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November 23, 2014

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Lions wreath sales The Sidney Lions Club will once again start selling fresh Christmas Wreaths door-to-door starting Nov. 24. Wreaths will also be sold in front of Ribbon & Rail during the Christmas Stroll Friday and at Reynolds dur- ing the Winter Wonderland at the Shops at Fox Run event Saturday Christmas Stroll The Christmas Stroll is 4-7:30 p.m. in downtown Sidney Friday. A chili cook-off is planned at the Elks Lodge. Santa's workshop will be located in the Village Square Mall. The Parade of Lights begins at 7 p.m. on Central Avenue in Sidney. Santa will have goodies at Reese and Ray's IGA after the parade. Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland 2014 is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Shops at Fox Run. Photos with Santa are avail- able from 1-3 p.m. The Parade of Trees auction starts at 4 p.m. at Reynolds Market. Gingerbread house contest The Sidney-Richland County Library is having a gingerbread house contest. Some guidelines: • All entries must be submitted to the library between Dec. 2-17. • Judging for "Patron's Choice" will be Dec. 4-18. • Age groups are Child (8 and under), Youth (9-14), Adult/Teen (15 and up) and Groups/Families. Bulletin Board Deaths Richard L. Cotter, 73 Annie Walker, 80 Page 3A Inside Drilling rig count Source: Baker Hughes sponsored by Montana 11 N.D. 177 Agriculture .........5A Around Town .....2A Classifieds .......4-6B Deaths ...............3A Learning ............7A Religion .............3B Sports .............1-2B Car Care ..........2-3C Special supplement to the Sidney Herald Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 XNLV137813 1914 2014 Published for Richland County and subscriber Bill & Linda Clark Sunday, nov. 23, 2014 ~ 106th yeaR, no. 94 ~ Sidney, Montana ~ www.SidneyheRaLd.CoM ~ 75 CentS ChrIstMas Gifts - Tab WINter Car care - 2-3C By BiLL VAndeR WeeLe Sidney Herald A handful of committee members provided details of the proposed Richland Community Complex to the Sidney City Council Monday evening. The group included project coor- dinator Lisa Gorder along with Ross Hall, Mark Martin, Jessica Davies, Pat McWilliams and Angie Olson. "This is an opportunity, a tremen- dous opportunity to change the way we live, we work, we play," Gorder told council members. The proposal, which is estimated to cost $55 million, will feature the public library in the front of the complex. The facility is also expect- By BiLL VAndeR WeeLe Sidney Herald District Judge Katherine Bidegaray has granted the motion to suppress evi- dence in a case where police officers asked a suspect to empty his pockets and a glass pipe fell out. Reuben Saenz, 43, Sidney, is facing the charge of possession of methamphetamine. Public Defender Richard Heineman argued on Nov. 12 that an improper search took place. After police received a phone call stat- ing that an employee was approached by Saenz about buying meth outside a Sid- ney bar. Police responded by going to the bar and talking to Saenz. "He fully believed he was in their custody and wouldn't be able to leave on his own," Heineman said. Heineman, using three cases as examples, said the tip call wasn't enough evidence for police to put his client into custody. "The only evidence they had was this phone call." Deputy County Attorney Janet Christoffersen argued police officers had a duty to investigate the complaint. She noted police didn't give the Miranda rights because Saenz wasn't in custody. She said no search by police oc- curred, "so there couldn't be an illegal search." Judge Bidegaray, however, ruled that all evidence and statements collected as a direct result of the officers' investigative stop of Saenz are inadmissible at trial and suppressed. This suppress- ing order includes, but is not limited, to the glass pipe from Saenz's pocket." In her ruling, Bidegaray JlG arcHitectS an image of how the Richland Community Complex may look. City Council hears benefits of proposed community complex By BiLL VAndeR WeeLe Sidney Herald When Gov. Steve Bullock released his proposed budget for the 2017 biennium this week, the proposal included $45 million in grants for eastern Montana communities im- pacted by oil and gas development. Sidney Mayor Rick Norby said the assistance for infrastructure is a step in the right direction. "It's a start, but I don't think it's the answer." Norby noted that just Sidney, itself, is in need of $60 million for infrastructure improvements. "Bonding is good, but it's not the answer. We need a revenue stream of some sort so we don't need to keep begging." The mayor mentioned that he wished a system was in place where communities could keep 4 percent of the oil revenue in order to take care of oil-related improvements. Regardless of what, Norby said the state legislators need to provide some kind of assistance for oil- impacted areas. "We need to get rid of the political fighting," Norby said. "They need to treat it as an emergency." Sen. Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive, told the Herald that he's in favor of assisting oil-impacted areas, but he doesn't feel bonding is the way to go when the state has a surplus of more than $355 million. Rep. Austin Knudsen, R-Culbert- son, feels the same way as Rosen- dale. "We should pay cash rather than run up our credit bill." Knudsen noted farmers would rather pay cash for equipment instead of having to take out a loan. "He (Bullock) wants to borrow for 100 percent of it. That's a tough row to hoe for a Republican-controlled legislature." Rosendale sees the surplus as ex- cessive and feels the money should be spent to help the state's economy or taxes should be reduced. "I firmly believe in more investments for infrastructure," the Senate Majority Leader said. As well as oil-impacted communities, he wishes the funds could help other communities that need assistance. He would like the Montana Department of Transpor- tation and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to provide legislators feedback regard- ing where funds are needed. Rosendale said state legislators understand the challenges that eastern Montana is facing. Evidence is how legislators supported HB 218 last session. "Now, we just need to find a way to convince the gover- nor." Knudsen added, "There's the political will to do it. There's cash available to do it." Knudsen, the Speaker of the House, said that Bullock's budget contains $300 overall for infrastruc- ture. Of that amount, $212 million will be bonded. "That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me." Knud- sen said the governor points to the state's great credit rating, but Knudsen argues, "The reason we do is because we don't do a lot of bor- rowing. We don't do bonding." Both Knudsen and Rosendale are working on bills to fund infrastruc- ture for oil-impacted areas. By JeffRey duRhAm Sidney Herald Nick Lonski counsels people about their financial decisions and the risks and rewards involved. He used to take risks of a far different kind. He had some teeth knocked out, hurt both knees, twisted his pelvis, broke multiple ribs, dislocated his elbow, and injured his shoulder, ankles and sternum at one time or another. Oh yes, he also was knocked out cold four times. Lonski is a financial advisor and regional leader for Edward Jones in Sidney. He talks with people about concepts such as roll overs, retirement, lump sums and investments. He says his job is to be sure "every decision is based on what's right for the client." But with him, there is always more below the surface. He sees every meet- ing he has with clients as a chance for him to learn and grow. "I am more interested in peoples' stories," he says. "Everybody's got one. I believe however small the time you spend with somebody, you can have great impact on them." Nick has a few stories of his own. At age 13, while growing up in southeast North Dakota, he began riding bulls. He loved it. But in junior high school, he broke a piece of his vertebra and bruised his spinal cord while riding. That accident sent him in a new direc- tion. "I was in the hospital in Fargo. I had swelling in my neck and I couldn't feel anything below," he recalls. "My mother said doctors thought I broke my neck. I told her it was no big deal because I was given 16 years to walk." Following his recovery, he could walk fine, but he didn't resume bull riding. While he attended a rodeo, the bull fighter didn't show up. Nick went into the ring and started five years of bull fighting that saw him work some 80 rodeos a year for about $400 a night. He worked rodeos from Montana and the Dakotas to Wyoming, Canada and even the southeastern states. He fought many prize bulls from well-known stock contractors such as Berger in Mandan, N.D. "Those animals were phenomenal," Lonski said. "They are athletes and performers. They love what they do." Bull fighters are not rodeo clowns. They must be quick and alert at all SuBmitted nick Lonski dodges an airborne bull while bull fighting at a rodeo in Bowman, n.d., in 1999. the rider is that year's national high school bull-riding champion Justin hermanson. Positive thinker Whether it's rodeo or wrestling, lonski maintains right frame of mind See LonSki, paGe 8a Bullock's budget includes help for area Judge grants motion to suppress See moTion, paGe 8a See ComPLeX, paGe 8a XNLV186757 Insurance Agency See us for all your insurance needs. "Serving the Mon-Dak Area since 1961" 406-433-1411 • 114 2nd Ave. S.E., Sidney Gay Kunesh Cami Skinner Kellie Gilligan

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