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Articles from the August 24, 2021 edition


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  • COVID surge continues in the area

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    The delta variant-driven surge of COVID-19 continues across the U.S. and this part of Montana is no exception, with 23 new cases being reported in Hill County over the weekend, one of the most dramatic jumps since last year, before the emergency-use authorization of any vaccines. This brings the county to 82 active cases with two hospitalizations. Blaine County now has 22 active cases with nine new cases confirmed over the weekend. The state tracking map shows Liberty County...

  • Van Orsdel "Fun" Raiser for new boiler set for Aug. 28

    Dane McGuire|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Havre's Van Orsdel United Methodist Church will have a "Fun" Raiser Pig Roast Saturday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for two new boilers to help heat the church through winter. Church Secretary Edna Gregory, part of the organizing committee for the event along with Judy Jones and Chris Vincent, said two of the church's four boilers that make up its heating system need to be replaced due to age and the estimated cost is around $20,000. "We have been told that...

  • Havre event set on Medicare prescription drug legislation

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    A meeting is set in Havre Thursday to talk about federal legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. Havre native Jacob Bachmeier, program director for Big Sky 55+, will lead a discussion of the bill Lower Drug Costs Now Act that is part of the Build Back Better Plan social program bill being debated in Congress. The $3.5 trillion dollar proposal would invest in a multitude of social areas including sweeping changes in education, tax laws, immigration and health care. The changes in health...

  • Pine Grove fire in Little Rockies 98 percent contained

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    The Pine Grove Fire in the Little Rocky Mountains is 98 percent contained and demobilization of resources deployed to fight the fire is under way, an update on the InciWeb Pine Grove Fire page said this morning. The fire, which was detected Aug. 16, has burned 16,004 acres, burned at least one structure — where the fire started — and led to the evacuation of the communities of Zortman and Pine Grove. The evacuations were lifted after rain and cooler weather helped fireghters’ efforts to contain the blaze, the the post this...

  • State and local COVID-19 update,

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today’s update was 123,674 with 720 new cases, 3,899 active. The number of active hospitalizations was 239. The number of deaths was 1,768. Blaine County Health Department reported Monday evening being notified of 9 new cases from Saturday through Monday, 29 active, no active hospitalizations listed, 916 total cases, 24 deaths. Hill County Health Department reported Monday evening that 23 new cases were reported from Saturday through Monday, 82 active, 2... Full story

  • Montana VA conducting local outreach

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Press release Steve Mulonet, veteran service officer for the Montana Veteran Affairs, will be visiting the following locations and times to meet with veterans who are interested in applying for benefits. Veterans interested in applying for benefits should bring a copy of their discharge paperwork, DD214, with them. Wednesday, Sept. 1 Wolf Point — Wolf Point Cultural Center — 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 Shelby — Courthouse — 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cut Bank — Glacier County Courthouse Annex RM19 — 1:30 p.m to 4 p.m Thursda...

  • Obituary - Larry Alan Sedahl

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Larry Alan Sedahl died peacefully 7/10/21 at his home of complications from lymphoma. Graveside services will be August 30, 9:30 at Highland Cemetery. Larry's family suggests donations may be made in his name to the Havre Dog Park or, as was one of Larry's goals this year, take a few minutes and handwrite a letter to someone. Larry was born 7/12/1961 in Havre, MT, to Lorraine (Styer) Sedahl and Roy Sedahl. He graduated from Havre High School in 1979, with many friends he...

  • Obituary - Hattie M. Bretzke

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Hattie M. Bretzke, 95, passed away due to natural causes at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow in Highland Cemetery. Hattie’s family has suggested memorial donations be made in her memory to Sweet Memorial Nursing Home for the Employee Appreciation Fund.... Full story

  • Obituary - Lucille Oehmcke

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Lucille Oehmcke, 95, passed away August 22, 2021, at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook, MT. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021, at American Lutheran Church in Chinook, MT.... Full story

  • Obituary - Shari Lee Soule

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Shari Lee Soule, born May 2, 1956, passed away Aug. 20, 2021.... Full story

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly business meeting agenda addition

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Hill County Commission has released an addition for the agenda to its weekly business meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. “Adopting Council on Aging state budget” has been added under the “Budgets” listing....

  • For the Record, Aug. 24, 2021

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Havre Police Department Officers investigated a noninjury crash between a car and truck reported from U.S. Highway 2 and 19th Avenue at 11:42 a.m. Monday. -- Officers investigated a report of a broken windshield made at 1:10 p.m. Monday from Ninth Avenue. -- Officers investigated a report of a break in made at 3:15 p.m. Monday from 14th Avenue. -- Officers investigated a hit-and-run crash reported from Second Avenue at 4:46 p.m. Monday. -- Officers investigating suspicious act...

  • Tilleman Motor Co. donates to Northern Montana Sletten Cancer Center

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    From Northern Montana Health Care Brock Doty, human resources assistant at Tilleman Motor Company recently paid a visit to the Northern Montana Sletten Cancer Center. He presented a check for $615 to the Northern Montana Health Care Foundation for the Sletten from their recent "Drive for a Cause" campaign. "Drive for a Cause" is a fundraising campaign that Tilleman Motor Company ran this July at their dealership. A local, family-owned business, Tilleman Motor Co. has served th...

  • Use nonlethal measures on beaver in Beaver Creek Park

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    It was a pleasure visiting Beaver Creek Park earlier this year and having the opportunity to meet many personally involved with decisions regarding beaver. The public meeting with three experts regarding beaver was helpful, insightful, and consistent with our knowledge and observations. We appreciate, Commissioner Chair Mark Peterson, arranging to have them speak. As decisions again approach for beaver in Beaver Creek Park, we do hope the points and advice presented will be heeded. Since the stream was simplified, beaver are...

  • 2021 MSU-N Football Preview: Lights' offense poised to finally bust out

    Kason Clark|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Just four months after the end of their last season, the Montana State University-Northern football team will get back at it this weekend when they host the College of Idaho at Tilleman Field. The Lights finished 0-4 this past spring, so they did not have much of an offseason to get things in order. During that short time, MSU-N head coach Andrew Rolin focused on getting his offense ready for the fall season in order to lead the team to success. "We want to be explosive. In...

  • Local Golf Report:

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    The sun is setting on another summer, and with that, another league golf season. Playoffs at both Prairie Farms and Beaver Creek Golf Courses are in their final stages. At Prairie farms, BA Ranch, Michelob Light, HUB Insurance and Master Sports all won twice to reach tonight's semifinals. The winner's of matches between BA and Michelob and HUB and Master Sports will move on to the 18-hole, men's league championship match. The ladies league at Prairie Farms has also reached...

  • Matzke yard featured by Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club

    Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Story and photos courtesy Kyla McNamara, Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club Every morning on my way to work I admire a manicured backyard across the alley. This yard at 1042 Cleveland Avenue belongs to Marge Matzke and her son Terry Ward. Almost every evening, you will see Terry hard at work in the yard, watering or weeding. He always offers a smile and a wave to anyone passing by. The yard is full of color all spring and summer. Aside from the large lawn, there are several...