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ICQ The Sidney Herald To all those who have honors first fallen in the line of responders, duty and in service, the Sidney Herald See section B salutes you. Q&A What does Menwrial Day mean to you? :ttl‘ititw“ "lt's a day to give thanks to those who served our nation, to remember the lives that were lost and remember what people sacrificed.” Norby "Memorial Day to me means a lot. I have a brother who served two terms in the Army and a cousin who is currently on active duty. it’s a time to remember what’s being done now and what was done in "It’s a time to remember those who have gone ahead of us, family and military and a time to honor the memory of them. "It's an opportunity to pause and be thankful for the life we have and enjoy, thanks to the sacrifice of others.” Brian McGinnis "it’s about remembering those who served for our country so we have the freedom we have. Memorial Day is also a time to remember loved ones that we have lost.” — Randy Johnson the past. It’s important. -Jes sica Redfield FOR THE Don’t forget to 1 check out the Memorial Day festivities in the park in Sidney following the parade at 11 am. MonDak Heritage 2 Center is hosting Acrylic Pour Painting: Creating Cells, $25/person, at 6 pm, on Tuesday, May 28. Call 406— 433-3500 or email mdhc@ richland.org for details. Does your child 3 need a summer job? Help them get certified with Safe Sitter"w courses for young teens, grades six through eight at Sidney-Richland County Library. Registration deadline is Monday, May 27. Cost is $20. Call 433-1917 to register. National * 4 Weather Service in Glasgow in conjunction with Richland and Dawson County Disaster and Emergency Services will be hosting a free Skywarn weather spotter training course in Savage from 6 pm. — 8 pm, Thursday, May 30, at the fire hall, 101 Main Street. For more information, contact Patrick ‘\ Gilchrist at 406-228-2850 or Patrick.Gilchrist@noaa.gov. Cheer on some 5 local young cowboys and cowgirls at the competition for year-end placings at the Richland County Fair and Rodeo Arena beginning Friday, May 31, through June 2. Top four winners in each event qualify for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in June. Long go begins Friday at 1 pm. "143828ll 50 ll llllllllll 9 21001' MEMORIAL DAY Ro Arnold (in uniform) p0 a ses with her family , from left, Krista Caffrey—Harris, Jim Wiederhold, Rita Neilson, Neilson, Mike Wiederhold, Joey Wiederhold and Jerry Wiederhold, before her deployment to Iraq. Montana veteran headlines Memorial Day activities in Sidney BY AMY vnm Sidney Herald, It was “the look that over her father’s face when she told him She wanted the Army that solidified Rose Arnold’s choice to become a soldier. “I had never seen that his face,” Arnold said. “I could .just tell in that moment that he was more proud of me than he’d ever been for anything I’d ever accomplished before. From that point on, there was no -' ‘ way I was not going to join the settled military.” Arnold left Libby, Montana, for bootcamp in Fort Jack— son, South Carolina, in 2005. Up until that point, it was the «, furthest she had been from home. She was met with shock and awe, which is intended to happen to new recruits first arriving. “Mentally I just realized said. to joint, look on whatever they do to me, they aren’t going to kill me,” Arnold After bootcamp,kArn01d set out for Leonard Wood, Mis- souri, for advanced individ- ual training ~another way of saying her Army job. She »was trained there to drive large equipment, a skill. ‘she wanted to use to work read , SeeROSEARNOLD,Page14 - Tami Christensen LAW 81 ORDER Trial set for Ditty charged with tax evasion, filing false federal documents BYAMYVENN Sidneyl-lerald Stacy Kay Ditty, Sidney, was indicted in Decem- ber 2018 on charges of tax evasion and federal false documentation, accord- ing to court documents. Ditty’s trial date was re- cently moved from June 3 to Monday, , 13, under Judge Susan atters in ‘U.S. District "Courtin" The grand jury indict- ment stated the defen- dant evaded taxes in the amount of $9,693 for 2014, $10,654 for 2015 and $5,236 for 2016. Stemming for those charges is also an indictment for willfully and knowingly filing false writings and "documents with the United States Department Housing and Urban Development. The indictment docu- ment stated for Count IV, in 2915 . .Stacy Kay Ditty failed and refused to dis- close to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development approximately $48,600.00 she received from em- bezzling funds from her employer; . Count V stated in Feb— ruary 2016 Ditty again used false writings and documents to obtain hous- ing with the Department See MDT/Page 14 INFRASTRUCTURE Elected officials issue I cohesive statements BY AMY VENN ; .; SidneyHerald Following a public" hearing held-in Sid- ‘i ney early this month, Richland County Com- ‘ missioners and Sidney City Council have each issued public comment ‘ opposing the applica- :: tion of Montana-Dako- ta Utilities (MDU) to increase rates'for ser- vices. The statements, drafted by civil attor- ney Tom Halvorson, were made ashoth po- . Montana Dakota Utilities plans to close the Lewis and Clark Station in Sidney in 2020. liticalentitiesand indi- 'tember 2018 and has vidual rate payers. since come down con- The rate increase was siderably from its orig- first prop0sed in Sep- ~inal intended increase. PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES currently, if approved, the rate increase will be a 14.2“increase overall; 1 “The reasoning [be— hind the increase] is the addition ofa 48-megawatt expansion to our Thunder Spirit wind facility located near Hettinger, North, Dakota,” Mark Han- son, senior public rela‘ tions representative for MDU, said. “We , also have a number of other capital investments in our system, including new and rebuilt trans- mission and distribu- tion lines." Project costs for MDU County, city unite in opposition to MDU rate increaSes customers are based on energy consumption, so if the rate increase were approved, Mon- tana customers would account for 20 percent, North Dakota for 70 percent and South Da- kota for 10 percent. MDU- also made en- vironmental improve- ments to their coal facilities. Hanson said such investments and improvements work in favorl‘of all MDU . customers with their‘ integrated system. Meaning a wind farm V q 1':§eeMDU,Page15 a