News Briefs

Blue Goose to host Meet and Greet


At the Winter Fair Farm and Ranch Trade Show on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Trade Center, the famous Blue Goose will host a Meet and Greet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Blue Goose is the official mascot of the C. M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, headquartered on Airport Road in Lewistown. The refuge is almost one million acres in size, surrounding the Fort Peck reservoir.

Rachel Carlson aptly described the Blue Goose emblem: “Wherever you meet this sign, respect it. It means that the land behind the sign has been dedicated by the American people to preserving, for themselves and their children, as much of our native wildlife as can be retained along with our modern civilization.”

Everyone’s invited to come out to the Trade Center and meet the Blue Goose and snap a photo or two. 


Commissioners to consider floodplain permit, budget for Heller Building


The Fergus County Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5:15 p.m. in the commissioners’ offices on the second floor of the courthouse. 

Items on the agenda include announcements of personnel openings, discussion and possible action on the Foreman Bank Stabilization floodplain permit, and discussion and possible action on the Heller Building budget resolution. The commissioners will also make an appointment to the Insurance Committee. The meeting is open to the public.


Ice Queen to visit Lewistown


The Ice Queen from the Crystal Caves above Crystal Lake will make her annual appearance at the Montana Winter Fair, Saturday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Trade Center. Come and meet this beautiful creature, glistening with frost and sparkles. Girls will receive a silvery crown, while supplies last, when meeting the Ice Queen.

The Ice Queen magically blesses all of the land and life of Central Montana with new growth, which will be seen in the spring. Be sure to bring your cameras and smartphones; it isn’t everyday you can meet royalty. For more information, please go to:


Ice Skating Association annual meeting set for Jan. 18


The Lewistown Ice Skating Association will hold a “State of the Rink” meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Pourman’s Café in Lewistown. 

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to come down and hear about the latest developments at the local skating rink and plans for the future. New board members and officers will also be elected. 

Dinner will be provided, compliments of the Lewistown Ice Skating Association, beginning at 5 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. 

Contact Derek Manseau at 350-0797 or Bill Berg at 380-0054 for more information. 


Swing and sway to the sound of Silver Sage


The Silver Sage Country Band is scheduled to play for the Jan. 20, Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Lloyd McKenna on mandolin and guitar, Meryl McKenna on piano, Barbara Engle on bass guitar and Don Engle on lead guitar. All will participate in harmony 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.


Electric pressure cooker class to be offered


Did you get a new electric cooker for Christmas, or you’re thinking of getting yourself one and wondering where to begin? Join us on Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. for an evening of fun, learning the basics of these wonderful pots. We will prepare a few dishes in class, while learning all about these handy pots.

Please register by Jan. 19 by calling the MSU Extension Office at 535-3919 or dropping by at 712 W. Main St. Class will be held at the First Christian Church, 103 12th Ave. South. There will be a small fee to help pay for supplies.


Brush the snow off your do-si-do


Winter square dancing will begin Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7-9 p.m., at the Seniors Dance Hall, corner of Third and Barnes in Lewistown. Dances continue weekly on Thursday evenings, and will include instruction for new dancers. Dress is casual. No prior square dance experience required. Open to singles, couples and teens. There is a small per-person admission fee. Come join us.

For information, call Jayson Shobe, caller/teacher at 366-5125.


Stick Horse Rodeo showcased at the Pavilion


To start the fun at the kid’s Stick Horse Rodeo Saturday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Sale Ring at the Pavilion at the Fairgrounds, the famous Heartland Riders Drill Team will perform a choreographed drill complete with American flags. Of course, the Heartland Riders will be on stick horses themselves.

The Heartland Riders Drill Team was started 27 years ago in 1991. The team’s purpose is to provide fun and entertainment for the community by performing in parades, rodeos and special events. This year the team is made up of six riders from Lewistown and the Central Montana area. Members enjoy socializing, improving their horsemanship, safety skills and precision.

The Stick Horse Rodeo is free for kids ages three – eight, and produced by the Judith Basin Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen on Montana. All competitors receive prizes and ribbons for each of three rodeo events completed. Bring you cameras and smartphones, the Stick Horse Rodeo is lively and very entertaining. For more info, please visit


A and E District announces winter meeting schedule


For the winter months, the A and E District will hold bi-monthly Friday meeting at 10:30 a.m.. The meetings will be held at the Brooks Conference Room and are open to the public.


Education Interim Committee to meet in Helena Jan. 22–23


The Education Interim Committee of the Legislature will meet Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 22–23, in Helena at the State Capitol, Room 137.

On Monday, January 22, the committee will receive K-12 updates from the Office of Public Instruction, as well as on the new Stars Preschool Grant Program from the Governor’s Office. The committee will also welcome school administrators from St. Regis, Conrad, Great Falls and Bozeman to share their efforts related to student-centered learning.

The committee will dive into the House Joint Resolution No. 1 study of education funding for students with special needs, focusing on gifted and talented students, English learners and at-risk students. The afternoon will wrap up with updates on various efforts to address educator recruitment and retention. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, committee members will attend the 2018 Economic Outlook Seminar on “The Future of Higher Education” presented by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena. Registration is required for the seminar.

The committee will reconvene following the seminar at 2 p.m. in Room 137 of the State Capitol to continue its collaborative discussions regarding the Montana University System, with plans to discuss dual enrollment, student financial aid programs and other issues with higher education officials. 

The committee will conclude with a work session examining its work plan for the remainder of the interim.

The meeting will be live-streamed at and will be broadcast on Television Montana. Please check your local channel listings to find TVMT in your area. For more information about the meeting, visit the committee’s website ( or contact Pad McCracken ( or (406) 444-3595), committee staff.



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