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July 23, 2014

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By Chris Bailey Sidney Herald Begging on the border bridge, dog owners who buy dog food by the cupful not the bagful, and "scraggly, mean, big dogs" running free are but a few of the visual memo- ries six area young people carried home with them fol- lowing a summer mission to Juarez and Anapra, Mexico. They and their adult chap- erones from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Sidney helped spruce up a church and repair the home of a parishioner in addition to moving building materi- als to other sites that will be used by groups coming behind them. Taylor Schepens, Alex Messer, Johren Carpenter, Garret Leland, Cayla Norby, Justin Bird, Youth Director Carl Wendorff and adult chaperone Tammy Leland worked with Ysletta Lu- theran Missions to complete the work. The group flew to El Paso, Texas, and stayed on the campus at San Pablo Lutheran Church, traveling back and forth across the bor- der to Juarez each day. The trip across the border back to the U.S. averaged about 1.5 hours each day, they said. In Mexico, they tore down an existing plywood wall within Santisima Trinidad Lutheran Church, replac- ing it with sheet rock. They painted one side to match the existing blue and tan sanctuary and the other side a neon green for the fellow- ship hall. Other projects they worked on included power washing and then painting the church's cement exterior. The church's name and cross were repainted as well. Bird and Garrett Leland school registration Registration for all Sidney schools begins the first week of August. Parents should register between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the school their child attends on the day designated below for each class level. New stu- dents to the Sidney system should register as soon as possible at Central School, 200 3rd Ave SE, using the playground entrance door located on 3rd ST SE. Grades K – 5: Aug. 4-8 8th and 9th grades: Aug. 4 7th and 12th grades: Aug. 5 6th and 11th grades: Aug. 6 10th grade: Aug. 7th relay for life Relay for Life will take place Friday at the Richland County Fairgrounds, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Hundreds of participants will come together this weekend in Sidney to honor cancer survivors, their care- givers, and to pay tribute to those for whom the cure did not come soon enough. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of MonDak event ignites team spirit among participants and works to raise funds used to save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. honor ride Sidney area residents can do just that by joining the 2nd annual Honor Ride and Appreciation Day on Satur- day. Motorcycle riders and classic car owners compete in a poker run for the chance to win a prize and to help fund veterans programs. For $20, entrants receive a poker card and a list of ride stops. The rider with the best hand wins a prize based on a percentage of the entry fees. To join the ride, interested participants need only to appear at the Sidney VFW to before 11 a.m. to register. MonDak writers Great stories can be told by anyone, anywhere, whether you're working hard in the oil fields, washing dishes at a restaurant, or scribbling away during your office job. The MonDak Writers group encourages people of all writing levels and genres to join. The next meeting is Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center. Disaster Restoration Specialist • Fire • Smoke • Water • Storms By Certifi ed Professionals XNLV167236 XNLV157548 Skyler Hardy Lewis Barton Dylan Baxter Bryan McDowell Commercial • Residential • Industrial 406-482-2113 203 South Central Ave., Sidney Since 1986 24-Hour emergency service • 7 Days a Week Bulletin Board Deaths lola Jean Frederickson,75 laDonna M. etzel, 79 Page 3A Inside Around Town .....2A Classifieds .......3-4B Deaths ...............3A Dial an Expert . .5B NIE. ...................6A Oil report ...........6B Opinion ............10A Sports . . . . .1-2, 6B BaseBall highlights - 1b FaIrvIew Celebration - 4a XNLV137813 1914 2014 Published for Richland County and Steve & June Paladichuk WedneSday, July 23, 2014 ~ 106th yeaR, no. 59 ~ Sidney, Montana ~ WWW.SidneyheRald.CoM ~ 75 CentS City council discusses fireworks By susan MiniChiello Sidney Herald Although the Fourth of July has passed, fireworks are still going off around Sidney, and the city has received some complaints about it. Sidney Chief of Police Frank DiFonzo reported to the Sidney City Council at a meeting Monday night that he is working on a portion of the solicitor's license, which regulates the sale of fireworks. "We had some issues this year regarding the sale of fireworks, and I do think we need to have a little bit more control over who's selling and where they're selling and what they're doing," DiFonzo said. DiFonzo and the council members discussed how most of the complaints about fireworks we being directed to the city instead of the Sidney Police Depart- ment. "It doesn't help when people don't call and tell us what's happening," DiFonzo said. Alderman Dan Smith recalled receiving phones calls from residents who inquired about whether or not fireworks were against any city ordinances, instead of making formal com- plaints. Alderwoman Tami Christensen reported seeing fireworks going off over the weekend. DiFonzo stressed that residents must call the police department to report fireworks. Smith mentioned he tried calling in the last week, couldn't get through, didn't catch who was doing it, and ended up just watch- ing them. "We need to make a stiff line," Smith said. "That's ridiculous. I can see the 5th, maybe the 6th (of July), but after the 6th, this has got to stop." "It's disturbing the peace," DiFonzo add. "But understand, I have to have complaints. It takes more than one complaint." Smith noted the fireworks in his neighborhood were sporadic, with maybe three being set off in a row, then a break, then a few more set off. DiFonzo said he would prefer if fireworks were only to be permitted to be sold by nonprofit organiza- tions, which he said was why the city allowed fire- works to be sold "way back when." He noted TNT Fireworks was one of the companies he saw selling in Sidney. An- other concern with the way fireworks are currently sold is safety for local residents and potential fire hazards. "Now it seems like anyone who wants to sell fireworks can come through town," said DiFonzo. "I want to know who's doing it and who's responsible and whether they have insur- ance and those kinds of things." reporter@sidneyherald.com CourteSy pHotoS | SHepHerd of tHe Valley lutHeran CHurCH Johren Carpenter and taylor Schepens entertain some anapra, Mexico, children they took to the top of a nearby mountain. Carpenter said the children "were ecstatic to be up there." the trip requires a car, something the group found very rare in anapra. Below, from left to right, Cayla norby, taylor Schepens, Johren Carpenter, Justin Bird, youth Pastor Carl Wendorff, alex Messer, adult chaperone tammy leland and Garret leland. Sore muscles and a million memories By Chris Bailey Sidney Herald In front of a big crowd of fishermen, families and canine observers, Donny Dillman of Savage and Sid- ney residents Brady Mueller and Joe Carpenter walked off as the big winners at the 6th annual Monster Catfish Roundup at Sidney Bridge on Saturday. Dillman could hardly contain his smile as he took home the Big Fish prize with a 9.6-pounder. Big smiles also lit the faces of Mueller and Carpenter when their crate of five fish weighed in at 26.76 pounds, winning them first place in the two-man team competi- tion. They barely nudged out second-place finishers, Jimmy Decker and Steve Lowrey, both of Sidney. Their five fish weighed 26.07 pounds. Sixty teams entered the contest that launched at 7 a.m., with weigh-in starting at 3 p.m. Many of the teams at the weigh-in called the fishing "very tough," while one fisherman with a pretty good haul said fishing was good "in the morning." Fishermen being fisher- men, no one was saying where they caught their best fish. SHepHerd of tHe Valley lutHeran CHurCH | CourteSy pHotoS donny dillman of Savage shows off his prize-winning catfish, a 9.6 pounder that won him the Big Fish prize at the Monster Catfish Roundup at Sidney Bridge Saturday. another photo on 4a. dillman wins big at Monster Catfish roundup Mueller and Carpenter take first in the two-man competition in Sidney see Mission, page 4a

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