Laurel — There are some inconveniences for motorists on Havre's south side this month, but it is well worth it. Some major thoroughfares have been in deplorable condition for a long time, but they are now getting the needed repairs. One of the streets under reconstruction is the main entrance to Montana State University-Northern. The college is opening, and the work may cause some problems. But when it is done, the entrance to the university will be easy to traverse. First impressions count, and the rocky road to the university must have made some bad impressions on prospective students and staff. But that soon will be over.
Laurel — The Havre School District has put together a sound budget that meets student needs and does not require a levy increase. Next year's situation might be more difficult. After a jump in enrollment last year, it looks like there may be fewer students next year. And the budget question remains up in the air. How much will the 2013 Legislature provide school districts? That remains to be seen, but no matter what the election results, school officials and friends of education should be ready to hold lawmakers’ feet to the fire so schools are adequately funded.
Laurel — Talk about having passion. Greg Hamblock, who has lots of ties to the Havre area, is running and walking from Washington State to Florida to raise money for two kids he met when he was in a volunteer program in Baton Rouge, La. The two, then 5 and 3, are smart, intelligent and well-behaved, but Hamblcok fears that they will get lost in the troubled Barton Rouge school system. So he is seeking donations to send them to private schools.
Laurel — Lots of churches these days are closing down or merging. The Havre Latter-day Saints church is alive, well and expanding. The expanded building was dedicated Sunday.