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  • Local super heroes take icy plunge for Special Olympics

    Alex Ross|Updated Nov 28, 2016

    More than 30 people sacrificed a few moments of warmth Saturday afternoon in the parking lot behind Wells Fargo Bank on Second Street to take part in the Polar Plunge, an annual fundraiser for the Montana Special Olympics. People of all ages made the plunge into a vat of ice water 3½ feet deep. Nicole Anderson, a dispatcher with the Havre Police Department, was among the first to make the jump. "It's cold, it's so cold, oh my God," Anderson said as she emerged from the...

  • Havre kicks off Christmas celebration

    Alex Ross|Updated Nov 28, 2016

    People gathered along Fourth Avenue and on Town Square to usher in the Christmas season with two events that have become local traditions, the third annual Santa Run and the Community Christmas Tree Lighting. Both activities are sponsored by the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce. Runners wearing Christmas Sweaters, iconic red Santa hats and, in one case, a full snowman costume started their run at 4:30 p.m on Fourth Avenue in downtown Havre, a portion of which was cordoned off...

  • Ailing Big Sandy boy gets wish granted

    Tim Leeds|Updated Nov 28, 2016

    A Big Sandy kindergartner is going on his dream trip of a lifetime, after four years of battling a rare heart condition. Make-A-Wish Montana is sending 5-year-old Henry Merrill, his parents and three siblings to a week in Italy including special tours of hot spots in Rome as well as the high point for Henry — a visit to Pompeii. “I want to to go to Pompeii because I like volcanoes,” Henry said Saturday during a farewell party at Pep's Pizza in Big Sandy. “… I want to see th...

  • Livingston hunting guide recounts killing charging grizzly

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    HUNTER D’ANTUONO The Livingston Enterprise LIVINGSTON (AP) — Justin Souza says he didn’t even know the big beast was there — that is, not until he saw a cloud of warm breath rising from a seemingly anonymous mound of earth. The 29-year-old Livingston man was on an elk hunt early on Nov. 17 when the moment many Montana hunters dread became reality. Souza said he was following a game trail in the mountains surrounding Emigrant when he came upon a sleeping grizzly bear nestled in the dirt in the middle of the trail, all but con...

  • MDT seeks comment on Highway 87 project north and south of Big Sandy

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Press release Montana Department of Transportation has notified the public and is seek comments on a proposal to improve about 16.8 miles of U.S. Highway 87 north and south of Big Sandy in Chouteau County. The project begins at reference post 72.3 and extends northeast for 16.8 miles ending near Box Elder at reference post 89.1. Proposed work includes crack sealing and finishing with a full-width seal and cover — chip seal — with upgraded pavement markings. The purpose of the project is to extend the life of the pav...

  • DEQ plans Bikini Coffee cleanup

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Havre Daily News staff Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced it has approved clean-up activities for the petroleum release at Bikini Coffee in Chinook, and it may impact traffic and prevent access to the business. DEQ said in a public notice that The clean-up activities are required by DEQ under Montana law and administrative rules. The DEQ Petroleum Tank Cleanup Section requested, reviewed, and approved a plan prepared and submitted by Olympus Technologies Inc. on behalf of the owner/operator of the...

  • Community Orchestra slates Thursday extravaganza

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Press release The Montana State University-Northern Community Orchestra presents a Holiday Extravaganza Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Havre High School auditorium. Holiday songs from “The Nutcracker Suite,” “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” “Polar Express,” Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller and the Canadian Brass will be featured. The orchestra will be joined by two local dance studios, the Montana Academy of Dance and the Studio of Dance and Arts, for a live collaboration of winter theme music and dance....

  • Quick Pics: Students show their patriotism

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

  • Make our (costly) infrastructure great again

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington D.C. A great, big beautiful wall on the American border with Mexico. But when it comes to his most ambitious building project yet — a badly needed, $1 trillion upgrade of America’s roads, bridges, railways and airports, the nation’s incoming 45th chief executive is running into an challenge tougher than winning over even the crankiest of New York City code inspectors: Finding a way to pay f...

  • Emperor Trump's inauspicious debut

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    “The Emperor (of Lilliput) holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates, advancing one by one, sometimes leap over the stick, sometimes creep under it backwards and forwards several times ... whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out longest in leaping and creeping, is rewarded with the blue-colored silk ... and you see very few persons about this court who are not adorned with one of these girdles.” — Jonathan Swift, “Gulliver’s Travels,” 1726 Never mind that president-...

  • Fake news could reveal disturbing truth

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    WASHINGTON — For decades, foreign correspondents have covered countries where people are quite literally begging for true information. During the Cold War and under the worst dictatorships, Russians, Hungarians, Poles and many others would whisper to us in locked rooms or somewhere where the music was so loud the dictatorship couldn’t overhear you. Then they would tell us, often tearfully, about secretly listening to the clandestine broadcasts of Voice of America or Radio Free Europe or, more recently, Radio Free Asia. The...

  • Be thankful for Trump's presidency

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Thanksgiving may officially be over, but Americans have much to be thankful for. To my liberal and Democratic Party friends (not always one and the same), please enjoy the freedom you have to protest and fear the unknown that is President-elect Trump. While Trump tweets and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence demonstrates calm maturity, political opponents from “Saturday Night Live” to MSNBC, from the Broadway stage to the streets of Portland all have the freedom to freak out, cry, pout and insult them in a variety of fas...

  • Obituary: Jerry Meagher

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Jerry Michael Meagher of Idaho Falls, Idaho, 77, passed away Nov. 23, 2016, at MorningStar Senior Living Center. He was under the care of Abode Hospice. Jerry was born July 1, 1939, in Great Falls, Montana, to Stanley G. Meagher and Dorothy Schaefer Meagher. He grew up and attended schools in Great Falls and graduated from Great Falls High School. He also attended Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana, where he earned an associate degree in agriculture. Jerry served in th... Full story

  • Obituary: Darrell L. "Juggie" Denny

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Darrell L. "Juggie" Denny, 62, passed away due to natural cause Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at his residence. Wake services began at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, and funeral service were at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rocky Boy. Burial followed in the Rocky Boy Veterans Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Juggie's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at... Full story

  • State Briefs, Nov. 28, 2016

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Bullock proposes using state wildfire fund for other efforts BOZEMAN (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock is looking to Montana’s wildfire suppression fund to help make up budget shortfalls caused by the state’s declining revenues. The Democratic governor’s proposed budget for the next two years earmarks about $25 million from the wildfire fund for other state forestry programs. By using the wildfire funding, the general fund balance can move toward a planned $300 million budget surplus. Dan Villa, the governor’s budget director,...

  • Administrator of state public defender's office resigns

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    BILLINGS (AP) — The new chief administrator for the Office of the State Public Defender has resigned, saying he was meeting “palpable resistance” from program managers as he tried to cut costs to help the agency make up a $3.5 million budget shortfall. Scott Cruse sent a letter of resignation to Public Defender Commission Chairman Richard “Fritz” Gillespie Nov. 16, less than three months after Cruse was hired. Cruse said he was asked to solve a budget crisis the office leadership had ignored for over a year, but wasn’t gi...

  • Corrections for Nov. 21, 2016

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    A front-page article in the Monday, Nov. 21, edition of the Havre Daily News misreported that the Hill County Sheriff’s Office is operating on the same budget it was in the mid-1980s. While an initiative then froze property taxes at their levels unless voters approve a mill levy increase, the sheriff’s office budget has changed throughout the years....

  • For the Record, Nov. 28, 2016

    Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Havre Police Department Officers were called Friday at 9:30 a.m. to investigate a vehicle-pole crash on First Street West. —— Leona Elaine Johnson of Havre, 36, was arrested on a charge of probation violation, after officers were called to assist Probation and Parole on U.S. Highway 2 Friday at 11:32 a.m. —— Kim Christina Johnson of Havre, 39, was arrested on two charges of partner or family member assault after a 10th Street caller reported a domestic disturbance Friday at 1:07 p.m. —— Officers were called to Hill Street...

  • Skylights split a pair of tough NAIA games in Tennessee

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 28, 2016

    Dominant. That's what the Montana State University-Northern Skylights have been thus far this season. But, with the start of Frontier Conference play, the Skylights needed challenges. And they found them in Jackson, Tennessee. The No. 16 Skylights were in Tennessee this past weekend for a pair of games against nationally ranked rivals at the Rotary Classic, a 14-team field full of Top 25 and teams that were in the NAIA national tournament last spring. And since head coach...

  • Bruins maul Nationals

    Chris Peterson|Updated Nov 28, 2016

    The Glacier Nationals spent the Thanksgiving weekend playing at home, playing host to the Missoula Junior Bruins in back-to-back games inside the Havre Ice Dome. Unfortunately, for the Nationals, their 11-game winless streaks was extended to 13 as Glacier fell to Missoula by the scores of 7-2 and 9-3. The Nationals are now 1-19-1 and remains in last place with three points. Missoula is now 12-7-1 on the season and is fifth place in the Frontier Division of the North American...

  • Lights cruise to a Thanksgiving sweep

    George Ferguson|Updated Nov 28, 2016

    The Montana State University-Northern Lights are headed for Frontier Conference play. At least their first two games of it anyway. And while the Lights were home for two lopsided wins in their Thanksgiving Classic, Northern head coach Shawn Huse was more than pleased with how his team played in those wins. The Lights crushed both New Hope Christian and Salish Kootenai College this past weekend at the Armory Gymnasium, and while the team may not have faced many challenges, or...

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