15-minute TED talks every hour on the hour featuring topics such as financial p...

  • Savage Prom

    Apr 24, 2024

  • Local Candidates Discuss Strengths

    Bill Vander Weele|Apr 24, 2024

    Republican candidates campaigning to represent area districts were among the speakers at Richland County’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Thursday. Greg Hunter and Rhonda Knudsen are seeking the Senate District 15 position. The district features most of northeastern Montana including from Sidney to Glasgow. Hunter, a rancher in the Glasgow area, said this is his first jump into seeking an elected government position. His concerns include rural health care, a strong education system and strong law e...

  • Celebrating 50 Years Of WIC, Employee Excellence

    Apr 24, 2024

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC was created in 1974 to help families and young children during a critical time of growth and development. Half a century ago, the first WIC clinic opened its doors in Pineville, Ky., to a full waiting room—some who had come from almost 300 miles away— and local news stations eager to document the unveiling of this groundbreaking support program for women, infants, and children. “WIC is a critical program to feed prena...

  • Health Department Offers Boosters

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Richland County Health Department is now offering spring COVID-19 boosters by appointment at regular vaccine clinics. The updated vaccine covers the COVID-19 variant that has caused most infections in 2023. The vaccine protects against COVID-19 only, and does not contain flu vaccine or any other vaccine. To be eligible for the new vaccine, you must be aged 65 or older, or 6 months or older and immunocompromised. You must also wait at least four months after the last COVID-19 vaccine. Spring boosters are not recommended for those under age 6...

  • Sunrise City Slam Coming To Sidney

    Dianne Swanson|Apr 24, 2024

    Sidney will be buzzing Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 as 57 teams from third-eighth grade converge on the city for a weekend of great basketball. The second annual Sunrise City Slam benefits The Sunrise Women’s Clinic, the Boys and Girls Club of the MonDak - Richland Unit, Sidney Public Schools and the Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, with profits divided equally. Chamber director Kali Godfrey said teams are expected from about a four-hour radius of town, including as far away as Regina, Saskatchewan. Games will be played at Centra...

  • Lonski Qualifies For Recognition

    Apr 24, 2024

    Edward Jones financial advisor Nick Lonski recently qualified for the Edward Jones recognition conference, Pinnacle, which celebrates the contributions and achievements of the 205 top financial advisors (or 1%) from the firm’s more than 19,000. Qualifiers met multiple criteria including the success of their branch and client feedback. The event is April 23-26 in Orlando, FL., and includes financial advisors from both the U.S. and Canada. Pinnacle is reserved for those who have achieved the highest level of firm recognition. Attendees will h...

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