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  • Threat leading to middle school evacuation under investigation

    Tim Leeds|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Havre Public Schools said in a release it is working with law enforcement to investigate a threat that led to the evacuation of Havre Middle School. The release said all students are safe and were bused to Fifth Avenue Christian Church for reunification with their parents or guardians. The release added that students would only be released to appropriate parents or guardians and identification would be needed to pick the students up. A note was found in a middle school bathroom about 11 a.m. indicating a threat, the release... Full story

  • Havre Middle School evacuated

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Havre Public Schools announced Havre Middle School was evacuated after a threat was discovered. Students were taken to Fifth Avenue Christian Church, where they can be picked up by parents or guardians who provide proper identification. Watch for more here, at Havre Daily News Facebook and in Friday's edition of Havre Daily News.... Full story

  • Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Dakota Krass, Turner basketball

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    The 9C Girls Basketball Tournament has finally started at the Havre High Gymnasium. Over the course of this week, many basketball players and their teams will look to go on a run to finish in the top three of the tournament and clinch a spot in next week's Northern C Divisional. One of those athletes is senior Dakota Krass of Turner. While the Tornadoes have not had the best season, Krass hopes to do well in her final appearance at the 9C tournament. "I'm hoping to win a few...

  • Quick pics: Firing up the 9C

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

  • Republicans vote down long- term property tax relief bill

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press House Republicans voted down a Democrat-backed bill Wednesday that would have used income tax credits to ease the squeeze placed on lower-income homeowners and renters by rising property taxes. House Bill 280, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Karlen, D-Missoula, aimed to offer a state income tax credit to homeowners making up to $130,000 a year to reimburse them for a portion of their property tax bill. It would also have let renters claim a credit for a portion of their rental bill assumed to be...

  • Havre schools offering Cree language course

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Havre Public Schools will be offering a Cree language course next year as part of an increased push to improve cultural education for Native American students in the district. The course, which was approved unanimously by the Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees in a meeting Monday evening, was set up as part of the state’s Indian Education For All Program with the help of Mahchiwminahnahtik Chippewa and Cree Revitalization, a program based in Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. Havre Public Schools IEFA Director Jessica Ken...

  • China blasts US over response to Chinese balloon incursion

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s ceremonial parliament has accused American lawmakers of trampling on the sovereignty of other nations after the U.S. passed a measure condemning a suspected Chinese spy balloon’s intrusion into U.S. airspace. The statement issued today by the National People’s Congress’s Foreign Affairs Committee repeated Beijing’s insistence that the balloon was an unmanned civilian weather research airship, a claim the U.S. has dismissed citing its flight route and payload of surveillance equipment. While China at fi...

  • Lawmakers debate free speech, respect for transgender students

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Alex Sakariassen Montana Free Press Lawmakers in the Montana House engaged in pointed debate Wednesday about respect, faith and the ability of transgender, nonbinary and two-spirit students to feel safe in public schools. The discussion centered on House Bill 361, a measure brought by Rep. Brandon Ler, R-Savage, to establish that referring to a fellow student by a gender they do not claim or a birth name they no longer use — known as misgendering and dead-naming, respectively — is not legally discriminatory behavior. In his o...

  • New boat validation decals required

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Press release HELENA — Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2023-2026 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current red decals expire Feb. 28. Boaters who have permanently registered their boats, sailboats or PWC must still obtain two free boat validation decals every three years at FWP regional and area offices, or by going to the FWP website at . Owners who order validation decals on the FWP website will receive the decals in the mail....

  • Obituary - Joseph "Joey" Louis Malsam

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Joseph "Joey" Louis Malsam, 84, joined his Heavenly Father February 14, 2023. Joey was born February 25, 1938, to Joe and Mary Malsam in Havre MT. Joey grew up on a ranch north of Havre near the Canadian Border. He attended grade school at St. Jude's, Miller, and Cottonwood, then finished high school at Havre Central in 1956. While in high school, Joey started to rodeo and went to the high school nationals in Reno in 1956. He continued to rodeo until he went into ranching full... Full story

  • Correction - Montana Senate votes against Indigenous Peoples

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    A front-page story in Wednesday’s edition of Havre Daily News about the state Senate tabling then voting against blasting a bill that would create Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Montana reported that Sen. Russ Tempel, R-Chester, did not respond by printing deadline Wednesday to a request for comment sent by Havre Daily News Tuesday. Havre Daily News received a system report Wednesday after printing deadline that the message was on queue for delivery to Tempel but had not been delivered yet, a message repeated to the Havre Dai... Full story

  • For the Record, Feb. 16, 2023

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Havre Police Department Lincoln Gregory Yarama of Havre, 21, was issued two summonses, each on a charge of criminal contempt related to a 24/7 Sobriety Program violation, one reported at 8:01 a.m. Wednesday at the police station and another at 8 p.m. -- Jacquline Colleen Chiefstick of Box Elder, 43, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after callers on Second Street reported a woman sitting in the middle of the street at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday. -- A 12:02 p.m. Wednesday...

  • Longhorns roll past the Hawks

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    On Wednesday night at Havre High Gymnasium, the District 9C Girls Basketball Tournament continued with a matchup between the Fort Benton Longhorns and the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks. In this meeting between the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, the Longhorns got rolling to win 65-23. In the first game of the tournament, Fort Benton head coach Eddie Fultz liked what he saw from his team. "Something I talked to them about earlier this week was giving full effort," Fultz said. "Just eve...

  • Bears are Back: Box Elder beats Big Sandy in 9C girls opener

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    It's been a roller coaster of a season for the Box Elder Bears. In many ways, it was to be expected after the incredible ride the Bears went on a year ago, a ride that took them all the way to the state championship game. And while the Bears might not have been the tournament favorite when the District 9C girls extravaganza got underway Thursday afternoon inside the HHS gymnasium, here the Bears are, still alive as the defending 9C champions. Thanks to a 52-44 win over fourth-...

  • Sugarbeeters mash the Tornadoes

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    There's nothing easy about District 9C girls basketball. But, in the first game of the 2023 9C girls tournament, the Chinook Sugarbeeters sure made it look that way. The undefeated, and top-seeded Beeters pummeled Turner 52-15 in the opening game of the 9C tournament Thursday afternoon inside the HHS gymnasium. The dominant victory advanced Chinook to tonight's first semifinal. And while the game was a blowout, Chinooks started off a little jittery in the first quarter, that...

  • Knights get hot in the second half to defeat T-Birds

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Day one of the District 9C Girls Basketball Tournament wrapped up on Wednesday with a meeting between the No. 2 seed North Star Knights and the No. 7 seed Hays-Lodge Pole Thunderbirds. After a close first half in Havre High Gymnasium, the Knights got rolling in the second half to pull away for the 61-31 victory to start the tournament. "You get nerves in the first game. There's a lot of anticipation and I thought we had that in the first half," North Star head coach Scott...

  • Surging Lights take aim at Cascade Championships

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 16, 2023

    The Montana State University-Northern wrestling team had a strong finish to the regular season, beating arch rival Providence last Thursday night. But, there's little time to rejoice as the postseason is now here. Northern heads to Prescott, Arizona, for the 2023 Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships Friday and Saturday. The CCC, formerly the West Regional, is easily the toughest tournament in the NAIA, with 50 allocations allowed for the upcoming NAIA national...

  • Gary & Leo's awarded Five Star honor

    Updated Feb 16, 2023

    Press release CHICAGO - The Independent Grocers Alliance - IGA - announced Monday that Havre, Montana-based Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods IGA store has been awarded the IGA Five Star honor for achievement in IGA's Assessment Program. Five Star is the highest level of recognition possible under the Assessment Program's rigorous standards. The IGA Assessment Program measures IGA store performance with a combination of unrevealed and revealed assessments focused on operations,...