Articles from the December 21, 2022 edition

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  • Medical Benefit For Mike Obergfell Scheduled In January

    Jaymi Mozeak|Dec 21, 2022

    On Aug. 28, Mike and Diane Obergfell had the start of what would become the worst nightmare of anyone's life. Mike had cancer. That day, Mike went into the ER for pain and was diagnosed. Then, after 30 days more of biopsies, tests, and the aggravating wait for results, it was decided. The Sidney farmer, rancher, oil field, and Sidney Sugars worker, Mike Obergfell, had stage 4 metastatic stomach cancer. Still, new biopsy results may change that. When he was initially diagnosed, the biopsies showe...

  • Badlands Search & Rescue Is Training Bloodhounds To Add To Their Team

    Jaymi Mozeak|Dec 21, 2022

    In 2022, Badlands Search and Rescue has been pleased to add two new members to their team. K9s Copper and Daisy Mae are two purebred bloodhounds that were purchased, and are being trained by two different members of BSAR to be used for scent and man trailing. Copper was purchased in April 2022 from K4 Bloodhounds, Miles City, by Matthew Earl. The breeder uses Copper's dam for blood trailing and several of their pups have been purchased for that reason, but Copper is the first of the breeder's...

  • ND Health and Human Services Launches New Online Child Care Licensing System

    Dec 21, 2022

    North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new online licensing system for child care providers. The modern, online system replaces a manual paper process. The easy-to-use web-based system allows individuals to conveniently apply to become a licensed or self-declared child care provider, submit renewals, provide required documentation and conduct related business. “Our goal is to use technology to streamline the licensing process for providers. They can now submit CPR training cards, background checks and other required d...

  • Additional Detections Of Avian Influenza Confirmed In Montana

    Logan Kruse|Dec 21, 2022

    Helena, MT - On Thursday, Dec.15, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) confirmed that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) killed a small backyard poultry flock in Flathead County. This case marks the 16th HPAI affected flock in the state since the start of the outbreak in March. The 2022 HPAI variant continues to have a significant effect on commercial and backyard flocks, with over 56 million birds in 47 states affected nationally. Avian influenza is an infectious viral disease of birds that can cause high mortality in domestic...

  • Special Delivery Brings Smiles At CHI St. Alexius Health

    Brittny Mayo|Dec 21, 2022

    Williston, ND - Just in time for Christmas, toys, games, gift cards and more will bring smiles to the faces of children and families at CHI St. Alexius Health – thanks to Chloe’s Hearts, Inc. “It’s such an unexpected delight for our patients and families to be remembered in this way during the holiday season,” Tiffany Graves, CHI St. Alexius Health ICU and medical/surgical Manager Williston said. “We are very grateful that Chloe’s Hearts has selected our hospital for their donations again this year.” This nonprofit organization was started by...

  • Sidney/Fairview Wrestling Results Pat Weede Memorial, Gillette, WY

    Dec 21, 2022

    Pat Weede Memorial Gillette, WY, Dec. 16-17 Pat Weede Silver (Mat 1-3) - Sidney Match #1 Round 1 Sidney defeated Star Valley 40-33 160: Kooper Burk (SV) won by decision over Kaden Wise (S) 3-0 170: Grant Weiss (SV) won by fall over Ty Schepens (S) 0:59 182: Thor Fulgram (S) won by forfeit 195: Nathan Romo (S) won by forfeit 220: Caleb Kleinke (S) over Joseph Warren (SV) 4:53 285: Weslee Turner (SV) won by forfeit 106: Gordan Knapp (S) won by fall over Levi Byrd (SV) 5:48 113: Mason Pack (SV) won by fall over Carson Propp (S) 1:01 120: Brody...

  • MSU Extension & MSGA Announce 2022 Steer Of Merit Certifications

    MSU News Service|Dec 21, 2022

    Bozeman - A program offered by Montana State University Extension and Montana Stockgrowers Association that provides an opportunity for students throughout the state to raise cattle and learn about various elements of beef quality recently announced its annual winners. The 2022 Steer of Merit program winners were recognized Dec. 8 at the Montana Stockgrowers Association annual convention and trade show in Billings. MSU Extension and MSGA distinguished 154 “Steers of Merit” out of 1,288 entries. Of 555 steers entering the carcass division, 78...

  • Badlands Clothing Company Opens Store Front

    Dianne Swanson|Dec 21, 2022

    Your favorite pop-up now has a store front! Badlands Clothing Co. owner Marissa Eberling is excited to get out of her trailer for a couple of months and offer her customers an in-store shopping experience at 1050 S. Central Ave., Sidney, in the Thrivent building. Since spring of 2020, Badlands Clothing Co. has sold on-line and at vendor shows and events around the region. Eberling says she was given a wonderful opportunity that she just couldn't turn down and can now greet customers in a...

  • December STAR Fund Allocations Total $304,950 For New Businesses & Expansions

    Barbara Peterson|Dec 21, 2022

    Williston, ND – The City of Williston has allocated up to $304,950 in December for several new business ventures including a motorsports rental shop, restaurant, massage therapist, and independent insurance firm. At the Williston City Commission meeting on Dec. 13, the commission allocated up to $48,000 for Arnie’s Rentals. The owners are purchasing the former F & F Sprinkler and Spa location to rent all types of motorsports including watercrafts, ATVs, UTVs, and more. “The abundance of outdoor quality of life activities in and around the a...

  • Sidney/Fairview Wrestlers Compete in Gillette

    Dec 21, 2022

    The Sidney/Fairview wrestling team competed at the Pat Weede Memorial Dual Tournament in Gillette, WY, Dec. 16-17. The team won 5 duals and lost 3. Placing first individually were Gordan Knapp, 103#; Reece Graves, 132# and Zander Dean, 152#....

  • Fairview Lighting Of The Bridge Ornament Available At Merchants Bank

    Dianne Swanson|Dec 21, 2022

    A limited number of the inaugural Fairview Chamber of Commerce Christmas ornaments by Jeremy D. Krieger are still available at Merchants Bank in Fairview for just $15. The dazzling gold colored ornament features the annual Lighting of the Bridge, complete with fireworks. The first in the Jeremy Dean collection, this collectible ornament will enhance any Christmas tree, and make a memorable gift for young and old. Future ornaments will feature events or history of Fairview, a town that Krieger is proud to call home. “I love the history of our t...

  • "Drug Free Communities' Cookies With Cops" Event, Dec. 13

    Dec 21, 2022

  • MT FWP Region 7's First Late-Season Antlerless Elk Hunt Runs Nov. 28-Feb. 15

    Dec 21, 2022

    Miles City – Southeast Montana’s first late-season hunt, previously known as a shoulder season, will run from Nov. 28-Feb. 15. In FWP Region 7, the late season allows antlerless elk hunting with either an unused over-the-counter general elk license or a limited-draw elk B license on private lands in Hunting Districts 702, 704, 705. A late-season hunt is a firearms season that occurs outside the general season and is focused on antlerless elk harvest. Late-season hunts are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general seasons but...

  • Jane Strasheim, 92, Sidney, MT

    Dec 21, 2022

    Funeral services for Jane Strasheim, 92, Sidney, MT were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at Ebenezer Congregational Church, Sidney MT with Pastor David Meehan officiating. Visitation was on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT and one hour prior to the service at the church. There was a prayer service at the Ebenezer Congregational Church on Friday, Dec.16 at 6 p.m. Interment was in Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, MT under the care of F...

  • Gregg Leroy Schuetze, 51, Watford City, ND

    Dec 21, 2022

    Gregg Leroy Schuetze, 51, Watford City, ND unexpectedly passed away at his home on Dec. 10, 2022 in Watford City, ND A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at Assembly of God Church, Watford City, ND with Pastor Barb Becker presiding. There was a luncheon following the service. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City, ND is assisting the family. Condolences may be left on our funeral home website at

  • John Endicott, 51, Sidney, MT

    Dec 21, 2022

    John Endicott, 51, Sidney, MT passed away unexpectedly on December 8, 2022 at the Sidney Health Center. Services are pending. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home. Sidney, MT is assisting the family. Condolences may be left on our funeral home website at

  • William David "Dave" Schlenker, 80, Sidney, MT

    Dec 21, 2022

    Services are being planned for the spring of 2023. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT is assisting the family. Condolences may be left on our funeral home website at William David Schlenker passed away on December 12, 2022 at Garfield County Health Center, Jordan, MT....

  • Luella "Lou" Temple, 87, Sidney, MT formerly of Intake, MT

    Dec 21, 2022

    Funeral services for Luella "Lou" Temple, 87, Sidney, MT formerly of Intake, MT were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT with Pastor Richard Evans officiating. Interment was at noon on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Grand View Cemetery, Intake, MT under the care of Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and one hour before services at Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney....

  • Otto Sovig, 89, Watford City, ND, formerly Williston, ND

    Dec 21, 2022

    Otto Sovig, 89, of Watford City, ND, formerly of Williston, ND passed away peacefully December 14, 2022 with family by his side. Otto was born February 13th, 1933 on the family farm near Arnegard, ND where he was raised. The youngest of ten children, he made his mark with his winsome mischievous smile and curious nature that captured everyone’s heart. He attended school in Arnegard and openly admitted his emphasis was on playing basketball and baseball. He met the love of his life in his f...

  • Montana Department Of Agriculture, Montana State University, Montana Agricultural Business Association, & Montana Agricultural Business Foundation Announce Inaugural Montana AgTech Innovation & Investment Summit

    Logan Kruse|Dec 21, 2022

    Helena, MT - The Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana State University, Montana Agricultural Business Association, and Montana Agricultural Business Foundation announce the inaugural Montana AgTech Innovation & Investment Summit set for Jan. 24, 2023, in Great Falls, MT. The summit will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, agriculture producers, agricultural industry product development professionals, and capital investors with the primary goal of moving agricultural technologies from concept stage to development stage, then into...

  • Burgum appoints Chief Operating Officer, former Border States CEO Tammy Miller to serve as lieutenant governor effective Jan. 3

    ND Governor's Office|Dec 21, 2022

    BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the appointment of Governor’s Office Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller, former CEO of Border States, to succeed Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford as lieutenant governor of North Dakota. Miller begins her new role on Jan. 3. Miller has served as chief operating officer in the Governor’s Office since April 2020, working with cabinet agencies to enhance citizen focus, drive innovation and improve the delivery of government services. She had previously served as CEO and board chair since 2006 at Fargo...

  • Sidney Snow Plows Suspended

    Dec 21, 2022

    The city of Sidney is suspending all snow plowing immediately and will resume tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. depending on conditions....