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Articles from the September 3, 2021 edition

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  • Festival Days is back and looking for more participants

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 7, 2021

    This version corrects misreporting that Custom Collision Repair is holding an event. It is not. After a highly abbreviated event last year due to the pandemic, Festival Days is back in force this year and is looking for more participants to sign up for multiple events. Festival Days is set for Sept. 17-19 with the theme "Havre has Grit." Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julea Robbins said the Festival Days vendor shows downtown and at the Holiday Village Mall are both looking for more participants, as well...

  • Berg: Surge straining county health department

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 7, 2021

    Another COVID-19-related death has been reported in the area as the Hill County Health Department becomes increasingly strained by a pandemic that shows no signs of letting up. The department reported this morning that, along with 18 new COVID-19 cases, another Hill County resident has died from COVID-19 related causes. "We send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of this individual," Hill County Public Health Director Kim Berg, also the county's health offi...

  • Havre High volleyball sweeps home opener

    Kason Clark|Updated Sep 7, 2021

    In last weekend's tip-off tournament in Sidney, the Havre High volleyball team defeated conference rival Lewistown in two sets. Heading into their home-opening match on Friday night against Lewistown, HHS head coach Stephanie Huse did not want that win to go to her team's head. It seemed like her team listened to her as the Blue Ponies defeated Lewistown, 3-0, at Blue Pony Gymnasium. "Their effort was outstanding. They did a really good job of being aggressive the entire game...

  • Man acquitted in car crash homicide charges

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 3, 2021

    William Joe Skidmore was acquitted after a four-day trial in state Disrict Court in Havre of a homicide charge stemming from a 2017 car crash. Skidmore was charged following an investigation into the crash. Jason Skidmore died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, which occurred about midnight Aug. 14, 2017. The jury returned its verdict after more than 9 hours of deliberation, finding William Skidmore not guilty of the lesser included offense of negligent homicide. The jury was instructed to enter a verdict on...

  • Viking Harvest Farmers Market set at Great Northern Fairgrounds

    Pam Burke|Updated Sep 3, 2021

    The Great Northern Fairgrounds is trying something new this fall, hosting the Viking Harvest Farmers Market at the fairgrounds Saturday, which is growing into an all afternoon and evening event. Scheduled for 1 to 9 p.m., or later if the crowds, music and vendors want to continue longer into the night, fairgrounds Secretary Anita Stevenson said. The farmers market will include the Montana State University-Northern viking and scone food stands, Bear Paw Volunteer Fire...

  • Cattle back on Beaver Creek Park Tuesday

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Havre Daily News staff Beaver Creek Park staff and Montana Department of Transportation are again urging drivers to use caution when driving on Montana Secondary Highway 234 - Beaver Creek Highway - and other roads in Beaver Creek Park starting next week. Cattle will again be on the park starting Tuesday. The Hill County Park Board leases grazing to area ranchers from the day after Labor Day to the first of the next year, with the season sometimes shortened due to weather or...

  • State and local COVID-19 update, Sept. 3, 2021

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Hill County reported its 47th COVID-19-related death Thursday. Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, the data from which also is included in either Hill or Chouteau county numbers, also reported a new death. The Montana state COVID tracking map after this morning’s update listed 660 new cases, 6,086 active cases, 266 hospitalizations and 1,811 deaths. The cumulative total for the state as 129,487 cases. Blaine County Health Department reported Thursday evening being notified of 5 new cases, 41 active, 2 active hospitalizations, 967...

  • Our View  - Situation in RFD1 is mind-boggling

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    The situation in Rural Fire District 1 is mind-boggling. It seems fairly simple. Havre Fire Department has had an agreement to put out fires in the district, a ring that runs around the outside edge of Havre. Havre’s government said violations on fire codes have been found in the district, putting residents and firefighters at risk when fires occur. That includes the Havre Fire Department responding to a fire at a location where large amounts of flammable liquid were stored that the firefighters didn’t know about. They wou...

  • Letter to the Editor - 'Research' on 'rule' on masks in schools is flawed

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Editor, The Gianforte administration issued a new rule discouraging mask mandates in schools. The governor rationalized this by contending that several studies show masking has adverse effects upon children. His office released a supporting document titled “Research Report on Mask Mandates”. The “research” consisted of six Twitter posts, three magazine articles, one study still awaiting peer review and one actual study that concluded, “This study highlighted the importance of masking and ventilation for preventing [COVID] t...

  • View from the North 40: It's a time of woe, not hay

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Buying hay for my horses this year felt like a cross between the opening moments of the New York Stock exchange in a bull market and gift shopping on Black Friday — and just a skosh, or maybe even a smidge, like negotiating a nefarious black market deal. Every hay-for-sale ad or online post, as if the starting bell was ringing in the opening of the stock exchange, sent a mad crush of humans into the fray. (For anyone born later than the movie “Trading Places,” the trading floor was like a mosh pit for money rather than music....

  • Obituary - Thomas D. Armstrong

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Thomas D. Armstrong, 77, passed away peacefully August 6th, 2020, at his Florence. Oregon home. Tom was born Nov. 18, 1942, in Havre, MT, to Dorothy (Baumgartel) and Fredrick Armstrong. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Bernard and his younger brother Steve. After graduating from Havre High School, Class of ‘61, he attended Northern Montana College until his enlistment in the Navy where he completed Boot Camp at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes. O... Full story

  • Obituary - Dagmar Evyonne Johnson

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Dagmar Evyonne Johnson, 58, passed away at her daughter's residence in Havre, on August 27, 2021. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. September 8, 2021, at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church in Havre. Holland and Bonine has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Dagmar's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at . Dagmar was born on April 20, 1962, to Harold and... Full story

  • Obituary - Kirt L. Miller

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Kirt L. Miller, 74, passed away at Northern Montana Hospital due to natural causes on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. A reception to honor Kirt's life and love of music will be held immediately following the memorial service at the St. Jude Parish Center across from Pepin Park. His family is in the process of setting up a scholarship fund... Full story

  • For the Record, Sept. 3, 2021

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Havre Police Department Timothy W. Healy of Havre, 19, was was issued a summons on a charge of minor in possession after a caller at a First Avenue business asked at 6:07 a.m. Thursday to have a man removed. —— Officers investigated a vehicle crash on First Street reported at 12:57 p.m. Thursday. —— Acoya Nathan Gopher of Box Elder, 23, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after a caller reported Thursday at 1:21 p.m. that a man had passed out in the bathroom of a Third Avenue business. —— Three summonses w...

  • Agenda - Havre City Council

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Havre City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 7, 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 one through five. 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. Appointment of Beth Williams to the Library Board. 2. Resolution No. 3841 — A Resolution Canceling the Nov. 2, 2021, General Election of Certain Municipal Officers 3. App...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Monday Courthouse closed in observance of the Labor Day Holiday Tuesday 8:30 a.m. — Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation fire update call in commissioners’ office 10:30 a.m. — Road department meeting in commissioners’ office 1 p.m. — Rural Special Improvement districts 29 and 30 tour meeting in commissioners’ office 5 p.m. — District 4 Human Resources Development Council Budget and Finance Meeting at HRDC, 2229 Fifth Ave. Wednesday 10 a.m. — Safety meeting in the Timmons Room 2 p.m. — Hill County Levee...

  • Senior Center News - Sept. 3, 2021

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    North Central Senior Citizens Center Sept. 6-10 Menu Monday — Closed: Labor Day holiday Tuesday — Salad, spaghetti/meat sauce, garlic bread, green beans, peach cobbler Wednesday — Braised beef, mash potatoes, salad, poor man bars Thursday — Taco burger, Mexican rice, chips/nacho cheese, dessert Friday — Soup, salad bar, chef’s choice, dessert, Keeping up with the pandemic: As of Aug. 26, there were 14 new COVID-19 cases reported for Hill County, five cases met the criteria for being considered recovered, one case was dischar...

  • Griz poised to attack the Big Sky, FCS

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 3, 2021

    The Montana Grizzlies looked like they might have their best team in a decade as the 2020 season approached. Unfortunately, they never got to find out. The 2020 Big Sky Conference season was scrapped due to COVID-19, and while the Grizzlies did play to spring games last April, it's been since December of 2019 that they finished a full season, and much has changed in that time frame. Except for the fact that longtime head coach Bobby Hauck believes he still has a very good,...

  • After long layoff, new Bobcat football era is finally here

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 3, 2021

    No team in college football was left unscathed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But, amongst Big Sky Conference teams, few have gone through so much change since the pandemic began than the Montana State Bobcats. Not only have the Cats not played a real football game since a December, 2019 FCS semifinal appearance at North Dakota State, but, their head coach from that last season, Jeff Choate, is no longer in Bozeman. So too are many players from that stellar team, meaning, as MSU...

  • Blue Pony football looks for revenge against rivals

    Kason Clark|Updated Sep 3, 2021

    With a 1-5 record last season, the Havre High football team hope to improve their record this season by avenging their losses from last fall. They already got one last week with a 12-7 win at home against Sidney to open the season. Now the Blue Ponies will look to avenge another loss from last year when they head on the road tonight to face their rival Lewistown. "(We'll) go out and compete hard. Load up the bus down there, have a lot of fun. Enjoy playing the game of football...

  • Northern football game rescheduled due to Oregon fires

    Kason Clark|Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Heading into this weekend's game on the road against Southern Oregon University, the Montana State University-Northern football team looked to pick up their first win of the season. Unfortunately, the game has been postponed due to poor air quality caused by fires near Ashland, Oregon. Fortunately, both teams had a bye week scheduled for the following week so the game will be rescheduled for Sept. 11 at Southern Oregon. Both teams were looking to win their first game of the...

  • Out Our Way: The Boss's Riders - John 6:32- 35

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    Out our way, the cycle of nature is usually dependable. Snow melts and fills the creeks and reservoirs, then the rains top it off - the grass grows and flourishes so the herd has plenty. But sometimes the snow is light in winter and the spring rains don't come. Sometimes the pasture is sparse and the grazing poor. We try to avoid the herd going thirsty and hungry by rotating them through different pastures. One pasture area is usually allowed a season of regrowth and...

  • Pastor's Corner: 'Rejoice in the Lord's mercy'

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    On Sunday, Aug. 15, I preached the third sermon in the series "Anxious for Nothing," This series is based on the Apostle Paul's writings in Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) "6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." We are also using a book written by Max Lucado by that same title...

  • Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    You know, Lord, recalling a happening from a long time ago, was fascinating. Several of us gals had to deal with those pre-college physicals. None of us were really that tall but several of us were delighted to see that we were taller than five feet. Woo-hoo - even though it was only by one-quarter inch. Time passed, we'd kept in touch, then several of us were less than thrilled when a recent measurement set two of them, once again, at under five feet. Friend K. G. said, "No...

  • Grief Poem - Our Life Moves On ...

    Updated Sep 3, 2021

    'Twas a gray day, inside and out; sprinkles of rain and tears. You're missed, dear one; yes, every day, and week, or even years. We look outside, memories come back of things we used to do. We traveled some, flew here and there, and visited a zoo! Remembering, you'd sweep the garage, then wash and wax the car. Carwash is now a handy place and it's not very far. It's mowing day, the neighbor guys, B., D. and M. work hard. Remembering how you did that too; we had a lovely yard....

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