Articles from the July 30, 2014 edition


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  • Sidney Elks Member Installed as President of The Montana Elks Association

    Erin Wells|Jul 30, 2014

    When you say the name, Sherry Qunell, there are not many people in the community of Sidney, MT that won't know who you are talking about. Always with a smile on her face and eager to lend a helping hand wherever she can. Whether it's the yearly Easter egg hunt the Elks Club puts on for the children, the free will donation 911 dinner, or hosting the Sidney's 8th grade graduation luncheon, Sherry Qunell, is someone who is hard to forget. Sherry met her husband Joe Qunell in 1985 and married in...

  • Josh Turner – Roughstock and Rambler Tour Coming to Richland County Fair This Saturday

    Tie Shank|Jul 30, 2014

    Born in November, 1977, Josh Turner was raised by his parents near Lake City, South Carolina. He grew up as a devout Christian and sang bass in a gospel quartet called Thankful Hearts. Turner made his debut on Grand Ole Opry in December 2001 with “Long Black Train,” where he received a standing ovation for an encore. His debut album was released in 2003, followed by his second album in 2006, his third in 2007, fourth in 2010 and the fifth album was released in 2012. Turners’ wife, Jenni...

  • Lesson "Nourish and Exercise Your Brain" Offered in Watford City

    Marcia Hellandsaas|Jul 30, 2014

    “Why did I just walk into this room?” you may ask. All of us have experienced this forgetful moment at some time! Forgetting things once in a while is normal. This lesson, “Nourish and Exercise Your Brain” is about nourishing your brain with food and activities to protect against memory loss. “Nourish and Exercise Your Brain” will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 30 at the Watford City Senior Center. Participants of the lesson will learn about ways they can decrease oxidative damage to t...

  • EARC Field Day

    Jul 30, 2014

    The Eastern Ag Research Center held their annual field day July 24 in Sidney. Pictured is Dr. Jamie Sherman, MSU Associate Research Professor speaking about the MSU Spring Wheat breeding program....

  • Ethel Albin, 90, Sidney, MT

    Jul 30, 2014

    Funeral service for Ethel Albin, 90, of Sidney, MT was at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at the Peoples Congregational Church with Pastor Neil Lindorff officiating. Interment was in the Sidney Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home. Remembrances, pictures and condolences were shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Ethel died on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care Facility....

  • Thomas Gable, 82, Fairview, MT

    Jul 30, 2014

    Funeral service for Thomas Gable, 82, of Fairview, MT was at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview, MT with Pastor Roberta Pierce officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home. Remembrances, pictures, and condolences were shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Thomas died on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at the Sidney Health Center....

  • Alexander Public School Registration Aug. 4 - 8

    Jul 30, 2014

    Alexander Public School will hold registration for grades 1 – 12 on August 4th thru August 6th from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Preschool and Kindergarten registration will be held on August 7th & 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All Kindergarten parents please call the school to schedule a time for the mandatory Kindergarten screening....

  • Downtown Parking Public Meeting To Be Held

    Caitlyn Baley|Jul 30, 2014

    City of Williston’s Planning and Zoning department will hold a meeting for downtown business owners and employees on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:15 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall, at 22 E Broadway to discuss downtown parking with downtown parking consultant, Rich and Associates. The meeting will allow attendees to voice any downtown parking concerns, solutions, and to gather overall impressions pertaining to parking in downtown Williston. A second public meeting will be held at the Williston Public Library beginning at 6:00 p.m. on T...

  • Main Street Construction Public Meeting

    Caitlyn Beley|Jul 30, 2014

    A public information meeting for the Main Street construction project will be held Thursday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the New Armory Building, located at 10 Main Street. Representatives from contractor, Knife River Corporation (Knife River) and project engineer, Dowl HKM will present information and be available for questions. Please contact City of Williston staff planner, Rachel Ressler at (701) 577-8107 for additional information....

  • Sidney City Beer Lottery

    Jessica Burbank|Jul 30, 2014

    The Montana Department of Revenue, Liquor Licensing announces the availability of one (1) Montana Retail On-Premises Consumption Beer License(s) for the Sidney area as a result of the 2013 population estimate. The Sidney area includes the incorporated city/town of Sidney and that portion of Richland County situated within five (5) miles of the incorporated city/town limits. In the case where more applications are received than there are available licenses a lottery drawing will occur. Any person intending to apply for one of the licenses is...

  • Tris Clothing Boutique Opens in Sidney

    Jul 30, 2014

    Brittany Thogersen, owner of Tris Clothing Boutique is excited to announce the opening of her chic women's clothing store in Sidney, MT. Tris Clothing Boutique is located at 117 Central Ave., Suite C, the basement of Meadowlark Brewery. Store hours are from 10:30 am – 7:00 pm, every Thursday – Saturday. Hours during the Richland County Fair will be noon to 5 pm. Thogersen invites you to come check out her fun and fashionable boutique for your next best outfit. (Photo by Erin Wel...

  • Farm Bureau Photo Contest

    Nikole Hackley|Jul 30, 2014

    Richland County Farm Bureau is helping to promote this year’s Montana Farm Bureau 2014 Photo Contest, put on by the Women’s Leadership Committee. The photo contest will be held this year during the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Convention at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, November 9th-12th. Photos will be on display and voted on by popular vote. The winners of first, second and third places will be announced at the awards banquet on Tuesday, November 11th. First place earns $75, second place $50 and third place $25...

  • Will You Be a Blessing or a Burden

    Lynn Sloan|Jul 30, 2014

    What is the number one way you can help, rather than hinder, your community in a crisis? Be prepared yourself! Plan to take care of your own family to free up necessary aid for the injured and the vulnerable that will need it most. “Nothing can be more detrimental to the response to a catastrophe than if first responders must waste vital time and resources taking care of those who could have taken care of themselves.” (“After Hurricane Sandy: Time to Learn and Implement the Lessons in Preparedness, Response, and Resilience,” Special Report #144...

  • 15th Annual Sidney Chamber Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament Winners

    Jul 30, 2014

    The Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held its annual Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament on July 14 at the Sidney Country Club. 1st place winners of Montana Silver Belt Buckles commemorating the 15th Annual Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament are Brett Hilde, Harold Schlothauer, Luke Mahlen, and Trent Panasuk sponsored by Horizon Resources. 2nd place winners of a Richland County Centennial Gift package are Kelly Keysor, Stacy Brown, Della Pewonka and Greg Breuer sponsored by Upper Missouri Power Coop. Prize sponsors were the Sidney Chamber...

  • Agricultural Field Day

    Matt Rosendale|Jul 30, 2014

    The Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service held their 34th annual Field Day in Sidney on Thursday July 24th. The event capped 100 years of dedicated service by the MSU Extension Office. The employee's of the extension office have dedicated their careers to identifying diseases and improving the production of the crops grown in Montana. Our unique growing conditions present many challenges and opportunities to the agricultural community. The scientists at...

  • Charley Jenkins Headlining Act for Roosevelt County Fair

    Angela Miller|Jul 30, 2014

    Charley Jenkins will perform at the Roosevelt County Fair Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 pm. Out of 45,000 contestants Charley was a top 12 finalists on NBC's hit show, Nashville Star. However, Charley's career didn't start there and it dang sure didn't end there. Early on, folks could tell that this Eastern Utah farm boy had country music running through his blood. If you want to hear a true story on how he was raised just listen to his song titled "Country Music Made A Man Out Of Me". You can also get a...

  • ND Game and Fish News

    Jul 30, 2014

    Velva Angler’s Goldeye Breaks Record Youth angler Brayden Selzler’s catch on July 25 shattered a state record for goldeye that’s been in the books for 16 years. The 9-year-old Velva angler reeled in a 4-pound, 12-ounce goldeye from Lake Audubon. The previous record of 3 pounds, 13 ounces was established in 1998 by Craig Unser, a Mandan angler who was fishing New John’s Lake. Pronghorn Application Deadline is Aug. 6 Pronghorn applicants are reminded the deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 hunting season is Aug. 6. Only North D...

  • Richland County Farmer's Market Back in August

    Ludmila Keller|Jul 30, 2014

    The Richland County Farmer's Market is back. Starting Saturday, August 9th, market visitors can choose from a variety of locally-grown produce, homemade baked goods and homemade crafts. The Farmer's Market will be held every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Richland County Extension parking lot (1499 N Central Ave, Sidney). Last year was the first time the local Extension Office managed the Farmer's Market, with great success. Visitors saw on average 10+ vendors, who often sold out before...

  • Montana Consumers Will Benefit From $2,719,595 in Health Insurance Refunds

    Jul 30, 2014

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that 14,170 consumers in Montana will benefit from $2,719,595 in refunds from insurance companies this summer, averaging $286 per family, because of the Affordable Care Act. Created through the law, the 80/20 rule, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule, requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities. If insurers spend an excessive amount on profits and red tape, they owe a refund back to...

  • MonDak Relay For Life Held in Sidney

    Jul 30, 2014

    The MonDak Relay for Life event was held July 25 at the Richland County Fairgrounds. About 125 people participate and raised around $20,000. They would have not been able to raise this money without the help of their sponsors, teams and committee members. They would like to extend a special thanks to their committee member Marsha Buckley for her motivation, support and engagement. (Photo by Megan Quale)...

  • Study Shows Montana's Beer and Wine Distributors Boost Economy

    Colin Sorenson|Jul 30, 2014

    Montana’s beer and wine distributors support more than 2,000 jobs, with average earnings of nearly $54,000, according to a recent study by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The study, commissioned by the Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association (MBWDA), found that distributor operations increase the number of jobs, levels of household income and tax revenues across the state. “We found that distributors make Montana’s economy larger, more prosperous and more populous,” said Colin Sorenson, a BBER researc...

  • Babe Ruth All-Stars

    Jul 30, 2014

    The Sidney 12U Babe Ruth All-Star Team competed at the Cal Ripken Montana East State Tournament held in Havre on July 10 - 13. Christian and Trevor Dean participated in the Home Run Derby on Friday night during the Skills Competition. Out of the 8 teams that participated in the tournament, Christian (left) and Trevor (right) were the only two brothers to compete in the competition in any event. (Submitted by Dan Peters)...

  • Governors Cup

    Jul 30, 2014

    This 32.5 in, 14 lb walleye was caught on Fort Peck during the Montana Governors Cup Walleye Tournament July 11th and 12th. Jesse and Monica Reuter finished 1st out of 142 teams with 44.05 lbs. They were also top mixed couple team. (Submitted by Monica Reuter)...

  • Sidney Tractor Pull Aug. 23

    LaVanchie Starkey|Jul 30, 2014

    As we begin to see the summer wind down there are still many activities planned in our community. Following the Richland County Fair & Rodeo is the Lone Tree Gun Show and the Sidney Jaycees Demolition Derby. And we mustn’t forget the 7th Annual MonDak Harvest Fest Tractor & Pickup Pull, scheduled for August 23rd at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Hosted by the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, this event continues to grow as we see more competitors wanting to test their “metal”. New this year is the Full Pull sled provi...

  • Richland County 4H Fairtime Activities

    Josie Evansen|Jul 30, 2014

    4-H Livestock Sale to Start at 5:00 p.m. on Friday August 1st The 4-H program in Richland County has been growing. This year Richland County 4-H has 12 active and amazing clubs that have been participating all year in many different 4-H events. With all the growth in the 4-H program, the livestock barns at the fair will be full of exciting exhibits for people of all ages. This year we will have market and breeding beef, dairy, horses, dairy, market and breeding sheep, hogs, and goats, as well as alpacas. 4-H members will also be exhibiting thei...

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