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Sidney Health Center Medical Providers: FAMILY MEDICINE • O. Pete Council, MD • Carlos Treviño, MD PEDIATRICIAN • George Scordalakes, MD INTERNAL MEDICINE • Rajohn Karanjai, MD • Edward Pierce, MD EAR-NOSE-THROAT Head & Neck Surgery • Brett Bennion, MD GENERAL SURGERY • Edward Bergin, MD OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY • Shari Twigg, MD ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY • Lotfi Ben-Youssef, MD • James Scott, MD • Janie Darby, FNP PODIATRY • Michael LaPan, DPM PATHOLOGY • John Andelin, MD RADIATION ONCOLOGY • Lyle Harrison, MD RADIOLOGY • Gregory Faul, MD MID-LEVEL PROVIDERS • Jesse Belville, PA • Jacquelyn Free, FNP • Patti Iversen, FNP • Wendy Wiltzen, FNP AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AID • Ashley Anderson, AuD
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At Sidney Health Center, we offer a life
time of services to the folks in the MonDak Region. We’re a total health care facility that takes pride in knowing you and treating you throughout the various stages of life. You don’t have to travel long distances for the latest in medical equipment and expert care. We have it all right here for you.
• Adult Day Services • Assisted Living • Cardiac Rehabilitation • Diabetes Education • Dietetic Counseling • Emergency Services • Extended Care • Fitness Center • Home & Community Based Services • Home Health • Home Medical Supplies • Hospice • MRI • Obstetrics • Oncology
• Pharmacy Delivery Service • Pulmonary Rehab • Radiation Therapy • Radiology Services including:
Bone Densitometry Scan, CT Scan, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound
• Rehab Services including:
Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy
• Respiratory Therapy • Respite and Short Stay Accommodations • Sleep Center • Surgery • Volunteer Opportunities • Weekday Walk-In Clinic • Wound Care
Hospital: 488-2100 Extended Care: 488-2300 Toll Free: 1-800-331-7575
Hospital • 216 14th Avenue SW • Sidney, MT Extended Care • 104 14th Ave NW • Sidney, MT Visit us online: www.sidneyhealth.org
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Table of contents Accommodations Area motels..........................53 Clubs Boys & Girls Club .............. 28 Sidney Country Club .......... 20 Events Air Show ............................... 6 Big Sky Concet Series ........ 26 Calendar of Events...............15 Centennial Celebration ........32 Chamber Activities ..............10 Confluence Interpretive Center................................ 54 Culbertson Events............... 44 Culbertson Trail Ride ..........45 Fairview Events ......... 40 & 41
Lambert 4th of July .............43 Lone Tree Gun Show...........12 Norsk Hostfest .................... 37 Richland County Fair & Rodeo....................17 & 18 Savage Catfish Tournament .42 Sunrise Festival of the Arts .11 Town & Country Festival ....33 Food & Drink/Casinos Restaurants, Lounges, Casinos................................ 22 Relocation Information Churches ............................. 27 Information about Richland County.......... 3 & 4 Interesting Facts about
Richland County. .................16 Montana Counties................55 Services................................. 8 Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture ...10 Sidney History .................... 36 Sidney-Richland County Public Library ....................31 Welcome ................................3 Miscellaneous Jefferson Lines................... 23 Richland County Transit Service .................. 54 Attractions/Recreation Agates - Hidden Treasures . 34
Bike Path............................... 9 Block Management ............. 50 Fishing Access .................... 46 Flags of Honor .....................35 Fort Buford ..........................14 Fort Peck Theatre ............... 25 Fort Union............................19 Hunting Season Dates .........47 Makoshika Park...................52 Medora ....................... 29 & 30 MonDak Heritage Center ..... 5 Paddlefish.............................51 Parks in Richland County ...49 Recreation Contacts............ 38 Shakespeare in the Park ..... 25 Sidney Walking Path ............ 7 Skate Park ........................... 48
Where to eat, shop, sleep and visit Accommodations Holiday Inn Express & Suites .......................... 52 Kings Inn Motel ................ 45 Microtel Inn & Suites .......... 6 Park Plaza Motel................ 16 Antiques & Gifts John Stockhill Jewelers ..... 20 Party Central...................... 21 Automotive | RV Eagle Country Ford ........... 28 Millers Garbage Service ... 42 710 Auto Glass ................... 18 Town and Country Repair................................. 43 Valley Fuel & Supply ........ 42 Valley Garage .................... 42 Financial 1st Community Bank......... 44 Richland Federal Credit Union ...................... 45 Stockman Bank ................. 15 Fitness HealthWorks ...................... 25 Food-Drinks-Casino Club Royale Casino ........... 35 CQ Bar & Grill .................. 43 Depot Restaurant & Casino20 Double Barrel Saloon & Casino ................................ 40
Footers ............................... 37 KFC ................................... 20 McDonald’s........................ 37 Millers’ Corner .................... 5 Nutt’n Better ...................... 51 Ranger Lounge Casino and Eatery ................................... 5 Reese & Ray’s IGA............ 53 Reynolds Market................ 10 Sidney Country Club ......... 12 Sidney Liquor Store ........... 34 South 40 ............................... 7 Sunny’s Family Restaurant 48 VFW .................................. 11 Waterhole #3 ...................... 41 Winner’s Pub ....................... 7
Health Care & Beauty Culbertson Pharmacy ........ 44 Roosevelt Memorial Medical Center & Nursing Home.................................. 44 Sidney Health Center............. ....................inside front cover White Drug ........................ 49 Yellowstone Chiropractic .. 47
General Merchandise All West Ranch Supply ..... 18 CHS Farmers Elevator Co-op ................................. 26 Creekside Clothing ............ 18 ElectricLand Radio Shack. 24 Finnicum’s Furniture ......... 44 High Caliber Sports ........... 54 Johnson Hardware ............. 50 KB’s Bubbles ..................... 49 Lucky Buckle, the .............. 35 PATH ................................... 7 Pro Build ............................ 23 Ribbon & Rail ................... 35 Sidney Paint & Glass ......... 11 Sonda’s Solution ................ 12 The Other Place ................. 44
Miscellaneous Sidney Assembly of God Church................................ 27 City of Sidnaey .................... 3 Boys & Girls Club of Richland County................ 30 Carpenter’s Church............ 27 Ebenezer Congregational Church................................ 27 Ed’s Sheds .......................... 11 Elk River Printing ............. 51 Emmaus House Church..... 27 Farm and Home Supply..... 34 Hurley’s Oilfield Service ... 40 Interstate Engineering ....... 25 Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Association......... 53 MDU .................................. 28
Information Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture ... 2 Sidney Herald ........................ Sidney-Richland County Public Library .................... 33
Pella Lutheran Church....... 27 Quinnell Electric ............... 42 Richland County .................... inside back cover St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.............................. 27 St. Catherine’s Catholic Church.............................. 27 St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.............................. 27 Seitz Insurance .................. 13 Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.............. 27 Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church .............. 27 Sidney Sugars .................... 54 Real Estate /Housing Beagle Properties............... 30 Crestwood Inn ................... 14 Nick Jones Real Estate ........ 6 Recreation/Travel Fort Peck Summer Theater ............................... 32 Lambert Historical Society ............................. 43 Medora ..................back cover MonDak Heritage Center .. 47 Richland County Fair & Rodeo ..................... 9 Sidney Country Club & Pro Shop ............... 12
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County commissioners welcome visitors to area
The Richland County Fair is one of the highlights of the year. options of biking, swimming and golfing at our local 18-hole golf course. We are very close to Fort Union and Fort Buford and have wonderful museums which can offer history lessons for all. Our area is known for a wealth of hunting opportunities. The deer, antelope
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and birds are abundant, and hunters will thoroughly enjoy their experience here. For those who enjoy winter sports, opportunities for snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and skating are available. We have some great yearly events that bring many of our residents together.
The Town & Country Festival in June, Lambert’s Old Fashioned 4th of July, Fairview’s Old-Timers Festival and the Sunrise Festival of Arts in July all offer a day of entertainment during the summer. The Richland County Fair & Rodeo is held the first weekend in August and is a four-day event with activities that many look forward to all year. All of these experiences are exciting and fun for both the young and the young at heart. Whether you are here for a week, a month, or just a day we hope that you enjoy your stay. Please come back to see us again. Richland County Commissioners Loren Young Shane Gorder Duane Mitchell
The Chamber is the business advocate for our area!
The Richland County Commissioners are excited to welcome all visitors to Richland County. We are experiencing a time of progressive growth in our communities. We are proud that we have new motels in our area that will help us host the visitors of Richland County while you are here. So, we invite you to hang your hat, kick off your boots and stay a while. We hope that you will take your time here in Richland County to explore all that our area has to offer. We are in a unique location because of our position near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. This brings many opportunities like fishing, boating, camping and hiking along the banks in the summer. We also have
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Information about richland County GeoGraphy
Nestled in the fertile valley of the lower Yellowstone River, Richland County offers a unique variety of landscapes. Rugged badlands form a spectacular “wall” to the east, while the river carves its way northward to the majestic confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. In the western reaches of the county, open spaces and rolling hills leave no doubt you’re in Big Sky Country.
Richland County ranks at or near the top of all 56 Montana counties in a number of agriculture and other production areas. The county is number one in the production of sugar beets and oats. Other major crops produced include dry beans,
durum wheat, other spring wheat, corn for silage, alfalfa and hay. The wide variety of crops grown can be attributed to the availability of irrigation. Holly Sugar Company spurred an interest in irrigation when it built its sugar beet refinery in Sidney in 1925. Imperial Holly Company, the parent company of Holly Sugar filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001. American Crystal Sugar Corporation purchased the Holly Sugar plant in Sidney and renamed the operation Sidney Sugars. In 1902, the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project was established by the Bureau of Reclamation. LYIP serves as a backbone for the agriculture industry in the area. It supplies irrigation water to approximately 400
constituents, 56,000 acres through a distribution network of 325 miles of canals, laterals and drains. In 2001, Busch Agricultural Inc., a division of Anhueser Busch, announced its plans to construct a malting barley handling facility in Sidney. By 2003, Busch Ag completed the receiving elevator, which receives and ships 100,000 bushels of malting barley per day. In 2004, the facility converted to receiving two-row malting barley to receiving only six-row malting barley. Livestock production is an important factor to the local economy. Yellowstone Livestock Co. attracts ranchers from 11 eastern Montana counties to its livestock sales barn facility.
Sidney Health Center, one of the finest medical complexes in eastern Montana, has been a part of the community since 1907 providing a complete range of health care services to the residents of Richland County and surrounding areas. The campus features a clinic, hospital, cancer care center, retail pharmacy, medical equipment store and a 93-bed extended care facility offering services from birth to end-of-life. In 2011, radiation therapy was added to Sidney Sidney Health Center’s Cancer Center features the first TomoTherapy unit in the state of Montana. The health facility added a state of the art chemotherapy center to its cancer center in 2012.
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Enjoy our parks, tennis courts, pool, waterslide/splash deck, skatepark, walking/bike paths and more!
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Sidney Health Center also oversees The Lodge, an assisted senior living facility, which has 36 apartments including cozy studio styles, one-bedroom plans and two-bedroom suites. Outreach services include the MonDak Clinic and Pharmacy in Fairview as well as the Richland County Ambulance Service in Sidney, Fairview, Savage and Lambert. Local physicians and specialists partner with Sidney Health Center to offer family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric care, radiation oncology, pathology and surgical services including general, orthopedic, pediatric, obstetrics/gynecology and ear/nose/ throat. In addition, three family nurse practitioners, an audiologist and two certified registered nurse anesthetists help round out the team.
Transportation is provided by numerous sources including bus, truck, rail and airline. Sidney is located two miles north of the intersection of Montana Highways 16 and 200. Highway 16 is the direct connection to Interstate 90, located 50 miles southwest at Glendive. Air transportation is available through Silver Airways, which took over Gulfstream International Airlines in December 2011 to provide Essential Air Service to eastern Montana. Rail service is provided for freight in Sidney, with passenger service access on Amtrak in Williston, N.D., located 45 miles northeast, or from Wolf Point, 91 miles northwest. Richland County Transportation Service provides bussing within Richland County. Passenger bus service can also be accessed through Jefferson Bus Lines to be taken throughout the country. Sidney Shuttle is a 24-hour service offering rides home in Sidney and to Williston.
Richland County unemployment rate as of May 2013 was at 2.8 percent. Major employers in the county include: Top 10 private employers in Richland County based on second quarter 2011 data: Sidney Health Center, South 40, Hurley Enterprises,
Richland County features some of the top schools in the state. Franz Construction, Mitchell’s Oil Field Service, Pauper Industries, Reynolds Market, Reese & Ray’s IGA, Sidney Sugars and Ensign US Drilling.
Richland County boasts one of the finest school systems in the state. There are seven elementary schools, including two country schools, and four junior and senior high schools. There are also opportunities for higher education, including Williston State College in North Dakota and Dawson Community College in Glendive, both within commuting distance. Opportunities are also ever expanding through the Interactive TV Network. Through telecommunication, MSU Billings offers courses for undergraduate and graduate studies as do Dawson and Miles Community College. Local and fiber optic classes also allow individuals to obtain an associate degree in registered nursing. Sidney High School also offers several adult education classes on a wide variety of subjects each year.
CITIES AND TOWNS
There are a total of six cities/towns located in Richland County: Crane, Enid, Fairview, Lambert, Savage and Sidney, the county seat.
Based on the 2010 census estimate:
Richland County – 9,746, Montana’s 21st largest county; Sidney – 5,191, 20th rank; Fairview – 840; Savage – 325; Lambert – 158; Crane – 102.
Richland County receives an average annual precipitation of 13.5 inches, and has an average growing season of 140 days. The average temperature during July is 71 degrees, and in January one can expect an average temperature of 25 degrees. The area has an abundance of clear, sunny days.
Avast array of community services can be found in Richland County. At present, there are seven hotels/motels and two guest ranches. There are 29 churches of various denominations scattered throughout the county. Well over 425 businesses are located in Sidney with a variety of stores, from quaint gift shops to versatile shopping centers, offer consumers quality merchandise and friendly service. Communications include two radio stations,weekly and twice-weekly newspapers, 217 cable TV channels including four regional channels, high definition, pay-per view and premium channels. There are two chambers of commerce: the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Fairview Chamber of Commerce.
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Heritage Center showcases region’s culture The MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney is the cultural center of the area. The center is full of history, art and enrichment from around the region. It’s the perfect place to find out what is happening, or has happened in the MonDak area. The museum houses thousands of artifacts, many displayed in the unique “pioneer town” recreated in the lower level. Stroll the boardwalk and see the ladies’ dress shop, the one-room school, railroad depot office and an original homesteader’s shack. The Heritage Center also hosts national and regional traveling exhibits. For the art lover, the Heritage Center boasts the best art gallery in the region and includes frequently changing exhibits. Annual shows include the colorful and popular quilt exhibit each February, the annual youth art show in the spring and the spectacularly detailed miniature show in November. The permanent collection includes early works of native son and famed western artist J. K. Ralston. The center’s historical library and research center includes extensive archival and genealogical
information. As the cultural center of the region, the Heritage Center also hosts the “Music at the MonDak” series, as well as periodic arts and crafts classes and demonstrations, historical speakers and other special events throughout the year, including the “Celebrating Chocolate” fundraiser in February, Oktoberfest and MonDak Christmas. The gift shop features regional artists, books on area history and unique gifts. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. The MonDak Heritage Center’s public hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m. The museum is located at 120 Third Ave. S.E. in Sidney. To find out more, call 406-433-3500, visit the website, www.mondakheritagecenter.org, or find it on Facebook, www. facebook.com/mondakheritagecenter. May 6-June 1: Custer County Juried art show May 15: Tickets go on sale for I Do reception $25 members; $30 - non-members June 1: Gallery Talk Clint Whitmer, 1 p.m.
People walk through the “pioneer town” located in the MonDak Heritage Center’s lower level. June 5-July 29: “I Do” Montana Historical Society Traveling Exhibit. June 14: MJ Williams Trio free concert, 7 p.m. June 22: I Do reception. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Reception at 2 p.m. July 6: Shakespeare in the Park “Henry V” July 12: Author’s Showcase, 7 p.m. September: StarLab Sept. 19-21: Montana History Conference
Oct. 1-Nov. 2: Blue Buffalo Art Show Oct. 19: Oktoberfest at 7 p.m. featuring Growling Old Men November: Member’s only concert Bill Bower. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4-Dec. 30: Miniature Art Show Nov. 1-Jan. 1: “Hiding in Plain Sight” MAGDA Traveling Exhibit. Dec. 8: MonDak Christmas 1:30 p.m.
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Air show scheduled in Sidney for Sept. 7-8
The show will feature the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. LaVanchie Starkey, Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, explains chamber officials were looking for an added feature for the air show. Tippin’s “CAF’s Red, White
& Loud Tour” feature a CAF B-25 double dog caught the group’s interest. “He’s doing a lot of air shows,” Starkey said. “We think it will be a great addition.” Tickets will cost $25. Promotion materials for the performance reads, “Audiences of the ‘CAF’s Red, White & Loud Tour’ will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Aaron perform such songs as ‘Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly’ and ‘You’ve Got to Stand For Something.’ ” Tippin is a highly experienced airman himself; he soloed on his 16th birthday. He became a commercial, multi-engine instrument-rated pilot by the age of 18 and is also helicopterqualified. A certified aircraft and power plant mechanic, he owns a 1941 Stearman, a 1946 J3 Cub and 1959 Helio Curior – all in flying condition. Over the past two decades, Tippin has become one of the most recognizable and influential voices in country music.
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The Sidney Air Show Committee announces it will have the next Wings of Freedom III Air Show Sept. 7-8, 2013, at the Sidney/Richland Airport. Featured act will be AeroShell Aerobatic Team, which is a four-plane, AT 6 precision flying formation. Other new acts will include the Shockwave Jet Truck, Skip Stewart Air Shows and Jeff Boerboon Aerobatics. Returning will be the crowdpleasing acts John Mohr, Gene Soucy, Teresa Stokes Wing Walking and Kent Pietsch with his Jelly Belly plane. Local favorite Phil Petrik with his T28 will fly as well. Handling the announcing duties will be world-renown air show announcer Danny Clisham. All acts have committed to this event as Sidney is becoming known as a premier event location. An addition to the fun at the Wings of Freedom III Air Show is a concert by country music star Aaron Tippin for the “CAF’s Red, White & Loud Tour” Sept. 7.
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Sidney Chamber welcomes you to area Welcome to Sidney, “Montana’s Sunrise City” from the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The chamber has been helping the business community of Sidney and this area for 97 years. We have a vibrant retail center, progressive agribusiness and production agriculture community, and a growing energy industry. This creates a wonderful environment to live, work and play. The chamber represents more than 260 members and provides a variety of functions. Major community events are sponsored and organized by standing chamber committees. Workshops to help with current issues are provided as needed and discovered. Agriculture issues important to the area are followed closely by the chamber. The chamber board is made up of individuals from retail, banking and finance, agriculture, energy, health care, manufacturing and cultural interests of the community. The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture also maintains a fully stocked visitor’s center. Maps for all 50 states are available, plus local maps and information. Ma-
The Town and Country Festival is a poplar event organized by the Sidney Chamber. This year’s celebration is June 22. terials published by Travel Montana and Missouri River Country are available as well. Relocation and visitor packets are available upon request. Please stop in when visiting our community. The chamber is located at 909 S. Central Ave. and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact the chamber, call 406-433-1916 or email email@example.com. Visit
www.sidneymt.com for more information. This year’s board of directors’ officers include: Dan Peters (Sidney High School), president; David Garland (Sidney Sugars), first vice president; Lorilee Norby (Mitchell’s Oil Field Service), second vice president; David Seitz (Seitz Insurance), treasurer; Cami Skinner (Seitz Insurance), past president. Directors are Greg Miller
(Millers’ Corner), Nick Lonski (Edward Jones), Benjamin Clark (MonDak Heritage Center), Kathy Jensen (Lodge at Lone Tree Creek), Jay Frank (Sidney Country Club), Marci Albin (The Lucky Buckle), Cathy Roberson (JC Penney) and Whitney Becker (S/L Services). Staff includes Wade VanEvery, executive director, and LaVanchie Starkey, administrative assistant.
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Area Services Name Sidney City Hall Sidney Water Dept. Sidney Police Dept. Sidney Volunteer Fire Dept. Fairview City Hall MidRivers Telephone Co-op Qwest Verizon Wireless Montana Dakota Utilities Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric . Department of Motor Vehicle Sidney Job Service Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Richland Economic Dev.
Address 115 Second St. S.E., Sidney Water 115 Second St. S.E., Sidney Law Enforcement 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney Fire Marshall 115 Second St. S.E., Sidney Water 317 S. Central, Fairview Telephone, Cable TV, Inte204 N. Central Ave., Sidney Telephone, Internet Cell Phone (ElectricLand) 120 E. Main, Sidney Electricity/Gas Electricity Hwy 16 NW, Sidney Drivers Exam, by appt. 201 W. Main, Sidney Employment 211 N. Central, Sidney
Phone 406-433-2809 406-433-1117 406-433-2210 406-433-1122 406-742-5616 406-433-6782 1-800-244-1111 406-433-4370 1-800-638-3278 406-488-1602 406-433-2378 406-433-1204
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909 S. Central, Sidney 1060 S. Central, Sidney
Sidney Health Center
216 14th Ave SW, Sidney
Name Crestwood Richland Co. Housing The Lodge
Service Subsidized housing Subsidized housing Assisted Living
Address 410 Third Ave SW, Sidney 1032 Sixth St. SW, Sidney 1015 Seventh Ave SW, Sidney
Phone 406-433-3721 406-433-1978 406-488-4682
Office Appraiser Assessor Clerk and Recorders
Building Address Richland Co. Courthouse 201 W. Main, Sidney Richland Co. Courthouse 201 W. Main, Sidney Richland Co. Courthouse 201 W. Main, Sidney
Phone 406-433-2850 406-433-1203 406-433-1708
Commissioners County Planner Disaster & Emergency Services Driver Exam Food Bank Superintendent of Schools Treasurer's Office Commission on Aging Health Dept. Office of Public Assistance Sanitarian Transportation Service WORC Mental Health Fairgrounds & Event Center Sheriff County Attorney District Judge Clerk of Court Justice Court Youth Court Probation Public Library Extension office County Public Works
Richland Co. Courthouse 201 W. Main, Sidney Nutter Building 123 W. Main, Sidney Nutter Building 123 W. Main, Sidney Richland Co. Courthouse 201 W. Main, Sidney Nutter Building 123 W. Main, Sidney Richland Co. Courthouse 201 W. Main, Sidney Richland Co. Courthouse 201 W. Main, Sidney Community Services 1201 W. Holly, Sidney Community Services 1201 W. Holly, Sidney Community Services 1201 W. Holly, Sidney Community Services 1201 W. Holly, Sidney Community Services 1201 W. Holly, Sidney Community Services 1201 W. Holly, Sidney Community Services 1201 W. Holly, Sidney Richland Co. Fairgrounds West of Sidney Law & Justice Center 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney Law & Justice Center 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney Law & Justice Center 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney Law & Justice Center 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney Law & Justice Center 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney Law & Justice Center 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney Sidney/Richland Library 121 Third Ave. N.W., Sidney MSU Extension/Eastern A 1499 N. Central, Sidney Richland Co. Road Dept. 2140 W. Holly, Sidney
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Phone 406-433-4080 406-482-1088 406-798-3361 406-433-3706 406-742-5265 406-774-3333
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City, county work to extend walking/bike path With the United States deemed one of the most overweight countries in the world, exercising has become a huge priority for American society. And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a scenic walk right through the city of Sidney. Bikers, walkers, runners and rollerbladers use the path every day to take advantage of the outdoors while keeping their health up. At more than 6,500 feet, the bike trail/walking path, extending from Fifth Street S.W. and 14th Avenue S.W. to Third Avenue S.E., is moving toward completion. Over the last year, the city of Sidney and Richland County have been constructing new portions of the walking path, extend-
ing it from Fifth Street S.W. west to the irrigation canal, to the Airport Road and north to W. Holly Street. An additional phase will extend along 14th Street S.E. to Ninth Avenue S.E. A project began in 1997 through money provided by the federal Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) in which a pedestrian/walking path trail was born in the community. A lateral path which follows the Lone Tree Creek presents local residents with the opportunity to walk their way to a healthier state while enjoying a scenic creek-like setting. Phase one of the project included a path beginning at Fifth Street and 14th Avenue S.W. (West Side School/Johnson Park area)
and extending to Lincoln Avenue following an irrigation lateral. Covering the irrigation ditch was a second goal for the foundation of the walking path – the first goal being, naturally, a safe walking path for residents. At the Central Avenue intersection, city workers installed a flashing beacon for pedestrian use. “It stops traffic and can only be used when somebody wants to cross,” Sidney Public Works director Jeff Hintz said. Adding to the enjoyment of the walking path, county officials recently installed two historic bridges at Petersen Park. Known as the Tombre and Micheletto bridges, the two bridges cross the Lone Tree Creek to form the end portion of the walking trail that is already diverted from the
main path. The two bridges together make one 114-foot bridge, which is accessible by walkers, bikers and wheelchairs. Park benches decorate the site, perfect for those who want to sit, relax and enjoy the surroundings. The majority of funding for the project has come from the state through an enhancement program (86 percent), but there has been some local funds as well. For history buffs, officials plan to place historical kiosks at each end of the bridges to describe their history. Officials began a grassroots movement to urge the city and county to continue building the path, which draws adults and youngsters alike who enjoy walking, jogging and biking along a safe route.
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Chamber events highlight year’s community activities Throughout the year, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture hosts a multitude of activities for families and singles alike to take part and enjoy community camaraderie. Here are a few highlights:
Town and CounTy FesTival
The Town and Country Festival, which has become a tradition in Sidney since 2008, is once again scheduled for this summer on June 22, 2013. The day was formed to unite city and country folk to come together to enjoy a day of fun in the warm sunshine with lots of activities to keep festival-goers occupied. The festival is scheduled to kick off with the annual parade, usually the largest of the year, at 9:30 a.m. A pet parade is traditionally held at the same time. Following the parade, festival-goers can shop street vendors and sidewalk sales for deals and steals, and enjoy children’s activities like games and face painting. This year’s free lunch is sponsored by Blue Rock Products in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary. Chamber executive director Wade VanEvery urges the public to schedule their class reunions that weekend as it’s an idyllic time to do
so amongst all the activity. Stores are urged to offer specials to attract shoppers from throughout the region. A free feed sponsored by Blue Rock is scheduled in downtown Sidney during the lunch hour. That afternoon, the annual Neal Hermanson Memorial Ranch Rodeo is scheduled at the Richland County Fairgrounds. The ranch rodeo is limited to the first 10 teams registered. There will be a public barn dance that evening featuring a live band at the fair- grounds. For entry information, go to www.nealhermansonmemorial.com.
Held every August, the chamber’s fifth annual Harvest Fest Tractor, Pickup and ATV Pull is scheduled for Aug. 24, 2013, and it always draws a hefty crowd of several hundred who come to watch whose puller is strongest. Last year featured two lawn mowers, a half dozen four-wheelers and two dozen each of pickups and tractors. The Richland County Fairgrounds plays host to the family-friendly event as the Harvest Fest showcases various aspects of the outdoor life in the region. The tractor/pickup pull features activities perfect for a
steamy August afternoon. “This is going to be a nice day to be out with the family,” Ben Larson, chamber organizer, said. The event is extremely affordable with cost per ticket being $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 and up. Concessions are in the beer garden. The event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until it’s finished. For more information, contact the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 433-1916.
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Brighten your holiday season right from the get-go with the chamber’s annual Parade of Lights. The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Parade of Lights is the perfect way to usher in the holiday season, bringing the community together the day after Thanksgiving. Sidney’s 23rd annual Parade of Lights will take place Nov. 22. It’s a county tradition here in Richland County, and family favorite event for the natives who enjoy being together in the spirit of Christmas. The parade starts at 7 p.m., and travels down Central Avenue. Floats representing various local businesses and organizations light up the
street with Christmas lights, music and candy.
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In conjunction with the chamber, the Sidney Air Show Committee announces it will have the next Wings of Freedom III Air Show Sept. 7-8 at the Sidney/Richland Airport, roughly four years after the previous air show that drew about 7,000 spectators from all over the country. The featured act is AeroShell Aerobatic Team, which is a four-plane, AT 6 precision flying formation. Other new acts will include the Shockwave Jet Truck, the world’s fastest jet-powered semi with 36,000 horsepower and speeds reaching 375 mph, Skip Stewart Air Shows and Jeff Boerboon Aerobatics. Then, on Oct. 21, the popular Harlem Ambassadors basketball team return to Sidney after more than five years. The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines as they take on local basketball players. “It should be a fun night,” VanEvery said.
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Sunrise Festival of the Arts July 13
Joan Kosel, Red Lodge, is this year’s featured artist. and aviation painter. Joe is a chainsaw artist after a guitar builder, and Marty working as a mechanic for works with leather. 20 years. He was inspired To see more of her work, to change professions after you can visit her website assisting his sons on a at www.woodenwildlifeart. woodworking project. com and be sure to visit her Kosel’s older brothers at the Sunrise Festival of began hawking their handthe Arts at Veterans’ Memomade plaques and shelves rial Park in Sidney July 13. when they were in their mid teens. Kosel herself began wood carving at the age of 13. Her younger sister Katie is her assistant. Kosel’s younger siblings also show a creative penchant. Brother John is an accomplished western, wildlife
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beautiful.” “Autumn Bull,” like most of her creations, is sculpted from black walnut. The process begins with 3/4 inch boards which are glued together to make the proper size from which the general shape of the animal is cut out with a bandsaw. After the glue has dried, the carving begins. Kosel uses an angle grinder to rough out the figure and then scales down to a flex shaft grinder with a large burr to continue the shaping. The sizes of the carving bits decrease as she nears the detailing stage. The bits become tiny and carving knives come into play as Kosel meticulously carves the eyes, hooves and other fine details. Appendages such as horns, antlers and trees are carved separately and attached with wooden pegs and glue. Coats of tung oil are applied to give the final sculpture – a beautiful low gloss finish, brings out the wood grain and darkens certain parts of the sculpture. The result is an easy to maintain, long-lasting piece of art that requires only a light coat of lemon oil twice a year to prevent the wood from becoming brittle and cracking. With the Kosels, art has become engrained in the family. The patriarch, Joan’s father, Andy, became
The 23rd Sunrise Festival of the Arts committee has chosen a unique and talented artist to headline the annual summer community event scheduled for July 13. Although relatively young, Joan Kosel, Red Lodge, has been wood carving for 17 years. She works out of her home and chooses to carve mostly the wildlife that habitats in the west and can readily be viewed in her own backyard. Her creations are made separately and are not duplicated so purchasers can be assured of a oneof-a-kind sculpture. Kosel sometimes reuses her patterns but each is carved individually. No two pieces are the same and each is signed and numbered. The grand prize at this year’s Sunrise Festival is number 596 titled “Autumn Bull” representing a majestic bull elk claiming his territory. Purchasers of festival buttons will be eligible to win the drawings throughout the day for many prizes including this Kosel original. She said, “My work is so unique, every one is different. I guess it took 15 to 16 hours to make ‘Autumn Bull.’ Bronzes are more costly. I like working with wood. It’s natural, and in my opinion it’s really
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lone Tree Gun Show has something for everyone For the fourth straight year, Sidney’s Lone Tree Gun Show will be held at the Richland County Fair Event Center. The gun show is scheduled for Aug. 16-18, 2013. With a variety of guns and ammo, as well as a great selection of jewelry, knives, coins and antiques, the Lone Tree Gun Show is a favorite in the area. With its 23rd annual year approaching, the Lone Tree Gun Show had a major facelift in 2010 as it found a new home in the Richland County Fair Event Center at the fairgrounds. The suppliers come from all over the state of Montana, as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and even as far as Arizona. “We feel like the dealers are our friends
and family,” Leann Pelvit, one of the event organizers, said. The show’s biggest sponsors include the National Riffle Association (NRA) and the Weapons Collectors Society of Montana. Profits from the show stay within the community. In 2011, the show purchased a newer trapt thrower for the town’s 4H club. The gun show has something for everyone. The Lone Tree Gun Show is held on the third weekend of August every year as the last escape before vacations dispense and school begins. The 2012 event is sure to be bigger than ever. Check out the show’s website at www.lonetreegunshow.com for up to date information.
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Sidney, Fairview parks favorite watering holes In the summer, temperatures can rise pretty high, leaving the locals searching for ways to cool off. Luckily, Richland County residents have a couple of options to turn down their core temperatures and enjoy a dip in the water.
The area’s most popular summer attraction is Sidney’s Svaare Municipal Pool and water slide. You can find it at Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street S.W., across from the hockey facility. The water park offers patrons a refuge from the heat. The facility includes one traditional “curly Q” tower slide and a high-speed tower slide. The slide is restricted to those who are at least 46 inches tall. A gate between the pool and slide separates
those who have paid to use the pool and those who have paid to slide. For children 7 and under, there’s a splash deck they can run, jump and slide through. The park also has a formidable, Olympic-sized, eightlaned, 50-meter swimming pool, along with accompanying locker rooms. The pool ranges from depths of three to 10 feet. While swim classes and the local swim team, the Sidney Tiger Sharks, fill the morning hours with practice, the pool is open to the public for more of the afternoon and evening. “It’s a lot of fun,” says pool manager Candy Markwald, “and it’s more fun to watch when the kids come off the slide! The looks on their faces and the comments they make, they’re
ready to go back again.” Public pool hours usually 1:30-5 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. for general swimming each weekday. Public swim is restricted to adults from 5:30-6:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the pool is open 1-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. The slide is open during the same hours as the regular pool, except during swimming lessons.
The splash deck is free. One session for the slide or pool costs $4. Season individual tickets are $60 for either the pool or slide, or $100 for both. Family tickets cost $100 for either the pool or slide, and $175 for both facilities. Another option is to purchase a $35 vacation pass (available at City Hall, 115 Second St. S.E.), which is good for 10 sessions for
either the pool or slide. Two punches will be used if an individual chooses to use both the pool and slide. Year passes for city and county residents are $60 per person.
The popularity of the swim lessons continue to grow. Last year, 390 swimmers enrolled. Sign-ups for classes begin the first week of June (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon) for half-hour classes that start June 10 and last for seven weeks. Swimmers must reach age 4 by the time lessons begin. Classes are skill-based.
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History comes to life at Fort Buford site Fort Buford State Historic Site preserves remnants of a vital frontier plains military post. The fort was built in 1866, near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. It became a major supply depot for military field operations. Some of Fort Buford’s original architecture that still exist on the site include a stone powder magazine, the post cemetery site and a large officers’ quarters building which now houses a museum. While it served an essential role as the sentinel on the northern plains for 29 years, the fort is probably best remembered as the place where the famous Hunkpapa Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, surrendered in 1881.
The summer hours begin May 15 at the Fort Buford State Historic Site, near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, 21 miles northeast of Sidney. The site will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the construction of the Missouri - Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center this summer. The public is welcome to attend special weekend History Alive! presentations throughout the summer. Performances will be on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. central time. To kick off the season May 18 and 19, Steamboat Captain Grant Marsh is featured. The King of the steamboat pilots on the upper Missouri is closely
identified with Fort Buford and the confluence region. Captain Marsh shares his experiences of the 1860s and 70s, including the thrilling run of the steamboat Far West from the Battle of Little Big Horn to Bismarck in 1876. Captain James Liberty Fisk returns to Fort Buford to muster in yet another wagon train bound for the goldfields of western Montana June 15-16. Champion Buffalo Hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith pays a visit to Fort Buford where he was a contract hunter, mail carrier and Army scout in the 1870s Jul. 20-21. In August, the confluence salutes the Lewis and Clark Expedition with a program by Sgt. John Or-
dway, the only member of the party to record a journal entry for everyday of the journey from St. Louis to the Pacific, and back. Ordway will visit Aug. 24-25. The final weekend of the summer season at Fort Buford will be marked by another visit by Vic Smith Sept. 14-15. These special events are entertaining, as well as educational. Admission is free to History Alive! performances, Visitors of the fort are encouraged to avail themselves of all the other opportunities at the site. Other sites to see include the museum displays at the Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford, guided tours at the Fort location and shopping at the center’s gift shop.
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Area calendar of events May 22 - Canadian Snowbirds perform June 5 - July 29 - “I Do” Montana Historical Society Traveling Exhibit (MonDak Heritage Center - MDHC) 8 - Savage catfish tournament 13-16 - Fort Union Rendezvous 14 - MJ Williams Trio - free concert (MDHC) 14-15 - Frontier Days (Culbertson) 22 - “I Do” reception. (MDHC) 22 - Town and Country Festival 23 - Bakken Barrel Daze July 4 - Jaycees breakfast and fireworks 4 - Lambert Old Fashioned 4th
6 - Shakespeare in the Park “Henry V” 8 - Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament 12 - Author’s Showcase (MDHC) 13 - Sunrise Festival of the Arts 18 - Eastern Agriculture Research Center Field Day 19-20 - Fairview Oldtimers’ Festival 26-27 - MonDak Relay For Life 31 - Richland County Fair begins
4-5 - Indian Arts Showcase at Fort Union 8-10 - Roosevelt County Fair (Culbertson) 16-18 - Lone Tree Gun Show 17 - Sidney Jaycees Demolition Derby 17 - Encampment of Fort Buford 24 - MonDak Harvest Fest, tractor pull 31-Sept. 1 - Wagon Train/ Trail Ride (Culbertson) 31-Sept. 2 - Living History Weekend at Fort Union
August 1-3 - Richland County Fair and Rodeo
September All month - Star Lab (MDHC)
7-8 - Wings of Freedom II Air Show 19-21 - Montana History Conference (MDHC) 21 - Blacksmith workshop at Fort Union 27-28 - Northeast Montana Association Threshing Bee and Show (Culbertson) October 1-5 Norsk Hostfest (Minot, N.D.) 1-Nov. 2 - Blue Buffalo Art Show (MDHC) 19 - Oktoberfest featuring Growling Old Men (MDHC) November All month - Membersonly concert featuring Bill Bower (MDHC) 1-Jan. 1 - “Hiding in Plain Sight” MAGDA Traveling Exhibit (MDHC) 2 - Foundation for Community Care Wine and Food
Festival 4-Dec. 30 - Miniature Art Show (MDHC) 16 - Fairview bridge lighting 22 - Parade of Lights December 7 - Fairview Silver Bells 8 - MonDak Christmas (MDHC) 2014 Jan. 9-10 - MonDak Ag Days Feb. 1 - Celebrating Chocolate (MDHC) Feb. 10-15 - District 2-C combined basketball tournament April 19 - Bakken Brewfest For more information on area events, contact the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 406-433-1916, or visit www.sidneymt.com.
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Interesting facts about richland County • The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area coming and going on their historic journey to the West Coast and back to the United States. The Expedition first set foot in what is modern-day Montana on April 27, 1805. In August of 1806, William Clark’s detachment returned down the Yellowstone River. About a week later Captain Lewis and his command returned via the Missouri River. • William “Bill” Cheney was a scout for the U.S. Cavalry stationed at Fort Buford, Dakota Territory, in operation from 1866 to 1895 (now a North Dakota State Historic Site). Cheney fell in love with the Lower Yellowstone Valley and decided later to homestead here. He supplied steamboats with firewood from his wood
yard, which was located at a place north of Sidney, now known as Cheney’s Point. • Old Fort Gilbert marked the southern boundary of the Fort Buford Military Reservation. The post was operated on the bank of the Yellowstone River from 1866 to 1868. The site is located north of Sidney. A marker on Montana State Highway 200 directs motorists to the bluffs overlooking the valley, which were used by the Army as a scouting position. • Homesteaders began to dot the landscape in the 1880s. One of the first was John O’Brien, who built a hotel/stage stop along Fox Creek. It was described as one of the best stopping places on the road, with Mrs. O’Brien purported to be one of the best cooks in the West. The location of
this once prominent travelers’ landmark is about two miles south of Sidney along scenic Highway 16. • Local residents tired of traveling to the Newlon post office decided to apply to the government for their own post office. The original petition was filed under the name Eureka but was rejected when it was determined that another community, located in northwestern Montana, had already claimed the name. Judge Hiram Otis, who was responsible for resubmitting the petition, suggested the name of Sidney, naming the town on the banks of Lone Tree Creek after the 6-yearold son of houseguests of the judge. Otis had taken a liking to the youngster who often accompanied him on fishing excursions. Sidney’s first post office opened Oct.
22, 1888. • The first county fair opened in Sidney on Sept. 14, 1898. Interrupted only by the World Wars and the Depression, the county fair is the longest standing tradition of the area. One of the unique features of the Richland County Fair is the seed picture competition between rural communities surrounding Sidney. These clever and often inspirational creations are built entirely of multicolored seeds and organic materials and are a highlight of the fair. • The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project diverted water from the Yellowstone River to provide a dependable water source for area crops. The project was first authorized by the
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Montgomery gentry to headline fair Montgomery Gentry with special guest Gloriana will entertain at the Richland County Fair August 2013. “I think both of these groups will do great here,” Richland County Fair manager Jamie Larson said. “Montgomery Gentry is an established name. Gloriana is newer but has always been around.” Pre-sale tickets are $45 for reserved seats and $40 for festival will be available from June until a week prior to the Richland County Fair, which runs July 31-Aug. 3. The concert is the night of Aug. 3. In addition, the fair board has awarded a three-year contract to a different carnival company. North Star Amusements, Cody, Wyo., will provides a variety of rides from kiddie rides to family to main rides. The carnival will feature a ferris wheel. Larson said the carnival’s other entertainment sites in Montana include Missoula, Bozeman and Helena. Prices will be similar to past carnivals at the fair including the opportunity to purchase wristbands and pre-sale coupons. “The fair board is looking forward to this year and feels it’s made a good decision by awarding the carnival contract to North Star Amusements,” Larson said.
The band, which busted onto the national scene in 1999, has 14 top 10 hits including five number ones with “Something to Be Proud of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.” Recent hits for the band
Montogomery Gentry will perform Aug. 3 at the Richland County Fair. featuring Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry include top five singles “Where I Come From” and “My Town.” Montgomery Gentry’s accomplishments have included earning a Grammy nomination, winning Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards and reaching critical acclaim. Awards have included duo of the year, top country duo and favorite new artist. The Academy of Country Music selected the duo as the 2010 winner of the Humanitarian Award. In 2009, Montgomery Gentry was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. According to the group’s website, the music is a
unique blend of country, southern rock and Everly Brothers-like harmonies. “We grew up on Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard,” Montgomery said. “That’s who we are. We cut our teeth in the honky tonks and no matter what you try to do, we have to be us or it just doesn’t sound right.”
Gloriana, featuring brothers Tom and Mike Gossin along with Rachell Reinert, released their debut album in 2009. They were the best selling debut country act of that year. “Gloriana” debuted at number two on the Billboard Country Albums
chart and produced the gold-certified hit single “Wild At Heart.” The band won the American Music Award for best breakthrough artist and also earned the “Nationwide On Your Side” honor at the CMT awards. Gloriana released its second studio album, “A Thousand Miles Left,” and it debuted at number two on the Billboard Country Album Chart in July 2012. Gloriana was nominated for three 2012 American Country Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year; Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist “(Kissed You) Good Night;” and Music Video: Group or Collaboration “(Kissed You) Good Night.”
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Fair’s entertainment to include T.J. Casey Free entertainment at the 2013 Richland County Fair, Aug. 3-6, will include Super Science featuring interactive science, Lemur Land with a petting zoo, a caricatures artist and singer/ songwriter TJ Casey. Theme for this year’s fair is “Spirit & Pride County Wide.” Casey is a writer, cowboy storyteller and singer. The soul of Casey is pure cowboy, shaped by his Montana childhood in the remote Pryor Mountains. Living primitively taught him just how unimportant money and possessions really are in life. Mentored by old cowboys and old horses, TJ learned honesty, humor, respect and trustworthiness. Powerful oral histories of old cowboys were learned as poems, stories and songs were passed down. Spending two thirds of his life in a saddle working cattle and horses gives even further authenticity to TJ’s words and music. Spending two thirds of his life so far in a saddle, working with cattle and horses on ranches across the West, gives T. J. Casey and his words and music an authenticity impossible to manufacture . . . they are
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Fort Union Rendezvous takes visitors back in time
Children listen to the re-enactors at Fort Union. A trip to Fort Union takes you back in time to the mid19th century, the heyday of Fort Union and the fur trade on the Upper Missouri River. Fort Union Trading Post was the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri from 1828 to 1867. At this post, the Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet, Hidatsa and other tribes traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as cloth, guns, blankets, knives, cookware and beads.
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This partially reconstructed trading post serves as a stage for living history interpretation. During the summer, various fur trade personnel are portrayed. Walk in the steps of many famous individuals from several countries and cultures such as Kenneth McKenzie, Alexander and Natawista Culbertson, George Catlin, Father Pierre DeSmet, John James Audubon, Sitting Bull, Karl Bodmer and Jim Bridger. Fort Union Trading
Post NHS will host its 31st annual Rendezvous, June 13-16, 2013. Mark the dates on your calendar and come and participate in the Upper Missouri’s finest fur trade fair at one of the West’s most imposing historic sites. As before, traders and campers will be set up just outside of Fort Union’s north wall, with traders’ row extending northward from the back gates. Each day will feature a variety of speakers and demonstrators. As well, our own array of trade goods will be presented in Fort Union’s Trade House. Many of the favorite demonstrators are returning, and we will have a food concessions on site. Hollywood is again coming to Fort Union! The fort’s 2013 headliner is Gordon Laco, producer, historical consultant and technical advisor. Laco’s area of particular specialty is helping productions achieve authenticity and the feel of gritty reality. He has served as consultant and producer to over 50 television and
film productions including “Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World” for which he was lead technical advisor, and “Pirates of the Caribbean II, III and IV. He has participated in three documentary projects dealing with the Great War, which involved battlefield archaeology on sites at the old Western Front in France.
living history programs, a Junior Trader program for kids and the Bodmer Overlook hiking trail (open seasonally).
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Indian Arts Showcase. Demonstrations of traditional Northern Plains Indian accoutrements, crafts and music.
Admission to the park is free, as well as all special events, and is open to the public. Parks hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day are from 8 a.m. CT to 6:30 p.m. CT. Other hours are from 9 a.m. CT to 5:30 p.m. CT. Available activities around the park include a self-guiding map, a visitor center, museum and bookstore, various films on Fort Union and the fur trade, including Firearms of the Fur Trade, The Buffalo Robe and Mysteries of the Archeological Collection, experiencing the Reconstructed Trade House and
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Fort Union Rendezvous 19th Century Fur Trade Fair includes a variety of arts, crafts and music.
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Living History Weekend. Re-enactors portray American Fur Company employees and American Indians of Fort Union Trading Post.
Blacksmith Workshop. Learn the basic techniques of blacksmithing presented by Fort Union. Participants are advised to bring their own lunch and wear appropriate clothing.
Fort Union is located 24 miles north of Sidney and 25 miles southwest of Williston, N.D., via Highway 1804.
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Sidney Country Club welcomes the public Don’t let the name fool you, the Sidney Country Club is open to the public. “I like to think of us as more of a golf club than a country club,” PGA club professional and club manager Jay Frank said.“We offer dining and services familiar to a country club, but we are open to the entire community. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy a game of golf or a great meal.” With 18 challenging holes of golf, its new full-service restaurant and bar, “The Fringe,” and a pro shop, the Sidney Country Club has plenty to offer for the entire community. “The Fringe” offers a variety of sandwiches and entrees and is open yearround. “The Fringe” offers lunch Monday through Friday and is open for dinner Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended, but not needed during dinner service. “The entire community is welcome to enjoy quality food at reasonable prices with a nice atmosphere,” Frank said. During the summer, the Sidney Country Club has a strong youth golf program that gives golfers from grade school on up an opportunity to compete in tournaments. The program features anywhere from 5080 kids in a particular year.
“It’s a great, affordable program. We have had really strong feedback and participation,” he said. “Golf is an excellent youth activity.” The Sidney Country Club was established in 1927 as a nine hole golf course with wild grass and sand greens. By the mid 1960s the Sidney Country Club had been irrigated, with domesticated grass planted on the greens, tee boxes and fairways. In the late 1980s, plans were developed to expand the course from nine to 18 holes. After nearly two decades of fundraising, spearheaded by club member Gleason Haralson and others, construction began on a second nine in 1999 and play began. Course: The Sidney Country Club is a Par 72 course and has a yardage of 5,537 from the forward (red) tees, 6,455 from the middle (white) tees, and 6,901 from the back (blue) tees. The current layout contains a mixture of holes from the original construction and the 2000 addition on both the front and back nine. Both the first and 10th holes are adjacent to the clubhouse allowing staff to start groups on either side of the course during high usage periods. Golf Season: The Sidney Country Club is generally open for play between April
1 and Nov. 1. Tee times: Tee times can be obtained by calling the Sidney Country Club pro shop at 406-433-1894. Members may make tee times up to a week in advance while the general public is limited to 48 hours prior. Public play: The Sidney Country Club is a semi-private course, meaning that subject to the course usage of the membership, tee times are available to the general public. Green fees for nine holes are $32 for adults and $15 for juniors up to age 18. Green fees for 18 holes are $55 for adults and $25 for juniors. There are also a variety of green fee packages available. Membership: The Sidney Country Club currently boasts some 320 playing members with room for up to 450. Membership plans include individual ($890 a year or $80 a month), couple (husband and wife $945/year or $85/month), family ($1,000/year or $91/ month), junior (up to age 18 $195/season) and student (age 18-23, $250/season). Club rentals: Basic starter sets can be rented for $10 for nine holes or $15 for 18 holes. Premium sets can be rented for $15 for nine holes or $25 for 18 holes. Carts: The Sidney Country Club has carts available for rent. Cart rental fees are $13/person for 18 holes
and $10/person for nine holes. Annual cart rental is available for $600. Practice facilities: The Sidney Country Club features a driving range with space for and practice putting green. Lessons: Lessons are available from PGA certified club pro Jay Frank. The rate is $48/hour and can be scheduled by contacting Frank at 406-4331894. Junior golf: The Sidney Country Club offers a summer junior golf program for boys and girls ages 4-18 beginning in June. Food, beverage facilities: The Sidney Country Club features “The Fringe” restaurant, open for lunch and dinner year-round, is complete with a full service bar. There is a snack bar out on the course, and beverage cart service is available on select days. The club house is also available to host catered events such as weddings, reunions, birthday parties and business meetings. Pro shop: The Sidney Country Club pro shop features a full selection of golf equipment and apparel. For a full calendar of events or information on pricing and membership plans, visit www.sidneycountryclub.com.
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Reclamation Act of 1902 supported by President Theodore Roosevelt, “not to make profits but to make homes.” Completed in 1912, the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project is now registered by the state of Montana as a state historic site and, remarkably, is still used for its original purpose. The drainage area of the system is approximately 66,000 square miles. • The Holly Sugar Corporation sugar beet processing plant in Sidney, established in 1925, helped make sugar beets Richland County’s number one cash crop. American Crystal Corporation purchased the Holly Sugar plant in 2001 and renamed the operation Sidney Sugars Inc. • The Sidney High School Eagles won seven straight state football championships in the late 1980s and early 1990s, one of the longest streaks in the nation. • The Sidney High School wrestling team has won four Class A state wrestling championships. • Western artist and Richland County native J.K. Ralston painted the dramatic mural “Sully Crossing the Yellowstone” in 1941 on an inside wall of the old Sidney post office. The building, located on the 100 block of West Main St., is now the Nutter Building named for another Richland
County native, former Montana Gov. Donald Nutter. • In 1958, Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU) constructed the 44,000 kilowatt Lewis and Clark Station south of Sidney. A lignite strip mine is located near Savage, which supplies the coal for the power plant. Sidney became the principal western load center of MDU’s electric power generating operations. • Richland County produced 11,971,483 barrels of oil in 2011, generating more than 50 percent of Montana’s total oil production and establishing Sidney as the state’s crude leader, while demonstrating the depth of this land’s richness. • Sidney offers the only 18-hole golf course in eastern Montana, a challenging course laid out on 350 acres of hills, flatlands, valleys and trees. The Sidney Country Club, a semi-private golf course, offers golf lessons by a professional, lunches and special dinners serviced in clubhouse. • Local history is preserved by the MonDak Historical and Arts Society. The organization opened the J.K. Ralston Museum and Art Center in 1972. After a fire, the Ralston Center was replaced by the modern and spacious MonDak Heritage Center located at 120 Third Ave. S.E. in Sidney.
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Jefferson Lines extends bus service The announcement that Jefferson Lines Bus Company extended its route in Montana is good news for area travels, said Jodi Berry, Richland County director of transportation. In April, Jefferson began new routes to connect Billings and Missoula. Jefferson extended its Glendive run from Fargo, N.D., to Billings. Berry explains one difference is that travelers getting on the bus in Sidney will no longer have to change buses in Glendive. The announcement came about a week after Rimrock Stages Inc. was shut down in Montana by the U.S. Department of Transportation for safety violations. “We can now start going to western Montana again,”
Berry said, “Rimrock’s safety issues have nothing to do with Jefferson Lines. They (Jefferson) are really nice buses, I’ve taken them several time. Some of the buses even have wi-fi.” One change is the time schedule. Eastbound buses out of Sidney will now leave at 9:30 a.m. seven days a week, rather than the previous time of noon. Westbound buses will leave at 8 p.m. rather than the previous time of 5:20 p.m. For ticket information, go to the transportation office at the Richland County community services building. Prices are the same as they have been in the recent past. Berry said the departure times make it easy for people who want to spend
an afternoon in Williston and then head back in the early evening. The press release from Jefferson Lines also states the company will add bus service to several other Montana communities including Livingston, Bozeman and Butte. “We are excited to extend Jefferson Lines’ trademark comfortable ride and quali-
ty customer service to these communities,” said Kevin Pursey, Jefferson Lines’s director of marketing and culture in a press release. “This is going to be a real benefit to passengers in the northwest states of Washington, Idaho and Wyoming as well as those passengers going east to North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and on into Chicago.”
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Fort Peck plans another summer of entertainment Fort Peck Summer Theatre announces the 2013 lineup. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays.
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May 24-June 9 The sisters are back presenting a “thank-you” show for all the people who supported them in the past. But now, they’re a bit slicker, having been “bitten by the theater bug.” Things get to off to a rousing start as the sisters sing Nunsense, the Magic Word, but before long, chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes) as one of their own. At the same time the nuns hear that a talent
scout is in the audience to see them strut their stuff.
June 14-30 Footloose is the story of a young man from Chicago (Ren) forced to move with his mother to a puritanical, small town after his father abandons the family. To Ren’s shock, dancing and rock ‘n’ roll are forbidden. Through tenacity and clever use of the Bible, Ren manages to convince Reverand Moore to let the town’s high schoolers dance again.
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July 5-21 Experience the music of the legendary Johnny Cash in this revue that uses more than three dozen of the singer’s best-known songs
to describe the journey of a man in search of his soul. Full of love and emotion, humor and empathy, the show – like all country songs – tells it like it is.
the town. Harold, on the other hand, is inspired by Marian’s goodness, reveals his secrets to the town and becomes an honest man.
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Aug. 16-Sept. 1 What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas’ third smallest town. The Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote.
July 26-Aug.11 Con man Harold Hill travels to the small town of River City, Iowa, to earn his fortune. He decides to convince the town that they need a boys’ band and then plans to run away once the boys have paid for instruments and uniforms. He even claims to be a professor of music. His scheme is moving along perfectly until Harold falls in love with the town piano teacher, Marian. Even though she knows that he’s a con man, she still loves him for the hope that he brought to
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Shakespeare in the Parks comes to Sidney July 6 Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and George Farquhar’s “The Recruiting Officer” during its upcoming 2013 tour throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington this summer. In its 41st season, the troupe expects to perform 75 performances in 60 communities in the region. The company will perform “Henry V” at Veterans Memorial Park in Sidney at 6:30 p.m. July 6. The company features 10 professional actors selected by national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to communities primarily in rural areas. The company launches its 10-week tour June 19 with eight performances in Bozeman before hitting the road July 1 and concluding its summer tour on Sept. 8. This season the company has added performances in Malta, Thayne, Wyo., Livingston and the Rockin TJ Ranch in Bozeman.
“This summer, an anticipated audience of over 30,000 will be treated to two wonderful performances that encompass classic history to hilarious restoration comedy,” said Joel Jahnke, MSIP’s artistic director and a professor of theater at Montana State University. Jahnke, who has been with the company since 1977, will direct this year’s production of “Henry V.” During his tenure, Jahnke has directed more than 40 productions for MSIP. He has also directed for the Montana Repertory Theatre, Greasy Joan and company in Chicago and the Magic Circle Mime Company based in Seattle, Wash. Associate artistic director William Brown directs “The Recruiting Officer.” Elegant costumes and beautiful scenery along with original music by award-winning composer Andrew Hansen will complement the restoration comedy. All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, with the exception of those at Bozeman’s Sweet
Pea Festival, are free. Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening. For more information on the plays and a complete tour schedule, visit the company’s website http://www. shakespeareintheparks.org. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of MSU’s College of Arts and Architecture. Performances this summer are supported by grants and corporate sponsorships as well as hundreds of individual donors who give what they can to keep the performances free and available to everyone in the touring area. This summer, the entire MSIP summer season is sponsored by The Gianforte Family Foundation. Other major sponsors include Subaru, The National Endowment for the Arts, NorthWestern Energy, Barrick Gold Foundation, Montana Cultural Trust and the Montana Arts Council.
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Big Sky Concert Series announces lineup FEBRUARY 2014: SIX APPEAL
SEPTEMBER 2013: OF MICE & MEN AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
(A Road Trip through the Literary Landscapes of John Steinbeck) and is written for us once again by the hilarious and amazing Jay Kettering. In this 50 minute comedy, a young John Steinbeck, on his way to becoming a great writer, sits in the driver’s seat next to his faithful dog Charley. He has picked up a teenaged hitchhiker with the heart and soul of a rock’n’roller, and together they will travel across America encountering numerous characters from the famous writings of John Steinbeck.
OCTOBER 2013: LONE MOUNTAIN TRIO
Montana artists Kevin Fabozzi, (Montana Mandolin Society), singer/songwriter John Lowell (Kane’s River & Growling Old Men), and mandolin & guitarist Tom Murphy combine their musical expertise to create
Highly acclaimed mime and Broadway actor Bill Bowers will perform in November. an evening of inventive mandolin solos, driving rhythm and tight harmony vocals that you will not forget!
NOVEMBER 2013: BILL BOWERS
One of the most acclaimed mimes today, actor Bill Bowers has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He appeared on Broadway as Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King, and as Leggett in The Scarlet Pimpernel. His original shows, It Goes Without Saying, ‘Night Sweetheart, ‘Night Buttercup and Under A Montana Moon received raves.
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Swearing off instruments, Six Appeal uses a cappella singing to span decades of classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes. Featuring vocal dexterity and adventurous song selection, the 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions explore all genres with a far-reaching repertoire that will surprise and captivate any audience regardless of the setting. Despite their cheeky group name, the antics of these six young gentlemen provide a good natured atmosphere for their electrifying performance. A Six Appeal show will split your sides, feed your musical sweet tooth, and leave you
wondering how in the world they pulled it off just with voices.
MARCH 2014: CHINOOK WINDS
As the professional resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony, members of the Chinook Winds Quintet serve as principal players in the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra. The Chinook Winds have been performing throughout the region since 1992, both as a nontraditional woodwind trio and now as traditional wind quintet. Their performances have been praised for their excellent choice of literature, technical proficiency and wonderful artistry.
Six Appeal, winners of the 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes, will perform in February, 2014.
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The Big Sky Concert Series is planning some big entertainment in the area. For the first time, the concerts will be held at the MonDak Heritage Center this coming season.
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St. Matthew’s Catholic Church 310 7th St. SE, Sidney
Saturday Mass 5:30 p.m.
1st, 3rd & 5th weekend Rectory office & Parish Center office Sunday Mass 9:30 a.m.
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Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Coffee hour to follow. Sunday School 11 a.m. Adult Ed 11 a.m.
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414 E. Main St. Sidney • 406.433.2550 Pasotoral Staff: Senior Pastor Les Anderson • Assoc./Youth Pastor Greg Ledgerwood • Christian Education Loretta Thiel Sunday Events: Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. • Evening Service 6 p.m. Wednesday Events: 6:45 p.m. Midweek Ministries for all ages
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Boys & Girls Club is positive environment for youngsters
The club strives to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential. The Boys & Girls Club of Richland County is an after school program committed to providing a safe and positive place for the youth of Richland County. The club strives to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The club is open to school-aged youth in grades K-12. The Boys & Girls Club primarily provides programs to students between kindergarten and sixth grade, but middle school and high school students are encouraged to join us as volunteers. Youth as young
The club offers daily activities, from arts and crafts, to board games and outside fun.
as fifth grade have the opportunity of being involved in a junior volunteer program at the club. The club offers daily activities in arts and crafts; a game room with a wide selection of board games; power hour where youth can get help with their homework; high yield activities that offer learning opportunities in fun, engaging games; gym and outside activities to keep youth active and encourage healthy competition; and a wide variety of special classes and programs that change from year to year. Some special classes that
have been offered in the past include a drug use resistance program called SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves, Character Counts!, which focuses on the six pillars of good character, photography, nutrition classes, media literacy and opportunities for the youth to lead and showcase talents and skills. Anyone willing to share a special skill or talent with the club members is encouraged to contact the Boys & Girls Club. The hours of operation at the club are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, whenever school
is open. The cost is $30 per youth per year, with scholarships available to those who are unable to pay. The Sidney Public School system provides busing from West Side to Central. Any family wanting to use this service needs to make arrangements with Sidney Schools. This can be done by contacting the administration office at 433-4080. The club office is located upstairs in Central school, 200 Third Ave. S.E. Any questions can be directed to the Boys & Girls Club at 433-6763 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are from noon to 5 p.m.
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Surplus of entertainment awaits in Medora Medora, N.D., located 100 miles from Sidney, is host to some interesting and historical upcoming adventures. From the Medora Musical event, which is celebrating its 49th year, to the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Maah Daah Hey Trail and the Deadwood Trail Ride, there is sure to be something for everyone in Medora.
2013 MEDORA MUSICAL BEGINS ITS 49TH YEAR
The Medora Musical opens June 7 for the 2013 season in the Burning Hills Amphitheater. The show begins its 49th season and will run every night, weather permitting, until Sept. 7. The Medora Musical, called “The Greatest Show In the West”, has been listed as one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association. Attendees will be treated to exciting song and dance routines accompanied by the Musical’s onstage band, the Coal Diggers. In addition, nationally know variety acts add to the quality of the entertainment. The one major change this year is the starting time. All shows for 2013 are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. MDT. This start time is one hour earlier than the past years. A veteran cast of performers will make up the Burning Hills Singers group this year. Five of the male cast and three of the female cast have been performers in previous years of the Medora Musical. Emily Walter of Racine, Wis., returns as the host. She will be joined on stage by Bill Sorenson as her side kick. The Coal Diggers Band returns. For more information about other events in and around Medora, contact the Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau by email at email@example.com or by phone at 701-623-4830.
CAN YOU TAME THE TRAIL?
On foot, bike or horseback, the only way to find out is to get outside and give it a try: lace up your hiking boots; cinch up your saddle; air up your tires; slather on the sunscreen. The Maah Daah Hey Trail is an outdoor adventure where hikers or riders
The Medora Musical is back for its 49th year with a new starting time of 7:30 p.m. MDT. can experience the full thrill of the North Dakota Badlands. In addition to working up a good sweat or just lollygagging along the trail, the opportunities for creating memories are only limited by one’s imagination. You can enjoy the view, the fresh air, and the smell of the vegetation, which is combined with chances to witness abundant species of wildlife romping up and down the clay buttes, tree laden draws and across the native prairie. For more information, contact the Medora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 701-623-4830.
COwBOY HALL Of fAME SHOwCASES HISTORY, CULTURE
Cowboy Hall of Fame showcases history of western culture, people The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is writing a new chapter with a new executive director. Ray Morrell
was named to the position in July of 2012. Morrell continues to tell the story of the American and North Dakota cowboy. The new look of the Cowboy Chronicle is just one of the changes made within the organization to meet the future. Fundraising is another important segment of the organization. NDCHF supporters have a chance to win a 2012 Ford Super Duty pick-up by purchasing a $20 raffle ticket. This F-250 Crew Cab 4x4 short box has a sticker price of $40,200 For more information about Medora, contact the Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-6234830 or email at email@example.com.
DEADwOOD TRAIL RIDE SCHEDULED THIS SUMMER
Calling all cowgirls, cowboys, horses, wagon masters and nature lovers.
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The stagecoach is leaving – from Buffalo, S.D., to Medora. It is all part of the Medora to Deadwood Wagon Train Trail Ride. This is an opportunity to relive the history and lore of the Medora Stage and Forwarding Company. The second half of this wagon train trail ride leaves Buffalo on Aug. 31, and proceeds northward to Medora, arriving on Sept. 7. More information is available by calling the Billings County Museum at 701623-4829 or the Days of ’76 Museum at (605) 578-1657.
2013 Full list OF EVENts
June 2 – Theodore Roosevelt National Park 59th Annual Bird Walk & Chuckwagon Breakfast June 7 – Medora Musical:
Show held nightly through Sept. 7. June 7 – Pitchfork Steak Fondue: Every evening through Sept. 7. June 7-8 – Medora Rough Rider Rodeo, Ranch-O-Rama Rodeo grounds. June 9 – Kids Day: Every Sunday and Wednesday (through Sept. 4). June 11 – Seniors Day: Every Tuesday & Thursday (through Sept. 5.). June 14 – Flag Day and All Horse Parade: June 14 – Marquis de Mores Birthday Celebration: June 15 – Medora Bully Run: 10K - 5K - 5K Walk. June 21-22 – Medora’s Antique Classic Car Show June 21 – North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Annual Patio Dinner & Dance June 22 – North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame In-
duction Ceremony July 4 & 6 – Independence Day Celebration Festivities July 14 – Veterans Day in Medora Aug. 10 – Sperry Horse Sale Aug. 21 – Medora’s Birthday Celebration Aug. 24 – Badlands Trail Run Sept. 1 – Wade Westin Music Fest Sept. 7-8 – Hot Air Balloon Rally. Sept. 19 – North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Cowboy Classic Golf Tourna-
ment. Sept. 21 – North Dakota Cutting Horse Association Competition. Sept. 27-29 – Dakota Night Skies Astronomy Festival Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day Oct. 26 – Craft Show in the Badlands Oct. 31 – Halloween Party for Kids Nov. 8 – Wildlife Feed Nov. 9-11 – Veteran’s Day Weekend Dec. 6-8 – Medora’s OldFashioned Cowboy Christmas
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Emily Walter is the returning host for the Medora Musical. Emily is the woman in the red hat welcoming youngsters to the stage before the start of the show. Medora is located about 110 miles east of Sidney on Interstate 94.
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Library offers something for everyone The Sidney-Richland County Public Library is excited to welcome you to the area, and would like to invite you to visit our facility in Sidney. The library has something for everyone, whether you are just visiting or settling down. Located across from Reese and Ray’s IGA at 121 Third Ave. N.W., the library is conveniently open Monday through Saturday. You can also find us online at our official website, richland. org/spl, or Like us on Facebook, facebook. com/sidneyrichlandlibrary. We post information about special events, and you can follow links to our online resources, which include everything from small engine repair manuals, academic articles and magazines to free online courses through UniversalClass with topics ranging from computers to starting a home business. The library also has free Internet access, and you can use one of our computers or bring your own device to connect to our open WiFi. We offer Tech Tuesday computer classes, and are here to help you succeed at distance learning with one of our college partners, or any other school or training program. You can even arrange to teach your own business training us-
Natalie Conlin and Shea invite area youth to read with them. ing our 11 unit laptop training lab. For new residents, signing up for a library card is fast and easy. New patrons should bring in a picture ID and proof of address to get a library card. With a card, you have access to materials from books and magazines to numerous online reference and magazine databases including Ancestry and Consumer Reports. The library is constantly adding new titles, and we even take requests. The collection contains books for all ages and interests, so the whole family is sure to find something to
enjoy. Your card also gives you access to Montana Library2Go, a statewide collection of eBooks and audio books you can download to almost any eReader or MP3 player online. Not sure where to start? Just bring in your device for a quick tutorial with our staff. We also have a large collection of audio books on CD, and an extensive collection of DVDs for all ages. There’s always something special going on at the library, and anyone can join in. From June to August, you can enjoy our Summer Reading Program,
a fun way to get the whole family reading. It features a variety of contests, drawings, prizes and activities for all ages. During the school year, there is a weekly early learning story time for preschoolers, where little ones learn finger plays, work on pre-reading skills and use their imagination during craft time. Movie nights are held, featuring classic, foreign, independent and art house films. We can also help you join our book club, or one of several other vibrant discussion groups in Richland County. Finally, if you’re
raising a family, here or elsewhere, we work with the Family Resource Center to give you access to books, DVDs, computer courses and in-person classes that will help your family be successful, happy and resilient. We also offer a kids play area with puzzles and early learning backpacks filled with puzzles and toys you can check out, take home and use to play and learn together. We hope to see you at the Sidney-Richland County Library for all your informational, recreational and life-long learning needs.
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County planning centennial celebration for June 2014 Plans for Richland County’s centennial celebration in 2014 are moving forward. Although the core centennial committee has been established, other individuals or groups are encouraged to get involved with different projects for the celebration scheduled for June 13-15, 2014. All events will take place at the Richland County Fairgrounds. “We are looking for subcommittees and non-profit groups for different events within the centennial celebration,” Jamie Larson, committee chair, said. Larson wants non-profit groups to approach the committee about different items such as concessions, raffles, games.
The committee will sell souvenir and commemorative pieces during the summer of 2013 including at the Town and Country Festival, Lambert’s Fourth of July celebration and Fairview’s festival. The committee is also researching of making available larger items such as centennial rifles. Entertainment for the weekend might include a concert, dance and free entertainment. “We also want to have local talent,” Larson said. Tentative plans include having county-paid meals on Friday night and Saturday and perhaps a brunch and a religious program Sunday.
Tractor pull set for aug. 24 Held every August, the chamber’s fifth annual Harvest Fest Tractor, Pickup and ATV Pull is scheduled this year for Aug. 24 at the Richland County Fairgrounds. The pull always draws a hefty crowd of several hundred who come to watch whose puller is strongest. Last year featured two lawn mowers, a half dozen four-wheelers and two dozen each of pickups and tractors. The Richland County Fairgrounds plays host to the family-friendly event as the Harvest Fest showcases various aspects of the outdoor life in the region. The tractor/pickup pull features activities perfect for a steamy August afternoon. “This is going to be a nice day to be out with the fam-
ily,” Ben Larson, chamber organizer, said. Old farm tractors will be one of the highlights of the day. The gates open at 6 p.m. for the children’s pedal pull, which will be followed by the tractor pull. Tractor classes include farm stock, improved and modified. Pickup categories include stock and modified. “The event will have something for everyone,” Larson said. The event is extremely affordable with cost per ticket being $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 and up. Concessions are in the beer garden. The event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until it’s finished. For more information, contact the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 433-1916.
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Town and Country Festival offers plenty of fun June 22 The Town and Country Festival, which has become a tradition in Sidney since 2008, is once again scheduled for this summer on June 22, 2013. The day was formed to unite city and country folk to come together to enjoy a day of fun in the warm sunshine with lots of activities to keep festival-goers occupied. The festival is scheduled to kick off with the annual parade, usually the largest of the year, at 9:30 a.m. A pet parade is traditionally held at the same time. Following the parade, festivalgoers can shop street vendors and sidewalk sales for deals and steals, and enjoy children’s activities like games and face painting. This year’s free lunch is sponsored by Blue Rock Products in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary. Chamber executive director Wade VanEvery urges the public to schedule their
class reunions that weekend as it’s an idyllic time to do so amongst all the activity. “What could be better,” VanEvery said. “It’s a major event, and we look forward to it.” After downtown, there will be a pet petting zoo along with many other activities for children. Stores are urged to offer specials to attract shoppers from throughout the region. A free feed is scheduled in downtown Sidney during the lunch hour. That afternoon, the annual Neal Hermanson Memorial Ranch Rodeo is scheduled at the Richland County Fairgrounds. The ranch rodeo is limited to the first 10 teams registered. There will be a public barn dance that evening featuring a live band at the fairgrounds. For entry information, go to www.nealhermansonmemorial.com.
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agates are hidden treasures in eastern montana Sidney Herald
Running the family agate shop is a labor of love for Jim Harmon, who is involved with every step of the process from finding rough agate in the bed of the Yellowstone River to crafting the finished products displayed in his family’s shop within Yellowstone Marketplace in downtown Sidney. Harmon’s Agate and Silver shop was founded in 1969 in Crane by Jim’s father, Tom, and is now located in downtown Sidney. As a child, Harmon enjoyed floating down the Yellowstone River with his father as they hunted for newly unearthed agates, but he didn’t think he’d end up going into business with his dad.
“When I was in school, my dad showed me how to cut stones and it was drudgery for me,” he said. “So that was not what I wanted to do.” After graduating from high school, Harmon left Crane for Billings, where he went to school to learn to be an auto mechanic. Harmon envisioned working on hot rods and racecars, but he learned the job was not as glamourous as his mind made it out to be while working at Midas in Billings, where he spent his days getting dirty under the hoods of “run-of-themill cars.” He didn’t know it at the time, but he now believes God was pulling him back home. “I maybe got disillusioned with what I thought I wanted to do when I growed up I guess, and I’m glad that the Lord brought
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Jim Harmon with one of the knives at Harmon’s Agate and Silver. me back here.” Harmon returned to Crane when he was 21 years old to join his father’s agate business, where he learned how to cut the stone so well that he began doing custom cutting for people around the country. “Not only Montana agate, but anything else anybody would send me,” he said. Harmon’s Agate and Silver has always sold rings, necklaces, earrings, belt buckles and keychains bejeweled with polished orange, yellow and brown agates, but he is beginning to sell other items adorned with the stone. His latest creations are a pair of knives with handles carved from Montana agates. He intends to begin selling matching sets of knives and sharpening stones made from agate slabs. He is also in the process of crafting rings made entirely of agate in a contrast to the more common gold and silver rings with agate centerpieces. “What I want to do is try to do new things with the agate that keeps it in front
of people and gets people excited about what you can do with the stone,” he said. “I’ve seen bowls. I’ve never seen a great big chalice, but I’ve seen small ones. Anything the imagination can dream up you can do with it, you just have to put your talents to work and come up with it.” While he enjoys the hunt for new agates, Harmon says his favorite part of the job is the satisfaction he gets when a piece is finished. “When a piece comes together that you’ve taken from the raw materials and everything comes together and the design looks really good, I enjoy that part of it,” he said. “There’s been some pieces that have went that I really didn’t want to see go, but if you don’t want it to go, you don’t put it out for sale. Usually when your eye is caught by a piece that
‘I guess that’s my hobby and work mingled together.’ Jim Harmon Harmon’s agate and Silver you’ve made, somebody else is going to snap it up like that.” The small business is still in the family and Harmon intends to keep it that way. He and his parents do most of the craftsmanship, while Deanna takes care of the bookkeeping. The entire family helps search for new agates, including his 16-year-old daughter, Jessi. Harmon also enjoys hunting and fishing, but his favorite hobby is still the hunt for agates. “I guess that’s my hobby and work mingled together,” he said.
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Flags of Honor is tradition in Richland County in locked cabinets with locked doors. The room is open for public viewing on a limited basis to prevent fading of the colors. The flags are available for private viewing and toured yearly by the grade school. The room is wheelchair accessible. Though there are 600 flags currently stored in the facility, only 130 of them are flown each year on a rotating basis. Inside the room, the flags are arranged in alphabetical order. To ensure the flag’s originality when they are brought in by family members, each flag is carefully labeled with the veteran’s name, branch of service, the war he served in and the date of death. This protects against mix-ups. Often, after a military burial, the family does not know what to do with the casket flag, how to store it or display it. The Flags of Honor program stores and cares for those flags and then flies them proudly for the entire community to cher-
VFW Ladies Auxiliary members take part in a flag folding ceremony. ish and respect. The Flags of Honor program is unique because there is no cost to store the flags, and the families can have the flags back at any time. The program is funded entirely by donations. Flags in the program represent more than 150 years of military service. Four flags represent veterans who served in the Spanish-American War, four in the Civil War, 133 in World War I, 333 in World War II, 74 in the Korean War and 28 in the Vietnam War. Seventeen veterans served in multiple wars, 27
were killed in action, one was missing in action and one died as a prisoner of war. There are 436 flags from U.S. Army veterans, 97 from Navy veterans, 32 from Air Force veterans, 21 from veterans of the Marine Corps and 10 from veterans who served in two different military branches. Over the years most of the community members who started the Flags of Honor program have died or moved away. The VFW Post 4099, Ladies Auxiliary VFW 4099, Lions Club and Kiwanis Club and a
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The Flags of Honor is a community effort started by 13 civic organizations in 1965 to honor and remember the veterans of this country. Most people only see the efforts of this unique program on Memorial Day when 130 original casket flags are posted in Veterans Memorial Park at 6 a.m. Later that morning, volunteers check out flags and, with proud solemnity, carry them down Central Avenue in a memorable parade. Some parade flags are elevated on poles while others are carried folded. All of the flags carry the name of an individual who served in the U.S. military. Originally flown in Nutter Park, the ever increasing collection of casket flags soon outgrew that location. Several years of discussion and fundraising led to the current pavilion and Flags of Honor storage facility in Veterans Memorial Park. Inside a room that is humidity controlled and fireproof, the flags are stored
host of others have volunteered tremendous hours to keep the program strong and growing which, in addition to the flag posting and parade, includes music in the park and a pot-luck at the VFW every Memorial Day. Anyone can volunteer to carry a flag in the parade and even request to carry a specific flag. About 200 flags are carried down Central Avenue each year. To volunteer as a flag bearer, or to make a donation, contact Violet Tharp, 488-1173, and Margaret Bradley, 488-4613.
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How Sidney became Sidney By LouiSa BarBer Sidney Herald
A little more than two centuries after the great Lewis and Clark expedition came through, Richland County still thrives today. Through the years the residents of this harsh, yet wonderfully stunning landscape have celebrated victories in statehood and incorporation and shared in hardships and tragedies. 2011 marked 100 years since Sidney’s incorporation, a testament made possible by those who stuck through freezing winters and sweltering summers to pursue a life on the American frontier. So here’s to Sidney and another 100 years.
Some 70 years following Lewis and Clark in 1880, Richland County’s first family of William and Sarah Newlon settled in what would become the town of Newlon in 1881, about five miles southwest of presentday Sidney. At that time, there was an influx of settlers that was very little at first but had grown. Buffalo hunting was prominent, and the MonDak region was seen as one of the last places in the famed frontier. Settlers came directly from Denmark, Norway, Germany and Italy. By the late 1880s, there had been substantial growth in the Lower Yellowstone Valley. Residents in the Sidney area traveled to Newlon to drop mail off at the post office, but they were getting tired of making those trips. So in 1888, the townspeople
Main Street in 1908. submitted a petition for a post office under the name Eureka. But that was not to be when they were notified a community in northwest Montana already claimed the name. The man who was responsible for resubmitting the paperwork, Judge H.L. Otis, would ultimately be credited for naming the town. Otis was good friends with a family by the name of Walters, and he especially took a liking to the couple’s 6-year-old son, Sidney. When he suggested the name for the new post office, no one raised any objections. Residents of the Lower Yellowstone Valley in 1889 celebrated Montana’s statehood, and the area continued to grow with new residents. Several area settlers met in the Sidney Schoolhouse in August 1897 to discuss plans for a town hall. Three months later it was complete and a dance was held – the first activity to take place in the log-built community hall.
Sidney Walters as an adult. At the turn of the century, businesses began to sprout. The first shop in Sidney opened in 1901, a general store, and was followed by other businesses like the Valley Bank (a change in name would lead to First National Bank in 1908), hotel, restaurant, optometrist, photo gallery, stable, the controversial saloon, the Yellowstone Mercantile Company, electric company and a grain elevator, meant
to entice a railroad to Sidney. The first Northern Pacific train would eventually pull into Sidney in June 1912. But in January 1911, something dramatic was about to take place. Residents of this small community secretly wanted incorporation and ultimately separation from Dawson County to vie for the county seat. Several Sidney residents met to discuss fire protection and equipment but considered instead a proposal by banker R.S. Nutt to incorporate. In that meeting, 17 voted in favor while two voted against and one abstained. Within two months, a census reported the population was at 358, just over the 300 number needed to incorporate. In late March, upon consideration of a petition, Dawson County commissioners approved, and all that was needed was voter approval. The voters approved the town’s incorporation 55-1 on April 21, 1911.
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Lineup set for Norsk Hostfest in 2013
Bill Cosby is the headline act Oct. 3. lamy Brothers, Bill Cosby, Charley Pride, Happy Together Tour 2013 and Alabama (performing two shows). The festival kicks off Oct. 1 with the 7 p.m. (central time) opening ceremonies followed by an evening concert featuring Frank Sinatra Jr. who will per-
form with his 13-member orchestra band and the full Minot (N.D.) Symphony Orchestra. “This is a unique opportunity for Minot,” said David Reiten, Norsk Høstfest president. “To have a legend like Frank Sinatra Jr. performing with our own Minot Symphony Orchestra is an once-in-a-lifetime event.” Tickets will cost $80 for VIP seats and $60 for regular seats. The Høstfest Eve Concert tickets with Sinatra will sell for $35. Fans can order tickets online at hostfest.com, by calling 701-852-2368, or in person at 1020 S. Broadway, Minot, ND 58701. Norsk Høstfest’s new ticketing system will ensure great customer service and easy online purchasing.
ADDITIONAL ENTERTAINMENT In addition to the Great Hall entertainment, Norsk Høstfest offers free stage acts several times each day during the festival including The Oak Ridge Boys, Bjøro Haaland, Williams and Ree, Western Senators, ABBA Girlz, Tigirlily and Logan Lind. Norsk Høstfest encourages fans to visit the newly designed website and dig
The Happy Together Tour will entertain Oct. 5. deep into the schedule and get beyond the festival’s surface. “When people attend Norsk Høstfest in October, they will really be surprised at the depth in the festival,” Reiten said. Besides great entertain-
ment, Norsk Høstfest will spotlight Scandinavian culture, artisan crafts, Nordic shopping, nightly dances, and of course, great authentic Scandinavian cuisine.
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Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian festival held in Minot, N.D., 170 miles from Sidney, is excited to announce its entire 2013 Great Hall entertainment lineup for the Oct. 1-5, 2013, festival. The 36th Annual Norsk Høstfest Great Hall acts include Frank Sinatra Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Marty Stuart and The Bel-
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Recreation contact list As a participant, coach, volunteer or spectator, the various sports and recreation groups in Richland County and the surrounding region provide a great way for people to get active in their communities. Here are just some of the sports and recreation groups in the area. For more information, visit www.richlandrecreation. com.
• Pheasants FoReveR
Bob Crandell, 488-3838
• ducks unlimited
Doug Lang, 488-4191
• FaiRview amateuR BaseBall
Jim Duffey, 811 S. Central Ave. Fairview, MT 59221 406-742-5804 or 406-742-5234 firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-488-7519
• Richland county BaseBall commission
• ok lanes (BowlinG)
• GiRls slow Pitch
• sidney healthwoRks Fitness centeR
Jesse Nesper, president 480-9747 www.sidneybaseball. blogspot.com/ Amy Metz, 488-8828, Grades K-4
• adult slow Pitch
Art Herman, 480-9885
• swim team
Clay Moran, 433-3410 or Don Garsjo, 488-6523
• FaiRview BoxinG cluB
Kirby Sundheim, 406-8559182
• FlaG FootBall
Rance Haralson, 482-2680
• easteRn montana maRtial aRts academy
Nanette Bergerson, 4803008
• cuttinG edGe dance studio
Jen Steinbeisser, 489-2538
• sidney wRestlinG cluB
Shane Gorder- coach, 482-9672
• lone tRee aRcheRs
Larry Anderson, 488-7775
• walleyes unlimited Doug Hill, 488-3845
173 E. Miller St. Sidney, MT 59270 406-433-2695
• outBack BaRRel RacinG Barb Flammond P.O Box 1215 Sidney, MT 59270 www.outbackbarrelracing.com 406-798-3423 email@example.com
• Richland youth hockey
Damon McLaughlin 406-488-1471 406-480-3103 firstname.lastname@example.org Rink address and phone: 601 Seventh Ave. S.W. Sidney, MT 59270 406-433-5229 www.richlandrangers.org
• sidney countRy cluB
Highway 16 N. Sidney, MT 59270 Pro shop: 406-433-1894 email@example.com
• sidney GiRls Fast-Pitch soFtBall (GRades 5-12)
Terry Roth 406-488-5124 firstname.lastname@example.org
• sidney Gymnastics cluB PO Box 418 Sidney, MT 59270 406-433-3008 sidneygymnastics@ yahoo.com
• sidney men’s BasketBall Jeremy Norby 406-488-2715
• sidney Rodeo cluB
Randy Searer, 480-1974 Ellen Wznick, 489-1118
• sidney saddle cluB
President: Randi Hass, 480-0141
• sidney socceR assoc.
John Gaskin email@example.com http://www.midrivers. com/~sidsoccer/ 488-7400
• sidney swimminG Pool and wateRslide 610 Seventh Ave. S.W. Sidney, MT 59270 406-433-1576
• sidney tendokan (tae kwon do)
Mike Bergh 117 N. Central Ave. Sidney, MT 59270 406-488-8590 or 406-488-8222
• sidney tennis couRts
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• youth Rodeo assoc. (aGes 4-18)
Pete Rising PO Box 692 Culbertson, MT 59218 406-963-2300 firstname.lastname@example.org. mt.us
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Entertainment: Event in Minot features quality performers FROM pAgE 37
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Norsk Høstfest is a nonprofit Scandinavian festival held annually in the fall in the All Seasons Arena on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, N.D. Entering its 36th year, the festival has become North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world. The festival features worldclass entertainment, Scandinavian culture on display,
handcrafted Norsk merchandise, authentic Scandinavian cuisine, plus a fine dining establishKristofferson ment lead by guest chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
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ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE (All times are central time) • Frank Sinatra Jr., Høstfest Eve Concert, 7 p.m., Oct. 1 • Kris Kristofferson, 1 p.m., Oct. 2 • Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2. • Marty Stuart and Bellamy Brothers, 1 p.m., Oct. 3. • Bill Cosby, 7:30 p.m. •
An aerial shot of Sidney taken by pilot David Sanderson, Pathfinder Aviation in Homer, Alaska.
Oct. 3. • Charley Pride, 1 p.m., Oct. 4. • Alabama, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4-5 (two shows) • Happy Together Tour (Greatest Pop/Rock Tour of the 60s & 70s), 1 p.m., Oct. 5, starring t he Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie; Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night; Gary Puckett and The Union Gap; Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders; and Gary Lewis and The Playboys.
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Fairview offers much fun during year Few communities in eastern Montana have celebrations like Fairview, located just a mile away from North Dakota and 12 miles from Sidney. No matter what time of year, there is always an activity or event in the tight-knit community. In early December, the community comes together to hold a winter festival event called Silver
Bells. The event includes a large Christmas bazaar organized by the Fairview Chamber. A free movie for children is held during the afternoon. After the movie, Santa makes a special visit. Another annual holiday event is the Fairview Bridge lighting ceremony. The bridge is decorated with large ornaments and a fire-
The parade for the Fairview Festival is one of the largest in the area. be the weekend of July 19-21. Another summer event is the annual motorcycle rally, which is scheduled for Aug. 18. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the parade begins around noon. The day concludes with live music and food at the Waterhole in the evening. All proceeds collected are donated
to charity. Last year’s rally included 147 motorcycles. An area attraction is Sharbono Memorial Park, which includes a swimming pool, picnic tables and grills for barbecuing, RV hookups and an RV dump. The park, with its beautiful gazebo, is able to host a variety of
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The Fairview Festival is fun for all ages.
works display occurs in the evening. Fairview is also the place to be during the summer season. The Fairview Summer Festival and Old-Timers Reunion is much like a homecoming, drawing former residents to join with the local population the third Saturday in July each year. In 2013, the festival will
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Fairview: Great place to visit lifted 43 feet in 30 minutes, but it never saw actual use since the steamboat traffic on the lower Yellowstone ceased in 1912. For 31 years, automobile traffic crossed the Fairview railroad bridge. This was obviously a dangerous situation and accidents did occur, but none involved a train and no deaths were reported. A highway bridge had been discussed in the late 1930s, but World War II interrupted the discussion. In 1949, a serious effort was made to fund the construction of the bridge. The bridge begins at the west end of the park and crosses the Yellowstone River to the east. From there, pedestrians may enter the 30-foot high tunnel that cuts through a butte. The trek from the park to the east end of the tunnel is about half a mile.
The historic Fairview Bridge is located outside of Fairview in North Dakota.
gatherings from reunions and weddings to other events. Sundheim Park, which includes the Fairview Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel, has become a popular walking trail trail just outside of town. An 18-hole disc golf course is available at Sundheim Park. Although it’s considered the only lift span bridge in North Dakota, it has a twin structure located nine miles north and crossing the Missouri River in Montana. Both bridges were constructed in 1912 and completed in the fall of 1913. Because both rivers are considered navigable by the U.S. government, a lift span mechanism was required to allow steamboat traffic to pass beneath the lift span needed to clear an average river level by 80 feet. It was tested once when it was
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Catfish tournament is great time in Savage Located 20 miles southwest of Sidney, Savage is a close-knit settlement that prides itself on community spirit. Because it’s located near the Yellowstone River, the community’s largest event is its catfish tournament, which takes place the second weekend of June every year, and serves as a fundraiser for the Savage Fire Department. It’s one of Richland County’s most popular events. The 2013 Savage Catfish Tournament is scheduled for June 8. Teams consist of one to three people. Registration is $75 per team. The tournament is limited to 180 people. “We fill up every year,” says Savage Fire Chief Marshall Vojecek. “I think it’s because it’s our native fish.” There are more catfish in the Yellowstone River than anywhere else, and early June is prime fishing time. At 7 p.m. the evening before the tournament, teams will be auctioned at a calcutta to raise money and allow individuals not interested in fishing to participate. The fire department keeps a percentage of the funds raised in the calcutta, while the rest goes into puts to be distributed to the winners.
Six places will be awarded in the smaller fish category and up to $200 will be awarded for the biggest fish. Last year’s calcutta was the highest yet, raising $28,605. The fundraiser is used to purchase tools and equipment for the rural fire department, which go on display during the tournament. A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks representative inspects every boat and fisherman prior to the competition. The first flight of fishermen will be on the river from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second flight will head out at 7:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m.
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The tournament will operate under a “catch and release” format. Teams will catch, measure and release all fish except for six fish to be weighed in. Five of the six must be between 12-18 inches and one – must be more than 18 inches. Scoring is be based on the total weight of the five fish, with the sixth and largest fish being entered in the grand prize competition.
There will be six place awards and an array of regionally donated door prizes. Artificial and live bait are allowed. Fish must be caught on a rod and reel combination with a limit of one rod and reel per fisher, spares may be carried in the boat. After prizes are awarded, there will be a free-will donation community supper beginning around 5 p.m. at the Savage Fire Hall. In the past, more than 225 individuals have enjoyed the meal, which is open to the entire community. The feast includes catfish, fried potatoes and onions, and baked beans. The annual day of catfishing draws family and friends from all over the region. “It’s a good little fundraiser,” Vojacek said. “We have some real good fisherman, and everything has always run smoothly. Whoever comes out always seems to have a blast.” For more information, contact Vojacek at 406-776-2257.
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Lambert is place to be Fourth of July
One of the entries in last year’s parade. Road 329 into Lambert. The museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another significant historical attraction recognized by the National Historical Society on the National Register of Historic Places, is the Burgess Garage. According to the Lambert Historical Society, Henry Winkes constructed the garage in 1913, the same There’s always plenty of food. year the town of Lambert the first sources of motorwas officially platted by ized vehicles and machinthe Northwest Improveery in Richland County. The ment Co. during an era of garage served passenger tremendous growth and optimism in eastern Montana. car needs and sales and maintenance of agriculturDuring a time when busial equipment to settlers at a ness flourished in Lambert, time when Lambert was the Winkes’ Garage was one of
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Lambert is the place to be when the Fourth of July rolls around as the small community hosts the biggest Independence Day party in Richland County. “It’s great family fun and everyone’s welcome,” event organizer Libby Knotts said. The day begins with a parade starting at 11 a.m., which has included floats, horses, cars and tractors in years past. There is also a bicycle parade for children, who decorate their bikes for the event. A barbecue begins at noon. Musical entertainment is booked for the afternoon and games will be available to entertain children. The Lambert Museum’s country store will also remain open. The museum is one of the town’s top attractions as it provides visitors with a window into the past. Lambert’s heritage is depicted throughout the walls of the museum. In 1977, area residents brought together memorabilia from the past to the present. From the Native American exhibit with headdresses, clothing and moccasins to the original printing office – it all brings the past back to life. The museum is located off Highway 200, 22 miles west of Junction 16. Turn left and follow County
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Lot of fun activities in Culbertson
With more than 50 businesses and 700 people, there is something for everyone in Culbertson. The town is nested at the foot of the river breaks just north of the Missouri River. Culbertson is located about 38 miles northwest of Sidney on Highway 16.
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Each spring finds Culbertson playing host to the Saddle Club’s Frontier Days. With the help of the Culbertson Chamber of Commerce, two full days of western hospitality and fun include rodeos in the Saddle Club’s unique tiered rodeo grounds, a parade on Saturday, a barn dance and concessions on the grounds. Contact Luke Anderson for rodeo info at 406-787-5860.
Roosevelt County Fair is held in August in Culbertson. The fair features entries from the county youth 4-H, Scouts and area schools. Adults are also encouraged to enter their food, crafts, plants and flowers. Highlights of the fair include a 4-H and FFA livestock auction, fashion revue, farmhand Olympics, petting zoo, various
NE MONTANA ASSOCIATION THRESHING BEE AND SHOW SEpT. 27-28, 2013
The Northeast Montana Threshers and Antique Association Show is held in late September each year. The association was founded in 1963 to preserve and demonstrate farm machinery and items used by yesterday’s generations. The show features 1900s horse drawn machinery and equipment, lumber planer and lumber sawing, large display of old time tractors, stationary engines, antique cars and equipment with different models added each year. There are concessions on the grounds, space provided for a flea market and places to park your camper or RV.
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vendors and a fun run. The Chamber of Commerce and area businesses sponsor breakfast and a free noon meal on Friday and Saturday.
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The cost of the weekend includes great food, entertainment and hay for the horses. The wagon train brings people from Montana, North and South Dakota, Idaho, California,West Virginia, Texas, Kentucky, Minnesota and Alberta, Canada. This past year there were 21 wagons and 400 out riders, with some years up to 30 wagons. Contact Ken Arneson for more information at 406-798-3712.
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For 45 years the Culbertson Saddle Club has sponsored the Labor Day Trail Ride and Wagon Train. For the real feel of the “Old West” you can ride in covered wagons or on horseback through Montana foothills imagining the working cowboy’s way of life 100 years ago.
O-Mok-See is simply games on horseback, most familiar are barrel racing, pole bending and not so familiar the key hole race, flag race, barrel and stake, and rescue race. This is a way for the whole family to enjoy an afternoon playing games while riding their horses.
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Trail ride is great Labor Day weekend journey
to change, and $65 for those 16 and under. Admission includes three square meals during the two-day ride, breakfast Monday morning, hay for your horses, refreshments and live entertainment Saturday and Sunday night. The event kicks off Friday night when participants arrive and pitch tents, park RVs, trailers and build corrals at the base camp. The ride begins early Saturday morning, with participants stopping at a previously designated noon camp where lunch is waiting, and finishing by returning to camp, via a different trail, in the evening. During the two-day ride, between
15-25 miles are covered by the wagons. With one trail complete, riders will follow a different trail out the next morning, circling back into camp again in the evening. To learn more, contact Ken Arneson at 406-798-3712.
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No plans for Labor Day 2013? Then head on up to Culbertson and get ready to rough it…in style. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got more hours in the saddle than out; if you’re still learning the ropes of riding, or prefer to handle a team of horses (or mules) from the comfortable perch of a wagon seat, the Culbertson Saddle Club Wagon Train/ Trail Ride, Labor Day weekend, will host something for every western enthusiast out there. From the very old to the very young, the event provides new friends, good company, good food, excellent entertainment and plenty of horses. This year will be the 45th year of the trail ride. In past years, 22 wagons made an appearance and more than 400 outriders ranging from states as far as California, Kentucky, Minnesota, West Virginia and even Alberta, Canada. Of course there are plenty of Montanans mingling among the travelers. In 45 years, the Saddle Club has never led the participants along the same trail twice. Participants are also allowed to range far and wide during the ride, as long as they stay somewhere (not necessarily in sight) in between the first wagon and the last wagon. Participants can bring their own horses, hitch a ride in a wagon, or bring their own teams. Fortunately for teamsters, admission is free, but for the rest, the cost of admission is $100, subject
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Plenty of fishing available in eastern Montana, western North Dakota Montana fishing access
Culbertson Bridge open: Jan. 1-Dec. 31; size: 11 acres; day use only; concrete boat ramp; access for trailers; latrine (ADA accessible); directions 3 miles southeast of Culbertson on Hwy 16; weapons restriction open during established hunting seasons with no weapons restrictions; vehicle length site is accessible; activities: boating, fishing. Diamond Willow open: Jan. 1-Dec. 31; size: 82 acres; day use only; hand launch only, small craft; primitive site; directions Hwy 16, 1.5 miles south of Sidney, 2.5 miles east on Hwy 23, 7 miles northeast on County Road 122, 1 mile north on County Road 354; vehicle length, trailer length is 20 ft.; activities: boating, fishing and wildlife viewing. Elk Island open: Jan. 1-Dec. 31 size: 948 acres; day use only; hand launch only; limited access for trailers and RVs; directions Hwy 16, 1 mile north of Savage, east 2 miles on County Road 110; vehicle length site is accessible; activities: boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting and photography. Gartside Reservoir open: Jan. 1-Dec 31.; size: 160 acres; day use only; no boat ramp, hand launch; access for trailers; latrine; warm water game fish stamp required; has a concrete parking pad with a connecting hardened surface to the accessible latrine and an ADA fishing platform; directions Hwy 16, 1 mile north of Crane, west 1 mile on County Road 115; restrictions non-motorized boats, restrictions apply to boating; vehicle length site is accessible; activities fishing
and picnicking; other recreation fishing pier/platform; picnic site, fire ring and picnic table. Intake Dam open: Jan. 1-Dec. 31; size: 93 acres; 15 campsites – fee charged; concrete boat ramp; access for trailers; latrine; potable water available May 15 thru Oct. 1; directions from Sidney, 25 south on Hwy 16, 2 miles east on County Road 470; Take exit 213 off Interstate 94 at Glendive, 16 miles northeast on Hwy 16, 2 miles east on County Road 470; stay limit maximum stay of seven days allowed; vehicle length site is accessible; activities: boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing; campground primitive campsite; picnic site: fire ring picnic table; fees Tipi/Yurt/Cabin $40 May 1–Sept. 30. Seven Sisters open: Jan. 1-Dec. 31; size: 580 acres; undesignated camping; hand launch only; directions 11 miles south of Sidney on Hwy 16, 1.5 miles east from Crane on County Road; stay limit maximum stay of seven days allowed; vehicle length, trailer/ RV not recommended; activities: fishing, camping (no facilities) and wildlife viewing; campground campsite – undesignated camping. Sidney Bridge open: Jan. 1-Dec. 31; size: two acres, day use only; gravel/river bottom boat ramp; access for trailers; latrine; discharge of weapons prohibited; sanitation/water toilet; directions 1.5 miles south of Sidney on Hwy 16, 1.5 miles east on Hwy 23; vehicle length site is accessible; activities: boating and fishing. Snowden Bridge open: Jan. 1-Dec. 31; size: -1 acres; undesignated camping; gravel/river
bottom boat ramp; access for trailers; latrine; directions: this FAS is located approximately 12 miles north of Fairview, 25 miles north of Sidney, 32 miles southeast of Culbertson, and 27 miles west of Williston, N.D. The site can be reached from HWY 2 by taking 153 Ave south (approximately 5 miles east of the Montana-North Dakota border). Turn right onto HWY 1804 West. Turn left onto HWY 58 South. Turn left onto 38th street NW (approximately 1.5 miles south of the Missouri River bridge crossing); vehicle length trailer/RV not recommended; activities: fishing and camping; campground campsite – undesignated camping.
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Sundheim Park – 2 miles west of Cartwright on ND Highway 200, on the west side of the Yellowstone River and on the south side of ND Highway 200. (Paved access road, no courtesy docks, primitive camping, security lights, picnic shelter – Sundheim Park Board). Confluence Area – 1.5 miles south of Buford, N.D., on ND
Highway 1804. (Paved access road, primitive camping, security lights, picnic shelter, trash receptacles – Williams County WRD). Lewis and Clark Bridge – 4 miles west of Williston, N.D., on U.S. Highway 2, 3 miles south on U.S Highway 85, on the south side of the Missouri River, and on the east side of U.S. Highway 85. (Paved access road, no courtesy docks, primitive camping, security lights, picnic shelter – Williams County WRD). American Legion Park (RAUMS) – 4 miles west of Williston, N.D., on U.S. Highway 2, 6 miles south on U.S. Highway 85, then 4 miles east. (Gravel access road, no courtesy docks, developed camping, security lights, picnic shelter, trash receptacles – American Legion Post 37). Lewis and Clark State Park – 16 miles east of Williston, N.D., on ND Highway 1804, then 3 miles south. (Paved access road, fish cleaning facility, developed and primitive camping, security lights, picnic shelter, trash receptacles, concession, lodging, access fee, telephone, RV dump station – North Dakota Parks and Recreation).
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Montana big game, upland game bird seasons 2013 Montana Big Game Season Species Start Date* End Date* Antelope – archery Sept. 7, 2013 Oct. 11, 2013 Antelope – general Oct. 12, 2013 Nov. 10, 2013 Bighorn Sheep – archery Sept. 5, 2013 Sept. 14, 2013 Bighorn Sheep – general Sept. 15, 2013 Dec, 1, 2013 Bison Nov. 15, 2013 Feb. 15, 2014 Black Bear – spring April 15, 2013 May 15, 2014 Black Bear – archery Sept. 7, 2013 Sept. 14, 2013 Black Bear – general Sept. 15, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013 Deer & Elk – archery Sept. 7, 2013 Oct. 20, 2013 Deer & Elk – backcountry, HD’s 150, 151, 280 & 316 Archery Sept. 1, 2013 Sept. 14, 2013 General Sept. 15, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013 Deer & Elk – general Oct. 26, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013 Deer only (youth) Oct. 17, 2013 Oct. 18, 2013 Moose Sept. 15, 2013 Dec.. 1, 2013 Mountain Goat Sept. 15, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013 Mountain Lion (archery)Sept. 7, 2013 Oct. 20, 2013
2013 Montana Upland Game Bird Season Species Start Date* End Date* Mountain Grouse Sept. 1, 2013 Jan. 13, 2014 Partridge Sept. 1, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014 Pheasant General Oct. 12, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014 Pheasant Youth Sept. 21, 2013 Sept. 23, 2013 Sage Grouse Sept. 1, 2013 Nov. 1, 2013 Sharp-tailed Grouse Sept. 1, 2013 Nov. 1, 2013 Turkey – fall Sept. 1, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014 Turkey – spring April 13, 2013 May 19, 2013 Wolf To be determined * These dates represent the “general” season dates. Be sure to check the 2013 Montana Hunting Regulations for the most accurate hunting district/species-specific season dates and regulations.
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Sidney offers modern skate park facility It was a longtime coming for the city of Sidney, and it finally became a reality. A 600-square-foot skate park located near Sidney High School on the corner of Second Avenue S.E. and 10th Street S.E. at Hansen Park was constructed for the area’s avid skateboarders and roller bladers. The skate park has a modular design so that equipment pieces may be added or subtracted as desired. It features two sides intended to accommodate the skills of both the beginner and experienced skater. Skate park volunteers who led the push for the park wanted to keep in mind children’s safety, which is why parents will have ample opportunities
to watch their children in a safe environment. A parking lot overlooks the park, which provides easy viewing access for the ongoing activities. Parents are encouraged to drop their children off at the location to enjoy some fresh air as they run their errands. The strategically placed skate park is highly visible next to one of Sidney’s busier streets, making it safer. The $120,000 skate park has been in the making since the early 2000s when the Partnership for Promise Youth Coalition began looking for a project area youth would enjoy. The project was always stifled by establishing a set location. It wasn’t until the sum-
mer of 2008 when one of Sidney’s adventurous skateboarders was killed in a tragic accident that the project really got under way. The 11-year-old’s dream was to have a skate
park in Sidney. He was actively involved in the efforts, so his parents set up a memorial fund in his name. The park was aptly named the “Hunter Dehner Memorial Skate Park” in his honor. A few months later a permanent location was established. With funds from the memorial, and the city and county, the park’s design was created, and finally in 2009 the city of Sidney agreed, and a skate park to accommodate youth’s needs was built. Visitors are invited to check out the skate park this summer and take part in the activities. The park will be open until 10 p.m., except during the winter when its closed.
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Richland County offers quality parks Parks, camping, fishing, river access and wildlife watching in the area include: • Elk Island. Located one mile north of Savage or 19 miles south of Sidney off Montana Highway 16. This 1,694.5 acre wildlife management area has limited access for trailers and RVs. It is only one of 50 sites on the Yellowstone River managed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. (Intake Dam is the next access site upstream. Seven Sisters is the next site down stream from Elk Island.) • Seven Sisters Fishing Access Area. Located 11 miles south of Sidney on Highway 16, or 1.5 miles east of Crane. This two acre
area has no camping facilities. However, there are primitive camping sites and a hand-launch boat area. • Gartside Reservoir. This favorite summer daytime get-away is located near Crane. There is hiking, fishing and swimming available. • The Sidney Bridge Fishing Access Site. Located on the Yellowstone River 1.5 miles south of Sidney on Highway 16, then 1.5 miles east on Highway 23. There is a boat ramp and a toilet at the site. • Diamond Willow. This 81.6 acre fishing, boating and wildlife viewing site is six miles from Sidney on the Yellowstone River. To get to Diamond Willow, take Montana Highway 16 south
Fairview holds Hamburgers in the Park at Sharbono Park. primitive camping sites. from Sidney 1.5 miles, turn • Sharbono Memorial east on Montana 23 for 2.5 Park, Fairview. The park miles before turning on to contains the town’s pool, a county road northeast for scenic gazebo, tables and seven miles, then one mile grills, as well as RV hookfurther north on the next ups and an RV dump. county road. • Fairview Bridge, Cart• Richland Park. North wright Tunnel. Provides of Sidney off Montana river access and primitive Highway 16, this area camping. provides river access and
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Public access, private land: Block Management basics SUBMITTED BY MONTANA FW&P
Block Management is a cooperative effort between Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), private landowners and public land management agencies to help landowners manage hunting activities and provide free public hunting access to private and isolated public land. Block Management Area (BMA) cooperators receive benefits for providing free public hunting under certain terms. Annually, by Aug. 15, each of the seven FWP regional offices publishes a regional BMA tabloid, which summarizes current BMA opportunities, BMA general locations and access information. Each BMA (region) is unique, ranging in size
from 50 to more than 100,000 acres. Some BMAs have diverse habitat types and offer a wide variety of hunting opportunities; others offer limited hunting opportunities for specific game species. Some BMAs intensely manage hunting activities, while others have few hunter management restrictions.
HOW DO HUNTErS OBTAIN BMA PErMISSION?
There are two types of BMAs: Type I BMAs – areas where hunters administer their own permission either by using sign-in boxes or rosters, or areas that specify no permission is required. Typically, Type 1 BMAs do not limit hunter numbers. Type II BMAs – areas
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where someone other than the hunter administers permission, typically with a landowner or FWP employee issuing permission slips. Type II BMAs often use hunter management systems that may either limit hunter numbers, require reservations, assign pastures, etc. Hunters are granted access to hunt on BMAs, subject to specific BMA rules. Hunters may not secure reservations to hunt on more than one BMA per day, and should cancel reservation if unable to hunt on a reserved day. Hunters may be denied access for cause, as specified in administrative rules. Enrollment decisions are based on various criteria, including total acreage, habitat type and quality, potential hunting opportunities, regional wildlife management needs and history of public access. Landowners may receive a complimentary sportsman’s license, limited liability protection, livestock loss reimbursement and compensation (up to $12,000) to offset potential public hunting impacts. FAWP also provides signs, maps, permission books, and, on some BMAs, staff to patrol and assist hunters. Landowners agree to provide free public hunting opportunities under contract terms. Contracts stipulate how hunting will be managed and what kinds of opportunities will be available. Hunters are encouraged to return a completed Harvest Report/Comment Card after each BMA hunt. These cards are used to evaluate and improve BMAs. Formal complaints
must be submitted in writing, signed and should contain complete information about the incident. Only on a very few BMAs, under strictly-regulated circumstances is outfitting allowed. BMAs with authorized outfitting are identified in regional tabloids. People suspecting unauthorized outfitting activity are encouraged to report it to an area FWP employee.
WHO PAYS FOr BlOck MANAgEMENT?
The program is funded by portions of various license fees including the resident and nonresident Hunting Access Enhancement fee, nonresident upland gamebird license, nonresident outfitter-sponsored deer, elk and deer/elk combination licenses, and sales of supertag lottery chances. For more information about Block Management or Montana hunting access, contact FWP-Field Services, Landowner/ Sportsman Relations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620 or call 406-444-2602. Remember – All hunters are required by law to obtain landowner permission before hunting on private property.
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Montana, North Dakota home to prehistoric paddlefish
Although the presence of paddlefish has been documented since the early 1900s in the Yellowstone River, 1962 marked the year when a Glendive resident snagged one of these monstrous fish. In 1963, paddlefish were officially listed to the Montana game fish list. Since then, more than 3,000 anglers invade the Intake Diversion Dam annually in hopes of snagging this prehistoric fish. Normally larger than males, females at Intake average approximately 55 pounds while males average around 25 pounds. But reports of paddlefish weighing more than 100 pounds are on record, and the state record paddlefish was caught in 1973 weighing in at 142 pounds. It was discovered in 1938 that paddlefish have been in existence for millions of years when a research group from the University of Michigan came across the skeleton of a large buck-billed dinosaur in McCone County. Within the ribcage of this 65-million-year-old dinosaur was discovered the skeleton of a sturgeon and paddlefish. It’s been theorized that when the dinosaur died, its carcass fell into a body of water. The two fish, possibly in search of food or shelter, swam into the ribcage, died and were buried therein. A paddle-shaped nose measuring up to two feet is the most notorious characteristic of the scaleless paddlefish. The paddle was once thought of as a tool to dig up bottom organisms for food and to scoop out secure resting holes in the bottom of muddy rivers. More current thought, though, is that the paddle functions as a sort of antenna to help detect and react to water currents and also to help stabilize the fish while it swims open-mouthed.
Since the paddlefish feeds by sucking in huge amounts of water filled with microscopic plants and animals, its mouth is open a good majority of the time. This diet of plankton prevents anglers from catching paddlefish from traditional fishing methods such as hook and bait. The fish must be snagged. And once snagged, be prepared for a fight of a lifetime.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is taking a conservative approach to managing the state’s paddlefish season. Paddlefish reproduction is down after an extended drought with low water flows over the past several years. This, combined with increased fishing pressure for adult paddlefish, makes more conservative management of these long-lived fish essential. Paddlefishing on the Yellowstone River begins May 15. Catch and release paddlefishing is only allowed in the Yellowstone River at Intake Fishing Access Site. Specific fishing times and days apply too, so be sure to check the Montana fishing regulations for details at Intake Fishing
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Access Site. Paddlefish regulations for the 2011 season include hook size restrictions for all river stretches that are open to spring paddlefishing, a size 8/0 hook limitation or smaller is in effect. • On the upper Missouri River (upstream from Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton) there is a 500 fish harvest target, and the season may be closed on 24-hour notice. The paddlefish harvest season opens on May 1. Once the target is reached, catch and release continues until June 15. Anglers will need to call the FWP Glasgow office at 406-228-3700 to check the harvest status. • Daytime fishing hours, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., remain in place and there is no night snagging for paddlefish. • One harvest paddlefish per season per angler • On the Missouri River downstream from Fort Peck Dam and the Yellowstone River catch and release fishing will be allowed only at Intake Fishing Access Site. At Intake FAS, catch and release will be limited to Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Harvest days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until the harvest quota is reached. Catch and release paddlefishing will remain in effect 10 days immediately following the harvest closure or the end of the regular season (June 30), whichever comes first. • On the Yellowstone River at Intake Fishing Access site, FWP may close the harvest season immediately if it appears the harvest target may be exceeded (the harvest target is 800 paddlefish). • An 8/0 or smaller hook is required for all paddlefish snagging. Only one paddlefish per angler.
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Montana’s largest state park short drive away Open 365 days a year, Makoshika State Park, Montana’s largest state park, offers a spectacular opportunity for individuals or families to witness firsthand a look into the past as well as the beauty of eastern Montana’s badlands. The park is located in Glendive. New to the park is Makoshika’s addition to the Montana Dinosaur Trail. There are only 15 dinosaur museums throughout Montana. Makoshika offers ongoing and special programs and events throughout the summer. A weekly youth program is held each Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m., June through August; registration is required and available in May, but attendance is free. Free
attendance is also offered to the park’s evening adult campfire program, which occurs every other Thursday evening from JuneAugust at the Hiatt Amphitheater. Each summer, on the second Saturday of June, Makoshika hosts Buzzard
Day to celebrate the return of the turkey vulture to Montana’s plains. The day long festival features Montana’s toughest 10K, a 5K, Kid’s Run and FunRun/ Walk. Activities such as hikes, children rides and educational activities will be provided all day. The
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Buzzard Day, that is free to the public, will be held on June 8. “It has grown into an event the entire family can enjoy. There are activities that everyone can enjoy,” park manager Ryan Sokolowksi said. “In the future we would like to make Buzzard Day a two-day event.” The park is open 24-7, 365 days a year. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the visitor’s center is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Montana residents may enter the park with a valid Montana license plate. Nonresidents are subject to daily entrance fees. Call the visitors center, 406-377-6256, for more information on rates or visit the website at www.makoshika.org.
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Confluence Center schedules events throughout year The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site are open daily during the summer from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, until mid September. Located 21 miles southwest of Williston, N.D., these sites are managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Admission fees are
$5/adult, $2.50/child, ages 6- 15, and children 5 and under are free. The fee covers admission to both sites. The History Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at the Confluence Center at 7 p.m. Central. This group welcomes newcomers. The reading selections are made by the participants a couple of months in advance. The group is always looking
for new ideas for books to read, while attempting to remain true to concept that the book will be interesting and have some relevance to the history of the area. The Confluence Quilters meet at the Confluence Center on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Central. The group is welcome to quilters of all skill levels.
Richland County Transit Service offers transportation The Richland County Transit Service (RCTS) is available to provide transportation services to take you just about anywhere, where you need to go to work, school, to an appointment or go shopping within the community. Beginning in 2006, the RCTS served about 13,000 passengers. The transportation company has expended to now servicing nearly
50,000 rides per year. The RCTS provides many summer day trips to its customers as needed, traveling to some popular events and destinations like the Fort Peck Theater and the Medora Musical. RCTS operates Monday throughout Friday, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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to are recommended. Otherwise, they will try to arrange for the nearest slot to your desired time. The office is located at 1201 W. Holly Suite 1.
Health Department provides services The county is fortunate to have its own Richland County Health Department available and staff who are willing to help residents with any health-related questions they may have. The health department, located on West Holly Street, across from the Sidney Health Center campus, is the place to go for immunizations, family planning, cancer screening services, tobacco prevention and quitting as well as a gamut of other services. The department is home to the Richland
County sanitarian, as well as mental health services and counseling services. Need a water well tested? The health department can do that. Need to license a new restaurant? Staff can do that too. Need a list of licensed day care providers? Just ask the folks at the health department, which also recruits volunteers for senior citizen care and other volunteer opportunities throughout the county. Stop by the health department or give them a call at 406-433-2207 to find out more information.
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License plate numbers by counties
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Co.–Co. Seat Mi. from Sidney Silver Bow–Butte 495 Cascade–Great Falls 377 Yellowstone–Billings 271 Missoula–Missoula 541 Lewis & Clark–Helena 459 Gallatin–Bozeman 413 Flathead–Kalispell 568 Fergus–Lewistown 271 Powder River–Broadus 203 Carbon–Red Lodge 331 Phillips–Malta 212 Hill–Havre 302 Ravalli–Hamilton 589 Custer–Miles City 127 Lake–Polson 598 Dawson–Glendive 53 Roosevelt–Wolf Point 92 Beaverhead–Dillon 526 Chouteau–Fort Benton 373
No. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Co.–Co. Seat Mi. from Sidney Valley–Glasgow 142 Toole–Shelby 405 Big Horn– Hardin 257 Musselshell–Roundup 278 Blaine–Chinook 281 Madison–Virginia City 480 Pondera–Conrad 425 Richland–Sidney 0 Powell–Deer Lodge 536 Rosebud–Forsyth 171 Deer Lodge–Anaconda 521 Teton–Choteau 430 Stillwater–Columbus 311 Treasure–Hysham 197 Sheridan–Plentywood 84 Sanders–Thompson Falls 642 Judith Basin–Stanford 316 Daniels–Scobey 125 Glacier–Cut Bank 424
No. 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Co.–Co. Seat Mi. from Sidney Fallon–Baker 124 Sweet Grass–Big Timber 351 McCone–Circle 74 Carter–Ekalaka 159 Broadwater–Townsend 427 Wheatland–Harlowton 328 Prairie–Terry 88 Granite–Phillipsburg 549 Meagher–White Sulphur Springs 385 Liberty–Chester 358 Park–Livingston 387 Garfield–Jordan 141 Jefferson–Boulder 487 Wibaux–Wibaux 79 Golden Valley–Ryegate 301 Mineral–Superior 599 Petroleum–Winnett 217 Lincoln–Libby 648
2013 | 2014
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Kathy Wootan races for home. Wootan was barrel racing at the Sidney Saddle Club.
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Blue Mountain is found on the “Lost Highway”, south of Sidney, on the way to Wibaux.
Richland County est. in 1914 Save the dates: June 13-15, 2014 Richland County Centennial Celebration
Richland County Commissioners Loren Young Shane Gorder Duane Mitchell
From sunrise . . . to sunset the view is always memorable! Whether you are relaxing, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, golfing, shopping or playing, Medora can put you at ease, lift your spirits, and help you make memories to share with family and friends for generations.
Medora Musical June 7-September 7 7:30 PM MDT daily
Museum theater on weekends
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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www.medorand.com It's real. It's natural. It's beautiful