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 By Patrick Johnston    Local 

House lost to fire Thursday

Havre Fire Department has given a report this morning on a trailer house on the 1500 block of Washington Avenue burning down in a fire Thursday morning. No one from the fire departm... — Updated 7/30/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local 

Sivertsen removed from fair board, Chair Heitzenroder resigns

The Hill County Commission voted 2-0 to remove Bob Sivertsen from the Hill County Fair Board and accepted the resignation of Fair Board Chair Josh Heitzenroder at their weekly... — Updated 7/30/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

St. Mary working group discusses funding, drought conditions and water infrastructure

Editor’s note: This version adds comments from the office of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Members of the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group met Wednesday to discuss possible funding sources for improvements and repairs to the... — Updated 7/30/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Blaine County implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions

Blaine County will move into Stage 1 fire restrictions Friday at 12:01 a.m. after another week of dangerous drought conditions and fires. The announcement was made during a regional fire call Tuesday morning. The restrictions... — Updated 7/28/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

School board approves substitute teacher pay raise

The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved a raise in substitute teacher pay at a meeting Tuesday afternoon. Superintendent Craig Mueller said he thinks this increase in pay in the right thing to do and hopes... — Updated 7/28/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

4-H reports fair events 'incredibly successful'

By all accounts, 4-H's activities at this year's Great Northern Fair were incredibly successful, from the students presentations to the shows and the livestock sale, practically... — Updated 7/27/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Fair board member accused of inappropriate and threatening actions

Multiple employees of the Great Northern Fairgrounds have publicly accused Fair Board member Bob Sivertsen of inappropriate and threatening behavior including trying to trap... — Updated 7/26/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

After successful fair, board meeting turns chaotic

In the wake of a successful Great Northern Fair, a meeting of the Hill County Fair Board Thursday served as a listening session for members of the public, mainly people who worked at the fair, to voice their concerns, criticism... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Hill County Commission approves new board appointments, fire restrictions now in effect

In their weekly business meeting Thursday, the Hill County Commission announced recent local board appointments and resignations, as well as approving a number of budget adjustments and discussing current fire restrictions. The... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

County officials hear of fire and smoke danger

Hill County Disaster and Emergency Aid Services Coordinator Amanda Frickel provided an update on local and state wildfire activity in a meeting of Hill County Officials Wednesday, as well as new fire restrictions going into effect... — Updated 7/22/2021 Full story

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

General sign-up for expanded CRP ends Friday

Editor’s note: Watch for more on this in the next Hi-Line Farm and Ranch special section. Conservation Reserve Program General sign-up ends Friday, sign-up for a program that has recently expanded its benefits for agriculture... — Updated 7/22/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

A perfect storm dries up hay supply

North-central Montana is in the midst of a serious hay shortage, the result of a perfect storm of severe drought conditions, a population explosion of grasshoppers and blister beetl... — Updated 7/21/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Health officials urge vaccination as possible surge approaches

Cases of COVID-19 in the Hill and Blanie county areas continue to trickle in as the rate of new cases doubles in many parts of the U.S., and Hill County Public Health Director and H... — Updated 7/20/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Hill County increasing fire restrictions, moving to Stage 1

Despite relatively light fire activity in the state this past week, Hill and Roosevelt counties have decided to move into Stage 1 fire restrictions based on their conditions. The counties announced the coming changes during a... — Updated 7/20/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

First powwow at Great Northern Fair a great success

Editor's note: This story talks about the first powwow held at Great Northern Fair. See other stories about the fair in previous editions of Havre Daily News and at... — Updated 7/19/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Health department preparing for anticipated COVID-19 surge this fall

The Hill County Commission approved an amendment to a contract in their weekly business meeting Thursday that will allow the Hill County Health Department to hire a congregate... — Updated 7/16/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Hwy 232 improvement open house draws crowd

Montana Department of Transportation project engineers came to Havre to host an open house to present their preliminary designs for a $15 million improvement project for State... — Updated 7/16/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

2021 Great Northern Fair draws praise despite heat

The Great Northern Fair began in earnest Wednesday with the opening of the Midway West Amusements Carnival, the 4-H Chuckwagon and most of the food booths - and reviews are mostly... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Lodge Pole's powwow returns after a year without

The Wasay Wakpa Wachi Powwow is returning to Lodge Pole Friday and Saturday after a year without it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wasay Wakpa Wachi Oshkaday Committee Member Don Racine said it will be a traditional, noncompetitive... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

HPS requesting public input on how to spend COVID-19 relief funds

Havre Public School Superintendent Craig Mueller said the school system is working on its Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund plans and are looking for public input on how the money in the fund should be spent.... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Comedy show and hot dog eating contest set for powwow at Great Northern Fair

Two new events have been added to the schedule of the Northern Winz Casino Powwow at the Great Northern Fair Friday evening including a stand-up comedy show featuring Conway Kootenay, and a hot dog eating contest. The comedy show... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Park board looks at draft on beaver control policies

The Hill County Park Board was presented a draft of their Rules and Regulations Committee's proposed policy on beaver management on Beaver Creek Park Monday, which includes... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

School board recognizes student athletes' achievements, approves agreements and policies

Havre Public Schools students were honored for their athletic achievements in the 2020-21 school year at a meeting of the HPS Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, where the board also discussed updated rules and regulations,... — Updated 7/14/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Numerous fires hit area in the past week

Last week Hill and its neighboring counties saw a large number of wildfires, most caused by lightning and all of which appear to be fully contained if not extinguished. In a fire call this morning Hill County Commissioner Mark Pete... — Updated 7/13/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

LAC continues work to reduce stigma on mental health issues

The Hill County Behavioral Health Local Advisory Council met Monday and discussed progress on their mental health PSAs, possible partnerships at the Central Service Area Authority and a recent meeting with a representative of Sen.... — Updated 7/13/2021

 

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