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| 24 SUNDAY, MAY 2o004 From page ane SIDNEY HERALD Community spotlights Seigfreid benefits community by serving on variety of volunteer organizations BY SUSAN MINICHIELLO SIDNEY HERALD At his office in the Sei- gfreid Agency Insurance and Real Estate in Sidney, Alan Seigfreid has a print of painting of planes from an air show in Sidney, signed by all the pilots. The print com- bines two of his interests: art and aviation. After growing up around airplanes in Carthage, Ill., where his family farmed and his mother worked at a grain company, he went on to study aviation in college, and served in the Air Force for four years. AVIATION While serving in the Air Force, he was stationed for a year on a small island be- tween Okinawa, Japan and Taiwan. The island was 7 miles long and 14 miles wide. "It was interesting, it was fun," Seigfreid said. Later, he was stationed in Great Falls, where he met his wife, Mary. Seigfreid has served on the Sidney-Richland Air- port Authority (which has five members) since 1995, and he is a licensed pilot. He volunteered to be on the Wings of Freedom air show committee three times. The Graduates: Ceremony set for Sunday FROM PAGE IA this half of Montana," Rylee said. Both of them especially enjoyed their time working on service projects through Leo Club. "I like helping people out, they are so thankful," Rylee said. "It's a good feeling knowing you're helping somebody out." Reanna noted there are a lot of "small-town perks" to living in Sidney, and she admires how the community is so supportive. Each of them recently received three scholarships. Although it could be tempting for Rylee to pre- tend to trip Reanna when they go through the gradua- tion line Sunday, Rylee said he's too much of a nice guy to do such a thing. And after all, they now both have their feet firmly planted in the ground. Daines: Officials explain problems FROM PAGE IA ticking in the Bakken, which he said was "getting more attention back in Washing- ton." DiFonzo noted there was "a plethora of motels coming into Sidney" and could see human trafficking being used in the service industry. "I don't have any concrete evidence that it's happen- ing now, but I suspect that it could be happening," DiFonzo said. A law enforcement offi- cial from Roosevelt County said that, similar to Rich- .land County, there wasn't enough jail space. In addi- tion, around 90 percent of inmates at the Roosevelt County jail were from out-of- state. "This part of the state's always been, in my opinion, the best kept secret in the world, and now we're being hit with something that's hard to deal with. We just don't have an idea how to get a handle on it," DiFonzo said. "Keeping a federal pres- ence in Sidney, keeping a state presence in Sidney, it's going to be a big help all the way along the border." Rod Ostermiller, Deputy U.S. Marshal, spoke by conference call during the meeting. "We could use quite a few folks, specifically to address the issues in eastern Montana," he said. "Your plate is full," Daines said. "We're on a journey here. This doesn't get solved in one meeting." : . . . % - SUBMffIED Alan Seigfreid at his desk at Seigfreid Agency Insurance and Real Estate. last show took place last Sep- tember with thousands of people coming out to watch. "It's one of those things where, as a resident of this communiW, you have to step up and take care of these things. It has to get done," Seigfreid said. He noted the airport has grown in recent years with more people flying out. "It's really gotten much busier in the last three, four years." The next air show coming to Sidney's airport will be here in about three to five years, Seigfreid estimated. SEIGFREID AGENCY INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE Seigfreid has lived in Sidney since 1978. He helped his father-in-law developed his wife's family's farm, and built homes and subdivided land, eventually building a subdivision on the west edge of Sidney called Mount Pleasant Estates. The Seigfreid Agency Insurance and Real Estate, known before this year as the Jensen Agency, pro- p, ichland County centennial Celebrat/o June 13-15, 2014 Continental Lower Yellowstone i Rural Electric Assn. Inc. we ore your Icty! Sm(;smD Cmn I vides insurance and real estate services. The agency was started in 1964 by his in-laws, Walter and Mary Jensen. His father-in-law ran the agency until 1982, when Seigfreid and his wife Mary took it over. MARKE "My wife and I have gener- ally worked together our whole married life," Seigfre- id said. "I get a lot of people who ask, 'How do you work with your wife?' Well, you give and take. We've made it work, and we enjoy it." The oil boom has kept the agency "very busy, but that was true 35 years ago, dur- ing the first oil boom." Simi- lar to other longtime Sidney residents, he has observed more people in the area. "Everybody needs insur- ance and they're all look- ing for homes, so we've been very busy during the booms," Seigfreid said. His daughter, Amanda, a licensed insurance and real estate agent, came back in 2006 and works at the agency His son, Erik, works at the Ranger Lounge ".m Sidney Land 0 Lakes Orange Juice Half Gallon s2.59 Michelob UIb'a 18 pkcans Seigfreid noted that a benefit of the oil boom's affect on local economy made more opportunities for younger generations to come back and live in the area. COMMUNITY It's clear Seigfreid loves Montana. "You could say I love the wildlife and hunting and fishing," Seigfreid said. "I love the history of Mon- tana." Seigfreid served on the MonDak Heritage Center board for 12 years. His wife's side of the family has Rich- land County roots, which inspire him to serve on the board. His favorite place in Mon- tana is the Missouri Breaks, a remote area he tries to visit every year. "Great for Fishing" Smelt 2 lb. bag s5.99 Roiling Rock 24 pk cans Sam Adams assorted 12 pk bus s16.99 $|6.99 s13.39 "It's not mountains, but it just has a look and a vari- eW," Seigfreid said. "It's just a place that is so peaceful and has very few people." When he visits, he hunts, fishes, boats and camps with his family and friends. He hunts deer, antelope and elk. "We just have a good time," Seigfreid said. Seigfreid encourages new residents to explore the state and get involved in the communi He served as a high school football referee for 18 years and two years as president of Richland Youth Hockey He is on the Rich- land Economic Development Corp. board and is a member of Kiwanis Club. 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