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Thursday, March 24, 2005

MSU-B powwow planned for weekend

Montana State University-Billings Inter-Tribal Indian Club will present its 37th annual powwow Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana Convention Center, 5500 Midland Road.

The Grand Entry on Friday will be at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Grand Entries are at noon and 6 p.m.

Russell Standing Rocky and Corky Old Horn will serve as masters of ceremony. Host drum groups are Eagle Black Bull Jr's, Horse Hill (Rocky Boy), and River Bottom Jr's. All drum groups are invited to participate.

Men's contest categories include Teens and Juniors, Grass, Traditional, Fancy and Tiny Tots. Women's categories are Teens and Juniors, Jingle, Traditional, Fancy, and Tiny Tots.

Head Man Dancer will be Dustin Whitford, and Head Woman Dancer will be Loni Whitford, both from Rocky Boy. Head Young Lady Dancer will be Shawna Fay Small, and Head Young Male Dancer will be Jesse Standing Rocky, both from Rocky Boy.

Miss MSU-B Inter-Tribal Indian Club is Althea James, from Shonto, Ariz. Incoming princess is Julia Plain Bull, from Crow Agency.

Admission costs $6 for adults; $12 for a two-day pass that includes three sessions; $4 for senior citizens and ages 6-12; and free for ages 5 and younger and MSU-B students with a spring-semester ID.

The Inter-Tribal Indian Club is sponsored by the office of Multicultural Student Services at MSU-B.

For information about the powwow, call 657-2182, or visit www.msubillings.edu/itic.

Tree-pruning workshop set

MILES CITY - Roger Hybner will present a daylong workshop on tree pruning on Saturday in the Fort Keogh meeting room.

The topic of grafting will also be covered by Hygner, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service Lower Yellowstone Area agronomist,

The portion from 8 a.m. to noon will consist of classroom instruction in the meeting room with videos, handouts, slides and lecture. Hands-on training on live trees and shrubs will take place in Miles City yards from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring sharp hand nippers, loppers and other pruning tools and wear appropriate dress for the weather.

The workshop is limited to 30 people and participants are encouraged to call the Custer County Conservation District for reservations at 232-7905, ext 103.

While director of the University of Wyoming-Sheridan Research and Extension Center from 1986 to 2004, Hybner taught landscape management at Sheridan College and conducted many pruning workshops throughout northeastern Wyoming.

Southwest Task force to meet tonight

The Southwest Corridor Task Force will meet at 6:30 tonight at the Southgate Cop Shop, 80 Hallowell Lane.

The agenda includes presentations on police and code enforcement issues.

Neighborhood group to hold egg hunt

The South Park Neighborhood Task Force will host its annual Easter egg hunt at noon Saturday in South Park.

More than 1,200 youngsters, many of them from out of town, attended last year's event, said Jim Ronquillo, chairman of the South Side Neighborhood Task Force.

"We have a pretty good community behind us," Ronquillo said. Bicycles, skate boards and large Easter baskets will be given away for kids who find special eggs, he said.

Separate Easter egg hunts will be held for children aged 1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12, Ronquillo said.

Plans for last year's event hit a snag when the city said that organizers of the Easter egg hunt must obtain liability insurance in order to use the park. Ronquillo said the insurance for this year's Easter egg hunt will be paid for with money from the Community Development Block Grant program.

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