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Articles from the May 15, 2020 edition


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  • Bear Paw Lumber closing after 44 years

    Patrick Johnston|Updated May 18, 2020

    After 44 years of business in Havre, Bear Paw Lumber, a third-generation family business, will be closing. The store is now in the midst of its "closing down" sale that started Thursday and will continue until every item in the store is sold including its fixtures, furniture and equipment. A press release from the business said this sale is both a thank you to its loyal customers, and a goodbye to the surrounding community. "Now, in 2020, it is a new business climate for all...

  • Obituary - Sandra Verne Olmstead

    Updated May 18, 2020

    MESA, Ariz. - Sandra Verne Olmstead, 78, peacefully returned to our Lord early Monday morning, May 4, 2020, at her home in Mesa, AZ. Sandy was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Lewistown, Fergus County, MT, to Thomas Willis and Jessie (Mackie) Baker Jr. She married Ronald E. Olmstead after his discharge from the U.S. Navy. After several years in Montana, the family relocated to Alaska, eventually retiring to Mesa, AZ. Ron and Sandy were married 58 years. Sandy was a woman of deep faith,... Full story

  • Graduation dates approaching

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Due to an editing error, a story about local graduations left out which Sunday the Box Elder and Havre high schools are holding their ceremonies. Following is a list of local graduation dates. Hays-Lodge Pole High School, Saturday, 1 p.m. North Star High School, Saturday, May 16, Turner High School, Saturday, May 16, 4 p.m. Chester-Joplin-Inverness High School has set a date, Sunday, May 17, at noon. Harlem High School, Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m. Big Sandy High School, Sunday, May 17, 6 p.m. Chinook High School, Sunday, May 17,... Full story

  • Mill levy discussed at Hill County Commissioner's weekly business meeting

    Patrick Johnston|Updated May 15, 2020

    The possibility of adding a mill levy to the upcoming fall 2020 ballot was discussed at this week’s Hill County Commission’s weekly business meeting. “The reason this is on there is because when we had our discussions about the insurance, there were a lot of comments that suggested that maybe it’s time we put forth the mill request,” Hill County Commissioner Mark Peterson said. Peterson said operating costs for the county have gone up, and the funding they receive through taxes have not kept up with those increased costs. He...

  • Back to School Bash in the middle of two raffles

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated May 15, 2020

    The fourth annual Back to School Bash is approaching and its organizers are holding two raffles, with one starting today, to raise money to pay for students’ school supplies, haircuts and shoes. The raffles are the only way to raise money this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting a hold on their usual fundraisers, Back to School Bash Chairperson Christy Edmonds. The first raffle is the Gift Basket Raffle which has already begun, she said. “We’re raffling them off, it is $1 a ticket,” she said. People interested in purchas... Full story

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 466 with four new cases.

    Updated May 15, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 63 with 3 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 25,418. The number of deaths was 16. The number of recoveries was 431. The four new cases were in Big Horn County, which has a total of eight cases. Visit the state tracking map online through a link on http://covid19.mt.gov .... Full story

  • Special Olympics virtual summer games start Monday

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated May 15, 2020

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Special Olympics Montana is celebrating its 50th anniversary virtually. The State Summer Games are beginning virtually Monday. “We’re simply excited to be able to offer an online virtual opportunity for our athletes especially since it is our 50th year,” Special Olympics Montana Sports Director Scott Held said. “These virtual opportunities are something that never existed anywhere in the world for Special Olympics athletes to participate in, so we’re excited for that and to be able to continue...

  • Beaver Creek Park office is open on summer hours

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Havre Daily News staff Beaver Creek Park announced on its Facebook page that the park office at Comp Kiwanis is open to the public on summer weekend hours, from Thursday through Monday, and closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Hours are: Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, closed Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to social distancing guidelines, the park management is asking that only one customer be in the office at a time....

  • CBP announces delay of summer hours for Wild Horse Port

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Press release U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Area Port of Sweetgrass announced that the return to summer hours at the Port of Wild Horse is delayed due to current travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19. Normally, Wild Horse begins its summer hours schedule May 15. However, this year, the resumption of the summer hours will be delayed until further notice. The port of Wild Horse will continue operating on the winter hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days per week, until further notice for... Full story

  • Yellowstone National Park's Wyoming entrances to open next week

    Updated May 15, 2020

    By Johnathan Hettinger Yellowstone National Park will open its Wyoming entrances Monday at noon, Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly announced Wednesday. The park will be limited to day-use only via the Cody and Jackson entrances. Only the park’s lower loop — which includes Lake, Canyon, Norris, Old Faithful, West Thumb and Grant Village — will be open. No commercial tour buses will be allowed to enter the park. The opening comes at the request of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, Sholly said. Montana’s gates to Yellows... Full story

  • State wildlife management areas opening Friday with distancing protocols

    Updated May 15, 2020

    From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Many recreationists look forward to May 15 every year as the opening day of many of Montana’s Wildlife Management Areas that are closed between Dec. 1 and May 15 to minimize disturbance to wintering big game. This year is no different, with the exception of the need for people to follow protocols for social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the more popular spots — the Beartooth WMA, between Great Falls and Helena — has curtailed overnight camping and will be open for day-u... Full story

  • Agenda - Great Northern Fair Board

    Updated May 15, 2020

    The Great Northern Fair Board is meeting in the Great Northern Fairgrounds Community Center Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., but due to the governor’s restrictions to reduce exposure to novel coronavirus 2019, the public is asked to attend via GoToMeeting. People can log in at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/860349013. The public will not be able to attend in person due to the governors restrictions no more than 10 people. Everyone is asked to please join through the GoTo meeting. The meeting agenda is: Call meeting to order Roll c...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Monday 9 a.m. — Oath of office for deputy sheriff Tuesday 10:30 a.m. — County Road Department meeting 2 p.m. — Sheriff negotiation meeting 3 p.m. — Unified Disposal Board Union Meeting 5:30 p.m. — Fair Board Meeting Wednesday Noon — Chamber Agribusiness meeting — phone Conference Thursday 9 a.m. — Jail peer review meeting at the sheriff’s office 10 a.m. — County officials meeting 11 a.m. — Weekly business meeting Manual claims Employment review Resolutions Tax adjustments County permit approval Subdivision/survey ap...

  • Correction - High School graduations

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Due to an editing error, a front-page story in Thursday’s edition of the Havre Daily News about the plans local schools have for graduations left out the dates of the graduation ceremonies for Box Elder and Havre high schools. The schools are holding their graduations Sunday, May 24. The Rocky Boy and Chester-Joplin-Inverness high schools also have updated their information. CJI will hold its graduation Sunday, May 17, at noon at the Joplin football field and Rocky Boy will hold its Wednesday, May 27, at 5 p.m. at its f... Full story

  • View from the North 40: Do I count myself lucky? Or yucky?

    Pam Burke|Updated May 15, 2020

    I don’t want to be that person who doesn’t count her blessings — gratitude, after all, has been scientifically proven to be practically a cure-all for what ails your attitude — and yet, here we are with a great big “but” blocking my path to enlightenment-level grace. After a rocky start to the pandemic when I didn’t have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer, three weeks ago I managed to procure a container of wipes, though I was limited to one item. That was OK because it wa...

  • From the Fringe … : Opening nationals parks is needed but complicated for Montana

    George Fergson|Updated May 15, 2020

    We’ve learned a lot about coronavirus in the last couple of months, including how to slow it down, even. But, perhaps the most important thing we’ve learned thus far is, it’s not going away. So, given that, the virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future, anyway, it only complicates how we, as a society, move forward. In fact, in just about every single choice we have to make, COVID-19 is complicating those choices. And the same holds true for the re-opening of our two great national parks here in Montana. It’s complicat...

  • For the Record, May 15, 2020

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Havre Police Department Officers were called Thursday at 6:03 p.m. to investigate a two-vehicle, non-injury crash on Third Avenue where a vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. -- Someone stopped at the police station at 6:15 p.m. to speak with an officer about a Paypal scam. -- A Lila Drive caller asked for assistance Thursday at 9:02 p.m. locating a 15-year-old. -- Steve Roy Skunkcap Jr. of Box Elder, 31, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest...

  • Our View: Just the facts, people. Just the facts

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Many claims and comments have been made about novel coronavirus 2019 and the illness it causes, COVID-19, from the start, and they are continuing. People need to be careful what they say. To start with, people shouldn’t call it “the flu,” whether it is with any racist modifier or not. Coronavirus is not the flu. Influenza is caused by the influenza virus. And that is one of the problems that has led to restrictions and shutdowns across the nation, and the world, to slow the spread of the virus. It is new. Evidence indic...

  • HRDC closing Monday and on Memorial Day

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Press release District 4 HRDC will be closed all day Monday for the annual Agency Clean-Up Day. District 4 HRDC will resume normal business hours Tuesday at 8 a.m. District 4 HRDC also will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. District 4 HRDC will resume normal business hours Tuesday, May 26, at 8 a.m....

  • Havre issues reminder on tree and shrub branch removal requirements

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Havre Daily News staff The City of Havre has issued a release regarding spring clean-up and tree and shrub debris and branch disposal. In accordance with City Code 8-3-6, the release said, tree branches and shrubbery cuttings shall be “securely tied in bundles not exceeding four feet (4’) in length,” and grass clippings shall be securely fastened in small containers or plastic bags before being placed in ornext to the garbage containers. Any unsecured branches and shrubbery will not be picked up. The City no longer has acces...

  • Havre schools education foundation hosting scholarship awards

    Updated May 15, 2020

    Press release The members of the Havre Public Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors said they are pleased to announce they will be hosting a combination drive in and virtual scholarship awards ceremony Monday at 1 p.m. outside of Havre High School. The drive in portion will be for award winners and their families only. Virtually, the event will be broadcast live on the Havre Public Schools Education Foundation Facebook page. “The current COVID-19 Pandemic and new normal that we are living in has affected every p...

  • Senior Center News, May 15, 2020

    Updated May 15, 2020

    North Central Senior Center, May 18-22 March/April Menu by Earlene DeWinter Subject to Change Monday — Swiss steak, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, pudding Tuesday — Oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli Normandy, rolls, cake Wednesday — Pork chow mein, crunch noodles, egg rolls, coffee cake Thursday — Braised beef, mashed potatoes, salad, cookies Friday — Soup, salad bar, chef’s choice, dessert, milk Senior Center’s doors are closed to the public for now, but are providing limited services. Rem...

  • Rocky Boy's Sasha Coffee lands at RMC

    George Ferguson|Updated May 15, 2020

    It's been an unusual recruiting season for basketball, but it's still the recruiting season all the same. And the latest Hi-Line product to achieve her collegiate dreams is Rocky Boy's Sasha Coffee. Rocky Mountain College and head coach Wes Keller recently announced Coffee has signed an NAIA letter of intent to join the Battlin' Bears this fall. Coffee is a 5-5 guard from Rocky Boy High School, and she helped lead the Morning Stars to a 1B championship two seasons ago, as...

  • IT'S A SISTER THING IN FORT BENTON

    Aarron Thompson|Updated May 15, 2020

    FORT BENTON - There have been plenty of family tie sports stories across the Hi-Line over the years, but there are some bonds that change and evolve over time in a different way, especially when it comes to the bonds that siblings share in the sports world. Most recently, the Hi-Line and the District 9C have seen a pair of sisters that have made some noise in their shared senior seasons. Fort Benton has had a lot of talent in girls sports and in the 2019-2020 season, the...

  • Men's League Meeting at BCGC on Monday night

    Updated May 14, 2020

    There will be a men's league golf meeting for the Beaver Creek Men's League Monday at 6 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course. A representative from each team playing on playing this season should attend....

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