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Articles from the January 22, 2021 edition

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  • Successful COVID vaccination events held in Havre

    Updated Jan 25, 2021

    Editor’s note: This version includes comments by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. The Holiday Village Mall played host to two successful local COVID-19 vaccination clinics, one in the Former Herberger's location run by the the Merril Lundman Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, and the other in the former Famous Footwear location, run by the Hill County Health Department, Northern Montana Hospital and Bullhook Community Health Center. The VA's vaccination clinic s...

  • Union reps, members bash right-to-work bill

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    With right-to-work legislation pending in the Montana Legislature, discussions of unions and opposition to them is again surfacing in the state and in this area. In a town and state that has so many jobs that are structured with a union, the term “right-to-work” can be a very controversial subject. Right-to-work broadly refers to laws that ban unions from requiring dues or fair-share fees in unionized workplace. People who are for the right-to-work argue it is beneficial to development and that employees should not be for...

  • Hill County announces $1M in COVID expense funding

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Hill County Commissioner Diane McLean announced that the county has received over $1,000,000 in funding from the state to reimburse COVID-19 related expenses at this month’s country officials’ meeting. McLean said the process of applying for these funds was exceedingly tedious and has been worked on since September 2020, but the county has received $1,123,000 which is unencumbered by CARES Act restrictions. She said the commission discussed how to use the funds and determined that they should be put in a fund devoted spe...

  • Spectrum planning to bring high-speed broadband to Chinook, Harlem and Malta

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Press release Spectrum announced today plans to extend its advanced broadband network to residential and business customers in Chinook, Harlem and Malta in the coming months. “We are focused on providing the best broadband internet, TV, and mobile services possible to Montana’s Hi-Line communities,” Spectrum Area Vice President Mike Oswald said. The launch will include Spectrum Internet®, with starting speeds of 100 Mbps, and Spectrum Business® Internet, with starting speeds of 200 Mbps. Through Spectrum Internet Gig and Spe...

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's update was 91,049 with 393 new cases, 4,850 active

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    The number of active hospitalizations was 138. The number of deaths was 1,104. Blaine County, reported Thursday evening 1 new case, 639 total, 13 active, 1 active hospitalization listed, 24 deaths Hill County, reported Thursday evening 2 new cases, 1,784 total, 21 active, 3 active hospitalizations, 40 deaths Rocky Boy, reported Thursday evening, also reported on either Chouteau or Hill County numbers, no new cases, 786 total, 1 active, 1 active on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, no active hospitalizations, deaths not l... Full story

  • Our View: People still need to treat COVID like a deadly disease

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Despite daily confirmed case numbers of COVID-19 generally dropping in the area and in the state, government mandates being rescinded or expiring and vaccine rolling out, Havre Daily News hopes people still take the disease seriously and treat it like a deadly illness rampant in their communities. That’s what it is. As of reports this morning, close to 100 million people in the world have contracted the disease and more than 2 million people have died. The U.S. has seen nearly 25 million cases and more than 400,000 people h...

  • View from the North 40: A world of strange correlations for man and beasts

    Pam Burke|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Because I think being up-to-date in the news also means reading the “Odd News” articles, I occasionally get a sense that human and animals lead parallel lives, or maybe we are influenced by the same forces in the universe. I don’t know, but the correlations seem uncanny sometimes. Humans have been increasingly aggressive and recently erupted into serious attacks, with bloodshed, at the Capitol building, the political home of our national lawmakers. Well, get this, people in a...

  • Obituary - Clarence Maurice 'Fritz' Keller

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Clarence M. "Fritz" Keller, 76, passed away from injuries he received from an accident on the farm Tuesday, January 19, 2021. A Rosary and a funeral Mass will be held for immediate family at St. Jude Catholic Church. His burial will be held at the Cottonwood Cemetery North of Havre. If you would like to watch the live video stream using your computer or mobile device, please use this link: If you would... Full story

  • Obituary - Loretta Park

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Loretta Park, 73, passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident Monday, January 18, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Fifth Avenue Christian Church with Pastor Rick Hodshire officiating. Burial will follow in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery in Chinook. Loretta's family has suggested memorial donations be made in her memory to Fifth Avenue Christian Church or to the charity of the donor's choice. Holland & Bonine... Full story

  • Federal District Court: Methamphetamine trafficking sends Box Elder man to prison

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    From Montana District U.S. Attorney’s Office GREAT FALLS — A Box Elder man who admitted possessing methamphetamine for distribution after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation was sentenced Thursday to seven years and eight months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said. Kyle Frank Russette, 26, pleaded guilty Sept. 24, to possession with intent to distribute. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. In co...

  • Agenda - Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Havre Middle School for a special meeting and to hold its planning workshop The agenda for the meeting is: A. Call to order 1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. Roll call 3. Welcome to visitors 4. Agenda deletions or corrections, and additions allowed by policy, if any B. New business 1. Personnel Public Comment — An opportunity for any member of the audience to bring to the attention of the board questions or relevant comments concerning district matters n...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Monday 9 a.m. — Center for Mental Health Finance Committee meeting via Zoom Tuesday 10:30 a.m. — Road Department meeting in the commissioner’s office 1 p.m. — Substance Abuse and Misuse Coalition meeting via Zoom 2 p.m. — Disaster and Emergency Services meeting in the commissioner’s office Wednesday Regular business hours Thursday 10:00 am — Commissioner’s weekly business meeting in commissioner’s office Manual claims Employment review Resolutions Tax adjustments County permit approval Subdivision/survey approval Time for...

  • For the Record, Jan. 22, 2021

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Havre Police Department Meea Lee Healy of Havre, 18, was issued a summons on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle after a caller on First Street Northeast reported Thursday at 11:01 a.m. that a relative's vehicle was taken two days prior and hadn't been returned. -- Officers told a Thursday 11:45 a.m. caller on First Street they would keep an eye open for a stolen red mountain bike, with stickers, no brakes and different colored handlebars, that was stolen three days...

  • Pony boys brace for Northeast A showdowns at home

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    The Havre High basketball teams ended last week on a high note, with resounding wins over the Sidney Eagles. Now, both Blue Pony squads are looking to capture some momentum. The Havre High boys will look to do so at home. The Ponies, of head coach Walynn Burgess are home for a pair of Northeast A games, with the Glendive Red Devils visiting the HHS gymnasium tonight, followed by a rematch with Sidney Saturday afternoon. Havre is currently undefeated in the Northeast A, so...

  • Frontier announces new spring football plans, schedule

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    For now, Frontier Conference football is still a go. But, for yet another time since the coronavirus pandemic began, the conference has altered its plans. The last announcement for a spring football season came back in October, where a seven-game conference slate starting in February was planned. This plans changed Thursday however. The Frontier announced in a press release a plan to play a five-game spring season that wouldn't start until March 13, with official practices...

  • Argos win round one on the mat

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    The Montana State University-Northern wrestling team was finally making its Armory Gymnasium debut, albeit without fans. But, the one and only time Northern got to wrestle in its own gym this winter, didn't exactly go to plan. Thursday night in the Armory, the Lights dropped the first salvo in their annual rivalry with the University of Providence, as the No. 22 Argos beat the No. 13 Lights 21-13. "I'm glad we got matches in," Northern head coach Tyson Thivierge said after...

  • Lights aim to set a Bear trap

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    COVID-19 certainly keeps messing with the Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team. It was almost two months ago that the Lights were supposed to open Frontier Conference play at Rocky Mountain College, only to have the pandemic get in the way. Then, earlier this week, it happened again, as the Lights' home game with the Providence Argos was canceled because of COVID in the UP program. But with all of the road blocks, Northern continues to forge ahead, and...

  • Skylights need a quick bounce-back against Rocky

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    The Montana State University-Northern Skylights are going to have to have a short memory. That's because, after getting beaten by University of Providence Wednesday night, the Skylights must now turn around and play another talented Frontier Conference rival. This weekend, Northern (1-6, 2-9) will wrap up a five-game homestand with back-to-back games against the Rocky Mountain College Battlin' Bears, who one to the Armory Gymnasium Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. And afte...

  • Blue Pony swimmers head to Columbia Falls

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    The Havre High swim teams have yet to take to the road. But the Blue Ponies will finally do that this weekend. Before the start of the 2021 season, Havre's schedule was still being put together because of COVID-19 protocols. But one thing that had been missing from the schedule early on was a true road meet. Havre hosted back-to-back meets in the Havre Community Pool to start the season, then last Friday the Ponies participated in the first virtual meet of the year. Havre...

  • Harlem's L'Tia Lawrence named HDN Female Athlete of the Year

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 22, 2021

    The end of her high school career wasn't easy. That's when COVID-19 first took hold in Montana, including in Harlem. And yet, nothing, including a global pandemic, can take away the kind of high school highlights that L'Tia Lawrence had. And for her incredible run as a three-sport athlete in Harlem, which then carried over to playing two different sports at Montana State University-Northern, Lawrence has been named the Havre Daily News Female Athlete of the Year for 2020....

  • Senior Center News, Jan. 22, 2021

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    North Central Senior Citizens Center, Jan. 25-29 Menu by Earlene DeWinter, subject to change Monday — Chicken pepper steak, rice, vegetables, cookies Tuesday — Salad, Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, bread stix, cake Wednesday — Chicken fried steak, mash potatoes and gravy, peas, dessert Thursday — Cabbage rolls, baked potato, corn, cheese cake with cherries Friday — Soup, chef’s choice, dessert Tax preparation information We do not know what is happening with AARP tax preparation at this point in time. We are creatin...

  • Local students on UM Western Dean's List

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    From University of Montana Western DILLON — The University of Montana Western named 572 students to the 2020 fall semester Dean’s List. To achieve this honor, students must be enrolled full-time or for 12 semester credits and carry a minimum 3.33 grade point average. Local students named to the list include: Lillian Gopher, Box Elder Ethan Haberts, Chester Acadia Overlie, Chester Tamer Jamieson, Chinook Trevor Reid, Chinook Katlynn Bodner, Havre Trinity Leeds, Havre Nicole Stimson, high honors, Havre...

  • Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    You know, Lord, some names that new babes are given make one wonder, how on earth did the parents come up with that name. Did they ever even think to check the meaning of the name? It's been said that even if unknown, the babe/child will grow into and live up to their name. Our daddy sure lived up to his name; he was "STRONG AS AN EAGLE" and "BRAVE." Mom was the "GRACEFUL ONE." The source of a neighbor's name is Hebrew and means "CHRIST LOVE." It fit him. Another neighbor's...

  • Pastor's Corner: The Lord's Prayer

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    It is the prayer we know so well that we can recite it without even thinking about it. If we are churchgoers, it is the prayer we say, at the very least, every Sunday, if not every day. It is probably one of the first prayers we ever learned as children; and it will be, even for those of us who walk into the long twilight of dementia, something we remember, long after we have forgotten the names of our own children. As theologian John Dominic Crossan says, "The Lord's Prayer...

  • Out Our Way: The Gate - Matthew 7:13-14

    Updated Jan 22, 2021

    Out our way, working cattle is different nowadays than it was in yesteryear. Granted, here and there we still have areas of open range, but by and large, cowboying is done in a fenced pasture. Pushing the herd along is not done all the time and when we do, it is because we are moving them to new grazing grounds - the "green pastures and still waters" (Psalm 23) that give life, health and wholeness. But the barbed wire fence of the modern range limits us in some respects, as...

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