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 By George Fergson    Local    May 29, 2020

Summer outlook: It could be a hot one

After two historically bad one’s, the winter of 2019-2020 was anything but. In Havre, temperatures were more than seven degrees above normal from Dec. 1 to Feb. 29, while a meager 13 inches of snow fell in that same timeframe. By Havre standards,...

 
 By George Fergson    Opinion    May 22, 2020

From the Fringe … Thank you Class of 2020, for giving us a future

What hasn’t COVID-19 changed? What life hasn’t the coronavirus altered in some way, shape or form? The answers to those questions are simple. We know, it has changed everything. We know the virus has touched us all in some way. And that is...

 
 By George Fergson    Opinion    May 15, 2020

From the Fringe … : Opening nationals parks is needed but complicated for Montana

We’ve learned a lot about coronavirus in the last couple of months, including how to slow it down, even. But, perhaps the most important thing we’ve learned thus far is, it’s not going away. So, given that, the virus is here to stay for the...

 
 By George Fergson    Opinion    May 8, 2020

From the Fringe: We really, need to salute and thank our teachers, now more than ever

Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s always one I try to remember. After all, I have a lot of teachers in the family, and, being a coach for the last 18 years, I not only know about every teacher in our district, but I pretty much feel like one too....

 
 By George Fergson    Local    May 7, 2020

April showers? More like snow showers

Summer is coming, even if spring hasn’t completely felt like spring. And, certainly, April didn’t feel like spring. Earlier this week, the National Weather Service in Great Falls released its April weather summary, as well as a summer for...

 
 By George Fergson    Opinion    May 1, 2020

From the Fringe … It's up to us to make sure kids get the chance to return to school

Allow me to sound like broken record for a few minutes. But, I promise, it’s for a good cause. Last week, I wrote a column imploring residents of Havre and Hill County, and really, residents of humanity, to continue following the basic guidelines...

 
 By George Fergson    Local    April 27, 2020

A true Blue Pony says goodbye

Dennis Murphy once said an emotional goodbye to what was a brilliant career coaching girls basketball. But, as tough as that day was for Murphy, it wasn't the end of his journey in education....

 

From the Fringe:Now more than ever, it's our job to protect our local health care workers

So, we’re going to start to open back up. That’s the announcement by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Wednesday, though, Bullock did ultimately leave all decisions on opening, or not opening, the services in his Phase I up to counties and cities and...

 
 By George Fergson    Local    April 23, 2020

Kegel talks about quarantine, decision making during pandemic

So many people around the country over the last couple of months have had the same experience. They get a phone call telling them they've been in contact with someone who has tested positive for... Full story

 

From the Fringe: Hey forecasters, we sure could use some good news right now

We all know spring weather can be rough around these parts. And April has been exactly that. This month has been rough.  Because it can be so bad, often times, we want to “kill the messenger” so to speak when it comes to meteorologists and...

 
 By George Fergson    Local    April 16, 2020

COVID-19 cancels first Bear Paw Marathon

Like so many other sporting events in 2020, the first-ever Bear Paw Marathon is over before it ever started. Wednesday, the Havre Chamber of Commerce announced through a press release that the 2020 Bear Paw Marathon, set to be run on June 6, was... Full story

 
 By George Fergson    Local    April 10, 2020

Don't put your shovels away just yet - Winter isn't over

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has Havre, the Hi-Line, and much of north- and south-central Montana under either a winter weather advisory or a winter storm warning. For Hill and Blaine...

 

From the Fringe: My birthday during lockdown …

Stress is something we all deal with. But, the type of stress we’re going through right now is unprecedented. So, with that in mind, I promise that what I’m about to say is not coming from any place other than that of genuine concern for all of...

 
 By George Fergson    Local    April 3, 2020

Area sees record cold set two weeks into spring

It's Havre. So of course the town breaks a record related to cold, even though spring began more than two weeks ago. Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Havre set its all-time low for the day when the temperature at the Havre-Hill County Airport...

 
 By George Fergson    Local    March 31, 2020

Updated: Winter weather expected to return to region

As of Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Havre and Hill County as well as a Winter Storm Warning for Blaine County. The NWS says that a possible 4-6 inches of snow is expected to fall...

 

From the Fringe … Havre Daily accepts the challenge of fighting COVID-19

It’s been said often in the last few weeks that we’re in a battle with the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. And while it took a little while longer, the battlefront has arrived in Montana, and even here in Hill County. And, with Montana... Full story

 
 By George Fergson    Local    March 24, 2020

It's official: Winter was mild

Officially, winter is over. But in Havre, is it really ever over for good? That's the question everyone wants to know as spring has sprung. Of course, Havre and much of Montana got a big gasp of winte...

 

Lights punch tickets to nationals

The Cascade Conference Championships are tough. And the Montana State University-Northern wrestling team knows just how tough. Last weekend in California, the No. 20 Lights got a champion, placed...

 

Harlem star Brad Cichosz sets new state scoring record

Harlem's Brad Cichosz has already had a special senior year, but it just got more special. Cichosz won a state championship in cross country in the fall. And even before Saturday night, his senior...

 

Rivalry Twist: Lights, Argos put on a show in Billings

BILLINGS - The final score was not what the Montana State University-Northern Lights were after. But the bigger result was. On the eve of the 2020 All-Class State Wrestling Tournament, fans and high...

 

Winter likely to set in for real in January

As much snow as the Havre area has seen in an unusual fall, this region probably haven't seen anything yet. Though the Winter Solstice officially begins Saturday, Havre and surrounding areas, as well...

 

Per usual, local Cat-Griz fans sticking to their side of Montana's Great Divide

It so many ways, Havre is unique. In many ways, it's unlike anywhere else in Montana. However, there is one way in which Havre is no different than pretty much every town in Montana minus Missoula...

 

Parker Filius off to a strong start

Now in his second varsity season at NCAA Division I Purdue, former Havre Blue Pony great Parker Filius is off to an outstanding start. Filius, who wrestles at 141 pounds for the Boilermakers this...

 

Back on the Mat: Lights host Knights

The Montana State University-Northern Lights enjoy wrestling in the friendly confines of the Armory Gymnasium. And the Lights are already off to a 1-0 start in home duals. But the Lights will really...

 

Brawl of the Wild tailgate party set in Havre

For one Saturday in November all across the Treasure State, communities come together, though divided, to watch the annual game between the Montana Grizzlies and Montana State Bobcats. Yes, in bars, homes and just about anywhere there’s a...

 

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