Articles from the August 31, 2011 edition


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  • West Side’s New Playground Equipment

    Aug 31, 2011

    Sidney Public Schools Superintendent Dan Farr officially opened the new West Side Elementary playground thanking all the students and B&B Builders, Sidney, for initiating the project. He also extended a special thank you to the community for all their support. The school now houses 425 students in grades 1-5. Only $12,000 is left to raise to complete the project....

  • Local Woman Competing In National Pageant

    Jaimee Green|Aug 31, 2011

    When most people are planning trips to the lake and inviting friends over for outdoor barbecues over the long Labor Day weekend, one former Lambert resident will be competing for a national title in pageantry. Gillette Vaira, 24, currently of Billings, is competing in the Miss National Sweetheart Pageant being held in Hoopeston, IL. No stranger to the competitive side of beauty, grace and poise, Vaira is a two-time competitor for the title of Miss Montana. In 2011, she came in as third runner up...

  • Fall Girl Scout Registration Set For Sept. 6

    Aug 31, 2011

    Fall Girl Scout registration will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 5:30–7 p.m. at Central Elementary/Administration Building. Please use the Boys & Girls Club entrance on 4th Avenue. If you have questions or can not make it on this date please contact Deb at 480-9236 or Jeana at 480-2190....

  • Okland To Be Featured At Alexander’s 66th Annual Old Settlers Day Celebration

    Aug 31, 2011

    Solveig Okland, longtime resident of Alexander, now of Polson, MT, will be featured this year at Alexander’s 66th Annual Old Settlers Day celebration Thursday, Sept. 1 through Saturday, Sept. 3. Events start Thursday, Sept. 1 with the bonfire at 7 p.m. and the burying of the beef. Friday’s events begin with the Chili Cookoff from 3-7 p.m. Gather around for the Old Time Music by “Wes and the Sidewinders” playing in the fire hall. The main events start Saturday from 8-11 a.m. with registration in the park. The parade down Main Street begins...

  • Raffle Benefiting Montana Red Cross Runs Through Sept. 12

    Aug 31, 2011

    The Montana Red Cross is conducting a raffle to benefit the Red Cross that will run through Sept. 12. Prizes for the winning raffle ticket include: A guided bison hunt Oct. 8, 2011 on the Turner Ranch near Bozeman, meat processing, taxidermy and hide. Total value: $5,500. Tickets are $50 each or five tickets for $220. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold! Winner will be drawn on Sept 12. Contact Montana Red Cross at 1-800-ARC-MONT (800-272-6668) to purchase tickets. Locally tickets may be purchased while available from Julie Brodhead by calling...

  • Summer-Month E-Waste Collections A “Huge” Success

    Aug 31, 2011

    Even with its annual September weekend event yet to come, “E-rase your E-waste” organizers are already pronouncing 2011’s collection effort a “huge” success. “Although we’re still waiting to hear officially from our e-cycler, we anticipate that we’ve collected over 40,000 lbs. of e-waste already,” E-rase your E-waste Committee Co-chair Jackie Couture said Monday. “That’s nearly equal to our two best collection years to date and we expect to set a new yearly record when we do our final e-waste...

  • Parenting Classes Will Be Offered Again This Fall

    Aug 31, 2011

    Beginning Sept. 6, the Richland County Family Resource Center will offer another 15-week session of the Nurturing Parenting Program. Classes are free and will be held from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. at the Sidney-Richland County Library. Parents are encouraged to bring their children, as a family-style dinner and childcare will be provided at each session. Classes will run every Tuesday until Dec. 20. The goal of the Nurturing Parenting program is to provide parents with additional tools and techniques that help provide a healthier...

  • Vote For Boys & Girls Club Of Richland County Donation

    Aug 31, 2011

    In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, EMC Insurance companies is distributing up to $200,000 to nonprofit organizations in communities. Selected EMC agencies chose one nonprofit organization to participate in the 100 Ways of Giving program. This program is benefiting 100 nonprofit organizations by granting them $1,000. The Boys and Girls Club of Richland County, nominated by Seitz Insurance Agency, was chosen to receive one of these grants. They are now eligible to compete for an additional $25,000. In order for the Richland County...

  • Together We Can Impact Underage Drinking

    Aug 31, 2011

    The Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney City Police Department and the Fairview Police Department would like to thank all establishments that passed the recent alcohol compliance checks. The goal of the checks is to prevent youth access to alcohol and ensure all retailers are following alcohol sales and services laws to prevent illegal sales. During compliance checks, undercover agents under the age 21 are sent into local establishments in an attempt to purchase alcohol. When asked, the agents are required to state their correct age and a...

  • 4th Annual Beef Cattle & Forage Grazing Workshop To Be Held Sept. 13 In Dickinson

    Aug 31, 2011

    The 4th Annual Beef Cattle and Forage Grazing Workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Dickinson Research Extension Center Ranch headquarters southwest of Manning, according to program coordinator Doug Landblom. The program will run from 1-5 p.m. One highlight on the program will be a discussion on alternatives to current high grain prices. “High grain prices are great if you are producing grain but if you are on the other side of the coin there is a crunch,” Landblom said. “One of the things that we want to do is take a look at forag...

  • Michael Wandler, 19, Sidney, MT

    Aug 31, 2011

    Funeral service for Michael Wandler, 19, Sidney, MT, was at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 at the Fulkerson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, under the direction of the Fulkerson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA at a later date. Michael died on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at the Sidney Health Center....

  • Albert Emly, 81, Sidney, MT

    Aug 31, 2011

    Funeral service for Albert Emly, 81, Sidney, MT, was at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Sidney, with Pastor David Huskamp officiating. Interment was in the Richland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home, Sidney. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Albert died early Tuesday morning on Aug. 23, 2011 at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care Facility....

  • Fischer Enrolls At Rocky Mountain College

    Aug 31, 2011

    Cortnee Fischer, daughter of Stacy and Joey Fischer, Sidney, will attend Rocky Mountain College this fall. Cortnee plans to major in biology. She graduated from Sidney High School. Cortnee has been accepted to Rocky Mountain College based on her educational performance, which includes her high school grade point average, course selection, ACT or SAT scores, and letters of recommendation....

  • MonDak Annual Meeting, Board Election Scheduled For Sept. 11

    Aug 31, 2011

    The annual meeting of the MonDak Historical & Art Society will be Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center. Learn what is happening in the upcoming year, a recap of the past year, and very importantly, vote for new members of the board of directors. If you would like to do more for the MonDak, consider being nominated for the board of directors. To do so, or to learn more about the ways our board serves, please contact Jerry Navratil, chair of the nominating committee at [email protected] or 406-488-8236. For more information please...

  • Winter Hours For Fort Union

    Aug 31, 2011

    On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Fort Union will transition from summer hours to winter hours. These hours will be from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (CDT). These hours will be in effect on Sept. 6 and go to the beginning of Memorial Weekend, 2012. Fort Union’s Trade House will be open every day throughout most of September with living history interpreters. Stop in at the visitor’s center to get the latest updates on our changes or any upcoming events, or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fous or on Facebook. Fort Union is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CDT daily at Fort Uni...

  • Cooley Enrolls At Rocky Mountain College

    Aug 31, 2011

    Ashley Cooley, daughter of Luann and Rick Cooley, Sidney, will attend Rocky Mountain College this fall. Ashley plans to major in equestrian studies. She graduated from Sidney High School. Ashley has been accepted to Rocky Mountain College based on her educational performance, which includes her high school grade point average, course selection, ACT or SAT scores, and letters of recommendation....

  • Sidney Health Center Set To Host Another “Live It Up!” Event For Local Women

    Aug 31, 2011

    Sidney Health Center will host its fifth “Live it up!” event for women on Monday, Sept. 12 with a focus on balancing work and home life while maintaining good health. The theme for the evening will be “From Frenzied to Fabulous”, encouraging attendees to care for themselves while enjoying the pleasures of life. Once again, the evening promises to be fun, educational and entertaining. The festivities will kick-off at the Richland County Event Center with a vendor fair at 4:30 p.m. featuring various independent distributors offering goods r...

  • Kids First! Carnival Looking For Interested Vendors

    Aug 31, 2011

    The Sidney Community Education Foundation, Inc., The Richland County Family Resource Center, and the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County have teamed together again this year to sponsor the second annual Kids First! Carnival this fall. All three groups focus on children, families and education, forming a perfect partnership to bring a new and exciting activity for families in the Sidney area to enjoy. The carnival will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Richland County Fairgrounds Event Center. The groups are currently...

  • Moments Before Tragedy Aboard The Steamer Chippewa

    Aug 31, 2011

    The steamers Spreadeagle and Chippewa brought word to Fort Union of the outbreak of the Civil War, with shots being fired on Fort Sumter, as cargo was unloaded. As the Chippewa continued its journey upriver to Fort Benton with Blackfeet annuities, a great roar was heard! This will be the scenario of this year’s Last Bell Tours, Saturday evening, Sept. 3 at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. Saturday’s Last Bell Tours will begin in the upper parking lot at 8 p.m. , where visitors will assemble. Tour leaders will orient visitors and...

  • Sidney Trinity Lutheran Church To Hold Annual German Meal Sept. 25

    Aug 31, 2011

    Trinity Lutheran Church, Sidney, will be hosting their annual German Meal on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The meal will feature homemade Bratwurst, Fleischkeuchle, Creamy and Fried Chicken, Potatoes, German Potato Salad, fresh vegetables, homemade Kuchen and refreshments. The cost of the meal will be $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 eat for free. The proceeds from this year’s event will be given locally to the Richland Opportunities, Inc. Recycling Truck Campaign Fund (http://www.roisidney.org) a...

  • Energy Roundtable

    Aug 31, 2011

    Montana Senator Max Baucus was in Sidney on August 23 to conduct an energy roundtable discussion with local government and energy professionals. Baucus called the meeting to discuss issues facing the energy industry in our region and concerns of local government as the energy industry grows in the MonDak area. Above: Baucus listens closely to energy professionals in the basement of Sidney Health Center last Tuesday....

  • New Winter Wheat Available

    Warren Froelich, NDSU Extension Service|Aug 31, 2011

    Winter wheat growers of North Dakota and Montana now have a new variety to add to their list of selections. The new variety is named Decade. It was developed by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and released jointly with North Dakota last fall. The Williams County Agricultural Improvement Association received a small allocation of foundation seed which was purchased by Leon Helstad, Williston. Helstad has grown this allocation under contract to the Association and North Dakota State...

  • SBA Approves Montana Non-Profit

    Aug 31, 2011

    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Community Advantage Pilot Loan Program is now available in Montana. The SBA has announced that Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC) of Missoula is the first Montana lender approved to take part in the program which is designed to expand access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs in underserved communities. MCDC is one of only 22 Community Advantage lenders approved nationally. MCDC will be able to begin accepting applications immediately. The Community Advantage Program offers a...

  • Eastern Montana Stand Down 2011

    Aug 31, 2011

    The Second Annual Eastern Montana Stand Down for veterans will take place at the Sidney Fairgrounds Event Center on Sept. 17. The Sidney Job Service along with the Miles City, Glendive, Glasgow and Wolf Point Job Service Offices are hosting this year’s event. During last year’s event in Glendive, more than 129 veterans were served; of those, 15 were confirmed homeless. The event was a huge success at the Glendive location. That is a 300% increase over previous statistical data for Eastern Montana. It is anticipated this year’s event in Sidne...

  • Veterinarians, Livestock Owners Must Be Vigilant

    Aug 31, 2011

    Severe drought in the southern U.S., coupled with extreme wet conditions in the upper Midwest, is creating situations in which North Dakota veterinarians and livestock owners may see health problems not normally found in the state. “There is unprecedented movement of cattle across the country,” says North Dakota State University Extension Service Veterinarian Charlie Stoltenow. “Livestock owners may see signs in their cattle that they have not seen before. If they do, they should contact their veterinarian right away and have the animal exami...

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