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Sidney soccer plays second ‘ at state. A4 Look msrde V for your copy of Bakken Living FORTHE 1 Healthy Kids Expo, hosted by the Sidney Herald, will be at the fairground's Event Center Wednesday, June 12, from 10 am. — 3 pm. Food, fun and education will be available for the whole family. Another Summer Art Camp begins Monday, June 10, at the MonDak Heritage Center, ages 10—12. Cost is $50 for nonmembers and $45 for members, space is limited. Call 433-3500 for more information or to sign up. The 2019 Rendezvous at Fort Union Kids Day will be Thursday, June 13, from 10 am. 4:30 pm. The event is free. For some more adult- oriented fun, check out the Perfect Pair: Beer Cheese, Friday, June 14, 7 pm, at MonDak Heritage Center. Tickets are SSS/person or 525/ MDHC Members: Limited space available, must be 21 or older. Saturday, June 15, will be "Movie in the Park" night at Veterans Park. Lawn games and booths start at 8 pm, and the movie will begin at dusk. INSIDE v Around Town A2 Classifieds A10-13 Deaths A3 Sports A4 & A9 DEATHS Borgny Snove Simonis, 90 Leon Hou‘glum Marie Luchl, 66 Page A3 illlliilliliil .m,m,imu : Rocky Mountain Oil Journal Sponsored by: Q&A 3v NICOLE LucmA Sidney Herald at’s the most ridicous thig you’ve ever bought "I bought a blouse one time that was ridiculously "The most ridiculous thing bought was a pendleton Week two report from the Corps of Rediscovery. A6 We! w SMALLTOWNPAPERS “a; i' 927 W RAILROAD AVE E SHELTON WA 98584-3847 c. ***************************C) lllllllllll'lllllllllIllllllllllllllll'lllllllllll'lIt‘llllllllll A ‘t 1:: .m JMM um4.ur.~»tw.wim# "Meat at Walmart that was rotted. Won’t do that bedazzled.” blanket. it’s like a southern again." ~ Michelle Lloyd b'anket-l' Candy Hawks Shelby Hier LOCAL NEWS EY, MONTANA ~ ~ $1 "A kayak. Got in but ‘ couldn’t get out.” Jim Shanks Bakken llutlwri Demolition Derby Jun: 21-22 at the Richlaiui County Fairgrounds Action start: at 5pm Friday and 3pm Saturday mammogram minimum} g masses» . "A pair of Best Butt Lifter underwear off Wish.” Christy Tully Montana Moonlight: How a small-town woman built a social media empire ' .. Camille Clausen knows the technical definition of “social media influencer” probably applies to her, but it’s a term she finds to be an odd fit when dis- cussing her small-town social media empire. Of course, she would never call it an empire herself. She’s duster. wife to her s. l husband and mom of two who is helping pay the bills. But while her business ventures have humble beginnings, it’s certainly no small—scale operation. “It’s definitely not dumb luck, but a lot of things have sort of hap- pened unintentionally,” Clausen said about her social media success. “It’s taken on a life of its own.” As a young adult, she started her online jour- ney With a Myspace page complete with a Colbie Caillat song play- ing in the background. Caillat’s dreamy, ethe- real vibe would lay some early groundwork for what would eventually become Clausen’s own online brand - Montana Moonlight. Before she had an of- ficial umbrella brand, however,- Clausen was LOCAL NEWS BY AMY VENN Sidney Herald Three concerned citizens approached Sidney City Council at the Monday, June 3, meeting about an abandoned mobile home located on Third Street across from the golf course on a short gravel road. Thevtrailer house, which has experienced two fires and has beengflnostly stripped of ma- terials, has been sitting in its current locations for an. esti- mated 5-6 years. just a young woman in love starting a photog- raphy business in her hometown. J‘I had big, big plans before I fell in love with Kevin Clansen,” Clausen said withher signature giggle. “I was the girl who was like, {I'm never end- ing up back here.”’ She had cennections for an internship in Nash- ville, aspirations to be a television news anchor and a calling to be writer. Hugh Hutton is the owner of the property where the trailer is partially located, as it rests on his lot and the city street right-of—way. "The trailer got drug up there and dropped pff," Hut- ton said. "It's on our property, but i don’t feel like it's my re- sponsibility to deal with it." Chief of Police Frank DiFon- zo said if it's on private prop- erty, the police has had no business with it. "The only thing‘i'm going to say is if it‘s owned by some- The last place she ever thought she would end up is right back here at home. . “,You deprazy things. for Iove,”_she said. ' The response to her photography business was immediate and over- whelming for Clausen. As a 23-year-old, she made her fair share of mis- takes, but forged ahead, driven by an innate en- trepreneurial spirit. “With my photography one, you have to determine who owned it before you can go towing it," DiFonzo said. Director of Public works Jeff Hintz said the city doesn't know who owns it and it's been difficult to locate that information due to the ex- tensive“ fire damage. Council member: Tami Christensen ' said she believes she may know who owns it and al— though shecould not recall the name at the meeting, agreed to look into it. City attorney Tom Kalil ad- business, I had built this very organic following without trying and it’s evolved into something really cool,” Clausen said. "Everything has always tied back to writing, photography and videos. That’s who am.” Camille Clausen Looking back, she now recognizes the amount of support her early custom- ers provided her. While she saw people rooting for her, it took years before she connected that kind of support with people cheering her on and not just her product. Now that she’s had Camille Clausen Photography for 10 years and counting, she has great fondness for the online community that has followed her on herjourney. Those early lessons not only in business and customer service, mobile home at the Monday, June}, meeting. . € _‘ vised city council the struc- ture could be towed, but Hintz said‘he doesn't believe Iii-“1113 “IL? rib, SELLS F0}! $13 {miidi'en fit it under free but in social media pres- ~ ence, helped Clausen build confidence and find her “crowd.” Soon she explored other business opportunities, like Mask- cara Beauty direct sales. “When I started all that, I was a little embar- rassed about it,” Clausen said. She was an infamous critic of direct sales and couldn’t believe how much she legitimately liked the Maskcara prod- ucts. To contain her ac- cidental hypocriticism, Clausen told herself she’d just put some photos up on Instagram once‘in a while. ” ‘ “Then I put a little post on Facebook and said, ‘If anyone wants to try this, let me know,”’ Clausen said. The response from her followers blew her away. Within the first three or four months, she shot to the top ten sales in the company nationwide. “There were times when I thought no one would believe this. No one would believe the amount of people who want to try thisl” From that success, ' See EMPIRE, Page 16 City councfl discusses removal of abandoned trailer ' ' Piio AYNN City council discussed the demolition of an ahan ned A it'sz‘eyenmwable at this pomt. See TRAILER, Page 16