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  • Havre officials detail timeline, issues in boil advisory

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 21, 2024

    In a slightly shorter - but still often contentious - meeting about Havre's boil advisory, Havre City Council heard an update on the timeline and background of the boil advisory, comments from the public and an announcement that the city is in the process of distributing some free bottled water. The presence of active Giardia, a microscopic parasite that can cause illness, has not been confirmed in Havre's water supply but because three cases of Giardiasis were confirmed in... Full story

  • Havre Weekly Chronicle being mailed today

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 16, 2024

    Posted May 16, 2024 Due to production problems, this week’s edition of Havre Weekly Chronicle could not be mailed Wednesday. The production manager expects the paper to be mailed and be in racks and outlets today. The paper expects that the problem has been resolved and the Chronicle should be back to its normal schedule next week. The paper’s staff said they apologized to subscribers for the delay.... Full story

  • Rally to discuss safeguarding Box Elder schools to follow cross walk

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 16, 2024

    A cross walk followed by a rally to investigate better protection for Box Elder schools is set for Saturday. The cross walk is set to start in Big Sandy at 9 a.m. Saturday at the rest area there and will proceed to Box Elder. “Because of the darkness of alcoholism, drug addiction, missing and murdered indigenous persons and violence in north-central Montana and the Hi-Line, we will carry a cross, walk and pray,” a flyer about the event says, saying people can call Pastor Rich Jesperson at 406-680-7080 fro more inf...

  • Level of Beaver Creek going down, still will be flooding for some time

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 16, 2024

    Commissioner Mark Peterson said during a commission working meeting Monday that levels in Beaver Creek are going down, but slowly and it may be high for some time. Peterson said the only major damage so far has been at Evergeen Campground off of U.S. Highway 87 and Beaver Creek Golf Course west of town on U.S. Highway 2, other than on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, which also declared an emergency. The Hill County Commission issued a declaration of emergency last week due to the rising levels of the creek. Peterson said M...

  • Cross walk from Big Sandy to Box Elder followed by rally set

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 15, 2024

    Editor’s note: This version corrects the location of the rally. A cross walk followed by a rally to call for Box Elder being made a Native American Dependent Community is set for Saturday, May 18. “Because of the darkness of alcoholism, drug addiction, missing and murdered indigenous persons and violence in north-central Montana and the Hi-Line, we will carry a cross, walk and pray,” a flyer about the event says, saying people can call Pastor Rich Jesperson at 406-680-7080 fro more information. G. Bruce Meyers said Tuesd...

  • Deputy shoots man after chase

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 15, 2024

    Hill County Sheriff Jamie Ross said in a release issued Tuesday that a deputy shot a man in Hill County early Tuesday morning after a chase. Hill County sheriff’s deputies responded to notification from Rocky Boy police at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday that tribal officers were in pursuit of a pickup truck leaving Rocky Boy”s Indian Reservation and the occupants of the vehicle were shooting at the officers while fleeing. Deputies responded to the area of Fresno Road and U.S. Highway 87 were the pickup had become stuck and the occ...

  • City Council has three-hour session discussion boil advisory

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 14, 2024

    Havre City Council held a lengthy discussion to an over-flow capacity crowd at its meeting Monday about the boil advisory in place in the city. At the end of the meeting, following a presentation by a worker at the water plant that met with extended applause, the council scheduled another meeting Monday, May 20, to debrief over what was said at this week"'s meeting and what answers had been found to questions people asked this week. Havre Department of Public Works Director Tr...

  • MAT premieres 'Men on Boats' tonight

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 13, 2024

    Montana Actors' Theatre premieres its youth production of the story of a man who explored the Colorado River, including through the Grand Canyon, in four small boats starting in 1968. "Prepare for an unforgettable theatrical experience that will take you on a thrilling voyage," a release from MAT says. "'Men on Boats is' more than just a play; it's an exploration of courage, camaraderie and the uncharted waters of the human spirit." The cast list is: Vivian Nast as John...

  • Health officer details issues on Giardia, boil advisory, business restrictions

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 10, 2024

    The Hill County health officer gave an explanation on why businesses and residents are being treated differently on the issue of water usage in Havre and gave some explanations and updates on the issue during the Hill County Commission business meeting Thursday. Health Officer Kim Berg, who also is the director of the Hill County Health Department, said businesses can't use the water to provide to customers because that is the state law. "If an establishment is on public or... Full story

  • Rasmussen offers advice to Northern graduating class

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 9, 2024

    Montana State University-Northern held its 2024 graduation ceremonies Saturday, with commencement speaker world-renowned entertainer and rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen providing the graduates with some good advice filled with local references and lots of humor. The graduating class had279 candidates eligible to receive a total of 411 degrees; 115 women and 164 men eligible for 64 certificates, 158 associate degrees, 174 bachelor's degrees and 14 master's degrees. The ceremony...

  • Amtrak, rail service meeting set for Havre Wednesday

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 6, 2024

    Amtrak, rail service meeting set for Havre Wednesday Amtrak and the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority are holding a community meeting in Havre Wednesday. Kim Whittemore of Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority said the authority’s board chair, Dave Strohmaier, and Amtrak Government Affairs Manager Chase Kitchen, will be at the meeting to seek public input on suggested improvements to the Hi-Line’s Empire Builder Amtrak route. Whittemore said one of the topics of discussion will be...

  • Boil advisory still in effect in Havre

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 5, 2024

    After printing deadline for this story, Havre Community Pool announced Hill County Health Department cleared it to reopen. See a related story at www.havredailynews.com. The water boil advisory still is in effect in Havre, with the end date still unknown, but city officials say work is progressing as required. The Havre advisory tells people that they should boil water for at least a minute before using it for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth to prevent any chance of being affected by the parasite giardiasis, which can...

  • Northern holds 2024 graduation ceremonies

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 4, 2024

    Montana State University-Northern held its 2024 graduation ceremonies this morning, with 279 candidates eligible to receive a total of 411 degrees; 115 women and 164 men eligible for 64 certificates, 158 associate degrees, 174 bachelor's degrees and 14 master's degrees. Graduation speaker Flint Rasmussen, a world-renowned entertainer and rodeo clown - and a former Havre High School math and science teacher - said he had one point he wanted to stress, he learned from living in...

  • Quinn Institute starts operation in north-central Montana

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 3, 2024

    Big Sandy farmer and agricultural researcher Bob Quinn, Ph.D., has taken another step to put his knowledge and experience to use to help the world. A release said the Quinn Institute, a groundbreaking research and demonstration hub designed to foster the evolution of regenerative organic agriculture and a place-based approach to solving the national food and health crisis, has been started on 700 acres of donated land that previously was part of the Quinn Farm and Ranch...

  • Art in the Alley Spring Celebration set for May 11

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 3, 2024

    Hi-Line Arts Council is reminding people that the annual Art Alley Spring Celebration is coming up May 11. The event is a celebration in the Art Alley, the alley between Second and Third streets and Third and Fourth avenues the Downtown Havre Matters! spearheaded cleaning up and turning into an event venue. The free event May 11 will run from 3 to 7 p.m. - weather permitting - and includes The event will include live music, kids activities, food trucks and art exhibits,... Full story

  • Shore's Floral donates to Serving of Hope medical fundraiser

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 3, 2024

    A local florist made a flowery donation to a local fundraiser to help defray expenses for people who have to travel for a serious medical condition. Tomi Simonson, owner of Shores Floral in Chinook, held a Daffodil Fundraiser and presented a $7,015 check for the Serving of Hope fundraiser, which took over from the Men Who Cook for Women Who Wine fundraiser that was held to raise money for the Northern Montana Sletten Cancer Center. Since Serving of Hope started in 2009, it...

  • Name released of suspect shot by deputy

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 2, 2024

    Valley County Coroner released the name of a man who died after being shot by deputies Sunday following a chase that started in Phillips County. Michael John Wiederrich of Saco, 40, died at the scene Sunday of the shooting after a violent high-speed chase. Phillips County Sheriff Jerry Lytle said a press release that sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a suspect in a shooting south of Saco after a car chase in which the suspect rammed a deputy’s vehicle. “This is a difficult time for both the suspect’s family and the deputie...

  • Cooler temperatures, rain and possibly snow in the forecast

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The warm weather the region has been experiencing the last few weeks is expected to turn a little cooler, with rain and even snow in the forecast for the region. Temperatures mostly have been hitting the mid- to upper-60s for the past week, with the high in Havre Friday hitting 69 degrees. Havre’s high Monday was 64. But the forecast for this region is calling for the highs to drop, with the predicted high today in the 50s for this region and dropping into the 40s for the rest of the week, back into the 50s and low 60s by S...

  • Deputies shoot shooting suspect in Phillips County

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 29, 2024

    Phillips County Sheriff Jerry Lytle said in a press release that sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a suspect in a shooting south of Saco after a car chase in which the suspect rammed a deputy’s vehicle. “This is a difficult time for both the suspect’s family and the deputies involved,” Lytle said. “I am committed to having a complete and independent process and ask that the community keeps all the families involved in their thoughts and prayers.” The release said deputies were dispatched Sunday at 7:39 p.m. to a report of a... Full story

  • Boil advisory still in effect in Havre

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 29, 2024

    The water boil advisory still is in effect in Havre, with the end date still unknown, but city officials say work is progressing as required, and a local church is helping people avoid using local water. The Havre advisory tells people that they should boil water for at least a minute before using it for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth to prevent any chance of being affected by the parasite giardiasis, which can cause illness. The presence of the water-borne parasite has not been confirmed in Havre water, but Mayor Doug... Full story

  • Havre NorthWestern Energy volunteers work at Optimist Park

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 25, 2024

    Employees of NorthWestern Energy's Havre Operations Divisioon and Havre Gas Division Wednesday joined other company employees in participating in National Volunteer Week by volunteering for some work in Havre's Optimist Park. "It's community service week for NorthWestern Energy and they partnered with the Havre Optimist Club to do a repaint and a refurbishing of all the back stops at the Havre Optimist Park's baseball field," Havre Optimist Club President Mike Zook said. North...

  • The Salvation Army in Havre makes a plea for donations

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    The Salvation Army in Havre says it is out of money for the month due to great needs in the community, and is asking for help with donations to continue helping people. “We are seeing many people that are struggling to stay in their homes due to inflation,” Salvation Army Havre Service Center Director Trina Crawford said in a release. “The goal at The Salvation Army-Havre Service Center is to keep people in their homes or to help those who are homeless to get out of homelessness.” Crawford said that, with the funds for this m...

  • Havre newspaper switching to weekly starting in May

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The Havre newspaper will be changing from a five-day-a-week daily to a once-a-week publication starting in May. Grand Teton News Inc., of Wyoming, the owner of the Havre paper, notified the staff of the Havre paper this week that the daily publication will end April 30. The paper will now be published on Thursdays only, starting May 2. The paper will be available in racks and at retails outlets in Havre, and will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to subscribers. Subscriptions will be available at greatly reduced... Full story

  • Havre residents advised to boil water

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 22, 2024

    Havre went under a water boil advisory Friday as cases of a water-borne illness have gone up significantly this year. Havre Public Works Director Trevor More said this morning that the cause of the illness, a water-borne parasite, has not been confirmed in the water supply and the advisory is just a precaution. “It’s just an association with the public water supply as a water-borne disease,” he said. He added that it is an advisory, not a do-not-consume order on the water, and no emergency has been declared. Mork said the w...

  • Gold Star Families Memorial Marker dedication Saturday

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club and the Havre Lions Club are inviting people to a special dedication ceremony Saturday for a memorial for those who lost their lives serving the country. The Gold Star Families Memorial Marker at Havre's Town Square will be dedicated Saturday at 11 a.m. The tradition began in World War I, a release from Montana Blue and Gold Star Families Memorial Chair Kathy Austin said. The custom during the war became families of service members hanging a...

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