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Richland County-Sidney, Montana

Visitors Guide covering the MonDak region 2010 | 2011

Produced by the Sidney Herald photo by Ellen Wznick

Welcome to Richland County

Richland County Commissioners Don Steppler Mark Rehbein Loren Young

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County commissioners welcome visitors to area he Richland County Commissioners would like to welcome all visitors to Richland County. This area has so much to offer by way of scenery, hunting, fishing, agate hunting, boating, scenic drives, hiking, biking and many other activities. We have a very unique location because of our position of the confluence of the Missouri River and Yellowstone River. This brings with it many opportunities for fishing, boating, floating and irrigating opportunities that benefit this region in so many ways. The other areas of Richland County also offer many different aspects for recreation that in-


clude scenic drives, hiking, biking, deer, antelope and upland-game bird hunting. There are also many winter activities like snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing and others. The 18 hole golf course is a very important part of this area’s activities. This along with the friendly people of the area is a signifcant draw for visitors. Once again, welcome all visitors to our area. Enjoy your stay and please come back often and tell your friends. Richland County Commissioners Don Steppler Mark Rehbein Loren Young

New addition to Richland County is the Justice Center.

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Table of Contents MonDak Harvest Fest . . . . . . .51 Accommodations Area motels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Richland Co. Fair & Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . .16, 17 & 18 Clubs Boys & Girls Club . . . . . . . . . .23 Savage Centennial . . . . . . . . . .63 Sidney Country Club . . .19 & 20 Town & Country Festival . . . .24 Events Big Sky Series (The Arts) . . . .14 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . .4 Catfish Tournament . . . . . . . . 62 Christmas Stroll/Parade of Lights` . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Culbertson Events . . . . . . . . . .59 Culbertson Trail Ride . . . . . . .58 Fairview Festival . . . . . .42 & 43 Festival of the Arts . . . . . . . . .12 Lambert 4th of July . . . .60 & 61 Lone Tree Gun Show . . . . . . . .29

Food & Drink/Casinos Restaurants, Lounges, Casinos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 History Confluence Interpretive Center . . . . . . . .31 Flags of Honor . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Fort Buford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Fort Union . . . . . . . . . . . .35 & 36 MonDak Heritage Center . . . .25 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 & 55 Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

Relocation Information Churches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Information about Richland Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .5 & 6 Interesting Facts about Richland Co. . . . . . . . . .7 Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Sidney Chamber . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Sidney-Richland Co. Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Miscellaneous Agates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 & 53 Block Management . . . . . . . . .46 Sidney-Richland Airport . . . .38

Recreation Fairview Disc Golf Course . .44 Fishing Access . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Fort Peck Theatre . . . . . . . . . .56 Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 & 20 Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Hunting Season Dates . . . . . . .45 Makoshika Park . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Medora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Paddlefish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Parks in Richland County . . . . . . . . . .26 Recreation Contacts . . . . . . . .41 Sidney Walking Path . . . . . . . .21 Skate Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Swimming Pools . . . . . . . . . . .33 Water Slide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Where to eat, shop, sleep and visit Accommodations Kings Inn Motel . . . . . . . . . . .59 Park Plaza Motel . . . . . . . . . . .8 Richland Motor Inn /Lone Tree Inn . . . . . . . . . . . .9 “The Place” RV Park . . . . . . .37 Antiques & Gifts Agate Stop, The . . . . . . . . . . .52 Carpenter’s Storehaus . . . . .48 John Stockhill Jewelers . . . .27 Party Central . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Yellowstone Agate & Silver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Automotive | RV 1st Choice Collision Center . . . . . . . . . .29 Cross Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . 51 Lee’s Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Mondak Motorsports . . . . . . 26 NAPA Auto Parts . . . . . . . . . .27 Priceless Rent-A-Car . . . . . . .51 710 Auto Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 SPF Exxon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Town and Country Repair . .61 Financial 1st Community Bank . . . . . .59 Richland Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Stockman Bank . . . . . . . . . . .38 Wells Fargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Fitness Healthworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Food-Drinks-Casino Blue Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Club Royale Casino . . . . . . . .51 Depot Restaurant & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Double Barrel Saloon & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Fairview Super Valu . . . . . . .42 Footers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 4 Bears Casino & Lounge . . .21 KFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 M&M Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 McDonald’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Millers’ Corner . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Nutt’n Better . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Oasis Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Pizza House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Ranger Lounge Casino and Eatery . . . . . . . .53 Reynolds Market . . . . . . . . . .22 Sidney Liquor Store . . . . . . .57 South 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 SPF Exxon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Sunny’s Family Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 T & D’s “Rockin’ Good Eats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Triangle Nite Club . . . . . . . .40 VFW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Waterhole #3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Winner’s Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 General Merchandise CHS Farmers Elevator Co-op . . . . . . . . . . .17 ElectricLand Radio Shack . . . . .inside back cover Finnicum's Furniture . . . . . .59

Lucky Buckle, the . . . . . . . . .27 Pamida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Pro Build . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Redline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Ribbon & Rail . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Sidney Paint & Glass . . . . . .51 The Other Place . . . . . . . . . . .59 White Drug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Health Care & Beauty Body Bliss Massage . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover Culbertson Pharmacy . . . . . .59 Pamida Pharmacy . . . . . . . . .45 Roosevelt Memorial Medical Center & Nursing Home . . . . . . . . .59 Sidney Health Center . . . . . .30 Stepping Stones Massage Therapy . . .inside back cover Trendz Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 White Drug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Information Northern Plains Radio Network . . .inside back cover Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture . .3 Sidney Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Sidney-Richland Co. Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Miscellaneous Boy’s & Girls Club of Richland County . . . . . . . . . .4 Carpenter’s Church . . . . . . . .48 Elk River Printing . . . . . . . . .27 Farm and Home Supply . . . .57

Hurley’s Oilfield Service . . .43 Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Association. . . . . . .44 MDU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Montana Land Surveys, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Pauper Industries . . . . . . . . .60 Richland County Commissioners . . . . . . .inside front cover Seitz Insurance . . . . . . . . . . .13 Sidney Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Sidney Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sidney Sugars . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Village Square Mall . . . .inside back cover Real Estate /Housing Beagle Properties . . . . . . . . . .1 Nick Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Yellowstone Court . . . . . . . . .13 Recreation/Travel Culbertson Museum . . . . . . .59 Fort Peck Summer Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Lambert Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Medora . . . . . .49 & back cover MonDak Heritage Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Richland County Fair & Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Sidney Country Club & Pro Shop . . . . . . . . .20 “Someplace” Mini golf . . . . .37 “Your Place” Go Karts . . . . .37

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Sidney Chamber welcomes visitors to area BY WADE VANEVERY CHAMBER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is pleased you have picked up this guide. This book has been designed to be used for several different Sidney experiences. If you are visiting our area you will find our major attractions and events highlighted. The Sidney Chamber creates several of the events included, and hopes that one may fit into your schedule. We want you to have this publication if you are relocating, or considering relocating to this area. Included are

all the important contacts you may need to establish your home here. And if you are relocating, “welcome to Sidney!” The quality of life is wonderful here. Use the advertisements within to learn about our local merchants. It is also good for our residents to review this guide too. This visitors guide is packed with information, and there is a good chance everyone will learn something they didn’t know. While you are in Sidney, we look forward to your visit at the Chamber office and checking out our visitor center. It is open every business day from 8

Board of directors PRESIDENT: Marci Albin (Lucky Buckle) 1ST V.P: David Seitz (Seitz Insurance) 2ND V.P: Jodie Leland (Wells Fargo) TREASURER: Lorilee Norby (Mitchell’s Oilfield Service) DIRECTORS: Greg Miller (Millers’ Corner), Rowdy Cvancara (1st Bank), Nick Lonski (Edward Jones Investments), Idelle Badt (RSVP), Jay Frank (Sidney Country Club), David Garland (Sidney Sugars), Kathy Nicholson (Candy Bouquet), Ben Larson (Safflower Technologies), Sharon Rau (honorary member) STAFF: Wade VanEvery (executive director), LaVanchie Starkey (administrative assistant)

a.m. to 5 p.m. We can start by providing local maps, business directories and museum guides. We also supply: • Travel Montana vacation planners and regional guides. • Montana Fish,

Welcome to Sidney Your Visitor & Relocation Headquarters! • Maps & Brochures • Post Cards • Sidney Information • Hunting & Fishing Regulations • Accommodation Guides • Lewis & Clark Information and Souvenirs

Wildlife & Parks hunting and fishing regulations, plus other outdoor recreation related information. • Maps for all 50 states. • Lewis & Clark information and souvenirs.

The Sidney Chamber is a non-profit, member-driven organization with more than 240 businesses, professionals, organizations and individuals all working together to build a healthy, and vibrant economy. Sidney is the hub for agriculture and oil industries in northeastern Montana. It is also a regional center for quality health care. There are many ways to contact us or to learn more about Sidney. Stop and see us at 909 S. Central Ave., call our office at 406433-1916, e-mail the Chamber at or check us out at

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Area calendar of events June 1-July 3 – MAGDA traveling exhibit “On The Road Again” MonDak Heritage Center (MDHC) 4-5 – Enterprise PBR 9 – History Book Club, Fort Buford 10 – Ranger Talk (MDHC) 12 – Catfish Derby (Savage) 14-Aug. 7 – MAGDA traveling exhibit Bill Stockton: “A Retrospective” (MDHC) 19-20 – History Alive “Captain Marsh” (MissouriYellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center) 19-20 – Frontier Days parade and rodeo (Culbertson) 24 – Ranger Talk (MDHC) 17-20 – Fort Union Rendezvous 19 – Town & Country Festival 26-27 – Savage’s Centennial Celebration 26-27 – API Golf Tournament July 4 – Sidney Jaycees Breakfast and Fireworks 4 – Lambert Old Fashioned 4th All-Class Reunion 5-10 – Theatre Camp (Arch Ellwein) 9 – Book signing and reading (MDHC) 10 – Sunrise Festival of the Arts 10-11– Gleason Haralson Golf Tournament 11 – Shakespeare in the

17 – “Casting Spooks, Specters and Spirited Places” by Ellen Baumler (MDHC) 25 – Walking to Wellness 25-26 Northeastern Montana Antique & Threshing Bee (Culbertson)

Park (Veterans Memorial Park) 12 – Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament 17-18 – Fairview Old Timers Reunion 18 – Richey rodeo 22 – Ranger talk (MDHC) 23-24 – MonDak Relay for Life (Richland Co. Fairgrounds) 28 – Eastern Montana Experiment Station Field Day 31-Aug.1 – History Alive “Vic Smith” (MissouriYellowstone Confluence Intrepretive Center) August 4-7 – Richland County Fair & Rodeo 10-Oct. 30 – MAGDA traveling exhibit - Treasure State Remnants, Montana’s Ghost Town Heritage 11-14 – Roosevelt County Fair (Culbertson) 14 – 29th Annual Fort Buford Encampment 14-15 – Fort Union Indian Arts Showcase 19 – Ranger talk (MDHC) 21 – Jaycees Demolition Derby 21 – 29th Annual Encampment at Fort Buford 21-22 – 20th Annual Lone Tree Gun Show 28 – MonDak Harvest Fest

October 1-Nov. 19 – MAGDA traveling exhibit “Josephine Hale” (MDHC) 9 – MonDak Heritage Center Octoberfest 30 – Fort Buford Cemetery Walk November 2-27 – Marie Ben Youssef Art Show (MDHC) 6 – Foundation for Community Care Wine & Food festival 16-Dec. 30 – 19th Annual Miniature Art Show (MDHC) 26 – Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights (Tractor Pull) 29 – Foundation for Community Care Golf Tournament September 4 – Last Bell Tours (Fort Union) 4-6 – Culbertson Trail Ride 4-5 – History Alive “Capt. Grant Marsh” (Missouri-

Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center) 4-6 – Fort Union Living History weekend (MissouriYellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center) 6-Oct. 2 – Paper Collage Art Show - Dee Elletson/Anna Toews (MDHC) 12 – Footstompin’ Flag Retreat, Fort Buford

December 1-30 – MAGDA traveling exhibit “Sweat & Steel” (MDHC) 11 – Silver Bells in Fairview 12 – Ethnic Christmas (MDHC) May 2011 14-15 – MHSRA High School & Youth Rodeo

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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 that you’re in Big Sky Country.

AGRICULTURE 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 sixrow 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.

HEALTH CARE 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 has an acute care facility, clinic area with a retail pharmacy and a 93-bed extended care facility offering services from birth to end-of-life. Sidney Health Center employs over 500 individuals at a salary in excess of $14 million. In 2000, Sidney Health Center opened The Lodge, an assisted senior living facility, which has 36 apartments including cozy studio styles, one-bedroom plans and two-bedroom suites. In Richland County, Sidney Health Center also oversees Duramed, Home Health and Hospice, and Home and Community Based Services, all located in Sidney. Outreach services include the MonDak Clinic and Pharmacy in Fairview, as well as Richland County Ambulance Service in Sidney, Fairview, Savage and Lambert. Fourteen local physicians and specialists partner with Sidney

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Health Center to offer family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric care, radiation oncology and surgical services including general, orthopedic, podiatric, obstetrics/gynecology and ear/nose/throat. In addition, three family nurse practitioners, an audiologist and two certified registered nurse anesthetists round out the team.

TRANSPORTATION Transportation is provided by numerous sources including, bus, truck, rail and airline. Sidney is located 2 miles north of the intersection of Highways 16 and 200. Highway 16 is the direct connection to Interstate 90, located 50 miles southwest. Air transportation is available, with Great Lakes Air Service taking over the Essential Air Service contract from Big Sky Airlines in 2008. Great Lakes began service from the Sidney Richland Airport in late 2008. 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. Passenger bus service can be accessed from the Glendive bus terminal, 50 miles south in Glendive.

EMPLOYMENT Richland County unemployment rate as of March 2010 was approximately 4.6 percent, ranking 8th in Montana. Major employers: Top 10 private employers in Richland County based on second quarter 2008 data: Sidney Health Center; Sidney Sugars, Old Dominion Freight, Caza Drilling, Cyclone Drilling, Franz Construction,


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Key Energy Services-Rocky Mountain, Mitchell’s Oil Field Service, Valley View IGA and South 40 restaurant.

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.

EDUCATION 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. 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. Coming this fall, Richland County residents can attend the newly formed Eastern Montana University Center, through which various twoyear and four-year degrees will be offered through the Montana State University



A great eastern Montana sunrise. system. Starting fall 2010, students can begin earning their associate degree through Dawson Community College for business.

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.

POPULATION As of July 2009: Richland County – 9,313 , Montana’s 21st largest county. 2005 population estimate; Sidney – 4,470, 18th rank; Fairview – 671; Savage – 250; Lambert – 125; Crane – 25.

A vast array of community services can be found in Richland County. At present, there are five 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, including the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Fairview Chamber of Commerce.

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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-year-old 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 Yellow-

stone Irrigation Project diverted water from the Yellowstone River to provide a dependable water source for area crops. The project was first authorized by the 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 the last four Class A state wrestling championships. • Western artist and Rich-

land 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • Producing more than 19 million barrels of oil in 2007, Richland County’s oil field generated 57 percent of Montana’s total oil production putting Sidney #1 in oil production, demonstrating the depth of this land’s richness. In 2009, Richland County had 952 active oil producing wells.


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Water Water Telephone, Cable TV, Telephone, Internet Electricity/Gas Electricity

115 Second St. S.E., Sidney 317 S. Central, Fairview 204 N. Central Ave., Sidney

Hwy 16 NW

406-433-1117 406-742-5616 406-433-6782 1-800-244-1111 1-800-638-3278 see page 11 406-488-1602 see page 44

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909 S. Central, Sidney 211 N. Central, Sidney 1060 S. Central, Sidney

406-433-1916 433-1204 406-482-4679

Subsidized housing Subsidized housing Assisted living

410 Third Ave S.W., Sidney 1032 Sixth St. S.W., Sidney 1015 Seventh Ave S.W., Sidney

406-433-3721 406-433-1978 406-488-4682

Schools Schools Schools Schools Schools Schools

200 Third Ave S.E., Sidney 713 S. Western Ave, Fairview 301 3rd Ave. N., Lambert PO Box 110, Savage East Fairview, N.D. 423 1st Ave. W., Culbertson

406-433-4080 406-742-5265 406-774-3333 406-776-2317 406-844-5649 406-787-6241

Area Services City of Sidney Water Dept. Fairview City Hall MidRivers Telephone Co-op Qwest Montana Dakota Utilities Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Assc. Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Sidney Job Service Richland Economic Development

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Housing Crestwood Richland Co. Housing Authority The Lodge

Schools Sidney School Administration Fairview Schools Lambert Schools Savage Schools East Fairview Schools Culbertson Schools


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Sidney-Richland County Public Library has a lot to offer The Sidney-Richland County Public Library is pleased to welcome you to the area. The library has something for everyone, whether you are just visiting or looking to settle in the area. Located across from IGA at 121 Third Ave, N.W., the library is conveniently open Monday through Saturday. Can’t make it by while the library is open? In addition to the official website (, the library has a blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed (, so access to the library, including the catalog, databases, event calendar and more is available 24/7. Offering access to a variety of materials, both print and electronic, the library has something for everyone. Guests can relax and peruse the magazine and newspaper collections, containing titles of local and national interest. The library also has free Internet access, both through our terminals available to guests and patrons alike, and a speedy wireless connection. Expert staff can help you with any tech questions you have, and patrons can also get computer or technology training, as well as assistance with distance learning. The Library Foundation is constantly adding new titles to the ongoing book sale, so visitors can easily get an affordable book to go. 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. Registered patrons have access to materials from the vast array of circulating materials the library offers. The library is constantly adding new titles, so patrons should be sure to check out the section featuring new titles. The collection contains books for all ages and interests, so the whole family is sure to find something to enjoy. Patrons also enjoy access to the library’s databases, including genealogy, small engine repair and more. Patrons can download audio books from Montana Library2Go, either at the library or from home through the library’s website. Titles can be downloaded to a computer or mp3 player for listening on the go. The library also has a large collection of audiobooks on CD


Sidney-Richland County Public Library offers a weekly story time during the school year for preschoolers where the youngsters hear stories and use their imagination with crafts. for checkout and coming soon to the library collection, e-books. Be sure to browse the extensive collection of DVDs for checkout. There are nearly 1,200 titles to choose from, including old classics to new releases. Can’t find what you’re looking for? If the library doesn’t have a title you want to read, staff can order it through interlibrary loan and notify you when it arrives. The library offers programs for everyone all year long. From June to August, the library puts on the 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, the library offers a weekly story time for preschoolers where little ones learn finger plays, hear stories, and use their imagination during craft time. Movie and popcorn nights are done monthly, featuring classic, foreign, independent, and art house films. A Book Club is hosted for adults at the library and the library assists other area book clubs as well. Inquire at the desk for fall startups to join others in discussing new and interesting books. Other events are announced regularly on the library’s website.

One new addition to the library is the Family Resource Center, which offers parenting classes as well as materials about common issues parents face. There are books, CDs and DVDs about family communication, teen issues, bullying and more.

LIFELONG LEARNING The library is part of Richland County’s Lifelong Learning Action Group, which works to expand learning opportunities for residents of all ages. Part of the action group’s recent accomplishments includes the development of a wiki ( aggregating training opportunities in the county; a link for the wiki, and all websites mentioned in this article, is found at the library’s website. The library, as a life-long learning center, is working with the LLL action group in planning the construction of a new facility to include an early learning center, teen area, computer lab, public meeting rooms and space for other learning partners such as Learning Volunteers for Adults, Richland County. Stop in to the Sidney-Richland County Library for ALL your educational and recreational information needs!

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Sidney offers skate park facility at park A parking lot overlooks the park, which provides easy viewing access for

It’s been a longtime coming for the city of Sidney, and it finally became a reality last summer. 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.

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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

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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 summer of 2008 when one of Sidney’s adventurous skateboarders was killed in a tragic accident that the project really got under way. The 11-yearold’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 it’s closed.


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Sunrise Festival of Arts celebrates 20 years BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD

Sunrise Festival of the Arts commemorates 20 years as one of Richland County’s biggest events of the summer on July 10, 2010. The festival will be held at Veterans Memorial Park (the park with the steam engine on Central Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one-day event is sponsored by the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, which includes great food concessions, 30+ craft vendors from Montana and North Dakota, author’s row, all-day entertainment on stage, kids’ corner and a featured artist.

and/or nature itself came to life. Curtiss is known as Montana’s sandstone artist, as she has developed a style that has her signature with each brush stroke. She attends shows yearly,

FEATURED ARTIST This year, Maureen Curtiss, Circle, will be the featured artist. Using sandstone as her natural canvas, Curtiss began at a very early age learning to draw and paint. Her parents encouraged her creativity before entering school in first grade at the little Cutting School. She lived and worked on a ranch, raising sheep, training horses, hiking the badlands and watching nature around her as the seasons changed. Curtiss gained so much knowledge of her surroundings that when she put the paintbrush to any canvas, the anatomy of native animals, plants, seasons

festival. Pick up your button today at the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agricul-

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h yout r the o f y it activ ts. pular of the Ar o p a l a s i v i t ing se Fes paint ri Face the Sun g n i r du

including the CM Russell Art Auction in Great Falls, 2010 being her 20th year. You will want to meet Curtiss at the Sunrise Festival of the Arts July 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Spectators can also have a chance to win the featured piece in sandstone from Curtiss, but a chance can only happen if you purchase a Sunrise Festival of the Arts button for $4 before the festival or $5 the day of the

Featured artist for the 2010 Sunrise Festival of the Arts is Maureen Curtiss, Circle, who uses sandstone as her natural canvas.

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Big Sky Concert Series features live performances This year’s Big Sky Concert Series presents live theatre and a kaleidoscope of musical entertainment brought to you by the Northeastern Arts Network and the Sidney Performing Arts Council. You can expect quality “live performances” with a variety of shows that appeal to every age and interest. All concerts are held at the Sidney Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Season tickets for a family cost $100, adults $45, senior $40 and students $35. Tickets are also available at the door. For additional concert information contact Candy Markwald 406488-4155 or Jill Hill 406-4883845. This series is made possible in part by the Montana Performing Arts Consortium Presenter Development Program which is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montana Arts Council, and legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and WESTAF.

SEPTEMBER - 2010 The first performance of the season begins with the Montana Repertory Theatre production of “The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” An adaptation by Ron Fitzgerald, this production

interweaves two of Washington Irving’s most famous characters in a hilarious misadventure. Join Rip Van Winkle and Ichabod Crane as they embark on a crazy, spooky quest to unearth the true story of the Headless Horseman and reclaim both the honor and the bride Ichabod lost years ago. Enjoy this captivating performance as this professional touring strives to present plays of high literary quality with strong entertainment appeal.

OCTOBER - 2010 Renowned blues guitarist Andre’ Floyd and longtime Flathead Valley musician David Griffith perform progressive original blues. The duo’s freestyle approach to the blues is extensive and diverse, with the multi-instrumental talents of Griffith’s combined with Floyd’s gift for lyrics. The duo’s synergy took root as friends, then as recording artists with their collection of original music; also delighting audiences with everything from Muddy Waters to Cat Stevens.

the classic melodies associated with this extraordinary musical instrument. See the sopranio – the smallest sax in the world to the mammoth – a 6 1/2 foot contrabass sax and virtually everything inbetween! Set in a jazz-combo format, this show pays tribute to some of the great jazz legends who popularized the instrument and contributed to the development of America’s indigenous art form. Join Saxophobia’s Rob Verdi as he shares his passion for saxophone history and his impressive collection of rare and unique saxophones.

NOVEMBER - 2010 It’s the “Who’s Who” of sax gone wild! Saxophobia offers a rare and unique glimpse at some of the most unusual saxophones ever manufactured, and at

MARCH - 2011 Robbi K’s concerts are joyous and exhilarating, with a focus on amusing and edifying the entire

family. In addition to being a stellar jazz vocalist, multiple Parents’ Choice Award-winner, Robbi Kumalo delivers a rousing, interactive journey through many musical styles and songs. Robbi K is one of the few African American women to have achieved national recognition in the field of children’s music through her background of jazz, pop and world beat. Join Robbi K with the Kumalo Band for some South African Traditional grooves as their music will keep you dancing and smiling with joy!

APRIL - 2011 Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher come together to perform Irish and Scottish folk music, combing traditional and contemporary styles. Together Men of Worth blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. A Men of Worth show is a unique combination of humour, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads. Don’t miss this international act of showmanship and skill as their stories draw you into another world where you can let the stresses of your day melt away!


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Area churches Cartwright St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Rev. Marianne Ell, Vicar 572-9278 or call 744-5310 , 9 a.m. (CT) Sunday school, Sunday worship, 10 a.m. (CT), Children's Bible Study: Wed., 5 p.m. (CT), Holy Communion 1:15 p.m. ECW 2nd Monday. Circle First Lutheran Church, worship service Sunday 11 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., Pastor David Aaseng. Fairview Community Presbyterian Church, corner 4th and Central, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. Fairview Alliance Church, 702 Western Ave., 742-5425, Kelly Sloan, pastor, Sunday 11 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., evening worship 6 p.m. St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, mission church, 309 West 7th, 7425293, Father Greg Staudinger, Mass 8 a.m., preschool - 8th grade religion education classes Sunday at 9 a.m.; senior high religion education classes Wednesday at 7 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church, 310 Ellery Ave., 742-5332. Sunday Adult Bible Study 7:30 a.m., Sunday worship 8:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Communion 2nd & 4th Sunday each month, Pastor David Warner. Zion Lutheran Church, 309 S. Central, phone 742-5523. Sunday worship 9 a.m.,Sunday school 10:15 a.m., adult Sunday school 10:30 a.m., Bible breakfast study Tuesday 6:30 p.m., LWR Sewing: Tuesday 9 a.m., monthly high school youth meeting. Lambert Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 774-3368, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Morning worship 10:45 a.m., Evening service 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Bible study & prayers 7 p.m.; Pastor, Gary Fix First Lutheran Church, Sunday worship service and Sunday school at 5:30 p.m. St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Mass schedule, 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 4 p.m.; 1st & 3rd Sunday, 11:30 a.m.; 5th Sunday, 10 a.m.; mis-

sion church of St. Matthew’s, Sidney, 482-1068, Fr. Greg Staudinger, Sunday Mass 11:45 a.m. Richey American Lutheran Church ELCA, worship 9 a.m., Sunday school 10 a.m., Pastor David Aaseng. Christian Missionary Alliance, Pastor Bill Miller. St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church, 406-485-3520, Richey, Mont., Sunday 4:30 p.m. eucharistic service. United Methodist Church, worship service 8:30 a.m., Pastor Vicki Waddington. Savage First Congregational Church, UCC 102 2nd Ave. S., 776-2403, or office 433-3707. Sunday morning worship and Sunday school 9 a.m. Communion first Sunday of every month and Holy Days, adult bible study, Thursday 7 p.m., Pastor Neil Lindorff. First Lutheran Church ELCA, 294 4th Ave. S., 776-2218. Sunday school 9:30-10:45 a.m., Sunday worship first, third and fourth Sunday 11 a.m., second Sunday 8:30 a.m. Pastor Nell Lindorff. St. Michael’s Catholic Church, mission church, Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. Father Greg Staudinger, mission of St. Matthew’s Sidney, 4821068. Yellowstone Community Church, 173 Mesa, 776-2236, Sunday school 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.; Interim Pastor, Tim Koffkey. Sidney Assembly of God, 414 E. Main, 433-2550, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. (child care available). 6 p.m. evening service, worship and prayer, also Hanger Youth meeting. Check our web-site Bible Baptist Church, 502 S. Central, 482-3706, Pastor Mike Backhaus, Sunday worship, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday school 10 a.m., Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m. Carpenter’s Church, corner of Sixth Avenue and 11th Street S.E., 4823028, Sunday school for all ages 9:30 a.m., morning worship 10:30 a.m., evening worship 6

p.m., Wednesday Bible study 6 p.m. Church of Christ, 905 4th St. S.W., 433-3456, Sunday worship 11 a.m., Bible study 10 a.m., Wednesday Bible class 7 p.m. “A place you are always welcome.” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1215 5th St. S.W., 4823250 church office and Family History Center, 482-6273 church building, or 482-6340 Bishop William Stevens. Sacrament meeting 10 a.m., Sunday School 11:10 a.m. and Priesthood & Relief Society 12:10 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, corner of Lincoln and 9th Street S.W., 4881956,, Pastor Elwin Paulson, Sunday: Family Fellowship 10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m., Body Life 6 p.m., Wednesday, Love In Action: Christian Education Night 5:45 p.m. Dinner; Age Group Study 6:30 p.m. Ebenezer Congregational Church, 118 4th Ave. N.W., 433-2654, Pastor David Meehan, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship service 11 a.m., Monday, 5:45, Men’s Bible study and Wednesday, 5:30 Women’s Bible study. Faith Alliance Church, 301 E. Main, 433-1112, Pastor Paul Turek, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday prayer 6 p.m. Fellowship Baptist Church, 2181 W. Holly, 433-4004, Pastor Jordan Hall, Sunday service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., Wednesday Bible study and prayer 7 p.m., Jehovah’s Witness, 2301 3rd St. N.W., Sunday public meeting 10 a.m., Watchtower Study 10:50 a.m. Lonsdale United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave. S.E., 433-3110, Pastor Vicki Waddington, Sunday worship service 11 a.m. Pella Lutheran Church ELCA, 418 West Main (corner of Main Street and Lincoln Avenue), Sunday service, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:15 a.m., (radio broadcast on KTHC-FM-95.1 9 a.m.), childcare available, Pastor George Karres & Pastor Sara Akre,

433-3350. Peoples Congregational Church, UCC 405 10th Ave. S.W., 4333707, Sunday morning worship 11 a.m., Sunday school 10:45 a.m., Communion first Sunday every month and Holy days, Adult bible studies Monday, noon, Pastor Neil Lindorff. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church AALC, 211 E. Holly Rd., Pastor David Huskamp, 433-7479, Sunday worship 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship 10:30 a.m., Sunday school 11 a.m. Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church, 1100 Madison Lane, 433-2209, Sunday worship service 11 a.m; 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages; Wednesdays, Confirmation, 6 p.m., Jammin Youth Ministry (grades 6-12) 6:45 p.m.; Adult Bible Study 7 p.m.; Kids Club (ages 4-grade 5), 7 p.m.; Director of Youth and Young Adults Mike Hussey; Pastor Matt Richard, Sidney Seventh-Day Adventist, 2475 S. Central Ave., Pastor Milton Fish, 480-5643, Sabbath school 9:30 a.m., Saturday worship service 11 a.m. St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 219 7th St. S.E., 433-1068, Father Greg Staudinger & rectory office; 433-2510, Parish Center office, Saturday Mass 5:30 p.m., Sunday Mass 9:30 a.m. The Church of God, Pastor Jim Harmon, 488-2836, Bible Study, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Worship Service Sabbath, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., 8th Ave. NE & 6th St. NE (on the truck route) Trinity Lutheran Church, 214 S. Lincoln Ave., 433-2050, Pastor David Warner. Sunday worship 10:15 a.m., Wednesday MidWeek Worship, 6:15 p.m., Adult Bible Study 11:30 a.m., Sunday school & Youth Bible Study 9 a.m. Skaar Grace Lutheran Church ELCA, Skaar, N.D., church office 776-2218, 776-2219, second Sunday 11:30 a.m. at Squaw Gap Community Hall with potluck; fourth Sunday 2:30 p.m. Grace rch, Pastor Nel Lindorft


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Rimes to headline Richland County Fair BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD

The Richland County Fair hit the jackpot this year with the landing of county music superstar LeAnn Rimes as its main entertainer Aug. 7. “LeAnn has been in the entertainment industry for many years and is a very well-known artist with many hits,” Richland County Fair manager Jamie Larson said. “We feel fortunate and excited to be able to bring her to the Richland County Fair in August. I think she will do a great job and her performance is one you won’t want to miss.” Dates of this year’s fair and rodeo are Aug. 4-7. Presale concert tickets will go on sale May 25 for $40 for reserved seats and $35 for festival tickets. In addition, pack-





age tickets that include a concert ticket, rodeo tickets for both Aug. 5-6 and fair admission cost $52 each. Rimes’ resume includes the selling of more than 37 million albums. She is a twotime Grammy Award winner and is the youngest recipient ever of a Grammy. She was also the first country music recording artist to win in the Best New Artist category. She has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which went number one in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100. Rimes recently won the CMT Award for “Collaborative Video of the Year” with





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Bon Jovi, and the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for her song, “Ready for a Miracle.” Her current album, “Family,” marks the first time Rimes has written or cowritten every song on an album and garnered two Grammy nominations. She is currently in the studio working on her new album due out in early summer 2010. As an actress, Rimes starred in the Lifetime movie “Northern Nights” and the ABC telefilm “Holiday in Your Heart,” based in part on Rimes’ autobiographical novel. She also Country music superstar LeAnn Rimes will serve as guestthe main entertainment for the Richland County Fair starred Aug. 7. as singer Connie Francis in the with LeAnn,” Larson said. “Herb is exceptionally talNBC series “American ented with the ability to Dreams,” and in an episode make everyone laugh and of the daytime series “Days enjoy his show.” of Our Lives.” An accomDixon entertains with plished author, Rimes wrote headline performances on two children’s books, “Jag” such venues as corporate and “Jag’s New Friend,” as conventions and cruise well as the novel, “Holiday ships. He finds a way to have in Your Heart,” and the infun with every type of audispirational book, “What I ence. Dixon is known as one Cannot Change.” of the most consistent corLarson also announced porate performers. that fan favorite Herb Dixon He has the great ability to will return to open the night make people laugh with his of entertainment on Aug. 7. rubber face, his ability to “We are also bringing recreate sounds, and his talHerb Dixon as the special ent to tell an engaging story. guest and opening act along

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Plenty of free entertainment at fair People attending the Richland County Fair on Aug. 4-7 will have a great selection of free entertainment to watch while also enjoying the super food selections and exhibits during the four-day celebration. All four free entertainment acts offered by fair officials are new to the area. The comedy magic of Double Vision has performed for the prime minister of Canada and for a week straight at the magic Castle in Hollywood. The identical twins have 20 years of entertaining experience. Audience participation is a large part of the performances of twins Mitchell and Michael. They have won awards for their sleight of hand magic. T.J. Casey is a “cowboy from the soul” singer and songwriter from Billings. He is scheduled to perform at the fair Aug. 6-7. Casey’s online biography provides the following information, “Spending twothirds 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 truly ‘of the land.’ Being onstage as an entertainer nationwide across the last three decades

gives T. J. Casey and his words, music and presentation a polish and presence impossible to manufacture…they are truly ‘for the audience.’ “When this larger-than-life artist steps under the spotlight, looks you in the eye, strums the strings on his guitar and opens his mouth to sing, the cowboy from his soul communicates with live the song, the poem, the story. You smell trail dust and campfire smoke, feel sweat and grit on your brow, taste the blessed refreshment of clear spring water after a long, hot day of work.” Brian Bon’s POWERHOUSE!!! percussive dance is also sure to entertain fairgoers. POWERHOUSE!!! combines brilliantly innovative tap, precision clogging and explosive stomp to bring you an electrifying dance experience. Uniquely American, it has all the power, excitement and style of America’s best music and dance. Selected from the very best competitive dancers in the country, POWERHOUSE!!! performers do more than simply dance. They entertain from start to finish, engaging the crowd the crowd with their amazing energy and talent. Audiences can’t help


Billings musician T.J. Casey will provide entertainment for all in attendance at the Richland County Fair in Sidney Aug. 6-7. but clap along and stomp their feet as they see, learn about and even try PERCUSSIVE DANCE. POWERHOUSE!!! has a great, wide-ranging appeal to all age groups. A typical POWERHOUSE!!! audience has young children, teens and adults. Boys get into the athletic nature of this masculine dance form. Girls love the excitement. Teenagers love it, enjoying the awesome talent and great music. Parents love the family nature of the group. Seniors enjoy the energy and showmanship of

the dancers. There is something for everyone. Joe Thompson, the Balloon Buffoon, is described as the ultimate balloon artist. He can make a wide variety of balloon sculptures to appease whatever audience he may have. The Balloon Buffoon will be strolling the midway throughout the fair. “We hope everyone will come to the fair and enjoy at least one or two of the shows,” Richland County fair manager Jamie Larson said.

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Country Club offers 18 challenging holes 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. “I like to think of us as more of a golf club than a country club,” PGA club pro 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.” In the fall of 2009, “The Fringe” opened at the Sidney Country Club. Executive chef Tim Barney, who moved to Sidney from Ohio, has brought experience and a upscale pub style food to the community. Open seven days a week for breakfast,

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lunch and dinner from Memorial Day to Labor Day, “The Fringe,” offers a variety of sandwiches and entrees available throughout the day. Reservations are recommended, but not needed during dinner service. “The new restaurant has really taken off and expanded the club’s services,” Frank said. “Depending on the community’s involvement, we would really like to be open full-time year round. The entire community is welcome to enjoy quality food at reasonable prices with a nice atmosphere.” Also new to the club is the use of the course as a location for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing during winter months. The course is free and open to the public. This year all partici-

pants used their own equipment. Frank is currently looking into the possibility of renting out equipment. “We have a great piece of land, and I think snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing are good ways for the community to utilize the space when the golf course is not open. It’s also a great way to stay active during the winter,” he 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 50-80 kids in a particular year. “It’s a great, affordable


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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 and 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 on the 18hole layout in 2000.

COURSE: The Sidney Country Club is a Par 72 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.

vate 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 $22 for adults and $9 for juniors up to age 18. Green fees for 18 holes are $38 for adults and $20 for juniors.


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.

Country Club currently boasts some 320 playing members with room for up to 450. Membership plans include a single ($775 a year or $70 a month) or a playing membership (husband and wife $825/year or $75/month.), a family membership ($875/year or $80/month.), a junior membership (up to age 18 $175/season) and a college student membership (18-23, $200/season).


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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/hr. and can be scheduled by contacting Frank at 406433-1894. 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 breakfast, lunch and dinner during the golf season and complete with a full service bar. In addition, there is a snack bar out on the course, and on select days beverage cart serv-

ice is available. The club house is also available to host catered events such as weddings, reunions, birthday parties and business meetings. For more information on dining options at “The Fringe,” call 406-433-7460.

PRO SHOP: The Sidney Country Club pro shop features a full selection of golf equipment and apparel. LEAGUES AND TOURNAMENTS: The Sidney Country Club has active men’s, women’s and senior groups that use the course on a regular basis. The senior league currently plays on Tuesday mornings, the women’s league on Tuesday evenings and the men’s league onThursday afternoons. The country club also hosts several tournaments each year; check with the pro shop for the tournament schedule. The club is also the home course to area high school teams from Sidney, Fairview, Lambert, Bainville, FroidLake, Culbertson and Brockton. The Sidney Country Club is looking for new members. When becoming a member you are also responsible for purchasing a golf certificate. “People think that certificates costs thousands of dollars, but we have a number of payment plans that give members plenty of options,” Frank said. The country club provides quality, affordable golfing, Frank said. “I believe that we offer affordable and flexible plans to all members. It is also affordable for the public. No matter how often, we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a round of golf,” he said. For a full calendar of events, information and pricing on membership plans and pictures visit


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Walking path is favorite spot in Sidney With the United States being deemed as one of the most overweight countries in the world, exercising has become a huge priority for today’s American society. And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a pastoral walk right through the city of Sidney. A project began in 1997 through money provided by the Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) in which a pedestrian/walking path trail was born in the community. A lateral path which follows along the Lone Tree Creek, the paved trail presents local residents with the opportunity to walk their way into a more healthy state while enjoying a scenic creek-like setting. Phase one of the project in-

cluded 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. The covering of 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. The bike trail/walking path, currently about 6,065 feet long that extends from Fifth Street S.W. and 14th Avenue S.W. to Third Avenue S.E., is moving toward completion with an added 3,200foot last phase that will extend along 14th Street S.E. “We’d eventually like to go further east all the way to the truck route through the high school, another 1,000-1,200 feet. The city council has also


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mentioned that it would someday like to put more out to the airport along Fifth Street West,” Sidney Public Works Director Terry Meldahl said. “I can’t remember doing anything in Sidney with more positive feedback. Originally, it was only to be a ‘fairweather’ trail. But we got so many calls in the winter time to keep the trail clean that we decided to keep it clear year round,” Meldahl said. “Morning and evening, you see a lot of regulars, and kids use it to get safely to school. That’s why there can’t be enough emphasis that no motorized scooters of any kind are allowed.” Adding to the enjoyment of the walking path, county officials recently installed two


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historic bridges at Peterson 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. The majority of funding for the project has come from the state through an enhancement program (about 80 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. Seating and park benches will eventually also decorate the site.

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Boys, girls club offers positive place for kids The Boys & Girls Club of Richland County is an after school organization committed to providing a safe and positive place for the youth of Richland County. The club offers a safe, positive place to inspire and enable our county’s youth 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 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 pool, air hockey, foosball and a wide selection of other board and card games; power hour where youth can get help with their homework and learn valuable computer skills; high yield learning activities that teach important skills, while at the same time allowing for countless opportunities for fun; 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 include SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves, Character Counts!, guitar lessons, photography, nutrition classes, media literacy and opportunities for the youth to lead and showcase talents and skills. Anyone willing to

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Arts and crafts is just one of the many activities offered for children at the Boys and Girls Club of Richland County. share a special skill or talent with the club members are 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 4334080. The club office is located in Central school, 200 Third Ave. S.E. Any questions can be directed to the Boys and Girls Club office at 433-6763 for more information. Office hourse are from noon to 6 p.m.

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Sidney looks forward to Town, Country Festival Sidney Chamber’s Town and Country Festival just continues to grow. The annual event, that was first put on in 2008, is a chance to bring the town and country people together for a day in June. The 2010 festival is set for June 19 and is sure to feature a variety of activities that all will enjoy. One of the highlights of the festival will again be the paintball tournament sponsored by the Montana Army National Guard. The tournament, in its second year, is set for 10 a.m. at Peterson Park. New to this year’s event is tethered hot air balloon rides, weather permitting, sponsored by Lower Yellowstone REA and Touchstone Energy scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Richland County Fairgrounds. In addition to the Neal Hermanson Memorial Ranch Rodeo, the MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association will host a youth rodeo at 12:30 p.m. The event will feature several competitions for children ages 12 and younger. The 2010 Town and Country Festival kicks off at 8 a.m. June 19 with the Sidney HealthWorks Fun Run at the Sidney Health Center with registration at 7 a.m. Sidewalk sales from area businesses begin downtown at 9 a.m. The Jaycees Pet Parade and the Town and Country Festival parade begin at 9:30 a.m. going through downtown Sidney. A Guitar Hero competition begins at 10 a.m. at Peterson Park. Free stage entertainment and all day activities such as face painting, petting zoo, carnival games, jumping castle and much more kick off at 11 a.m. downtown. A free feed with pulled


Petting zoo at the Town and Country Festival is great fun for children. pork, baked beans and cole slaw, sponsored by Reynolds Market, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with an ice cream social sponsored by the Montana Army National Guard at 12:30. Both events are on downtown. Once again, the festival comes to a close again with a barn dance at the Richland County Fairgrounds at 8 p.m. with music by Midnight Ride. When the event comes to an end, the community will already be looking forward to the 2011 event as the Town and Country Festival will be held in conjunction with Sidney’s centennial celebration.

2011 TOWN & COUNTRY SIDNEY’S CENTENNIAL Melissa Boyer, Sidney city councilwoman and chair-

person of the centennial committee, thinks it will be a great fit to have the centennial celebration during the Town and Country festival. “It makes perfect sense to have the events together,” Boyer said. “We will celebrate the town’s history as well as recognize the important role that the country and surrounding communities have played. That goes right along with the Town and Country Festival.” While all planning is in the preliminary stages, the three-day event promises plenty of activities for the entire community. “We are really excited about the possibilities of the event,” she said. On Friday, a social including a presentation of the town’s history is planned. Saturday will feature many

of the events that have made the Town and Country Festival a hit such as a parade, meal and dance. A church service in the park and breakfast featuring a keynote speaker are planned for Sunday. History will play a big role in the event as a re-enactment of the creation of the city and old time photo shoots are just a couple of possible activities. It’s important to celebrate the community’s rich tradition. “I think its extremely important to celebrate this important marker in our community’s history,” Boyer said. “Not every town gets to celebrate 100 years. Sidney is a town of growth, development and heritage and it’s important to recognize that.”

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Heritage Center provides area history, art The MonDak Heritage Center and Art Gallery in Sidney is the cultural center for the region, full of history, art and entertainment. It’s the perfect place to find out what’s happening... or has happened... in the MonDak area! The center houses thousands of artifacts, many on display in the museum’s unique 1900s’ “pioneer town” recreated in the museum’s lower level. Stroll the boardwalk to see the ladies dress shop, the historic chapel, the original homestead shack and more! The MonDak also brings in national traveling exhibits, most recently, the Heavens Above: Photographs of the Universe from the Hubbie Space Telescope. For the art lover, the MonDak boasts the finest art gallery (and library) in the region and includes frequently changing exhibits. Annual shows include our colorful quilt display in February, our spectacularly detailed miniature show in November and an annual youth art exhibit in the spring. The permanent collection includes early works of native son and famed western artist J.K. Ralston. The center’s historical library includes an extensive photo archive and more than 10,000 genealogy cards from area residents. New to the center is the sensational audio tour of Historic Main Street Sidney which is now available. Come check out an MP3 player at the front desk and listen to more than 40 minutes of stories from pioneer time in Sidney. There is no charge to use the MP3 player. The stories were taken straight from “Courage Enough,” a history book

containing stories passed down through the generations of MonDak area families. The book is available in the gift shop for $25. The audio tour was created by Americorps VISTA Jay Witte with help from Power 95’s JD Nelson, who narrated the entire tour. Grants were given by Humanities Montana and Richland County Community Foundation to help purchase the equipment. As the cultural center of the region, the center also hosts a winter “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 a Celebrate Chocolate event in February annually. The center’s hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until 7 p.m. Thursday, and Saturday 1-4 p.m. The museum, which offers free admission, is located at 120 Third Ave. S.E. in Sidney. To find out more, call 433-3500 or visit the Web site,

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS May 28 Music At the MonDak Jazz Jam 7 p.m. June 1-July 3 MAGDA Traveling Exhibit “On The Road Again” June 7 Business After Hours to welcome the New Executive Director Benjamin Clark 4:30 - 6 p.m. Jun 10 Ranger Talk 7 p.m. June 14-Aug. 7 MAGDA Traveling Exhibit Bill Stockton: “A Retrospective” June 24 Ranger Talk 7 p.m.

July 9 Book Signing and Reading 6:30 p.m. July 11 Shakespeare in the Park presents “Julius Caesar” to be held at Veteran’s Park 6:30 p.m. July 22 Ranger Talk 7 p.m. Aug. 10-Oct. 30 MAGDA Traveling Exhibit Treasure State Remnants – Montana’s Ghost Town Heritage Aug. 19 Ranger Talk 7 p.m. Sept. 6-Oct. 2 Dee Elletson and Anna Toews Paper Collage Art Show Sept. 17 “Casting Spooks, Specters and Spirited Places” by Ellen Baumler provided by Humanities Montana, the MT Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People.” Sept. 19 Annual Meeting 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1-Nov. 1 MAGDA Traveling Exhibit “Josephine Hale” Oct. 9 Octoberfest 7 p.m. Nov. 2-27

Marie Ben Youssef Art Show Nov. 16-Dec. 30 19th Annual Miniature Art Show Dec. 1-30 MAGDA Traveling Exhibit: ”Sweat & Steel” Dec. 12 Ethnic Christmas

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Richland County is home to several 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

Sidney 1.5 miles, turn east on Montana 23 for 2.5 miles before turning on to a county road northeast for seven miles, then one mile further north on the next county road. • Richland Park. North of Sidney off Montana Highway 16, this area provides river access and primitive camping sites. • Sharbono Memorial Park, Fairview. The park contains the town’s pool, scenic gazebo, tables and grills, as well as RV hookups and an RV dump. • Fairview Bridge, Cartwright Tunnel. Provides river access and primitive camping. • Kuester Reservoir Fishing Access Site. Located off Montana Highway 200 east of Richey.

Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture 2009 leadership class designed and constructed the new entry sign for Richland Park as its class project. camping sites and a handlaunch 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 from

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Cool off at Sidney water park 2010 is the fourth year that a water slide facility is available at the Sidney pool located on Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street S.W. The facility includes one traditional “curly Q” tower slide and one high speed tower slide with a plunging pool to receive slide patrons. The water slide will be restricted to individuals who are at least 46 inches tall. There is a gate located between the pool and slide to separate those who have paid to use the pool and those who have paid to go down the slides. Costs for one session is $3 for the slide and $6 for the main pool and slide. Season individual tickets are $50 for either the pool or slide or $100 for both the pool and the slide. Family tickets are $75 for either the pool or slide and $150 for both facilities. Another option is purchasing a vacation pass that’s good for 10 punches for either the pool or slide. Two punches on the pass will be taken if the individual chooses to use both the pool and slide. Cost is $25. The slide will be open during the same hours as the regular pool, except it

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Parade of Lights brightens up holiday season The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights are two winter events that bring the community together the day after Thanksgiving. The community looks forward to beautiful snowflakes during the festivities. Sidney’s 20th annual Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights will take place on Nov. 26, 2010. Christmas carols may be heard throughout the town, so be sure and come to Sidney that night. The evening is more than just a well-lit Christmas parade. During the Stroll, stores stay open to cater to holiday shoppers. If you get hungry while shopping, a wide variety of food vendors on Central Avenue and Main Street are available. Prizes are given

Details ANYONE WISHING to participate in the Parade of Lights should contact the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 433-1916. away and entertainment enchants the crowd. Once the Stroll is over, it’s time to start the Parade of Lights. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and travels down Central Avenue. Floats light up the street with Christmas lights and music. Anyone wishing to participate in the Parade of Lights or who would like more information about these holiday events, contact the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 433-1916.

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Lone Tree Gun Show has 20 years in its holster It’s been 20 years since the start of the Lone Tree Gun Show in Sidney. Tim and Brenda Larson, Sidney, started it as a fundraiser for the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. It was a way to help raise funds ensuring future events for the community, but also to bring the community together. The event, set for Aug. 21-22 this year, has become one of the biggest yearly events sponsored by the Sidney Chamber, also bringing in many people from outlying towns and states. “We are truly blessed to have our locals, along with many people come from out of our area,” Brenda Larson said. Larsons, along with Jim and Leann Pelvit, Sidney, have become so close to the people associated with the gun show that none of them can imagine not sharing their lives with many of the weapons collectors, gun dealers or other table vendors in the future. “It’s just a family event for us,” Larson said. “We do this event because we enjoy being around these people.” As set up time for the twoday gun show is Friday afternoon for the vendors, the people know they’ll always get a hearty bowl of chili and great fellowship. “We also fill them up with a hearty break-

fast on Sunday morning, and that’s the time when we really get to visit with our vendors,” Leann Pelvit said. “Some of these people held Larsons’ children when they were infants. That’s how long they’ve been coming to Sidney. They are like family and it’s just a way of showing our appreciation to our dealers that continue to come back year after year.” Many people associate weapons with a particular set of people, but the gun show is for everyone. It’s for the coin collector, the jewelry fanatic, antique buff, knife hound, those who enjoy great concession food, along with the many varieties of firearms and accessories. For many years the gun show was housed at the Armory in Sidney, but when the country went on alert, the Armory shut its doors to outside events, and the gun show moved to the Richland County Fair and Rodeo grounds. Larson believes there were about 60 tables with as many vendors, and in recent years vendor sells has increased to about 75 tables. “We’re hearing that we’ll have possibly 100 tables this year,” Larson said. It will be in a new house this year, still held at the fairgrounds, as the new community building will be open to the public – including inside seating for concessions with

a full kitchen. “Yes, it’s a new building, but we’ve done this event for so long that we shouldn’t see too many problems,” she said. And, as it has happened every year, there will be security on hand during the gun show, along with night security and lock-down of the event center. Also new this year will be the Jaycee’s demolition derby being held on Saturday of the gun show. Larson is thankful to the many people that continue to be a part of set up, tear down and daily routines at the gun show, and she comments that if it was not for family and friends it would be a tough job to man each station and to make sure everything gets done. The Lone Tree Gun Show

is held the end of August every year, as that last big escape before vacations dispense and school begins. For more information or vendor registration on the gun show, contact the Sidney Chamber at 406-433-1916.

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Summer activities at Confluence Center, Fort Buford The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site are open daily during the summer (starting May 16, 2010) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time, until Sept. 15. 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 615, 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 Time. 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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p .m. Central Time. This group of quilters is seeking all skill levels of quilters to join them, from those who have never quilted to those with years of quilting experience. Free instruction will be provided for beginners. New participants are always welcome. Each month a new technique is discussed. A new exhibit: “Emigrants from the Empires: North Dakota’s Germans” was recently installed in the changing gallery at the Confluence Center. This exhibit investigates what it means to be German in North

Dakota. Artifacts, photographs and documents tell the story of who they are, how and why they emigrated, and how their culture and traditions still thrive in North Dakota.


May 15 May 15 marks the opening of the summer season at Fort Buford State Historic Site and the MissouriYellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center. At 2 p.m. Central Time, the 6th Infantry re-enactment group will hoist the flag in front of the Field Officer’s Quarters. This Flag Raising Ceremony symbolizes the sites change to summer hours. Beginning May 16, both the Confluence Center and Fort Buford will be open seven days a week until Sept. 15. The hours for the summer season are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time. June 19-20 Arch Ellwein will become Grant Marsh, the famous Missouri River steamboat captain. Captain Marsh will discuss different aspects of his experiences on the mighty Missouri in conversations at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time both days. Each History Alive conversation is focused to and adapted for the specific audience. July 24 The rotunda of the Confluence Center will be filled with vendors from North Dakota and the surrounding area showing and selling their products. The second annual Pride of Dakota and Local Products Showcase features jewelry, food, sculptures, iron work, etc. July 31-Aug. 1 Champion buffalo hunter Vic Smith will entertain visitors at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time both days. Arch Ellwein, as Vic Smith, will spin yarns and describe some pretty “tall tales” that Vic believed was fact. Every portrayal is different so

A view from the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center window. be sure to stop for a chat with the greatest buffalo hunter. Remember History Alive conversation are focused to and adapted for the specific audience. Aug. 21 The 29th annual Encampment at Fort Buford. Visit with members of the 6th infantry and observe the drill. Learn about daily life at the fort in the later 1800s. The second annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off will pit teams against each other. Support this event by voting in the Peoples’ Choice portion of the Cook-Off. Sept. 4-5 Captain Grant Marsh will further detail his experiences on the Missouri River. These History Alive conversations, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time both days, are

focused to and adapted for the specific audience. Sept. 12 Flag Retreat at 2 p.m. (CT) marks the end of the summer season.

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State’s largest park located near Glendive The mountainous splendor of western Montana pales to the beauty and wonders of the eastern Montana badlands and Makoshika State Park, located at the southeastern city limits of Glendive. Montana’s largest state park, Makoshika covers 11,531 acres and is loaded with fossil remains of life that time forgot. A 1997 find of a thescelosaur, a bipedal plant eater, was unique in the sense that it was the most complete skeleton ever found of this type of dinosaur. A skull of a triceratops, also found in the park, can be seen at Makoshika’s informative visitor center, along with various displays of dinosaur remains and stone tools used by prehistoric man. To date, 10 different species of dinosaurs have been discovered at Makoshika. Venturing further into the park, a 12-mile road system offers an aesthetic look at the marvels of the affects of wind and water erosion on the badlands sandstone landscape. Paved the first two miles, road construction past the paved portion of the road was completed the end of May 2006, widening the graveled road. However, the park still discourages motor home and RV travel beyond the switchbacks at the end of the two-mile paved section. The switchbacks are still narrow and at a 15 percent grade and the gravel road system is often rutted, wet and impassable. Signs at the base of the switchbacks discourage RV travel beyond that point. For hikers, the Diane Gabriel, Cap Rock and Kinney Coulee nature trails offer a deeper look into the mysteries of the park, including a fossil site of a

duckbill dinosaur locked in a sandstone block, close-up looks at soil strata and caprocks and a wondrous natural bridge. Roughly a mile inside the park is a campsite possessing picnic areas, grill sites, pit toilets and drinking water (drinking water from mid-May to mid-September). In addition to camping, hiking and the beautiful scenery naturally provided, an archery range, amphitheater and 18-hole disc golf course add to the enjoyment of Makoshika. A rifle range is available for use by the public, along with a privately owned and run archery range located inside the park. For information on the archery range contact Jim Thompson, 406-687-3412. Also available is a covered group youth shelter for those wishing to barbecue for a large group of people. Electricity is available at this site. An A-frame lodge with beds, living spaces, and a kitchen and a spectacular view is about five miles into the park. It is the Lions Youth Camp, owned and operated by Glendive Lions Club. There is a second, smaller lodge with eight smaller cabins, outdoor barbecues and horseshoe pits. The splendor of the park is enhanced during the warmer months as 150 species of wildflowers blend with natural grasses and shrubs. Open 365 days a year, Makoshika 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. New to the park is Makoshika’s addition to the Montana Dinosaur Trail. There are only 15 dinosaur

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer speaks at Makoshika at last year’s Buzzard Days. 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 June-August 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 Buzzard Day, that is free to the public, will be held on June 12, 2010. “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 Buzzad 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

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Swimming pool great place to cool off Summer temperatures in the MonDak area can reach 100 degrees or more, and a dip in the pool is one way to cool off. With that in mind, Sidney has enhanced the existing pool into a pool and water slide complex. Water slides have been added as well as a splash deck. Plans to further enhance the pool into the desired water complex include adding a lap pool. Currently, Sidney has a $900,000 Olympic-sized pool and bathhouse. The pool offers a 50-meter, eight-lane pool with depths ranging from 3 feet on the south end to 10 feet near the diving boards. The pool is located on Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street S.W., just west of Veterans Memorial

Park. While swimming classes and local swim team practice fill the morning hours, the pool is open to the public for most of the afternoon and evening. New is a waterpark for young children. Public pool hours are usually 1:30-5 p.m. and 5:308 p.m. for general swimming each weekday. The hour of 5:30-6:30 p.m. of public swim is restricted to adults. On Saturdays and Sundays the pool is open 1-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. Daily swim tickets are available for $3. Vacation passes, available at City Hall, 115 Second St. S.E., are good for 10 swims at $25. Year passes for city and county residents are $75 for

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Timeline of area 1870s Settlers began arriving. 1881 Newlon P.O. est.; area’s first town, 4 miles south of Sidney; O’Brien Stage Stop opened; Newlon P.O. est.; first settlement in the area, Wm. Newlon, Postmaster; Sitting Bull surrenders his rifle at Fort Buford 1883 Ridgelawn Stage Stop and P.O. est. 6 mi. north of Sidney 1884 Tokna P.O. est. 1 mile west of Savage 1887 First Sidney school (log bldg. on south truck route) 1888 – Sidney P.O. est.; Maggie Crossen, Postmaster 1889 Peter and Bertha Andersen arrived from Denmark; Montana Territory became the State of Montana 1895 Oldest house in Sidney, built by Dr. J.C. Stockwell 1897 Log Town Hall built at approx. site of Chamber of Commerce 1898 Enid P.O. est., Lossie Dawe, Postmaster; First Dawson Co. Fair at Town Hall 1899 Plans for first church (Methodist), dedicated in 1901 1902 Sidney School—frame bldg on approx. site of Lincoln Apts. 1904 Fairview P.O. est., Lou Newlon postmaster 1905-09 Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project completed 1906 Dr. R.A. Morrill hired as physician for above construction crew; Earl Varco arrived from Minnesota; Augustus Vaux from Minnesota established lumber yards in area 1907 Cars began arriving in Sidney (Billy Combes had auto agency, for one) 1908 4-room, 2-story frame school built on present Central School site; Commercial Club organized (fore-runner of present Chamber of Commerce; Sidney Herald began printing 1909 Dr. J. S. Beagle arrived also from Minnesota; Turner Drug opened on North Central 1910 Savage P.O. est., Clark Brook, Postmaster; Crane P.O. est., Severt Knutson, Postmaster 1911 Sidney incorporated!; Lambert

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P.O. first est. at Fox Lake, L.C. Cummings, Postmaster Northern Pacific built to Sidney; Sidney School burned to the ground Temporary frame school built on Central Ave. , so. of present Thiruds; Two lift bridges constructed at Fairvew and Snowden; Russell Miller Milling built; Numerous buildings completed downtown; Masons organized; Sidney Woman’s Club organized, now disbanded; Sidney volunteer fire department organized, Fred Hurst, chief Dawson Co. divided, Richland Co. formed, naming Sidney county seat; Eastern Star organized Johnson-Mercer Hardware organized; became Johnson Hardware in 1929; Niehenke Blacksmith Shop opened and still operating Sidney Chamber of Commerce organized; Twostory brick school built on present Central School site (grades 1-12); First Sidney High School graduation with six students; Sidney Hospital built Sidney Drug opened; U.S. joined Allies to fight WWI, "the war to end wars" Tragic flu epidemic; dozens died; Nov. 11 Armistice signed; since 1954 called Veteran’s Day First library in Yellowstone basement, Mrs. Varco in charge; Farm Bureau organized; sponsored first Extension Service in county; American Legion and Auxiliary formed First Richland County Fair Devastating tornado, killing Mrs. Andrew Olsen at Ridgelawn; Girl Scouts organized Holly Sugar factory built; Kiwanis organized, Carl Brattin first president; Sidney Country Club organized; John Marman established Reynolds Grocery Cub Scouts organized

1928 New Richland County Courthouse completed; Farmers Union organized 1930s Hard times for many in Sidney and surrounding areas; Baseball popular sport 1930 Ladies Golf Club organized 1936 Sidney High School built (grades 9-12), presently Jr. High; Old building then contained grades 1-8 1942 KGCX Radio moved here; quit broadcasting in 1993 1944 Moose Lodge organized with Bennie Dawe, Sr. at the head 1945 Women of the Moose organized; Veteran’s of Foreign Wars organized 1946 VFW Auxiliary organized; Knights of Columbus organized; Deaconess Hospital changed to Community Memorial; now Sidney Health Center 1948 Eastern MT Experiment Station opened; Lion’s Club organized 1949 Elks Club organized, Tad Sanders Exalted Ruler; Lalonde Hotel built on Central Ave. 1949, 1999 fire, 2001 demolition; Original Central School building torn down and new one built on site 1951 Devastating flood on Easter but no loss of life 1954 Jaycees organized 1955 Jayceens organized 1956 KUMV-TV arrived in the area—huge community effort 1957 Senior High with grades 9-12 built near south truck route 1958 MDU coal generating plant built 1960 Local man, Don Nutter, was elected governor 1961 Big celebration --50 years since Sidney incorporated; Richland Homes built 1962 Gov. Nutter tragically killed in plane crash; Westside Elementary K-6 built on Fifth St. SW. 1964 Huge 50th anniversary celebration -- Richland County formed from Dawson 1965 USDA Northern Plains Agricultural Research Station opened

1966 Sidney Public Library built; expanded in 1986; Flags of Honor program started by the VFW and Auxillary 1972 J.K. Ralston Museum & Art Center est. in basement of old hospital 1975 Courage Enough I , Mondak Family Histories published (up to 1925) 1980s Oil boom and bust; Fantastic record of Sidney Eagles football—Class A championships in 82, ’84, ’87,’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93! 1984 Mon-Dak Heritage Center built on Third Ave. S.E. 1987 New Sidney Post Office built 1993 Hospice program introduced; Katie Pust, Coordinator 1996 Courage Enough II published (1925-1960); New Sidney Hockey Dome built with large volunteer effort 1997 Central School changes to grades 3-6; Westside to K-2; Bozeman Soil Center added to Sidney complex; Neal Spencer, Superintendent 1999 Addition to Sidney Health Center, including chapel 2000 All-class reunion at the Richland County Fairgrounds; The Lodge on Lone Tree opens 2001 Sidney Country Club expands to an 18-hole golf course 2002 American Crystal Sugar Company purchases Sidney factory from Imperial Sugar and renames Holly Sugar, Sidney Sugars Inc. 2005 Sidney’s Sophia Steinbeisser is crowned Miss Montana; Oil Boom resumes in Bakken Play with horizontal drilling 2006 Richland County hosts Lewis and Clark Corps II at the fairgrounds 2008 First phase of remodel project to Sidney Health Center is completed with new operating rooms 2009 A new Community Services Building opened, thanks to oil and gas funds 2010 A state-of-the-art Justice Center opened along with a new commercial fair building, thanks to oil and gas funds


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Fort Union peak of fur trade on Missouri Thanks to re-enactors, the Great Northern Railway and a group of Mandan Indians, Fort Union has returned to the prairie. Because of their efforts, you can now enter Fort Union’s mighty gates and slip back to the 1800s and the peak of the fur trade on the upper Missouri River. Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri. Though called a fort, it was not owned by the military during any of those years. Established in 1826 by John Jacob Astor, it was a main post for the American Fur Company and was later sold to the Northwest Fur Company (not to be confused with the North West Company). During those trading years, it handled thousands of pelts. Beaver was the prize in the early years but soon buffalo robes and hides took dominance. Indians and hunters brought their bounty to the fort and traded for necessary goods and coveted luxuries as well. Toward the end of the Civil War, Union troops began to arrive at Fort Buford. In 1867, the army bought Fort Union, not to establish military troops there, but to tear it down and use the material to expand Fort Buford a few miles east. When they were

done, only memories and ruins of the fur trading fort remained. Then in 1925, Ralph Budd’s Upper Missouri Historical Expedition arrived at the site in May to commemorate the area’s history. A Great Northern Railway crew assisted by erecting a flagpole near the site of the fort’s original flagpole. A group of Mandan Indians also came and constructed an earthen lodge just south of the once mighty palisade walls. The groups returned the next year and the following year and

finally, in 1966, almost a full century after Fort Union closed its doors, the National

Park System saw the value of the area to the public and took over the site. It took 20 years of lobbying, but in 1987 reconstruction efforts began. Today you may often smell wood

smoke as you ascend the hill to the fort. As you walk through the gates, your first stop will be the Trade House. This naturally cool room in the summer is where a volunteer, in period clothing, will meet you and introduce you to another era. He will talk of the fur trading business and show you some of the trinkets prized by the Indians and teach you native

sign language. Sometimes a pot of fort coffee is simmering over the fire and the feel is always comfortable. Stepping back outside, you can visit a blacksmith at work on a forge and anvil. In the shade of a corner of the fort, he makes things out of iron and actually helps build some pieces used on the site for display or repair. The only place in the fort to enjoy modern air conditioning is in the Bourgeois House (pronounced Boorshwa). This house is not named for a specific person who lived on the fort. Rather, bourgeois is French for shopkeeper or merchant. Here is where the business managers of the fort lived and worked. They kept the books and records here, and this still is where visitors can find a wonderful bookstore with an impressive variety of books relating to the era, the Native American tribes, trappers, the fur trade, Lewis & Clark, life on the plains and so much more. Here, too, is a museum with displays and a wonderful collection of pelts used at the fort. Run your hand through a buffalo hide or feel a soft beaver skin. Try to guess which is a coyote pelt and which one belongs to a badger. Over the years the fort has been diligent and successful in providing visitors with a feel for life in the mid-1900 century. Past events have included Lewis & Clark gatherings, buffalo feeds, story telling and hands-on activities.


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Go back in time at Fort Union Rendezvous Fort Union Trading Post hosts its 28th annual Rendezvous June 17-20, 2010. 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. Richard Baker, Montana Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau, will headline the event this year and give daily presentations as Pierre Cruzatte of Lewis & Clark fame. Baker’s portrayal of Cruzatte will include period tunes on the fiddle, and hopefully, explain why he shot Captain Lewis in the backside. Baker, who hails from Great Falls, will give daily presentations at 2 p.m. Central Time. Traders and campers in period dress will set up just outside of Fort Union’s north wall, with trader’s row extending northward from the back gate. The traders will have their usual array of furs and handcrafted items available. Each day will feature a variety of speakers and demonstrations including blacksmithing, canoes of the fur trade, sign language, flint knapping, period cloth, finger weaving, weapon firing, beaver skinning, brain tanning and pottery making. Bagpipers will perform Sunday afternoon. A special daily presentation will be done on the use of cameras and photography during the 19th century. An array of trade goods will also be presented in the trade house. The American Fur Company traded beads, cloth, blankets, knives, guns, tobacco and cooking kettles in exchange for buffalo robes and other furs from the Assiniboine, Crow,

Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet and Hidatsa tribes. Taken from the clerk’s ledger lists of 1848-51, exact replicas of more than 200 trade items are available for purchase today.

SPECIAL EVENTS June 17-21 Fort Union Rendezvous

A 19th century fur trade fairincludes a variety of period arts, crafts and music. Aug. 14-15 Indian Arts Showcase Traditional Northern Plains Indian crafts and music. Aug. 21-22 Fort Buford Encampment Commemorates frontier military

post active from 1866 to 1895. Sept. 4-6 Living History Weekend Re-enactors portray fur trade Employees. Includes “Last Bell” tours, Saturday evening, Sept. 4. Oct. 30 Fort Buford Cemetery Walk Meet the ghosts of Fort Buford’s past.


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Fort Buford, historical gateway to Montana BY ARCH ELLWEIN SIDNEY HERALD

Fort Buford is a North Dakota State Historic Site but plays a major role in Montana history as well. The military establishment replaced the neighboring fur trading post Fort Union in dominating the local landscape. The government had many motivations to build Fort Buford in 1866. Not the least of which was to police the strategically located and vitally important conduit to the western gold fields of Idaho and Montana, namely the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. The discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains changed everything. Gold was discovered in modern day Idaho in 1860 and Montana two years later. The outbreak of war and shaky finances made control of the gold fields even more imperative. The Federal government and the Confederacy struggled for dominance. Virginia City had a definite tilt to the South. Even before the founding of Fort Buford the U.S. Army had dug in a toehold in 1864 when Gen. Alfred Sully commandeered old Fort Union. The 1866 June 12 landing of the steamboat Mary McDonald with Company C of the 13th Infantry represented the government’s commitment. Although the construction of Fort Buford had an air of permanency and inevitability, the Sioux Indians, who were occupying the region, did not see it that way. Under the direction of Sitting Bull, the Sioux constantly harassed the fledgling army post named for Union Calvary officer John Buford who had played a pivotal role at Gettysburg. As the Civil War ground

on the government felt the financial pinch more and more acutely and focused attention on western resources. Congress sanctioned and funded several forays by wagon trains originating in Minnesota and bound for the gold fields. Steamboat traffic increased, bound for the head of navigation on the Missouri River at Fort Benton. Steamboats continued plying the Missouri and Yellowstone through the 1880s. The military presence at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri was the first organized wave of white immigration into the region. Following the army were railroad surveyors and construction crews, cattlemen, homesteaders or scissorbills and irrigation project engineers. The Fort Buford military reservation covered 900 square miles, a square with sides measuring 30 miles and squarely in the middle sat Fort Buford. Nearly half its area was in Montana Territory marked by the 104 degree longitude. Fort Buford continued operations until it was decommissioned in 1895. The troops said farewell on Oct. 1 but evidence of its existence remains today. Community building in the region had begun while Fort Buford was operational so no one could settle on the military reservation. This explains why Sidney, Montana and Williston, N.D., are located where they are, about five miles outside the boundaries of the old military reservation on the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, respectively. The military reservation was later opened to homesteading and the communities of Fairview, Buford and

MonDak sprang to life. Buford and MonDak joined the Fort in oblivion. Many persons associated with Fort Buford stayed in the area and helped build it up, Bill Cheney, Gus Hedderick, George Grinnell and John Mercer to name a few. The event that sets Fort Buford apart in the annuals of history took place on July 20, 1881. The great Hunkpapa Sioux Chief Sitting Bull surrendered his rifle to Fort Buford’s commanding officer Major David H. Brotherton in the field officers quarters which Brotherton occu-

pied, and still stands as it did on that fateful day. Fort Buford is managed and maintained by the State Historical Society of North Dakota for everyone. Visit this icon of our heritage. Three original buildings, the reconstructed barracks and many interpretive displays including the post cemetery and friendly staff can help you rediscover history. Fort Buford State Historic Site is located twenty-three miles northeast of Sidney via Montana Highway 200 and North Dakota Highway 58.

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Airport valuable asset to MonDak area With two daily flights each to both Denver and Billings, the Sidney-Richland airport has become quite a valuable asset to the community and surrounding areas. Due to the liquidation of Big Sky Airlines in February 2008, Great Lakes Aviation took over the Essential Air Service routes in eastern Montana. Great Lakes’ primary hub is located in Denver, with a secondary hub location in Billings. Sidney is one of only two of the Essential Air Service seven airports in Montana that can provide flights to both Billings and Denver, the second being Lewistown. The other five provide flights to either Billings or Denver only. “We’re very fortunate to have that,” Bill Henderson,

Sidney-Richland Airport manager, said. “Great Lakes is doing well– it’s nice to have in the area.” Another valuable convenience is the ability for the Sidney and Williston, N.D., airports to work together, for example shuttling passengers to one or the other locations for flights if need be. With a fully remodeled and re-tuned terminal, as well as other conveniences such as long term and short term parking, large aircraft storage and two car rental services with on location vehicles, the Sidney-Richland airport has a lot to offer. The airport also offers two fixed base operators, flight instruction and 24-hour fuel services. Business like Sidney Air Service offers avia-

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Eastern Montana, western North Dakota fishing access sites MONTANA FISHING ACCESS

Culbertson Bridge open: Jan. 1Dec. 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. 1Dec. 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. 1Dec 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–Sep 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. 1Dec. 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.


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, 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 buckbilled 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 openmouthed. 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.

REGULATIONS 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.

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Visitors from South Dakota broke the North Dakota Paddlefish record May 2, 2010, snagging a 130-pounder near the confluence of Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in nortwest North Dakota. 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 Access Site. Paddlefish regulations for the 2010 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 406228-3700 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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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. • Baseball Richland County Baseball Commission- Jesse Nesper, acting president, 480-9747, http://www.sidneybaseball.blogs • Bicycling Gale Frank, 488-1717 • Girls Slow Pitch Amy Metz, 488-8828, Grades K-4 • Men’s Slow Pitch Season runs mid-May until Aug. 2. Contact- Art Herman, 4809885 • Swim Team Contacts: Clay Moran, 433-3410 or Don Garsjo, 488-6523 • Flag Football Rance Haralson, 482-2680 • 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 • 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, 406-4887519 • OK Lanes (Bowling) 173 E. Miller St. Sidney, MT 59270 406-433-2695 • Outback Barrel Racing Barb Flammond P.O Box 1215 Sidney, MT 59270 www.outbackbarrel 406-798-3423 info@outbackbarrel • Richland Youth Hockey Damon McLaughlin 406-488-1471 406-480-3103 Rink address and phone: 601 Seventh Ave. S.W. Sidney, MT 59270 406-433-5229

• Sidney Country Club Highway 16 N. Sidney, MT 59270 Pro-shop phone: 406-433-5423 • Sidney Girls Fast-Pitch Softball (Grades 5-12) Terry Roth 406-488-5124 • Sidney Gymnastics Club PO Box 418 Sidney, MT 59270 406-433-3008 • Sidney Men’s Basketball Jeremy Norby 406-488-2715 • Sidney Rodeo Club Randy Searer, 480-1974 Ellen Wznick, 489-1118 • Sidney Saddle Club Fred Poland, 488-2825 Charlene Netzer, 488-6732

• Sidney Soccer Assoc. Dave Garland 406-433-9917 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 Intersection of Second Ave. S.E. and 10th Street S.E. Sidney, MT 59270 • Youth Rodeo Assoc. (ages 4-18) Pete Rising PO Box 692 Culbertson, MT 59218 406-963-2300


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Fairview holds celebrations throughout year Few communities in eastern Montana celebrate the Christmas holiday season in style like Fairview. In early December, the community holds a winter festival and an event called Silver Bells. The winter festival, in its second year, includes the lighting of Sharbono Park at about 5 p.m. The activity includes putting lights on the park’s trees and gazebo. The amount of lights keeps increasing to everybody’s delight. Also making the day special is the opportunity to have photos taken in the park and with Santa Claus. Other fun activities throughout the day include a cash giveaway, bingo for turkeys and hams as well as other various games. On the same day, the traditional Silver Bells event is also held. Silver Bells 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. During the month of November, the Fairview Chamber selects a date for its lighting of the Fairview Bridge. The event features individuals and groups put-

The lighting of Sharbono Park is a new Christmas time tradition in Fairview. ting large ornaments on the famed bridge. At about 7 p.m., the night is highlighted with a fireworks display. 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

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population the third Saturday in July each year. In 2010, the festival will be the weekend of July 15-17. An area attraction is Sharbono Memorial Park, which includes the town’s brand new 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 gatherings from reunions and weddings to other events.

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The Sundheim Park, which includes the Fairview Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel, has become a popular walking trail just outside of town. An 18-hole disc golf course is available for play at Sundheim Park. The Fairview Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel are constantly being improved with the recent addition of a paved parking lot up closer to the bridge for improved access. There are many other plans for the future to enhance the trail. The Fairview Bridge crossing the Yellowstone River in North Dakota is named after the town of Fairview.

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One of last year’s floats during the festival parade.

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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 under construction in 1912 and completed in the fall of 1913. Because both rivers are considered navigable by the U.S. government, a lift span mechanism is 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 being 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 of them involving a train and no deaths were reported. Although a highway bridge had been discussed in the late 1930s, World War II interrupted the decision. In 1949, however, 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

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Free fun for all at Fairview disc golf course Looking for something out of the ordinary? How about some disc golf ? Just east of Fairview a few miles at Sundheim Park lies a treasure of fun for those of all ages who seek a challenging outdoor activity. Disc golf is similar to traditional ball golf as players use golf discs instead of balls and clubs, then throw them at an above-ground target. The object of the game is to throw a golf disc into the target for “par” or better, i.e., in the fewest number of throws. There are different types of golf discs used for different purposes, much like ball golfers use different clubs. The player begins by “driving” from a designated concrete tee

pad and continues toward the target, throwing each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. Finally, a successful “putt’”sends the disc into the target, and the hole is completed. The combination of challenges to players, including distance, accuracy, wind, trees, shrubbery, water and terrain changes, offers plenty of action and excitement during the course of a game. There are currently five baskets so far of what’s planned to be a nine-hole course at the park. He is fundraising for more baskets, tee pads and a course sign with sponsor names, a course map and golf etiquette. “It’s a fun and challenging course,” says

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Fairview native Judd Burman. “It’s difficult too.” The course, he said, gets play. Not a lot. But it gets more and more. The disc golf course, named Wade Davidsen Memorial Disc Golf Course, has been under construction since 2001, when Fairview native Judd Burman decided he wanted to play his favorite sport when he came home from college. The course itself was named after Wade Davidsen, who was a large part of getting the course installed and helping to take care of it. “He loved the game,” Burman said. “We really miss Wade, and I don’t want people to forget him. He was a good man and would do anything for anybody. He truly deserves to have his name live on in the Fairview community in this way.” Disc golf can be played in all seasons, all of which offer their own challenges. In the spring you deal with the ticks. In the summer you deal with the mosquitoes and poison ivy. In the winter you tack a ribbon to your disc so you can find it in the snow. Fall is considered the best time to play disc at Sundheim. Additionally, disc golf courses are not always in pristine terrain like ball golf, and sometimes you may have to deal with some elements to enjoy the game, but it’s worth it. Some tips? “Wear pants to ward off the poison ivy,” Burman said. “You absolutely will need your best mosquito spray if you plan on playing in July and August. The course is long and challenging because as people that play improve, they don’t want to get


Judd Burman is instrumental in building the disc golf course at Sundheim Park in Fairview. bored. Your arm could be tired after 18 holes. “ As a pioneer of the sport in Richland County, Burman says he’s looking forward to building interest in the area. “I think it is important to provide activities for kids and adults alike that are very low cost and a lot of fun,” he said. “I really wish there was a course in the city limits so kids could ride their bikes to the course.” Horizon Resources in Fairview will be stocking golf discs for purchase this summer. Discs can normally be purchased for $8-$18 each depending on make and model. A word to the wise: Once you start playing, it’s hard to stop. “Be careful… you might just like it. It’s an addicting game,” he said.

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Montana big game, upland game bird seasons 2010 Montana Big Game Season Species Start Date* End Date* Antelope – archery Sept. 4, 2010 Oct. 8, 2010 Antelope – general Oct. 9, 2010 Nov. 14, 2010 Bighorn Sheep – archery Sept. 5, 2010 Sept. 14, 2010 Bighorn Sheep – general Sept. 1, 2010 Nov. 28, 2010 Bison Nov. 15, 2010 Feb. 15, 2011 Black Bear – spring April 15, 2010 May 31, 2010 Black Bear – archery Sept. 4, 2010 Sept. 14, 2010 Black Bear – general Sept. 15, 2010 Nov. 28, 2010 Deer & Elk – archery Sept. 4, 2010 Oct. 17, 2010 Deer & Elk – backcountry, HD’s 150, 151, 280 & 316 Archery Sept. 4, 2010 Sept. 14, 2010 General Sept. 15, 2010 Nov. 28, 2010 Deer & Elk – general Oct. 23, 2010 Nov. 28, 2010 Deer only (youth) Oct. 21, 2010 Oct. 22, 2010 Moose Sept. 15, 2010 Nov. 28, 2010 Mountain Goat Sept. 15, 2010 Nov. 28, 2010 Mountain Lion Sept. 4, 2010 Oct. 17, 2010 Mountain Lion – fall Oct. 23, 2010 Nov. 28, 2010 Mountain Lion – winter Dec. 1, 2010 April 14, 2011

2010 Montana Upland Game Bird Season Species Start Date* End Date* Mountain Grouse Sept. 1, 2010 Dec. 15, 2010 Partridge Sept. 1, 2010 Jan. 1, 2011 Pheasant Oct. 9, 2010 Jan. 1, 2011 • General To be determined in August 2010 • Youth Sept. 1, 2010 Nov. 1, 2010 Sage Grouse Sept. 1, 2010 Nov. 1, 2010 Sharp-tailed Grouse Sept. 1, 2010 Jan. 1, 2011 Turkey – fall Sept. 1, 2010 Jan. 1, 2011 Turkey – spring April 10, 2010 May 16, 2010 Waterfowl (general, youth) To be determined in August 2010 Wolf To be determined by the FWP Commission in July 2010. The hunting season could be canceled if the wolf is relisted.

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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 ei-

ther 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 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

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, permis-

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,

sion 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. Regions R-1 – Kalispell (406-752-5501) R-2 – Missoula (406-542-5500) R-3 – Bozeman (406-994-4042) R-4 – Great Falls (406-4545840/5862) R-5 – Billings (406-247-2940) R-6 – Glasgow (406-228-3700) R-7 – Miles City (406-234-0900)

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Richland County popular place for variety of hunting years sufficient rainfall. Weather plays a large role in annual fluctuations of game animal numbers, while good habitat maintains game animal numbers over the long run. Good moisture last summer and fall has left wildlife habitats in pretty good condition, while the more normal winter conditions likely affected game populations to some degree. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), commonly referred to as “blue tongue,” was detected in white-tailed deer late last summer through early fall and reduced whitetail numbers in some areas across the county.


Richland County supports populations of big game (white-tail deer, mule deer and antelope) and upland game birds (sharptailed grouse, ring-necked pheasants, Hungarian partridge and Merriam’s turkey). Migratory birds are true to their name and are plentiful during the fall migration. The county is within the Central Migratory Flyway and holds some waterfowl late into the season. Game populations are relatively stable due to a mixture of habitats in generally good condition, generally milder winters and in most



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Flags of Honor tradition in Richland County 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 locale.

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Inside a room that is humidity controlled and fireproof, the flags are stored 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 cherish 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 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 potluck 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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ʻThe Greatest Show in the Westʼ Buffalo Dale Given will return as host of 2010 Medora Musical extravaganza Labeled as “The Greatest Show in the West”, the Medora Musical continues to be a must see while visiting Medora. Dates for the event are June 2-September 5, 2010, in the Burning Hills Ampitheater. This high energy western musical extravaganza celebrates American patriotism and our 26th President Theodore Rooseveltʼs life, all on an outdoor stage in the native beauty of North Dakotaʼs badlands. Curt Wollan of Stage West Entertainment, Minneapolis, MN, is the producer of the show. He screens and interviews more than 2,500 performers in preparation for the event. The Medora Musical was named one of the top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. The show will feature

song and dance routines accompanied by the Musicalʼs on-stage band, the Coal Diggers. In addition, nationally know variety acts spice up the entertainment factor. Returning to the host the show for his fourth straight year will be Buffalo Dale Given. Other members of the cast will be named as soon as tryouts are completed. Confirmed variety acts this year are as follows: •• Extreme Canines Stunt Dogs, June 2-June 27. •• David Crow, June 28-July 23. •• Jay Mattioli, July 24-August 15. The variety act for Agust 16September 5 will be announced later. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. each evening weather permitting.

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Medora showcases a historical lore

Heritage. History. Culture. The lore of Medora is showcased in these three experiences and visitors will be able to enjoy these and more when stopping in Medora, North Dakotaʼs number one vacation destination. These three are neatly wrapped and presented through a wide variety of venues which will entertain, educate and engage young and old alike. Medora is the gateway community to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a national treasure showcasing the North Dakota Badlands.

Thriving in this ecological arboretum are many species of wildlife, breathtaking viewsheds and nature trails which allow hikers an opportunity to experience nature atop a bluff overlooking the Little Missouri River or on the bottom of a canyon shielded from the winds that buffet the area. Theodore Roosevelt National Park provides opportunities to experience the outdoors as 26th President Theodore Roosevelt did while living in the Billings County Badlands in the 1880s. The activities and geography of the area should give visitors memories of great experiences.

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MonDak Harvest Fest tractor, pickup pull Aug. 28 For the third year, the MonDak Harvest Fest Tractor/Pickup Pull and Car Show, sponsored by the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, is a day of fun that features a variety of activities On Aug. 28, 2010, the Richland County Fairgrounds will play host to the family friendly event. “This is going to be a nice day to be out with the family,” Ben Larson, Chamber board member, said. Harvest Fest will showcase various aspects of the outdoor life in the region. With the tractor/pickup pull, a car show, children’s pedal pull and a barbecue contest, the event will feature activities perfect for a steamy August afternoon. “The event will have something for everyone,” Larson said. Old farm tractors will be one of the highlights of the day. The gates open at 3 p.m. for the car show and children’s pedal pull, followed at 6 p.m. with the tractor pull. Tractor classes include farm stock, improved & modified, with the pickup categories of

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Agates are true eastern Montana beauty BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD

You’re walking along to glance at nature’s beauty, and you notice an almost scaley-covered (like a potato peel) rock on the ground. Now, there are millions of rocks covering the universe, but this time the sun’s ray has captured that rock, and though it could be embedded into earth’s soil you have to carve it away from its resting place. It’s not the most attractive rock you’ve ever seen, but by placing it in water or as water runs over the stone, you become aware that it may be an agate as you see a transparency into the rock. To those first-timer rock hounds, curiosity sometimes gets the upper hand

with a hammer crushing, cracking the stone in fragments. Once you’ve made a break, the beauty is shown, but just think if you would have taken it to a rock cutter, an experienced agate specialist, a cut may be made, slab by slab, that shows the true quality of the piece. An agate is a moderately hard rock, primarily composed of silica (quartz), according to the website,,. Montana agate and sapphire are the two state gemstones of the State of Montana. Montana agate is sometimes also referred to as “moss agate” (agate that has colored inclusions that may resemble moss) or “scenic agate.” The individual crystals of agate are microscopic (cryp-

Polished agates show the beauty locked within. tocrystalline), which helps to give agate a hardness of about a 7 on the Mohs ( hardness scale. The hardness is important for jewelry-making because relatively hard rock can take a good polish and is durable. The background (matrix) of Montana agate ranges from nearly clear, through

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Agates: Formed as result of volcanic activity in area millions of years ago FROM PAGE 52

openings in the subsurface. It is generally believed that Montana agates were formed as the result of volcanic activity in the Yellowstone Park area millions of years ago, which deposited a tremendous amount of silica-rich ash over a wide area. Some Montana agates, such as “limb casts,” appear to have originated from wood that became buried by ash and fossilized after the volcanic activity. Most rocks/agates have been transported many miles from its original location. The transport process has tumbled the agates along the streambed and weak or cracked rocks have either fallen apart or else the cracks have been “healed” by exposure to the silicarich waters of the Yellowstone River. One of the most attractive features of Montana agate is the colored inclusions, which are made up of minerals (such as iron and manganese). These inclusions form when mineral-laden water is “wicked” into the rock through cracks or fractures and the mineral content of the water is deposited within the

Light captures the beauty of the agate. rock. The highest-quality Montana agate is free from cracks or “checks.” Some of the most beautiful Montana agates contain dendrites, or tree-like plumes of mineral inclusions. Montana agates are found over a broad area along the Yellowstone River valley and adjacent plateau areas from Emigrant, Mont., to the North Dakota border. Rough Montana agate often resembles a potato and is difficult to distinguish from other rocks. In the plateau areas, Montana agates may

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have developed a distinctive white crust, although the agates that are found away from the Yellowstone

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North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame to receive national museum award

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora has been selected as the 2010 National Cowboy Museum of the Year. The prestigious award will be presented to the NDCHF Board members and trustees at the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, TX, in September. Officially called The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Center of Western Heritage and Culture: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo, the NDCHF has been in existence for five years and has already captured two major awards. The first was in 2007 with the NDCHF was named North Dakotaʼs Tourist Attraction of the Year. The selection puts the NDCHF in elite company with the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK. The NDCHF is a highly visible project that provides a bridge to a new millennium for the heritage of the west and demonstrates a continued commitment to rural America. The award was a surprise to NDCHF Executive Director Darrell Dorgan, who called it “a breath-taker” and noted the NDCHF is more than a museum. “Itʼs more of a heritage center. We donʼt have a million rusty spurs, we tell a story, the story of the Plains Horse Culture, the people and the animals that made this land what it is today.” The NDCHF began as an idea 15 years ago. In 2005, supporters and

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Famne opened its doors in 2005, sharing the story and educating visitors about the the cowboy lore, plains culture and Native

America history. The facility was recently honored as the 2010 National Cowboy Museum of the year.

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directors cut the barbed wire and opened the doors in Historic Medora. Since that time more than 120 men, women, events, ranches and rodeo livestock animals have been inducted into the NDCHF Hall of Honorees. Inductees include United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who ranched near Medora, the great Lakota Chief Sitting Bull, world champion rodeo riders like Brad Gjermundson and Alvin Nelson and ranchers who raise the cattle for America. Dorgan says, “All the inductees have the common thread, the horse and the culture that developed around the horse. That culture includes the American Indians who had the first horses, trail drivers North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Executive Director Darrell Dorgan has worked who brought the first herds hard to create an award winning facility at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of north, homesteaders, ranchers, Fame. Leona Odermann Photo rodeo riders and the animals they rode.” The NDCHF is the interpretive center for Native Americans, ranching, rodeo and the western lifestyle of the plains and Badlands. It houses galleries for art, sculpture and photos and is a major attraction and hosts more than 25,000 visitors a year. …”What the Western Folklife Center in Elko, A non-profit organization, the NDCHF has more Nevada, has done for country life in the nation at than 1,200 members that include ranchers, cowboys, large, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame will two North Dakota governors, Native Americans, histodo for one of the finest areas in North America. It rians, kids with a dream, two U.S. Senators and an is not only interesting history, but it is history internationally acclaimed opera soprano. important to any full understanding of the northThe NDCHF was designed to educate students, ern Great Plains.” tourists and others about North Dakotaʼs rich western Clay Jenkinson heritage and Plains Horse Culture. Dorgan said the National Public Humanities Scholar Plains Horse culture is fascinating to people around the world. …”The significant feature shared by the cen“When you stand in Trafalgar Square in London, terʼs focus on Native American, ranching, and the billboard you see has the Marlboro Man on it. rodeo cultures is indeed the ʻhorse culture.ʼ By People around the world know a lot about western focusing on this common cultural aspect, the cenhistory and our job is to preserve it and tell the story ter becomes an important educational instituof the people who roamed the land, created the tion….” ranches, ride the rodeos”, he said. Dr. David Gipp, President, The 15,000-square-foot facility includes galleries United Tribes Technical College dedicated to telling the story of ranchers, homesteaders, American Indians and the sport of rodeo. There …”This outfit knows how to help people tell is also a special gallery featuring “The Guns of their own story, this is a heritage that could be Dakota Exhibit.” lost forever were it not for the kinds of public proAnother major part of the project is the Tom Leach grams and research supported by the Hall of Theater that is used for lectures, orientation videos Fame.” and movies documenting the plains horse culture. Ev Albers, Executive Director The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is open daily The North Dakota Humanities Council from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from May 15 to midSeptember in Medora.

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Exciting summer ahead at Fort Peck Summer Theatre The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council (FPFAC) is pleased to announce Erika Anderson-Dooley as the new artistic director for the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Anderson has been a part of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre for four seasons sharing her many roles as director, choreographer and actress. Originally from Missoula, Anderson has worked for various companies including In Sync Dance Company, Boston, Downtown Dance Collective, Missoula, The University of Montana, The Missoula Children’s Theatre and many production companies in Las Vegas. She began her professional dance career at the age of 18 and has never looked back. Anderson currently is teaching dance at Gotta Dance here in Glasgow and pursing her degree in business management. Working alongside Anderson is Debra Berger as the associate artistic director. Berger has been professionally involved with the Fort Peck Theatre for three years, with various job titles as actor, director (Anything Goes, CATS), costume designer, and box office manager. However, including her work as a community member, Debra has been involved with the theatre for a total of seven years. Berger obtained her master’s degree in theater arts with an emphasis in directing from the University of North Dakota. She has starred off-broadway in New York City and is currently residing in Minneapolis where she is continuing her career in the theater. The FPFAC is excited for the 2010 season starting with “Forever Plaid,” playing May 28 through June 12. “Forever Plaid” is one of the most popular and successful musicals

in recent memory. This musical revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on their way to their first big concert. Now, miraculously revived, they get a chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.You’ll hear favorite songs such as: “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Crazy ‘Bout Ya’ Baby,” “Cry,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and many more. “Annie,” playing June 18July 4, is returning to the Fort Peck stage for its third time. Leapin’ Lizards! In 1986 Glasgow’s very own Angie Anderson played the part of Annie, and in 2000 Christen Etchart and her very own dog starred in the roles of Annie and Sandy (the dog). Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. “Annie” is a story that has been enjoyed by people of

all ages and will continue to be enjoyed. “Will Rogers Follies,” playing July 9-25. Subtitled “A Life in Revue,” This production stands out among musicals because of the magic of its protagonist. Rare is the man who transcends decades and rises to the level of legend. Will Rogers does this not only because of his accomplishments, but because of his philosophy, which espouses respect and confidence in the goodness of his fellowman. Will Rogers is famous for saying “I never met a man I didn’t like,” and anyone who has ever seen or performed in “Will Rogers Follies” will agree that there has never been a man – or woman – who did not like it. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” playing July 30 through Aug. 15, is the first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. This is the telling of the story of a young man named Joseph living in the land of Canaan. His father’s favorite son, Joseph, is perhaps a little

spoiled. While the rest of his brothers are forced to wear sheepskin, he struts around in a fabulous rainbow-colored coat, a gift from his adoring father. “Run For Your Wife,” playing Aug. 20 through Sept. 5, is the story of a cab driver named John Smith, with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in the hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing the police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts with his lazy layabout neighbor upstairs, to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers. The Fort Peck Summer Theatre has been bringing quality live theatre to northeastern Montana for 40 years, and the 41st season is promising to be spectacular! For more information you can contact the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council at 406-2289216.


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community and business events have also been held at Ranger Arena. For the past three years, the Billings Bulls, a minor league hockey team, and the MSU-Bottineau Lumberjacks have faced off in a fundraiser for the Richland Ranger hockey program. “The people in Sidney are very fortunate to have a facility like they do, it is one of the top youth rinks in the region and the people do a good job of making it look nice,” MSU-Bottineau coach Travis Rybchinski said. For more information on the Richland Ranger Hockey Program visit

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Sidney is proud of its strong athletic tradition. To go along with excellent programs, the area facilities are second to none for a community its size. One such venue is Ranger Arena, an indoor hockey arena. Ranger Arena, which was built in 1997, is home to the Richland Ranger hockey program. Seven separate hockey age groups from ages 4 to high school for both boys and girls make up the program. The arena is site to several tournaments throughout the hockey season and has hosted a number of state tournaments. In addition to practices, open skating and games,


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Trail ride event popular event in Culbertson No plans for Labor Day 2010? 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, Aug. 4-6, 2010, 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 44th 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 43 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 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

A scene from the annual Culbertson Saddle Club Trail Ride. 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

Children participate in the money in the hay activity held last year at the Roosevelt County Fair.

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 406-7983712.

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Culbertson Museum & Visitor’s Information Center “Preserving the past for the future”

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.

FRONTIER DAYS JUNE 18-19, 2010 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 AUG. 11-14, 2010 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 vendors and a fun run. The Chamber of Commerce and area businesses sponsor breakfast and a free noon meal on Friday and Saturday.

44TH ANNUAL LABOR DAY WAGON TRAIN/TRAIL RIDE SEPT. 4-6, 2010 For 44 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. 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.

NORTHEAST MONTANA ASSOCIATION THRESHING BEE AND SHOW SEPT. 25-26, 2010 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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Lambert to hold all-school reunion on Fourth of July The beginning of July will be a time for celebrating in Lambert as the community will have its all-class reunion as well as its annual Fourth of July celebration. “Some neat things are being planned,” Libby Knotts, one of the organizers, said. Juanita Carranza, another organizer, says a large and varied amount of activities is being planned for July 4. “We’re having activities for the entire day,” Carranza said. Local entertainment will be profiled in a Prairie Home Companion-Lambert style for the second straight year. New this year is “Artists in Action” where area artists will create quick-draw work during a two-hour time the afternoon on July 4 in the school’s old gym. An auction

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will then be conducted to raise funds for Lambert’s Relay for Life team. Another feature is a tour of the community’s new homes. Carranza believes six homes will be available for touring, “and a couple office buildings that have been renovated.” Celebration will also include the great traditional events such as the parade, barbecue, kids games, pie social, fireworks and having the museum country store open. “It’s a pretty full plate for everybody,” Carranza said. “I think it will be a great Fourth of July.” More than 700 invitations are being mailed out for the all-class reunion. Highlights on July 2, a Friday, will include a catered family barbecue in the Lambert park and karaoke. On July 3, the all-class reunion will feature a reunion banquet with a talent show.

There will also be guided school tours, kids games and sports. That night, a dance with a live band is scheduled. If enough support is shown, a 5K run may take place the morning of July 3. Yvette Lien is trying to organize the run. For more information about the class reunion, go to or Lambert’s 2010 All School Reunion on Facebook. Relive part of the past. Visit Lambert Museum for a walk down memory lane. The area heritage of Lambert is depicted throughout the walls of the Lambert 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.


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Lambert: Community well-known for Fourth of July annual celebration FROM PAGE 60

As seen in their displays, it took a lot of hard work and elbow grease to run some of the machines used back in the good old days. The museum is located off Highway 200, 22 miles west of Junction 16. Turn left and follow County Road 329 into Lambert. The museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another significant historical attraction, recently 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 year the town of Lambert was officially platted by the Northwest Improvement Co. during an era of tremendous growth and optimism in eastern Montana. During a time when business flourished in Lambert, Winkes’ Garage was one of the first sources of motorized vehicles and machinery in Richland County. The garage served passenger car needs and sales and maintenance of agricultural equipment to settlers at a time when Lambert was the largest community in the county, supporting upward of 3,000 transients imported to the region with the expansion of the railroad and the

Face painting and other children activities take place every year at Lambert’s Fourth of July celebration.

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Savage catfish tournament a local favorite Savage Volunteer Fire Department’s fourth annual catfish tournament on the Yellowstone River, scheduled for June 12, 2010, should again be a fun time in eastern Montana. Teams, which consist of one to three people from as far away as Billings and Miles City, have registered in the past. The tournament is limited to 180 people. Registration is $75 per team. The day before the tournament a calcutta at the fire hall helps raise money for the final winning pots. The fire department keeps approximately 20 percent of the funds raised in the calcutta with the rest going to the winning pots. Six places will be awarded in the smaller fish category and up to $200 will be awarded for the biggest fish in the second category of the tournament. The day begins with breakfast at the Savage Fire Hall at 6:30 a.m. A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks representative will inspect every boat and fisherman prior to the participants hitting the river. Fishing will begin at 7 and 7:30 a.m. extending through 3 and 3:30 p.m., drawn by lottery. Anyone bringing in fish after the set deadlines will be disqualified. Boundaries extend from the Sidney Bridge to Cotton Creek, just a few miles from Intake. 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 than18 inches. Scoring will be based on the total weight of the five fish,

The free-will donation community catfish feed is always one of the highlights of the tournament. After prizes are awarded, with the sixth and largest there will be a free-will dofish being entered in the nation comgrand prize munity catcompetition. There will ‘Whoever comes out fish feed at 6 p.m. at the be six place Savage Fire awards and always seems to Hall. In the an array of past, more regionally dohave a blast.’ than 225 indinated door viduals enprizes. joyed the Artificial Marshall Vojacek open-to-the and live bait Savage fire chief community are allowed. catfish feed. Fish must be The feast will caught on a include deep-fried catfish, rod and reel combination fried potatoes and onions, with a limit of one rod and and baked beans. reel per fisher, spares may “The tournament has be carried in the boat.

been extremely successful. We have some real good fisherman and everything has always run smoothly. People from as far away as Great Falls have been interested in the tournament. Whoever comes out always seems to have a blast,” Marshal Vojacek, Savage Fire Department, said. Funds raised will be used to help the Savage Fire Department purchase needed equipment such as hats and gloves. For more information, contact Gary Nelson,7762237; Vojacek, 776-2257; or Pat Reynolds, 776-2411.

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Savage to host centennial celebration in 2010 Savage, a proud community of 250 located 20 miles south of Sidney, is celebrating its centennial with style in 2010. A threeday event featuring an all-school reunion will be held June 25-27. “We’re very excited for the celebration,” president of the reunion committee Michelle Smith said. “Overall, we’ve received a pretty strong response about the whole thing. Events like this usually draw in quite a few people.” The activities begin June 25 at 1 p.m. with registration for the all-school reunion at the school. A supper will be held at 5 p.m. at the fire hall followed

by a play titled “Class Reunion” at 7 p.m. put on by S.A.V.A.G.E. Inc. at the community center. A street dance will cap off Friday’s festivities at 9 p.m. On June 26, reunion registration will be held at 8 a.m. at the school while the Warrior walk/run also begins at 8 a.m. The kiddie parade will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by the main parade at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at the community center at noon. An open house art show will be held at the home of area

artist Kay Hamburg at 12:30 p.m. and at 4 p.m. Also beginning at 12:30 is a fly over by Brian Prevost. A car, tractor and bike show, beginning at 1 p.m., will take place be-

tween the Catholic and UCC church parking lots. Kiddie games, prairie golf, horse and buggy tours of community, bingo and quilt show at the Sun-

rise Manor will also take place during the afternoon. The senior citizens center and museum will also be open throughout the afternoon. A variety of food vendors will be located along main street, and Savage High School classes will host concession stands. At 5 p.m. supper will be served at Quale Memorial Field. A flag football game starts at 8 p.m. The day again will be capped off with a street dance at 9 p.m. “Saturday is packed

with activities the entire day. I think there will be something that everyone will enjoy,” Smith said. A community church service at the school gym Sunday at 10 a.m. with coffee and rolls served afterward, will wrap up the event. Smith thinks the event will be a great way to draw people back into Savage. “There’s a lot of people that leave after high school and don’t get to come back that often,” she said. “Our centennial is a great way to get a lot of those people back to see what is new in our community.”

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Address 309 S. Central 110 N. Central 119 N. Central 101 E. Main St. 222 S. Central 112 N. Central Ave 615 S. Central Hwy. 16 S. 123 Third St. S.W. 141 7th St. S.W. 616 S. Central Ave 202 Frontage Rd, New Town, ND 120 E. Main St. 123 Third St. S.W.(Elks) 202 E. Main St 1157 S. Central 1721 S. Central 1550 S. Central 2201 Holly St, Hwy 16 1101 S. Central Ave 101 Third St. S.E. 212 2nd St. S.E. 173 Miller St. 710 S. Central 801 Warren Lane 110 S. Central 900 1/2 S. Central Yellowstone Livestock, east of Sidney 2250 W. Holly 209 Second Ave.N.W. 902 S. Central 102 E. Main St. 724 S. Central Ave South of Sidney 124 Second Ave. N.E. 804 S. Central

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