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Articles from the August 4, 2020 edition


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  • Park Board discusses 14-day rule and cross fence

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 4, 2020

    The Hill County Park Board discussed, during its monthly meeting Monday, issues related to Beaver Creek Park’s 14-day rule and heard more public concern about the cross fence they were looking to put up in the park to prevent environmental damage via overgrazing. Beaver Creek Park Superintendent Chad Edgar said the 14-day rule, which states that a person renting a campsite on the park can stay in it for 14 consecutive days in one month before having to moving sites, and the accompanying 48-hour rule which states that campers...

  • Small fire northeast of Havre extinguished

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 4, 2020

    A fire broke out about two miles northeast of Davey School yesterday afternoon. Bear Paw Fire Chief Josh Bebee said the fire was put out some time around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon and was caused by lightning during the thunderstorms that hit the area. He said the fire burned five acres of pastureland, but there were no injuries and no other major damage....

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 4,314 with 82 new cases.

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 238 with 70 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 181,236 with 1,728 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 64. The number of recoveries was 2,766 and the number of active cases was 1,484. People can visit the state tracking map online through a link at https://montana.maps.arcgis.com or at https://covid19.mt.gov .... Full story

  • Havre City Council approves new probationary police officer

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 4, 2020

    A new probationary police officer was appointed Monday at City Council. Havre Police Department Chief Gabe Matosich appointed Brandon Murnion to the position of probationary police officer effective as of today. Matosich said Murnion is from Chinook and is a graduate of Chinook High School. Murnion has been working with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer and has previously worked for Crown Construction Company, Matosich said. “Brandon has met all the necessary requirements for the position and has gone th...

  • Havre City Council hears update on St. Mary Diversion

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Milk River Joint Board of Control Project Manager Jennifer Patrick gave Havre City Council an update Monday about the repairs taking place at the St. Mary Diversion. Progress has been made with construction, which began about a month ago at the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works to repair the concrete structure that collapsed, Drop 5 near the end of the 29-mile system of dams, dikes, canals, gigantic metal siphons and concrete drop structures, as well as another...

  • For the Record, Aug. 4, 2020

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Havre Police Department A caller on Sixth Avenue reported Monday at 9:30 a.m. that a blue Dino BMX '90s style bike with a hard blue seat was stolen a few days earlier. -- A caller at a First Street business asked Monday at 10:17 a.m. to speak with an officer about someone putting something in her gas tank, in relation to a car reported Sunday morning as being vandalized overnight. -- An arrest was made after a Monday 2:49 p.m. caller with BNSF Railway reported a theft. The...

  • Obituary - Richard 'Dick' Habeger

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Richard "Dick" Habeger, 90 – Oct. 11, 1929 – Dec. 25, 2019. Graveside memorial services will be held Saturday, August 8th, at 11:30 a.m. at the Highland Calvary Cemetery in Havre. The memorial service will be preceded by a funeral procession from the Havre Fire Department beginning at 11:00 a.m. A reception will be held after the services at the Havre Eagles Club. Face masks and social distancing are required.... Full story

  • Obituary - Frank Henry

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Frank Henry, 57, passed away due to natural causes at his residence August 2, 2020. Wake services were held Monday, August 3, and will continue until his funeral service, which will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, all at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Box Elder. Burial will follow in the Box Elder Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Frank's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at... Full story

  • Obituary - Frances 'Frankie' Cowan

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Frances "Frankie" Cowan, 85, passed away on July 31st of natural causes in Billings. Cremation has taken place, and private family graveside services will be held. Frankie was born in Havre November 11, 1934, to Esther and Herman Weyh. She attended school in Havre and graduated from Havre High in 1953. She married James Cowan September 15, 1956. She remained in Havre until she moved to Billings in 2018 to be closer to her daughter. Frankie enjoyed bowling and was on a league a... Full story

  • DLI issues more than $40M in UI payments for July 27-31

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Labor and Industry announced Monday that more than 41,000 Unemployment Insurance payments totaling over $40M were issued over the week of July 27 through July 31, providing benefits to eligible Montanans. That figure includes regular UI benefits, Extended Benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits and the additional $600 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits. FPUC payments were issued this w...

  • AARP Montana to mobilize older voters

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Press release HELENA — AARP Montana launched Monday “Protect Voters 50+,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support and protect Montana age 50 and up as they vote in the 2020 elections. The campaign will provide information on where candidates stand on issues that matter to Montanans 50+ and help them cast their votes safely from home or in-person. A centerpiece of the campaign will focus on providing information about voting options in Montana this fall at http://aarp.org/mt , the AARP Bulletin, direct mail,...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commissioner weekly business meeting

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Hill County Commissioner will hold its weekly 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 https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/285550365 . 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...

  • Havre Border Patrol station welcomes new patrol agent in charge Scott Jones

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Press release The U.S. Border Patrol welcomed new Patrol Agent in Charge - PAIC - Scott Jones Monday. Jones' career with the U.S. Border Patrol began in December of 2002 in Bisbee, Arizona, working at the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station. During his time as an agent in the Tucson Sector, he was part of the Horse Patrol Unit and the All-Terrain Vehicle Unit. Jones arrived in Havre, Montana in May 2008, and was soon promoted to supervisory Border Patrol agent, where he manag...

  • Letter to the Editor - Mask rights

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Editor, So, I ran into a woman in her 30s and a young child in the convenience store without their mask on. When I asked them why they didn’t have their mask on she replied it was her constitutional right not to wear one. I replied it was my constitutional right for her not to make me sick. An individual I can only assume was an employee told me to quit starting problems. As I approached the counter I noticed neither clerk was masked. When I asked the clerk why she shrugged her shoulders. This is why we will never get a h...

  • The Northstars shrugged off disappointment, then earned their way to state

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Today marked the start of the first week of August. Or, it's also known as, the dog days of summer. And boy has it been one crazy summer, including months filled with what could haves and what might have beens. That's true of the Havre Northstars American Legion baseball team, too. This week, the Northstars are getting ready to play in their first Class A state tournament in 15 years. It's an exciting time for the Northstars, led by Patch Wirtzberger. The trip to state has...

  • The Next Griz: Havre High star Kellen Detrick commits to Montana football

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Aug 4, 2020

    It has been some time since the Havre High football has gone to work on the field, but even so, many of the athletes that make up the Blue Ponies have been working hard to make their futures become reality. But for one Havre High standout, his dream is being realized. Upcoming Blue Pony defensive lineman and running back, senior Kellen Detrick, has been wreaking havoc on the field and working hard to help Havre go far, but as of Monday night Detrick moved forward with a big dr...

  • Havre High Fall Sports Parent Meeting Set

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    The annual Havre High Fall Sports Parent Meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 10, at the high school. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the meetings will be structured differently this year. The volleyball meeting will start at 5 p.m. in the HHS gym with AD Brian Kessler, followed by the meeting with coaches in the library. Golf and cross country will start at 5:40 p.m. in the gym with the AD, followed by a specific meeting with coaches, golf in the wrestling room and XC in the...

  • COVID-19 & Caregiving among free Aug. webinars for Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers

    Updated Aug 4, 2020

    Press release Adapting to the caregiving challenges posed by COVID-19 has been difficult for families living with — or isolated from — loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association will provide tips on how to adapt to the challenges posed by the coronavirus in a free webinar offered at no charge in August. The COVID-19 & Caregiving webinar is one of a series of live, online programs offered by the Alzheimer’s Association during the month. The Alzheimer’s Association provides a wide range of programs and ser...