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Articles from the February 15, 2024 edition

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  • Montana nuclear base lockdown lifted after suspicious person prompts active shooter report

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    MATTHEW BROWN and AMY BETH HANSON The Associated Press BILLINGS — An Air Force nuclear missile base in central Montana was locked down by authorities for about two hours Thursday after an active shooter report sowed confusion and prompted officials to issue a shelter-in-place advisory for nearby schools. No shots were fired and nobody was injured at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, the base said as it lifted the lockdown in a statement posted to social media. A suspicious person on the base had been reported as an a...

  • Montana Rep. Rosendale drops US Senate bid after 6 days, citing Trump endorsement of opponent

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    MATTHEW BROWN and AMY BETH HANSON The Associated Press BILLINGS - Montana Republican Congressman Matt Rosendale dropped his U.S. Senate bid Thursday, less than a week after he got into the race only to see former President Donald Trump quickly endorse his opponent. Rosendale, a hard-line conservative, said in a statement that with Trump's backing of fellow Republican Tim Sheehy and a lack of resources, "the hill was just too steep." Trump's endorsement came just hours after...

  • Ice fishing derby set at South Faber Reservoir

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    The Chinook Rod and Gun Club’s 5th Annual Ice Fishing Derby is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7 a.m. at South Faber Reservoir after a change of date and location, with the event featuring an angling competition, raffle and door prizes, which will help fund the organization’s scholarships for this year. Club President Elmer Zarn said there are 50 spots available for participants, with cash prizes for longest fish by length for adults, longest fish by length for children, most total inches overall and a hard luck prize for who...

  • Quick pics: Having pie in the library

    Updated Feb 15, 2024

  • Super Bowl parade shooting apparently stemmed from dispute among several people

    Updated Feb 15, 2024

    HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and NICK INGRAM The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The mass shooting that unfolded amid throngs of people at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration appeared to stem from a dispute between several people, authorities said today. Police Chief Stacey Graves said that the 22 people injured in the shooting ranged between the ages of 8 and 47 years old, half of whom were younger than the age of 16. A mother of two was also killed. Three people were detained — including two juveniles — and firearm...

  • 9C Boys Tournament gets rolling

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    The District 9C Boys Basketball Tournament finally began at Havre High Gymnasium Wednesday. On the first day of action, Fort Benton came back for a 62-55 win over North Star, Turner held off Big Sandy for a 58-43 victory and Chester-Joplin-Inverness dominated in an 83-29 win over Hays-Lodge Pole. The tournament started with the No. 4 seed Fort Benton Longhorns winning, 62-55, against the No. 5 North Star Knights. The Longhorns had to work for the win after they fell behind,...

  • Obituary - William 'Bill' David Powell

    Updated Feb 15, 2024

    William "Bill" David Powell of Chinook, Montana, 89, passed away February 9th, 2024, with his son Mike by his side. Bill was born September 20, 1934, on Cow Creek south of Chinook, MT, to Jacob Clement Powell and Lucille McNeill Powell. Bill married Sharon O'Brien in the fall of 1955. Their son Mike was born in September of 1956 and their second son, Jaydee, joined them in April 1963. Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sharon Powell; sons, Michael Powell of Chinook,...

  • Lights geared up for a big run at the CCC

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    After a roller coaster ride of a regular season, the postseason has arrived for the Montana State University-Northern wrestling team. Head coach Tyson Thivierge’s team is headed to LaGrande, Oregon for the annual Cascade Conference Championships, which run Friday and Saturday at Eastern Oregon University. The Lights come into the tournament ranked No. 20 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, while Menlo, Providence, Embry-Riddle, Southern Oregon and Eastern Oregon are the other CCC s...

  • Obituary - Gerald "Jerry" Watson Ridgeway

    Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Gerald Watson Ridgeway, affectionately known as Jerry, passed away peacefully January 27th, 2024. Jerry was born in central Montana to Duane and Roberta Ridgeway (Watson) April 24th, 1946. Not one to be center stage, there are currently no formal services planned per his wishes....

  • For the Record, Feb. 15, 2024

    Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Havre Police Department Two arrests were made by officers assisting another agency on Second Street Wednesday at 9:29 a.m. No details on charges were listed in the dispatch log, but two men named as involved parties were listed in this morning's jail roster. Kaleb Emanuel Freyholtz was being held on a 72-hour hold for probation and parole, and Tyson Rondo Gruber was being held on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and theft and on a City Court warrant. -- A summons was i...

  • Gianforte says statewide sales tax off the table

    Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press Addressing his property tax task force at the group’s first formal meeting Wednesday, Gov. Greg Gianforte had two big messages: Figure out how to bring some permanent tax relief to Montana homeowners — and don’t do it by recommending a statewide sales tax. “As we and all Montanans know too well, property taxes are too high. That’s why we’re here — Montana homeowners need relief,” Gianforte said, detailing a list of goals that includes slowing how fast property taxes are growing and mak...

  • Creative Yogurt expands into Creative Yogurt and Coffee

    Christy Bambrough|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Havre locals Nicole and Andy Hanson have added another coffee stop for the public's commute to work every morning. Slight renovations have occurred within the walls of Creative Yogurt in the last couple months to make the additions to the menu. "We opened Creative Coffee Jan. 2, 2024, to add a little pizazz to our already established business, Creative Yogurt," Nicole Hanson said. "The two have so far complemented each other very nicely. Andy went above and beyond with the...