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  • Cross walk from Big Sandy to Box Elder followed by rally set

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 15, 2024

    Editor’s note: This version corrects the location of the rally. A cross walk followed by a rally to call for Box Elder being made a Native American Dependent Community is set for Saturday, May 18. “Because of the darkness of alcoholism, drug addiction, missing and murdered indigenous persons and violence in north-central Montana and the Hi-Line, we will carry a cross, walk and pray,” a flyer about the event says, saying people can call Pastor Rich Jesperson at 406-680-7080 fro more information. G. Bruce Meyers said Tuesd...

  • City Council has three-hour session discussion boil advisory

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 14, 2024

    Havre City Council held a lengthy discussion to an over-flow capacity crowd at its meeting Monday about the boil advisory in place in the city. At the end of the meeting, following a presentation by a worker at the water plant that met with extended applause, the council scheduled another meeting Monday, May 20, to debrief over what was said at this week"'s meeting and what answers had been found to questions people asked this week. Havre Department of Public Works Director Tr...

  • Havre Public Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation offices closing May 23-24

    Updated May 14, 2024

    From Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services The Office of Public Assistance and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services office located at 48 Second Avenue in Havre will be closed to the public and employees Thursday, May 23, and Friday, May 24, to address building maintenance issues. Normal business operations will resume on Tuesday, May 28. Havre OPA employees working remotely during the office closure will be responding to calls placed through the... Full story

  • Hill County Justice Court relocating temporarily

    Updated May 13, 2024

    Press release The office of the Hill County Justice of the Peace announced last week some relocations and possible temporary disruption of service due to work on the Hill County Courthouse. A press release said that, due to replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system on the second and third floors of the Hill County Courthouse, Hill County Justice Court of Record will be temporarily relocated until further notice. The office will be moving the week of May 20, 2024, to the Timmons Conference Room in...

  • Below-normal water supply forecast for upcoming season

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Press release BOZEMAN - Well-above normal precipitation during April was needed given the meager snowpack conditions experienced this year. Total monthly precipitation was above normal last month only in the Powder and Tongue River basins but was not widespread across Montana. "A couple mid-month storms did provide significant snowfall, but April is typically a wet month in Montana, and total precipitation last month did not meet that standard," said Eric Larson, USDA Natural...

  • Rasmussen offers advice to Northern graduating class

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 9, 2024

    Montana State University-Northern held its 2024 graduation ceremonies Saturday, with commencement speaker world-renowned entertainer and rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen providing the graduates with some good advice filled with local references and lots of humor. The graduating class had279 candidates eligible to receive a total of 411 degrees; 115 women and 164 men eligible for 64 certificates, 158 associate degrees, 174 bachelor's degrees and 14 master's degrees. The ceremony...

  • BLM issues decision on Left Coulee Bullwhacker Access

    Updated May 9, 2024

    U.S. Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management officials signed a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for a travel plan amendment opening a 0.6-mile primitive road in the Left Coulee area of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument’s Bullwhacker region, providing legal public motorized and mechanized access to that area. In 2023, the Square Butte Grazing Association and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks finalized a Public Access Land Agreement through a private parcel along Cow Creek. The B...

  • From the Courts: Threats to murder U.S. Sen. Jon Tester send Billings man to prison for 30 months

    Updated May 9, 2024

    U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana BILLINGS - A Billings man who admitted to threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in voicemail messages was sentenced May 1 to 30 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The defendant, Anthony James Cross, 30, pleaded guilty in January to threats to injure and murder a United States Senator. U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. The court accepted a...

  • From the Courts: Hays man convicted of sexually abusing minor girl sentenced to three years in prison

    Updated May 9, 2024

    U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana GREAT FALLS — A Hays man convicted by a federal jury of sexually abusing a minor girl on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation was sentenced on May 1 to three years and 10 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said. Following a three-day trial, the jury Oct. 5, 2023 found Daniel Jacob Werk, 38, guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, as charged in an indictment. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. In court d...

  • Agenda - Davey School Board meeting set for May 13

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Press release Davey School Board’s regular and organizational board meetings are set for Monday, May 13, 2024, starting at 4 p.m. at the school. People with questions can call 406-265-6970.... Full story

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar and business meeting agenda

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Monday, May 13, 2024 9:30 a.m. — Commissioner working session in the Commission Office 1:30 p.m. — Building manager meeting in the Commission Office Tuesday, May 14, 2024 10:30 a.m. — Road department meeting in the Commission Office 10:30 a.m. — Local Emergency Planning Committee monthly meeting in the City Hall Emergency Operations Center in the basement 1:30 p.m. — 911 Meeting at City Hall Wednesday, May 15, 2024 9 a.m. — County officials meeting in the Commission Office The public may participate in the Hill County Comm... Full story

  • Agenda - Havre City-County Airport Board

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Havre City-County Airport Board will meet at the airport terminal Thursday, May 16, at 3 p.m. The meeting agenda is: 1. Approval of DATE minutes 2. Correspondence 3. Reports (A) Manager (B) Inspection (C) Finance (D) Engineer 4. Public comments 5. Unfinished business • Big Hangar Renovation • GSA Lease • Mill Levy for Ballot 6. New business • FY25 Budget 7. Approval of May claims... Full story

  • Maze Zerbe completes medical residency

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Press release Dr. Sarah Maze Zerbe, daughter of Tim and Meg Maze of Ranchester, WY, granddaughter of Norman and Margaret Maze of Havre and Lt. Col. Richard and Marguerite LaVigne of Ogdensburg, New York, and niece of Lucinda Maze of Havre has completed her Residancy in Family Medicine through the University of Washington Medical School. Maze Zerbe is a 2013 graduate of Tongue River High School in Dayton Wy, a 2017 graduate of the University of Wyoming and a 2021 graduate of...

  • Middle school lists April students of the month

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Press release Havre Middle School's Sixth-Grade Student of the Month for April is Zechia "Dash" Logan. Dash is the son of Dave and Dawn Kaasa. He has four siblings, Nathan Albert, Rhianna Albert, Elizabeth Anderson and Amy Legge. At HMS, Dash takes pride in his schoolwork and maintains a high GPA. He also participates in the middle school choir. Outside of school, he loves to play basketball, sing and hunt with his father. In his free time, Dash loves to go on road trips with...

  • Big Sandy's Proulx in Utah Tech University's 113th graduating class

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Press release ST. GEORGE, Utah — Bailey Proulx of Big Sandy was one of the 2,967 students graduating at Utah Tech University’s 113th Commencement ceremonies Friday. During the first ceremony, held in the morning May 3 at the Greater Zion Stadium at Utah Tech University, 31 percent of graduates earned their associate degree. During the evening ceremony, 37 percent of the graduates received a bachelor’s degree, 31 percent received a certificate, and one percent earned their master’s degree....

  • Havre netters shine at Mayfair Invitational

    George Ferguson|Updated May 9, 2024

    With the Northeast A Divisional Tournament fast approaching, the Havre High tennis teams took full advantage of the Mayfair Invitational last weekend, hosted by Billings Central. The Blue Ponies played in a bracketed tournament against almost all of the Eastern A, including division rivals like Miles City and Glendive. On the boys side, the Ponies excelled in doubles, as Carter Spangler and Max Spangler teamed up to finish third in the No. 1 doubles bracket. The duo lost a...

  • Senior Center News, May 9, 2024

    Updated May 9, 2024

    North Central Senior Center May 13-17 Menu Monday, May 13 — Polish sausage, sauerkraut, veggies, dessert Tuesday, May 14 — Eggs Benedict, fruit, pudding Wednesday, May 15 — Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, dessert Thursday, May 16 — Tuna casserole, veggies, fruit, dessert Friday, May 17 — Potato soup, egg salad sandwich, fruit, dessert Important: We will continue to prepare meals for the Rudyard Center until someone is hired. We will also continue with Meals on Wheels. Please be kind, we are going to...

  • Ponies sweep, win regular season title

    George Ferguson|Updated May 9, 2024

    The Havre High softball team finished its home schedule with two wins at the Sixth Avenue Memorial Field. On Friday, the Ponies crushed Sidney 10-0 in five innings. Bree Hanson hit a homer for Havre. Havre was already up, 4-0 at that point. The Ponies also got four runs by RBI singles. Camille Keeley lead the team with three RBIs on three hits. Keeley now has 21 RBIs in 16 games played. Elle Verploegen dominated in the circle. She took a perfect game into the fifth inning,...

  • Northstars open with tough losses to Great Falls AA

    George Ferguson|Updated May 9, 2024

    The Havre Northstars American Legion baseball team was anxious to get their 2024 season started. But, their home opener was going to be tough as the Northstars hosted the Great Falls AA Chargers last Sunday at Legion Field. And while it was tough sledding for the young Havre team, head coach Patch Wirtzberger's squad battled the AA Chargers in each game. In the opener, Havre dropped a tough 6-0 decision to the Chargers, who showed off some strong pitching as the Northstars...

  • Ponies sweep Havre Lions Invite

    George Ferguson|Updated May 9, 2024

    Another home meet, another clean sweep for the Havre High track and field teams. On Saturday, the Blue Pony girls won the Havre Lions Invite at the Havre Middle School Track with 150 points, while the Havre boys scored 111 points to also win the final home meet of the 2024 season. In the boys meet, Brayden Kimblerling took second for the Ponies in the 100 meters, as well as second in the 200. Ciaran Courtnage also finished sixth in the 200. In the 400, Havre went 4-6, as...

  • Out Our Way: Sinking sand

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Matthew 13:22 "The ground of trusting in the riches of this world is sinking sand" Out our way, the upper pastures can be a bit treacherous. The thorn trees and thick clumps of trees in the arroyos can hide unexpected surprises. Being a greenhorn, I did not know that some creek beds get covered in dirt and while they may look dry and solid are actually deep mud holes that, quicksand-like, will grab hold of the unwary and not let go. I have shared this tale a few times before,...

  • Organizations set to train future conservation and climate leaders

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected 28 organizations to host members of USDA’s Working Lands Climate Corps, an effort that will train the next generation of conservation and climate leaders, providing technical training and career pathway opportunities for young people and helping them deliver climate-smart agriculture solutions for farmers and ranchers. Selections were made in partnership with The Corps Network. WLCC is part of President Joe Biden’s historic American Climate Corps...

  • Pastor's Corner: Mile markers and memories of faith

    Updated May 9, 2024

    A circuit rider pastor has a lot of "windshield time" to pray and to ponder ... pondering can take some mighty strange directions at times. While driving down the highway, I wondered, " How many mile markers there are in Montana?" I googled the Montana Transportation webpage ... there are 13,271-mile markers in our state ... Now, that's a lot of highway! We don't pay much attention to the mile markers unless we need roadside assistance. But in that moment of describing the nea...

  • Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

    Updated May 9, 2024

    You know, Lord, it was special listening to several teens talk about their visit to a rest home, visiting a woman named Violet on Mother's Day. They said she smiled as they stopped in to visit with her. The hot, sticky, midday air came into her little group home unabated, but she didn't complain. Instead, she began wracking her mind for a song to sing. Then a huge smile appeared and she sang, "I am running, skipping, jumping, praising the Lord!" As she sang, she swung her arms...

  • Florist sells 1,015 bunches daffodils to help provide health care

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Press release Shores Floral, a Chinook floral shop, recently held a very successful fundraiser for the "Serving of Hope" fund. Tomi Simonson, owner of Shores Floral presented Christen Obresley, vice president of regulatory and community services at Northern Montana Health Care, a check for $7,015 for the fund. The Serving of Hop" fund was created in 2009 when the Men Who Cook for Women Who Wine event was looking for a new cause to support. That event was started in 2007 to hel...

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