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t5 Santa Claus receives letters from area. Page 6A. 4 SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA Board stroll include St. hot with I front of Johnson with hot choco- lParking lot; Sid- )f Today with McDon- hot Yellow- Fiesta with and hot La Fies- with brats the Kelly fl'om 5-9 Nite sal- County Trea- ' remind taxpay- ' taxes and 2003 mo- Nov. 30 will be accept- Monday. tax are Io- , behind the and in the court- U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) has announced the passage of H.R. 2115, which reau- thorizes the Administra- Lis con- ffor the Essen- to carriers Point, Lewis- and Sidney tank 77 77 ~i~ . ., ~A NIE .......... 7A ....... U Kasey Gorder, 5, looks to do some of her Christmas bazcmrs and ninny sales Saturday. BILL VI~IOER WffLE I SIDNEY I~RALO m VFW S rdm/. Sklney's buw three Business owners optimistic about this year's Christmas sales in Sidney ~ U ROglgSOg With promotions to encourage local interest, area businesses hope for a strong Christmas campaign in 2003. Sidney Big Bucks are avail- able at Stockman Bank, 1st Bank and the Richland Fed- eral Credit Union during reg- ular working hours until Dec. 24. Loans of $500 and $1,000 can be taken out, inter- est free, with nine months to pay it back. In addition, Sidney Area Chamber of Cornmerce and Agriculture will give away a Christmas Cash prize of $1,500, Dec.19, live on Power 95.1. Christmas Cash is in its third year and offers the chance to register in partici- pating Sidney businesses to win $1,500 in Chamber Bucks. The Christmas shopping season officially starts with the Christmas Stroll Friday. "The Christmas Stroll is an excellent way to kick off the Christmas season. We block off the roads, have entertain- Ett~ ~08tSON I ~ H~ID .n,. f,om p, e, co .n,2,. ka and Denlece Schwab will ent, n during Fridays Chmtnms . roll in downtown Siding. ment, food, extended shop- ping hours, host the Parade of Lights and Santa; it's a fes- tive atmosphere and fun for the whole family," Sharon Rau, executive director for the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, said. Mrs. Claus will supervise Sidney Jaycoes to assist chil- dren frosting cookies at the Village Square Mall and pic- tures with Santa fl m l~m. Many local businesses will be open until 8 lxm. during the Christmas Stroll. "I think people enjoy the at- mosphere with the Christ- mas parade, food and enter- tainment. It brings people into downtown and is good for business," Chip Gifford, co-owner and manager, John- son Hardware, said. "I think the ground this Thanksgiving holiday will create a shop* ping mood. It's nice tO have a family event to go to, and I believe the Christmas Stroll enhances shopping and com- munity" Tom Pavek, general manager, Yellowstone Merc, said. "Families bring children for the food and entertain- ment and for the winter sale items. The Christmas Stroll is a chance to enjoy the holi- days," Debi Fox, clerk, An- na's, said. "The Christmas Stoll is a great way to support local community and local busi- ness. R's a good way to kick off the Christmas season. I hope people come out and en- joy themselves," Jay Pfau, manager, Jock Stop, said. The Christmas Stroll enter- tainment begins at 4 p.m. Fri- day with the "National An- them" by Katie Finsaas and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and wraps up with Santa SEE SltOImgG t PAGE IOA ! DY DlU,/WmE STONEY HEULO Brenda Rosaaen said she "listened to her gut" that ev- erything wasn't right with her daughter, 21-month-old Janelle, in 1992. "Initially, she just bruised a lot,, Brenda Rosaaen said. But Brenda felt she should seek medical advice. At a doctor's appointment, she was told that Janelle was all right. The mother, howev- er, felt that things weren't right and urged the doctor to perform blood tests. When they returned to their home in Lambert, the phone was ringing with the blood test results. The daugh- ter of Jay and Brenda Rosaaen was back at Sidney Health Center within an hour. Hospital of- flcials then in. formed the Rosaaens that Brenda had a form of leukemia. They had a choice of which chil- dren's hospi- tal to attend-and they select- ed the one in Denver. "We started out having a normal day. But that night, 1 in the morning, we were in the hospital in Denver," Rosaaen said. The mother said instead of feeling a sense of panic, she felt a feeling of calmness came during the jet ride to Denver. "I knew whatever hap- pened, it's the way it's meant to be," Rosaaen said. "Doc. tots only know so much, they only have so much technolo- gy But it's up to God to de- cide." The mother said she also needed to be calm for her daughter's sake. "I knew if I was fi'eaked out, she would be too," Rosaaen said. She said it took doctors about 4-5 days to figure out the form of leukemia that her daughter had. Janelle was treated at the hospital for 11 days where she started general chemotherapy. About a week and half lat- er, the Rosaaens returned to Denver for more chemothera- py treatment the second trip down, they couldn't find any cancer cells at all," Brenda Rosaaen said. For the next six months, down, they coddn't find any cdls at Q~LI l rendn Romu of Jane Rosaaen treatments were done month- ly in Denver. Then, treat- ments were conducted every third month for the next two years. Janelle also received monthly treatments in Sid- ney during those final two years. Now, the Rosaaens need to go to Denver every two years for checkups. On this Th sgiving, the e e BY ggJ, VANDIHI WtHEI,E SIONEY HERALD After Moo Juice Dairy shut its doors more than a year and a half ago, the sale of the dairy doesn't appear immi- nent. On April 17, 2002, Moo Juice employees shut down their of- rices in order to reorganize the business. The herd of more than 700 cows and their replacements were sold off, and the physical plant, ap- praised at more than $4 mil- lion, has remained idle. Rick Kjolsing, senior lend- ing executive of Ag Star Fi- nancing Services, told the Herald last week that he has nothing to report regarding any potential buyers of the dairy. "I haven't heard anything at all," said Leslie Messer, ex- ecutive director of Richland Economic Development. Richland County Comml sioner Mark Rehbein said, "We haven't heard anything about the dairy since the fel- low fl'om Virginia (in April)." About a year ago, Gene Buxcel of Way Out West Con- suiting was attempting to or- ganize a group of community members to look into buying the dairy. "I don't care who's running it. The facility needs to be up and running," Buxcel said at that time. sald, a plan to have thedalry stock- owned by area n't go through because direc- tors would legally need to have a lot of liability This spring, a man who runs a family-owned dairy oi> eration in Virginia showed great interest in the Kjolsing said in late March, "The potential buyer is trying to finalize all the financial matters so he can do what he wants to do." In April, Kjoising said, "We still have our fingers crossed, but it's not a done deal until it's a done deal." The purchase, however, did- n't happen. Previously to that, negotia- tions with another interested buyer fell through late in 2002. Ag Star Financial Services does still receive inquiries about the dairy. "I would hope somebody would come in," Rehhein said. "Hopefully, someone can work it out." ~.{:0ra Rosaaens are thankful that Janelle is a healthy eighth- grader and are thankful for the community support and God's support in the present and past. Brenda said her family was on "prayer chains all over the place," as soon as they head- ed to Denver in 1992. "It helps you, it's in the back of your mind," Brenda Rosaaen said of the commu- nity's support. "I just he_d a belief that everything was going to be fineC' She said some flqends couldn't understand her calmness during the crisl "People asked why was that happening to her. My re- sponse was why not," said. "The statistics SEE XaAmUt4 tOA Santa , Nov. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. "Parade of Lights" at 8 p.m. Photos & Mrs. Claus' Kitchen at the Mall 3 to 6 ).m.