Area News Briefs

Arts association to hold brainstorming meeting


The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association will hold an informal brainstorming meeting at noon, Friday, July 29, in the Chokecherry Lane Mall, 311 West Main Street. This will be an informal discussion session. No votes will be taken. The meeting is open to the public.


Special meeting to appoint new county attorney will be Friday


The Fergus County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ office on the second floor of the courthouse. Discussion/action item for this meeting is a resolution appointing Kent Sipe as Fergus County Attorney. The meeting is open to the public.


ROWL invites you to their next board meeting


Recycle Our Waste Lewistown, a volunteer-run plastics recycling program, invites all interested persons to the next open to the public board meeting at the Lewistown Public Library. The meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 at 5:15 p.m. in the library conference room. Volunteers are always welcome. Come and hear how you can help. For information call 535-2643.


Feel the wind beneath your wings with Wind and Strings

Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings, on July 30 at the Saturday afternoon dance.  The band features Tom Wilson on harmonica, Carole Songer on vocals, Tony Hencil on dobro and Woody Westburg on guitar and vocals.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. Dancers of all ages are welcome.

There will be a coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m. There is a small admission fee.


Make Aug. 1 your day to donate blood


Bless your heart a  nd everyone else’s by giving blood at the Lewistown Community Blood Drive on Monday, Aug. 1 at the First Christian Church of Lewistown. The Blood Drive starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. To schedule your appointment or for more information, please call the American Red Cross at (800) 272-9797 or visit and enter sponsor code: lewistown.


50s FHS Alumni Picnic


Reservations for the “All 50s FHS Alumni Picnic” at Frank Day Park on Aug. 20 at 12 p.m. would be appreciated. Contact Bette Lee Cox, 538-8376, by Aug. 7.


Class of ’59 to host dinner at the Elks Aug. 22


On Monday, Aug. 22, the Fergus High School Class of ’59 will host the “Keep in Touch” dinner at the Elks Club for all classes of FHS and St. Leo’s. The dinner, which consists of roast beef, chicken and berries, scalloped potatoes, salad and a dessert bar, begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Kris Gapay at 538-5885.


Fergus County Attorney’s office to host open house


Please join the staff at the office of the Fergus County Attorney for a hail-and-farewell open house on Friday, July 29, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 801 West Broadway Street. 

Refreshments will be served.

Help us welcome three new employees: Deputy County Attorney Kent Sipe, Deputy County Attorney Diane Cochran and Victim Witness Coordinator Chad Strong.

Sipe served as the Musselshell/Golden Valley County Attorney for almost 10 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Office of the Supreme Court Administrator in Helena and as a law clerk and special master for the Hon. E. Wayne Phillips in Lewistown. He also worked as a short-term deputy county attorney in the Fergus County Attorney’s office.

Cochran worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Mary Jane Knisely in Billings for the last year. She served as the Eastern Montana Drug Prosecution Coordinator, working in 17 counties in Eastern Montana, before that. She was an intern at the Fergus County Attorney’s office during law school.

Strong was an officer with the Lewistown Police Department since October of last year and has previous law enforcement experience in Conrad, Mont. His home state is Florida.

Also, join us in saying farewell and thank you to Fergus County Attorney Tom Meissner and Victim Witness Coordinator Sandy Thompson, both of whom are retiring at the end of the month. Meissner has served as Fergus County Attorney since 1991. Thompson has been the Victim Witness Coordinator since 2006.


Roundup to host health fair, volleyball tournament and picnic Aug. 6


Please join Roundup Memorial Healthcare at their community health fair on Saturday, Aug. 6. There will be fun for all ages. The health fair will take place in the Roundup City Park with vendors from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Vendors include Family Planning, face painting for kids, car-seat checks, Roundup Ambulance and Fire Departments, free blood pressure checks, Roundup Mental Health and so many more. St. Vincent Healthcare Help Flight will be landing on site at 10 a.m.

There will be a 5K Fun Run/Walk or a one-mile walk starting at 8 a.m. Register at, but t-shirt not guaranteed since in late registration period.

A sand volleyball tournament will begin at 10 a.m. The top two winning volleyball teams will receive a cash prize. Contact Fawne McCleary at Roundup Memorial Healthcare (406) 323-4922 to register for the volleyball tournament.

There will also be a free Customer Appreciation Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and free blood draws for lab tests (cholesterol, glucose, and A1c) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All that attend the health fair will have a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a kayak, fit-bit, adult bike, Cabela’s brand “yeti-type” cooler, standard cooler and many more. However, you must be present at time of drawing to win. Please contact Michelle Giles at Roundup Memorial Healthcare (406) 323-3337 for more information or check our Facebook page at




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