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  • Mayor wants to downgrade Havre to Class 2 city

    John Kelleher|Updated Jul 5, 2016

    City Council will be asked tonight to make Havre a Class 2 city under state law, changing its decades-old status as a Class 1 city. While some say the vote is a routine matter acknowledging what is already a fact, others say it is a thinly veiled attempt to curtail city firefighting services and a subtle admission that the city’s best days are behind it. Under Montana law, cities with a population of more than 10,000 are Class 1 cities. Havre had more than 10,000 people until the 2000 Census, when it slipped below the l... Full story

  • Marching band heads to DC for parade

    John Kelleher, Havre Daily News|Updated Jul 5, 2016

    Havre High School marching band members boarded a bus this morning to take them to Spokane, Washington. From there, they will fly to Washington, D.C., where they will tour the city and represent Montana in Monday's National Independence Day Parade. The Havre Daily News has asked select band members to write small journal entries each day on how they feel as they go through this amazing experience. The paper will post the entries at and on the Havr...

  • National spotlight shines on Havre High band

    John Kelleher|Updated Jul 5, 2016

    Crowds estimated at more than 100,000 people watched as the Havre High School Marching Band paraded Monday through downtown Washington. The band had raised money to pay for their trip to the nation’s capital after they were shocked earlier this year to learn that they had been nominated by Gov. Steve Bullock to represent Montana and selected by the national committee to march in the National Independence Day Parade. The band members were decked out in new uniforms for the fest...

  • Facts about July 4 parade in Washington, D.C.

    John Kelleher|Updated Jul 5, 2016

    In response to questions from readers, here is what we have been able to find out about the July 4th parade in Washington, D.C. — Havre Daily News A delayed broadcast of the parade will be available online Monday evening at 2016 participating bands • Beggs H.S. Band of Demons, OK • Cloverdale H.S. Emerald Command, IN • Drury H.S. Marching Band, MA • Elk Grove Marching Grenadiers, IL • Fountain Lake Cobra Band, AR • Hamburg Area H.S. Marching Band, PA • Havre H.S. Marching Band, MT • Jero... Full story

  • Havre 4th of July celebration set in Pepin Park

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 30, 2016

    What started out as two brothers putting on a picnic for people who had nothing else to do July Fourth has turned into a massive community party. More than 1,500 people are expected to be on hand Monday for the 15th annual Havre Fourth of July Festival at Pepin Park. Bands will perform. There will be face-painting for the kids. Hots dogs and hamburgers will be served. Gift baskets will be raffled off. And mostly, there will be friendship and a sense of community as people gather to celebrate Independence Day. Sherri...

  • Hearing planned on city manager proposal

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 28, 2016

    The public will get its chance to say what it feels about the proposed city manager form of government at a public hearing, 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Havre City Hall. The Government Study Commission adopted a tentative report Monday night that outlined the panel’s decision to call for a change of government. The commission is in favor of replacing the present mayor-council form of government with a commission-manager system. The tentative report will be placed on the study commission's Facebook page. Under the proposal, the...

  • Walking while wet to fight Williams Syndrome

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 27, 2016

    It was still sunny out when walkers took off on their trek north of Havre's 3rd Avenue. The walkers were trying to raise funds and raise awareness about Williams Syndrome. They started out at Town Square. The sky to the north and west was threatening, and the walkers knew they stood a chance of getting drenched, but they walked in good spirits. At the start of the parade was Keeley Wilson, the 17-year-old who has Williams Syndrome and is the inspiration for the walkers. She...

  • Rain doesn't slow down the fun at the Blaine County Cruise

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 27, 2016

    Marvin Potter of Harlem stood proudly next to his 1985 Corvair in the parking lot at the Hill County Weigh Station at U.S. highways 2 and 87 Saturday morning. It was cold and rainy, the coldest and rainiest in the six-year history of the Blaine County Cruise. But Potter was chipper as he talked about his love of cars, especially older ones. Adorning his Corvair were two American flags that are on his car at all times, he said. He's had flags on his car since Sept. 11, 2001,...

  • Search on for man in Fresno Reservoir

    John Kelleher, Paul Dragu|Updated Jun 27, 2016

    Police and a hundred volunteers are searching for Jerry Donoven, a Havre man who went missing in Fresno Reservoir Friday. The search was concentrated Sunday at Kremlin Bay. Donoven was last seen Thursday, and friends became concerned when they didn't see him on Friday. His boat was found in the water, but there was no sign of him. Divers from Hill County Search and Rescue volunteers were taking part in the effort were Hill County Sheriff’s Deputies, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officers and representatives of the U.S. B... Full story

  • Funds for the community

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 25, 2016

    It's hard to walk down any main throughfare in Havre and not see some project that has been affected by the James Sleeter Charitable Trust. From the Welcome to Havre sign on the west side to Town Square in the heart of the city to the city's skateboard park, to the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump, the Sleeter trust has donated matching funds to get projects off the ground. It provided funds to the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, North Havre Park, the bridge at Rotary Pond, the...

  • Artists, gardeners combine talents for show

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 24, 2016

    Five of the best gardeners in Havre are combining forces with some of the best artists to put on the Havre Art Association’s Art in the Garden on Sunday. Five finely decorated yards will display work by some of Havre’s bests artists. For $5 people can tour the five yards and see the art. One ticket will be drawn at the end of the day and the winner will get to select a piece of artwork from a special selection of artwork at one of the gardens. The art show runs 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds go back into the community for sch...

  • City reviews trailers parked on streets

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 23, 2016

    City of Havre officials are looking at changing regulations for parking campers and recreational vehicles on city streets. City officials say they are hearing complaints both from neighborhood residents who don’t want so many trailers parked on the streets and from camper owners who think the present limit of 48 hours is not enough. “The number of trailers has just exploded,” said Dave Peterson,the city’s director of public works. As the number has multiplied, the problem too has gotten greater, officials said at Monday...

  • Havre Police Department sets Citizens Police Academy

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 23, 2016

    The Havre Police Department will run an eight-week Citizens Police Academy to let residents know about the inner working of the department. Police Chief Gabe Matosich said the program will answer questions like: What is it like to be a patrol officer? Or do police solve a homicide in an hour like they do on television?’ The class will meet once a week for eight weeks starting Wednesday, July 27. Each class will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be an optional weekend event and perhaps a ride-along with a Havre patrol o...

  • Salvation Army in crisis, looks for donations

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 22, 2016

    The Salvation Army’s Havre Service Center is in dire need of money because it is swamped with people needing help. That’s the word from Trina Crawford, director of the Havre Service Center. She said there has been a sharp increase in the number of people who are homeless, are on the verge of being evicted or are in need of food. The agency’s budget for the month has been depleted, she said, and unless money is forthcoming soon, they may have to turn people away. She said many of the people in need fall into the same categ...

  • Commission looks at changing form of city government

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 22, 2016

    The city of Havre has basically been operating under the same form of government since it was formed in 1893. That system is not capable of handling the complex issues faced by the city government today, the city’s Government Study Commission has concluded. Those comments are included in a preliminary report to the community that the commission is preparing. The commission reviewed the proposed document Tuesday night and hopes to finalize it at a 7 p.m. Monday at city hall. The commission is proposing that Havre establish a...

  • Boys & Girls Club eyes building rehab

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 21, 2016

    The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line is a step closer to receiving a grant to rehabilitate its building on 1st Street. The Havre City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Tim Solomon to apply for a grant of up to $425,000 from the Montana Commerce Department. Krista Solomon, executive director of the HELP Committee which oversees the club, said the completion of the building expansion means that the staff no longer has to turn young people away — there is room for everyone who wants to participate. But now the club has to tu...

  • Storm not as bad as feared

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 21, 2016

    As the area approaches the first anniversary of the July 4 hail and windstorm that caused millions of dollars of damage to the area, there were predictions over the weekend that another storm might be headed to the region. The National Weather Service Friday warned that there would be severe thunderstorms and hail, but, for the most part, Hill County avoided the storms. Areas to the east did sustain wind damage. Saturday night, winds up to 50 mph hit Loma in Chouteau County, headed northeast to the Parker School community on...

  • Relay raises funds, hope for cancer battle

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 20, 2016

    The Survivors Walk at the annual American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is always one of the most solemn and inspiring events of the night. Purple T-shirt-clad survivors walk around the track at Havre High School as inspirational music is played and the names are read off as they walk. It was that way Friday night. Some people walked briskly, others slowly. One was in a wheelchair. "This track is longer than it was last year," one woman said, laughing. But one participant...

  • Strong to severe thunderstorms, large hail expected

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 18, 2016

    The National Weather Service is predicting strong to severe thunderstorms over northcentral Montana between 4 and 9 p.m. today. Hardest hit are likely to be Hill and Blaine counties, the weather service predicts. Strong winds,, heavy rain and hail larger than golf balls are possible in Hill and Blaine counties, the weather service predicts. There will be frequent lightning and a tornado is possible, the weather service said. “With numerous summer outdoor activities planned for today, event organizers should be prepared for t... Full story

  • Father's Day Fishing Derby set for Sunday

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 17, 2016

    The annual Havre Rotary Club’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby will take place Sunday at Rotary Pond in Beaver Creek Park. The event will include contests for children 10 and under younger 11 to 15 in boys and girls divisions. Prize medals will be handed out at the end of the derby. Refreshments will be served, and hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold. Registration will begin at noon, and the derby starts at 1 p.m. There are no fees to fish. Montana state fishing regulations will be followed. Fish have been planted by Montana Fis...

  • Relay for Life happens tonight

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 17, 2016

    Tears and cheers usually happen simultaneously at the North Central Montana Relay for Life. It's likely to be that way again tonight as the largest anti-cancer program in the area takes place at the track at Havre High School. Money raised will go to the American Cancer Society to fund research and assist families of people with cancer. The program begins at 6 p.m., but there will be a barbecue at 5 p.m., said Jalyn Keighley of the American Cancer Society. At 6 p.m., there...

  • Havre has it for kids, too

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 17, 2016

    Young people often spend the school year waiting for summer vacation, but when it comes they end up singing the refrain "there's nothing to do." That should not be the case in Havre. Havre organizations offer an array of things for young people to take part in during the summer, starting with the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line. The club is holding its annual summer program for members from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Along with educational activities, the club has...

  • Walk will help fight Williams Syndrome

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 15, 2016

    In her 17 years, Keeley Wilson has endured the problems of Williams Syndrome. She has limited speech and has developmental difficulties. But Keeley has maintained her upbeat look on life. Nothing makes her happier, though, than talking about two events that will raise money for the Williams Syndrome Association a group that enriches the lives of individuals and families affected by Williams Syndrome. Thursday, people who buy food at Pizza Hut can tell the server they support...

  • Man donates for Wildcat spirit in memoriam

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 15, 2016

    Michael Westergard got some quizzical looks from people on the street as he drove down 1st St. in Havre on Monday. His truck was hauling an 8-foot tall, 9-foot wide bronze sculpture of wildcat standing on a log. The sculpture honors the high school sports teams of Westergard's adopted hometown of Plentywood. He was hauling the sculpture from Kalispell, where he put on the finishing touches, back to Plentywood, where it will be placed on the lawn of Plentywood High School. It...

  • Havre city manager plan faces commission vote next week

    John Kelleher|Updated Jun 15, 2016

    The Havre Study Commission plans to adopt a tentative report calling for a city manager form of government at its meeting Tuesday. The plan would create a seven-member City Commission to replace the present eight-member City Council. One member would be elected from each ward, two would be elected at-large and a mayor with substantially less authority would have voting powers on council. The commission would hire a professional city manager. After the three-member Study Commission formally adopts the tentative plan, a public...

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