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  • Northern Alumni Foundation hosts summer yoga

    Press Release|Updated Jul 22, 2020

    The Montana State University-Northern Foundation is hosting Outdoor Summer Yoga every Wednesday until Aug. 12. “Join us on the Northern campus in your comfy clothes and relax in a beautiful location,” a release from the foundation said. “All participants must bring their own yoga mat, water, and any yoga props you may need (such as blocks or blankets). Each session will be 30-45 minutes long.” Dates, times, and teachers are listed below, including a session at 10 a.m. today l...

  • No new COVID cases reported in region

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in this part of Montana today. Hill County Health Department and Rocky Boy Health Center confirmed they had no new reported cases today Blaine and Chouteau County and Fort Belknap Tribal Health Department did not report any confirmed cases. Blaine County Health Department did put out a request on its Facebook page to put an end to rumors. "Reminder: When your public health department says things like "isolation", "quarantine", and "close... Full story

  • Hill County Health Department and Governor's Office respond to Commissioner McLean

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    The local health director and a representative of the governor’s office have responded to comments questioning the need and motive of the governor’s directive telling people to wear masks when out in public. At the Hill County Commission’s business meeting last week, Hill County Commissioner Diane McLean, who attended the meeting remotely, made a number of claims about Gov. Steve Bullock’s directive requiring people in counties with four or more active COVID-19 cases to wear masks in certain indoor and outdoor environ...

  • New band teacher comes to Havre from Mississippi

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Editor's note: The Havre Daily News is attempting to interview new teachers in the local school districts. People who know of new teachers, or the new teachers themselves, can contact the Havre Daily at [email protected]. Havre Middle School is getting a new band teacher from Mississippi. "If I ever teach band again, I want to teach middle school because I love starting kids out with nothing, they don't know know how to do anything, so making sure they have great...

  • Harlem school board approves blended re-opening

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Harlem Public Schools Board of Trustees held a meeting Monday and discussed its re-opening plan for the upcoming school year. The board approved in going forward with a blended/hybrid plan. Superintendent Doreen Warren presented three options of re-opening plan: A full opening, staying with school closure and the hybrid plan of the two. “While we have concerns about the changing circumstances here in Blaine County, most teachers expressed missing the kids and on the survey most of the parents want to keep school closure, but...

  • More COVID-19 cases confirmed in Hill, Blaine counties

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Following the Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation enacting new COVID-19 restrictions, more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in both Blaine and Hill counties. The Business Committee strengthened its curfew restrictions Monday, and ordered central services tribal employees to self-quarantine for seven days as new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in Hill and Blaine counties. Following the passage of the resolutions, Hill County Health Department confirmed three new cases in Hill County and B...

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 2,712 with 97 new cases.

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 174 with 49 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 141,002 with 1,960 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 40. The number of recoveries was 1,493 and the number of active cases was 174. People can visit the state tracking map online through a link at .... Full story

  • Masks are a responsibility, not a political issue

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    I owe an apology to all of our readers. We ran a story Friday about Hill County Commissioner Diane McLean questioning the reasons for Gov. Steve Bullock issuing a directive telling people to wear masks and questioning its legality. Some people have complained that we ran the story at all. McLean’s comments were news and our job is to report the news. When one of the top elected officials in the county questions a governor directive, it is news. But I forgot to make sure the comments were placed in context. Other stories on t...

  • Masks are for health, not politics

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    In these difficult times, politics are the last thing we need. Over the past two weeks, we have seen a significant change in Hill County. Our cases have surged to 30-plus and counting. We now have what appears to be community spread. And we see that it is affecting anyone regardless of age. Montana has also seen a surge in cases and a surge in hospitalizations. This was to some extent expected, but what we do next will help shape our outcomes, for better or worse. Through the beginning of COVID-19, Hill County has had a...

  • Personal responsibility required to keep vulnerable citizens safe and Montana's economy open

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Sheriffs take an oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Montana. We will uphold our oath, protect public safety and respond to our shared constituency through open communication and education as we continue to face the public health risks of COVID-19. As leaders in your community and the elected officials who represent you and your constitutional rights, we want to ensure we are all doing our part to protect the vulnerable citizens in ur state while also...

  • For the Record, July 21, 2020

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Havre Police Department A caller at a First Street business reported Monday at 7:43 a.m. that a purse was stolen. -- A 14th Street caller asked Monday at 8:50 a.m. to ask for assistance looking into suspicious activity. -- Someone was issued a summons after an officer investigated a Monday 10:25 a.m. complaint on 12th Street. No details were provided on the charges. -- Monday at 11:35 a.m., a caller on Third Avenue reported a vehicle with a broken out windshield. Hill County...

  • Public meeting on plan to re-introduce bighorns to Little Belts canceled

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Press release A public meeting scheduled for July 22 in Stanford regarding a proposal to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Little Belt Mountains has been canceled due to concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19. The public is still encouraged to submit a comment on the environmental assessment, which can be viewed online at http:// . Public comment will be accepted through Aug. 3. Historically, bighorn sheep were common in the mountain range, but were extirpated by the early 20th Century....

  • Agenda - Hill County Commissioner business meeting

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Hill County Commission will hold its business meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. People are able to join the meeting remotely if they wish using their computer, tablet or smartphone by logging in at . They also can dial in using their phone. For supported devices, people can tap a one-touch number below to join instantly. United States toll free: 1-866-899-4679 One-touch: tel: 18668994679, 285550365# United States: 1-312-757-3119 One-touch: tel:+13127573119, 285550365# Access code:...

  • Census takers to start follow up with nonresponding households in Montana

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Press release The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to begin following up with households in Montana that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The Billings area census office is scheduled to begin follow-up work Aug. 11. The work is scheduled to conclude no later than Oct. 31. What households can expect Households can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at, or by phone at 844-330-2020. Households can also respond online or by...

  • Obituary - Trevor Laughnan

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    And then there was Trevor! He was born September 29, 1979, at 4:11 a.m. in Havre, Montana to his parents, Mike and Rhonda (Barney Minnick) Laughnan. Before his birth, all leaves on the trees were green, and upon arriving home with Trevor, all leaves had changed their colors, symbolic of how the world would change forever because of his presence. He passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Saturday morning, July 18, 2020, due to complications related to his year-long... Full story

  • Obituary - John Harry Brumley

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    John Harry Brumley of Syracuse, Utah, formerly of Havre, Montana, age 73, passed away at his home July 20th. An obituary will follow at a later date.... Full story

  • Obituary - Barbara Richardson

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Barbara Richardson of Big Sandy, 62, passed away June 26, 2020. A graveside service will take place at the Highland Cemetery in Havre at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020. A Celebration of Life will follow the service at 11:00 a.m. in Pepin Park, Havre.... Full story

  • Beaver Creek Park the work of the Master Gardener

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    See more photos in color at Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club has nominated Beaver Creek Park for its featured yard. Located on the north slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains, the 10,000 acre county park was established in 1916 following the closing of Fort Assinniboine Military Post. Just minutes from Havre, the park affords the visitors with an ever-changing landscape of wildflowers. Here, Mother Nature is the Master Gardener...

  • A special day for Trottier and the Skylights

    George Ferguson|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Montana State University-Northern head women's basketball coach Chris Mouat is big on talent from the Treasure State. And when he can stock his roster with homegrown talent, that's even better. So Monday afternoon was an important day for Mouat and the Skylights, as well as the Harlem community, as he announced the signing of Harlem junior Taya Trottier to an NAIA national letter of intent. Trottier has two years left as a Wildcat, but she was excited to make the Skylights...

  • Local Golf Report: Kyle had one of those special days

    George Ferguson|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    A heat wave is coming this week, and, local golf leagues are heating up with it, as the race for the playoffs is well underway. At Prairie Farms Golf Course last week, low scores were the order of the day. Last Tuesday night in men’s league, Kyle Sheppard fired a 37 for low gross, while Jake Myers, Chad Edgar, Dan Kiederowski and Christian Oberquell tied for low net with 34. Myers Ranch was high team with 24.5 points. Mason Sheppard, Jake and Rob Myers and Greg Mosness made u...

  • Lightning stop Northstars

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Every winning streak has to come to an end, whether it be at home or on the road. The Havre Northstars American Legion baseball club met with that reality, as after sweeping the Great Falls Lightning and the Glendive Blue Devils recently, the Northstars met with another tough doubleheader away from Legion Field. On the road in Great Falls against the Lightning, Havre went into a battle Monday afternoon, which ended with the Northstars being swept, with game one seeing Great...

  • HHS distributing $10B in additional funding to hospitals for COVID-19 impact

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Press Release The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced Friday it will begin distributing $10 billion in a second round of high impact COVID-19 area funding to hospitals starting next week. As parts of the nation confront a recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitals elsewhere continue to recover and grapple with the financial hardships caused by the pandemic, HHS recognizes the need to quickly get these funds to frontline health care...

  • Hamstring Stretch Exercise

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    From Montana Office on Aging and Brilliant Aging Weeks of sedentary days can threaten your independence. Join us for simple activities you can do at home to support independence a resilience. Losing physical function was considered a normal part of aging, but now we know better. It's very common and predictable, but preventable! Build up your functional reserves of strength, mobility and endurance to protect your independence. Daily activities such as lifting, carrying,...

  • 4-H Results Pt.2

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Here are the results from Saturday’s 4-H Fair. Watch for more results in the and Wednesday edition of the Havre Daily News. Round Robin (from left) Senior Contestants — Stephen Preputin (swine), Loy Waid (beef) and Angelina Toth (sheep), and Junior Contestants — Landon Molitor (beef), Hayden Strauser (horse), Savannah Schaumloeffel (sheep) and Ashleigh Howendobler (swine) Overall Senior Showman — Stephen Preputin, left Overall Junior Showman — Landon Molitor 4-H Sheep show Senior Showmanship — Grand — Angelina Toth Junior S...