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Rangers win state title. See page 4. SMALLTOWNP^.-. *ORIGIN MIXED ADC 217 W COTA STHERS 590 S ELTON WA 9858*2263 |h Illl IJllh IllI -;Ilia, m,l, I, iI ihll,' ii,m' II 'l ml,I 810 $2 .-,q~ ATE HONORS - page 4 READERS - page 2 1111111111 Published for Richland County WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 ~ 11 ITH YEAR, NO. 19 ~ SIDNEY, MONTANA ~ 111111111111111111111111 I WWW.SIDNEYHERALD.COM ~ $1 Bulletin Board Benefit for Nelson A chili feed and a silent aucton benefit is sched- uled tbr Rocky Nelson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 10 at the Lambert School g. ma. Anyone wishing to donate a silent auction item, should contact Susan Torgerson, 744-3333, ext. 1. Meetingin Savage The public is invffed to the Savage Community Hall luncheon. The free will luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. on March 10. Immediately follow- ing, will be the annual meeting, at which board directors and officers will be elected. All proceeds from the luncheon will go to the hall for operations. BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIONEYHERNJ) So far, so good when it comes to the first half of this year's Montana legislative session tbr first-year state legislator Joel Krautter, R-Sidney. "The first half of the session has gone veq well," Krautter told tim Herald. "We've accom- plished quite a bit." Legislatorsare now on break until March 11. One giant accomplish- ment has been agreeing on the school funding What We Know First half of Montana Legisla- ture session is over. Agreement has been about school funding, Big issues remaining include Medicaid expanion. bill now instead of wait- ing until the end of the session. "It's a big win to have it passed early instead of becoming a political fbotball," Kraut- ter said. He is excited that Rep. Eric Moore's bill re- garding infrastructure investment passed the House by a 100-0 vote. Krautter explains the bill will have invest- ments in infrastructure eve 5 year. The amount will be based on the : state,s cash,flow mad how I much bonding is reason, able. )all parts of the state will be able to apply for the funding. "Which will benefit eastern Mon- tana," Krautter noted. He is pleased that his bill House Bill 50, which will provide civil penalty for violations of agricultural commodity laws, is waiting for the governor's signature. Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups were suppoYt of the bill. He's hopeful that his ,'catch and release" rural economic development bill that aims to keep young people in Mon- tana will receive wide support. "I've been hearing a lot of positives," Krautter said about the proposal. "Everybody realizes the problem we're facing, now we need to find a Honky Tonks Kick off Women's His. tory Month with Homes & Honky Tanks: Post WWII Women in Country Music by Almeda Brad- shaw, on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center. Bradshaw combines history and music for an interesting and entertain- ing program! For working class country folk, honky tank music became their voice of loneliness and alienation as men and women coped with the stress and adjustments of life after the atomic bomb. 1950s suburban conformity, meant to help normalize the family unit, only contributed to feelings of victimiza- tion for both sexes. This program is free to the public thanks in part to Humanities Montana and their Montana Conversa- tions program. For more information, contact Sidney High School band members perform during Pasta with a Purpose on Friday night. BIlL yANDER WEft I SIDNEY HERAP e MDHC at (406) 433-3500 or go tomondakheritagecen- Residents enjoy great music, food during third Pasta with a Purpose te org. Spring break camp BY BlU VANDER wine to be used to help purchase new The MonDak Heritage SIDNEY HERALD band uniforms. The school district Center announces its has already committed $15,000 spring break mini camp! The Sidney High School band lbr the project, but a little more is This four-day program students were at it again on Fri- needed to meet the goal. is tbr ages 6+, with day night, beltin# out music to the "It's so we have funds in our classes March 19, through delight of area residents, account too," Sundt said. "So we m ~' March 22, from 9 a.m. The third annual Pasta with a aren't totally e pty. to noon at the MonDak Purpose attracted a full house at During Friday's show, the Heritage Center. Stu- Pella Lutheran Church as audi-percussion ensemble performed dents will draw; sculpt, enee members enjoyed great "Cissy Strut," "Don't You Worry paint, carve, weave, bead, music and supper served by music About a Thing," and "Doxy" The blow bubbles, and do students, jazz band played "Evil Ways," many more fun projects! "The kids put on a show; and "Sao Paulo," "Crunchy Frog." "A Students from all schools then serve after their pertbrmance Child is Born" and "Hey Pachu- and homeschools are is done," Kilee Sundt, Sidney's co." The concert band then enter: welcome. Program f es music director, said. tained with a Disney spectacular. are $50/child or $45 for This year, funds raised are going "The kids look forward to it," MDHC members. Schol- arships are available, Offi I ress about ice jam Call (406) 433-3500 or visit cia s exp concern mondakheritagecenter. org/education to enroll. Deaths o SIDNEY HERALD With spring just Robert "B0b" Bieber, 66 around the corner, it's Paul E. Brannan, 81time to prepare for ice jams that could cause Jack Burgess, 57 major damage in the Mark Iszler, 53 upcoming month when Page 3 temperatures begin to rise. nside There is concern of" having thicker ice which when jammed, can be- come like a dam causing Around Town 2 Deaths 3 (hssifi~ 7-9 Sorts 4,5 backup flooding. When it finally does break II!!!!!WlI!!!!!IJlII caution is not used. 7 9 Sundt saidof the night. "It's another opportunity to perform, which is always good." Although reports are that the meal is always great, Sundt isn't probably the best person to ask about that topic. "I try to eat, but sometimes I'm a little nervous about everything," Sundt said of directing the musical perfor- mances. She thanks parents and volun- teers for making the night pos- sible especially Jody Christensen and head chef Becky Reidle. Other parents either donate their time or silent auction items. ',All the parents contribute," Sundt said. What We Know i Thicker ice is one of the causes for ice jams. The National Weather Service is there is a bigger concern this year. Residents should consider flood insurance Richland County Disaster Emergency Ser- vices [DES] Coordinator Deb Gilbert noted that those living along the Yellowstone River Cor- ridor are urged to have plans in place and to be ready to move within a minutes notice. Gilbert noted that Patrick Gilchrist with the Glasgow Weather Service said in recent webinar, there could be "great concerns to the public" with the below average cold tempera- tures we've experienced this past month. Gilbert suggested to take precautions early on by moving equip- ment and livestock when possible to avoid disas- ter. "When ice begins to move from Dawson County, it usually takes an estimate of 12 hours and jams at the S curve solution." The two largest issues fok the rest of the ses- sion involve Medicaid expansion and infra- structure bonding. He said that Democrats desire not to change Medicaid expansion. Republicans, meanwhile, are considering a plan that involves less fund- ing and more require- ments from recipients. "I want to make sure it's a hand up instead of a hand out," Krautter SEE SESSION, PAGE 3 National cancer expert to visit area BY BILL VANDER WEEff SIDNEY HERALD The person described as the "surgeon general" of oncologists is holding a town hall meeting ha Sidney on Wednesday. Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, president of the Ameri- can Society of Clinical Oncology, is the guest ibr the public meeting sched- uled from 4-6 p.m. at the Sidney Country Club. "She's going to be talking and listening. She wants to know about treatment in rural Amer- If you o What:. To vG ha" toeing with Dr. Monica Bertagnolli. When: Wednesday, March 6, from 4-6 p.m. Where: Sidney Country Club ica," Dr. Chad Pedersen, medical oncologist at the Sidney Health Cancer Care, said. Bertagnolli is the professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and an associate surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. ASCO is the world's leading pro- fessional orgmfization ibr physicians and oncology professionals caring for people with cancer. "They found out about this really special cancer care service in rural America," Pedersen said of Sidney Health Center: SEE EXPERT, PAGE 3 in county this year DEB GILBERt [ SUB~'JITED Ice jams are possible in Richland County this spring. south of Savage, then north of Savage," Gil- again at Elk Island and bert explained. Seven Sisters areas SEE ICE, PAGE 3