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  • Public invited to cheer on Hi-Line Special Olympians

    John Kelleher

    The Great Northern Special Olympics, featuring athletes from throughout the Hi-Line, will take place Wednesday at Havre Middle School. The group will gather for the opening ceremony at the school's track, which includes the Athlete's Pledge. Pat Ahern, a Havre Special Olympian, will lead the athletes in the Athlete's Pledge. Bob Norbie, president and CEO of Montana Special Olympics, will be the guest speaker. and Sierra Hiehl, a Havre High student, will sing the Star Spangled Banner. Special Olympian Stacy Johnston-Greeson... Full story

  • Twin Olympic biathletes talk to Havre youth

    John Kelleher

    When twin sisters Tracy and Lanny Barnes were young, they followed in their father's footsteps. "He was a hunter and he was a shooter," said Tracy, one of the twin biathletes who visited Havre over the weekend. So they started shooting when they were very young in their hometown of Durango, Colo. "We did all the things we were supposed to do when we were shooting," said Lanny. "But in between, we would be full of energy and we did all the things we weren't supposed to do." So a friend suggested that the full-of-energy twins...

  • Recycle Hi-Line: To them, trash is treasure

    Pam Burke

    Havre Daily News/John Kelleher Lorrie Cofer sorts through bags full of recyclable brought to the Recycle Hi-Line recycling station Saturday during Havre Pride Day cleanup. To honor volunteerism in north-central Montana during National Volunteer Week, every day this week Havre Daily News will be looking at some volunteers and volunteer-run organizations which help sustain our communities and enrich our lives. The first article of this week's series about volunteerism on the... Full story

  • Feds halt funds for $361M water project

    Matt Volz

    AP Photo/Matt Volz Kenneth Blatt St. Marks sits at his home in Box Elder. St. Marks, the former chairman of the Chippewa Cree tribe, is participating in a federal investigation into corruption on the reservation that includes money missing from a $361 million pipeline project to bring fresh drinking water to the reservation and parts of north-central Montana. BOX ELDER — Federal officials temporarily stopped funding a $361 million water pipeline for Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and parts of north-central Montana after l...

  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect is charged


    BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction — a crime that carries a possible death sentence. Officials have said Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother set off the twin explosions at last week's marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 180. His brother, Tamerlan, 26, died Friday after a fierce gunbattle. Tsarnaev was listed in serious but stable condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Hos...

  • Blue Cross merger plan clears Montana hurdle


    HELENA (AP) — A proposed merger between nation's fourth-largest health insurer and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana has cleared a major regulatory hurdle and is now in the hands of a former state Supreme Court justice. William Leaphart, the hearing examiner in the merger between Blue Cross and Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp., will make a recommendation to Attorney General Tim Fox and Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen now that Lindeen's staff has given the nod to the proposal. Fox's staff previously recommended a...

  • Police: 2 arrested in Canada terror plot

    CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press

    TORONTO (AP) — Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida, police said Monday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in Montreal and Toronto areas, were conspiring to carry out an attack against Via Rail, but posed no immediate threat. "It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan told reporters. Charges against the two men i...

  • Police: 5 dead in shooting south of Seattle

    TED S. WARREN, Associated Press

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Gunfire erupted at an apartment complex in a city south of Seattle and five people were shot to death, including a suspect who was shot by arriving officers, police said early Monday. Officers responding to an emergency call at 9:30 p.m. PDT Sunday at the apartments in Federal Way encountered a chaotic scene, with bullets flying. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Police and fire vehicles are seen several blocks from the scene of an overnight shooting that police said left five people dead, Monday, at an apartment c... Full story

  • Our View: Answers needed in Rocky Boy scandal


    A badly needed water system that would have brought potable water to all parts of Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation has been put on hold. It appears the the books for the project are in a shambles, there are allegations of conflicts of interest and charges that substantial amounts of money are missing. So the federal government has put the project on ice. In an all-too-familiar response, tribal officials and those involved in the mess say they are not authorized to respond and refer questions to people who say they, too, are...

  • Volunteering demonstrates who we are

    Debbie Vandeberg, Havre Area Chamber of Commerce

    Volunteer — a person who is willing to undertake a service. This is a short definition for a word that profoundly affects an individual. I believe that volunteerism is actually a distinctive part of our being. Debbie Vandeberg Volunteering demonstrates who we are. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. If you'd like to support a cause but can't afford to donate money, you can donate your time instead. So how do you go about it? Find what's right for you. With volunteering you get to pick w... Full story

  • Moderates provide success at Legislature

    State Sen. Greg Jergeson

    Frequently, any legislative session is compared to a chess match. There are a huge number of moving parts. There are numerous players, with skill levels ranging from master to no skills at all. The challenge isn't so much whether one party or the other can secure checkmate against the other, but that the elusive goal of finishing our business within the allotted 90 days, balancing the budget and making sure that the services provided by government are done with value to the taxpayers who foot the bills. Sen. Greg Jergeson It... Full story

  • Remember when baseball was fun

    Norman Bernstein

    We are now a few weeks into the Major League Baseball season, with the same, predictable steroid-laden lack of baseball, which is supposed to be a team sport, but has become a race for individual statistics, above all else. With so much money at stake, the game, itself, takes a back seat to the marketing of new records and new "superstars," and new products, designed to take more money out of your pockets and put it into the pockets of the billionaire owners and the millionaire players. The club owners were finally forced,... Full story

  • Pearl Luella Powell Morgan


    Pearl Luella Powell Morgan Pearl Luella Powell Morgan, longtime resident of the Bear Paw Mountains and Chinook, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at a Great Falls hospital. Services will be held in Chinook at the American Lutheran Church at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook. Pearl was born in a log cabin in the South Bear Paw foothills near the Bear Paw Springs, the oldest daughter of Milo and Mazo Powell. She graduated from Chinook High School in 1934 and...

  • Alan Berquist


    Alan Berquist Alan Berquist was ushered into Glory on April 18, 2013. He valiantly fought a heart infection for six months, and in the end he did win. He is wrapped in the arms of Jesus, fully alive in a brand new, perfect body. Above all, Alan was an encourager. He encouraged his family, friends, and people on the street. He had a gift for making everyone feel significant. It didn't matter who they were. Family was always first for him, and he spread that love through four generations. Alan had several occupations during...

  • Northern building plan moves ahead

    Tim Leeds

    A long-delayed project at Montana State University-Northern may be moving forward, with the Montana House of Representatives Friday approving an appropriations bill that spends some $180 million on construction projects. Greg Kegel, dean of Northern's College of Technical Sciences, said this morning that he is pleased the project to build a new automotive and diesel technology building has gotten this far, although he had hoped the matching requirement for Havre's university would be reduced. "It makes us a little nervous,... Full story

  • Havre Pride 'The biggest one ever'

    John Kelleher

    Havre Daily News/John Kelleher Bob Anderson, director of the YouthBuild program at Montana State University-Northern, checks a bag of recyclables at the Recycle Hi-Line station at 5th Avenue and 1st Street Saturday morning during Havre Pride Day. Lorrie Cofer stood in the parking lot at 5th Avenue and 1st Street early Saturday morning, sorting through a large container of plastic materials as part of Havre Pride Day. The plastic would soon be taken to her employer, Walmart, where it would be crushed and recycled. Bob...

  • Rams CB Trumaine Johnson cited for DUI in Montana


    MISSOULA (AP) — St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson was arrested on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge in Missoula, where he played college football for the University of Montana. Missoula County jail records indicate Johnson was booked into jail at 3:05 a.m. Friday and released about an hour later after posting a $700 bond. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance in Municipal Court sometime Friday. Police Detective Travis Welsh tells KECI-TV that Johnson was pulled over shortly after 2 a.m. for dr... Full story

  • Coalition 'blasts' campaign finance bill


    HELENA (AP) — A coalition of senators are undermining Republican leaders and forcing a floor vote on a campaign-finance overhaul. The state Senate voted 29-21 on Friday to bring Senate Bill 375 out for a vote on Monday. Republican state Sen. Jim Peterson has teamed up with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock on the measure that aims to force more disclosure about third-party money in politics. Peterson forced the Friday vote to take it out of a committee. Peterson said he worried the bill was advancing too slowly. The chamber's R...

  • Senate OKs concealed carry without permit


    HELENA (AP) — A bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit is shooting toward passage after receiving the Senate's initial endorsement. House Bill 304 would allow people carry concealed weapons within city limits without obtaining a concealed-carry permit. The measure is one of the many pro-gun measures on the docket this session. The Senate endorsed the measure Friday 27-21. It must pass a final vote in the chamber. Supporters say the so bill would give law-abiding people the freedom to carry concealed weapons i...

  • Ex-state workers claim hostility, sex for favors

    Matt Volz

    HELENA — Former Montana Disaster and Emergency Services employees claim the division's chief of staff traded sex for favoritism with a subordinate, and that those who complained were met with hostility and ultimately forced out of their jobs. The result was a dysfunctional workplace in which the agency's emergency management mission was overshadowed by the intra-office tumult, and longtime employees were replaced by unqualified ones, according to multiple lawsuits filed over the past year. The most recent, filed in January by...

  • Senate endorses bill to tighten term limits


    HELENA (AP) — The Montana Senate has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would cut off lawmakers for good after 16 years in office. he amended version of House Bill 277 would tighten term-limit provisions to prevent a state legislator from switching from the House to the Senate and back again every eight years. The original House bill would have allowed a legislator who already has served 16 years to run again after sitting out another eight years. A Senate committee changed that provision to limit the total t...

  • Panel considers Warburton plan for ending unisex insurance rates

    KATHRYN HAAKE, Associated Press

    HELENA — Even Shawn McQuillan's 88-year-old grandfather says his 20-year-old grandson drives too cautiously. The younger McQuillan, who says he has never been in a car accident or received a ticket, testified against a measure Friday that would allow some insurance companies to consider gender when determining Montanans' policy rates — a measure that he finds discriminatory. "If the bill before you is enacted, I would pay more simply because I am a male," McQuillan said. Presented by Rep. Wendy Warburton, R-Chinook, to the... Full story

  • 2 killed, 3 injured in Fort Belknap crash


    Associated Press Two Harlem residents died and three teenage boys were injured in a one-vehicle rollover on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The Montana Highway Patrol tells The Billings Gazette ( ) a 34-year-old Harlem woman was northbound in a pickup truck late Thursday when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The truck went into a field and rolled. The driver, a 33-year-old Harlem man and one of the boys were thrown from the pickup. Blaine County Sheriff and Coroner Glenn Huestis...

  • Orange crush Grizzlies

    JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — After all that talk about improving on last year's NCAA tournament dud, Montana played even worse in its return trip. Star guard Will Cherry shot just 1 for 12 and the 13th-seeded Grizzlies had no answers for No. 4 seed Syracuse's zone defense in an 81-34 loss Thursday night. AP Photo Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle, middle, consoles star guards Kareem Jamar, left and Will Cherry near the end of Thursday night's NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse in San Jose, Calif. The Grizzlies scored a season-low 3... Full story

  • Pony netters excited to hit the courts

    Daniel Horton

    The 2012 tennis season ended on a high note for the Havre Blue Ponies as then senior Justin Jensen made an incredible run to a third-place finish in boys singles in Class A. Now the Ponies are set to begin again. Havre is scheduled to open its season on Saturday at the Cut Bank Invitational, though weather may force a modified first weekend of competition for the Blue Pony netters. Havre High's J.J. Hovet takes a swing during the 2012 Havre Invitational tennis tournament last April. The Blue Pony tennis teams begin a new...

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