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WELCOME TO SIDNEY CLASS "C'" TOURNEY TEAMS AND FANS PIONEER No. 7 ii00ttrg 00erali00 AND OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF RICHLAND "'Montana's ,Top Award Winning Family Newspaper" Th e SidneY,, H era Id, Sidney, Mont., Wednesday, _February,., 1,, 7, ,1971,, ,,, I lowstone l= I I plod L  oWATER . Ice jam near Glendive caused flood waters to explode from the T the Yellowstone River Monday night and flood farms and ranches between and Glendive. Ice chunks four feet thick and as large as 100 feet across, "%"%'%i%%"" %%"" ?=H= %%" %'..-%,%%%%'o'.% "-," o'..;'g.;-l.''w /,,. *% ,,, ,r"*'# ,,% .% * . ._..,,..;.,,;...........;,.;,.... .%.. i,'- !:i: GOOD LUCK ..;: i!i EAGLE WRESTLERS   IN BOZEMAN COUNTY Price 15c s From Bank swept over normally dry land and sliced off trees and anything else in their paths. The house pictured above was surrounded by water and ice chunks larger than the house itself. Damage to property is expected to soar. - Herald Photo by Mrachek Water Level 3 Feet Above Flood Stage ANDERSON Publisher feet and rising," morning word on Yellowstone Riv- area Wednes- () fficials Report Damage in Area By DON MRACHEK Rampant flood waters explod- ed from the banks of the YeN lowstone River between Sidney and Glendive this week, tear- ing down communication and power lines and a railroad bridge. The angry waters sent gigan- tic icebergs as large ashouses, raging across land that's nor- mally dry, ripping trees and wildlife cover from the ground. Several farms near Crane and Savage were evacuated as the high water surrounded build- ings and forced ranchers to move their livestock to higher ground. BULLETIN Flood waters, at noun, had reached Richland Park, three miles north of Sidney. Lowlands two miles north of Sidney were under water. An ice jam located about twomiles north of Sidney was largely credited for the high water raching inland from the main Yellowstone channel. Flooding is expected along the river between Fairview and Sidney as the ice jam breaks and progresses downstream. t Farmers and ranchers along the river between Sidney and a point about 25 miles north where the Yellowstone joins the Mis- souri River, have been warned about the severe flood threat and are standing by m evacuate their homes and livestock. pair work depended a lot on the Grinolds re- flooding in the area. river watchers for the Yel- ls 14 feet. The .=ading was taken from the bridge just which threat- lower Yellow- way during the swol- trapped behind or livestock reported at severalre- on huge ice down the river. the Crane area isolated I morn- said the and the George" ere surrounded had been earlier, Grinolds area, three uni- Wexe said to be toGrin- Were evacuated was made survey of the offl- residents living rt Ball Here JgFeee Sweet- 20 at the from the ball the enter- g. lunch along the Yellowstone from In- take to Fairview of flood dang- er yesterday and today. Ranch- ers and farmers moved live- stock and machinery to higher ground as the churning ice- choked river gouged its way to- ward the confluence and the still frozen Missouri River. What will happen when the flooding Yellowstone hits the solid Missouri River? "That could be a mess," speculated one river watcher, years of punishment from the "there are several places t!!e mgry rampages of the Yellow- Yellowstone could jam between stone River. Wediesday ram-n- Fairview and the confluence and this whole thing could get serious yet," concluded the watcher. "I can see nothing but flood- ing at the confluence when this stuff in the Yellowstone hits the Missouri," Grinolds said. The Lewis and Clark bridge, south of Sidney has withstood lug, observers standing on the bridge noted uneasily how the bridge shuddered under the im- pact of tremendous ice cakes slamming into its oncrete and steel pilings. "Kinda scares a fella," mut- tered a watcher as he moved to solid ground, Observers reported at noon Tourney Here This Week District 2-C Basketball Tour- nament action begins Thursday as the Brockton Warriors tangle with the Savage Warriors at 3:30 p.m. in the Sidney Senior High gym. In other opening round action, Culbertson meets Lambert at 7 p.m., and the BainvilleBulldogs clash with the Richoy Royals at 8:30 in Thursday's final con- test. Top ranked Froidreceived a bye for the first round. Friday action will find the loser of the Culbertson - Lam- bert game meeting the loser of the Balnville - Richey tilt at 3:30 p.m., while the winner of the Savage - Brockton tilt will meet Froid at 7 p.m. Friday'sflnale at 8:30 p.m. will find the winner of the Culbertson - Lambert game clashing with the winner of the Balnville - Richey contest. The loser of the Savage-Brock- ton game will receive a bye for second round action. Tournament semifinal action will conclude with two contests at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Satur- daY, with the winners scheduled to meet for third place honors at 7 p.m. The championship game, featuring the two winners of Friday night action, is slated for 8:30 p.m. At a recent meeting of Class C ficials, the seven tourna- ment teams were rated, with Froid receiving the coveted top position. Culhertsbn was rated second, Bainville third, SaVage fourth and Brockton fifth. Rtchey was rated sixth and Lam- bert seventh. Past tournament winners are: 1970 - Froid, 1969- Froid, 1968 - Brockton, 1967 - Lam- bert, 1966 - Brockton, 1965 - Culbertson, 1964 - Bainville, p and Delivery Phase 482. 1405 1963 - Balnville, 1962 Bainville, 1961 - Culbertson, 1960 - Cul- bertson. Referees for the tournament will be Charles Moline, Brock- way, Jerry Butner, Sidney; Rob- ert Erickson, Vida, and Lloyd Townsend of Ekalaka. Scorers will be Kenneth Chapman and Malcolm McPhail, both of Sid- ney. The District 2 Class C Com- mittee include s Leonard Amundson, president, Froid; Gerald Willis, vice president, Lambert, and Terry Peterson, secretary - treasurer, Froid. The Talon Club, aSidney High School service organization, will be ushering and working with seating, service and food during the competition. Braaten Reveals Re-election Plans S. H. "$1" Braatenannounc- ed his intention to file for re- election as alderman fromWard Three this week. Braaten, manager of Yellow- stone Mercantile Company, is completing his sixth year onthe city council. He stated thatdur- ing his tenure he has witnessed and participated in many signifi- cant and worthwhile programs "for the betterment of our city," In a prepared statement tothe press, Braaten listed what he felt were the most outstanding achievements of the past six years. "Last year the city acquired a site for a new land fill gar- bage disposal area and plans are to begin using this new facility some time this year," Braaten said. Creation of the Public Works Director post, city curb andgut- ter program, new fire truck and fire station addition, were some of the other achievements Braaten named. "I am Particularly proud of the accomplishments in our park and recreation program. During the past four years ex- penditures on parks and recre- ation, through a Federal match- ing fund program, have totaled approximately $43,648. Re- quests are now in for approval for additional park projects to- taling over $1,000," Braaten said. Facilities provided under the matching program include a warming house and restrooms at East Park, rest rooms and North Park, restrooms and con- cession stand at Moose Memori- al Park and new diamonds, play- ground equipment, fencing and landscaping at North Park and Other parks. New projects include develop- ment of two new parks in Sidney, according to Braaten. Lalonde Park will be done this summer and the Lone Tree project as soon as the new highway south of Sidney is completed. Ira- (continued on page 3) Wednesday that the Yellowstone appeared to be dropping around the Intake area. Flood level seemed to be holding steady at about 17 feet in the Crane and Savage area. The flooding river had chewed its way about four miles north of Sidney at press time Wednesday. "There's still lots of ice to come and a lot of country to cover," said Grinolds as he commented on further floodpos- sibilities in the area between Sidney and the confluence of the two big rivers. Oldtimers in the Sidney area recalled that the Yellowstone has gone out in February in years pas but "it's been along time since the river went out this early." Others gloomily predicted that the boiling Yellowstone could yet freeze over and flood again later in the spring. This probability apPeared to be the least of the worries con- cerning river watchers now, however. Worried watchers are more concerned with the immediate. Namely, what's in store for the lower Yellowstone Valley if the fooding river jams betweenSid- hey and the confluence? ISOI'ATION - Pictured above is one of two farms that have been isolated by flood waters that burst from the banks of the Yellowstone River. The flooding has torn Ice and raging water tore out a Burlington- Northern rail- road bridge about nine miles north of Gleadive and stopped train service between Sidney and Glendive. Burlington - Northern offi- cials here said that special crews were called in to serv- ice the Montana - Dakota Utili- ties Power Plant. The plant uses coal, shipped in by rail, for power. Repair crews from Glendive were expected to move into the flooded area where the bridge was torn out late Wednesday to begin replacement work. Of- ficials however, said the re- wamr level which was reported- ly dropping rapidly inthatarea. Telephone lines in the Intake area were ripped down when the flood hit and phone service in a 100 mile area has been af- fected according to officials at Mountain Bell here. Fairview, Savage, Lambert and Richey lost most of their long distance circuits and west Sidney lost all long distance service. According toRusselIE. Pack- ard, manager of Mountain Bell here, other portions of Sidney will not be affected since the city is served with a micro- wave system. Packard said that repair work would begin as soon as the wa- ter level permitted crews to move in. Several poles were complete- ly torn down and others were just laying in the water, Pack- ard said. Montana - Dakota Utilitiesre- ported they lost a large power pole near Glendive when the flood hit that area late Sunday (continued on page 3) Workshop Slated Here Next Week Machine cost analysis, eval- uation of machinery alterna- fives and alternative forage pro- duction, harvesting, storage and feeding will be discussed at a machinery economics workshop slated for 11 a.m. Feb. 25atthe Lalonde ballroom. Coffee will be served at 10:30 a.m., courtesy of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce. A no- host lunch will be served at 1 p.m. in the Lalonde Hotel. Andrew PetersenJr. lschatr- man, while John WicksandRob- ert Bucher, extension econo- mists, are featured speakers Alternative machine combin- ations at each stage in the total forage production, harvesting, storage and feeding sy stems will be considered and evaluat- ed for their effect on net farm income. This workshop is spon- sored by the Richland County Extension Service. % out railroad bridges, power lines an@, telephone lines and caused farmers and ranchers to move their cattle and movable machinery to high ground. i ii i i i i iiiii I j I I I I ii) ii WELCOME -- Tournament Coaches _ '! amtonc Sidney Cleaner= .-. .-._ 2 -. __ __. ! (- and Laundry. I Teams, Cheerleaders and Fans .''" !