News Briefs

Farm Bureau holds open house for newly renovated building


The Farm Bureau building open house is tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 21. Stop by for some hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, then get a tour of the newly renovated Farm Bureau Insurance Building at 301 N.E. Main St. in Lewistown. Doors will be open from 5-7 p.m., so join your Farm Bureau Insurance agents and the Fergus County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as we show you what we’ve been up to and what we’re all about – everyone is welcome.


Free diabetes classes are fun and interactive for all


The Diabetes Education Empowerment Program is holding free, interactive and fun diabetes learning classes starting today, Wednesday, Sept 20. It’s a series of six classes, held Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in the Lincoln building, 215 7th Ave. South in Lewistown. Register by calling MSU Extension, Denise Seilstad, at 535-3919.


Environmental Quality Council to meet in Helena


The Environmental Quality Council will meet Sept. 27 and 28 in Helena starting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 27 in Room 172 of the Capitol. Items to be discussed include evaluation of state parks program, chronic wasting disease and aquatic invasive species report, hard rock mining program and fire study.

For more information, including a full agenda, visit the EQC’s website:

This meeting is open to the public.


ETIC to meet Sept. 29


The second meeting of the 2017-2018 Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee is Sept. 29.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 152 of the State Capitol.

The ETIC, at its second meeting of the interim, will finalize its interim work plan; discuss programmatic review options and possible tour locations for future meetings.

During the Sept. 29 meeting in Helena, the ETIC will hear updates on the on-going Washington Utilities Commission Colstrip rate case and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s worker-retraining grant. Committee members will also receive a Public Service Commission update on qualifying facility tariffs and contracts.

During the meeting, the committee will also begin work on the SJ 31 Utility Decoupling and HJ 28 Natural Gas Consumer Choice interim studies and discuss Montana energy investment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Trevor at (406) 444-4978 or via e-mail at This meeting is open to the public.


“Meet the Candidates” for Lewistown City Commission


Lewistown citizens are invited to “Meet the Candidates” for City Commission at a free public event to be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Lewistown Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room. This event is free, non-partisan and open to all.

All candidates who filed for a City Commissioner position have been invited to participate in this public meeting. Each candidate will be allotted five minutes to share their views, concerns and solutions with prospective voters. A question/answer session will follow and refreshments will be served.

Ballots for this election will be mailed out Oct. 20 and must be returned by mail or to the County Courthouse by Nov. 7.

Commission positions are non-partisan, but key to the effectiveness of “city manager” style of government. Commissioners advise our city manager on policies, priorities and budgets.

All citizens are encouraged to attend, ask questions and find out where candidates stand on important issues facing our community. “Meet the Candidates” is sponsored by the Central Montana Democratic Committee.


Wind and Strings to headline Saturday’s afternoon dance


Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings at the Sept. 23, Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Tom Wilson on harmonica, Carole Songer on vocals, Tony Hencil on dobro and Woodie 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.


Big Spring Creek Watershed Council looks at Madison Aquifer


The Big Spring Creek Watershed Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. in the library upstairs meeting room. Agenda items include Madison aquifer, Brewery Flats, Machler stream wrap-up, strategic plan and the Fish Hatchery. For further information call Clay Dunlap at 366-6887. The meeting is open to the public.


Quilt and Gun Auction Gala to be held at Jack's Hangar


Central Montana Medical Center will hold a Quilt and Gun Auction Gala at Jack's Hanger in Lewistown on Saturday, Sept. 23. The gala starts at 5 p.m. and there are 150 tickets available for purchase at Don's Store, Seiden Drug, Smart's Abbey Carpet or call Hospice at 535-1479. A three-course prime rib dinner will be served. Additionally, there will be a cash bar, live and silent auctions and raffles. This event will benefit hospice patients and their families.



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