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November 13, 2019




The Buffalo Trail Water District is soliciting Statements of Qualifications for engineering services to assist the District with the preparation of a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) that meets the requirements of the Uniform PER Outline as adopted by the Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Action Coordination Team (WASACT) for the District’s drinking water facilities. Once a preferred alternative and potential funding sources have been identified, the District may as its option utilize the selected engineering consultant for final design, bidding, construction management, and inspection services. The agreement and payment terms will be negotiated with the selected offeror.

Response to this RFP must not exceed 20 pages – excluding resumes, cover page, and table of contents, and must include the following:

1. The firm's legal name, address, and telephone number

2. The principal(s) of the firm and their experience and qualifications.

3. The experience and qualifications of the staff to be assigned to the project.

4. A description of the firm's prior experience, including any similar projects (those funded by DNRC, TSEP, CDBG, SRF, RD, etc.), size of community, location, total construction cost, and name of a local official knowledgeable regarding the firm's performance.

5. A description of the firm's current work activities and how these activities would be coordinated with the project, as well as the firm's anticipated availability during the term of the project.

6. The proposed work plan and schedule for activities that may be performed.

7. List, including contact names, a minimum of five projects involving services applicable to those outlined in this RFQ.

The proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Related experience on similar projects 25%

2. The consultant's capability to meet time and project budget requirements 15%

3. Recent and current work for the District or similar entity issuing the RFQ 15%

4. Qualifications of the professional personnel to be assigned to the project 25%

5. Overall quality of the proposal 10%

6. Present and projected workload 10%

The selection of finalists to be interviewed, if interviews are deemed necessary, will be based on an evaluation of the written responses. The award will be made to the most qualified offeror whose proposal is deemed most advantageous to the District; all criteria considered. Unsuccessful offerors will be notified as soon as possible. Questions and responses should be directed to Don Voegel, District President, (406) 390-1708, P.O. Box 1388, Malta, MT 59538. All responses must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019. Please state "Engineering Services Proposal" on the outside of the response package. Include five hard copies and one digital copy of the proposal.

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 requires recipients of CDBG funding, to the greatest extent feasible, extend to lower income residents the opportunity for training and employment that may arise from the project. Further, to the fullest extent feasible, the consultants and contractors selected to design and construct public facilities projects will utilize business owners located in or substantially owned by residents of Buffalo Trail and Phillips County.

This solicitation is being offered in accordance with federal and state statutes governing procurement of professional services. Accordingly, the District reserves the right to negotiate an agreement based on fair and reasonable compensation for the scope of work and services proposed, as well as the right to reject any and all responses deemed unqualified, unsatisfactory, or inappropriate.

(Published by Phillips County News 11/13, 11/20/2019)



Cole, Amestoy & O'Brien, PLLP

P.O. Box 1280

113 South 2nd Street West

Malta, Montana 59538

Phone: (406) 654-2541

Attorneys for Personal Representative






Probate No. DP-2019-32


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above named estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or said claims will be forever barred.

Claims must be mailed, return receipt requested, to: Wesley Koss, Personal Representative, c/o Cole, Amestoy & O'Brien, P.O. Box 1280, 113 South 2nd Street West, Malta, Montana 59538, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court.

DATED this 6th day of November, 2019.

/s/ Wesley Koss

Personal Representative

(Published by Phillips County News 11/13, 11/20, 11/27/2019)


Service Date: November 4, 2019




IN THE MATTER OF the Application of Montana –Dakota Utilities Co. to Discontinue Regulated Natural Gas Distribution in the Saco/Bowdoin Area


DOCKET NO. 2018.09.057



On September 18, 2018, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (“MDU”), a Division of MDU Resources Group Inc., filed with the Montana Public Service Commission (“Commission”) an Application for Authority to Discontinue Regulated Natural Gas Distribution in the Saco/Bowdoin Area (“Application”). In its Application, MDU seeks authority to discontinue natural gas service for customers in and near the Bowdoin Gas Fields; to provide reimbursement for conversion costs to those customers, as specified in the Application; and for authority for deferred accounting treatment for the conversion costs associated with the discontinuation.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Commission will conduct a public hearing on MDU’s Application. The public hearing will commence on December 5, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., in the Gymnasium of Saco Public School, located at 321 Highway 243, Saco, MT 59261. The hearing will continue from day to day, as necessary.

The Commission’s jurisdiction over this matter is provided in Title 69 of the Montana Code Annotated. Specifically Mont. Code Ann. § 69-3-102. The hearing is for the purpose of receiving evidence (testimony and exhibits) addressing the Application. Testimony submitted at the hearing is subject to cross-examination.

The Application is publicly available at the following locations: the Commission’s business office, 1701 Prospect Avenue, Helena, MT 59601; online at the Commission’s website (; at the office of the Montana Consumer Counsel, 111 North Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1b, Helena, MT 59620; and at MDU’s business offices, 400 North Fourth Street, Bismarck, ND 58501. Anyone needing accommodation for a physical, hearing, or sight impairment in order to attend or participate in the hearing should contact the Commission at (406) 444-6170 at least one week prior to the hearing. The Commission will make every effort to assist in accommodations for individual impairments.

DONE AND DATED this 4th day of November, 2019.



BOB LAKE, Vice Chairman

ROGER KOOPMAN, Commissioner

TONY O’DONNELL, Commissioner


(Published by Phillips County News 11/13/2019)



Larry Ochsner, Leann Ochsner, and Robert D. Ochsner will sell to the highest bidder, for cash, the following real property located in Phillips County Montana which is described as follows:

Parcel 1:

Township 35 North, Range 31 East

Section 4: Lots 1 and 2, S½NE¼, SE¼

Township 36 North, Range 31 East

Section 11: SE¼

Section 14: NE¼

Parcel 2:

Township 34 North, Range 33 East

Section 19: W½SE¼

Section 30: Lot 3, W½E½, NE¼SW¼

Township 35 North, Range 32 East

Section 35: W½


Sealed bids will be received on the real property at any time prior to 11:00 a.m. on November 18, 2019. Bids must be in a sealed envelope, must state if they are for Parcel 1, Parcel 2, or the entire property and must be submitted to the Law Office of Cole, Amestoy & O’Brien, PLLP, P.O. Box 1280, 113 South 2nd Street W., Malta, Montana 59538 prior to the above time.

Ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bid in the form of certified funds must be delivered to the Closing Agent within five (5) days of the bid acceptance. The successful bidder shall pay the balance of the purchase price on the date of Closing, which shall occur for Parcel 1 on December 20, 2019 and Parcel 2 on January 7, 2020.

Seller states that all farm land is organic farming a portion of the property is subject to Lease which will expire December 31, 2022. A copy of the lease will be available to interested bidders. Also, one property is in CRP until the fall of 2020.

Real property taxes for 2019 shall be paid by Seller.

Seller and Purchaser shall each pay one-half of the Closing Agents’ fees and costs.

Seller will accept bids for Parcel 1, Parcel 2, and for the whole property. Seller reserves the right to sell the property in parcels or as a whole.

Seller will provide a standard owners title insurance policy and a preliminary commitment of title will be available for review by interested bidders.

Seller shall retain any and all mineral rights existing on the property.

Seller shall retain 25% of wind and solar power development and royalty rights on the property.

Sealed bids will be opened at 1:00 p.m. on November 18, 2019.

Seller reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

DATED this 22nd day of October, 2019.

/s/Edward A. Amestoy

(Published by Phillips County News 10/30, 11/06, 11/13/2019)



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