Articles from the July 1, 2020 edition

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  • Watford City's Best Of The West Ribfest Cancelled

    Angie Moe|Jul 1, 2020

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Best of the West Ribfest in Watford City, scheduled for Aug.14. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The board of directors has had numerous meetings and discussions regarding the best interest of everyone involved to include the safety of our residents. After consulting with an attorney, the ND Department of Health and local medical staff-to achieve the CDC and ND State Guidelines with this event, is virtually impossible. to be held We know that this will come a...

  • Bennion Family Will Share Musical Talents At Sunrise Festival Of The Arts, July 11

    Bill Vander Weele|Jul 1, 2020

    The Bennion Family will share their musical talents as part of the 30th annual Sunrise Festival of the Arts, presented by Dasinger Oil Properties, on Saturday, July 11. The day at Veterans Memorial Park will feature a great variety of talent including Sunrise Brass, a short play by Sidney students and Cutting Edge Dance Studio performers. Children of Dr. Brett and Daniela Bennion: Annika, 17, Bronte, 15, and Tarquin, 13, are looking forward to entertaining the crowd starting at about 11:40 a.m....

  • Agriculture is Everywhere Promotion Now Underway

    Bill Vander Weele|Jul 1, 2020

    Thanks to the generosity of Tri-County Implement, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is excited to announce the “Agriculture is Everywhere Promotion” is now underway. The promotion started Monday and runs for five straight weeks at participating stores. When the first shopper finds the matchbox size Case International tractor at a store, that week’s lucky shopper will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks. The store where the tractor will be located changes each week. Tri County Imple...

  • Watford City Cruise Night

    Jul 1, 2020

  • Drug-Free Communities Launches Coalition, Social Media Campaign 

    Louisa Amos|Jul 1, 2020

    The Richland County Health Department received funding for the Drug-Free Communities grant at the end of last year. This 5-year grant provides the capacity for engineering a new project that focuses on youth substance use prevention. Here is a brief update of grant activities as it gets off the ground. The grant established a new coalition, a group by the name of "The Dry Society". We would like to invite the youth, particularly middle and high school students, as well as interested parties to...

  • Dustin Portra, 23 Sidney, MT

    Jul 1, 2020

    A memorial service for Dustin Portra, 23, Sidney, MT will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Clayton-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Wolf Point, MT under the direction of Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at Dustin passed away early Saturday morning, June 13, 2020 at his home in Sidney, MT....

  • Sidney Health Center Announces Area Births

    Jul 1, 2020

    Jaxx Clayton Mullin Jaxx Clayton Mullin was born Monday, May 18, 2020, to Emily and Matthew Mullin, Watford City, ND. He weighed 6 lbs., 14.4 oz. Maternal grandparents are Karla Hunter and Travis Rindahl and paternal grandparents are Clayton Mullin and Victoria Buckendorf. He joins sister Bria and brother Gage. Eden Jeanne Terry Eden Jeanne Terry was born Friday, May 22, 2020, to Tiffany and Branndon Terry, Watford City, ND. She weighed 8 lbs., 12.1 oz. Maternal grandparents are Jeanne and Tracy Strom and Jeff and Amy Wiebe and paternal grandpa...

  • What Does It Mean To Be Released From COVID-19 Isolation?

    Stephanie Ler|Jul 1, 2020

    COVID-19 isolation is recommended for active positive cases. Isolation means that a sick person is asked to stay at home, away from others, to prevent the spread of the disease. Exposed or positive household members may spend time together. Individuals in isolation may also spend time outdoors. Active cases must wear a mask if going out in public is absolutely necessary. Individuals who were named as close contacts are considered exposed, and are asked to be tested and quarantine. The quarantine lasts 14 days past the last exposure. During this...

  • Amariah Gail Hier Homeschool Graduation Announcement

    Jul 1, 2020

    R.T. and Julia Hier are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Amariah Gail Hier, from Yahshua's Ambassadors Homeschool. There will be a ceremony and an open house to celebrate this accomplishment (date to be determined). Some things that Amariah enjoys are raising and training her horse, teaching herself violin, working on the ranch, going flying with her Dad, participating in 4-H, training her dog, raising kittens, writing stories, drawing, and having her Mom as her homeschool...

  • Drive Sober This Independence Day, & Every Day

    Don Smies|Jul 1, 2020

    This Independence Day, the Richland County Injury Prevention & DUI Task Force, Richland County Health Department and NHTSA want to remind drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Unfortunately, the summertime merrymaking can create dangerous road conditions, as some drivers hit the streets after drinking alcoholic beverages. Make sure you celebrate the birth of our nation safely. If you are under the influence of any substance and you choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you put everyone on the road in danger, including yourself....

  • Sidney Girls Basketball End-of-the-Season Awards

    Jul 1, 2020

  • EGT Adds Shuttle Train Loading Capabilities in Sidney, MT

    Deb Seidel|Jul 1, 2020

    St. Louis, MO - EGT, LLC, a joint venture between Bunge and ITOCHU, is now able to load shuttle trains at its elevator in Sidney, MT. This achievement is thanks to the completion of a rail track upgrade that nearly triples the number of rail cars the facility can handle. “Since purchasing this elevator in 2018, our goal has been to improve its speed and efficiency so we can better serve our farmer customers in and around Richland County,” said Matt Kerrigan, EGT Operations Manager. “With the ability to load shuttle trains, the Sidney elevator i...

  • Kiwanis Pie Social & Lunch Fundraiser is a "GO" on July 10

    Jul 1, 2020

    The annual Pie Sale and Lunch is a “GO” for 2020 on Friday, July 10 from 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Come to the south entrance of the Sidney Middle School and Veterans Memorial Park. Enjoy brats, burgers, homemade beans and of course . . . LOTS OF PIES. Take a whole pie home after 12 p.m. Noon. This year with COVID-19, you can drive up, order from your vehicle, and take your order to go. Businesses can pre-purchase meal or pie tickets for employees, customers, family, friends, and others. Contact Jessica Chamberlin, 406-794-2304. Like all funds rai...

  • Letter To The Editor

    Jul 1, 2020

    Voters have an experienced choice for Governor with Mike Cooney who was elected to the Montana State House and Senate, and the offices of Sec. of State and Lieutenant Governor. Mike Cooney has also served as an administrator in the MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Director of the MT Historical Society, Executive Director of MT Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and in his family business, Cooney Food Brokerage. When choosing Cooney for his Lt. Gov., Steve Bullock described Cooney as an accomplished leader who would bring values to state...

  • Use Your Freedom To Choose A Sober Ride For 4th Of July

    Carol Kruger|Jul 1, 2020

    As part of the Vision Zero goal, MDT reminds Montana to plan ahead for a sober ride Helena, MT - For many Montanans, the 4th of July marks the mid-point of summer. A time to relax with family and friends and enjoy the natural beauty of our state – with a few fireworks thrown in for good measure. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this, as long as you don’t add alcohol and driving to the mix. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) reminds all Montanans that impaired driving puts everyone at risk. Summer weather, clear roads and lon...

  • Fishing on Trenton Lake

    Jul 1, 2020

  • Operation Dry Water

    Jul 1, 2020

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will again participate in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on state waterways. ODW weekend, July 3-5, is the national weekend of heightened enforcement effort directed at boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach. While informing and educating boaters about the hazards and negative outco...

  • Fungus That Causes White-Nose Syndrome Found In Eastern Montana

    MT Fish and Wildlife and Parks|Jul 1, 2020

    Samples taken from bridges in three eastern Montana counties have tested positive for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. The presence of the fungus – Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) – was confirmed in Daniels, Richland and Fallon counties but does not necessarily confirm the presence of the disease. The samples were tested by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI. National Health Center and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff are closely mon...

  • Free Online Hunter/Bowhunter Education Classes In Montana

    Jul 1, 2020

    To protect public health and reduce overall spread of COVID-19, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has temporarily cancelled all in-person Hunter and Bowhunter Education classes. Please take advantage of the opportunities to get certified now. If you require Hunter Education, please take the free, online-only course using code MThnDbeHtbWkJf20 at You must be 12 years of age by Jan. 16, 2021, or older to register for this course. If you require Bowhunter Education, you may access the course at Use...

  • Sidney Tiger Sharks Results Plentywood East Swim Meet June 27-28

    Jul 1, 2020

    The TigerSharks had an incredible weekend in Plentywood at the 2nd East of the East swim meet. Many swimmers had their best times this weekend and we had a lot of highpoint winners. Addison Steffan took top girl for 8 and under, 11-12 top girl was Ryleigh Kleinke, 13-14 top girl was shared by two TigerSharks Marett Schieber and Ella Norby, 13-14 top boy was Ethan Erickson and in the 15-19 age groups Hadley Garsjo was top girl and Seth Dodds was top boy. We have one more meet left before...

  • Sidney Moose Lodge Annual Birthday Celebration And Graduation Party June 27

    Bill Vander Weele|Jul 1, 2020

    The Sidney Loyal Order of the Moose and Women of the Moose held its birthday celebration and legacy ceremony during a program on Saturday night, June 27. The Loyal Order of the Moose honored Kenneth Bailey with the Moose of the Year award. Nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award was Mark Delaney. Anna Nistler was the recipient of the Women of the Moose's Co-Worker of the Year honor. Dorothy Fink was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Moose leaders announced they will donate...

  • Red Rock Ford Can Am Double Header at Williston Basin Speedway

    Jul 1, 2020

    Williston Basin Speedway Racing Results June 26 Night 1 IMCA A Modifieds 1st Place: Travis Hagen, Williston, ND, 14T 2nd Place: Jason Wolla, Ray, ND, 27W 3rd Place: Justin Medler, Minot, ND, 75M IMCA Sport Mod 1st Place: Darren Schatz, Williston, ND, 29 2nd Place: Tate Johnson, Medicine Lake, MT, 413 3rd Place: Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, AZ, 2K IMCA Stock Cars 1st Place: Joren Boyce, Minot, ND, 67 2nd Place: Dave Swallers, Williston, ND, 11 3rd Place: Mike Hagen, Williston, ND, 27X IMCA Hobby...

  • 2020 Williston Research Extension Center Field Days To Be Held Online

    Anna Dragseth|Jul 1, 2020

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's North Dakota State University (NDSU) Williston Research Extension Center (WREC) Dryland and Irrigated Field Days will be conducted online. NDSU WREC staff members have prepared short pre-recorded videos that include information on dryland and irrigation research being performed at the research center. These videos will be available for viewers to watch on July 8 at Researchers will be discussing a variety of topics during th...

  • Forage Seeding Crop Insurance Deadline Nears In Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, And Wyoming

    Karen Korenko|Jul 1, 2020

    Billings, MT - USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming that for the 2021 crop year a Fall Seeded Practice has been added for: 1) Irrigated Alfalfa Forage Seeding in all Montana and Wyoming counties; and 2) for Irrigated and Non-Irrigated Alfalfa Forage Seeding in all North Dakota and South Dakota counties. The Forage Seeding crop insurance policy insures newly established forage stands during the initial crop year of establishment. The final date to purchase or make changes to F...

  • COVID-19 Makes Huge Impact on U.S. Economy

    Jul 1, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions throughout the U.S. red meat and poultry industry. As a result, consumers may find limited availability of some meat items at grocery stores, while meat and poultry producers may not be able to find a market for livestock and poultry ready to harvest. Plus, consumers may see higher prices for preferred meat products. "The function of the price system is to prevent shortages and surpluses," says Tim Petry, North Dakota State University Extension...

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