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 Opinion    June 15, 2015

Our View: North Central Montana Transit is worth the money

North Central Montana Transit is looking for testimonials in an effort to get next year's funding. We hope local governments and Hi-Line residents are generous in providing the letters of endorsement. We can’t think of any new program in recent...

 
 Opinion    June 5, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — This weekend is Living History in Havre. All day Saturday, activities aimed at entertaining and educating Hill County residents about the rich history they enjoy on the Hi-Line will be held at all historical attractions. See the list in...

 
 Opinion    June 1, 2015

Our View: Fighting blight should be Havre's top priority

The city of Havre may be ready to embark on one of the most important projects it has undertaken in years. The city wants to see what it can do to eliminate or at least reduce a blight. A growing number of apartment buildings, and in some cases...

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel and Dart — Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison of Lee Newspapers have been the deans of the Helena press corps for a long time. The two will retire today Johnson started his career covering the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, He is...

 
 Opinion    May 22, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels - without the darts

We are about to start a holiday weekend, with sunny weather in the forecast. It doesn’t seem like a time to have darts on our mind. So how about some laurels to celebrate the great things going on in our community. Laurel — To the veterans...

 
 Opinion    May 15, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Havre is once again coming to the aid of someone in need. Rick Neuwerth, the owner of Grateful Bread in the Atrium Mall, has been beset with health problems. He’s on the rebound, but he has lots of medical bills to pay. People have been...

 
 Opinion    May 8, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Agriculture is still the biggest industry in Hill County, and the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the business annually with an Ag Appreciation Dinner. This year, it will be held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

Our View: Kegel for Chancellor

More than 40 people spoke at a public forum Thursday morning in favor of naming Greg Kegel permanent chancellor of Montana State University-Northern. Speaker after speaker cited Kegel’s temperament, judgment, ability to create a teamwork atmosphere...

 
 Opinion    May 1, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law the bill that will expand Medicaid to thousands of people who have not been eligible. This ensures that many middle class people will be able to receive health care in the early stages of their illnesses...

 
 Opinion    April 24, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — The Montana Legislature has given final approval to a proposal to help preserve Montana’s Native languages. Gov, Steve Bullock is almost certain to sign it. Sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, the bill would help school...

 
 Opinion    April 17, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — The Montana Legislature has given final approval to expansion of Medicaid that will allow about 70,000 people to benefit from health insurance. Our waitresses, taxi drivers and hundreds of other pink and blue collar workers will soon be...

 
 Opinion    April 10, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Congrats to the city of Havre and the Hill County Clerk and Recorder’s office for continuing the tradition of having mail-in elections for municipal offices. Voter turnout has increased sharply since mail-in voting was adopted. It is...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — A Montana Actors’ Theatre play opens, Easter Egg hunts are taking place all over town, special religious services are planned along with church social gatherings and many others events are being held this weekend to celebrate this...

 
 Opinion    March 20, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Helena lawmakers have it right on this one. There is a movement afoot to allocate $15 million to a fund that will be used to expand broadband service to rural Montana areas. Anyone who has tried to use a cellphone to communicate with...

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Our View: Giveaway House has a long, tremendous history

For decades, the Giveaway House on Havre’s north side has been a godsend for people who need clothing, household items and more. In the 1970s, two concerned women, Ruth Nystrom and Ann Friesen, started the program. It has been a model charity....

 
 Opinion    March 16, 2015

Our View: Sunshine Week: Keep government open

This week is Sunshine Week, an annual time designed to encourage openness in governments around the United States. The Society of Professional Journalists and dozens of others groups take part in activities marking the week. Newspapers seem to be...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Our View: Havre Trails starts off well

Havre Trails, a volunteer group of people who like to walk, and the city of Havre have come to an agreement that can lead to vast improvements to one local park and adjacent walking trails. It can be a model for the way to handle the problem the...

 
 Opinion    March 2, 2015

Our View: Montana should pay its lawmakers higher salaries

Here is a modest proposal: The Montana Legislature ought to give itself a raise. Legislators earn an average of about $10 an hour. Even though they enjoy some good health benefits with the pay, it‘s almost to the point that if Sen. Jonathan Windy...

 
 Opinion    February 27, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Jack Johnsrud won the 49th annual Hill County Spelling Bee this week. Havre Middle School should be proud. They say that spelling is out of date with all the spell-check equipment we have these days. That’s not true, and Jack has proven...

 
 Opinion    February 20, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Thousands of people are in Havre this week for the District 9-C basketball tournament. Small towns in Montana — and especially the Hi-Line — go crazy over basketball. The tourney is a social event as well as an athletic event. It is t...

 
 Opinion    February 16, 2015

Our View: Havre city officials face tough decisions ahead

In coming weeks, Havre city officials will be looking at the possibility of a major infrastructure renovation project. It calls for improvements for streets and perhaps sidewalks and stormwater systems. Over the next 20 years, city officials said,...

 
 Opinion    February 13, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel Business woman Renelle Braaten and Montana State University-Northern Interim Chancellor Greg Kegel are among the winners of the Montana Ambassadors award. The two have served the community in different ways, though they share in common that...

 
 Opinion    February 9, 2015

Our View: Drug testing of the poor will accomplish nothing

People who receive farm supports of any kind. County employees who plow our roads. City workers who keep our water and sewer systems working even on holidays. Contractors who build our state-owned buildings and highways in good shape. People who are...

 
 Opinion    February 6, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Dart — The Montana House’s State Administration Committee tabled a bill that would have allowed people to register to vote online. That would have made it easier for people, especially those in rural areas and those who are disabled, to...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Our View: Tribal council has a lot to do for Rocky Boy people

The people of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation have undergone a lot of trauma in recent years. Many prominent residents have been charged with embezzlement and other felonies. With their off-reservation cohorts, they are alleged to have plundered mil...

 

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