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Articles from the January 20, 2016 edition


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  • Where have all the workers gone?

    John Kelleher|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    After years of worrying about the jobless rate on the Hi-Line, there may be a problem of an extreme shortage of workers in the not too distant future. Participants at a Havre Job Service program, "Where Have All the Workers Gone," Tuesday were told that employers will have to come up with a whole new way of attracting millennials to work for them. The jobless rate in Hill County is 4.5 percent, slightly higher than Montana as a whole, but lower than the national rate, said...

  • Boys & Girls Club to get building study

    John Kelleher|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line will get a $28,500 Community Development block grant to have a study performed on its facilities. The study will take a look at the building and grounds and determine what the club should plan for the future. Krista Solomon, executive director HELP Committee and the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, said the study will plan out the proposed fitness park that is going to be built behind the club and consider the possibility of having some parking in the back to alleviate pressure in front o...

  • Havre Community Education offers variety to the area

    Paul Dragu|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    The Havre Community Education program will offer adult winter classes that range from snowshoeing the Bear Paw Mountains to cooking chimichangas and sweating to the dance workout Oula. Robyn Lewis has been the Community Education coordinator for three years and said the reasons five of the 26 classes center around learning how to cook Mexican dishes are because people have enjoyed learning how to make Mexican dishes in the past, and because instructor Karina Wheeler is really good at what she does. In fact, the availability...

  • Fair board looks for grounds manager

    Alex Ross|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    The Great Northern Fair Board held their monthly meeting Tuesday night in the Timmons Meeting Room in the Hill County Courthouse. Paul McCann, the board’s acting chair, and fellow board members Scott Doney, Carla Vaughn and Missy Boucher were present. Business taken up by the board included: • The opening for a new fairgrounds manager has been posted in the Hill County Courthouse and has been advertised through Job Services and other venues, McCann said. McCann and others could not say how many, if any, applicants had app...

  • Havre churches to hold Christian unity programs

    Alex Ross|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    Several churches in Havre will be hosting an all churches sing along and a series of breakfasts next week. The events, which are scheduled for Jan. 24 through 29 and hosted by the Greater Havre Area Ministerial Association, are to mark a Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity. “One of the things about the Christian community here in Havre is we really work to bring unity between all the church groups,” said Pastor Tim Zerger of the Havre Community Alliance Church, one of the churches organizing the gatherings. According to the...

  • Lincoln-McKinley invites people to "Hot Diggity Dog for Math"

    Updated Jan 20, 2016

    Lincoln-McKinley Primary School students, faculty and staff have invited people to come participate in the school’s family game night, “Hot Diggity Dog for Math,” Thursday at the school from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. People can come and join the activities beginning with hot dogs and chili served in the cafeteria and then to to designated areas to play math games with the students....

  • Montana Department of Revenue encourages E-filing this tax filing season

    Updated Jan 20, 2016

    From Montana Department of Revenue HELENA — As income tax return filing opened this week, the Montana Department of Revenue reminded taxpayers about the advantages of filing electronically and about changes to refund timelines and tax forms. People can receive their tax refund sooner if they file their taxes electronically. “While we encourage taxpayers to e-file your state income taxes because you’ll get your refunds faster, no matter how you file, we appreciate the effort that it takes,” said Mike Kadas, director of the Dep...

  • For the Record, Jan. 19, 2016

    Updated Jan 20, 2016

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated after someone from a 9th Street apartment complex called Monday at 6:50 p.m. to report that a younger male with a “scraggly beard” and wearing a black beanie was looking through mailboxes and took items from one. —— Jacob James Bauer, 33, of Havre was arrested on a charge of criminal contempt after a 24/7 Sobriety Program violation at the police station Tuesday at 8:14 a.m. —— A caller from 2nd Street reportd Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. that the tires of a gray Mazda were slashed. ...

  • Obituary - Esther L. Peterson

    Updated Jan 20, 2016

    Esther L. Peterson, 88, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, due to natural causes at her residence. Cremation has taken place, and a private family memorial service will be held. Esther's family has requested that memorial donations be made in her name to the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, PO Box 68, Havre, MT 59501, to the North Central Senior Citizen's Center, 302 4th Ave, Havre, MT 59501, or to the charity of the donor's choice. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been... Full story

  • USDA increases antipoverty investment in four states including Montana

    Updated Jan 20, 2016

    From USDA COLUMBUS — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of the Department’s StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative into high-poverty counties in Florida, Missouri, Montana and Ohio. Launched in 2010, more than 1,500 StrikeForce partnerships have already helped USDA support nearly 190,000 projects and invest $23.5 billion in high-poverty areas in rural America. “Growing the economy by investing in rural communities, farmers, makers and innovators, and increasing opportunities for famil...

  • Montana Farm Service Agency hiring additional loss adjusters

    Updated Jan 20, 2016

    From Montana FSA BOZEMAN — The USDA Farm Service Agency is accepting offers from individuals interested in providing contracted crop adjusting services throughout Montana for the 2016 crop year. Loss adjuster applications for the 2016 crop year are due Feb. 8 to the Montana FSA state office. Loss adjusters perform crop loss and related program services as assigned by FSA. Duties associated with these services include: 1) visiting farms to inspect damaged or destroyed crops; 2) appraising potential crop production; 3) d...

  • Local Bowling Report: Still time to sign up for Hi Line Lanes tournies

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    Holden’s Hot Wheels Junior/Adult scotch doubles tournament is schedule for Jan. 31. Those interested may sign up at the desk. The format is one youth and one adult alternating shots for the games bowled. There will be Bantam, Prep, Junior and Major divisions according to age. The Second Annual U.S.B.C. City Tournament will be held the week of Feb. 17 with team, doubles and singles. All events are optional. Team events will be four-person teams. All U.S.B.C. members are encouraged to bowl and support the local Association. S...

  • Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Brooke Nicholson, Chinook Basketball

    Chris Peterson|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    Chinook senior Brooke Nicholson is a star in every sport she plays, but basketball makes the Sugarbeeter's heart beat the most A lot of great athletes have come out of Chinook recently, but one of the most impressive and most decorated is Brooke Nicholson. Nicholson, who is in the midst of her final year as a Sugarbeeter, has made the most of her athletic career in Chinook, playing volleyball, basketball and tennis. And not only has she played all three sports, she has played...

  • Hi-Line Sports Schedule

    Updated Jan 20, 2016

    Thursday High School Basketball Chinook girls vs HLP Chinook boys vs HLP Friday High School Basketball Havre boys at Park Havre girls at Park Turner girls vs North Star Turner boys vs North Star Box Elder girls vs C/J-I Box Elder boys vs C/J-I Big Sandy girls vs Ft. Benton Big Sandy boys vs Ft. Benton High School Wrestling Havre at Class A Duals In Lewistown High School Swimming Havre at GFH/CMR College Basketball Skylights vs RMC, 6 p.m. Lights vs RMC, 8 p.m. College...

  • Skylights slip in new NAIA Poll

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 20, 2016

    The Montana State University-Northern Skylights have had back-to-back home splits in the Frontier Conference. And with the two losses in the last two weeks, the Skylights have slipped some in the NAIA Top 25. Still, in the new NAIA Women's Coaches Poll, Northern is holding strong at No. 14. Following last Saturday's loss to Lewis-Clark State, the Skylights dropped six spots in the new poll, but they still remain ranked ahead of the streaking Warriors. LC moved up from No. 20 t...