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Tour de Cure Diabetes Ride Coming to Hill County
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - After a successful Tour de Cure event in Lodgepole last month, the first ever Tour in Hill County takes place on Wednesday. The Tour is a major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association, and riders will put to the test with 54- and 66-mile routes.

The Tour will begin at the Montana State University-Northern parking lot across from the hospital. From there, riders will head south through Beaver Creek Park, and across Taylor Road. The shorter route will continue to the Rocky Boy Agency before turning around to complete the loop. The longer route will go to the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds before heading back.

Terrie Stump is a Lifestyle Coach with the Rocky Boy Diabetes Prevention Program. She says the ride will be long, but beautiful.

"Rocky Boy is beautiful at this time of year, and I am excited for people to come here and to just see our beautiful Reservation."

She adds that there are alternatives to those who don't wish to ride their bikes.

"They can take a walk on our 1- to 2-mile path that we have, so they don't necessarily have to have a bike to participate."

Registration begins at 7:30 AM. For more information, log on to www.diabetes.org/rockyboy.

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Week Full of Activities for 50th Rocky Boy Celebration
BOX ELDER, Mont. (NMB) - The 50th Annual Rocky Boy Celebration is off and running. A week full of activities is scheduled, and started Monday with the construction of a new rodeo-themed playground in the Middle Dryfork Village. The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation provided the funding, while several local volunteers helped construct the playground over the weekend.

The Foundation is also sponsoring a three-day rodeo school that begins Tuesday, and concludes with the Youth Rodeo Thursday at 4:00.

The action really picks up Friday, when the three-day Pow-Wow begins. Grand entry times are scheduled for 6:00 PM Friday, 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM Saturday, and 3:00 PM Sunday.

Here is a list of all activities taking place this week:

TUESDAY, JULY 29th

9:00 AM - Rodeo School (Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena


WEDNESDAY, JULY 30th

9:00 AM - Rodeo School (Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena


THURSDAY, JULY 31st

8:00 AM - Team Redskins 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Jamboree at Stone Child College

9:00 AM - Rodeo School (Bareback, Saddle Bronc) at Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

10:00 AM - Celebrate Life Walk Against Meth (from the Cultural Resources Building to the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds)

4:00 PM - 2014 CCRA Youth Rodeo at Sybil Sangre-Colliflower Memorial Arena

5:00 PM - Youth Pow-Wow at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds


FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st

9:00 AM - Sobriety Walk (from the Agency to the Pow-Wow Grounds)

11:00 AM - Ultimate Warrior Challenge at Bonneau Dam

1:00 PM - 2014 Mary LaMere Memorial Tie-Down Roping at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (1st Performance) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow


SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd

8:00 AM - "The Memorial" 4-man Golf Tournament at Signal Point Golf Course in Fort Benton

9:00 AM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (Slack) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

12:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow

12:00 PM - Events Committee Stickgames at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds

6:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (2nd Performance) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow


SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd

1:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (Championship Round) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

12:00 PM - Events Committee Stickgames (Jackpot) at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds

3:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow

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330 Attend Kellen Lund Memorial Bike Ride
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The 5th annual Kellen Lund Memorial Bike Ride saw more than 330 riders show their support on Saturday. The Ride promotes bicycle safety and awareness, and is named in honor of Kellen Lund, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 9 after being struck by a vehicle as he was walking his bike across the street.

Kellen's mother Jeri Zorn says donations from the community were strong once again, and the funds raised will go towards providing scholarships for music lessons.

"The forms will be available at your child's school at the beginning of the school year. And it will be in the school newsletter, so watch for that."

A free barbecue was provided after the Ride, and several items were raffled off, including 14 new bikes and a custom painted guitar. Zorn says most of those items were donated by community members.

"Almost everything is donated. The only thing we really have to pay for is insurance for the park, and then a portion of the T-shirts."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2% of all traffic fatalities in 2011 involved bicycles. 2011 is the most recent year that data has been compiled by the Administration.

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City of Chinook to Increase Water Rates this Fall
CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) - Last week, a public meeting was held in Chinook to discuss the water rate increases that will take effect this fall. The rates will help pay for a renovation project designed to revise and update the CIty's outdated drinking water system. Chinook Mayor Keith Hanson explains what the rate changes will entail.

"We're shooting for a $5 increase in October of this year, and another $5 increase next October."

He adds that the increase was originally going to be higher, but a $4.6 million grant from Montana's USDA Rural Development allowed the City some wiggle room.

"We were able to scale it almost in half due to the fact that we got an extra million dollars, basically, from Rural Development."

In all, Chinook received $2.4 million in a 60% matching grant. The City took out a loan on the remaining $2.2 million.

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Milk River Indian Days Puts Spotlight on Sacred Drums
HARLEM, Mont. (NMB) - The 50th Annual Milk River Indian Days Celebration wrapped up on Sunday. This year's event featured a number of activities for attendees, including a Toughman Boxing Competition, campout, and the traditional Pow-Wow.

Men's Flag Bearer Duane Buck Sr. says that while the Pow-Wow dancers are usually the main focus for spectators, the drums that accompany the dancing are just as important.

"The drum is a very sacred, powerful piece of our culture. In our minds, and talking to all of the people, they all agree on the importance of that drum, it's such a powerful thing. You could be totally deaf and that drum will touch your heart."

The Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation will hold their annual Pow-Wow this weekend.

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Several Fires Spread through Chouteau County
FORT BENTON, Mont. (NMB) - A series of fires burned approximately 300 acres of land in Chouteau County Sunday night. Chouteau County Sheriff Vern Burdick says his office received a call at 5:07 PM reporting multiple fires alongside Highway 87 between the Kershaw Elevator Area and the Floweree turnoff. The fires were contained by 8:00 PM, and Chouteau County Deputies stayed overnight to monitor.

Burdick says the fires were equipment-caused. He speculates that a piece of machinery in a vehicle heated up or caused sparks as it was driving down Highway 87. He adds that no structures were affected, although a long-abandoned garage and some vehicles were burned.

Burdick says multiple agencies helped battle the blaze. The Fort Benton, Carter and Geraldine Fire Departments all responded, and a few local farmers and ranchers lent a hand, as well.

Burdick says from a monetary perspective, the most damage came from a few power poles that burned down.

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