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  • For the Record, Aug. 10, 2020

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version corrects an error misreported in the Havre Police dispatch log provided to the Havre Daily News about an underage party where the report said people were arrested when they were issued summonses and misreported some of the charges. Havre Police Department Skyler John Melby of Kremlin, 29, was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, obstructing a p...

  • Havre schools details comments procedures during board meeting

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    The Havre School District has announced that, because the district expects a larger-than-normal crowd at the Havre School Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday to vote on the upcoming school year's re-opening plan, it is imposing some adjustments and guidelines to accommodate Gov. Steve Bullock's directives, Hill County Health Department requirements and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The agenda for the meeting is... Full story

  • Rocky Boy in lockdown as contact tracing conducted

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    Rocky Boy Health Center, the COVID-19 Incident Command Center at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, announced in a Facebook post Friday evening that the the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s government announced a Red Threat Level 4 Alert and the tribal government imlemented a 72-hour lockdown effective Sunday at 10 p.m. through Wednesday at 6 a.m. The order came as the Rocky Boy health officials attempt to do contact tracing on a new case unrelated to previous cases. The post urged people to wear a mask, social distance and wash their han... Full story

  • Fire on Baldy Mountain

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    A fire is burning on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation near the top of Baldy Mountain. Rocky Boy’s forestry department said this morning the department was had no time available this morning and would provide details on the fire later today. Big Sandy Volunteer Fire Department reported Sunday that it was put on standby for the fire but had since been released. Renee Brown, who lives on a ranch just south of the reservation near Warrick, said Sunday she noticed the fire around 3:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday and she heard that fire crews...

  • County drops below four active cases of COVID-19

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    According to a report by Hill County Health Officer Jessica Sheehy read by Hill County Commissioner Mike Wendland at the weekly COVID-19 update Aug. 8, Hill County has dropped below four active cases, However, despite this the report said the department is still strongly encouraging people to be vigilant. “Although Hill County has dropped below the four active cases as required by the mask directive, we are still recommending those be worn indoors and outdoors where social distancing cannot be observed,” Wendland said, rea... Full story

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 5,017 with 65 new cases.

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 273 with 80 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 193,405 with 3,459 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 75. The number of recoveries was 3,413 and the number of active cases was 1,529. People can visit the state tracking map online through a link at or at .... Full story

  • Commission approves language for ambulance service mill levy increase for November ballot

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    The Hill County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to put a 8 mill levy increase to people living outside the city limits for the Havre Ambulance Service on the upcoming general election ballot to make up for the service’s financial shortfall. City of Havre Finance and City Clerk Doug Kaercher has said the city has been subsidizing the ambulance service for years because the county, which accounts for 28 percent of ambulance calls, was paying far below that percentage for the service. City of Havre Mayor T...

  • Obituary - Lester R. Ophus

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    Lester R. Ophus, 84, passed away due to natural causes at the Northern Montana Care Center with his wife by his side Thursday, August 6, 2020. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. at the Hanson Ranch. Lester's family has suggested memorial donations be made in his name to Shriner's Children Hospital or charity of your choice. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please... Full story

  • Man awaiting burglary sentencing arrested on new charges after chase

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    A man scheduled to be sentenced on charges including continuing criminal enterprise related to a series of burglaries and robberies in the area more than a year ago faces new charges after a police chase through Havre. The Havre Police Department dispatch log reports Jaylen Jake Crazyboy of Havre, 18, was arrested on charges of fleeing or eluding a police officer, obstructing a peace officer or otehr public servant, driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, reckless driving, speeding on a local street, speeding on...

  • From the Courts - State District Court: Man sentenced to 30 days probation on reduced charge

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    Franklin Troy Caplette was sentenced to 30 days probation — with credit for most of a year served — in a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Caplette was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, methamphetamine, Dec. 11. In a plea agreement, the charges were amended to include a misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer or other public servant. Last Monday, Caplette pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and district Judge Kaydee Snipes Ruiz sentenced him to 30 days in jail, all sus...

  • From the Courts - State District Court: Woman given probation on car wash vandalism

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    Sheila Eve Walker was given three years probation after she previously pleaded no contest to vandalizing a Havre car wash. Walker was charged Aug. 1, 2019, with felony criminal mischief after security videos recorded her vandalizing the business the night of July 19, 2019. She pleaded no contest, which means the defendant admits they would likely be convicted by the evidence although they do not admit liability, under a plea agreement May 4. In criminal courts, the no contest plea has the same affect as a guilty plea. Last...

  • Agenda - Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Havre Middle School. The agenda for the meeting is: A. Call to order 1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. Roll call 3. Welcome to visitors 4. Presentation and display 5. Agenda deletions or corrections, and additions allowed by policy, if any B. Unanimous consent agenda C. Old business 1. Final budget Fiscal Year 2021 for elementary district only 2. Final budget Fiscal Year 2021 for high school district D. New business 1 District Education Work Plan 2...

  • Letter to the Editor - Paper's People's Rights articles biased

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    Editor, This was the first Montana People’s Rights Group meeting that I have attended and I was disappointed with the dark bias that was used by HDN to describe it. Conveniently, there was no mention that the meeting was opened with a prayer and also closed with a prayer. One main question at the meeting was what the Constitutions of the United States and Montana really say and how that might differ from what we are being told. Another question was the positives of wearing a mask, as well as the negatives of wearing a m...

  • Our View - The facts on People's Rights

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    The Havre Daily News has received complaints, via Facebook, by telephone and now in an opinion column and a letter, printed on this page, about its coverage of people attending meetings in Havre held by People’s Rights Montana District 1. The complaints basically say the articles did not give enough credit to false claims made by People’s Rights and at the meeting that directives to slow the spread of COVID-19 are unconstitutional and illegal; the recommended actions don’t work and are harmful; and that the articles made...

  • People's Rights responds to HDN stories

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

    We are honored Havre Daily News thought the local People’s Rights group significant enough to deserve back-to-back stories. But we’re also discouraged. Much ink was dedicated to someone who doesn’t live in Montana, much less in Hill County, as well as flat-out unsupported speculation about the group’s underlying goals. Travis McAdam said the Montana Human Rights Network “believes” the group is an attempt to create a network of militias. Mr. McAdam cited no evidence, not even a statement from the purported architect o...

  • Havre at all-star softball tourney...

    Updated Aug 10, 2020

  • Lights land Sidney mat standout

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    A new wrestling season is still a ways off, but longtime Montana State University-Northern head coach Tyson Thivierge continues to work on building his already powerful team for not only this coming season, but also well into the future. And Thivierge did just that by announcing last week that the Lights have signed two-time Class A state champion Jett Jones of Sidney to an NAIA national letter of intent. Individually, Jones won the 2019 Class A state title at 182 pounds...

  • Northstars' run ends at state tourney

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    After falling to the Billings Blue Jays in the Class A State Tournament opening round, the Havre Northstars American Legion baseball club would have to climb its way through the loser’s bracket to stay in the tournament and continue its season. Down in Lewistown at Ryan Sparks Field, the No. 2 Northstars were walking the wire. But this weekend saw the end to Havre’s season, as the No. 2 Bitteroot Buccaneers defeated the Northstars 18-13 in a high-scoring shootout in the los...

  • Frontier volleyball moved to spring

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 10, 2020

    As anticipated, the Frontier Conference announced more major changes to the upcoming fall sports season, including the announcement that the volleyball season has officially been moved to the spring. Friday, the league announced that league administrators had elected to move the volleyball schedule to the spring. In a statement by the Frontier, it said of the upcoming volleyball season: "At this time the Frontier Conference league administrators have elected to move the...