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Articles from the August 14, 2020 edition


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  • Commission nixes mail voting in split decision

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 17, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version clarifies who would have received mail ballots and how provisional ballots are handled. The Hill County Commission voted down a resolution to allow for mail-in ballots in the 2020 general election at their weekly business meeting Thursday, with Hill County Commissioners Diane McLean and Mark Peterson voting no and Hill County Commissioner Mike Wendland voting yes. The resolution would have allowed the county to send ballots to provisional and active registered voters which they could fill out a...

  • Our View: Shame on McLean and Peterson for endangering people's lives

    Updated Aug 17, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version has been edited to reflect that people can make online requests for absentee ballots. Shame, shame on Hill County Commissioners Diane McLean and Mark Peterson. With a stroke of the pen, they have put people's health and very lives at risk. McLean and Peterson voted down a resolution that would have sent mail ballots to every active registered voter in the county, giving them the option to avoid going to the polls and risking being exposed to COVID-19. And praise goes to Hill County Commissioner M...

  • Northern Montana Family Medical Center closed due to COVID confirmation

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Northern Montana Health Care posted on its Facebook page Thursday that Northern Montana Family Medical Center would close for the rest of the day due to a positive confirmation of a COVID-19 case. Vice President of Regulatory and Community Services Christen Obresley said Thursday afternoon that the closure was to do their due diligence and conducting a deep clean of the building, which she said, was going well with no complications. She said the Hill County Health Department is doing contact tracing on the positive case, and...

  • Blaine County Fair is up and running for 2020

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Blaine County had its 4-H fair and rodeo Thursday, with safety measures and precautions in place which will continue today and Saturday. Montana State University Blaine County Extension Agent Julie Snedigar said she is very thankful Blaine County still gets to have a fair. "We are working as hard as we can to make sure we are doing everything that we need to do," she said. "The parents, the kids, everybody has been working so hard to get here, get done what we need to do and...

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 5,541 with 134 new cases.

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 319 with 86 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 199,861 with 2,041 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 81. The number of recoveries was 4,011 and the number of active cases was 1,449. The new cases by county were in: Hill: 2 new cases, 48 total, 5 active, 41 recovered, 2 deaths Liberty: 0 new cases, 1 total, 1 recovered Blaine: 1 new case, 14 total, 3 active, 11 recovered Chouteau: 0 new cases, 10...

  • Food bank loses holiday meats due to freezer malfunction

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    The Havre Food Bank had a freezer malfunction Tuesday, which forced the bank to dispose of items such as hams and turkeys that were part of the holiday distributions. “We aren’t completely sure what happened, It appears that the freezer blew a fuse at some point Monday,” Food Bank Manager Samantha Nimmick said. “Upon checking the freezer Tuesday, the frozen food at the front was soft and registering at unsafe temperatures. We turned the breaker back on to refreeze the food and make it easier for removal that evening. While r...

  • DLI extends UI work search waiver

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Labor and Industry announced Thursday the extension of the work search waiver for Unemployment Insurance claimants in Montana. Wednesday, DLI issued a scheduled email to claimants stating that the work search requirements were going back into effect starting Aug. 23. This email notification was scheduled due to the expiration of the temporary emergency rule regarding work search requirements. Due to ongoing public health and safety considerations during the COVID-19 p...

  • Kids clothing store holding soft open at the Atrium Mall

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Always and Forever Kids Clothing Boutique will be holding a soft opening today in the Atrium Mall to evaluate what people are most interested in getting for their children and developing a plan for what kinds of product to focus on in the near future. Business owner Carissa Anderson said her store aims to fill a void she had noticed in town for a brick and mortar children clothing store. She saidshe hopes the feedback she gets from people during this soft opening will help her get a handle on what people are looking for. “I’m...

  • No statewide sales tax. Not today. Not ever.

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    I’m running for governor to protect and defend our Montana way of life. As a fourth-generation Montanan who raised his kids here, that means fighting back against out-of-state special interests who want to block our access and sell off our land to the highest bidder, so that families are still able to make lifelong memories, hunting and fishing, hiking and camping on our pristine public lands. That means continuing to work to protect and expand quality, affordable health care for all, and making sure our public schools are p...

  • Show some love, would you?

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    It’s been a tough year for everyone — and it is just August. Plague. Politics. Unemployment. Uncertainty. A year ago, this very week, I started my job here at the Montana State Univeristy-Northern Foundation and I couldn’t have known how my first year would unfold. My first day was the same day as the start of student orientation and, in truth, I was going through just as many life changes as the students around me. As the year progressed and we entered the spring semester, probably a lot like the students, I felt I was i...

  • Letter to the Editor - McLean, Peterson endangering people

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Editor, Hill County Commissioners Mark Peterson and Diane McLean need to re-evaluate their duties to this community. One would assume it is their job to listen to those with knowledge and expertise and then make the best decision for everyone. Yes, they are responsible to their constituents and should listen to their concerns. But, it is also their job to make a decision based on the best information they are given, and then explain to their constituents why the decision is being made. The Hill County Clerk and Recorder...

  • View from the North 40: Misappropriation is a global issue

    Pam Burke|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Canada, land of polite people and popular beer, among other magical things, has for the past two years also been home to one of the most unfortunately and rudely named beers on the market. HuruHuru Pale Ale brewed by Hell’s Basement Brewery of Alberta, was released on the market two years ago. The beer was both proudly promoted by the brewery and a success with customers. But the custom brewed beer has fallen on complicated times. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, the brewery’s fou...

  • Obituary - Robert Eugene 'Bob' Swagerty

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Robert Swagerty of Havre, Montana, 88, passed away August 11, 2020, at Northern Montana Hospital, his wife Dorothy at his bedside. Cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m Monday, August 17, 2020, with military honors. Bob's family has suggested memorial donations be made in his name to the Fifth Avenue Christian Church or the charity of the donor's choice. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.... Full story

  • Obituary - Mary J. Taylor

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Mary J. Taylor, 78, passed away due to natural causes at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Cremation has taken place and services are pending with Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.... Full story

  • For the Record, Aug. 14, 2020

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Havre Police Department Someone stopped at the police station Thursday at 12:22 p.m. to speak with officers about a person who is violating his probation. -- A vehicle battery was reported Thursday at 1:13 p.m. stolen from a vehicle on Lincoln Avenue. -- Jaime Dawn The Boy of Havre, 44, was arrested on a pick up and hold order and a Justice or City court warrant on 11th Street West at 5:31 p.m. Thursday. -- A remote breathalyzer violation was reported at 6:56 p.m. Thursday at...

  • Agenda - Havre City Council

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Havre City Council will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The meeting agenda is: Call to order Pledge of Allegiance Roll call Minutes Committee reports Public comment on agenda items 1 through 7. For items not on this agenda, public comment will be taken at the end of the agenda. Comments here are limited to one minute. Regular agenda 1. Approve Construction and Maintenance Agreement, STPU 5702(2) Boulevard Avenue, with the Montana Department of Transportation. 2. Consider Street Closure of Third Street between Second and...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    It is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask or face covering for ages 5 and older with no exceptions. Monday 1:30 p.m. — Building Manager Meeting 2 p.m. — Public Hearing on Environmental Impact Study for DLA Grant for upgrade of control panels at the Hill Co. Detention Center (Commissioners Office) Tuesday 10:30 a.m. — County Road Department meeting 5:30 p.m. — Fair Board Meeting- Fairgrounds Wednesday Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. — County officials meeting — Timmons Room 11 a.m. — Weekly bu...

  • Agenda - Great Northern Fair Board

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    The Great Northern Fair Board will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Northern Fairgrounds Community Center. Call meeting to order Roll call of members Recognize and record public attendees Approve last meetings minutes Public comment. Anything brought up here will be added to next month’s new business to be discussed and voted. Fair manager’s report Civic groups report Donated hours report Committee reports: • Buildings and Grounds • Commission Policy • Financial and Events- Old business: • 4-H sidewalk • Office Repair...

  • Local News - Havre Middle School registration is online

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Press release Registration for the upcoming 2020-21 school year at Havre Middle School will be online at http://blueponyk12.com . People are asked to view the website for more information and to complete registration by August 21....

  • Senior Center News, Aug. 14, 2020

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    North Central Senior Center, Aug. 17-21 Menu by Earlene DeWinter Subject to Change Monday — Pork tips, buttered noodles, peas, coffee cake Tuesday — Salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, bread sticks, green beans, cake Wednesday — Sweet’n’ sour chicken, rice, egg rolls, fruit Thursday — Polish sausage, scalloped potatoes, sauer kraut, gingerbread Friday — Soup, chef’s choice, dessert The Senior Center’s doors are still closed to the public. We are providing limited services. Help is being given over the phone when possible. Re...

  • College News - Northern lists members of Spring 2020 Dean's List

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    The Montana State University-Northern’s Spring semester Dean’s List contains 373 students, with students listing local residences listed below. To be included in the Dean’s List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better. Students that received an incomplete or “F” during this semester are not included on the honor roll listing. The following list of students is organized alphabetically by hometown — note that many students give a Havre address instead of a hometown ad...

  • New-look fall sports are beginning

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

  • Class A football playoffs reduced

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    In the world of the coronavirus, sports are going to have to continue to change and adapt. And that's true of high school sports in Montana. As fall sports return this week, the Montana High School Association Executive Board met Thursday, with plenty of items on the agenda, including approving a recommendation that the 2020 Class A football playoffs be reduced to eight teams, down from 12. The 2020 playoffs will begin Oct. 30 and the Class A state championship game will be...

  • No fall for Frontier either

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 14, 2020

    The past week has not been good news for college football. And Thursday, the bad news trickled down to the Frontier Conference, the state of Montana and Montana State University-Northern. There will be no Frontier Conference football in 2020, and that Ultimately means, there will be no college football of any kind in the Treasure State this fall. "At this time the Frontier Conference has elected to move the sport of football to the spring. The leagues administrators have...

  • Out Our Way: Saved by the fence - Isaiah 1:10-20

    Updated Aug 14, 2020

    Out our way, there are two good rules to keep in mind when working stock: “Use your head” and “Stay alert.” The consequences of not doing so can be painful and even fatal. As I meditated on what the Lord would have me write today, the image of an incident up in the ranch country above Big Sandy came to mind. I was visiting a friend who was in the corral with a few cow/calf units being a little bit foolish. He started teasing a young calf and the momma was getting agitated by it. She lowered her head, shuffled her hooves...

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