News Briefs

Comments needed on using motor vehicles to manage wild horses and burros


The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses and burros within Montana and the Dakotas. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2, from 10-11 a.m., at the BLM Montana/Dakotas State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, in Billings, Montana.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive information and public comments on the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft to inventory, monitor, gather, remove and transport excess animals. Before motorized vehicles can be used, a public hearing is required in order to comply with Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The BLM proposes to use motorized vehicles to obtain population estimates, collect monitoring information, transport animals and to gather excess wild horses.

For more information, contact Jerrie Bertola at (406) 896-5223.


Enjoy lutefisk and lefsa at the Council on Aging


Once again it’s time for the annual Sons of Norway lutefisk dinner to be held tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Council on Aging located at 307 W. Watson from 4-6 p.m.

Hans Stokken says lutefisk will be great, but if there is anyone who would prefer something different, there is also an alternate entree of Norwegian meatballs. Of course, everyone who has ever tried it loves lefsa, a thin, chewy, flat, round bread made from potatoes. 

Tickets are being sold at Alpine Floral Greenhouse at 538-8758, or you can contact Hans Stokken himself at 535-8893. 

Come join the Sons of Norway for this delicious annual meal.


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. 


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:


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


Benefit auction for Mike Murphy


On Jan. 26, from 4-9 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, there will be a chili feed by donation and a silent auction that ends at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit Lewistown resident Mike Murphy, who lost his home and all of its contents in a fire. He was left with only two dogs and his vehicle, losing all of his hunting and fishing gear. Mike works at Allied Steel.

Anyone with items to donate for the silent auction can contact Jack by calling 535-3155 in the afternoon. The event is open to all.


Swing and sway to the sound of Silver Sage Saturday


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.


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






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