Year In Review: A look back at Prairie County’s 2011

  The following news items offer a glimpse of some of the stories featured in the 2011 issues of The Terry Tribune.

January - March
  •  Terry native Jude Hubber shared his enthusiasm for a documentary film portraying Portland, Oregon’s Hood to Coast Relay. Hubber, a 2000 graduate of Terry High School, became involved with the 197-mile relay run in 2007. Hubber’s father-in-law Robert Foote began the relay race over 30 years ago and uses the for-profit business as a platform to raise funds for non-profit groups. In 2010 the Hood To Coast Relay raised $500,000 for the American Cancer Society. The documentary was released nationwide January 11, 2011.
  •  Kay Schaaf accepted the director of nursing post at Prairie Community Hospital. 
  •  Twenty-two teams endured  winter’s harsh elements during the Prairie County Sportsmen Association’s annual coyote hunt held Jan. 7-9. A total of 13 coyotes were collected during the weekend hunt.
  •  THS senior English students spearheaded a local effort to raise funds for the Pennies for Peace program after being inspired by the book “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson. The Bozeman-based organization uses funds to facilitate education in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Students Shawnee Kirkpatrick, Deven Morrison, David Hyer, Trayton Schroeber and Tate Pehl gave presentations to elementary students explaining the benefits of the program, as part of their efforts.
  •  Magical fun was offered during the 2011 Valentine weekend when magician Josh McVicar entertained over 250 people gathered at the Ray Frank Gymnasium. The show was brought to Terry through the efforts of the Evelyn Cameron Heritage, Inc. 
  •  Lady Terriers captured the District 4C championship with an impressive 56-44 win over Wibaux.
  •  Excessive snowfall stretched road budgets as crews worked to keep county roads and town streets clear. By early March the Town of Terry had spent an additional $3,618 in wages primarily for snow removal.
  •  County officials addressed concerns with representatives of the Bureau of Land Management over proposed changes being drafted in the BLM’s Resource Management Plan. The February 22 meeting included concerns that area BLM land would be used to house wild horses, priorities of conservation groups outweighing the grazing needs of area ranchers and the negative economic impact large tracts of BLM land have upon neighboring communities.
  •  A meeting with the Public Safety Commission drew in about 20 residents addressing concerns some had with an over zealous law enforcement philosophy occurring within the sheriff’s office. The meeting resulted in the commission agreeing to meet every quarter to address law enforcement issues and in a county-wide discussion on aspects of open meeting laws.
  •  The Yellowstone River’s ice jams of 2011 were truly a sight to behold. As thawing occurred sending large chunks of ice down river, flooding took place throughout the region along farm and ranch properties neighboring the river.
April - June
  •  The Prairie County Library added a coupon clipping class to its list of activities. Kelly Ruddat and Christina Ehinger offered tips to making the money-saving activity a success.
  •  A settlement was reached on Scenic View Road after Michael and Terry Karrels signed a public access easement on a section of property owned by the couple where the road crossed. The easement was signed just one week before the April 18 District Court date was scheduled to address the locked gate placed on the road by the Karrels.
  •  Brochures promoting the Terry Badlands were the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by local rancher Lance Kalfell. The Montana Wilderness Association worked with the Prairie County Economic Development Council in creating 5,000 brochures publicizing the Terry Badlands.
  •  Local men strutted their stuff and helped raise over $3,600 for the American Cancer Society during Terry’s first Bras for a Cause event. 
  •  County officials and economic representatives toured travel conditions along Scenic View Road in May. Although officials from the BLM didn’t take part in the initial tour, BLM representatives toured the site with county officials later the same month. Suggestions to fill a large washout neighboring a portion of the road were among items of discussion during the two tours.
  •  Wet, wet conditions caused area flooding and mudslides along state highways, portions of railway and Interstate 94. 
  • Terry woman Elaine Ross celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends in May. Roos attributed her good health and longevity to clean living and good genes. 
  •  A 30-second tornado hit property 8 miles south of Terry. Watching from his fiancée Ally Capps’ home, Tom Smith witnessed some of the destructive force of the tornado, which resulted in uprooted trees and buildings torn apart. 
  •  A commencement ceremony was held for fourteen THS seniors May 21.
July - September
  • Janet Fredrickson began her duties as the Prairie County Health Department’s Registered Nurse in July.
  •  A collaborative effort between members of the Prairie Action League and the Prairie County Motorcycle Association resulted in the restoration of Terry’s T, which lies to the north of Terry within the badlands. 
October - December
  •  An Afternoon Tea event was held at the Evelyn Cameron Gallery celebrating the gallery’s 20th anniversary. 
  •  A proposed six-month moratorium that would have banned building of any multi-unit housing within a one-mile radius of Terry was addressed by the Terry Town Council. Over 70 residents attended the meeting with the majority expressing opposition to the proposal. Council members agreed to rework the plan and reiterated their desire for the town’s growth while maintaining control over aspects caused by an increased population.
  •  Garry Bunke began duties as the Prairie County attorney Nov. 1.
Published Jan 4, 2012
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