Area residents attend anniversary parties

Star Correspondent

Aaron, Mollie, Robert, and Michael went to Jordan on Saturday, July 29, to attend the anniversary party for Aaron’s aunt and uncle, Curtis and Flossie Phipps. They enjoyed supper and visiting with most of the cousins.
Sunday afternoon, July 30, Tom and Lillian Ostendorf went to Ekalaka to attend the anniversary party for long-time friends Dick and Karen Hammel.
Families of Jo and Leo Jurica, formerly of Powderville, and Carolee and Jerry Olson of Dagmar gave the couples a double 50th wedding anniversary party and it was held at the David and Lydianne  Jurica home in Powderville. The ladies are sisters and were raised in Dagmar. They were wed in a double ceremony at the Country Lutheran Church near Dagmar. Leo and Jo spent most of their married life on the Jurica Ranch at Powderville, and just recently retired to Billings. Jerry and Carolee  live at Dagmar. The children of both couples staged the celebration, by the Jurica children (Melissa, Jillian, Allison, and David), and the Olson children (Nicole and Daneka) and their respective spouses. Two cakes were decorated in a 50th anniversary theme by Amber Verwolf for each couple and were served by their daughters.  A group of neighbors and family enjoyed steaks and supper. There were sheep races, rockets launched, lots of stories, and fun. Congratulations to the happy couples.
Tuesday, Aug. 1, Aaron Phipps and Michael Fjell went to a fire where they met up with Shane Balsam, and neighbors to fight the lightning-caused fire on the Peila ranch. It was quickly put out.
Kathy Schaeffer of Broadus and Helen Jean Orestad of Phoenix, Arizona, met up with family members Heath and Shane Balsam, Madonna Balsam, Helen Orestad, Mollie Phipps, Lillian Ostendorf, Martha Mintz and Jonette Doeden. They had a nice lunch at the Rib and Chop House, and got some visiting done. It was good to see them.
Lillian Ostendorf kept dental appointments in Miles City on Monday, July 31. Helen Orestad and Mollie Phipps rode in with her.
Tom Ostendorf was in Miles City on Monday, July 31, for fencing supplies.
Don and Ginger Johnstone enjoyed lunch with son Mitch, in Miles City on Monday, July 31.
Tammy and Mike Pecha brought garden vegetables to Helen Orestad on their way to Miles City on Friday morning, July 28.
Cooper and Madeline Mintz spent a few days with grandma and grandpa Lillian and Tom Ostendorf while Martha was on assignment in Wyoming.
A nice shower fell over the Spring Creek area on Saturday morning, July 29.
Maxwell Butte fire is contained and out. The Krutzfeldts and neighbors took turns for several days patrolling to make sure there were no flare ups.
Rain fell across the Spring Creek Area. There were reports of high winds, hail in some spots, and wet down parts of the burn. The rain got heavier and heavier to the southeast on Powder River, and ran creeks on the WL and Howell ranches. It went into the Dakotas and rained and bigger sized hail was reported.
The Mallett ranch has loads of hay being delivered last week.
Helen Orestad, along with Mollie, Robert, and Michael Phipps went to Broadus where Helen enjoyed some shopping, and the boys some ice cream, before the Tongue River Electric meeting. Helen was the lucky winner of a great assortment of meat donated by Broadus Meats at the TRECO meeting Saturday night, July 22. The TRECO guests  were happy to see Congressmen Gianforte, along with his wife, Susan, and listen to him give a report to the group. He talked about the many positive things that are happening in DC, along with current issues they are handling. He also stated he was headed to Garfield County the next day to give his support, and help with the fire situation.
Houston Brown of Powderville, is the current reigning National High School Bareback Champion. We are so proud of him. Congratulations from your home neighborhood.
Aaron Phipps went to Jordan on Saturday night, July 22, to assist with the fire and stayed a few days until it was calmer.  It was starting to be contained when he left, and is currently at 100 percent containment and mop-up stages.
Neighbors gathered at the Jurica Ranch for their shipping  this past week.
A haystack fire at the Fred Christopher ranch was burning and was put out by neighbors.
The following night there were fires in the area that were lightning caused, and were promptly put out. We are having an early fire season due to the drought and dry conditions.