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  • Nursing students plan dinner to raise funds for pinning ceremony

    Zach White

    Nursing is a special kind of job, which is why the graduates of Montana State University-Northern's nursing program deserve a special kind of graduation ceremony, one that requires a little help from their friends. Starting at 6 p. m. Saturday, the nursing class of 2014 is holding a spaghetti dinner at the Eagles Club to raise funds for their pinning ceremony, to follow the regular Northern graduation ceremony. The dinner will feature regular staples — spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert — with silent auctions going...

  • Your direct line to City Hall

    Zach White

    I was watching Mayor Michael Bloomberg on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" recently, and he and Kimmel talked about an app that New York City has launched under his watch: NYC 311. The way they described it on the show, anyone with the app can press a button to report graffiti or a pothole or a crime. You send along your position, and the city will send someone to try and solve the problem. Zach White I know some people in Havre would love to have such a direct line into City Hall, but I'm not sure how easy it is to send a... Full story

  • Patch work: Havre police get new uniform insignias

    Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown The old Havre Police Department patch is seen to the left. To the right, the new patch features a redesigned emblem and fixes the misspelled Latin motto. For Havre police officers, the side of their uniforms now match the sides of their cars. The seal on the Havre Police Department's patch will fix some spelling errors and change the creature to make it "a little more coppish, " as Police Chief Kirk Fitch put it, to match the emblem used elsewhere. The patch has been, for about 20 years, a...

  • Building momentum

    Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown Governor Steve Bullock, from left, tours the Montana State University-Northern diesel technology program facilities Thursday morning with Greg Kegel, Dean of the College of Technical Sciences, and Chancellor Jim Limbaugh. Before he pushes for the legislature to fund the reconstruction of Montana State University-Northern's Auto/Diesel Technology Center, Gov. Steve Bullock visited the Havre campus Thursday to see why he should. Through an hour-long tour of Northern's automotive facilities...

  • Chancellor briefs on legislative issues

    Zach White

    In his continuing quest to keep the community aware of and involved in what is happening at Montana State University-Northern, Chancellor Jim Limbaugh held another of his regular Chancellor's Open Forums Wednesday afternoon, this time to focus on legislative issues. A little more than a dozen attendees, almost entirely Northern faculty and staff, joined Limbaugh in Hensler Auditorium to hear updates on what is happening at and to Northern. Limbaugh described a shift he is seeing take hold across the country, where...

  • Chancellor briefs on legislative issues

    Zach White

    In his continuing quest to keep the community aware of and involved in what is happening at Montana State University-Northern, Chancellor Jim Limbaugh held another of his regular Chancellor's Open Forums Wednesday afternoon, this time to focus on legislative issues. A little more than a dozen attendees, almost entirely Northern faculty and staff, joined Limbaugh in Hensler Auditorium to hear updates on what is happening at and to Northern. Limbaugh described a shift he is seeing take hold across the country, where...

  • Havre High's Murphy wins top award for Class A schools

    Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown Dennis Murphy poses for a portrait in his office this morning. Havre High School Activities Director Dennis Murphy went to last weekend's Montana High School Association meeting as a representative of Havre Public Schools, and he came back the 2013 Class A Athletic Director of the Year. His colleagues in the Montana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association voted to give Murphy the award, though he insists he didn't earn it alone. "Like with any honor you look at, it's the people... Full story

  • Juneau: Dropout prevention programs are working

    Zach White

    In the first few weeks of a new semester there are two groups of people thinking about graduation, the graduating class and the Office of Public Instruction. OPI announced a continued upswing in graduation rates, with fewer students dropping out, partially supported by recent Graduation Matters Initiatives. "Making dropout prevention a statewide priority is paying off for Montana students and communities," Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. "Every student we are able to keep from dropping out of school...

  • Chamber celebrates 104 years with impressive speakers

    Tim Leeds, John Kelleher, Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown A crowd gathers in the Duck Inn Olympic Room Wednesday to attend the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting. The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 104th year with its annual meeting at the Duck Inn Olympic Room, including introducing its new president, wishing outgoing members well, and hearing from a slate of speakers on a variety of local topics. Incoming President Jacob Lorang welcomed the audience and introduced new board members Stacy Mantle, Bonnie O'Neill and Mike... Full story

  • Sixth-graders raise money to help fellow student

    Zach White

    Havre Middle School's Junior Helpers, when looking for a cause to raise awareness and support for, they decided to stick close to home. The group of sixth-graders are raising money this semester to help seventh-grade student Dylan Hendrickson and his family fight his Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hendrickson left Havre for a hospital in Seattle before Christmas and won't be back until the end of the three-month treatment. Jean Murphy, the middle school librarian and Junior Helpers' adviser, said the students are trying to raise at...

  • Hi-Line stores still short of bread

    Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown An empty shelf in the bread isle at Gary and Leo's Fresh Foods Saturday afternoon. The collateral damage of last year's Hostess implosion is still afflicting some Havre businesses. Between the closure of the Sweetheart store on 2nd Street and the Billings-based vendor who further provided baked goods to the Hi-Line, it's become harder to buy a loaf of bread. At Walmart, Dennis Pearson, manager of the grocery department, said the store lost almost all of its bread offerings. "Most of our bread,...

  • Winter Storm Gandolf blankets Hi-Line, moves across US

    Tim Leeds, Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown Kassidee Calvert, front, shovels snow Thursday morning. A winter storm named for a fictional evil overlord has cast winter's blight across much of Montana, focusing so far on Blaine and Hill counties, with its impact expected to spread across much of the nation. Winter Storm Gandolf, named for a character in the fantasy novel "The Well at World's End, " moved into north-central Montana Thursday morning and National Weather Service reports it has dropped a foot or more of snow in the Havre area...

  • Winter Storm Gandolf blankets Hi-Line, moves across US

    Tim Leeds, Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown Kassidee Calvert, front, shovels snow Thursday morning. A winter storm named for a fictional evil overlord has cast winter's blight across much of Montana, focusing so far on Blaine and Hill counties, with its impact expected to spread across much of the nation. Winter Storm Gandolf, named for a character in the fantasy novel "The Well at World's End, " moved into north-central Montana Thursday morning and National Weather Service reports it has dropped a foot or more of snow in the Havre area...

  • Theft suspects arrested

    Zach White

    The wave of thefts that has been washing over Havre may be over. Havre Police announced this morning that they have arrested two suspects in the string of thefts that have seen everything from wallets to guns taken from mostly unlocked vehicles. "On January 10, 2013, members of the Havre Police Department and the Tri-Agency Task Force served warrants at two residences within the city limits, " Havre Police Chief Kirk Fitch said in an email this morning. "As a result of the warrants, one male juvenile age 17 and one male...

  • More private land closed to hunters

    Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown A newly placed "no trespassing" sign is seen on a fence post northeast of Havre. It's a new year, but the farmers and ranchers of northern Hill County still feel ignored by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and they have grown in solidarity to make their views known. Last week, 30 landowners, with 13 additions to the 17 who protested last month, joined in closing off what they estimate to be nearly 100,000 acres of Hill County that was open to hunters. Many of these landowners...

  • Fresno Ice Derby to kick off Jan. 26

    Zach White

    The holidays are over and the waters are frozen. That means it's time again for the annual Fresno Ice Derby. The two-day ice-fishing contest kicks off Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 a. m., then again at 7 a. m. Sunday, Jan 27. Every entrant pays $25 per day to fish, if registered before noon Friday, Jan 25, otherwise there is an additional $15 late fee. When all of the entry fees are collected, about 20 percent goes to a scholarship fund for students pursuing an agriculture-related degree at Montana State University-Northern. And...

  • Still time to register for Community Education

    Zach White

    Just because you're not enrolled in one of Havre's public schools doesn't mean the districts have nothing to teach you. Tomorrow will be the last day to register for this year's Community Education classes, with a catalog of 39 classes being taught by community experts over the next several weeks. The classes run between two hours and eleven weeks long and cost anything from $3, for a class on managing retirement funds, up to $50, for a couple's curling lesson. There are classes on CPR, fly-tying, knitting, computer...

  • Havre Public Schools board discusses legislative strategy

    Zach White

    With the legislative session kicking off this week, it is time for the public sector "Hunger Games" to begin. Team Havre Public Schools talked about their strategy at Tuesday night's school board meeting. The board's information packet for the meeting contained a list of 102 bills proposed in the past year for this session that pertain to Montana public education. Havre Superintendent Andy Carlson gave trustees a rundown of some of the highlights, mostly focusing on a proposal from Sen. Llew Jones to revise school funding.... Full story

  • Rash of thefts from cars reported in Havre

    Zach White

    A wave of thefts washed over Havre on Tuesday, from 13th Street north to the downtown area. According to the Havre Police Department, seven thefts were reported from vehicles around Havre. Of those, six of the vehicles were unlocked. "In the vehicle with the door locked, the suspects gained entry by breaking a side window to steal a gun (which could be seen from the outside), " a press release from Chief Kirk Fitch said. "Havre area residents are encouraged to ensure all doors and windows are locked at night (on both cars...

  • HHS survey: Most kids have tablets or laptops

    Zach White

    Havre Public Schools trustees know that technology is playing an increasingly important role in students' lives. And Tuesday they heard some numbers to prove it. Havre Superintendent Andy Carlson told the trustees at their meeting Tuesday night about the results of a survey taken by Havre students of every grade. The six-question survey was created to give the administration an idea of what they're working with, as they start looking at how to update the district's technology policy. The first question asked if students had...

  • Rash of thefts from cars reported in Havre

    Zach White

    A wave of thefts washed over Havre on Tuesday, from 13th Street north to the downtown area. According to the Havre Police Department, seven thefts were reported from vehicles around Havre. Of those, six of the vehicles were unlocked. "In the vehicle with the door locked, the suspects gained entry by breaking a side window to steal a gun (which could be seen from the outside), " a press release from Chief Kirk Fitch said. "Havre area residents are encouraged to ensure all doors and windows are locked at night (on both cars... Full story

  • Beaver Creek cabin garbage fees to be discussed by panel

    Zach White

    After an intense discussion on an idea to charge cabin owners in Beaver Creek Park the fees to pay for garbage removal, the Hill County Park Board set a committee to look at that idea along with other items on the board agenda including regulations on dogs, outbuildings at cabins and using hanging park permits. "These are all kind of contentious items, " said board member Robbie Lucke. It was Lucke who suggested at the board's December meeting that board members talk to cabin owners about charging a garbage fee. He requested...

  • 24/7 sobriety checks initiated in Havre

    Zach White

    People arrested on drug or alcohol-related crimes in Hill County have a new option, with Havre's branch of the 24/7 Sobriety Program which officially started this morning. The program requires participants to come to the Havre Police Department twice a day, between 7 and 8 a. m. and again between 7 and 8 p. m., to take a breathalyzer test every day. They can be assigned to the program as a condition of release, while they wait for trial, or as a corrective action in a final sentencing. This method first appeared in Montana... Full story

  • Club now offering dinner

    Zach White

    Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown Laurie Hulburt serves mashed potatoes during dinner at Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line Friday evening. For many of the children at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, membership can be about more than having a place to go or activities to join. It can be about having food to eat. As more kids have spent more time at the club, the club has spent more time taking care of them, with nutritional offerings growing from snacks to dinner. The club started providing snacks to children in the... Full story

  • Boys & Girls Club looks to expand building

    Zach White

    Like the thousands of children who have enjoyed the facility for more than a decade, the Boy & Girls Club of the Hi-Line has to grow. After celebrating its 10th anniversary, representatives of the club announced a plan to add onto and rearrange their Devlin School building on 1st Avenue, to accommodate the hundreds of Havre children who need their services, plans they hope to get started in about a year. The plan is to consolidate all of the administrative offices in one area, while using the old main office as one end of a... Full story

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