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 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 10, 2014 

Daines joins water project funding group

Montana’s sole U.S. representative joined colleagues from the Dakotas Wednesday in shifting money to regional rural water projects including in north-central Montana. A press release from Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said the congressman joined Reps... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 10, 2014 

Park board updated on work, projects, activity

The Hill County Park Board heard at its monthly meeting this week about a multitude of activity at or planned on Beaver Creek Park, including updates on improvements to camp sites. The board approved a request from Railroad Pagers to move forward... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 10, 2014 

Main Street project hits Fort Belknap, Rocky Boy

The Montana governor’s project to build a blueprint for job creation and economic development returned to north-central Montana Indian country this week. Lt. Gov. Angela McLean held a Main Street Montana discussion Wednesday at Aaniiih Nakoda...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 9, 2014

Probation officer denies rape charge

A Havre man has denied raping the mother of a youth under his supervision as a juvenile probation officer, and the judge set the trial for Dec. 8. Stephen David Mills, born in 1965, pleaded not guilty in state District Court in Havre this week to a... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 9, 2014

Board talks rules at Beaver Creek Park

A member of the Hill County Park Board said Monday she thinks the board at times gets hung up on following the rules set for the operation of Beaver Creek Park. Renelle Braaten said during Monday’s Park Board meeting during a discussion of a cabin...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 9, 2014

Stidham hearing rescheduled after new attorney a no-show

A Havre woman accused of assaulting her husband with his own handgun will have to wait at least another week for any movement in two cases she faces in state District Court in Havre. Her attorney missed hearings scheduled for Tuesday. Cindy R....

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 8, 2014

Group calls out park board over FWP comments

A group of Hill County residents have criticized Hill County Park Board members for comments they made at the June Park Board meeting about Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks asking the board to resolve a problem with charging people to fish. Lou...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 8, 2014

4-H plans new Chuckwagon construction

This year will be the second-to-the-last Hill County fair where people can eat at the decades-old 4-H Chuckwagon. Fundraising for the new building will continue at the fair. Hill County 4-H announced...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 8, 2014

Paved walking path proposed at Beaver Creek Park

Work is moving forward to build a walking path in Beaver Creek Park, and representatives of two groups talked about options at Monday’s Hill County Park Board meeting. A class at Montana State University-Northern prepared an analysis of the...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 7, 2014

Highway work planned south of Havre, west of Chester

The Montana Department of Transportation is planning two projects on the Hi-Line, and is seeking public comment on a project on Beaver Creek Highway and another on Whitlash Road by Chester. A plan for work on state Secondary Highway 234 that runs...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 7, 2014

Big Sandy library project, medical benefit come together

A ranching accident has become tied together with work to build a new branch of the Chouteau County Library in Big Sandy. Marla Ray of Big Sandy, one of the community members in a local library committee working on raising funds for the construction...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 3, 2014

Bear Paw reduces rates on business loans

The local economic development agency is offering a special deal to help businesses in the area expand or to help people who want to start a new business. Bear Paw Development Corp. announced it is reducing a fee in its revolving loan program...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 2, 2014

Rape charge dropped in drug plea agreement

A Havre man will spend six years on probation, with the chance to clear his name, and in exchange he no longer faces a rape charge. Jonathan Aaron Currie, born in 1992, entered a plea agreement April... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 2, 2014

Houle faces pending state charges

A prominent Chippewa Cree Tribe official is now facing state action while charges in federal court are pending. The Hill County Attorney’s Office Monday requested permission to file two felony charges against Chippewa Cree Business Committee...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 1, 2014

Simpson: No contest on pot charges

After some work overcoming technical difficulties, a former Montana State University-Northern star athlete and recruiter admitted via the Internet Monday that the prosecution had enough evidence to... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 1, 2014

Vanzant pleads guilty on painkiller charges

A man admitted Monday to having nearly 300 prescription painkillers he planned to sell when he was pulled over Nov. 7 on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. Richard W. Vanzant III, born in 1984, pleaded guilty in state District Court in Havre to...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 1, 2014

Teen, father deny rape, tampering charges

A youth and his father, accused respectively of assaulting, raping and threatening a high school girl and of sending texts telling her not to go to the police pleaded not guilty Monday in state District Court in Havre. Ryan Holsapple, 17 at the time... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 30, 2014

Officers assaulted, escapee jailed

A man wanted for leaving a Helena prerelease center faces local charges after he allegedly kicked, punched and tried to bite Havre police officers. Douglas W. Jensen, born in 1992, faces a felony charge of assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 30, 2014

Two charged with $25K elder abuse

Two people face charges that, one after another, they took a total of more than $25,000 from an elderly woman who asked them to help her with her finances. Eric D. Frickel and Trina R. Frickel face separate cases alleging each, at separate times,...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 30, 2014

Driving force: Northern the only place in Montana for driver's ed teachers

The driver's education class to teach future driver's education class teachers wrapped up after two weeks at Montana State University-Northern. The class is a requirement of any Montanan who wants to... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 27, 2014

Jury convicts Tadios after 1.5 hours

GREAT FALLS — A jury in federal court in Great Falls Thursday apparently didn’t buy Fawn Tadios’ claims that using tribal money for personal use was a common, accepted and legal practice at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. The jury announced... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 27, 2014

Round one of embezzlement charges closed

With the conviction of Fawn Tadios Thursday in federal court in Great Falls, the first round of Rocky Boy embezzlement cases, filed in 2013, is closed, but the next round is underway. In April of last year, Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Business Committee...

 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 26, 2014

Tadios finds little support in trial

The trial of a woman accused of embezzling Chippewa Cree tribal funds, started in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Wednesday, despite her complaints about her attorney and about the trial starting too soon. Fawn Tadios, former director of the healt... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Breaking News    June 26, 2014

Tadios guilty on all charges in Rocky Boy embezzlement

GREAT FALLS — A federal court jury today convicted the former head of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation’s health care system after a two-day trial in Great Falls. The jury convicted Fawn Tadios of three counts charging her with using funds the... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 25, 2014

Sunchild arrested, Houle denies charges

GREAT FALLS - Two Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation leaders face embezzlement charges in Federal District Court in Great Falls. One was arrested Tuesday after he failed to show for Tuesday morning's... Full story


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