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Earthquake rattles southwest Montana

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded north of Manhattan late Thursday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake happened at about 11:44 p.m. Its center was about 4 miles north of Manhattan.


Sidney, Richland County officials concerned about possible funding legislation

Proposed legislation and current bills were among the topics when the Montana Association of Counties held its mid-winter conference in Helena last week. One concern for area county and city officials was hearing about an interim study that permits taking state entitlements from counties and cities


Montana man charged with abuse of a child expected to change plea

A Montana man charged federally in connection to the abuse of a child is expected to change his plea. Thirty-year-old Tyson Eagleman is accused of raping a teenage girl in North Dakota in May of 2017.


Officers' appeal brings police pay lawsuit before Montana Supreme Court — again

A group of Billings police officers is appealing a district court ruling dismissing their claims that the city for years underpaid them in retirement pay and other benefits. Ernie Watters, the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the city of Billings, has filed a notice of appeal with the M


MTP’s Chuck Todd: Don’t Sell Montana to Canada!

"We have too much debt, and Montana is useless." That's what a Change.org petition calling for the sale of Montana to Canada for $1 trilllion says. Meet The Press host Chuck Todd says we should NOT sell Montana to Canada. His reasoning? Well, of course- the Big Sky, and the Great Plains...but don't


Wrestlers place at Butte, Poplar meets

The Sidney Wrestling Club won the dual tournament held in Butte last weekend. The Eagle Force defeated Broadwater-Townsend, 87-30, Fairfield/Simms, 88-20, Shelby/Valier, 77-39, Darkhorse, 50-48 and Delta Force, 66-36.


Eagles split opening games at divisional

Sidney’s boys basketball team kept its season alive with a hard-fought 58-50 win over rival Glendive at the divisional tournament in Billings on Thursday night. The Eagles trailed by a 37-35 margin at the end of the third quarter and by a 40-37 score when Glendive’s Stephen Steinbron accounted for a


Fairview plans adult basketball tournament

The Fairview Community Foundation has decided to hold an adults only basketball tournament during Easter weekend, April 20-21, at Fairview High School. Games will consist of two 20-minute halves. Each player gets five fouls. It’s not a co-ed tournament, but teams can have women on their squads.


Should Military Pensions be Tax Free in Montana?

Rep. John Fuller (R-Kalispell) is a former school teacher in Montana's Flathead Valley. He's also one of our great Vietnam Veterans. Fuller is carrying a bill, which is backed by veterans groups here in Montana, which would exempt military pensions from state taxes. Montana is one of a handful of st


Montana deputies rescue young bald eagle, name the bird Walt

When Deputy Jay Groskreutz spotted an eagle on the side of the road while patrolling Wednesday, he told Deputy Steven Horn to turn around. Something seemed off about the bird. The Cascade County deputies turned around to help the distressed bird. About an hour later the immature bald eagle was on it


Senn inducted into company’s Hall of Fame

Harvey Senn, LUTCF, FIC, CLTC of Sidney was one of 11 financial professionals recently inducted into the prestigious Thrivent Financial Hall of Fame. Senn is a financial associate for the Northland region of Thrivent Financial. The Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors Thrivent gives to financia


Montana lawmakers hear bill to ban discrimination against LGBTQ community

Lawmakers in Helena on Friday heard a bill that would ban discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identify. House Bill 465, sponsored by Rep. Kim Abbott, D-Helena, would amend the Montana Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against the LGBTQ community in e


MDU plans retirement of Sidney unit

MDU Resources Group, Inc., subsidiary Montana-Dakota Utilities, announced today that it intends to retire three aging coal-fired electric generation units at two locations within the next two to three years and construct a new simple-cycle natural gas combustion turbine to cost-effectively meet the


New movie looks back to Montana's 1980s new wave/punk scenes

Local bands nowadays don't lack for documentation, from high-quality home recordings posted online to live videos shot on phones, or by dedicated show photographers. Not so during the 1980s, especially the early 1980s. Underground new-wave and punk bands might not get their foot in the door for a pr


Republican dinner attracts large turnout in Sidney

During Saturday night’s annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner held by the Richland County Republican Central Committee, U.S. Sen. Daines, State House Rep. Joel Krautter and president of the Montana Family Foundation Jeff Laszloffy gave speeches that moved those in attendance to a standing ovation.


Savage comes back for semi-final round victory over Plentywood

The Savage Warriors overcame a 10-point deficit to beat Plentywood, 35-34, in the Eastern C divisional girls basketball tournament’s semi-final round on Thursday night. Savage trailed throughout the fourth quarter and by a 34-29 margin entering the final minute. Tyler Lien stepped up to hit a three-


Girls basketball: Trenton earns comeback victory over Parshall to clinch berth in state tournament

By virtue of their 51-49 victory over a gritty Parshall Braves team in New Town on Thursday, Feb. 21, the Trenton Tigers girls basketball program was able to capture the Class B Region 8 championship. As the final score would indicate, the win did not come easy.


Area club lands state rodeo competition

Thanks to the Richland County Rodeo Club, Sidney will be home to the Montana State Junior High Rodeo Finals for the next two years. This year, the rodeo is scheduled for May 31 through June 2 at the Richland County Fairgrounds.


Dog serves as ice-breaker to start couple’s relationship

Each couple has their story of how they met that is unique to them. For the Helds it was through work. In 2013 while working at a gravel pit, Bryton met her future husband, Brian, as he came in with a truck load.


Daines stresses importance of border security during trip to Sidney

In keeping with his commitment, U.S. Steve Daines, R-Montana, visited Sidney on Saturday as a part of his 56 county trip around Montana where he made his stop at the VFW. Daines recently went to the southern border where he was able to get first-hand experience as to what the border control has to p