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prepare for divisional tournaments. Page lB. WEDNESDAY FEB. 25, 2009 ' / lO|st year, No. 16 Sidney, Montana vmw.sidneyhernld.com 75 CENTS SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR OVER 100 YEARS BulletinBoard Spelling bee The Richland County Spelling Bee is Saturday in Sidney at West Side Elemem tary School. The classroom bees start at 9:30 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m. The County Bee is open to any student in grades 5-8 from any of the Richland County schools. Cash prizes will be awarded. The County Bee registration is at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. The bee will start at 11 a.m. 11cket help needed The Sidney Chamber needs assistance in taking tickets for the Eastern C girls bas- ketball tournament sched- uled for Thursday through Saturday at Sidney High School. If you can volunteer your time, call the Sidney Chamber at 433-1916. Daffodils The Sidney High School Leo Club is taking orders for daffodils for the American Cancer Society. Contact advi- sor Brad Faulhaber at 433- 2330, or a Leo Club member to place an order. Fish fry The Sidney Knights of Columbus will hold its fish fry Fridays from 5-.7 p.m. at St. Matthew's Parish Center. Cost is $8 for adults and $30 for a family. World Day of Prayer World Day of Prayer 2009: Papua New Guinea will be hosted by Peoples Congrega- tional Church at 2 p.m. on March 6. Newsmaker Hall of Fame The late Mike Conroy was inducted into the Mon- tana State Billings Hall of Fame Sat- urday. Conroy graduated from Sidney High School in 1962. He graduated from East- ern Montana College in 1967 with a secondary education degree in business and physi- cal education. Schools he coached at included Grass Range, Richey and Whitewater. His most successful basketball years were in Whitewater from. 1992-2000 where he enjoyed a record of 167-33 while making four state tournament appearances, bringing home two state runner-up trophies and a third-place trophy. Oth- ers inducted were Gina Langer for volleyball, Greg Anderson for gymnastics, Roy McPipe for basketball and the 1998-1999 women's basketball team. Deaths Vema Tiesen Decker, 100 Nina Doming, 52 Mabel Irene Jones, 94 Ilene Dorothy Riedel, 72 Bernice Sorensen, 84 Page 3A & 4A Inside Around Town ...2A Classifieds ... 5-6B Dial an Expert..7B Deaths ........ 3A Homespun ..... 8B Opinion ...... 10,6 Public Notices...6B Sports ....... 1-3B Star quilt ceremony BILL VANDERWEELEIS,DNEYHF= Brockton High School senior Emerson Boyd leads the way for the'* star~qltermony' .... : .... held-betve "r " ........... District 2-C tournament games Saturday night. r " , , i r , i ' Loving the game Former Fairview EDITOR'S NOTE: "Then and Now" is a series catch- ing up with individuals that made the Herald's head- lines in the previous decade or two. BY CAMILLE CLAUSEN SIDNEY HERALD "Sports teach you that you have to be willing to work hard if you want to be successful. Just as in life, you will get out of it what you put in.'" Twenty years ago, Renae (Norby) Mogen graduated from Fairview High School after being a standout bas- ketball, volleyball and track athlete for four suc- cessful seasons. The above quote is what Mogen had to say about it today, as she reflected on her past athletic experi- ences. Mogen, as a high school freshman, helped the Fairview Warriors to cap- ture the state Class B championship title in 1984, earn second at state the fol- lowing year, and then helped lead the team to an- other second-place state finish in 1987 as a senior. Today, Mogen's commit- ment to and passion for athletics continues as she not only teaches a physical education class at a Christ- ian Academy near Watford City, N.D. (where Mogen re- sides), but she also stays busy coaching traveling basketball teams, playing volleyball in a co-ed league, playing basketball add training for half marathons. After high school, Mogen standout keeps went on to play basketball for two years at North Dakota State University - majoring in corporate and community fitness, which now is called exercise sci- ence. She now is married to her husband, Eric, and stays at home to raise their five daughters, ranging in age from 3-13. Mogen's two older daughters are in- volved with basketball and volleyball, and she coaches her second daughter's fifth- grade basketball team. "My experience with coaching has helped me to have a lot more apprecia- tion for my coaches when I was an athlete." Mogen said. "It's been so fun, most people who have never done it ff0n't have a clue of what goes on behind the scenes. It's very reward- ing." Mogen was coached throughout her basketball career by Fairview's Dawn Selvig, who led the Lady Warrior basketball team to their first, and only, state championship title in 1984. "She did such a good job in instilling discipline within the team. You have to know how to work hard and how to work together," Mogen explained. Although Mogen is com- mitted to teaching these young athletes the funda- mentals of basketball, there are other lessons she believes can be just as im- portant. "I try to teach the girls that it's not just about skill. but also their attitude. It's not always about them in- dividually but about the team," Mogen said. basketball part of her active life HERALD FILE Renae [Norby) Mogen drives for a basket during the 1987 state tournament. She was on teams that placed first, second and second at the Class B state tourney. Mogen continues to maintain a priority for her children of lifetime fitness and health, and she would like to coach as long as she can. As the current FaIrview girls basketball team has enjoyed success with its recent district championship title, Mogen wishes them the best. "I'm excited to hear that the girls are doing well," Mogen said. She adds she would like to watch the Warriors play at the divi- sional tournament that starts Thursday in Sidney, especially since the team has a daughter and niece of her former Fairview team- mates. Basketball will always be a part of her life, as Mogen continues with coaching and following her own daughters through their ac- tivities. Although she en- joys coaching, the mother teases that she can still win games against her daugh- ters on the court. features@sidneyherald.com Bill would. hurt funds in Savage BY BILL VANDER WEELIE SIDNEY HERALD A proposed bill in the Mon- tana Legislature would de- crease coal money received by the Savage School District. House Bill 588 reads, '_n act revising the distribution of coal gross proceeds taxes to local taxing jurisdictions and the state; establishing a basis for the distribution of coal gross proceeds taxes; pro- viding that coal gross pro- ceeds taxes must be distrib- uted according to Lhe previ- ous fiscal year mill levies; eliminating the distribution of coal gross proceeds based on the unit value calculation; removing the statutory appro- priations of coal gross pro- ceeds taxes..." Savage Superintendent of Schools Loren Dunk esti- mates the redistributing would decrease coal funding in Savage's elementary school district by $52,000 annually. "It's going to hurt our ele- mentary quite significantly," Dunk said. "Our elementary district is very concerned." The superintendent says if the bill passes, mills would likely have to be increased with local taxpayers' money. "It would be significant for our taxpayers," Dunk said. He added that he isn't as concerned with the high school district because oil revenue is higher for that dis- trict. The bill's sponsor is Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip. Richland County Commis- sioner Don Steppler said, "It's going to take a bunch of mon- ey from Savage schools." editor@sidneyherald.com Changes made to Extension bill BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD An amendment to the bill that will combine the MSU Extension Office and East- ern Agricultural Research Center was upsetting to Richland County commis- sioners on Monday. The online version of House Joint Resolution 8 read, "that the Legislature authorizes construction of a $700,000 building for the Richland County Extension Office if, in addition to the $700,000 for construction, an endowment of $700200 is re- ceived by the Board of Re- gents to cover future opera- tions and maintenance costs of the Richland County Ex- tension Office." Commissioners said they have always been opposed to the endowment fund, but they have agreed to pay oper- ating and maintenance costs of the Extension building. "We're not in favor of any endowment," Commissioner Mark Rehbein said. Sen. Don Steinbeisser, R- Sidney, however, said that amendment may. be online, but it isn't in the current bill. Steinbeisser said he plans to make an amend- ment on the floor that will say Richland County will take care of operating and maintenance costs. He noted there's been "a ton" of amendments pertaining to the bill. An example of amend- SEE BILL I PAGE 12A The whole, town is going H'c,g Wild for Class C Bc00ketba|l we are your storyi r 310 2nd Ave. N.E., Sidney, MT 433-2403