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SIDNEY HERALD SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014 1 TA Around our area Hedegaards earn Ph.D.s through their undergradu- ate and graduate years, Aaron and Brock will now be heading their separate ways. Aaron will continue living in St. Paul, Minn., where he works as a scientist at 3M. Brock will be a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison this fall. The third brother in the triplet, Jared, works as a software programmer for Computers United in Bill- ings. He is married with a baby on the way. SUBMITTED Aaron, left, and Brock Hedegaard earned their Ph.D.s. IY SUSAN MINICHIELLO performance. SIDNEY HERALD "All these bridges have a tendency to move slowly Aaron and Brock Hede- with time," Brock said. gaard, two brothers of a set "The bridge will continue to of triplets raised in Sidney, move, so we're monitoring received their Ph.D.s in engi- how it's moving and mak- neering from the University ing sure that's all within of Minnesota-Twin Cities on expected bounds." May 2. Aaron's Ph.D. focused on Nancy Hedegaard, their polymers and rheology. His mother, told the Herald she thesis was on co-continuous was "very proud" of her polymer blends. Nancy de- 28-year-old sons. Aaron's scribed Aaron's Ph.D. thesis Ph.D was in chemical engi- defense as sounding "like neering, and Brock's was in a different language." In civil engineering, layman's terms, Aaron de- In his junior year at scribed his study as "blend- Sidney High School, Brock ing of plastics." worked for Richland County "There's a lot of different public works director Russ kinds of plastic. A plastic Huotari. Brock came back to cup is going to be made from Sidney during summers in a different kind of plastic, college to continue work- than say, styrofoam or a ing with him. Aaron gained CD," Aaron said. "They're some experience working at all different materials, even the Northern Plains Agri- though they're all also clas- cultural Research Labora- sifted as plastic." tory. As part of his research, "I really feel the opportu- Aaron would mix plastics to nities were greater for them generate particular struc- here," Nancy Hedegaard tures, which ends up looking said. "I think it was a good like sponges. "You could get launching pad." into really scientific details Aaron and Brock received and then it really goes down their bachelor's degrees the rabbit hole," Aaron said. from Montana State Univer- Nancy and her husband, sity in Bozeman, where they Tom, enjoyed the graduation had multiple scholarships, ceremony. Nancy recalled including the Presidential the boys had shown an inter- Scholarship. est in numbers and science Brock's Ph.D focused on from a young age. structures, and his thesis While studying for their was on the 1-35W bridge in Ph.D.s, .aron and Brock Minneapolis, Minn. He stud- both worfla*gearcli as- ied how the bridge reacts sistants i'fheir respective to changes in temperature, departments during their how it vibrates when trucks entire time there. go over it and long-term After living together Drug case dismissed in Sidney Because of what was ruled an improper frisk by police, a case involving a Sidney man was dismissed May 9. Anthony Cordell Couture, 44, was facing the felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. On Feb. 3, Defense attor- ney Mark Epperson made a Motion to Reconsider. He argued the police officer thought the defendant was armed and dangerous, and that a pat down and search then took place for a weapon. He said any state- ment given was an unlawful intrusion. Epperson noted the fourth amendment address- es both search and seizure. Seizure occurred when the defendant was ordered to put his hands on the car. The defendant's fidgety and nervous behavior does not give the officer a reason to believe he is in danger without other reasons to be- lieve so, Epperson argued. According to court re- cords, methamphetamine as well as marijuana and a marijuana pipe were found during the incident. District Judge Katherine Bidegaray dismissed the matter with prejudice on May 9 because the court suppressed the state's evidence. Bidegaray ruled the evidence was inadmissible fruit of an unlawful frisk. She said the officer did not have a reasonable belief that the defendant was armed and presently dan- gerous before commencing a frisk for weapons. Man changes plea to sexual charges Douglas Allan Lunstad changed his original plea during a hearing in District Court Wednesday. As part of a plea agreement, Lunstad made guilty pleas to felony sexual intercourse without consent and felony sexual assault charges. According to the sentence recommendation, for the sexual intercourse charge the county attorney may recommend any legal sen- tence to the Montana State Prison for up to and includ- ing a maximum penalty of 30 years with all but 15 years suspended upon con- ditions recommended by the adult probation and parole officer. For the offense of sexual assault, the county attorney may recommend any legal sentence to the Montana State Prison for up to and including a maximum pen- alty of 10 years. Lunstad will not be eli- ;ible for parole until he has completed phases I and II of the sex offender program at the Montana State Prison and until the victim is at least 18 years of age. The sentences are to run concurrently. After hearing Lunstad's guilty pleas, District Judge Katherine Bidegaray requested the Department of Corrections to conduct a pre-sentencing investiga- tion. Women's Heal' There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to parenthood, but one thing you can be sure about is the care you'll receive from Trinity's Women's Health Services. We're assembling a bigger and better team especially for you. More physicians and services mean more answers and better care for you and your growing family. We're here with you, every step of the way. 00NITY Women's Health Services (701) 857-DR4U Care Network ] Member ,i : " Visit ourWd)sile Sidney Health Center is bringing an interactive exhibit of the human brain to Sidney on May 20 at the Richland County Fair Event Center. The AmeriBrain is an inflatable exhibit that allows at- tendees to walk through an oversized brain and see first-hand the locations in the brain for move- ment, hearing, touch, personality, balance and more. Also, learn about diseases and conditions related to the brain including stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and concussion to name a few. Bands-On Learning Open House Tuesday, Hay 20.4-7PH at the Richland County Fair Event Center Located at the Fairgrounds in Sidney, MT