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  • BNSF executive: About 4,600 employees furloughed nationwide

    Updated Mar 31, 2016

    BILLINGS (AP) — The chairman of BNSF Railway says about 4,600 railroad employees are furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal. Matthew Rose spoke Wednesday during the Montana Energy conference in Billings. He said the furloughs amount to about 10 percent of the railroad’s workforce, about the same level of furloughs it had in 2007 and 2008 — the beginning of the Great Recession. Matt Jones, regional spokesman for the company, said the furloughs are all over the company's area, but there...

  • Teen cited for crashing through wall of house

    Alex Ross|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    Havre police said a driver who sped through an alleyway and crashed into an abandoned building, taking out part of one of its walls Monday evening before fleeing the scene, was a Box Elder teen who was likely driving his mother's car. Lt. Aaron Wittmer said Wednesday that Warren Small Jr., 18, of Box Elder had been heading north through an unpaved alleyway near Montana Avenue when he hit a retaining wall and then crashed into a small house. Mary Heller, a witness who lives...

  • Native American code talker Gilbert Horn Sr. dies at 92

    Updated Mar 31, 2016

    GREAT FALLS (AP) - Gilbert Horn Sr., a Native American code talker who returned from World War II to spend decades serving the Fort Belknap Assiniboine Tribe as a judge and council member, has died of natural causes. He was 92. Horn died Sunday at Northern Montana Care Center in Havre, Kirkwood Funeral Home said. His funeral was Wednesday in Fort Belknap. Horn was born on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in 1923. He joined the U.S. National Guard at age 15 as a way to escape...

  • Salem witch trials come to Havre High

    Paul Dragu|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    Witches, devils, dances and flying spirits - a 17th century Massachusetts town gone wild with accusations and hangings. "The Crucible," the 1953 play by Arthur Miller based on the 1692 and 1693 Salem witch trials, will be performed by Havre High School student actors today, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The student actors, all but one clad in black costumes, had their last rehearsal Wednesday after school. Director and drama teacher Angela Pratt told the young group of...

  • Quick Pic: Saving lives with a Northern blood drive

    Updated Mar 31, 2016

  • Regional math contest in Havre requires a tie breaker

    Paul Dragu|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    Something uncommon happened as 400 students from north-central Montana filled 20 Havre High School rooms to take three tests in two hours Wednesday afternoon to compete in the 2016 Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics contest: two boys tied for the senior scholarship. The MCTM math tests have been going on for 50 years. Havre High School math teacher Mary Wagner said she had been teaching for 37 years, yet she had never run into this problem before. So she called the...

  • UM programs to visit local students, educators

    Updated Mar 31, 2016

    From University of Montana The University of Montana’s “We Are Montana in the Classroom” program is traveling to north-central Montana to share health and medicine educational and career opportunities with high school students. In partnership with the Native American Center of Excellence, a program housed within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, We Are Montana in the Classroom will promote UM’s new Health and Medicine initiative with high school students Monday through Thursday. “We’re grateful to these vibrant communities...

  • Guest column: Obama policy to blame for growth of ISIS

    Updated Mar 31, 2016

    U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. Terrorism-related deaths are up 800 percent in the past five years according to a new report. That’s nearly 30,000 people who are killed per year by terrorists. While suicide bombers and gunmen have been killing civilians around the globe almost constantly, it was last week’s coordinated terrorist attacks by ISIS in Brussels that violently shook the world awake. I believe in the power of prayer for the victims and their families, but I also believe in the power of U.S. leadership against thi...

  • Looking Out My Back Door: A little paint covers a multitude of sins

    Sondra Ashton|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    Years ago, a builder said to me, “Paint covers a multitude of sins.” I didn’t need convincing. When I was a senior in high school, mere days before graduation and marriage, I rescued and painted a small wooden dresser. I don’t know how many years it had sat neglected in our farm dump, that place through the woods and near the river where we discarded very little. I think it might have come from the labor house, used only during sugar beet and potato harvest. Nor do I remembe...

  • Obituary - (Anita) Beth Reese Warwick

    Updated Mar 31, 2016

    Beth Reese Warwick left this earth to join her Heavenly Father on March 17, 2016, in Yuma, Arizona. She died of natural causes at age 71. (Anita) Beth Reese was born in Havre, Montana, to Wade and Edna Reese. She was raised on a farm near Kremlin, Montana. After graduating from high school, she married Bill Warwick from Harlem. They moved to Oregon in 1968 and raised three daughters there. They also hosted exchange students. Beth was a homemaker, master cake decorator,...

  • Obituary - Iris Velk

    Updated Mar 31, 2016

    On March 11, in Henderson, Nevada, Iris Velk went to be with the Lord. Iris was born in Havre, Montana, March 15, 1935, to Thomas and Alice Brenden Velk. Iris’ parents and her sister Doris Velk Patrick preceded her in death. She leaves her daughter, Tina (Greg) Lahr; son, Kim, (Michelle) all from Nevada; two grandchildren, two sisters, Joyce Woodward, Washington, and Betty Hankins of Carter, Montana, Audrey Velk (Robert) Cox of Chinook, Montana; brothers, Thomas B. Velk of Great Falls; Richard (Shirley) and Rayburn (Mary L...

  • Area wrestlers place 2nd at dual tourney

    Havre Daily Staff|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    The first annual Brodie Gorder Memorial Dual Tournament took place over Easter weekend in Sidney and of the 11 teams present, the Havre Wrestling Club secured a second-place finish. There were 18 wrestlers on the dual team and six alternates from the Havre club in the tournament. Havre also earned the Darren Linde Team Spirit Award. The Havre Wrestling Club will be traveling to Billings this weekend to participate in the Montana Open Wresting Tournament. Dual Team Results:...

  • Local Bowling Report: Havre's Antley rolls a career night

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    Sunday, March 13, in the Sunday Night Keglers league Ryne Antley, one of the rising stars of Havre and the state of Montana, put together games of 245, 224, 237 for a 706 series, his highest to date. Ryne is one of the new bowlers who uses the two handed delivery. He is advancing at a fast rate with that style. At first I was skeptical with that syle of delivery but I think it is the new generation of bowling. It seems easier to teach and has a lot more power. I am sure we will be hearing a lot more of Ryne in the future....

  • Pony netters hit up Conrad

    Chris Peterson|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    The Havre High tennis teams will learn a lot about themselves with this weekend's second meet of the season. That's because the Blue Ponies will likely be playing the same exact players they saw at the season-opening Cut Bank Invitational. On Saturday, Havre will be in Conrad to dual Cut Bank, Lewistown and the host Conrad Cowboys/Cowgirls, the same three teams the Ponies played in a tournament format in Cut Bank. So, HHS head coach George Ferguson said it will be a good...

  • A year Box Elder will never forget

    Chris Peterson|Updated Mar 31, 2016

    When looking back at the sports seasons of 2015-16, there is little doubt that the Box Elder Bears had as prominent a role as any school in the state of Montana. It’s not unusual for a school to have a great year in a sport or two. In fact, it happens all the time. But to make history like the Bears did this season, and to do it in each of the three major sports they compete is, is well, unprecendented. "It's pretty historic," Box Elder boys basketball coach Jeremy M...