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  • Hi-Line Living: Reserve officers protect and serve in Havre

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 27, 2020

    A long-standing program at the Havre Police Department is the reserve officer program, a program in which volunteers in the community don the badge of a police officer and work to assist officers in their duties and keeping the community safe. "We can never have too much help," Havre Police Department Senior Patrolman and School Resource Officer Jordan Chroniger said. "We are a smaller community, we are a smaller department and the demographics of the area can prove challengin...

  • Havre Nice Day: Life's a funny little thing

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 25, 2020

    Life’s a funny thing sometimes. Sometimes it’s good, others it’s bad and at times it pulls you in several directions at once. Six years ago, while driving across the country, I passed through a small town way up in northern Montana, driving from Missoula to Washington, D.C., to see some old friends. The small town that I passed through was Havre. I remember very little of Havre; mostly I remember passing by the train yard and thinking of old rail bums with unshaven faces and small packs slung over their shoulder. Rail bums...

  • Williams stumps in Havre for U.S. House seat

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 21, 2020

    Former state Rep. Kathleen Williams, D-Bozeman, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, was in Havre Thursday for a meet and greet event and spoke about her campaign. The seat is held by U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., who announced last year he would not be running for re-election in the House but will be running for governor of Montana. Since he announced his campaign for governor, a number of Republicans and Democrats across the state have announced their...

  • Olszewski looks to bring new attitude, focus to governor's office

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 21, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version corrects that Olszewski is an orthopedic surgeon. Being born and raised in Montana, said state Sen. Al Olszewki, R-Kalispel, he knows the state well, and, with his life-long experiences and work, can make a positive difference as governor. "What I see is we need a governor that's really going to work hard to protect Montanans from our own government and that's to regain management and control over the agencies and make sure that they also follow t...

  • Fox says building strategies to improve the state if elected governor

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 20, 2020

    Since he announced his candidacy for governor last year, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said he has been working to develop a number of plans for the state and bring changes that benefit everyone within the state. "It's important, I think, that we engage all Montanans and put things out there for people to know not only who we are, what we stand for and what we are suggesting, but allow them the opportunity to chime in, too," he said. Fox was in Havre Sunday for the annual...

  • City hears updates on Boulevard Avenue water main replacement

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 19, 2020

    Havre Public Works Director Dave Peterson gave Havre City Council an update Tuesday on a number of public works projects, including the Bullhook Storm Drain Project and a project to replace the water main in Boulevard Avenue. The Boulevard Avenue project is set to replace the water main and upsize the line to create redundancy for the city's water main serving the Highland Park area of the city, Peterson said. The city is trying to finish the project in the Highland Park...

  • Committee proposes changing City Council meetings, putting charter government on ballot

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 19, 2020

    The Havre City Council Ordinance Committee approved two proposals Tuesday, changing how City Council holds its monthly meetings and changing the form of Havre's government, and the proposals were sent to the city attorney for review. Mayor Tim Solomon brought up during a December council meeting the idea of changing the City Council meetings from twice a month to once a month due to a regularly low number of agenda items on the city's agenda. He said during Tuesday's...

  • Morigeau stumps for state auditor in Havre

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 19, 2020

    Democratic state auditor candidate Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, was in Havre Saturday alongside Democratic candidate Raph Graybill, who is running for attorney general, meeting with people and discussing the biggest issues facing the state. "We can sit here and we look at documents and papers, but that doesn't really mean anything if you're actually not out talking with actual Montanans or worrying about them and the issues they are facing," Morigeau said. State Auditor...

  • Nicol looks to improve insurance if elected as state auditor

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 18, 2020

    Havre saw a busy weekend for politics including nearly two dozen Republican candidates speaking at the annual Hill County Reagan-Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser Sunday. Republican candidate for state auditor Nelly Nicol of Billings was one of the speakers at the event, and she also came in to give an interview to the Havre Daily News. Editor's note: Watch for more articles about candidates who came to Havre in upcoming editions of the Havre Daily News. Nicol is running for the...

  • Attorney general candidate Graybill talks about health care issues

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 18, 2020

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's chief legal counsel Raph Graybill of Helena, who is running as a Democratic candidate in the state attorney general race, spoke in Havre Saturday alongside state Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, who is running for state auditor. "The attorney general's job is really a check on power," Graybill said during an interview. "It's a check on runaway government power and it's a check on runaway private economic power. And when you get that impulse that...

  • Third generation of Tweetens deals with cars in Havre

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 17, 2020

    Editor's note: This version includes the corrections listed in Friday's edition of The Havre Daily News. Hank Tweeten's Auto Body, also known as Hammer'n Hank's, has been a long-standing family owned and operated business in Havre with Hank Tweeten saying it always has worked to provide fair and honest work for its customers and the community. Hank Tweeten's Auto Body has also been a long-time supporter of Havre and the surrounding area, former owner Hank Tweeten said. He...

  • Wicks campaigns for Hill County Commission

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 17, 2020

    Republican candidate Mark Wicks of Hill County is running for the Hill County Commission seat held by Democrat Mike Wendland. "Our end of the county is really getting left behind, and I kind of decided that most of the county is probably in the same shape and I want to make sure that everyone in the county gets represented," Wicks said. Wicks ran as a Libertarian in 2017 for the U.S. House and as a Republican for the Public Service Commission in 2018. Wendland has not yet...

  • Hi-Line Living: Continuing tradition at Fort Belknap with the fiddle and jig

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 15, 2020

    The fiddle and jig event at the Mid-Winter Fair on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is something personal and special to many people on the reservation, with the event spanning across several generations and the tradition stretching far back into their heritage. Many of the people at the fiddle and jig event Friday were there because of family and the pride of their culture. Young and old gathered together for the event, listening to music and dancing. "It's a part of us," volu...

  • Tester talks impeachment trials, veteran mental health care and infrastructure

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 14, 2020

    U.S. Sen. Jon Tester discussed a number of issues facing the state and the country Thursday during a press conference, including the impeachment trials and the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. Tester said that with the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trials against President Donald Trump, following his impeachment by the House for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, he stands by his vote to impeach the president....

  • Republican Ed Hill starts new chapter of his life with campaign for House District 28

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 14, 2020

    Havre Public School Board member Ed Hill has recently thrown his hat into the race for House District 28, filing last Thursday as a Republican candidate for the election. "It's just a new chapter in my life," he said. Hill will be squaring off against Democrat Krystal Steinmetz in the race for House District 28, which is now held by Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, who is not running for re-election. Hill said he was born and raised in Havre and has lived in Havre for most of...

  • Future of economic development discussed in Havre

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 12, 2020

    Representatives of a number of local businesses gathered Tuesday at Bear Paw Development to discuss the effectiveness of the state’s existing economic development program and programs, incentives or initiatives may be needed in the future. Bear Paw Development Executive Director Paul Tuss said the NextGen Economics meeting is part of a push to look to the future. “It’s a statewide initiative to really focus on what does the next generation of economic development programs look like,” he said. “What are the hurdles we have i...

  • Fort Belknap continues half-a-century tradition with Mid-Winter Fair

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 10, 2020

    For the Fort Belknap community, the Mid-Winter Fair is a long-standing tradition, spanning more than five decades. "It's tradition," event volunteer Robert Fox said Friday during the Fiddle and Jig event. He added that he has been volunteering at the Mid-Winter Fair for the past 25 years, helping in a variety of ways and helping organize the event. He said that the event started because the community needed something during the winter that people could attend. During the winte...

  • Candidates listed for Rocky Boy special election to fill vacant seat

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 10, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version corrects the name of candidate Tim Koop Sr. In January the Chippewa Cree Business Committee by resolution declared a position on the Business Committee vacant, shortly after the after the unexpected death of former Chippewa Cree Business Committee member Mike Corcoran, and directed the Chippewa Cree Tribal Election Board to call for a special election to fill his seat. The special election for the Business Committee position will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 23 candidates have filed a petition a...

  • Could U.S. Supreme Court impact Havre's St. Jude's school?

    Derek Hann Rachel Jamieson and Tim Leeds|Updated Feb 7, 2020

    While the U.S. Supreme Court continues to deliberate on a Montana lawsuit that could change the environment of church and state in America, the head of a local parochial school said he does not know what it will mean to his and other religious schools. "The initial impact, really nothing at all," said Mike Haugen, principal of St. Jude Thaddeus School, Havre's private Catholic school. "It's kind of a wait-and-see with what the Supreme Court decides, and then it's really in...

  • Hill sets up general election race vs. Steinmetz in Bachmeier's district

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 7, 2020

    Havre Public School board member Ed Hill of Havre filed Thursday as a Republican candidate for House District 28, which is currently held by Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, in the upcoming election. Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line Marketing and Events Director Krystal Steinmetz of Havre previously filed as a Democratic Candidate for the election shortly after Bachmeier announced he would not be running for re-election. Watch for more about Hill’s candidacy in a future edition of The Havre Daily News. The House district essent...

  • Documentary on culture of Fort Belknap tribes hitting major film festivals

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 6, 2020

    A number of Harlem High School students have come together in an extracurricular group, Milk River Productions, for the past couple of years making student films, most recently releasing the film "Looking Forward From Yesterday." A documentary made by a group of Harlem High School students is on its way to two film festivals. "Looking Forward From Yesterday" will be featured in this year's Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula and the Future Forward Film Festival in...

  • Council approves Scout week, grant for Eagles Manor planning

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 4, 2020

    Havre City Council unanimously approved the mayor issuing a proclamation declaring the week of Feb. 9-15 as National Scouts BSA week. "The Boy Scouts of America has served American youth since 1910, and the aims of the scouting program are fitness, character development and citizenship, Scout BSA Troop 1438 member Jackson Siemens said. "... The Havre units consistently contribute hundreds of service hours each year throughout a variety of projects." Siemens asked the council...

  • Graybill stumps in Chinook in attorney general race

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 4, 2020

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's chief legal counsel Raph Graybill of Helena, who is running as a Democratic candidate in the state attorney general race, spoke in Chinook Monday about his campaign and some of the issues facing Montana. "Right now, we have an attorney general that, often times, when the stakes are highest, won't get involved and won't go to court to fight for us, and as I look at the attorney general's job, the most important thing the attorney general can do as...

  • Decades-old tradition again brings delicacy to Havre

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 3, 2020

    Hundreds of people from the region came to Havre Saturday for the annual Swedish Meatball and Norwegian Lutefisk Dinner at First Lutheran Church. The dinner holds a special place in Havre traditions, and after 87 years, holds a special place in many people's hearts because of the fellowship, culture and food. "If you have been around Havre long enough, you realize that Havre among a very giving community, and they pull together when organizations or individuals are in need,...

  • Schreiner ends gubernatorial campaign, Fox files

    Derek Hann|Updated Feb 3, 2020

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Casey Schreiner of Great Falls, the state House minority leader, announced this morning he is suspending his campaign. Schreiner said he has taken his message across the state and will continue to fight for his values in the race, but he does not have the resources to continue his campaign. “It’s time for us all to get behind the candidate that has the best chance of winning and promoting our shared values come November,” Schreiner said in a video posted on his Facebook page. His announcemen...

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