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Articles from the January 21, 2016 edition


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  • Justice Brown sentenced to 100 years in stabbing

    Paul Dragu|Updated Jan 22, 2016

    Justice Brown was sentenced to 100 years in state prison for seriously stabbing three Montana State University-Northern students in May. A large crowd was on hand in the Hill County Courthouse Thursday afternoon as Judge Daniel Boucher said that his first duty was to protect the public. Boucher gave Brown 100 years each on three counts and 40 years for a fourth count, but the judge ordered that they run concurrently.... Full story

  • Big things happen in small towns

    John Kelleher|Updated Jan 22, 2016

    "Big things are happening in small towns." That's the encouraging message Sarah Calhoun had for Havre Area Chamber of Commerce members. Calhoun spoke at the Chamber's annual luncheon at the Duck Inn Wednesday. Calhoun is the founder of Red Ants Pants, the Red Aunts Summer Festival and the Red Ants Pants Foundation. She told the audience of how she moved from Connecticut to Montana settling temporarily in Bozeman. But she said she never felt at home in Bozeman, it was just too...

  • Tester: National security talk all politically motivated

    Alex Ross|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., criticized the tone of the debate on policy issues, especially those related to national security. “I think the discussions on national security are amazingly, transparently political,” said Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Tester said he believed much of the fear in the country about terrorism in the wake of November attacks in Paris and San Bernardino could be politicized. Tester said he would opp...

  • Obituary - Norman Earl Thurnau

    Updated Jan 21, 2016

    Norman Earl Thurnau passed away of natural causes on Jan. 17, 2016, in his home in Kalispell. He was 82 years old. Norm was born in Austin, Minnesota on March 30, 1933, to Ben and Ruth (Stancl) Thurnau and was later joined by brothers Ken and Jim. Norm grew up in the rural town of Owatanna, Minnesota, where he took part in boyish pursuits such as jumping the fence to get into the fair for free and shooting rats at the dump. He graduated from Owatonna High School, attended... Full story

  • Obituary - Robert Henry Neuwerth

    Updated Jan 21, 2016

    Robert Henry Neuwerth, 63, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in the Great Falls hospital. Schnider Funeral Home has been entrusted with his cremation. Robert was born on March 4, 1953, in Havre, Montana, to Carolyn (Woodward) and Karl Neuwerth. He was raised in Havre and graduated from Havre High School in 1971. He worked as a journeyman bricklayer for much of his adult life. He enjoyed playing the guitar and exploring the computer. He built his own home where he was proud... Full story

  • Bullock launches Montana Business Navigator

    Updated Jan 21, 2016

    Press release HELENA — Montana entrepreneurs Sarah Calhoun and Scott Brown today joined Gov.Steve Bullock to launch the Montana Business Navigator, a new online service that guides prospective business owners and entrepreneurs through a streamlined process of identifying the necessary registrations, licenses, and permits needed to start a business in Montana. “Montana’s small businesses are a driving force of our state’s growing economy,” Bullock said in a press release. “The Montana Business Navigator is the result of f...

  • Looking Out My Backdoor: Eating crow and liking it, baked in humble pie

    Sondra Ashton|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    I thought it wouldn’t matter. Under Arturo’s guidance I had been doing physical therapy twice weekly, for almost six months. I was walking strong and sure. When walking along the street I used my handsome walking stick, which I had purchased many years ago from a S’Klallam gentleman in Port Gamble, for balance. Now comes the really stupid part of my confession. I paid lip service to Arturo in August when he told me I would need to continue my exercises, especially the ones for...

  • 'Shark Tank'-style competition set at business conference in Havre

    Updated Jan 21, 2016

    Press release HELENA – The Montana Small Business Development Center Network is encouraging entrepreneurs to submit their business ideas for consideration at the third annual “Shark Tank”-style live pitch competition at the Montana SBDC Invest in Success small business conference to be held March 15–16 in Havre. “The entrepreneurial spirit in Montana runs deep, and this event puts a spotlight on the innovation and enthusiasm of Montana entrepreneurs,” said Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary. “The competition off...

  • Tester declines to endorse any presidential candidate

    Alex Ross|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., will not publicly back a candidate for the presidential nomination. “No, I am going to let them fight it out,” Tester said when asked if he would openly support one of the three nominees vying to be the party’s presidential candidate. The move is hardly unusual for Tester. In the race between then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for his party’s nomination, he waited until Montana held its primary to back Obama in 2008. In less than two weeks candidates from both parties will kick off the nom...

  • Celebrating 107 years of Havre business

    Paul Dragu|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    Havre Area Chamber of Commerce President Shawn Holden, said, in an interview after a luncheon meeting at the Duck Inn, that the Chamber will be going to great lengths to try and make this "fantastic" city as appealing to young people as possible. He said there are already plenty of things to do. Holden was re-installed as president during the annual meeting of the Chamber Wednesday. "We've got hockey, Northern basketball. In the summer there's fishing and hunting and...

  • Nationals play Wild on the road

    Chris Peterson|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    After going more than three months without tasting victory, the Glacier Nationals came very close to finding the win column last weekend against Billings, only to fall short. Following the two losses to the Bulls last weekend, the Nationals' winless streak has reached 25 games. And with two games on the road against the Gillette Wild, who are right in the thick of the Frontier Division playoff race, the task doesn't get easier anytime soon. The Nationals and the Wild will...

  • Frontier Notebook: Faupel's star just keeps rising

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    When you look at the list of Montana State University-Northern's all-time leading scorers, it's a who's who of the greatest to ever suit up for the Skylights. And, thanks to two stellar performances in the Armory Gymnasium last weekend, MSU-N junior Natalee Faupel is already a part of that list. With 30 points last Friday night against Montana Tech, and 18 more Saturday night against Lewis-Clark State, Faupel earned Frontier Conference Player of the Week honors, and something...

  • George Ferguson Column: Last Saturday was a special day for both of Havre's wrestling programs

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    It’s no secret that the wrestling in Havre is really good right now. It’s no secret that the Havre Blue Ponies and the Montana State University-Northern Lights are two of the best programs in their respective levels of wrestling. In fact, I hope everybody already knows that and doesn’t need me to tell them so. But, just because it’s widely known just how good the Blue Ponies and Lights are on the mat, that doesn’t mean that those teams can’t achieve new heights. And they both...

  • Lights climb to No. 2 in new Coaches Poll

    George Ferguson|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    The Montana State University-Northern wrestling team is fresh off one of its best regular season tournament performances in quite some time. And, the Lights were rewarded for it in the national rankings. In Wednesday's new NAIA Coaches Poll, the Lights moved up from No. 4 to No. 2, coming in only behind four-time defending national champion Grand View. It's the Lights’ highest ranking in years, and it certainly shows that Northern is once again a major contender on the NAIA n...

  • Ponies out to defend yet another title

    Chris Peterson|Updated Jan 21, 2016

    It seems like the Havre High wrestling team is defending a team title in just about every tournament it enters this season and that feeling won't change this week as the Blue Ponies head to the Class A Duals in Lewistown, with their sights set on a third straight championship. The meet may not be as prestigious as the Mining City Duals earlier in the year or even the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic, which HHS won a week ago. But, the Class A duals offer a chance to see what...

  • Prep Basketball, College Basketball Standings

    Updated Jan 21, 2016

    Prep Basketball Standings BOYS Central A Conf. Overall Havre 4-0 8-2 Belgrade 3-1 5-5 Livingston 2-2 3-7 Browning 1-3 4-6 Lewistown 0-4 3-7 Eastern A Conf. Overall Miles City 4-1 8-2 Laurel 3-1 6-4 Billings Central 2-1 5-3 Hardin 2-2 6-2 Glendive 1-3 5-4 Sidney 0-4 3-5 1B Conf. Overall Choteau 5-0 10-0 Cut Bank 4-1 9-2 Conrad 2-3 4-6 Shelby 2-3 4-6 Fairfield 1-3 3-5 Rocky Boy 0-3 2-6 2B Conf. Overall Malta 4-0 9-2 Glasgow 2-2 4-6 Poplar 2-2 7-4 Wolf Point 1-3 1-9 Harlem 1-3 2-8 9C Conf. Overall Chester/J-I 7-0 8-2 Box Elder...

  • Updated Jan 18, 2016

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