PUCKER UP — Gerald Miller, past president of the CofC and official piggy holder, holds onto the squirrely swine so that Rob Cook, Kiss the Pig winner, can clean him up for a big kiss. Nice maneuver on that kiss, Rob. I-O Photos by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
The 2010 Harvest Festival was successful at bringing people together again for a great celebration.
The chili cook-off kicked off the weekend by tantalizing our taste buds. There were four winners based on five categories. These categories were taste, consistency, aroma, color and aftertaste.
In first place was G&D Hardware with “Doug’s Delight”, they went home with 30 percent of the proceeds. In second was Farm Credit Services with their “Farm Credit Special” and they received 20 percent of the proceeds. Third place, and 10 percent of the winnings, went to Gary & Leo’s Damn Good Chili Guys and “Grandma Oda’s Damn Good Chili”.
Conrad and an area from here to Dutton were without power for almost four hours on Sunday.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., just when many were settling in front of TVs for football games, the lights went out, and stayed out.
Claudia Rapkoch, a community communications director for NorthWestern Energy, told the I-O on Monday that the outage was caused when a bird flew into a substation in Conrad.
She noted that while there is animal protection up, if there is a way, birds can find a way to get around it. Or, in this case, into it.
Power was restored a little earlier to Dutton and Brady, about 1:20 p.m. with Conrad getting power about 2 p.m.
The Pondera Medical Center along with Pondera County has recently purchased a new state-of –the art ambulance to replace the rig that was purchased in 1985.
The old ambulance was given to the Pondera County Search and Rescue.
The new ambulance has a bigger box providing more space for patient care and is equipped with a cardiac monitor/defibrillator and fluid warmer. Another new safety feature is the reverse back-up monitor.