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  • Snow remains in forecast through Wednesday

    Tim Leeds|Updated Feb 12, 2024

    Although the forecast doesn't call for snow like it fell in this part of Montana last week, it does predict a chance of snow through Wednesday with temperatures getting a bit chillier, with a chance of lows below zero, later in the week. Regular heavy snowfalls hit the region last week, with more than an inch falling in Havre by Thursday and nearly another inch Friday. By this morning, National Weather Service reported 2.5 inches of new snow falling at its recording station...

  • City deals with water main breaks, urges caution

    Tim Leeds|Updated Dec 15, 2023

    Havre Public Works repaired a water main break on U.S. Highway 2 east late Thursday, and now is working on a break near Carpenter Park. Late Thursday afternoon, Havre Public Works announced in a release sent out at 4:59 p.m. that it was dealing with a water break on the 1800 block of U.S. Highway 2 East, in the area of Pacific Recycling. The announcement said the department also had just been notified of another water main break in the Carpenter Park area of town, requiring the city to shut the water off between 10th Avenue...

  • Cool, sunny days in the forecast

    Tim Leeds|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    Cooler but still warmer-than-normal temperatures and mostly sunny skies are expected for the next few days in this area, with highs forecast to hit mostly upper 30s and 40s through Friday and possible more than 50 Saturday before dropping back into the mid- to low-40s Sunday and early next week. But that follows very unseasonable days last week with highs breaking into the 60s Dec. 5-6. Even the high for Havre predicted at 36 is a bit warmer than normal — Weather Service reports the high normally hits 33 in Havre Dec. 12,...

  • New city council members take oath of office

    Tim Leeds|Updated Dec 5, 2023

    Four incoming members of Havre City Council took the oath of office Monday during a council meeting in Havre City Hall, with Mayor Doug Kaercher saying the fifth, Chris Partin, would take the oath at the next meeting, Jan. 2. Kaercher also said the oaths don’t go into effect until the terms start Jan. 1. Ed Matter, Wade Bitz, Dave Brewer and Josh Gomez took the oaths Monday. Bitz and Matter already sit on the council, with Bitz appointed to fill out the year in place of Ward 1 council member Josh Miller, who died at Age 32...

  • Celebrating the season through the season

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 27, 2023

    It was a busy weekend in Havre and through the region, with activities celebrating the holiday season getting underway starting with community Thanksgiving dinners Thursday. Activities ranged from Chinook through Havre and Big Sandy and more through the weekend, with more planned in the region right through New Year's Eve....

  • Havre schools deals with water main break at Sunnyside school

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    While the City of Havre was dealing with one water main break on Second Street West, another water main break caused some issues for Havre Public Schools. Havre Superintendent Brian Gum said in an emailed announcement that the break means that Sunnyside Intermediate School had no water this morning. “In an effort to keep all our students in a safe and healthy situation, we will bus all students at Sunnyside once they arrive to Havre High School and Havre Middle School,” Gum said in the release. Fourth grade students...

  • GoFundMe account set to help retired teacher Wagner with medical expenses

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 10, 2023

    A Havre High School teacher who helped students with math for four decades is looking for some help with medical problems. A release from GoFundMe said Mary Wagner, who retired in 2016 after 37 years of teaching math at Havre High, is in St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings as doctors try to treat what appears to be the rare immune system disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which leads to nerve damage and muscle weakness. The release said Wagner is suffering from numbness and...

  • Fort Belknap election results released

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 9, 2023

    Fort Belknap Indian Community Wednesday released the certified initial results of its tribal council general election held on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation Tuesday. In the race for River Assiniboine district representative, Donald “Duck” Horn won with 178 votes. Felecia Mount Messerly received 162 votes. The Mountain Assiniboine District election had four candidates due to three advancing when they tied for second in the primary. In that race, Randi R. Wing-Fetter won with 82 votes, while Tina R. Bierle received...

  • Art Association cancels show due to COVID concerns

    Patrick Jonhston and Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Havre Art Association announced Monday it was canceling its annual art show due to concerns about spreading COVID-19. “We are witnessing an increase in COVID cases among our families and friends,” a release from the association said. “The Havre Art Show brings together many people for a leisurely time to view local art work, visit with folks from our area, and generally linger and wander and have a lovely time. However, to be responsible to ourselves and to Havre and the surrounding area, we have decided to cancel The...

  • The Piano Man plays Chester benefit

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 17, 2023

    A world-renowned pianist is returning to Chester to play a benefit concert for his hometown Sunday, Oct. 22. Patty DeVries, president of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, said she can remember when Phil Aaberg, a famous native son of Chester, returned home. "I can still hear the freight train whistle on that particular day in July," DeVries said. "It was a sweltering day outside and inside Chester Public School's Auditorium. The doors were propped open and Chester...

  • Celebration set for Oct. 21 for veterans memorial park dedication

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 12, 2023

    A celebration is set for the dedication of a re-themed park and its monument marking the start of the walking trail at the park. "Mark your calendars for the dedication ceremony of the Veterans of Hi-Line Park on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at 10 a.m.," a release said. Local veterans organizations have taken over the park on 11th Street West, formerly US Bank Park, and have built a memorial at the start of the walking trail at the park. They requested last year that the city...

  • Preparing for victory

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 2, 2023

    Havre High School had a busy weekend, with wins in both football and volleyball during homecoming weekend. The school had homecoming events through the week, culminating in a pep rally Friday afternoon at the high school in the parking lot and then a parade down Fifth Avenue before the football game. The Blue Ponies dominated in football, beating East Helena 41-6 at Blue Pony Stadium. And Blue Pony volleyball also kept the record in the win section over the weekend, first...

  • Fourth annual brewfest returns to Chinook Saturday

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 27, 2023

    The group looking to rehabilitate the Chinook city pool and its Sweet Park have an event set this weekend for people to get together and have some fun while helping in its effort to fund repairs. “The Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation would like to invite people from across the Hi-Line to help fund necessary improvements to the Pool and Park Complex in Chinook,” the group said in a release, adding that its Fourth Annual Brewfest will be held at Sweet Park in Chinook Saturday, Sept. 30, starting at 4 p.m. Friends...

  • Local loans available for new, growing businesses

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 25, 2023

    The local economic development agency is reminding people interested in starting or expanding a business that it can help them out. Bear Paw Development Corp. announced it has loan funds available, from various sources at the state and federal level, for business owners in northern Montana. “Small businesses are the backbone of active Main Streets and healthy communities in our region of northern Montana and Bear Paw Development has been helping finance business start-ups and expansions for more than 35 years,” Bear Paw...

  • Legislative listening session set in Havre next week

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 22, 2023

    Local residents are invited to a legislative listening session in Havre Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Havre Eagles Club starting at 6 p.m. Havre resident Andrea Melle will be opening the session, Montana House Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Mary Caferro, D-Helena, told Havre Daily News. See an editorial by Melle on Page A4 of today’s edition of Havre Daily News. Caffero and Rep. Paul Tuss, D-Havre, will be on hand to listen to the public in Havre. Caferro said it is a public event and all are welcome.   “Our... Full story

  • Fort Belknap students continue pathways in nursing, public health and STEM

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 7, 2023

    Programs at Aaniih Nakoda College on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation continue to move forward in health and science, technology, engineering and mathematics - STEM - fields, with two programs over the summer ending recently. A release said that one program, the Young Medicine Movement is a multi-level, innovative approach to supporting and developing Aaniiih and Nakoda scholars from the reservation via an educational pathway and tailored support for rising juniors in high...

  • Havre Trails sets its annual brewfest for Saturday

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 25, 2023

    A local group that promotes hiking and biking and improving local trails is holding its annual Summer Brewfest this weekend in Pepin Park. Havre Trails' brewfest is set to run from 2 to 7 p.m. This is the fifth year Havre Trails, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has held the fundraiser. Proceeds have gone to its work to improve local hiking and biking including creating the Rotary Canyon Loop Trail north of Bear Paw Lake, also called Second Lake and the new Brough's Coulee...

  • OPI hosting online meeting on controversial special needs voucher bill

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 22, 2023

    Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen will host Wednesday her department’s third monthly virtual community discussion on education legislation passed during the 68th legislative session, focusing this month on a controversial bill allowing parents of children with special needs to be reimbursed with public funds when sending children to private education. The Legislature passed the bill, House Bill 393, and it was signed into law buy Gov. Greg Gianforte along with two charter school bills. OPI’s...

  • Driver leads police on high-speed chase down First Street

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 16, 2023

    After a driver led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through downtown Havre Tuesday morning, the Havre Police Department is looking for information anyone has for the investigation. A press release said that officers attempted to contact at about 10:24 Tuesday morning the driver of a white Dodge Charger that is suspected of being involved in an ongoing theft and criminal mischief investigation. The release said the driver fled in the vehicle and led officers on a...

  • Temperature expected to break 100 Thursday

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 16, 2023

    National Weather Service predicts a minor break in the heat today, but it is expected to be back in full force Thursday and Friday, before cooling off a bit again. After temperatures in the 90s — Havre hit 95 Monday and Weather Service reported it was at 97 degrees Tuesday at 3:52 p.m. while this article was being written — the forecast called for a relatively mild high of 85 today, but breaking 100 Thursday. The highs for Havre and Big Sandy for Thursday were predicted at 101 degrees, with highs expected to be in the...

  • Governor encourages Montana homeowners to apply for property tax rebate

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte issued a release Tuesday encouraging people to file for the property tax rebate issued by the Montana Legislature this year. Montana had a massive — estimated at $2.5 billion — surplus in revenue this year. State budget analysts said the income tax growth was likely due to large influxes of money from the federal government in its COVID-19 relief funding and population growth including high-income people moving to the state. Gianforte said his administration prioritized property tax relief...

  • Harmful algal blooms at First Lake

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 7, 2023

    Hill County Health Department reports that a harmful algal bloom has been detected at Beaver Creek Reservoir, also called First Lake. This is the third reported sighting in the area, with a sighting reported at Bailey Reservoir in southern Hill County June 28 and at Dry Fork Reservoir in northwestern Blaine County July 16. The Montana Department of Environmental quality has given Beaver Creek Reservoir a “Caution” status, with no status given for the Bailey Reservoir sighting and the Dry Fork Reservoir sighting listed as...

  • West Nile virus found in Hill County mosquitoes

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 7, 2023

    West Nile virus has been confirmed in a Hill County mosquito pool, Hill Clounty Health Department reports, with the county joining Blaine County as an area with the virus confirmed. No cases in humans or horses had been reported in the counties as of the filing of this story. Hill County Health Department warned in a release that people need to take care to avoid the potentially fatal illness caused by the virus “Remember, the best way to protect yourself from West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites,” a release from...

  • Harmful algal blooms at First Lake

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 4, 2023

    Hill County Health Department reports that a harmful algal bloom has been detected at Beaver Creek Reservoir, also called First Lake. People are warned to use caution at the reservoir, and any time they detect a possible harmful algal bloom to avoid exposure to the potential harmful substance and to keep pets out of the areas where they see algae, and to make sure children don't get into the water. Harmful algal blooms, commonly called blue-green algae, can potentially be...

  • Havre's Pfc. Mark Hinkle being honored at veterans memorial softball classic

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 4, 2023

    A highly decorated U.S. Army private who died serving his country in Viet Nam is one of the service members being honored this weekend at the 10th Annual Veterans Memorial Softball Classic in Belgrade. Havre's Pfc. Mark Hinkle, who died of wounds sustained in combat in 1965, is the soldier the Army team is playing in honor of this year. This is the 10th year for the classic, which invites the state's best high school softball players to come together to showcase their talents...

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