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  • Bullock vetoes 6 bills so far this session

    Updated Apr 3, 2015

    HELENA (AP) — With two-thirds of the 2015 session complete, Montana's Democratic governor has disagreed with relatively few bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. As of Thursday, Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed six Republican bills, including two calling for firearm deregulation, an income tax cut and a bill that would have eliminated the ability of local governments to set minimum wages. By this point in the last session, Bullock had vetoed the same number of bills, but six more he would later veto were on h... Full story

  • Police review report of sex offense at Northern

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Apr 3, 2015

    A call about sex offenses at Montana State University-Northern is being investigated. The 7:24 p.m. Wednesday call from the MSU-Northern Student Union Building was possibly concerned with an incident that took place over the weekend. People are still being interviewed and conclusions are pending, said Havre Police Capt. Bill Wilkinson.....

  • Man pleads guilty to vandalizing Kalispell clinic

    Updated Apr 3, 2015

    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Columbia Falls man said he was intoxicated and looking for drugs, not making an anti-abortion statement, when he broke into a Kalispell clinic last year, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Zachary Klundt, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary, criminal mischief and theft for the March 2014 break-in at All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in the Flathead Valley that provided abortions. "I harmed and hurt many people by what I did last March, but no one was hurt more by my actions than (... Full story

  • Northern to hold Easter egg hunt

    Tori Thomas|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    Montana State University-Northern will hold a free Easter egg hunt Sunday at 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Associated Students of MSU-Northern and will be held on the Student Union Building lawn. In addition to the egg hunt, the event will include special prizes, games, snacks and refreshments. Andrew Potter, student body president, said that there will be three age groups: 0-3, 4-6 and 7-9. “I think it brings a sense of community on campus,” he said. “It’s a way we can help give back. It’s a fun thing that we can do...

  • Senate panel adds millions, passes main budget bill 

    Updated Apr 2, 2015

    LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA - A Republican-led Senate panel passed the state's main budget bill Wednesday after adding about $50 million in funding through a deal negotiated with the Democratic governor's office. The Senate Finance and Claims Committee passed an amended House Bill 2 by a vote of 16-3. It's tentatively scheduled for debate April 9 on the Senate floor. Republican Sen. Kristin Hansen of Havre, who moved one packet of negotiated amendments Wednesday,... Full story

  • Firefighters: City can afford to give us raises

    John Kelleher|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    The city of Havre is in good financial shape and can afford to give firefighters raises. That's the opinion of Havre Local 601, International Association of Fire Fighters. The city and the union are going to arbitration to settle a dispute that has lingered for more than a year. Last week, Mayor Tim Solomon said the city and union disagree mostly on the city's financial shape and its ability to give raises. "We believe we provide a valuable service to the public, one that is a... Full story

  • Chester ag-wildlife committee rep attends national meeting

    Updated Apr 2, 2015

    National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee Dena Fritz of Chester serves on the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the group's annual committee meeting. The advisory committee advises the U.S. secretary of agriculture on policies and activities of USDA's Wildlife Services program, which seeks to address and prevent damage caused by wildlife. Fritz, one of 20 members appointed to the committee, represents...

  • CBP leaders visit state capital

    Updated Apr 2, 2015

    From Customs and Border Protection Chief Patrol Agent Christopher N. Richards of the Havre Sector Border Patrol, along with Office of Field Operations Great Falls Area Port Director Daniel Escobedo, travelled to the Montana Capital building in Helena Monday to address Montana Legislators about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission in Montana. Richards discussed the U.S. Border Patrol’s strategic plan and the impact it is having throughout the state, saying The U.S. Border Patrol prioritizes its mission based on risk....

  • 'Over the River' brings familiar familial story to the stage

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    "Over the River and Through the Woods" is opening its doors to audiences Friday and will tell a family story that many people can relate to. "This is a show about the love of a family and the sacrifice from generation to generation to give the younger generation more than the older generation ever had," said director Audrey Barger. "It's about technology changing in life - about the older generation that doesn't understand what the new generation is all about and what they... Full story

  • Go Blue Day is set for Friday

    Updated Apr 2, 2015

    Department of Public Health annd Human Services The Montana Children’s Trust Fund and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana are encouraging Montanans to wear blue attire on Go Blue Day on Friday. Go Blue Day is an opportunity for Montanans to join many communities throughout the state and nation to promote Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Montanans are encouraged to share their blue photos on social media using #ShareYourBlue. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the M... Full story

  • Violinist to perform at Northern

    Updated Apr 2, 2015

    Press release The Montana State University-Northern Chancellor’s Lecture series presents world-class violinist Jack Glatzer Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hensler Auditorium of the Applied Technology Center Building. Glatzer will perform a solo violin recital that will take people on a voyage of discovery of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn. The artistry and music of Glatzer masters inspired interpretation that will not only “captivate your senses, but touch your heart and... Full story

  • Looking out my back door: Upstairs, downstairs, balance on the bannister

    Sondra Ashton|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    Like anyone, I have my “up” days and my “down” days. But, really, it is all about keeping life in perspective and finding balance. Take today, for instance. I leave the house for my morning walk at first light. I like to greet the sun. And as thoughtful as those words sound, it is as much about walking in the cool of the day. Perspective. Balance. Generally, I walk between 45 minutes and an hour. Don’t think I’m covering the miles. I am a mere two months away from hip-replace... Full story

  • Right-to-know bill affects everybody

    G. Bruce Meyers|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    Montana residents assume that our state government supports the basic American goals of freedom, fairness and equal justice for all — the founding principles on which our nation and constitution were established. Yet some Yet many of our state leaders are overlooking a policy that denies Montana citizens a basic constitutional right. Some tribal people, as citizens of Montana, are not granted some civil rights — such as open meeting laws — that other Montana citizens take for granted. The “Right to know” is guarantee...

  • For the Record, April 1-2, 2015

    Updated Apr 2, 2015

    Havre Police Department Edwin Frank Converse, 59, of Havre was arrested on a state District Court warrant at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday at the police station. —— Steve Lyle Street, 42, of Tama, Iowa, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting, after officers investigated a 7:53 a.m. Tuesday call from a 1st Street business about a theft. —— Officers investigated a 9:47 a.m. Tuesday call from Grant Avenue about a theft. —— Officers investigated a 10:02 a.m. Tuesday call from 9th Avenue about a found bike. —— Two people were arrested a... Full story

  • Local Bowling Report: No-Tap on tap at Eagles Lanes

    Ken Brubaker|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    The Men’s Revenge is over and the top spot went to Michele Denny and Jacob Anderson with a score of 1,620 and second went to Cindy and Ron Turner with 1554 (Ron having two 300 games with eight pins counting for a strike for men and nine pins for ladies). Monday night proved to be quite a night for Shawn Mariani. First he picked the 7-10 split. Then he followed that with a 299 game leaving a 10-pin on his final ball and just missing his 11th perfecto. Tourney Trail: No-Tap in Chinook at the Eagles Lanes with $1,000 g...

  • Sports Photo: Last Groseclose tourney as good as ever...

    Updated Apr 2, 2015

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  • Lights add a pair of local grid standouts

    Chris Peterson|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    While the Montana State University-Northern football team is busy with spring football practice, the recruiting season never stops, and recently the Lights added two local recruits to the 2015 class that will bolster the trenches on both sides of the ball. This past week, the signing of former Havre defensive standout Jace Billy to an NAIA national letter of intent was announced by Northern head football coach Aaron Christensen as was the signing of former North Star... Full story

  • Coach Huse inks a Huse for Northern

    George Ferguson|Updated Apr 2, 2015

    The Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team has always been a tight-knit family under 13-year head coach Shawn Huse. But for the next four or five years, Huse will actually have a member of his family as part of his basketball team at Northern. Huse has announced the signing of Bozeman High School and Class AA standout Adam Huse to an NAIA national letter of intent. The 6-1 shooting guard is the nephew of the MSU-N head coach and the son of Brad Huse, who was... Full story

  • Updated Mar 20, 2015