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Lower Yellowstone L&C Bicentennial Commission
Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2002

Attendance: Lynn, Kim, Lindsay, Mike Casler, Terresa, Linda W & Linda K.

Mike passed out new map Lewis and Clark in North Dakota.

Kim - reported on the classes at Great Falls. Classes she attended were: Lewis & Clark as Naturalists and Lewis & Clark in a Nutshell by Hal Stearns. Kim also mentioned that Hal Stearns would be presenting this again as there were requests that could not make this time. If you are interested it will be presented April 26 from 9 - 5 at the Interpretive Center in Great Falls. The fee is $30 limit of 40 and preregistration by April 19th. If you want to attend contact Linda K. Kim reported that the class was excellent. Be sure to contact the interpretative center for special rates on motels when attending classes.

Kim is in hopes of writing articles for the Terry paper on Clark.

The state Lewis & Clark meeting was attended by Bobbi, office manage for Glendive Chamber. The next State Lewis and Clark meeting will be in Glasgow and the following one in Bozeman.

Linda K. requested that anyone that was going to attend the Billings Yellowstone Corridor to contact her so that she could do reservations by the 18th. The Billings meeting is Feb 23 from 9 to 3:30 at Rocky Mtn College in the Student Union buidling. There will be 3 general categories:
1. Cultural: This includes interpretation and signs, coordination of events, and sharing of historical inforamation and contacts.
2. Marketing: This involves tying inot the tourism industry, sharing of publicity including websites, and printed materials.
3. Governmental: Grouped here are short and long-term infrastructure needs, such as law enforcement and access sites, due to increased visitors to our area.

This is a wonderful opportunity to network and work together to try and get for example some signage our way.

Linda K. mentioned a letter received from the state on merchandising of Lewis and Clark items. There is a fee from the National L & C group. We (Linda, Linda & Sharon) have the information if anyone is interested in receiving it let us know.

Custer Country sent invitations out to its members and Linda K. mentioned it at the L & C meeting to see if the Lower Yellowstone would want to have a link. Lindsay will contact Custer Country as we were thinking we already would be able to do that. For members it is $50 for a link and for non-members you must pay a membership fee of $35 besides the $50.

Lindsay reported on the web site that she has all the information on Miles City, Wibaux, and Savage and she has all the text from Terry. She needs this information so this can get up and running. Cost - Mid-rivers will cost us $9.95 a month and the domain name fee will be $75. The web address will be and a $35 set up fee. Lindsay will check with mid-rivers to see if they can bill us on a yearly basis.

We need to get Lindsay information on our communities: Forsyth, Sidney, Richey and Hysham if we get their resolutions from their county commissioners.

Also need to put together a calendar of events for one of the 4 first pages. Also the page on how to use this web site and planning the expedition (which could be links to our communities). No one volunteered for these. Linda W and Kim will work on the first page with text for why should we come this way and how do we get there.

Mike Casler told us about Meriwether Park Center in north end of Williston. The center has a very large keelboat that children can walk through and play in. This walk starts in SD and meanders through the confluence to Ft Union. They will have fiberglass animals, river boat rides, also an area where there are tunnels like prairie dogs might have only that children can crawl inside and come up in what would be a prairie dog hole with a bubble covering the entrance. Then they would go down and proceed to the next hole

The L & C Heritage Trail foundation in Williston is involved and the trail covers the Missouri River, Yellowstone River to Wolf Point and down to New Town.

Mike reported that the 2nd year for the Rails and Trails program is underway. They will run 6 days from Minot to Shelby and Ft Union to Knife River. They are working with the ND folk artists who will do demonstrations twice a month on the train. One person they have is a young man that is a fiddle champion, one is an Indian youngster and 2 others besides. He has sent out the forms to be a guide and has several back.

April 27, 2002 is the 197th Anniversary celebration at the confluence for L & C. Many things are planned including interpretative programs.

Linda W. asked about the letters we were going to write to Corps II - what happened with this. Mike said that he is in contact with them and things are proceeding. He did not feel that we were ready to write the letters yet as they were still working out details. But we will write them when appropriate.

In case you need to contact Mike Casler - his fax number is 701-572-7321.

Linda W. mentioned that she and Kim are working on a map in conjunction with the BLM floaters guide but this will copy the map "Floating the Upper Missouri". Of course ours will be Floating the Lower Yellowsotne. We are going to try and include a map from Forsyth to the confluence. We are just reworking an existing map and we will be looking for some input, so if you have it let us know very soon.

There were 2 meetings held on the BLM floaters guide, one in Miles City on Feb 5 and Forsyth on Feb 6. We have some assignments and are going to meet again for Miles City on Feb 20 to see how we are progressing. The goal is to complete the 4 maps by the end of 2003. That would mean the first 2 would need to be complete by Sept for printing this year.

We can apply for a cavier grant to help fund this but that would have to be written by March 1. We were thinking that we might be able to coop with the BLM and Custer Country. Still checking into that.

Next meeting will be March 11th at the Glendive Chamber office at 1 PM.

If there are additions or corrections please let me know and I will take care of it.

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Wolff, Miles City Chamber Director  







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