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  • Lights announce 2015 Recruiting Class

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 5, 2015

    New Montana State University-Northern head football coach Aaron Christensen announced his first recruiting class of his tenure at Northern on Wednesday afternoon. On national signing day, the Lights signed 22 new players, including three college transfers and 11 players from the state of Montana. Among the transfers is Herman Smith, a 6-5, 215-pound quarterback from reigning NCAA Division II national champion Colorado State-Pueblo. Smith is enrolled at Northern and will... Full story

  • After nearly 12 years, Tim Solomon quits as fair manager

    Tori Thomas|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    After nearly 12 years of serving as general manager of the Great Northern Fair Board, Tim Solomon has resigned. Solomon said his resignation will go into effect March 31, and that this is "more of a retirement." "We've had some great fairs, as far as some of the top-revenue fairs," he said, looking back on his 12-year career. He will remain mayor of Havre. Solomon said there will be advertising for someone to manage the fairgrounds. "They're looking for someone to do a... Full story

  • St. Marks wins in Rocky Boy - again

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Feb 4, 2015
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    The winners of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation special election are Ken Blatt St. Marks for chairman and Ted Whitford Sr. for the committee seat. St. Marks won with 300 votes with a 100-vote lead over Dustin Whitford, the runner-up for the Chippewa Cree Business Committee chair position. St. Marks was unavailable for comment this morning. "The Chippewa Cree people spoke again and, if this is what they want, I hope he can work with and, as far as I'm concerned, I will do my... Full story

  • Hays-Lodge Pole senior honored in Helena

    John Kelleher|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Hays-Lodge Pole senior Brandon Bradley got a shout-out from Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau during her State of Education address Monday. As she spoke to the joint session Montana Legislature, Juneau praised Bradley for overcoming lots of obstacles to become a student leader at his school. Bradley was being raised by his grandfather, Juneau said, but he died. Now Bradley and his older brother are taking care of their younger brother. While doing this, he is working at Martin’s Grocery Store after s... Full story

  • Senate narrowly endorses guns on college campuses

    LISA BAUMANN|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    HELENA (AP) — The Senate has narrowly endorsed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Republican Sen. Cary Smith of Billings says it would prohibit restrictions on guns on state university property with some exceptions. Under Smith's Senate Bill 143, Montana's Board of Regents would keep the authority to regulate the firing of guns, possession at campus events where alcohol is served and could prohibit guns in dorms, among other exceptions. Senators approved the measure by a vote of 2... Full story

  • Senate narrowly endorses guns on college campuses

    LISA BAUMANN|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    HELENA (AP) — The Senate has narrowly endorsed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Republican Sen. Cary Smith of Billings says it would prohibit restrictions on guns on state university property with some exceptions. Under Smith's Senate Bill 143, Montana's Board of Regents would keep the authority to regulate the firing of guns, possession at campus events where alcohol is served and could prohibit guns in dorms, among other exceptions. Senators approved the measure by a vote of 2... Full story

  • Antelope Court set for completion summer 2016

    Tori Thomas|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    The District 4 Human Resources Development Council will host a meeting Thursday to discuss a family housing project that is aimed for people with handicapped needs — Antelope Court. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Court Community Center, 2351 5th Ave. The architects who will be designing the buildings and layout of Antelope Court will be present at the meeting and the public is welcome for input on design as well as to voice concerns. Carilla French, administrative officer of the HRDC, said A... Full story

  • Quick Picks: A cold game of catch

    Updated Feb 4, 2015

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  • Hess speaks at Havre legislative video conference

    John Kelleher|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    State Rep. Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, said she believes a deal will be worked out to fund major infrastructure repairs in Montana. She said lawmakers on both sides of the aisle favor spending money to fix decaying roads, bridges and sewer systems. The only disagreement, she said, is how to fund the project Hess spoke at the weekly legislative forum Tuesday sponsored by the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce and Havre Public Schools. Gov. Steve Bullock has proposed taking advantage of low interest rates and bonding for his proposed...

  • Park board discusses info kiosks, future plans

    Tori Thomas|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    The Hill County Park Board held lengthy discussions Monday night concerning future plans of Beaver Creek Park, the Lions Campground and an information kiosk project. Beaver Creek Park Superintendent Chad Edgar and his team are planning on putting up information kiosks at the park, beginning with the reserved campgrounds. Edgar said these kiosks will offer information about each area and include a map. “The woodshop at Havre High School is going to make them,” he said. “There will be a map of the park and of the camps...

  • Local 4-H members, leaders meet 'Across Generations, Across Montana' with legislators

    Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Special to the Daily News Six members and leaders of the Hill County 4-H program participated in the 15th Biennial 4-H legislative breakfast in Helena Jan. 20. Those attending were Jasmine Powell, Skylar Powell and Angelina Toth of the Havre Honey Badgers 4-H Club, along with county leaders Amanda Powell and Shelma Seidel and Extension Agent Lea Ann Larson. The breakfast is sponsored by Montanans for 4-H, an all-volunteer group of concerned citizens. The 4-H legislative...

  • For the Record, Feb. 4, 2015

    Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Havre Police Department Gary Lee Ferguson, 22, of Havre was arrested on two Justice or City court warrants and charges of driving with no insurance and driving with no driver’s license after an officer made a motor vehicle stop at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 2. —— A 13-year-old and a 14-year-old were issued summonses for charges of disorderly conduct after an officer investigated a 1:44 p.m. Tuesday disturbance at Havre Middle School. —— Ricky J. Hendrickson, 49, of Havre was arrested on a state District Court war... Full story

  • Obituary - Irma Jean Erickson Tweedy

    Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Irma Jean Erickson Tweedy, 73, of Cut Bank passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. She was born March 17, 1941 in Rolla, North Dakota, to Fred L. and Hertha Erickson. Irma graduated from Chinook High School in 1959. She attended Montana State University and graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in education. Upon completion of university, Irma taught history, government and physical education in Hamilton and Browning, Montana. Irma married William Tweedy. They managed... Full story

  • Meeting on Golden Triangle barley set for Feb. 10 in Conrad

    Updated Feb 4, 2015

    MSU News Service BOZEMAN — A meeting focusing on Golden Triangle barley will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Conrad. Some of the top professionals in the industry will speak at the meeting, which will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pondera Shooting Sports Complex, 972 Granite Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The meeting is free, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday, Feb. 6. Speakers from Montana State University Extension will include Erik Lehnoff on “Managing Disease to Produce a High Quality Cro... Full story

  • Beekeeping workshop set for Feb. 21 at MSU

    Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Press release BOZEMAN — A workshop for beginning beekeepers will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at Montana State University. The instructors will explain how to buy bees and equipment, establish a new beehive, maintain hives, prevent pests, and harvest honey and wax. Participants will be able to taste various types of honey from around the world and visit a small trade show. Cost of the workshop is $35 per person. For more information about the workshop, or to register, go online to http://plantsciences.montan...

  • Scale association holds meeting, discusses membership increase

    Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Press release Hill County Scale Association held its annual meeting Jan. 16. Among the items discussed were recent membership increases and setting of details for their annual work day at the scale, the area’s only public livestock scale. Membership, which is not mandatory to use the scale, increased by three in 2012. Memberships are lifetime and can be passed to direct family members. The work day, an important activity for the association which strives each year to maintain and upgrade the facility 4 miles east of Havre, w... Full story

  • Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Ben Seigel, Havre Swimming

    Chris Peterson|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    For some people, a love of water and therefore, a love of swimming comes naturally. Havre High's Ben Seigel, a senior for the Blue Pony swim team, just happens to be one of those people. Seigel has been a member of the Havre High swim team since his freshman season but in truth, his love of swimming goes back a lot longer than that. He said from a very early age he loved to swim. He was taught by his parents, and his passion for the sport took off from there. Yet, this will... Full story

  • Local Bowling Report: A busy time of year on the tournament scene

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Things are quiet on the bowling scene this week, so I will be covering tournaments. The Budweiser Tournament in Lewistown is heading into the third weekend of play with two remaining. People can all 1-877-538-3473 for reservations. State Tournament Entry blanks are available for the Youth, Women’s, and the U.S.B.C. Open. Billings is hosting the youth while Butte is the home for the women and Missoula for the men. Jack’s Bar and Lanes in Fort Benton is hosting their annual No Tap Mixed Doubles, Feb. 7-28. Havre’s U.S.B...

  • Skylights sit at No.11 in new poll

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    The Montana State University-Northern women's basketball team may be on a rare two-game losing streak right now. But it isn't hurting the Skylights any in the national rankings. Following Northern's loss to then No. 22 Great Falls last Saturday night, the Skylights dipped just one spot in the new NAIA Coaches Poll released Tuesday afternoon. Northern, which is a stellar 20-3 on the season, currently sits at No. 11 heading into this weekend's road games at Lewis-Clark State... Full story

  • Frontier Notebook: Lights bench shining bright

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    It's the halfway point in the Frontier Conference basketball season, and all of a sudden, the Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team has pulled a complete 180. Granted, the Lights enter the second half of league play still at 3-4, but in just two weeks, they've gone from dead last to a five-way tie for fourth place. And Northern did it by knocking off then No. 9 UM-Western, as well as coming back from a 16-point deficit against Westminster College. The icing... Full story

  • National signing day is a big day for Northern

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 4, 2015

    Outside of playing for a national or conference championship, today is one of the biggest days in college football. And it’s a big day with no one putting on the pads and cleats. It’s national signing day around the country, and from the top high school prospects heading to places like Alabama and Ohio State, all the way down to schools in the Frontier Conference, today is about building the next great team. Today is an important day for the Montana State Uni...

  • Updated Jan 28, 2015