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1st Choice Collision Center • Action Auto • Agri Industries • Beagle Properties Boss Office & Computer Products • Camille Clausen Photography • Creative Solutions Crestwood • Doorbust’n Portables & Septic Service, LLC • Eagle Country Ford ElectricLand Radio Shack • Family Eyecare Clinic • Farm Bureau Financial Services Foundation for Community Care • Frontier Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning H & R Block Johnson Hardware & Furniture • KFC • Kringen Construction, Inc. Lone Tree Inn • Lucky Buckle • Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Assn. Inc. • M&M Café Mitchell’s Oil Field Service • Nick Jones Reality • Party Central & Gifts • Pauper Industries Pheasants Forever • ProBuild • Redline • Reynolds Market • Richland County Richland County Health Department • Richland County Housing Authority Richland Economic Development • Richland Farm Mutual Insurance Co. Richland Federal Credit Union • Richland Motor Inn • Rollin’ Rock Angus • S/L Services Seitz Insurance Agency • Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Sidney Cleaners • Sidney Health Center • Sidney Rental • Sonda’s Solutions • SPF-Exxon Tami Maltese CPA, CID® • The Lodge • Trendz • Tri-County Implement Wells Fargo • Yellowstone Kennels

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Frontier has bright future in Richland County The future is looking bright for Frontier Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning of Sidney. 2009 was an extremely busy year for the business, and now big plans are set for this year including a major expansion. “We’re just really excited about what is to come,” office manager Christie Steinley said. “Our focus right now is to provide the best possible service to our existing customers.” The business services all brands of air conditioning and heating systems. Every job is custom-built. Frontier is excited about the hiring of Lance Kuylen will start working at Frontier three full-time employees. Brett Portra in May. started in August while Lance Kuylen and Carson Fohl, who each interned at Frontier in the summer of 2009, will begin in May. All three are from eastern Montana as Kuylen is a Sidney native, Fohl is from Glendive, and Portra has ties to Bainville. “There has been a high demand for the service side of things, and with more guys on staff we’ll be able to have two workers at all times in charge of service calls. I think it’s going to be a real asset to the business,” Steinley said. The three new employees join a highly dependable staff. The permanent staff includes owners and H.V.A.C. contractors Mike Donahue and Wayne Reid Carson Fohl is ready to begin work at Fronalong with shop foreman and H.V.A.C. tier. installer Justin Verhasselt who has been with the business since 1999. Larry Steinbeisser and Dean Steinley Heating, Refrigeration and Air Condiprovide help during the winter while tioning looks back on another great James Collins and year of production servMarshall Donthe residential and ‘It is nice to drive around and ing ahue are summer business district of the workers. Frontier area. Major commercial look at the beautiful new prides itself in projects in 2009 includthe cohesiveness ed work at all three Sidbuildings and remodel projects of its workers. ney schools, Lambert “In a business and the Richland in the area and be able to say School like this, the staff Federal Credit Union. needs to be a “It was a crazy year that we helped with them.’ team.” Steinley for us. The guys were said. “We have a extremely busy,” Steingroup that works ley said. “It is nice to Christine Steinley really well togethdrive around and look Office manager er, and I think at the beautiful new that improves our buildings and remodel overall quality of projects in the area and service.” be able to say that we helped with Also as part of the expansion, Fronthem.” tier is currently in the process of offerCurrent projects include three houses ing service maintenance contracts to for the Lambert school, enlarging and existing clients. “We want to do our best remodeling at Sidney Health Center Exto take care of our loyal customers,” tended Care, remodeling at Yellowstone Steinley said. Marketplace and putting in a geotherOnce again, the staff of Frontier mal system at the Richland County Fair


Brett Portra interned at Frontier last summer. commercial building. Geothermal heating and cooling is as popular as ever because of people making use of tax credits that are available until December of 2010. Installation of Trane 95 percent efficient furnaces in 2010 is also eligible for tax credit. “There has been a huge push for geothermal heating and cooling since it is an excellent way to conserve energy,” Steinley said. The geothermal system transfers heat from the earth to regulate temperatures year-round resulting in significant reduction in utility bills. Frontier accommodates customers from all over northeastern Montana, as

well as northwestern North Dakota, with an overall radius of 80 miles. “There has been a demand for an increase of service in outlying areas, such as Scobey, Plentywood, Bainville and Circle,” Steinley said. It is Frontier’s intention to accommodate the growth in Richland County and beyond. However, it wants to take care of loyal customers. The staff prides itself on excellent service and marksmanship with its goal to provide quick, reliable service to its clients. Frontier Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning is located at 1991 W. Holly St. in Sidney. For more information call 488-4657.

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levig, Betty McGuire, Jim Nelson, Leif Anderson and Darin Lacey. Anderson stated, “With our mix of experienced

Foundation for Community Care celebrates continuance of care When the Foundation for Community Care was first organized, the founders envisioned a community where everyone had access to local, high-quality health care. Over the last 26 years, our mission has never wavered, but instead has become even more focused on ensuring the continuance and quality of local health and medical care. With such an important mission, we are lucky to have a dedicated staff and an active volunteer board of directors. New officers on the board of directors this year include: Larry Riggs, chair; Larry Tveit, vice-chair; Dick Iversen, treasurer. Mark Tombre has graciously accepted the invitation to become the Foundation’s newest board member. Others serving on the board include Libby Berndt, Margaret Bradley, Scott Dornfeld, John Dynneson, Yvette Lien, Michael McCollum, David McMillen, Sandy Nypen, Karen Olson Beenken, David Seitz, Millie Shields, Larry Simonsen and Jim Steinbeisser.

Foundation staff includes Staci Miller, executive director, Melissa Boyer, annual giving coordinator, and Rachel Miotke, foundation coordinator. The staff is a diverse team with great motivation to meet the challenges of the changing needs of health care in our rural community. They are working hard to meet all of the Foundation’s goals in coming years. The Foundation for Community Care offers those who care about our community a way to make a difference right here at home by making tax deductible contributions of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate and life insurance or by including the Foundation in your will or trust. Visit with our staff about Memorial Giving, Charitable Gift Annuities, Deferred Payment Gift Annuities, Charitable Trusts, Estate Planning and more by stopping by our office, sending us an email at or by calling 406-488-CARE. We are happy to help.

Betty McGuire - broker

Jim Nelson - broker Mary Martin - sales.associate

Mary Martin began working at Beagle Properties in late 2009.

agents we are uniquely qualified to handle any type of real estate transaction that might come up in Richland County.” Beagle Properties Inc. deals with residential properties, commercial real estate, farm and ranch land, vacant lots, income properties and more. If you have any questions or need any assistance regarding any type of real estate, stop by the office at 120 Second Ave. S.W., contact one of our agents at 406-482-4480, or visit us on the Web at

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Mary Martin joined the real estate office of Beagle Properties Inc. in late 2009. Mary completed her required education and testing and is licensed as a real estate sales person. “Mary has fit into the office well and is enjoying working with buyers and sellers assisting with all of the various aspects of real estate transactions,” Leif Anderson, owner, said. Mary also helps out in the office in an administrative position. Mary joined the rest of the experienced staff at Beagle Properties Inc. including John Beagle, Kendal Kal-


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Richland County continues work to improve county facilities BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

It’s been full steam ahead for the Richland County commissioners, who, during 2009, began several projects and were successful in many others. Road projects were a major focus during the last year with streets that were repaved using an experimental material known as base stabilization, comparable to concrete pavement but is much less expensive. The streets in Savage were paved using traditional paving while county roads 326 and part of 127 were repaved using base stabilization. Preparations were made to pave Lambert streets this spring and summer. With the safety of the county’s residents a priority, the county commissioners added three rural fire trucks for grass fires to its legion of emergency response vehicles. A new ambu-

lance and two weed district trucks were added as well. All the new vehicles replace the old ones from the 1980s and 1990s. And because they’re used quite often, the commissioners say it’s essential to keep them maintained. “Updating emergency services equipment has been a priority for the commissioners to make sure that our equipment is as efficient as possible to ensure the safety of our residents,” Commissioner Don Steppler said. The commissioners were busy last year making plans for the future. Ideas got under way for a deep renovation of the Richland County Courthouse with the hope of making it resemble what the courthouse looked like in 1928. Every department within the courthouse will be revamped, with some being relocated in the building. Remodeling will be scheduled around the departments’ convenience to

avoid the least amount of distraction possible. The plan is to have it done by the county’s centennial in 2014. Researching and brainstorming began last year with regard to the Sidney-Richland County Public Library. With a revamp on the horizon in the next few years, commissioners gathered ideas as they try to decide whether to remodel and expand on the library’s existing location or build a new site for it. “We’ve accomplished a lot,” Commissioner Mark Rehbein said. “Revenues were maintained a lot, and hopefully they remain fairly static for a few years.” Although there is no doubt that the projects in store for the area have and will benefit the community and the people who live in the area, there is more to come as the county moves forward in 2010. After several unpreventable

delays, law enforcement, as well as the Seventh Judicial District Court, Sidney City Court and Richland County Justice Court will begin moving into the new Justice Center in April – weather permitting. Another building that has been in the works for some time is also about done. The new commercial fair building as been constructed through the year and come June will be finished just in time for the Richland County Fair and Rodeo. The new building provides double the vendor capacity. The county commissioners say they look forward to working with the city of Sidney and the rural and Sidney fire departments to work toward coming up with a solution for additional space for fire trucks. They are currently exploring possibilities including expanding into Sidney City Hall or constructing a new facility near the Justice

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Richland County Commissioners Loren Young Mark Rehbein Don Steppler

Center. To be sure, the county has a lot going on including pledging $450,000 in three years for parks and recreation, contributing $1 million to the Richland Economic Development’s Revolving Loan Fund and continuing to support the Richland County Transportation Service. The county commissioners have stayed committed to not squandering taxpayers’ money, so it’s important to note that projects are never started unless money is in hand and ready to be used. There is much more in store for the coming years, so public support is much appreciated through these endeavors. “We plan for these things and hope it works out, but we’ve got to be flexible,” Rehbein said. “We hope people don’t hold our feet to the fire when we are discussing possible projects.”

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Reynolds Market makes transition BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

Reynolds Market underwent some serious changes in the last year as its employees saw a change in its leadership. After a 45-year history with F.T. Reynolds and serving as store manager for 24 years in Sidney and president of the company, Ron Barone said farewell in June 2009, leaving behind a legacy of friendly service and, more importantly, a talented group of employees to carry it on. Stepping in as manager, Ron Utgaard took over after Barone’s departure, having been assistant manager previously. “I just want to keep the ship upright, make sure everything goes smooth,” he said. Utgaard has been with Reynolds for 37 years working in almost every department, so his experience in handling day to day business is without question. Loren Kutzler moved into the assistant manager position, having worked as produce manager prior to the move. Inheriting the president position was John Reynolds, former vice president of the company and meat department manager at Sidney Reynolds. “People want value, and we believe value comes

in high quality, fresh perishables, a clean, modern facility and top customer service,” he said. Reynolds has been with the company since 1986. Along with the change in management, Sidney Reynolds Market added a new Sony PictureStation Kiosk, located near the front of the store. So turning your digital photos into digital prints is now easier than ever with the convenience of a do-it-yourself station. Even more exciting is the addition of Red Box video rental located outside the store for ease of use for customers. And as a contributing member of the community, Reynolds is proud of its display recently constructed which promotes the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County activities. Reynolds Market features different products with part of the proceeds from the sale of the items donated to the club. Its employees believe in supporting the youth and invite the community to join in. With so much going on, it’s hard to look ahead and not be excited for the future. Drop by and visit the staff who strive to make your shopping experience a positive one.


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Since November of 2009, Sidney Rental has been operating out of its new building located on County Road 350 (2508 Lincoln Ave. South), north of Pacific Steel & Recycling, which now provides ample room for various types of rental equipment. Sidney Rental has a little bit of everything that the typical, one-time use, doit-yourselfer, could possibly need, starting with air compressors, jack hammers, coil nailers, hammer drills, tile cutters, floor sanders, lawn and garden equipment, just to name a few. For those with bigger projects in mind, manlifts, scissorlifts, forklifts, dozer, backhoe, skid steers, cranes, generators and flat


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“We are expanding our retail line.’ Dennis Lorenz Manager bed trailers are also available. “We are expanding our retail line,” Dennis Lorenz, manager, said. Many people are surprised at the variety of equipment that Sidney Rental is able to supply. Give Sidney Rental a call at 433-8338 or stop out and speak with the knowledgeable staff and see what is in their inventory for your next project.

Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 433-8338 • Fax 433-8340 2508 Lincoln Ave. South, Sidney (County Road 350, north of Pacific Steel & Recycling)


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Credit union moves into state-of-the-art facility BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

As a full service financial cooperative, Richland Federal Credit Union knows just what its members need. The financial institution continues its growth serving more than 4,600 members in Richland and Roosevelt counties and residents within 25 miles from Sidney. The credit union continually looks to serve its membership through various services including savings and checking accounts, IRAs, health savings accounts, home banking, bill pay, and home and auto loans. You will find their rates very attractive with little if no fees involved. Big changes were in store for the credit union

last year as its staff made their new home next to the post office in a brand new, state-of-the-art building. The 6,500 square foot facility offers more privacy for its members to conduct business and is 100 percent energy efficient. “The roof design enables the use of natural light, and we have a geothermal heating system to save on energy costs,” says CEO Kevin Mayer. “It’s been fabulous. Everyone that comes in just loves it.” The new building increased to three drivethrough lanes, maintaining its accessible drive-up ATM machine. With the members’ future in mind, the property is on a twoacre lot, which allows for future growth, and the remaining five acres has

the value of credit, the dangers of credit card debt and the pitfalls of predatory lending. As 2010 gets under way, one thing we can be sure of is the reliability and

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been subdivided for future business neighbors. An abundance of parking space is now available including space on the west side of the building for trucks and trailers. And with its new scrolling sign located in front of the building, RFCU can and will promote marketing and community events. Always looking to serve its members better, RFCU launched its brand new Web site at, which offers financial education tools along with home banking options, electronic statements and electronic bill pay. The credit union is in the process of receiving FHA and VA certification for real estate loans in addition to conventional real estate lending. Safe de-

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ElectricLand brings out the best in latest technology BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD

Mr. Gadget Man, Raleigh Peck, owner of ElectricLand Radio Shack in Sidney and Glendive, is still dealing top-notch technology, toys and tools to customers all over the region. It seems Peck can’t keep anything on the shelves, as ElectricLand is always waiting for the next shipment to arrive. ElectricLand continues to have some classic items, such as the boom boxes, along with the newest technology gadgets for house, office, vehicle and handheld items for anywhere you go. “I still carry the classic boom boxes, but we’ve got the latest technology toys, tools, too,” Peck said. Good sells, such as the Sony Reader, really took off and launched at Christmas, he said. “It’s an electronic book reader, but you can go through any electronic book seller to subscribe to books, newspapers, etc.” Another great seller has been the Motorola Droid Phone – one of the hottest items in the last six months. This PDA (personal digital assistant) phone is basically a computer equipped with the cell phone. It’s a Google-based operated system, and “you absolutely do have the world at your fingertips,” Peck said. “You cannot get away if you have one of these.” The Droid links to your personal e-mail, which also links to Internet. It’s also a GPS system. You speak into the microphone to ask for directions, which the point of

Raleigh Peck invites you to visit ElectricLand in Sidney or Glendive. destination comes up on the screen. The Droid is also a schedule calendar, weatherman, full Web browser, has a virtual or slide-out keyboard, plus so much more. For less than $1 a day, you can get everything at your fingertips with unlimited data. It opens up the world right from the palm of your hand. The Droid comes with a 16 gb memory card, but one can purchase more memory at any time. ElectricLand’s TV sales are in close-out mode with new models coming in, such as the 3Ds (TV), which will launch in July. “Each TV will come with two pair of high tech electronic goggles, but the customer may purchase additional sets. You won’t be wearing the cardboard glasses to see the screen, as the TV has a transmitter and the goggles have the receiver that will work together. Peck recently moved the Glendive Shack from

the strip mall to downtown on Merrill Avenue where First National Pawn was located. “It’s a much bigger building,” Peck said. “We play the whole field at the Shack, and that’s why business works for us. We don’t skip things – we just keep adding more and more.” Peck still works, works, works the floor, but in the fall of 2009 he hired Janelle Barnett as store/floor manager. “She’s doing a great job,” Peck said. “I suppose by her managing, it means I’ve got more time for bookwork!” And, when he’s not doing bookwork or finding the next best gadget – the sound of his Harley is like hard rock to his ears… Check out ElectricLand in Sidney at the Village Square Mall or the Glendive Shack, located at 101 S. Merrill Ave. For more information, call 433-4370 or 406-377-3645.

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Big or small... ...Our building specialists are ready to help you with all your construction projects.

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Pro-Build aims to provide best possible experience for customers Pro-Build, Sidney, does its best to stay ahead of the times. The store has an excellent variety of the newest products needed for your next project of any size. “We pay attention to the upcoming trends so the customers don’t have to,” manager Teresa Mannix said. “It’s our job to make sure we have what people want in stock.” A knowledge of the trends was one of the reasons 2009 was a good year for ProBuild. “We have absolutely no complaints about the year. It was very busy,” Mannix said. “We are one of the fortunate ones that didn’t feel the affects of the economy. Now, we’re looking to the future and an even better year in 2010.” One of the major strengths of the business is its service. “The happiness of the customers is our number one concern,” Mannix said. “We do our best to give our clients the best possible experience.” The experienced and knowledgeable staff is excited to help you with all of your questions. “We have a very friendly staff

‘It’s our job to make sure we have what people want in stock.’ Teresa Mannix Manager that is very helpful,” she said. “I’m not saying we know everything, because we don’t. But it you have a question that we can’t figure out, we will find the answer somewhere.” Pro-Build is thankful for its clients and that is why there is a customer appreciation day each year in the third week of May. The day features as many vendors as possible who are there to answer customers’ questions. “It’s a great time for everyone to come out and to see what we have to offer,” Mannix said. “It’s gone well, and we look for the event to grow even more.” Pro-Build is located at 100 14th St. S.E. in Sidney.

Farm Mutual provides local touch While the words nonprofit and insurance do not often go together, they precisely define Richland Farm Mutual Insurance Company. This mutual insurer has served our area for 97 years with the goal of providing quality, affordable service to rural and community members alike. “All of our directors and agents live and work in Richland County,” Richland Farm Mutual secretary and agent Becky Reidle said. “We determine our rates locally, with the intent to cover our expenses, not to make money off of our neighbors.” The company was founded in 1913 by a small group of progressive minded farmers who wished to provide a feasible means of insuring one another against fire and lightning. Rural residents banded together, forming a mutual

‘All of our directors and agents live and work in Richland County.’ Becky Reidle Secretary, agent company to insure one another. As the company, a state mutual, continues its tradition of responding to its members’ desire for affordable insurance coverage, Richland Farm Mutual has added homeowners, farmowners, personal liability and farm personal liability to its product lines. In 2009, Reidle became one of only 215 individuals to achieve the designation of Professional Farm Mutual Manager. The designation requires a minimum

of five years experience in property insurance, more than 36 hours of educational courses in business management, financial management and underwriting and claims with additional courses required every two years. If you are interested in the benefits of membership, call the Richland Farm Mutual office at 4884898. Licensed agents Reidle, Carol Fatzinger and LaDean Edam will be happy to discuss your insurance needs. The office, managed by Becky and David Reidle, is located in the West Side Professional Center at 1405 Fourth St. S.W., Sidney. True to the intent of its founders, Richland Farm Mutual remains a progressive, member-owned, nonprofit corporation intent on providing high-end personal service with a price advantage.


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Johnson Hardware keeps making shopping a top-notch experience




Johnson Hardware and Furniture keeps conducting improvements in order to continue its tradition of offering customers a top-notch shopping experience in eastern Montana. Johnson Hardware is now working on giving its La-Z-Boy recliner gallery a fresher appearance. The look will include new carpet, new lighting and fresh paint. Other improvements will feature better lighting in the appliance department and a paint job in the store’s mezzanine level. “It’s nice to be 95 years old, but we don’t want to look like 95,” Phil Johnson, coowner, said. “We want to do improvements a little at a time to serve our customers.” During 2009, Johnson Hardware & Furniture brought in Serta as its bedding supplier and expanded the paint department. “Serta is the only national bedding brand that actually increased overall sales in the past 24 months. Other manufacturers were down 15-20 percent. We’re very pleased to offer our customers Serta Perfect Sleeper premium mattress collection,” Johnson said.

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Phil Johnson paints in the new recliner gallery area. Johnson Hardware and Furniture also added more shakers, mixers, product and paint to its paint department. “It’s been very beneficial to our customers and staff,” Johnson said. The expansion didn’t go without notice. Johnson Hardware and Furniture was honored with a Do It Best national award for paint sales. Johnson said, “I doubt that we would had garnered the award without the expansion. We’re enjoying the improvements we’ve made.”

quickly.” Today, Clausen specializes in portraits and events including seniors, weddings, family, children and, within the last couple years, sports photography. “My style, if you will, is very in the moment. Candid,” Clausen said, though posed shots are used as well. As part of her goal in serving her clients well, prices remain affordable for excellent products. “I always want people to go away feeling they got what they came for and it didn’t cost them an arm and a leg,” she said. Camille Clausen Photography is run by appointment any time – day, night, weekends or evenings – convenient for students and those working. Hurry though, spring and summer photo sessions are filling fast. Call 433-6000 to set up an appointment, or visit the Web site at where clients may view galleries, order online, and pay for sitting fees and deposits. Clausen may also be contacted through the site.

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Housing Authority has history of providing safe, sanitary housing For the past 60 years, Richland County Housing Authority has provided safe, sanitary and decent housing for the residents of Richland County. The Richland County Housing Authority administers several housing programs including the Public Housing Program located in Sidney and Fairview, the Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance Program throughout Richland County, which provides rent subsidies to more than 75 participants who rent from private landlords. Also, the Housing Authority owns the Lincoln-Big Sky project which is a USDA 515 Rent subsidized housing project having 48 units. As Richland County’s largest affordable housing provider and owner, the Housing Authority strives through its mission statement to provide housing and related housing services for all income eligible families and indi-

viduals. Our residents include low-income families, the elderly and disabled. Each year the Housing Authority reviews its strategic plan for the upcoming year by adhering to the principles of the Housing Act of 1937 which states that: “It is the policy of the United States to promote the general welfare of the nation by employing its funds and credit, as provided in this act, to assist the several states and their political subdivisions to remedy the unsafe and unsanitary housing conditions and the acute shortage of decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings for families of lower income.” In 2010, the Housing Authority will: • Complete capital improvements at our public housing projects in Sidney and Fairview at a cost of $300,000 • Complete the sale of five homes under our Section 32 Homeownership program

The Richland County Housing Authority administers several housing programs including the Public Housing Program located in Sidney and Fairview. • Partner with Richland County, the city of Sidney and Richland Affordable Housing to provide additional elderly/disabled housing near Crestwood

• Assist in the feasibility study for a Community Land Trust for Richland County • Explore new housing opportunity programs for the residents of

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Our History

For over 57 years the Richland County Housing Authority, a public non-profit corporation, has provided affordable housing for very low income families.

Mission Statement

Richland County Housing Authority is dedicated to providing housing and related housing services for very low and moderately low income families and individuals.

Richland County We look forward to providing affordable housing to the residents of Richland County for years to come.

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Richland Economic Development keeps making difference in area BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD

Making a difference in Richland County is what Richland Economic Development achieved during 2009. Revolving loan funds to two Sidney businesses translated into 14 jobs retained. First in July, the Revolving Loan Fund committee awarded a loan to Blaine Rogers for a startup loan to start Doorbust’n Portables and Septic Services, LLC. Then in August, the Revolving Loan Fund helped Harry and Linda Metz purchase the KFC restaurant. “When you can actually put your hands on 14 jobs, that’s a very good thing,” Leslie Messer, executive director of Richland Economic Development, said. Richland Economic Development encourages existing businesses and new business start

Leslie Messer, RED executive director, left, congratulates Harry and Linda Metz on the purchase of KFC using the revolving loan fund. up projects to consider the fund as a resource. The program’s

loan pool of $1 million is not free money, but an investment made

by the Richland County commissioners to assist in the development of business in the economy. The application and review process is achievable and done in conjunction with the area financial institutions in Richland County. The organization also improved the downtown area in other ways. Richland Economic Development assisted Russ Wells with his plans of purchasing the former Yellowstone Merc building. Officials helped brainstorm ideas for a possible marketplace. The group remained a driving force for downtown renewal, which is scheduled to occur on West Main near the courthouse in the summer of 2010. In an attempt to improve the economic climate, Richland Economic Development has taken an active role with the committee on housing. RED officials wrote a letter of support for a

planning grant. RED is also working with the committee to create various developers packages. Richland Economic Development also has been a supportive player for the MonDak Energy Alliance to utilize the resources here in the MonDak region. Another highlight of the year was Richland Economic Development successfully nominating Sidney as the Small Business Community of the Year. The Small Business Association presented the award to the city of Sidney. To improve business leaders, Richland Economic Development in conjunction with SBA and Job Service held trainings for QuickBooks, customer service and lenders. In June, Richland Economic Development hired Kelli Bousquet as its new project assistant.

"The Faces of Richland Economic Development"

Craig Averett

Jerry Bergman

Kelli Bousquet

Pam Burman

Tami Christensen

Russ Fullmer

Chip Gifford

Bill Henderson

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Leslie Messer

Walt McNutt

Jeremy Norby

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Randy Olson

Mark Rehbein

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"Many thanks to this group of diverse and dedicated volunteers who donate their time and resources to further economic development for Richland County." Gary Schoepp

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A non-profit county wide Economic Development Corporation, 1060 S. Central Avenue, Sidney, MT 59270 • 482-4679 • Fax: 406-482-5552 •

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Expert Care for Your Eyes Trust our specialists for state-of-the-art eye care using the latest advanced technology.

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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Cavanaugh or Dr. Kristin O’Brien call 482-2609 Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. • Sat. 8 a.m.-noon

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Family Eyecare Clinic makes additions in 2009 With a wide variety of the most popular contact lenses and eyeglass frames along with excellent service and up-to-date technology, Family Eyecare Clinic in Sidney continues to serve the MonDak region. The knowledge and experience of Dr. Greg Cavanaugh and Dr. Kristin O’Brien assures clients they are in good hands. 2009 was an exciting year for Family Eyecare Clinic. The year was marked with the arrival of Dr. O’Brien, new equipment and a new variety of contact lenses. “Everything has gone very well so far,” O'Brien, who began near the end of September, said. “It’s really started to pick up in the last month or so. I’ve been

Dr. Kristin O’Brien started working at the Family Eyecare Clinic during 2009. very busy.” O’Brien brings an extensive background to the business. The doctor, who received residency training, worked at hospitals and clinics in Alaska, Oregon and Wisconsin. Her speciality is contact lenses

including fits with unusual corneas. Also new to Family Eyecare Clinic is the addition of a topographer. The machine maps the surface curvature of the cornea. A topographer is used for pre-lasik surgery checkups and unusual contact fittings. The business also treats general health conditions such as diabetes and performs check-ups for customers of all ages. Emergency services are also available during non-office hours. Family Eyecare Clinic, located at 112 Second St. S.E., Sidney, prides itself on service and the happiness of its clients. So for all of your vision needs call to make an appointment at 482-2609.

Redline adds skate shop for customers 2009 marked both a successful year and 10 years of business for Redline. The year included several new and updated services including a skate shop that opened in May. “We started off pretty light on the skateboard side of things, because we wanted to get to know all the area boarders and find out what brands they like,” owner Jeremy Wilcoxon said. “It’s all gone really well, I’m fairly surprised how busy we’ve been. I'm excited to be open during the entire season.” The skate shop is going to be a longterm fixture to Redline, Wilcoxon said. Customers as far as Wolf Point have traveled to Sidney to purchase boards and accessories. By no means are skateboards the only thing Redline has to offer. Remote car starters continue to be an extremely popular item during the harsh winter. The business also features a variety of the most popular car stereo systems along with custom installation. As far as cellular service goes, Redline has got you covered as the business is the area’s Alltel provider.

‘We’re just going to keep moving forward.’ Jeremy Wilcoxon Owner of Redline

“They are the best around,” Wilcoxon said. “Right now we’re just waiting to see what happens with AT&T. Until we learn more about that, we’ll continue what we’re doing, because Alltel is tough to beat.” Also popular is high speed Internet through customer’s cell phone or aircard directly into a router or computer. With Alltel being the only carrier with unlimited service, this feature has been very convenient to customers. Wilcoxon is excited for the future. “We’re just going to keep moving forward. I’m here to serve the customers the best I can,” he said. Redline is located at 2041 W. Holly St., Sidney, across from the fairgrounds.

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Getting back to basics at M&M Cafe BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD

Since Fred Lake and his wife, Kim, have returned to Sidney to care for the family business, M&M Café in Sidney, they’ve gotten back to the basics in good, home-style cooking. As the couple looks back at their first year together, Fred says, “It’s been great to step into the ownership position, with my folks (Martin and Marilyn Lake) still helping out at the restaurant. They started this business over 30 years ago.” The M&M Café is known for its famous pies and “mama’s good cooking.” When Fred and Kim took over in May of 2009, it wasn’t enough to just keep customers satisfied at the café, but the couple also opened a booth at the Richland County Fair and Rodeo with great desserts, such as homemade ice cream sandwiches, along with other goodies. The M&M Café has also implemented some catering, “Country Happy Hour” from 2-5 p.m. daily. Kim says, “The new specials are working out well.” The M&M also has Made In Montana products, as well as serving them in the

‘It’s been great to step into the ownership position, with my folks (Martin and Marilyn Lake) still helping out at the restaurant.’ Fred Lake Owner

café. In the future, there will be some renovating taking place, along with adding more diversity to the menu and specials. If you haven’t been out to the M&M Café, located at 1721 S. Central in Sidney, it’s time for that hot cup of coffee, daily specials such as biscuits and gravy, a hot roast beef dinner, homemade pies or any of the café’s homestyle specialties. Give the M&M a call today at 433-1714 for your upcoming reunion catering needs, as well.

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As you may know, Sidney has had a Ford franchise in town since 1915, and Eagle Country Ford continues to take care of your transportation needs. The same great Ford tradition with an unsurpassed staff. Sales and financing and insurance are taken care of by Keith Bostrom, Peggy Franzen, Marissa Schoepp and Michelle Jensen. Parts are solely handled by Mike Licking, Melanie Mozhon and Tami Christman, and the service department is head-

ed by Trina Wood and AJ Thomas with technicians Craig Bartelson, Zack Logsdon, Steve Stephenson, Andrew Sorteberg, Terry Statow and Travis Pierce. John Nelson is the business manager. All in all, the staff has a wealth of local experience taking care of your transportation needs. Eagle Country Ford truly appreciates your business and will continue to be a community-oriented operation in Richland County.




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Crestwood offers affordable housing for area residents Crestwood is located at 410 Third Ave. S.W., Sidney, and is a HUD subsidized independent living facility for the elderly and disabled. Our goal is to offer a safe and secure environment for your loved ones. Crestwood is a 71 unit one bedroom apartment complex built in 1978 and purchased by Richland Affordable Housing Corp. in 2001. Crestwood offers roomy 588 square feet apartments with one bedroom, individual heating and air conditioning and lots of storage. Several of the apartments have been remodeled to add more kitchen counter space and cupboards. Crestwood is continually updating to provide quality and cost effective living. Kelly Wilkinson joined Crest-

wood in October of 2007 as its supportive service coordinator. Kelly has been a huge asset to Crestwood working with the tenants and surrounding community to clarify those complicated Medicare and Medicaid issues that arise along with linking people to community services which help maintain their independence. Kelly can be reached at 433-4681. Debra Gilbert is in charge of occupancy and building management. She provides tours and can answer your questions regarding cost and availability. She can be reached at 433-3721. If you would like to apply for housing, you must either stop by the office or call for an application to be mailed or emailed to you.

Crestwood offers roomy 588 square feet apartments with one bedroom, individual heating and air conditioning and lots of storage.

Experience the Warmth of Home! • Individual Heating & Air Conditioning • One Meal Per Day (Mon. - Fri.) • Large 1 Bedroom Apartments • Close to Shopping

• Laundry Facilities • Security Cameras • Social Activities • Transportation Available • HUD Subsidized • Weekly Church Service

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Paul Groshart Delbert Zadow

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Rollin’ Rock receives Chamber award Rollin’ Rock Angus Ranch, owned by Bill and Jennifer Davis, was this year’s recipient as the Agriculture Award winner during the Sidney Chamber banquet. The Agriculture Award is presented each year to an individual or business that has made an impact on agriculture either through its promotion or its development of farming or ranching. Rollin’ Rock Angus Ranch was recognized because of their admired ranching practices, their leadership roles in their industry, and the positive effects it provides to Sidney. One Chamber ag committee member notes that “they continuously make improvements to their ranch, and their rangeland is in great condition showing good management.” This ranch is widely known for the genetic technology they use in producing seed stock. Bill and Jennifer Davis have both taken on leadership roles that make the business better for everyone involved. Bill has been a director of the Montana Stockgrowers, MonDak Stockgrowers, Eastern Montana Angus Association and the Montana Angus Association. Last fall he

was elected president of the American Angus Association where he has been on the board for eight years. Jennifer was the first secretary/treasurer of the MonDak Stockgrowers, is currently secretary/treasurer of the Eastern Montana Angus Association, and has been president of the Montana Angus Auxiliary. All this involvement helps the Sidney area to be known as a source of high quality beef cattle. With their annual sale and the visitors that come to their ranch, motels and related businesses benefit. This couple highlights the beauty of the area on their American Rancher show. They were also instrumental in the Best of the West Beef Showcase inception, and is a faithful hole sponsor of the Chamber’s Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament. Another ag committee member commented that “I consider Rollin’ Rock a progressive cattle ranch; Bill has contributed to the cattle industry, not just one breed of cattle; and as a ranch couple they are positive agriculture ambassadors.”

Lower Yellowstone Electric providing reliable electrical service since 1937 Local farmers had a vision of forming a Rural Electric Cooperative in this area back in 1924 when the first meeting was held in the Hardy school house. They wanted the conveniences the city folks were enjoying for years. With their determination and help of funds which were made available through the Rural Electrification Administration, on Aug. 4, 1937, the first pole of the 110 mile line was set, and Lower Yellowstone Electric has been going strong since. Lower Yellowstone Electric has been very busy over the last several years in large due to the increase in oil activity. Today they have over 1,956 miles of energized lines with 4,551 meters serving nearly 2,100 members. Considering how much things have changed since 1937, reliable, cost-based quality services are some of the things that have not changed for LYREA members. The last rate increase LYREA had was in 1993. We know that won’t last too much longer, but that is something not too many businesses can say.

Viggo Jensen was the first manager of the cooperative, and he had two other employees helping him. Today Donald Prevost is manager with 24 additional employees. In 1925 the average cost of electricity was 65-cents per kilowatt hour, and today’s national average is around 8 cents. With that in mind, electricity today is still a great value! LYREA members are a part of something special. “They” are the owners. The board of directors consists of their neighbors looking out for their interest. Also, all margins or “profits” go back to the members in the form of Capital Credits. Each June, Lower Yellowstone Electric holds its annual meeting. This year it will be held on June 2. This is a great opportunity for the members to find out what is happening and learn about “their” cooperative. Lower Yellowstone Electric would like to remind everyone that we all need to use electricity safely, responsibly and efficiently!

LYREA members are a part of something special. “They” are the owners. All margins (profits) go back to the member/owners in the form of Capital Credits. Lower Yellowstone Electric Board of Directors, front from left; Colin Gartner, Dennis Schmierer and John Redman, back, Allen Thiessen, Marvin Kilen, Lester Larson and Greg Rauschendorfer.

The board of directors consists of neighbors looking out for the best interest of the entire membership. Each June, Lower Yellowstone Electric holds its annual meeting. Members are encouraged to attend and learn more about “their” cooperative.

Lower Yellowstone Electric Highway 16 NW Sidney, Montana • 406-488-1602 •



For all your transportation needs.

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Action Auto honored with Time Quality Dealer award

Gary Schoepp

Vickie Borg

Val Burnison

Gary McPherson

Bob Meehan

General Manager Owner

Business Manager




Anita Tomalino

Mike Wheeling

Ron Fields

Chris Schoepp

Parts Manager

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Service Technician

Joh Dahl

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Receiving Montana’s Time Quality Dealer of the Year award in 2009 was a great honor for Gary Schoepp, owner of Action Auto. But he couldn’t have even come close to earning this prestigious award without the loyal support of his employees. “My heartfelt appreciation goes out to my staff,” he said. “Thank you.” The mission statement of Action Auto is to always provide their customers with a shopping, buying, service and ownership experience that consistently satisfies each individual’s needs and exceeds their expectations in a comfortable, supportive environment. “We accomplish this

with knowledgeable, welltrained and experienced staff taking care of your automotive needs,” Schoepp said.

The Action Auto staff appreciates your business and will continue to be a community-oriented business in Richland County.

The Lodge celebrates 10th year of existence in Sidney This year, 2010, The Lodge has served the community for 10 years bringing a valuable, assisted living environment to the Sidney community. The Lodge offers services and the independence of individual apartments, but also the enjoyment of companionship with staff and other residents. The top 10 reasons to enjoy living at The Lodge are: 1. Three meals a day – The cooks cook for you, with choices! 2. Social interaction – Activities, community, friends, neighbors! 3. Secure environment – 24-hour staff, fire and smoke alarms, sprinkler system! 4. Services as you need them – Housekeeping, laundry, bathing, medication assistance, transportation, linen changes! 5. Independence – Your own apartment, yours to decorate, your home! 6. Wellness monitoring – Registered nurse on staff, certified nurses aides, resident assistants, scheduling of physician visits, exercise, diabetes monitoring! 7. Resident trust accounts – No need for cash on hand!

8. Maintenance free – No shoveling snow, no mowing lawn! 9. Cable TV and utilities included – No more cable or utility bills! 10. Concierge service – Valet parking, shopping, customer service! The Lodge residents enjoy a variety of physical exercises. Along with chair exercises, the residents visit Sidney Health Center’s Healthworks three times a week. The beautiful park outside also offers a great walking path. Mental exercises include a book club, writing club, card games, bingo and much more! The Lodge is also very proud of its staff members. Several have been chosen as “Employee of the Month” for Sidney Health Center. The well-trained staff offers services in a caring and professional manner. The team has also worked on pay-it-forward projects to support the community. The Lodge – receiving the care one needs, but promoting the individuality of each person that resides with the warm, comfortable atmosphere of home. Come Home to The Lodge!

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Tri-County Implement continues to provide quality, reliable service BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

Continuing their tradition of excellent service for 22 years, employees at Tri-County Implement strive to assist you with your agricultural and industrial demands. “We finished the year strong, and so far this year business is holding steady for us,” owner Tami Christensen said. Adding to its list of products and services, Tri-County sells a large selection of tools from hammers to screw drivers – all the tools needed to get any job done. Clothing items such as Tshirts and sweatshirts have been popular consistently within the last year. Tri-County is also an authorized Case IH repair facility whose team consists of a fabrication department to make modifications of various types of equipment. Along with the company’s truck repair services growth, sales remained constant last year. The Trimble EZ Guide 250 and 500 guidance systems which were added to the parts stock in 2007, continue to be top products among

customers. They have trained guidance system specialists in the sales and parts departments. Always working to bring in new equipment, Tri-County added new products to their inventory including additional pull-type sprayers and precision air drills. The new Precision Spray sprayers and Flex Hoe 400 air drills are in stock now. Employees continue to sell oil in bulk. “We have two 6,000 gallon tanks of oil,” parts manager Lee Pourroy said. “The oil comes by the tanker load. There are two reasons for doing it this way. First, it keeps the prices as low as possible. And second, it is environmentally friendly because there are no empty barrels sitting around.” 2010 is shaping up to be a great year. As the store continues to provide quality, reliable equipment and services, the company looks ahead to new technology and innovations in the farming industry and customers can always rely on Sidney’s best farming and industrial equipment supplier.


The crew at Tri-County Implement includes, front from left, Tyler Christensen, Tami Christensen, Larry Christensen and Wade Roberts; back, Kris Weltikol, Eric Sherven, Rick Sharbono, Lee Pourroy, Drue Roberts and Jim Propp. Not pictured is Melissa Buckley.




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The Lucky Buckle wins 2009 entrepreneur award BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD

Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 122 South Central, Sidney • 433-LUCK (5825)


Marci Albin, co-owner of the Lucky Buckle, remembers that it was almost two years ago when she started the work of creating the clothing store. “That’s when I started my dream,” Albin said. Albin then discussed the idea with her brother, Mike. He instructed her to develop a business plan. Two years, money invested by both brother and sister and a lot of work later, Marci and Mike Albin are owners of a success story. At the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s banquet held in January, the Lucky Buckle received the prestigious Entrepreneur Award. Marci said she and her brother thank the community especially the people who nominated them for the honor. “We were flattered by some of the comments made,” Marci Albin said. Albin, who is serving as this year’s Chamber president, notes outstanding quality service is very beneficial for business owners. “If we treat our customers or guests

with the utmost respect, they will continue to shop Sidney,” Albin said. “I teach our ‘Lucky’ employees to do the best customer service they can. We will keep pleasing our guests.” Lucky Buckle stays very active in the community as Albin is president of the Sidney Chamber and one of the organizers of the Town and Country Festival. Albin announces Lucky Buckle will serve as the headquarters of Tough Enough to Wear Pink materials for this summer’s Richland County Fair and Rodeo. She notes she has six boxes of merchandise for the event. She also is excited to be adding a new line of children’s clothes that is more affordable, and she plans for unique indoor specials this summer. She asks the public to keep an eye on her various window displays. Albin is going on the road for “trunk shows” in Rapid City, S.D., and Billings on weekends this summer. “It will give me a chance to take the products and show them off, and keep my business growing,” Albin said.

Nick Jones Real Estate looks forward to another good year Nick Jones Owner/Broker

Justin Jones Sales 433-4445 •Truck Route South, Sidney Or contact one our agents at home: Nicholas J. Jones, Broker: 488-2844 • Dennis Wick: 482-1771 • Justin Jones: 480-9525 • Kristin Larson: 480-5139

Nick Jones Real Estate looks forward to another productive year. As our community continues to grow, so does the team of professionals at Nick Jones Real Estate. This past year, our office has added two new members. Justin Jones returns to Sidney, bringing with him a decade of contract and negotiation experience. “Justin’s work ethic and commitment to this community are exceptional,” owner Nick Jones said. “The time and energy he gives to his customers, both in marketing homes and finding the right properties, is amazing.” “There is no part time in this business. I strive to make myself available to my customers during the evenings and on weekends, based on their busy schedules,” Justin said. “My wife and I are very excited to have the opportunity to live, work and raise our family here in Sidney.” Diana Hoff has taken the office manag-

er position in the office. She has been invaluable to our office in handling all of the administrative aspects of the real estate business. Diana and her husband, Howard, have lived in the community for many years, having raised their family here. During the tax season, Diana also is employed by H&R Block. If you are looking for agricultural, commercial or business properties in the Sidney area, the professionals at Nick Jones Real Estate can help you choose the right property for your needs and will guide you in making your real estate decision based on today’s market. Likewise, if you are selling a property in our area, we help price and put your property on the market for sale. The business prides itself in being able to give our clients important local information based on our years of personal experience residing in the community and enjoying all the Sidney area has to offer.

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Pheasants Forever chapter continues work for preservation, conservation It’s all about the preservation and conservation of pheasants for members of the Pheasants Forever organization, who dedicate their time to providing habitats and food plots for the animals. As part of an international organization, Richland County’s local chapter seeks to raise its own funds with the money raised staying within the community. “It goes into food and habitat projects in our community, at our farms and amongst our neighbors,” Bob Crandall, former president of the chapter, said. He and past presidents Bill Nankivel and George Biebl recently passed the torch to a younger generation of men who they say will take the chapter to the next level. “They’ve got the youth, the strength, the skills and the background to do more,” Crandall said. Established in 1982, more than 5 million acres of habitat secured, saved and improved for wildlife – and not once turning to politics. It’s all for the birds. There are

Trendz Salon, previously KJ’s, has a good grip from last year from being the new business on the block, and owner, Jahna Edwards, Sidney, looks toward a great new year ahead. When Kelly Hi-


The staff at Trendz Salon includes, front from left, Jahna Edwards and Monica Asbeck; back, Lacey Volkman, Bill Fink and Heather Henry.


We are not about


....we are about

helping pheasant and other upland wildlife!

• habitat • food plots • bird propagation

more than 600 Pheasants Forever chapters across the United States and Canada, accounting for over 120,000 current members. It’s easy to join with just a $35 annual membership fee. Pheasants Forever meets once a quarter with one banquet each year. For more information, contact Crandall at 488-3838.

Trendz Salon looks forward to even bigger 2010 year BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD


nesley, previous owner, relocated out of state, Edwards saw a great opportunity in owning a business in Sidney. Edwards has licensed barber Bill Fink cosmetologist Lacey Volkman and Heather Henry, along with certified nail technician Monica Asbeck occupying booths for cliental. Along with many hair and nail products, Edwards has a large selection of Miche Bags, as she is a local distributor and uses her salon as the base for the national chain in handbags. Trendz also carries handmade soaps and lotions, flat wallets, and has the “HOT” new line of surprise products on the way – come spring! Trendz is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment at 433-2714. Trendz is located at 118 S. Central Avenue between the Lucky Buckle and John Stockhill Jewelers.

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Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-noon • Evening by appointment. 118 South Central, Sidney • 433-2714



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Kringen Construction thanks community for support A community that isn’t looking to the future and growing in that direction becomes stagnant quickly. Not so for Sidney. The community is building its future bigger, better and beautifully. Two new elements in the area to reflect this are the newly remodeled Sidney Health Center and the brand new Richland County Justice Center. Kringen Construction Inc. has been the building force behind both projects. Bill Evanson, KCI project manager for both facilities, said, “We’re very pleased and fortunate that these projects were kept local.” Both facilities are state of the art and could be compared to any new construction around the country, not only aesthetically but in construction methods and architecture. Although each building has the latest in technology today, an eye to the future has left consideration for adaptability to new advances in technology.

SIDNEY HEALTH CENTER, EXTENDED CARE Kringen Construction Inc. has been a partner with the Sidney Health Center in multiple projects over the last several years. These include the new fitness center, room and corridor alterations, lab and pharmacy, gift shop, ambulance garage, remodel of clinic offices, campus additions and remodeling and numerous other small projects. The unique challenge to working with the hospital facili-

ty was that it was kept open and running while all the work was being done. “Since having worked on the Sidney Health Center and Sheridan Hospital in Plentywood while they both were open, we feel we have developed experience with hospitals and know how to work around staff and patients,” Evanson related. “It’s becoming one or our specialties.” Kringen Construction has worked on multiple projects that require construction work to happen while the facility is open for business. Dust, noise, temperature control requirements, communications with staff and modification of work schedules to allow the owners to continue are just some of the things KCI does on a regular basis. The Sidney Health Center remodel project has been a three year project, and Kringen Construction is now working on a remodel and addition to the Sidney Health Center Extended Care. The addition of the “community center rooms” is expanding the Extended Care to service the families of Sidney and residents of Extended Care. Again, this project is going forward without affecting the function of the existing portion of the Extended Care. “We are especially aware of the needs of the residents of Extended Care and are using our knowledge of low impact construction procedures on this project,’’ Evanson said. In discussing the project, Evanson and

Randy Kringen wanted to be sure and emphasize that the project couldn’t have been completed without all the parties working closely together. Recognition and thanks need to be extended to the following: Sidney Health Center CEO Rick Haraldson, the Sidney Health Center Board of Directors, A & E Architects and Associated Construction Engineers. A special thanks goes out to the SHC Engineering Department for all their help and to the staff of SHC for working around the construction. “ We also would like to thank the patients and community who put up with the construction,” Bill Evanson said. “They were always very considerate.”

RICHLAND COUNTY JUSTIC CENTER Kringen Construction’s other major project completing at this time, is the brand new Richland County Justice Center. This is an extraordinary building for this area. Not only does this building have the latest in communication and security technology, but Stevenson Design implemented many beautiful design elements. The new Justice Center will now be able to separate juvenile detainees from adult, and the larger facility can hold more suspects until they go to court. The new court rooms will facilitate smooth proceedings for the whole of Richland County. This project was a joint effort involving the Richland County commissioners Mark Rehbein, Don Steppler and Loren


Kringen Construction Inc. has also expanded into the spray foam insulation industry. Initially, acquisition of the spray foam equipment was to make their jobs easier to insulate, but they have become believers in the ease of installation and efficiency of the insulation and have decided to make it available to the community at large.

Young, the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department, especially Sheriff Brad Baisch and Under Sheriff Denny Palmer, the Sidney Police Department, Russ Houtari and the Department of Public Works. Kringen Construction would like to express our appreciation to these individuals and entities for allowing us to partner with them in this enterprise. Recognition should also go out to Stevenson Design for the design of the facility and Con’eer Engineering for the integrity of the building. “We are pleased to be part of both of these projects,” Evanson said. “It is very rewarding for Kringen Construction to work with Sidney Health Center and Richland County to construct progressive ‘state of the art’ facilities we can all be proud of.” Kringen Construction implements its unique skills to each project. They’ve worked in construction manager/general contractor capacity and have also been involved in design development. Their skilled manpower can accomplish almost any portion of a project.

NEW PROJECTS KCI has equipment and machinery available to allow their personnel to do their jobs skillfully and efficiently, whether it be concrete work, steel erection, foam insulation, finish work or support staff in the office. This knowledge will come to great use as KCI moves on to their new projects: remodeling of the existing Richland County Courthouse and the expansion of the Pella Lutheran Church. KCI is very much looking forward to working again with Richland County and the parishioners of Pella Lutheran. Kringen Construction’s goal is to always get the owners the best product for the best value. Kringen Construction has also expanded into the spray foam insulation industry. Initially, acquisition of the spray foam equipment was to make their jobs easier to insulate, but they have become believers in the ease of installation and efficiency of the insulation and have decided to make it available to the community at large. The application is perfect for commercial, residential or agricultural use. The high R-value product is just the thing for metal buildings, quonsets or shops. The new soy based material is environmentally friendly and non-toxic. All of the spray foam products qualify for the new tax credits for insulation while making buildings and homes more energy efficient.

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Building our Community Bigger • Better • Beautifully

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Tami Maltese, CPA, CFP® Investment Advisor Representative

Tami 406-433-1640 Maltese is a Fax: 406-433-7630 113 W. Main St., Sidney CPA, CFP® and an Investment Advisor Representative with H.D. Vest Financial ServicesSM. Tami provides complete financial advising including accounting, payroll, income taxes, retirement planning, estate planning, insurance planning, and investment advising. Tami is currently working on her masters in financial planning.


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Linda & Harry Metz welcome everyone to their restaurant!

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Maltese CPA office offers variety of services Tami Maltese, CPA, CFP, opened her business in fall 1984. She is a certified public accountant, a certified financial planner and an investment advisor with HD Vest Financial Services. Her office prepares income taxes, provides investment advice and also offers the following services: cash flow and debt management, insurance and risk review, as well as retirement, education, estate and business planning. Investment and insurance products are available, and a complete financial plan can be prepared for an individual or family.

Tami Maltese’s office is located at 113 W. Main St. in Sidney.

New owners take over at Kentucky Fried Chicken in 2009 2009 was a year of change for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Sidney. With new owners Harry and Linda Metz taking over in August, several updates and changes have taken place. “It’s gone really well,” Harry said. “The reaction has been very strong, and the community has patronized us very well.” One of the major changes is the business is now open seven days a week with seasonal hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The buffet, available only on Sunday’s previously, is served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Changes were not only made to the hours of the business, but also the building itself. “We tore up the carpet and put in tile flooring, updated the kitchen and serving area and now have a state of the art register system,” Metz said. “We also painted part of the building.” Plans are currently under way to update the dining area including new seating and lighting. While KFC may have a new look, you can expect the same great food offering a variety of chicken dishes

‘We tore up the carpet and put in title flooring, updated the kitchen and serving area and now have a state of the art register system.’ Harry Metz Owner

available with all the fix-ins. In 2009, Kentucky Grilled Chicken has come on the scene and has been a success. “It’s becoming more popular all the time,” Harry Metz said. “The people who haven’t tried it, don’t know how good it really is.” The future looks to be bright for the business. “It was a good year for us,” he said. “We’re very looking forward to another successful year in 2010.” KFC is located at 202 E. Main St. in Sidney. The phone number is 433-4554.

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Agri Industries keeps offering customers additional services BY HARRY LIPSIEA SIDNEY HERALD

Agri Industries Inc. continues to add services for all of its customers’ irrigation needs and more. The business added an electrical division, Agri Electric, two years ago to expand its service, and since then ever more expansion has taken place. “2009 was a good year for us. It was extremely busy, and we’re happy with how everything went,” agricultural engineer Lee Candee said. Agri Industries Inc. is in its 28th year while the Sidney office has been open for 10 years. “It has always been an irrigation company. We are starting to get into more rural and municipal water. We have added new divisions, but the foundation of our business is irrigation,” Candee said. In the fall of 2009, the business acquired two well drilling rigs. In the past, Agri Industries used a rig from its Williston, N.D., location. “Obtaining a well drilling rig is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long

time. It makes things very convenient for us,” Candee said. “We’ve had all kinds of jobs using it. It’s been very busy.” Liscensed water well driller Bill Borchert recently joined the staff. He was born and raised in Sidney and brings 35 years of experience to the job. The rig isn’t the only new addition to the business as Agri Industries recently added an utilities department at the Sidney location. “Williston has one, and I think it’s going to be a nice addition for us,” Candee said. “It makes the business that much more diverse.” Ken Tyler joined the staff several weeks ago as the boring specialist. Tyler brings 28 years of experience from his hometown of Medford, Ore. “I am really excited to be here,” Tyler said. “So far, I’ve just been talking to people and letting everybody know about what we’re doing.” Tyler specializes in the installation of all underground utilities including water, power and phone lines. “I think it’s going to be an important service to this business,” he said. “I think


Agri Industries Inc. has had three new managers join the staff recently, from left, Bill Borchert, well driller, Brandon Engrud, electrical manager, and Ken Tyler, utilities manager. utilities and irrigation go hand-in-hand.” Also new to the business is electrical manager Brandon Engrud who joined the staff as a journeyman electrician in last

summer before recently being named manager. “It’s been a great learning experience,” Engrud said of his new position. “I am learning how to balance the field work and running an office. It’s gone well so far.” Don’t let the name fool you, Agri Electric has the ability to provide excellent service for residential, commercial, oil field and industrial jobs of all kind. Engrud feels having an electric division at Agri Industries is a good fit. “I think it’s very beneficial considering all the pivot jobs they have,” he said. “So far, we’ve been very busy. I think it’s a good set-up.” Agri Industries is proud of a strong year in 2009 and is now looking forward to the future. “So far the transition with all of the new employees has gone very well. They’re starting to gain valuable experience, and we’re excited about the next year,” Candee said. Agri Industries can provide you with excellent service and craftsmanship for all of your irrigation needs. The business is located at 1775 S. Central Ave., Sidney. Give them a call today at 488-8066.

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Yellowstone Kennels, LLC Jan.-Oct. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sun. • Oct. to Jan. Appointment Only • 35001 Country Rd. 122, Sidney • 406-488-3838


Yellowstone Kennel provides best care possible for your dogs When it comes to your dog, you want the best care possible, and at Yellowstone Kennels, that’s just what you’ll get. Now in its third year, Yellowstone Kennels is a facility built for the security of man’s best friend during training or boarding. “It’s unlikely that you’ll find another one like it outside of a big metropolitan area where there’s a larger client base,” owner Bob Crandall said. The facility, located at 35001 County Road 122, was constructed with isolation panels between kennels to keep animals separate, an exercise yard with wire mesh buried at the fence line to keep the “diggers” from escaping, heated floors and a security net fastened over every kennel. The kennel is disinfected weekly, though an on-hand disinfected is ready to use at a moment's notice if a dog has an accident. And, keeping in line with the animals’ welfare, only reverse osmosis water is used in order to prevent digestive problems. At Yellowstone Kennels, someone is al-

ways on site, and the animals are taken out for exercise every four hours. Business has been good as owners from all over eastern Montana and western North Dakota travel to Yellowstone Kennels, where they know their pets will be safe while away. Not only does the business board based on space availability, Crandall also trains dogs. An Animal Behavior College certified trainer with 20 years experience, he believed it was time to open the business. “I always enjoyed training. Always had dogs of my own. Always had one or two dogs of somebody else’s,” he said. “So it just seemed natural it’d be something I’d enjoy during my retirement years.” Training season is April to September and is based on referral. Half the training is obedience and half field work. You’re invited to visit Yellowstone Kennels and see why it’s a favorite boarding and training facility in eastern Montana. For more information visit their Web site at or call 488-3838.

When Clean Counts Count On Us! Sidney Cleaners and Laundry • Dry Cleaning • Laundry • Drop Service • Mending • Alterations Commercial Accounts • Towels • Uniforms • Aprons • Coveralls • Safety Rugs

Coin Operated Laundry Facilities 610 South Central Ave.

We carry a full line of Fire Resistant Garments Oil Field Hands • Drop off your greasers and we will launder them for you • Greaser pickup and delivery available at local hotels

Sidney Cleaners & Laundr y 121 2nd Ave. NE, Sidney • 433-1405

provides variety of services Sidney Cleaners and Laundry, along with Sidney’s Coin Laundry, continues to provide the area with a variety of necessary and convenient services. “We are a versatile business,” owner and operator Cindy Nielson said. “We do our best to serve all possible needs of our customers.” Services offered through Sidney Cleaners and Laundry include dry cleaning, drop-off laundry, starching, pressing, mending and alterations as well as uniform rental and a full-service route. The route consists of renting rugs, bar and shop towels, uniforms and aprons, etc. The business also offers a full line of flame resistant clothing. New to Sidney’s Coin Laundry in early 2009 was the installation of five new double-load washers and a 120-pound dryer at the cleaners. The dryer has the capability to dry clothing in extremely large loads. “Everything has been going good at the coin laundry. The new machines have been a big hit,” Nielson said. In 2010, the business has made several

‘We do our best to serve all possible needs of our customers.’ Cindy Nielson Owner

upgrades to better serve the customers. Updated presses have been installed for shirt starching. Also new to Sidney Cleaners is an additional delivery van and new lighting. Sidney Cleaners has an excellent staff that is ready to help you out today. “We have a great crew,” Nielson said. “They are dependable and very knowledgeable. Each worker knows how important customer service is.” Sidney Cleaners is located at 121 Second Ave N.E., Sidney, and open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sidney’s Coin Laundry, located across from Dairy Queen on Central Avenue, is open 24 hours daily.

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Sidney Chamber reaches new heights during 2009 BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD

The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture hit new heights in more ways than one during 2009. The Chamber’s number of members reached an all-time high of 251 during the year. The previous top mark was 249 back in 2004. Highlighting the year was the Wings of Freedom Air Show II, which the Chamber helped bring to Richland County. The twoday event attracted 8,700 people. Although the excitement of the air show thrilled the area, the Chamber also attracted excellent turnouts for its traditional events such as the Sunrise Festival of the Arts, the Lone Tree Gun Show, the Parade of Lights and the Town and Country Festival. “We had tremendous attendance for all of our events during the year,” Wade VanEvery, executive director for the Sidney Chamber, said. Another goal for the Chamber is making sure membership becomes more and more

valuable. One element the Chamber has established to benefit its membership is improving its Web site, The site includes a membership directory and the latest news about the Chamber. “We’re actively featuring members more than in the past through the Internet and our Web site,” VanEvery said. “It’s receiving a great response, we’re getting a lot of hits.” The Chamber has also established a display wall in its office where businesses can provide literature or business cards for visitors. “If our members are having a tougher go of it, we have to discover new ways to help them out,” VanEvery said. VanEvery noted the organization’s current president, Marci Albin, provides the Chamber with a youthful, energetic presence. “If we want to keep young people in our area, it’s important to keep them engaged in the community,” VanEvery said. “The board wants to keep giving the community good exposure so people know Sidney is the place to be.”

SPF has been serving community for 18 years BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD

SPF (Super Pumper) has been serving the community for the last 18 years, and has been under one manager, Carolyn Hayden, Sidney, for all of those years. “Yes, since the beginning of time, you could say,” Hayden said. SPF is also the business that never sleeps on South Central across from the the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The convenience store serves customers through fueling vehicles, to fueling bodies with homemade pizza (including the 52-incher), Cinnamon Street menus and Hot Smash subs (6 or 12-inch), along with multiple salad choices. “If you’re ordering the 52-inch pizza, we do ask that you call three hours in advance,” Hayden said. It is encouraged that customers call ahead of time for buf-

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Seitz Insurance offers better support to customers than online services BY HARRY LIPSIEA SIDNEY HERALD

‘Hiring two new agents has helped

With a reputation for excellent coverage and personal service, Seitz Insurance has continued to make improvements the past several years to continue to meet their clients’ needs. “Everything we’ve done has helped us provide the best service possible,” co-owner and agent David Seitz said. In the past several years, Jeremy Norby, Justin Jones and Gay Kunesh have been added to the Seitz Insurance team. Each employee has added their expertise to an already knowledgeable staff. “Hiring two new agents has helped us offer additional, first-hand knowledge to the customer,” Seitz said. “It’s been a really nice asset to this agency.” Staff isn’t the only thing that has been added at Seitz Insurance, as a major remodel has given the agency extra office space to provide excellent, personal service at their location, 114 Second Ave. S.E. in Sidney. “We’ve really enjoyed having the ex-

us offer additional first-hand knowledge to the customer.’ David Seitz Owner tra space,” Norby said. “The additional room assures that we’ll be able to serve our customers with whatever questions they may have in a comfortable atmosphere.” While there may be a new look to the building, Seitz Insurance still provides the excellent coverage with the reliable service the area has become accustomed to. The agency provides oil field, farm and ranch, commercial, worker’s compensation, home, auto, crop, and life and health insurances all under one roof. In this day and age, searching for the

best insurance deals online has seen increased popularity, but it’s never as good as it seems, co-owner and agent John Seitz said. “It may seem to be a good deal, but you don’t know exactly what you’re covered for. There’s nobody to advise you on what decisions to make. Anyone can sell you a policy, we sell you insurance to cover your individual risk needs.” That’s not to say you can’t get a good deal at Seitz Insurance. “Insurance rates are always fluctuating,” David Seitz said. “And right now we are able to offer great products at very competitive rates.” The difference between being covered through an Internet carrier and Seitz insurance is the ability to talk face-to-face with an agent that has your best interest in mind. “We can sit down and really look at what’s best for each client,” Norby said. “We have a lot of different plans, and it’s our job to make sure that the customer knows exactly what they’re covered for.” Seitz Insurance is a proud member

‘Anyone can sell you a policy, we sell you insurance to cover your individual risk needs.’ John Seitz Owner

of Sidney and has shown its dedication to the community with its project, “Neighbors Making a Difference.” For the project, employees spent a day picking up litter and taking away weeds in the downtown area. “It’s a day to make Sidney better,” Norby said. “It’s our chance to help beautify the community.” With employees that care about the community and their clients, Seitz Insurance is excited for what the future will bring. Give them a call at 433-1411 for help with all of your insurance needs.

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Back from left, Jeremy Norby, John Seitz and David Seitz, front, DeAnne Rauschendorfer, Melanie Cvancara, Gay Kunesh, Lori Mayer, Cammy Balcer and Justin Jones.

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Farm Bureau expands during year Continuing its tradition of excellence year after year, Farm Bureau Financial Services strives to provide the best possible service to its customers. Specializing in life, long-term care, health, property, casualty and agriculture insurance, Farm Bureau is there to assist when help is needed most. The company also offers investments and annuity products. In providing its service, new members were added to the company. Mark Martin became an agent, adding to an already experienced team that includes agents Cara Nelson and Dan Wyman. Martin moved from inspector, a position he held for five years. “We’re very excited about adding another agent into the office to service the area,” Nelson said. Jill Vande Bossche is the office manager in Sidney. She has been in customer service for 23 years and is licensed in property and casualty. Tara Carlson was added as receptionist and works with customers in various capacities. Farm Bureau Financial Services of Sidney recently expanded its operations to Plentywood in order to better serve resi-

dents in Sheridan County. “It’s a good place for us to be able to meet with clients and do some reviews of policies,” Nelson said. Located at 104 E. First Ave., the office is open two days a week with personal visits from Nelson. As the number one writer of farm and ranch policies in Montana, Farm Bureau goes above and beyond as its agents carefully review policies at no charge, and consultations with clients are set regularly in order to advise them on possible risks they could face. Personal customer service is key. “We try to keep up on top of the new changes in laws,” Nelson said. “We want to add that personal touch to things.” As 2010 gets under way, expect to see changes with additional staff and an expansion in financial services and estate strategies. For more information, visit Farm Bureau’s Web site at where you can find an agent in your area. To set up an appointment, call the Sidney office at 433-4416 or the Plentywood office at 406765-1131.

Public health provides many services for area BY KATHY HELMUTH RICHLAND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

I occasionally get asked, “Just what is it that you do in your job?” I wish this were a question with an easy, brief answer. In 1988, the Institute of Medicine defined public health as “what we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.” Webster’s definiton is “the art and science dealing with the protection and improvement of community health by organized community effort and including preventive medicine and sanitary and social science.” This still doesn’t tell people WHAT it is that we do at the health department. Public health has the operational definition that focuses on the core functions of assessment, assurance and policy development. Perhaps, the better question to ask is “Who else but public health?” When life is going on day to day, the work of public health isn’t often noticed. We plan, we prepare, we do assessment, assurance and policy development, we hold immunization clinics and have WIC appointments. It is when the day to day turns into an urgent situation that public health gets publicity. For example, look at the past several months of H1N1. Who else but public health would have had the

training, the man hours, the plans in place to inform the public and then implement mass education and vaccination campaigns? Certainly private medical providers and the hospital did their part, but we need them to take care of individual patients, particularly those with acute illness or injury. Public health is who stepped up and did the legwork, delivering vaccines to providers in our county as well as conducting clinics ourselves. Public health is who had the responsibility for tracking and reporting to the state who in turn reported to the federal level. We utilized lots of resources, one special one being our volunteers through RSVP. They were fabulous! Meanwhile, back at Richland County Health Department, our 18 programs implemented by 21 people (or 17.5 FTEs staff) continued their day to day activities. Family planning services were provided, eligible women received screenings through Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program and the Comprehensive Cancer Control program, coalitions met, the indoor air act was implemented and our tobacco program was busy educating the public, multiple people were helping to plan and prepare for the state of the community conference, strategic planning and quality assurance were going on, and we added a project for public health sustainability and accreditation.



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Mitchell’s Oilfield Service salutes dedicated employees BY HARRY LIPSIEA SIDNEY HERALD

‘The integrity of the upright

In the military, it’s said that all work is done by the the sergeant and the enlisted men. Mitchell’s Oilfield Service wants to take the time to honor those people that have worked for nine years or longer. Combine all 150 employees and Mitchell’s has more than 650 years of experience. Knowing this, the business also realizes that much of the leadership and workload is performed by those employees with

shall guide them.’ Proverbs 11:3

five years of work experience or less. Mitchell’s appreciates the effort of all of those workers. With an excellent group of employees, Mitchell’s goes with the times. Change is always a challenge and that was the case in 2009. With the price of oil quickly fading from $140 to $50 a bar-

rel, many oil companies shut most, if not all, drilling programs down. This causes great concern as Mitchell’s is geared up to serve customers with the best crews and equipment possible. The diversity of the business, however, allowed the service company to see modest growth in 2009. Mitchell’s has three locations in Montana: Baker, Sidney and Glendive, and three in North Dakota: Watford City, Killdeer and Bowman that provide good service and a wide variety of equipment. “We started

after about an 18-month wait. The 8690 is a 90-ton hydraulic crane with about 200 feet of boom. This crane has been kept busy moving drilling rigs, gas compressors and pumping units. Mitchell's has also added a number of tandem winch trucks, backhose, loaders, man lifts and roustabout trucks, as well as generator sets and 400barrel tank rentals. With its employees and equipment, the business has everything needed to serve your oil field needs. Mitchell’s can fix it, lift it and haul it.

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slow, but the year ended great for us,” according to Duane Mitchell. The newest piece of equipment is its largest crane, an 8690 Link Belt, was delivered

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Creative Solutions puts customer service first As a business dedicated to meeting its client’s needs to the fullest, Creative Solutions invests in its equipment and staff to offer the best services possible. Creative Solutions specializes in cabinetry and countertops for the kitchen, bath and office, and also handles closet organizers. Brenda Larson has worked in the cabinetry and construction industry for more than 30 years and is the area’s most experienced cabinet and closet designer. “Probably that more than anything sets us apart because we not only know how to design, but we know the construction end of it also,” Larson said. For 20 years, Larson has worked with computerized imaging software which allows her to draw detailed plans of kitchens, bathrooms or an entire house. The newest computer program that Creative Solutions has invested in has a selection of libraries of the leading manufacturers of paint and countertop colors. Therefore, the customer can choose a variety of styles to see how they will look with their cabinetry. With the assistance of the computerized software, Creative Solutions expertly guides customers through the process of choosing the perfect products to create a

customized floor plan and design of a room. “People get to visualize what their remodel is going to look like prior to even investing,” Teresa Benson, design and sales assistant, said. Larson’s experience and confidence will help to ease customers’ minds about the quality of materials and making sure all of the products work well together. 2009 was a year of changes for the business. Their newly remodeled showroom now features more than 20 different door styles, finishes and wood species as well as custom countertops and painting and wallpaper techniques. Also unique to the area is Creative Solutions display of specialized pull-out storage units that can be used in bathrooms and kitchens in order to utilize every inch of storage space available. Always working in the interest of the client, the staff at Creative Solutions travels frequently to kitchen and bath shows in an effort to keep up on new products and styles. If a customer has seen a style or product they’re interested in, the staff will do what they can to get it to them. Creative Solutions operates by appointment, so customers must call 488-1461 to schedule at their convenience.

Son becomes co-owner at H&R Block Isn’t it nice that the most respected tax preparation company in the nation has an office open all year in Richland County? H&R Block continues to provide excellent service and knowledge to make sure customers get their taxes done quickly and correctly. “H&R Block basically invented the current methods of retail tax preparation,” owner Margaret Bradley said. She has owned the Sidney location for 25 years. Bradley also owns a location in Plentywood. “We are able to provide all the services of H&R Block and provide excellent customer service locally.” 2009 went smoothly, and now Bradley is excited for the future. “Every year is a good year,” she said. “We’ve continued to increase our business and help as many people as possible.” A new partnership has begun in 2010 as Margaret’s son, Joe, has moved back to Sidney and is currently co-owner of the business. “It’s been a really great learning

experience,” Joe Bradley, who resided in California the last 20 years, said. “There’s been tons of stuff to learn, but overall the transition has gone very well.” 2010 also marks the first year that clients can file taxes in more than one state electronically. “Before, you could file one state electronically and the others you would have to send in the mail,” Margaret said. “Now with one click of a button, we can get you filed in up to 43 different states. It’s very convenient.” While using online software to file taxes is popular, it’s not always the most reliable method, Joe said. “An online program doesn’t have the ability to ask the questions that get you the maximum refund.” H&R Block, located at 606 S. Central, Sidney, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MondayFriday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday from January to April. Hours from May to December are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and by appointment. The office can be contacted at 433-1818.



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Wells Fargo committed to its customers, communities, team members For over 150 years, customers have counted on the strength and stability of Wells Fargo.

And they’ll be counting on us for years to come.

Wells Fargo is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance. It has an important stake in the future of its customers, the local communities it serves and its team members.

CUSTOMERS Since 1852, Wells Fargo has been dedicated to helping customers – individuals and businesses – succeed financially. Through good economic times and challenging ones, it’s Wells Fargo’s unchanging vision, timetested business model, conservative financial discipline and focus on doing what’s right for its customers that continue to guide the company and keep it strong. To help get the economy going again, Wells Fargo continued to make credit available to customers in Sidney and across the country and provided $711 billion in loans and lines of credit last year. In addition, nearly half a million

Wells Fargo loan customers received mortgage payment relief assistance through active trial and completed loan modifications in 2009.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES Equally important is Wells Fargo’s role of an active corporate citizen. This commitment starts at the very top of the company and is enthusiastically embraced by team members. It’s based on the belief that Wells Fargo has a responsibility to do its part to help maintain healthy communities that are great places to live, work and do business, like Sidney. In 2009, Wells Fargo donated more than $384,000 across Montana, and team members recorded 12,000plus volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations throughout the state that serve Montanans’ civic, educational, human service and cultural needs. Community involvement decisions are made locally by those who live and work in Sidney. Last year, Wells Fargo con-

In 1852, Wells Fargo began carrying gold across the West. People knew they could count on a Wells Fargo stagecoach to protect and deliver their valuables. Over 150 years later, Wells Fargo is still that trusted source. In fact, Wells Fargo & Company has been ranked as one of the world’s 20 most respected companies the past four years by Barron’s. That’s why our mission has remained the same: to make the road that leads to your someday a little easier. Talk with Wells Fargo today and see how we can help you reach your someday. Sidney t  OE "WF 4PVUIXFTU t 

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Wells Fargo is located at 101 Second Ave. S.W. in Sidney.

tributed to a number of Richland County organizations and activities including area chambers of commerce, Dollars for Scholars, the Sidney/Richland County Library reading program, post-prom and athletic events at area schools, 4H, Boys & Girls Club, Richland Economic Development, Foundation for Community Care, Richland County Fair and MonDak Heritage Center, among others.

TEAM MEMBERS Wells Fargo knows that its people are at the heart of the company’s competitive advantage. Wells Fargo is committed to being the employer of choice by maintaining a diverse, inclusive workplace; and offering outstanding benefits and career opportunities. In Montana, Wells Fargo has 1,500 team members serving customers through 50 stores in 20 communities including Sidney. Wells Fargo – committed to giving Sidney and Montana its best!

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Sidney Health Center continues to progress in 2009 Facility improvements at Sidney Health Center continued to be the focus in 2009. The hospital’s multi-million dollar construction project neared completion as the extended care broke ground to enhance living and quality of care accommodations for residents, staff and guests. In June, the intensive care unit (ICU) and one side of the medical-surgical wing opened for patient use. The intensive care unit relocated to a larger area that features three private bays with a central nursing station and private family waiting area. The large bays feature sliding glass doors and huge windows. “The improvements to ICU are incredible. The space is very conducive to providing the best in health care services to patients and their families,” Nancy Dynneson RN, clinical care administrator, said. “Plus, there is so much natural light which is

good for patient care.” The inpatient rooms on the medical-surgical wing are designed for private use and recently opened up to accommodate inpatients and their families. The new private rooms are spacious and aesthetically pleasing with complete bathroom facilities. Sofa sleepers are located in each room, which allow family members to stay overnight with minors and critically ill patients as desired. The expansion of the medicalsurgical wing also made room for two sleep study suites at the end of the hallway. In December, Sidney Health Center received program accreditation as a certified Sleep Disorders Center, which provides a wonderful service to people living in the MonDak region. “We are excited to have the final phases of the construction project completed on the hospital-side of the facility and look

forward to seeing the improvements at extended care take shape this summer,” Rick Haraldson, CEO, said. The improvements at Extended Care will address two of the top three needs that were identified in an assessment a few years ago. The top priorities identified include expanding the rehabilitation department and adding common areas to the ends of two “neighborhood” wings. Each common area will feature a kitchen, dining area, living room and patio, which are expected to be in use by June 2010. Kay Johnson, extended care administrator, noted, “These additions will enhance the quality of life and care for our residents and their loved ones by improving the environment and offering opportunities for socializing in a home-like and comfortable setting. Plus, the renovations are designed to adapt to future


One of the 16 inpatient rooms on the medical-surgical wing of Sidney Health Center when construction was finished last summer. needs when the time is right.” Kringen Construction has been the general contractor for the hospital and extended care projects. In both cases, the improvements are designed to al-

low Sidney Health Center to advance its services to the area as technology and needs of the community change well into the future.


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Herald continues dedication of serving the community The Sidney Herald continued its tradition of community service in 2009 with two of its employees serving as leaders for community service organizations in Sidney. Libby Berndt, publisher, is the president of the Sidney Lions Club. Bill Vander Weele, managing editor, is serving his second year as president for the Sidney Kiwanis Club. “Each of these organizations perform many great acts of service for the community,” Berndt said. “Both of us are proud members of these groups.” Vander Weele also acts as the Kiwanis advisor for the Sidney High School Key Club, and co-advisor with Jamie Larson for K-Kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County. Vander Weele recently received the award for Kiwanis Advisor of the Year for the state at the district convention held in Billings. The Sidney Herald was the recipient of six awards for the Montana Newspaper

Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for work done in 2008. The Herald received two second-place honors in the Division III weeklies/Division I Dailies division. Judges selected the Herald for a second-place honor for best editorial page. The Herald earned secondplace honors for community service from its Town and Country Festival efforts, which included a special section. Vander Weele earned third-place honors for best sports feature for his story profiling longtime referee Jerry Callen. Judges’ comments were, “Good subject, well written. Officials don’t get enough credit for the job they do.” Vander Weele received honorable mention for best editorial writing. The Herald’s former reporter Lindsey Bright earned honorable mention recognition for best environmental, natural resource reporting. The Herald received honorable mention for best special section for its Tappin’ the Bakken section.

Community support always #1 at Herald!

& new carpets in all the hallways! Sidney Herald staff members showing their community education pride with their Community Education Foundation T-shirts are, front from left, Linda Steinbeisser, Libby Berndt, Wick Communications CEO John Mathew and Dawn Steinbeisser; back, Deb Crossland, Bill Vander Weele, Harry Lipsiea, Deniece Schwab and Deb Schieffer.

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1st Choice Collision almost perfect as far as customer service BY HARRY LIPSIEA SIDNEY HERALD

For the past 15 years, 1st Choice Collision Center in Sidney is proud to have earned a 99 percent customer satisfaction rating in service and quality repairs. You can expect the same great results with the new technology that 1st Choice incorporated during 2009. Owners Gary & Jackie Washechek were joined in September by their son, Cory, and his wife, Jean, who moved from Rapid City, S.D. Together they will continue to provide quality repairs with more than 50 years of experience and an eye toward the future. Gary commented, “It shows we’re keeping up with the times.” New to the business this year, and first in the MonDak region to offer eco- friendly and compliant “waterborne” paint, 1st Choice is making this transition

as part of an overall incentive to repair vehicles in an environmentally responsible way. “Right now there is a huge push to go green and this is definitely a step in that direction for us,” Jean stated. She also noted that the new waterborne system continues with the same great quality and lifetime warranty that 1st Choice has always stood behind. New in 2010 a Pro Spot welder was acquired to keep in stride with the changing technology. The system is capable of welding the new advanced steels, of which there is likely to be more than 10 different types found in one vehicle. This technology has been approved by more than 17 OEM manufacturers. The staff at 1st Choice wants to make the process of getting your car back on the road and running smoothly as easy and helpful as possible. To make this achievable, they will work di-

rectly with the customer’s insurance company. Jackie emphasizes, “It’s the people’s choice when choosing who tows and repairs their vehicle. When our customers need us, we’re here.” In order to better serve its customers, the business offers a 24hour wrecker service to provide damage free towing. They also offer secured indoor vehicle storage for towed vehicles and vehicles waiting for repair. The staff at 1st Choice truly believes in volunteering and supporting the community. The Washecheks are past winners of the Sidney Chamber’s Partners in Progress Award, an honor recognizing those who went the extra mile to help their community. Jackie served six years on the Chamber board, four of which she served as treasurer. She presently serves on the Richland Economic Development board.


Cory Washechek and his wife, Jean, joined the team at 1st Choice Collision Center in 2009.

1st Choice believes that Quality & Service are always the first & last thing a customer remembers.

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615 Cambrian Lane Hwy 16 NW, Sidney

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Doorbust’n Portables and Septic Service enjoying good start in MonDak region



TEMPORARY RESTROOMS FOR ALL OCCASIONS • Reunions • Weddings • Picnics • Sporting Events • Work Sites

D O O R B U S T ’ N Portables & Septic Service, LLC 433-7586 Office • 433-7596 Fax

Blaine Rogers Owner

489-0915 Service

P.O. Box 1003, Sidney, MT

Elite Retailer of the Year Proms Weddings

Graduation decor tableware

Birthdays Gift in balloon

Eldon and Dana Moos, owners of Party Central and Gifts, were awarded the "Elite Retailer of the Year" in 2009 from Jim's Formal Wear for retail volume, order accuracy and exceptional service in men's formal wear rental and sales. Yankee candles Montana made


433-4FUN (4386) • 105 E. Main, Sidney M-TH 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Business has been good for Doorbust’n Portables and Septic Service, and it hasn’t even been a year since its change in ownership. “The first six months is going a lot better than what I had projected so it seems like it’s viable and a well needed business in this area,” Blaine Rogers, owner of the company, said. Rogers purchased the business from Dale’s Septic Pumping and Portable Toilets in June 2009, and his team at Doorbust’n Portables and Septic Service has been moving forward ever since. Rogers’ business supplies portable toilets to local construction sites, oil field businesses, event coordinators and homeowners. The dedicated employees also service septic tanks of all sizes. Plans are to continue with the existing services and to expand the business as well.

Customer service is key to success, Rogers said, because they’re in the service industry. “If the customers aren’t happy they’re not going to be a returning customer, which could cause problems for septic systems.” Within the coming year, Doorbust’n Portables and Septic Service is looking to expand by hiring another employee and purchasing more toilets. The septic service business is here to stay and stands ready to serve the residents of Richland County and the MonDak region. “The business necessity is there, and the business I run has proven to be a help to the community. I just hope I can keep the customer satisfaction up to what my predecessor did,” Rogers said. Those interested in renting portable toilets or in need of septic servicing should call the office at 433-7586 or the service line at 489-0915.

Party Central helps you celebrate BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

Last year was a busy one for the folks at Party Central and Gifts where it’s all about service. “Everyone has something to celebrate, and we are here to help,” owner Dana Moos said. In September, Party Central underwent a remodeling project, which created a new area for wedding and anniversary-themed occasions as well as the everpopular Yankee Candle area that offers plenty of scents to choose from, including several new fragrances added just recently. Unique only to Party Central, the store continues to sell the Gift-in-a-Balloon and Flower-in-a-Ballon and gift baskets perfect for any occasion and all ages. Imprinting on napkins continues to grow with events and personalized graduation napkins for any color of school. Four new large wedding imprint designs were added in the last year. Always committed to offering Richland County and the surrounding area with quality products, Party Central was honored last year with the Elite Retailer of the Year award from Jim’s Formal Wear. The award is based on rental volume, order accuracy and exceptional customer service. There’s lots in store for everyone’s fa-

‘Everyone has something to celebrate, and we are here to help.’ Dana Moos Owner vorite one-stop shop for party essentials. Moos says they will be expanding on rentals. As party themes continue to grow, more items will be added like the much anticipated John Deere, Harley Davidson and carnival themes. Customers will also be delighted to know that Moos added a new costume company that will have licensed characters for children and adults. These will be available for order and purchasing starting in July. And don’t forget about Party Central and Gift’s increasing selection of Montanamade products. The store is adding Sidney items that are great for souvenirs. These are custom-made strictly for the area. Party Central and Gifts is located at 105 E. Main in Sidney. “Come see us behind the magenta pink door!” Dana says, or give them a call at 433-4386. To view more of their products and selections, visit

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Sonda’s Solutions keeps clothing resistant to flames BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD

It was just a few years back when the oil-gas industry/companies were making it mandatory for employees to wear flame retardant (FR) clothing. Today, that’s normal for the whole industry, and others are jumping on board the safety train. Sonda’s Solutions, Sidney, opened its business in July of 2007, relocating in May of 2009 to the previous home of Sidney Woodworker & Lumber at 2221 S. Central. Owner Sonda Shandy’s husband, Les Shandy, co-owner of S/L Services, also of Sidney, had just started his business which required the FR clothing. At the time he opened his business, relocating from Laurel, there were no companies in town or in the area that carried a wide enough variety of the mandatory clothing.

Sonda decided at that time, rather than traveling out of town for things she and her husband’s company needed, she would start a business to help out many in the industry. “I have plenty of clients out there that come from North Dakota because of my big selection of sizes and varieties,” Sonda Shandy said. “This is the biggest supplier between Bismarck and Billings.” Sonda’s Solutions carries Bullwork, Wrangler and coming soon is Carhardt brand. “We carry FR and non FR clothing such as jeans, jackets, coats, coveralls, shirts, T-shirts, pullovers, sweat shirts, and we’re bringing in more such as steel-toed boots,” she said. The business carries heavier weight shirts, but then there is the lightweight clothing, as well, in an array of sizes. “I will custom order if someone needs me to,” she said. Spe-


Workers, from left, Shawn Becker, Josh Werlin, Chris Huffman, Joe Lancrain and Les Shandy show the many different FR clothing available at Sonda’s Solutions in Sidney. cial orders are about four to six weeks out. Sonda’s also brought in the embroidery machine to person-

alize clothing with names or logos. If you haven’t checked out Sonda’s Solutions, stop by the store at 2221 S. Central, Sidney,

or call 433-6757 for more information.

FIRE RESISTANT CLOTHING • jeans • jackets • coats • coveralls • shirts • T-shirts • pullovers • sweat shirts • more We Do Custom Embroidery!

Good selection of styles and sizes in stock. Special orders welcome!

2221 S. Central, Sidney 406.433.6757



• Vac Trucks • Frac Heaters • Water Trucks • Winch Trucks • Hot Oil Trucks • Work Over Rig • Flat Bed Trailers • Hot Shot Service • Frac Tank Rentals • Saltwater Disposal • Drop Deck Trailers • 400 BBL Tank Rentals

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S/L Services Inc. provides service for success in oil field Les and Sonda Shandy saw an are H2S certified and are capable opportunity to build a very sucof working under SCBA for pipe cessful business working in the and valve changeouts. Our main oil and gas industry in eastern focus at this time is maintenance Montana and western North in gas plants and all their addiDakota. In September of 2006 tions to equipment.” they develLast year Les and oped S/L Ser‘Our main focus at this Sonda expanded the vices Inc. and family run business made Sidney time is maintenance in gas by bringing in their home as Shawn Becker as the business was operations manager. plants and all their booming. In his experience S/L Seradditions to equipment.’ here Becker states, vices provides “This is a great comservices such munity that my famLes Shandy as roustabout, ily enjoys very excavation, much.” Owner pressure When it comes to washing, conwork, our staff is crete work, industrial sandblasthighly trained and eager to ing and painting, hot shot servic- please, Becker said. es, structural welding, tank batIf you are in need of any servtery and industrial construction. ices from S/L Services Inc. Les said, “We do oil field conplease feel free to stop by the struction, from clean up to shop at 2221 S. Central Ave., Sidground up construction of comney, or call 433-6754 for more inpressor stations. All employees formation.


S/L Services crew for the day included, from left, Les Shandy, Chris Huffman, Joe Lancrain, Josh Werlin and Shawn Becker.

We do it all!

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Roustabout Excavation Pressure washing Concrete Industrial sandblasting & painting

• Hot Shot • Structural welding • Tank battery construction • Industrial construction 2221 S. Central, Sidney • 406.433.6754



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New location helps Boss move forward with service BY HARRY LIPSIEA SIDNEY HERALD

It’s been an exciting year for Boss Office and Computer Products in Sidney. A new location, a larger selection of products and the same great service are what this versatile business has to offer. Boss has opened its doors at its new location, formerly the Richland Federal Credit Union building, at 124 N. Central Ave. in Sidney. “2009 was a very good year for us,” store representative Tige Vester said. “Moving to the new location has been an exciting experience for all of us. The extra space and additional parking will really help us move forward in being able to offer the area the products and services they need.” Vester has received positive feedback from customers about the new location. “The community has always been good to us,” he said. “I hope people are curious and excited about the new location and stop in to see the place. With the new drive-up parking it will make popping in to buy your inkjet cartridge or swinging

through to make those black and white and color copies so much more convenient. Plus with the new location you shouldn’t need to go a block or two out of your way to get these products and services.” While it’s a new location, you can still expect the same wide variety of business and computer supplies. Boss features several in-store services including a selfserve copy center with the capability for both black-and white and color copies, laminating, comb binding, and customers can send or receive faxes from the store. “Boss is the largest office supply and equipment dealer in eastern Montana and has a very diverse offering of products and services,” Vester said. “We really have a wide range of products that are all geared around making your business more efficient. In addition to the standard office supplies, furniture, computer hardware and copiers, we also offer a full range of commercial janitorial supplies, breakroom supplies and a full service print shop. All of these selections are offered at very competitive prices and delivered right to your location.”

The new location for Boss Office and Computer Products is 124 N. Central Ave. Boss is proud of its new location and urges everyone to stop in and see the new store. If for some reason you cannot stop in, don't forget that you can always call in

your order to 433-2677 (BOSS) or order it online via the BOSS Web site at

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Sidney Chamber awards businesses, individuals SUNRISE SPIRIT AWARD Bryan Prevost who piloted the Wings of Freedom Air Show II being held in Richland County during September was one of the winners during the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s awards banquet in January. Prevost was honored with the Sunrise Spirit award, sponsored by the Sidney Herald. Because of his tenacious persistence and attention to detail, the Snowbirds gave him a shot, and an air show was set in motion and quickly became a premier event by the task force. Prevost then handled all the details of their stay and performance, conducting a lot of his business on a cell phone, from a combine cab. Countless hours were spent coming to Sidney to handle air show details, making publicity appearances, and attending the weekly task force meetings. His work with this particular performance is considered the feature that will long be remembered about this air show. The Snowbirds reported, “Mr. Bryan Prevost worked very closely and extensively with our Advance Team and in the end, did a superb job in ensuring all areas of the support manual were covered. ”

PARTNERS IN PROGRESS AWARD Greg and Linette Miller were the winners of the Partners in Progress award, sponsored by Seitz Insurance. Chamber officials explained, “In June at the Town & Country Festival he started first thing in the morning helping with the float and parade. Then he helped with games on the courthouse lawn. And they finished the evening with a breakfast after the barn dance. The Air Show Banquet committee was formed and she came to the meetings, helped with the planning, and then helped with the banquet that evening. That banquet put an exclamation mark on the whole day. He took on the entertainment portion of the Christmas Stroll and provided a great line-up of performers, had a great stage set

up, and made sure the sound system worked.”

ENTREPRENEUR AWARD The Entrepreneur Award winner was The Lucky Buckle, sponsored by Richland Economic Development. Chamber officials said, “This year’s business is a partnership of a sister and brother. She has always been interested in sewing, clothing and having her own business, while he is out of the area and provided capital, consulting and works with the books. These owners grew up here and are committed to having their business here.” Comments on Chamber members’ ballots were extensive. One comment was, “Has improved our downtown with fun and exciting window displays and a variety of product, an interesting shop for all to visit.” Another wrote, “The store has captured everyone’s attention in Sidney and beyond. The store is always coming up with fresh, fun ideas and merchandise.”

AGRICULTURE AWARD Bill and Jennifer Davis, owners of Rollin’ Rock Angus Ranch, were the winners of the Agriculture Award, sponsored by the Ag Roundup. Chamber officials explained, “They have both taken on leadership roles that make the business better for everyone involved. He has been a director of the Montana Stockgrowers, MonDak Stockgrowers, Eastern Montana Angus Association and the Montana Angus Association. Last fall, he was elected president of the American Angus Association where he has been on the board for eight years. “She was the first secretary/treasurer of the MonDak Stockgrowers, is currently secretary/treasurer of the Eastern Montana Angus Association, and has been president of the Montana Angus Auxiliary. “All this involvement helps the Sidney area to be known as a source of high quality beef cattle. With their annual sale and the visitors that come to their ranch, our motels and related businesses


Award winners at the Sidney Chamber banquet included, front from left, Cheryl Garza, Marci Albin and Bryan Prevost; back, Jennifer Davis, Cindy Wagner and Greg and Linette Miller. benefit. This couple highlights the beauty of our area on their American Rancher show. They were also instrumental in the Best of the West Beef Showcase inception, and is a faithful hole sponsor of the Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament.”

HORIZON AWARD Winner of the Horizon Award was Cheryl Garza, owner of The Rush, sponsored by Sidney Health Center. “This beginning sounds like a homesteader’s tale. She started in a 10 X 12 building out in the middle of no where, didn’t have running water, and had to run down the street to use a bathroom. This was 11 years ago. But the cars started coming, and the line kept getting longer, especially in the morning. This business in-

creased in popularity, and eventually it wore that little building out,” Chamber officials said. “After looking at several options, it was decided to work with the landowner to get a lease so they could build a larger building to handle the increase in business and give people inside room to work. So Cheryl put in a new 12 X 22 building with running water, a bathroom and room for the workers who have included two granddaughters, her dad, a brother and a daughter, besides herself. “

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD The Educator of the Year award was presented to Cindy Wagner of Sidney Middle School, sponsored by DTF Education Consulting. Wagner began her career at Sidney 31 years ago, and has

taught at both Sidney High School and Sidney Middle School. One of the impressive points about this teacher is her continuing education. She started her career with a degree in family and consumer sciences, and has minor degrees in child development and family relations, and nutrition. In 1992 she received an additional degree in library media, and then again in 2002 a master’s degree in education technology. She is considered by the school administration to be one of the most versatile teachers on their staff. “She has never lost the drive to learn new ways to creatively teach in a way that keeps students engaged,” Sidney Middle School Principal Kelly Johnson said.



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Meet Frontier’s Professional People

Mike Donahue - HVAC contractor | co-owner Christie Steinley - office manager Justin Verhasselt - HVAC installation - service technician

Brett Portra - HVAC installation assistant

Dean Steinley - HVAC installation assistant

Wayne Reid - HVAC contractor | co-owner

James Collins - HVAC installation assistant photo by Picture Perfect Photography

Marshall Donahue - HVAC installation assistant

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