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August 27, 2014

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By Eric KillElEa Williston Herald When you talk to the articulate Gro- ver Grafton, you get the impression that he is a young man with a head for business. The Wyoming-born youth is conquering the Williston, N.D. boom, one farmer's market at a time. Grover, 11, has been conducting business for years. He started his sole proprietorship, Gro. Co., to earn revenue selling tie-dye, key chains and lemonade. When he moved to Willis- ton, he researched the local market and started selling plants and "party balls," or mason jars resembling sippy cups, the latter product sold rapidly to his father's coworkers before the Super Bowl. "I made quite a bit of revenue," Grover said. "I mowed lawns when I was younger, but there is not a lot of ways young kids can make money nowadays," said his father, Dan Grafton. "He's got a green thumb and is kind of an entre- preneur." Dan relocated from Glenrock, Wyo., to Williston three years ago. He works as a safety supervisor for Oasis Petroleum, and had his wife XNLV171247 Skyler Hardy Lewis Barton Dylan Baxter Bryan McDowell Bulletin Board Deaths lilia Faith Picard Katrina ladd, 35 Marjorie M. Murray Page 3A Inside Around Town .....2A Classifieds .......4-6B Deaths ...............3A Heres My Card ....3B Oil report ...........5A Opinion ..............8A Sports .............1-2B R&L FusIon anD culbertson previews - 1-2B RangeR Lounge alS ice buckle challenge - 10a XNLV137813 1914 2014 Published for Richland County and subscriber Larry Abbott WednesdAy, Aug. 27, 2014 ~ 106th yeAR, no. 69 ~ sidney, MontAnA ~ WWW.sidneyheRALd.CoM ~ 75 Cents WiFE quilt donation The National Women In- volved in Farm Economics (WIFE) group is selling tick- ets for a donation drawing. Third prize is a $50 dining out gift certificate, second prize is a $100 beef certifi- cate and the grand prize is a quilt with farm art. Quilt blocks are made by WIFE members across the country — 11 women in seven states. Tickets can be bought for $5 each or six for $25 by calling Pat Torgerson at 406-979-4747. The national WIFE president for 2015 will be Montana native Linda Newman, so funds need to be raised for her two-year term. carnival needs vendors The Richland County Family Resource Center is sponsoring the fifth annual Kids First! Carnival this fall. This group focus on chil- dren, families, and educa- tion, forming a perfect part- nership to bring an exciting activity for families in the Sidney area to enjoy. The carnival will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rich- land County Fairgrounds' Event Center. The group is currently looking for community or- ganizations to rent a booth for the carnival. They are looking for face painters, food vendors, carnival games and bounce castles. Booth rental will be $20, and ticket sales will be reimbursed back to the organizations. This is a great opportuni- ty to do a fundraiser, as well as taking part in a fun, safe and exciting community event for families. For more information on booth rental or sponsorship of the event, contact Missy Smies at 406-433-4097 or mis- They are looking forward to working with you in this wonderful event for our community. art exhibit California artist Lora Groves will be at the MonDak Heritage Center on Friday at 7-9 p.m. for an opening reception of her exhibit, "Sojourn/Earth/ Sidney." The show runs from Aug. 28 thru Nov. 1. Visit Lora's website at for a preview. By Bill VandEr WEElE sidney Herald Whether Michael Spell, one of the two men charged with the murder of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold, will actually stand trial is still a matter that is undecided. Spell's lawyer, Al Avig- none, made the case's future more cloudy when he filed a petition last week to the Montana Supreme Court. Avignone is seeking to over- turn the decision by District Judge Richard Simonton made in May that Spell is fit to stand trial. After listening to testi- mony during a two-day competency hearing in March, Simonton ruled that even though Spell was found incompetent to stand trial in Colorado when he was younger, that doesn't mean Spell is incompetent now. Simonton noted state psychiatrist Dr. Virginia Hill testified that she believed Spell's frontal lobes have had time to develop and he has been off drugs for more than two years. She testified, "He does not have to have perfect and complete full under- standing, he just needs to have adequate understand- ing of his case." During her testimony, Hill stated that Spell was a social patient during his time at the Montana State Hospi- tal. He played cards, board games and video games. She added that Spell was very polite and rational during his time at the state hospital. "We were surprised by his adaptive functioning." In Simonton's ruling, the judge referred to the State v. Kitchens case of 1955 where the argument pertained to whether a man who was insane and committed to a hospital was also insane when he committed a crime. Simonton wrote, "To the extent necessary, this Court concludes that for purposes of standing trial, the defen- dant's competency has been restored." Because of the testimony of three experts, including Hill, that they feel Spell is intellectually disabled, the State withdrawn its notice to seek the death penalty in May. The 2002 Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v Virginia, it was determined that mentally retarded, now described as intellectually disabled, criminals are not subject to the death penalty. When Simonton ruled that Spell was fit to stand trial, the judge also mentioned the Atkins case. "That court, with three justices dissent- ing, held that intellectually disabled criminals are not subject to the death penalty. It did not say that intellec- tual disability equates to incompetency to stand trial." During the hearing in March, it was stated that Ice bucket challenge sidney BPa, FFa donate to als association Murder suspect fights mental competency ruling By SuSan MinichiEllo sidney Herald Film ice water being dumped on yourself. Post to social media. Donate to charity. Nominate someone. Repeat. That's the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) ice bucket challenge in a nutshell, a social media fundraising trend that has gone viral in the last few weeks, resulting in $88.5 million raised for the ALS Association as of Tuesday. Around the area, local groups have participated in the challenge. Sidney BPA and FFA groups stood in front of the eagle statue at Sidney High School Friday as hundreds of students watched them get ice water dumped. "I think it's just been kind of contagious," Elaine Stedman, Sidney High School teacher and BPA advisor, said. "It just caught on, and it's almost become a fad. It's a very novel way to raise funds." Stedman's first roommate when she moved to Sidney 33 years ago to teach was diagnosed with ALS and died from the condition. Stedman said BPA plans to donate $100. Under the eagle statue, there were two rounds of ice water Friday. "With first round, when they did it by accident, I thought, that's not too bad," Stedman said. "But I didn't realize they hadn't dumped it all. The second round took my breath away." Sidney BPA nominated Sidney FFA Friday morning, and the two groups decided to do it together. "It was great. It's shocking when the water hits you," Ted Fulgham, Sidney FFA advisor, said. "It's for a great cause, ALS, and I think it's a bonding exercise for a lot of the kids. It brings us all together. It's a great fundraiser." Sidney BPA was nominated by White Sulphur Springs BPA, and in turn nominated SkillsUSA, Sidney High School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) and Cascade BPA. Sidney FFA nominated FFA chapters in Lambert, Richey, Fairview and Sav- age. "I think the students really had fun," Stedman said. "I know some people are tired of it, but it's obviously working. They're raising millions of dollars that they wouldn't have raised otherwise." According to the ALS Association website, ALS, also known as Lou Geh- rig's Disease, "is a progressive neuro- degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis." Donations to the ALS Association are accepted at SEE WatErS, Page 4a SEE EntrEPrEnEur, Page 4a young entrepreneur blossoms susan MinicHiello | sidney Herald sidney FFA and BPA groups completed the ALs ice bucket challenge in front of sidney high school on Friday.

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