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Articles from the September 28, 2020 edition


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  • Harlem, Box Elder schools report COVID-19 in school districts

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Both Harlem and Box Elder public schools have closed their buildings after cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the districts. Harlem School District announced today that at 10 a.m. it was notified that a school district staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and in-class school has been dismissed. “School officials are working closely and consistently with both Fort Belknap Tribal Health and Blaine County Health Department to determine if there are any risks to the rest o... Full story

  • Blue Pony cross country teams shine in tough Livingston races

    George Ferguson|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    The Havre High cross country teams continue to adapt with the ever-changing world of COVID-19. So, instead of attending the Class AA Great Falls Invitational last week, the Blue Ponies went to Livingston for the Park High Invite. The Great Falls meet featured just AA teams this season to lower the number of runners in the field, so Havre battled many Class A counterparts in Livingston. And both Pony teams ran very well, with the boys and girls placing second. On the HHS boys...

  • Hill County Health Board discusses school re-openings and statewide surge in COVID-19 update

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    The Hill County Health Department held its weekly COVID-19 update last Friday where members discussed Havre Public Schools proposed re-opening plans and the statewide rise in COVID-19 cases, as well as the upcoming flu season. Hill County Health Officer Jessica Sheehy, who has announced her resignation effective Oct. 1, said the county continues to see fluxes of cases as the health department continues to contact trace. She said Montana as a whole is seeing a rise in cases with records continuing to be set. “We’re cer...

  • Arntzen, Leatherbarrow and Romano square off in state superintendent race: Elsie Arntzen

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen again faces Democrat Melissa Romano in a repeat of the 2016 superintendent election, with Libertarian candidate Kevin Leatherbarrow a contender in the 2020 race. "We are a constitutional office, which means one of five offices that are on the statewide elected basis, and that also means I serve on the Land Board where we have our school trust lands that are predominately grazed because agriculture is our number one...

  • Arntzen, Leatherbarrow and Romano square off in state superintendent race: Kevin Leatherbarrow

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Libertarian Kevin Leatherbarrow has entered the ring in the race in which Democrat Melissa Romano is challenging Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen in a rematch of their 2016 election. A Libertarian means fiscal responsibility and accountability, Leatherbarrow said. "Making sure that these things, these funds and spending goes to where it needs to be going," he said. He said being very heavily fiscally responsible and accountable goes along with what...

  • Arntzen, Leatherbarrow and Romano square off in state superintendent race: Melissa Romano

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    The Montana superintendent of public instruction race sees Democrat Melissa Romano facing incumbent Republican Elsie Arntzen in a rematch of the 2016 election, with Libertarian Kevin Leatherbarrow challenging both in this year's race. Romano said the position is of crucial importance. "The state superintendent has general oversight of all the K-12 schools in Montana," Romano said. "They serve on the Board of Education as a non-voting member, and so there is an opportunity to...

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 12,413 with 306 new cases.

    Updated Sep 28, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 698 with 158 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 337,196 with 6,889 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 174. The number of recoveries was 8,839 and the number of active cases was 3,400. Local cases by county: Hill: 19 new cases, 169 total, 44 active, 2 active hospitalizations, 122 recovered, 3 deaths Liberty: No new cases, 19 total, 5 active, 14 recovered Blaine: 1 new case, 22 total, 5 active, 17... Full story

  • COVID-19 confirmed in Northern Montana Care Center residents

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Northern Montana Health Care announced Sunday afternoon that it was notified that Northern Montana Care Center has several more COVID-19 positive cases, in eight residents as well as in employees, at the care center. The announcement comes as the Hill County Health Department reported Sunday a total of 19 new cases in the county. Hill County has a total of 169 cases, the health department reportes, with 44 active and two hospitalized with 122 recoveries and three deaths. Rocky Boy Boy Health Center reported Sunday it has one...

  • Obituary - Mary M. Billy

    Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Mary M. Billy, 90, left on her journey due to natural causes at Northern Montana Hospital Friday, September 25, 2020. Wake services began at 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020, and continude until her funeral service, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020, all at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Burial followed in the Rocky Boy Cemetery.... Full story

  • Obituary - Brittney Yvette Belgarde

    Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Brittney Yvette Belgarde, Day Woman, 28, our beautiful and loving angel, began her journey to be with her grandmother Friday, September 25, 2020, at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held soon.... Full story

  • Judge moves Census deadline back to Oct. 31

    Tim Leeds|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    With less than a week to the deadline for data collection in the 2020 U.S. Census, a federal District Judge has ordered the Census Bureau to again move the deadline back to Oct. 31. The Census originally was expected to be completed by July, but as the COVID-19 pandemic shut the nation down, The Census Bureau extended the deadline to the end of October. In late July or early August, the bureau moved the deadline back to Sept. 31. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered the bureau to continue the count through Oct. 31. The...

  • Correction - 2020 Census deadline

    Updated Sep 28, 2020

    A front-page story in Friday’s edition of The Havre Daily News about a District 4 Human Resources Development Council Census event coming up Wednesday misreported that the 2020 Census deadline was Oct. 31. The deadline was Sept. 31, Wednesday, although a judge Friday ordered the Census Bureau to move he deadline back to Oct. 31.... Full story

  • For the Record, Sept. 28, 2020

    Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Havre Police Department A two-vehicle crash at 11th Street West and Lincoln Avenue was reported Friday at 7:35 a.m. -- A caller reported Friday at 10:58 a.m. what looked like items from a garage dumped behind a first Street West commercial building. -- A shoplifter was reported by a caller at a First Street business Friday at 11:38 a.m. -- A dog bite was reported at 9:48 a.m. Saturday by the hospital. -- Saturday at 10:41 a.m., a Grant Avenue caller reported a car had been...

  • No place like the Pony Corral

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Sep 28, 2020

    Coming off of a split weekend last week, the Havre High volleyball team was aiming to sweep a weekend for the first time in the 2020 season, with a battle against Northeastern A rival, the Miles City Cowgirls, and a senior night showdown with the Shelby Coyotes. But the weekend, once again, found a similar result. Over the weekend, there was another split of games. Miles City beat Havre 3-1 down in Miles City Friday, with the set scores being 17-25, 25-15, 18-25 and 22-25 and...

  • Eagles soar past Blue Ponies in Lewistown

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Sep 27, 2020

    After a tough loss to the Glendive Red Devils last weekend, the Havre High football team looked to find its first win of the 2020 season over long-time rival, the Lewistown Golden Eagles, on the road Friday. Unfortunately, the Blue Ponies were faced with another difficult result in week three of the season. Down in Lewistown, Havre was met with its second shutout loss of the year, as the Golden Eagles routed the Ponies 21-0, leaving Havre with a 0-3 overall record. Another...