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SUNDAY JAN. 29, 2012 104th year, No. 9 Sidney, Montana www.sidneyherald.com 75 CENTS Bulletin Board Kindergarten Kindergarten registration for the 2012-2013 school term will take place the month of February at Central Elemen- tary School in Sidney. If you have a child who will be 5 on or before Sept. 10, you are en- couraged to register them, whether or not you have de- cided to start your child this fall. Parents need to bring the child's birth certificate and immunization record when registering. Central School office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Fri- day. Adult hunter safety Due to recent inquiries, there will be an adult hunter safety course offered that will meet the requirements of those individuals inter- ested in obtaining concealed weapons permits. Sign-up will be Wednesday in the li- brary basement at 7 p.m. The class will be set at that time. If you have any ques- tions, call Greg Mohr, 433- 2815 (day), 488-1166 (evening), or Ron Sorenson, 488-7664 (evening). Huntersafety Registration is under way for the spring 2012 hunter safety class which will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the li- brary basement. All stu- dents 12 years of age or older or that will turn 12 years old during the coming hunting season may sign up. If you have any questions, please contact the following: Greg Mohr, 433-2815 (day), 488-1166 (evening), Ron Sorenson, 488:7664 (evening) or Tom Lorenz, 482-2536. Life recovery Life Recovery Group for overspenders, gamblers and debtors meets from 6:30-8 p.m. every Monday at Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church. Drilling rig count I Source: Rocky Mountain Oil Journal sponsored by UII00F'00 |teeeamalm6  tMme mule4.,,. Deaths Virg O. Austreng, 93 Clarke A. rlelde Johnsrud, 87 Page 3A Inside Ag ........... 5A Around Town ...2A Classifieds ... 5-8B Deaths ........ 3A Learning ...... 7A Religion ....... 4B Sports ....... 1-3B 1VGuide ...... 6A 7 II!!!U!L !1511 9 lUllSTsUl See the work of Creative Kids. Special section. SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR OVER 100 YEARS Findi'ng th path to healing Kidnapped vctim explains forgiving attacker allowed her to heal BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD Few people can relate as well to what might had hap- pened to Sidney's missing teacher Sherry Arnold Jan. 7 as Michigan resident Emily Klotz can. In 1993, Klotz, a second- year college student at the time, was kidnapped and ab- ducted. While listening to her portable tape recorder, Klotz saw a man walking to- ward her. He grabbed her, sprayed mace in her face, dragged her across the street where his vehicle was parked in the woods and threw her into the trunk. Klotz was taken to a house and raped. When they were back in the vehicle, however, Klotz began singing the hymn 'mazing Grace," from the back seat. The ab- ductor then surprisingly asked her to sing louder. He eventually set Klotz free. Klotz told the Herald that the man later testified he wasn't planning to kill her, but police told her it's very unusual to be let free after being held for such a long time - seven hours. "! can on- ly attribute it to the grace of God," she said. Now as the director of women ministry at a church in Michigan and married to a pastor, Klotz speaks about forgiveness and healing. Be- fore a phone interview with the Herald Wednesday, Klotz and a women's group at the church prayed for Sherry Arnold's family. Two suspects are being held on aggravated kidnap- ping charges related to SUBMIIItl) While jogging in 1993, Emily Klotz was kidnapped. She is now the director of women minish'y at a church in Michigan. Arnold's disappearance, which occurred while on an early morning run. After questioning suspects, law en- forcement- including the FBI- have been searching rural parts of North Dakota for Arnold's body during the last couple of weeks. "God is:going to bring heal- ing and peace to the family involved, the whole commu- nity and the high school," Klotz said. Even when she was in the dark trunk of her abductor's vehicle and raped, Klotz ex- plains she was never alone. "He (God) was with me," she said. "He was comfort ing me, He gave me peace. Al- though I thought I was going to die, I was going to have peace, not fear." Although,teople deal with tragedies differently, Klotz noted she began to overcome, her ordeal when she made the decision to ask God to help her forgive. "When God brought heal- ing to my life, through that, hundreds of lives, including my family's, were changed," said Klotz, who has been fea- tured on TV's "The 700 Club." She then prayed that the man who raped her would go down on his knees in repen- tance, ask for for- giveness and accept the Lord. "I contin- ued to pray for him of- ten." Two years lat- er, the rapist, who was sentenced to 35 to 60 years in prison, told a news reporter he gave his life to Jesus and now even has a ministry in prison. "Even the rapist was also able to receive forgiveness from the Lord. Even his life was changed," she said. Klotz doesn't believe tbr- giving a criminal is "letting him off the hook," but she says forgiving is a huge part of healing yourself. "I needed to forgive from my own heart to be healed. God will take care of justice. He says vengeance is mine," Klotz said. "I urge people to fbrgive and to know that will bring healing to their hearts." During her attack Klotz asked the man, "Are you working fi)r the devil?" which ultimately recurred in his mind, even years later '1 needed to forgive from my own heart to be healed. God will take care of justice.' Emily KI0tz Women ministry director I when he turned to God while serving his prison term. When asked why she be- lieves bad things happen to good people, Klotz respond- ed, "I would love to have an answer to that. Sin is alive in the world." She added, "It's their choice that affects other peo- ple. That's why we have to forgive. Even though bad things happen to people that are good, there are good things that are always hap- pening out of bad." She says, as her life testi- fies, that even brutal attacks can result in people receiv- ing eternal life through God. She began talking about her experiences in one-on-one settings and then moved on to larger groups. Her story was told on "The 700 Club" last March. "I see God turning around this destruction," Klotz said of the Arnold case. ' lot of people will turn to the Lord. They will seek healing and turn toward him." From the church in Michi- gan, she prays the people in eastern Montana can find the healing and comfort she experienced during these challenging times. "I'm believing in hope," Klotz said. DILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD The Holiday Inn Express is expected to open in mid-May. New hate without reservations yet BY LOUISA BARBER SIONEY HERALD Let's put the rumors to rest. The three ho- tels under construction in Sidney are not booked up for months, or even years, contrary to the rumors that have been swirling for months now. A few calls to the man- aging partners of the ho- tels found they're eager to lay to rest the gossip. "I want to set the record straight. It's not even re- motely true," Mike John- son, of the Best Western Golden Prairie Inn and Suites, told the Herald. He's been approached numerous times about such rumors and has even heard his hotel is being booked for as many as five years both by "community busi- ness leaders" and regular citizens. Johnson said the Golden Prairie Inn, locat- ed on Central Avenue, is expected to open in the spring, with new details coming out in about a month. "With that said, we don't even have a reservations system yet, so there are no 'We don't even have a reservations system yet, so there are no reservations at all.' Me Johnson Best Western Golden Prairie Inn and Suites reservations at all," he said. A few people have called or written for information, but there hasn't been anything official. "We are plan- ning for an opening in the next couple months, and we are anxious for everyone to know that we look forward to their business," Johnson said. If anyone is interested in a room at the Golden Prairie Inn & Suites, send an email to mike@managementcon- sultantsnow.com. Not one of the hotels, in fact, has started the process to accept book- ings. All are at least a few months away from open- ing. Ray Johnson, a manag- ing partner for the Holiday Inn Express located on W. Holly Street, confirmed the rumors circulating for months are false. The rooms haven't been booked, nor are there any rooms under contract. He said the compa- ny was not at a point in which it could even make any bookings, and hasn't been ap- proached about the possibility either. SEE HOTELS I PAGE 12A S taffanson files for state House position BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD Richland County resident Scott Staffanson has filed for the House District 37 seat being vacated by Rep. Walt McNutt. Staffanson is the third Re- publican in the field as well as Tami Christensen and David Halvorson. Staffanson, a farmer/rancher, says he's been considering running for the position for the last two years. 'Tve gotten ex- cellent encouragement." He's concerned about how government keeps increas- ing spending. 'Tm a fiscal conservative. State govern- ment keeps taking a larger share of the profits and paychecks from its citizens, and employing a larger per- centage of the workforce in the state. I don't believe that is a trend that we in eastern Montana want to continue." He adds he doesn't have any pre-set notions of which programs to consider trimming. "I sure want to get involved in the appro- priations process and fig- ure out how it works," Staffanson said. "They need a conservative voice. I think the free market does a bet- ter job deciding where mon- ey should be spent than the government does." He disagrees on how oil funding has changed so that oil-impacted schools are now able to keep less. "It's terrible. The worst part is they took it from education and put it in the general fund," Staffanson said. The Repub- lican adds that his wife of 22 years, Staffanson Gail, who is the county superintendent of schools, can assist him when it comes to education issues. "I sure ask her a lot of ques- tions about school funding. I wouldn't be doing this without her suppert." Staffanson stresses he won't go away from voting pro-life on issues. "I believe that life begins at concep- tion, and that human life is to be protected," he said. Staffanson feels he can work with Democrats and legislators from other parts of the state in order to find solutions on many issues. "I'm not going to begin from a moderate stance, I'm a conservative. I will try to do what I can to swing them to be more conservative." Staffanson serves on the state policy committee for Farm Bureau and has been on the county board in the past. He, his wife and their four daughters have a histo- ry of involvement in 4-H ac- tivities. He is chairman of the Republican County Cen- tral Committee. He encourages people to call him at 480-0467 with questions or concerns. editor@sidneyherald.com Check out www.sidneyherald.com Over . million pageviews, 390,000 visitors in January