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Last Update: July 30, 2014       Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana
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The Whitehall Ledger is the only newspaper devoted to the community of Whitehall. This site was created to not only provide information about the Ledger but about Whitehall as well. We hope you enjoy your trip through the site and hope you’ll let us know what you think. Was the site helpful? Can it be improved? What other kinds of information would you like to learn or access through this site? Please contact us at 406-287-5301, and thanks for your interest in the Ledger and the community of Whitehall.
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  The Whitehall Ledger, established in 1984, is a weekly newspaper owned by Greg Corr.
   The circulation is 1,150, and a typical Ledger is 24 tab-sized pages, although with special editions and special sections the paper can be as large as 40 pages. The newspaper offers extensive coverage of local activities, organizations and local government, and the paper has the following sections on a weekly basis: opinion/editorial, community/historical section, sports, agriculture, classified advertising and a real estate page. We are a five column (12 picas per column, 16 inches deep) tab. Our general circulation area is Whitehall, Pipestone, Cardwell, Silver Star, Waterloo, and Boulder. We publish the paper every Wednesday, and our deadline for news and advertising is 5 p.m. each Monday. Our business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and we are open during the noon hour.

    ADVERTISING: Our standard advertising rate is $5 per column inch. Our classified ad rate is $5 for the first 15 words, with each word 10 cents after that. Our rate for pre-print advertising is $66 (for 1,000). We insert approximately 1,000 (we do not insert to subscribers out of the county or out of state). The Ledger does commercial printing and can create, design and print letterhead, brochures, flyers, posters, business cards and other products. We have a high quality digital camera and can take color photos for advertising or other purposes. The Ledger can be reached through this website, via e-mail at whledger@gmail.com , by snail mail at PO Box 1169, Whitehall, MT 59759, or give us a jingle at (406) 287-5301. Let us know how we can help you!
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Jefferson County Fair open to fair exhibitors from out of county
    The 2014 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo is Aug. 21-24 at the Jefferson County Recreation Park, one-half mile south of Boulder; and Jefferson County Fair Board member Aimee Lagerquist urges people to enter exhibits.
     “I am so impressed at the quality of the exhibits every year. It is definitely ‘A Fair of the Heart.’ People are so talented! We hope even more people will enter exhibits this year,” Lagerquist said.
    The Jefferson County Fair is no longer limited to exhibitors from Jefferson County. Lagerquist explains, “We experimented last year with an open fair and thought it went well. We especially hope people who used to live in Jefferson County, their kids and grandkids, decide to enter.”
    The Fair Board lists its top 10 reasons to enter exhibits in the Jefferson County Fair:
1. It’s free to enter. Many fairs charge a fee to enter exhibits. The Jefferson County Fair does not.
2. It’s easy. Volunteers help fill out entry blanks when you bring your food, arts, crafts, photography, floral and gardening exhibits to the fair. The kids horse show and rodeo, dog show, livestock and small animal competitions require entry forms in advance. See the fair booklet for deadlines.
3. It’s fun. Whether making a banana creation, dressing your child up in her Halloween costume for a stroll down main street in the kids parade, or dusting off Old Paint for a bucking stick horse ride, fair contests and competitions are light-hearted and friendly.
4. It’s a tradition. This is the 31st annual Jefferson County Fair. A whole generation of kids grew up coming to the fair. Many come back every year, from across the country, to enjoy time with each other and their families.
5. Prizes and ribbons. Every exhibit is guaranteed a ribbon and is judged on merit. If an exhibit deserves a blue ribbon, it gets one. That means many blue (first place) ribbons.
6. You can show off your creative side. It is an opportunity to show hundreds of people your talents, whether they are in dog training, gardening, cooking or photography. If you want to enter something and there is no category in the fair booklet, bring it anyway. Fair superintendents will make a category just for you.
7. Free tips on how to improve your work. Fair judges, experts in their fields, comment on how you can improve your work. In livestock, small animal and horse show categories, the judge explains how ribbons are decided. If you raise chickens in your back yard, bring yours and learn what makes a good chicken.
8. It’s for all ages. The youngest exhibitors enter the coloring contest for a ribbon and prize. Other exhibitors bring everything from paintings to crocheted handwork to beautiful roses and delicious pies.
9. We build community. The fair is an opportunity for people to share stories and laughs, run into old friends and make new ones, and take a spin around the dance floor at the real barn dance Saturday night. It works because people participate.
10. It’s very affordable. From the $2 per car parking fee to a $1 cover charge for a real barn dance with hot live band, Insufficient Funds, to a rodeo admission of $6 for adults, $3 for kids, organizers work hard to keep the costs down. Free live music, inflatable games for kids to play on, the quarter fee to ride the Boulder River Carousel, the free in-county Wrangler Roundup, free prizes for kids at the roll in the straw — the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo is affordable fun for the whole family!
    For information on how to enter, pick up the fair booklet at the county Extension office in Whitehall or go online at www.jeffersoncounty-mt.gov.