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Articles from the March 11, 2016 edition

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  • Lady Bears finish 2nd at Class C State Tournament

    Chris Peterson|Updated Mar 13, 2016

    GREAT FALLS -- The Box Elder girls basketball team has had a dream season, beating every team it faced but one -- the Belt Huskies. After falling to Belt two weeks ago in the Northern C Divisional championship, the Lady Bears must have felt some deja vu Saturday night at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, in the Class C state title game, as the Huskies rolled to a 63-40 victory over Box Elder. The win gave Belt its fourth Class C girls championship in the past five years....

  • Authorities identify 3 people found shot to death

    Updated Mar 12, 2016

    BOZEMAN (AP) — The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says a Gallatin County woman shot and killed her husband and their infant child before killing herself on Friday. Authorities on Saturday identified the victims as Jennifer and Joseph Knarr and their son, Daniel. Both of the parents were game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( ) the gun used was Jennifer Knarr's duty weapon. Sheriff Brian Gootkin said investigators may never know the reason for t...

  • Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Tyrah Gopher, Box Elder

    Chris Peterson|Updated Mar 12, 2016

    Tyrah Gopher has been playing hoops as long as she can remember. Now she's at the state tournament in her last season GREAT FALLS — Like many of her friends and teammates, Tyrah Gopher has been playing basketball for just about as long as she can remember. But for as long as she’s played, she couldn’t think of a better script to the end of her career. That’s because, the Box Elder senior, who has played significant minutes for the Lady Bears for the past few seasons, has hel...

  • Obituary: Darcy Dawn Buhmann

    Updated Mar 12, 2016

    The beautiful Darcy Dawn Buhmann was born to Shirley Rae (Abel) and Bruce Donahue Buhmann on May 19, 1978, in Havre, Montana. Darcy was a very bright and spirited child who shared her mom's love for all animals. She was always able to bring life and adventure into every occasion. Her free and fun-loving spirit followed her into her adult life and touched all those who were fortunate enough to cross her path. She was often referred to as the free-spirited girl by friends and...

  • Restraining order details fear of Chinook native later shot, killed

    Updated Mar 12, 2016

    BOZEMAN (AP) — A Montana man who prosecutors say confessed to killing his ex-girlfriend in her home had broken into the residence on previous occasions, the woman said while seeking a restraining order that was served 17 days before she was shot to death. Chinook native Darcy Buhmann said Anthony Tobias Fagiano had been stalking her and stealing things from her house in Bozeman. She said she found him hiding in a closet Dec. 4 in one of her children’s bedrooms. The child was not at home. “He ran after me, trying to grab...

  • Friday's Prep Basketball: Box Elder one win away; Ponies still alive

    George Ferguson|Updated Mar 12, 2016

    The Box Elder Bears are playing for a state championship Saturday night. No, not the boys, the Box Elder girls. On Friday night in Great Falls, the Bears reached their first Class C state championship game in 18 years when they beat Arlee 65-60. A familiar foe awaits the Bears in the championship tilt, as they will battle Northern C champion Belt. Friday night's semifinal was tough, as Box Elder watched a big halftime lead slip away. But, Jude The Boy hit some key shots down...

  • Obituary: Barbara Cowan

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    Barbara Cowan, 88, of Loring, a homemaker, died after suffering a myocardial infarction March 9. A gathering of family and friends will be 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 13, at the family ranch with supper at 5 p.m. Services will be at Malta Lutheran Church 10:30 a.m., Monday. Interment will be at the Turner Cemetery, 4 p.m., Monday. Condolences for the family may be left at

  • Quick Pic: Feeding and reading in first grade

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

  • Shopping spree set for reading program

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    Some lucky person will get a chance to do a three-minute shopping spree free of charge at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods in Havre. Plant a Seed...READ is selling tickets for a raffle for just such a venture. Plant a Seed...READ and Imagination Library provide special reading initiatives for young people. For instance, kids under 5 who participate get an age-appropriate book mailed to them each month. And the group is working on programs to help guide parents along as they help their children to read. For $10, people can buy a t...

  • Married couple accused of selling drugs

    Paul Dragu|Updated Mar 11, 2016

    A husband and wife duo are accused of selling drugs in Havre. On Feb. 13, 2014, an informant contacted a Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force to tell him that Martha Mitchell, also known as Martha Champagne, was offering to sell them Oxycontin, according to Hill County Attorney charging documents. The informant told the agent that Martha Mitchell said she would sell 40 milligram tablets of Oxycontin for $50 a tablet. The agent told the informant to set up a sting purchase for four tablets. According to the charging documents,...

  • Celebrating History: Topsy-turvy news in the papers 100 years ago

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    by Emily Mayer The news was topsy-turvey in the newspapers 100 years ago. All three Havre papers carried the news of tragedy at the Great Northern Railyard; this article was in the March 11, 1916, issue of The Havre Plaindealer: TWO BRAKEMEN LOSE THEIR LIVES In Collision in the Havre yards Last Sunday In a collision between the switch engine and a train of freight cars on track No. 6 in the Havre yards at an early hour last Sunday morning, Brakemen Peter Purkett and John McKnight were instantly killed, and Brakeman Dan Sigers...

  • View from the North 40: No holes? I really dig that

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    Forget my wedding day — Thursday, yes, this Thursday was the happiest day of my life. Not even my 27 years of wedded, you know, marriage can compare to having a crew of professionals install 300 yards of fence posts in some of the most maddening ground known to mankind. The ground on my property is like bipolar, schizophrenic sociopath of Earth soil substances. It has a crazy quilt mash-up of layers of gravel, river-bottom sand, gritty sand, gumbo, hardened-to-almost-cement sand, more gumbo, more gravel, some pure, pottery-qu...

  • For the Record, March 11, 2016

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    Havre Police Department Christina Mary Converse, 37, of Havre was arrested on a criminal contempt charge related to a 24/7 Sobriety Program violation Thursday at 8:08 a.m. at the police station. —— Officers investigated the theft of a girls purple and white Schwinn bicycle after someone reported it at the police station at 8:59 a.m. —— Officers made an arrest in an incident that involved “three dogs that ran out of the house and attacked him and his dog” after a caller from 6th Street and 9th Avenue reported it Thursday at...

  • Correction - Will Rawn candidacy

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    A front-page story in Tuesday’s edition of the Havre Daily News misreported that Will Rawn was president of the state MEA-MFT. He was president of the MEA-MFT local at MSU-Northern....

  • Obituary - Robert "Bob" Charles Laufer

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    Robert “Bob” Charles Laufer, 59, of Havre, passed away on March 8, 2016. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Havre at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow. If anyone would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Robert they may do so to the Northern Montana Headstart program. Condolences for the family may be left at Robert “Bob” was born on Feb. 26, 1947, in San Fransisco, to Patricia Hyde and Arthur Laufer. They later moved to Montana...

  • Agenda: Hill County Commission

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    MONDAY 10 — a.m. — Weed Supervisor — Turner 1:30 p.m. — Building Manager — Anez TUESDAY 10:30 a.m. — Road Supervisor — Otto 2 p.m. — 2016 Invest in Success Conference 5:30 p.m. — Fair Board meeting WEDNESDAY 8 a.m. — BBER Economic Outlook seminar 7 p.m. — Hill County Fire Council THURSDAY 10 a.m. — County Officials meeting 11 a.m. — Business meeting Manual claims Employment review Resolutions Tax adjustments County permit approval Subdivision/survey approval Contracts Time for comments from the public 3 p.m. — Airport B...

  • Hi-Line Living - Rotary Train Back On Track

    Paul Dragu|Updated Mar 11, 2016

    Photos by Pauld Dragu and Roger Miller Vander Swensen didn't know what he was getting into when he volunteered to rebuild the wooden train at Rotary Park. However challenging, fun or easy he thought the project was going to be, he had no idea he would reach a point where he couldn't wait to slather on the last coat of stain and get the train out of his parent's barn and back in Rotary Park. It all started when Vander needed a project to get his Eagle Scout rank. Actually, it...

  • Local Bowling Report: Youth bowler rolls memorable game at Hi Line Lanes

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Mar 11, 2016

    After two weekends of play in the No Tap & Men’s Revenge the standings are as follows: No-Tap Mixed: 1st Donna Borgen & Steve Miller, 1,668; 2nd Denise Freide & Roman Surber 1,621; Ali Wood and Ryan Mapes 1,621; Donna Tilleman and Ryne Antley 1,589. MEN’S REVENGE: Laci Farmer and Jacob Anderson 1,511; Sandy Jones and Gary Rettig 1,503; Denise Freide and Roman Surber 1,478. There is one more weekend remaining in the tournament. Please call for a spot. On Sunday Lane Kinsella, bowling in the Prep division of the youth league, l...

  • Wildkats slip by Blue Ponies in opener

    George Ferguson|Updated Mar 11, 2016

    The Havre High girls basketball team is in the midst of its ninth trip to the Class A state tournament in the last 10 seasons. But, this Blue Pony team doesn’t quite have the experience at the state tourney level as others have. And Havre ran into a squad in the opening round of the 2016 state tournament that has plenty of experience playing on the state’s biggest stage. And that team, the Columbia Falls Wildkats, were able to pull away from the Ponies 64-52 Thursday aft...

  • Fast Start: Bears cruise into semis

    Chris Peterson|Updated Mar 11, 2016

    GREAT FALLS — It may have been 18 years since the Box Elder girls basketball team has played in a state tournament. But that didn’t stop the Lady Bears from looking right at home in their opening-round game Thursday in Great Falls. Box Elder, which came into the Class C state tournament with just one loss, flexed their muscle early and often in a 71-53 victory over previously unbeaten Broadview-Lavina. The win, which came at the Four Seasons Arena, will send the Bears (24...

  • North Central Senior Center, March 14-18

    Updated Mar 11, 2016

    North Central Senior Center, March 14-18 Monday — Transportation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; AARP tax aides 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.; Painting & Adult Coloring Group at 1 p.m. Tuesday — Transportation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; AARP tax aides 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.; bingo at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday — Transportation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; TOPS at 8 a.m.; cards at 1 p.m. Thursday — Transportation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; cards at 1 p.m.; Great Falls trip at 8 a.m. Friday — Medical transportation is available, but people must make a request 24 hours...

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