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  • Updated Sep 5, 2013

  • Storm causes outages in Havre, Big Sandy, Box Elder

    John Kelleher|Updated Aug 31, 2013

    Thursday night’s storm caused power outages along the Hi-Line. The sudden storm struck the area at about 10 p.m., and heavy winds caused damage to electrical systems in Havre, Box Elder and Big Sandy said NorthWestern Energy spokesman Butch Larcombe. The Havre problems were isolated, he said. About 100 customers were out of power for a while, but it was quickly restored. Twelve Havre customers were still without power this morning, he said. Two power poles between Havre and Box Elder caused problems in the area, he said. I... Full story

  • Chancellor Limbaugh will stay at Northern

    John Paul Schmidt|Updated Aug 31, 2013

    Montana State University-Northern Chancellor James M. Limbaugh said Thursday he won’t be going to Nicholls State University in Louisiana and he will be staying in Montana. Limbaugh sent out an email to the university staff and faculty at 11:30 a.m. Thursday saying that he is no longer a candidate for president at Nicholls State. “I am looking forward to continuing our partnership as we establish Montana State University as the university in Montana taking the lead to proactively address the cataclysmic changes that are env... Full story

  • Plans in place to help Hill County health

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 31, 2013

    A group prioritizing action to improve health in Hill County set plans in three areas Thursday, narrowing the field to focus on alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and mental health after a six-hour meeting at Northern Montana Hospital. The effort has been spearheaded by Christen Obresley of Northern Montana Health Care, Bullhook Community Health Center Executive Director Cindy Smith and Hill County Public Health Director Danielle Golie. A requirement of the the Affordable Care Act... Full story

  • West Nile continues to spread

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 31, 2013

    West Nile virus is continuing to spread through Montana, with people warned to be cautious especially now that nine cases have been confirmed in horses, including in Blaine County. The Montana Department of Livestock has urged horse owners to protect their animals and be on the lookout for symptoms. “We’ve had nine positive cases confirmed in the past five days, so the threat is definitely there,” state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski said in a press release Wednesday. The state has confirmed cases of West Nile in mosqu... Full story

  • Montana patrol chief retires, cites comments made

    Updated Aug 31, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — The chief of the Montana Highway Patrol is retiring, citing remarks made to subordinates, but he did not elaborate what the remarks were when making the announcement Friday. "I regret that I have made inappropriate remarks to subordinates that have compromised my ability to effectively lead Montana's Highway Patrol by example," Col. Kenton Hickethier said in an email statement late afternoon. "Therefore, I have chosen to retire from the Patrol. I am sorry for these mistakes and any harm they may have brought t... Full story

  • Report: Jobs outlook good, productivity down

    MATT VOLZ Associated Press|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    HELENA — Montana is on track to recover the jobs lost during the recession later this year, but low productivity and an aging workforce could threaten future economic growth, state officials said Friday. The Department of Labor and Industry's new Labor Day report predicts the state's unemployment rate, now at 5.3 percent, will continue to decline through the next year to between 4 and 5 percent. The national unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July. "This report makes it c... Full story

  • Milk River Ranch has new name, management rules

    Updated Aug 30, 2013

    HELENA (AP) — The Milk River Ranch property purchased by the state in December has a new name and interim management rules that allow hunting and hiking, but no camping , fossil collecting or commercial use. The 2,992-acre property purchased by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for $4.7 million along with about 6,000 acres of adjacent school trust land is now called the Lost River Wildlife Management Area. FWP Wildlife Program Manager Mark Sullivan said Thursday the agency already has a Milk River WMA. The Lost R... Full story

  • Billings judge's apology rejected by victim's mother

    Matthew Brown AP|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    BILLINGS (AP) — The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was raped by her teacher and later committed suicide appeared at a raucous Thursday protest against the judge who sentenced the man to a month in jail and said the victim was "older than her chronological age." The protest came as prosecutors considered an appeal of the sentence by Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh, whose actions in the case have drawn condemnation from across the country. Joining in the backlash was Montana's governor, who said the judge's comments "... Full story

  • Updated Aug 30, 2013

  • Friday Night Lights: The Rubber Game

    Daniel Horton|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    There are plenty of rivalry games kicking off the start of a new prep football season this weekend, but local fans won’t have to go far to find one of the more appealing matchups. Two-a-days are over and preseason scrimmages are in the books. All that is left to kick off the 2013 season is, well, the kickoff. And both the Chester/J-I Hawks and Chinook Sugarbeeters will do just that against one another on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Chinook. Both Northern C 8-Man powerhouses will... Full story

  • HHS spikers head to Browning for opener

    Daniel Horton|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    Facing the rival Browning Indians right out of the gate should mean a win for the Havre High volleyball team this weekend. But the Central A Blue Ponies are just excited to get the season started. The Ponies don’t return too many varsity players this season, but they do return quite a bit of volleyball talent. And the Ponies will get their first test Saturday, as they travel to Browning to face the conference rival Indians in the season opener for both squads. Last season, H... Full story

  • Bobcats dismantle Hawks

    Associated Press|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    BOZEMAN (AP) — Montana State ran wild on Monmouth in the first half and cruised to a 42-24 win in the season opener for both teams Thursday night. MSU scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to go up 22-0, the last a 90-yard run by Shawn Johnson. The Bobcats rolled up 388 total yards, including 205 rushing by halftime, before a Bobcat stadium record 21,007 fans. They finished with 561 total yards. Brad Daly led the defensive charge for the No. 2 Bobcats. The end had four quarterback hurries, four tackles for loss, a s... Full story

  • Ponies open the season with rival Bulldogs

    Daniel Horton|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    Whitefish and Havre High face off in the season opener every year in football, and with both programs splitting the series 1-1 over the last two seasons, the Central A Blue Ponies know they will have a battle on their hands. A year ago the Ponies finished the season 4-5 overall, but dropped the season opener to the Northwest A Bulldogs. The Bulldogs defeated the Ponies 45-24 in Whitefish, reclaiming the BNSF traveling trophy in the process. But the Ponies will look to bring... Full story

  • Shutout: Lights darken Dickinson

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    Montana State University-Northern head coach Mark Samson emphatically stated that his team needed to start the 2013 season off on the right foot, right away. That meant playing well right from the opening kickoff against the Dickinson State Blue Hawks. And it also meant coming back to Havre with a season-opening win. Thursday night in Dickinson, N.D., the Lights accomplished half of that mission, meaning Northern did bring a win back to Havre, but the Lights didn’t exactly s... Full story

  • MSU-N defense carries the torch

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    The Montana State University-Northern offense was all the rage leading up to Thursday night’s season-opening game at Dickinson State, while the MSU-N defense didn’t get the hype. But in Thursday night’s 14-0 win over the Dickinson State Blue Hawks at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson, N.D., it was the Lights’ defense which came up big and lit the way to a victory. The Northern offense, which finished second to record-setting Southern Oregon in most Frontie... Full story

  • Blue Pony golf teams earn East Glacier team titles

    George Ferguson|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    The Havre High varsity golf teams had little time to rest before setting out for another 18 holes. Thursday afternoon, the Blue Ponies were at the East Glacier Lodge Golf Course for an 18-hole tournament hosted by Browning, just two days after playing 36 holes at the Great Falls Invitational. Thursday’s Browning tournament featured the Indians, as well as teams from Lewistown, Great Falls High (JV), CMR (JV), Polson (JV) and Libby. And the Ponies were the best of the best i... Full story

  • Walleye Unlimited thanked for helping Cub Scouts

    Cub Scout Pack 4426|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    The Cub Scouts of the Hi-Line would like to thank the Fresno Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited for their first Annual Scout Fishing Day. A total of seven boats and 15 members of the Fresno Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited took Cub Scouts and their siblings out on Fresno Reservoir for two hours of fun on the waves. As the boats came in, every boy had a smile on his face. They even caught more than 10 fish. Afterward, the members cooked fresh burgers for the boys and their families, while they enjoyed the Walleye Public Beach. Our... Full story

  • Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels, August 30, 2013

    Updated Aug 30, 2013

    Laurel — To the waitresses, pipe fitters, conductors, nurses, reporters, firefighters, supermarket clerks, secretaries, printers, radio announcers, 911 dispatchers, farmhands, public works employees and teachers: Have a great Labor Day, the day that honors everyday people who work hard and are good citizens. Laurel — The Welcome to Rudyard signs announce that there is one sorehead in the community, but no one can seem to find him. Joe and Jean Becker ran into some problems lately. Joe broke both of his legs at harvest tim... Full story

  • Havre, 1898: A busy time for courts, arsons, sales

    Emily Mayer|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    The issues for The Havre Advertiser for this week in 1893 were not on microfilm, so for the next few weeks the year 1898 will be featured. The Milk River Eagle was the newspaper in 1898. Dudley Axtell was the editor and publisher. Cost for a subscription was $2.50 for one year or $1.50 for six months. Individual issues cost 10 cents. The main local news centered around the local political parties and their corresponding conventions. Several homestead declarations and final pro... Full story

  • A door, a door, my kingdom for a door

    Pam Burke|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    If the eyes are the window to your soul, then the front door must be the big gaping hole to all your frustrations, and when you undertake the task of replacing it, it also becomes the symbol of all your incompetence. Or maybe when I say “you” it’s really only just me. It was a simple project: pull out the old door and frame, fix any water damaged lumber, slide in the new prehung door and then go to town for an ice cream cone. In and out, two days — tops. With hot, but stable w... Full story

  • For the Record: August 30, 2013

    Updated Aug 30, 2013

    Havre Police Department A 60-year-old Havre man was arrested for disorderly conduct after officers investigated a 8:15 a.m. Thursday call from 16th Street West and Boulevard about a man yelling at kids. ——— Officers investigated a 3:14 p.m. Thursday call from 5th Avenue about mail that was being stolen. ——— A vehicular hit-and-run was investigated after officers received a 4:24 p.m. Thursday call from 6th Avenue. Hill County Sheriff’s Department Deputies investigated a 10:14 a.m. Thursday call about someone sleeping next... Full story

  • Marvin D. Katka Jr.

    Updated Aug 30, 2013

    Marvin D. Katka Jr., 60, of Havre, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at his residence. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church with Pastor John Ulrich officiating. The family has requested that memorials be made in Marvin’s name to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Holland & Bonine Fu... Full story

  • Stand-alone Photo: Filling the boot for muscular distrophy

    Lindsay Brown|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    Firefighter Aaron Triplett collects donations at 1st Street and 3rd Avenue Friday morning, a new location for the annual Fill the Boot campaign. Local 601 of the International Association Fire Fighters will be collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association all day in downtown Havre. The event is held each year on Labor Day weekend, when the annual MDA telethon is on TV. The telethon will be aired on ABC starting Sunday.... Full story

  • Cattle coming back on the park

    Tim Leeds|Updated Aug 30, 2013

    People driving to or through Beaver Creek Park again will need to keep their eyes open and watch the road with cattle scheduled to start grazing there Tuesday, the day after Labor Day. In the fall grazing, the single largest source of revenue for the county park, ranchers contract to have their animals graze on the park starting the day after Labor Day and, generally, are allowed to keep their cattle on the park through the end of the year, depending on the grazing conditions. Each year the local and state government take... Full story

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