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Articles from the April 3, 2014 edition

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  • Carlson pleads not guilty to murder

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 4, 2014

    A Havre man pleaded not guilty this morning to charges he strangled his girlfriend to death in Havre March 23. Jordan Lee Carlson, born in 1988, was charged with deliberate homicide in Havre City Court March 26 and the same charge was filed in state District Court Tuesday. In an arraignment hearing before state District Judge Dan Boucher this morning, Jordan pleaded not guilty to killing Dawn Beeman. Boucher set the next hearing, in which trial dates usually are set, for May 19. Charges often are first filed in city or... Full story

  • Belcourt pleads guilty: 'Mistakes were made'

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 4, 2014

    A former tribal and state official pleaded guilty in federal embezzlement cases Wednesday, saying afterward the whole story has not yet been told. "I admit mistakes were made," Tony Belcourt said Wednesday afternoon after the change-of-plea hearing in federal court in Great Falls. "But I want the full truth to come out at my sentencing hearing." Belcourt, 42, was CEO and contracting officer at Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. while it was working on building a regional water... Full story

  • Governor releases economic development plan

    Updated Apr 3, 2014

    HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock released an economic development plan Thursday that he said aims to attract and keep more businesses in Montana and train the state's workers in emerging technologies. The report, which the Democratic governor called the Main Street Montana Business Plan, is the product of 10 months of roundtables, surveys and one-on-one meetings with thousands of industry, labor, community and governmental leaders across the state. Its authors distilled the information they received to identify five key areas in w...

  • Not exactly the gunfight at the OK Corral

    Sondra Ashton|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    This morning I sat in front of my casita, reading a book, sipping tea, enjoying the breeze on my face, when suddenly five truckloads of Mazatlan Policia screeched around the corner and, positioning the trucks to face both directions, blocked the entrance of our street. Without hesitation, I abandoned book, chair and teacup and melted through the screen door into the inner recesses of my apartment. I didn’t bother to lock the screen or shut the door. Why would I? These p...

  • Many deserve thanks for supporting seniors

    Bobbi Teasley|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    We are very fortunate to live in such a greet place. The community is supportive, and the people are wonderful. The community is critical to enhancing the lives of the elderly, keeping them connected and engaged. We wanted to acknowledge people and businesses that contribute their time and resources on a regular basis. Dominique and Western Drug: Thank you for your weekly blood pressure checks, monthly health and wellness presentations, and contributions to the prizes for the Silver Sneakers exercise class. Tammy Nystrom and...

  • Martha Alice Morris

    Updated Apr 3, 2014

    Martha Alice Morris, 87, of Valier, passed away at Pondera Nursing Home in Conrad on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, of natural causes. Cremation has taken place, and graveside interment services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Highland Cemetery in Havre with her beloved husband Alvin. Memorials have been suggested to the Pondera Food Pantry, 220 S. Front St., Conrad, MT 59425. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Martha... Full story

  • A paper trail of embezzlement at Rocky Boy

    Tim Leeds|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    The federal government filed documents showing what facts it was prepared to prove in court against Tony Belcourt, 42, and Hunter Burns, 48. The two entered guilty pleas in some of six indictments — four of which involving Tony Belcourt and Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation psychologist James Howard Eastlick Jr. Two other cases indict Tony Belcourt and his wife, Hailey, on tax and bank fraud. Tony Belcourt pleading guilty to tax fraud Wednesday as well as to theft and two counts of bribery. Burns pleaded guilty to filing false c...

  • SkillsUSA competition to test diesel students

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    Montana State University-Northern is the repeat host of the 44th statewide SkillsUSA competition, and the games will begin Monday. Will Taylor, the chairperson for the diesel competition portion of the event and a professor in the diesel program at Northern, said 13 students from Havre High School and the college will be competing this year. “It’s an honor to be able to host these continually,” Taylor said. Nine college students and six high school students from Havre will be testing themselves in various skills such as fi...

  • Gardipee's motion to dismiss charges denied

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    A Rocky Boy woman charged with the murder of a toddler was denied a motion to dismiss the charges against her Wednesday. In a March 13 hearing, Cecilia Rose Gardipee and her attorney filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge against her and exclude evidence. The evidence was an autopsy report that Gardipee’s attorney says U.S. Attorney Danna Jackson and her office failed to give to the defense at the proper time. Jackson contended that though the report was late, it was given to the defense long enough before the trial t... Full story

  • HHS tennis teams set for the Conrad Duals

    Daniel Horton|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    It’s week two of the Havre High tennis season, and the Blue Ponies are looking to get another full day of tennis in. Saturday, Havre will attend the Conrad Duals, where the Pony boys and girls teams will face off against Cut Bank, Conrad and Lewistown. Havre competed in a tournament format at last Saturday’s Cut Bank Invitational, so Saturday will be the Ponies’ first try at team duals. However, HHS head coach George Ferguson said the format isn’t nearly as important as just p... Full story

  • Lights, Skylights nationally ranked

    George Ferguson|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    Both Montana State University-Northern basketball teams were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 for much of the Frontier Conference basketball teams. And it stayed that way right to the end. The NAIA released its final Men’s and Women’s Coaches Polls for 2014, and the Skylights finished ranked No. 20, while the Lights were ranked No. 25. The Northern women capped a remarkable 22-10 season with a run to the Sweet 16 at the NAIA national tournament last month in Kentucky. Nor...

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  • Blue Ponies ready to hit the diamond

    Daniel Horton|Updated Apr 3, 2014

    Over the last two seasons, the Havre High softball program has been right on the brink of breaking back into the Class A state softball tournament. And with an extremely talented and experienced junior class back and ready for action, this could very well be the year the Blue Ponies make their move. While the Central A Ponies only lost two seniors from last year's 3-5 conference team, head coach Danny Wirtzberger knows they leave two very big holes to fill. “They were two very... Full story