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SIDNEY HERALD.WEDNESDAY. OCT. 2. 20 9 A3 MILESTONES 81 NEWS Richland County Health Department administrator awarded high honor Judith Lapan, Administrator of Richland County Health Depart- ment in Sidney, was awarded the Montana Public Health Associ- ation’s highest honor, the Distin— guished Service Award at the an- nual Montana Public Health As- sociation (MPHA) conference in Bozeman in mid-September. The award originates from the work of Mary E. Soules, MD, who was director of the Disease Con- trol Division of the state health department. “Dr. Mary” was a friend to all who knew and worked with her, and represented the es- sence of public health. The award is given annually to one person who has exemplified public health principles and practices through- out his or her career in Montana. LaPan was nominated by her department staff, recognizing for her extensive public health con- tribution through collaboration, leadership, advocacy and policy work across the state of Montana, specifically in rural communities. LaPan represents eastern Mon- tana communities on state and national boards. Aaro'n Wernham, CEO of the Montana Healthcare Foundation wrote of LaPan, “as a trustee of the Montana Health- care Foundation, Ms. LaPan has been a tireless and effective advo- cate for strengthening the public health system in Montana. In this role, she helped craft the Founda- tion’s initial grant to strengthen the public health system, which has resulted in grants and techni- cal assistance to boards of health and local health departments in more than 40 counties and Tribes Judy LaPan, second from left, accepts the Montana Public Health Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. Also picture are, from left, Jacklyn Damm, Molly Brodhead and Kathy Helmuth. around the state.” Jane Smilie, Population Health Partners, LLC, listed some of La- Pan’s impacts including serving as chairperson of Montana Public Health System Improvement Task Force for seven years where she led the development of the Mon» tana Public Health Training In- stitute and updated public health statutes. LaPan was also a found- ing member of the Association of Montana Public Health Officials. More locally, LaPan has devel— oped the Richland County Health Department into a community asset hosting a wide variety of ser- vices that encompass the social determinants of health. LaPan has spearheaded efforts in a com- munity building project, Commu- nities in Action, to gather data on community needs and create collaborations among partners to positively impact her community. Sarah Sadowski, Governor’s Of- fice of Community Service, stat- ed, “Judy is one of those leaders who genuinely cares for her fellow community members and the staff of RCHD. She serves professional- ly and is often the one giving oth- ers the credit, exemplifying the Award.” It was an honor for the staff of Richland County Health Depart- ment to nominate Judy LaPan for Montana Public Health Asso- ciation’s Distinguished Service Award. Farm Bureau applauds trade agreementwithjapan Montana Farm Bureau is applauding the trade deal between the United States and Japan that will further open markets for both countries. Agricul- ture is among the biggest beneficiaries. ‘ “Every farmer in Mon— tana understands the importance of trade and with the trade agreement leveling the playing field and opening up more markets, it’s beneficial for all Montana farmers and .stéwa/s" more .sgécfii/a 513374 79m, fibres cam/3%ch 5.40% CWPZM’flrw 355/ 5/44/21 MM 0/ /fl swm/mdsfibr qmég — a firm-:4 ' 5 of Wwaéa/jléa/W, WW/zass. ranchers,” said MFBF President Hans McPher- son. “In Montana we produce the world’s best wheat, and Japan loves it." Japanis American ag- riculture’s fourth-largest export destination and Vital to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of farms and thefamilies who live on them. The US. exports nearly $13 billion a year in agricul— tural products to Japan. Under the agreement, Japan will place the same level of agricultural tar— iffs on US. goods as it places on CPTPP coun- tries and the EU. By way o'fex‘ample, the 38.5% tar- iff on US. beef will fall to the 26%--the same placed on beef from Australia, Canada and the EU. Some other foods such as duck, geese, turkey, peaches, melons and more would enter duty-free. “This is a trade win, because as Japan im- ports more beef, Montana ranchers will benefit,” McPherson noted. “We want to thanks Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue and US. Trade Representative ’Rob- ert Lighthizer for their efforts.” More information can at—intel/ japan—u.s.-agriculture- agreement-could-help- u.s.—catch-up-to-global- competi. The Gartner-Denowh Angus Ranch family, along with wiii also be m the store to tit-V E22; " "NATCH FOR ADDITIONAL SPECIALS IN THE STORE? Project update The past couple of weeks have seen high vol- umes of rain in the Sidney area. In many cases, the ground is so saturated the water has no place to go, so it rests on the surface of the land. The unusually large amount of water has ad- versely affected the construction area of East Holly. The Montana Department of Transpor- tation is aware of the drainage incident and is taking the matter very seriously. Knife River will be assessing any claims of damage attribut- ed to the project and is in the process of contact— ing affected landowners. The project hotline is live and open 24 hours a day for your conve- nience 0-800-987-3681). Although the project has experienced a few delays this summer including shortages with storm drain suppliers, construction issues, and weather, the project will be paved and open this year, as originally planned. Curb and gut- ter installation is currently being installed as shown in the photo below and will be finished this week. Paving is presently scheduled for the week of October 14. East Holly is now open at 3rd, 4th, and 6th Avenues. Truck Traffic: Truck traffic will detour to Central Ave and 14th St SE. Signage will guide truck traffic along the detour. A detour map can be found on the project website: binvolve/eastholly. For truck traffic heading to Sidney Sugars, special signage has been put in place to direct traffic along the detour to Sidney Sugars. Non-Truck Traffic: A detour route will not be established for non-truck traffic during the clo- sures of East Holly Street. Motorists should uti- lize alternative streets during closures WEEKLY FRAUD TIP BROUGHT TO YOU BY §81()(‘I§iimii Bemlt 1 I I I I I I I I I I I .I Meet Misty Anderson, Operations Officer at Stockman Bank in Sidney. She isjust a phone call away for help answering questions orpsafe banking and protecting yogr assets by V preventingdfientity theft. You ' may also stop by to visit with Misty to learn more on preventing fraud and protecting your identity. 30] w. Holly Street Free Dinner; 11 am to 1 pm Sampling 10-Noon TriTips - Meatballs - Fajitas Register for a chance to win prizes