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Articles from the January 17, 2023 edition

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  • A letter from the president

    Updated Jan 18, 2023

    It has been an honor to serve as a director on the Chamber board the last several years, and I look forward to continuing that service as your Chamber president in 2023. My time on the board has helped me to develop a greater understanding of the many obstacles our local businesses face. The Chamber has worked diligently to partner with and promote our local businesses, elevate our events and bring folks to our community. Our efforts would not be successful without the...

  • From the Chamber's executive director

    Updated Jan 18, 2023

    Wow, what a phenomenal year! 2022 was filled with growth, challenges, discovery, and opportunity. The past 10 months as the executive director of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce have afforded me the opportunity to really lean into our business community, build relationships, and learn about the challenges our businesses face. I've also been awakened - there are many opportunities available for our community! Looking back at 2022 we have many successes to celebrate! The 2nd...

  • From the outgoing president

    Updated Jan 18, 2023

    Being involved with the Havre Chamber of Commerce has been an extremely rewarding experience for myself, both on a personal and a professional level. Initially, working with various Chamber committees, provided me with an opportunity to meet and begin building relationships with others involved in our community. I was introduced to fellow bankers, accountants, attorneys, insurance providers and many others who have aided me in my career. Serving on the Board of Directors...

  • Blaine County Museum winter speaker series begins Thursday

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    The Blaine County Museum, in conjunction with Humanities Montana, will be holding a speaker series starting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the museum with a presentation on the pre-statehood history of northern Montana by historical researcher Austin Haney. A post on the museum’s Facebook page said Haney’s lecture, titled “In the Shadow of the Bear Paws,” will discuss the often-overlooked early history of the region including its original inhabitants as well as the wandering traders, explorers and soldiers, as well as the “colorf...

  • Continued snow and cold keeps driving conditions poor

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    The return of cold and snow has continued poor driving conditions in the area, with highways in this regions listed as having snow and ice, even some black ice, and driving in towns still a problem in some areas despite work to remove snow and ice. Continued dense fog also is causing problems for driving. Havre Public Works is recommending that drivers in the area stick to the most well-traveled roads as much as possible amid the difficult driving conditions caused by recent...

  • Name released in Blaine County fatality

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Travis M. Sheffelmaer of Dodson died following a crash on U.S. Highway 2 in Blaine County of injuries unrelated to the crash, which is still under investigation, Blaine County Sheriff John Colby said in a press release. The release said that Blaine County sheriff’s deputies were doing traffic control Wednesday for a vehicle that had slid into the ditch on U.S. Highway 2 at mile marker 409. Deputies advised that the road conditions were too dangerous to continue with the vehicle that was in the ditch and out of traffic, the r...

  • Hi-Line Girls BB: CJI, Box Elder, Chinook girls rolling as 9C season continues

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Before you know it, it will be tournament time. That's why every game in the District 9C last weekend was huge. In girls basketball action last Thursday night, the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks outlasted the Fort Benton Longhorns 31-28 to start a busy week of hoops. Brynn Kamerzell scored 18 points for CJI, while Casha Corder had 13 for the Longhorns. Thursday night also saw Box Elder dominate Harlem in an 87-45 win. On Friday night, Chinook beat North Star in a key 9C...

  • Blue Ponies make up conference games at Lewistown tonight

    Kason Clark|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    After they both played Saturday night, the Havre High boys and girls basketball teams will get little time to rest as they head on the road to face Lewistown tonight. These games were originally scheduled for before the holiday break, but weather conditions at the time forced a rescheduling to tonight. Regardless, the Blue Ponies will have a tough test against a Northeast A rival. The night will get started with the HHS girls basketball team playing the Lewistown Golden Eagles...

  • Hi-Line Boys BB: Hawks, Knights win exciting 9C contests

    Kason Clark|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    With the postseason creeping closer, Hi-Line high school boys basketball teams are looking to start peaking at the right time. This past week, some teams have continued to roll toward the postseason while others are still searching for answers. Hi-Line basketball started Thursday with a District 9C matchup between Fort Benton and Chester-Joplin-Inverness. Even though the game was down in Fort Benton, the CJI Hawks walked away with a 57-47 victory. The Longhorns started the...

  • Ice Hawks split with the Flathead Fusion

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Down in Whitefish this past weekend, the Havre Ice Hawks high school hockey team played a pair of games against the Flathead Fusion. Over the weekend, the Ice Hawks had their ups and downs against the Fusion. The Ice Hawks started the weekend Saturday with a 4-3 loss to the Fusion before bouncing back Sunday with a 4-1 victory. In the game Saturday, the Fusion struck first with a goal from Sam Trufant about halfway through the first period. A few minutes later, the Ice Hawks...

  • Havre Red Cross Blood Drive successful

    Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Judy Vosen Local Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer Coordinator The recent Havre Community Red Cross Blood Drive held at St. Jude Parish Center Monday, Jan. 9, was again a success. There were 107 units collected, several of which were double red cell units, more commonly known as Power Red units. Once again there were a few first-time donors this month. Thank-you is given to the local Knights of Columbus volunteers for providing a selection of delicious sandwiches, and thank-you to Havre McDonald’s bakery for providing very t...

  • Statewide Blewett wrestling scholarships offered

    Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Press release For the 17th year in a row, Alexander “Zander” Blewett III, a trial lawyer from the personal injury law firm of Hoyt & Blewett PLLC in Great Falls, has offered three $1,000 scholarships to the top high school student wrestlers around the state of Montana for Classes AA, A, and B/C. The scholarships are awarded to the top wrestler from each school classification who has displayed the best combined qualities of wrestling and academic achievement. Both boys and girls wrestlers are eligible to apply for the sch...

  • Obituary - John Joseph Shidu

    Updated Jan 17, 2023

    John Joseph Shidu, 95, passed away peacefully January 6, 2023. John, or Papa, was born in Helena, MT, March 3, 1927, to Mary (Stariha) Shidu and John Shidu. He grew up and went to high school in Helena. As a young man, he worked at the Helena brickyard for Archie Bray. He learned the flooring craft as a side job, and eventually moved to Great Falls to work for Central Flooring for five years. A chance meeting with Bill Fuglevand at a job site led to an offer to work for him... Full story

  • Obituary - Jarold E. Schmidt

    Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Jarold Ernest Schmidt, 83, was born to Ernest and Verla Delight Schmidt of Bowman, ND, in 1939. Relocating to Lewistown, MT, in Jarold's childhood the family helped farm the PN Ranch. Upon graduation from Fergus County High in 1958, Jarold served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Following his service, Jarold farmed the 79 Ranch, where he would meet his future wife, Lynn. Jarold attending Montana State University and receive his bachelor's degree in commerce with distributive... Full story

  • For the Record, Jan. 17, 2023

    Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Havre Police Department Jerome Lane Bigknfe of Rocky Boy, 29, was arrested on two Justice or City court warrants, one state District Court warrant and a charge of shoplifting; Nicholas George Lightfoot of Havre, 29, was arrested on two Justice or City court warrants, and Chancie Jade Houle of Havre, 31 was arrested on a charge of obstructing a peace officer or other public servant after a caller at a First Street business reported Monday at 12:51 p.m. a shoplifter had driven...

  • Bills being discussed in the Legislature

    Updated Jan 17, 2023

    As we started the second week of legislative session, things were still a bit unsettled. By Wednesday, I could see where a theme was starting to form. Most of the bills that were being presented were what are called “agency bills.” The governor has asked for a law cleansing, or purge, of outdated language in Montana law. In some cases, the bills cut red tape or more clearly explain the original intent of the law. A good example would be a bill needing authorization every other year. This type of bill would be resolved by a s...

  • The Postscript: Imperfections

    Carrie Classon|Updated Jan 17, 2023

    I almost threw away my old lace napkins. They have rust stains on them. In order to cover the stains, I threw them in a pot of green dye and boiled them. The dye was not a success. The napkins all came out in slightly varying shades of green, and the rust stains — while less noticeable — were still there. I used them once and was self-conscious the whole time. “People are going to think I didn’t wash the napkins!” I worried. But I washed them again, ironed them and kept them...

  • Celebrating 40 Years of Mercy Flight

    Updated Jan 17, 2023

    Press release ​ For newborns in distress in rural hospitals, for travelers in car wrecks, for injured wilderness explorers, for farmers and ranchers wounded on the job, and for so many more Montanans and visitors, Mercy Flight has been a critical element of survival. "Mercy Flight is a godsend," one Choteau dad said after his children were injured in a utility terrain vehicle accident. "I was happy to have them take my princess to Great Falls." Monday, Jan. 16, marked the 4...

  • Hi-Line Sports Schedule

    Updated Jan 16, 2023

    TUESDAY High School Basketball Havre girls at Lewistown, 6 p.m. Havre boys at Lewistown, 7:30 p.m. High School Wrestling Havre at GFH/CMR THURSDAY High School Basketball Chinook vs Big Sandy Rocky Boy vs HLP Harlem vs Malta College Basketball Skylights at Argos, 5 p.m. Lights at Argos, 7 p.m. FRIDAY High School Basketball Havre boys vs Glendive, 6 p.m. Havre girls vs Glendive, 7:30 p.m. Fort Benton vs Turner CJI vs Box Elder HLP vs North Star Rocky Boy at Shelby High School...