Articles from the May 27, 2020 edition


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  • New Ownership Drives Revenue In Sidney

    Aliza Hunter|May 27, 2020

    On the corner of Holly and Central in Sidney, you will see a small yellow coffee shop with cars lining up waiting for their days favorite beverage. This coffee shop has quickly become one of Sidney's favorites after being purchased by new owners in March of this year. Rich and Linda Gorde found their love for coffee when they obtained what was once known as Silver Junction. They changed the business name quite recently to The Coffee Stop. The building itself has received a fresh coat of paint,...

  • RMC Begins Phased Return Of Services

    Jaimee Green|May 27, 2020

    The phrase “new normal” has been tossed around in conversations a lot these days. The fact is, until a vaccine against COVID-19 is developed, we won’t be able to return to the way things used to be. But, that’s okay. At Roosevelt Medical Center, there is a concrete plan guided by best practices and solid science to ensure the safest, and highest quality of care for patients. The process will just be a little bit different. For example, you won’t be able to enter the building without an appoin...

  • COPP Makes Decision on Krautter Complaint

    May 27, 2020

    On May 18 Joel Krautter issued the following press release: Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Jeff Mangan, issued a “Finding of Sufficient Facts to Support a Campaign Finance Violation” ruling on May 15th, in favor of Sidney Representative Joel Krautter in his campaign finance complaint against Doctors for a Healthy Montana. Krautter’s April 7th complaint alleged the political action committee’s name was misleading the public and was in violation of Montana’s Naming and Labeling Act. This statute requires a group to be named in a way...

  • Williams & Divide County Conduct Drive Through COVID-19 Testing May 21-22

    May 27, 2020

    On May 20-22, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit in collaboration with the City of Williston, Williams County Emergency Management, Williams County Sheriff's Office, Williston Fire Department, Southwestern District Health Unit, ND National Guard and ND Department of Health hosted a drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Williston High School. The event was open to Williams County residents, essential workers including agriculture, oilfield, retail and food service. Vehicles were allowed to line up...

  • MACo 2020 President's Scholarship Awards Announced

    Karen Houston|May 27, 2020

    Helena, MT – Montana Association of Counties (MACo) President and Richland County Commissioner, Shane Gorder, has announced that Allyson Young, Everett Jensen, and Mason Mindt are the awardees of the 2020 MACo President’s Scholarships. Young is being granted the $1,000 scholarship and graduating from Fairview High School. Both Jensen and Mindt are each receiving a $500 scholarship and graduating from Sidney High School. In the past MACo has awarded only one $500 scholarship, but because both Jensen and Mindt were so close in the eva...

  • Jared Kutzler, 23 Sidney, MT

    May 27, 2020

    Services for Jared Kutzler, 23, Sidney, MT were at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Sidney, MT with Pastor David Huskamp officiating. Visitation was Friday, May 22, 2020 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home Sidney is caring for the family. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Jared passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at his home in rural Sidney, MT....

  • Birth Announcement

    May 27, 2020

    Elizabeth Joy Hedegaard was born May 6, 2020, to Brock and Melissa Hedegaard, Duluth, MN. She weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz. Elizabeth joins a brother, Joshua. Maternal grandparents are Jeff and Karen Goorhouse, Holland, MI. Paternal grandparents are Tom and Nancy Hedegaard, Sidney....

  • 2020 Voter Ballot Information Richland Co.

    Stephanie Verhasselt|May 27, 2020

    The Federal Primary election to be held on June 2, is an all-mail ballot election. All active, provisional, and late registrants will receive a ballot in the mail. Inactive voters will need to update their registration to receive a ballot. Ballots were mailed May 8. Montana is an open primary state that requires voters to receive all eligible party ballots. Only vote one party ballot. Put the voted ballot in the pink secrecy envelope. Place the pink secrecy envelope in the white affirmation envelope and sign the affirmation envelope. Destroy...

  • Alexander Lions Burger Booth Closed

    May 27, 2020

    Due to COVID-19, The Alexander, ND Lions burger booth will be closed until further notice. We hope to see you all after the 4th of July. Stay Safe, Lion President Michael Mrachek...

  • Governor Bullock Announces Montana To Enter Phase Two Of Reopening Plan On June 1

    Marissa Perry|May 27, 2020

    Montana – Governor Steve Bullock has announced the state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan and will lift the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine beginning June 1 as Montana continues to have the lowest number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita. “Montana has been an example for the rest of the nation in our response to this global pandemic. I have no doubt that we can continue to be that example, but only if Montanans, businesses, and visitors alike continue to take seriously the res...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 27, 2020

    Dear Editor: Setting the Record Straight There have been many outright lies made about Joel Krautter in his re-election. If you look at the letters against Joel, you’ll notice the majority is from out-of-town and the few that are local are from Joel’s normal critics. At any rate, I feel compelled to address some of the most glaring falsehoods. Let’s start with questioning Joel’s Republican status. The Republican Party is not just for far right people. There is a range of views within the party, from far right to moderate. They are all still R...

  • Virtual Autism Awareness 5K Run/Walk Sidney June 27

    May 27, 2020

    On Saturday, June 27 support the Vision of Home Ministry of Emmaus House by participating in their virtual 5k Run/Walk. Participate wherever you are, whenever you can. Register at www.emmaushouse.co and pick up your t-shirt at St. Matthew’s Parish Center, 310 7th St. SE, Sidney, Tuesday, June 26, 5-7 p.m. All proceeds will help Vision of Hope in its ministry to our young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum....

  • Sidney/Richland County Food Bank Donation

    May 27, 2020

    On Thursday, May 21 the Flatley's Sunrise Village owners and developers along with Steve Cavanaugh, Project Manager/Superintendant Sunrise Village and Susie Cavanaugh, Sunrise Village director of sales, were happy to present a check in the amount of $1,000 to the Sidney/Richland County Food Bank, Candy Markwald, president, Gloria Yockim, and one of their faithful volunteers, Tori Hill, our Hunger Heroes! Candy and Gloria have worked diligently to meet the needs of Richland County residents. We...

  • Placing Flags for Memorial Day

    May 27, 2020

    Tim and Brenda Larson have been placing flags on veterans' graves for 15 years for Memorial Day. This year, they placed approximately 550 flags donated by the local VFW chapter. The Larsons would like to thank the VFW for purchasing new flags this year as well as the assistance received from 56 volunteers including the Brorson Farmhands, and Richland Aces 4H groups....

  • MT 200 Fairview Construction Project Update

    May 27, 2020

    The first phase of concrete pavement pouring is complete from Grand St. to 7th St. The next phase will extend from 7th St. to 5th St. on the east side of MT 200 (Ellery Ave). Motorists should be aware that during concrete paving work, crews will be closer to vehicles than usual as they are working within smaller-than-normal lanes. A flagger will be on-site to direct the flow of traffic along MT 200 (Ellery Ave) during paving work. Additional milling work is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 27, and take 4-5 days. There are no additional...

  • May 31 Is World No Tobacco Day!

    Jacklyn Damm|May 27, 2020

    A day to remember we need to be vigilant about protecting our youth from the Big Tobacco industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use including vaping. For decades, the tobacco industry has deliberately employed strategic, aggressive and well-resourced tactics to attract youth to tobacco and nicotine products. Internal industry documents reveal in-depth research and calculated approaches designed to attract a new generation of tobacco users, from product design to marketing campaigns aimed at replacing the millions of...

  • Burgum Announces Emergency Rule Change Allowing Basic Care Residents To Keep Stimulus Checks

    May 27, 2020

    Bismarck, ND – Gov. Doug Burgum announced an emergency rule change that will allow residents of basic care facilities in North Dakota to keep the Economic Impact Payments provided as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A basic care facility is similar to a nursing home, but for seniors whose medical needs is not as intense. North Dakota is the only state with basic care, with 1,143 seniors currently residing in 65 basic care facilities that are supported by the state paying part of their room and b...

  • Richland Co. Taxes Due

    May 27, 2020

    The Richland County Treasurer would like to remind taxpayers that the second payment of 2019 Real Property taxes and first payment of 2020 Mobile Home taxes are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020. Payments and payment coupons may be mailed or brought to the Richland County Treasurer, 201 West Main, Sidney, MT, 59270. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For your convenience, payment drop boxes are located in the courthouse lobby and in the alley behind the courthouse. Any payments postmarked, dropped in the drop boxes or brought...

  • COPP Issues Decision on Complaint Against CURC

    Jody Wells|May 27, 2020

    On May 13 Katherine Scholl of Florence, MT filed a campaign practices complaint against Conservatives United for Richland County (CURC) alleging that the group failed to file a required C-6 committee finance report. On May 18 the COPP issued a decision finding that CURC failed to timely file its C-6 committee finance reports due March 30 and April 30. The group has filed the reports and is currently in compliance even though the reports were late, which is a violation. “We are a newly formed political action committee. We had the reports filed...

  • North Dakota To Launch Second Contact Tracing App Using Technology Developed By Apple And Google

    May 27, 2020

    Wed., May 20 - Bismarck, ND – Gov. Doug Burgum announced that North Dakota will launch a new smartphone application using exposure notification technology developed by Apple and Google and made available to public health agencies to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing. The app, named Care19 Exposure, is expected to be available within the next two weeks. In addition to the new app, North Dakota will continue to offer its existing Care19 app, which will be rebranded as Care19 Diary. The existing app, launched for iPhone on April 7 and for Andro...

  • Sidney-Richland County Library Begins Curbside Service

    Kelly Reisig|May 27, 2020

    The Sidney-Richland County Library started curbside service Tuesday, May 26. This contact-free service will allow people to reserve and pick up books, movies and more while practicing social distancing. Patrons will be able to request library materials one of two ways. 1. Online: Patrons can go online to www.richland.org/spl and access the library’s card catalog by clicking on the link labeled “My Account/Card Catalog” located on the left-side toolbar. Once they have created their account they can place holds for items. Miranda Evenson, Special...

  • Richland County COVID-19 Update

    Stephanie Ler|May 27, 2020

    Montana will progress to Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan on June 1st. Phase 2 allows for expanded capacity in restaurants, bars, casinos, retail businesses, personal care providers, gyms, movie theaters and museums, while maintaining restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Groups of 50 people or fewer may convene, though social distancing is recommended. All guidance documents and checklists for #ReopenRichlandCounty are available at www.richland.org/rchd , by clicking on the COVID-19 related tabs. Documents ca...

  • Environment Council Puts Rules Limiting Radioactive Waste Back On Track

    Tom Halvorson|May 27, 2020

    The Montana Environmental Quality Council has reversed course to let safeguards for disposal of radioactive waste go into effect. The Department of Environmental Quality had proposed rules setting a limit of 50 picocuries per gram for TENORM waste accepted in Montana landfills. TENORM is naturally occurring radioactive material with technologically elevated radioactivity. TENORM comes to Montana mostly from the oilfield in North Dakota. The 50 pCi/gm level is consistent with science reports, North Dakota’s rule, a stakeholder work group, and o...

  • Accident Involving Passenger Train and Tractor Near Bainville

    May 27, 2020

    There has been an accident between an Amtrak passenger train and a John Deer sprayer tractor at mile marker 653, at a crossing with no crossing arms, on Highway 2 near Bainville. The male operating the sprayer is deceased. The Amtrak train has 10 cars derailed with multiple injuries being reported. The injured passengers are being taken to Culbertson High School for triage. Roosevelt County dispatch informs that all train traffic is stopped on the line. They recommend avoiding the 6th Avenue...

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