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Articles from the February 18, 2015 edition


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  • 9C Update: Longhorns, Hawks race into semifinals

    Updated Feb 19, 2015

    Updated at 9:30 p.m. The first round of the District 9C girls tournament was completed Wednesday night at the Havre High gymnasium as Fort-Benton-Geraldine beat Turner 61-36 and Chester/J-I beat Hays-Lodge Pole 63-18 Wednesday. The Longhorns and Hawks will meet in a semifinal Thursday night. The Chinook Sugarbeeters and Box Elder Bears advanced on the opening afternoon of the 9C girls tournament Wednesday in Havre. Chinook beat Big Sandy 68-17 while Box Elder took care of North Star 58-30. The Bears and Beeters will meet in... Full story

  • New law stiffens penalty for swindling the elderly

    ALISON NOON|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    HELENA (AP) — A new law in Montana will increase penalties for swindling elderly and disabled people. Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday signed House Bill 57 sponsored by Rep. Moffie Funk. The law will increase punishments for people convicted of securities fraud that victimizes vulnerable people, which includes anyone at least 60 years old or mentally disabled. Maximum punishments for stealing from the elderly and disabled will increase from $5,000 to $20,000 and from 10 years to 20 years in jail. Possible restitution for v... Full story

  • US Sen. Daines urges lawmakers to find Montana solutions

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

    HELENA (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines railed against Washington D.C. politics and told Montana lawmakers that solutions to the state's problems need to come from them. Daines addressed a joint session of the House and Senate Wednesday, saying lawmakers must be wary of increasing dependence on a federal government he says is accruing debt at an unprecedented rate. He says the Environmental Protection Agency through regulation is killing jobs in the timber and coal industries and that President Barack Obama's t... Full story

  • Former Stone Child president begins trial

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Feb 18, 2015
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    The embezzlement trial of former Stone Child College President Melody Billy Henry and her husband Frank Henry began Tuesday morning. and it is continuing today. The pretrial conference at the Missouri River Federal Courthouse in Great Falls was held Tuesday morning and 13 trial jurors were chosen before the lunch break. After the break, the opening statements began. The first day of the hearing commenced at 8:45 a.m. and ended just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Proceedings began at 8:30 this morning. Government witnesses sworn in Tu... Full story

  • Hill County spelling bee participants announced

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

    The Hill County Spelling Bee is scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Havre Middle School. Here is the list of participants by school: Cottonwood — Parker Johnston and Cole St. Marks; Davey — Kole Doney; Gildford Colony — Lucas Stahl; North Star — Tanicha Hudson, Kenidee Wolery, Christian Richey and Shiann Valdillez; Sunnyside School — Meara Johnsrud, Daisy Fuzesy, Emma Gillen, Jonah Miller, Katharine Greenwood, Ryleigh Keeler, Taydem Morley, RaeAnne Valdez, Dartanion Kaftan and Sosaia Raass; Havre Middle School ... Full story

  • BURNING FOR ASH WEDNESDAY

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

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  • MARDI GRAS HITS ST. JUDE THADDEUS SCHOOL

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

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  • Council eyes funds for bus system

    John Kelleher|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Havre City Council has given its backing to North Central Montana Regional Transit system and may soon give it some money. Jim Lyons, transit system director, appeared before council Tuesday to seek its endorsement of its most recent rounds of federal grant requests. Federal officials like to hear from municipalities that they support the bus service, Lyons said. Lyons said the project has grown tremendously over its six-year history. It runs buses from Fort Belknap to Havre and Box Elder daily. Twice a week, buses go to...

  • Ducks Unlimited banquet set for Friday

    Tori Thomas|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    The 40th annual Hi-Line Ducks Unlimited Banquet is set for Friday at the Duck Inn Olympic Room, 1300 1st St. Jim Bachini, chairman of the Hi-Line Ducks Unlimited chapter, said the organization was established in 1937 during the Dust Bowl Era, a time when North America’s waterfowl populations had significantly decreased due to the extreme drought. As of Jan. 1, Ducks Unlimited has more than 700,000 members across the world, with projects ranging from the United States and Canada, to Australia and Mexico. Bachini said that t...

  • Legislators look for Northern biodiesel research funding

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Legislators who support the $400,000 allocation to the biodiesel research center at Montana State University-Northern are more optimistic that the funding will win approval. But supporters would not back off in the efforts to convince lawmakers, Sen. Kris Hansen, R-Havre, said Tuesday. Hansen spoke to the weekly video conference that connects lawmakers in Helena with concerned residents at the Havre Public Schools' Robins Administration Building. "I think it's going to be...

  • Lt. Gov. McLean to speak to Hill County Dems

    John Kelleher|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Lt. Gov. Angela McLean will speak to Hill County Democrats and interested residents about Gov. Steve Bullock's plan to expand Medicaid, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Havre Eagles Club. Under the Affordable Care Act, the Legislature can expand Medicaid for up to 70,000 people. The federal government picks up the full tab in the first year, and that lowers to 90 percent after three years. Bullock and McLean are Democrats. Hill County Democratic chair Brenda Skornogoski is urging... Full story

  • Fair board talks manager, nixes pig wrestling

    Tori Thomas|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    The Great Northern Fair Board held discussions Tuesday night concerning pig wrestling and the fairgrounds manager position. Tim Solomon, fairgrounds manager, talked about the position for the management of the fairgrounds. Solomon resigned his post as a part-time fairgrounds manager last month after nearly 12 years. His resignation will go into effect March 31. According to an advertisement that will be placed in newspapers, the board will be accepting written proposals for... Full story

  • For the Record, Feb. 18, 2015

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Havre Police Department A two-vehicle, noninjury motor vehicle accident was investigated after officers responded to an 8 a.m. Tuesday call from 3rd Avenue. —— A 17-year-old was arrested on a pick up and hold order after an officer served a warrant 9:48 a.m. Tuesday on 10th Street. —— Someone was arrested after an officer made a motor vehicle stop at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday on 2nd Avenue. No other information was given. —— Officers investigated a 6:11 p.m. Tuesday call from Beaver Creek Boulevard about a Wells Fargo credit card... Full story

  • Obituary - Hudi D'Wayne Hounihan

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Hudi D'Wayne Hounihan, 40, of Fort Belknap, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at his residence. Wake services will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, and will continue until his funeral service, which will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, all at the Medicine Bear Center in Lodge Pole. Burial will follow in the Big Warm Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Hudi's online memorial page... Full story

  • Farm Bill deadlines approaching for Montana farmers

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Press release BOZEMAN — U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bruce Nelson reminded producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage, or ARC, and Price Loss Coverage, or PLC. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Friday, Feb. 27, and the final day for farm owners and producers to choose coverage is March 31. “These programs provide financial protection again... Full story

  • PURPLE PASSION, MAROON HEART

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    When it comes to basketball in the city of Havre, people know about the Montana State University-Northern Lights. And they know about the District 9C tournament that is played out every February inside the Havre High gymnasium. And Montana State University-Northern senior Corbin Pearson knows about both, too — because he’s achieved the highest level of success on both stages. Pearson came to MSU-N five years ago after an ultra-successful run at Big Sandy High School. His run... Full story

  • Local Bowling Report: No-Tap Mixed Tourney on tap at Hi Line Lanes

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Hi Line Lanes Annual No-Tap Mixed Tournament will get underway Saturday, Feb. 28 and run for three weekends. A prize of $500 will be awarded for a 292 game along with the other prizes. Shifts will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with no shifts after 5 p.m. Sundays. Call for more details at 265-5885 and to reserve a spot. There will be a Men’s Revenge following the No-Tap. Dates to be determined. SUNDAY KEGLERS: Holden’s Hot Wheels 956, 2734; D. Tilleman 186, 499; R. Turner 278, 729. Other Honors are: D. Friede 179; J....

  • Skylights hold strong at No. 11 in new poll

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    For the third straight week, the Montana State University-Northern women's basketball team stayed put in the NAIA Top 25. In the new NAIA Women's Coaches Poll, released Tuesday afternoon, the Skylights remained at No. 11. Northern comes off of last weekend's sweep of Rocky Mountain College and then No. 18 Carroll College. Northern improved to 23-3 overall and 9-2 in the Frontier Conference. The Skylights also have a two-game lead on third-place UGF and Carroll and sit just a... Full story

  • Rocky Boy, Harlem begin postseason play

    Chris Peterson|Updated Feb 18, 2015

    For the basketball teams of Class B and Class C, postseason play is here. And along the Hi-Line that means a number of teams will be in action. While many will compete in the District 9C tournament in Havre, Rocky Boy and Harlem will participate in their own district tournaments at the B level. Rocky Boy is a member of the District 1B and will take part in that tournament in an effort to qualify for the Northern B divisional tournament next weekend. And this weekend's outlook... Full story

  • Prep Basketball Standings, Frontier Basketball Standings

    Updated Feb 18, 2015

    Prep Basketball Standings BOYS Central A Conf. Overall Belgrade 6-2 12-5 Browning 4-3 9-8 Havre 4-3 12-5 Livingston 2-5 7-10 Lewistown 2-5 7-10 Eastern A Conf. Overall Laurel 7-2 12-4 Billings Central 6-3 10-6 Miles City 5-4 7-10 Sidney 4-5 10-7 Hardin 3-5 10-6 Glendive 1-7 7-9 Southwestern A Conf. Overall Dillon 8-0 15-1 Butte Central 6-3 10-6 Corvallis 5-3 8-8 Anaconda 3-6 3-14 Hamilton 2-7 4-13 Stevensville 2-7 3-14 Northwest A Conf. Overall Columbia Falls 7-0 14-3 Whitefish 4-3 8-9 Frenchtown 3-4 7-10 Polson 2-4 6-10... Full story