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  • For the Record, May 23, 2024

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Havre Police Department Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Officers arrested Mona Crystal Ameline of Havre, 51, on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after a person on Third Street reported at 8:23 a.m. that a woman was getting aggressive. -- Officers investigated a report of a stolen vehicle made from 11th Avenue at 2:38 p.m. -- After a caller from the 10 block of Second Street reported at 11:40 p.m. that someone was trying to break into a vehicle, officers arrested Desirea...

  • Local law enforcement stepping up seat belt enforcement

    Updated May 30, 2024

    Press release Havre Police Department and the Montana Highway Patrol encourage all Montanans to buckle up, even for short trips or when driving slowly. Increased patrols and enforcement of seat belt laws will be underway across the state to ensure the safety of all road users. The Havre Police Department, MHP, and the Montana Department of Transportation are committed to public safety, including seat belt safety. Montana law requires all vehicle occupants to be properly restrained with a seat belt or in a child safety restrai...

  • Fair Board discusses preparations for upcoming fair season

    Christy Bambrough|Updated May 30, 2024

    The Great Northern Fair Board met Tuesday evening to review contracts with financing and maintenance of the fairgrounds. The Great Northern Fair will be from July 17-21. A major topic of discussion was about a memorandum of understanding from Hill County 4-H regarding a few changes, including designated 4-H parking, vendor fees, and usage of buildings like the Horse Barn. The memorandum has not been finalized and will be revised and reviewed with the 4-H. In addition, the...

  • City hears timeline and questions on boil advisory

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 30, 2024

    Editor's note: Part of this story was previous published on the Havre Weekly Chronicle webpage. In a shorter and smaller- but still often contentious - than the May 6 Havre City Council meeting, during a town hall Monday about the Havre boil water advisory, the council heard an update on the timeline and background of the boil advisory, comments from the public and an announcement that the city is in the process of distributing some free bottled water. The presence of active...

  • Tester pushes to restore summer hours at Port of Wild Horse

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 28, 2024

    Sen. Jon Tester has started a push to extend summer hours of operation at the border ports in Montana into Canada, specifically citing the Port of Wild Horse north of Canada in a letter to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Troy A. Miller sent this week. "The Port of Wild Horse and travel across the northern border is essential for farmers, ranchers, businesses, and families in north-central Montana," Tester said in the letter. "... For years, the Port of Wild Horse...

  • Quick pics: Art at the concert

    Updated May 27, 2024

  • Quick pics: Playing music to finish out the year

    Updated May 24, 2024

  • Quick pics: Havre Elks donate $500 to Chinook Pool and Park Project

    Updated May 24, 2024

  • Obituary - John P. Wipf

    Updated May 23, 2024

    John P. Wipf passed away at the age of 74 May 17, 2024. John was a remarkable and hard-working individual, who brought joy and laughter to everyone around him. His infectious happiness and loving nature made him a beloved figure among is family and friends. He had a unique talent for making people feel welcome and cherished, and his jokes never failed to brighten the room. John's presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His laughter, warm pre...

  • Obituary - Edwina Marie Whitford

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Edwina Marie Whitford, “Ka Ki Kwa-nah Pi-yi-iskwew” (Residing Tornado Sitting Woman), 49, passed away due to natural causes at her residence Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Wake services began at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2024, and continued until her funeral service, at 10:00 a.m. today, Friday, May 24, 2024, all at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Burial followed in the Rocky Boy Cemetery....

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Monday, May 27, 2024 Courthouse Closed in Observance of Memorial Day Tuesday, May 28, 2024 9:30 a.m. — Commissioner working session in the Commission Office 10:30 a.m. — Road department meeting in the Commission Office 1 p.m. — Council On Aging discussion Meeting in the Commission Office Wednesday, May 29, 2024 9 a.m. — Meeting with Revize in the Commission Office 1 p.m. — Heating, ventilation and air conditioning progress meeting in the Commission Office 7:30 p.m. — Road mill levy Discussion at the 4-H Chuckwagon...

  • Agenda - Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees

    Updated May 23, 2024

    The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in the Robins School Administration Building. The agenda for the meeting is: A. Call to order 1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. Roll call 3. Welcome to visitors 4. Agenda deletions or corrections, and additions allowed by policy, if any B. Old business C. New business 1. Personnel Public Comment — An opportunity for any member of the audience to bring to the attention of the board questions or relevant comments concerning district matters not on the a...

  • Letter to the Editor - Stand in favor of the children

    Updated May 23, 2024

    The governor had made the claim of preserving the government-to-government consultation with the tribes in Montana. In the 2023 Legislature, the governor signed HB 317 — Montana Indian Child Welfare Act — in to law. If the governor of the state of Montana is true to his word of preserving the government-to-government consultation, he would have brought this issue to the tribes’ attention. I have no idea if he did or not. I’m not privy to the governor’s meetings with the tribes, or if he even met with any during this inte...

  • Letter to the Editor - Montana's 50-plus voters hold the key

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Montanans are considering who to vote for in the upcoming primary election June 4 — and the candidates are doing everything they can to try to earn those votes. One fact should be top of mind: voters 50-plus decide elections, and candidates who ignore this powerful segment of the electorate do so at their own peril.  Voters 50-plus are the majority in every election. In fact, in 2022, 65% of the electorate in Montana was 50 plus. We want to see politicians address our day-to-day challenges, such as caring for our loved ones t...

  • The Postscript: Multiplication tables

    Carrie Classon|Updated May 23, 2024

    I never learned my multiplication tables. Not really. To this day, if you ask me, “What is six times nine?” out of the blue, with some urgency, I will panic. (Please don’t do this.) The troubles started when I was transferred from one math class to another in the third grade. I now understand that this was some sort of promotion from lower math to higher math, but it did not feel like that at the time. Almost immediately, I realized everyone around me was privy to some secret...

  • Jon Tester: Fighting for Montana's veterans is a sacred obligation

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Growing up as a kid in Big Sandy, I learned from a young age about the incredible service and sacrifice of our servicemembers when I played Taps at the funerals of veterans of both World Wars. It’s something that has always stuck with me, and I carry with me every day. Montana is the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. But it didn’t get that way by accident. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have fought to defend our freedom and protect our democracy, with many paying the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free....

  • Looking out my Backdoor: Water! We've got lots and lots of water!

    Sondra Ashton|Updated May 23, 2024

    All things being relative, we have water. The drought is not over. I’ve forgotten what a cloud looks like. However, the valve directing water to the ranch property has been fixed, replaced, repaired, and, just like that, we have more than a daily dribble. I still judiciously use water. Mop water, dish water, still get dumped on potted plants, whichever ones look most thirsty at the moment. I still have brown grass and dusty patches and will have until the rains come. If t...

  • Bear Paw Development receives Brownfield cleanup grants

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Press release The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday $1 million in Brownfields grant funding including in Havre and Box Elder to support the environmental assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of critical properties in communities across northern Montana. The EPA awards are being provided to two grantees. Bear Paw Development Corp. will receive $500,000 in EPA Brownfields funding for high-priority projects in Havre and Box Elder. The Sweetgrass Development Corporation will also receive $500,000 to assess...

  • Davey School announces open enrollment

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Press release Davey Elementary School announced it has open enrollment for grades kindergarten through 8. People can contact the district clerk at 406-265-6970 for more information....

  • Celebrating History: Railroads and agriculture

    Updated May 23, 2024

    By Emily Mayer When this area of Montana was first settled by Americans coming from some other place in the country or immigrants coming from far away places, there were a few ranches followed by the creation of Fort Assinniboine. The Homestead Act had been signed into law in 1864, but farms really didn’t get a big boost until the arrival of the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway, one of the precursors to the Great Northern Railway, arrived in this area in 1887. With the revision of the Homestead Act in 1910 and h...

  • Border bill fails Senate test vote as Democrats seek to underscore Republican resistance

    Updated May 23, 2024

    STEPHEN GROVES, MARY CLARE JALONICK and REBECCA SANTANA The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans again blocked a bill meant to clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sought today to underscore GOP resistance to the proposal. The legislation, negotiated by a bipartisan group of senators, was already rejected by most Republicans in February when it was linked to a foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies. But...

  • Third Annual Montana Wounded Warrior Poker Run and Fundraiser set for June 1

    Christy Bambrough|Updated May 23, 2024

    The Third Annual Montana Wounded Warrior Poker Run will be held during Memorial Day weekend. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. on June 1. The money raised will go to the Montana Wounded Warrior program for funding a guided fishing or hunting trip for one of the states wounded warriors. The Poker Run will start at the Havre Elk’s Club. Poker Run stops are Chinook’s Pastime Bar and Mint Bar, Hays Pow Wow Grounds, Malta’s Mint Bar, Chinook Eagles and Bear Paw Saloon. The final destination will be back at the Havre Elk’s Club. T...

  • Strissel among emergency medical services responders honored by state

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Press release Lowell Strissel of Hill County Ambulance was among those honored in Helena Wednesday in a ceremony for Montana Emergency Medical Services Awards Ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda. Gov. Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Charlie Brereton honored the emergency services personnel during the awards ceremony. "From offering community support to responding to emergencies, our EMS providers across Montana work around the clock to...

  • Hill County Democrats set county convention for delegate selection

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Press release The Hill County Democrats are calling their 2024 Democratic Delegate Selection County Convention for the Democratic National Convention to be held Wednesday, June 5. “We will caucus with the purpose of electing delegates to be sent to the Montana Democratic Party’s Delegate Selection Convention in Havre, Saturday, June 8, to elect Montana Democrats to serve as delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago the week of August 18th, 2024,” Hill County Democratic Committee Chair Lindsey Ratliff said....

  • Plant a Seed … Read! Sets anniversary celebration June 1

    Tim Leeds|Updated May 23, 2024

    Plant a Seed…READ! will be celebrating its 10th year as a nonprofit and 14 years as an affiliate with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Saturday, June 1st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Famous Footwear store location in the Holiday Village Mall. “Come and enjoy a free lunch, games and activities as the children Buzz in with Bees and Books,” Executive Program Director Lorraine Verploegen said in a release. “There will be a Chinese Auction and Raffles items donated by community members and individuals. Proceeds will enroll ch...

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