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July 30, 2014

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Youth activities at church Join the action at Bible Baptist Church, Sidney, for exciting Bible stories, crafts, games, puppets, snacks, and prizes. Bring your friends ages 4 years old - sixth grade and join us from 6 to 8 p.m. each day Aug. 4-8. For further information call the church at 406-433-3706 or June at 406- 488-7217. Farm Bureau photo contest Richland County Farm Bureau is helping to promote this year's Montana Farm Bureau photo contest. The contest will be held this year during the Montana Farm Bureau Federation annual Convention at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Nov. 9-12. Photos will be on display and voted on by popular vote. The winners of first, second and third places will be announced at the awards banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 11. First place earns $75, second place $50 and third place $25. The top three win- ning photographs become the property of MFBF to be used for display and publicity purposes. The theme for 2014 is "Faces of Agriculture," and the Women's Committee encourages members to enter photos that capture what the theme means to them. Con- test rules are: 1) The entrant must be a current MFBF member. 2) Contest is open to amateur photographers only. 3) Photos must be taken by the entrant. 4) Photos can be black and white, or color, sizes 3x5, 5x7 or panoramic 4x12. 5) Name, address and membership number must be on back. 6) No more than three photos per entrant. 7) No matting or framing. Pictures can be submitted to Lisa McFarland at 8201 Molt Rd, Billings, MT 59106. Please include a stamped en- velope for return of photos. For any questions you can contact Lisa at 406-698-9809 or Savage School registration Savage School would like all kindergarten, preschool students and new students in Savage to come to the school to register as soon as possible. The school is usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 406-776- 2317. Parents should bring immunization records, birth certificates and information from the previous school attended. 310 2ND AVE. N.E. SIDNEY • WWW.SIDNEYHERALD.COM 406-433-2403 • FAX 406-433-7802 Your Sales Team Debbie Crossland Patti Tornabeni Shawna Neuman XNLV161431 310 2ND AVE. N.E. SIDNEY • WWW.SIDNEYHERALD.COM 406-433-2403 • FAX 406-433-7802 Bulletin Board Deaths Timothy Carl Deckert, 55 Constance Wamsley, 90 Thomas Gable, 82 Ethel Albin, 90 Louella Mae Waters, 87 Page 3A Inside Around Town .....2A Classifieds .......5-8B Deaths ...............3A Dial an Expert ...3B Opinion ............10A Sports . . . . . .....1-2 rIchlanD county 4h Schedule - 6-7A Back to School C-Section XNLV137813 1914 2014 Published for Richland County and Don & Lory Petersen WeDnesDay, JuLy 30, 2014 ~ 106th yeaR, no. 61 ~ siDney, Montana ~ WWW.siDneyheRaLD.CoM ~ 75 Cents how many eggs? Chris Bailey | sidney herald heather sverdrup, left, and Diane Volk start work in the middle of the night in order to provide an often customized early breakfast for sidney Best Western customers, many of them near-permanent, early-rising oilfield workers who need lots of calories. BY ChriS BAiLEY sidney herald When you run a busy hotel occupied mostly by oilfield workers needing a high calorie intake, it takes more than a slogan to deliver on a "best breakfast in town" promise. What it takes can be found in hard numbers — numbers that include 80 pounds of bacon, 30 pounds of sau- sage and ham, 50 pounds of potatoes, 40 dozen eggs every week, 150 biscuits and 96 packs of yogurt. That's the amount of food served during a single week of breakfasts at the Best West- ern Golden Prairie Inn and Suites, ac- cording to Assistant General Manager Jody Leland. "It's incredible the amount of food we use," said Leland. Hotels in non-boom areas rarely have more than a handful of custom- ers who want breakfast before the sun rises in the summertime and few that they'll see again and again. Not so in boom areas. Keeping early rising, repeat customers content takes a different approach and bigger quantities. It also takes employees like Heather Sverdrup and Diane Volk of Sidney, who are dedicated to making their many regulars as happy as they can. "Heather, bless her heart, comes in at 4 (a.m.) so they can have something before they go to work," said Leland, adding that it was a suggestion by Sverdrup that led to the hotel chang- ing its breakfast start time from 6 a.m. to 5 a.m. "With the time change between here and Williston, 6 wasn't early enough for many of them," said Leland. "She was the one who noticed people wait- ing at 6 and she suggested the change. And I told her that if she wanted to start work earlier to do it, that was fine with me." Sverdrup usually arrives first and hotel feeds breakfast to oilfield worker occupants BY JErrY BurnES sidney herald Excessive dust on county roads has the Richland County commissioners discussing dust control op- tions. The issue was brought to the attention of Commis- sioner Duane Mitchell prior to Monday's meeting, where he brought the problem to Public Works Director Russ Huotari. Mitchell said a Richland County resident was concerned about a fam- ily member living on the road with asthma, and the commissioner suggested posting speed limit signs of 35 mph. Oilfield-related traffic on unpaved roads across the county has created more dust particles floating along the roads. A speed study would need to be done and other alter- natives discussed, Huotari said, but the speed limit could go in place as a public safety issue. The speed study would take the 80th percentile of the average speed of the nearly 250 vehicles and equipment utilizing the road. "If everyone is going 50, you set it at 50," Huotari said. "But you have some go- ing 20 and others 100." Mitchell recognized en- forcement of a speed limit would be another issue. Commissioner Loren Young said, study aside, he'd like to see the speed limit lower. "We don't want 50," he said. "We want 35 county- wide." LAnDFiLL hEiGhT Residents in Savage wrote concerns about the high wall at the landfill. Mitchell said elderly people were having trouble lifting garbage over the 40- inch wall, and cannot sim- ply push the garbage from the back of their trucks and into the dump. Commissioners and Huotari said the wall will be lower at 32 inches, but not low enough for smaller pickup trucks to push trash from the back end. "They'll have to pick it up," Huotari said. Young added that the county didn't want the wall too low to where someone could back in or fall into the landfill and sue the county. Mitchell mentioned resi- dents dumping grass, but Huotari quickly told him that grass was not permit- ted in the landfill. FunDinG For pArkS Huotari told commission- ers he wanted to sit down with the Parks and Rec- reation District to budget improvements to some of the parks. He said landscaping and clean-up work needs to be done. Playground equip- ment also need updates, which would improve safety at a number of the parks. "Get us the numbers and we'll look at them for put- ting them in the budget," said Commissioner Shane Gorder. richland County commissioners discuss dust control issue rewarding mission, but return home welcome, too BY ChriS BAiLEY sidney herald For 17-year-old Tyler Messer, a long, long trip on behalf of his church was rewarding enough that he says he'd do it again. But it also reminded him there's no place like home. "Over there, you some- times wonder, 'Am I ever gonna come back?'" said Messer. He and six others from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Sidney helped deliver backpacks containing the "Jesus" film and the equipment required to show it in the city of Kinshasa and other areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The packs included the film, speakers, a projector, a screen, batteries and a recharger that can use solar power, a vehicle cigarette lighter or plug-in electricity. Would he go back again or on a similar trip somewhere else? "Yeah," he's said. "Not SEE MiSSion, page 4a SEE BrEAkFAST, page 4a shepherd of the Valley lutheran ChurCh | Courtesy David huskamp, pastor of shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in sidney is all smiles, though a long way from his home when greeting this mother and child who came to attend a film presentation in the Congo.

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