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Articles from the February 18, 2022 edition


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  • View from the North 40: When perspective is foreshorted, get a ladder

    Pam Burke|Updated Mar 30, 2022

    It happens on a weirdly frequent occasion that I write on a topic one week and the next week that topic becomes quite relevant to my everyday life. So it is that — in relation to last week’s column about everything in life being a matter of perspective — I am bewildered to announce this week that due to an alteration in perspective I now know what it’s like to live life as a short person. It’s hard work being short. I didn’t expect that much challenge and, yet, here I am t...

  • Longhorns trample Knights

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 19, 2022

    Last year, the Fort Benton Longhorns and North Star Knights made enemies out of each other in the postseason. In the District 9C championship game, the Knights got the better of Fort Benton for the title. In the Northern C Divisionals, Fort Benton got revenge for a spot in the state tournament that eventually led to a state title for Horns.. While both teams are much different from last year, the rivalry stays the same. And on Thursday at the Havre High Gymnasium, the two...

  • Hill County Commission votes down ARPA funding for health department

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    At an unusual meeting of the Hill County Commission Thursday, a resolution to give the county Health Department access to up to $100,000 in ARPA funds for COVID-19 prevention failed 0-3 when the meeting resumed later in the day. Most of Thursday's meeting took place at 10 a.m., the normally scheduled time for the commission's weekly business meeting, but after discussing a possible change to the resolution with county Public Health Director Kim Berg, Hill County Commissioners...

  • Skylights bury Orediggers: Lights fall in Butte

    George Ferguson|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Talk about building momentum. The Montana State University-Northern women’s basketball team is certainly going into the Frontier Conference playoffs with some. On Thursday night in Butte, Northern wrapped up the regular season with a 55-51 win at Montana Tech, to finish league play at 2-13. “Our kids battled all night long,” Northern head coach Chris Mouat said. “It was a big win and we had to earn it. We did a good job on the boards for the most part and got some big scores...

  • Quick Pics: Little wins 55th Hill County Spelling Bee by spelling 'filbert'

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Press release The 55th Hill County Spelling Bee was held at the Havre Middle School Assembly Room Thursday with Lyvia Little of Havre Middle School taking first place after correctly spelling "filbert" in the final round. The contest went 21 rounds with Little, whose number was 21, winning the final round. Little received a first-place medal and a $50 Chamber gift certificate sponsored by Independence Bank. She will also represent Hill County at the Treasure State Spelling...

  • Moisey: Northern major player in region, the state and the country

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Bear Paw Development Corp. held its annual meeting Thursday at the Student Union Building of Montana State University Northern where Northern Provost R. Neil Moisey gave a presentation on the university's effect on the local economy and their ambitions for the future. Bear Paw Development Executive Director Paul Tuss said he's happy they're able to do this event in person again after last year, where they had to have a much smaller event remotely. Before Moisey's keynote Tuss...

  • State and local COVID-19 update, Feb. 18, 2022

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Blaine County Health Department said in its update Thursday that it was notified a new COVID-19-related death with 16 new cases, 18 met the criteria to be considered recovered, 5 active hospitalizations, 2,299 total cases and the county has had 31 deaths. Hill County Health Department said in its update Thursday that 7 new cases were reported and 5 met the criteria to be considered recovered with 74 active cases in the county, 1 active hospitalization, 4,580 total cases and the county has had 71 deaths. Rocky Boy Health... Full story

  • Notice - Town Hall meeting set for Tuesday

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    A City of Havre Town Hall Meeting will be called to order in Havre City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The meeting is planned to include an open discussion on the goals, objectives and issues concerning the city. Havre Public Works Director Dave Peterson will give an overview on the happenings within his department....

  • Obituary - Wallace 'Wally' Edward Elliot

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Wallace "Wally" Edward Elliot of Chinook, Montana, age 85, passed away February 16, 2022. He was born on October 15, 1936, in Renville, Minnesota, to John and Pearl Elliot. He graduated from Morton High School, Class of 1954, in Morton, Minnesota. At the beginning of his college career, Wally was drafted into the U.S. Army in August of 1961, and proudly served his country in North Korea for two years in the 6th Howitzer Battalion 80th Artillery. He was considered an expert... Full story

  • Agenda - Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. p.m. in the Robins School Administration Building. 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 2. Application for a variance of standards Public comment — An opportunity for any member of the audience to bring to the attention of the board questions or relevant comments concerning d...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Monday Courthouse closed in observance of President’s Day Tuesday 10:30 a.m. — Road Dept. meeting in commissioners’ office 11 a.m. — Hill County Health Department in commissioners’ office 1:30 p.m. — Worksafe Champions class at the Hill County Courthouse Annex Meeting Room Wednesday Regular business hours Thursday 10 a.m. — Weekly business meeting in commissioners’ office Friday Regular business hours...

  • For the Record, Feb. 18, 2022

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated a juvenile status offense at 10:36 p.m. Thursday and in response an 11:34 a.m. call from a parent concerned about the juvenile. -- A caller asked Thursday at 3:01 p.m. for assistance removing a man from a Ninth Avenue property. -- A caller at a First Street business reported that the driver of a silver, Chevrolet pickup truck drove off with a nozzle and hose Thursday at 3:29 p.m. -- A caller on Montana State University-Northern...

  • Our View: Why won't the county commission fund the health department?

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    It seems sort of simple. Hill County received money from the federal government to help cover expenses of dealing with a worldwide pandemic and national emergency. The Hill County Health Department has incurred major extra expenses dealing with that national emergency and global pandemic, including hiring additional staff members, incurring overtime by department staff members and getting additional equipment and supplies. Therefore, the Hill County Commission should provide the health department with the American Recovery...

  • Letter to the Editor - Blackfoot Clearwater act fits for all

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Editor, Montana’s citizens are as diverse as its landscape, and just as the plains erupt into the towering mountains and cavernous canyons, so too are our neighbors and coworkers equally, and perhaps more so, diverse. From Republicans to Democrats, conservatives to liberals, rural residents to urban dwellers, from timber workers to conservationists, bikers to snowmobilers, anglers to hunters, and ranchers to students, Montana is comprised of a vast scope of ideals and beliefs. And yet, all Montanans are united in one c...

  • Local News - Pool closing for Presidents Day

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    The Havre Community Pool will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, for the observance of Presidents Day. For more information, people can call 265-5781 or 8161....

  • Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Montana's Constitution announced

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Press release Mae Nan Ellingson and Jerry Loendorf, Montana Constitutional Convention Delegates and Co-Chairs of the Constitutional Convention Celebration Committee, today announced the preliminary plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Montana’s 1972 Constitution in May and June of 2022. The Constitutional Convention Celebration Committee — CCCC — was created to celebrate Montana’s Constitution on its 50 Anniversary in 2022, to recognize the Convention and the 100 delegates who wrote the document and publicize the pro...

  • Out Our Way: The cinch and belt test - Matthew 25:21

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Out our way, February is calving season and usually the coldest, darkest, and most miserable month of the year. It is the time when the Alberta Clippers bring greetings from the North Pole with temperatures dropping way below zero. It is a time when the snow clouds and blizzards rage all about so that, in the old days, folks tied a rope from the back porch to the outhouse so one wouldn't get lost making the 100-foot journey. But it is also the time of the blessed Chinook...

  • Pastor's Corner: What in the world does Jesus want for us?

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    The Scripture readings for this Sunday, Feb. 20, are as follows: First Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 Gospel Reading: Luke 6:27-38 The gospel reading from Luke 6: 27-38 is part of Luke's "Sermon on the Plain," a kind of mirror of Matthews "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5:1-12), but with more serious implications for those of us who call ourselves Christian. Love our enemies, turn the other cheek, if someone takes from you give...

  • Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    You know, Lord, even though we are a bit after Valentine's Day, I thought it would be nice to share a poem about love. A bit late, but still appropriate: author and date, unknown: "Love is a smile that warms the heart, a touch that says, "I care." A glance across a crowded room that only two can share. "Love is walking hand in hand, whispered words and sighs. Seeing joy reflected in one another's eyes. "Love is cherished memories, and sweet dreams coming true. Love is what...

  • Senior Center News, Feb. 18, 2022

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    North Central Senior Citizens Center Feb. 21-25 Menu Monday, Feb. 21 — Closed for Presidents Day Tuesday, Feb. 22 — Salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, green beans, pineapple cake Wednesday, Feb. 23 — Pork chow mein, crunchy noodles, egg rolls, fruit salad Thursday, Feb. 24 — Polish sausage, sauerkraut, crunch onion potato bake, cookies Friday, Feb. 25 — Soup, salad bar, chef’s choice, dessert Keeping up with the pandemic: As of Feb. 16, 14 new COVID-19 cases were reported and 34 cases recovered. Reported on...

  • Bears blast Tornadoes in 9C girls opener

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    The District 9C girls basketball tournament returned to the Havre High Gymnasium on Thursday. Eight teams will battle for the three spots to next week's Northern C Divisionals, so everyone will be looking to be at their best this weekend. In the first game of the tournament, No. 1 seed Box Elder looked primed for a run as they defeated No. 8 seed Turner 66-22. "We came out with a lot of energy," Box Elder head coach Joel Rosette said. "I thought we did well executing the game...

  • Pioneers survive shootout to advance to title game

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Day two of the District 9C boys basketball tournament ended with probably the most exciting game of the tournament so far. No. 2 seed Big Sandy and No. 3 seed Box Elder went at it throughout their semifinal game as both teams showed why they deserved a spot in the championship. At the end of all the lead changes and barrage of buckets, it was the Big Sandy Pioneers that emerged with the 74-72 victory at Havre High Gymnasium. Even as he was recovering from the thrilling victory...

  • Hawks overcome halftime deficit to defeat Chinook in semifinals

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    After making it to the Northern C Divisionals as the no. 3 seed from the 9C last year, the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks were looking to make another run this year. They got the District 9C boys basketball tournament started with a win over Turner on Wednesday. And on Thursday night at Havre High Gymnasium, No. 1 seed CJI overcame a halftime deficit to win, 59-46, against No. 4 seed Chinook in the semifinals. "The kids played hard," CJI head coach Joe Horel said. "Lots of...

  • SOARING: T-Birds down Hawks

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    With the District 9C girls basketball tournament feeling wide open this year, many teams hope to take advantage in order to make a run to the Northern C Divisionals. One of those teams is the Hays-Lodge Pole Thunderbirds who started the tournament Thursday at Havre High Gymnasium with a 50-34 win over Chester-Joplin-Inverness. The Hawks played the Thunderbirds close early on, but HLP was able to pull away in the second half. "Pretty much the way I thought it was going to go,"...

  • Sugarbeeters defeat Pioneers to start tournament

    Kason Clark|Updated Feb 18, 2022

    The District 9C girls basketball tournament at Havre High Gymnasium has several teams that can make a deep run. One of those teams is no. 3 seed Chinook, who started the tournament on Wednesday night with a 50-34 win over no. 6 seed Chester-Joplin-Inverness. The Sugarbeeters went into the tournament with a young team, so Chinook head coach Mike Jones thought their performance was a good start to the postseason. "It was good for them to get some learning experience," Jones...

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