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MAKENZIE JOHNSON helps to build a school IOA GUARDIANS FOUNDATION assists homeless vets - 3A Bulletin Board Coats avaihbh Sidney Kiwanis coat drive project is underway. The coat drive was started to as- sist the children of Sidney who may be in need of warm clothing this winter. If you would like to make a donation or are in need of winter clothing, please stop at the Edward Jones - Nick Lonski office, 611A S. Cen- tral Ave., Sidney. Lutefisk dinner The annual lutefisk and meatball dinner at First Lutheran Church in Savage is from 12:30-5 p.m. Jan. 12. Cost is $13 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Butt Out The Butt Out Tobacco Cessation Support Group's introductory meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Zion Lu- theran Church in Fairview. The group is sponsored by the Fairview Ministerial Association. DUI Task Force The DUI Task Force quar- terly meeting will be held at noon Jan. 9, feel free to bring a "brown bag lunch" at the Community Service Building, Room 202. All meetings are open to the public and their input is encouraged. The team will review the past quarter, sta- tistics and talk about strate: gies for the coming year. For more information, please contact Mary Sundheim, in- jury prevention specialist at the Richland County Health Department 433-2207. Concert Concert at the Confluence ' featuring Jore's House of Magic is 3-5 p.m. (central time) on Jan. 19. Coffee, cookies Free coffee and cookies every Friday at the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence. Interpretive Center. You can also enjoy puzzles and games. AgDays MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show are Jan. 9-10 in Sidney. All events Jan. 9 take place at the Richland County Fair Event Center. Programs begins at 8:30 a.m. A social is scheduled at 5 p.m. sponsored by Prewitt's/Sidney Livestock Center and 1st Bank. The banquet is 6 p.m. Jan. 9 with award-winning ag journal- ist Amanda Radke provid- ing the program. Tickets for the banquet are $30 and can be purchased at Stock- man Bank, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Exten- sion office. Deaths Ida "LaVyrne" Stordahl, 89 Page3A Inside Around Town ..... 2A Dial an Experl..4B Classifieds ....... 1-3B Oilreport ........... 6B Deaths ............... 3A Opinion .............. 8A IIU!!!! !1!!!1!1 9 IIII 5oo,00 III Published for Richland County and Robert and Anne Taylor WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1, 2014 ~ 106TH YEAR, NO. 1 ~ SIDNEY, MONTANA ~ WWW.SlDNEYHERALD.COM ~ 75 CENTS Positive m sage Nationally recognized Christian rock band performs for area youth BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD The Christian rock band Fireflight isn't performing many concerts currently. That's because the group is concentrating on putting together its fifth album. But when group members heard about the all-nighter Christian youth rallies held in eastern Montana, they couldn't resist performing in Sidney and Glasgow this week. "We heard about the out- reach to youth, and we were excited to play here," Dawn Michele, lead singer of Fire- flight based out of Florida, said prior to Sunday night's concert at Sidney Assembly of God. The band members, espe- cially Michele, understands the tough choices made by teens. Michele tells how she always enjoyed singing, but her selections were mainly country music until her life changed when she was in high school. It was at this time that she was away from her friends because of a family move. She prayed to God that if she could be back with her friends "I would go to church." When she was fortunate enough to be reunited with her friends, she started to at- tend a church youth group. "I found a home there. It was where I belonged. That's when I found Jesus." She became part of the band shortly after graduat- ing from high school. Fire- flight has now been together for 14 years. The group per- forms at a lot of churches along with auditoriums and clubs. Michele described the music as hard rock with female lead vocals, "that kinda softens it a little bit." The group's list of accom- plishments include being nominated for a Grammy award two years ago for best Gospel rock album of the year. Band members write their own songs. Fireflight headlined the all-nighter event for youth held Sunday. But Fireflight would say is told often through www. that its biggest accomplish- how ments come from the posi- its music has transformed a tive changes expressed by young person's life, some of its fans. The band "That's pretty much BILL VANOER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD where all our encourage- ment comes from, knowing that the music is making a difference to somebody," Michele said. 2013 - the year in review Middle four months inc!ude_j0000/accidents in county BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD The following is a review of the mid- dle four months of 2013 in Richland County. The last four months of 2013 will be reviewed in the next Sidney Herald. The first four months were in Sunday's Herald. MAY Sidney city officials discussed with DEQ plans for sewer lagoon improve- ments in Sidney. Increases in rates were discussed during a city meeting. Area school officials were pleased that state legislators passed Senate Bill 175. Sidney Superintendent of Schools Daniel Farr said the bill would give school districts like Sidney greater flexibility as they won't be required to put as high of a percentage of their oil revenue into general funds. One of the best features of Senate Bill 175 for Sidney is that when the high school reaches a maximum percentage of its budget in oil revenue, the rest will go into the elementary district's fund. Two years ago, it would have translat- ed into $1.2 million for the elementary district from the high school district. Due to an increase in population, Sidney became eligible for about $110,000 a year in urban route funding. Montana State University architec- ture students presented the public with designs for a new Boys & Girls Club of Richland County. A new Crimestoppers organiza- tion was formed in Richland County. Residents were urged to call 433-6666 or go online to to provide information about crimes. Kevin Mayer of the Richland Federal Credit Union was selected Professional of the Year by the Montana Credit Union Network. Finnicum's Furniture announced it will close its doors at its Sidney loca- tion after 25 years in business. Lawrence Eugene Speldrich Jr. was captured just over 12 hours after escap- ing from a Richland County court- room. Schools in Sidney were locked down as a precaution. MonDak girls and Culbertson boys won team titles at the District 2-C track meet. After seeing House Bill 218, a bill that would help off-impacted commu- nities, vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock, ELLEN WZNICK I SIDNEY HERALD I.ester Waters changed his plea during a court appearance in August. Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser was left in disbelief. 'ffter 22 years of local ser- vice, this is the biggest slap I've seen," Smelser said. Adrienne Linde, former resident of Sidney, was honored in North Dakota with the Military Spouse Award. Speaking in Glendive, Gov. Bullock blamed state legislators for his veto decision on House Bill 218. A 22-year-old Sidney woman, Ni- colette Mason-Wiggins, died of the results of injuries suffered in a two- vehicle accident near Glendive. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds entertained area residents with a free air show in late May. The Savage School Board voted to hire three new coaches for its athletic programs. Among athletes winning state track titles were Sidney's Whitney Leuen- berger in the discus and shot put, Sid- ney's Jalyssa Gorder in the pole vault, Fairview's Cody Vitt in the discus and Culbertson's David Manning in the shot put. Sidney's girls team placed second overall. Sidney's Afton Ray-Rossol won the grand prize in George Strait's "60 for 60" design contest. Fairview's boys golf team placed third at the state meet. Brock Schriver and Lexi Cayko earned All-State hon- ors JUNE Sidney city council member Rick Norby filed to become the city's next mayor. Richland County commissioners received plans and costs for a lagoon project in Sidney. Cost could be more than $28.7 million. Blake Reynolds, 20, Fairview, and his cousin were killed when a van struck both of their motorcycles as they were traveling west near Trenton, N.D. The driver of the van, Joshua Everett, was charged with manslaughter. Dan Peters resigned as the principal of Sidney High School. 4-H leaders provided two ways for people to support a new food booth at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Dr. Hans Schneider was appointed the new superintendent for the MSU Eastern.Ag Research Center in Sidney. Trifecta Home Center announced plans to open its business in July. Sidney's Sheridan Pope was crowned Miss Montana during the program held in Glendive. The defense team for Michael Spell, one of the men charged with the murder of Sherry Arnold, asked for a change of venue. The community of Savage received nearly $1 million in grants and loans for its lagoon project. Sidney's Whitney Leuenberger and Fairview's Cody Vitt were selected the Sidney Herald's Athletes of the Year. A 49-year-old Sidney, Craig Messer, drowned in the waters of Lake Saka- kawea. New principals Jon Skinner at West Side, Brent Sukut at Central and Sue Andersen at the high school are hired at Sidney schools. JULY Rep. David Halvorson, R-Sidney , passed away after a battle with cancer. He won election to the Montana House in 2012. U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., listened to area concerns during a meeting in Sidney. Janae Moore, 20, Sidney, was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 200 between Sidney and Lambert. Local authorities discovered the body of Lana Swensrud, 55, Sidney, af- ter she was reported missing by family members. Her body was discovered 15 SEE YEAR, PAGE IOA Consulting f,rm opens in Bakken BY SUSAN MINICHIELLO SIDNEY HERALD Bakken Business Invest- ment Company, a new busi- ness consulting firm, has opened in Sidney. The brain child of Mon- tana World Trade Center ex- ecutive director and Arnold Sherman and his business partner Ed Wetherbee, the Bakken Business Investment Company started its operations about a year ago, with its Stock back office in Missoula. Director of operations Paul Stock began working in an office out of his 'apart- ment in Sidney four months ago, and he hopes to set up a storefront office when space becomes available. "What we do is essentially help everybody from com- panies to clients to com- munities meet their goals," Stock said. "I think one of the things you commonly see [in the Bakken] is that the infrastructure in the com- munities needs growth..." Stock hopes to hired three or four more people this year once the office has expanded. "I'm really excited that we were able to open up the office, it got me really on the ground more and talking to the right people," he said. He works with manu- facturers, suppliers, large investment groups and individual investors inter- ested in the Bakken, spend- ing 95 percent of his work time in business meeting across western North Dakota and eastern Montana boom towns. ' lot of times you have people who are in the oil- SEE COMPANY, PAGE IOA ,loin the Sidney Herald sales team today!