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Articles from the September 21, 2021 edition


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  • Still dry as summer turns to fall

    George Fergson|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    As if it hasn't been dry enough, don't expect that to change any time soon, even now that the first day of fall approaches. According to the National Weather Service Great Falls, Havre and the Hi-Line, as well as almost all of Montana will see yet another warmer-than-average and drier-than-average trend over the next two weeks. "We are definitely seeing high confidence of it being warmer and drier over the next one to two weeks," Forecaster Christian Cassell said at the NWS...

  • Hill County sees 51st COVID death

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Hill County has suffered another COVID-19-related death, bringing the confirmed death toll to 51 residents of the county, Hill County Health Department reported the death in its update Monday evening, also reporting 63 new cases confirmed from Saturday through Monday. The department reported Hill County had 136 active cases with seven active hospitalizations due to COVID-19 with 2,678 cases confirmed since the first case was confirmed in Hill County in March 2020. Hill County’s one case and a sole case in Liberty County w...

  • Miss Montana visits Sunnyside with self-defense lessons for students

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Jessica Criss, Miss Montana 2020, stopped in Havre to teach students at Sunnyside Intermediate School some self-defense techniques as part of her Sense of Defense program Monday. Criss' program, which she has been running for a year-and-a-half, is intended to teach students across the state ways to defend themselves while instilling a mindset that will allow them to avoid danger when possible and keep themselves safe when they can't. Throughout the day, she taught groups of...

  • Hi-Line Games postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    A noticeable absence at this year’s Festival Days celebration was the Hi-Line Games, which had to be postponed due to concerns about COVID-19. Montana State University-Northern Assistant Professor Grant Olson, one of the organizers of the event, said none of the would-be participants have tested positive for COVID-19, but some had displayed symptoms and they decided to postpone the event just in case. “We had some COVID-related issues come up,” Olson said. “Nothing really serious, but a lot of questions.” The Hi-Line G...

  • State and local COVID-19 update, Sept. 21, 2021

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Hill County Health Department reported Monday evening another COVID-19 related death in the county, 63 new cases were reported Saturday through Monday, the county had 136 active cases, 7 active hospitalizations, 2,678 total cases, 51 total deaths from the start of the pandemic. Blaine County Health Department reported Monday evening being notified of 7 new cases from Saturday through Monday, 77 active, no active hospitalizations listed, 1,079 total cases, 24 deaths. Rocky Boy reported Monday, also reported on either Chouteau... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor - Masks: one of the three best defenses in modern germ warfare

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Editor, I’m a CASA volunteer and a Havre Public School bus driver. In each of these positions, I am not only entrusted with helping ensure children’s safety. I am also required by law to report instances of suspected child neglect and abuse as I see them. The most egregious offenses are those that negligently threaten children’s well-being and safety and those that abusively deny protections that place children in jeopardy. These can include the absence of proper clothing for weather conditions, proper diet for healthy devel...

  • Letter to the Editor - My commitment to sustainable beef production

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Editor, Cattle ranchers, like me, are dedicated to caring for our animals and the land every day of the year. On our ranch, we believe that cattle are part of the climate solution. First, they are incredible recyclers, and by feeding them parts of the crop people cannot eat, we are solving a food waste issue. In the winter, when less feed is available, we feed our cattle the tops of the sugar beets and corn stalks we grow as a cash crop. Additionally, our ranch has improved the quality of the grassland and soil. By reseeding...

  • Park board ignores presentations on beaver control at park

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    As expected, the Hill County Park Board has basically voted to continue with its current way of managing beaver in Beaver Creek Park. Trapping is the only means of control they have ever used and will continue to use. No mention of measures or monitoring or keeping records. There was a small mention of using other devices in certain instances but would have to be voted on by the board and to see if they have the money for it. The adopted original draft by the committee effectively indicates “the superintendent has the a...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly business meeting

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    The agenda for the Hill County Commission weekly business meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. is: Public comments on non-agenda items Public comments on agenda items Claims Employment Budgets Ordinance Resolutions Contracts Substantial agreement for Hill County Courthouse security systems Motor vehicle junk contract 2022 Permit NOI permit, weed and mosquito district Board appointments Policy updates County permit approval Subdivision/survey approval County needs Action to authorize payroll and claims for the end of the month:...

  • For the Record, Sept. 21, 2021

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Havre Police Department Holly Marie Dorcheus of Havre, 36, was arrested on a state District Court warrant served at the police station Monday at 9:06 a.m. -- A summons was issued after an officer responded at 9:30 a.m. Monday to a tobacco violation at Havre Middle School. -- Child and Family Services made a cross report to officers Monday at 2:25 p.m. -- Officers investigated a two-vehicle, non-injury crash reported Monday at 3:01 p.m. on Ninth Avenue -- Officers investigated...

  • Golf Association presents award to health care foundation

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    From Northern Montana Health Care The Havre Women's Golf Association recently awarded the Northern Montana Health Care Foundation with a check for $48,900. This was the total proceeds from their 2021 "Golfing for a Cure" Tournament and will go toward the Havre Women's Golf Association Assistance Fund. 2021 marks the 16th Annual Golf Tournament that the Havre Women's Golf Association has held, with the exception of 2020. Originally it was created to help the Hi-Line community m...

  • C.A.R.E. awards presented

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Northern Montana Health Care recently presented the C.A.R.E. - Compassionately Achieving Remarkable Excellence - Award to two employees. Paul Schuschke, RN, part of the emergency medicine team, won the award in June and Shannon Hansen, a member of the Northern Montana Pharmacy team, won the Award in September. Schuschke was nominated for this honor by his co-workers. "Paul has many years of experience at NMH," his nominator said. "He is a mentor and resource tool for his...

  • Hi-Line Football:Longhorns hold off Huskies in Northern C battle

    Kason Clark|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    So far this season, the Fort Benton 8-man football team had dominated their opponents for a 2-0 start. While the Longhorns had to battle this past Friday night against Belt, they still pulled out the 27-20 victory. The Longhorns took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown run from Landis Arganbright. But Belt answered right back with two touchdowns for a 12-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Fort Benton again leaned on their running game with a...

  • Mounties show they can win with defense, lead Frontier early

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    Eastern Oregon is still undefeated. And the Montana Western Bulldogs clearly shook off an early-season loss. Those are the story lines as the Frontier Conference enters the final week of September. In the case of the Bulldogs, they held off a valiant second-half charge by the Montana State University-Northern Lights Saturday in Dillon. The Lights forced three turnovers in the second half and scored 21 straight points, but behind a big rushing day from backup running back...

  • Hi-Line Sports Schedule

    Updated Sep 21, 2021

    TUESDAY High School Volleyball Big Sandy vs Cascade THURSDAY High School Volleyball Havre vs Browning, 7 p.m. Chinook vs North Star FRIDAY High School Football Havre vs Miles City, 6 p.m. Chinook vs CJI, 7 p.m. Big Sandy vs Heart Butte, 7 p.m. Rocky Boy at Choteau, 7 p.m. Harlem vs Simms, 7 p.m. High School Volleyball Fort Benton at HLP High School Golf Havre at Eastern A in Sidney College Rodeo MSU-N Rodeo College XC MSU-N at Montana Open SATURDAY High School Football North...

  • Hi-Line Volleyball: Hawks, Longhorns wins big 7C matches

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    A full month of high school volleyball is now in the books on the Hi-Line. And last week was another busy one. In a huge District 7C match last Tuesday night, the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks took down the Chinook Sugarbeeters by scores of 18-25, 25-17, 25-14 and 25-23. Tatum Hull had a big match for the Hawks with 12 kills, four blocks and four aces. Unfortunately, the winning didn't continue for CJI Thursday night, as the hawks fell to Geraldine-Highwood by scores of...

  • Local Golf Report: Another ace for Stoney at BCGC

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    The golf season may be winding down, but it isn't over yet. And a longtime Havre golfer made his mark before the end of yet another season. Last week, Steve Johnstone aced the Par 3 13th hole at Beaver Creek Golf Course. It was his incredible seventh career hole in one. Congrats to Stoney. Congrats also to the Montana State University-Northern golf teams on the start of their 2021 fall season. The Lights and Skylights competed at last week's Montana Tech Tournament at the Butt...