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  • MAT puts on 'The Queen of Blaine County'

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    The local acting troupe is putting on some localized - right down to what county the performance is in - dinner theater over the next few weeks, written by local playwright, and Montana Actors' Theatre executive director, Jay Pyette. The "Queen of Blaine County" will premiere at the Eagles Club in Chinook Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with the show to follow. Tickets are available online or at the Eagles in Chinook. The actors are...

  • Career fair hosted at North Star High School

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    Multiple businesses from the region participated at the North Star High School career fair Wednesday afternoon, with students from multiple schools attending. The fair was set up in the high school's gymnasium in Rudyard, and was organized by North Star students Quinn Trueax and Ecko Fraser. "Pretty much, it's a vendor show but with jobs," Trueax told Havre Daily News before the show. "We want students to know that there are more careers than just farming." Business set-up...

  • Frankie's coffee house opens in Atrium

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    The Atrium Mall has added a new neighbor to the building, Frankie's, a coffee shop located on the main floor. Frankie's is owned by Frankie and Travis Chamberlain, a husband-wife team and were elementary school sweethearts. They have eight children and three grandchildren. Frankie Chamberlain was born in Alaska, where she owned coffee shops, and she has been a professional master barista for more than 20 years, trained in roasting and roast profiles, coffee history, brewing...

  • Creative Yogurt expands into Creative Yogurt and Coffee

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Havre locals Nicole and Andy Hanson have added another coffee stop for the public's commute to work every morning. Slight renovations have occurred within the walls of Creative Yogurt in the last couple months to make the additions to the menu. "We opened Creative Coffee Jan. 2, 2024, to add a little pizazz to our already established business, Creative Yogurt," Nicole Hanson said. "The two have so far complemented each other very nicely. Andy went above and beyond with the...

  • MAT hosts 24-Hour Play Festival

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Montana Actors’ Theatre is set to hold this year’s 24-Hour Play Festival next week. “We started holding this event in 2017, although we have missed a couple of seasons,” MAT Marketing Director Andi Daniel said. “We also ask for help with technical and logistic aspects such as helping find props and costumes,” she added. Participants sign up to be writers, directors, or actors. “We generally choose four to six writers and directors and distribute actors evenly,” Daniel said. On Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., teams will be c... Full story

  • First Lutheran hosts annual Swedish Meatball and Norwegian Lutefisk Dinner

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    The 90th Annual Norwegian Lutefisk and Swedish Meatball Dinner will take place at First Lutheran Church Saturday, Feb. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. The dinner for this event consists of fresh homemade coleslaw, fresh homemade cranberry sauce, Swedish meatballs and gravy, boiled potatoes, lutefisk, lefse and dinner rolls. The dinner will take place in the Fellowship Hall with the help of a large number of volunteers, volunteer Sue Ost said "The dinner itself is an experience," Ost...

  • MAT puts on KidsMAT in Havre schools

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Jan 19, 2024

    The local acting troupe is bringing their acting knowledge to the youth of Havre. Montana Actors' Theatre Youth Activities directors Angela Pratt and Tylyn Turner, as well as other MAT volunteers, are traveling to schools around Havre to teach children some basic acting skills. The first session was Wednesday. "We are just doing small acting workshops with the K-3 graders," Pratt said. "Workshops are free to the participants. We started last week and will continue through the...

  • Museum board meets to discuss plans for 2024

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Jan 9, 2024

    The H. Earl Clack Museum board members met Monday evening and talked about future plans for the museum. The museum will be closed for the month of January, but still open for Prehistoric Passport stamps and book sales. Hours of operation have been updated on the website. Museum and Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump Manager Caroline Tuss talked about past and future displays. “The traditional Christmas display was fairly popular with our relatively limited attendance, people really seemed to like it. Especially board members who vis...

  • Knights of Columbus provides free coats for local residents

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    Knights of Colombus 1644 Havre Council provided free coats for people in need Friday at the St. Jude Parish Center. The members said the organization wants to ensure that any member of the community is safe and warm this winter season. The Knights of Colombus consist of hundreds of members across the state of Montana, as well as nationwide and on an international basis. Steve Don is serving his second term as Grand Knight in Havre. He also served as a Grand Knight in...

  • Les Schwab Tire Center opens in Havre

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Les Schwab Tire Center has opened its doors for business in Havre with the official day of opening Dec. 6. Store Manager Trent Goslin said he has been training his crew to perform tasks such as full suspension, brakes, alignments, lift kits, lowering kits, service calls, and anything to do with tires on semi-trucks, agriculture vehicles, side-by-sides, golf carts and four wheelers. Les Schwab is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m....

  • Chinook New Year's Eve Gala brings in the new year

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Dec 15, 2023

    An upcoming New Year’s Eve Gala in Chinook to benefit the revitalization of the city swimming pool and Sweet Park will be held Dec. 31 at the Blaine County Fairgrounds Commercial Building. Heather DePriest is organizing the event, and community member Viki Tilleman will be spearheading the event as a fundraiser for Friends of the Pool and Park. All proceeds from this event will go toward the rehabilitation of the Chinook Pool and Park project. “This event is sure to be a great time with wonderful food, drinks, music and dan...

  • MAT begins run of 'Puss In Boots'

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Dec 8, 2023

    Montana Actors' Theatre is ready to perform its holiday panto, a locally written version of the classic children's tale "Puss in Boots." The run starts tonight at 7 p.m. in The Little Theatre in Montana State University-Northern's Cowan Hall. Director Angela Murri said the performance will be for all audiences, old and young, adding that the version includes many cartoon characters that take on a different storyline than in the original "Puss In Boots" story. This year, Murri...

  • Harvest Hosts and Fresno Tavern join forces to support small businesses

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    A local business has joined a group that offers recreational vehicle travelers a place to stay across the country at the cost of a yearly fee. Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts, said Fresno Tavern on U.S. Highway 2 west of Havre is now part of the network. Representatives of the tavern did not respond to requests for comment. Holland said Harvest Hosts is a network of small and local businesses, including farms, breweries, historical landmarks, and more. The project spans across America and hosts offer space to RVers to...

  • Havre Police Department hosts Shop With A Cop

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Dec 6, 2023

    The Havre Police Protective Association will be hosting again the Shop With A Cop this year for families and children in need. Last year was the first year since the COVID-19 pandemic started that the department started the event again. The police force will be taking young children to Walmart Saturday to shop for Christmas gifts, starting with breakfast at 9 a.m. The Shop With A Cop event has been held for years around Montana. The event was canceled for a few years due to CO...

  • The Eagles kicks off Community Toy Drive

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Havre Eagles Club will begin its Community Toy Drive today, helping helps families in need in the area. Candace Dess, manager of the Eagles Club, said the group wants to ensure that any family in need utilizes the options provided to the community. “The Toy Drive we set up in the back room, and all the toys will be put out,” she said. “Then we have appointments for a few days, about every 15 minutes. The parents come, and they are allowed so many gifts per kid. We give them some wrapping paper and they go home and wrap the g...

  • The Havre Kiwanis Club celebrates 100 years of service

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Nov 20, 2023

    Nov. 23, 2023, the Havre Kiwanis Club will have served 100 years in the community of Havre. Kiwanis is an international organization serving all communities of the world. The club's main goal is to provide community service and the motto is "Serving The Children Of The World." Over the years, the establishment and development of Camp Kiwanis in the park that became Beaver Creek Park in the Bear Paw Mountains stands out as one of the best projects. The campground itself has cha...

  • Fair board talks improvements and future projects

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    The Great Northern Fair Board met Tuesday evening in the fairgrounds Community Center to discuss the progress and improvements of projects at the fairgrounds. In preparation for the winter months, an appointment has been made for the water lines to be blown out. Most of the rest of fairgrounds has already been prepped and winterized. Allotted money has been set aside for the repair of the Horse Barn doors and the Bigger Better Barn doors. Brand new roofs have been installed amongst countless buildings around the fairgrounds,...

  • City council discusses Fresno Dam and St. Mary's projects

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Nov 7, 2023

    Havre City Council discussed matters regarding Fresno Dam and St. Mary's Diversion and Water Conveyance projects during its monthly meeting Monday in Havre City Hall, and to review other items on the agenda. Following roll call and the Pledge of Allegiance, Resolution No. 3895 to Adopt a Custodial Fund for the Historic Preservation Commission was approved. Noah Schagunn and Aubree Erickson were recommended and approved as probationary police officers for the Havre Police...

  • Montana's troubadour to perform in Havre

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Oct 16, 2023

    A renowned performer will be in Havre this week, as the Hi-Line Arts Council sponsors Jack Gladstone's performance in Montana State University-Northern's Little Theater. Gladstone said he will be providing his own music for the public to enjoy. "I am pleased and eager to perform for Havre schools as well as for a public presentation. My set list will contain original compositions and narratives grounded in over 40 years of inquiry, recording and performances across North...

  • MAT's production of 'Lend Me A Tenor' opens Friday

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Starting Friday, Montana Actors' Theatre will be performing its production of Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me A Tenor," directed by Grant Olson. The classic play was first produced in the 1980s and has been performed several times on Broadway. "Lend Me A Tenor" is about a general manager named Saunders who manages the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, and welcomes world-famous singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as...

  • Bitz sworn in as new City Council member

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Oct 3, 2023

    The City Council members approved Sept. 6 minutes, as well as swore in new council member Wade Bitz. Bitz takes the place of former council member Joshua Miller, who died unexpectedly of natural causes May 14 at age 32, to finish out his term this year. Bitz also was one of five people who won the upcoming City Council elections by acclamation. The council approved canceling the election, with the candidates winning by acclamation because they are running unopposed. Bitz won t...

  • Elementary students celebrate their art in Pepin Park

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Lincoln-McKinley Primary School students helped decorate Pepin Park's bathrooms this month with local artist Madison Ruff, and the students gathered at Pepin Park to admire the finished product and enjoyed a well-deserved ice cream treat Monday afternoon. Sponsors for the ice cream event were Stockman Bank, Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods, McLean's Grocery Store and Hill County Printing. Stockman Bank provided the money supplied to run the event. Gary & Leo's donated bowls, spoons,...

  • Festival Days celebrates 130 years of community

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Sep 18, 2023

    Havre Festival Days again brought a weekend of fun and events, filling the town with activities from Friday through Sunday. This year's theme focused on the anniversary of Havre's incorporation as a town in 1893, Celebrating 130 Years of Community. The festival again brought long-standing favorites, like the parade that has been held every year Festival Days has happened since it started in 1980, and the Kiwanis Pancake Feed, which actually started three decades earlier, as...

  • MAT producing Death By Chocolate Saturday

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Sep 15, 2023

    One of the bigger events of Montana Actors' Theatre season is coming up next week - its annual Death By Chocolate seasonal fundraiser and gala. Andi Daniel will be directing this year's Death By Chocolate production. The theme for the production will be "Thank You Very Much Ship." The scenario was created and written by Morgaine Evans-Lomayesva. MAT Executive Director Jay Pyette said he wants the public to know to expect something new with this year's play. "Every year we try...

  • Clack Museum Board discusses changes for museum

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    The H. Clack Museum Board members met Monday evening to discuss new and unfinished business for the museum. The board also welcomed new member Dave Martens to the board, and a vote to change the number of board members from seven to nine was approved. As of Labor Day, the Buffalo Jump is closed to the public for the upcoming winter season. They still have appointments for some schools to view the Jump before they close the site down for the winter. The Wahkpa Chu'gn sign has...

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