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Articles from the October 9, 2020 edition

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  • Commission hears request for post-election mail-in ballot report

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Oct 12, 2020

    Editor’s note: This version corrects attribution for a comment about caretakers at care centers filling out residents’ ballots to Hill County Commissioner Mark Peterson. At its weekly business meeting Thursday, the Hill County Commission heard a request from Havre resident Pam Harada that the county’s election officials produce a post-election report on mail-in voting. Harada, who attended both meetings where mail-in ballots were discussed and spoke against the idea of allowing them in Hill County, said the commission shoul...

  • Dr. Kevin Harada: Will this divide us or will we unite?

    Updated Oct 10, 2020

    Times are getting more difficult and the decisions we make now will have repercussions. For the first part of 2020, COVID-19 has largely slipped under the radar in Montana. This has cultivated a sense of complacency and skepticism. And for the most part, people have let down their guards. Large gatherings continue, mask wearing is still debated, and the lethality of COVID-19 is questioned. Why must something as potentially devastating as COVID-19 be so controversial? For the...

  • From the Fringe: The answer is, we're not all in this together right now

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 10, 2020

    My editor in chief, and longtime colleague Tim Leeds wrote an op-ed earlier this week begging the question: “What’s wrong with people?” Of course, as opinion pieces do sometimes, the header probably ruffled some feathers, but, in my humble opinion, and given where our state, county and community is with COVID-19 right now, it was indeed an honest and valid question. And one I’ve been pondering myself for some time now, but in recent days, that question is one that is causing...

  • Havre schools holding emergency board meeting today, Harlem Monday

    Tim Leeds|Updated Oct 9, 2020

    With the increase of cases around the state and in Hill, Chouteau, Blaine and Liberty county cases are being found in the schools as well, which is causing some to shift their plans, including Havre schools holding an emergency board meeting this afternoon and the Fort Belknap Indian Community asking Harlem schools canceling activities, as Hill County reported a record number of new cases. Hill County Health Department reported Thursday evening that 34 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the county. That puts the total in... Full story

  • For the Record, Oct. 9, 2020

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Havre Police Department Police department dispatch log listed no investigations, summonses issued or arrests in the 24-hour reporting period. Hill County Sheriff's Office A caller at a U.S. Highway 2 West business reported found property Thursday at 10:06 a.m. -- Child and Family Services reported a sexual offense Thursday at 10:33 a.m. Havre Fire Department Emergency medical personnel responded to two calls Thursday. -- Firefighters investigated a possible illegal burn on the...

  • Daines, Bullock go head-to-head race for U.S. Senate: Steve Daines

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont, faces Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who cannot run for re-election to that office due to term limits, in in Daines bid for a second term in the U.S. Senate. Daines, who is from Bozeman, said he has connections to north-central Montana. His great-great-grandmother settled 23 miles east of Conrad, he said. "I think in many ways that I didn't choose Montana, Montana got picked for me thanks to my great-great grandma and I feel lucky every day...

  • Daines, Bullock go head-to-head race for U.S. Senate: Steve Bullock

    Rachel Jamieson|Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who cannot run for re-election to that office due to term limits, is challenging the re-election bid of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Bullock said his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to how he would be in the Senate. "From the beginning, the federal government said this was locally executed, state managed and federally supported disaster, health emergency," Bullock said. "... We took aggressive actions up front in...

  • The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana on the state map after today's 10 a.m. update was 17,399 with 715 new cases.

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    The number of hospitalizations, including people hospitalized before being tested, was 868 with 266 active hospitalizations. The number of tests completed was 386,746 with 5,081 new tests listed this morning. The number of deaths was 206. The number of recoveries was 10,863 and the number of active cases was 6,330. Local cases by county: Hill: 34 new cases, 305 total, 117 active, 1 active hospitalizations, 183 recovered, 5 deaths Liberty: 2 new cases, 25 total, 5 active, 20 recovered Blaine: 4 new cases, 112 total, 74... Full story

  • The Nelson Furniture Company

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    By Keith J. Doll Havre/Hill County Historic Preservation Commission Earlier this year I was touching up and oiling my daughter's antique walnut desk. The desk was well cared for through the years, I can trace it back to two owners before my daughter got it. It has a serpentine front with claw feet. When I looked in the back, the shipping label read: Nelson Furniture Co. Havre, Montana, I did some research on it and this is what I found: In 1917, two brothers Robert and Curtis...

  • View from the North 40: How can I help you? Or not

    Pam Burke|Updated Oct 9, 2020

    To be fair, my husband and I both knew it was just a courtesy when I offered to run to town with him to help find and fill out some paperwork because I’m about as attentive and effective at paperwork as the average 5-year-old asked to clean his bedroom. I stayed home to tackle something that suited my skill set: Clearing out a good-sized grove of dead chokecherry trees and saplings. Nothing like a good ol’ mindless physical task to give you time to reflect on your per...

  • Letter to the Editor - Thanks to all helping and caring

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Dear editor, It’s been a while since I’ve your “letter” section utilized to offer grateful reminders to all those deserving people in our community as we continue facing the onslaught of COVID-19. I realize social media allows the same opportunity, but I still place great value on the press and even an occasional handwritten note — just a bit more personal in my perhaps old school way of thinking. My list of those to be thanked individually would fill columns; I’ll edit a bit. Obviously, every dedicated and courageous...

  • Obituary - Ruth Ethel Patrick Meredith

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Ruth Ethel Patrick Meredith, 95, died of natural causes at the Care and Comfort Home in Havre October 6, 2020. Services will be held at a later date for the safety of all who wish to attend. She was born December 27, 1924, on the Patrick Homestead north of Rudyard near Goldstone, MT, the 12th of 16 children born to Charles Richard and Sadie Ina (Gale) Patrick. Ruth was born in the family home and was only the second girl of 12 births. When her birth was announced to her...

  • Obituary - Barbara 'Barb' Miller, 68

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Barbara “Barb” Jean Miller, age 68, passed away peacefully October 3, 2020, due to brain cancer. Barb was born August 19, 1952, in Havre, Montana to Robert (Bob) and Jean (Hay) Neely. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday October 10, 2020 at Yates Funeral Home — Hayden Chapel, 373 E. Hayden Ave, Hayden, Idaho. Family and friends are welcome to the gathering with refreshments immediately following the service. Due to COVID-19, please adhere to social distancing guidelines.... Full story

  • Women's diamond ring found

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Press release A women’s diamond ring found Aug. 27 at a Havre business was turned in to Hill County Sheriff’s Office Thursday. Anyone missing a ring matching this general description and wanting its return can call the Sheriff’s Office and describe the ring in detail. People can contact Hill County Sheriff’s Office at 265-2512....

  • Senior Center News, Oct. 9, 2020

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    North Central Senior Center Oct. 12-16 Menu by Earlene DeWinter Subject to Change Monday — Holiday — Closed Tuesday — Salad, pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls, apple crisp Wednesday — Baked Ziti, salad, bread sticks, cookies Thursday — Swedish meatballs, rice, Harvard beets, fruit salad Friday — Soup, chef’s choice, dessert Open enrollment is coming. Part D will be done by phone appointments or video conference. All documentation will be run off for you to review. With changes coming, it is wise to at le...

  • Agenda - Hill County Commission weekly calendar

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    It is mandatory for everyone ages 5 and olden to wear a mask or face covering with no exceptions. Monday Closed for the Columbus Day Holiday Tuesday 8:30 a.m. — DNRC fire restriction conference call 10:30 a.m. — County Road Department meeting Wednesday 10 a.m. – Safety meeting Noon — Early Childhood Investment Team meeting Thursday 10 a.m. — Weekly business meeting Manual claims Employment review Resolutions Tax adjustments County permit approval Subdivision/survey approval Contracts Time for comments from the public 1...

  • Agenda - Museum board meeting canceled

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board announced that, due to the surgence of COVID-19 cases in Hill County, the Clack Museum Board meeting Tuesday is canceled....

  • Agenda - Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Havre Middle School. The agenda for the meeting is: A. Call to order 1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. Roll call 3. Welcome to visitors 4. Presentation and display 5. Agenda deletions or corrections, and additions allowed by policy, if any B. Unanimous consent agenda C. Old business D. New business 1. Consideration of the Havre Public School District’s Responsible Use Procedure 2. Consideration of the Havre Public School District’s Device Gui...

  • Out Our Way: I didn't know I was thirsty! - Jeremiah 2:13/John 7:37-38

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Out our way, when Charlie and I worked the herds on the Tiger Ridge, neither of us thought to carry a canteen. Even the modern types you can clip to the saddle tend to get in the way, but the truth is, I just didn’t think about it. Pushing a bunch of stubborn cows most of the day along the old road or cattle trails to where they needed to go, watching for those strays that wander off, chasing the ones that bolt from the herd and have to be cut off and driven back, tended to take up my attention. After we finished for the d...

  • Pastor's Corner: Benefits of dual citizenship

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    There are a couple of ways I have been reminded to be grateful for dual citizenship in recent weeks. For starters, in the one realm, the United States of America, as we all know, there is a very contentious general election campaign nearing its conclusion. Though I don’t have an antenna or cable TV subscription, I’ve still found myself and my household subject to more than a fair share of advertising. Essentially all of it negative. The main route these ads seem to reach us is via YouTube, which my children utilize for ins...

  • Roping Religion: Face trials and stay faithfull

    Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Many of the ideas and scriptures for this article are from the devotional “God Wants You To Win!” by world champion calf roper Jeff Copenhaver. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jeff’s good friend Warren Wuthier gave him a great rodeo tip when he told Jeff to never quit hustling. Warren told Jeff, “Anything can happen.” Jeff went into the finals in Fort Worth, Texas, in 11th place and tied his calf in 1...

  • Ponies look to cage the Bulldogs tonight

    Aarron Thompson|Updated Oct 9, 2020

    The 2020 season is already at the home stretch for the Havre High football team. Essentially, it is crunch time for the Blue Ponies, who are still looking for their first win of the year. With the door to the postseason starting to close, Havre is looking to get some momentum going against a familiar opponent this week. Tonight will see the Hardin Bulldogs face off against HHS in Blue Pony Stadium. It will be a clash of winless teams and a chance for one of the programs to pic...

  • Frontier announces spring football season

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 9, 2020

    The Frontier Conference has begun rolling out dates for the postponed 2020 season, which will actually be played in 2021. Wednesday, the league announced via a press release, the schedule for the spring football season, which will actually be the delayed 2020 season, due to COVID-19. There will be a seven-week Frontier schedule this spring, which is actually slated to kick off Feb. 27, the Frontier's Council of Presidents approved Wednesday night. For the Montana State Univers...

  • In the gym: Lights begin hoops practice

    George Ferguson|Updated Oct 9, 2020

    Under normal circumstances, the NAIA basketball season would be right around the corner. Late October is generally when NAIA games, including at Montana State University-Northern, get underway. But these are anything but normal times. With COVID-19 still rampaging across the U.S. and especially across college campuses, winter sports are somewhat of an unknown quantity right now. Of course, the hope is games and wrestling matches will be held this upcoming season, but the when...

  • Hi-Line High School Rodeo set for this weekend in Havre

    Updated Oct 8, 2020

    The Hi-Line Rodeo Team will be hosting the Havre MHSRA Saturday and Sunday in the Bigger Better Barn. Seniors Allee Bartlett, Kassidy Pursley, Benny Brown and Laney Johnson will be honored Saturday. The rodeo starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Admission to the rodeo is free....

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