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  • Veterans appreciate Montana's wilderness

    Tristan Persico|Updated Apr 7, 2014

    Montana’s wilderness. That’s where my mind went to most often while I was deployed in Southern Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal operator in the summer of 2009. Some people missed their families, others had a sweetheart or spouse back home whom they missed, and others just longed for a good meal and a comfortable bed. But for me it was different. What I missed most were Montana’s wild open places. In Afghanistan I quickly learned that the most important thing was the people fighting next to me. Getting kille... Full story

  • Montana women's prison workers authorize strike

    Tristan

    BILLINGS (AP) — The Montana Federation of Women's Prison Employees has authorized a strike. The union represents about 50 Montana Women's Prison workers who have been without a contract since July 1, 2011. Union members include correctional officers and correctional counselor employees. The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Wtf0lF) in a story published Friday that the proposal by members of the union passed in early December authorizing the strike. The federation and the state began mediation last summer but haven't b...

  • Whiting Sorrell named director of Billings IHS

    Tristan

    BILLINGS (AP) — Anna Whiting Sorrell has been named director of the Billings Area Indian Health Service. She succeeds longtime director Pete Conway and assumed her new duties on Monday. Sen. Jon Tester's office announced Whiting Sorrell's appointment late Wednesday. For the past four years, Whiting Sorrell has served as director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. She is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe. The Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/WQEXwf ) reports the Billings area o...

  • Thursday's Prep Basketball: Class AA Bison sweep Blue Ponies

    Tristan

    Thursday's Scores The Associated Press BOYS BASKETBALL Bigfork 46, Whitefish 37 Billings Skyview 57, Billings Senior 44 Charlo 65, Two Eagle River 63 Columbus 71, Big Timber 70, 3OT Conrad 49, Heart Butte 43 Denton 57, North Star 45 Dutton-Brady 70, Sunburst 29 Ennis 76, Lima 29 Glasgow 61, Saco-Whitewater 19 Great Falls 51, Havre 32 Great Falls Russell 66, Butte 47 Harlowton-Ryegate 74, Custer 34 Hinsdale 49, Turner 27 Huntley Project 54, Red Lodge 40 Laurel 63, Hardin 36 Malta 80, Rocky Boy 48 Nashua 58, Jordan 47 Northern... Full story

  • Local Sports Briefs: Adult hockey tourney takes to the ice in Havre

    Tristan

    Adult hockey tourney takes to the ice in Havre The annual Hi-Line Hell Freeze Hockey Tournament will be held starting tonight at the Havre Ice Dome. The tourney is an adult tournament featuring four different local hockey teams as well as a bevy of visiting teams. The tournament gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. and will run through Sunday afternoon's championship game. Beverages are available for adults as well as concessions. Proceeds from the event go to support Havre Youth Hockey. HHS swimmers head to Helena The Havre High...

  • Prep Basketball Standings and Power Polls

    Tristan

    Montana Prep Basketball Standings BOYS Central A Conf. Overall Belgrade 5-1 7-5 Browning 5-1 10-2 Livingston 2-4 2-9 Havre 2-4 3-8 Lewistown 0-4 1-9 9C Conf. Overall Box Elder 6-1 8-3 Big Sandy 4-1 7-4 Hays-Lodge Pole 2-1 5-5 Chinook 3-4 4-7 Turner 2-3 3-7 North Star 0-7 1-10 10C Conf. Overall Heart Butte 7-1 8-4 Dutton-Brady 7-1 10-2 Chester/J-I 6-2 10-2 Valier 4-4 6-6 Power 3-5 5-7 Simms 1-7 2-10 Sunburst 0-8 1-10 GIRLS Central A Conf. Overall Havre 5-1 7-5 Browning 5-1 6-6 Belgrade 2-3 5-6 Lewistown 1-3 2-8 Livingston 0-5... Full story

  • Rex E. Dramstad

    Tristan

    Rex E. Dramstad Rex Edward Dramstad, 65, passed away Jan. 16, 2013, after a brief struggle with cancer. Services for family and friends to celebrate Rex's life will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Havre at 2 p. m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Memorials in Rex's honor may be made to the Havre Police Protective Association for scholarships. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Rex was born on May 4, 1947 in Glasgow, Mont. He was the fifth of Etta and Al Dramstad's 10 children. His...

  • Hi-Line Athletes of the Week

    Tristan

    Randall Gardipee, Box Elder Boys Basketball Box Elder's Randall Gardipee is a pure scorer. And that's what he did for the Bears this past weekend. In a District 9C split over the w Randall Gardipee eekend, Gardipee averaged a staggering 31 points per game. He scored 32 points in a close, Friday night loss to the Big Sandy Pioneers, then returned to score 30 points in a win over the Chinook Sugarbeeters Saturday night. Gardipee burst onto the scene at last year's 9C tournament and hasn't slowed down since. He's helped the Bear...

  • Bullhook Clinic construction money should stay in Havre

    Tristan

    Editor: Once again, I read about the wonderful benefits of Bullock Clinic. I'm sure that it will benefit those who are less fortunate get medical care, but the looming question for me is why the clinic is having a Great Falls firm build a facility that is for Havre residents and giving revenue and jobs to people who will take the money and spend it in Great Falls. I did some research on the board member who chose to go with the Great Falls firm over a Havre firm purely on a minor technicality. Some of the board members are...

  • Our View: Lessons we can learn about a time of unity

    Tristan

    A delegation of 18 Havreites, mostly Havre High students, were in Washington Monday to take part in a celebration of American unity. The group, brought together by HHS teacher John Ita, witnessed the formal swearing in of President Barack Obama for a second term. The students were attending the festivities not as a celebration of partisan victory but as a celebration of America and what it stands for. The 18 didn't know who was going to win the election when they signed up for the trip. The deadline to register was before...

  • John K. Codden

    Tristan

    John K. Codden, 58, of Havre, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Lincoln, Neb., of natural causes. Vigil services will be held at 7 p. m on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a. m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church with Father Daniel Wathen officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements....

  • Steven Roy Burstock

    Tristan

    Steven Roy Burstock Steven Roy Burstock, 61, formerly of Havre, went home to be with his Lord on Jan. 19, 2013. Accepting Christ, he peacefully passed away after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. At his request, cremation has taken place and memorials will be held at a later date. Steve was born on March 27, 1951, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Herb and Maxine Burstock. After graduating high school in Commack, Long Island, he went on to get his master's degree in English communications. He married Sheryl Freier, daughter of the l... Full story

  • Mary Lou Danell Murray

    Tristan

    Mary Lou Danell Murray While surrounded by her family, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, Mary Lou Danell Murray was called home by the Lord to join Him and her heavenly family, her husband, Tim Murray; her son, Jim Murray, her grandson, Jaden Griggs; her parents, Tom and Eleanor Danell; her nephew; Tim Russell; and other family. Her vigil service will be 8 p. m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. Her funeral Mass will be 11 a. m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church with Father Daniel...

  • Rex E. Dramstad

    Tristan

    Rex Edward Dramstad, 65, passed away Jan. 16, 2013, after a brief struggle with cancer. Services for family and friends to celebrate Rex's life will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Havre at 2 p. m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Memorials in Rex's honor may be made to the Havre Police Protective Association for Scholarships. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. A full obituary will follow....

  • Elizabeth 'Betty Jo' Malsam

    Tristan

    E Elizabeth 'Betty Jo' Malsam lizabeth "Betty Jo" Malsam, 75, of Havre, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes. Cremation has taken place, and private family memorial services will be held at a later date in California. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Betty Jo was born on July 26, 1937, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Joseph and Elizabeth (Papatchik) Bullinger. She was raised in Havre, attending St. Jude Thaddeus and Havre Central High schools. On...

  • Saturday's Prep Basketball

    Tristan

    Both the Havre High boys and girls basketball teams were victorious Saturday afternoon at the HHS gymnasium. The Blue Pony girls beat Livingston 61-40 to remain unbeaten in the Central A, while the Pony boys turned back the Rangers, 62-52. Both HHS team's are in action Monday with the girls home to face Browning, while the boys hit the road to visit the Browning Indians. Havre's Nate Rismon, right, dribbles toward a Livingston defender during Saturday's boys basketball game in Havre. For full coverage, see Monday's Havre... Full story

  • Hi-Line Darts and Laurels

    Tristan

    Laurel — Sixth-graders at Havre Middle School are quickly learning the Hi-Line tradition of helping others. Under the direction of the librarian, the students are raising funds to help Dylan Hendrickson, a fellow student who is undergoing treatment in Seattle for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The program, "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," is a tremendous way to raise funds to help defray Dylan's expenses and a tremendous way to let students know the value of helping out friends in need. Laurel — The annual meeting of the Dinosaur Trail wil...

  • Laura Etta Mlinar

    Tristan

    Laura Etta Mlinar Laura Etta Mlinar, 90, a Joplin farmwife who loved RVing, bowling and poodles, died Saturday at the Chester nursing home. Her funeral will be 2 p. m. Wednesday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Joplin. Burial will follow at Joplin Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church. Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester. Etta was preceded in death by her husband, Les Mlinar in 1999; and her sister, Alyce Beck in 2007. Her only survivors are nieces and nephews....

  • Orville Eugene Lea

    Tristan

    Orville Eugene Lea Orville Eugene Lea, 86, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Havre, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Rapid City Hospice of the Hills after a lengthy illness. Orville was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Britton, S.D., to Obert and Ella (Haverly) Lea. He graduated from Kidder High School in 1944. He joined the U. S. Navy in 1944, serving on the U. S.S. Hansford in the Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a WWII veteran. Orville and Phyllis Moore of Kidder, S.D., were married on June 12, 1947, having...

  • Saturday's Prep Basketball: Ponies swept by Conrad

    Tristan

    After having their games against Browning postponed on Friday night, the Havre Blue Pony boys and girls basketball teams returned to action Saturday. In Havre, the Blue Pony boys were defeated by Class B Conrad 50-46, while the HHS girls lost 38-35 in Conrad. The Blue Pony girls host Malta on Monday night, while the Ponies are home together next weekend, hosting Central A doubleheaders against Belgrad Havre's Dane Warp, left, looks to pass during Saturday night's high school boys basketball game at the HHS gymnasium. e and...

  • Betty Ann Callison Villett

    Tristan

    Betty Ann Callison Villett Betty Ann Callison Villett, 69, was welcomed by the angels of heaven on Jan. 4, 2013, after complications from a series of strokes. Her memorial service will be 11 a. m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church with Pastor John Ulrich officiating. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the church immediately after the service. Memorials in Betty's honor may be made to Kitty Keepers of Havre. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Betty...

  • Betty Ann Callison Villett

    Tristan

    Betty Ann Callison Villett Betty Ann Callison Villett, 69, was welcomed by the angels of heaven on Jan. 4, 2013, after complications from a series of strokes. Her memorial service will be 11 a. m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church with Pastor John Ulrich officiating. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the church immediately after the service. Memorials in Betty's honor may be made to Kitty Keepers of Havre. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Betty...

  • Police: Man shot after hitting officer with car

    Tristan

    BILLINGS (AP) — A standoff ended with the death of a handcuffed burglary suspect who hit a Montana police officer with his own patrol car before the officer opened fire, authorities said. AP Photo/The Billings Gazette, James Woodcock SWAT team members stand guard as a man is given CPR after a standoff with police and the SWAT team in Billings. The standoff ended with the death of a handcuffed burglary suspect who hit a Montana police officer with his own patrol car before the officer opened fire. The 29-year-old man was in th... Full story

  • Saturday's Prep Basketball: Ponies sweep Coyotes

    Tristan

    Saturday's Scores The Associated Press BOYS BASKETBALL Absarokee 53, Fromberg 47 Arlee 81, St. Ignatius 57 Belgrade 59, Lewistown (Fergus) 36 Belt 68, Hobson 36 Big Timber 37, Jefferson (Boulder) 34 Billings Central 62, Miles City 19 Box Elder 62, Heart Butte 49 Broadview-Lavina 72, Reed Point-Rapelje 24 Butte Central 63, Livingston 48 Charlo 50, Phillipsburg 42 Chester-Joplin-Inverness 65, North Star 47 Chinook 70, Turner 30 Choteau 90, Cut Bank 62 Colstrip 66, Lame Deer 43 Dodson 78, Saco-Whitewater 69 Drummond 63, Darby... Full story

  • Dr. Robert Swan

    Tristan

    Dr. Robert Joseph Swan (Indian Names: "Eagles Watch Over Him" and "He Who Flies with Eagles"), 70, of Rocky Boy, has walked on. He died of natural causes Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Northern Montana Hospital. Wake services will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Box Elder. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Father Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial will follow in Box Elder Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has...

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