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  • Gianforte talks about St. Mary Diversion repairs

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    Rep. Greg Gianforte R-Mont., hosted a roundtable Wednesday at Fresno Beach with irrigators, members of the Milk River Joint Board of Control and of the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group to discuss the work that's been going on at the St. Mary Diversion. The meeting came in the week after a meeting of the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group Friday. Gianforte is leaving his office in a bid for Montana governor, and faces Lt. Gov. and Co-Chair of the St. Mary working group...

  • Replacement plaques being placed on Veterans Memorial Wall

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 18, 2020

    Editor’s note: This corrects the name of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 497 member Larry Jess, whose name originally was misreported to the Havre Daily News. A local jeweler is engraving new veteran memorial plaques to replace some plaques on the Veterans Memorial Wall by Town Square. Heirloom Jewelers owner Jan Leibel said they use an engraving machine to do the plaques for the Veteran Memorial. Veteran Larry Jess brought her the plates, she said, he wanted to replace p...

  • Numbers down during pandemic at museum, buffalo jump

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 15, 2020

    The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board met Monday and discussed the drop in visitation the museum and Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump have experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as changing the hours of operation at the museum. Museum Manager Emily Mayer said numbers at the museum are way down compared to last year. "I wish I could give you a better report, but I just can't," she said. "Our numbers don't lie - we are way down." Last year by this point 619 people had...

  • Community Alliance Church holds food giveaways

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 15, 2020

    Havre Community Alliance Church is hosting a free food giveaway series on Wednesdays. It is on a first-come, first-serve basis Wednesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on 925 Eighth Street in the back parking lot. "The food giveaway is an opportunity for Community Alliance Church to be an extension of God's hands and feet to the Havre community and beyond by helping support those in our community that may benefit from the food," said Lori Takawira, wife of Community Alliance Church...

  • Northern chancellor reports opening going well so far

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 14, 2020

    Montana State University-Northern has started school back on campus and Chancellor Greg Kegel said things went well. “We had a very what appeared to be a normal come back,” Kegel said. Northern returned back to campus by doing face-to-face interactions, but with safety precautions and caution. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state last March, right as the system went into spring break, the university system ordered campuses to shut down and finish the spring semester using distanced learning. Northern spent the summer set...

  • Annual suicide awareness walk held in Havre

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 11, 2020

    "We have had an interesting year in 2020, to say the least and it's certainly has brought some challenges to us in organizing this event, nonetheless, our coalition knew it was important for people to come together to recognize the impact of suicide in our community, to celebrate the lives that have been lost and to support those who may be struggling," Hill County Suicide Awareness Coalition Chair Amber Spring said Thursday before the Sixth Annual Hill County Suicide...

  • Crazyboy, Saddler sentenced in burglary ring cases

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Two men who pleaded guilty to charges including in a case stemming from a major burglary and theft ring in the Havre area were sentenced Wednesday. Each appeared in state District Court in Havre where Jaylen Jake Crazyboy sentenced and Fabian Joel "JuJu" Saddler Jr. appeared at a hearing in state District Court in Havre, held jointly due to the restitution proposed impacting each, State District Court Judge Kaydee Snipes Ruiz said. Snipes Ruiz told each she was deviating from...

  • Havre schools discuss re-opening, fans at activities

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 9, 2020

    The Havre Public Schools re-opening plan was discussed with some updates as well as the return-to-play guidelines and procedures Tuesday at the Havre School Board of Trustees meeting. Havre Public Schools Interim Superintendent Craig Mueller gave an update of areas in the re-opening plan. He said that the technology language mentioned in the plan is the distribution of Chromebooks to occur to the students to engage in learning on their off days. The district ordered 500...

  • Schools continue to report success with re-opening plans

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 8, 2020

    Harlem Public Schools started last week and among the other schools have opened up with re-opening plans tooled to the COVID-19 pandemic. Havre, Rocky Boy, Chinook, Chester-Joplin-Inverness and Box Elder schools started two weeks ago. Harlem and other districts told The Havre Daily News how re-opening has gone so far. Harlem Superintendent Doreen Warren said the students there have adapted very well to social distancing on the buses, in the classrooms and in the buildings. The... Full story

  • St. Mary group talks how to fund rehabilitating the diversion

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 8, 2020

    The St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group met Friday and discussed how to move forward with paying for a rehabilitation of the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines R-Mont., and Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., are trying to shift the funding for the system from about 75 percent provided by the users and 25 percent by the federal government so the federal government picks up about 75 percent of the cost of operation and maintenance....

  • Bullock discusses COVID spread, fires, during press conference

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 4, 2020

    Gov. Steve Bullock announced a new relief program through the CARES Act during a press conference Thursday and discussed new COVID-19 cases found in tribal communities and nursing homes. He also provided an update about the fires occurring around the state. “The initial attack was 17 new fires burning over 100,000 acres due to what’s really extreme fire conditions — among those fires we saw several fire events,” Bullock said. “The Huff fire was human caused and started near Jordan (Wednesday), fire burned over 30,000 ac...

  • Nurse describes dealing with pandemic in Havre schools

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 3, 2020

    Havre Public Schools Nurse Jeri Erickson said dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the schools, so far, has gone well. She said there are four main things she likes to talk to students about COVID-19, as well as to have the teachers talk to their students about, which are washing hands, which is the number one thing to prevent infection; proper use of face masks; social distancing and not coming to school when sick. "We kind of have been working with those things with the...

  • Suicide Awareness Walk set for Sept. 10

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 2, 2020

    People have been invited to an event to share their experiences and stories, learn about and walk to increase awareness of the need of suicide prevention. People can also register by Friday for a book discussion series Hill County Suicide Awareness Coalition is sponsoring with the Haver-Hill County Library. The Sixth Annual Hill County Suicide Awareness Walk is set for Thursday, Sept. 10, starting at 6:45 p.m. at Cowan Hall on Montana State University-Northern’s campus. “The walk provides a venue for people who have been affe...

  • USDA meal extension providing free school meals in area

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 2, 2020

    The United States Department of Agriculture announced Monday it is extending its free children's summer meal service to December, and it is being used at some local schools, although it does not apply to some others. "The extension will allow us to continue to provide meals to our students as we navigate through the pandemic," Havre Public Schools Interim Superintendent Craig Mueller said. "Our food service staff has done an amazing job transitioning to serving meals to...

  • Largest pour to date happening on St. Mary repairs

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 1, 2020

    Workers continued to pour concrete last week on Drop 5 of the St.Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works, the drop which collapsed in May near the end of the 29-mile system of dams, dikes, canals, gigantic metal siphons and concrete drop structures that transfers water to the Milk River. "It will be the largest pour to date, of approximately 160 yards on the bottom wall segment," Milk River Joint Board of Control Project Manager Jennifer Patrick said. It has been 16 weeks since...

  • Brekhus named Havre teacher of the year

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 1, 2020

    Havre High School science teacher Erika Brekhus was named Havre Public Schools certified employee of the year/teacher of the year by the district. "It's quite an honor to be number one nominated for it and then receiving the award to be recognized by others that you work so closely with on a day-to-day basis, and you see the amazing things that they do on a day-to-day basis, Brekhus said. "It's quite an honor." At Havre High she teaches Unified Lab Science, Chemistry 1 and...

  • Schools continue to report re-openings going well

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 31, 2020

    More schools opened up last week with re-opening plans tooled to the COVID-19 pandemic and told The Havre Daily News how the first week had gone. Harlem starts school today. Chester-Joplin-Inverness Chester-Joplin-Inverness Schools planned to return back to school at full capacity and with face-to-face instruction. “It really went pretty smoothly,” Superintendent Tim Bronk said. “The first day, like any school year we had our hiccups along the way and things we had to adjust.” He said everyone is getting their tempera...

  • Northern students going back to class

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 31, 2020

    Montana State University-Northern hosted new student orientation Saturday to get ready for school starting. Classes started today with face-to-face instruction. Enrollment Management Vice Chancellor Maura Gatch said this past weekend was where students were able to get connected with all the resources on campus from student health to academic resources. She said that it gets the students really set off to start out on the right foot for the semester. "I'm incredibly excited,"...

  • Donations sought to make free masks

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 31, 2020

    Always and Forever Kids Clothing Boutique owner is holding a fundraiser to raise money to make masks for the community. “It is masks for a cause,” Carissa Anderson said. “It is for people who can’t afford to put masks on their children or even homeless people, or even people that don’t have a lot of money and don’t just have disposable income to put toward masks.” She said it normally takes anywhere from $2.50 to $3.00 to make a mask. People can donate on the Havre’s Masks for a Cause Facebook page at https://www.fac...

  • Charter laying new cable for services available in 2021

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 28, 2020

    Charter Communication is placing fiber optic cables around Havre and other Hi-Line communities. Charter Communications Senior Director Bret Picciolo said physical construction for this project has been underway for several months. "We are currently performing network upgrades in the area that will allow us to deliver the full suite of Spectrum Internet, TV, Voice and Mobile products to several Hi-Line communities," he said. Charter plans to launch these services in early...

  • Nurse, EMT save man having seizure in Porta Potty

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    The right people being at the right place at the right time led to a rescue in an unlikely place a — Porta Potty. A couple Wednesday morning were near the Kwik Stop at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation Agency, waiting to get a puppy, when they found a young man having a seizure in a nearby Porta Potty. Nurse Jessica Gallus said she and her fiancé, Troy Kuntz, were going to meet a co-worker in Fort Belknap about a puppy they were getting. Their friend was running a little late so they were just killing time driving ar...

  • Bear Paw gets new grant to help local economy during pandemic

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    The federal government has awarded a local agency additional funds to help the local area weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Bear Paw Development Corp. received a $400,000 grant through the Economic Development Administration as part of the federal government’s response to COVID-19. “We’re very pleased about it,” Bear Paw Development Corp. Executive Director Paul Tuss said. “The EDA has been a foundational partner of ours for 51 years now. We are Montana’s longest-serving economic district and we’ve got a very solid relatio...

  • Northern ramping up student services during COVID re-opening

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Montana State University-Northern is offering new support services to students to help them during this unprecedented time both on campus and virtually. Enrollment Management Vice Chancellor Maura Gatch said Northern has been prepping since the summer to help students come back on campus safely, but also to make sure when they do come back that they have the high quality education they were accustomed to before COVID-19. That entails a lot, she said, with the first thing being safety. “We have socially distanced all of our cl...

  • Pandemic straining Salvation Army services

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 26, 2020

    COVID-19 has affected numerous businesses and organizations across the country and one in particular here Havre in its services, volunteers and more. "With COVID coming on, we are considered and have been considered an essential business, we are emergency services, so we have been a presence here since COVID started," Havre Salvation Army Emergency Services Director Trina Crawford said. "Definitely some of the changes and the things we see in COVID that are difficult for Salva...

  • Daines talks with local leaders about local concerns

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 26, 2020

    Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., stopped in Havre Tuesday to continue his tour to visit all 56 counties of Montana to discuss with local leaders about what is going on in the area. Several local officials and leaders met with Daines at the Bear Paw Development Corp. meeting room, with much, but not all, of the discussion related tot he COVID-19 pandemic. Daines is running for re-election this year and faces Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who cannot run for re-election due to term...

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