News Briefs

Johnny Rowlett concert and Cowboy Church barbecue


On Monday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m., at the Erickson Arena (870 Judith River Rd., Hobson), the Central Montana Cowboy Church presents a Back-to-School Johnny Rowlett concert and Cowboy Church barbecue. All are welcome.


Driver license officewill close for two days


On Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Lewistown Driver Service office will be closed all day. On Friday, Aug. 25, the office will close at 2 p.m.

An appointment is required for any testing in Lewistown at the Driver License office. Appointments can be scheduled by logging on to and following the prompts.


OPI conference will help Montana educators and students


Educators and researchers from across Montana will come together Sept. 26-27 in Helena, for The Montana Office of Public Instruction’s 2017 Montana Data Use Conference.

The conference aims to provide Montana educators, administrators and researchers the tools they need to access information that can then be communicated in ways that will improve educational outcomes for Montana students.

The full-day conference will allow educators to network and build relationships. It will also feature presentations and forums on recent research and how OPI is fostering a culture of education data use, specifically, the use of the Growth and Enhancement of Montana’s Students data warehouse –

Anyone with an interest in education data from early childhood through post-secondary, including superintendents, school administrators, teachers, board members, university faculty and staff, university students, local education agency staff, state education agency staff and IT/technical staff and directors are encouraged to attend. OPI also invites researchers and users to share their work at this conference.


Meadows Apartments holds tax credit application community meeting


Meadows Apartments invites residents and neighbors to meet to discuss the work planned for the property if tax credits are received this year. The 2018 Tax Credit Application Community Meeting will be held in the Meadows Apartments Community Room at 603 W. Brassey St. on Monday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m.

Meadows Apts. worked to obtain tax credits with the Montana Board of Housing to pay for a renovation of Meadows Apts. for the last three years. The application submitted this year (for tax credits in 2018) was picked as one of eight finalists out of 18 applicants.

For more information, please call Micki Phillips at 538-8532.

If you are not able to attend this meeting, plans will also be presented at the beginning of the Lewistown City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. that evening (Aug. 21) at the Central Montana Community Center.


Get into the groove with Groovy Gaffers


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for today’s afternoon dance. The band features Laurie Lohrer on vocals, and Dave Robertson, Don Engle and Barb Engle on guitars and vocals.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2-4 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.


Fundraiser for LaDonna Gallagher Aug. 26


There will be a fundraiser for LaDonna Gallagher at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 26 at First Christian Church in Lewistown. 

Money raised will go to help with medical bills and living expenses for LaDonna, who has two broken wrists, a broken ankle and four breaks in her pelvis. 

Freewill donations are accepted. There will also be a 50-50 raffle, silent auction and a rifle raffle for a Ruger 6.5 Creedmor, and you do not need to be present to win. 

To donate or for more information, contact Roy at 350-1634 or Stacey at 366-1406. 


Beginning kayaking class offered near Fort Peck


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring two beginning kayaking classes, on Aug. 26 and 27, at the First Dredge swim beach just north of the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery near Fort Peck. One class will be offered each day (participants will choose their preferred day), and the classes will take place from 1-5 p.m. both days.

Participants will learn from experienced instructors about different types of recreational kayaks and equipment, fishing from a kayak, safety, and where to go. Much of the time will be spent in kayaks, including getting in and out safely, so participants need to be prepared to get wet. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it available. Please note that both women who are brand new to kayaking and women who have already purchased a kayak but want to learn more about safety and tips are encouraged to attend.

This class is designed for women. Girls aged 13-17 can attend, but will need to be accompanied by a participating adult. Class size is limited, so please get your applications in by Aug. 24. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and there will be a fee to offset costs.

The registration forms will be available on the FWP website at; click “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” under the Education tab. Forms can also be picked up at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow, or by emailing Lawana Grewe at Call the R6 FWP headquarters at (406) 228-3700 with any questions.


Hilger’s Christmas Bazaar looking for consigners


On the first weekend of November, the Hilger School will have its annual Christmas Bazaar at the former Hilger school. The Bazaar will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

The Bazaar will be by consignments rather than renting tables. That means that you bring your items to the Hilger School on Nov. 2–3; we display and sell it, and you receive a check for all sold items the second week of November. Please call ahead of time to receive your information and exhibitor’s number.

If you would be interested in consigning to the Hilger School Christmas Bazaar, please phone Shelly Van Haur at 350-1022.


Home school notification required by Aug. 31


Home school notification for the 2017–2018 school year is required by Aug. 31. Montana State Law requires anyone in Fergus County who does not enroll their child or children between the ages of 7 and 16 in a public or private school to notify Rhonda Long, Fergus County Superintendent of Schools. Her office is located on the first floor of the Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown.

For information, please call 535-3136. You may download the Notification to Home School and the Opportunity to Participate forms from the Fergus County website ( These forms are located under the Superintendent of Schools tab.


Rotary Club to hold eclipse meeting Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. 


Lewistown Rotarians will hold an eclipse meeting on Monday, Aug. 21 at the Elks Club. 

The normal Rotary noon meeting time on Monday has been pushed back an hour to 11 a.m. to catch the eclipse at its peak. 

There will be tables set up on the deck to eat lunch while you watch the eclipse. Be sure to bring eye protection or an alternate way to view the sun. 



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