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  • HRCD sets Census event Wednesday

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version corrects that, at the time the story was written, the 2020 Census deadline was Sept. 31 and adds that, since the story originally was written, a federal judge ordered the Census Bureau to move the deadline back to Oct. 31. District 4 Human Resources Development Council is hosting a “Last Chance to Make it Count” Census event Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. in its Fireside Room in the HRDC building at 2229 Fifth Ave. With the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, collection of Census 2020 data has been...

  • More COVID-19 at Care Center

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 27, 2020

    Northern Montana Health Care announced this afternoon that it was notified that Northern Montana Care Center has several more COVID-19 positive cases, in residents as well as employees, at the care center. The staff members who are positive have been notified and contract tracing is being conducted by the Hill County Health Department, the Facebook post this afternoon said. At this time all non-positive residents will remain in their rooms, the post said. The residents who... Full story

  • FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBAll: Ponies shut out in Lewistown

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 27, 2020

    It was another tough Friday night for the Havre High football team. On the road in Lewistown, the Blue Ponies were shut out by the Golden Eagles 21-0 in an Eastern A game. Havre trailed just 6-0 at halftime, but Lewistown went on a long scoring drive in the third quarter, while the Ponies just couldn't get anything going on offense. The Ponies are 0-3 on the season, and will host Miles City for homecoming on Friday night. In other area games, Harlem fell to Glasgow 64-8 in a...

  • Local government expert discusses charter government advantages

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Montana State University Local Government Director Dan Clark gave a presentation on the differences between charter governments and general governments at Havre City Hall Thursday evening and answered questions from members of the audience. The City of Havre has put a proposal on the ballot to change Havre to a charter form of government. Clark said he wanted to make sure people know what they would be voting for in November and he wanted people to engage and ask questions....

  • Bennett faces Jacobsen in 2020 Montanan secretary of state race: Christi Jacobsen

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Republican Deputy Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is facing Sen. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, in the 2020 Montana Secretary of State race. "I've always fought for the right for people to vote in person, I think it's the right they have and I will continue to fight for the right for people, Montanans to vote in person," Jacobsen said. Jacobsen said her office would have no stance on a lawsuit filed by The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial...

  • Bennett faces Jacobsen in 2020 Montanan secretary of state race: Sen. Bryce Bennett

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Sen. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, is squaring off against Republican Deputy Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen in the race for Montana secretary of state. Bennett said a lawsuit filed by The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Montana Republican State Central Committee, and Donald J. Trump for President Inc. alleging Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's Aug. 6 directive allowing counties in the state to decide whether to allow mail-in...

  • Commission hears about HRDC's COVID woes

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    At its weekly business meeting Thursday, the Hill County Commission was presented with District 4 Human Resources Development Council’s work plan and assessment, which has been updated to account for COVID-19 and funds received from the CARES Act. HRDC Executive Director Carilla French presented the major observations made by the assessment and explained to the commissioners how COVID-19 has affected their operations. She said, after the shutdown back in March when the pandemic first arrived in Montana, HRDC began to work w... Full story

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 11,564 with 323 new cases.

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 675 with 140 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 326,116 with 4,598 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 170. The number of recoveries was 8,681 and the number of active cases was 2,713. Local cases by county: Hill: 3 new cases, 145 total, 29 active, 2 active hospitalizations, 113 recovered, 3 deaths Liberty: No new cases, 18 total, 5 active, 13 recovered Blaine: No new cases, total, 6 active, 15... Full story

  • Supreme court sends man back to Havre for another murder trial

    Tim Leeds and Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    A Havre man is back in state District Court to face a charge that he murdered his brother in 2013. Shane Johnson was convicted of negligent homicide in 2014 in the shooting death of his brother, Travis Johnson, a year before. The Montana Supreme Court sent the case back to Havre for another trial. State District Judge Matthew Cuffe, who appeared via video, read Johnson, who appeared via video from the Hill County Detention Center his rights in a hearing this morning and said a trial would be held in the last part of May or...

  • Stage I fire restrictions rescinded in Hill County

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    From Lewistown Area Fire Restrictions Group In response to cooler temperatures and recent moisture, all fire restrictions have been lifted on private, state and federal lands in Hill County. The change was effective at 12:01 a.m. today. Burn permits are still required for any debris burning and may have additional limits. People should check with their local sheriff’s office or fire department for information on burn permits. The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group reminded the public that when working and recreating o...

  • Agenda - Hill County Public Cemetery District

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Hill County Cemetery District will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the cemetery office. • Call to order • Public comment • Approval of minutes from previous meeting • Old business • New business • Claims...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    It is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask or face covering for ages 5 and older with no exceptions Monday 8 a.m.— Center for Mental Health Great Falls 1:30 p.m. — Building Manager Meeting 2:30 p.m. — MACo Health Care Trust virtual meeting Tuesday 8:30 a.m. — MACo Annual Conference — virtual meeting 9 a.m. — HRDC work Plan 10:30 a.m. — County Road Dept. Meeting 1 p.m. — SAM Coalition Boys and Girls Club 3 p.m. — School Budget Wednesday 8:30 a.m. — MACo Annual Conference — virtual meeting Office hours Thursday 8 a.m. — MAC...

  • For the Record, Sept. 25, 2020

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Havre Police Department Tessa Leigh Meyers of Box Elder, 24, was arrested on a charge of partner or family member assault after a First Street caller asked Thursday at 7:39 a.m. to have a tenant checked on after a domestic disturbance. -- Officers investigated a two-vehicle, non-injury crash reported on Third Street Thursday at 11:10 a.m. -- A caller reported a vehicle crash at 1:32 p.m. Thursday at U.S. Highway 2 East. -- A vehicle crash was reported Thursday at 5:07 p.m. on...

  • View from the North 40: With deepest sorrow …

    Pam Burke|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Early this week my husband and I had to say goodbye to the best dog ever. Cooper was complex, unceasingly faithful, funny, a bit of jerk, neurotic, sweet and adored by many fans and loved ones. He was the number one wing man in my posse, John's best little buddy, the supervisor on all work parties, a semi-professional trick performer and the finest example of how far a good attitude will get you. His early life unfolds like the dog version of a 19th century novel, maybe a...

  • Letter to the Editor - Help us get counted

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Editor, I am writing to remind the Havre community of the importance of the 2020 Census, with the hope that those of you who have not yet completed the Census may learn of its significance, especially in our rural communities. Growing up in a rural community, I have witnessed firsthand the barriers we face with internet and phone service compared to larger towns and cities. These disparities, unfortunately, make it more difficult for rural residents to access the 2020 Census form. In addition, in many rural areas, the Census...

  • Friday Night Lights: BOUND BY PURPLE

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    The Big Sandy High football team has been on a roll to start the 2020 season, with an undefeated 3-0 overall record. Plenty of factors have been putting together the powerful concoction that is the Pioneers, but on both sides of the ball, there is a nice double-dose of Strutz. Brothers Kade and Kody Strutz have been major parts of Big Sandy athletics. The two were a part of last year's excellent football and basketball seasons for the Pioneers and overall, have been a shining...

  • MSU to offer pest management tour across north-central Montana in October

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    MSU News Service BOZEMAN — The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program is offering a pest management tour for pesticide applicators at eight locations across north-central Montana on Oct. 6, 8 and 9. Those in the state’s Private Applicator Training District 3 need to earn six private applicator credits before Jan, 1, 2021, to avoid losing their certification, according to Cecil Tharp, MSU pesticide education specialist. District 3 includes Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Teton and Too...

  • Great turnout for Chinook blood drive

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Press release Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Chinook community hosted the American Red Cross Blood Drive. It was another great turnout. Our schedule was not as full, which made more room for walk ins. We had 40 presenters with 37 productive units collected on a goal of 45. The Red Cross is now able to collect Power Red donations at our drives. If you are an eligible type O, B- or A- donor, consider making a Power Red donation. You give two units of blood and only give three times per year rather than six. If interested please...

  • It's on to the Butte CC for Blue Pony golf teams

    Havre Daily News|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    By Havre Daily News Staff BILLINGS — It has been almost five years since the Havre High golf teams had qualified both its boys and girls programs for the state tournament in the same season. But after 18 holes at Lake Hills Golf Course, the Blue Ponies did just that. Thursday at the Eastern A Divisional in Billings, the Havre boys placed third and the Pony girls finished fourth, which sent both teams, 10 players in all, to next week’s Class A state tourney in Butte. “I could...

  • Ponies ready to rebound in Lewistown

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    The 2020 season has not gone in the direction that the Havre High football team was hoping for, but it is a usual tough climb through the Eastern A. Now, week three is here for the Blue Ponies and when it comes to Friday's game against the Lewistown Golden Eagles, Havre will have a difficult game ahead. The Eagles will await the Ponies in Lewistown for a rivalry game that has spanned a long time. Kickoff is tonight at 7. The 2019 season saw Havre topple Lewistown twice in...

  • Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Our future hope You know, Lord, during this pandemic time, the passing away of dear ones just feels different than it used to, a long while ago. As we grieve for friends who have recently passed on, it was truly most interesting to reread 2 Cor 5:1-10, to "learn" a bit about our future! We read: "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be cl...

  • Out Our Way: Riding the thickets - Colossians 3:12

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Out our way, a lot of cowboys wear chaps. Not the ornate and decorated cloth type worn in parades, but heavy duty leather ones that can turn aside the thorns and sharp branches of the wooded thickets where strays sometimes wander. I have told the story before of the big fall roundup in which Big Mike and his buddies scoured the pastures with four-wheelers and drove in some 200-300 stock. But he still needed Charlie and me in chaps and on horseback, because there were strays...

  • Pastor's Corner: Helping without hurting

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    The reality of our human condition right now is that we are all so caught up in our pain and our own interests that we have forgotten to show up for one another; we have forgotten to see the humanity in each other. We are with Job again in the aftermath of losing everything — his wealth, his possessions, and his own children. Throughout the Book of Job, there is an ongoing dialogue between Job and three of his friends; his friends started out so well by offering him their comforting presence in silence for seven days but t...

  • Senior Center News, Sept. 25, 2020

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    North Central Senior Center, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 Menu by Earlene Dewinter Subject to change Monday — Chicken and dumplings, relish tray, pudding Tuesday — Salad, spaghetti marinara, chicken parmesan, rolls, pineapple cake Wednesday — Hamburger on a bun, french fries, salad, oatmeal, chocolate chip bars Thursday — Polish sausage, crunchy onion potato bake, sauerkraut, cookies Friday — Soup, chef’s choice, dessert Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15. Part D will be done by phone appointments or video conference. All documen...