Articles from the November 25, 2015 edition


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  • Thanksgiving Donation

    Nov 25, 2015

    In keeping with tradition, The Richland County Tavern Association is donating twelve baskets of food, which include everything for Thanksgiving dinner. Pictured are, L to R, Ray Johnson, South 40; Heather Johnson, Winner's Pub; Kelly Burke, Bob Burnison, Salvation Army; Reese and Ray's IGA manager; and Joel Kleinsasser, Rod Iron Grill and Cattle-ac....

  • The Eastern Montana Toy Rescue Is Giving Well-Loved Toys A Second Chance

    Meagan Dotson|Nov 25, 2015

    The Eastern Montana Toy Rescue is taking donations, asking for toys that are well used or toys in need of repair. The idea of a toy rescue took shape about ten years ago as founder Duane Nelson had already been fixing toys for his kids and the kids of neighbors and friends. "I started thinking that there are a lot of kids out there without any toys and that fixing toys and donating them would be a good deal," said Nelson. The non-profit organization began in the fall of 2015, with six...

  • Early Christmas In Watford City

    Sheridan Martin|Nov 25, 2015

    “Put A Jingle In Your Step” is this year’s theme for the 15th Annual Parade of Lights Celebration in Watford City, ND. On November 27 at 6:30 p.m. you can expect to see floats of all shapes and sizes decorated to popular Christmas songs. Citizens can look forward to enjoying hot chocolate, food and Main Street local shopping along with the parade. Watford City is also setting up for their new Food Drive. This year will be the second drive and they expect a great turnout. For every non-p...

  • Williston Downtowners Holiday Stroll

    Tie Shank|Nov 25, 2015

    The Williston Downtowners Association will be hosting its annual “Holiday Stroll” on Fri., Dec. 4 from 1 – 8 p.m. What a great opportunity to join your friends and neighbors by kick-starting your holiday shopping while enjoying lots of great festivities in the downtown district. Activities include a visit with Santa, carolers, treats, sales, music, an ice sculptor and much more! 4 - 5 p.m. - WHS Vocal Jazz carolers around Downtown 4 - 7 p.m. - Ice Sculptor 5:15 - 6:15p.m. - First Lutheran Churc...

  • Sidney Chamber Enjoying "A Christmas Story" During Christmas Stroll

    Nov 25, 2015

    The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is holding its annual Christmas Stroll & Parade of Lights this year on Saturday, November 28th. This year will kick off with the stroll which is themed, the “Christmas Story” from 12pm-4pm, with the parade starting at 7pm. For more information on the Christmas festivities in Sidney see the B section inserted in this week’s paper....

  • The Parade Of Trees Is On Display At The Mondak Heritage Center, Bringing Festive Focus To A Good Cause

    Meagan Dotson|Nov 25, 2015

    It is that time of year again, and the Parade of Trees is being hosted by the MonDak Heritage Center, 120 3rd Ave South, lending its festive display to Sidney’s local museum through December 7. This is the first year that the event has been held at the MonDak, previously being hosted at Reynolds Market and the Village Square Mall. “The MonDak Heritage Center was quick to jump on board with the Parade of Trees this year,” commented Kim Simmonds, Executive Director. “Not only does it help one of...

  • Kermit "Bud" Erickson, Sidney, MT

    Nov 25, 2015

    Funeral services for Kermit “Bud” Erickson, 89, of Sidney, MT, was at 2 p.m., Mon., Nov. 23, 2015, at Faith Alliance Church in Sidney with Pastor Paul Turek officiating. Interment was in the Sidney Cemetery under the direction of the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Visitation will be on Sun., Nov. 22, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the funeral home only. Kermit “Bud” died on Mon., Nov. 16, 2015, in West Lafayette, IN....

  • Campbell Soup Company Issues Spaghettios Recall

    Montana Department of Health|Nov 25, 2015

    Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling 14.2 oz. cans of SpaghettiOs Original due to a potential choking hazard posed by pieces of red plastic found in a small number of cans. This plastic material is from parts of the can lining which may peel off. The affected 14.2 ounce SpaghettiOs Original product has a date of February 22, 2017 which is stamped on the base of the can, and a UPC code of 51000 22432 printed under the bar code. The issue was identified after the company received consumer complaints. This recall affects 355,000 cans...

  • Christmas Coalition "Gifts from the Heart"

    Jakkie Waller|Nov 25, 2015

    The Richland County Community Christmas Coalition is pleased to announce that the annual “Gifts from the Heart” gift distribution for the needy is scheduled for December 12, 2015. The event will once again be held at the Masonic Temple (on Main, across from the Courthouse) in Sidney. The hours for the distribution will be from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and recipients will be allowed to choose gifts for a child that resides full time in their home and is under the age of 18. Recipients must be residents of Richland County. The Christmas Coalition als...

  • Bootleggers Ball 2016 Letters of Need Deadline Nov. 30

    Nov 25, 2015

    As the Sidney Elks Lodge furthers its mission of Charity……….Elks Care, Elks Share…..is its mission. Sidney Elks Lodge 1782 has donated over $35,000 this year benefiting the Sidney Boys and Girls Club, the local Cancer Coalition, the Veterans, Boy Scouts, Little League, Drug Awareness, the Sidney K-9 program, the LVA, the Food Bank, a number of scholarships, Camp Make-A-Dream, the Sidney Health Center Color Run, and the Neil Hermanson Memorial Scholarship. One of the major fundraisers for these charitable donations was held early in Februar...

  • Wingate Ribbon Cutting

    Nov 25, 2015

    The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture held a ribbon cutting at the Wingate Hotel in Sidney on Nov. 17. Left to right: Steve Sparks, Garth Kallevig, Lola Herbert, Brandon Taylor, Grace Warren-Diaz, Kristin Kennedy, Marissa Eberling, Kelly Papineau, Stasia Creek, Salina Hagwood, John Stickel, Lawrence Wortham, Shelley Lenz and Kelly Reisig....

  • Wildlife Woodcarver At The Mondak

    Trish Stevenson|Nov 25, 2015

    “Across the West - New Work by the Blue Buffalo Artists” is currently on display at the MonDak Heritage Center. The group of painters and sculptors create in a variety of media but share a passion for the West as inspiration. Several of the artists were in attendance at the reception held Nov. 21, 2015. Most of the artwork is 2-dimensional, however, our featured artist today was Joan Kosel, who creates her 3-dimensional sculptures by carving wood, specializing in wildlife subjects such as deer, elk, foxes and bears....

  • The City Of Williston Is Taking Steps To Attract New Retailers To Its Community

    Barbara Peterson|Nov 25, 2015

    Williston Economic Development and the Williston Convention and Visitor Bureau are collaborating with Buxton to identify the people who shop and dine in Williston and what new retailers would best serve them. Buxton representatives were in Williston today to present their initial findings from their advanced consumer analytics. About 60 investors, developers, business and civic leaders attended the meeting to gather more information about Williston’s consumers. Williston Economic Development Executive Director says Buxton’s data goes way bey...

  • West Side Holds Annual Book Fair

    Dawn Greenwood|Nov 25, 2015

    The West Side Book Fair was very successful this year. We have lots of very supportive parents who value the importance of reading and make sure their children have a well-stocked home library. The profit from our Book Fair will be used for "I Love to Read" month books, supplies, incentives and awards during February. Thank you, Sidney, for all your support....

  • MonDak Christmas in Sidney Dec. 6

    Kim Simmonds|Nov 25, 2015

    “Photographs and Memories” will be the theme for the 28th Annual MonDak Christmas, which will be celebrated Sun., Dec. 6, 2015. Admission is free and there will be activities for all ages. This fun afternoon will include live performances by the Liberty Christian Bell Choir, the Sunrise Brass and Signe Verhasselt, a fundraiser bake sale, and photos with Santa. Additionally, the Christmas trees and wreaths from the Parade of Trees will be on display. Everyone is invited. A portion of all free will donations that day will benefit the Ric...

  • Legislative Update November 19, 2015

    Senator Matt Rosendale|Nov 25, 2015

    The Legislative Fiscal Division, headed by Amy Carlson, took a tour around the state recently to update the Legislators on the financial condition of the state. She was well prepared and her staff accompanied her to assist with the presentation. They summarized the impacts that legislation passed during the last session were estimated to cause, and brought real time numbers reflecting the current state finances. The long and short of the state’s finances are this: We are spending about $5 billion a year, we receive nearly half of that from t...

  • Traditional Polish Dinner will Raise Funds for World Youth Day

    Meagan Dotson|Nov 25, 2015

    St. Joseph’s Church, 106 6th St. West in Williston, will be holding a traditional twelve course Polish Christmas dinner on December 6th at 5:30pm central time. St. Joseph’s Youth Group will use the proceeds to attend World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in July of 2016. In addition to the fifteen high school students that are going, there will also be twelve adults including two youth leaders and Father Kovash. St. John Paul II established World Youth Day in 1984 as an opportunity for Catholic You...

  • First Protect Montana Kids Commission Meeting Set For Dec. 4

    John Ebelt|Nov 25, 2015

    The first Protect Montana Kids Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol, in Room 152 in Helena, MT. A meeting agenda and all meeting materials will be posted to the DPHHS website at http://dphhs.mt.gov/protectMontanaKids. A list of all commission members can be found here, http://dphhs.mt.gov/ProtectMontanaKids/PMKLeftMenu/protectmtkids. Earlier this year, Governor Steve Bullock announced the Protect Montana Kids initiative to improve systems serving children and families in the state. The in...

  • USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities in MT

    Michael Dann|Nov 25, 2015

    Acting State Director Janelle Gustafson today announced that USDA has invested more than $12.3 million in rural Montana communities through the Community Facilities Program in fiscal year 2015. Of that investment, $11.1 million was awarded to rural health care facilities. “Providing access to affordable, modern health care for rural Montanans is essential and we are proud to say Rural Development has played a part as USDA celebrates National Rural Health Week,” Gustafson said. “Since 2009, Rural Development has invested more than $80 milli...

  • Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network Offers Training

    Richard Maliawco|Nov 25, 2015

    The NWS Glasgow will soon be presenting an online winter training for CoCoRaHS to anyone interested in either a refresher or to those interested in becoming a new CoCoRaHS weather observer for northeast Montana. If you are available, I invite you to attend the training to learn more about the program, but below is a brief overview for those who would be new observers. CoCoRaHS stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. Not only do CoCoRaHS observations assist meteorologists at the National Weather Service with warning...

  • USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to North Dakota Farmers Facing Market Downturn

    Laura Heinrich|Nov 25, 2015

    USDA North Dakota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Aaron Krauter announced that approximately 26,000 North Dakota farms enrolled in new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill are receiving financial assistance for the 2014 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns. “These new safety-net programs provide help when price and revenues fall below normal, unlike the p...

  • Nominations Sought For Montana Outdoor Hall Of Fame

    MT Fish and Wildlife and Parks|Nov 25, 2015

    A group of Montana state agencies and conservation organizations is seeking nominations for the second round of inductees to the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame. The MOHOF honors individuals who have contributed to the restoration and conservation of Montana’s fish, wildlife, and other outdoor amenities. “Montana’s Outdoor Hall of Fame recognizes Montana’s historical and contemporary conservation leaders,” said Montana Governor Steve Bullock. “We need to capture and share the important stories of the men and women who’ve championed Montana’s out...

  • Mountain Lion North Dakota Zone 1 Late Season Opens

    ND Game And Fish|Nov 25, 2015

    Mountain lion hunting during the early season in Zone 1 closed Nov. 22 with six of 14 cats taken. The late season in Zone 1, with a quota of seven, runs Nov. 23 through March 31, 2016, or until the quota is filled. In addition to other legal methods, the late season allows mountain lions to be pursued with dogs. The late season quota in Zone 1 filled early last year, so hunters are advised to check for updates by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov. Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the...

  • Montana Department Of Revenue Joins IRS Awareness Campaign Against Identity Theft & Tax Fraud

    Mary Ann Dunwell|Nov 25, 2015

    HELENA – The Montana Department of Revenue supports the Internal Revenue Service and other states and associations in appealing to the public to take online security precautions. Several agencies launched the public awareness campaign “Taxes, security, together” at a news conference Thursday morning in Washington, D.C. “Our message is we need the public’s help. As a taxpayer, you need to be aware of security steps you can take online and at home to protect your personal and financial data from cybercriminals and tax fraudsters,” said Mike K...

  • Governor Steve Bullock, Along With A Group Of Montana-Based Organizations, Is Seeking Nominations For The "Montana Neighbor Awards"

    MT Fish and Wildlife and Parks|Nov 25, 2015

    The awards give recognition to landowners who work collaboratively with their neighbors to enhance Montana’s sense of community. The group is seeking nominations of landowners from across Montana. Winners will receive specially printed and framed Montana Neighbor Award certificates signed by Gov. Bullock and awards committee members. The Montana Neighbor group includes Artemis Common Ground, The Nature Conservancy of Montana, Montana Council of Trout Unlimited, Montana Association of Land Trusts, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and the O...

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