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 By Patrick Johnston    Local 

Merril Lundman VA Clinic's new location sees low-key opening

The new location of the Merril Lundman Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic officially opened Wednesday and was paid a visit by Montana VA Medical Center Director Dr. Judy Hayman, who said she was excited for the... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local 

Health board hopes any surge in COVID cases can be contained

Hill County Public Health Director Kim Larson said a good chance exists that the recent rescinding of statewide public health mandates by Gov. Greg Gianforte will result in a surge in cases, but couldn’t speak to its severity... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Plans for 2021 Great Northern Fair moving forward amid uncertainty

Great Northern Fair Board Chair Bobbie Dolphay said plans for the 2021 Great Northern Fair are moving forward under the assumption that the fair will happen, but COVID-19 remains a wild card. Dolphay said the decision about... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Two-vehicle crash results in one death, one injury

Local officials have released the name of a Havre woman who died in a crash east of Havre Monday afternoon. Loretta Park, 73, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

No local restrictions planned in wake of Gianforte changes

In the wake of Gov. Gianforte rescinding most of Montana’s COVID-19 related public health mandates, Hill County Public Health Director and Health Officer Kim Larson said the county will not create any local mandates to replace... — Updated 1/18/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Health Officer provides update on local COVID-19 situation

Hill County Public Health Director and Health Officer Kim Larson provided an update on many aspects of how COVID-19 is being handled in the community, and answered a few common questions. She said even with the vaccine rolling out,... — Updated 1/16/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

New Havre VA clinic shows impressive capabilities

The Merril Lundman Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic's new location is less than a week from opening, on Inauguration Day, and features a myriad of improvements over... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Frickel named county fire warden

Hill County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Amanda Frickel was named as County Fire Warden at the Hill County Commission’s weekly business meeting Thursday. Hill County Commissioner Diane McLean said she received... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Tester calls for consequences for President Trump's enablers in congress

Montana’s senior senator said Wednesday that members of Congress who objected to certifying the results of the presidential election should have to face the consequences. “If you do stupid stuff, you should make amends, and... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Gianforte rescinds most COVID-19 mandates

At a press conference Wednesdsay afternoon, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced a revision to the COVID-19 mandates of his predecessor that effectively eliminates any restrictions on... — Updated 1/14/2021


Sen. Tester tours new VA clinic in Havre

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester D-Mont. visited the soon-to-be-opened Merril Lundman VA Clinic at the Holiday Village Mall Wednesday, and said it is an impressive facility that will make local veterans proud. The new clinic is nearly three... — Updated 1/14/2021


Gianforte rescinds most COVID-19 mandates

At a press conference this afternoon Gov. Greg Gianforte announced a revision to the COVID-19 mandates of his predecessor that effectively eliminates any restrictions on gathering... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

2020 Red Kettle brings in more than expected, less than hoped for

2020 was a successful year for Salvation Army Havre in terms of fundraising, but despite that success, 2021 may prove a difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the demand for their services increases. Social Services... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

LAC discusses uses of grant funds to increase mental health awareness

Hill County Behavioral Health Local Advisory Council members discussed plans for a $20,000 grant received by the county from the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human... — Updated 1/12/2021


Clack Museum board tables discussion of reopening

The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board, which hasn’t met since September due to COVID-19, met Monday evening to discuss the possibility of reopening the museum, but voted unanimously to table the matter due to the evolving... — Updated 1/12/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

HRDC's Christmas food baskets see huge demand during pandemic

District 4 Human Resources and Development Council’s Christmas food baskets appear to have been as successful as their Thanksgiving baskets, with both seeing massively increased demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Food Bank... — Updated 1/11/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Gianforte releases budget, addresses attack on the capitol building

At a press conference Thursday Gov. Greg Gianforte presented his state budget for the coming biennium which includes $100 million in reduced government spending, and addressed the a... — Updated 1/9/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Commission puts out call for county board members

The Hill County Commissions has announced that 14 seats are available on various county boards and while some are being reapplied for by their previous holders, the commission is looking for people interested in serving on those... — Updated 1/8/2021


Pro-Trump protesters storm Electoral College vote confirmation, senators evacuated

Pro-Donald Trump protesters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Wednesday, interrupting a joint congressional hearing to count and confirm the electoral college’s votes in the 2020 General Election that resulted... — Updated 1/7/2021


Pro-Trump protesters interrupt electoral vote confirmation hearing

Pro-Trump protesters have stormed the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. interrupting a congressional hearing to confirm the electoral college's votes in the 2020 General Election that resulted President-elect Joe Biden's... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Gov. Gianforte's changes to vaccine distribution plan draw criticism

Gov. Greg Gianforte, in the first press conference of his term, announced changes to the state's vaccine distribution program, expanding Phase 1B to include Montanans older the age... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Officials looking at action on Golden Spike's COVID-19 non-compliance

The Hill County Health Department is exploring legal action against Havre bar The Golden Spike for deliberate and repeated violation of Gov. Steve Bullock's public health mandates.... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Beaver Creek Park weathered 2020 remarkably well

Beaver Creek Park Superintendent Chad Edgar said, in spite of all that happened, 2020 was a great year for Beaver Creek Park especially when it came to park permits. “We sold well over a record number of park permits last... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Feeding deer officially banned in Havre

The Havre City Council unanimously passed a number of resolutions and ordinances at its monthly meeting Monday evening, including the second reading of an ordinance banning feeding deer inside city limits. Havre Mayor Tim Solomon... — Updated 1/5/2021

 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Daines joins senators calling for election investigation

Sen. Steve Daines R-Mont., has announced his intention to join some of his fellow senators to reject electors from swing states on Wednesday's vote to certify the results of the... — Updated 1/4/2021


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