Articles from the April 27, 2022 edition

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  • MSU Extension Office Holds Listening Session

    Apr 27, 2022

    The MSU Extension office in Sidney held a listening session on April 19. Community members gathered with local extension agents to provide input on new programs MSU Extension could offer to help Montana citizens. All ideas presented will be prioritized and sent to Montana State University to be evaluated. For those not in attendance, community members can give input by participating in a short survey at

  • PSC-MDU Listening Session

    Apr 27, 2022

    Randy Pinocci, Montana Public Service commissioner, conducts a listening session with MDU personnel in Sidney April 18. The PSC conducts biennial sessions with MDU. Pinocci relayed complaints and questions from MDU customers who have contacted him about their concerns with MDU. Look for more information from the listening session in future editions....

  • Savage Annual Meeting & Spaghetti Feed

    Apr 27, 2022

    The Savage Annual Meeting and free will spaghetti feed will be held from 12-2 p.m., Sunday, May 1 at the Savage Community Hall. Please stop by to support your community hall!...

  • Action Summit, Sidney, May 3

    Stephanie Reynolds|Apr 27, 2022

    Please join the Richland County Health Department’s Communities in Action Program for the 2022 Action Summit hosted in Sidney on May 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Richland County Event Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration. Communities in Action (CIA) was established to provide a community platform and build partnerships, working together to improve the quality of life in Richland County. CIA consists of action groups designed to meet the goals of the strategic plan that came about from the first community health assessment in 200...

  • Candidate Voices At The Sidney Young Professionals Candidate Roundtable

    Jaymi Mozeak|Apr 27, 2022

    Over 40 citizens of Richland County crowded into the Sidney Elks Lodge for the 4th Candidate Roundtable on April 21. Nine candidates running for public office in the Richland County primary election went from table to table, speed dating the people in a way. Stephanie Verhasselt and Amy Metz both came and figured since their offices were close they would make the rounds together. Verhasselt is running for reelection as Richland County Clerk and Recorder and Metz is running for her first term as...

  • Easter Bunny Visits Kids During Fairview Easter Egg Hunt

    Apr 27, 2022

  • Trades Persons Fair May 4, Fairview

    Dianne Swanson|Apr 27, 2022

    In an effort to connect high school students and the public with local contacting businesses and tech training programs, the Fairview Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Trades Persons Fair from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4 at Fairview High School. Trades people such as plumbers, electricians, equipment operators and more are in high demand. The tech industry is always looking for employees. The fair is an attempt to connect students with local businesses that can best explain the rewards of a career in those fields. It is also designed as a...

  • Bob Bahls, Wibaux, MT, formerly of Lambert and Sidney, MT

    Apr 27, 2022

    Funeral services for Bob Bahls, Wibaux, MT formerly of Lambert and Sidney, MT, were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT, is caring for the family. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at

  • Joanne Claire Brown, 78, Watford City, ND

    Apr 27, 2022

    Joanne Claire Brown, 78, Watford City, ND passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022 at Sanford Health Hospital, Bismarck, ND. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Watford City, ND is assisting the family. Condolences may be left on our funeral home website at Joanne's funeral service was held 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Johnson Corners Church, 11012 Hwy 23, Watford City, ND. Pastor Adrian Timmons was officiating. Joanne will be laid to rest next to her husband Alfred, at...

  • Alexander High School Community Blood Drive, May 13

    Apr 27, 2022

    On Friday, May 13 from 12-4 p.m. the Alexander High School will be having a blood drive at the Alexander High School gym. To schedule an appointment call the Alexander Public School, 701-828-3334. All donors will receive a free COVID Antibody test with their donation. For more information call 877-258-4825 or visit

  • Livestock Water Quality Concerns & Testing Clinic May 4

    Marley Manoukian|Apr 27, 2022

    Hoping everyone faired the spring storm. As you begin to prepare to turn livestock out on rangelands, it is important to monitor both rangeland conditions and livestock water sources. Monitoring the quantity of water in your reservoirs, stock ponds, and wells is necessary, however, monitoring the quality of that is also imperative. There are two main concerns with livestock water quality: elevated total dissolved solids (TDS) and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can be problematic in stagnant...

  • Healthcare Careers: Working In The Lab At Sidney Health Center

    Dia Barakat|Apr 27, 2022

    Sidney, MT – April 14 – Medical Laboratory Professionals Week occurs each year in the last full week of April. Lab Week provides an opportunity to increase public awareness and understanding and appreciation for laboratory professionals. The observance is sponsored by American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Sidney Health Center laboratory is comprised of 19 employees, who have more than 320 years of professional experience combined. Their commitment to caring is evidenced by their ded...

  • "Beyond The Next Village" To Be Released By Former Sidney Resident May 3

    Apr 27, 2022

    "Beyond the Next Village: A Year of Magic and Medicine in Nepal" is Mary Anne Mercer's memoir of discovery, growth and awakening in 1978 Nepal, which was then a mysterious country to most of the world. Mercer was raised on a farm and ranch south of Sidney in the small but close community of a dozen or so families known as Gossett. She attended Sidney High School, and after graduation studied with a nursing major at a small women's college in Minnesota affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. The family...

  • Richland County Food Bank Donation

    Apr 27, 2022

    Reynolds Market manager Loren Kutzler, right, presents Richland County Food Bank volunteers (L-R) Gloria Yockim, Duane Pust, Candy Markwald, and with a donation of $3,188.25. The money was raised as part of the Reynolds Market "Feeding the Hungry" promotion. Over $1,100 of it raised by Reynolds customers donating cash directly to the cause, another community effort for our local food bank. (Submitted by Libby Berndt)...

  • Badlands Edge Gymnastics Region 4 Championships

    Apr 27, 2022

    Badlands Edge Gymnastics is proud to have six gymnasts that have qualified to compete in the 2022 Region 4 Championships. The Region 4 Competition will consist of gymnasts from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, plus Wisconsin. Badlands Gymnastics Watford City has sent off two Level 7's athletes to compete in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Convention Center April 22-24 - Caroline Dreffs and Sasha Stieg. Caroline Dreffs placed seventh on vault and tenth on beam at the St...

  • REDC Partnering With Miles Community College For Richland County Workforce Solutions

    Apr 27, 2022

    Richland Economic Development Corp knows that workforce is the highest challenge for our businesses. Richland County’s unemployment rate is currently at 2.9% REDC is excited to partner with Miles Community College (MCC) to introduce one new solution: the “MCC Workforce Solutions Program”. This program allows employers to create your own company specific certificate. You will work with MCC Staff in selecting the exact courses you want both current and future employees to learn. Your company specific certificate could be as small or large as yo...

  • Gov. Gianforte Visits Northeast Montana Entrepreneurs Helping Drive State's Strong Economy

    Brooke Stroyke|Apr 27, 2022

    Sidney, MT - Visiting Sheridan, Roosevelt, and Richland counties, Governor Greg Gianforte met with apprentices, employees, and business owners helping drive Montana's economic growth and strengthen their communities. "From Polaris to Plentywood, and Ekalaka to Eureka, hardworking Montanans are driving our state's strong economy," Gov. Gianforte said. "Not only are the businesses I visited today supporting Montanans with good-paying jobs, but they're also part of the fabric of their tight-knit...

  • Sidney Native Works For Red Bull KTM Race Team

    Anna Dragseth|Apr 27, 2022

    Working amongst supercross champions is a dream for many, but for 24-year-old Austin Watterson, it is his everyday job - traveling around the country as a Red Bull KTM race team technician for rider Maximus Vohland. Fresh out of high school, Watterson was originally thinking about going to a four-year college but decided against it and started working at Sidney's Gem City Motors dealership. Soon he realized that he wanted a change and looked into tech school. Growing up Watterson had been to...

  • ND Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1

    Apr 27, 2022

    North Dakota’s paddlefish season opens May 1, and tags are only available for purchase online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website,, and during normal business hours at Game and Fish offices in Bismarck, Dickinson and Williston. Snaggers buying tags online should plan accordingly and allow for a few days delivery through the mail. The season is scheduled to continue through May 21. However, depending on overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Dep...

  • Celebrate Earth Day, Sidney, April 30

    Apr 27, 2022

    Come celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with us! Communities in Action and AmeriCorps have been working with the community to put together a fun, Earth and tree focused event to celebrate both Earth and Arbor Day, and honor National Week of Service! They will be gathering in Veterans Memorial Park, Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to plant some trees, talk about the Earth, and enjoy some light fare. They would also like to see just how much garbage can be collected, so they are suggesting...

  • (Updated 4-28-22) Clean Williston Event Cancelled

    Caitlin Pallai|Apr 27, 2022

    (Updated 4-28-22): Due to current snow runoff and forecasted weather, the City of Williston regrets to announce that the Spring 2022 Clean Williston event rescheduled to Saturday, April 30 has been canceled. Many of the 40 zones throughout the city are muddy and waterlogged and pose some safety risks. The City of Williston would like to thank the following sponsors and contributors for their support of the Spring 2022 Clean Williston event: • Albertsons • Chamley Pipe and Salvage • C&D Water...

  • Health Tips On Allergies

    Dr. Carlos Trevino|Apr 27, 2022

    What Are Seasonal Allergies? Seasonal allergies are sometimes called "hay fever" or seasonal allergic rhinitis and act differently among different people. Hay fever symptoms in most people include sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy nose, runny nose, postnasal drip, itchy nose and or ear congestion. Like other allergies, hay fever occurs when an airborne substance such as pollen, mold, animal dander, or certain foods, triggers an over reaction in your immune system. As your immune system reacts, it...

  • Basic Lawn Care Tips

    Con Donvan|Apr 27, 2022

    • Cut and bag the first clipping. It should be cut short. Raise mowing height to 3" for the remainder of the season. Mulch or bag as preferred. • Sharpen mower blade(s) regularly. • Do not use herbicide treated lawn clippings as a garden or flowerbed mulch because desirable plants may wilt or die. • Water on a consistent basis. Your lawn needs approximately 1" of water per week. If your lawn needs moisture before we arrive for your first spray please water as needed. • Maintain a regular f...

  • Dakota Prairie Soap Shack  Creates One-of-a-Kind Soaps

    Anna Dragseth|Apr 27, 2022

    What once started as a school project for second and third graders, has blossomed into a business called the Dakota Prairie Soap Shack. Two years ago, Lisa Yearton, a Watford City Middle School teacher, had the idea to make soap and bath bombs with her students for Mother's Day gifts. Her students decided to make their mom's spa kits, which included a bar of customized soap and a bath bomb. "At that time, I had no idea how to make any of these items, but I started researching and realized how...

  • Grasshopper Workshop Recap – Recording Now Available

    Marley Manoukian|Apr 27, 2022

    The grasshopper outlook for 2022 again looks troubling for much of Montana, and especially Richland County. The USDA-ARS Great Plains Laboratory and MSU Extension Richland County hosted a Grasshopper Workshop. The recording of that workshop is now available at: Dr. Dave Branson, USDA-ARS in Sidney explained the importance of grasshopper biology and proper identification. The majority of grasshopper species lay their eggs in the soil in late summer and...

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