The awards include the $360 Everett and Helen Elliot Scholarship that will be awarded to a student preparing for a career involving music or business and the $500 Mike and Blanche Moritz Memorial Scholarship that will be awarded to an education major.
I-15 PROJECT — This graphic from the county commissioners shows the work being done for a new overpass on I-15. When done, there will no longer be a circular entrance or exit, but a preferred diamond configuration. Graphic courtesy of Pondera County Commissioners
The highway improvement project on the Conrad I-15 North Interchange has begun.
The construction costs for this project are nearly $2 million and Nelcon, Inc. of Kalispell was awarded the contract.
The project consists of reconfiguring the existing northbound ramps from the current partial cloverleaf style to a diamond configuration.
The project is set to be complete by the end of August 2010.
The reconstruction of the overpass brings other projects forward as well. This project will allow for a County road to be built that will connect the overpass with the east frontage road and will also allow access to the City of Conrad’s new Industrial Park.
A glimpse into our past reveals a small community east of Conrad called the Sollid Community.
This community is located 20.5 miles east on the Sollid Road, so named after the real estate agent, Sam Sollid who helped settlers find land there.
In the early part of the century, about 1909, most of this part of Montana was open for homesteaders to come in and settle on a piece of land of their choice.
After a set period of proving up the homesteaders would then take possession of the homes and land.
Most of the settlers in this area were of Norwegian descent. Finding themselves in a new land and starting a new life they saw need to start a church on the foundations of the strong religious beliefs they had brought with them.
On March 6, 1910 a group of settlers met in the house of Ella Dyrud and organized a Hauge Evangelical Congregation. There were 14 who signed the original resolution: Anton A Dyrud, Adolph Dyrud, Ella Dyrud, P.P. Krageland, Hjalmar Larson, Harry I. Elliot, Johannah Nelson, M.C. Ogard, Clara Ogard, Laura Ogard, Clarissa Lindberg, Charlotte E. Lingberg, Julia Ogard, and Lena Dyrud. These charter members were all single at the time.