News Briefs

Make Aug. 1 your day to donate blood


Bless your heart and 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.


County Commissioners meet Monday


The Board of Fergus County Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting on Monday, July 25 at 2 p.m. in the Commissioners’ office. Discussion items include approval of claims and an amendment to the fee schedule for the Fergus County Nurse’s Office. In addition, the commissioners will make several appointments.

This meeting, and all meetings of the County Commissioners, are open to the public. 


Groovy Gaffers two-step today


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music today, Saturday, July 23, for the afternoon dance. The Band features Dave Robertson, Lauri Lohrer, Don Engle and Barbara Engle on guitars and vocals. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. If you enjoy dancing to good country music, come and join in the fun. Dancers of all ages are welcome. There is a short coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m.

The dance hall is located on the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. There is a small admission fee.


RCAC to honor Don Pfau and other community leaders


The Rural Community Assistance Corporation is celebrating Lewistown. Members of the RCAC Board of Directors will gather Aug. 4 to honor those involved with the Recharge Our Community efforts and the Youth Engaged in Learning and Leadership movements. 

Six ROC groups have been working since last fall on a variety of projects aimed at improving the economic climate of Lewistown. YELL student members created and ran several projects to support community causes this past spring. Both ROC and YELL are the results of training provided by RCAC to Lewistown.

In addition, Lewistown’s own Don Pfau will be honored with a Yoneo Ono Award, given every two years to rural residents who have made siginificant lifelong contributions to their community as volunteers. Pfau spearheaded many important community projects, including the hospital, high school, fairgrounds and MSU Northern branch campus.

Seating at the event is limited, so if you plan to attend, please RSVP by July 27 to Pam Higgins, or by calling 535-2591. 


Fergus County transportation committee to meet July 25


The annual meeting of the Fergus County Transportation Committee will be held Monday, July 25 at 9 a.m. in the back room of the Fergus County Superintendent of Schools Office at 712 West Main, Suite 104, Lewistown.

Proposed bus routes for the 2016-2017 school year will be discussed and voted on.

The meeting is open to the public, all interested persons are invited to attend.


Big Spring Watershed Council to meet Monday


The Big Spring Watershed Council will convene for its monthly meeting on July 25 at 3 p.m. at the FWP Resource Area Office. Agenda items include reports on project status including trails, Spring Creek restoration, and Fish Hatchery restoration. The strategic plan for the Big Spring Creek Watershed will be reviewed and an update to the plan discussed. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Call Don Pfau at 366-2422 for further information.  


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.


Government Study Commission meets Monday


The Lewistown Government Study Commission will have their committee of the whole on July 25 at 6 p.m., followed by the regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the City Complex, and agenda items include discussion on the final report.




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