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October 19, 2014

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Halloween dance A Halloween costume dance will be held Thursday, Oct. 30 from 7-10 p.m. at the St. Matthew's Parish Center Gym. The dance will be held for kids grades 6-8 and is a lock-in. Only those who are signed out and picked up by a parent will be allowed to leave. Admission is $4 with a costume and $6 without a costume. Concessions will be available for purchase. Those in costume may sign up for a chance to win one of the 10 door prizes set to be given away the night of the dance. Mini-Eaglettes The Eaglette Cheer and Dance Team will be having the Mini-Eaglette Program again this year. Sign-ups for the program will be held Monday, Oct. 20 at Sidney High school in the hallway from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The first practice will be held Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. The dancers should meet in the hallway by the gym. Parents will need to pick up their children there after practice. The cost for the program will be $60 which will need to be paid at registration. The program will run from Oct. 27 until Jan. 12, 2015. The dancers will not have practice Dec. 22 or 29. The Eaglettes will also be selling T-shirts after we see how many participants we have in the program. The cost of the shirts will be from $5-$8. Parents will receive two free passes to the games when the dancers perform. Bulletin Board Deaths Cynthia Amber Kukus, 32 Brian Charles Eder, 50 Page 3A Inside Agriculture .........5A Around Town .....2A Classifieds .......4-6B Deaths ...............3A Real estate ......7-8B Religion .............3B Sports .............1-2B XNLV137813 1914 2014 Published for Richland County and subscriber Eric & Karen Beenken Sunday, OCt. 19, 2014 ~ 106th yEaR, nO. 84 ~ SidnEy, MOntana ~ www.SidnEyhERald.COM ~ 75 CEntS Drilling rig count Source: Baker Hughes sponsored by Montana 12 N.D. 181 Thank You Sidney Herald Customers Thank You Sidney Herald Customers Your carrier greatly appreciates you leaving on your porch light for them. Thank You from your carrier. XNLV180565 By JEssiCA ElsE Sidney Herald Sidney High School's newest business teacher and community member, Kalynn Brazeal, has an extensive background in business, is project-oriented and has a passion for family. "I am new to the school system," Brazeal said. "I have substitute taught before, but this is my first teaching assignment and it's really fun." Brazeal has a masters de- gree in business administra- tion with a minor in human resources and a bachelor's degree in business with a minor in project manage- ment. She lives in Sidney with her husband, David, and their two daughters, Mad- elyn, 15, and Meredith, 11. The family moved to the area after David began working in the oil and gas industry. Brazeal first began thinking about teaching at the high school when she was registering her older daughter for school after arriving in Sidney in July of this year. She said she was talking with Sidney High School's guidance counselor, Stacey Collins, who told her about the job opening. "We were just shooting the breeze because the comput- er was really slow," Brazeal said. "She mentioned that they needed a business teacher. The next thing I know I have a job teaching teenagers." Brazeal is currently work- ing on her teaching certifica- tion and expects to have it completed within the next two months. "It's a lot of work for me, but I'm not afraid of hard work," Brazeal said. Though she's moving toward becoming a certified teacher, Brazeal still runs her classroom as if it were a business, relying on her past experience in cooper- ate business. Her goal is to prepare her students for the high demands of adult life in the working world. "I run my class just like a business," Brazeal ex- plained. "I started making plans and projects and I get a lot of feedback from [the JeSSica elSe | Sidney Herald Sidney high School's new business teacher, Kalynn Brazeal, has a strong background in business and takes a practical approach to classroom learning. new teacher brings hands-on learning to the classroom Community spotlight By JAson stuArt Glendive ranGer-review It's a banner year for sugar beets in Eastern Montana. "They're bringing in a very good crop," said Russ Fullmer, agricultural manager for Sidney Sugars. About 70 percent of the crop has been harvested as of Thursday, and both the yields and sugar content are excellent. According to Fullmer, Sidney Sugars producers are averaging yields of 30 tons per acre, which is set to be an all- time high. "It's a record breaker on tons per acre," Fullmer said. The sugar content of this year's sugar beet crop is averaging 18 per- cent, which while not record-breaking, is "very high," Fullmer said. Last year's crop had good yields but low sugar content, the product of late spring planting and hot weather late in the year. This year's crop was helped consid- erably by the weather. To begin with, producers were able to get their crop planted in time in the spring. "They've had a good, long growing season, so they've had time to mature," Fullmer said. This summer was also largely devoid of major crop-damaging hail storms. "Our whole crop — all 29,000 acres — very little of it got damaged by hail, which is just the opposite of last year," Fullmer said. Water was also plentiful throughout the summer, with the area receiv- ing well above average rainfall. And as harvest time neared, the weather stayed just right for the beets to ma- ture. "We had the fall that we needed with By susAn MiniCHiEllo Sidney Herald The new executive direc- tor of the MonDak Heritage Center knows a thing or two about small town culture. Kim Simmonds, who as- sumed her position at the museum on Oct. 8, grew up in a central Minnesota town of about 600 people. "Sid- ney's signifi- cantly bigger than that," Sim- monds noted. She enjoyed the close- knit feel of her hometown, but was excited to move to higher populated area, spending seven years living in Minneapolis, Minn. Before to moving to Sidney, she lived in Rapid City, S.D. for under a year. She worked for Deadwood History Inc., where she managed the Ad- ams House. Other museum experience includes about two years as the executive director of the Richfield His- torical Society in Richfield, Minn. She said her time in Richfield was "great," citing a good mentor and a do-all work experience that includ- ed creating exhibits, meeting with the public and fundrais- ing and development. "It was a really great learn- ing experience and a great jumping off point for coming here," Simmonds said. Simmonds was originally attracted to the area because her husband, Andrew, had been working an oil field job in Fairview for the past year. She came to Sidney for the first time during her open house interview at the museum in August. "The MonDak has such a great history of great events for the community, and it's such a wide variety of things," said Simmonds, list- ing music, history and arts events. "There's just so much going on all the time." Her bachelor's degree is in history and art history. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in nonprofit administration, which will be competed in May. As the new director, Sim- monds plans to make a few small changes. "There's a lot of things I'd like to keep mostly the same, but just tweak a little bit," Simmonds said. She noted the trunk program, started by former Educational and Outreach Coordinator Jenny Baker, which brings historical arti- facts into the classroom. "It hasn't been completely finished, so I'd like to finish those and get those out to the community as soon as pos- sible," Simmonds said. She said she would also like to expand the museum's programming "to draw more people into the MonDak." The next musical event at the museum is the Presidio Brass concert on Nov. 13. "I'm looking forward to meeting our members and friends of the organization, getting to know everyone and feeling my way through all of the wonderful events that go on here," Simmonds said. "If anyone wants to stop in and say 'Hi' my door is always open." new museum director begins SuSan MinicHiello | Sidney Herald this year's sugar beet harvest is bringing in a banner year. sugar beet harvest brings in good crop sEE HArvEst, paGe 4a sEE BrAzEAl, paGe 4a simmonds Breast Cancer Awareness october Domestic violence Awareness Month

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