Articles from the August 9, 2023 edition

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  • "Best Of The West" Ribfest & Street Fair This Friday

    Meagan Dotson|Aug 9, 2023

    Get your grub and good times on at the 19th Annual Best of the West Ribfest & Street Fair on Main Street, Watford City, ND, Friday, Aug. 11. Ribfest teams must be set up and ready to cook by 10 a.m.; judging will start at 3 p.m. There is no limit to the number of teams that can register, but there is a minimum of 200 lbs. of ribs that each team must cook, and teams must provide an emailed receipt for the purchase of the meat by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9. First place will be awarded $1,000 and...

  • First Ever Back To School Bash & Vendor Show Coming To Alexander

    Jaymi Mozeak|Aug 9, 2023

    Back to School Bash and Vendor Show will be held Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander, ND. Alexander has had a vendor show off and on for a couple of years, now. Cathy White, the director of the museum, thought of something better for the vendor show. She changed the name and part of the goal. For the first time, this year, there will be a school supply drive. She said, “I know of and have seen students in need and it’s not fair that the teachers have to purchase supplies for them.” With the Back to Schoo...

  • Richland County Fair Grand Champions

    Aug 9, 2023

  • Roosevelt County Fair This Week

    Jaymi Mozeak|Aug 9, 2023

    The Roosevelt County Fair is not too far away. The fun that Roosevelt County has been waiting for will be Aug. 8-12 and it is right around the bend. Cale Moon is going to perform Friday at 7 p.m. According to, Cale Moon is the son of a long-haul truck driver. He grew up loving the blue-collar American way of life: hard work, diesel fumes, dirt, guns, God, family and freedom. Cale's music is inspired by everyday life as it happens in the lives of everyday...

  • Kenneth A. Torgerson, 89, Lambert, MT

    Aug 9, 2023

    Celebration of Life services for Kenneth A. Torgerson, 89, Lambert, MT, will be Saturday, Aug.19, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Pella Lutheran Church, Sidney, MT, with Pastor Barb Haugerud officiating. Kenneth will be laid to rest at the Lambert Community Cemetery, Lambert, MT, and the burial will be followed by a luncheon at the Lambert’s Fox Lake Community Center. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT, is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at Kenneth passed away on T...

  • Chris J. King, 69, Trenton, ND

    Aug 9, 2023

    Chris J. King, 69, Trenton, ND passed away July 28, 2023, at 9:15 a.m. surrounded by his children after a long and courageous 7+ year battle with small cell lung cancer. Chris was born in Pilot Mound, Canada on Aug. 3, 1953, to Pearl Mae Sanders and Arthur D. King. Chris was a proud Navy veteran and a man of many trades. He enjoyed woodworking, construction, welding, painting, and operating heavy machinery - to name just a few. After serving in the United States Navy, he attended college in...

  • McKenzie County Fatal Crash

    Aug 9, 2023

    On Aug. 1, at approximately 5:59 p.m. CT, on Hwy. 85-mile marker 177, five miles south of Williston there was a two-vehicle head on collision. A 2020 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Maria White, Groves, TX, with a passenger, Jose White, Groves, TX, was traveling northbound on Highway 85 near mile marker 177 when it hydroplaned on the wet road caused by a heavy downpour in the area. A 2021 Kenworth semi driven by Richard Poline, Minot, ND, was traveling southbound in the same location at the time. The Equinox crossed over center and struck the...

  • Mountrail County - Pedestrian Fatality

    Aug 9, 2023

    On Friday, Aug. 4, around 3:45 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol received a report that a female pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 23 near mile marker 52, approximately one mile east of New Town. A 31-year-old female from Roseglen, ND, was located deceased. A witness advised that a vehicle had struck the female and left the scene. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary investigating agency and are being assisted by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Three Affiliated Tribes Police, and the Mountrail County...

  • Archery Shoot Aug 12-13 Sidney

    Aug 9, 2023

    The Lone Tree Archers Club, Sidney, will be hosting their annual 3-D Shoot on Saturday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The shoot will be held at the archery range, which is located 8 miles SE of Sidney on County Road 122. For more information, contact Tom at 406-489-1946....

  • Red Cross Blood Drive Aug. 15 Sidney

    Aug 9, 2023

    There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 12-6 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish Center, 310 7th St. SE, Sidney. Advance appointments are strongly recommended. Please call 406-868-0911 or 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment to donate blood....

  • Watford, ONT,Canada, Shares 150th Anniversary With Olsons

    Aug 9, 2023

    After meeting each other at the Long X Visitors' Center in 2019, Kelly and Frances Olson, Watford City, ND, and Jeannie and John Minten, Watford, ONT, Canada stayed in touch with each other partially because they experienced so many likenesses in their communities. Since the village of Watford was having their 150th anniversary on June 23 the Mintens chose to invite the Olsons to attend. Since Dr. Vaughn Morris, who was a doctor in Schafer and Watford City from 1906-1940, named Watford after...

  • Three Sidney Wrestlers Going to Brazil For International Competition

    Jaymi Mozeak|Aug 9, 2023

    Three wrestlers from Sidney have been chosen to go to the 2023 World School Sport Games as part of Team USA. They will be joining many other school sports athletes from across the country to participate in an international event in Brazil with 22 different sports. According to a bulletin handed out to high schools across the country, The World School Sports Games was organized for the first time in ISF history in 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia. It brought together 1,849 school athletes from 36...

  • Arnegard Spud Fest Sept. 9

    Jaymi Mozeak|Aug 9, 2023

    Arnegard and the surrounding community will be celebrating the long potato-growing heritage of the area. The Arnegard Spud Fest will be held at Arnegard’s Nelson Park on Saturday, Sept. 9. from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. With an early McKenzie County Fair causing it to be difficult for locals to grow produce and show off what they have grown and with the scarcity of area harvest festivals, the Arnegard North Dakota Park District will hold its first annual Arnegard Spud Fest to celebrate the harvest and the area’s rich agricultural heritage. Along with the...

  • Montana Public Service Commission Hosted Listening Hearing at Sidney Extension Office

    Jaymi Mozeak|Aug 9, 2023

    The Montana Public Service Commission hosted a listening session on Tuesday, July 25, at the MSU Extension Office, Sidney, MT, and by Zoom regarding MDU’s request to raise rates by 9.1% in their service areas. After recapping the request and subsequent reactions by the Montana Consumer Council and Denbury Onshore, LLC by the Commission’s Chief Legal Counsel Lucas Hamilton, and Montana Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci opened the listening session up to the attendees both at the extension office and over Zoom. John Mercer, Sidney sai...

  • Sidney Job Service Provides Valuable Resources For Former Sidney Sugars Employees

    Meagan Dotson|Aug 9, 2023

    Former Sidney Sugars employees have found resources through the Sidney Job Service over the last few months. Within days of learning that the factory was closing, Governor Gianforte visited Sidney and tasked the Sidney Job Service with providing every possible resource to the individuals impacted by the layoffs. A welding trailer, provided by Great Falls College, was brought to Sidney Sugars for onsite training April 3-13, 2023. Dawson Community College provided the trainer, materials and...

  • Greetings Sidney Senior Citizens

    Irene Emly|Aug 9, 2023

    In answer to the inquiry, "where is the Sidney Senior Citizen Center?", we are at 811 3rd St. NE, right next door to M&S Builders, two blocks north of NAPA. We meet for congregate meals two days a week: Tuesdays and Fridays. The general age group who attends range in age from 60+ to 90+. We have extended invitations to those we have not seen at the center and receive many excuses: "I'm not old enough (age 85); I'm too busy; I might have an appointment, etc., etc.". On the other hand, many positi...

  • Boys Scout Troop 187 & St. John's United Senior Connect Helping Seniors With Lawn Maintenance Needs

    Jess Eichel|Aug 9, 2023

    Throughout the winter and summer months, the Boy Scout Troop 187 has graciously agreed to partner with St. John’s United Senior Connect to help with keeping seniors living at home for as long as they possibly can by helping with their lawn maintenance needs. This includes shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, etc. Scout Master Mark Delaney has helped in organizing and making sure the boys are getting to where they need to be and sticking to their agreement in helping the elderly in Richland County. Huge shout out to the dedication these boys have s...

  • Richland County Fair Highlights

    Aug 9, 2023

  • Martha's Place To Hold Barn Dance Fundraiser In September

    Jaymi Mozeak|Aug 9, 2023

    Martha’s Place, a non-profit organization established to develop a home-like environment for the residents in eastern Montana, will be holding a barn dance Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Richland County Fairgrounds. It will be a fundraiser for the construction that needs to be done to bring the future hospice into existence. On Aug. 9, 2022, a ribbon cutting for a new non-profit hospice house, just south of Sidney, tasked with providing the dying with a safe and supportive environment for them to move to the other side. Martha Nugent and her h...

  • Local Kids Enjoy New Playground Equipment Donated by Sidney Lions

    Aug 9, 2023

  • 3rd Annual Williston Airshow Aug. 19 At XWA

    Barbara Peterson|Aug 9, 2023

    Williston, ND - Get ready for some rip-roaring, high-flying, stunts at the 3rd Annual Williston Airshow on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Williston Basin International Airport! Gates open at 7 a.m. followed by the airshow at 11 a.m. Enjoy local food vendors, static exhibits, airplane rides for purchase, and world-renowned airshow performers including Minot’s very own Kent Pietsch, The Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team, and a beautifully restored B-25! “We expect the airshow to attract about 4,000 spectators,” said Williston Airport Director Antho...

  • Bakken Rocks Cookfest Comes Full Circle

    Roger Riveland|Aug 9, 2023

    The Bakken Rocks Cookfest, which is in its 14th year, was held again this year in Killdeer, coming full circle. The Cookfest began in 2009, being held in the towns of Killdeer and Belden that first year. Over the next 12 years there would be two Cookfest's each year in various towns around the western third of North Dakota. The past fests were held at: 2009: Belden and Killdeer; 2010: New Town and Tioga; 2011: Crosby and Watford City; 2012: Belfield and Ray; 2013: Parshall and Powers Lake; 2014:...

  • Lynn "Butch" Peterson, 75, Sidney, MT

    Aug 9, 2023

    Lynn "Butch" Peterson peacefully passed away on Friday July 14, 2023 at his home in Sidney, MT. Lynn B Peterson was born on April 26, 1948. Lynn "Butch" was the first-born son of Otto "Swede" and Anita Peterson. He was born and raised in Sidney, MT until 1960, when the family moved to Missoula. Where he graduated from Sentinel High School in 1966. That year he joined the Army and served one year in Germany in training, then he was sent to Vietnam. Where he received a Commendation Medal for his...

  • Bruce Gjovig Book Signing

    Aug 9, 2023

    Books on Broadway, Williston, will be hosting a book signing next Wednesday, August 16, from 1-4 pm central featuring author Bruce Gjovig....

  • Kenneth "Kenny" Lloyde Scheetz, 80, Sidney, MT

    Aug 9, 2023

    Kenneth "Kenny" Lloyde Scheetz, 80, of Sidney, Montana passed away peacefully at home Wednesday evening August 2nd after a battle with cancer. His wife, children and various family were by his side. A Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday August 10, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at the Faith Alliance Church in Sidney, MT with Pastor Paul Turek officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday August 9, 2023 from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Sidney, MT. In lieu of fl...

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